Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Manly Bday

Here is a link back to Chris' blog and her thank you card that I had to CASE to make a stash of Manly Bday cards for the year.

Product list...
PTI It's a Celebration
PTI Simple Little Things
PTI Polka Dot DP
PTI card stock and ink
SU scallop circle punch
circle punch

Happy Stamp Day!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Just Dandy CASE

Inside and Out cards by Milessa Bickford of Just Dandy...This is where I was totally inspired for my card. She has so many wonderful creations and I just adore the sets she has designed for papertrey ink.

Women of Life
Merry and Bright
Merry and Bright Additions
Floral Frenzy

What is not to love about any of these, YIKES she is talented!

So here is my CASE of her card that you can find in the above link.

Bottom shows inside of the card, I used a nestability circle in Plum Pudding to stamp my sentiment on I felt it was hard to read stamped directly onto the card stock over the flowers.

Product list...
PTI card stock, ribbon and ink
PTI Beautiful Blooms
PTI Spiral bouquet
PTI Text Box
Birthday Basics
nestabilities scallop circle
dew drops

I have to scan my images for a bit 'til I can figure out what happened to my camera.
Happy Stamp Day!

Monday, December 29, 2008

A floral FRENZY...

From the PaperTrey Ink Blog hop forum...
#10: by Sherberts on Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:07 pm

#2: by tisha on Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:57 pm

#8: by sarapaschal on Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:04 pm

I actually won a stamp set from PaperTrey Ink, how cool is that. I am going to get Floral Frenzy, I have wanted this set for a while now. You can see it here Floral Frenzy

And since I am not feeling well today here are some links to some fave cards made with this set...

Floral Frenzy card by Craftycrunchymama PTI round 10 swap
Floral Frenzy Get Well card by Cupojafa
Floral Frenzy card by Sarahbellum2 PTI round 8 card swap
Floral Frenzy by Cllstamper PTI round 8 card swap

All the above cards are so when I get the set I have some CASE work to do.

Happy Stamp Day!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

DH's talent

Here is a car my DH has been working on with a local HS Student, he has been teaching him body work and the art of painting a car. They did a great job, our DD wants this car, NOT.

Friday, December 26, 2008

PTI Blog Hop...Bow Ties

Gotcha, LOL!!
My project for today's PTI blog hop has nothing to do with Bow Ties, I have made ornaments out of recycled card stock and paper products that now hang on silver cord from a bow tied at the top of my popcorn bag.
Nichole's challenge this month was to recycle anything from Christmas but the end project was not to look like a Christmas project. I took scraps of Pure Poppy, Kraft and Sweet Blush PTI card stock and made paper pulp...directions found below.

card stock scraps
candy mold
Dremel tool
Coated Popcorn (directions found below)
Food storage bag
Adhesive Vinyl

Handmade paper hearts directions...
Shred left over card stock pieces or wrapping paper
Place into a container with two cups of hot water and let set overnight
Pour paper and water mixture into the blender and mix
Take your paper pulp and squeeze out some of the water in your hand and press into candy molds
Let air dry, my molds dried in an afternoon over a heat register
Dremel a hole into the top of your molded paper
String with cord or ribbon
Hang from a bow on top of a gift package

other uses...
3D card and scrapbooking image
Tree Ornaments
Door Knob Hangers

What can you use them for, I would love to hear your ideas!

Coated popcorn directions...
Air Pop 12 Cups of Popcorn
Sort out the kernels
In a sauce pot heat 2 cups sugar with 2 cups light corn syrup
add 2 T of butter and bring to a boil
add 1 package of Jello (color and flavoring of choice)
Boil for three minutes on med high heat
Pour over popcorn, mixing well
Pour popcorn onto a buttered baking sheet
Bake in a 200* oven for 10 minutes
Flip popcorn out onto wax paper to cool
Break into pieces and store in an air tight bag or container

Happy Stamp Day!

A look back at CHRISTmas 2008

I hope everyone of you were able to find Peace and Joy for the Christmas Holiday. I enjoyed bringing you my creations and am looking forward to sharing my Creative Adventures in 2009.

I will be back at 4PM today for the PTI blog hop...
God Bless you and your families, Happy Stamp Day!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Matthew 2:9-11
...and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Cooking it up...

