Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Flowering Cactus

Flowering Cactus by Eureka Stamps

Hello Everyone...

I can't wait to share with you today.  This is a start to a new weeks Challenge at Twist of Faith. The theme is "Easel/Pop-up card" with a twist  of  having a special touch of encouragement by placing a scripture, positive quote/verse, or uplifting quote somewhere on the card.

I look forward to each week visiting your Blog's with a smile, excitement and tickled with joy how we each have our own style and special touches of giving our cards. I count my blessings each week I get to visit and meet new crafters who have the same love of creating and giving their works a special touch from what is within our hearts wanting to touch the person we are giving the card to. And even more...we get to share it with the World through our Blogs. How awesome is that.

This weeks Challenge  at Twist of Faith our gracious Sponsor is Eureka Stamps who is giving the Winner choice of 5 digital images.
How awesome is this!   Please go by to see the inspiration the other Design Team members are sharing and using Eureka Stamps.

The inspiration I chose to share with you on my Easel Card is Eureka Stamps - Flowering Cactus.
I am from Texas is part of the reason I chose this Flowering Cactus image.
The other it brought some happy heart memories out that put smiles on my face and joy in my heart. Father who is now passed used to love eating these delicacies. I would see him  setup outside to gently clean the needles and skin off as he would have these growing in our yard.  He would have the kitchen smelling delicious when using them to make his breakfast omelets and homemade fancy dishes. 
I will be entering this card in Challenges:

I wanted to share with you what I have been doing with some of my images to give them an extra touch of tender loving care. In this it dimension by using my McGill embossing tools. Seems like with each image I try something different when using the technique of stamp 3-D paper piecing. This image I kept whole when cutting it and dimension embossed certain areas so the blooming flowers would pop. The shadowed image is the bottom layer where I glued the colored image.
Supplies Used:
Design Paper:  DCWV-Latte Stack, The Best of K & Co.
Faber Castell pencils and big brush pens
Image: Flowering Cactus/Eureka Stamps
Sentiment: Digi Darla
Spellbinders: Shapeabilities-Fluer De Lis Accent
Spellbinders: Nestabilities-Large Labels, Decorative Labels Eight, Labels Eleven
Memory Box: Blooming Vine (bought through Joanna Sheen )

I am entering this card (same card on posting just different picture angle) in:
 Cuttlebug Mania - Anything Goes-Diecuts 
Diecuts Used: Spellbinders: Shapeabilities-Fluer De Lis Accent
Spellbinders: Nestabilities-Large Labels, Decorative Labels Eight, Labels Eleven
Memory Box: Blooming Vine
I hope I did not bore you with all my pictures...But I love this Flowering Cactus image.  The pointy sharp needles made me think of  life's unsettling challenges. We can be hurt emotionally, feel rejected, stressed out  but with God on our side who can be against us. He will  and can keep your spirit joyful in hope...patient in affliction...faithful as we pray and trust in Him. 
Wait...I am not done yet...I also want to share the way I dress up my envelopes as a gift package envelope.  Each one getting a different look. This is what I did with this one. I have a particular Friend already in mind to receive this card. 
Martha Stewart Edge Punch
Bit of Paisley - Cuttlebug embossing Folder
Have a wonderful day. Until next time...this Shabby Chic Grannie is out. 


Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Beautiful write up! TFS your how to and your thoughts.I like your stylish envelop. The card with cactus is so stunning. Thank you for playing along with us at DigiStamps4Joy and we hope to see you again. Good Luck :)
[DS4J DT Member]
[Qinaahana Arts And Crafts ~ My Personal Blog]

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's a beautiful card and envelope.
Thanks for join us at DigiStamp4Joy.

Greetings karin DT member

Chris Hanselman said...

Love all the layers. Cute envelope. Great job with all the die cuts and embossing. Thanks for entering our Anything Goes challenge at Created With Love Challenges.

Barb said...

Your card is stunning! I love all of the detail and the envelope is sweet!

I love reading the story of each of your cards too!

Papercrafting Princess said...

I love how the vines are overlapping on the card...Beautiful!

craftin-dawn said...

Beautiful! Love the die cuts and your layering! Thanks for joining us this week at Created With Love Challenges for our Anything Goes Challenge!

Lady Bug Stampers said...

Oh what a wonderful card and the envelope is spectacular! Gives me great inspiration thank you.
Thanks for joining in the fun at Created With Love Challenges.
Linda K. DT

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous card and envelope!!

Thanks for joining us at Eureka Stamps this week.

Kimbo said...

Amazing card. Such an unusual image and it all looks so delicate. Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this week x

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Today's Beautiful Moments - Tracey Fehr said...

Antoinette...I hardly know where to begin! This card is amazing! I look at the cactus and it looks so I could touch it and get pricked! LOL. I absolutely love all the detailing you've put into this! And, your blog post is beautiful! Well done!

Kerry said...

I love all the layers you've used on your card and the envelope is great too. Thank you for joining in at Cuttlebug Mania this week.

Crafting Vicky said...

wow fabulous way to had the texture to this card. Loving that image.

Thanks for joining us at Eureka Stamps this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky