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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Hello all!!!  I hope everyone in the USA had an enjoyable long weekend!!!  Now it is back to the daily grind for most...  This week we finish up home schooling. Woo hoo!! Summer break here we come!!

It is time for another Product Spotlight at Stamp and Create!! This week's spotlight is one of my fave line of stamps: Whiff of Joy!!!  Yes....that means all stamps that are Whiff of Joy are up to 25% off!!  How cool is that?!!!



For my creation I used the darling Bruno the Bear with cupcake image.  I had fun coloring it with copics!!  I also used Basic Grey Hello Luscious DpBelle Arts Prima Novelty flowers, tear drop white lace, the bow easy, Spellbinders Beaded Ovals and Whimsy's Party Mini Letter seals available in the Stamp and Create Store.

 For more inspiration using Stamp and Create's stamps and products, please visit my dt sisters:
 Joy, Lacey, Heidi, Vicky and  Jeanette.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.  I greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.

Have a great day!!

Blessings,


Monday, May 30, 2011


Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying the weekend and that the weather is nice.  We are visiting with my sister and brother in law this weekend and today we take the long trek back home...Please bear with me today as I was in such a hurry before we left that this may be a short post or I may miss something. Infact I made this card at 3 a.m. LOL!  I apologize in advance. 

Today it is time for another Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge!!  This week's host is my dear friend Kristine Breach.  Kristine chose the verse:


Ecclesiastes 3:14 "I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him."

Kristine's challenge at Stampin Sisters:
Follow the sketch to a "T" - not adding anything to it, or taking anything away from it. 

Here is Kristine's sketch:


This week's sponsor is Sweet and Sassy.  The Winner can select 3 digitals of their choice.


For my card, I used an exclusive line of stamps available at our dt sister, Lisa's, new store, the Craft's Meow, called Little Freida!!!! I just love this darling little Frieda's Daisy image She was so fun to color and paper piece!!  If you have not seen Lisa's store, you should really check it out, in addition to the Little Freida and Friends line, she has many stamp kits, and stamps designed by the talented Nina B!!

Back to my card.....  My papers are from the Prima Madeline collection.  The base is Textured Pink Pirouette from Stampin up.  Within the circle panel I placed some ZVA Creative roses and a pink flower I received in a RAK.  I also used my SB classic circles die and , a MS butterfly punch and my Martha Stewart fence punch.

For more inspiration for the Stampin in Christ Challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi (on leave), Miesje, Kristine, Sabrina, Marilynn and  Rebecca.

For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.

challenges I am entering my creation in:
Stamp with Fun - In the Garden
Squigglefly use 3 of something- flowers and butterflies
Make it Monday - Always anything goes
Card Cupids - Ribbon and/or Fibres
Emerald Faeries - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges -  Stamp Something
Allsorts -  Things With Wings
2 Sisters - #41 Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts - Pink & girly
AiFactory  - Pretty in pink.
Digi Doodle Shop's Best -  Anything goes.
Simply Scrapping Copic Challenge -  must use Copics - Summer activity- picking flowers
Crafting for all Seasons - Anything goes
Divas by Design - #2 For the Girls
Penny's Paper-Crafty - #54 summer
Stampavie and More -  #143 Pink
Truly Scrumptious -  #57 Anything Goes
A Spoonful Of Sugar -  Things With Wings
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!!

Have a great day!!
blessings,
Chris
Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Saturday!!  I hope you are all having a great weekend (a long weekend for those in the USA).

Today it is time for another Shining the Light challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs!!  This week's challenge is a sketch cased after our challenge dt sister SABRINA!!!  Sabrina is a very dear friend who is so talented and sweet.  I just adore her....she is a blessing to all know her!!  To see her card click here.


Here is the sketch:




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, June 2. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once. Additional entries without using ODBD stamps will not be commented on or will they qualify for prizes.

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.As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by June  at 8 p.m. EST.If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC62. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.
Here is my take on the sketch:




Foe my card I am showing a sneak peak of the Serve the Lord stamp set and the doily die (exclusive to ODBD) to be released on Wed. June 1!!  The kraft background was scored.  The image is colored with copics.  The flourishes are created using the Fancy tags die from Spellbinders and my GRAND CALIBER!!  I embossed the real red background with the Soft Swirls embossing folder.

