Monday, April 30, 2007

RAK Day!!

WHAT??!! Too Happy 1

WOW...look what fun gifts I got in my snail mail!! This was an RRAK (Return RAK) from Donna Baker. This totally makes my week... THANK YOU DONNA!! :) She made that cute little beaded scissor or cellphone charm, and on the card, she paper-pieced Stampabella's dress and luggage!! SO cute, and I love the designer paper she used...oh, and can't miss that prima with a sparkly pink brad in the center. I love the bellas, but unfortunately don't own any, that is until now! :) She sent me some fun bella images to color in and use on cards. Thanks so much for the primas and paisley chipboard too!! How'd you know what my favorite things are? Well...I can't imagine a stamper not liking all those things! ;) THANK YOU...THANK YOU!!


AND...I'm a little behind in posting this next one (SORRY!) but a few days ago, I recieved an awesome RAK from Irene (Shani's Mom)!! WOW... I was expecting about 10 coasters and LOOK what she sent!!
Fainting You're the bomb! :o) THANK YOU... THANK YOU!! Now I need to get busy and look for that tutorial! :) Stay tuned for my altered coaster box Winky

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Whipper Snapper Swap2

I redid my swap with the correct vendor--pfft :) Funny...maybe, but fortunately this is my first card made with this adorable toothfairy stamp, and I really love how they came out.

I went with the Divine Swirls background (Cuttlebug folder) 'cause it kinda shows movement, like the fairy waving her wand. (ok...is that cheesy? Lol!) I also added Dazzling Diamonds to her Tooth wand. Most of her was watercolored. The tag says "sweet", although I was very tempted to put "You're tho thweet" because that's kinda how you talk when you're missing your font teeth!! :) My hubby had all kinds of things to put on that little tag...here are some more:

The GAP (ya know...the store *wink*)
Hey there, toothless!
Congrats on the loss of your baby! (get it? your baby tooth!)

OOOhhhh...ya, I KNOW, that one was baaaad!! :) I thought just plain "sweet" could mean that the person you're giving it to is sweet, or could imply a sweet "tooth". OK...nuff splainin' :) It's late...hittin' the sack. Have a great week!!

I'm a Dork!!

OK, yáll!! After several emails telling me that I had used the WRONG VENDOR for this swap---HELLO?!!! I'm such a dork. I KNEW my hedgie's were Penny Black, but for some reason, when I sat down to work on swap ideas, I got confused and thought they were Whipper Snapper. I was so excited over how they turned out and the worst part....


I actually SENT these to the hostess of the swap already!!! Lol!! I did email her to let her know what happened, and the best part is that I searched thru the swaps forum and found an Open Penny Black swap to join...YEAH!! So, these babies won't go to waste after all...(ok, not that they would go to waste, I'm sure I could find lots of people to send them to!!) ; ) Ahhh...ok, so I made up a new Whipper Snapper swap today...see my next post for details.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Accordian in a Box!

I LOVE these little paper books in a box. I saw this link over at Stamp Owl's blog and I watched the webisode at craft t.v. weekly and it was so fun to make! I didn't do any stamping, however, because I'm waiting for my my bro. and sister to send me pics of their kids. I'm making one of these for my mom for Mother's Day. So, I'll just add the journaling (if any) or stamping later. (Sheesh, hope I get them SOON...it's in just a couple of weeks!)



Here it is with the accordian book. You can't see the detailed paper...it's gorgeous IRL. The paper has a shimmery sheen to it and it also has glitter under crystal effects or glue on all the dark pink flowers. The celery inserts have a white paisley pattern and some glitter glue in swirls all over it that look like diamonds.

My local scrapbook store does not carry much of the printed lightweight paper...most of theirs is heavier cardstock, which I found doesn't work well with this kind of project. You definately want a lightweight paper!!

Here's another one:









Monday, April 23, 2007

I've Been Tagged...

by Kerry Davis (http://www.glittergirl.typepad.com/) and I'm suppose to list 7 random facts or things I love and then tag 7 people to do the same (IF they want to participate). So here goes...

1. I'm married to an [ex-]Firefighter. He served for 10 years as a volunteer as well as his main job, which was a farm mechanic for John Deere. He's now a shop foreman in the Agriculture field.

