Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mojo Monday and Sweet Stop Cards

It feels like Saturday to me. Unforunately, there are only a few more days of my vacation left, and I'm going to try to make the most of it...starting with getting my crafting area into shape. I've been running out of space. I have lots of Making Memories embellishment jars, but nowhere to put them. This morning I made a run to Michael's and got the embellishment center - at 50 percent off!! That was a deal! I can't wait to get it hung up and organize everything on it. It's going to give me so much more storage space. I'll post a picture of it when I get finished.

I have a few cards to share with you today. I'm not particuarly happy with either one. I tried making cards Tuesday and Wednesday. I made about five and hated all of them. I just don't know where my mojo was. I finally decided to give up before I "wasted" anymore paper. I actually threw one card in the trash once I got finished with it!

Anyway, back to my point...here are two Valentine's Day cards that I made. I used the same papers on both of them. They were scraps from an old Create My Keepsake kit that I had from last January.

I used Mojo Monday Sketch 119 for this one.

I used Sweet Stop Sketch 36 for this one.

I hope everybody has a great New Year's Eve! I'm sure I'll be ringing in the New Year in my bed. LOL! I'll be back tomorrow with my New Year's post.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Exciting News!

I have some exciting news to share today. I was selected to join the Sugar Baby design team for Sweet Stop Sketches. I couldn't believe it when I got the email from Korin on Christmas Day. It just made Christmas even better! I have admired the Sweet Stop blog for awhile now and frequently use their sketches, so it is a great honor to be designing for them.

I'm also among some wonderful talent. Congratulations to the rest of the new design team members! I look forward to getting to know all of the members - new and old!

Here are the other new members:
Audrey Gonzales
Andrea Vernagus
Renata Elenbaas
Julie Masse


Stop by and wish them congratulations! :)

My first card for Sweet Stop Sketches will be Saturday, so remember to check out the site for some great inspiration from these awesome ladies!

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

{SSCC # 19} Happy New Year!!

Happy Sunday! Lisa has a great challenge for us this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges. We are sponsored this week by The Cutting Cafe, and Regina, the owner, was so sweet to send our design team some wonderful New Years images to use on our creations this week. I am so glad that she did, because I do not own any New Years crafty items at all! Had it not been for Regina, I would've had to get very creative. Thanks, Regina! :) She will also generously be donating three digi sets to one random winner of this week's challenge.

Scripture
"Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long." Psalm 25:4-5

This is a wonderful scripture to focus on as we begin the New Year. If I could look to God to always show me the way instead of trying to find my own way, I might not make so many mistakes! This year, I pray that I could look to Him in everything that I do and always seek His will for my life.

Challenge
The challenge this week is the make a New Year's card. Lisa is encouraging us to let all of our resolutions this year include focusing on God's word and teachings and following the path that He has laid out for us.

Here's the card I created for the challenge. The 2010 background and "Happy New Year" circle are both from The Cutting Cafe. I also followed Mojo Monday's Week 118 sketch. I did a little embossing and used my new Martha Stewart loopy border punch...love that thing!


Be sure to hop on over to the SSCC blog and see all of the inspiration from our design team.

Oh, and by the way, The Cutting Cafe has some seriously cute Valentine's stuff right now. I'm just having a hard time deciding which files I want to buy! There's too many adorable ones!

I am off this whole week, and with the exception of a dentist appointment tomorrow, I plan on doing some serious relaxation! I'm still working on my blog, so hopefully I'll get that finished up this week. Y'all bear with me.

Have a great day!
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Sweet Stop Sketch

Good morning! I am certainly enjoying my Christmas break so far. Andrew and I went to Gulfport yesterday. We went to Michael's and I got the new Martha Stewart loopy border punch. I already tried it out on some scrap paper, and I can tell I am going to have fun with this one. I also got the DCWV Farmer's Market stack for only $9.99. I have lots of girly papers, but I didn't have anything quite like that, so I'm glad I got it.
Today I'm just doing some cleaning and running errands in preparation for the big day. Hopefully I can get some more stamping done, too. Oh, and I'm also *impatiently* waiting for a delivery. I sold enough of my New Orleans Saints Christmas ornaments to buy a new camera. I've been wanting a Nikon DSLR for a very long time, and I finally got a chance to get it. After a lot of research and reading of customer reviews, I finally settled on the Nikon D3000. All of the reviews I read said that it was the best camera for a beginner, and that it was very easy to use. I also got a great deal on it with Amazon. It came with all of the accessories I need and more. The UPS website tells me that it is scheduled to arrive on Christmas Eve. It will be a perfect Christmas gift to myself! :)

