Thursday, November 29, 2012

Season's Greetings

Happy Thursday, everyone!  Have you had a good couple of days since I posted last?  We had small group at the church last night, and got the Christmas trees decorated and the other Christmas decor up around the building.  The church looks nice and festive now...I love it!  We are having french cuisine for dinner tonight with Grant & Meagan at our house.  Josh & Meagan are cooking all brand new recipes, so we will see how it all turns out.  I'll let you know in my next post!! :)

I have clean & simple Christmas card to share with you today.  I used papers & a sentiment stamp from Lawn Fawn for this card, and love how it turned out!  The diecut circles are such a fun touch, and I love the popped snowflake accent.  Here is what I created!
Instructions:
1.  Make A2 card from white cardstock.
2. Cut red snowflake paper slightly smaller, then adhere.
3. Cut a kraft cardstock block at the same size, then diecut the circles to the right side of it.
4. Stamp the sentiment to a white cardstock strip, and adhere to the bottom of the card.
5. Tie ribbon around the top of the sentiment, and then adhere the entire block to the front with foam adhesive.
6. Diecut a snowflake from white cardstock and adhere to the 2nd circle with foam adhesive.
7. Accent the snowflake with a red jewel to finish.

Challenges:
-Clean & Simple Stamping FTL #218 - Sketch
-Loves Rubberstamps #28 - Kraft + One
-Addicted to CAS #1 - Snow
-Crazy 4 Challenges #164 - Bow
-Simon Says Stamp challenge - Anything Goes










Well, that is everything I have for you today!  I hope that you enjoyed my snowflake Christmas card today! I will be back tomorrow with some pretty tags, full of Prima!!  Have a great rest of your day!

Until later,
~L.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Warmest Winter Wishes

Happy Tuesday, everyone!!  How was the beginning of your week?  We pulled up all the Christmas decorations, and I plan on slowly getting everything up and hopefully finished by December 1st.  So, after not working out since last Monday, I went to Oula (dance fitness) two days in a row....and I am SO sore. It's a good sore though....so I shouldn't complain.  I took today off, but will be back in the gym tomorrow & Thursday for Oula again! Yay!  Oula is only offered in a few different states right now, but if dance fitness & Top 40 music is up your alley....I suggest you learn about Oula and start asking your local gym to look into it!

I have a rustic looking winter card to share with you this evening.  I love sharing ideas on how I use non-holiday or seasonal papers for cards of those occasions, so today I combined the Glitz Design "Yours Truly" papers with some seasonal stamps from WPlus9.  Here is what I created!
Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from blue cardstock.
2. Cut oatmeal cardstock slightly smaler and adhere.
3. Punch two upper crest strips from dotted paper, then adhere to each side of a motif paper strip.
4. Add the entire strip to the middle of the card.
5. Diecut the snowflake from felt and adhere.
6. Diecut the circle from oatmeal cardstock, distress ink, then stamp & embellish.
7. Adhere the circle to the top of the snowflake.
8. Diecut the banner from oatmeal cardstock, distress ink, then stamp & adhere.
9. Thread two buttons with twine, and adhere to each side of the sentiment.

Challenges:
-CAS-ual Fridays #79 - Winter Blue
-Addicted to CAS #1 - Snow
-Dynamic Duos #30 - Navy & Silver
-Challenge Up Your Life #83 - First Snow










I hope you enjoyed my rustic little snowflake card tonight...I really love how it turned out!! 

Until later,
~L.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Merry Little Christmas

Happy Sunday, everyone!  Did you have a good rest of your Saturday?  We watched football, and I ran to Michael's to get a couple things from their Black Friday ad.  I got some super cute ribbon that was 60% off, and some ornaments to add to my tree that were 50% off.  And,  I got the berry sprig for 70% off that is on my card today!  I didn't spend much...but got some pretty cute things for a small amount of cash!  Gotta love that!

I have a super festive Christmas card to share with you today!  I just adore using ice skates on my seasonal cards this time of year...so I am sure you will see more of them before winter is over!  Tee hee!  I used the Glitz Design "Yours Truly" papers for this card, and one of the Christmas stamp sets from Mama Elephant for the sentiment.  I love how it turned out....
Instructions:
1. Make 5-inch square card from red cardstock.
2. Cut woodgrain paper slightly smaller and adhere.
3. Wrap wired burlap around the middle of the card.
4. Cut the window & its layers at 4" using the Cricut Expression & Christmas Solutions cartridge.
5. Layer together, then adhere to the middle of the card.
5. Adhere the berry sprig and houndstooth bow to the left corner.
6. Cut the ice skates layers at 2" using the Winter Woodlands cartridge.
7. Layer together, adhere below the bow and accent with red jewels & a twine bow.
8. Thread a button with twine, then adhere to the top of the bow.
9. Cut banner edges to a striped paper strip, stamp the sentiment to it and adhere.
10. Add glitter Stickles to the snow on the window cut to finish.

Challenges:
-Simon Says Stamp challenge - Sketch
-The Shabby Tea Room #141 - Bingo Card/Photo Inspiration
-Young Crafters Unite #16 - Happy Holidays










Sigh...I kind-of love that card.  If it matched my holiday decor, I would have just set it up as a decoration on one of my tables.  Hmmm....maybe I will make a similar card with colors that match my candyland goodness!!

