He is risen !

Where all our sins and griefs were nailed
And hope was born of everlasting Easter Day

 

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Here come the boys….

…is a new challenge blog which I have (gasp) decideed to become a follower of – I don’t do that often, preferring to lurk through my favourites list. However, this blog is simply about cards for men and boys – something I think many stampers find challenging ! I am hoping it’ll push me to be more creative with my men cards and inspire me with other people’s genius to CASE !!! ANyhow, go and check it out !

http://herecometheboysblogchallenge.blogspot.com/

Dressup birthday

Oh, I found this one HARD !!!! The bright colours are not really me but I hope they express the energy I wanted in this card:

Ooooh ! SUNGLASSES moment !!

The wee dress-up dude is a Squiggle Stamps character, and I coloured his face before paper-piecing the rest of him. Then i got stumped before I checked out the new Squiggles and Giggles challenge to feature cake on your card – perfect !! I debated stamping a cake pattern on the yellow, but thought it might be a tad busy…. so I embossed it with a Craft Concepts folder instead !

Despite the brightness I do like this card ! Naturally, I am entering it for the Squiggles and Giggles challenge !

Nee-Naw!!!

I might be needing one of these cards soon …I just joined the Curves gym….

* Images and sentiment: Woodware Doctors and Nurses

Praise card

Last faith card for the box – super simple !

I made a background with Twinkling H2Os, then stamped the text and image in Versafine Onyx. I could have SWORN that the worshipper was from Era Graphics – but I can’t find it there so …? The text is SmARTworks. I distressed the edges with Fired Brick Distress Ink.

Elegant Ladies

This was my Mother’s Day card …for my mother!! She loved it ( or she faked it very well !!! ) so I made a bunch more for the box. The image is Kanban’s Cavendish Ladies’ Day at the Races – very appropriate as I think today was Ladies Day ! I watercoloured her in to match the DP, which is K&Company. Yeah, I think she’s a bit more elegant than some of the ‘ladies’ who’ll be there today… !

10 years and a GAZILLION stitches…

I love angels. Not in any New Age-y way, but I love the symbolism of them as God’s messengers. I love the bible’s description of them – usually just as ordinary men ( some entertained angels unaware… ) but whenever an angel is described as unusual, people generally fell on their faces in fear. And one of my favourite parts of the Nativity is when the sky is filled with angels too excited to contain the news of God come to Earth so they sang to the shepherds, men who were considered among the lowliest members of society. How AMAZING would that have been…. and what a lovely picture of the inclusiveness of Christ – from the creme de la creme of society in the Magi, to the poorest in the shepherds…

Anyhow, I digress.

So. Angels.

10 years ago, I didn’t stamp, and I had only really begun to quilt. I stitched. I began with cross-stitch (don’t we all ??!) and then moved into other counted stitches like hardanger and pulled thread work. 10 years ago, Cross Country Stitching brought out an ABC Angel Afghan series which I loved and decided to stitch. I hoped to wrap my first-born in it when I brought them home from hospital. Then life changed – I got Chronic Fatigue and couldn’t concentrate on the patterns, or hold an embroidery frame for very long – stamping was much more satisfying and took over as my main hobby. The afghan was tucked into it’s bag – half-finished. I had my first-born, and was too consumed with looking after a sick baby to be concerned that my dream of wrapping her in an angel afghan hadn’t materialized…

…but….

it was always there, tucked in it’s bag, occasionally chipped away at. Until this year, when, blasted with a relapse of Chronic Fatigue, I pulled it out during the dull, dull sofa-surfing days.

And I finished it.

Here’s a close-up of one of the blocks.

 

I still love it. And my first-born has been wrapped in it – just she now also uses it to spell out words. Cool.

And, yes, I have my next two projects lined up – I don’t plan to devote 10 years to them though !

Simple birds

This is a VERY simple card for the box – it’s a Crafty Individuals stamp  that I inked with brown versamark, then coloured with pencils. I coloured the bird’s eyes with a gelly souffle before mounting on white card. I think it’s quite effective – I am entering it for the Crafty Individuals square challenge, but am slightly awed by the gorgeous and complex creations already there… Ah, well, simple is as simple does !!

Celtic applique quilt

 

This is a picture of a wedding quilt that I made for some friends of ours who had lived in Scotland and Ireland. The celtic knots are bias tubes of a shot metallic cotton which were hand stitched, and I had to hand-dye the green fabric to get the colour I wanted. The blue fabric was bought because it is a complex design of interlocking knots. (you can click on both photos for a more detailed look !) Here is a close-up of one of the celtic knot blocks :

 

I really love this quilt – and it’s a measure of how much I love my friends that we actually gave it to them ! Luckily, they love it too, and it is the focus in their bedroom decor !!

I am entering this into the applique challenge on the Quilter’s Gallery Blog !

Another faith card

…hey, you got kids cards all last week !

Sorry, photographing outside has been challenging today  – the wind is AMAZING !!! 

I printed out the lyrics on card then spritzed with glimmer mists. The card base is stamped with  Judikins leaf cube in Peeled Paint Distress, which I also used to tint the edges of the focal piece. So simple, but, again, I wanted the lyrics to be the focus !

This is based on the Hillsong “Made Me Glad” – another powerful song.

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