Tuesday, December 31, 2013

All About Love Stickpins

Good Morning.  Now I know that Christmas is just barely over and the New Year is nearly upon us.  Where has the time flown?  You may remember that I have enjoyed participating in swaps at Art and Sassy.  I have been invited to be one of the hosts on the sight.  This is a fun place to swap projects and ideas and I feel quite privileged to be able to participate.  So despite the fact that my Christmas tree is still up, I wanted to post this Valentine's project now to introduce you to a swap in January that I am hosting.  If you would like to participate in the swap, click here and request to be added to the site.

This swap is all about stickpins and a place to hold them.  I used the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and the Cricut craft room to create this first stick pin holder.  The beads were a combination of Cousins and Blue Moon Beads brands as well as some from my stash.  The ribbon is the red ribbon candy from 3 Girl JAM.  Paper is from K and Company and The Paper Studio "Holiday" pack.  The charms were picked up at a scrapbook convention and did not state the brand on the package.  Floral stickpins from Joann's were the base for these pretty little pins.

The same papers were used for this matchbook type holder.  Holly Berry crinkle ribbon from 3 Girl JAM was perfect to finish it off.  The matchbook is held closed with a tiny clothespin that I found in my stash and added a little bling was glued to the top.  The red piece was punched with a Fiskars punch to add a special touch.

The final holder was made by altering a tiny spool by Lara's Crafts that I picked up at Michael's.  I started by painting it with light ivory from Ceramcoat followed by 2 coats of Folkart's Pearl paint in Pink Chiffon.  A tiny bit of bling was glued around the top of the spool followed by a tiny bow using red ribbon candy from 3 Girl JAM.  The bow was finished off with a bit of bling from Jolee's Boutique.  The spool was wrapped in lace from Really Reasonable Ribbon and felt was stuffed into the hole in the center for the pins to sick into.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Candle

Merry Christmas!  I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas celebrating our Savior's birth.  I also trust that you know Jesus personally.  If not, wouldn't the day we celebrate His birthday be the perfect day to accept his gift of eternal life?  My Uncle Mike celebrated his best Christmas ever today.  He unexpectedly got to spend it with Jesus when he suddenly went home to Him this morning.  It is a huge joy to know that I will see him again someday because he had accepted Jesus' gift of salvation.  I pray that you have as well.

I gave several packages of homemade candy out this year to neighbors.  However, I have a couple of neighbors who are elderly and I didn't think they would enjoy the candy.  They also both have beautiful homes and probably don't need or want knick knacks and other such items.  I decided to get little scented candles and decorate them with ribbon.  I think it adds a little homemade touch, is inexpensive, and takes moments to prepare.  Of course a little 3 Girl JAM flair just pushes it over the top.

I used these gorgeous 3 Girl JAM products to take this little Walmart candle from nice to fabulous:
The ribbon was simply tied around the candle with a knot and the flair adhered with Glossy Accents.

Now I know that Christmas is over and you are done with your Christmas crafting, but this idea could be used for so many occasions.  How about a thank you gift for a New Year's party using the Thank you Flair, a teacher gift using the School Days Flair, or a little cheer me up using the Super Hero Flair?  The possibilities are endless.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

*The flair pictured will vary slightly from the one currently offered in the Christmas Flair package.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Dashing Through the Snow Christmas Cards

 Last year, the Cricut Craft Room opened up a few free images from Teresa Collins.  I missed out because they were gone before I could cut any out.  Guess what?  They're back along with a few others.  If you haven't signed up for the Cricut Craft Room, you really should.  It's easy to use and the freebies are great!

I had a great picture in my head that I had a difficult time bringing to paper.  I originally planned to use printed cardstock, but struggled to make that work. I made a few, but the solids were my favorites.

I used Ink-a-dink-a do's "Ornate Christmas" and on the inside, I used CTMH's Everlasting Holidays.

The printed papers used were all scraps from my stash.  I used the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge for the framed backgrounds.

CTMH Ponderosa Pine, Tim Holtz Festive Berries, and Memento Tuxedo Black inks were used for the stamping.

