Monday, September 27, 2010

A Harvest of Peace

If you follow the GraceWorks blog you might remember that I've been reading the book "The True Vine" by Andrew Murray, and you'll understand why I just love this set by Deedee's digis. Being "in Christ" - realizing that we can do nothing of ourselves, coming to Him for forgiveness and salvation, and then abiding in Him minute by minute by minute. Daily. Hourly. What an amazing thought. When we are resting in Him there is nothing that can disturb us, because He gives us His thoughts, His peace, His patience, His joy, His love.

My card today is for the Happy Monday challenge at Crafting with Deedee's Digis... it's a harvest theme. But it is also for the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge because it has a peace theme. I can think of no surer way to peace than to abide in Christ!



Day 1 of Sneak Peeks!

Good Monday Morning to you all!

Today is the first day of the Clear Dollar Sneak Peeks and I have a beautiful new set to share with you called Autumn Blessings. If you jump over to Lori's blog, you can see the full set with all the sentiments. I just love the font of the sentiments! I stamped my pumpkin in Memento Black ink on watercolor paper and heat set it before coloring it with some Clearly Coordinating Tombow Markers. The cardstock is from the Clearly Coordinating Collection as well! If you look *very* carefully, you can see that I used the sentiment stamp as the background on the Mud Pie layer.

Be sure to stop by the other designer's blog today for more sneak peeks! There are lots to look at! Bookmark Lori's blog, too... for sneak peeks all the way up until October 1st!

Here are today's designers...
Stamps/Images: Autumn Blessings
Cardstock/Papers: Cottonball White (CDS), Cosmo Cricket dp, Hot Cocoa, Melon Spice, Mustard Seed (CDS)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Potter's Clay Ink
Tombow Markers: 26, 837, 177, 912, 946, 947, 899, 20
Accents/Tools: Pearls, CB Embossing Folder (Argyle), Rectangle and Scalloped Rectangle Nestibilities, Watercolor brush, Sponge, Sewing Machine
Techniques: sewing, watercolor with Tombow markers


Lots to Share!

Progress!!! :-) Yippee! I was able to put in quite a few hours on the stocking this week, especially yesterday, when I had the computer off all day. I did make a mistake in one section - some of you eagle eyed stitchers will catch it, I'm sure, but my dd doesn't mind, so I think I'll leave it. :-) My goal is to finish this by the end of November, so I really, really need to keep going. I figure that I'm between a quarter and a fifth done.

Just a little progress on "Patience" by Little House Needleworks... but I have to show you "Winter Whites" that my other dd is making me for Christmas. Isn't it bee - a - u - tiful??? :-) I hope she can still give it up when she's done with it!

Have a blessed week!


Saturday, September 25, 2010

I've had this Wildflower digi from DeeDee's Digis colored up since Monday, but I haven't had time to put together a card until today. I'm entering it in the following challenges...

Stamp Scrap & Doodle to use stitching on your card, Crafting with Deedee's Digis color challenge of yellow orange and green (with a little brown thrown in!), Stamp Something's challenge to use fall colors, and the Card Patterns sketch challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today! I'm going to go cross stitch some more on my dd's stocking. I've gotten a *lot* done this week! I'll post a picture in a day or two with my progress!



Cross Stitch Giveaway Found!

Yay! I found a new cross stitch blog to follow. :-) And she's having an incredible giveaway. You should stop by and check it out!!

I hope to be back later with a card... we'll see!



Friday, September 24, 2010

Is it Winter Yet?

It must be! Cuz the penguins have their hats and scarves on!!! :-) I made this card with the adorable new Sweet n Sassy digi "Festive Penguin", and the sentiment is from the "Winter Friends" clear set. Isn't he (or she?) sweet??!!

In other news... today is my last post on the Sweet n Sassy Digi Blog, as I'll be stepping down from the design team at the end of the month. I hope to still have loads of fun with all the wonderful SNSS digis and clear sets, but I'm finding that I just can't keep up with all my responsibilities - my husband, my home, my children, GraceWorks, a new puppy, etc, etc, etc... and all my design team work as well. I'll be stepping down from my responsibilities at Paper Garden Projects, too, and, as time frees up a little here and there, I plan to make a card with *each and every*set I own. Can you imagine? I have so many stamps that I'll bet I could stamp for a year!

