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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Who do you trust?

Good morning! Don't faint because I'm posting in the middle of the week....can you believe it? :)

When we went to a stamping convention in the Fall, my mom found this cool little border stamp by Endless Creations. I stamped it & then used my 2" scalloped punch. To color my flower image, I stamped it with Versamark and used chalks to give it color. The hardware is from SU! and the verse is by Our Daily Bread. The dp is from the cover of a K&Co 12x12 pad.

I'm sending this card to my sweet cousin, Tera, for her birthday. I won't tell you how old she is because I'm MUCH older! The inside sentiment reads: "Sending you warmest wishes on your special day. Happy Birthday with love..."

Sunday, December 27, 2009

New Year's Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge 19

It's almost the New Year, Friends! 2010 is just around the corner and our challenge this week is to make a card or project ringing it in. Lisa reminds us to let the Holy Spirit be our guide as we think of what we want to accomplish this coming year. She chose Psalm 24: 4-5:

"Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long."

My card this week is square, using blues and silvers. The image was a stamped gift from a fellow DT member but I don't know what company makes it. Thanks, Helen, for sharing with me. I love this sweet girl dressed for a snow outing. I hope you'll find time to look at the other cards on the SSCC blog. They are all so cute! And I also hope you'll be able to join our challenge.

Happy New Year! Hugs, Laurie

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Celebrating Jesus - SSCC #18

Our challenge this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ is to make a card following Kathy's sketch. For some reason, I can't copy her sketch into my blog, so you'll have to hop on over to the SSCC blog by clicking HERE to see it, read the verses, and check out the DT's samples.
The verses for this week are from Luke 1:26 - 32 which tell the story of Jesus' birth. I decided to use this digi image from Sweet N Sassy stamps on my sample. I'm not sure I like how it turned out, but let me tell you what I did. I colored the image with Prisma colored pencils, embossed it all over with ultra thick embossing powder, and then highlighted portions of the image with Copics on top of the embossed 'glaze.' I used a Zig Painty to outline the Circle Nestie cutout to finish it off. I wish now that I had added something black to the dotted rectangle on the left...maybe using an edge punch of some kind to give it a little umph!
Anyway, please join us for the challenge this week if you have a free moment to stamp. We certainly understand that this is the most busy in addition to being 'the most wonderful time of the year.' :) I wish you a very Merry Christmas as you celebrate God's gift of a Savior to us. May your celebrations be a sweet fragrance to our Lord. Hugs, Laurie

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Where's Your Treasure? SSCC #17

Time for our weekly Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge....This week's challenge is from Kristine who wants us to think about treasure:

Matthew 6:19-20 "Do not store up for yourself treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where theives break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where theives do not break in and steal."
Instead of seeing earthly things as our security and success, we need to understand that heavenly treasures will be what really counts. Jesus' example of becoming a Living Sacrifice gives us an idea what this means. He gave the highest form of service to mankind. So how do I be servant when it comes to crafting? I know it's easy for me to regularly buy more stuff - paper & doodads are my weaknesses! But if I'm not using them to encourage, love, celebrate, or inspire others, I'm just gathering items that will ultimately burn.
You have to jump over to SSCC to read what Kristine wrote. I'm so glad the Lord laid it on her heart to give us this good reminder! Also, you can add your card to the blog and share it with the rest of us.
I guess I should tell you the challenge, huh? Ok, Kristine wants us to pull out all the stops and use our bling to make a hording, but sharing!

My card is made with some metalic cs from SU!. You can't see it in the picture, but there is an embossed-in-gold word at the top: Cherish. The tulip underneath the shimmery vellum is by Flourishes. I added the wonderful pearl doodads to finish off this wedding card.

Enjoy your Lord's day! Blessings, Laurie

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Praying - SSCC #16

Good morning! I can't believe this week has gone by so quickly, and it is time for another great SSCC challenge. Today our challenge is from Ceal. She chose 2 Chronicles 7:14 as our scripture:
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

The Lord tells us to pray for each other as well as for ourselves. There are several reasons why He would do this. One is for the simple reason that He wishes to have two-way communication with us. This is how relationships stay static and grow. Another is because through prayer the Holy Spirit can align our spirits to the Lord's, helping change our earthly perspective to that of our Omnipotent Father's. Thirdly, praying for others offers comfort to them and a chance for us to be others-focused instead of self-focused. In other words, it helps us get into that servant's heart mode that is like Jesus' heart. As God is who He is, there are probably a trillion other reasons why He wants us to pray, so I'm sure the benefits to His followers are endless!

Now for the challenge: Make a card that expresses your willingness to pray for someone, using images of, women, children, and Ceal even says angels would be ok.

Click here to go to the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge blog to see the DT's samples and to add yours to Mr. Linky.

My card today is simple and clean. The dp is by K&Co, the stamp is a Precious Moments stamp I've had in my collection for a long time, the ribbon is Basic Grey, and I've used Octagon Nesties to do my layering. Have a wonderful Sunday, Friends. Thanks for checking in on my blog....Blessings, Laurie

Sunday, November 29, 2009

SSCC #15 & Birthday Blog Hop Surprise!

Good morning, Friends. Our challenge this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges comes from Randi Barrett with LaLa Land Crafts as our sponsor.

Randi chose the following verses:

Matthew 2:11 - 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.

Matthew 7:7-11 - Ask & it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know who to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

This time of year, it's all about gifts, isn't it? I love choosing an item for a particular person. It's fun to find something the other one will value or (my favorite reaction) love. What a gloriously loving God to give us good gifts...ones we can love! And we can give Him the gift of our love, honor & worship.
My card this week show cases gift packages for a birthday celebration. And it happens to be for our very own Lisa Hjulberg! The SSCC ladies are giving her a virtual birthday party today....Join us by heading on over to her blog to give her good wishes for a wonderful birthday. I've brought her a special gift: A Royal Albert Flower of the Month teacup to add to her collection. Go to Pamela's blog next to see what else we've got for our birthday celebration.

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday, Dear Lisa. Happy Birthday to you!
I almost forgot to invite you to share your sample with us at the SSCC blog. Click HERE to find Mr. Linky waiting for you. : )

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanksgiving - SSCC #14

It's time for another Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge! This week we are talking turkey....well, kind of. I know you'll want to share your creation with us after you here the challenge. Head HERE to use Mr. Linky. Our verse is found in Galations 6:9 - "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

Homeschooling my kids gave me the opportunity to do elementary school over again. I loved it! History has always been a favorite subject of mine because I like to see how God has moved in mankind's history from the beginning up to today. One of my favorite times in history, the Pilgrims, is also one of the saddest. I don't have the exact nubmers, but did you remember that most of the people who came to the New World by ship never made it? They died on the way over. If they did make it, they didn't fare much better. Many of them died during the long, bitter winter.

Can you imagine what it must have been like when there actually was a harvest to be thankful for? It must have given them the best feeling in their lives. I'm sure it went a long way in erasing any doubts that God had truly meant for them to leave their homeland. Although they didn't have it at the era of their lives, I have a feeling they'll be singing "Amazing Grace" right along with the rest of us when we get to heaven.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving. I hope you get to be with your loved ones and enjoy your time counting the good gifts that God has given you. Many hugs, Laurie

Monday, November 16, 2009

I Corinthians 13:12 - Stampin Sisters in Christ #13

Good morning, Friends. This week's challenge is from I Corinthians 13:12: "For now, we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."
Peggysue writes: "Our view of God in this life is veiled; we can't see Him clearly. But just because our view is dim, it doesn't diminish His reality or His glory. When we get to heaven, we won't be looking through a dark glass or catching a brief glimpse in a mirror. We will see Jesus face to face."
Her challenge is for us to make a shadowbox card. Afterall, when we get to heaven, there won't be any shadows in our vision of Jesus - We'll see Him as He really is.
I have to tell you that I was doubtful of my ability to make this one. I thought it would be complicated and intricate. Wrong! You have got to try it....Peggysue provides a link to a great tutorial. I made mine in about ten minutes!
And speaking of mine.....the paper is from the Classic Design Mat Pad by K & Co, the stamp is a very old one by Uptown Rubber Stamps, and the ribbon is a fuzzy ric-rac from Hobby Lobby. I used a Labels 9 Nestie to make the window and one of the Fancy Tags for my sentiment. The 'inside' sentiment is by Sonlight and the tag sentiment is from SU! The image is colored with Copics: RV10, W1, W2, W3, R00, R20, R22, YG95.
Check out the DT cards at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challege and add yours. Blessings, Laurie
P.S. Sorry for the crazy font size in this post. I can't figure out how to fix it!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Who's Your Hero? SSCC #12

It's time for another Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge, Friends. This week Candace is challenging us to make a patriotic card to send to a soldier expressing gratitude for their service to the citizens of our country. Our Scripture is John 15:13:

"Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

My card is straightforward and simple. The sentiment is computer generated. The base card is made using the direct to paper technique. Using a turguoise ink pad, I lightly ran over the top of the star impressions which were made with a new CB folder. I added the ribbon and brads to finish it off.

The card isn't red, white, and blue because I didn't automatically think of soldiers this time when I thought of making a hero card. I've been impressed lately with the people in everyday life who are living that same definition. For example, my cancer-fighting friend's husband and children, the wife of an Alzheimers patient, a son caring for his elderly parents, or a teacher in an area devastated by economic decline who encourages children to hope in their futures may not be facing death, but they are offering up their lives to love others.

If you'd like to join us in thanking an American soldier, please go to the Stampin' Sisters In Christ Challenge blog to add your card to our sample list and to receive more information on encouraging the troops. Thanks so much for your interest in my blog and the challenge. Enjoy your week......Hugs, Laurie

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fight Like a Girl! - SSCC style

Good Sunday morning to all of you. I hope you've had an enjoyable weekend so far. Are you ready for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ?
Our verse for this week is Deuteronomy 31:8 "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." The challenge is to create something about when God is 'unseen.' It could be a scrapbook page, card, or wall-hanging that reminds us that God is with us always.

My card is made with a dear friend in mind, who started her battle against breast cancer within the past few months. I wanted to send her a card that encouraged her with the fact that God is there to give her strength and whatever she needs to go through this experience. He will not leave her to fight alone!

I've seen some terrific cancer awareness/encouragement stamps, but knew this one would be perfect when I came across it. I just love 'Fight Like a Girl!!' The folks at Whimsie Doodles did a great job on this digi set. I've used Basic Grey Bittersweet dp and two different Nesties for my layers. The verse image is from on old SU! set. I've colored this little fighter with Copics and added Smooch to give her some shine. Her scarf is colored, cut out, and attached with popdots to give it a little dimension.

If you'd like to show us what you make, click HERE. We'd love to see your samples, and one randomly drawn entry will win a wonderful prize from our sponsor this week - Cornish Heritage Farms. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week. Blessings, Laurie

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 32

"I praise you, O Lord... for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." That's how the verse ends. It's from Psalm 139 which tells us how God knows each person before they are born. Such an amazing thought!

This week's challenge colors were a true challenge for me. I couldn't picture anything in my life that had yellow & orange together with gray. Finally, I came up with pottery. I tried several different combinations on these pots until I found one that suited me. (I had to remember that many times 'less is more.')

I am anxious to see what the rest of the design team has created. It's sure to be a wide variety. How about you? Can you think of a good image to use these colors on? If you can, go to Artful Sentiments and use Mr. Linky to link us to your sample.

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs, SU! shape set

Paper: Basic Grey June Bugdp

Copics: Y15, YR07, W5, W3, W1

Monday, October 26, 2009

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #10

I can't believe I forgot to post yesterday! I even looked at the challenge and puttered around on the different blogs for a little while. I apologize to my Stampin' Sisters in Christ friends....will you forgive me?

