Sunday, April 16, 2017


Hi Blog Friends!

Today, is 
"Resurrection Sunday!"
I wanted to celebrate today with a special project.
I worked on this 4 years ago & never finished it.
(Do you do that?)
I had in mind what I wanted to do & slowly but surely, 
I collected the little things to finish this off over the years.

I love church buildings, mostly old country church buildings.
I always have, & if they have stained glass, all the better.
I love most every thing old anyway, but there is something special about
 old country church buildings.
It isn't the history of who started the church, or who the members were/are
 that make a church special, but aesthetically-
 the character of the buildings to me (architecture)
But, the most special reason of all, are the memories of the move of God.....
You don't find too many church buildings in the city like country church buildings,
 & if the church is small, they usually meet somewhere other than a "church building,"
some one's home, or the back of a restaurant, etc....
They also just don't build church's like the old church building's anymore either.
And just because a church is in the country, doesn't mean that the move of God is there either!
God moves where he is truly sought after!
And people are the same everywhere.

I remember going to church's that were small when I was a child,
 only one seemed to be one of those in an old country church building.
It was there, that God gave us a place of refuge & safety one Sunday afternoon, when we needed it.

That is what the church is meant to be,
 a place of refuge & safety. 
A place of acceptance & love.
Sadly, the church today has melded into what the rest of the world is....
That is because the church is made of people & people are fallible.
God is calling his church back to that place of making HIM their ALL!
Giving acceptance & love to the unloved,
 refuge to those that need a shelter,
 & providing for those that are in need, 
telling others about His forgiveness & salvation.
I thought this song fit today most perfectly.

I hope you enjoy!

Hallelujah by Casting Crowns


 Made with Spellbinders- Beacon St. Chapel Die.

This will make a perfect centerpiece for our Easter Table, with a battery operated T-light.
Can you see it lit up inside?

This little Yuka plant is made with IO-Leaves & Stems Die- DIE150-D.
I did several of them around the little church.

Along with the "Ivy" I created below & can be seen on both sides of the building.
Made with the same die.

The building comes off the base to replace, & to turn off/on the T-light.
The base is the lid of an oatmeal container, filled with Aquarium gravel,
 & Modge Podge poured over it to hold it in place.
The circle is a piece of paper towel roll to hold  the T-light in place.

For the roof, I used DP but also added Washi Tape to make "shingles."
The washi tape has words that I thought appropriate--- "hope, dream, believe,"
& some German Glass Glitter, here & there on the whole chapel.....

Most of the greenery is from JTT Scenery Products- Foliage Fiber Clusters, &
Garden Crafts- Magic Garden Craft Scene Detail Kit, found at your local Hobby Lobby.

I pray you focus on the Resurrection of our Lord today,
& lift up your eyes to His,
 to see Him as He is today, 

******This creation was chosen "FAVORITES for the week ending April 23rd," at SCS******

Watching for His return,

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Jewelry finding
*Gold Krylon Pen
*Gold Embossing Powder
*Washi Tape- Paper Studio
*Chipboard- Cheerio Box
*Acrylic Paint-white- for inside
(Having a light inside will better reflect the light outward)
*Paper Studio Paper- Kirby Teesdale Studio DP
*Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
*Hot Glue 
*Presto Felt- with Sticky Backing for the bottom
*Multi- Medium Matte
*Wire Snips
*McGill Stylus Set
*Tim Holtz- Distress Ink

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Butterfly Stamping on Gelli Plate Print

Hi Blog Friends!

TODAY is the last day to do the 30 Day Coloring Challenge! :(
Found here:

WHAT was I thinking?
I thought I had another day to create for this challenge! LOL
I tell you, this challenge has INSPIRED ME! ;)

So, after I did the Gelli Plate Printing, I began to do some thinking of how other dies would look with the prints.......
I stamped some butterflies in SSS- Premium Black Dye Ink & I LOVE the results!
Butterflies are symmetrical, so that is what makes the process of using the Gelli Print so much fun!
You don't know what you're going to get in some ways & just how interesting the results are!
I would pick the area on the print where I wanted the butterfly & stamped, then die cut it.
I LOVE the results with the butterflies!
I did several like this & picked out the pastel colored ones to use on my card today.

I will also be entering this in the SSS National Crafting Month post here:


 I used Stampendous- Butterfly Trio Stamp & Die set.

I wanted the butterflies to pop, so I used Recollections Paper Pad- Wild Flowers,
& Paper Studio Black Card Stock!

Here is a close-up on the top butterfly.....

Sorry I don't have more close-ups of my butterflies, my camera was acting wonky. :(
But, I also mounted  my butterflies on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape......

I also overlapped the wings a bit here & there, alternating the sides......

 I left the inside blank for a note to be written, but there are plenty of butterfly sentiments out there....

What do you think?
I HOPE you've enjoyed this!

On a Butterfly Kick here!

P.S. I actually did more "coloring" than what I have posted here! LOL 

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Zig-2-Way Glue


Hi Blog Friends!

 Today, another card for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge here:

These challenges are so much fun!
I hope you decide to jump in if you haven't already, it's never too late,
 & maybe next time do the whole 30 days if you are able. 
The challenge really gets your crafting/ creativity mojo going! 

The project I have for you today,
was done specifically because of a project Kathy did  quite awhile back. 
I LOVED the image she used & had to have it!

