Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Charisma Cardz Birthday Blog Hop!

Christmas is over, the old year is fast drawing to a close,
and a whole new year looms ahead of us.

Before that happens though, we are going to start celebrating our
FIRST BIRTHDAY at Charisma Cardz Challenges
with a blog hop and a lot of fun and a lot of give aways.
So if you have arrived at my blog first, then you need to start at
the Charisma Cardz Blog and go from there.
As you travel from DT member to DT member you will collect words
that will complete a sentence.
Each DT member will have a word or a phrase listed somewhere in there blog.
Now their's may not be as easy to spot as mine, but have you ever
written a paragraph with the main words being and a? You will also
find their celebration creation and a blog candy gift that
will be up for grabs. Ok so come on and get busy showing us
those celebration creations that you have come up with.
You can do a creation and a/or card for birthday, birth, anniversary
celebration, wedding, baptism, etc. You get the idea.
I can't wait to see what you create!

For my creation I made a birthday card and a gift bag using
my favorite color combo of brown and pink.
I used all odds and ends and scraps of paper.

The winners for each blog will be posted on each DT blog Jan 7th
and also on the Charisma Cardz blog by 9AM on the 7th of January.

(my candy will close at noon EST, 5PM UK time on Jan 6th, in order to get my details to Leanne and Carly to be posted in the announcement of winners on the Charisma Cardz Challenge blog by the 7th of Jan)

Good Luck and a happy crafting to you all!
If you haven't figured it out yet my words are: and a
Now on to the next blog which is: Allison


My little gift for my blog will be

In order to win my little prize, you must:

1. leave a message on my blog telling me what you like about Chrisma Cards Challenges

2. spread the word about our Birthday blog hop on your blog (I will check each blog)

3 copic markers, R85, RV11, R59

Scrappy Cat Clear Stamps - Garden Sketches

Autumn Leaves - Stampology clear stamp onyx stamp pad

Prima Fancies Flowers Aloha Petals

2 pkgs Mark Richardsusa dots or pearls

I will ship worldwide.

The line-up for the blog hop is as follows:
Be sure to start at the Charisma Cardz Challenge Blog to get all the details. I'm sure since this is the first time I have ever participated in a blog hop that I have left seomthing out.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 In Review

Saw this idea on Kim's Blog and thought what a wonderful way to showcase your favorites. However, since I am so critical of my work it was very difficult for me to choose favorites. Hope you enjoy what I have chosen. If you do a year in review please leave in your comment so I can see what you have choosen. Happy New Year

January


February

March


April



May

June

July



August


September


October

November


December

Monday, December 28, 2009

Delicious Blog Candy

Delish blog candy available at Charmed Crafts until Friday Jan 1, 2010

Fancy something sweet? I promised you a little candy and here it is. All you have to do is to leave a comment and link to it on your own blog to be in with a chance of winning.


One person will get the whole lot and another will get the "Boy oh Boy" and "Sugar & Spice" bundles.

Friday, December 25, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

I just wanted to take a few minutes to wish everyone a very
Blessed Christmas
and to share my favorite Christmas Scriptures.
....................
For unto us a child is born;
unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called
Wonderful,
Counsellor,
The mighty God,
The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6
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And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.
St. Luke 2:7
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For unto you is born this day in the City of David
a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
St. Luke 2:11
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Glory to God in the highest and on earth
peace, good will toward men.
St. Luke 2:14

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sneaking A Peek!

Sorry about the awful picture but I wanted to snap it before Miss V realized that I caught her sneaking a peek and then I had to go and jiggle the camera! LOL Anyway these were the gifts that hubby and I purchased for family and Miss V, however most of them were sent to us by my family from out of state for Miss V and her mom and dad. Also Miss V decorated my tree this year, thus all the pink! Can't say that I think she did a great job, but it's ok. She really, really wanted to decorate Nonnie's tree.

In This photo below she was begging to just open 1 package.
Did we let her?
Of course.
Isn't that what grandparents are for?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What's Christmas About?

It's not about when Santa comes.


It's not about candies and sugarplums.


It's about the belief in the birth of a heavenly babe.


Which will bring us eternal life, once we are saved.


It's not about getting the latest trend, toy or game.


It's about knowing the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, are the same.


It's not about the biggest tree or the brightest lights.


It's about faith in His word that will keep us on a path that's right.


It's not about the amount of money we've spent.


It's about the heavy load, on us, that causes His back to be bent.


It' about the ultimate sacrifice, in the name of love.


A man, once sent to us, as a messenger from above.


A man, once sent to us, to save us from our sins.


Always offering a way to live and to begin again.


Maybe, Happy Birthday are words that need to be said,


Along with Merry Christmas, as we lie and pray in our beds.


