Sunday, December 6, 2009

2010 Scripture Challenge 2

Patter is hosting another Scripture challenge over on her blog. You can find all the details here. This year she plans to do 6 x 6 cards and showcase them in a wooden stand. She's currently offering a chance to win a stand similar to her's that will hold 6 x 6 cards. See her blog for all the details.

In case you missed it earlier, you can also find the details to her Faith Journal challenge here. This challenge has nothing to do with scrapbooking or card making so it's great for all those who want to make sure that their children/grandchildren know what they believed.

In general, if you want encouragement or inspiration on how to incorporate your faith into your creative endeavors....just go to Patter's blog, Triple the Scraps. :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Marrakech Card Set

Here is another recent set of cards I made for a wedding gift. I used the same procedure to make the gift box.

Supplies: Paper - Basic Grey Marakech, Stamp - Studio G, Ink - Color Box Fluid Chalk, Stampabilities, Bling - Studio G, Stickles

Friday, November 27, 2009

Indian Summer Card Set

Here is a set of cards I made from Basic Gray's Indian Summer papers. I love the deep fall colors of this line.

For a gift box, I started with a box that originally held markers:

I used a little Goo-Gone to remove the labels and then covered the lid with Indian Summer papers. I decorated the lid to look like one of the cards inside. This was a wedding gift so I put the name of the Couple in the place where the card would have the sentiment.

Here's a view of the cards & envelopes in the box:

Supplies: Papers - Basic Gray Indian Summer, Ribbon - Offray, Stamp - Studio G, Bling - Studio G, Ink - Stampabilities, embossing powder

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Faith Journal Challenge

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends. In thinking about my blessings, I thought it only appropriate to share the following challenge.

Patter has just started having a Faith Journal Challenge over on her blog, Triple the Scraps. You can read all about the challenge here. The whole idea behind the challenge is to leave a legacy of faith for those who come behind us. Ever since my mom passed away 16 yrs. ago, I've realized how precious things written by her have become. Many times, I would have loved to know what she thought, believed, felt, etc. about various subjects. As a new grandma :), I want to make sure that those who come behind me know what I believe.

This challenge is great for even non-scrappers because, as Patter says, the whole purpose of the challenge is not "about writing, not creating."

Patter posts a new question each week. In our journal we're to write the question at the top of the page and then answer it using as much space as we'd like. She only posts one question per week so that it doesn't get overwhelming. The first week's challenge was posted here last Thurs. It's not too late to join. Why not leave a legacy of your faith for your children & grandchildren to treasure?

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Faith Perspective's Thankful for Friends of Faith Blog Hop

Welcome to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine's "A Faith Perspective Thankful for Friends of Faith Blog Hop." Today we're out in force on the internet -- showing our faith and giving the glory to God. United, we stand as Christian paper crafters and blog owners to make a presence on the internet for all to see. We're celebrating the theme of friends and we're happy to share our projects with you based on the verse:

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
For if they fall, one will lift up his neighbor..."

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a

If you're just joining in on the fun, you can find the start of the train here. First we would like to take a moment to thank our generous co-sponsors: Layers of Color Stamps, Gina K Designs Stamps and Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Together with Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, these companies have donated some wonderful prizes for today's blog hop.

Prizes? Oh, yeah!! There will be three lucky grand prize winners for today's event.

To enter, simply hop to the blogs of all the participating staff members of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, take note of the staff member's name, and leave a comment on their posts. Then send us an email at listing each of the staff members who participated in today's hop. It's that easy. All entries must be received by Monday, November 16, 2009 at 12 noon, EST and three winners will be randomly chosen to win.

What are the prizes?

One $100 gift certificate from Layers of Colors Stamps AND a 6-month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

One basket of goodies -- four stamp sets from Gina K Designs AND a 6-month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

One set of digital stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and a 3-month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

In addition, every participating member of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine will offer a free one-month subscription to the magazine to one of their lucky visitors simply for leaving a comment on their blog. That's a lot of chances to win, so let's get to the Hop!

I chose to do a digi-layout about our daughter and one of her friends. Kendra and her friend, Layna Porter, have been friends since the church nursery. When they were little girls, they looked a little alike and were even mistaken for each other a time or two. They thought this was pretty funny. I chose to use a brightly colored digi-kit because I thought it looked youthful and because Layna is partial to these colors & the funky florals.

