Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Also entering this for the "Oh ALice" blog which would like to see Twinkling, Glitter, or Sparkle on your card! (clear stickles on clouds and ♥ on door, and yellow stickles on her dress' polka-dots)
Monday, June 28, 2010
It's a bit different, but I think you will be pleasantly surprised and excited too because there are FREE DIGIS involved--who doesn't love freebies?!! I don't want to give too much away, so you'll just have to HOP ON OVER to Double Delight and see what's it's all about!! =)
Kathy challenged us to make a birthday card with this week's Beary Big Gift digi. I also used this week's Sweet Stop sketch.
Thanks for dropping in! Hope you'll come check out the Double Delight blog (we worked real hard on it) *wink*
Sunday, June 27, 2010
We've been enjoying a potential new pastor at our church these last couple of weeks and today's sermon was really good. Pastor spoke about being "Deeply Rooted in Christ" and compared it to a plant that is deeply rooted, and how when the roots go so deep, it can "stand the heat" -- it's like it says, "bring it on!" The plant doesn't die, nor it's leaves even wither! But if the roots are close to the top of the soil and not deep enough, it will struggle and it will eventually wither in the "Heat."
This is much like people. Colossians 2:7 says, "Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness." How do we let our roots grow in Him?? By digging into His Word! And by doing so, we develop godly characteristics... and then we can "bear fruit."
How do we know if our roots are deeply planted?? One way to tell is how we do when "the heat is on." Do we wither and crumble and struggle for water?? When the troubles come, ... we lose our job... our child becomes very ill... our friends seem to turn on us... we didn't get that pay raise... our house won't sell... what is our attitude?? If you worry about money, feel worthless that your friend rejected you, worry that you won't make enough money to live the way you're accustomed, then your roots are prolly not very deep!
What about the proverbial "Chamelion Christian"? The ones that seem to be good Christians (on Sundays) but during the rest of the week, they change to fit in with the company they are in. Maybe they teach a Bible Study at church on Sundays, or lead worship, but then on Tuesday when they are with their non-Christian friends they talk about getting drunk and using swear words. Those who speak the Words of God on certain days but their actions show otherwise. Maybe they make wonderful Scripture cards to display on Sundays and then during the week they are making cards with questionable (ungodly) themes. These are things that an unblieving world finds "unbelievable." Of course none of us is perfect. Even Christians make bad choices at times. But if we are rooting ourselves in His Word, then we will set our hearts on things above and give up doing the things of this world.
How deep are your roots? How hungry are you for "living water"?? If they are deep, then our actions will match what we say we believe. If they are deep, then we will have a spirit of thankfulness in all things. This doesn't mean that we are to be thankful FOR those situations, but that we can be thankful "IN" those situations. What can we be thankful for when hard times hit? For God's Love that will never fail us. That no matter how tough things get, that we don't have to worry... our heavenly Father is in control and has a plan for our lives and "He works all things for good to those who trust in Him!"
There's a song I also want to share about God's love for us, although I don't remember all of it. I bought a cassette tape when I was a teenager by Lisa Whelchel (Blaire on "Facts of Life") and the chorus went like this...
for our minds can't measure
Lord how HIGH, how DEEP, how WIDE
"Just as HIGH and DEEP and WIDE
"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. " Ephesians 3:14-19
Have a blessed week!!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
White reminded me of a wedding card, which I need soon as my nephew is getting married in August, so this will go to Sharon, my soon-to-be niece *Ü* I started a tradition of making bridal cards using pieces of my own veil. Of course I would never cut up my wedding dress, but I'm sure my veil will be so out-dated by the time my girls get married that they'll want their own veil. Remember THIS CARD -- I also used my veil for it and it went to my husband's niece a couple years ago.
I used Princess LaLa and added Dazzling Diamonds for her tiara, dress, shoes, and edge of veil and white c.s. layer. I embossed the white c.s. first with the Swiss Dots folder and then ran it back through with a floral one and added 2-way glue around the edge and poured Dazzling Diamonds around to make a pretty border. Lots of pearls and a ribbon rose complete the card.
