Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Lights: Micah 5:2

Happy Sunday - a busy one for most of you I am sure. It certainly has been a busy week for me and a lot still left to do. If it is Sunday it must be time for the weekly challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ.

Today Peggysue is the challenge hostess and the scripture she chose is from the book of Micah 5:2.
"But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting."
Is it not amazing that long before Jesus was born his coming was foretold? There is quite a lesson in that for us. As I said in the beginning of this post, we are all very busy right now. Let us not forget that the shopping and wrapping and cooking and all other holiday related activities are not as important as remembering every second of these days that the reason for all of it is the birth of our Lord! The advent wreath is a constant reminder to prepare ourselves for Him!

The challenge this week is to create a card or project using inchies. I have never used inchies before so it was a challenge for me! I do like how it turned out though.

Be sure to stop by my SSIC design sisters to see what they have to share this week:


Grace Nywening: Th-INK-ing of You
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow (On break)
Patti J Gilliam: Cherish Each Precious Day
Peggysue Turner: Roses By My Window
Rebekka Reed: Diamond in the Rough
Randi Barret: A New Creation (On break)

Thanks for the visit.




Recipe:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs - I Wait for the Lord
Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Cranberry Tart and SU Gold
Designer Paper: Basic Grey - Jovial
Other: Spellbinder's Dies - Copic Markers and ribbon.

Other Challenges:


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Trim the Tree: Ephesians 4:29

Right off the bat let me say that I goofed. I was supposed to make a card of encouragement - so let me see how I can make this work. Okay, ready? That cute little girl (an image from our sponsor this week, Simon Says Stamps) is wanting to trim the Christmas tree but there is no tree. (do I hear an ahhh) So she is holding the ornament waiting for encouragement. How am I doing? So our cute little girl is given permission to decorate the halls since there is no tree. So did I save face on this one? Yes, you are in the right place, the Sunday challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ.

Today Patti is the challenge hostess and the scripture she chose is from the book of Ephesians 4:29.
Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Everything that I say should be nice and good. Not easy to do for most of us. But so very important especially this time of year. The kids are trying to be on their best behavior (Santa is coming) the parents are a little more stressed than usual and even those of us who are not raising children yet or anymore are a little more on edge. We make our lives busier with social engagements and shopping and a list of things that have to be done. Now is when we should be trying to be good and helpful - I tell the younger students at school "Use your nice words". Maybe we need that reminder too.

So the challenge this week is to create a card or project that will compliment, encourage, or cheer someone in need of uplifting. Like the little girl who needs a tree to decorate. :-)

Be sure to stop by my SSIC design sisters to see what they have to share this week:


Grace Nywening: Th-INK-ing of You
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow
Patti J Gilliam: Cherish Each Precious Day
Peggysue Turner: Roses By My Window
Rebekka Reed: Diamond in the Rough
Randi Barret: A New Creation (On break)

Thanks for the visit.




Recipe:
Stamps:Simon Says Stamps -  Trim the Tree 
Paper: SU - Blue Bayou
Designer Paper: Graphic 45
Other: flowers that I colored with a marker, a couple of buttons and gold thread

Other Challenges:
Simon Says Stamps - Christmas card with no red or green
Card Patterns - sketch
Sassy Studio Designs - non traditional Christmas Colors
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Christmas Card
Papertake Weekly - Christmas with no red or green


Friday, December 10, 2010

CSS Sketch Blog Hop

It is time for another Stamp TV CSS Blog Hop. This is a very busy time of the year for all of us and while I was trying to come of with the card for tonight's blog hop I thought of peace and quiet and serenity - none of which are a part of my life right now!  This time the blog hop is a sketch challenge, my favorite challenges! Here was the sketch:


And this is the card I made.


You should have arrived from Melissa Schultz blog and since she is so incredibly creative I am sure that you were wowed!  If you want to start at the beginning  or get lost along the way, just head on over to the home page of StampTV or directly over to the start of the blog hop here.

I really wanted a wintry card for this so I knew I would go with blues. The patterned paper came in the StampTV kit Winter Wonderland, the two trees that I stamped did also. I love the deer that is looking rather startled, he is from Theresa Momber's  set called Life is Good. I really like mixing stamp sets and these worked well together. I stamped the images on Gina K's Pure Luxury In the Navy card stock with Versamark and then embossed with Embossing Tinsel. In real life the embossing sparkles really well. I tore some white CS to make the snow and used a Versamark pen to make snow (or stars).  I used two oval shaped Nestabilities for the focal image and chose not to use a sentiment. The snowflakes were in my "winter stash" box and the bow was made with Bow Easy. I placed a few gems to add more sparkle.


Now hop on over to visit Peggy Wainman for what I am sure will be another amazing card.Thanks for hopping along with us and for the kind comments you leave. Happy Holidays to all of you.


 
I  also am entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps: Christmas card with no red or green
Catch the Bug: Winter Scene


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Birthday Girl


A quick post tonight. I know that I have not been updating regularly. Work has been busy so my time is a little more limited. I made this card for a granddaughter who has a birthday coming up in a few weeks. I just love this stamp set by Melanie "A year of borders". This was a simple card to color, in fact I had fun with this card. After I used the Impressibility I used a distress ink lightly over the pink.




Card Recipe:
Stamps: A year of borders sold by GinaK
Paper: Pure Luxury Chocolate Brown, Innocent Pink, and Ivory
Other: A Spellbinder Impressibility and the row is also from Spellbinders as is the tag, a bow made with bow easy.

Challenges:
Flutterby Wednesday: Anything Goes
StampTV: Color Challenge - brown - pink - ivory
CES Challenge: No Christmas card

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Blessings: Isaiah 1:18


My goodness what a busy week! I think that these few weeks out of the year are quite busy for many of us. Holiday get-togethers, shopping, cooking, making Christmas cards AND sending them. It is time once again for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ.

Today Rebekka is the challenge hostess and the scripture she chose is Isaiah 1:18.
Come now, let let us set things right, says the Lord: though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool".
"Come now, let us set things right" - I love that! God forgives - no matter what we do, or fail to do, it can be set right - through the healing love of our Father. I am happy today - well, truth be told I am usually happy. But I have lived in darkness, a darkness of my own doing. When I thought that I had made too many mistakes to ever be forgiven of all of them and that I really did  not deserve to be happy. That was then and this is now. I am happy! And I have my relationship with God to thank for that and my acceptance of the fact that I have been forgiven and I have been washed white as snow and I have every right to be happy. I was able to set things right - with His help.

Be sure to stop by my SSIC design sisters to see what they have to share this week:


Grace Nywening: Th-INK-ing of You
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow
Patti J Gilliam: Cherish Each Precious Day
Peggysue Turner: Roses By My Window
Rebekka Reed: Diamond in the Rough
Randi Barret: A New Creation (On break)

Thanks for the visit.




Recipe:
Stamps: Ornaments and Snowflake Background by ODBD
Paper: GinaK Pure Luxury white and SU Real red
Other: Ornaments and tag Nestability - some red ribbon and a red brad

Other Challenges:




Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Ornaments

** To see the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge please scroll down. **

Another Christmas card - I am on a roll! Sure wish I had more time! This card was made for a few challenges and I really do like how it turned out. I didn't expect to like it (I am more of a traditionalist) but I do.


I used the Nestie on the Ocean Mist then cut out the center. I then stamped the ornaments on white twice. The first was used behind the Nestie and the second I colored and cut out each ornament and popped it up. I also popped up the frame. I used a Cuttlebug folder on the green panel.


Card Recipe:
Stamps: Gina K's - Vintage Borders
Paper: Gina K Pure Luxury Ocean Mist and Green Apple
Specialty Paper: BG - marjolaine
Other: Lace ribbon, a shiney brad, Copic Markers, Nesties, Cuttlebug



Challenges Entered:
Stamp TV - Color Challenge
Card Patterns - Sketch 
Mark's Finest Papers - Add a bow
Stampit Crazy - Christmas Free for all

Christmas Stampin All year long - Anything Goes


Thanks for the visit and the comment!



Sunday, November 28, 2010

Warm Christmas

** To see the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge please scroll down. **

I am falling behind in my Christmas cards so now I am playing catch up. I am also trying to get a few challenges in! Today's card just came together. The most difficult thing on this card was cutting out the bow and holly on the candle. I sponged around the edges just a bit on the candle image and the sentiment with green. I used some vintage looking paper (with the dots on it) that I found in a clearance bin at Target. It is from Making Memories and the package had been damaged. Still worked well for me! :-) 


I colored the image using Copics and some gold Stickles for the flame. I had some of the red pearls, used Nesties for the images and a Stampin Up scallop punch.


