Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sneak Peek

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Hello everyone! Just a quick card to share with you today. This is a sneak peek at one of the fabulous new sets being released at Our Daily Bread designs April first! This set consists of several different sized frames with birds and butterfly motifs in silhouette, and a place for a sentiment. I stamped this one with Stazon Stone Gray Ink onto designer paper, sponged with TH Distress ink in Scattered Straw and cut with Spellbinders labels Eighteen. My base is Bazzill and the designer paper is Queen Bee by Pink Paisley. The sentiment is part of one from the "From Me to You" set. The embossing folder is CB, the Punch is EK Success, the trim is Websters Pages, and the pearls are Recollections.

Be sure to be back on April 1st for the release blog hop for lots of chances to win free sets! Hope to see you then!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday - Nature Inspired, Make it Monday - Anything goes, Paper Playtime - Anything Goes, Catered Crop - recipe I chose border punch and die cut tools, Gingerloft - 2W - Die Cuts or Punches, Let's Ink It Up - Die Cuts or Punches, Tellen's Place - texture
The Rubber Cafe - Embossing

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great week!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Piece or Peace?

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Hello everyone! Happy Sunday! With Sunday comes another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge! This week, Lisa is our hostess, and for this week's Scripture, she has chosen Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." This is one of my favorite verses! I have to be reminded often not to be anxious. I am learning... that with fervent prayer, that anxiety can be turned over to the God who loves me and wants only the best for me. I can truly attest to the truth of this verse because I have felt that peace that transcends all understanding. I have been in life threatening situations, and felt that peace... what's the worst that can happen to me? I die? Well... for the Christian, that is not something to be feared! In fact... being in the presence of my Savior will be more wonderful than anything I've ever experienced on earth! This verse assures me that this peace will guard my heart and my mind! Yes, anxiety does come sometimes, but when I'm really leaving it at His feet... He gives me peace and helps me keep my mind from dwelling on destructive thoughts, anxieties and fears.

The challenge is a fun one!
A different kind of peace... piece... as in paper piecing. Use paper piecing in the main image of your card/project.

Since Lisa opened her own on line crafting store this week... I decided to use this adorable little image that is made exclusively for Lisa's Store, The Craft's Meow. This is little Frieda and the set is called Little Frieda's Flowers. Isn't she adorable? Since my granddaughter is about to have a birthday, I made this in lavenders and greens for her. Unfortunately lavenders do NOT photograph well! All these lavenders really match beautifully in real life! I paper pieced Frieda's top and her shoes with a Papertrey dp scrap and then shaded it a bit with a Copic marker. I decided that since Frieda is out picking flowers, she should wear leggings so I colored her that way. (She could just as easily be colored with a dress and socks). My papers are a variety of things from my stash. The base is Bazzill. The background green is Martha Stewart. The lavender oval is Heidi Grace, and the front two layers are Kaisercraft Lilac Ave. I used a Craft Two embossing folder for the pretty butterflies. The flowers and buttons are from my stash, and the ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I added Stickles to her flowers, though you can't see the sparkle in this light. The sketch I used is from Cute Card Thursday.

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Our Sponsor this week is Technique Junkies Newsletter! WooHoo!
The prize is a one year subscription to the newsletter!
We want to thank them for their generosity!


With Lisa opening her new store called the Craft's Meow she has decided to offer a second prize this week.....a set of the three Little Frieda stamps to one of our players!!! You see one here today, one a couple posts down and the other can be seen on her site. They are so fun... be sure to play along for a chance to win all three!


For more inspiration on today's challenge, please visit my DT Sisters:
Chris, Linda, Peggysue, Miesje, Rebecca, Lisa , Kris, Sabrina, & MariLynn
Randi (is on leave)

I also made this card for the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by and blessing me with your comments!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Trust

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Hello everyone! It is time for ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge(SNTODBD31)! The assignment is to use Our Daily Bread Design stamps. The challenge this time is all about "NEW to You"! This means you can try out a technique or product that is NEW to you. You can use something new like your ODBD stamps, papers, embellishments that you may have had and not used yet or just got in the mail. We look forward to seeing what you create using ODBD stamps! Remember, the more you play the more you increase your chance to win! This challenge will run from Thurs. Mar. 24 til Wed. April 7. Be sure to use SNTODBD31 keyword when uploading to SCS or other galleries, and link your card to the Stamping in Time Post on the ODBD blog.

