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

Friday, July 31, 2009

TTS Sketch #67

These photos just crack me up!
These are "my boys" at Cub Scout Day Camp.
One of the counselors played some H2O games.
At the end of his session,
he just started throwing the balloons straight up.
It was hillarious watching the boys!
Thanks to Patter at TTS
for Sketch #67!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Final Kit for Christmas in July

And this wraps up our final Card Kit for our
Christmas in July Stamp CAMP
this Sunday from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
This camp offers TWENTY CARDS for just $15.
(Each kit contains all paper elements needed,
Embellishments and envelopes available for a small fee.)
You will learn how to maximize not only your time
but your stampin' supplies as well.
Treat your friends and loved ones to a handmade creation
at this joyous time of year for as little cost as a boxed set of cards.
You must RSVP for this camp by TOMORROW!
So just go ahead and email me now. :-)
Pay upon arrival and
Looking forward with you to Christmas,

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Royal Wed "Special Project" Blog Hop

This blog hop officially starts at 9:00am.
Feel free to take a peek now but
check back for all the fun to begin!
After 9am you should be jumping FROM
and will continue hopping TO

Welcome to the Royal Wednesday Blog Hop!
You will want to START your hop at
and just look for each blog to hop to
so you can take in all the fun inspiration.
Then be sure to sit down and enjoy
some stampin' time all to yourself.
It doesn't have to be an all day thing.
Just make something quick and easy!
Speaking of QUICK AND EASY...
THIS BOX was sooooooo easy!
I used my brand spankin' new Bigz Die.
(Call or email me to order yours!)
I put this little box together in
And thanks to Queen Kat Designs...
these adorable images
"Honolulu Skyline" and "Aloha Spirit"
made the box even quicker and cuter!
Visit the store and check out the
"Sweet Summer Deals"
at 55% off!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Card Kit #3 for Christmas in July

This enters our 3rd edition of our Card Kits for our
Christmas in July Stamp CAMP
where you can make TWENTY CARDS for just $15.
(Each kit contains all paper elements needed,
Embellishments and envelopes available for a small fee.)
You must RSVP for this camp by this Friday!
So just go ahead and email me now. :-)
Pay upon arrival and
Christmas blessings,

Monday, July 27, 2009

Stamp Club this Sunday

THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 2nd FROM 6:30 to 8:30pm.
THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 2nd FROM 2:00 to 6:00pm.

This Sunday's Stamp Club is all about
Watercolor Crayons.
We will be making the card you see above
and learning the "wet watercolor crayon" technique.
This set uses "Autum Harvest" and "Hope Happens"
from the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog.
I also used the Designer Series Paper
"Autumn Traditions."
The photo you see below is our club card
"stamped up" a notch by the added hemp twine.
Below shows another way to use the Watercolor Crayons.
I will demonstrate this card and technique at club.
Demonstrations begin at 3:00.

I found my inspiration from one of the retired
Inspiration Sheets.
I LOVED these sheets! (and still do!)
So that is what I plan to share with YOU at club.
One lucky club member will win
a binder with all the inspiration sheets I have available.
(page protectors not included)
Although these sheets focus on retired stamp sets,
the ideas will be FOREVER helpful!
So be sure you are at club this
Sunday, August 2nd from 2:00 to 6:00pm!
You can only win if you are there.
Be inspired,

Christmas in July Card Kit #2

Today brings you another kit for our
Christmas in July Stamp CAMP
this Sunday, August 2nd from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
Each kit contains TWENTY CARDS for just $15.
(embellishments and envelopes available for a small fee)
You will learn how to maximize not only your time
but your stampin' supplies as well.
Treat your friends and loved ones to a handmade creation
at this joyous time of year for as little cost as a boxed set of cards.
You must RSVP for this camp by this Friday!
So just go ahead and email me now. :-)
Pay upon arrival and
Christmas is just around the corner.
Be ready ahead of time.
Come stamp with us!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Christmas in July CAMP

Next Sunday, August 2nd from 6:30 to 8:30pm
is our Christmas in July Stamp CAMP.
We will create TWENTY cards for just $15.
Each kit will be a different kit.
(Kits may be chosen only upon arrival of camp fee.)
You MUST register for this camp
by mailing your camp fee to me via snail mail
OR pay upon arrival
The card shown here is ONE of the card kits available.
(ribbon available for extra fee)
Each kit will include all paper elements needed.
Any embellishments will be made available for a small fee.
Envelopes will also be made available for a small fee.
If you have any questions about this camp
or anything you see here on my blog,
please feel free to contact me.
Christmas will be here soon...
are YOU ready?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

A Rockin' Blog Award

Wow! Thank you, Pam, for this Rockin' Blog Award!
Pam and I are sisters in Christ and on the DT for MOSD.
You HAVE to check out her talented goodness!
Seriously, this girl has it!
(ooh, and the music on her blog... mmmm.)
Visit her blog here...
and be sure to stay tuned to
the Midnight Oil Scrapbook Designs blog and galleries
for more of Pam's inspiration.
I will be choosing my recipients of this fun award very soon.
Have a "rockin'" blessed day!

