Thursday, April 30, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
But owing taxes did not stop me from enjoying our company today. We had a wonderful time. I don't think I have laughed so much in a long while. All evening we played table games and joked around. I think at one point there were several of us almost in tears from laughing so hard. A good place and state of mind to be in! Aren't you thankful we do have a sense of humor. Life would be kind of dull without it.
Owing taxes also did not stop me from attempting to make a card today. I snuck away for a few minutes to try my hand at the SCS Sketch Challenge. This is the first time I have used this large leaf stamp (aprox 4"x5"). I've had it for a long time, just staring at it from time to time wishing I had the nerve to use it. So tonight I finally bit the bullet and here you go!
I used a special glossy paper I got from Stampland Stamps. The leaf stamp is from the same company. I inked it up with Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight ink and stamped it on the glossy paper. The thing about this paper is that no matter what ink you use it WILL NOT SMUDGE!! Yep, you read that right. You can use any ink on this glossy paper and it won't smudge. I love using it and dole it out sparingly.
After I stamped the leaf I smudged all around the edges with a cosmetic sponge using SU Old Olive and More Mustard inks. I wanted to keep the white paper from looking so stark. I then stamped the sentiment from Stamp Studio, Inc with SU Chocolate Chip. All the other paper is from Creative Memories. The maple leaf brads are from Spare Parts.
This is one of those cards that I am not too sure of. The jury is still out. So be gentle with the comments!! LOL!!
I hope you are able to get through our infamous tax day, or as I call it Render Unto Caesar Day, with few hassles. Thanks for stopping by again!!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I have been very grateful for the privilege of celebrating Easter and with my family. The weather, although cold has been fairly nice. My husband is feeling much better (thanks to any of you who have been praying for him!) Everyone has been in really good moods.
But I forgot how much more work it is with even one more person in the house. Living in a parsonage very, very close to the church we have a lot of people stop by often. Mind you not all the same people!! We are also on a main highway, so very visible and people passing by who need help will frequently stop too. So keeping the house at least in some semblance of order is important to me. I'll admit it, I can be a clean freak!! Not a "no clutter" freak. Just a clean freak. Hey a girl has to have some clutter!! But dirt and grime, eeewww!!
We even have lots of our boys friends stop by often, like this week. They just pop in to say hi and often stay for quite a while. I really like that, but like I said, I tend to forget when I am all settled into my routines how much more work it is to have extras around.
Then I remember what a blessing those "extras" are! I'll take the messes, the increased clutter, the dirty pile of dishes, a few more shoes behind the couch than usual any day!! Having those around me reminds me of just how blessed we are as a family to have so many wonderful friends who are like family to us. I am so thankful!
So what made me think of all this? Well the SCS Clean and Simple Challenge! This week we were to make a card that is monochromatic. I was excited because I have been saving a few special scraps of paper for ages (one of those small bits of clutter a girl has to have!). So I finally used them and love what came from them.
I don't remember where most of the paper came from, but some is origami paper, and some from Creative Memories. Both of the lighter dp's have little dragonflies on them.
Both of the stamps I used are from Hero Arts. I love the dragonfly!! I have used him a lot and it looks like it. The wood of the stamp is quite discolored from all the use. Both the dragonfly with Chinese script and the sentiment are Stamped in Stazon Jet Black.
I water colored just a little and then accented with colored pencils. And to spice up the card a little I added just a touch of clear embossing powder on his wings. I used Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder.
I hope you like my card today! I also hope you are thankful for all the "extras" that happen at your house. Let them remind you how blessed you really are!!
Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by again!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
What I did first on my card was to take a rectangle stencil from Rubber Stamp Tapestry and stipple Color Box Chalk ink on white card stock. I made 4 rectangles, two of each color, Ice Blue and Bisque.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Hope your day was a good one. Thanks for stopping by again!!
After a long and full day I really needed to do something creative, so I worked on the SCS Sketch Challenge for the week. Having a sketch is a great place to start and to get the creative juices flowing.
Monday, April 6, 2009
To the left of the door when I come in is my 8 1/2 x 11 paper storage. I also store all my very special papers in the rack, ones that I can't reorder or need to be away from much light. Can you believe I got the unit for nothing? My old boss from the stamping store gave it to me. She blessed me with a lot of things!!
On top of that you can see I have several drawer sets that hold some of my individual stamps. Some of my favorite stamps are stored there.
To the right of the drawers are glass jars that I keep all kinds of fun things in that I use for altered art, or just for whatever. There's also a big jar of ribbon in the back.