My card uses the new Anniversary sets Scripture Collection 7, and Fancy Labels, as well as Spellbinders Label Seventeen. My base is Bazzill. The designer paper is Prima Botanical pack. (LOVE this new pack)! I used Gina K Pure Luxury Ivory for my sentiment. To stamp the fancy label in two colors, I used SU! Soft Sky (using the pad on the stamp, careful not to touch the verse). Then I used a VersaColor Khaki tear drop and just inked the verse. I then clear embossed the verse so it pops out from the rest. I sponged Khake and Adirondak Latte around the edges. I used a Cuttlebug Textile folder for my panels, then sponged lightly with Latte. The bow is made with May Arts silk ribbon. I added a QuicKutz flourish and MS leaves, boughs and Prima flowers. The lace was a gift from a sweet friend (thanks again my friend!).

For more inspiration... please visit my DT sisters who made samples today:


I hope you'll play along! With two weeks to play... I'm sure everyone can use something NEW! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

I am also entering this in the following challenges:
Cuttlebug Challenges (a link party), For Fun Challenge (flowers & sentiment the focal point), Amber's Crafts and Stuff - use diecuts, Crafts and Me - anything goes, Freshly Brewed - 2 or more embellishments, Creative Craft Challenges - Lace, Stamping Vacation - M - Inspired by Little House On The Prairie (I chose Laura's and Mary's matching Sunday dresses), Incy Wincy Designs - Embossing, Make it Monday - Anything goes, Stamping Scrapping Central - Pastels, Shabby Tea Room - Bingo* (die cuts, embossing and ribbon), Let's Ink It Up - - Die Cuts or Punches, Gingerloft - Die Cuts or Punches, Paper Sundaes - Embossing, Sentimental Sundays - must include a Sentiment - Sentimtent as main focus, Sugar Creek Hollow - Anything Goes, Stamptacular Sunday- let the sentiment be the focus

Thanks so much for stopping!

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Craft's Meow Grand Opening!

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Hello blogging friends! I'm so excited to be sharing this card with you today, as it is for the Grand Opening of my dear DT sister, Lisa Hjulberg's Store.... the Craft's Meow! This has been a dream of Lisa's for a long time and it is finally coming to fruition! Be sure to visit the Craft's Meow Blog for lots of fun!

This adorable little image is made exclusively for the Craft's Meow. This sweet little girl is Little Frieda, and the name of this stamp set is Little Frieda's Daisy. Isn't she adorable? Lisa named this stamp after her Mom! You can read all about it on the blog!

I paper pieced her dress and hat band with my new Prima dp, Sparkling Spring. I used my Grand Calibur to cut the Grand Scalloped Square (#3) and the Grande Square. I also cut the Lacey Circles (largest) in the same pass with the grand scalloped square! Gotta love that big platform! My pink matting is Papertrey Sweet Blush, and the Blue mat is a scrap of Soft Sky (SU!). The ribbon is Martha Stewart and the flowers are ZVA Creative. The little tag has one of the sentiments in this sweet set stamped on it with Memento Ink. I adhered my scalloped square to a white base which allowed me to not have to cut off any of the pattern for the top fold.

You really need to hop on over to Lisa's new store, The Craft's Meow and check out the great things she has there!

I am entering this into the following challenges: Catch The Bug - Baby/Child, Really Reasonable Ribbon - must include ribbon, Send a Smile for Kids - Anything Goes, Sugar Creek Hollow - Anything Goes, Fashionista Friday - aquamarine, Stamp Something - something sweet, C.R.A.F.T. - Paper Piecing, Charisma Cardz – Use Die Cuts, Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything Goes, Paper Play - Embossing, Shelly's Images - Show us What you Got, Southern Girls - Use Flowers, Stamping Vacation - N - Nestabilities, Gingerloft - Die Cuts or Punches, Let's Ink It Up - Die Cuts or Punches, Paper Sundaes -Embossing

Thanks so much for looking!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Assurance of what's not seen

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Hello everyone! It's Sunday and time for another Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge! This week I am the hostess and I have chosen Matt. 6:6 for this week's Scripture.

"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you."

My challenge to you is to make a card or project that has something hidden from first view. It could be many things! It could be an envelope, a pull out, doors that open to reveal something, a Joy Fold, a Flip Flop or swing card, a Magic card, Slider or triple slider, explosion box...anything that has something you don't see at first glance. I hope this doesn't seem too hard for you to play along. When you think about it... almost anything can have something hidden from first view... even if you just have a sentiment inside. I hope you'll get creative and play along!

I wrote a devotional which is posted on the Stampin Sisters in Christ blog so I won't copy it here, but I do hope you will stop by there and read it.

EDIT: Well it seems that SSIC is having some technical difficulties and cannot post my devotional so I WILL put it here! LOL! Sorry for the length of this post now, but here it is:

Have you ever been with someone whose motive is to impress everyone with THEIR achievements, abilities, etc. How do you react to someone like that? For the most part, most of us are not impressed at all! We see that person for who they really are… self indulgent, prideful and not at all interested in anyone but themselves. They are generally not interested in relationships… only self promotion.

Well this is exactly what many of us do to the Lord. Sometimes I think we “play” Christianity. We love to talk the talk, but that doesn’t mean we are walking the walk! Somehow… we are more concerned with making other people think we’re great Christians than we are about really loving the Savior and walking in close relationship with Him, and doing the things that please Him.

Imagine a relationship that doesn’t include some deep intimate conversation! Imagine how your spouse or child would feel if the only conversation you ever had with them involved lists of requests or demands…. No times of sitting and listening to what THEY want to tell you… no times of praising them for jobs well done or just telling them that you love them! Needless to say… there wouldn’t really be much relationship! How can we expect it to be any different with our Lord? ANY relationship needs personal communion with each other… a time that’s special just between the two of you!

Prayer is one of the most intimate times we can spend with our Savior. I think the reason it is mentioned here in Matt. 6 in conjunction with the warning to not practice our “righteousness” for the praise of men, is that we basically tend to pray in public differently than we do in private. Our prayers may be heartfelt, but the tendency is often to be talking for the benefit of others in the room as much as to our Savior. While God is not saying not to pray in public, what He wants first and foremost from us is for us to have intentional personal time dedicated to talking to Him…. and listening to Him. I think the reference to the inner room and closing the door is that we are to shut out all distractions, for our minds easily wander. God sees our hearts and hears our heart’s cry. He wants our hearts to be centered on Him…. loving Him, praising Him, seeking His will, seeking His forgiveness, yielding our wills Him, and trusting Him to meet our needs. “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much”. (James 5:16) Let’s press on for this reward!


Close-the-Door

For my card I used Our Daily Bread designs "Ask, Seek Knock" set for my door image, and the newly released Scripture Collection 7 for my Scripture which is behind the door. The dp is 7 Gypsies Savannah, The Paper Co. and K&Co. The base is Papertrey Dark Chocolate. I used THoltz Distress Ink to sponge distress. I stamped with Archival Ink and water colored the door. To get the inside of the door to be oriented right with the hinges on the right side, I stamped the door image onto plain rubber, then stamped that onto my cs and colored it to match the front. I added a little bronze lockset and key. I also added Ultra Fine Flower Soft in Sage and sewing. My sewing machine tension was messed up but I decided to go with it... it kind of adds to the aged look. If you ever have that happen, just pull the treads and the nice even holes will be perfect paper piercing!