We'd love to see your white-on-white cards over at LaLa Land too! Come on over and join us =) One winner will win a $10 GC to the store for any rubber stamps you'd like and OH! The hostess this week used Happy Maya on her card which means that stamp is 10% OFF all week long!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I made, well.. not sure what you'd call this cause I don't think it's a gate fold, but anywho... I made a birdhouse card where the bottom folds up and the top folds down over the bottom and to keep it that way I added some fasteners.
It took me a couple tries to get this template right--I just made it up myself as I went along. For the roof, I ran a piece of chocolate c.s. through my Cuttlebug with the Tim Holtz wood embossing folder. I cut the hole using my circle Nesties, and decorated the inside (and out) with my Key Ingredients Kit from Taylored Expressions. I printed the sentiment using my computer. Here it is if you'd like to click on it and save it for your own use.
Be sure to pop on over to Kathy's blog and see what "Fancy Fold" she used with this digi!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
So, I got 3 free digis at the MPS store and used this Harmony Mermaid for my card today. I invite you to enter their challenge this week which is "A Stitch in Time" - use real or faux stitching on your project! Easy peasy ☺ No, I don't expect to win 2 weeks in a row, LOL, but I am entering because it's FUN and the more players, the better, so come on over and join me ☺
SUPER SALE - 40% OFF all Digital Images this Saturday & Sunday, 19th & 20th at the Michelle Perkett Studio!!
Other challenges I followed for my card is the sketch at Sketch Saturday, and the colors at
I was so excited today to also receive my Taylored Expression Key Ingredients Kit because with this being my 6th month of being in the club, I received a FREE KIT!! It's so awesome too with fun papers, including the DP and cardstock I used on my card today, pretty ribbons, buttons and flowers!! THANK YOU TAYLOR & the TE Team!! I LOVE IT!! ☺ I am definately going to be signing up for the next 6 months. BTW... If you sign up now (for the 6-mo. club) then you will receive an exclusive stamp set designed by Taylor herself at the end of your 6 months! How cool is that?
I have a drawing going on right now to win one of the new Layers of Color ART STENCILS in which I will draw a winner tomorrow morning (Saturday)... all you have to do is leave me a comment at the link above! Have a wonderful weekend ☺
Thursday, June 17, 2010
How would YOU like to win one of the LOC art stencils of your choice? Just leave me a comment here and I will pick another winner on Saturday morning!
Also, this is the last day to get in on the 15 % OFF Sale going on this week at Layers of Color. It includes everything in the store!!
And one more thing before I go... a huge Congrats goes out to Jessica and Laura as Laura announced today on her blog that she's going to be a grandma!! ☺ What a blessing for your whole family! Linda has posted a wonderful project over there for Faith Art Fridays... you can hop on over and read all about that and congratulate Laura and her daughter Jessica!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Have you heard about the card drive for Ethan and Bella? I cannot imagine the struggles they've had to go through and continue to go through, and it makes me so thankful for the health of my family and how silly we get when we whine about the most trivial things in life. My heart goes out to them and their families and I ask that you would join me in sending some smiles in the way of cards to Ethan, his sister, and Bella.
This one is for Ethan. I found some bottle cap letters to spell out his name in my scrapbooking stash. I also used Max N Whiskers paper by BG, along with this cute dog digi called Charlie from McMahon Five Designs. And the sketch I used for this comes from Card Patterns. Cute sketch and fit what I was wanting to do.
(or as my daughter pronounces it "Mick Ma Hoon" ~It's funner to say that way I guess? KIDS! heeheee.)
What a coinkadink that it would be someone else that I work for... well, you deserve it Sue because you are so giving so please tell me which of the new art stencils you would like and it will be in the mail soon!
By the way... all this week Layers of Color is having a 15% OFF sale on everything storewide!! The new price is already shown marked down but it only lasts through Friday!
I have one more project to share with you using 2 of the new Art Stencils, so be sure to check back here later this week. Happy Tuesday everyone!!
Monday, June 14, 2010
I have not one but TWO projects to share today using 3 of the stencils, including [my attempt at] a tutorial on using them. ☺ Also, I'm doing a giveaway right here on my blog!! The winner will be chosen from the comments left here on this post and announced tomorrow! Winner will get to pick one of the 3 stencils that I've used in my projects today. ☺
First up is this painted cardboard box. I used 2 different stencils: Vintage Medallion (top) and the Belle Brocade (bottom).
