Tuesday, November 29, 2011

SIWS25 - Romans 8:28

This week for the Say It With Scripture Challenge at the Sweet 'n Sassy Connection, we're focusing on a very familiar verse:  Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

The key to this verse is the "them that love God" part.  Truly loving the Lord is living a life that is obedient to Him {John 14:15, If ye love me, keep my commandments.}.  So, if we are being obedient to Him, all that comes into our life, easy or difficult, is for our good and intended to work out His purpose in our lives.  In my mind's eye, I see obedience to the Lord as a sort of umbrella over our lives.  Stay under the umbrella and we experience the Lord's protection, direction and blessing.  Step out from underneath the umbrella and we're out there on our own with no protection.  As my husband has said many times, "you can make your choices, but you can't choose the consequences of those choices."  Let's strive together to stay under the umbrella of the Lord's protection.

For my card this week, I got to play with some new nestabilities that I got with a birthday giftcard.  New toys!!! :)

Cardstock - Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper - BG (Picadilly, Out of Print)
Stamps - Sweet 'n Sassy (Encouragement Scripture Digital Set)
Tools/Embellishments - Flowers (Bazzill), Pearl Flourishes (Recollections), Pearls (Oriental Trading), Spellbinders Label 7

I hope you'll play along with this week.  Don't forget to stop by and pick up your free digi too.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Warm Birthday Thoughts

I have a birthday card to share with you today.  I need to make more of these...I never have enough of them.

I used one of the pre-colored image in the Sentimental Quilt Digital Image Set from Clear Dollar Stamps.  This set also comes with an outline image that you can color any colors you choose, 4 sentiments and 3 digi papers.  It's a great deal for only $3.50.

Cardstock:  Recollections, Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper:  MME (29th Street Market)
Stamps:  Clear Dollar Stamps (Sentimental Quilt Digital Image Set)
Embellishments/Tools: Ribbon (Offray), Pearls/Flourish (Recollections), Spellbinders Nestabilities (Circles, Lacey Circles, Big Scalloped Border Petites)

Clear Dollar Stamps is having a 25% off sale thru Nov. 27th and shipping is currently only $1.  Be sure to stop by the store for all the details on this great sale.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Paper Sundaes #96 - Beautiful Bows
Birthday Sundaes #36 - Used neglected items in your stash (this paper has been in my stash for a looong time)
Tuesday Throwdown #75 - Lots of Circles

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

SNSDC30 - A Few of My Favorite Things

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Our daughter is home from college so we're enjoying have a chick back in the nest for a few days.  :)

This week is an easy challenge at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog.  We get to use our favorite things to make our card/project.  I don't think it gets much easier than that!!  Be sure to play along with us because in addition to the monthly winner, one participant will be chosen at random each week this month to receive 4 FREE digis. 

For my card, I used an adorable Rhubarb image and based my card design on this week's CPS sketch (#245).

My Favorites:
Rhubarb - I still can't decide between Rhubarb & Cocoa but.... :)
Faux stitching
Embossing Folder
Paper piecing
6 x 6 paper pad

Cardstock:  Recollections
Patterned paper:  Crate Paper (Random), misc. scraps on Rhubarb
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy (Rhubarb's Heart, Bear Sentiments
Embellishments/Tools:  Cuttlebug EF (Spots & Dots), Spellbinders (Petite Ovals, Petite Scalloped Ovals, Big Scalloped Border Petites), Metal Dots (Best Occasions), Uni-Ball White pen, CM Fine point black pen, SU (Creamy Caramel)

Don't forget, Sweet 'n Sassy is still celebrating their 4th birthday.  All stamps & dies are 25% off thru November 30th. This is a great time to stock up on all your favorites.

Tonight and all day tomorrow, SNS will have their Home for the Holidays VSN at The Sweet 'n Sassy Connection. The first challenge will be posted at 6PM tonight.  There will be lots of Christmas themed challenges to help you get started on or wrap up your Christmas cards and projects.  You'll have until December 2nd to play along for prizes.  You won't want to miss it!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today.  I hope you'll play along with us this week and use some of your favorites.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

SIWS24 - Luke 1:47

This week's challenge verse at the Say It With Scripture Challenge over at The Sweet 'n Sassy Connection is typically seen at Christmas time.  However, my card is definitely not Christmas themed.  That's because I think this verse fits any time of the year.  Luke 1:47, "And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour."  As we're focusing on Thanksgiving this week, our spirits should rejoice in what the Lord has done for us.

