Saturday, December 31, 2011

2 More Versions of God Is Fair

The hounds tooth pattern paper is yet another
from the Everyday Kraft by Paper Studio.
This was layered on black card stock along with the
phrase and plaid texture "bar" that
is under the other two.

The plaid texture has been accented by lightly
sponging with black ink.

A very simple basic design that highlights
the scripture that is found at Hebrews 6:10.

The second version of God Is Fair also showcases
the pattern papers from Everyday Kraft stack
by Paper Studio.

As with the previous card a craft color card stock
is the card base.

I used a Creating Memories punch for the
black portion of the three small squares.
These squares have three different papers
from the stack.

Again a very simple basic design with
the scripture as the main focal point.

Friday, December 30, 2011

God Is Fair

Another card for my pastor and his wife to use.
They requested this scripture.

The scripture, Hebrews 6:10, was created in PSP X.
This allows me to copy and paste it into Word and
make it any size that I want. A real advantage
over stamps, plus I can use any scripture or
inspiring phrase that I want.

The oval cut zebra print scrapbook paper is from
Paper Studio's Everyday Kraft stack.
It has been layered over a slightly larger
oval. Thank you Spellbinders for those
wonderful nesting dies.

The scripture was die cut with a Spellbinder's
label and layered over black.
Note the plaid textured "bar" under the
scripture. This is from a Sizzix embossing folder.

The outer edge of the craft paper card base
was sponged with black ink.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Birthday Card

An embossing folder has been used on the lavender paper.
This was attached to a plain white card base.
Mega oval by Spellbinders was the die used for the purple
oval and Mega scalloped oval for the white layer under it.

The Happy Birthday was computer generated,
then die cut with a Spellbinders die.

On either side of the Happy Birthday
K and Company stickers were used.

This was a fairly fast card to make.
I do like the finishing touch that the
flower stickers have added.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Jeri's Zentangles

Our cousin Jeri has started making zentangles.
She used a Spellbinders Label to get the basic shape.

Then I took over. I mounted her carefully cut out zentangle
on a larger size of the same Spellbinders label.
These two layers are slightly raised over the rest of the card.

Next layer down is the cream oval that has
been embossed in a Cuttlebug embossing folder.
The last layer is a scalloped black oval.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hebrews 6:10

This design is very similar to one I posted several days ago.
The big difference is the texture covering the card base.
A piece of card stock the exact same size as the card base
was "altered". It was placed on a scoring board at an angle and
a line was scored into the paper every 1/4 inch.

This is a very simple design that makes the scripture
the main focal point.

The patterned paper is from the
Paper Studio Everyday Kraft stack.

Hebrews 6:10

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Under God's Feet

Another card for my pastor. The zebra stripe oval is from the Paper Studio Everyday Craft stack. A wonderful stack for "man" cards or scrapbook pages. The oval and the plain black larger oval were both cut with Spellbinders Nesting ovals.

The tiger stamp is from Sutter Enterprises Stamps. This company has a wonderful collection of western and wildlife stamps. The image was stamped with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. This ink was also used to sponge around the edges of the card.

The phrase was computer generated in PSP X. It was cut with a Spellbinders Label die and mounted on an oval, again by Spellbinders. The final embellishment is three black "jewels" on the right hand side of the phrase.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I Am The Resurrection

John 11:25 is such a great reminder for me. Jesus is life! This card began with a kraft colored A2 card base. The edges were sponged with black ink. I am not sure where the tiger image came from. He certainly is a regal big cat. He was stamped with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. The zebra paper is from the Paper Studio Everyday Kraft stack. It is layered over black card stock and the narrow border has been measured to perfection with the Perfect Layers ruler. The scripture was designed in PSP X by myself. A Spellbinders Label die was used to cut it.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

God Is Fair - Hebrews 6:10

This design and the next few that I post will all be done with Paper Studio's Everyday Kraft stack. I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby. The card base is kraft paper. On this particular one I used VersaMark to stamp a flourish in the upper right corner of the card base. It was embossed with clear embossing powder. Both of the patterned papers from the Paper Studio stack are layered over black card stock. As usual I used a Perfect Layers ruler to get that "perfect" border. The phrase is from the New Testament and is found in Hebrews 6:10. I have designed the lettering using PSP X. The card is part of a series that I am doing at the request of the my pastor and his wife. Hers will be in pastels and flowers using the same scriptures and phrases. I do this as part of my ministry in my local church. I know how special it makes me feel when someone takes the time to send me a card, so my thinking is that this will help pastor and his wife connect with their congregation and pastors students at the Frontier School of the Bible in LaGrange WY where he is a professor teaching several classes a semester.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Our Christmas Tree

Every spring my husband spends hours and hours looking for deer and elk antler sheds. This past spring he founda 7 point elk antler which has been on display in our living room ever since. I decided to use this huge antler for our Christmas tree. So when dh was occupied elsewhere for several hours, I got wild and crazy with the glitz. I love it and so does he.

