Thankful for you…

well. This  week has been an interesting one. I celebrated my birthday for the very first time at school. That. Was. Different. I have always had  my birthday off, so celebrating it with coworkers and the little people was new. The kids guessed  that I was turning 51. They were a bit off. OK, quite a bit off. But they were sincere. I  can honestly say that I have never had the birthday song sung to me quite as much. Like, ever. I really wasn’t sure whether to be flattered or embarrassed. Lol!!

I got a few crafty goodies for my birthday, which was very nice. I have those ready to go for an upcoming project. It was fun to make a wish list and then actually not be 100% sure of what I would be getting! I will be working to improve my coloring skills, that’s for sure!

The holiday is fairly simple around here. Some of the family went on vacation out-of-state, we went out to eat with my mom’s family Wednesday, and then today Lucy and I went to my parents’.  I also had homework due today, so instead of getting the after Thanksgiving lunch nap, I had to read and write. I took a picture of everyone else napping while I studied. Not. Fair. I keep telling myself that in just two semesters I will be finished. And as my friend puts it, I’ll still be the crazy girl, but I’ll get some important letters after my name.

As luck would have it, I also received my Simon says stamp December card kit this week! It is filled with some fun products this month. I’m sitting here working on a few clean and simple Christmas cards to go into my stash… I’m still calculating how many I will need for this year, and I would much rather have extras than not enough!!

while making some simple cards I ran across the latest Sweet Sunday Sketch that I had scribbled on my grid paper. Perfect choice for a card this evening!

Here is my card for the Sweet Sunday Sketch #296 🙂

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I hope that you enjoy the card! Thanks for stopping by!

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge

Have I mentioned that I love sketches?

This week I played along with the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge. You can find out more about the sketches and things {here}. This is what I made for sketch 255.

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I used navy cardstock and stamped the hearts from the Top Dog set in gold brilliance ink. The center panel is Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock washed in distress inks (peacock feathers and evergreen bough). Then I did some splatters with gold mica ink and sewed the panel on to the navy piece with my sewing machine. The puppy was already colored and cut out on my desk. (Copics on Neenah 80lb.) I used a star punch and cut off the points to get the triangles for my little banner. I used scrap white cardstock and gold glitter cardstock. The banner pieces were pierced with my paper piercer and sewn together with a strand of embroidery floss. To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment in navy ink onto white cardstock.

Thanks so much for checking out my card today! Have a great weekend!

My Monthly Hero

This month I grabbed the November kit for Hero Art’s My Monthly Hero, simply because of the fabulous stamp set designed by Kathy! She has such talent and of course I had to support her! If you don’t visit her over at The Daily Marker – you should! Her coloring is simply inspirational!

Of course, my new stamp set needed a few new copic markers. So… I made a trip to my local craft store. Shhhh! I just love adding to my copic collection.

I got the optional set of dies that went along with the stamp set, and these were the first few images that I cut out. (Don’t you love my messy grid paper?)

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I looked up several pictures of succulents online while I was coloring. I love the variety of the colors and so now I think I need a succulent garden.

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I was not super excited with how this card turned out, but I did really like how the succulents turned out. I plan on fixing the card and will post it soon.

This next card I used the latest Sweet Sunday Sketch. I just recently found the sketch challenges and I’m so thankful! Y’all! I l-o-v-e sketches! There are some talented women that are part of the design team – so you’ll have to check out that fun blog!

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This is sketch #295. I used a variety of supplies that I had to finish the card. That fun background stamp is an o-l-d Stampin’ Up background. I’m talking 2005. I stamped the background in versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

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I also had a lot of fun with this next card. I used an older Sweet Sunday Sketch that I found on their pinterest board.

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I wasn’t quite sure how to get the look of the terrarium just right, but I used a bit of vellum so that it looked like the rocks, and some of the plants are inside of the glass.

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Thanks so much for checking out my cards for this weekend. Check out my instagram for some of my other recent work.

Welcome!

Well, it has been quite a while since I was active in the blogging world. Many years ago I kept a blog with my stamping and cardmaking creations, but because of everything else going on in my world, that fell by the wayside.

There are a few reasons why I am starting a new blog, which I hopefully with share with you very soon. The first of those reasons I would like to share with you today.

My heart began stirring several months ago about combining my love of Bible study with my love of cardmaking. The ladies that are a part of my group and receive some of my handmade cards always tell me that the message of encouragement and my words made a real difference in their day.

Once I agreed to follow the Lord’s stirring in my heart to transform my small group, the Lord began a new stirring in my heart. In those quiet moments He is creating what we are calling Handmade Hope.

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My desire is to get a group of women together who are interested in both Bible study and learning cardmaking. However, this has a ministry twist. Locally, we have about 5 rehab facilities for women who are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. Some of the women who have been through these programs are some of the strongest women I know. They are brave and beautiful and have such purpose. But they forget that. Some are away from their families, their children, and even away from their home state. And they need a reminder that they are precious to God.

Through Handmade Hope, my goal is to involve others to help me send cards to the women in these local facilities at least twice a month. I realize that the bulk of the program will be local, however, I want to involve as many cardmakers and crafters as would like to be involved. I will be posting details about how you can be involved in spreading a message of hope to women that need a word of encouragement and positivity.

As I continue to work out details, I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for both my upcoming crafting group, and the women who will be blessed by our efforts.

I will be posting my own cards and scrapbook projects here, as well as keeping you all updated on the progress and impact of Handmade Hope.

Thank you for checking in today! Please leave a comment if you would be interested in joining with me to spread some hope and encouragement!