Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

It's the end of 2011 and it has been a year full of changes, surprises and blessings. Through it all, God proved Himself good and faithful and I have much to be thankful to Him for.

I want to highlight my favorite posts of the year.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mini Calendar Wall Hanging

I have another non-card project for you today. This time it's a wall hanging using SRM Stickers Mini Calendar Standard (#48005) and Year of Memories 2012 (#48004). I also used various Spellbinders dies. And, of course, my daughter has to model it for me :).
Calendar Gabya
Each panel has 4 months. The months are attached with twine threaded through the die cuts. They can be either cut or untied to go to the next month. The papers are from my old stash. The lace is from a local store.
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You can see more detailed photos on the SRM blog. Speaking of SRM, the deadline for their DT call is tomorrow. I highly recommend that you apply. They are a great company to design for. They are very generous and kind. The owners have become true friends of mine and I love working with them. Not to mention, you get to work with some fabulous products!
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Altered Notebooks

Hi, friends! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas celebration. We certainly did. We fried turkey in our makeshift fryer and they turned out great. I prepared all the all-American fixin's like sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, cornbread dressing and cheesecake for dessert! We invited some of our Croatian friends who tasted many of these for the first time and they loved it! It was a great day to spend with our church family and friends.

I'm slowly getting back to normal schedule, but it's hard when my girls are home and we just want to watch videos and/or play games all day in our jammies! For today's project, I have some altered Ikea notebooks that I gave away as gifts this Christmas. Excuse the not-so-good photos, but I was in a hurry to take these before the recipients arrived :).
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Here are close up shots of these covers. I just glued some old October Afternoon papers, put some fancy big ribbons, stamped some Spellbinders-coordinating stamps (LOC's Elegant Labels and TCM's Season's Greetings) and added Want2Scrap Nestabling.
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These verse and quote are some of my favorites, from LOC's Encouragement set. For this one below, I tucked in a Fancy Tag die that is cut in half.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hi, friends! I just want to wish you all a very
Merry Christmas!
This is a special holiday for me as a Christian because it celebrates the coming of the Eternal Savior Jesus Christ, my Savior, the One who would finally bring Hope, show Grace and Mercy, exemplify perfect Love and give lasting Peace to a lost and fallen people. May this holiday be a great time for us to really taste and see the goodness of the Lord. My prayer is that, while you enjoy the festivities and blessings the holidays bring, you will all grow to know and love God and understand the reason why we celebrate Christmas in the first place.

Here's a video that explains what the Christmas story is all about:

I want to leave you with this amazing cello rendition of Carol of the Bells.

I will be back next week with new projects to show you.
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Lilies as Poinsettias

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was busy, but fun. The best surprise was to see a Kentucky Fried Chicken's first franchise in Croatia in our favorite mall! I know that is not a big deal to you all in the US, but for us who only have had McDonald's for the last 10+ years, this is a welcome change. We rarely ate at KFC when we lived in the US, but it's nice to have something new that's familiar. We haven't been, just because there were literally 100 or so people in line. I hope this is the first of many US restaurants coming to Croatia. I'm still wishing for a Panda Express or PF Chang's... :)

Today's card is one I made a year or so ago, but never shared here. It uses some Gina K Designs stamps and October Afternoon papers. These flowers were actually lilies and I colored them to look more like poinsettias.
Merry Christmas
If you missed it last week, I shared a download for printable tags. I embellished them with ribbons, lace and whatever was on my desk at the time. Here are two I made, one using a Santa image form The Graphics Fairy. I'm entering this to their Brag Monday challenge.
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Click on the tag graphics below to download.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Peace Rejoice

I have a Christmas card for you today using SRM Sticker Sentiments Faith. I'm in a bit of a rush as I have a slew of projects to finish for Christmas and CHA and my daughter has a Christmas program tonight. I haven't even started my holiday baking yet.

All supplies are listed below. Have a great weekend!
Peace Rejoice
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