I made a Christmas card last night. I needed a money holder card and this week's Sweet Stop Sketch challenge was perfect for me. I used the sketch and the challenge was to make a pocket card. I didn't take a picture of the inside, but I did put a pocket on the inside to put money in. This card measures 3.25 x 7-inches. All of the papers and embellies came in a prize package from my sweet new friend, Diane, and the stamp is from Unity Stamp Company. I've had it for awhile, but this is the first time I've used it. Thank you again, Diane, for these wonderful goodies. I've had fun playing with them.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have fun getting ready for Christmas!

Blessings to you!

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

{SSCC #18} Luke 1: 26-32

Happy Sunday! It's time for another challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges. Kathy Winter is our hostess this week and we are sponsored by Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. One random winner will win a three-month subscription to the magazine.

Scripture
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.
Luke 1: 26-32

Challenge
Kathy thought that with this being Christmas week, and everyone being so busy, a simple sketch would be best. The challenge is to create a card with this sketch:


Here is the card I created with the sketch:


These cute little penguins are a digi stamp (Kissing Penguins) from Pink Cat Studio. The sentiment, also a digi stamp, is from Kissmas Ginger by Whimsie Doodles. Believe it or not, I used a few Copics from the Taylored Expressions Spa Copic Kit for this card. Coloring with Copics was so much fun! I just have to learn to stay in the lines! :) I definitely want more Copics. I also need to learn how to blend and shade. Right now, mine are just one solid image. But, I'm still happy with the result.

It's very hard to see but I used Frosted Lace Stickles on the trim of the girl penguin's hood and on the trim and pom of the boy penguin's hat. I also used SnowTek along the bottom of the circle to make it look like snow. I added Frosted Lace Stickles to the snow for some sparkle.

By the way, I also made this card with this week's Pink Elephant challenge in mind - to make a Christmas/Winter card.

Now, hop on over to the SSCC blog and check out the awesome inspiration from our design team. I hope you'll play along in our challenge this week!

Merry Kissmas to all of you! :)
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge

I feel free today...at least for two weeks. Yesteday was our last day of school before Christmas holidays. We had a nice BBQ luncheon and our English department exhanged gifts. I got the final gift from my Secret Santa, and of course, all secrets were revealed! I guessed my Santa right. Rachel got me a 100-piece Wilton cookie cutter set! I just love everything she got me throughout the month. Previously I got some cute notepads and a gel pen, a hot pink scarf (didn't have a pink one yet), and a Christmas bowl filled with chocolate (yum!). So, my Santa was good to me!

I got a few gifts from my students, but the one that meant the most was the one that came from one of my students who has made some huge improvements. He is a really smart boy, but at the beginning of the year, he stayed in trouble and missed school a lot. He completely turned his act around this past nine weeks, and it just amazes me at the efforts he is making to come to school and stay out of trouble. I am so proud of him! :) Every time I tell him that, he grins from ear to ear.

I'm hoping to get some crafty projects done during the holidays. But, for now, here's a card I made last night. I made this card for Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #95. I used the Spa Key Ingredients for my card, as well as the Sweet Indulgence stamp kit. I colored the image with the Spa Copic kit and used some Stickles on the bubbles.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure and pamper yourself during the holidays! :)

Blessings,

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

{SSCC # 17} Matthew 6:19-20

Hi there! :) My sweet design team sister, Kristine, has a new challenge for us at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges. We are sponsored this week by Simon Says Stamp. Don't be fooled by the name. Their store is much more than just stamps! They will be offering an adorable stamp set to one random winner of the challenge.

Scripture
"Do not store up for yourself treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal." Matthew 6:19-20

Challenge
Use [crafty] "treasures" on your card or other project... in other words, BLING IT UP! (ie. bling = gems, pearls, dazzling diamonds, charms.)

For my card, I used some things from the November Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients, and a new stamp from the Devoted collection by Ippity. I added some rhinestone swirls for my "blingy treasures." I do *love* bling, and I have a whole drawer in my scrappy area labeled "Bling." I think it goes without saying that I really liked this challenge!