The past couple of days we have been super busy in the kitchen. There is paper in the blender, soap in the microwave, Vaseline on the stove and so on...DH is starting to go bug eyed and wants his kitchen back. My friend Chris shared her Cheese Soup recipe with me a few weeks ago so for the past two blizzard weekends it has become our Saturday lunch menu as we heat up the kitchen with Christmas goodies. I have to see if I can get her to post it for you. I have a funny story about cheese soup my Niece and Nephew are going to love this...

My Sister and I were living and working in SF at the time and our Nice and Nephew were over often for visits. One weekend we decided to make cheese soup so we gathered up a bunch of different types of cheese and put them in the crock pot. We ended up with a gloppy mass with grease floating on the top of the pot. They laughed so hard I thought they were going to pass out, 'til this day they don't let us live it down. So guess what is showing up in their mail box soon...yep a cheese soup RECIPE and it is a good one. Thanks Chris!

So almost everything is complete and by the end of the afternoon today my DH will indeed have his Kitchen back. He is not a sweet eater so I can't even offer him some goodies to take away some of his pain. Opposites clearly do attract every tooth in my mouth is a sweet tooth.

Merry Christmas EVE!

How Majestic is your Name
How Majestic is your Name by Sandi Patty
Put CHRIST back into CHRISTmas in 2008
Psalms 8:9
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Prison Fudge

Every year when we were going to St. John's Lutheran Church in SF at Christmas time we made Fudge for the prison inmates at the SD penitentiary. The recipe had to be made according to certain directions and also had to be packaged precisely as laid out in the directions. I make it for our home and friends now it is a simple recipe and tastes so very YUMMY! This year I put in some peppermint chips (they melted very easily) and them placed about 1/4 of the bag on top of the fudge after pouring it in the pan.

4 1/2 Cups Sugar
1/2 lb. Butter
1-12 oz can of evaporated milk
1 TBL Vanilla

Bring to a boil, boil exactly 11 minutes stirring constantly. Take off heat and add...

2 Cups small marshmallows
1 Cup Chopped Nuts
1 & 1/2 bags of Chocolate Chips

Beat 'til smooth, Pour into a well-buttered 9 by 13 pan and cool at room temperature. Cut into 24 pcs.

Put CHRIST into CHRISTmas in 2008
1 John 1:8-9
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Have a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas R

I have my Niece's CHRISTmas gift all finished and wrapped up. Here is what the first photo shows you...
Tall can is recycled drink mix container and holds 4 colors of playdough and cutters.
Jug is recycled Container and holds Shower Gel.
Bottle was purchased at Michales and has hand and body lotion.
Small bottle is recycled hand sanitizer bottle that holds body glitter gel.
Two bars of handmade soap.
Tow pots of lip gloss Chocolate and peppermint.
Christmas Tree Ornament.

I have to tell you our reasons behind making gifts this year. We wanted to teach our Children the Christmas is not about getting it is in the spirit of Giving. And the main reason we celebrate Christmas is the Birth of Jesus. With the economy the way it is and my craft room piled high with products (that one is for you Dad, my Dad was shocked at all I had when he came to visit before heading south) it was decided a group effort of time and love was going to create the gifts this year. It has been a great ride working with all three of our kids making projects and teaching them the basics. My DH just scratches his head and wonders when he will have the kitchen back to normal.
Now I need to finish up gifts for the boys. I have the playdough made, do you have anymore suggestions for me. (They range in age from 3 to 8.)

Supply list...
Shower Gel
Aloe Vera Gel (Clear)
Melt and pour soap base
Soap Scent
Soap Coloring
soap molds
Peppermint Chips
Mint Chocolate Chips
assorted containers
Saran wrap
SU Bella Rose Paper
SU Scallop Circle punch
Asst. circle punches
SU Pretties Kit
SU Ribbon and silver cord
SU alpha stamps
SU Gable Box Large
PTI Borders and Corners Circles
PTI Pure Poppy and Dark Chocolate Ink
Clear Dollar Stamps lip gloss stamp set
Cricut with George Cartridge

Links on Sara's Creative Adventures to make the listed projects...
Bath and Body Gift Set
Quench in Style **For the flovorings in this project I acually used Andees mint chips and peppermint chips. I put 5 chips into the vasaline for three pots and melted them together.**

Put CHRIST back into CHRISTmas in 2008
Luke 6:38
"Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2008

A forest of trees...