Our Sponsor this week is Our Daily Bread designs!
The prize is a $15.00 Gift Certificate toward stamps
We want to thank Kelley for her continued support of Stampin Sisters in Christ!
This week we have been celebrating ODBD's Third Anniversary and there is a great Customer Favorite Scripture Contest going on. Check out this post for a chance to win.

For more inspiration on today's challenge, please visit my DT Sisters:
Chris, Linda, Peggysue, Miesje, Rebecca, Lisa , Kris, Sabrina, & MariLynn
Randi (is on leave)

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Delicious Doodles - dimensional project, Simply Create - monochromatic, Art Impressions Stamps Challenge - Punches or Die Cuts, Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything Goes, The Rubber Cafe - Monochromatic Colour, Little Red Wagon - office supplies (loose leaf paper), Crazy Challenge - Eyelets or Brads (key and lock are brads), Card Ideas -Chocolate, Caramel + 1 other colour - neutrals also allowed

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Our Daily Bread designs Third Anniversary Release Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the Our Daily Bread designs Third Anniversary Release Blog Hop! If you got here from Connie's fabulous blog, you are in the right place! If not, you might want to start at the Our Daily Bread designs Blog and hop from there!

The Hop will run from 8am eastern Mar.17 until 8pm eastern. Mar.18. The winners will be announced on the ODBD Blog on Sat. Mar 19 along with the Shining the Light winners and challenge.

For this special event, there will be SIX PRIZES of One Free Set, and

ONE GRAND PRIZE of the Bread Basket Bundle (All 3 Anniversary Sets)

Here is what you need to do to be entered in the drawing:

  • Leave comments for each designer on each blog
  • Return to the ODBD Blog and leave a comment, telling us you completed the hop and noting any blogs you were unable to comment on.
  • Answer the question on the ODBD blog


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For my card today, I used the verse I submitted, Ps. 9:10, which is in Scripture Collection 7. I also used Brocade Borders (both the square frame and the straight element for the mat layer) and I used the Brocade Border Die Cut. These borders are so pretty and right now, they all are on SALE! Be sure to check out the Store for the sale prices! It's a great time to pick them up!

Here are the supplies I used:

ATD Pastel Green Card Stock, The Paper Co. Heavy textured Gold, Prima Fairy Flora designer paper, THoltz Distress Ink in Antique Linen, SU! Wild Wasabi, Memento Rich Cocoa, Copics to color frame, Martha Stewart Lg Branch Punch, Spellbinders Lattice Pendant, May Arts Silk Ribbon, Butterflies from the Bridal Dept of Michaels about a year ago, Pearls and Crystals from my stash, Gold thread, tiny punched butterflies left from an MS edge punch.

Before I send you on your way, I want to let you know that we Do have One more exciting way you can win during this Special Anniversary Celebration! It's ODBD's second CUSTOMER FAVORITES CONTEST!

We will be taking submissions of favorite verses for a card until Mar. 31, 11:59pm eastern. There is a special post on the ODBD Blog and a special link to it in the right side bar so you can easily find it through the rest of this month. Simply read and follow the rules, and submit the verse you'd most like to see on a card. If your verse is selected you will receive the set free and you will be invited to be a guest designer for the release of these new stamps when they are ready, by sending a photo of your card to Kelley to post on the ODBD blog.

We can't wait to see your submissions!

Now from here hop on over to Becca's Blog to be amazed and thank you so much for stopping by today!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Inner Beauty


Hello everyone! I have a real quick card to share tonight. I wanted to play along with Our Daily Bread designs Shining the Light Challenge this week, as we are celebrating THREE years of offering God's Word to the stamping community this week! So there is a special challenge with a special prize! The challenge is to use either leather, which is the traditional third year anniversary gift, OR pearls, which is the third year gem. Well... if you want to see some awesome samples, hop on over to the ODBD Blog and check them out! I decided to use pearls on this card. I wanted to use this great sentiment from the Eternity set, as is the frame, decorative element and the custom elegant oval die cut (By Spellbinders) that cuts this frame so beautifully. My card stock is Gina K Pure Ivory and Papertrey Aqu Mist, as is the ribbon. I used SEI chalk Ink, Prima flowers, MS punch, CB folder and the little butterflies are from the Our Daily Bread designs Happy Birthday set.

