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Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Friday Everyone!! The weekend is here! It will be a very busy one for me as my family and I will going away to visit family. Before I go, however, I have lots of fun to share with you. Today is a new Wags n Whiskers challenge and then tomorrow is our New Release Our Daily Bread Designs Blog Hop!!

This Wags n Whiskers challenge, my dear dt sister Jeanette has the perfect challenge:
April Showers bring May Flowers ~ Use flowers on your project.

Here is my take on the challenge:

My image is called Angel Whispers (one of Crissy Armstrong's designs currently on sale). I water colored her and popped her up on dimensionals. I used last week's Friday Sketchers challenge for my layout.

card recipe:

Stamps: WNW Angel Whispers available -->here<--
Paper: BG Sugar Rush
Accessories: orange prima trellis roses, poppy cameo roses,
tear drop lace, ZVA Creative pearls, Spellbinders Rectangle die, corner rounder punch

challenges:
Creative Belli Challenge- Birthdays
Charisma cardz: Girly cards with flowers
Delightful sketches: Punches (any kind-corner rounder punch)
Hand full of Stamps: use one thing you purchased during the last week (Pearls)
Your Next stamp: Going Dotty
My Grafic0- punch or dies cut
Papertake weekly: do something different (although the card is square, I have never cut off the front so the inside is showing from the front
Spoonful of Sugar: My image is cut out and put on dimensionals (paper tole)
Creative Card Crew: April Showers Bring May Flowers
Stamptacular sundays....sewing and for someone special (birthday card for my niece)
Our Creative Corner- blossoms
Pile It On - sweet(card 2- isn't the little girl angel sweet?)

Stamp, Scrap & Doodle ~ Girlie
I want to let you know that all the Wags’ Crissy Armstrong designs are currently 25% off! WhooHoo! You can purchase them --here--


Since next week is our New Release, this challenge will be open for 2 weeks. The DT will begin sneak peeks on Wednesday with a blog hop and release on Friday, May 7th! Another month of images that are too cute for words. You won't want to miss it.

For more gorgeous inspiration, please visit my talented dt sisters and I hope you will get the chance to join us and share your card on the Wags ‘s Whiskers Challenge blog!

Bree, Christa, Debbie, Jeanette, Jacqui, Karen, Lacey, Michelle, Nikki, Sharon, Tina


and our guests for May and June ... Melanie Holtz and Renata van Miltenburg.


Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!! Have a great weekend!!



Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Happy Hump day everyone!! I hope you are all doing well and have had some time to do some crafting!!

Since it is Wednesday today it is time for another Flutter By Wednesday!! This one is a sad one for me, however, since it is my last post as a Flutter By Wednesday team member. I have resigned from the team after being on it for a full year to allow others the opportunity to be on the Flutter By Wednesday team. I have so enjoyed the challenges, our super talented and sweet hostess, Danni, and the friendships I have made with the awesome team!!! You girls are so dear and special to me!! Please know I will still be following you all and playing the challenges when time allows. You will be missed!!



Anywho...here is today's challenge....Create a card or project which is Clean and Simple (CAS) and includes a fairy, butterfly, or angel on your creation.


CAS means so many different things to so many different people ...I made a creation using the a sneak peak set from Our Daily Bread Designs called As You Graduate. I thought it was CAS for me. No sewing, no coloring...but it does have several layers and lots of embossing....



So I said last night at 3 a.m. I should really make another. I used the same As You Graduate Stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs that will be released on May 1. This is CAS cause I was tired and wanted some sleep. I did add some sewing but this card has a lot of white and very little coloring. This to me is CAS. What do you think?


I hope you can join the Flutter By Wednesday Challenge. If you do, please leave a direct link to your creation here. If you upload your creation to SC or PCP, please use the keyword FBW.
For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters: Danni , Michelle , Alex, Ann, Brandi, Christine, Debby, Harriet, Jodi, Karen, Kimberly, Kris, Kristie, Lelia, Nancy, Randi, and Shana.

