It’s Crunch Time

10 days! Ten days until the first set of movers come to pack up my family’s household goods for our final (prayerfully) international move. We won’t have our things back with us for 3-6 months.

So. I need to be reminded. The Bible says that God is good all the time. Did you know, that according to the Guinness World Records that, “Although it is impossible to obtain exact figures, there is little doubt that the Bible is the world’s bestselling and most widely distributed book.”

When all around me things seems dark and impossible…….

slide04Also, I’m currently covered with nasty itchy horrid hives from an allergic reaction to, I believe, the hazelnut trees that surround my house. So, I’ve been distracting myself with organizing my craft supplies and doing a little crafting.

I love ink blending, so I incorporated that into my reminder.

slide01There’s still so much left to do, getting ready for an agricultural inspection, separating out what will go in the next smaller shipment (bedding, towels, kitchen supplies etc. – via plane), what we’ll put into our luggage, maybe mail some things to ourselves………etc.slide03so, it is truly…

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CRUNCH TIME

at my house!

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Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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For with God……

Hi! I’m happy that you have stopped by! Today I have a CAS shimmery flower card to share with you.slide01  slide01 I used my NBUS STAMPlorations Faith Expressions stamp set.

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I stamped the flower in embossing ink and then heat embossed with Hero Arts (my new favorite) gold embossing powder.slide02

I painted the flower with my pink and orange Zigs.

I added Glossy Accents to the flower centers.slide04

I added the sentiment, inking up the stamp with pink and orange inks.

slide05I have a discount code to share with you! Shery, of STAMPlorations, has generously given me a code to share.

Use COUPON code

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and receive 20% OFF  all regular and sale priced stamps, dies and stencils in the STAMPlorations store. slide02I added some pink and gold vellum to the white card base and attached the little flower panel with some foam tape.slide06Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,
Melissa

P.S. Here’s the coupon code again.

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Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin – CASEing Ksenija 2

Hi! I’m here Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin. 🙂 This is a great idea that Ksenija had to help us get back into the creative mode after Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. I’ve been having a lot of fun CASEing multiple cards from those offered up at Sweet Kobylin.

I started by CASEing our hostess, Ksenija’s beautiful offering. I CASEd her card 3 different ways.

Here’s CASE #2:

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I did some cutting for CASology, die & fussy cutting with a utility knife.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

Melissa

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CASEing Kim for Time Out

Hi! I’m here with a  post of a card that I made by CASEing this terrific one by Kim.

Here’s Kim’s beautifully designed CAS card:

Here’s my definitely not CAS CASE of Kim’s card!slide001 slide002    I used the ARTplorations Stencil Big Bloom Factory on this card.

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First, I reverse stenciled by inking up the stencil with a black ink pad. slide001Then I printed with the inked-up stencil. Then, I sponged on the red, blue, yellow and green inks. slide003Next, I traced over the printed outlines with a black alcohol marker to darken the printed image. slide003I added white highlights by doing some more tracing and drawing with a gel pen.

The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Big Greetings set.

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Grace & Peace,

Melissa

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P.S. I’d like to remind you that the ARTplorations Stencil Hop starts today!

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The hop starts and my post will go live at 7 a.m. Pacific (GMT-8) on 14 December, 2016.

Please click on the photo below to go to my Day 1 post for the hop.

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A Plaid Leaf

Hi! I’m here with a card inspired by several fun Fall Challenges.

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I created the plaid leaf by first sponging an ombre background (red to yellow from the stem to the leaf tip). Then I repeatedly masked off portions of the leaf and sponged on ink. I love using this technique.

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I used a “Thankful” die from CUTplorations.

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I sponged on a red band and attached the white panel to the orange cardstock.

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I really like this card. A plaid leaf!? Sponging, ink blending, lots of red (my favorite color to use when making cards), ombre Autumn colors? I don’t normally make the same card twice, but I may have to repeat this one. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

Melissa

Challenge #25 (Stripes & Plaid)

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UPDATED Thursday, December 1, 2016: I so very happy to share that Virginia chose this card as one of her TOP 10 favorites at Virginia’s View Challenge #25. (Sadly, her last challenge.)

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