Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Resurrection Day!

What a glorious day!  Jesus is alive and ruling with the Father in Heaven and His Holy Spirit is with us here on Earth!  What a glorious day!

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

This morning my husband and I will be attending Sunrise Service and regular Sunday services at Sahaurita First Assembly of God church. We will be celebrating the resurrection of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I hope you have a very wonderful and blessed day and remember, Christ loves us so much that He took our sins upon Himself and died to make us free from Satan's power!  Hallelujah!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long Sketch Challenge

I had a few minutes today while doing laundry and did a bit of blog surfing of the ones I follow.  I seen this sketch on Christmas Stampin' All Year Long and grabbed my paper by Simple Stories called 25 Days of Christmas and started playing.

There is no stamping on this card as I used the fun paper and calendar sticker from the pack instead.  I did add the sequins I won from Chris with A|Muse Studios to embellish my card.

I highlighted Christmas Day on the calendar with a red sequin and then used green ones for the corners of the numbered paper.  Pop on over there and check out the sketch, the inspiration cards and the challenges!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

You Are Deer To Me

When I attended a scrapping retreat last month, Ken Oliver of Spellbinders had a Make 'N Take for the group.  He was showing many new dies from a new line called "In'spire".  I just had to purchase the "Bird Stand" die and here's my first card.  This is what I envisioned when I purchased it.

I did not add any text to this as I'll do that when I decide how to use this card.   I cut the die 3 times using the tan, green, and red card stocks.  Then I cut each leaf and bird and carefully glued them on.  Very time consuming.  I'll have to think about doing all this cutting again...  Maybe just cut white and color.

Here's a better view.  Thank goodness for tweezers and a Zig glue pen.  And I think my background pattern paper is the perfect match for this die.  What's your thoughts?  This card is my response to the new challenge over at Red Rubber Inspirationals called "Back to Nature".   Head on over there and see the fabulous inspirational projects and get your mojo flowing!  I actually have most of the stamps used by Drea and Paula Kay!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Desks and Kisses

I bet this post title has you wondering.  Well, it is Wednesday.  You know what I do on Wednesdays.  Yep, it deskers day!  And today my brother will be arriving to help make some tough decisions over some family health issues. But I did get a picture of my desk.  And I hope to visit many shortly.  This is all courtesy of head diva desker Julia at the Stamping Ground.

I have been busy cutting 11 sets of 4 cards for a class next Tuesday at my local scrapbook store.  If I had more paper (I used up all the store had of the 2 different sheets) I could have easily sold more.  But here is my container finally filled and mostly ready.  I still have ink pads, acrylic blocks, and scissors (just to the right of the box) to pack but they will go in on Tuesday morning.  And you can see the little scraps of pieces from the papers I cut.

Here's another view of the card kits.  Hard to believe there's 44 card kits in there.  But look at what I got done yesterday .....

The LSS where I teach is having a May Tea on the 10th and I hope to be involved and teach a Make 'N Take of this cute little Hershey Kiss Tea Cup.  I found it on Pinterest at the QBee's Quest blog.

And the top.  I realized that all my photos but this last one that I took to make my own tutorial was on the wrong setting on my camera.  This last photo (there were about 15 taken of the different steps) was a retake.  And, if you noticed, there are 3 kisses in the first photo and only 2 in the second.  Yep, I ate one between the photos.  Yeah, I know, naughty me but I desired some chocolate.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

So now, please click on over to the Stamping Ground and check out all the fun desks and cool projects!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Little Gift Box

I have not been at my craft table much the past few days as my mom has been in the hospital.  We (dad and me) took her in to E.R. last Friday morning and she was diagnosed with a small bowel obstruction.  Anyway, I've been at the hospital all day Friday and a few hours on both Saturday and Sunday.  Well, Sunday things started moving and she may be home today.  But today I needed to get caught up on laundry, prep for a class a week from tomorrow, and other house hold stuff.  I did get a little box made from a Sizzix die I just purchased called "Box w/ Scallop Flap & Flowers".  I purchased it at a huge stamp yard sale Saturday morning on my way to the hospital. I also got the 2 "slightly used" extended cutting pads from Sizzix and 3 stamps.

This is the flap side. (I haven't done anything with the other side yet).  I cut an extra flap from red card stock to cover the flap then added the white scallop edge.  Funny that I ended up covering all that with the flower cut from my Tattered Flowers die.

Here is the box open.  You can see the scallops better and also the velco half dots that I used to hold the flap closed.

As I was playing with the flower I got out my silver Wink of Stella brush to see how it would show up on the red flower petals.  Not bad!  And the large rhinestone was perfect to finish it off.  This little box would hold a couple Ghiradelli chocolates or gift cards easily. I'm debating making this little box a class later this year.  Would be great using Christmas papers.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

2 More Good Ol' Sport Cards

Well, I finally finished my 4th card and all the supply info and directions for my May card class.  I can now just play!  But these cards are still using Graphic 45 "Good Ol' Sport" papers and Bazzill solid card stocks as my previous post.

This is probably the easiest card so it will be "taught" first.  In my classes I usually start with the most simple and work up.  This next card will be the last one taught since there is more pieces to it.

I was going to try to add "Happy Father's Day" or "Thinking of You" but neither that I had to work with would fit in the bottom right spot.  Oh well.  Most of my "students" are older than me and they don't use many Father's or Mother's day cards.  I'm just glad to get these done in time!  I hope to schedule my class for about May 20 or 27th at the AZ Scrapbooking store.

