Monday, August 8, 2022

Triple Circle Birthday Card

These cute ice cream cone digi stamps are from Gerda Steiner Designs. I traced them in my Silhouette Studio program so I could digitally color them in a few fun colors to match the cardstock I wanted to use. The triple circle cut file for the card base is from Sabine Harris. She regularly uploads free files to the Silhouette Card Making & Paper Crafts FB group I'm part of. There are several talented designers who generously share their files in that FB group. Anyone can join, and several designers upload SVG files that will work for other cutting machines beside those made by Silhouette, so if you have an electronic cutting machine, feel free to join the group and check out the great files at the top of the page. 

I made each card a little unique by changing the sentiment and experimenting with a few different stencils on some of them. Now I have a set of cheerful birthday cards to have on hand for summer birthdays. 




Challenges I'm entering: 

 Share your Designs - Gerda Steiner Designs, LLC: ATG with a Gerda Steiner stamp

A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): ATG with optional twist "By the Book" 

AAA Birthday: Any birthday cards

Crafting Happiness Challenges: It's the Little Things (cute little popsicles on my cardstock as well as "little things" like sending a card to celebrate a friend's birthday

Double Trouble Paper Crafting (doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com): "S'more stuff" (several layers and foam tape for the inner circles), a fun fold, and an entry at Creative Creases










Creatalicious Challenges: ATG with option of embossing






Challenge – Dare 2B Artzy Blog: Shaped or Fun Fold Card


International Art & Soul (intaas.blogspot.com): Happiness (Ice cream definitely makes me happy!)



Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: Summer plus a sentiment


little red wagon (lilredwagon.blogspot.com): Circles  Top Picks Winner 8/10/22






Thursday, August 4, 2022

John 1:16 Floating Gap Card

I've really been enjoying the Iced Images videos featuring unique and fun card folds, and this week I decided to create a Silhouette Studio file for the Floating Gap Card featured here: Floating Gap Card - Bing video. The two "L" shaped sides are held together by a center focal point that I adhered using foam tape. Most of the card was created using my Silhouette Cameo, but I die cut the center pieces from Spellbinders dies I haven't used in an age. The word "Grace" is also a die cut from a Papertrey Ink  die I purchased recently after winning a $25 gift card to Simon Says Stamp on the SSS Monday challenge blog. The die and coordinating stamp set can be found here: Papertrey Ink INSPIRED GRACE Clear Stamps 3219 at Simon Says STAMP! and Papertrey Ink INSPIRED GRACE Die PTD 1060 at Simon Says STAMP! I broke out my stencil collection to add a little background behind the sentiment. I need to do that more often as I like how it adds a bit of color and depth. 

The verse I chose for this card (from the Papertry Ink stamp set linked above) is such a great reminder to be grateful for the "grace upon grace" I have received from God. Have you heard the definition of grace as "God's Riches At Christ's Expense"? It's such a beautiful way to think of grace. I hope each of you reading this post can think of many examples of God's grace in your own life and will join me in thanking Him for the riches of His grace. I pray the shut ins I send these cards to will be as encouraged by this verse as I am. 

The Floating Gap Card can be made in multiple sizes (see the video for 4 different sizes Iced Images showcases). I chose the 4X7 size. It folds flat to fit in an A7 envelope. 

Front view: 



Folded:

A view of the side flaps: 

Back view: 


Challenges I'm entering: 

Word Art Wednesday: ATG

The Paper Funday Challenges: ATG with optional twist of friendship 



Through The Craft Room Door (ttcrd.blogspot.com): ATG

Unicorn Challenge Blog: Summer Time (I hope flowers count)

A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com):ATG with optional twist "by the book"



Path of Positivity Challenge: ATG Positive or make something special to celebrate yourself


International Art & Soul (intaas.blogspot.com): Happiness (For me, God's grace is the source of true happiness)



Art Impressions Blog (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com): Pretty in Pink




