Saturday, December 22, 2012

When He Comes

Christ came the first time as an infant, born in time and space, small and weak. He will return as the everlasting King, great in strength and glory.
When He came the first time, His glory was shrouded and concealed from human view; when He comes the second time, His glory will shine brightly. His first coming was obscure, witnessed by a few poor shepherds and the like. Few recognized who He was. At His second coming, every eye will see Him and all will know who He is.
He came the first time as the Lamb of God; when He returns , it will be as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. At His first coming, He was judged and condemned to die by sinful men; when He returns , it will be as the Judge, to execute justice and judgment on all who have refused to repent of their sins.
When He came the first time, only a few bowed to pay Him homage; when He returns, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. The first time, He washed the feet of the disciples; when He returns, all His enemies will be under His feet.
The first time He came, He wore a crown of thorns; when He returns, He will be crowned with many crowns, the King upon His throne. He came the first time to make peace between God and man; when He returns, it will be to make war on those who have rebelled against Him.
He came the first time as our suffering Savior, He will return as our sovereign, reigning Lord.
Hallelujah! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
Excerpt from the book: The Quiet Place. -Nancy Leigh DeMoss
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Stockings were hung...


One of the many things I love about this time of year, celebrating Christmas, are the Christmas cards and letters received from family, friends, and many of them stampers, just like you! This stocking was completely CASED by my friend, Dawn Burnworth, who is so ultra talented, especially when it comes to coloring images. I used a stocking card she sent as color inspiration for this card/ornament and as a template!  I have not colored in oh so long with copics...so it always helps to have a guide. I did not post a picture of Dawn's card today...I may wait until I have a few and post them all together. But this one is being mailed out so I thought I'd better take a picture before it goes in the mail. I used white prisma pencil to add a very rudimentary stocking stitch on the toe and heel...and also use it to highlight the stockings a bit. That is a little helpful hint I learned once upon a time.
I will be back before Christmas...may you take time to breathe, enjoy the special sounds, sights, and aromas of this wonderful season where we anticipate celebrating the Lord's birth and soon return!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Flourishes Christmas in Pink and Blue!

It's the Timeless Tuesday challenge this week  at Flourishes stamps!  You can visit their blog here, and play along with the challenges.The challenge issued by the team is to make a non-traditional colored Christmas card. I love Flourishes stamps and have been collecting them almost since they first began producing them. They are the highest quality, detailed and gorgeous artwork with a definite "flourish," which suits my romantic side quite well!!
I am also entering the challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday. They have a beautiful complimentary scripture available when you visit their blog which you can use on your cards or projects!
I so enjoyed this challenge, using two of my favorite sets, the first "Flourish of Trees" with the sentiment from the "Alleluia Angel" set and the Decorative Labels 8 by Spellbinders. The tree was stamped with PTI soft stone ink, then versamarked and dazzling diamonds embossed. I matched up this iridescent ribbon with Purely Pomegranate paper to back the water colored card front. The sentiment is stamped in PP and framed with the Spellbinders "Ribbon Banners." Pink and champagne pearls finished this off.

I used a set I purchased on sale after Christmas from Flourishes last year, "Alleluia Angels," to make this second card. The background paper is some specialty embossed paper that I inked with Tim Holtz "Broken China" distressed ink. The Angel was inked in the same color, and the sentiment is embossed with silver embossing powder and adorned with the silver "pearls." A single white ribbon strip is layered beneath the frame. Labels 25 from Spellbinders frames the angel.
I had a lot of fun and encourage you to join in the challenge this week!



Now I have Christmas cards for both our daughters made.
Which one do you like best?
I appreciate your visit so much at such a busy time of year! Today I worked my regular volunteer shift at Meals on Wheels. The office is getting ready to distribute Christmas stockings to all the MOW recipients...this year due to the huge donations from all the volunteers, the stockings will be full of fun and useful items, plus a few little treats, too!
Hope you are enjoying all your Christmas preparations!
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Traci's Treasure~

Our Daydream Design founder, Diane Noble, contacted the Design Team members a little while ago, asking for our favorite scriptures. Her intention was to design a set of scriptures using each of the ladies submissions. Well, we have three digital sets available in the Daydream Designs store, each of the scriptures is featured twice, one with extra color or added flourish or embellishment to bring the scripture alive! This is the Scripture Set 3, and you can find the entire threesome bundle here on the Daydream Designs store.
I can not tell you the excitement I have with my chosen verse. It is beautiful, majestic, glorious...I think Diane captured this verse beautifully in her digital rendition.
I made this card a couple of weeks ago, while working with several digital images. I wanted to use this beautiful  Elegant Snowflake papers also in the store; the red captured the regal look I was searching for to accompany the scripture.
This verse is my life verse. There are so many scriptures that I love, and some speak more loudly at times through the Holy Spirit than others...but this is one of those verses that embodies my life, my desires, my priority. Many many years ago, the first time I read this verse was a very aha! moment in my life. From then on, I strive to follow this verse and make knowing God and studying His word a priority.  I was reading a favorite devotional this month, and in it the author spoke of this word, "priority," stating that the original context and meaning of this word has always been singular. There are no "priorities," there is only one "priority." It is not until our American culture and the world we live in with all of our technology and gadgets that enables us to be doing three things at once (and brag about it, too!) the word became plural.  Priority. It is a struggle at times, it takes effort and intention and willpower to turn off the noise, and seek in the quiet the one thing God created us for. But when I do...there is so much peace there, so much rest, so much joy to the point of giddiness...of Him...that I wonder why I waited so long? 
This time of year, especially, it is easy to become distracted with the makings of Christmas, that we could possibly miss it. My pastor greeted me with a big smile at church Sunday, and asked "Are you ready for Christmas?" I thought for a millisecond of all the things I had not done... the shopping, the decorating, the baking, the card writing and sending, but I could honestly say, "Yes," even with a sparkle in my eye. I love Christmas, and I am ready...I am ready to welcome the Christ child and worship the King. I have been singing hymns while shopping, humming, marching around my kitchen to "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given..." and my doggies have marched along with me. This is such a joyful time of year, but really anytime we can have that joy when we spend time seeking Him and making Him the priority of all our life. He is worthy!!
Thanks for stopping in, it's always so fun to know you were here!!
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Let's Warm Up Together!


 
click on photo for a close up view!
So, it's that time of year when we are all in need of quick gifts. I have a few precious ladies in my church that I am a mentor mom to and wanted to give them a little stamped card that contains a gift...maybe they call that a gift card?! My project today uses Sweet Warm Ups Colorized version (which also includes the cute colored inside sentiments bundled together!) and the Sweet Warm Ups Digital Paper. When you have to make multiple little cards/projects, these colorized versions are a lifesaver. I love that I can just size, click and print. And then embellish away to my hearts content!
 I saw this design on a you tube video by Diana Gibbs.
As you can see, the outside flap was embossed with a snowflake embossing folder, then fresh snow ink (PTI) was lightly brushed over the embossed areas to highlight the snow.
This is the outside of 5 1/2" wide gift card holder that is held together with a belly band. The cute snowman latte mug and striped candy cane paper is from Daydream Designs store.
The second photo is the belly band removed. The inside pockets are formed by a regular size invitation envelope. The envelope holds two 2" x 4" cards (one for a gift card and the other pocket to contain a short note.)
You can find the You Tube video by Diana Gibbs here!


I used one insert and side punched it to hold a Starbucks gift card in place, the other is white card stock with a punched top label to dress it up!! The white one is empty so I can add a short Christmas wish.

I just love the festive look of this set! I used the same candy cane striped paper to border the inside flap of my pocket and punched it with a snowflake punch! I want to thank our newest Daydream Design team member, Stephanie, for getting me started with this idea. She used a different design...which you can find on Stephanie's blog here. The titled post is Expressly for You (just scroll down a few entries.)
You can pay a visit to the Daydream Designs store here and get started on your own Christmas cards and projects!!
Thanks for paying me a visit today...our day here is in the high 60's but I still have been busy baking and drinking my cup of coffee...wish you could join me!
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Final Challenge



Good Sunday morning, friends. Today is our final challenge for Stampin' Sisters in Christ. As I write this post, I am at our mountain condo in Steamboat Springs for the weekend. We have Pandora playing on our speakers, and "O Holy Night" with Bing Crosby crooning in the background...setting a lovely feeling of peace.
But the truth is, life has been at a rushed pace at my house. Thanksgiving plans at my husband's Dad's home took a turn of surprise and concern as my Father-in-law, the patriarch of the family, began talking to us at the dinner table about "advanced directives," and who is designated "power of attorney," later changing the topic of conversation to talks of the election and the lack of "change," and after dinner my sister- in- law and I lamenting the direction of our country interrupted by  my young nephew as he began to cry and complained of feeling "really sick," began a bark-like cough just a few minutes before I headed for the drive home. Then the frantic call from my sister-in-law saying please say a prayer for her son as he just had a seizure and his face was turning all colors as I am navigating the highway at night in my car. Next day, drive up to our Steamboat mountain hideaway, hauling boxes of Christmas decorations to prepare for the family coming at Christmas, and yet, all these recent pictures and conversations playback in my mind...assault my thoughts...and threatens to steal my peace. If this reads like a run-on sentence, maybe that is how my life feels at times. One long run-on sentence...but Christ came to punctuate my life with His peace. Period.
  Where do you find peace? Where do I find peace? It certainly does not lie in the present world events. Peace is not a condition; it is a Presence. We will not find it in our government, our appointed President or those in high positions. Our families, as much as we love them through their idosyncrasies,  most are not perfect, and all are skewed.  I know I am. We dare not search for peace in relationships; although we are called to be ambassadors for Christ...and reconcilers when we can be.  But the only relationship completely trustworthy and true is the one we can have with Christ when we trust in Him as the only One who can save us from our sins.  The same Jesus that we celebrate as the baby in the wooden trough (manger) humbled himself and put on human flesh, but never abandoned his Deity. That same Christ is coming again soon, as King!!

Our verse today is specifically chosen by the wonderful Kristine Breach, Stampin' Sisters in Christ founder and administrator. In celebration of the Prince of Peace, and the beginning of advent, we wanted to focus our hearts and minds on the Christmas story. May you find the perfect peace of Christ this Christmas.
Please visit the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog and join us for our final challenge! You can find Kris's devotion there, and join in with your own Christmas card or project.




For my project, I chose these beautiful digital papers and images from Daydream Designs. (found here.)I made a covered tissue box using two separate papers from two sets. One was a border that I used on the top borders, then I used the wreath image with the candle and poinsettia framed out with circle dies. I love the beautiful Christmas papers recently added to the Daydream Designs store. I can print just the amount I need, so there is no waste!  Glittery red ribbon was used on the top and bottom bands to frame out the box and as a bow on the wreath. The poinsettia was paper toled and a glitter pen and gold stickles for little bits of sparkle.
The tutorial for this tissue box is found on SCS. (Splitcoast Stampers under the Resources tab.) I have always wanted to try one of these, and it wasn't as difficult as I thought it might be. I may even try to make a few more as gifts.

And then with the bits of scraps, I decided to fashion a card to accompany the tissue box. A little bit of embossing on the cheery red and accented with a doily...this made up very quickly.

Challenge: Make a Christmas Card or Project
The Sponsor: Doodle Pantry
The Prize: 3 Doodle Pantry images

I hope you have enjoyed the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenges! This past year has been a wonderful blessing to engage my creative side with my passion for Christ and combine the two to hopefully bless others. The bond with the women on the SSiC Design team has elevated my desire to know and love Christ and share Him with others. Our team has formed a bond of friendship that I am sure will continue as God enables.
Thanks so much for your participation! And may you be blessed with the peace of Christ as you prepare your heart for Christmas this year!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Snow Play

Just taking some time to "play" before the Thanksgiving countdown begins at my house. I love this new set at the Daydream Designs stamp store! The set comes with several colorized versions paper pieced with the matching paper (Winter Chill) also available in the store...so you have a perfectly matched card. I always wanted to color coordinate this way while going out in the snow; don't you just love her little argyle hat with the purple pom pom?

Here is a little close up, where you can see her boots and hat popped up and all the detail of glitter on the snowballs and circles. I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge for my card...the circles reminded me of snowballs!
I had to use a higher contrast camera setting to get a clearer picture; the colors are a bit more muted than this. The Snowbabies set also has an accompanying sentiment set which I used for the flag banner across the bottom. Such a fun set!!
So, according to the weather, it is supposed to be near 72 degrees tomorrow. Not the best for my husband and daughter's plans to ski in the mountains this weekend...but perfect weather for driving to Grandad's for Thanksgiving! But we are sure to have snow soon...what is the weather where you are?
Thanks so much for stopping in...I hope my card gave you a smile today.



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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Daydreaming with You~Grateful~



Good morning, friends! I have a bit of time this morning, and since the nip of Fall is in the air, the trees are getting ready to lose their leaves after our first snowfall, and it is Almost Thanksgiving...I wanted to share this little altered project I made with you. I bought a  couple of small cans of almonds at our local Walgreen's the other day, buy one get one free...and then I noticed as I was munching on one that the  lid was the prettiest pumpkin-y orange. So, using Diane's Digital Daydream Designs , "Blessings of the Harvest" set, I altered this can in about 10 minutes. I just printed off the "Grateful" sentiment and added two of the Indian corn images cut out and mounted them on a PTI die cut. I already had the paper, and the twine and paper match the pretty colors in the Indian corn. I plan on giving this to our neighbors as a little gift.
Oh, and the orange tag has "Mister Huey's" color mist in opaque white added  to give it some texture; just added that to my collection of stuff to try out.
You can check out these projects by visiting Daydream Designs store...there are lots of beautiful digital papers added recently and new releases for Christmas!
I can not believe Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away, can you? I think we will be going to my husband's Dad's home in Denver and toting along a lot of food to feed my Brother-in-law's 12 kids! This is the first year our oldest daughter will not be with us. She is flying to New York to spend 10 days with her boyfriend's family. Life is always changing, isn't it?
Thank you so much for popping in as part of your busy day!! I love knowing you were here!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

SSIC~ Grateful!


I know it has been a long time since I have posted on my blog...every once in awhile, you just need to stop what you are doing and reassess your priorities. My husband has had a break from his normal harried and busy work schedule and has been home these past few weeks except for one day a week when he goes into work. He has traveled so much for the past few years...so having him home has made me want to slow down and just be with him...unless like this weekend, he is gone! We have made quite a few trips to our mountain condo and this past week I made a much needed trip over the mountains to visit my parents.
So this is my card for this week's challenge with SSIC. This week's scripture verse is from our very talented and wonderfully encouraging  DT sister and owner of Daydream Designs, Diane Noble.
The scripture:
Colossians 1:3-5-- We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel.


Diane's Fun Card Challenge:Create a card or project depicting thankfulness or prayer. It can be a Thanksgiving card/project, a thank-you note, or an "I'm Praying for You" type card/project.
This week's sponsor is a generous "grab bag" of stamps from Kelly Little!


Isn't this an encouraging scripture? I am so thankful for so many things in life; and I have spent a lot of time lately just thinking about how many people God has placed in my life at just the right time, including my Design Team "sisters in Christ," as well as my blogging and stamping friends, church friends, Life Group friends, etc...my cup is full!!
I am also very grateful for my parents, and this last trip reminded me once again how precious family is and how short our time together is. I was able to sit by my Mom's bed at night and have some really nice visits...sharing our hearts and what we as Moms earnestly wanted and were praying for with our family members.  My Mom's faith is so simple...she has never taken a Bible study and is not educated or highly knowledgeable. But she has something I sometimes long for and admire, a simple faith !
My Mom was telling me about her early exposure to church...how they would drive in their old beat up car from the farm to the church in town...everyone would go...and life was simpler then. She only remembered two churches in the small town in East Texas where she grew up.

My card was inspired by my Mom's cherry pie! She used to make the best cherry pies; I was reminded of this too, when my Dad had bought a frozen cherry pie in honor of my visit. My only job was to cook it up in the oven and I managed to burn the crust slightly.  My mom's pies had the home made crusts with the lattice strips woven across the top and lightly sugared then baked to yummy perfection!
So when I saw these digital images in the Daydream Designs store (link in my sidebar);I used them to make a "sweet and simple" Thanksgiving card featuring my favorite pie!

These images are recolored; and so cute!! I cut the pie out separately and double mounted it using two circle punches and accented with crystal effects and red twine.These images are from the set :" Blessings of the Harvest." I found the perfect cherry background paper from a Kaiser paper pad; it kind of reminds me of old-fashioned wallpaper.
Well that's about it for today...thanks for popping in. I have been working on a couple of Christmas projects; but wanted to post a couple of Thanksgiving projects first. Blessings on your day!!



Monday, September 17, 2012

 We are so excited to launch our first Daydream Designs Blog Hop! We have a fabulous line up of fun fall-themed projects to share with you. We hope you will be inspired and enjoy the hop. You also have several ways to earn a chance to win some great prizes:




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1. Leave a comment on each of the blogs below.

One random winner will be selected to win one FREE set of choice (including digi paper packs)

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2. Leave a comment on each blog above AND create your own fall-themed project to link

on the last blog of the blog hop, Vicki's Pink Posh Cards.

If you participate in both of these ways your name will be entered

for random selection to win THREE FREE sets of your choice (including paper packs).

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I made a couple of cards for today's hop using the Owl Always Love You set.


This first one uses the colorized images in the set, and one of the Owl digi papers available in the perfectly coordinated digital paper pack.  The tree is cut using a Labels 8 nestability die. The wise owl on the branch was cut out and placed there, while the cutie owl was punched with a circle punch, layered on a pink flower diecut and a couple of hand cut felt leaves were added. I left off ribbon and bling as I have in mind to give this to my husband, even though it has a bit of pink in it. :)
This card actually tells a story...my husband and I were sitting on our back deck last week when a huge owl swooped in and landed just above us on the roof perched next to the chimney. I had heard this owl was roosting in our neighborhood, but it still surprised me with its amazing largeness and presence and those eyes...wow! I was so impressed, I did a lot of google searches on owls that night...as far as I can tell, ours was a Great Horned Owl. My eyes were about the size of this owls watching that magnificent bird. Did you know owls eat bats? That is a good thing, as we have had an infestation of bats and a few other stories to go along with that one...
My next card I made using the scraps  from the first card, and a small Kraft envelope. I sized the card narrow (3.5 inches) which was just wide enough for this little picket fence die for the owl to perch itself on. The sentiments are from the Owl Always Love you set. Since the set is colorized;  it was easy to make a second card and decorate the envelope front with one of the extra printed images.




Pretty cute, huh? This is my first time using digital papers...you pick out one paper, print it off, and use it. No waste!! I love that.  I really like this card...even though I know there are no checked valances in the sky or owls floating mid-air either...it is fun and whimsical and with the fence popped up it has a lot of dimension. And a fun way to perk up someones day, don't you think?
Thanks so much for taking a look today and stopping by on our very first blog hop! We are so glad you came.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Stampin' Sisters in Christ~Autumn Wreath


Today's Sunday devotional and stamp challenge is brought to us by our dear and wonderful Kris Breach, the founder of Stampin' Sisters in Christ.
This week's verse:

Galatians 6:9 "So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up."

This week's sponsor is: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
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This is personal...and right where I am...so don't read the next part if you don't want to know.
I struggle a lot with discouragement lately.  Losing heart, wanting to give up the fight, wanting to give in to whatever my human nature is telling me to do...straddling the place between what I see in front of me, and what I believe God will bring to pass... as I wait and wonder WHEN is my situation going to change? When am I going to be delivered from this trying person/situation in my life who returns my kindness for coldness, is unresponsive or rude to my advances, who I feel completely deflated and defeated every time I am with them?  And will I survive with my emotionas and mind intact until then? These are the questions I wrestle with.   Sometimes the good deeds we do, the long suffering we endure, the continuing to bless in spite of wrong doing is just plain old hard. As a woman, I long for a relationship...a deep relationship with my own family members. I want to be included in their lives, to know that I am loved as much as I love...but there are times I feel left out, ostracized, and ignored.
So this verse is good for me to be taught by...and fitting for my present circumstances. I love to look up commentaries on verses and the meanings of the words in scripture. I learn so much that way and come away with a much deeper understanding of the meaning and the application of what the Bible is saying.
The NASB version says:
"Let us not lose heart in doing good." 
The meaning of those words, "losing heart"  is to act or behave badly in some circumstance. To turn coward and/or lose one's courage. To grow tired, discouraged, faint or fainthearted.
Well, I am there...on the verge of behaving badly, ready to lose courage, feeling fainthearted...all of the above. But God says to not grow weary...to continue... continue to pray, continue to love, continue to forgive, continue to reach out...and by the way...while we are waiting ...continue to encourage others to do the same. While I am waiting, I am still to be obedient...and to reach out to others with that phone call, or taking that young Mom out to lunch and encouraging her...whatever the Holy Spirit is prompting me to do.
Here's the thing: I don't want to let the feelings of defeat I have in any relationship in my life take away from one single thing God is calling me to do. And I can not afford to allow defeat to rule my life for even one day.
There are so many messages out "there" in cyberland on dealing with difficult relationships in your life and how to get past them. I read them, and they make some sense on a totally humanistic level...they say things like "Move on from the drama, don't waste your time on people who don't appreciate you,"  or "Surround yourself only by those people who lift you up." Admittedly, these are paraphrased... but where in the Bible does it tell me I can dispose of people in my life who are not lifting me up or who cause drama? But God loved us "while we were yet sinners..." And He commands us to love others as He has loved us.  This scripture is telling me to keep on, not to give up. And to trust God with the outcome.
And even though I have yet to experience the promise...I am to keep believing that at THE RIGHT TIME...I will reap a harvest of blessing. So my question of WHEN? earlier is answered by God's answer of "THE RIGHT TIME." His right time...not mine. My dear husband reminded me of that this morning as he listened to me sob ...."You need to trust in God's timing." Is he wise, or what?  So if you're in a situation and waiting and possibly becoming discouraged...I hear you. I understand. Let's encourage each other.

My card: I didn't get the best photo of the true colors on this card...It is one of those that I played with a couple of different dies : the smaller one is SU! and the larger one is PTI. The wreath is from PTI, embossed in bronze embossing powder. The little flowers sprinkled through are in SU! inks more mustard, blue bayou, and poppy parade. The kraft mat is embossed and the bow is hand dyed seam binding. I added blue rhinestones around the wreath and stamped the word, "Home" on the inside of the wreath.
Thanks for stopping by and letting me share a little bit of my heart with you. Blessings on your week!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Stampin' Sisters in Christ



Good morning, friends! Today's Stampin' Sisters in Christ is bring a scripture verse and accompanying card/project challenge from our friend, Jerusha.
The Scripture:

Romans 3:23-24 " For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins."

I always love to read the Sunday devotional...and you can find it on the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog here.

Jerusha's challenge: Use only bright colors, no neutrals, blacks, browns, etc...
Our Challenge Sponsor:  The Craft's Meow-A stamp set of the winner's choice!! After taking a look at the store, I adore these stamps, and am going to have to order a couple of sets, soon. So very cute, and original!

My card was fashioned from a digital image from Diane's Daydream Designs Digital Store found here and  on my sidebar. I am still practicing my digital skills, and learning as I go. I thought this owl was so cute and love all the fun sentiments, and it made up into a pretty cheerful lil owl card. This image was colored in with copic markers, and once completed, I added little brown pearls for the polka dots and embellishments. The orange panel is embossed with a "wood" folder from Papertrey Ink. The designer papers are leftovers I had. I found one single solitary piece of SU! Taken with Teal and used that as part of my color scheme.

We hope you have an opportunity this week to get your Stampin' On and have fun joining us in the bright colored card challenge!
See you soon!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Owl Always Love You






I have never invested in an owl stamp set before. Shocker, I know...why? I am such a practical  realist, I don't like spending money on things that I don't think I would get full use of.   Yet every time I would see an owl card, I would get all giddy. Well, these owls and sentiments from Diane's Designs are so adorable!! There are so many different owls and each one with the sweetest expressions...and tons of sentiments to fit pretty much "owl" occasions! And the best part is, they are much less expensive than wood, rubber, or acrylics.  I would encourage you to take a quick peek in Diane's store by clicking on her button located in my sidebar.  Here is a direct link to the Owl set.  
So... I am delighted to bring you this design. I confess, this is not an original design. I found it on pinterest and saved it for future use. I did create the inside design, though, and printed out the sentiment and added it to a circle that was embossed with the wood embossing folder I just ordered from Papertrey Ink. The card front is also embossed with the same folder, the bottom corners rounded, and a circle cut out on the top panel. I ran over the top of the embossing with TH walnut stain ink to weather the tree a bit. I then added chocolate brown pearls for the eyes, and stickles for the pink hair bow. A couple of pearls were also added to the inside sentiment. The branch and leaves are a Sizzix die. I die cut two branches for the front of the card, one in a neutral cardstock, and the other in this cute polka dot paper. What is it about owls and polka dots that surpass the cuteness factor?  The owls are paper pieced and also colored in with copics, then cut out and popped up on the branches for some added dimension. I like that the Mommy owl is looking down on her little owl and watching over her from her tree perch.  Why a her, you ask? Well, she just looks kind of sweet and feminine I think. And this will most likely go to one of my daughters.
So this picture was taken late at night where shadows lurk...there are no real shadows on the card.
Thanks so much for your visit today. I hope this card brings you a smile.
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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Happy Birthday ~Stampin' Sisters in Christ!!




This Sunday is SSiC's 3rd Birthday and we invite You to celebrate with us by way of a Birthday Blog Hop!!
You should have arrived here from Sandie's Blog...and when you leave, please stop by SSiC and leave a comment there letting them know you've completed the Birthday Blog Hop!

Helen is our lovely challenge hostess. The challenge is to make a birthday card and is inspired by this Scripture: John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Please be sure to read Helen's devotional on this Scripture.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

SSiC~Dabbling in Digital

Good morning stampers!
Today we have a new scripture, devotional, and challenge to go with it at Stampin' Sisters in Christ! This week our devotional is given by my beautiful friend, Diane Noble. Diane is a gifted writer and I know the Lord has been giving her a lot of insight, so I will not be adding anything to it this week.
The Scripture:
Isaiah 64:8  "Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand."
The challenge: Use punches, dies, or shapes of any kind.
We have an anonymous sponsor this week that will be giving a generous "grab bag" of stamps. How fun is that? So we hope you get a chance to stamp and play along this week.

My card today is my debut at a new stamping venture for me. I am excited to announce that I have been asked and happily agreed to serve on my friend, Diane Noble's, Design Team promoting her digital stamps and papers!  Diane opened her new store, Daydream Designs, this month! It was a long time dream of hers, and I am so thrilled to play a small role in making her dreams come true. My friend and founder of Stampin' Sisters in Christ, Kris Breach, is the colorist in producing beautiful matching digital papers and colored designs.
For my card, I used one of the colored images in "The Perfect Blend" set and added a bit more shading with my red copics on the mug. I used my Spellbinders round lacy circles to make a round card for this challenge, and a tiny red doily backing from Martha Stewart.   The inside has a little pocket for adding a little something extra...the sentiment is from "Coffee with Friends." I love that font!!
While digital is a definite learning curve for me; the advantages of resizing my images and sentiments were immediately clear to me...and I love the choice of fonts in Diane's sentiments! I hope you make a visit to Diane's store.
I'll be drinking my cuppa latte now and checking out your fun creations soon! Have a wonderfully blessed week!


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Scripture Challenge


Wishing you a blessed Sunday morning!! Today's we celebrate a new week, scripture, and challenge on the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog. Our challenge is brought to us by the talented Candace. Please go to the SSiC blog to read Candace's devotional thoughts this week and see what the lovely team has made!
This week's scripture:
Proverbs 30:5 "Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him."

The challenge: Use a sentiment only: no images.
Our sponsor: Our Daily Bread Designs: 15.00 g.c.

I love featuring scripture on my cards! God's word stands alone. It is beautiful and I don't want to ever forget the simplicity and truth in God's word...alone!! Sometimes we are tempted to "add to" or "embellish" the Bible either because we think adding our own application (experiential)  or what we think it means, (subjecive,) will give more credence to or somehow add to what God has already said.  Some add allegories or mystical experiences to scripture when it is not there (or anywhere for that matter!) Scripture is sometimes taken by others and bended, embellished, added to, taken away, sifted through, watered down, to the point that if you do not know it, you may be very confused just what God says! Rather than letting scripture rule, and context reign...we allow our own finite minds to rule and our own preconceived notions to reign.  But if we were to just take scripture and first, regard it as "true" and "God-breathed," then meditate on it...that is when we are allowing God to speak through it, and that is where the power of the written word to "teach, rebuke, correct and train in righteousness is!"  (2 Timothy 3:16)
Last night I was having a conversation with a lovely woman and we were discussing the recent devastation of the fires in and near our community. I told her that two days after the outbreak in Colorado Springs, I had attended a Christian conference right in the heart of Colorado Springs. While the fires raged  just west of us,we had a powerful time of prayer for the community and state:  beseeching God for His protection, His mercy, and His provision...but also to please send rain!! And within just a few days, we had downpours all over our state, putting out those fires. The woman I talked to agreed with me that it was prayer, but then she added this, "Well, Mother Nature, God, whatever you want to call it... the power of prayer and community put out those fires." As a believer, I am certain that God is God, and not Mother Nature, that He alone is sovereign over the weather! And we have Him alone to thank for bringing us the rain!! And am I ever thankful for that!
This is a stamp image  I've had a long time and have not yet used...I think it was gifted by a friend. I decided to attempt to match the ink to the d.p...and used a small ink spot to ink up one word. The leaves are a Sizzix die, shaded in a deeper blue ink, tiny prima flowers for added elements, two layered Spellbinder dies, and one pretty designer paper! I had a lot of fun with this challenge, and hope you have the opportunity to join us this week!
Thanks for stopping by...until next time, wishing you a blessed week!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

SSiC~Preparing a Place


I am excited to be this week's hostess at Stampin' Sisters in Christ. This week the verse and challenge choice are mine, along with the devotional. Please be sure to stop by the SSiC blog and see all the fun and beautiful DT creations!
The Scripture:
John 14:1-6
"Do not let your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going."
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My latest past time has been refurnishing and decorating a bedroom at our mountain “cabin” in Colorado. Due to the basement flooding, we had to throw out all the existing furniture, redo the drywall and replace carpeting. So, buying new beds, shopping for cozy comforters, sniffing mountain scented candles, scouting out a beautiful pine armoire and rustic hand carved shelving…all in the name of comfort and home…have taken a lot of my time and attention. All the while, I am anticipating our two daughters driving over the mountains from their separate homes for family gatherings in our cozy retreat. I am envisioning the welcome they will feel as they lay down their suitcases and plop on the beds, snuggling under blankets and laughing the way they used to as little girls. I have been, without even realizing it, preparing a place for them. Getting this room ready has brought me much delight because each detail and decision was made with my daughters in mind. There is just one more thing to complete the room…a nice soft night light.


