Phillipians 3:14

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy Thoughts

I am having Happy Thoughts indeed!  I received my Christmas present a day late...and it was worth the wait!!  If you read my blog you know that I moved to Hawaii with my military husband last summer and it has been quite an adjustment.  On Christmas day my husband and I were using bleach and water to scrub our furniture after we discovered mold growing on our leather arm chair and mahogany dining table/chairs...ick!  The constant rain and humidity have taken a toll on my belongings and my moral.  My craft room was suffering too...rusting tools, droopy paper and falling apart cards were taking my joy of crafting.  Just when I resigned myself to this fate, my DH came home from work with a small AC unit, perfect for my craft room. I know that many are facing bitter cold and snow, so this may seem weird...but I gotta' tell ya' that this gift ROCKS!  It may be my best present ever...LOVE that man ;-).  Thanks for looking and hope that you are having some Happy Thoughts of your own!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

An Award for Chrismas!

Wowza!  What a nice Christmas present I received today from my SU co-hort, Madeline Marcelo!  She is extremely talented--both creative and meticulous in her design aesthetic, so I am truly honored.  You can check out her blog here:  
Along with displaying this cool award, I have to tell 8 things about myself.

1.  I am a Christian, a wife and mother in that order
2.  I don't do Face Book (Gasp)!
3.  I only have a few friends, but they are dear and genuine...sadly not crafters
4.  I make fabulous Chocolate Chip cookies !
6.  I have been addicted to stamps/card making for a little less than 2 years
7.  My DH supports my habit and is my #1 fan
8.  I live in the same town in Hawaii that I was enamored with on my Honeymoon--never imagining that we could/would reside here!

Finally I get to forward This award to 8 other stylish crafters.   Of course Nikki Bond would be at the top of my list, but she is already on Madeline's ;-).  So, I am going to send it on to some of the blogs I follow in my reader.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Peace on Earth

Merry Christmas!  I used a retired SU set for this week's card called Peace on Earth.  I stamped the earth ornament onto water color paper and used Distress Ink with pearl mica powder to color it in (very shimmery irl).  I cut it out and "suspended" it with some silver cord then embellished the atmosphere with some star brads to complement the sentiment.  Hope you like it and are enjoying a blessed day enjoying your family and I pray that you are celebrating the birth of Christ and more importantly that you are at peace with God through repentance and faith in Christ alone.  I used to struggle with saying Peace on Earth because it seems to be anything but peaceful...this year is different.  I want to share a link to a beautiful Christmas song that really blessed me this year and was the inspiration for this card!

Friday, December 17, 2010

December Sketch Challenge

This card is for the Bloggers Challenge Sketch this week.  I was glad to get to use this stamp that I have had for quite a while paired with this lovely DSP that I picked up from a LSS.  Friends who really know and love you are a rare blessing indeed.  Thanks for stopping by and I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the group's creations--click on the link in my sidebar if you would like to see them too.  Have a great weekend and I urge you to take some time to really reflect on this blessed season without getting too caught up in the rush and hype.  Grace and peace to you!

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Names of Jesus

This stamp was actually given to me by a sweet lady who was moving and clearing out her stash. I have had it tucked away until now. While standing in my craft room listening to my son and husband discuss Algebra (yuck) I spied it and started marking it up. The idea of a rainbow on this stamp appealed to me because I live in Hawaii...where I am blessed to frequently see this sign of God's covenant with man in the sky. Each time I am reminded of His great faithfulness that is so undeserved by us...and I am awed with wonder at His great love for humanity. I embellished the bottom with a heart button because the birth of Christ was the gift of love to mankind..and His death on the cross was the greatest demonstration of love that the world will ever see. This is surely cause for celebration, thanksgiving and praise....Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy Birthday

I made this card for this week's Bloggers Challenge to create a Birthday Card.  I used the SU Birthday Bakery and Well Scripted sets for the focal image framed in basic black and placed on gold background that was embossed using a Sizzix folder.  I used a glitter pen on the stands for the desert.  This card has just the right amount of sheen and sparkle in real life and makes a yummy looking card :0).  It is good to be playing along and posting again, so thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  I have been busy making some Christmas cards (finally) and will be posting some of them soon too!