My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Scenes from the Cricut Circle Exclusive Cartridge "Animal Antics"

All images were cut using the Cricut Expression, the cartridge, and white cardstock!
No Cricut Craft Room or Cricut Gypsy were used in the creation of these cards!
All pieces of every image were cut in white cardstock.
Images were cut at 4 1/2 inches.  The completed scene fits an A2 card.
All the color was added by using various stamp pads, sponges, and dabbers.
It was messy, but fun!!
A variety of adhesives were used.  Lots of foam tape was used to give depth.
Seashore scene--page 65 in the handbook.
Ink pads were used to create the color.
Under the sea scene--page 64 in handbook.
Ink pads were used to create the color.
Heat embossing with clear ink and powder were used to give the scene a shine.
The back layer was created with heat embossing and white powder on blue cardstock.
After creating 2 cards, I realized the colors were not as vibrant as I wanted them to be.  That is when I remembered this set of inks.  I have had these for several years.  The ink is still wonderful, but the foam tips are beginning to disintegrate.  A swipe with a sponge worked great!
 Desert scene--page 63 in handbook.
Used the "Memories Direct" inks with this card.  Several smudges resulted from the messy ink.  However, I was pleased with the darker, more intense colors.
Mountain scene--page 62 in handbook.
I created a river with one of the layers.
Road trip scene--page 61 in handbook.
Lots of little pieces, but everything fit together well.
Amusement park scene--page 60 in handbook.
Lots of layers!  I used foam tape for dimension.
Living room scene--page 59 in handbook.
So many layers!!  I used purple flocking on the chair.
Trees scene--page 58 in handbook.
Had lots of tiny pieces!

The animal images are cute on this cartridge, but I am especially happy to have the scene images.

Thank you for visiting!
Have a wonderful Easter weekend!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Prison Connection!

I have had the opportunity to work with the
Mental Health Therapy Program
at the Lee Arrendale State Prison for Women
Alto, Georgia

It began with teaching a card-making class to 3 groups of inmates and evolved into being the avenue for many donations to the program.  I am amazed at the generosity of so many people!
On Wednesday of this week, I will be taking another donation of 
papercrafting supplies and yarn to the facility.
Yarn and paper crafting supplies
50+ skeins of yarn in two large plastic bins!

Here are links to previous posting about my work with the
Mental Health Therapy Program
Look for the future!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Quick and Easy Easter Cards...Part 2!

This is what it is all about!
Ten 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders making Easter cards for the shut-in and elderly!
To see Part One click the link below!
Lessons learned...
**Don't make the cards too easy!  These are really smart children!
They had all 35 cards completed in about 20 minutes!
Fortunately, I brought extra cards and materials.  We made several more cards.
**They love to stamp and cut out!
I will include stamps and ink next time!

**Sit in the middle of the children, not at the end of the tables!
Everyone was so attentive!  They watched and followed the instructions.  Thank goodness for the 3 adults that were in the room to help!  However, I should have been closer to all the children 

**Stickers are nice, but I will include glue sticks for some of the sentiments! 
This will make the cards more interactive and take more time!

Card making is so much fun!!!
The girls were amazed at the ATG gun!  They also really liked the paper trimmer!
I think there are some potential paper crafters in this group!

This was a good day!
Thank you for visiting my blog!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Quick and Easy Easter Cards!

I have been asked to hold a Easter card making class for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders tonight at my church, Bethlehem Baptist Church  This is totally out of my comfort zone because I work with adults!  However, I was asked to do this project by a very special friend, Miss Anita.  Miss Anita is in her 80's and was a missionary to Nigeria for 48 years!  My daughter, Amanda, is going to help me during the class.  I am excited about the event and look forward to working with the children tonight!  The cards will be mailed to the elderly and shut-in of our church.
We will have a very limited time to complete 30-35 cards.  I have developed a kit that includes all the pieces to create the cards quickly and easily.  No scissors or glue are required!  Everything has been made into 'stickers'!
The cards are A2 size.  I used a package of cards/envelopes that I bought at JoAnn's Craft Store.  I created a card front by cutting a solid colored piece of cardstock to fit the front, then layered a colorful, patterned piece of cardstock on top.  This has been done to all the cards.
Everything that will be used on the outside of the card has been stamped on a variety of colored cardstock and run through the Xyron Sticker Maker.  Every card front will have a cross.  The children may then select two more items plus the cross to place on the outside of the card.
Two sentiments have been stamped and run through the Xyron to be used inside the card.  The child will sign their name and add a comment, if desired.  The back of the card has "Created By" stamped on the back.  The child will sign their name there, too.
Every envelope has "Blessed Easter" stamped on the front.
This is the VERY special PROFESSIONAL carrying case for the Easter card kits!  Everything that will be needed to create 30-35 cards is inside this gallon bag!

DISCLAIMER...While the cards are going to be easy to make, the preparations took over 2 days!  But I know it will be worth every hour that was spent getting ready for this fun project!!

Click here for Part 2!  The cardmaking workshop was so much fun!!
Quick and Easy Easter Cards...Part 2!

Thank you for visiting!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Wear the Pin, Wear the Green! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
I created this card with something special!
A removable pin to prevent pinching!
Side view of card front to show the layers.
Keep reading to see how the card is made!
The pin is made by using a clover image from the Cricut Cartridge "Paper Doll Dress Up".
I cut the image and laminated it using the Provocraft "Your Story" machine.
In the center of the clover image I put a 3-D St. Patrick's Day embellishment from Michael's Craft store that was adhered to a scalloped circle.
The center embellishment and pin backing were put together using hot glue.
This is what happens when you use your fingers!  My finger hasn't healed yet!!
Tip....when you drop hot glue on your skin...DO NOT TRY TO WIPE IT OFF WHILE THE GLUE IS WET!  That will only smear the pain and damage!!  Bear the burn! Quickly place the burning area into cold water!  This will speed up the cooling process!!  When the glue has hardened, peel it off.  Best word of advice...don't get burned!!  Use craft tweezers!!!
Back to the card...
To create the card front base, I started with a white front.  Using Spellbinders Nestabilities frame dies, I cut a dark green scalloped layer, a printed layer using the rectangle die, and a small white rectangle layer.
All the sentiments on the outside are computer generated.
I used the clip art file on my computer for the tiny clover.  
Everything is layered on green cardstock and adhered to the card front.
The tag to hold the St. Patrick's Day pin was created and adhered at the bottom of the tag using 3-D foam tape.  This allows the pin to be attached to the card front at the top of the tag.
This is a close up of how the tag was created.  I added the little leprechaun stickers to decorate the tag when the St. Patrick's Day pin is removed.
 This is the inside of the card opened flat.  I wanted to give the history of St. Patrick's Day as well as a saying.  I also added a small note about removing the pin to wear.
Do you know who St. Patrick was?  Here is a short history of St. Patrick's Day!
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Erna, Welcome to the Blogging World!

Erna, my South African paper crafting friend started a blog today!

I can't wait to see her beautiful projects!!
Please visit her blog and welcome her to this new adventure!