Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hidy Ho Ho

This afternoon I've been playing around with Whimsy's  stamp set, Oh What Fun, designed by Deb Davis.

I needed several small images to be able to use the triple circle, scalloped edge card design and this set is adorable.  

Here's what I came up with and a few instructions to follow
 if you are interested in how to make your own:


The die set uses a double stitched circle, but I swapped out for a slightly larger circle to allow the cute Santa on the sled to peak through a little more.  

At first, I didn't have the additional snowflakes .... 
Honestly still not sure which I like better?


But with a list of close to 50 cards I need to make, I'm sure both will fit perfectly for just the right person.  Thanks Deb for such a cute and versatile stamp set.

Thank you for stopping by today and for following my blog. 
Some are having trouble commenting this week, I do appreciate your comments, so I'm hoping you will be able to!
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Gobble Gobble Challenge

If you are a card maker and a blogger, you know 'It's Turkey Time'.
As I sat down today to craft, I found ONE Turkey stamp in all of 
my collection!  
This is the time of year I tend to make more cards of Gratitude and Blessings, but out came my one little turkey to make his challenge card.  

I recently purchased a set of card 'TAB FLAPS' that I also wanted to try out today.  
Here's what I came up with.


And look who's hiding inside!


These Tab Flaps are going to be a lot of fun to try out for hidden greetings, gift cards 
and other images.

Thanks for visiting my posting today.  As always I appreciate your comments and invite you to visit my site, Not Just Scraps,  where I sell my cards.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Give Thanks Unto the Lord

Each month on Addicted to Card Making one of the challenges is called an 'Envelope Challenge', hosted by one of the members. Up to 15 slots are filled and envelopes are distributed with the same or similar supplies.  To me it is one of the best parts of this site to see all the many ways 15 women see these supplies so differently.  This is the card I created for November's Envelope Card Challenge.


The Whimsy image is,  Maybelle with chores by Elisabeth Bell, and the printed scripture from 1 Chroncles 16:3 were the two items I was allowed to add.  I used all the items included in the envelope.  The Whimsy image was Copic colored and die cute using Gina Marie Designs, Stitched Labels.  Thank you Cindy W. for sponsoring the challenge this month!

This image and scripture go so well together, especially during this fall season of Thanksgiving.  I encourage you today to stop and give thanks unto the Lord for the simple things in life, like apples and egg, like bare feet and pigtails, and the love and laughter of little children.  How blessed we are each and every day!

Thank you for stopping by today ~ may your day be blessed!
This and many of my cards are available for purchase on my selling site, Not Just Scraps.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Constance Thanks

Today's card features Unity's Angie Girl, Constance
one who is perfect for fall cards with the swirl of leaves surrounding her.


The basic image is shaded with many shades of Copic markers. 
For the jacket, the image was re-stamped on plaid and paper pieced.  A Spellbinder Deco Rectangle die was used to frame the completed image of Constance Girl.
 I used the My Favorite Things Cornstalk Die with striped paper and two shades of green to make the cornstalks, and a scrap of orange plaid paper with the Cuttlebug Holiday Sampler Die to cut the pumpkin.  Each of these pieces were coated with book binding paste to give them the shine and ability to position as 3D.
The small sentiment is from the Unity Thanks, Thanks & Thanks set mounted on a strip of brown washi tape.
The completed card front was then mounted on a coordinating orange card base.

Thank you for stopping by today and for following my work.  
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Oswalda Goes Shopping

Today's featured card is a combination of two stamp company images, that I think have turned out to be a super cute girlfriend card.  What do you think? Details follow the photo ~

The Ostrich image is from Whimsy Stamp Company and is actually a FREE digital image available at this link {Oswalda Goes Shopping}.  How awesome is that? 
This was the first image that I practiced the techniques of 7-10 copic shading that designer Crissy Armstrong taught at the recent Whimsy Retreat.  Amazing results!
The sentiment I used is part of the Unity Stamp CoRight Accessories package and then was die cut using Craft Essentials Pointed Ovals.


