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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!

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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!

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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!

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2017-Apr-29a

This is my first time watercoloring a digi stamp by Marcella Hawley at Power Poppy, and only my second time making a swing card (see my first one here). I’m just wondering what took me so long to buy Marcella’s stamps, her florals (which I have a weakness for) are done artistically (reminds me of Marjolein Bastin’s style), they are such a pleasure to work with! This card is for three challenges – for SplitcoastStampers’ Healing Words Inspiration Challenge by Audrie, Power Poppy’s Grab That Spark Pick-a-Sketch Challenge and Simon Says Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge.

The first thing I did was to print the digi on watercolor paper, but changed the black lines to sepia tones (there are some details that became hard to see later, specially with the butterfly, but, oh well…I was trying for a Marjolein Bastin look, LOL!). Anyway, I used watercolor gel crayons, and for the most part, they worked okay – just had trouble with that butterfly (sigh). Here’s a close-up of the colored piece:

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Next, I decided to use Sketch #3 at Power Poppy’s Challenge, but I kind of wanted to do something different, so I made it into a swing card – the sketch lends itself beautifully to a swing card, right? So, I hauled out the Silhouette and cutting files, and then started thinking what will this card be for? I thought  that the cheerful flowers would brighten someone’s day, specially someone who might not be feeling well. This got me thinking about Audrie’s challenge, to use “healing words”.  I got out an old Get Well card (I bought old cards that were on sale at our local library and found that they were great  for inspiration and the sentiments written inside), copied (and re-worded) the sentiment, printed it in Artists Script font, and glued it to the back of the part that swings. Here is how it looks like inside:2017-Apr-29c

The sentiment on the left goes:  Think of flowers blue and gold, petaled beauty you can hold; Think of sunshine warm and bright, And lovely starshine in the night; Then know that someone does care, and is lifting you up in prayer; 

The last part of the verse “And hoping that you’ll soon be feeling better”, was printed on vellum. The next time I make this card, I’ll print that part directly on the designer paper (working with vellum can be a pain at times, specially gluing it!). I added flourishes all over the inside – these were cut on the Silhouette and watercolored also, because it kind of looked too plain (but now, it’s over the top, LOL!). The designer paper I used came from my scraps – it’s spattered with white, green and dark brown.

The inside is all jazzed up, so to balance the card front, I spattered white paint on the green card base (Bazzill – emerald city), and also added cut flourishes in the corner. “Happy Thoughts” was printed on vellum using Artists Script font, and overlaid onto the central panel:

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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!
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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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2017-Apr-22a

For this week’s Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, Lois pointed us to the Scor-Pal Pinterest Board, which showcased interesting papercrafting projects (ones that are right up my alley!). I chose Dina Kowal’s card because I loved the soft hues of pink, the arrangement of flowers on one side, and the pretty bow that completed the look. This project is also for Scor-Pal’s More Than One Score Challenge #36 Interactive Project and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Shower and/or Flowers.

This project is something that I always make ever since I made the template – I make a whole bunch during Christmas! The instructions plus a template for making this beautiful gift card holder can be found here: Framed Gift Card Holder.

In keeping with Dina Kowal’s style, I used soft hues of yellow (instead of pink), arranged the flowers on the same side, and used a sheer white bow. This holder used a 12×12  white cardstock, decorated with strips of yellow polka dot paper (American Girl). The yellow hydrangeas are from Prima, the sentiment was printed using a combination of Bernhardt Fashion BT and Albemarle Swash fonts. I put a yellow twine bow to make it easy to pull out the gift card, see below:

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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-12a

For this week’s Inspiration Site at SplitcoastStampers, Audrie showed us Floral Arrangements by Gloria Stagmer. I can’t hide my excitement with this site, I just love florals! I could look at this site for days on end and not run out of creative juices! When I saw this teapot filled with flowers, I thought I’d dig up Gem’s Cottage teapot template and give it a “fresh” look (for those who have a cutting machine, we have the cutting file here).  This little teapot is also my entry at Scor-Pal’s More Than One Score Challenge #36 – Interactive Project.

This is a pretty simple template with just two pieces. I cut the template pieces from pink cardstock (Recollections), and scored it following the instructions (now you see how beat-up my Scor-Pal is, it’s because it’s about 10 years old, but it still works and I use it all the time, LOL!). 2017-Apr-12c

After scoring both pieces, the edges and score lines were sponged with Ranger inks in Sepia. The design area (template is also included) was cut from The Rustic Stack by DCWV, with edges and score lines sponged like the teapot base. I decorated the part that forms the “lid” with flowers that mimic the designer paper: flowers were punched from a scrap of pink cardstock and edges were sponged with brick red, centers were punched from scraps of yellow cardstock, and the stamen is from Recollections. The stems and leaves were punched and cut from Lily Pond cardstock (Bazzill Basics). 2017-Apr-12d

I like how this turned out, and of course, I had to do it on the other side, too!

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Since it is a tea caddy, it is filled with… my favorite tea, of course!

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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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2014-June-18a

***Update 1*** Please scroll down to the end of this post for instructions and a template for this project.

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