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.
Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge
- Crafty Friends Challenge 2W,(W2) - anything goes