Hello! Card

Before I share today’s card, I must disclose that it is an lift of an original card by Maile Belles.  She is an artist who I really admire, a very clean and simple artist.  There are many clean and simple artists, but sometimes Maile borders minimalist.  While I’m not a minimalist in life, I do tend to like minimalist design.

This stamp set from Papertrey Ink had me at Hello.  Really.


Then I saw Maile’s card, and because I already had Graceful Greetings in possession, I set to work making some minor modifications for the supplies I had.

This is a type of card I’d never have tried prior to MISTI.  However, I think it’s so easy to do!  I think I’ll do a video later to share how I did it, very easily.  As of late, any general cards I’ve been making (not to a specific person’s birthday or something), I’ve been making in sets of six or eight.  I typically send out four to ten cards a week, so having a stash is very handy.

IMG_4059 IMG_4061Supplies:  Papertrey Ink (Graceful Greetings stamp, Pure Poppy ink, Sweet Blush ink, Golden Sunrise ink, Simply Chartreuse ink), Simon Says Stamp (curve die, fog ink), Neenah Exact paper, Wink of Stella (clear brush), My Favorite Things (swiss dot background stamp)

Let’s Celebrate You

This week for the Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp, they celebrated 6 years of Wednesday challenges.  So, the challenge was to create a birthday card.  Easy peasy, especially when the April kit was birthday themed!

IMG_3575And since I use a fair amount of birthday cards, I decided to break out the MISTI and make more than one.  That little gizmo is pretty swell for mass producing cards!  I have never enjoyed the process of mass producing, until I got her.  (Why have I personified her?  LOL)

IMG_3574Funny, I made one of these cards to make sure I liked the design before I set out making 5.  (I chose five because that is how many I could get out of one sheet of watercolor paper).  I used the perfect pearls to do some splatters and my daughter took one look at it and said “yuck.”  Guess she has acquired my not liking of splatters as well..LOL….so the rest were done without splatters.  I like it better.  🙂

Supplies:  Simon Says Stamp (stamp & stitched rectangle die), Bazzill (cardstock), Neenah (cardstock), watercolor paper, Ranger (perfect pearls mint), Misc (sequin)

He is not here, He is Risen!

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has [a]risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. 11 But these words appeared [b]to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he *saw the linen wrappings [c]only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.
Luke 24:1-12 NASB

Praise God, He is not here!  He is Risen!!

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May you have a blessed Easter, family and friends.

Blessed Card (Simon Says Stamp Monday Pastel Challenge)

Our family has recently enrolled in the Samaritan Ministries health care cost sharing program (an alternative to insurance).  As part of the program, each month we are to send our “share” to a family who has submitted a medical bill for sharing.  We are encouraged to send a little note of encouragement along with the money.

Being a cardmaker, I was delighted about this, because I think that sending a card is sending a little bit of paper brotherly love.  Well, when I opened our first assignment letter, I saw that it not only included the family who we are to send our financial contribution, but a list of 10 other families who had special needs, but that weren’t able to be submitted into the program for cost-sharing (all included in our letter were pre-existing conditions).  They encourage, but do not require, you to send a note of encouragement to these people as well.

Well, this just brought me a smile!  You see, I have a huge pile of cards in my space.  Despite sending out usually at least 6 cards a week, I still make way more than I send out.  Selling them is just not my thing.  To me, it’s not worth the trouble to go through the work of selling them, I’d much rather bless someone and send them some paper love, either as a note directly from me, or as blank cards as gifts.  But I was delighted to know that I have a use, that would be meaningful, for these extra cards I make!  (When I make a card, I usually make at least two, unless it’s a very time consuming card).

Of course, despite having a stack already, last night I wanted to make something new.  I had seen earlier in the week the Simon Says Stamp Monday Card Challenge to use pastels, so I decided to give it a whirl.  I usually prefer richer saturations, so I don’t use many pastels.

Without further ado, here is my card.  With the help of MISTI, I was able to make 6 cards in about an hour (I made almost 8, but I messed up 2 at the very end).

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IMG_4265(I apologize for the pictures, I am using my iPhone to take the photos.  The memory card for my camera had a mental breakdown, and I’ve ordered a new one, but for some reason, it’s on the three-week delivery plan….go figure!  LOL)

Supplies:  Simon Says Stamp (white pigment ink), Bazzill, Neenah cardstock, Hero Arts soft pool ink, The Twinery, Verve stamp, Versamark, Hero Arts white embossing powder

MFT Sketch Challenge 222

I resisted card making, kicking and screaming for a long time.  I have come to determine that it was because I didn’t have the right tools.  The correct tools for the job make an immense difference in the enjoyment and end result of the product.

Along the way, I’ve found one of my favorite brands to be My Favorite Things, especially the dies.  Be still my heart, their doily die was my first purchase.  It wooed me into their grips.  Sigh.  And now my collection is growing.

I was swayed by dies a long time ago, but the whole world of coloring, that has just been knocking at my door recently.  I bought some Spectrum Noir markers and am having a terrible time learning to use them.  I’ve seen work people have done with them, so I know it’s not the markers, it’s operator error.  I thought that maybe they just weren’t my thing, so I purchased some colored pencils.

I wanted to play with them last night, this sketch from My Favorite Things and one of their adorable Pure Innocence stamps were the perfect opportunity!

And I think I’ve finally found something to color with that I enjoy.  Yes, it’s all about the right tools.

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I stamped my patterned background with the swiss dots background stamp.  Adorable.

Supplies:  My Favorite Things (background stamp, Pure Innocence stamp, circle dies, banner die), Avery Elle (sentiment stamp), Hero Arts (embossing powder), Bazzill paper, Neenah paper, Prismacolor colored pencils, Mama Elephant (hearts die), Misc (gold foil paper)