Sunday, January 31, 2010

SSCC #24 Matthew 18:4

"Sittin' and Thinkin' of You"
It's time for another Sunday card challenge over at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges today! Our hostess this week is Helen Phelps who has chosen this verse to share:
Matthew 18:4 "Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

And her challenge for us is to make a card with an image of a child or childlike things on it (such as a card with toys or a saying about children), but not a baby card! I encourage you to come over to the challenge blog and read all about it and see our Design Team's creations!

I used this cute little girl stamp called Melissa, which is from the Pretty Little Things collection by Jessica Grundy (only available at McMahon Five Designs.) I used Copics to color her, and watercolored the background, light Amethyst. The wood paper behind the circle is called Teak wood (also available at McMahon Five Designs). Those who know me know that I am in love with this wood paper! And the sketch I used is from this week's KLSNS Challenge (it ends next Saturday night so come on over and try it! There's prizes this week!)

Our sponsor this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ is the awesome Mo's Digital Pencil, who is offering our winner 3 digis of their choice! So come on over and play along. We will also have a very special Guest Designer this Thursday at SSCC, so I hope you'll drop in this week! *Ü*

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Woodsy Friends Birthday Wishes

Happy Saturday stampers!! I'm sharing a card today that I made for KL Stampin N Scrappin Saturday Challenges, and this time we have a sketch for you to try!! What's better is that this is the LAST SATURDAY of the month, which means PRIZE WEEK!!! Woohoo!! So come play along with us and be entered to win some stampin and scrappin goodies!!

Here is Jodi's fun sketch for you to follow:
About My Card:
I used this cute High Hopes stamp called Canada Friends, which had a maple leaf on the flag... but I made it more universal by cropping out the leaf with tape and hand wrote the Happy Birthday sentiment. Aren't these woodsy animals so CUTE?!!! Love them!

Ways to Save at KLSNS:
WHAT'S THE SPECIAL CODE for January?! -- JAN2010 will get you FREE priority shipping on any order over $30 (subtotal before shipping and tax). ALSO the code Maggies will get you 20% MORE off our already low prices on any in-stock Magnolia stamp, as we are cleaning the shelves and will no longer be carrying this line. Lastly, all Christmas stamps that are currently in stock are already marked down 25% until they are gone.
Available soon . . . new C. C. Designs stamps and for the stampers who like wood mounted stamps -- Easter stamps from DRS designs!! :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Sweet Act of Kindness

I got this very sweet Tilda easel card in the mail today from one of my bloggin' friends who's near to my heart and never far from my thoughts, Diane LaPointe. This gal just loves butterflies as they hold a very special meaning for her, (feel free to ask her about it), and so whenever I use butterflies on my cards I think of Diane and here she goes adding the cutest li'l sparkly (double-layered even!) butterflies to this sweet tilda card. She also sent a li'l package of cute light blue pearls--my faves! Thank you so much for brightening my day today Diane!!

I just finished a card today and will be posting it in the morning, so I hope to see y'all again tomorrow! *Ü*

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

La-La Weekly Wednesday Challenge

Good morning friends!! First of all, I just want to say THANK YOU for all your comments about my birthday blog candy! It's only been one day since I posted it and I've recieved so many comments already! It's so nice to know how many of you DO follow my blog and you have such wonderful things to say. I am blessed a hundred times over... thank you! (ends Feb. 12th) *Ü*

And now for this week's La-La Weekly Wednesday Challenge, No. 23!
(I'm having so much fun with these girls that the cards practically make themselves! )

Our hostess this week is the very sweet and talented Kim Yu, who came up with a fun card style for us to try... a Gift Card Holder! There's lots of different styles out there... take a look on our challenge blog for more ideas and links to tutorials and come play along with us!!

