Monday, December 29, 2008

Will I Make It By January 20th?

I am going to be taking some much needed time to get caught up with things that I absolutely have to get done before I have surgery on my hand in January. The doctor says it will be 6 weeks before I will have full use of it, but I'm hoping it won't be that long. Don't know if I can go without crafting for that length of time. LOL. Since Christmas Day I have been busily trying to get my Christmas photos scrapped so I can get all my Christmas stash put away until next year. Also need to get an anniversary card made for hubby and 2 birthday cards, one for my dad and one for my brother. I can't figure out where the time has gone. So far I have scrapped 12 8x8 pages of my hubby's family of Christmas day and I have scrapped 7 12 x 12 pages of my family's Christmas Eve , 8 12 x 12 pages of miscellaneous through out the year. I still have my granddaughter's Christmas Play at church and her birthday to scrap. Hopefully I will get those done. I still haven't scrapped last years Christmas for my family. LOL and I have some digital scrapping to do for this years family reunions. Those are started but not complete. Do you think I will make it by January 20th?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Four More Sleeps

Today my granddaughter told me that Christmas would be here in 4 more sleeps. That is how since she was 2 years old has measured time. (She just turned 4). She will be an angel in the Christmas Pagent at Church this evening. Hummmmm.....

As I sat in church this morning and listened to the choir sing and as the congregation joined in on Silent Night I reflected on what it must have felt like to know that you were giving birth to the Savior of the world. I cannot imagine what must have been going through Mary's mind that night. I would have been thinking, I am sure, that surely for someone so great there must be a place other than a lowly manger for my child to lay his head. I probably would have been full of resentment for mankind in general. Mary showed us all about humility. I wonder if Mary really knew about the things that her son would have to endure? I thought about how much I whine and whimper when things happen to my son and yet they are nothing compaired to what Jesus would endure in the 33 years of His life here on Earth. I am not making a resolution for this year, but I am going to TRY everyday to be more thankful for what I have, because everything I have is due the the loving mercy of God.

I had written a few lines about how we tend to keep Jesus as a babe in the manger, but for the life of me I can't find what I wrote. If you could see my desk you would understand why I can't find it. LOL

The general idea is how at Christmas we tend to put Him in the manger, leave Him there until Easter and then forget that He has risen for the rest of year. I for one know, that He is no longer in the manger and no longer in the tomb, but sitting at the right hand of my Father making intercession for me. To me that is what Christmas is all about. So with this rather lengthy post I wish you and yours A Blessed Merry Christmas and All God's wonderful Blessings for the New Year!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas is Fast Approaching

I can't believe that as I write this Christmas is only 8 days away. Am I ready? Nope, not me. No packages wrapped, shopping isn't finished, cards aren't in the mail. I just don't know where the time has gone. I haven't had time to enter any challenges either. I'm going into withdrawl, however I really have been busy.

This week I made 12 of these lovely "Snowman Soup" mugs using the template from http://www.stampingvideos.com/. They are so adorable and such a thoughtful little gift when you have so many to give to. My granddaughter has about 12 teachers, between gymnastics, pre-school, Sunday School, Awanas, Junior Church and Junior Church Choir. At the age of 4 she has such a social life. LOL . She was so excited to "help" me make them. She counted out all the little bags and all the candy kisses, then put them in the cups as I finished them. We had such a lovely time making them together. To me that is what Christmas is about.

Next, I covered this paint can with Christmas Scrapbooking paper out of my stash and made a paper poinsettia for the lid. Trimmed the can with ribbon and it was complete. Such a cute quick idea for wrapping outside the box. I got the idea from an e-zine, but can't for the life of me remember what one it is. My hubby's family is having a "White Elephant" gift exchange and this is what I am using to "wrap" my "white elephant" in. Such a clever idea.



