Birthday Blessing

Don’t you just love birthday celebrations?!  What fun to celebrate the life of our friends and loved ones!  A birthday blessing can come in many forms.  Today I am sharing a card for a friend celebrating her birthday…

birthday blessing

This cute card uses the Mixed Bunch stamp set and coordinating Blossom Punch for the large flower image.  Part of the beauty of the card, though, is in the extra items used to add so many small details, the stems from the Bird Punch, the Designer Series Paper, the ribbon, the printed brad, etc.

One of my goals for this year is to be more generous with the cards that I have.   This project was in my card box ready to be a birthday blessing to someone.  Since it was an odd sized card, I took the opportunity to use my Envelope Punch Board to make a custom envelope for it.   Blessing others this month doesn’t mean we have to make something every day, though it could mean that if you wanted.  But being a blessing to others can simply mean sharing what you have or even just sharing some of your time with them.

Today I am going to challenge you to intentionally share with others.  Share your time, your creativity, your lunch…maybe even your chocolate (if you’re feeling particularly generous.)  For extra credit you can even share a comment with me so I will know you’re taking on this challenge!  Hope your day is blessed!

 

 

 

 

A Blessing A Day

I have so many logical excuses for getting a late start on my Blessing A Day challenge for February.  But in the end all they are is excuses, so I will just start where I am at and press on.  Today’s blessing is for my son who is away at college.  He’s only been back at school for a week, but I miss him like crazy.  We have to send a package to him today (weather permitting) and I thought I would send a little “i love you” to brighten his day….along with the sour punch straws and m&ms.  🙂

blessing a day

This uses one of the Sale-A-Bration sets (See Ya Later).  You can receive it free with any $50 order.  I embossed the image with white embossing powder on Whisper White cardstock and then sponged Gumball Green ink on top of the image.  The alligator head is created with the pennants punch and I added some googly eyes that I propped up with some glue dots.

I am always looking for people to join me in this venture of blessing others.  It goes perfectly with the theme of our current Wed. night Bible study at church.  We are studying Philippians where Paul tells us to not look out only for our own interests but to think about the interests of others too.  Great words to live by.

Hope you have a blessed day.  Please leave a comment to let me know what you think of Andrew’s alligator!

One More Day….

One More Day!
Supplies for this project: Stamps – Gorgeous Grunge (wood 130514, clear 130517), Pennant Parade (wood 128697, clear 122742). Cardstock – Whisper White (100730), Crumb Cake (120953), Cherry Cobbler (119685). Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads – Crumb Cake (126975), Cherry Cobbler (126966). Other – Full Heart Punch (119883), Season of Style Designer Washi Tape (132155)

One More Day!

I don’t want anyone to miss out on their last chance to purchase items from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  You only have one more day….  Many of these products will be useful for your projects year round.  Check out the cute Valentine’s card I made using the Season of Style Designer Washi Tape found in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  These colors and patterns are perfect for February projects.  

At the bottom of this post you will find a link to the pdf file that shows which of the stamp sets from the Holiday catalog are being carried over to the next catalog period.  Remember, if it isn’t on this list, then you only have one more day to order it!  There are several accessories that were very popular and are being carried over to the Occasions Mini Catalog. That catalog will go active on Jan. 3.  These accessories include:  Silver 1/8″  Ribbon, Silver and Gold Foil Cardstock, Chevron Border Punch, Label Bracket Punch, Gold and Silver Metallic Encore Stamp Pads, Gold and Silver Stampin’ Glitter, Envelope Liners Framelits Dies, Decorative Window Gift Boxes, Mini Muslin Bags, White Stampin’ Chalk Marker, and the 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon.

Once again, if it isn’t on that list or included in the pdf below, then you only have one more day to order!

Hope you find some time to craft this month.  Share your creativity with others to encourage them, love on them, or simply bring a smile to their face.  If you need some inspiration check back here as we’ll be posting new ideas all month long!

Happy New Year!

JoAnn

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You’re Never Too Old

Stamp Set:  Happy Day (w) 130294; (c) 130297
Stamp Set: Happy Day (w) 130294; (c) 130297

I recently saw this C.S. Lewis quote on the internet and wanted to make something using it.  It encouraged me, and I wanted to pass that on to someone else.  My original plan was to use MDS to print out the sentiment, but after I started working on the card I didn’t want to go back upstairs to the computer, so I wrote it by hand.  In the end, I think it adds a nice personal touch.

Praying that you are encouraged today and that you continue, no matter what your age, to dream big dreams and set lofty goals.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”   Jeremiah 29:11

JoAnn

Word Art Wednesday Challenge

I recently discovered a website that gives you a challenge every week with a corresponding verse to use in a creation.  It doesn’t have to be a card, but that’s what I chose to do this week.  We read Proverbs 31 today in our OwnIt365 plan, so this week’s verse seemed most appropriate for me.
I would love to hear how you like to incorporate Scripture in your crafting.  What have you found that pumps those creative juices, like this website did for me?

 

Thank You!

My daughter’s roommate was headed to Walmart this week to buy a thank you card.  Of course Christina told her not to go because she knew her mom would gladly provide a card for her…and she was right. I was happy to head to my craft room and play with some new toys!
The card turned out just as girly and blingy as I hoped it would.  It needed to be a money holder so I made it with a pocket inside to hold the cash…
The card was being given to a friend who had helped her secure a dress for a recent event. This was the perfect occasion to play with the dress framelits and bitty banner framelits.  I will be using this die again to create some wonderful Mother’s Day cards.  Join us at the April card class to create yours!
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Hip Hip Hooray!!!!

What a great game last night between the Louisville Cardinals and Michigan.  I said at the beginning of the year that the Broncos were going to win the Super Bowl, then Louisville was going to win the NCAA and then Jesus was going to come back!  Much to my disappointment, the Broncos were out of the playoffs pretty quick.  But the Cards came through for me last night and there was much rejoicing! (Not like when Jesus does actually return, but like when YOUR team wins the BIG game.)  I was too excited to sleep so I decided to craft instead.  Here’s the celebration card I made…

It really isn’t hard to make that cute little cardinal with the Bird Builder Punch (117191).  You just punch an extra wing to make the feathers for the top of his head.

Tonight the Lady Cards play for the women’s NCAA basketball title.  If they win I am going to craft again…maybe using some pink…we’ll see.

My husband thinks I need to send this card to Rick Pitino…and I just might do that.

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