For my card, I started with an piece of double-sided DP that was 11" x 5.5" and scored it in half first (at 5.5") and then scored each end at 4.25" and then folded accordian style. I ran the whole card through my Cuttlebug with the Top Note die to get the base shape and then I folded the outsides together and I used my Labels Nestabilities die to cut the top portion of the inside flap. Then, just taped the spines and spine sides togther and whala! Oh, and the ribbon wraps around and can slip off.
I used the newly released stamp called Love Note Rosie along with some gorgeous velvet ribbon and prima flowers that Irina sent me in my DT package--thanks so much Irina!! She really is generous and so sweet and easy-g0ing. In fact all of the girls in LaLa Land are just a happy bunch of friends... I just love being on this team *Ü*

WANT FREE STAMPS?? Here are some ways to get them free!

Be sure to stop by the challenge blog to see all our Design Teams cards this week!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Birthday Blog Candy

Good Morning!! Since it's been a while (too long prolly) since I've done a blog candy, I've decided what better time than to celebrate my upcoming birthday with a giveaway!!

The very generous and lovely, Laura Campbell from Layers of Color has donated one of my very favorite LOC stamps sets called Merci Bouquet (just wait til you see this set up close!) and my long-time blogging friend, SBS4 sister, and ever so sweet Kelly of KL Stampin' N' Scrappin' has thrown in a couple stamps as well; Lily from the Heart (R.A.M. stamp) and the rolling pin with tag from Magnolia! And of course I had to throw in a little candy too, so here's a "bouqet of flowers" for you and you will also received a stamped card from me as well!

EDITED TO ADD:
My very sweet friend (and KLSNS Alumni) Carolyn Bounds saw this and is throwing in a $15.00 Gift Certificate to the winner for her store, Busy Beauties Boutique!! Thank you so much sweetie!

If you'd like a chance to win this package, please
  • become a friend of Ink Something (click to follow ---->)

  • leave me a comment on this post
If you'd like to help spread the word about my birthday candy, please feel free to post this picture in your sidebar, (very appreciated, but not required). Easy peasy, huh? I will draw a winner on my birthday, February 12th!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Vintage Digi - Playing Phone

Hello *Ü* It's time for a new card challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges! Our hostess is Peggysue who shared with us this verse:

1 Peter 1:23 (NIV) "For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God."

Peggysue has shared her thoughts on this verse at SSCC, so grab a cup of joe and head on over!

For this challenge, since most seeds come up as tiny green shoots, use the color green somewhere in your creation, not all over green, just a touch somewhere.


I recently discovered some great new digis over at McMahon Five Designs! These are vintage images that have been re-illustrated for better "digital stamping" quality. This one is called "Playing Phone" and is only $2.00 (USD)! These take me back to when I was a child. I still have my baby book and a few cards that were given to my mother when I was born, and they resemble this image I've used on my card. There's just something special--and charming about the "olden" illustrations. I watercolored this image and used paper from the Sugar Rush collection, from KL Stampin N' Scrappin.
Our sponsor this week is Incy Wincy Designs, who is donating 6 digital stamps to one radom player!! You will have until Saturday, 30th to enter. Check out what my Design Sisters have created with this week's challenge!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sweet Tilda Loves Polka-Dots

Did you know that? Okay, I'll admit... it's I who loves polka-dots and I also love this color combo! Anyway, we have a fun challenge up at KL Stampin N' Scrappin today that will go through next Friday night! Our hostess this week is my DT sister Jacilynn and she's challenging us to use our Nestabilities OR use punches (if you don't have Nesties). You can use ANY stamps you want... easy peasy huh??

So I got out one of my favorite Magnolias, 60's Tilda. I mostly C.A.S.E.d this card from one of our alumni, Carolyn (see her card here). I love this color combo so much, don't you? And speaking of magnolias, did you know that Kelly has ALL her Magnolias marked down right now? PLUS, if you use coupon code Maggies you will get an extra 20% OFF of all magnolias!! Want another bonus? When your total reaches $30 (on anything in the store) you can get FREE Priority Flat Rate shipping as well!! Be sure to use the code Jan2010 for the free shipping!