My mother seldom ever askes me to make cards for her because she thinks I am too busy (but have repeatedly told her I am never too busy for my mom). She wanted something really, really special to send to their church congregation for Christmas. This is the card that I came up with. The template was from a card that a friend made. I used the song "Away In A Manger" for the background for the inside of the card. I printed it on cream parchment paper, then crumbled it, straighted it out, inked it with antique linen distress inks. Used a decoupage from http://www.thelilacgarden.co.uk/. I am not one for peel offs, but needed to add something and they seemed to work well. Also used see - through holly stickers from my stash as those are my mom's favorite. Since I am not much of a photographer this picture really doesn't do the card justice.

Sorry for the long post. I'll try to keep them shorter in the future.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Blog Candy

Hurry over to Paper Monkey to take part in a really huge blog candy drawing! You only have until 3pm today. 12/15/08... So hurry and good luck.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Totally Scrumptious Blog Candy

Be sure to stop byBeas/ and see the wonderful blog candy she has put up to win. She has some wonderful magnolias and that is all I'm going to say...LOL. Good Luck

I'm On A Roll....


Wow does this look washed out! It really isn't. I used this delicious sketch from Friday Sketchers . I also used Basic grey paper (Sultry) and added a charm so that it would fit the criteria for the Basic Grey Challenge . I love this image from Whiff of Joy. I colored it using prisma color pencils and gamsol blending spirits. The flowers are prism and bazzill. The lace gems and charm is all from my stash box. I also inked the edges of the paper with Distress ink, antique paper.





This simple card is so pretty in real life, especially if you like pink, which I do. Who could tell...right? I used the sketch from iheart2stamp.
The paper is from DCWV-glitter sweet stack. Ribbon, flower center and gem from my stashbox, Flowers - Michaels Bridal Table Confetti, Rubber Stamp - Inkadinkado, Ink- Memento, Bamboo Leaves.








For this card I used the sketch from Our Creative Corner. I colored the Whiff of Joy stamp with prisma color pencils and gamsol to blend. The paper I am sorry to say, but cannot remember what website I got it from, but is is beautiful. The flowers are prism and kaisercraft. Center brads, embellishment and ribbons from my stash box. I also inked the edges of my paper with antique linen.

Everybody Art Challenge


I have made this card using all scraps from my stashbox. So there is not major technique or interesting embellishments that I have used. I just saw the papers and ribbons lurking in that box and thought they would fit the challenge for everybody-art-challenge, provided I am not too late to enter. Even if I am, it was a fun sketch to use.

Blog Candy

There is come wonderful blog candy up for grabs at Everything Paper Crafts. Be sure to stop by, read her blog and see some lovely cards, and while your at it sign up for a chance to win.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

No Christmas Cards


Did you ever have such a wonderful evening of crafting only to find out the next morning that while all that creative juice was flowing so freely you forgot to write the checks to pay the bills? Well that is what happened to me, so once I get these posted I'm off to do some damage control. LOL
Anyway you look at it, this was much more fun!

Fell in love with this image. I don't think the scan really does it justice.
I used the sketch from Friday Sketchers
Supplies used
paper, simply elegant, papermania, EK success corner punch, Yasutomo water colors (like twinkling H20's) flowers, prism, brads from stash box


This image is part of what I won from Bev's blog candy at All The Things I Love. So easy to work with. I used the sketch from I Heart To Stamp. Great Sketch
Supplies used

paper, K&Co Christmas cheer, prisma flowers, Michaels Bridal table confetti flowers, brads, glitter, ribbon and charm from stash box. WOJ stamp colored with copic markers and glitter pen for the wings.

I promise this is it for now. Again I used Willow from WOJ (I adore this stamp). I didn't want to
use it as Christmas so I covered up the holly berries with purple
gems and added some squiggles. I have used the sketch from Sketch Saturday # 27 I colored her with copic, prisma markers, & Spica At you glitter pens.

Supplies used:
Paper, Basic Grey, flowers, Michaels bridal table confetti, punch from punch bunch for leaves, ribbon from my stash box.