Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Image!

I'm sneaking in under the wire for the Play Date Cafe color challenge using this sweet little angel that will be released tomorrow at Whimsy and Stars.  My sketch is from Sweet Sunday Sketches.  I colored my little gal with Copics and then cut out just her top half with a scalloped circle nestie.  The little hearts are the "From the Heart" die from Verve and the border punch is Recollections from Michaels.  The sentiment is Flourishes.  Do you recognize that ribbon?  It's been retired from SU for years!  Yay for using your stash!!! : )

Thanks for stopping by today!


Monday, November 28, 2011

Mojo Joy

My Mojo Monday and Verve Diva Dare entry uses Verve's Better with You and Sip and Savor sets.

I used a little piece of flocked SU paper for the cup and the piece of snowflake.  "Joy" is part of the sentiment "Java Joy" from the Better With You set.  The snowflakes are from SU's Season of Joy.  I used a bit of Stardust pen highlights on and beneath the cup.  I've entered this in the Dutch Dare, Crazy4Challenges and Paper Sundaes Challenges.



Stamping on a Budget

Hello everyone!

No cards to share right at the moment, but I wanted to leave a link to a series that I did back in 2008, as I had a question the other day about how to get started in stamping.  If you click on the link you'll get the whole series... but backwards... so you might want to scroll down and start at the beginning.  I'm going to reread through it again, too, cuz I'll definitely be on a stamping budget this year!

Stamping on a Budget



Saturday, November 19, 2011

A few more cards to share!

Hello everyone!  Here are a number of cards that I've shared on SplitCoast but not here!!

First, a tag made with the giraffe from the Verve set "To the Moon" and the Santa hat from a TAC set...

Next, I was honored to be chosen as a "cut above" card on the Paper Players challenge blog with the birthday card that I made with Heather Ellis' snowman digi.  I just love coloring this digi!

Then some winter fun with Whimsy and Stars and a sentiment from Verve...

And, finally, a bright and cheery birthday card using another of my favorite Whimsy and Stars images and the Verve Small Phrases set.

Thanks for stopping by today!!! : )


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Holiday Planner

The Verve Get Your Diva On Challenge for this month was to make something inspired by this photo...

Looks Christmas-y, huh?? : )

I've had a project in the back of my mind for awhile now and this was the extra push I needed.  Presenting........ my holiday planner!

Here's a close up of some of the details... They're hard to see because it's hard to get a clear picture of an 8.5" x 11" planner!  I used the frame from To the Moon and cut it out with a nestie, then I punched a square in the middle with my 3/4" square punch and folded back the edged to make a little frame.  The hearts are from the "From the Heart" die set and the mittens are from the Winter Mittens set.    Would you like to see my inside pages???

Some of you may not know that I own a Christian day planner business called GraceWorks.  Along with our full line of classic and petite size pages, binders and accessories, we also carry the Home Journal - an 8.5" x 11" option with downloadable pages, made to fit in a 3-ring binder.  I decided to do some "research and development" and make some personalized pages for my planner and I chose to only print November and December pages.  That way I can concentrate on the holiday season!

Here's the monthly calendar, with some font changes and made into a two page per month, rather than one page per month...  You'll see some monthly "to do's" take from our "Monthly Home Blessings" download on the side...

 Next comes a personalized version of our Weekly Home Journal page, listing all my weekly housekeeping chores, and giving me plenty of space to keep up with my other responsibilities...
(Notice the tabs on the side?  The monthly calendar is printed on GP #110 cardstock from Wal-Mart, rather than the standard text weight paper that the rest is printed on, so I stapled on tabs to each month so I could flip to them easily.  The last brown tab is for the weekly planning pages and is stapled to another cardstock divider.)

Here's a look at the Weekly Calendar with a spot for Menus.  No changes from the original here!