Be sure to stop by our challenge Blog and see all the Design Teams wonderful creations!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

La-La Weekly Wednesday Challenge

Good Morning!! It's time for another FUN challenge in La-La Land!! Our hostess this week is Elena - she's such a wonderful gal, that girl... not only is she a very talented crafter and tell such great stories on her blog, but she's also the Birthday Coordinator for our DT group--always coming up with fun ideas to make our birthday girls feel extra special! Thanks for all you do Elena!!

The challenge this week is FANCY FOLDS! We are to fold our cards any which way but normal, LOL! There's LOTS of tutorials for various fun folds over at SCS in the resource section, so find something you like and try it!! I tried a Spring Pop Up card with Princess Rosie and made her into a birthday card!

Hop on over to La-La Land Crafts blog and see what FUNtastic cards our Design Team has made, and then enter a card to win a free stamp!! How fun is that?! You will have until this Sunday evening to enter. You can enter as many times as you like!!

SPECIAL OFFER!! Irina is having a special going on in the La ~ La Land store! Buy three, get one FREE!! So go have a look around and I'm sure you're gonna find more than just 4 stamps ya love! Between now and January 30th, when you purchase three stamps from our online store, you will receive a FREE stamp of your choice!! Just let us know your choice in the Notes section upon check out!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Kathy!

Today is Kathy's birthday, one of my fellow DT members at La-La Land Crafts so we're doing something special for her birthday! Elena (our Birthday Coordinator) thought of a great idea... instead of doing a regular blog hop, we're doing a little WALK OF FAME! Elena has posted several of Kathy's LaLa cards over on the challenge blog, and the DT are honoring Kathy's crafty talent by going into her gallery (or blog) and picking a card to C.A.S.E. (Copy And Share w/ Everyone) on their own blogs. There's so many awesome "Kathy" creations to choose from, but I chose the card at this post.

I think I pretty much got the same design elements on there, although you'll see the difference in the border punch, the colors and DP, my flower embellishment and image, of course. I did not "distress" anything, which is one of Kathy's trademarks, nor did I even come close to case-ing her coloring, so I just made it in my own style. Sometimes ya just gotta know what to leave to the PROs! *Ü*

Be sure to hop on over to the challenge blog for the special dedication post and see who else is showcasing on their blogs if you'd like, and then be sure to stop by Kathy's blog to wish her a Happy Birthday!! Thanks Elena for organizing this fun and special event!!

♪ ♫ Happy Birthday Kathy!! ♫ ♪

Monday, January 18, 2010

New Stamps, CHA and Preorder Sale

Stampavie is showcasing their new Gillian Roberts, Sarah Kay and Penny Johnson stamps at CHA, and they are now up for preorder at KL Stampin N Scrappin!! They are priced 15% off for preorders, but this sale won't last long! Kelly will be ordering some of these very soon, so if you are interested, click here> Stampavie preorders and then when you click into which artist you want to look at, you'll want to click on the Options down arrow to see all the different stamps in that collection. And let me tell you they are super cute!! Please order yours early if you want to be sure that you will receive them the middle of March *Ü*

Remember, we have a fun and unique challenge going on this week and 3 will be picked as our TOP 3 and will receive this blinky for your blog!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Layers of Color Birdhouse Gift Box

Good Morning!! It's Sunday and that means another fun challenge is up over at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges *Ü*

Our hostess today is our sweet southern belle, Candace (of "Candid Candace"). I love the scripture she chose for this week...

Joshua 24:15 "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

The challenge is to create a card or project focused on the "home." For example, a housewarming card, or decor for the home.

I've mentioned before that I love birds and I have a collection of birdhouses. In fact, my hubby made me a special shelf above the entrance to our kitchen and added some lattice wood behind it so I can set my collection of birdhouses that he and the girls buy me on special ocassions on. So when I read the challenge to create "decor for the home" I was all over the birdhouse idea.

