Thursday, 29 December 2011

I'm Not Saying What It Is Or You Won't Come Look! :o)

Surprise!! It's a Christmas card! lol I have been seeing everybody post about how tired they are of seeing Christmas cards. Well, as this is only the third Christmas card I've made, it certainly isn't HERE that you've been seeing them all! I really wanted to participate in the Card Crafter's Circle second Challenge and that is to make a Christmas card. The funniest thing happened though. As I was posting this, their second challenge actually ended, and they started their third challenge. So after I got over my giggles...I think I lost a few hours, or was it perhaps a day! lol You can see their new challenge HERE. Fortunately the new challenge is "Anything Goes", so I'm just going to post my Christmas card! Too funny, right?!
Guess what? I won the Card Crafter's Circle very first challenge with my Birthday Christmas card. Isn't that fun? I won some great digital stamps that you'll be hearing about soon. So considering the feelings of all of you, I made a card that didn't look very seasonal. I used a wonderful digital image from my friend Pamela over at Free Vintage Digi Stamps , and a colour combination that I always love! You'll notice that the sentiment does include New Year's greetings as well, so there you go! A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to each one of you dear people! Have I told you lately how much I appreciate you? :o)



Papers: Recollections Cardstock;
MM Slice Design Card: Noel;
Sizzlits Decorative Strip: Circles & Triangles;
Distress Stickles: Antique Linen
Ink: Stampin' Up - Cherry Cobbler;
Unknown Gold Ink;
Zig Water Brush.

Also entering this card at:
One Crazy Stamper:  December Challenge - Christmas/Holiday Theme

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

ABC Scripture Challenge - Zeal

Hello,  my dear friends! I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Christmas! It came so fast that I didn't even get a chance to post any special greetings to you! I want you to know I prayed that each one of would have a special day of BLESSINGS! Our girls were both home and we had a fabulous time of JOY and laughter...and scrumptious turkey! I really enjoy a good turkey! :o)
So, here it is...the final Scripture Challenge page of 2011! Patter gave us such a fantastic word and the Scripture the Lord gave me for this word is actually going to be my verse for 2012! Isn't that FUN? I'm even going to find a way to post it on the top of my blog! The dictionary defines "zeal" as: "eager desire; enthusiastic diligence." I have always loved Romans chapter 12...the whole chapter...but these two verses (11 & 12) are perfect as we end one year and begin another...
"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
These verses are mine today and in the days to come, and perhaps you'd like to claim them along with me! Let us be enthusiastic and diligent in living a life that honors and serves the Lord. Now verse 12 has three parts, and these three parts are definitely connected. I know from experience that when we are JOYFUL in hope and FAITHFUL in prayer, it is much easier to be PATIENT in affliction. God is so GOOD and I can't wait to see what He has planned for 2012. Let's all face it together with ZEAL!! :o)

Papers: K & Co - Ancestry, Recollections Cardstock;
MM Slice Design Card: Vintage Findings;
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Die:  Baroque, Baroque Mini;
Sizzlits Decorative Strip: Circles & Triangles;
Pearls: Gift From Tracy;
Flower: Recollections;
Trim & Pin: From My Stash..

Saturday, 17 December 2011

ABC Scripture Challenge - Yield

WHEW!!  I'm getting this page posted just under the wire! I haven't been late with a Scripture Challenge page yet and I'd hate to start with the second to last page of this year! lol It's hard to believe that the final word for the ABC Scripture Challenge will be posted tomorrow. Patter has some very exciting plans for the 2012 Scripture Challenge and I sure plan to participate again. It has been such a blessing to me, and I hope to continue to encourage you throughout the coming year. Please consider participating yourself...you won't be sorry! 
So, on to today's word which is "yield". The Scripture verse I chose is found in 2 Chronicles 30:8, and I used the King James version. It says: Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the Lord, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified forever: and serve the Lord your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.
My page is very simple. It's a road sign that simply reminds us to submit to God and follow His path for our lives. No more stiff necks for us, my friends! :o)
Papers: MM Vintage Findings,
Recollections Cardstock;
Alpha: MM Creative Letters - Chunky;
MM Slice Design Card - Basics 1.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

A Christmas Birthday Card! :o)

Happy Thursday, my friends! Well, guess what I discovered? I can actually color WHILE I listen to my music! Who knew I could do two things at once! :o) Originally I was going to paper piece it but that doesn't work with my music. If I bop instead of sway an extremity disappears, and that's just not good! lol I've had lots of fun working on this card. A nativity scene depicts what Christmas is all about for me...it is the birthday of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Luke 2: 10-11

 

Papers and Stamps: Recollections;
Prismacolor Pencils; Gold Stickles;
MM Slice Design Card: Summer

I'm entering this in:
  Stampin' Sisters in Christ: Make a Birthday Card
One Crazy Stamper: Christmas/Holiday Theme
Card Crafter's Circle: Celebration

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Could it be a Christmas Card?

