Sunday, November 10, 2019

Pastor Appreciation Sunday

It was Pastor Appreciation Sunday at our church this weekend; we had a wonderful soup, sandwich, homemade bread and dessert luncheon after service to honor our Pastor, his wife, and family for all they do for us.

I had a chance to sit down this past week to make up a special card for Pastor and his family:


I began by cutting the Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlets Branched Birch  die five times from Ranger Watercolor paper. I distressed the top tree panel with Tim Holtz Distress and Distress Oxide inks and brushed a bit of DecoArt Metallic Lustre Wax in Black Shimmer on the edges of the trees. I then glued all of the die cuts together with a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen to create some nice dimension. 

A watercolor paper panel was also cut to fit directly behind the trees, which on I watercolored a winter scene the the distress inks. A bit of shimmer over the sun comes from DecoArt Metallic Lustre Wax in Champagne.


The sentiment is stamped on the base of the card using Stamp Simply's "Pastor and Ministry Appreciation Greetings" stamp set and Versafine Vintage Sepia ink. I also stamped some of the Bible verses from "Pastor and Ministry Appreciation Scripture Sentiments" on the inside of the card and on the envelope. You can see both sets below-- "Pastor and Ministry Appreciation Greetings," and "Pastor and Ministry Appreciation Scripture Sentiments."































I hope that you have enjoyed today's design! I will be back later in the week, hope that you can join me then! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Sneak Peek and Masculine Design

Hello! Here today with a masculine design that includes a sneak peek of something exciting to come--



I designed this card for my father's upcoming birthday...it includes Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's "A Godly Man" stamp set, as well as "A Godly Man's Buck" steel die.    But look closer--do any of you recognize the die cut shape behind the buck? Yes, it is a place SO close to my heart and many others...it is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, my home state where I am so happy to have recently moved back to! 

This special die and more will be coming available soon at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. Yoopers and Yoopers at heart will not want to miss the upcoming release.



I began the card by embossing the buck head from the "Godly Man" stamp set onto Ranger Watercolor paper using a Versamark Watermark pad and Ranger Ultra Fine Copper Embossing Powder. I die cut the buck head with the "Godly Man's Buck" die, then cut four additional watercolor paper buck head die cuts, layering all together with a Quickie Sakura Glue pen. This gives wonderful dimension to the buck head when mounted on the card.

The top layer of the base of the card is watercolor paper die cut the the Upper Peninsula die, then layered over a outdoorsy print from Echo Park's "Warm and Cozy" decorator paper pad. I embossed the final layer of the background layer with some of the Ranger Copper Embossing powder for a perfect match to the buck head. I like how the watercolor paper has a bit of texture that shows through the embossing for a rustic look. All card layers are taped together using Scor-Tape.

The outer and inside sentiments are from "A Godly Man" stamp set, embossed once again with Copper Ranger Ultra Fine Embossing Powder.



All supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look today, and be certain to keep watch for the upcoming release at Stamp Simply!



Friday, November 1, 2019

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Fall/Winter 2019 Autumn Colored Java

I'm excited to back...just in time for the Fall and Winter 2019 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

My supplies are partially unpacked from their trip across the sea, and I have been working to organize a new space in our home to begin creating once again!





Stamp Simply Ribbon Store is one of the sponsors for the hop...be certain to play along by uploading a card to possibly be chosen!

You can upload your projects here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/11566

Here's my card for today...it features Autumn colors, rich burgundies, purples, rusts, and golds. Craft Consortium's "Eastern Influences" decorator paper is gorgeous...the prints are nostalgic to me as I had some clothing in similar prints when I was young. 

The card is quick and easy using die cuts only: Stamp Simply Ribbon Store's "Java" dies for the coffee cup and "Java" sentiment; there is also a matching "A Cup of Java" clear stamp set available as well.


The base and creamy portions of the design are Ranger Watercolor paper. I love using watercolor paper as it is slightly textured and a bit heavier than regular cardstock. Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle die was cut from the watercolor paper for layering.

Both the coffee cup and "java" sentiment were die cut numerous times from the watercolor paper and glued together using a Sakura Quickie glue pen to create dimension. The decorator paper layer was then glued on top to add color. A Stamp Simply's "Fishtail Banner Sentiment die" was used as a base for the "java" sentiment.

Scor-Tape and Thermoweb 3D Foam pieces were used to adhere layers and add dimension.



All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.


So glad to be back! Make certain to check out all of the inspiration at the Coffee Lovers hop! 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Leaving Montenegro, 2019

We have so enjoyed our two years living in Montenegro--what a secret gem! Beautiful scenery from the Adriatic coastline up into the mountains. People are friendly and prices are reasonable. If you ever have a chance to visit, be sure to do so. I've compiled some of the photos that we have taken to share with you.
Farewell Montenegro!


Small church on islet off of Petrovac




Rock formations on Adriatic Sea off of Petrovac


Bay of Kotor; Kotor Old Town


Kotor Old Town


Jaz Beach, Adriatic Sea


Sunset over the Adriatic

Sveti Stephan










Sunset over Adriatic at Dobra Voda 


Sunset at Porto Montenegro


Boat moored for the night near Tivat



Roman Mosiacs in Rivest


Snow on the mountains




Bar


Ruins above Bar



View from our apartment in Podgorica


Lovely view from our apartment in Podgorica


Roman Ruins in Podgorica



Olive trees dot the landscape throughout Montenegro, these near Bar





Beautiful landscape for hiking throughout the country














Tara River Canyon


Along the Tara River Canyon






Lake Skadar



Lake Skadar



Lake Skadar






Near Mojkovac





Mosaic at Ostrog Monastery


Ostrog Monastery, built into the mountainside





Lake Biograd








Charming homestead

Zablijak


Zablijak






Cerno Jezero (Black Lake) in Zablijak


I hope that you have enjoyed this little peek into our 
time in Montenegro. 

Since we are in the process of moving, I will be offline with papercraft samples for a while. I hope to be back and posting in early Autumn. Have a wonderful summer, 
and thanks for stopping by!