Kraft cardstock (possibly PaperTrey ink), and red and green cardstock from Recollections, Paper Studio, and Coredinations were used as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

12 Days of Christmas - Days 4-12

I thought I would post the remainder of the tags for this years 12 Days of Christmas.  I will also show a picture of the "4 Messages" for day 4.  More details are in the videos.

Products for Day 4: 12 Days of Christmas from Graphic 45, Snowflake brads from Hobby Lobby, 6x9 envelope, red and green cardstock (Recollections?), 3 Girl JAM Mistletoe and Goblin Green ribbons

Other supplies: Burlap ribbon from 3 Girl JAM, white embossing powder, Recollections green and red embossing powders, Cricut Craft Room

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Tags - Days 1-3

Welcome to the 2013 edition of the 12 Days of Christmas Tags.  Because I like to give the final gift and tag on Christmas Eve, the first gift should have been given on the 13th.  This tradition of secret gift giving to a neighbor has been part of our Christmas for quite a while now.  The video explains how it got started and how it works.  I was not able to finish these in time to have an extra set to give away.  I hope that it will be better next year.

Interested in this tradition for your family, but think its too late to join in?  Not crafty, but want to join in?  No problem.  Simply double up on a couple of days.  You can find the original tags by clicking here.  You don't even need to be crafty because the tags come ready to print if you prefer.  If you are interested, you can also go under the "Videos A-G" tab at the top of the page to see ones I have made in past years.

To start today, I am using the Graphic 45 "12 Days of Christmas" collection.  I have several parts of this collection which you can see in the video.  I also used Goblin Green and both colors of Ribbon Candy crinkle ribbon from 3 Girl JAM.  Red and green cardstock from The Paper Studio, Festive Berry and Pine Bough Distress Inks, Tags, Bags, Boxes and More (Cricut Cartridge), Georgia Pacific white cardstock, Versamark Ink, and lace, charms and white embossing powder finish them off.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mini Christmas Notebook

Mini notebooks are quick to alter and are so much fun to make.  They make perfect little stocking stuffers or quick gifts for co-workers.  I made a bunch last Christmas for the women in the ER.  You can make them super simple like the one seen here, or you can add a few extra steps and make it like today's post.  The simple ones take a matter of minutes and I find that they are great to have on hand for that forgotten gift.

Here's what you need:
3 Girl JAM - Mistletoe crinkle ribbon
3 1/4" X 4 1/2" Mini notebook
Holiday Inspirations tissue paper
Americana "Napa Red" acrylic paint
Tim Holtz - Christmas Adornments
Mod Podge and Scor-Tape
Stamps - Recollections (no name); Close to My Heart - Very Merry Christmas and Everlasting Love Holidays
Studio 18 bling- Holiday Home
Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs, Pine Needles, Festive Berries
2" circle punch
Christmas paper - scrap from my stash

I hope you enjoy this short video that will also show you the inside of the book.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Be sure to link up your holiday gift ideas to the current 3 Girl JAM challenge - Holiday Gifts with Ribbon

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Organization - Update on my Personal Journal

As mentioned in the previous post, I actually use a Christmas Journal.  It assists with plans, memories and so much more.  In today's video, I show you my journal, the additional tabs that I use, and how I set it up.  If you would like a more in depth video on how I made this, please see the video at the bottom of the post.  Thanks.

3 Girl JAM Winter Bundle
Pinque Peacock stick pins
(Other items detailed in the older video)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

3 Girl JAM Holiday Blog Hop - A Christmas Journal

Welcome to the 3 Girl JAM Holiday Blog Hop!

If you came from Jovan's blog, you are in the right place.  If you just happened to visit today and haven't started the hop from the beginning, click here to start at 3 Girl JAM.  We have some fabulous projects lined up today and some special Guest Designers too.  We have all used some of the new Holiday Products (including: The Ribbon Candy Crinkle Ribbon Bundle, Christmas Flair, or the new Jute Ribbon and String Bundle).  I liked these new products so well that I found a way to use something from each bundle.  Don't they coordinate well?

