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Monday, November 15, 2010
Happy Monday Everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend!!  Mine was very busy since I had company the entire weekend as well as some other things going on.  It was a mixture of happiness and sadness.  I had a great visit with my parents!  The girls had a terrific weekend with their friends who stayed with us for the entire weekend.  Yesterday, however, my dear friend Ruby lost her battle to cancer.  Ruby passed on to be with her Lord and Savior yesterday morning.  While I miss her deeply already, I grieve for me and her family and friends and not for her.  Ruby loved to sing and I am sure she is up in heaven receiving an embrace from the father, singing and dancing.  Ruby lived her life for the Lord in all she did, and I pray her testimony live on.

This week will be a very busy and tough week as I attend many events in her memory, make dinners and baked goods for dinners for both her funeral and the out of town family, and prepare to sing the song Ruby chose for us to sing at her Memorial Service "Steppin on the clouds".  Since this is a song I sang with Ruby it will be tough to sing it at her funeral knowing she is no longer with us.  I am praying for great strength to be able to sing without tears.

I want to apologize in advance for being absent this week...I will try to visit you.  I have many creations already made and scheduled so my blog will keep on going... is another product spotlight at Stamp and Create!!  This week's product spotlight is anything in the store that adds texture to your creations will be 25% off in the store.  These items include fun flock, Liquid applique, Stickles, liquid pearls,  and Embossing powders.

Lacey also has several clearance items on sale.

Here is my creation using Penguin's Winter Fun from Whiff of Joy which is available at Stamp and Create.  I just love this image and could not wait to ink it up.I colored it with copics and added liquid applique and diamond stickles for dimension and sparkle.  The designer paper is from Basic Grey Jovial and Basic Grey Olivia.  The bow is created with the bow easy and burgundy silk ribbon from May Arts. The 1/2 circle panel is cut out using the classic circle spellbinders.   The sentiment is from Whimsy's Winter Letter Seals. 

card recipe:
stamps:  Penguin's Winter Fun from Whiff of Joy, Whimsy's Winter Letter Seals.
paper: Basic Grey Jovial and Basic Grey Olivia.
accessories: bow easy and burgundy silk ribbon,  classic circle spellbinders,
liquid applique and diamond stickles, lace

I made this for several challenges but especially for the Whiff of Joy Christmas challenge  using the Papertake weekly sketch.
Whiff of Joy Christmas challenge
Papertake weekly sketch.  
 ABC Christmas - W is for Winter Wonderland
Bee Crafty – Christmas
Craft Your Passion - double anything (double bells and flowers)

Paper Pretties
- Embossing
Crafty Purple Frog
- Sparkle
Anything Goes
- Embossing (dry embossed with soft swirls on dp)

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday- glitter
 Paper Romance-  Everything but the kitchen sink - This is a neat theme.  It means to do alot of something. Mine is a lot of embossing, glitter and embellishing.
 Little Red Wagon - Something in 3's- three gold baubles
Crazy 4 Challenges -Christmas card or project 
Fairytale Challenges - Anything Goes 
Sweet Stampin' Challenge ~ It's all about snowflakes 
Gingerloft Challenge #6 ~ Use Outdoor images
One Stitch At A Time #39 ~ Choose your favorite colors (pink and baja breeze)
There' Magic in the Air ~ Glitter, Ribbon and X-mas
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge ~ Christmas
2 Sisters Challenge Blog #13 ~ Christmas
Ellephantastic Challenge #19 ~ Butterfly or/and X-mas 
Caardvarks ~ Holiday Die Cut (my snowflake)
Paper Sundaes #44 ~ Pick your Sundae Toppings!!! (ribbon, blue &  embossing) 
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Ai Factory - Use a DieCut or Punch
ABC challenge - H is for Holidays
The Secret Crafter - sparkle & shine
Just Add Ink- Just Add Christmas
Speedy and Friends- snowflakes (three on my sentiment panel and several on my dp) 
Delightful sketches- glitter it up
Really Reasonable ribbon- Christmas Themed
Winter Wonderland- Winter sports 
Lili of the Valley - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays- childhood

For more examples using the Product Spotlight, please visit my dt sisters:
Joy, Lacey, Heidi, Vicky and  Jeanette.

