A diary of both my life and my art work, a reflection of time and growth.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Like it a latte!

After seeing Texasjodylynn's Hot chocolate cards pictured here
  • Jody's card
  • I knew I wanted to try one I only wish that I had ribbon as pretty as hers. It was such a fun card to make, I love the I like a latte set, and plan to use it a lot in the coming days. Especially now the my giga scalloped oval has finally arrived!!!

    Supplies used: Like a latte set, Close to cocoa, Chocolate chip, Real red, and Whisper white card stock, Chocolate chip and Real red ink, liquid applique, Chocolate chip marker, dimensionals, ribbon, hotchocolate and a candy cane.


    Thursday, December 28, 2006

    Black and White Bodacious Bouquet

    I cased this card it was originally done by Ally on SCS. From the first time I saw her card I knew I had to have this set and recreate it for myself. So I finally got this set from my sister for Christmas and put it to work right away! Here is a picture of Ally's card isn't her card beautiful.
  • Ally's card
  • I just love the look of this in black and white.

    Supplies used: Bodacious Bouquet, Riveting, Black card stock, Whisper White card stock, Versamark, White embossing powder, Black gingham ribbon, Dimensionals.


    Wednesday, December 27, 2006

    New Rubbah!!

    Santa brought new rubbah to my house this year!! No actually I have the best family they got almost everything on my wishlist, can't get it all there is way too much! I am so excited to get to work with my new stamps! I have got them all cut and mounted and will be using them later today! Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas! Make sure you come back to see my new rubbah at work! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

    New sets included: Bodacious Bouquet, Like a latte, Cheesecloth BG, Think Big, Best Fiends, Just Between Fiends, Beautiful Beach, Balmy Breezes, Happy Everything, Birthday Beauty, Give Thanks and the Nature Hike Jumbo Wheel


    Monday, December 25, 2006

    Merry Christmas !!!

    Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas from Kelly, Jason, Stephanie and Megan!! Here is a video of our holiday decorations, thought it would be nice to share with all of you!


    Saturday, December 23, 2006

    The Story of the Candy Cane

    I thought it would be fun to share the story of the candy cane with you!

    Legend has it that in the 18th Century somewhere in Europe any public display of Christianity was forbidden. No crosses or Bibles were allowed and the Christians were greatly oppressed. One old man, a candy maker by profession, was particularly distressed by this. He loved the Lord with all of his heart and couldn't stand to not share that love with the world. His heart especially went out to the children when Christmas drew near and no one was allowed to have a nativity scene (or crèche`) on display in their homes. He prayed for God to show him some way to make Christmas gifts for the children which would teach them the story of Christ.

    The answer was the candy cane. The candy cane was in the shape of a shepherd"s staff to show them Jesus is our Shepherd and we are His flock. A sheep follows his own shepherd, knows his voice, and trusts him and knows that he is totally safe with him. The sheep will follow no other shepherd but their own. This is how we are to be with Jesus if we truly follow Him ( John 10:11; Psalm 23:1; Isaiah 40:11)

    Upside down the candy cane was a "J", the first letter of Jesus' name. ( Luke 1:31) It was made of hard candy to remind us that Christ is the rock of our salvation. The wide red stripes on the candy cane were to represent the blood He shed on the cross for each one of us so that we can have eternal life through Him. He redeems us and cleanses us with His shed blood - the only thing that can wash away our sin. ( Luke 22:20) . The white stripes on a candy cane represented the virgin birth, sinless life and purity of our Lord. He is the only human being who ever lived on this earth who never committed a single sin. Even though He was tempted just as we are, He never sinned. ( I Peter: 22) The three narrow red stripes on candy canes symbolized that by His stripes, or wounds, we are healed and the Trinity - the Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit. Before the crucifixion Jesus was beaten; the crown of thorns was placed on His head; His back was raw from the whip. We are healed by those wounds. He bore our sorrows and by His stripes we are healed. ( Isaiah 53:3) The flavoring in the candy cane was peppermint, which is similar to hyssop. Hyssop is of the mint family and was used in Old Testament times for purification and sacrifice just as Jesus sacrificed His life for ours. ( John 19:29; Psalm 51:7)

    The old candy maker told them that when we break our candy cane it reminds us that Jesus' body was broken for us. When we have communion it is a reminder of what He did for us. ( I Cor. 11:24) If we share our candy cane and give some to someone else in love because we want to, it represents that same love of Jesus because He is to be shared with one another in love. ( I John 4:7,8) God gave Himself to us when He sent Jesus. He loved us so much He wants us to spend eternal life with Him... which we can do if we accept Jesus in our hearts as Savior and Lord. ( John 1:12; John 3:3,16) Some people believe this story of the candy cane is just a legend. Others believe it really happened. We do not know for sure exactly how the candy cane was invented, but there is one thing for certain... it is an excellent picture of Christ and His love for you.


