Saturday, February 2, 2019

Friends of Unity February Blog Hop ~ Friendship

Hello Fiends! Welcome to February! Welcome to our Friends of Unity Blog Hop!

If I may, I'd love to give a sweet shout out to my daughter Samantha in honor of her 28th birthday. She is my heart and one of my bestfriends. I love you baby and I thank God each day for you! Have a beautiful, happy and blessed birthday today with your family and know that mommy wishes she could share this day with you. I'm celebrating you across the miles, my love.

How lovely is this months theme. Friendship. Oh how valuable this wonderful word is. Whether your circle is small and cozy, or big and exciting; friendships carry us. Support us. Include us and accept us.

I was in the process of making "just because I love you" gifts for some friends and thought how wonderful an accompanying tag made with some of my favorite Unity stamps would be! I love the outcome! I think you will, too. ;)

I stamped each tag with the flower & vase from the set "Difficult Roads", by Graciellie Designs. To me this is one of the most beautiful stamps she has ever created. The sentiment used on this first one is from an itty bitty called "Gladness touch your life". It pairs so perfectly with this gift I am giving to a dear friend, an amazing photographer. She is an absolute incredible woman who sincerely makes an impact on every person she comes in contact with. I am so excited to celebrate her simply because I love and appreciate her friendship.

Be sure to click on each photo to really see the beauty and detail of each creation! ;)

The sentiment on this next tag I received in a grab bag so I am not sure if it is part of a set. It says, "Everyone should have a friend like you" and perfectly fits the beautiful woman I am gifting this to. I know each and everyone of us has online friends that we have grown close to. Although we don't talk very often, I love and adore her authenticity and beauty. I appreciate her online friendship. This gift will be a simple reminder of that.


This keychain and tag were made for my bestfriend of 36 years. I could never put in to words what she means to me. Our friendship has remained through separation and trials. It has carried us when our lives were falling apart. It has given us countless memories and moments that remind us how truly beautiful and important true friendships are.

I was so excited when I came across this sentiment in my grab bag and immediately thought of Betty. It says, "A friend is one who knows all about you and loves you just the same". The different charms on her key chain read, "Se believed she could so she did". "Be" and "blessed".


This last gift and tag is for my sister Tina. She is truly one of my very best friends and knows me better than anyone. I'm not sure I could even put in to words what she means to me. Although she is my sister, she truly exemplifies the word friendship. I love her more than she'll ever know.

The sentiment is from an itty bitty called "Old Chicks" and says "your heart and my heart are very old friends".  How very precious this sentiment is!


The photo below is the back of her initial T charm. It is part of a sentiment stamped from the January 2017 sentiment kit called "Worth it all." The entire sentiment reads "Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier". It has been a long time favorite of mine.


As much as I love creating, I also love packaging my creations. How fun these are going to be to give! Notice the beautiful stickers on the packaging? I had those made through Current. :)



I know your going to love these as much as I do! I would love to know which charm and tag were you favorites!

(Each tag is cut with a die I bought from Papertrey Ink and stamped with Gina K premium dye ink called dark chocolate.)

For those of you who fully read my blog, I thank you so very much. I love being able to express myself through creating and writing, and I love sharing both with you. 

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

(Unfortunately, you won't have access to the follow button from your phone.)

As always~

Thanks for spending time with me today!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue

I hope you have a chance to visit each blog. I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique!  If you've not, please see the blog hop list at the bottom of this post and prepare to be inspired!

There are some pretty awesome giveaways with this hop! Including one from myself! Be sure you comment on EACH blog post to be entered in the drawing. 

This months winners will be announced during next months blog hop!
(I have a feeling you will comment anyway as a way of support and admiration to the artists.)

Speaking of giveaways!! Congratulations to Donna Rakestraw for being my winner from last months FOU blog hop! Thank you for your sweet comment, Donna! Please message me your contact information.

Friends, please know that our hops are not sponsored. (Although, I know Unity Stamp Co. lovingly approves) Because your support is so valuable and so appreciated, prizes are given from the creators own private stash of Unity stamps.


