Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Up, Up and Away!!

What does this card remind you of?? It reminds me of that movie "UP!" Cute movie, although I did feel a tear swelling up once or twice ;) I made this side step card for Michelle Perkett Studio's weekly challenge, which is to make a stair step (or side-step) card! The DP is from Stampin' Up!... the pad of double-sided paper that came free during Sale-a-bration and perfectly perfect for this image I thought. (you can click the pics to enlarge if you'd like) The stickles is actually still kinda wet here, so it may look darker than in IRL. Wanna come try it out?! YOU SHOULD! There's several Free Digis for you to use even, so come on over and join the fun!
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

New Challenge Blog!!

Happy Monday!! Today's a very happy day because my sister Kathy and I have been working on a new challenge blog and are going LIVE with it today!! It's a DOUBLE challenge with a "DELIGHT"FUL twist!! If you've been following my blog for very long, you'll know that for the last few months, Kathy and I issue a weekly "sister challenge" between us using our FREE digis from Designed 2 Delight! So... we just thought that maybe other D2D fans might like to get in on the challenge as well. Don't worry, this is IN ADDITION TO Faith's D2D challenge and you are encouraged to link your challenge cards in BOTH places!! Faith is very sweet and supportive of this new challenge blog, so we're all very excited.
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.
I used the paper tole technique to pop up layers of the bear to make him 3D.
(3-layers high)

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

Deeply Rooted in Christ

Hello and happy Sunday!! In my Bible reading this morning before church I read this: "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes..." Romans 1:16. As Christians, we are called to spread the Good News to all as Jesus is Returning soon. I think about the opportunities I have to do just that... spread the Word of God and although it's an every day calling, I thought I'd take this Lord's Day to share how the Lord spoke to me today.

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...

Lord how HIGH, how DEEP, how WIDE
is this LOVE of YOURS
for our minds can't measure
the treasure You hold in store,
Lord how HIGH, how DEEP, how WIDE
does Your heart extend?
"Just as HIGH and DEEP and WIDE
as Your LOVE that has NO END!"

The pastor today encouraged us all to make this following Scripture (Prayer for the Ephesians) our prayer this week... for our church family. And I want to extend this as my prayer to all my Christian sisters of "Ink Something" as well.

"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

For the Bride

Happy Wednesday!! There's a fun challenge posted at LaLa Land Crafts today, hosted by Jane of "Whoopsie Daisy" who would like us to made WHITE cards! White-on-White actually, where everything is white except your coloring of your image. I must admit I don't do white cards often at all, but they look so elegant! You must check out the DT's card samples at LaLa Land Crafts!

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

D2D Sister Challenge

Sing Unto the LORD a New Song!! Welcome to my Tuesday post ☺ My sister Kathy and I have challenged each other once again to use our Free weekly digi from Designed 2 Delight along with our own challenge for each other-- "FANCY FOLDS", which is basically anything but your typical side or top fold card.

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

Winner #2 - LOC Stencil Drawing

Congratulations Lorie!! You get one FREE new art stencil from Layers of Color!! Please GO HERE to pick your fave and then email that to me along with your mailing addy and Laura will send that out to you asap!!
Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments. They are much appreciated!! Hope you all have a very Happy Father's Day weekend! ☺

Friday, June 18, 2010

Harmony Mermaid Triple Challenge

Did I tell you? I won last week's challenge at Michelle Perkett Challenges!! Thank you so much Michelle and the Design Team!! I just want to say too that I'm so impressed that most (if not all) of the design team left me comments on my card and that's so sweet and means alot, so thank you DT!! *Ü*

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

Stenciled Gift Bag & Giveaway

Happy Friday!! I don't know where this week went... just zoomed on by! Anyway, I have one more project to share with you using 2 of the new ART STENCILS from Layers of Color. I bought this large black gift bag and stenciled the Victorian Corner and Vintage Medallion with metalic silver ink, that suprisingly enough was my very first ink pad that I ever bought about 6 years ago and it's still inky!! It was hard to get good lighting on this, but after stenciling the middle medallion, I added crystal stick-ons all around the inside circle. It really dressed up a plain ol' bag.

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

Scrap Creations - Card for Ethan

Hello and happy Tuesday!! Scrap Creations is having a KIDS CARD challenge this week-- just remember to use Basic Grey papers and you can enter (before next Monday night!)

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.
Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great day

Winner of my LOC Blog Hop Giveaway

I apologize for getting this posted later than planned. Goes with the territory when you work outside the home. A huge THANK YOU to all who hopped along with us yesterday!! So many inspiring creations from my Design sistahs. We also enjoyed a great -after party at our SNR group last night! =) It was great to meet some new LOC fans out there!!