When I read this passage of scripture, I can’t help but be amazed. The same God that created the universe in six days has spent the past eons of time preparing a place for his children in heaven. Jesus often refers to heaven as “my Father’s house.” And there are many “dwelling places” in this house. Culturally in Jesus time, families were joined together by adding an additional wing on to a single dwelling as the son would marry and bring a wife into the family. These wings formed a community around a single courtyard or patio. The picture here is of communion with the family of God.

Jesus is preparing a place for us. I can sense the anticipation in this passage, the longing of the Father to be with his children. What a comforting thought! If you are a mom and have children leaving home for the first time to college or moving away for a new career, take comfort! If you are a daughter whose parent or child has gone home before you, take comfort. If you have a prodigal, and like me, are looking down that long road searching for their face, take comfort! If you are weary of this world and its anxieties and cares and feel there is no place to lay your head, take comfort! Jesus is preparing a place for you!! I can almost picture the pillows fluffed, the welcoming glow in the windows. But we won’t need a night light. His light will fill the place, for He will reside with us in all His glory. I can only imagine the homecoming we will have!!

Revelation 22:5 “And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun because the Lord will illumine them, and they will reign forever and ever.”
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My Challenge: Create a card or project that depicts something that says "home" to you!







The first card uses an image that best reflects my devotional.
Here is my cozy cabin, all decked out with snow and a hint of Christmas in the air! I used Flourishes stamps and the Tuesday Challenge sketch featured this week on the Flourishes blog.  This card uses Flourishes "Snow Fun" set, Flourishes keyhole dies,  and colored in copics (light beige for trees and fence shading,  blues for snow and sky, and reds for the cabin.)  The background is a Sizzix folder with the edges inked in Tim Holtz Antique Linen ink. A Webster's "sparkler" is the final touch to my card, along with some glitter for snow. I combined two ribbons, a cream crochet and layered a deep red cream-edged over it using a 1/8 inch scor-tape.

My second card uses this week's sponsor's digital image! DRS Designs has generously sponsored this week with a 10.00 voucher to their store! I love this coffee image, it is cool and hip. And guess what, I learned something new! Paper piecing with digital! Home means a cup of coffee, and of course, hospitality. I used a lace doily for the side panel, a bright blue ribbon topped with a corduroy brown button and a brown pearl.
I do not usually dabble in digital, but wanted to give it a go. I used a tutorial from my friend and fellow SSiC DT member, Diane Noble.You can find the tutorial on her blog, Diane's Designs, with an exciting announcement. Diane has followed her dreams and has started her own store, Daydream Designs. This weekend she has lots of samples, tutorials, and free images to boot! I think I may have to learn digital to utilize some of her beautiful and unique designs. I won't spoil it for you, just go and take a look...you will be blessed!
 I hope you enjoy my creations this week...
And more importantly, I pray you are comforted by today's scripture.
Thanks so much for your visit. I hope you can play along in my challenge this week...and have fun creating your own homey creation!!





Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tear it Up!



Welcome to my blog today and today's Stampin' Sisters in Christ stamping challenge! This week's hostess is Peggysue!
The verse:
Matthew 27:51
"The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom."

The challenge: Use torn paper technique (just tear your paper with your fingers and use it somehow on your card, but it must be torn, not cut.)
This week's sponsor is a 15.00 g.c. for Inspired Stamps. They have a great selection of stamps!

My card: I haven't torn paper in so long...it felt kind of strange...but once I added some antiquing with ink, I liked the overall effect much better. I used SU! designer paper, Pool party paper, pool party ribbon, Spellbinders Nestabilities, CD embossing folder, ODBD stamp, and tiny blue rhinestones along with TH Ink, a bit of lace and my bow maker.
I always enjoy the Sundaydevotions and look forward on Sunday mornings to reading them along with you. Please visit the SSiC blog and play along with us for the chance to win stamps from Inspired Stamps and even more so, the opportunity to lift up Christ with your beautiful art!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Home is Where your Story Begins



Good morning friends! This card is for this week's challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ to make a Clean and Simple (CAS) card. Today's challenge hostess is Michelle. The verse she chose is:
Matthew 11:30

"For my yoke is easy and My burden is light."


This week's challenge sponsor is "A Day for Daisies" gift certificate
Card details:
Stamp: Market Street Stamps
SU! Edgelits embossing folder
Nestability dies
Green button and bakers twine
copics for coloring
Spica glitter pen for the windows
Notice how the die is in the shape of a book? This detail really made me happy...it fits the sentiment so well. This is a housewarming card for a friend...non-traditional colors because I know she likes them.
Hope you get to join in this fun challenge this week, and please visit the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog to read Michelle's devotional and see all the wonderful DT cards!!
Thanks as always for stopping in!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Pawprints on your Heart


Today's stamp challenge and devotions is brought to us by my friend, and Stampin' Sister in Christ, MariLynn.

The verse:
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

The Challenge:  Make a project that follows this PLAN: (at least) 1 circle or oval element, at least two different papers, and at least 1 embellishment.
Our Sponsors this week: 3 digitals of your choice from Doodle Pantry!

I chose this sweet puppy and girl image from Stampavie. The sentiment is from There She Goes, and the paper is My Mind's Eye. I have not had a lot of opportunity to practice with my copic markers lately, so this was one of those images that I've had awhile and not used. I love to color, but it is one of those things I like to do when I have "all the time in the world." So this was my lazy Saturday card.
My parents recently had to give up one of their dogs due to a biting issue when health care workers came to the house. It is sadly one of those situations where they would either have to be dropped from home health or give up their dog. Thankfully, this was not my mom's "favorite" dog, but still I know they felt badly and it was a difficult choice to have to make. So this card is for my mom...God indeed has taken care of them and given them a new hope and future in their own home. We are all so grateful. I hope this little card will cheer her up and let her know how much I care!
Thanks for visiting, and have a wonderfully blessed week~
Hope you join Stampin' Sisters in Christ this week for our challenge! This was a really fun one!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Thoughts and Prayers



Good Sunday morning, friends! Today we have a new day and a new challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ! Our challenge hostess thsi week is my friend, Linda Lucas. Linda chose this Bible verse for this week's challenge.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34-35

