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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

SALT Challenge - Serving for God's Glory

"As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another,
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." -I Peter 4:10
This week it was my turn to come up with a challenge for the SALT design team and I chose "Serving for God's Glory", using the above verse for inspiration and meditation. You can read my entire write up on the SALT blog, I'll just make a few brief comments here. In verses 7-11, Peter turns to exhortation on how we are to treat others and reminds his readers to be "serious and watchful in their prayers" and to have "fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins." In verse 10 he pens our challenge verse, noted above. As I considered this verse and how I can apply it to my life, I realized that I too frequently have failed to minister to the needs of others around me. I tend to be far too self-absorbed with my own life and struggles and don't stop to look for others in need. It's too easy for my focus to be only on my circumstances and not enough on Christ, the church, and my neighbor. That simple saying, "it is better to give than to receive" is so true. In general, many of us have been abundantly blessed with material things, adequate finances, and generally good health. On top of that, we have Christ, do we need more? Yet there are so many who are in desperate need, either of practical help, a word of encouragement, a listening ear, or genuine love and friendship and we (at least I) have a tendency to pass them by. May God be pleased, and may we be willing, to use us to minister to those around us... not so we can pat ourselves on the back or enjoy the good feelings that come from helping someone but so that God can be glorified as we faithfully use the special gifts He has given to us. Onto the project! When I went to create something for this week's challenge, I wanted to make an altered notebook to jot down notes about those who I think could use a phone call, a note of encouragement, or some practical help. (I plan to start with the folks in my own church!) And me without a list is like a dog without a bone...I need a list to stay organized! I remembered this handmade note card holder that I picked up at a craft show a few years ago. It's been sitting in my desk, collecting dust ever since, even though I think it's an adorable project. It consists of a chipboard front and back and has a boatload of 3x5 index cards in between. The entire piece is held together with a metal ring. The picture of the original piece is below. It was cute "as is" but not really my color scheme or style so I decided to change things up a bit! I recovered the front and back covers with these beautiful Bo Bunny papers, from Wholly Scrap, and then proceeded to embellish the front. I started with a chipboard frame that I covered with more Bo Bunny paper. To that I added another piece of swirl chipboard that I colored brown with a dye ink pad, the swirl is meant to represent a tree branch. Next came my wee little bird, from an Impression Obsession stamp set, also purchased from Wholly Scrap. A few teeny felt flowers, from Papertreyink and colored with Copics, were a fun addition to the branch, as well as tiny rhinestones from Taylored Expressions for the bird's eye and middle of each flower. I created the "serve" piece by stamping an alphabet stamp, cutting out the individual letters, and then piecing the word together. I really like the way the paper overlaps with each letter. Another chipboard heart, colored red, finished off the front. All I needed were a few ribbons to attach to the ring!I'm happy with the final piece and am looking forward to making some notes this week. The notebook is even small enough to fit in my purse so it's a perfect take along and it would be a piece of cake to recreate so why not give it a try!! And while you're at it, the SALT team would love to see your artwork, created based on this week's theme. Just leave us a comment with a link back to your blog or gallery and we'll come visit! I also wanted to mention that the SALT team blog and my blog will be participating in the A Faith Perspective blog hop on November 14, 2009. The theme of the hop is "Thankful for Friends of Faith." Please stop by on the 14th for a list of participants and challenges!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tim Holtz Holiday Tag

One more tag to share from my recent stamping weekend with a dear stamping friend of mine....This one is all Tim! In the lower right hand corner, shown close up below, you can see the compass mask that was used to create the stencil....isn't that so cool? I then used Ranger distress inks to age the age and add small spots of blue. All of the images used on the tag are also from Tim Holtz line. These stamps are unmounted rubber, on a foam back. Love the images and the stamp quality. A clean image was easy to achieve and the stamps come with a nice cling sheet for easy storage.
I stamped the reindeer twice, once on the tag and once on kraft cardstock. The kraft reindeer was cut out and attached to the tag with dimensional tape. I finished off the piece by adding a the small calendar image, attached with an antique pin, and a big 'ol bow, courtesy of Stampin' Up! Enjoy!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Keep it Simple Sunday

Today's Tip: Use alcohol inks and glossy cardstock to create
super funky custom patterned paper.
That's right...I used the words "super" and "funky" in a sentence about cardmaking 'cause that is what this far out paper is all about! This is one crazy design created by my fabulous crafting five year old. :-) The background paper was created by dropping tiny pools of alcohol ink onto glossy cardstock - in this case a tripped out 70's inspired mirror paper - and then using an air can to dry the ink. The pressure from the air can causes a splattered look. This was one of those techniques that my friend showed us a few weeks ago when she came for a visit. My wee crafter used about every color of ink available to create his masterpiece. He then presented me with his piece of paper and declared that he'd made it just for me. How could I not, in turn, create a card with his special paper. The colors and mirror paper made me think "birthday!" so I dug through my image pile and found this adorable cupcake image. Once it was colored with Copics I merely had to cut out a circle with my Cuttlebug and Nestibilities, add a scallop (and of course a bizillion tiny rhinestones from Taylored Expressions), some ribbon, and a tag, outfitted with a sentiment from Papertreyink, to complete my card. My little one was very happy when I showed him that I'd used his paper to make a card and his smile made my entire day! Why not try this technique to see what kind of designs you can come up with...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Rockin' it Like Tim Holtz

Hello my fellow bloggers..I'm sorry, what day is it again? What? It's Friday??!! Good gracious, where has the week gone! Seems we have been super-duper busy these past few weeks. We've had family visiting, friends visiting, gone on a few adventures (some that even included me hiking in the woods...yes, outside in the woods...with the bears), been busy with schoolwork, and prepping for the next Stamping Around event! The good news is that I've actually had some decent stamping time amidst all our happenings...even if my house looks like a bomb went off and the grim and junk that is currently on my kitchen floor is repulsive (anyone know of a good cleaning lady??). Hey, something has to give in the name of crafting, ya know? Last weekend, a good friend of mine came up to visit for the day and she brought with her two giant bags full of goodies. Lots of Ranger inks, Tim Holtz products, distress inks, tags, name it, she had it! (You can purchase all Tim Holtz and Ranger products at eclectic Paperie!) My friend has been watching lots of Tim Holtz videos so we had a grand 'ol time trying our hand at some of the techniques. We were so involved in stamping that when my children starting whining that they were hungry (didn't they know I was busy??) I simply made a phone call to the local pizza joint and kept right on stamping! Look, I know what my priorities are... The first thing I got to play around with were Tim Holtz masks, which are basically a stencil. You can just see the swirl design on my tab, up in the right hand corner. I did another tag with a compass mask that I'll share later. On this tag, I also used glitter mist from Tattered Angels...fabulous stuff. You can see the shimmer in the photo below: The rest of my tag was aged and covered with various stamps...a word stamp from SU!, and flower, sentiment, and background image stamps from Unity. I love creating these tags and find that this style is totally me...I never thought I had a particular "style" since I like so many different designs and layouts but playing with all of the layering and ink and aging things up a bit...yeah...I'm digging it...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Baby Building Blocks

Remember that baby gift I mentioned in Sunday's post...Here it is! This is a set of mini wooden blocks and a wood carrying case that I made for Ms. Julie's newest addition to the family. Isn't it fun? And as much as I adore this gift, I can not take credit for the idea...One of the Odd Bird Planet's design team members posted some photos of a similar project on her blog a few weeks ago. You can check out Emilia's creation here. (Sorry Julie, Emilia's brain is much more creative than mine! LOL!)
These blocks are very small, about an inch and a half square. I picked up a bag of them at my local super craft store and they only required two coats of acrylic paint to finish them. (I didn't know Julie was having a boy or I would have gone for a blue theme!) Once the blocks were dry, I used Memento ink to stamp the images on each side of each block. All of the images used are from Odd Bird Planet.
One of the fun things about these blocks is that you can match up sentiments and images. Here is the "tea time" sentiment separated onto two blocks and matched up with the tea cup. In the image above, there "cupcake pirate" and "'lil pumpkin." I am quite convinced that OBP stamps are the absolute perfect stamp for this kind of project...far too much fun finding all of the matches! And the owls and gnomes...oh, just stop me...they too cute!!
The only slight downside is that the baby can't play with these until he promises not to eat the blocks as a snack. I'm pretty sure acrylic paint isn't healthy for growing babies! I guess this will leave Julie, and the other Masse kiddies, with the task of making all the matches for awhile... :-) Enjoy!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Keep it Simple Sunday