I hope you have a great day!! Thanks for stopping by and for all your warm comments!! I so enjoy reading them!!

blessings,
Chris
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Happy Tuesday everyone!! I hope you all have had a good beginning to your week!! Although it is very rainy here and it kind of makes you feel less energetic, I am so grateful for the needed rain and am just trying to keep ambitious! Sunshine definitely does make you feel like you have more energy though.
Anywho...enough rambling. Since it is Tuesday, it is time for another Midnight Madness Sketch challenge!!!
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This week's sketch


"YOUR CHOICE"
Enter one style or both this week.
Just have fun and come play with us :)


My take on the sketch:

Today I have two cards to share with you for this sketch.
The first uses an image from

D' Amour Allure called Annabelle. I used Basic Grey Kioshi dp. I had fun coloring her with prisma color pencils and gamsol. The background I dry embossed with swiss dots. The panel behind the image is dry embossed with victoria. I enjoyed adding just a few em bellishments, sewing, a prima flower, lace, and punched borders.



My second creation uses Angelica's Bunny Hugs from Inky Impressions. Isn't she just darling. I water colored her and popped her up on dimensionals. The border on the side of the image uses a pendant die from the Lotus Pendant Spellbinders set. I punched out 8 of these circular dies and placed them behind the image. This SEI Morning Meadow dp is one of my faves!! I just love the aqua!!

Challenges:








Sew Many cards: Anything goes
Creative Belli Challenge- Die Cuts (both creations)
Your Next Stamp - Stitching (card one)
Pennys - Open week
Clearly I Stamp - All Tied Up - Lace & Ribbon (card one and party favor cone)
Crafty Pad- Recycle it (the lace on my top card is just a scrap I had saved)
Spoonful of Sugar- 3d, my images are cut out and paper toled for dimension
The Pink Elephant- aqua
Pile It On - sweet(card 2- isn't the little girl with the bunny so sweet!)
Our Creative Corner - blossoms
Daring Cardmakers - use die cuts
stamp, scrap and doodle...sparkle and shine (card 2 with the sparkly flower and the embossed image)
Stamptacular sundays....sewing and for someone special
Raise the Bar-Favorite colors and hues of that color

Today we bid farewell to our dear and talented Carolyn from the designs team. Carolyn has not only been inspiration in her talent but also in her kindness, strength and commitmentment in the last 12 months I have worked with her on the Midnight Madness Time. No matter what life brings she is there with a smile to cheer you on!! This is not a goodbye from me Carolyn since our friendship goes beyond being dt sisters, but a wishing you well in your future endeavors and the time you will be spending with family. Big hugs Girl!!

If you do decide to create a card or project using the sketch, please leave a direct link here. If you upload your creation to SC please use the keyword MMSC51.

For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:

CAROL
CAROLYN
CHARLOTTE
DARSIE
DENISE
GUNN
JENI
JESSICA
LINDA
MICHELLE
PHYLLIS
PRISCILLA
TRACY

Thanks for stopping by today and for all your warm comments!! May you have a blessed day!

hugs,
Chris
Monday, April 26, 2010
Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend! I did not do too much in the way of crafting but rather had some quality family time and some time to work out in the yard. Sometimes it is good to take a break from crafting to stay fresh with ideas and some added excitement when you get back into it. In the coming weeks there are going to be some fun new releases, so today it is back to getting busy!!!!

This week the product spotlight at Stamp & Create is Wags ‘n Whiskers. Since it is the product spotlight, it also means it is 25% off!! I created a card using the adorable Bear Hug!! I used some colors I don't normally use to match the Basic Grey Green at Heart Paper and Basic Grey Nook and Pantry. I incorporated the Going Grey With Snap Creations challenge to use three embellishments and use Basic Grey dp.The sketch was from this past Tuesday's 70th sketch at Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge.

Stamps: Wags n Whiskers: Bear Hugs , SU Priceless (flourish)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Basic Grey Green at Heart Paper, Basic Grey Nook and Pantry
Embellishments and tools: Prima trellis roses-Ivory, bear charm, May Arts Ivory Scalloped edge ribbon, Bow Easy

For more inspiration using these gorgeous Wags n Whiskers image, please visit, Joy, Jeanette and Niki.

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This past weekend Crissy Armstrong posted a new challenge for her Sunday's with Crissy using her digis!! This week's challenge is to use dots!! I love these sweet new digis that Crissy created that Whimsy sells at their store so I just had to play along. I decided to make a birthday party favor using Gift Horse. I colored it with copics.

I used some dp from SEI with dotted flowers and the Swiss dots folder for behind the image. I filled the inside with M&M's.

