Monday, December 31, 2012

Flowers & Buttons

Here is a card my friend, Cheri Peeples, made for me. So simple but yet so cute!
Hope you have a great New Year's Eve and a wonderful 2013! I wish you many blessing in the coming year!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tea Bag folding card

My dear friend, Cheri Peeples who lives in the same town I do, loves to do tea bag folding. Here is one card that she made and gave to me a few years ago.

I've done a little bit of tea bag folding but generally it's not my "cup of  tea."  Yes, pun intended & dedicated to my s-i-l who loves puns.
Anyway, if you are interested in tea bag folding, here is a site that you can check out for patterns & styles. tea bag folding There are also videos on You Tube. Google the term for even more sites for this.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Two Days Before Christmas

If you are like me, you are rushing around here, just 2 days before Christmas, trying to get all the last minute things finished. I've had some frustrations with my arm, mainly not being able to do everything that I want to do, but it is healing the way the drs have said it's expected. God just insists that I learn patience. lol
During this special time of year let us all remember what Christmas is all about. While the food, presents and family are all wonderful, the most important thing is still remembering the birth of Christ,our Savior. remember, His hands are the ones that created all the wonderous things of this season.
Merry Christmas!

In case it's been a while, here is the Christmas story for you, as told by children!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ornament Card

This card by Crystal Komara was made with the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set (#128048) and the Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies (#127816). She also did some embossing on the Whisper White cardstock and added some Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247) to give the card an extra special something.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Postcard Card

This card was created by Jennifer Scott. She used the Christmas Postcard stamp (#121428), some of the SU! Christmas patterned paper, a Real Red button and ribbon for this.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mary, did you know?

One of my many favorites.

Isaiah 40:26 Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? ... I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

Psalm 121:1-3
King James Version (KJV)
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

The tragedy that occurred this week should never have happened. There should never be a tragedy like this involving our innoccent children. These precious babies did nothing to deserve this. The ones in Columbine, Aurora, and many other places did not deserve this either. I wish I had a way of changing the world so that things like this would not happen but there is only one way to do that. That is by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and savior. If I could do that for you, I would but no one can accept Him except each individual person. Then each person has to practice His love and acceptance himself or herself. It's not something that others can do for you. As long as the evil one is allowed to live in this world, horrible things like this will continue to happen. Come soon, Lord Jesus.

█▓▒▒▓█ Kindly pass on the Candle mark
█▓▒▒▓█ of Respect and loving Memories
█▓▒▒▓█ to the Children and Families,
█▓▒▒▓█ Teachers and others
█▓▒▒▓█ who lost their lives in
█▓▒▒▓█ Sandy Hook Elementary
█▓▒▒▓█ Newtown, Connecticut.,
█▓▒▒▓█ Tragic shooting.
█▓▒▒▓█ May Their Soul R.I.P.
█▓▒▒▓█ December 14th, 2012
█▓▒▒▓█ WE NEVER FORGET ✞✞✞
█▓▒▒▓█ God Bless ✞✞✞
█▓▒▒▓█ ✞✞✞✞✞✞✞✞✞✞✞✞✞✞✞

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Hero Party

For our Marine's welcome home party, we made placards to place around the table. Our Marine is just back from basic, but I would wish that all of the military heros coming home from wherever they've been will receive a hearty welcome. Tell our military "thank you" for the sacrifices they have made for our country's freedom.

Polka Dot Parade DSP (#126902)
Stampin' Trimmer (#126889)
Words of Courage stamp set (#126337)
Real Red classic ink
Pacific Point classic ink

This is so simple, it can be made with one hand. If you have more than one hand/arm working properly, you can add brads, ribbons & other embellishments to these. We placed one at each plate. Then scattered extras around the table. If your guests didn't take them all home after the party, they can be used on cards or scrapbook pages.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Angel

The pretty little angel can be used as a decoration, a gift box or treats. It was made with the petal cone die by Michelle Suit. I hope you enjoy this fun angel.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Package Decoration

This is a great, festive way to decorate those gifts for that special someone that you want to impress.