So, I used Random.Org widget to generate a random number from my list of commentators (I know there were 26 comments, not 23, but my DT sisters Laura, Grace and Linda were not eligible--sorry!) so here is the result...

Come on down, Sue McMahon!!

(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

Layers of Color New Release Blog Hop

Wooohooo... it's New Release Day at Layers of Color and we're having a blog hop and ending with a party at the LOC Blog!! If you came here from Grace's blog then you are in the right spot! ☺ If you just happened across my blog, please start back at Layers of Color. You are in for a treat today as the Design Team shares their favorite projects with you using the new ART STENCILS that are available today in the shop! When you are done with my post here, you will want to hop on over to Lovely Linda's blog.

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).
First, I painted the letter, front and back with a dark blue.
After the paint dried, I layed my stencil on to get a feel for what part of the stencil I wanted where.
Then, using the sponge brush and holding the stencil in place with my left hand, I "Daubed" my brushed in straight up and down motions to fill in the empty spots. If you "brush" it on, you're more likely to get paint under the stencil and not get a crisp image.
I washed the stencil after every application as the acrylic paint dries quickly!
(starting with a clean stencil each time)
Here is my letter all stenciled.
It looks good, but I thought some white highlights would make it pop and make it more complete. So I used a white gel pen and outlined here and there just outside my leaves.
And to finish off my project, I added some stamped birds from the Backyard Birds clear art stamp set, also from Layers of Color!
Your next stop on this hop is Lovely Linda's Craft Central!!
Before you go, I have more exciting news!! Layers of Color is having their first ever sale going on right now through Friday--all ART STENCILS and all ART STAMPS are on SALE at 15% OFF!!!

Lots of fabulous stuff going on today!! Laura is sharing a fabulous tutorial on a cake slice box on the LOC blog, Grace has a new Altered Art gallery open at LOC, and if you've done the blog hop and you still want more, we invite you to head on over to our SNR Group from 4-5 p.m. PST (7-8 p.m. EST) as there will be more FREEBIES and fun chat over there as well... like another PARTY!! Thanks for joining us in the fun--it wouldn't be the same without you!! :)
Flowers and pearls used on first altered box is from McMahon Five Designs

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Mice Wishes & a Sister Challenge

Hello! Hope you're having a great weekend so far? I sure am enjoying the warmer weather here (nice to get the kids outside too!) My card here uses this week's free digi from Designed 2 Delight's progressive challenge, called "Mice Wishes." Also, in case you missed out on the FUN over at Crafter's Digital Art Center last week, it's a new forum just for DIGI Companies!! Faith of D2D has a group over there and has posted a new digi for getting 100 members (and will post a new digi when we hit 200) so I invite you to come on over and join the fun!! ☺

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


Today was the last full day of school for my girls, so summer break is almost here!! What better way to start off the summer than with a new DIGI Forum where lots of digi companies are giving FREEBIES all in one place!! It's called Freebie Digi Kickoff Challenge -- anything goes with digis!!

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

Scrap-Creations BG & D2D Challenges

Here's a little card I made today for Scrap-Creation's Basic Grey Challenge #14 (Birthday card), and also for Faith's Designed 2 Delight, using this week's free digi! I used my new pad of "Capella" Basic Grey paper, along with Blush Blossom cardstock, and a couple other newbie colors that I don't know the names of. I also made this for my "sister challenge" with Kathy which was to combine these 2 challenges and see how our cards came out differently. It's funny cause a lot of times we think so much alike when it comes to crafting, so we get a kick out of it sometimes. You can check hers out at the link above. ☺

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!

Cards for a {Heartfelt} Cause

As I was searching for a challenge today, I visited my friend Kristen's blog, Scrap-Creations and read her post about her cousin's son and another young girl who have had devestating circumstances and would really love some HAPPY MAIL in the form of cards to cheer them up! She gave permission to post their stories on our blogs, so here goes. Please read and then consider sending a card or two!

"Ethan is my cousin's son. He is 8 years old . Ethan was diagnosed with Neuroblasto​ma 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 Neuroblasto​ma. Instead, trial studies and experimental​l therapies were in our future.

Etha​n underwent 6 rounds of extremely high dose chemotherap​y, 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 experimental​l 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 neuroblasto​ma 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... lat​er to be diagnosed as osteochondr​oma, 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 Neuroblasto​ma. MIBG uptakes were discovered in one shoulder, his leg, his spine and chest... alo​ng with in his bone marrow. There were a total of 12 spots at re-diagnosi​sEthan 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 o​ne 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 chemotherapy​y, 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. Fro​m there, Ethan began a treatment using Temodar and Thalidomide​, which consists of taking pills at home... ever​yday. Also, at this point, I added Harmazone, a form of"Essiac" to Ethan's daily routine.

