Faith Card for Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge

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Hello Everybody! 

I was perusing the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog site and decided to join their first Challenge of the new year.  The instructions were to use at least one thing from each column below to make your creation.  I make cards so I, of course, made a card but the challenge is for crafters of varying types.  I must say it was FUN.  This is only the second challenge I’ve ever entered.   I don’t know exactly how it works but I hope we get to see the other entries.   

Challenge Chart


Here is what I used from each Category:

Coloring Medium :  Ink, Marker

Fiber :  Ribbon

Technique :  Stamping, Folding & Scoring, Die Cutting

Texture :  Embossing (heat) (all words and image)

Embellish :  Bling – Glitter

I decided to use some of my encouragement stamps and because I need a lot of it right now, I settled on Faith as my theme.  I made two cards but this “FAITH” card is my entry for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge :



As always it’s hard to see the BLING of the glitter in the word FAITH and the Flowers but it shows up a little better in the picture below and the close up picture as well. Glitter Faith


Close Up 0282

 I made another version of this card with ribbon and a bow instead of the word FAITH you can see it below:



Below is the inside of the cards but it’s hard to see the stamped images in the lower corners.

inside 2


Materials Used:

Stamps:  Flowers/FAITH Stamps – Rubbernecker Stamps, Verse (Just Believe) – Stampin Up;  Ink/Marker:  Pretty in Pink Ink – Stampin Up,  Wild Wasabi Marker – Stampin Up;   Paper:  Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight – Stampin Up;   Embossing Powder:  Wild Wasabi, Iridescent Ice + Glitter – Stampin Up;   Die Cut:  Spellbinders A2 Distressed Edges;   Embellishments:  Ribbon, Glitter


  Until Next Time —–  


  God Bless and Happy Stamping !  

The Misti

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Where I’m from when you hear about a GREAT thing you can’t wait to spread the news.  So here it is:  The MISTI.

While I’m usually not one to jump on a “bandwagon” I must say the MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented) seems to be the tool I have been waiting for and I’m thrilled that it’s finally arrived.  Although, I’m not sure it quite lives up to its lofty name, if it continues to impress me as I believe it will, it may very well be the Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented”  to date.

When I started hand-making my Christmas cards several years ago and had to drastically cut down my list of recipients from “everybody and their mama” to just “ten special people”  ,  I thought there’s got to be an easier way.  It’s hard to make a card several times that requires stamping, embossing etc.  I suppose I could design simpler cards but that just isn’t my way.  So how do you reproduce cards efficiently, mistake free, and in the most non-laborious way possible?  

The MISTI”.  It stands for,  “Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented” and it just may be.  Santa ordered one for me for Christmas and it just arrived a couple of days ago.  I played with it the day it arrived and was ready to write a glowing review.  In fact, I did write a glowing review after trying it with cling and clear stamps and then thought I should wait until I had actually made something with it in order to give such a review.  So, I decided to use it to make my invitations for a pastor’s 10th anniversary service and dinner. 

My first problem was I needed to use two different stamps on the invitations:  one was a cling stamp but the other was a wood mounted stamp.  Wood mounted stamps will not work with the MISTI.  So, I unmounted the wood mounted stamp and placed them both on the MISTI at the same time (did you hear me or rather did you read that, at the SAME time) and 1.5 hours later I had stamped, embossed, and adhered 26 invitations.  It was MARVELOUSLY expedient, it really took no time at all.  I’m Thrilled. 

So, you can find the MISTI at the My Sweet Petunia Blog site and there are several you tube videos out there about it as well.

The invitations are below and as always my pictures aren’t very good.  The verse and image both sparkle beautifully in person but not so much in my pictures at all.  The only way to see even a hint of the sparkle was to have the pictures darker than preferred.

DSC_0279     DSC_0264


 Until Next Time —-


 God Bless and Happy Stamping !   











Stampscapes Tri-fold Shutter Card

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It wasn’t easy but I’m pleased with how it turned out.  Okay, so I’ve never been accused of doing anything because it was the easy thing to do.  And I know why.  I , like my mother before me, creatively visualize what I want in my mind and then find a way to bring it to fruition. 