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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Friends of Unity Blog Hop January 2019 ~ "New Year"

Happy Blessed New Year, friends!

Welcome to the 1st "Friends of Unity Blog Hop" of 2019!

 I have been so excited for todays blog post as our January cue was aptly named "New Year".  As soon as I read this months focus I knew I wanted to create regarding the upcoming new year, and not necessarily the celebration of New Years. This coming year is an especially exciting and sentimental one for me as I journey to 50.  I'm purposed on claiming encouraging affirmations over my life and am creating a series of tags, cards and card calendars in hopes to inspire others the same!

(If you've not seen my first series entitled "She Believed" I encourage you to follow this link. I do believe it will inspire and encourage you!)

One of the many things I love about Unity Stamp company is their diverse collection of sentiments. If you are unfamiliar with Unity Stamp Co. I encourage you to follow this link and browse their inventory. (This is not an affiliate link. I am just a very dedicated consumer!;)

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to see how you can win some brand new Unity stamps!
This first series I created is entitled "Affirmations". I have been making foldable calendars for a few years, but this year I decided to simplify the design by making it an A2 card style. I plan to adopt this style for the coming years!

Each card calendar has an affirmation of truth that can be displayed all year long as a constant reminder for you to keep believing and pursuing. Another reason I chose the card style is for the recipient to write, on the inside, a letter (to themselves) of promises, affirmations, declarations, goals, dreams etc. that can be revisited throughout the year as encouragement. Or perhaps the giver could write a letter of encouragement to whom ever they gift the card calendar.
These are the cc's I made to send in some of my Christmas cards.

Many of you have seen these posted on my social media.

If viewing on your phone I encourage you to click each photo to get a more clean picture. :)

 
This next collection of cc's I made specifically for the blog. I absolutely love them all (including the 9 above) and pray they blessed who I gifted them to!

This first sentiment is from Anna Girl. Tulia Girl also has this sentiment in a different font and style. To me this Mother Teresa quote speaks of compassion, acceptance, and giving of ones self. I pray to be this daily!

 
This sentiment is from the Donna Downey sentiment set appropriately called "She." If you do not have this sentiment set I encourage you to put it on your wish list. It is empowering!

 
I must apologize for this specific sentiment stamped in blue is not from Unity. However, Unity does have this sentiment in a Phyllis Harris set called "Faith Looks Up". I have this set and am not certain why I didn't use it.


Next is a peak into a card series I created for the new year simply entitled "New". Have you ever put much thought into the word "new". Something of recent origin, having but lately come into, fresh or unused, other than the former. Think about it. And don't be afraid to start something new, adapt to something new, or even become someone new.

The moment I saw this incredible woman image, on a beautiful card Dawn made, I knew I had to have her. I just love her so very much. She is from the June 2014 KOM. She is unnamed. In this specific creation I call her Alise. The name means noble, and goes perfectly with her countenance. (To pronounce her name ~  begins with short a sound and the i has a long e sound)

I masked off her head, face and neck so that I could stamp the butterfly over her without covering her face. I have plans to mask a few so that part of the butterfly appears to be behind her. The butterfly is from the 2017 KOM.

(I have several of these in the works in different hair color, butterfly color etc.)




The next series I created is a tag series entitled "Beautifully Made". I believe the essence of beauty first begins on the inside. I love all of the unique and interesting qualities that come with individuality. Which is what draws me to the Angie Girls & Planner Gals. It is one of the MANY reasons I love the faceless beauties created for USC by Angie Blom. Another reason I love them is because they can be whomever you want them to be.

I've included photos of 4 completed tags in this series and a photo of several more images that will be a part of this series. I struggled with the design of the tags. I wanted them to be more eye catching with more layers. Although they did not turn out as I envisioned, I am pleased with the outcome. After completing the Planner Girl ATC's I placed on the front of the tags I wondered how they would look if I antiqued the edges to give it a vignette feel. I'd love your opinion.

The sentiment I am using on each of the tags is from a Tierra Jackson winter stamp set called "Unique". It is stamped on vellum then wrapped vertical around the tag and tapped to the back side. I must say that this sentiment is one of my absolute favorites. I encourage you to remember this and claim it!  (The word beautiful is from a Planner Gal set called "Be This".)

