DCWV Stack-a-holic Card Sketch Challenge for July 2015

     Thanks so much for stopping in. Today, I have a card for the Stack-a-holic challenge at DCWV.
     I used the Flowers DIY Project Stack from DCWV to make my pocket card in which I placed a bookmark (below) for my DH. He always has several books going at the same time.
     LYM stands for Love You Millions. I end every email and other kinds of notes to him with LYM. I cut the tile letters from the Good Wood Stack also from DCWV.
     There is still time left if you want to play along with us. Here's the card sketch for July and the link to all the rules.
    May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands,


Max Wins Award!

     I'm so excited to share my good news with you guys! My children's picture book, "Max, the Boy Raindrop" just won a major award. 
 Here are the first few sentences of the letter I received yesterday telling me I was one of the winners.

     On behalf of the Writers’ League of Texas, I’m so pleased to inform you that your picture book MAX, THE BOY RAINDROP has been selected as the Children’s Picture Book Discovery Prize Winner for the 2014 Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards, recognizing outstanding books published in 2014 written by Texas authors.

      Thanks so much for the support of all my readers, friends, and family. You're the greatest! And, to Max too! He's off on another adventure before long.


Magazine Monday 107 Challenge

     As promised, this is a card using the same design that I used yesterday with very different results.
     As you can see when compared to yesterday's card (below), I flipped the design on its side and picked textures and colors to make it more suitable for a man. As I mentioned yesterday, I love playing with textures to create depth. I chose different textures this time and only three of them. I picked three embossing folders with more masculine flares. I matted the panels with black and white. I drew inspiration from the summer colors of the sand and water on the magazine cover that Paper Crafters Corner gave us to work with this week (also below along with a link to all the fun). I kind of liked the mish-mash of people on the cover, so I interpreted that with a freestyle collage.
card from yesterday's ODBD challenge http://www.cottagebelow.com/2015/07/color-challenge-odbdslc245.html
     I also like to make the inside of my cards nice too. I used some of the leftover scraps from the front of the card to add a special touch to the inside. 
     Come play with us! You can find all the details here:
 Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 107 Inspiration Piece (image)
     Thanks so much for stopping in again today.
     May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands,


Color Challenge ODBDSLC245

     Thanks for popping in! Today, I have a card for this week's color challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs.

     I used several ODBD products to create my card.
          Sentiment Stamp: Phil. C142 and No Words #F515 (for inside sentiment - Even when we do not have the words to pray, God understands and hears our heart.)
          Dies: Asters CSBD57, Fancy Foliage CSBD33
     I love playing with textures to create depth. You can see I had lots of fun with this card! I used five different textures here. I picked five embossing folders, but you could easily use just three. I matted the embossed panels with two different colors from the color inspiration ODBD gave us to work with. Color chart and link to all the fun is at the end of this post. I stamped the sentiment in a deeper matching color. This is also a great card for using up scraps. Check back tomorrow because I have used the same design on its side and made the card masculine.
     This card is for my mom. She is struggling so with her health. Getting cards really cheers her up. Will you pray with me for her now?
          Father, I thank you for such a fun mom. It's so hard to see her struggling so. I ask You to reach out and touch her. Give her strength to stand and walk again. Give her deeper faith in Your love and power. Please, bring a smile to her face today. Praying in the name of Jesus and in agreement with my friends who pray with me now. Thanks for remembering we are dust. (Psalm 103:14)


Anything Goes Challenge ODBDSLC244

     So nice of you to stop in today. I always love your visits and comments. Hope your day is as sunny as mine.
     Today, I have a card for the Shining the Light Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs.
     This week's challenge is anything goes. I used the  Pennant Swag die and the Pennant Swag Alphabet stamps from ODBD on my card. I love being able to tailor my own sentiments with these two items. The die has a beautiful bow tied at each end to hold the flag in place, but they did not really fit my card, so I cut them off the finished piece. I will definitely use this set a lot!
    Tracy, a very sweet friend of mine from Australia, sent me the We Are Family paper collection from Echo Park Paper Co which I used to create my card.
     Check out all the fun at Our Daily Bread Designs here:
May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands,