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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Happy Saturday everyone!  It has been a long time since I have posted. Sorry to have been MIA!  Our family was blessed with a Christmas gift that keeps on giving...THE FLU!! Yuck!!!  It all began before Christmas and each of the four us have been struggling with it ever since.  I still am fighting with nausea and a fever as well as an upper respiratory infection.  Hopefully our illness goes out with the old year.


Anywho I am here to share a sneak peek for the new release at ODBD tomorrow as well as remind you of the Anything Goes with ODBD stamps challenge that continues at the ODBD Shining the Light challenge until Friday, January 7.



Card Recipe:
Stamp sets used: ODBD God's Love2 Step Butterfly
Paper used: Black and white CS, SEI Promise Me
Dies used: Spellbinder Fleur De Lis Squares, Customized Butterfly 2 Die from ODBD
Acceccories: May Arts Black Silk Ribbon, Bow Easy

Remember...

The team challenges you to create a card or project using Our Daily Bread Designs Stamps!!!! Have fun!!!
This challenge will last until Jan. 7th!

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for thprize must be submitted by Friday, January 7th at 8 a.m. EST. 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.Inorder to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have yoursubmission added to Mr. Linky by Friday, January 7th at 8 a.m. EST. If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC90. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sister Grace.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!! Have a great weekend!  We hope you can join us for the ODBD New Release Blog hop tomorrow!!!

blessings,


Sunday, December 18, 2011
Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are having a great weekend!!  Mine is busy but I have not been feeling too well so I am trying to keep my spirits up and keep going for our girls.  They get so excited for all the holiday happenings and traditions!!

Anywho...I want to write a brief post for the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge this week.  This is the last challenge for the year.  The team will be taking a break for the holidays and will return on January 8.


This week's hostess is the ever so sweet and talented Miesje!!


Miesje has chosen one of my fave verses for the holidays:
"Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14)


What do you think of when you think of Christmas? Is it the presents or the tree, the lights, or Christmas decorations?  Each and every one of these are symbols for the holiday...not the true meaning but what people long ago used as reminders of that blessed Christmas in the stable.  


The evergreen or tree reminds us of everlasting life.  The Lights representing the Light of the world.  The presents representing God's Gift to us and those given by the wisemen.  Even the colors red and green representing His Blood shed for us and the everlasting life He has given to us if we believe in Him.


What is Christmas without the humble birth of our dear Lord and Savior a long time ago.  What gift to send His one and only Son for us!!  How many kings have been born?  How many royal men have been born in a humble manger as our Savior was?  How many humble or royal births do we celebrate internationally and all around the world yearly?  Jesus, though spiritual and God's Son was born to save us from our Sins.  The greatest gift of Christmas is not only His birth but what He came to do for us.  Born as a Son of God and Man, He came to die that we all may have eternal life if we believe in Him and what He has done for us.  This Christmas message is what gives us Peace and Joy not only at Christmas but all year long!!  Glory to God!!!


Miesje has challenged us to create 
A Christmas card or project that is Christian, including a Christian image and/or sentiment  about the TRUE meaning of Christmas.


For my creation, I decided to make a gift box that I created with Origami.  The tag uses the verse "Glory to God in the Highest..." and the ornament from the Ornaments 2 set at Our Daily Bread Designs cut out with the Spellbinders Holiday Tags.  The candy cane is made with beads and a pipecleaner.  


If you don't have a box in the house and you need to have a small box to package a gift for someone, these origami are a fun, quick, and inexpensive way to create one.  Some may know how to create one of these boxes, but for those who don't, I plan to create a tutorial in mid to the end of January.  All it takes is some adhesive and 2 pieces of 12x12 designer paper!!




This week's Sponsor for the challenge is Our Daily Bread Designs who is offering one random participant a $15 gift certificate toward stamps at their store.


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Speaking of  Our Daily Bread designs...did you know that they are having a BIG SALE!  Many sets are 30% off and they are giving "Daily Dough Dollars"!  Customers can  order daily and for every $50 you spend you will receive a coupon code for  $10 in Daily Dough Dollars, redeemable from January 1 - March 15.  The sale runs through December 25th!



Be sure to check out  Miesje's devotional on the SSIC Blog, as I know you'll be blessed!

For more inspiration please visit my DT Sisters:
Kris,  Linda,  MiesjeRebecca,
Lisa, Grace, Peggysue, and Marilynn,  

To join the challenge, please link your entry here.

challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Anything goes for ChristmasOne Stop Craft - Christmas SparkleSecret Crafter - New Year/CelebrationSweet Stampin - Sparkle and BlingCard Crafters Circle – CelebrationRaise The Bar – ChristmasStampin For The Weekend - ChristmasArtistic Stampers - ChristmasBling It On - Christmas Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything GoesFreshly Brewed Monthly Challenge - ChristmasHeidi's Hobbystuggu - ChristmasSparkles Forum - Anything BUT a Christmas Card (not a card...a box)The Squirrel & the Fox -  ChristmasOne Stitch At A Time - Anything GoesDi's Digis Designs  ChristmasStamp, Scrap and Doodle -  Bells (bauble bells attached to tag)Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Tag ItFairy Tale - Gift / Gift Packaging


This may be my last for the week unless the busyness and schedule changes and I am able to create something or blog.  Between some real estate happenings and the so many things I need to do as well as prepare for the holidays, it just seems there is no time.  If I am not able to post, I want to wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.  May the Peace and Joy of that Christmas long ago be yours at Christmas and throughout the New Year!!!!


blessings,

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Happy Saturday Everyone!! I hope you are enjoying the weekend!!  If you are anything like us, you have a lot holiday happenings this weekend!!

Today I am popping in to share this week's Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light challenge this week!!

This weeks challenge:
Use each letter of the word in NOEL to create your card.
For eg.
N- nestabilities, the word NOEL
O- Ovals, Our Daily Bread Designs, circles (shape)....
E- Embossing, envelopes ....
L- Lace, layers....

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for thprize must be submitted by Friday, December 23 at 8 a.m. EST. 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.Inorder to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have yoursubmission added to Mr. Linky by Friday, December 23 at 8 a.m. EST.If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC89. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.


Here is my take on the challenge using the ODBD Stamps:  Simple ThingsHoliday Ornaments 2 ( I used the Case Study challenge (Amy Sheffer's card) from last week to create my layout, however that challenge has already expired. )  The clovers from the Simple Things are colored with copics and cut out with the customized ODBD Clover die.  The image is framed with the Spellbinders Label 4 die.  The sentiment from the Holiday Ornaments 2 stamps is framed with the Fancy Tags die from Spellbinders. After layering my card, I sewed around the edges in gold metallic thread.  The embossing folder is Provocraft Scrollwork.

N=Nestabilities O=Our Daily Bread Designs and ovals, E=Embellishments and embossing, and L= leaves and layers


For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
Sue Worthingtonguest designer
Wanda Cullen- guest designer

If you would like to join the challenge or find out more details, click here to the Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge post.

 Mark's Finest Paper. Christmas Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Anything goes for ChristmasOne Stop Craft - Christmas SparkleSecret Crafter - New Year/CelebrationSweet Stampin - Sparkle and BlingCard Crafters Circle – CelebrationRaise The Bar – ChristmasStampin For The Weekend - ChristmasArtistic Stampers - ChristmasBling It On - Christmas Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything GoesFreshly Brewed Monthly Challenge - ChristmasHeidi's Hobbystuggu - ChristmasThe Squirrel & the Fox -  ChristmasOne Stitch At A Time - Anything GoesDi's Digis Designs  ChristmasAlphabet Challenge – White ChristmasFabulous Friday - RibbonSimply Create Too -  EmbossingReally Reasonable Ribbon   Anything Goes with ribbon theme4 Crafty Chicks - Christmas CardCrimbo Crackers -  must be Christmas -EmbossingCrop Stop - Unique and NON Traditional Colours on Holiday CardPixie Dust Studio - Stitching


Blessings to you all!! Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.  They are greatly appreciated. Have a great weekend!!

hugs,

Monday, December 12, 2011


Happy Monday All!! I hope you all had a great weekend!!    Mine went well but was extremely busy!!!

Today I am popping in to share this week's Stamp and Create Product Spotlight!!  This week's spotlight is Christmas images.  All Christmas images are up to 25% off!!!!  This sale begins at noon EST today!!!





For todays post I created a Christmas Gift box (lunchbox) using the adorable Betty Mouse with Candy Cane. I colored it with copics. The bow is created with Ivory Silk Ribbon and the bow easy.  The paper is Basic Grey Jovial.  The image is framed with Lacey Circles from Spellbinders.  The background is embossed with Swiss Dots.  The sentiment tag is attached with a snowflake button and cording.  The shape of the tag is created with the Stampin Up tags (small and large).  The borders used are the Daisy Edge punch and Fence punch from Martha Stewart. The lunch box design uses the "Let's Do Lunch" template designed by Lauren Meader for Papertrey Ink.  I added a gold pinecone and silver baubles to my ribbon bow with silver cording.







 For more inspiration using Stamp and Create's stamps and products please visit:   LaceyHeidiVicky and  Jeanette.

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

challenges I am entering my creation in:
Come and Get It Challenges - Colours: Red, Green. Your Choice.Dream Valley Challenges - Christmas Gingerloft  Winter OR ChristmasLet`s Ink It Up  Christmas Scrappy Frogs - StitchingThe Squirrel & the Fox -  Christmas 2 Sisters - #69 ChristmasChallenge Up Your Life #58 Box or PackagingCrafty Emma#65 A Traditional ChristmasCrafty Hazelnut's Christmas #50 Traditional ChristmasCrazy 4 Challenges - #C4C117 It's SantaCreations by Gill M -  #21 Red & GreenJust Some Lines  Hand made giftsOne Stop Craft - #161 Traditional Christmas ColoursSecret Crafter - #164 All Creatures great and smallStamp, Scrap and Doodle -  Silver and GoldBasicGrey - #58 Anything goesClearly Inspired -Christmas  Fairy Tale - Gift / Gift PackagingInspire Me Fridays – Anything Goes Raise The Bar – Christmas – runs throughout DecemberSimply Create Too -  EmbossingStampin For The Weekend ChristmasAiFactory Something Red Crafty Ribbons  Traditional Colours for ChristmasCrimbo Crackers -  must be ChristmasEmbossing ABC Christmas Challenge - Christmas - anything goesCreative Belli  winter/ChristmasPenny's Paper-Crafty - 2W - #68 Merry ChristmasCreative Craft ChallengesFaux Or Real StitchingPaper Take Weekly - Anything GoesSassy Cheryl's#93 SantaTuesday Throwdown - #77 Celebrate The SeasonAud Sentiments Challenge Any Winter Holiday SentimentCute Card Thursday- anything goesCrazy Challenge- more than one fold

Blessings,
Chris
Sunday, December 11, 2011

Happy Sunday all!!!

I hope you have been enjoying your weekend!!  It has been a very busy weekend decorating for Christmas, participating church events and having family over.  

Today I am popping in to share this week's Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.

Marilynn is our host this week!! I know you will be inspired and lifted up with her devotional as she inspires and makes me think each time I read her Sunday posts.  She has chosen the verse: Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

This verse says it all...it is the true message of Christmas.  God gave us the greatest gift of all by giving us His one and only son to come to earth as a human and make the greatest sacrifice for us all.  He later died for us all to forgive our sins.  All we need to do is Believe on Him.  As you listen to the old familiar Christmas carols and celebrate the holidays remember to thank Jesus for  the true reason for the season, our Lord's humble birth.

Marilynn challenges us to create a card or project with a birthday theme.

Here is my take on the challenge using the adorable Henry Celebration Mouse from Whiff of Joy.


I colored him with copics.  I gave him a vintage flair with distressing, embossing (soft swirls folder), stitching and faux stitching.  The leaves are created with the Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish.  The dp is Prima Sparkling Spring.

I hope you enjoyed my creation.

Be sure to check out  MariLynn's devotional on the SSIC Blog, as I know you'll be blessed!

For more inspiration please visit my DT Sisters:
Kris,  Linda,  MiesjeRebecca,
Lisa, Peggysue, and Marilynn,  

challenges I am entering my creation in:
Catered Crop Birthday Corrosive Challenges - Anything BUT ChristmasPenny Black and More - Happy BirthdayScrappy Frogs -StitchingSecret Crafter - #164 All Creatures great and smallStamp, Scrap and Doodle -  Silver and Gold Crafty Catz -  Anything Goes  Fairy Fun Fridays  Beat the Winter Blues – must use something blue and something whiteInspire Me Fridays – Anything GoesMami Doodles Make It Shine (Glitter)Simply Create Too -  EmbossingTotally Papercrafts – Anything but ChristmasI Brake For ChallengesvintagePaper Shelter Challenge  it's a celebrationCreative Craft Challenges  Faux Or Real StitchingDie Cuttin' Divas - must include a Die-cut Tags Tags & More Tags!Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes

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

Have a great day!!

Blessings,




Saturday, December 10, 2011

Happy Saturday Everyone!! I hope you are having a great weekend!!  This weekend we are having a family weekend and decorating for Christmas.  Today we get our live tree!!!  I just love holiday lights and decorations.  We are not going all out as much as usual since we are still in the process of selling our house.  That is o.k....I will be thankful for what we have plus less clean up...LOL.

Today I am popping in with the Shining the Light challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs.

This weeks challenge: 
Is a Sketch!!


The sketch was inspired by this gorgeous card by Lori Ulrich!!



To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for thprize must be submitted by Friday, December 16 at 8 a.m. EST. 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.Inorder to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have yoursubmission added to Mr. Linky by Friday, December 16 at 8 a.m. EST.If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC88. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

here is my take on the sketch:

I decided to give it a feminine touch and use some fun buttons  and twine (TLC challenge at Splitcoast).  The colors are inspired by the Shabby Tea Room challenge. The ornament is embossed and Gold and cut out with the Spellbinders Holiday Tags.  The ornament is framed with two "Labels 4" cut outs going in alternate directions.


Card Recipe
Spellbinders Die: Holiday Tags, Labels 4 dies
Punches: Daisy border
Designer Paper: Paper Co. textured, Gold textured
Accessories:  Pink Flower Ribbon trim from a R.A.K., Vintage Buttons from JoAnn Fabrics


This is the Inspiration from the  Shabby Tea Room


For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
Sue Worthingtonguest designer
Wanda Cullen- guest designer

If you would like to join the challenge or find out more details, click here to the Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge post.

challenges I am entering my creation in:
Shabby Tea Room: Inspiration challengeAud Sentiments Challenge Any Winter Holiday SentimentCrimbo Crackers -  EmbossingLittle Miss Muffet Challenges - Buttons and Ribbons Paper Crafting Journey -Christmas Sassy Studio Designs  Non Traditional Christmas ColorsABC Christmas Challenge -  Christmas - anything goesCrafting for all Seasons -#15 white on whiteCreative Belli - #132 winter/ChristmasDigistamps 4 Joy #33 Christmas, no animals I Brake For Challenges vintage Penny's Paper-Crafty  #68 Merry Christmas Bearly Mine - Non-Traditional Christmas Paper Take Weekly - Anything GoesThe Stamping Boutique 2W - #21 No Traditional Christmas ColorsTuesday Throwdown - #77 Celebrate The SeasonIncy Wincy Designs - Non Traditional Christmas ColoursPaper Creations Ink "Bling It Up!"Stamps & Fun = Creativity - PearlsStamps R Us  Emboss ItThe Ribbon Reel  Anything GoesVictorine Originals -  Ribbon Make it Monday-Anything Goes Card Makin' Mamas - Christmas   Delicious Doodles – Christmas with lots of Embellishments   Inspire Me Fridays – Anything Goes  Lily Pad -  Buttons   Simply Create Too Embossing


Blessings to you all!! Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.  They are greatly appreciated. Have a great weekend!!

hugs,

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