Want to take a look at some beautiful Christmas trees. This lady has over 30 theme trees in her home, yikes our little one would love that.

My faves were the lavender luxury and the nativity tree. Jan I think you would love some of the ornaments on the Feliz navidad tree, they are cute. Julie, you will have to look at them for the festival of trees there could be something there you would like to CASE. Have fun...

Christmas trees

God Loves a Cheerful Giver/soap crafting

This year my husband and I decided that we were not going to spend any money on CHRISTMAS, how were we to get this done? Every gift, every card, sweet treat and decoration has been handmade by myself and our children. It has been so much fun working with the girls seeing them get excited about what they have made and talking about how much the recipient is going to enjoy their gift.
**One note we did end up purchasing some Christmas candy, I burnt up my mixer making fudge and was not able to complete what items were left on my list.**

Past soap making posts...
Stamping on Soap tutorial
Embedded Soap Tutorial
Embedded Soap

Product list...
Melt and pour soap base
Soap Mold
Green Tea Powder
Tea Leaves
Cling Wrap
SU Ribbon

It is funny how my Nice and Nephews ask there parents when the next time is that I will be coming over. Know what they are looking forward to? Handmade soap, they have run out and are in their own way requesting more. It is so funny! These kids have every toy, get almost everything they ask for and in the end what they want from Aunt Sara is more Soap for bath time. (I love it!) That is truly what makes giving this time of year such a joy.

Put CHRIST back into CHRISTmas in 2008
2 Corinthians 8:7
"...for God Loves a Cheerful giver."

Merry CHRISTmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

This is the day!

This was a challenge card you were to just use black and white (a splash of color if you wanted), so I had to use my all time fave color combo to complete this challenge. The sentiment is also one of my favorite stamps to use from Gingerbread stamps right here in SD. To get the look of the black on the white swirls I flipped over the embossing and took a sponge with black ink to the opposite side of the paper.

PTI Silent night stamps set
PTI card stock, ink and ribbon
cuttle bug embossing folder divine swirls
SU basic black card stock

Put CHRIST back into CHRISTmas in 2008

Psalm 118:29
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.
This is the Day on

This is how chapter 118 ends and it is one of my favorite chapters to read.
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Season of Joy

I had gotten these images last season through SCS WRAK group. They are stamped so beautifully in some of my FAVE colors. All I had to do was trim up the stamped images and adhere them to my card with some dimensionals. I like the simple beauty of this card style.

Product list...
SU Season of Joy images
SU '08 IC

Put CHRIST back into CHRISTmas in 2008

Here is one of my all time fave Christian ROCK sounds of the 80's
Petra Grave Robber
The title of the post and Name of the SU set used was enough to have this scripture stick out in my mind all day today. I am sure most of you are familiar with it, one passage was written to explain the death of the human body, this is the SEASON to CELEBRATE the BIRTH of JESUS our saviour the one who will carry our spirit that will never die if you believe in JESUS. My husband is always making fun of my music choices when I make a video CD on almost every one I put Amazing Grace my Chains are Gone, I just love that song. All he says is why do you have a funeral song on the photo CD? I answer him by saying to me it is not a funeral song it is a song showing that you believe in Jesus and have been set free...unending love "Amazing Grace". How can that be just a funeral song??
Ecclesiastes 3:1-18

a time to be born,and a time to die
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted
a time to kill, and a time to heal
a time to break down, and a time to build up
a time to weep, and a time to laugh
a time to mourn, and a time to dance
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing
a time to seek, and a time to lose
a time to keep, and a time to throw away
a time to tear, and a time to sew
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak
a time to love, and a time to hate
a time for war, and a time for peace.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Bella Rose SC206

I have been so busy with swaps and Christmas that I have not even had a chance to upload last weeks Sketch challenge over on SCS. Here is the thank you card that I had made last week. My Card was inspired by atomicbutterfly.
Product list...
SU Bella Rose DP
SU punch
SU One of a Kind stamp set
SU pretties kit
PTI card stock and ink pads
Cricut "George" for circles

Put CHRIST back into CHRISTmas in 2008
Psalm 4:4-8
In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord. Many are asking, who can show us any good? Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord. You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O lord, make me dwell in safety.