To start with I created this large flower with the Red Ribbon Candy and the new flair.  To view a tutorial on how to make this, click here.

I then turned a composition book into a Christmas Journal for my nephew and his wife.  It includes sections for recipes, traditions, gift giving, photos, and recipes with a few already included.  I made quite a few of these last year and have a few to make this year too.  They make perfect gifts that will last a long time.   Jute ribbon, Green Ribbon Candy ribbon and some rose trim from my JoAnn's provided a great accent for the Tim Holtz Holiday Paper Stash pad that I used.  The video will show you a bit of the inside of the journal.

Now you might say, "Well that's pretty enough, but it's just something else to clutter the shelf".  I actually made one last year year and I love the organization it helped me with.  I will be collecting even more of our favorite recipes and memories to add to it.  Check back tomorrow to see my personal journal and how I used a few more sections to make it work for my family.

Now it's time to Hop on through and get inspired for the Holidays!
Your next stop is the fabulous Abby
If you get lost along the way, here is the full line-up.
Guest Designer Ashley- http://especiallymade.blogspot.com/
3 Girl JAM- http://3girljamchallenge.blogspot.com/
We are having a Special this weekend on these products.
Use code: HOLIDAY to save $10.00 off your order of $20.00 or more when you buy one or more of the 3 new products!  OR- if you just want to try one- each 3GJ Design Team Member will have a special code for 10% off your order (just grab anyone's code!).  Using "CP10" will show Julie that you hopped over from here.

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Don't forget to link up your Holiday Projects below for our current challenge!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Altered Jar

Good morning. I really hope you are all staying warm and cozy.  Today I have an altered jar to share with you and I hope you see how easy it can be to make a quick gift container.  If you look closely, you can see a little tiny bit of the brand new Red Ribbon Candy ribbon.  It is absolutely beautiful!  Even the pictures can't prepare you for the stunning beauty of this bundle.

Red Ribbon Candy crinkle ribbon
My Mind's Eye "The Sweetest Thing" enamel dots
Studio G flowers
Folk Art pink chiffon pearl paint
Lace - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
Hot Glue
Pink tulle (Inside the lid)

I started by finding a tiny jar at my craft store.  I then searched my Pinterest boards to find those posts that I saw last spring and summer on coloring jars.  I settled on the one found here and cut the recipe in half since I was using such a tiny jar.  Once the clear jar was turned to pink, I was ready to grab some items from my stash, my glue gun, and some paint and go to work.  You might be surprised to find how much you can fit into those little jars.  I packed this one pretty full.  There's even a surprise on the bottom of the lid that you can only see by viewing the video (because I forgot to take a picture).

This little beauty was designed for someone who likes pink, but can you imagine how adorable it would be in Christmas colors?  Speaking of Christmas, are you ready to hop along with the design team and guest designers tomorrow?  We have a special 3 Girl JAM Holiday Blog Hop and I can't wait to see all the projects that will feature the brand new items in the 3 Girl JAM store.  There's going to be some pretty great candy up for grabs too.  See you soon.

Catching Up, New Videos and a 3 Girl JAM Announcement

Good morning everyone.  I trust you are having a great day.  If you live in the west or mid-west, please stay safe and warm with all the snow you are getting.  I trust everyone had a great time of celebrating thankfulness with your family.  I know that I did, but boy were we busy.  I had actually taken vacation time and ended up super busy the whole time.  God is so good to us.

Catching Up
Back in October, I posted about upcoming posting plans as well as a giveaway that I was tying to my thankfulness posts.  Unfortunately, I have been too busy to keep up with all of those posts and projects.  Also, there were not comments made on the thankful posts telling me what others were thankful for.  I am going to put off the giveaway that was mentioned until I can see if it is even feasible to have the 12 tags completed.  I will update you as I am able.

