Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Lord is Good - SIWS12

Our focus verse this week in the Say it with Scripture Challenge at the Sweet 'n Sassy Connection is Psalm 34:8a, "O taste and see that the Lord is good."  Walking with the Lord is a daily example of how good the Lord is to us.  First of all, He gave us salvation thru His Son, Jesus. {If you have never accepted this free gift, please email me.} From there, He protects and guides us, He's with us no matter what comes our way, and wonder of wonders, He WANTS to spend time with us.  Oh, yes, the Lord is so good!!

Cardstock -   GA Pacific (white), Misc. (green)
Patterned Paper - Echo Park (Little Boy)
Stamps - Sweet n' Sassy Stamps (Baked With Love, Cocoa's Pumpkin)
Tools/Embellishments - Prismacolor pencils, The Twinery Twine (Honeydew), Doodlebug Brads, Cuttlebug EF (D'vine Swirl), Fiskars Border Punch (Apron Lace), button from my stash

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ #104 - Recipe Challenge (I used swirls, brads, button, and popped up my image)

Be sure to come play along with us this week and don't forget to grab your free digi.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cuppa Joe Thank You -- SNSDC17

This week's challenge at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge blog is to use our favorite colors. I enjoy crafting with muted colors and really like teal and red together.  These papers from the Hello, Luscious line just "spoke" to me.  LOL

I used this week's sketch from The Sweet Stop (SSS122).  This week there's an extra spin (which means a prize is up for grabs) - use fibers. I used a copic marker to color the brads to get them to a coordinating color. The lighting on this is a bit off.  In real life, the coffee cup matches the papers quite well.

Cardstock:  SU (kraft), Recollections (cream)
Patterned Paper:  BG (Hello, Luscious)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy (Rhubarb's Cuppa Joe, Many Thanks digital stamp set)
Embellishments/Tools: Brads (MM), Button (La Mode), Twine (The Twinery), Copic markers, Cuttlebug EF (Spots and Dots)

I'm entering this card in the Basic Grey Challenge #51 (Anything Goes - I'm using the Hello Luscious paper line).

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

SIWS11 - 2 Corinthians 12:9

The focus verse this week in the Say It With Scripture Challenge over at the Sweet 'n Sassy Connection is 2 Corinthians 12:9, "...My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness... "

In the preceding verses, the apostle Paul is relating how he asked the Lord three times to remove his "thorn in the flesh." In our focus verse, Paul tells us the Lord's response each time. What a comfort to know that, when we are going thru a trial, no matter what kind, the Lord's grace is sufficient to help us through it and to give us the strength to endure.  When we realize that we are truly weak and can do nothing on our own, we can bring glory to Him during our times of trial and testing.

For my card this week I brought out my pearls and went a little "pearl crazy."  I really like the pearl flourishes that seem to be popular now and I really like bows.  I tried a new (to me) bow technique.  I read about Becca's peg bows in her Becca Bit Peg Bow tutorial.  We haven't built my Peg Bow board yet so I had to improvise.  I used the handles of a pair of large scissors.  It actually worked surprisingly well.  I used this week's ODBDSLC73 sketch for the card design.

Card base:  SU
Cardstock:  Recollections
Patterned Paper:  BG (Wisteria)
Stamp: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Amazing Grace)
Embellishments/Tools:  Pearls (Recollections), Flowers (Bazzill), Ribbon (Offray), Spellbinders Labels 4 (large & small)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Dies to Die For
Tuesday Throwdown #63 - Dimension & texture
Basic Grey Challenge #51 - Anything Goes (I'm using the Wisteria paper line)

Please be sure to play along with us this week at the Sweet 'n Sassy Connection and don't forget to grab your free digi.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Twinery is Celebrating Their First Anniversary

The Twinery is celebrating their 1st anniversary by giving away  TWO full sets of their Ultimate Twine Bundle - that's a full spool of each color

You only have until midnight tonight to sign up for a chance to win!!

SNSDC16 - Back to School

This week at The Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog, our challenge is to make a Back to School card.  I have been giving Rhubarb lots of attention lately, so I thought I'd give Cocoa a little time this week and chose An Apple for Cocoa as my focus image.  I colored Cocoa with my Copics and then paper pieced his apple.  I used this week's Sweet Stop Sketch (SSS121) for the card design.

I hand-wrote my sentiment to mimic writing on manuscript paper.  After cutting out Cocoa and his apple with my nesties, I added him to the card with some pop dots. I Uni-ball white opaque pen provided the highlighting on the apple.

I found a Fiskar's notebook paper border bunch at a scrapbooking yard sale last weekend.  It was perfect for this card.  I resisted the urge to do lots of inking and just lightly went around the edges of the "notebook" paper.

Cardstock:  SU and Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper:  BG (Oxford)
Stamp:  Sweet 'n Sassy (An Apple for Cocoa digi stamp)
Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk (chestnut roan)
Embellishments/tools:  Fiskar's Border Punch (notebook paper), Nestabilities (standard circle, lacey circle), Uni-ball white pen, Copics (N3, N5, N7, E00, E04, E29, E35, E37), Kaisercraft grosgrain ribbon

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Paper Pretties (PWC167) - Back to School
Simon Says Stamp - Food and Drink
Tuesday Throwdown #62 - Non-stamped sentiment

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

SIWS10 - Star Card

This week's focus verse at the Say It With Scripture challenge at the Sweet 'n Sassy Connection, is Ecclesiastes 3:11a, "He hath made every thing beautiful in his time..."  This verse is a reminder to me that from difficult situations, in the Lord's timing, He can make something beautiful.  So often, I struggle with His timing.  I want things changed, fixed, started, stopped, or whatever on MY timetable.  But from experience, I know that His timing always brings the best result.

When our children we little, our family kept a blessing journal.  In it we wrote answers to prayer and various other blessings the Lord had given us.  During difficult times, it was such an encouragement to look back and see what the Lord had done for us in the past.  It gave us the motivation we needed to wait on Him to work things out again.  I'm thinking we need to get back to keeping that journal again.

On my card this week I used flowers and a butterfly as examples of two beautiful things that take time to develop.  Maybe I should keep this card for myself as a reminder that, as the inside sentiment says, "God's timing is perfect."

As an added challenge this week, I'm challenging you to make a card with a different fold or size than you usually use.

I found this great video tutorial, translated from Norwegian for this star card design.  The tutorial video is easy to follow and the notes have the centimeter to inch conversion included.

I paper pieced some flowers from the 6 Petal Flower digital stamp set and one of the butterflies from the New Creature digital stamp set.  I cut out two butterflies so that I could leave the wings of one of them free for dimension. I accented the top butterfly with some pearls and a silver star gelly roll pen. 

For the flowers and leaves, after I fussy cut them, I put them face down on a mouse pad and used the end of a Sharpie (my stylus has gone into hiding) to give them a little shape.  I then inked the edges, stacked them, added a brad center, and accented them with a Sakura gelly roll clear star pen. You can see the dimension on the flower a little better in this picture.

I used another flower and some leaves on the inside with one of the sentiments from the New Creature digital stamp set.

I hope you'll join us at the Sweet 'n Sassy Connection for our Say It With Scripture Challenge this week.  Don't forget to stop by for your free digi.  I also hope you'll give one of these star cards a try.  They are a lot of fun and not really that difficult.

Cardstock:  SU
Patterned Paper:  BG (Hello, Luscious)
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy (New Creature, 6 Petal Flower)
Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk (chestnut roan)
Embellishments: Sakura Gelly Roll pens (clear star, silver star), Oriental Trading brad, Recollections pearl flourishes and pearls

Challenges I'm entering:
Stamptacular Sunday #124 - Fancy Folds
Sentimental Sundays #68 - Shaped Cards

Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friends Are the Flowers - SNSDC15

This week the challenge on the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog is to use lace.  I also used this week's Sweet Stop Sketch SSS120.

I colored Rhubarb's Sunflower with Prismacolor pencils.  After die cutting the sentiment with nestabilities and matting it, I fussy cut Rhubarb and attached him to the side of the oval. Black diamond Stickles in the middle of the flower added a little sparkle.  Buttons from my stash added the final touches.

