Friday, May 30, 2014

Baby Buggy Banner

 I have this simple baby banner to show you today that I made using the Paper Studio Sweet Pea paper stack and a couple of Cricut cartridges. Now my mind is racing with all sorts of ideas for banners! One of my scrappy friends sent me these baby carriages and they made the perfect embellishments for this project! I was trying to use up things I already had on hand and didn't buy anything new to create this banner. It just so happens that the F4A223 Friday Free For All challenge at SCS this week is Use That Stash so my project qualifies!
In this close up, you can see just how dimensional this project is and why I like how it turned out! I used the Story Book and Pennant Banner cartridges to complete the project along with some pastel card stock that has been in my stash for a very long time. The letters are made with SU! Soft Suede card stock and the rosettes were made using the Sweet Pea paper stack and a scoring board.  The lace was sent to me in a SS exchange by Stacy AKA Jbgreendawn at SCS. The large and small grommets have been in my stash for years!!! It felt great using things up! If you have any questions about this project, feel free to ask!

Psst...I have exciting news to share with you next week and I hope you will join me for that!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Baby Block Bag and Tag Card

 Wow, have things been busy around here! May is always hopping with outside work to be done at the house and at the farm.  I have a lot of planting, weeding and mulching to tend to but I was caught a bit off guard with company arriving. I knew that I would probably have one set of guests to visit but that quickly turned into three sets of guests over a two week period. Since then, I have had other family arriving in town for different events but none that are actually staying with me. Before the month is over, I will have yet another family member coming in for a short visit! I think my house just has a revolving door, at thee moment.
Now let's get on with the crafty stuff!  My project today was made from a paper bag and the Sweet Pea stack by Paper Studio.One of the nice things about this project is that it mails easily yet it is still a keepsake type of card.
This baby card contains two tags. Here I am showing the front tag which slips into the front pock behind the houndstooth paper. I thought it would be nice if the sender wrote a personal note on the back of this tag for the new baby.
The second tag is in pocket at the top of the card and contains a sentimment. The sender can write a personal note on the front or back of this tag for the parents.
This photo shows the base card/paper bag and both of the tags removed from the pockets. A nice way to send a personal notes in a unique package!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cute and Fun Gift Tag

Here is a gift tag that I made a while back for a challenge at Splitoastcoast stampers. I know it's not anything exciting but it is quite functional and fun! I hope you enjoy it and think up an interesting shape the next time you make a gift tag!
I'm busy working in my yard and getting the garden out at the farm right now. May is such a busy month for me and it's always the month that I have a lot of company. I don't really know why but every week brings a new guest to my house! The crafty projects that I am working on are for something special in the month of June so I have to keep it all under wraps for a few more weeks! I'll probably show you some baby cards and banners next. I just need to get some good pics first. Those banners are difficult to photograph well in the house so I may take them outdoors and see what happens. Until then, have fun creating!

Friday, May 9, 2014

I'm Redeemed!

Today is the Carriers of Faith blog hop for the month of May. Kelly is our hostess and we have a special guest with us today. Please welcome Maxine from Kiwime's Kreation. She is the third of nine stops to make on the hop. Please follow along in order and pick up a letter along each stop to see what our special word for the day might be. On the last stop, you will find out how to become eligible for a prize. Stick with me to the end of the post and I will tell you how this card and the following scripture have a commonality.

Here is our scripture and challenge in Kelly's own words:

Scripture: "Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—

those he redeemed from the hand of the foe..." ~ Psalm 107:2NIV

This is one of my favorite times of year, celebrating this time of Christ's resurrection! On Easter morning when the tomb was empty, the gift to all of us was the assurance that we will live again and be given eternally glory. As Christians, of course, we hope to know Christ and accept him as our Savior and share the gospel with friends, family, those we fellowship with. Truly when God died on that cross for you, for me, for all of us, he paid the price for us to worship at his feet and redeem ourselves. On this hop today, we all unite to share our creations with you as well as a letter on each stop of the way. Please remember the letter on your host's blog and at the end ( Kelly ) will ask you to write the word from all the letters in order! What's more fun, there is a prize for one lucky winner which will be given at random from all those leaving the Guess the Word comment! ♥ Blessings to each of you! ♥

Challenge: This month, create a card/project/scrapbook page/picture based on the scripture above and what the meaning you pull from that is. Tell us your story! What speaks to your heart? What gifts do you have that you give to others as part of a fellowship - do you read, pray, write, create, walk, sing? There are so many parts in each of us ~ what part of your story are you sharing with others? As an added bonus but not required!! Please use the color GREEN {my VERY favorite color!}somewhere on your card to represent newness, growth, the blossoming of nature around us and the blooming friendships we have!

I have a lot of things that I could share with you today! In fact, I have had trouble deciding which things to share because there are so many choices. First I want to talk about this scripture and the meaning of it. The KJV of this verse says " Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;".  When I read this version, it seems simplified. If you have been redeemed (saved) by God then tell people. Has he saved you from an enemy? Did you tell others?

