Sunday, December 27, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David." (NIV)
Stamps: Stampin' Up
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Hostess: The sweet and uber talented, wonderful crafting mentor Kristine Breach of Ink Something!
Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21 "Do not store up for yourself treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Challenge: "...get out your crafting *treasures* and use on your cards or other projects this week, in other words BLING IT UP (ie. charms, gems, pearls, dazzling diamonds, flowers, etc). "
Our Sponsor: The awesome Simon Says Stamp company!
It's a tag for my sister's Christmas present!
I'm on my way to see my mom in her first ever Christmas play, so I'll edit this later today with the ingredients of my project. Have a wonderful day!
I'm looking forward to seeing your creations for this week's Stampin Sisters In Christ Challenge!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Our Hostess - The Awesome & Uber Talented Ceal Pritchett of Simply Beautiful
Our Scripture - 2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Our Challenge - The challenge is to make a card or project using images of people (ie..children, men, women) to let someone know you are praying for them.
Our Sponsor - Korin Sutherlin of Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps <---- AWESOME!
Prayer is so imortant and I think it's just as important to let someone know that you're praying for them. That is why this week's challenge was so much fun for me. I just love sending people little "blessings" like cards to let them know I'm thinking about them! For this card, I decided to make something "boyish" because boys need to know we're praying for them, too! Anyway, here's my card:
DP-I can't remember! It's from my stash. :)
Sentiment-Printed on my computer
Ink & CS-SU
Brads-Again, from my stash!
I do hope you'll join the fun this week at the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge blog!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sharron aka Sharrahug!
Here's what she said:
Sharron aka Sharrahug said...
Oh it's so hard to choose just one blog for inspiration. I've been a Suzanne Dean lover for a while now & she inspires me every single time I visit her blog (which is daily).But each one of these fabulous blogs has tidbits of inspiration flowing through them.Thank you for the opportunity to win such delish candy. I am now a follower & posted your candy on my blog sidebar. Thanks again!Huggies ~Sharron ♥
Sharron, e-mail me your address and I'll get these fun treats in the mail to you this week!
(I did use random.org and it was weird because there were 10 entries and they chose #10!)
Thank you for all your awesome comments! Wasn't it fun to visit these blogs to see what they are doing? I just love "blog hopping" all day long. I'll be on a blog and see one that they're linked up to and head over there, and it just keeps going and going and going! lol But everyone has such great ideas and inspirations that somedays my eyes go buggy because I've been staring at the computer all day long! lol
Have a wonderful day everyone!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
First, we've got balloons for Lisa's party! We picked green because it's Lisa's favorite color!
I made this card for Lisa's birthday and it's also the card for our challenge this week, which is hosted by the lovely Randi!
Here are the details of the challenge:
Matthew 2:11 "After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh."
Matthew 7:7-11: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in Heaven give what is good to those who ask it."
Make a card, LO, or project that includes an image of gift/s or giving gifts somewhere in it
Sponsor and Guest Designer:
La-La-Land Crafts featuring Irina Blount
You just HAVE to visit La-La-Land! They have the most adorable stamps!!!
Next stop on your birthday blog hop is to Kathy and don't forget to stop by and wish Lisa a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I'm looking forward to seeing your card at the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge blog this week!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Now, my mom & cards! My mom always wants some cards made when she's here! She wanted 4 cards made, and she made one, but I only finished the other 2. I thought I'd share the shadow box card I made.
DP/CS-SU & I belive the snowflake one is from My Minds Eye
Stamps-Magnolia (trees), The Greeting Farm, Studio G, Judith
Extras-Snowflake from the dollar shop, snowflake border punch by Martha Stewart, Liquid Applique, Stickles, Fun Flock, SU chalk, nestabilities
It's hard to tell, but we used a clear sheet of paper attached to the "frame" which we dotted stickles on to look kind of like falling snow. We also used chalk to "blotch" on the sky & sun by the trees. I love this card and she almost didn't get to take it with her!!! I'm going to enter this at the KLSNS blog snowflake challenge, too!
Don't forget to check out my blog candy & shout-outs here! There's only a couple more days to enter!
Hi there! Today I wanted to share some awesome and uber talented people and their blogs with you! These ladies have been HUGE inspirations to me through their blogs and their stores/inventions. Most of these I've found through my college friend, Kristine of Ink Something. Because of her encouragement, I've been able to break out of my tiny little world of Topeka, KS and venture all over the world with my love for stamping! I've gotten so many ideas and so much encouragement from her. Re-connecting with her has been such a wonderful blessing! Thanks, Kris!
Now, on to the SHOUT-OUTS!
Please take the time to visit these sites this week. You will be so happy you did!
Kristine of Ink Something Awesome friend, crafting mentor and also a DT sister at Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge Blog You will LOVE her! She's truly wonderful!
Kelly of KL Stampin N Scrappin Store and KL Stampin N Scrappin Blog She's a sweetheart with a huge heart and awesomly talented, too! Her DT is awesome and they have fun challenges every month, too!
Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge Blog and my lovely DT sisters, who are becoming more than just DT sisters, they are becoming great friends as well. We have new challenges each Sunday, so join us! It's so much fun! Each of these ladies bring a different style and inspiration to the table each week and it's awesome to see how such different people come together with one common goal, sharing Christ through their stamping.
Kathy of Winter Creations by Kathy Winter
Peggusue of Roses by my Window
Pamela of Pamela's World of Scrap
Randi of Randi's A New Creation
Ceal of Simply Beautiful
Lisa of The Craft's Meow
Candace of Candid Candace
Laurie of Ministering Hands...Loving Hearts
Suzanne Dean of Scrap Bitz um, BOW EASY! It IS so easy! Suzanne sent me one of these early on in my blogging career and I'm so thankful she did! I've been able to make stunning bows for various projects because of her generosity! She's super talented and updates her blog daily with new and exciting cards & projects!
Sparkle of Sparkle Creations Another sweetheart! Her style is fun, too! She's one of the first I became acquainted with on blogging and I've been a fan ever since!
Cheryl of Cottage Creations My New York friend who makes the most beautiful Christmas cards ever! She is the first person I won "Blog Candy" from and she sent me a Magnolia stamp as well as a stunning Christmas card!
Carolina of Carolina's Creative Pad Very unique style with lots of fun tutorials!
Diana Crick with Magnolia-Licious and Scor-Pal Diana created the Scor-Pal, which has become one of my best friends EVER! I use it to make the perfect scores on all my cards and projects. It makes it EASY!Magnolia-licious Highlights Blog This is another challenge blog I like to visit. Their DT is awesome and they have fun challenges every month, too.
I also mentioned CANDY! I'll randomly choose a winner on December 1st so you have until November 30th to enter!
Here's what will get you into the drawing:
1) Visit the sites mentioned above and leave a comment on my post to tell me something from one of the blogs that inspired you
2) Become a follower of my blog
3) Post a link to this post on your blog,
What to know what you're playing for?
INDIVIDUAL IMMUNITY!!! No, wait, that's reality TV...
How about a brand new "Waiting Tilda" Magnolia stamp and a surprise stamp from High Hopes donated by the wonderful Kelly of KL Stampin N Scrappin Store AND some stamped images and some embellishments! Whatever fun stuff I can fit into the package I have!
Join the fun and get some inspiration as well as the chance to win some fun stuff!!!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
This week's Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge was picked by none other than...ME. The verse I chose was Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (NIV) and the challenge is to make a Thanksgiving card or card of thankfulness.
This verse reminds me that we are to do good and though it might not feel as though we're being "rewarded" or that anyone really carest that we're doing right, God sees and God cares and we WILL be blessed if we do not give up. We have to complete that job God gave us. If a farmer only worked half his field when he felt like it, would there be much to harvest? I would think not. A farmer has many challenges that he faces while working his crops. The weather, bugs, animals, the soil, broken equipment, etc. yet, he does what he has to so that his crops can grow and at harvest time, if he does as he should, he will reap a very blessed harvest. That is how God wants us to be, determined to do the right thing no matter what, and he's promised to bless us.
I chose a Thanksgiving card because this week in the US we will celebrate our Thanksgiving Day. If you're not in the US, please still join us by making a card of thankfulness. There's always a reason to give thanks to our Lord for how wonderful He is to us!
And don't forget to check out our sponsor this week! Our Daily Bread Designs is going to send one very blessed person this gorgeous stamp set this week!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Please accept my apologies for not getting this post up earlier today! Let's get on with it...
Today's challenge at Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge Blog was to create a shadow box card. Interesting, (I thought)... Peggysue , our awesome hostess this week, is REALLY trying to challenge me now! Stretch beyond my capabilities, or what I though were my capapbilities! Sometimes we need challenges in our lives to move us forward, don't you think? We are all capable of being great! God created us in His image, didn't He? So, there! We all have that greatness in us, and a good stretching challenge is just what I needed this week! Thanks, Peggysue!
Here are the details of our challenge-
1 Corinthians 13:12 (King James Version): "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."
CHALLENGE: Peggysue's stamping challenge was to create one of her favorite layouts, the shadowbox card. She says, "No more shadows, no more dim reflections when we get to heaven!"
You can find a tutorial for creating a shadowbox on Splitcoaststampers.
SPONSOR: Laura at Layers of Color Art Stamps is offering a beautiful set of butterfly stamps. Be sure to visit her, too!
You know how sometimes we think we're up against a major challenge, but when it gets right to it, the challenge isn't near the mountain you've made it out to be? Well, this card was one of those! I was worried that I wouldn't get it right, so I set out with several scrap papers and started following the tutorial Peggysue gave to us and oh my goodness! It turned out to be the easiest card I've ever made! And when you use dp in cardstock, there's no layers or anything needed! Anyway, here's my card: (I was into snowflakes this week!)
Stamps-Magnolia & SU
Extras-Stickles, Snowflake Sequins, Snowflake punches by MS
So, let this be my challenge to you this week: Along with joining our challenge at Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge Blog, let God use the greatness He designed in YOU this week, do something that stretches you and helps you grow. And let me know how it goes! :)
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Here are the challenges I'm entering it in:
Friday Sketchers challenge was to follow their sketch. You can see that sketch here.
KLSNS challenge was to use snowflakes. Obviously, I used snowflakes! The dp that I used for the large snowflake, has snowflakes on it, too! You can only see part of some, though.
La-la Land Crafts Blog challenge is to use punches or die cuts. I used punches for my snowflakes and nestabilities for the white circles.
If you look closely, you can see that I traced the large snowflake in stickles, as well as put it on the smaller snowflakes, over the words in the sentiment, on the brads, on Tilda's hat, gloves, bottom of shoes, bows, & cuffs and dotted it around the scallops of the circles. It looked like snow to me. :)
DP-Bo Bunny (snowflake, too!)
Extras-Snowflake punch by Martha Stewart; Stickles, Brads from JoAnn's
I had so much fun making this card! I'm thinking about making my boss buy it for his daughter, though, because it kind of looks like her. :) Think he'll go for it? Probably! lol
Have a wonderful day!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
PARTNER: STAMPIN SISTERS IN CHRIST CHALLENGE
SCRIPTURE: JOHN 15:13
SPONSOR: PAPER PRETTIES
Good morning! No chit chat today, we're getting right down to our mission!
Today's Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge is from the lovely Candace. Here's what she has to say: "The challenge for this week is to make a patriotic-themed card for a soldier and as a bonus, donate it to Operation Write Home, so that a soldier may be encouraged by your words of thanks. Write a special message of gratitude on the inside and sign your name. They will be distributed to soldiers who rarely get mail, or just need encouragement. Be sure to put your card in an envelope and write “Any Hero” on the front. For more information on how to make a card for “Any Hero,” click here."
The verse she chose is John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." WOW! Now seriously, think about that...who in this world is going to lay down his life for YOU? Our soldiers are laying their lives on the line every day for us. For our nation to be free. You know who else laid down Hhis life for you? Jesus. He died so that we could be set free from our sins. He loves us so much that he did this, without asking for anything in return. All we have to do is accept His gift of salvation. Many people reading my blog know the love that Christ has for them, but for the one reading this that doesn't, please feel free to e-mail any of our DT sisters and ask them about this gift of love.