I had to take time out last night from my Anger, I was so mad at our Children's School I could not even think. The bus refused to start up in the cold of the AM so a Suburban was brought to town to take the kids into school. All of the children in town were piled into the suburban not seat belted in and sitting on laps. I have made many phone calls this PM and tomorrow is another day to voice my opinion of what happened to anyone at the school who needs to know this happened. I was told some decisions made in haste are not always the right decisions, YA THINK? Tonight as I go to sleep I have to remember to "search my heart and be silent" just so I can get some rest. However, when my children's safety is on the line it is going to be hard to keep silent...

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 15, 2008

YUMMY Goodness

I painted up another wooden tray like the one used in the Diorama Nativity post...this time it acts as a cookie tray to deliver some yummy goodness to our friends.

Product list...
Wooden tray
acrylic paint
foam brushes
sand paper
spray sealer
wax paper
yummy goodies

With the weekend weather some crafty KITCHEN goodies were called for. Thanks for the help and determination of our older girls and the (youngest taste tester) together we were able to create some CHRISTmas goodies. With my physical problems I struggle daily just to remail upright let alone take on the task of baking for our family. I get much help from our girls and my DH and for that I am grateful, I am still very happy to lend my direction, LOL!! Here is a devotion from my Mom's Devotional bible NIV...

The Potato and the Egg
Some folks are like eggs when it comes to suffering. Like eggs, they go into the hot water of trouble and come out hard. Other people are like potatoes. Potatoes drop into the heat and are softened through boiling. How do we respond to suffering? Like an egg or a potato? do we become hard or are we softened trough the hot water of trouble?

Suffering is never God's first choice for us. Gut when we are touched by the pain of our world, through self-inflicted wounds or wounds inflicted by another, God wishes to save us from the harm of pain and even bring us benefits for the pain.

The catch is, we must submit ourselves to God as we suffer in order to benefit from it. If we're to gain form our pain, we must be more like a potato then an egg.

What will we do with suffering when it comes our way?

Put CHRIST back in CHRISTmas in 2008
Romans 5: 1-5

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Winter Blast December 14th 2008 8:30 AM

I have linked my Post title to the video, click on post title and open file to view the video.

Anyone figured out how to upload a video right to blogger with out using youtube? My uploads of video always fail I can only get them to link as I have done above.

Hey Dad, look what you are missing :) Wish we could swap places for the day? I do. You can't see any neighbors houses and everything not anchored down is blowing with the wind. We don't have much snow here north of us they have had more so the visibility is even less. (You are looking west from our home in town.) No Church or play practice today DH even has a work snow day, that means I have some Creative time this afternoon, YES!! Have a warm, cozy safe Sunday.

SCS SC205... Silent Night

Don't forget tonight is release night for PaperTrey ink...

Reminder PTI swap round 10 is due December 15th (that is Tomorrow) please contact me if you have yet to do so on the status of your swap...

**I have had some questions about my Challenge card over on splitcoast so I am going to answer them today with my blog post. Because the weather is nuts here today and DH won't be going to work I have time for a post. I do still plan on sticking to the no post weekends due to his work schedule.**

Product list...
Cricut Paper Doll Cartridge
SU Card stock
1) Close to cocoa (Manger and 1st background strip)
2) More mustard ( 2nd background strip, manger hay)
3) Chocolate Chip (manger bed)
4) Basic Black (background)
5) Very Vanilla (Card Base, background)
6) Basic Grey (Donkey)
7) Creamy Carmel (Camel)
8) So Saffron (light in window)
9) GP White (baby Jesus)
10) PTI dark chocolate (3rd background strip)

PTI stamp set Silent night
Versamark white ink pad
PTI dark chocolate ink pad for sentiment and shading on the manger scene
SU Close to cocoa on manger
CM Black for eyes on animals

Dimensions for the diecuts using the cricut dial...
Donkey 1 1/2"
Camel 1 1/2"
manger bed 1 1/2"
baby Jesus 1 1/4"
manger 2"
Background strips 3 3/4" by 1 1/2"
Black background 4" by 5 1/4"
Black background manger base 3" by 2 3/4"
very vanilla card base 4 1/4" by 5 1/2"
very vanilla manger base 3 1/8" by 2 7/8"

Put CHRIST back in CHRISTmas in 2008...
Matthew 6:19-21

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

A big thank you to my Sister for borrowing me her Cricut, I have gotten so much wonderful use from it over the past year and these new Cartridges she has purchased are ROCKN' with out these products and her kindness this card would not have been possible. Thanks Julie :)

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Towel Angel

Directions and product list found {here}

Our Daughters made these at Church a couple of years ago. What a great way to give a CHRISTmas gift for the kitchen.