The challenge this week is to use something new on your card/project creation. For my card, I chose this big ol' shabby bloom flower from Flourishes Store. See the little rosette inside the larger one? That is part of another bloom strip/lace that I cut off just one rosette and glued it to the center. After looking at this card, I decided I may add an entire strip of the smaller rosette down the side over the taupe ribbon, but I left for a Christian conference  this weekend, so it will have to wait till tomorrow, I suppose.
This card uses Flourishes stamps, "Thinking of You," and a corresponding background stamp along with Labels Four, pearls, twine, and taupe ribbon. And of course my new ribbon that I have not used till now.
I always try to achieve balance in my cards, that is probably the priority for me when stamping, and when I received this ribbon and saw how large the rosettes are, I was befuddled as to how to use them without totally overwhelming a card.  I hope I accomplished balance on this card. It reminds me of one of those big floppy baby head bands with those huge rosettes that dwarf a baby's head. Kinda makes me laugh.
On a personal note: The conference I just returned from was in Colorado Springs, the city near the Waldo Canyon area engulfed in fire on Tuesday and over 300 homes have been destroyed so far. I was able to view the  fires from the highway, the helicopters flying in and out...and some areas that looked destroyed, while others were preserved. It was a bit surreal, but also a relief that the fire was going away from the city and as of last report was 30% contained. So praise the Lord for that. It has been very scary, tiring, overwhelming to live in an area where the fires seem to be a constant threat and new ones break out every day. My heart goes out to those that are still under evacuation, those that know their homes are gone, those that are waiting, firefighters and military all working together. I hope to write more when I have had time to process the conference and things we learned, as well as get some rest.
Thanks so much for visiting and your prayers always!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Congrats!



I'm back again with a card for this week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge! It has been such a long time since I picked up a stamp or paper...over a month I believe. I have been doing a lot of traveling this month and think I spent more days away than home. After I got home, I had about a week of trying to get my "land legs" back after being on a cruise ship for 7 days, along with ferries in Seattle!  I'm finally able to walk in a straight line and stand without holding on to the wall for support. You would think I had been on a tiny sea-tossed boat rather than a big ocean line cruiser.
Our family (husband, youngest daughter, and her friend and myself) went on an Alaskan Inside Passage cruise and had such a wonderful time. I have a few pictures I am going to share on Monday, so please come back for a visit then.
This week's hostess for our stamping challenge is my friend and blog founder, Kristine Breach. You can visit the SSiC blog here and read her thoughts for today's devotional.
The Scripture:
Psalm 46:10 "Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
This week's challenge: Use flags/banners in your card creation!
Our sponsor this week is a friend of SSiC's and a generous donor: (anonymous)  donating a grab bag of stamps!! How fun is that?
I have had these banner dies from Spellbinders and had yet to break them out of their packaging...so thanks, Kris, for the fun challenge! This paper is so pretty, I used just a snippet of the floral and it adds something to my card...the button is aqua and has a Daisy pattern embossed on it. (hard to see!)
I love this scripture and am looking forward to reading this week's devotionals and seeing all the banner ideas!
Wishing you a week of blessings and trusting in the Lord!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Purple Posies



Good Sunday morning! Today we have another challenge on the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog by Candace.
This week's scripture challenge:

Psalm 118:6

"The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

The challenge: Do something on your card that you are afraid of. For example: Clean and Simple style, stitching, a vintage look, etc...Just do something you would not normally do!

Two fears I faced with my card today: First, using this Fleur de Lis Rectangle die. I have had it for quite awhile, but usually have a very difficult time getting it to pop out of the die without tearing it somewhere...so I used a magnetic plate this time and it helped. Also, I used purple, which I actually love, but am a little intimidated by. Purple has a tendency to look cheap if it isn't done right...so I went with an elegant look with just a bit of bling!
I did not take this challenge too seriously, meaning I just had fun with it, and thought, what have I not done in a long time that I would like to try? This was such a fun challenge!
For my card:
Flourishes stamps: From the Garden
Ink: Memento Black, versafine black
Copics for Coloring, C1, C3, C5, C7, V000, V04, V17, G20, G40, G82
Nestabilities, Fleur de Lis Rectangles, Fancy Tags
Pretty wrinkled ribbon from Flourishes
**I am also entering this card in this week's Flourishes challenge to use a flower on your card! You can view this challenge here.http://flourishes.org/2012/05/timeless-tuesday-170/

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My Daughters on Graduation!




My youngest daughter, Erin, right on top, center on bottom...graduated this May from Colorado State University.  I realize she is missing her graduation cap...these were taken afterwards, and she took her cap off. I am so proud of Erin...she graduated with "high honors" with a degree in Business and an emphasis in International Business and Marketing. She also accomplished this in four years, including a semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain last Spring. Her older sister, Caitlyn, came from Denver and we spent the day together. Our daughters have always been close, and the first photo is one of them being slightly silly doing what they call the "prom pose."
I love these pictures, it reminds me how blessed I am and how very proud I am to be the Mom of my two girls...well, I guess young women would be a better term!! And of course, my sweet husband was the one taking the pictures. He does not like to be in them, though, so I will spare him that.
This is our back deck with the neighborhood pond in the back...this Spring has been so lovely with all the green buds and some fresh rain.
So just wanted to share this happy moment...and praising God for it!! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Build up Your Card!

Today is my day to share this week's devotional at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!!


Ephesians 4:29

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."



There is a fire raging near my town of Fort Collins, Colorado, in the mountains of the Poudre Canyon. It began earlier this week, with a spark that got out of control. Firefighters have been working around the clock, trying to form a barrier to stop the flames and save the homes in the canyon. Residents in eighty of the homes were called to evacuate the area this afternoon. The first night I opened our front door to the distinct scent of a bonfire; the smoke swirled around the street lamp giving off an eerie red light. I stepped outside, my eyes stinging from the smoke, and quickly closed it and said a prayer. That was three nights ago. The fire that has burned and destroyed over 7,000 acres of forest as of tonight…was intentionally started.


James 3:5 reminds us, “Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”

Who of us has not been singed by fire? Words flung in carelessness by another… a spark that ignites and encircles us with a heaviness of spirit that is hard to quench. We may spend a lifetime putting up barriers, man made boundaries to keep the toxic words from causing further damage…the fire from eventually destroying us. If you were a child that grew up with a verbally abusive parent, you know what I am speaking of. A long time child advocate, nothing breaks my heart more than overhearing a parent degrade a child verbally. And unfortunately, this abuse does not stop with children. It touches all stages of life, including the elderly. Not one of us escapes the smoke getting in our eyes!

