Friday, March 30, 2012

Old Car #2 Birthday Card

Today I have a card for you that was inspired by the Operation Write Home's Sketch #114.  I recently made some other cards with this and liked it so much that I wanted to make a masculine birthday card using this sketch and Tim Holtz.  I really like the way this worked for my brother-in-law.

I used three stamp sets from K. Andrew Designs to form my sentiments.  You can click on each preview below to learn more about these great stamps.  Don't they mix and match beautifully?

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Don't Forget the GIVEAWAY going on right now.  Click here to find out how you can earn entries for the giveaway.

I am linking this project to a couple of challenges.
Operation Write Home Challenge #114
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday's Challenge Blog
Always Crafting Creative Monday's - Anything Goes
Karen's Doodles - Make it for a Male 

Enjoy the video and have a great day!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sketch Inspired Sympathy Card

I'm back today with another card inspired by a sketch from Operation Write Home.  You can click on the image below to be taken to the current challenge posted on Operation Write Home's blog.

Last week the card club that I'm part of focused on "Sympathy" or "Thinking of You" cards.  I thought that this sketch would make a simple, yet elegant sympathy card.  I made a "Love Note" variation of this card to send to Operation Write Home.  I will post a picture of the alternate card at the bottom of this post.

I used "Sympathetic Sayings" and "I Heart You" from K. Andrew Designs to stamp the sentiments on these cards.  You can click on the images of the cards below to learn how to purchase these fabulous sets of stamps.

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I hope you enjoy the video.

Here are the "Love Notes"

Don't forget to enter the current Giveaway. Click Here to find out more!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sketch Inspired Thank You Notes

Today I have a tutorial for a set of thank you notes that I made.  My thank you note stash was dangerously low and I need a whole lot of them right now.

I used Sketch #112 from Operation Write Home to create these pretty cards.  This is the first time that I have used a sketch designed by someone else and I enjoyed seeing the results.

Operation Write Home is an organization that sends cards to deployed soldiers to send back to their families.  Isn't that a neat idea?  You not only encourage a soldier, but you also encourage his/her family.  We sometimes forget the sacrifice the families make so that their loved one can protect us.  For more information on Operation Write Home, simply click on the sketch above to be linked back to their home page.

Of course, I had to use K. Andrew Designs stamps to complete this project.  I used "Owly Hoo" and "Scripture Sayings".  Simply click on the stamps below to find out how to purchase these great stamps.
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As always, I want to thank you for taking time to watch the tutorial.  I hope it inspires you to try making your own thank you notes.  Have a great day.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

"Easter Blessings" - Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge

Welcome to another Simply Sunday Challenge over at Getting Cricky.  Today's challenge is to make an Easter project.  Now I love to celebrate Easter.  I am so thankful that Jesus rose again from the grave and this is the perfect time to celebrate that!

I made a card for today's project and I used 2 sets of stamps from K. Andrew Designs - Fall-O-Ween and Scripture Sayings.  Kristal, from K. Andrew Designs donates a portion of the proceeds from each set of stamps to charity.  It is also very important to her that they are made in the USA.  You are helping others when you purchase these stamps.

Now for today's project.  This card was pretty simple once I designed it and found the papers I wanted to use.
I used Vintage Cream card stock from Paper Trey Ink for my card base (5 1/2 X 4 1/4) and as my anchor color.  I used the Lavender Chateau matstack from DCWV for all the other papers.  The octagons were made using Spellbinders dies. The sizes for all the papers are given on the video.
Now for the video tutorial:
Be sure to head over to Getting Cricky to see all the other projects featured.  You can even download your own project.  Click here to head over to Getting Cricky.  Thanks for watching and have a great day!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

100th Video Haul & Giveaway

Good Morning Everyone.  I'm back and plan to spend at least part of today in the craft room.  I am so far behind on the cards I need to make, so I'd better get crackin'.  I wanted to get out a video since its been close to 3 weeks since I made one.  I know its a long one, but I have a lot of fun things to show you.  Plus, it includes a GIVEAWAY!  The ways to win are listed at the end of the video, so be sure to check it out.  The deadline to enter is 11:59 pm on Easter Sunday.  I will choose and announce a winner on April 9.

Here is the prize -

This was a limited edition set and I don't believe that they are available any longer.  You will want to enter to win this one!

If I reach 100 followers by the end of the giveaway, I will also throw in the following stamp set -
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Can't wait to get this set?  Just click on the image and you will be taken right to the store to order it!

I hope you enjoy the video.

