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Comforting Thoughts composite

Last Saturday, Audrie, over at SplitcoastStampers, urged us to do something different for the Inspiration Challenge: make your own mini book. This challenge was perfect for me, as I was trying to think of a project which would put together comforting thoughts from the Scriptures, something that I needed since I am going through a pretty rough “storm” right now.

It’s not going to be something that can be easily done in an hour or two, well, not even a day! It was a project that would need the services of my trusty ol’ Scor-Pal and the use of my favorite spring colors  (that’s why I’m linking this project to Scor-Pal’s Favorite Color Combination Challenge). I would need to make plenty of flowers – which are all over our backyard right now and answers Robin’s question for Friday’s Free for All Challenge. It would also need a humongous amount of paper piercing…but, it was going to be fun and oh, so worth it!

I started making the pages first: I cut white Georgia Pacific cardstock into 8″ x 3.5″ strips, scored the middle and folded them to make 4″ x 3.5″ pages.  If you think that the design and layout look familiar, it’s because it is exactly the same as my Special Day Tag Card. I used the same paper piercing pattern but I printed all the Bible verses on a different sheet (using BrodyD font), then punched into 2-inch circles. The circles were then glued onto the paper-pierced frames. There are 12 pages in all – and to attach them all together, I made “hinges” by scoring a 12″ x 3.5″ strip at every half-inch mark. Check out this picture from Pinterest that inspired me how to do it. For the book covers, I used Bazzill Basics papers to cover two chipboards that were cut 4 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ (a quarter inch larger than the pages, in both length and width).

Other notes: I plan to make other mini books like this since it was fun, but I will not use white glue or transparent glue gel to stick the circles in – it made the card stock warp! I will either use the ATG or rubber cement.

Here are pictures of the entire book – and I hope, that you, the reader, will be comforted if you need it, too!

Comforting Thoughts Cover

Comforting Thoughts 1

 

Comforting Thoughts 2-3

Comforting Thoughts 4-5

Comforting Thoughts 6-7

Comforting Thoughts 8-9

Comforting Thoughts 10-11

Comforting Thoughts 12

Thank you for coming over to take a look!

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2017-May-08a

I still need a few Mother’s Day cards to make and needed some kick-in-the-you-know-what to get me going today, so I was totally delighted when Tricia over at SplitcoastStampers asked for some May flowers in the CAS Challenge. Yay! This card is also for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: A Hint of Pink (although, there’s more than just a hint of pink here, LOL!).

I had already made these daisies sometime ago from DMC floss #743 (for the yellow centers),  #703 (for the green calyx of the buds) and “blanc” (white). The flowers were made just like pompoms using a 26-gauge green floral wire to tie the floss together and also serve as the stem. For the buds, I started the same way, winding white floss on a piece of 3/8″ cardboard. After tying together the floss at the base with wire, I slipped another wire at the top and twisted the wire tightly to keep the floss from spreading outward (the wire is hidden at the back of the bud). I then got a piece of the green floss, moistened it with white glue, and wound it around the base of the “bud”, then let it dry. Here is a close-up of the flowers:

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The rest of the card came quickly together after the flowers: the sentiment was printed on a strip of white cardstock using CaslonNo450SwaD font, the cardbase was cut from Bazzill Ballet embossed polka dot, the leaf came from Recollections (which I trimmed quite a bit because it was quite large). I hot-glued the daisy bouquet over the sentiment, and called it done!

Thank you for coming over to take a look!

 

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2017-May-06b

I made a clean and simple (to me, LOL) tag card today for a few challenges at SplitcoastStampers: Maura’s Color Challenge to use Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Cucumber Crush (the colors scream of spring!!!), Toni’s “May the Fourth Be with You” Challenge (although I have “your” in my sentiment – I hope that’s fine) and Jeanne’s It’s CAS To Me Challenge (I normally have a 2nd or 3rd layer on my card for the sentiment, but for this one, it’s just the card base – one layer, yeah!). This is also for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – A Hint of Pink!

I decided on the sentiment first on this tag card – it should be something that can be used for a birthday, a graduation, Mother’s Day, Retirement Day – because I always seem to be needing tags for occasions like these. “It’s your Special Day” fit the bill for all of these – and printed several on Georgia Pacific 110 lb white card stock using Frenchscript font. These were then cut to 7″ x 3.5″, and folded in half.

The paper piercing pattern came from Gem’s Cottage Paper Piercing Floral Set. I printed  it first, cut it to size, then by holding it against the light, positioned the pattern on the reverse side of the sentiment.  ( I normally do my paper piercing on the reverse side because I want the nubby holes to be on the front side – I like the texture showing that way.)

The flowers were made with DMC embroidery floss – #4020 (variegated blue), probably #335 – this came from my scraps (pink), #973 (yellow) and #703 (green). These were made like pompoms, only that I did not trim them, and used a 26-gauge green floral wire to tie the floss together and  become the stem. A Martha Stewart leaf punch was used for the green leaves behind the flowers using a green Colorbok cardstock. Here is a close-up:

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I made several of these tag cards, so that when that “Special Day” for someone comes, I’m ready – yeah!

Thanks for coming to see what I’ve been up to!