Today's Tip: Freshen up a well loved layout with ribbon and a
non-traditional main image shape!
Guess what? Julie had her baby! (OK, this is almost old news since he's a whole week old now) but this is a first peek at the card I made for her and sweet baby Owen. (Is it sad that we make cards for our friends and post them on our blog??! Just wait, I'll be posting pictures of one of the gifts later this week...LOL! Nothing is a secret Jules!) Anyway...As usual, I waited to the last possible moment to make a card for Julie (my sister-in-law got married a month ago and I still haven't sent a is it possible that I'm a card lady that never sends cards?? Egads!) so I needed a fast and easy card! I decided to go with a tried and true layout of using the four squares of patterned paper in the middle of a card, this is a 5x5" card and the amazing papers are from October Afternoon. I then went on an image search and found this adorable bunny among my giant pile of images from a swap I participated in a few months ago. Isn't he so darn cute? He was colored with Copics before adding the sentiment, from Papertreyink. And since acrylic stamps bend to fit any shape, I was able to bend the sentiment around the edge of the bunny image. Since the image had been sent to me on a pre-cut piece of cardstock, I was somewhat limited in what I could do with the bunny image. The paper was too narrow for a circle or square punch so I decided to simply cut off one end of my bunny with a circle Nestibilities. (I inserted only the right side of my paper into the die, leaving the left side resting over the top of the die before running it through a Cuttlebug) The ribbon was simply layered under the image, which was attached with dimensional tape. And I actually think this ribbon is left over from a project I worked on with Julie...or it's something she gave fun is that!?
If you haven't seen Julie's news...hop on over to her blog and offer her a big congratulations! I, for one, am darn happy that I'll get to have some newborn snuggle time...without having to endure nine months of pregnancy or any hours of labor...It just doesn't get any better than that!

Friday, October 16, 2009

For Today...October 16, 2009

Notice the quart size Ziploc bag filled with toothpase, etc. and the lunch boxes? When I was headed out to CHA, the boys decided they were going to "pack their bags" as well and come along! Ali Edwards had a neat post today that I thought I'd copy...It is based upon inspriation from The Simple Women's Day Book. Outside my window...A blanket of pine needles and seven hundred million acorns and pine cones. I am thinking...about what 2010 will bring and how in the world I'm ever going to find time to decorate our new house. Hey...I unpacked the clothes... I am thankful children and my husband. It's too easy to get bogged down in the every day details and chaos involved in running a household and a business but I am so thankful that God has blessed me with a loving husband and two dear children and I need to remember that each and every moment of every day. From the kitchen...Lately, it's been filled with Rice Krispie treats...They're evil I tell you, pure evil...but I can't stay away from them...I might even steal them from my children's hands if they're not paying attention... I am wearing...Jeans, that are finally looser after dropping a few pounds, and a big comfty sweater because it's getting far too old outside! I am class supplies for a stamping class I'm teaching at Wholly Scrap tomorrow! I am the scrapbook store in a few minutes - yippee! I am reading...Feelings and Faith by Brian S. Borgman, a book that weaves together biblical exposition and practical application to demonstrate how emotions relate to the Christian life. I am hoping...that I can learn from recent mistakes . I am boys arguing over who has what cars. Good thing Grammie is with them!
One of my favorite things...watching my children sleep and spending quality alone with my hubby. A picture to share...I love how handsome and mature my boy looks here. This was a completely unposed shot. Enjoy your weekend! And why not play along with these questions for today...This exercise would make for a great scrapbook page too!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

