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So yesterday I managed to squeak out 2 cards, not just one!  Here is the second of those cards!

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Just a simple sketch, but a fun Christmas card is the end result!

Stamps:  Hero Arts Owl Christmas

Paper: Vanilla, Basic Grey DP (Christmas), Pomegranate

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pomegranate, Creamy Caramel, Certainly Celery, Blush Blossom, Orange

Accessories:  Cuttlebug EF Ornaments, Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Paper Piercer

Until Next Time…..Happy Creating!

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Having these past couple of weeks to learn how to slow down a little has really gotten me spoiled!  Now I don’t want to leave my house!!!  So today I’m working on laundry, cleaning the kitchen, working on the computer a little and I even MADE A CARD!!!

I used my new Verve sets for this card!  First I started with a border set called Bountiful Backgrounds and then used the Christmas set called Holly Jolly!

Stamps:  Verve: Bountiful Borders, Holly Jolly

Ink: Pomegranate, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: SU! Circle Punches, Dimensionals,

Thanks for stopping by today!  See ya next time!

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I had a chance to complete the sketch challenge over at SCS this week.  I really liked this one too!  Here it is:

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Here is my card.  I call it Glitter Swirled Tree because I used my Stardust Pen to outline the swirls on the tree and the word Christmas and the swirl below it. You can’t see it in the picture though.  I couldn’t get the lighting right to get it to show up.  It looks really pretty in real life though!!!

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Supplies:

Stamps:  SU! Snow Swirled, SU! Christmas Punch

Paper: Black, Rich Razzleberry, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Basic Grey DP- Fruitcake

Ink: Always Artichoke, Black, Stardust Glitter Pen

Accessories:  SU! Wide Oval punch, Square and Oval Nestabilities, SU! Slot Punch, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder- Christmas Ornaments, Ribbon, Dimensionals

Until Next Time…..Happy Creating!

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In my attempt to get back in the flow, I’ve continued with the Delightful Decorations stamp set.  This first one was inspire by Dawn McVey!

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I stamped the ornament with Pretty in Pink and punched it out with the SU! ornament punch.  I added some Crystal Effects and glitter to make the icicle appearance.  I did the same for around the patterned paper as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplies:

Stamps:  Delightful Decorations, Verve- Ornamental Christmas

Paper:  Pretty in Pink, DP

Accessories: Crystal Effect, Glitter, Ribbon, Dimensionals, SU Ornament Punch

The second one I made for the Color Challenge last week over at SCS!  The color challenge was to use Kraft, Black and Mambo Melon.

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Supplies:

Stamps: SU! Delightful Decorations, Verve- Ornamental Christmas

Paper:  Kraft, Black, Mambo Melon, DP

Accessories:  Martha Stewart Border Punch, SU! Photo Corner Punch, SU! Ornament Punch, Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Glitter, Dimensionals

Until Next Time….Happy Stamping!

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I am so excited to be done with these boxes!  I made 21 of each for a total of 63 boxes.  I didn’t think I would ever get them done!  I made these to help decorate the tables for our church’s Christmas program.  We are having a dinner theater. I still need to add some ribbon around the necks, but I need to purchase some first!!

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I really LOVE this box idea.  Thanks to Clarie from Waltzingmouse Makes! She has some great stuff on her blog! She is extremely talented!  If you are looking for this template you can find it on the right hand side of her blog.  Scroll down and you’ll see it!

Stamps:  Verve Visual –Winter Wonder Remixes, Artful Elegance, Ornamental Christmas
Paper:  Gold, Mellow Moss, Burgundy
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy Craft, Brilliance Gold
Accessories:  Gold EP, Clear EP, Dimensionals, Nestabilities

See you in 2009!

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I have to say that I think my all time favorite set from Stampin’ Up! has to be Lovely As A Tree.  It is so versatile.  I know I’ve said that before, but it’s still at the top of my list!  The DP is from the new SU! DP called Ski Slope.  The tree is stamped in white craft ink and embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  I had these little glittery flower/star/snowflake embellishments for a long time.  I thought they would go nice with this card!

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Enjoy your day!

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I made myself set aside some time today to stamp. I have been so busy, I just could justify stamping when other things needed to be done! Well, today that changed! I decided that I WAS going to stamp today. Here is what I made.

