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.

“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.

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.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

{SSCC #9} Luke 2:11

It's Sunday so that means it's time for another challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ. Lisa is our host this week. I am so excited about this week's challenge for several reasons.

First, Lisa is our host this week and she chose a Christmas-themed verse. I've really been getting into the Christmas spirit (even though it's still October), and I loved being able to work on a Christmas card for this challenge.

Secondly, we are being sponsored this week by Taylored Expressions! I am new to Taylored Expressions. I found them a few weeks ago while hopping around on Lisa's blog. First, I found their blog and was awed at their creations and then....I found the store! It was love at first click.

I had been searching for the *perfect* stamp set to make Christmas cards with this year. I had my eye on a few different sets from other companies but hadn't made a purchase yet because it just wasn't right. I wanted something classically religious. I didn't want modern, or cute, or glitzy. I just wanted JESUS. Without even looking, it's like I was led right to their Christmas Blessings stamp set. I knew right away that it was the stamp set I had been searching for all along. They have some adorable things in their store. So, if you aren't familiar with Taylored Expressions, go check them out right now!

When I ordered those stamps and made my card for this challenge, I had no idea who our sponsor or guest designer was this week. I am so happy that we have the owner, Taylor VanBruggen, as our guest designer this week! Taylor is generously offering the Christmas Blessings stamp set to one random winner of the challenge this week.

Now, enough of my blabbering and onto the challenge.

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

There is so much awesome wonder in that one short verse. God sent his only son to Earth to be born just so that we might LIVE. I pray that we remember the true meaning of Christmas this year, and not only on Christmas, but that we may celebrate and honor the birth of Christ all year long.

Lisa's challenge to us this week is to make a card or project featuring the nativity or other religious theme about Christ's birth.

Here is my card for the challenge.

I hope you'll hop over to the SSCC blog and see the Christmas-inspired creations our design team has in store for you today. We'd love to have you join us in our challenge, too!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

{SSCC #8} Jeremiah 1:5

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. We have a new challenge going on this week over at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges. Kathy is our host and our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp.

"I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb." - Jeremiah 1:5

I love this verse that Kathy chose this week. It reminds me that God is all-knowing. He is so powerful that he even knew us before we were even created. He knows our past, our present, and our future. That's incomprehensible to me. Just the other day I was thinking about God's power and how God knows all of us, how he knows just what we need, and how he protects us every day. My mind got all boggled up just trying to imagine how amazing our God is. He is truly AWESOME.

This verse also shows that God is the creator of life. Babies are precious miracles and we all know that the Almighty has the power to perform miracles. He shows us his power each time a new life enters this world.

My personal prayer this week is that all parents will realize what a blessing their children are.

The challenge this week is to make a baby card or other item for a new baby or expecting parents. You can even get creative and try a shaped card, etc.

Here's my card for the challenge. I didn't have any baby stamps so I used this sentiment and I embossed the patterned papers (BasicGrey Sugared collection) with the Baby folder and the Swiss Dots folder. I LOVE the sentiment I used. Isn't it so true?

If you haven't already, I hope you will stop by the SSCC blog and check out the design team's beautiful creations. They are sure to inspire you. We'd love to have you play along in our challenge this week. One random winner will win this adorable set of stamps from this week's sponsor, Simon Says Stamp.

Isn't it cute? I'd like to have that set myself. :)

Again, thanks for checking out my blog today. I hope you have a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Laurie!

Welcome everyone to a very special birthday party honoring my Stampin' Sisters in Christ Design Team sister, Laurie! Happy Birthday, Laurie!

Myspace Birthday Glitters

Today, we at SSCC are celebrating Laurie's birthday blog-style with a birthday party blog hop! If you didn't start at the SSCC blog, please hop back over there now. If you've been following along, then welcome to Laurie's birthday party! :) I'm so glad you made it. We are going to have lots of fun. Be sure to visit each of our design team ladies because they each have something sweet and fun for Laurie on their blogs. You will probably be inspired by some beautiful creations while you are there! :)

Now, let's get this party started!

Here's what I'm bringing to the party:

Presents and party hats!

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Here's a birthday card that I made for Laurie. I have had this Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday paper collection for a long time now and have never even used it. Whenever the DT was talking about doing this for Laurie, all I could think about was how fun it all sounded. Fun makes me think of bright colors and I knew I wanted to use this paper. The stamp is from Unity Stamp Co. and I used dimensional glaze on the dome to make it look like a glass dome.

Laurie, I hope you have the sweetest birthday ever! :) I am so happy to be on the design team with you. I can already tell they are a wonderful group of ladies!

Thanks for visiting my blog today and joining in for Laurie's party. Next, you need to hop over to Randi's blog
to see what kind of fun is going on over there!

Also, be sure and visit Laurie's blog and wish her a very happy birthday! :)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Big News & SSCC Challenge #7 - Psalm 97:1

Hey y'all!

I have some wonderful news to share with you today. I've actually been bursting at the seams to announce it because I am so excited.

I truly believe that God works in all aspects of our lives, even our hobbies and interests. So, I believe that it is a blessing from above for me to be able to be a part of this team.

The ladies at SSCC have a wonderful purpose - to create cards inspired by the word of God. I am honored to do the same. I pray that I will use this blessing to glorify God and to share my love for my sweet Jesus with others.

Now, it's time for this week's challenge!

Our sponsor this week is Verve Stamps. They have some amazing stamps that I've had my eye on for quite some time. They have offered a gorgeous stamp set for one random player in the challenge this week.

Kristine is our host this week and she chose this verse:

The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice!, let the distant shores be glad!" Psalm 97:1

Her challenge to us is to create a card that shows the earth rejoicing. For example, flowers blooming, trees bearing fruit, mountains, etc. Here's my card.

Products: Unity stamp, BasicGrey papers, Fiskars Threading Water punch, Stickles, StazOn ink

I love the verse that Kristine chose this week because it makes me think about all of the wonders I see each day. Sometimes I just see a beautiful landscape, a colorful sunset, or even a newly bloomed flower and it makes me stop and think about how amazing God is. All of those little things are reminders of his love for us. Even the sunrise each day makes me think about how God loves us so much that he is giving us one more day to live for him. We are so blessed to have all of these creations. My prayer for us today is that we will never take them for granted. Let us rejoice!

We would love to have all of you hop over and see all of the design team's creations and we would especially love for you to join us this week in the challenge. Hopefully, you will be blessed by visiting.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thinking of You

I made this card for Challenge #6 over at Stampin' Sisters in Christ. The challenge was to make a "Thinking of You" or "Praying for You" card. I played with paper...and played with paper...until finally I came up with this very simple design. I love that houndstooth paper!

I had a good day at work today. I attended a Depth of Knowledge workshop. It was very similar to the one I attended a few weeks ago. Even some of the activities were the same. It was still a good day, though. I'm looking foward to tomorrow. Not only is it Friday, but it's the homecoming game for the high school. Our team got off to a rocky start so I'm hoping they can pull out a win tomorrow night.

That's all for tonight.