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

To join the challenge, please link your creation here.


Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great day!!  Your comments are deeply appreciated!!

hugs,



Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Happy Hump Day Everyone!! I hope you are all having a great week!!  Sorry I have been MIA.  My life has been quite hectic and our family has been going through some life changes....So much to think about and do. I am so excited to be back to share  one of the new images released from Whimsy and theWhiff of Joy Challenge!!

This week's Whiff of Joy challenge is a sketch.


 For my creation I used Willow Sitting With Floral Wreath from Whiff of Joy  and Whimsy's Party Mini Letter Seals.  The dp is from Prima Botanical.



For more inspiration for the Whiff Of Joy Challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
Anne Chelsea,  Gio, Jane, KathrinKylie, Louise, Manuela.  Michele To join our challenge, please link your creation here.

My second creation uses the darling Wee Snippet and Mystic illustrated by Crissy Armstrong.  I had so much fun coloring it with my copics.  The designer paper is from Basic Grey Sweet Threads.  The sentiment is from  Whimsy's Magical Mini Letter Seals.  

The flowers are from Wild Orchids except for the handmade crocheted flowers...




Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.  I greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.

Have a great day!!



Monday, May 23, 2011
Happy Monday Everyone!! I hope you all have had a great weekend!!

Today it is time for another Stamp and Create Product spotlight!!! This week's Product Spotlight is S.W.A.L.K. stamps.  These images are so darling!!  The images are also big enough to fill your entire card!

Here is my creation:

I used the Old Friend image by SWALK.  I colored it with copics and added a May Arts White Silk Bow tied with the bow easy, some Recollections rhinestones, and sewing with gold metallic thread.

For more inspiration using Stamp and Create's stamps and products, please visit my dt sisters:
 Joy, Lacey, Heidi, Vicky and  Jeanette.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.  I greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.

Have a great day!!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are enjoying the weekend.  Today is suppose to be our first day of sunshine after 7 straight days of rain.  Woo hoo!! I need the sun to motivate and boost my mood!!

Anywho...Today is another Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge.  This week, the challenge is hosted by my dear friend: Grace.

Grace has chosen the verse:
Proverbs 10:20-21 "The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, the heart of the wicked is worth little. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of understanding.

In the Bible God often speaks about the tongue and using it in the correct way.  Tongues that speak evil or mean or cutting words are very harmful.  How many have heard the words" "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." This saying is so untrue. We should watch what we say, using words that lift each other and encourage one another not for hurt.

Grace has challenged us to:
Create a card/ project that encourages and use a touch of silver.
For my creation I used the fun Flower girl image from My Favorite Things, Our Sponsor this week!!  I just love these little Pure Innocence images.  They really are so fun to color!  The star behind the image is actually created using the Whimsy Shapeology Banner Pendant dies.  The flower is created with the My Favorite Things Rolled Flower die.


Card recipe:
stamps: My Favorite things- Pure Innocence Flower Girl
paper: Kaisercraft Utopia, Kraft cs, Bitter chocolate cs
Accessories: My Favorite Things Rolled Flower die, lace, Martha stewart leaf punch
Whimsy Shapeology Banner Pendant dies

The inside of my card:


For more inspiration for the Stampin in Christ Challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi (on leave), Miesje, Kristine, Sabrina, Marilynn and  Rebecca.

For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.

Challenges I am entering my creation in:
 Sew Many Cards -  Flowers & lace.CCEE Stampers -  - Flowers.Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Embossing.
Paper Pretties -PPC154 FlowersCrafty Sentiments - Children's cards, Shelly's Images -Anything goes, Some Odd Girl Make a scene, Stampin' B's -Make a Spring scene card, Do You Stack Up? -Celery, white, sea glass, Crafts and Me -  Anything goes, Optional Kraft, Creative Belli -   Anything starting with S (star and sentiment), Creative Card Crew - Cute & Girly, Divas by Design - For the Girls , House That Stamps Built - Paper Piecing , Penny's Paper-Crafty - Anything Goes, Stampavie and More - Summer, Stars and Stamps Midweek Throwdown - no glitter - Summer Fun, Truly Scrumptious -  Anything Goes, Clear It Out! - Projects using Colouring Mediums (Copics), Flourishes - Inspired by Spring,Top Tip Tuesday -  Any Project For A Child, Simply Scrapping Crafts - COLOUR, Craft Your Passion - Cutie Patooties, Happileigh Scrappin - Stitching,


Thanks for stopping by!!  I appreciate all your comments!! Have a great day!!

Blessings,
Saturday, May 21, 2011
 If you are here for the Whimsy hop, click here.  If you are here for the Wags n Whiskers hop, click  here.


Happy Saturday Everyone!! I hope you are having a great weekend!!  It is so nice to have a break from the daily routine of the week!!

Today is another Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge.

This weeks challenge:
Use plaid or gingham on your creation!!



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 26. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once. Additional entries without using ODBD stamps will not be commented on or will they qualify for prizes.

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.As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by May 26 at 8 p.m. EST.If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC61. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

Now on to my take on the challenge:
For my card, I decided to may an alternate fold known as a joy fold.  The designer paper is scraps from my DCWV Nursery pack.  The card stock is black, kraft and white. I used the Mini Tags 3 and  Porch stamp set from Our Daily Bread DesignsThe background is embossed with the Vintage Background Embossing plate available at ODBD.

If you are interested in making a joy fold and you do not know how to make one, there is a tutorial available at splitcoast here .



Card Recipe
ODBD Stamps Used: Mini Tags 3, Porch
Other materials used: ODBD Vintage Embossing folder, Martha Stewart Lattice Punch, sewing machine, copics, black grosgrain, ZVA Creative Pearls (Line white)


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

To join the challenge, please link your creation here.


Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great day!!  Your comments are deeply appreciated!!

hugs,



Friday, May 20, 2011
 Welcome to the Wags N Whiskers Blog hop!!

Happy Friday All!! The weekend is upon us!!  Wags n Whiskers is having a new digi release beginning today and they are kicking off the weekend with a blog hop!!  If you came here from Darlene's blog you are in the right place.  If you happened upon this hop, by chance, you can click here to begin the hop at Jeanette's blog.

Please note This release is digital only and the images will be available to purchase on
Friday at 12pm GMT/7am EST.

The team has lots of inspiration in store for you so I hope you have the opportunity to join us and there is an opportunity for 3 hoppers to win the entire digi release (6 digis)!!!  The prizes are hidden and not even the team knows where they are. All you have to do is leave a comment on each of the blogs. The Winners will be chosen randomly and announced on the Wags n Whiskers blog on 
 on Friday May 27th as part of our challenge post along with the Spread the Word Winner.  You have until May 26th at 5:01 am GMT/12:01 am EST.

Now on to my creation!!!
For my creation I used the darling Ballerina Katie!!! I colored her with copics and added glitter on her bodice.  The designer paper is retired SU Parisian Breeze.  The bow is May Arts Wrinkled Ribbon tied with the bow easy.  If you click on the photo, you will be able to see the added pearls and rhinestones for details such as the necklace and/or the stitching. The flowers are from Zva Creative and the white one is handmade using crocheting. The dies used include a combo of Lattice dies, and scalloped and standard circles from Spellbinders.


I hope you are inspired by my creation. For more inspiration, please hop on over to the talented Nikki!!!

Thank you so much for hopping with us today and I hope you enjoy the new release!

Hugs,

Wednesday, May 18, 2011




Hello and welcome to the Whimsy Stamps May new rubber release BLOG HOP!

We have 18 fabulous new Whimsy Stamps plus 2 new wonderful dies to show you today! These new goodies are available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites. We also have our wonderful special guests joining us for this hop - Beate Johns, Deb Routledge, Jacque Beddingfield, Deb Mitchell and Elaine Hughes.

The Whimsy Stamps DT have been sneak peeking these fabulous stamps for the past 5 days, so if you missed them be sure to hop on over to the Whimsy Inspirations Blog for some more inspiration!

Here is a full list of the wonderful new rubber stamps and dies being released today:


5 stamps from Crissy Armstrong
Baby of Mine ~ Mystic ~ Thunder Lizzy ~ Wee Snippet ~ Wee Snippet & Mystic

4 stamps from Meljen's Designs
Birthday Cake Mouse ~ Birthday Cup Mouse ~ Gruffy Little Gnome ~ Happy Little Gnome

4 stamps from Kenny K
Devastatia ~ Hockey Girl ~ Queens Cutie ~ Super Mom

5 stamps/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Celebration Pennants ~ Film Strip Sentiments ~ Magical Mini Letter Seals ~ Street Art BG ~ Welcome Baby Sentiments

2 dies/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Film Strip Die ~ Welcome Baby Die Set

If you would like to participate in the hop and you didn't arrive here from Stephanne's blog, please CLICK HERE to return to the beginning of the hop at Lori’s blog.

The hop starts today (Wednesday May 18th at noon EST) and ends on Wednesday May 25th at noon EST.

For this hop we have 6 different prize draws! We have not one but TWO grand prize draws, so two lucky hoppers will win a large selection of new release stamps. Grand Prize 1 will be for those who help us advertise the hop, and Grand Prize 2 will be for those who hop along with us. We also have 4 mini candy stops throughout the hop where you can enter to win a new release stamp! I'm not going to tell you where they are, so if you haven't found them you'll just have go back to the beginning and start hopping! *wink*

For my blog hop creation I used ...... the darling Baby of Mine stamp illustrated by Crissy Armstrong!!  I also used the Welcome Baby sentiments and Baby dies designed by our very own Ann Vento!!

The designer paper is Prima Botanical and the die used on the bottom of the easel is the Whimsy Shapeology Double Scallop Border die.The ribbon is blue silk from May Arts which I tied with the bow easy.  The flowers are a combo of prima's, ZVA Creative flowers and some which were received in a RAK from a dear friend!! I had fun coloring the image with copics and adding some paper piecing as well!!


This card was also made for the Sunday's With Crissy challenge which was to use flowers!!  How easy is that.  It can be flowered paper, paper flowers, a flower image, a flower embellishment...anything with flowers.

So now it's time for you to continue the hop by hopping on over to Ann's blog.

Finally, here is a complete blog hop list in hopping order:


Erin Bailey

Challenges I am entering my creation in:
Crafty Creations - Flowers, Patterned paper, ribbon
Creative Card Crew - Cute & Girly
Divas by Design - For the Girls
Truly Scrumptious - Anything Goes
Clear It Out! - Projects using Colouring Mediums
House That Stamps Built - Paper Piecing
Paper PrettiesPPC154 Flowers
Bearly Mine Vintage Easel Card 
Tuesday Throwdown - #49 Baby/Child 
Use It Tuesdays -  Bling
Happileigh Scrappin -  Stitching
Make it Monday - Always anything goes
There's Magic in the Air - Embossing (dry or heat)
Kaboodle Doodles - Tic tac toe (embossing, die cuts, flowers) 
Creatalicious Challenges -Flourishes
I Did It Creations - Lace and Ribbon

Thank you so much for hopping with us today and I hope you enjoy the new release!

Hugs,
Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Hi All!!  Today is the last day of Sneak peaks from the Whimsy team!! Tomorrow we will have our new release and blog hop at 12 noon EST!!   I know the team has lots of fun and prizes in store for you!!!


Anywho....today's sneak peak is "Our Choice" so that means you will be able to see a variety of stamps designed by the Uber talented Crissy Armstrong, Meljen's, Kenny K and Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs!!

For my creation I designed to make an elegant sentiment only card using the darling Baby rattle from the WHimsy Shapeology Baby dies set and the Welcome Baby sentiments designed by Ann Vento!!

