Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Courage, My Friend!

There has been so much going on behind the scenes. Teaching. Grad studies. Friends. Family. Paper Crafting. Foster dogs. Forgive me when I get behind in blogging.

 I have a close friend who is having such immense health struggles that it shakes me to the core. I want her to fight for life. I want a miraculous healing for her so she can leave the hospital for the first time since before Easter. I want my friend to be healthy and whole. I want to hear her magical voice ringing pure and true beside me during worship services and we sing praise to The Only One worthy of our praise. I want to have her whole and complete family over for our coveted family nights, laughing and playing games and talking until late.

I miss my friend. I had the incredible privilege to visit with her in ICU 2 weeks ago. She's tired of fighting. I want to fight for her - physically give her my strength and will to fight on, but it's not possible. I'm fighting for her the only way I can, and I believe the only way that will have the most effect - by lifting her constantly to the Throne of Grace. To the Father who loves her so much more than I ever could.

And as I write this, I know my motives are flawed. Selfishly motivated. I want things to be the way they were. I list my wants, but am completely ignorant of the larger, more loving will of Our Heavenly Father. And through all of this, I am uncomfortably growing way beyond my comfort zone. Again, I selfishly list my minimal discomforts in contrast to the significant pain my friend cannot escape from. God, give me the grace to grow!

Jody is never far from my thoughts. I am in constant prayer for her and her wonderful family. I am thankful for all the people globally God is bringing together to lift Jody to the throne of grace. I am thankful for her husband's willingness to share his journey - it's been incredibly difficult, but he has learned lessons he might not have learned otherwise and he is being purified in the fire of adversity. Oh! that I would come through as well as he has.

I humbly thank-you for dropping by today and I apologize for the weight of this blog post. It's just where I'm at.

sentiment: digital image (tlc creations)
ink: antique linen, tea dye, vintage photo, walnut stain, fired brick distress inks (ranger)
paper: timepiece (bo bunny), amsterdam, canvas white, cinder (bazzill), black (world win)
accessories: Celebra'tions Silk Luster Black, Feathers, Sm deckle Mega Rectangles (spellbinders), black twine (may arts) 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thinking of You

With the change of seasons, I wanted to create a card that reflected the beauty of the landscape in watercolour. I used this terrific stamp from the High Seas stamp set by Heartfelt Creations.

To frame this scene and sentiment, I have used a new Spellbinders die set, 5x7 Modern Stationary. I am really enjoying the thick frame trend that I am seeing in paper crafting and the nesting sizes in Spellbinders's die templates make this look easy to achieve with minimal effort.

I love colouring. It doesn't matter what medium - copics, prisma colour pencils, acrylic paint, oil paint, water colouring using water colour pencils or reinkers, or water colour paint. The medium doesn't matter to me if I am able to colour. I choose the medium based on what I want the final product to look like.

For this image, I used Derwent Inktense Water Color Pencils and a water reservoir brush. I loaded the colour on my brush by rubbing the wet bristles on the pencil lead. A little goes a long way and the pencils didn't even leave the case! I'm uber clumsy, so this technique also prevents me from dropping the pencils and shattering the lead. Sometimes I just drive myself crazy!!

I invite you to go to the Heartfelt Creations blog to see what the rest of the team created this week.

stamps: high seas, heartfelt expressions (heartfelt creations)
ink: onyx black versafine (tsukineko)
paper: canvas white, kraft (bazzill)
accessories: inktense water color pencils (derwent), 5x7 modern stationary die templates (spellbinders)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Victorian Inspiration

I'm thrilled to have this card on the Spellbinders Blog today. There are full instructions with a tutorial to recreate this card, and I invite you to head over and check it out. While you are there, enter for your chance to win these Die Template Sets (Regal Frame and Victorian Tags) from the newly released Victorian Collection.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stripped Gears

Today I've used a delightful sentiment from Heartfelt Creations Tarnished Gears stamp set. Sometimes I think there are just not enough masculine oriented paper craft products. But then I know in my head that it is just how I use my supplies that determine the audience/recipient of my card.

