Saturday, August 2, 2014

Summer travels and crafting

Hi bloggers,
As I sit in the office today, I am so thankful for air conditioning. Actually it is a bit cooler today with temps. in low 90's. Humidity seems a bit up for our area which makes it seem hotter. But we have experienced those conditions most all summer. Our family (3 daughters and families) all traveled to North Carolina to attend the wedding of our son/brother. Those of you who live or have visited the east coast know how conditions can be at the end of June. Whew!! is all I need to say!! We had a fantastic time with the family, extending on to aunt, uncle and cousins in Georgia. Pictures of the wedding can be found on my Facebook page.

As the Scriptures say, "A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife,and the two are united into one."This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Ephesians 5:23
This scripture I used in my son's wedding card along with an additional greeting. At this time of celebration we stop to remember the status of a marriage blessed by God. If those two are living for God, their lives will be blessed. As the scripture also says, it reminds us of the union between Christ and those who believe in Him as their Savior and Lord.

The top card is the wedding card I made for my son's wedding. The large edge punch is a Martha Stewart; heart punch is Stampin' Up (both are textured with SU embossing folders: elegant lines and swiss dots I think); small flowers are SU Boho Blossom punch and leaves are unknown punch. The edging at top is SU scallop edge punch. The ribbon is from Joann's (a two faceted ribbon with satin on one side and sheer on other with sparkly line in between). Inside paper matches outside blue cardstock.
The second card is my son's birthday card. This was made at a friend's house so do not know the origin of the ingredients.
This is similar to a card shown earlier but made in the same way. The inside of the folded square reveals a cut and tuck die cut from Spellbinders using double sided paper.
The swing card in many versions is very popular right now. To make this card, we used a die to cut the card stock and the accent papers. There are various manufacturers that make these so you can check with your local crafting/stamp/scrapbook store or online. Another method to this technique is to use just a label or medallion die on the fold to attain the same effect. Do a search of swing cards on YouTube.

At our local stamp club one of the themes was to make a card using some kind of creative fold. I think this one is called "folded corner card."  There are just 2 cuts made using your paper trimmer and then the corner is folded inside out. Then it can be decorated as you wish. All three colored papers that I used were cut and then textured w/ embossing folders. A small circle punch was used for the center ray.
These cards are in the collection of 10-minute creative fold cards we made at our monthly stamp club. Most of them you can pretty much see how they are folded. The get well card is not necessarily creatively folded as she is new back to card making. But it is a pretty cute card.
To wander a bit from card making, sewing was also done. A couple of pictures of these bags were included in a previous post, but this gives another view. They are fun to make and think the grand kids enjoyed using them.
As you can see, this is a get well card for a friend who had surgery. The masking technique is fun and can be made using a lot of shapes of masks. Painter's masking tape was used to make the mask for this card .(Die cut negatives can also be used for a mask.) Then a single black image is stamped and sentiment & embellishments added. Check out some of the offerings on YouTube for masking.
Oops, sorry about it laying on it's side. The background stamps are from Stampin' Up. The focal point is a small piece of card stock covered with various strips of paper. You can also use washi or paper tape. I used a heart punch from SU to punch out the middle. A solid piece of card stock was cut to fit underneath and textured before adhering down. The heart was attached on the side of the original piece and suitable greeting added. This could be used for many occasions. The occasion for this one happened to be a birthday.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what has come off my crafting table. If there is something not familiar to you here, why not try a new technique next time you sit at your craft table. There are so many things available out there! Make your own version of them.

Blessings to you and yours,