Saturday, May 30, 2009

Masculine Birthday

Today has been a busy day. Just got back from Calgary where I attended an Epicure Spice party hosted by my daughter Lynn. My daughter Shawna, has just become a demonstrator and this was her first party. It was a roaring success so everyone left happy.

For those who may not know, Epicure Spices is a Canadian company that has a whole line of the most amazing spices, dips, salsas, etc., that are all natural ingredients. They are so yummy!! This card was made for a friend's birthday. I am really pleased with how this came out and it was very simple to make. The image was stamped on whisper white with black ink and colored with watercolor crayons and a blender. I used Shimmerz for the light coming off the lighthouse. The ovals were cut with the coluzzle and the sentiment was stamped with really rust, trimmed with the paper cutter and the ends snipped with the corner rounder punch. Added some brads to complete the picture. I think it is the colors that give it that masculine feel. Both the brown and rust cardstock are textured and from Bazzill. The designer paper is Basic Grey.

Ingredients: Our Daily Bread 'Let Your Light Shine' stamp set, sentiment from Stampin' up Birthday Whimsey, Bazzill brown and rust textured cardstock, Basic Grey designer paper, oval coluzzle, corner rounder punch, watercolor crayons, blender pen, Shimmerz gold, dimensionals.

It is late, I am tired, so will say goodnight. Hope you all have a restful night.
Happy stamping!


Friday, May 29, 2009

Sweet Giraffe

My goodness, it has been a while since I last posted. We have had gorgeous weather this last week and I have taken advantage of it to get all of my hanging baskets, barrels, and containers planted. Every day I can see growth happening. I just love this time of the year. I am a real lover of flowers so I have them everywhere in my yard.
God has been answering prayer. A dear friend has been very ill and finally had the surgery she needed and Praise God, is doing well.

SC230 & CC220

This little guy is from Imaginisce Snag 'em Stamps and was perfect size for the sketch challenge and for a birthday card for a little boy who is turning 2. The color challenge was to use so saffron, bashful blue, and pumpkin pie. The bottom layer is bashful blue, followed by a strip of so saffron that was punched with the diamond border punch from Martha Stewart. The third layer is pumpkin pie cardstock topped with designer paper from Stampin' Up and Basic Grey. Fourth layer is pumpkin pie once again punched with the border punch and 2 buttons and 2 star rhinestones added. The last layer is bashful blue and whisper white used for the image and sentiment. The image was colored with Copic markers and the sentiment was stamped with pumpkin pie ink and the edges sponged with the same. I used an Ornare piercing template in the right hand corner. I had fun with this one. Hope you enjoy it too.

Ingredients: Snag 'em Stamps Giraffe, Stampin' Up sentiment, black and pumpkin pie ink, bashful blue, so saffron, pumpkin pie, and whisper white cardstock. Basic Grey and Stampin' Up designer paper, Copic markers, Martha Steward diamond border punch, corner rounder punch, Ornare piercing template and piercing tool, buttons, rhinestone stars, dimensionals

Thursday, May 21, 2009

By the Sea

I am keeping my fingers crossed that we have seen the last of the cold weather. It was beautiful on Saturday, went out and bought all the bedding plants and it turned cold again. In fact it snowed all day on Monday. Good grief, it's May!
Hopefully this beach card will bring a touch of summer or at least the promise of summer. Oh to be sitting on the beach by the ocean.

The stamps used on this card are from Crafty Secrets and the set is called seaside. Love this set, there are so many ways to use it. This card has only two colors of cardstock, so saffron and whisper white. The base is stamped with the SU weathered background stamp and then stamped with the various seashells from the set, all in creamy caramel. I used Nestibilities scallop ovals for the image and scallop circle punch for the sentiment and sponged the edges with creamy caramel. The image is colored with watercolor crayons and a blender pen. Both are popped up on dimensionals. Added a bit of twine and a button seagull. In a month I will be on my way out to BC and the ocean. It will be heaven. God's creation is so awesome.

Keep smiling and happy stamping!


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Blog Award

I think I still am in shock. Somebody, pinch me! I have never received an Award like this before. I truly am honored and humbled to have been given this award by my special friend Loretta Lock. Thank you Loretta for this very undeserving award. The Lord is the light of my life and I just want everyone to share in the light.

Here are the details about this award:

"The Exalting Christ Blog Award" is given to bloggers who consistently exalt the name of Christ on their blogs. What a joy to see crafters blend their passion for Christ and paper crafting. This award is given to bloggers who share Christ through their posts or through the design of their artwork. We are commanded in Scripture to be 'salt and light' sharing the Good News of Jesus no matter where we are (Matthew 5:13-16). This award is just a way members of Women to Women: Sharing Jesus can say thanks for exalting Christ with us!


1. Post the blog award in a regular post on your blog with the explanation, including the original link to WTW and the rules for passing the award along
2. Name five people (more or less) to whom you want to offer this award and link to their blogs. The blogs need to obviously exalt Christ in some manner.
3. Contact the bloggers you have named to let them know they can pick up their blog award from you.
4. Invite them to permanently display the WTW blog badge and/or the award on their blogs. The badge can be obtained on the WTW site.

