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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
HI Everyone!! I am back very briefly to share another sneak peak for tomorrow's release at Our Daily Bread Designs!!

There will be some new verses, frames, images and backgrounds that you won't want to miss.  Today I am just giving you a glimpse of just one of them: Never Thirst.

Tomorrow I have lots to share with you since I have blog hop posts for Your Next Stamp, Whimsy and Our Daily Bread Designs.  Hope to see you then!

Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments!! They are so appreciated!!

Have a great day!


blessings,





Monday, August 30, 2010
Happy Monday Everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend.  It is hard to believe we are already on week 2 of our camping excursion.  Time sure flies when you are having fun.  The girls are having a blast.

Today, I would like to share this week's Stamp and Create Product Spotlight.
The product spotlight at Stamp and Create this week is Nestabilities. Stamp &Create will be offering the Nestabilities at 25% off until Friday September 3!!.  What a great time to add the couple that have been on your wish-list! I know I can never get enough of these dies....

The project I created for this week's product Spotlight is using the Classic Scalloped Edge Frame Spellbinders die, Standard Large Circles and the Mega Scalloped Circle die.  The image is Whiff of Joy~ Sick Henry. The dp is Cosmo Cricket  Material Girl and Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses.  It is embellished with embroidered flower lace, green velvet ribbon,  white silk ribbon, prima teal fairytale roses, and ivory trellis roses.
I made this for a dear friend who has been very ill from her chemo treatments.  I hope and pray this puts a smile on her face after all she has gone through.

challenges:
Bee Crafty~Anything goes
Delightful challenges~Girly with pearls and lace
Stamp Insanity~ Lace it up with stitches
Pixie Dust~Stitches
Stampin For the Weekend~ Anything goes
Stamps R Us~ Stitching
Bunny Zoes~ Vintage
Digi Doodle~ So Distressing
For Fun~ Ribbons and lace
CES~ Anything goes
Pollycraft~ Add a little nature (flowers and mouse)
The Shabby Tea room~ Something old (velvet ribbon) something new (teal flowers)
Stamp Scrap and Doodle~ Get well
Cowgirls Sunday~ Flowers
Prairie Fairies~ Lace and pearls
Crafty Pad~ pearls

For more inspiration for this week's product spotlight, please visit: Heidi, Lacey, Joy, and Jeanette.

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Leigh Ann Baird at Perfect Presentations has been creating new templates and cut file for you that are available in the store today!!  Do you need something creative for a birthday?  Well then check out the Mini Cake stand.  Do you need a fun  and tall way to package some goodies?  Well then Leign Ann has the perfect Taller Gable box for you?  There are also cut files available of pennant flags and banner and label frames!!  Click on over to the Wild flower Patch Store to check them out.  Since I am away, I was unable to create with one of these templates or cut files but I will be showing you some samples soon!!



 I hope you enjoyed my creation!! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They are greatly appreciated.


blessings,

Sunday, August 29, 2010
Happy Sunday!  I hope you are having a great weekend!! 

Today I have another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.  This week's challenge is hosted by the talented and super sweet Linda.

Linda chose the verse:
  • As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.. Proverbs 27:17
God has blessed us with many to support us in all parts of our lives. Ones who will lift us up when we are down, share in our joys, strengthen us when we are weak, and those we can learn from.  I thank God for all the blessed blogging friends I have been so inspired by in both crafting, spiritually and in the friendships I have built.  I am thankful for my husband, my best friend, my parents, and my children, my church friends, and the list goes on and on.

Linda's challenge is: to use metal on your card.

I created this bookmark using Teddy Bear's ABC by Meljen's Designs available at Whimsy stamps.  I colored him with prismas and gamsol and added stitching.


