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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Jeremiah 29:11---Take 2


Thought I had all the graduation cards we needed when hubs reminded me of another.....The Verve Sketch came to the rescue again!  This time, I used Tim Holtz papers, stamped the cross in Antique Linen Distress Ink, and stamped Jeremiah 29:11 from Faith Medley over the cross.

Time to think about clearing off my desk and getting ready for school tomorrow. Thanks for visiting and have a great week,
Christine



Linking to:
VLV May Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
Crop Stop

VLV Sketch Challenge: Jeremiah 29:11 for a Graduate



This time of year is so busy---final grades, awards ceremonies, field trips, getting my son off for his summer job, preparing for June community service....So, my mantra has been, "Refrain from crafting, refrain from crafting."  Today, I realized that I promised to make two graduation cards and hadn't done so.  Maybe I need to resolve to make my graduation cards over Christmas break...ha ha!

I am so grateful for the Verve sketch and its handy measurements.  Do you see my new Lacey Trim Duo peeking out?  (It is one of the reasons I am having trouble refraining from crafting.)  Verve's Jeremiah 29:11 (now in Faith Medley) is the perfect assurance for graduates.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine


Linking to:
VLV Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Verve Inspiration Challenge: Pink ---Thanks for making my day awesome!





I was blessed to win a gift from Verve Stamps during the April Inspiration challenge and ordered the beautiful Bloom Brighter set. I embossed the blooms on watercolor paper and tinted them with "lemonade" watercolor from the Prima Pastel collection.  The sentiment from Better Together is perfect for a thank-you card I need to get in the mail.

Thanks, Verve Stamps, for this wonderful new set!

Thanks for your visit and have an awesome day!
Christine

Linking to:
Verve May Inspiration Challenge--Pink
Word Art Wednesday A/G
Crop Stop (Thanks, Esther, for the tip.)
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Fun Friday Challenge with Oddball Art






Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  This time around, I had fun creating a card using sunflowers by Lizzy Love. The dies are Frames and Flags by Newton's Nook.  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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge



I so love combining sketch challenges with color challenges.  This week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch seemed to call for a collage of shapes, and I couldn't resist adding some blooms from Verve's Kindness Matters.  I had such fun swirling shades of pink watercolor and using that paper to stamp and cut the flowers.  The scalloped border and banner dies are from MFT and the scalloped rectangle is another Verve product.  I love to use it both as a frame and with the center piece inserted.  The sweet little sentiment was a Verve thank-you gift.

Thanks so much for visiting.  Can't wait to see what you create with the sketch!  Christine

Linking to:
Verve Inspiration Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Sunday Sketch Meets Verve Inspiration: Blessed are those who Mourn





 Had so much fun  stamping and embossing a flower from Verve's Beautiful Things on black card stock and coloring with Prismacolor pencils.    The Sunday Sketch has a classy layout --- couldn't have gone wrong with it!

Thanks so much for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to:
Verve Inspiration Challenge--Pink
Sunday Stamps ---Sketch
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Celebrating the Sixth Birthday of Jo's Scrap Shack


When Jo shared the exciting news about celebrating her sixth year of blogging at Jo's Scrap Shack, I began mentally paging through paper stacks, dies, and stamps to plan a special card. In my mind it was girly, floral, and layered with delicate cuts.  In reality, the card I needed was to celebrate the May birthday of one of my favorite guys ever--my dad.  I find masculine cards more challenging to make, but I am happy with the way this one turned out.   The circular image was cut right out of the middle of a sheet from a Tim Holtz stack....love doing that, but I end up with some strangely shaped scraps!

Thanks, Jo, for the privilege of being on the design team.  I started designing for Jo's Scrap Shack on  November 11, 2016,  and I was thrilled to be able to create a Veterans Day card for my first post.   I am constantly inspired by the team's creations and blessed by visiting the participants' blogs to see their entries each week.

Happy, Happy Birthday!
Christine

Linking to:
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge
SSS Wednesday Challenge: For the Boys



Friday, May 4, 2018

Celebrating Fun Friday with Digital Stamps 4 Joy





Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.   This week I had the opportunity to work with a sweet image from Digital Stamps 4 Joy.  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

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 262


I framed the largest blossom from Verve's Kindness Matters with some Papertrey Ink Dies.  A layer of vellum softens the bold floral background cut with a Newton's Nook die.

I hope you will find time to play along with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch.  Even in its black and white digital form it seems to say spring.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Word Art Wednesday

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Viva La Verve: Happy Graduation, Gentlemen!



All the 2018 graduates in my circle of family and friends are young men. I had fun creating the first two cards using school colors and this month's Verve Sketch.  Using gold card stock and silver glitter paper in place of yellow gold and gray dressed the cards up just a bit.  The sentiments for the cards are from Verve's Words of Wisdom, and the little mortarboards were created using a square punch, a black brad, and some black floss.

Thanks for your visit,
Christine

Linking to
VLV Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge A/G

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Many Blessings




While visiting my favorite blogs this afternoon, I came across this delightful card by Julee Tilman.  I love every little thing about it---the floral papers, the layering, and the Autumn Blessings wreath.  I  CASED her card using a blue and (golden) yellow collection by Glitz.  The wreath was stamped using Memento ink in Paris Dusk.  I picked up a bit of the ink with my water brush and tinted the leaves.  Thanks, Julee, for the inspiration!