(this was brown cardboard to start out. I first painted it red, inside and out)
Then I layed the stencil on top and sponged light pink acrylic paint over the whole top, and then sponge daubed darker pink on top (whilst keeping the stencil in place).
Same with the bottom stencil and then after the paint dried (acrylics dry fast!), I added embellishments and wha-la! My sister Kathy was the recipient of this box for her birthday.
And next up is a wooden "B" that I did and actually remembered to take pictures along the way so I could share a tutorial with you. ☺ The stencil used in this project is called Natural Flourish.
I used acrylic paints and sponge brushes. You could also use makeup application sponges (prolly works even better than these as they aren't as porous).
After the paint dried, I layed my stencil on to get a feel for what part of the stencil I wanted where.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Ok, now for my "sister challenge" (with Kathy) she got to make up the challenge this week, which was to combine our D2D image with a recipe challenge:
- 1 Designer Paper
- 2 images
- 3 embellishments
I used a DP from my Basic Grey pad, "Max N Whiskers", and for my 2nd image I doodled and added a hand-written sentiment ("HB" for Happy Birthday) and the 3 embellies are my brown crocheted flower (TE KI Kit), a button, and an embroidery floss bow. ☺ I admit, I might have stretched the requirements a tad, but hey... this was my 3rd attempt!! OK, now head on over to Kathy's blog and see how hers turned out and leave her some luv!!
** Just a reminder that Layers of Color is having a drawing RIGHT NOW to win all 7 new ART STENCILS and the winner will be announced on Monday, 14th at our New Release Party/Blog Hop!! I have a fun project to share for the hop, so I hope you'll join us for all the festivities!!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This digi is from Michelle Perkett Stamps, isn't she cute? MPS also has a challenge going on right now on their blog. I started out with her challenge in mind, but when I got to the last requirement I couldn't make it work, LOL. Anywhoo... I used my Key Ingredients kit from TE, and the Sweet Sunday Sketch.
Thanks for dropping by ☺
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
By the way... Kristen is having a "card drive" so-to-speak on her blog for 2 amazing kids who could really use a smile in a card right now. Please hop on over to her blog and consider sending a card or two (or more) and enter to win her big blog candy!!
Also... Layers of Color is having a drawing going on all week to win all 7 new ART STENCILS! I know they were having troubles with their site earlier today, but it's back up now, so be sure to stop over cause it will be sooo WORTH IT! *Ü* We're also having lots of FUN sharing sneak peeks and chatting in the LOC group at SNR... come join the fun!
"Ethan is my cousin's son. He is 8 years old . Ethan was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Stage 4 on March 5th, 2005. This devastating news came just days after his 3rd Birthday. The doctors told us that Ethan’s overall chance of survival was only 25%. Who would have ever thought that his leg pain and unexplained fever was cancer.
The worst of the worst…a deadly form of cancer where there is no specific treatment meant just for Neuroblastoma. Instead, trial studies and experimentall therapies were in our future.
Ethan underwent 6 rounds of extremely high dose chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumor in his abdomen, a stem cell transplant and 12 rounds of radiation to the tumor site. This trial study was followed up by an experimentall therapy at Sloan Kettering in New York called 3F8 Antibody Treatment. Ethan received 5 rounds of this treatments before becoming “Hama” positive, which means his immune system is trained to fight neuroblastoma cells.
Today, Ethan is cancer free and is back to enjoying all the childhood fun and games that was taken from him for over a year and a half. Doctors have also increased his overall chance of survival to 50% (considering the high rate of relapse).
In November 2007, a lump was found on Ethan's left shoulder blade... later to be diagnosed as osteochondroma, a benign tumor growth in the bone. This is in part, a side effect of having Total Body Irritation for his Stem Cell Transplant. Around June of 2008, several benign tumors were discovered on Ethan's liver.
