Sunday, February 28, 2010

For God So Loved the World

Hi there! It's time for this week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge. Pamela Young is our talented hostess this week.

"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Colossians 3:17

Pamela has given us a lot of freedom for the challenge this week. Here's what she has to say: You have free reign of what you want to do this week. Here's the deal: I want you to actively do this as an act of worship to our God. Before starting, pray. Thank God for your gift. While working, feel free to pray more, or perhaps sing out to Him. Put your focus on Him and remember that it is He who gave you your gift (however good or bad you think you are at this) and remember that it makes Him happy to see you at work. Do this challenge as if you were doing it for Christ himself!

I am my own worst critic. I've never thought I was very good at this whole paper-crafting thing, but I try because I enjoy it. I also had to learn that everyone has a different style and each person is talented in her own way. When I applied for the SSCC design team, I never thought I'd be picked. When I was, I knew that it was God's will. I had never been on a design team before, and the opportunity to combine my love for paper-crafting with my oustanding love for Christ was just incredible.

When I first read Pamela's challenge, my first thought was, "I could never make something that would be worthy for Christ." However, I did as Pamela said, and I prayed before I started my card. I spent time in prayer thanking him for this gift, for this hobby that I enjoy so much, and even for the opportunity to share my love for Him with all of you. I thanked Him for my amazing design team sisters and what they stand for. I asked Him to let me always act humbly and give all the credit to Him. I hope and pray that not just with paper-crafting, but that in all aspects of my life, I could do all things through Christ.

For my card, I chose this beautiful digi stamp from Sweet n Sassy. Did you know they went all digital? I love stopping by each day to see the new digis. When I saw this one, I knew it would be perfect for today's challenge. I used Kraft cardstock for my base, and I used BasicGrey Origins for my patterned papers. I stitched around the edges with my machine and also sewed on some lace. I colored the image with Copic markers and sponged around the edges with Memento Canteloupe. I popped up the image panel with foam tape and lastly, I added three pearls in each corner.

I sure hope Jesus likes it! :)

Be sure and stop by the SSCC blog and check out the beautiful samples from the design team. There's a beautiful combination of projects and cards this week. Also, we'd love to have you play along with us! Cindy Coutts at Christian Paper Crafts is our sponsor and she will be awarding the Ippity Devoted stamp set to one random winner of this week's challenge. I have that set and it's beautiful. You'll definitely want to play along for your chance at winning it!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch #45

Hey y'all! I have not blogged or stamped all week, so it felt sooo good to make this card last night! I will tell you a bit later about all that, but first I want to share my card for this week's Sweet Stop sketch.

This sketch challenged me a bit, but it was a fun one. Everything is from the Taylored Expressions Spa Key Ingredients. That cute stylin' cupcake and sentiment are from Sweet Indulgence. I colored Cuppie with Copic markers and used a bit of Crystal Stickles on the dryer. I did some machine-stitching, and added Crystal Twinkles to my scalloped circle, which was cut out using Nestabilities.

Hop on over to the Sweet Stop blog and check out the sketch and the samples from the awesome Sugar Babies!

Now, in case you're wondering where I've been hiding all week, I've been dealing with a nightmare of a toothache all week. I had a temporary crown put on last Friday. I've been in major pain ever since then. It spread into my ear, and I had a toothache and earache all at the same time. I would wake up in the morning with the entire side of my face hurting. It was killer. Dummy me assumed it was normal, and that it would eventually go away. In the meantime, I ate Ibuprofens like they were candy, but nothing helped. Yesterday morning at school, the pain got unbearable. Luckily, the school was able to call in a substitute and I rushed to the dentist, without an appointment. They worked me right in - within 10 minutes! They told me that I needed a root canal and about an hour and $400 later, I walked out of there. It's not exactly my idea of a good way to kick off the weekend, but maybe the pain will go away. I'm still in pain, but they sent me home with pain meds and antibiotics. Now, I go back in two weeks to have the permanent crown put on. My dentist is going to be able to buy a new vehicle on all the money I'm giving him.

Speaking of money, I'm always looking to earn a little extra, to buy new stamping goodies, of course! My town does a small monthly craft fair downtown and it is only $15 for a booth. I signed up for next weekend, and I'm going to try and sell the greeting cards I have on hand, as well as some notepads and post-it note holders that I've been decorating. Maybe that will buy me a few new stamp sets. :) I'm really excited about it, and I've been busy getting everything prepared. I hope it goes well.

Before I go, I want to ask a personal favor. I have a very special prayer request on my heart. I'm not going to go into the details here, but God knows just what it is, and if you would just lift up my special request, I would greatly appreciate it. It concerns someone I love very much, and we need God's help in finding some answers to a health problem. Thank you. :)

I hope you have a GREAT weekend! I'm so glad you stopped by today!


Sunday, February 21, 2010

{SSCC #27} Esther 4:14

It's Sunday! Not only does that mean we get to worship today, but it also means there's a new challenge up at Stampin' Sisters in Christ! Laurie Gatton is our talented hostess this week.

"For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

Make a project using a time piece or in some way denoting time.

Laurie gave us some great ideas for showing time in our creations. You could use a sunrise or sunset image, or even a birthday card that features the age. You could also print out a Bible verse that relates to time.

For my card, I wanted to use this cute little cuckoo clock from the Folk Inspired set by Unity Stamp Company. I always love the looks of Kraft paper on other people's cards, so I challenged myself to keep my card very simple and let my Kraft paper shine through. Here lately I've been using a lot of layers on my cards, but I really love the way this simple card turned out. I colored the image with Copics, and used a bit of patterned paper from the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird collection. I stitched around the edges of my patterned piece. I popped my image up on foam tape and stamped the sentiment "Life Changes," also from Folk Inspired, directly on my Kraft Paper. On the inside, I stamped "have faith." I wish I could remember where that ribbon came from because that was the last bit of it, and now I can't find anymore. You probably can't tell, but I added red Stickles to the feathers on the bird.

I think these stamps were so perfect for this challenge. Time goes on and life changes all the time. All we can do is have faith in our awesome God and trust in his will and not our own.

Now, hop on over to the SSCC blog and check out the beautiful creations from our design team. We would especially love it if you play along with us this week! We are sponsored this week by Designed2Delight...lots of cute digis on their site! As always, there's a prize for one random winner!

Oh, and did you hear the latest news? SSCC has a Facebook fan page now! If you're on Facebook, we'd love for you to become a fan. Invite your friends, too! You can click here to check out the page.

Have a beautiful Sunday! :)


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch 44

Hi there! Happy Saturday! My week off is almost over, but I still have the weekend, so I'm not going to rush it.
Are y'all tired of winter yet? I know I am. I'm ready for spring and all of its warmth. I truly love spring...all of the new growth, new life, birds singing, sun shining, flowers blooming, and everything else that spring entails.

This week's Sweet Stop Sketch has a spin, and the spin is to use FLOWERS! I've had these bright beauties by K & Company in my stash for quite awhile. They're 3D felt stickers. I've been trying to challenge myself to use some of the stickers in my sticker binder. I forget about having them, but I don't know how I ever forgot about these adorable flowers!

I embossed the white cardstock with my Swiss Dots embossing folder in the Cuttlebug. The "Thank You" stamp is from those tiny Studio G stamps that you can get in the dollar section at Michael's. I stamped it in Memento Rose Bud. I used Classic Squares and Scalloped Squares to cut out the squares. I popped them on on foam tape and added three rhinestones to finish it off. I left the inside of my card blank, but I added a coordinating flower to the inside.

I LOVED this sketch. It was so easy and I loved the look of the squares, so I also made another card with this sketch.

For this card, I used Glitz Design Divalicous paper. These cute purses are from the Trendy Girl stamp set by Sweet n Sassy Stamps. You can get this set right now for only $7.50! I paper-pieced each of the purses using the Divalicious papers, and added a flower and rhinestones for accents. The inside is stamped with another sentiment from the collection, "When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping!" I know this card would be perfect for any of my teacher friends.

I had so much fun with these cards. This is definitely a sketch that I'll be going back to again. I hope you'll hop over to The Sweet Stop blog and check out the sketch and the inspiration from the Sugar Babies.

Have an awesome weekend!! :)


Sunday, February 14, 2010

{SSCC #26} 1 John 4:10

Hi there! Happy Valentine's Day! Many people do acts of love on Valentine's Day, but the greatest act of love was done when Jesus died for us. He was my first love and is my true Valentine! Ceal Pritchett has the perfect "love" challenge for everyone at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges this week.

"This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins." 1 John 4:10

I think Ceal chose the *perfect* verse for today. There is no greater love than this! It is true, selfless love. It is so great that none of us will ever be able to comprehend it.

Make a card or project for someone letting them know how much God loves them.

I printed out the Taylored Expressions sketch book yesterday, so I flipped through it and used one of the older sketches for my card today. I knew that I wanted to use a cross and the words "Jesus Loves You" for my card, so I used the cross from "Something Within" by Unity Stamp Company. I didn't have a stamp for my sentiment, so I printed it on my computer. I used my standard and scalloped circle and rectangle Nestabilities. All of the papers and ribbons are from the Taylored Expressions Valentine's Key Ingredients. I added two ribbons and three pearls to my card, and it was finished!

Now, hop on over to the SSCC blog and check out the love-filled inspiration from the design team! We'd love to have you play along with us this week! Also, our sponsor, Simon Says Stamp, is graciously offering up a stamp set to one random winner!