This first beauty is the "Be This" Planner Gal. I have named her Naomi. Which means pleasantness-friendly and considerate. Oh, how I love that. Isn't she beautiful!?



This next beautiful Planner Gal is from the "Loving Life" set. I have named her Ellie. Which means shinning light, or the most beautiful woman. I agree, she is quite beautiful.



This next unique beauty is from the set "Be This". She is named Adira. Which means strong. I imagine strength runs deep within her. (To pronounce name ~ both a are short, the i has the long e sound, and the r rolls into the short a.)


This next Planner Girl is from "Call it a plan". Her name is Faith. She embodies the virtue of faithful. I love that Angie left the book in her hand plain and untitled. We can assign it any title we prefer.

 
I'll be working on these as part of the Beautifully Made tag series. I may vignette these to see how it would look!


I hope that you enjoyed the creations and text of this blog as much as I did creating it.

I'm curious if any of you noticed on Planner Gal Faith that I modified her blouse. It originally hung off her shoulder. I just lifted it up a bit for her. ;) I no longer shy away from most stamps that do not fit my modest lifestyle if I am able to properly modify the clothing. Don't be afraid to modify your stamps, friends! I promise you the artist does not mind. ;)



For those of you who fully read my blog, I thank you so very much. I love being able to express myself through creating and writing, and I love sharing both with you. 

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

(Unfortunately, you won't have access to the follow button from your phone unless you view as web version. ;)

As always~

Thanks for spending time with me today!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue

I hope you have a chance to visit each blog. I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique!  If you've not, please see the blog hop list at the bottom of this post and prepare to be inspired!

There are some pretty awesome giveaways with this hop! Including one from me! Be sure you comment on EACH blog post to be entered in the drawing. 

This months winners will be announced during next months blog hop!
(I have a feeling you will comment anyway as a way of support and admiration to the artists.)

Speaking of giveaways!! Congratulations to Kim Marie for being my winner from last months FOU blog hop! Thank you for your sweet comment! Please message me your contact information.

Friends, please know that our hops are not sponsored. (Although, I know Unity Stamp Co. lovingly approves) Because your support is so valuable and so appreciated, prizes are given from the creators own private stash of Unity stamps.


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 Dawn
 


Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within the layout. I appreciate you, friends!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Friends of Unity December Blog Hop~ Thank you

Hello Friends! Welcome to December!

And welcome to our Friends of Unity December Blog hop. This weekend calls for a special celebration as it is our One Year Anniversary! Cue the band and balloon drop! ;)  In celebration of this day we chose the cue "Thank you" in appreciation for Unity Stamp Co. It is because of the incredible stamps from Unity that two of my friends created this wonderful group. We are also celebrating our appreciation for YOU! Those of you that follow along, play along and support us along the way; we thank you!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for details on winning some Unity stamps! ;)

I love the month of December for so many reasons. I love the spirit that seems to fill the air just a bit more joyfully this time of year. The cooler temperatures here in Texas. Most importantly, the celebration that surrounds our Saviors birth. 

And it's also my birthday month! I have an incredible year coming up as I journey through the last year of my 40's and slide ever so smoothly in to 50. I will be blogging my journey and invite you to follow along. :)

I am loving this first card I have to share with you! I made this card for my sister, Tina. She has supported me through all my ups and downs as I journeyed in this life lost for many years. I was once truly lost in this world, and she ALWAYS saw the good in me. Even when I couldn't see it in myself. She and my daughter have been my number one cheerleaders. Rooting for me as I finally made my way to a life filled with peace, consistency, security, and above all else, love. I treasure her friendship as well as her sisterhood. 

I love Angies "Shine Bright Girls". They were so fun to color. My sister loves gray & pink, and I love green & brown. I was thinking of altering mine to wear a skirt, but didn't have time to mask & line up a skirt from another image. I am eager to play around with manipulating some of the stamps so that I can put skirts on the ones that portray me. For no other reason than it personifies who I truly am. :)

I colored both cards with my Arteza watercolor half pan size pallet. I have not had this set for very long and do love the way it blends. (It is in my top 3 favorite watercolor sets. Along with Altenew and Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi.)


