My creative journey started when I discovered stamping and card-making in March, 2010. At the time, my husband asked, "how long is this one going to last?" A fair question considering my recent passing crazes: beading, triathlon, cycling, dog-training to name a few. I couldn't articulate an answer at the time but I knew that somehow, this would be different. What I've discovered is that stamping is not just a hobby to help pass the time or to keep my mind busy; rather, it has therapeutic qualities in itself. When I am making a card, the whole world shuts off as I focus on my design and concentrate on putting together the bits and pieces of card and ink. The creative process builds my self-esteem, calms my mind and delights my spirit. And I know that the card itself will also bring joy or solace to someone else one day. At the moment I firmly believe that crafting is a gift from God in my life and I am exploring ways to use this gift in some form of ministry for Him.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

CAS Christmas bells


This is a clean and simple card for this week's StampTV sketch challenge and I had to go Christmas, missing Giovanna's Christmas challenges very much. The image is stamped in StazOn and then coloured with my Tombows as well as my blender pen with a dab of Soft Suede. I sponged around the bells (I love these bells!) in soft Suede to give the oval a distressed look. Both ovals were made in my Cuttlebug with Nestabilities and placed on the base with pop dots. I stamped the branch image and the sentiment straight on to the card base using Staz On. You might not be able to see it but I scored double lines around the card base.

Stamps: Gina K Designs "Very Merry Christmas" designed by Theresa Momber
Cardstock: SU Riding Hood Red and Soft Suede
Inks: Tombows and SU Soft Suede, StazOn black
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