Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Work in Progress-----

Hi Blog Friends!

How are you? 
I'm so glad the warmer weather is here.
 I've already ventured out this season & gotten poison oak/ivy in my feeble attempt to garden. LOL
(My first time ever to get the itchy rash!)
But, the warmer weather is wonderful to have & I am grateful for the sunshine!

I made our daughter a card for this week while she is still at college.
I rarely show you those, as I am quickly getting them off in the mail to her, 
so as not to be late in getting there.
She watches for my cards & lets me know when they are late. ;)

If you have college aged kids, do they ask you if you see the change in them?
That is one of the things our daughter has been asking. 
So, this card is to tell her,
This card is entitled: 
"A Work in Progress."
Really, it depicts the walk of a Christian.
We're ALL "a work in progress."

Getting to where we want to be in the Christian walk is "a work in progress" & it hurts!
Beauty hurts! 
Just like when you go to the salon/ do it at home, & wax to remove the unwanted hair,
 combing out tangles from your hair...it hurts!
Not only does beauty hurt physically when you do these things, 
but it hurts when you want to be beautiful spiritually too! 
Who wouldn't want to be beautiful before our maker? 
The God you love?
Beauty in the eyes of God requires us to change from our old nature to HIS NATURE! 
That takes admitting you are wrong, that you need him, that we need to change & that we will do what He wants in any given situation----
Rather than tell someone off that really deserves it, bow to God's will & let Him teach us to do the confrontation His way,
 IF confrontation is needed. 
(Sometimes, we actually don't always need to confront, other times it is critical.
For some reason, in our society everyone thinks that they have the obligation to set others straight about one thing or another, that it is their right.
 That attitude isn't Godly, but just the opposite!)
Becoming beautiful takes TIME too! 
Think of ALL the hours it takes you to perm your hair, straighten your hair, color your nails, apply make-up, pick out the right outfit....
Becoming beautiful before God takes time too & doesn't just happen overnight!
It takes deliberate action on your part----
Reading God's Word everyday & letting it soak in, dwelling on the Word,
being a sponge when devouring the things of God, 
never stop seeking HIM!
We will become perfect ONLY when He comes back for us!
Becoming beautiful before God means uncovering that ugly spiritual pimple that we cover up, 
that others would GASP at, if they knew!
And let God clean it up, heal & make you beautiful!
It's painful & MANY aren't willing to go there for one reason or another;
many times it's just pride. 
Even pride is an ugly thing before God.
Humility is what God requires.
(Just picture yourself, bowing before The King on His thrown....
What would happen if you refused to bow?
You would be showing The King how much you didn't respect Him or His rulings!
What would a King be required to do then?)

Seek to be beautiful before The King!

This card will be entered in the Artistic Outpost Challenge Blog here:
The challenge is:
Anything Goes

"He has made everything beautiful in His time."
Ecclesiastes 3:11

"A Work in Progress,"

Supplies used not mentioned above:
*AO-Hair is Important
*ODB- Inside Sentiment
*FC- Pastel Pencils
*Memento Ink
*Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist-Silver
*PTI- Modern Stencils
*Distress Ink-Vintage Photo
*Distress Tool
*Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
*Wink of Stella
*Dick Blick Modeling Paste
*FC- Palette Knife

I used the Sketch from SCS:
I made my adjustments... ;)


Monday, April 11, 2016

Happiest Birthday Wishes SSS!

Hi Blog Friends!

I HAD TO jump in on the SSS Wednesday Challenge Blog here:

The challenge is:
"Happy Birthday!"

 Simon's SEVENTH Birthday.......

So in honor of Simon & to meet the challenge,
 I did a Birthday Card for Simon Says Stamp.
I decided to use a SSS set that I have:
SSS- Birthday Celebration.

I created a scene with this cute little elephant,
using a Spellbinder Die Classic Circle Die for the little hill, 
& a SU- Scalloped Punch for the clouds.

I colored this little cutie with Copics.
The balloon is from
SSS-Balloon Bouquet.
I just stamped it with the stars that came with the very same set of SSS stamps!
I used left-over pieces of the balloon that I stored in an envelope for the balloon
 & then used Diamond Glaze, 
after popping it up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

I framed this little cutie with IO- All in One Squares Frames
also mounted on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
 Here you can see the pieces mounted or the dimension.

The base card is stamped with the stars around the edges for an added party feel.....