I recently came across Stampin' Mindy's blog post where she made this cute lantern gift box! So I ran with that idea, made a few changes to suite my purpose and here it is!
Pardon the quality of my pictures. My dd knocked over one of my photo tent "natural light" lamps while it was on and it broke. So some of these I had to set up on the shelf to get enough light and it turned kinda yellowish :(
The black-looking circle behind the bird is actually acetate so you can see the gift inside.

Here is the box with the lid off.

and here is the underside of the lid. The base of the box and the base of the lid is made from 4" coasters that I covered both sides with my newest pad of Mariposa glittered Designer Paper. The red "box" is then attached under the top coaster and will fit snug inside the box.

Here is the side of my box. (I am in love with this Mariposa paper pad, did I mention this yet?)
Here's a better picture of the paper inside. I lined the inside back with this teal butterfly paper, and I cut a small square of the many little butterflies to fit down in the bottom of my box. That hides all the c.s. tabs.
To decorate my box, I used my favorite stamps from Layers of Color: Backyard Birds and Merci Bouquet. You can't tell from the pictures, but after I watercolored the images I added clear stardust gellyroll pen to highlight the flowers and leaves. I also cut a piece of brown c.s. and rolled it up and glued it to the front for the birdy to stand on. And lastly, added the verse from this challenge on my fence (Martha Stewart punch).


And wouldn't you know it, our sponsor this week is.... LAYERS OF COLOR!! Laura has sponsored us before and has so graciously offered yet another gorgeous stamp set, called Merci Bouquet...

Isn't it beautiful? And YOU could win it!!

I am in love with LOC's fabulous high quality clear stamp sets! I was very blessed to have won 5 of them at their new release blog hop a couple months back and let me tell you, the more I looked at them, the more I loved them and it was really hard to pick the 5 I wanted to get, LOL. So go take a look for yourself, and be sure to check out the AMAZING GALLERIES of Laura Campbell, Linda Lucas, Patter Cross, Denise Lynn, and Heather Wombacher!!

Now go whip something up and enter HERE by midnight Saturday, 23rd!! Can't wait to see what you all make *Ü*

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Happy 'Appreciate a Dragon Day'

Talk about wild and wacky holidays, huh? But we didn't make it up! No sir-y! But it IS fun to use wacky holidays for a card challenge, which is just what Joanna did for this week's challenge at KL Stampin N' Scrappin! Her challenge is
use images of dragons, or create a texture on your card that might resemble scales etc.
There are lots of great Cuttlebug folders out there that could work for this! But... if you don't have any dragon images or cb folders, then why not hop over to Dustin Pike's blog?!! Dustin is famous for his drawings of dragons...very CUTE ones I might add and I believe he has offered free digis of them on his blog too!

In case you didn't know, Dustin Pike is a new artist for High Hopes Stamps!! WOOOHOOO! Congrats Dustin *Ü* I'm excited because Kelly carries High Hopes stamps in the store (and just added a bunch of NEW ones!) ... and will soon be getting some of Dustin's stamps in!! He not only draws dragons, but LOTS of other super cute characters as well. You can see more here.

NEW HIGH HOPES STAMPS COMING TO KL SNS:
upload pictures

Ok, back to the challenge.... Hop on over to the KLSNS Blog to see all the great creations by our Design Team and then we would LOVE to see what you create! THREE players will be awarded a cute "TOP 3" blinky to place on their blog at the end of the challenge, so come on over and play along! You have until midnight EST on Friday, Jan. 22nd to enter.

MORE ABOUT MY CARD: I used this High Hopes stamp called "Lenny's Love Me Nots" along with some Basic Grey, "Indian Summer" paper.

