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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Spring is Near

What a beautiful day it turned out to be today! I cannot wait until the days get warmer.

It has been a while since I posted a card. I hope you didn't think I abandon my blog. I just had to take a break for a few days.

Today, as I thought of what to make I thought about how long it has been since I used my copic markers. I could not resist but to make another Sarah Kay stamp. This adorable stamp is Rose's Garden. She was so much fun to color.
I can't wait to be barefoot and gardening myself!

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black and Whisper White card stock, designer series paper, ribbon, diamonds (colored with copic markers) and sewing machine.








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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Another Unity Stamp

A quick post for tonight...

Here's a card I made today using another Unity Stamp. It is part of my Splitcoaststampers Unity Challenge I am working on. This stamp is called Sweet ZZZ's.

BTW~have you noticed my NEW banner? My friend Michelle made it for me. She's actually working on a watermark for me as well.
I love the simplicity and elegance of the banner. I also love how the word Simplicity is the focal point of the banner. Thanks Michelle for all your hard work!

Also, I received a few emails regarding the difficulty you were having when trying to post a comment. Therefore, I made the ability to send comment easier. You no longer have to be a member. So, make sure you post a comment and let me know what you think about this card and my NEW banner!

Email Michelle at michelle@migodesign.com if you would like her to create a banner for your blog.





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Monday, March 23, 2009

What Fun

Tonight was such a blast! I had my Knowledge Beginnings friends over for a introduction to stamping. They were such a goof and laughed throughout the entire time. I told them I would take a mental note of bloopers that happened throughout the evening and post it on my blog.

So, here goes...


1. I gave the girls a stamp to ink up. One (anonymous) used the scrubbing pad to ink up the stamp!

2. All the tools were foreign to them. We used a cropodile. No one wanted to go first.
3. The snail tape was state of the art.
4. They could not believe their card will turn out like mine.
5. I think they will be back!

Oh what a night! I'm certainly going to miss working with them but, now that I have them hooked, I'm sure it won't be the last time seeing them.

PS. here's the card we made in addition to the post it note keychain.

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Mustard Seed

During these past few months, I have had the opportunity to work at my son's preschool. Although my time there was short, I know that my purpose there was to plant mustard seeds. My prayer and hope is that those with whom I worked with live with passion and purpose. May they embrace God's love for them and live on faith.

What a perfect card to make for this post. I used one of my new Unity Stamps. It is called Move Mountains. At the end of the month Unity Stamps will be hosting a Splitcoaststampers challenge. I have 4 stamps to play with. For the next few days I will post my cards. Send me a comment for each of the cards and let me know which one you like best. I will submit the card with the most votes.

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Old Olive and Chocolate Brown card stock, Good Morning Sunshine designer series paper, Big Shot Birds w/ Leaves & Flower die cut, Sprout~Leafy Greens and Petal Pinks Bursting to Life paper and ribbon.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A Gift

Oh, how I love these images. I just cannot get enough of them. Every Precious Moments image brings a sweet smile to my face.

Believe it or not, there is nothing stamped on this card. First, the digital image was downloaded for free at Picasa Webalbum. Then, I thought for a while what sentiment to use. I couldn't find anything from my collection of sentiments, so I typed this verse instead. I think it is a perfect match.

Anyone who believes that children are a gift from God knows that they are ours to watch over until it is time for them to return to heaven. I found this poem that I thought you might enjoy reading.

God sent me three packages that needed special care. "Take care of these tiny gifts for they are very rare. Watch over them with all your love and let them feel your touch. Take care of their every need for you are needed very much. These gifts will grow up very fast as you soon will see. Love them with all your heart and let them be what they will be. When these gifts have fully grown look at Heaven up above, know they exist because of God and all His precious love."




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Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day is known as a day of celebration and festivities, but very few people know the true story of St. Patrick and who he really is. By tradition, he is a patron saint of the Catholic religion because of the captivity that he went through, the time of solitude and his great faith, and eventually the number of people that were converted to know God through him. It is legend that he heard angels and they helped him in his decisions. All in all, he is known as the patron saint of good luck and blessings to the Catholics in that era up until the 21st century. (http://searchwarp.com/swa44438.htm)

As a little girl I remember that once it was St. Patrick's Day spring was near. Many of you know I am not a fan of winter and knowing that spring is near bring great joy to my heart and soul.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all those who are Irish, believers of the Christian faith and all those who enjoy a cold glass of Guinness!

