The Fun Of Homemade Vellum

A friend on ScrappinPeeps blog shared a video on how to make vellum from our own paper. I watched a few more and had to try it. After searching for some vintage-looking images I printed a few on regular computer paper, just the thin 20# weight.

Worked out pretty nice. I used cotton balls and rubbed the paper with baby oil on my glass mat, both sides. Then laid out a dish towel and rubbed both sides with a wash cloth to remove as much oil as possible. They dried over night.

Today I made a card with a cut from one. Using Stazon I stamped with a #RGstudio360.com background stamp. To be safe I heat set the ink. To adhere to the card base I pasted just the left and right edges, because I would add paper strips along there. The flower and sentiment are also from RGstudio360.

What do you think? I’m really liking the look of the soft look of the vellum.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a blessed day.

Hugs, Joyce Ann

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Double the Projects

I made a greeting card with papers used to make a scrapbook layout. Efficient. With my supplies already out, why not?

For both I followed Sketch N Scrap sketches. Sketch are a great source of inspiration.

The scrapbook page was also made from an older sketch from Sketch N Scrap. Loved this one, well proportioned and just the right amount of layers to make a quick but pretty page.

The paper pad is by DCWV. The film strip stamp is by Crafty Individuals-Inky Boarders. The hearts were made with punches and the flower I fussy cut from the paper. Title was cut using Cricut Explore Air. I was further challenged at A Cherry on Top and hope you will check out their challenges for inspiration, too.

A Card from Scraps

I can’t throw anything away. I save scraps, possibly even pieces that are too small, hoping I will make something useful from them. Today I made a card from scraps and used the Sketch N Scrap card sketch #151.

So this is the sketch I used. I turned it, but I think you can still see the original theme of the sketch.

Three different pieces of patterned papers. I kinda like the weirdness of the different prints together, a bit romantic or nostalgic a bit. Anyway. The stamped image is by Unity Stamps. I used circle punches to make the rings by punching the smaller punch first then sliding over the paper where I made the hole with the slightly larger punch. The gems are actually lighter for real, couldn’t get the shading right for the photo. Hope you get an idea of what it looks like.

It’s always nice to have some general cards ready to send. This can work for a nice little message to a friend for what ever occasion arises, or just to let them know you are thinking of them. Taking the time to send a “paper” note is way better than just a digital email or text, don’t you agree?

I’m excited to have been picked to be the Featured Scrapper this month at Sketch N Scrap – my page that I entered in July was selected, what an honor! Check out their blog – really great selection of scrapbook layouts and CARDS! I encourage you to go and pick a sketch and make something!

Easter Card from Challenge Scraps

Finishing up the RTS Youtube challenge got me thinking about just what I could do with the left-over pieces and I knew I wanted to play with the Sketch N Scrap sketch.

I had fun with this. The particular Heartfelt Creations paper scraps I needed to work with seemed suitable for an Easter card. I’ve had this small cross stamp for years and it is just perfect for the center medallion. I used gold embossing powder for the cross and even edged the green scallop with it that I used for it’s base. Can you guess what the rosette is made with? I sliced strips and made the accordion folds myself. It was not easy for me to hold the folds together and plop the pasted punched circle of card stock on top to lock it down. I had sponged edges of the papers with Ranger Oxide Frayed Burlap so this color worked for me. The answer: unbleached coffee pot filter. The sentiment, from an old Stampin’ Up! set, is stamped on a Spellbinders die cut strip and popped up. No other embellishments since the features of the sketch were designed so well. I thought about adding sequins, which I almost always add to my projects, but took another look and decided they weren’t needed.

The Scripture readings at mass now are getting more sad, adding to a heavy heart as I think about the disbelief that plagued the people during that time leading up to the Crucifixion. They claimed to believe in God, the Father, but failed to recognize the Son of God standing in the flesh before them, perhaps because they were all about the material consequences for them if they had to change the order of their ‘religion’ and beliefs.

The end of our time of the Lent draws closer. And searching my pledge to study my faith more deeply and contemplate the Scriptures more often, have fallen short. Would I, too, have been one of those who rejected Jesus back then? I have a couple of centuries of knowledge at my fingertips, all the words spoken to the “Chosen People of God” and meticulously handed down over the ages, and I don’t always take seriously the teachings Jesus gave his disciples for us to follow.

Hopefully this card will reflect the happiness of the Resurrection we all will experience on Easter Sunday!

You’re Fabulous Greeting

Don’t you love when a project just comes together nice and easy?

Yesterday I decided to use it of pitch it – scraps of paper are taking over. I love pattern papers and I love all the colors I’ve collected. It’s so hard to throw away the pieces. But, alas, my bins are over stuffed and buying another bin is not the solution. So, I pulled out my scrap papers, picked a few stamp sets, and committed to making some greeting cards. My stash is getting low, well, maybe not! Now for inspiration I had this sketch in mind.