2 Sisters on the blog: Text as the focal point 





Creations in Pink:ATG mostly in pink

Dies R Us Challenge: Summer and use die cuts (I used dies from Spellbinders and Papertrey Ink)

Girlz Rebel Challenge: Color challenge






The Crafting Challenge: My favorite color: pink

fourseasons (thefourseasonschallenge.blogspot.com): summer mood board (I chose the flowers for inspiration)


Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Psalm 95:3 Floating Triple Diamond Card

This week's card for the shut ins at my church features another design I saw on Iced Images. You can see the video here: Triple Floating Diamond Card - Bing video. It's called a Floating Triple Diamond Card, and I used the video and the measurements given there to design a cut file in Silhouette Studio. If anyone is interested in the files I've created in Silhouette Studio, you can check them out in the Silhouette Card Making and Papercrafts FB group where I've uploaded the files for free. There are lots of great free files available in that group thanks to the generosity of designers much more talented than I am! 

The verse on these cards is from Psalm 95:3. I can't find a version with the exact wording used in the word art I purchased, so I'm thinking it's a paraphrase of the verse. In the NIV, it's written: For the LORD is the great God, and the great King above all gods. This verse really has a double meaning to me. Truly God is above all things and all authorities in the sense that He is sovereign over all creation, and no one can challenge His power and authority. But He also deserves to be worshiped and loved above all things in my life. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can strive to love and serve Him above all other things.

I also used this card design for a sympathy card this week when a friend's husband died unexpectedly. The floral paper was so pretty that I thought it would make a lovely sympathy card. If you change up the paper and add the appropriate sentiment, it could be used for any occasion really. 

The finished card folds to fit in a 6X6 envelope. Warning: this cost me $1.23 to mail as it needs to be mailed at the non-machinable rate and is also over an ounce in weight. 

Here are a few views of the card from different angles and open and closed:








Challenges I'm entering: 















Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge ...: ATG





C.R.A.F.T. Challenge (trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com): Shaped Card (my card has 3 diamond shapes)

Krafty Chicks Challenge: All Occasions
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2 Sisters on the blog: ATG

Classic Design Challenge Blog: ATG

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog (cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.com): ATG

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com):ATG with patterned paper

Creatalicious Challenges: ATG

Creations in Pink: ATG with mostly pink color palette

LeAnns World 101 (challengeleannsworld101.blogspot.com): ATG

Let's Craft and Create (letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com): ATG

Love To Craft Challenge Blog: ATG

Love To Scrap Challenge Blog: ATG with stamp or digi (I hope the scripture word art digi stamp counts)

Mix It Up Challenge Blog:ATG 

Rabisco Challenge: ATG

The Creative Crafters (creativecrafterschallenge.blogspot.com):ATG

Your Scrapbook Place: ATG

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Proverbs 16:24 Staggered Triple Box Card

I seem to have fallen down the Iced Images rabbit hole recently! Watching a tutorial on making a tiered gatefold card (see my previous blog post) led to watching a video of this staggered triple box card. After watching the staggered triple box card video, I then proceeded to watch another Iced Images video and will let you know how the triple floating diamond card comes out in an upcoming blog post. I'm sure I'll end up watching another dozen or so of her videos as she has some very fun card designs I'd like to try. I also really appreciate how the dimensions for the card pieces are listed at the bottom of her videos so I can easily make Silhouette Design Studio files to cut them out. I prefer to use my Silhouette Cameo rather than hand cut and score all the pieces as I am typically doing sets of cards rather than individual cards and it saves a lot of time to use a cut file for my machine. Here's a link to the video, but I warn you that you may also fall down the rabbit hole!

Proverbs 16:24 is a good reminder to me to be more intentional in sharing kind words with those God puts in my path. Words of kindness and encouragement can make such a difference to someone experiencing a difficult situation or having a rough day. These cards will go to my little group of shut ins whom I send a card to each week, but I also plan to send some to friends who have come alongside me and spoken kind, uplifting words when I needed some encouragement myself. I'm blessed with many wonderful Christian friends and want to be sure they know how much I appreciate them. Is there someone you could share a kind word with today? 