Ornament Keepsakes stamp set (#128051)
Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies (#127816)
Gumball Green In color ink
Real Red classic ink
Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126848)
Snow Festival DSP (126908)

Stamp 2 of each ornament and adhere together

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Holly

Wild Wasabi cardstock
Old Olive cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Real Red cardstock
Bells & Boughs stamp set (#121142)
Gumball Green marker
Raspberry Ripple marker
Festive paper-Piercing Pack (#127857)
Framelits Labels Collection (#125598)
Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189)
Paper-Piercing Mat (#126199)

Sunday, December 9, 2012


As I am typing this it is actually Dec 6 & i'm typing with only my left hand. Please forgive any errors that you find today. This is difficult to do, but i wanted to give you a real time update. I still have a large amt of pain with this but i have been able to start going longer between pain meds. When the drs went in to do the surgery, they found a lot more damage than was expected. While we were on vacation, I had a pretty bad fall into a bathtub & i think that's probably where the extra damage cam from. There was a second tear plus the tendons were pulled away from the bone on each side of the joint. But I am making progress, one day at a time. my hyper personality is having trouble dealing with the healing process. God says slow down & i say ok, but let me get these 6 doz thins done first.

My grandson, Triston, graduated basic training Fri, Dec 7. He is now one of the few, the proud. He's a Marine. I'm proud of him. He has what it takes to be a US Marine! An American hero!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Gift or Treat box

This box would be for treats or for a small gift, such as jewerly.

Bigz xl Dies Box #2 (#114518) or
Bigz xl Die Fancy Favor (#115965)
I made this with Box #2, however, it is no longer available. The Fancy Favor die would work for this also and it is available in the current catalog.
Top Note Bigz Die (#113463) cut 2
Wild Wabasi cardstock
Ornament Keepsakes stamp set (#128051)
Holiday Ornaments Framelits dies (#127816)
Bells & Boughs stamp set (#121142)
Real Red classic ink
Scallop Oval punch (#119856)
Real Red marker
Summer Sun marker
Wild Wasabi marker

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Dove

Whisper White cardstock
A Wish for Peace stamp set (#111614)
Bells & Boughs stamp set (#121142)
Crumb Cake classic ink
Raspberry Ripple In Color ink
Crumb Cake marker
Gumball Green marker
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (#102023)
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Gift Tags

Wild Wasabi cardstock 3 x 4 1/2" cut in tag shape
Ornament Keepsakes stamp set (#128051)
Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies (#127816)
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (#102023)
Raspberry Ripple In Color ink
Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126845)
Glue Dots (#103683)

With this set you can make dozens of tags and have every one different. There are 9 different ornament stamps and 8 different framelit dies to make cutting the images easily and save time!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December changes

I had my surgery on my rotator cuff this past Thursday & will not be able to do a lot with my right arm for about 6 weeks & then I'll have 6 weeks of therapy. Prior to this time, I tried to make as many things as I could to be able to post ahead on my blog for you. I have various things of mine through Dec. 7 but after this time, I will have things made or created by other SU! demonstrators. These use some really great SU! products and I hope that the pictures will give you some inspiration so that you will continue to create your own marvelous cards and paper crafts.

I am able to post and schedule items for my blog ahead of time and that's what I've done. I know that for at least 2 wks, I won't even be able to be on my computer to type anything. After that, I'll still be limited in what I do.

I've got a large tear in my rotator cuff and the cortizone shots did not help at all. As of this typing, I have not yet had the surgery but I have confindence that it will all turn out well. It is on my right arm and I am right handed so that will really limit me in the things that I can do for a while. As soon as I am able, I will let you know how things are going. In the meantime, please enjoy the items that I've made ahead and the items that I am posting from other SU! demos.

I hope that you will have a wonderful holiday season and remember that the reason for the season is to celebrate the birth of our savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Ornaments

I'm going to try to give you some ideas in the next few days that will help you take your paper crafting into Christmas. Some of them are very simple and others a bit more complicated. Hope you enjoy them and you find something useful for you.

I remember the first year I was marriend, we didn't have any money to buy any Christmas decorations so I made some for us from items I had around the house. This ornament is made with double sided Christmas patterned paper, ribbon and buttons. Easy peasy!

This paper is some that I had left from last year's Celebration DSP but it will be great with some of SU! Christmas patterned papers. You might want to try Be of Good Cheer (#126896). Any of these patterns would be beautiful.

Cut a piece 2" wide and 12" long. Accordian fold the strip and place adhesive on the end. Press the ends together. Use glue dots (#103683) to stick a bright button from the Brights Designer Button (#119747) collection on each side. Cut a 12" piece of 1/4" red ribbon. Double it and adhere the ends of it to one of the folded areas. Hang it on your tree.

