Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas cards

The Paris events are behind us but the sadness, the loss and the devastation for many families remains. The sirens were heard in every village of France when a minutes silence was announced out of respect for the dead on Monday. I pray that people will be drawn to God through Jesus Christ who is the Prince of Peace.

The Bible says in 1 Tim.2:5 :
For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity--the man Christ Jesus.

... and through Jesus Christ, human beings can be reconciled with each other. God, who is the beginning and the end, knows all things and we have to trust Him.

I am sharing a couple of Christmas Cards, probably already seen of my flickr gallery and on Pinterest, but these are the cards I'm sharing today.

I wanted to create the feel of Christmas lights in the tree and in a way use up the loose gems I had. The diecut deer I have kept for a couple of years, a gift from Sue Czosek. My absolute favorite definition stamp from Hero Arts 'Joy to You' is one I use a lot on my cards.

 This was made with the same idea as the first one.

Thank you, as always, for your precious visit, it makes me so thankful that our crafting community is so kind and generous!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hero Arts Clear Sentiment Set Live Life CL493

Recently, after receiving a card from my friend Franziska, with a card with one of the sentiments from the above Sentiments set from Hero Arts, I decided it would be worth investing in them.
So I am showing three cards today, made with them.  I think they are pretty straight forward in how I made them. Distress inks, water, stamps, archival ink etc...

On a distressed inked background I stamped the outline Carnation stamp image (never used it before :) and used this new sentiment.

 I included my little Christmas Robin on the photograph.

I love this sentiment, Life is better when you laugh a little... can't go wrong with that!!

We are still having beautiful weather - no need for heating in the home with such a hot sun. I am enjoying it and so are my new chickens... here they are:

Thanks for your visit!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Friends are special treasures

I was very inspired by Jill's card here, on the Penny Black blog.  I have a stamp which looks similar and hardly ever use it, so now it has new life breathed into it.  I used a new sentiment which I recently purchased from Hero Arts in a set. This one is 'Friends are special treasures'. The script is a cling from Hero Arts as well.

I just can't remember who made the leaf and berry stamp.
I used distress inks and water to get a watercolor look.

We are still have beautiful sunny weather, feel so lucky.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Winter scene

I found it quite a coincidence to see various blogs sharing cards with houses and winter scenes yesterday. Sally posted here and Virginia posted here, and yesterday I happened to play with a 'Village' stamp, paired with the Winter Scene (K5524) from Hero Arts.

So I thought I would share mine too.
We are having the most beautiful day. The vineyards are bright pink, deep red, golden brown, yellow and a gorgeous color orange. I have never seen them so beautiful!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Collage card and scrapling

I go through stages and now I just love the collage style. Can't seem to get away from birds or butterflies but I really don't want too, because I have cut out so many that I can just pick one at random for any design.

This first card uses the Clock collage from Hampton Arts which was gold embossed on watercolor paper (yes, I tried it) and cut out and placed on a panel on which I stamped and gold embossed a cling frame from Hero Arts, with dimensional tape. Used punched out leaves, prima flowers and a bird to decorate the clock.

This little scrapling is just as it sounds - scrap-ling.. very small and made from left-overs.

I am going to be a grandma again! Our son Joël told us that in March 2016 their second child shall be born. What a blessing and Sérena (see above) will be a big sister, which I'm sure she will love. I took this photo of her in the summer when they were with us for a week.

We are having beautiful Fall weather, the sun is still hot and such a welcome as it warms the whole house up in the afternoons. This photo was taken a couple of years back but it is always like this and I thought I would share the larger size as it lets you feel the atmoshere of an early morning late in October.

Enjoy the season! I am going to make a cake for the weekend.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Did I say 'Orlando'?

I hope I didn't lead anybody astray when I mentioned 'Orlando' in my last post. Because no, I did not go to Disney World! It just happened to be the spot that was picked for the Annual Federation of National Offices meeting of Derek Prince Ministries, the Christian Organisation we work for, here in France.

 (These are not all of the items, I have already given some things away)

One of the highlights of my trip (and I hope I haven't disappointed you !!) was a trip to Michaels because I never go to Michael's! It must have been about three years or more ago that I stepped inside this huge store of craft goodies. Once again, I was overwhelmed. Huge paper pads, half price, only 9,99 dollars - all that paper in one pad would last me at least another three years... I couldn't believe it. So much to see, I didn't know where to look. Stamps in a rack for 1,50 - did I see that right??  Oh but I just couldn't only  think of myself - my daughter in law would love to be here... And here I was in Michael's, Orlando just two weeks ago - eagerly looking around if I noticed any of the faces from blogland, but I didn't. Yes, I found three stamps, some pearls just the size I was looking for, a leaf paper punch, some envelopes and some cardstock and of course a beautiful 12x12 paper stack - just my style - perfect!! I cuddled the items and just relished my finds. I didn't go over the top just took a few of the things I needed. Back in the hotel room, I would look at my treasures over and over and couldn't wait to get home and use them. Sunday afternoon when we arrived back  in Montpellier we were notified that our luggage had not been transported with the plane from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris - I couldn't believe it, I had to wait to pack out my crafting stuff and I SO wanted to make a card with them!! Our baggage arrived three days later....can you image the scenarios I faced wondering whether I would ever get to play with my goodies??!!

So now I will share a couple of the cards I made. This is patterned paper that I love the most! Doesn't need much added to it!

And this is a card I made using the Clock collage stamp from Hampton Art. It is a design I have used many times before, but I love changing it up with different stamps, especially the Real Flowers from Hero Arts and their Definition stamps.
Thanks for passing by! I will answer any questions anybody might have about a stamp or papers in the comments section.
I just might be able to share a couple of photos in my next post.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Autumn leaves

Glad to be back! It seems like ages since I posted a card. Hope you are all well and thank you if you take the time to visit me.

I am joining in the challenge on the Paper Players blog today, with the theme of leaves. These stamps are from the Stampin' Up set called An Open Heart. I created a distress background with Fall colors before I stamped and attached the little bird which is cut out, onto the branch.

I have been in Orlando for ten days and will share in a future post.

JUST AN EDIT: I reply to comments or questions etc. in the reply section under your comment in this post - so please take a look!

Have a lovely Sunday.