Front view:


View from the top: 
Side view: 
Another version: 


                         Various papers give the card a different look:                        

                                            
Here's what it looks like when closed. It fits into an A7 envelope. 

Challenges I’m entering:

Shopping Your Stash:
https://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/2022/07/sos475-wtheck-embellishments.html?m=1:    Embellishments (I have no idea where I picked up the painted wooden bees, but they’ve been in my embellishment stash for years! I’m so glad to have found a use for them!)

Word Art Wednesday:

Paper Funday:

Sisterhood of Crafters

Paper Shelter:

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends:

Pink Gem Challenge:

Creative Crafters Challenge:

Bastel-Traum:

Creative Fingers:

A Perfect Time to Craft:





Sunday, July 17, 2022

Psalm 23:1 Tiered Gatefold Card

Today I have a fun card called a tiered gatefold card. I recently saw a version of this card in a card challenge I entered, so I followed the link and watched a video showing how to make the card. I jotted down the measurements used and created a cut file for the card in my Silhouette Design Studio software. Although I'd like to fine tune it a little (my score marks are off just a bit in some places), I'm happy with the end product. Here's the video I watched (from Iced Images) to give me the instructions/measurements I needed (I didn't add all the layers from the video, but this follows the general idea):

Tiered Gatefold Card - YouTube

Psalm 23 is such a comforting psalm, and the first verse is one I love to recite when I'm worried or afraid. The Lord is my shepherd, and since He is the perfect shepherd who knows my needs even better than I do, I can trust that I will lack nothing I truly need. I hope that's an encouragement to anyone reading this post. Here are the cards I sent to the shut ins at my church this week using this fold: 

                                            Here's a view of the cards from the side and back: 
Here's a look at the card when partially closed: 


Challenges I'm entering:


The Corrosive Challenge Blog!! (corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.com): ATG


Taylormadecards4u: ATG with optional theme of holidays

Crafty Catz (craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com): ATG with optional twist of Christmas in July 



Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: ATG with a sentiment

Craft Rocket Challenges Summertime (I hope my flower pattern paper counts as summery)

The Paper Funday Challenges: ATG with optional twist of a day at the beach 

Three Muses: HAPPINESS IS ..... (thethreemuseschallenge.blogspot.com): Happiness is...(for me, I felt this card worked well for this theme because there is such contentment/happiness in knowing the Lord is my shepherd and will meet my needs no matter what I'm going through)








https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/: Fabulous Florals:  Weekly winner of $25 gift certificate   

Use Your Stuff: Mood board had many different themes, but I chose the floral theme







Creatalicious Challenges: ATG with paper + option of Christmas in July 






Mix It Up Challenge Blog: ATG with option of CAS












Monday, July 4, 2022

Romans 8:28 Gatefold Easel Cards

Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans out there!  

This time I'm sharing a gatefold easel card using a Silhouette Design Studio cut file from Lori Whitlock. I send a card to a group of shut ins at my church every week, and I try to include an encouraging scripture each time. I love this verse from Romans that assures believers that God works all things for the good of those who love Him (the word art is from the Silhouette Design Store and is design number 349939). What peace this truth gives us when facing sorrow, uncertainty, or injustice in our lives! 