Monday, December 12, 2011

John 8:32

Truth makes us free. How very profound! The papers in the design come from DCWV Citrus and Cardstock stacks. The phrase has been designed by me in PSP X. The little flourishes sticking out from behind the scripture were cut using a Spellbinders die. That's it folks, just layering and rectangles. I use perfect layers rulers to get those perfectly even borders.

Monday, December 5, 2011


Such a great scripture - Psalm 97:12 - a wonderful reminder of how we should live every day rejoicing in the LORD.

The beginning of this card is a white card base that has the edges sponged first with Russet ink and then a narrower border of sponging that is Coffee. Both inks are from the Ranger Archival line.

The phrase has been die cut with a Spellbinder's Label. The edges have been sponged with Russet and Coffee. It has been layered over rust and dark brown. The edges of the two lower layers have the corners rounded.

The ribbon on the left begins with a fallish paper from K & Company that is layer on dark brown. The lacy border in rust is from an EK Success Martha Stewart border punch.

The leaves are from various punches from various glitter papers.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Shout for Joy

A beautiful scripture matched with fall leaves. The card base is beige parchment that has a wide russet ink sponged along the outer edges, then a narrower sponging of dark brown ink. This same sponging was used on the scripture.

The patterned paper is from K and Company. It has been layered over a narrow border of rust card stock with a wider border of dark brown as the base layer.

The rust branch and leaf punched "ribbon" is from EK Success Martha Stewart line.
The glitter paper leaves are from various sources as are the leaf punches.

The scripture has been generated in PSP X as have most of the scriptures used on my cards. It has been die cut with a Spellbinder's Label die.

I have CD's availablwith 12 - 24 scriptures for sale for $7.50 - $12.50 + $1 postage. Each of these would be accompanied by a picture tutorial on the use of the CD and how to use the scriptures in Word. It would show you how to create two columns in Word, copy and paste from the CD to Word and how to size the scripture in Word. You may pick your scripture from my list which I could email to you.

There are also some inspirational phrases, fancy script basic words and short phrases and cowgirl wisdom. Your own favorite phrases and scriptures can be custom designed for as slightly higher cost. (these may become a part of my catalog and be available to others with your permission.)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Framed Poinsettia

While this is not one of my favorites, There are parts of it that I really like. I love that Spellbinders Fleur de Lis square. To cut it put a square die inside of the Fleur de Lis square. I usually tape them in several places to prevent shifting while they are being cut.

Sadly the dark brown under the poinsettia layer is too wide and the striped pine cone and pine bough paper under it just do not match. Another on of those visions in the head that didn't pan out. I think I have other Christmas papers that would have worked a lot better.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Noel Tile

This is such a fun card. It was one of those ideas that floated around in my head for a few weeks before I had time to complete it.

The Sizzix snowflake embossing folder makes a lovely background as a base for the whole design. Across the bottom is a pine forest punched border from EK Success. The dark green is "shadowed" by a second punched border in gold gift wrap.

Now for the Noel Tile portion. The letters are from a Sizzix's Trixie alphabet. They have been mounted on green and then red layers of card stock.

The finished letter tiles were carefully placed evenly on gold gift wrap. The gold was then trimmed to an even border using a deckle scissors.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

More Easy Christmas Cards

Two cards with the same basic design. These are relatively simple cards, using ribbon and stickers from K & Company.

The background on the plain white card stock card base is a Sizzix embossing folder. The snowflakes are rather random and make a very versatile beginning layer.

The ribbons can be seen on the inside of the card. It has been attached with double sided tape. The joining seam is under the sticker layer.

Spellbinder made the oval, rectangle and large scallop rectangle dies used on these cards.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Fast and Easy Christmas Card

Here is the very simplest of cards. Fast, easy and impressive!

I began with a plain white card base. Use the Sizzix snowflake embossing folder to create a textured overlay to attach to the front of the card.

Now the easy part. Find a fairly large 3-D sticker and center it on the front.

Simple and elegant.

