Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Harvest Time/Thanks Giving

Hello! I hope, as I post this blog entry and new challenge at Twist of Faith that you are safe. Mother Nature has been causing quite a bugaboo along the east coast of the US. Sending up praises and thanksgiving that, while not good in many places, it did not "hit" in areas first anticipated or feared. Nothing like this is ever "good," and the destruction in areas of New Jersey and New York has been devestating, but the loss has been property and not lives, and for that we give thanks -- leading me into this week's theme at Twist of Faith --

Your card creation should depict a HARVEST time.... be it in autumnal colours and images, perhaps a country/farm creation reminding us that our bountiful tables and bellies are filled by others who work the land, or a creation of THANKS to someone, or a celebration of THANKSGIVING! Remember our 'twist of faith'  and  make sure your creation includes a scripture, quote or an uplifiting sentiment that suits this week's theme.
"They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness."
Psalm 145:7 NIV
"We thank God for you all the tine and we pray for you."
I Thessalonians 1:2 NLV

Our sponsor this week is  StampArt Design by Kathryne! Our random prize winner will receive their choice of 4 images from the SADK collection available at Whimsy Stamps! If you are not yet familiar with Kathryne and her images, you MUST visit her site. I was first introduced to her wonderful images via her sponsorship on our Card Crafter's Circle challenge blog. I quickly "fell in love" with her wonderful images, and you will, too!
Using the delightful scarecrow and pumpkin image, I have colored, as usual, with Copic markers after printing my image onto X-Press Blend card. Once colored, I cut the image card into a square/rectangle and matted it with green and then rust card. My base card is brown card, and my DPs are all from Simple Stories' 6x6" pad called Harvest Lane. Because my paper is a bit fussy, I've kept my embellishments minimal in order not to distract from my wonderful image and my sentiment. I've only added four small glitter dots (two on the upper right corner and two on the upper corners of my image). The glitter dots started out white, but I colored them rust orange using a Copic marker.
My sentiment is: Be JOYFUL always; PRAY continually; GIVE THANKS in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thess. 5: 16-18
This is a lovely verse, but a very difficult one to carry in our hearts. We are always quick to give thanks when things are going well. It is easy to give thanks for our blessings when they are obvious. It is far more difficult to give thanks in all circumstances when we have allowed our discouragement to turn our hearts away from the truth that God is taking care of us at all times. It is much harder to say thank you when we forget that what we have to be thankful for is a loving God who knows our pain and our suffering and who has promised to carry us through the storms.
I have heard people make the statement, "I have nothing to be thankful for --" The verse tells us to give thanks in all circumstances -- not easy when you are out of work or sick or, have lost your home, or whatever else is weighing heavily on your heart -- No, my friend, it is not easy, but then neither was our Savior's journey to Calvary carrying the heavy cross but He made that journey, and therein is always a reason to give thanks!
God bless you all. I am so very thankful for each of you who visit my blog. Please take a few minutes, if you can, and visit our Twist of Faith challenge blog to see more wonderful images by Kathryne and the lovely cards the other DT members made using them.

http://kaboodledoodles.blogspot.com/ - Fall Items
http://totallystampalicious.blogspot.com/ - Anything Goes

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dutch Paper Craft Release

Hello everyone. I have no still photos of cards to share with you this evening, but I do have a video, if you are interested. I'm not sure if I mentioned on this blog or not that at the end of September, I somehow contracted a deadly virus on my computer and lost my entire drive. We are not sure how and exactly when I got it, but one morning I started having problems and by the evening, the virus had systematically taken over and destroyed all of my files and my entire hard drive. This was highly frustrating since, at the time, I had not one but THREE virus and malware programs running. Well, I ended up having to buy a new computer. The reason I'm explaining all of this is by way of letting you know that I lost photos and documents that were on my hard drive. I usually store photos and important data on several external drives, but had not had a chance to move August and September files to the external drives.

That brings me to the video and lack of still photos of my cards to share with you. Today Darlene Placito of Dutch Paper Crafts (for whom I'm one of the DT Members) released a set of dies and stamps for which I'd done the samples. Usually after Darlene takes the dies live via her blog and a video showing, we DT members share the still pictures of our samples and give you details of what we've done to make them. Fortunately, I did find the written information of what I did. Unfortunately, I didn't find any photos of my cards.