Card Recipe:
Stamps: Gina K's - Light of the Season
Paper: Gina K Pure Luxury Lipstick Red and  Fresh Asparagus
Specialty Paper: Making Memories
Other: Ribbon, peals, Copic Markers, Nesties



Challenges Entered:
Stamp TV - Sketch Challenge
Color Throwdown - Colors - reddish - greenish - yellowish
Mark's Finest Papers - Add a bow
Stampit Crazy - Christmas Free for all
Christmas Stampin all year long - free for all



Thanks for the visit!



Congratulations: Philippians 4:13


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with our family. The leftovers have been picked over and are almost all gone and another work week is about to begin.
I welcome you back for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ.

Today Lisa is the challenge hostess and the scripture she chose is Philippians 4: 13.
"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. The term "advent" means "coming". It is the time when we prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus. I love this season in the church, the sights, the smells, the people, the songs. Each and every aspect of it is a reminder that it is Jesus that strengthens me. It is also a constant reminder of what is most important this time of year. That is to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. 
Be sure to stop by my SSIC design sisters to see what they have to share this week:


Grace Nywening: Th-INK-ing of You
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow
Patti J Gilliam: Cherish Each Precious Day
Peggysue Turner: Roses By My Window
Rebekka Reed: Diamond in the Rough
Randi Barret: A New Creation (On break)

So glad you stopped by, and to my American friends - have a wonderful Thanksgiving!




Recipe:
Stamps: Lovely Labels 2 - Gina K
Paper: GinaK Pure Luxury Ivory, DP - DCWV Latte
Other: Butterfly Nestie Die - some chipboard flowers I had and sticky pearls

Other Challenges:
Penny's Paper Craft - Anything Goes


Friday, November 26, 2010

CSS Inspiration Blog Hop

It is time for another Stamp TV CSS Blog Hop. So while the turkey leftovers wait to be consumed and the Christmas shopping season has officially begun, grab a cup of pumpkin spice coffee and enjoy the cards from the CSS team members. You won't be disappointed. This time the blog hop is an inspiration challenge from the photo below:


And this is the card I made.


You should have arrived from Melissa Schultz blog and I am quite certain that she shared another incredible creation. If you want to start at the beginning just head on over to the home page of StampTV.

For my card I decided to go with the colors from the photo and I also thought that the jar from Melanie's Buds and Vases stamp set would go very nicely.   The card base is Pure Luxury White and I also used Gina K Pure Luxury Red Hot and used a Cuttlebug folder to create the circle background. I stamped the jar on the white and cut it out. I "filled" the jar with some buttons. I used a half of a doily that I purchased from an Etsy shop added some ribbon and a brad. The  flower in the corner was just something I had picked up once. The colors are very much like the photo. 


Now hop on over to visit Peggy Wainman for what I am sure will be another amazing card. I sure am glad you stopped by and for leaving a comment! See you again soon.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Giving Thanks: Psalm 107:1


Sunday once again, I hope you all had a good week. Tonight one of our sons is arriving for the Thanksgiving Holiday with another son and his family arriving on Wednesday. Others we will see on Thursday. I am always so thankful to have time with my family. I welcome you back for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ.

Today I am the challenge hostess and the scripture I chose is Psalm 107:1.
"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever."
Hopefully you read my devotional on this scripture on Stampin' Sisters in Christ's home page. If you did you know why I chose the image for the card that I made for this week. I think that my mind is on my grandchildren and the total trust that they, and most children, have that their prayers are heard. Perhaps it is because they do pray with the innocence of youth. We grown ups have a tendency to complicate our prayers. It is a good thing that God knows what is in our hearts because I think I talk way too much! So today I pray, "Thank you God for family, thank you God for the food that we eat, and the many blessings you shower me with. Amen"
This week we welcome a new sponsor, Serendipity Stamps!!  One of you lucky ladies will win this beautiful stamp set for playing in this week's challenge! The challenge is to create a card that shows your thankfulness to God. A thank you card.
Be sure to stop by my SSIC design sisters to see what they have to share this week:


Grace Nywening: Th-INK-ing of You
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow (On Break)
Patti J Gilliam: Cherish Each Precious Day
Peggysue Turner: Roses By My Window (On Break)
Rebekka Reed: Diamond in the Rough
Randi Barret: A New Creation (On break)

So glad you stopped by, and to my American friends - have a wonderful Thanksgiving!




