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

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lavender Sentiments Valentine Class

Sweet... indeed!
Join me at Lavender Sentiments Scrapbook Store
Thursday, January 28th at 6:00pm
 as I show how to create these two sweet 12x12 pages
and a "pop-out" Valentine greeting card.
Check back soon to see the "pop-out" card.
Call Lana to save your spot...

May your "sweet heart" be blessed!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Festive Favorites-Mini Album of Recipes

One of my favorite traditions about the Christmas holiday season
is all of the yummy yummy family recipes!
I decided to create a little mini album full of all of our favorites.
I used the Mini Flip Cover 2 Cover acrylic album from
(Psst... Lavender Sentiments lovers...
talk to Lana about getting some MOSD goodness in the store.)

As you can see, the front and back covers are acrylic pieces.
I love how my the fun colors and patterns of my pages
show through the acrylic panels!
The pages of the album come in thin but sturdy card board.

Covering each page was a cinch!
I cut my patterned paper to measure
the same width as my album page.
Then I cut it the length I wanted it so that it would
fold up without getting in the way of my three punched holes.

The little inside piece that holds my recipe
measures a perfect square so I can easily fold it in half.

I used my Stampin' Up! punches to decorate my tags.

I tried to keep the majority of my recipe on the
inside portion of my tiny card stock.
I wanted the outside to be saved for some
fun fact about the recipe.

I used regular paper clips embellished with some
lovely Stampin' Up! gingham ribbon.

The Mini Flip album by MOSD
comes with the three holes punched and black rings.
I switched out the black rings for some red ones.
Festive, yes?!

Once I trimmed my patterned paper to size,
I adhered it to the album page
and trimmed the excess so my corners were rounded.

I used my own handwriting but
you could always use a computer font if you prefer.
I personally love handwritten recipes.
Those are ones that are usually "tried and true"
so you know they are going to be oh-so-yummy.
Not to mention, I enjoy how seeing people's handwriting
makes our memories recall that very person.
Isn't it true?
When you see your mother's handwriting,
don't you immediately think of her?
Or when you see your best friend's handwriting,
aren't you flooded with cherished memories?
I love that!

I sponged my tags as well as my recipe cards
 to coordinate with this fun and yummy patterned paper.
Creamy Carmel was my ink of choice for this task.
It always gives such a warm and lovely "warn" look.

The chipboard sticker pieces coordinated with the paper.
If you know me at all,
you know I am a sucker for coordinating paper crafts.
That is one thing I love most about Stampin' Up!...
everything coordinates!
Makes things so much easier.

This will be my last post for the year.
I plan to take the rest of the year
and simply enjoy it with my family.

Be sure to check back in on January 1, 2010
when I have a brand spankin' new
project for you to check out and be inspired by.

Until then,
I wave good-bye just like this adorable little snow person.
he he he.

Merry Christmas!
And may the true Reason for the season
open your eyes to the depth of God's blessings.

(for now)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Why I love mini albums...

I love mini albums because...
1. they are super fast to throw together!
2. my photos are IN AN ALBUM!
3. they are so cute laying around my home!
4. they make quick and easy gifts!
5. they "theme" my photos nicely!
6. I can scrapbook ANY of my photos ANYTIME!

This is an album I created with
MOSD's "Perfectly Shaped" pages within
the "Build a Book" series.

As you can see above,
my album is a looooong album.
After easy assembly, it measures 6x12.
Here is how I did it...

I used clear packing tape to bring together
two Perfectly Shaped pieces.
This ends up creating ONE of my album pages.

For extra support, I added tape to both
the front and the back of my finished long page.

Some tape may stick out from the edges.
I simply trimmed this excess away.
After securing each of the pages,
I then covered them with patterned paper.
If there were edges that showed,
I used a sanding block to quickly sand them away.








I kept the spine of my album uniform
with the same Perfectly Shaped
("Tabbed") piece from MOSD.
This made it easier to bind with the Spiral Binding Rings.
Then I used a different Perfecty Shaped piece
for each page of my album.
This creates that eye-catching layered look seen
in each of the photos shown here.
Mini albums are so fun to create!
Be sure to sign up for the Vintage Retro album
at Lavender Sentiments Scrapbook Store!
More details here...

