Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Habari Gani......Ujamaa!

Happy Wednesday and Thanks for stopping by...

Today is the fourth day of Kwanzaa, Ujamaa (000-jah-mah'). Ujamaa is Swahili for Cooperative Economics; "to build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together". In this economic climate it has never been more important to support the little "Mom & Pop" stores in our own neighborhoods. The dress shops, natural food stores, hardware stores, restaurants, and yes SCRAPBOOK STORES!

Did you know that African Americans make up about 13.4 percent of the American population yet we only own about 5 percent of American businesses? Now something is wrong with this picture, especially since we spend so much of our money on the clothes, shoes and entertainment that make other people filthy RICH!!.....Okay, I'm not going to preach but we really need to consider starting our own businesses and teaching our children to do the same...I'm just saying...

I started running my storytelling & drama programs as a business about four years ago and I am constantly talking to my sons about what types of businesses they might consider operating, some day. I show them examples of kids who are running businesses and actually making some serious money too!

Anywho, in honor of the Kwanzaa celebration I wanted to share a craft that I created for the Scraps of Color E:spire Great Kwanzaa Giveaway. So here goes.....


This was so much fun to make! I used a bunch of leftovers from my Christmas cards and some free clipart I found online, my copics and my embossing tool to create this Kwanzaa Tag Book. there are seven pockets; one for each day of Kwanzaa. Here are some close up shots.

I used many African and Kwanzaa symbols in this craft.
  • The Lion represents wisdom and strength in most traditional African stories.
  • The Kinara is the candle holder for the Mishuma Saba (seven candles)
  • The Kikumbe Cha Umoja is the Unity cup. During the Kwanzaa celebration, in your home each family member should take a sip of juice or water from the cup (from oldest to youngest) symbolizing unity.
  • The Djembe drum is a symbol of freedom and the original cell phone (haha) for communication in the village.
  • The dashiki represents African clothing and custom.
  • Finally, the bandera is the African American flag displaying the colors black (the people), red (sacrifice), and green (the land or success)
And here are the tags. I used my Rubbernecker stamps for these little cuties. Each tag has the Swahili principle and the meaning. I think I might make a few more of these Tag Books for some of my friends who also celebrate Kwanzaa....

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time...

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Habari Gani?......Umoja!

Happy Sunday and Thanks for stopping by...



One of my favorite sites Scraps of Color E:spire is having a Seven days of Kwanzaa GREAT KWANZAA GIVE AWAY! If you want to win some cool crafting papers, embellishments or stamps just visit the Scraps of color E:spire site and follow the instructions. The contest runs for seven days, so don't miss out. You never know, you could be a big Kwanzaa WINNER!

In addition to celebrating Christmas, our family celebrates the African American holiday, Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a seven day celebration that does not focus on any one religion or any one hero, but on our culture and community as a whole. Kwanzaa is centered around seven principles that we can live by to make our families, communities and selves stronger and better. The seven principles are given to us in Swahili; Umoja (ooo-moe'-jah) "Unity" is the first principle. Umoja means "to strive for unity in our family, community, nation and race". Unity is truly the first step in making any lasting changes.

When we greet each other during the seven days of Kwanzaa we say "Habari gani"? (hah-bar-ee-gahn-nee) which means "What's the news"? or "What's going on"? We respond by saying the principle for that day. Since today is day one we would respond by saying......you guessed it....UMOJA!

My family has been celebrating Kwanzaa for over 12 years. For several years my husband and I hosted a Kuumba (Creativity) Cultural Arts Camp for children. The camp would run for two weeks, during the Christmas break. We taught the seven principles through dance, dance, music and visual arts crafts. Each year the children from our camp were invited to present what they learned at the city-wide Kwanzaa celebration. It was such an honor to work with such beautiful, intelligent young people. My husband and I didn't really do anything for the program except show up. The young people did everything. They set the Kwanzaa table, lit the candles, danced, sang all the songs, and performed the short plays. It was amazing! Some of our former campers are grown-ups now, with their own families; celebrating Kwanzaa in their own way.

We didn't get to go to the Kwanzaa celebration tonight because the weather is quite snowy and frosty here in Charlotte. But we still lit our first candle at home and talked about ways we could work together with more unity in our family and the community....good stuff!

I'll be making some Kwanzaa crafts with my boys, this week. I'll share them soon!

Thanks for stopping by!
See you next time...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Fairy Holly is Ready for Christmas!

Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by...

Christmas is so close, I can taste it! My son's are sooo excited and today is the last day of school before the Christmas break so now it's on to baking and more decorating with them. We have to have our Christmas cookies. YUM!

I'm going to enter a few more challenges before Christmas. Here's my entry for Mo's Digital Pencil Design Team Fantasies and Fairies Challenge. Hope you like it...



She is colored with Copic Sketch and I'm still using my Ellen Snowflake Christmas Paper Pad. I used just a touch or two of Crystal lacquer for her snow globe and used a very simple card sketch. It was so simple, in fact, that I made four cards before 10 A.M. !! Wow! Now that's easy peasy.

I'm also entering this card into a few more challenges: Fab 'N Funky Quick and Easy Does It, Friday Sketchers Challenge #133, Stamping for the Weekend "Christmas" Challenge and
Cute Card Thursday "One for the Kids" Challenge

I hope your holidays are blessed and beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by...See you next time!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Michelle Perkett "Holiday Magic" Blog Hop

Happy Weekend and Thanks for stopping by...

Welcome to the Michelle Perkett Studio Holiday Magic Blog Hop! The blog hop is Saturday and Sunday. If you just happened to visit my page and don't know about the MPS blog hop, you're in for a treat! Michelle has so many fabulous images to choose from. They're so much fun to color and make the most amazing cards. Stop by her blog page and to see the creations from her design team and fans like me! You can find her digital images in her Etsy shop.

Here's my latest creation with the lovely Christmas Blessing Angel.


I'm entering this little card in the "Have a Merry Little Christmas" Challenge this week. She is colored with Copic Sketch (of course) and I used lots of Stickles (Christmas Red, Green and Frosted Lace) to add some shimmer. You know an angel has to have her sparkle. I used my trusty Creative Memories circle cutter and Recollections paper flowers; also colored with Copics. The ornaments are from Stampendous and they are covered in Stickles as well. It's the holidays. Why not??? Finally, I have really been enjoying my Ellen Snowflake Christmas Paper Pad, this season. That's where this mixture of paper comes from. This card makes me feel very festive! Pass the eggnog!

Your next stop on the Michelle Perkett Studio "Holiday Magic" Blog Hop is ....
Rhonda

so hop on over and check our her fabulous creation!


Thanks for stopping by! See you next time...



Tuesday, December 14, 2010

On the Second Day of Christmas

Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by...

For twelve days I am revealing the hidden messages for Christians in the song "The Twelve day of Christmas. We're on day two.


{Card image from Mo's Digital Pencil Too "Dani with Gifts"- colored with Copic Sketch markers}

On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me...


{Two Turtle Doves}

What's the hidden meaning?
The Old and New Testaments, which together bear witness to God's self-revelation in history and the creation of a people to tell the Story of God to the world.

Hope your holiday season is blessed and beautiful...

See you next time!


Monday, December 13, 2010

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by...

"On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...." You've heard the song, maybe you've tried to remember all the words; searching the corners of your mind with a flashlight. Well I was surprised to find, a few years ago, that there is some hidden meaning to this little nonsense ditty (or so they say). And technically, the FIRST day of Christmas is December 25 and the twelfth night is January5th, but I'm not going to stretch my holiday out that far, so I thought I'd share the hidden meaning of the song that teaches the basic principles of the Christian faith, with you on the twelve days leading up to Christmas and of course a Christmas card for each day. So here we go.....

"On the first Day of Christmas my true love gave to me....."

{A Partridge in a Pear Tree}
The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25, the first day of Christmas. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, recalling the expression of Christ's sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not have it so . . . ." (Luke 13:34)

Card image from "A Day for Daisies". Colored with Copic Sketch.


Thanks for stopping by. See you next time!!







Friday, December 10, 2010

Once Upon A Time

Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by...

I want to tell you a story and this is no fairy tale. Once Upon a time in a land not so far away a man and a woman met. The woman was a mess and had been hurt many times. She was afraid to give her heart to anyone ever again. The man was a true prince, but not yet a king. Despite the fact that they were quite different they became great friends. They laughed and spent hours on the phone sharing secrets and even more hours walking by the lake and singing love songs to each other under the moonlight.