Recipe:
Stamps: Tildy with Cross
Paper: GinaK Pure Luxury White, Wine with Everything ad gold sparkly paper
Other: Some Webster's Pages ribbon and gold pearls, Nestabilities, Copics 

Other Challenges:
Card Patterns - sketch
7 Kids College Fund - Thank you card 
Mark's Finest Papers - Have a circle on the card
Simon Says Stamps - Sparkles - the paper - the wings - the ribbon
Sisterhood of Crafters : Thanks
Creative Card Crew: Thanks 
Tellen's Place: Thanks 
Crazy 4 Challenges: Circle

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Christmas Peace: John 3:30


Happy Sunday and what a glorious day it is! Welcome back for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ. It is not yet Thanksgiving and we are already being bombarded with advertisements to buy now for Christmas. Sigh - can't I just enjoy Thanksgiving first!

Today our challenge hostess is Grace and the scripture she chose is John 3:30.
"He must increase; I must decrease".
Oh how true that is especially this time of the year! I want the upcoming Thanksgiving Day to be perfect with every one of my family members happy to be together and thankful for our many blessings. I want to start thinking of the perfect gifts for our children and grandchildren for Christmas. I suppose I want to live the Hallmark movie concept of "The Holiday Season". What I struggle with is the fact that I am not living the Hallmark version of the perfect life because I am not perfect (shocker isn't it?). I have to decrease so that He will increase. The more I expect my idea of perfect to make me and others happy the less I open my heart to every wonderful non-perfect moment as a wonderful blessing from God.

This week our sponsor is once again Simon Says Stamps. Grace gave us 2 choices this week:1. Make a CAS card, (representing "you" needing to decrease); or 2. Make a More is More card, (representing that He must INCREASE) or 3. Show us a simple version of a card and then show us the "More is More" version. I did just the CAS version - me needing to decrease!

Be sure to stop by my SSIC design sisters to see what they have to share this week:


Grace Nywening: Th-INK-ing of You
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow (On Break)
Patti J Gilliam: Cherish Each Precious Day
Peggysue Turner: Roses By My Window
Rebekka Reed: Diamond in the Rough
Randi Barret: A New Creation (On break)

Thanks for stopping by - Peace!




Recipe:
Stamps: Stampin Up - Naughty or Nice sold by Simon Says Stamps
Paper: GinaK Pure Luxury White and Stampin Up Real Red
Other: Some polka dot ribbon, Copics to color and dots Cuttlebug border. 

Other Challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas
Anything Goes Challenges - Embossing

Friday, November 12, 2010

CSS Color Blog Hop

Yeah - another Stamp TV CSS Blog Hop.This time it is a color challenge, such fun!  Create a card or project using the following color combo:
  • White or Ivory
  • Brown
  • Light Blue (Little Boy Blue)
  • Yellow (Sweet Corn)


You should have arrived from Melissa Cash blog and I am quite sure that she shared another incredible creation. If you want to start at the beginning just head on over to the home page of StampTV.

I used Theresa's Fanciful Fall and Autumn Beauty for this card.  The card base is Pure Luxury Little Boy Blue and I also used Gina K Pure Luxury Sweet Corn, Brown and Ivory. I stamped the main image from Fanciful Fall then sponged around it twice, once with blue and then in the center with yellow. I stamped the wheel barrow and sunflowers from Autumn Beauty and  carefully cut them out and popped up some of the sunflowers. The strip of DP was from Cosmo Cricket called Circa 1934. I love this paper and I like how it complimented the colors!


Now hop on over to visit Sharri Seffens for what I am sure will be another amazing card. I sure am glad you stopped by and for leaving a comment! Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Winter Trees

Oh how fun to make a card from a mistake. That's right, I made a mistake. The Spellbinder Medallion just didn't cut all the way through the card stock. I almost threw it away - the the three trees was also in my toss away basket. The DP came in the mail YEAH and when I was looking through it this paper just popped out at me and this card was born. Not bad huh? 

This card was made for the following challenges:

Mark's Finest Papers: paper piercing
Paper Sundaes : Snow


Thanks for the visit!





 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Golden Trumpet

Another Christmas card, there are a lot for me to make so it is nice when I can fit a challenge or two into it. This was for JUGS (sketch) and StampTV (color). Also for ODBD (used gold cord). This turned out to be a pretty simple card but I do like the way it turned out.