Friday, March 16, 2012

"In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb" - Blog Hop Tonight

Getting Cricky Blog Hop

Good Morning Everyone.I trust you are having a great day.  I just wanted to let you know that there is a blog hop tonight at Getting Cricky.  I won't be participating as there is just too much going on in our family right now, but I hope you will join in on the fun and check out what the Design Team has made for you.

Monstrous Birthday

Despite the bustle of life right now, we needed to stop yesterday to observe my brother-in-law's birthday.  My niece from Colorado is here and she is a beautiful cake decorator.  She decided to make a Red Velvet cake for him.  My niece didn't know that I have cake decorating supplies (another craft that I don't have a lot of time for), so she picked up a few things at the store.  I grabbed my cake decorating box and told her to help herself.  When I opened it I found these cute decorations from a Monster's Inc. cake I had purchased several years ago and this was what she came up with.
Since Maria worked her magic with the cake, I of course had to coordinate and work my magic on the card.  Now we just need him to watch the movie (ha ha - probably not going to happen).
K. Andrew Designs Stamps - "Fall-O-Ween", "Owly Hoo", and "Coffee and Tea for You and Me"
Cricut - Best of Pixar
Ink - black Excelsior
Purple base - cut at 11" X 4 1/4
Polka Dot paper - cut at 4 1/8" X 5 3/8"
Green Paper - cut at 4 1/8 X 3"
3 Girl Jam Ribbon - "Witch's Brew"
Papers from my stash to cut out images.

Now I have to say, that this is one of my least favorite cartridges, though it has my favorite cartoons on it.  It just doesn't layer easily because the little pieces are cut individually.  I'm so glad that PC fixed this on most of the newer cartridges!  Maybe they will re-do this one someday :).


I cut Sully for the front of the card and his layers at 3 1/2".  I then cut Mike at 2 1/2" for the inside of the card.  I stamped "Boo" from Fall-O-Ween and then combined "Happy" and "birthday" from "Owly Hoo" and "Coffee and Tea for You and Me".  All the paper for this card and the images were from my scrap stash.

You can order any of the stamp sets I used by clicking here.  Remember that whatever you purchase helps someone else out as Kristal donates a portion of the proceeds for all her stamp sets to charity.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.  I hope to have more projects in a week or two.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Sunday Morning Surprise

Life has been very busy lately. I just wanted to post this note that I wrote earlier today. I'm not sure when I will have time to post any new projects. It will likely be a week or so (at least). I trust the following note will be a blessing. If you have questions you would like to keep private, please mark your comment "Private" and leave your email address and I will be happy to get back to you. I will not publish any comments marked Private.

Today I was able to witness something quite unique at church. The story actually began a while ago so I’d better go back a bit.

For the last several years, my father-in-law has slowly developed kidney failure. His doctor was aware and was careful of the medications he prescribed in order to preserve kidney function as long as possible. In late 2009, while being hospitalized for another issue, it was determined that his disease had progressed to the point that it was time to consult with a kidney specialist (nephrologist). After much prayer, he began peritoneal dialysis in late August of 2011.

One of the greatest advantages of peritoneal dialysis is that you are able to do your dialysis at home. Dad, mom, and I all went through specialized training to learn how to safely be able to do this. Our goal was not necessarily to prolong his life, but to improve his quality of life for the time he had left. Unfortunately, his body did not respond well to this type of dialysis and he was placed in the hospital on December 30. At that time, dad agreed to try hemodialysis and an access was placed on December 31.

Other than a couple of rare days, dad has not experienced the benefits of improved quality of life with the dialysis. He developed other complications that led to a hospitalization 3 weeks ago and an ER visit this past Wednesday. At the last ER visit, the doctor told us that there was nothing else that could be done and that they believed he would live less than a year. They believed that it was time to contact hospice. When dad understood what was happening, he decided to discontinue dialysis. It is now expected that he will go Home to Jesus any day. Which brings me to today…

When dad decided to discontinue dialysis on Thursday, mom expressed that he really wanted to go to hear Daniel (my husband) teach Sunday School one more time. I assured her that we would get him there and that I would bring him home when it was over so that he wouldn’t need to sit through church. Someone had moved a rocking chair from the nursery into the auditorium so that he could be comfortable. Our pastor decided to start the morning service a few minutes early so that dad could say a few words before I took him home. Dad had really wanted to preach tonight, but we knew that was unlikely as he has been so weak.

When I arrived to pick him up, he was so weak that it took some work to get him into the Jeep. (I’m pretty sure Philip won’t be concerned if I left tire tracks in his lawn when I drove my Jeep up to the front door.) We were late, but we made it. Dad sat comfortably in the rocker with his headphones and the speaker system and faded in and out of sleep throughout Sunday School.

