Holiday Cards

     I'm super excited! CardMaker published two of my cards in their special Happy Holidays issue. I can't wait for you to see them! You can download the issue or buy a copy here: http://www.cardmakermagazine.com/shopping.php?mode=current_sip
     I'm still down with a broken leg for another month. All my card making supplies are in storage while our house is being finished and I heal. Thank each of you who has offered prayers and good thoughts on my behalf.
     Happy holiday-card making!


A Break -- I Mean a Real Break

     Looks like I'll be down awhile. The good news is that we sold our house. The bad news, when we were moving the furniture out, a big heavy piece fell, and I didn't get out of the way quite quick enough. Broke both bones in my lower leg. The best news is that the doc was able to fix everything!
     It was a very bad break and the doc has me on strict bed rest for a few weeks. Our new house is not ready yet, so we are staying with relatives. They are very gracious to me.
     When I find my papers and inks probably in late September, I'll be making cards again. Until then, I'll enjoy seeing what you guys make for your blogs.
     This is the day the Lord has made and I WILL rejoice and be glad in it!
     Thanks for stopping in, Pamela


Pop It Up Challenge - ODBDSLC275

     Thanks so much for stopping in! Today I have a card for the Shining the Light Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs.
     If you are not familiar with these explosion boxes, you must give them a try. They are so much fun to make! This 'box' actually folds flat for mailing and storage. It pops right open when you take it out of the envelope.
     I used these two die-sets from Our Daily Bread that make the box so much easier to make than it looks.
          Surprise Box - CBD164
          Happy Birthday - CSBD77
     You have until July 3rd at 8:00pm EST to get something in for the challenge. Here's a link to the rules: http://ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/2016/06/odbdslc275-pop-it-up-or-add-dimension.html 


DCWV Stack-a-holic Challenge, June 2016

Update: Excited to hear that my card is among this month's winners! 

     Today, I have a card for the Stack-a-holic Challenge at DCWV. I used the Homespun Cardstock Stack to create my card this month. I've been hoarding the last few sheets from this collection. It is one of my all-time favorites!!! The cardstock comes pre-scored as you see here.
     I used a combination of dies and punches to create my circles. The sentiment stamp is from Our Daily Bread Designs Friendship (B52) collection.
     There are still a few days left before the deadline. Come join in the fun! Here's a link to all the rules and a copy of this month's sketch.



CardMaker & Clearsnap Blog Hop


     Welcome to the CardMaker and Clearsnap Blog Hop and giveaway!

     I've had so much fun this week playing with the new ColorBox chalk inkpads from Clearsnap! I love working with chalks, especially when I'm in a hurry. No waiting around for the ink to dry before you can work on the next element. They dry instantly once you've stamped your image.
     I love how this card turned out. I know just which friend to send this to. She'll love it! But, I digress.
     I love the look of just a touch of color on the edges of my cards. For the small squares and the edges of this card, I tamped the paper edges against the  chalk inkpad. I adhered the squares with foam tape. Then, I stamped and die-cut the flowers, butterfly and sentiment. I finished it off with a few pearls on the butterfly and adhered him with foam tape.

     This card has a completely different feel about it. To create the front panel, I started with a sheet of watercolor paper. I trimmed it to size, and then I took two of the chalk pads (Cheeky and Splash) and rubbed them lightly across the paper. I wanted them to overlap where they met to create a third color.
     I stamped the flourish with the same color (Cheeky) I used on the background. I created the sentiment and border edges with the background color (Splash). As you can see, you can get lots of shades from the same chalk ink pad. 
Thanks for hoping with us today! Your next stop is Chana's blog. 
     Make sure you stop in at all the blogs and leave a comment. We love hearing from you!
     Clearsnap is our host for today's blog hop and and very generous giveaway. They are giving $50 worth of ColorBox products to one lucky hopper. Good luck!
     If you get lost or find a broken link, you can go back to CardMaker's blog where there is a complete list of  participating hops. 
Materials List:
     chalk inks-   ColorBox by Clearsnap
                            Splash (16018)
                            Chive (15285)
                            Lipstick Red (16071)
                            Cheeky (15316)
     cardstock-   heavy-duty cream(the Paper Studio 667998)
                            heavy-duty white(the Paper Studio 227041)
     watercolor paper-   Canson
     stamps-        flowers & sentiment (Sizzix 657776)
                            flourish (Inkadinkado 97634)
                           sentiment (Fiskars, Forever Friends Quotes)
     adhesive-    double-sided and foam tape (3M)
     tools-            1/4" heart punch (Fiskars)
                           die cutter