Most of my cards are feminine: flowers, butterflies, glitter, ribbon, etc.  Even my people stamps are of women.  However, some of  the most important persons in my life are male:  my husband, dad, brothers, uncles, etc.  And I decided that they had suffered long enough with flowers and ribbons, on card after card, so I set out to find masculine card designs.  

When I went searching I happened upon the Stampscapes stamp line created by Kevin Nakagawa.  When I first saw them I thought I had struck gold and couldn’t wait to tell my stamping partner in crime (Sandi) like I did when I thought I had discovered Dreamweaver Stencils.  And just like with the Dreamweaver Stencils, she not only already knew about them, she owned a ton of the stamps.    Sandi apparently has done it all when it comes to card-making.

I’ve seen beautiful images and cards made using the Stampscapes stamps. When searching on Pinterest  one lady posted her gorgeous card and said it was her first attempt at using the stamps.  A few others wrote how easy it is to make good-looking cards using these stamps.  So seeing all of this gave me the incentive I needed to give these stamps a try.  First thing you need to know is, “They lied!”   Just joking of course, but while it’s easy enough to create a scene with the stamps, finding the right coloring technique and ink to make the scene look good is challenging.  Once this is achieved, “It’s all down hill after that.”, as they say.

So while I was trying to work out the right coloring technique and inks I saw a “Tri-fold Shutter Card” online and thought it was so cute that I decided to marry the two card types (Stampscapes Cards + Tri-fold Shutter Cards) to make a Birthday Card for my Dad.   “Of all my bright ideas, Why!”    Lol.  Let’s just say there is a reason you don’t see many Stampscapes Tri-fold Shutter cards. 

Never turning down a challenge or taking the easy way out I stuck to my vision and persevered.  It was tedious and trying and took forever (all night), and I even questioned my intelligence more than a couple of times but I finally came up with the card below.  It wasn’t easy but I think it was worth the trouble and I hope my Dad likes it.  He’s definitely worth the extra effort!



0157 Closed         0142 front

0179 stretched


Until Next Time —–

God Bless and Happy Stamping! 



Cardstock:  Glossy White;  Glossy Black;  Stampin Up– Night of Navy.

Inks:  Memento– Summer Sky, Rich Cocoa;  Marvy– Salvia Blue #60, Blue #3, Prussian Blue #29; Stampin Up– Mossy Meadow; Stazon- Jet Black

Stamps:  Stampscapes– Lakeside Cove -Lg 049G, Rocks & Grass 323C, Gulls 302A




Bling or No Bling

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I know you’re shocked that I’m posting again so soon.   Me too. 

I got the idea for this card after seeing a very similar card online (thanks Lynn).  I was drawn to the card because I thought the colors used were so beautiful.  I made some modifications to suit my style and finally used some more of my christian theme stamps and VOILA.


The card below is the one with the “Bling”.  It’s hard for you to see the “bling” in the photos as usual but hopefully you get the idea.  I had to take the pictures a little out of focus so you could see some of the sparkle and I tried a close up version too.

Bling Distant Marked   Close Bling Marked

I LOVE BLING!  This of course is no surprise to those who have seen any of my cards.  The more sparkle the better has been my philosophy until maybe now.  When I make a card, of my own design or a design I’ve seen that I’m modifying to make it my own, “bling” is the first thing I think about.  However, with this card I can’t decide if it’s better or worse with the “bling”.  Don’t get me wrong I think the card is beautiful with or without the sparkle but I might like the one without sparkle better for once.

The “bling” embossing powder (iridescent ice) mutes the colors a little bit and I think I like the more vibrant look to the card without the “Bling”.  Shhhhhhh!  Don’t let that get out or else they’ll take my “Bling Card” away.