Our challenge this week is to make a card that thanks to someone for something or for something they've done or that reminds someone to be thankful. It's based on I Chronicles 16:34 "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." In my own life I've found that giving thanks to God for all the things He's either done for me or given me helps my focus remain on Him. When I don't, I start thinking about what I don't have or how I don't look or, well, you get the idea.

My card is made with Great Impressions stamps I purchased several years ago. I've colored the pumpkins with Copics but didn't choose them in my usual way. These colors do not start with the same letter and aren't a number apart. The dp is by Basic Grey and the ribbon is from Michaels. Love that deep-yet-bright orange!

If you'd like to join us at Stampin' Sisters for Christ Challenge this week, click HERE. We'd love to have you! Blessings, Laurie

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 31

Don't you love the colors for this week's challenge? Check out the other samples and join the fun by adding your own at Artful Sentiments.

The supplies available to us papercrafters are outstanding. If you analyze my card, you'll see that it's a very simple layout.....a couple of layers, some dp, ribbon, and embellishments. I'm no artist, Friends, but being able to put together this card made me feel like one! Here's a list of what I used:
Stamps - Sweet N Sassy "In His Time"
Paper - BG Indian Summer, Bazzill Glitter, SU! cs
Copics - YR23, E37, E59, Yooo
Accessories - Nesties Labels Four, Nesties Curved Rectangles, ribbon, charm, sticky gems
Have a great weekend! If you get the chance to stop by tomorrow, you'll find another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ. Hugs, Laurie

Friday, October 23, 2009

Stamp Convention stuff

I can't believe the whole week has passed before I could take a few minutes to post! I guess I'm still getting used to coordinating everything with working parttime.
These two cards were made at my mom's house in Indiana when we went to a nearby stamp convention last weeked. Have you seen the new CB folders? Here I've used two of them: Diamond Plate and Herringbone. Also purchased at the convention was the Nesties Label Nine. I've used it to cut out my image of the tree (by Great Impressions) and to make a frame for the fish card. Speaking of fish, what do you think of the MS fish punch that my good buddy, Crystal, gave me for my bday? It embosses stripes on the side of the fish!
There you have it, Friends. Both cards were fun to make and easy to put together. I'm hoping to use some more fun stuff over the weekend, and if you can check back tomorrow and Sunday there will be posts for challenge blogs. Enjoy your Football Friday Night! Hugs, Laurie

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 30

Hi, Friends. I hope you can join us at Artful Sentiments this week. I think the colors are terrific together and definitely not a combo that I've tried before. Check it out here

The image I chose to use is a House Mouse stamp, although I don't think that's what they call it when it's a bear and not a mouse. I knew it would be perfect for that small sentiment stamp by Hero Arts. Although it doesn't show up too well in the photo, there is crystal laquer all over the balloon, so it has a sheen to it. The dp is BG Eva and the perfect-for-these-colors ribbon is unknown. I used the Curvy Rectangles Nestie to cutout the image.
It's not fancy but I think it's pretty cute, if I do say so myself! :) Thanks for stopping by.......Hugs, Laurie

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Season of Sparkle from Flourishes - FLLCOCT

Good afternoon, Friends. I want to tell you about a great challenge from Flourishes.
In honor of their October release, which will include SIX new stamp sets, they are challenging us to make a sparkly card celebrating the season. One winner drawn at random will receive their very own set of all six new sets! Isn't that exciting? If you go to their website, you can see a sneak peek of one of the new sets.

Here's my card for the challenge. The paper is by K&Co. The stamped image and sentiment are both unknown. I've used Stickles on the stamped image and the border of my Nestie layer. The red cs was run through the Swirl CB folder. I added ribbon and sticky gems to complete my shimmery card! Hope you can join the fun.......Hugs, Laurie

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Babies Abound

Good afternoon, Friends. Sure hope you are enjoying your Sunday afternoon. We are fortunate to have sunny skies and cooler temps...just right for a Fall day.
If you head on over to the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge blog, you'll see that our verse this week is Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you..." Each person is known by God, our Creator, long before they arrive in their mother's arms. Wow - That gives me goose bumps! Our challenge is to make a card or project for a new baby or expectant parents. How exciting to celebrate a new addition to someone's family.