Here's the card I created:
Stamp-Tilda with a bow & stairs by Magnolia; star by SU; sentiment by Studio G; printed dog from clip art and printed the verse
Paper-scraps I had laying around, not sure who the dp is by because I'd already used the corner with their name on it!
Others: rhinestones by Studio 18; stickles; colored with water colors
Visit SSCC and see what the other DT ladies have made! I'm sure you'll be blessed! Don't forget to join in the challenge and let a "hero" know you're thinking about them!
Friday, October 30, 2009
This week's challenge is hosted by my lovely and uber talented DT sister, Pamela Young! The scripture she chose is Deuteronomy 31:8 "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." (NIV)
Pamela's challenge is to create something about when God is "unseen"; i.e., a scrapbook layout that reminds you that God is always with you; a card to encourage a friend and remind them that God is with them; or something to hang on your wall.
This week I chose to make something using the verse from Pamela's challenge. I also wanted to make a "KISS" card (keep it simple sista card). Sometimes we try too hard to "find" God, when all the time He's right there! It's simple, He's everywhere we look! The promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us is such a comforting promise. I've been through trial after trial in my life (mostly self inflicted!), but no matter what He's always been there for me. He was there to welcome me back with open arms when I decided to get my life right with Him again. He simply had never left me, though I might not have been able to see Him at the time.
Paper-scraps that were laying around the house!
Sentiment-verse printed on the computer
Ink-SU Creamy Carmel (which I also sponged on the verse and around the edge of the card)
I also challenge you to let God love you this week. Let Him show you that He IS in fact with you.
Our awesome this week is Cornish Heritage Farms! They're offering an awesome prize for this week's challenge! Check that out here! Don't forget to visit their site and see all the wonderful things they offer.
Now, hop on over to the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge blog and see what inspiration the other incredible DT sisters have for you!
DP: My Minds Eye Bella Bella "Bellezo" Simply Dottie
Image: Magnolia's Jam Tilda
Embellies: Heidi Grace Flocked Flowers, Ribbon and Stickles
I also used Versamark to stamp flowers on the brown & cream paper, but you can't really tell they are on there. Maybe with a closer up look you can?
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
If you came here from Ceal's blog, then you're on the right path, if not, you might want to head back to Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge blog and start from the beginning.
So, here is what I've brought to the party:
Balloons for everyone!
a party dress for Laurie!
I also have a card for Laurie!
Now, it's time to head over to Pamela's blog to see what she brought to the party and don't forget to wish Laurie a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LAURIE!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
SO, a couple weeks or so ago, I learned that a challenge blog that I dearly love was having a design team "try out" so to speak. I don't normally try out for things because sometimes my confidence isn't what it could be, but for some reason I felt very compelled to try. I'd never done anything like this before, but I made my entry, the best I could and sent it off, not giving it too much thought after that. After all, it was the first time I'd ever done something like that and I didn't think I would really stand a chance to making it this time around! Anyway, so days go by and I finally get my weekly challenge up on my blog and then I head over to Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge blog to link my card for week 6, when I saw the notice about the DT at the top of the blog. Then I remembered I had sent my card in! I wondered how it went. I hadn't heard anything so I got a little nervous. That's when I kick into prayer mode..."Lord, please give me the courage to accept whatever comes out of this. If it's meant to be, please help me be the best I can be and to be a blessing to whomever I come in contact with, if it's not meant to be, please allow me the courage to keep getting better and try again next time." I felt peace about it and I was cool with whatever the outcome was. I was proud of myself for trying to do something that I feel is way above what my experience is. A couple more days go by and then I get the e-mail. Of course, I prayed before I opened it for that peace to flood over me again, and it did. Then I read the e-mail...I cried, I felt overwhelmed, so many emotions. SO, after this incredibly long (hopefully suspensful) story, it's my pleasure to tell you that, along with 6 other extremely talented ladies, I was chosen to be on the design team for Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge blog! I feel very honored and completely blessed to have one of my dreams come true. I love making cards and I want to be a blessing to others through my creations and God has allowed me another opportunity to do this. When I let myself think about it, I just sit and shake my head...
Thank you to the Senior DT members for taking the time to see what I have to offer and being willing to take the risk of a "first timer" for your DT! I'm looking forward to the next few months and to making a few new friends along the way!