Thanks for stopping by today!! Thanks also for your sweet comments!! Have a great day!!



Robin Kirkpatrick said...

Gorgeous card, Chris. So, so sorry to read about your friend, Ruby. I'll be thinking of you this week.

Annette22 said...

what a fantastic card, great image and colors and even dp

thanks for joining us at our very first Fairytale challenge



Lil Daffodil said...

Hi Chris,
This is another amazing card. Beautiful papers, colouring and stitching. Stunning creation.
May the Lord give you strength for the week ahead.
Special Love and Hugs,
Fiona x

Deborah Anton said...

Gorgeous card Chris!! I am sorry about your friend... thoughts and prayers sent your way!

Cheryl said...

WOW so adorable,love the rich colours and your colouring is amazing!!! I am so sorry to hear of your loss,it will be tough to sing the song!! Take care
Love and hugs xx

Cassie said...

Chris, that certainly is adorable! What a cute image, and you have so many fun details on this card ;D

Nannieflash said...

Looks as though your characters are having fun, not sure I want to meet them though, fabulous card. With love and hugs Shirleyxxx

Dorcas said...

Oh, Chris, I'm So so so sorry to hear about your frind Ruby. :-(
Your card is absolutely positively the personification of awesomeness! lol LOve everything about it. :-)

Connie M. said...

Oh Chris! This is just tooo adorable! I so love this sweet image, the snow you added, and your wonderful ribbon treatment with the flowers! You totally rocked this sketch too! Thanks so much for playing this week at the RRR challenge! Hugs!!

Tina said...

So sorry to hear about your friend, my thoughts are with you.
The card is just beautiful! Lots of fun stuff and a tremendous amount of detail, as always!

Michelle's Daydreams said...

Beautiful card Chris. I'm always inspired by your creations. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Ruby. I will pray for comfort for her family and all of you.

Anonymous said...

Oh now the penguins couldn't get any cuter than this!! I love the "snow" details and that yummy paper!! HUGS

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend, but we know she is in a far better place. Wonderful card. Hugs, GF!

Renkata said...

Such a jolly card Chris. Great details.

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...


Thanks for joining us on SCSC :)

Hugs Jane x

Melody said...

Amazing card! So many great little embellishments and gorgeous papers!

Anonymous said...

Hello your card is stunning.
The image is beautifully colored and I like the colors.

Thanks for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge
Hugs Karla

Shazza said...

so sorry to hear of your friend's passing Chris, may she rest in peace. Your card is just fabulous x

Patti J said...

Chris, I am so sorry to hear about Ruby. I don't know her, but from what you've told me, I too, can see her singing and dancing, and "Steppin' on the clouds". Sweetie, you will find the strength to sing. Ruby will be up there with you, and it will bring you joy and peace to be able to make this beautiful tribute to her. Love you, and are praying for God to help you and Ruby's family through this week of difficult days.

downrightcrafty said...

wow love this creation and what a super image just perfect for our challenge at Winter Wonderland this week and the sparkle and shine is fabulous and so suits the challenge at the SCSC this week, hope to see you back for the next fun challenges too
Hugs Kate xx

Dawnll said...

Oh Chris I am so sorry for your loss of your good friend. I am praying that God keeps his arm around you and all the friends and family of your dear friend.
Remember that when you will be singing that touching song.
Blessings to all of you.
Thank you for playing along with us this week at Craft Your passion Challenge

Babs said...

Love your image, a lovely winter scene and your card it fab.

Babs x

kaos said...

A beautiful card - cute and gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafty Purple Frog Challenge!


Riet said...

What a beautiful card Chris,I love the image and the colours.
So gorgeous papers and the details.

Hugs Riet.x

Crystal said...

This is soooo totally GORGEOUS Chris..heheheh I LOVE that sweet image and your design is always mouth dropping!!! LOOOOVEEEEE THIS!!! big hugs!

Sabrina Jackson said...

