Sunday, May 27, 2012

SSiC - Have No Fear

Good morning!  It's time for another challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges.

Our hostess this week is sweet Candace who shares this verse: 
"The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?" Psalm 118:6

Card Challenge: 
Do something on your card that you're "afraid" of!
(ie. CAS style, stitching, a vintage look, etc. Just do something you wouldn't normally do!) 

Our Sponsor:
Sweet n' Sassy Stamps giving 3 digis of winner's choice
Tilda Picking Lilacs
What was my fear?  CAS (clean and simple) cards!!   I normally am just not happy with all the “white space”  ~ I keep wanting to add stuff to it.  So, I stepped out of my comfort zone, stripping it down to the bare necessities to let my image shine.  Well, ok… I did add a few adhesive brads and a punched border.    *Ü*

Speaking of fear… there are lots of things I’m afraid to do.  Like preaching.  When I was in college, I was so scared of public speaking that I put off taking the speech class until my very last semester… only to find out that it was no longer offered.  The only thing that would fulfill that requirement was the speaking class for those being pastors!  I was one of only 2 girls in a class full of men.  The worst part was that they video taped us as we stood in front of the class giving 20 min. sermons, several times throughout the term.  Watching the videos in class was a bit nightmarish too as I had broken out in hives my first time.  After praying desperately before each sermon I had to give, God gave me the courage to go on and get through it.   Although I ended up with a B in that class, I can’t say that experience helped me overcome my fear of public speaking.  I can sing in front of 500 people I don’t know, but to have to speak my own words, forget it!!  I do know now that I CAN if I have to, but I’ll go kicking and screaming to NOT have to!!  (ok, a li’l exaggerated) 

The Scripture for this week (and that this challenge is based on) reminds me of David & Goliath. David had to trust and depend on God to help him fight the giant and ultimately win the battle against the Philistines.  David’s faith in God caused him to have a different perspective on the situation.  Goliath was merely a mortal man defying all all-powerful God.  But David saw the battle from God’s perspective.  We can put this to use in our own lives as well.  If we look at giant problems or seemingly impossible situations from God’s perspective, we realize that God will fight for us and with us against our enemy (who we know is always knocking at our door and weaseling himself into our lives to try to turn us from God and plant fear and doubt in us.)  When we look at things with God’s perspective, we see things more clearly and are more capable to fight effectively.  Another thing we can learn from David is that we need to take courageous action in the face of insults or fearful circumstances (ie. giving a sermon  or speech in front of a group… told you or a family member has cancer or other disease… talking to an authority figure who clearly did you or your family member wrong, etc).  Sometimes just getting through a day can be a “fearful circumstance"… But with God, all things are possible!!   Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.” Who wouldn’t want Him on their side??  

Hop over to our challenge blog to read Candace's devotional for this week and enter to win!! You'll find lots more inspiration at my sistahs blogs as well...
                                                                                                                               
Candace Pierce Candace
Diane Noble Diane
Helen Phelps 
Helen
Jerusha Borden 
Jerusha 
Linda Lucas Linda
Marilynn DeGroot Marilynn
Michelle Coon Michelle
Miesje Flach Miesje
Peggysue Turner  Peggysue
SandieLbw2 
Sandie
Traci Major Traci
 

Card Supplies:
Stamps: Tilda Picking Lilacs; Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Everyday Words cling set from Serendipity  Ink: black Memento Ink on Neenah White cardstock 80lb and colored with Copics
Punch: Martha Stewart

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Delicious Raspberries

Good Thursday morning to ya!  My card today features a New Release stamp from Serendipity called Blackberries … although I made them Raspberries ‘cause I wanted to use this pretty “Madeline” Prima paper and some of the sample rolled flowers that Jeanne Jachna sent me.  (Thanks again Jeanne!!  You have me sold on the Spellbinders Bitty Blossom Dies  *Ü*)   I’m so loving how this card turned out with the pretty teals, pinks, burgundies, and just the right amount of olive green.  I tried that dotty technique for highlighting around the image.
 
KrisB-SS-Blackberries3

The sentiment is from the Everyday Words (Small Horizontal).