When the storms began to rise up they learned to love each other through good times and bad. Learning to forgive each other's shortcoming was a challenge but they learned to do that too. One day the prince asked the woman, "have you ever been in love"? The woman thought about it for a moment, remembering all the times she thought she had experienced real love only to find she had been deceived, hoodwinked, tricked and she replied "No. I don't think I ever have". The prince gently replied, "If I had time, I would take you there". In time they became husband and wife and God blessed them with two handsome and intelligent sons, who are on their way to becoming princes themselves. And they are living happily ever after...

This is my challenge entry to the Michelle Perkett Studio Once Upon A Time challenge. Hope you like it. The digital stamp image is called Soulmates and I just love them. I didn't color them to look exactly like my husband and I but the passion is a perfect match...



Colored with copics...

Have a creative Friday!
See you next time!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Is On Its Way


Happy Wednesday
and thanks for stopping by...

Brrrrr! Hope you're staying warm, wherever you are! I was off work today so I spent the morning doing the breakfast dishes, some laundry, general straightening up to prepare to put up our Christmas tree. Tee hee! I'm so excited about that! This is truly the "MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!" After all my chores were done I rewarded myself by creating a card for a few challenges, with an image from one of my favorite stamp designers...(drum roll please!)...hahaha...here she is...


  • This is Snowbunnybella by, you guessed it, Stamping Bella. She is colored with Copics (E35, E13, R29, R27, C1). The sentiment comes from Inkadinkadoo's Warm Holiday Wishes clear stamp set. The DP snowflake paper is by Anna Griffin. The Christmas tree paper is from my favorite Christmas paper pad, this year; the Ellen Snowflake Christmas Paper Pad. I used silver and Christmas red Stickles to add a little bling and the Christmas PRESENTS are from The Paper Studio.
I entering this card into four challenges this week:

Bellarrific Friday
Stamping for the Weekend
Friday Sketches
and
Stamp Something

Hope you like it....Thanks for stopping by! See you next time...


Monday, December 6, 2010

Oh Baby!

Happy Monday
and thanks for stopping by...


I interrupt your regularly scheduled Christmas-ness for this very important announcement...Babies are coming! Babies are coming! So, on Thursday night, after dinner, my husband says to me "Do you have any baby shower cards"? THREE ladies that he works with are having little ones very soon. My husband works in a school, so this is not too surprising. After his question began to sink in, I kicked myself because I always intend to make some "various occasions" cards just to have on hand, but I keep putting it off. And because I put it off "various occasions" come up and I HAVE NO CARD READY!!

I rolled up my sleeves and began the mad dash to make three quick and beautiful, baby shower cards. You know, coloring, cutting, pasting, die cutting, cuttlebugging, more pasting...Until....


My scanner was casting a great deal of shadows late that night, oh around 1 A.M. when I finished, but I thought I'd just share my gift to the moms-to-be at the middle school. Even though it's nearly winter I stayed with the pastel "baby" color scheme. Maybe one day I'll step out of that pink and blue box, but it's just so stinkin' cute...LOL

Card recipe:
(This really is difficult because all of this stuff came from my stash)
Image from Stamping Bella (Pregabella I think)
Recollections Craftable Paper flower colored with copics
Sentiment created on MS Word Art (something I just recently learned...wooo hoo!)

Hope you like it.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled Christmas Festivities!
But don't forget....babies ARE coming!!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mo's Swirls & Flourishes Challenge

Happy Tuesday
and Thanks for stopping by!

Here's my entry to the Mo's Challenge Blog "Swirls and Flourishes" challenge. I love Mo's digital images and I was so excited to participate in this week's challenge. So here we go.....



Card recipe:
  • Mo's Digis
  • "Nicholas Bearing Gifts"
  • "Noelle Bearing Gifts"
  • "Christmas Tree Decorated"
  • colored with Copics
  • Kris Kringle Peppermint Swirl (red DP)
  • Swirls "fussy cut" from Ellen's Snowflake Christmas Paper Pad
  • Martha Stewart's Snowflake glitter
  • Sentiment from Amy Rysavy's Merry & Bright collection
Hope you like it!
Thanks for stopping by!
See you next time...


Monday, November 29, 2010

Magnolia-licious "Home Sweet Home" Challenge

Happy Monday Everyone...
Thanks for stopping by!

Hope your weekend was as awesome as mine! We went to see Tangled on Friday morning (Yes, even the boys went!!) And it was soooooo cute. I laughed a whole lot. Saturday, we went to a church in Concord, NC where they were filming a YouTube videomercial for a new Christian initiative for a new 3D movie coming out; Lion of Judah. Can't wait to see the videomercial and movie. No, I DID NOT do any "Black Friday" shopping. I truly dislike the ginormous crowds and jam packed parking lots and the pushing and shoving and all the hype. I'd rather shop online.

Anywho, here's my entry for this week's Magnolia-licious "Home Sweet Home" challenge. Hope you like it....



The challenge was to create an item for home decor using a Magnolia stamp image. I thought this would be great to add to my holiday decor and I'm putting her on the mantel.

Here's the recipe:
  • colored with Copic Sketch markers
  • paper from Me & My Big Ideas; Ellen Snowflake Paper Pad
  • fussy cutting some candy canes from that collection as well
  • Poinsettias from Imaginisce.
  • painted the wood panel block with Forest Green acrylic paint
  • sentiment comes from Amy Rysavy's Holiday Greeting stamp set

Now, all I have to do is dig the tree and other decorations out of our storage unit. ;) Yay! It's finally Christmas time!!!! The MOST wonderful time of the year....


Thanks for stopping by...
See you next time!!!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Michelle Perkett Studio Happy Holidays Challenge

Happy Saturday...
and thanks for stopping by!!

Hope your Turkey day was fabulous or your Tofurkey day (for all my vegetarian friends)!! Ours was beautiful. My mother-in-law's turkey was extra, extra juicy this year. When I asked her how she did it she revealed a Cooking Network secret (shhhh!)....butter and herbs under the skin. Who knew??? I'll have to use that little tip for my Christmas turkey.

By far, the most beautiful part of the day was when our entire family gathered in the den and stated what we're thankful for. There were about forty of us gathered together with tears in our eyes, grateful for everything from loving relationships with parents, to children graduating from college soon, to trusting in God to provide while between jobs, to staying cancer free for more than five years!! After it was all said and done (and captured on video by my history keeping husband), my cousin-in-laws broke out in a good old foot stomping choir medley...I'm serious!! This really happens in real life! And it always makes me so glad to be a part of this family.

So, with a few days off from work I was determined not to miss the Michelle Perkett Studio challenge this week!!! So here's my Happy Holiday Challenge entry. Hope you like it...


This is Holly the Christmas Friendship Fairy and I think she is just gorgeous!! I colored her with Copic Sketch markers and added some Christmas Red Stickles to her coat and wings. I'm crazy about Stampendous Fun Flock so I added just a touch to her coat trim and a little more Frosted Lace Stickles to add a snowy feel to the image background. I am really lovin' the Me & My Big Ideas Ellen Snowflake Christmas Paper Pad. It has so many adorable papers including the blue and white snowflake here. That beautiful swirly, shimmery red is from s-e-i. It's from the Kris Kringle collection; Peppermint Swirl. I did some fussy cutting with paper called Falala Christmas from Best Creation Inc. Those hollies add a extra pop to the card. I even used a few for the inside of the card...


I'm going to try to remember to post what Copic Sketch colors I'm using on images in the future. Just in case you're interested. Here's what I used this time.



I can't tell you how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this time of year. I'm looking forward to all the Christmas-ey card and scrapbook challenges coming up in the next month!! Woo hoo!

Thanks for stopping by...
See you next time!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Art of Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone...
I'm grateful that you stopped by!!

So tomorrow is Thanksgiving and fortunately I do not have to cook an entire meal. My husband is making macaroni and cheese and I'm making a pineapple cream cheese pie that was a hit at the Thanksgiving dinner last year. We're having dinner at the usual spot; my saintly mother-in-law's house. I truly hit the jackpot when it comes to mother-in-laws. She is always cooking Sunday dinners and inviting our two sons over to spend the night so my husband and I can have a Friday date night. She's the BEST!!

As I'm reflecting on dinner and the whole meaning behind this time of year I began to think about all the things I'm grateful for. I'm grateful for so much. Here's my abbreviated list...

  • I thank God for my health. I had cancer two years ago. So I'm glad to be alive, in great health and cancer free!
  • I thank God for my husband. He is such an amazing man and a strong Christian. I admire his walk with God and his ability to talk to anybody about our Faith. Let me tell you something; if anybody is going to heaven, my husband is going!!!...LOL
  • I thank God for my sons. They are both very different and have such unique qualities that I love. One is very musical and artistic the other is very athletic and comical. They both are very intelligent and always make me laugh.
  • I'm grateful for my job. I am so blessed to have a career that I LOVE. I enjoy going to work and crawling around on the floor with four year olds, singing songs, dancing, using props, costumes and puppets!! I'm still in shock that they pay me to do this stuff! They are learning the whole time and they brighten up my day.
  • Finally, I'm grateful for my hobby; paper crafting. It gives me a chance to work with my hands and share a piece of myself with family, friends and even perfect strangers.
In other words, Life is Sweet....
and I thank God for it!


