Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Flourishes "Christmas in July"--Part 2!

Hi Blog Friends!

First of all, I want to say "Thank You" publicly to all my followers & those that left me a note of encouragement last week! You are appreciated more than you know!  Some of you sent me personal e-mails too--encouragement just for my eyes! God is good & He used YOU to bless me last week! "Thank You!" 
I think I have the best followers!

As I contemplated what to post this week, I couldn't let the opportunity to use some of my gorgeous Flourishes Christmas Stamps go unused!
So, I strolled by the Festive Friday Challenge blog to see what they had for inspiration...

 Festive Friday Challenge #36:
 You can join in on the challenge here:
http://festivefriday.blogspot.com/

I love the white on white & the warm glow of the fire, the lines of the fireplace, the marble, the snow flake cookies in the forefront, the white garland, the silver & the gold..... Sigh! 
"Christmas in July!" 
Who would have thought it could make one so happy?
(Of course, anytime of the year you think about Our Saviors birth, is a time that fills my heart!
 He came as a little babe, to die upon a cross for our sins, that was His purpose.
 He became our Redemption!
Yes, it is a time to celebrate with all you have!
To me, gold & silver are  always appropriate for this blessed day. 
That little babe IS a KING! 
MY KING!)

Remember, if you see anything you like call the
 Flourishes Store
Call: 850-475-1575
or 
Call Toll Free: 888-475-1575
It's never too early to get those Christmas cards done! 

Here's what I made for you this week:
 I used Flourishes- Handmade Snowflakes.
Remember I told you I loved those Snowflake cookies.....

Notice the scoring across the front piece of Iridescent vellum?
This is to mimic the grate on the fireplace.
I just used my Score-Buddy & a McGill Stylus- 3mm.


Under that layer of vellum....
I used a Cuttle bug folder- Grace's Frame, to make the frame & then I used Gelatos to get the marble gray from the picture, using the color Squid. Just applying & rubbing it with my finger. I wanted it to show up just a little through the vellum.
I don't think you can see it, but I heat embossed the snowflakes with
 a combination of two embossing powders--silver & gold.
Then using my Gelatos again, I colored the center with Butter cream, then Lemon & then Mango on the outer edge, to give the warm glow of the fire, just blending them with my finger.

I topped off the card with 1/2" circles for the white balls of garland on the mantel. 
 I used glue dots to attach them & some have dimensionals behind them to make them pop- up!

If I had a "Noel" stamp from Flourishes, I would have used that, but I didn't. So, I used the "Joy" from the same set, by Flourishes- Handmade Snowflakes.
Done in gold embossing powder because Noel was gold in the photo, (on the coffee table.)
Here you can see the sparkles on the vellum itself---
just like when you photograph a fire-- the"bokeh" effect!
Iridescent Vellum just works for this!

For the inside: 
Once again, I used the lines of the white on white of the room & embossed the inside & layered it up on dimensionals,

 
& hand drawing the leafless branch  with silver balls from the mantel, with my Zig Emboss Pens
sprinkling it with silver embossing powder & heat embossing it. 
I figure the greeting 
"Warm Winter Wishes" 
should be done in a warm gold.
The inside greeting is from Flourishes- Star of Bethlehem.

 I've enjoyed making this card. It's just a tad different from what I "normally" make, but it was fun! 
I think when you start getting "artsy" when making a card, it's just pure fun!
Stepping out of your comfort zone & coming up with something that makes your heart sing!
I'm happiest when I am creating, like many of you, or singing praises to my Lord!

Do try something a "tad different" from what you normally do & just see!

Yes, I am "inspired" today! LOL 
You could tell?
TLady

Supplies not mentioned above:
SU- 1/2" Circle punch
SU- Silver & Gold Embossing Powder
Grafix- Iridescent Vellum




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Speak Life!"

Hi Blog Friends!

Today I want to "speak life" to you! 
Inspire & Encourage you! 
(This blog post is not to anyone person, it's for anyone listening.)
I know that if there are trials in my life, there must be some in yours.
I'll share a little of what has been going on...
The trial that seems to keep popping- up, is the same I shared with you once before--- there are people that don't want me to help Jan Marie with Flourishes; for whatever their reasons...!