For the final details, I added a little bit of black lace and several sizes of Pink and White pearl flat backs that were purchased from Lori's Lovely Paper Crafts


This card and many others are available for purchase at Not Just Scraps.  Thank you for stopping by today and for following my work.  
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

The World is a Little Happier With You In It

Today's card is created using the FREE stamp I received from Unity Stamp Co!  Being a country girl, I LOVE Daisies and this image is so adorable with the addition of little bees flying around.


After stamping on Neenah paper and Copic coloring, I sprayed the image with Perfect Pearls to give it a light glossy accent.  The edges were die cut using Spellbinders Labels 23.  The sentiment tag was made using Intricutz die by Couture Creations. 
Of course I had to add a little bit of burlap to bring out the country finishing touch.  

Thank you Unity for such a cute stamp.  
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Through the Woods

Today's card features one of the October, 2017 Kit of the Month stamps from Unity ~ 
The Believe Christmas Truck.
I borrowed this image because it reminded me of my grandfather's truck and the fond memories I have of him saying 'Oh that old truck could drive to California and back'.  I also elected to alter the angle of the image to give it the effect of driving through the woods.


This image is stamped on Neenah paper and Copic colored, then die cut with a cross stitched 3/4 dome die.  It is mounted on a glossy white embossed mat, and tied with a deep red ribbon before mounting on a dark green card base.  
For the final touch I added 3 mm raindrop flat backs.

Thank you for stopping by and following my blog postings. 
I invite you to visit my card selling site, Not Just Scraps also.

Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Seriously Franky?

During the recent annual Whimsy Stamp Retreat I had the honor of meeting their designer Deb Davis, aka Amped2Stamp.  She has posted some of the cutest cards over the past several weeks, using her Halloween stamps for other occasions.  Her Franken Bad Hair Day is one of my favorites and my copy came in this afternoon's mail!  Since last Friday was Frankenstein's birthday, I quickly put this 'Belated Birthday Card' together tonight in his honor.


Check out this Whimsy Stamp Collection and all the other great stamps they have to offer along with their newsletter and blog contests.  And thanks Deb, for another great and versatile Whimsy stamp design!

Thanks for stopping by and following my work. 
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Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Have a DINO-Mite Birthday!

Today's card was made especially for my grandson who will be celebrating his fourth birthday this weekend.
Dinosaurs are the theme of his bedroom and although he loves all the current fad toys, his box of dinosaurs remains special to him and probably always will.  


The focal point of the card - the dinosaur, is actually one of the wooden painted pieces that you can purchase at your local craft store.  I had this in his box for his scrapbook but decided it might be too heavy for the page.  
The balloons are stamped and die cut from a 2011 Whimsy Set ---  Balloon Sentiments {Raindrop Echo Designs} and the matching dies are Balloon Die Set {Whimsy Shapeology Dies}. The stamps and die have two sizes which really give you lots of options. 
I added just a touch of Copic YG01 on the balloons and B04 around the edges, then used large pop dots after tying the strings.  
The strings are tucked under the wooden piece and all are glued using my favorite pH neutral book binding adhesive.
With a few wrappings of fun yarn and mounting on a 6 x 6 card base, the completed card is ready for my Little Man's big day!

Thank you for stopping by and following my blog.
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Serving a Risen Savior ~Pam 

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Happy Fall Greetings

Today's blog features a bountiful arrangement of fall flowers and pumpkins from Unity's Kit of the Month worked up in two different card layouts. 



Both cards were stamped on Neenah card stock and Copic colored.  On the first one, I used the Gina Marie Pleated Lace Rectangle die set and the second card is a generic stitched oval die set.  The Happy Fall sentiment is from the Stampin Up, Harvest of Memories set by Joslyn Nielson.

