Friday, April 7, 2017


The Crafters of Faith (COF) group over at Splitcoast has a monthly post with a theme suggested reflecting a reading from scripture.  For April Jeanette is the hostess and our theme is JOY. 

Joy is not based on circumstances, but rather comes from within. No matter what is happening in our lives we can have Joy because of our love for the Lord and our hope in Him.

Joy is also one of the fruits of the Spirit…

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

 My Joy is papercrafting, and especially using supplies to try a new technique : )

 I happened to see a long handled pasta brush ($3.95) and I bought it to see if it would work like a much more expensive one that is on the market.... I used Distress inks and brushed them across white cardstock, viola.  I also brushed color on a smaller piece of cardstock for the sentiment.  I turned it around to cut out the sentiment.  I cut out the Memory Box die and glued it onto Turquoise cardstock. I decided to leave the card CAS.

 I took a second piece of cardstock and cleaned off the brush on it after using the ink above.  It was much lighter in color. I thought it would be fun to add a stencil over the top of the cardstock- I did not clean off the brush between colors, can you see how the dirty brush grayed up my brushed on colors?

 I experimented with the flower, and finally was happy with a piece that I had brushed on the Coral Distress ink on before stamping.  I added white Signo pen highlights and a touch of shimmer to the centers of the flowers. I fussy cut out the top image leaving the flowers out.  I colored the leaves with Copics and fussy cut out a 2nd image, so the floral layer is sitting up a layer.  I also had a butterfly punched from a piece of waste that I added onto the top.

OK, now Darnell has asked for April that we post Boo Boo's.  Initially, I was going to leave 1/2 of the sentiment white. I decided I did not like that and was going to brush color onto the white part of the die, and essentially ruined my 1st panel..... (which I used for butterflies and Easter Eggs).

Oops!  Well then........

HERE is a link to the SCS gallery for the group cards- stop by and see all of the great inspiration!

NBUS- Boo Boo/April Fool
Double D Challenges- Color challenge
Artistic Inspirations- AG

Thanks for stopping by!


Darnell said...

Oh, man, I am so chuckling, Shelly! I've lost count of how many times I've been concentrating on my sediment, not realizing that it was laying on top of something else I wanted to use, or I've cut my sediment out of "white" card, not realizing that the other side had a perfectly good image on it! Oy! Thank goodness we choose to keep joyful and can laugh at our boo-boos when they happen. It's only paper! I do like your lovely CAS card and the reverse coloring you did to make the JOY pop and your second card is simply gorgeous! Way to go trying out a pastry brush! Thank you so much for being a good sport and sharing your oopsie in the Hop!! Hugs, Darnell

Lisa Lynn said...

Shelly, you are more patient since you do more playing....I wish I had the energy to try those wonderful techniques. Maybe I'm afraid to waste my hoarded stash. It is wonderful to see your experiments and maybe I could get together with you to play sometime so I wouldn't feel so scared to do so, hehe.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Fantastic cards Shelly! I love the rainbow joy card so much!
Happy weekend!

Maxine D said...

Love your JOY card Shelly - it's stunning, and the second card using the same colours and the stencil is a fabulous use of the 'left overs'.

jimlynn said...

A CAS beauty! Your cards are just wonderful Shelly. Great idea on the pasta brush beautifully!

Donna Phelan said...

Beautiful cards! Love your bright happy sunshiny colors! I think my favorite is your 1st one as JOY is my most favorite word!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D Challenge Blog, Donna, DT Member.

Dr Sonia S V said...

Sooooo pretty
Dr Sonia

Darlene said...

Hi Shelly! Both cards are awesome! Hope you are doing well! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Neon / Brights’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

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Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Oh my goodness, Shelly! You are so creative!!! And your cards are jaw-dropping gorgeous! Love that you took a kitchen item and created a JOYful pair of cards with it!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful cards. I like both of them. And, yes, things can get lost and still be in plain sight. Most often what I lose is clear stamps though.

Marilyn said...

Fab cards Shelly. Great designs and variety... you are always so creative.

Susan McFeggan said...

I kind of like the Boo Boo panel. I use Boo Boo's alot. lol Great cards BTW!!

Barb said...

Shelly--these cards are fabulous. I love the colors and the designs are so wonderful. You rocked the JOY Challenge!

Margaret said...

Both cards are so fabulous. You are always so creative with the techniques you use.

CardsbyJo said...

Shelly, I love the take of the month's theme that you used on both cards. You are a very creative lady. Thanks for sharing!

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful designed creation, very creative, for our current challenge, lovely colours too...hope to see you next challenge.. Double D Challenges{DT aNNie}

Anne Temple said...

These look amazing! Love your color choices and your designs. Now to look for a brush like that :-)

MaryH said...

What a unique look you've got with the splashes of color and the bold raised die! Stunning. Like how you've used the left-over ink, to create another floral card, just as pretty. And Wow! #3 shines with the negative cuts, the colors & pretty design. You were really rockin' with these 3 cards! TFS &Hugs