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!


Saturday, December 31, 2011

Big Announcement!!!

Hi there everyone!!!

I have BIG news!! I was asked to join the Challenge Team for Our Daily Bread Designs for the next 6 months, which I accepted without hesitation! What an honor to be asked by such a fabulous Company! Being on a design team is exciting in itself, but being with a Christian stamp company is icing on the cake! I get to do what I love to do and glorify God at the same time! It doesn't get any better than that!

The ladies at ODBD have been so welcoming and encouraging to me. This will be an amazing experience for me and I know I won't want it to end!

You can read all about it here on their blog and meet all the other talented ladies on the team! If you don't know anything about Our Daily Bread Designs, you are missing out on something very special!

ODBD was started by Kelley Holland because of the lack of stamp companies offering stamps with religious and Biblical themes. The first time I saw their stamps, I was so excited to see Christian stamps being sold. I have their Scripture Collections 1 & 2, and love using them on my cards for all kinds of occasions.

I am so excited to have this opportunity, and so thankful that the Lord has opened this door for me. I pray that I will glorify God in the creations He helps me make!

Happy New Year everyone!



Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Around We Go - Elphine House Australia Challenge

Hi there!

It's time for a new challenge at EHA. This time it's "Around We Go", include circles on you card or project. You need to use ANY Elisabeth Bell Design in order to qualify. The winner, randomly selected, will have their choice of 2 EHA stamps!!!

Here is my sample for the challenge..."Daisy Bouquet"!

I just LOVE Daisy and keep wanting to use her!!! I love this K & Co. Watercolor Bouquet paper too. It was nice to do something other than red and green!

For ingredients:

Stamps: Daisy Sitting (EHA), Noteworthy (SU)
Paper: Watercolor Bouquet (K&Co), Solar White (Neenah), blue (?)
Ink: Black (VersaFine), wheat (VersaMagic)
Accessories: Large petite scallops, standard circles large, standard circles small, parisian accents (all Spellbinders), always artichoke marker (SU), liquid pearls white opal (Ranger),Prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, chenille fiber (my weaving stash), paper rose (Recollections), adhesive pearls, lace trim, sponge.

I hope you find to play along with the Challenge this next 2 weeks!



Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Ornaments

Hi there!

Hope everyone had a good Christmas Day! I enjoyed the slower pace from before Christmas! It was nice to have the four of us here together and catching up with all our family members on the phone that are far away.

These are a couple of ornaments I made for Christmas, but didn't have time to post.

These are slightly different from eachother, but pretty much the same. Here is a close up of one of them.

These are ornaments I bought at Michaels, just like the rectangle frame one with the Cardinal in it from a few days ago. I stamped and colored the candle images which are from JustRite, and cut out and placed in the frames. I replaced the ribbon it came with and added a button. Very easy to do, and makes a nice little gift!


Stamps: A Merrry Little Christmas Set (JustRite)
Paper: Solar White, Natural White (Neenah)
Ink: Black (VersaFine)
Accessories: Ornament frame (Michaels), Prismacolor Pencils, mineral spirits, and Diamond Stickles (Ranger).

Thanks for looking! I appreciate the comments you leave me, it's so nice to have feedback on your work! Blessings!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas! May you all have a wonderful day and enjoy time with family and friends! Remember the real meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus our Lord and Savior! Blessings to you all!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cardinal Card - Flourishes FTTC148

Hi there!

Well, I finally finished the cardinal card that I was making to go with the cardinal ornament for the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge this week...Opposites Attract! Yikes, I didn't think I would ever be happy with how the card was coming out! It took forever!!! Here's the card:

Here is the card and ornament together:

You can see my post yesterday for the ornament ingredients, and here are the ingredients for the card:

Stamps: Christmas Classics (Flourishes), A Merry Little Christmas Set (JustRite)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Black (SU).
Ink: Black (VersaFine)
Accessories: Triad Leaves EF (Sizzix), ribbon, bell, gold thread, adhesive pearls, Lacy Square die (Spellbinders), corner rounder, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches (SU), piercer, Prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits.

That's it for now!



Cardinal Ornament - Flourishes

Hi there!

I've been busy making Christmas cards and gifts. I thought I would show you an ornament I made as a gift for a family member. I love cardinals and have a couple of stamps, but just bought this one from Flourishes as part of the "Christmas Classics" stamp set. I love this set! I bought this ornament at Michaels for 1/2 price and I wish I bought more of them. There's so many things you can put in it and it makes a nice gift!

Here's the ornament:

I love gold and red together, it's so pretty together. Here's a closeup of the picture:

For ingredients:

Stamps: Christmas Classics (Flourishes)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Black (VersaFine)
Accessories: Ornament frame (Michaels), nailheads metal stickers (Michaels), Glad Tidings rub-ons (K&Co), Prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, rhinestone flower, ribbon.

That's it for now! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Spellbinders 2012 Design Team Contest

Wow!!! I entered into the 2012 DT for Spellbinders, and made it through to Round 2!!! How amazing is that!!! Little ol' me on the same list as these talented ladies!!! I don't even know what to say except "Thank You Lord, You have blessed me beyond my imagination!!!"

I am reminded of this verse that I memorized years ago and so love:

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Blessings to you!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Cards with Eskimo Kisses

Hi there!

I made these cards a couple of weeks ago using "Eskimo Kisses" paper from Basic Grey and the "Joys of the Season" Cricut cartridge. I love these papers for Christmas. The cartridge is one I bought a couple of years ago, but hadn't used yet. So I sat down (to play) one day and just started making trees, ornaments, fireplaces, and stockings. I still have things left over to use another time, but these are the cards I came up with. I used the same basic sketch on 5 of them to make things more simple.

I actually submitted 4 of these to a magazine, my very first time doing a submission, but none were accepted. :-( I was hoping at least one would make it, but it wasn't to be! At least now I have more Christmas cards to send out!

Here is the first one called "Houses & Trees".

I think these trees are really cute. I made the base at the bottom of the trees using a tag punch.

The next card is called "Green Trees". Pretty similar to the first one.

This one is called "Kissing Ornaments". I really like the way this one came out. I will probably make a few of these up to send out for Christmas. Very easy to make.

This is called "Kissing Tree".

This is "Eskimo Tree". I love these little eskimos on the paper. I don't like how the tree base came out on this one and would do it differently next time. It's actually covering something else I did underneath that I didn't like, lol.

This last one is the called "Fireplace & Stockings". This is the one with the different sketch, actually there really isn't a sketch to this one.

The ingredients for all these are:

Stamps: A Merry Little Christmas Set (JustRite), Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin Up).
Paper: Eskimo Kisses (Basic Grey), pool party, real red, riding hood red, pear pizzazz, blushing bride, pretty in pink, certainly celery (all SU), solar white (Neenah).
Accessories: Adhesive pearls (Recollections), bakers twine (Marth Stewart), Joys of the Season (Cricut), 1 1/4 & 1 3/8 circle punches, word window, modern label, scalloped trim border punches (SU), deco fan punch (Martha Stewart), tag punches (Marvy), perfect polka dots embossing folder (SU), lace (JoAnns), diamond Stickles, petal pink liquid pearls, DMC floss.

Well, that's it for now! Hope these give you a little inspiraton if you still need to do Christmas cards like me!



Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lighthouse Bookmark - ODBDSLC87

Hi there!

Here is my newest creation...a bookmark! I made this for the latest Shining the Light Challenge on Our Daily Bread Designs which you can find here. The challenge was to make any type of bookmark, using one of their stamps.

I bought this Christmas paper, Naughty or Nice by Recollections, but really liked it for some of the papers it had that I could use year round. I loved this brown and teal flourish paper.

Here is the front of the bookmark.