Friday, October 2, 2009
The DT of Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge made some awesome cards this week! Head over there and check them out! Don't forget to add your entry, too, for a chance to win the lovely stamp set that Julee Tilman of Verve Stamps has donated!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
This was the verse chosen by Kathy for this week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge. I think it's very fitting for a time such as this. A time when all things are changing.
This week's challenge was to create something using the colors of fall. When I think of fall colors, I think of oranges, browns & greens. I bought this paper for my sister's birthday card, because she was born in November and she likes browns with accent colors. I thought it was perfect and since the challenge was for fall colors....it was the perfect card to make!
If you look closely, you might notice the raindrops still on the umbrealla...
Cardstock-SU Whisper White
DP-My Minds Eye "Out & About"
Sentiment-unknown, I think Studio G
Accessories/Embellishments-Stickles; Glossy Accents; (the flower is either K& Co or Marcella, I just can't remember right now)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Hi! I voting for 37! You are already favorited! I know a good blog when I see it.Sharon Lsharon.email@example.com
September 8, 2009 12:40 PM
WOW!! thanks so much for the chance to win.. I am crossing everything I have that I win.. :) I also became a follower.. I really like your blog.. and posted on my blog alsofor your age.. I am going to guess 36ish.. LOL :)HUGSwww.stretchnbubbles.blogspot.com
September 12, 2009 11:41 AM
Please, Sharon & Alison, e-mail me your addresses so I can get your prizes in the mail to you! firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact me by the end of this week, or I'll draw a new name and go to the next person with the correct magical number.
Yes, this year I turned 36! I can't believe that I really did. And, tomorrow I will be the mother of a 15 year old freshman in high school! It's so crazy! I'm really not a day over 25! Didn't I just read that 40 is the new 25? lol
Thanks so much everyone for participating and for following my blog! My goal was to hit 36 followers by today and I'm at 33, so that's pretty good!
Don't forget to check out this weeks challenge at Stampin' Sisters In Christ!
(His birthday is tomorrow, so I'm letting him do the drawing; He'll be 15!!!)
Ok, so here's the scoop:
Since my birthday was this past week and I love presents SO MUCH, I wanted to give a little "present" to someone! Here's a picture of what I am giving away:
It includes a variety of images (Magnolias, accessoires, Bellas & some Stampin' Up ones), some tag paper, some brads and some chipboard accessories. To get in the drawing, this is what you need to do:
1. Become a follower & leave a comment on this post (those already following only need to leave a comment) - this will get your name in the drawing once.
2. After you become a follower, if you post a link to my blog candy on your blog (or put it in your sidebar), or if you don't have a blog, e-mail your friends to check it out, then leave a second comment on this blog that you've done this - this will get you an additional chance at the drawing.
THEN, I have another surprise for the first person to guess my "magical" number (oh, that means my *age*). All the items in the blog candy are of this same quantity. This person will receive a surprise that I've created and some images that I'll stamp for them!
Drawing will be held on Sunday, September 20th at 2:00pm.Blessings!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
This Whiff of Joy stamp is one I got for my birthday from a co-worker. She's so pretty!
Stamp-Whiff of Joy
Cardstock-SU Whisper White; SU Green (I can't remember which one, I've had it forever!)
Ink-SU Mellow Moss; SU Chocolate Chip; Colorbox Fluid Chalk in Charcoal
Nestabilities-Classic Ovals Large
Color-Prisma Colors; Faber-Castell Water Colors
Embellishments-White Ribbon; stickles; Fun Flock in Cottonball White
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Isn't that awesome?!?! She's such a sweet girl and I'm so thankful for our reconnection! You should visit her blog, she's incredibly talented! http://inksomething.blogspot.com/
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
This may be a second posting, but check it out!!!
Check out what Melissa's offering for blog candy, just because she can!
http://keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.com/2009/08/lets-give-somethings-awayjust-because.html While you're there checking out her blog candy, be sure to check out some of her other posts. She's got some incredible talent!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Today I found this one and she happens to be offering blog candy, too! Check out Tab's awesome cards and blog candy!
There's also a Magnolia-licious blog hop happening today! Check it out!
Have a blessed day!
Thursday, August 20, 2009