I'll still be posting often, just not *as* often. And I'll still have Clear Dollar Sneak Peeks to share, so be sure to stop by at the end of every month, if not before!



A Happy Hello!

Happy Fall, y'all!! I have a sweet fall card to share with you for today's challenge over at Paper Garden Projects. The challenge is Halloween, but since I'm not a Halloween fan, mine is more sweet than scary. :-) I used the adorable Eat Cake Graphics set "Pumpkin Pals" and a sentiment from the set "TagLines". The designer paper is called Apple Cider....mmmmm.... Speaking of apples, I made the *best* gluten free Apple Krunch tonight for supper! But, I digress... After coloring the pumpkins with copics, I added highlights with my Prismacolor pencils. Then I pulled out some older stash... my striped Cranberry Crisp ribbon (I loved that color!) and my spiral punch. I love the dimension they add to the card! The card base is actually dark brown, rather than black... it must be my camera. Sorry! This card is just full of fall colors, so I'm also entering it in the challenge at Paper Sundaes. Don't you just love challenges!!

I hope you'll have time to drop by and play in *our* challenge at Paper Garden Projects! There is always a wonderful prize up for grabs, and we'd love to see your work!

Thanks for stopping by!


Special Sneak Peek Day!!!

Good Morning friends! It's a Special Sneak Peek day for Clear Dollar Stamps today!! I'd like to introduce you to one of those *must have* sets for your collection. It's called Year Round Bitties, and it's in answer to a request by a customer who is a teacher who was interested in little stamps to use on calendars. For my first card I simply used one of the little images and watercolored it with Tombow markers. This is a simple layout that lets you use tiny images as your focal point, which is always nice when you don't have a lot of time to color. ;-)

My next project is my favorite though. I never know what to get my 16 year old son for Christmas, so this year I made him a set of monthly coupons. I used a lot of the bright colors from the Clearly Coordinating Collection and cut the largest rectangle with my Scalloped Rectangle die. Then I printed out some coupons for things I know he would enjoy and cut them to size. I added one of the little monthly motifs to each coupon and colored them with copics, then punched a hole to add a ring to keep them together. Here's the completed set...

The cover is decorated with a snowman from the Snowman Wishes set and a smaller scalloped rectangle that I ran through my cuttlebug in the snowflake embossing folder. I also used a large eyelet to give the hole for the ring a little extra sturdiness.

Here are the coupons for January through December, plus three extra... including a new toothbrush, cuz he's getting so many sweets over the year! I think you should be able to click on the pictures to see the "gifts" more clearly. The font that I used was a free one from PeaFonts called Hannah Vanilla.

Be sure to head over to Lori's blog to get all the info on the new set and see more samples!!



CDS Stamp Set: Year Round Bitties
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Still Waters, Strawberry Jam, Bee Pollen, Turquoise Gem
Copics: V12, Blue Promarkers, RV13, Y17, YR08, E41, E33, E31, YG63, YG03
Tools: Scalloped Nestibilities
CDS Stamp Set: Year Round Bitties
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Tangelo Smoothie, Sweet Pea, Grape Jelly, Strawberry Jam
Copics: E34, E33, YG63, YG67, R29, Y17, Blue Promarker, V15, V12, YR03
Tools: Scalloped Nestibilities
Sept - Dec:
CDS Stamp Set: Year Round Bitties
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Sweet Pea, Grape Jelly, Raging River, Tangelo Smoothie
Copics: YR03, W5, T3, C1, E33, YR07, Promarker Orange, YG03, YG11, Y17, R29 Tools: Scalloped Nestibilities
CDS Stamp Set: Year Round Bitties
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Bee Pollen, Turquoise Gem, Lime Juice
Copics: E31, E00, E37, E34, E55, YR08, Blue Promarker
Tools: Scalloped Nestibilities

Hey Chickie Card:
CDS Stamps Used: Year Round Bitties
Ink: Memento Black
Cardstock / Paper: Watercolor paper (SU), K&Co and Debbie Mumm DP, Naturals Ivory, Powder Puff (CDS)
Tools & Accessories: Word Window and Scalloped Square punches, Powder Puff ribbon, Gold Cord

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cross Stitch Update!