With double sided paper, you can use either side!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Need Speed?

Here's a simple card that I made to send to my grandson, the Marine Recruit in San Diego.

Need for Speed stamp set (#122717)
Ruby Red cardstock
Marina Mist cardstock
Early Espresso classic ink
Always Artichoke classic ink
Ruby Red classic ink
Night of Navy classic ink
Basic Black classic ink
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

I hand lettered the greeting because I didn't have a stamp to say what I wanted. It's not fancy but it says what I want & isn't that what's important.
Take a look at the inside of the card.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Adorning Accents

I know you don't think of many flowers between Thanksgiving & Christmas but, IMO, flowers are good any where any time. I tried to make these flowers darker and more fallish colors.

Fabulous Florets stamp set (#123027)
Edgelits Adorning Accents (#1255951)
Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Adorning Accents (#125601)
Elegant Eggplant cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
So Saffron cardstock 4 x 5 1/4"
Old Olive classic ink
More Mustard classic ink
Pumpkin Pie classic ink
Midnight Muse In Color ink
Raspberry Ripple In Color ink
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

The Adorning Accents dies and embossing folders require that you do this in two steps with your Big Shot but it is so worth it for the look. I love the elegance that the cut and the embossing adds to a simple card. Hope you have fun with this.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Funny Kids & others

We're back from GA where we had a wonderful visit with our daughter, her husband & their children. We had great fun visiting Savannha & Augusta. And the fall colors of the trees were just beautiful. In my part of Texas we don't have much color change in the fall so this was a nice sight for us.

Sunday is always a great day. I love the Lord and love being able to worship Him on any day but especially on Sundays. Enjoy this video and song by Todd Agnew.

Here's some funny kids that ought to make you laugh.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Monarchs birthday card

Ok, so I know it's a little late for Monarch butterflies to come through but not really too much! They usually come through Central Texas in September so I'm just a couple months late. Besides, most people like butterflies any time of the year.

Marina Mist cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" & scraps
Daffodil Delight cardstock 4 x 5 1/4"
Wild Wasabi cardstock 3 x 4"
Tangerine Tango cardstock scraps
Perfect Punches stamp set (#120516)
Midnight Muse In Color ink
Basic Black classic ink
Daffodil Delight1/4" Grosgrain Stitched ribbon (#126872)
3/8" Designer Printed Brads (#122940)
Beautiful Wings Embosslits (#118138)

This card is pretty self explanatory just by looking at the picture. The one thing that you might wonder is the black on the butterfly wings. Simple, after I ran the embosslit through my Big Shot, I lightly rubbed each butterfly across my black ink pad. The embossed parts picks up the color but leaves the rest of the cardstock the original color. If you have trouble with this on the stamp pad, then try using a sponge dauber. You shouldn't have trouble unless you have a heavy hand.

Just love the embosslits! I put the die & the paper together & run it through my Big shot and it cuts and embosses at the same time! Super easy and saves a step. How great can you get?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Today I am in GA with my baby girl and her family for Thanksgiving. My Tina is an Army wife and her kids, Jonathan, Victoria & Jacob, are Army kids. Because they used leave time to come to Texas last May for graduations and again in Aug. to get Jonathan settled at Baylor, they are out of leave and will not be able to come home for Christmas this year. We will miss them terribly but we decided to go to GA, where they are stationed at Ft. Gordon, to celebrate Thanksgiving & an early Christmas with them. When we mentioned that we were going, our grown son was excited and checked on his & his wife's vacation time. Their 2 kids are out of school for the whole week so we ALL came to GA for Thanksgiving. My oldest daughter was not able to come with us because she has to save days to be able to go to San Diego, CA on Dec. 7 when her son graduates from his Marine basic training.

We are thankful to have such a wonderful family and to be able to be together as often as we can. We've got  some great kids and grandkids. Here's a picture from last May when we were able to ALL be together for a graduation.

I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and be thankful for more than just food & football. I'll be back next week with some more cards.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fall/Thanksgiving card

Harvest Blessings stamp set (#126452)
Bravo Burgundy cardstock, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" & 2 x 2 1/2"
Daffodil Delight cardstock, 4 x 5 1/4"
Wild Wasabi cardstock, 1 1/2 x 4"
Stripes Embossing Folder (#123128)
More Mustard classic marker
Pumpkin Pie classic marker
Always Artichoke classic marker
Really Rust classic marker
Ruby Red classic marker

Monday, November 19, 2012

Merry Christmas card

Here is a little bit easier Christmas card that you can do. I'm actually working on several of these for what I'll send out this year. My dear, sweet husband ran the background cardstock through the Big Shot for me.

Wild Wasabi cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Ruby Red cardstock 4 x 5 1/4"
Old Olive cardstock 2 1/2 x 3 1/2"
Bells & Boughs stamp set (#121142)
Ruby Red classic ink
Ruby Red marker
Wild Wasabi marker
Summer Sun marker
Old Olive 1/2" Grosgrain Striped ribbon (#113883)
3/16" Corner punch (#119871)
Christmas style embossing folder
5 1/2 x 8 1/2" Whisper White cardstock

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Be Thankful

We are now in Georgia visiting our daughter & her family. We will be here for the next week. I've tried to make things ahead so that I can still have at least 3 posts for the week. Hope you enjoy what I've got for you. Also, I now have the surgery on my torn rotator cuff scheduled. It will be on Nov. 29. After that it is expected to take 3 mos for recovery.The dr has said that after a couple of weeks I'll be able to be back to keyboarding, etc. things that I can do from the elbow down. Anyway,I've made many things ahead so I can go ahead and still give you some ideas. For the days that I don't have anything made, I will pass along ideas from freinds and other SU! demonstarators. Hope you will enjoy these while I recouperate from this surgery.

We have so very much to be thankful for in the United States of America. We can be thankful for our freedom, the freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Most of us have more than we really need. Even the poor have much to be thankful for with Medicare, food stamps, government assistance for housing and more. We all have a free public education and the opportunities to make our lives what we want them to be. Let's remember, that we are all very blessed here in the USA. Let us praise God for the blessings that He has given us. And be sure to worship in the church of your choice each Sunday to thank God for our blessings.

Here's one more about thanks.

I can not be thankful for anything more than I am for Jesus Christ giving His life for me.

Here's a cute kid to enjoy.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Rest of the Window Christmas Card

I gave you the materials and instructions for the first part of this card on Wednesday. Today we have the rest of the card, or as Paul Harvey used to say, "the rest of the story."

front of the card from Wednesday

Open the window of the card and see a Christmas tree with a message.

Do not adhere the window to the large piece of Whisper White cardstock yet.

Evergreen stamp set (#127973)
Gumball Green InColor ink
Night of Navy classic ink
Daffodil Delight classic ink
Basic Black marker
Whisper White cardstock cut 5 1/2x 8 1/2"
The window that you made from Wednesday.

Score and fold the Whisper White cardstock at 4 1/4." On the front folded section, stamp a solid tree from the Evergreen stamp set in Gumball Green In Color ink in the center of the cardstock. Use Night of Navy to stamp the words of Silent Night onto the tree.
Use the basic black marker to draw lines to make mounds of snow around the tree.

Now adhere the window from Wednesday onto the front of this. Be sure you only place adhesive on the outside edges of the window. Do not adhere the window portion. You want the window to be able to open.

Finish the card by stamping the inside of the card like you see here.

The inside greeting and the lighter tree are both with the Evergreen stamp set. Now how many times have you used every stamp in a set on one card? Be sure to sign your creation on the back of your card. I always sign with my name and date. I have a dear friend who signs her cards with her first name. However you want to sign your card, just be sure that you  do because, even though it's my design, it's your creation!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Window

I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but for those of us who make our own Christmas cards, we have to start early. It's less than 6 weeks until Christmas Day and even less than that to mail your cards. So here is one that I designed for my own use that has a very religious theme. It's also a bit more time consuming to make. I actually started on this one back in July but haven't gotten very many of these finished. With being my usual busy self plus an extreme allergic reaction to pencillin, I've had trouble just getting 3 cards a week on my blog. Now, I've got a torn rotator cuff and will be having surgery right after Thanksgiving so it looks like I won't get these finished for this year. Maybe I can send it out next year!

With the rotator cuff problem (my right shoulder & I'm right handed) I am limited on the things I can do. I'm trying to make enough cards ahead, before my shoulder gets to the point that I won't be able to use it at all, so that I will still be able to have 3 cards a week for you. Well, have to see what happens with that.