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Basically these are the same card, I just changed up the embellishments. I embossed the trees with Iridescent Ice Embossing powder so they have a little bling to them! It’s hard to see in the photos though. I sponged the sky with Navy and Turquoise. All of this started with Shimmery White cardstock. You can’t see that sparkle on the photos either. The added snowflake on the last card was taken from another Christmas card that my Grandma had received. She pulled the snowflakes off and sent them to me because she thought I could use them. *They weren’t from a homemade card!* She wouldn’t take someone else’s homemade card apart! I just wanted to make that clear!!! Well, I definitely found a use for this one!

I hope you are enjoying the season. Love, laughter, family and friends, but the most important reason for the season….Jesus’ birth!

Merry Christmas!

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Julie posted some really pretty Christmas cards yesterday on her blog.  They feature the stamp set Lovely as a Tree from Stampin’ Up!  That is one of my all time favorite stamp sets.  It is so versatile.  You can see Julie’s cards here on her blog Paper Pleasing Ideas.

Here is my spin on her cards.  I used my new Bigz Top Note Die from Sampin’ Up!  I has been on back order for a long time.  I was thrilled it finally came and it was screaming at me to use it!!

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Stamps:  Lovely As A Tree
Paper:  Burgandy, Navy, Artichoke, Vanilla
Ink:  same
Accessories:  Snowflake Cuttlebug folder, Top Note Die, Stickles, Dimensionals, Slot Punch, Ribbon

Until Next Time….Happy Blurfing!

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Here are a couple of Christmas cards that I made for a workshop. All products used are from Stampin’ Up!

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This card featured the Deck the Halls set and also the Ski Slope Designer Paper.  The card base is Old Olive.

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The card was made with the Snow Swirled stamp set and the Ski Slope DP as well.  This card base is Kraft and the design is stamped with versamark ink.  To finish off the Christmas tree, I used my startdust pen (glitter pen) to trace over the swirls.  You can’t see that in the picture but it is very pretty!

Until Next Time….Happy Creating!!!

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The Passion Tree…

I was telling you about the devotional and puzzle that we will be doing
as we count down the days until Christmas!  Here is a little info about
it!  You can order it from Jack Dawson’s website called Bittersweet Gallery.
I bought the 1,000 piece puzzle. I thought that might keep us busy for
more than a day!!!  I hope you have some wonderful traditions that you
celebrate with your family too!

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The "THE PASSION TREE" painting
follows the story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Each
ornament illustrates an event in history. The red garland represents
the crimson thread of Jesus Christ woven through the entire Bible.
Jesus IS from eternity (before Creation) to eternity (after the end of
all things), and this garland weaves through all history, showing His Story.
The first twelve ornaments show events in the Old Testament and the
last twelve illustrate events in the New Testament, and a star
representing the glory of God crowns the tree. There are 33 candles,
one for each of the years that Christ spent on earth in the form of a
man. You can see a suggestion of Christ in each flame . The red
ornaments down the center and across form a cross. The three largest
ornaments represent the trinity: God the Father (#13) gave His gift,
the Son (#15) who came to earth, and God the Spirit (#22) lives within
believers today. Use this as an advent calendar, reading and studying
one a day from December 1 through December 25.

1. "In
the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." He created
everything from nothing. He created everything we see and everything we
don’t see. (Genesis 1:1)

2.
After creating everything, He planted a beautiful garden in the East,
the Garden of Eden. Earth was ready for an inhabitant: "And God said,
Let us make man in our image." Adam, the first man, and Eve, the first
woman, were made perfect and placed in this perfect place where they
could walk and talk face-to-face with God. They enjoyed wonderful
fellowship together. (Genesis 1&2)

3. God
longed for man to love Him voluntarily. So He gave Him the freedom to
choose. Lucifer, an angel in heaven, had chosen to rebel against God.
He was cast out of heaven and became Satan. He was, and still is, very
clever in his attempts to lead others to disobey God. He went to the
garden and tricked Eve into believing that God wasn’t being truthful or
good to her. God had said they could eat from every tree in the garden
except one, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve
chose to disobey God and eat from that tree, and when they did, they
brought sin into their lives and the lives of all who would be born.
They were no longer perfect and every descendant (even you and I) is
born apart from God. (Genesis 3:1-13)

4. God
had a redemptive plan. It would take thousands of years to complete,
but in the end He would once again have a perfect place for men and
women to live with Him. But in the meantime, He knew this first couple
would need to be sent out of the garden. For there in the garden was
another tree, the tree of life. If they ate from it, they would live
forever in their sad, fallen condition, aging and separated from God,
so He drove them from Eden. (Genesis 3:14-24)