Tonight, at our Thanksgiving Service, my husband (who is also the pastor of our church) is going to encourage everyone to share 3 things that they are thankful for this year.  Since I have advance notice (one of the perks of being the pastor's wife), I've been giving this some thought.  Of course, my salvation and what the Lord has done for me tops the list.  But after that, here's my current top 3:

1.  My husband.  The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful, godly man who loves me, sacrifices for me, and encourages me. 
2.  Answered prayers in the lives of our children.  The Lord has provided healing, protection, worked in their romantic relationships, provided financially and helped them grow spiritually.
3.  My parents.  The longer I live the more I realized what a privilege I had to grow up in a Christian home with parents who loved each other, loved my siblings & I and trained us to put the Lord first.

I'm rejoicing in God, My Saviour.  How about you?

My card this week uses the adorable Cocoa and his pumpkin.  This just might be my favorite fall Cocoa image.

Cardstock: Georgia pacific, Recollections
Patterned Paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle (Hello, Fall)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Rejoice in the Lord, Cocoa's Pumpkin)
Tools/Embellishments:  Copics, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Baker's Twine (Cappuccino), Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four, Rhinestones (MAMBI).

I hope you'll play along with us this week.  Don't forget to stop by for your free digi.

I hope each of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving Day tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 18, 2011

SNSDC29 - Birds

Birds are the challenge this week at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge blog. The bird is to be in an element of your project or in the image itself.

I used one of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (SNSS) $0.99 digis for my card.  Ollie Owl is one of my favorite SNSS images.  He's just such a happy owl.  LOL

I enjoy criss-cross cards and decided that he'd be the perfect accent for this fall color scheme.  I was reminded once again, unless you have lots of your patterned paper, it's best to use a double sided paper when making criss-cross cards.  Otherwise, your triangles go the wrong direction.

After coloring Ollie with copics, I used a petite scalloped oval and Fancy Tags 3 to make a "landing spot" for him. I popped the tag off the oval and Ollie off the tag with pop dots.  I did lots of inking on this card and finished it off with some border dies, ribbon & pearls.

Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific (what Ollie is printed on), PTI (orange), Bazzill (kraft)
Patterned Paper:  WRMK (Maple Grove)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Ollie Owl Digital Stamp)
Inks: ColorBox Fluid Chalk (Chestnut Roan, Creamy Brown)
Embellishments/Tools:  Pearls (Oriental Trading, Recollections), Ribbon (Michael's), Spellbinders (Petite Ovals, Fancy Tags 3, Big Scalloped Border Petites), Copics

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Stamptacular Sunday #138 - Punch or Die cuts
Paper Sundaes #95 - Digital Images

I hope you'll print out your favorite digi and play along with us this week.  Don't have any digis with birds?  SNSS has birds of all types...you're sure to find one you'll like.   Remember to play along with us, you must use a digi stamp.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll come back soon.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

SIWS23 - Psalm 32:11

This week we're focusing on Psalm 32:11 for the Say It With Scripture Challenge at The Sweet 'n Sassy Connection

In this season of Thanksgiving, our thoughts turn to gratitude and thankfulness.  We have all been blessed with so much!  This verse says, "Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice ye righteous and shout for joy all ye that are upright in heart." This verse tell us how to practice thanks-living.  "Be glad in the LORD..."  Count your blessings and be happy about all that the Lord has given you.  "Rejoice ye righteous..."  If we are living righteously, we'll have so much more to rejoice about.  "Shout for joy all ye that are upright in heart." When we know we are doing what pleases the Lord, it's so much easier to be joyful and to express that joy.  In this season of thankfulness, let's not forget the source of all of our blessings.

For my card this week, I chose to mimic a traditional stamping technique by layering my verse over one of the Autumn Leaves digital set images.  In PSE, I chose my leave and rotated it to be more "upright."  After recoloring it a burnt orange color, I ran the opacity down to about 55%.  Then I layered my digi Scripture verse on top and printed it out.  I was pleased with how the image turned out.

I used this week's Sweet Stop Sketch (SSS134) for my card design.  Several layers of the new Lacey Eyelet Border dies added the interest on the right side of my sketch. I really like how these dies are so easy to use and cut so cleanly.

Cardstock - Recollections
Patterned Paper - MME
Stamps - Sweet 'n Sassy (Autumn Leaves, Rejoice in the Lord)
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
Embellishments/Tools - Pearls (Queen & Co.), Spellbinders Lacey Square dies, SNSS Lacey Eyelet Border Dies, Ribbon (Offray)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Stamptacular Sunday #138 - Use punches or dies
Paper Sundae #95 - Use digital images
Stampin' Sisters in Christ #115 - Gratitude
Sentimental Sunday #81 - Thanksgiving/thankfulness

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to grab your free digi at the Say It With Scripture thread.  Have a good day!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Clear Dollar Stamps November Digi Stamp Release

This month Clear Dollar Stamps has a wide assortment of digi stamp releases.  I got to play with two of them.  You can see the entire release on the Clearly iStamp Blog.

I made a center-step card to showcase the digi set Paper Christmas Trees.  This set has a mix of outline images and pre-colored images.  I paper-pieced the trees and added some bling to the top of each one.  I wanted the sentiment to be the focus of the card and added the trees around it.

Cardstock:  Recollections
Pattern Paper:  Bo Bunny (Noel)
Stamps:  Clear Dollar Stamps (Paper Christmas Trees)
Ink/Marker:  ColorBox Fluid Chalk, Copic E29
Tools/Embellishments:  Rhinestones (MAMBI), Spellbinders Label 3

The next digi stamp set I have to show you is Basket Kittens.  As a cat-lover, I was excited to get to play with this set.  It comes with pre-colored and outline images and several *purrrrfect* sentiments.  I made a shaped card using a Spellbinders Lacey Square die.  The main card is made from the largest die.  It's the first time I've made a card quite like this...I think I'll be making more.  I chose to use the pre-colored image this time.

I did a little interior decorating on my card and used one of the sentiments in the set.  In this picture, you can just get a glimpse of that interior decorating.

Cardstock:  Recollections (kraft), Georgia Pacific (white)
Pattern Paper:  Crate Paper (Random)
Stamp:  Clear Dollar Stamps (Kitten Basket)
Embellishments/Tools:  Pearls (Oriental Trading), Ribbon (Misc.), Spellbinders Lacey Squares

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll stop by the Clearly iStamp blog to see the rest of the releases and visit the rest of the Design Team blogs for details on their cards.

Have a good day. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

You're the Apple of My Eye

I thought this apple from the Sweet & Spicy Digital Image set at Clear Dollar Stamps would be fun to paper piece.  So I gave it a try.  I made an easel card but in my picture it's sure leaning.  Sorry, it really does sit nicely in real life.

Here's a little better view of the front of the card when it is closed.

After printing the different pieces, I colored the stem with copics and then cut it out.  I then cut a slit in the apple to slip the stem thru.  I cut out two of the leaves.  I got creative to give the top leave some dimension.  My husband was tuning a piano for a church, I was there with him cutting out and coloring images.  After cutting the leaf out, I laid it face down on the padded pew seat beside me.  Then using the rounded end of a marker, I rubbed the back of the leaf while pushing gently into the pew cushion.  It gave it a nice rounded, leaf looking texture (at home I would have substituted a mouse pad for the pew cushion).  I then glued the top leave to the bottom one. 

Since it was an easel card, I also did some interior decorating.  I kept to the notebook theme.

I didn't intend for my card to have such a "school-ish" theme but it sure turned out that way.  Oh well, I guess it had a mind of its own.  LOL

Cardstock:  Recollections
Patterned Paper:  BG (Oxford)
Stamps:  Clear Dollar Stamps (Sweet & Spicy digital images)
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink (Walnut Stain)
Embellishments/Tools:  Brads (Making Memories Mini & Medium Metallic Circle), Fiskars Border Punch, AC Slick Writer (Black)

I'm entering this card in the Paper & Such Paper Piecing challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Autumn Leaves - SNSDC28 & My SNSS Birthday Hop Blog Winner

This week's challenge at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge blog is to use paper piecing on your project. This challenge was right up my alley because I love to paper piece images. I chose this adorable new Cocoa's Leaf digi for my card.  I was also able to use my new Lacey Eyelet Border die. I really like being able to thread ribbon thru the middle of this one.

