DCWV Stack-a-holic Card Challenge, April 2015

Update: Excited to share that my card made it onto the winners list. Thanks so much DCWV!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I'm taking a quick break from working on the manuscript for my next book in order to post this card for the latest challenge at DCWV.
    I used The Good Wood Stack from Die Cuts With a View to create my birthday card.
     Designer Tip: The wood patterns I chose to work with got lost on top of each other in my original design. So, I used some basic black cardstock to mat all my panels and geometric shapes to make them pop. It looks so much better.
    Designer Tip: I struggled to get a good picture of my card. I took a lot of photos, but they all looked like a dreary black & white photo. I put colored paper underneath my card, and I finally got some good photos.
     There is still plenty of time if you want to enter your own card in the challenge. Here's a copy of the sketch we had to work with and the address for all the rules.
     May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands, 


Published in CardMaker Magazine, Summer 2015 Issue

     Thanks for stopping in today. I have a fun sneak peak to share with you today.

      CardMaker magazine is allowing me to give a sneak peak to you from their Summer 2015 issue! So honored they chose one of my cards to publish in this issue.
      If you would like to make my card or learn how to make a shaker-box from product packaging, visit
www.CardMakerMagazine.com to download the Summer issue today or pick up a print edition of CardMaker magazine which will be on your local newsstand.


Fiskafriends Blog Hop Winner

     I have a WINNER! Jennifer Early, you won my giveaway in the Fiskafriends Blog Hop! Thanks so much to everyone who left a comment and/or joined my blog. I'm truly thankful for each of you.
     Congratulations to Jennifer who said:

       Jennifer Earley said...
beautiful cards! Love the flowers and the bible verse! Very touching for Easter. New follower!
Send your mailing info to me at phaskin at Hotmail dot com or PM me on Facebook where I am Pamela Cripps Haskin. 


Fiskafriends The Power of Community Blog Hop and Giveaway

       Welcome to our blog hop!
     We are celebrating our First Anniversary with a Fiskafriend Blog Hop.  You do not have to be a Fiskafriend to visit and comment on our bloggers' posts. This hop is open to everyone! International visitors included! The theme of the hop is Anything Goes, so be prepared to find a variety of creative projects and ideas. 
     Giveaway prizes?  Of course! Everyone loves a giveaway! We will have an end of the hop giveaway with fabulous prizes. In addition to the end of the hop giveaway, some of our bloggers are offering giveaway prizes of their own on their posts. 
   For the complete blog hop list and to be entered in the Fiskafriends' sponsored giveaways, leave a comment on any of the listed blogs and follow the sponsor giveaway entry directions at: http://fiskafriends.blogspot.com/ 
     I am having my own giveaway too! Instructions to enter my separate giveaway are at the bottom of this post.

     I  have Easter cards to share with you on my hop stop.
     I've been playing around lately with the idea of what impact color and simple patterns can have in card design. I used a fairly bright pink on my first card. The gingham gives it a sort of country look, even with the fancy, white, die-cut overlay.
     I used the exact same design on my second card changing only the color and using a solid instead of a printed, oval layer. The second card is certainly more elegant than the first.
     I had a heck of a time photographing this second card. Something about the flowers is reading wrong through my camera. I'm sharing it here anyway, so you can at least get a better idea of what I'm talking about. The flowers in 'real life' are a much better match with this light peach background.  

     >>>DESIGNER TIP<<< To get my heat-embossed sentiment to match the curve of my oval panel, I curved the clear stamp as I placed it on an acrylic block. Kind of gives an extra life to a lot of my stamps.
      I want to show you the inside of my cards as well. I often don't put as much effort on the inside of the card, but I'm changing that. I like bringing a little something from the front to the inside - color and theme in this instance. I wish I had thought to put a piece of the die-cut vine on the inside to peak out from under the sentiment tag. Too late, the cards are already in the mail headed to their recipients.

   For the complete blog hop list and to be entered in the Fiskafriends' sponsored giveaways, leave a comment on any of the listed blogs and follow the sponsor giveaway entry directions at: http://fiskafriends.blogspot.com/ 

     Now, for my own giveaway. I have an e-book copy of my latest children's book, "Max, the Boy Raindrop" in which I created all the illustrations using only paper/cardstock and scrapbooking tools. I will also include a fun border punch from EK Success to send to one of my followers (US residents only). Join my blog and your name will go in the drawing. Let me know in your comment that you joined. If you are already a member of my blog,  tell me so and your name will go in as well. I will draw a name for my personal giveaway on Wednesday, April 1st.  Check back in to see if you are the winner. You'll have two weeks to contact me with mailing info.
Stacia #9314 is up next:   http://www.stampzone.blogspot.com

Start here: http://fiskafriends.blogspot.com/ 
  1. Jean Bullock, #8889,  http://ez3dpopups.blogspot.com 
  2. Susan Slomski, #6150,  http://sueinct.blogspot.com 
  3. Cindy deRosier, #4113, http://www.cindyderosier.com
  4. Tifany DeGough, #5942, http://inkblotsbytrd.blogspot.com 
  5. Cheryl Waters, #002, http://blog.artsyfindings.com
  6. Jean Marmo, #7358, http://pagesintime.blogspot.com/
  7. Teresa Godines #6857 http://purplebunnypapercrafts.blogspot.com/
  8. Michelle O'Driscoll #7586 http://scrapbookingsos.blogspot.ca/
  9. Nancy Carroll  #11488  http://nancecarroll.blogspot.com
  10. Maya Oren-Dahan #351  http://mayadahan.blogspot.com
  11. Amy Martin Jones #8546 http://thetigershaven.blogspot.com/
  12. Karen Poirier-Brode (Ladydoc) #2858 http://www.karenscorneroftheweb.blogspot.com
  13. Tanya Napier #5407  http://mamabirdy-happinessishomemade.blogspot.com/
  14. Pamela Haskin #8040 www.cottagebelow.com  (You are here.)
  15. Stasia Sloma #9314 http://www.stampzone.blogspot.com
  16. Tracy Moloney  #6773 http://tracyscraftyadventures.blogspot.com.au/
  17. Kim Chenez #5612 http://scrapbooknstampingfun.blogspot.com/


       Here's what I used to make my cards:
          cardstock: white, pink, green the Paper Studio
          patterned paper: pink gingham, the Paper Studio
          die-cuts: overlay and oval layer, Spellbinders 5x7 Heirloom Legacy
                            vine, Our Daily Bread Designs Fancy Foliage
          punches: EK Success lattice chain and corner rounder
          stamps: Paper Smooches Easter Blessings
                          Our Daily Bread Designs Earth Verses
          flowers: Prima Marketing
          brads: Recollections
          ink: black pigment, ColorBox
          embossing powder: clear, Ranger
May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands, 


Sketch Challenge ODBDSLC230

     Thanks so much for stopping by. Today, I have an Easter card for the Sketch Challenge over at Our Daily Bread Designs.
     Yes, I know pastels are the traditional color for Easter cards. But, the rebel in me came out to play today. So, here is a teal and cranberry Easter card. Please note that the pink diamonds are pastel-ish. LOL        
     I used a stamp from the Earth Verses (F494) collection from ODBD to make my card.
     Now, here's the sketch we had to work with this week and the link to play along with us. http://ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/odbdslc230-sketch-challenge.html
       I pray that you and your family have a wonderful Easter season as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior.  
    May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands,