Friday, March 29, 2013

Celebrating the Good News of Good Friday

"...God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." ~Romans 5:8 ESV
 [Christ] had no form or majesty that we should look at him,...
He was despised and rejected by men;
    a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;...
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,  
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
...like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, 
 and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth...Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
    he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt,...
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
    make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
...because he poured out his soul to death  
and was numbered with the transgressors; 
 yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53 ESV
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Shabby, Pink Cards

I have a couple of cards today that were posted in the manufacturer blogs earlier. The first one uses my Spellbinders' Home Sweet Home dies and Asian M-Bossabilities . The hearts and sentiments are from SRM Stickers. You can find more info on the SRM blog. The papers are Basic Grey.
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The next one was posted on the Want2Scrap blog. I used TCM's Celebrating You stamp set. Check out more info and the other card on the Want2Scrap blog.
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I hope you're enjoying your spring break!
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

LOVE Cards

Hello, friends! I hope you are enjoying spring weather where you are. It seems to have missed us the last few days. We've received at least a foot of snow the last 48 hours and it's still snowing as I type this. My girls are on spring break. Before you feel bad for them...they would rather be at home when it's snowing than walking to school. I agree! :)

I have two cards for you today using one of my latest Penny Black stamps, Love Chapter. This set was one of my favorites from Layers of Color and it seems I'm not alone. I received so many inquiries about this set and am so glad to see it re-released. I used the big LOVE stamp and twill bow on both my cards.
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I also used my Spellbinder's Home Sweet Home dies (wings), which I die cut and embossed and used a stencil. The papers are Basic Grey True Love.
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My second card uses some scraps sitting on my desk. The papers are by My Little Shoebox.
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As you see, I put a brad, buttons, flowers and sprinkled Want2Scrap pearls to decorate my card. I curled one corner to add interest. This card took no more than 10 minutes to make.
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Have a great day!
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Easy Burlap Mason Jar Vase Tutorial

I'm sharing with you something that's not a card today. Tomorrow, my church is hosting a Women's Brunch Outreach. I turned ordinary mason jars (a bargain at 35 cents each!) into these vases as decorations for the tables.
These are really easy to make. Here are the supplies I used: mason jar (or save your old mayo jars) burlap, ribbon, rubber band and flower (I used Prima). Not showing here is my glue gun.
Cut a piece of burlap and remove the strips of fibers to create a fringe on the long sides of the burlap. Trim the fringe so they look straight.
Wrap it around the jar. Secure with a rubber band. Leave the rubber band as is if you're using a non transparent ribbon.
I'm using a see-thru ribbon, so the rubber band can't stay there. Move the rubber band lower to keep the burlap secure as you tie your ribbon.
Adhere the flower using a glue gun. It will also slightly secure the burlap onto the jar.
Here it is with flowers and some greeneries.
Let me know if you made these easy jars. Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Craft's Meow's March Release Blog Hop

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's March Release Blog Hop. Thank you for joining us today. If you came from Mabelle's blog, then you're at the right spot. To see the full list, make sure you visit the TCM blog. I have 3 cards to show you today. I could share more, but will save the others for later posts. I had so much fun with this month's sets.

My first card uses my Take the Cake stamp set. This time I made a wedding card. I went CAS on this one, but not all the way. I had to sneak in some lace, buttons and pearls in there somewhere :). I stamped the cake layers in inks that coordinate with my Basic Grey True Love papers.
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For my second card, I went vintage shabby with the Sweet Silhouettes stamp set. Remember that you can get this set for FREE with $50 purchase. I distressed the edges of my papers and inked my Spellbinders Labels 10 die cut and stamped with the frame from the set. The papers are My Mind's Eye. The chipboard shape embellishment on the bottom are by Want2Scrap. This card would be perfect for Graduation, promotion, engagement, etc.
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My third card uses Karen's Birthday Pun set. I love the sentiments. The papers are again My Mind's Eye. I was going to go for a masculine card, but I just had to add that lace there. :) I did more distressing here and random stitching. I found this black hemp twine and used it for a bow.
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Here are my new sets:
6 x 8, $24
Coordinates with Spellbinders Labels 10
4 x 4 - FREE with $50 Purchase
 
The Craft's Meow is giving away the 4 new sets to random commenters. Participants are not required to leave comments on each blog, but they have a better chance to win because TCM will randomly draw a name from one of our blogs for a winner. The deadline to comment is 9:00pm PDT, Saturday March 23rd.
Your next stop is my friend -->> Sharri<<--. 
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