Now, hop on over to the SSCC blog and check out all of the inspiration from our design team. We'd love to have you play along in our challenge this week! :)

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

{SSCC #16} 2 Chronicles 7:14

It's time for this week's challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges. The talented Ceal is our host this week and we are being sponsored by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I am in love with the digis at SNSS! They have some really cute ones, so hop over and check them out. Korin Sutherlin will be joining us later in the week as our guest designer, and I can't wait to see the awesome card she's going to have to share with us. As always, our sponsor is generously donating a stamp set to one random participant.

Scripture
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

Everytime I read this verse, I think of our country. I think that if we as Christians would only pray more, pray harder, and pray with nothing but pure faith in our hearts, then our nation might be prospering more and more people would be led to Christ. It's so easy to get distracted by the things of this life and not pray as much as we should. I'm just as guilty as the next person, so I feel like this verse spoke to me this week. Just like the verse says, it requires us to humble ourselves, and turn everything over to God...to trust in him to heal our land. We need to be seeking Jesus' face in everything we do.

I *love* the Casting Crowns song "What if His People Prayed." My favorite line from the song is:

And what would happen if we prayed
For those raised up to lead the way
Then maybe kids in school could pray
And unborn children see light of day


I can't say it any better than that. Those words are so true.

Challenge
The challenge this week is to make a card or project using images of people (ex. children, men, women) to let someone know you are praying for them.

For my card, I used Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions and the digi stamp is from Mo's Digital Pencil Shop. I stamped "You are in my thoughts and prayers" on the inside.

Now, hop on over to the SSCC blog and check out the inspiration from the design team. We hope you'll play along in our challenge this week!
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

{Card} Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

I love Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenges. I always print them out and file them, but I actually got to complete one on time this week! That's a biggie for me. This card was made using Sketch #46.

Saturday is Andrew's birthday, so I wanted to make a card for him. It's hard for me to make "guy" cards, but I hope he likes this one. I cut out the cake using my new From My Kitchen Cricut cartridge. I got it on sale at Walmart on Black Friday. It has so many wonderful functions, and I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this one.

For his birthday, we plan on going to dinner and going to see "The Blind Side." We tried to see it Saturday but it was sold out. I can't wait to see it!

My personal computer got sick over the weekend. In fact, all of the bad viruses on it finally caught up with it and it needed a major overhaul. Thank God for daddies because mine was able to fix my computer. He had to clean everything off of it. Now, I just need to reload all of my files, favorites, and pics. It's a good thing I didn't lose my bookmarked list of favorite stamp stores! :)

Unfortunately, that also means that we had to take Photoshop off of my computer. That normally wouldn't be a problem, but now I can't find the disk to reload it. Uh-oh! I'm on the search! Until then, please pardon the pictures.

I hope y'all are having a great week! Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my card.

Blessings,

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

SSCC #15 and a BLOG HOP PARTY!!

Happy Sunday!! I have a card to share with you today for another great challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges. The sweet and talented Randi Barrett is our host this week, and we are being sponsored by La-La Land Crafts. They are offering a wonderful stamp set to one random winner.

Scripture
"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh." Matthew 2:11

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?"
Matthew 7: 7-11

Randi chose beautiful scriptures this week. These scriptures remind me that Christmas is all about giving. That is why it is my favorite time of year. I get so caught up in the spirit of giving to others and I love to see others' expressions when they receive a gift. I always try to give to the less-fortunate, because I am so blessed. I want to pass on my blessings to others. We should give as God so willingly gave us the best Christmas present ever - his son, Jesus Christ. I don't know how he made that sacrifice, but I'm so thankful he did. My prayer this week is that we may always remember the true meaning of Christmas and keep the spirit of Christian giving in our hearts.

Challenge
The challenge this week is to make a card, layout, or other project that includes images of gifts or giving gifts.

Here is my card.

I used the Spa Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions and the Birthday Chic set from Unity Stamp Co. I also followed a Taylored Expressions card sketch from a few weeks ago.

That's not all I have for you today. Oh yes, the fun is just beginning! Do you know who else *loves* Taylored Expressions? Lisa Hjulberg does!! In fact, it's her birthday today!