La​ter, I added the use of a DHA supplement.​ Thus far, the DHA has proven to rid Ethan of his mood swings and temper tantrums.Af​ter 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 cyclophosph​omide, with Avastin and Zometa. This treatment is primarily used for bone metastesis.​ Unfortunate​ly Ethan's LFT's remained too elevated to remain on protocol. Sc​ans 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 Personalize​d 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.

Kristen Catalano
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

Happy Birthday Kathy - LOC Sneak

Today is a very special day--it's my sister Kathy Winter's birthday so I'm joining the girls at Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenges in a birthday blog hop for her!
I hope you're hopping along with us because we are giving her a "virtual birthday party" - each of us are bringing a surprise "gift." Let me tell you about my card first though. ;)

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!

Next stop on this birthday hop is Lovely Linda!!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

SSCC #42 & LOC Sneak Peek

Here's a card I made for today's Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenges. My sister Kathy is hostess this week and she'd like to see us using animals on our projects. You'll have to hop on over to the SSCC blog to read the verse she chose and see the Design Team's fabby creations! =)

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.
Thanks for dropping by! I hope you'll hop on over to SSCC Blog and join in the challenge this week!

Friday, June 04, 2010

LOC Sneak Peek - Elegant Touch

Happy Friday!! I have a fun Christmas decoration to share today using the Elegant Touch Art Stencil, which will be released on June 14th! You will have a chance to win all 7 stencils starting June 7th on the LOC Blog. The winner will be announced at the release party on the 14th. If you play along in our blog hop on the 14th, I will be giving away some stencils right here on my blog as well! =)

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.

Stop by my DT sisters' blogs for more sneak peeks & inspiration!!

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.

Susan Taylor says, "We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly... Spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order." One of the BEST things we can do for ourselves as women is to save some time for a little silence in our day. Not always easy... especially with young kids at home. But if you can manage just 10-15 mintues a day to truly relax, clear your mind of all your schedules and to-do lists... God will meet you in your solitude. He will give you a new perspective, refresh your mind, and give you the fuel to get through whatever the day brings.

"Practice the art of aloneness and you will discover the treasure of tranquility. Develop the art of solitude and you will unearth the gift of serenity." -William Arthur Ward

This is something I have to practice. I'm the type of person who doesn't enjoy "quiet" (most of the time). I will play music or turn the t.v. on when I'm alone just so I don't feel alone. But it's how you use your "alone time" that makes all the difference. Will you be bored and immediately try to find something to fill your time? Solitude can be your best companion, because in the stillness of your heart, you can allow God to restore and renew your mind, heart and soul.

Richard Foster says this about solitude: "Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment. Solitude is a state of mind and heart." I hope to find time each day to relax and just "be."

"How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings."
Psalm 36:7

Thursday, June 03, 2010

A {Happy} Sweet Stop Sketch

Here's my card (just in the knick of time) for this week's Designed 2 Delight challenge. It's also for my sister's challenge to use the colors green, yellow and purple. Click Here to see her cute card. I also used this week's Sweet Stop Sketch. Sorry this is such a short post tonight--it's "family night" here at the Breach house. I'll be back tomorrow with another sneak peek using LOC's new art stencils! Give ya a hint... you hang it on a tree! ☺

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

LOC Guest Designer and NR Sneaks

We have a new Guest Designer this month over at Layers of Color: Gina Johnson!! Hop on over to the Layers of Color blog to meet Gina and see some of her gorgeous work!

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

Fun Game - Win Free Stamps

There's a FUN guessing game (fill in the last word style) going on RIGHT NOW over at LaLa Land Crafts blog for their new Summer stamp release, but only goes til Midnight tonight (Tuesday) so get on over there and see some sneak peeks and guess to win some super cute stamps. I tell ya, they keep getting better with each release!! ☺

Botanical Swirls Art Stencil Peek

Happy Tuesday stampin' friends!! Today the sneak peeks begin for Layers of Color Summer Release -- ART STENCILS!! They are branching out and offering some wonderful stencils which are great for inking/chalking/painting/spackling on things like cards/cardboard/giftbags/candles/walls etc. --they're only limited by your imagination!!

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!

Card Deets
Stamps: Nature Walk (strawberries)--Layers of Color; Pun Fun (sentiment)--Papertrey Ink
Stencils: Botanical Swirls-- Layers of Color
Accessories: fence punch--Martha Stewart; Fancy Tags--Spellbinders; corner die cut--Sizzix; red gems-- McMahon Five Designs; green satin ribbon--Joann's.