2. I worked as a tour guide at a Mt. Rushmoore museum for 2 summers between college.

3. I have a butterfly tattoo (not telling where)--yes, I was a pk all my growing up years and at 21 just HAD to break free and do something stupid :)

4. I'm addicted to reality shows like Survivor and Amazing Race.

5. I was pregnant with twins my second time around

6. I like the slow-paced, "country-bumpkin" lifestyle we live

7. I've been to Disneyland at least 8-10 times. My mom grew up in that area and still has lots of brothers/sisters down there, so we would go visit (from Oregon) almost every summer.

It's such a gorgeous day out today and I don't have time to search people's blogs to see if they've been tagged yet or not, so if you already have, ignore this, and if not, consider yourself tagged!!

Shani's Mom, Ally's Inky Hugs, Serenity in Stamping, Stampin' Terri, Wild Rose Stamper, Kathy's Kreations, Kathat Stamps

I just picked random blogs from my blogroll...but ANYONE can play, so please, if you haven't been tagged yet, I'm tagging YOU!! :) Have fun and enjoy the day!!

Beauty of Nature

Didn't make a card today, but I did capture these deer in our front yard! The fence you see is our huge dog pen. There were about 5 deer grazing right next to the dog when I came home from work today. The weather is gorgeous...right around 70 degrees!! We use to have a small herd of about 8 (including 3 babies) gather on our property year round before we got our dog, but haven't seen them the past couple years. The funny thing is that our dog wasn't barking and they didn't seem intimidated at all by her or my car driving in.

I wish I could've gotten a picture of the 3 cows that came up to our fence to check out the bunny we had in the back yard. We have a little bunny playpen with a red tarp thingy covering so other animals don't get the bunnies. It was right next to the fence and all of a sudden 3 of the cows came up and just stared at her for about 15 minutes (my camera batteries ran out!) It was soo funny how curious they are!! Here's a picture of our 2 1/2 year old Sharpei/Shepherd mix named "Ginger".


Friday, April 20, 2007

Ladybug Spinner & a Discovery!

I just found this really neat card blog today called "Susan Bluerobot" (Well, actually she found me!) She has some really great stuff on there, and be sure to check out her column catagory called "My Card Sites". They are amazing!!


And Now for TODAY'S CHALLENGE! The limited Supply challenge is to make a card using animals, insects, other critters. I made a spinner card with this handmade ladybug (she spins on a penny!) You can see a tutorial on SCS {here}.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Vroom, Vroom!!

:) I didn't know what to title this one? Lol!!

This one I had embossed the foil in the cuttlebug alone and then taped it onto the blue card and ya, it smashed a little too easily when you you touch it. I did it right last time when I taped the foil first and then ran both layers through the Cuttlebug. Just thought I'd share that with ya. This picture is funky, just because the den light is shining on it and I can't get a good picture. It looks like sheet metal IRL. See my previous post for details on the challenge. I just stamped the car from Classic Convertibles in black ink on white c.s. and used my brilliant blue marker to color in. It was very quick and easy. For the blue strip across, I didn't bother measuring...I just eyed it (as you could probably tell, huh?!) :) I LOVE the look of the foil for masculine cards. However, this birthday folder has a bunch of flowers in it, so maybe it's a bit girlie?? OH WELL...guys like flowers too...and since they ARE on "METAL", I think it'll pass.

Foil Fishies

This was for the Ways to Use it Challenge, #109, called "Heavy Metal". We had to use any kind of metal on our cards. When I got my Cuttlebug, I read that you could run light weight metal through it, so I used aluminum foil with the "Tiny Bubbles" folder. I first cut a piece with scissors to be smaller than the card front and then taped it onto the black. Then I ran the whole front through the CB.

The fish are from the "Angler" set. NOTE: You have to be very careful with foil--it rips easily. I knew that, but then I layed the card upside down to do my eyelets and a loose eyelet scratched my foil, so I added another silver brad to cover it up. Boy it shows up so well on a picture! :)

The saying goes, "Catch a FISH...make a WISH! Happy Birthday" (on the inside) This would also look cool with the Classic Convertible set. I had that in mind when I started, but then I already had these fish embossed, so I used em.