The patterned circle was in my “Circle” baggie. It made me happy with it’s cheery pattern. Finding this Fun Stampers Journey stamp – “Birdie Fest” worked. I stamped this happy bird with Rich Coral, fussy cut it out and used a pop dot over the circle die. how do you like what I did with the sentiment? It felt like a fun thing to do. And adding eyelets that I’ve had for many years was a plus for my stash reduction plan.

Do you ever use a color wheel? I was stuck with what color would look good for this bird stamp. Grabbing my very old Stampin’ Up color wheel I dialed in the color of the flower and it had green with it and this coral color was a close match. I like the combo. But, then, I really like colors that pop.

Hope you are having a colorful day! Thanks for popping in. Hugs, JA

3 Cards from a Sketch

Sometimes, often actually, I like to use a sketch to create a card or scrapbook page. However, less often I come across a sketch that really attracts my attention and sparks the desire to create using it.

This recently happened to me. The sketch challenge posted on Splitcoaststampers.com this past Wednesday was one of those sketches.

Being the perfect opportunity to dig into my scrap paper bin I sorted through and grouped 3 sets from which to make cards. Each are unique, even from the same sketch.

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To make this background I stamped the flowers and leaves on white card stock with embossing ink, then applied clear embossing powder and heat set it. Using Ranger Oxide inks I sponged on some color. The images were touched up with markers. My scrap pieces were border punched and pasted down. The heart was punched and popped up. The tag was embossed, sponged and added with a piece of floss.

Thank You

This one took less time but I’m pleased with it. After stamping the bird directly to the cream card base I added water color with pencils and die cut a frame to pop up over it. A little “Thank You” stamp seemed just right on the right. The individual pieces and the card were inked. My new challenge for myself this year is to finish the insides and I’m pleased to say I am.

Encouragement

My final card to share with you, and hopefully inspire you to make some cards, too, is also for a challenge on “A Cherry on Top” – January Encouragement Challenge. We should be aware of our ‘neighbor’ and be ready to offer encouragement when needed. I certainly plan to make more such cards to have on hand. This is by no means a free pass to not be there for someone in person, to say the least!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope something here has sparked some creative joy for you to try.

Blessings to you, and hugs!

JA

Getting Down to the Wire

It’s time to get my Christmas cards finished.  Such a procrastinator I am.  I got two in the mail today, another ready to mail tomorrow.  These 3 are the ones that travel the farthest.

Now for a look at cards I’ve recently finished up:

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The first two were for a challenge to use 3 flowers that was not part of a patterned paper, bonus if the flowers were poinsettias.  I heat embossed the left ones with gold powder onto glossy magazine page and cut out.  The next was stamped and die cut with added embellishments on the wreath.  The center was “Winter Motivation” –  lots of snow.  It’s a simple card made more fun with a wobble I made for the critter.  The bottom 3 were made with the same image in different styles.  I love using Nuvo Drops.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope these cards will motivate you crafty card makers to get any more card made that you may need.

Hope your preparation for the coming of the Christ Child is beautiful for you!

Just Keep Asking

Just like the Canaanite woman did in the Gospel of Matthew.

She knew that this man passing through her region was the one to heal her daughter.  She knew he was the son of David. She knew he was God and she was not going to back down from beseeching him to heal her daughter.

Have you ever prayed to God for something really important and nothing happened?  Was it like God was not hearing you, ignoring you, perhaps had abandoned you?

I have certainly been there!  Unlike this Canaanite woman, I did give up.  I even turned my back on God; I’m very ashamed to confess.  I am blessed to have been drawn back to the all knowing and loving Creator in spite of my disobedience.

The message today struck me hard.  I know now that sometimes when God seems to be silent and not answering our prayers there is always something deeper going on.

Looking back now at situations I realize the error of what I was asking for on various occasions.  Some things were not the best course of action for me, although I was sure it would have been at the time.  Other times what I was praying for wasn’t the best option for those I was praying about.  I’ve looked real hard at my life and understand a little more than I did before mass today.

If I know I am asking for something righteous and truly in line with God’s way and the teachings we have from Jesus at our fingertips to learn, then I should never back down, never stop praying.

The Canaanite woman didn’t.  She knew who she was talking to and she didn’t care that she was way out of line for speaking to him (first of all a woman in that time was never to speak to a strange man, and especially one of authority, and it was clear that this Jew was someone!), and besides Canaanites were hated by the Jews, yet she persisted to ask help of this man.

Why would she do that?  He had ignored her, then he insulted her as a Jew might telling her he had been sent to take care of the “House of Israel”, not the likes of her.

But she persisted because she knew this was more than a Jewish man, this was God!

Of course Jesus heard her, and he wasn’t really ignoring her, even when his disciples with him tried to encourage him to move away from her.  He was testing her.

I realize better now what this means, that God will test us.  Not like your professors who want to write a hard quiz and really don’t care if you pass or not, but like a good teacher that wants to find out that you understand and “get” the material that is important for getting along in this life.