Friday, July 24, 2009

TTS Sketch #66

This card ended up SO CUTE!
I can't wait to give it to someone!
When you are stumped on making a card
or putting together a scrapbook page,
be sure to visit TTS
Not only are there amazing sketches,
but the samples are quite incredible.
(and I'm not just saying that
because I am on the DT team!
Sometimes I have to pinch myself
because the other gals are SO talented.)
Check it out and be blessed!

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Error... yep.
This card is for all the nurses that have tried to start an IV
and couldn't get the vein. That must feel terrible,
especially on a kid.
My poor little guy was stuck twice before the gal
turned it over to another nurse.
He was given the "happy juice" hoping it would
take him back to the operating room for the IV.
doc got stuck in traffic! Can you believe it?!
So the juice wore off and the sweet little soldier got sad.
(as did mommy)
All in all... everything went really well.
Found out some things that could cause him problems
in the future but we know our God is so good.
My little soldier (and he REALLY is a tough and humble little guy)
is now healing, very sore but remote in hand.
Thank you, again and again, for your prayers!
Praise God for His miracles
and continue to lift my little guy in your prayers.
Thanks and have a blessed day!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Royal Wed Hop with Inspiration!

This blog hop officially starts at 9:00am.
Feel free to take a peek now but
check back for all the fun to begin!
After 9am you should be jumping FROM
and will continue hopping TO

Can you believe this rockin' image?!
I just think it's so stinkin' cute!
Visit Queen Kat Designs here...
to get your "Rocker Bird" today!
I'm having so much fun with her!
You will want to START your hop at
where our challenge is an
inspriation challenge today.
You just GOTTA check out the photo
used for inspiring our creativity... so fun!
I want everything in that photo.
And so my colorful card takes life!
Now hop on over to...
for more inspirational fun!
The outside of my card reads,
"Big chics don't cry..." and the inside reads,
"unless it's absolutely neccessary
to get what we want!"
(like everything in that photo!)
he he he...
Have a fun day!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Dreamy Card with a Prayer Request

Aren't these colors and images just yummy?!
All from Stampin' Up! and can be found in
the new 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog.
I used the new stamp set called "Razzle Dazzle"
and the gorgeous paper titled "Razzleberry Lemonade."
(I wonder what razzleberries taste like, hmmm.)
The verse on my card comes with this set and
says, "It is good to dream."
I've shared many quotes about dreaming.
I will have to look those up and add them to my labels.
Yes, good to dream but even better
when those dreams are sweet dreams!
Please pray for my little one (age 10)
to have many many sweet dreams
as he rests and recovers from his
tonsillectomy and adnoidectomy TOMORROW.
His trust in God is so inspiring to me.
Still, when he prays, I can hear his nervousness.
Thank you in advance for those sweet believers
that follow my blog and will actually pray for us.
For those of you that do not know the love of Christ,
wouldn't you like to know the same trust my little guy has?
You can.
Please contact me. I would be honored to share with you.
Blessings... and sweet dreams!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Christmas in July Announcement, Baby Cards, and a Yummy Summertime Recipe

Wow, lots to chat about today...
first of all...
This Sunday is our Christmas Card Stamp Camp.
We will stamp up 20 cards (of the same design)
for just $15!
Ya, can you believe that?!
All supplies (except adhesive, please BYO) are included.
(There will be no kits available for late registration.)
to register for this camp.
Check back here soon for pics of the CARDS we will be making.
Now onto an adorable little card...
isn't it just precious?!
I used the new set "Animal Stories"
from the new 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog.
If you don't have your copy of this amazing
idea book, you can call or email me right away.
It is a MUST HAVE!
I am making up some of these cards
as a gift for a friend who just had a sweet baby girl.
The card reads "One little baby... many happy hearts!"
This verse comes from the set called
"Curvy Verses" and is also in the Idea Book and Catalog.
The inside of the card is blank so
my friend can write whatever she likes.
And yes, at last... I have a recipe for you!
It's been forever since I've included
a recipe in my posts.
If you know me any at all,
you know that I REALLY enjoy cooking
for my sweet little family (when I have the time, that is.)
My fav recipes are those "tried and true" ones
from real people that don't use
tons of spices I've never heard of. LOL
So... here it is... one of my FAVORITE summertime dishes...
2 med potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/3 lb baby carrots
2 stalks celery, sliced
1/2 med onion, quartered
1/2 lb smoked sausage, sliced in quarter size bites
1 stick margarine
seasoning salt of choice, as much as needed for personal taste
Onto a 18x18" piece of HEAVY DUTY foil, sprayed with cooking spray, layer all ingredients as listed here. Loosely, fold foil up and around ingredients. Seal well. Wrap a second time to prevent leaking. Grill over low indirect heat for 30-40 minutes. Open carefully before serving.
OM, this is sooooo yummy! We call this river stew because we always make this when we go boating on the river with my family. Funny how things like that come about. he. he.
Please let me know if you decide to make it and what you think of it, especially if you change a this or that. I'd love to know how yours turns out! Enjoy!