For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters: 

Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi, Meisje, Rebecca, and Cindy

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

other challenges used for this creation:
Stampin For the Weekend~ Anything goes
Bee Crafty~ anything goes
Pixie dust~ Stitching
Paper Cutz~Metal Embellishment
CES - Anything Goes
Stamp Something~ Back to School
Fussy and Fancy~Back to School
Incy Wincy~Back to School
Stamps R Us~ Stitching
Crafty HO's~ use something that is used in school (paperclip or bookmark)



 I hope you enjoyed my creation!! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They are greatly appreciated.


blessings,

Saturday, August 28, 2010
Happy Saturday Everyone!!  I hope you are all having a great weekend.  I am popping in to share this week's Our Daily bread Designs Shining the Light challenge for this week.


This week's challenge is to:

Texture it!! Add texture whether it be through embossing, your different embellishments (feathers, textured ribbon…) or distressing (roughing up the edges not just inking them)




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,   September 2. 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.

Now on to my take on the challenge:






My creation is made with the Don't Worry stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs and Basic Grey Capella paper.  I framed my image with a Lotus border which I laced with ribbon.  I distressed my edges for more texture.


For more inspiration, please visit the challenge team:
If you join in the challenge, please leave a direct link at the ODBD blog here.

I can't believe it is now the end of August!! Where does the time go!! Soon it will be another release at Our Daily Bread Designs!!  Today I would like to share with you just a little tease of what is to come!!  To see the new sets, join us for the ODBD Blog hop on September 1st at 8 a.m. The sets include verses and sentiments, images, frames and even a background!!



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


Blessings,

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Hello Everyone!! I hope you are all having a great week!!  I know I am!

Today I am popping in to share a back to school creation I created using the Meljen's Design's Digital image
PenPal Mouse.

 This set contains some erasers, sharpeners and etc. for my dear daughter for school.  I wanted to make this set more fun.  The Little box uses the Bag it up template from Leigh Ann Baird. The Pencil holder I created on my own by just scoring and folding into a rectangular holder.  The image is colored with copics.  The paper is from Cosmo Cricket.  I had this fun ribbon in my stash and I think it was from Making Memories? The clip on the box is actually a large paper clip that I created into a bookmark.

Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments!! They are so appreciated!!

blessings,

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Happy Hump Day Everyone!!  I hope you are having a good week!! After leaving late for vacation due to the flu.  We are now there and enjoying our time.  Since we did have to leave a bit later than planned, it gave me a chance to create a card for you.

I am coming back here today to share a fun bright card using Flower Bouquet Fiona  from Your Next Stamp.

I decided to use the YNS challenge-summer brights and the Fussy and Fancy sketch.


other challenges:
Paper cutz~Anything goes.
The Pink Elephant~Ribbon & Sparkle- It is hard to see in the photo but the flowers and the headband are glittered.
Digi Doodle~Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly- 3-2-1 recipe (3 layers, 2 butterflies and 1 ribbon)
Flutter By Wednesday~anything goes with a butterfly angel or fairy on it
Charisma Cardz Challenge~ die cuts
Stampin for the weekend~ Anything goes
Bee Crafty ~ Ribbons and bows
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes

In addition to my card, I wanted to share an opportunity to win some stamps!!!



We've got a super FUN Fall/Halloween blog hop planned starting September 1 at 3 a.m. EST.  and we need your help to spread the word!

The very talented Simonne has created this adorable blinkie for the hop - thank you Simonne!!!

All you need to do is...
  1. grab the blinkie code from the Karen's blog here, place the super cute blinkie on your blog
  2. Add your blog link at the YNS blog and leave a  comment on Karen's post to let her know you're helping spread the word. 
You're name will then be entered into a random draw for a special new release stamp prize package...the entire September release!

Don't have blog? No worries...just comment on the YNS blog and let Karen know that you don't have a blog and you'll still be entered into the draw.


Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments.  You are all so appreciated.

Have a great day!!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Happy Monday Everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend!!  I know I am.  I am at the campground right now spending time with my girls.  It feels so nice to put the stamping beside and spend some time with them.

Today I would like to share a creation I made using this week's product spotlight at Stamp and Create.
 The product spotlight again this week at Stamp and Create this week is High Hopes Distin Pike images. Stamp & Create will be offering the Dustin Pike stamps at 25% off.  What a great time to add the couple that have been on your wish-list! Please check the challenge blog to see the other wonderful creations made by the other DT members. They are sure to bring a smile to your face!

For my creation I used the image Sting illustrated by Dustin Pike for High Hopes.  I also used the Cosmo Cricket Earth Love and Material Girl, the Scalloped Ovals Large Nestabilities, and the Classic Ovals Large Nestabilities available at Stamp and Create.

The layout on my card uses the Midnight Madness sketch for this week.

"YOUR CHOICE"
I hope you enjoyed my creation and that you too are inspired to create. 
Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They are greatly appreciated.


blessings,

Sunday, August 22, 2010
Happy Sunday Everyone!!  I hope you are enjoying the weekend and one of the last week's of summer which is upon us in the USA.

Today is the day of another Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge brought to us by Cindy.  Cindy has chosen: Psalm 56:3, When I am afraid, I will trust in THEE.

The bible gives us such comfort if we will just look to HIm and trust Him instead of relying on our strength.

 Cindy's challenge to go with this verse is:
to make something that represents what could be your life verse, a place where God has revealed to you that you can trust in him, something representing a turning point in your life, or just focusing on Psalm 56:3. This is more of an open challenge, something that only you understand. I want you to be encouraged and remember those special "Jesus and me" moments when the Lord truly revealed Himself to you and praise Him for it.

Have you ever driven up your driveway and thought is that really my house.  I still do after 12 years.  I think what did I do to deserve this house.  Or, did you ever think "Why am I blessed with such a loving and handsome husband who cares so much about me?" I do!!  or "How did I deserve these beautiful and healthy children?"  I often wonder how do I deserve such blessings. There are so many who have so much less or deserve so much more.  While thinking over these questions, I am reminded of my favorite verse which to me sums up the entire Bible or Gospel story: For it is by Grace you have been saved, through faith~and this is not from yourselves, It is the GIFT OF GOD. Ephesions 2:8.


My verse comes from Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 2 and the poinsettia image is from the Blessed Christmas.

The paper is a from Winter Wonderland K & and Co.  The ribbon is olive silk from May Arts.  I also added some ZVA Creative Pearls.
My card uses the Midnight Madness sketch for this week.

challenges:
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long-two ribbons
Pollycraft Monday- in stitches
Sew Many Challenges : Christmas in August
Spoonful of Sugar- Christmas
Midnight Madness sketch

I hope you enjoyed my creations today. For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit:

Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi, Meisje, Rebecca, and Cindy

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

Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments.  You are all so appreciated.

Have a great day!!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Happy Saturday Everyone!!  I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!!  I know I am.  This post has been prescheduled and the family and I are away camping.  I am not creating too much right now and tried to get way ahead before leaving.  I am however able to visit your blogs since I do have internet access.  Woohoo!! Lovin my new laptop!!

Anywho...today I would like to share a new challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge.  


This week's Challenge:

This week the team is challenging you to use punches or dies on your creation.  Now isn't that just easy peasy!!
 

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, August 26  . 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.

Now on to my creation:
 


I always enjoy visiting blogs that create clean crisp cards with just a little detail, that I decided to give it a go myself.  I don't do this too often but I think I like how it turned out.  I used the Harvest Blessings and
Light from the Full of Grace collection from Our Daily Bread Designs.  The sunflower image I did not cut out by hand!! I actually used a die now available at Our Daily bread Designs.  It made it so much easier and less labor intensive!!  The image is nested in the Labels 11 Spellbinder die
which is embossed with Divine Swirls (Cuttlebug). My card background is dry embossed with a vine. The ribbon is SU Crushed Curry.
 
For more inspiration, please visit the challenge team:
Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!! Have a great weekend!!


Blessings,
Friday, August 20, 2010
Happy Friday Everyone!! Today is the Wags n whiskers  Blog Hop!! The team has many wonderful creations using their new release of rubber designed by Cris De Lara to share with you!!
If you came here from Deb's blog you are in the right place. If not, you may want to start back at the Wags n Whiskers Blog. Why? So you don't miss all the gorgeous creations along the way and so you have a chance to win your choice of 2 digi stamps from Wags n Whiskers. That right! There are 4 hidden prizes along the way and even we, the team, do not know where it is, so you will want to comment on each of the teams creations for your chance to win!!

Oh and don't forget....that you still have a chance to enter in the (triple play challenge- use three of something) at Wags n Whiskers until next Friday.

Here is the order of the hop just in case you lose track along the way:
Wags n Whiskers blog
Karen
Crystal
Cathy
Lou
Heidi
Tracy
 Lacey
 Debs
Chris- me ~ You are here!!
Emma
Mag
Melanie
Debbie Eastman
Nikki
Jeanette
Mina
Joy 
Angelique
Sharon
Michele
Wags n Whiskers-back to comment on your favorite image.



For my creation, I used the Angelica image and created a Christmas card. I colored her with a combo of copics and prisma color pencils.  Glitter was added to her wings. The designer paper is from Basic Grey Eskimo kisses. and SEI Juliette Printed Velvet Paper.




Challenges:
Sew Many Challenges : Christmas in August
Spoonful of Sugar- Christmas
Belli Challenge- Round and Metal- Copper brad
Going Grey with ScrapCreations- Fairy Tales- The fairy from Cinderella
ATS Wednesday Challenge: die cuts
Practical Scrappers- Stitching
Pollycraft Monday- in stitches
 Creative Card Crew- Sparkle and Shine
My time to Craft- glitter and glitz
The Pink Elephant- ribbon and sparkles
 Flutter By Wednesday- recipe- 2 dp, 3 pearls, 1 part glitter

I hope you have enjoyed my creation,  the next stop on the hop is the sweet and talented Emma.
Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments.  You are all so appreciated.

Have a great day!!
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hi Everyone!! I hope you are all doing well today!! I am so excited to be sharing the second day of sneak peaks with Wags n Whiskers Gorgeous images.This image is Hannah Fairy which will be available tomorrow at 7 a.m. EST.  I colored her with copics and thought it would be fun to create a circular card for her with a distressed or shabby chic feel to her. The dp is DCWV Nursery Paper.  I made the shape with my circular nestibilities and added sewing for some texture. The sentiment is from Stampin UP. I plan on giving this to my dear daughter who sometimes feels like she is not as special as her sister.  I hope this shows just a measure of how much I love her.

Bee Crafty: challenge 36 - ribbons n bows
 Creative Card Crew- Sparkle and Shine
My time to Craft- glitter and glitz




The second creation I have to share with you today uses the Divine Diva inspiration challenge photo sent to me by Lori.  I love Lindt Chocolate so I thought this was so fun to use and make a gift set for my daughter's Sunday School teacher.  I would make it for her regular school teacher but that would be me. LOL!  Not that I wouldn't enjoy this for myself...



I used the image: Teddy Bear Abc's image illustrated by Meljen's Designs' available as a digi at Whimsy stamps.  I just thought this is the perfect school time image.  I then created a chocolate gift holder that can be hung over a water bottle.
The sentiment is from Whimsy's Ticket Sentiments created by Ann Vento and is available as a rubber stamp set.
challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown-More than one Fold
Digital Tuesday- Use your scraps
Simon Says- Make a gift

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:

Anne
Lori
Donna
Julie
Kerri

Hope you are inspired to come and play along with the Divine Diva Challenge. 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 DDIC.
Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments!! They are so appreciated!!

blessings,



Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Happy Hump Day Everyone!! I hope your week is going well.  Today starts sneak peaks for some gorgeous images at Wags n Whiskers.  They are all so pretty and fun to color that I am excited to share them with you.

Today's sneak peak that I am sharing with you is the fairy stamp: Lacey.  I colored her with copics, cut her out and popped her on dimensionals.  The paper is Green Tea from SU that is retired.  The flowers are both felt and crocheted with buttons at the center.

For more inspiration or sneak peaks, please visit my talented dt sisters:


Nikki
Lacey
Crystal
Michele
Karen
Sharon
Tina
Jeanette
Melanie
Debbie
Louise 
Angélique
 Tracy 

Challenges:

Sew Many Challenges: #20 - stitching
Pollycraft Monday- in stitches
Whoopsy Daisy: blue & green
Simon Says Challenge: summertime blues
Fab 'n' Funky: challenge #35 - simply colour-rific
Totally Gorjuss: challenge 43 - aqua
If the shoe fits... Scrap it!: challenge #43 - diecuts
ATS Wednesday Challenge: die cuts
Practical Scrappers- Stitching
I Did It - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments- Olive Light blue and tan
Fab n funky Challenges: flower power Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments!! They are so appreciated!!

blessings,

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Happy Tuesday Everyone!! I hope you are all having a great beginning to the week!!

 If you are here to follow the Stampin Sisters in Christ Blog hop, please click here.  
If you have not participated yet, you may want to since there are prizes along the way, one of which is a $50 gift certificate at the SSCC blog.  All you have to do is leave comments on each blog along the way and tell us your fave. verse on the SSCC blog.

Today I have a Stamp and Create Product Spotlight to share with you.  Normally I post these on Monday's but due to a debilitating migraine headache I was unable to post it yesterday or visit any of your blogs.  I am so sorry!!  While my migraine is still not gone, I hope I will have some blogging time later....and this migraine will disappear.

This post may be a little shorter than normal and for that I am sorry too.  If there is something I miss and you want to know, please feel free to email me.


The product spotlight at Stamp and Create this week is High Hopes Distin Pike images. Stamp & Create will be offering the Dustin Pike stamps at 25% off.  What a great time to add the couple that have been on your wish-list! Please check the challenge blog to see the other wonderful creations made by the other DT members. They are sure to bring a smile to your face!



For my creation I used the High Hopes Image Mer-cat (illustrated by Dustin Pike) to create a card with a gift pocket. She also used Cosmo Cricket Cosmo Cricket Material Girl paper. The inside sentiment is from the Penny Black Bubbly clear stamp set.  
The front of my card uses the sketch and challenge from Pixie Cottage challenges this week.

I have taken photos of the steps to create this type of card, so stay tuned it the coming weeks for a tutorial here or on the Stamp and Create blog.

challenges:
The Pixie Cottage: challenge #31 - sketch and/or fancy fold
Sew Many Challenges: #20 - stitching
Pollycraft Monday- in stitches
The Pink Elephant: TPE79 - summer fun!
Whoopsy Daisy: blue & green
Papertake Weekly: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
Allsorts Challenge: week 65 - paper piercing
Simon Says Challenge: summertime blues
Little Red Wagon: challenge #41 - summer theme
Fab 'n' Funky: challenge #35 - simply colour-rific
Totally Gorjuss: challenge 43 - aqua
If the shoe fits... Scrap it!: challenge #43 - diecuts
ATS Wednesday Challenge: die cuts
 Bee Crafty: challenge 36 - ribbons n bows
Fab N Funky Challenges 35: Simply Colourrific Use Favorite Color.(I have many but pink, blue, and green are my real faves)
Crafty Cardmakers - Birthdays
Stempel Magie - Birthday
I Did It - Anything Goes
Paper Pretties - Ribbon
Stampin B's - Create a Scene
 Practical Scrappers- Stitching
Tuesday Throwdown - more than one fold


 I hope you enjoyed my creation!! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They are greatly appreciated.


blessings,

Monday, August 16, 2010
Happy Monday Everyone!!  Today marks the anniversary for the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge!!  Woo hoo!!  We hope it has been a blessing and a sense of inspiration for many.  In celebration, all present and past members will be hosting a hop!


 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5,6



The hop begins at the Stampin Sisters in Christ Blog.  If you have not begun there, you may want to click the link above.  If you came here from Pamela's blog, you are in the right place.  There are prizes and inspiration along the way (even a $50 gift certificate at the SSCC blog!!), so grab your fave beverage and enjoy the hop.


The verse posted above is one that has real meaning and significance for me.  It has always been a real comfort to me to know that it is God who directs my life and it is not of my own strength.  It is those dark times that God show His light and that we learn to depend more on Him.  When my mother in law's cancer returned, it was a real struggle for the family.  It was her faith and this verse which brought both her and us comfort.  We did not understand why ...this verse asks us not to ask but rather trust and leave it all too Him.  Are you relying on Him or are you relying on your own strength for your financial difficulties, emotional baggage, physical health or any situation.  You can not handle it on your own strength but you can on His.

The card above uses the Scripture  2 Collection and Don't Worry Stamp sets from Our Daily Bread designs.  The design paper is Capella paper from Basic Grey.  The verse is frame using the Fleur De Lis Frame and the Lotus Borders die (which I laced ribbon through.).

Thanks for stopping by today and for your comments.  The next stop on the hop is sweet  Helen who will be sharing her favorite verse and some more inspiration

blessings,
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Happy Sunday Everyone!!  I hope you are all having a blessed weekend!  Today I have the opportunity of sharing the verse and challenge at Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge this week. This week's host is the uber talented and sweet Randi.

Randi has chosen the verse:  Proverbs 17:22 " A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. " (NIV). Randi is a walking testimony to this verse and inspires me with the Faith in God and optimistic spirit in all she goes through and experiences.  This is a very good verse for us all to be thankful for God has given us realizing it is all from Him and that in all situations, He is our Guide.  There is no greater joy than to know that God is there directing our lives.  He wants to Trust in Him even in the bad times and be joyful.  Are you joyful and depending on Him or are you defeated and not trusting.  Place all you cares on Him and be joyful.

Randi's challenge this week is to make a clean humorous card. Lets see some laughter.
 




















For my creation, I decided to use the fun image from Whimsy stamps called Pear-tunia.  The image just makes you smile with her cheesy smile and her big butt.  I used the
Midnight Madness sketch for this week.  

 

 


The butt of my Pear-tunia is paper pieced with Cosmo Cricket Material Girl paper.  The rest for the dp is Basic Grey Lemonade. 


challenges:
Sew Many Challenge -stitching
Paper take Weekly is having a something old, something new something borrowed or something blue challenge (new pearls, old stamp)
 Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
Crafty Angels- something old and something new
Creative card crew- Cute and girly
Midnight Madness sketch
All sorts- paper piecing
Craftalicous- pearls and swirls 
 Pink Elephant- Summer Fun
Flutter By Wednesday- fairy, butterflies or angel
Crafy creations- winged things
Fab n Funky- fave color combo- black and green
Lili Of The Valley Thursday- spring summer or winter

I hope you enjoyed my creations today. For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit:

Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi, Meisje, Rebecca, and Cindy

For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.
DeeDee's Digis is the sponsor for today's Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge and I encourage you to check out the  cute images she has.
Tomorrow Stampin Sisters is celebrating their one year blogoversary.  We will be celebrating with a fun hop.  We hope you can join us for inspiration and prizes!!

Have a great day!!

blessings,
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Happy Saturday Everyone!!  I hope you are all having a good start to the weekend and that you have the kind of weather you would like.  While I love the sunshine, I am so hoping for rain here.  It is so dry!! Our lawn is dying and the watering of the bushes, trees and flowers around our yard is becoming cumbersome (we have over 100 bushes and trees and 4 flower gardens.  Oh well..I am not complaining, although it sounds like it. God does know best.

Anywho...today we have a new challenge for you at Our Daily Bread Designs.  This week's challenge is:

This week's challenge:Stamp more than once. Use a stamp or part of a stamp more than once 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, August 18. 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. If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword ODBDSLC25. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

Now on to my take on the challenge:


Last week I created a Don't worry book for my daughter, Nicki, with several Bible verses.  This week I created a bookmark for her to use to place in her Bible when she wants to tag a passage she finds comfort from. 


  
This bookmark uses the Don't Worry set from Our Daily Bread Designs released on August 1 and the Spellbinders Labels ten die.  I created a rose out of ribbon and attached some ribbon.  I added the charm and stitching with silver thread.

CARD RECIPE:
Stamps: Don't Worry set from Our Daily Bread Designs
Accesories: Lavender paper, copics, ribbon, silver metallic thread, heart charm,
Spellbinders Labels ten die

challenges:
Sew Many Challenge -stitching
Paper take Weekly is having a something old, something new something borrowed or something blue challenge (new stampset, old ribbon from stash)
 Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
Kaboodle- metal accents I used metallic thread
Crafty Angels- something old and something new (new stampset, old ribbon from stash)
Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge- one for the girls (very girly I think)
Totally Stampalicious- one layer
Stamp With Fun- lilac
All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge- diecuts
ABC Challenge- August (flowers are definitely summer time and august)
Crafts & Me Challenges- purple and green
Little Red Wagon- summer theme (flowers)
Lili Of The Valley Thursday- spring summer or winter
If The Shoe Fits Scrap It- diecuts
Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog- favorite stamp (fave flower stamp at ODBD)

For more inspiration, please visit the challenge team:
Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!! Have a great weekend!!


Blessings,




Friday, August 13, 2010
Happy Friday Everyone!!  Wow!! Does time fly.  I had hoped on putting up this post much earlier but one thing lead to the next and it just didn't get done.  I am kind of feeling the expression "Stop the train, I want to get off"  Life is crazy busy for me right now.

Anywho enough of my woes...let's get on to my creation.  I decided that I would make a birthday card in honor of Your Next Stamps one year anniversary.  What better timing than on the day that it is announced that I will be on the Your Next Stamp design team.  I am so honored to be joining the talented team and working with Karen and the gorgeous line of stamps.  Thanks for the invitation and opportunity Karen!!




I got up early this morning thinking I would make an easy peasy or clean and simple card but it turned out to be more elaborate and time consuming than I  had planned.  I decided to meet the challenge at the Pixie Cottage Challenge using their sketch and create a card with a different fold as well as the Your Next Stamp challenge to make a birthday card. Well....criss cross cards are time consuming since there are so many sides.  And...of course I had to sew all those sides. LOL!

The image is Flying High Fiona.  I paper pieced her dress and added a button for a balloon.  I made clouds with my mega scalloped oval dies and embossed them with divine swirls.  The American crafts designer paper is quite old...I have only one of each piece and I have been hoarding it!!! Since Paper Romance is having a pink and bling challenge this week and Paper take Weekly is having a something old, something new something borrowed or something blue challenge and Paper Romance is having a Pink and Bling challenge, I thought it was time to take it out of the closet.

Here is a list of a few more challenges, that I am linking up for this creation:
Your Next Stamp challenge to make a birthday card
Sew Many Challenge -stitching
C.R.A.F.T.- insects -butterflies
Paper Romance is having a Pink and Bling challenge
Paper take Weekly is having a something old, something new something borrowed or something blue challenge
Pixie Cottage Challenge using their sketch and create a card with a different fold
 Creative Card Crew: Cute and Girly
 Lil Red Wagon: Circles (bling, button, and polkadots)
Challenge up your life - Celebrations
 Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
Frosted Designs -Recipe-use 5 0f 10 I used ribbon, pink, punches, butterflies, buttons and glitter
Crafty Cardmakers: Punches
 Flutter By Wednesday- fairy butterfly or angel
Crafty Creations- Winged Things
Ooh la la- spots and dots
Incy Wincy- a bug's life
Pixi Dust Studio Challenge- pretty in pink

 I hope you enjoyed my creation!! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They are greatly appreciated.


blessings,

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
HI Everyone!! Happy Hump Day!!  Boy am I feeling behind...I had hoped to post this yesterday but then one of my dear daughters got sick with the flu and needed A LOT of my attention.  Oh well, family comes first.  Thankfully she is feeling much better today!!  Maybe I can catch up on my blogging!!

Today I would like to share a card I created with a Meljen's Designs Digital Image from Whimsy called Firefly fairy.  I just love this darling fairy. So fun to color!!!  The sentiment is from Whimsy Ticket sentiments (rubber stamp). I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday.  The dp is Afternoon Tea from SU that I have HOARDED.  I still have 4 more packs of it. LOL!


Challenges I participated in for this creation:
Creative Card Crew: Cute and Girly
 Lil Red Wagon: Circles (bling, button, and polkadots)
Challenge up your life - Celebrations
 Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
Frosted Designs - Celebrations
Alphabet Challenge - Ovals
MelJen's Designs Challenge - clean and simple
Cute Card Thursday: Whateva
Crafty Cardmakers: Punches (for my corners and my ticket
 Flutter By Wednesday- fairy butterfly or angel
Practical Scrappers- Summer theme (catching fireflies)
Crafty Creations- Winged Things
Ooh la la- spots and dots
Incy Wincy- a bug's life
Delightful sketches- distressing
Sketch Saturday
Crafty Little Place- tag


I hope you enjoyed my creation!! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They are greatly appreciated.


blessings,

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!!  It has been beautiful weather wise with less humidity. PHEW!  I hate sticky weather.

Anywho on this beautiful day, I would like to share the new Stampin in Sisters challenge this week.
This week's hostess is the uber talented Lisa.

Lisa chose the verse:

Philippians 3:13-14 "Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

We all have our moments when we dwell on the past and are afraid to move on for one reason or another.  Maybe a friend hurt us and we are afraid to forgive and forget.  Maybe things were going so well for us and now we need to depend on God's help for each and every day.  Maybe there is something that God wants us to do that we are hesitant about and we are another Jonah. God encourages to keep moving and striving on to the greatest reward of all, our place in heaven.


The Challenge:   Make a card of apology or one reaching out to someone and encouraging them to put the past behind them and move forward


Since this week's sponsor is Simon Says Stamp, I decided to use the Magnolia image Tilda with bike which they carry in there store.  Boy has it been forever and day that I've inked up a Tilda.  I water colored her with distress inks.  The layout uses the Midnight Madness sketch for this week. This card si for a friend whose husband experienced a layoff 7 monthes ago.  Their whole life is changing and it sometimes is very difficult to move on.  My sentiment says "Keep on peddling!"

I hope you enjoyed my creations today. For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit:

Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi, Meisje, Rebecca, and Cindy

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


challenges:

Midnight Madness sketch
Penny's challenges~anything goes

 Cute Card Thursday- Whatevah
Dutch Dare Card Challenges~ anything goes
One Stitch at a Time~little pink

Pixie Dust~ cute as a button
Creative Card Crew~ Cute and girlie
Lollipop crafts~ Anything goes
Sparkle creations~fave embellishment (silk ribbon!!)
Alota Rubber Stamps~Distressing
Cupcake craft~Distressing
Delightful sketches~distressing
Stars and Stamps~patterned paper
Going Grey with Snap Creations~basic grey and anything goes
Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!! Have a great weekend!!

Blessings,

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