While considering the design for this year's 12 Days of Christmas Tags, I have decided that I will only make 1 or 2 videos.  It won't be all about techniques this year.  If you want to play along, I will be using the Graphic 45 "12 Days of Christmas" collection.  This collection is simply gorgeous.  You can purchase either the 12X12 or 8X8 collection as I will likely use both.  I have other pieces to the collection as well including one of the stamp sets, but you should be able to come up with a similar variation of the tags if you choose one of the paper pads.  The rest is "bonus".  If you are interested in the previous year's posts which have explored more techniques, you can find them listed under the "Videos (A-G)" tab at the top of the page.

I also am continuing the Christmas card tutorials and have a fun card coming soon featuring the Teresa Collins Silhouette images that I found free in the Cricut Craft Room. There will also be some other fun projects including some Christmas Journals.

3 Girl JAM Announcement
On Friday, December 6, 3 Girl JAM will be having a fun Christmas blog hop that you will not want to miss.  We will be featuring new products and have some guest designers.  There will also be some great blog candy, so come and hop along.

New Videos

I recently uploaded a couple of videos on YouTube that I want to share with you here today.  The first video is a flower making tutorial.  I make these flowers all the time, but this was a big one and it features some brand new products from 3 Girl JAM.  I hope you enjoy this step by step tutorial.  **Hint - this flower will be featured on my blog hop project.**

The next video is a revisit of the Thanksgiving organizer I showed a few posts back.  I update you on how it helped with my holiday planning.

As we hustle and bustle through the holiday season, don't forget that the true meaning of Christmas isn't the gifts, the parties, or even the family time.  It is a time where we celebrate the most precious Gift - the coming of Jesus, our Savior.  I hope you will take some time to reflect on this precious Gift and see if you have accepted this Gift and claimed it as your own.

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Lesson of the Bag, Days of Thanks - November 27, 2013

Life has been busy and everything that I have planned has not happened.  At times that is frustrating, but I am thankful for so much.  I will spare you the details of the craziness that is my life (I need to learn to say no), but I wanted to share a little thing that happened yesterday.

Last week I was asked to speak to a group of domestic violence advocates about what to expect when they are called to the ER to assist sexual assault victims.  I attempted to coordinate a different time, but the only time that would work with our schedules was yesterday morning.  I went ahead and made the appointment early enough in the morning that I could make it to the city to wrap up my Thanksgiving shopping.  This year's shopping included searching for a new refrigerator as mine is simply not big enough for 24 at Thanksgiving or for the 14 year old rugby player that I feed on a regular basis.  I found the perfect "new to me" refrigerator on my 3rd stop, but had to drive to a different area of town to purchase a filter for it.  By about 1:30, I had my refrigerator purchased, the filter purchased, and only had 3 grocery stores, a bakery, Starbucks, and hopefully a quick stop at Michael's left to hit.  Oh yes, I hadn't had a bite to eat or a sip to drink all day.  Undaunted, I stopped at a deli and grabbed a sandwich, chips, and diet coke, stopping long enough to finish before starting the rest of the list.

It was after 5:00 when I pulled into my last stop - the final grocery store.  I rushed to grab all my grocery bags and headed into the store.  There was a minor traffic jam inside the door, so I skirted around it and pulled around the corner to arrange those bags, my purse and my shopping guide.  It was at that moment that I discovered that I was missing one of my cooler bags.  Since I was in a hurry, I decided to hope that it was in the car and forge ahead.  I wrapped up my shopping, bagged my groceries (yes you bag your own at that store), and loaded them in my car.  The cooler bag was not there.  "I guess someone got a new bag", I said to myself as I took my cart to the corral.  I passed a second cart corral and rolled into a cylinder and stuck in the corral was my nice blue cooler bag!  I literally laughed out loud, causing some other shoppers to look strangely at me.  When I explained, one of them said, "It's nice to know there are still good people out there."  I completely agree!

As I settled in for my 30+ minute drive home, I had a bit of time to reflect.  There are still good people out there.  I think many would have just picked up that bag and said "finders, keepers", but they chose to do the right thing.  To me though, it is even bigger than that.  God chose to give me this little reminder that He cares about the little things too.  He had already worked out the big thing when He provided the refrigerator.

Are you seeing God in the little things as well as the big things?  I hope so.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 21

Today I am thankful for thoughtful neighbors.  We have been blessed with some great neighbors through the years.  God is so good to allow us to live near these great people.

