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Friday, May 29, 2009

Sweet Joy

Oh ,how sweet is this Whiff of Joy Stamp. She is from the New Summer Willow & Oakley set. If you do not have one of these stamps, you must get one. They are the sweetest stamps to color. I made this card for their Brown and Blue Challenge. One lucky winner will be a guest designer for 2 weeks! That is an awesome prize!!

For this card, I went with my favorite brown and blue DS paper (SU Parisian Breeze) and colored the ribbon & pearls to match the card. I think it is missing a few more elements but, I just can not wrap my brain around it. I tried to add some flowers but, I did not like the way it looked. You will have to let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.











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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Celebrating Life

Hey there! It has been hard to get back into my creative grove after a very long weekend. My DH took some extra days off for the holiday, my refrigorator died and well, I've just been busy being a mom.

I finally had a chance to make a card today, for the Splitcoaststampers Challenge ~ Ways To Use It. We had to create a card with buttons.

I made this card for a friend who had a baby boy a few weeks ago (I'm so far behind). As you all know, I love cute cards but masculine cards are by far the hardest for me to do. I did not want to use pastel colors so I went with these colors instead. I used this cute whale stamp from the Stampin' Up! Pun Fun set to tie the colors together. I used buttons for the bottom of the onesie and another to tie the ribbon.

The onesie template can be found at My Time, My Creations, My Stampendence blog. The template is an actual card but, I changed it a bit to just get the basic layout for the onesie. This is a great card to learn. Take a look at the many cards you can make with the onesie HERE. You might even see this card there (wink).

Thanks for looking!

Today's Card was made with: Stampin' Up! Not Quite Navy and Basic Gray card stock, DS paper, Pun Fun Stamp Set, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder, Ribbon and Buttons.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Wildflowers

Hey there,

Here's a card I made for my cousin who had a baby a few weeks ago. I knew didn't want to go with a "traditional baby" card and while looking through my May issue of CardMaker magazine under the Just for Mom section (pg. 52), I knew this would be the perfect card. Everything about it screamed me; pink, green and stitching!

The title "Wildflowers for Mother" captured my attention and was one of the reasons I picked this card. The definition of Wildflower in Wikipedia is, "A
wildflower (or wild flower) is a flower that grows wild, meaning it was not intentionally seeded or planted."

The love for our children grow each day from the day they were conceived. We fell in love when they were born. The day they took their first steps, lost their first tooth, went to kindergarten, had their first recital, had their first crush, graduated from high school and into adult hood, your love continues to grow like wildflowers.

I do not think I have ever seen anything more beautiful than the bluebell I have been looking at. I know the beauty of our Lord by it. - Gerald Manley Hopkins

Materials use for this card: Stampin' Up! Pink Pirouette, Old Olive and Whisper White card stock, Sultry DS Paper Pad, Drew Drops, Solidago Sprig stamp by Delta (purchased at Michael's), Ribbon and Sewing Machine.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Birthday Monkeys

How cute are these monkeys?! I don't have many birthday stamp images so when I saw this I knew I just had to get this Birthday Monkey clear stamp from Rachelle Ann Miller. I love her designs and they are great for coloring with Copics.

Anyway, this was the card I made for my lil' girl Caitie. She turned 8 years old on Sunday! I made a card for my mother-in-law that was very girlie, so I thought I would make a card that was simple and sweet. She loved the card and the monkeys too. She asked if one monkey was Daddy and the other was me (LOL). Isn't she too cute?

Here's she is holding her B-day card and waiting for Daddy to make her breakfast in bed (my bed).

Thanks for stopping by. I'll have another card tomorrow so, make sure to come back and take a look.





Today's card was made with:
Stampin' Up! So Saferon, Bashful Blue and Whisper White card stock, Delicate Dots DS paper, Designer Buttons~Button Bouquet, So Saferon Poly-Twill ribbon and
Birthday Monkey clear stamp from Rachelle Ann Miller.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Friends

It has been a few days since my last post, so today's card is a combination of several challenges. So see all the challenges, make sure to click on the links (bold words).

First up, Mojo Monday with the card sketch, a Square card from Flourishes, then Blond hair from Copic and light blue & brown card from Stampavie. That is a total of 4 challenges in 1 card! Wow! How did I pull that one together?!

Well, my inspiration was my new DS paper my DH surprised me with. It's by K Marcella ~ Eliza 12 x 12 Paper Pad he purchased at target. Don't you just love the vibrant colors on the paper? There are 12 designs ~ 3 sheets of each for a total of 36 sheets. The price - $8.

I have been busy making cards over the weekend for family and friends. I will be posting them this week so, make sure to come back and take a look. In the meantime, enjoy blog hopping as you view the blog challenges. I hope you are participating in these awesome challenges. Give it a try. You'll soon be hooked! :o)

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Chocolate Brown, Soft Sky and Whisper White Card Stock,
K Marcella ~ Eliza 12 x 12 Paper Pad, Rachelle Ann Miller ~ Lily Magic Fairy clear stamp, Copic Markers, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Prima Flowers, Rhinestones, EK and Martha Stewart Punches.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Cherish

What a beautiful day is was. The rain finally stopped, the sun was shinning and the weather was nice and warm.

My DH worked from home today and it was nice to go out and take a walk with him around the neighborhood. We talked about all sorts of "to do's" and then we talked about our dreams and aspirations.

Here is my Splitcoaststampers Thursday's Ways to Use It Challenge. No card for this challenge! Tins was the top order for the day. I had a few of these tins left over from the holidays. I quickly grabbed the box where they were in and got to work quickly. I thought this would be a perfect Travel Jewelry Box. It's small enough to fit in your carry on and big enough to fit a few pieces of jewelry. Make sure to take a look at the SCS gallery for other inspirations. Here's the link so you can take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mark 16:15

Wow! This was such a easy card to make and don't you just love this NEW Digiments? It is the perfect sentiment for a Pastor, Elder or someone with a heart to serve the Lord.

I used the Stampin' Up! Urban Oasis DS paper and the sentiment as my two focal points. To add a few touches, I stitched around the border and added a few brads. I thought the card needed an extra pop, so I added Kiwi Kiss card stock. On the inside of the card, I added SU Kraft card stock and used the SU! Flowers in Silhouette stamp. It's the exact match to the DS paper.

This card is definitely going to our Pastor Bill from Liquid Church. I met him just a few months ago and he has been such an inspiration. He became an instant friend. His heart and compassion for people is so transparent but, most importantly his love for Christ is so evident.

I wanted to thank him for the time he spent with my family and I to get to know us. He become a friend and not just a Pastor.

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss and Kraft card stock, Urban Oasis DS paper, Flowers in Silhouette stamp, Black Brads, Basic Black ink pad, Finger Daubers, Mark 16:15 Digiment and sewing machine.




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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Confucius

OM GOODNESS!!! I WON!! Click HERE to see the new Digiments Sentiments and the wonderful announcement. Thanks Digiments!!

I hope I am not too late to enter my card to the Digiments challenge. I found this blog yesterday while surfing through my favorite blogs. Digiments are digital stamp sentiments and they are releasing their first 25 Digital sentiments set tomorrow!

Well, I'm excited about this because I love sentiments and what better way to get your hands on them then our your very own computer.

For today's challenge they gave us a free sentiment to use. All I had to do was download it. How cool is that?! In addition to the challenge they are giving away the entire new set to one lucky person. Way cool!! Well, wish me luck and make sure to take a look at the new release stamp set tomorrow! Click Here to view.

Today's card was made with: Digiments Confucius sentiment, Stampin' Up! Groovy Guava and Taken with Teal card stock, Groovy Guava double-stitched grosgrain ribbon, Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set, K&Company DS paper and sewing machine.
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Monday, May 11, 2009

Jeremiah 29:11

Mojo Monday!!

What a great sketch this was. I don't think I have ever made a card with this layout before and I love it! I'm sure I'll use it again for future cards.

If I have to pick a favorite DS paper it would be this one. The Parisian Breeze Specialty DS paper is so elegant. I have only used it once for a workshop and haven't used it again because I do not want to run out. I guess I will have to order some more before it goes out next month.

While I was thinking about what sentiment to use for this sketch, I thought of a scripture verse that brings hope when life seems hopeless. Jeremiah 29:11 reads, "For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope."

At times we want to be able to look into a crystal ball to see our future and if we could we would change circumstances before they come up yet, God tells us to wait on Him because it is not in our time but His.

"We must wait for God, long, meekly, in the wind and wet, in the thunder and lightning, in the cold and the dark. Wait, and He will come." Frederick William Faber


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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Giving Shelter

Happy Mother's Day to all my Stampin' friends! May your day be filled with many blessings.

Here is my card for the Stampavie challenge #3 Circles. I must confess, it took me all week to finish this card. I started on Monday and literally finished last night. We had 8 days of rain so it was easy for me to pick this Giving Shelter stamp as my image. By the end of the week, the sun came out and now it's absolutely beautiful outside.

I woke up this morning with my son (4 yrs. old) wishing me a Happy Mother's Day and with the same breath asking me to help him put on his Ben10 watch as tight as I can (LOL). Then my DH and lil' girl came with breakfast in bed and a bunch of gifts. My oldest son (17) gave me the sweetest card. It had music to "Legacy" from Nichole Nordeman. Click on the link to take a listen. What a great song! Especially since all my hearts desires is to leave a legacy for all those to remember.

And, finally I want to share with you what my lil' girl made for me. Isn't it just beautiful? I will cherish this forever! She is always asking me if she is as good of a crafter as I am. Today, I reminded her that she is the best crafter I know.










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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mother's Day

Good morning! I have been busy this whole week making Mother's Day cards and preparing for my Mother's Day Workshop.

As promised, here are a few of my cards I made this week.

First up, is the Mother's Day Workshop card and craft we had
yesterday. We had so much fun making this set. We used Flower Soft on the card and the Butterfly is a paper pin I learned at Ustamp4fun. The pin is made with 3 layers of paper for every butterfly, butterfly stamp, mod~p
odge, SU markers, diamond glaze, glue gun, rhinestone brads, fastener and jewelery wire for the antenna. To finish this project, we made a box to put our lovely butterfly in.

Next up is my Mom card I made for my mother-in-law. This was my first time using Flower Soft. If you haven't tried it yet, you must. It gives the cards that extra special touch and a wow factor. I purchased the pots at Flower Soft as well. They are called Toppers. There is an array of different toppers you can purchase.
I don't know why the ribbon is showing blue, but it's actually Perfect Plum to match the darkest card stock.


And, finally another Flower Soft card. If you have noticed a pattern from all my cards, you'll notice that the colors are all in the purple and yellow family. I did not pick these colors intentionally and I do not know why I kept gravitating to them but, in the end they all worked out nicely.

I made this card for my mother. I stamped and colored the well. Then I cut it out to add dimensionals and finally lots of flower soft. The well is another item from FS.

So, there you have it. I hope you like the cards and inspired you to make some of your own. Make sure you send me a comment and tell me what you think.

Next up, a Stampavie challenge I've been working on all week. Make sure to come back tonight to see what I have created. Thanks for taking a look!








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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sweet Violets

This weeks Copic Challenge #3 is to use purple flowers.

I remember the first day I played with Copics. I was with a friend who invited me to go to a class. I knew from that day that I was hooked. I absolutely love Copics!! I love the way they color and blend. I am having so much fun with them. Each day I try to improve my blending techniques. I am really happy the way this image turned out.

I am in the middle of making my Mother's Day Cards, so I decided to make this for a friend who loves purple. I used the Sweet Violet set from Flourishes. To my surprise, I could not believe I do not have any purple DS paper. So, I kept this card very traditional using the cuttlebug D'vine swirl embossing folder and Stampin' Up! Sanded background stamp. Finally, I added some drew drops and ribbon for the finishing touches.

Our friendships are like gardens. If we water them, pull the weeds out and prune them, their colors will be vibrant and their sent will be fragrant. However, if we fail to nurture them and forget about them, they will wilt and die. Treat your friends as if they were your garden in heaven. ~Joseline











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Tea Anyone?

Hey there, here is my Mojo Monday card for this week.

I was busy making my daughter's birthday party invitations and Mother's Day Cards yesterday, that I did not have time to play until now. This week's challenge was so much fun and easy to make. I wanted to use my new Simple Pleasures stamp I purchase at Stampers Dream for this challenge. Although the main image might be too big for this weeks sketch, I am happy how it turned out. I might have to use this card as a Mother's Day Card.

I can not wait to show you my Mother's Day Cards I have been working on. Make sure to stop by later this week to take a look.

"As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem." Isa 66:13

Today's card was made with:
Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White card stock, K&Company DS paper, Simple Pleasures stamp set from Impression Obsession, Ribbon and Copic Markers.



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Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Season for Everything

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

Today I met with a very special person. A woman of God, a mentor and a friend. We talked about everything under the sun. Family, work, church, past and current situations. It has been a while since I have shared life with a friend and it certainly felt heartwarming.

One thing we talked a lot about was my season. Although it has been a rough 8 months for my family and I, I continue to lean on God because I know that He has a plan for me. Trusting in God completely means having faith that He knows what is best for me. I will embrace His plan for me when the season is right for it is well with my soul.

Materials used for this card: Stampin' Up! So Saffron and Whisper White Card Stock, Rose Red Ribbon, K&Company DS paper, Stamp from Inkadinkado and Piercer.


Friday, May 1, 2009

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