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August 17, 2010

We Have an Anchor - Version 2

I decided to make another card on the theme We Have An Anchor.

This time, we have a boater in treacherous waters. He may be oblivious to the danger that could overtake him at any time. Isn't it great to know we have a solid anchor holding us steady during those times when we may not even be aware of danger nearby?

The background is aqua embossed paper glued to the white card base. Waves are cut at size 2-1/2 and the boater is size 2. (See cartridges used below)

I highlighted the waves on the tops with silver, and darkened the bottom edges of waves in blue. Anchors, sand and sentiment are described in my previous posting. For this card I "popped" the front anchor with thick dimensions for more definition.

Again, I have used the prepared music excerpt described in the previous card posting.  The edges of top and bottom panels are sponged with "Dune" for a sandy look. Anchors and front and inside are shadowed with another anchor cut from back. I added a little extra sponging of blue and sand surrounding the anchor.

Cartridges used:
Anchor - Life Is A Beach
Boater and waves - Going Places
August 11, 2010

We Have An Anchor

I woke up the other day with an old hymn running through my head, "We Have an Anchor". It's one we rarely hear anymore. The design for this card totally came from the inspiration of the hymn.

You know you're really into card making when you wake up with entire designs in your head. I'm so glad there is a beautiful anchor on the Life Is A Beach Cricut cartridge. The billowing waves are from the same cart and I layered them in three colours. White caps have to be white, of course.

I created the sentiment on my computer, after finding just the right "rope" font for the word "anchor". My card stock was 8-1/2x11 so it was easy to print off several in Word using a label layout. For the sandy beach, I cut the cream card stock using the wave blade on my cutter... just for the top edge. I sponged on some sand using "Dune" from the Color Box. It really looks like sand!

The Frame

I didn't have a rope that worked so I hunted through my carts for something similar. The frame I chose is on Stretch Your Imagination. I like how it bends and curves around. With a little antiquing in black, the rope frame looks like it belongs with the anchor.


 To create the music excerpt, I scanned just a portion of the music right out of a hymnal. It's public domain and is so old, no copyright is violated.

The scanned image looked grayish when printed so I had to spend some time fixing it in PhotoShop. And when I say I spent some time... I mean a LOT of time. I now have something usable for future cards. And I also learned a short-cut in PS. Trial and error, right?

But the anchor... how sweet is that? I can't resist giving you another view of it. I cut it once from gray (sponged with black and silver) and once from black to offset as a shadow. The anchor on the front is 2 inches and the small one inside is 1-1/4 inches.

I nearly forgot to tell you... the base card is a pearlescent that shimmers just like the water does when the sun shines on it. Too corny? I love it!

I will be using this card as a thank-you but it could be used for anything you'd like.

By the way, if you ever find yourself feeling down, dejected or lonely and you don't know what to read to pick yourself up, thumb through the pages of a hymn book and just read some of the lyrics of those old hymns. Your faith will be renewed and your spirit lifted in no time!

August 10, 2010

Flutter-By Thank-You Card

Flutter by thank-you. Soft peach butterfly theme with a large vellum 3D butterfly. Scripture verse on front.

I had a lot of fun creating this one. Anxious to try making a butterfly, I searched through my cartridges looking for a fancy one. Home Décor cartridge to the rescue!

The card base is coral with a print card stock panel on top. For the sentiment, I chose Psalm 96:1 and printed it on plain white. Then I punched the top edge using Martha Stewart's "Thanks" punch. Doing all of that left an empty spot just the right size for the butterfly.

The butterfly has 3 layers. The top one is vellum to give the flutter-by something to flutter. I then added pearls to the head and body and some sparkles here and there on the vellum wings. The vellum also has its own swirls which adds movement.

I created a panel for writing a personal message, and stamped butterflies in the corners and a swoosh in the centre in a coral-pink. I also sponged around the white edges.

Colours in photos do not always translate properly. The coral colour of this card is quite vibrant but not orangey.

August 8, 2010

Any Occasion ~ for Men

With fall coming soon, I thought I'd make a card in fall colours in a theme that would appeal to men. Okay, so maybe only the wooden backdrop is manly but I couldn't help myself. I just had to make a cute little picket fence in front of the deer.

Actually the scripture verse is what set the theme. I just love this verse and couldn't help singing the chorus that was based on this verse while I was crafting the card.

The deer is cut from Winter Woodland and the branches are from Home Décor. I know! I was surprised too!

Inside, I kept it pretty simple. The white panel mimics the lattice fence on the front, and the edges are inked in brown. I love how the card turned out.

And just in case you think that the first picture is too rustic, here's another one that looks more elegant... more in keeping with my usual style.

August 6, 2010

A Summery Note of Thanks

Can I tell you how much FUN this card was to make? For days it seems I had designer's block and couldn't get past it. I was starting to worry! How could my "juice" have dried up? Well, I'm happy to report that this little charmer broke through the fog.

It all started with some cheerful lime green dotted card stock in 8-1/2x11. Once I split the piece in two and printed my logo on the backs of each, I was off and running.

I had a thank-you card in mind but needed a sentiment for the front. As usual, I turned to my Bible. There are not very many verses that speak about hospitality but there are several that talk about being kind to others, reaping what you sew and loving your neighbour. Then I landed on the PERFECT sentiment.
Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11 verse 25.
Right away I knew this card should be one that a guest might give to their hosts after spending a lovely over-night stay with them. With so many people travelling and visiting throughout the summer, this type of card would come in very handy, over and over again.

I almost feel guilty being this pleased with it because it was so simple to make! The sentiment was first printed on white card stock, then punched with the Martha Stewart "Thanks" punch. This is my first time using the punch and I know I'll be pulling it out a lot more often.

The flower was another easy-as-pie creation. I used a couple of silk flowers that were from a dollar store lei that had straw separators between them. Once I cut the thread and pulled off all the petals, I was amazed at how many flowers I had, in all different colours. The orange and green are particularly tropical... just right for summer and harmonize with my card stock.

The leaves are cut from embossed card stock that came that way. A flower brad in the centre and a pop dot underneath anchors the whole thing.

One more thing... for those of you who don't use a Cricut or Cuttlebug to do your crafts, this card was made totally without their help. I did however use my computer for the verse on the front.
August 5, 2010

Woman to Woman ~ Thank You

Woman to Woman thank-you card. Designed with a feminine touch.
Have you ever met a stranger and instantly, you knew you liked them? Or better yet, upon meeting someone wonderful, they immediately felt a connection to you? It's what I call a "God arranged encounter". This happened to me recently and I was so overcome with joy I could not hold back the tears that were stinging my eyes. Every word she said resonated with me in a very deep way.

This very special lady did something so selfless and kind, I will never forget her. The funny thing is, SHE was thanking ME for meeting a need in her life. Awesome. So this card is for a very dear lady whom I hope to stay connected with from now on. Irene, this one is for you.

As you can tell, there are many layers. The girl is cut from Forever Young at 3-1/2 tall and the 'thank-you' from Beyond Birthdays cut at 2-1/2.

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