What are you thankful for today?  Take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Fall Flowers Tag

Good morning everyone.  Fall crafting is winding down, but I still have some things to post.  Today I have a tag that I made to go with a swap I am doing.  I really hope my swap partner likes it as much as I do.  3 Girl JAM has perfect ribbon for the fall crafts we love to do.  I used Halloween Harvest and Sunflower for this pretty little tag.

I also used the following items:
DCWV - Autumn Melody and Pumpkin Patch matstack
Recollections flowers and leaves
Prima "Say it with Crystals" bling
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Lace (from my stash)
K. Andrew Designs "Fall-o-ween" stamp set
We R Memory Keepers Crop-o-dile and eyelet

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Days of Thanks - Day 20

Today I am thankful for music.  As I was on my way to prayer meeting tonight, I had my son turn on one of my favorite CDs.  It was was such a blessing to hear music that glorifies God.  There are times when it's easy to get discouraged, but the Lord so often has the perfect song come to mind to uplift the spirit and focus me back on Him.  This is where I need to be.

When I was a child, my grandfather would ask me if I had a song in my heart.  As I got a little older, he had a favorite song that he always wanted to hear me sing.  He passed this to my mother.  She sings when she's cleaning, cooking, and more.  She has taught so many little lessons through songs and it continues to the next generation as she sings to her grandchildren.

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
Psalm 98:4 (NKJV)

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 18

I haven't spent much time on the blog the last few days, but I am still thankful.  Tonight, I am thankful for completed projects.  I have a big project for work that I am ready to submit tomorrow.  God is so good to allow me the opportunity to complete this and to provide me with the mental capacity to do so.  What are you thankful for today?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Angel Christmas Cards

Even though we haven't celebrated Thanksgiving yet, I need to be working on Christmas cards.  I generally send or hand deliver more than 100, so I need to get a head start.  I decided to make some today and will post more in the future.

I have really enjoyed seeing the night sky backgrounds this year on YouTube.  While thinking of those coupled with a snow scene card I saw on YouTube (maybe on the Simon Says Stamp channel, but not sure), I developed this pretty card in my head .  Unfortunately, I didn't have the colors of distress ink that seem to be popular for the night sky scenes, so I pulled the colors I did have and played with them until I achieved a combination that worked for me.  I really liked the way these turned out and may make more later in the Christmas season.

I used the following products:
Paper Trey Inc - white cardstock
Georgia Pacific - white cardstock (to line the card)
Recollections - teal cardstock from the "Cool Water" pack
Tim Holtz - Joyful Song stamp set
Close To My Heart - Everlasting Life Holidays stamp set
Distress Ink - Iced Spruce, Faded Jeans, Broken China
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versamark ink and clear embossing powder
1/2" corner chomper from We R Memory Keepers

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 15

Today I am thankful that I am feeling well.  The last few days have been busy and I ended up being sick yesterday.  Today I felt better and was able to accomplish a few things.  God is so good and I am thankful for his blessing of food health.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Give Thanks With Ribbon Challenge - Thanksgiving Charger

Good morning everyone.  Today is the first day of a brand new challenge over on the 3 Girl JAM challenge blog.  It's all about Thanksgiving and thankfulness so I hope you join along.  You can link your project below the post.  Be sure to hop over to the challenge blog and see the other projects my design team sisters have for you.

I decided to alter a charger to showcase the 3 Girl JAM ribbon.  I will zoom in a bit to show the detail, but I wanted you to see the overall effect.  I used both the Harvest Orange and Sunflower ribbon from the Harvest Bundle which you can find here.  I purchased the chargers and Recollections bling from Michaels.

The base of the charger was filled in by adhering layers of a napkin with Mod Podge.  It was also sealed with Mod Podge.  Before the sealant layer dried, I sprinkled a small amount of fine glitter from EK Success.  The napkin actually had a passage from the Bible printed directly on it.

The flowers were part of a mixed "as is" bag that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.  The bow was made using the wonderful 3Girl JAM bowmaker and tying the 2 colors together into a double bow.

