Monday, December 11, 2017

Some Christmas Goodies

Hello blog friends - I am still here.  We had snow in Alabama this week so it really looked like Christmas around here!  Hardly ever snows so it is such a treat for us!  

Here are a few recent Christmas cards I have made:

This one was made with an old SU! set - Natural Beauty.  It is one of my favorites.  I challenged a friend to make a Christmas card using it as it is one of her favorites too.  This is my creation:

This one is the Christmas card I mass produced this year.  I used DRS Designs images:  Frog on a Log, Santa Puppy and Triple Holly.  I sponged the bg with various colors, colored the images with Prisma Pencils and flecked on some Snowtex.


Here is a fun little Christmas tag made from an Amazon box and lots of Snowtex and gold micro beads.  Super fun to make.  The rolled sentiment is from DRS Designs - Christmas Especially to you.
Hope you are getting ready for Christmas and enjoying the season.  Hugz!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Ribbon Tag

I have changed in my crafting.  Gone are the days of throwing out multiple tries on a card - now days, I just change direction.  I changed direction on this creation a BUNCH of times.
It started out as a card with a fun old die, but my die cutting base is messed up and the die is slightly bent so it slipped.  I tried again with a smaller die and it slipped.  Destined to save the image, I went with an oval but didn't have enough paper left to get a full oval so I had to cover it up with something.  I found this fun bow I had made for something else but never used.  The bow was too big and bulky for a card so this became a large tag.  It is currently tied on a bottle of wine, but I can see it tied to lots of fun things.

The image is the DRS Designs Filigree Pumpkin inked up with several colors of DOX (Distress Oxide Ink - thanks to Loll Thompson for teaching me that acronym) and DI (Distress Ink).  Then I stamped the Deco Happy Thanksgiving To You Greeting.  I scrubbed on a little extra ink around the edges to tie it in with my background.  I made the bg by stamping the Filigree pumpkin in black and sponging on lots of DOX and DI. A polka dot stencil added some additional pattern and covered up a few inky mistakes.

We had a hint of Fall in the air this week  - YAY!!!!

Hope you are enjoying Fall wherever you live - it is a wonderful time full of gorgeous colors and relief from the heat.

Hugz,

Nancy

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pumpkin Surgery and Christmas Bling

I have some fun cards to share today.

On my first card, I did a quick background by inking up some foil with inks in circles, spritzing it all with water, liberally spraying on some Fireworks spray, and then slapping down the paper to soak it all up.  After it dried, I threw some water on it and then mopped it up with a paper towel.  It makes a cool background and if you do lighter ink in the middle circle, you don't have to worry about your lighting on the card. 

After that fun adventure dried, I stamped the new The Floor image (this is going to be a well used image - isn't it great?).  I had so much fun doing some image surgery to create my pumpkin grouping!  Most my pumpkins are from the Hot Air Balloon image:  I stamped them with the balloon stamp and then again with the new Filgree Pumpkin image,  I cut the basket portion off at various levels from the balloons to create different sized pumpkins, sponged them with Distress Inks/Oxides, and put them in a little group. Next, I stamped the new Pumpkin Patch image and cut out one little pumpkin, the large leaf, and the sign.  I stamped a bunch more of just the large leaf so I could cover up my surgery.  I sponged all the images as I was too lazy to color. I still needed more stuff to cover the surgery, so I die cut a bit of foliage (Tim Holtz/Sizzix).  So fun and you can see that pretty Fireworks spray shimmer if you look closely at the corners of my background. 
I did another quick card based on this week's Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers - I was inspired by a Victorian lampshade at Victorian Trading Co. 

I used a Cottage Cutz Bethlehem die cut and sponged Distress Inks around it to get a little cityscape and a cool sky.  Next, I splashed on some water and let it all dry.  After it all dried, I sponged on a bit of orange using  a mask to make a little starburst effect. Then  I stamped the Silent Night with Jesus Star image and added a bit of Stickles to get an even better starburst effect.  This was a super quick and easy card to make even if it doesn't sound like it. 
Super fun to make cards.  I know I say that all the time, but it really is true!

Hugz,

Nancy

Monday, October 9, 2017

Ostriches in the Bible

Every once in a while, I see something on Pinterest that I just have to try and do myself - this ostrich is one of those times. I drew it out with a regular ink pen and some Prisma pencils.  Isaiah 43: 18-21 - has so many messages.  I focused on our need to praise God for His mightiness and all He has done for us and plans to do for us.  Even ostriches, who normally put their head in the sand and are clueless, take note of God in these verses.

Did you know ostriches are mentioned more than once in the bible?  They are a good way to illustrate one of  our big weakness - putting our own heads in the sand.


Many hugz and wishes for a great week - don't be an ostrich (I will try too - lol).

Nancy





Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bible Journaling the Comfort of Psalms

Back after another long absence.  So glad you dropped by.  I am still crafting, working, junking, and hanging out with family - especially those three cute Grandsons of mine.