Heidi from Simon Says STAMP is our sponsor this week and has donated the cute "Baby Zoo Animals" stamp set. Head over to SSCC to see what the rest of the DT has done and to join us in the challenge! I'm looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations....{{Hugs}} Laurie

I forgot to tell you about my card! The dp and the stamp images are by Imaginisce. I used Stickles on a big brad to make a sparkly doodad. (I love doodads - LOL) The shaped card is made by using Labels One Nestie. Place one side of the Nestie slightly above the fold in your cs. Cut as usual - it's, oh, so easy! Attach everything with glue and pop dots and you've got a cute, little baby card.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 29

Good morning, Friends. Are you ready for another wonderful challenge from Artful Sentiments? The colors this week are so much fun....Fall-ish or not!

Can anyone tell me where I got this sweet Digi monkey? Doesn't he just make you grin? I used BG Marrakesh paper and a MS border punch to give him a background that makes him stand out. The sentiment is in a great Hero Arts set of 6. Other than using C1 for the sky, I've only used the challenge colors this week. The texture of the monkey's fur was made with the Colorless Blender. Oh, I just remembered I had to use one other color for his face. I know it was an 'E' but am not sure which one.

What kind of creations are you thinking of for these colors? Share your work with us, please! And you'll want to see the other fun cards made with them, too. Check it out HERE.

I hope this little guy does give you a smile for your day. Blessings, Laurie

Monday, October 5, 2009

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Design Team Announcement

Exciting Announcement.....The lovely ladies at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge have chosen me along with 6 others to be on their recently formed Design Team! What an honor it is for me to be included with these wonderful women: Lisa, Kristine, & Kathy, who give us a Bible verse-based challenge each Sunday. Now the members of the team will join them as we share encouraging words to one another and other stamping sisters-in-Christ, focusing us on the Truth in Scripture.

This week's challenge is from Psalm 97:1 "The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice; Let the oceans be glad. Make a card that shows the earth rejoicing: flowers blooming, oceans roaring, trees bursting with fruit, mountains and hills clapping. Anything goes as long as you show the earth rejoicing.

Get all the details, including info about the wonderful prize from our sponsor, on the SSC website.

I've chosen to show flowers in bloom as my reminder of the earth rejoicing. The stamp image is borrowered so I don't know who made it, but some of my favorite flowers are Black-eyed Susans in flower gardens and barn borders. They always encourage me to rejoice in what the Lord has done!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Blessings, Laurie

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 28 & Blog Candy

Hey, Everyone, are you glad it's Saturday? I sure am. I'm afraid I feel a little overloaded by my first week of working. But it's not a bad thing. I need to make some adjustments and will soon be in a routine, I'm sure.

This week's challenge uses some of those bold, beautiful Fall colors. They make you feel better somehow, don't they?

The layout of the card is very simple. Although you can't tell from the picture, the base card is white cs. I used Copic YR18 and a straight edge to make my dark border, then pretty much covered the whole base with two dp layers. Sorry, but I can't remember who made the dp. The image is by CC Designs & the sentiment is from SU!. I used the Curvy Rectangle Nestability to cut them out. The white satin ribbon is colored with YR18 and Y17. I believe the buttons are by Basic Grey. Copics used: R08, YR18, Y17, R05, YR16, Y11, G000

The samples on Artful Sentiments are gorgeous. We'd love for you to play along, too.

Also, if you noticed my sidebar, Chris is offering an out-of-this-world blog candy to celebrate her October birthday. Wow!

Have a blessed weekend. Hugs, Laurie

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Birthday Buddy

It's Monday, Friends. How was your weekend? Mine was good & fruitful. Here are two challenges that I thought would be fun to combine: Copics Colour Challenge & High Hopes Stamps . High Hopes is celebrating their Blogiversary by challenging stampers to make birthday cards. The CCC challenge is to use Copics V06, B23, & BG23.