So, if you are interested and have an extra five minutes to spare, you can see the video of my cards on Darlene's  blog at http://dutchpapercrafts.blogspot.com. (My release is the second video.)

And, if you do watch, here are the written details of my cards: (Thanks to a sweet friend whom I shared a few of my cards before mailing to Dutch Paper Crafts, I am able to share a couple of the cards shown on the video. Bless her heart, she kept my pictures and has sent them back to me.)

Tilda with Lamb Card:

          Pink card stock

          DP by My Mind’s Eye, “Fine and Dandy Girl” Pad

          Beads by Recollection

          Aqua flower by Prima

          Pink flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts

          Ink for stamp by Close to My Heart

          Image by Magnolia Stamps

          Tag – Marianne CR1212

          Sentiment – Marianne SF1113


Flying By Butterfly Card

          Brown card base

          Yellow DP by My Mind’s Eye, Howdy Doody Pad

          Spellbinder Labels 8

          Lace from Jolee called French General

          Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts

          Leaves from McGill leaf punch

          Corners (inside) from Life Style Crafts DC0317, Flourish borders

          Butterfly image by Magnolia Stamps

          Ribbon from stash


Tilda with Teddy Bear

          Green card for base

          DP from My Mind’s Eye, Howdy Doody pad

          Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts

          Ticket tag – Marianne CR1212

          Sentiment – Marianne SF1113

          Image by Magnolia Stamps


White on White Card (no still photo available - see video)

          All 4 pieces of LR0234

          Cut and embossed dies from white card

          Layered dies raising every other one using foam dimension pop-up dots

          Pearls by Recollections

          Sentiment stamp (inside) by Great Impressions (quote by Mother Teresa)


Hooked on You

          White card base

          Blue card from stash for mats

          DP by My Mind’s Eye, Away We Go and Quite Contrary, Jack & Jill pads

          Image by Magnolia Stamps

          Sentiment – Marianne SF1113

          Oval Die for sentiment – CR1212

          Pink glitter chipboard letter U by Me & My Big Ideas

Happy Birthday Card (no still photo available - see video)

          White card base

          Black card for mats

          DP from Fancy Pants, Beach Babe pad

          Sentiment – Marianne SF1113

          Image by Di’s Digi Stamps

          Flowers by Prima

          Center of flowers dots by Heidi Grace

Wishing You a Nice Day (no still photo available - see video)

          White card

          Green card mat

          DP from My Mind’s Eye – Lost & Found, Market Street pad

          Large die from Marianne LR0234

          Sentiment from Marianne SF1113

          Ticket tag from Marianne CR1212

          Ribbon by Offray

Thanks and hugs,


Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Day at the Races

It's Spring Racing Carnival time in Australia, so they are media saturated with images of beautiful people in glamorous clothes, striking Race Horses with their jockeys and silks, rose gardens and champagne. Since our wonder Card Crafter's Circle blog owner is Australian (as is one of our great DT members), our challenge for you this week, is to create a card, fitting our theme...


Will you show us horses in the winner's circle? The champagne and canapes? Or the Ladies and the Fashions on the Field? Whatever it is, make sure it's Glitzed and Glamoured!

Here in the USA, the racing season has come to an end. We have run the Kentucky Derby, Preaknes, and all the other circuts. When I think of the races, I do think of the haute coutour hats and clothes. I, unfortunately, didn't have an image of a lady wearing a high style hat (which would have been my choice), so I went looking for freebies on the internet. Sadly, because I am running behind, I failed to note where I got this imge and the artist's name. If anyone recognizes it, will you please let me know so that I can give appropriate credit? I printed off the image and colored it with Copic markers. I used a Sakura Jelly Roll clear star glitter pen for her jewelry to imitate diamonds.

The DP is from the MME pad called Cowboy. The roses are from WOC and Recollections. I painted red Stickles on all three of the roses for extra glitz and sparkle. The jewel swirls are by Recollections.