WAYS TO SAVE: There's a GREAT SALE going on over at KLSNS right now. To make room for more High Hopes and other brands, Kelly has all Magnolias marked down really low AND if you use the coupon code "maggies" at check out, you can get an extra 20% OFF all Magnolias in store!! You can also get FREE Priority flat rate shipping on your order of $30 or more with coupon code JAN2010. Also new to the store is German Glass Glitter from Meyer Imports!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Check This Out!

This just in from Irina of La-La Land Crafts:

"We told you that the stamps from our new release will be available on January 20th, but they are already HERE!! You can place your orders on our website now (please disregard pre-order note, it will be removed shortly). Here is the link.And, to make this news even sweeter for you, we have a special offer you!!!Buy three, get one FREE!! Between now and January 30th, when you purchase three stamps from our online store, you will receive a FREE stamp of your choice!! Just let us know your choice in the Notes section upon check out!!

Hugs,
Irina"

Awesome News! Hurry and get yours before they sold out!! *Ü*

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Praying for Haiti

The recent earthquake in Haiti is, to say the least, sad and heartwrenching. My husband got word today that there is no water supply in Haiti right now and many who are trapped will die from thirst alone. Many are raising awareness and offering ways to help. Amongst those are my nephew, who's in the Navy. He just got home from Iraq a few short weeks ago and was there to see his first child born about a week ago. Now he's going to be taking supplies to Haiti soon, bless his heart. Please pray for him and for his wife, Misti as she is still recovering from birth and dealing with a newborn by herself.

Please also pray for those in Haiti right now... for families of loved ones who died, for those who are trapped, and for those who are providing help. If you have been financially blessed and would like to help, please click on the picture above to go to our KLove, our Christian radio station and read how you can help! If you don't have the means to help financially, you can help in a big way by praying. I also heard some very encouraging stories about children singing in the park over there in Haiti that could be heard from the filming of news anchor Katie Couric. She seemed confused as to why there was singing going on, but we know that even in tragedy, there is a reason to rejoice and have HOPE!

Spiral Pop Up Tutorial

Good morning *Ü* As you can see I've been a very BUSY girl! I've made 2 tutorials this week and posted to 3 different blogs yesterday, but I'm enjoying every minute of it. One of those postings was at KLSNS. Every Wednesday we have what's called "Stampin N Scrappin With..." {insert DT name here}, where a different DT member will share a tutorial of some sort, and yesterday was my turn. So now I'm going to share it with you here. It's called a Spiral Pop Up card!
(here's the inside!)
You may remember my butterfly spiral pop up that I did a couple weeks ago. These are so easy that you prolly don't even need a tutorial, but if you're like me, I learn best by either pictures, video or watching somone in real life, so here it is!

1) The first step is optional... add DP to the inside of your card:

2) Cut a circle, can be any size, but not too small out of cardstock that matches your background color. I've used dark pink here.

3) With scissors, start cutting your circle into a spiral shape, making sure you keep the size consistent.

4) Roll up a glue dot (or half of one) and put on the under side of the end of your spiral as shown.

5) Place your spiral on bottom half of your card, closer to the outer edge. Add another glue dot to the top center section of your spiral. Close your card and press down.

6) Open up card and see your spiral base.

7) Punch out whatever shapes you want to add. I used my heart punches, but you could also use butterflies, balloons, stars, flowers or whatever.

8) Again, roll little glue dots up and stick the glue along various spots on your spiral. Then attach your shapes and... Wha La!!
Wasn't that easy?
So, for my card deets, I used this week's KLSNS Color Challenge, PINK/BLACK/NEUTRAL- it goes through tomorrow night (Friday at midnight!) and we'd love to have you enter! I chose this Bittersweet paper (Basic Grey) because it has those colors it in. And the stamp is called "Love Bandit" and is by High Hopes. Kelly just added lots of new HH stamps to the store yesterday so head on over and check em out!
Thanks for dropping by!!

