Monday, April 15, 2024

Grand Carnation Thank You Card

My parents recently treated me to a 9-day trip to Arizona with them, and I wanted to make them a special card to thank them. It was a lovely trip, and the sunshine and beautiful spring flowers really lifted my spirits. 

To make the card, I pulled out Altenew's BAG: Grand Carnations set and used some blue glitter paste through one of the stencils that comes in the set. The panel I stenciled over was one I had watercolored and sprayed with different shades of blue. 

I stamped the carnations and leaves using my Sizzix Stencil and Stamp Platform, and then I stenciled the flowers and leaves with the coordinating stencils that come in the set. I chose reds, yellows, and blues to match the prompt for this month's Altenew Inspiration Challenge. 

The flowers are large, so I had to trim off the bottom of the yellow ones so I could fit that cluster as well as the stand-alone red carnation on the card front. I adhered the red carnation and several leaves using glue dots since I needed something quite strong to adhere to the glitter paste on the background panel. I added foam tape to the yellow carnation and buds as well as the sentiment (also from the same BAG: Grand Carnations set). 




Close up of the flowers:



Inside the card:




I highly recommend Altenew's grip mat for stenciling. It holds the card stock and stencils in place beautifully!


Challenges I'm entering: 
Inspiration Challenge April 2024 with Bridget Casey (altenew.com): (ends at the end of the month)

simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/: Make your own background (1/5; ends 4/22/24)


A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): ATG or add one or more flowers (4/8; ends at the end of the month)

As You Like It Challenge: Cute or Floral and Why: I love flowers and enjoy making floral cards and projects like this one because they are so pretty and elegant. (3/3; ends 4/17/24)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (2/5 for the week, 2/10 for the challenge; ends 4/24/24)

The Paper Funday Challenges: ATG with optional twist of Sweet Treats (2/6; ends at the end of the month)

613 Avenue Create (avenue613.blogspot.com): ATG with option of A Splash of Color (ends at the end of the month)

Beautiful Blossoms Challenge: ATG with flowers as the focus (1/6; ends 5/15/24)

Crazy is our fame - STENCILS are our game! (stencilfun.blogspot.com): ATG with stencils (I used a stencil for the background and also to color the stamped flowers and leaves) (1/3; ends 5/4/24)

No more challenges. 

Friday, April 12, 2024

Book Bind Explosion Card For Creative Creases #80

It's time for a new challenge over on the Creative Creases Challenge blog, and I'm back with another Guest Designer card that features a fun surprise on the inside. The idea for this card design comes from Connie Stewart, and she calls it a Book Bind Explosion Card. Here's a link to her video if you'd like the measurements and details: 🔴 Book Bind Explosion Card: Make A Card That Bursts With Surprise! (youtube.com)

I needed a birthday card for my lovely daughter-in-law, so I chose some pretty double-sided pattern papers, white card stock, and SU!'s retired Framed Florets and Celebrate Sunflowers bundles. I did the stamping and die cutting to decorate all the panels and then added a few blue sequins and some pretty white ribbon to finish the card. This card design has a lot of space, so it's a great design for using up pretty papers or adding extra sentiments and die cuts to personalize the card. 

I hope you'll join us over at the Creative Creases Challenge where it's always anything goes with a fun fold project. Here's the link to the current challenge: https://wp.me/p4bS0N-bEQ




Cloes up of the sentiment:




Inside the card with the explosion part closed. I popped the oval die cut up on foam tape for some dimension. This card will be hand-delivered, so I wasn't concerned about its thickness:


With the first inner panel lifted up:


2 inner panels showing:


All four inner panels showing:



Challenges I'm joining:

As You Like It Challenge: Cute or Floral and Why: I love flowers and enjoy making floral cards and projects like this one because they are so pretty and elegant. (2/3; ends 4/17/24)

Creative Inspiration Challenges: ATG (2/2; ends at the end of the month)
 

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (1/5 for the week, 1/10 for the challenge; ends 4/24/24)