5. Adam
and Eve had children and their children were born with the same choice,
to obey God or to disobey God. Sadly, they also chose to disobey. In
fact, one of their children, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed
him. (Genesis 4:1-16)

6. From
this first family came mankind, but sin also reproduced and multiplied,
and things got so bad that God had to do something. He looked for
someone who would choose to obey and love Him and only found one man:
Noah. Noah found grace in the eyes of God, and God decided to destroy
all things and start over with Noah and his family. He spoke to Noah
and told him to build a large boat for himself and some of all the
animals and birds on the earth. Then he sent a flood that covered the
entire world. (Genesis 6:1-8:14)

7.
After the flood, Noah’s family began to repopulate the earth. But these
people also chose to disobey God. In fact they decided to build a tower
to the heavens. They wanted to find a way to make themselves great, but
it wasn’t God’s way. God knew that would not be good, so He came down
to earth and gave them different languages, causing a scattering of the
people to different lands. (Genesis 11:1-9)

8. God
knew it was time to start putting His plan into action. He chose one
man, Abraham, and told him that He would make a great nation from his
family and would bless all the people on the earth through him. Abraham
chose to obey God and follow Him even though it meant leaving the
country where he lived. (Genesis 12:1-3)

9. Abraham
and his wife Sarah had trouble seeing how their family would be a
blessing to all people when they could not seem to have even one child
of their own. When they were too old to have children, God performed a
miracle and gave them a son, Isaac. Then God did a strange thing. He
asked Abraham to offer his son as a sacrificial offering of worship.
God was testing Abraham to see if he would obey. Abraham did obey and
God provided another sacrifice, a ram, in place of Isaac. This is a
picture of what God would do for all of us, providing his son, Jesus,
as a sacrifice for us, to redeem us from sin and reconcile us to God.
This has been His plan all along. (Genesis 21-22)

10.
Abraham’s family did become a great nation: Israel. His descendants
would move to Egypt when a famine came to their land, and there they
were treated as outcasts and made slaves. They cried out to God and He
sent a deliverer, Moses, who secured their freedom after God sent
plagues that afflicted the Egyptians. The free nation of Israel left
Egypt and encamped at the Red Sea. The Egyptians regretted their
release and sent a military force against them, but God miraculously
parted the waters of the sea and the people of Israel escaped across on
dry land and into the wilderness. (Exodus 1-14)

11.
While the Israelites were on their way to the land God had prepared for
them, Moses was given the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20), rules that God
gave so that Israel could learn what was right and what was wrong.
Moses was also given the instructions on how to build a tabernacle, a
place where God would dwell among them. (Ex. 25:8) This tabernacle was
just a picture, a representation of the place that God has prepared in
heaven for His people. (Hebrews 8:5)

12.
After the Israelites were freed from Egypt, they journeyed through the
wilderness and settled in the Promised Land where modern Israel is
found today. A long time passed, and during this time God kept sending
men called prophets to tell the people that He was going to send
Someone to bless them and all the peoples of the earth, and they were
to wait and look forward to that day. (1 Peter 1:10-12)

13. The
day that had been foretold by the prophets finally came. God did a
miraculous thing, causing a virgin to conceive. A young girl named Mary
became the earthly mother of God’s Son, Jesus. This was a first. Never
before had God become like one of us. Jesus was fully God and yet fully
man. (Galatians 4:4, Matthew 1:18-25 , John 1:1,14)

14.
Jesus grew up just like any other boy, but when he was thirty it was
time to let the world know who He was and one of the first things He
did was to be baptized. At that moment all three ways that God
describes Himself to us were present: God, the Son, was there being
baptized. God, the Spirit, was there in the form of a dove. God, the
Father, was heard speaking from heaven. (Matthew 3:13-17)

15.
Jesus did many things to show people that He was God. He taught and
preached the good news that there was now hope for everyone to be with
God again, just like Adam and Eve had been before the Fall. He said
that He was the Way. He performed many miracles, healed sicknesses and
even brought some people back from death. (Matthew 4:23)

16.
Jesus chose twelve men to be his closest followers. Then, at the age of
33, after three years of showing the people Who He was, it was time for
Jesus to finish the job God had sent Him to do. Sinless, he was going
to die for the sins of mankind, to reconcile men to God. He tried to
prepare the twelve for what was going to happen next. He told them
about it during The Last Supper. He spoke to them of his blood that
would be shed and his body that would be broken, using the cup and the
bread as symbols, and told them to observe the supper in the future to
always remember Him. (Luke 22:14-20)