Supplies: Digi kit: Chris' Colorful Expressions by Fairytale Studio Scraps, Template by Lisa of Digital Designs by Lisa, & PSE7

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're enjoying the blog hop. You next stop on this fun journey is Cassandra's blog: Altered for Him.

Monday, November 9, 2009

My Lifetime Story - Year Long Faith Sisters Challenge

I recently read the following in an update from Faith Sisters. Faith Sisters has a great forum, gallery, & store that all have an emphasis on sharing our faith.

Ever since Mom died back in 1992, I've realized the importance of leaving our stories behind in a way that our children & grandchildren can know what we were thinking, doing, feeling, etc. Now that I'm a new grandma (Yay!!), I want to make sure little Jack (and any other grandchildren they Lord may bless us with) know some things about me. So this challenge to record My Story really appeals to me. Read the details below and then go visit the Faith Sisters site for yourself. You'll be glad you did.

As the year is coming to an end we are busy planning for next year. In 2010 we are going back to the basics of leaving a legacy of faith. This years challenges are all focused on YOU and your lifetime story. When you join us in this challenge you will be creating a mini-autobiography. We are counting down the days till January 6th because we are so stinkin' excited about the My Lifetime Story challenges!!!

Wouldn't you love to know what your grandma's favorite toy was as a child, how she felt when she met your grandpa, her favorite scripture and the song that expressed her heart? Your children and grandchildren will have that treasure when you join us in this challenge!

We will start out with your family roots in January and move into your childhood in February. We will continue throughout the year with your teen and adult years as well. The last challenge of the year will be a letter to your future generations or anyone who reads your book.

Each of our stories is important. This is a book that everyone should create about themselves. It will be the most treasured album of your family. As you create this album about your lifetime story you will be leaving YOUR LEGACY OF FAITH. This is an album that can make an impact in your life as you create it, but it will also create a major impact in the lives of your family both now and in future generations. As your children read your story in this scrapbook that YOU created, they will take your stories to heart. Your stories may have more impact on them than even Bible stories, because they are personal and from someone they know and love. When friends and neighbors pick up your storybook and look through it you will be witnessing without even saying a word. They will read your lifetime history and discover your love of Jesus, and His forgiveness and faithfulness in your life!

The My Lifetime story challenges will begin the first Wednesday in January. A new challenge will be posted each Wednesday all throughout 2010. The last challenge will be posted the last Wednesday of December. Just because the challenge series ends at the end of 2010 doesn't mean your lifetime story album is finished. We will continue to offer periodic challenges to continue your autobiography and keep it current.

Please join us in this year long challenge! Some of these challenges may be layouts you have already completed. That is ok! We need to get these all compiled in your lifetime storybook. Everyone deserves to be the star of their own book, including and most importantly YOU! If you don't put some time aside to create your My Lifetime Story album now, you may never find the time. If something were to happen to you, would your legacy of faith be lost forever? Take action now, join us as we create our lifetime storybooks for the next generation to see the glorious work the Lord can do in the life of a woman that loves God!

Begin thinking about what size album you would like to use for your My Lifetime Story challenge. Michelle started hers in an 8x8 but now has decided that she needs more space so is moving up to a 12x12. Sunny is doing hers 12x12 also because she knew she had a lot she wanted to fit into this album. What size do you prefer? Start gathering your supplies now so you will be ready to start when we kick off the first challenge January 6th!

Next week Faith Sisters will post a Photo List so you can start gathering photos that you will need for this challenge.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

FANTASTIC Cricut website

If you love all things Cricut and are looking for a website that's loaded with ideas, the be sure to stop by Above Rubies Studio's new website. There's even an awesome Cricut cutting guide to download that has the proper settings for all different kinds paper & LOTS more. From Oct. 15-31 there are lots of give-aways. Megan is giving away paper packs, mini-albums, and even a Cricut cart. Be sure to stop by the site, comment on the various posts to win the prizes and take advantage of all the info she has on all things Cricut!!

CPS 138 Card

When I'm looking for design ideas for cards, I love to look on CPS (Card Positioning Systems) to see what their weekly sketch is. This week's sketch is being sponsored by Shimmerz Paints.

Here is my take on CPS 138. I used my favorite stamp {again} and some bright BG Marrakech papers. I really like this card sketch and I'm sure will be reaching for it again.

PP - BG Marrakech
Stamp - Stampendous
Ink - Stampabilities & Versa Magic
Ribbon - Misc.