My sweet friend, I am so very sorry to hear that Ruby went to be with the Lord, but she is no longer suffering...she is in heaven rejoicing that she is free of all the pain she had to endure while battling this horrible cancer! God will give you the strength to sing like an angel and Ruby will be smiling down on you. Sending you big {{{HUGS}}} and many blessings, Sabrina

Bianca said...

What a lovely card! I love the image and the colors! Thank you for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challengeblog! xx Bianca

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

Stunning Chris. I love the vintage layered look. You've outdone yourself!!

I apologize for not stopping by sooner, I've just been so swamped and haven't had the time for leaving comments. I've just checked out all of your recent projects and they are all always!! Sorry I can't comment on them all. But I did want to thank you for always stopping by my blog and leaving me some love. It means a lot to me and I've felt bad that I've not been able to do the same. I'll start fresh from here. LOL

Big Hugs,

Sara said...

I'm so sorry about your friend.

That card is absolutely charming.. very beautifully done and that stamp is adorable

♥Gemma♥ said...

Absolutely stunning card and sorry to hear your loss of good friend, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends family, also sending you *strength vibes*!!

hugs and xxx

tilly said...

So sad to hear of the passing of your friend Ruby, I will be thinking of you and her family,
What a gorgeous image and a fabulous sketch as well
Tilly x

PokSa said...

This is a beautiful winter card.
Thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challenge.

Dorte said...

Amazing card,I love the image,it's so cute and the colours are fab.
Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge this time!
hugs Dorte

Michelle said...

So adorable Chris, that image is the cutest!! I'm so sorry about your friend, hugs to you!

Jill said...

beautiful card Chris, so sorry to hear about your friend x thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

Kathryn said...

Thank you for joining us at Anything Goes this week, your card is simply stunning.
I am so sorry to read of your friend, Ruby. I hope you find the strength this week to sing your song to remember her. K x

Tracey said...

So sorry to hear about your friend Chris! Sending you hugs!!!

The image you have used here is adorable! The card is gorgeous!! xx

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

Oh Chris, I feel horrible that I forgot to say I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. Sending prayers your way!!

coldwaters2 said...

Wonderful creation Chris I do tend to spend rather a long time here when I am visiting as your creations are always out of this world. The image, papers, colours and design on this one is just perfect.
Lorraine x

Lori said...

Chris, I will be praying for you. Your post reminded me of when my best friend, my mom, passed. We grieve for ourselves and the ones left behind, but rejoice in the knowledge of reuniting again in Heaven. The book '90 Minutes in Heaven', have your read it? A very comforting true story. I think it's 90, the author is a minister. Hugs to you, go ahead and cry your eyes out.

Lori said...

oops! Forgot to tell you that you made a fabulous card anyway!

Silke Ledlow said...

Totally cute and gorgeous Chris!!! Hugs ~S~

Grace said...

Just adorable Chris!!! I LOVE these penguins!!! Colored to perfection I might add! Love this layout! Wow! I'm praying for you all as you move through this difficult week my friend!!!

redwasher1 said...

Truly a beautiful card!! Love the delightful image and your wonderful coloring!
Thanks for sharing it us at Speedy's Friends.

Cindy Haffner said...

Chris it doesn't get any CUTER!!

darling Ho said...

What a beautiful card!
All the details are perfect!
Thanks for you join our 1st challenge at Fairy Tale Challenge.
~~darling Ho~~ FTC DT

Curly said...

Wow absolutely breathtaking,
thanks for joining us at Secret Crafter: 109 Sparkle and shine,
Good luck,
Hugs Bridget ;) x.

Melodie said...

OMG, your card is so beautiful. I love your wonderful loops.

Stef H said...

hey chris.... i am so, so sorry for your loss. she's at peace now and will be singing praises of you for sure - right where it counts! you are all in my prayers.

your card is gorgeous! it's ALWAYS gorgeous. i have missed you and i apologize for being a slacker. just so darn busy lately. i do wish you and yours a truly blessed thanksgiving; and i am so glad you stopped by.

hugs :)

Kerri said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Your family and Ruby's family will be in my thoughts and prayers. You card is absolutely gorgeous and adorable. I just love that image and your details are so beautiful as always. Sending lots of hugs:)

Niki Estes said...

