Monday, January 27, 2014

Top Fold Cards

 All of the background dies used on these cards are
slightly larger than the standard A2 size.
All are from Spellbinders.
 The butterflies and flourishes are
Cheery Lynn Designs dies.
 The flowers are mostly from Punch Bunch.
The card above has flower centers that
are from Viva Pearl Pens.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Vintage Garden

 By carefully cutting apart a Graphic 45 piece
of scrapbook paper I was able to make multiple cards.
Adding just a little bit to finish off the designs really
makes them pop.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Sunflower Birthday

A soft sunflower DP with sponging
around the outer edge of the card and 
around the oval die cut phrase help
pull this design together.

The frame for the happy birthday is
a Spellbinders decorative oval die.

Going Prehistoric 2

 Dinosaur stickers on a faux snakeskin background.
The leaves on the top card are from 
Cheery Lynn Designs olive branch die.
The phrase is computer generated.
On the lower card the tree was cut free hand
and the leaves are punched.
 A totally different dino sticker for
a totally different look.

 The stickers on the upper and lower cards came from
the same sticker pack.  They are 3-D and
awesome.  (so is the price)
The background is distressed leather paper
from Karen Foster, which of course is no longer made.
I loved the very first papers that Karen Foster came out with.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Going Prehistoric 1

 The phrase is computer generated.
That band of faux snakeskin on the right
has been created using a Fiskars texture plate,
various inks with a final finish of a coat of
glossy water based varnish to give it a snaky sheen.
 The dinosaur skeleton is a die cut from Die-Versions.
As soon as I say it on Frantic Fran I just had to have it.
On the card above the base "rock" is done with 
the polished stone technique.
 For a little variety try sponging around your die cut.
The results can be interesting.
 More sponging around the die cut.
This one is inside the card.  
That dinosaur is sneaking up on someone
to help an "old timer" with a sense
of humor celebrate their birthday.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Treasury of David

I have been reading Charles Spurgeon's Treasury of David.  Now you have to understand that I have been chewing on Psalm 1 for several weeks.  It is just so profound and deep that I have to share some of Rev Spurgeon's observations.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, not standeth in the way of sinners, not sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  Psalms 1:1
The original word for blessed is plural, meaning multiple blessings on the one God has justified.
The one who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly.  The Godly's counsel is the Lord.  We are to walk in His commandments.  These ways are the ways of peace and contentedness.  Our walk or steps are ordered by the Word of God.  This is an outward sign of an inward grace.

he standeth not in the way of sinners.  We have a choice of who we spend time (and thus are influenced) with.

nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  We are to find no rest with the athesists and their scoffings.

Note the graduations, if you walk with evil, soon you are standing with it and then finally sitting down with it.  To me this means we get comfortable with sin and evil doers if we even walk with them.

Personally I want God to help me recognize clearly the evil, no matter how prettily it is presented, then I want Him to make me very very very uncomfortable around it.  I want to flee evil.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Cheerful Birthday

 Papers are by DCWV, the scallop border is a Fiskars
border punch.  The flowers and leaves have been punched 
with my trusty Punch Bunch punches.
Sizzix is the maker of the Happy Birthday die.
 Centers for the shaped flowers are Viva paint pens 
or glitter glue.
The plaid border has been raised off the card 
base for a 3-D look using the flat portions of paper egg cartons.
Corners have been rounded using a chomper.