Many of our church family greeted him following Sunday School. Pastor had us start the service with a song. He asked dad if he wished to say anything but dad was fading in and out so much that he was not able to acknowledge him. Pastor said a few words about dad’s faithfulness. The teens then gathered around his chair and sang, “I Saw Jesus in You” by Ron Hamilton. Pastor came down, knelt beside dad’s chair and prayed for him. I can’t even tell you right now how many men came to help me get dad out to the car to take him home, but they gathered around and we assisted dad to his feet. At that point, he told us he wanted to stay. He had said little to anyone all morning so we were quite surprised. He then began to pray. “Thank you Father for the blessings you have given to me”. “Thank you Father for the blessings you have given my family”. He said the same words a few times and we sat him back in his chair where he remained the rest of the service. One of the newest members of our little church sat next to him throughout the whole service holding his hand.

Dad will never be able to go to church again. He has been too weak to do little but sleep throughout the rest of the day. Very soon, he will be with Jesus. He won’t need to be yelled out so that he can hear us. His tummy won’t hurt. He will be strong and well once again. Dad has faithfully served his Lord for more than 50 years and he will soon hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

You may look at his many years as a Pastor and his 11 years in Australia and say, well of course he will be in heaven, he was such a GOOD man. If that’s what you’re thinking, you couldn’t be farther from the truth. Dad isn’t going to heaven because he was a good man. He’s not even going to heaven because he gave up so much to serve others. He’s not going because he was a Baptist or even because he was a pastor. Dad will be in heaven because he placed his faith and trust in Jesus alone to save him from his sins. He understood that he wasn’t good enough to stand before a perfect and holy God. He knew that no religion would get him there. It was Christ alone!

How about you? Are you trusting in the fact that you’re “good enough” or that you have served others to get you to heaven? Are you trusting in your religious group? Do you think that you’re “Baptist enough”, “Catholic enough”, or “Mormon enough” to get to heaven. My dear friend, you can sit through every service in your church and still not know Jesus. Please don’t trust in YOU to get there. Trust in Jesus and His complete work on the cross.
 This photo was taken by my brother-in-law this morning during a rare alert moment.

Monday, March 5, 2012

K. Andrew Designs Stamp Release and Other News

Good Morning Everyone.  I am getting ready to start day 4 of my long work weekend.  For those of you who don't know, I work 3, 12-hour shifts in an ER per week. So every other weekend, I work 4 days straight and the other days are worked throughout the weeks.  I really like this schedule (since some weekends aren't an option), but it does limit my time on those weekends I work.  I did just want to update you on a few things going on right now.

1.  K. Andrew Designs has a stamp release coming up pretty soon.  I can't tell you what it is right now, but I have seen the set being released and can't wait to get my preview set!  Some of you will love it!  Keep checking back here or go to to watch for the release date of these fabulous stamps.

2.  Soon, I will be starting a new weekly feature on the blog.  It is not so much "craft" related as it is "life" related.  Be checking back for info on this.  I'm hoping it will be an encouraging feature for you.

3.  There is a new challenge going on over at Shawn's blog that is a lot of fun.  To check it out click here.

4.  Don't forget the current Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky.  You still have a few days to enter.  Click here to find out all the info.

5.  Later in the month, I am getting together with some friends for a full day of scrappy goodness.  I really hope to have some great stuff to show you from that day near the end of the month.  There will hopefully be some scrapbook layouts and maybe a new product or two :).

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope to be back soon with some more projects.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Good Morning!! A couple of  nights ago I was reading my fellow Design Team Sister's post Kristan at Babycakes and saw that she awarded me the Green Blend Award.

Here are the terms under which this “Green Blend Award” are to be given:
1. This award is for any co-blogging friend who has helped you develop your blog in any and all ways.
2. This award is for any co-blogging friend who has cheered you along in your blog building, craft advancing career.
3. This award is for any co-blogging friend who always stops by and is kind to you. You can count on them to always be one of the great comments at the end of your post.
4. This award is to be given to 3 to 5 Blends whom you feel meet the listed requirements.
5. Create a post with the terms of use and publish your Blends of choice.
6. Blend of choice may copy the award from your blog and proudly post it on theirs.
7. Blend of choice may continue the kindness by issuing this award to keep the circle forever growing.

Kristan and I are Bloggie Friends who have never met in real life, but I think we would get along great.  She is a woman of faith and courage and I am honored that she chose me for this award.

OK with that said here are the ladies I will be giving it to:

The first person I'm giving this to is Kristal at Getting Cricky.  Kristal is such a kind and giving person.  As part of her Design Team, I have learned so much.  This has helped me to take time to craft at a time in my life that I really would have pushed it to the back burner.  Thanks Kristal for being so great!