Friday, November 25, 2011

A Blue Christmas

Blue has always been one of my favorite colors. These cards have a plain white card base with a muted patterned blue paper attached to the front. So many beautiful papers are just not heavy enough to be a card base. AND even if they are heavy enough you get more cards out of cutting them to A2 size (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches) and attaching it to a much less expensive plain white card base.

The large snowflakes are from a Spellbinders die and the small snowflakes are from Cheery Lynn Designs.

You will note that two of the cards have some distressing on the white Label die cut. These were done with the paper still in the die cut. This allows one to leave that very attractive light border around the outer edge.

I really did have a lot of fun playing with the various snowflakes. I loved the blue ones and the white ones.

Now I am going to go have some left over turkey for lunch. Merry Christmas. May God bless you all.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Very Merry Christmas

Here are two cards of a very similar design. The construction is fairly simple when it is broken down into steps.

I began with a plain white A2 card base. The next step is to create a texture or in some cases a patterned paper layer to cover the entire card front. I used the Sizzix embossing folder with white card stock. My preferred white card stock is Georgia Pacific that is about $5.50 at Walmart.

The gold and the red metallic are from gift wrap and high lighting foil glued to card stock. Spellbinders are the manufacturers of all the dies.

The 3-D sticker in the center of the card is from K & Company. These are mounted on gold squares. The squares have paper egg carton attached to the back to raise them every so slightly over the next red foil large scallops squares.

I love the red foil scallop "shadow" under the gold scallop. To me the whole combination of textures and papers is very pleasing.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

White and Ivory Snowflakes

Begin with a white card base. Sizzix made the embossing folder that was used to create the snowflake texture that was attached to the front of the card.

Cream or ivory card stock is the color of the Spellbinder die cut snow flakes that are over the texture. A very subtle simple card.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ascribe to The Lord

For some strange reason blogger will not show my pictures in the new post box.
BUT I will persevere and post in spite of the glitch. I love this scripture and the PSP let me make a wonderful version of it.

The two cards with the punched mosaics are on cream card stock that has had the edges heavily sponged with three colors of distressed inks. The lightest color is the farthermost in with the darker brown on the outer 1/2 inch. Then black ink was used on the very edge to create a burn look. The scripture was cut out with a Spellbinders nesting oval.

The card with the patterned paper as a background has a Spellbinder's Label as a mount for the scripture. Spellbinder's Edgebilities were used to cut the border under the scripture.

The punched mosaic portions were done with a Punch Bunch punch. By placing the paper squarely against the back of the punch and using the first punched mosaic for placement of the next you can space them evenly.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lattice and Pendant

Well blogger acting up. My picture will show up on the blog itself, but not where I compose the post. Oh well, Here we go.

This card has the card base covered with one of the very first Karen Foster Designs papers. The next layer is one of Spellbinder's Pendant dies, in this case the Lattice.

The scripture has been created in PSP X (Paint Shop Pro Ten) and sized and printed in Word 2003. The flowers were punched using Punch Bunch punches and shaped using a large stylus.

If you are interested in some of my scripture or phrases for yourself please let me know. I have also worked up a picture tutorial on using the CD and copying the scripture into a two column Word Document. I will send you a CD with 12 Bible verses or phrases and the tutorial for $5 plus $1 shipping. Contact me for a list of scriptures and phrases.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

3rd and 4th Christmas Designs for 2011

Here are two versions of basically the same card design.
The metallic fold is a brushed gold Christmas gift wrap paper. This is the time of year to purchase all kinds of metallic papers to use all year round. They are an inexpensive resource, especially for layering. One roll of gift wrap goes a long long way when only used on cards.

You will note in this first card that the gift wrap kind of sank into the snow flake texture.

The letters are cut with Cuttlebug's Hippie Chick alphabet. Spellbinder's long rectangle nesting dies were used to cut the rectangles under the letters on both cards.

EK Success made the tree punch. Note the shadowing of gold behind the trees.

The card base is from a Sizzix random snowflake embossing folder.

I like the second card the best. Which one do you like?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

2nd Christmas Design for 2011

Here it is. I am not particularly thrilled with this design.
I like the basic concept of the letter tiles, but somehow this one just doesn't cut it.

The card base is covered with a snowflake texture that was made using a Sizzix embossing folder.

The Noel letter were cut from a Christmas paper. I used the Trixie Girl Sizzix alphabet. Spellbinder's Nesting Squares were used for the red and green layers under the letter.