When I read the NIV version, I think a little more along the lines of this challenge. I share myself and fellowship with others by doing the following things.
1. I write this blog to share ideas and creativity with others- My blog allows me to fellowship with the other Christians and the wonderful gals from the Carriers of Faith Blog Group. 
2. I create all sorts of craft projects- My craftiness had led to inviting others to my home for a creative day and that is always a fun way to fellowship!
3. I cook and enjoy sharing recipes-  my love of cooking has allowed me to cook Wednesday night supper at church and today I help prepare a meal for our church college students once a month. It's always fun to catch up with my cooking partner and the couple who minister to our students. The students are always grateful to have a home cooked meal and it's nice to interact with them.
4. I design and implement gardens- This allows me to fellowship with other gardening friends or friends from church who want a nice garden and haven't a clue how to go about it. I have a friend who spent many hours gardening with her spouse and when he passed away, I was able to give her some plants and spend time with her by playing in her garden as she dealt with that loss.
5. I create floral designs and bouquets-  My floral design comes in handy when I want fresh flowers for someone who is ill. I'm able to make something nice without spending a ton at the florist shop. In the spring and summer, I often cut fresh flowers and foliage from my garden and make it look like it came from a florist shop!
6. I like interior design- Sometimes I'm called into action to go to a friends house and help her paint or decorate a room. When my daughter left for college, I helped her set up her dorm room so that it was pretty and functional. We had to use every ounce of space in those tiny quarters. At present, I am helping my daughter
design and decorate her apartment that she will move into later in the summer. We are getting things sketched out on paper so move in day will be easy.  It has been great fun collecting items that she will need.

One other thing comes to mind about this verse is a wonderful song! I hope you enjoy the video! 

My card today deals with number four since gardening is at the forefront of my mind. You see, I have been busy in my own garden with weeding, designing and adding new things to my garden. This card reminds me of the time I spent with my friend after her spouse passed away and to cherish those special friends who share a love of gardening with me! This card measures 5x7 inches and I uses The Good Seed stamp set from ODBD. Paper and card stock is SU!, bazzil and Rue De Fleur from Hobby Lobby. the paper roses are by iamroses.
I am also entering this for the way to use it challenge at splitcoast. My birth month flower is the rose and pearl is the stone.  WT478 

that's about all I have for you today, I want to thank you for stopping by! If you haven't made the rounds yet, please start at the beginning with Barb.  I have the letter E. Jeanette is next on the hop but her post isn"t up yet. Her Letter is M. Go next to Zella's blog to continue the hop.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sing and Make Music

Spring time is in full swing as I return from visiting family and picking up my daughter from college for her summer break! I wasn't sure if I would even do any paper crafting this week. I couldn't stand it and had to create something! I Hopped over to the Our Daily Bread Designs blog and onto Splitcoaststampers to combine two challenges into one.
 The colors were inspired by the Color Challenge 476. I did add a light pink 5x7 inch card base to make this card pop and also to brighten the muted spring tones. I left the inside white and added the left over strip of 6x6 paper that I used on the front.
 The challenge at ODBD was to use spring colors and ODBD stamps. You can read more about the ODBDSLC 200 here. I kept things simple and easy to mail via parcel post. I know that simple isn't exactly the norm for me and it turned out elegant just the same by using trim, custom colored mulberry flowers and a few dimensional foam dots.  The one thing that is a bit different is the use of the ODBD Fancy Foliage die to cut a negative into the floral paper as well as using positive cuts along the sides. I then took a marker to place vein lines.

Materials List
Stamps- ODBD Sing to The Lord
Paper- ODBD 6x6 Blooming Garden Pad
Card Stock- White GP, SU! Old Olive, SU! Mellow Moss, SU! Pink Pirouette
Ink- Brilliance Graphite Black, SU! Old Olive, TH Victorian Velvet
Dies are ODBD and made by Spellbinders- ODBD Fancy Foilage, ODBD Vintage Flourish Pattern
Mulberry Flowers- iamroses
Dimensional Dots
Trim-Hobby Lobby Wedding Ribbon #884981
White Pearl Liquid Pearls and Studio g yellow glitter glue

Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. Thanks for visiting my blog and come back often as I share my love of crafts!


Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Easter Eggs

I will keep my egg tree up until the end of the month. I consider it a Spring decoration even though it does have some Easter specific ornaments such as this one. Again I used clip art from Dover Publications in this hen egg that I decorated.
I found these Cross beads at Hobby Lobby last spring and I have used them inside as well as outside the eggs.
I shopped the scrapbooking isle to find these crosses. If I remember correctly, they were by Jolees and I placed two back to back so that it was double sided.
I love this pink bunny! You can find them on the Red Rose Tea site as part of the Wade Red Rose Calendar Series Figurines 2008-20012. At this writing, you may still purchase this figurine for $2 each on the Red Rose Tea site.
The flowers on this egg came from the bead section at Hobby Lobby. I used pearls and pearl headed pins to finish them off. As you might guess, cutting away so much of the egg shell to make this ornament was a little tricky. I coat the entire egg with glue to strengthen the shell and add some of the trims before I cut away the two sides of the back. This helps a lot to prevent the shell from breaking/cracking.

Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate all of you lovely comments!



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