Monday, 31 December 2012

Hymn and Scripture Challenge #18 - O Holy Night

Happy last day of 2012, my friends!
Hasn't this year passed quickly? I'm afraid the end of the year kind of snuck up on me...even though I knew it was coming! lol We've been so busy having happy holidays! Yesterday there was a new post from Patter concerning her plans for the Scripture Challenge in 2013. That's when I suddenly clued in that the Challenge posts were finished for this year. I have gotten a little bit behind on my pages but decided to do the last one first, and then go back and catch up with the other two. The new challenge begins on January 13th, and it will continue to be a Hymn and Scripture Challenge. I have added a button in my sidebar. Just click on the button and it will take you to all the details of the Challenge for 2013. Why not pop over to Patter's blog and take a look. It would be wonderful if you could join in!
Okay, onto my page...
O Holy Night is such a beautiful song! I based my page on the opening line "O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining" and created a night time page. I cut a bunch of stars, and used the star border punch that I got for Christmas. I wanted the entire music page included this time. To fancy it up I did an emboss resist using a Tim Holtz angel image. It's actually a beautiful iridescent emboss but I couldn't get a good photo of it. I added some Diamond Stickles to the stars and sky, and used some iridescent ribbon.
The Scripture verses are part of the familiar passage in Luke where the shepherds are watching their flock and the Angel of the Lord appears. It says:
But the Angel said to them, 
"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy
 that will be for all the people. 
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you:
He is Christ the Lord."

Do you see that little three letter word in there? It says "all" the people. I love that! It doesn't matter who we are or what we've done or where we live in this great big world; a Savior was sent for ALL of us! He is Christ the Lord, and He is the reason for Christmas! I hope you all had a blessed and joyful one! :o)


Materials Used:
Papers: Recollection Cardstock;
Punch: EK Success - Stars;
Dies: MM Slice Design Cards - Basic Shapes 3, Fa la la,
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels Twenty-one;
Stamp: Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous - Joyful Song;
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Faded Jeans;
Embossing Powder: Stamp N Stuff - Kaleidoscope;
Ribbon: Offray;
Glitter: Ranger Stickles - Diamond.

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I'm linking this page to:

Hymn and Scripture Challenge #18 - Here
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #60 - Here

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Here is a beautiful version of the song by one of my favorite Artists - Josh Groban!
The music is set to scenes from the movie The Nativity Story.




Monday, 24 December 2012

A Very Merry CHRISTmas To You All!

To each one of you,
my dear sweet friends:

I wish you a very blessed Christmas Season!

I pray that your days will be full of JOY and LAUGHTER 

with family and friends...and perhaps strangers!

My hope is that you will find time, in all of the busyness, 

to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas 

~ to remember the precious gift that was given to us so long ago ~

Jesus Christ the Lord, our Savior!

Here's a card I made just for you!


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Nancy :o)



(Sorry for the shadowy photo...snow, snow, snow! lol)

Thursday, 20 December 2012

A Die for a Sketch - Challenge #7 Reminder

Hello, my friends!

I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful Christmas season as much as I am! Just remember to take time during all the busy preparations to think about the real reason for the season and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior! That, along with making special memories with family and friends, is much more important than having everything perfectly prepared! :o)

Today I have another card to share with you for A Die for a Sketch Challenge #7. I've used a fun image from our fabulous Sponsor Bugaboo Digi Stamps, and it's called Christmas Teddy 2 Ornament. Isn't he sweet?


For some reason the green ornament on the right didn't photograph well. In person it actually looks just like the smaller green ornament. For this card I decided to have some fun with my VersaMarker and my Martha Stewart embossing glitter. I colored all of those areas individually with the marker and then heat embossed them. Here's a photo of the sparkle:


Materials Used:
Papers: Basic Grey - Eskimo Kisses, Recollection - Cardstock;
Dies: MM Slice Design Card - Fa La La,
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels Fourteen;
Image: Bugaboo Digi Stamps - Christmas Teddy 2 Ornament;
Prismacolor Pencils and Odorless Mineral Spirits;
Stampin' Up - VersaMarker;
Martha Stewart Embossing Glitter: sugar cube, turquoise, peridot,
florentine gold, tourmaline, and sterling;
Stamp: Papertrey Ink;
Ink: Stampin' Up - Old Olive;
Ribbon: Offray Gold Glitter;
Brads: My Stash.

