I used to have an inner sadness and loneliness. I needed something but I didn't know what. No matter what I tried to fill that void in my life with ...nothing worked. That's because the sin in my life separated me from God.
Then I came to know Jesus as my Savior. He is what was missing from my life. That void is where He belongs. Now I have a song in my heart and a peace that transcends circumstances. He has made me whole and He can do the same for you.
I'm a great aunt. I'm also a Great Aunt. My niece and her family visited us last weekend and we celebrated my Great Niece's 1st birthday. What a sweet and happy child. It was such a pleasure to visit with them and play with her, and while she may not be old enough to appreciate a homemade card yet, her Mom sure did.
I used nestabilities dies to get the octagons, and traced around the outside of the same nestabilities to make the slightly larger octagons that frame them.
My youngest and I were "playing" this weekend and made some cards together. I just got some SU! decorative papers to go with the pastel stampin' spots (mini ink pads) and the matching cardstock that the kids gave me for Mother's Day. What fun! She even let me use her Martha Stewart butterflies. hee hee hee. They're three dimensional and so much fun to work with. She did request that I not use any of the blue butterflies (bummer), but I made do with the orange ones ... lol.
The white part of the card is a little bleached out from the scanner. The color is a little bolder than it's showing here. I haven't had time to play with photos yet. If I get a better image later, I'll switch them out.
This is a card front I cased from Susie B. over at Splitcoast and made into an easel card. I just loved the offset embossing and the added bling really made it pop. I submitted this card for an Easel Card swap over at Just Cards. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and used odorless mineral spirits to give the colors a finished look.
This is the card I made for the Just Cards Die Cuts swap. I used the technique from the Splitcoast Tutorial on how to work "Out of the Box" with Nestabilities. In short, you cut around the area you wish to stay outside the Nestabilities (in my case that would be the balloons), then lift that section out of the way when using the die. You can click the link above to see the full tutorial, photos, and gallery of cards made using this technique. I actually covered the area where my balloons continue outside the Nestabililities because I really wanted a bow on the bottom of the bunch of balloons, but if you look at the tutorial above you will see how very easy this is to to.
Now I'm looking through all my stamps to see what other stamps I could use this with ... lol. Be warned ~ it's addictive!
It's alphabet swap time once again at Just Cards, and we've made it all the way to the letter Z. I googled "Zinnias" and found this fantastic image in the Images results. I've seen a lot of cards lately that use decoupage to layer the image over and over to give it a 3-D effect. In fact, we made some 3-D cards from decoupage sheets while we were at the retreat a couple of weeks ago. The sheets had all the pieces there for you to cut out and use, and it was pretty easy because if an image was there 3 times, you layered 3 of them. All the guesswork was taken out, so it wasn't intimidating at all.
Well, I decided to try and do the same thing with this image. I printed it out four times on cardstock and kind of guessed my way through which layers would stand out in what order.
This photo shows the layers to give you a better idea of how it looks in person:
All in all, it was a lot of fun to do. I don't know if I followed the right rules or not, but I like the results so I guess I can't be too far off.
Thank you for taking the time to visit here today.
When I saw the category for this swap was Vacation, this stamp came immediately to mind. It is a digital freebie from Hambo Stamps. If you click on this link it will take you to the page where you can access the freebie. Under the How to Use section, highlighted in green, you will see the words "free cat" and "free pig". That will take you to the download.
I am trying to stretch and grow a little, so I picked a card sketch from Splitcoast and went from there. I'm still a little intimidated by sketches, but I survived this one and will live to try again another day ... lol. Hopefully my swap partner will like this card as much as I do.
My father always told us if we were going to do something, we should do it right. My mother always said, in for a penny, in for a pound. Well after successfully adding a little embroidery to my Mom's Mother's Day card, I decided to take a dive in the deep end of the pool and bought a pattern for the Stitched or Embroidered card swap.
The pattern is from Form-A-Lines stitching cards. It actually has three patterns: one for a bass guitar, one for a violin, and one for a saxophone. Since my kids play all three I figured I couldn't go wrong buying this 3-pack.
I stitched this card with 3 strands of floss. The next time I think I'll try two instead to try and better define the details. All in all it wasn't hard to do ... just time consuming. But then, that's part of the gift, isn't it?
This is the Mother's Day card I made for my Mom. I've never embroidered a card before, but I thought I'd give it a shot. The digital image is a freebie from Fred She Said. The cardstock is from Stampin' Up! (soft subtles).
I used the mat pack from Stampin' Up! to paper pierce the card on the veins of the flowers and leaves, then I back stitched on the lines with embroidery floss. For the center of the big flower I just randomly stitched french knots. I also added one french knot to the center of each yellow flower. I was really pleased with the results. In fact, I didn't want to give it away, but I knew my Mom would appreciate all that went in to it, so I had to give it to her.
MY KIDS' CARDS TO ME:
This is the card from my two oldest (ages 16 & 15). My oldest made the card and let her brother sign it too. She used a digital image I purchased from Sweet 'n' Sassy Stamps, and Nestabilities (Lables Three dies) to make the frame around little Cocoa the mouse. I love how she layered the papers and added the lace border with the Martha Steward punch. The inside of the card was even sweeter ... it said "Got chocolate?" My girls and I have a rule that you can't make cards or scrapbook without a little chocolate at the table, so the sentiment was just perfect.
This card is from my youngest (age 13). She spotted that paper in our LSS a month and a half ago, bought it and came straight home and made the card. How sweet is that? It was also kind of funny because she sealed it up right away and hid it. When I was reading it this morning, she asked me if she could read it again because it's been so long, she forgot what she wrote. Well, she may have forgotten, but I never will. Both cards had heartfelt words inside that I will treasure forever.
My youngest also decided that I needed to get a card from our biggest baby ... my golden retriever. While he was sleeping she inked his paw and got an impression. She then outlined it and colored it in with a black marker.
The dog loved the whole experience because he got extra treats from me for giving me such a nice card.
I hope all you Moms out there had a very special day. It's a thankless job at times, which makes days like these all the more precious.
Happy Mother's Day!
ON A PERSONAL NOTE: I didn't know it at the time, but this turned out to be the last Mother's Day card I would ever get to make for my Mom and she absolutely loved it. I am so glad I took the time to make her something special and to treasure her while I could.
I am a Christian, wife, and homeschooling mom to three wonderful teenagers. Our family loves to use the gifts God has given us to praise Him and encourage others. I hope my crafts will inspire you to do the same. ~ Snoopy
All of my cards are for personal use. They are not for sale. ~ Snoopy
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from Jim Davis to "Sparky" Schulz
~ IF YOU WERE TO DIE TODAY ... do you know FOR SURE you'd go to HEAVEN? ~
Here's what the Bible says:
Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" ~ we are all sinners
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." ~ we deserve to pay for our sin. But God provided a way out for us.
Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." ~ He paid those wages for us. When we accept His gift of Salvation, God no longer sees our sin ... He sees His Son!
Romans 10:9-10 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
~ You CAN know for sure! Jesus loves you and has provided a way for you to be with Him forever! Please know we can't get there on our own ... because of our sin. But God paid our sin debt on Calvary's cross. He conquered sin and death when He arose from the grave. He is in Heaven now ... waiting for us. Salvation is a gift from God. Repent of your sin and accept His perfect gift today.
Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." ~ "whosoever" means you and me!