And here's a brand new page just for me!  I hate trying to keep up with every challenge out there, I'd rather pick a few and try to do them as I can.  So... I picked out a number of challenges for each day and listed them here for the week, with a blank column next to them for sketches and other info.  If I run out of room, the page across from this is notepaper! : )

I also made a pocket on one of the front divider sheets, so I can keep receipts and bills handy throughout the season.  I gave it a chipboard back (the front is decorated chipboard as well) and a crystal clear acetate cover, then took it to town with me today and had them bind it at Staples.  

I LOVE IT!  I love the fact that it is not too bulky and that there is plenty of room for me to write - especially all those lists of Christmas presents I'm supposed to be working on.  I love being able to fold it back on itself and I love the pretty cover!  I can make a new cover for each season and print the pages in sections, making changes along the way.  Yippee!! : )

Here's the cover again...

Thanks for looking!! Blessings!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Challenges & More Challenges

I don't know if I've ever made a card with so many challenges in mind!  I made myself a list of some of the challenges that I'd really like to watch over the next year.  The list at Feline Playful is overwhelming to me!  I even made myself a tracking sheet to keep track of them.  I think there are about 30 of them??  Anyway, I colored this sweet Whimsy and Stars digi (Paper Sundaes Challenge!) with copics, and then I started putting it together with the Sweet Sunday Sketch.  I used kraft, a winter image, ribbon, pearls and layers for the Catered Crop, and made a thank you card for Sentimental Sundays.  I used a punch (MS Snowflake) and a die from Clear Dollar for the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.  Digital Tuesday wanted a digital Christmas image... check!, and Creative Card Crew was also looking for a Thankful theme.  Whew!  That's a lot of challenges for me!!!!!   : )  I only had about 20 minutes to pull the card together after I was done coloring, so it's fairly straightforward.  I do like the little tag die from CDS that I used.  It worked perfectly with the sweet sentiment from Verve.

PS...  I actually used the colors from the Paper Player challenge, but I can't enter it because you can only use 3 challenges on one of their cards.  That's ok.  It was great inspiration!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, November 11, 2011

A few cards to share!

Here are a few Verve cards that I made this week for different challenges...

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Winter Wishes

I had a lot of fun playing with this week's Mojo Monday sketch and my new Winter Mittens set.  I pulled out some houndstooth digi dp from The Angel Company and the burgundy circle is from a Paper Studio mat pack.  I used an older TAC definition stamp on the tag and then stamped over it with sentiments from Winter Mittens.  The mittens were colored with copics and then cut out and popped up.  Flowers are from Prima.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!



Thursday, November 03, 2011

Cute and Cuddly...sort of

I'm not exactly sure whether an adorable snowman is considered cuddly... but doesn't he look like it??  This is a sweet digi image by Heather Ellis from her DigistampCharacters Etsy shop.  I used the MFT Wednesday Sketch for the layout and the colours from ColourQ - #109.  The theme is from Digital Tuesday - ... cute and cuddly!  Sentiment - Verve.  Papers are from my stash - sorry I'm not sure what they are - and the snowflake is a combo of a Martha Stewart Punch and a Nesties Snowflake die.

Here's the ColourQ palette... There's orange on his nose! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Last Day!

Mabelle is giving away this adorable freebie to members of the Whimsy and Stars FaceBook group!  Today's the last day, though, so hurry!  It will be for sale in the shop on Friday!

Sketch:  Mojo Monday
Papers:  Stampin Up
Coloring:  Copics

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Still Seeking

Hello again!

I have another sweet little Whimsy and Stars image colored up for you today.  This time I used a sentiment from the Angel Company that fit perfectly in my oval punch. It's a sentiment that is a little overused during the holidays, I think - but it really does have a good message.  Do you consider yourself wise?  Are you truly intent on seeking Jesus Christ during this upcoming holiday season - and every day?  Are you honoring Him in your thoughts, in what you watch on TV, in the things you buy, in the way you respond to your husband and children?  Are you studying His Word to become more like Him?    Have you come to Him in repentance for your sins and accepted the forgiveness He has to offer?  Is your greatest desire to seek to glorify God?  Who knew that little sentiment could mean so much???

I can't believe that we are already in November!  I think I need to do another fall card or two before it slips away!