The well-wishing sheep image is by High Hopes & has been colored with Copic W1, W3, W5, R24, BG13 (don't have BG23), B23, & V06. Nesties & a paper piercer were the tools I used, along with DP by Cosmo Cricket. This dp is so wonderful that I felt using anymore embellishments was unnecessary.

Thanks for stopping by yet again. I hope you feel blessed & inspired. Hugs, Laurie

Love You - SSS23 and Color Throwdown #61

It's Sunday! I've been feeling under the weather today, but was able to do a little stamping this afternoon. A break in the rain clouds helped brighten my outlook & gave some inspiration.
It's a Sketch Challenge at The Sweet Shop this week. Isn't it a good one? And over at Color Throwdown we have a 5 color challenge. I love the block look of these SU! colors: Regal Rose, More Mustard, Red Rose, Chocolate Chip, & Olive. My image is by Pink Cat Studio & is colored with Copics: E47, YR23, RV000, R32, R43, B000, B00, E00, G99, & RV19.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 27

Time for the Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge! This week I chose to use two of the three colors: BG96 & B95. My stamped image is by Fred B. Mullett - bought this stamp in Seattle 11 years ago! To color this guy, I used BG96, G85, & YG63 in that order from the top of his back to bottom. I'm amazed that I didn't have to do any blending. The top fin was colored the same way but in reverse order. I found that SU! Artichoke cs and dp were perfect colors to complement my fishy friend. The CB folder made great bubble background paper, too. Spellbinders gave me the ovals and the tag. To get the shine, I used my Judikins bottle of embossing ink & clear embossing powder to completely cover the fish oval.
If you get a moment, check out the Artful Sent blog to see the wonderfully diverse samples this week.

A Fall Leaf FTTC 34 & SSC5

Good Saturday morning! I hope you all had wonderful weeks...lots of time with loved ones and doing your normal routines.
My card today was so much fun to make. I just love these fall colors.
The Timeless Tuesday challenge this week at Flourishes is to make a card using the Stamp Misting technique. I decided to make a background paper with a leaf stamp and various colors. I applied ink to my stamp and sprayed a mist of water onto it just before I stamped it onto white cs. I kept repeating, changing my colors. When the paper dried, I used a Versamark pad and clear embossing powder to emboss two or three leaf images over the colored images...can't have a card with out some sparkle or shine! :) I used Labels 5 and Labels 3 Nesties, a SU! leaf stamp, CB corner die, and MS Loops punch for the rest of my card. Copic colors YR18, YR09, & R05 were used to color in the leaf. Added the beautiful ribbon and brown sticky gems to finish it up.
The Stamping Sisters In Christ challenge this week is from Ecclesiastes 3:1, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." (NIV) The challenge is to make something with the colors of your autumn. Friends, this is what fall is to me...oranges, yellows, reds...bright and lovely against a background of evergreens and foregrund of fields of golden wheat waiting to be harvested. (Can you tell I'm a country girl at heart?)Oh, I think this must be my favorite season! Of course I say that with every one LOL
Praying your autumn will be a time of remembering the good things God has given you. Hugs, Laurie

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Verve Plain Jane stamps

Morning, Friends. I trust your week is going well. I am done with my online training course & will be starting my new job on Monday. I'm nervous & excited at the same time! Today I am showing you that project I talked about last week. This may be lengthy, but I'd like to explain how these cards came about.....
My mom saw a sample card at Stamping Day & Night, a stamp store in northern Indiana, that she really loved. It was made with an edge punch and a Great Impressions flower stamp, using white cs & a strip of dp or colored cs. It was a very simple layout with a short sentiment added to the front, but was embellished with paper flowers. The sample was stunning in it's simplicity.

I decided - like any good stamper does - to CASE the idea! How wonderful it was to discover that my Plain Jane verse stamps by Verve fit just right into the space between the punched edge and the stamped image!! I was sooooo excited! I've made several cards, using a variety of edge punches and a variety of colors. As you can see, it works on the long or short edge of the card.