Designer: Lizzie Kate Freebie
Fabric: ?? From my stash
Fibers: DMC
Date Stitched: 2008
Date Finished: 9-23-2010

Hello friends! Here's a long overdue cross stitch update! :-) First, I have a Lizzie Kate freebie that I stitched a few years ago, that I *finally* made into a pin pillow - inspired by Becky SC's Great Pumpkin Challenge! :-) It's sitting on the lap of my favorite fall decoration...

This is my travel project right now... Little House Needleworks' "Patience" thread pack. It's a "slowly but surely" stitch, since I only work on for a few minutes here and there.

Then I have my start on the Dimensions Gold Collection Christmas stocking for dd. I'm trying to work on this a little more regularly as I would really like to get this done by the end of November. I'm hoping to get some sort of a needlework stand soon, though, if I can save some money for it. My hands are starting to hurt again from stitching, which they haven't done for awhile, and I'm 5 hours away from my chiropractor instead of 30 minutes like I used to be, so I need to find a way to keep my wrists and shoulders less "stressed" once they've been adjusted.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!



Saturday, September 18, 2010

What a Treat!

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Paper Garden Garden Walk! We're celebrating today with lots of "treats" and no "tricks". :-) Have you been hopping along through the Paper Gardener blogs so far? If so, you'll be looking for my "treat"... Here it is - TWIZZLERS.

Be sure to collect all the "treat" words (with the designer's name!) and send them in an email to by midnight on Wednesday, September 22nd, to be entered in the draw to win some Eat Cake Graphics stamps!!

Speaking of Eat Cake Graphics, my little tag is made with one of their stamps as well! Cathy has them in sets and this one is from Pumpkin Pals. I filled a clear 3" square box with 2 packages of Peanut Butter M&M's (which will probably get eaten before I give them away!! LOL!) and tied them with a Willow organdy bow, wrapped with Papaya grosgrain ribbon to attach the tag. The dp is from the Apple Cider pack, and the sentiment is from the TagLines set. I love that set!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Now off you go to finish up the garden tour guide list! Hope you find some "Boo"tiful ideas.....

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sweet Smile

Today's card is just a simple one that uses the SCS sketch for the week. I used some designer paper from Me and My Big Ideas to help me choose my colors and then I colored a cute Jack 'o Lantern from the SNSS clear set "Sweet Pumpkin" for the main image. Isn't that a great sentiment?? I'll use it for a lot more than pumpkins, I'm thinking, and it's just one of a number in the set. Be sure to stop by the store and see the other fun choices for your autumn and winter crafting. Can you believe that Christmas stuff is already coming out in the stores?? Yikes!! I'd better get busy!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed day!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

For You!

I had about 15 minutes to stamp this afternoon, so I whipped together a little tag for Deedee's Happy Monday challenge to attach to my niece's wedding shower gift. I used a digi by Deedee's Digis, a sentiment from the TagLines set, and copics to color.



New CDS Digital set!

Hello friends! Sorry to have been missing in action this past week or so! I'm getting ready to do a homeschool show with GraceWorks and I've been busy shrinkwrapping and packing. Not much crafting going on right now! But today I have a simple little card made with the new Manger Lamb digital set from Clear Dollar Stamps. There are a number of digital sets being released today, and you can see them all here.

Here's a quick way to decorate the inside of the card, using one of the digital sentiments in the set.

Thanks for stopping by today! I have a post for tomorrow, too, so I hope you'll stop back!



Monday, September 06, 2010

Happy Monday!

Have you been over to Crafting with Deedee's Digis today? You can pick up an adorable free digi *and* earn one from her shop just by playing along with today's sketch challenge. I know which digi I'm requesting!!! :-)

This little basket is one of Deedee's $1 digis, and the verse is from one of her Scripture sets. Quick and easy!!

Happy Monday!


Card Challenge Winner!

Thank you all for joining my Sweet n Sassy card challenge!! The winner (drawn by my daughter!) was Anita and here is her adorable card!!

Anita, if you'll contact me through the email in my profile, I'll get your info to Korin so she can get your free stamps out. :-)



Sunday, September 05, 2010

A Doozy of a Sketch!!

Sweet n Sassy is the sponsor for the Card Positioning Systems sketch challenge this week and wow! This sketch was a doozy!! See???