    Snowmen Without Blue Challenge

    Fridays limited supplies challenge was to make a snowman card without using blue. I chose to use pink and purple. I am not overly fond of this card but it was fun to be able to complete another challenge.

    Supplies used: Pretty in Pink, Lovely Lilac, and Whisper White card stock, Black and Pretty in Pink ink, Prisma pencils, blending stumps, gamasol, popcorn pen, and stickles.


    New Banner!

    Don't know if you noticed but hubby made me a new banner or should I say banner as I didn't have one before. Isn't he talented!!

    Only 2 more days until Christmas my kids are hubby are getting really excited!

    Happy Holidays!


    Friday, December 22, 2006

    Flowers For Mom

    Just a quick card for my Mom after the holidays she is always a little bummed out, so I thought i would brighten her day with a nice bright card, and a reminder that spring is just around the corner. My Mom lives way up north so it is winter conditions from September to April and with some of that being in almost 24 hour darkness. Well 3 more days until Christmas and I am done wrapping *insert happy dance here* all I have left to do is prepare the Christmas dinner *insert sigh of relief here* . Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!!

    Supplies used: Letterpress, and Looks Like Spring stamp sets, Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink Ink, Whisper White, Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink card stock, crystal brad and a fabric flower.


    Thursday, December 21, 2006

    My First Color Challenge

    This card is full of a whole lotta firsts for me. First time using Rose Red and Sage Shadow. First time using best Blossoms, Paisley and Noteworthy. Also my first color challenge.The challenge was to use Blush Blossom, Rose Red, Sage Shadow and Chocolate Chip was an optional color. This challenge was really fun!

    Supplies used in this card were: Rose red, sage Shadow, Blush Blossom and Chocolate Chip card stock, Rose Red and Sage Shadow ink, Best Blossom, Warm Words, Noteworthy, and Paisley stamps, ticket punch, small and large oval punches and dimensionals.


    Wednesday, December 20, 2006

    Parka Cutie!

    Wow I can't believe there are only 5 days until Christmas Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org my kids are getting so excited! I have to finish of Jason's shopping today then I think i will finally be done, whew. I hope you are all enjoying the season!

    I bought this set a year ago, and have never used it Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org, I cant believe how long it takes me to get to some things. The color in the photo is a little washed out it is much more pink in real life.

    The base of the card is Pretty in Pink, followed by a layer of Whisper White, the next layer I divided into three and is again Pretty in Pink, stamped with white craft ink and the snowflake from Polar Pals and faux stitched around the edges. There is another series of layers and then the little girl. I first stamped her in Basic Black ink and the I stamped her one more time in Pretty in Pink ink, I cut the pink coat out and used a crafy knife to cut out her face and placed her ton the black image to see if the would line up, once the were lined up I embossed the trim on her coat with white emossing powder and the embossed over that with crystal snow embossing powder (I found it at Michaels). I assembled the little girl and ahered to the card, and finished off with a stamp from Riveting.

    I had planned on posting a color challenge that I made yesterday but DH took the camera to work, so I guess I will post that later today or tomorrow. Merry Christmas!


    Tuesday, December 19, 2006

    Blossoms Abound Card

    I haven't used this set in a long time, I thought it would be fun to use it as I do have a few birthdays and anniversaries coming up in the near future. I used Bravo Burgundy, Always artichoke, and Very Vanilla card stock for this card. On the vanilla paper I used a stipple brush and Creamy Caramel ink to give it an aged effect.All the Always Artichoke card stock is stamper with the Linen background stamp in Always Artichoke ink. The blossoms are stamped in Bravo burgundy ink and the stem and writing are stamped with Always Artichoke. This card it just a matter of layers, finished off with some grosgrain ribbon. I really like how this card turned out.