If you have a minute or two, please drop over to the Card Crafter's Circle blog and have a look at what my fellow teammates created for this fun theme. Thanks! Have a blessed week.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Flutter By Challenge 211

This week, at Flutter By Wednesday, we are asking you to use a sketch in addition to your butterfly or fairy image. One of our wonderful DT members, Kathy Curry, has challenged us to use the fantastic sketch below:


The image that I used is a stamp that I received as a "bonus" when I purchased a card making magazine that is published in the UK. The set is called Fairies of the Season and is by Sarah Williams. There are four delightful images in the set depicting each of the four seasons. I stamped off my winter fairy and scanned it because the actual stamps are only about 1 to 1.5" each, and I wanted my image to be larger. After enlarging the image in Word, I printed it off on Cryogen card and colored it with Copic markers. I added Stickles to the "fur" areas.
After my Stickles were good and dry, I cut the image in a circle shape using my Coluzzel (HA! I finally remembered what those things are called! They are an older tool, a forerunner to the Spellbinder, Life Style Crafts, etc. metal dies we use now.) I cut a second circle with a slightly larger Coluzzel out of gold paper and matted the image with it. I then used a white card base and layered it first with the gold paper and then with cranberry card. I then cut strips of DP and layered them on top of the cranberry.
My cranberry colored ribbon has a metalic center which adds to the festive flaire. The white poinsettia flower (from Michaels) came with a coarse white glitter on the petals, but I added red Stickles to the smaller, red poinsettias (WOC).
I do hope you will join us this week in the challenge at Flutter By Wednesday. Just remember this week you MUST use the sketch as well as use either a butterfly or fairy. Even if you might not have time this week to enter the challenge, I do hope you will have a few minutes to have a look at the beautiful cards the DT have made for your inspiration and enjoyment.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Two By Two

And the animals came two by two. . .
I am definitely an animal lover. In fact, sad to say, there are times that I think I prefer animals to people because I think there are times that people do act worse than animals. Guess many of us feel that way at times. Over the years, I've owned a myriad of little four legged fur-babies, and each one has held a special place in our family and in our hearts. Evidently God liked animals, too, since He created them before He created people. This week, at Twist of Faith, our challenge for you is to create a card depicting/primarily using
This week our challenge prize for our random winner is provided by the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps! A wonderful prize of SEVEN DIGITAL IMAGES... winner's choice!
We love Bugaboo Stamps, and we know so many crafters do too! We appreciate their awesome sponsorship... the images are so much fun!
The image that Bugaboo graciously provided me is so sweet and cute. I printed it off on Cryogen card. (Cryogen is my card of choice lately simply because I've run out of all my other Copic compatible card stock, and I've not yet had a chance to sit down and order others.) I've colored it with the Copic markers and then cut it into a rectangle using a Spellbinder die. I inked around the cut out image with brown ink by ColorBox.
My card is white base with brown layer and rust layer. Then using two bits of scrap, I've cut a brown panel and an orange dotty layer which I attached. I then added a piece of  sticky webbing in raffia color and placed the colored image on top of that. I took a piece of jute string and created a three loop bow. On top of the bow, I added an orange button (and yes, it is orange and not red as it appears in the photo above). Lastly, I added four small buttons; one in each corner.
I was going to go with a more "animal" oriented Bible verse, but after I colored my two adorable giraffes, I decided to pick up on the tiny heart above their heads and go with the love theme My verse says, "Love one another as I have loved you."
Our team at Twist of Faith have created some delights this week  using creatures great and small with our our sponsor's images. Do take a minute or two and go have a look! Each week my teamies amaze me with their creativity and their beautiful cards.


http://panpasteluk.blogspot.com/ - Animals
http://thecraftypad.blogspot.com/ - Use an Animal
http://onestopcraftchallenge.blogspot.com/ - Anything Goes

Friday, October 19, 2012


In October, many people enjoy the fun of Halloween, and so our theme for you this week is at Card Crafter's Circle is, what else but


Show us your Halloween goodies! Delight us with orange and black, purple and green, and anything spooky in between! We are excited to welcome back a fab sponsor, the awesome KPM DOODLES! Our randomly drawn challenge winner will receive their choice of TWO SETS of images from the KPM DOODLES collection... what an awesome prize!
I, personally, am not a big fan of Halloween. It has nothing to do with the spookiness or the costumes and decorations. In fact, I cannot truly pin-point what it is about Halloween that makes me not care for this little celebration.  I like the colors of fall, and I enjoy pumpkins. I appreciate the artistry some people show with their pumpkin carvings. I get a big kick out of seeing the little ones all dressed up in adorable costumes. Beyond that, though, it is a celebration that I could do without. OK, you can accuse me of being an old sour puss, but even when I was younger, I didn't care for Halloween, so HA!