At first glance, this looks more like an Easter card, than a Christmas card. IMO, Christmas wouldn't matter, if Jesus hadn't died on the cross for us at Easter time, so I started this card with a cross.

Crosses of Hope stamp set (#120567)
Gumball Green In Color ink
Whisper White cardstock, 1 piece 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" and 1 piece 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" for each card
Primrose Petals In Color ink
Midnight Muse In Color ink
Wisteria Wonder In Color ink
Daffodil Delight classic ink
Marina Mist classic ink
Sponge Daubers (#102892) one for each color works best
Evergreen stamp set (#127973)
craft knife
Simply Scored Scoring Tool (#122334)

Use a ruler to measure the center of the card and lightly draw a pencil line down the center of the card. Choose the cross that you like and stamp it centered on the line with Midnight Muse ink. You also need to stamp another cross to cut out and use as a mask.

Use a large label to make a pattern for the window. Trace the label and cut out the inside on some scrap cardstock. Lightly draw with pencil the entire pattern of the inside of the window. You will use this later. Use paperclips to hold the pattern in place on the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" piece of Whisper White.

Hold your cross mask on top of the stamped cross.  Use the sponge daubers and 5 colors of ink to stamp the inside of the window to give it a stained glass look. Remove the paper clips and pattern. Use the star from Evergreen stamp set to stamp around the top and sides of the window.

Use the Scoring Tool to score the edges of the window about 1/2" from each side of the cardstock depending on the label you used. The label that I used was cut from an Original Sizzix crescent tag die. Look to see where the curve of the top of the window ends and begin your score mark from there and end it at the bottom of the tag.

Use a craft knife and cutting mat to cut down the center of the window on the same line you stamped the cross on. Then erase any pencil marks that still show. With the craft knife, cut the line you drew earlier on the curved top and the straight bottom of the window pattern.

Use your bone folder to fold the window sides back so that the window will open.

Check back on Friday for materials and instructions on the inside of the window and the inside of the card.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Highlighting Poppies

There are so many ocassions that a congratulations card will fit. It can be a job promotion, a graduation, a new baby, new family members, and on and on.

I don't usually buy the background stamps because the way I stamp, I don't use them all that often. When I saw this one, the individual poppies just jumped out at me so I knew that I would use this stamp for more things.

Pleasant Poppies background stamp (#129499)
Perfect Punches stamp set (#120516)
Marina Mist cardstock 4 1/4/x 5 1/2"
1/4" Daffodil Delight Grosgrain Stitched ribbon (#126872)
Modern Label Punch (#119849)
Cajun Craze marker
Always Artichoke marker
Midnight Muse classic ink pad

For the first stamp on to the Marina Mist cardstock, ink up the entire image making the poppies the dark Cajun Craze color and the stems Always Artichoke. Stamp onto the Marina Mist cardstock.

For the second stamp, ink up the section of the poppies that you want to highlight with the two colors and stamp on Whisper White cardstock. Carefully cut that section out close to the edges. Use Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430) on the back of the white and carefully line those poppies up over the same group on the background.

Use ribbon to go over the end of the white cardstock so it doesn't look like the poppies have an abrupt end.
Add the other items as you see on the card.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veteran's Day Sunday

We should always remember the brave men and women who have served our country throughout the years. If you know someone who served in war or peace, be sure to tell them thank you for the service.

Wonder how Veteran's Day got started? Watch this video for a history of it.

I am very proud of family members, past & present, who have served our nation.
Stamey Hendricks-WWI
J. B. Henry-WWII
Samuel Johnson-Korean War
Bobby L. Johnson-peace time
James T. Henry-Vietnam War
Chaplain/Maj. Larry Matthew VanHook-currently serving, has served 2 tours in Iraq
Shea Arrais- served in the Air Force for 4 yrs
Tristion Morrales-currently in Marine recruit basic training in San Diego, CA

These are all directly related to my husband & I. We are very proud of each & every one of them.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, Friend

Here is a Thanksgiving card you can send to that special friend.