The next person that I'm passing this on to is Erin at Scrappyhour09.  Erin is my cousin.  Now I have to tell you that I have a VERY LARGE family and an even LARGER extended family.  We are spread all over the country and rarely connect.  Facebook has been great for keeping up with each other.  Erin was posting videos on YouTube and linking them and her blog to her Facebook page.  I thought You Tube was for music videos and blogs for people who wanted to get their opinions on things out there.  I was quite surprised to discover that people did CRAFTS on YouTube and blogs!  Thanks Cousin for opening a whole new world for me.

The next 2 ladies that I am going to give this to have each received it.  That's because they both deserve it!  They have both been so helpful in my blogging.  Amy from Love to Crop has been so helpful with technical issues.  I have to tell you that she also has a very quirky sense of humor and her posts are fun to read.  They make me smile and even laugh.  And talk about CREATIVITY!  Amy creates some of the best projects out there!

Lisa at A Mermaid's Crafts  is also great to answer techy questions.  There have been times when I had no idea how to achieve something I wanted to do on my blog and Lisa has known the answer (and she can put it in terms that I can understand).  She is always quick with a kind comment.  I can't begin to describe how great her blog posts and projects are.  She makes some beautiful items. 

Now I don't know if I'm breaking any rules here or not, but I am definitely giving this back to Kristan.  Kristan and I found each other around the time of the last Design Team Call at K. Andrew Designs.  She encouraged me to apply.  She is a strong woman who loves the Lord.  She is one of the best "encouragers" with sweet and thoughtful comments.  Thank you Kristan for your sweet spirit.  Visit Kristan's blog at Babycakes.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Wedding Card

I know it's been awhile since I posted a card, but I finally felt well enough to spend a little time in the craft room.  This card is for my Card Exchange Club and I think its gorgeous!

I used the "It's Valentines" stamp set from K. Andrew Designs.  

Now on to the video.  One thing that I forgot to mention on the video is that I used "Dusty Concord" distress ink from Tim Holtz to ink around the edges of the inside mat before adhering it to the base.  Also in the video, I discuss a lesson I learned about my homemade glitter sprays.  You DON'T want to miss this if you plan on making your own glitter spray sometime!

Finally, I am linking this project to the ODBD Challenge at the Operation Write Home blog. You can find this by clicking here.  I stumbled across this organization a month or two before Christmas.  Volunteers make cards to send to service men and women that they can send back to their families and loved ones.  It is a simple way to show appreciation to someone who is working to help me remain free.  I plan to begin making cards as I am able and sending them in.  To find out more about Operation Write Home click here.  Now I won't be sending these cards to Operation Write Home, but I will send others later.

Here's a final look at today's card.

Thanks for stopping by today.

I feel so blessed.  Jessie at Sugarlips Sassy Surprises has given me my very first blog award!  Thanks so much Jessie!  You are supercalifragilisticexpealidocious!

"Liebster" is German for "Dearest". The award is a "Share the love arrangement", given to inspirational bloggers with less that 200 followers.

Here's the to do list for any of the Liebster Blog Award recipients.

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who presented you the award .
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog.

I am choosing 5 special ladies to pass this award on to.  They are:

Misty at  ...sevens...
Kristan at Babycakes

Now I really need to tell you about each of these special ladies:

Misty is a relatively new blogger and her blog has a variety of interesting ideas, including "Freebe Friday".  She has been a blessing to me, even watching my son one day as a help to our family.

I have known Mandi since she was a little girl and her dad was my Pastor.  Several years later, her dad became my Pastor again when my husband accepted a teaching position.  Mandi has been blogging for a while.  Her newest blog focuses on the book of Proverbs in the Bible.  It is such a blessing.  I'm so proud of you Mandi.

Speaking of the second time Mandi's dad was my Pastor, it was in that same church that I met and became friends with Pam.  She and her husband Pete hold a special place in our hearts.  Pam has an inspirational blog where she reaches out from her heart.

Kristan is the only person that I'm giving this award to that I don't know personally.  However, we seemed to connect soon after we discovered each others blogs.  She has been a source of encouragement to me on more than one occasion.

Erin, I have known you your whole life - literally.  You see, the night Erin was born her sibling stayed with my aunt where I was also visiting.  I would imagine I saw you sometime soon thereafter (though I don't remember that).  I know you are closer to my younger sister in age, but it has been such a blessing to connect with you through crafting.  Love you cousin!

Please check out each of these ladies' blogs.  You're in for a treat!