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Promise

God's promise to us is an eternal life beyond anything we can ever imagine. The promise of marriage is for eternal life even when we go home to our heavenly father.

This past week my baby sister (22 years old) and her boyfriend made the promise of marriage. They will wed this summer. I could not wait to wish her all the best.

I made this card for her and in it I wrote, 1 Corinthians 13:4, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres".

For my DH and I this verse is our foundation. It is who we are as individuals and as a husband and wife. There is nothing better in life than to have someone with whom you can share everything with. A person who sees you during your best and worst. A person who points out your strengths and not your weaknesses. A person with whom you fall in love with today and everyday.

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Brushed Gold and Shimmery White card stock, Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set,
Nestabilities-Label One, Gold embossing powder, heat gun and gold ribbon.


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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Life Unscripted

One of my favorite verses in the bible is from Psalm 118:24, "This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it."

No matter what our life circumstances are, we should be glad and rejoice in it. I have to admit, sometimes I wake up in the morning feeling down and out. Then I remember this verse and I thank God for the life that He has given me. I go about the rest of the day comforted that He has planned my life because our life is not unscripted.

Today's card was another Splitcoaststamper's challenge. If you haven't visited the website already, you should. There are daily challenges, thousands of cards you can view, forums you can read up on and rubber stamp websites you can link to.
Today's challenge was something green. We either had to recycle, reuse or just use green. So, I recycled the ribbon and used green as my main color.

I recycled the ribbon by recoloring it. I wanted the ribbon to match the green paper, so I used my Kiwi Kiss ink pad to recolor it.
This technique is really simple to do. Follow the steps below to give it a try.
  1. Start with a white or ivory ribbon.
  2. Place your ribbon on top of the ink pad.
  3. Now place a sponge dauber on top of the ribbon and gently pull the ribbon off the ink pad.
  4. Repeat this several times until you achieve the color you desire.
Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Blue Bayou, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White card stock and ink pad. misc. pattern paper, life unscripted stamp by Hampton Art (purchased at Michael's), ticket punch and ribbon.

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Fruits

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23

If I had to pick which one of these fruits I have to work on, it would be patience and self-control. Making this card took a lot of patience and self-control. It took me all day to complete this card. Well, not really all day if you count the numerous times I had to stop to tend to the kids and the house chores. I even took a quick run to Walmart to get some thread for my sewing machine.

I used three different colors of thread for this card! My DH was impressed on how quickly I learned to use the sewing machine. And yes, I used my Copic markers as well. Now that I have new colors, I have to test them out right (wink-wink)? The stamp I used is from Florishes Figs & Pomegranate. I love this set because there is a lot to play with.

One last thing you should know...I'm updating my blog again. Please pardon the different changes.

This card was made with: Stampin' Up! Kraft, Earth Elements, Chocolate Brown and Always Artichoke card stock, Florishes Figs & Pomegranate stamp set, Sponge Daubers, Chocolate Brown ink pad, Thread, Sewing Machine and Copic Markers
E11, E13, E44, 447, YG63, YG67, V15, V17, 0 (Colorless Blender).

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Little Girls

What a beautiful day it was yesterday! After my CPR class I returned home to find my DH cleaning out the garage. The kids were busy riding their bikes, scooters, running from house to house and playing with friends. It was nice to see the older girls from the neighborhood come by to see if Caitlyn (my little girl) and her friend Jessica wanted to play.

Speaking of my little girl, Caitlyn helped me choose the pattern paper and colors for this little girl. She is one of my newest Sugar Nellie stamps. If you like to color and love images of kids, you'll love Sugar Nellie's designs. Click Here to go to the Funky Kits website so you can see all her designs.

I colored her with my NEW COPIC MARKERS! WOOHOO!! My DH surprised me last week and said I can order some Copic markers. I was so excited! I ordered the colors to coordinate the SU! colors. I put together a list of the SU colors and their coordinating marker. If you would like a copy of the list, send me a comment on this blog and I will be happy to send it to you.

