Thursday, September 21, 2017

All I need is: a little bit of coffee, a whole lot of Jesus....and a coffee cup!


This school theme of this card is inspired by a funny event that occurred in the teachers' workroom.  I arrived at school early that day, had finished the coffee in my travel mug, and strolled down to the faculty workroom for a refill.  A coworker had two styrofoam dessert bowls filled with coffee, holding one in each hand.  We'd run out of disposable coffee cups, and she used the first available containers.  What a great laugh we had over her bowls of coffee!

Three Verve sets appear on this card: Coffee, Fill my Cup, and Teachers Count.  The sweet banner was cut with Reverse Confetti's Tall Tag Trio, and the Cross-Stitched circles are from MFT.

Thanks for your visit,
Christine

Linking to:
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

AHSC 230: Let us come boldly to the throne of grace



My card features a scripture from Verve's New Mercies set and papers from the Petals and Blooms collection by Paper Studio.  I was set on using this scripture and its size dictated that a few of the sketch elements wouldn't make it into the finished project.  I love the sketch and will place it in my "keepers file".

Thanks so much for visiting,

Christine

Linking to:
PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Jesus and Coffee


Verve released "Fill my Cup" during the Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop, and I fell in love with the sentiments!  I heat embossed the sentiment---which is not yet a well-developed skill---so it looks a little distressed and layered the tag with a doily, a stitched rectangle, and scalloped border all from My Favorite Things.  The coffee cup, with matching die, is from Verve's Coffee set.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine
Linking to:
PIP Challenge
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Blessed by the kindness of a friend


Just a little card to say thanks to a friend for lending a helping hand.  This month's Verve sketch is perfect for my new Scalloped Frames from Reverse Confetti, and I think the sentiments from Kindness Matters are my favorite way to say thank you.

Linking to:
Verve September Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop



The Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks is to create something geometric, so I pulled out one of my favorite sketches.  I mounted stitched squares over a stitched scalloped square die cut....all these dies are from My Favorite Things.  The  Lawn Fawn coffee cup was pieced to match the background paper which is available at Pixel Scrapper.  The layered doily dies are also from MFT, but they have been discontinued, I believe.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
4 Crafty Chicks (Geometric)
Word Art Wednesday

The first time I used this sketch, I turned the background panel upside down by mistake!
The poor little trees are upside down, but how funny that is when paired with the sentiment!


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Happiness Is...A Huge Cup of Coffee



We've been without internet for a couple weeks, but more importantly, have been busy in the aftermath of Harvey.  I made  two cards last night and feel like I've been on a crafting spree!

This coffee themed card features Verve's Happiness Is set and some pretty papers by Harper Finch.  I adore the inspirational color palette from Sunday Stamps and enjoyed the sketch from As You See It.

Happy Saturday,
Christine



Linking to:
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Sunday Stamps
As You See It
Word Art Wednesday






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Friday, September 15, 2017

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: " Fill My Cup, Lord"


After a busy week, it was a blessing to find a little crafting time and to just pray this phrase while cutting and pasting.  The sentiment is from Verve and can be found here.   The sweet little mug is from another Verve set called Happiness Is, and it has matching dies available. I added the little heart to cover an ink smudge and like the look. The digital papers are from Pixel Scrapper.

Linking to:
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Word Art Wednesday
Crop Stop

Fun Friday Challenge 206 with Bugaboo Stamps


Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  The design team is showcasing images by  Bugaboo Stamps.  I printed Coffee Words on yellow DP, cut with circular dies and added a few Stitched Flowers from MFT.  The coffee word die from Verve was cut three times and layered for dimension.

Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine

Linking to:
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Verve Sketch Meets Card Concept



Love the new Verve sketch and the gorgeous inspiration photo from the Card Concept.  I used a sympathy sentiment from Verve's New Mercies and die cut some MFT Stitched Flowers as accents.  My photography doesn't do the soft colors justice.

Thank you for visiting,
Christine

Linking to
VLV September Sketch Challenge
Card Concept 77
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Stamp It!)
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Be Kind (For Everyone is Fighting a Hard Battle)


This card includes a sentiment from Verve's Kindness Matters and Petals and Blooms papers cut with Reverse Confetti's Lacy Scallop Frames.    
The VLV sketch made it fun and easy to assemble.

I am going to keep this project on display in my craft room as a reminder.  We've been home only two days after evacuating due to Hurricane Harvey.  The outer bands of the storm brought us over two feet of rain, but we were spared damaging winds.  Our home site was carefully selected after visiting the property many times following hard rains, so we were not surprised that so much rain ran off nicely leaving us safe and free from standing water.  Then, the rivers began to fill with flood waters draining from the north and we were left with but one means of evacuation.  We left our home with important papers, photos, and a few days' worth of clothing as the river crept into yards just across the street.  We returned to find our home unscathed, but many neighbors have several feet of water in their homes.  My hands and heart are ready to help when the waters recede, and I pray for wisdom and kindness and the ability to speak words of encouragement.

In our fearful days of evacuation, God lavished His grace upon us in sweet and humbling ways that I will forever treasure in my heart.  If you are still reading this long and personal post, please pray for the little children who will return to my classroom on Monday.  I hope to communicate God's love to them in a real way.

Blessings,
Christine

Linking to

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 228: Kindness is a beautiful thing!


Verve's Kindness Matters offers such wonderful sentiments for thank-you cards, and this particular one is perfect for banners.  The cluster of flowers was cut using MFT's Stitched Flowers.