You would think the humiliation he dealt her next would have silenced her.  Remember that she and her countrymen were thought of as lower that low.  Jesus presented one more test when he told her it wasn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the little dogs.

Wow.  Talk about a slap in the face.  That was cruel.  Did she quit?  No!  She knew this was more than a man and that he was her only hope for saving her daughter.

Verse 27 – “She retorted, ‘Ah yes, Lord; but even little dogs eat the scraps that fall from their masters’ table.”

Jesus already knows what is in our hearts.  He didn’t have to execute this terrible quiz for her benefit.  Anyone listening to this exchange needed this example.  We, today, have it documented in God’s Holy Word.  If we choose to read it and be led to its understanding by the aid of the Holy Spirit, that exchange will also benefit us.

I wonder if she ever doubted, like I have.  During this exchange, did it ever cross her mind that in spite of this being the Lord, would he not help her so she might as well just turn and walk away?  We do not know her thoughts.  The one thing that is important is that she did not stop believing the Lord God would help her and that she would not turn away.

We just have to keep asking.

My faith has been strengthened by today’s message, and I hope you will read it for yourself and take it to heart.   Matthew 15:21-28 

This evening I made a card, but I’m not sharing it on my blog.  It is a sympathy card for a friend who’s father has passed away.  I think this should be left private between us.

I do have two cards that I’ve finished in the last couple of days just so you might be inspired by something crafty after my outpouring of my soul.

 

I had some “Saving cream” paper left over from a precious challenge that I used gold embossing powder for the flower. The leaves are stamped in the same color of ink as the paper, Fun Stampers Journey Limeade Splash, and then I put clear embossing powder over it.  The Fall card was stamped on watercolor paper and I used wc pencils on it.

I leave you with this final thought – Believe in God, never give up or turn your back -your faith is stronger than you know.

Blessings,

Crafty hugs, too!

Joyce Ann

A Challenge Layout

Our challenge was to pull a page we saved to our favorites and work a scraplift of it.

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I had saved a layout by “elliesmom” at Splitcoast stampers because of the way she did the layers.  I stayed close to her design, but I only sponged the edges of the papers instead of adding a rough distressed edge.

This page was a switch for me.  I had felt a little down and thought doing some scrapping would lift me up.  With this challenge in mind I found the photos to match her placement and actually selected these papers quickly and had the page done in no time.  My usual is to place everything, after trying out a number of possibles, then contemplate it, at least over night.  It’s a nice quick page that tells how much I adore this child.  It makes me happy.

And for the card:  Here is what I made today with the sketch challenge.

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I knew I’d use this pineapple guy because of the S2S challenge to use fruits and vegetables on a card.  Went looking for some happy scraps and liked these fun papers.  I stamped the image on a solid green and on a yellow patterned paper, cut them out.  The sunglasses were stamped and cut as a 3rd piece.  I added a little glitter to the leaves and the lens part of the glasses.  Hum, now that I’m thinking about the glasses I should have used a darker paper so they would look more like sunglasses.

The sketch had called for the sentiment to be on the tab and I forgot.  Since I had stamped it on the panel I made a little fishtail tab, added some dots and went with it.

Moving on quickly today, I still want to thank you for stopping by – have a bright and happy time until we catch up again.  Do good, and smile!

Hugs,

Joyce Ann

Scrap Kit Project #2

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This is the second page I did using the given supplies from a list Jill Sprout posted for a challenge.  I was required to pull items from stash that haven’t seen much use or even the light of day.  One of the VSBN challenges from Splitcoast stampers this month is to find inspiration from a  book, such as the Idea and Inspiration catalogue we may have; I used the latest catalogue from Fun Stampers Journey for this layout.  They used this die cut and I thought it great for our little guy out in the sun.  I left the journaling panel for his mommy to add some thoughts later.  I’ve never been really good with titles, so here we have the obvious one for this photo.  It is size 8″ x 8″ for an album I want to make for him.  His big sister enjoys going through the albums I’ve given to her and her mommy, but those 12 x 12’s are way too much for him to handle anytime soon.  If I can get enough pages in there by Christmas, I’d like to mail it to him.

My card for having completing a layout:

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I’ve used all scraps here, not from the kit for the above layout as it still has its special purpose.  Some of the papers are from the previous layout though.

I followed a sketch, changing a bit to work for my supplies.  The stamps and die cuts are from FSJ.  Other papers are Prima, SU, Recollections and Colorbok.

Since we have been eating vegan for the last week I must say I am feeling better and am dropping pounds.  Not rapid, of course, but the 2 pounds this week sound good to me.  I’m not missing anything because when I think of dairy I do get grossed out with the idea of what is in it after watching the documentary “What the Health”.  I never was much of a meat eater but did enjoy some pulled pork now and then.  No more.  Because of my daughter’s skin problems that the doctor and specialists haven’t been able to figure out, we are taking this a bit further and really selecting only items recommended for fighting this.

Happy weekend!  Thanks for popping in.  May you be ever in the shine of the light of Christ.

Hugs,

Joyce Ann