The Paper Funday Challenges: ATG with optional twist of Sweet Treats (1/4; ends at the end of the month)

A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): ATG with option of adding one or more flowers (3/8; ends at the end of the month)

simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/: Interactive (1/5; ends 4/17/24)

simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/: Spring Flowers (1/5; ends 4/15/24)

613 Avenue Create (avenue613.blogspot.com): ATG with option of A Splash of Color (ends at the end of the month)


Friday, April 5, 2024

Wooden Rowboat Birthday Card

My soon-to-be son-in-law has a birthday coming up, and since he loves hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor pursuits, I thought I'd make a boat-themed birthday card for him. I used Altenew's Wooden Rowboat die set and die cut all the pieces out of the same color of light tan card stock from my paper scrap stash. Then I used different shades of brown to do some ink blending on the pieces to create the different shades you see on the boat. 

After assembling the boat, I created the card base using pattern paper that I thought looked kind of like waves. The idea for this fun fold card design comes from Connie Stewart's Side Step Card tutorial here: 🔴 Side Step Card: The No-Fail Tutorial To A Fabulous Fun Fold (youtube.com)

I added a few stamps to the front and back of the card on more scraps of that same light tan card stock I used for the boat. The "Wishing you happiness today and every day" stamps are from Altenew's Paint-A-Flower: Waterlily Dahlia set, and the "Happy Birthday" sentiment on the back of the card is from Altenew's CYL: Bewitching Rose set. I really like the dark blue and brown color scheme for a masculine card. 


Close up of the boat:


Side view:


Back of the card:



Challenges I'm entering: 

Anything Goes with a Fun Fold for Creative Creases #79 (secretstamper.com): ATG with a fun fold 

simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/: Happy Birthday (1/5; ends 4/10/24)

Creative Knockouts: Happy Birthday (1/3; ends 4/11/24) C10

Art Impressions Blog (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com): Pop it up (I used foam tape to pop up the boat) (1/2; ends 4/10/24)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (2/5 for the week; 4/10 for the challenge; ends 4/10/24)


A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): ATG with option of adding one or more flowers (2/8; ends at the end of the month)



Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: ATG (1/3; ends 4/19/24)

No more challenges. 

I Am The Resurrection Sympathy Card Box

This weekend I made a special box for my sister to keep the sympathy cards she and my brother-in-law have received since the death of their oldest son (my 18-year-old nephew) in February. My nephew had wanted to join the Air Force, so my sister and BIL chose a red, white, and blue theme for the flowers at his funeral. That's why I decided to use red, white, and blue for this box, too.

To decorate the 11 1/4 by 7 3/4 inch box, I chose some double-sided card stock that has flowers on one side and small polka dots on the other. I used the flower side to cover the base of the box and the polka dots to cover the top.  I chose word art of John 11:25 from the Silhouette Design Store: "I am the resurrection and the life." How grateful I am for that truth! My nephew was a believer, and I have the comfort of knowing he is with the Lord in heaven now, and I will see him again one day. This tragedy has underscored the importance of having a personal relationship with Jesus. I'm clinging to Him so tightly right now!

I did a print and cut of the word art for the focal point. Then I used some leftover scraps of the pattern paper to make squares for the top left and bottom right of the card and adhered them to the polka dot paper. I then added the word art panel. I die cut the epiphyllum flowers from Altenew's Craft-A-Flower: Epiphyllum Layering Die Set using scraps from my collection of snippets and some of the polka dot pattern paper. I adhered the flowers in the corners of the sentiment panel. 

The idea to make this box came from a friend who lost one of her sons awhile back. She said her sister made her a special box to hold all the sympathy cards she received, and I asked my sister if she would like that, also. She and my mom both wanted one, so I'm going to make a second one for my mom and may make one for myself as well. 

