"And hope does not disappoint us,
because God has poured out his LOVE into our hearts by the Holy Spirit..." Romans 5:5

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Shout Out with WHISPER White

Whether you are a card maker or a scrapbooker or both, there are three essentials to making a card or page really "pop." One is BALANCE (or layout.) One is COLOR. One is DIMENSION. I guess you could call these the B, C, & D's (instead of the ABC's) of paper crafting. Although I am normally drawn to cards created with colored card stock, lately I have been having fun working with my Whisper White card stock alone. It's been a fun challenge to see just how eye-pleasing I can make a card seem by forcing the COLOR essential of my card to flow only through my inks. I must say I like the end products. I can focus on different techniques to create a "wow" factor.

These cards can be created at my next Stamp CAMP this Sunday from 6:30 to 8:00pm. The class is only $10 for all five cards. All supplies are included. You must register by emailing me by Saturday evening (no later than 6:00pm.) I will show you how to incorporate even more color to these Whisper White greetings so you will certainly want to be there!

The above card was created with the rainbow brayer technique. Two-Step Stamping is the feature that creates dimension for this card.

The Thanks card above features a sponging technique that incorporates the scallop punch as well as the large circle punch.

This card gets it's dimension from the color spritzer as well as some added grosgrain ribbon.

This card is quite possibly my favorite. The scallop punch and two circle punches along with some sponging help create the dimension for this card.

Hope to see you at the CAMP!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

All for Love

Happy Easter everyone!
May you truly know the love of Christ and understand He did it ALL for YOU.
God's blessings.
Aren't these papers fantastic?! I used Bali Breezes Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! and just love how this card turned out! The stamp set I used is One of a Kind with matching Boho Blossoms Punch. So pretty! Hope you like it!

Here is an extremely yummy recipe shared with me by my friend, Vonda. Thanks, Vonda! It was so good! I can't wait to try new combos.

Crawler Cake
one boxed cake mix
one tub of frosting
4 eggs
1 C whole milk
1/4 C oil

Mix all but frosting together till just blended. Mix in frosting. Don't overmix or cake will "crawl" out of pan. Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan. Bake 1 hour at 305 degrees. No need to frost... it's in the cake!

I used Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting. I will check the recipe and edit my post with the combos Vonda used. Thanks again, Vonda! I love getting tried and true recipes.

Friendship makes me so very happy! Did you know you always have a Friend seeking your friendship? He gave His life for you. I'm speaking of Jesus Christ. This Sunday, my family and I will celebrate His being raised from the dead. His resurrection proves for us we will live forever with Him in Heaven. What a glorious promise! I believe what I believe because of what God's Word, the Bible, has told me. The Bible is a proven to be true history book full of facts and instructions that can benefit any life. If you would like to know more about my Friend (and yours), Jesus, by studying His Word on a regular basis, please email me. I would love to invited you to my Bible study. You do not have to live in my area. Email me for more information.
This is such a very cool technique! It's called "faux cor-something," he he he... I've never heard of it so I can't remember the name completely. What I do remember is it is super easy and creates an amazing effect. Here is how you achieve it...

1. Using Versamark, stamp a LINED IMAGE stamp on magazine paper (a page from any old magazine.)

2. Cover with gold embossing powder. (I used silver in the above project and gold in the ones below.) Heat image.

3. Trim image from magazine paper and adhere to card. Done!

How easy is that?! And the effects are SO different and unique. I love it! How about YOU TRY IT and share your results with me. Email me a photo of what you come up with. I just love when others share their ideas with me. And tell me which of these three cards you like the best. I will tell you my fav when I hear from lots of you first.

Monday, March 10, 2008

So Easy a Kid Can Do It...

Yep! Rubber stamping is for EVERYONE! My sweet daughter created this adorable card (without much help from me at all) for her annoying (as she would put it) yet adorable brother. We just celebrated his 9th birthday! Yikes! I honestly can not believe it!

She told me exactly what she wanted the card to look like and I selected the stamps for her. Ohter than that, she ran with it. I love how she used the retired paper peicing punch from Stampin' Up!. And By Land is really one of my all time fav stamp sets. I'm so glad I got it before it was retired! (Just another reason to invest, stampers, while you have the time. wink)

Now just look at these adorable "thank you" notes my son put together (mm-hm, WITH my help... let's face it, he is a typical boy. He talked about Star Wars the entire time we stamped.) He had in his mind who each card would go to as he stamped it. I just love that! It's like he was saying little prayers for that particular person as he made their card. Precious!

So get busy with those kids and LET THEM STAMP!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Hodgepodge 101 Stamp Camp

Hodgepodge is one of my absolute FAVORITE tools for embellishing. I love to find all different sorts of ways to use it other than the typical. And thanks to Stampin' Up!, you get a MAJOR BARGAIN with this hardware. I've not seen anywhere else so much metal for such a great price. Honest!
When you purchase Hodgepodge Hardware from me now to the end of April, you can attend my Hodgepodge Hardware Stamp Camp for FREE. That's right... absolutely FREE. You will be using your hodgepodge in the class while all other supplies will be provided. Stampers not wanting to make the investment in a purchase of Hodgepodge can still attend the camp for only $15 (all supplies provided.) NOW is the time to grab some Hodgepodge since it is still SALE-A-BRATION! When you purchase $50 in SU! product, you can select a free set of stamps or rub-ons from the SAB catalog. FREE STAMPS AND A FREE STAMP CAMP... does it get any better than this?!
Register for this camp by emailing me with your order or by sending your camp fee through the mail. Email for my address.

Gift Set

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Surprise! Time is running out...

Time is running out for SALE-A-BRATION with Stampin' Up!! You only have a bit over two more weeks to join in on this celebration and get FREE STAMPS. This cute little "pop-up" card was made with the Sale-a-bration set "Whimsy Birthday." I just love this little 3x3 card! It's perfect for anyone's big special day. And best of all... the stamps were FREE.
Call or email me today to place your $50 order and select your FREE STAMP SET or your FREE PKG OF RUB-ONS. Click here to browse through the Sale-a-bration catalog. Remember, SU! catalogs aren't just catalogs... they're IDEA BOOKS. You will receive a free catalog along with your order. Have some freinds you stamp with? Get a $150 order together between you and your stampin' pals and you get THREE (3) FREE Sale-a-bration stamp sets PLUS... A FREE SET OF HOSTESS STAMPS AND $15 IN SHOPPING DOLLARS. Now that's fun with your friends!
Banana Pudding
OMGoosh! Before last Tuesday night, I had NEVER made banana pudding in my entire life. I don't really like banana pudding so why on earth would I make it. he he he... ick. Soooo... my sweet little daughter loves Vanilla Wafers. She doesn't really like any other kinds of cookies. The last TWO BOXES I opened for her had nothing but BURNT WAFERS inside! Yikes! (I'm definately emailing the Keebler!) So, I figured I'd save the wafers for a "pitch in" somewhere in the future and use the wafers to make Banana Pudding then. No offense to the host of the pitch-in, he he he... I just figured we adults could handle a few burnt cookies, right? Besides the pudding would surely overpower the burnt offering (so to speak. he.) Well! Tuesday night was my opportunity to rid our household of the burnt sweets. Only one thing... I had no recipe for Banana Pudding. I had no idea how to make the stuff! And I waited until Tuesday afternoon to make it! Ikes! What was I thinking?! Well, this was one time NOT thinking actually did me some good, he he he... I "dogpiled" Banana Pudding and O... M... Goosh! This recipe is now one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES!!! I guess perhaps I should go easy on Keebler when I email since if it weren't for the burnt sweets, I wouldn't have this amazing Banana Pudding Recipe. he. Hope you enjoy it as much as Dean and I did! Let me know what you think. Either leave a comment or email me. And thanks for looking!
2 (3.4oz) pkgs. instant vanilla pudding mix
1 C milk
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (8oz) container of sour cream
1 (8oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
6 bananas, sliced (I only had four.)
1/2 (12oz) pkg. vanilla wafers (I think I used a bit more.)
In a med bowl, combine pudding and milk. Stir til mix is dissolved. Refrigerate 15 minutes, until partially set. (Remember I said I waited till the last minute so I didn't do the refrigerating step.)
Stir milk into pudding til smooth. Fold in sour cream and topping. Fold in bananas.
Make a single layer of vanilla wafers in the bottom of a 9x13" pan. Spread pudding evenly over wafers. Crush remaining wafers and sprinkle on top. Refrigerate til serving.