Here is a close up of the image. I used the Light of the World stamp set by ODBD. I stamped the lighthouse first in sage shadow (SU), then the verse in soft suede (SU), then die cut it with Labels Four from Spellbinders, then sponged the edges with the die still in place with VersaMark. I like the effect it gave.

For the back of the bookmark, I stamped the lighthouse image in Vintage Sepia (VersaFine) and colored it with my Prismacolor Pencils and mineral of my favorite things to do! Here's the back.

Here's a close up of the colored image.

I then die cut the image and all the mats using Labels Four again. I glued 3 different ribbons together (not sure I'll do this again...little stiff)for the ribbon portion, then I used Lables 13 (Spellbinders) for the top of the bookmark. I added some adhesive pearls and a flower.

That's about it for now! I think this will be a nice Christmas gift for someone.

Bessings to you all, and I'll be back next week!


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Elusive Poinsettia Ornament

Hi there!

I have one more ornament to show you. I actually made most of this a few weeks ago, but couldn't decide how I wanted to finish it. Here's what I came up with!

I love how this one came out. Here is a close up of it.

This is a Holly Berry House stamp called "Elusive Poinsettia" that I bought a couple of years ago. Here's a link to their website if you would like. Their stamps are gorgeous and very well made! The technique on these is to stamp/emboss the image a number of times and cut away the layers for each progressively smaller. I have 4 layers on this one, but you could do more or less than that. I used a different paper on each layer. I added some diamond stickles in places to highlight some of the areas.

On the back of the ornament, you can do the same thing, but I opted to do just one layer embossed with a copper powder on black paper. Here's a picture of the back.

For ingredients used:

Stamp: Elusive Poinsettia (Holly Berry House)
Paper: Heritage Scrapbooking Paper Pack (Pizazz), black (SU)
Ink: Black (VersaFine), Versamark
Accessories: Embossing powder: black (Creative Beginnings), Classy Copper (SU), diamond stickles, buttons, ribbon, decorative brad (My Mind's Eye), rhinestone flower.

Thanks for looking! Have a blessed weekend!


Sweet Rose

Hi there!

I have taken a little break from the Christmas theme to make a card with a new rose stamp I purchased. I LOVE roses and I love to color them to make them come alive! At least, I hope they look "real" and not just colored!

I'm submitting this to new challenge for me, it's at Stampin Sisters in Christ which you can find here. The challenge (#117) is use a bird on your creation. I love this little bird punch from Stampin Up and I thought it was cute with the rose and the frame shape.

For ingredients used:

Stamp: Rose (Inkadinkado)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Sweet Pea DSP (SU), Watercolor Bouquet (K&CCo)
Ink: Black (VersaFine)
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, adhesive pearls, Labels 13 die (Spellbinders), Rebecca embossing folder (Cuttlebug), petite petals punch (McGill), pearl heart brad, 2 step bird punch (SU)

Thanks for looking!



Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cherry Heirloom Ornament - ODBDSLC86

Hi again!

This is the second ornament I made using my new dies and stamps...see my last post about these...

Here is the front of the ornament:

Here is the back of the ornament:

This time I used the small ornament stamp from the "Ornament" set (ODBD) and embossed it with Ruby Tinsel embossing powder (Recollections). I cut it with the 2010 Heirloom Ornament Die and then cut another larger ornament with glitter paper.

For the back of the ornament, I did the same sentiment as in the last post using the "Ornaments" Stamp Set (ODBD) and embossed it with the same powder as the front.

I'm submitting this to the same Challenge as the other ornament I posted, ODBDSLC86 using lace, ribbon, and glitter.

For remaining ingredients:
Paper: Cherry Glitter Paper (Recollections), Parchment Tan (TPC)
Ink: VersaMark
Accessories: Diamond stickles, button, rhinestone, brad, nailhead sticker, lace, ribbon, 1 3/4" circle punch (SU).

That's it for now! I need to make sure I get this to the Challenge on time!
Thanks for looking!