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Here is the great sketch for Challenge #7:


This challenge is open until January 5th, which means there will be lots of time to enter after your Christmas celebrations! There are only a few entries so far, so your chance of winning the prize from Bugaboo is quite good! What is the prize? I'm so glad you asked. It is 7 wonderful images! Have fun...and don't forget to stop in and visit Bugaboo. There's a great sale going on right now! 








Friday, 7 December 2012

Creative Inspirations Debut

Hello, my friends!
I'm really excited about this post...and I confess I'm a little bit nervous too! This is my first project and my first post as a designer for Creative Inspirations! I shared with you all a little while ago about this great online store and all the reasons I like it. You can read that post HERE if you'd like a reminder. I'm so pleased to be creating for Sue and her shop, and I'd be very happy if you would all go visit the store! Under the link in my sidebar I also have a link to Sue's blog. You must pop in there too and see her fabulous work! Thank you, Sue, for giving me this opportunity! :o)
My first project is this sweet little layered Christmas Tree Mini Album that Sue cut for me using mat board and the Cosmo Cricket "Be Good" collection. There are quite a few photos and a long product list. One list will contain all the items that are available at Creative Inspirations, the other will be a list of things from my stash!
Here is the cover. After adhering all the papers, I went around both sides of each piece with the gold paint dabber. I also made my first swivel clasp charm to hang from the binding ring.

Here are pages 1 and 2. I decided to decorate all the back pages "upside-down" so that when you flip them over they are actually right side up! lol  On page 1 there is a ticket stamped with the date. 
Page 2 has a little swivel ornament set. It's actually some diecut tags. 
These are just the right side to document special seasonal events.

Page 3 had two ribbon bands that hold an assortment of stamped tags. 
There's also another ticket stamped with "Merry Christmas!"


Page 4 holds a stamped label. It opens up and has lines with a heading that says "Dear Santa". 
A wonderful little spot to list all the gifts received for Christmas. 
The bottom of the page also holds one poinsettia and a gold painted chipboard bird on a branch.


Here is a close-up of the pretty poinsettias that I made. I was totally inspired by my friend Jann and her wonderful video. You can watch it HERE. I didn't have the all the supplies that Jann used but I was able to work with what I had. Sue sent me some wonderful embossed Core'dination papers. I cut out five petal flowers using my Slice, and then snipped and shaped the flowers until they looked right. I inked them up, painted them with Rock Candy Crackle paint and sprinkled them with fine glitter. They are so pretty! For some reason the centers look like little globs, but they're actually individual little circles that I made using liquid pearls. I also used some white liquid pearls to create the snow.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful technique, Jann! :o)


Page 5 holds a large label that has pine cone branches stamped around the edge. 
A few pine branch punches with buttons creates a nice embellishment. 


Page 6 holds another mat that's been stamped with snowflakes, and two more of the poinsettias.


Page 7 is another Baroque mat page. This one has been stamped with a tree.


Page 8 has a seam binding band that holds a little booklet of  the Baroque die. These are large enough to add photos on the front and the back. There's also a little dangly charm set hanging from the binding ring. These charms are also made from tags and have sweet star eyelets.


Here is the back cover. The seam binding from the previous page is tied in a bow. 
I've glued on a sweet little Christmas wreath and a banner that says Merry Christmas. 
Another ticket filled out with my info is adhered to the bottom.


Here is a close-up of my swivel clasp charm. It holds buttons, mini ornaments, and some jingle bells. 
At the bottom is more stamped tags that look like ornaments. The only jump rings I had were a bright silver. So I turned them red with the help of some alcohol ink.


Well...there you have my Christmas Tree Mini Album, and my first DT project for Creative Inspirations!
Thank you so much for looking at this long post!
Please let me know if you have any questions. Also, make sure you stop by the store!
There are some great sale items, and a fabulous free gift with a $60.00 purchase!
Sue is always happy to answer any questions! 