**The photo above is made differently then the one you will find directions for.** My thinking is that the Sunday School teachers adapted this for younger children to complete with success. For hers they used felt for the wings and arms where you would use a kitchen cloth and pot holder. For assembly they used pipe cleaners where you would be using ribbon. Share some festive moments with your kids or grand kids and give the towel angel a try this year.

Put CHRIST back in CHRISTmas in 2008

Luke 2:13-14
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Merry CHRISTmas!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Best CHRISTmas Gift ever...

The mailman had delivered some swap packages I was expecting and he also handed me another surprise box from Jen it was like Santa had knocked at my door. To my great joy she had sent a beautiful Nativity set for our family. How blessed I am to have such a wonderful friend, thank you!

A few years ago my Sister gave me these wooden trays she purchased at Michaels. The have been sitting around collecting dust, now I have figured out what to make with them. I was inspired by a project our DD had in school to make a Diorama of the Jungle eco system. My Diorama is of the Nativity and I used the wooden tray to make the present and it is wrapped in a golden bow.

Product list...
Wooden Tray
Craft Paint
Wide Wired ribbon
Cricut cartridges Doodle charms and Paper Doll
PTI stamp set Silent Night
PTI card stock and ink
Versamark white ink pad
various card stock scraps
Tombo multi adhesive
white paint pen

Put CHRIST back into CHRISTmas in 2008...

So I ask you what has been your best CHRISTmas gift?

Luke 2:7

and she gave birth to her first born son. She wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Want to watch a great Christmas movie you have to see the Nativity Story

Some great music can be found here...
The Nativity Sacred songs on free Napster

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Goodie Goodie Gum Drops

Are these not the cutest topiary trees for the Christmas season, I love to make them and children love to see and eat them. Here is how they are made...

Gum Drop Topiary Tutorial

Product list...
Clay Pot
Acrylic Paints **two colors I used red and white**
Cracking medium
paint brushes
faster plaster
large candy cane **be sure when shopping for them you get the ones that are not cracked or broken, this can be a major task at some stores especially this close to Christmas. **
Foam Balls
tooth picks
Gum Drops

Clean clay pot with soap and water, let dry.
Paint on your light paint color, let dry.
Paint on your cracking medium per directions on bottle.
Paint on your top color, let dry.
**let you pot dry for a few days, clay pots will absorb the moisture of the paint and it takes a couple of days for the pot to completely cure**
Mix up your faster plaster per directions.
Tape a penny over the outside bottom hole of your pot.
Fill your pot 1/3 full of your plaster.
**let you pot cure once again for a couple of days same applies with the plaster as it did with the paint.**
Cut one of your foam balls in half.
Place the cut ball flat side up inside of your pot.
Take your wrapper off of your candy cane and place the cane into the foam.
Take your top foam ball and mark your hole for your cane, carve out with a knife.
Place ball on top of your cane to make sure you get a tight fit then remove the ball.
Break toothpicks in half.
Place one gum drop onto the broken side of the toothpick.
Pace your toothpick into the foam, random placement looks best.
When your ball is full place it on top of your candy cane.
Tie a bow at the bottom of the Ball.
Cover bottom of ball in the pot with extra gum drops.

Put CHRIST back in CHRISTmas in 2008...
Meaning of the Candy cane from {Noel...}

The use of candy canes on Christmas trees made its way to America by the 1800’s, however during this time they were still pure white. They are represented this way on Christmas cards made before 1900, and it is not until the early 20th century that they appear with their familiar red stripes.

Many people have given religious meaning to the shape and form of the candy cane. It is said that its shape is like the letter “J” in Jesus’ name. It is also in the shape of the shepherds’ crook, symbolic of how Jesus, like the “Good Shepherd” watches over his children like little lambs. It is a hard candy, solid like a “rock”, the foundation of the Church. The flavor of peppermint is similar to another member of the mint family, hyssop. In the Old Testament hyssop was used for purification and sacrifice, and this is said to symbolize the purity of Jesus and the sacrifice he made.

