Sunday, January 31, 2010

{SSCC #24} Matthew 18:4

Hi there! Helen is the hostess for this week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge. We are sponsored by Mo's Digital Images, and there will be three digi images rewarded to one random participant this week.

"Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:4

Make a card with an image of a child or childlike things on it. For example, a card with toys or a saying about children, but not a baby card.

Due to a rough week at school, I do not have a card to share with you this week. However, there are plenty of beautiful examples for you to see on the SSCC blog, so hop on over there and check it out! By the way, isn't the new blog design at SSCC so sweet? The awesome and talented Kristine Breach did that! I think it's precious!

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch #41

Good morning! Happy Saturday! This is my card for The Sweet Stop Sketch #41. This was a great sketch to use. It's drawn for a square card, but I've gotten to where I like to make A2 size cards mostly because they mail easier. So, I just adapted this one a little for an A2 card.

This card came together very quickly with my Taylored Expressions Valentine's Key Ingredients. I *LOVE* that kit! The cute cupcake image and sentiment are from the Cuppie Love Scenes stamp set. I paper-pieced the hot-air balloon and I cut out the image and the background scalloped rectangle with Nestabilities. I used some blue chalk ink for the sky, and I used liquid pearls dusted in some fine Martha Stewart glitter for the clouds.

I stamped the sentiment directly onto the patterned paper. However, notice that black mark in the upper-right corner? Don't you just hate when you get a card completely finished (or even almost finished) and then you do something that messes it up? I still had the lid off of my ink pad and the card accidentally brushed the edge of the pad, leaving a black mark. Oh well! I wasn't going to trash this card over one little black mark.

I hope you'll hop over to The Sweet Stop Sketch blog and see the sketch and the beautiful inspiration from the Sugar Babies!

On a personal note, I'm about to leave out for work. Yes, it's Saturday and I said work. For some reason, our English department is having a meeting this morning. After that, Mama and I are hitting up some Saints stores in search of memorabilia. I ordered me a Drew Brees jersey yesterday! I can't wait until it comes in! When I get home, I'm going to drown myself in some much-needed stamping therapy. It's been a hard week! Stamping is bound to help. :)

Have a great day!


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sassy Valentine's Cards

Hi there! I'm popping in mid-week to share some sweet Valentine's Day cards with you. We are doing a Sassy Blinging Babes Valentine's card swap, so these two cards are a few of the ones I made for my babes. I used some Valentine's paper and cardstock from the open-stock at Hobby Lobby. The TV image is "Love is Everything" by Unity Stamp Company. I colored it with Copic markers and used diamond glaze on the screens. The ribbon is from Michael's. I love this pretty white ribbon. I used all of it for my cards, so I need to get some more. I tied the bows with my Bow Easy. I'm loving the Bow Easy more every day! :)

I actually have not had time to to even sit at my craft table this week, and I am hoping to find the time very soon. It's been a rough week. There's a lot going on at school. Things are starting to get stressful as we prepare for the state test in May. I've been going in early and staying late. I can't wait until Friday!! :)

On a brighter note, my income tax refund came in today, so I ordered about 30 Copic markers! Now, I have more than 8! LOL! I can't wait until they come in so I can have some new toys to play with.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

{SSCC #23} 1 Peter 1:23

Hi there! Happy Sunday! This is my card for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge this week. PeggySue is our wonderful hostess, and we are sponsored by Incy Wincy. They are graciously donating digital stamps to one random winner of this week's challenge! Be sure and check them out!

"For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God." 1 Peter 1:23

ChallengeFor this challenge, since most seeds come up as tiny green shoots, use the color green somewhere in your creation, not all over green, just a touch somewhere.
For my card, I used the October Afternoon Farm Fresh papers. I LOVE this collection! I bought it just because of the "farm" name. There is a really cute page in the stack with chickies and cows on it that I cannot wait to use. I followed Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #52. I stitched around the edges and used my Fiskars Apron Lace punch. The sentiment and image are both from Unity Stamp Company. I love this quote because it is so true. I don't know where I got that ribbon from, but I found it in my stash. I've been using my new Bow Easy to tie my bows, and I don't know how I ever made cards without it. I *love* it!! Just look at that sweet bow! I could've never done that on my own.

Now, hop on over to the SSCC blog and check out the inspiration from the design team. We'd love to have you play along with us this week!

Have a GREAT day!! GEAUX SAINTS!!! Bless you, boys!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch # 40

Good morning! There's a fun sketch up at The Sweet Stop today.

For my card, I went the bright-and-cheerful route. I just LOVE these colors! The papers are all from the December Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions. The butterfly stamps and sentiment are from Unity Stamp Company's Bevy of Butterflies set. I love these butterflies because they are great for adding dimension to your project, like I did with pop-dots. There are several different ones to choose from, and there are FIVE different sentiments in the set! I used my Fiskars Apron Lace Punch, though you can hardly tell it after I added the butterflies. I also stitched around the edges. That's my new favorite technique! I actually did a pretty good job this time, so I was proud of crooked lines!

I hope you'll go and check out the inspiration from the awesome Sugar Babies and also play along with us this week!

On a personal note, I would just like to say that I am really thankful for my fiance, Andrew. He came to my classroom several times after school this week and hung up new white boards and bulletin boards for me. The redecorating is in process! I'll have to take new pictures when I'm done.

Today I need to go to the education store to get some more bulletin board trim and my mama and I are going to Randazzo's to get a king cake. They have the BEST! One more thing before I go...GEAUX SAINTS! Bless you, boys! :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Valentine's Cards

Hi there! I made these cards last week, but I kept forgetting to share them with you! I used the fabulous Taylored Expressions Valentine's Key Ingredients on both of my cards. I LOVE this kit!! These papers are so cute and fun to use. I also used the Cuppie Love Scenes set on both cards.

For the first card, I paper-pieced the hot air balloon and sponged blue ink for the sky. I used liquid pearls for the clouds. This was a time when I wished I had some of that fluffy stuff. I'll add that to my wish list...literally, I have a wish list saved in the TE store! :) I cut out the image with rectangle Nesties and layered it with the scalloped rectangles. I stitched around the edges and adhered my ribbon with staples. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the cardstock.

This next card uses one of my favorite images from the Cuppie Love Scenes set - the movie theater scene! This scene reminds me of me and Andrew because we love to go to the movies. There's not much else to do around here. The only exception is, no one ever has to tell us to "shhh!" like the cupcakes in this scene. LOL! We're usually the ones wanting other people to "shhh." :)

I colored it with Copics, but I used gray watercolor pencils for the background. I'm still working on building my Copic collection. Again, I used my rectangle Nesties. I used a dot of red Stickles on each cupcake. I kept it simple because I wanted the focus to be on this cute image. Also, if I give this card to Andrew, I didn't want it to have a lot of froo-froo on it.

I hope all of you have been having a good week. Mine has been a little crazy. I've been really busy at school and have worked late every day. I've been redecorating my classroom, and I love it! I'll have to post pictures when it's all done. I also got my taxes done this week...yay!

I'm glad tomorrow is Friday and it is New Orleans Saints Day at school! I'll be sporting my Drew Brees shirt! I'm so excited about the big game. I don't know if y'all know this, but Brett Favre is from Kiln, MS...just a few minutes right down the road from my town. His family still lives here. His nephew plays local high school football. He and his wife actually have a home in the town where I went to college. Perhaps I should be pulling for the Mississippi boy, but I'm sorry...GEAUX SAINTS!


Sunday, January 17, 2010

{SSCC #22} Joshua 24:15

Happy Sunday! There's a new challenge up today at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges and the hostess is...ME! :) We are sponsored this week by Layers of Color. Speaking of them, they have this set that I just *have* to have. It's chickens! For those of you that don't know, we have all kinds of animals at my house, like chickens, goats, and bunnies. So, this set is perfect to make cards for my family. Of course, there are lots of other stamps sets to choose from in their store, so be sure and check them out! Also, they are generously donating this set to one random winner this week!

"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

I believe that a home based on Christ will always be filled with love, and it is so important for him to be first and foremost in the home.

The challenge this week is to make a housewarming card or a project for the home.

For my take on the challenge, I chose to alter a canvas. I used some BasicGrey Wisteria scraps and printed the verse on the computer. I cut out "house" and "Lord" using Sure-Cuts-A-Lot with my Cricut. The house is from Ippity's Devoted set by Unity. I sponged the edges with brown ink. That was basically it...super easy! Now, I just have no idea what I'm going to do with this project. LOL!

I love what the design team did with the challenge this week, because there's quite a mixture of projects. Some did projects and some did cards, so there's definitely lots of different inspiration. Each creation is unique and so beautiful! Be sure and stop by the SSCC blog to check them out.

Have a great day!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch #39

Hi everyone! Happy Saturday! There's another sketch challenge up today at The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge blog, and this time there's a prize!

The sketch this week is super simple, and the spin is to only use a sentiment. Easy-peasy for me because I have lots of sentiment stamps. The one I used today is from Ippity's Devoted set. 

