Have you heard the new song by King and Country called J O Y? It plays on the radio quite a bit and when I hear it I just want to dance and sing along. You can’t help but feel joyful when you hear it. Here are a few of the lyrics:
Oh, hear my prayer tonight, I’m singing to the sky Give me strength to raise my voice, let me testify Oh, hear my prayer tonight, ’cause this is do or die The time has come to make a choice
And I choose joy Let it move you, let it move you, let it move you Yeah, I choose joy Let it move you, let it move, let it move you
So for my card today I found an appropriate stamp that I picked up at Michael’s a few years ago.
Here is my card.
I used the sketch over at Sunday Stamp Challenges for my design. I cut out two frames using SSS Rectangles and used one of the centers to stamp my images on. I made a small bow to soften it up a little and the papers are from Melissa Frances called 5th Avenue.
In the Philadelphia area when you want to go to the beach you head “Down the Shore”. I used the adorable Paper Nest Dolls digi “Beach Ball Emma” and created a scene using the My Monthly Hero June Kit (sold out).
I just love the sand embossing powder that came with the kit and used it for the Hello greeting and footprints. I created the beach using Copic markers. Emma was colored with Copics and I added the sea shell adornment in Emma’s hair which came with the MMH kit.
This card is shipping off to Send A Smile 4 Kids – I am a shipper and ship to four different hospitals.
I would like to participate in the following challenges:
Christmas in July Challenge and Blog Hop Celebrating our 175th Challenge!
Welcome to our huge blog hop and celebration of Send A Smile 4 Kids’ 175th Challenge! The theme of our blog hop is Christmas in July 4 Kids because it is never too early to start making holiday cards for all the kids in the many children’s hospitals we now serve. We would love for each child to receive a holiday card as well as be able to pick some for special medical staff or loved ones they are missing during the holiday season.
We have 16 stops in the blog hop and at each stop you have one or two chances at winning – just leave a comment. If you are hopping you should have arrived here from Janet Bailey’s blog. You can also earn a chance to win a prize by commenting on the blog post on our SAS4Kids blog and also by entering your hand made card (for KIDS) to the Christmas in July challenge which starts July 21st and runs through August 3rd at noon.
All rules are listed on the SAS4KIDS challenge page. See a list of all the wonderful sponsors and prizes you could win HERESAS4KIDS challenge page.
The prize being awarded through my blog is a Stampendous (Spring Borders) die set (oh the possibilities with these dies — right?)
Because I used a Paper Nest Doll digi today in my first card, you will have a chance to win Avery Christmas Dress digi.
This is the list of the participants in the blog hop with links to their blogpost:
A few years ago I saw a Christmas Tree decorated in Peacock Feathers and colors, it looked absolutely gorgeous, and these colors have been my favorite Christmas colors ever since. I thought I would give it a try with this card.
I used a digi image from Paper Nest Dolls called Christmas Tree Avery. I love how Avery is holding the tree topper in her hand waiting to put it on top of the tree. The sentimet is from Stamps of Life. I used Copic Sketch Markers for coloring and Wink of Stella glitter pens for the ornaments on her dress. For the die cut tree, papers from my stash were used. I inked up some cardstock with Distress Oxides and then die cut the lights and ornaments, I used glitter paper to cut out the string for the ornaments and li,ghts.
And this is the second card. I try to make cards that nothing will fall off. This is a card a little one could carry around with them (they love to do that). I used Stamps of Life Santa2stamp and dies along with the HoHoHo sentiment (this sentiment was part of 2015 Christmas card making kit from Stamps of Life). All were colored with copics, papers from my stash.
Thanks so much for hopping along. Good Luck with winning prizes, don’t forget to make comments (we love them) and most importantly thanks also for all the cards you make that put smiles on all the kids faces.