Chris, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. Hugs and prayers for you and her family.

Your card is just beautiful! said...

Adorable card - I like the way you did the sentiment.

Vanja said...

This is stunning, Chris! Fantastic papers and colouring.
Thank you for joining us at Ellephantastic challenges. :)

hugs, Vanja

Vicki Dutcher said...

How too fun! Killer card! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Regan said...

totally GORGEOUS!!!

Rosalien Zwackhalen said...

Wow, amazing, I love it and all the details.
Thanks for joining DC.


Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Chris :-) such a cute image and everything is perfect as always :-)

thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Unknown said...

Fantastic card, sorry to hear of your loss. Thanks for joining us at OSAAT

Lisa M. (aka. Lisa @ Farm Fresh) said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend Ruby...I'm sure you have many wonderful memories to keep close to your heart.

This card is fabulous! The details are amazing and those penguins are just darling!

Thanks for playing with our Sentimental Sundays Challenge this week! I hope to see your creativity again in future challenges!
♥ Lisa M.

Jill said...

Lovely WOJ image! Thank you so much for joining us at Ellephantastic this week and hope to see you next time. Jill


A wonderful card with beautiful colouring and embellishments. Love the cute Penguins too! Thanks for playing along at Sentimental Sundays this week.
Sylvia xx

Choccy said...

Such a beautiful card. Im sorry to hear of the loss of your friend.

Thankyou for sharing with us at OSAAT for our favorite colour challenge. Good Luck !

Choccy x

Wanda said...

Darling card. Thanks for playing along on Delightful Challenges! Huggles, Wanda

Tara Godfrey said...

Absolutely stunning card, Chris! These wee WOJ penguins are so darn cute and your beautiful colouring just makes that much cuter. I really love the look of the Liquid Aplique. I soooo need to get some of that! Loving the gold sparkly card, scrumptious bow and all the beautiful layers! Stunning!!!!
Thanks so much for joining us at the WOJ Challenge!

Chelsea said...

Goodness, this is so stunning and elegant. Beautiful Christmas card and adorable image.

Gale said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the image and you present is perfectly. Thanks for sharing with us a Gingerloft Challenges. :) Gale

CraftinGranny said...

Oh Chris, this is so beautiful and stunning. I love the colors, the image, and everything about it. Thanks so much for joining us at Paper Cupcakes this week. "Hugs" Carol

Lynn said...

Fabulous card and so beautifully decorated :)
Thanks so much for joining us at Gingerloft challenges xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Gorgeous card, just love those cute penguins!
Thank You for joining us at Gingerloft, OSAAT & Craft Your Passion this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Pat said...

Super Christmas card, lovely papers, great image. Thanks for joining in at Paper Cupcakes this week.

Pat xx

Joanne Travis said...

I love your beautiful holiday card!!
Thanks for joining Speedy's Friends snowflake challenge!

Gem said...

beautiful creation! Thanks for entering this weeks challenge over at One Stitch at a Time! Gemma :)

Lorraine said...

wow this is gorgeous i love the woj stamp,thankyou for joining us at sweet stampin and good luck xx

Purple Crazy said...

Fab creation, it's lovely. Thanks for sharing with us at Gingerloft this week. xx

HappyCrafter said...

Take care during this difficult time!

As for your card, this is an amazing creation, so much attention to detail! I am glad you were able to play along with us this week at Sentimental Sundays.

Bonnie Garby said...

Awesome card Chris! Thanks so much for joining our Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge.

Val said...

This is a fabulous card Chris. I love the image.
So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend, Ruby.
Take care

Cheryl said...

Chris, What a gorgeous card! I love all the little details you always include in your creations.

Thank you for joining our CHILDHOOD challenge at Sentimental Sundays


Gloria Westerman said...

This is beautiful......awesome job....thank you for playing with us at PCC
DT for Paper Cupcake!

~♥~The Navy Wife~♥~ said...

Oh my! I love all the layers! This is really a beautiful card! Thanks for playing along with Gingerloft Challenges.


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