Here's a close up of the paper pieced leaf.  

Cardstock:  Recollections
Patterned paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle (Hello, Fall)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy (Cocoa's Leaf, Autumn Leaves)
Embellishments/Tools: Lacey Eyelet Border Dies, Ribbon (Michael's), Copics

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Stamptacular Sunday #137 -  Sketch
Paper Sundaes #94 - Rectangle
SNSS Inspiration Challenge #13 - Colors
Craft Your Passion #83 - Anything Goes + Brown
Paper & Such - Paper Piecing

I promised to draw a random winner for a small prize from those who commented on my blog post for the SNSS Birthday Blog Hop.  After removing duplicates, there were 66 comments.  Here's the Random.org result:

That means the winner is:

Cindy Lou said...
The coloring of Rhubarb is so good. I really like the snowflake impressions and your DP. All very well done :) Thanks for sharing!

Cindy Lou and I have emailed back and forth & she'll soon be enjoying a $5 gift certificate to the Sweet 'n Sassy store.  Congratulations, Cindy Lou! 

Thanks so much to all of you for your kind comments.  It was a record number of comments for me. Thanks also to my new followers and subscribers.  I hope you'll enjoy visiting often.

I hope you'll play along with us at the Digi Challenge Blog.  Don't forget, each week this month, a random participant will receive 4 free digis of their choice!  You won't win if you don't participate.  ;)

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

SIWS22 - God's Love for Us

If you are looking for the SNSS Birthday Blog Hop, please scroll down one post or click here.

Our focus verse this week at the Say It With Scripture Challenge at the Sweet 'n Sassy Connection is Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."  What an important thing for us to realize...that God loves us so much that even though we were sinners, Christ died for us.  As we learn in Romans 3:10, "...There is none righteous, no, not one:"  ALL of us are sinners.  And Romans 6:23 tells us, "... the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."  Because of our sin, we all need a Savior.  That's where today's verse comes in...even tho we are sinners and have earned death, God loves us so much that He has given us the opportunity to live forever with Him in Heaven.  Just like any other gift, to make it ours we must accept it. How? Romans10:9 tell us  "that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."  If you have not accepted God's gift of salvation, I encourage you to do so today.  If you have questions, please send me an email and I'll do my best to help you find those answers.

For my card today, I chose a black, red and white color scheme.  The black is to represent our sin and the certain death that awaited us.  The red is to represent Christ's blood that He shed for us on the cross.  The white represents Christ's purity and that His blood washes us whiter than snow.

I used an embossing folder to add some texture to the solid back background.  I finished off the card with some pearls and a ribbon.

Cardstock: Recollections (black, red), Georgia Pacific (white)
Stamp:  Sweet 'n Sassy (God is Love)
Embellishments/Tools:  Pearl Flourish (Recollections), Gray Pearls (BG), Ribbon (Offray), Spellbinders Petite Ovals (large & small) & Petite Scalloped Ovals (large)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Paper Sundaes #94 - Rectangle card
Digital Tuesday Challenge #136 - Anything Goes
Scrap-Creations - Sentiment Main Focus

I would again encourage you, if you have not already done so, to accept God's free gift of salvation for yourself. Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Birthday Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Birthday Blog Hop!  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is so excited to be celebrating four wonderful years! I first "discovered" Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps several years ago when I was looking for KJV Scripture stamps.  They were, and still are, hard to find and I was thrilled to find such a great selection at SNSS.  After the The Sweet Stop Sketch blog started, I enjoyed playing along as often as possible.  I was very excited when Korin gave me an opportunity to be on the Digi Challenge Blog DT and to hostess the Say it With Scripture Challenge over at The Sweet 'n Sassy Connection.  

A fantastic group of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps design team members past and present, along with some special friends, have put together this fabulous Birthday Blog Hop to kick off a whole month of fun. We have 37 stops so the hop will take place over three days - feel free to take your time visiting each blog!  You have until 11:59pm EST November 9th to leave comments on as many blogs as you can.  On Saturday, November 12th Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps will announce FOUR winners (chosen at random from comments on random stops along the hop); each lucky winner will receive a prize pack including stamps, dies, paper & twine valued at $40!  

