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

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Royal Wednesday Blog Hop and Farewell

You should be hopping FROM...
Thanks for visiting!
If you are just starting the hop at my place,
be sure to visit here...
so you you can see all of the special projects
brought to you today by the fabulous DT at QKD!
Today's special inspiration is an ALTERED FRAME!

I just love altering items!
It's a great way to recycle!
And a great way to make unique gifts as well.
Plus, I just love how these sweet little treasures look
placed in little love spots around the home.
This frame came from the $$ Spot.
(LOOOOOOVE the $$ Spot!)
It was extremely easy to cover!
How about that "Apple Tree" by QKD?!
I stamped it in Creamy Carmel
and then "thumped" it with
More Mustard, Ruby Red, Elegant Eggplant, & Always Artichoke.

Sadly, this will be my last time hopping with the QKD gang.
I am moving on to focus more on my personal business.
QKD is a fun and funky stamp company
and Vicki (the owner) has been a blast to work with.
The DT (design team) is extremely talented
and when you continue to visit their sites,
no doubt, you will continually be inspired.
Remember to continue hopping on TO...
It has been more than fun!
Blessings to the ENTIRE QKD team!
And to YOU as well!  :-)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

This stamp set may be long retired but I just love it still!
See, this is one reason why we look forward to the Retired List.
Time to grab those sets we just know we'll love forever!
But not yet!
The catalog is still good for long while
now that it is annual again.  Whoo hoo!
When you join my Stamp Club,
you have access to ALL of my current AND retired
Stampin' Up! stamp sets.
How fun is that?!
Want just a bit more info about joining Stamp Club?
Check out this link...
and this link...
and then email me today.
Hope to see ya there!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Enjoy Your Day!

Seems like just about everyone I know has the sicky ickies.
My son went to school this morning STILL not feeling 100%.
Poor little guy!
Now I've got it!  Well, I think I've had it for awhile
but it's just allergy junk.  And what's a girl to do?!  he he.
So my allergy meds have been refilled
and I think I might be good to go (for now anywho.)
So this card made me think of you today.
Yes, YOU!
I don't always say so...
and I probably say the wrong thing from time to time
(please forgive me when I do...)
Here is hoping you are feeling well
and that you
ENJOY your day... life!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Royal Wednesday Inspiration Blog Hop

You should be hopping over to my place FROM...
but be sure and start from the beginning at...
so you can see everyone's take on the inspiration photo.

When I found this photo for Maria, I just KNEW
it would be fabulous inspiration for the fall season!
Unfortunately, the only fall stamps I have from QKD are of apples.
Sigh... no pumpkins.
I can't wait to see what the rest of the DT puts together!
I love the photo.  It's clean and crisp, just like fall.
You can see from my sample,
I decided to pull some of the "not so noticable" items from the photo.
Notice the sweet little teddy bear on the sofa?
And how about those fabulous starfish on the loft beds?
Thus, my card...

Now hop on over TO...
and have fun hopping!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mini File Folder Album

Meet me at Lavender Sentiments on Charlestown Rd in NA
this Thursday at 6:00pm for one really fun mini album class!
Learn how to fold an ordinary file folder
to create an eight page mini album with three pockets.
In each pocket is a double sided tag for more pics and journaling.
Not a camper?  No problem!
Come and create this album as a gift.
Then you will at least know how to make all the folds
and be able to create as many mini file folder albums as you like
in ANY design you choose!
Call Lana to let her know you'll be there.
Call her today!
Stop by the store to see this sample in person.
To see another sample of this mini file folder album, click here...
and here...

Friday, September 18, 2009

Moving but still dancing...

I will soon be moving to another blog...
Always Stampin'
God has been speaking to my heart lately
and I believe He is asking me to refocus a bit.
I will still post here from time to time
but you will mostly find me
Always Stampin'... always Stampin' Up!.
Stampin' to serve,

Ending with a BANG!

Ending my b-day posts with a "bang of BLING!"
Can you believe this amazingly sparkly greeting?!
JaJai80 with the Secret Sister SU! Demo group sent this one.
She used the new "Medalion" background by SU!.
Isn't it lovely?!
Thanks so much, Jamie!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bunny Birthday Keeps Going and Going and...