I thought there was a perfect theme match between this sentiment and the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder, Creative Cogs. I do love happy coincidences and partnerships like this one! I am thrilled that this folder creates such incredibly deep texture. The tiny screw embossing looks identical in depth to the tiny screw brads I used around the sentiment. Love it!

stamps: tarnished gears (heartfelt creations)
ink: Tuxedo Black Memento ink (tsukineko)
paper: White, Kraft, Cinder (bazzill)
accessories: Woven burlap ribbon (really reasonable ribbon), Creative Cogs Embossing Folder, Classic Rectangles Small (spellbinders), screw head brads (unknown).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Heartfelt Creations

First of all, apologies that I've been silent. I've been very busy behind the scenes, which truthfully is a very good thing. And report card marks were due and tomorrow is Parent/Teacher/Student interviews. And Ripley, our foster dog had his second orthopedic surgery today. And some other things I'm not able to share. It's been quite a challenging few weeks!! My desk is in a frightening state which is a good thing too since it means I've been able to create recently more than I have in a very long time.

Today, I want to share this birthday card that I created for Heartfelt Creations. I was pleased to discover that Spellbinders Large Classic Ovals die template #6 fit this pre-printed panel perfectly. This delightful discovery allowed me to create a window in which the lovely printed panel fit. I just love happy accidents like this! I really like the way the A2 Tranquil Moments frame accents the pre-printed panel.

I created the flower in the center of the bow by cutting 3 of the small flower die template and then I hand trimmed the flower layers to created graded layers. I think the change that is created by trimming the flower layers is quite lovely, and it turned out much better than I thought it would.

There is a great deal more inspiration on the Heartfelt Creations blog, and I invite you to visit.

stamps: shifting gears, tarnished gears (heartfelt creations)
ink: Tuxedo Black Memento ink (tsukineko), Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone, Stormy Sky distress inks (ranger)
paper: all geared up collection (heartfelt creations), Hershey, Raven (bazzill)
accessories: all geared up die set (heartfelt creations), Rust Organza Ribbon (really reasonable ribbon), A2 Tranquil Moments, Classic Ovals Large (spellbinders)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Heartfelt Creations - You Inspire Me

"Shift your creativity into high gear with the All Geared Up collection from Heartfelt Creations! This imaginative mix of gears, cogs, and mechanical flowers uses deep shades of rust, brown, teal, red and cream to create a fabulous industrial vibe. Clever vanity license plates, chains, wire, rugged stripes and distressed graphics mesh perfectly with Steampunk or masculine projects, and will keep your wheels turning with ideas for "girly grunge" creations, too. The versatile All Geared Up dies feature fanciful sprockets, gears, cogs, chains and license plates that can be shaped into innovative 3-D embellishments or die cut from white cardstock to create beautiful doily accents. Six hand drawn stamp sets continue the mechanical theme with a large Cogs and Gears background stamp, themed accent stamps, mechanical bouquets and playful sentiments that are "geared" to carry your project across the finish line with a smile. The All Geared Up Collection has been designed to inspire the bold in let's gear up!"

For my Heartfelt Creations card today I have opted for girly grunge. The colours in this new release are wonderful, and this teal /grey combo is a favourite go-to combination.

Adding the vellum completely softens the collection, really emphasizing the lacey quality in it.

Check out what the rest of the design team did with this new release on the Heartfelt Creations blog. It's amazing!

stamps: Plates & Gears (Heartfelt Expressions)
ink: versamark (tsukineko)
paper: All Geared Up Die Collection (heartfelt creations), canvas white, cinder, lagoon (bazzill), med. vellum (paper accents)
accessories: All Geared Up Die Collection (heartfelt creations), Heirloom Legacy, Fleur De Elegance, Oval Bliss, Classic Ovals Small & Large (spellbinders), silver embossing powder (ranger), brad (bo bunny)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Thinking About You

Fall is upon us. Soon, snow will fly and this brief, transient season will be a memory. For my Heartfelt Creations card this week, I wanted to echo the beauty, resounding joy and melancholy of the changing season.

As I was perusing my Spellbinders dies, I noticed this diamond pattern in both the new Labels 41 Decorative Elements set and Corners and Accents. I love the repeating motif because it just brings it all together in an effortless way. I love the colour and pattern of the Classic Sunflower Collection paper, as I've already mentioned many times. It's still a fave!

This sentiment set, Heartfelt Expressions, is one of my favourite sets. It's a lovely, open font with perfect words to encourage and uplift the recipient.

For instructions to reproduce this card and many other beautiful projects, visit the Heartfelt Creations blog.

stamps; Heartfelt Expressions (heartfelt creations)
ink: black soot distress ink (ranger)
paper; Classic Sunflower Collection Paper (heartfelt creations), canvas white, fern (bazzill)
accessories; walnut self-adhesive jewels (bazzill), Labels 41, Labels 41 Decorative Elements dies, Long Classics Rectangles Small, 5x7 Reflective Moments, Corners and Accents 2 (spellbinders)