It's about oft said, cliche',


That needs to be repeated, especially on this day.


Jesus is the reason --- For the Season!


[anonymous]


Merry Christmas & Blessings for the New Year

from my family and me

to

your & yours!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Singing Angel

I know that you are not supposed to be filled with pride, but I just couldn't help it this morning at church. Our granddaughter who just turned 5 the day before Thanksgiving sang a solo for the Christmas program . She didn't act one bit like she was scared as she stood in front of the congregation. When it was her turn for the solo she took the mic and belted out the words to Away In The Manger, like nobody's business. She did stumble over some of the words as she had to sing all 3 verses, however she did say "the cattle are loweing" rather than her first try at the song while we were practicing. She would say "the cattles are loading". LOL She has been singing with the rest of the tots since she was about a year and a half old, but this is the first time ever by herself. Everytime I think about how well she did I just want to cry with pride.
The photos are not very good because I didn't want to use a flash during services and I had to crop them a great deal to cut the other children out as I didn't have premission to post them on my blog. I wish I had a recording of her singing.












Christmas Creed

I snagged this from Joan at Cards and Other Good Stuff. I just loved it so I asked if I could snag it for my blog.
Christmas Creed
I believe in Jesus Christ and in the beauty of the gospel begun in Bethlehem.

I believe in the one whose spirit glorified a little town; and whose spirit still brings music to persons all over the world, in towns both large and small.

I believe in the one for whom the crowded inn could find no room, and I confess that my heart still sometimes wants to exclude Christ from my life today
.
I believe in the one who the rulers of the earth ignored and the proud could never understand; whose life was among common people, whose welcome came from persons of hungry hearts.
I believe in the one who proclaimed the love of God to be invincible.

I believe in the one whose cradle was a mother’s arms,
whose modest home in Nazareth had love for its only wealth,
who looked at persons and made them see what
God’s love saw in them,
who by love brought sinners back to purity, and
lifted human weakness up to meet the strength of God.

I confess my ever-lasting need of God: The need of forgiveness for our
selfishness and greed, the need of new life for empty souls,
the need of love for hearts grown cold.

I believe in God who gives us the best of himself.
I believe in Jesus,
the son of the living God, born in Bethlehem this night,
for me and for the world.

Anonymous

Saturday, December 19, 2009

My Little Elf

Now how perfect is that picture?
My Miss V was sitting in the family room in front of the unfinished Christmas tree playing with packages that went inside of a ceramic Santa and his pack! She had placed a large green ribbon around her neck (one that I made to go outdoors) and put on an elf hat that she found in my stash of stuff. (I had forgotten that I had it). She was so adorable I just had to take her picture. She didn't even realize I was about until I spoke to her. When she looked up I snapped the photo.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Whooo Hoooo! I've been Spotlighted

I have never been spotlighted before so I am thrilled beyond words. I just can't believe it.
I entered this card at Saturday Spotlight, never thinking I would win a top 3 spot!
What a way for me to start the count down week to Christmas.
Also this week I won a SU paper pack from Cindy at Heart's Delight Cards and two lovely stamps from Iris at Papercrafting In Cocoa

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Are You Tired Of Christmas Cards Yet?

It's Thursday already which means that Christmas is 1 week and 1 day away. Where did the year go? I can't believe in 2 week's time we will be celebrating the New Year.

Anyway since it is Thursday, you know what that means... Another challenge from
Charisma Cardz

Thank you all who joined in our color combo challenge of last week. Loved seeing all your beautiful creations and they were just that GORGEOUS!

Well if you are tired of Christmas Cards then this week's challenge is just the challenge for you. It has been set by DT member Jan and she has chosen the theme:
ANYTHING BUT CHRISTMAS!

I can't wait to see what you create.

My creation this week is not a card, but a doorhanger. I found this great template at Template Creations and just couldn't resist using it.
The paper I used was Cloud 9 -Sorbet
The sentiment is Cricut - Basic shapes
Ribbons-My stash



Hurry on over to Charisma Cardz to get all the details and start your creations now. I am looking forward to seeing what you make.
CHARISMA DT CALL--GREAT WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR!
We're currently on the look out for a brand new DT Member!!!and it could be you!!!If you can:*Commit to -Creating a new project each week Post your own challenge with the DT and on the main challenge blog when it's your turn Be able to photograph your work You will become a part of the charisma girls!get freebies from sponsors! join our private DT blog with lots going on!get a giggle from a lovely bunch of girls! If this is something you'd like to do Please email us with 3 photos abit about yourself and your blog addy to -Charismachallenges@live.co.uk
Closing date is: Christmas Eve!
Hugs Charisma Gals