Well, this is a short post today....because that is all I've got for ya!  I hope you enjoyed my wintry Christmas card today!  Have a great rest of your Sunday!

Until later,
~L.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I Love U

Happy Saturday, everyone!!  Sorry it has been a little while since my last post...it has been a busy week filled with other things than card making!  I hope that all my American readers had an awesome Thanksgiving, and that everyone has had a wonderful start to this holiday season!  We experienced the craziest thing this morning!  We were getting ready to head out, and all of a sudden we heard this loud BOOM! and our house seriously shook.  We just stared at each other for a second, then ran outside....because we were certain someone had to have run into our garage or something.  Well, we ran outside at about the same time everyone else in our neighborhood did....and none of us had any idea what happened.  This is when social media is awesome...because people started posting on Facebook, and the Missoulian posted on their page a bit after it happened that it was a planned detonation at the landfill.  Well- that planned detonation with no time & date release to the media shook the entire city of Missoula.  Might have been nice to know that was happening....

I have a soft & shabby love card to share with you today.  It is full of Prima's "Tea Thyme" collection and other Prima flowers & embellishments.  I just love how romantic and sweet this card is...the resin embellishments kind-of make me sigh a little bit.  Tee hee!  Check it out!
Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from vintage cream cardstock.
2. Cut background paper slightly smaller, sand the edges & adhere.
3. Add a resin photo corner & a bling frame to the front.
4. Back a resin frame with paper, add the sentiment to the middle, and adhere to the top of the bling frame.
5. Tie a bow from seam binding, then layer with flowers & a bottle cap trinket to the corner of the frame.
6. Add two pink flowers to the opposite corner of the frame.
7. Tuck a wooden ticket slightly under the bottom flower cluster, then accent with a gold crown to finish.

Challenges:
-The Play Date Cafe #158 - Color Inspiration
-Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger - Frame By Frame
-Word Art Wednesday #55 - Anything Goes/Bless Him
-Allsorts #182 - Bling
-Sweet Stampin' challenge - Flowers
-Papertake Weekly - Ribbon & Pearls










Isn't that card just plain pretty?!  I love it.  The Tea Thyme collection is my very favorite of all the collections from Summer CHA.  I cannot WAIT to see what Prima has up their sleeve for Winter CHA...so excited!!  I have some Bible study notes to share with you today, so let's get to it!

1 Peter 3:5-7
Alright....the submission thing.  So, I used to wrinkle my nose at that word.  Truthfully....sometimes I still do.  It has such a negative connotation attached to it, and has really been taken out of context by people in the church.  Submitting to my husband doesn't mean that I have no opinion, that I can't speak my mind or make known what I want.
I see it like this- I would never make a big decision without talking to my husband about it, and the same goes for him.  We talk about things, and make decisions together based on what we believe is best for our lives & situations.
Ephesians 5:25 says, "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ Jesus also loved the church and gave Himself up for her."
A husband's role model should be Christ, and if you've ever read the gospels you know that Jesus talked with and was surrounded by many women.  He never talked down to them...never exercised control over them.  He treated them as He treated everyone else....as a person with thoughts, feelings & emotions.

Until later,
~L.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful for You

Happy Tuesday evening, everyone!  I hope that you've had a good day so far.  We did a little bit of shopping today...stocking up on hand wash from Bath & Body Works, and getting the last few items needed for Thanksgiving.  Then we went to the discount matinee of Skyfall at the movie theater, and it was really great!  My new boots from Target were waiting on my doorstep when we got home...and they are SO cute!  Last week Target did an online deal of buy one pair, get one 50% off, plus free shipping on an order over $50...so I got a GREAT deal on them.  Love that!!  Plus- they were boots that aren't at my local Target...so even better!

I have a love themed Thanksgiving card to share with you today that is chalk full of Prima goodies!!  I used a number of different collections & flower types to create my card, and no stamping on this one!  The sentiment was created using Prima alphabet stickers & vintage trinkets!  Here is what I created!
Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from brown cardstock.
2. Cut yellow floral paper slightly smaller, and adhere to the front.
3. Cut a piece of floral trim, and adhere to the left side.
4. Layer two fabric flowers, two paper flowers & a domino trinket to the top half of the card.
5. Accent the middle of the felt flower with a jewel.
6. Cut out the journal card, then add the sentiment to it using alphabet stickers & a bulb accent.
7. Add three jewels to the card, then adhere to the bottom of the card using foam adhesive.
8. Cover the left side of the sentiment card with two more flowers to finish.

Challenges:
-Crafty Friends #11 - Photo Inspiration
-Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday - Color Inspiration
-Ribbon Carousel #74 - Fall Spirit
-Our Daily Bread #131 - Winter Holiday
-Delightful Challenge - Thankful
-Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Thanksgiving/Thank You










As you can tell, I love to use lots of different Prima flowers on my cards together.  So, I typically go through all of my flowers and grab the colors that my card is centered around.  Then I just start grabbing flowers, layering and moving them around the front of my card until it looks how I want it to!  It's not a tricky process by any means, and it is SO fun to be surrounded in all that flowery goodness!  Tee hee!

I don't have any Bible study notes prepared for today, but I will hopefully have some for tomorrow (as long as I have a card ready....ha!)  I hope that you have a great rest of your evening!

Until later,
~L.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Grateful Greetings

Happy Monday, everyone!  Did you have a great rest of your weekend?  Sadly...the Griz lost to the Cats, so that was a bit of a bummer on Saturday.  So, we grilled ribeye steaks & sauteed green beans for dinner in order to make up for the loss.  Tee hee!  We also had a potluck Thanksgiving dinner at church last night...I brought my non-traditional green bean casserole & pumpkin spice cake...both gluten-free.  Not a speck of the green beans were left, and we only brought a few pieces of the cake home...so I am assuming they were a hit.  :)

I have a simple, yet beautiful card to share with you today.  Letting texture take center stage by wrapping burlap around the middle of the card, then accenting with a gorgeous floral vine....I chose to not use a bit of patterned paper on this one.  And the beautiful sentiment allows this to be both a Thanksgiving & a regular Thank You card at the same time.  Here is what I created!
Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from kraft cardstock.
2. Wrap burlap strips around the middle.
3. Stamp the sentiment to the lower left corner of an oatmeal cardstock block, then adhere to the front with foam adhesive.
4. Add the floral vine to the right side of the card.
5. Accent with a scattering of pearls to finish.

Challenges:
-CAS(E) This Sketch! #6
-CASE Study #117
-Friday Mashup! #85 - Thank You
-Inky Impressions #85 - Give Thanks










I hope you enjoyed my clean & sweet gratitude themed card today.  I will be back tomorrow with a love themed Thanksgiving card full of layers and flowers!!  I finally have some Bible study notes to share with you today..sorry for the lapse of time on this!
1 Peter 3:1-4
Oh boy, my lovely vanity issue is being brought up today.  I knew it would at some point.  It's also that "Woman...submit!" part that SO often gets used WAY out of context.  There is more on the submission part later in the chapter, so I am going to focus on the vanity part today. 
This one is SO hard for me, because I am unsure if my main question is really ever answered.  Is it okay to have nice clothes, hair & makeup...as long as my heart is in the right place?  While vanity is definitely a bit selfish...I also want to look nice & approachable for others - not just because I want to feel good about myself. 
"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment.... Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight."
Hmmm....maybe my question is kind of answered?  A person wearing the most expensive designer clothing isn't beautiful if they have an ugly heart.  Clothing, hair & jewelry....they are all fleeting, material things.  But it doesn't say we can't have them, nor is it saying that it is wrong to want to look nice.  But my heart needs to be "pretty" too, even more than my outward appearance.  And I do try really hard to make sure that I have a pretty heart- that is far more important than pretty clothes & shoes.  :)

Until later,
~L. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

♥Smitten

Happy Saturday, everyone!  How is your weekend going so far?  I am having an awesome one!!  Yesterday evening I watched the first Breaking Dawn on DVD with my friend Alex, and then we met a bunch of other ladies at Outback Steakhouse for appetizers before going to the late showing of Breaking Dawn Part 2!  It was an EPIC ending...if you are a Twilight fan and haven't seen it yet, you are going to LOVE it!!  Today has been pretty quiet...just watching the Griz play the Bobcats (our state rival) and hoping we can sneak a win.  It's looking a bit scary right now....

I have a sassy little love card to share with you today!  I mixed a bunch of different Paper Smooches Stamps sets together, along with the Love collection by American Crafts.  I LOVE the houndstooth background stamp that I used on the cityscape...how cool would a building be painted like this!  Tee hee!  Here is what I created!
Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from black cardstock, then round the right corners.
2. Cut printed kraft paper strip, and adhere to the left side.
3. Punch a border to a heart paper strip, cover in glitter & adhere to a white cardstock block.
4. Stamp the houndstooth background, then the cityscape to a white cardstock strip.
5. Color in the windows, cut out and adhere to the bottom of the white block.
6. Stamp the sentiment above the cityscape, then color in the outlined parts.
7. Stamp the stars above the cityscape, and then above the top part of the sentiment.
8. Add pearls and a red heart jewel to the card to finish.

Challenges:
-Paper Smooches SPARKS - Sketch
-Clearly Inspired #64 - Clean & Simple
-Cute Card Thursday #243 - Starry Night
-Moving Along with the Times - Stars
-Oh La La Creations #118 - Someone Special










I hope that you liked my cute little love card today, and I hope that you have a wonderful rest of your weekend!!

Until later,
~L.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Nina B Designs November Blog Hop

Welcome to the monthly NinaB Designs team blog hop. NinaB Designs is a product designer for a few paper crafting companies including Spellbinders, Want2Scrap, Penny Black, and The Craft's Meow. For this month's hop, Nina challenged us to create something with Winter and Holidays in mind.

The holidays provide many opportunities for paper crafters to give an extra personal touch to every occasion. Whether you are doing place cards for a dinner, tags for gift giving or even just hand made projects using your supplies on hand, it is a blessed season indeed!  I call my Christmas home decor a Candy Wonderland...it is full of pink, aqua, red, lime green....and lots of fun candy themed items everywhere!  I created a card that gives a small peek into what you would see when you walk in the door at Christmas time!!
Instructions:
1.  Make A2 card from white cardstock.
2. Cut peppermint paper slightly smaller, then adhere.
3. Round the upper left corner of a peppermint card, then adhere to the front.
4. Wrap red rosette trim around the right side of the card.
5. Thread striped ribbon through white lace, bunch up and adhere to the right side.
6. Tie a bow from matching striped ribbon, stitch a pink button around it with twine, then adhere.
7. Cut a banner edge to white cardstock, stamp the sentiment to it and adhere to the bottom.
8. Accent the card with a peppermint sticker, then top with a diecut heart button threaded with twine.
9. Add three jewels to the left side to finish.

Challenges:
-The Craft's Meow November Sketch










To welcome you back to our blog hop, we are giving away PRIZE PACKAGES so be sure to hop along! Winners will be picked randomly from 2 of the designers' blogs:


Nina Brackett * Beate Johns * Beatriz Jennings *Clare Buswell * Jennie Harper * Julie Overby * Lea Lawson * Linda Lucas *


Everybody is welcome to comment and be eligible to win. The winners will be announced on November 23 on Nina's Blog, where you will also find all the relevant info regarding the giveaways. Finally, please consider liking the following Facebook pages that are represented on today's hop, so you don't miss the latest news and happenings:


NinaB Designs
Spellbinders Paper Arts
The Craft's Meow
Want2Scrap
Penny Black Inc.


Thank you for joining us today!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

May the Heart of Christmas....

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  Hope that your week is going well so far!  Did you know that if you don't buy gluten-free soy sauce, it is 40-60% wheat?!  We are having Asian cuisine for group tonight, and we are bringing beef & broccoli with pad Thai noodles.  We have people in our group who are completely gluten-free, and I am allergic to wheat...so I am glad that I looked at that before we used it.  I seriously had NO idea that normal soy sauce had wheat in it...so weird.  I made a trip to the Good Food Store and picked up a couple GF things that I needed today...so I should be set for a bit!  Yay!! :)

I told you I would have a card full of product and layers to share with you, and today is the day!  I know I have done quite a few clean & simple cards lately...I just happen to like both styles!  I get the best of both worlds, since I feel like I can do both fairly well.  Today's card uses the Prima Marketing "Tea Thyme" collection, and some stamps & dies from the latest WPlus9 release.  Check it out!
 Instructions:
1. Make a 5-inch square card from vintage cream cardstock.
2. Distress ink a floral paper block, and adhere to the front.
3. Distress ink a polka dot paper strip, and adhere to the left side.
4. Distress ink a doily, and adhere to the middle.
5. Wrap pink trim & ribbon around the seam.  Tie a bow at the top, then layer with a twine double bow & pink button.
6. Diecut a tree from vintage cream cardstock, distress ink and then add Stickles & chunky glitter to it.
7. Wrap twine around it as garland, accent with pearls & adhere to the front.
8. Add three fabric flowers to the card front.
9. Diecut the banner, "love" & the snowflake, then distress ink the edges of them all.
10. Stamp the sentiment to the banner, and adhere to the front.
11. Add the diecut word directly below the sentiment banner.
12. Top the snowflake with a heart jewel, and adhere to the banner corner to finish.

Challenges:
-Flourishes challenge - Be Progressive
-The Shabby Tea Room #140 - Sweet Shabby Christmas
-There She Goes #181 - Let It Snow
-Papertake Weekly - Flowers
-Crafts & Me #110 - Non-Traditional Christmas Colors
-Totally Gorjuss #158 - Pastel Christmas
-Crafty Ann's #78 - Bingo Card (gems, glitter, lace)
-Fussy & Fancy Friday #75 - Pearls & Flowers
-PaperPlay #45 - Snowflakes










This pink Christmas card just warms my heart a little bit...loving the glittery tree with pearl accents SO much.  The flowers are pretty fabulous too....  Sigh- I love Prima!!  Well, I have some Bible study notes to share with you today.  So, let's get to it!
1 Peter 2:18-25
"He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in His mouth.
When they hurled their insults at Him,
he did not retaliate;
when he suffered,
he made no threats.
Instead, he entrusted himself to Him who judges justly."
Jesus is our ultimate example of grace in suffering.  An innocent man, he died a horrible, painful death on the cross.  I can't think of anything more awful.  Yet, He did it willingly, prayerfully....knowing the reason it had to be done.
God has never said we won't suffer.  It is just a part of life.  He has said he won't ever leave us or forsake us...and He offered up His son so we might have a path to Him.
I have gone through some hard things in the past year and a half.  Things that drudged up a lot of hurts from my past.  They aren't things I plan on sharing publicly, but during the hardest moments...God was there.  Comforting me as I cried out to him.  Being the person that I needed Him to be, when others weren't.
I didn't act with the grace that Jesus had during those times though....not in any way, shape or form.  I did retaliate verbally to the hurts.  I did threaten....not with violence, but with the only things I felt like I had control over.  I'm not proud of my reactions.  But, God knows that.  And He continually, gently reminds me that I need to be more like Jesus.  And I'm working on that...every single day.  I'm working on that.

Until later,
~L.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Everyday I'm Shufflin'

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I hope the start of your week has been a fabulous one!  I finished editing one of my most recent engagement sessions, and you can CLICK HERE if you would like to check it out.  We couldn't have asked for more beautiful lighting and fall colors for this shoot....it was amazing!!  I am going to have another shoot up soon....senior pictures that I did for my cousin, Rylee.  They are FAB, and I will let you know when I post a peek of those too!

Today I have another clean & simple card to share with you!  Never fear though...I have a super layered, full of product card in the works right now...and it will be posted soon!  I used these super fun stamps from the new company, Mama Elephant, for this card...and I just love how super cute it ended up!!  Mama Elephant is previewing all their new sets for November, so be sure to check out the Mama Elephant blog.  Check it out!
 Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from whtie cardstock, then round the upper left corner.
2. Stamp the people & sentiment to the middle of the card.
3. Add a strip of washi tape underneath the sentiment, then top with three jewels.
4. Stamp the hand icon to the lower right corner to finish.

Challenges:
-10 Minute Craft Dash #6 - Color/Time Challenge
-Crafty Friends #10 - Sentimental
-The Pink Elephant #174 - Punches &/or Dies
-Allsorts #180 - Young at Heart










As you can see, I did this for the 10 Minute Craft Dash.  This card took me 6 minutes, 12 seconds to finish.  I did have everything pulled out and the basic design figured out in my head...so it didn't take long to put such a simple card together.  You could substitute this out for a more common sentiment...and make this card in bulk very easily!

Well, today I am Bible Study noteless...so hopefully I will be back tomorrow with something to share with you!  I hope that you have a great rest of your Tuesday!

Until later,
~L.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

In My Prayers

Happy Saturday, everyone!  How is your weekend going so far?  It is COLD here...so cold.  Blech...pretty much hating it.  But, I am going to venture out for a little bit today and go to a craft thing with my friend, Misty.  Her daughter is working at it to raise money for cheer....and I want to show my support!  Hopefully I will find something cute to buy!  I went to a craft bizarre with my mom a few weekends ago, and got two really cute & unique necklaces, and they didn't cost me much.  So, you just never know!

I have a sympathy card to share with you today.  These are never my favorite cards to create, but it is important to have them on hand because you just never know when you are going to need one.  I always tend to create very clean & simple cards for sympathy.  This way they are easy to slide into an envelope and get sent out...plus the sentiment is really the most important part.  I combined stamps from the new company CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, and Papertrey Ink, and they were the perfect fit together to convey the message I wanted.  Here is what I created!
Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from blue cardstock, then tear the bottom of it.
2. Cut a white cardstock block slightly smaller, tear the bottom of it and adhere.
3. Stamp the flowers to the right side of the white block, and to grey dotted paper.
4. Cut out the flowers tops from the grey dotted paper, and layer to the card front.
5. Stamp the sentiment to the left of the flowers.
6. Accent with jewels & pearls to finish.

Challenges:
-CASE Study #116 - Card Inspiration
-Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Thinking of You/Sympathy
-CAS-ual Fridays #78 - Tearing
-Creative Card Crew #23 - Blue & Silver










The thing about sympathy cards, is that I often feel like the sentiment seems forced, or fake.  I love this sentiment set from PTI...and this one was just perfect.  It just seems....real, I guess.  Not sure how else to explain it.

I have some Bible study notes to share with you today, and I am going to preface this by saying it has some things to do with the election.  I hope that what I wrote did not come across as handslapping, but it is how I feel about what I saw on election day.  So, take it as you will....
1 Peter 2:11-17
What a completely fitting time to read these verses, as the election was just this past Tuesday.  I was puzzled (and I can admit, a little amused) by all the negativity and doom & gloom posted as the results started to filter in.  I can understand disappointment when your candidate is defeated.  But I don't understand the blatant hate and dismay portrayed towards our re-elected president.  You don't have to agree with his politics...but as Christians we are called to submit ourselves to our leaders.  Verse 17 pretty much says it all.  "Show proper respect to EVERYONE, love your fellow believers, fear God, honor the emperor."  I did not see a lot of respect on either side, which makes me sad.  We live in this great nation where we have all these amazing rights...one of them the right to vote.  Not everyone in this world gets that right....ever.  Our current president won the election, both electoral & popular vote....and for that alone, he deserves our respect & loyalty.
I am reminded that regardless of who is in the White House....God is still the same yesterday, today and forever.  I do not put my hope in man, but in Him.  I will not fret over our politicians... I will respect them, respectfully disagree with them when I see fit because I have that right, and most importantly...pray for them.  Our president has one of the hardest jobs in the world...have you seen how much he has aged in just the past 4 years?  Whether you care for his politics or not...he absolutely needs our prayer.

Until later,
~L.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Warm Holiday Wishes

Happy Friday, everyone!!  Are you all ready for the weekend?  I know that I certainly am...although I will be spending most of it warm & cozy in my home.  The temperature has really dropped here, and this weekend is supposed to be super cold.  So- I plan on sticking close to home, and hopefully spending a bit of time in my crafty area!  I know I live in Montana and all....but I am just NOT ready for winter this year.  But since it is inevitable...I should probably just deal, huh?  :)

I have a sweet & simple winter card to share with you today!  It uses a little bit of the Prima "Firefly" collection, and some Papertrey Ink stamps.  It's been awhile since breaking out some of my PTI stamps, and these are some of my faves.  Here is what I created!
Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from purple cardstock, then round the bottom corners.
2. Round the top corners of a floral paper block, and adhere to the front.
3. Round the bottom corners of a white cardstock block, and adhere to the front.
4. Stamp the sentiment to a matching purple cardstock strip, and adhere across the seam.
5. Wrap twine around the top of the sentiment strip two times & adhere.
6. Stamp the snowflakes to the right side of the white cardstock, block, then accent with a twine bow & jewels.
7. Adhere three flowers to the upper right corner to finish.

Challenges:
-CAS(E) This Sketch! #5
-The Play Date Cafe #157 - Color Inspiration
-Delightful Challenge - Snowflakes
-Really Reasonable Ribbon #59 - Winter










I hope you enjoyed my sweet little winter card today!  It's funny...I am normally NOT a fan of purple.  At all.  But, I think I like it here.  Not that I am going to surround myself in the color by any means...but I think I can take it in smaller doses like this.  Tee hee!  Well, I have some Bible study notes to share with you....so let's get to it!
1 Peter 2: 6-10
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light."
Now- I am a fiercely independent person.  Probably too much so at times.  But there is something so reassuring when I read this verse.  It makes me feel safe.  Loved.  Known by God.  I am His.  Not in a crazy, dictatorship type of possession....because I still had to choose Him.  But in an "I am yours, you are mine" way.  It's reciprocal.  As much as I want God in my life....He wants me as His even more.
As I read these verses, I also thought about the election on Tuesday night.  My Facebook news feed was flooded with doom & gloom from Christians so distraught over the reelection of our current president.  All I could think was seriously, people.  God is still God, & I put my hope in Him.  Stop worrying - He's got this...

Until later,
~L. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

So Thankful For You

Happy Wednesday, all!  So- how excited are the rest of you that election day is over?!!  I know that I was over the moon when a credit card commercial came on this morning, and not a political ad.  It just seems that with every passing election the next one starts earlier, and gets uglier.  I am SO happy that I didn't work at a television station this time around....such a blessing!  I hold my political cards pretty close, so you won't get much from me in terms of my thoughts on the outcome, etc.

I have a pretty clean & simple card to share with you that is Thanksgiving/Gratitude inspired.  It uses some Lawn Fawn products that I either never had a chance to break out, or haven't used in quite awhile!!  I just love these cute little pumpkins, and the sentiment to match!  It kind-of seems like the pumpkins are friends....tee hee!  Here is what I made!
Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from kraft cardstock, then round the bottom corners.
2. Distress ink a doily and adhere to the top, wrapping the excess around the back.
3. Adhere a strip of washi tape to the very top of the card.
4. Punch an upper crest border to the bottom of a striped paper strip, then adhere to the right side.
5. Wrap twine twice around the seam of the washi tape, then finish with a double bow.
6. Adhere a twine breaded button to the top of the bow.
7. Diecut the label from vintage cream cardstock, then distress ink the edges.
8. Stamp the pumpkins & leaves, then cut out the necessary layers.
9. Layer the pumpkins to the label along with a green leaf, then stamp the sentiment below it.
10. Adhere the label to the front and accent with jewels.
11. Adhere the leaves to the top of the bow, then a felt heart & brown jewel to the bottom to finish.

Challenges:
-Retro Sketches #36
-Lawnscapings challenge - Dust Off the Old
-Top Tip Tuesday #89 - Heart(s)
-Make My Monday - Autumn, Kraft & Twine










I hope you liked my cute little Thanksgiving card!  There are so many people that you could give this to, and it is easily replicated!!  I have some Bible study notes to share today, so let's get to it!
1 Peter 2: 1-5
"As you come to Him, the Living Stone - rejected by human beings but chosen by God and precious to Him - you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house...."
My Bible has a note on these verses that says, "The church is not a building constructed by humans but a divine institution, built on the Living Stone, Jesus.  He's the strong, foundational building block of the church, and His followers are living stones who are being built into a spiritual house.
As one of the many little living stones in the church, remember that each diverse stone has great worth to Jesus and to His body.  When you're tempted to discount those who aren't like you, remember that each stone is balanced by all those around it, and all rest on the Living Stone himself."
It so often seems like were supposed to fit in this cookie cutter, Christian mold....especially as women.  I can tell you right now - I don't fit in it.  And I don't really want to.  I am complicated.  Strong willed, but gentle spirited.  I see black and white and the shades of grey in between.  I am creative....which means I can be scattered at times as well.  I am content at the same time my mind is racing in a million different directions.  And you know what?  With all that being said, and the many flaws left unmentioned.....God loves me just the way I am because He created me this way.  It is okay to be different from one another, because where I am weak, someone else will be strong.  And where someone else is weak, I am strong.  And where we are all weak...we have Jesus - our rock.  The one we can absolutely put our hope in. 

Until later,
~L.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hang a Shining Star...

Happy Monday, everyone!!  I hope you have had a good start to your week so far!  Today has been pretty quiet for me.  I did get this card created, and we went to lunch at HuHot Mongolian Grill.  My brother got Josh a gift card from there for Christmas last year...and we finally remembered to use it.  So...thanks, Case!  You're the best!! Tee hee!

I have a lovely little Christmas card full of layers to share with you today!!  I love how well the Glitz Design "Joyeux Noel" collection and the WPlus9 "Iconic Christmas" stamps work together!  They both have that lovely vintage flair to them, with a little bit of trendy thrown in.  Add some Prima flowers...and you've got one of my favorite types of cards created!!  Check it out!
Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from kraft cardstock.
2. Cut floral paper slightly smaller, sand the edges and adhere.
3. Sand the edges of a banner tag, and adhere to the right side.
4. Sand the edges of two journaling stickers, and layer together to the card front using foam adhesive.
5. Diecut the tree & girl from oatmeal cardstock, stamp the corresponding image and adhere them to the front.
6. Diecut a star from patterned paper, and layer to the top of the tree with a twine bow & polka dot rhinestone.
7. Accent the rest of the tree with red rhinestone strips.
8. Cut a banner edge to a kraft cardstock strip and stamp the sentiment to it.
9. Adhere to the front with foam adhesive, then layer two fabric flowers to the left side of it to finish.

Challenges:
-Mojo Monday #266 - Sketch
-Cupcake Craft #217 - Kraft
-Totally PaperCrafts #141 - Christmas Star
-Totally Gorjuss #156 - Button(s)
-Divas by Design #59 - Feeling Festive











I hope you enjoyed my Christmas card full of layers today!!  I have some Bible study notes to share with you today...so let's get right to it!  (This banner totally reminds me that I need to change my blog from Halloween...should be on my to do list this week!!)
1 Peter 1:17-25
Verse 22 is what really stuck out to me in this set.  It says in the NIV, "Now that you have purified yourself by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart."  The Message translation says it like this, "Now that you've cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it."
How hard is that one?  Especially for Americans...we are SO independent minded, that it is hard to truly depend on others.  But then I look at myself and wonder, do I sincerely love fellow Christians and just others in general?
The word sincere means free of deceit, hypocrisy or falseness; genuine & real; pure.  I'm certain that I love the people who are most important to me in this manner.....but I'm not sure sure about others in general.  I want to genuinely love others....the way that Christ does.  But people don't always make that so easy.  So, that is my prayer...that He would help me to see people in the way that He sees them.  I know....way easier said than done.  But, it is still a goal...something to seek after...because it is important. 

Until later,
~L.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Home Grown Gratitude

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I hope that you have had a fabulous weekend so far!  We went to a murder mystery party last night, and it was SO much fun!!  It was a costume party, so that is when me & my friend Meagan dressed up in our Halloween costumes.  As I said before, we were Capitol people from the Hunger Games...and my costume was basically supposed to be Effie Trinket.  They turned out FAB!!!  I will post a couple photos below from the night!

I have a harvest themed Thanksgiving card to share with you today!  It features the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 2 "Sunshine" papers, and some stamps from WPlus9 that I never had the chance to use as I had to skip that release week.  I am SO glad I was able to pull them out and ink them up...because they are SO SO cute, and perfect for Fall/Thanksgiving/Harvest type cards.  Here is what I created!
Instructions:
1. Make 5" square card from brown cardstock.
2. Cut polka dot paper slightly smaller, distress ink the edges and adhere.
3. Distress ink two doilies, and adhere to the front, wrapping the excess around each side.
4. Distress ink a lined paper block and adhere to the middle.
5. Diecut a label from doily paper, distress ink and adhere to the front.
6. Diecut the scarecrow & basket layers, distress ink & stamp as shown.
7. Adhere to the label cut, then accent the basket with pearls.
8. Tie a bow from gold ribbon, adhere to the upper left corner & accent with flowers.
9. Stamp the sentiment to a vellum strip, then adhere a strip of glitter to the bottom of it.
10. Adhere the vellum strip to the bottom of the card, then accent with pearls to finish.

Challenges:
-Delighful Challenges - Sketch
-Young Crafters Unite #15 - Warm & Cozy Colors
-PaperPlay #44 - Thanks A Bunch










I hope you like my cute little homespun card today!!  I think it turned out so darling!!  Here are some photos from the party we attended last night!  This first one is me with one of my closest friends, Meagan:
 Here is me with my husband, Josh:
And here is a photo of the whole group that attended:
You can just call me Effie, if you'd like!  Tee hee!  I hope you have a great rest of your Sunday, and the last little bit of your weekend!

Until later,
~L.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Every. Single. Day.

Happy Friday, everyone!!  We've made it through another week!!  And can you believe it is November....seriously, where has this year gone?!  The next two months are going to just fly by...full of baking, shopping, celebrating, loving...I just want to try and savor every moment of it.  Don't you agree?  We are going to head to the library to pay some late fines (OOOPS!) and pick out some new books & such.  I think I want to have a game night tonight...just waiting to see if some of our friends get back to us.  If not...maybe just the two of us will play games....tee hee!

I have a clean & graphic card to share with you that I created today.  It uses the My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart "Be Amazing" collection, and some older stamps from Glitz Design, which I just LOVE.  I loved this week's sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch!, and I wanted to share how it could be used with more than a single layer.  Here is what I made!
 Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from kraft cardstock.
2. Cut graph paper slightly smaller, then adhere.
3. Cut out hexagons from patterned paper, and adhere to the left side with foam adhesive.
4. Stamp the sentiment to a dotted paper banner, then layer to the bottom hexagon with a diecut star & twine threaded button.
5. Add a twine threaded grey button & two brads to the upper corner of the hexagons.
6. Wrap twine around the top, add a double bow and accent the center with a brad to finish.

Challenges:
-CAS(E) this Sketch! #4
-CAS-ual Fridays #77 - Masculine
-Do You Stack Up #96 - Brads
-Our Daily Bread #128 - Masculine










I know I went a little crazy with the layering yesterday, so I figured a little "less is more" was a good idea for today.  Tee hee!  I hope you like my male inspired card today!!  Have a great rest of your Friday!!  Here are my latest Bible study notes.
1 Peter 1:10-16
I read somewhere online that the word "Holy" is used 567 times in Scripture.  Truthfully people....I'm going to take their word for it.  Ha! Pretty sure I'm not going to go through the entire Bible and count it for myself.  Let's just take it at face value that holiness is a pretty important part of the Bible.
"Be Holy, because I am Holy."  This was first written in Leviticus, and then quoted here.  Goodness, it seems so simple to read....doesn't it?! Then you try living it out, & fail miserably.  At least I do anyways...totally not speaking for anyone else. :")
I did a small word study on the Hebrew word for Holy; which is kadesh, and means "set apart".  This reminds me that it is written to be "in this world, but not of this world."  I don't feel like I always know what that means.  It's been explained  that we are "supposed to look or seem different" to others....still not completely sure what that means.  I do know that being holy doesn't mean being "holier than thou".  I know I will fail at it more than I succeed, but God knows that my heart is in the right place.  I know that He will gently remind me when I'm not acting very holy.  And I know that striving for holiness is a lifelong venture...it will not happen overnight, & I will never reach it fully.  But it is always something to keep striving for. 

Until later,
~L.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

You're Pretty Amazing

Happy Thursday, everyone!!  Did you have an awesome Halloween yesterday?  We had a pretty normal day, but we had a lot of fun at small group.  Our pastor dressed up as Eddie from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, including the black dickie showing underneath the white sweater.....CLASSIC.  We played a couple games together, laughed and had fun!  When we got home, we watched the 1998 remake of Psycho....not even close to as good as the original, but it was what was available on Netflix that wouldn't give me nightmares.  Tee hee!  We are dressing up for a costume murder mystery party on Saturday...and I CAN'T wait!!!  It is going to be SO fun!

I have a card to share with you today, that I went a little crazy embellishing.  So, please ignore the fact that I had to prop it up in the photo with one of my clear blocks....the card is a little heavy on the left side.  Ha!!  This card uses a lot of the Prima "Tea Thyme" collection, and a lovely stamp set from the new company CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  The challenge blog now has it's own stamp company...and that is fantastic!!  I love seeing all these new little companies popping up here and there...it's awesome!  While my card is not even remotely clean & simple...I wanted to showcase that you can still use their fabulous stamps.  Here is what I created!
Instructions:
1. Cut doily shaped card from floral paper at 5 3/4" using the Cricut Expression & Wild Cards cartridge, then fold in half.
2. Cut a circle from grey paper at 5 1/4" using the same cartridge, then adhere to the front.
3. Distress ink a doily, then adhere to the middle.
4. Diecut the lacey circle from floral paper, then layer with a wooden clock to the front.
5. Cut out the label, stamp the sentiment to it and adhere with foam adhesive.
6. Accent the sentiment label with jewels.
7. Layer together the flowers and leaves to the left side of the sentiment.
8. Accent the flowers with jewel flourishes, a gold pin, the love bulb, and the love zipper to finish.

Challenges:
-Mojo Monday #265 - Sketch
-Simon Says Stamp - Shaped Card
-The Play Date Cafe #156 - Color Inspiration
-Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger - Photo Inspiration
-Fab N Funky #145 - Diecuts/Punches
-Charisma Cardz #43 - Card Recipe










So, I have had people ask me how you send a card like this.  The short answer...not in a normal envelope.  Ha!  I use cards like this to decorate gift packages quite often.  Or, if you want to send just the card...I suggest using a padded envelope that is a little bit larger.  No matter what, a card like this is going to cost more to send...so I find that is the best way.

It's time to start a new book in my Bible study!!  I am studying 1 Peter, and then 2 Peter will be next...so let's get started!
1 Peter 1: 1-9
Before I dive into my thoughts on the verses, I want to make a short list of things I know about Peter.  He was one of the 12 disciples...he was the first to realize Jesus was the Messiah...he completely misunderstood Jesus' mission...he denied Jesus three times during His trial...but was forgiven & restored by Jesus upon His resurrection.
I have a very close friend who said to me once (in regards to faith), "You start at Jesus, and go from there."  So simple, and yet so true.  The fact is as Christians we don't have to agree on much, but we do have to agree on Jesus...what He did...and that He is returning to us.
Verses 8 & 9 just give me goosebumps, "Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls."
The honest truth is the joy I feel in my life because of Jesus IS inexplicable...hard to understand...hard to put words on.  And it's hard to describe my belief in Jesus, other than I just do.  Faith is defined as "belief that is not based on proof."  Pretty sure Jesus is historically proven as man.  But I believe in His divinity.  I believe in what His mission was on Earth.  I believe in Him as a Messiah....a Savior.  Yet...I still get to call Him friend.  Amazing, I tell you....simply amazing.

Until later,
~L.