For my card I used some old BasicGrey Wisteria scraps. This is probably one of my favorite paper collections. I use it a lot because I love the richness of the purple. All of my scraps are almost all gone...I may just have to buy some more!

I used my Fiskars Apron Lace punch for the trim and inked all of my edges. I used my Stampin' Up ticket punch to punch the edges and popped my sentiment up on pop dots.

Now, hop on over to The Sweet Stop and check out the sketch and the inspiration from the design team. Don't forget to stop by their blogs and leave some lovin'!

Andrea Vernagus

On a personal note, I ordered the small and large Bow Easy! They came in yesterday and I sat down in front of the computer and watched the Gina K. Stamp TV videos on YouTube. Gina taught me exactly how to do it, and now I am making beautiful bows! I can't wait to actually use this for a card project. Today I am going to spend lots of time working on cards and other projects. That's what I look forward to doing every Saturday. Oh, and it's a three day weekend for me!! :) I'm definitely going to enjoy that.

Y'all have a great day!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Yummy Taylored Expressions Blog Hop!

It is a VERY happy day for me! I am sooo excited to get to be a part of the Taylored Expressions January Key Ingredients blog hop today! Taylor emailed me a few weeks ago and asked me to be a guest designer, along with some other talented ladies, and I didn't even have to think twice about it. I replied "yes!" right away. I think by now we all know how much I *love* Taylored Expressions. So, you can only imagine my surprise when I got Taylor's email. I've been looking forward to this day ever since then. I am so honored to be among such awesome talent today. Taylor, thank you again for this AMAZING opportunity! I think I'm still in shock...

Before I get to my project, I'd like to tell you a little about why I truly love being a Key Ingredients subscriber.

1) You absolutely cannot beat the AWESOME customer service!

2) I love that the shipping is only $7 and that you can place an order to combine with your Key Ingredients and save 10% on that order. That's not all! You also get free shipping since it is combined with your Key Ingredients!

3) I'm horrible at "matching" things, so I love that the hard part is already done for me. It makes card-making a breeze. The products are also of great quality, great variety, and all-in-all, it's a great value.

4) This one may sound silly, but I just love getting that happy mail every month! Sometimes I come home from a hard day at school, and it just makes me so happy to see that package. I can open it up and go play and forget about all the stress.

Now, let's get to the good stuff!

Taylor's challenge was to let food inspire you. Use your favorite foods or sweet treats as a jumping off point for your creations! Use food images, create recipe cards, or other creations for your kitchen.
I knew immediately what I wanted to do for this challenge. Awhile back my sweet Sassy Blinging Babes and I did a 6x6 recipe card swap. I've had all of these beautiful creations from my babes with no album to store them in. So, I took on the challenge and came up with this...

I purchased this great stand from the TE store. I wanted to spray paint it white, and I actually tried to, but the windy 20-degree weather wasn't exactly cooperating with me last Saturday. Paint doesn't really dry in that kind of weather. I knew that spray painting inside would be a huge mess, so the stand itself isn't finished yet. You get the general idea, though.

I kept my design of the cover and divider pages very simple. When that cute striped paper caught my eye, I knew that I wanted it for the cover page. It reminded me of an apron. Of course, I had to use my Fiskars Apron Lace punch (my favorite!) and I did lots of stitching around my borders. I used Modge Podge on the cover and for the last step, I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch two holes for eyelets. All of the word cut-outs are from the Cricut From My Kitchen cartridge. This cartridge has really inspired me to use my Cricut more. It has TONS of stuff on it.

For my divider pages, I did not use Modge Podge since I was putting them in page protectors. The timer and pot holder were both from the From My Kitchen cartridge.

This was my favorite page to do because I love cupcakes so much!

Now, I'd love to share with you some exciting news about Taylored Expressions!

**There is a Brand Spankin' New Key Ingredients Website! I am so excited about this. My favorite part is the gallery, so that I can get inspiration and see what others have created with the kit. It's so great to see how many people took the same products and all created something different, yet beautiful.

**Limited Time Subscription Special - Purchase (or renew) a 6 month subscription on or before January 17th and receive a FREE Key Ingredients kit upon the completion of your 6 month subscription. This kit (a $23.95 value including shipping) will be an exclusive kit that will never be available in the TE Store! I just renewed my subscription for 6 months and I cannot wait to see the free kit!