I pulled out my newly released clear set called A Cocoa Kind of Christmas for the sentiment, and used the Cheese for Cocoa digi as well. I actually colored this with copics from the class boxes at Copic certification a few weekends ago, so I'm not exactly sure of the colors. I'm sure that they are written down somewhere, cuz I loved the color combo!! :-)

Thanks for dropping by today. Be sure to stop by the CPS blog to get lots and lots of inspiration!!



Magnolia Candy Supreme

If you love Magnolia stamps you've got to stop over at the Paper, Ink, Color! blog and see her amazing blog candy!! She's giving away a ton of Autumn Kit stamps!!!!! Of course she's going to have half a gazillion entries, but wouldn't it be fun to win??

If you win, would you stamp me some images?? Please??? :-)

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Holiday Happiness

"The cow says 'moo', the sheep says 'baa', three singing pigs say 'la, la, la'..." Did anyone else read that book to their little ones?? I think it's by Sandra Boynton. Anyway, that is what this fun Eat Cake Graphics stamp that I got from Paper Garden reminds me of, well that and a rousing rendition of "O Christmas Tree" which makes this card perfect for the Bah Humbug Challenge and the Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Challenge for a Christmas card. :-) Aren't they just the sweetest? I made my card to fit into a small business envelope, because this image is really quite tall, but other than that the card is fairly clean and simple. I stamped the Animal Stack on watercolor paper, watercolored with Tombow markers and then trimmed. The stamp on the top half of the background is the Quilt cover a card from Paper Garden. The paper and ribbon is also from PGP. The sentiment is from a Clear Dollar set called Jingle All the Way.

I'm going to enter this card in the "Old McDonald Had a Farm" challenge at Paper Playtime, too, since it is a perfect fit!



Chocolate Please!

Here's a just for fun card using another of Deedee's Digis. This is from the set "Sweetest Treat" and I had to buy it because I just *love* that font! I may just have to go buy the font, too!! :-) This card started out following a sketch challenge... but then it morphed into a quilt with pretty ribbon. Not exactly a traditional fall card... but I like it. :-)

Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, September 03, 2010

Sew Prayerful

Hello friends! Today's card uses one of my favorite Cocoa digis Sew Happy Cocoa. I think I like him so much since I love to cross stitch and quilt. And isn't that sentiment from the new clear set Prayerful Thoughts perfect? I followed the turquoise/orange/white colorway from the No Time to Stamp color challenge and added some pretty lace from Grandma. And I even found a buckle in my stash. How fun!

Thanks for stopping by!!



Thursday, September 02, 2010

Purrfect Friend

Hello friends!

I was able to sit down the other day when the puppy was sleeping and color a few digis. Here's one from a sweet set by DeeDee's Digis called Purrfect Halloween. I colored it with copics and did a quick card for the Papertake Weekly challenge (one piece of dp) and for DeeDee's Happy Monday Challenge to make a card with an animal that could be a pet and for the MidWeek Throwdown challenge to make a Halloween card.

Thanks for stopping!



Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Blog Hop Today!!

Hello friends!!!

Welcome to my stop on the Sweet 'n Sassy September New Release Blog Hop!! Today I'm featuring the wonderful sentiment set Blessings and Thanks and I even have a challenge for you, so you could win a set of your own!!

I was late making the card for the hop, so yesterday, when Korin sent this adorable new Cocoa Mouse digi, I just *had* to color him up for my blog hop card. I love the sentiments in this set, but they look lonely on a card all by themselves!!

I colored Cocoa with Copics and used some Marvy circle and scalloped circle punches to mat him. The sketch is from the Everybody Art Challenge blog, and the paper is from a K&Co mat pack. The sentiment is from the new clear set Blessings and Thanks, which is one I obviously *had* to have since I sign all my correspondence, 'Blessings!'. Here's another card using the set that I posted a few days ago...

So, here's how to win your very own set. Make a card that has flowers as an embellishment and link it here in the comments before Midnight (central time), on Saturday, September 4th. If you use Sweet n Sassy images - clear or digital - I'll even put your name in twice!! Be sure to check back on Monday the 6th to see if you won!! :-)

Now off you go! Here's the whole blog list so you don't get lost...