Saturday, May 30, 2015

Eagle Scout Daddy

While this is a very memorial day or July 4th type card, I actually am going for a father's day look for my beautiful, always prepared Eagle Scout of a man. But the riffs on the US flag made me grateful for all the men, and women, who serve and protect us every day. Mine makes sacrifices for his own family, and they make sacrifices for us all. I value both infinitely. In this time of life where I watch another mother figure move toward her heavenly home, I am keenly aware of life, death, and the importance of serving one another. Now on to the card...

The start to this card was actually the star panel, which was made using a Verve Christmas die that goes with a little nativity scene and which I recessed into a white panel from which I had cut other stars. I then used some red, white and blue papers from my stash to do a not quite literal flag, but the fun part was what came next.

The inspiration photo of Things 1, 2, and 3 was them on a fun ride at the beach, which I fussy cut then adhered to a panel cut with My Favorite Things (MFT) Fishtail banner (reminded me of stars and stripes bunting, no?) and sponged with Jim Holtz inks tumbled glass, faded jeans and salty ocean. The medallion background was also sponged thus. The result reminded me of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with them riding off to the sky in their little red car! The medallion and backer were die cut from MFT Blueprints-13 and the medallion sponged with pickled raspberry, barn door, fired brick and vintage photo. Both the banner and medallion were popped up with Joy! Foam pads for depth. This is the busiest card I have ever made, but I really enjoyed adding layer after layer.

I usually don't do much, or anything, with the insides of my cards, but this time I had the perfect stamp from prickly, which was stamped in Versafine Majestic blue ink. I used some leftover MFT Blueprints-13 stars from my sponged papers to frame it et voila!

I'm playing in the Classy Cards 'n Such Challenge #86.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Trust in God

Trust in God

How many times has this been true for you? I know in my life, that oftentimes it is only after I really give something to God, and stop trying to tailor the response I want to hear, that I get a clear answer, a straight and obvious path.

For the ODBD239 Inspiration Challenge, All Things Bright and Beautiful, I loved the blue and black butterfly from the first picture and the vibrant green hues I saw in several of the collage photos. I took a slightly more impressionistic route. I played with my Tim Holtz distress inks until I got the juxtaposition I liked between vibrant spring greenery and a brooding sky to suggest tough times, but also hope, to go along with my ODBD sentiment, embossed in Stampin Up white powder. The panel was cut using my favorite MFT Blueprints 13 stitched rectangle and adhered to a black folder. The fussy-cut butterfly was stamped in Versamark and embossed with black detail powder. Then I colored it in with a mix of Sakura gel pens and brushed the whole thing with my Wink of Stella glitter wand. I popped her up with Joy! foam pads to suggest flight. I added the whimsical, and "uplifting" pearls and voila -- a simple card done.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Greatly Appeciate our Teachers

This week is teacher appreciation week, and in the life of my "special" kids, this year's teachers have been invaluable instruments in God's hands, unlocking minds, teaching not just academics but social skills and self-help, and truly loving all of the kids, on bad days and good. As a result, it is fitting that my most intricate, unaided, card came together so well (I think) in their honor...

I'm playing in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Let's Get Sentimental (also fitting!) this week. For our teachers, I did a subtle riff of the apple theme, creating a garden scene with dies from several Impression Obsession sets. My tree was watercolored by the kids actually, then stolen fair and square by Mommy for crafting. The apples and basket rings I did myself from some scraps of papers I had sponged using Tim Holtz distress inks to get the four apple hues. I popped up the basket and two of the apples with Joy! foam pads for depth.  The ODBD sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Stampin' Up White powder. I couldn't resist throwing in a subtle Christian message, my shy way of bearing witness, et voila!

I also tried a version with the colors inverted (see below), which I really liked with the sponged background in such a happy spring color, die cut with the stitched die from MFT Blueprints 13, but then at the last minute I made a crooked stamp and blew it -- happens to us all at some point I guess!

Hope you enjoy them.