I much prefer the day after Halloween which, in the Catholic Faith, is known as All Saints Day. It is the day we honor all who have died and gone on to Heaven before us. It just seems more fitting to honor the saints than to celebrate the damned. OK, I understand the superstition behind Halloween. We dress up like gouls in an attempt to keep them away from us and to ward off evil spirits. Again, I guess my religious upbringing is stronger than I sometimes think because I fully believe that I have God on my side and don't need anything except my faith in Him to ward off evil spirits.
All that being said, it seems that I have made more than my usual Halloween cards this year (smile), and today I present yet another using the KPM Doodles black cat. Look at his cute little face. Don't those eyes look as if he is startled by those ghosts coming up in the background?
My two pieces of DP are from my scrap bag. I've used both on another Halloween card, but I liked them as they are very representative of Halloween colors. I matted them both with a piece of purple card. My base is a 5.5 x 5.5" white card. My background "doily" is cut from purple card using a Spellbinder die. My ghosts are actually stickers, and I've added tiny, tiny gold and "cut glass" dots to the eyes. The sentiment ("Boo") is also a sticker from the same sheet as the ghosts. Lastly, I added four amber colored rhinestone jewels.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Butterfly OR Any Winged Creature

This week at Flutter By Wednesday, we are giving a bit of leeway to allow a little more creativity. This week, your creation may be a butterfly, fairy OR any winged creature (that means birds, bees, or even termites -- ok, so I exaggerate a bit with the last one, but it does mean you can use an angel or winged dragon or anything with wings). Our sponsor this week is SCACD stamps, and this week the prize is a $25 gift certificate to SCACD. How fun is that?

My image, a SCACD exclusive rubber stamp, is a beautiful southern belle (just like me - HA! Well, the southern part is true!). I've stamped her onto Cryogen card and colored her in with my trusty Copic markers. She has the prettiest face (as do other SCACD stamps; you've really got to see them).

I started with my usual white card base and layered aqua card on top of that. I then used two papers from "The Whimsy Stack" by DCWV. The bottom piece is striped, and the top piece is a pattern which included glossy glitter birds. I used peach ribbon which I wrapped three times around my card, and created a triple loop bow to which I added a small peach rose (Wild Orchid Crafts). I punched two butterflies from the aqua card using a Martha Stewart punch, and I brushed on Waterfall Stickles to the wings. I added two aqua colored rhinestones (Recollections from Michael's Crafts) to the butterfly bodies. Lastly, I added a small red rhinestone (Recollections) to the center of the rose on Belle's hat.

I used the sketch from this week's Tuesday Morning Sketches (turned sideways) for my format.

Sadly, this is one of those cards that is really much prettier in real life than in the photo. I was quite pleased with the overall effect, and I photographed it a number of times trying to capture just how pretty it really is, but to no avail. I keep practicing, but I have not yet found a reliable method for photographing my samples so that they actually show up as well on the screen as they do in my hand.

Do take a few minutes, if you can, and go over to our Flutter By Wednesday blog to have a look at all the beautiful cards that the DT have made for your inspiration this week. You will not only see a lot of lovely cards, but you will also see a lovely variety of the fantastic SCACD stamps. You will want them all; they are that pretty.

http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/ - Weekly sketch
http://bearlymine-challenges.blogspot.com/ - Anything Goes
http://www.craftysentiments.blogspot.com/ - Ribbons and Bows
http://everybody-art-challenge.blogspot.com/ - Glimmer and Bling
http://www.craftdoormagazine.com/ - Anything Goes

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Manger


We would love to see your card creation made from YOUR FAVOURITES ...colours, techniques, images, embellishments, scriptures/quotes, use your favourite everything! Remember our 'Twist of Faith' requirement. Your creation should also include a scripture, or quote or an uplifiting sentiment that suits this week's theme.

We are thrilled that D2D (Designed 2 Delight) are joining our sponsor family here at Twist of Faith. It really is a delight to create with Faith's beautiful images! Not only that, but we have THREE prizes to offer! There will be THREE prizes of $5 vouchers to the Designed 2 Delight store.

