Thursday, July 29, 2010

ODBDSLC22 Distressed? Be Strong!

Late night tonight posting this. Thought I'd squeeze into one more challenge, hopefully before the deadline! Our Daily Bread's Shining Light Challenge for this past week was to Distress It! This evening I made a quick, simple, rather distressed card that would probably be a good masculine card. I went all out distressing - tearing, roughing, and inking (with Distress Ink even) edges. I used the CuttleBug "Distressed Stripes" embossing folder and rubbed the ink pad over it. I even pounced the ink pad on the pitiful raffia. Despite the all the distressing (here & life), this verse is so encouraging BE STRONG & Courageous for God is with me, you, us!!! Knowing this helps me sleep at night! : )

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs-Scripture Collection 3
Ink: VersaFine-Vintage Sepia, TH Distress Ink-Antique Linen
Paper: SU, Colorbok
Other: CuttleBug Embossing folder-Distressed Stripes, Raffia
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

JRC_028 Picture cards

JustRite Friday Challenge 028, Sponsored by Copic: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

This challenge from JustRite was just what I needed to kick me into making cards with pictures. I have 2 sets (besides the font sets) from JustRite Stamps (so far) to choose from for this challenge. Since I wasn't in a Christmas-y mode and I couldn't think of any Christmas-y pictures I had taken lately, I went with the Seeds of Kindness set of sayings. I love flowers and have lots of pictures of flowers, I just needed to narrow down my choices and print some out. Of the 4 different flower pics I selected, I was only able to get 2 of them made into cards by this evening, tho I can only submit 1 for the challenge.

This Chamomile was growing wild in the garden, I was pulling it up just to make room for the veggies trying to grow! I thought this saying was fitting for these beautiful blooms and as a cheery, encouraging sentiment for a card. I don't often use white as the base card and leave it white. In keeping it white, like the flowers, I had to really resist the urge to sponge some color on to it!

Stamps: JustRite-Seeds of Kindness
Paper: Die Cuts With a View
Ink: Stampin'Up-Old Olive, TH Distress Ink-Antique Linen
Other: Spellbinders-Ribbon Tags Trio 2, Classic Oval; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder-Victoria

I took this picture in the Lava Beds National Monument in California, right at the Oregon border, back in May. I was in awe of the little flowers growing beside the lava rocks, above the caves we explored. They were definitely "blooming where they were planted". Some of these also had touches of pale lavender to them, hard to tell here with a picture of a picture. For the card I tried to bring out that pale lavender a bit, along with the green stems and the rusty color on the rocks.

Stamps: JustRite-Seeds of Kindness
Paper: Die Cuts With a View
Ink: VersaFine-Toffee, Stampin'Up-Lavender Lace
Other: Spellbinders-Blossoms 2, Martha Stewart Punch-Branch

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Don't Be Anxious

Happy Monday, Day after Independence Day. What an encouraging reminder this verse is to not worry, to go to God in prayer when we feel the emotion arise in us and to continually thank God for all He has provided and will provide! Now why isn't it always as easy as it sounds to do this?! This morning I finished this card for the SNTODBD12 - Stamping in Time with Betty over at Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. LeAnne, the Challenge host, gave us a picture of a colorful handbag to be inspired by the colors, pattern, design, etc. I like the colors and flowery pattern so I had a few different ideas floating around but here's what I went with!

I made an 8.5x11 background paper using a Floral Flourish Stamp from an Inkadinkado clear set and some of the colors I saw in the picture. For this card, it is matted on a very dark purple (it matches the Currant ink color I used for the verse, border and some flowers tho it looks almost black in these pics) then on gray cardstock.

I love the Ironworks Borders stamps used here to frame the scripture stamp from Our Daily Bread. It was also fun to break out some of my old (eksuccess flowers) and new punches (MS branch) and dies to embellish with. Sponging a brighter pink onto the paper flowers really helps them to stand out.

Stamps: Our Daily Bread-Scripture Collection 4, Ironworks Borders; Inkadinkado-Floral Flourishes clear set;
Ink: SU-Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, Hot Pink, Going Gray; Adirondack-Currant;
Accessories: EKSuccess flower punches, Spellbinders Flourish Accent, Martha Stewart Branch punch, Stickles-Cotten Candy Pink

Here's another card I had made using the same materials as the one above. This is actually the one I made first. I think I overdid the sponging on the verse, just a tad.. : } The satin ribbon really matches the green cardstock border but it's reflecting the light here.

Again I sponged alittle ink (Currant) on the pale pink flowers here to help them stand out. Boy, I guess I went alittle sponge crazy on this card!

Stamps: Our Daily Bread-Scripture Collection 4, Ironworks Borders; Inkadinkado-Floral Flourishes clear set;
Ink: SU-Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss; Adirondack-Currant;
Accessories: Spellbinders Flourish Accent, Martha Stewart punches-Branch, Embossed ZigZag border; Kaiser paper flowers, Offray Ribbon & large circle brad from JoAnns

This maybe it for my creativity for a few days. My Hubby and inlaws are coming in Friday evening, so lots to do to get ready....nah...just some cleaning (as if that's not alot)...well, I'm alittle optimistic at the moment, but I'm sure I'll (and Scott will) think of lots to do! Until then the pooch and I are going for a hike to enjoy the sunny, breezy weather here today, after almost a week of clouds and scattered showers!

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