Some say the white of the candy cane represents the purity of Jesus and his virgin birth. The bold red stripe represents God’s love. The three fine stripes are said by some to represent the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Others say they represent the blood spilled at the beating Jesus received at the hands of the Roman soldiers.

From its plain early beginnings to its familiar shape and color of today, the candy cane is a symbol of Christmas and a reminder of the meaning of the holiday.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Happy Birthday Cupcake

I played along with the same cupcake and color combo as the card from Monday however, I did enlarge the cupcake and made one the focal point.
Product list...
SU Bold Brights Card stock and ink
SU word window punch
PTI Beyond Birthdays Stamp Set
Cricut Doodle Charms Cartridge
White paint pen

Put CHRIST back into CHRISTmas in 2008...

Luke 2:11
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Sweet Cakes

I so needed to get busy and make some boy and manly cards this fit the bill perfectly and I love the clean look of this card. Now I am set once again with birthday cards and it feels grrrrrreat!

Product list...
Doodle Charms Cartridge
SU Bold Brights card stock and ink
PTI Beyond Birthdays stamp set
White paint pen

Put CHRIST into CHRISTmas in 2008

Psalms 18:46
The Lord Lives! Praise be to my Rock Exalted be God my Savior!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Merry and Bright Christmas

I have put a video bar in my blogger side bar, it is here where I found the inspiration to make the card you see above. Have you seen any new ideas here? If so what has been your favorite?

Product list...
PTI Merry and Bright Stamp Set
PTI Ocean Tides, ink, paper and ribbon
DP Basic Grey

Has anyone else had problems with the Ocean Tides Ink fading to almost invisible status on some projects?

Here is one of my favorite passages for today
Put CHRIST back into Christmas in 2008

Psalms 13
Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted:his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Silent Night Nativity

When I saw Silent Night from PTI I knew it was a must have stamp set for my crafting collection. It worked so well with the Nativity Paper Dolls from Cricut. When we put out our CHRISTmas decorations this year I noticed we did not have a single Nativity so I made this ornament to correct the dilemma. When I make the next I plan on putting on some pizzaz highlights with chalk, for this first one I was just happy to get it completed.

Product list...
Cricut Paper Doll Cartridge
Gold Embossing powder
White Versamark ink
paper Scraps Su and PTI
PTI Silent Night Stamp Set
Gold Cording
Hole Punch

Put CHRIST back in CHRISTmas...

Matthew 2:9-12

After they had heard the king, they went upon their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Stir & Sip...Enjoy!

Above is my second Recipe for the PTI round 10 swap. I decided to do my favorite Coffee drink and make use of the Warm Happiness stamp set. When I worked for Hot Stuff Foods in the Vending and Research departments I had access daily to the best coffee equipment and flavorings that are available. In R&D we played along with different flavoring syrups and toppings but my Fave has always been plain vanilla. The best part is you can get the store bought treat in your home by following the recipe posted. (Click on the photo to enlarge.) Torani brand is available around here in the Midwest and you can also take this link to their web page {Torani, these syrups will make great additions to any CHRISTmas list.

Product list...
SU Blue Bayou card stock and ink, SU River Rock card stock
SU Round Tab punch
GP white card stock
PTI Warm Happiness Stamp Set
PTI Holiday Treats Stamp Set
PTI Ocean Tides Ink, Dark Chocolate ink
Computer / Printer

Put CHRIST back in CHRISTmas

Matthew 1:22-25
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel - which means, "God with us." When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Cricut Ornament

I have been having a great time making some coaster Christmas ornaments. My Sister was able to pick up some new Cricut cartridges over the shopping weekend and this reindeer is from Doodle Charms. I thought for sure she would want the Cricut back now in her kindness said I could keep it longer, how great is that! Thank you Sis :)

This ornament was made with the girls in mind, especially our little one she loved it the most. The past few years at our Family Christmas with my Brother, and Sister's families we exchange gifts only with the kids. They have a wild time opening all of the beautiful packages.

Product list...
Doodle Charms Cartridge
PTI Card Stock
Unknown DP (Thank you Chris)
Hand Made paper
Buttons from Wal-Mart
Ribbon from Pink Hedgehog and Holiday Accents
Tim Holtz Grundge Board
Acrylic Paint
paint pen
liquid lacquer

Matthew 1:18-21
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, be cause what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
Merry CHRISTmas!