Thank you for stopping by today and for following by work.  
My cards are for sale on my facebook site Not Just Scraps.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Unity Fall Color Challenge

For the Unity Fall Color Challenge, I selected the bicycle image from the September 2017 Kit of the Month - So cute with the pumpkins tied on the back!


The image is stamped on Neenah cardstock and Copic colored. The die used for the border is the Gina Marie Wonky Stitches 4 Layers. After coloring the bicycle, I just wasn't sure what to do with the background. 

 Looking a several that have been done in the past, they all seemed to have been done in water colors which I really didn't have time to go dig out another group of supplies.  So I started pulling Copics, and pulling and pulling.    


I'm not an artist but I was well pleased with the shades of purple at the bottom that not only gave the shadows of the bicycle but also gave the look of water or brick or even just the reflection from the setting sun.  So don't ever be afraid to just start adding to your background.  It's no big deal if you mess it up ~ it's ART.  It may not be your current way, but it may be a new door that is being opened for you to go through to something new in your life.

Thank you for stopping by and following my work. 
This card is for sale on my site, Not Just Scraps.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Creeping By to Say Hi!

Today's card is the last of my Halloween card as now I'll move into Fall cards,  with the leaves falling faster than rain her beside the waters of Lake Murray.  This card is for a young man in the Military Academy  ~ I am extremely proud of him and the progress he is making.  I think little notes of encouragement are very important while he is away from his close family and friends.

This one eyed monster is copic colored on Neenah paper and fussy cut, then applied to a regular A2 card base with a stitched mat background.  Black crochet thread was added  and a loopy bow.


and the cute inside


Hopefully that will give him a little chuckle during his strenuous day.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

An Alternate to Triple Stamping Technique

One of this months challenges on Addicted to Card Making was the Tech Challenge of Triple Stamping.  This is a fun technique and here is the reference YouTube video for you. 
{ https://youtu.be/bmculp_tz74 }
However, I'd like to share with you an alternate way that my friend Jennie showed me, which achieves the same look and is a lot faster.  It's all a matter of preference, I'm by no means saying one is better than the other. 
Here is my card using the alternate way ~ the card I sent to my swap partner in ATCM.  This is also one of my favorite Phyllis Harris designs that I specifically did in fall colors for the Unity current challenge. 


Now keep reading if you are interesting in the alternate technique.

The key is you only color one image card or stamp your multiple images on one card.  Next select your THIN die set that has a multiple sizes.  This card used SIX sizes of this set.

Simply pick EVERY OTHER size and line up on your stamped or colored image card and lightly place washi tape to hold in place while you run through your die machine.
For this card, I went back and then used the alternating dies to cut the black matted pieces, however if you want the mats to be thinner, you can simply cut them slightly larger than the die cut images using your personal cutter. 
Carefully build from the bottom, securing each layer with glue or tape, then secure to your card base. 
And there you have it!  
Amazing results ~ I can't wait for you to try it!

Thank you for stopping by and for following by postings.
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Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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Monday, October 16, 2017

How Long Has It Been?

Today's blog features one of Whimsy's Halloween images and cards that we made during the recent annual Whimsy Retreat in Orlando, FL. The Grim Reaper is designed by Deb Davis, who I also had the honor of meeting at the retreat. 


For the background we used our choice of Tim Holtz Oxides, mixing several colors together with daubers.  Then we used Copic Opaque White and put just a little on an acrylic block and mixed with a small amount of water, then flicked tiny dots of white onto the background colored card stock.  I also spritzed mine lightly with water to give it a few larger spots.
  We then took the clear stamp image and sentiment and stamped heavily with a clear embossing pad and then  added black glossy embossing powder and heat set. 
Strips of white gauze were included to add where you wanted, so a piece of mine became the knotted bow also in addition to the top and bottom small pieces peaking out the corners. 

This project, like all the retreat projects, was a lot of fun to make. Thank you Whimsy Design Team!
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Have a BOO-tiful Day!