NEW HIGH HOPES STAMPS COMING TO KL SNS:
upload pictures

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

LaLa Weekly Wednesday Challenge

LLWWC21 - SHAPE UP!
"Hello and welcome to my "La-La Land"!! I'm Teddy Bear LaLa and T-H-I-S is my playhouse that Kristine built for me! I love playing dolls inside...I have lots ya know! But my most special friend of all is my teddy. His name is Ted E. Bear and he comes with me wherever I go! Maddy (Kristine's daughter) loves to come over and play with me too, and can you guess our favorite color?? You got it! Lime Green! Come on over and play with me and we can have some tea for three!!"
Hugs, TB La-La

Isn't she sweet? I had so much fun creating her little playhouse. This week's challenge is hosted by the wonderful Maureen Wong of My Case Studies. She is challenging us to make SHAPED CARDS.

Come on over to the LaLa Land Crafts Blog and see the rest of the design team's cards... and enter to win a free rubber stamp!!


P.S.

The winners of the La-La Land BLOG HOP were posted yesterday! Please check out the DT's blogs and the La-La Blog to see if you won!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

La-La Blog Hop Winner

Congratulations... #24Aud Cards!! Please email me at breach4 [at] msn [dot] com with your mailing addy by Thursday night and Cupcake La-La will be shipped to you! If I don't hear back from the winner, another will be picked on Friday. Thank you!

Please scroll down one post for today's card and tutorial! *Ü*

Reverse Tent Topper Tutorial

I recently got my SOTM from Paper Pretties called Bubbletime Sophia and so did my sister Kathy, so we challenged each other to ink her up and post today! Here's what I made... a "Reverse Tent Topper" card!



It's Your Day, Spoil Yourself Silly!
I saw this card of Charmaine's in the Paper Pretties Gallery but couldn't find any tutorials for this reverse tent topper using the Nesties. So, I thought I'd make up my own and show you how I did it.

Instead of the tent "Topper" being attached to the front panel, I cut half the scallop out of the front base of card and so when open, it flips up. The scallop piece is actually part of the inside of card! There may be a much easier way to do this, but I tend to make everything harder than it has to be (I'm not too clever! *wink*). But here's a picture tutorial of how I did it:

1) Start with a folded card base2) Open it back up. Then, I'm going against the grain on your "normal" sandwich with the plates on this next part, but there's a good reason--you have to be able to SEE where you're putting the die w/o taping it to your c.s.!

3) Layer according to my "recipe" on this next picture, making sure you put the mat up to the fold line, and the mat should be on the half closest to YOU. 4) Run your layers through HALF-WAY until you feel the mat. It will all of a sudden get very hard to keep turning the handle. STOP! 5) Unwind and pull out your cardstock. You'll see that it cut only half your card! 6) Fold in half and your scallop will "pop up" giving you the "Tent Topper". Decorate as desired.

Here's a photo of the inside of my card. I added Crystal effects to the "bubbles" to make them wet, and of course lots of BUBBLES (dew drops)!! Thanks for stopping by! There's a neat sketch challenge going on right now at Paper Pretties if you care to join in! Kathy used the sketch for her card, you can see it HERE.

OH WAIT!! I'll be back later today when I pick a winner from the "Into the New Year with a New Release BLOG HOP" from La-La Land!! Make sure and stop by to see if you WON!

Then tomorrow, I'll share my La-La card for our Weekly Wednesday Challenge (it's a super fun one and I'm so excited to share what I made for it!). Tomorrow's also my turn to share a tutorial at KLSNS for our weekly Stampin N' Scrapping With.... (KRISTINE!) - it'll be a different tutorial than todays and I really think you're gonna like it!!

xXx Kristine







Monday, January 11, 2010

Motivate Me Monday Challenge & Prizes!