Here are some details of this card.  I stamped the girls and the senti with Unity's VersaFine Clair in Pincone. It has become my favorite. It's not quite as dark as black, but is a very rich dark brown. I just love it. The border die is from an MFT die-namics set that I use quite often. The sentiment is from the July '18 KOM. I believe the die that cut out the sentiment is from a Lori Whitlock set from Sizzix. I usually pop up the colored images with foam tape, but since I needed my sentiment to pop up I made the image flush with the background paper. That beautiful piece of red snowflake paper is from a very nice premium 4.5 x 6.5 cardstock set by The Paper Studio called "Pine St. Square".  I also have it in 12x12, but find myself really drawn to the smaller cardstock sizes lately. I love the little mittens charm I got off of Amazon. You know I love my metal and wooden charms! ;)

Do you see the faux snow on our heads and around our feet? I just love the dimension and look it adds to the card! It is an embellishing Snow Marker from Uchida I bought off Amazon. (You can click on the picture to enlarge for a better view:)
 
 


This next card did not turn out quite as I had envisioned. I still find it pretty, and decided to go ahead and add it because I love this flower set. I didn't realize how large and beautifully designed the Poppy Background stamp from Donna Downey is. It is just gorgeous! If you know this stamp at all you may notice I altered it a bit. I cut the leaf separate from the flower stamp so that I could stamp it on any of the stems I choose.
 
Oh how I wish you could see the photos as clear on the blog as you can on FB and/or IG. Feel free to visit my social media pages to see them more clear. (Links are under my blog heading)

I made this card in appreciation for the first lady of our church. Our Pastor's wife. She is a true model of the Proverbs 31 woman and just a lovely woman of God. We will be honoring her soon at our ladies Christmas luncheon, and this card will go in her gift basket.


Here are the details of this card.  I blended a dark red and brown to get the beautiful maroon color for the flower on the right.  I really love it. (I used this same blend on the image that portrays me on the girls card above)  I scissor trimmed around the left side of the flowers and popped them up with foam tape. I am loving the music themed paper peaking from underneath. It is also a 4.5 x 6.5 cardstock set by The Paper Studio called "Josephines Miscellany". The sentiment is from an Angie Blom set called "Remembering you Blooms". I die cut the senti with a stitched pennant from Verve Stamps. I am sorry to say that they are no longer in business. I own many stamps and a few dies from this lovely (now retired) company. 
 
 
 

Would love to hear your thoughts on these cards!

For those of you who fully read my blog, I thank you so very much. I love being able to express myself through creating and writing, and I love sharing both with you. 

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!
 
(Unfortunately, you won't have access to the follow button from your phone.)

As always~

Thanks for spending time with me today!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue

I hope you have a chance to visit each blog. I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique!  If you've not, please see the blog hop list at the bottom of this post and prepare to be inspired!

There are some pretty awesome giveaways with this hop! Including one from myself! Be sure you comment on EACH blog post to be entered in the drawing. 

This months winners will be announced during next months blog hop!
(I have a feeling you will comment anyway as a way of support and admiration to the artists.)

Speaking of giveaways!! Congratulations to Shelly Schmidt for being my winner from last months FOU blog hop! Please message me your contact information.

Friends, please know that our hops are not sponsored. (Although, I know Unity Stamp Co. lovingly approves) Because your support is so valuable and so appreciated, prizes are given from the creators own private stash of Unity stamps.


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You arrived here from

You are here! 
ME

 Please visit next!




Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within the layout. I appreciate you, friends!




Monday, November 19, 2018

She believed.

