Monday, 19 March 2018

God is Love

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've enjoyed your weekend. If you're in the UK and have had more snow, or are anywhere that has snow, I hope you've  been able to stay safe and warm.

Here the snow has settled on the pavements, gardens, and rooves, but the roads are clear, so I was able to get to Church yesterday morning without any problems!

Last week, a customer who buys my cards, asked if I had ten Easter cards she could buy. I was so embarrassed when I had to tell her I haven't made any this year! 
Yesterday I decided to do something about it, and make an Easter card. I'm very pleased with today's card, but it isn't really an Easter card, as it stands. The inside is blank, so I could make it one with the right sentiment. 

As I was playing with the Hold on to Hope Stamp Set, and the co-ordinating dies Cross of Hope Framelits, I finished up with some stamped and/or die cut crosses, and flowers that I didn't use. I put them all into a cello bag and popped the bag in the stamp DVD box. 

This was an idea I had the other day, rather than putting the images in the appropriate colour bags. With this new method, if I decide I want to use this stamp set, I'll have all the unused images in the stamp box ready and waiting!

I don't know how long I'll stick with this; time will tell if it's as practical in practice as the theory sounds! 

The products I've used for today's card are Whisper White Cardstock (CS) for the card  base and the heat embossing; Soft Suede CS for the first layer on the inside and outside of the card, and also for the cross; and two sheets from the Wood Texture Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack. 

As the DSP is a fairly plain design and light coloured, I've used it for the top layer inside the card as well, because it's light enough to write and/or stamp on. 

I heat embossed the sentiment GOD IS LOVE and banner, two flourishes, two individual flowers - these didn't get used! - and three butterflies using Copper Embossing Powder on Whisper White CS. I stamped the cross using Soft Suede Ink on Soft Suede CS. 

Next I die cut all the stamped and heat-embossed images, as well as the tall slim cross that comes with the die set. For this I used our Copper Foil - I love the look of this cross on the plain solid cross.

To adhere the two flourishes under the cross, I found the centre point on the top layer of DSP, and added Tombow to the first flourish. I put the end of the stem on the centre point I'd marked, and made sure the outer-most leaf on the flourish was as close to the right-hand edge as possible.

I repeated this process for the second flourish, but in the opposite corner, and adhered it with the outer-most leaf towards the left-hand edge. I adhered the Copper Foil cross to the Soft Suede stamped Cross, and added Dimensionals on the back.

I played around with the arrangement of the Cross and the banner, which I'd also added Dimensionals to, and when I was happy, adhered them to the card front. I did extremely well by resisting the temptation to add the little corner stamp in all four corners! LOL!

Instead, I added one butterfly to each flourish, and one on the sentiment banner, all on Dimensionals. I will keep this card with a blank interior and finish it when I know what occasion I want to use it for. 

Maybe tomorrow I'll make a proper Easter card!

Next Saturday, I'm running a class for a friend who lives in Peacehaven - you may remember, I did one for her last year.  Pat has booked the Church Hall, and have spaces for another three or four attendees!

If you're in the area and would like to join us, please email me at 

I thrilled that I have 110 members in my Happy Crafting Facebook group! There's plenty of room for lots, lots more to join us. This is the link if you'd like to share your projects with other like-minded crafters.

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. This card is really, really beautiful Jan. I've been thinking of ideas for an Easter card, in recent days and this could definitely be a contender! Lol -- yes, it could easily have an inside sentiment to complete the job. Love the Soft Suede paired with the Copper foil. You did an amazing job! I'll watch to see what you come up with tomorrow too! TFS

  2. This is an awesome card. I have seen others using this set but were toomuch. This is just right. Thank you for your ideas and time. One question What is the color paper you used for the cross behind the coper ??

  3. Hi, Geraldine. I'm happy how this card turned out, even though it's not an Easter card. I've been asked if I'll make a video, so I'm looking forward to doing that. Tomorrow's Easter card is finished, and yes it is an Easter card this time! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.