After I was all done, I realized that I needed a to make a quick thank you gift for the guest speaker of a meeting I had coordinated.  I grabbed another charger, a different napkin, and some Hot Chocolate ribbon and quickly made this second one.  There is some Sunflower also woven through the flowers in this one.  I used Scotch Quick Dry adhesive instead of Mod Podge and it worked really well too.  I didn't seal the top of this one.

Now it's your turn.  What are you making for Thanksgiving Decor this year?  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Days of Thanks- Day 14

Today I am thankful for my siblings.  There are 11 of us and that makes for a lot of people when you start adding in-laws and nieces and nephews.  They are each special to me and I'm so thankful for them.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 13

Today I am thankful that I have a few days off starting tomorrow.  What are you thankful for today?

Remember to take some times to enjoy the little things.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 12

Today I am thankful for my parents.  They have raised 11 of us.  The sacrifices they made are more than you can even imagine.  They taught us about the Lord and made sure that we were in church.  They loved us and still do.

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Missing the Craft Room

Life in the last several days has been busy and exhausting.  I have had little time in the craft room, but plan on posting later in the week.  See you soon.

Days of Thanks - Day 11

Today I am thankful for the men and women who have served and are currently serving to keep our country safe.  We live in the greatest country in the world and that is partly due to these brave men and women.

What are you thankful for today?

Take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 10

Tonight I am thankful to be home and in my soft bed.  I'm thankful for rest at the end of a long work day.

What are you thankful for today?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 9

Today I am thankful to have a job that I love.  It's hard and it's not perfect, but I work in a great place and have great co-workers.  God has blessed me in placing me on the ER team.

What are you thankful for today?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 8

Today I am thankful that I was able to get a lot accomplished on a couple of projects.  It may be baby steps, but good none-the-less.  Thankful for the little things!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 7

It was an incredibly busy work day.  I am barely going to get this posted in time to call it "Day 7".  Today I am thankful for so much.  I am thankful for time spent with good friends at the end of a very long work  day.  As mentioned for on Day 1, I am so thankful for hope.  I was reminded once again today how many people have no hope, but in Christ alone, I am not without hope.  What are you thankful for today?

Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"Thanks" Mini Cards

Good morning everyone.  I don't know about you but I have to say that fall is greeting me with its nippy mornings.  I miss the summer, but I do love the beauty of the fall and the warmth I feel snuggled into my craft room.

My 14 year old son is a newspaper carrier.  Last year I made little thank you cards for everyone on his route and he signed them and included them in one of the newspapers in November.  I decided that he should carry out this tradition this year for each of the 60 or so people on his route.  These cute little cards fit the bill perfectly.  I used some Halloween Harvest, Merlot, and Sunflower 3 Girl JAM ribbon to add a special touch to these little beauties.

I also used:
Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut cartridge - "Card" feature cut at 5.542" wide X 2.514" high
Core'dinations Safari 12X12 paper
Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream card stock
DCWV - Autumn Melody Matstack (2 1/4" X 2 1/8")

I am linking this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Keep it Clean and Simple
Click here to find out more.

I hope you find the video enjoyable.

Don't forget to enter the Anything Goes Challenge going on over at the 3 Girl JAM Challenge Blog by linking below.  Thanks for stopping by and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Days of Thanks - Day 6

Today I am thankful for unexpected blessings.  It never ceases to amaze me how God always has something better and is ready to show it to us when we least expect it.  Why am I surprised when God sends an unexpected blessing?  He is so good - ALL the time.

What are you thankful for today?
Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 5

Today I am thankful for my fun son Heath.  He has been such a blessing to our family.  He makes us smile and keeps us entertained.

What are you thankful for today?
Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 4

Today I am thankful for my daughter and that I have a little more time with her at home.  She loves the Lord.  She even is learning to like her little brother.  I treasure the time we are able to spend together.

What are you thankful for today?

