Saturday, January 24, 2015

Happy New Year

Hi Bloggers,
Greetings for a new year and may you have many blessings in this year. We have been busy since I last posted which is waaaaay too long ago. Sorry about that. The holidays included Thanksgiving with 2 of our daughters and Christmas and new year's with daughter #1 & #2 in Colorado. We were gifted with a white Christmas followed by several days of minus temperatures. But we all had an enjoyable time.

Psalm 24:1-5
The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2 for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. 3 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. 5 He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior.
It is so reassuring to know that the Lord has His hand on the world that we live in, the world He created and sustains. Whatever comes our way in this new year, know that the Lord, He is God and worthy of all our worship and praise. Do so with a clean heart and thanksgiving to God.

Now on to the crafting section. In November I taught a card class at our local scrapbook store for Christmas cards. Below you will see the samples.
The blue one is a large star cut with a die and textured. The small star is also die cut with a few stamped stars on the background. A greeting is layered with blue and silver ribbon under.
The "music" one has a die cut poinsetta using Poppy dies and punched out leaves. It doesn't show up very well in the picture, but the flower has a delicate punched out top which makes it look lacy. The music is scrapbooking paper under the front of the cut out card front.
On the bottom is a twist card using double sided card stock. A medallion was made from 2 punched out circles stamped with a greeting layered on a ribbon. This card can be used for a gift card or money holder for giving.

These 2 cards were made at a friend's house. The left lavendar one has a lattice style edge on the left made by using a template and making cuts and then folding the points. The middle is die cut with the greeting put on a smaller die cut inside.  The other card is showing the use of washi tape and sequins to embellish.
These 2 were used for birthday cards. The top one with the heart started out by gluing strips of paper to a square of card stock then a heart was punched out. The heart was saved to adhere later. Under the cut out is another piece of card stock that had been textured with a script embossing folder and put through a cuttlebug. The cut out heart is then glued partly onto the square which is glued onto the stamped background of the front of the card. A bit of foam tape is put under the overhanging part of the card. A greeting is stamped.
The pink doll tag is using a stamp from Julie Nutting who has a whole series of doll stamps. (I won the doll stamp in a drawing on one of the online scrapbook shows that I watch.) The doll was stamped then the parts were stamped on different papers for the 2 sections of her dress. I glued lace at the hem. The tag was textured with a swirl embossing folder with different papers glued on. I cut out the rose from a decorative paper and at the bottom right is a smaller tag with the birthday greeting stamped on. The edging on the left is from an edge punch from Martha Stewart. A shiny heart and sheer ribbon was added to finish.

Here is a card I used for a sympathy card. The white strip was textured using a damask embossing folder. The large black and white flowers are the pansy punches from Stampin Up. The small aqua flowers are from the Boho punch also from Stampin Up as is the black edge punch.

We have a few kids in our church so have to keep up on kids cards as well. This is a simple use of colored card stock that has been circle die cut and then textured in a lot of different folders. The eyes are die cut and punched.

One of the men in our church had a birthday so got out the deer paper. The head was fussy cut and applied to a die cut scallop circle with some washi tape under.

A different format was used for this square card. I wanted to try this technique of using a punch but only on part of the card so that it would remain instead of being completely punched away. Pansy punches from SU are the main flowers and Martha Stewart leaf punch. Small yellow flowers are from the Boho SU Punch. The envelope was made using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and some co-ordinating scrapbook paper.

At this time of year there are usually some sewing projects. I think I already posted the jammy pants  and pillow cases I made for the grandkids. They like to use flannel hankies, especially when they have a cold. So I made up a batch of them in fun prints. (The photo was oriented correctly but didn't transfer right.)
This card front was made with mirror paper and an embossing folder. The labels were die cuts in 2 different sizes with flowers added.

This was a "cheater" card as I used some decorative paper. The little "birds" on the side were done using origami folding.

I hope this finds you all well and doing good. All the best for the new year.
Keep on crafting.
Meg :)