Hope your weekend is full of JOY and LAUGHTER! :o)

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Materials Used and Available at Creative Inspirations:
Papers: Cosmo Cricket - Be Good Collection,
Core'dinations Core Impressions - Cosmo Cricket Classics Collection:
Dies: Tim Holtz Alterations - Base Tray, Tiny Tabs & Tags,
Tattered Pinecone, Bird Branch, Regal Crest,
Movers & Shapers - Baroque Mini, Ornamental Mini, Styled Labels;
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Walnut Stain, Forrest Moss, Festive Berries;
Stamps: Basic Grey - North Pole, 7gypsies Oval Stamps - naked & scroll,
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous - Odds & Ends, Mini Holidays 3;
Additional Ranger Products: Distress Crackle Paint - Clear Rock Candy,
Adirondack Paint Dabber - Gold, Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Watermelon.

Items From My Stash:
Papers: Recollection - Cardstock;
Die: MM Slice Design Card - Basic Shapes 2;
Plus: Darice Bells and Mini Ornaments; Offray Ribbon;
Unknown Pearls, Brads and Eyelets;
American Crafts WOW Glitter - White.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

A Die For A Sketch - Challenge #7

Happy Wednesday!
It's the 5th of the month again already, and that means it's time for a new challenge over at A Die For A Sketch. I'm happy to say that we have six talented new Design Team Members! You'll find all their links in my sidebar. Please give each of their blogs a visit when you have time!
I'm also very happy to report that we have some fabulous companies sponsoring our challenges from now on. So not only do you have the opportunity to participate in a fun challenge with very simple rules, and earn a Top 3 Button, but you also have the chance to win some fantastic prizes!
This month our generous sponsor is Bugaboo Digi Stamps, and the winner will receive 7 wonderful images! Wow!!


Here is this month's great sketch:


Here is my card! The Design Team was given a Bugaboo image to work with, and this image is called "Winter Birds - Snowman". Isn't it cute? It was so much fun to color!


I thought I had some white flock to add to the bird's hat but I didn't, so I used Liquid pearls instead. The snowflakes and the Snowman are covered with glitter but I had a really hard time getting it to show in a photo. Yes, it's still dreary and snowing here! I've also stitched around the card with a red thread that has some wonderful glitter to it. This is the best I could do:


Materials Used:

Papers: Recollections - Cardstock,
Hot Off the Press - Christmas Creative Pad;
Image: Bugaboo Digi Stamps
Colored with my Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Sentiment Stamp: Gina K Design;
Ink: Momento -Tuxedo Black;
Medium: Ranger Liquid Pearls - White Opal;
Brads: Recollections;
Fine Glitter: My Stash;
Thread: DMC Red Metallic;
Dies: Sizzix Sizzlits - Scribbles Swirls,
MM Slice Design Card - Fa la la.

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Pop on over to A Die For A Sketch and take a look at what the rest of the Design Team has made!
 Then make a project: a card, a layout in any size, or a gift bag. Link it up by January 4th!
You have a wonderful opportunity to win Top 3 recognition, or to win a great prize!
The only rules are to use the sketch and a die...and have lots of fun! 

I hope you all have a wonderful week full of JOY and laughter! :o)





Saturday, 1 December 2012

Hymn and Scripture Challenge #16 - Praise to the Lord, the Almighty!

Hello, my sweet friends!
I hope you're all enjoying your weekend so far! It's still dreary and cold here with the best kind of snowfall happening. Soft and fluffy big flakes just floating around in the air...it's so pretty! I'd like to thank all of your for the lovely congratulations on my daughter's engagement, and for all the other sweet comments you've been leaving for me lately! I appreciate each one of you very much!
Today it's time for a new Hymn and Scripture Challenge page. I really LOVE this beautiful hymn, and it truly  is a long-time favorite of mine! I just had to create a red page for this one. I have always called red my "happy" color! It's also been a little while since I've done a vintage style page, so here is my happy vintage page! :o)
I've inked my song page up so much that you can't read the words but here are the first and last verse:

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
    All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Sing now in glad adoration!

Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him!
    Let the Amen sound from His people again;
Gladly for aye we adore Him. 


One thing I know for sure about praising the Lord is that it can turn an unhappy, grumpy, pain-filled day into something else entirely! If you think about it...many of our miserable days are because we are in a selfish mood, right? We're too busy dwelling on how things are not going the way WE want them to go, or we're wondering why WE have to be sick or in pain, or we're upset because somebody hurt OUR feelings! 

When we turn that selfish attitude away from ourselves and focus on praising God...something amazing happens! No longer does the day seem so miserable! In fact, it can suddenly become downright JOYFUL!! God is so good...all the time! How can we be grumpy when we concentrate on praising HIM for ALL He has done for us? My Scripture verse is found in Psalm 67:3:



"Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee!"