Cardstock:  Bazzill, Georgia Pacific
Patterned paper:  BG (Out of Print)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy (Rhubarb's Sunflower, Flower Sentiments)
Embellishments/Tools:  Lace & buttons from my stash, Stickles (black diamond), Prismacolor pencils, CB embossing folder (Swiss dots), Nestabilities (petite ovals, petite scalloped ovals)

Challenges I'm entering:
Sentimental Sunday #67 - Flowers
Scrappin It - Summer
Paper Pretties (PWC166) - Die Cuts

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dr. Rhubarb - SIWS9

This week, in the Say It With Scripture challenge at The Sweet 'n Sassy Connection, we're focusing on Psalm 27:14, "Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD."  One of the hardest times to wait is when you, or someone you love, is facing illness, a medical crisis or an on-going chronic problem.  So many times these situations require waiting for tests to be run, waiting for test results, and ultimately, waiting for healing to occur.  In the midst of our pain, illness, and concern, it is easy to forget that the Lord has it all in His control.  We need to just wait on Him to work things out and allow Him to give us courage and strength.  And yes, I do know it's MUCH harder to live this than it is to say (or in this case, write).

For my card I used Doctor Rhubarb and the Encouragement Scripture Set and Paper Sundae #81 Challenge which was a sketch for the design inspiration.  After cutting out Doctor Rhubarb with my nestabilities petite oval, I sponged it with ink before removing the die.

I'm entering this card in the Paper Pretties Challenge (PWC166).

Card base:  Bazzill
Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific
Pattern Paper:  BG (Out of Print)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy  (Doctor Rhubarb and Encouragement Scripture Set)
Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk
Embellishments/Tools:  Pearls & flourish (Recollections), Zutter Round-it-All, Nestabilities (Petite Ovals, Petite Scalloped Ovals), Prismacolor Pencils, Sakura Gelly Roll Pens (silver star, pink star)

Come play along with us this week and don't forget to pick up your free digi stamp. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Friendship Card - SNSDC14

This week's challenge at The Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge blog (SNSDC14) is to make a Friendship card.  I used the ever adorable Rhubarb on my card this week. 

I paper pieced Rhubarb and then inked him up with some Colorbox Fluid Chalk in chestnut roan.  I inked the edges of all my papers.  I used SC343 sketch from Split Coast Stampers.

Bazzill card base
Cardstock:  Bazzill, Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper:  Echo Park (Little Boy), BG (Out of Print)
Stamps:  SNSS (Rhubarb the Teddy Bear, A True Friend Digital Stamp)
Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk (Chestnut Roan)
Embellishments:  Lace (stash), Pearls (Oriental Trading), Zutter Corner Rounder

I'm entering this card in the follow challenges:
Stamptacular Sunday #122 - Friendship card
Craft Your Passion #69 - Anything Goes
Stampin Sisters in Christ #100 - Any Creature

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Psalm 127:3 - SIWS8

This week's focus verse in the Say It With Scripture Challenge #8 at the Sweet 'n Sassy Connection is Psalm 127:3, "Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is His reward."  In today's society, children are often seen as an inconvenience or bother.  This verse reminds us that they are a blessing, a reward, from the Lord.  Jesus, showed how much He valued children when the disciples were trying to send them away.  "But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." Luke 18:16.  Whether you have children of your own or not, you can still have an important part in the lives of children.  Even when they are not acting like little angels {smile}, we should try to remember that they are a blessing and highly valued by the Lord.

I made this card for friends of ours that just welcomed their fifth child into their family.  I used this week's Say It With Scripture freebie Scripture verse and Rhubarb's Blocks from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

I paper pieced Rhubarb and his blocks.  I added lots of faux stitching to help carry out the quilt theme.

I did a little "interior decorating."   This sentiment is also part of the Baby Blessings set.

Cardstock - Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (kraft)
Patterned Paper - Echo Park (Little Boy)
Stamps - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Baby Blessings, Rhubarb's Blocks)
Embellishments - Buttons from stash, Ribbon JoAnn's, DMC Floss, SU Journal Writer Pen (Night of Navy)

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
ODBD Shining Light Challenge (ODBDSLC70) - Sketch
Stampin' Sisters in Christ #100 - any type of creature
Craft Your Passion #69 - Anything Goes
StampTV (STVMNCT6) - Break the rules

Don't forget to stop by The Sweet 'n Sassy Connection and get your freebie digi Scripture stamp!  I hope you'll play along with us this week.  Thanks for stopping by!


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