The tree border is an EK Success border punch.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

First 2011 Christmas Design

The first Christmas design for 2011.
The snowflake textured base layer is an
embossing folder from Sizzix.
The cute little beady-eyed penguin
is paper pieced from a Bosscut die.

The "Christmas Blessings" sign is computer generated
and then cut with a Spellbinder's Label die.
The blue snowflake border at the bottom of the card
is another wonderful Spellbinder's die.

I used the snowflakes cut our from the border to
decorate the sign and place under Mr. Penguin's wing.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Stickers and Frames

Oh my, I certainly do love these K & Company stickers.
The colors of card stock are a very light cream
and a deep royal purple.
With the purples in the stickers, it is a
perfect combination.
The embossing folder used were
Sizzix's holly and Cuttlebug's distressed stripes.
The frames have been cut with a Spellbinder's
Label and Oval nesting dies.
The frames are raised over the face of the card
using two layers of the flat part of paper egg cartons.
I cut them up into pieces that will fit under the frames.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Precious Little Girl

The little girl image is stamped with Ranger Archival coffee
ink on glossy paper. The image is from one of several sheets
of stamps that I order years ago from a company called
Second Star on the Right.
I don't know if you can even find them anymore.
The first layer on the white card base is mauve.
Over that is an embossed texture.
The frame is created with a Spellbinders Label
and Nesting Ovals and is raised over the image with
the flat part of paper egg cartons.
The flourish greenery is a die from Bosscuts.
The remaining greenery and flowers are
from Punch Bunch. The flowers have been
shaped using a large stylus.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pearl Accent Frame

Begin with a lovely paper by Karen Foster Designs.
This is one of their very first papers and is now sadly discontinued.
The paper covers the entire card front.
The edges have been sponged with Ranger Archival coffee
dye based ink.

The frame is a Spellbinder's oval inside a Label.
The cream colored pearls are attached to both sides
of the cream frame.
The frame is raised over the flower sticker
by attaching a double layer of egg carton pieces
on the under side.
I cut them up in fairly small pieces and space
all around the frame.
The 3-D of the frame and the sticker is
so very pleasing to the eye.

A K & Company sticker is attached to a pale
green embossed card stock.
I used a Tim Holtz wood embossing folder.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ovals and Diamonds

The basic color scheme is cream and purple.
Two embossing folders were used in this design.
The cream paper that is embossed is a
Sizzix Christmas folder. It is supposed to be holly.
Yes, that's right, holly, and I could never find it.
But it does have great flourishes and berries.
At least I guess they are berries. Who knows?
The purple card stock under the K and Company
sticker is also embossed.

The frame is a Spellbinders Lacy Oval with
a nesting Diamond on the inside.
It has been raised off the card face
using two layers of paper egg carton glued together
and cut into sizes that fit the back side of the frame.
The three butterflies on the frame were
punched with an EK Success Martha Stewart
punch. The gold metallic is a candy wrapper
attached to card stock.

Can you tell I am into "recycling"?
Actually it is not recycling, it is being frugal.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Season of Singing

A wonderful scripture that is perfect for anything flower.
In this case I have used some of Punch Bunch's punches
and shaped them.

The scripture was done in Paint Shop Pro and after
printing was die cut with one of Spellbinder's Label dies.
The frame around the scripture is another Label that
has the inside cut out with an oval nesting die.

The cream textured layer and the purple under
the scripture were done with embossing folders.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Doggone Cards

Well, here are a couple of dog themed birthday
cards and an encouragement card.
The dog images on all are from Inkadinkado.
There are some dog themed brads from
Creative Impressions.
The papers are from a DCWV stack.
Lots of layering and narrow borders.
The ink used was Ranger Archival black.
I don't remember where the stamps came from.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Arch Frames

After creating the base layers using purple card stock
and an embossing folder the arched frame was
placed in the center.
Purple was used as the contrasting
base layer under the arched frame.
It has been textured with an embossing folder as well.
Two sizes of the Sizzix nesting arch dies
were used to create the frame.
The K & Company sticker was
placed in the center of the frame.
Highlighting foil attached to card stock
was used for the butterflies
which were punched using and EK Success punch.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Caring Butterflies

Where to begin? First of all I am running out of titles for
designs that are not repeats. I may just switch to numbers, LOL.

This card has a plain white base. The bottom two layers
are a soft peach with a tapestry texture in white.
The texture was created using an embossing folder.
These ovals were place on the card with the larger
being raised off the card using paper egg carton as the "pop dot".
A flourish from Bosscut was used in the center of the
larger oval.