Monday, November 30, 2009

Tuesday, December 15th Class

Be sure to sign up NOW at Lavender Sentiments Scrapbook Store
for this adorable album class on
This particular album would be perfect for
any teen (boy or girl)
or any reminiscent photos of the artist's choice.
I love the whole vintage/retro look
of the coordinating elements!
and you can make
that suits your gift giving needs...
baby album
teacher thank you album
friends album
birthday album
or my favorite...
Get those Christmas photos onto a
sweet little keepsake like this
and your loved ones will absolutely cherish it!
But you have to learn how to create it first!
Call Lana today!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Our Operation Christmas Child Experience

God blesses us each and every year to be involved
in this special program in some unique way.
One year it was my daughter's Girl Scout troop
picking up and delivering box
as well as taking care of the drop-off station.
Another year, my son assisted his teacher to
encouraged their entire school to donate
and were able to collect boxes from 90 out of 300 children.
Some years it's simply the fun of filling our own boxes.
One seems to never be enough for my children.
The feeling they get shopping for and filling their boxes is
Here is a little note my daughter slipped into her box...

Such love!  May God bless our boxes and all of the boxes
to touch the hearts of many children this Christmas!
And may he bless each and every hand that offers to help
in any way possible to get these boxes into the hands
of the loved and cherished young children!
Blessings in particular to my friend, Andrea
and her sweet sweet family!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Very Special Blog Award!

 "Her children arise up, and call her blessed..."  Proverbs 31:28
How did I get so blessed?
This "Best Mom Ever" Award is given to me by
my precious daughter, Wynne.
Please stop by and visit her blogs here...
and here...
Some blog awards come with "do this and then do that's"
but this one just came to me with genuine love.
THAT is what makes it so very special!
Thank you, Wynne, for thinking of me with this award!
Thank you for much more than that...
for becoming the young lady that you are!
God has blessed me with YOU more than you know!
Therefore, I am rewarding YOU, sweetie,
with a couple of awards for your blogs.

This one is my absolute favorite (now next to yours.)
Your "Way on the Web" is a sweet and subtle
but also bold way to recognize Matthew 28:19-20.
Your heart for Jesus inspires me each and every day.
Keep it up, girl!
Always share His love!
The details for this special blog award can be found here...
Here is what you can do, Wynne,
since you don't know many bloggers...
(especially those who purposely glorify our Father in Heaven)
when you post this award to your blog,
who have inspired your journey with Jesus.
If you have time, tell breifly HOW they have inspired you.
Link to this post with your award.
If you'd like to pass on the award, please be sure to
post the details with it as I've done here.
And one more award just for YOU, Wynne girl!
I am so amazed at the girl, friend, daughter, sister,
child of God you are becoming!
So this award seems prefectly fitting for your
Wynne's Web blog.
Post it with a super happy feeling!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tiny Baby-Tiny Book-Tiny Baby Book

I love MOSD Perfectly Shaped Build a Book elements!
I actually like cutt'em up and challenging myself
to do more than the obvious of building a book
(although I REALLY like using them as is also!)
This tiny baby book uses only the center portion of the
Perfectly Shaped Scalloped Square piece
from the Build a Book pieces.
I simply trimmed it so I had 3 equal scallops
to make my tiny book.
Then I covered the BaB piece with some SU! DSP
and added some 3x6" pieces of the same DSP for pages.
I like how the pages peek out from each other.
I simply used my Cropadile to punch holes in the binding
and bound it with grosgrain ribbon.

Super easy and super cute!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Blog Candy

God has richly blessed me and now it's time to share!
This Blog Candy could be YOURS!
Just leave a comment here ON THIS POST.
I'd love for you to follow me
and add this Blog Candy to the side bar of your blog
(only if you choose to do so.)
IF you decide to follow and post this Blog Candy to your blog,
please let me know you did so with a link.
The drawing (via random.org) for this Blog Candy will be
December 31st!
Here is what is included...
(including months and dates!)
as well as more than 25 Queen Kat Designs acrylic stamps
(cases included!)
(some images slightly stained but in excellent condition)
Happy stampin'!