I'm planning on going to Kansas City June 5th for an "The Angel Co. Reunion".  Hubby knew I wanted to go but with my mom's health not good I wasn't planning on it.  He talked me into going.  I'm getting ready to purchase my air fare, already have 2 roommates, and my registration is in the mail.  I do need to come up with a shoebox project that will "fly" as TSA can get rather nasty about certain things.  There are 21 of us getting together so far with spaces for 30.  And hubby is so sweet.... he gave me our state tax refund to pay my way!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Tuesday Morning Sketch And a Red Rubber Inspirational

I worked yesterday afternoon on getting some card samples done for a proposed May class and hit a wall.  That is, my mojo stopped.  So, I started blurfing (blog surfing) the many great blogs I follow and seen a great sketch by Tuesday Morning Sketches that worked perfectly with the papers I chose to showcase in my class.  This card is my rendition of their sketch #244. This card also works for today's Red Rubber Inspirational #115 masculine challenge!  This is the first time I've been able to use 1 card for 2 challenges!

I'm using new papers from Graphic 45 called Good Ol' Sports.  This is a great line and I think I'll do good with this class.  The stamped image is from a stamp set called Happy Everything by Lawn Fawn. I didn't use a RRD stamp set as, since this card is for a class at AZ Scrapbooking, I had to use stamps the store carries. The twine is from The Twinery.  It's a solid twine and I purchased the solid sampler last year when it first came out.  Great stuff! They now have some cool shimmer twine but I have the stripes and solid sampler sets and I don't need any more right now.

This is another card using a button and twine.  I made the blue layer under the football player wide enough to use my 1" circle punch to create the spot for the button.  I really like the looks of that.  What do you think?  I still have 2 more cards (1 now done) to post with this great set.  I have to have them completed with my supply list and directions ready by Monday for the instructors meeting at AZ Scrapbooking where I teach.

I want to thank all those that popped by yesterday.  I had a record setting day of hits! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Relatively Tidy Desk and a Snowman

It's that time of the week again.  It's your time to see my desk!  Well, yes but it's been kinda tidied as I finish one project and prepare to start on another.  And this desk view is brought to you by Julia at the Stamping Ground in Wiltshire, England!    She has been sponsoring this weekly blog tour for 253 weeks.  That's almost 5 years!!  Be sure to click through to her blog when you've finished reading mine.

So.... my desk.  It's ready and waiting for me to make my 4 card samples for my May class.  I have the paper ready and waiting on the left.  It's the Sports collection by Graphic 45. Under the paper is a DVD case of stamps that I had out to use on the card on my mat.  There is also some glue dots in the upper left, and, working left to right, my bone folder, black ink pad, acrylic foam blocks, foam mounting tape, scissors, and ATG tape gun.  My poor Ott light base is absolutely loaded with stuff and I do need to clean it out but it holds glitter pens, journaling pens, scissors, rhinestones, and oh so much!  Would you like to see the completed card??

This card is in response to a sketch challenge on 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  I am doing these off and on to be sure I have enough Christmas cards in November.  I have a good start!  The stamped text is from a set called Trendy Greetings by Red Rubber Designs. This set does get a lot of use and I've had it for a LONG time. But I focused on the paper itself for most of my design.

I tried to get a good pic of this little guy.  I used my Clear Wink of Stella brush on his body (all the snow anyway).  I also used the brush on the star, holly leaf, and snow beanie around the text.  Maybe by clicking on the picture and enlarging it you can see it. I used a couple hexagon punches to make the focal point but I cut down the larger one so that the layering would be more comparable.  If you would like to see more cards using this particular sketch just click on 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.

So, I've given you few places to check out. Be sure and have your favorite beverage as you view so many desks with great projects to inspire you as you will be hopping all over the world!  Click on the Stamping Ground and head to England.

A Technique Junkie Card

Each month I'm involved in a card swap with a fellow "junkie" in which I must use a technique published either in the newsletter, online site, or a CD put out by the Technique Junkies.  This month I chose the Slideshow Technique from the current newsletter.

The circular Easter stamp is from a set by The Angel Company.  The Easter Blessings stamp is from Red Rubber Designs from a set called Contemporary Greetings.  I colored my image using PrismaColor Pencils as the area was too small to use Copic markers.

I punched the border using an old Fiskars border punch.  I added itty bitty rhinestones to each design for some bling.

I also used my Stardust Clear Gel pen on the flower centers for fun.  I did use my Copics to color the white ribbon.  They do have a tendency to bleed but then I got to thinking with this being a card to celebrate Resurrection Sunday, Jesus shed His blood for us on the cross Good Friday and rose to life on Sunday. So I'm happy with this.

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Creation

I love Jesus and as He is my LORD and Savior the majority of my cards reflect my love for Him, whether on the cover or the inside text.  Here is an Easter card I just made to send to someone through Samaritan Ministries, the health share group that I am a member of in lieu of health insurance (is A.C.A. compliant).

I used a stamp called New Creation by Red Rubber Designs.  I did paper piece the butterfly to make it stand out.  I added dots of White Opal Liquid Pearls to the corners of the smaller pink piece instead of rounding those corners.  I used a Fiskars border punch for the fancy border on the yellow pattern paper.

I used Gold Wink of Stella on the butterfly body and my Stardust Clear Gel pen on the antenna.    I think this turned out nice, don't you?  Are you getting ready for Easter?  It's one of my favorite holidays as we celebrate not only the death of our LORD on the cross for our sins but His resurrection!  I know for certain that I would not be here today if it wasn't for Him and His saving grace in my life.