Saturday, July 18, 2009


OM! How exciting!
Midnight Oil Scrapbook Designs
has asked me to join the design team!
I am overflowing with gratefulness!
Be sure to visit the MOSD blog
for my intro today...
and let me know what you think of
the projects I decided to share.
And check back here often for updates
on Midnight Oil Scrapbooking Designs.
I will be adding more links in my side bar
that will take to you all kinds of MOSD goodness!
Here is a bit of a sneak peak...
Thanks for doing a little "happy dance"
with me today!

Friday, July 17, 2009

TTS Sketch #65

A guest sketch artist blesses us today at TTS
It's our very own Alisa!
Thanks girl!
Sketch #65 looked like a bit of a challenge for me
...at first.
But once I got started on it,
like always, I am so thankful for TTS!
And the finished project turned out pretty darn cute!
Take notice on how I used the sketch for
but went a totally different route with the placing of items.
Check out Alisa's Sketch #65
as well as her inspiring artwork here...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sweet Season of Friendship

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
My dear friend, Kara, sent me this
AMAZING card of friendship.
I can't say "thank you" enough, Kara.
You made my day! No, wait! My week!
This set is called "Season of Friendship"
and I am so glad it made it into the
new Idea Book and Catalog!
I used Kara's set when we were at a retreat
and fell in love with how easy it is to use.
Would you look at what Kara
used for her little birdy's nest?!
Is that not the most adorable thing you've seen?!
It's GOLD CORD wrapped around a GLUE DOT!
Clever Kara!
Leave a comment if you've enjoyed this tip.
It would be so sweet for Kara to see your
words of encouragement!

Did someone say COPICS?

Oh yes, Copics indeed... 72 of them to be matter of fact!
Check out all the deets here...
and be sure to check out some amazing images at...
... really cute stuff!
As I venture through the papercrafting world,
I find more and more talent everywhere!
I have certainly found Copics are my markers of choice
when it comes to coloring in fine line art images
such as the Whiff of Joy image you see on my card here.
Copics glide like no other.
That is why I hope I win the 72 Copic give-away.
I only have about 8... 72 would be much better,
doncha think? he he.
Have a colorful day!

Blog Candy

Check out this amazing blog candy!
Whoot whoot!
Hope I win! (he he JK... hope YOU win!)
You can find all the deets here...
to always have the latest info on BLOG CANDY.
You will see a section to the right titled
"Blog Candy Click Dates."
The dates tell you how long the candy is available.
When you click on the dates,
you are taking directly to the blog offering the candy.
From there you can find all the deets on how to win.
Life is too short not to enjoy the candy!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Royal Wed Blog Hop

You should be jumping FROM
and will continue hopping TO
but go here to START
Today's card meets two challenges...
one uses "Rocker Bird" for Queen Kat Designs
which is a color challenge
and one for Splitcoast Stampers
which is a sketch challenge.
I LOVE challenges because they really
encourage me to THINK and CREATE.
Once I've accepted the fact
that I don't have to be "fancy smancy"
with my creations to play a challenge,
the freedom I have in creativity is unleashed.
Gotta love that!
So try one or both challenges today.
CASE if you like
(that's Copy And Share Everything)
or let your brain THINK and CREATE.
(Your brain will thank you!)
Have a blessed day, FRIEND!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wynne's Tuesday Challenge

If you are a papercrafting lover...
please please please
consider taking this challenge.
Wynne would love the visit
and she and I both would love your ideas!
Every Tuesday over at
Wynne's Web Now
she offers a simple but sensational
challenge to get your creative juices flowing.
For all you young papercrafters
(aka Wynne's friends)
CASEing is the best way to make a really quick card.
CASE means you
Copy And Share Everything
so just make a card using Wynne's idea.
For example,
(and even if you don't have the exact stamp she used)
create a card that uses buttons as balloons
JUST like on Wynne's sample.
As you can see on my sample,
I went the more well-used way of buttons
and added mine as my flower center.
I just REALLY wanted to use
one of my new SU! hostess stamp sets
"Wings of Friendship."
Isn't that bird simply gorgeous?!
I also used the "rolling marble" technique on my card.
So hop on over to
and take the challenge.
If you have ANY questions, Wynne or I
are more than happy to help.
Thanks for dancing with me today!