French Heirloom Ornament - ODBDSLC86

Hi there!

I finally bought the Heirloom Ornament 2010 Die (Spellbinders) from Our Daily Bread Designs! I've been wanting this since last Christmas and finally have it! Yikes, now they have a 2011 version which I love too! I also bought the stamp set "Ornaments" from ODBD that goes with the die and the Fanciful Flourish (Cheery Lynn Dies) that I've been wanting. They're all so beautiful together. I've been playing with these the past couple of days and have come up with 2 different ornaments so far.

Here is the first one I'll show you that I used a new paper called The French Country Stack (DCWV). I love this paper! I saw this last year as part of a calendar kit at Jo-Ann's and fell in love with it then. Now they have the 12x12 paper available so...I just had to get it!

I used the largest die for the ornament and wrapped the flourish around it. I also used a different coordinating paper for the back of the ornament so it looked pretty too. The sentiment is from the Ornaments Stamp Set (ODBD) which I embossed on more coordinating paper. The stamp is actually one line together that I separately stamped/embossed to fit on the heart. After I did this, I actually cut the stamp into 2 separate words so I can use the "Blessings" portion with the other words in the set. I wish I had done this in the beginning...

I'm entering this in the ODBD's Shining the Light Challenge to use lace, ribbon, and glitter (ODBDSLC86).

For the other ingredients:

Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Lace, adhesive pearls, ribbon, button, flowers (Recollections), pirate gold embossing powder (Stampendous), 2" heart punch (Marvy), diamond stickles.

Thanks for looking! Watch for more ornaments to be posted!



Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Elphine House Australia Challenge

Hi there!

It's time for another challenge at Elphine House Australia! This time we have an inspiration challenge using this picture. There's lots of things to inspire you on this!

You can find the Challenge here on EHA's Blog. You have 2 weeks to post your creation. You can use ANY Elisabeth Bell stamp or digi image, it doesn't have to be from EHA. The winner will be randomly selected and will receive 2 stamps of their choice!

Here is my sample for the challenge.

I love this "Daisy Hugging Dolly" stamp, and I decided to use here for this. I did a "masking" technique for the house and trees to appear in the background. If you're not familiar with this, there's a tutorial on Split Coast Stampers for it here.

I colored this with my Prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits.

For the ingredients used:
Stamps: "Daisy Hugging Dolly" (Elphine House Australia), Boards & Beams (Papertry Ink), Plant Hope (SU)
Paper: Solar white (Neenah), Ancestry DP (K&Co)
Ink: Black (VersaFine)
Accessories: Buttons, linen thread, Labels 8 Dies (Spellbinders), Organic Fourish embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

Hope to see you join in on the Challenge!



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Gift of God

Hi there!

Well, today is my son's 12th Birthday!!! Hard to believe he is 12 already! Time passes so quickly, I need to remember to enjoy the moments, the present, and stop worrying about the future.

Today I have a Christmas card I made with Our Daily Bread Designs' Scripture Collection #2, using Ephesians 2:8. What a beautiful verse this is, I love Ephesians. This verse reminds me how important it is to know we are saved by God's grace alone. There is nothing we can do to "earn" it, no matter how many good deeds we do, because we will never be good enough to "deserve" it. All we need to do is accept God's gift and let Him do the rest. God transformed me 16 years ago, and I'm so THANKFUL HE did! I never want to be that "old me" again. I'm so THANKFUL to have Him to go to! I hope you all have accepted God's Gift too!

Well,here is the card I made, another Christmas card done!

Here's the inside of the card:

I used the Glad Tidings paper from K&Co. I love this paper!!! I'm submitting this in 2 challenges, ODBD's Shining the Light Challenge (ODBDSLC85) gem or bell hanging, and also ODBD'S Stamping in Time Challenge (SNTODBD48) a Christmas theme.

