Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stamping Sisters in Christ Challenge 122, Free 1/2 heart Embellishment and some Ice Pictures


I’ve been making loads of cards – I just find no time to blog them.  So I’m parking myself here at the computer with a nice hot cup of decaf Earl Grey and won’t budge until I have got this down here. 

I’ll start with just a trio of ice pictures.  We have had an extremely mild winter and my fear was it would not get cold enough for me to take pictures of the ice.  I know the wineries also count on a good cold snap to harvest grapes for ice wine too.  So we are both happy today I think because the temperatures dipped down nicely yesterday.  As soon as the sun came up I was out the door murfled up in layers upon layers of warm clothing and with a heated bean bag (thanks Neti, I use these for heating our toes in bed each night and also for this and for keeping my pot of tea piping hot too… oh and raising bread and… )  anyways, I put the heated bean bag inside of a belly bag and my camera nestles within this and it allows me to keep it at a temperature that avoids the lens fogging up. 

No matter how warm I dress I still come home all nippy because its impossible to use the camera effectively without exposing my fingers and my legs become frozen because I lay down on the ice a lot.  Its worth it.  Here are a few photos from yesterday – I’ll post more over the coming posts.


Barb Derksen Ice 2012  (1)

Squares and Spikes

Barb Derksen Ice 2012  (2)

Barb Derksen Ice 2012  (3)

LOVE-ly Ice (see the heart shapes?)

Barb Derksen Ice 2012  (5)

So much texture!

Barb Derksen Ice 2012  (6)

Looks like a little scrubber

Barb Derksen Ice 2012  (7)

Looks like “icing” on the rocks.


So stay tuned for more ice photos over the coming days – along with more cards. 


Stamping Sisters in Christ Challenge 122 Revelations 21:5

Scripture: Rev 21:5 “And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He [!] said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true."

Challenge:  Let's use something new on our card/project this week. It can be a new stamp, paper, or embellishment...or even a new technique or an idea that is new to you! Just have fun with your creation!!

I’m taking this challenge along with my sister in law Judy.

Here is my take on something NEW




I know, this is very different for me.  I had pure fun with this one in fact.



Karate (background)

Sarah Milne (paper background for 1/2 heart embellishment)

Various scraps used for hearts in truck.


Truck – Graphics Fairy 

Half Heart – Barb Derksen (me, available here!)


And just so you might get the urge to make your very own Loads of Love 1/2 heart element I’m leaving this FREE set so you can digi do it or print it or even print and cut if you have a magic Silhouette SD like me!  Please have your friends come download here – I’ll place a copy in the PAGES tabs up top of the blog and you can always come back and get them if you lose them somehow (that has worked for ME in the past too!)  Your comment love is worth it all haha!


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  1. love your card ....way to go. Thank you for the Loads of Love half heart think I am going to give it try..
    have a great day....


  2. Fabulous pictures Barb, thanks for sharing them. Love your card, it is a great masculine card. Thank you for the free graphic.

  3. Good morning Barb:)
    WOW..I LOVE your ice photos... so COOL! Literally.LOL Honestly..they are TERRIFIC! I can't imagine getting down on the ice to get those shots..but believe me..I so appreciate YOU doing it!!:)
    I LOVE your card too!!... and THANK YOU so much for sharing your 1/2 heart with me.:)

    Have a WONDERFUL day my friend:)


  4. I have a hard time with "man" cards and this is a fantastic example of one! TFS!

  5. Beautiful photographs!! And love your very cool manly type card with the inventive use of the hearts!! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!!


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