I just love those labels from Nina B - sold by Gina K. The designer paper was from Basic Grey called Jovial. Didn't that work well with the color challenge? It was simple to just add a few gold brads and some ribbon. Card done - quick and easy. So happy when that happens! 

Thanks for the visit - may have another one tomorrow - I am on a roll! 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Florida Snowman

*** This is my second post today - for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge card please scroll down. 

This card was fun for me to make. It was really for a challenge on StampTV to make a non traditional colored Christmas card. Well, I decided to go totally non-traditional and build a snowman out of sand using sand colored Flowersoft. It really turned out better than I thought it would and certainly is non traditional. 
 
It is also for a challenge on Little Paper Shop to use a button and a bow and The Paper Players to use a snowman (hope sandman is okay). ABC Christmas Challenge wanted winter. This is our winter! And last but not least is the challenge from Belli Challenges to use Flowersoft.

I stamped the images on Gina K Pure Luxury Mother of Pearl (hoping for a glittery sheen). I stamped the snowman image twice so that I could pop up the hat and the heart and the scarf. I used the Flowersoft on the sandy beach and for the "sandman" itself. I added the Christmas tree and put some oranges in it so that it was obviously a Florida tree. The waves are from a DP from October Afternoon's Seaside. 

Thank you for stopping by. 


God Understands: Isaiah 55: 10,11


Happy Sunday and what a glorious day it is! Welcome back for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ. Florida finally felt a hint of winter today - in fact it is cold! I know, I know we are a little wimpy here!  

Today our challenge hostess is our dear Randi and the scripture she chose is from Isaiah 55: 10 and 11.
"For just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down And do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, Giving seed to him who sows and bread to him who eats, So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it."
Sometimes we just don't know how to pray. This might sound a little strange but for me, when I am filled with emotion whether it be anger or sadness or fear, my emotion can get in the way of prayer. I may ask "why" or tell God how it should be fixed (yup, I really do) instead of asking for His will to be done and for acceptance on my part. When I do that I know that God understands, He know my heart. He understands when we question and doubt. He understands when we choose to be selfish or unkind. We are not perfect, we sin again and again and again - and still He understands. And I certainly am glad that He does!

The challenge this week is to make a card or project that shows weather - any kind of weather. I chose winter for mine. I love those birds and the snow on the branch was fun to do with some liquid applique. I colored the bird with Copic markers and and used a white gel pen to highlight the snowflakes.

Be sure to stop by my SSIC design sisters to see what they have to share this week:


Chris Olsen: Twinkles Glow With Stamps (On break)
Grace Nywening: Th-INK-ing of You
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow
Patti J Gilliam: Cherish Each Precious Day
Peggysue Turner: Roses By My Window
Rebekka Reed: Diamond in the Rough
Randi Barret: A New Creation

Thanks for stopping by - Let Go and Let God! 




Recipe:
Stamps: "Winter Wings" from Gina K Designs and sentiment "Pray" from ODBD
Paper: GinaK Pure Luxury White and In the Navy
Other: Some snowflakes, Nestabilities, ribbon, snowflake Cuttlebug folder 

Other Challenges:
Tuesday Color Trigger - Blue and White
One Stitch at a time - Winter
Ellephantastic - Blue
Paper Sundaes - Let it Snow

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pure: Philippians 4:8


Sunday already! If so then it is time once again for a challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ. Today (Saturday) we woke up to wonderful slightly cooler weather. We then went to the soccer games of 2 of our grandchildren - it was delightful. What blessings grandchildren are! 

Today our challenge hostess is Linda and the scripture she chose is Philippians 4:8
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
I am having a difficult time this week wrapping my head around the scripture. Does that ever happen to you? I love what it says but my mind is cluttered with some difficult things and at those times sharing on all the wonderful words in the scripture, like those above is, is a struggle. My heart is troubled and I believe that Linda chose this so that I could get beyond my troubled heart, let go of the difficulties that I have no control over anyway, and look at the pure and honest and lovely - like watching my grandchildren at the soccer field today. Let go and let God.... that has to be my mantra right now. 

The challenge this week is to make a card using all white or cream - monochrome in pure tones. I really had a hard time with that too! Guess I just had a hard week....  I made a loss card - sometimes loss is not just in death - loss of a relationship can be just as painful. I made this card for someone with that kind of loss.