First of all, those of you that have applied to be on the Design Team that have been kind & patient, it is so very much  appreciated! Most of you ladies that have applied are the kind & patient type of people.  Things do take time. The people I am working with at this time, to get things ready for you,  are busy working away...
We have not forgotten anyone.
 If I am sent an e-mail with questions that I feel should be answered by Jan Marie, I send them on to her.
I will not answer questions about "inside information,"
 however innocent the question(s) is/are.
Flourishes is Jan Marie's business, not mine. I'm not "in-charge."
 Nor should you assume I am.
As a DT Member, I am to follow Jan Marie's lead, & that is what I am trying to do.
I am on this team for the time that God has allowed.
I know that each one of us, in whatever we do, can be replaced. 
It's when we think we can't be replaced, that that is the time for us to go!
It's a pride thing.
(The very thing that brought satan down, I might add.)

It hasn't been just "innocent" questions that have been placed to me, but threats of sending "someone to my door!" I've been told I am "wicked & no one reads my blog unless they are into hate & hypocrisy."  A threat of  "shutting me down!" That this person has, "a lot of pull in the industry & I will feel the affects!" The threat has been laid that, "There are lawyers watching your blog!" Seriously?  Threats have been given to us before.....
 Like I've said, I am working to help Jan Marie.
The questions that seem to keep arising for me are,
 "Why are these people continuing to try to shut Jan Marie down?"
"Why can't Jan Marie have someone to help her?"
"Why can't Jan Marie have her company back?"
&
"Why can't Jan Marie have her blog back?"
"Why do they have to destroy her?"
"What are these people afraid of?"
& "How is this behavior 'godly'?"
Maybe, my questions will answer some of your questions or maybe, my questions will make you have more questions?
We all have our issues that we need to work on, we all need forgiveness, compassion & understanding.

"Make allowance for each others faults, & forgive anyone who offends you, remember the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others." 
Colossians 3 :13 (NLT)

There are many things I cannot boast about, my talent, how many followers I have etc...... The only thing I can boast about is Christ! He asks us to "speak life" to each other.

"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." 
Ephesians 4: 29. (NIV)

I've been told I, "hide behind my religion."
It is true that I'm not perfect. If I were, I'd be in heaven now. A much better place!
 I have a lot of growing in Christ yet to do.
It is true that I lean on Christ! He is my Savior, my Lord & my God!
That's what He wants from me!
 Actually, He wants that from all of us, that call ourselves His.
  It is very easy to get distracted in this life.
He is my life!
 He comes first!
I want to speak as He would speak. 
 That is how "Christians" are to speak if we are truly His!
(What does "Christian" mean? Christ-like.)
I choose to please Him, rather than man. 
I choose to please Him, rather than myself;
Because that is what He asks of me, to be like Him! 
I know scripture tells us to be different than the world.

"And so brothers & sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living & holy sacrifice---the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don't copy the behavior & customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good & pleasing & perfect."
Romans 12: 1- 2. ( NLT)

 This tells me we are to behave/react differently. 
(If we don't live according to The Word of God, we are not a "Christian." Living by the Word of God produces  fruit--the Fruit of the Spirit is defined in the Bible as: love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, & temperance--Galatians 5:22.
  The Bible is the Christians Guide Book to living the Christ-like life!
A standard that never changes!
GOD'S STANDARD!)
It would be easy to lash out & slash people with my words, but I am trying to be what God has called His people to be;
 Like Him! 
It isn't easy! I think it would be easier to lash out.
Sometimes, I think that is exactly what these people want me to do!


I don't believe Christians are "door mats" as I've told you before. 
If someone does something that needs to be addressed forthrightly,
 then you must follow scripture & sometimes use the laws of ones country when necessary.
But, if I am not answering questions or responding to e-mails someone has sent,
 that isn't against the law, nor is it "abuse!"