    Monday, December 18, 2006

    Glitter Ball Ornaments

    I made some glitter ball ornaments for my mom's and my sister's trees, I decided on Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, and Not Quite Navy for the three colors I was going to use. I rinsed out the ball first and then added 20 drops of reinker to each ball swirling around, until the inside was totally covered. You may want to wear gloves for this. After I covered the inside I turned them upside down over a jar to drain out the excess ink. Once the ink had all been drained I blotted the mouth of the ornament with paper towel to catch any pools that would later turn into a streak. To add the glitter I made a funnel from scrap paper, and added glitter to the ball, covered the hole with my thumb and shook until completely covered, and then dumped out the remainder of the glitter. Put the top on and tied a ribbon on for hanging.

    Unfortunately I didn't get very good pictures they are so pretty in real life.


    Sunday, December 17, 2006

    Pop Top Cans

    For my families stockings this year I made some pop top cans, these were so fun and simple to do. I used a can opener( the safety kind) to remove the bottom of the can, peeled off the label, removed the fruit and washed the inside and lid of the can, and then dried off with paper towel. I measure the height of the can mine was 2 7/8ths tall so I cut a strip from my paper measure the length and cut off the little excess length that was left over. I use mono metal glue to glue down the paper. For the top I used my creative memories circle cutter to cut out the right sized circle, after the circle was cut I pushed it under the tab as far as it would go and used the indent the pop top made as a guide of how much to remove to get it to fit in place, once I cut the semi circle out I glued in place. I placed the goodies inside and glued the bottom back on with crystal effects glue and set something heavy on top to help it stay in place, until it was dry. Once dry I added ribbon and a tag. For the tag I used the tag punch to cut a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. I stamped using Bravo Burgundy ink with the flower from Roses In Winter, and stamping until the ink was gone, to get the light and dark effect, matted onto Bravo Burgundy card stock and secured with ribbon.


    Saturday, December 16, 2006

    My Mom's Name Frame

    For my Mom's frame I also used the Recollections paper, I had planned on using the Four Seasons paper but just couldn't get it to flow for me. I used Letterpress for her name in Bravo Burgundy ink and matted with Mellow Moss and then with Bravo Burgundy. To finish her frame off I used the little tag from Festive Favorites and a marker to outline only the tag shape to add our names to the her frame. The tags are secured with a brad.


    Friday, December 15, 2006

    A Name Frame For My Sister

    My sister has been wanting me to make her a frame for quite some time, I keep telling her I don't have time, or the supplies , blah, blah, blah. I wanted to surprise her this Christmas with a Name Frame for her, so I got busy to work and this is what I came up with. I do have to say I really like how it turned out and the simplicity of it. I started with a frame that I bought at The Real Canadian Superstore, the frame is gorgeous and was only $11.99! The frame measures 5" x 12" inches so I used the Recollections paper pack for the background, and the another 2 inch strip from the same paper pack matted in the center og the the 5 x 11 inch piece. I then added ribbon in the center of the second strip. For her name I used Letterpress and Bravo Burgundy ink on Whisper White paper and matted the letters on Bravo burgundy card stock, and then again onto Mellow Moss card stock, then taped the letters in place. For a finishing touch I used Burgundy ribbon on the bottom with some aged copper hodgepodge to hold the word "Cherish" from the Warm Words set.

    I hope she enjoys this as much as I enjoyed making it for her, she is a pretty special sister, plus the only one I have............lol.


    Thursday, December 14, 2006

    Christ's Birth Certificate Christmas Card

    I made this card using a template found on SCS posted by RoseMc99 it can be found here
  • Christ's Birth Certificate
  • . Her card was so amazing I decided to try one. I printed her template onto Very Vanilla card stock cut out and matted on Certainly Celery card stock I then stamped on the baby feet in Certainly Celery ink using a stamp I found at Wal-mart. I adhered the matted layer to the card front and used my eyelet setter to punch to holes ant fed burgundy ribbon through creating a flat bow.

    The ladies in my bible study group just loved this card!


    Wednesday, December 13, 2006

    "W" Treat Boxes

    I made these little "W" fold treat boxes to give as part of a gift to the kids teachers for Christmas. The directions for the treat box are:

    1. Cut card stock to 3 1/4x 11
    2. Score @ 10", 6" and 4" these scores are valley folds
    3. Turn over and score at 5" this score is a mountain fold

    Decorate project!

    The glorious green one was stamped with versa mark and embossed with red embossing powder. The tag window was traced on and cut out with a craft knife. I secured the top with a piece of velcro to keep it closed and taped the bag of treat to the inside.