Adhesive Giveaway

One of the items any scrapbooker or card-maker can't live without is adhesive. Tracy Weinzapfel has a wonderful adhesive giveaway on her blog, Tracy Weinzapfel Studios. All you have to do for a chance to win an assortment of Helmar USA adhesives is leave a comment on her blog and tell her what you're currently working on.

Tracy's blog is full of wonderful photos and creative projects. So, go visit her BLOG and leave a comment for your chance to win some adhesives.

Monday, October 19, 2009

One Sheet Wonder & Tote

On of the challenges for World Card Making Day over at AC Bailey, was to make a set of cards from a design called a One Sheet Wonder (OSW for short). Basically this means that you make a set of cards from one piece of patterned paper plus some cardstock. This particular pattern also included directions for a cute little tote to hold the cards. It was a lot of fun to do and I'll be reaching for this design again. With different papers, embellishments & stamps you can change up the look of the cards so easily. See the post HERE that includes the directions (if the link doesn't show you the post, register for the site & try again).

Full set including tote & pink envelopes

Closeup of the tote

Closeup of the cards

Supplies: CS - SU, DCWV, Cor'dinations, & ??, PP - Imaginisce, Bling - Queen & Co, Flower on Tote - Bazzill, Stickles, Robin's Nest Dew Drops, Eyelets on Tote - MM, Ink - Stampabilities, Stamps - Studio G, Pen - Zig Ball Writer

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Croptoberfest at AC Bailey

AC Bailey is having a special weekend of challenges called Croptoberfest. There are a total of 6 challenges this time. I may only get to one of them because I need to concentrate on card-making this weekend and most of them are layout challenges. Anyway, here's my card for challenge #4. The challenge required you to make a layout or card with either a brown, green & white color scheme or a light blue & light pink color scheme. I chose to make a card with brown, green & white. Well, my white is more cream but Oh, well. :)

There's still time to play so why not come join us?

Supplies: Cardstock - ??; PP - Making Memories; Ribbon - Craft Essentials; Ink - Stampabilities & ColorBox Fluid Chalk; Stamps - Studio G; Brad - ??; Punch - Fiskars (Punch & Emboss corner); Tag - ??

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Thankful for Friends of Faith Blog Hop

I am planning to participate in this blog hop the weekend of November 14th. The hop is sponsored by Scrapbook News & Review and A Faith Perspective. If you would like more details about the crop, please click the picture below.

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Neat Gift Idea

I love ideas on how to make scrappy gifts. Over on Patter's Memory Box Blog, Create X3 she has a wonderful pocket/purse sized photo box made from an Altoid's tin. She made her tin as a gift for her parents to showcase pictures of their grandchildren. Inside the tin she has an accordion album of 9 "pages." It is beautiful!! She even included a step-by-step tutorial on how to make one. I can't wait to give it a try.

Here are the links to her tutorials:

Altered Tin {Part 1}

Altered Tin {Part 2}

Altered Tin {Part 3}

Altered Tin {Part 4}

You should stop by her blog to see it for yourself.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

More Door Signs

About a month ago, I posted how I made door signs for our daughter's dorm room door. You can read my original post HERE. I have received her roommates permission to show you their signs as well. To protect their privacy, I have blocked their last names.

Supplies: Paper, glazed brads, doilie & Bling It owl - BG, Cardstock - SU (ivory) & Cor'dinations (pink), Stickles - Stardust, Cricut - Jasmine, Fiskars border punch - Give it a Swirl, Pen - Zig Ball Writer

The girls also asked for coordinating signs that would indicate to visitors when they were studying or sleeping.

Supplies: Paper & chipboard elements- BG, Cardstock - SU, Stickles - Stardust, Letters - American Crafts Thickers Pen - Zig Ball Writer

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Two More for AC Bailey's Challenges

I was able to make two more cards before the deadline for AC Bailey World Card Making Day Challenges. Both of these are for the #5 Love is in the Air challenge.

To satisfy the challenge requirements, the first one uses scraps and is to let Tim know I love him. I hid it in his suitcase when he went on a trip last weekend. Tim's is kind of plain but I sort of like it that way.