Hello, my friends! I would like to show you the one and only Christmas card I have made...so far! Well, there are still 12 days to go until Christmas, right? My list keeps getting longer each day without one thing getting crossed off. I'm really not sure how that's happening but I'm not even worried about it. I'm just enjoying my music, and what gets done...gets done! I'm a happy girl in my own little JOY OF CHRISTMAS bubble! :o)

I actually made this card several weeks ago but I forgot to post it. My friend Alexandra from Art Scrap & More made a sketch that I thought was super cute! You can see her post about it right HERE. Speaking of Alexandra...she also had a giveaway a little while ago. I was the fortunate winner of her mini album prize; a Little Yellow Bicycle decorative edge Christmas mini album and paperpad! Thanks again Alexandra! I'm going to have lots of fun with that! Probably not until after Christmas though, when I'm not so busy listening to all this music! lol

Here's Alexandra's sketch:
Here's my card:

All Items from my stash.
*Use of tag was inspired by Alexandra :o)

Friday, 9 December 2011

52 Week Scrapbook Challenge - Use a Transparency on a Page

Hello, my friends! I have another Challenge page for you today, and it contains a couple of really fun firsts for me! The challenge was to use a transparency on a page. So guess what I did? I made my own transparency! Does that work? I actually didn't look into it before I tried it! lol Guess what else I did? I used digital images for the very first time! Yay! All the images on this page are digitals from a wonderful site I just discovered called Free Vintage Digi Stamps. You can find them right HERE. I know you want to, but please don't go there until you've finished here! :o)
It's so nice to be back on track with this Challenge. There are only eight more to go. Remember I'm doing 8 X 8 pages, so that gives you some perspective on this page. Here the background is the transparency. You know that I just have to do a cream and black page every once in a while...and it was high time. I had plans to make a really fancy "couture" flower for the pop of red. However, the light was fast fading here and I really wanted to get this page posted today. So I decided this pretty Prima would just have to do! I hope you all have a weekend full of JOY!! :o)


Papers: Recollections Cardstock;
Border Punches: EK Success, Martha Stewart;
Digital Stamps: Free Vintage Digi Stamps;
Transparency Sheets: from stash;
Flower: Prima.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

ABC Scripture Challenge - Exercise

Well, when I saw the Scripture word was "Exercise" I immediately thought of my treadmill again! Oh, no! lol I posted about the value of exercise recently. (ABC Scripture Challenge Value Page HERE) What I neglected to mention is that we actually purchased a new treadmill; a very nice, new and improved treadmill, because the old one was worn out. However, what I also neglected to mention is that I have not yet "bonded" with this fabulous new treadmill. I'm taking my time getting to know it and easing into a relationship. That being said, my Scripture page goes in a different direction. There are other meanings of the word exercise, you know! lol  
Patter has a fabulous devotional about how important it is to EXERCISE our spiritual muscles daily. Please take a peek at my page and then go read her devotional HERE.

Jeremiah 9: 24 says:

 "...but let the one who boasts boast about this: 

   that they have the understanding to know me, 

that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, 

   justice and righteousness on earth, 

   for in these I delight,” 
            declares the LORD.

Isn't that lovely? So if kindness, justice and righteousness are things that delight the Lord, I think those are some EXERCISES we should be practicing daily as well, don't you?   I would love to delight my Lord! :o)

Papers: K & Company - Sweet Nectar, Recollections;
MM Slice Design Cards: Grandma's Attic, Bon Appetit;
Flowers: Red - Gift from Joy, 
Yellow - Flora Doodles - Gift from Debbie;
Lace: Gift from Dunja;
Pearls & Bling from Stash.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

52 Week Scrapbook Challenge - Potpourri Page

Yes, my friends, I am finally posting another 52 Week Challenge page! It's been a LONG time!
This was a fun one that involved a little bit of planning...and then some quick additions in the end! lol Remember I'm only working with an eight inch page! The challenge was to use at least one of each of the following:
letter stickers - the title;
rub-ons - the silver snowflakes;
punches - wave border punch, snowflake punch;
chipboard - the glittered flourishes;
stencils/masks - light bulb banners;
decorative scissors - pinking shears on ribbon;
ribbon - bow at top of page;
brads - gold one at top of tree;
stamps - snowman and tree.
I hope you like my little snowman scene! Big white flakes were falling outside as I was putting it together, so I didn't have to look very far for my inspiration! :o)
Papers: Recollections Cardstock;
Stickers: Making Memories Shimmer Alpha Stickers;
Chipboard: Making Memories Shimmer Flourish blue;
Stamps: Inkadinkado Pattern Play Holiday;
Ink: Stampin' Up - Basic Black, Color Box - Celadon;
Stencil: Provo Craft - Xmas Lights;
Transparencies: Deja Views Clearcut Shapes Winter;
Punches: Fiskars Boundary Waters Border Punch,
unknown snowflake punch;
Rub-ons: Cosmo Cricket Metallic Rub-Ons - Holiday Phrases;
Glitter glue,  Marvvy Markers.