On Nov. 21, 2008, we found out that Ethan's cancer had returned, Recurrent Neuroblastoma. MIBG uptakes were discovered in one shoulder, his leg, his spine and chest... along with in his bone marrow. There were a total of 12 spots at re-diagnosisEthan underwent 2 rounds of high dose chemo followed by a set of scans. The scans showed that the chemo was not acting effectively. Ethan then underwent one round of maintenance chemo before becoming the first patient in a New England hospital to receive MIBG therapy (aka liquid radiation). The first round was scheduled the week of Ethan's 7th Birthday (feb 17th). Follow up scans show a HUGE improvement, leaving residual uptake on MIBG scan and small traces in the bone marrow. Then Ethan underwent a 2nd round at the beginning of May 2009, scan results show "stable with limited improvement". At this time, Ethan only had two more spots to take care of. So he underwent more chemotherapyy, using irinotecan, carboplatin and temodar... followed up by a much needed stem cell rescue. Results "stable with no improvement". At that point, we decided to allow Ethan's body to rest and put him on a treatment known for stability called ABT-751 at the beginning of Sept. 2009. However, in November 2009, Ethan's cancer showed 2 new spots of progression and we had to discontinue the use of the ABT-751. From there, Ethan began a treatment using Temodar and Thalidomide, which consists of taking pills at home... everyday. Also, at this point, I added Harmazone, a form of"Essiac" to Ethan's daily routine.
Later, I added the use of a DHA supplement. Thus far, the DHA has proven to rid Ethan of his mood swings and temper tantrums.After 4 rounds of Thalidomide/Temodar treatment, On March 18, 2010 scan results showed massive "widespread" progression throughout Ethan's entire skeletal system, from his shoulders down his arms, down his spine and chest cavity, to his pelvis, and down his legs, right down to his ankles. We then decided to try out a new phase 1 protocol using both IV and oral cyclophosphomide, with Avastin and Zometa. This treatment is primarily used for bone metastesis. Unfortunately Ethan's LFT's remained too elevated to remain on protocol. Scans were conducted in Vermont, as preparation for a new study. Results show even more progression to several area's in skull and soft tissue mass on spine. Radiation was conducted to the orbital area and spine, along with etoposide and velcade treatments. Biopsies were perfomed for DNA and RHA testing for Personalized Medicine Study in Vermont.
Well, today we received devastating news. The Brain tumor has more than doubled in size and is now causing focal seizures. They will do radiation for comfort only at this point. Things are not looking good for Ethan and he is in need of prayers and whatever happiness we could give him. Ethan & his sister sierra love to receive cards. If you could find the time to mail them a card, I am sure it would bring a smile to their face. Particularly Ethan, as he is in Boston Children's Hospital continuing with radiation. If you would like to mail them a card you may do so to:
Ethan Smith and Sierra Smith
27 Donna Street
Nashua, NH 03060
If you would like more info and would like to stay up to date with Ethan you can visit is journal here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ethansmith
Meet Bella TuckerBella Tucker is an 8-year-old girl who attends South School Elementary in Londonderry, New Hampshire and is a member of the Phantom Gymnastics team.
Bella came down with a near fatal infection on Easter Sunday. Doctors gave little hope for this third graders’ survival, but after five days in a coma she miraculously survived Streptococcus Pneumonia Sepsis with DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation). Unfortunately, her survival from this infection was not without significant cost.
The infection caused extensive tissue damage, and on April 27, 2010, Bella underwent quadruple amputation surgery and is currently facing an extremely long and hard recovery at Children’s Hospital in Boston with extensive rehabilitation to follow, as she learns to live life without her limbs.
Fortunately, Bella has the love and support of her three older brothers and younger sister during these trying times. The family is suddenly faced with significant challenges, many of which can be eased with financial help. For example, their home in Londonderry, New Hampshire will need extensive modifications to accommodate a wheelchair. Bella's mother, who is also her primary insurance holder, must be by her side during the extensive rehabilitation process and therefore she will be unable to work, causing the family to lose significant income.
