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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Happiness Always

Good morning, Friends. I trust you are doing well and getting ready to celebrate our Lord's resurrection.

We are celebrating in Florida this year. That's kind of hard, but there is a wonderful church here where we can hopefully sing that old hymn, "Up From the Grave He Arose."

My card today was made using the Lovely Labels set from GinaK Designs. That set is made to coordinate with a couple of the Nesties Label die cuts. You can't see it very well in the picture, but the black layer has been run through a CB folder. The background paper is BG. The flower image is by SU! & was stamped with Versamark ink. I used chalks to add color.

Hugs, Laurie

Sunday, March 28, 2010

SSCC 32 - Isaiah 40:31

Good morning, Friends. It's been my pleasure to be on the Stampin' Sisters In Christ Challenge design team for the past 6 months. Sadly, today is my last challenge as a team member. I will be in touch, though, by continuing to check your examples & by submitting my cards via Mr. Linky each week as the Lord allows.

I've had a great time getting to know the other DT members, as well as seeing all of your wonderful cards and projects & reading your posts. I am deeply moved to know that I have sisters in Christ all over the world. Let's keep encouraging each other in our walks of faith!

Ok, enough mushy stuff (I'm tearing up!)....on to the challenge. Our verse this week is Isaiah 40:31: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Here's the challenge: 'Mount up' parts of your image in layers. (Paper Tole technique).

On my card, this Daisy Kingdom bear's sleeves, ruffle, collar, and bow are all double layered. I've colored her with Copics, used SU! paper for my background, and added a border from an EKSuccess border punch. Finishing touches are the dotted ribbon, sticky gems, and this sparkly little flower.

Give this technique a try and link your sample HERE. In case you didn't know, I will be on vacation for two weeks & will not have internet access. I'm planning to catch up on all your samples when I get back! Hugs, Laurie

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring Flowers

I bet you think I'm here posting this card and writing a message on my blog, don't you?! Not this time....I'm scheduling this post because, Lord willing, I'm almost to our vacation destination in Florida! :)

Soon my family will catch up with me, and we'll spend two weeks together at the beach. I'm spoiled and get to fly down a couple days early to visit with my sister and bro-in-law who are there now. I pre-post this I can almost feel that sunshine and warmth.

Well, now for my card. This flower image is part of GinaK's Spring Floral stamp set. The leaves reminded me of this K&Co paper I found a while ago. I love the colors and swirls together. This was such a quick project to complete. I think I like the texured ribbon the best.

Thanks for stopping by my post....Blessings, Laurie

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Psalm 51:7-10 Stampin' Sisters In Christ #31

Psalm 51:7-10: "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness, let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide you face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."

That's our Scripture for this week, Friends. Our challenge is to make a clean and simple card/project (CAS).

My inspiration for this card came from Melanie Muenchinger. You can see her card HERE. I decided to make a very simple card by using white cardstock. You'll have to take my word for it that the bow looks a lot better in person. I don't know why it looks like that in the picture - Ugh! The sentiment and flower image are by Verve. The heart swirls are a background stamp by SU!

I hope you'll be able to play along with us this week. Check out the DT's samples and find out who our sponsor is HERE. Blessings, Laurie

Friday, March 19, 2010

Here's another card using the same format as the Birthday Turtle card. My red button is vintage from a collection given to me by my MIL. Don't you wish this puppy was the real deal? I can just see his tail wagging......
These are random thoughts, I know. It's one of those days. I'm hopping between the computer, stamping, and watching March Madness (I love college basketball!!)

Birthday Turtle

TGIF, Friends! Hope you've had a good week. The ending to our week here has been GORGEOUS! I definitely have Spring fever.
This card is made with a cute little turtle by Inkadinkado and some BG dp. I've colored him with Copics, added buttons, sticky gems, ribbon, and the sentiment. That's all there was to this card, but I love how it turned out.
Have a great weekend....See ya back here on Sunday for another great Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge. {{Hugs}} Laurie

Sunday, March 14, 2010

SSCC 30 - Psalm 29:11

Good morning, Friends. It's time for another wonderful challenge from Stampin' Sisters In Christ Challenge. Today our Scripture is from the Psalms.

Psalm 29:11 - "The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace."

Our challenge is to use a peaceful image or a verse about peace in our project.

Can I just take a moment to say how much SSCC continues to bless me? My fellow DT members can come up with some good challenges...and I'm not simply talking about stamping! The Scripture verses and their testimonies are so encouraging. And then I look at the projects others share & read their posts. Wow! I wish I had time to read every link every week!

My image today is from Our Daily Bread Designs. The paper is BG Origins.

Hugs, Laurie

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Fun Project

I'm so happy to have the chance to post in the middle of the week, Friends! This past Saturday I had a free day and designated it 'stamping day.' My goal was two-fold: use up cs and dp already collected and make 30 to 40 cards. I had a plan!

First, I looked through my collection of samples, sketches, and tip sheets and tagged the ones I thought would be good for an assembly-line type production. Second, I chose base cs and any dp for three to 10 cards, using the same layout. I cut everything as I went. Next came putting together the layers, except for the layer that would be stamped & any embellishments. All that was left to do was choose the images, sentiments, and embellies.

The ric-rac was my starting point for the these cards. I had 8 different colors and made 8 different cards (only 6 would fit in the picture).

I didn't notice until now, but all the stamps are retired SU! sets. Funny - I guess that's what happens when you're a former demonstrator. : D

Thanks for checking in on my blog, Friends. Enjoy your Tuesday afternoon. -Laurie

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Isaiah 12:6 SSCC #29

Isaiah 12:6 says, "Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you."

That's the Scripture this week for our challenge at Stampin' Sisters In Christ. Our challenge is to make a card that shows or expresses JOY or joyfulness. I think this digi image from Shirley's 2 Girls is perfect! Isn't this girl adorable flying away on her balloons?

The trick in life (for lack of a better word) is to allow this joy to be our experience no matter what our circumstance may be. In Nehemiah, he reminded the people to not grieve because the joy of the Lord was their strength. I think it's ours, too! When I focus on the Truth, I can somehow get beyond the circumstance of the day. I might still feel sad, but underneath at the very core of my being, there is JOY!

It's like that old hymn which is actually based on 2 Timothy 1:12: "For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I've committed unto Him against that day."

Please join us HERE so we can see your joy! Blessings, Laurie

CS: DCWV, Accessories: Spellbinders Tag & sticky gems, Copics: 0, B52, R81, R83, R85, YR20, YR23, E21, E25, BG02, BG05, BG07