Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hope to warm a Heart

Hello and Happy New Year's Eve Eve to you!!
Another year is coming to a close and many may be reflecting on this past year, the highs and the lows. I can't help but think that it's the lows that make the highs so wonderful. Afterall, if we didn't experience a little bit of adversity we would probably not grow in our character. Practice makes perfect or perhaps better said in James 1:2-4 "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have it's perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
I know that I certainly don't like problems or trials, I'd love for life to just go on with no hitches but that's not really reality is it? So if you are dealing with something today or last week or last month or whenever, know that the Lord is there to help you walk through it. I know He is faithful and not wanting us to go it alone. And to top it off He desires you to grow from it and sometimes growing pains can hurt so hang on to our Abba Father's hand and He will be there for you each step, helping you to conform to the image of His dear Son, Jesus Christ.
Here is a sweet little card (don't you love this snowman!!) and it's inspired by the Christian Paper Crafts sketch this week. I made it for a friend going through a trial right now and I hope it brings a smile to her face and will warm her heart!
I've added the list of "ingredients" at the end of the post.

Thanks Gloria for such a great sketch!!

Ingredients: Paper: Basic Grey (designer paper) Cardstock: DCWV pastels, Neenah bright white, Frosted Teal (Taylored Expressions KI kit); Stamps: Image: Penny Black; Sentiments: Hero Arts (believe) and Gina K Designs (friends...); Ink: Memento, rich cocoa and Palette, black; Punches: EK Success (border and snowflake); Crystal tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions); Pearl Dabber, Andirondack; Sizzix Snowflakes embossing folder, Cuttlebug. Copic Markers to color.

If I don't get back here before January 1st - have a blessed and safe New Year!! Thanks for stopping by and visiting, you are a delight to me!!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Happy Birthday to Riley!

Hello Delightful friends and family!
I know it's been ages since I've written but time just has not allowed me the luxury of sitting at my computer to "visit" or spend a lot of time at my craft table. That doesn't mean I haven't been creative, I have, but I've just not had time to post it, but I do have the pics! I'm really counting on after Christmas to get back into the regular habit of writing again.
Yesterday we celebrated Riley Ann's 3rd birthday! Cannot believe she is already 3 years old (today is her actual birthday). She was so excited about having cake, it superceded her presents!

Is she not a doll?!!

Busted by Grammie and I got it on film! The little pills! Riley and her partner in the sugar crime is none other than her cousin Jake!

Happy Birthday dear Riley Ann, happy birthday to you!! Love you lots!


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's a Special Day!

Hello dear friends and family!
So sorry I've been MIA lately, responsibilities in the "real" world have kept me away. Not saying that you aren't real, it's just priorities and I know you understand!
Today is another busy day, I'm off to work but want to wish my daughter Amy a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! We will not be discussing age here... ;-)
Here are a couple of projects I did finish this past week. The tag is for CAS Saturday at Christian Paper Crafts. The stamps: Taylored Expression (dove) and the sentiment is Our Daily Bread Designs Ink: Memento, rich cocoa, Distress ink: Peeled paint and broken china; ribbon American Crafts; Tag: Paper Accents. The challenge is to use only 3 colors.


This card I made is not for a challenge but was a belated birthday card for my sister-in-law, Dora. The stamp is from Taylored Expressions (a la carte belated birthday: Standing Out in a Crowd) I apologize I didn't take a picture of the inside! Paper is Imaginese and Bazzill; ink: Memento, rich cocoa; Glossy accents on the balloon and beaks; The Taylored Expression Scalloped border die and my cuttlebug were used also! I colored the image with my copic markers. So sorry to rush through but I've got to run!!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Grateful For You card - CASS03

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!


Here is a card I made for the CAS Saturday at Christian Paper Crafts! I've been so busy I've hardly had time to be in my craft room but I thought I should try to sneak in this card from last Saturday. Thanks for the challenge Molly! The challenge was clean and simple with one layer.

Paper: Bazzill; Stamps: Unity Stamp (sentiment) Inkadinkadoo (Fall Filligree set); Ink: Archival: coffee, russett, olive; Adhesive Pearls: Queen & Co. and ribbon from Michaels.

Thanks for looking and God bless, hoping that this crazy schedule will slow down but it's not looking to promising (lol), I am thankful I'm able to do what I do!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

A New Addition to Our Family!

Hello delightful friends and family!