Challenges:
Sew Many cards: Anything goes
Creative Belli Challenge- Die Cuts (both creations)
Your Next Stamp - Stitching (card one)
Pennys - Open week
Clearly I Stamp - All Tied Up - Lace & Ribbon (card one and party favor cone)
Sunday's with Crissy- dots

Crafty Pad- Recycle it (this SEI paper on my party favor cone was a scrap from my scrap bin)
Going Grey With Snap Creations- basic grey and 3 embellies (card one)
Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge (card one)
Creative card crew- birthday (treat cone)
Spoonful of Sugar- Birthday
(treat cone)
The Pink Elephant- aqua (treat cone)
Cupcake craft challenges- don't be square (treat cone)
Crafty Creations- distressing (used distress inks and distress inked edges on card one)
Pile It On - sweet (both)
Our Creative Corner - blossoms (card 1)
Secret Crafter - distress (card 1)
Daring Cardmakers - use die cuts (party favor cone)
Hand Full Of Stamps - use more than 2 patterned papers (card 1)
Stamp Something- Charm It

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! I so enjoy reading your comments and reading your blogs!!

hugs and blessings,
Chris
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are all having a great weekend!! It was nice today as I was typing this (this is scheduled on Sat.) but today, Sunday it is suppose to be rainy. I am very thankful, however, since we really need the rain here. It is so dry!! We are suppose to have a church picnic after church which will be a rainy affair but oh well.....

Anywho.... today I have a Stampin Sister's in Christ challenge to share with you. This week's hostess is the ever so sweet and talented Randi.
Randi has chosen the verse: Ex. 20:12 Honor your father and your Mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

I count myself blessed to still have both my parents here to show respect and learn from. I have lost my mother in law but her testimony and faith live on. Each and every one of us who have Christian parents are so blessed to have our parents to guide us even as adults. Soon it will be Mother's Day so this is an appropriate time to thank God for our Mothers. They have a special place in our hearts and lives.

Randi's Challenge is: Make a Mother's Day Card or project for your Mom or someone special you would like to honor this Mother's Day.

Here is my take on the challenge:
For my card I used the Happy Mother's Day set from Our Daily Bread Designs. I tried to give it a touch of elegance with my sewing and embellishing.

Recipe:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs: Happy Mother's Day
Paper: SEI Claire, cs
Embellishments and tools: Spellbinders Lattice Borders, Spellbinders Lotus, pink satin ribbon, silver baubles, pink ZVA creative pearls, cameo roses, Belle Arts Novelty prima roses

Challenges:
Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge 11 - make a Mother's Day card
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge - lots of flowers
Our Creative Corner - use blooming blossoms on your card
Shirley's 2 Girls: Spring with a twist- flowers
Sew Many cards: Anything goes
Creative Belli Challenge- Die Cuts
Your Next Stamp - Stitching
Pennys - Open week
Practical Scrappers- ribbons, floss, fibers

Sentimental Sundays - use a sentiment and flowers on your creation
Paper Cutz Challenge - Mother's Day
Clearly I Stamp - All Tied Up - Lace & Ribbon
Alota - Mother's Day
DCRU - Earth day - Flowers

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters: Candace , Grace , Kathy, Kristine , Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi

If you should create a card or project for this challenge, please leave a direct link here. Should you upload your creation to SC or PCP, please use the keyword SSIC36.


Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments! Have a blessed day!!

hugs,
Chris



Saturday, April 24, 2010
Happy Saturday Everyone!!! I hope you all have had a great beginning to your weekend!!

Today I would like to share my creation for Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge. This week the challenge team is challenging you to create a Mother's Day Card or gift. This challenge will last two weeks since next Saturday will be an Our Daily Bread Designs New Release Blog hop!!

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, May 6 here. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them. Should you join this challenge and upload your creation to SC please use the keyword OBDSLC11.

Now on to my creation:

For my creation I used the Mom stamps and Vine Borders from Our Daily Bread Designs. The dp is Indian Summer from Basic Grey. I used last week's Mojo Monday sketch.

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:
Sabrina Jackson
Fran Gumprecht
Christine Okken
America Kuhn

other challenges:
My Whimsy Dt sister, Ann Vento, just began a new Sentiments challenge
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Sentimental Sundays .
This week's challenge is to use a sentiment and have flowers of your creation.
Check it out!!

Charisma Cardz- quotations
Hand Full of Stamps: Use up that stock.
Shirley's 2 Girls: Spring with a twist- flowers
Sew Many cards: Anything goes
Creative Belli Challenge- Die Cuts
Our Creative Card Corner - Blossoms
Your Next Stamp - Stitching
Crafty Pad - Stitching
Pennys - Open week
Practical Scrappers- ribbons, floss, fibers
My Time to Craft- Quick Quotes


Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you enjoyed today's creation. Thanks for all your visits and comments. I so enjoy reading them.

hugs,
Chris
Friday, April 23, 2010


Happy Friday Everyone!! The weekend is upon us and Wags n Whiskers is kicking it off with a new challenge. Hopefully you have lots of crafting time to join in the fun! Bree is our host this week and she has created a wonderful Sketch for us to follow!! Rember that there is only 1 rule: You must use a Wags 'n Whiskers image on your project if you would like to be entered into the drawing for the prize!
One lucky participant will win a FREE Wags 'n Whiskers stamp of their choice!!
If you are in need of a Wags 'n Whiskers stamp, you can get them in Rubber Form here or Digital Form here.

Here is my take on the sketch:

I just love this adorable image, Just for You. I watercolored it and popped it up on dimensionals. The dp is new SEI Chickadoo paper that I just bought at Michael's. I just love tempting turquoise an brown together. To frame my image I used a Labels 10 die. The flowers are primas from Stamp and Create.

For more inspiration for the scallop challenge at Wags n Whiskers, please visit my dt sisters:
Tina, Michele, Jeanette, Karen, Nikki, Lacey , Bree, Sharon, Christa,Debbie and this week's guest Pascale

Should you create a card or project with this sketch and a Wags n Whiskers image, please leave a direct link to Mr. Linky here.

Challenges:
KL Stampin N Scrappin - Bling It On
Your Next Stamp - Stitching
Crafty Pad - Stitching
Allsorts - In Stitches
Sweet Stampin - In Stitches
Pennys - Open week
Creative Belli - Die Cut Shapes
Practical Scrappers- ribbons, floss, fibers

Thanks for stopping by and for all your sweet comments!! Hope you all have a great weekend and lots of stamping time!

hugs,
Chris
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Happy Hump Day Everyone!! I can't believe it is Wednesday already. Wow! Where does the time go!! Today is the day to share another Inky Impressions challenge and a Flutterby Wednesday. They are both fun challenges and perfect for combining.

Flutter by Wednesdays challenge is a sketch created for Flutter By Wednesday by Mercy and to use a butterfly, fairy and/or angel on your creation!! I just love Mercy's sketches!! Should you create something for this challenge, please leave a direct link to Mr. Linky here. If you upload to PCP and Splitcoast, please use the keyword FBW.

The Inky Impressions challenge is a two week challenge due before Midnight on May 3. This week's Inky challenge is a recipe: 3 layers, 2 designer papers, 3 embellishments and a ribbon. I just love how perfect it works with Mercy's sketch!! If you create a card or project using this challenge please a direct link here. You don't need to use an Inky Impressions image for the challenge but if you have them, we would love to see them.

Here is my take on both challenges using the recipe, the sketch, and Lili Rollerskating. I had so much fun paper piecing her with Sassafrass Daisy Dots paper an water coloring her. I did some stitching but limited it due to there mostly being one base layer. I added lots of sparkle on the frame, heart on her shirt and butterflies.

I hope you enjoyed today challenges and you too are inspired to join the fun. For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters at Flutter By Wednesday for the sketch, butterfly, angel or fairy at these links:Danni , Michelle , Alex, Ann, Brandi, Christine, Debby, Harriet, Jodi, Karen, Kimberly, Kris, Kristie, Lelia, Nancy, Randi, and Shana.

For more inspiration for the Inky Impressions Recipe Challenge, please visit my dt sisters: Crystal, Beth, Angela, Cheryl, Domi, Jackie, Kim D, Kim Y, Pam

Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you have a great day!! Thanks for your sweet comments. They are truly appreciated!!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Good morning all!!! And a very happy Tuesday to you. Since today is Tuesday, it is time for another Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge!! I just love sketches and I found this one to be a real challenge!!

Before going on to our sketch this week, I would like to share this week sponsor and prize info:

*Our MMSC50 weekly Bonus sponsor is.....

Gurlee Girl Craft Store has expanded to include the latest Magnolia Stamps, Prima Flowers, and of course my Gurlee Girl Stamps for your crafting need.Chelsea is giving our MMSC50 weekly bonus winner a $20 voucher for her store. Thank you Chelsea..we love your products and images.
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**Our April Monthly Sponsor is....
Click HERE to see this fabulous prize worth
well OVER $100

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Here is our sketches:



"YOUR CHOICE"
Enter one style or both this week.
Just have fun and come play with us :)

My take on the sketches:
Today I will be sharing two cards with you using this sketch. One more girly and the other masculine.

This first card is created with one of Chelsea's Gurlee Girl images called Lexi Girl. I used Basic Grey Euphoria paper for my background and for paper piecing her bathing suit. The rest of the image is water colored and popped up on dimensionals. The top beach border uses an EK Success Border punch. The luscious lace and stunning prima flower are from Stamp and Create. Each of the circles are dry embossed with swirls, swiss dots, and Victoria Provo Craft folders.



The second card I would like to share is a masculine card I made for my nephew using the adorable Whimsy Turtle and the Whimsy Circle Postmark sentiment set. I thought since I was fashionably late for his birthday it would be very appropriate to use a SLOW turtle. Isn't he just darling.


I colored my image in with water colors and distressed all the edges on my card. The layout uses today's Midnight Madness Sketch challenge. The dp is Basic Grey Marakech. I added some stitching with some thicker thread to make it more masculine. The colors are inspired by the inspiration at My Grafico Challenge

My Whimsy dt sister, Debbie E. also asked many of us at Whimsy to be guest at today's challenge at Spoon Full of Sugar as well since Whimsy is the sponsor!! What fun!! Today's challenge there was to create a birthday card. This second card is my entry for this challenge. For more inspiration from several of my Whimsy dt sisters for this challenge, please visit: Debbie, Erin, Sue, Ann, Denise, Simonne, Marley and Rowena.
Challenges:
Spoonful of Sugar~Birthday
Creative Card Crew- Happy Birthday
Magical Crafts fortnightly chall.~girly
Crafty Ho's chall~pastels

ABC~S for sparkle
The Creative Cottage~things w/wings
Stamp Something- layers
Cute Card Thursday~touchy feely
Creative Belli - Die Cuts (Spellbinders)
Your Next Stamp - Stitching
Crafty Pad - Stitching
Allsorts - In Stitches
Sweet Stampin - In Stitches
Pennys - Open week
PIO - Is Spring finally here (card 2)
Stamping Vacation Pick 3 - stitching, Dry Embossing and Die Cut machine (card 1)
Scrappy Frogs - Pick 3, die cut, embossing, use lace
(card 1)
Stamp with fun- animals (card 2 turtle)
My Grafico- Color challenge from an inspiration (card 2)
Practical Scrappers- Lace
Little Red Wagon - Dry Embossing

Other Lovelies - Embellishments
Papertake Weekly - Cutie Pie
The Crazy Challenge - Don't Call me Flat
Simple Doodles - Inspire Others

I hope you enjoyed my creations today and that you to are inspired to create something for this challenge!!
Should you create a card or project with this sketch, please leave a direct link here. If you upload to SCS or PCP, please use the keyword MMSC50. For more inspiration for the Midnight Sketch challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
CAROL
CAROLYN
CHARLOTTE
CHRIS
DARSIE
DENISE
JENI
LINDA
MICHELLE
PHYLLIS
PRISCILLA
TRACY


We also welcome two new dt members: Gunn and Jessica!! These girls will truly be an asset to the team and have been consistent players at MMSC! Welcome girls!! Can't wait to see your creations as a dt member!!

Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments. They are greatly appreciated.

Have a blessed day!!

Chris
Monday, April 19, 2010
Happy Monday! Well, after a really wet, windy and cold week-end, I am glad to see the sun today even if it is still chilly!! I did manage to get a few things done in my craft room this weekend. Yeah!!

Today I want to show you a card I made using one of the new CC Designs Sugarplum images. These images are just darling!! This week Stamp & Create’s Product spotlight is CC Designs stamps from All That Scraps. When an item is spotlighted it also means a sale at Stamp & Create! CC Designs Sugarplum images will be 25% off!! You don’t want to wait too long though because these are going to go fast!

For my product Spotlight this week I used the image Kiki La Rue Puppy Kiki from Stamp and Create.


I used the sketch from Fussy and Fancy challenge created by my blogging friend Mindy and several products from Stamp and Create to create it: teardrop lace, aqua prima cameo roses, Mandarin cameo prima roses, Kaisercraft snow pearls, and Basic Grey Kioshi paper. I also used my new MS large shell border punch at the bottom, American Crafts ribbon, ZVA Creative Pearls and some MS large pearls in the top corners.

Other challenges:
Magical Crafts fortnightly chall.~girly
Crafty Ho's chall~pastels.
Our Creative Card Corner~ butterflies
Flutter By Wednesday~a flutterby!
ABC~S for sparkle
The Creative Cottage~things w/wings
Stamp Something- layers
Cute Card Thursday~touchy feely
Creatalicious~flowers & wings
Creative Belli - Die Cuts (Spellbinders)
Fussy and Fancy challenge- sketch
Your Next Stamp - Stitching
Crafty Pad - Stitching
Allsorts - In Stitches
Sweet Stampin - In Stitches
Pennys - Open week
PIO - Is Spring finally here
Stamping Vacation Pick 3 - stitching, Dry Embossing and Die Cut machine
Scrappy Frogs - Pick 3, die cut, embossing, use lace
My time to craft-pearls

For more examples for the product spotlight of CC Design Stamps available at Stamp and Create, please visit my dt sisters : Jeanette and Joy.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments. They are so appreciated.

hugs,
Chris
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope everyone is having a great weekend!! Although it has been quite chilly and cloudy here, it has been going well.

Since today is Sunday, I have a new challenge for you from Stampin Sisters in Christ which is hosted by my sweet dt sister: Candace.

Candace chose the verse: Isaiah 40:8 "The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever." How true this is...as we go into spring with all the pretty flowers and the green grass, we are reminded that this is temporary for Spring and Summer but when winter comes, they are gone. God's presence and Word is here each and every day and in every circumstance, joy and sorrow. What hope we have in Him!! When others are not there, He is!!
The challenge to accompany this verse this week is: Use flowers on your card or project.

This week's Sponsor is Michelle Perkett. Michelle has so many awesome and fun digitals, check out the Stampin Sister in Christ Challenge for this week's Sponsor prize.

Here is my take on this week's challenge using Lauren Meader's Shutterfly box template, Sing to the Lord image from ODBD, and Friendship from Our Daily Bread Designs. The background is embossed in Victoria and Swiss dots Provo Craft folders. My image was water colored.

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:
Candace , Grace , Kathy, Kristine , Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi

If you should create a card or project for this challenge, please leave a direct link here. Should you upload your creation to SC or PCP, please use the keyword SSIC35.


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Card Drive:


This week my Stampin Sister in Christ dt sister, Kristine, learned of a Christian Kindergarten teacher who was in a terrible car accident. She taught her oldest daughter a few years ago. Her name is Cathy Downing.

By the looks of her car afterwards here, it's a miracle that she is alive! Angels were definitely watching over her -- God must still have a plan for her here. *Ü* Her family has set up a page at Caring Bridges network to post updates on how Cathy's doing.


Card Drive

Of course prayers are always appreciated!! But Kristine would love to hold a card drive too. She knows that there are so many caring stampers out there who's beautifully hand-made card can bless someone's life in such a positive way and so we are passing that opportunity on to all of YOU!

If you'd like to send Cathy a card, please email Kristine, to get her address. She will leave it open for the next few weeks and then she and her daughters will pass them on to Miss Cathy. We would greatly appreciate any cards that can be shared to send on to Miss Cathy to encourage her.


Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments!! Have a blessed Sunday.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Happy Saturday!! I hope everyone has had a good beginning to their weekend!! Since it is Saturday, it is time for another Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge. This week's challenge is to use recycling (you can use something recycled on your creation or use a technique with a recycled item to create your card).

As with all our challenges, we have added more fun to this challenge by having a $15 certificate as a prize (randomly selected) to one challenge participant. Entries must be entered by Thursday night at 8 p.m. for a chance to win. You are not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps but if you have them we would love to see them. If you do create a card or project for this challenge, please use the keyword ODBDSLC10 when uploading to any online galleries and link your creation to Mr. Linky here.


Now on to my creation for this challenge:
For my creation I used a prima flower container I saved.  The image I used is from our
Daily Bread Designs Happy Birthday.
The sentiment is from the Mom set at ODBD. I colored my image is with copics.
I framed the image with my scalloped circles and Lattice pendant spellbinders.
The lace is something I have been hoarding which is now gone. Boo hoo!
The white satin ribbon is from May Arts.
There is lace with beads that goes around the
outside of the container.


For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:

Patter Cross
Sabrina Jackson
Fran Gumprecht
Christine Okken

Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you enjoyed today's creation. Thanks for all your visits and comments. I so enjoy reading them.

hugs,
Chris

Friday, April 16, 2010
Happy Friday everyone!! The weekend is upon us!! Woo hoo!! It looks like rain for the next three days but oh well....it is the weekend!! Guess it just forces me to stay inside and clean my house and make cards or projects!!! Woo hoo!!
Well today is Friday so it is time for another Wags n Whiskers Challenge!! This week my oh so talented dt sister and Wags n Whiskers co-owner Lacey is asking you to:

Use Ribbon on your card or paper project
How easy it that? ..... so no excuses not to play along with us!

To play our challenges you must use a Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber Stamp.... or...... Digi as your main image to be entered into the prize drawing.
If you don't have any Wags 'n Whiskers, then it's time to go shopping. You can pick up your rubber here.... or for those who like almost instant gratification.... Digi's HERE.

Here is my take on the challenge!! Since there are so many challenges out there with April Showers bring May flowers, I thought I would use the darling Love You Sis image from Wags n Whiskers illustrated by Crissy Armstrong. For some extra fun, I decided to paper piece it with some of my fave Basic Grey Paper Lily Kate!! This image is very appropriate for today's weather! LOL!The yummy flowers are available at Lacey's Stamp and create store here (Lemon trellis big rose) and here (Smaller rose).

Challenges:
Spoonful of Sugar- sketch
Going Grey with Scrap Creations Challenge- use Basic Grey and the Theme April Showers bring May Flowers.
Practical Scrappers: Glitter and Bling
Creative Belli- Die Cuts
Corrosive challenge~texture
Paper Sundaes~make a scene
My Time To Craft - pretty pearls
Crafty Angels - My Favorite Things
Papertake Weekly- cutie pie
Abc challenge- S is for Sparkle
Pink Elephant challenge - 1 image, 2 die cuts and 3 fave
Meljens Designs- Add 3D elements
Ooh La La Creations- April Showers bring May Flowers
Challenge up your Life- April Weather

For more inspiration for the scallop challenge at Wags n Whiskers, please visit my dt sisters:
Tina
Sharon
Christa
Michele
Jeanette
Karen
Debbie
Nikki
Lacey
Bree

Should you create a card or project with ribbon, please leave a direct link to Mr. Linky here.

I hope you enjoyed today's post!! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments!! You are all so appreciated!!
Thursday, April 15, 2010


Happy Thursday Everyone!!! Today it is bright and sunny out!! For that I am grateful since it is going to be one busy day and I need to have lots of ambition or gong ho to get it all done!!

I am so excited!! I just went to Flourishes and saw that I won last week's challenge prize!! Woo hoo!! Now I have an excuse to go and get the Sweet Pea set I have had my eye on forever!! I can't wait!!!

Anywho....Since today is Thursday, it is time for another Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge. This week Lori sent each of the design team members this photo from Lovely Presentations!!

I saw this and thought this is perfect for the little gift boxes I wanted to create for my teenage nieces for a belated Easter treat since we missed getting together with them when our family was sick. Here are my creations.
Both gift boxes use the Bag it Up template by Leigh Ann Baird available at the Wild flower Patch shop.
This first box is inspired by the red bottle of lotion with the lily on it. I colored the I am the Way lily from Our Daily Bread Designs with copics and then clear embossed it and popped it up on a circle I had embossed in Swiss dots. I also dry embossed the red background in Swiss Dots and sewed a border.
The second gift box is created with the lily of the valley image from Our Daily Bread Designs Easter Blessings stamp set. I colored it in copics and it was inspired by the picture of Lavender on the lavender lotion bottle. Again I dry embossed the background with swiss dots, sewed a border and popped up the image on dimensionals.

I hope you are inspired by my two creations.
For more inspiration for this challenge please visit my dt sisters:
Anne
Lori
Donna
Julie
Kerri
and this week's guest:
Sarah Gough


Hope you are inspired to come and play along. Just leave a comment here with a link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create! The keyword for uploading on SCS will be DDIC26. Have fun!!

Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments!!

blessings,
Chris

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