Let’s be honest what makes this card beautiful is the color combination which I can’t take credit for(thanks Tami).  I hope you like the colors as much as I do.  I was all set to use a die cut for the stamped text and pop it up over the bottom part of the card but that would cover part of the stamped flower-triple-panel which is the focal point of the card.  So, why cover up the focal point?  Exactly.  So I decided not to cover it up and instead made the rest of the card very simple.

“Bling or no Bling?”   That is the question.  You can leave a comment to weigh-in and vote for the one you like best; “bling or no bling”? 


Until Next Time ——

God Bless and Happy Stamping!


Materials Used:

Cardstock:  Stampin’ UpBlackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, & Very Vanilla

Ink:  Versa Mark / Stampin’ UpBlackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry

Embossing Powders:  Stampin’ UpCrushed Curry & Iridescent Ice

Stamps: StampabilitiesHave Faith (inside) & Miracles (outside)/Stampin’ Up – Blooming With Kindness Set



Christmas Cards

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Well Hello everybody!  It’s been a long, long time but I’m glad to be back.   Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas is around the corner so I thought I would share with you my Christmas Cards for this year and a few from previous years.  I’ve been working on them little by little for a couple of months now when time would allow.  I am happy to report that they are done and ready to send out.  Yeah!    This is the earliest they’ve ever been done. 

I made my Christmas cards this year assembly line style.  First I came up with each card design.  Next I cut all the paper for each layer and card component for each card.  Then I picked one design to work on first.  I stamped and embossed the main design for the number of cards of that design I was making plus a couple extra in case I messed up on some.  I kept going step by step until all that was left was assembling the card.  This method worked so well that I think I’ll use it whenever I’m making several of the same card again.  Overall I was pleased with the designs and I’m just glad to have some cards to send out.

I’m still trying to learn how to get the “bling” to show up in my pictures.  From everything I read and hear from the experts it’s a problem that photographers have been trying to conquer for some time.  This of course doesn’t help me get closer to getting the sparkle to show up in my pictures but I don’t feel as bad knowing it’s not just me.


Cards from Christmas Past:

CB171        WMOrn166AdoreHim181             AdoreHim180

I decided this year to have a Christmas Card making class at church and below are the cards I designed for the kids (and any interested adults) to make.

Stockings162      CloseStockings163


That’s all for now but I’ll be posting again SOON!


God Bless and Happy Stamping!


Birthday Easel Card – 90th Birthday Blessing

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I’m Back!!  I made my first post three weeks ago and every free moment since then I’ve been busy working on my granny’s 90th birthday party.  I made centerpieces and bookmarks and it was exhausting.  Part of the centerpieces had ribbon with her most popular quotes on them in vinyl which I cut out using my Silhouette.  I think they turned out well and more importantly she said they were beautiful.  She seemed to enjoy herself.  What a blessing to still have her in my life at this seasoned age.

So for this week’s post I decided to share with you the card I made for Grandma’s 90th Birthday as well as pictures of the centerpieces.  I decided to make an easel card for granny and I wanted it to be elegant so I used white shimmer paper and gold metallic paper.  I love bling so I used ‘Iridescent Glitter Dust’ on the white shimmer paper (but it’s hard to see the paper’s sparkle in the pictures).  I used my silhouette to cut out the number 90 (using the Curlz MT font), the Spellbinder Nestabilities Dies – Lacey Squares for the center background layer, the Spellbinder Nestablities Dies – Curved Rectangles  for the verse on the card base and layered it as well, and I used the Stampin Up – Beautifully Baroque embossing folder for the main card background layer.  Overall, I’m pleased with how it turned out and she liked it so that’s all that matters.Smile

Full View Bday Card        Card Verse

Below are pictures of the birthday party centerpieces.  Granny’s favorite color is green.  On one side of the glass centerpiece block was a collage of pictures of her through the years and on the opposite side was a hydrangea.  Each centerpiece had a different Grannyism (a favorite saying of hers: “Don’t Have To Rush” (said to anyone who came to visit her when they tried to leave), “Be Sweet”, “Thank The Lord”, and “We’re Blessed”.  I cut the “Grannyisms” out of vinyl and attached them to the ribbon.  I set the centerpieces on green glitter paper to extend the arrangement on the table and add more color because of the white tablecloths.

centerpiece collage

Until next time, God Bless and Happy Stamping!