Challenges I'm entering:

 A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: Anything goes

Your Scrapbook Place: Anything goes

The Creative Crafters (creativecrafterschallenge.blogspot.com): Anything goes

Rabisco Challenge: Anything goes

QKR Stampede: Anything goes

Morgan's ArtWorld (morgansartworld.blogspot.com): Anything goes 

Mirtillamente Challenge (mirtillamente-challenge.blogspot.com): Anything goes

Mix It Up Challenge Blog: Anything goes

Love To Scrap Challenge Blog: Anything goes

Love To Craft Challenge Blog: Anything goes

LeAnns World 101 (challengeleannsworld101.blogspot.com): Anything goes

Creatalicious Challenges: Anything goes with the option of having at least 4 layers

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com): Anything goes with patterned paper

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog (cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.com): Anything goes

Colorful Options: Red, white, and blue

Classic Design Challenge Blog: Anything goes

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog (cck-digitalstamps-challenge.blogspot.com): Anything goes

A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): Anything goes  Winner: Rising Star Choice Week of July 4-10

The Corrosive Challenge Blog!! (corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.com): Anything goes Top 5 Winner

Gem of A Craft Challenge (pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com): Anything goes

Allsorts challenge blog: Flora/fauna or anything goes

digidesignchallengeblog (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.com): Fancy fold

Taylormadecards4u: Anything goes with an optional twist of Christmas in July 

Crafty Catz (craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com): Anything goes with option of say it with flowers

Anything Goes with a Fun Fold for Creative Creases #35 (secretstamper.com): Anything goes with a fun fold

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: Anything goes

As You Like It Challenge: Masculine or Feminine: I prefer making feminine cards because I love using florals on my cards and tend to go for softer colors most of the time. I also seem to send cards to women more often than men. 

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge (trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com): Easel cards

Krafty Chicks Challenge: Anything goes

TIME OUT Challenges: Kind

Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Inspiring creativity 8-ways each week: The tic tac toe I chose was diagonal from top left to bottom right: Friendship, free, and sentiment

 Crafty Gals Corner (craftygalscornerchallenges.blogspot.com): Anything goes

Fab 'n' Funky Challenges (fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.com): Summer colors

https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/: Anything goes

 The Sisterhood of Crafters: Layers

Word Art Wednesday: Anything goes

Through The Craft Room Door (ttcrd.blogspot.com): Anything goes Winner 7/6/22

Use Your Stuff: Plants/Flowers

International Art & Soul (intaas.blogspot.com): Red, White, and Blue Winner 




Wednesday, June 29, 2022

4th of July Rocker Cards

 It's been a few years since my last post, but I'm hoping to be able to pick up where I left off. I've missed participating in papercrafting challenges and am excited to have a little more time now to join in the fun again!

Today's cards are 4th of July cards I made for some shut ins at my church using a cut file from MyScrapChick. I modified it a bit by omitting some of the layers and then added a scripture sentiment to the inside to personalize it.



Challenges I'm entering:

{Cupcake Inspirations} The theme is "Oh my stars." 

JUNE 2022 - CLEVER DEXTER CHALLENGE #30: Anything goes

 Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com): Anything goes with patterned paper

Let's Craft and Create (letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com): Anything goes with the option of adding a sentiment

The Creative Crafters (creativecrafterschallenge.blogspot.com): Anything goes

Your Scrapbook Place: Anything goes

Digi Choosday Cardmaking & Crafting Challenge: Anything goes

Through The Craft Room Door (ttcrd.blogspot.com): Anything goes

Get Creative Challenges: At least 2 patterned papers

****Pammie's Inky Pinkies**** **********Challenges********** (pammiesinkypinkieschallenges.blogspot.com): Anything goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge ...: Anything goes

Gem of A Craft Challenge (pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com): Anything goes

Taylormadecards4u: Anything goes with optional red, white, and blue colors

Crafty Catz (craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com): Anything goes

Anything Goes with a Fun Fold for Creative Creases #35 (secretstamper.com): Add a fun fold Top Pick Winner

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: Anything goes

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: Summer plus a sentiment

Krafty Chicks Challenge: All occasions

Crafty Gals Corner (craftygalscornerchallenges.blogspot.com): Anything goes

Ellibelle's Corner (simplyellibelle.com): Anything goes

The Sisterhood of Crafters: Layers

The Paper Funday Challenges: Anything goes with masculine twist optional

Word Art Wednesday: Anything goes