 
We have a short blog hop going on right now, through tomorrow and one hopper can win your choice of a brand new gorgeous Die & Stamp set from Serendipity Stamps!!  You can find my post here or hop on over to the Serendipity Blog to get started *Ü*

Check out what the DT’s been up to…
                                                               
Amy Cokley Amy
Holly Holly
Jeanne Jachna Jeanne
Jenny Gropp Jenny
Kathie Bailey  Kathie
Miriam Napier Miriam
Sue Eldred Sue

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Serendipity Stamps & Dies Blog Hop

Welcome to our “Die Cuts” blog hop with Serendipity Stamps Designers!!  If you love dies (who doesn’t?) you will LOVE these new dies now available at Serendipity Stamps!!  The designers have created some fabby projects to introduce these dies to the public and I’m thrilled to be a part of it as their Spring/Summer Guest Designer!! 

How would YOU like to win a Stamp/Die Set??  All you need to do is hop to all of the designers’ blogs and leave us a comment.  You will have until Friday 25th to finish leaving your comments.  One hopper will be drawn to win the die set of your choice (Floral Dragonfly Stamp & Die OR the Floral Butterfly Stamp & Die set)!!

For my first card, I’ve used the Floral Dragonfly Die to create a simple yet elegant Birthday card.  The sentiment is from a fabulous set called Everyday Words (Small Horizontal).
For my next card I cut out the Floral Butterfly Die and mounted it on the Butterfly Outline Die.  I added some stickles to some flowers and leaves for a li’l sparkle (it’s still wet in my photo, so it doesn’t show up real well).   I also added some yellow/gold rhinestone flourish for a trail. 
Stamp & Die Cling Sets Used:
Floral Dragonfly Stamp & Die Set         Floral Butterfly Stamp & Die Set

Be sure to hop to these Designers and leave us a comment by Friday, 25th
for a chance to win one of these amazing Die Sets for yourself!! *Ü* 
                                                               
Amy Cokley 
Amy
Jeanne Jachna
Jeanne
Kathie Bailey 
Kathie
Miriam Napier
Miriam
Sue Eldred
Sue

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My other creations using Serendipity’s awesome dies that you may have missed:

           

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My 'Soon to be' New Craft Room....



NOT! lol.  (a girl can wish right?!)  Well... some day it might be, but this "use to be our 2-car garage" is soon to be my oldest daughter's new bedroom.  She's 13 and she shares the tiniest room with her almost 12 year old sister and believe me... they *need* their own space!  LOL.  I am hoping that with more room and storage/shelving they will be able to keep their rooms picked up a li'l better too!  We shall see about that!

Between my camera taking pics in the evening with a fluorescent light in there and your computer screen, this color prolly isn't exactly right.  But it's called "Jamaican Aqua" and is a light Teal.  My hand is in desperate need of a massage tonight as I did the part where the wall meets the ceiling with a paintbrush around the whole room, and rollered on 2 of the walls this afternoon!  After having double carpal tunnel surgeries last year, am hoping this doesn't cause a set back, but hubby refuses to hand-paint.  He did help with texturizing the walls and he sprayed on the primer and white.  So the rolling is up to us girls.  The carpet guy came today to measure and the electricians should be in later this week to finish hooking up the outlets and lights etc.  We still need to buy the main door and closet doors, and cut and paint all the baseboards, molding and window sills.  What a job this has been.  You are prolly bored to death reading this, and I know my hand is cramping so I'll sign off.  Just wanted to share what I've been doing when I'm not crafting or working!  :)


Tomorrow I have a fun post with a Blog Hop!! There's even a prize involved, so I hope you'll come back and see what it's all about *Ü*

Monday, May 21, 2012

Through the Cabin Window

Although we don’t own a cabin of our own yet (we hope to build one for our retirement some day) we have stayed in several for our family vacations.  I knew when I saw this neat Row Boat & Dock stamp from Serendipity Stamps that I wanted to create a window card.  My hubby loves to fish so this would make a great Father’s Day or Birthday card for him. 
The very sweet Cecelia Smith (Creating in Carolina) shared her window SVG with me, so I used my SCAL program to mirror the image and overlap them on the end to make a folding card!  The vanilla piece has a sheet of acetate taped to the back.  And then I made a fun little pleated curtain, sewing it along the top and added some tiny buttons.  Just like the cabin window where we stayed. 
I colored my scene with Copics and created a sunset sky.  Added some white gel pen in the water for ripples, and the sentiment is also from Serendipity Stamps.
For the front I wanted to fill the lower space so I made a sailor’s knot with green and kraft twine.  Whaddaya think?? 
Find more inspiration at the Serendipity Stamps Blog and the DT:
                                                               