I'VE BEEN TAGGED:
It seems that I've been tagged by 3 awesome stampers whom I adore, Diaries of a Stamper , StampOwl, and Combat Boots to Rubber Stamps. I LOVE all of your blogs so much, and really admire your artwork. However, I choose to pass on this one. Honestly, I am inspired by something at all the blogs I visit. You can view them in my blogroll. I know that I haven't exactly kept that up to date either, but I have added lots to my Google Reader to visit every day!! :) Hope I didn't spoil anyone's fun, but you are all really great!! Thanks for dropping by.

Going to my 2nd grade daughter's Spring concert at school tonight. Got the cam-corder ready to go. I forgot it last night at their awards ceremony for Awana! They looked so cute in their red vests and badges all over. Next year C will move up to TNT, and Maddy will stay in Sparkys. Well, gotta run.

Monday, April 16, 2007

New Fold: Diagonal Trifold

I checked out the card challenge on SCS. Monday's are for Technique Lovers (I think I might qualify).

This cute little card measures 4" square when closed, and 4x12" open. I made mine a little larger than the instructions. You can find a complete tutorial here. This picture is bad. It was too dark in my room to not use the flash, so it's kinda glaring and loses the green colors in the paper. I got this paper and sunflower at my local scrapping store. The only part that is stamped is the sentiment inside and the circle "rivet". Here's a picture of the inside. The saying is from "Edgy Eloquence" and the rivet is from the hostess set, "Riveting". It says, "The secret to happiness is to count your blessings, not your birthdays." Love that!!


Sunday, April 15, 2007

Sunday's Featured Stamper

This is my first time playing the "Featured Stamper" Challenge on SCS. It's a lot of fun!! They pick a stamper out of the gallery, and you have to find any card in their gallery to CASE, except you have to change any 2 things (ie. stamps, color combos, embellishments, etc) and then post with the link to the card you are CASEing!! Sounds simple right? Today's featured stamper is Amy Rohla. Here is her card I picked to copy {birthday blossoms}.

She used the au chocolate dp, vanilla and pink passion. Here are the changes I made:

1) I used black & white cardstock

2) I changed the stamp set to Polka-Dots and Posies.

3) I added a strip of faux ribbon with my Inky Antics clear acrylic sewing set.

4) I added white dots with my gel pen on the bottom as well as the stamp from the PDP set.


Everything else is pretty much the same. Oh YA...I made this card to fit into a letter size envelope, so it's cut at 7"x 6.25" and scored at 3.5" :o) Give it a try!! There's no time limit for this challenge--do it whenever you want and upload it using FS10 in your keywords. So, go check out her gallery and Ink Something!!

Technique: Aura Stamping

Just thought I'd share a card I made a while ago that I never uploaded to my blog. You may have seen this in my old SCS gallery, and I have to admit that I haven't worked on this technique recently...I really should, because I LOVE it!!
Yeah! I found the tutorial I'd been looking for...this tute was created by Kimm Bennington-Thompson and is found {here}. I did not use the twinkling H2O's, but instead I stamped the rose with VersaMark and colored over using my pastels (aka: Poppin' Pastels). You could also stamp your outline and emboss with black ep and then color in the image with markers, or watercolor in with refill inks. Maybe even try the Lumiere with Pearl Ex?? If you try that, please post a link here so I can see it!! :o)

Friday, April 13, 2007

Ugh!!

Here's what NOT to do!! If you are trying to watercolor on paper that's NOT watercolor paper, do not use markers and then try to blend it in with the aqua painter *slapping forehead*!!! Is that a no-brainer or what?!! I was trying to get a good color of black or grey on my ant, they grey was too light, so I added a dab of black marker and wanted to spread it around. As it sat, it all bled out!! Yuck!!