Designed2Delight digital stamps are whimsical and FUN images hand-drawn by Faith Skrdla. Faith’s love of cardmaking and technology inspired her to venture into the world of illustrating digital stamps in November 2009. Each digi is created with the cardmaker in mind, and is a high-quality, high-resolution image you will use again and again. D2D offers a wide range of images—truly something for everyone. If you prefer "real" stamps, you can find Faith's artwork in rubber exclusively for Whipper Snapper Designs.
My card uses Faith's manger image. This lovely image comes with "extras," too. There are a couple of  sentiments (which I did not use this time), and a star. I used only the manger image because I already had picked the sentiment (inside) that I wanted to use.

After coloring my image, which I printed off onto Cryogen card), with Copic markers, I simply cut the image using a LifeStyle Krafts die. I layered a white card base with the green patterned paper (Keeping Memories Alive), added a white strip punched with a Martha Stewart border bunch and a strip of red ribbon. I then added the chipbord poinsettia (Michael's Crafts), my sentiment (cut with a Spellbinder scalloped die) and a couple of pearls. On the inside, I added another piece of the patterned paper. The sentiment is a rubber stamp which is cut in a circle, matted with red and then placed on the scalloped circle (from same Spellbinder set used for the sentiment).
Do run over to the Twist of Faith blog and have a look at the other wonderful cards my team mates have created for this week's challenge. As always, there are some lovely inspirational pieces for you to feast your eyes upon.

http://ooh-la-la-creationschallenges.blogspot.com/ - Christmas
http://totallystampalicious.blogspot.com/ - Christmas Card or Project
http://challenges4everybody.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything Goes
http://toddhouse.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-manger.html - Flowers
http://www.totallygorjuss.blogspot.com/ - Traditional Christmas Colours
http://christmasstampin.blogspot.com/ - Christmas

Friday, October 12, 2012

Black, White and One Other Color

Our challenge for you this week, is to create with


We would love to see your creations in predominantly three colours, being BLACK, WHITE, and a colour of your choice.... feel free to use hues and tints of your chosen colour....

We are so happy to have The Digi Garden joining us again with sponsorship for you! We so love their cute images. The winner's prize purse is their choice of 6 Digi Garden images! Yummy! Do pop into their shop and see the latest designs - it's a fun place to visit!

For my card, I've gone with the Halloween theme. It just seemed a fitting theme for the black, white and one other color challenge. I started with a white card base which I layered with orange card and then the black and white dotty paper. On top of that, I placed a piece of orange paper with words and then the strip of white paper with black words. All three pieces of patterned paper are from a little pad by MME called Haunted.

My little image by Digi Garden was printed onto Cryogen paper and colored with my Copic markers.I cut out my little darling, leaving a tiny border of the white Cryogen around the edges. I adhered her to my card with foam dots. The title and the little chipboard black cat are both OLD embellishments I had in my stash.

I do hope you will visit the Card Crafter's Circle and have a look at what the other DT members have created this week. Then, I hope you will create a black, white and one other color card yourself and join in this week's challenge. The card does NOT have to be a Halloween (or any other theme specific) card. You just have to use the COLOR theme this week.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Flutter By #209

October 10, 2012

It's time for another Flutter By Wednesday Challenge! Thanks to all of you who have been joining us each week!! We love seeing your creations!

This week, our challenge is to use Kraft cardstock (or a similar color) on your creations along with your butterfly or fairy!
For my card, I used a lovely fairy by A Day for Daisies. I colored her with Copic markers in fall colors, then cut the image into an oval. I inked around the edge of the oval with orange ColorBox ink and then matted it on kraft card. My base card is a light tan card by DCWV. I placed a mat of brown kraft on top and then a rusty orange on top of the craft. I cut four square of DP from a piece of scrap I had left over from another card I'd made. I used brown ribbon in the area between the DP squares. I added the leaves (Recollections) and an orange flower (also Recollections), the sentiment (which I printed from my computer and also cut into an oval, inked and matted), and the gems. Voila! A lovely fall card.
I needed a thank you card to send to my wonderful mother-in-law, and I think she will like this one very much. Do drop by our Flutter By Wednesday blog site and have a look at the rest of the DT cards. You will not be disappointed, I assure you. Then join us this week in our challenge.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

