Saturday, August 20, 2011

Music Card

I made this card some time ago as a sample Christmas card, but I loved it so much that I just couldn’t bear to give it away, so it is stashed in a shoebox of my favorite cards. When Stampin’ Sisters in Christ challenge came up this week to use music in some form on our cards, I knew this card would be just the thing. Stamps used are Background (Rubber Stampede, #3428R, Angel Chorus Collage), Cynthia Hart cherubs (Rubber Stampede, #321-E, Dream Angels) and the tissue paper wings are molded on an Amaco Butterfly/Angel mold. The tissue paper technique can be found at the Club Posh forum. I cut the edges of the layers with decorative scissors, spritzed the corners with water to relax the paper so that I could curl it to look like a scroll and added a little glitter bling when the paper was dry. It’s also been distressed with ink to look vintage. Kinda reminds me of those old Victorian German Christmas ornaments.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Ants Go Marching

I was messing about with my Cuddlebug and discovered I could emboss paper with a piece of plastic canvas (sandwich A plate, B plate, plastic canvas, paper, Spellbinder’s rubber mat, B plate), so then I designed a card for this week’s Stampin’ Sisters in Christ challenge using an ant (Rubber Stampede) and watermelon (Posh) for summer birthdays or as an invitation to a barbeque. I cut several pieces of plastic canvas to fit an A2 card and made this one slightly smaller for the inside, so I could showcase the ants marching around the outside of my card, then colored the embossed image with a fingertip sponge. Engage your imagination, pretend it’s a picnic tablecloth. Of course, then I had to add a few flyspecks (Stampin’ Up) to the background as well! *smile* The scallop lace and border around the sentiment (Hero Arts) are by Stampin’ Up. And I pleated my paper with my Score-it Mini!

Thursday, August 4, 2011


“Greet one another with a kiss of love.” -1 Peter 5:14

Beth, our pastor’s wife, helped her mother clean out her garage and ran across a box of letters her parents wrote when they were courting long distance. Her father was in the navy and stationed in a state some distance away from where her mother was living at the time. Beth said she learned much about her parents that she didn’t know before from reading their letters. For instance, she found a new-to-her acronym within her parent’s letters – S.W.A.K. “sealed with a kiss.” She also learned her mother has always loved to applaud people through praise notes.

Peter begins his letter with this greeting, “To God’s elect, strangers in the world,” and goes on to remind the receivers of his letter of who they are in Christ. He also writes that they can put their hope in a living Christ and that they must persevere under trials. He writes this way to remind them of who they are, God’s elect and that they are receiving the goal of their faith, the salvation of their souls!!! Peter ends his first letter with an agape S.W.A.K., love and peace from the Christian brotherhood.

Prayer: Dearest Lord, help me today as I write my little notes. Remind me of who it is that I’m writing to. As an extension of your hand, ink in loving, kind and encouraging words to strengthen their hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Today’s Quote:
"I didn't choose Christianity; I chose Jesus Christ. I am painting and writing what God shows me. I don't know much about the religions, but I know this: God looks at our love." ~ Akiane Kramarik.