Thursday, November 29, 2012

Merry & Bright!

Hi Friends!
Whew! Have you EVER had one of those weeks where you just couldn't get going??? MAYBE, it was too much GOOD EAT'N!!!! I HOPE everyone had a FABULOUS Thanksgiving & ate to their hearts content! Your tummies filled  with cranberry sauce, stuffing, turkey & LOVE! Oh, & pumpkin pie of course, with a little whipped cream on top!
Even though I couldn't get going,  I have a Christmas card for you! I LOOOOOVE Christmas Stamps! If there's one time of the year I like to have ALOT of stamps to play with, it's Christmas time! I like to play & figure out which I like BEST! AND of course, you have them for years to come! Just think, what would happen if a year rolled around & NO ONE had a Christmas Stamp/Set you liked??? What would you do? I'm prepared! LOL
Well, I started playing with a SU set called Ornament Keepsakes! I wanted this set from the time it came out!  I used the little bulbs in the set! I used the techniques of stamping off & masking. And I tried to make it CAS. Although, I have a hard time stopping when it comes to actual stamping! Here's my card:
You can see I stamped alot of these three little bulbs & added glitter gel pens to them to make them shine! I did an under layer of this image too-- messing it up, I didn't want to let it go to waste after edging it with red Stickles! The top image layer is popped up with dimensionals. Here is a closer look at the bulbs:
You can see the under layer here a little better.
The white layer the image is on has been scored to give an embossed look using my Score Buddy!Then it is layered on the card base.
The ribbon is from Walmart! And the Sentiment is from Flourishes-Naturally Merry.
Here is the inside:

Of course, you HAVE TO decorate the inside of your Christmas Cards!
HOPE this gives you some INSPIRATION for those Christmas cards you have yet to make! (I'm STILL WORKING on my final design for the ones I send out!)

As we prepare to celebrate the Season of Joy, remember TO BE "Merry & Bright!"

Matthew 1: 21
"And she shall bring forth a son, & thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."

Grateful for a Savior!

Monday, November 19, 2012

"May Your Cup Runneth Over!"

Hi Friends!
Thought I'd post this EARLY this week since we'll all be busy taking care of our families & roasting turkey with all the trimmings later in the week!
Today, I thought I'd share with you some VERY SOPHISTICATED Tea Cups! I wanted to use DESIGNER PAPER to create these cups! As you know, I don't always use alot of these papers (BUT, I DO have some!) A paper crafter NEEDS these papers! SOMETIMES, you just can't get around NOT using them! AND they REALLY DO ADD to your creation sometimes! (It's more the COST that bothers me!)   But, I had some more "Thank You" gifts to send, so I thought this would be the time to try out the designer papers! I made  matching Thank You cards too! When I made the first card, I'd been going through such a DRY SPELL creativily! Do you get those too? What snaps you out of them? Sometimes, I think I just THINK TOO HARD & that seems to sap all of the creativity right out of me! When I start thinking "Simple" then it just CLICKED! (Sometimes, I just want to add too much or do too much to a card & it REALLY isn't needed!) Simple? You can't go wrong with this SU set- From My Heart.
Here is my first card:
(Do you notice anything DIFFERENT????)
IF you don't notice anything DIFFERENT, compare the next photo to this one!
This one was taken in a little box I made to get the BEST photo! (A "Photographers Light Box!") BUT, it was VERY LITTLE & I didn't have THE BEST LIGHTING! (Which would be Utility lights...) The TOP PHOTO was taken in the NEW Light Box my Sweet Hubby made me! Made with PVC pipe & Utility Lights! If you do any posting, this is the way to go! Check here to find out how to make your own Light Box:
Just had to add this! I LOVE how much better my photos come out! HOPE it helps you too!
Back to "Cups of Sophistication!"
LOOK what I found!!!!!!!! It's by Stampabilities! I happened to find it at Hobby Lobby! (Yes, we had a little trip to the "big city!" I PROMISED NOT to go "hog-wild" at the crafts store! Times are tight for EVERYONE! I was GOOD!!!!!!! THIS was the ONLY thing I got! )
WHAT a PERFECT STAMP for my Tea Cups!!!!!!! "May Your Cup Runneth Over!"
Here is the cup with the Chocolate nuggets included!
And here is the Gift Set:
This set goes to  Christine! I won some Blog candy of FOUR SETS of Flourishes stamps from her! OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!! They're BEAUTIFUL IMAGES!!! I've already used them! Here is where you can find Christine:
You'll LOVE her blog!!!!
Now, BECAUSE I won these stamps from Christine, & was able to play along at Flourishes; I won FIVE MORE SETS from FLOURISHES!!!!!!!! AND THEY'RE BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!! There's ALWAYS FUN going on over there! So BE SURE to check them out here:
I have ANOTHER SOPHISTICATED Gift Set to show you!
I won some other blog candy from Silke for her Our Daily Bread Designs Blog Post! If I remember rightly, Silke is the one who INTRODUCED me to Flourishes Stamps AGES AGO!
Silke even sent me one of her GORGEOUS CARDS!!!!!!! You can find Silke here:
IF you visit EITHER of these ladies blogs, you will be BLOWN AWAY with the images they use AND the GORGEOUS COLORING with COPICS!!!!!!!!!
Here is Silke's card:
And here is her Tea Cup with goodies:
Now, the Gift Set:
The sets I made were made the same as in the past, only I used Designer Paper from My Minds Eye- Lost & Found (Black) & Colorbok (Walmart for the Blue) And this time I added Paper Piercing to the card (from the Holidays SU Mini- Festive Paper-Piercing Pack) With using the designer paper, I DID double layer the saucer as the designer paper was too thin. (I normally don't do this!) 
Before I leave you today, I wanted to show you a photo I shot the other morning! It was cloudy & rainy---
AND the Sun showed through onto the tree tops!
Which makes me think of this Scripture:
"Where sin abounds, grace did much more abound."
Romans 5:20
Here's my question: 
I know MANY don't have those Computerized/ Electronic type of machines...I don't have one!
And I've NOT seen a Tea Cup Template for the Big Shot...
So, would you like a Round Tea Cup Template offered along with the Beveled Tea Cup Template? Let me know??? It will help me in preparing for the Grand Release!
Remember the above verse when things seem a little much & rest easy in HIS GRACE!!!!!!!



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

LOVELY Clematis & Butterflies!

Hi Friends!
Posting just a little "early" this week! That way YOU can get in on the FUN! AND I just COULDN'T WAIT ANYMORE!  
This week I thought I'd share another Flourishes card with you using the set, " Clematis & Butterflies!" I don't know about YOU but, I LOOOOOOOVE Clematis flowers! When our children were in Public School I would drive past a house each day (taking them to & from school)  that had an arch COVERED in BEAUTIFUL PURPLE CLEMATIS FLOWERS! I didn't know what kind of flower they were but eventually, found out & made sure I got some to plant when we moved here! My flowers  haven't gotten anywhere like the ones I first saw, PROBABLY due to my NOT green thumb! LOL Notice, the name of this set includes BUTTERFLIES! Here, every spring we are graced with ALL SORTS of GORGEOUS butterflies!!!!!!!!! They're EVERYWHERE! Just like the Indigo Bunting Bird (The bird is  actually black! But, when the light hits them just right, they're a DEEP BLUE! It just has to do with the sun...they're actually NOT BLUE!!!!! ); there are butterflies that are near that color blue too! Now,  you will understand where I got this inspiration from!
Here are the requirements:
1) Use the sketch given.
2) Make it monochromatic.
3) Use decorative paper.
4) Add some sparkle.
AND you have to post your creation to each step in the challenge!
It's due Nov. 16, 5:00 p.m. Est.

Well, I tried to do a technique using my Spellbinders---Where the image comes off the die cut! I colored it in using pastels. Well, THAT wasn't working for me! :( So, I stamped the image again & tried another medium. NOPE! I ACTUALLY tried SEVERAL TIMES with different mediums! FINALLY, settling  on Dick Blick Colored Pencils & Gamasol! I STILL USED the original image with the Spellbinders die as my base!

The Designer Paper I used is from DCWV.
After using Spellbinders, I paper pierced the scallops!
Using the Clematis flower image, I of course wanted to do a purple flower! (Clematis come in several different colors!) The blue butterflies aren't purple BUT, they are in the same color family!
The ribbon & lace are from WALMART! (I'd been admiring some cards with this kind of lace, so when we last went to Walmart I grabbed some! Good thing!)
My BLING? I used Stickles on the flower centers & on the butterflies.
AND I used some rhinestones! These rhinestones are the kind you iron on your clothes. They seemed cheaper than the ready to go kind! I dabbed glue & placed each rhinestone individually!

So, what do you think?
Next, you can see where I added dimensionals  to pop up the flowers & butterflies!

HOPE you like!!!!!!! This is making me want SPRING already! IF you're FAST at creating cards, jump in & join in the fun, here:
AND there's a PRIZE!!!!!!!!! :)

Now, here's a little forecast of what's to come before Spring!
I THINK Santa is letting the deer have a day of romping about with the up-coming "BIG JOB!"
They MUST like our foliage! There are three of them! They've been hanging around for days!
MAYBE, they understand we have the magic greens that help them FLY!!!!! :)

Hmm, NOW I want some Christmas cards!!!!!!! Aren't we fickle people!

Sometimes, a little FICKLE!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veteran's Day!

Just wanted to pop in here & remind you of Veterans Day!

OUR VETERANS have sacrificed SO MUCH! Don't forget to say, "THANK YOU!"


Saturday, November 10, 2012

CHF Challenge & A Pine Cone Tutorial !

Hi Friends!
HOPE your weekend is going FABULOUSLY!!!!!! I have a couple cards for you today that I will be entering in a CHF (Cornish Heritage Farms) Challenge! You are to feature a Thomas Kinkade image! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE these stamps! They're SO MUCH FUN to use! AND the images are GORGEOUS! You can color them in OR leave them as they are! I can't seem to resist coloring them in! So here is the first one using "The Light Of Peace" stamp:
I colored the image with Dick Blick colored Pencils & I used Stickles on the white caps of the waves. Also using a Krylon Silver Pen to edge the paper.
My second card also using a Thomas Kinkade Stamp- "The Good Life" & "Home Is Best" sentiment stamp.
I stamped the image with Versa Fine- Vintage Sepia & colored it in with Dick Blick Colored Pencils. Notice, I only colored in the trees, green land scape & the windows of the cabin. I was shooting for a fall look but, it looks a little more Christmassy with the red ribbon! The designer paper is My Minds Eye & I edged it with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo, the layers &  the image itself. I also used Spellbinders Scallop Circle Die & Beccas' Bow Maker.
Now for the PINE CONE! I did a little tutorial for you as this would be a SUPER ADDITION to ones Christmas Cards! AND I needed a little home- spun earthy embellishment for this card!
Here are the supplies needed:
SU- 1/2" Circle Punch
Build a Bird Punch-wing
Glue Gun
Chocolate Chip Ink Pad
MS Punch- for the leaf
Brown & Green Card stock
Pad for using stylus (I used a paper piercing pad)
First step:
Cut out 16-18 wings from the Build a Bird Punch & 1- 1/2" circle all in Brown Card stock.
Step 2:
Cut a little dip in the larger end of the wing. To the RIGHT is a normal wing & to the left are the wings that have been cut. You can stack them & cut them so it won't take as long.
Step 3:
Using your stylus & pad shape your cone petals till they are cupped.
Step 4:
Pinch the small end of each petal & curl the other end with tweezers on both sides of the larger end.
This is a CURLED PETAL! (The one above it is one that hasn't been curled.)
Step 5:
Use your Chocolate Chip Ink Pad to rub color onto the small end of each petal. This will add depth to your pine cone. You could also sponge it on if you like.
Step 6:
Using your 1/2" Circle Punch as the base, add some Hot Glue & then start adding petals around.
* Guess what I discovered? The little blue mat in the picture- is a Silicone Hot Pad! Just like the Silicone pad in the SU Mini, you can add your hot glue to it & peel it right off! You can find them in your local Walmart! *
This is what you'll get! Don't worry about the strings or blobs of glue at this point!
Step 7:
This is your second layer over the bottom layer of petals! Try standing them up a little.
Step 8:
This is my third layer!
Step 9:
This is your LAST petal! Roll it on the Tweezers. It is the Center of the Pine Cone. Add it to the center of the pine cone.
Step 10:
Using your MS punch add the greenery to your pine cone. I used glue dots to attach them to the pine cone. You can add them right to the pine cone or add them when the pine cone is on the card, tucking them under. At this point I also pulled off the strings of glue! And at this point you can also use the tweezers to curl the petals a little more if you feel you need to.
As I said, I will be entering these cards in a CHF Challenge here:
Check it out & see if you'd like to play along! (There's a PRIZE!)
HOPE you like! AND HOPING to hear from some of my "FRIENDS?" (Have you forgotten me???) 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Skating Around the Rink!

Hi Friends!
Just want to give you a Scripture to savor after a tumultous week or two here in the U.S.A.
"For I know the thoughts I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11
And what is that "end?"
"Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy & blameless before him." Eph. 1:4
Just as an engaged woman excitedly & takes  care to prepare for her wedding, wanting everything & herself to look her best for her groom on their wedding day, we should prepare ourselves for our groom- Christ,  on the day of His return! To present ourselves HOLY! To be holy as He is holy! THIS is our reason for living! To bring Him glory in holiness! (From Nancy Leigh DeMoss' Book- The Quiet Place, Daily Devotional Readings.)
Be ready for His coming, for He IS coming SOON!
(IF you want MORE INFORMATION about what I'm talking about you can send me an e-mail by clicking on the left side of this post, under my profile.)

Do you have fond memories of  Ice Skating? I have some memories---I don't have specific memories as a child eventhough, I know I was probably taken, living in a COLD Northern state back then. I do have memories when I was in the Singles group at church--- putting on those skates & getting on the ice & doing pretty good & then KA-PLOP! Not knowing HOW to get up in the middle of the rink, I crawled to the side, CAREFULLY! Dodging other skaters! From there on, I stayed close to the side! LOL No sense in loosing fingers while trying to have some fun! Now, on to "Paper Fun!"

I have a FUN TECHNIQUE to share with you today! I've used SEVERAL TECHNIQUES today on the first card I have for you!
I've been thinking about this particular technique since I saw it done on Dawns blog! She has a SLEW of techniques to share FREE! I used to go to a woman's house to learn these things but, $10.00 is ALOT of cash to part with these days! And I'm one who is ALWAYS looking for ways to save $$$$ !  And going to Dawns blog you can learn at YOUR OWN PACE! Check here to see Dawn do the ICE CRYSTAL technique:

So, I combined the Ice Crystal  technique with the Stitching/ Sewing Challenge! Take a look at what I did!                           
Oh my goodness, this was SO MUCH FUN! For the ICE CRYSTAL technique mix: 1/4 c. Hot water (I boiled mine) & 1/4 c. Epsom Salts. Dissolve the salts. Then apply the mixture in one coat, not overlapping. Let dry! I tried using a heat gun but, it didn't work. You have to let this air dry! It will look like shiney ice crystals! You can see the shiny on my card a bit here!
Here you can see the Snow flakes I stamped on the paper before I applied the salts. I stamped them with white Stazon, using SU- Serene Snowflakes (the little one) . I thought they were acting like a resist at first. But, it looks like the salts crystalized on the snow flakes! Just like the frost on your windshield in the morning!
 It's "SO COOL!"
Another close up look of the Ice Crystals! Here you can see where I also popped up the Ice Skates on Dimensionals too.

I stamped the Ice Skates twice, ( Flourishes-Snow Days),once for your base image & once for the image you pop up. Cut off the blades on the one you pop up, saving them. Crunch up the skates & then open them up. I applied Tim Holtz Antique Linen & then Vintage Tea Stain with a Paper Blending Stick from Dick Blick, trying to make them look like old & worn leather. I also used Dick Blick Colored Pencils & Gamsol to blend the color, around the blue background for the skates & the heels. For the blades I used a Krylon Silver Pen. (Gotta have that metalic shine!) I also added glue to the pom-poms & MS Crystal Fine Glitter.

I did stamp the background paper with the Snow Flakes first with White Stazon for the Snow Flakes & I stamped the Greeting with Memento before adding the Salts. When dry I ran this through the Sewing Machine which depict the lines on the ice one leaves when Ice Skating. I also used a SU punch for the sides of this panel & for the corners of this card.
What do you think?

Now here's another card I made QUITE AWHILE BACK! I sent it to a couple of ladies, sisters, that had us to their  Christmas Party a few years back. There was GOOD FOOD & LOTS of NICE  people! Thinking about the Moxie Fab Challenge I thought of this card & it inspired me to make the above card!
I used SU- Winter Post- Skaters & large Snowflake, a Rhinestone, Inkadinkado-(I don't see a title on the package for this set. It has winter postage stamps in the set but, there is a NUMBER, # 94227) small Snowflake, Dick Blick colored pencils,  SU- Heartfelt Thanks, SU- gold embossing powder, My Minds Eye Paper, & Stitching, all done on Craft cardstock & Walmart ribbon!

On this card, the Stitching is swirled across the horizon, depicting the ice skate marks on the ice too! Thank you cards can be Seasonal too! 

Hope you enjoyed my post today! Would LOVE to hear your thoughts! As one Cherry says, "I see ALOT of  'lurkers!' LOTS of traffic but, not many comments! The ONLY WAY to make friends is to jump in & be a part of it all!  

Now, do you want to go ICE SKATING????
(Remember, if you don't know HOW to get up once you've fallen, STAY CLOSE TO THE SIDES!)  

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Hi Friends!
Let me say first & foremost, I have been watching the news on all the devastation on the East Coast this week! It is heart breaking to see all the damage & to know there were lives lost! So many people displaced! And many have lost so much! My prayers are with you!
"I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13: 5c
thought I had a post already BUT, thought it should wait till another time. So, I thought we'd start on CHRISTMAS CARDS!!!! I've been drawing out sketches & running them by my Sweetie, who has a REAL EYE for things! This ISN'T one of those sketches that he picked out but, I HAD TO try this one! I have a hard time doing CAS but, I DO LIKE to do CAS! I just have a difficult time STOPPING! Do you know what I mean???? So, I started these & then I couldn't stop till I'd done a little set! Here's the first one:

The second:

The third:

The set:

My cards were made with: SU- Bells & Boughs & Designer Frames Folders. I used a gold Calligraphy pen by Zig & SU Markers & EK Success Millennium Collection Pens.

This was a FUN SET to make! A few things I discovered, the little embossing folder left the "Made in China" on the INSIDE of the card! Eek! So, I suggest adding a piece of paper to the inside when you emboss, between the backside of the folder & your card! I also used some EK Success Millennium Collection Pens to go over the image after coloring them in so, you could see the detail &  they would stand out more!

Just a little Design lesson here: My cards are featuring the "QUIET SPACE." Using the white to make the focal point the thing that draws your attention & nothing else! You don't have to use white either, but other solid colors. This Design Element is GREAT for CAS!

Short & Sweet this week! Have you started on your Christmas Cards yet? I am a LONG WAY from sitting down & doing my FINAL CARDS!  At this point, I just want to PLAY!!!!!!! 
And then in the play, just MAYBE I'll decide which card to send out this year! I like to send everyone the same card! I also like to try new techniques at this time! (Or at least new to me! ALWAYS trying to learn techniques! Never stop learning!  )

HOPE you enjoyed this post this week! Off to PLAY some more!

Comments are ALWAYS APPRECIATED!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. Just a little money saving tip for you that I discovered: Do you use a DISHWASHER? Then you'll want to know this! Here's a recipe for
1 c. Washing Soda
1 c. Borax
Mix well in a plastic container.
Use 2 T. & add 2-3 drops of liquid dish soap.
For the Rinse cycle:
Use Distilled White Vinegar.
You can find MORE recipes here:
The ingredients will save you a BUNDLE!!!!! They can be found at your local grocery in the laundry detergent isle. Here's what to look for:
 AND guess what? I think it works BETTER than the leading brands out there! I had an issue with my dishwasher; I'd clean out the filters & I'd STILL have an odor! NOT with using THIS Homemade Dishwashing Detergent!
Hope you find this helpful!