Pleasant Poppies background stamp (#129499)
Perfect Punches stamp set (#120516)
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (#115370)
Tangerine Tango cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Marina Mist cardstock 4 x 5 1/4"
So Saffron cardstock
Brights Designer buttons (#119747)
Subtles Brads (#119738)
3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon, Midnight Muse (#126847)
Curly Label punch (#119851)
Modern Label punch (#119849)
Word Window punch (#119857)
Always Artichoke marker
Cajun Craze marker

On the Pleasant Poppies background stamp, use the brush end of the markers to ink the portion of the flowers that you desire on Whisper White cardstock. Then cut closely around the outside of the image. The oranges and the darker reds give this card more of a fall look.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Stampin' Trimmer

The brand new Stampin' Trimmer is here now! SU! took some time in getting this ready but they wanted to make sure that everything was right before it was released to the public! And all the time was well worth the wait. This trimmer is everything I hoped that it would be. It cuts smooth and straight and has plenty of room to work with your papers, plus, storage room on the back side of it.

This is from pl 180 in the current catalog. You can see some of the cool features that are here. Here's some of the info from the catalog.
Cutting and scoring..Cut anywhere in any direction. Full 12" cut or score. Keep scoring and cutting blades on the track at the same time. 1 cutting blade and 1 scoring blade.
Measuring..Exended 6 1/4" base. Extend ruler to 14 1/2"
Storing..Compartment under base to store blades, scoring stylus, more!

I am totally thrilled with this trimmer. It's the best I've ever used and I've been paper crafting for over 20 yrs.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Dots & Scallops

Lots of layers here on this card. Sorry the picture is a bit crooked. Some days are just like that. lol

Island Indigo cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" plus a small scrap
Marina Mist cardstock 3 3/4 x 5"
Old Olive cardstock 3 x 4"
Wild Wasabi cardstock 3 x 4" plus a small scrap
Old Olive 1/2" Striped Grosgrain ribbon (#113883)
Textured Impressions Perfect Polka Dots (#17335)
Scallop Edge Border punch (#119882)
Modern Label punch (#119849)
Word Window punch (#119857)
Just Believe stamp set (#120453)
Gumball Green In Color ink (#126861)
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (#115370)

Run the Marina Mist through the Big Shot machine with the Textured Impressions Perfect Polka Dots folder. Cut 2 sides of the Wild Wasabi cardstock with the Scallop Edge Border punch. Stamp the leaves/flowers in the center of the Wild Wasabi cardstock. Without reinking, stamp again on the left side of the card stock. Ink the stamp again, & stamp it one time on scrap paper. Then stamp again on the right side of the cardstock. This is how you get the lighter color impression.
 Layer all the cardstock pieces and top with the ribbon. Add the happy birthday tag.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Let it Snow

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Actually, please don't snow here! I'm not a big fan of cold weather but I do like the looks of the snow. Fortunately, living in Texas all of my life, I haven't had too worry about snow too often. Here in Central Texas it snows maybe once every 10 or so years. We do have way too much ice though!
Anyway, I'm not really too sure when ya'll up north have the first snow but here's my first snow card. Hope you like it.

MarianaMist cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Whisper White cardstock scraps
Lovely as a Tree stamp set (#115026)
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (#115370)
Really Rust classic ink
Crumb Cake classic ink
Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126847)
Word Window punch (#119857)
Modern Label punch (#119849)

Stamp your line of trees near the center of the Marina Mist cardstock.

Tear the Whisper White cardstock with curves and so that the torn edge is fuzzy.
Lightly ink the edges of the snow with Crumb Cake ink so that you can easily see the overlaps.

Layer the torn pieces so they look like hills of snow.

Add the ribbon to the top of the card and your greeting. Then go drink a cup of hot chocolate after your cold work!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Play with Tags

 This card is still full of lots of fall colors. Hope you're ready to enjoy fall weather! Enjoy your Halloween tonight and be careful when driving to watch out for the little kids out trick or treating.

There are so very many things that you can do with tags other than just putting who a gift is to. I used tags to decorate this card. I had fun playing with scraps of paper. With SU! patterned papers all being double sided, it gives you lots of patterns to choose from. For this I only used 2 pieces of scrap paper. For the second side, I just turned my paper over. Easy, peasy!

Sizzix Original Tag, Scallop Combo
Big Shot Die Cut Machine
Perfectly Preserved stamp set (#126692)
Lovey As a Tree stamp set (#115026)
Orchard Harvest DSP (#126895)
Brights Designer Buttons (#119747)
Glue Dots (#103683)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Greetings

Here is the card that I made to go in the pocket I showed you yesterday. This is just a card front with no inside to it. It slips easily into the pocket this way.
This card is one that's easy to use up some of your scraps with.