Happy Anniversary Kelley and all of Our Daily Bread designs!

Please come back on Thursday the 17th when we will have our special Anniversary release Blog Hop! There will be lots of chances to win wonderful prizes!!!

I also wanted to play along with the following challenges:
Critter Sketch - Monochromatic House of Gilli - Pastel Colours with Bling Make it Monday - anything goes Stamp Fairy - Green There's Magic in the Air - monochromatic
Aly's Sunday Challenge - Anything goes Card Cupids - Green Creative Cowgirls - Monochromatic Gingerloft - Use flowers Let's Ink It Up - NO DIGI and Embossing
Paper Sundaes - Keep it Simple Sentimental Sundays - SENTIMENT and Green
Card Positioning Systems - SKETCH ECP Challenges -Green Little Claire's -Flowers
Card Makin' Mamas - something green Delicious Doodles - use green Mami Doodles - monochromatic green Simply Create - monochromatic Stamp Something - something cream & green Art Impressions Stamps Challenge - Embossing Crafty Purple Frog - things with wings Delightful Challenges - Delightful Butterflies Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Pearls The Outlawz - Prisma & Other Mediums - Monochromatic The Rubber Cafe -Favourite Die Stampin' B's - Use Bling Paper Pretties - ribbon Penny's Paper-Crafty - green Simon Says Stamp - anything goes


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Treasures from the heart

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Hello everyone! It's Sunday and time for another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge! Today our hostess is the very lovely Linda! The Scripture she has chosen this week is

Mat 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. "

Linda's challenge is:
Use something you treasure on your card - whether it be bling, flowers, something new or have been saving for a long time - show us your treasures!

The two verses before vs. 21 tell us not to store up for ourselves treasures on earth, fo(r they will all be gone one day)... but rather to store up treasures in heaven, (for those things have eternal value).

Our time here is so short, yet we strive to hold on to all the "stuff" of this life with all our strength. We work longer hours so we can buy more, have more, and then we need to spend more time taking care of all the stuff we have accumulated. When we look at life through spiritual eyes, we realize that we came into this world with no "things" and we will leave this life with no "things"... and the only time spent during this life that will matter for anything in eternity is that time spent doing God's work... whatever He wants us to be doing. We need to be about His kingdom and doing things that will matter for eternity. If we're not sure whether we are doing that or not... this verse tells us.... where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. If you find yourself totally wrapped up in this world, the things of this world, and find little time for God or doing things that bring honor and glory to Him, chances are your treasures are here on earth... and they are temporal. I don't know about you, but I really want to hear Him say "Well done, good and faithful servant". I know I fail often in this area... but it certainly is the desire of my heart to make a difference that will last for eternity.

I have used Layers of Color Flutterescent Clear Art Stamp set and Our Daily Bread designs Happy Birthday set for this card. The butterfly is stamped with Color Box Paintbox Pigment Variated Pad, and then sprayed with Pearl Glimmer Mist and distressed with T Holtz Walnut Stain Ink. The Birthday sentiment was stamped with Groovy Guava (SU!) directly on the panel. I embossed the upper part of the panel with a Cuttlebug folder (sorry I can't remember the name) which I had inked with Groovy Guava. I wrapped my ribbon around and adhered my main panel to the SU! Very Vanilla base.

My treasured item is the pretty crocheted element saved from a dear loved one's sewing box. It actually looks like the old shade pulls they used to make with solid plastic rings inside, but she had started to attach them together to make perhaps a dresser scarf or something. There is a cluster of about 10 of these. I carefully disassembled it and used one on my card today. I treasure it because of the loving hands that created it tenderly many years ago.