Monday, December 1, 2008

December Journal Album

I was inspired by Ali Edwards you can find her work {Here}
My friend Chris has also made a journal you can find it {here}.

Dec 01.2008
Wise Men still seek Him. (stamp sentiment from Papertrey Ink.)
"Christmas for the past couple of years keeps Meaning less and less to me. This year I am setting out to find the true "Joy" of CHRISTmas."

What I mean by this journal entry is that CHRISTmas for me personally has become a STRESS filled event in these areas...

2)gift giving
5)family budget

I had totally lost sight of it's true meaning in the process of all the above stress. Last year we never even put up or big tree, and instead of giving gifts to the girls we stayed in a water park hotel and enjoyed the pool. This year it is my goal to find "CHRISTmas" back and celebrate the birth of Christ and to prepare myself for his triumphant return. To relax and enjoy the Season with my Family and make happy memories of the season.

Product List...
PTI Silent Night Stamp Set
PTI Borders and Corners Circle
PTI Card Stock, DP, ink and ribbon
Tim Holtz Grundge Board
spray adhesive
Bind it All
Assorted sizes and types of envelopes
Imaginisce Poinsettia
Scrapbooking brads Target Dollar Spot
SU Chipboard Star
SU Clear Button
Holiday Accents Ribbon Pack
Embroidery Floss

Happy Stamp Day!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Blog Changes

Just letting you know I am working on my blog tonight and if it acting up while you visit I apologize. Hopefully you will find the new look inspiring and festive. I have also added a playlist of some favorite Christmas music of mine. It is not on Auto Play and if you wish to listen you must click the play arrow, to hear a certain song on the list you must click on pop out player. This will open the player in a new window and you can start on the song of your choice then minimize the player to hear my playlist as you browse other sites. The best part is if you don't like Christmas music or music at all when using the net you don't have to turn it on.

I love holiday music, how about you? What is your Favorite CHRISTmas song and or artist? I so love Josh Groban and since I am picking a favorite it is Believe. I think we have seen the movie Polar Express a Bazillion Times.

My favorite Holiday movie is....
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

I resume posting on Monday AM :)

Happy Stamp Day!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

You can print this out for your kiddos to color in we plan on doing so this afternoon. Yesterday our little one asked me if I was making more playdough, I was rolling a top crust for a cherry pie. If you wish to try Jen's playdough here is the link to my Child's Play post.

Have a wonderful time with your families today and travel safe.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Picture Perfect Christmas

I have to say I am happy to be back doing something I love other then snoring....ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ and watching my world spin out of control!

Product list...
Black Frame
Cricut Beyond Birthdays Cartridge
PTI Card Stock and ribbon

A fast simple project, it is so beautiful I can't wait to get it hung up for Christmas.

Happy Stamp Day!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

PTI November Blog Hop "Floral Frenzy"

From Nichole Heady PaperTrey Ink...
"Floral Frenzy Challenge
I don't know about all of you, but I am ready to pull out a few non-holiday images in my studio, just for a bit of a break from all the holiday-themed projects I have been doing lately. Well now is your chance!
This month's challenge is to build your own floral embellishment for a card or 3D item. It can be created with die-cuts, punches, stamp images that have been cut-out and layered, slit scalloped punches, you can crochet or sew one, the list could go on and on! You can use interesting materials like newsprint, felt, fabric, metal, cork, vellum, patterned papers, etc... Be sure to provide some brief instruction as to how you created your one-of-a-kind embellishment so others can learn from your example!
Thank you and we all look forward to seeing all of your amazing projects!"

I love to use floral in my crafting designs in fact it is the class of stamps that I own the most of, LOL!! So when I saw the Blog Hop Challenge I had to make sometime to play along. My project for today is a card for our DD she will be turning 12 tomorrow. Happy Birthday L!

I love Flower Garden from PaperTrey Ink it has been one of my beloved stamp sets of the past year. For the card above I stamped Polka Dot Basics onto white card stock then stamped the outline flower from Flower Garden in Palette Noir Ink. I carefully cut it out then place some liquid lacquer on the flower center. (In the past I have used clear acrylic stickers but they have since been discontinued.) The leaves I stamped with the same black onto the spring moss card stock and carefully cut them out. I put them on my project with dimensionals to get more of a relief effect.