**Beat the price increase - As of January 18th, prices will increase to $23.95 per month for 6 month subscriptions and $25.95 per month for 3 month subscriptions. However, if you subscribe or renew by January 17th you’ll receive the current pricing of $21.95 per month for 6 months or $22.95 per month for 3 months. You can renew your subscription no matter how many months you have remaining on your current subscription. Your renewal will simply add 3 or 6 additional months. Remember you only get the FREE EXCLUSIVE KI with the 6 month option. Just click here to sign up!
Thank you so much for stopping by today, and I hope you enjoyed seeing what I created. Be sure to hop around and see what the Baker's Dozen as well as the other guest designers have in store for you. I'm positive you'll love what you see!

Laura Leonard
Lisa Hjulberg
Lynn Mercurio
Randi Barrett
Sunghee Chon
Kathie Bailey
Taylor VanBruggen
Jodi Collins
Karen Giron
Melissa Sauls
Donna Baker
Charmaine Ikach
Jeanie Witmer

Have a GREAT day! :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Trio of *COLD* Hearts

Hey y'all!! Have I mentioned lately that it is COLD here? LOL! I know it seems like that's all I've been talking lately. For South Mississippi to get in to 30s is pushing it...this morning it was 18!! 18!! Geez! I don't think I've ever wanted to feel warm sunshine so bad before. It also makes me realize that I could never make it as a Northern girl. No way! Y'all can keep the snow and the ice and the frigid temperatures. I'm staying put! This morning I was thinking about how if it's gonna be this cold, God could at least send us some snow!

So in August, when I'm griping and complaining about how HOT and HUMID it is here, and how I cannot handle Missisippi summers anymore, somebody direct me to this post, okay? LOL!

I'm sure you didn't pop over here to read about my gripes, so here's the real reason I'm posting tonight...this sweet little Valentine card!

I made this card for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #51. I really love Karen's sketches and I always file them in my sketch box, so that if I don't get to it in the current week, I can always go back to it. This one looked like an easy sketch, so I knew that I wanted to try it out. The heart stamps are from an older kit-of-the-month from Unity Stamp Company. The paper was from my scrap box and I got the ribbon on clearance at Michael's after Valentine's Day last year. I've been waiting a whole year to use it! I actually just ordered the Valentine's Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions and it came in today (along with some other goodies), so I can't wait to make even more Valentine's cards! I got so excited when I went in Michael's recently and saw all of the Valentine's goodies out on the shelves. I want it all! But, actually, I get that way about any holiday! I just love holidays! I think it's because I love to give, and holidays are just one more reason to give little happies! :)

I kept this card very simple because I am doing a Valentine's card swap with the Sassy Blinging Babes and I'll need to make quite a few cards. I also want to do something special for my co-teachers in my department at school. I'm still trying to come up with an idea. I want it to involve candy of some sort. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for ideas. Let me know if you see any good ones!

Now, I'm gonna go snuggle up and watch some television. BRR!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

{SSCC #21} From Broken to Beautiful

Happy Sunday!

I have a card to share with you today for Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges. Pamela Young is our lovely hostess this week and we are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.

Scripture"Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds." Hosea 6:1

The challenge is to make the broken look beautiful. Create a mosiac or tear apart and stitch back together. In some way have your image look broken.

I love the challenge this week because it is so unique and creative. I had never done a mosaic before, so this was a lot of fun for me. I really enjoyed it! Also, isn't it *AMAZING* to know that God has the power to heal us in every way, physically and emotionally!

My card was inspired by this card in the Taylored Expressions gallery - a beautiful creation by Karen Motz. Obviously, Karen's is much better than mine. :) I love the elegance of the black, kraft, and cream color combo. It is simply gorgeous.

I used the Discover Your Wings stamp set from Taylored Expressions and the November Key Ingredients for my card. I found the brick wall tutorial at Split Coast Stampers. My spacing isn't perfect, but I'll chalk that up as a lesson learned. This is definitely a technique that I'd like to try again.

Now, hop on over to the SSCC blog and check out the awesome eye candy from the design team. We'd love to have you play along with us this week! :)

On a personal note, yesterday was the coldest day we've had in a very long time here. It was 17 degrees when I woke up! There was even ice in our pond. I stayed inside, warm and cozy, for the majority of the day. I got a lot accomplished at my craft table. Mama made homemade chicken and dumplins' and it was the ultimate comfort food on a cold day! :)

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Sweet Stop Sketch #38

Hi there! I cannot believe that I have not posted all week long! Wow, it has been crazy! This was our first week back at school from the holidays, so I had to get back into my routine. I also joined a gym and started going there right after school and making time for ME! It has been sooo cold here this the 30s every day and sometimes 20s in the mornings. Now, don't all you Northern folks laugh at me. I know y'all get colder than that, but us Southern girls think anything below 50 is COLD!