I'll post the other details in my Split Coast Gallery which you can find here.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



Friday, November 18, 2011

Christmas Church

Hi there!

I have another card to show you today! This is one of my very first stamps I bought a LONG time ago. I love the image on it and it makes a beautiful Christmas card for someone special. I definitely won't be mass producing this one!

Here is a closeup of the image:

I'm submitting this to the Split Coast Stamper's Ways to Use It Challenge, WT349 Baby It's Cold Outside.

I'm really loving the Glad Tidings paper from K&Co. I love the clear, bright colors in it. The stickers on either side of the church are also part of the Glad Tidings line...I just love these!

Here are the supplies I used:

Stamps: Church image (PSX), Cozy Winter (Serendipity)

Paper: Ruby red (Bazzills), old olive, whisper white (SU), solar white (Neenah) for the image, Glad Tidings & Visions of Christmas (K&Co).

Ink: Black (Versafine), VersaMark.

Accessories: Quickie glue pen, gelly roll pens - gold, white & silver star, markers - not quite navy, always artichoke, real red (SU), Prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, velvet ribbon, velvet flower, crystal snow glitter (Stampendous), Glad Tidings stickers (K&Co), red embossing powder (Inkadinkado).

Well, that's my latest creation! For my next project, I'm working on making some ornaments. If anything turns out okay, I'll let you see them! :-)



Serendipity's Super Simple Christmas Card Challenge

Hi there!

Today I have a card I made for Serendipity's latest Challenge to make a simple Christmas card. I don't usually do things the simple way, but I thought I would give it a try. Here's what I came up with.

Note: Sorry, the picture isn't very good and it definitely doesn't do it justice. The mats and image are actually a beautiful rich olive green.

I used the "Holidy Bundle" stamp from Serendipity and simply embossed it with a dark green embossing powder called "Old Fashioned Olive" from Stampin Up on Very Vanilla paper (SU). I colored the berries and border with an English Red Le Plume marker. Matted it with dark green paper to match the powder called Capers from Bazzills. Then I just embossed the card front with Petals a Plenty embossing folder from Stampin Up. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU) which I colored with Always Artichoke marker (SU), punched with word window punch, then added the modern label punched in Capers paper. I added 2 adhesive pearls and a bow. That's it! It's actually very quick to make. You could color the bundle itself to make it red and green plaid if you wanted to spend a little more time on it.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Daisy is Blue

Hi there!

It's time for another challenge at Elphine House Australia! This time it's a sketch challenge. You can see the sketch here on their blog. Remember you can use any Elisabeth Bell stamp or Digi, it doesn't have to be from EHA. If you win, you win get 2 stamps of your choice!

Here is my sample for the challenge...

I just love Daisy! She's SO sweet! I also love these shades of blue!

For ingredients:

Stamps: Daisy Sitting (EHA) and Just a Quick Note (JustRite).
Paper: solar white (Neenah), Watercolor Bouquet (K&Co).
Ink: black (VersaFine)
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, white gel pen, adhesive pearls, ribbon, lace, wood button, frond punch (Martha Stewart), piercer, SU punches: 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle, scalloped circle punch.

Hope to see you play along with us at Elphine House Australia for the challenge and win some Elisabeth Bell stamps!



Sunday, November 13, 2011

Isaiah 41:10

Hi there!

This is a card I made for a challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs. I'm submitting this for ODBDSLC84 "Go Metallic". You are to use white and/or cream, silver and/or gold, and 2 other colors.

I couldn't decide which picture to post, so here's both.

I've had this Anna Griffin paper for a long time. I'm glad I'm finally using it, it's too pretty not to. I like the soft colors with the cream and that beautiful pink paper with the cream flourishes on it. I actually made an attempt to sew around the border for the first time...I STILL don't like sewing. It feels strange sewing on paper.

For the silver or gold part of the challenge, I couldn't find anything I liked to go with it, so I raided my jewelry box, lol! This is a little earring I never wore that I thought went perfectly.