I cannot believe that it's been over two weeks since I've posted anything here on my blog! It's been a crazy busy two weeks that is for sure!
We have a new granddaughter and I'm feeling terrible that I've not introduced her and she's already a week old (what kind of grammie am I? Please do not answer that!) We are pleased as punch to share that she is a very healthy 8lbs 7oz and 19" long and an extremely contented baby much to her parent's delight!
Introducing: Tucker Lynn

Proud daddy

Momma and big sister Riley

1 week old

Okay I'm partial I know, but she is beautiful!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Christian Paper Crafts Challenges

Hello Delightful friends and family!
Here are a couple of challenges from the Design Team at Christian Paper Crafts.
The first one is the Color Monday #80 challenge which is inspired by this picture
and the colors are red, hunter green, taupe/tan, and a neutral.
Here is my card for the color inspiration challenge (thanks to Miss Boo!!)
Color Monday Card ingredients:
Paper: Girls Paperie, Tinsel & Twig; Card Stock: Taylored Expressions (base and red), Bazzill, green; Ink: Archival Ink, Olive; Distress Ink: Aged Mahogany; Stamps: Taylored Expressions: Christmas Blessing set; Embellishments: ColorStories, adhesive pearls; Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 1, Scallop Eyelet border die, Taylored Expressions;
Here is challenge #2 and it's our fabulous Sketch Tuesday Challenge #80 (Gloria, you rock on the sketches!!) I took some liberties on this sketch with Gloria's blessing (tee-hee!)

Sketch Tuesday challenge card ingredients:
Paper: 3 Bugs in a Rug "Snow Much Fun" Card stock: Green, Bazzill; Red, Taylored Expressions Key Ingredient kit; Stamp: Taylored Expressions, Wings of Joy; Embellishments: Stampendous Diamond Dot Stickers; Stickles, Icicle; Copics: C1, E00, E19, E33, E37, B12, G07, G85, R59, RV17, Y08, YG67, YG95; SMOOCH: Sassy Pink, Azure, Green

Well, thanks for looking and you know what? It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
Hey stay tuned more to come this week or even better yet, head over to Christian Paper Crafts and see all the fabulous card and scrapbook challenges! That's right the new monthly scrapbook challenges have been posted!!!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Play Date Cafe Anniversary #2

Hello Delightful Friends and Family! This is just a quickie post! I loved the colors for the challenge at Play Date Cafe and so I'm playing along again. It's their anniversary so I'm celebrating with them this week! I hope you enjoy this fun card #2!

Isn't this card perfect for their one year anniversary!!

As I said this will be quick so here are the ingredients:
Stamps: Penny Black (Cinnamon) and Inkadinkado (sentiment)
Ink: Memento, Rich cocoa; Distress Ink, Aged Mahogany
Paper: KI Memories (Paisley Parade - Key Ingredients - Taylored Expressions)
Card stock: Papaya puree medium, Festive (Key Ingredients - Taylored Expressions
Embellishments: Ribbon: Taylored Expressions; Smooch: Sassy Pink, Moonlit, Pumpkin; Glossy Accents
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabibilities, Label 6, Cuttlebug
Copic Markers: C1, E00, E33, E97, B12, B24, R20, R83, Y08, YR07

Thanks for looking and love your delightful comments! Have a wonderful week.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Happy Anniversary Play Date Cafe!

Welcome to my Delightful friends and family!!

So glad you've stopped by. This week has been a week of celebration for the gals at the Play Date Cafe blog and congratulations are in order! They are celebrating their first year of challenges! They have a week of guest designers from Unity Stamp Company so head over there and check out the inspiration!! Here is the color challenge this week. Something bright and festive!

My stamp from Penny Black (Light the Night) is ready for the party to get started! I was inspired by the pink and orange in this color combo and I just happened to have the perfect paper from DCWV Sweet Stack! The sentiment is a stamp from Unity Stamp Co (Mix up of Cuteness set); Ink is Memento, Rich Cocoa.

I used my Copic markers to color the party girl and added Stickles and Smooch acrylic accent ink for some highlights and to give the shoes the just right color! The adhesive pearls are from KaiserCraft and the card stock is from Taylored Expressions Key Ingredient kit as is the ribbon. I used a border punch from Fiskars at the top of the card with the pattern paper going in the opposite direction for interest. Finished card is 5.5 x 4.25

Copics used: C1, E00, E37, R59, R20, R32, RV13, RV17, YR07

Thanks for looking and be sure to congratulate the DT at PDCC this week!