I'm sorry for the plastic packaging glare as this photo was done right before mailing, but hopefully you can tell the sentiment does say "Have a Bootiful Day!"



This awesome Whimsy Stamp 'BOO" is designed my Crissy Armstrong, who I had the ultimate pleasure of meeting and sharing a table with at the Whimsy Retreat last weekend!  What a charming and sweet lady who is so open to sharing her talent!

Although this card was my first attempt at coloring the grey folds, it was before her lesson in taking your coloring to the next step.  I do hope with practice (and lots of it) to incorporate many of her wonderful ideas and inspiration.  But I'm also betting my soon to be four year old grandson, will be tickled at this ghost and especially the bulldog. 

If you haven't entered the 31 nights of Halloween on the Whimsy Blog, be sure to check it out!
Thank you for stopping by and following my work.  Many of my cards are available for sale on my site, Not Just Scraps or by private message. 
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Halloween Witch Time

For my second entry into the 
I'm entering the Hazel the Witch image which is 
designed by  Silver Zet.


This card base is 5" wide by 5 1/2" tall.  A lot of the Whimsy images tend to fit better on a larger card base.  After stamping the image on Neenah card stock, I colored with Copic markers.  The edge is lightly highlighted with copic C3, giving the appearance of a narrow mat.  Then I double matted with Orange and Black before adding the Orange twine bow.  In my charm collection, I found a tiny stop watch that matched the watch on her dress! 
 {Check out Lori's Lovely Paper Crafts for a great selection of charms!}

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Why Of Course I Can Drive a Stick

For my first entry into the Whimsy 31 Nights of 
Halloween, I selected the Whimsy
Little Witch stamp designed by Art by MiRan.  


After stamping the image on Neenah card stock, I Copic colored and carefully hand cut her out.  Then I used one of the Tim Holtz Mixed Media die set for the corner of the matting.  The image is raised with foam dots and the inside sentiment is the title of this blog posting. 

Thank you for stopping by and following my postings.  This card and many others are available for ordering or purchase on Not Just Scraps or by personal message.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Hello Little Birdie

Today's featured card is Unity Stamp Company's
Hello Little Birdie, 
by one of their new artist, Tierra Jackson.


I stamped the image on Neenah Cardstock and Copic colored.  Then slowly fussy cut the image out so that I could weave him into the Abstract Hearts.  
The Card base is a matching blue cardstock, custom cut to fit arond the Double Stitched Rectangle die by Gina Marie.  Background flower matting was just a scrap, as was the yellow to make the heart die.  
The trunk of the tree is glued down then the top of the bird is raised with foam dots.  Then I added the yellow hearts, placing them under the wings of the bird.
With the many uses this card design could be for, I left off the sentiment from the front.
I hope you like Hello Little Birdie and will continue to follow my work her on Pam's Pearls.
This card and many others are available for sale on Not Just Scraps.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Cutie Patootie Easel Card

I am SUPER exited to be heading out shortly for a much needed vacation ~ Florida Bound ~ and to the Whimsy Stamps Annual Retreat this weekend.   As if you couldn't tell by a lot of my blog postings, Whimsy Stamps are my addiction!
Today's card features the Frog Friend stamp by Crissy Armstrong and I'm showing you two ways that I used this 'Cutie Patootie" little curious fellow.
I had Copic colored two images and die cut each with a simple single stitched circle die and mat.  
I found this scrap strip of gray card stock and decided to make a quick easel card.  


Once folded, I added a small strip of fringed grass to hold the easel design in place.  

For the second image I made a 5 x 5 card base, added a full coverage mat and a strip of contrasting green card stock.  then I added the  small red ribbon that is knotted with a tiny strip of green glitter tulle. 

Both card turned out great but are very different.  Which one reminds you of your son or grandson?

