DCWV Stack-a-holic Challenge - Feb, 2016

     Today, I have a card for the Stack-a-holic challenge over at DCWV. I used the Happy Day Stack to create my card. I love the soft colors with the grey in this collection. Grey is a trend I'm seeing everywhere these days. That, and little bits of gold here and there on projects like I have on this card.
     My sentiment is from the Card Crafting Hello collection (2011139) from the Paper Studio. This is one of my very favorite stamps.  I used the Picot Edge Circles (S4-345) dies from Spellbinders to add some dimension to my medallion. I attached the medallion with foam tape. It made so much difference to pop it up rather than adhering it flat against the card.
     You still have oodles of time if you want to create something for this challenge. Here's a link to the rules and a copy of the sketch we have to work with this month.
     Thanks so much for stopping in. Hope you have a wonderful day. May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands, Pamela


New Life for Your Stamps and Dies

      Sharing a little sneak peak from my card-making-tip post on CardMaker magazine's blog today.
     You won't believe what this was to begin with. Any guesses? You can see the whole thing here: http://www.cardmakermagazine.com/blog/?p=13086
     Thanks for stopping in today,


Writing Today on CardMaker Magazine's Blog

     If you've ever wanted to make window-cards, you should check out my tutorial on CardMaker Magazine's blog today!

     I'm excited for you to see the card I created for them. Just click on this link and you will go right to it. 
     Thanks so much for stopping by.
     May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands, Pamela


Swirling Red

     I created this illustration for a recent SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) contest. I did not win, but I had so much fun creating Red that I had to share her with you.
    SCBWI provided an excerpt from Little Red Riding Hood. We could pick any part of the excerpt to illustrate. I picked this:
     Once upon a time there was a little girl who was so sweet and kind that everyone loved her. Her grandmother, who loved her more than anyone else, gave her a little cape made of red velvet, which suited her so well that she wanted to wear it all the time. Because of that everyone took to calling her Little Red Riding Hood.
     My grannie used to make dresses for me all the time when I was a little girl. The first thing I did in those pretty dresses and their layers of crinoline was twirl around and around. Just like Red Riding Hood!
      I used a light watercolor wash for the background. Everything else is paper! I attached each and every strand of paper-hair and every little stone in the path by hand. I am especially proud of Red's patent leather shoes that I created by brushing a heavy glaze over part of her paper-shoes.
      And, if you look very closely, you will see the wolf.
     Thanks so much for allowing me to have a little of your time today. Hope your day is sunny and bright.
     May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands, Pamela


CardMaker and May Arts Blog Hop

     Welcome ribbon lovers and card makers to a Valentine's Day Card Making blog hop with the CardMaker and Ribbon Resource blog teams.
     I'm so excited to share my first posting as a new member of the CardMaker Blog Team! I have two cards to share with you today that celebrate the love between friends.
     I love how these two soft-pink ribbons tie the front and back of my card together.

     First, I cut two 4.25 x 5.5 panels. This is a great way to use up large scraps that are not big enough for a card base. I punched two holes in the front and back. I scored just below the holes so that it will be easier to open and display the card later.
     I should say that if you want to add an inside sentiment, now would be the time to do that.
      Cut two 10" lengths of ribbon. Line up front and back panels and insert both ends of the ribbon through the holes from the front of the card.  To have the narrower ribbon on top of the larger one on the finished card, you should insert the smallest ribbon first.
     You now have both ribbons sticking through the back panel. 
     Cross the ribbons in back and feed both ribbons through the opposite holes to the front of the card. 
      Pull the ribbon snug and trim ends as desired.
     Next, I trimmed a panel slightly smaller than the front of the card. I heat-embossed the sentiment and added pink 'diamonds' before adhering the panel with foam tape.


     For my second card, I used a beautiful, crocheted ribbon.
     I pleated the ribbon by hand-stitching along the top of the flat ribbon. I adhered the ribbon t0 my card with glue dots. The front panel is a glitter sheet so regular glues and tapes would not hold the ribbon in place. But, the glue dots hold it securely.
     I punched one red and one black large heart. I punched two red and two black medium hearts. I adhered them together as shown, slightly offsetting the red and black to give added dimension.
     I stamped and matted the sentiment, adhering it to the card with glue dots. Then, I hot-glued the gold button and black ribbon in place.

     Be sure to stop in and see the Valentine's Cards at each hop and leave a little love. The Ribbon Resource is giving away some of their gorgeous ribbon to a couple of hoppers.  

     Your next stop is at Terri's!

     Here's a complete line-up of the hops. If you get lost or find a broken link, you can always head over to CardMaker or Ribbon Resource for a complete line-up.

 Supplies used:
    ribbon: Ribbon Resource; cardstock: white heavy weight, black (the Paper Studio); red glitter sheet (DCWV-Holiday Glitzy Glitter Stack); heart punch (Fiskars- That's Amore medium and large); stamps: sentiment (Craft Smart, Hampton Art); gold button: (Dress it Up - Nostalgic Treasures); gems: pink (StudioG); ink: cranberry pigment and pink sky chalk (ColorBox); embossing powder: clear (Stampendous)