The designer paper is  dry embossed with the SU Basket weave embossing folder.  The card is edged with the Spellbinders Floral Doily Accent and Parisian Accents dies.  The flower is from Wild Orchid and the bow is May Arts Wrinkled Ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed my sneak peak!!  For more inspiration or sneak peaks, please visit:

There's Magic in the Air - Embossing (dry or heat)
Kaboodle Doodles - Tic tac toe(embossing, die cuts, flowers)
Shabby Tea Room -  Monochromatic
Stamp Fairy - 3 Embellishments (ribbon, flower, pearls)
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Sparkles Forum -  Recipe: 2 papers, 1 ribbon or bow, 2 embellishments
Stamptacular Sunday - Must use a stamp - Pink-a-licious 
ECP Challenges #38 Pastel Colours 
Creative Card Crew - May Flowers
My Mum's Craft shop - #5 Use Dies
Paper Pretties - PPC152 Texture
Simon Says Stamp - Baby Cards 
Stamp Something - Anything goes. 
Crafty Purple Frog -  Monochromatic.
Thanks for stopping by!!  I appreciate all your comments!! Have a great day!!  Hope to see you at the Hop tomorrow!!

Blessings,



Monday, May 16, 2011
Happy Monday Everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend!!  Mine was very busy but good!!

Today it is time for another Product Spotlight at Stamp and Create!! This week's product spotlight is Mermaids.  This means that all mermaids are up to 25% off!!  How fun is that!!

For my creation, I used the darling and fun Sweet November Coral Reefweaver & Moki by CC Designs.  


The designer paper is Basic Grey Hello Luscious which I cut apart and paper pieced behind the image. The bow is May Arts wrinkled ribbon which I tied with the bow easy.
I had fun coloring her up with copics and adding glitter.

For more inspiration using Stamp and Create's stamps and products, please visit my dt sisters:
 Joy, Lacey, Heidi, Vicky and  Jeanette.

challenges I am entering in:
My Mum's Craft shop Use Dies, Penny's Paper-Crafty - Anything Goes, Stampavie and More - Ribbons,Fabulous Friday - Use ribbon or twine, Fairy Fun Fridays - For the girlsStamp Something - Anything goes, Craft Us Crazy - Use your favourite embellishments and/or something newSome Odd Girl - Shaped card. Paper and Such Design -  #1 - Birthday CardPaper Take Weekly - Punches Or Die-CutsTuesday Throwdown - Die-cuts Corrosive Challenges -  BirthdaysCreative Cowgirls - Anything GoesCreative Inspirations - Glitzy and Bling.One Stitch At A Time - Anything GoesScrappy Frogs - Anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.  I greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.

Have a great day!!




Sunday, May 15, 2011


Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are all having a great weekend!!  Today marks the third day of sneak peaks at Whimsy and it is also a new challenge at Stampin Sisters in Christ!!!


While most of the designers at Whimsy are using the fun  Kenny K images for their sneak peaks, I asked for special permission to share a Meljen's new release today since it fits absolutely perfectly with the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge which I have the honor of hosting!!

For the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge I chose the verse:
Psalm 121:2-4 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot slip, he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 

I am not going to go into full detail sharing my complete devotional since it will be redundant of what is already posted on the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge blog, but I would like to share a poem which I also shared there that was shared with me by my dear friend Fhiona.  It fits perfectly with this verse and really touched my heart when I read it.

The Tea Cup
  Love this story or not, you will not be able to have tea in a tea cup again without thinking of this.There was a couple who took a trip to England to shop in a beautiful antique store to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They both liked antiques and pottery, and especially teacups.  Spotting an exceptional cup, they asked "May we see that?  We've never seen a cup quite so beautiful."
As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke, "You don't understand. I have not always been a teacup. There was a time when I was just a lump of red clay. My master took me and rolled me pounded and patted me over and over and I yelled out, "Don't do that. I don't like it! Let me alone." but he only smiled, and gently said;  "Not yet!"
Then WHAM! I was placed on a spinning wheel and suddenly I was spun around and around and around. "Stop it! I'm getting so dizzy!  I'm going to be sick!", I screamed. But the master only nodded and said, quietly; 'Not yet.'
He spun me and poked and prodded and bent me out of shape to suit himself and then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat. I yelled and knocked and pounded at the door. "Help! Get me out of here!" I could see him through the opening and I could read his lips as he shook his head from side to side, 'Not yet'.
When I thought I couldn't bear it another minute, the door opened. He carefully took me out and put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. Oh, that           felt so good! "Ah, this is much better," I thought. But, after I cooled he picked me up and he brushed and painted me all over The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. 'Oh, please, Stop it, Stop, I cried”. He only shook his head and said. 'Not yet!' Then suddenly he put me back in to the oven. Only it was not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I just knew I           would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried I was convinced I would never make it. I was ready to give up. Just then the door opened and he took me out and again placed me on the shelf, where I cooled and waited and waited, wondering "What's he going to do to me next?"
An hour later he handed me a mirror and said 'Look at yourself.' And I did. I said, That's not me; that couldn't be me. It's beautiful. I'm beautiful!!!
Quietly he spoke: 'I want you to remember, then,' he said, 'I know it hurt to be rolled and pounded and patted, but had I just left you alone, you'd have dried up. I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled. I know it hurt and it was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn't put you there, you would have cracked. I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn't done that, you never would have hardened. You would not have had any color in your life. If I hadn't put you back in that second oven, you           wouldn't have survived for long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product. Now you are what I had in mind when I first began with you.'"
 The moral of this story is this: God knows what He's doing for each of us. He is the potter, and we are His clay. He will mold us and make us and expose us to just enough pressures of just the right kinds that we may be made into a flawless piece of work to fulfill His good, pleasing and perfect will. So when life seems hard, and you are being pounded and patted and pushed almost beyond endurance; when your world seems to be spinning out of control; when you feel like you are in a fiery furnace of trials; when life seems to "stink", try this.
Brew a cup of your favorite tea in your prettiest tea cup, sit down and think on this story and then, have a little talk with the Potter.

This week's Challenge is:
 Create a card or project with a tea, hot chocolate or coffee cup and/or pot-this can be the designer paper, the image, or embellishment

Our Sponsor at Stampin Sisters is The Crafts Meow which will be giving away  a stamp set designed by Nina Brackett. How fabulous is that!!
For my sneak and challenge creation I used the darling Tea Cup Birthday Mouse designed by Meljen's which is to be released in rubber on Wednesday, May 18!!!

  The sentiment is a new release from Whimsy, Last month called Party Mini letter seals designed by Ann of Raindrop Echo Designs. The designer paper is from Prima Sparkling Spring.  The dies I used for the shape of the card include the Grand Scalloped and standard Circle as well as the large and small scalloped and standard circle dies from Spellbinders.  The image is colored with copics. The flowers are from ZVA Creative.

For more inspiration or sneak peaks from the Whimsy team, please visit my talented dt sisters:
For more inspiration for the Stampin in Christ Challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi (on leave), Miesje, Kristine, Sabrina, Marilynn and  Rebecca.

For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.

Challenges I am entering my creation in:
Sisterhood of Crafters -- Let it ShineCrafts and Me - Punches, Crafty Creations - Anything Goes, Creative Card Crew - May Flowers, , My Mum's Craft shop Use Dies, Penny's Paper-Crafty - Anything Goes, Stampavie and More - Ribbons, Your Next Stamp Challenge - Pop it Up- mouse is popped up, Fabulous Friday - Use ribbon or twine, Fairy Fun Fridays - For the girls, Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes, Stamp Something - Anything goes, Craft Us Crazy - Use your favourite embellishments and/or something new- new image, Delightful Challenges - flowers, ECP Challenges #38 Pastel Colours Ellephantastic - Birthday Party Fab n Funky#72 Buttons & BowsInspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes Sew Many Cards -  Anything goes.Crafty Sentiments -  Buttons.Some Odd Girl - Shaped card.Digistamps 4 Joy - #18 CelebrationDivas by Design - - Anything goesClear It Out! -  Ribbon/Trim
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations - Circles Paper and Such Design -  #1 - Birthday CardPaper Take Weekly - Punches Or Die-CutsTuesday Throwdown - Die-cuts


Thanks for stopping by!!  I appreciate all your comments!! Have a great day!!

Blessings,



Saturday, May 14, 2011
Happy Saturday Everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying the weekend!!  This weekend we are suppose to have rain.  After all the gorgeous weather we had this week, I can't complain.  It has been beautiful!!
Today I am here to share this week's Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light challenge!!!

This weeks challenge:
Is a Recipe: At least 2 die shapes, dry embossed background, 1 sentiment

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 19. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once. Additional entries without using ODBD stamps will not be commented on or will they qualify for prizes.

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.As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by May 19 at 8 p.m. EST.If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC60. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

Now on to my take for this challenge:

 ODBD stamps used: Mini Tags 3
Paper: K and Co. 
Tools: Spellbinder Grand Caliber, Spellbinder Fancy Tags 2, Floral Doily Accent, Parisian Accents
Accessories: Wild Orchids Lace, Certainly Celery Ribbon, Silver Baubles (Recollections), Pearls

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

To join the challenge, please link your creation here.


Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great day!!  Your comments are deeply appreciated!!

hugs,
Chris
Friday, May 13, 2011
Hi all!! Blogger is back!! Woo hoo!! I have been anxious to post the winner of Wednesday's Whimsy Weekly sentiment give away!!!  With my own internet issues and then blogger, this did not happen yesterday as planned.  Sorry!!!

This weeks winner will win 2 sentiment samplers: The Everyday Mini Postage Stamps and Party Mini Letter Seals!!!

...the winner of the sentiment give away is

Random Integer Generator


Here are your random numbers:

32

Timestamp: 2011-05-13 14:36:19 UTC

And #32 is Kimberly S. 

Please email me your snail mail address so we can get these out to you.

For those who entered and did not win, I hope to see you for the next give away on the 2nd Wednesday of the month!! 



Thanks for stopping by!!

blessings,


 
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
 This is my second post of the day, for a chance to win some free sentiment stamps for Whimsy, scroll down to the next post!!  This is only available for 24 hours so sign up quick!!

Happy Hump Day Everyone!! I hope you are all having a great week!!  Sorry I have been MIA.  My life has been quite hectic as of late with just too much to do. I am so excited to be back to share a new Whiff of Joy Challenge!! This week's challenge is a color challenge: Aqua, Pink and Cream!  Delish!!



For my card I used the darling Henry Celebrate Mouse which I colored with copics.  The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs Mini Tags 3 stamp set. This stamp set coordinates with the Spellbinders Ribbon Tags Three die.  The designer paper is Prima Sparkling Spring. The card shape uses the grand scalloped circles and the standard scalloped and classic circle dies.  The May Arts Pink Silk bow is tied with the bow easy and decorated with some Martha stewart punched twig leaves and a ZVA Creative Rose.  The pearls are from a Recollections package from Michaels.

For more inspiration for the Whiff Of Joy Challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
Anne Chelsea,  Gio, Jane, KathrinKylie, Louise, Manuela.  Michele To join our challenge, please link your creation here.

challenges I am entering my creation in:
Double Dutch - Vintage
Everybody Art - Flowers
Lets Create Challenge - Sew Lovely
Papertake Weekly - Fancy a punch or die cut

Clear It Out!  Ribbon/Trim 
Creative Craft Challenges -  Distressed/Vintage
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations  Circles
Karen's Doodles NetherlandsUse Two Stamps on Your Card
My Time To Craft -  Scallops
Paper and Such Design - 2 Birthday Card
Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps Challenges -  Shaped Cards 
Tuesday Throwdown - Die-cuts 
Use It Tuesdays -  Bling
Top Tip Tuesday  Flower Frenzy
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Lace
Get Hippity with Ippity - Flowers
DDH Challenges -  Bling
Kaboodle Doodles - Lots of Layers
Make it Monday - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show... - Anything Goes
Aly's Sunday Challenge Shaped Cards 
Come and Get It Challenges - Birthdays
Creative Cowgirls Anything Goes 
Creative Inspirations - Glitzy and Bling. 
Dream Valley Challenges -  Flowers
 Emerald Faeries Anything Goes
Stamping Scrapping Central Birthdays
Sketchy Colors - Pink, blue and green
One Stop Craft - Birthdays
Word Play Weekend Challenge - Flowers - as image, embellies or part of sentiment.
Crafty Ann's -  Challenge #40: Happy birthday.
Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes
Phindy’s Place Challenge #54: Embossing.
Paper Romance Challenge #49: Use your favourite die.
Some Odd Girl Shaped card.
Stamp Insanity - Bling.


Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.  I greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.

Have a great day!!




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