Monday, February 27, 2012

Super Simple Scripture Card

I just finished selling cards at local college. One of the professors there had a mother with Ahzheimer's or some other form of age-related dementia, and so she wanted cards with no embellishments that her mother might mistake for something such as candy and peel off to eat. She also wanted scripture cards with large letters. So, I tried to include a couple of embellishment-free scripture cards each time. This is one that involved a series of coordinated papers, which I cut or punched in various shapes to make this card. The circles seem a bit reminiscent of door knobs, which go well with this scripture.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nautical Birthday

This was a card done by request of a friend. The photo was one she sent that would have significance for the recipient of the card. I love photo cards; they are the perfect way to personalize a card and preserve memories at the same time ... much less complicated than scrapbooking!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Trust in the Lord

I enjoyed making this card, but photographing is usually a challenge, primarily embossed cards; getting true color and clarity is the issue. So, the text is actually more readable than you see here.

I love this image, and it's a wonderful background for Eureka's large scripture stamps. First, I embossed the Baroque background image in gold. I cut the panel to 4" x 5.25", trimming off at the top and right sides. I used a craft knife to cut around the one corner that seemed like it would work for this.

The vellum was a "sky" vellum; a white/blue cloudy vellum. I'm sorry, I have no idea where I got it. When I went to affix the Proverbs 3:5,6 stamp to the acrylic mount, I realized that it had been mounted on some faulty EZ mount foam I had gotten years ago, which mysteriously shrunk. I've never had that problem since, and the company had replaced the foam, but evidently I had not used this stamp since then. So, in order to get the edges of the image (I tend to cut right down to the text) on the cardstock, I deliberately performed the no-no of tilting the stamp in each direction. If you look at the image on the website for this stamp, you'll see that the letters are not all solid, as this card shows them to be. However, because of using the translucent vellum, I think this makes for a more readable card, so I would actually recommend tipping the stamp.

For the upper right corner, I embossed the background image a second time, then cut out from the same area that I used the craft knife on; if you look closely at that bottom left corner, you'll see what I used. However, Eureka has a Filagree corner that I would have used had I owned it. (There is also a coordinating Filagree border and Baroque square).

I took an ancient Sanford gold coat pen and faintly edged the background before affixing to the card. I think it would have also looked nice to emboss the edges.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Eureka blog hop!

Welcome to the next stop on the Eureka blog hop! If you are arriving here from Ceal's blog, then you are at the right place! If not, you can head back to QKR Stampede for a complete hop order. This month’s theme is St. Patrick's Day!

Who was St. Patrick really, anyway? I enjoyed getting to know a little about him as I prepared to make this card.

I colored the Shamrock border with gel pens, after embossing it with gold. The quote is computer generated. The clover underneath is cut out (after embossing gold on gold)from the clovers image, (Ceal's card uses the full image) which has an alternate solid image as well, solid shamrocks.

Thank you for stopping by, now it’s on to Kristine for the next hop stop!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Blog Hop: Valentine's Day

Welcome to the next stop on the Biblical Impressions blog hop! If you are arriving here from Jessica S.'s blog, then you are at the right place! If not, then head to the QKR Stampede blog for a complete hop order. This month’s theme is LOVE!

I chose to make a Valentine's Day card; Biblical Impressions has a wonderful variety of hearts, and this string heart is one of my favorites! The text stamp is available on this full sheet.

I embossed the heart on a circle cut with Nestabilities, then used an exacto knife to cut out the center. Then I embossed the heart again on red vellum ... though I think perhaps the effect of a neutral vellum would have been even nicer ... and attached it to the other side. I used foam dots to raise the circle.

Thank you for coming by, now it's on to Ceal for the next hop stop!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The uniqueness of a snowflake

I know, I know, snowflakes are white, and winter skies are blue! But as soon as I saw these stamps from Eureka, I knew I wanted to do pink and brown. No logical reason just pure whimsy! Actually, I had some Distress Embossing Powder in Tattered Rose (the ink color used), and my plan was to emboss the snowflake. But mystery of mysteries, it was nowhere to be found. I was really, really set on using the powder, so I literally searched for days, even though I could not afford the time. I never did find it, but my stamp room is a bit more organized at least! Last minute, I thought of the pearls, which of course, makes my non-conformist card all the stranger. And to top it all off, my husband informed me that snowflakes are hexagonal, not octagonal!

But perhaps it all fits together anyway ... we are indeed uniquely created by God; we don't need to fit into the world's idea who we should be, or what we should look like, we are made in His image!

The snowflake may be found HERE, and the text is HERE.

Friday, February 3, 2012


I love this image from Biblical Impressions. The fish symbol is sort of an ancient times acronym; the letters stand for Greek words that mean Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior. Shortly after the time of Christ, intense persecution was inflicted upon Christians by the Roman Empire, and this symbol was a way of communicating with another believer that they were in like company, and could be free to talk of their faith.

I used twinkling H2O's to color, though when doing the earth toned fish, I realized that I did not have enough colors. So, I used markers, then lightly brushed a neutral H2O over the spaces so that they would have the same glimmer. I'd recently been deploring the lack of nice magnets on our refrigerator, so the smaller ones I mounted onto dominoes, and attached to magnets.