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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

SALT Challenge - God's Astounding Grace

This week it was my turn to set the challenge on the SALT blog and since I've had a song running through my head, "Grace by which I Stand", for the past few weeks, I chose:
God's grace
God provides us with a measure of grace each and every day, to face hardships, to grant us patience and forgiveness, to strengthen us in a time of temptation....but most importantly God's grace delivers us from the bondage of our sins by enabling us to trust in Christ as Savior. I am encouraged by this description of grace from D. Scott Meadows' booklet, "God's Astounding Grace" and pray that it might be a blessing to you as well:

"The word grace is a kind of shorthand for the whole sum of unmerited blessings, which come to men through Jesus Christ. Primarily, it describes what we, for want of a better expression, have to call a "disposition" in the Divine nature; and it means the unconditioned, undeserved, spontaneous, eternal, stooping, pardoning love of God."

Amen and Amen! Surely, God's free gift of grace can cause us to sing His praises each and every day! We pray that our challenges are a blessing to you and ask that if you'd like to create a "Grace" themed project to leave a comment on the SALT blog, with a link back to your gallery or blog, so that we might share and rejoice with you!

Project details: This is the first time I covered one of those nifty $1.00 finds from my local craft mega store. I confess that I wish the finished piece was a bit "fancier" but once I got that lovely Crate paper on the front I just couldn't cover it up! :-)

I used grunge letters to spell out "Grace", sponging them with a Vanilla craft ink and them stamping a swirl pattern over the top. I tired to go for a "random" letter placement but fear it may just look sloppy...LOL! That would be why I also stick with straight lines...I just can't do free form!! I do love the addition of the ribbons, which might be the only "saving grace" of this piece! hee hee

I actually plan to use this journal, noting down how God has demonstrated His grace in my life during a day. It's so easy to get overwhelmed by every day struggles and too easy to forget just how blessed we really are. I thought that putting pen to paper would cause me to think upon God's goodness and that would be a great way to keep from being tempted to complain over what I don't have and instead focus on what I do have...

As my husband said tonight after a rather difficult day at work, "it's not that bad, I'm healthy, the kids didn't get hurt today, we're in a warm house about to eat a good meal, and you're here...That's more than enough..." Good man, my husband... :-)

Enjoy and Happy, Blessed Creating!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Thank You!

I created a few thank you cards using justjohnna images a few weeks ago and am finally getting around to posting's the first. The "thankful, grateful" saying was released in the Fall of last year and I loved it from the moment I saw it! We say thankful a lot but I love the added touch of letting someone know that you're grateful. Grateful seems to be more weighty, doesn't it?

I paired the sentiment with some of Stampin' Up!'s newest double-sided patterned paper. The large flower was actually cut out from the paper...isn't it lovely? The colors are so vibrant on these papers. I'm not typically a "bright" color person but the shades of orange, red, and blue are beautiful together. I'm loving it!

For the card I simply cut a few strips of patterned paper to run across the middle of my card, adding a scalloped border, lined with orange eyelets, to finish the belly band. (The scallop was created with a Stampin' Up! slit punch) The flower was then cut out and mounted onto the band, adding just a hint of diamonds Stickles to portions of the flower for a little extra pop. I rounded the bottom corners of my card and added that big 'ol thankful phrase to complete the look!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, January 28, 2008


Sorry I've been "missing in action" lately! Things have been hectic and I'm afraid I haven't had time to do much stamping. Tonight's post is also going to be a quick one too because I am actually working on some projects that I need to finish up tonight. I will have a few new items to share later in the week, specifically my creation for this week's SALT challenge, which I had the pleasure of throwing out to the team, so be sure to check back for that project!

This is a card I made back in October for a friend's wedding anniversary....Super quick card that I made the evening before I was going to give her the card! Perfect card for her because her favorite colors are earth tones. All supplies are Stampin' Up! with the exception of that lovely brown velvet flower and yellow flowers (the yellow is actually a white flower that I sponged yellow), which is compliments of Maya Road, purchased from Papertreyink.

Enjoy and check back later this week for more new projects!!
Happy Creating!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Lime Tart Sketch and an Exciting PS!

I'm running a bit behind with this post as the cards are already up on the Lime Tart blog but here are my contributions to the January sketch challenge. You can check out all the other designs here.

