Wednesday, June 22, 2022

TCC178 A Light Unto My Path

 


Hi Friends!

Welcome to the #178 {By The Sea} Challenge at The Card Concept! 

I was inspired by the colors, theme and textures in our inspiration photo to create a Clean and Layered Mixed Media card using a retired Stampin’ Up! set, A Light Unto My Path. 

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have a personal goal to create cards using stamps and supplies that I already own (and have not inked up in a while).  This stamp set has been in my collection for at least 20 years and I have not inked it up in ages.

 I also enjoy playing along with other online challenges and am incorporating the Stamping Sensation “Make It Masculine”Challenge, the Simon Says Monday “Something Beginning with 'S' Challenge(Stamps, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, String, Scripture, Seashore, Sky) and the Word Art Wednesday #549-#550  “Anything Goes” Challenge into the design.

If you have not had a chance to visit our Design Team/gallery at The Card Concept Challenge, or the other challenge sites,  I hope you will find time to do so- so much inspiration from all!

To create this card:

Using water-based markers, color the lighthouse image (I used Balmy Blue for the sky and sea, Coastal Cabana for the grassy area, Crumb Cake for the sand on the hill and Early Espresso for the lighthouse).  “Huff” onto the colored stamp surface to re-activate the ink and stamp onto a piece of white cardstock.


Die cut the image with a stitched rectangle die, mount onto espresso cardstock, trim close to the edge and mount onto kraft cardstock (again trimming close to the edge). 

Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the waves and the light from the lighthouse.

Stamp the sentiment using Early Espresso ink from a marker onto white cardstock, die cut with a banner die and mount onto a piece of espresso cardstock, also die cut from the same banner die.

Tie a knot into a piece of twine and adhere onto the sentiment banner.

Emboss a piece of white cardstock with the retired Square Lattice Embossing Folder, trim to approx. 3 ¾” x 5”, mount onto a piece of kraft cardstock, trim to approx. 4” x 5 ¼” and mount onto a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” panel of espresso cardstock.

Add the strip of burlap ribbon (I frayed the ends) and adhere the metal compass with a brad.

Mount the entire panel onto a white card base.

Mount the lighthouse image with dimensional foam (or chipboard) and add the banner sentiment at the top of the card to cover the brad and the very top edge of the lighthouse image.

Finish off the card by creating small photo corners for the top left and bottom right of the lighthouse panel from espresso cardstock (I generally hand cut these small photo corners but you could use a punch). 

Stamp Sets:  A Light Unto My Path (retired Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums:  Stampin’ Write Markers- Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake,  Early Espresso; Clear Wink of Stella

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, Square Lattice Embossing Folder (retired SU!), My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX, Polished Hemp Twine, Burlap Ribbon, Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, Antique Brass Compass (Paper Studio)

Thanks so much for stopping by-I hope you have been inspired to join us with our #177 Make It Masculine Challenge at The Card Concept!

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Praise the Lord - In Wilderness

 

Hi Friends!

This is the second card I designed using the retired In Wilderness stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  (see this post for my first card)

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have a personal goal to create cards using stamps and supplies that I already own (and have not inked up in a while) as well as a card for each of the over 900+ Splitcoaststampers’ Sketch Challenges (I was able to incorporate Sketch #SC885 into the design of this card).   

I also enjoy participating with other online challenges and decided to incorporate the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #184 Far Out! Challenge (I used Harvest Gold, Burnt Orange, and Brown) along with the WordArt Wednesday #547-#548 “Anything Goes” Challenge and the Try It On Tuesday “For the Man in Your Life” Challenge into the design.

The In Wilderness stamp set is several years old and I have not inked it up in years.  The scripture verse from Scripture Medley Five is also retired and older- I love being able to pair older sets together! 

I decided to use the eagle image as a memory of the many eagles that my hubby, Dave and I would see on our rural drives.  They are so majestic and we loved seeing them!

If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites, I hope you will find time to do so- wonderful inspiration
from all!

To create this card:

De-static a piece of vanilla cardstock, stamp the eagle image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.


Once the embossing has cooled, color the image with water-based markers and oxide ink before die cutting with a circle die.  Use a fine point black marker to finish off the edge of the branch (I did not like it just ending without an end, lol!).

