Friday, January 27, 2012

A Little Bit of Spring

For my card today I've used an old Stampendous stamp that I hardly ever use anymore.  I stamped it twice, colored it with Prismacolor pencils, and then cut out the flowers and added them on pop dots.  I cut out a window and backed it with some vellum that has a faint pink and green floral design.  I also used a cuttlebug embossing folder.  I stamped the sentiment, cut it out, and added it with pop dots, also.

I added the full image as an insert on the inside.

  I recently bought a distressing tool and it really does a better job then the scissors I used to use.

Thank you so much for visiting and have a blessed day!

challenges I would like to enter
Joan's Gardens:  create a 4.25 x 5.5 birthday card, use pink, green and some purple, include some distressed edges and add some piercing
Stampin' With The Dragon:  anything goes
Do You Stack Up Challenge:  ribbons
Shelly's Images:  text me (use sentiment on front of card)
PaperCrafting Journey:  floral
Moving Along With The Times:  blooming marvellous
Creative Inspirations:  anything goes


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hymn Challenge #2

The song chosen by Patter for this challenge is 'Turn your eyes upon Jesus', written by Helen Lemmel.   

Quite a few years ago, I experienced an almost paralyzing fear.   I finally asked our pastor for some special prayer and while we were praying, I 'saw' the Lord.  What an amazing experience!  The fear was completely gone and I felt radiant!      

There is nothing in this world that can compare to looking into the face of our Father and experiencing the incredible love He has for each one of us.  

The older I get, the more I long to see Him face to face.

Now I see through a glass darkly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then shall I know even as I am known. 1 Corinthians 13:12   But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, as by the spirit of the Lord.  2 Corinthians 3:18

As you can see, I paraphrased the verse from Psalms.  I always like to use personal pronouns to emphasize the relationship we have with our Lord.

This is done with a digital kit from a Christmas blog hop.

dbk_dst6 & 12pt_paper_traditions
aimeeh_rolled flowers_traditions

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Non-Traditional Valentine Colors

The challenge at Joan's Gardens this week is to use non-traditional colors.  I decided to go with blue and brown.  The DP is Life's Journey from K&Co.  I was intending to go to town to buy some roses but winter hit with full force and so I made a flower from some used dryer sheets.  The small flowers are painted with 'Sage' Creative Inspirations paint.  The die is Spellbinder's 'Contemporary Hearts'.  I placed two of the little punch outs on the ribbon.  The little rose and sentiment stamp is a dollar stamp from Michaels.

One of my goals this year is to keep my cards smaller.  I needed to add lace to my card but found that my card was beginning to look cluttered.  And then it occurred to me that I need to start decorating the inside of my card.  So I added the lace and my sentiment on the inside, as well as the optional key.

 Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day!

Joan's Gardens challenge

  • Create a Valentine in "non-traditional" colors
  • Use some kind of lace
  • Use a flower - rose if possible
  • Use a key - optional

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Simple Valentine

I love making valentine cards, especially when they're pink.  For the background I used a heart embossing folder.  The lovely heart image is from Tammy at A Day For Daisies.  I added the word 'Amour' in Photoshop Elements (this is what I love about digital stamps) and then cut it out in a heart shape.  I used some glossy accents and a supposedly  red glitter pen on the heart image.  I have yet to find an actually red glitter pen. 

I added a Sizzix flourish, my crochet flower with a little rose bud, and my stick pin.  I then finished it off with some sheer ribbon.  The heart cutouts are part of the Sizzix flourish.

I love Cotton Candy Stickles!

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day!

A Day For Daisies: pretty pastels
Joan's Gardens: make a card or tag using some kind of hearts; use any kind of embellishment; use pink/red with white; some kind of embossing

Monday, January 2, 2012

Amazing Grace

A new year, a new beginning.  This year, instead of focusing on just one type of craft, I'm going to be trying lots of different things.

I'm not an artist, never have been, never will be.  But I love to experiment, and would you believe, I have never given myself the freedom to try something just for the fun of doing it.  So this is going to be my year for self-expression.  If others like it, that's an added bonus, but if not, that's O.K. also.

The one thing that I do really want to focus on is to participate in Patter's Hymn challenge which you can find here.   The first hymn is Amazing Grace.  I know this is a favorite of almost everyone.  Patter gave a link to a video of Wintley Phipps sharing about this song.  I was so blessed by this, I just have to share it.

I used to do a lot of digital scrapbooking but not so much anymore.  It's something I love to do and so I have decided to use this format for these challenges.  I am also working on an altered composition book where I will do my journaling, which I will share later.

When I think of the grace of God and how much He has forgiven me, it makes me ashamed when I fail to extend this same grace to the people around me.  They are dealing with the same human frailties that I am.  My prayer is that I will be much more gracious and forgiving than I have been.

Wishing each and everyone a very blessed and Happy New Year!
Hugs, Sarah

digital supplies
blue paper and border_4mbs_traditions_ppg5
red and brown mats_dbk_dst12pt_traditions
letter blocks_e-AlejasDesigns_traditions
bow and lovebird button_bam_traditions
rose cluster_aimee_traditions