I love the beautiful verse from Isaiah reminding us not to be afraid, He will help and strengthen us. How comforting to know God is always there for us.

For ingredients:
Stamps: Scripture Collection #1 (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Paper: Natural white (Neenah), Anna Griffin, La Creme (DCWV)
Ink: Black (VersaFine)
Accessories: Buttons, adhesive pearls, flowers (Recollections & wedding supplies), standard circles small & large, petite scallops large classic ovals large (Spellbinders), sewing machine, flourishes dies (Sizzix), ribbon, earring.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!



Thursday, November 10, 2011

Christmas One Sheet Wonder 8 x 8

Hi there!

This is a project I've been wanting to do for a while, a Christmas OSW. I cut this out about a month ago, and finally got to it the past couple of days. I love doing these, and now I have 9 more Christmas cards to send out.

These K&Co Glad Tidings papers are so pretty. I love the bright white and red with them too. The thing I like the most about the OSW, is that it gets my create juices going. I usually end up discovering something new to do for future cards. For example, the card I posted earlier "Christmas Poinsettia" was a result of working on these.

Here are all the cards together, there are 9 of them.

Here are the individual cards, #6 is my favorite.

Card #1:

Card #2:

Card #3

Card #4

Card #5:

Card #6: ***This one is my favorite***

Card #7:

Card # 8:

Card #9:

Lots of ingredients for these!

Papers: White (Georgia Pacific), ruby slipper (Bazzills), old olive, always artichoke (SU), Glad Tidings matstack & 12 x 12 paper (K&Co).
Stamps: Warm words, short & sweet, teeny tiny wishes, vintage vogue (SU), spiritual sketches (Inkadinkado), "Merry Christmas" (PSX), a merry little christmas set (JustRite).
Punches: Snowflake (Marvy), scalloped circle, 1 3/8" circle, modern label, word window, large oval, scalloped oval, scalloped trim border (SU)
Embossing Folders: Perfect polka dots, petals-a-Plenty, framed tulips, square lattice (SU).
Accessories: Glad Tidings Adhesive Chipboard (K&Co), rhinestones, adhesive pearls and swirls, ribbon, buttons, flowers & berries (floral stash), liquid pearls, markers - real red & always artichoke (SU).

If you would like the layout and some measurements for the One Sheet Wonder 8 x 8, you can find it on previous posts here.

Thanks for looking!



Christmas Poinsettia

Hi there!

I made this card for the Flourishes' Snowy Delights Challenge (FLLCNOV11) which you can find here. You are to use glitter, flowersoft, or bling to give a snowy feel. Since I don't have any Flourishes stamps :-( I had to improvise. Hopefully, I won't have to worry about this soon!

I also did this card without any stamping!!! This is for the SCS challenge for No Stamping Allowed (TLC350). I came up with this card while I was working on something different and I thought it would be simple and quick to do.

Not much for ingredients here.

Paper: White (Georgia Pacific), ruby slipper (Bazzills).
Accessories: Ribbon, button snowflake, snowflake punch, large oval & scalloped oval punch (SU), liquid pearls, glitter, markers, flowers from Michaels, snowflake texture plate (Sizzix).

Thanks for looking!



Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Groom Forever Yours

Hi there!

This little guy is a new Elisabeth Bell stamp from Elphine House Australia. So far, I've done the Flower Girl, the Ring Bearer, the Bride, and now the Groom! These are SO cute!

Here is the front of the card:

Here is the inside of the card:

This is the second card this week where I used the La Creme paper. Actually, I did this card first and the Proverbs 3:5,6 card after that. I think these papers are so beautiful and elegant and striking. I love using them.

I colored the groom with my Prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits. I decided to add the yellow to go with the papers and break up the black and then the red for a nice accent. I was at Michaels the other day and picked up these red rose flowers on clearance in the wedding section...I love a bargain! They go perfectly with the roses on his hat and lapel! I just love it when things work out better than I think they will...thank you Lord!

