Friday, September 27, 2013

Great Hearts Vintage Card

 I have a shabby vintage card for you today using Chalkboard Faith again. This is one of those sets that I  selfishly made just because I want to use it on my cards :). I especially love this quote by C. Spurgeon. Its message can bring hope to any troubled friend.

I used Hot Off the Press' Penelope papers. I just love this very vintage and colorful collection. I inked the edges of the panels and did some stitching to add to the vintage look.
The friend sentiment is from Kindred Spirits, also by TCM. It's accented by Want2Scrap pearls and mounted the sentiment using SAby3L Foam Squares. I adhered using SAby 3L Dodz. Various buttons and paper flowers, that were laying on my desk, were used to anchor the sentiment. And finally a twill bow embellished the card. I'm entering this to Moxie Fab World's Ready Made Embellishments challenge.
Have a super weekend, friends!
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

God's Work Mixed Media Card

Hello, friends! I hope you are enjoying your first few days of fall. Autumn has definitely arrived in Croatia. I love it when the sun is shining but the temps are a little on the cool side (emphasis on LITTLE :). I haven't been much online since I was in a wedding over the weekend, hosted an out of town friend, hosted some more friends, and finished our Christmas cards this year, all 140+ of them. I had very eager little helpers to get me going. :)

My card for today is mixed media inspired. I used my newest TCM Stamps, Chalkboard Faith.  I first colored the background with some Oil Pastels (or crayons would do, if you don't have the pastels), which makes this card perfect for the Moxie Fab Color Media Challenge. I then rubbed them with my fingers to blend. I used DecoArt's Modeling Paste and Want2Scrap's Bare Tree Stencil to create the tree. I let it dry for a few hours.
Because the quote lines are so close together, I stamped it twice. I cut the banner lines from one of the stamped images, and the others from the 2nd. I highlighted them with some Want2Scrap bling. The tree was decorated with paper flowers. A little bit of Twinery is added before I adhered it to the base.
Here is the stamp set I used. Have a great day!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Craft's Meow's September Release Blog Hop

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's September Release Blog Hop. Thank you for joining us today. If you came from Lin's blog, then you're at the right spot. To see the full list, make sure you visit the TCM blog. I have 3 cards to show you today.

The first two use my new Chalkboard Faith set. I white embossed the sentiments and swiped various Distress inks across the panel.
Here's one in Aqua. The paper strips are October Afternoon.
My third card uses Autumn Borders. The turkey and foliage were colored with Copics to match the papers, also by October Afternoon, and embellished with Want2Scrap pearls. Some twill tape, stitching, button, and twine finish the card.
The Craft's Meow is giving away all the new sets. One random commenter will win all six of the newly released stamp sets by leaving comments on the blogs on the hop. You have until 8:00 pm Pacific on Friday, August 23rd to enter. The winner will be announced the next day on the TCM blog
Your next stop is my friend -->> Sharri<<--.

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Craft's Meow's Previews: Little Angels

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's September previews. Today we're showing a heavenly set by my friend Clare Buswell called Little Angels. This set is so adorable and perfect for paper piecing and/or Copic coloring. I did both on my vintage shabby card today. I paper pieced the dress but added highlights using Copics. The hair and skin were also colored with Copics.
The papers are My Mind's  Eye. You can see the close up of the sweet angel here.
Make sure you go to the TCM blog for more info on today's previews, including a chance to win today's set! Join us tomorrow for the September Release Blog Hop! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Craft's Meow Previews: Rustic Greetings and Chalkboard Faith

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's September previews. Today we're showing two sets, one designed by Angelica Suarez called Rustic Greetings and another by me called Chalkboard Faith.

I have two cards for you. The first one uses Chalkboard Faith in a feminine card. I looked for quotes by some of my favorite Reformed authors and preachers. Today's card uses one by Charles Spurgeon, sometimes referred to the Prince of Preachers.
I white embossed the quote and the border that is also in the set. I then die cut the cardstock using Spellbinders Labels 29. The papers are Teresa Collins. A couple of Want2Scrap rhinestones accent the chalkboard panel.
My second card uses Rustic Greetings. I stamped the background using 3 of the plaid-making designs in the set. I created a panel for the dear using one of my new Spellbinders die designs called Exquisite Labels 11.
I also die cut the oval using Spellbinders dies.
Make sure you go to the TCM blog for more info on today's previews, including a chance to win today's set! Happy hopping!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Craft's Meow Previews: Speaking of Fall

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's September previews. Today we're showing a sweet fall set, Speaking of Fall, designed by my friend Angelica Suarez. My card again today is CAS.