SALT Challenge - Confidence in God

"The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high." Proverbs 29:25
This is one of the verses that Hazel shared on the SALT blog supporting her challenge for this week - confidence in God. A thought provoking verse that can bring much comfort to those who are facing difficult circumstances in their lives or who are prone to anxiety over certain situations. Hazel shared many other excellent verses and comments on the blog, I encourage you to read her thoughts on this week's challenge. When searching for a Scripture text for me to use on my ATC, this one from Verve was a perfect fit. Such a powerful statement for believers to "be still..." God is still on the throne, no matter how things may appear on this earth. Matthew Henry, in this commentary, had this to say about Psalm 46, "This psalm encourages us to hope and trust in God, and His power, and providence, and gracious presence with His church in the worst of times, and directs us to give Him the glory for what He has done for us and what He will do. We are here taught to take comfort in God when things look very black and threatening, to mention, to His praise, the great things he has wrought for His church against its enemies, to assure ourselves that God who has glorified His own name will glorify it yet again, and to comfort ourselves with that. We may, in singing it, apply it either to our spiritual enemies, and be more than conquerors over them, or to the public enemies of Christ's kingdom in the world and their threatening insults, endeavouring to preserve a holy security and serenity of mind when they seem most formidable. It is said of Luther that, when he heard any discouraging news, would say, "Come, let us sing the forth-sixth psalm."
If we trust that God is the Creator of all things, then we can surely trust that He knows about all the details of our lives (even those that may seem insignificant), and is in control of what happens in the world and in each of our particular situations. Though we may never know why certain things happen, we can rest assured that "all things work together for good, to them that love God." May we be comforted by knowing that He is God... Supply List: Stamps - Papertryink, Verve Paper - SU! Ribbon - Papertryink

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Another WCMD Sample

Here's my second card that I completed for one of the WCMD SCS challenges, which was to create a thank you card, follow a certain layout, and use the color brown. This is the first time I've inked up this amazing floral image from Papertreyink. I kept eyeing this set while we were at the CHA Super Craft Show but decided I had enough floral images and left the show without it. But...I just couldn't not get it!! And I don't any regrets about adding another flower to the collection! The image was stamped, colored with Copics and cut out before being mounted with dimensional tape onto my cardbase. The orange layer was also stamped with two Papertreyink sets, Polka Dot Basics II and Text Style. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Keep it Simple Sunday

Greetings all! Tonight's post is going to be a quick one...It's 10pm and I just got home and into my PJ's after seeing Julie's new, sweet, smoochie, wonderful baby boy!! Check out her blog, she has a picture posted. It was hard to leave the hospital since I was so cozy and sleepy snuggling with baby Owen. Ah...I just adore the "fresh out of the oven" stage! :-) This is another card that was published in last month's Scrapbook News and Review online magazine (the Cards and Stamping section), using Our Daily Bread stamps. This was a super easy card; I only used patterned paper (isn't that orange star paper fun?) and three large grommets to add a little drama to the kraft cardstock. This was one of my favorite cards using this set and the layout is one I'll need to keep in my back pocket to use again in the future! That's it for me tonight...I'm off for a snack...I'm starving!! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tim Holtz Creativity

