Dare to be fabulous!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger.

I've tried for several weeks to make a card for this challenge, but don't ever seem to get it posted in time.  I'm squeeking in just under the wire this time. =)

I made the card base from SU! River Rock and embossed it with the SU! Framed Tulips Emboss Folder.  I cut a Nestabilities Label Fourteen and embossed the edge, then stamped the sentiment with a combo of Crumb Cake (stamped off) and then Ruby Red (retired), and inked the edges of the label with the Crumb Cake. The stamp and inks are all SU!.  The Ruby Red flowers are cut with the Sizzix Flower Daisies #2.  I pleated the SU! So Saffron grosgrain ribbon and stitched the pleats down to make it easier to work with.  Then I covered the stitching with some satin picot ribbon from my friend's stash.  The yellow flowers are from my stash and the pearls are SU!.

Whew!!  Got that done!  Now off to the Moxie Fab blog to link up! =))

I'm early this year!!

Usually I'm running around at the last minute making a Mother's Day card for my husband's mom.  (My mom has been gone for several years. =( )  But this year, thanks to The Color Throwdown #138, I have my MIL's card done!! Yea!!

Here is the card I made.

When I first saw the colors for this challenge, I immediately thought of red to go with the navy and white. This is such a common color combo that I decided I needed think about it and try to give some other colors a chance, so I didn't make a card right away. I've been working on some new product ideas for our little home based business so I sat down with my hook and crochet thread.....red crochet thread...to create a few things. When I was done making the little flower, I knew it was going onto a navy and white card!! And that it would be my MIL's Mom's Day card!

The blue is Not Quite Navy from SU! and I embossed the white CS with my new Cuttlebug Ornamental Iron emboss folder.   The two navy medallions were cut with the die plate from the same Cuttlebug set.  I stamped the MOM in Riding Hood Red with the Lovely Letters alphabet, both from SU!  The pearl on the red crocheted flower, (which was made by me! =) ), is a button from my stash.

Challenges I've entered this card in:
The Color Throwdown #138 - navy, white and one other color

Jesus Paid it All!! Hallelujah!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

It seems I'm dropping my entry into the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenges at the very last minute, lately! Today is the last day for Challenge #85, and the verse for this week is Matthew 16:23:

"But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men."

The challenge is to use VersaMark or the same color ink ink on the same color of paper somewhere on your card.

I was clicking through various blogs today, including some challenges, and found the Timeless Tuesday Challenge #114.  The color challenge going on there right now is to use aqua, yellow and brown.  Then, I got my latest order from Mark's Finest Papers, which included the Cuttlebug Ornamental Iron cut and emboss.  I had one of my daughters test the cutting die, and she chose SU! Sage Shadow for the card stock.  Well, it's not aqua, but when I saw this lacy trim after the test cut, I knew I had to team it up with yellow and brown for this card.  The other colors of card stock are SU! Creamy Caramel (retired) and Daffodil Delight, and white from my stash.  I stamped the Weathered background on the yellow CS with SU! Summer Sun ink, (also retired).

The stamps I used are some new ones my lovely children gave me for my birthday a few weeks ago, and yes! this is the first time I've inked them.  They are from Blue Ridge Impressions.  I used SU! Creamy Caramel ink (retired) and colored with SU! chalks.  I also chalked the edges of the cross CS and then distressed with my scissors.

The flowers and pearls are from my stash.  I'm not sure I'll enter this in the Timeless Tuesday, we'll see. =)

(ETA) I just found another challenge into which I could enter this card.   Grace had a button for the Inspire Me Fridays challenge so I clicked over to check it out.  I decided to add this card to the challenge, and with enthusiastic encouragement coming from the same Grace, I'll enter the Timeless Tuesday, also!  Thanks, Grace!!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you all have a blessed weekend!


Monday, April 18, 2011

It appears that Blogger is on the blink again.  I've gotten some information that comments made on this blog have not been showing up.  I do have comment moderation enabled, but these messages aren't even appearing in the spam folder.   =P

I don't know where the missing comments are going! But I wanted to let you know that I haven't been rejecting comments, I just haven't been receiving them!! =((

SSIC Challenge #84

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Kris Breach was the hostes for Challenge #84 at Stampin' Sisters in Christ this week.  She chose Mark 15:16 as the focus verse.

"They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him."

The challenge rules were to use shades of purple and/or wood paper or elements on your project.

Card Stock: SU! (Perfect Plum), from my stash (gold)
Stamps, Ink & Gold Emboss Powder: SU!
Ribbon & Pearls: stash 

Inspiration for this card came from the second card 
(on the right in the picture) in Susan's blog post.

I'm sneeking this very simple card in at the very last minute due to a bit of a trial in my life this week.  Right now sharing this with all of you is 'safer' for me than telling the 'flesh and blood' people in my life.  That's because I'm really raw and need to get past my initial reactions before I can deal with what others will say to me.  You see, we were expecting another child in November.  I say 'were' because I lost the baby this week.  I'm fine physically, and emotionally, too, just still in the middle of dealing with it. =)

For that reason, this verse, and especially the passage, Kris chose is very special to me.  When I read those parts of scripture I am reminded that there is nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, that I suffer on this earth that Jesus doesn't suffer through with me.  Yes, he never carried or lost a baby, but He did suffer the greatest loss anyone can suffer - the willful turning away of His Father.  But, Hallelujah!, the story doesn't end there!  He conquered death and the grave and now sits at the right hand of that very Father, having provided the means by which we can all join Him, if we choose to.   And neither does it end for me and my little one.  I know that there is a day when we will meet, not again, but for the very first time.  Thank You Jesus!

And Thanks to all of you for being my 'shoulders to cry on'. =))

Too Many Temptations!

Friday, April 15, 2011

I've figured out that there are way too many good challenge blogs out there!  =))  If I'm going to get back into any kind of regular paper crafting mode, I will have to limit the challenges I read and participate in.

For today, I'm posting some pictures of cards we made, but didn't finish in time, or didn't post in time to make the deadlines of the challenges that inspired them.

And....... I'll be choosing two challenges each week to use as the inspiration for my cards and other scrapping.  This week I'm going to do the Stampin' Sisters in Christ and either the Moxie Fab World or the Color Throwdown,  I'm not sure yet.  And actually, I may be able to make one project work for both of those!  =)))

Here is a card I did for a previous Moxie Fab World: An Idea in Yellow.

Card Stock: SU! (yellow), stash (white)
Stamps, Ink & Ribbon: SU!
Buttons: stash

Here is a gallery of cards done by some of my girls.

Card Stock & DP: SU! & stash
Stamps & Ink: SU!
Punches: SU!, Fiskars, Marvy
Stencil: Pebbles Inc.
Ribbon: SU! & stash
Brads & Eyelets: SU! & OTC

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Looking for a groove!

Friday, April 1, 2011

I'm really missing my paper crafting time so I'm trying to work back into some scheduled times for doing my fun stuff.  Part of what has inspired and motivated me where scrapping is concerned is posting to many of the challenges I've found online.  Well, I haven't had the time this week to make any new creations for those, so I'm going to post at Make it Monday, over at Michelle's blog.  The card I'd like to enter there is one I made this past February for a Lollipop Ladies Challenge.

Click here for the original post showing this card and giving credit info.