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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Just Saying Hello

It's hard to believe that it's been almost a month since my last post. I hope you all had a great holiday season. I have been busy with life and am enjoying the break. We were able to spend it with family and that is always a treat for us, living so far away. My inlaws have had some health issues and I'm glad we were able to help them. And based on this and other pressing needs that require my immediate attention, I may have to hang my card making hat for a little while longer.

On the upside, I got some really fancy water colors and handmade paper for Christmas. I mean top of the line, French-made 100% cotton paper and professional quality paints that have honey in them. I didn't even know such things exist and that honey would be a great additive to watercolors. I also signed up for a watercoloring class from a fellow paper crafter, Angela Fehr. I have loved her videos on YouTube and am looking forward to taking her class. 

Also, I had to stop selling on my Etsy Store because of new EU VAT (or sales tax) regulations. I haven't had time to look it over. It seems super complicated that I don't have time to figure out the new laws that affect my tiny, little store. :(

Other things I'm busy about: homeschooling my girls and reading. On my Kindle right now are Yawning at Tigers: You Can't Tame God So Stop Trying (I love the subtitle), If I Had Lunch with CS Lewis and just for fun, Calvin & Hobbes that were on sale a few weeks ago, and The Brethren by John Grisham that I borrowed from the library. Did you know you can borrow Kindle books from the library? Pretty cool!The Tiger book is a good study on the grandeur of God, that He is, like Aslan in Chronicles of Narnia, not safe, but He is good!

I leave you with an excerpt from Yawning at Tigers:
"...often our knowledge of God is dry and cerebral. We give mere mental assent to truths that should leave us shaking. We mumble perfunctory prayers. We ask God to keep us safe, not realizing that it is from him we most need protecting...God’s holiness is deadly, incompatible with life, especially for sinful mortals like us. 'No one may see me,' God warned, 'and live' (Ex. 33:20)...
The good news is that this dangerous God turns out to be a lover. And he’s not content to love us from a distance. He wants to be with us so desperately he cooked up the most creative and costly way imaginable to bridge the chasm."
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winner of the Coffee Blog Hop

Hi, friends. We've had a family situation that I will be taking time off my blog the next few weeks. We're all fine, if you're wondering. I just need to get time to attend to non-crafty things the next few weeks. I'm also trying to catch up with home school stuff as we approach the end of the semester in about a month.

Thank you for wonderful comments from the Coffee Blog Hop . The winner of my giveaway is.... #41karenladd.  I sent you an email, Karen.

And I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Here's a great quote of what's amazing about Christ's birth!
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I've been so busy with life and the added holiday goings-on. It's all good, but it's nice to take a little break to take part in today's blog hop. My friend, Amy Tsuruta, is spearheading this event with coffee-loving paper crafters like yours truly. And we have a ton of surprises and prizes for you. Make sure you comment to be eligible for my own blog candy below.

As I was planning my card, I realized of all the many stamps I own, I only have one that's coffee or tea-themed. It's a tiny 3x2 stamp set that didn't inspire me. So, since I've been loving experimenting with my watercolors, I decided to draw my own mug of hot yumminess and color it with watercolors. As you can see I'm still new at this, but the flaws add to the cup's character. :)
Watercolored Coffee-Card
I wanted it holiday-themed as well, so I heat embossed a snowflake from Penny Black's All is Bright set right on the mug. The stamped tag was made using Papertrey Tiny Tags. I received that as a gift many years ago and just now it's being used. I added a Want2Scrap pearl in the center and also some fancy bling along the bottom. The panel and tag were attached using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares.
Now on to giveaways. The first is mine: some lovely Want2Scrap bling! Use these to decorate your coffee-themed stamped images like I did above. I will pick the winner from the comments below.
Here are the Super Sponsors of the hop. Some info about the giveaways:
  • Everyone who links up with a newly created holiday coffee/or other favorite hot holiday drink project is eligible (No back linking). 
  • You can add your project via inlinkz, which will be available on Amy Tsuruta's blog at 6 am PST on Wednesday, December 10th, until 11:55 pm PST on Friday, December 12th.
  • 5 prizes will be awarded to people who comment on ALL of the linked blogs!
  • Please make sure to turn off word verification.
  • When commenting, please make sure you leave info on how you can be contacted, so we can notify you if you're the winner.
  • The blog hop is open until Sunday, Dec 14th.
  • Make sure you check Amy Tsuruta's blog for more detailed info.
Happy hopping!
17Turtles Veronica Zalis Chris Franco
Add a Little Dazzle  Butterfly Reflections Ink Color Cast Designs
Create a Smile Hero Arts Kraftin' Kimmie
Kreative Kymona Latina Crafter Neat & Tangled
Newton's Nook Pickled Potpourri Designs Poppystamps
Reverse Confetti Stamp Academy Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
STAMPlorations SugarPea Designs Sweet 'n Sassy
The Alley Way Stamps Two Paper Divas Verve Stamps
Whole Wild World Your Next Stamp Paper Smooches
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thank You, Paper Crafts Blog Hop

Today, a large group of paper crafters are expressing our thanks to our beloved magazine, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking, that will be closing its doors early next year. I have had the honor to have several projects published through their beautiful magazines over the years. It's hard to believe that it will be no more.

Thank You, Paper Crafts Magazine and Staff. You have been my source of inspiration ever since I started paper crafting a few years ago. You have made my day many times when I received the acceptance emails from Susan that my projects would be published by you. You will surely be missed. My prayers are with you as you seek new adventures and adjust to life apart from our beloved PC Mags.

If you came from Heather's blog, then you're in the right spot.  My card today is pretty easy with a simple sentiment. I free hand painted the tree with watercolors. The sentiment is from Penny Black Sunny Hello. The panel was attached using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Photo Corners.
To make the tree, I first loaded my brush with watercolor paint, then flicked it all over the paper with my fingers. I then smeared more water on the drops. When that dried, I painted the trunk and branches. Finally, I added the blue background and grass.
Your next stop is CLEARSNAP, makers of some of my favorite inks. Happy hopping!
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Peace Joy Tag Cards

Hello, friends. Sorry for my absence the last couple of weeks. Thanksgiving took all of my free time and I'm thankful for the much-needed break. Before I share my card, I have to ask you to come back tomorrow. I will be part of the largest blog hop I've ever been part of, I believe. You don't want to miss it! Also, I still have some stamps and dies for sale HERE. If there's anything your really want and the price isn't agreeable to you, please shoot me an email and let me know your best offer.

My card today has one of my favorite color combos (red, white and blue). I didn't use any stamping here. Can you believe it? The papers, buttons and tags are by Fancy Pants. The sentiment dies are by Penny Black Love & Joy.
I stitched around the white panel. The tags were mounted using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares.
Challenges: Runway Inspired, The Card Concept, Just Us Girls, SSS Monday, Card Mania, Die-cut Divas, Vintage Stamping.
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