I'm always concerned with blessing the recipient of my cards....I want to share the love of Jesus. But I have to tell you that every time I use these stamps, the Lord uses it to bless me. We all need those encouraging words to help us re-focus on Truth.
The two verses you can't see in my last picture are Psalm 31:24 Be strong and take heart all you who hope in the Lord. and Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, rejoice!
Wonderful Wednesday wishes, Laurie

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #4

I know, I's feast or famine with me. Three posts in one day is over the top. But I've had this Hero Arts Set, Chinese Dolls, for a while and thought it would be perfect for the challenge. Check it out here.
I've made my card with unknown dp, Nesties Labels 2 & Scallop Circles, and the sweet sentiment by Stampendous. Colored the doll with Copics, and a little bling to make it all shine......voila - we have a card! :)

2 Sketches 4 You Sketch 35

I just couldn't resist using some new dp by Basic Grey for the 2 Sketches 4 You challenge for this week.

I've layered the SU! cs with paper from the Indian Summer collection. I cut out the Flourishes image which is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa using a Nestie. Don't you love the brown trim? I've been waiting to use it on just the right layout. Added dark brown sticky gems to spice it up a bit. Copics I used: E00, E11, E55, E57, R27, R89, YR07, YG03, & YG23.

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 26

Good Morning! It's that time again for another Artful Sentiments Challenge. Kimm, as always, has done a great job of choosing colors that make me think. Please join our challenge here.

The details for my card:
The yellow & purple cs are SU!. The dp is from the Wisteria collection by Basic Grey. I'd love to give credit for the stamped image, but I can't remember the company's name. I stamped a couple of extra images from Sally Lynn's stamps when I went to my Copic Certifcation class. Besides the challenge colors, I've also used C1, E00, E11, R00, V000, V09, V01, YG67, YR02, & Y21. To add some shine, I used my glitter pen on the wings. The image is cut out with the Labels 4 Nestie and is layered onto the Fleur de Lis Pendant also by Spellbinders. As you can see from the middle picture, the pendant is really a square & comes with three other cut-outs. I used one of the extra cut-outs to add those two extra points (top & bottom) behind the image. I've circled what it looks like. It's exactly like the corner points of the pendant but it's the size of the other green sample. (Where was my extra one for the picture? Who knows!) My Zig Painty is one of my favorite tools, so I used it to go around the edge of the Labels 4 cut-out. Lastly, I added the gold ribbon and the butterfly embelishment.
That's it for this one, Friends. Have a great weekend, Laurie

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Showers of Blessing

Hey, what do you think? A post two days in a row....woohoo! This is another digital image from Sweet N Sassy Stamps (It's on sale right now if you're interested.). Korin chose one of my favorite hymns to inspire this set. Isn't it wonderful?

The base card is textured cs by DCWV. I used three pieces of ribbon for my background, laying them right next to each other. The leafy branch is by Sizzix. I used a Zig Painty pen on each leaf & added a teeny, tiny gem. I also used the Painty along the bottom of the base card. A Nestie was used to cut out the sentiment. Color was applied with Copics, but once again I did this so long ago I can't remember which ones I used. I have to remember to write a note!
I like my finished card, but if I could go back & change something, I'd make my girl image a bit bigger. That's one area in which I'd like to be more educated...understanding how to manipulate digital images better. My dh says I simply need to spend some time playing with our software. The only problem is that I wouldn't remember how I did something when I got it the way I wanted it! Can I get an "AMEN" from anyone?
I'm working on a project that has me so excited! It's nothing earth-shattering, but I love it when Scripture can be the showcased image on a card. Here's a hint: Verve's Plain Jane verses are perfect for my purpose. Thanks for checking in on my blog. Hugs, Laurie