Hope you will join the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week.

Thanks for visiting!
Christine




Linking to:
SSS Wednesday Challenge:  Stamp It!  
Word Art Wednesday
Tuesday Throwdown  Dies and Punches

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Fun Friday Challenge 204 with Bugaboo Stamps




Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  The design team is showcasing images by  Bugaboo Stamps.  My first card utilizes  this Bugaboo image called "Thanks a Bunch" colored in warm tones and backed with a long-awaited set of Lacy Scalloped Frames by Reverse Confetti.  They've been on my wish list (and the out-of-stock list) for a long while, but were well worth the wait!)

My second card features the very aptly named "Halloween Cute Set".  I added a computer generated sentiment and shaded the mummy bit to make her look aged.

Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine
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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Rain or Shine


I was blessed to win a Newton's Nook gift code from Tuesday Throwdown, and my happy mail from Newton arrived earlier this week. At the time, I had no idea that Hurricane Harvey would be making an appearance in my life.

We received unmerited favor in that we were brushed only by Harvey's outer bands and that all in our family are safe and sound. It is ever so clear that we deserved to be spared no more than the victims deserved the storm's arrival.  I am thankful for God's presence in the midst of the winds, rains, and worries of the storm and for all those He sent to pray for and to encourage us.  May God bless all those affected by Hurricane Harvey.


Thank you for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Fusion Challenge (Sketch)
Cardz 4 Galz (Cats or Kittens)
Word Art Wednesday

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 226




Here's my take on this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch.  Hope you will play along.  I find sketches to be a wonderful inspiration and a big help during those times that the crafty mojo needs a boost.

My card features Freehand Florals from W Plus 9 Designs and my favorite "Happy Birthday" from Verve's Poppy Birthday.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Christine


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Stamps Color Inspiration: Wishing you all the best


The Sunday Stamps blog has provided such an awesome inspiration photo!   I love the pretty petals in sunrise hues, and found a stack of watercolor papers in my stash to die cut with Reverse Confetti's Lacy Scalloped Rectangles.  Next, I sprinkled on a few Stitched Flowers by My Favorite Things and topped them with enamel dots.  The happy sentiment is from Verve's Kind Words.

Have a super week and thanks for visiting.
Christine



Linking to:
Sunday Stamps Blog
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (Add a sentiment)
Tuesday Throwdown (A/G)
Word Art Wednesday
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Thanks so much!


The beginning of school has been a whirlwind, and after working this morning, I am taking a "crafting break" and trying out a new set of Lacy Scallop Dies from Reverse Confetti.  They work nicely with this week's Freshly Made Sketch.  The sentiment is from Verve's Simply Amazing.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine


Playing along with:
Freshly Made Sketches
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (sentiment)
Word Art Wednesday

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fun Friday Featuring Digital Delights by Louby Loo




Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  The design team is showcasing images by  Digital Delights by Louby Loo.  Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Viva La Verve: Thank you for all you do! You are appreciated!


It's been a wonderful blessing to have my son at home this summer while he worked locally in a very meaningful summer job.  He's had invaluable experiences that will help him as he returns to college in just a short while.  He asked for several thank you cards to express his appreciation to the gentlemen who trained him and saw that he had a wealth of learning opportunities.  A stack of Tim Holtz papers and the August VLV sketch helped pull together a masculine thank you card featuring a pair of sentiments from Teachers Count by Verve.  (It's one of my most favorite sets!)

Thank you for visiting and have a fantastic week,
Christine

Linking to VLV August Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
Crop Stop Blog
Jo's Scrap Shack
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Pop Up Gift Card Holder


Following a very clear video tutorial and using Verve's Butterfly Grace, this cute little pop up gift card holder came together quite quickly and easily.  There are several similar cards that utilize a punch to create the inner pocket for the gift card, but this one only calls for a paper cutter.  The gift card is held firmly in place.

The butterflies were stamped and cut from a piece of watercolor paper that was tinted with Prima Pastel Dreams Watercolor Confections.  I love using them!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I am grateful for some evening time to craft, but my photos are not nearly so good after dark!
Christine

Linking to:
Tuesday Throwdown:  Interactive Card
Word Art Wednesday

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Sending Happy Mail and Sharing Happy News


This adorable Newton's Nook stamp was a challenge prize that recently arrived in my mailbox, and it was the perfect image to ink up for this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch.  I am honored and delighted to have the opportunity to share as a designer at AHSC.  I adore sketches and find them to be a huge help in creating.  It is so much fun to see how a group of stampers will create such a variety of projects with the same sketch.

Thank you for visiting!  Praying your day will bring happy mail or something even better!
Christine






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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Thank You for Making Such a Huge Effort



Couldn't resist playing along with the safari-themed CAS-ology challenge and hope that Rachel will be flattered that I used the same stamp set as her adorable card. The Adorable Elephants from My Favorite Things are aptly named and the sentiment fits the bill for a note I wish to send.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
CAS-Ology (Safari Theme)
Cardz 4 Galz (Pastels)
Word Art Wednesday

Sunday, August 6, 2017

He has made everything beautiful in its time


So excited that the Verve Sketch Challenge has resumed!  My card features  Butterfly Grace and matching dies paired with a new floral collection from Hobby Lobby.

I love this scripture and pray that you will see God's beauty and goodness in your life even if the season you are in is not a lovely one.
Christine

Linking to:
VLV Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge (Circles)




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