Did you have a good weekend? Are ya back in the crafting saddle yet? Do ya need some motivation to get ya going for the week? Then I've got just the thing for ya!! Join us over at Sweet N' Sassy's Motivate Me Monday Challenges at SNR today *Ü*

The challenge is to use this theme: "Let It Snow!" and is open through this Friday. A winner will receive the newly released set "Love You THIS Much"! There's also an early bird prize being offered if you play in the challenge and upload by 10 p.m. EST tonight. Have FUN!!

**ALSO: Just a reminder that today is the last day to do the La-La Land New Release blog hop. Every DT member is giving away a new release rubber stamp - the one that is shown on her card, so be sure to get hoppin' if you haven't yet! I will choose a winner tomorrow from my comments on <THIS POST>.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

SSCC #21 Broken, But Pieced Together

Good morning my stamping friends *Ü* It's time for another Sunday Challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges! Our hostess for this week is the super talented Pamela of Pamela's World of Scrap. Pamela is a wonderful scrapbooker and even hosts a scrappy challenge on her blog, so if you dabble in that, please go pay her a visit! You'll be glad you did! Pamela chose this verse to share today:

Hosea 6:1 "Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds."

You may be thinking some of these verses we pick sound strange or you might question why someone would choose that to inspire a challenge? I urge you to click through to our SSCC Blog to read further about the verse that our hostess chooses as most of the time there she has shared her thoughts and insight on it.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge is to make the broken look beautiful...create a mosiac, or tear apart and stitch back together. In some way have your image look broken.

Ok, so I cheated a little and made my background look beautiful by piecing it together instead of my main image, but I was determined to use this digi by Designed2Delight, who's having a challenge of her own and I wanted to get in on it. If I pieced the image you wouldn't be able to read the words which would defeat the purpose of using that particular one. Soo... LOL! (did you get all that?) I think it still counts.

I thought about this verse before I created my card. God does allow us to go through trials for various reasons, but always mends us when we're broken. It reminds me of the Footprints poem which I recited to my girls this week. A friend of mine gave them each a silver bracelet with the words inscribed "When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you." She asked them if they knew what it meant and they said no, so it gave us the perfect opportunity to share with them the story and share some insight into the meaning of their bracelet. It was neat to see the lightbulb go on and with a smile hear them say, "Ooooooh! That's cool!"

Hop on over to the challenge blog this week to see the Design Team's awesome creations and join in the challenge! You will have until Saturday night, 16th to enter! Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp, who is donating this cute SSS Exclusive stamp set to one lucky player!!

THANK YOU Heidi, Stephanie and everyone at Simon Says Stamp!! *Ü*

Saturday, January 09, 2010

What's Pink n' Black & Cute All Over?

Why, Miss Kiki La Rue of course! And she's here to tell you all about today's Challenge at KL Stampin' N Scrappin'! Good morning friends! I'm Miss KiKi La Rue! Pardon my attire, but today's Saturday which means I get to enjoy my coffee and lounge around all day in my robe and slippers. And while Kristine is busy cleaning out the garage and doing laundry, I'll be eatin' my bonbons that Shana gave me, maybe read a good book, and of course chat with all my lovely visitors today! (She did mention we'd prolly be having visitors today, so I put on my sparkly pink earrings, just for you!)

Now that we've "met" I'd like to invite you to a fun challenge, hosted by the super talented Risa from Life's Simple Pleasures! Her challenge for ya is to use these yummy colors: Pink/Black/white (or other neutral). You can read more about the challenge and enter your lovely cards HERE.

Kristine and I love sparkly things, as you can tell! She added lots of stickles to the flowers on the background. She also used this week's sketch challenge at SCS, but instead of putting me on a square I asked her if she'd cut out an oval instead. The scallops match my trim on my robe, heehee!

Come on over and play with us!
Isn't Miss Kiki La Rue the sweetest? Love her! So... for those who joined in our sketch challenge last week, we will announce the winners this coming Monday for the big New Year's Prize Package! And as with all challenges, we will be awarding the TOP 3 players with a special blinky award for their blogs. Hope you'll come play along!!