Thursday, August 12, 2021

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday August 2021 Card

 Here's the first card we made in my class. We used the Stamparatus by Stampin' Up to line up the Happy on the left side of the card. I've demonstrated this before, but this is the first time the ladies had been able to do it.

I showed them how to stamp the block letters in a lighter color and the script letters in a darker color. This was also a card to show them a simple ribbon treatment an a great use of designer series paper.

Check out the recipe for this card.


Card 1     Happy Happy Happy Birthday- Repeated sentiment stamping

 Skill taught- Stacked Stamping using the Stamparatus

Stamps- Biggest Wish p. 63   AC

Ink- Evening Evergreen, Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink (new in-colors p. 134 AC)

Paper- Evening Evergreen base 5 ½” x 8 ½”

White (2) 4” x 5 ¼”

White 2” x 3” sentiment

Designer series paper- Pansy Petals ½” x 5 ¼” (2)  p. 132  AC

Accessories -Pale Papaya ribbon- 8”  p. 140  AC

Stitched So Sweetly Dies p. 166  AC


28th Anniversary with Tim

 Last week was our 28th wedding anniversary. We went to an Italian restaurant then to a fun lake and park. It was too hot and muggy to stay out for very long. We took a short walk then went back to the coolness of our car.

Last year with COVID, we couldn't go to a restaurant. We went to Coe Lake in Berea and explored all around. We hadn't been there since they'd transformed it into a beautiful place with a gazebo, a covered picnic area, lots of trails, and areas where there were benches to sit on in the shade.

I have to say that is the most memorable anniversary ever. I think because we did something out of the ordinary.

Where did those two youngsters go?


Check out this card made for today's challenge on Splitcoaststampers. The bears are in a new stamp set I acquired. It is called, Count on me. I've seen some really cute cards with this set. I'm not the first to draw clothes on the bears, but I was excited that I was able to draw lines to make it look like clothes on the bears! I can't draw a straight line, that's why I stamp and color. LOL

  Challenge: use something from your home to inspire your card creations this week. Choose a collectible, a home accessory like a curtain or a pillow, a picture or wall hanging.

These little bears sit in my studio by my Big Shot. They were a gift from DH years ago.

I stamped the bear then stamped on acetate and rubbed the image onto white cardstock for the reverse image. I drew clothes in pencil then traced in black Sharpie. Finally I colored the bears and added the gold heart and sentiment.

I've been busy this week holding card making classes. I'll post the cards soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings,

Bensarmom

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Crafters of Faith August 2021 Challenge

 Good Morning,

Once again, it's time to share my card for the Crafters of Faith Monthly Challenge. Here is the challenge that was posted.

Here is our challenge for this month:

August 2021 lovinpaper Scripture Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Challenge: We can use the verse for inspiration to make a happy card or an encouragement card.



This is an anniversary card for my DH. We've always known that the Lord brought us together and kept us together. We truly rejoice for God's hand in all of our marriage.  We knew after a month that we wanted to be together for life. There were many whispers about this for sure. God has blessed us for 28 years in the second marriage. He has brought us through great and horrible times. It's made us grow closer and depend on each other more and more. There's no one else I'd rather be with, than DH.

This is a cute older couple still holding hands and walking and talking. I want to be like this after many more years together.

I've always smiled and commented each time I see an older couple holding hands. It's a blessing to see for sure.

The image was stamped then colored with Copic markers. It was then attached to the designer series paper then the card base.  I always loved this Mo Manning image.

Thank you for visiting.

Have a blessed day.

Bensarmom

Saturday, July 31, 2021

3-D Milk Carton Project

 This is a fun project that can be stamped with any kind of stamp. It can be filled with candies, cookies, tea bags, coffee cups, cupcake, anything your brain can think of can go inside.

This is a quick, easy project to make. It can be decorated any way you like.

3-D Item -Milk Carton Video-Pootles


 Skill: Masking on Stamps, adding color to edge of card stock and using a stamp with speckles to tone down white paper.

Stamps- Art Gallery p. 13 AC,

 Free as a Bird p.  83 AC, 

Forever Fern p. 71  AC

Ink – Highland Heather, Soft Succulent NEW COLOR  p.123

Paper- White

Cardstock – 8”x 10 ½”

Score on the SHORT side at 2 ½”, 6”, 7 1/2″  

Score on the LONG side at 2 ½”, 5”, 7 ½”, 10″  

MARK on the LONG side at 1 ¼ ”, 6 ¼”

Finished Dimensions – 2 1/2” x 2 ½” x 3 ½”

Designer Series Paper- Hand Penned   3 pieces  2 ¼” x 3 ¼”  p.  131 AC

  White tag 1 1/4” x 1 ¾”

Blushing Bride paper – 1 7/8” x 2” use tag topper punch for this

Accessories- Clever Clasps- retired

Soft Succulent Ribbon-13”  p. 139   AC

Delightful Tag Topper Punch  p.  149  AC         

 Dauber  p.  129 AC


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Pinwheel Tower Card

The card I have today is one we made in class this month. It is called a Pinwheel Tower card.

I've attached two videos so you can see how this all goes together.

 Pinwheel Tower Card A2 size- France Martin Video

Pinwheel cards in different sizes video


Skill taught-adding a bit of adhesive to the paper, at the edge in your Stamp positioner, allows you to stamp perfectly on cut out shapes. You can trace around your shape so you know where to place your oval.

Stamps -Forever Fern p.71

Ink- Poppy Parade

Paper- card base-black 4 7/8” x 5 ½”

Pool party 3 pieces 2 1/8” x 5 ½”

Pattern party designer series paper 3 of 2” x 5 3/8”  p. 171 Host reward

4 of 1 ¼” x 5 3/8”

2 of 5/8” x 2”

White 2” x 5 3/8”

White- 4 medium daisies

Granny apple green- 2 sprigs

 Accessories- medium daisy punch p. 150

Sprig punch p. 150

Oval dies or large oval punch (retired) 

clear dots for flower centers-These can be colored with a dark yellow alcohol marker.

I hope you have fun making this card. It folds flat so it may be easily be mailed in an A2 envelope.


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

What's Black and White and Red All Over?


Here's my Thank EWE (You) card.

Our color challenge was to use black, white and red.
I immediately thought of the cute 'ewe' I had for the black and white part. I covered the 's' on the thanks stamp with washi tape, stamped in red, then removed the tape and stamped. I cut out rectangles using the scalloped contours dies. I die cut the fence and added that to the black paper after dry embossing it to look like wood. This paper looks gray, but it is truly black. I added the images to the card with dimensionals. I like this so much, I just might use it as my customer thank ewes for this month! LOL
 

Monday, July 12, 2021

Something New on the Blog Today

 Something new on my blog today. I'm including some of my Stampin' Up card ideas. Here is the first of many to come.

Flowers of Friendship Card

Here is a card we made at my July Classes. It was made with Flowers of Friendship by Stampin' Up.


Card Recipe

Stamps Flowers of Friendship.

Paper
Card Base-Pale Papaya   5 1/2"  x 8 1/2" fold at 4 1/4"
Hand Penned Designer Series Paper   3 3/4" x 5"
Mint Macaron-2 1/2" x 4"
White image panel 2 3/8" x 3 7/8"
White inside- 4" x 5 1/4"
Mint Macaron scrap for sentiment

Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black-Image
Mint Macaron-Sentiment

Accessories
Papaya Ribbon  
Copic Markers YR82, G12 (I had my Copic Collection long before Stampin' Up made markers.)
Green dots
dimensionals
oval die or retired large oval punch

Here in Ohio, we've had lots of rain this month. We have flood warnings today. This summer we've used our pool exactly 4 days. That sure stinks not to have nice weather to enjoy the pool.

We had a fun, family gathering Saturday. Brianna made dinner. Here's the menu.
Pork chops with a barbecue rub,  Whipped sweet potatoes  and zucchini with garlic and herbs.


Brianna loves to cook and loves to have people to cook for.  It was so nice to have our meal prepared. Any time I don't have to cook, the food ALWAYS tastes BETTER!

I've been busy over the weekend meeting with friends to help with cutting paper for my classes this week. Another friend comes over and helps me package each set of items in an envelope for each card we make. I end of making 12-15 sets of three cards and 1 three-dimensional item for my classes.

I've also gone through my stamps and boxed up those I don't use anymore. Some of the stamps I have were from the 4 Card Ministries I ran. I needed lots of different types of stamps for those ministries. Now that I'm not doing those ministries, I'm giving them to friends, and a gal who runs the Card Ministry I started at church.

