Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Psalm 118:24

One of my most favorite challenge blogs is Stampin Sisters in Christ . I sincerely appreciate their insight into Scripture. They challenge us spiritually to bring ourselves closer to Christ, and they share with us each week their talent that reveals their love for our Lord.
This week their theme verse is Phil 4: 13 and the challenge is...
 Make a card/project of encouragement or congratulations.

I started to use my stamp with Phil 4:13 but then thought...no matter what we are going through...there are no guarantees for tomorrow... and I'm encouraged about what today brings.
What can I do for the Lord today? Who can I share Jesus with?
the encouragement ..This IS the day that the Lord has made (-: We serve a living Saviour!!!

I am thrilled with a stamp set I won from the Layers of Color Blog Hop. It's called a "Touch of Elegance". Can you see it in the corners and behind the sentiment? Will definitely be my "go to" set for flourishes!
I have a second card I'm working on for this challenge also....hope to post it tonight...

have a blessed day,

also entered in following challenges:
http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.com/ They have a 3-2-1 recipe
http://hodgepodgeshop.blogspot.com/ Anything goes
http://inktegritydesignteam.blogspot.com/ Anything goes

Monday, November 29, 2010

Speedy the Cat's Challenge #31

Hello there,
I'm still off work through tomorrow woohooooo!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend....have done a few cards for some challenges that I've really missed. Today's card is for the Speedy the Cat Challenge #31 which was "have a bow on your card"......doesnt get any easier than that!

I used the ornament from the MFP set Seasonal Poinsettias combined with a Just Rite sentiment from their set Christmas Treasures

my circles are scraps - stamped off the ornament and then paper pieced the ornament colored with glitter pens....that ribbon is from my stash!
what doesnt show well is the gold cardstock that's the base...this is actually a really sparkly card (-:

see ya tomorrow - hmmmmm, may post again today but my goal is get ALLL the Christmas decorations up..

also entered in these challenges
http://www.gingerloftchallenge.blogspot.com/  which wants you to have a bow

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Phri-days are Phindy's!

hello - having a fun Phri-Day ?? I am because off to see grankids today (-:

this week's challenge at Phindy's Place Challenge Blog is to "use something metal (brad, charm, anything!"
I don't use a lot of these type embellishments and was thankful to have these snowflakes and mini mini bells.
 hope you get a chance to pop over to the Design Team blog and check out the beautiful creations the ladies provide each week!
Image is called Jingle Bear and available here
Colored with Copics C1, B12, G05, E00, R08 and R81. Retired SU dp with strip of stash dp and SU's Cranberry Crisp cs (yep, I still have some LOL)
Smooch Illuminator

hope you're still enjoying the holiday .. i have the day off and lovin it

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving !!

hoping all are enjoying time with family and friends here in the US and for those friends across the ocean - wishing you the same even though you don't celebrate this holiday! no matter if there is a Thanksgiving holiday or not...every day is a day to give thanks to the Lord  - even more when we know him as our Savior!

John 3:16

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday Heartfelt Creations

Hi there,
well today is the "Sneak Peek" for the new collection over at the Heartfelt Creations Design Team's  Blog
Everyone is anxiously awaiting the Window Scene Collection. We will be releasing the Window Scene Collection on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 12 Midnight. Instead of featuring our normal Wednesday blog post today, we will be featuring sneak peeks of the new product card samples, and then we will feature all the new products, cards and projects on the blog and website on Black Friday. The Window Scene Collection will start shipping on Dec. 3, and all orders will be processed in the order they are recieved.

Black Friday Promotions:

As a special thank you to our customers we will be offering an amazing Black Friday Savings of $20 on this must-have collection and a FREE PreCut Stamp Set of your choice (valued at $14.99) with every order over $50.To qualify for the free stamp set, you will need to list the free stamp set of your choice in the "comments box" when checking out. If you do not list the free stamp set, you will be disqualified for this offer, offer expires Nov. 26 at 12 Midnight EST.

here is one of my cards for the reveal - my sneek peek!
HCPC 3354 Classic Message PreCut Set
HCPC 3357 Snowy Window Scene PreCut Set
HCD 708 Fancy Window Frame Die
HCPC 3353 Cardinal Family PreCut Set
HCD 706 Cardinal Family Die Cuts