Thanksgiving Organization - Without a Filofax

Can you ever have too many organizers?  Probably, but I don't think I have gone that far yet.  When I was thinking about the things that I needed to do for Thanksgiving, I was debating on the best way to start my lists.  I thought about using my Filofax or Day Planner but then I decided that I want to keep track of our Thanksgiving celebrations for years to come.  This way I will be able to keep all my Thanksgiving recipes in one place.  I can also see the place cards that I make so that I don't risk repeating them.  Since I'm getting old and forgetful, I can also keep special memories listed in there.  There's no way that I'm buying a new Filofax for this so it was time to pull out a trusty ole' composition book.

I used the following products:
Zig Pure Brown, Pure Orange,  and Wheat pens
HOTP Fall paper and other Fall paper from my stash
Paper Trey ink - Vintage cream cardstock
Tim Holtz Holiday Paper Stash, Gathered Twigs and Ripe Persimmon Distress inks, Thankful Silhouette stamp set
Brown Trim from the lace section at Joanns
Recollections flowers and leaves
Ranger - Crystal Stickles
Homemade glitter spray
Smash Stamp
Kraft tabs
ATG and hot glue

I am entering this in the following challenge - Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 3

Today I am thankful to live in a country where I can openly worship God without fear of imprisonment or reprisal.  It was a blessing to be with my church family this morning and to listen to my husband share from God's Word.

What are you thankful for today?  Post your thankful post in the comments below.  Don't forget that we have a giveaway going on right now.  For more information click here.

Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 2

"My beloved is mine, and I am his."
Song of Solomon 2: 16a (NKJV)

Today I am thankful for my Daniel.  We have been married for nearly 23 years and he is my best friend.  He is a wonderful husband and dad.  He works hard despite living in constant pain.  He is my hero.

What are you thankful for today?

Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Latte Mini Altered Notebook

I have a mini notebook to share with you today that is cute and can slip into your purse for those quick notes we all need to make.

I used the following items:
3 Girl JAM Cherry Lipstick crinkle ribbon
Paper from WeR Memory Keepers, Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream, and Core'dinations Foundations - Sassy
Stamps - Paper Trey Ink - Latte Love; TPC Studios - Coffee Cake; K. Andrew Designs Coffee and Tea for You and Me, K. Andrew Designs Coffee and Tea for You and Me image set, K. Andrew Designs Coffee and Tea for You and Me Tag-a-long
Memento Tuxedo ink, Archival Coffee ink, CTMH - Ruby, Denim; Distress ink - Victorian Velvet and Antique Linen
Gelly Roll Stardust - Clear glittery
Distress marker - Peeled Paint
Zig 2-way marker - Pure Pink
Bling (from my stash)

Please enjoy the video.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

I am linking this to the Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes challenge found here.
I am entering this in the current 3 Girl JAM Challenge - Anything Goes.  You really should go and play along!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 1: Hope

"In Christ alone, my hope is sure."

Today I am thankful for hope.  You don't have to look far to view a sea of hopelessness.  I was recently asked, "What's the point?  We are all going to die anyway."

Friend, there is so much hope.  Jesus wants you to turn to him with open arms reaching for the hope that only He can provide.  He doesn't offer a "maybe" kind of hope.  He offers a hope that is solid and sure.  He offers it freely to those who trust in Him as their Savior.  King David put it this way:

"Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Morever my flesh also will rest in hope, for You will not leave my soul in Hades, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.  You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence."
Acts 2:26-28 (NKJV)

What are you thankful for today?

What's Going On at DJ's Sundries?

Good morning friends.  I will admit that today is a post heavy kind of day.  My busiest crafting season is upon on us and I'm afraid that I have more to do than I have time to get it all done.  There are lots of posts coming that I hope you will find fun.  Here's a sneak peak of what's to come:

Days of Thanks
(Giveaway Alert)
Each November, I try to post something that I am thankful for everyday.  It's so easy to stay busy getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas that we forget to take time to be truly thankful for all of God's blessings.  I hope that many of you will comment with what you are thankful for each day.  On December 1st, I will use Random.org to choose one comment from the month to receive a set of the "12 Days of Christmas Tags" (more on that in a bit).  This is something that anyone can use.  They will be completely finished and will not require "craftiness" on your part.  Ready to join me?

