Magazine Monday #111 Challenge

     I created this card for the Magazine Monday #111 challenge at PaperCrafter's Corner.
     When I saw this week's magazine cover with its bold, graphic stripes on the swim suit and sun hat, I immediately thought of this sheet of cardstock from DCWV's Chick Chat Stack. I matted the front panel and the tags with a dark navy blue and added some epoxy dots.
     Want to join in the fun? Check out the details here:  http://papercrafterscorner.com/blog/papercrafting-challenge-magazine-mondays-week-111/
     And, here's a copy of the magazine cover we had for inspiration.
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 111 Inspiration Piece (image)
     Hope you have a wonderful day.
     May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands,


Color Challenge ODBDSLC249

     So happy to have you stop by. Today, I have a card for the color challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs.

     The colors in this week's challenge are my favorite colors to work with. You can find the colors and a link to all the fun below.
     I used the No Words (G515) stamp collection from ODBD for this card. ODBD has some of the best sentiment stamps on the market.
     To make my heart chain, I first ran some cardstock through a crimper. I punched some small hearts from the crimped cardstock. I set the hearts aside for another project. Next, I punched a larger heart right over the negative space of the first heart. After deciding how I wanted my hearts to interlock, I made a cut in each heart and slipped it through the next heart. I hid the cut behind the overlapped heart.
     I used a border punch on the edge of my matting panels and rounded the corners of my purple card base.
     There is still time if you want to come play with us. Details here: http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/odbdslc249-color-challenge.html

     May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands,


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,