Top of the box:


Side view:


Close up of the 3D flowers:



 Challenges I'm entering:

Word Power (wordpowerchallenge.blogspot.com): ATG with the sentiment as the focus 

As You Like It Challenge: Cute or Floral and Why: I love flowers and enjoy making floral cards and projects like this one because they are so pretty and elegant. (1/3; ends 4/17/24)

Creative Inspiration Challenges: ATG (1/2; ends at the end of the month)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (1/5 for the week; 3/10 for the challenge; ends 4/10/24)


A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): ATG with option of adding one or more flowers (1/8; ends at the end of the month)




Snippets Playground (pixiessnippetsplayground.blogspot.com): ATG with snippets (I used snippets for the 3D flowers on the box) (1/1; ends 4/13/24)

No more challenges. 

Friday, March 29, 2024

3-Panel Mother's Day Card for Creative Creases #79

It's time for a new challenge over on the Creative Creases blog where it's always anything goes with a fun fold project. For my Guest Designer card this time, I chose a 3-panel card design I saw on Connie Stewart's YouTube channel here: 3 Panel Card Tutorial: How To Make Unique Card With Personality! (simplysimplestamping.com).

I still had some lovely design papers from Stampin' Up that I wanted to use, so I chose some matching card stocks in yellow and purple and set about following Connie's instructions for making the card base and the small 3-panel card that goes on the front of the base. All the measurements are in a download Connie provides here: 3 Panel Card Tutorial: How To Make Unique Card With Personality! (simplysimplestamping.com).

After I trimmed and scored all my layers, I added a bow and then did some stamping and die cutting for the sentiments and the florals on the back of the card. All the stamps I used are from retired SU! sets except for the "Happy Mother's Day" sentiment which is from a retired CTMH stamp set. I've neglected my pretty SU! supplies recently and want to do better about using them. If you'd like to check out some great deals on retired SU! products, see my friend Debbie's list here: My Secret Sale - Google Docs.

To finish my card, I added a trio of soft yellow sequins to the front. I think my mom will really love this card. She deserves something very special since she's the most phenomenal mother, grandmother and great-grandmother! I also need to get busy on making a Mother's Day card for my sweet mother-in-law and one for my daughter-in-law who is an amazing mother to my grandson. How blessed I am to be surrounded by so many godly Christian moms!

Please join us with your fun-fold creations over at Creative Creases Challenge #79 here: https://wp.me/p4bS0N-bDT










Here's a look at the back of the card with the sentiment: 
"Thank you for the lifetime of love you've given me."




Challenges I'm entering:

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (2/5 for the week; 2/10 for the challenge; ends 4/10/24)




Crafty Catz (craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com): ATG with twist of use an embossing folder (3/3; ends 3/3/24)

As You Like It Challenge: Favorite Fun Fold and Why: I love this new fun fold because it lets me use so much lovely pattern paper! There's a lot of real estate on this card design, and even the back can be used!(2/3; ends 4/3/24)


A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): ATG with option of square cards (7/8; ends at the end of the month) Rising Star Pick for week 4 of March 


 


March 2024 Mood Board Challenge (not2shabbyshop.com): Moodboard: Florals inspired me (ends at the end of the month) Winner 4/2/24: Llama stamp set ordered and received
No more challenges. 

Thursday, March 28, 2024

In Him Was Life, and the Life Was the Light of Men Card

I recently came across a new-to-me fun fold card design on Connie Stewart's YouTube channel and decided to try it out. It's called a 3-Panel Card, and you can view the video here: 3 Panel Card Tutorial: How To Make Unique Card With Personality! (simplysimplestamping.com)

This set of cards is going to the shut ins from my church to whom I try to send cards regularly, and I chose the Word Art Wednesday word art of John 1:4: In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. I appreciate the beautiful verses posted at Word Art Wednesday every 2 weeks and have used many of them in my cards. For this card, I imported the scripture to my Silhouette Design Studio software and then made a print and cut file of the verse. I also made a cut file for all the pieces to make this card using my Silhouette Design Studio software so that I could make multiple cards quickly. I simply followed Connie's measurements to create all the elements using the software. Then I used my Cameo 4 to cut out all the pieces. 