*Update*

Just a little update: for any of you who are not on the RAK list at SCS and you do not have a blog, please don't feel left out! I appreciate all of you so much. If you want to, you can always email me ----> over there, and leave me your address so I can have it on hand in case I might want to send ya a surprise package someday. Besides, if I had done it like everyone else, you'd have to email me your address anyway, right? :o) Hope that answers your question. I'm at work right now, so I don't have any projects to post. I was up til about 10:30 p.m. last night working on more of those watermelon cards, (I made them smaller though so it wouldn't take more postage or pose a problem for the military guys/gals.) Ciao for now!!
P.S.
Donna Baker...WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!! :o) (heehee...in a good way!) I checked out your friend's new cake blog and she Waaaay outdoes ME by a long shot! My goodness, she entered contests and got first place on that amazing King Tut cake!! holy schmolie!! :o) Her pics are amazing and she's an outstanding decorator...I could take some lessons from HER!! Thanks for the link girlie.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

One in a Melon

EYELETS IN DA HOUSE!! Ok...they've BEEN in "da house" for a long time, but never see daylight anymore!! My scanner is so funky...the colors are wierd! Anyway, just a little Whipper Snapper Design for ya. This one is called "Delicious Watermelon". I got this cute li'l ant for FREE!! I've had him for months, but I finally put ink to him. This is a 5.25" square card with a Green Galore base, run through the Cuttlebug with the "Tiny Bubbles" folder. I thought it was perfect size to just run top portion through and leave the bottom for my saying. The eyelets are actually real red...I tried to brighten the pic, but it started doing funkier things to the green. Anyway...this will be another one for the troops. Ya know, many of them have children at home too...so throw in some kids cards!! :o) If you haven't read the post about Cards for Troops, read Dawn G.'s post {here}. :o)

Cards for the Troops!!

Have you heard?? Angie over at Chic n' Scratch is giving away some really awesome stuff for a really great cause!! The idea is to send your cards (any kind of card!) to Dawn by May 1st and she is going to send a big box of cards to her hubby over in Iraq. He will then give the cards to other troops over there to send home to a significant other. Isn't that awesome??!! PLUS! Angie is giving us a great incentive...some giveaways...for the person who sends Dawn the most cards, and also every person who sends even 1 card will get their name into a drawing for some free stuff!! This is one of the cards I will send. It uses some more of that luscious Basic Grey paper I got yesterday. For the oval in the bottom corner, I punched through both top layers with the larger oval, and then the small oval was punched with vanilla (sponged with caribbean) and taped on the inside of the card. Still don't have batteries for the digital, so can't show ya the details. I also added crystal effects to the blush heart on the cup. :o)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Basic Grey & a Sketch Challenge

This is for Wednesday's Sketch Challenge #119. I stopped in at my local scrapbooking store, Raining Fresh Daisies, and I picked up some of that Basic Grey paper (the Blush collection). I know everyone says this, but honestly, this does look sooo much better IRL!! My camera batteries are dead, so I scanned this. The base of the card is Blush Blossom with rounded corners (not black). I ran just the front half of the card through the Cuttlebug with the Bloom Dots folder and sponged Close to Cocoa, Mustard and Rose Red ink all around the outside edge, and a little over the whole thing to give that shabby chic look. I'm not very good with distressing, so this is my futile attempt at it (?) :o)
This is the part I'm excited about!! For the saying, I stamped it in Chocolate Chip and then used my Little Pieces set in matching colors to kind of tie in the flowers on the paper. Then sponged the edges again with CtC. The brads in the corners are actually gold...the gold looks good with the mustardy color in the paper (I know...they look silver here) Yes, that IS velvet blush ribbon and I added some primas with Dazzling Diamonds in the center (it's more sparkly IRL). What do ya think?

RAK from Charmaine

Can we say "awe!"...this is just so cute, and look at these great papers Charmaine used! I got this card as a Blogger RAK yesterday :0) Thank you so much Charmwarm...you are so sweet!! I love your blog too...your style is FAB!! Go check out this amazing stamper's blog, "Oodabug Alley".

Feedblitz or Google Reader??