I've decided to share my birthday cards a few at a time

so you can really enjoy the goodness of them like I have.
The first one here comes from Robin (rajohnson323)
and the second one is from Amelia (msamelia)
over at the SCS game of Secret Sistahs for SU! demos.
I LOVE playing this game!
I've gotten so many great ideas from playing!
(Not to mention the fab friends I've made!)
You know... it's always a good time to join my SU! family.
Then you can be a sistah too!
I love the clear polka dotted overlay that Robin used on her card!
You can order some of these from the Holiday Mini.
And both of these cards would be so easy to recreate!  LOVE that!
Thanks so much, gals, for making my bday even more special!
And for all of you visiting today... thanks also!
Blessings to all! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Royal Wednesday Color Blog Hop

It's blog hop time again for Queen Kat Designs!
You should be coming my way from Kelly's blog here...
Today we bring you an array of beautiful fall colors.
So Saffron, Old Olive, Ruby Red, & Chocolate Chip!
You can order ANY of these colored card stocks
directly from me at kellyjeanstamps@gmail.com
Now on to the hop!
(Honestly, if you are only visiting my blog...
you REALLY should give the hop a try!)
Be sure you START at
and from my blog you will hop forward to
But before you go, be sure to check out my apples...

Newly released this month at Queen Kat Designs is
"Apple Basket!"
How 'bout them apples? he he.
The basket is designed so well that coloring was a cinch!
Add a bit of Crystal Effects (which can be ordered from moi)
and you have a very yummy image!
Check out the QKD blog this coming Monday
for my sweet little surprise to go along with my card.
Hope your day is as sweet as APPLES!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Blog Hop Celebration Continues!

Okay, now I am REALLY cyring!!!
My sweet and creative daughter is the one who created
both of my farewell projects for TTS.
You can view yesterday's project as well as TTS sketch #73 here...
and what I JUST realized is...
my daughter's LOs are of her 6th grade farewell banquet!
OM, I need more tissues!  Seriously!
Why is it that all good things must come to an end?
Today, I am celebrating through my tears!
I hope you will join me by continuing on the blog hop
and leave a bit of lovin' for all of the TTS gals!
You should be hopping FROM Jen's blog...
and then continue hopping TO Marcee's blog...
In celebration of Patter's new position, her obedience,
and TTS's inspiration in my own creative experiences...
I am giving away these amazing stamps from Pink Persimmon!
I am continueing to offer TTS sketches!
Since I only recently joined the TTS team,
there are so many sketches that I've not had the pleasure of working with.
I hope you will join me in revisiting each and every TTS sketch.
I will offer the TTS sketch #ONE for my TTS TUESDAY!
I'm so excited!
On Tuesday, September 29 I will draw a winner
from my comments and followers for the Pink Persimmon Stamps.
Be sure to leave a comment ON THIS POST.
Follow Dancing with Stamps OR
(or both if you like!  But following is not required.)
I hope this isn't goodbye to many of you TTS subscribers
but a continuous hello!
Praising God for HIS creativity!
And thanking Him for allowing me to share it (and HIM) with YOU!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Triple the Sketch Farewell

I bring you to your next stop on this fond farewell hop.
You should be hopping FROM Jen's blog...
and from here you can hop on over to Marcee's blog...
But be sure to check out all the info below...
I have some freebies information for you!
I simply can not tell you how sad and happy I am at the same time.

Being on the TTS design team was not only my absolute favorite
but it was also the biggest (BIGGEST) blessing.
And with all that SU! has been going through lately,
I was positive I wouldn't be giving up my TTS position.
God always has other plans, doesn't He?!
I trust Him completely...
even when I don't like it...
even when it doesn't make sense...
even when.
Being a part of CBS myself,
I know what a huge and wonderful position Patter is taking on.
My congratulations go out to not only her but her whole BSF group!
Here's wishing you well, sweet Patter, my friend!
Be sure to check back tomorrow for more ideas and blog hoppin' fun!
Plus... I will be giving away more BLOG CANDY
in celebration of Patter's decision!
I'm not celebrating that TTS will be no more.
I'm celebrating Patter's decision to OBEY.
Thank you for your example, sistah!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Blog Candy

You could win these cards
the stamp (Russian Dolls) I used to create them!
Here's how...
-leave me a comment ON THIS POST
(if you do not have a blog, be sure to leave your email address.)
-follow me (if you choose) on this blog OR here...
(or both if you like!  following not required to win) 
-post a pic and a link to this post on your blog
(appreciated but not required to win.)
I will draw for a winner on September 30.
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Yep! Still Celebrating!