My leaves and boughs are punched with Martha Stewart punches. For the leaves I used my embossing stylus to create veins and then sponged distress ink on the edges. I made the ribbon rose after watching a YouTube Video and I love how it came out. It is made from the same ribbon I wrapped around the card. The amount of ribbon it takes depends on the size you make your rose. I made several small ones, and then this one was the largest I made. I think I used about 22" for this one.


Our Sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp~
They are donating this adorable Cat Dog Best Friend set
We want to thank Simon Says Stamp for their continued support of Stampin Sisters in Christ! Please stop by their store for the best selection of stamps on line!


For more inspiration on today's challenge, please visit my DT Sisters:
Chris, Linda, Peggysue, Miesje, Rebecca, Lisa , Kris, Sabrina, & MariLynn
Randi (is on leave)

I wanted to enter Eva's Butterfly blog hop with this card... she has some incredible prizes up and some absolutely stunning cards so if you love butterflies... hop on over to her Blog!

I have incorporated the following challenges in this card:
Fun with Shapes & More - must include die cut/punch - happy birthday, Simply Create - monochromatic, Stampin For The Weekend - monochrome, Crafty Purple Frog -things with wings, Delightful Challenges - Delightful Butterflies, The Outlawz - Prisma & Other Mediums - no Copics - Monochromatic, Paper Crafting Journey -Things with Wings, Samuel Taylor's Challenge - Butterflies, Southern Girls - Use Flowers, A Spoonful Of Sugar - Anything Vintage/Shabby, Bearly Mine -2nd week - Birthday card, Top Tip Tuesday - Happy Birthday, Incy Wincy Designs - pastel colors, Little Claire's - Flowers
Sugar Creek Hollow - Hand Made Flowers

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a blessed week!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tuesday Trigger and more...


Hello friends! Today I'm sharing a card I made for this week's Tuesday Trigger over on Moxie Fab World. We were to take inspiration from this Oh So Lovely photo:



Doesn't that just give you the warm fuzzies? I love this pic! Anyway... I also wanted to play in this week's challenge over at Joan's Gardens, and that challenge was to use blue, orange, a spring theme, a die cut and a circle. My circle is actually my hand made organza rose, which was my first attempt at these so go easy on me! :) I cut several circles of organza in bright pink, light pink and an orange/gold color. I used a candle to seal the edges and that causes the organza to curl up and it's amazing how you can start with a circle and end up with what really look like petals! I also used a big button from my stash that I have been hoarding. It is clear but half of it is orange and half is colorless. I really liked how it played with the orange tones in the card stock and flower. The ribbon is recycled from a gift I had received quite a while ago. I knew some day I'd use it!

I also incorporated some pink so I could play along with the Play Date Cafe Color challenge, which is orange, pink and blue. The photo there had two shades of blue and I went with the lighter.

My dp is from a treasured pack of Prima- Annalee. The sentiment is from Gina K (It's a Nina Brackett set called Fanciful Tags). I stamped it with Adirondak Latte and I used a Spellbinders Fancy Tag to cut it out. The base is Gina K leather. The punched edge is cut with a T Holtz die (Sizzix) and I used a scrap of MS cs for that. I meant to sew on this and totally forgot! LOL! Oh my...

I am also entering this into the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Birthday card, gift packaging or gifts
Craft Us Crazy - anything that reminds you of nature
The Rubber Cafe - Favourite Die (love the fancy tag by Spellbinders!)
Sassy Studio Designs - Use Something Recycled on project- the ribbon
Some Odd Girl - Think Spring
Southern Girls - Use Flowers
Pals Paper Arts - Spring - Inspirational Photo of straw hat with multi colored flowers
For Fun Challenges - Spring
Paper Pretties - ribbon
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Bearly Mine - Birthday card
Karen's Doodles Netherlands - CAS with one catch detail- my flower
Outlawz - COLOUR Orange & Pink + add flowers
Crafty Cardmakers - Fabric (organza)
Aly's Sunday Challenge - Anything goes
Card Cupids - Anything Goes
Crafty Pad - Use Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Beautiful Day


