Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree!

I have had these tiles laying around since DH and the Girls did the kitchen it was time to put them to use when the Youth Group had an annual fundraiser for Montana Retreat.

Tiles were purchased at our local Menard's they are unfinished (make sure you wipe them with a damp cloth before stamping.

I used PTI pure poppy ink pad along with ODBD sentiment stamp.

The tree box was cut on the Cricut Expression at 5" using the Tags Bags boxes and more Cartridge. I love this cartridge and it is retiring so if you see one in the stores and don't have it yet I would snap this one up! You can view it here Scrapbook.com

This tree box size would be excellent for bath salts and candy. There is also an option to place a center window in the box so your goodies show through.

Product list...
Cricut Expression
Cricut Tags Bags Boxes and More cartridge
SU Glorious Green Card Stock (retired)
PTI vintage buttons in pure poppy
Jute from Wal mart
Glue dots
Star Brad (unknown)
Stone Tile
PTI pure poppy ink
ODBD sentiment
Tissue paper
Tombow Multi Adhesive

Happy Stamp Day, God Bless!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Lovely Christmas

Most of you know the past few months have been crazy for our family that I have not felt like nor had time to create. It all changed with one phone call from my Aunt, she wanted me to make their Christmas cards this year. Here is one sample I came up with that they loved, I kept it simple(okay it is pretty advanced I should say I kept it one layer so they could avoid extra postage charges).

Step one: Use the center point function on the Cricut to cut your mask. The cartridge I used here was Winter Woodland, Tag at 3 3/4"

Step two: Take Tombow Multi and place around the inside edge of your mask, let this dry and it becomes repositionable. I was able to get 20 cards from one mask. (Use copy paper for the mask if you are going to stamp in a background thick cardstock does not work well for this type of masking).

Step three: Take your Copic airbrush system and spray the center of your mask.

Step four: Place your background image here I used a SU Christmas background Holiday Print (retired) and Pear Pizazz Ink. Here is a tiny hint I use when stamping with the large su background stamps flip the stamp over so the rubber faces up, dab the ink onto the image, place your cardstock over the inked image, place copy paper over the cardstock then brayer over your stack.

Step five: Stamp your main image in a darker color I used Old Olive from SU

Step Six: Do your embossing layers (Detail Gold from SU with Versamark ink)

Happy Stamp Day, God Bless!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Little Weekend Indulgence

Homemade Coffee Liqueur

2C water
1 1/4 C Sugar
2T vanilla
2T Fresh ground Coffee Beans
2 1/2 C Vodka

Combine water, sugar, vanilla and fresh ground coffee
bring to a boil, simmer 10 min
remove from heat and let cool
Pour mixture through fine sieve into a jar
Stir in Vodka
Close bottle and store in cool place for 2-4 weeks
Shake before using

Chocolate Chip Coffee Crisps

1C butter, softened
1C brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs beaten
3T coffee flavored liqueur
3C flour
3/4 t baking soda
3/4 t salt
1 t cinnamon
3C milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350
combine butter, brown sugar and sugar til light and fluffy
add eggs one at a time
stir in coffee liqueur

combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon
add flour mixture to butter mixture, stir
drop by teaspoons onto cookie sheet
bake for 8 to 10 min

I purchased this little book on my Birthday this year at the Kiros in Freeman SD the ISBN number is... 13 976 1 56383 216 1 "A little Indulgence COFFEE"

Kiros contact is...
Box 490
Freeman SD 57029
on the web at...

view online here

To make the clips its I used here as bookmarks visit this post Clip-it's and Courage They would make wonderful Christmas Gifts.

Enjoy, Have a Happy Stamp Day and God Bless!

Friday, November 26, 2010

My Minds On Christmas

My friend Wanda over at My Creative Corner made some of these snowflakes last year and they went right to my CASE files, I made them this year for my Niece and Nephews. The tin I used was purchased at our local Menard's Home Improvement store (it is roof flashing) sold on a roll and is very sharp on the edges. After the tin us die cut the edges are no longer sharp.
The DP I used is from My Minds Eye Colorful Christmas from 2009. The ribbon hangers I used was from the Wrinkled Seam Binding shown to you earlier this year.

Give these tin ornaments a try they are super fun and will make awesome gifts.
Happy Stamp Day, God Bless!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Count Your Blessings Name them One by One.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Deuteronomy 8:10 – "When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you."

Chorus for video below...
Count your blessings
Name them one by one
Count your blessings
See what God has done
Count your blessings
Name them one by one
Count your many blessings
See what God has done

Faith Sisters had a 52 week challenge of blessings going this year I so wanted to join but never had the time or ambition. You can check it out here and see what others have been up to for the challenge Faith Sisters 52 Blessings. Today I am going to take the time to list a few blessings in my own life...
1) Jesse my Husband of 16 Years
2) Donna Sue
3) Elizabeth Ann
4) Jessica Amalie
5) My Parents Charles, Donna and Jan
6) Relatives
7) Friends
8) Bear
9) Cody
10) computer
11) Creativity
12) Craft Supplies

How to focus on counting your blessings...

Keep a Gratitude Journal

Focus on One Blessing each day, really take time out to concentrate on one single thing and envision how your life would be without it.

Happy Thanksgiving, God Bless!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What Faith Can Do

I have one more favorite song as of late to share with you it is What Faith Can Do by Kutless. (To hear the song push the play button on music player they lyrics are also posted below).

An update on Donna first she is getting better with each day from the outside she looks great on the inside she continues to heal. They have left the filter in for now and she continues on blood thinners, last week the Doppler did show one remaining blood clot. She was asked by work if she could return her Hematologist said no way one slip or fall one person falling against her would be catastrophic. This was tough news for her to take because she is feeling much better and has good energy. There is also still Pericarditis (swelling around her heart that is resolving. The biggest follow ups she has left will be with the vascular surgeon, plastic surgeon and cardiologist/hematologist.

What Faith Can Do Lyrics...

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you're stronger, stronger than you know
Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason for someone not to try
Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright
Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

Overcome the odds
You don't have a chance
(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can!

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That's what faith can do!
Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise

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I have been working on a few projects that I can't wait to show to you after Thanksgiving.

May God Bless you and your family this Holiday Season and may you have the strength to rise.