Friday, November 22, 2013

DIY Wooden Candle box

Every now and then I get bitten by a different bug that causes me to lay my paper, ink and stamps aside temporarily. Such was the case yesterday. In the middle of cutting cardstock for my Christmas cards another project started calling my name! Actually, it was a project that had been started a few weeks ago. I had been cruising around Pinterest and saw some wooden candle boxes that made me drool.  I found basic candle box directions after a Google search. A quick trip to the home improvement store for lumber, paint and stain and a handy husband resulted in my brand new candle box. But, being the primitive kinda girl that I am that new candle box was in need of some love. So, yesterday, in the middle of Christmas card prep that lovely box started call out to me. I dry brushed a little paint on it and then put a coat of Early American stain on the whole thing. Now am am so happy with my "old' new candle box.

The box is just under 3 feet long! I went a neutral color so I can change it out for different seasons. I will be adding a coat of wax at some point, and maybe some vinyl text? Oh yea, and I need to pick up some AAA batteries for my candles.
 Ok, now that the candle box is no longer calling my name maybe I can get back to my Christmas cards.
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Until later~

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christmas Tag Swap

I am a part of a great group of scrapping ladies. It is no secret that there is some serious talent in that group! We recently completed a card swap, and having the creative juices flowing decided to do a tags swap. We needed to make 10 tags, and I can hardly wait to get 10 tags back!

I did 5 each of 2 different designs. For my first tag I went "old school." LOL

I started with a pre-made tag that I have had in my stash forever. I stamped my image (one of my all time favorites!!) and colored with my Prismacolor pencils. I have used my Copics almost exclusively for the past 3 years and almost forgot how much fun it is to color with the pencils. I used some white Liquid Applique that I have been hoarding forever. Again, I had forgotten how much fun it is to play with that stuff! I love this tag! I hope the ladies do too!
Stamp- Perky Penguins- Red Rubber Design, "To/ From"- Christmas Circles- Red Rubber Designs, "be merry" from my stash
Ink- memento Tuxedo Black, Vintage photo Distress Ink
Misc- Liquid Applique
Misc- white Liquid Applique, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Crystal Stickles, red rhinestones, red & white Bakers Twine

My second tag is a little more formal, and has lots of layers.

I chose to used lots of die cuts on this one, thank goodness for the Big Shot. I started with Spellbinders Labels 8 cut in Ripe Avacodo. I stamped it with a small snowflake with Versamark ink for a tone on tone effect. The scalloped circle and the "bookplate" were cut with the Make it Memorable dies from Taylored Expressions. I then used the Circles Spellbinders dies.(I love how dies from different companies work together so well!) All edges were inked with Landscape Palette ink. A tiny rhinestone and a little Ripe Avacodo ribbon finished my tag. Not only did I use lots of layers, but I pop dotted each of them too. I enjoy layering up my tag because I have to watch it on my cards.
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Until later~

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Mercy Prayer Book Review

The Mercy Prayer By Robert Gelinas

Lord, Have mercy
A raw plea for intervention. The most prayed prayer in the Bible. And a request that God always grants, often in surprising ways. In The Mercy Prayer, Robert Gelinas blends biblical wisdom with penetrating personal encounters and keen insight into familiar stories. The result is a practical guide for receiving the mercy we all desperately need and letting it flow from us into the lives of others.

 Having prayed, “Lord have mercy” more times than I can count, I was curious to read what Gelinas had to say on the subject. I was pleased to find a good balance of scripture references and personal accounts of the prayer for mercy.  And I appreciated the author using familiar passages such as the blind men and the 10 lepers and their pleas for mercy. It was the plea for mercy that brought not only mercy, but also healing to each of these men.
 Gelinas reminds us that we can ask for God’s mercy for those around us as well as for ourselves. This can be done as a part of the “homework” of praying for mercy as we drift off to sleep each evening. It is amazing what takes place in our lives when we ask for God's mercy.

I received The Mercy Prayer through the Booksneeze blogger program through Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Until later~

Monday, November 4, 2013

Happy Birthday card quickie

Hey look, it is something other than a Christmas card!! I am still using We r Memory Keepers Winter Frost 6x6 paper pad collection. These are super quick cards, I only added the sentiment and a little bling. My tip today is to let the designer paper do most of the work for you!!

 (You can click on the photos to see larger views.)
Paper- We R Memory Keepers Winter Frost (December 2012 KI card kit from Taylored Expressions)
Ink- Jardin Moss- Palette, London Fog- Memento
Stamp- Think Big Favorites #13 PTI
Misc- Chocolate Pearls- Kaiser Scrapbook, Split Pea Rhinestones- Kaiser Scrapbook, Icicle Stickles
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Until later~

Friday, November 1, 2013

Peaceful Poinsettia

I have almost killed the Taylored Expressions KI Card Kit from December 2012, and it is only the first day of November 2013!! Woo hoo, go me!
After sharing a 5 minute card yesterday, I thought I would share one today that took just a little more time. And I am sticking with Winter/Christmas themed cards. (Even though this piece of designer paper could be used for any occasion.)

I am using the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set, I love that this set has both the solid stamps and the line drawn ones. The solid ones are good for inking up, like I did here, they make mass producing cards very easy. And speaking of easy, I need to mention that there are matching dies!!

 Here is a peak at the popped layers. I like to die cut my cardstock first. Then I ink up my stamp and lay the die cut shape on top of the stamp. I don't mind that the image it not perfect, my work is handmade is a reflection of me- perfectly imperfect!!

Stamps- Peaceful Poinsettias- Taylored Expressions
Paper- We R memory Keepers Winter Frost
Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Palette-Jardin Moss, Cote d'Azure
Misc.- Poinsettia dies- Taylored Expressions, Classic Scalloped rectangle Spellbinders dies, Button twine, say it with Crystals rhinestone, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist- Frost, pop dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig.
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Until later~