Thanksgiving  Place Cards
I haven't decided on this year's style, but I plan to have around 20 people at my house for Thanksgiving.  Place cards are a fun part of my Thanksgiving decorations.

Christmas Cards
Of course, I plan to make Christmas cards.  Last year, I actually purchased my Christmas Cards ((GASP)), but this year I hope to make all of them.  This will be a bit of a challenge as I generally send out more than 100 cards each year.  Look for those posts to begin coming soon.

12 Days of Christmas Tags
For the third year in a row, I plan to post 12 days of Christmas tags.  I plan to begin a little early this year so that you can have plenty of time if you would like to make some for your family to share.  This has been a fun tradition in my family for several years.  This year's tags will feature the Graphic 45 "12 Days of Christmas" collection.  If you would like a sneak peak of the past 2 year's posts, click here.  Look for this year's tags to begin posting on December 1st.  Remember the giveaway above?  The winner will get to see the completed set before anyone else.

Bits and Pieces
Mixed into the special posts, look for some journals and some mini journals.  We will re-visit some older Cricut cartridges and of course mix in some pretty tags.  There will be at least one other home decor project for Thanksgiving and some mini thank you notes and notes of encouragement as well.  I hope to have a "Crafty Time with Aunt Cheri" and maybe a special storytime feature (if I can get permission from some publishers).  So hang onto your hats and let's get ready to craft.

Don't forget to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Altered Letter

Good morning everyone.  My favorite type of challenge is an "Anything Goes" challenge because it lets me pair a current project with a challenge.  That is exactly what I did when I made this fun project.  I had signed up for a swap and it fit perfectly with today's 3 Girl JAM "Anything Goes with Ribbon" challenge.

My swap partner likes red, bling, diva, and steampunk.  Finding a way to meld these things together was a challenge all by itself.  I hope I was able to pull it off.

I started with a large black letter from Hobby Lobby (13" or so) and adhered lace from my stash with Mod-podge.  Despite the fact that the letter looks upside down, it is the correct direction based on the pre-cut hole on the back of the letter.

Other supplies:
3 Girl JAM ribbon - Tuxedo Black, Sterling, Dress White
Scor-Tape and cardstock scraps for the base of the flowers
Hot glue
3 different types of black trim from Walmart and Joann's
Recollections and Creative Charms bling
Tim Holtz mini gears
Folk Art - Cardinal Red acrylic paint

The video walks you through the steps I took in the project.

I am linking this to the following challenge:
Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.  Be sure to link up your anything goes with ribbon project below.

Crafty Friends Tag

Good Morning!  I am excited to be guest designing on the KraftieKre8ations blog today.  KraftieKre8ations has so many fun swaps and challenges and I love to play along with them.  You can check out this fun blog by clicking here.  The tag that I am sharing with you is one that I designed to go to one of my swap partners.  I hope she loves it.

I used the following items:
Shipping tag
3 Girl JAM - Tuxedo Black and Red crinkle ribbon
Distress Inks - Barn Door and Black Soot
Tim Holtz Ideology - Mini Gears
K. Andrew Designs - "Crafty Friends" stamp set
Recollections Bling
"Made with Love" charm from my stash
Homemade red glitter mist

I hope you enjoy the video.

I am linking this to the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by today and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fall ATC's

Good morning 3 Girl JAMmers.  I have mentioned that I love Fall.  I also love ATC's.  Sounds like a perfect combination to me.  Don't you agree?  I thought so.

3 Girl JAM has bundles of ribbon that are perfect for Fall crafting.  The Harvest Bundle, Spooky Bundle, and Seasons Bundle all have those special colors you just might be looking for.  Click on the name of each bundle to find out how you can get some for yourself.

I also used the following products:

DCWV "Autumn Melody" and "MatchMakers2 Neutral" matstacks

K& Company Tim Coffey Autumn die cuts

K. Andrew Designs - "Falloween" stamp set

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Please enjoy the video.

I am linking this to the following challenge:
Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.