Die cut a larger circle from espresso cardstock with a stitched circle die.  Mount the colored eagle image onto the stitched circle die cut and set aside.

De-static the lower left-hand side of a panel of harvest gold designer paper (approx. 3 ¾” x 3”) with an embossing powder tool, stamp the sentiment with Versafine™ Onyx Black, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Distress the sides of the embossed sentiment panel and lightly mount onto a piece of vanilla cardstock to 5 ¼” x 4”.

Trim a piece of plaid designer paper to approx. 1 ½” x 3 ¾”, and two additional pieces of designer paper to 1” x 3 ¾”.

Distress the outer edges of all the designer panels before layering onto the vanilla background.

Use a zig-zag stitch to sew around all the edges and mount the entire panel onto a piece of espresso cardstock (approx. 4 ⅛” x 5 ⅜”).

Use a piercing tool to create holes for the brads and hardware at the top and bottom of the first vertical panel.

Knot the polished twine to the ends of the hardware and add to the card front with brads (the ends are adhered behind the eagle panel).

Adhere the entire panel onto a white card base.

Mount the layered eagle image onto the card front using dimensional foam (or chipboard) to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  In Wilderness (retired Stampin’ Up!), Scripture Medley Five (retired Verve Stamps)

Ink/Mediums:  Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide, Stampin’ Write Markers- Chocolate Chip, Delightful Dijon, Gray Granite; .01 Pigma Micron Pen

Cardstock/Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso; retired designer papers- Orchard Harvest, Misc others (Stampin’ Up!) and Authentique Thankful Collection

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, SU! Stitched Circles Layering Dies, Distressing Tool, Embossing Powder Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, Polished Hemp Twine, Sewing Machine, White Thread

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I am still working on my massive re-organization of my main living floor since my hubby went to be with the Lord. I am moving each room into a new area and creating a larger craft room, so I can get all of my supplies into one room (finally :-)). 

I am hoping to be able to create more cards again soon- hugs and God Bless!

TCC177 Make It Masculine - In Wilderness Buffalo

 


Hi Friends!

Welcome to the #177 Make It Masculine Challenge at The Card Concept! 

I was inspired by the wilderness images, the stitching between the squares on the pillow as well as the autumn colors in our inspiration photo to create a Vintage and Shabby/Mixed Media card using the retired Stampin’ Up! set, In Wilderness along with retired papers and embellishments.  

In fact, I was finally feeling a bit creative and created two different card designs and this is the first of the two.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have a personal goal to create cards using stamps and supplies that I already own (and have not inked up in a while) as well as a card for each of the over 900+ Splitcoaststampers’ Sketch Challenges (I was able to incorporate Sketch #SC882 into the design of this card).  

I also incorporated the Alphabet “E is forEmbossing- Wet or Dry” Challenge (this card has both types) and the Word Art Wednesday #547-#548 “Anything Goes” Challenge into the design.

If you have not had a chance to visit our Design Team/gallery at The Card Concept Challenge, or the other challenge sites,  I hope you will find time to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

De-static a piece of vanilla cardstock, stamp the buffalo image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Once the embossing has cooled, color the image with water-based markers and 
die cut with a stitched rectangle die.

Mount onto espresso cardstock, trim close to the edge.

Trim a piece of vanilla cardstock to 5 ¼” x 4”, mount onto a piece of 5 ½” x 4 ¼” espresso cardstock. 

Cut two pieces of designer paper for the background (approx. 3 ¾” x 2”), emboss with a quilt embossing folder, distress the edges, attach to background lightly with adhesive.

Distress the edges of a 2” x 3 ¾” strip of espresso designer paper, attach over the background lightly with adhesive and a zig-zag stitch around the edges.

Mount the background panel onto a 5 ½” x 4 ¼” white card base.

Mount the buffalo image onto the card front with dimensional foam (or chipboard). 

Heat emboss the sentiment using the same steps as the buffalo, trim the panel, mount onto espresso cardstock and adhere to the card front with dimensional foam.

Finish off the card by creating photo corners from espresso cardstock (I cut a square by hand, cut on the diagonal, then used scissors to create the little notches).