In contrast, this verse in Ephesians tells us not to let any unwholesome talk proceed from our mouths. The word “unwholesome,” is the same word used to describe fruit that is rotting…decayed, putrid. It refers to obscenities, foolish talk, or coarse joking. Rotten, wormy apples protruding from our lips is anything but a pretty picture! Instead, our speech is to be marked by edification…that is the building up of others. These are words that minister grace to the hearers. They are not frivolous or false flattery. The Proverbs 31 woman is an example of this. “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” This woman’s tongue is governed by a higher authority…the “Law of kindness.” Her speech is kind and tender, exhorting others using Christ’s kindness as her example. These words build us up…they draw us close and encourage us out of love to love others better. What a blessing to have someone like this in our childhoods! Or adulthood's for that matter! My Nana was this kind of loving person in my life who set a Godly example with her tongue. What a blessing this beautiful woman was in my life. I never felt more safe, loved, happy and delighted in than when I was with her. I am sure her influence in my early childhood years shielded me from many of the damaging words spoken so casually and carelessly to my brothers and I growing up.

Proverbs 18:21” The tongue has the power of life and death…and those that love it will eat its fruit.” I hope by the time this is read I may report the fires contained, the damage minimal, and no casualties! Oh, may we say the same thing about our own tongues. “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. “ Proverbs 21:23

This week's sponsor is featured on the SSiC blog: Traci Mayberry!

So for my card, and the reason it is not posted at the top of the page, I CASED this card from Lynn Putt, that I had saved on Pinterest. I wanted to make a card using these stacked flowers, buttons, pearls, ever since I saw this sweet beauty a few weeks ago. I changed the background paper and added buttons and pearls, other than that the flower dies and layout, colors, are pretty much the same. You can visit her blog here.
My challenge: "Build" up your card using paper piecing, paper tole technique, layers, stacked elements...you name it!!

This is for our daughter's  college graduation...she is off celebrating (she doesn't need any help with that part,) so I have not given it to her yet. I will be posting a few pictures this week from that day on my blog.
Thanks so much for stopping in...I hope you have a blessed week!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Organic it Is!



Good Sunday morning!
Before I get to today's challenge, I wanted to let you know that we have six new design team "sisters' on our blog debuting today. We have already been busy getting to know each other, and this is such a blessing to have us all on a team together. So I hope you will visit the blog this week and give them a nice welcome! All of the Design team blogs are featured on my sidebar also!
Today our wonderful  Stampin' Sisters in Christ sister, Miesje, is challenging us to make a card using natural materials. (Twine, seashells, sand, burlap, sticks...etc...). I had bought a large burlap spool of ribbon last Christmas, so decided to use it as the backdrop of this image. This was the third or fourth attempt at a card, and after a mishap involving a dozen or more "flying ink pads," this is what you get. That is what I get for trying to keep it simple!
Our verse this week is:
1 John 2:4-6
"Whoever says, 'I know him," but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him."

I don't have a lot to add to this already packed scripture. It speaks for itself. I know some people say they believe in God, yet they do not read their bible or make it a priority to learn his commands. How can you "know" someone that you don't have time for? How can you say you love God, and yet continue to live your life as though you are your own God? God's word is so amazing...as many years as I have been privileged to sit in a bible study...it is always fresh, new, and the applications are there for me in my situation in my life today!! No one likes to be called a "liar," that is such a strong word...but John is saying that is what we are if we say we know him, yet don't obey him. Love and obedience always go hand in hand. An authentic Christian follower will always be evidenced by their love for God and his word, and their desire to obey him. It does not mean we do not disobey at times, but the pattern of our life is one of wanting to know God and follow Him above all else!
The challenge sponsor this week is : Our Daily Bread Designs~a 15.00 gift credit.
My sentiment on this card is from ODBD, I love their fonts and beautiful scripture selections!
Thanks so much  for stopping in...I can't say I love this card, but it uses natural elements, and looks like it will be a good fit for a male sympathy card.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Daffodils for Mom!


Today is our Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge...this week MariLynn is our lovely hostess!
The scripture reference is:

Jeremiah 17:8

"Those who trust in the Lord shall be like a tree planted by water sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green. In the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit."
The challenge: Use our green thumbs, either use green on a card/project or use an image of something planted.

This week's sponsor: DRS Designs gave each of the DT a choice of stamp for our cards today.
A $10.00 gift certificate is this week's prize for one fortunate winner!

For my card, I chose this DRS framed Daffodil stamp ...it is a growing thing and my Mom likes them as much as I do! I paired it with some pretty green solid paper and designer paper, Flourishes custom die (keyhole), Basic Grey designer rhinestones, PTI mixed messages for the sentiment, and two embossing folders.
Make a trip over to the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog to read this week's devotional and be inspired and encouraged by the DT cards!
This is not a verse I am familiar with...but isn't it amazing how God's word comes alive when we meditate on it? I feel I have been in a bit of a spiritual drought in the last year or so...in a period of feeling dry, a little out of my element as a mother and wife, unsure of my place in this world as my daughter is graduating college and moving on to a career in the big corporate world.... will I be able to impart anything of value to her, and if I do, will she listen?) I admit to feeling a little anxiety with a lot of unknowns...and yet this verse says to not cease to bear fruit. I think I need a bit of fertilizer if I'm going to keep producing...maybe sinking my roots a little deeper ...soaking up some of that fresh rain of His word, and looking upward to the sun of His face illuminating my days.  The "empty nest" is a transition for me...although our daughters have not lived at home for four years, they have been nearby...and now another stretch for me as my arms grow ever longer to reach across the threshold of change and find new ways to "bear fruit" as I am called to do! Lord, help me to be willing and please equip me for what is ahead and not be anxious.
Thanks so much for coming by...wishing you a blessed week!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge



Today's verse for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge is chosen by the Lovely Linda!
The scripture:

Psalm 119:105

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

The challenge: Make a card/project using a soft color palette.
The sponsor: Inspired Stamps~thank you!

The verse on my card is actually a digital image from Inspired Stamps...along with that pretty vine border~! I don't dabble in digital at all; so needed some help from my husband with this...it isn't exactly what I had planned in my head! How often does that happen? The silhouettes are from another stamp company, I embossed those to dress up the other panel. These colors are Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder from SU!, and three silver pearls and some silver swirls were added.
I know Linda will have a wonderful devotions to accompany this week's challenge, so I encourage you to visit the SSiC blog to read and view the rest of teh DT's creations!
Thanks so much for stopping in and wishing you a wonderful, restful, worship-ful Sunday!!