The Stampin' Sisters in Christ design team is throwing a special blog hop birthday party for Lisa today. One of Lisa's favorite actors is Johnny Depp, so I'm bringing a poster of him to the party.
Here ya go, Lisa! :)


Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you liked my card and enjoyed my little celebration for Lisa. Your next stop on the hop is Ceal. Also, don't forget to stop by Lisa's blog and wish her a happy birthday!

Also, we'd love to have you play in our challenge at SSCC this week so be sure and check out all of the beautiful inspiration from our design team.

Blessings,

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

One Card = Two Challenges

I have a card to share today, and it's a style different from what I'm used to making. I tend to lean towards bright colors and girly things. I'm not sure if I'm very happy with the way this card turned out, but this is try #2. I trashed the first version.

I was asked to make a card for a little boy who is turning 3 years old. His party theme is Thomas the Tank Engine. I found this cute little digi Thomas online and colored him in with Stampin' Up watercolor pencils.

I made this card using this week's Mojo Monday sketch and I am also entering it in the Cupcake Crafts Challenge this week. The challenge over there is to use a digi stamp on your card.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you're having a GREAT week! :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

{SSCC #13} 1 Corinthians 13:12

Hi there! I hope everybody is enjoying the Friends of Faith blog hop! Peggy Sue has a wonderful challenge for us today at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges. We are sponsored this week by Layers of Color. In case you didn't know, they are having a release party this weekend for their new Autumn 2009 stamp releases, and they are even giving away free digi stamps as party favors! Needless to say, we are so excited to have Layers of Color as our sponsor this week. Laura Campbell, the owner, will be joining us later in the week as our guest designer.

Scripture
"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." 1 Corinthians 13:12

I may be totally wrong, but here is what this verse means to me: Here on Earth, we wonder about many things. People often question God and his judgment on things in our life. We also wonder about things in the Bible and perhaps there may be something in it that we don't understand. I think this verse is telling us that when we are in Heaven and we see Jesus face to face, we will understand everything clearly, and it won't be like we are looking through a dim glass anymore. The glass will be crystal clear.

It reminds me of the hymn, "We Will Understand It Better By and By."

We are often destitute of the things that life demands,
want of food and want of shelter,
thirsty hills and barren lands;
We are trusting in the Lord, and according to God’s Word,
We will understand it better by and by.

Trials dark on every hand, and we cannot understand
All the ways that God could lead us to that blessed promised land;
But He guides us with His eye, and we’ll follow till we die,
For we’ll understand it better by and by.

Temptations, hidden snares often take us unawares,
And our hearts are made to bleed for a thoughtless word or deed;
And we wonder why the test when we try to do our best,
But we’ll understand it better by and by.

By and by, when the morning comes,
When the saints of God are gathered home,
We’ll tell the story how we've overcome,
For we’ll understand it better by and by.

Challenge
The challenge this week is to make a shadowbox card. You can find the directions here at Split Coast Stampers.

I will admit that I was a little intimidated by this card at first. However, once I started making it, I realized that it was a very fun card to make, and it was so easy! Don't be afraid! Everyone on the design team talked about how much we loved making these cards.

Here is the card I made. I used LOTS of Stickles. A girl can never have too much bling! :)

Hop on over to the SSCC blog and see all of the lovely things our design team created for you today. As always, there will be a prize for one random winner!

On a side note, yesterday my blog hit 50 followers. Wow. I never thought 50 people would be interested in reading about me. Thank you to all of you for your support and encouragement!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Blessings,

Friday, November 13, 2009

{Blog Hop} Thankful for Friends of Faith

Welcome to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine's A Faith Perspective Thankful for Friends Faith Blog Hop. Today, we're out in force on the internet -- showing our faith and giving the glory to God. United, we stand as Christian paper crafters and blog owners to make a presence on the internet for all to see. We're celebrating the theme of friends and we're happy to share our projects with you based on the verse:

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. " Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

If you're just joining in on the fun, you can find the start of the train by clicking here. First, we would like to take a moment to thank our generous co-sponsors: Layers of Color Stamps, Gina K Designs Stamps, and Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Together with Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, these companies have donated some wonderful prizes for today's blog hop.

Prizes? Oh, yeah! There will be three lucky grand prize winners for today's event. To enter, simply hop to the blogs of all of the participating staff members of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, take note of the staff member's name, and leave a comment on their posts. Then send us an email at games@scrapbooknewsandreview.com listing each of the staff members who participated in today's hop. It's that easy. All entries must be received by Monday, November 16, 2009 at 12 noon, EST and three winners will be randomly chosen to win.