I don't know what I'm going to do with myself after church football! I suppose I'll stamp! :)

Thanks for stopping by today! Your comments always make my day!


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch #43

Hi there! It's time for this week's sketch at The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge.

This week's sketch truly was a challenge for me because I struggled getting the circles at the top the right size.

I picked out these fun papers from my most favoritest (yes, I'm an English teacher...I know that's not a word) collection EVER - Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday. I also used some Kraft cardstock and Choice Buttercream.

The stamped image is from the Taylored Expressions Sweet Occasions stamp set. I just *had* to have this set when it first came out, and yet this is the first time I've inked it up. Shame on me! I love it, though! Sadly, I have a lot of stamps like that. I colored the image with Copics and used Espresso Dimensional Pearls for the hot fudge. Mmm! I also used red Stickles for the cherry.

I added a flower and a button from my stash and a coordinating Girl Friday ribbon. Also, I did something this time that I don't always do. I've been trying to get better about decorating the inside of my cards. I'm pretty happy with this one!

Now, I've got to make a run to Hobby Lobby and come back and work on some more crafty goodness!
Be sure you hop over to the Sweet Stop Sketch blog and check out the wonderful inspiration from the Sugar Babies. Leave 'em some love! :)

Thanks for stopping by today! Blessings!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Teacher's Survival Kit

Hi there! Happy Wednesday! I am so happy that it is the middle of the week. I am so looking forward to next week. We get the whole week off for Mardi Gras! I don't do any celebrating for Mardi Gras (unless you count eating king cake), so I am just happy to have a lazy week off! :)

The other day I shared with you the peanut butter balls that I made for my secret pal. Today, I want to share with you an altered box that I made for her. I found the idea for a teacher's survival kit in the gallery. I've had this 6x6 wooden box for awhile now just waiting for the perfect thing to use it for. I knew that it would make a great survival kit!

I started out by painting the edges of the box (that would be seen) with Acrylic Folk Art paint in Linen. Then, I measured and cut my papers. My pal loves bright colors and has lots of bright things in her classroom, so this paper from the Cosmo Cricket Boyfriend collection (which I got on sale at Michael's for $4, by the way!) was perfect. Also, the pencils are perfect for a teacher!

After I adhered the paper, I coated the box with Mod Podge and let it dry overnight. The next day I used some alpha stickers on a strip of paper from the same collection for her name. I glued on three buttons and used my Fiskars Apron Lace border punch to set it off. You can't tell from these photos, but the top of the box is a square of green that is the same shade as the punched strips.

Lastly, I typed up the card detailing the purpose of each item in the box as well as the teacher's prayer.

I absolutely cannot wait to give this to my pal! I hope she will love it. I had so much fun making it for her. You could do this for anybody. They have ingredients for BUNCHES of different survival kits listed here.

Teacher's Survival Kit Contents
Animal cookies for when your classroom seems like a zoo.
Band-Aids for when things get a little rough.
Chewing Gum to help you stick to it.
Crayons to color your day bright and cheerful.
Candle for when you are up late grading papers.
Eraser to remind you everyone makes mistakes.
Lifesavers for when you've had one of those days.
Marbles to replace the ones you've lost.
Mounds Bar for the mounds of confidence you give your students.
Paperclips to hold it all together.
Pencil to "write your wrongs."
Rubber band to remind you to be flexible.
Shiny Penny to remind you that each will shine in his or her own special way.
Starburst to give you a "burst" of energy when you need it.
Tissues to wipe away the tears...yours and theirs.
Toothpick to help you "pick" out the good qualities in others and yourself,
and a prayer for you to say at the start of each day.

Teacher's Prayer
God, please help me
to strengthen their voices,
bodies and minds,
to express their feelings
and control them sometimes,
to explore what's near
and venture afar,
but most important
to love who they are.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sweet Valentine's Treat

Hi there! I have something extra yummy to share with you today. I wanted to make something special for my Secret Valentine at school. We've been swapping gifts with a secret pal leading up until Valentine's Day when we will reveal who our secret pal is! Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure my pal knows that it's me. I'm not very good at keeping secrets.

Here is what I made her for this week.

I have always wanted to try altering one of these clear paint buckets. I picked one up at Michael's the last time I was there. I knew that I wanted to fill this with something sweet for my pal.

I kept my design for the bucket very simple. I used a strip of Valentine's paper from my stash and edged it with my Fiskars Apron Lace border punch. Have y'all ever noticed that I use that on practically everything I make? Love it! I cut out a pink and a red heart with my Cricut and embossed them with my Cuttlebug and the swirls folder. I added a simple tag that I stamped to say "With Love from My Kitchen." That sentiment was from the Tag Treats set from Taylored Expressions.

