Monday, September 26, 2016

SSS Special Card Kit Hop - Winner of Extra Goodies

Good morning - so sorry I'm pretty much a week late of what I planned on to announce a winner for the extras from the Simon Says Stamp Special Card Kit Hop - the Halloween stamp set and some of the embellies!

I used Random.org and listed all the people who said they were interested in my giveaway, and the lucky winner is...


Congrats Tracy! Please send me an email as soon as possible at housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com with your mailing address, and I will get those goodies dropped in the mail to you as soon as possible!

Thanks so much for all the comments and for playing along - have a wonderful day!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

May the Lord be Gracious and Give You Peace

Good morning...I'm here to share a simple sympathy card that pretty well sums up where my life is at right now - and how grateful I am for the peace that passes understanding...

I made this card for the family of a wonderful gentleman who passed away this last week -  yesterday was the memorial service. Night before last our small community went through what seems to be happening so often, and yet no one can make sense of - a shooting at our local mall that left 5 dead, and too many more with lives changed forever. And finally, yesterday evening, my Grandma passed away at the age of 102. The sentiment on this card is perfect for each and every one of these situations...


Here is my Grandma with my family a little over 2 years ago when we were blessed to celebrate her 100th birthday with her:


She was an amazing woman, who loved the Lord and wasn't afraid to tell anyone about it. She had more pluck than any woman I know half her age, and until the past several days was both the oldest AND healthiest resident in the nursing home she was staying in! We often referred to her as "ninja grandma" - her reflexes seemed to never slow down. She adored cherries and strawberries for as long as I can remember - and we often brought her chocolate covered cherries from Trader Joe's. Then we would laugh as she talked about trying to hide them because everyone who saw them wanted one and she didn't want to share! She will be missed, but we are also so happy that she finally got her wish to join my Grandpa and the Lord in heaven.


I used some soft pattern paper to back Leaves Cover Panel Die, then cut a frame with Circles and Scallops Die Set. Finished with a new favorite sympathy sentiment from The Lords Strength. A few enamel dots and some ivory jute twine finish this off soft and simple.


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Pretty Pink Posh and SSS STAMPtember Collaboration Set

Good evening! I posted this card last night using the adorable new STAMPtember collaboration between Pretty Pink Posh and Simon Says Stamp - SOOO crazy cute! You can find it HERE if you're interested - and promised to fill the post in better this morning.

Some crazy events in the last couple days sort of set me off balance and I lost track of the days. The past couple days we thought we were preparing to say farewell to my Grandma who is 102 - and whie she has definitely lived a very long, full, and wonderful life, it is never easy to say goodbye to someone. I stopped by to see her a couple days ago, and she never woke up - I was able to sit with her a bit, give her a kiss, and say goodbye. I didn't expect her to even wake up again. However - yesterday I heard she was awake and wanting to be put in her wheelchair! She is one plucky lady I'll tell you that! But we'll gladly keep her around as long as possible!

Then, last night there was a tragic shooting at our local mall - about 15 minutes from our house. The entire community we live in is still reeling from the news. Currently 5 people have been confirmed dead, and they still have not caught the shooter. Prayers for all those affected are greatly appreciated I know. It still kind of doesn't even feel real yet...and so incredibly sad!

That is just a small slice of this weeks emotional roller coaster! Now on to some more info on this card!


This set is part of the month long STAMPtember celebration at Simon Says Stamp:


Here is a peek at the super adorable set with it's matching dies - you can find it HERE:

I created a shaker card with some plaid pattern paper and Pretty Pink Posh's Storybook 5 Die and filled with Iridescent Mini Circle Confetti.


I matched the color of my birdie to my pattern papers - I love doing that so my stamped image coordinates perfectly. I used to color my images, then try to find matching paper - this way is SOOO much easier!


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Thankful Owl - and Glittery Outlining

Good morning! Just a quick stop in this morning to share a fall card using a cute little image from the newest sentiment kit from Unity Stamp Company!


I also have a Quick Tip Video to share how I added a glittery outline to my image - really hard to photograph, but kind of fun in real life:



I love layering pattern paper with doilies and twine - especially on a fall card, the textures are so fun!


I also chose my Copic colors inspired by my pattern paper - a great way to ensure they match perfectly together!


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