Just a little close-up for this cutie!

HOPE you have MANY MORE joyous birthdays!!!!

Don't eat too much cake now,
 remember you have to get in that summer bikini!

Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
*SU- Ink
*Multi-Medium Matte
*Wink of Stella

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

His Eye is On the Sparrow!

Hi Blog Friends!

I have a card that I am sending our daughter for you to see today. 
I usually make smaller cards, but got some new goodies & just HAD TO try them out!
I know you know, how that is! LOL
 I HOPE she likes it & I HOPE you do too.

Take a look:
Maybe, you recognize some of these goodies?
I used PTI goodies:
*Cover Plate- Scroll Frame
*Petite Places-Scene It (Clouds)
*Phrases & Praises- By the way, these are PERFECT for Bible Journaling! ;)
 His Eye is On the Sparrow,
is a hymn recorded the most often & the most influential hymn of the 20th Century.

Written by: Civilla Durfee Martin (1866-1948).
The hymn  was written in 1905;
Written after her husband & she asked a couple friend,
 how did they maintained such hopeful & happy dispositions?
You see the husband would take himself each day to work in a wheel chair
& his wife was bed-ridden for 20 years.
Their answer to that question?
"His eye is on the sparrow, & I know he watches me."

The hymn goes like this:
"Why should I feel discouraged?
Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart be lonely &
long for heaven & home?
When Jesus is my portion?
My constant friend is he;
His eye is on the sparrow & I know he watches me."


Hope you are blessed today, as His eye is on the sparrow, 

Additional Supplies used:
*Zig 2-Way Glue
* Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
*Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive
*SU- Corner Punch
*SU- Paper Piercing Pack Essentials
*Wink of Stella

Monday, March 21, 2016

"Give us this day..."

Hi Blog Friends!

Thought I'd play along with
 ODB's Anniversary Challenge.
Did you know they are EIGHT years old now?
My how time FLIES when you're having fun! ;)
The challenge is:
"Scripture & Lace." 
The deadline to play along is by Sunday, April 3rd, at 8 p.m.
You can see all the details here:

Here is my creation:
I chose to use the image Barn from ODB's sister company, North Coast Creations. 
I stamped it on ODB's Designer Paper- Rustic Beauty Collection. 
For the Scripture part of the challenge, I chose the Scripture from the set Living Water from ODB.
Stamping it on a Spellbinders Classic Circle & mounting it on the ODB Doily Die.
 For the Lace part of the challenge, I deem the Doily Die as part lace & I added a strip of lace on top of the plaid strip from the ODB Rustic Beauty Collection.
I used a sketch from SCS:
And adjusted it for my card...

Country living reminds us of where our "daily bread" comes from.
I HOPE you like!
Country Blessings to you!


****This card was chosen "FAVORITES" on SCS for the week ending March 27****
*****This card was chosen as Customer Card of the Day at ODB*****

Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
*Memento Ink
*Distress Ink
*Copic & Prisma Markers
*MS- Lace
*IO- Rooster Die
*IO-Photo Corner Die
*Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape

Friday, March 18, 2016

"ALLELUIA!" & more!

Hi Blog Friends!

Are you ready for Easter?
I have been working away here......
I'm bringing you something "old" by many eyes,
 but when I first saw these I was
It took me a bit, but I finally got them & have been holding on to them,
 till this Easter to use. ;)
 First, my card:
I used the following PTI sets for my card:
*Basic Backer Die
*Scene It: Everyday
*Scene It: Sky Scapes
*Chapel Die
*Petite Places: Church Stamps
* Easter Alleluias
There are additional things I used & I'll list them below.
I tried to create a colorful Sunrise.
 I gave the clouds a little pink from the sunrise too.
The inside:
Other supplies used on my cards:
*Paper- SU, Echo Park- Everyday Eclectic.
*Ink- SU, Versamark & Distress Inks
*Glitter- Oriental Trading
*Ranger- Sticky Embossing Powder
*IO- Tiny Flowers Die
*Liquid Pearls
*Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive
*Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape


Well, I HAD TO try out the little Petite Places under a dome....... ;)
Take a look:
This little Chapel is made with Echo Park-Everyday Eclectic papers. 

This chapel was made with: My Mind's Eye- Collectable Papers & Paper Reflections Paper.

Lastly, I made a little brown chapel.
This chapel was made with: Teresa Collin-Fabrications Paper, Paper Reflections, My Minds Eye- Collectible, & Kraft Card Stock.