Stamp Sets:  In Wilderness (retired Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums:  Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Oxide, Stampin’ Write Markers- Soft Suede, Gray Granite, Early Espresso, Gumball Green

Cardstock/Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso; retired designer papers (Stampin’ Up!) and Authentique Thankful Collection

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, Quilt Top Embossing Folder (SU!), My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX, Sanding Block, Distressing Tool, Embossing Powder Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool,  Sage Twill Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by- I am slowly getting back to a point where I can start blogging again.  I apologize for not posting as often as I normally would, but I have been working on rearranging my entire home and still have many boxes to unpack and put away. 

It is my goal to try to find a “home” for everything and have different “zones” in my home (for ex: library/study, gift wrap station, Bible Journaling area, etc.).  Since I have been focused on this goal and in addition to mowing, trimming bushes and outside maintenance that my hubby used to do, I have not had a chance to create any cards. I miss being creative for sure!

I hope you have been inspired to join us with our #177 Make It Masculine Challenge at The Card Concept!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

TCC175 It Is The Gift of God

 

Hi Friends!

Welcome to the #175 May Flowers Challenge at The Card Concept! 

I love this beautiful floral arrangement and was inspired by the colors in the challenge photo to create a Mixed Media card.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have a personal goal to create cards using stamps and supplies that I already own (and have not inked up in a while) as well as a card for each of the over 900 Splitcoaststampers’ Sketch Challenges (I was able to incorporate Sketch #SC362 into the design of this card).   

For the main image, I pulled out the butterfly image from the retired Stampin’ Up! set, Ageless Adornments and the script image from the retired Stampin’ Up! Botanicals and paired it with a verse sentiment from the Scripture Collection 2 stamp set
(still available at
Divinity Designs LLC).

If you have not had a chance to visit the Splitcoaststampers’ gallery or our Design Team/gallery at The Card Concept Challenge, I hope you will find time to do so- so much inspiration from all!

To create this card:



Using a brayer, apply Peach Parfait and Melon Mambo to a piece of Glossy White cardstock. 

Once the ink has dried on the glossy panel, de-static with an embossing powder tool, ink the butterfly image with Versafine™ Black Onyx ink, stamp onto the prepared panel, apply Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with a heat tool. 

Once cooled, trim close to the edge of the stamped image, mount onto a piece of black cardstock and trim close to the edge.

Use a stencil brush with a Flourish stencil to apply Peach Parfait and Melon Mambo onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. 

Trim the stenciled panel to approx. 4” x 5 ¼”, de-static the lower right hand corner with an embossing powder tool, stamp the Scripture stamp from Scripture Collection with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.

Trim a piece of the patterned Kirby Teesdale designer paper to approx. 2 ¼” x 2 ¼”.  Mount onto black cardstock and adhere directly to the top of the background panel (per the sketch).

Ink the script image from Botanicals with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, repeatedly stamp over the background panel and the designer paper.

Add a strip of 1 ¼” black satin ribbon over the cut edge of the upper panel, wrap the ends of the ribbon behind the panel.

Adhere the panel to a white card base.

Adhere the butterfly image to the card front with dimensional foam and add a few pearls to the ribbon layer along with the upper left hand corner of the designer paper layer and the lower right hand corner of the background panel.

Use a white gel pen to add a few white highlights to the butterfly image to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  Ageless Adornments, Botanicals (both retired Stampin’ Up!), Scripture Collection 2 (Divinity Designs LLC)

Ink/Mediums:  Versafine™ Onyx Black,  Picked Raspberry, Vintage Photo Distress Oxide, Stampin’ Up!- Peach Parfait, Melon Mambo; Extra Fine White Paint Pen

Cardstock/Paper:  Glossy White, Very Vanilla, Basic Black; Kirby Teesdale Designer Paper (Paper Studio), Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, retired designer papers (Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories/Tools: Embossing Powder Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Brayer, Stencil Brush, Tim Holtz™ Flourish Layering Stencil, 1 ¼” Black Satin Ribbon (from my stash), Pearls

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I hope you have been inspired to join us with our #175 May Flowers Challenge  at The Card Concept!

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

TCC174 I Can Do All Things Through Christ

 




Hi Friends!

This card was designed for The Card Concept #174 {How Does Your Garden Grow} Challenge. 

FYI- I was unable to post to my blog when the challenge was live (see this post for more info regarding my beloved hubby going to be with the Lord).  I felt that this verse from the Words of Encouragement stamp set (from Stamp Simply)  is perfect for my life situation right now :-)

I was inspired by the gorgeous flowers, colors and the overall garden theme for my Mixed Media card.   