I have been doing a lot of Bible Journaling.  It seems to help me focus on what is important in life, and I always feel so refreshed and relaxed after doing a page.

Here are a few of my favorite pages:


Don't you love Squirt?  After watching Finding Dory a million times in last 6 months, I have come to really like the scene he is in.  He seemed to fit this lovely section of Psalm 124:1-5.

       If it has not been for the Lord who was on our side,
       Let Israel now say -
       "If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,
        When men rose up against us,
       Then they would have swallowed us alive. 
       When their wrath was kindled against us:
       Then the water would have overwhelmed us,
       The stream would have gone over our soul;
       Then the swollen waters
       Would have gone over our soul."

A wonderful tribute to the Lord and how He saves us in so many ways.  Without Him, our souls would be lost. Kind of reminds me of when the turtles help Dory and friends get to California.

I drew squirt with a black ink pen using some still scenes from the movie as guides.  I colored him up with colored pencils.


On these "Angel" wings, I drew out a bunch of feathers, cut them out, and wrote on some scripture from Psalm 97.  This chapter is about praising the Lord and has wonderful lines such as in verse 6:
"the Heavens declare His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory."  I also love verses 10-12:  "You who love the lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.  Light is sown for the righteous and gladness for the upright in heart.  Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name."

Such lovely verses, they provide much comfort to me.

Hope life is treating you well.  Many hugz


Monday, June 26, 2017

Scrapbook Inspired Cards and BAJ

I look forward to the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers every Saturday.  That challenge always gets me going and starts my weekend off perfectly.  I even get up between 4:00 and 5:00 AM so I have plenty of time to do it before rushing off to garage sales. 

This week the challenge was a Pinterest Board full of Studio Calico scrapbook pages.  I chose THIS page as my inspiration.  That board made me want to start scrapbooking again - I haven't done much in the last year but I am going on a retreat soon and I think I am going to get some Studio Calico supplies and do my pages like the ones on this board.  Love everything in it. 

This weekend, I did a card and a Bible Art Journaling page using the scrapbook page I selected as my inspiration.  The card is part of the thank you cards I am making for my girls to give out after their father's passing (my ex-husband).  I wanted to make them very personal so I am using copies of old pictures.  This scrapbook page challenge worked perfectly for this! 
 I used scraps out of my scrap bin, stars from Dollar General, part of a discarded image using the DRS See You Later Alligator image, SU! Butterfly Thinlit, and an old Thanks! Stamp from SU!
I used the same little left overs for this BAJ page.  Psalms 56 is so comforting.  It speaks of how God stands with us and there is little man can do to us when God is with us.  I highlighted this scripture in my Bible because my Sister had it highlighted in her Bible which I inherited after her death.  She feared for her life for several years and she received comfort in scriptures like this.  Sadly, the people who threatened to have her killed, followed through with it - all over custody of a child and ego.  The evil in this world is so ugly.  Thankfully, we have God to save our souls - if we trust in Him.  She trusted, so I know she is safe now. 

Many hugz

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Signs of Extreme Laziness!

Hello friends!

I have been so lazy lately!  For some reason, I just cant seem to do anything that requires detailed coloring. All my coloring has to be slapped on or I just don't do it. 

For example, I wanted to use the tail part of the new DRS Designs Sandy Mermaid image for a fish card.  I didn't feel like coloring so I just slapped a sponge in some ink and swiped it around. I didn't even use the right sponges or start with a fresh one - I just dabbed the closest old sponge.  I used the ink on my counter because I was too lazy to go look for better colors.  Then I took those same inks and dragged them over some acetate. I sprinkled one some water with my hands (too lazy to go find the mister) and dabbed the splotches on my base panel.  I know if I videoed my processes, people would be horrified.

 On this card, I stamped the DRS Designs See You Later Alligator on a panel a few times and just sponged different inks all over the page (used the same sponge for all of it - how lazy is that?).   I did the same thing coloring up the Polka dot Flower Trio and the Three Butterflies image (the sentiment is the new God Bless Retirement image).  My centers of the flowers are cut out and glued on so it looked like I used different colors or colored the right way.
OK, I have to admit that I am pretty much this lazy all the time and rarely color up anything. My Copic and SU! markers are all drying out and I never think to use them anymore.  I am hopelessly lazy and cheap!!!  The SU! inks on this card are sooooo old!  I did use one new Distress Oxide color - the blue because I am trying it out. 

When I colored up this Bible Art Journaling page below, I used SU! Fabulous Florets for the flowers and dabbed on a little water color pencil which I smeared with a wet finger - another sign of my extreme laziness.  I drew the mason jar because I was too lazy to go find my mason jar stamp.

Christ is the light of the world.  I love this story in John. Can you imagine if those Pharisees would have had Facebook?  Wow, what a thought.

Many hugz!!