I must confess that I was in a particularly selfish mood yesterday, I was actually quite miserable! lol You wouldn't think it would be the best time to work on this Challenge page...but it was the perfect time! I put on some fabulous praise and worship music, and got to work with an attitude of prayer. I had a fabulous time making this page! I started with the decorative paper and just played. I wanted "praise" to be the focus. I found some chipboard letters that a friend sent me but they were the wrong color. So I peeled off the top layer and inked them up to match my page. I used the kraft packing paper that I had saved from a parcel and cut out LOTS of flowers with the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Garland die. You all know I love to make flowers! It was the first time using this die and I really like the finished flowers. The packing kraft was quite thin so I could really layer them up. When the entire page was finished I sprayed it with the Perfect Pearls mist. I was hoping that the thin kraft would curl up a bit with the wet mist, and it did! 


Here is a close-up of one of the smaller flowers:


So, after all that fabulous time of singing and dancing to the worship music while I concentrated on creating a page of praise to my Lord, this girl was a HAPPY girl! I suggest you try it the next time you have a grumpy pain-filled day! It works every time! :o)


Materials Used:
Papers: My Mind's Eye - Life Stories, Kraft Packing Paper;
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Festive Berries and Walnut Stain;
Die: Tim Holtz Alterations Dies - Styled Labels,
Tattered Floral Garland - Sizzlits Decorative Strip;
Alphabet: Altered Gift from Debbie;
Word Strips: Dymo Label Buddy - Red Label;
Mist: Perfect Pearls Mist - Biscotti;
Ribbon and Brads: My Stash;
Decorative Pin: The Nickel Nook.

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Linking Up To:

Triple The Scraps - Hymn and Scripture Challenge #16 - HERE
Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #56 - God's Goodness/Anything Goes - HERE

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Here is a really lovely version of the song with all the words included. 
I hope you can take the time to listen to this beautiful hymn! Enjoy!



Tuesday, 27 November 2012

An Engagement Card?

Happy Tuesday, my friends!
Today IS Tuesday, isn't it? lol My goodness time is flying by quickly these days! Just don't ask me where it goes! lol
Did you see the title of this card? Did you perhaps wonder why I would be making my first engagement card? That's a question I CAN answer...
My daughter, Andrea, has just been engaged to her boyfriend, Ian! Woohoo!! We are all SO EXCITED!! I know many of you will picture Andrea as being far too young to get married! You're so used to seeing her in my layouts as a baby or a little girl! Well, she's all "growed up"! :o)
When I got down to the business of creating this card, I had a very difficult time finding anything for engagements or weddings in my stash. I do have a Wedding Slice Design Card, thanks to my friend Friday, but nothing else! Then I remembered this paper with the rings on it. I had bought the paper pad with my other daughter, Liane, in mind because it was full of jewelry, purses and shoes. She works in a jewelry store part time, and I thought it would be perfect for her. Well, this sheet of paper was perfect for THIS occasion! My stamps are sadly lacking in these categories though, so I had to do a lot of scrounging to find some that were suitable. I guess I'll just have to go shopping! ;o)
Andrea loves bright colors, so I added the pop of red. I used quite a number of brand new items on this card and I think she...and Ian...will really like it!
So...now I have an assignment for ALL of YOU, my friends! I need you to all start posting wedding ideas and projects! That's a whole new area for me...and I just know it's going to be SO MUCH FUN!! :o)


For the inside of the card I layered two stamps. The swirly heart is from a Valentine set that I just picked up on sale. To add the red inside I played around with a Fiskar's border punch. I thought it would work since it was diamondish. This was my first attempt and it came out really nice. I just happened to have these square rhinestones in my stash that fit perfectly onto the little red diamond shaped bits that were created!


Materials Used:
Papers: Momenta Textured Cardstock, 
GCD Studios - Material Girls;
Dies: Spellbinders Shapeabilites Pendants - Lattice,
Spellbinders Just Rite Custom Dies, 
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Crown Ovals;
Inks: Momento - Tuxedo Black,
Martha Stewart- Forget-Me-Not;
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp - Beautiful Words,
Simon Says Stamp - You Can Do Anything,
Stamponology - Love is in the Air;
Bling: Ranger Stickles - Frosted Lace,
American Crafts WOW Glitter - White,
Rhinestones - My Stash.