I also love to use PaperTrey Ink's Beautiful Blooms stamp set along with the Cuttle Bug Floral Dies to make awesome die cut flowers. You can see more examples below in the slide show...

Thank you all for visiting during the Blog Hop it is great to be back. I have some energy built up now and I have had a bit of stamp time. Not sure yet if I will be posting daily but you will be seeing my blog posts more often once again. Thank you all for your Prayers, Concern and cards as I get on the road to healing. My next Dr. appt is set for December 2nd.

Happy Stamp Day!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Stir Sip Enjoy

I have had tons of fun stamping with PTI's Warm Happiness set. This card also holds a package of Cocoa on the inside, it has become one of my fave cards this season.

To create the background for my main image I inked up my acrylic block and stamped it, here is the post where you can find my tutorial on this...Acrylic Block Party

Supplies used...
PTI Warm Happiness Stamp Set
PTI Holiday Treats
PTI card stock, ink and ribbon
PTI DP Polka Dot Parade
acrylic Block

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Kool Aid Childs Play

Edited to remove slide show Nov 17...

Who ever thought there were so many uses for Kool Aid? We actually don't drink it much around here because of the sugar content and the artificial colorings but over the past year I have found many other uses for it. I do like to hand out the single servings after I realized how much my Niece and Nephews love the stuff.

Below is a slide show of your little DD as she turned 3 yesterday. My good friend Jen sent some home made playdough to her for a bday treat. She had it packaged so nice and tucked into the container was a leaf cookie cutter, so very creative and this is the bday item she refuses to let rest along with the Dora noise maker from Grandpa thanks Dad and Jan :)

I am so torn about posting photos here on my blog I so love to share them. So I have changed my mind once again and I will be posting a few for you.

Jen's Playdough

1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Water
1 unsweetened pacakage of Kool Aid
1 T heaping Cream of Tartar
1/4 Cup salt
1 T Vegetable Oil
Heat over Med in a non stick skillet 'til not watery and forms a ball
Cool (cools faster if you spread it out)
The warm dough is great therapy for your hands :) so why not play along
Store in air tight container

I will share more Cool Kool Aid projects in the next few weeks...

Happy Stamp Day!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

CMWC31 challenge in PTI forum

Today is Little J's third Bday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Tune in tomorrow for some childs play...

Take the challenge forum link over at PTI and you will find this weeks challenge it is complete with a link to a video tutorial on how to create an edged card using a border punch. (The video and sketch is from Jen.)

Product list...
PTI warm happiness stamp set
PTI simple little things stamp set
scallop marvy circle punch
scallop SU border punch
SU IC's 2007-2008
PTI dark chocolate ink
SU close to cocoa marker

Happy Stamp Day!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Celebrate Veterans day with A simple Card

Celebrate Veterans Day today and thank military Veterans for their service. I would love to send a special greetings today to my Dad who is soaking up the Arizona sun as we shiver and shake here in SD. My Dad is a veteran of the Korean war and I could not be more proud of him. I love to look back at his old photos of military days, he does not talk much about the time he served hopefully one day he will share more. Happy Veterans Day Dad, don't forget the sun block!

You can take this link to last years post to see some photos...Happy Days

For GSS entries this month on PaperTrey Ink they are looking for Simple Holiday Cards. Can't get much more simple then this creation...

The Glass Ceiling has been broken by Fstop, one of the PTI swappers finally won a prize in the PTI forum. Way to go Jen! So I have renewed faith and will upload to the GSS gallery this month.

Product list...
PTI Merry and Bright Additions stamp set
PTI Vintage Holiday Prints DP
PTI card stock and ribbon
scallop circle punch

Happy Stamp Day!

Monday, November 10, 2008

SCA3C11 Fall Colors

I have a great fall color combo for you today, enjoy.

Remember when uploading to a gallery please use keyword SCA3C11.

For the layout of this card I used a PTI forum Challenge sketch CMWC6 as seen below

Product list...
PTI card stock, ink and ribbon
PTI Beautiful Blooms Stamp Set
PTI Spiral Bouquet Stamp Set
PTI B and C Circle Stamp Set
SU scallop circle punch
Marvy Giga scallop circle punch
Circle punches
white paint pen

Have a Happy Stamp Day!