Sunday, July 31, 2011

You Take the Cake Birthday Card




Today (7/31) is my mother-in-law's birthday.  I took her to the city the other day and we had a nice lunch at Red Lobster.  I then took her shopping at one of her favorite stores as she can't always make it to that store.  It was a nice day.  Tonight, we will get together with all of the family who is in town.  That's when I will give her present and card to her.  I thought I would make a card using "latte" in it as we both like our lattes.  However, as I was looking for the latte cup on my Imagine More Cards cartridge, I found the "You Take the Cake" image and decided to go with that instead.  I have discovered that I really like pink and brown when they are used together, so I decided to focus on those colors on the image and make this simple, but pretty card.  I wanted to make a 4"X4" card so I also ended up making my own envelope, but more on that later.  I mistakenly deleted the video, so this time you will just get the recipe.


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Super Supplies Saturday - Episode #2 (Adhesives)

Hooray!  It's still Saturday and I'm getting this post in.  In today's episode, we explore the world of adhesives.  Thanks for watching.

Pulling Weeds

I had a pretty busy day today.  One of the things on my agenda was pulling some of the weeds that have grown in my front yard.  This is definitely not my favorite chore, but it needed to be done anyway.  While pulling those weeds, I made a couple observations:

1. The weeds did not start out being the big weeds they were now.
2. Most of the weeds grew where nothing else was growing.

It didn't take me long to see some parallels to my own life.  Like weeds, sin is a big problem to me and to all of human kind.  Usually we don't commit the "big sins" all of a sudden.  Oh no, like those weeds they sneak up a little at a time.  Fear, pride, covetousness, selfishness, and rebellion all start as little seeds that continue to grow as they are watered.  Like my weeds that had begun where nothing else was growing and beginning to encroach on my lawn, sin finds empty soil delightful and then it spreads and spreads.  When my life is not filled with the Lord and His Word, the weeds of sin gain a stronger foothold.

 As I continued to pull weeds I also realized how long I had been thinking that as bad as my weeds were, they weren't as bad as other yards I had seen around town.  Sound a little like what we do with sin?  We can always find someone who has "bigger sins" than ours.  It makes it so much easier to justify our "smaller sins" that way.  It was time for me to not worry about what other weeds I had seen and just get mine cleaned out.  Friends, that's what I want in my life.  I want a weed free heart, ready to hear my Master's call.  How about you?

Guest Book - Part 2

Here is the completion of the guest book.  Thanks for watching and keep checking for more projects.  There are some fun ones coming up!

Guest Book - Part 1

Nearly 20 years ago, Daniel and I were leaving our family in Colorado and were moving to Northern California.  As we were preparing to move, my mother-in-law gave me a guest book.  Many moves later, we still use this book.  Every once in a while, I like to go back through it to be reminded of the many people who have blessed our lives while being guests in our home.

 I wanted to give a similar gift to a friend.  The following video is what I came up with.  Check back for the completion of the book in part 2.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Terrific Tools Tuesday - Episode 1 (Xyron)

Welcome to the first episode of Terrific Tools Tuesday.  Today I will explore 3 different Xyron machines.

 
If you have seen me use something in one of my posts that you are unfamiliar with, leave a comment.  I will see about making that tool part of a future Terrific Tools Tuesday Post.  Have a great day.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Super Supplies Saturday - Episode #1 (Paper)

I know it's Monday, but here is the first episode in the Super Supplies Saturday series.  Keep checking back for more episodes.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Announcement and Bargains

This video is about some bargains that I found.  It also contains an announcement.

Card Exchange Club - My Card

Here is the card that I made for the Card Exchange Club this month.  Please enjoy!


Part 1 - Supplies and Tools

Part 2 - Making the Card and Packaging

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Card Exchange Club - Female Birthday

I tried two times to get a good video of these cards, but they were just too blurry.  It was time for an alternate plan, so here it is.  My friend and co-worker Crystal, recently began a card exchange club.  We each make 8 cards once a month and then we exchange them.  July's theme was "female birthday".  It was so much fun and the first time I have participated in something like this.  The ladies who participated are so talented and it is a privilege to be involved.  I will post a tutorial with my card, but I wanted to show you the cards made by the other ladies.


Altered Clipboard

I was downloading the pictures from my camera tonight and found these pictures of a clipboard I altered.  This was a simple project that I made for my daughter.  She is on staff at a Christian camp and I slid this into her suitcase before she left for Junior camp on July 4.
Clipboard Front

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Pink Stamper Design Team Challenge

One of the first blogs I began following was My Pink Stamper.  Robyn is a talented lady.  A few weeks ago, she announced that she was going to looking for designers for the next 6 month term on her design team and I wanted to get in on that.  This is the first time I have ever entered a challenge and I'm really excited about it.  Of course there were some guidelines to follow.  We were to use the following colors:
Orange
Turquoise
Green
Brown
and other optional color of our choice.

We were also to use our favorite Cricut cartridge and post the recipe.  I love those colors, but have never attempted them all at once.  It was fun to stretch my mind a bit.  This is what I came up with:


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Travel Log

This is a mini journal, much like the others I have posted.  However, this one is made using a small composition notebook.  I hope this inspires you to start your own journal.

Banner

Here is a banner I made for out church's Summer Bible Club.  I used the Cricut cartridge, "Life's a Beach" for all the cuts.  Each letter and shape was cut at 5 1/4".  I cut the squares for the banner approximately 6"X6" and mounted them on posterboard.  I hope this inspires you to make fun banners for your family.

Packaging Tags

In this video, I package up the tags I made for Erin.  I make a topper for them using the Cricut "Imagine More" cartridge and Imagine machine.

Tags

Here is one of the videos that I told you would be coming.  Erin received her package today, so I can post this now.  In this video, I do a tutorial on tags.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Journal Tips

Are you getting tired of hearing about Journals yet?  I am not planning to make many more journal posts, but I did want to share some tips and ideas.  I hope you enjoy the video and are inspired to make one of your own.  I am enjoying mine immensely!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Journal for a Friend - Final Installment

This is finally the last video for this project.  I hope you have been enjoying it.  Now you can make your own.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Journal for a Friend - Part 4

This is the last long video in the series.  Enjoy!

Journal for a Friend - Part 3

This video takes us well over the halfway point of this project.  After this, there will be less than 20 minutes to go.  Thanks to those who are hanging in there.  I hope you are enjoying the project.

Journal for a Friend - Part 2

Here is the next installment of the journal.  I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Giveaway Winner

And the winner of the Studio G stamp set is

ERIN

Send me a message with your mailing address and I'll get that sent!

Journal for a Friend - Part 1

This video is the first in a series on creating a journal similar to one I made and posted earlier.  I hope you enjoy the video and are inspired to make one.

Final Day to Sign in for the Giveaway

I just wanted to remind you that today is the final day for you to enter the giveaway drawing I am doing.  To find out how to win, go to the following post:


I plan to do the drawing between 11:00 pm and midnight on July 12, so be sure to enter soon.  Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bargain Haul and Giveaway

I've finally taken the plunge to videos.  There are more videos in the working stage, so stay tuned for more to come. In celebration of my first craft video, I've included a little giveaway.  All you have to do is watch the video and leave a comment on the blog to be eligible to win.  I plan to do a random drawing on July 12 for the giveaway.  I would love to have you subscribe and follow my blog, but you don't have to in order to be eligible for the giveaway.  Enjoy!