Monday, January 26, 2015

My Heart {Purple Onion Designs}

I have another card today featuring a Purple Onion Designs stamp.

I stamped the Doodle Frame Heart onto Copics X-Press It cardstock and then colored the frame portion with Copic Markers and paper pieced the heart. I fussy cut out and then attached to a tag cut with Reverse Confetti Tag Me Too die. I made the tag longer using two patterned papers from the Pink Paislee Bella Rouge pad, adding a double ended flag banner cut from Recollections Mirrored Gold cardstock to separate the two patterns. I topped the tag with black Hemptique twine and then attached the stamped piece to it with dimensional dots. I prepared the background by embossing the lower portion and adding a strip of plain black cardstock. After attaching the tag to the background, I added a trio of clear sequins.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamp, Pink Paislee dp, Recollections Mirrored cs, PTI and Bazzil Basics cs, Verve sequins, Hemptique twine, Reverse Confetti die, My Favorite Things Die-namics, Copic Markers
Copics: R0000, RV00, R81

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015 Goals and Something New

Warning: today's post is totally random and if you are looking for a card only, then you will be disappointed.

First of all, I want to list my 2015 goals here ( I prefer goals as opposed to resolutions). Not because I think you are interested in my life choices but simply as a way to hold myself accountable.

Life goals:
  • Continue on my weight loss/healthier life style plan for life
  • Strengthen my body and my relationships with family and God
  • Join the church we've been attending regularly for two years
  • Read the bible more
  • Pray
  • Organize, purge and refresh our house

Crafty goals:
  • Use my stuff
  • Join more challenges
  • Organize and purge
  • Try new things

Do those sound doable? I think they do. Now on to the crafty stuff.

With today's project I am blurring the lines between my life and crafty goals. Sometime late last year I ran across Shanna Noel's blog quite by accident and discovered the art of Bible Journaling. I quickly added her blog to my reader and searched on Pinterest for ideas. Oh my. So much to take in. I was excited to get started but...wait...needed a journaling bible first, then some other supplies, then Christmas happened. So, I just now got my first page completed this week. I recently joined a Facebook Group that Shanna has set up Journaling Bible. It seems to be a nice group yet it can be intimidating. There are some true artists out there. I consider myself creative but definitely not artistic. My background is scrapbooking and stamping so that is the tools I used to create this jounal entry.

I chose this page to start with because this is actually one of my favorite bible verses and, it was included on a life application message at our church on December 21. I started out by painting a thin coat of Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to curb bleed through to the back page. I then stamped the Verve Psalm 119:105 sentiment onto the page and also the candle from the Pinecone Christmas set and then colored where needed with Copic Markers. I added part of the life application message from my notes that day using some tiny letter stickers from my scrapbook stash. I highlighted the verse with Copics and then added a spritz of V12 Copic marker across the page using my old Stampin' Up Spritzer tool. Simple is normally my style anyway but I definitely went even simpler since this was my first page.

I realize that a Christian related hobby is not for everyone and I also realize that some Christians are going to consider that I am defacing the bible. But to be perfectly honest although I understand the basics of the bible I have not ever been much of a regular reader. Oh sure, certain verses strike a cord with me but to sit down and actually read and study it has been a struggle. I feel that by combining a hobby that I already love to do with the reading of God's word will help me grow spiritually (see my life goals above). Is it for everyone? No. And that is ok.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Flowers, Hearts and Ladybugs {Purple Onion Designs}

I have a project today featuring Purple Onion Designs stamps.

I stamped the Heart Flower onto a white cardstock rectangle cut with a Lil Inker Designs stitched die. And then stamped the various portions of the flower onto four different pieces of patterned paper. I fussy cut out all the various pieces and then paper pieced them onto the background flower, allowing for the outlined portions to remain white for more contrast. I also paper pieced the sentiment which came from the Doodle Frame-Heart set. I then stamped the ladybug from the Love Bugs set onto Copics X-Press It cardstock, colored with Copic Markers and then fussy cut out. I attached it to the image panel with dimensional dots and then added the panel to the prepared background. Lastly, I added a trio of sequins. All the patterned paper except the green came from the super cute Doodlebug Lovebugs pad.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Doodlebug dp, American Crafts dp, PTI, Bazzil Basics and Neenah cs, Doodlebug and Lawn Fawn sequins, Lil Inker Designs die, My Favorite Things Die-namics, Copic Markers
Copics: RV00, R81, R22, R24, R27

All of these stamps are from the Stephanie Ackerman Designs collections at Purple Onion Designs.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

There's Nothing Like Home

Today's card is for this week's Merry Monday #142 Challenge to include a house on a project.