Any that are left over, will be donated to a local re-sale shop where sales go to Muscular Dystrophy.
I'd rather do that than sit in my garage for a weekend hoping to sell my stamps. Charity is my thing.

Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

Here's a song by Matthew West called, What If. Give it a listen.  Matthew West said he wanted to face one of his biggest fears which was, sky diving.  He was petrified but was hooked to an experienced jumper, and he made the jump. It was recorded on video. He said it was the BEST feeling to overcome a fear that was huge to him.

He called us to look at our life and see what might be holding us back in our walk with Christ.  
You don't want to get to the end of your life and say, I would of, could of, should have, done this and this.


Here is the first of 8 Lessons Matthew will bring to us so we can grow in our walk with Christ.

Blessings of the Day: A prayer was answered, I led a card class with a great group of ladies.
I got my quiet time with my Bible.  Tim got the padding in for the flooring in the basement. I got my remaining stamps organized and sections labeled so I can find them! LOL

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,
Bensarmom




                   
        








Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Crafters of Faith For July

 Well, it's that time again, time to post my Crafters of Faith Card.  This month Barb gave us this challenge.

July 2021 Barbaralynn

Scripture--Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Challenge--please make a card that highlights anything with wings--you decide what you want to showcase.

This card is for two challenges; the sketch challenge and the Crafters of Faith challenge.

I wanted to showcase butterflies. They come to our garden for the butterfly bushes we have there. They are such delicate creatures. No matter how many I've seen, I still stop and stare when I see one.

I dry embossed the papaya paper then die cut the butterflies with the hand penned designer paper. I added silver pearls to each butterfly. Then I put this together to match the sketch challenge today.

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,
Bensarmom



Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The End of June, Really?

 Where does the time go? It's been over a week since I've posted. 

This is the inspiration I chose for today's Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoaststampers.


I just loved this scene she created with the leaves and the dog's back to us.
I stenciled different colored leaves onto white cardstock. Then I colored and cut out the images. I stamped the sentiment then cut it out with dies. I added dimensionals to the back of all the pieces and made the scene. Lastly I added the linen thread to the kite.
The stamp set I used is  from Gerda Steiner and it's called Happy Fall.
Here is a group of cards that were made using an embossing folder. The embossed areas were sponged with daubers to highlight the flowers.  I love how these turned out. I used white cardstock, black cardstock and some shimmer cardstock.
  Here is the inspiration for my card.
 
I dry embossed on white paper. Then I used my sponge daubers to color the flowers and leaves using 4 of the colors from my inspiration. I added the image panel to the card base then added the sentiment. I added mango to the edges of the yellow flowers to make them stand out. I also used yellow wink of stella on the flower centers.

Krista Thomas has made sentiments that fit the Many Messages die. Here is a link to the birthday set I used for my card. .

Verse of the Day: Matthew 6:33
This is sometimes a misunderstood verse. Some people interpret this to mean that all you have to do is ask for something and you will get it.  God isn't some kind of genie. He doesn't act that way. We need to align our will with His.  He is our Father. Just like an earthly parent, God doesn't give us everything we ask for. As parents we know what is good for our children. God knows what's good for us as well.
He will answer with, Yes, No or Wait.  The most difficult is, wait.

The music today is a song that goes along with the Verse of the Day. Give it a listen. This is a song that was popular in Sunday School when my kids were growing up.
Seek Ye First...

Blessings of the Day:
Tim got his outside list of jobs finished. Great timing too as we're having record-breaking heat and rain. He will go back to working in the basement.
I got lots of things done for my Stampin' Up business.  I had time to just play making some cards.
Tim made dinner. We got to sit outside on the screened-in porch and listen to the rain and enjoy the coolness it brought.

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,
Bensarmom


Friday, June 18, 2021

What a Busy Week!

 This has been a very busy week for me. I held three days of card making classes at my home. I truly love teaching others stamping techniques using Stampin' Up products. Here are the cards and 3-D item we made this month.

The first card is called a bendy card. I followed a video by Gloria Plunkett or Brenda Quintana to make this card. I used the stamp set, Hey Birthday Chick, by Stampin' Up.