Amy Cokley Amy
Holly Holly
Jeanne Jachna Jeanne
Jenny Gropp Jenny
Kathie Bailey  Kathie
Miriam Napier Miriam
Sue Eldred Sue

Sunday, May 20, 2012

SSiC - Sweet Magnolia Birthday

Good morning, and another blessed Sunday to you!  Today starts another fun challenge at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ challenges and our hostess this week is the very sweet and talented Traci Major.
 
The Scripture for this week is Ephesians 4:29 "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." 

The challenge is so fitting…. Build up your card: by adding layers, paper tole, paper piecing, stacking flowers...you name it!!

I was a Puppet Team Director for Jr. & Sr. Highers at church for a few years and I remember writing this verse out in big letters on poster board as a reminder to them  not to tear each other down, but speak only encouraging words.  That is quite a challenge with this particular age group, and since I had a set of brothers on my team, it was necessary.  But this verse is applicable no matter what age group we are.  Words spoken behind people’s backs or even being outright negative in a group can be so damaging to relationships and can put road blocks up for the Holy Spirit to lead and bless.  In fact… wouldn’t it be great to have this verse displayed in our own homes as well.  I’m sure Traci has a wonderful devotional to share on this verse so be sure to hop over and read!!


I’ve “built up” my card by layering my flowers on the front, and I’ve pop dotted the fence, grass and Tilda inside.  The paper is from the Echo Park “This & That” 6x6 pad.  We took my MIL out for her 86th birthday dinner last night and I gave this card to her.  I thought the cute li’l Magnolia with bike might make her feel young.  *Ü*
 
Here’s the inside…
I saw this card of Pam Sparks’ quite some time ago and saved it to my “fave” file for a CASE sometime.  I’ve got quite a huge “fave” file now so it’s taken me a year to get to this one. 
Hope you come join our challenge at SSiC this week!!  Our sponsor is Tami Mayberry who is offering one of our players this stamp set,
Masculine Tags
For more inspiration, check out what my Design Sisters created this week!
 
Candace Pierce Candace
Diane Noble Diane
Helen Phelps 
Helen
Jerusha Borden 
Jerusha 
Linda Lucas Linda
Marilynn DeGroot Marilynn
Michelle Coon Michelle
Miesje Flach Miesje
Peggysue Turner  Peggysue
SandieLbw2 
Sandie
Traci Major Traci
 

I’m also linking this post to…

Word Art Wednesday – use words of encouragement or a Scripture on your card

Scripture Sunday Link Up #2 – include a Scripture in your post

Card Makin’ Mamas #45:  May Flowers


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EDITED TO ADD: 
 
PHOTOGRAPHING MY CARDS
We've had some discussion in our group about picture taking, so thought I'd share how I take photos of my pics. First of all, I took Laura Campbell's advice (owner of Layers of Color) when I was a DT for her, and I have used this method for the last couple years!


I bought a folding table from Costco and have it set up all the time in my craft room.  I bought 2 "natural daylight lamps" (can't remember where from though--online) which uses Full spectrum daylight "flourescent" bulbs.  I had some photo drapes (white, blue, black) from a photo box I had tried and didn't like.  Plus, the lamps broke shortly after I got em, so I use the white drape from that, taping the top to the wall and letting the bottom part drape over the table.  I turn OFF my overhead room light and just turn on my lamps.

My card in this photo looks very washed out, but I assure you, that's just because I'm so far back. I use a Canon Power Shot A590IS camera and I always put the setting on "close up" (the flower icon).  I also use the FREE photo editing program which Blogger uses to store our photos when we upload to our blogs, Picasa.  The “auto fix” feature works wonders!! 

The replacement bulbs cost $9.95 + shipping at replacementbulbs.com 
The specs are:  FE-US-30W and it's 5000k
Longstar FE-US-30W/50 5000K
That website above is very fast and helpful.  I’m sure if you want to go this route, they can help you out with what lamps to put these bulbs in.  *Ü*  Happy Crafting & photographing!