And then, if I say so myself, the Pastor was right on with his message today. It was on the Last Supper. We also shared Communion at the end of the service. What a blessed time of fellowship. Yes, I know I am kinda partial to that Pastor, but then 25 years of marriage will do that!
After morning service we went out to lunch with some good friends. we just enjoyed each others company and the good food. Lots of laughter and good talk for sure while we ate.
Evening service was a continuation on our verse by verse, sometimes word by word study of Mark. We have been in the book for over a year and we are only on Chapter 5. It has been a very thorough and deep study.
But despite my good day, my dear husband is not having such a good one. As the day progressed he kept feeling worse and worse. He has a full blown very bad cold. I feel so bad for him, just achy and chills, coughing and wheezing. Doing my best to care for him, but this one is bad. So lots of rest and plenty of liquids, and the occasional pill to help get things cleared out.
I did get a chance to make a card for SCS Clean and Simple Challenge after I got him tucked into bed. The card was something I made form bits and pieces I had already stamped for samples when I was working at a stamping store. So I just put them all together. To me it was like using any sheet of dp, only I made mine over 2 years ago.
The background is the Frosted Filters technique. It's one of my favorites to do. No two are alike. Directions on how to do it yourself can be found here. It's really easy, but can be kinda messy so be forewarned.
The piece right behind the puzzle bit is mullberry paper that I stamped with Versa Mark and heat embossed with gold ep. The stamp is from Stampers Anonymous and is called Two Way Script, one of my favorite stamps for sure!
I stamped the puzzle piece from Gina K on to cream card stock with SU More Mustard ink. Then I stamped the eye on it with Archival Jet Black. They eye is from Serendipity Stamps. I colored it with colored pencils and added a clear gem to the center. The Bible verse, part of John 3:16, is from Stampabilities. Everything is smudged with Rangers Distress Vintage Photo ink.
To me the card is quite symbolic. The eye represents God and His sadness over the sin of man. He loved us so much that He sacrificed His only Son to die for our sins. That's a love, amazing love! So that is why I put the verse, John 3:16, on there. The puzzle piece shows how it is such a mystery, puzzle, to me how God could love us that much to send His Son. The flag brad at the top represents how that love of His isn't going anywhere, it's set in place for all eternity. Isn't that wonderful?! The twine is for how we are bound to Him eternally after we accept Christ as our Saviour. I like that part, just knowing I will spend eternity with my Lord is something amazing!! Praise Him!!
Thanks for coming by again. I'm glad you did. Have pictures of my craft room I will be sharing tomorrow. Hope you come back to peek.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Over the last few years we have been having fun at this time of year because of a certain recipie that we all like to use and share. It involves Peeps. Yep, those marshmallow critters we all love to eat, but don't often like to admit.
You need to check out one of my Dork Sister Lori's blogs to see the story behind the Peeps and the Peep Killers. It's well worth the read.
Start with this one: Peep Killers Anonymous - Exposed!!!
Then finish up here: Follow Up On Peep Killing
I hate to admit it but I supplied the photo of the Peeps in the last post. Not proud of it, but I did. LOL!!
And just in case you are wondering what the recipie is, well here you go!
Peep Smores Ingredients in the Jar:
Reduce 1 sleeve graham crackers to crumbs and layer 2/3 of the crumbs in a 1 qt. jar.(1 1/2 cups crumbs)
Place 8 marshmallow bunny peeps standing up, facing out around the inside of the jar pressing them against the glass, but don’t squash them.
Carefully, spoon remaining crumbs in the center of the jar to support the bunnies, pressing down to keep it snug.
On top of this pour 1 ½ c. Easter M&M’s.
Spoon 1/3 c. br. sugar into center of M&M’s, gently pressing with a spoon.
Decorate the lid of the jar however you please…tie curly ribbons around the neck of the jar.
Include these directions:
Directions: Empty the jar contents into a bowl. Snip the bunnies into bits with kitchen sheers or cut up with a knife. Return the bunny bits to the mixture and mix well. Melt ½ c. butter plus 2 tbsp butter, add 1 t. vanilla. Pour this over the dry ingredients, mixing well. Pat into a greased 8x8 baking dish. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.
*Option: leave the bunnies whole; combine remaining ingredients and place the bunnies on top; then bake as directed
The picture is from another Dork Sister, Beth! Thanks Beth!
I suppose now you can join Peep Killers Anonymous!! I'm such an enabler. Have fun with those Peeps!