Sunday, December 13, 2009

14 Challenges

I have been up since 4 this morning. Couldn't sleep so thought I would make a card. Not sure I like it, but 4 AM might not be my best mojo time. LOL I made this for my Miss V. Now that she has received the little book I made her, she wants everything made with her imaginary friend, Tilda. LOL

I certainly used non-traditional colors, inked edges of music and cardbase, well acutally I inked the whole music sheet with distress ink, antique linen. Added champagne Mist and Frost White (SU) to the fur on her outfit and wings to add a little more bling along with the gems inside the snowflake flowers. Flowers are prima, snow flakes & border-MS punch, ribbon-my stash.
This card qualifies for the following challenges :
Just Magnolia It's Christmas
Magnolia Down Under/ #28 bling, dazzle, gems, etc
Stamptacular No red or greeen
Paper Cutz snowflakes or snowmen
One Stop Craft Challenge Christmas Love (card for one you love)
The Secret Crafter Snow (anything related to snow)
Dottie's World 3 snowflakes
Inspirations no red or green
Alphabet Challenge I is for Ink
Stamp challenge Winter wonderland
Our Creative Corner Christmas or Hannukah
Saturday Spotlight The Music Within Your Soul
Cupcake Craft Challenge Sing a Christmas Carol (Tilda is singing Jingle Bells )

Friday, December 11, 2009

5 Challenges - 1 Card

Finally 5 minutes to myself to make a card for a couple challenges. I think this combo has to be my favorite for this year anyway. It is just a basic simple card using all cardstock and the cuttlebug for the embossing. Added white ribbon with silver dots used spellbinders for mats for the image and silver mirri paper. I can't remember who the poinsettia stamp is by. The sentiment is from making handmade cards. The poinsettia is embossed with white glitter embossing powder from sparkle n sprinkle . It is really sparkly but you can't tell it in the photo. Also sorry about the shadows, but lately I have been having to take pictures in the lightbox. They just don't work as well as sunshine.This card fits the challenges for:
Papertake Weekly Red or green not to be seen
My Time To Craft Christmas Foliage
Pink Elephant Favorite Christmas Color Combo
Stamptacular Sparkle, Bling
Creative Card Crew Gold or silver



I tried to take a close-up for the glitter to show, but it doesn't show well. IRL it is very sparkly

Thursday, December 10, 2009

THURSDAY!

Where has this week gone? I feel like I have missed the entire week somewhere. Nothing has been accomplished that I wanted to get done and Christmas is only 2 weeks away. I need more hours in the day. If anyone has any extra please share them with me!

There is definitely a chill in the air and snow in the forecast so it's beginning to feel like December in Northern Ohio and CHRISTMAS! My little Miss V is so excited she can hardly control her enthusiasm. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Ok, ok I know you all are waiting for me to post about the challenge over at Charisma Cardz this week. We have had so much fun visiting your blogs these past weeks. Your creations have really rocked.

Thanks to all of you who could switch gears in the middle of the thros of Christmas and create some stunning cards on "Dreaming of Summer".

Now on to this weeks challenge which as been set by the lovely Carly.
She has chosen the theme:
RED, WHITE, (SILVER) & GREEN (Sorry I didn't know how to highlight the white to make the show up white). #49

Our sponser this week is The Cutting Cafe


Now onto my creations:


I have made 2 cards this week. The cupcake invitation is from The Cutting Cafe. I flocked the frosting with white flocking from Sparkle and Sprinkle and added red pearls to give it some confetti. I created the cupcake liner by just drawing lines with the wide end of my copic marker. Loved how it looked when I was finished. Added a bow and little charm. Perfect invitation for a child's birtday party.



The next card is made all from scraps. The image is so old the name has worn off. I colored it with copics. Criss-crossed ribbon in the background. Added pearls, popped up my image and so far it is one of my favorite cards. In Real Life it is very stunning.
Ok, now crafters it is time for you to WOW us with your creations. I can't wait to see what you make.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Early Christmas Gifts Shows We Don't Have To Struggle Alone