For the ingredients used:
Papers: Le Creme (DCWV), black & so saffron (SU), Natural White (Neenah)
Stamps: Groom Forever Yours (Elphine House Australia), Wedding (American Crafts), Flourishy (Recollections)
Ink: Black (Versafine), Vintage Cream (Palette)
Accessories: sponge, large labels die (Spellbinders), brads (SU), ribbon, button, paper leaf, ribbon flower, pearl string, adhesive pearls & swirls, square 1 3/8" punch (EKS)

I really love how this card came out! I hope you do too!



Ps. I'm entering this into the Over the Top Challenge (HSSTC92) over at Hand Stamped Sentiments...too funny, pretty much everything I do seems to be over the top lately, LOL!!!!

Simply Christmas

Hi there!

I decided I wanted to try to make a "simple" Christmas card. Simple isn't necessarily easy for me to do. I bought the Sizzix embossing folder and die cut set at Jo-Ann's a couple of months ago. I wanted to use it to try making a simple card I could make for some of my Christmas cards this year.

This is what I came up with so far.

The card front is embossed with the A2 folder, and the ornament is the die cut included in the set. Very easy to make and I like the way it came out except for the scalloped oval. It should be up higher, but it's covering up something I tried and didn't work out, LOL. I will defintely do something different on the next one.

I used Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set from Stampin Up for this. The paper is iced cocoa from Coredinations and red rock from Bazzills. Ink is black from Versafine. Accessories used are nailheads metal stickers, button, fibers, scalloped oval punch (SU), Ornament with Flowers and Winter Botanicals both from Sizzix.

Thanks for looking!



Proverbs 3:5,6

Hi there!

This is a card I made for the latest Shining the Light Challenge over at Our Daily Bread Designs which you can find here. This one was for a sketch, which isn't something I do very often, but I thought I would give it a try.

The verses I used are probably one of the first Bible verses I memorized. When I was Baptized, this is what I said to the congragation. These verses are very dear to me for that reason.

I really liked the way the verses fit in the shape of the Labels Four die. I used the largest die of the set and wanted it to have a mat behind it, so I traced around the outside of the die and then cut it out by hand. My cutting isn't very good, but it seemed to blend in okay and help the verse to stand out.

The stamp for the verses are from ODBD's Scripture Collection #2, and the bird stamped on top is from Garden Flower set from Inkadinkado. The paper is from the beautiful La Creme Matstack from DCWV and also black and so saffron from Stampin Up. For ink, I used my usual black from Versafine. Other accessories used are adhesive pearls, ribbon, button, and the 2 step bird punch from Stampin Up.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share with you!



Thursday, November 3, 2011

Elegant Bride

Hi there!

This is another new stamp from Elphine House Australia that they offer exclusively! This elegant bride is called "Kathy - Bride & Little Kitty". This is such a gorgeous image of a bride, it reminds me of one of the Disney princess characters.

Here is the front of the card:

Here is the inside:

The plum colors don't show up very well in the picture, but in real life the colors look beautiful with the cream. I colored this with my Prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits, and added a little white and clear star gel pens here and there.

I thought the image was beautiful with the oval shape around it and then I did the "out of the box" technique where the gown extends off the oval. I am entering this in the latest Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday challenge (FTTC142) which is for this technique. Unfortunately, I don't have any Flourishes' stamps...yet!

For supplies used:
Stamps: Kathy - Bride & Little Kitty (EHA), God's Blessing's (SU)
Paper: Natural white (Neenah), purple (DCWV pad), cherish & love (Fiskers)
Ink: Black (VersaFine)
Accessories: White gel pen, clear star gel pen, organic flourish (Cuttlebug), classic & scallops ovals large (Spellbinders), ribbon, adhesive pearls, button, heart punch (EKS), petite petals punch (McGill)

Thanks for looking today! I hope you find a little inspiration while you're here!