This card uses Butterfly Bijou designer series paper along with Calypso Coral for the card base. One thing I showed the classes was that I used white paper to cut out three dies. I cut with the dies once, then taped the dies to the paper I cut out. Now when I put them through, I didn't have to arrange them each time on the cutting plate. I was able to cut all three at the same time.



The sentiment was cut our using a square die. I showed the classes that they could cut out the sentiment to make the sentiment smaller, and to be able to show more of their designer paper.

The white images and sentiment were added with dimensionals and colored with alcohol markers.



This card showed how to use designer series paper instead of card stock for a card base. This paper was cut at 5 1/2" x 12" Then is was scored at 4" and  8".  I showed classes that you could use the pretty paper as your focus and just add a sentiment to the front. We also used a die cut for a gift card or special note holder. This is a great way to use designer series paper for cards. This is a quick, easy card to make.


 Lisa Curcio Video  was used to make this starburst card. The paper used here is Sand and Sea. This is also an easy card to make. Once you cut 4 rectangles of designer series paper, you cut each rectangle diagonally to get the shape of the sun rays.

I've added the blushing bride metallic ribbon to this. I showed how to flatten the ribbon and to add a glue dot to the back of the piece of ribbon that was twisted to get the sparkly side up. Some of the ladies commented that they had masculine paper and this would make great masculine cards as well. I've got to try that.

This is the 3D item we made. Favor Box-Lisa Curcio
I used masculine paper for this favor box by Lisa Curcio. Lisa explains that you can make this box with our without the added paper sticking out of the box.  I think it's more interesting with the piece. It would make a great treat holder or a gift card and treat holder for a guy.
I showed my classes how to make this into a masculine card when they got home if they had no use for a boxed item.  I just embossed the card base, then added the piece to the white card base. Easy peasy way to make a card, right?


I have several friends that I stamp with. This card came as a result of stamping with Jan. Jan has lots and lots of stencils and rarely uses them. So, when I went to her house, we took out some of her stencils and used them on white paper.

Next, we cut a heart out of white paper. We used the negative of that heart as a stencil and added it over the first layer of stencil to create a two-layer stenciled card. Next we added green splotches of color to add contrast to the card. Finally we added a sentiment with a new die from Stampin' Up called, Scalloped Contours Dies.

We used the blending brushes from Stampin' Up to add the color to the stencils.


This is a stinkin' cute card made with Hey Birthday Chick and its dies. This was a card my friend, Louise and I made.  We colored with alcohol markers and used the happy birthday die. We also used a muted silver paper to die cut the fence.  This was another quick and easy card to make.

This card was one of several I made using the One Sheet Wonder Technique.  I used the Timeless Tulips stamp set from Stampin' Up to make this card. I also added stamps from  Tasteful Touches to the background for fillers.

I stamped with Jan and got to borrow her Gerda Steiner stamp set called, Positivi-Tea. I made this for an Inspiration Splitcoaststampers challenge. I chose a blue tea pot as my inspiration.

I changed the colors of the teapot and cup. I stamped, colored and die cut the images and words.
I dry embossed the pink metallic paper with paw prints to go with the mouse. The images and sentiments were added with dimensionals.

Today, for the Free-For-All Challenge on Splitcoaststampers were were asked to make a card with our favorites.
One of my favorites is raspberry-chocolate coffee, which is in the cup the bear is holding. The bear is from a Gerda Steiner stamp set. Gerda Steiner is one of my favorite stamp makers. I used a stencil technique in which you color your white cardstock with a color of ink, I love Distress Oxides, then cover that with a stencil and use a darker color for contrast. The green stencil was chosen because I love plants. I have lots in my house as well as pottery mugs for my coffee!



Tonight Tim told me we were going out to get hamburgers and he was going to drive. I thought we were going to McDonalds by our house. Not so, it was a mystery trip and an adventure.  I didn't know until he turned into Culvers.

I have to tell you that I loved the idea of a surprise like that. It was so much fun to just enjoy the adventure of it and let him surprise me. It truly made my night. What a great idea for a date night.
Thanks Tim, you rocked it!


Verse of the Day: Zechariah 4:6
I can't tell you how many times I've tried to do things on my own and ended up giving it to God. If I'd just give it to God in the first place, I would have had peace earlier and not stressed myself out trying to do difficult things on my own.  Some day I'll learn....