Hello, friends. I am so glad you are here. This blog post and card are probably the most poignant I've published throughout my entire crafting career. There are several photos and I will do my best to keep the text brief. However, I do want to express my thoughts and emotions attached to the creation of the cards. I truly hope you'll follow with me to the end. It is that important to me. :)
 
For several weeks I've been wanting to use this beautiful headshot stamp from the August 2016 Kit of the Month called "Open your Soul".  It wasn't until I came across my June 2017 Sentiment Kit by Lisa Arana called "she never says never" that I knew exactly what I wanted to create. The background stamp is full of powerful affirmations that any woman would indeed draw strength from. "She believed" is part of a sentiment in the set that says "she believed she could so she did" that pairs perfectly with the background stamp. I masked the sentiment knowing that by using "She believed" it would perfectly compliment the entire message of the card. Indeed it has.
 




 
I had never colored this many images in one day. Nor made this many cards. Once I watercolored the first one I just couldn't stop. I wanted to capture the beautiful essence of many different women. I have never had such an experience in coloring or creating.
 
As I was working on these, many women from different walks of life filled my heart and mind with both joy and sadness. Joy because I know so many women that embody strength, dignity, confidence, compassion and acceptance. Sadness because I also know many women who are the exact opposite yet know better. Sadness also because I know many women who lack the above mentioned qualities for no other reason than they've not had them instilled in them. They've not had the example set before them. They've also been subjected to the women who lack. As women we MUST realize the power we have within us to change the world. To change lives.
 
 




 
We experience life differently. We are diverse. We are beautifully unique. We are a unit. A beautiful powerful unit. We all have something the other may need. Let's embrace who we are as women, friends, and let love motivate all that we do, say and give. My hope is that we give a little more than what we've been given.
 




 
The cards measure 3 3/4 x 9 1/8 and fit in a #10  (4 1/8 x 9 1/2) envelope.
 
 
For those of you who fully read my blog; I thank you so very much. I love being able to express myself through creating and writing, and I love sharing both with you.
 

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
(Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it.) Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!
 
As always~

Thanks for spending time with me today!
Until next time~

Be blessed today, friends!

Bobbie Sue

 

Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within the layout. I appreciate you, friends!
 


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Unity Stamp Co.~ Growing in Unity November Blog Hop

Hello Unity Friends!
I am so excited to be a part of the Growing in Unity Blog Hop! I am just as eager as you are to hop the blogs of my fellow GIU's! I know that I am not alone when I say how thankful I am to have found Unity Stamp Co. The quality of their stamps are unmatched, and the wide range of selection meets the taste of every stamper.
 
I had the best time yesterday creating the two cards I am featuring today. Dawn inspired me to make my first Christmas card of the year! I typically make more of a simple card that I can easily duplicate. Unless I am making a Christmas card for my dearest friends and family. This one is for a niece that I just adore. I know she will love Aubree Girl as much as I loved coloring her!
 
Most of the cards I create using Angie Girls are made with this similar design. I can't seem to get away from it. I just love it so much!
 
 
Images aren't near as clear on the blog as they are on my social media accounts. Links to my IG and FB can be found under my blog name description. I would love for you to visit me there!
 
Here are the details of creating the Aubree Girl card.
 
The card is an A2 cut vertically. (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) My go to and favorite size. The beautiful background paper is from a 4x6 Paper Studio pack called Old World Winter. (I have it in 12x12 too :) I cut just enough to hid the end behind Aubree. I stamped her on a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper and colored her with my Altenew watercolors. I added Sprinkled Sugar Stickles to her waistband, shoes and the top & fluff ball of her hat. It gives wonderful dimension and such a pretty sparkle! After she was completely dry I ran her through my Gemini to cut the border. I think I bought the border die from Lawn Fawn a few years ago. This was before I started keeping all the packing my supplies come in. Lesson learned! I always love the look of adding washi to a corner. And that snowflake! I love it! I keep a nice collection of wooden and metal charms that I buy in small bulk from Amazon. I just love adding them to most of my creations! The sentiment is from Graciellie Designs "Cheery Christmas". I heat embossed it onto a piece of vellum. I wish I had cut the vellum to fit the entire length of the card. I really like that look when using vellum.




This next card I made as a thank you card to give our daughters in-laws. My husband and I are traveling to our farmhouse in Arkansas next week and they will be having us to their home for Thanksgiving dinner. I absolutely adore this cup and pumpkin!
 