To everything there is a season




"To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under heaven."
Ecclesiastes 3:1
Techinically, Christmas is NOT a season. It falls just this side of the winter equinox; thus it is observed during the winter season. However, we do refer to the "Christmas Season" as well as the "Easter Season" within Christian religions. Basically, the word "season" is used to define and describe weather changes that occur as the earth rotates and the climate changes. As Christians, we've accepted the winter month of December as the month chosen to celebrate and honor the birth of Jesus. There is a litergical season of change leading up to and after the event known as Christmas (likewise with Easter); thus we use the term the Christmas Season.
I used that liberal definition of season when making my card for this week's challenge at Twist of Faith. The image I was given contained the tree ornament in place of the letter O, so it was only befitting to that I go with the Christmas "season" as my theme.
I tried something a bit new (for me) in that I cut out the front of my card so that my image showed through from the inside. Despite having taught Math at one time, I don't tend to be "mechanical," so I was rather pleased (and relieved) that I was able to get the inside and outside to work together. I'm sure there is an easier way to do this technique, and it is my plan to play with it a bit more when I have some time and see if I can figure it out because my sweet Hubs liked this card and wants me to do more of them for us to mail out this year.
I printed my image along with the verse under it onto white card. I should have moved my verse down a bit more so that it wasn't quite so close to my main image, so I've learned that from this experience. I paper pieced the image with various bits of Christmasy patterned paper. I then matted them onto green paper. My card is from a package of card bases (green on the outside and white on the inside). I used a spellbinder rectangle die to cut out the area on the front of the card. The white dove and the pine boughs are chipboard and are by K&Company. The verse on the front was typed, cut out and matted before adhering to the front of the card.
This card is my DT card for Twist of Faith challenges. Usually I type the information about the blog and the challenge before sharing this information about my card. I've switched a bit this time (and hope you've stuck with me to this point) because I wanted to talk about Twist of Faith. This is a new challenge blog -- the brain and heart child of the founder of the Card Crafter's Circle weekly challenge blog. Pauline knew there were other Christian based challenges available to the card makers, but she felt led to start yet another one. It is her hope that the TOF blog will allow people to share uplifting encouragement to others in their crafts. TOF has had a slow beginning -- there were only three entries this past week in the challenge. This was a bit disheartening to Pauline and the DT members who share their beautiful work, words and heart as inspiration.
Pauline has worked hard to line up wonderful sponsors and prizes for our challenge winners, and the only requirements for the challenges are for you to make a card that depicts the them (this week seasons) and to add either a Bible verse OR an uplifting/encouraging sentiment (either outside or inside). This week our random prize winner will receive their choice of 2 digi images from the Pholkart Blessings Etsy Shop.
Please, as you are in your craft room this week consider visiting the Twist of Faith blog and creating a warm, uplifting card to share with us and also to send to a special friend. It will be a double blessing.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Seasonal Colors

Hello my blogger friends. It is time for another challenge at the Card Crafter's Circle Challenge Blog, and this week the DT received images from two wonderful designers, Meljen Designs and Oak Pond Creations. I was assigned this great image from Oak Pond, which I did not mind at all. I like both designers very much, but I've grown especially fond of the Oak Pond designs, and I thought this image to be especially perfect for the start of this fall season.
Because we have two sponsors, we will have two prizes. MelJen's Designs, who continues to delight us with magical images, is providing 4 uncoloured images, and one randomly drawn winner will receive their choice of two (2) digital images from Oak Pond Creations. Two chances to win!
My description and blog entry may be short today. I unfortunately ran into some major problems with my desk top PC, so I'm having to use a tiny Netbook at the moment while the "Geek Squad" tries to resuscitate my PC. I do not hold out a lot of hope, but am praying I will be plesently surprised. I've already lost some recent photos as a result of the crash, so am very disappointed over that.
Anyway, I did color my image with Copic markers. I cut the image into a rectangle, inked around the edges and matted it onto black card. I then took a piece of DP from a 6x6" pad of DP and matted that onto black then onto orange. Using another piece of the DP from the same pack, I repeated the matting in reverse (first orange and then black). Starting with a white card base, I built my card using the different layers and pieces and finished off with three amber colored gems in the upper right corner (yes, those are rhinestone looking gems and not brads although the photo makes them appear more like metal), I then computer generated my sentiment, cut it with just the upper portion of a Spellbinder die and tucked it into the side of the image piece.
 Do run over to Card Crafter's Circle and have a look at the other wonderful DT cards, then join us this week by entering your own seasonal creation in our challenge. Bye until next time.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pixie Dust

Time for another Flutter By Wednesday challenge, and this week the DT were fortunate to receive some lovely images from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps for our inspiration cards. 
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps has not only generously donated digi's for the Flutter By Team to use, but  there is also a prize of 3 digi's up for grabs!