What are the prizes?
One $100 gift certificate from Layers of Color Stamps AND a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

One basket of goodies -- four stamp sets from Gina K Designs and a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

One set of digital stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and a 3 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

In addition, every participating staff member of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine will offer a free one-month subscription to the magazine to one of their lucky visitors by simply leaving a comment on their blog. That's a lot of chances to win, so let's get to the hop!

For the hop, we were supposed to create a project based on friendship. Here is the card I created using a Unity stamp and BasicGrey Wisteria papers.

The next stop on this blog hop is: Jennifer.

Thanks for hopping by my blog today! Enjoy the rest of your hop! :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

{Update} Operation Write Home

The cards for Operation Write Home have started arriving from my friends at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges. I feel like God is really blessing this effort of ours. Sandy sent a whole box of assorted cards, and I got cards from Kristine as well! I felt so happy that I almost cried. Thank you everyone for sending cards for Operation Write Home. I know that these soldiers will be so blessed by your thoughts. When I made this challenge, I prayed that everyone would send at least one card. I told God that if just twenty people would send one card each, then that was twenty more soldiers that would be encouraged by our thoughts and prayers. I never expected to get that many in one day...and the challenge isn't even over!

Remember, you have until Nov. 28 to send the cards to me, but the challenge deadline at SSCC is midnight on Saturday, Nov. 14. To see my original post about the challenge requirements, click here.

If you wish to send the cards to OWH, email me at candylou48 [at] gmail [dot] com and I will reply with my address. THANK YOU!

Be sure to stop by on Saturday. I'll be participating in the Friends of Faith blog hop...can't wait! :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

An Assortment of Cards

I've made several cards lately for different purposes, so it's time for one big hodgepodge post of cards. All of the cards were made using Unity Stamps.

This first one is a wedding card for a family friend. I love the way the emobssing added a special touch.

My aunt asked me to make an anniversary card for a friend of hers. I wanted to use my new Kitchen Spice paper that I got from Taylored Expressions. My aunt's friend grows fruit trees, so I thought this image from was perfect for her.

This is the first card I made using my new Janome Sew Mini. You can tell that my stitching wasn't very good at first, but it is starting to get a little bit better on my other cards.

This is a birthday card I made to put in my Etsy store.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you've enjoyed looking at my cards. Have a GREAT day! :)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

{SSCC #12} Operation Write Home

I am so pleased to be able to host this week's challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges. I've only been on the design team for a short time now, but I already feel so blessed. These ladies are so strong in their faith and they are extremely talented. The SSCC blog is a really encouraging place to be. With everything negative in the world, I need all the encouragement I can get.

The challenge this week is very, very special. You see, we're not just making cards this week. We are making cards for heroes.

Scripture
John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

I chose this verse and planned out this challenge several weeks ago. I had no way of knowing what would happen at Fort Hood last week. It hurts my heart to think of this awful tragedy. Given these recent events, I can't think of a more appropriate verse for the challenge this week. Isn't it amazing the way God works? It truly is a great love, that a man would lay down his life for his friends. The verse says "friends," but think about our soldiers who lay down their lives every day for US...people they don't even know. I am so grateful for the freedom I have because of their sacrifices. I sincerely thank all of you for your service.

I wrote this on the SSCC blog: There is a quote that says, “Only two people have ever died for you. One is Jesus Christ. The other is the American soldier.” That is so true. Jesus Christ died for us so that we might have eternal life. The American soldier died for us so that we might have freedom in this earthly life.

This challenge means so much to me, and I feel like there is so much I want to say and I just can't get it all out right, so I will just move on to the challenge.

Challenge
The challenge for this week is to make a patriotic-themed card for a soldier and as a bonus, donate it to Operation Write Home, so that a soldier may be encouraged by your words of thanks. Write a special message of gratitude on the inside and sign your name. They will be distributed to soldiers who rarely get mail, or just need encouragement. Be sure to put your card in an envelope and write “Any Hero” on the front. For more information on how to make a card for “Any Hero,” click here.

Please note that it is not required to donate your card in order to participate in the challenge. However, I do encourage it! :)

Here is what I came up with.