The ovals were die cut using Spellbinders beaded oval dies.
Another Spellbinders die, Nesting Ovals was used to cut
the soft peach inside the beaded ovals. It was textured with
Cuttlebug"s dotted swiss embossing folder.

A Fancy Tag die from Spellbinders was used to
cut the layer underneath the computer generated phrase.
The phrase and the peach scalloped layer under it were
cut with more Spellbinders dies, this time the Nesting Ovals.
I love using ovals in my designs, they are so pleasing to the eye.

The butterfly is a Cheery Lynn Designs butterfly cut from
highlighting foil (found at most beauty supply stores) attached
to card stock or text weight papers. A light weight card stock
will cut much better than a heavy one and
enable you to slightly fold the wings up, giving an
appearance of a real butterfly that has just landed.

The flowers are punched with Punch Bunch punches.
The paper is card stock painted with Lumiere's.
They are then shaped and "diamonds" placed
in the centers.

The smaller butterflies are from an EK Success
Martha Stewart punch. They are also from
highlighting foil.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Very simple

A very very simple card. Yet it is so elegant.
The punching was done on text weight
medium gray paper.

How to make the mosaic "bar":
1. In the slot of the punch where the paper is placed,
make sure the paper is squarely against the back of the slot.
This ensure that one edge of the mosaics will be even.
2. Now to get the punched images evenly spaced from each other.
This may take a few tries so start with scrap paper.
3. I punch the first mosaic, now slide the paper through the punch
and estimate how far apart the punches will be.
Be sure to keep the paper squarely against the back of the punch.
4. Note where the edge of the punch is on the first punch.
5. Keep punching and experimenting until you have the desired
space between your punches.

I have a quilt ruler that has lots of measuring lines on it.
I used this ruler to cut an even border around the mosaic "bar".
One important trick is to be sure that you are in the same
sitting or standing position for each cut.
I also have put the no-slip plastic on the back of the ruler
to help prevent slipping when cutting.
I will also advise that you are less likely to have
the ruler slip under the pressure of cutting if you
have a light touch. I often make two cuts
to get a clean even cut with card stock.
One quilt ruler even has a Sharpie line drawn on it
that shows a frequently used measurement.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Using a dimensional K and Company sticker
and some card stock, a card can be created.
Pale green card stock is the base layer, with
a cream paper as the textured layer that has been
made using a Sizzix embossing folder.

The same pale green card stock is under the magnolia
sticker. It has also been textured using an embossing folder.

Two Spellbinder's dies were used together to
make the frame. In this case a Label and a
Nesting Circle. After cutting, the frame was embossed
on that soft rubber mat. Very attractive.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Soft Sage

Another K & Company sticker used as the center piece.
The embossed frame is a Spellbinder's Label
with an oval on the inside.
A Sizzix folder was used for the textured
base layer.

The soft sage green card stock was used
to create a narrow border under the
base textured layer.
It was also used under the
flower sticker. I cut an oval one size
larger than was used for the oval cut out
in the frame.

These cards are so dainty and elegant.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Using Stickers

I do not use a lot of stickers, BUT one of the
Wild Women of the West Stampers, namely one
Phyllis Jordan, made a card that was similar to this one.
I was totally sold. It was a gorgeous card and I had to
make some for myself.

The frame for the K & Company sticker was
made using a Spellbinder's Label and a Spellbinder's
circle dies. If you carefully place the circle inside
the label and tape them down with a low tack tape
the result is as seen above.
I try to leave everything together
for the embossing phase. Usually the tape
holds it fairly well.

The frame is 3-D with a double layer of
cut up egg carton attached to the back side..
The stickers are two and three layers as well.

The blue card stock that is under the embossing folder layer and
under the sticker is a deep royal blue.
This particular card stock was purchased
at the "evil" Xpedex in Denver.
I go into that store promising myself I will NOT
buy a thing and come out with several reams
of paper. Do you have a paper problem like mine?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Butterflies, Ovals and Texture

Two different textures are used on this card.
The white layer is an elaborate brocade type embossing folder
The peach ovals inside the white beaded ovals
are done with Cuttlebug's Dotted Swiss.

The metallic butterfly is from highlighting foil
from a beauty supply that has been attached to card stock.
It was made using a punch from EK Success Martha Stewart
line of punches.

The phrase was computer generated using
Paint Shop Pro X, cut out with a
Spellbinders Mega Oval and mounted on
a peach scalloped mega oval.
It was then placed in one of
Spellbinders Fancy Tags.