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I have a personal goal to create cards using stamps and supplies that I already own and have not inked up in a while as well as a card for each of the over 900 Splitcoaststampers’ Sketch Challenges (I was able to incorporate Sketch #SC391 into the design of this card).   

For the main image, I checked my stash and found that I had a pre-printed Power Poppy image that I had already printed and colored.  I had printed out numerous images to take to the hospital in June 2019 when my hubby had his bladder and prostate removal surgery and was in the hospital for 13 days.  This colored image seemed to be perfect for this inspiration photo.

If you have not had a chance to visit the Splitcoaststampers’ gallery or our Design Team/gallery at The Card Concept Challenge, I hope you will find time to do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:



De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the verse image from the Stamp Simply stamp set, Words of Encouragement with Versafine™ Black Onyx ink onto the prepared panel, apply Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with a heat tool. 

Once cooled, trim close to the edge to a rectangular shape, mount onto dark purple cardstock and trim close to the edge.

For the background panel, die cut a piece of white cardstock with a stitched rectangle die (approx. 4 ⅛” x 5 ⅜”), mount onto a piece of dark purple cardstock, trim close to the edge.  Use a flourish stencil with Blushing Bride Ink to add a stenciled background (difficult to see in the photo). 

Emboss a piece of magenta designer paper with a script embossing folder, die cut with a stitched rectangle die, lightly sand with a sanding block.  Mount onto dark purple cardstock and trim close to the edge.

Die cut the water-colored digi image with a window frame die, die cut another window frame from dark purple cardstock, split in the center and mount the water-colored image onto the split frame.

Die cut a green flourish designer paper with a rectangle stitched die for the vertical layer of the sketch), mount onto dark purple cardstock, trim close to the edge and split in the center to spread to 4 ¼” height (this split is hidden behind the water-colored floral image).

Layer all together, add the eggplant satin ribbon and adhere to the white card base.

Add the focal floral image and sentiment with dimensional foam.

Use a white gel pen to add highlights to the floral images and a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the floral petals.

Finish off the card with a few pearls in the corners of the sentiment and lower left hand edge of the background panel. 

Stamp Sets:  Garden Fireworks (digital image- Power Poppy by Marcella), Words of Encouragement (Stamp Simply)

Ink/Mediums:  Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Derwent™ Watercolor Pencils and Stampin’  Write markers-Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Highland Heather, Elegant Eggplant, Granny Apple Green, Mossy Meadow; Black Watercolor Pencil (SU!), Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Marker, White Gel Pen

Cardstock/Paper:  Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, retired designer papers (Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories/Tools: Gemini, Jr.™,  MFT Stitched Rectangle A2 Dies- Set 1 & 2 , Window  & Framelit Dies (retired Stampin’ Up!),  Perfect Print Embossing Folder (retired Stampin’ Up!), Embossing Powder Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, 1” Dark Purple Satin Ribbon (from my stash), Pearls

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I hope you have been inspired to join us in the future at The Card Concept!

Saturday, May 7, 2022

TCC173 My Help Comes From The Lord

 


Hi Friends!

I apologize for the delay in posting to my cards for The Card Concept challenges to my blog.  Some of you who follow my blog know that my hubby has been battling different cancers (five in total) since 2003.  His battle is over.

My beloved hubby, Dave went to be with the Lord on April 24th , due to a glioblastoma.  He started exhibiting memory issues on February 25th, was diagnosed with a UTI on February 28th  and his memory continued to decline during the week, so he had a MRI on March 7th,   The MRI revealed a lemon sized tumor so we rushed off to the emergency room to wait over 12 hours to have Dave sent via ambulance to Johns Hopkins.  Dave had brain surgery on March 9th  at Johns Hopkins and they could only remove half of the tumor, he had a week long hospital stay and several weeks at rehab until April 8th  I brought him home for supportive/palliative care.  Home Health Care came in on the morning of April 9th and felt (as I did) that Hospice should be called in.  Hospice was ordered and started to assist with his care on  April 16th and my darling Dave took his last breath on earth and first breath in heaven on Sunday the 24th.