I first stamped a frame from my Sweet Memories set on the October Afternoon patterned paper. I inked the edges of the papers. Using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares, I adhered a panel stamped with the lovely subway art sentiment from Speaking of Fall. I did a quick zigzag stitch on the right for more interest and texture.
I embellished the text with some cute paper pieced leaves also from the set. Some Want2Scrap rhinestones, Twinery and button decorated one corner.
Make sure you go to the TCM blog for more info on today's previews, including a chance to win today's set! Happy hopping!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Craft's Meow Previews: Autumn Border

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's September previews. Today we're showing a lovely autumnal border set by my friend Clare Buswell. My card today is almost CAS. I colored the main image with Copic markers. the papers are October Afternoon.
Here is a close up of the pumpkin border. I added blue Want2Scrap pearls for added interest.

Make sure you go to the TCM blog for more info on today's previews, including a chance to win today's sets! Have a great Tuesday, friends!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Silhouette Thanks

I finally got on the Silhouette Cameo bandwagon. I have saved up birthday and Christmas money (Yes, I still get them :) for a long time and Amazon had a great deal a few months ago. I had all summer to play with it, but didn't have the chance to do it much until I returned to Croatia. I haven't been able to make successful cuts every time, but it's partially due to a defective blade (hopefully, the replacement is on its way here), partially user error. I have to fiddle around with the machine to get the right settings for the type of paper I have. It's not rocket science, I know, so I'll get there eventually. :)

I like that I can design my own cuts, which I already do anyway for Spellbinders and I love my SB Dies. But there are so much I like to do that don't get made into dies. Here is one example. The sentiment here is cut with my Silhouette. It's inspired by the Silhouette's current challenge. I weld the letters together for my sentiment. The papers are Echo Park. The pearls are Want2Scrap.
Here it is close up. I love the pop of blue with the dark pink background.
Come back tomorrow when The Craft's Meow team will begin the previews for the September release. Have a great day!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Penny Black Colorful Christmas Wreaths

I have a Christmas card for you today that follows Penny Black's color challenge going on now. Here is the inspiration:
And here's my card using one of my newest Penny Black stamps, Wreath Celebration. This stamp comes as one piece, but I bravely cut the hanging wreaths apart so I could color them separately. I had to do this carefully because the images are so close together, but I did it and I'm glad I did!
The gray in the color scheme is represented in the October Afternoon patterned paper and the Want2Scrap bling that embellished the wreaths.
I feel accomplished to have made my first Christmas card for this year. I've usually finished all 150+ by now, but with our busy summers and beginning school year, I'm far behind.  :) Here are my new Penny Black stamps that were recently released. Click on the photo to go to the Penny Black store:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Butterfly Cards

I have two cards for you today that I made in the US a few weeks ago. I combined cute and shabby on these cards using limited supplies. I started with Echo Park's Beautiful Life papers and used the colors as a guide as I assembled my card.
The sentiments are SRM Stickers which were adhered using Scrapbook Adhesives by3L. The butterflies are from the Pink Paislee's Artisan collection that I swiped with Imagine Crafts inks.
Here is the sketch I used if you want to use it. 
Have a great day!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Craft's Meow's September Blog Hop: Anything Goes

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's September Blog Hop. Our theme this month is Anything Goes with a Technique. If you came from Lin Brandyberry's blog, then you're at the right spot. Please check the TCM blog for the complete list.

For todays' card, I used the Vintage Baby and Cottage Garden stamp sets. The techniques I used are stitching and fussy cutting. I love these two techniques often on my cards.
The papers are Vintage Bliss by Simple Stories. I used coordinating seam binding, tags and inks to match the papers. I accented the tag with Want2Scrap rhinestones. The flower and label were attached using DODZ by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. The tag was adhered using SAby3L's 3D Foam Squares.
Check the TCM blog for more detailed info! Your next stop is Sharri Seffens. Happy hopping!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I'm still here and a FREEBIE!

Hello, neglected blog, it's good too see you again. :) I still don't have any cards to show today since my craft room is still not quite organized. But, soon!

As stated before, I have been in the US all summer, with limited supplies and even more limited time. We literally had something going on the 2 months my family was there, except maybe a couple of days. It was crazy busy, but altogether was a huge blessing. People everywhere were so encouraging and enthusiastic to hear about our life in Croatia. We have experienced so much generosity, love, and kindness of friends and family. We came back home to Croatia filled of wonderful memories and a greater appreciation for the Body of Christ. We are truly blessed that God would instill a love among His people that remains strong, even though these reunions are few and far between. 

Here are some of my favorite pics this summer. 
My youngest at the GA Aquarium
 My oldest two were able to take horseback riding lessons.

 My oldest with her horse
How can something be both creepy and beautiful at the same time?
 The beautiful GA sunset:
 A glimpse of my MIL's beautiful garden.
And I used the photo above to create this that you can download for your Facebook Cover on my NinaB Designs' FB page.
Have a great day!

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