All images by justjohanna...don't you just love the "I don't do mornings" statement. That would fit me to a tee...I prefer to stay up half the night and sleep until noon. Unfortunately, my life doesn't allow for such a schedule...but it sure would be nice if it did, just sometimes. :-)

Not much time for lots of card details tonight, feel free to post a comment with a question if you have any pertaining to the cards above. And now for the exciting PS...

I received word last night that a card I submitted is going to be published in the Cards Magazine in June! This is the first time one of my creations will be published -'s the first time I've ever submitted something so I was super shocked that it was picked - and I am so excited! Once the magazine has been published I'll be able to post my card on the blog to share with everyone.
Thank you to everyone out there who daily serves as an inspiration to me. There's no doubt that I have learned so much from reading what is shared online from the most generous community of stampers! You guys rock!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

SALT Challenge - Encouragement

This week it was Hazel's turn to set the challenge on the SALT blog and she chose:


"On the Salt we have been very encouraged by your comments and by the wonderful creations that you have shown us as, together, we have combined our faith and our love of crafting. I love that verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:11: 'Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.' - in fact, there is so much about encouragement in those letters, and indeed, in other letters from Paul. Encouragement is such a blessing to receive and also to give."

For this challenge I thought that a card would be a good option as a card is a wonderful way to send a word of encouragement to another. The scripture verse that served as the foundation for my card is from Colossians 2:2, a portion of which is noted on the tag on my card. The entire section, Colossians 2:1-3, was photocopied from my Bible and adhered to the background of my card.

Just reading this verse is encouraging as I think of my many dear Christian friends throughout the world and how we're "knit together in love" through Christ. There is a peace in knowing that friends will pray for you in times of trouble and that they will love you as their sister (or brother) and your hurts will be their hurts. This is a truly special gift that God grants to us and it is a blessing and comfort.

Details of the card:
*Deep blue background cardstock by Bazzill (isn't this a great color?)
*Second layer of Basic Brown, which has been stamped (hard to see in the photo) with a sanded new favorite background stamp
*Bible page has been photocopied, aged, and stamped with a swirly background page (I felt a bit awkward about "crumbling" a page of the Bible, even though it was a photocopy!!) :-)
*Bible page layered with a piece of acetate, which was aged with brown acrylic paint
*Layer of patterned paper (K&Company), tied with wide brown grosgrain ribbon, and a stick pin accent (how fun is that?? First time using one of those from SU!)
*Tag and bird cut out and attached with dimensional tape

Now to find that special someone, who is in need of some special encouragement, to send my card to...I have the perfect person in mind... :-)

We'd love to see your take on this challenge so please leave us a comment on the SALT blog when you are finished your piece, so that we and others may see your work. To get you inspired visit the team on the SALT blog who have come up with some beautiful pieces.

Have an Encouraging Day!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Just For Fun!

I had some time over the holidays to create just for the fun of it. Not that it isn't always fun to create but a lot of my stamping time is devoted to creating projects for design teams or classes. Since it was so quiet here over the holidays I had some time to play with some paper, stickers, and stamps that have been waiting patiently for me to take them out! :-)

Also, over the holidays I heard from a friend that I haven't talked to in a number of years, so I used some of my free time to create a card to send back to her. This also gave me a wonderful opportunity to play with my new Thickers! Who is a fan of American Crafts? I've heard of them but didn't know much about their products. They have all of these delightful sticker letters and numbers - love them!! I ended up with about six packs of foam, vinyl, and felt letters. The ones used on my card above are vinyl. The paper, flower, leaves, and scalloped border are all part of a Stampin' Up! Scrappin' Kit. Everything, minus the paper, are stickers. What fun!

I'm finding that I'm really enjoying creating a more simple lined card, with quick and easy layouts. These types of cards are not only easy to create but are visually appealing. I'm thanking Kristina Werner (you can see her blog here) for inspiration on using Thickers and simple card layouts. She's got a great eye for design...well...that would be because she's a graphic designer! LOL! And she has really hip videos! Thanks Kristina!

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Anyone who knows me well knows I have a thing for saying "fabulous" about anything that is...well...fabulous! :-) So when I saw this justjohanna stamp I knew I had to have it! What's even more "fabulous" about this stamp is that it's full of a big 'ol font! Delightful!