Whisper White cardstock 4 x 5" plus extra white cardstock
Orchard Harvest DSP that matches the paper you used on yesterday's pocket  3 1/4 x 4"
Island Indigo cardstock 1 1/4 x 4"
Wild Wasabi cardstock 1 1/4 x 4"
Greeting Card Kids stamp set (#120633)
Watercolor Wonder Crayons (#119804 & 119805)
Pumpkin Pie 1/2" Striped Grosgrain ribbon (#110715)

Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (#115370)
2 1/2" Circle Punch (#120906)
Word Window punch (#119857)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Pockets

Here's a fun pocket to make to put small treats, gift cards or greeting cards in. They would be cute decorated for Christmas with a Christmas gift card tucked inside.

Whisper White cardstock 7 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Wild Wasabi cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Island Indigo cardstock 2 x 4 1/4"
Orchard Harvest DSP (#126895) 3 x 4 1/4"
Scallop Edge Border punch (#119882)
3/16" Corner punch (#119871)
Pumpkin Pie classic ink
Got Treats stamp set (#120627)
Pumpkin Pie 1/2" Striped Grosgrain ribbon (#110715)
2 Printed Designer brads (#122940)
Simply Scored Scoring Tool (#122334)

On your Whisper White cardstock that is cut to 7 1/2 x 8 1/2" score the long side at 2 1/4" from the left side and 2 1/8" from the right side. This first score is up and down. Score 2" from the top all the way across. This score is side to side. Cut out the 2 squares in the top corners.

Fold on the long scores so the cardstock with meet in the middle with a slight overlap.

Use the Scallop Edge punch across one side of the patterned paper. Stamp the Got Treats pumpkin on a piece of white cardstock that is about 2 x 2". Ink the outer edges of the square. Adhere it to the center of the patterned paper.

Punch a hole in the Wild Wasabi cardstock near the center about a 2 1/4" from the top. Insert your brad.
Round the corners of the white cardstock and the Island Indigo cardstock on the flap that folds down. Punch a hole in the center about 1/4" from the bottom of the flap and the Island Indigo cardstock. Insert your second brad here. Wrap a piece of twine, thread or embroidary floss around the brads to hold the pocket closed.

Adhere the Wild Wasabi cardstock on the front of the envelope (not on the flap). Use a 1" circle punch to cut a half of a circle at the top of the Wild Wasabi cardstock and through the white pocket.

Wrap a piece of ribbon about 12" long around the flap and tie a bow.

Now you have a pocket envelope ready for your card or treats for whichever holiday you want to use it for. If you decide to do this for another holiday, of course, you will want to use colors that go with that holiday.

This is your finished pocket with a card sticking out the top. Tomorrow I'll show yu the card that I made to go inside this pocket.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday fun, giving, & worship

Happy Sunday before Halloween! Watch out for all the ghosts & goblins that will be walking from house to house. If you are out, be careful while driving in residential areas. We don't want to turn any of the little ghosts into real ghosts!

Don't run off any trick or treaters just because you don't like their costume. You never know!

Enjoy Phil Stacey as he worships.

In this video, the guys from Third Day go shopping for things for their shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. If you don't know about OCC, check it out here.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fall Dots

Another simple & easy card

Bravo Burgandy cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Wild Wasabi cardstock 4 x 5 1/4"
Saraha Sand cardstock scrap
Orchard Harvest DSP (#126895) 2 x 3 1/2"
Textured Impressions Perfect Polka Dots (#117335)
Brads Brights Collection (#119740)
Wild Wasabi classic ink
Modern Label punch (#119849)
Word Window punch (#119857)

These 2 punches that I've used here are my 2 favorite punches, as you might have noticed with previous cards. The punches go together so easily but still can be used separately without any trouble. Any greetings that are in the Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115370) stamp set can be punched with the Word Window punch. It makes creating cards so much easier. Many other greetings will fit in this punch also but you will just have to see if yours fits.
Stamp your greeting first. Then turn the punch upside down. Fit your saying into the center of the punch & you can see if it fits or not. If it does fit, then simply punch.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Stripes & Dots

This is a fairly simple & quick card to make that could be used for most any occasion.

