Sunday, September 18, 2011

Beautiful September

Hi everybody,
This September has been the most beautiful we have had for a long time. Warm and sunny, what more could you ask for.?.

I have been in a great mood for making some cards and it feels so good!!!
These cards I made are totally simple but elegant.
I was captured by the inspiration card on CASE Study and then a sketch on What If? Wednesdays.
They just went together so well and I had not made a black and kraft card for quite a while.
I love that combination...
I guess I love black and black/white or black/kraft are just beautiful together. I like that combination for clothing and decorating too.
My home is mostly taupe and black with ocean blue as the punch color...and I'm still not tired of it.
That's a good thing!!!

So, here goes:

 
This is CASE Study http://casestudychallenge.blogspot.com/
Their inspiration picture is really beautiful. If you haven't seen it, go take a look.
I love their site...they have great challenges.

My take is made with a Quick-Kutz diecut that I use a lot.
The circle was cut from an old dictionary page and stamped with a stamp I have in my stash.
The black border on the bottom is stamped with a border stamp I have from Hot Off The Press.
I have had that for a long time too. This time I stamped it twice, one above the other because I
wanted it wider. I set tiny clear bling randomly placed on the border stamp and tied it with a
polka dot ribbon.
I just cannot make a card without some glitz or glimmer...it just doesn't seem done until it's
glitzy!!!

So there you have it.
Hope you enjoyed looking...leave me a comment.

Blessings,
e

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

This is a quick post....

Hello crafting peeps....
It's been a long day and I am pretty tired.
I want to get this post up so that I can enter it into the StampTV Friday challenge.
The requirements were for a sympathy card and I really enjoyed making this one.
Somehow, it just felt right and flowed smoothly....ahhh what joy when it all comes together.

I have really been struggling lately.
It seemed like I had great ideas but NOTHING came out right.
It was one of those times (I'm sure you've experienced it too) when things just WOULD NOT
come out looking like I had imagined. And the more I tried and worked at it, the worse it got.

So, I did what I always do at times like that...I went to sit on my "Father's lap". My real father has died, but my heavenly Father is always there to answer my heart's cry and bring peace into my muddled thoughts.

So, with His help, I put everything aside, and just start a simple card.
I tried not to think about all the ideas I had, the embellishments I wanted to do, everything.
I went through my stash, picked out some white embellished paper, and then found this beautiful
square of flowers that I had cut out from a card I received a long time ago, and started to build from
there. It seemed to be so freeing...I found such JOY in just simply putting things I loved together.
I can't tell you how wonderful that felt.

I didn't feel overwhelmed or that I HAD to make it look like something that would win prizes and accolades. I was just doing something that I liked, enjoyed and felt good about.

I don't know how we get into these places where we feel "NOT GOOD ENOUGH" but the world seems to push us to bigger, better, faster, prettier...trying so hard to be the best at everything!!! But God tells us we don't have to do that....we just have to allow ourselves to ENJOY the gifts God gave us and use those gifts to bless others.

So here's my simple card.....

 
Have to show you this little bird at the bottom. He wasn't too visible and I like him so much. I made him a while ago. A friend of mine and I did an afternoon of making fun embellishments that we cut out of Tim Holtz' grungeboard and then colored with different paints, Perfect Pearls, and embossing powder. On this one I heat embossed and then set a small flourish stamp on it while it was hot so that the stamp image would imbed itself into the embossing. Came out nice, didn't it?

The rest of the card was made with a white background paper that was dry embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. The flower square is a cut out from a card I received.
I wrapped that with white satin ribbon, cut an oval and stamped the text in navy blue.
The butterfly was cut with Martha Stewart punches. There are two pieces...they fit perfectly together. They are both cut from the cover of a music CD jacket. I love those, they have such beautiful covers on them. I have used quite a few that way.
The little rhinestones on the right side are blue teardrops.

I am entering this card into Stamp TV Friday challenge
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