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 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.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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 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, 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 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!!