The second card also uses scraps and is to let Kendra know we love her. I also made a pocket and tucked tags in it. I gave it to her when we left her on campus after her having been home while she was sick. :(

Supplies: Papers - K & Company, faux Brads - Gibson, Stamps - Studio G, Ink - Stampabilities, Pen for faux stitching - Zig Ball Writer

Supplies: Papers & Chipboard flowers - BG Lemonade, Stamps - Studio G, Inks - ColorBox Fluid Chalk, Stampabilities, Bling - Michael's

Saturday, October 3, 2009

World Card Making Day

Some of you have never heard of this wonderful "holiday" but that's OK. :) It's only about 4 years old so you have a good excuse. AC Bailey hosted a celebration and issued 9 challenges. I only was able to participate in 3 of them but I plan to use several of the challenge ideas in the future.

Here are the 3 cards I made (thankfully, you didn't have to do the challenges in order -- you're able to pick & choose among the 9):

Challenge #1 - make a card of any theme and include a bookmark made from the directions given on the forum. We were to show the bookmark hooked onto the inside of the card.

I chose to make a birthday card for a friend. I sure hope she's a reader. :)

Card Supplies: Paper - BG Wisteria; CS - Bazzill; Punch - Fiskars - Give it a Swirl; Ribbon - JoAnn's; Stamp - Studio G; Inks - Studio G & Stampabilities; Bling - Michael's

Bookmark Supplies: Paper - BG Wisteria; CS - Bazzill; Ribbon - JoAnn's; Inks - Studio G; Bling - Paper Studio; Stickles; Flowers - SandyLion

Challenge #3 - Make a Halloween Card or make a card out of craft plastic or both.

We don't really "do" Halloween so I chose to make a card to give our dau
ghter-in-law at her baby shower today. I really like these clear cards. They just add a neat creative spin on card-making. One of these days I'll get up the courage to make one of those acrylic mini-albums.

Supplies: Papers - Cloud Nine; Stickers - SandyLion; Stickles; Card blank - Short Cuts; Punch - Fiskars Threading Water

Challenge #9 - Make a Thank You card with a punched border.

Supplies: Paper - K & Company - Wild Saffron; Punch - Fiskars Threading Water; Ink - Color Box Fluid Chalk & Stampabilities; Ribbon - Offray; Eyelets - Misc; Stamp - Inkadinkado; Pearls - Hero Arts

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My Favorite Stamp

Here's a card for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge to make a thinking of you/praying for you card for a friend.

I used my favorite stamp {again} to make a Thinking of You card for a friend that recently had surgery. As I've mentioned before, I love this stamp because the sentiment fits so many circumstances. A friend at work requests cards with it as sympathy cards. It also works for Get Well, Going-thru-a-rough-time cards, or just an everyday Thinking of You.

Supplies: Patterned paper: BG, Cardstock: SU, Stamp: Stampendous, Punch: Fiskars, Ribbon: JoAnn's, Stickles, Ink: Stampabilities

Freaky Friday Challenge 9-25

I'm participating in the Freaky Friday Challenge over at AC Bailey. For this challenge we were to use 3 patterned papers & some bling. Oh, & how could I forget, the theme of the layout had to have something to do with food.

These pics are from Ian & Amy's wedding. The hidden journaling tag says: Amy wanted the groom's cake made of ice cream because she knows that's what Ian prefers. She also wanted it to have a fish theme. Only one place had a fish cake of any kind & it was a Finding Nemo cake. What she didn't realize is Ian really likes that movie. The inscription is a quote from her favorite movie and one that she tells him quite frequently. She loves Willow Tree figurines and had bought this topper to use at her wedding long before she even met Ian. {Click on the pic for a larger view}

Supplies: Paper - BG, CS - DCWV, Bling - KaiserCraft & BG, Letters - AC Thickers, Embellishments -Robin's Nest Dew Drops, Ribbon - JoAnn's, Colorbox Fluid Chalk, Zig Ball Writer, Punches: Fiskar's, Paper Studio & CM

Come on over to AC Bailey and join the fun!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fall into Scrapping Online Crop

AC Bailey Designs Presents - “Fall into Scrapping” September Online Crop

Join us for our annual online crop featuring fun games, challenges, inspiration and great giveaways! We will start the fun Friday night and play ALL weekend with 2 very special guests joining us for a fun question and answer session!

You must be registered to join, so visit us today to sign up! AND if you bring your friends you could both win a special prize! If you sign up, please tell them Steph sent you. :)

Where? AC Bailey Designs Forum
When? Friday 9/25 starting at 6pm EST, Saturday 9/26 and Sunday 9/27 till 6pm EST
See you there!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Freaky Friday Challenge 9-18

I am participating in the Freaky Friday Challenge for September 18 over at AC Bailey Designs. For this challenge we were to do a layout with a diecut (portion is OK) of some type. I used a portion of one of the new BG doilies to satisfy this requirement.