Today's card was made with:
Stampin' Up! Groovy Guava, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White Card Stock, Misc. Pattern Paper, Sugar Nellie Reflective stamp, Prima Flowers, White Brads (colored with Copic markers) and Copic Markers: E29, E33, R01, R02, B60, B63, Y95, and 0 (colorless blender).



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Let the Sun Shine In

Good morning! The day is full of promises and I cannot wait to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. It is suppose to be 60 degrees today!

I have a Pediatric First Aid/CPR class to go to this morning, but I cannot wait to get home and open the shades to let the sunshine in. I think I'll do some spring cleaning and freshen up the house too.

Today's card was made from another Splitcoaststampers challenge. It was called Ways to Use it - Stripes. I looked through all my designer series paper for stripe patterns, and I just had to pick my new favorite set. It's from the Parisan Breeze Speciality Paper. I also used the Get Well Soon stamp from the Sincere Salutations set which I never used and paired it with the Friends 24-7 stamp set. For embleshisments, I used my Big Shot Scirbbles and Swirls Die Cut, ribbon and a belt buckle from the Hodgepodge Hardware. I also added a Prima Flower and a brad to finish the card.

Well, I'm off to my class now. I hope you enjoy your weekend. Make sure you come back tomorrow. I have another card to show you!

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Color Challenge

Today I decided to try out my first color challenge from Splitcoaststampers.com.

The colors for today were Chocolate Brown, Kiwi Kiss and Pink Passion. I have never tried Pink Passion before and I have to admit, it's my new favorite pink!

I used the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. It is beautiful set! If you don't already have one, you must get one. Click HERE to view the set.

Sorry, I'm keeping this one short. I am so tired after a long day of work, I can barely keep my thoughts straight. I have been home with my little man sick since last week and going back to work today, kit me in the rear.

Make sure to visit my gallery at splitcoaststampers.com. I will be posting cards there more frequently.



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Monday, March 2, 2009

Think Spring

I could not help myself but to make a spring card today. We got hammered with snow overnight and for those who know me, I am not a snow person. I rather be out by the pool in 90 degree weather.

Can you see I am diggin' my sewing machine! I ventured out and did a two layer technique. I also used a different type of stitch. My daughter helped me figure out which stitch to use. She was such a great helper!


Not only did I use the sewing machine, but I also wanted to try something different. I used my Spellbinders Classic Rectangle Nestabilities. I thought I would share with you how I made this card in case you would like to try it for yourself.
  1. Tape the Delicate Dots Designer Series (DS) paper to the Certainly Celery (CC) card stock.
  2. Then use the nestabilities die cut to cut out a frame using a die cutting machine (I used my Cuttlebug). Set aside.
  3. Tape the DS paper to the So Safferon card.
  4. Aligned the CC frame to the center of your card.
  5. Secure it with removable tape so it doesn't move around.
  6. Using the nestabilites die cut again, cut out the center of the card.
  7. Remove the CC frame and repeat step #6 to make sure it cuts through the card.
  8. Layer the frame to the center of the card.
  9. Use your sewing machine to make a border and stitch the CC frame to the card.
  10. For the inside of the card, layer a white card stock and stamp the center of it so it shows through the open frame. To add more dimension, heat emboss the image.
This card was made with: Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration Polka Dot Punches stamp set, Delicate Dots Designer Series and Ribbon Bundle, So Saffron and Certainly Celery card stock, Certainly Celery ink pad and my sewing machine.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Occasions Mini Sneak Peek

Looking for Easter Stamps? Stampin' Up! has selected a few products from the Occasions Mini Catalog so you can prepare for Easter. The Occasions Mini catalog is not available until April 1. However, Beginning today, March 1 you can purchase these products - which include not only Easter stamps, but two all-occasions stamp sets with Easter images. Click HERE to view the view Occasions Mini Catalog Sneak Peek.

Finally, don't forget you only have 31 more days until Sale-a-bration ends. For every $50 you spend you can select 1 product from the Sale-a-bration catalog.
To learn more about any of these promotions, visit my Online Store!

**Did you know that every time I highlight/bold and underline a word, it directly links you to another site that features the product?

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday! If you have any questions, don't forget to contact me any time.