I also want everyone to know  that Jan Marie is a person that I am gaining much respect for!
She makes me think of my Jr. High Art Teacher that had a great impact on my life.
Jan Marie is my teacher when it comes to Flourishes!
Jan Marie is someone who speaks life to me with her encouragement,
 kindness & believing in my ability!
We all need someone in our lives like this! 
My husband is another person who speaks life to me with all of his love & support!

These are some of the accusations & attacks that have been placed at my door. I do try to live what I believe. Only God's opinion about us counts because He sees & knows  EVERYTHING!!! He sees into the crevices of our hearts & sees our inner-most- being,
 & all of our secret sins! He understands our frailty where sin is concerned.
 That is why God had compassion on us & sent His Son to die for us!
I can say, I will bow before my Lord & He will say, "Well done, my good & faithful servant!"
(That is what He calls us to be "servants!")

"But now being made free from sin, & become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, & the end everlasting life." Romans 6:22. (KJV)

That is why I speak the way I do about my faith, because it is what life is all about!
 It is because 
JESUS IS THE ESSENCE OF LIFE ITSELF!

Now, let me "speak life" to you!
Jesus is coming back SOON!
Are you ready?
(I am speaking to anyone listening! Maybe, this is the very reason Christ has allowed this trial, so I will do this post with His message of hope!
 If nothing else, it is for me, that I will be BOLDER about sharing my faith for His glory!)
You can know you are ready if you have asked Jesus to be your personal Savior!

"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord & believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, & it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved." 
Romans 10: 9-10. (NLT)

" For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Romans 10: 13. (NLT)

If you fault me for being bold about my faith, then I am guilty!
If you fault me for telling the truth about what I believe, then I am guilty!
If you fault me for "hiding in Jesus," then I am guilty!
(There is no better place to hide!
 I know what "hiding in Christ" does to the enemy!)
If you fault me for believing Jesus loves you too, then I am guilty!
If you fault me for wanting you to know Jesus, then I am guilty!
(Why wouldn't I want to share something that has changed my life for the better, with you?)
If you fault me for being sold out for Christ, then I am guilty!

"Speak Life Video"


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The card I want to share with you today, is a little different from what I normally do,
 but each color symbolizes something!
 Put together they tell a story:

The Gospel Message:

I used Flourishes- Background stamp- Antique map, symbolizing the world.
The black on this card symbolizes the sin of the world.
Genesis 2:7-9, 15----3:24.

The red symbolizes the Blood of Christ that covers the sins of each person in our world, who asks Christ's forgiveness for their sins.
Matthew 1:18-21; Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-20; 24:1-12; John 18:28----19:30, 38-42.

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Then our hearts will be as white as snow the Bible tells us, without spot or blemish.
Luke 24:13-46; John 20:24-29; 1 Cor. 15-6-7.

 I used Flourishes- Victorian Oval Template Die.
 Once we have been washed in the blood of Christ, we need to grow in Christ, by reading & studying His Word. That is what the green color is for, for growth. This is an important part in the Christian walk with Christ! We don't want to remain "babies in Christ," but grow so we can become "warriors" for the Gospel of Christ. When I say "warriors," it means we are in spiritual battles everyday, all day, & we need to grow, that we can fend off the temptations of this world,
 so that we can stand before God holy!
We need to study the Bible  for ourselves, so others won't lead us astray from God's Word. The Bible says that there are many out there that twist God's Word & lead many astray!
You want to know God's Word for yourself!
1 Tim.2:1-2; 3:15; 4:13-16; 2 Tim. 1:1-5; 2:15, 21-22; 3:14-17; 4:2, 5, 7-8; Acts 16-1-5.


The scripture verse is from Flourishes- Easter Wishes.

"My soul will rejoice in the Lord & delight in His Salvation."
Psalm 35:9.

 The gold & yellow symbolize Heaven.
Rev. 5:11; 21; 22; John 14:2; Acts 1:8-11.
 Heaven, our reward for obeying God & repenting of our sins & accepting Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior.
I also added the butterflies from Flourishes- Old Tea Rose, to symbolize "New Life"-this is what Christ gives us in return for making Him Lord of our lives.