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I hope your days are filled with Joy and Laughter! :o)

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving with my first ATC!

Happy Thanksgiving wishes for all my friends to the south...and to everybody else, as well!
Here in Canada, we celebrated our Thanksgiving in October. I consider EVERY day a Thanksgiving, so I'm celebrating along with you! God is so good, and He blesses us beyond measure!
A short time ago I found a 7gypsies ATC card holder on clearance for a fabulous price...I just had to get it! It's been on my "to do" list forever to make an ATC, and I thought having the holder would be great motivation. Then I started my hunt for the 7gypsies accessories for my holder. I couldn't find them anywhere! When my sweet friend Sue (from Creative Inspirations) heard about my search, she gifted me with a fabulous assortment of cards and the ATC punch too! Thank you, Sue! I was so excited! :o)
Then I heard that my other sweet friend, Anne-Marie, was going to be starting a new challenge on her blog. It's called "Faith Challenge" and there will be a new challenge every month. I thought it would be wonderful fun to participate by creating an ATC  for each new challenge. For the month of November the challenge is "Thankful". You must create a project, of any kind, and include any of the following words on it: Thanks, Thankful or Thanksgiving. You are also encouraged to include a Scripture verse on your project. How wonderful is that? :o)
Here is my first ATC. It's been gloomy and snowing ever since I finished it, so please excuse the quality of the photos. This is the front:


This is the back:

It was lots of fun to make this project! The size is so much fun to work with, and as you know...I love to use Scripture in my work! I'm really looking forward to the next challenge. Thank you, Anne-Marie! :o)
Here is my card on my ATC stand. Woohoo!! I'm well on my way to filling it! Okay, maybe not "well" but I'm on my way! lol

Materials Used:
Papers: Making Memories - Autumn Splendor;
Base: 7gypsies - ATC card (gift from Sue)
Stamp: Stampin' Up - Pursuit of Happiness;
Ink: Stampin' Up - Basic Brown;
Punches:  Stampin' Up - Decorative Label,
7gypsies - ATC punch (gift from Sue);
Die: Tim Holtz Alterations - Autumn Gatherings;
Glitter: Ranger Stickles - Gold, Spiced Marmalade;
Pearls: Basic Grey.

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Linking Up To:

Faith Challenge - November - Thankful - HERE
Word Art Wednesday #55 - Anything Goes - HERE

What is an ATC? ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. They are defined as "little pieces of art measuring 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 inches." Do a Google search if you're interested. These cards have a very interesting history! :o)


Friday, 16 November 2012

Hymn and Scripture Challenge #15 - Though Troubles Assail Us

Happy Friday!
Are you all shocked that I have another post so soon? I am! lol  I have another Hymn and Scripture Challenge page to share with you. I still had my Simon Says Stamp Card kit out on my work table, so I used the kit to make this page. After a lengthy search for the music sheet for this hymn, I did find one. I wasn't allowed to print it out though, so I improvised. I used my Stampin' Up wheel to create my own music sheet. Then I printed out all the words to the song and added that to my page. After I had done the border punch across the bottom edge of the peach piece I was wishing I had a matching corner punch. After a little bit of playing I figured out how to get a great corner punch out of my straight border punch. I made some of my favorite cherry blossom flowers, and I think that's about all I have to say about my page. Please let me know if you have any questions. :o)


Now, on to a few words about this beautiful hymn! Although I'm quite familiar with this hymn, it's not nearly as common as others we've done. I don't even have it all memorized! ;o) I'll have to work on that because the words are really beautiful and full of wisdom.  I've added an enlarged photo of the words so that you can see them clearly. My Scripture verse is large enough to read. The whole message is this.."The Lord will provide!"
As it says about God in the second half of 1 Timothy 6:17...

"...who will richly provide us with EVERYTHING for our enjoyment."

Not only does God provide us with EVERYTHING, He also provides it for our ENJOYMENT! Isn't that something? What a loving and generous God we have! So let's remember to put our HOPE in Him and not in the uncertain things of this world! As the song says..."the Lord is our power, the Lord will provide!"