Why hello Wednesday, when did you get here? Someone slow down the clock...I can't believe the week is half over or that it's been almost three days since I last posted on my blog! I simply need more than 24 hours in each day... So...a few weeks ago a friend of mine came over for a visit and she brought with her a big 'ol bag of Ranger goodies and some Tim Holtz tips and techniques. And did I ever have a great time! We worked with distress inks, crackle medium, rock candle stickles, embossing plates and paste, glitter...let's just say we went hog wild! In the above photo my friend is demonstrating a way to add ink to a tag. Using a craft sheet, which is one of the most amazing things can put ink on it, use your heat gun on it, it's indestructible! Go to eclectic Paperie and buy one right now! OK, commercial over...Using the craft sheet, apply ink directly on to the sheet. Spritz the craft sheet with water until the ink has beaded (you can see that in the photo). Then slap a tag right down on the wet ink and smoosh (that's a technical term) it all around. Use a heat gun to set and then add more ink, if desired. The finished result is aged and vintage...fabulous! Here's my tag in progress with the ink applied as well as a few other images from Unity and Papertryink. Isn't that fantastic!! This is another technique we tried where we crinkled up the tag and then used distress ink to drag the page across the tag for aging. (I have yet to finish my tag with this technique!) We also played with some inks and glossy paper...I need to make something with the paper we created. My kids even got in on the act and created their own tags. Great fun!
Finally, here's a close up on my tag, where you can see the detail on the heart image (isn't that such a Tim Holtz type of image...Love it! It's from Unity's KOTM). You can also see the layers of images on the tags...all my favorite things; words, swirls, polka dots, and lots of aged edges! WooHoo!! We're already planning our next crafting playdate...I can't wait...maybe we'll do videos next time around...I should also mention that you can purchase all of your Tim Holtz and Ranger products at eclectic Paperie! Enjoy!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Unity WCMD Challenge

Thanks to a heavy, all day downpour yesterday I was able to actually participate in a few World Card Making Day challenge...yeah! This is the first time I've ever had the time to actually make cards for this fun event! I focused on challenges posted on Splitcoast Stampers, even though I wish I could have participated in them all! This card is for the Unity challenge, which was the first one of the day. The challenge was to use a quote as the focal point on our cards. Since my Unity KOTM stamps have been far too neglected, I knew it was high time for them to get dusted off and inked up! I loved this bird image and knew it would be perfect for a....drum roll, please....Michelle Zindorf inspired card! Anyone weary of my MZ cards yet? :-) Not me...I just adore this style and it is far too much fun to create...I am a mess by the time I'm finished with one of these cards, my hands are covered in ink and I've got sponges and ink pads all over the place. I love it! This card is meant to look a bit like a tree branch over water (I say that because my husband didn't have a clue...hee hee) The moon was added with the negative space of a circle punch and white ink. I also added some text and swirls on the right side of my card for a little extra visual interest. :-) You can also click on the photo for a larger view. Oh, and the card size...isn't this fun, it's 4x8". Well folks I am off to relax for the evening...all that stamping yesterday wore me out! LOL! Enjoy!

Friday, October 2, 2009

World Card Making Day with Odd Bird Planet

Welcome to the Odd Bird Planet World Card Making Day blog hop!!
The OBP design team have come up with a wonderful list of challenges for today's hop! My challenge is to create a tag and/or create a scene on a card or tag. I went for creating a scene on a tag! :-) You will have 24 hours to complete any or all of challenges and post your creation(s) on your blog. Be sure to leave a comment on the DT blogs with a link back to your blog or gallery so that you'll be entered into the contest to win....
An awesome A La Tarte Halloween kit, which contains cardstock, patterned paper, embellishments, a chipboard book, and the OBP Bat Gate stamp!! (International participants can win a $50 Gift Certificate to the OBP Store.) Here's a list of what's included in the kit: Pattern Paper: Bo Bunny Friends Bo Bunny Haunted Making Memories Dot Black Making Memories Dot Stripe Embellishments: Doodlebug Sugared Brads Bazzill Black Prima Flowers Beetle Black Sugared Glitter Black Cheeky Alphabet Stickers Other: Ghost book Cardstock: Bazzill cardstock - 1 each of Marigold, Raven, Jubilee, and Limeade Stamp: Bat Gate by Odd Bird Planet You should have arrived here from Karrie's blog and after visiting here, hop on over to Laura's blog. Here is the entire list of those on the blog hop: Godelieve Dianne Karrie Kim Laura Marnie Teresa Tiffany Tracy You can also share chatter and your completed projects at Odd Bird Planeteer's Flickr Group. Thanks for playing along and enjoy this special day set aside for card makers all over the world!