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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Hello All!! I hope you are having a great week!!  I am sorry for my absence.  Between packing, legal stuff for the house, and a computer that refuses to cooperate, I have been able to get on the computer like I would have liked.

Anywho...today I have a fun gift box to share with you using a beautiful sneak peek from Our Daily Bread Designs called Holiday Ornament tags which will be released on Saturday!!!!!   These tags coordinate with Spellbinders Holiday Ornament tags dies.  I just love the versatility of these stamps!!



For my gift box I used the Box #2 Big XL die from Stampin up.  These make the perfect gift to put just a few candies in or something.  My tags are embossed in gold and distressed with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain and outlined with a gold leafing pen.  The flower on the top of the box is made of felt.  I just love this emerald green ribbon from May Arts (available at Really Reasonable Ribbon here) but have had a hard time matching it up to my dp in my stash until today...isn't it a gorgeous color. The designer paper is DCWV Holiday Collection.  This pack is full of papers perfect for vintage creations and includes a lot of the kraft color.  The flower is made with felt.

This box is part of a set...I hope to show the rest of my set at the ODBD blog hop on Saturday.  We hope to see you there!!

challenges I am entering my creation in:
Stampin in Time challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs: distressingCrafts and Me - #54 flowersCreative Belli -  #127 paper piecing
Digistamps 4 Joy -  #28 anything goesPenny's Paper-Crafty - #63 anything goesSimon Says Stamp - anything goesCelebrate the Occasion - Any Occasion- Must Use RibbonCrazy Amigo Challenge - The Letter R (ribbon)Die Cuttin' Divas - must include a Die-cut - #34 Shabby Chic Or VintagePartytime Tuesdays -  PTT #35 Anything GoesTop Tip Tuesday -2 Or More, Ribbon, Twine, Lace, Fabric (ribbon and cording)Heart Song Inspirations  - Ribbon and/or TagMake it Monday - always Anything GoesOoh La La Creations -  Punches/DiesPollycraft - Tags and/or BookmarksThere's Magic in the Air -  Punches and Cuts- 3 or more (die for box plus two different ornament tag dies from SpellbindersCorrosive Challenges - Punches and/or DiesGingerloft -  Vintage or Distressed Lollipop Crafts - Anything GoesOne Stitch At A Time - Use your Favorites (whatever you love when making cards-ribbon and dies)The Squirrel & the Fox -  Anything GoesOur Craft Lounge -  patterned papers 


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

Have a great day!!

Blessings,








Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hi All!! I hope you all are having a great weekend!! Ours has been good but very busy.  I am downright exhausted after cleaning out our attic (what a bunch of stuff we have accumulated...Yikes!) and numerous closets and drawers I went through.  It is a good tired though since I feel like accomplished something.

Anywho...It is time for a Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge.  This week's hostess is my ever so dear friend, Grace.  

Grace has chosen the verse:

John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."


In these trying days there are so many trials...we look at one natural disaster after another, a bad national economy in many countries, illnesses, and etc.  These are all devastating and scary.  With the Lord's help we can conquer.  Does this mean life will be rosy if we have God in our lives?  No!  God does not promise us a life of ease but He does promise to give us hope and a future...this hope, however may not be earthly hope but rather heavenly.  God sometimes allows us to go through trials to grow closer to Him.  If life was easy, we would not need to trust in Him.  God is in control.  All things work together for good for those who put their trust in Him.


Grace has challenged us this week at Stampin Sisters to:
Create a card / project that either says "Blessings" or uses an encouraging Scripture.


Here is my take on the challenge using a sneak peek of Our Daily Bread Designs Holiday Ornaments to be released on October 1. This stamp set coordinates with Spellbinders Holiday Tags.  I embossed the ornament with gold embossing powder and cut it out with the Holiday Tags die and my Spellbinders Grand Caliber The designer paper is from Whimsy Stamps Holiday Folly designer paper.  I made this a spin card.






I hope you enjoyed my creation.

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

For more inspiration please visit my DT Sisters:
 Grace,  LindaLisa, MiesjeRebecca,PeggysueKris,  Marilynn,  and
 Traci

challenges I am entering my creation in:
Clearly Inspired -  glitterFussy and Fancy -  try new technique (first time making a spin cardInspire Me Fridays - always anything goesOur Craft Lounge - patterned papers Crafty Ribbons -  Anything GoesPixie Dust Studio - CirclesSouthern Girls -  Anything GoesStampin' B's -  Use 2 or more Spellbinders to make a cardDigistamps 4 Joy -  #28 anything goesSimon Says Stamp - dies or punchesCrafters`s Cafe Progressive Challenge - Add the colors: Pink/Peach and Teal/GreenHouse of Gilli - Embossing Ooh La La Creations -  Punches/DiesStamp with Fun - Anything GoesStamps & Fun = Creativity - Shapes and/or Die CutsAnything Goes Challenge -  Anything GoesPaper Shelter Challenge -  #32 anything goes




Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments!! They are greatly appreciated!!
Have a great weekend!!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Happy Saturday all!! I hope everyone is well!!  I feel so out of touch with things lately.  I am such a bad blogger...I can't believe I have not posted in 4 days...Unfortunately life comes before crafting...

Anywho, it is time for another Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light challenge.

This weeks challenge: Make a card or project with a scripture, quote, or song as the focal point.
This challenge will be for 2 weeks so you have until October 7 at 8 a.m. to participate.

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, October 7 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 your submission added to Mr. Linky by Friday, October 7 at 8 a.m. EST.If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC78. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.
I chose to create a card using a sneak peek from Our Daily Bread Designs called Joy Tree.  I just love it!!  Such a great stamps without any coloring.  Great for making a mass of Christmas cards or an elegant card for that someone special.
The sentiment/image is embossed in gold.  The ivory cs is dry embossed with the Sizzix embossing folder.  The lace is from Jo Anne Crafts and the ribbon is from May Arts (burgundy silk).  The card is framed with gold glitter paper.

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

To join the challenge, please link your creation here
.



Inspire Me Fridays - always anything goes Crafty Ribbons -  Anything GoesSouthern Girls -  Anything GoesDigistamps 4 Joy -  #28 anything goesSimon Says Stamp - dies or punchesHouse of Gilli - Embossing Ooh La La Creations -  Punches/DiesStamp with Fun - Anything GoesPaper Pretties - ButtonsPaper Creations Ink -  Buttons or BowsNettie G's Digital Gems -  Anything GoesHooked on Crafts -  Ribbon and LaceHappileigh Scrappin - (Last Challenge) "T Time" (use tea image or something starts with "T")-treeBows 'n Berries - GlitterWags 'n Whiskers -  laceLily Pad -  blingCard Makin' Mamas -  cards only - punches



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


hugs,



Monday, September 19, 2011
Happy Monday Everyone!! I hope you had a great weekend!!

Today I am popping in again with another new product spotlight at Stamp and Create.  This week's product spotlight is something I treasure and use all of the time for most of my creations: The Bow Easy!!!!  This week it will be available for 25% off!!!

I wanted to create something different than a card this week so I created a gift box using the Darling Daisies stamp set illustrated by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps and the Whimsy Summer Letter Seals (designed by Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs) as well as the Tea Tabbed Template from My Time Made Easy.The image is colored with copics and mounted on Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Circles.  The bow uses May Arts Satin Ivory Reversible Ribbon and the bow easy.  The designer paper is Prima Botanical (another fave!!).





 For more inspiration using the Bow Easy, please visit my talented dt sisters: JoyLaceyHeidiVicky and  Jeanette.



challenges I am entering my creation in:
Creative Stamp Friends -  Anything BUT a Card 
Get Hippity with Ippity -  Buttons and/or Bows and/or Bling
Hooked on Crafts - Ribbon and Lace (lace on side of the box)
House of Gilli -  Embossing
Kaboodle Doodles - Lots of Layers
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes
Ooh La La Creations - Punches/Dies
Paper Creations Ink - Buttons or Bows

Stamp with Fun - Anything Goes
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - Shapes and/or Die Cuts
Card Cupids - Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenges - Punches and/or Dies
Lollipop Crafts - Anything BUT a Card
One Stitch At A Time - Punch It
Quirky Crafts -  Anything but a card
The Squirrel & the Fox - 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!!

Blessings,









Sunday, September 18, 2011
Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are having a great weekend!!

Today I have the honor of being this week's hostess at Stampin Sisters in Christ. I chose one of my
favorite verses for this week's devotional and challenge: He who waits upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings like eagles. Isaiah 40:31


How many of us go through life thinking we are in total control or our own destiny when all the sudden we hit some difficulty whether it be health wise for us or a loved one, financial, difficulty with raising a child, or etc.  Where does our help come from then?  To read more of my devotional you can click here.


Although most of my devotional is on the Stampin Sisters in Christ post, I would like to share a very enlightening or inspiring poem I found left to me by my dear mother in law (who is now in Heaven with her Saviour).



YOU MUST WAIT

Desperately, helplessly, longingly I cried:
Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said, “Child you must wait.”
Wait, you say wait,” my indignant reply.
“Lord I need answers. I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked and am claiming your Word.
My future and all of which I can relate
Hangs in the balance and YOU tell me WAIT?
I’m needing a ‘Yes”, a go-ahead sign,
Or even a ‘No’ to which I can resign.
And Lord, you promised that if we believe
We need but to ask and we shall receive.
And Lord, I’ve been asking and this is my cry”
I’m weary of asking! I need a reply.”
Then quietly, softly I learned of my fate
As my Master relied once again, “You must wait.”
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut and
Grumble to God, “So I am waiting for what?”
He seemed the to kneel and His eyes wept with mine,
And He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun,
I could raise the dead, cause the mountains to run.
All you seek I could give, and please you would be.
You would have what you want, but you wouldn’t know Me.
You’d not know the depth of My love for each saint;
You’d not know the power that I give the faint;
You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there;
You knot know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence were all you could see;
You would never experience that fullness of love
As the peace of my Spirit descends like a dove;
But you’d not know the depth of the beat of My heart,
The glow of My comfort, late in the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight,
Of an infinite God, who makes what you have LAST.
What it means that ‘My grace is sufficient for thee!’
But oh the loss, if I lost what I’m doing in you!

Author unknown

The challenge I chose for this week at Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge:

Use wings and a biblical verse or quote on your creation


This week's Sponsor  is Our Daily Bread Designs who is offering a $15 gift certificate for one random participant of this week's challenge.


For my creation I used the Scripture Series 2 and Scrolly Borders from Our Daily Bread Designs to make a card of encouragement for a friend who recently had serious surgery on her back.  She will be layed up for months and is in severe pain. I hope this card puts a smile on her face, knowing others are praying for her.


The designer paper is Basic Grey Curio paper.  The verse is frame with the Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two which I cut twice to frame (oval die). The bouquet is created with a crocheted doily and prima flowers.  









I hope you enjoyed my creation.

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

For more inspiration please visit my DT Sisters:
 Grace,  LindaLisa, MiesjeRebecca,PeggysueKris,  Marilynn,  and
 Traci
Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments!! They are greatly appreciated!!
Have a great weekend!!


hugs,












Creatalicious Challenges- anything goes, Emerald Faerie Garden -  Challenge #9: Pearls, Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes, Little Miss Muffet Challenges - Things With Wings, Paper Play - punches and dies Shelly's Images - Anything Goes,Paper Take Weekly - Things With Wings, Tuesday Throwdown -#66 Pearls, Di's Digis Designs  Anything Goes, Sugar Creek Hollow  -Vintage, Shabby Chic or Primitive  -  Fancy Borders (I stamped mine around the sentiment and used lace borders on the card itself), Inspire Me Fridays - always anything goes, Mami Doodles - all creatures great and small, Be Crafty - Beautiful Borders (I stamped mine around my sentiment)
2 Sisters - #57 Lets get SentimentalDi's Digis Designs  Anything GoesMy Sheri Crafts  #69 Sew SimpleJellypark Challenges Pass it on
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Happy Saturday Everyone!! I hope you are having a great weekend!!

With fall coming up this week, the Shining the Light challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs is challenging you to use fall colors or a fall theme!!



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, September 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 your submission added to Mr. Linky by Friday, September 23 at 8 a.m. EST.If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC77. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.


Here is my take on the challenge:







For my creation, I used the Seeds and the Garden Tag Releases from the Our Daily Bread Designs September release.  The image is from the Garden Tag set and is colored with copics.  The quote  is from the Seeds set and is cut out with the Spellbinders Grommet Tags Trio.  This gift box uses the Pop n Top Template which is available as an SVG or PNG. file from Perfect Presentations and some Basic Grey Curio dp.



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

To join the challenge, please link your creation here
.




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


hugs,











cards I am entering my creation in: 
Clearly Inspired -  glitterInspire Me Fridays - always anything goesJellypark Challenges Pass it on  (a gift for a friend)Stampin With The Dragon -  3-D or DecoupageWags 'n Whiskers -  laceCrafty Purple Frog -  Fall Into FallCrafty Ribbons - Anything GoesDigi Doodle Shop's Best - Autumn ColoursMoving Along With The Times -  SparklePaper Play - punches and diesThe Rubber Cafe - Fabulous FallShelly's Images -Anything GoesDigistamps 4 Joy -  #27 fall colorsPapercraft Star - #62 anything goesThe Three Muses -  no card/layouts - autumnDeep Ocean Challenge - LaceJen's Digi Stamps - Anything But A CardPartytime Tuesdays -  #33 Ribbon Trim and Fibres....Oh My!
Tuesday Throwdown -#66 PearlsTry It On Tuesday - Tag Week - Dig Out The Old (old ribbon and dp)Crafty Boots -  Anything Goes
Happileigh Scrappin -  Anything about Autumn /Fall (Colours, Holidays, Leaves...etc)

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