I came across the Google Reader that I heard from several bloggers out there and I signed up about a week ago. I'm LOVING it!! It allows you to enter people's blog addresses and it will tell you immediately when someone makes a new post. It's all in one place, and I just put the link to that in an email to myself and keep it in my "inbox" so I can click on it anytime.
However...some people are offering blog candy to those who subscribe to their blog using the Feedblitz or Feedburner, or at least they get an extra entry for doing so. I'm just wondering what the motive for that is?? Is it so you can keep track of who's subscribing to you?? Does it really matter that much to see an actual number, whereas if someone has you in their Google Reader, you wouldn't know it unless they leave a comment??
I'm not knocking it...I'm just curious! Speaking of comments, I kinda assumed that I had just a few readers out there, based on comments left or emails that I've recieved (an average of what? about 2-5 comments--and BTW, THANKS to those commentors out there--love hearing from you guys!!) But looking at my Feedblitz subscriptions, I currently have 89 subscribers!! Some of whom I've never seen or heard from. Does it take Blog Candy that everyone's doing to get people to leave comments?? (Am I that desperate for stamper's interaction??--Maybe)
Just wondering, should I offer blog candy, and if so, how many of you would comment to get it? Hmmmm....that's a good one. :o) heehee. Maybe I'll let this post decide for me. (I know, I'm sneeky) *hint, hint* :o)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Tuesday - Color Challenge!

COLORS: Real Red; Sage Shadow; Black.
I needed a little boy's birthday card, so here it is. I ran the red c.s. through my cuttlebug with the "bubbles" folder. Then I used my Creative Memories circle cutters to cut 4 holes out of the red. Then I layered a white piece of c.s. behind the red and stamped the baseballs. I stuck with only 3 b.balls because of 3 bases--3 strikes etc. and 'cause I needed room for a saying. I used my 1/8" and 1/4" Karen Foster Snap Stamps to do the saying, but first, I stamped off a star with Sage Shadow ink. The black circle around it is layered on top of the red.
Ok...you see my wierd smashed in eyelets over there? Well, I thought it was a good idea to put a small sage eyelet inside a large black one (I heard they used to do that when SU! was selling those large ones) but it didn't quite work the way I wanted. Guess I need some practice there, lol!! For the corners, I used the corner rounder, and again with the sage piece, and then I took the 1/2 circle slit punch and just snipped a partial circle out of the middle of it. Went better with all the roundness of the card (as opposed to doing straight square cuts). Layered all on a black base. What do ya think? It's for an 8 yr. old boy. :o)

Monday, April 09, 2007

A Great Weekend

First of all, does anybody know WHY every time I add spaces between paragraphs, as soon as I publish it, it takes all the blank lines away?? If you do, please let me know! :o)
Did you all have a great weekend? We sure did!! On Saturday, the girls went to a special Easter Hour at the church where they had the story, a craft, and a snack, and then went outside for an egg hunt! For the craft, they made necklaces with wooden cross and colored salvational beads: Black is for our sin, Red is for the blood Jesus shed, White is for cleansing our sins white as snow, Blue is for the baptism and gift of the holy spirit, Green is for reading the Bible and growing in Christ, and Yellow are for the streets of gold when we get to heaven.
I remember as a little girl, my mom would sew my sister and I new dresses every year for Easter Sunday...every year! I don't happen to sew...although I HAVE before, but it takes me forever, and I can't really sew a straight line, LoL!! Anyway, I guess I waited too long to start looking for dresses for the girls, and it takes an hour to get to any real stores with clothing, and I didn't get to go. So, my girls wore their same dresses as last year, which was totally fine with them both, surprisingly :o)
We enjoyed a really good worship service Sunday at church. It was ALIVE and fun and meaningful!! The children were involved in the singing and bringing the lillies in. The choir sang beautifully and we enjoyed watching the Note-a-bells (bell choir) play "He Is Risen". At the end of the sermon, all the children went up front and sang "Shout to the Lord" and did sign language to it. It filled my heart with joy...Just an amazing feeling.
This was my first year for making Easter dinner. My parents came over...usually we go to their place or to my in-laws, since they only live 15 miles away! So, I was a little nervous trying to rush and get everything ready, but it turned out great!! My husband tried a new mashed potato recipe he found in a magazine and they were amazing!! The only thing I forgot to do was make the deviled eggs with the eggs that the girls dyed the day before! It was a good day. I feel renewed, refreshed...a sense of wanting to live life to the fullest!
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
At dinner tonight, we asked the girls about school, and I'm shocked to hear how much my first grader learned today about Forestry!! She told us all about wrapping a choker and how to insert a wedge into the tree when cutting it down, and they actually used a GPS to go and find where something was "buried" outside (turned out to be a can full of Jolly Ranchers)...I asked her what a GPS was, and she told me about the compass and how it worked. WOW!! Everything she said was full of excitement in her voice...it was great listening to her. My husband has a GPS and is still trying to figure out how it works!! He said she's going to have to teach him how to use it and you should've seen the HUGE grin on her face!! :o) Kids are soo great!! Well, I just wanted to share. Hope you all had a great week.