If you have been following along already you should have come from Chris Dickinson.  If you are only starting here, please head back to the SNSS blog and go from there.  You won't want to miss any stops along the way!  Don't forget to comment on as many stops as you can....the more comments the better your chance of winning one of the fabulous prize packs! :)  Also, I'll be picking a winner from all the comments left on my blog to receive a little gift from me. 

I used this week's Sweet Stop Sketch (SSS133) for my card design today.  I also used one of the new digi stamp releases, Rhubarb's Stocking.  Isn't he adorable?!  I love teddy bears and Rhubarb just looks so huggable.  :)

I colored Rhubarb and his stocking with copics.  I went with a non-traditional pink and green color scheme this time. A snowflake embossing folder added texture and a clear star pen on the stocking and some red stickles on the holly added some sparkle.

Cardstock:  Recollections (green), Georgia Pacific (white)
Patterned paper:  Basic Grey (Eskimo Kisses)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy (Rhubarb's Stocking, Bear Christmas Digital Sentiments)
Embellishments/Tools: Ribbon (Hobby Lobby), Stickles (Christmas Red), Sakura Gelly Roll pen (clear star), Fiskars Border Punch (Threading Water), Spellbinders Nestabilities (Petite Oval large & small), copic markers

I'm entering this card in the Jellypark Challenge for a card with non-traditional Christmas colors.

Your next stop on the hop is Shannon White, but just in case there are any hiccups, here is the whole list of celebrants on this party train:

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you're enjoying the hop.  Don't forget to leave comments on as many blogs as possible to help improve your chance to win one of the great SNSS prize packages.  I'll pick a random winner for a small gift from me from comments left here on my blog.  You have until 11:59 EST, Wednesday, November 9th to leave your comments for the SNSS prize packages and for my gift.  I'll post the winner of my gift on Friday, Nov. 11 and the winners of the SNSS prize packages will be posted on the SNSS blog on Sat., Nov. 12th.

Happy Hopping!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sweet Baby

My husband pastors a small church and one of our ladies had a baby this week.  I used the adorable pre-colored image from the Gigi Giraffe digital set from Clear Dollar Stamps to make a card for the new little guy. These pre-colored images are really growing on me.  :)

Here's a closer look at this cutie giraffe {you can click on any image to enlarge it}:

The digi stamp set includes pre-colored Gigi as well as an outline Gigi that you can color yourself.   It also comes with 3 coordinating papers and 4 sentiments.

Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper:  Echo Park (Little Boy)
Stamps:  Clear Dollar Stamps (Gigi Giraffe Digital set)
Tools/Embellishments:  Misc trim from my stash, AC Slick Writer pen (black), Dewdrops, Spellbinders Nestabilities (Petite Ovals, Petite Scalloped Ovals, Lacey Square)

I'm entering this card in the Papertake Weekly Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll stop back often.  Have a good weekend.

Friday, November 4, 2011

SNSDC27 - Rhubarb's Candycane Christmas

This week's challenge at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog is to make a Christmas card.  That wasn't a too hard with all the cute Christmas digis Korin has.  She just released 11 more! last night and they're still 50% off, so playing along with us will be even easier.

To add extra incentive to participating in the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenges this month, Korin has "sweetened the pot."  As you may have heard, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps turns 4 this month.  Korin is celebrating all month long with prizes, sales, and special blog hops.  Sooo....in addition to the regular monthly challenge prize, one participant, chosen randomly, will receive 4 free digis each week!! The participants do not have to use SNS Digi stamps.  If you have a wish list of digis from the Release Party last night, this is a great chance to get some of them for free.

I used the adorable Rubarb's Candycane digi for my card for this challenge.  I used the new Echo Park Season's Greetings papers and a sketch by Paper & Such.  Some pearls, a little doodling, some baker's twine (also available at Sweet 'n Sassy) and  a couple dies later, this is my final result.