Here are the details of creating the thank you card.
 

This is also an A2 vertical size card base. The background paper is from the same paper pack Aubree card was. I tend to pop up the front panel of most of my cards. I love the look and dimension it gives. The cup is called "Pumpkin Spice" and the Pumpkin is "Bountiful Fall". I stamped the cup first then masked it so I could slightly hide just a bit of the pumpkin behind it. I stamped the pumpkin up and back a bit to give the appearance it was sitting on the table behind the cup. I water colored the images with my Altenew watercolors. I simply sketched out the "table top" with the tip of my watercolor brush. I love the look of layering 2 different sized ribbons. The brown one I found at the Dollar Store and the jute one is from Unity. The sentiment is from the September 2017 Sentiment Kit called "Abundant Blessings". It is one of my absolute favorite sentiments. The coffee cup called Fall to Go also has this sentiment just in different fonts. I love them both!  I cut the sentiment out with a deckled die set from Spellbinders. I always forget I have this die set! I really do like it.





For those of you who fully read my blog; I thank you so very much. I love being able to express myself through creating and writing, and I love sharing both with you.
 

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
(Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it.) Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!
 

Here are the details for following the hop and having the chance to win some wonderful Unity Stamps to add to your collection!


I am the last blog on the hop, friends! I hope you have had a chance to visit each one. I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique!  If you've not been to each one, please see the blog hop list at the bottom of this post and prepare to be inspired!

As always~

Thanks for spending time with me today!
Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!


Your hop ends here
Bobbie Sue

 Be sure to go back, visit and leave a comment for any you may have missed!

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Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within the layout. I appreciate you, friends!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Can you believe?!

Hello, friends!
 
Can you believe these cards are made from digital images!? I didn't even know about making a card from a printable image until I had already been making cards for a couple years. Also, I had no idea how to use them up until 1 month ago! I've still so much to learn, but I have been loving designing cards with these digital images from Polka Dot Orchard! (<~Click to go directly to site). Although I am on the design team, I do not make any type of commission from PDO. I just love her designs and encourage you to visit her website and Etsy store!
 
This card was the first I had ever made with digital stamps. I adore it! Images aren't near as clear on the blog as they are on my social media accounts. Links to my IG and FB found under my blog name description. I would love for you to visit me there!  :)
 
This card is made with the digital stamp set called Sketchy Pumpkin Spice. There are several adorable images with this set. You can never go wrong adding washi to a card! ;) Right?!
 
 
 How adorable is the coffee cup with a scarf!! I'm loving it. Just wait until you see the heart also wearing a scarf! Oh my word. So adorable.
 
 
This is the card that ALMOST didn't get made as the main portion of it went in the trash bin! See the cup and scarf. It was beautifully colored very smooth, crisp and clean. That is until I dropped it in my pool of water I was using as my wash. Hard to tell in this photo, but it smeared it something fierce! I honestly didn't want to color another one so I resorted to retrieving him from the trash bin and reluctantly used him anyway. Looking at it now, I think it worked out quite well! As a matter of fact, when I showed the designer the finished card she said she would never have known it was a mistake if I hadn't told her! I say that day... I won. ;)
 
 
Oh friends, these flowers. I know you are going to want them! I am in love with them! They are from the You are Everything Flower and Butterfly set. There are so many beautiful images with this set. You must go see them!


 
I would love to see what you  make with these digital sets! Feel free to tag me in your creations.
 
If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
(Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it.) Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

As always~

Thanks for spending time with me today!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue
 
 
 
Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within the layout. I appreciate you, friends!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Calendar Easel Cards

Hello friends!
 
Here, finally, is the long awaited calendar easel card post! I've battled weeks of being sick to make it here and I am happy to report I am finally on the mend.  The calendar cards I made this weekend did not turn out exactly as I had envisioned, but I know I also wasn't feeling my best. Having said that, I am still quite pleased with them.  I still have several to make to give as gifts.
 
I discovered CEC's in 2015 and have since been making them every year for friends and family. I'll be including several photos in this post which, along with my text, will make it appear quite long. I hope you will follow along with me and read the details! I promise to be engaging. ;)
 
(I will also share a few photos of ones I have made in the past.)
 
