Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hope Wall Hanging

 
 
This project was such a joy to make! First off, this is one of my favorite scriptures, and it goes so well with the theme of "hope." Since with God all things are possible, I have hope that troubling events can be redeemed and turned into something God uses for my good and His glory. God's power can overcome any seemingly impossible situation.
A woman whose son I teach in my Bible Study Fellowship Level 3 class recently shared with me some of the hard things happening in her life right now. At first I was going to make her a card with this verse, but somewhere along the line it turned into a wall hanging. I'm hoping she'll put it somewhere where it constantly reminds her to hope in the Lord.
This project was also fun for me because it includes some very nice new dies I won as prizes during the Season's Giving blog hop. I won a prize package from Graciellie Chavez' blog that included a $20 gift certificate to CAS-ual Friday Stamps. The "Casual Trees" and "Hope" dies I used here came from that wonderful little store. I can't believe they shipped out my order the same day I made it! You should check them out! Michele the owner and designer is a sweetheart, and she donates a portion of the "Hope" die receipts to breast cancer research and awareness programs. Here's the link to go feed your die and stamp addiction! http://www.cas-ualfridaysstamps.com
The scripture and flower rubber stamps I used on the small stitched circles are from Our Daily Bread's "Be Joyful" stamp set. I stamped them onto the Bo Bunny card stock with Close to My Heart's Crystal Blue ink. I also distressed the edges of all the stitched circles and some of the Casual Trees dies with that same ink. Don't be fooled by the name "Casual Trees" for the dies. They could be used as trees on a smaller scale project, but they are the perfect size for some lovely foliage here. The stitched circles dies are made by Gina Marie Designs. I know Gina personally from her local Scrapbook Outlet store and am just thrilled for her success as a stamp and die designer.
Now for the great tip I saw when taking advantage of another one of the prizes from Gracie's blog hop prize package! Included in the prize package was a free class from Stamp Academy. At first I was afraid the classes were just for Stampin' Up crafters, but it turns out the tips and techniques work with other products, too. One tip I used here is to leave the little bits in your die when you cut out letters or words and use the negative. Then you just place a tiny glue dot on the bits of the letters you need and place the die back in the hole it cut. Simply poke the tiny paper bits onto the page and voilà, they're attached right where you need them! This worked like a charm with the tiny little bits in the "hope" die. I usually don't use the negative space with my word dies because of the problem of trying to adhere those teensy little insides of the letters, but now that I know this trick, I will probably be using them that way a lot more. Stamp Academy has some free videos you can check out and several classes to choose from at http://www.stampacademy.com. Cathy was the one who helped me find the class I'm currently taking, and she's amazingly kind. I really think the paper crafting community is the nicest group of people on the planet, don't you?
The design inspiration for this arrangement came from the first Viva La Verve sketch for January. I turned it on its side after trying it out both ways because I just preferred how it looked going this direction. I added a few buttons and a cream-colored lace bow to finish things off.
My adhesives for this project were glue tape, glue dots and foam squares. I glue taped the Bo Bunny paper to the back of the picture matting. I'm hoping it will be a real encouragement to the mom I mentioned earlier.
Here's a close up of the stamps and the word "hope" before I put the second die cut into the negative space. You can see the 3 tiny little bits of paper that were so easy to work with using that tip from Stamp Academy.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge
http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com
  • Tuesday Throwdown W- #278 - Anything Goes


  • Fairy Tale - 2W, 2E - No. 135 - (W2 of 2) - New technique, but no cards (new technique was keeping the paper bits in the die and using a glue dot of the back of them the putting the die back in place and poking the paper bits onto the place they needed to go in the die cut)
  • Retarte 2W, E3 - #69 - Anything Goes (Week 1)
  • Lemon Shortbread 2W, E3, no digital projects Always Anything Goes (Week 2)
Crafts and Me (M, P1, SIO) Anything Goes






  • YNS Challenges - 2W , SIR (Top Pick) SIO, (Winner and Stand out) - No.31 - (W1 of 2) - Sketch* and Inspirational Photo* use either the sketch or the photo or use both
 House of Cards - M, cards (CAS, Classic, Cute, Vintage), C10 - (January) Embossing and/or Color Inspiration*




63 comments:

  1. Oh my! What an interesting collection of circles and images you have to share with us today! MFPSS blog challenge thanks you for participating! kReN, DT

    ReplyDelete
  2. Fantastic! Thanks for joining at Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes
    Hugs
    Dewi

