Thursday, January 31, 2013

14 Days of Valentines Announcement and Giveaway

Love is in the air.  Can you feel it?  Yes it's nearly time for that sappy holiday that we gals love to celebrate (the guys - maybe not so much).  I really enjoy Valentines Day and I enjoy making those that I love feel special.  In honor of this day, I have decided to do "14 Days of Valentines" and it will kick off tomorrow with not 1, but 2 projects.

I have decided to make this a little bit fun for you all by hosting a giveaway.  Only this time, I'm not going to show you what I'm giving away right at the beginning.  Why?  Because I will be including some of the items that I post over the next 14 days in the giveaway.  Don't worry, some of the things you will be able to use "anytime".

I will be offering you several ways to gain entries, so we better have some rules.

1. Be a follower of my blog.  To earn this entry, you need to leave me comment on this post letting me know that you are a follower.  Only the followers who comment will be entered.
2. Link your Valentine's Day projects back to my blog.  Be sure to mention that you are linking it in your post.  Back-links will NOT be eligible.
3.  For extra entries - enter the current 3 Girl JAM challenge - "3D Valentines".  Every time you enter a project over there, leave me a comment with the # of your project so I can go and enjoy it too.  Be sure to follow all the posted rules at 3 Girl JAM.
4.  If any of the projects that you make are like my project, you will receive "double entries".  This may be a little confusing, but I have several projects scheduled that aren't just typical "valentines", though there will be some of those too.  The "double entry" rule will be posted each day with the project.
5.  Don't have a blog, but do have a YouTube channel?  No problem.  You can do a project and post it on YouTube as well.  You still have to be a follower of the blog (not just on YouTube).  If you choose this option, please comment on the day of the blogpost that you did a YouTube post just in case I miss it.


Now because I know in advance what projects that I am making and you haven't seen them yet, I'm not going to close this right away.  You may link items until February 21, 2013.  That will give you some extra time to earn those "double entries".

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

January Calendar Page

Good morning.  It has been so cold where I live and snow is a normal appearance.  I hope this post makes you feel warm (instead of cold like the theme).  3 Girl JAM Ice Blue ribbon is great for this project and comes from one of my favorite bundles - at least its one of my favorite ones today.

This is the first month for my new calendar.  I decided I wanted the "Place in Time" collection from Graphic 45 the very first time I saw it.  This collection is gorgeous and Ice Blue ribbon is such a great match.

I also used the following supplies:

DCWV - Neutrals Matstack
Fancy Pants - My Family paper
Close to My Heart - Outdoor Denim ink
Want 2 Scrap - pearls
Prima - Say it in Crystals

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

Question of the day - Would you like to see the rest of the calendar each month, or do you prefer  To see the whole thing over 12 days?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Trusting God for Taylor

I recently had a YouTube follower comment on the purple bracelet that you have seen on my videos for the past several months.  I decided to do a video to share the I wear this bracelet.  I hope it is a blessing to you.

Have a great day.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Prov. 3:5-7

Monday, January 28, 2013

Ruffles and Hearts Birthday Card

I decided to use the same card base that I used a while back and see what I could do to it to add interest.  I think this pretty card did just that.  Here's what you need.

3 Girl JAM - Merlot
Pink paper (I used the Recollections' Soda Pop" set)
Scrap of paper (this one is from the "My Family" pack from Fancy Pants)
Chianti - Color box ink
Hero Arts - Hero Hues
Happy Birthday stamps (unknown source)
Fiskars 2" circle punch, heart's border punch
Zig writer and other adhesive

I hope you find the video useful.  Thanks so much for stopping by and remember to enjoy the little things.

I'm linking this up to the "It's a Party with Ribbons" challenge over at 3 Girl JAM.  Have you linked up yet?  Time's running out and a new challenge is on the way soon.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Butterflies & Flowers Birthday Card

I decided to make a shaped card to share with you today.  Shaped cards are so simple with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.

I cut the shaped card at 4 3/4" (This made a card that is larger than the standard A2 size).  I used the pink, orange, and blue from the "Soda Pop" collection from Recollections.  The purple was from my scrap stash.  The butterfly was cut at 2" from the same page.  Glitter glue was applied to the purple highlights of the butterfly and the "4" was taken from a Studio G sticker pack.

The cut out circle from the center of the flower on the front of the card was used as the center for the inside of the card.  It was stamped using black "Archival" ink and a Happy Birthday stamp from an unknown source.  Butterflies were punched using a Martha Stewart punch and adhered with a Zig 2-way glue pin.

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things that come into your life today.  Enjoy the video.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

It's a Circus Birthday Card

I have a really fun birthday card to share with you today.  I have been busy trying to get quite a few birthdays wrapped up, so I hope you aren't getting tired of them.

I recently found some stickers by Jolee's Boutique (Circus) on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  I thought that they were so cute, so I grabbed them.  I think this is the perfect card for a little boy's 1st birthday.

Here are the other supplies that I used:
Red card base cut from the "Soda Pop" collection by Recollections
Maraschino Twine - The Twinery
CTMH - Ruby pigment ink
Stickles - X-Mas Red
Basic Grey - "Shine On" 6X6" pad
Spellbinders - Classic Scalloped Ovals Large
Fiskars border punch
"Happy Birthday" stamps from an unknown source

Don't forget that there is a challenge going on with some great prizes on the 3 Girl JAM challenge blog.  Head on over and check out the rules and link up a fun project.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Stripes and Butterflies Birthday Card

I have to say that I love the way this card turned out.  Shall we get started?  Here's what I used:
3 Girl JAM - Caribbean Splash bundle
Basic Grey - "What's Up?" 6X6 pad
Martha Stewart - butterfly punch
Spellbinders - Large Classic Scalloped Ovals
Archival "Jet Black" ink
Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream card stock
Happy Birthday stamp - TPC Studio
Crystal Stickles

I hope you enjoy the video.

Have a great day and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things. I'm linking this to the 3 Girl JAM "It's a Party with Ribbon".  You should come and play along.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Fun Flower Birthday Card

Welcome to another fun little card.  This one was super simple to make using the "Shine On" collection from Basic Grey.  Let's get started.

I needed a few supplies so I grabbed the following from my stash:
Basic Grey "Shine On" collection - 6X6 paper pad, metal flowers, and flower pack
Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream cardstock
Megan Elizabeth (Above Rubies Studio) - "Check Me Out" Sparkle Lights
CTMH - Ruby pigment ink
Happy Birthday stamp - TPC Studio

On to the video...

See what I mean?  Super simple and you didn't need an extra machine!  Thanks for stopping by.  Check back soon because I have quite a few more projects on the way.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Don't forget that there is a "It's a Party with Ribbon" going on at 3 Girl JAM.  Unfortunately, this card doesn't qualify because there's no ribbon on it, but I will be linking a few more.  Be sure to check out the rules and then enter some fun cards.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

3 Girl JAM Announcement

Julie announced some fun news over at 3 Girl JAM today.  She is now carrying State Line Bags.  These fun bags come in several sizes and can be stamped on and altered.  How cool is that.  Plus there is also a big SALE going on over in the 3 Girl JAM store.  Just head on over to the 3 Girl JAM blog by clicking here to see these bags and find out all about the sale.

Have a great day and remember to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sympathy Card

Hello again everyone.  I normally try to have a happy, upbeat project to share, but there's more to life than happiness.  There are sad times too.  One of the things I hope that I can always do with my cards is to bless someone else.  This card was designed for that reason.

I love the simple elegance of black and cream.  Antique White 3 Girl JAM ribbon adds that final perfect.  I decided not to add anything to the front of the card except paper and ribbon and to just keep it simple.  I also used:

DCWV - La Creme Matstack - 2 pieces cut at 5.25"X4" (one for the patterned base of the front of the card and a second one for the inside of the card); one piece cut at 5" X 2 ")
Archival ink - Jet Black
ATG adhesive
Black cardstock base from my stash (8.5" X 5.5" - score at 4.5")
K. Andrew Designs - "Sympathetic Sayings" stamp set

That's it.  Super simple!  The sentiment is tucked into the inside of the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great day and remember to enjoy the little things today.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pink Hearts

Are you ready for a really simple card?  I needed a quick card and this one was so easy to make that I might make a few more.  It would also make a great Valentine if decorated a little differently.

I pulled out my Cricut Close To My Heart (CTMH) Art Philosophy cartridge and went to work.  The card was cut using the card feature on page 37 and was cut at 5.5".  I learned some thing about the card feature on this cartridge which I share in the video.  I also used 2 different gorgeous 3 Girl JAM ribbons - Baby Girl and Iris

Other supplies:
Recollections "Soda Pop" collection (pink)
DCWV - Nana's Kids Matstack
CTMH - "Smoky Plum" pigment ink
Happy Birthday (unknown stamp set name)

Did you know that there is a new challenge going on over at 3 Girl JAM?  The theme this time is Party with a ribbon.  I'm linking this card up to it.  Wouldn't you like to join in on the fun?  Be sure to check out the rules and then play along.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Vintage Grunge Birthday Card

Good morning.  Today I have a card for you that is way outside of my normal box.  I am going to call it "vintage grunge".  I'm not sure how accurate that description is, but we're going to go with it.  This was an experiment for me, so if you watch the video, you will see how this whole thing came about.  Let's get started.

Here's what I used to make this birthday card:
3 Girl JAM - Harvest Orange ribbon
Paper Trey Ink Kraft card stock
Tim Holtz - "Joyful Song" and "The Journey" stamp sets
Ink - Black Soot and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks; CTMH - Outdoor Demin ink
7 Gypsies "Your not old..." stamp
Foam adhesive
Xyron - repositionable adhesive
Glitter sprays - True Blue with Pewter Perfect Pearls (home made) and Tattered Angels "Tiger Lilly"
Cricut - Art Philosophy cartridge
White cardstock to create mask  (Mine was a left-over cut from the Art Philosophy.  See the video for more information.)

How about that video?

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

I'm linking this to the 3 Girl JAM "It's a Party with Ribbon".  You should come and play along.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Christmas Journal 2

I know that Christmas is long over and packed away.  However, I wanted to post just one more of my Christmas projects.  I have shown you 2 Christmas journals this year.  The first was a very detailed journal that I made for my own Christmas journaling.  The second one was a really small journal that is something that you could toss into your purse.  I made a bunch of these for co-workers.  Today, I am sharing one between the 2.  It will take a little time to make, but I think its worth it.  I have made several of these throughout the season and still have several more to make.  Let's get started.

For this particular journal, I used the following items:
Composition notebook
14 pieces of cardstock (cut 4 at 9 3/4X 7 1/2 and 10 at 9 3/4X 7 1/4).  For this one, I used the Recollections Botanical Noel.  This is a stunning paper pack.
Teresa Collins "Christmas Cottage" tape
American Crafts glitter tape
Scrabble tiles
Cricut "From my Kitchen" cartridge ( I cut tabs to divide the sections at 1 1/2")
CTMH - Ruby ink
"Ornate Christmas" stamp set - Inkadinkadoo

I hope you enjoy the video as I walk you through the steps.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take little things.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"Full Disclosure" - A Book Review

A few weeks ago while Christmas shopping on Amazon, a book popped up that they thought I might be interested in.  It had been awhile since I had checked for new books, so that pop up sent me to look up some of my other favorite authors.  While checking on one of those, I stumbled across a book called "Full Disclosure" by Dee Henderson.  I sat there for a few seconds trying to recall this book and then scanned the summary Amazon provided.  I figured one of her old books had been re-titled because I thought I had read all of her books except for 1 or 2.  Why would I think that?  Here's some background:

Several years ago, a friend and co-avid reader, introduced me to the O'Malley series by Dee Henderson.  She quickly became my favorite mystery author.  I had been reading mysteries since childhood.  I love them.  But Dee Henderson's books are special.  Why?  Because I usually don't figure out "who done it" until almost the end of her books.  That's unusual for me.  I can usually put a mystery together far before the end of the book.   I would get so lost in her mysteries that I would read until the wee hours of the morning, making sure not to walk by uncovered windows and looking over my shoulder.  Yeah, they're that intense.  Those aren't the only reasons though.  Dee not only draws into her character's lives, but she has lessons to teach you as well.