Base cs is white, matted with navy and again with stash designer paper.
Stamped image onto white cs with Memento Black and colored with Copics B24, E17, 35, C3, 5, G28. Sponged sky with Memento Sky and Danube Blue, extended sponging to appear through holes in window frame. Cut window frame using die and stash designer paper. Adhered to colored image and handcut around frame for mat.
Stamped sentiment using Memento Danube Blue on white cs, cut with decorative nestie and lightly sponged. Adhered to underside of window frame.
Using window frame die cut navy cardstock but only to emboss – did not want the holes punched out. Cut navy frame into fourths and used one piece in lower left corner of card.
Adhered image to card with sentiment attached.
Stamped small cardinal image using Memento Black and cut with coordinating cardinal die cut. Colored to be a BlueJay using B18, 21.
Adhered to corner of card as seen.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving to everyone! and for those that don't celebrate this day in your country -hope you get to take time to count your blessings also! (-:

Proverbs 3:5-6

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Altered Photo Holder to be a Post-It Note Holder

hi there, this post was ready to go for a while now - has already been posted over on the Heartfelt Creations Design Team's blog.

Products used:

HCPC3325 Daisy Patch Bouquet PreCut Set
HCPC3318 Daisy Patch Flowers PreCut Set
HCPC3314 Elegant Single Leaves PreCut Set
HCPC3321 Believe PreCut Set
HCD703 Daisy Patch Die Cuts
HCD704 Perfect Petals Die Cuts
Clear Adhesive

Using a 4 x 6 clear plastic photo holder cut stash piece of designer paper 4 x 6.

Stamped Daisy Patch Bouquet's large image using Memento's Danube Blue onto side of designer paper and slid into photo slot. The flowers will be glued onto the plastic using the stamped image for flower/leaf placement.
Using three sizes of daisies from the Daisy Patch Flowers set, stamped each several times using Memento's Danube Blue. Colored all daisies with Copic B12 and B24 before using the Daisy Die Cuts.
Using the two smallest leaves from the Elegant Single Leaves set, stamped six using Memento's Bamboo Leaves and colored with Copic YG95 and YG99 before using the Perfect Petals Die Cuts.
Using clear adhesive - applied drops to the plastic above the leave images and adhered the leaves.

Adhered smaller flowers to the centers of four of the flowers and added yellow buttons, glued small yellow dots to two of the center of the flowers. Applied clear adhesive to the plastic above the flower images and applied the smaller flowers first. The large center flower is raised with double-stacked adhesive dots.

Stamped the sentiment using Memento's Potters Clay onto white cs, cut with decorative scissors and sponged edges with Danube Blue. Adhered to photo holder as shown.
Added adhesive to the back of the Post It Note pad and adhered to the holder as shown.

these are sweet little gifts for any occasion - I find these clear photo holders at the Dollar Store....

have a blessed day,

Monday, November 22, 2010

STV Sketch and Color Challenges

morning Monday!!! and back to work - going to be busy since it's a short week with the holiday coming right around the corner...had a great weekend - stamped allllll day Saturday....caught up on some Design Team committments and did some cards for favorite challenges....today I'm posting both of the cards I made for this week's sketch and color challenges over at Stamp TV.

the sketch challenge - used GKD's "Thanks a Million" and "Seeds of Kindness"
colored with pencils and OMS, MS border punch, THoltz embossing folder, and GKD cardstock

the color challenge - used GKD's "Fancy Tags" and "Vintage Borders" by Nina Brackett, colored with red, green, markers and gold accent pen, nestie tag, Distress Barn Red ink and Memento Black, cardstock for color challenge is GKD's green apple, lipstick red and white and added 3 gold string bows!

have missed creating with my GKD stamps - really enjoyed these!