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hanging on to Summer

I am so happy to be able to greet you all today with a post! I'm going to make it quick...I'm training on-line for a parttime job & have lots to do in about 9 days. If you think about it, pray for my going on 50 brain to be able to commit this stuff to memory. :)
I've had this wonderful, digital image by Sweet N Sassy colored for a few weeks but just never put it together in a card. I guess I'm not ready to give up all things summer so I chose bright yellow - think sunshine - for my base. I used the new CB Victoria folder & Nesties Labels 2. I then added three different sized pearl sticky embellishments & the ribbon. I colored the image with Copics, but don't recall which ones I used.
Hope this simple card gives you a smile & a little boost for your Wednesday. Hugs, Laurie

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 25

Hey, Friends! How's it going this Saturday? Can you believe I almost forgot to post this week's challenge card? I was so excited to get groceries today...haha...not really. The excitement came from meeting a good friend at the grocery store so we could at least see each other's faces! It was fun, but we decided to work on getting together w/o the carts & coupons next time :)

Now for the challenge.....I had a hard time when I first saw the colors for this week, but after looking through some dp and my stamp stash, inspiration hit. The layout of the card is simple, like work projects ought to be. (My dh always says that after you figure the cost & time of a project you should multiply by 2.5) Aren't these brads perfect for a carpenter ant? The sentiment is computer generated.

Stamps: High Hopes - DP: Cosmo Cricket - CS: Bazzill - Copics: Y35, B95, B97, W1, W3, W5, E55, E57, E59, E35, E37, E19, 0 colorless blender

Thursday, September 10, 2009

My Mom's Idea

Yahoo! Today Blogger is letting me upload my picture....finally! Thought I'd pass along an idea from my mom. She's been adding Prima flowers to her stash of accessories but didn't want to keep them in those cute bottles they come in. She cleverly came up with using those deli dishes. My hometown IGA store sells them for 10 cents each!! Clever & inexpensive...that's how I like it. These are the smallest containers used at the deli, but I'm sure they would sell the next size up if you wanted. I have those Elfa-type drawers in a cart where I store my wood-mounted stamps. I've cleaned out one drawer and can stack these little puppies two at a time. I've separated my flowers by color except for the teeny tiny ones. I think I'm going to like it. (BTW-I've kept those glass jars 'cuz I know I'll think of a great idea for them sometime in the future.)
Thanks, Mom, for the helpful tip! Love you. Hugs, Laurie

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 24

Hi, All. Sorry for being a day late in posting this but I was getting some much needed R&R in Indiana this past week, visiting my family there. One day this week I hope to share a great idea my mom gave me for storing stamping/scrapbooking accessories.
This week's challange colors are bright & beautiful! The boldness of the pink & orange is set-off wildly by the bright green Kimm chose. They are hot, hot, hot! :) Now for the details of my card: I colored a High Hopes image to highlight the ODBD Amazing Grace stamp which is stamped on BG dp. I layered the sentiment image with Shimmer paper cut with Nesties & SU! cs. The 5 1/2" square card was covered entirely with BG Lime Ricky dp and embellised with ribbon & buttons before I used pop dots to attach the rest of it.
There are two more wonderful examples over on Artful Sentiments...why don't you check them out & then make your own sample to share with us. Come on....join the fun! And have a wonderful Labor Day holiday......Hugs, Laurie

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 23

Good Saturday morning to you all. Thanks so much for stopping by to see what our challenge is this week. As pictured above, Kimm wants us to use complementary colors...V15, BV04, & Y21. Complementary colors are ones which are opposite on the color wheel.
For my card this week, I chose a Bunny stamp by High Hopes. Isn't he the sweetest? In addition to the challenge colors, I also used V12, BV02, Y32, R000, R00, G21, G24, W1, & W3. I layered him with some lavendar cs and attached him to my sage card which had been CB'ed (is that a word?). A MS edge punch made my lacy doodad, & purple Dew Drops at a little shine to the card. I think my favorite part of the card is the purple satin ribbon & bow.
I hope this card will inspire you to join our challenge at Artful Sentiments. I'll be looking for a link to your samples! Hugs, Laurie