17.
Jesus would have to go through a horrible death. He struggled with this
because He knew it would be hard. He, as a man, would have to feel the
pain. But He also was going to have to do something even more painful
than death by crucifixion: He would be taking all the divine punishment
for the sins of mankind and God the Father would have to leave Jesus to
do this alone, because He can’t be a part of sin. Jesus wrestled with
this in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. There, He determined to be
obedient. (Mark 14:32-36)

18. God’s
Son, Jesus was taken captive by men and beaten, accused on false
charges, given an unfair trial, and sentenced to die a cruel and
shameful death. Yet He didn’t resist. He knew that this was why He came
to earth. He willingly laid down His life in order that many may come
to God through His death. (Luke 22:47-23:49)

19. The death of Jesus made it appear that God’s plan has failed. Jesus dies and is buried.
(Matthew 27:57-61)

20. But
God’s plan had not failed. After three days in the tomb, Jesus
resurrected, returning alive. He is the only One who has ever done
that. He defeated death. He did it for us. We can be forgiven for our
sins by accepting his death in our place. We can live forever just by
trusting that Jesus has paved the way for us. We may face death, but it
is just a way to transition into real life in heaven with God. (John
3:16, 20:1-23)

21.
After Jesus came back to life, He spent forty days telling people about
the kingdom of God. Then while they were looking at Him, he went up
into the sky all the way to heaven. He promised He would come back to
get all who would believe in Him. Then He would take them to an
indescribable place of beauty that He was going away to prepare. (Acts
1:3-11, John 14:3)

22.
Before Jesus went back to heaven, He told His followers to wait because
He was going to send them a gift, the Holy Spirit of God. They waited
and on the day of Pentecost they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
They were never the same after that. All who believe, even today, have
the Holy Spirit living inside of them. It is proof that they have
become Christians, God’s children. (Acts 2:1-13, Galatians 4:6-7)

23.
God’s plan is still unfolding. For many believers, life on earth ends
in death and they move on to heaven. But for others, there are things
yet to come. Jesus will return and take all of God’s children to
heaven. He is going to come back with a shout and will summon the
bodies of the Christians who have died, resurrecting them from their
graves. Then any Christian who is alive at that time will be raised up
in the sky right to where He is! Praise God, we will never be separated
again. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

24.
After Jesus calls His followers to heaven, there will be a terrible
time of death, war and trouble on the earth, a seven-year judgment
known as the Great Tribulation, and the people of the earth will rebel
against God and determine to make war against Him. But Jesus will bring
His Christian army back and win the war, and there will be a thousand
years of peace with Him as king. But there will still be some who
refuse to obey Him. God must finally deal with all those who choose to
disobey. He is the perfect judge, punishing those who do wrong. The
penalty for sin is death. God doesn’t want anyone die for his or her
sins. That is why Jesus came and died, and He is the only way to escape
hell, the place prepared for those who refuse to be a part of God’s
family. Those who refuse God’s Way will one day have to stand before
the great white throne judgment, and they will have no excuse for
rejecting Jesus. (Matthew 24:21-22, Revelation 19:11-20, 20:11-15)

25. The
plan of God will then be complete. There will be a New Heaven and a New
Earth. A place where all who believe and place their faith in Jesus
will live forever with God Himself. The curse of sin and death will be
gone. Jesus, who once wore a crown of thorns, will then wear the Crown
of Glory as King of kings and Lord of Lords. His suffering brings life
just as we see the crown of thorns budding with new life. The seven
lights represent the perfection of the God. The Star on top of the Tree
reminds us of the star that guided the wise men to baby Jesus. Wise men
still seek Him. Have you trusted in God’s Plan of faith in Jesus? His
invitation to you is, "Come." (Rev. 21:1-8, Rev. 22:17)

Under "THE PASSION TREE"
you see some people carrying the light. Others are walking in darkness.
Jesus is the Light. (John 1:6-13, 12:44-46) Those of us who have the
light need to be sharing it with others all over the world. The
snow-covered landscape suggests a map of the entire globe (see below).
We are the light and we must let our light shine so that many may come
to saving faith in God through Christ Jesus. (Matthew 5:14-16)

During
this Christmas Season, have you accepted God’s plan and placed your
faith in Jesus? Rejoice, and let this holy season renew your hope and
warm your heart. If you have not yet accepted God’s plan, repent of
your sin and accept the forgiveness that is freely offered through
faith in Christ Jesus. You will then have the privilege of spending
eternity in heaven. (1 John 5:11-12) Can you find John 3:16 in the
stars?

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