Since her mother will be with her during this process, the family needs funds for daycare of their other children. Lastly, she will be faced with medical challenges for the rest of her life. Bella loves receiving cards and they would be sure to make her smile. I am currently awaiting her address, but you may mail her cards to my address until further notice.
c/o Bella tucker
5 Baymeadow Dr
Nashua, NH 03063
You may visit Bella's webpage at : http://www.bellatucker.org/
I know we all have some cards sitting around, it would mean so much if you could get one out to Ethan and Bella. They need all the smiles they can get right now!" -Kristen
BTW... Kristen wants so much for us all to send cards that if you post this on your own blog and leave her a comment on her post HERE, you will be entered to win her blog candy. Awww, that's sweet Kristen, although I'm sure that everyone will be more than happy to send cards to these kids just for the joy of doing the smallest gesture to put a smile on these kids' faces.
Monday, June 07, 2010
I've made (and sent) this card using a new ART STENCIL from Layers of Color, which will be released on June 14th. This one is called Natural Flourish. I also used the little flower from Nature Walk and the musical butterfly from Joyful Noise clear art stamp sets. I love how easy these stencils are to use!! You can sponge lots of colors on them to give interesting effects. I hope Kathy's birthday is as wonderful as she is!! (Love you sis!)
And now... I have a surprise of a lifetime! My gift to Kathy is a Caribbean Cruise!! I know how much you want to go on one, so I hope you'll put on your (virtual glasses) new swimsuit & enjoy your wonderful sunny vacation! Hope you don't get sea-sick like I would! LOL.
I also have another gift that I gave her (IRL) that I'll be sharing with you soon-- it uses yet another couple of art stencils from Layers of Color and I'll give you a little hint... it's a cardboard-turned-pretty gift! LOL. Stay tuned for that!
Sunday, June 06, 2010
I'm giving you a li'l sneak peek at another new ART STENCIL coming out on June 14th at Layers of Color! This is called Delicious Dots. I sponged it with turquoise and brilliant blue classic inks. The birds and eggs are from LOC's Backyard Birds set, and the li'l chic is from Rise & Shine.
Speaking of birds, while I was out walking yesterday, I came across a killdeer who layed some eggs on our old dug up road. These are basically prairie birds and their eggs look like rocks.
I haven't seen many killdeer around here, until about a week ago when we noticed this mama. They are funny birds and their natural instinct is to pretend to have a broken wing to lure you away from their eggs. (You can see that the mama made a nest made of little rocks next to a big one for protection.) Then when you follow it away they squawk like they are so proud of themselves for tricking you, and then run back to sit on their eggs. We've seen them do this--pretty funny, but I just hope they survive the deer we have here. Lots of tracks near them.
Friday, June 04, 2010
I layed the stencil on top of some green/white DP and sponged Artichoke classic ink over it. Then carefully cut around it and layered onto red c.s. My picture below shows the gold glitter dots I doodled on the red. Then, I cut out the Label 1 Nestie shape out of both layers and created a frame out of gold metallic c.s. to mount on the front. Then I stamped a reindeer from the Reindeer Waltz set onto another Nestie cut-out and added red glittery gel pen for highlights and sponged in green and then hung using a large jump ring.
I've been reading this book
"Quiet Moments for a Woman's Heart: experiencing the peace of God's presence every day" and thought I'd share a bit with you this part on Solitude.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
We're also gearing up for a new product release on June 14th-- ART STENCILS!! They are lots of fun to work with. The design team will be showing sneak peeks this week and next, leading up to the release. A drawing will begin on June 7th to win all seven new stencils and the winner will be announced at the party on June 14th. You will also have chances to win the new stencils on the DT's blogs, so be sure to keep checkin in over these next couple of weeks! In the meantime, I know Linda and Nina have some gorgeous sneaks today for you... as well as Laura on the LOC blog. Have fun hopping!! :)
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
The Design Team will be showing you peeks over these next couple of weeks leading up to the Release Party on June 14th! Also, we will have a Drawing to win all 7 new art stencils over at the Layers of Color blog, which will begin on June 7th (hey, that's my sister's birthday!) ☺ So, I hope you're as excited as we are to share all our projects with you that we've been working on these last few weeks!
For my first card, I sponged garden green ink on this hound's tooth DP with the new "Botanical Swirls" stencil, and added strawberries from the clear stamp set, Nature Walk. What's great about these stencils are the size of them--large enough to do a 6x6" card, and is great for sponging onto walls or wrapping around curved boxes/candles etc. So keep checking back here and on my DT sister's blogs for more inspiration on how to use these stencils!