Thursday, September 18, 2014

Exciting News and a Card

Hello Delightful friends and family!
We finally had some rain yesterday!! Boy do we need it here in northern California!  It is so muggy today I just hope we can have a few more showers without the thunder and lightening!
The weather held up and I went to BBQ lunch with all the school age grandkids today to celebrate Grandparents day.  They are all so stinkin' cute!  No I didn't have 3 lunches but I did sit with the granddaughters and then ate lunch with Jakob and his buddies.

I'm excited to share that I will be teaching some card making classes at our local craft store Scrapper's Edge.  My first class is in October.  I just finished 4 samples for the class which I'm calling Build a Scene.  You know I love to paper piece and I think this will appeal to both beginners and advanced card makers!  I made 2 autumn themed and 2 winter themed scenes.  I will share them here at a later time.  They will feature Lawn Fawn (stamps & dies) and Paper Smooches stamps for this class.  I'm so excited!!!

Today I am sharing a card I made a couple of weeks ago for a family that lost their 23 year old daughter.  She was born with Cerebral Palsy and has been completely dependent for all of her care since birth.  A sad time yes, but now she's free and with the Lord in a perfect body for the first time.  So we grieve for ourselves but rejoice for this innocent one.

I've embossed the yellow panel and then blended white ink over the raised portion.  The designer paper is from Memory Box (that I've been hoarding!), the paper flowers are Sizzix mini Tattered Flowers (movers and shapers line), the sentiment and leaf/branch die are Taylored Expressions.  I've used Archival Jet Black ink and the button comes from my stash.  

I'll be sharing this card at Word Art Wednesday #150 Anything Goes.

That's it for me today, thanks for visiting!

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:31


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dude, Happy Birthday!

Hello Delightful friends and family!

We had a birthday in our extended family last week.  My sister's boyfriends' son (I'm not checking to see if I did the punctuation correctly on that! ha!)  Anyway, I needed a masculine card for a teenage boy and I happened to have this digi image from ByLori Designs (Ethan) that hadn't been colored and it was perfect for Hunter who just happens to be into skateboarding.  Yay!!  So I pulled out my Copics and colored away!  I've used the Avery Elle stamp set called Surf's Up for the sentiment and the matching Happy Birthday is on the inside (love the font!).  The card base is Neenah Desert Storm (Scrapper's Edge) and the designer paper is Echo Park (Scoot 6x6 pad).  I've used the Taylored Expressions matching stamp and die set Garden Party Blooms.  Ink: Archival Jet Black and Dandelion.  The faux stitching was made by a Faber Castell Big Artist Pen in white.

I'll be playing along with the challenges at the following blogs:
Seize the Birthday (Anything Goes)
Word Art Wednesday #149 (Anything Goes)

Keeping it simple on the inside.

Well that's it for me!  Thanks for visiting.

The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.  Psalm 34:22


Monday, September 8, 2014


Hello Delightful friends and family,
Can I get any busier?!  Holy moly I thought for sure things would wind down a bit once the kids got in school but that is not the way things have played out this week.  Mercy!!  I have managed to make a few cards but getting them from my camera to a blog post has been the stumbling block here!  One of our Sunday School classes is growing up and expanding so I've taken on the older kids (mostly boys) so I've been cleaning out a "storage" room and making it back into a classroom. Then we had to prepare for a memorial service and two ladies in our church were in the hospital, one had a serious stroke and the other in a serious motorcycle accident.  Please keep my husband and I in your prayers!

I needed a couple of thank you cards and here is the first one.  I love the simplicity of it!  It needs to be mailed so I kept it CAS.  I love the font of the die (Taylored Expressions - a thank you for a purchase!)  This would definitely be a "10 minute or under" card.  The embossing folder is by Sizzix.

I will be entering the challenge at Word Art Wednesday#148  Anything Goes

Thanks so much for visiting and sorry I've not been making my regular rounds in blogland.  Hope to remedy that soon!

