"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another,
God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." ~ 1 John 4:9-12

11.29.2009

MEDALLION SNOWFLAKE / SSSC #46, EIC #64 & VSNOV09c...


Doesn't this Medallion stamp look like a giant snowflake? I just love it...




I decided to get an early jump on the Sweet Sunday Sketch, I usually wait until the last minute! I also decided to play along with a new-to-me challenge, EtsyInspired. They feature an Etsy shop & you browse around it for your inspration! Very cool! This is also the third challenge for the Verve Blog Party.


Here's what I used for the 3rd Verve challenge...

V - Velvet ribbon
E - Embossing powder
R - Rhinestones
V - Vellum
E - Embossing (dry)


The stamp is called Medallion from Stampin' Up! I recently viewed a demo by Shelli Gardner (SU!'a founder & CEO) at the Cincinnati Regional Seminar where she clear embossed the Medallion & then sponged ink onto it... so here's my take on it ~ too easy! I placed a few clear rhinestones on it and the velvet ribbon to add a little bling appeal. The vellum square I ran through the Big Shot with an embossing plate. Lastly, I added a little retired sentiment to the bottom right corner & embossed it in silver.


2 more to go, will I make it?



CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD MAN / VSNOV09b & CD #44...


I love gingerbread men, but I don't have any gingerbread man stamps... no matter, I didn't need any for this card!


This is the second Verve Challenge, in celebration of their new release... I loved the colors from the Color Dare this week, they reminded me of Christmas cookies, so I immediately knew what I wanted to do with this card


I found an outline of a gingerbread man that I wanted to use online, resized, printed, traced, then cut it out of the patterned paper, Autumn Traditions. The red striped paper is form the collection, Merry Moments.

2 down & 3 more to go...



WONDROUS GIFT / TSSC97 & VSNOV09a...


Verve is having a new release party... I figured I try to do all 5 of their challenges today...





This is the first Verve Challenge, and I paired it with Mary Jo's awesome sketch from last Tuesday.


There is really no stamping here... the sentiment is one I set up in Photoshop. Verve has such beautiful sentiments, most of them scripture, and they are always so perfect! This is my rather vain attempt to emulate them... I cut the sentiment out using my labels 2 nestability & finally tried stippling around the edges with the ink before I popped it out of the die... I love how it turned out! I also used 2 Stampin' Up! papers, Night & Day and Old Olive Patterns.


See you again soon!




11.27.2009

MODERN SEASON OF JOY / DCBD #155...


Wow ~ I've managed to make 3 cards today... crazy, I know...



I've been thinking about the Diva Coffee Break Sketch for the last 2 days, trying to formulate a plan. It's such a great sketch, I really wanted to do it justice!

The dsp is called Thoroughly Modern, and the stamp set is Season of Joy. I used another stamp from this set on a card a few days ago. I've been getting a lot of use from the In-Color markers lately, too... I'm so glad they started making them! I couldn't have done the sentiment without them! Well.... I guess I could have, it just would have been hard!


Thanks for stopping by!




GREAT FRIEND / JUGS8...



I love the Just Us Girls Challenges each week, but I admit these colors were REALLY HARD...




I used the Stampin' Up set Great Friend for this card, it's such a terrific little set!


Bye for now!



WANDERING SLEIGH / CQC #8 & TESC #92...



You ever see a set & think, "ehhh, that's okay, BUT..." Well, that's how I felt about this set, but I bought it & I love it!




I really liked Taylor's sketch this week... I decided to pair it with the colors from the colourQ challenge.
I'm home with Alex this morning & he's starting to get cranky, so I'll be back in a few!



11.25.2009

WANDERING WORDS / CTD #70...


HaPpY tHaNkSgIvInG!!! Hope your day is spent with those you love...




I really love fall colors, so it's hard to let go of them until next year & move on to Christmas... although I really love Christmas, too! The colors over at the Color Throwdown are great this week! The stamp is from a set in Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini ~ Wandering Words...


It's late & I have some cooking in the morning before we go to my grandparents... I have about 8 more weeks before I'm due, which is excellent ~ I have a terrific excuse to eat whatever I want this holiday season - YAY!


See you soon!



MERRY PLAID SNOWMEN / Mojo #114, TPE #42 & SCSCC #246


Well, this color combo was definitely a stretch for me...


I don't often play along with the challenges at Splitcoast Stampers... but I kinda liked this week's SCS color challenge, in a funky way, and decided to do it! I paired it with the Mojo sketch and the recipe challenge over at the Pink Elephant.

Using strips of dsp, I made my "plaid"... I like it, but now I know what I would do differently the next time... so you may see this again sometime soon! The image from Stampin' Up! is the More the Merrier... a versatile level 2 hostess set! Hard to photograph was the where I applied Stickles to the snowmen... but if you click on either of the images for a lrger view, you should see them!


Thanks for stopping in!



11.23.2009

SEASON OF JOY / CQC # 8 & 2S4Y #40...


So I went a little over board with the faux quilting...






I really couldn't help myself with these colors! This is the latest colourQ challenge, and I paired it with a lovely sketch... somewhat modified by me, over at 2 Sketches 4 You!
Some of the dsp is retired... but the set from Stampin' Up! is called Season of Joy. The UPS man brought me the set this afternoon & I was itching to ink it up!






BLINGY QUILTED LEAF / 2S4Y#40 & OCC CC...


It's a MAN CARD, baby... if you don't look at all the bling, ribbon & faux quilting & only concentrate on the dark colors...lol!



This is my first attempt at 2S4Y's challenge this week, but after finishing it I have mixed feelings about it. I think it needs more white... there's hardly any on here! I decided to join in on the OCC Color Challenge and play, and man, were these hard colors for me! Well, they say hindsight is 20/20!
I used lot of dsp from SU!, most of it retired... I have WAY TOO MUCH paper I think... boxes of it really! The leaves were cut with the Leaves #2 Original die...
Bye for now...

BTW, not sure if it was a blond moment or pregnancy brain... I forgot to publish this post, in case you're wondering why it suddenly appeared!

11.22.2009

PARTY HEARTY & EVERYTHING NICE / C4C #12 & EBKCC11...


Jeff's nephew has a birthday coming up, so I made his card early...




When I saw Julie's colors at Easy Breezy Kewl, I immediately thought of a birthday card! Since it's been a while since I played over at Crazy 4 Challenges, I surfed over there and found the perfect sketch for this card!


I used 2 sets for this card, both from Stampin' Up! ~ Party Hearty & Everything Nice.


Nighty night!


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