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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

From the Archives

Since it has been ages since I last stamped (**GASP** I really need to prioritize my life!) I decided to look through my files to find a photo I had not yet shared. I think I found something...This is a card I made for my dear friend Gillian and I don't think I never posted it because, at the time, I didn't want to ruin the surprise. :-) I also thought this would be a fun card to post as I'm using that same yummy Crate paper that I used in my last post! I adore this pattern!!

The "wreath" was created by using the outside edge of a chipboard flower, which I inked with some nice warm colors. The velvet flowers are from Papertreyink. The smaller ones were white and I was able to add some ink to change the color. The larger flower was already brown. The leaf is a Stampin' Up! image that I just colored, aged, and bent to look more realistic. The gorgeous wide ribbon is also from SU!

Happy Creating!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

It's Here, It's Here!

It was quite an exciting weekend here in our household...The June issue of Cards arrived and my very first card ever published was inside!! I was even more excited to learn that they'd used my card as a two-page spread at the beginning of a chapter! Wow! Kind of weird to see your name in print and something you created in a magazine...Very fun indeed!
Here's a better photo of the card I submitted. All images are from Stampin' Up!, ribbon is Martha Stewart, and printed paper is Crate. I couldn't have created this card without these beautiful products!! :-)

Happy Creating and Happy Memorial Day!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

SALT Challenge - Walking in Love

This week it was Kimberly's turn to set the challenge and she chose 'walking in love.' You can read her comments on the SALT blog.

As I considered the challenge, my thoughts went to the greatest commandments, shown on my ATC above, which is to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

On our own, it would be impossible to complete such a task for we are all far too self-centered, thinking more about ourselves, our own ideas and feelings than those of others. We fail to obey God's simplest commands and are prone to react selfishly when called upon to express love for God and love for our neighbor. Love is more than a feeling, it is going above and beyond what you may inwardly "feel" and giving, in a sacrificial way, seeking to glorify God and not bringing glory to yourself. It's to strive to meet the needs of others more than the needs of yourself and to love God more than anything or anyone. It is only through Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit that we can even imagine being able to demonstrate this level of love. Through Christ we can have a hope that our selfish hearts will be changed into hearts full of love and compassion that are eager and willing to wait upon those in need and to love God as we ought.

I thought of this ATC as sort of a bulletin, calling the reader to pay attention to the "important message" displayed next to the flower. The scripture verse referenced is from Matthew and was Jesus' response to a lawyer, who was testing him, and asked him which commandment was the greatest. The center of the flower was created from a circle stamp that reads "genuine article", a reference to the Bible. The word background is the definition of love, a stamp from Stampin' Up! Three silver brads hold my torn patterned paper onto the card base.

Feeling inspired to create a "walking in love" project? Hop on over to the SALT blog to see all of the other beautiful creations made by our talented design team. Leave a comment and a link back to your blog or gallery. We'd love to share with you!!

Enjoy and go show some love to God and your neighbors! :-)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Paper Dolls

"Tiffany always wore her tiara to the office...all the other chicks thought she was the hippest."
"Al always said the right things on their dates..."

Each month Johanna sends the design team a little something in the mail that we're to use to create a project...last month it was wooden birds and this month is was a photo of a lady. We needed to create clothes for the lady (yes, she was already dressed in the photo!) ;-)

This was quite a fun project as you felt a bit like a clothes designer trying to find the perfect outfit for a model. We were able to use any stamps we wanted..

On the first outfit I used a feathers from a peacock stamp to create the bottom of my model's (let's call her Tiffany) dress. The little pockets on the sleeves were created by using just one scallop from a scallop border stamp. The tiara and purse were images that can be used on all of justjohanna's chicklet stamps. You see one of the chicklet stamps at the bottom of the card.

On my second card, where Tiffany is sporting her (as my brother would say) hottie boom-ba-lottie look for her date Al the Pirate, I used a cloud stamp as her shirt and a skirt from the Dancing Ladies kit.