    The burgundy on was stamped with white craft ink and the Snowflake spot stamped set then I followed the same formula as above.


    Tuesday, December 12, 2006

    Snowflake Gift Bag!

    I thought I would try another one of these Vellum gift bags the pattern can be found a few posts below this one. I used night of navy for the large snowflake, brocade blue for the medium snowflake and ballet blue for the smallest snowflake. I used a satin ribbon with the word winter wonderland on them for the handle. I just love these gift bags they are so pretty!

    I hope you are all well and enjoying the happy bustle of the Christmas Season.


    Monday, December 11, 2006

    M&M Card and Clear 2,4,6,8, Box!

    I have been trying to find away to use the M&M poem about the story of Christmas so I decided to make a 2,4,6,8, box that you would be able to see the M&M's in. I made the clear 2,4,6,8 box from a half a sheet of window sheet (I will include directions at the end) and filled with holiday M&M's and tied it closed with a red ribbon. The card is 3x3 and is made with glorious green card stock, I stamped the M&M's using the circle from the riveting set, using glorious green, real red, and green galore the M was written on with a white gel pen. I then matted the M&M's to real red, and again on to green galore and adhered to the glorious green 3x3 card. I then cut 2 ovals using the oval punches and used the "be merry" stamp from worm words stamped in real red ink to stamp on the smallest oval and matted with the larger oval and adhered to the front of the card. Inside the card has the following poem:

    As you hold these candies
    In your hand,
    And turn them,
    You will see.
    The M becomes a W,
    An E, and then a 3.
    They tell the Christmas story,
    It's one I'm sure you know.
    It took place in a stable.
    A long, long, time ago.

    The E is for the East,
    Where the star shone so bright.
    The M is for the Manger,
    Where Baby Jesus slept that night.
    The 3 is for the Wise men,
    Bearing gifts, they say they came.
    W is for Worship, Hallelujah, Praise His Name.
    So as you eat these candies,
    Or share them with a friend.
    Remember the meaning of Christmas,
    It's a Love story that never ends.

    2,4,6,8 Box

    1. Cut a sheet of cardstock to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".

    2. Stamp sheet as desired.

    3. Insert scoring blade on paper cutter. Score at 2", 4", 6" and 8" along the 8 1/2" length side of cardstock piece. You will have a 1/2" section left over.

    4. Turn cardstock piece 90 degrees, and score entire length of cardstock at the 2" mark. (Your scoring blade will travel 8-1/2" down. The 5 1/2" side of cardstock piece will be against the bottom lip of your paper cutter).

    5. Look at your scored cardstock piece. Take scissors and trim off the 2" x 1/2" section (not the 3 1/2" x 1/2" section). *Note: The 3 1/2" x 2" sections are the box top and the 2" x 2" sections are the box bottom.

    6. Cut each 2" score mark along the 8 1/2" side. (You will be making three straight cuts, each along the 2" score marks). Do not cut beyond the long score mark running the length of the 8 1/2" side.

    7. Fold along all score marks.

    8. Place a section of sticky strip tape along the 3 1/2" x 1/2" flap on the decorated/stamped side. Seal the top part of the box closed.

    9. Fold up the four 2" x 2" pieces; this is the bottom of your box. Use a sticky strip on the last 2" x 2" piece to seal the bottom of the box.

    10. You will be forming the top of the box similar to a milk carton: Look at your box and find the side that looks best for your front. This front section and the back section of your box will remain flat. You will be 'denting' in the two sides of the box until you can pinch the top of the box flat.

    11. I notched my sides with a rectangle hand-held punch and tied closed with ribbon

    Saturday, December 09, 2006

    Gingerbread Man Tea Bag Holder!

    I saw this pattern on SCS a while back it was posted by Nadine Falco the card is 3 1/4 x 3 14 and the inside has a little pouch that hold a tea bag. First I stamped the gingerbread man using Island Blossoms flower for the body of the gingerbread man and creamy caramel ink, I drew little stitch lines around his body to add some dimension using a black marker. For his eyes I glued on googlie eyes and hand drew on the mouth, the heart button was also glued on at this time. To finish off his body I used liquid applique and some glitter and heat to puff up. Two of the corner of the card have faux stitching with red marker and the other two corner have a confetti heart glued on. The image was then matted on Real red card stock, and adhered to the tea bag holder witch had been stamped with soft swirls background stamp using creamy caramel.

