Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Littlest Chef...

Leighton had so much fun playing with the  new kitchen her Granny and Papa bought for her for Christmas. She loves "cooking" things for Granny to eat!
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

12 Days of Holiday Sales with Stampin' Up!

If you have the Big Shot on your Wish List, or just want to add to your Big Shot die collections, this sale is perfect for you. The sale will continue until Tuesday, Dec. 22nd. Guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas, if orders are placed by December 15th.   Find great deals on Big Shot dies and select Big Shot supplies—December 11-22 only! Visit my Online Store to find great deals today. The picture below shows just a small sampling of the items that can be found on special!

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Big Red and His Little Sidekick...

Awwww...I just love these two guys! They were so much fun to make, and I used the same triangle box pattern as I used to make the reindeer earlier. The only difference was that I adjusted the size for the elf, so he'd be smaller.   They'll be adorable filled with little candies, hanging on the Christmas tree.

Peppermint Patties are one of my very favorite candies, especially at Christmas, so I had to make these...I really didn't have a choice. It was either that, or eat the whole bag myself!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Playing Catch-Up....

I feel like I've been playing catch-up all week. Too much to do!  This has already been a long one and we're only half way there! I'm so ready for the weekend....we're heading to the lake for some R&R and a little Christmas shopping.  I came up with the projects below while I was playing around in my stamp room. The reindeer box is so easy to make. I think there's a tutorial on Splitcoast.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mr. Snowman and the Little Lady...

My sweet little Leighton just loves snowmen.  I found one just her size, and she has fun picking him up and carrying him around with her.
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Here Comes Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus....

I worked on this Santa treat holder Friday evening and finished it up Saturday, but haven't had an opportunity to take pictures until today. So, here you go! I thought it turned out soooo cute! I had a package of Hershey's Santas, and was trying to find a cute way to package them. They're pretty chunky, so the treat holders that I've tried up 'til now just didn't work. I took a picture of my template, with measurements at the score lines. Cut the cardstock at 2-1/2" x 12". Score at 3/8", 1-1/8", 3-1/4", 4", 7-7/8", 8-5/8".  Enjoy! If you have any questions, let me know.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Quickie Gift Card Instructions...

Here are the instructions for making the gift cards in the previous post.
1. You need a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock cut at 3 x 11-1/4". You can get 4 gift cards from one sheet of 12x12.
2. Score cardstock at 3-1/4 and 7-3/4. You should now have 3 sections measuring 3-1/4", 4-1/2", and 3-1/2". Using your 1-1/4 circle punch, punch a half-circle on the end of the 3-1/2" section.
3. Using your scallop edge punch, punch the opposite end (the 3-1/4" section). I didn't show this in my picture, but it is shown in the finished examples.
4. Fold the gift card holder as it will be when completed. Using the corner rounder punch, round all 4 corners.
5. Put sticky strip along the outside edges of the 3-1/2" section as shown. Fold up and adhere. This makes the pocket to hold the card.
6. Now you are ready to embellish with designer paper or stamps. I covered the front and back with DSP. The 3 pieces I used measured 3x3, 3-1/2 x 3, and 4-1/2 x 3. (You will have to punch the half circle to match the inside section and round the corners on the DSP to match each section.)

I hope this makes sense. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. By the way, I did not make up this design, but I cannot find where I got my information, unfortunately. If you know, please let me know because I want to give credit to the designer.

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Gift Card Quickies...

I'm in a bit of a hurry this morning, but I wanted to get these posted. They are some quick and easy gift card holders. I'll come back later with the instructions.

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Staying power!

“Keep your mind on Jesus [and]…you won’t get discouraged and give up.” Hebrews 12:3

We all have had to endure hardship at one time or another, but when we don't have any explanation for why, it can leave us bewildered and frustrated.  Often we question God about it...but He doesn't always give us an explanation.  We can search His Word, go to Him in prayer, talk to a godly counselor, etc. It's okay to question....even David did....repeatedly, in Psalms....but God still considered him "a man after My own heart..." (Acts 13:22).  I think the answer lies in keeping our eyes on Jesus. He was able to endure the suffering on the cross because he could look ahead and see how it glorified the Father and saved a lost and dying world. We can't do that...but we can look to Jesus and know that whatever we go through will be used to glorify God. The Psalmist said, “I have set the Lord always before me…he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” [discouraged, or thrown by the situation] (Ps 16:8). We can draw our strength from Jesus and stay the course to victory.

Father, I thank You for this day and for the fact that I can keep my eyes on You, draw my strength from You, and whatever happens will be for Your glory. I shall not be moved. I love You. Amen and amen.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

'O Christmas Tree...

I love to make pocket cards and treat holders, so this little grouping was so much fun to make. I used some kraft, of course, and some of that scrapbook paper I'm trying to use up. The punches I used were from SU!, as was the scallop circle image, however, the others were some acrylic stamps I bought online last year. The tree image on the pull-out card was from a 4-sided stamp I bought several years ago at the craft store. I thought it was the perfect image to coordinate with the tree design on the paper.

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The Way, The Truth, The Life....

“Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Christ-followers believe “there is only one God” (1Co 8:4 NLT). Every non-Christian religion says, “You can save you.” Jesus says: “My death on the cross saves you.” All roads don’t lead to London, all ships don’t sail to Australia, and all flights don’t land in Rome. Every path does not lead to God. Jesus is The Way.

Father, I thank You for this day and for providing Your Son as a sacrifice that we, who believe, will have eternal life with You. Father, I do believe that Jesus Christ is The Way....the ONLY Way, and I have accepted Him into my heart as my Lord and Savior. I love You. Amen and amen.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

We Are Santa's Elves, Filling Santa's Shelves....

...With a toy
For each girl and boy.
Oh, we are Santa's elves....
                 -Lyrics by Burl Ives

When I was growing up, the highlight of the Christmas season was the much-anticipated showing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on television.  We waited allllllllll year to watch it! Now, through the miracle of modern technology, I can watch it in July if I want....  We have become so used to instant gratification... there's very little anticipation anymore. Oh, well...I wouldn't trade our technology to go back to the hulking box of a television we used to have, with the aluminum foil on the antennas to improve the reception.  How did I get off track with that story? Must have been the elves' fault...
The other day, I gave a sneak peek at the project I've been working on. Well, now it's finished....TA-DA! This is my little Christmas album for the pictures I plan to take of my precious Ladybug. I started with a set of 6x6 chipboard pages...heaven only knows where they came from (I've been cleaning up my dungeon stamp room.) I used some unknown Christmas scrapbook paper I had in my stash (trying to use up some of the excess stuff that somehow has accumulated in my room). The elves were made using the ornament punch from Stampin' Up!  I think it turned out pretty cute, considering the fact that I don't make a lot of scrapbook albums. It's that instant gratification thing again....scrapbooks take time, but cards can be made quickly.
Anyway, I'll post more pictures of the album once I get Leighton's pictures mounted.

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