I actually got out of my car at school yesterday morning and stepped onto ice. Every school around the area except ours closed for the day. I'm glad we had school though, because I wouldn't want to make-up the day during Mardi Gras holidays. A lot of kids were absent and in my last class, more than half of the class was absent! Needless to say, it wasn't a very productive day in my English class.

With that being said, in this kind of weather the only thing I want to do is put on some comfy jammies and sit at my craft table all day! :) I think I'm going to do just that.

I do have a card to share with you today for this week's Sweet Stop Sketch #38.

The cute laundry-line stamp and sentiment are from a past Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month. I have so many Unity stamps, and shamefully, many of them have never been inked up. So, I wanted to use this fun image for my card this week. I colored it a little with two of my eight Copics (can we say PATHETIC?). I paired it with one of my favorite paper collections - Cosmo Cricket Early Bird. I've been stitching on my cards a lot lately, because stitching is still new to me, and I am trying to get better at it. I figure that if I do it every time i make a card, then that's lots of practice! I am slowly getting better and it's *almost* straight here. I really need to work on my corners, though. Any tips?
Now, hop on over to The Sweet Stop Sketch, and check out the awesome inspiration from the Sugar Babies!
Have a great weekend! :)

Monday, January 4, 2010

{Recipe} Pepperoni Pinwheels

I made these really easy pizza-style snacks over the weekend to take to a family gathering and they were soooo good! There was not a single one left!

I doubled the recipe and it made about 40 of these.

Pepperoni Pinwheels
1/2 cup diced pepperoni
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1 egg, separated
1 can refrigerated crescent rolls

In a small bowl, combine the pepperoni, cheese, oregano, and egg yolk. In another small bowl, whisk egg white until foamy. Set aside. Separate dough into four rectangles. Seal perforations. Spread pepperoni mixture over each rectangle within 1/4 inch of the edges. Roll up jelly-roll style starting with short side. Pinch seams to seal. Cut into six slices. Place cut side down on greased baking sheets. Brush tops with egg white. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

A few of my tips:
*I actually bought the mini pepperonis and used them instead of dicing up pepperoni. That was a big time-saver.
*I made these up a few hours before I was ready to serve them. After I rolled them up, I wrapped the rolls in plastic wrap and stored them in the refrigerator. Then about 30 minutes before we left for the party, I sliced them up and baked them.
*It says cut them into 6 slices, but I actually only got 5 slices out of mine. Who wants the end without any good stuff in it? :)

I hope you enjoy these as much as my family did! Let me know if you try it!


Sunday, January 3, 2010

{SSCC #20} 2 Corinthians 5:17

Hi there! Laurie Gatton is our hostess this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ and we are being sponsored by Sew Many Cards. Angela, the owner, graciously donated digi stamps for our design team to work with. She has so many cute digis in her store. Be sure you stop by and check them out. Thank you, Angela!! :)

"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17

Make a card for a new baby or a new Christian.

I made a baby card using one of Angela's sweet digis to share with you today.

Now, hop on over to the SSCC blog to see what the design team has to share with you. Also, Angela is generously donating FIVE digi stamps to one random participant of this week's challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today and have a GREAT week!! It's back to the grind for me tomorrow!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch #37

Hi there! I have something super *sweet* for you today! In honor of my first week as a design team member at The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog, I wanted to use one of my favorite things on my card...cupcakes! I don't know about y'all, but I just love a good cupcake! They are so fun to make, too.

For my card, I used Taylored Expressions December Key Ingredients (of course, TE is another one of my favorites). That *adorable* crafty cupcake is a stamp from Crafty Cuppie, also from Taylored Expressions. Now, I have to tell y'all, Taylor hit the nail on the head when she combined my two favorite loves - cupcakes and crafting - into stamps! It was love at first bite...I mean sight!

This card was super easy to put together following today's sketch from The Sweet Stop. All of the patterned paper, ribbon, and flowers were from the Key Ingredients. The button was from my massive button stash. I colored my image with my ever-so-small collection of Copics (I only have 8), and I finished it off with some liquid pearls around the center.

As for the Copics, I'm just now getting into them. I'm slowly learning how to use them and I could use all the tips you have to offer. In particular, I have found a site where the Ciao markers are really affordable, but I'm not sure which is best - Ciao or Sketch? If you'd like to offer your preference, I'd love to read your opinions!

Now, be sure you stop by The Sweet Stop to check out the sketch and see what the design team has in store for you.

Have a GREAT weekend! :)