NOW, dont forget to pop over to Joan's Gardens and check out the awesome challenge she is gearing up for...partnered with Heartfelt Creations...and it is a BIG prize package!!! need to get ready by making sure your have a HFC stamp to use for your project...

have a wonderful week - I'm thinking about the blessings given to my family and myself from the Lord, the biggest is that He loves us and it's so undeserved....but that's his marvelous grace and mercy!

also entered in following challenges

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cinema Saturday's 100th Creative Challenge

Good Morning, this is my second card
for Cinema Saturday's 100th Creative Challenge and they are using the wonderful classic - Pride & Prejudice! I wanted to make a card using the inspiration of Elizabeth and Darcy's wedding, but kept getting sidetracked...so many ideas...love the jewlery - so added this cameo....love the muted beiges and colors of that era..so lightly colored this image.
You can't tell from this photo but under the lace I stamped a damask pattern and on the big note die, heat embossed white with clear ep....oh well - I'm a stamper not a photographer (need my daughter for that - she's a pro! but in North Carolina....think she would run up here and photo this for me LOL...it's so pretty IRL) added my touches to the stamp (groom hat and bride veil) - stamp has no marking on who it is by

so now I've got laundry going, crockpot hummin and I'm back to stampin - last night I watched P&P so now I'm going to watch Sense & Sensability ....and stamp (Big Smile here...love these movies)

have a wonderful blessed day,

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Phri-days are Phindy's - Sketch Challenge

hi there - it's Phri-day, it's Phri-day!
This week the Design Team is working with an adorabale sketch provided by Anne-Marije, a member of our Design Team - I changed mine around a bit because didnt have room for the sentiment on the side shown in the sketch....

love this image! reminds me of my grandkids - when they have chocolate- it's always everywhere LOL

Colored with Copics E07, 11, 09, 00 , 31, 28 and  G85, G11, C2 and white accent pent, Webster Pages dp and handmade fabric yo-yo and stash checkered flower....and faux stitching!

Hope you get to play over at Phindy's this week
The winner of the Challenge will be chosen by Random.org and will receive an $8 Gift Certificate to the Phindy's Place store. The Pick of the Week wins a 20% off voucher for the Phindy's Place store. Don't forget that once a month we will choose an overall winner from the weekly winners and they will be offered a Guest position on the DT - and of course a free image from Phindy's Place to use for that week's challenge! When you get a chance ... pop over to the Challenge Blog and check out the DT's cards.

Have a blessed day,
have entered these wonderful challenges:

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cinema's Saturday 100th challenge - Pride & Prejudice

hello, came home from church and immediately set to coloring this image...it's for Cinema Saturday's 100th Creative Challenge and they are using the wonderful classic - Pride & Prejudice!
a fav movie (all of them (-: but I do especially love Colin Firth as Darcy)
anyway, when I saw this challenge my thoughts first went to the relationship of Elizabeth and her father!
I'm a soft-ee when it comes to watching the love between a Dad and daughter
and this image by Mo Manning is just perfect....

I enjoy their expressions and it just seems like the two of them are in their own little world. Since Elizabeth's family was poor, I wanted him to be dressed in "his best" but worn suit....she doesnt care or notice...she just loves her father - and is thrilled to just be dancing with him....

so only added the sentiment and kept these two all on their own...

I want to do another card tonight - something dedicated to Elizabeth and Darcy (-:
at least that's the plan LOL

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Wednesday's Heartfelt Creations

hi there - today is short post - these are a few of my cards that will be on the Heartfelt Creations Design Team's blog today

The first two are CAS cards (well, about as CAS as I can get anyway) for my followers who are lovin the HFC products BUT feel too challenged to try them.  Trust me, you dont need to spend hours on a card (any card actually) for it to be cherished by the person receiving it ....

this next one is also easy - cut your layers and heat emboss like crazee  LOL

didnt load the details on these - they are already on the Heartfelt Creations blog...

Have a super Wednesday!! Hope it quits raining - dreary days - but ready for a big pot of homemade vegetable beef soup...oh yeah!   now if DH would just make it that would be wonderful LOL

Oh and you must pop over to Joan's - she has some BIG NEWS...you won't want to miss chance to enter a challenge to win  _________????  heee heee pop over and get the details (-:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bling Tree

Welcome, welcome!
This card was also on the Heartfelt Creations blog
and I wont be doing another one LOL - I was "glittery" the rest of the day (-:

Olga, I thought of you the whole time I was creating this!! is this e-nuff bling (-:

HCPC3343 Let It Snow Flurries PreCut Set
209A  Pine Tree
ZipDry Paper Glue

Prepared card base using navy blue cs for 4.25 x 5.50 card, added stash designer paper.
Cut white cs 3.50 x 4.75 and using Memento Danube Blue, stamped sentiment and randomly stamped snow images. Lightly sponged edges. Adhered to dark green cs mat and applied to card. Highlighted “snow” areas with white gel pen.
Stamped tree onto dark green cs with Versamark, heat embossed glitter powder, Cut out image, added rhinestones and gold mini pearls for "ornaments". Stacked dimensional dots in center of tree to give 3D effect and applied glue to edges. Applied to card.

Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stoppin by..

Monday, November 15, 2010

Merry Christmas - kinda vintage

hi there,
This card was on the Heartfelt Creations blog
Wanted to go vintage with this...but kinda lost track of where I was going with it...
oh well, hope you like (-:

Really want to get the hang of vintage - so many of you out there do them so beautifully!

HCPC3349 Cardinal Holiday Mailbox PreCut Set (sentiments)
718E Merry Christmas Bouquet
Zip Dry Paper Glue

Cut dark green cs for 5.5 x 5.5 card base
Cut vintage cream/green designer paper for mat
Cut snowflake dp 3.5 x 4.75 and randomly stamped sentiments from the Cardinal Holiday Mailbox set. Added cream lace. Using white accent pen hand drew my flourishes and added white mini pearls.
Cut plaid dp as shown

Stamped sentiment using Hunter Green dye ink onto white cs. Sponged edges while still in nestie. Colored sentiment with Copics YG63, 67, G000. Colored berries with white accent pen and clear glaze pen. Punched slot on either end and added striped green stash ribbon. Tied bow knot and adhered at left side.

Attached snowflake panel to plaid panel. Applied sentiment wrapping ends of ribbon behind plaid dp.
Adhered to card base.

well, back to work - hope the weather stays as gorgeous as it's been the past few days...hard to believe Turkey Day is so near (-:


also entered in following challenges:

Friday, November 12, 2010

STV's CSSDT Color Challenge Blog Hop

Hi there,
So glad I finally have the chance to once again participate in STV's Center Stage Spotlight Alumni Design Team's Blog Hop - our challenge was a color combo...
white/ivory, blue, brown and yellow
and of course using only Gina K stamps

Now you're on the right track if you've just come from KAY'S gorgeous blog..but you can always pop back over to STV and start from there.

I created my card using GKD's "Lovely Labels" by Nina Brackett
a fav "go to" stamp set - they match perfectly with the Nestie Label One set

used GKD's cardstock: Chocolate Chip and Lemon Drop, ink is Memento Black and Summer sky, colored with Copics Y02, 17...EK's flourish punch, punched vellum flowers, glitter pen, stash dp and ribbon

Next stop is over to LORI's fabulous blog...
enjoy the hop
and have a blessed weekend (-:

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Phri-days are Phindy's - Challenge "Christmas is coming"

hi there - whew! so glad it's Phri-day - love my weekends!!!

This week the Design Team's challenge theme is "Christmas is coming"...
Can't believe the holidays are soon here...I still haven't started on my "mass" Christmas card yet...always behind (-:
but can we enjoy Thanksgiving first !!

although I did completely enjoy working with this darling image from Phindy called Gingerbread Delight

now that's a happy little girl chompin down on that cookie LOL

Copics R29, 59, E00, R02, Y21, 26 and black 100
accent with white souffle pen (ink rises - right Jennie!... hee heeeheeee LOL)
inks are Memento's Black and Summer Sky

Hope you get to play in our Phindy Place Challenge and check out the adorable and stunning cards created by the Phab-u-lous Phindy Design Team!

have a wonderful weekend
I plan on stampin all day tomorrow and then enjoying our Ladies Fellowship tomorrow night

entered in the following challenges:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Blog with Attitude Award

hey there!
woo hoooo...looks like I've got "attitude"....LOL
My bloggin cyber buddy "artist extrordinare" Geri, so sweetly blessed me with this award

now I need to tell you 3 things not known about me....
  • does anyone remember the fast food "Tops Drive-in"??? when I was in high school I was a "car hop" for them
  • I'm scared to fly - well, not scared to fly - scared of crashing
  • wish I had time to learn to paint with oils
ok, now I get to pass this on to 3 people...hmmmm, it's hit so many already...so will pick these three for their "attitudes" - always good (-:


have fun with this award - looking forward to learnin 3 unknown things about ya (-:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday - Heartfelt Creations DT Blog day (-:

hi there -
Always look forward to Wednesday mornings - I love poppin in at Heartfelt Creations  to see what the DT has created (i know, i'm on the team  - but dont hardly ever make it into our team group to see what they've done) and these ladies completely blow me out of the water. I feel like a beginner next to them....