Reading each O'Malley book left me ready to read the next one and the next and the next (there are 6 + a prequel BTW).  I also read all of her other books except for maybe a non-mystery book or 2 that she wrote.  I was waiting for "Before I Wake" long before it was released and eagerly anticipated the day I could purchase it.  I devoured it like all of the others, only to have to wait for the story to end in the next book.  That was in 2006 and there hasn't been a "next book".  In all of those years, the only thing I had seen was a short story typed out on her website on the 7th O'Malley sibling.  This short story is set to be published in May, 2013 and you can rest assured that I will buy the book to complete this series!

You can well imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this new book.  After all, had been waiting for 6 long years for it.  I had pretty much given up.  I quickly downloaded it to my Kindle.

Over the years, has Dee Henderson lost her edge?  Absolutely not.  I was a little disappointed that the mystery was revealed long before the the end of the book, at least one of the mysteries.  There are a few of them going on here and I had it all figured out.  Or maybe not.  True to Dee Henderson style, I did not have it figured out quite as well as I thought that I had.  Once again, I was up reading late into the night because I just couldn't put it down.

I will admit that if you have never read a book by Dee Henderson, I have mixed emotions about recommending this as your first one.  There is a mild spoiler related to many of her other books.  However, instead of giving much away, it may just make you really want to read every other mystery she's ever written.  I know there are a few that I would like to pull out of storage and re-read.

I highly recommend this book to other mystery lovers.  It's a good one.  It's also pretty easy to find.  I'll list some links below, but you can probably pick it up at your local Christian book store.  Ranging in the $8-10 range, it is worth every penny.  However, you may want to check places like eBay as well.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.  This book may well be just one of those.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Christmas Gift Cards

A week or two ago, I featured a birthday card that was a gift card holder.  At that time, I promised a video on how to make them.  Now I know that Christmas is long past, but you can take the concepts used in these card holders and use them for any occasion.  Grab your Cricut - Artiste cartridge from Close To My Heart (CTMH).  We will be making the card on the "j" key and cutting it at 3".  I'll list the other supplies I used under each individual card.  The front piece of patterned paper was cut at 2 7/8" by 3 5/8" and the back was cut at 2 7/8X 3 7/8" for each card.

White cardstock from my stash
Making Memories "Believe" 6X6 pad
3 Girl JAM "Holly Berry" ribbon
CTMH - ruby ink
Recollections stocking stickers

Cricut "Gingerbread" cartridge with gingerbread cut at 3"
Brown, kraft, and white cardstock from my stash
Peachy Keen "Basic Paper Doll Faces" (PK570) using the 3/8" face
Archival Ink - black
Red twine from Martha Stewart
Scrap of striped paper (Anna Griffen?)

3 Girl JAM - Antique White crinkle ribbon
White cardstock from my stash
Making Memories "Believe" 6X6 paper
CTMH - Indian Corn Blue ink
Momenta - metal sticker - snowflake
"Ornate Christmas" stamp set - Inkadinkadoo

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

3 Girl JAM Announcements

There is some exciting stuff going on over at 3 Girl JAM.  First of all the Design Team is expanding by 3 members.  Are you interested in joining this great team?  If so, click here to find out all the details.  If you're not sure you are ready to commit to a full term, Julie is also looking for some guest designers.  It is such a pleasure to work with this talented and creative design team.  I also love that 3 Girl JAM is a family owned and operated company.

The next announcement is that there is new flair available in the 3 Girl JAM store.  It's just in time for Valentine's Day projects.  At $3.49 per package, you can add some pizazz to those Valentine's projects that you will soon be starting.