Something New – Wedding Cards

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Welcome to my very first blog post everrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

As I wrote that line I heard it in my mind as a loud bellowing voice with exaggeration on the end of “ever”, shouted with infectious enthusiasm just like Oprah did on the very first Oprah Winfrey Show. LOL  😆  Now I feel like I should be saying, “you get a car”,  “and you get a car”, “and you get a car”  but of course that’s not true.  Sorry,  no cars being given away on this blog. Cry

But this is the start of something new and what better way to kick it off than with Wedding Cards.   Weddings after all are the beginning of something new –marriage.  I’m tempted to say something here that I would think is funny but my dad just this week said to me,  “you are not funny” and then was sure to add “at all” to the end of that statement.  LOL.Laughing  It cracked me up.  So perhaps I should keep my  ‘funny anecdotes’  to myself ——–for now, just until we get to know each other better.  I put some pictures of cards I made recently in my Gallery so check it out when you get a moment.   On to today’s cards:

Jeniifer 1 stamp          Jennifer

I used the Rubbernecker stamp ‘Jennifer’ and made her a Bride in pink (above).  I used a nifty technique I called double embossing and you can find a video here.   I also made a frame from a Spellbinder die and you can find a video on that here.   I mixed glitter with the embossing powder for the skirt, used prisma glitter for her bodice, hair piece, and flowers and sprayed the frame with glitter mist but the bling of all that didn’t show up well in the pictures. (See warning below.)

Wedding Congratulations Wedding Window Close

Wedding Black Window     When Two

I used an Inkadinkado stamp, Poppystamps window dies, and Martha Stewart punch for the wedding cards in black and white.  I again used a mix of glitter and embossing powder for the image in black and glitter for her dress, flower bouquet, and hair ribbon.

WARNING:  I have not mastered the art of taking pictures of my cards for my blog.  I can’t get the pictures the to show the card’s details well including the “BLING”,  otherwise known as its shimmer or sparkle.  Right now the only way to see the card’s “BLING” in my pictures is for the card itself to be out of focus a little bit.  So I have included some deliberately ‘out of focus shots’ that will hopefully show some of the cards beautiful “BLING”  so don’t think you need glasses or a new prescription when you get to those pictures in the post or my gallery.

If anyone has suggestions for taking pictures for my blog please let me know.  My info is on my ‘Contact Me’ page or click hereUntil next time.

God Bless and Happy Stamping!!


Supplies for ‘Jennifer’ (bride in pink) Card:                                                                                                                       Stamps: ‘Jennifer’ stamp – (Rubbernecker Stamps); PaperStardream Metallic – crystal (Paper Paper), Pretty in Pink (Stampin Up), Spectrum Noir;  Inks: VersaMark;  Embossing Powderpink (Zing) + prisma glitter (Hero Arts); Embellishmentspearls (Stampin Up), glitter dust (thermo web), prisma glitter, pink ribbon; Dies: petite scalloped ovals large – (Spellbinder); Embossing folder: damask (Darice).

Supplies for Black and White Cards:                                                                                                                                                                  Stamps: Wedding/Anniversary Set (Inkadinkado-Michael’s Arts & Crafts), ‘Great Marriage’ stamp (Verses Stamps);  Inks: VersaMark; Paper: Stardream Metallic – crystal (Paper Paper), Black Glossy (Gary M. Burlin & Co.), actetate sheet; Embossing Powder:  black (Recollections) + prisma glitter (Hero Arts); Embellishments: pearls (Stampin Up), black ribbon, prisma glitter (Hero Arts);    Toolseyelet lace punch-around-a-page (Martha Stewart), Sew Ribbon Leaf (green one) (We R Memory Keepers), Grand Gothic Window Die (Poppystamps), Grand Gothic Iron Work Die (Poppystamps).