Materials Used:

Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit
(Card Kit info HERE)

Other materials used:
Stamps: Stampin' Up Wheel - Music Notes;
Inks: Stampin' Up - Calypso Coral, Distress Ink - Vintage Photo;
Punches: EK Success Border Punch, Fiskars Corner Angle Punch,
Martha Stewart Punches - Rose Leaf, Branch;
Dies: Memory Box - Cherry Blossom,
Tim Holtz Alterations Dies - Baroque and Mini Baroque;
Pearls, Eyelets, Ribbons: My Stash.

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I don't have a video for you this time. 
HERE is a link to a site that has the lyrics and the tune for you to listen to...enjoy!

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Linking Up To:
Hymn and Scripture Challenge #15 - HERE
Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #54 - HERE
Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit Gallery - HERE

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Just A Note Card

Hello, my friends!
I received my latest Simon Says Stamp Card Kit a few days ago, and today I was finally able to make something new for you to look at! Since it's a card kit...I made a card! :o)


I used the black card base along with the lovely papers from the kit. The  teal color isn't showing very well on my computer but it's a really pretty color. The heart was lots of fun to make! I used the musical heart image from the stamp set, stamped out five of them, and then fussy cut around them. I scored all five of them down the center and then adhered them to each other on the one side, leaving the last two opposite sides free. I hand cut the black heart for a base. After wrapping and tying the baker's twine around the center of the heart, I adhered all of it to the black base heart. Then I layered the heart on top of the teal papers and popped that layer up on the black card base. I added the sentiment on another teal die cut piece and popped that up too. After adding pearls from me stash, my card was complete! I hope you like it! :o)

Here's a close-up of the heart:

Materials Used:

Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit
(Card Kit Info - HERE)

Extras:
Ink: Stampin' Up - Pool Party;
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels Fifteen,
Just Rite Custom Die;
Pearls: My Stash.

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Linking Up To:

Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit Gallery - HERE
Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #54 - HERE



Friday, 9 November 2012

DT Call

Are you a designer who loves to work with sketches?  If so,  A Die for a Sketch is having a Design Team call starting now and ending November 30, 2012.  International designers are welcome and encouraged to apply.

As a design team member, you will be expected to: complete one project per month using the sketch provided along with at least one die,  comment on challenge submissions, and use sponsor images on your project when provided.

We look forward to seeing your entry at A Die for a Sketch

Monday, 5 November 2012

A Die For A Sketch - Challenge #6

Hello, my friends!
Today starts a new Sketch Challenge at A Die For A Sketch. I must confess that at first glance this sketch had me a little bit stumped! Then once I pulled out some papers it came together easily. Here's the sketch:



I used a combination of papers and dies. The black paper is actually the pre-embossed Core Impressions paper. Since I wanted solid black, I opted not to sand off the surface and reveal the core color. It has such a lovely texture to it. I used the sheer ribbon across most of the page as one of my strips. It was easy to fit the mini dress form die just where I wanted it on the decorative paper because it's so small. Then I drew from the rose design and added three matching roses in the corner. I added a few pearls and my card was complete! :o)


Materials Used:
Papers: Prima - Romantique 6X6 Paperpad, 
Core Impressions - Graphic 45 - Timeless Collection;
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Curved Rectangles,
Grand Templates - Creative Book Pages Two,
Tim Holtz Alterations Movers & Shapers - Mini Sewing Room;
Ink: Stampin' Up - Calypso Coral;
Ribbon: Celebrate It - Sheer Creations;
Flowers: Recollections - Boutique Fleur Mulberry Paper Mini Roses;
Pearls: Stampin' Up - Jewels Basic Pearls.

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 Pop on over to A Die For A Sketch HERE and take a look at what the rest of the Design Team has made!
 Then make a project, a card, a layout in any size, a gift bag, and link it up by December 4th!
The only rules are to use the sketch and a die...and have lots of fun! 

I hope you all have a wonderful week full of JOY and laughter! :o)


Friday, 2 November 2012

Hymn and Scripture Challenge #14 - Take My Life and Let It Be

Happy Friday, my friends!
I finally have something new for you to look at! For those of you that didn't notice, I am actually skipping over the Hymn for Challenge #13 and posting #14. I thought I would go ahead and do the page that is due now rather than continue to be a page behind. Then I can go back and do #13 when I have time and be all caught up again. I WILL be doing it eventually because it's one of my FAVORITE hymns! lol Since I've just said it I won't say it again for this hymn...even though it's true! ;o)
This wonderful hymn is all about being dedicated to the service and worship of God! It speaks of offering God our life, hands, feet, voice, silver & gold, moments & days, will, and our heart. In other words giving Him EVERYTHING that we have and EVERYTHING that we are because we love Him. I see it as a beautiful love song really!
Inspired by the "love" theme, I did some fun playing with this.page. Since the hymn page was so small, there was room for both it and some additional embellishments. I used a second hymn page to cut out several hearts. In one larger heart I placed my Scripture verse which is found in 1 Corinthians 10:31. It says:

" So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God."