At Kendra's college, the girls have to have their names on their dorm room door. For the 2nd year in a row Kendra has asked me to make coordinating but not matching signs for her & each of her roommates. This year she chose the BG Lemonade line of papers. She fell in love with the Bling it! owl so of course I had to include it (and therefore some type of bling for each roommate).

Paper, glazed brads, doilie & Bling It owl - BG
Cardstock - SU (ivory) & Cor'dinations (pink)
Stickles - Stardust
Cricut - Jasmine
Fiskars border punch - Give it a Swirl
Pen - Zig Ball Writer

I am really enjoying these challenges. They help me try new things that I normally would just pass on by. Why not stop over at AC Bailey and join in the fun of this week’s challenge?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Freaky Friday Challenge 9-11

I am participating in the Freaky Friday Challenge for September 11 over at AC Bailey Designs. For this challenge we were to do a layout about a labor of love. It could be work, babies, anything that required work of some kind. I chose to do mine on all the work Tim puts into his piano arranging. He has sacrificed a lot of his time and given up a lot of good activities to practice. For each arrangement and each public "performance" (since he plays to minister performance gives the wrong impression but I can't think of a better word) many, many hours of private practice & work has gone into it.

Digi Supplies:
Design inspired by TTS Sketch #75
Journal Paper - 1 Million Thank You's Part Two by Kim B
Music Note - Music Notes by Soxsational Scraps
Button - Dulie by Designs by Digheskie
Mask - Rubbed Off {Photo Masks} by Laura Bratcher Designs

Why not stop over at AC Bailey and join in the fun of this week’s challenge?

ETA - This layout won LOTW at AC Bailey. I was sooo excited.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

AC Bailey Freaky Friday Challenge for 9/4/09

I am participating in the Freaky Friday Challenge for September 4 over at AC Bailey Designs. For this challenge we were to do a layout with at least two different stamped images using two different techniques. I have three stamped images on my layout. I used heat embossing with a flourish stamp to dress up the vellum behind the row of three smaller pictures. I the two rows of dots on my journaling block and accented them with a little bling. I stamped the rose image with dye ink and then colored the rose with a gelly roll pen and the stem & leaves with water color pencils. I used a blending pen on my watercolored areas. I then highlighted the rose with crystal stickles. As Kendra says, “Everything is better with Stickles.”

The organza ribbon reminds me of a bride’s veil. I was pleased to find ribbon that matched our daughter’s dress almost exactly.

Kendra really enjoyed being a bridesmaid in her good friend’s wedding. She loved how her painted toenails looked in her favorite strappy sandals. We all thought her hair made her look a lot older in its up-do. It was a great day!
Why not stop over at AC Bailey and join in the fun of this week’s challenge?

Papers: Basic Gray & The Paper Company
Stamps: Autumn Leaves, Sassafrass Lass, & Inkadinkado
Inks: ColorBox Fluid Chalk & Stampabilities
Embossing Powder: Stampendous
Letters: Creative Imaginations
Pens/Pencils: Zig Ball Writer, Ikura Gelly Roll Pen, Kimberly Water Color Pencils
Ribbon: Offray & JoAnn’s
Embellishments: Michael’s Crystal Bling, Robin’s Nest Dew Drops
Tools: Fiskar’s Border Punch

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

TTS Sketch 67

I really liked this week's sketch over at Triple the Scraps. It has a lot of versatility both for layouts and cards. This week I chose to make a card. I'm sorry for the poor lighting. I'm still trying to find a place with good natural light for photographing my projects.

Supplies: Papers - Basic Grey Marrakech; Cardstock - Bazzill Polka Dot & Georgia Pacific; Making Memories brads & flowers; Misc - White paper; Fiskars Threading Water Punch; Stamp - Studio G; Ink - Stampabilities

Monday, August 3, 2009

August SheetLoad of Cards

This month's SheetLoad of Cards is sponsored by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I love this company because they have a lot of Scripture stamps available. I really like the design of this month's SheetLoad and I'm sure I'll use it many times in the future.

Here's my take on this month's design:

Supplies: Papers - Basic Grey Marrakech; Cardstock - Bazzill Polka Dot & Georgia Pacific; Making Memories brads; Misc - Ribbon & White paper; Zig Ball Writer (black); Fiskars Threading Water Punch; Stamp - Studio G; Ink - Stampabilities


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