To go with the theme of the verse, I chose some pattern paper I had in my stash that features lamps on one side and stripes on the other. I used the striped side as a layer on the card base and used the lamp pattern side to decorate the panels of the smaller card adhered to the base. 

For the first card, I added a ribbon like Connie Stewart did in her tutorial on this card design, but for the rest of the cards, I decided to leave off the ribbon so the card would be easier to mail. 

To finish the cards, I added a white panel on the back of the cards to write a personal message. 



When the card is open:


Close up of the verse:


A version without the ribbon for easier mailing:


A look at several of the cards together:


The back of the cards:


Challenges I'm entering: 

As You Like It Challenge: Favorite fun fold and why: This 3-panel fun fold card is great because it has so many panels to decorate! I love that I can add a ribbon to close it or leave the ribbon off, and the back is a great place to write my message. (1/3; ends 4/3/24)
 

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (1/5 for the week; 1/10 for the challenge; ends 4/10/24)




TIME OUT Challenges: :Stripes (I used striped pattern paper on the card base) (1/5; ends 4/15/24) C5

No more challenges. 

Monday, March 25, 2024

Mother's Day Cards

Altenew is currently holding a card drive for seniors and is taking donations for Mother's and Father's Day cards that they will distribute to seniors in nursing homes or shelters. If you'd like more details, check out this link: 2024 Card Drive and Blog Hop for Seniors in Nursing Homes (altenew.com)

For my cards, I embossed 2 white panels using Altenew's 3D embossing folder Cupped Blossoms. Then I used Prom Queen lunar paste on the flowers and Lime Green stencil butter on the leaves. I applied the two colors with my finger on one card and with a small foam brush on the other. For the first card, I also added some green splatters using some of the Lime Green stencil butter I watered down and splattered with a paintbrush. The sentiment is from a retired CTMH stamp set. 

I trimmed the panels to 4 by 5/14 and adhered them to yellow card stock I had trimmed 1/8 inch larger. Then I adhered that to a white A2 card base. 







 Challenges I'm entering: 

Inspiration Challenge Archives - Altenew Blog


simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/:Emboss it (1/5; ends 4/3/24)

****Pammie's Inky Pinkies**** **********Challenges********** (pammiesinkypinkieschallenges.blogspot.com): ATG (1/3; ends 4/1/24) C10

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (5/5 for the week; 10/10 for the challenge; ends 3/27/24)

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge ...: ATG (1/3; ends 4/6/24)



Friday, March 22, 2024

Bold Bouquet Sympathy Card

I recently purchased Altenew's Craft Your Life: Bold Bouquets kit, and today I put together a card using some of the elements from the kit. I embossed a black panel with the 3D embossing folder from the set and went over the raised embossed parts with gold ink. I also die cut the lily die from the set out of gold metallic card stock, embossed it, and popped it up on foam tape (this set includes a die to cut out the whole floral image and also a die to cut out just the lily that's part of the floral composition). I heat embossed the "heartfelt sympathy" from Altenew's Craft Your Life: Bewitching Rose set using gold embossing powder. I added 3 gold Nuvo drops around the sentiment. Then I used gold ink to cover the four sides of the front of the white card base so the black panel would be edged in gold. I adhered the black panel to the card front to finish the card.  



Close Up:


 Challenges I'm entering:


Word Art Wednesday: ATG (4/5 for the week; 9/10 for the challenge; ends 3/27/24)

Snippets Playground (pixiessnippetsplayground.blogspot.com): ATG with snippets (I used a snippet of gold card stock for the lily die cut on the card. I save every scrap of metallic card stocks and then use the smallest pieces for die cut flower centers and larger ones for word dies or smallish flowers 😂. I also used a larger scrap for the black embossed panel) (1/1; ends 3/29/24) C10

Crafty Catz (craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com):ATG with twist of use an embossing folder (2/3; ends 4/6/24) Top 3 Puck 4/5/24


Dream Valley Challenges: Dies and/or punches (1/3; ends 4/1/24) C10




Embossed Thank You Card

A good friend recently spent an afternoon with me when we hugged, cried, shared our favorite scriptures of comfort, and prayed together while mourning my nephew's death. Priscilla has been a dear friend of mine for about 30 years now, and I am so grateful for all the times we've spent both celebrating and grieving together and always encouraging each other in the Lord. Christian friends are one of God's best blessings. 

To make this card, I smooshed some Distress ink onto water color cardstock using an acetate sheet to smoosh down the ink where I wanted it. I made an 8 1/2 X 11 inch panel, so I can get 4 backgrounds out of it. For this one background, I trimmed the panel to 4 X 5 1/4 and embossed it with Altenew's Cupped Blossoms 3D embossing folder. Then I stamped "thank you" using Altenew's Build-A-Garden: Grand Carnations stamp set. I adhered the panel to a piece of black card stock that I trimmed to 4 1/8 X 5 3/8. Using foam tape, I added that panel to a top-folding A2 card base I made from matching purple card stock. For a final touch, I added a few purple Nuvo stone drops around the sentiment. 





 Challenges I'm entering:

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (3/5 for the week; 8/10 for the challenge; ends 3/27/24)

simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/: Easter or Spring (3/5; ends 3/27/24)


613 Avenue Create (avenue613.blogspot.com): ATG with optional twist of diamonds or pearls (ends at the end of the month) Top Rocker March 17-23

Crafty Catz (craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com): ATG with optional twist of embossing (1/5; ends 3/21/24)

A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): ATG with option of square cards (ends at the end of the month)

****Pammie's Inky Pinkies**** **********Challenges********** (pammiesinkypinkieschallenges.blogspot.com): ATG (2/3; ends 3/24/24) C10


Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Easter Lily Cards

For this year's Easter cards, I made a cut file in Silhouette Design Studio software with a circle cut out for the card base and then made a circle frame cut file to add to the front of the card. I then chose a lily graphic from CreativeFabrica.com and imported it into my Silhouette Design Studio software to size it up and make a print and cut file of it. I chose "He has risen just as He said" word art from the Silhouette Design Store, and I changed the colors to match the lilies and the circle frame I wanted to use on the cards. I stamped "Happy Easter" on the inside of the cards using a retired CTMH stamp. I made nearly 200 of these cards for my mom and me to send out this year, so I needed a design that was easy to create on a large scale. The original idea for this card design came from Tami White here: 🔴 Unleashing Creativity: Crafting Circle Wreath Cards with Stampin' Up Easter Lilies (youtube.com). I changed up the sizing to suit my needs (I wanted to be able to make two card bases out of a sheet of 8 1/2 X 11 card stock), but I got the idea for a circle card from her.





Here's a look at the inside:


The card and envelope:


Close up of the envelope:


Challenges I'm entering:

Digi Choosday Cardmaking & Crafting Challenge: ATG (2/2; ends 3/26/24) Top pick 4/2/24: emailed to claim Mum's the Word Elephant Color Clipart 4/10/24

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (2/5 for the week; 7/10 for the challenge; ends 3/27/24)

simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/: Easter or Spring (2/5; ends 3/27/24)


Double Trouble Paper Crafting (doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com): Thing 1: Florals  Thing 3: entered in Beautiful Blossoms (4/4; ends 3/28/24)

613 Avenue Create (avenue613.blogspot.com): ATG with optional twist of diamonds or pearls (ends at the end of the month) Top Rocker March 17-23

Crafty Catz (craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com): ATG with optional twist of monochrome (4/5; ends 3/21/24)

A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): ATG with option of square cards (ends at the end of the month)

Doodle Challenge (rabiscochallenge.blogspot.com): Easter (or ATG I think?) (4/5; ends at the end of the month)


No more challenges

 