I really wanted to play in the Challenge this week over on Joan's Gardens. You have to use Just Rite Stamps and the prize is fabulous so a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, right? LOL! So anyway, this is what I came up with. I used the sketch from Card Positioning Systems. I stamped the Siberian Iris image from Just Rite Beautiful Day with Memento and colored with Copics. I embossed the frame in gold and cut each panel with a Spellbinders Oval (Classic Small and Classic Large). I matted that with a scrap of Paper Co textured antique gold and a Spellbinders Label Four cut from a scrap of Always Artichoke. My base is Bazzill, the green patterned papers are K&Co and the purple is Memory Box Enchanted. For some reason my camera is reading this more blue than it is in person... it's more purple than it looks. I used a little gold braid, an Recollections brad and some spare cut outs of gold from a lattice pendant I had cut earlier and didn't use. I embossed one panel with the CB Textile folder and all layers are sponged with THoltz Angique Linen and Walnut Stain.

I incorporated the colors from Cupcake Inspirations for this card.


I am also entering this in the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Spring - flowers Everywhere!, Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes, Die Cut Dreams (2W) - Spring garden scene, Happily Scrappin purple, House of Gilli - Green, Simon Says Stamp and Show... - some Metal, Aly's Sunday Challenge - Anything goes, Card Cupids - Anything Goes, Gingerloft - Use flowers, Let's Ink It Up - NO DIGI and Embossing, Corrosive Challenges - Lest see some green, Paperplay - Shabby Chic/Vintage, Wild Orchid Crafts - Anything Goes, Catch The Bug - Anything Goes, Papertake Weekly - Show some yelloe (center of Iris), Shelly's Images/TTT Challenge - Lotsa Layers, Fussy and Fancy - Embossing and/or Paper Piecing, Fairy Knoll - Think Spring, Craft Us Crazy - Nature, Tip Top Tuesday - Favorites (embossing, flowers, layering Spellbinders), Bee Crafty- Spring Florals, Pixie Cottage- Spring, Delightful Challenges: welcome Spring, Stampin For The Weekend: Spring Theme, Creations by Gill M Mardi Gras - use Purple, Gold and Green

Have a blessed day and thanks for stopping!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Eternity


It's Sunday and time for another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge! The sisters have some big and wonderful news! We have three people joining us on the Design Team, and I know and treasure each one of them, so I couldn't be more thrilled! Kristine, one of the challenge's creators is returning after a break (WooHoo!!!!)... and MariLynn and Sabrina are also joining us! If you don't know these ladies you will soon love them as much as I do! Their love for the Lord shines in all they do and their artistic talents will inspire you as well! Welcome aboard sisters!!!

Today's hostess is my dear friend, Chris Olsen. She has chosen
Isaiah 40:8 for today's Scripture.

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Her challenge is:
Use a stamped flower image on your creation...
dp, embossing or paper flowers do not count as a stamped flower

Please read Chris' complete devotional thoughts on this great passage on the SSIC Blog!

This verse certainly reminds us that we are like the grass or flowers... we are here but for a short time compared to God, who is Eternal; without beginning and without end. As humans this might sound harsh at first glance, because we tend to think of ourselves as the center of "our" universe, and we tend to make our own plans, often without even giving a thought to what He might want us to do. We live out our lives as if we are in control and the ones who make it all happen. However, as we come to know the Lord God, The everlasting One, we begin to realize just how fleeting our lives really are. None of us knows what tomorrow holds for us... no matter our age or circumstances, we never know when we will breath our last breath. While this thought might in itself not be what we want to hear... the truth is that we can be encouraged by this verse! Those who have placed their complete faith in Christ and Him alone don't need to worry about tomorrow, because they know The One who never changes, Whose Words are true and everlasting, and they can then rest on the promises He has given us, for our future is secure! I am reminded of the old hymn "I Know who holds tomorrow" by Ira Stanphill. The chorus says:

The chorus says:

" Many things about tomorrow,
I don't seem to understand;
But I know Who holds tomorrow,
And I know Who holds my hand."

