Monday, September 23, 2013

May God bless each of us as we share what we love with the people we meet

The real Treasure in our Late Night Stamper treasure hunt blog hop 
is getting to work with so many creative friends to share what we love with our parts of the world.
I challenge each of us as we create cards and blog about them and pin them that we take one each day and give it away.
Find someone who could use a little encouragement, a kind note, a bit more laughter...
As you give them away tell us about it here. 
(please comment below and feel free to leave your blog address in your comment as well) 
I will use these testimonials in a blog post I would like to do about our late night stamper group members.
Showing that we do more than just make cards, we give a little bit of ourselves to others each and every day.

We have a purpose driven life. We have a NEED to feel like what we are doing matters to someone.

Yesterday I gave away this card. I gave it along with a dress a slip and a t-shirt so this lady could come join us at church. The sister missionaries and I had been teaching her about the gospel of Jesus Christ and she seemed very receptive but said when we invited her to go to church that she did not own a dress of any kind.
She could have come to church wearing pants but I know she would feel more comfortable being dressed like all the other women. Our daughter had gone to college and left some clothes in her closet and so I called her and asked if I could give a few things of hers away. She said yes even before I offered to replace what I gave away of hers.

This lady may never come to church with us but now she has a dress and if she decides to go will feel better about it.
May each of us see the need in others and be able to serve them in a way that pleases God, the person we are serving and ourselves. I feels so good to share.
I am truly grateful for your friendship, for the ability we have been given to brighten others days by sharing our art with them. 

May God bless you and all  you do for others,
Sherrill Graff 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Stampin Up Butterfly Birthday card and Sketch Challenge too

Sunday Stamps

SSC58 It's Sketch Time!!

here is the sketch

Here is my card

The hand painted paper that I used in the card above
started out like this

Wet cardstock and blue and purple ink refills
Splatters are created by striking my brush on a butter knife

see more samples of this challenge 

are all about Paper Crafting
Card Making and Scrapbooking

May God bless you with a safe 
and creative day!

Monday, September 16, 2013

monday mojo and hand painted papers

Sketch Challenge posted on Mondays:


slight change but I like it much better!

This is the hand painted paper I created to make this card

I really had fun mixing blue and yellow

I make them in my kitchen sink

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For inspiration using this week's sketch, please visit the design team's blogs

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Water color with ink refills - How to make little splatters

In the small side of my kitchen sink I soaked
half sheets of cardstock

I like to paint half sheets so that I have 
enough to make 2 cards with each piece

I wore plastic gloves
this time
because blue and purple ink stains skin

To get the little spalatters of color 
dip your brush into 2 colors at one time
then hit your brush on a butter knife, a wooden spoon 
or another brush

Here is a card I created with this paper

to get large bloches of color press your brush into the ink
and press it to the cardstock

add a bt more water with a spray bottle
and watch it blend together

red (pink) and blue make purple

while it is wet you can press another cardstock to it and pick up the colors

rinse your sink out and have fun creating with 
your new backgrounds when they are dry

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Check your Food Storage - Check dates of the foods you donate - Recycle

The bags got dropped off Wednesday night
Bag pick up is Saturday September 14th

Each year when the Emergency Aid food drive starts in Boulder City Nevada
I take the time to 
Check my Food Storage 

I look for cans with dates that has expired
I look for bulging cans
cans with leaks, drips, and dents

I don't know how I missed this can last year
it was in the far back corner of my shelves

a sure sign the food may not be safe is a hissing sound when you open the can
If the food is discolored
has bits of aluminum can on them
don't even taste it, just put it down your disposal

Rinse your cans out and Recycle them

Please check your dates before you donate 
food to your food pantry
Make sure the dates are not already expired

I know our food pantry gets a lot of yams 
and cranberry sauce that people have left over 
from the year before. 

Think about your friends who have lost their job
and need help feeding their families during 
their trial. 
Foods like Cereal, Macaroni and Cheese, Milk, eggs
peanut butter, pancake mix and syrup
are in high demand.

Our food pantry has refrigerators for 
your milk and egg donations

They open at 9:30 am and 
stay open until 11:00 am each day
if you want to buy something 
while you are at the store
and drop it off.

May God bless everyone 
who donates food to feed the hungry

May God also bless
families suffering from 
unemployment to find work
to help them provide for their family.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

artist spotlight Angie Leach fellow stampin up demonstrator

Faux Patina Embossing How-Tos by Angie Leach 

I was really impressed with these ideas from her blog
her color combinations are wonderful.

Here is what she says:
"The key to this technique is layering colors to get the look you want.  
Patina 001
I lightly inked one side of the Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder with Crumb Cake ink and ran it through the Big Shot.
Patina 002
Next, I sponged Marina Mist ink over the piece to bring out the embossed details.
Patina 003
Then, I sponged on some Always Artichoke, which turned it a pretty teal color and accentuated the embossing even more.  I focused on the embossed areas, trying to leave some of the lighter areas in-between.
Patina 004
Finally, I sponged on Early Espresso ink to darken the entire piece.  You can really change the look of the texture by how much ink you sponge between the designs.  I created a more splotchy and random look on this one.
Now, we're done with the color, but we'll add some heat embossing to make it really pop!
Patina 005
Since I just added all of that ink, I want to make sure to soak up any remaining moisture with the Embossing Buddy before I add my embossing powder. 
Patina 006
Lightly rub the VersaMark Ink Pad over the top of the embossed design, then sprinkle on Gold Embossing Powder.  If you get too much on the design, use a soft, fluffy brush to remove some.  Heat-set the powder with the Heat Tool.  Your finished piece should look something like this...
Patina 008
I almost think I like my background better than the box! 
Patina swatches
Swatch Color Recipes
  • Swatch #1: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
  • Swatch #2: Crumb Cake, Pretty In Pink, Bravo Burgundy, Early Espresso
  • Swatch #3: Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant
  • Swatch #4: Crumb Cake, Pretty In Pink, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Gray
  • Swatch #5: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Basic Grey
  • Swatch #6: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso
  • Swatch #7: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Basic Grey
  • Swatch #8: Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Concord Crush, Basic Grey"

See her video  

Angie is so creative