so here is one of my submissions for this week's HFC blog

HCPC3348 Cardinal Pine Cone Border PreCut Set (sentiments)
HCD702 Butterfly Diecuts (flourish corner)
1229G Autumn Corsage

Cut Sage cardstock for 5.5 ax 5.5 cardbase
Matted with designer paper. Using two panels from stash designer paper, matted in red and applied to background mat. Added lace.
Stamped sentiments using Red and matted to scrap dp. Added red ribbon.
Using Diecut for the flourish and red cs, diecut and added to corner of one panel.
Stamped image onto white cs with Memento Black. Colored flower with Copics G03, 09, RV29, R11, 49 and E18. Highlighted flower petals with white Smooch. Cut out image and adhered to card using raised dimensional dots.

thanks so much for stoppin in - now off to the HFC Design Team's blog.....enjoy (-:



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2 cards today for STV New Release Challenges

Hi there, STV had their new release party last week and of course would love to have them all...but "wishin aint gettin" KWIM (-:  So I entered two of the card challenges and answered all the questions...so just keepin my fingers crossed to win a set (and so are a couple hundred others!! heeeheeeeheeee...that little credit card is "on hold" right now) Winners are to be announced today.

this one was for the sketch challenge - used GKD's set "Hugs and Prayers" by Nina Brackett.
stamped the imaged direct to design paper and colored with Copics BG09 and R02, 04 and clear glaze pen.
Cardstock is GKDs All Spruced Up, SU's Not Quite Navy and dp is Graphic 45's LeRomantique. Stash lace and ribbon

The next card is for the "non traditional colors" for a holiday card. So, using GKD's "Very Merry Christmas" by Theresa Momber... stamped image twice using Ranger Distress Peeled Paint and Vivd's Coffee Bean onto dp by Tim Holtz. Stamped hird time onto white cs, heat embossed and cut out. Colored that tree with Copics E09, 31, 55, YR04, R29 and G24 out lined bows,poinsettias with Copic black liner. Ribbon from stash and added sentiment with Nestie Fancy Tags (ivoy and choc chip).

Best of luck to everyone who entered the new release challenges over on Stamp TV!
Have a wonderful day...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tilda's "Birthday wishes"

Hi there,
Worked on this card yesterday for 3 challenges! Havent had a chance to color any of my Magnolia's in soooo long - so just took my time and thoroughly enjoyed (-:   Had a great time with friends yesterday and we made 24 cards to be mailed to the missionaries for Christmas that our church supports ...thank you so much for your well wishes  (ate homemade pumpkin bread, and then cranberry bread and then later topped it off with pizza...and it all stayed down - so I'm thinkin all is OK LOL)

Originally intended to make this card just for the challenge over at Copic Creations - Browns or Make a Scene Challenge. However, that grew into adding what was needed to enter it in the challenge over at Joan's Garden's ....and since her challenge required a sentiment - wooo hooooo JACK POT because the challenge at 7 Kids Challenge Blog was Birthday Cards ....

sentiment stamp unknown - no markings...cardstock is SU's Cranberry Crisp.
Magnolia's Tilda and her dresser and ottoman (she and ottoman are raised on dimensional dots).
ink is Memento's Ruhubarb, Images stamped with Memento's Black, stash designer paper embossed with CB Herringbone folder, stash flat lace, dew drops for accent, small classic scalloped rectangle nestie for sentiment matted with scrap cs cut with postage decorative scissors, flourish at corner of dresser is from nestie pendant set, flourishes with flowers are done with EK and MS punches, glass jars and dresser top are colored with C2 and gloss accent added. Images colored with Copics E00, 17, 25, 29, 49, 55 and RV02, 04, 10 and sparkly is  Cotton Candy stickles applied to her lace and the jar tops.

Hugs everyone,

also fit the following challenges:


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