I stamped the house from The Cat's Pajamas Home for All Seasons set using Vermillion Ranger Archival ink and then cut out with the matching die from the Village CutUps. The sentiment was stamped onto a piece cut with the Fancy Flip CutUps. I colored the ribbon in the sentiment with Copic Markers and then inserted two red mini brads on each side. I cut the patterned paper from the Pink Paislee Merry & Bright pad using a Lil Inker Designs stitched die. The double snowflake was cut with two dies from the My Favorite Things Pierced Snowflakes set. I attached all to the background with dimensional tape. The snowflake dies and patterned paper were both new as I bought them during the December sales. I'm really making an effort to use my stuff rather than letting it sit so long in my new box. Sorry about the dark photo. My 9 month old granddaughter Amelia is with me today and I had to wait until nap time.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Pink Paislee dp, PTI cs, Recollections cs, Lil Inker Designs and MFT dies, Doodlebug enamel dot, Copic Markers
Copics: R22, R24, R27

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Monday, January 19, 2015

{The Cat's Pajamas} TCP Tuesday Sketch Challenge

It's TCP Tuesday challenge time at The Cat's Pajamas and Wendy is our hostess for this rotation with a sketch challenge.

I started out by cutting the main panel from patterned paper with my Silhouette using the Free Cutables that Alma provides with each sketch

I stamped the One Cupcake image onto Copics X-Press It cardstock, colored with Copic Markers and fussy cut out. I paper pieced the cupcake wrapper and then attached the image to the panel with dimensional dots. The extra sprinkles and the sentiment were stamped directly onto the card base. The banner at the top was created with the Bitty Banners CutUps and strung together with Hemptique cording.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamps and dies, Avery Elle and Simple Stories dp, PTI and Bazzill cs, Hemptique twine, Copic Markers
Copics: Bunny-E40, E41, E42, E44, R0000, R81; Cupcake/Sprinkles-W00, E81, E81, E83

Here are the details:
  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat's Pajamas blog as well as on our Splitcoaststampers forum and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design The Cat's Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button below. If you want to display your pretties on Splitcoaststampers use keyword TCPTUES282. Only the entries uploaded to the Inlinkz button will be considered for Swanky Stamper at the end of the month.
  3. You must have your project posted by the Monday, 12 midnight EDT before the next challenge to be eligible to win the Cat Cash.
  4. Cards and projects are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas Stamp or CutUps die but if you do the Cat Cash amount increases.
  5. On the following TCP Tuesday, the week's winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10.00 or $15 if a TCP product is used.
  6. At the end of the month, The Swanky Stamper will be selected from all the weekly entries. The Swanky Stamper will receive some of the stamps from our next release and get to play along with us at our Pajamas Party and Blog Hop. AND… They’ll even get a special spot in the Gallery highlighting the project that won them the gig and a snazzy badge to display on their blog.
  7. The Swanky Stamper will be announced the First Monday of the month on Splitcoaststampers, Facebook page and The Cat's Pajamas blog.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sparkle and Shine

I have my first Christmas card of 2015 for you today. I intend making them all year around and skipping my Christmas in July. Plus frankly I had quite a few Christmas themed products in my new box and I needed to use them. Two of my goals this year are to use my stuff and also to participate in more challenges. Today's card is for the Merry Monday 140 Challenge to include snowflakes.

I stamped the two images from the Simon Says Sparkle and Shine set with Versamark Ink onto Sea Glass cardstock circle and then heat embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder. I placed it in a circle cut out from white textured cardstock, layered onto Soft Stone cardstock. I added a snowflake cut from gold glittery cardstock cut with the Simon Says Kate Snowflake die and a smattering of gold sequins for a clean and simple card.

Products: Simon Says stamp, Bazzill and PTI cs, Recollections glitter cs, Simon Says cs and sequins, Ranger Embossing Powder, Simon Says and MFT dies, Versamark ink

Enjoy what is left of the weekend. I think a nap is in my future today.

P.S. Well darn, went to link this to the MM challenge and found out I had missed the deadline.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

My Soul Waits

Good morning. Is it cold enough for everyone? I can't believe the temperatures here in the south. Definitely not something we are use to.

Since Verve is taking the month off with their sketch and diva challenges I decided to do this week's Mojo Monday (#379) sketch instead. I had a new to me Verve stamp set so I was anxious to get it out of my way-too-many-new-stamps stack.

I cut the background pieces using Spellbinders Nestabilities dies and then wrapped a ribbon bow around them. I stamped the sentiment from the New Mercies set onto a tag cut with the Tagged Rectangle Die, attaching to the panel with dimensional dots. I topped the tag with a flower cut with the new Loopy Blooms Die and stamped with the matching image from the Making a Statement set along with branches cut with the Sprightly Sprigs Die set. A couple of enamel dots finished it up. All the patterned paper came from an older My Mind's Eye pad, Be Amazing.

Products: Verve stamps and dies, My Mind's Eye dp, Ki Memories ribbon, Doodlebug enamel dots, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Simon Says ink

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