Cardbase:  Bazzill
Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific
Patterned paper:  Echo Park (Season's Greetings)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy (Rhubarb's Candycane, Do Not Open Till Christmas)
Ink:  SU (Creamy Caramel), Colorbox Fluid Chalk (Chestnut Roan)
Embellishments/Tools:  Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, Copics, Baker's Twine (The Twinery), Hemp (JoAnn's), Pearls (Oriental Trading), Creative Memories Fine Tip Pen, Spellbinders Nestabilities (Deckled Rectangles small and large)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Paper & Such - Sketch
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll play along with us this week and don't forget, in addition to our usual monthly prize, someone will win 4 free digis EACH week in November.  That someone could be YOU!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Winter Release Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Release Day Blog Hop!  This month we have are doing something really fun - the Design Divas and the Digi Team are hopping together, to celebrate the fabulous clear stamps, digis, and dies being released tonight!! Grab your favorite cuppa and your favorite treat and get ready for some amazing eye candy!  

After you've finished the hop, don't forget to go back to the SNSS blog and leave a comment telling them what is your favorite new release.  There's a major prize to be had -- the entire November Release!!  The winner will be chosen from comments left on the SNSS blog tonight at the Release Party.

Don't forget to join us tonight at 8:00PM EST in our member company forums over on Splitcoaststampers - we have a great release party planned! There will be full reveals of all of the stamp sets, digis and dies, plus challenges AND prizes!!! 

If you have been following along already you should have come from Jessica Fick .  If you are only starting here, please head back to the SNSS blog and go from there.  You won't want to miss any stops along the way!  

For my card, I chose to use one of Sandy Domelle's new stamps.  I just love this snowman pair.  I used lots of stickles on the snow and some on the holly berries in the lady snowman's hat but of course, it just doesn't photograph well. I colored them with copics and then die cut them with Spellbinders nestabilities.

Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific (white), Misc. blue
Patterned paper:  Basic Grey (Figgy Pudding)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy (Snow Much Love and Don't Open Till Christmas)
Embellishments/Tools:  Ribbon (Offray), Stickles (Star Dust, Crystal, Christmas Red), Rhinestones (Best Occasions), Spellbinders Nestabilities (Circle, Lacey Circle), Copics, Bow Easy

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #35 - Christmas theme
Basic Grey Challenge #56 - Anything Goes

Your next stop on the hop is Dina Kowal , but just in case there are any hiccups, here is the whole list of team members sharing new release goodness today:

Korin Sutherland

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope to see you all at the Release Party tonight.  Happy Birthday, Sweet 'n Sassy!! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

SIWS21 - Sing Unto the Lord

This week's challenge verse for the Say It With Scripture Challenge at the Sweet 'n Sassy Connection is Isaiah 12:5, "Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth."

I really like the positive emphasis in this verse.  It reminds us of the purpose of singing...to bring glory to the Lord because of all the wonderful things He has done for us. There are seven different verses in the Psalms where we are told to make a "joyful noise" to the Lord (Psalm 66:1; 81:1, 95:1, 95:2; 98:4; 98:6, 100:1).  This means that anyone and everyone (except maybe in some cases of extreme physical disability) can praise the Lord thru song.  You may be thinking, but I don't have a nice voice.  That doesn't matter.  Why not?  First of all, the seven verses in Psalms say we're to make a joyful "noise."  We all can make noise. And most importantly, singing isn't about us and how well we sing.  Singing is ALL about bringing glory to the Lord.  So, go ahead, sing those songs, hymns and spiritual songs that praise the Lord.  Your heart and spirit will be lightened and most importantly, the Lord will be glorified.

My husband has his undergrad degree in music and directed choirs for over 24 years.  As a result, we have lots of music around our house.  He had a some older song books that he was going to discard.  I salvaged them for my crafty projects. I used one of the pages for my background on my card.

I received several bottles of Liquid Pearls for my birthday last week.  I love this stuff!!  You'll probably be seeing a lot of it in the future.  :)

Cardstock:  Recollections (kraft, cream), SU (brown)
Patterned Paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle (Hello, Fall)
Stamp:  Sweet 'n Sassy (Sing Unto the Lord)
Ink:  SU (Creamy Caramel)
Embellishments/Tools: Flower (PortaFolia), Button (Fancy Pants Designs), Ribbon (Michael's), Liquid Pearls (Bisque), DMC floss, Spellbinders Nestabilities (Circle, Lacey Circle, Petite Oval, Petite Scalloped oval), page from old hymnal

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Mojo Monday #213 - Sketch
Stampin' Sisters in Christ #113 - Use crimson, orange, and gold (or something similar)
Craft Your Passion #82 - Bingo card of embellishments (I used the left column - flower, button, distress)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Simon Says...Buttons


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