Polka Dot Parade DSP (#126902) 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Bravo Burgundy cardstock 4 x 5 1/4"
Sahara Sand cardstock 2 1/2 x 3"
1/2" Striped Grosgrain ribbon- Old Olive (#113883)
Textured Impressions Stripes (#123128)
Just Believe stamp set (#120453)
Old Olive classic ink

Monday, October 22, 2012

Double Thank You

Can you say thank you too many times? I doubt it. When someone does something that they really don't have to do, we should remember to tell them thank you for their efforts. My dentist gave me over 100 toothbrushes to put in my Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. No, I'm not giving 100 shoeboxes but often, in foreign countries, the children these shoeboxes go to are extremely poor. Many of them have to share one toothbrush with the whole family. It's really great when you can place more than one toothbrush in a shoebox. I try to put 4-5 toothbrushes in each of my boxes. That way, maybe, the child can have his/her very own toothbrush and not have to share one. Anyway, I made this card to write a special note to my dentist to thank him for the toothbrushes. He even made a special point to give me different size toothbrushes so that a child won't have to use one that is really too big for his mouth! Thank you Dr. Robert Myers in Temple, Tx.

Polka Dot Parade DSP (#126902)
Comfort Cafe DSP (#126898)
Framelits Window Frame Collection (#129021)
3/8" Stitched Stain Ribbon Midnight Muse (#126847)
Modern Label punch (#119849)
Word Window punch (#119857)
Brads Brights Collection (#119740)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday Strength

It's another Sunday to Praise the Lord. I hope that you are able to go to the church of your choice. I am still praising Him even though I recently was diagnosed with a rotator cuff injury. It's on my right shoulder & at times, is very painful. It does limit me in some of the things I can do. I have cards posted for this next week because I already had them made. For time after that, I'll just have to wait & see. I'll do my best to get some on here. I think that I should be able to make some as long as I don't have to raise or lift my arm. I called my dr back & told her that the cortizone shot hadn't helped much. She is setting up for me to have an MRI and referring me to othro. Don't know when those appointments will be. I do know that even though it hurts, that God still has a plan for me. I'm just not sure what it is yet. lol

Here is Mandisa with Stronger. God will make us all stronger & that includes me with my shoulder.

Have you ever done the Bible Slide? Well, this video will show you how and give you a laugh at the same time.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Headbands for Christmas Shoeboxes

My absolute favorite charity is Operation Christmas Child or as we call it, Christmas Shoeboxes. For more information about this charity that provides Christmas boxes for poor children all over the world, click here.
Today, I want to share 2 of the items that I've made to go in my shoeboxes. Of course, with the economy like it is, everyone always looks for inexpensive or cheap ways to give things. That's what I've done here, plus I've used up some of the stuff in my craft "stash."

At my local Dollar Tree (you can get items where ever you can find the best deal), I bought plastic headbands, stretchy fabric headbands and cards of mini clips. I like Dollar Tree because everything there is only $1. I looked and found plain bands and clips in packages 3 or 4 for $1. Then I dug in my craft closet and pulled out silk and paper flowers that I've had hanging in there for years. I used to buy the bunches of flowers and pull them all off of the plastic branches so I actually had a lot of them. I've used them in the past on cards and scrapbook pages.

These are what I got so you get the idea. The clips were in a pkg of 30 for $1 and the others were 3 or 4 bands for $1.

 First, I put the mini clips on a cardboard sheet. This way I could make sure that they actually worked and I could work with them easier. I used hot glue for all of these so my SU! Silicone Craft Sheet (#127853) was a dream to work with.
Place a blob or a large drop of hot glue on one clip. Then put one small flower petal on the glue & mash it down. It helps to have an old tweezer or other metal item to use to mash down. That helps prevent burning your fingers. (I always burn my fingers anyway, but it does help.)

These is what they can look like when finished. You can put a small flat back gem in the center of each or leave it empty.

First, you will want to build several flowers using your hot glue gun and your silicone craft sheet. When you build it on your silicone sheet, it will come up easily and not bring paper or other things with it.

I build several flowers before I put them on the head bands.

Put a bead of hot glue along the front of the  head band, whether fabric or plastic. Place your flowers in the hot glue and mash down so they will stick good. Your completed headbands will look like these.

Clean up is a breeze with your silicone craft sheet! No matter how much hot glue you get on it, it will pull right off. The most you might have to do it scratch a little off with your fingernail. I've used the silicone craft sheet with other glues & it works great but I didn't realize how great it was until I used it with hot glue!

While I've made these for my shoeboxes, you could make them for a craft fair or your children or grandchildren. Just have fun with them!