    The tea bag holder instructions are as follows. It is 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 folded so you would you would cut your card stock 3 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches scoring at 3 1/4 inches on each end and cutting the pocket on an angel so you have a triangular shaped pocket.

    Thursday, December 07, 2006

    Snowman Ornament!

    I have tried these once before but I like this one so much better, I used a 2.5 inch clear ball and cut a 2.5 inch circle out of a piece of window sheet leaving a tab at the top of the circle to sit in the neck of the ornament. I stamped the snowmans face using Fun Faces in stazon and used sharpies for the nose and to give the cheeks color. I the painted the face white using acrylic paint set aside and let dry for a few hours. To put the snowmans face in the ball I rolled it up and stuck it through the opening making sure the tab on the window sheet was in the neck of the ball. I placed the top on the ornament and tied on some silver cord. For the snowmans hat I used a baby sock cutting the toe off and cutting a slit on the sides of the sock tying the base and the end with a ribbon. Gently pulling the hat down the ball I hot glued it into place, added a white ball to the end of the hat and adding some snowflakes to the rim.


    Wednesday, December 06, 2006

    Snowflake Vellum Shade

    I thought I would try another vellum shade I wanted one the would be pretty and festive for the dining room table. This shade was stamped using SU;s Snowflake Set, the large snowflake was stamped with Night of Navy, the medium sized snowflake was stamped in Bordering Blue and the small snowflake was stamped with Brocade Blue. The top of the shade has white satin ribbon adhered to it, and the bottom has white satin beaded ribbon adhered to it using sticky strip.

    Happy Holidays Everyone!!


    Tuesday, December 05, 2006

    Home Sweet Home

    I just got an order of House Mouse and have been eyeing the stamp for sometime so as soon as it got here I couldn't wait to use it. I didn't figure it would be so hard, OMG!! Lots of little coloring in and some of the lines are so fine that you can't see them so you have to create your own this was true for the lines on the peppermint candies. It didn't quite come out like I had it in my head so I'm not too sure about it, leave me a comment let me know what you think.

    I used prismas and gamasol for the coloring and stamped the image with stazon. Once the image was colored in I used my versa mark pen and iridescenct ice to add some sparkle to the candies. The icing was done with liquid applique to witch I added sparkles to and heat set. I then matted the image on Glorious green card stock and adhered to Real Red card stock. I do have to admit this card was quite time consuming.


    Monday, December 04, 2006

    Vellum Lamp Shade

    I found this pattern for a vellum lamp shade about two years it has taken me this long to get to it , talk about procrastination! After cutting out the pattern I stamped the shade using Roses in Winter I stamped the large rose with Bravo Burgundy stamped off once, then stamped the middle size using Bravo Burgundy stamped on pad the directly to the paper and finally stamped the smallest rose by double inking on the Bravo Burgundy pad and on to the paper. I used Always artichoke for the leaves and sprigs and finished with More Mustard for the little flowers. I added burgundy ribbon to the top of the shade using sticky strip, followed by adding beaded ribbon (that I found at Wal-mart) to the bottom also adhering with sticky strip. I was amazed at how simple this project really was, I'm not sure why I put it off for so long. The pattern for the shade can be found here
  • Vellum Lamp Shade Pattern
  • at Mirkwood Designs.


    Saturday, December 02, 2006

    Gift Bag Extravaganza! Bag #6

    This frosty bag is again one of the treat bags from Michaels, I just wanted to show the versatility of the bag. I stamped the snow on ethe bag using white craft ink and the snow flurries from Festive Favorites, and heat set for quicker drying. I stamped frosty on Whisper white and colored in with markers, then matted on Night of Navy card stock and added 2 brad for decoration. I finished the bag of by folding over the top and securing with some Navy ribbon. I thought this would be a nice and easy bag for the kids to make to give to their teachers.


    Friday, December 01, 2006

    Gift Bag Extravaganza! Bag #5

    This gift bag is made from a a white treat bag like a lunch bag, I think this would be perfect for giving cookies or other baked goodies away in. I stamped the bag using SU Snowflakes set I used real, red , always artichoke and certainly celery for the snowflakes. I then cut a stip of real red card stock and attached it to the end of the fold on the bag to give it a little seperation I added a metal rimmed with a ribbhon knot to finish it off.


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