The paper I used is from BasicGrey called Euphoria and the ribbon is from my stash. I colored the unicorn with Copics. I am a shipper for Send A Smile 4 Kids so this tag will be going to one of the hospitals I ship to. Two of the hospitals have school programs for the kids to attend while they are receiving long term care (makes me sad), so hopefully this will brighten up one of the kids spirits when they see the happy unicorn if they use it for a book mark.
Thanks for stopping by and maybe this will inspire you to make a tag for the challenge or start donating your creations to SAS4KIDS.
The current challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown is to create your own background. I love the look of watercolor backgrounds but never seem to achieve the look. My goal for participating in challenges is to “CHALLENGE” myself. So I found my ink pads and went to work on creating the background on this card.
I used Distress Inks and when it dried I stamped the images from SSS Spring Flowers stamps in Versa Mark Ink and then embossed with white detail embossing powder. I cut the frame using MFT Blueprints 27 and the sentiment is from Verve Stamps Floral Notes also embossed with the powder.
I was very sad to learn that Verve Stamps will be closing their shop the end of June. Go over to Verve Stamps site to receive 55% off.
Cards In Envy’s current challenge is to share your favorite sketch. I have a story (what else is new) about my favorite sketch. I had been eyeing up Melanie Muenchinger’s Fabulous Frame stamp from GinaK Designs for quite some time before I decided to purchase it. After purchasing it, I played and played with it trying to get it to stamp straight, stamp without smudges, stamp completely without any misses – you know the drill. I tried different acrylic blocks, I tried using my Fiskars stamp positioner, I tried using the Misti, I watched Melanie’s videos over and over again, nothing worked. I used Memento Ink, I used Versa Fine Ink, I even tried masking it off with no success. I finally gave up. But, I loved, loved, loved the design, the flower, butterflies and sentiments. So I decided to make my own sketch.
The Stamp Set: This is my sketch:
Here is the card:
On this card the card base itself is lavender. I adhered the paper pieces onto black card stock making sure to leave a sliver of black around the pieces – I believe that is what I like so much about the design. The black frame was die cut using MFT Blueprints 27, and the papers are from GinaK. I colored in the Rhododendron flower using copics.
The Rhododendrons are in full bloom here in PA and this card will go nicely with the Shopping Our Stash Challenge (April showers bring May flowers), also.
I made this card for the Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Wednesday challenge which is to use stencils. For this card I used a stencil from my arsenal, I think I got it at Tuesday Morning (for $2). Using three Oxide Inks from Ranger and a sponge dauber I colored it in.
I used the same colors to color in the circle. The stamps and die cut are from the My Monthly Hero Kit for April. The rhinestones are also from Hero Arts. This card will be going to one of the hospitals I ship to for Send A Smile 4 Kids.
Well after the last nor’easter we lost cable, internet and phone for five days. We had electric and were thankful for that — the bad part was it happened over the weekend and hubby was home (‘nough said).
I spritzed the background with Hero Arts Ink Spray (Pool) and colored the feathers with the inks that came with the kit and also Ombre Mermaid. After cutting the feathers with the dies that came with the kit, I placed them on the spritzed panel using the sketch as a guide. The sentiment is from GinaK Designs. I then placed the panel onto the card base (sorry don’t know which card stock that is).
In addition to Cardz4Guyz I would like to participate in the following challenges:
The challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week is Black and White. I received the February Hero Arts Kit earlier this month and I am challenging myself to use it to make all my cards until I receive the March Hero Arts Kit. I didn’t think I would be able to pull off a “spring” black and white card but I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Here is my card:
The papers I believe are from Die Cuts With A View (old) the three flowers are an EK Success punch and I added the highlights with a sharpie. The bird and sentiment are from Hero Arts. I white heat embossed the bird on black card stock and then using the matching die, cut it out – you really can’t tell in the photo but the bird has a black outline around it. I used a sketch I found on Pinterest to design this card.
In addition to Tuesday Throwdown I would like to participate in the following challenges: