Sunday, March 31, 2013

Expect Miracles

Today is Easter! It's a day to celebrate!

Have a BLESSED Day!

The Crafters of Faith blog group has a monthly challenge. One of us gets to select the theme and then on the last day of the month, we all post our project created with that theme in mind.

I had the privilege of being this month's hostess, and since we're all women of faith (hence our name) and Easter fell on the last day of the month, I thought the theme I chose seemed perfect.

Since we will be posting on Easter Sunday – March 31 – and since we are Crafters of Faith, I’d like us to create a religious-themed Easter card. No Easter bunnies and such, but instead a card that focuses on the Risen Lord! It can include Scripture and/or images, but needs to focus on the religious aspect of the holiday.

He is not here; he has risen! (Luke 24:6)

ummmmmmmmmmm.... NOTE TO SELF! Always look at your rubber stash before choosing a theme. LOL! Yep, you guessed it, I had NO religious-based Easter stamps. WHAT?!?!?! That's just crazy.

So, I went in search of a freebie image - or coloring book page - or something - but it HAD to be FREE, because remember, I'm doing the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge, so I couldn't buy anything new for my creation.

It is NOT easy to find free Christian Easter images, but I persevered and found something that I could make work, though I will admit, I'm not too happy with today's card. I do LOVE the ribbon, though.

Expect a Miracle!

Here's the inside of my card:

I hope you'll go to the other Crafters of Faith members blogs and see what gorgeous creations they have for us. You'll find the links in my left sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today - and have a HAPPY EASTER!

Images: online freebies
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Staples Ivory
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones and Offray Ribbon

Saturday, March 30, 2013


I needed a quick Birthday card and this one was certainly quick.

I used a fun Stampin' UP! set for this card. It's called Animal Talk.

Here's the inside of my card:

This is the 89th day of 2013, so I'm still working toward the 100 cards in 100 Days Challenge. This is my 102nd card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image/Sentiment: Stampin' UP! Animal Talk
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Crushed Curry
Designer Paper: Paper Studio Spoiled Rotten Paper Pad
Embellishment: Bone Brad (vendor unknown)

Friday, March 29, 2013

Go Fly a Kite

Today is March 29th. It is the 88th day of 2013. Therefore, even though I have officially posted 100 cards to my blog this year, I still have a bit more to do to meet MY personal goal for the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge.

My goals were twofold:

1. To create 100 cards in the first 100 days of 2013, without purchasing anything new to use on them.

2. To have a new blog post on my blog every day of the first 100 days of 2013.

So, here is my 88th day blog post:

I made this card for Barb's Penny Black Card Swap on SCS. The Penny Black stamp/image is called Fly with Me. Because it's a pretty large image (which makes it super easy/fun to color with my Copics), I went with a very simple layout and minimal embellishments.

Here is the inside of my card:

The Happy Spring! sentiment is a little D.O.T.S. stamp that I purchased at a yard sale many years ago.

Thanks for stopping by my blog again today!

Image: Penny Black Fly with Me
Sentiment: D.O.T.S. Happy Spring
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black and Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Kraft, Stampin' UP! Real Red, and Staples White
Designer Paper: Denim (vendor unknown)
Embellishment: Brads (vendor unknown)

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Today is one of those bittersweet moments. I've known it was coming, but it doesn't make it any easier to post what I must tell you. But the news isn't all bad... I also have some good things to share.

First, the bitter....

Jeri, the owner of the Craft Us Crazy Challenge Blog has decided it is time to close up the blog. There will be no more Craft Us Crazy Challenges. Personally, that makes me sad. I am going to miss Craft Us Crazy. But I totally support Jeri and her decision and wish her the very VERY best.

For those of you who don't know it - I have been on the Craft Us Crazy design team from the very beginning. Challenge #1 was in February of 2011. There were 20 participants. Craft Us Crazy has grown so much over the past two years. Currently there are 725 followers on the blog and it isn't unusual for there to be 300+ participants in a challenge.

Jeri, I want to thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving on your design team! I love you, my friend! Let's keep in touch!

Now, for the sweet....

Lots and LOTS of sweet!

I made it!!! Today's card is my 100th card posted to my blog this year! WOO HOO!!! I met the first part of my 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge. (You might remember I also have challenged myself to have a blog post every day of the first 100 days of 2013, so I'm not finished yet.)

And this isn't just any card........... oh no! This is the 28th of March so today's card is my Calendar Girls card.

The Calendar Girls are a blog group - we love to hang out, chat, inspire each other, cheer each other on. And once a month, one of us gets to choose a theme and we all create based on that theme. Miss March is none other than Tami, and wow! Did she give us a theme!!!

Miss March: Tami

Um, I hope I do not hurt anyone's feelings here but we are all a little bit of paper hoarders!!!

Well, we are going to have to give up the security blanket for March. I would like to see your best created card with NO designer paper. *gasp*.....*thud* {I think J just hit the floor}.

So go ahead and grab your 'old school stamps' - yep, like a set you have not used in years - and create a card for the Calendar Girls.

Oh, and let's try to keep in theme with 'use what'cha got', please no new purchases for this round. Use what'cha got...well, everything but designer paper that is!

I cannot wait to see what my friends come up with. It is always something to look forward to!

Here's my card:

Now, you know me. I love designer paper. I wasn't sure I could meet this challenge! EEK!

Sooooooooo I put my thinking cap on... and I grabbed my scorepal and created a bit of a grid on some white cardstock. Then I sponged some ink on it and created my own "designer paper". Pfft! Tami, you sure had me for a  moment, but then I started having lots and lots of fun with this.

Here's a bit of a close up (just because it's fun to see things up close sometimes):

I liked how the sponged Always Artichoke ink made those score lines pop.

Here's the inside of my card:

I didn't score all the way to the bottom inside since I thought it would be easier to write a little note and sign the card before giving it to the recipient.

I can hardly wait to see what the other Calendar Girls came up with. Please go with me as we check out their blogs (and please leave them some "love" along the way... it will make them so happy!)

Miss January - that's me

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Images/Sentiment: A Muse Studio Marvelous Marigold
Ink: A Muse Studio Bubblegum, Fern, and Shell, and Stampin' UP! Always Artichoke
Cardstock: Recollection Black, Stampin' UP! Always Artichoke, and Staples White
Embellishments: Kaiser Pearls and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cart Full of Flowers

The image I used today will look familiar to you... I made a different card with it a few days ago. If you missed it, you can see it by clicking here. You probably remember me mentioning that Barb gave me this Whipper Snapper stamp for my birthday.

Well, what I didn't tell you about that "other card" is that I made it thinking I would use it for the Whipper Snapper swap that Barb is hosting. But I didn't like that card! (I'm really not very fond of making pastel cards, so maybe that's why I didn't like it.) So back to the drawing board I went, so to speak.

Here's what I came up with:

I liked this one better, so it is the card I'm using in Barb's Whipper Snapper swap. (I hope she likes it.)

Here's the inside of my card:

This is my 99th card for the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Whipper Snapper Spring Floral Harvest
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Almost Artichoke, Creamy Caramel and Early Espresso
Designer Paper: DCWV Paper Pack
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones and Ribbon from and unknown vendor

Monday, March 25, 2013

I ♥ Elephants

You probably remember hearing about my trip to Thailand  last summer - and my experience riding an elephant. YIKES! I did not want to ride the elephant... but I'm so glad I did. What a great memory.

Since that experience, every time I see an elephant - a stamp/image, a picture, etc. - I get a great big smile on my face.

I ♥ Elephants!

Soooooooooooo... take a look at the {PIN}Spirational Challenges photo for this week:

I'm so excited to see these adorable elephants!

March 26 - April 1

Our sponsors this week are


Both sponsors have provided images for the design team to use for this challenge and a prize package for a lucky participant. We certainly appreciate our sponsors! THANK YOU Back to Paper and Paper Crafting World!

Here's my card:

The image I used is Elephant Love Couple,
donated by Paper Crafting World).

Here's the inside of my card:

This is my 98th card for the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I sure hope you'll participate in the {PIN}Spirational Challenge this week. I'll be looking for you!

Image: Paper Crafting World Elephant Love Couple
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Riding Hood Red
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Spare Parts Brads and Stickles Glitter Glue

Happy Easter

In this week leading up to Easter we will probably have many opportunities (like the one I'm about to tell you about) to create Easter cards.

March 25 - 31

Theme: Easter

Show us your Easter cards. You can create any Easter-themed card you would like. You can include bunnies, Easter eggs, religious themes, flowers, pastel colors - anything that makes you think of Easter.

Here's my card:

When I got ready to make my card I first planned to use a religious theme. After all, that is what Easter is all about for me. I quickly discovered that I don't own any religious Easter stamps. hmmmmm... might need to keep that in mind for the future. So instead I used a cute little Bugaboo digital bunny (Easter-like).

Here's the inside of my card:

This is my 97th card for the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge. (By my calculation, I will reach #100 on Thursday!)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I do hope you will participate in the ABC Challenges Easter Challenge this week. I'll be looking for you.

Image: Bugaboo
Sentiment: A Muse Studio
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Staples White
Designer Paper: Paper Studio Four Seasons Paper Pad
Embellishments: Foofala Buttons

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Worthy of Worship

Today is the first day of our Spring Revival services in our church. We have been busy - canvasing our small town, handing out flyers about the event. We have been praying that God will bring revival to His people and we that lost souls will be saved. We are excited to see what God is going to do.

Therefore it seems fitting to create/post a religious card today. God truly is Worthy of our Worship.

The sheet music "Worthy of Worship" is the 4th one offered as a Hymn Challenge of 2013 on Patter's blog.

The Rejoice sentiment as well as the Scripture verse found inside my card are both part of Our Daily Bread's Worship the Lord stamp set.

Here is the inside of my card:

This is my 96th card for the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sentiment & Scripture: Our Daily Bread Worship the Lord
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Staples White
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones and Stampin' UP! Gingham Ribbon