    ReplyDelete
  3. this is such a pretty wall hanging in a lovely peaceful colour scheme! thank you so much for playing along with us at penny black and more.
    linda

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi Carrie, you have made a beautiful wall hanging, and I am sure that your friend will love it. The peaceful colours work so well, and the added foliage is lovely. Thanks so much for entering the Chocolate Baroque Challenge, hope to see you again, Judith xx

    ReplyDelete
  5. So beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Creative Card Crew.
    Hugs
    Cathy DT Member
    xxxxx

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi, Carrie! BEAUTIFUL card! Love the color palette, and your take of the sketch. Wonderful patterned papers, too! Thanks for playing in the {Our Crafty Corner Challenge}! Hope to see more of your pretty projects again soon!
    crafty hugs,
    de
    {Creative Smiles}

    ReplyDelete
  7. Beautiful card :-)
    Thanks for joining us at Card and Scrap ch.
    Good Luck!!

    DT-Astrid :-)

    ReplyDelete
  8. What a beautiful gift for a growing young girl, and very true. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft your Passion and Your Scrapbook Place challenge blogs!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Carrie, this is a lovely card. I can see the amount of thought and work that you put into this gorgeous design. Thank you so much for sharing your card with us this time at My Besties UK.
    Sue...xxx

    ReplyDelete
  10. Great card, it's so gorgeous! Love it and it's colors!
    Thanks for playing with us at CAGIC, hope you will join us again!:) Kaja

    ReplyDelete
  11. Lovely card, thank you for joining in this months challenge at The Artistic Stamper.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Such a pretty card Carrie, it has a lovely shabby chic feel to it.

    Many thanks for joining us at Penny Black and More and FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping challenges.

    B x

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love your card! Beautiful
    Thank you for joining us at Stampartpapel Retarte#69
    Alexandra Dt

    ReplyDelete
  14. Lovely. Thank you for joining in with the Sisters of Craft challenge, good luck in the voting and we hope to see you again. Crafty Blessings. Tracy SOC DT x We now also have a Sisters of Craft Facebook Group where you share your makes, find inspiration and take part in mini challenges.

    ReplyDelete
  15. This is positively gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with Viva la Verve!

    ReplyDelete
  16. fab card and design
    thanks for playing with us at crafty sentiments
    hugs
    céline

    ReplyDelete
  17. Lovely project, thanks for sharing with Inspiration Destination. Wendy DT x

    ReplyDelete
  18. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Creative Moments, good luck!!! Amy DT

    ReplyDelete
  19. Such a beautiful wall hanging! I'm sure the mom will love it and will put it in a place where she can see it often. Great take on the sketch, too. Thanks for playing with LTSCB.

    ReplyDelete
  20. So pretty! Great layering!Thanks for joining us over at the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge! DT Member Carri~Abusybee Skittles!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Beautiful wall hanging and I love your bps. Thanks for joining us at CHPPC, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

    ReplyDelete
  22. Very pretty, great take on the card sketch, beautiful.Thanks for playing along over at DL.ART!

    Hugs, Lori m
    littlemscraftedmind.blogspot.com
    DL.ART DT Member

    ReplyDelete
  23. So gorgeous! Thanks for joining us over at the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge!

    ReplyDelete
  24. so beautiful..thanks for sharing at the stamping boutique

    Tina
    dt

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wow! So pretty! Thank you for joining our “Anything Goes” Challenge this week at DoubleClick Skittles.

    Stay Creative,
    Georgiana
    • Carson's Creations •
    DoubleClick Skittles DT

    ReplyDelete
  26. Lovely card thank you for joining us at My Besties UK Challenge Sue DT xx

    ReplyDelete
  27. Lovely!
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black and more;-))m

    ReplyDelete
  28. lovely thanks for joining us at besties uk - Carol uk dt co-ordinator xx

    ReplyDelete
  29. I'm back with a different hat, Carrie! Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge #25.
    crafty hugs,
    de
    {Creative Smiles}

    ReplyDelete
  30. Carrie very beautiful card
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    Hope to see you again and goodluck

    Karin


    ReplyDelete
  31. Beautiful card.
    Thank you for joining with us at Retarte # 69
    Yaiza Dt

    ReplyDelete
  32. Very pretty. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown for this challenge.
    Margaret, DT

    ReplyDelete
  33. Beautiful wall hanging. Thank you for joining in at Crafting From the Heart.
    Mary

    ReplyDelete
  34. Beautiful wall hanging and love the gorgeous papers---Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    Carol DT x

    ReplyDelete
  35. Stunning card !
    Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges Blog and good Luck !
    MARYVONNE DT Member

    ReplyDelete
  36. Beautiful creation. Thank you for joining us over at TTCRD challenge. We look forward to seeing you again. I am going to follow your wonderful blog.