The Extra Challenge
OWH also collects blank greeting cards (any theme) that soldiers may send home to loved ones. For example: birthday, thinking of you, hello, etc. Various holiday cards are also needed. According to the OWH website, “miss you” and “love you” cards are most requested by the soldiers. To read more about card themes needed, click here.

I’m sure we all have a lot of extra handmade cards in our stash. Won’t it be so special for a dad or mom serving overseas to send their child a handmade birthday card? What about a husband sending a wife an anniversary card? You can help them do that! Please consider sending a blank greeting card along with your card for “Any Hero.” You do NOT need to send an envelope, as long as your card is 4.25 x 5.5 inches (A2).

There are a few guidelines to go by when sending cards:
-Cards should be sized 4.25 x 5.5 inches (A2). The opening direction does not matter.
-If you use a dark cardstock on the background of a blank card for a soldier, please put a white/cream liner on the inside. The soldiers may only have a pen or pencil…not white gel pens.
-Do not use any glitter that might flake off the paper.
-Handmade cards only, please.
-Donations for shipping costs are needed. You can donate by using the PayPal button on the OWH website.

If you wish to donate your card to OWH, please email me at candylou48 [at] gmail [dot] com for my address.

I will compile a box of cards from all of the SSCC participants and will ship it to one of the volunteer shippers listed on the website. I will ship the box on Nov. 28, so that gives you plenty of time. I would love to send as many cards as possible on behalf of my Stampin’ Sisters in Christ!

I hope you'll join us at SSCC this week. We'd love to see your creations. We are sponsored this week by Paper Pretties and there is an adorable stamp set for one random winner. Hop on over and see the awesome cards the design team made this week!

I thank you in advance for your support of this wonderful cause.

Blessings,

Sunday, November 1, 2009

{SSCC #11} Deuteronomy 31:8

Hi there! It's Sunday, so that means there's a new challenge up at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges. Pamela is our host this week and we are being sponsored by Cornish Heritage Farms.

I'll be honest with you. Prior to this week, I had never heard of Cornish Heritage Farms. That's the awesome part about being involved with SSCC. Not only do I get the chance to work with an amazing group of ladies and glorify God through my paper-crafting, but I also find lots of new places to shop! :) So, of course I Googled CHF...at first I was very confused because everything that came up said "Congestive Heart Failure." LOL! Then I tried CHF stamps. Jackpot!

After browsing their store, I found that they not only have stamps, but they also have cardstock, inks, and all sorts of tools. They have lots of rare stamps in stock, such as Elvis Presley stamps. Hop on over there and check out CHF. They will also be offering a stamp set to one random winner of the challenge this week.

Scripture
"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8

This verse that Pamela chose makes me think of all the times in my life that I have been afraid of something. There was never any reason to fear. If I have faith, then I won't have fear. I definitely need to work on improving my faith, and also believing that God will truly take care of me if I give everything to him. He will always be with us. That is such a comforting thought. This is the perfect verse to encourage someone when they are feeling down, or just need a little boost of encouragement. I chose to use this verse on my card.

Challenge
Create something about when God is "unseen". For example, a scrapbook layout that reminds you that God is always with you, a card to encourage a friend and remind them that God is with them, or something to hang on your wall.

Pamela has given us so much versatility with this challenge. You are not limited to making a card...just think of the possiblities out there!

Here is a very simple design that I came up with. I wanted to play with my new BasicGrey Indian Summer paper, as well as my new sewing machine. I'm getting a little better at the sewing.

I hope you'll join us this week at SSCC. We would love to have you participate in the challenge. Bring your friends! I am positive that you will enjoy it!

Before I go, I'd like to share a picture that I took last weekend. I had my window opened because it was a beautiful day outside. I noticed this beauty perched on the screen so I went outside to take a picture of it. He (or she) stayed perched there on the screen for about 10 minutes and was the perfect model for pictures. :) Here's some evidence of God's beautiful creations.


Have a beautiful day! Happy November!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Friends of Faith Blog Hop

I want to share with you some news about an upcoming blog hop on Nov. 14. I'm going to be participating in the "Thankful for Friends of Faith" blog hop, sponsored by A Faith Perspective at Scrapbook News and Review. Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges is also particpating in the hop and so is Layers of Color, our SSCC sponsor that week!