This is going to be one of those weepy posts from the heart. No cards or creations this time. I don't often use my blog to post the wonderful blessings that occur in my life and I really should. I know there are others out there who are struggling too and maybe they would be encouraged to hear that we all struggle but we don't have to struggle alone. Some of you may know that my DIL fell the first of Oct and broke her ankle in two, her heel and her tibia. She has been non-weight bearing since then and confined to a wheel chair. When I saw where she fell, I truly felt like getting on my knees and thanking God right on the spot for His mercy. You see she fell from the 1st step to the 4th step. God stopped her on the 4th step. He didn't let her fall down all 24 of them to the concrete floor below. (That was blessing #1) She has had surgery with pins, plates, screws and wires and whatever else they have needed to put in to make the bones grow back together and she will have surgery again on the 16th of Dec. We have no idea when she will be able to return to work, and not having that second income has placed a real financial burden on them. Hubby and I live on a fixed income and were so ill prepared for retirement it is pethetic, but somehow, God has blessed us to be able to help the kids, but that is not truly the wonderful part. Near the end of Oct their stove quit working and we were able to purchase a new one and with the sales they had we got a really good bargin, (Blessing #2). Then the week before Thanksgiving their furnace motor went out and it would cost 700.00 to have it fixed, the kids and we didn't have that kind of money, so hubby and I got them a couple room heaters and prayed the weather wouldn't turn horribly cold and prayerd God would help us provide what they needed. That was blessing # 3 the weather didn't turn horribly cold and a complete stranger to all of us donated a new motor to them and DIL's brother installed it for them. That was blessing #4&5. Next a Thanksgiving Dinner complete with all the trimmings was delivered to their door step along with a donation. Blessing #6. You may think I am nuts, but you have to understand things like this just don't happen in our family. It has to be the workings of God answering our prayers because thus far everything we have asked for, for our kids has been provided. My feet have truly not touched the ground since Thanksgiving. This morning just about the time I thought they were going to touch the ground a package was delivered to my house from out west (I live in Ohio) and it was filled with things for Miss V's Christmas and a gift for my kids. Blessing#7. Oh and how could I forget, DIL was given a wheel chair, a walker and a bath chair. Blessing #8 Now 8 blessings are not all that we have received, we have had decent health, enough to eat, a roof over our heads, money to cover our bills, I could go on forever. Although you may not believe these are blessings I truly do believe it with all my heart. I fall so short of giving God the Thanks and Praise He so richly deserves for everthing He provides us with. So today, at this moment in time I want to use my blog to say Thank you God for all the blessings you have bestowed upon my family and me. Thank You so much for the wonderful gifts You have given us and again truly shown us what the Christmas Season is all about. Thank You for Your loving mercy and please bless all of those who have unselfishly given to an prayed for my family. Please God Bless them and their familys with what they may need the most.
Now I don't know if I can use my blog to say these kinds of things, but I figure the worst thing that could happen is that my blog would be shut down. Others use it for far worse things than I have printed. I hope that this may bless you in some way, especially if you are struggling in your life right now. I hope you all in blogland won't judge me too harshly for writing my convictions, but this is truly from my heart.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

2 Challenges For Today

First of all I must appologize for the poor quality photos, but the weather didn't co-operate when I was taking pictures. My son would say, "mom it is what it is"!
Anyway the first card is for a challenge over at Heart's Delight this week. Cindy has asked to use scraps of paper to create a patchwork card. All papers used except the card it's self is scrap paper and the verse is from heart & soul rubber stamp company
This card also qualifies for the challenge at
Next our DT over at Charisma Cardz was given the challenge this month to create something out of a paper bag. I can honestly tell you this was a real challenge and one that I probably won't repeat as I have found out that I am not a paper bag person except to embellish one to put a gift in. Below is my feeble attempt at a paperbag album. It is made using scraps of paper. The flourish on the front is made by the cricut wild card. I cut it out of the miracle tape sheets that I posted about in a previous post, then glittered it. That turned out well, but the rest is plain yuk in my estimation. I now hold a higher regard for those of you who can paperbag craft.






Thursday, December 3, 2009

I'm Dreaming Of Summer #48 & DT Call

Happy Thursday Everyone!
Another week has come and gone and that means it is time for a new
Challenge at Charisma Cardz.
Firstly I would love to thank all of you who took part in my challenge this past week for "anything Christmas". Your creations were absolutely the best by far. Thank you!
Now on to this week's challenge. It has been set by our DT member, Karen.
She has chosen the theme:
I'm Dreaming Of Summer
Now after being in Christmas mode for so long it was more than a little difficult to switch gears and think of summer. A true challenge. I can't wait to see what you all come up with.



Image: Gift for my birthday
Papers: Basic Grey - Indian Summer
Flowers: Prima
Swirl: Cricut
Martha Stewart Branch Punch
Mark Richardsusa Pearls
Copic Markers
Chalks
CHARISMA DT CALL--GREAT WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR!
We're currently on the look out for a brand new DT Member!!!and it could be you!!!If you can:*Commit to -Creating a new project each weekPost your own challenge with the DT and on the main challenge blog when it's your turnBe able to photograph your workYou will become a part of the charisma girls!get freebies from sponsors! join our private DT blog with lots going on!get a giggle from a lovely bunch of girls!If this is something you'd like to doPlease email us with 3 photos abit about yourself and your blog addy to -Charismachallenges@live.co.uk
Closing date is: Christmas Eve!
Hugs Charisma Gals