Dave and I had discussed at great length over the years that we never wanted to be a burden on anyone and our worst fear would be that we would lose our memories/brain function,  On the day of the MRI and after surgery, Dave had no short-term memory at all, could not walk on his own, had to be reminded to eat/drink, and could not do anything for himself.  

While I did not want to lose my husband here on earth, he was not the same since the MRI and after surgery, he continued to decline mentally and physically due to the location of the brain tumor.

Glioblastoma has no cure and is a difficult cancer to endure.  I am thankful that Dave did not seem to have pain (until the Wed. before he passed and we were able to get him on pain meds so he did not feel any pain).  Plus, he did not really seem to know that he had a brain tumor.  He remained my sweet husband as far as demeanor and so many have had worse symptoms, I was so blessed to have had such a wonderful husband. 

I know that Dave is with the Lord and take great joy in knowing that I will see him again one day along with Jesus!  We both accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior on June 8, 1996 and had almost forty years together (twenty-five as Christians and serving the Lord)! He was my best friend here on earth and while I am heartbroken and miss him terribly, I am also at peace.

This verse is one that has been special to me during the time of being Dave’s caregiver-

 Nehemiah 8:10b ESV

And so not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is my strength”.

Also the verse on my card for this challenge is perfect for how I felt during this time-

Psalm 121:1-2 ESV

“ I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
 My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.”
  

Thank you for your prayers during this time- I am truly blessed beyond words!

This card was designed for The Card Concept #173 {Vintage Style} and I was inspired by the florals on the pillows along with the black script to create a Clean and Layered vintage style Mixed Media card.

I have a personal goal to create a card using stamps and supplies that I already own and have not inked up in a while.  I pulled out this gorgeous Roses & Prayers (collage stamp) from Unity Stamp Co and paired it with a verse sentiment from the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, Be Encouraged clear stamp set.

I also have a personal goal to create a card for each of the Splitcoaststampers’ sketches and I used the SC470 Sketch Challenge for the layout on this card.




If you have not had a chance to visit the Splitcoaststampers’ gallery or our Design Team/gallery at The Card Concept Challenge, I hope you will find time to do so- so much inspiration from all!

To create this card:



De-static a piece of black cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the verse image from So Encouraged with Versamark™ ink onto the prepared panel, apply White Embossing Powder and heat set with a heat tool. 

Once cooled, trim close to the edge and create the “flags” on the end by hand.

Die cut a piece of white cardstock with a stitched rectangle die, de-static with an embossing powder tool, stamp the Roses & Prayers image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink onto the prepared panel, apply Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with a heat tool. 

Once the embossing has cooled, watercolor the image with water-based markers and use a flourish stencil with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink to add a bit of color in the background (hard to see in the photo).

Mount the floral image layer onto black cardstock, trim close to the edge.

Emboss a piece of white cardstock with the 3D Diamond embossing folder, trim to approx. 4 ⅛” x 3 ½”, mount or a piece of 4 ¼” x 5 ½” piece of black cardstock.

Add a layer of striped designer paper to the lower portion of the black panel.

Die cut a piece of white cardstock with the Tim Holtz Crochet Die, mount onto the background panel with the edges facing up.

Add a strip of 1” black satin ribbon to cover the cut edges of the designer paper and lace, wrapping the ends behind the panel.  

Mount the background panel onto a white card base.

Adhere the main floral image panel on a diagonal (per the sketch) using dimensional foam (or chipboard).

Add the sentiment layer and a few pearls in the upper right hand corner.

Use a clear glitter marker to add shimmer to the rose petals to finish off the card,

Stamp Sets:  Roses & Prayers (Unity Stamp Co.), Be Encouraged (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)

Ink/Mediums:  Versafine™ Onyx Black, Versamark™; Stampin’ Write markers- Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Mossy Meadow; Black Watercolor Pencil (SU!), Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Marker, Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide

Cardstock/Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, retired red striped designer paper (Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories/Tools: Gemini, Jr.™,  WRMK 3D Diamond Embossing Folder, MFT Stitched Rectangle A2 Dies, Square Punch (to create banner), Sizzix Tim Holtz Crochet Thinlit Dies, Embossing Powder Tool, Clear and White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, 1” Black Satin Ribbon (from my stash), Pearls

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I hope you have been inspired to join us in the future at The Card Concept!

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