There's also still time to pick up some Christmas Flair.  Stock up now while it's on clearance.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Can God Use You?

Did you know that God wants to use you?  If you know Christ as your Savior, you should be a willing vessel, ready for His use.  He doesn't always use the popular, the rich, or the great.  In fact, He uses those who are faithful in the little things.  You may not think that you have much to offer such a great God, but what you do have can be used for Him.  Last Sunday, our pastor read the following reading to us.  I do not know who the original author was, but I know it was a blessing to me.  I trust it is to you as well.

Can God Use You?

The next time you feel like God can't use you, just remember...
Noah was a drunk
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Joseph was abused
Moses had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Samson had long hair and was a womanizer
Rahab was a prosititute
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David had an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Isaiah preached naked
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
John the Baptist ate bugs
Peter denied Christ
The Disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once
Zaccheus was too small
Paul was too religious
Timothy had an ulcer AND...
Lazarus was DEAD!
No more excuses now.
God can use you to your full potential.
Besides, you aren't the message.  You are just the messenger!

So get out there and let God use you.  You may be the only reflection of Christ that those around you will ever see.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Anniversary Card

Good morning everyone.  I trust you are having a great start to this new year.  OK it's not really a secret, but 22 years ago I started out the new year right.  I married my best friend on January 1.  Why we chose that date is a bit of a story, so we will skip that for now and get on to the project.  I really wanted to make my husband a special card.  Hot chocolate and antique white 3 Girl JAM ribbon provided a nice finishing touch.

To make the ribbon medallion, I pulled out my 2" Fiskars circle punch, and my 1" Martha Stewart circle punch.  I punched a 2" circle out of a scrap of card stock and then punched the middle out using the 1" punch.  I twisted the antique white ribbon around the disk and glued it down with Scotch Quick Dry.  I then folded a piece of hot chocolate ribbon in half and added the accent color.  The "P" was stamped on a piece of Paper Trey Ink Vintage Cream card stock using a CTMH monogram stamp and Iced Spruce distress ink.  Since I don't have a 1 1/4" circle punch, I just cut around the monogram and glued it down using Scotch Quick Dry.

Supplies I used include:
 3 Girl JAM Hot Chocolate and Antique White ribbon
Iced Spruce Distress Ink
CTMH - "P" monogram stamp
PTI - Vintage Cream Card Stock
MME - Cowboy 6X6 paper
"Positive Thoughts" stamp set from  K. Andrew Designs
"Kite Tails" stamp set by October Afternoon (on the inside of the card)
12X12 piece of card stock from my stash (cut in half)
Smash Date stamp

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you can take some time to enjoy the little things.

 Here's a picture of my husband and I on our anniversary date.  Pardon the graininess of the "phone" picture in the darkened restaurant.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Tags - Winner

Using Random.Paul (my nephew was walking by where I had placed all the entries into his very old, ratty, NE Patriot hat)  The winner of the tag link-up is:

Karen Ladd

Please just leave a comment with your contact information and I will get your prize sent in a few days.  Since I moderate all comments, your information will not be posted.  You may also e-mail me through the contact information under my profile.  Use whichever is best for you.

I doubt this comes as a big surprise based on the number of tags she entered.  I can't remember which tag exactly was chosen, but they were all great.  Each entry was super.  Thank you to everyone who played along.

Happy New Year 2013

Today starts a brand new year.  Can you believe that it's already 2013?  2012 really flew by for me.  As a rule, I don't make New Year's Resolutions, but this year I decided to set some goals.  The last month has shown me how much I need to make some new goals.  Among these are to grow closer to my God, work a little less, spend more time with my family, and a few others.

Another goal is to post more "reflections" posts.  As I go through day to day, I see so many people who are hurting or simply struggling.  Friend, there is hope.  That hope can be found in Jesus Christ.  He loves us so much and wants to be your hope, your strength, and your all.  I plan to share that hope with you through the reflections posts this year.

How about you?  Are you setting some new goals this year?

I have decided to adopt a Scripture verse for my blog and my life for 2013.  Here it is:

"And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
Romans 12:2

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