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2017-Apr-25a

 

***Update: Pam chose this card  to be the Color Challenge Favorite  for the week (squealing happily)! Thank you, so much, Pam – it is such an honor!
Color challenge favorite copy

I didn’t plan to make a card today, but when I saw the colors chosen by Pam at SplitcoastStamper’s Color Challenge, I just couldn’t resist. So the colors that had to be used were Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky and Smoky Slate – soft colors that’s fantastic when put together. So here I am again, embroidery floss in hand (yes, I do have plenty of those, in lots of different colors, lol!), making flowers for a second Proverbs 31:28 card. I always print a second sentiment or verse when I’m making a card, just in case I make a mistake…so I’m using the scripture that I printed yesterday (see my first card using this verse).

For this card, again, I used Strathmore Watercolor paper (cold press 90 lb) cut to make a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card base. The gray cardstock (Recollections) measures 2.5″ x 3.75″ and has a vellum overlay (The Paper Company). The vellum was cut an inch longer than the gray cardstock so that I can fold it over and the adhesive won’t show through. The blue flowers were made from DMC floss # 4020 – it’s variegated, so it has those beautiful soft blue hues. The pink flowers were made from DMC floss #3716(pink) and the centers from DMC floss “blanc” (white). These flowers were made like pompoms, using a 26-gauge floral wire to tie the floss together and also serve as stems. I added some curled wire for more interest (they look like flower buds). The leaves were punched from the same gray cardstock with a Martha Stewart leaf punch. Using a Chalk Writer (Craft Decor), I doodled short lines on the leaves. The entire floral arrangement was hot glued onto the vellum/gray cardstock piece and mounted on the card base. The Scripture print was glued over the flowers (now, I realize that I should have made the vellum/gray piece longer…oh, well!), and half pearls were added on each side. Pearls were also added on top of each blue flower. Here is a close-up of the flowers:

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Thank you for taking a peek!

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2017-Apr-24a

***Update: Jaydee chose this card to be A Cut Above! Yay – doing the happy dance! Thank you so much, Jaydee, it’s such an honor, and I’m so grateful!

Cut Above Paper Players

I am quite excited because this is a first for me: making and posting a card for The Paper Players challenge on Monday! Yeah!!! Sandy gave a Sketch Challenge this time, and something about it just made my creative gears go spinning and whirring, that in no time at all, I came up with a card that I’m happy with!

The card base was cut first from watercolor paper (Strathmore cold press 90 lb) to make a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card. I stamped some wild grass (from Mark’s Finest Papers) on the upper middle half with Ranger Distressed Inks (peeled paint) and sponged the white spaces in between the grass stems with the same ink to create the background for the embroidery floss flowers. The flowers were made from DMC floss #550 (plum), #732 (pink), and a variegated pink/yellow floss from my scraps. I used a 26-gauge green floral wire to tie the floss and serve as stems for these “wildflowers”. Half-pearls (Recollections) were put in the centers of plum-colored flowers. The middle panel was cut with a window and popped up with foam tape to create a shallow recessed area for the flowers (Bazzill Basics Lily Pond). The Bible verse was printed in Bernhardt Fashion BT font on the same watercolor paper, then was anchored by two half-pearls on each side.

My only regret is that I couldn’t follow the sketch exactly, I had to move down the horizontal piece, because it wasn’t working when it was on the flowers. Sigh. Just can’t win them all, lol!

Thank you, Sandy, for an awesome sketch, and thanks, everyone for looking!

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2017-Apr-18a

This card is for three challenges at SplitCoastStampers. The first one is Inspiration Challenge #593, where we use Gloria Stagmer’s Pinterest board, Floral Arrangements , and my inspiration piece is this picture (love the eucalyptus leaves and the flowers peeking among them). The second challenge is Clean and Simple #425  , where dimensionals should be used. The final challenge is to use the colors Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Basic Black and Crumb Cake – Color Challenge #631.  Whew! Yup, got them all covered with this card!

The red flowers were made from embroidery floss (I don’t know if a tutorial is needed here, because it really is very easy to make them – it’s like making pompoms, only with embroidery floss), and used black rhinestones for the centers. The “eucalyptus leaves” were made by punching tiny circles using an ordinary 3-hole punch, then just strung and glued with a bit of glue on a 28-gauge green floral wire. The Bible verse was printed using BernhardFashion BT font on a Georgia Pacific 110 lb white cardstock. The oval shapes were cut on the Silhouette.  Here is a close-up pic:

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2017-Apr-15a

I am so excited today because at SplitcoastStampers, Audrie chose Floral Arrangements board by Gloria Stagmer as the Inspiration site this week! Wheeee! I am just squealing with delight here because florals are my absolute favorite theme when making cards (it’s not really that obvious, right? tee-hee-hee-hee). My inspiration is this floral arrangement, I just love the deep coral color of the lilies and tulips in the foreground.

For this card, I made flowers with embroidery floss (DMC #352 – small flowers, variegated floss in similar shade – don’t know the number because it’s a scrap from another project for the medium flowers), the stems were cut in different heights – from an inch to about 3 inches, put a half pearl for the centers and arranged them in a pretty bouquet. Here is a close-up of the flowers:

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The leaves were punched from Birthday Lime Stripes cardstock by Queen and Co, using Martha Stewart  and EK Success leaf punches. The  beautiful dp for the background is cut from The Garden Tea Party Stack by DCWV. The base is a cream cardstock by Recollections, and the sentiment is printed on the same paper using BernhardFashion BT font. Thanks for viewing!

 

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