"Put on your new nature, & be renewed as you learn to know your Creator & become like him." Colossians 3:10 (NLT)

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5: 17. (KJV)

The rhinestones symbolize the crowns we will receive for being faithful followers of Christ; that we will lay at Jesus feet for what He did for us on the cross.

"Now the prize awaits me--the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of His return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who  eagerly look forward  to His appearing." 2  Timothy 4: 8. (NLT)

Also, James 1:12, Rev. 2: 10 & 1 Peter 5:4.

I tried to make the butterflies wings sparkly with stickles, because that is what we, as His children will be when we reach heaven shinning & beautiful, "holy" before our Lord.
That is how God will see us!
Because we will be like HIM!
HOLY & PURE!

"Yet now He has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, & you are holy & blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault."
Colossians 1: 22. (NLT)

The yellow on the butterflies  symbolizes the reflection of the shinning streets of gold we will walk on!

"And the street of the city was pure gold." Rev. 21 : 21c (KJV)

The inside is fairly simple done with just a little masking; The butterflies- symbolizing His children, those who have accepted Christ; washed in the Blood of the Lamb, Christ!
 And lots of space for someone to "Speak Life" to someone who needs it!

"For whatever is in your heart determines what you say."
Matthew 12: 34c

***My card is my "version" of the WORDLESS BOOK by Child Evangelism Fellowship***

"Speak Life" today to someone!
TLady

For Flourishes Images call
The Flourishes Store:
Call: 850-475-1575
Or
Call Toll Free: 888-475-1575 

 

Supplies not mentioned above:
Memento Ink
Paper Studio- Rhinestones
SU- Corner Rounder Punch
Dimensionals
Glue Dots













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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Flourishes "Christmas in July!"

Hi Blog Friends!

I think it's time for a Flourishes "Christmas in July" & what better way to celebrate,
 than with a Flourishes Christmas Image! 
I have to tell you, when it comes to Christmas stamps,
all reason goes out the window! LOL 
I just gravitate to them.
 I seem to have a lot of Christmas stamps....
When I go to  buy them, I have a hard time deciding on just one
 & end up buying several, just in case I might "need" them...
I can come up with a thousand different reasons to buy them in bulk like that!
 So, I guess it is natural, I would have a good collection of Christmas Stamps. 
But, I should tell you there are more Flourishes Christmas stamps that I long to have!

If you're longing for some Flourishes goodies, be sure to call the 
Flourishes Store:
Call: 850-475-1575
or
Toll Free: 888-475-1575
Someone will be there to help you meet that longing!

For my Christmas Card I chose to use the inspiration picture over at 
Festive Friday Challenges.
  You can find out more about the Festive Friday Challenge here:

And I chose to use the sketch at
 Mojo Monday Challenge.
You can find out more about the Mojo Monday Challenge here:

Here's my card:
I used Flourishes- Poinsettia & Pine.

I stamped the image with Versa Mark & heat embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder- SU.

I colored my image with Copic Markers. 

I stamped the image twice, colored it & cut them both out;
 one is only the flower though, & popped it up on dimensionals.
I also added Diamond Glaze to the berries & MS- Crystal Fine Glitter to the center of the poinsettia.
If you look really look closely at the inspiration picture, you can see blue. I incorporated blue into my image with adding blue to the pine needles & the poinsettia itself.

 My bow was made with Becca's Bow Maker,
 & the little tag is Flourishes- Classic Tags Template Dies. 
 The sentiment is from Flourishes- Seasonal Wreaths.

I didn't forget the inside:
The inside sentiment & image is from the same set
 Flourishes- Poinsettia & Pine.

Some additional photo's for you:

So what do you think? Should we have Christmas in July? 
I think I'll keep it in December here at my house,
 but I sure do enjoy making Christmas cards any time of the year!

Let me know what you think?
I look forward to reading each & everyone of your comments, &
thank you to those that take the time to leave me some love!

"Jingle bells, Jingle bells..."
TLady :) 

******UPDATE: This card was chosen for "Favorites" at SCS this week!*****

Supplies not mentioned above: 
Paper Studio- Old World Winter
Ribbon
SU- Red paper
SU- Scallop Punch
SU- Silver Tag Cording
Glue Dots

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Good Ole Fashioned Independence Day!