"I am thrilled to pass this award on to the following dear sisters in Christ:




Continue to uplift the name of the Lord and you will be blessed.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Make Music

We don't always have to make a loud noise to the Lord. Scripture tells us to sing and make music in our hearts. Doing that keeps us in His presence and worship is uplifting to our souls. This is why I so love the Our Daily Bread Design stamps. They profess our faith and witness to the saving grace of our Lord and Savior. This card is made for the ODBD sketch challenge using the set 'Sing to the Lord'.


Sage shadow and blush blossom are two of my favorite colors. I find them to be very soft and peaceful so I felt they were appropriate for this verse. Singing and making music in our hearts fills us with joy and peace.

Sage shadow is the base and has been stamped with sage shadow ink using the Pretty Petals background stamp. Then used the Scorepal to score diagonally across the paper. A square of SU designer paper is layered on blush blossom and the corners have been punched with the corner rounder punch. The verse is stamped on whisper white with real red ink and layered on blush blossom that has been punched on both edges with the scallop border punch. I used the Coluzzle to make the ovals for the image and the image is colored with watercolor crayons and a blender pen. The verse and flowers are on dimensionals. Added some pearl dewdrops and a bow. This card makes me feel good and I know it is because my mind and heart have been centered on Jesus all the time.

Blessings to all and Happy Stamping!

Moving On!

I am trying to get caught up on the posting of my cards, one more to go after this.

HM#37, CC218

I am sure you have guessed by now that I am a huge House Mouse fan. This was done to cover the House Mouse weekly challenge to do with moving. Also the color challenge to use summer sun, only orange and kiwi kiss. The base, summer sun was embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. The image, called Dragonfly-ing, was stamped with Stazon black on whisper white cs. Coloring was done using watercolor crayons and a blender pen. Sponged some clouds for a sky background and stamped trees along the bottom in kiwi kiss. Wanted to have the effect of flying over the treetops, moving on to a new home. The wings on the dragonfly were colored and then brushed with Lumiere acrylic paint for a bit of shimmer. Made my own sentiment on the computer. Added kiwi kiss ribbon. The corners on the image panel were punched with the ticket punch.

Ingredients: House Mouse 'Dragonfly-ing' stamp, Cuttlebug and Swiss Dots folder, oval punch, ticket punch, watercolor crayons, blender pen, Stazon black ink, soft sky ink, kiwi kiss ink, dimensionals, Lumiere acrylic paint, kiwi kiss ribbon.

Have a super evening. Blessings!

Cowboy Riley

This is the day the Lord has made, be glad and rejoice in it! I have found that on the really tough days the more praise you give to God, the better the day gets. I know we all have those days. Isn't great to know we are never alone, our Savior walks alongside us, at times He carries us. Just had to share that thought.


Isn't Riley the cutest, rootinest, cowboy you ever saw? Riley is put out by Hanna Stamps. Mondays technique challenge was to use the Bandana technique which to me just shouted out "Cowboy"! This is the first time I have used this technique and really wasn't too sure what I was doing so I really must try this again.

The base is night of navy, topped by real red which has been stamped in night of navy using the Stitches background stamp. Then you take a white gel pen and kind of follow along the lines to get that bandana effect. You might have to use your imagination here because like I said I need to practice. Riley was stamped with stazon black on whisper white cs and colored with Copics markers and a silver glitter gel pen for his buckle and arrow. Found a scrap piece of Boho SU designer paper, put it vertically and then added two parallel blue ribbons and a red ribbon on top. Added two red ribbon knots. I didn't have a stamp that had a suitable sentiment so I went to my trusty computer and made my own. The sentiment and image are on dimensionals. Added the blue star eyelets to complete the picture. This was a fun one to do.

Keep on praising and happy stamping!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I am so far behind in posting my cards, so will try to get caught up today. This card was made for Saturday's Inspiration challenge. We had to go to the website called Bonjour Mon Coussin. They make pillows, and we were to pick one as our inspiration and I picked this one:,1,31

I am really happy with how this turned out. I wanted it to look like a quilted collage of flowers like the pillow. There was a lot of work involved but I enjoyed every minute of it.

The base is Kraft cardstock. I stamped four images on whisper white and colored them with watercolor crayons and a blender pen. The stamps are from Local King Rubber, a company here in Canada. I used scraps of cardstock to back each image. Once they were assembled I placed them where I wanted them along with some Basic Grey designer paper.
Now comes the work. I used my piercing tool and pierced all around the card as well as between the panels to stitch them together. Did the same with the top panel and ran a white gel pen to connect all the little holes. The top panel is popped up on dimensionals. Added a ribbon and some dewdrops down the side and used a SU rub-on sentiment and butterfly to finish it off.
I love it when a plan comes together.
Here are the ingredients: Local King Rubber stamps, kraft cardstock, scraps of cs, Basic Grey designer paper, watercolor crayons, blender pen, ribbon, dewdrops, SU rubons, dimensionals, piercing tool, white gel pen.

Happy stamping!