Be sure to stop by my SSIC design sisters to see what they have to share this week:


Grace Nywening: Th-INK-ing of You
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow
Patti J Gilliam: Cherish Each Precious Day
Peggysue Turner: Roses By My Window
Rebekka Reed: Diamond in the Rough
Cindy Coutts: Cindy Coutts Designs
Randi Barret: A New Creation - (on Break)

Thanks for stopping by - Let Go and Let God! 




Recipe:
Stamps: By Your Side and Fanciful Tags from Gina K Designs
Paper: GinaK Pure Luxury White
Other: Some pearls, Nestabilities, distress inks, ribbon 

Other Challenges:
Card Patterns - sketch
Our Daily Bread Designs - Top 3 challenges - Punches/Dies
Simon Says Stamps - Punches
Spoonful of Sugar - Punches

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cameo

My mail lady was nice to me this week! She gave me a delivery from Layers of Color (the stencil) and another order with some ribbon and Copics. Oh happy day.  I made this card for the StampTV Color challenge - that Janice sure does come up with great creative challenges! I also made it for Card Patterns Sketch challenge. Just a quick post tonight - I have stamping to do!!! :-) 

Thanks for the quick visit! Have a day filled with blessings!







Recipe:
Stamps: Timeless Treasures - Gina K Designs
Paper: Pure Luxury Green Apple and Black
Special Paper: Used the stencil from Layers of Color and sponged it with distress ink.
Other: black ribbon and button
Challenges:
Stamp TV: Color challenge
Card Patterns: Sketch Challenge 
Tip Top Tuesday: Anything Goes 
CES Challenges: Buttons and bows 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Faith: Psalm 73:26


Happy Sunday and another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ. This has been a busy weekend, then again it has been a busy several weeks! So much to always be thankful for - not the least of these being good health.

Today our challenge hostess is Chris and the scripture she chose is Psalm 73:26
"My health may fail, my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever."
The month of October has a lot of pink and this week's challenge is the same. We were asked to use a pink ribbon or use a lot of pink. I always make a card similar to this once a year for a friend and co-worker of mine who is a breast cancer survivor for 5 years now. She has had several set-backs including finding cancer in her brain which has also been put on hold. Through it all she is at work, teaching her students, every day with a smile on her face and hope in her heart! I made this card for her, my friend Karen. She is not the only one, there are others who have had the word "cancer" become a word that they wake up with every morning, my friend Dana, my sister-in-law Betsy, my friend Randi, 2 friends from church Pete and Kevin.

They all have something else in common - they have an incredible faith and an incredible trust in God! They have wonderfully sunny dispositions and they ALWAYS dwell on the positive. God is the strength of their hearts! To them and all the others - I dedicate this card to you!

Be sure to stop by my SSIC design sisters to see what they have to share this week:


Grace Nywening: Th-INK-ing of You
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow
Patti J Gilliam: Cherish Each Precious Day
Peggysue Turner: Roses By My Window
Rebekka Reed: Diamond in the Rough
Cindy Coutts: Cindy Coutts Designs
Randi Barret: A New Creation - (on Break)

Thanks for stopping by - pray for someone today.




Recipe:
Stamps: Lacie - The Lollipop Shop
Paper: SU Pinks - GinaK Pure Luxury Ivory
Specialty paper: Digi paper from GinaK
Other: Some pearls and Nestabilities 

Other Challenges:
Pear Tree Designs: Anything Goes
 Mark's Finest Paper: Use a die or punch
Stamp Insanity: Use pink
Hodge Podge: Monochromatic - all pinks 

Friday, October 22, 2010

CSS CAS Blog Hop

My goodness - 2 blog hops for me in as many days! This has been fun if a bit of a "challenge"! I have to let you know that CAS cards are the most difficult for me to make - I always want to add just one or tow more things. But - here it is, a CAS (Clean and Simple) blog hop. The challenge was to create a card with these requirements:
  • One image
  • One sentiment
  • One layer card - card base plus only one more layer
  • Embellishments - as many as you want but all the same color


You should have arrived from Melissa Schultz blog and I am quite sure that she shared another incredible creation. If you want to start at the beginning just head on over to the home page of StampTV.

I used Tami's Faithful Florals for this card.  The card base is Pure Luxury In The Navy and the white embossed layer was sent to me by the wonderfully talented and generous Karen Knegten. I used Distress Inks - Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass for the flowers with a brush and then just Copic B37 to give it a little definition. I used a green marker for the stems. A little blue ribbon and that is it - CAS!