Hi Blog Friends!

"HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!"
(Just a little early.)

There is nothing so fun as an Independence Day Celebration,
celebrating our freedom!
The U.S.A is a unique country in that we are a free people!
After Salvation through Christ, there is nothing so precious as Freedom!
 Many people in the United States choose to celebrate this special day with their families.
 Having cook-outs/picnics, hamburgers/hot dogs, potato salad, apple pies & watermelon, parades, waving our flag, & fireworks.... The list of activities can go on & on!
We have MUCH to celebrate in being free!
I chose to make a card that might give you just a little taste of 
 "A Good Ole Fashioned Independence Day!"

If you see anything you like please call the
Flourishes Store:
Call: 850-475-1575
or
Toll Free: 888-475-1575
Flourishes is always happy to help you with your stamping needs!

Take a peak:
Of course, I had to use a plaid paper for the plaid table clothes on our picnic tables! 
(From DCWV- Spring Fling Summer Days)

I used  Flourishes- Wild For Watermelon, 
 & Flourishes- Classic Hourglass Template Die
 along with Flourishes- Season of Wreaths for my sentiment.

Here is a close-up of my image.
I used Flourishes- Classic Hourglass Template Die,
  & Flourishes- Garden Picks for the Ball Jar.
I remember when I was a teen,
 Blue Ball Jars were brought back for our Bicentennial Celebration!
 I love the blue jars!
I masked the jar & sponged the sky & the "picnic table" I'd drawn in.
(The jar needed to be grounded.)
I also used a ruler & pencil to draw lines for placement, for the pin-wheel sticks.
Going over them with an EK Success-Millennium Collection fine point pen,
  & erasing the pencil marks with my knead eraser. 
(Knead Erasers are fun to play with...kind of like "Silly Putty," 
 & they don't tear up your paper when used. It's the perfect eraser for the artist!)
 I used a Prisma Color Marker to color my Ball Jar. 
I touched my Copic Blender Pen to my colored marker
 & applied color that way, 
as I didn't want the whole thing blue & colored to give the image depth,
 going from the side to the center of the jar.
 For the short "neck" of the jar, I stroked the pen downward.
I finished off the jar by adding Diamond Glaze.

The Pinwheels were made with a SU- 1" Punch 
& snipped in the corners 
& folded down after curling the pieces just a little with my fingernail,
 so they would cooperate & be rounded rather than flat. 
I used small glue dots to hold them in place & then
I added the centers with Perfect Pearls.


The little bees are from Flourishes- Tiny Flowers & Tags.
(You always have some kind of bug at a picnic!) LOL
I raised most everything up on dimensionals, the navy base, the die, the bees, & the pinwheels! 
Some of the pinwheels are triple-layered with dimensionals to make them stand up over the others. 

Hope you are inspired & I hope you have a wonderful "Independence Day" with your families!
Remember to think about those freedoms we hold dear here in the U.S.A. that others don't have,
 & guard them!!!
Your comments are very welcome & much appreciated.

Happy Independence Day!
TLady

Supplies not mentioned above:
Memento Ink
Versa Fine Ink
Score Buddy
Ribbon
Stickles
SU- Paper
SU- Corner Punch

*****I will be entering this card in the following challenges!*****

*Artistic Inspirations- Challenge #98 Anything Goes/Patriotic Colours-
Here:
http://artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

*Bitten By The Bug 2- Independence Day Challenge
Here:
http://heather-bittenbythebug2.blogspot.com/

*Craft 'in Desert Divas- Red, White & Blue
Here:
http://www.craftindesertdivas.com/

*My Craft Spot- Patriotic
Here:
http://craftspotbykimberly.blogspot.com/

*The Pink Elephant- Anything Goes
Here:
http://thepinkelephantchallenge.blogspot.com/






Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Soothing Tea Creation & a Recipe!

Hi Blog Friends!

