Monday, January 28, 2013

Hero Arts Etched Flower stamp

Just popping in to say hello and to share a card I made using the a new 2013 Hero Arts stamp release called the Etched flower. I can think of a lot of different designs with this stamp, thats why I chose it.

I took a panel of cardstock and distressed with a sponge using vintage photo distress ink. Let it dry and then I stamped this cascade of flowers upside down with versamark and then white embossed. I used tape to heighten it after I had put the doily in place, on a cardstock base, behind the panel. The 'joy' sentiment is cut out from the sentiment 'find joy every day'. Added a couple of goldish gems and the card is finished.
Thanks for your visits!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge - try something new

Hello everybody, hope you are all well! The weather has stabilized itself, although cold, the sun shines into the home in the afternoon, and that gives a lovely feeling.

I wanted to share these Hybrid cards which are for the Monthly challenge over at Hero Arts, to try something new.
I won a digital prize in December during a 24 hour scramble and Tami sent me the Botanical Tulips set which I printed, cut out and painted with distress inks, before I attached them to the Post Tag stamp which is one of Hero Art's 2013 releases. I placed the tag on the vertical left fold of cardstock and cut around it making these into cards.

I stamped the Tag onto Patterned paper. Stamped some leaves around the tag, direct to paper with bundled sage distress ink. Stamped the Friends definition. Printed the digital Tulip, painted with distress inks and cut out, adhered to tag. Added a couple of gems and some pink baker's twine before I placed it onto the fold of some cardstock and cut it out.

I did the same with this tag as the one above. Just cut out some digital butterflies which were printed on PP.

This stamp has reignited my inspiration.

Have a creative day!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

New stamp - new inspiration

Hello from a very wet and cold France. The snow has melted and its gray with low hanging clouds in the mountains.

 This card shows one of the new releases from Hero Arts, called the Postcard Tag. I love getting a new stamp because it always inspires me to use my old stamps and make a mix.

I made a card of the tag-shape by placing the top of the stamp on a fold of patterned paper, and then cut it out. I did some stamped layering with lots of different stamps, added a little bit of baker's twine and some little gems. Have a lovely weekend! Jacqueline

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Had to share a photo

I had to share this beautiful photo of a village in France where we used to live. It was taken yesterday during the first snowfall of the year. It looks so magical covered with snow!

I kept it big as it is more beautiful this way. We used to live in the house on the far right, pink with red shutters.

And this is my latest Home decor project with punched out butterflies. It uses all the scraps up, nothing goes to waste, and the frames are not expensive.

And then I have a beautiful song to share, here is the link:

See you again soon!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Vintage share - HOPE

Just a little share today of some vintage cards. I was able to use some of my patterned paper scraps for these and I always love that, when a card comes together, through the image.
I received a beautiful 'HOPE' stamp today from a lovely lady in the States. I found the vintage image through Helle's Pinterest board.

I just love working with these colors. It speaks for itself, how it was made, I think.

Then this one is also made with patterned paper.

The third one.

Talking about hope  - it's very important to have Biblical Hope in our lifes. I read just recently that Hope is necessary if we are to maintain both faith and love. Hope is not optional, it is essential to the fullness of the Christian life. People say 'where there is life, there is hope', and the opposite is also true, where there is hope, there is life! Being hopeless is a very sad condition. Just yesterday I answered the door to a young man who we recently invited to our Church Service where He could hear about the God of Hope. He was just as empty as he was when we last saw him and yet God is still holding out His arms to draw all to Him to give us new hope and life in Jesus Christ who took away the wall that separates us from Him by carrying away our sins on the Cross. Why is it so difficult, for people to say 'yes' to God. We are still praying that many who are hopeless will become desperate enough to accept the Grace of God and be made new!


Friday, January 11, 2013

Moxie Fab 75 Challenges Week - Make an Itty Bitty card

The fifth challenge this week on the Moxie Fab World blog is to make an Itty Bitty card. Yesterday's challenge was to make your own stamp but that just didn't work out.

