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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Count Your Blessings

For the C.R.A.F.T challenge asking for creations using paper piecing, these little sheep were delighted to oblige by sporting new coats of paper piecing. Super easy and a delight to make. Sizzlets lamb die, cardstock layers ending with a daisy print background and handwritten edging "...count your blessings instead of sheep."

Don't forget to count your blessings and name them one by one!
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Skylar Flies Again!

Skylar flies again! -- While I am vacationing away from my studio here's something from archives. No worry, I'll be back soon and visiting everyone who passes by here. Thanks for all your visits and comments.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

As for Me...

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge is to make a project about the home to reference "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15. Additional challenges for me were to use a mix of pattern paper, sewing, and stamping on patterns after reading an article by one of my favorite designers Julia Stainton. Julia's great article is over at Ellen Hutson's. This oversized easel card (8 1/2 x 5 1/2) has as the "stopper" a cuttlebug textured throw rug which would not be complete without a little kitty and a ball of yarn. I have been fussing with this project for several days and while rummaging around in my studio I was delighted to discover a stamp I didn't know I had: Joshua 24:15 in the frame. Ta Dah! -- I was then inspired! So I cast aside all the ribbons and embellies I had been working with in favor of making just a comfortable little home spot. Some of the details: the pillows and kitty are on dimensionals, the frame has diamond glaze for the glass in the frame, and the sofa doiley is touched with glitter. Speaking of inspiration, I encourage you to visit the challenge spot to view all the creativity from the design team members -- Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge. And, speaking of kitties, when I went outside to photograph this card -- look who was on the roof supervising:

Stamps: Hero Arts, G-rated, Darcie, Stampendous, Background (stripes) unknown
Art Institute Glitter, Diamond Glaze, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
watercolor pencils, prismacolor markers
Lots of fussing around time

Thanks so much for stopping by, please let me know what you think.

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Awarded Stampin' Sisters in Christ Shining Star!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pear - fect Sense

To me, it makes pear-fect sense to recycle and what could be a more beautiful recycle material than commercial (not handmade -- no never!) greeting cards. After the Holidays run those cards through your shredder to create a new life for all that color, gold and sparklies. I made the background with haphazard stamping (maker unknown) and ran it through a corrugator. You can see a previous post a couple of cards down for more information. I will add this to a challenge post for the rainbow lady -- and since I am aka, "theneon" (short for the neon rainbow) I couldn't resist her recycle challenge. Go visit the rainbow lady here.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Make it a Royal

Card Trick No. 9 - Another Royal Flush to wish a friend a Royal Birthday. A Cuttlebug embossed background sets off the Royal Flush playing cards -- a queen cut out from another card reigns supreme and shows where her heart is. The cards are lightly sponged with Memories Red Barn.; fern leaf punch - Emaginations; little green flowers, stash, and "Make it a Royal" is by my hand. Hope you receive the Royal treatment today.

See other card tricks under titles: King for a Day, Drama Queen, Gogh have great Birthday, A Perfect Pair, Lucky Draw, Queen of Diamonds, Queen for a Day, High Handed
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Saturday, January 2, 2010


I love recycling -- and here's one of my favorites for this time of year when it is time to put away all that Christmas stuff. Don't discard those beautiful "commercial" greeting cards when you can make a beautiful cuppa like this! Please note that this project is NOT intended for handmades! Run the cards through a shredder (gasp) for uniform strips. Remove the liner from one side of a piece of carpet tape and apply the strips in a pleasing pattern. When you have a piece large enough, remove the other liner to expose the second adhesive side and apply to a piece of card stock -- and then cut out a cup shape. The steam is random cuts from cardstock and the Embossing Arts flower has crystal laquer and was applied with a pop dot. This is a great project for traveling -- very few supplies are needed -- just a baggie of shredded cards, scissors and carpet tape. I had many an entertaining evening in my hotel room when I was working out of town with just these few items. Come on back -- there are more ideas to share!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Hope for the New Year

Stampin' Sisters in Christ's challenge is to make a New Year's card inspired by Psalm 25:4-5 "Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long." This Judi-Kins stamp has been a favorite of mine for a very long time though I've never inked it -- so I was glad it offered an opportunity to start the new year right. My New Year's resolution is to let no stamp go uninked! The design team over at SSCC has done their awesome best for this challenge -- go take a look. And while you are surfing around -- please visit the Cupcake Craft Challenge to see some great work there for the challenge "A Time for Celebration" where I've also submitted this card. And, while I was surfing around myself, I found another New Year's card challenge at the Lily of the Valley Challenge Blog -- go see! Happy New Year everyone! Oh, and by the way, my son has approved this design. LOL
Stuff I used: Stamps - Judi-kins, Inkadinkado, River City Rubber Works, Cuttlebug folders, gems, Art Institute Glitter