Today I've brought you a fairly new set from Flourishes.
Coffee & Tea images seem to be all the rage as people celebrate their favorite drink;
 even I love to buy coffee & tea images.
(Actually, Tea Images were some of the first images I purchased when I began stamping.) 
 Tea images are some of  my favorite!
I love the ritual of having tea & all the finery...!
And when you are ill, there is nothing more soothing than a cup of tea,
 so I made my card a "Get Well" Card.

Here's a funny little poem for you, I think it will give you a chuckle:

The Doctor's Prescription
A purse, a purse, for better or worse,
Indeed, would you know it, I've married a purse.
My wife's little daughter once fell very ill,
And we called for a doctor to give her a pill:
He wrote a prescription which now we will give her,
In which he has ordered a  mosquito's liver,
And then in addition the heart of a flea,
And half pound of fly wings to make her some tea.

This is from the Chinese Mother goose Rhymes, of 1900.
( From Tea Poetry, compiled by Pearl Dexter.)

I have been admiring the Pop-Up Box Cards out there since they came out & I've never made one.
So, I thought it was time.
Check here for a Tutorial:
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/popupboxcard/
(This one from SCS is a Large Pop-Up Box Card.)
or
Check here for another Tutorial:
http://dawnsstampingthoughts.typepad.com/dawns_stampin_studio/2014/06/pop-up-box-card-video.html
(This one is a Smaller version of the Pop-Up Box Card. )
You will want to view both of the videos to these tutorials as they both are very different from one another & offer their own tips.

I used a favorite tea of mine for inspiration,
"Lady Londonderry,"
 from The Tea Table.
(Of which I can no longer have, due to it not being decaf. :(
But, that doesn't mean you can't have some! It is my all-time favorite!)
(Check here: http://www.theteatable.com/product/LL.html )
The flavor is Lemon & Strawberries, Oh my!
Inspiration can come from anywhere!

And don't forget, if you want any Flourishes Images shown, or those not shown, you can call the
Flourishes Store
Call:  850-475-1575
Or
Call Toll Free: 888-475-1575
Someone is waiting to serve you!
(Oh, I so want some 4th of July Stamps right now!)

The secret to this card is to keep all your die cuts or stamped images & embellishments
inside 
until the box is opened.
The little Tea Cup from Flourishes- Grab a Cup fits nicely into this Pop-Up Box Card.

Take a peak:
 I used Flourishes- Grab a Cup for my images along with Flourishes- Berry Sweet Frame.

I colored my images with Copics & Prisma Color Markers.

 I used Diamond Glaze on the tea in my cup & the flesh part of the lemon.

Look closely & you can see my "Get Well" message.
 I used Flourishes- Sentimental Favorites along with Flourishes- Classic Frames Template Die.


You can see the sections in this box.
 By the way,
I used the smaller version of the Pop-Up Box Cards & I added a section,
 giving me more surface to add images.

This is the front flap.
 I used Flourishes- Grab a Cup.
I will tell you I used the stamp "Coffee Time" from the set, & cut it in half, separating the words coffee & time.
Then I paired "time" up with the word "Tea" in the set.
(Cutting ones stamps aren't as bad as I thought it would be. LOL)

This is a close-up of what the sides look like.

 And some additional photo's for you:


This cutie folds flat & slides right into an envelope:
You can see I only have a little bit of the stamped images popping out from the top.

Don't forget to make a matching envelope.
You want the recipient to know that something special is inside for them!
For the smaller size Pop-Up Box Card, see the WRMK Envelope Board. 
I used the measurements for a 4" x 5 1/2" (5-Bar) card size for my card.


I just love this little Pop-Up Box Card! It's really just the cutest little thing
 & will be sure to lift spirits, I'm sure.
 It's already in the mail to a very special lady in need of a pick-me-up.

Here's one of the recipes I told you about several weeks ago that I thought you might like to make.
 It's a perfect 4th of July Dessert or it can be a Tea Time Favorite.
Meg's Never Fail Brownies

8 T. Shortening
2 c. Sugar
1 t. Salt
1 t. Vanilla
Cream these till they are fluffy.
Add:
4 eggs
8 T. Sweet Milk or regular Milk
In a 2 cup Measure Cup separate from the ingredients above add:
8 T. Cocoa
Then finish filling the two cup measure with flour to the 2 c. mark.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients gently, mixing as you go.
Blend well.
Pour into a floured 9" x 13" baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min's.
Check as you would a cake to be sure it is done.