    Hugs

    Tammi

    ReplyDelete
  37. Oh what a lovely card. Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing with us at Come and Get It. Meighan DT

    ReplyDelete
  38. A beautiful card with very pretty stamps and details.
    Yhanx for joining us at WLVC, xxx Plony

    ReplyDelete
  39. Lovely creation, thanks for sharing on WLVC. gr. Liesbeth

    ReplyDelete
  40. A lovely vintage style card. Love your tip on the little bits of letters that are left over.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

    ReplyDelete
  41. What a wonderful creation. Love the vintage feel. Thanks for playing along with us at Open Minded Crafting Fun. Hope to see you again next month. Good luck.
    Lynn, Open Minded DT

    ReplyDelete
  42. How lovely!! So glad you joined in the fun at Die Cut Diva's!!

    ReplyDelete
  43. Love the colours and design, just fabulous.
    Thank you for entering the Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Annette DT Member

    ReplyDelete
  44. Such a beautiful artwork! Thanks for showing it for the fairytale-challenge.
    hugs
    mamapia

    ReplyDelete
  45. Fabulous tip! That's why I never use the negative but now I will :) Thanks so much for playing along with this week's Amusing Challenge!  I look forward to you joining us again this next week.

    ReplyDelete
  46. What an awesome interpretation of the sketch, I love the layering on your card, and the sentiment.

    Thanks for joining us over at Doubleclick Skittles Challenge!
    Lori Design Team Member

    ReplyDelete
  47. What an awesome interpretation of the sketch, I love the layering on your card, and the sentiment.

    Thanks for joining us over at Doubleclick Skittles Challenge!
    Lori Design Team Member

    ReplyDelete
  48. This is totally STUNNING, Carrie! The colors, texture, and layering are just so elegant! GORGEOUS! Thank you for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

    ReplyDelete
  49. WOW! This is realy a dream of a wallhanger! I love all that little details. Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge. Bianca XX

    ReplyDelete
  50. Thanks for playing along with our challenge at House of Cards
    Ma (✿*‿*) HOC DT
    http://majaapia.blogspot.no/

    ReplyDelete
  51. Lovely wallhanging Carrie. Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafty Addicts and we hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Gale DT

    ReplyDelete
  52. Beautiful heartwarming probject! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.
    Pinky

    ReplyDelete
  53. Thank you for joining our challenge at WLVC with your beautiful card.

    xx Henriëtte

    ReplyDelete
  54. What a great project! Beautiful. I love your color choices and fun layout. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments for our “Anything Goes” Challenge; I hope to see your work in our future challenges too!
    Jennifer, DT

    ReplyDelete
  55. Really, really lovely make. Thanks for joining us in our In Bloom challenge at Digi Choosday
    Anjie (DT)

    ReplyDelete
  56. Beautiful card!!! Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday Challenges.-Monica DT

    ReplyDelete
  57. Your card is very beautiful !
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting with an attitude!
    Good Luck and hope to see you again.

    Bad Kitty's Craftroom
    >^.^<

    ReplyDelete
  58. So lovely! Thanks for joining us at Your Next Stamp.

    ReplyDelete
  59. This is absolutely fantastic! Beautiful! I love the colors... Love the dies! Love the design. You did wonders with that sketch and that is a hard sketch! Love it! And I love your story behind it and what a beautiful gift! Hope is amazing... Have a wonderful day! Keep teaching and growing in the Lord Jesus our Savior!! **HUGS** Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

    - Susan, Owner @ Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}
    {Sentimental Susan - Etsy}
    {Sentimental Susan - Zibbet}

    ReplyDelete
  60. Beautiful card, really creative design. thanks so much for joining the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge this time
    Claire xx

    ReplyDelete
  61. I also adore this uplifting verse, gives me hope no matter what. Your creation using it is awesome. So happy to see you playing along in our In Bloom challenge at Digi Choosday! Hugs:) Audrey DT

    ReplyDelete
  62. Lovely creation Carrie. Looks fabulous in those soft colours.Good luck with the Chocolate Baroque Challenge.

    ReplyDelete