I have a template for two tags, one bigger than the other. Normally, I pick papers that go together and then adhere the small one to the big one. This time I folded a piece of card stock double and placed the tag on the fold before I cut around it. That way I have a tag-card. I stamped with French foliage Stampin Up stamps to enhance the patterned paper, meaning I stamped some subtle script and two postmarks. Then I stamped the leaf, cut it out and adhered it to the tag. I added a sentiment from Penny Black. The hole at the top of the tag just goes through the front of the tag-card, for a piece of twine.
I have some more ideas with this design.

 This card is the actual 3x3". I punched out some squares from scraps.

 This magazine is full of these kind of challenge cards.

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Moxie Fab Challenge Week 2 & 3

The second challenge this week on the Moxie Fab World blog is to make a card with a window. I don't do this very often so I loved the challenge.
Here is the link, if you want to play along too

I colored the Floral blossom cling from Hero Arts (CG434) first with distress markers, quite randomly and sprayed it with water before I stamped it onto a piece of cardstock and cut it out. I already had this window card which was in a Christmas pack (very cheap from the Aldi :)). I then stamped the Hello/Thinking of you sentiment on the inside, with onyx black versafine ink. I stamped with the card closed so that I knew it was in the middle. Then I glued the backside of the flower, just where it needed to adhere to the cardstock, so that the card remains nice on the inside as well. Added two little pearl embellishments and the card is ready.

The third challenge this week on the Moxie Fab World blog is to make your own background paper. This I do do quite a lot. I chose the SPRING sentiment from hero Arts to do it with stamping six times.

I stamped a piece of card stock with the SPRING stamp from Hero Arts, six times to make my own background. Then I used a flower cling which had been inked up randomly with distress inks and sprayed with water and stamped right in the middle.When dry, I then gold-embossed a fern over the top.  I added the flower, a button and thought it needed a sentiment. I decided on Merci beaucoup and because it wouldn't fit horizontally, I stamped it vertically.As I need quite a few thank you cards, I often go for this stamp!

Looking forward to tomorrow's challenge!


Monday, January 7, 2013

Moxie Fab Challenge Week

The challenge this week on the Moxie Fab World blog is to create a paper crafted card that uses 10 or more embellishments in an innovative way.

Here I used 10 pearl and gem embellishments on my Happy birthday card. I also used a strip of Washi tape and a scrap strip that I found in my scrap basket. The bird and the wreath were in there as well, which I received from Helle just recently. The sentiment and background stamping are Hero Arts stamps.


Claire's challenge to post an old draft

I am joining in Claire's challenge here to post an old draft.
Well, this draft is from way back in 2011, didn't have one earlier that had any card photos. I have left it, as is.
I have seen that if you have the right tools you not only get the job done but it speeds up the process! For instance, when I distressed the background panel for these cards I changed my sponge and used an applicator and got a much smoother look. These are for our Church Missions project and I hope to be able to donate some much needed funds for African projects.
Besides, I find myself more motivated to create when I know it is for a meaningful destiny. So I'm always looking for simple, quick, effective designs and once again, if you have the tools, the job is done quickly. Shabby card

I'm learning from Carole's blog how to layer cards with paper, I think she does a tremendous good job. Once again I've seen if you don't have the right tools you don't get the job done.
Thank you, Claire!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Thank you - Casual Friday

I am joining in a challenge on the Casual Friday's blog, the theme is - make a thank you card. I made a tag, just hope it's CAS enough! If it isn't, I still had fun making it. The link to the challenge is here.

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

How I love to craft

Good afternoon ladies - hope you are well! I am glad things are back to normal again.

Just sharing a project of how I just love to craft. Using patterned paper that I love, the color pink, an image from nature and a bit of paper piecing. This was pure enjoyment to put together.
The image is from Hero Arts. Thanks to Sue (once again) for the patterned paper.