Thursday, January 31, 2013

COF January 2013 Blog Hop!

Good morning, cafe friends! Today is the Crafters of Faith Blog Hop! COF is a wonderful fellowship of sweet sisters in Christ that meets on Splitcoast Stampers. We lift each other up in prayer, encourage each other, and mostly just make each other laugh out loud.

This month, our blog hop hostess is Sharon (a piece of heart blog). Sharon's challenge: Use something old, something new, and try a new technique. What? No borrowed? No blue? That's okay. I added the blue anyway. :)

I decided to try a chalkboard technique. Chalkboards and chalkboard art are all the rage right now in home decorating, so why not incorporate it on a paper crafting project? Of course, it involves embossing, and y'all know I'm not a fan of embossing. Ick! Yuck! Mess! This is usually when the Mr. Monk in me rears its ugly head. But today I press on!

I used a stamp set from Stampin' Up circa 2002, stamping and embossing in a vanilla powder. The nice thing about the chalkboard technique is that you are not trying to achieve perfection. Chalkboards are messy, and they leave little bits of dust and smudges everywhere. I can do messy! After embossing, I inked the edges with some Distress Stain in picket fence.

Something old? Check. New technique? Check. Something new? Well, I did use my new pool party card stock. I think that counts!

{Today's Brew: PTI Rustic Cream card stock, SU Pool Party and black card stock, SU Love Letters stamp set, embossing powder, SU embossing folder, PTI felt, wplus9 heart die, amuse stitched grosgrain ribbon, Distress Stain in picket fence}

Now for the fun part! Hop on over the the other Crafters of Faith blogs (you can see the list on the right) and leave them all some comment love!

Blessings on your day!


  1. This card Rocks! I think the technique you chose is perfect for the images you used. Love the layout you picked too!

  2. FAB card Mary Rose! That's an awesome technique...not sure that I've done it before & now I'll have to try. Your card turned out great Hun....great job with the challenge & TFS!!!

  3. That is cool! I too would not allow my OCD to let me try this

    Very sweet card!

  4. Fabulous!! Love that chalk board technique! Awesome card, Mary Rose! Hugs, kadie

  5. Mary Rose, I wasn't even sure what a chalk board technique was when you mentioned it in the thread... but wow!!! I love it! I think I want to try it now, too. Your card is such fun!!!

  6. Oh my, this is beautiful - I've seen this, but have not dared to try it :) You sure rocked the challenge though! The colors are a beautiful contrast to the lovely card!

    Blessings to you, my COF friend! x0x0

  7. Oh, MaryRose, this card is awesome! I love the chalkboard effect you achieved. Intentionally or not intentionally .. the mess works (and I use that word loosely because there really is nothing messy about this card) :-)

    Thanks for playing along.

  8. Oh Maryrose. I love how you did this card and used the chalkboard turned out amazing and you did such a great job....I need to try are a great inspiration to me....

  9. I so love your tried technique! You did a great job with it. It also will allow me to maybe all some of my heat embossing nightmares as chalk boards!

    I am glad that someone else is 'Monkified' around here! LOL That comment you made had me laughing.

  10. Ooh, what a fun, fun, card! I love the chalkboard technique and your card turned out beautifully! Also I love your remodeling - thanks for sharing!
    Hugs and blessings,

  11. I have those stamps somewhere in my stash. I have gotten out all my old favorite Stampin' Up stamps for Valentines Day cards. I'm determined to bring some life back to them. Love your card you made with this set. I may have to case it.

  12. Love it!!!!! Hmmmm, I'll tell my own Mr. Monk in me to be still, chalk boards are always dusty! LOL Great take on this challenge and a great technique too! I just love your creations!