You can add frosting after it is done or powdered sugar or leave them plain.
You can also add Peanut Butter pieces etc., whatever you like to the mix before you bake it.
You can't seem to go wrong with this recipe.
Believe me, you will love this recipe!
It is an old family recipe that everyone loves.
Enjoy!

So, what do you think about my card this week?
All of your comments are truly welcome & appreciated.

Enjoy some Tea today & try your hand at one of these cute little Pop-Up Box Cards!
TLady

Supplies not mentioned above:
The Paper Studio- KellerKurtz & Company Paper
SU Paper
Recollections Paper
Glue Dots & Dimensionals
Tim Holtz- Distress Ink- Tea Dye
Tim Holtz- Distress Marker- Picket Fence
 Memento Ink
Acetate
Paper Studio- Rhinestones
SU- Markers














Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Water Color Wedding!

Hi Blog Friends!

I have that last Wedding Card for you today!
I wanted to do this one just a little different & I noticed a lot of people doing acetate cards lately,
& it inspired me to make my own. 
Using acetate just gives a different & maybe a little more modern look to your creations. 
My Color Scheme was taken from the Bride & Grooms Invitation---Hot Pink & a Royal Blue.

I'll start with the Gift Tag:
 I've used a green colored background color so you can see what I've done & I have lots of pictures for you, so hang onto your hats!
Here you can see the Silver Embossing--SU-Silver Embossing Powder.
Have you noticed that I used a Faber-Castell Artist Pitt Pen-white
I don't know about you, but my white ink pad seems to always dry up,
 & then when I go to use it, I can't!
 So, I LIKE using my Pitt Pen!
 Perfect on acetate!

Here is the inside, where we'll write "To & From...."
(I'll let you know what supplies & stamps I've used below.)

Next, is my card:
I used the same sets here, that I used on my Tag, Flourishes- Roses Are Red 
& the writing in white is from Flourishes- Wild Roses.

Here you can see the little white swirl I used on the tag also--
it is from Flourishes- From the Heart.

Here is a closer look at the stippling I did with my Letraset Water Color Aqua Markers.
 This is the inside.
The sentiment is from Flourishes- Sentimental Favorites.

Gift Receipt Envelope & Insert:
 Remember I mentioned the  last time I did a wedding card, 
one needs to add your name to the inside of your gift, so "helpers" 
don't remove your tag or card from the gift & confuse the receiver?
Well, I came up with this---a "Gift Receipt Envelope & Insert" telling WHO the gift is from!
Just write your name on the back of the 3"x 3" card, decorated to match your card & tag;
just a square piece of paper with rounded corners---SU Corner Punch. 
Our son will just slip this right inside the top of the box with his gift before it is wrapped.


This is the Water Color Wedding Combo Set:
I've been using these Flourishes sets a lot this month with all the weddings our kids are going to.
(Believe me, there are still many images I too would love to have from Flourishes!)
But, you can see there are many ways to use these wonderful images from Flourishes. 
Each & every time getting a different look to your creations.

If you see something you like be sure to call
The Flourishes Store:
Call: 850-475-1575
Or
Toll Free: 888-475-1575
I know Jan Marie & Mike would love to serve you!

Wishing this couple Many Happy Years of Wedded Bliss!
TLady

Be sure to come back next week to see "A Soothing Tea Creation & a Recipe!"
(I'm thinking Chocolate!)  

Supplies not mentioned above:
U:Create Watercolor Paper, 90 lb.
Versa Mark
Paper Studio- Rhinestones-(small ones)
Ribbon
SU- Rhinestone-(large one)
Score-buddy
Dimensionals
Glue Dots
Becca Bow Maker
WRMK- Envelope Board
SU- 1/8" Hand Punch
Letraset Water Color Aqua Markers- You can find them at Dick Blick here: