Be Joyful

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the PEACE OF GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

These are verses I memorized years ago and they are written on my heart. There are times when I still need to remember not to be anxious, but I eventually listen to my heart saying these verses. I didn't really understand what the "peace of God" was until I experienced it. It's having peace inside you, even when you're going through heartbreaking situations and trials. It does "surpass ALL understanding" and you know it comes from GOD alone. Praise the Lord for His wonderful promises!

I love, love, love what I do. I am passionate about the things I create and the talents God has placed in me. I SO appreciate the time you take to look at my things and the comments you all leave me!

Blessings to you!


Friday, May 20, 2011

Samples Binder

Hi there!

I still have a bunch of organizational ideas and pictures to post. This one is on my "Samples" binder. I got this idea from Patter Cross at Triple the Scraps which you can find here. Patter is an organizational expert and I LOVE to be organized! Thank you Patter!

This binder sits right in front of me on my craft desk...always at my fingertips. I keep samples of my punches, embossing folders, cricut cartridges, inks, and I just added some of my cardstock. The best thing about this (for me), is that it's a small binder (5 1/2 x 8 1/2). The size is easier for me to work with. It doesn't take up as much space on my desk when it's open and I can prop it open in front of me. I keep the pages in sheet protectors so I can also easily take a page or two out and bring it with me to the store if I need it.

Here are pictures of the punch samples pages:

These are the embossing samples pages:

For the Cricut Cartridges, I photocopied the box so I had a sample of what was in it. You can also see the 3rd page of the embossing section on the left.

Here are samples of most of my inks. I made up these "charts" on Excel (more like fumbled my way) and printed them on cheap cardstock. I put 2 charts on a page in the document so I could print them on one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 and then cut them in half to give me 2 pages.

In the first picture I just cut box shapes, sponged the sides and glued each to plain cardstock. These pads I only use for sponging. I will probably go back and do the same thing with the VersaMagic pads for when I use them for sponging. When stamping the samples, I also tried to stamp a regular version and then a light version (not reinked).

The last photo shows the paper section which I just started. For these I just punched out samples with a flower punch and used a glue dot to put on the chart. I began with Bazzill papers because I kept buying more of the same colors and didn't know what I had (very annoying). Now I can just bring the chart with me to the store. When I have time I'll add more paper samples to this, but this is a good start.

Well, that my "Samples" book so far. I plan to add a section for my Spellbinders dies next. Hope this helps someone else out like me that loves/needs to be organized!



Thursday, May 19, 2011

Razzleberry Bouquet

Hi there!

I bought this new pattern paper (Watercolor Bouquet by K&CO) and I really wanted to use it so I created a card around it. I used one of my favorite sketches from the one sheet wonder that I seem to use pretty frequently.

The stamps used were Oval All and Teeny Tiny Wishes from Stampin Up. The papers were the one above and rich razzleberry, very vanilla, certainly celery (SU). The rest of the details, if you need them, can be found on my SCS Gallery here.

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Organization of Ribbons

Hello there!

I am still totally on cloud nine about being a Design Team Member of Elphine House Australia for Elisabeth Bell. I am so excited!!! I will be receiving new stamps shortly and will be creating some wonderful things to show you...

For organization, I thought I would show you how I have my ribbons stored. The first picture show how a majority of them are stored.

I have 2 black storage cases I bought at Michaels that has 3 drawers and storage at the bottom. One side has plastic that unzips down the top and sides. The other side of the case has plastic with slits cut that you can pull the ribbon through. I gave up using the slit side and just use the unzip side. I have these separated by spool size and color families. Here's a picture of the inside showing the drawers that slide out.

I have a Stampin Up ribbon holder that has some more that don't fit in the other containers which you can see in the first and forth photo. I also have extra spools and holiday ribbons in a drawer that I don't need often which you can see here.

I also have a bucket I got at Michael's that holds all my little scraps and bows I made that didn't get used, which you can see here.

The last picture is a swatch chart of all the ribbons I have which I keep in a binder. I got this idea from Becca Feeken at Amazing Paper Grace.

That's it for my ribbon storage! Hope this helps someone else get organized!



Pati's Kisses

This is my first time using a digi print. I bought one of Elisabeth Bell's images on her website that you can find here. This one is called "Pati's Kisses". This is SO adorable!!! This easily could have been me when I was little...I LOVED my "teddy" bear growing up.

I colored this with my Prismacolor pencils as usual. I messed up a couple of little things on this and tried to fix them...hopefully, you can't notice them! :-) I will post this in my gallery at Split Coast Stampers if you would like any of the details of the materials I used.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Picking Apples in Turquoise

This is a card I made using Elisabeth Bell's "Picking Apples" stamp (again). I really wanted to make it using a bright turquoise and a gold color. This is the first time I used the ribbon lace I recently bought. I love the turquoise and white together with the touch of bright pink!

I'll be posting this on Split Coast Stampers in my gallery if would like more details about the supplies I used! Thanks for checking out my blog!



Sweet Nellie Redone

I am a wee bit of a perfectionist to say the least. When I post Sweet Nellie last month, I just didn't like the way it came out. It's been really bugging me. I wanted to send the card to someone, but not the way it looked. So, I decided to take it apart and redo it. I like this version much better. So here's the old version:

Now here's the new version:

I like this one so much better...that yucky green is all gone! What a difference color can make!

I will be posting this new version on Split Coast Stampers in my gallery with all the details if you would like them!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Elphine House Design Team


Somebody pinch me!!! I've been chosen to be a part of the Elphine House Design Team for Elisabeth Bell's new collection of stamps! I am so excited and so looking forward to creating wonderful things to share with you!!!

This is a dream come true for me...I hope this isn't just a dream! :-)

Blessings to you...Happy Mother's Day!


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Organization Scraps

Hi there!!

Well, here are some more organizational ideas that I use in my craft room...

This is how I keep my scraps of paper. I've been using these paper sorters that I got from Staples for quite a while now. About a month ago I went to relabel them and decided to use cardstock for labels that matched the color. (How simple can you get!) I cut little strips to fit the tabs and ran them through a Xyron machine to turn them into stickers. Wow! What a difference it has made having the tabs color coded for each color section. Now finding the right section is a breeze!

The other thing I have been doing lately is putting the most recent scraps in the back of the section in case I need it again. This makes it kind of like date order I guess? Anyway, it's been working great and has saved me a lot of time! Hope this helps someone else get organized!


Design Team???

I'm so excited!!! I just applied to a Design Team Call for the FIRST time ever!!! It's for Elphine House in Australia to design for Elisabeth Bell!!! Hopefully, I'll be considered for it. I'm so excited that I finally applied for one and hope to so more in the future. Imagine how excited I'll be if I actually get chosen!!! :-)



Ps. More organization tips to come!