Cupped Blossoms Birthday Card

I've been playing around with my 3D embossing folders a lot lately after attending the Card Maker Success Summit, and I've tried a variety of techniques with them with mixed success. This time around, I used Altenew's Cupped Blossoms EF and added some gold ink to the raised edges and the sides of the panel. Then I stamped the sentiment (from Altenew's Nature's Magic set) in the same gold ink. I added some gold Nuvo drops and mounted the panel to a pink top-folding A2 card base using foam tape. I think next time I want to try mounting the panel to some gold metallic card stock to create a more noticeable gold edge around the panel. I may try some gold splatters next time, too. This is a lovely embossing folder, but it doesn't come with a coloring stencil like many other Altenew EFs I own, so I'm working on some different ways to make the embossed flowers stand out. Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments! 




Close up:



Challenges I'm entering: 

Digi Choosday Cardmaking & Crafting Challenge: ATG (1/2; ends 3/26/24)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (1/5 for the week; 6/10 for the challenge; ends 3/27/24)

simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/: Easter or Spring (1/5; ends 3/27/24)


Double Trouble Paper Crafting (doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com): Thing 1: Florals Thing 3: entered in Beautiful Blossoms (3/4; ends 3/28/24)

Allsorts challenge blog: Feathers or Fur or ATG (3/3; ends 3/22/24)

Creative Moments: #256 *Flora and Fauna* (carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com): ATG or optional twist of floral or fauna (3/3; ends 4/4/24)

613 Avenue Create (avenue613.blogspot.com): ATG with optional twist of diamonds or pearls (ends at the end of the month) Top Rocker March 17-23

Crafty Catz (craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com): ATG with optional twist of monochrome (ends 3/21/24)

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: ATG (3/3; ends 3/21/24)

Ellibelle's Corner: Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday (simplyellibelle.com): ATG (ends at the end of the month)

A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): ATG with option of square cards (ends at the end of the month)

Doodle Challenge (rabiscochallenge.blogspot.com): ATG (3/5; ends at the end of the month)



Monday, March 18, 2024

Prickly Pear Mixed Media Card

I recently attended the Card Maker Success Summit and have been inspired to try some mixed media cards. I broke out my gouache, gold paint, sprays, and Pearl Ex powders and went to work painting, splattering, and spritzing on water color papers. After they dried, I die cut Altenew's Craft-A-Flower Prickly Pear die set out of some of them and used another one as a background for my flowers and leaves. These flowers are so easy to assemble with the keyhole system Altenew uses on their Craft-A-Flower die sets. 

I adhered the background to a pink A2 card base using foam tape. Then I arranged the flowers and leaves how I wanted them and used Press 'n Seal to keep them in place while I glued them down by layers. The final layer (the flower on the left) was adhered using more foam tape. This one is definitely going to need a non-machinable stamp, but it's worth it! 



Close up of the flowers:


 Challenges I'm entering:


Double Trouble Paper Crafting (doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com): Thing 1: Florals Thing 3: Entered Beautiful Blossoms Challenge (2/4; ends 3/28/24)

Allsorts challenge blog: Feathers or Fur or ATG (2/3; ends 3/22/24)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (4/5 for the week; 4/10 for the challenge; ends 3/27/24)

The Paper Funday Challenges: ATG with twist of use dies (6/6; ends at the end of the month)

The Diva's that cut ....paper! (die-cut-divas.blogspot.com): ATG (4/4; ends at the end of the month)

Creative Moments: #256 *Flora and Fauna* (carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com): ATG or optional twist of floral or fauna (2/3; ends 4/4/24)

Gem of A Craft Challenge (pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com): ATG (2/2; ends 3/22/24)

613 Avenue Create (avenue613.blogspot.com): ATG with optional twist of diamonds or pearls (ends at the end of the month)

Crafty Catz (craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com): ATG with optional twist of monochrome (ends 3/21/24)

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: ATG (ends 3/21/24)