An assortment of punches, dies, and papers; and it came together smoothly. It's like my Valentine to the Lord! I wish you all a wonderful weekend full of JOY and BLESSINGS! :o)


Materials Used:
Papers: Recollection Cardstock, GCD Studios -  Material Girls;
MM Slice Design Cards: Je t'adore, Dilly Dally;
Punches: Martha Stewart - Cherish, Double Loops, Doily Lace,
EK Success  Border Punch, Assorted Flower Punches;
Die: Cherry Lynn Designs - English Tea Party; 
Inks: Stampin' Up -  Soft Suede,
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet;
Trim: Maya Road;
Pearls: My Stash.

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Linking Up To:

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #52 - HERE
Read Patter's Devotional at the Hymn and Scripture Challenge - HERE

Here's a lovely version of the hymn for your listening pleasure!


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Let It Snow!

Yes, my friends!! It has happened again...even better and more than last time! Snow, snow, and more snow, and I'm a very happy camper! Not that I plan on camping anytime soon, mind you! lol I just seem to be VERY excited about the snow this year! Although some people around here don't seem to share my enthusiasm...those people being the ones that have to drive in it, shovel it, and traipse through it! ;o)
In honor of the beautiful snow I felt the need to create a snow themed card! For this card I used a wonderful image I received from my sweet friend Joy, at Art Angels Designs. I used a great sketch that Dunja did over at the Cards and More Challenge Blog.
Here is the sketch:

Here is my card!

Materials Used:
Papers: Basic Grey - Eskimo Kisses, Recollection  Cardstock;
Punches: Stampin' Up - Modern Label,
WRMK - Corner Chompers;
MM Slice Design Card: FaLaLa;
Stamp: CTMH - Snow Flurries;
Ink: Stampin' Up - Soft Suede;
Image: Gift from Joy - Art Angels Designs;
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Stickles: Cotton Candy, Diamond;
Pearls: Ranger Liquid Pearls - White Opal;
Sizzix Texture Plate: Snowflakes.


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Linking Up To:

Cards and More - Challenge #67 - Sketch - HERE

Finally, here are some photos of my back yard. The sun peeked out just as I picked up my camera...it was the only time it showed up all day! Isn't that fun? 

I think perhaps the residents of this house moved out in disgust! lol You can see that it's a very wet and heavy snow...perfect for snowballs! I'm sending some to a few of you, and you know who you are! Enjoy! :o)




Friday, 19 October 2012

A Card - In Brown and White

Happy Friday to all of you, my friends!
I have another new card for you today. It's another one all in shades of brown and white! The sun was shining today, so the shades are very different than the last one! The image is a Whiff of Joy stamp that I won in my friend Katharina's blog giveaway a little while ago. I colored it up with my Prismacolour pencils and odorless mineral spirits. Other than the brown pearls, all the other materials for this card came from the October Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. The chevron circle in the center is actually a coaster that came in the kit. I ruffled the white ribbon around the edge of it, and then tied the last bit into a double bow. I fussy cut strips of a brown chevron paper and placed that around the outside edge of the card. It took a little bit of fiddling to miter the corners but I think it worked out very nicely. I punched the flowers out and layered them up. I also applied some stickles to them...oh, that was from a previous card kit. I stamped the sentiment and punched it out, and then finally I added all the brown pearls! There you have it! I hope you all have a fabulous day and a wonderful weekend! We've got some snow in the forecast for Sunday...wouldn't that be fun? :o)


Materials Used:
Stamp: Whiff of Joy - Oakley with Christmas Bauble;
Ink: Staz On - Timber Brown;
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Pearls: Queen & Co. - Chocolate Delight;
Punches: Stampin' Up - XL Boho Blossoms, Modern Label;
Everything Else: October Simon Says Stamp Card Kit
(Card Kit Information - HERE)

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Linking Up To:

Whiff of Joy Challenge #140 Brown and White - HERE
Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit - HERE