Monday's Challenge: Reverse Masking

Before I show you today's card, I wanted to share something with you that I read today that might save your life! A Tip every one should know: Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation! (Odds are, it will scare off a burglar or rapist). This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. And it works. This will also work if you are walking to your card in a parking lot. Just remember to press the button again to turn it off. I'll remember this, especially on those nights when my husband is gone hunting etc.!! ;o)
And now, on to today's card--Reverse Masking:
Happy Monday!! My picture is a tad dark, but this is actually stamped with Rose Red, Always Artichoke and Bashful Blue ink. Reverse masking is really simple to do. You can view Beate's awesome tutorial on it {here}. I started out trying to make a really simple all white card--no layers, but somehow it didn't look complete to me, so I ended up cutting it down and embellishing--probably a little too much, eh??
Okay...so I first punched out the scallop circle out of printer paper, layed that over my white cardstock with temporary adhesive. Then I sponged on Bashful Blue ink from the outside in, leaving a little of the center white (for a "brilliance" look). Then I inked up my flowers with Rose Red and Always Artichoke markers and stamped inside the template and stamped off as well to add a softer look to it. Then, I removed the template and rubbed off any remaining adhesive, and stamped my sentiment. The photo corner and the rose red card is dry embossed with the "Textile" Cuttlebug embossing folder (Provocraft). Looks simple, IS simple. :0)

Friday, April 06, 2007

Floral Friday

Well, it's Friday today, YEAH!! I did manage to get most all of my house cleaning done and time to work in a card. Dusting(My parents are coming over for Easter dinner on Sunday and I HAD to get a head-start on my cleaning--dad's a "clean-freak"). The kids were home today--report card time. Have you ever heard the saying, "Cleaning House with children at home is like trying to staple jello to a tree!"?? Well, it IS!! :0) Lol!! They helped in the slightest little bit, but were getting so frustrated and going so slooooow, so I sent them outdoors (after all, it was almost 70 today) so I could get some stuff done.
Anyhow, yesterday I got my primas in the mail!! Woohoo!! This box here is full of gorgeous-colored ones, and it serves as part of my inspiration for today's card. (look at all the yummy burgundies, blues, vanilla and caramel ones!) also came across this amazing blog by Lesa {Paper Possibilities} and she made this card on Wednesday. I pretty much CASEd it (Copy And Share with Everyone) except the obvious changes--my PRIMAS!! The ribbon in my picture looks black, but it is dark burgundy/white. I stamped the Paisley bg on the bordering blue with Creamy Caramel ink. The faux stitching is done with my white gel pen and the 1/16"hole punch--which makes the holes larger than they should be, but? what am I gonna do? I don't own the nifty tool kit yet, *gasp* :0)
The brad in the middle of the flower is actually a pewter flower--the flash makes it wierd. I used the Word Window Punch and stamped the word "wish" in burgundy on caramel c.s. and then went around edges with 2-way glue and applied Dazzling Diamonds. Turned out pretty, huh?

Why Celebrate Good Friday?

"What is Good Friday?"
~taken from an article at "Got Questions?.org"

Good Friday is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. It is traditionally the day on which Jesus was crucified. Please see our article that discusses the various views on which day Jesus was crucified. Assuming that Jesus was crucified and died on a Friday, should Christians remember by celebrating Good Friday?

The Bible does not instruct Christians to remember Christ’s death by honoring a certain day. The Bible does give us freedom in these matters, however. Romans 14:5 tells us, “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” The Bible instructs us to remember Christ’s death by observing the Lord’s Supper. First Corinthians 11:26 declares, “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.”

