Love Never Fails–Add Shimmer

Most of us like shimmer.  Sometimes glitter is too messy for me, but I find that using some shimmer is a fantastic option because it still allows me to have some shine but saves me the mess.  Yay! 

Today, I’m playing along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Add Some Shimmer.  I made this card this week, but felt like it was missing something.  Duh….a bit of shimmer!  I wanted to keep it controlled and subtle, so I used my Wink of Stella clear brush and just whacked it on my hand a few times to get some droplets.  Nice.

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Supplies:  Reverse Confetti stamp, Lawn Fawn Wildrose ink, Versamark, Ranger Gold Tinsel embossing powder, vellum, Avery Elle die, Wink of Stella clear, Hammermill Digital Color Cover

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

You Are Such a Blessing to Me

I am usually discipined regarding purchases that aren’t practical.  Usually.  Unless we’re talking a few things.  Those items include Pioneer Woman kitchen stuff at Walmart (darn Ree, I mean, really…I’ve never ever been excited to buy dinner plates, glasses or kitchen towels before.  Those were always only an item of necessity, not fun), or stamps that include the word “bless” “blessing” or “blessed.”  I truly believe that all good things come from our Father above, and that He has bestowed abundant blessings upon us, blessings we do not deserve.  When I find a beautiful stamp set that allows me to tell others I appreciate them as the blessing they are, I’m doomed.  Sigh.  I hope the recipient is blessed, as I am blessed to know the person.

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(Linked up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Flowers)

Supplies:
MISTI
HoneyBee stamps
The Ton – sequin
Misc – vellum and cardstock
Versamark
Hero Arts Gold embossing powder
Pink Paislee paper (a very old paper from my stash)

You’re In My Prayers

I really like white space.  I mean white space, white space.  And yet, I have managed to collect both a stash of background stamps and a ridiculous stash of patterned paper.  I’m trying really hard to use either by background stamps or patterned paper in such a way that still leaves white space, that’s just not white!  (Yes, I’m weird – I like having empty cabinets as well.  I like to know I have a place to rest my eyes when I look at something, or to rest an item when I need to put something down).

This card is for the My Favorite Things Card Challenge Sketch 266.

I rotated the orientation of the sketch because I didn’t feel like the prayers fit appropriately in the initial orientation.

I stamped the background with my MISTI using a My Favorite Things background stamp.  This lacey stamp – swoon.  I’ve been using it to do a lot of foiling lately.  ♥  I pulled a piece of paper from my scrap bin and embossed it with Wow! White Pearl.

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Supplies:
My Favorite Things – background stamp, rectangle border die (vertical)
Simon Says Stamp/Hero Arts – prayers stamp
Mama Elephant – heart dies
Simon Says Stamp – stitched background
Lawn Fawn – stitched background
Sunshine Studios – fishtail die
Misc – glitter paper, foam, cardstock, glitter tape
Staz-On black
Papertrey Ink – vellum
Wow! White Pearl Embossing Powder

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

MISTI

My Favorite Things hybrid ink

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

Happy Birthday

I’ve not used much texture or embossing paste.  I’m a bit of a neat freak so I tend to not like wet mediums.  However, last Christmas, Sandy Allnock introduced me to gold embossing paste.  Swoon.  I find it so beautiful!

Using the gold embossing paste, I created a card with a stencil for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Card Challenge: Stencils.  I don’t have many stencils (as I don’t like wet mediums), so I made my own.  I used the butterfly dies from Simon Says Stamp to create a stencil.  Some gold embossing paste, perfect pearls an black soot distress ink splatters later I had a card that is not my typcial style – lots of we mediums!

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Supplies:
Simon Says Stamp Petite Butterflies die
Viva Decor Modellier Creme Gold
My Favorite Things stamp
DCWV gold foil vellum paper
WRMK washi tape
Perfect Pearls
Distress Ink black soot
Misc:  vellum, cardstock, enamel dot, glitter gemstone, rhinestone, transparency