Hearts in Bubbles – Trust & Let Not

Hi! I’m here with 2 cards for STAMPlorations CASEplorations February challenge, CASEing Anita in France.I was so excited to CASE Anita’s card! I just made time to do so within the past couple of days. I ended up making 5! I have one to share with you in this post. I’ll be back with the others in two subsequent posts.

Here’s my first:Slide004Slide04

I used the ARTplorations Stencil Hearts In Bubbles.preview-web-stencil-060-heartsinbubbles

Here’s the 2nd card:Slide005

I’d like to play along at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog’s Anything Goes and STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge.

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Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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His Eye is on the Sparrow – One-layer

Hi! I’m glad to be sharing a one-layer card with you today.

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I’d like to play this along at CAS(E) this Sketch’s Challenge #160:

Slide01I used 2 ARTplorations stencils and a PTI sentiment stamp.

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This card was inspired by multiple challenges: CASology:Week 185: Egg, Sparkle & Shine: Twenty Four, City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 299 ~ Negativity, Pinterest Inspired Challenge,and STAMPlorations February CAS Card Challenge.

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The sentiment was designed by Betsy Veldman for Papertrey Ink:

Phrases & Praises Stamp Set

Here’s a tutorial slideshow of how I made this card:

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Grace & Peace,

Melissa

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The Mixed Media Card Challenge #18 – Celebration

Hi! Thank you for spending some of your time to visit me. 🙂 I’m very happy to be here today with two cards for The Mixed Media Card Challenge!

The Mixed Media Card Challenge

Here’s our December Challenge Graphic:

I had a lot of fun making the 2 cards in this post.

Slide25I started this card by doing a sketch/watercolor painting of some holly which I had picked from my yard. For the second card I also made a stencil! 🙂

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Card #1 – The original water color:

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How I made this card:

  1. Sketched the holly with pencil on water-color paper. Slide12(Sorry I did not take a photo of the uncolored sketch.) Here’s a photo from a different holly sketch that I did. IMG_1071editedIf you are interested you can click on this photo to be taken to a post about the card I made with it. I like to do a rough tracing of leaves, flowers, branches etc. and then sketch in more details while looking at the plant.
  2. Water colored the sketch. I used these: 3. Traced the leaves and stem with a silver gel pen.
  3. Added Glossy Accents to berries and let dry.Slide13
  4. Applied VersaMark ink to edges of leaves with a marker.Slide15
  5. Heat embossed leaves with white EP.Slide5
  6. Stamped sentiment.
  7. Assembled panels onto card base.

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I also scanned the painting into my computer and printed out several copies in order to be able to play with this image. I wanted to be able to render it in multiple different mixed media ways. I’d like to play this first card at Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #211 : Anything Goes and Emerald Creek Dares: Bringing Bits of Cheer.Slide26

Card#2 – I used 1 of the printed images with a home made stenciled background:Slide22

I’d like to play this card at Christmas Card Throwdown’s: PICK A PREVIOUS 2015 CHALLENGE.

I chose  the August Color Challenge – Tradional Red & Green.

How I made Card #2:

  1. After scanning and saving it as a PDF, I printed out the image.
  2. I added paint, marker & Stickles to the holly.

Slide133. I fussy cut the image out. IMG_1310edited

4. Using the negative from the fussy cutting as a stencil, I sponged various green inks as well as silver ink onto the card base. IMG_1306editedIMG_1308editedIMG_1305edited

5. I traced some of the leaves in white gel pen. I also embellished the back side of this card. Slide23

6. The sentiment is heat embossed in white.

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 Do you embellish the insides or backs of your cards? I enjoy doing it very much! 🙂 I’d like to play this second card over at Virginia’s View Challenge #21: All About Glitter.

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Here are some of the works in progress. I also printed 2 of the images on VELLUM, which is the optional element for this month’s challenge. Please come back on Tuesday, December 8th to see 1 of the cards I made with the vellum.Slide18

Please check back at The Mixed Media Card Challenge Blog on the 8th, 15th and 22nd of December for some more cards that I’ve made with this image.

Thanks for stopping by!
XO, Grace & Peace
Melissa

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Please stop by the challenge blog and checkout my teammates’ wonderful creations. I hope that you are inspired to play along!

Thanks for stopping by!
XO
Melissa

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1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by December 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on December 31.

 

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Good news rainbow

CASology Cue Word for Week 141 is “News.” I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get tired of the “news”. When I saw the cue word though, what popped into my mind was how I love goods news! Then, a Bible verse, Phil 4:8, came to mind.

Here is card that I made using that verse.

IMG_3088edited I used PTI’s Happy Hearts and A Cheerful Heart stamp sets for this card.

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I made 2 other slightly different versions of this card. Look here and here.

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The New King James Version of this verse speaks of a GOOD REPORT! I’m currently having to trust God with lots of doctors appointments and test results. I got 1 good report yesterday and will be having another big test tomorrow. Honestly, I’ve been dreading tomorrow’s test, so keeping my mind focused on this verse today as been a struggle. God knows all about me though, and He has good plans for me, He won’t abandon me and I will think on these true things, this good news report.

Thanks for stopping by!

XO

Melissa

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Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

Joy Comes in the Morning

Just a quick post with a card for this week’s MIM #207 with the super Laura Bassen and also for Muse’s Challenge #111 with their lovely guest designer Kristie Goulet. IMG_2533

I made the background paper with Laura’s “smooshing” technique. I made a lot of background papers with this technique today and they remind me of some of the beautiful skies in my father’s paintings.

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I would like to dedicate this post to my Dad, from whom I received a wonderful card of encouragement today. I love you, Dad.
Have you been over to my father’s online gallery? There’s a link on the right side of my blog.

Here’s Laura’s card with the super cool and clever Double Partial Die Cutting. In the video, Laura wondered about triple die cutting. Now I’m pondering that on myself. Maybe I’ll give it a try?

Laura’s cool card:

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And here’s Kristie’s beautiful creation:

IMG_2535 I stamped the sun, clear heat embossed and then, like Laura, I did some ink blending/sponging.

 

IMG_2534Like Kristie, I used some new goodies from PTI. The sun is from Blue Skies stamp set and the sentiment is from Easter Alleluias.  The Joy is from PTI’s Holiday Double cuts die. I’m not exactly sure if this would count as a CAS card, but I’m going to try playing it over at HLS’s March Challenge:Sponging. There seem to be a lot of disparity in the CAS design style, so I’m still figuring it all out. 😉 I am also playing this over at Word Art Wednesday: Challenge #176.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

XO

Melissa

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