I Will Praise Him

I always enjoy a good Scripture or faith centered stamp sentiment.  Papertrey Ink has been releasing some great ones this year.  I also recently bought this very elegant stamp set from Lil Inkers.  I had been intimidated to use it, although I knew the look I wanted. 

I finally used the florals, paired with the Papertrey Praise Inspired set, and feel like I pulled off an elegant card.  I have a friend who is definitely experiencing a “storm” in life, so I’ve been trying to send some cards occasionally to send a hug by mail.

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Supplies:
Lil Inker Designs
Papertrey Ink Inspired – Praise
Staz-On
Vellum
Misc Cardstock, sequin
Bazzill Black Licorice cardstock
Wow Gold Glitter Embossing
Gina Marie frame dies

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Friend, You Warm My Heart

This card kicked my butt.  I’m still not even sure I like how it turned out, but I’m living with my motto:  Done is better than perfect {usually}.  Nothing came together as I planned (not that I plan my cards, I usually create as I go), this card was just not cooperative.

This card is using the sketch for My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 264.

I also used the Simon Says Stamp Monday Card Challenge theme of Best Friends.  I plan to send this to a dear friend, along with some coffee bean chocolate.  You can’t get much better than that, I mean coffee, chocolate and a card together?  Perfect Vitamin C trifecta, right?

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I used the My Favorite Things Perk Up stamp set for both the cup and the sentiment.  The cup said “coffee” on it, and it just felt distracting.  I tried to ink blend it in, but it wasn’t providing good coverage.  So I pulled out a Copic marker and colored over the image.  (just one more thing that wasn’t going “right”).

Supplies:
My Favorite Things die (rectangle border), Stitched circle die, Perk Up stamp, Black Licorice hybrid ink
Simon Says Stamp (larger rectangle die, friend die
Mama Elephant (small heart die)
My Mind’s Eye (patterned paper)
Bazzill (pink cardstock)
Papertrey Ink (vellum)
American Crafts gold glitter tape
Misc, pink glitter paper, foam tape

Stinkin’ Cute Critters

Slowly but surely.  I’m getting the hang of alcohol markers.  I have found that my skills improved immensely overnight when I purchased Copic markers (I think that’s more of a comment about the quality of Copics compared to other markers than my skills :p).  I have this silly little thing about always wanting to color the darkest parts (shadows) on top.  That would give the illusion of everything having light coming from the bottom.  Yeah, except for some exceptions, that’s not reality.  But today, I discovered if I rotated my image 180° so I was coloring upside down, it was much easier to color so the shadow appeared on the bottom.  I just have to figure out how to trick my brain.  ha!

Coloring doesn’t come naturally to me, but I find these Lawn Fawn images a great motivator.  They are, after all, so stinkin’ cute.  They somehow manage to continue to invade my stash even though “cutesy” isn’t really my style.  Since they manage to make a home in my stash, I have to use them.  Maybe, just maybe, in simple cards like this I’ll learn to happily color and use cutesy.

Until it comes naturally, external challenges are also helpful motivation.  This week, it came via the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Critter challenge!

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Supplies:
Lawn Fawn stamp

SSS ink

DCWV foil vellum

American Crafts gold glitter tape

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My Favorite Things hybrid ink

Copic N0, N2, N4, N6, N8, 0, R32