Thank you for stopping by today and for following my postings. These cards along with others are available for purchase at 
Not Just Scraps via Facebook.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Celebrate BIG

Today's blog card is another great Whimsy stamp image,
Celebrate Big, by designer Crissy Armstrong.

Doesn't he just make you want to celebrate!  
This is a great image to have several colored ahead of time since there are many option of layout that he will fit perfectly on.  
For this one, I used a single stitched oval die and mounted with small foam squares on top of the knot tied coordinating ribbon.  
I pulled another small oval die which allowed me to add the 
sentiments from this stamp package ~ Celebrate BIG. 

I hope he brings a little smile and that you'll check out all the cards available for purchase on Not Just Scraps
Thank you for stopping by and following my work.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Wyanet {Beautiful}

Today's card is was made for Native American Day
which is celebrated on the fourth Friday of September.
For this challenge on Addicted to Card Making
I selected the Whimsy Stamp, Wyanet, by my favorite Whimsy designer, Sylvia Zet. The name Wyanet means Beautiful, which the designer certainly accomplished with this sweet image. 

 After Copic coloring, I used a Spellbinder die for the decorative edge and added three bird feathers from my yard. 

Thank you for stopping by today and following my blog.
This card and many others are available for purchase on my site, Not Just Scraps
Serving a Risen Lord ~ Pam 

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Path of Your Dreams

For today's featured card I used the Whimsy Stamp Company, Tilly Dancing / Twinkle Toes, by Elisabeth Bell.  


 After stamping on Neenah card stock and Copic coloring, I used the Gina Marie stitched rectangle die for the image piece and the coordinating blue mat.  The card base is 6 x 6 and the same paper as the blue mat, then an additional mat of yellow patterned paper was added.  The dotted strip through the middle is washi tape and the kraft card stock strips, above and below the tape, are die cut using a open weave scallop edging.  The smaller blue tag was punched with the Creative Memories tag punch.  The sentiment is chipboard and is mounted connecting both tags with a white  rosette with a deep aqua center.

I hope you enjoy this card and step out to the path of your dreams...

"The most amazing adventure you can take
is following the path of your dreams." 

Thank you for stopping by and following my work. 
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam
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Friday, September 29, 2017

For Keeps Sake Fall Retreat 2017

Seventeen ladies attended the For Keeps Sake Fall Retreat, September 22-24, 2017, at the Moody-Gunter Center just outside Batesburg, SC.  The  perfect weather and of course the excellent meals prepared by Ms. Bonnie, helped everyone accomplish a lot of their projects from card making to scrapbooking to organizing supplies.  
My sweet friend Jennie stepped up and really helped me coordinate the event this time since I've been out of state and trying to move.  Many, many thanks go out to her! 

The theme for the event was CREATE YOUR OWN RAINBOW, and the shirts were printed locally at The Specialtee Shop in Batesburg.
And of course, little coordinating gift bags....
So the work began with the steady sound of CM Corner rounders clicking (a noise we all know when we hear it ) and beautiful creations from cards to scrapbook memory pages appeared!
Everyone references this retreat by the food first, then friends, then the work.... when it's time to eat ~ AGAIN ~ we're off to the new kitchen facility.
We even had an unplanned matching dessert!


We played Crafter's bingo for nightly prizes, which included a different two page layout of rainbow designed papers~ 
Saturday we played the envelope challenge, where everyone is given the same supplies to make a card or page layout.  The rules are you must use part of everything given and can add two of your own items.  Look at the wide array of great ideas!










Even the devotion on Sunday by Pastor Alan tied in with the rainbow theme of Seeking to find your rainbow!
And a few photos to share ~














 Can you tell we all think the world of Pastor Alan?

It truly was a blessed weekend with these great ladies. 
And the SPRING retreat will be here before we know it ~ 
We can't hardly wait!
SPRING DATE:  April 13-15, 2018
FALL DATE:  Sept 21-23, 2018