Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Teacher Thanks and Prayer Request

Back again with another teacher thank you card. I paired up this sweet image from Crafty Secrets' Childhood images and Journal Notes with some DP from October Afternoon. I withstood the temptation to go with my natural tendency of using some type of black gingham print and went in a different direction with my colors. Needless to say I did not go without distressing my edges and lace with some Antique Linen. You know there are some things a girl just has to do : ) Thank you for stopping by and I would appreciate it if you are lead - to pray for our friends Gabe and Gayle. They just had their fourth child on Monday and their baby is not expected to live much longer. They are believers and are trusting in God's love but as you can imagine it is a difficult time. Thanks again for your time and prayers!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Birds of the Air

I made this card for a friend who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She is beginning chemotherapy and I just wanted to let her know she is loved and in my prayers. I used Crafty Secrets Birds and Botanical Images and Journal Notes and vintage sheet music. I mounted the main image using foam tape and added some texture to my cardstock using Papertrey Ink's Woodgrain Impression Plate. My corner embellishments were made with my Cropodile. This layout is based on Card Patterns Sketch 65. Thanks for coming by and taking a look!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

From the Heart

Teachers have a special place in my heart and I like to thank them each year in some way for the role they have played in our children's lives. I remember asking a friend who is a high school teacher what type of gifts she appreciated? She replied, "One of the most meaningful gifts is when I get a note from my student." Our second daughter is graduating from high school this year so I made this card for her history teacher. Mr. Martin has been Caroline's teacher for the last two years and served as her advisor. The students love and respect him. You know he's the kind that Hallmark features in one of their movies. I need not say anymore!

Now for the card details. I used CHF's Timetable Train Set and Graphic45's Commuique and A Proper Gentleman papers. I added some distressing with Antique Linen and borders using my DP and a Martha Stewart punch. This was another quick and simple card based on the Midnight Madness Sketch and Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenges. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have time this week to stop and remember someone special in your life!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dragonfly Duet

Can you tell I am on a mission? Not only am I committed to continue collecting wonderful DP but to use it as well!! This is another card made using Graphic45's Bontanicabella Collection and Inchie INKlings Sketch #6. Inchies are a great way to make use of those small scraps of paper. For texture, I used the Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder and Score It to frame in the dragonfly. I also added dimension to my sentiment and image panel using foam tape. Another simple card with just a little cutting and pasting. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Morning By Morning

Today's card was made using Graphic 45's Botanicabella Papers - paired up with a tag from the collection. I added a touch more red to the flower with a Copic R39 and sanded those little nubbies off the tag. Then distressed my DP with Antique Linen. For a finishing touch added some white brads colored with a Black Copic 100 . (Used a heat gun to speed up the drying process.) This card was inspired by Stampin Sisters in Christ and Stamp Simply Challenges.

As some of you know my husband's mother came to live with us last March because she was unable to live on her own due to dementia. Grandma cannot be left alone and life for our family has changed. What am I learning through all this? First and foremost I do not have the ability to love and despite of my inadequacies God's love for His people is amazing! The other precious truth that rings over and over again in my heart is God's mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness and for this I am very thankful. So despite how I may feel when I go to bed at night when I wake up it is a new day!

Thanks for stopping by and may there be a joy filled song in your heart today!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Baby On the Way

It feels good to be creating again! Lots going on here and since I had no outside commitments I decided to take some time off from blogging. This week's Stamp Simply Challenge is to make a Mother's Day or woman's card for any occasion. We just found out my nephew's wife is expecting their first baby so I thought what better occasion to celebrate! If I was on the ball I would have had it ready for Sunday. I'm sitting here thinking it's hard to believe I am going to be a great aunt! I used Graphic 45's Baby to Bride and a sketch from Inchie Inklings. The Unforgettable Paper worked out great for my squares because it had a small scale print. I didn't have the right shade green to frame my sentiment background so I edged a piece of ivory cardstock with a Copic BG10 and Antique Linen Ink. Not a difficult card but I did make a mental note to purchase a 7/8th inch square punch next time I am shopping! You know I'm all about simplicity these days : ) Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have the chance to enjoy the simple things this week!