Now hop on over to visit Shannon Hawkins for what I am sure will be another amazing card. I sure am glad you stopped by and for leaving a comment! Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thank You Blog Hop!

Oh we have a fun blog hop for you tonight and I had a great time making all of these cards on one day last Sunday!

Tonight we are having a special blog hop to thank our recently retired StampTV Challenge Hostess Team members: Carla Suto , Melissa Shultz, Brenda Turner, Linda Payne, Giovana Smith

These 5 designers have provided StampTV with a challenge each week during the months of June, July and August.
Her color challenges were amazing! The challenge of hers that I chose to showcase was her first one - brown, green and ivory. See her original challenge card here! Thank you Carla - loved all of your challenges!

Stamps: Fanciful Fall
Card Stock: Pure Luxury Chocolate Brown, Fresh Asparagus, Ivory
Specialty Paper: Basic Grey Cappella
I just love Sketch Challenges and Melissa's were wonderful! Some were tricky and some were not. The one I chose to emulate was her 6th challenge. Here is the link to her sample card.

Stamps: A year of leaves and Fanciful Fall
Card Stock: Pure Luxury Pumpkin Spice, Ivory
Specialty Paper: Cloud Nine - Harvest Holiday
The creative Brenda came up with several very challenging challenges! These were probably the most difficult for me although I think I did enter most of them. She found such beautiful ideas for the challenge but the one I CASED for this hop is her 13th one and chose to use the colors. Here is the original challenge.

Stamps: Buds and Vases, A year of flowers
Card Stock: Brown from stash
Specialty Paper: Not sure where that came from, it was in my "fall" box.
I loved the Blast from the Past challenges and Linda picked some fantastic ones! The one I chose was her 4th which was to use a bow and old button. See the link here.
Stamps: Winter Wings

Card Stock: Pure Luxury Cranberry Tart, Fresh Asparagus
Specialty Paper: Cloud Nine Harvest Holiday
Now when I first heard that we were to make Christmas cards I must admit that I was not thrilled. I was just getting ready to start my summer vacation and did NOT want to think Christmas - BUT - here it is getting close to November and I am soooo glad that I made Christmas cards this summer! I decided to thank Giovana by following her 10th challenge which was to use punches/dies. Check out her fantastic sample!

Stamps: Lovely Labels 2 and Blessed is the Season 
Card Stock: Pure Luxury All Spruced Up and Good as Gold
Specialty Paper: Basic Grey Jovial



We have a special StampTV Challenge Magazine Volume 3* located on the Freebie Tab, where all of their challenges are shared in a download PDF that you can save to your computer and print out at your leisure!

Now be sure to hop on over to see Karen's thank you creations!

Please join in our Thank You Discussion on Stamp TV and feel free to play along and say thank you with your own take on one of their challenges!!!
Have a great evening!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pray: Matthew 6:9-13


Happy Sunday and another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ. We finally got a little taste of slightly cooler air and it is wonderful! The windows are finally opened for the first time since May! Thank you God! 

Today our challenge hostess is our amazing Lisa and the scripture she chose is from Matthew and one that we all know so well.
Matthew 6: 9-13 "This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'
I do believe that we do all now the Lord's prayer. We say it at every mass. Let me ask you a question - how often do you talk to the people you love? Your spouse, your children, your sisters and brothers, or adult children? Probably every day or even several times a day! Do we talk to God that often? Do you think maybe we should? Relationships need communications and our relationship with God does too. So often we can go along just fine until something happens in our lives that knocks us to our knees and then we pray! Or we say the prayers we know so well without really thinking of the words and what they mean. We need to make time for daily prayer, make it a priority in our life.

I made this card for someone who is in great need for prayer - someone who was knocked to his knees. These stamps are from ODBD and I used the cracked glass technique to age the image and the words a bit.

Be sure to stop by my SSIC design sisters to see what they have to share this week:


Grace Nywening: Th-INK-ing of You
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow
Patti J Gilliam: Cherish Each Precious Day
Peggysue Turner: Roses By My Window
Rebekka Reed: Diamond in the Rough

Thanks for stopping by - remember - daily prayer!




Recipe:
Stamps: ODBD - Lift up your hands and Pray
Paper: SU Chocolate and Rust
Specialty paper: Cosmo Cricket - Earth Love
Other: Flourish punch and some pearls and Nestablitily border punch

Other Challenges:
Our Daily Bread Designs: Anything Goes