Thanks for visiting,
Christine


Linking to:
 Verve Inspiration Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (A/G)
Word Art Wednesday (A/G)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

VLV Sketch Challenge: Happy Birthday to You

 Had to crop the bottom edge of the photo as the metallic gold striped paper cast a nice reflection at the base of the card.  The "recipe":  Verve Sketch, MFT Scalloped Doily and Cross Stitched Circle, Verve's Cake and Candles and Butterfly Grace.

Thanks so much for taking a peek at the latest birthday card for my stash,

Christine

Linking to:
VLV Sketch Challenge
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Sparkle and Shine)

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Celebrate Today in Blues and Greens


 What fun it is to replenish my birthday card collection in anticipation of upcoming celebrations!  This one features Papertrey Ink's Shape Shifter Oval die layered over a blended blue and green panel...a hint or two lighter than Sunday Stamps' jewel toned inspiration photo.  I stamped and cut the largest bloom from Verve's Kindness Matters to include some of the blending. The sentiment comes from Verve's Joyful Blooms.  The big bloom is perfect for a glittered gem to add a little sparkle.

Thanks so much for visiting.  Hope your Sabbath was full of rest and that tomorrow holds many opportunities to celebrate God's kindness.

Christine

Linking to:
Sunday Stamps Color Challenge
Tuesday Throwdown (Glimmer from the big gem)
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Sparkle and shine from the glittered gem)
Word Art Wednesday A/G

Celebrate your Day---With Pearls



Continuing to create cards for  upcoming birthdays, this card was made with Papertrey Ink dies:  You Have my Heart and Mix and Mat Heart Dies.  The sentiment is from Verve's Poppy Birthday, one of my favorite ways to express birthday greetings.  A scattering of pearls adds some shine...and reminds me of our dear Barbara Bush.

Thanks so much for visiting,

Christine



Linking to:

SSS Wednesday Challenge:  Sparkle and Shine
Tuesday Throwdown:  Glimmer and Shine
PIP Challenge A/G
Word Art Wednesday A/G

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Verve Inspiration Challenge: Yellow Birthday


 Several birthdays are approaching, and my card stash is seriously depleted.  This is good in that I NEED to make cards.  (Insert big smiley face!)  Some Verve favorites ( Kindness Matters and Cake and Candles) are combined with Papertrey Ink's  Scroll Frame Die.  I balanced out the "seriousness" of the scrolled frame by die cutting the flowers from some whimsical yellow papers and added a little gold card stock for some sparkle.

Thanks for taking a look,
Christine
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Fun Friday Challenge: LBBS Peonies






Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.   This week the design team is showcasing  images from Little Blue Button Stamps.

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 260: Birthday Wishes


This sketch stretched my creativity a bit but allowed for the use of lots of fun products.  The background pieces were cut from a Reverse Confetti tag die.  The image is part of a MFT collection called Adorable Elephants, and the space for a sentiment was just perfect for a tiny sentiment from Verve's Joyful Blooms.

Hope you will play along with the Atlantic Hearts sketch.  I look forward to seeing what you create.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Sunday, April 15, 2018

VLV Sketch---Mother's Day Blessings





The sentiment is from Verve's On Occasion set, and lots of the pieces came from the pretty bowl designated for scraps and left-over die cuts.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
VLV April Sketch Challenge
Word Art  Wednesday
Time Out Challenge (Spring---Mother's Day)


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Verve Inspiration Challenge: Yellow Gift Card Holder



Someone very thoughtful plans to share some kind wishes and encouragement with Starbucks gift cards and asked me to make a few gift card holders.  This one is made with bits and pieces of one of my favorite yellow and blue card stock collections.  The cross-stitched circle die is from MFT as is the tiny doily.    The central medallion is adorned with a Verve coffee cup sporting a heart from Verve's Heart Quartet die.  Here's a link to measurements.

I needed to prop the  card to make it stand up for the photo, so I grabbed this yellow cup.   Why do I have a "Grumpy" mug?    My coffee mugs are primarily gifts from my elementary students, and they bear encouraging  sentiments and "best teacher" labels.  Years ago, my family was visiting, and my brother teased me about being unable to drink coffee from such cheerful mugs.  Mom later found the plastic "Grumpy" mug so my brother would be provided with a less cheerful cup when he visits.  I never drink from it, but just seeing it in the cupboard makes me grin.

Thanks for visiting and for reading this silly story,
Christine

Linking to:
Verve April Inspiration Challenge (Yellow)
Word Art Wednesday

Friday, April 6, 2018

Fun Friday Challenge: Double the Fun with Two Sponsors






Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.   This week the design team is showcasing  images from Little Blue Button Stamps and Just Me Digital Stamps.

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

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Inspired by: He Shall Cover You with His Feathers



We have had gray skies and gentle rainfall this afternoon, inspiring a cozy mood, and when I saw this gorgeous photo, I couldn't resist.
Feather pillows came to mind and I thought of these sweet Papertrey Ink stamps and dies.  This scripture is soft and comforting to me, and I hope it will be a blessing to you.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Inspired By
Word Art Wednesday