Our challenge this week is to use a bit of pixie dust on your creations, in other words, make them SPARKLE and, as always, remember your butterfly or fairy!!
Now, I have to confess that my card only has a small amount of sparkle. Using my image, which I think is beautiful, I created my card and was preparing to send it off to our DT coordinator to add to the FBW blog when I finally realized I'd entirely missed the sparkle/pixie dust requirement. Since it was too late to completely remake my card, I had to figure out how to add sparkle/glitter to my already existing creation. Fortunately, this lovely image lent itself well to my adding Stickles to the flowers and butterfly, but that is all I could do. I think the subtle sparkle adds to the beauty of the image and the card, though (prettier even in "real life" where you can really see the sparkle of the glitter pieces). I used pink Stickles and yellow Stickles for the sparkle.
I chose to do a white on white card so that the lovely image is the main focus. The image really "pops" on the monochromatic white color scheme. My card base is a 6 x 6 white which I distressed with Tim Holtz distressing ink. I then cut four corner pieces (Sizzix), which I also distressed and adhered to the four corners. I cut out my colored image using Spellbinder Labels Ten. I then cut a scalloped circle using Spellbinder Classic Scalloped Circles die, a regular circle using Spellbinder Class Circles, and a "label holder" using a die from the Spellbinder Stampingscrapping set by Ana Ry Designs. I inked all the pieces with the same distressing ink as previous pieces. I then layered all the pieces starting with the scalloped circle and ending with the image piece. Lastly, I added pink pearls by Recollections (Michael's Crafts).
I think that if I were to do this again, I would use a different color distressing ink. The color I used, Old Paper, has a little too much of a greenish tint (to me) and just isn't quite the look I wanted, but I think the card still turned out quite lovely.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Angels We Have Heard on High

Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realising it!" Hebrews 13:2 NLT

Our theme for you this week at Twist of Faith Challenges is


Your card creation should show Angels.... simple, huh! And remember our 'twist'... your card should include a scripture, or inspirational quote or message.... it doesn't have to be on front of the card, but do show that it's there!
This week, our sponsor is MICHELLE PERKETT STUDIOS!

Our random prize winner will receive their choice of one of the gorgeous images showcased by our design team in this challenge post! We are thrilled to have MPS sponsoring our challenges... because the images are so beautiful! You will definitely want to go over to our Twist of Faith blog and have a look at the gorgeous cards the DT have created using Michelle's images.
People today have the misconception that angels do not exist even though the Bible mentions angels various times. I am fully convinced that there are angels among us just as they were during Biblical Times. Angels exist in both the unseen form and through the acts and hearts of humans. Those unexplained actions that cause one to stop or hesitate at a certain time which ultimately saves one from harm are, I believe, the results of an angel. The stranger or friend who, without cause, appears at just the needed time or helps because they just "felt the need" are the results of angels. I believe angels walk with us as agents of God to help guide us. There are those who dismiss this idea and argue that those things are from God and not from angels, but angels are from God; they are His messenger; they are His special agents; they are of God and are Heavenly beings. Therefore, why should we not believe that He uses them to help us and guide us and lead us in life? They do not lessen God's role in my life. They are simply another dimension of His love for me that He cares enough to send an angel to watch over me. Amen.
So my card uses a praying angel whose eyes are turned toward Heaven. Isn't she beautiful? I've colored her up, as usual, with copic markers on Cryogen paper. The white card base is matted with black card and then a layer of DP. The image is matted with black and brown card, as is the sentiment. The ribbon is a dark burgundy velvet, and my blue rhinestones are by Recollections from Michael's Crafts.
God bless, and may your guardian angel be ever near.