I made 3 different versions of the CEC's. I wish I were set up to make videos, friends, but unfortunately I am not. This is not so much a tutorial blog post as it is an inspiration post in hopes you become excited to make some of your own!! I will include some YouTube videos that are very similar to the techniques I use. Once you understand the basics of cutting, scoring and assembling the CEC's you can easily modify the directions to different sizes/measurements.

All stamps used are from Unity Stamp Co. <~Click here to see their collection. I am not affiliated with the company. Just a happy and loyal customer.

The first 2 are pretty basic, but stick with me. ;) They get better.
 
This one I made for my husband's home office desk. The sentiment is from the Oct. 2018 Sentiment Kit by Graciellie Design called "I Am With You".
 
 
I haven't shown him the card yet. I placed it on his desk, and I am eager to see when he discovers it. ;)
 
 
This one I made for my Pastor. You'll notice I kept the first 2 very simple and basic. My husband and my Pastor are very simple yet extraordinary men of God. These fit them perfectly.

 
Many of you have seen this next one on the Unity S&T page when I was asking opinions regarding embellishments. I agreed completely that less is often more. :) I absolutely loved water coloring these images from a Graciellie Design called "Girl in a Garden", The sentiment is from a Graciellie Design set appropriately named  "You Matter". It may be a small sentiment, but oh what a mighty and powerful statement it is. I have used it several times on different projects.
 
(Here is a video (<~~click here) tutorial very similar to how I created this one. I have no affiliate to Stampin Up nor the owner of this video. I am simply sharing for you to learn the assembly of this design. :) 

 
I wish you could see the true beauty of this next one. I love the little tag sticking up sideways displaying the sentiment. Photos in my blog just aren't as clear as they are on my social media pages. Links are located at the top of my blog if you'd like a better photo view. I made this one for one of my daughters. She recently fell in love with sewing so you'll see in the next photo a close up of the sewing machine charm. I know she will love it so. The sentiment is from the June 2018 Sentiment Kit by Lisa Arana called Every Single Day.

 

  
This next CEC is the most basic design, and the first design I learned to create. As a matter of fact, It is the only design I used up until this year. I am showing you several photo views because it is folded quite differently than the other 2 versions I made.
 
Here is a video (<~~click here) tutorial very similar to how I created this style below. I have no affiliate to the owner of this video. I am simply sharing for you to learn the assembly of this design. :) 
 
You'll notice in the photos the different ways you can get the easel to stand by putting foam tape under the calendar or by using embellishments. I prefer the look of letting it rest against the popped up calendar. How bout you?



The sentiment is from the Sept. 2017 Sentiment Kit called "Abundant Blessings". It is such a beautiful and warm sentiment that I use often for pieces that might be displayed in someone's home. The frame and butterfly are part of a chipboard set I bought several years ago from Bo Bunny. I really love the DSP I used on this one. It is from Recollections called Blue Blooms.
 



 
In the photo below I wanted you to see that they are still able to fit in an envelope. I made both A2 and A6 sizes. My advice if you are mailing these would be to put them in their appropriate envelope as well as a larger envelope with a piece of cardboard (or thick cardstock) to help protect it. It may cost more to send, but certainly worth protecting your creation that you no doubt put love into making.
 
See that beautiful vellum envelope? I was blessed in finding a brand-new box of 250 count A6 vellum envelopes at my local Goodwill!  You can absolutely mail a vellum or clear envelope, too!
 

 
Here are a few CEC's I have made over the past few years.  I had forgotten about this size and actually prefer this more squared look.
 
Here is a video (<~~click here) tutorial very similar to how I created this style below. I have no affiliate to Split Coast Stampers nor the owner of this video. I am simply sharing for you to learn the assembly of this design. :) 
 
 
I hope you will make some CEC's of your own. If you do, please share with me! I do have a few extra 2019 Mini calendars. If you would like one please message me on my FB or IG. I would love to send you a couple!
 
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Be blessed, friends!
 
Bobbie Sue
 
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