The Lord is my strength and my song.....  Exodus 15:2


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy Anniversary, Love You Tons! (STS #27)

Hello Delightful friends and family!
What a quick month this has been! The grandkids are back in school (except Princess Tucker) so I'll have a bit more free time (well, in my mind anyway...) it seems I can always fill up that "free" time with housework and getting caught up on some work at the church.  I'm getting my craftroom organized, one area at a time, that's exciting!  My sweet hubby and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary last Friday and here is the card I made him.  I used the sketch from Seize the Sketch challenge blog.  This is their last challenge, they are closing down (bummer!) I really liked following the inspiration over there.  Here is the card for their last challenge:
 I paper pieced the elephants instead of coloring them.  This stamp set is from Lawn Fawn.

 Inside sentiment is from Paper Smooches and I colored the hearts lightly with a Copic Marker.

I will also be entering this at Word Art Wednesday #147 Anything Goes

The last few baseball seasons we've been going to a couple of San Francisco Giant games each year and we always try to schedule our trip for Fellowship Day at AT&T Park where the Christian ballplayers share their testimonies. The last three years have included a concert with a popular Christian music artist.  This year was Natalie Grant.  Wow!! It was great!  Here are some pictures I took of the game on Friday night and two following the Saturday game for Fellowship Day.  Some of the proceeds for the event went to the Salvation Army and the athletes paid for the concert.  Pretty nice and a real blessing!

  Madison Bumgartner pitching

Michael Morse hitting a homerun!!

Bobby Evans (VP & Assistant GM), Santiago Casilla, Travis Ishikawa, Jeremy Affeldt, & Ryan Vogelsong.

Natalie Grant leading a time of worship!
We had a wonderful time with our friends the Clarks and hope to go again next summer, thanks to the San Francisco Giants organization!  Go Giants!

Thanks for visiting and letting me share a bit with you!

Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His" and, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity."  2 Timothy 2:19


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Belated Birthday

Hello Delightful friends & family!

Here is a card I made for a friend's birthday.  Happy Birthday Stephanie!

Close up of the Avery Elle die embellished with  Glossy Accents.

Inside of card

I'm entering this at Try Stampin' on Tuesday #180.  Only have two minutes to get this in on time yikes!
Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Grill Father Birthday

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
I'ts been a hugely busy two weeks with some extra church services,work,  family activities and summer fun, too! Including two new babies born to my nieces (congrats Shae & Bobbi!!!!), my son-in-laws birthday, hiking and a bonfire with s'mores on the beach  I cannot believe I had time to squeeze in a card or two but I did!
Here is a card I made for my son-in-law Ray who loves to barbecue (and very good at it I must say!) and so this was absolutely the perfect image to color for his card.  I've used three different stamp sets but the main focal point is from Art Impressions, the sentiment is Boys Will be Boys (Taylored Expressions)

I've colored the Grill Father with Copics and paper pieced the cooking mitt.  I watched a Sandy Allnock YouTube to learn how to make the illusions of the BBQ smoke and fire.  I went with the simple version but be sure and check out Sandy's videos they are incredible!  Maybe next time I'll get brave and try the more advanced background.

The stamps inside the card: Avery Elle (sentiment from Surf's Up) and the grill is from the Taylored Expressions (Boys will be Boys); I've used Archival Jet Black ink and Hero Arts Shadow Ink Mid Tone Red Royal.
Other ingredients:
The designer paper is from the 6x6 pad from Simple Stories Summer Fresh. The base is Neenah Desert Storm card stock and I've used red Bazzill c/s to mat the focal image, Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Seize the Birthday
Word Art Wednesday #144
Sister Act Card #69
Great Impressions (August Birthday Bash)

Thanks so much for visiting!!

And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness.  James 3:18 (NLT)


Friday, July 25, 2014

Need to Venti?

Hello Delightful friends and family!
Here is a card I made this afternoon.  I saw the challenge at Inspired By #119 and knew I had to play along! I love the red gingham and the touch of gray in the inspiration picture. ( I was too late to play in the challenge, but loved the inspiration!)

I will also be playing along at CAS(E) this Sketch #86

Here is my card:

I'll be sharing this at Paper Smooches (Anything Goes)


Thanks for visiting!! Enjoy the weekend.

Ingredients: Designer Paper (scrap in stash!); Stamps: Paper Smooches - Hot Concoctions; Ink: Memento: Rich Cocoa, Espresso; Hero Arts Shadow Ink - Mid Tone Red Royal;
Techniques: I've used Copics to color the cup lid and added Glossy Accents to the hearts, the gingham check was used to paper piece the cup and add a small fish tail banner.

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.  Proverbs 3:3