This was such a fun idea...why not give this kind of project a try with your own stamps...Leave a comment with a link back to your creation, I'd love to see what you come up with!!

Happy Designing!

Monday, May 19, 2008

We're Back!

It was a whirlwind vacation in NY! I barely had time to even sit at the computer so I apologize for my lack of updates last week! My brother's wedding was beautiful and a wonderful event! His bride arrived in a horse drawn carriage, they are both pictured above in the carriage after the ceremony, and their reception was on a boat that circled Manhatten. It was such a great day, where we celebrated their marriage and were able to visit with family that we hadn't seen in years. (My brother and I are above and there's my 92 year old Grandmother, who still lives alone and drives, peeking in behind us!)

And here are some great shots of Manhatten!

Promise to be back with some crafting posts this week!!

Monday, May 12, 2008


I'll be away on vacation from 5/12-5/19 but I will have Internet access and will try to post a few things while I'm gone! Thanks for your patience!! Happy Creating!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

SALT Challenge - Forgiveness

This week is was my turn to set the challenge on the SALT blog! I always enjoy the SALT challenges as it really directs you to study a certain passage of scripture, facet of the Christian life, or attribute of God and Christ and that, my friends, is a good thing for one's soul! :-)

This week I chose forgiveness as my challenge. The idea for my challenge was developed after singing a beautiful hymn in church a few months ago. The words are below:

Weary of earth and laden with my sin, I look at heav'n and long to enter in;
But there no evil thing may find a home, and yet I hear a voice that bids me come

So vile I am, how dare I hope to stand, In the pure glory of that holy land?
Before the whiteness of that throne appear? Yet there are hands stretched out to draw me near.

The while I fain would tread the heav'nly way, Evil is ever with me day by day;
Yet on mine ears the gracious tidings fall, Repent, confess, thou shalt be loosed from all.

It is the voice of Jesus that I hear; His are the hands stretched out to draw me near.
And His the blood that can for all atone, and set me faultless there before the throne.

O great Absolver, grant my soul may wear, The lowliest garb of pentience and prayer
That in the Father's courts my glorious dress, May be the garment of thy righteousness.

Yes, though wilt answer for me, rightous Lord. Thine all the merits, mine the great reward.
Thine the sharp throns, and mine the golden crown;
Mine the life won, and tine the life laid down

Many people would state that they don't need forgiveness and yet, when we compare our every day acts against that of Christ, a sinless man, we are able to see our utter hopelessness of ever being worthy or "good" enough to receive the gift of everlasting life. Praise God, He sent a Savior who can forgive even the worse sinner and create in us a clean heart. "Mine the life won, and thine the life laid down...."

Please visit the SALT blog to enjoy the beautiful creations the team has made this week! You may click on each team member's name to visit their individual blogs and read more about their art pieces.

If you are inspired by this week's challenge and would like to share something that you've made, please leave us a comment on the SALT blog with a link back to your blog or online gallery. We'd love to see your creations!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Goin' to the Chapel...

I'm headed out to NY next week for my brother's wedding so I have wedding cards on my mind...I haven't made his card yet but this is a card that I made for my cousin who got married six months ago (see how behind I am on my postings!!) :-)

I created a 6x6 album for the happy couple as well and the paper that is covering the chipboard heart on the card was used throughout the album. It's a beautiful, shimmery paper with a great feeling to it. The backside of the paper has the same shimmery quality but is a green on green color. All this boasting and, sorry but I don't recall the vendor...

I wanted a very elegant type of card but felt the heart on the plain cream was too plain so I embossed a second, smaller piece of cream cardstock and attached it with four silver brads. The hint of a pale blue ribbon also echoed the design of the album. The sentiment was a rub on, don't remember that vendor either, that I picked up at a neat little scrapbook store in a neighboring town.

Another quick and easy card! Enjoy! (Maybe I'll post some photos of the album tomorrow...humm..that sounds fun!)