Here's my latest creation. I actually designed it for a Michelle Perkett challenge. I missed the deadline. But I'll share it with you anyway...



She's colored with copics and I was feeling a little stickle-ish the day I made this card so EVERYTHING is covered in stickles....LOL

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving
and remember to give thanks....
EVERYDAY!


SEE YOU NEXT TIME!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Scraps of Color Magazine

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Here's a little something for you!


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How cool is that! I'm already signed up!

Stay tuned for their page call announcement and a wonderful December filled with ideas and inspiration by the fabulous SOC Girls and a super BIG BLOG GIVEAWAY! Don't miss a minute of the scrappy inspiration!
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Friday, November 19, 2010

A Day for Daisies Challenge: "Please Pass the Traditions"

TGIF!...
and Thanks for stopping by...

My Grandma, Lucy was a Domestic Diva. Her house was always immaculate, filled with warm yummy smells. And when it came down to Friday nights you could always find a game of Spades going on around her kitchen table and all our teenage friends were welcomed. The game just wasn't complete without her sassy poetic recitations ("the same thing that makes you laugh can make you cry" was her favorite) or her delicious pound cake. I can taste it now, all warm and tender and sweeeeeet.

When I found a "Pass the Traditions" challenge on A Day for Daisies' site I instantly thought of Grandma Lucy and all those holidays and regular days that she made so special to our family. The challenge was to use an ADFD image and a traditional family recipe on a card. So on this Friday I give this tribute to my funny, sassy, Diva, Grandma Lucy. I put a little twist on her pound cake 'cause I'm a girl who can't live without her chocolate. And maybe we'll play a game of trash talkin' Spades tonight in her honor...LOL



Have a Fun Friday!!!...See you next time.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Scraps of Color Blog Challenge: What's on Your Scrappy Wish List?

Happy Thursday!!
Thanks for stopping by....

Tis the season for Black Friday deals galore, shopping, coupon clipping, making lists and checking them twice. Typically we're all thinking about the children. I have two boys who have already written out their Christmas lists. When it comes to Christmas shopping, I believe in starting and finishing early.. Although the little ones are always at the top of our list, my favorite "ning" group Scraps of Color challenged us to post our own personal wish list.

Mine is pretty simple, you see my husband, our two sons and I currently live in a two bedroom apartment. Yeah, it's pretty cramped but I feel blessed to have a beautiful roof over our heads and very friendly neighbors. But we're talking about wishes, right?? So my wish is to move back into a house and have my very own "Paper Trail Studio"...LOL...aka a Scrapbook and Crafting room. I want it bad!!!!! I have so much stuff. Every drawer and closet has traces of cardmaking or scrapbooking in it. I have purchased so many rubber maid tubs I should own some stock in the company! Right now I'm crafting wherever I can; at the kitchen table, on the floor, in the sunroom; on a cheap table I bought from Wally World. :-)...but my wish is something like this...



Ahhhhhh, yes! Now this is paradise. I love the light streaming in through the window and the clean fresh decor. Yeah, I think I could make this work!! Trust me, I have enough stuff to fill every cabinet, drawer and bin. I might even put myself on a buying freeze (@ least for a few months) if I could have a room like this.

I've already hinted to my sweet husband that I need this space and we've been house hunting for the past few weeks so.....Let's hope dreams and wishes still come true for grown up little girls.....

Here's hoping you get your wish today!!!
Thanks for stopping by....See you next time.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Winter Wishes

Happy Tuesday and...
Thanks for stopping by!!


I decided to start entering some blog challenges to brush up on my skills in card making and Copic coloring. My first challenge I'm taking on is with Platinum Scraps; the November Card Sketch challenge. Here's the original sketch...




and here's my take on the original sketch...