Now, I know you're wondering what the treats were that I filled my bucket with! I made some peanut butter balls and dipped them in milk chocolate. Then, I used Wilton candy melts in red and white to drizzle them. We usually make these at Christmas and we never do the drizzling, but I wanted them to be festive for Valentine's Day. I found the candy melts on the Valentine's aisle at my Walmart, but they also have them at Hobby Lobby and Michael's.

If you do this, here's a tip for melting the red and white chocolate. I took the Wilton cake decorating classes at Hobby Lobby awhile back, so I had some cake decorating bags on hand. I put my desired amount of chocolate wafers (it doesn't take a lot) in each bag (without a decorating tip) and secured the bag with an icing bag tie. Then, I put the bags in the microwave and melted according to the package directions. After they were melted, I snipped off the edge and did my drizzling. That was the best! Here's how they turned out!

Peanut Butter Balls
16 ounces creamy peanut butter
1 box powdered sugar
1 stick of melted butter
Mix all ingredients together. Roll into balls and dip into melted chocolate. Place on wax paper to harden.
The chocolate that works best for these is the chocolate almond bark. It melts great and hardens quickly - no need to refrigerate. However, my peanut butter balls were a little soft prior to dipping, so I refrigerated them for a few minutes befor I dipped them in the chocolate. Also, it helps if you roll out all of the balls first, and then do the dipping. I use a toothpick to dip mine.
Enjoy! :)


Sunday, February 7, 2010

{SSCC # 25) Mark 10: 7-8

Hi there! The wonderful Randi Barrett is our hostess this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges.

"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." Mark 10: 7-8

Create a card, project, or LO that reflects this sentiment by following this formula: Use whatever supplies/stamps you like to create whatever kind of card or project that you like BUT use must use TWO kinds of each item to make your ONE creation. An example would be as follows: 2 different colored pieces of CS, 2 different pieces of patterned paper, 2 pieces of ribbon, 2 brads, 2 buttons, and so on.

For my card, I used two different colors of cardstock (Kraft and the light blue), two different pieces of patterned paper (I'm not counting the piece I used for the couch - LOL!), and two brown brads. You could also say that there are TWO cupcakes on the couch!

A co-worker asked me to make a Valentine's card for her fiance, so this is what I came up with. I kept it very simple. I was aching to put ribbon on it, but I tried to tone down the froo-froo since it's for a guy. I did add a little bit of Frosted Lace stickles to the hearts. I used the Taylored Expressions Valentine's Key Ingredients and the Cuppie Love Scenes stamp set.

Now, hop on over to the SSCC blog and see what the design team has in store for you. Our sponsor, Digital Ink Co., is giving away three digi stamps of your choice to one random winner of this week's challenge. Also, you never know when you might be picked as a shining star! We'd love to have you play along with us.

It is Super Bowl Sunday! I am wearing my gold fleur-de-lis scarf and a black outfit to church today. Haha! Gotta represent! So excited! Geaux Saints!

Have a great day, y'all! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch #43

Good morning! Happy Saturday! This is my card for The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #43. This sketch really challenged me because I had never before made a circle card. I was tempted to turn it into a square card, but then I decided to be brave and take on the challenge.

I googled instructions for making a circle card and I found this blog. Isn't her blog the cutest?! I love her header! So, I followed her instructions and used my large circle scallopped nestabilities to do the card. The papers are from the Spa Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions. I used my Fiskars Apron Lace punch for the blue trim, and the flowers are from my stash. The "Thinking of You" stamp is by Studio G from Michael's - you know, those great dollar bin stamps! Sometimes, you can find some really cute ones in there. I added three tiny rhinestones to finish off my card.

I enjoyed making this card because it was for a very special young lady. One of my students, Jamie, had her tonsils removed on Wednesday. She is so precious, so I just wanted her to know I was thinking about her. I sent this card home to her in care of her twin brother. I hope it brightens her day just like she brightens mine!

Last night, Andrew and I went to Chili's for dinner. It was so much fun, because random people in the restaurant kept shouting "Who dat!" That would get the whole restaurant to shouting. Everyone was in their Saints attire, and the atmosphere was great! After that, we went to see When in Rome. Yes, I dragged him to see that girly movie! LOL! But, he actually liked it. There were some really funny parts in it. It was a very cute movie, and I recommend it! Not to mention, Josh Duhamel is worth dreaming about.

As for today, I plan on cleaning up and doing some crafting. I have so many projects I want to get done today, including Valentine's gifts for a couple of people. I also want to get my "Saints are going to the Super Bowl" scrapbook layout done. The Super Bowl is tomorrow! YES!! GEAUX SAINTS! Bless you, boys! Who dat!! Believe dat! I believe!

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!