Ellibelle's Corner: Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday (simplyellibelle.com): ATG (ends at the end of the month)

Digi Choosday Cardmaking & Crafting Challenge: ATG (2/2; ends 3/19/24)

A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): ATG with option of square cards (ends at the end of the month)

Doodle Challenge (rabiscochallenge.blogspot.com): ATG (2/5; ends at the end of the month)





Saturday, March 16, 2024

When You Go Through Deep Waters Card

One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 43:2. The entire verse is so beautiful as it promises God's presence and protection when we "go through deep waters" and "walk through fire." We won't be overwhelmed by the waters or consumed by the flames because our loving heavenly Father is beside us through it all.

I created this card for my sister and brother-in-law who recently lost their 18-year-old son. My nephew was a bright, funny, hard-working young man, and this loss is as devastating as it is unexpected. Yet we do not grieve as those without hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13) because we know he is with the Lord in heaven, and we will see him again one day. Still, there is the separation that death brings while we are still here on earth, and it's very painful. We are clinging to Jesus and trusting Him to strengthen and uphold us in this time of mourning. He is faithful!

The word art on the card is from the Silhouette Design Store, and I did an offset of it and made it into a print and cut in the Silhouette Design Studio software.

For the background panel, I used a few shades of blue Pearl Ex powders on water color paper and sprayed water on them. Then I sprayed some blue ink and blotted that a bit. I also added some touches of Stormy Skies distress ink onto the panel and a few big water droplets. I used my heat tool to dry the panel and then ran it through Altenew's From Land to See 3D embossing folder. I ran it through three times in total so that I could have the waves over the entire panel and have some of them seem closer than those in the background. 

The boat was created using Altenew's Wooden Rowboat die set. I die cut the pieces out of a few different colors of brown and black and then did a little ink blending on the wooden planks. I added the boat and the sentiment with foam tape. 





I find Altenew's grip mat is helpful for holding things in place while I'm blending die cuts or assembling pieces. I used it here to hold the base of the card down while I adhered the front panel. 


Challenges I'm entering: 


 Word Art Wednesday: ATG (3/5 for the week; 3/10 for the challenge; ends 3/27/24)

The Paper Funday Challenges: ATG with twist of use dies (5/6; ends at the end of the month)

The Diva's that cut ....paper! (die-cut-divas.blogspot.com): ATG (3/4; ends at the end of the month)

Creative Moments: #256 *Flora and Fauna* (carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com): ATG or optional twist of floral or fauna (1/3; ends 4/4/24)

Gem of A Craft Challenge (pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com): ATG (1/2; ends 3/22/24)

Allsorts challenge blog: Feathers or fur or ATG (1/3; ends 3/21/24)

Can You Handle The Pressure? (cyhtp.blogspot.com): ATG with optioinal twist of bling (1/3; ends 3/19/24)

Polkadoodles Cardmaking, Craft & Scrapbooking Challenge: ATG (1/2; ends 3/29/24)

We Love to Create mixed media Challenge Blog...sponsored by Polkadoodles (welove2create.blogspot.com): ATG with mixed media (I used Pearl EX powders, sprays, and water coloring with distress ink) (2/2; ends at the end of the month)

613 Avenue Create (avenue613.blogspot.com): ATG with optional twist of diamonds or pearls (ends at the end of the month) Top Rocker March 17-23

Crafty Catz (craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com): ATG with optional twist of monochrome (ends 3/21/24)

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: ATG (ends 3/21/24)

Ellibelle's Corner: Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday (simplyellibelle.com): ATG (ends at the end of the month)

Ellibelle's Corner: I spy with my little eye (simplyellibelle.com): B (Boat) (ends 3/18/24)

Digi Choosday Cardmaking & Crafting Challenge: ATG (1/2; ends 3/19/24)

A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): ATG with option of square cards (ends at the end of the month)

Doodle Challenge (rabiscochallenge.blogspot.com): ATG (1/5; ends at the end of the month)