Friday, October 22, 2010

Taylored Expressions Christmas Blast From the Past Blog Hop

Welcome Delightful friends and family!!

If you've come from Monika's M.A.D. Stamper you are on the right blog hop path! If not the list of participants are at the end of this post!

It's time for another fun Blast from the Past blog hop with Taylored Expressions! I'm sure you are enjoying all the gorgeous Christmas cards and projects featuring the past Christmas stamps! Be sure and visit Taylored Expressions for some fabulous video tutorials called "12 DAYS OF HANDCRAFTED CHRISTMAS"

Back to the HOP: Here is the sketch we are inspired with by Sankara Wegeman so I used it for my first card and the second card is inspired by the TESC#131.

Thanks for looking and enjoy the hop!

Stamp Set: Wings of Joy

Details #1 card: Pattern Paper: BoBunny (Winter Joy Brrr); Card Stock: Bazzill, Paper Accents glittered card stock; Inks: Memento, Rich Cocoa and Distress Ink, Milled Lavender; Embellishments: Queen & Co adhesive pearls, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam, bordeaux; Tools: Marvy Uchida Scallop Circle punch; Spellbinders Nestabilities, Classic Scallop Circles; Copic Markers: G07, YG67, YG85, V04, V12, C1, Y17, R59, B12. Finished card 4.25" x 5.5"

Stamp set: Christmas Blessings TESC#131

Details card #2: Pattern Paper: The Girls' Paperie, Tinsel & Twig; Card stock, Bazzill and white Neenah; Inks: Archival Ink, Crimson and Distress Ink, Aged Mahogany; Embellishments: Ribbon, Taylored Expressions and ColorStories adhesive pearls, white; Tools: Scalloped eyelet Border, Taylored Expressions, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One. Finished card 4.25" x 5.5"

Now go on and visit with Banu's Stamping with Passion to see what delightful creation she has to share!

Thanks again for visiting and I look forward in reading your delightful comments!!

Have a fantastic weekend!


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sketch Tuesday - Lots of love!

Hello my Delightful friends and family!
I just got a new stamp and couldn't wait to try it out!! We are getting so much new merchandise at Scrapper's Edge that I can hardly contain myself!! I have to exercise so much self control that it hurts! (I wish that kind of exercise did a body good!) You should see all the new stuff that came in today, oh goodness gracious - I'm like a child in a candy store! But lets get back to the card at hand (on screen, at screen...) The card is inspired by the sketch that Gloria has provided at Christian Paper Crafts for Sketch Tuesday (#79) (I haven't finished Color Mondays card which the challenge is blue and yellow with cream or white, that is next on the craft agenda!)


Here is my take on the sketch and my new stamp from Penny Black's line and it's called Sweet Thing - isn't that the cutest!

Here are the Copic markers I used to color that sweet thang! (I was too lazy to type them all out so I took a picture instead, my fingers don't need to lose the weight. Ha!)

The finished card is 5-1/2 x 4-1/4. Nearly all the ingredients are from my Taylored Expressions Key Ingredient kit from July (KI Memories Paisley Parade, Designer Paper, card stock, ribbon) Stamp: Penny Black; Ink: Memento, rich cocoa; Distress Ink: Aged Mahogany; Smooch pearlized acrylic accent paint, Moonlit (white);Spellbinders Nestablilities classic scallop circles; Cuttlebug; Scallop border die, Taylored Expressions.

Thanks for looking, hope you're enjoying lots of love - Here is a verse I'd like to leave with you tonight and pray that it will bless you this week.

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16

Thanks for looking and I look forward to reading your delightful comments!
PS: Be sure and check back on Thursday for the Blast From the Past Blog Hop featuring Taylored Expressions Christmas stamps from the past! I'll have two fun cards to share with you all.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

Hello delightful friends and family!!

If a picture paints a thousand words, then I have quite a few thousand to share... (I tried to make the layout of pictures be normal looking but I give up!! click to enlarge)

From pony rides, (Riley)

to serious face painting (Jakob)

to chillin' with Poppa

and picking out a pumpkin...

The three amigos and a dog.

Can I have this one?

big man, little man...

Addy wanted to walk in the opposite direction...

No, that's not a pumpkin undercover that is grandbaby #4! I had to sneak that picture in!

It was a good day at the pumpkin patch! And yes, I was there - behind the camera as usual.