Why is Good Friday referred to as “good”? What the Jewish authorities and Romans did to Jesus was definitely not good (see Matthew chapters 26-27). However, the results of Christ’s death are very good! Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”

Many Christian churches celebrate Good Friday with a subdued service, usually in the evening, when Christ’s death is remembered with solemn hymns, prayers of thanksgiving, a message centered on the Messiah’s suffering for our sakes, and communion. Whether or not Christians choose to “celebrate” Good Friday, the events of that day should be ever on our minds because the death of Christ on the cross is the paramount event of the Christian faith.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Color Challenge Tuesday

The color challenge this week was a celebration of 2 years going strong...so they gave us a choice between 2 favorite combos over the last two years. Combo #1) Kraft, Red, Black; Combo #2) Pretty in Pink, Burgundy, Artichoke.
I've wanted to do a fruity card for quite a while, and I do have the "Fruit Medley" (retired SU!) set, but I wanted a bigger impact, so I "made" the cherries myself. (yes, cherries! Did you think they were pink apples? Lol! My husband did!) I got this idea from Susan's gallery, hope she doesn't mind me using her idea!??
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Cardstock: Pretty in Pink; Always Artichoke; Bravo Burgundy / Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folders "Happy Birthday" and "Divine Swirls"; black twine; circle cutters CM; brads; ribbon; pop dots; scissors

RAK from Debbie Seyer

Isn't this a beautiful card? I got it today in the snail mail from Debbie Seyer! She used glossy cardstock and did the crayon resist technique. I love the warm and cool colors together!! Go check out her amazing blog!! THANKS DEBBIE!!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

RAK from Kathy!

I got this awesome card in the mail today through the Blogger RAK group!! Unless you've recieved one of these amazing cards by Kathy, you don't know how sparkly it is! My camera and scanner could not pick that up *frowny face*. I'm not that good with new tools, but I think she used a glitter pen or sparkly sakura pen (?) over everything, including the lettering!! It's so pretty! The carstock is a really heavy watercolor paper--NICE! Please go visit Kathy at {Kathatstamps} THANKS SO MUCH KATHY!! You made my day!
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EDITED: She used GellyRoll Stardust Clear pen and highlighted the orange areas with Stickles.

Little Boy's Easter Card

These animals are just so fun to make. I used SU!'s oval punches, and CM's circle cutters. I sponged all parts with Not Quite Navy ink. The piece in the middle that has holes punched in it is acutally Night of Navy c.s. The upper dp is from the "Shabby Princess" collection by Bo-Bunny Press (from my local scrapbooking store) and the bottom piece is from SU!'s "Sarah" pack.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Stylized Flowers in Stock!

For those of you looking for the Cuttlebug Embossing folder "Stylized Flowers", check out this store, "A Cherry on Top"--they have some in stock! (at least they are not showing that they are out, so if you order and then find out they are backordered, don't come knockin' on my door! Lol! Buy at your own risk) :0)

Lamb of God

OH MY GOODNESS!! Have you guys seen the C*U*T*E animals over at Kelly's blog: Diaries of a Stamper ? If not, you HAVE to go check out her awesome blog. She is amazingly talented and creative with her little punchy/cut-out animals. She even gives a tutorial on her hippo--I'm just in awe of her stampabilities.
OK...on to the card! I just had to CASE this one, except I did change a couple things. This is for a special little girl for Easter. I used my CM oval cutters and then used scallop scissors around the outside. The legs, ears and tail use the Word Window Punch. Inside I hand-wrote a poem that goes like this:
"Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away our sin, He came the sinless Son of God to cleanse our hearts within."
then I stamped Happy Easter. :o)

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Shades of Green

I needed to make some elegant birthday cards for a couple special ladies at church this week, and I pulled out my pre-cuttlebugged cardstock (stylized flowers) in Sage Shadow and Handsome Hunter. It looks like I cut ovals and layered them on top of the card, but I actually cut oval windows out of the top layer first. Then I cut a slightly small oval and placed behind and then put the stamped layer on the back. For the sage, I sponged on some hunter ink and on the hunter, I sponged white craft ink. The darker card uses my first stamped image (so it's darker) and the sage uses the second stamping of the same image, (so it's lighter). I added cranberry ribbon to the lighter card and darker burgundy ribbon to the darker one. :o) Thanks for looking!