My card is much simpler than hers. She went into a lot more detail. I just wanted to have fun with mine and do it quickly. So instead of using textured paper like she did I used dp from Creative Memories. The balloons were made with the Creative Memories 1 1/4" Circle Maker and a small heart punch. They turned out cute didn't they?
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
We also had table gifts for them. I think it sort of made up for the nasty looking food. They were fake ice cream sundaes. I made them by simply rolling up wash cloths in different ice cream colors and putting them in clear plastic cups. Add a straw and a cherry (pompom) and you have a sundae. We had all kinds of "flavors" for them to pick from. Now those they thought were just too cute!!
This one is supposed to be coffee, chocolate and French vanilla ice cream. Neat looking isn't it? Those flavors sound like they would be pretty good tasting too.
We had a lot of fun talking about how many things in our lives and many people we meet are really not what they seem to be at first. Once we get to know the people or learn more about circumstances around us they aren't at all what we first thought. It's important that we filter things through the eyes and ears of Christ so we see what is truth and what is deception.
I do think the ladies are going to think twice from now on about any food I bring over to the church. They may second guess what kinds of things I may have put in the dish. But then one lady offered to swap recipies with me. She has one for kitty litter cookies. Now those sound interesting!!
I do have a card for you too. Much different from what we were just talking about. Thank goodness for that! I made it for the SCS Limited Supplies Challenge. It's called Easy as 1 - 2 - 3. We were to use one color of card stock, 2 patterned papers and 3 embellishments. The color of card stock I chose was Olive. The patterned papers are from Basic Grey. I just love them. The three embellishments I used were ribbon, brads and photo corners.
The stamp is from Stampington and Company. It was stamped with Stazon Jet Black ink and then I water colored just the girl. I love the antique looking brads from Spare Parts I used. They just add to the old fashioned look of the girl and paper. I distressed the edges of the paper she is stamped on and then smudged it with Stampin Up Old Olive ink.
Thanks for stopping by again, and promise if you ever come by my house the food will look a whole lot better than that cake up there!!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I have just one card today. This is for the SCS Clean and Simple Challenge. A clean an simple card is just that. You aren't supposed to use a lot of layers, if any, and keep your embellishments to a minimum. There is also supposed to be a lot of open space on the card.
So here is my card. The image is from American Art Stamps. It was drawn by Emerson Quillin. I love the work he does. The images usually crack me up and give me a good smile.
I did a quick watercolor of the girl and then simply mounted her on the paper. The strip behind her is pierced, but seems to be a little difficult to see in the picture. Gonna have to work on that I guess. Photography has not been my strong suit. The brad is from Spare Parts.
I really enjoy making simple and quick cards from time to time. If every card took a long time I would never get enough done. As a Pastor's wife, I send out a lot of cards, so quick is always good!
Thursday is going to be another busy day for me. Have a ladies meeting at church and a dear friend of mine and I are in charge of the program and refreshments. Since it is so close to April Fool's Day we have a lot of "fun" things planned for them. Should be a good night!
Thanks for joining me today!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I have two cards to share with you today. The first is based on the sketch challenge on SCS. Rox, the host decided to play an April Fool's joke on us and gave us a crazy sketch to do. Of course it wasn't the real one. The card I did is based on the "real" sketch. The stamp of the exasperated woman is from Art Impressions. Isn't she a hoot!! The sentiment is from Stampabilities. I stamped both with Stazon Jet Black Ink and colored the image with watercolor pencils, accenting with colored pencils. She really looks like she is wearing jeans doesn't she?
The background paper is from Creative Memories. Once upon a time I used to be a consultant for them. Have a BIG stash of supplies yet from those days. I used my Cuttlebug on the right side of the card. The folder is Spots & Dots.
My second card I did for the weekly event held at Cindy's place, The Tea Party. We had a blast this week. If you have never joined us you really should. All kinds of things happen there and you never know who may show up!
The rose script image is from a company that no longer is in business, Stamp Rosa. It's a shame, they had beautiful things. I stamped it first in Stazon Jet Black Ink and water colored it. I think the highlights turned out pretty good on this one.
The little butterfly from Stamp Affair I stamped with Stazon as well. It was water colored and then I outlined it in gold with a Creative Memories Elements Pen.
All the paper is from Creative Memories as well. I love their paper and have that big stash to go through. Which as much as I love, somedays it slows me down. So many beautiful papers out there and so much guilt if I buy more with the amount I already have. Sigh!! The struggles of a paper-a-holic!
Thanks for joining me on this adventure.