TCM Previews: Sweet Silhouettes

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's 2nd birthday celebration! The team has lots of inspiration and giveaways to share with you during the previews and release. Make sure you check out the details on the TCM blog. Celebrating along with us is our guest designer, Stacey Schafer.
Today we are featuring the new Free set with $50 purchase set that I designed, Sweet Silhouettes. If you've been a regular visitor of my blog, this set will look familiar. It was released through another company that has since closed and I've been getting regular requests for it to be re-released. So here it is now and you can get it for FREE!
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This is a small set, but it includes several images and a few sentiments that can fit inside the banner. The frame coordinates with Spellbinders' Labels 10 dies.The papers are London Market by Pink Paislee. The pearls are by Want2Scrap.
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TWO STAMP SETS will be given away each day to two commenters from the TCM blog. Deadline to leave comments is tonight at 9pm PST. The winners will be announced tomorrow. Happy hopping!
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

TCM Previews: Take the Cake

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's 2nd birthday celebration! The team has lots of inspiration and giveaways to share with you during the previews and release. Make sure you check out the details on the TCM blog. Celebrating along with us is our guest designer, Stacey Schafer.
We are featuring today one of my new sets called Take the Cake. This set allows you to stamp your custom cake as high as your heart desires :).  There are two sizes of cakes and the layers have different patterns.This set is also good for Anniversaries and Weddings.
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The sentiment is appropriate for either birthdays and anniversaries. The papers are October Afternoon. The Chevron Bling is by Want2Scrap.
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TWO STAMP SETS will be given away each day to two commenters from the TCM blog. Deadline to leave comments is tonight at 9pm PST. The winners will be announced tomorrow. Happy hopping!
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Monday, March 18, 2013

TCM Previews: Sweet Birthday

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's 2nd birthday celebration! The team has lots of inspiration and giveaways to share with you during the previews and release. Make sure you check out the details on the TCM blog. Celebrating along with us is our guest designer, Stacey Schafer.
 We are featuring Mabelle's new set called Sweet Birthday. True to her style, this set has so much cuteness to it that the name is so appropriate. I stamped and colored my cupcakes with Copics.
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The papers are October Afternoon. The pearls are by Want2Scrap.
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TWO STAMP SETS will be given away each day to two commenters from the TCM blog. Deadline to leave comments is tonight at 9pm PST. The winners will be announced tomorrow. Happy hopping!
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

TCM Previews: Birthday Pun

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's 2nd birthday celebration! The team has lots of inspiration and giveaways to share with you during the previews and release. Make sure you check out the details on the TCM blog. Celebrating along with us is our guest designer, Stacey Schafer.
For day one, we are highlighting Karen Baker's Birthday Pun, a set of lovely animal silhouettes and punny sentiments. Here is my card with a little bit of distressing on the edges. I arranged the natural twine bow as you see below using Glue Dots.
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I stamped the animal in different Tsukineko inks. I also swiped some ink on the edges of the front panel to add to the distressed look. The papers are My Mind's Eye.
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TWO STAMP SETS will be given away each day to two commenters from the TCM blog. Deadline to leave comments is tonight at 9pm PST. The winners will be announced tomorrow. Happy hopping!
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Roses

I have been swamped with design deadlines and missing spring. Yes, that white stuff in the background of my card below is snow! We got at least 6 inches yesterday.

I thought I needed a break from computer work and make something with my hands. I saw the Flourishes Colorful Challenge and was inspired to enter. I took out my Copics to color these Lenten Roses stamps, probably my favorite of their stamps.
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Here it is close up. The sentiment is from SRM's WGYB Birthday. The papers are My Mind's Eye and pearls by Want2Scrap.
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Have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Thinking of You Dahlia

I have a spring card for you today using one of my new Penny Black stamps, Dahlia. The flower and sentiment are from this set. The chevrons were stamped using Puzzle Parts stamp set. I stamped them in ombre green hues. The edge of the card was die cut using Spellbinders Bracket Borders One.
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I colored the dahlia with Copics. The pretty paper is Carta Bella.I embellished my card with lace and Twinery PeaPod
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Have a great day!
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Saturday, March 9, 2013

My Cards Posted Elsewhere

I have a few cards to share with you today. The first is for TCM's Monthly Sketch Challenge. It uses Baby Shelf set. Papers are by Carta Bella, pearls by Want2Scrap.
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This card was on the Want2Scrap blog using TCM's Butterfly Kisses and Stitched Sentiments stamp sets. The paper are My Little Shoebox.
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This one was on the TCM blog featuring the Rejoice set.
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I hope you're having a great weekend!
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