How about you? Do you know The One who holds the future and are you resting in His peace and security, or do the thoughts of unknown days ahead fill you with fear and anxiety? There is one way to find peace for eternity in the midst of all of life's uncertainty and the chaos of this world we live in, and that is by knowing Christ Jesus, the One whose Word stands forever.

My card is made using this month's new release from Our Daily Bread designs, Tulip Corner and Eternity, along with the custom Label 1 Die Cut made by Spellbinders exclusively for Our Daily Bread designs. I just love this entire release! The tulips speak spring to me, and the frame and custom die are soooo beautiful and fit so many sentiments. This quote is one of the ones in the Eternity set. I used Gina K cs for my base and sentiment panel. The designer paper is K&Co Julianne. I colored the tulips with Copics and sponged Brushed Corduroy around the edges to make everything look a little more aged. The lace is a gift from my DT sister, sweet Sabrina. Thanks sweetie!!!

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For more inspiration on today's challenge, please visit my DT Sisters:
Chris, Linda, Peggysue, Miesje, Rebecca, Lisa , Kris, Sabrina, & MariLynn
Randi (is on leave)


I also incorporated the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge - "R" is for ribbons, Delicious Doodles - make the card/project YOU would like to receive, Simply Create - power of flowers, Stampin For The Weekend - Spring, Craft Us Crazy - anything that reminds you of nature, Cute Card Thursday - signs of Spring, Delightful Challenges - welcome Spring, Do You Stack Up? - use anything with green in it, Fab 'n' Funky - spring, Scrapbook Sisters - Spring, Paper Take Weekly - Anything goes, Try It On Tuesday - Inspired by a song (Tip Toe through the Tulips... hippie days!), Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Spring - flowers Everywhere!, Crazy Challenge - Here comes spring, Incy Wincy Designs - spring is in the air, Lexi's Creations - Flowers, Little Claires - Flowers, Our Creative Corner - 1 DP, 2 layers, 3 different stamped images, only 4 embellishments, Our Daily Bread designs - yellow, pink, blue, ivory (choose 2 as focal colors), cute and girly challenge- Spring, Wild Orchid #18 ~ Anything goes
Sentimental Sundays - Pearls and Lace, Ginterloft Challenge- Flowers

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Tulips in the Window


Hello friends!
Today I have a quick card to share. I made this for several challenges, including the Shabby Tearoom Challenge which was to take inspiration from this photo:
Classic Elegance!



Design a card or project using RED, WHITE (OR CREAM) AND BLACK!

I drew my inspiration from the colors and also the checked patterns. What a pretty kitchen!

I used this month's release from Our Daily Bread designs, Tulip Corner and stamped with Memento ink, and colored with Copics (R14,24,29 &46) and G99, 94 and 82). My card stock is Flourishes. It's very white and I love it! I used Spellbinders Label Thirteen in two largest sizes to create my frame from Basic Black. I used a Sizzix embossing folder (sorry I don't know the name). The ribbon was from my stash. I attempted this week's Double Embossing technique on SCS but failed so my center panel is cut out. I lightly colored the bg with B000 to pop my colors a bit. I also used today's IC274 on SCS.

I also incorporated the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge - "R" is for ribbons, Delicious Doodles - make the card/project YOU would like to receive, Simply Create - power of flowers, Stampin For The Weekend - Spring, Craft Us Crazy - anything that reminds you of nature, Cute Card Thursday - signs of Spring, Delightful Challenges - welcome Spring, Do You Stack Up? - use anything with green in it, Stamp Insanity - lots of texture, Fab 'n' Funky - spring, Scrapbook Sisters - Spring, Oldie But Goodie Challenge -Spring is in the Air, Paper Take Weekly - Anything goes, Try It On Tuesday - Inspired by a song (Tip Toe through the Tulips... hipie days!), Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Spring - flowers Everywhere!, Crazy Challenge - Here comes spring, Incy Wincy Designs - spring is in the air, Lexi's Creations - Flowers,