I tried some new techniques on this card and I absolutely love the layered look of this card. I used Stampendous White Flock on her muffs and pop dots for the sentiment. I added a little fussy cutting on the holly and colored with Copics. I used a lighter skin tone this time; E35, E13 and E11. You know I like my mocha girls, but I like how this turned out also. She kinda looks likes she's ready for a winter wedding. Oh, by the way this is also a digital image. I'm really starting to dig digis (hahaha). They're very easy to print, don't smudge with the Copics and don't take up ANY additional space in my crafting storage closet. This digital image is called Snow Goddess and she's from the Michelle Perkett collection. You can find her on Etsy.

For my next challenge I think I'll try my hand at a Magnolia. I just bought one from my favorite scrapbook store; Family Memories. I'll post my final project real soon.

Have a creative week and...
Thanks for stopping by. See you next time.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sweet Christmas Wishes

Happy Saturday!
And Thanks for stopping by...


We just took the boys to see the animated film MegaMind and it was terrific! It had a great message and lots of humor. I love spending time with my sweet husband and our sons on Saturday. Since the boys did such a great job on their report cards we also made a trip to the bookstore (which they love). So Origami and Teacher From the Black Lagoon were on the book menu for today. I didn't get a book this time, but I did stop by Starbucks for a Peppermint Frappacino...yummy!

I couldn't wait to get to a place where I could take a little reprieve and update the blog so you can see what I've been up to in the wonderful world of card making and crafting. So here it is...

A Sweet Christmas Wish...


This is another Mo's Digital Pencil digital stamp creation and I think she is a cutie pie. She's called Candy Cane Fairy (I think). I colored her with copics (of course) and added Frosted Lace stickles to her skirt details and her fairy wings. Check out her hair. I'm really trying to perfect the lights and shading when it comes to hair, skin and clothes. I'm practicing and will probably take an online class very soon. I'll let you know how that all turns out...LOL

Here's a close up of her...


I have lots more; actually about 10, more Christmas card creations coming soon. I truly over do it when it comes to Christmas. I just can't help myself. It's my favorite time of year. I'll keep you posted so you can check them all out.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you get to spend some quality time with the ones you love today.
See you next time!!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE...

Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by!!
....Okay, so you know the rest of the words to the song, right?? It's beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS! Well, the stores are certainly stocking up on everything with a CHRISTmas theme. And when I stepped outside this morning, I started to feel the cold nip of "Old Man Winter". He's just around the corner. So get those coats out of storage...LOL...This is my absolute favorite time of year. Spending time visiting family and friends, buying gifts, wrapping gifts, baking, crafting and MAKING CHRISTMAS CARDS!!! I absolutely love every moment of it. So I thought I'd give you a little view of the Christmas Cards I made last year before I make the NEW ones for 2010. Woo hoo! Enjoy... And don't forget...


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THANKS FOR STOPPING BY...SEE YOU NEXT TIME

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Love Those Bellas

Did I mention I Love Stamping Bellas! Thanks for stopping by!!!

These are some cards I created with some of my favorite Bellas. So here we go...
(1) Javabellas: I used this image to create invitations for a Bible Study at our house.










(2) Cuppacakeabella: I used water color crayons to color her and Frosty Pink stickles on her cupcake.










(3) Hippiechickabella: I love this stamp to make thinking of you cards for my Sistah Friends. Isn't she lovely? I THINK she kinda looks like me! LOL...









(4) Meldabella: I have several friends who are shoe freaks, so this card comes in quite handy....Did I mention I LOVE STAMPING BELLAS???... Hope you like.

Don't forget to "follow" me on this creative blog journey and leave a comment. You just might be the winner of my "Blog Candy", TEN, that's right, 10 handmade cards. But first I've got to get 100 blog followers. Then I will randomly select the winner. It just might be Y.O.U.

See you NEXT TIME...

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Give Thanks













I love Autumn so I really get into Thanksgiving cards, decorations and of course the FOOD!! This time of year always makes me start thinking about how much God has done for me and for my family. I am truly grateful to be alive and to have such a wonderful husband and children. I believe the more we celebrate the blessings in our lives the less time we'll spend complaining about what we don't have...

These cornucopia images come from the Sarah Phelps Collection at Impression Obsession, Inc. Although I usually use stamp images of people I thought I'd try something a bit different.

Of course I colored the images with Copics. I'm still having so much fun playing with them. I used my Cuttlebug and the D'vine Swirl folder to emboss the paper, Quick Quotes Amaretto Powder Puffs and Adirondack Butterscotch for the sentiments.

I'm taking the time to embellish the inside of every card I create and not just the outside. This extra step gives hand made cards a unique flair.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. See you next time!...Peace & Blessings