Yep!  You better believe I'm still celebrating!
After all, these cards are WORTH celebrating...
not to mention the kindness of the gals who sent them.
My friend, Ellie, thinks I must be a special gal
to have gotten all these wonderful greetings.
Not at all!
As a matter of fact, this gives me the opportunity to brag a bit
on the generousity of the gals over at SCS.
I'm a part of a "secret sister" game through the SU! demo group
and most of these sweet b-day greetings are from
the "Birthday Babes."
(Kind of makes you want to be a SU! demonstrator, aye?)
(Email me!  I'll hook ya up!)
They really are a very generous group!
And some of the cards are from the RAK group.
The name of the group says it all...
Random Acts of Kindness.
If it weren't for my cyber-friends,
my b-day would have come and gone.
The first card here is from Dottie (Grandma Dottie)
and the second is from Colleen Cole.
Thanks so very very much, gals!
You made me feel so special!

Royal Wednesday Blog Hop Sketch

If you've never participated in a "blog hop,"
you really should try it now!
(Just to let you in on a itty bitty secret...
you don't have to read all of the loooooong posts.
Sometimes you may want to so you can learn a new tip or two.
When you are short on time,
you may want to just check out all the amazing inspiration.)
Blog hops are a GREAT way to get new ideas!
Yes, yes, I love my sketches!
Can you see how I used this QKD sketch by changing it up a bit?
I love doing that! My card looks totally different than the sketch.
Isn't that fun?!
If you are starting here, be sure to START at
I used the "2 Step Tree" stamp set as my focal point.
Be sure to visit the QKD blog on Monday
for more inspiration with this card and stamp set!
You can find this set for a great price at
Now hop on over to
for more CARD SKETCH inspiration!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Still Celebrating

Yep!  Still celebrating my birthday!
One thing I love about being a SU! Demonstrator
is being a part of the SU demo only group at SCS.
I also get to be a part of the RAK group (anyone can be.)
The first card here was sent to me by Deb (DELSE)
and the second was from Xanne (ragdoll),
both Wish RAK fairies!
Thanks so much gals!!!
You have no idea how you made my day!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

INSIDE the Can-O-Back to School

If you visited this past Tuesday,
you will remember seeing my "Can-O-Back to School"
I plan to fill with love and give to my daughter.
Look at all these fun things!
Mini Album...
filled with love and friendships!
Check out the MOSD blog for all the details!
Seriously, you will be amazed at how I made all of these!
Happy Back to School!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Triple the Sketch #72

Yes, smile today!
Lately, I've had some people treat me in ways
that make me NOT want to smile.
So I really like this page.
It not only reminds me to smile by what it says
but also because when I see my precious little guy and gal
discovering God's goodness, mmmmm
I am filled with joy that makes me smile!
Praise God!
Triple the Sketch is filled with JOY for God's goodness
and that is one of the reasons it is my favorite DT to be on!
Jesus is Lord and TTS shouts it!
Check out all the shouting as well as
this weeks sketch and more inspiration at the TTS site...

In the words of FFH...
"Say 'hey, it's a good day' even if things are goin' my way
Jesus is Lord and I am saved so...
say 'hey, it's a goooooood day!"
May you have a "good day!"

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Cherish Today

I CHERISH where I am today!
Some days, I still cherish where I am...
I just do a very poor job remembering how to show it.
2 Chronicles 20-21 tells us that He is to be PRAISED
even as we are going into battle!
With sick kids, the passing of a family member,
neglect from loved ones, and company upheaval,
praising Him tends to be one of the things I forget to do.
And I confess.
Revelation 5:12 tells me WHY I am to praise Him
even through my trials and battles.
Don't be discouraged, dear ones!
I appreciate you as my readers, customers, friends...
He appreciates you as His CHILD.
Do you need help in praising Him through your circumstances?
There is One that can help you do this.
"Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria
enjoyed a time of peace.
It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit,
it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord."
Acts 9:31
Praise Him and discover His peace.
Cherish today, my friends!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Queen Kat Designs New Release Blog Hop

Yes! It's that exciting time of the month when QKD
offers all sorts of new and fun images to stamp with!
Each stop on the Blog Hop today
will introduce to you a completely different stamp
so be sure to START at

Last weekend, my sweet little creative daughter and I
worked on gifts and cards for her dear Grandfather.
He is now a fantastic 75 years old! Whoo hoo!!!
We wanted our card and gifts
to say just how very much he means to us.
This image of "Apple Basket" from QKD
makes me think of the phrase
"apple of my eye."

Did you know that phrase comes straight from the Bible?
Perfect (as God is!)
And did you know God considers YOU the "apple of His eye?"
He does!
And through Jesus Christ, we are (or can be) made perfect.
Email me if you'd like to know how it feels to be
one sweet sweet apple!
Now be sure to continue to hop on over to
"Keep me the apple of your eye..." Psalm 17:8