Monday, May 11, 2009

National Strawberry Month

I hope all the Mothers out there had a fantastic Mother's Day and received lots of pampering by their loved ones.

I bet you didn't know that May is National Strawberry Month, well I didn't either. See all the things you learn by taking part in the challenges on Splitcoast. The LSC challenge was to make a card celebrating any special day, week, month that is held in May. You wouldn't believe how many there are. I chose the strawberries, yummy! and combined it with the WT challenge in which we had to use Kraft cardstock. So this is what I came up with.

LSC219 & WT217

The base is Kraft and was run through the Cuttlebug using a folder that for the life of me I cannot remember the name of. I cut 3 square of garden green and 3 of Kraft cardstock. The Kraft was stamped with real red and then I stamped again on another piece of cs in garden green. Cut out the leaves and stem, put them on a dimensional and attached to the strawberry. The sparkle was added by covering with diamond stickles. Each of these layers was popped up on dimensionals after the strip of designer paper from Memory Box was added. The sentiment is on garden green punched with scallop oval and topped with Kraft punched with the word punch and stamped in real red using a Flourishes sentiment. The strawberries are from Tart and Tangy from SU. I can't believe I had this ribbon which was a perfect match color wise and even has strawberries on it. I've had it for a couple of years and had never used it. Once everything was assembled I then pierced all around the card and went over it with white gel pen which makes it look like stitching.

Here is a list of items used: SU Tart & Tangy, Flourishes sentiment, oval scallop punch, work punch, Kraft and Garden Green cardstock, designer paper from Memory Box, dimensionals, diamond stickles, rhinestones, ribbon, piercing tool, white gel pen.

Just wanted to add that as a mother I feel very blessed. God has gifted me with 4 beautiful, loving daughters. What more could I ask for?

Happy stamping!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

What a Challenge!

Did you ever have one of those days when things just would not do what you wanted? Well, mine was yesterday. It started out fine and then, horror of horrors, I started to work on this card for the color challenge and sketch challenge. Sketch, no problem. Color, now that was a whole different story. I don't think I have ever struggled with colors as much as I did with this. The only thing I am happy with is the poppy. I worked for hours changing colors around, moving things, scrapping others, until I just couldn't do any more. So, what you see is what you get. I am not happy with this at all.

SC227, CC217

The base is garden green, next layer is cameo coral which was run through the cuttlebug using the tapestry folder. The horizontal panel is cameo coral with a strip of Basic Grey designer paper and a scalloped border of ballet blue. The vertical panel is cameo coral that I used my new Impressibilities on. Just lay it on top of the cardstock and then using a sponge dauber I used cameo coral ink and sponged all over it. When you lift the Impressibilities you then have this pattern. Impressibilities are great, very versatile and are from Spellbinders. Another scallop border was added to this panel. I stamped the image with stazon black on watercolor paper and colored using my aqua painter and cameo coral ink for the poppy and garden green for the stem. The poppy was stamped again, colored and cut out and popped up on dimensionals. The sentiment was stamped on cameo coral with ballet blue and punched out with the SU oval punch and layered on top of a garden green oval. Popped up on dimensionals. Added some diamond stickles to the poppy and the scalloped borders for some bling. The last step was adding the brads. The stamps are from Flourishes.

There you have my tale of woe. Now on to a better day and hopefully better cards.

God bless and Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

News Flash

Just wanted to let everyone know that Judy Rozema has blog candy to give away in celebration of her 3rd Blogaversay. Head on over to and check out her blog. I think it is one of the best out there. You will not believe all the things she is involved in. As you may have figured out by now, I am a huge fan of hers. Best of all, she is a very nice lady!
Go check it out!!!
Happy Stamping!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Spring is Here!!

Hooray! I think Spring has finally arrived. The last few days have been beautiful. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I sure did. My family gave me a wonderful 65th Birthday with all of us getting together on Saturday for a day of fun and food. Had a BBQ for supper and enjoyed the sunshine. Of course I was spoiled with lots of goodies, mostly stamping goodies. Made my day!
This card was made for the Color challenge and Sketch challenge. Love the sketch and really like the colors.

CC216 & SC226

The base is real red run through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder (one of my favorites). Cut out 2 strips of basic black and used the scalloped border punch on both edges. Had some of this great BoBunny 2 sided designer paper, which fit the old olive theme wonderfully. Used the two sides of the paper, one on each strip. The image was stamped with stazon black and heat set, then colored using the aqua painter and ink. I should mention that I used watercolor paper. Painted the image with real red, old olive and creamy caramel. The flower was stamped on vellum and colored with real red, then punched out with the scalloped circle punch. Punched out a white piece of cardstock and laid the vellum, colored side down on the white cs. Used a Nestibilities diecut scallop circle to cut the old olive cs which was then attached to the flower. Added glue dots to pop it up. Opal Pearl Drops were added to the scalloped edges of the black cs and a rub-on butterfly and sentiment finish it off. Ooops!, almost forgot, I used diamond stickles for the centre of the flower.

Thanks for spending some time with me. Have a wonderful day and Happy Stamping!