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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