A few little things I did:
* Stamp both sides of the little bridge & the walk way--found in the 
PTI- Walk In The Park.
* I also added Diamond Glaze to the little river/stream-also a die from the 
PTI- Walk In The Park.
* I used JTT Scenery Products-Found at Hobby Lobby for the greenery.
(I just pulled it apart in little bunches & glued it where I wanted it. I also found since it is a "fiber" product, I had to trim little hairs. No big deal.)
* I used Sharpies for the acetate windows. I traced the little squares to the sides of the building while it was flat--laying acetate over the building, & marked it with a black sharpie, cut them out, glued them in place & then colored them with Sharpies.  If you look closely, you'll see each one has stained glass windows. (Takes me back to a time we went to a beautiful old church when I was a child....
it even had a pipe organ.)
* I also found that if you make sure the corners of the little building are completely free of the punched/scored lines; the roof is the easiest place to see this, it will let the light in enough for the little windows.)  
* I used MS- Lace
* Mason Jars
* Easter M&M's or buttons
*Diamond Glaze to seal the dome in place & attach the ribbon & lace.
***Make sure all of  your details are done before you seal the dome.***
I can't wait to send these off in the mail to friends!
"I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today; I know that He is living, whatever men may say;
 I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, And just the time I need Him He's always near. 
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me & talks with me along life's narrow way. 
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart."
(Hymn- HE LIVES, by Alfred H. Ackley)

Monday, March 7, 2016

SSS- Touchy Feely once again! ;)

Hi Blog Friends!
 Back again, with another project for the
 Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!
The challenge?
"Touchy Feely"
(Add texture to you creation/card.)
You can find more information here:

So, I pulled out another one of the dies I received & this time I pulled out the 
I couldn't find any "inspiration" on how to use this die, so just maybe I can offer you some?
Here's what I did:
I die cut two of these daisies & embroidered one here, following the holes that were provided. You can see the difference between one embroidered & one that isn't embroidered yet here.
Both are embroidered here. I found that the stitching gave these little felt flowers more body.
 I also used Craft Embroidery Thread as it is a little thicker.
Remember to not pull your threads too tight.
 Here I stacked the daisy petals & added the yellow center & stuffed a little cotton batting behind it for dimension. I also stitched French Knots all over it in two different colors of yellow for added depth & added interest. 

Next, I cut one of the daisies in green for leaves & embroidered half of the leaves in a different direction than I did the flower petals & cut the piece in half, leaving a little point to help adhere this to the back of the Daisy.

I cut an extra yellow circle from the set to cover all the stitching on the back of the daisy & to give my pin a base.
(They say you can tell a good embroiderer when you flip the piece over & the stitching on the back is a nice as the front. Well, as you can see, I'm not an expert! LOL I just do my best!) ;)

Using a hot glue gun, I attached the green leaves & then the yellow circle & then the pin  backing.

Here's what we have now. 

Next, I created a card for my pin to be attached to.
I wanted to keep it fairly simple since the pin is the highlight of the card.

The center piece is 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" popped up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape, 
so you can pin on the flower more easily.
 This is mounted on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" base card.

Here I lined up the 1/8" holes I made with a Fiskars Hole Punch. 
Don't make these holes too far apart or you'll have trouble pinning the flower to it. 
I usually make marks with a pencil to line up the holes. 
(You can slightly see my marks if you look close.)

Here is the finished card. 

So, what do you think?
This card has LOADS OF TEXTURE!!! 
And LOADS of Sunshine to make the recipient SMILE!

I thought this flower would look lovely on a Spring sweater. 
Take a look:
There's just something about a white & yellow daisy on a blue sweater, don't you think?
The blue sweater just seems to bring out all the little stitches!
You could put this on a hat or on a purse, or tote bag....the possibilities are endless!
I think if you die cut material & added Therm O Web HeatnBond Iron On Adhesive, you could add flowers to a pillow or whatever your heart desires! 

Dreaming of Spring flowers here & enjoying the NEW Plush Dies at SSS!
"Thank you Simon!!!!"

Additional Supplies used not mentioned above:
*IO- Instant Photo Frame #DIE175-W ("Smile")
*Paper- Paper Studio & DCWV
*Multi-Medium Matte
*Fiskars- 1/8" Hole Punch
*Fiskars- Self Healing Mat