Song of the Day: Here is a song by Danny Gokey called, Stand in Faith. I think it links well with the verse of the day. Give it a listen.

Blessings of the Day:
Today I visited with Mom at the nursing home. She was really good today. When I got there she was on her way to take a nap. She does that after breakfast.  I asked if I could sit on her bed and talk to her for a while. She sat in her wheelchair and I sat on the bed. 

She was engaged in our conversation. We reminisced about Dad and things that happened when I was a child.  Mom's long term memory is pretty good. She loves to go back and talk about times with Dad. He's been gone since 1983, which is so hard for all of us. He died when he was 57 years young.
I could see the effect of our visit when I was ready to leave. I asked if she wanted to take a nap, and mom said, "no."  She was in a happy place which made me feel great.

Tim got lots of things done outside today. Each day he whittles away at the To Do List, he keeps on his phone.  It's a good feeling to do that.

I got a nap and a wonderful dinner adventure. Thank you Lord, for all you've blessed me with.

I hope you enjoyed your time here.

Blessings,
Bensarmom 







Monday, June 7, 2021

Bits of Heaven Kind of Day

 Do you ever feel like God's dropping bits of heaven to remind you He is here?

A few days ago I had one of those days. I sat quietly in the screened in porch we have in the  backyard. We have a garden which is directly in front of where we sit.



First, a hummingbird swooshed by to taste the sweet, pink and purple salvia. It always brings a smile to see such stunning creatures.



Next a plump bunny hopped by and went under the pool deck. It provides great relief from the sun and the hawks that hunt from on high.


We saw the gorgeous female and male Baltimore Orioles at their feeder. They love jelly, the sweeter the better. Sometimes they sing and sometimes they flit in and out of view.




Next, we heard what sounded like raccoons calling to each other. One sounded like it was under the pool deck. The other sounded like it was behind our neighbor's garage.



We searched and searched, but couldn't find the raccoons.

The next day Tim came in laughing and told me he found the raccoon. He took a picture of it.

There sitting on a beam, sat a large, toad! It was right by Tim's ear! They do sound  like raccoons.

There are so many amazing creatures in this world. I'm blessed to be able to sit and watch them in a peaceful backyard. 

It's the little things in our lives that make life special. 

Verse of the Day: Proverbs 11:9


I heard a new song from Jeremy Camp the other day called, When You Speak. Give it a listen.

I watched this video the other day and was very interested in all that was shared. Jeremy Camp is a Christian Singer and songwriter. His wife Adrienne is also. They discuss their story, their marriage and life together. They are open and honest about their life and marriage.



They've written a book for all, whether married or not. It is full of such great information. It also has photographs and true stories from their life.



Here's a book about Jeremy Camp's first wife, who died of cancer after only 4 months of marriage.
Her story is what was behind the making of the movie, I Still Believe.

Melissa, If One Life ... is the real-life love story of Melissa Camp, first wife of recording artist Jeremy Camp. Her heartrending story is told through her journals and reveals her intimate conversations with God, her extraordinary love story with Jeremy, her walk-through cancer and her supernatural responses to life’s hardest trials. The film, I Still Believe, is based on Melissa’s fun and emotional love story with Jeremy Camp. It is more than inspiring! It is transformational! It restores faith that great love does exist and is worth sacrificing everything for. This book expands the dialog, shows Melissa’s reactions and fills in the details of her remarkable life. It also reveals the mystery of living a courageous life filled with love, joy and hope no matter what the circumstances are.

Here is the trailer for the movie, I Still Believe, which is about Jeremy Camp and his wife Melissa and their struggle with cancer.

I guess you could say I've been stuck on Jeremy Camp lately. I've been listening to his latest music. You know how it goes, you see one YouTube video and it leads you to another, and another, and another!

Blessings of the Day:
I got my quiet time, vacuumed the upstairs and the plant areas. Laundry was done, cards for class this month were worked on too.
Tim got the pool vacuumed pretty well. Tim made dinner for me. He made chicken, corn on the cob and watermelon.
Yum, any meal you don't have to make is much better than all the others! I know I'm blessed with Tim!

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,
Bensarmom











Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday August 2021 Card

 Here's the first card we made in my class. We used the Stamparatus by Stampin' Up to line up the Happy on the left side of the card...