This first card is pretty straight forward...some Old Olive cardstock layered with some lovely Crate paper, add a scalloped oval (thanks to a Marvy punch) and a plain oval (thanks to Nestabilities) and you've got yourself a card! I did doodle a bit around the plain oval and of course added some can't live without ribbon on a card!

This next card is even guessed it...fabulous as not only is it sporting my favorite phrase but it's also sporting Al with some big 'ol hair. And anyone who knows me well knows I have big 'ol hair! Well it's not that big anymore but in the early 90' was big!

Another easy card...some cardstock, eyelets, and circle chipboard, with a wonderful phrase and a wonderful owl...oh, and some ribbon!

And if you don't believe me...check out this photo of me and my brother from who knows how many years's big! :-)

Have a Big, Fabulous Day!

Monday, January 7, 2008

More Swirls

On my last post you saw the justjohanna 'Swirly' background and here it is again! Only this time it's not a bleached image and you can see it in all it's glory! Isn't this the most yummy background stamp! It's so much fun that you don't even need to use any other images with can stand alone! This is a great stamp to add to one's collection!

The image was stamped on cream cardstock and the swirls and flowers were colored with Copic markers. The orange polka dot paper is by Crate (love their paper!), and the Sky Blue background cardstock is from Stampin' Up! I added a few crystal brads to anchor the background and a paper covered piece of chipboard, stamped with my sentiment, finished off my piece.

This is such a simple card but it is one of my all time favorites! Enjoy!

Happy Swirly Stamping!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Wednesday Stamper - Gothic Arches

Taking part in the Wednesday Stamper challenge was a first for was creating a gothic arch...but I don't think it will be my last time playing along! I love these arches and have been seeing them pop up on some friends blogs for awhile now. I'm glad I got an opportunity to create my very own arch for this week's challenge!

I started with a dark brown card base. Using bleach, I stamped the swirly background stamp directly onto the brown cardstock. The bleach pooled a bit at the top of the card but that's part of the charm of using bleach and I prefer a more "natural" look on some of my designs, especially an arch that reminded me of an old ruin in some quaint part of Europe...While my bleach was air drying, I created a band of cream and used a border stamp and "thanks" sentiment to complete the band. I also created small dots in between each "thanks" using a VersaMark pen and gold embossing powder. After attaching the band I edged the entire card with the VM pen and more gold embossing powder. The flower was stamped, colored with Copics, cut out, and attached with dimensional tape to the card. The left side felt a bit blank so I added three aged brads to the top. All stamped images used in the creation of my arch are compliments of justjohanna!

This is a really fun layout...why not give it a try? Hop on over to the Wednesday Stamper site (link above) and get inspired! I'm looking forward to trying out this layout again...

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

SALT Challenge - Where Your Treasure Is...

Happy New Year! May 2008 be a year of blessings and growth in the Lord for you!

This week it was Gillian's turn to set the SALT challenge, her write up is below:

You know setting these challenges is quite a soul searching exercise. When I chose this theme the time of year came to mind the start of a New Year and so many of us make New Years Resolutions, we look at the New Year as a sign of change & a time to grow. In order to change & grow we must examine so this weeks challenge is perhaps a verse that may help you to examine. Please take inspiration from the Gospel of Matthew 6:21, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be."

I confess that I didn't have an "ah-ha" moment with this week's challenge, although it is an excellent verse and wonderful for heart examination - thanks Gillian! :-)

I ended up creating a note card holder and cards, which are housed in a thin tin holder and sporting four verses that I thought focused on a few "treasures" of God's goodness. The four notecards are identical except for the verses and scalloped paper accent. Paper is K&Company, stamp set and ribbon compliments of Stampin' Up!, and that fabulous giant "N" on the cover of the tin is Tim Holtz grungeboard...ever heard of it? It's new for me but boy is it amazing! It's a super tough material, soft, flexible and it holds up much better than chipboard. You can paint it, stamp on it, distress it - anything you want! You can check out grungeboard on Tim's site here. One of my other favs on this project, which might be tough to see, are the tiny safety pins holding my tags onto my ribbon. So fun! Oh and the flowers on the front are a white material (from Stampin' Up!) that can be colored any color you want! Super fun!

We'd love for you to join in with us on this week's challenge. Once you've completed your piece, leave us a comment on the SALT blog and we'll come and view your creations!

Happy Day!