I am also entering this in SSS National Crafting Month spot on their blog here: 


 This is from Stampendous- Butterfly Trio Stamps & Dies.
I colored this with Alcohol Markers, &

LOTS of Wink of Stella & some elastic cording for the antenna's, tied off on the tips.

I took Kathy's advice & made a single card from the image itself, as it is large enough!

And I used some Designer Paper by Paper Studio-Kirby Teesdale Studio,  to make the gift bag,
 & to get some inspiration from too!
Matching the coloring of the butterfly to the butterfly's on the paper.
I also did a matching envelope for mailing.

Inside: A Whipper Snapper Designs Sentiment- Self Propelled Flowers-HW719.

This butterfly card fits perfectly into the little gift bag- SU- Mini Treat Bag.

And the little gift bag fits perfectly into an A2 size envelope,
 made with the WRMK Envelope Board, for mailing!
A nice surprise for the recipient!


Wouldn't it be nice to be a "self propelled flower?"

****** This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending April 2nd, 2017"******

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Single Rose

Hi Blog Friends!

Today, another piece for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. 
Found here:
I have to say, I have so enjoyed this challenge! 
THANK YOU KATHY for all of the organizing & inspiration you have done!
I know doing something this big is time consuming & takes a lot of effort. 
And when you have company, I know you would rather be with them.
So it is a sacrifice that many don't realize!

Time is nearly up for this 30 Day Coloring Challenge, & I just wanted Kathy to know that I appreciate everything she has done! 

So, today, I have a card I made for our daughter for encouragement!

 Colored with Faber Castell Colored Pencils.

A Spellbinders Die, & a Darice Embossing Folder- Scroll Frame.

A touch of Glossy Accents for dew drops.

Inside: The sentiment from Funny Bones by Riley & Co.- 280809 RWD-188.
I LOVE this sentiment! 
Talk about giving women power!
It can only be because of a woman's relationship with Christ that gives her power over the devil!
Christ did that on the cross for us!


BE the kind of women & men that make the devil run!
Supplies not mentioned above:
*Penny Black- All Abloom
*Paper Studio Paper
*SU- Corner Punches

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


 Hi Blog Friends!

Since it is SPRING, I thought it was time to reveal those 25 little pairs of feet I told you about,
 quit awhile back! 
Do you remember the post?
You can check here:

My card will also be entered in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge found here:

We became "chicken farmers!"
We have ALWAYS loved birds!
But we decided to get Chickens & I must say, they are so much fun!
I've learned which one to stay away from too! LOL
But, certain ones are more friendly than others & they act like little children wanting your attention.
Here are a few pictures that I think you will enjoy:

Here they are when they first came to us.
We got Rhode Island Reds & Amerucana's/ Easter Eggers.

 The Amerucana's eggs are the pastel eggs, ranging from a green to blue in color.
The Rhode Island Red eggs are brown:

And we ordered ONE rooster! HA!

 The little blond babies are the Rhode Island Reds & the darker ones or ones with dark markings, are the Amerucana's.
They're having their "Grow Gell" here.
It's what they need when they first arrive, before the water even.
Notice the little one, third from the top?
We lost her several days after their arrival. She just never grew & was being picked on....
I worked & worked with her, trying everything I could think of.
I cried & cried when I found her one morning!
Her name was "Itty-Bitty!"

This little Amerucana stood out to us.
Her name is "Queenie!"
The Amerucana's are so friendly!
Queenie, now fully grown, looks TOTALLY DIFFERENT, but is still the Queen! ;)

Here's Queenie again!
She likes her picture taken. ;)

This is Queenie when her feathers were changing.
 This one is Marmalade!
When little, Marmalade liked to walk on my arm when I'd go out to the coop.
All of the females were different in color & markings, with the Amerucana's.
It took some time to figure out that she wasn't a she, but a he! LOL
He is just the nicest Rooster & QUITE BEAUTIFUL now!

These are some of our girls, hard at work now. ;)
(The coop isn't quite a pristine as when we first got them, for the fact that chickens eat constantly....)

So, enough of that for now.
 It is fitting that I have done another chicken inspired card for you! ;)


I call this "In The Coop" because this is how chickens are...

They climb up on their roost & preen each other & chatter.....

My husband cleans out the coop every day & there is always one hen,
that has to be in his face chattering away to him......
That is CB.
( "CB" stands for Crooked Beak.) ;)
"Daddy" makes sure she gets some of the treats given, as it is harder for her to eat with the crooked beak. She KNOWS she is special! ;)

 And when my husband collects eggs, there is another hen that follows him about & is quite pushy.
She is the nagger, constantly squawking at my husband.
We call her Maxine.
They each have their own little personalities.

I should tell you that this image is a Penny Black Image- Spinning a Yarn-3474K,
& I used Faber Castell Colored Pencils to color the chicks, & adding a touch of Clear Wink of Stella to the yarn they are knitting.

Hope you have enjoyed hearing about our Chickens today.
They are busy little bees!

A City Girl removed to the Country,

Supplies not mentioned above:
*SSS- Premium Dye Black Ink
*Paper Studio Paper
*Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
*Homemade Enamel Dots
*Multi-Medium Matte
*Pick-Me-Up Tool
* SCS Sketch- SC634