The purpose of this blog hop is to show the world how many faith-based blogs there are on the Internet and to make new Christian friends. They are asking anyone who participates to make a project with a friendship theme, based on the verse: "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. " Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10

If you are interested in participating in the blog hop, e-mail Anne by Nov. 7 with your full name, e-mail address, and blog address.

I hope to see some of you participating in the blog hop with me! :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

{Card} Fight Like a Girl

My sweet design team sister, Lisa, sent out this link to a digital stamp freebie that Whimsie Doodles was offering. It worked perfect for my Sassy Blinging Babes weekly challenge - to create something pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I absolutely *love* this image. She is so cute and I love that she's wearing her boxing gloves. She's ready to fight!

Here's a card I created with the Whimsie Doodles stamp and some BasicGrey scrap paper I had. I also tried out my new Janome Sew Mini sewing machine...love it! My stitches are still a little crooked, but I'm working on it.
I also want to thank Lisa for her tips on how to print digi stamps. I was struggling with using my watercolor pencils and blender pins on the stamps because the printer ink wanted to bleed. Lisa told me to try watercolor paper. I did and it worked! It did bleed just a tiny bit (on the face), but I was very careful and I think my image turned out okay.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

{SSCC #10} 1 Chronicles 16:34

Happy Sunday! Thanks for stopping by today. We have a new challenge up today over at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges. Our host this week is Laurie and we are being sponsored by Rubber Stamp Shack.

Scripture:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

My design team sisters have been picking some awesome verses for the challenges and Laurie's choice this week is no different. Our Lord is SO good to us. He treats me better than I deserve. Not only is he so wonderfully merciful and good, but he has blessed my life with people who are also good to me. I don't thank people, including God, enough for what they have done for me. Laurie's challenge this week gave me the perfect opportunity to show my thankfulness.

Challenge:
Make a card that expresses your thankfulness for someone or something they have done, or make a card that encourages someone to be thankful.

Here is my card. I must say that I felt like I was being a traitor to fall with all of these bright, summery colors. However, I wanted to use some BasicGrey scraps and I suppose I was just in a bright and cheery mood that day. :)



I hope you'll pop over to the SSCC blog and see what the ladies have to show you for inspiration today. We'd love to have you participate in the challenge this week! As always, there's a prize up for grabs for one random participant. :)

Have a great Sunday!

Monday, October 19, 2009

More Christmas Cards

Hi again! Yesterday I shared a card with you for our Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge this week. Lisa's Christmas card challenge put me in the Christmas spirit and I've made several cards with that beautiful Taylored Expressions Christmas Blessings stamp set. I truly love Christmas...not just the holiday, but that whole time of year. I love doing things for others and being with family, and keeping my Jesus close to my heart. Lisa wrote a beautiful post about keeping our hearts and minds focused on the true meaning of Christmas over at the SSCC blog. If you haven't already, hop over there and read it.

Here are a few of the cards I've been making. You'll notice that they all are mostly the same design, though I did change up the patterened papers a little bit. I am in LOVE with this stamp set. I'll be using it on all of my Christmas cards this year. I'll be swapping Christmas cards with my Sassy Blinging Babe friends over at scrapbook.com, so I've been trying to find a design I liked enough to replicate it 17 times. I think this first card is what I'm going to use.

These beautiful wintery-blue papers are from the My Mind's Eye Christmas stack. They had to grow on me. I'm more of a traditionalist and I really wanted to use reds and greens, but once I finished this card, I knew I loved these vintage-looking colors. Also, I'm getting a little better at tying my bows and I really loved how the white bow turned out in this one.

These next two cards were made with papers from the SEI Christmas Mint collection. On the first one, I used red stickles to color the berries. I didn't do that on the above card because I thought the red would stand out too much.


Speaking of Christmas and all things red, remember the lemon cookie recipe I shared with you last week? Well, I used that recipe again on Friday, only this time instead of a lemon cake mix, I used a red velvet. Mmm...red velvet is one of my favorites. I also made some homemade cream cheese icing and frosted them. They were delicious. For Christmastime, you could do that and put some Christmas sprinkles on top. That would be really festive. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture to share with you.

I had a wonderful weekend. The weather was cool...definitely fall-ish. Thank God for that! Mama, Aaron, and I went shopping. I found a lot of great deals and got some new clothes for fall. Mama cooked a big pot of homemade vegetable soup...definite comfort food and perfect for a cool day. Yum.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope that I've inspired you in some way.