Thursday, November 19, 2009

Knock Your Socks Off...

Good morning! I am so glad this week seems to be going by fast! I simply cannot wait for the weekend to be able to do some more Christmas decorating at my house! I simply must wrap some packages to get them out of my closet, but finding a way to keep my little one out of them is going to be the task!
I am so honored that Unity is our sponsor over at Christian Paper Crafts this month! If you have not tried them out, I highly recommend them! The Unity Kit of the Month is something I just recently began receiving as a monthly treat from my husband. With so much going on in life, it is a nice little break in the day when I go home to see that yellow envelope filled with a brown bag of goodies has arrived! The Unity KOMs are not very expensive compared to many other "kit clubs" and is a great way to keep getting new goodies! Going to the store, I know I would be tempted to purchase so much more that I would never use!This first card is made From Simple Blessings - a stamp set the DT was given to use and create with! The first thing you probably notice about this card is - it's simple! The reason being, I have had many, many people tell me they would like to try crafting or card making but it is just too complex once they look at the creations of others. I like to gently remind people that God made us all just the way He wants us. He will continually mold us and shape us in everything we do, and that all paper-crafters had to start somewhere. It's nice to go back to simple cards every now and again! On this card I used some Brown paper from PTI as my cardstock base, some purple Post-It Craft paper (love this stuff), kraft cardstock, jute, button, and Close to My Heart inks! I did run the Post It Craft paper through my cuttlebug and distressed the edges. You know what - it did great! Now this little number is made from my Unity October Kit of the Month and you can still purchase it here. As soon as I saw this little sock-monkey appear on my screen during the time of preview for the Kit of the Month, I fell in love with him! Trust me, if I had time, there would be people on my Christmas list getting homemade sock monkeys just so I could make a gift tag out of this little guy :o) What I did though was something still along the line of socks, in that I altered a clear little paint tin ready to hold some new warm, fuzzy socks! It will be the packaging for my gift at our Ladies Auxiliary Christmas swap. You know - you always get invited to these parties where you are to take a x dollar amount gift. Sometimes it is so hard to find something, but I know the little fuzzy socks will meet the price and put a smile on someones face!
Head on over to Christian Paper Crafts and see what all is being created with Unity this month. You can also find us in the SplitCoastStampers gallery keyword CPCUnityNov09. Have a wonderful day!
God Bless You,

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wednesday Meanderings....

Over on Facebook I've been taking part in a challenge to post something you are thankful for everyday and the more creative the better! Although I am sure everyone knows - I wanted to share one of the reasons I am most thankful!

Meet Abby. This is my little one that I am so thankful to God for! She truly is the most wonderous gift that He has blessed us with and I feel so proud and honored to be her mommy!
God Bless You,

Monday, November 16, 2009


And the winner of the Simple Blessings stamp set from my blog on the Unity and CPC hop is....Grace with this reply:
Hi Mary! What a lovely blog! I'm so glad to have found it! Love your projects for the FOF hop and this one! Love the Unity Stamps and most especially this set! So often we get swallowed up in Christmas... which is wonderful but it's important not to lose Thanksgiving.... a special time to thank God for all His many blessings! TFS! God bless!
November 14, 2009 2:05 PM

Grace, thanks for stopping by and thanks to for selecting you as a winner!
Now go to CPC, use the contact me button, and let Cindy know your name, address, and what blog you won from :o)

Have a Blessed Monday,

Friday, November 13, 2009

SNR A Faith Perspective Hop

For the Unity hop, please scroll down to the next posting!
Hello! I am so glad that you have found me on the hop!
Welcome to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine's A Faith Perspective Thankful for Friends Faith Blog Hop. Today, we're out in force on the internet -- showing our faith and giving the glory to God. United, we stand as Christian paper crafters and blog owners to make a presence on the internet for all to see. We're celebrating the theme of friends and we're happy to share our projects with you based on the verse:
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. " Ecc4:9-10a
If you're just joining in on the fun, you can find the start of the train here:
First, we would like to take a moment to thank our generous co-sponsors: Layers of Color Stamps, Gina K Designs Stamps and Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Together with Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, these companies have donated some wonderful prizes for today's blog hop.
Prizes? Oh, yeah! There will be three lucky grand prize winners for today's event.
To enter, simply hop to the blogs of all of the participating staff members of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, take note of the staff member's name, and leave a comment on their posts. Then send us an email at listing each of the staff members who participated in today's hop. It's that easy. All entries must be received by Monday, November 16, 2009 at 12 noon, EST and three winners will be randomly chosen to win.
What are the prizes?
One $100 gift certificate from Layers of Color Stamps AND a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.
One basket of goodies -- four stamp sets from Gina K Designs and a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.
One set of digital stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and a 3 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.
In addition, every participating staff member of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine will offer a free one-month subscription to the magazine to one of their lucky visitors by simply leaving a comment on their blog. That's a lot of chances to win, so let's get to the Hop!

Keeping with the theme for the Christian Paper Crafts blog hop, I decided to use a stamp from the Unity Kit of the Month! As you can see, I decided to use the verse for the sentiment inside my card! This card also follows this weeks sketch over at 2Sketches4You, as well as being the verse for Scripture Saturday here at my blog and over at Christian Paper Crafts! I hope you like it. Later on in the hop, you will come to my Picked With Love devotional blog where you will see another card made with this same stamp set!
The next stop on this blog hop is: 40. Kim Schofild
I hope you are enjoying your weekend. With two of the most awesome blog hops going on, how could you not :o) Don't forget to scroll on down for the Christian Paper Crafts and Unity hop!
God Bless You,

Hopping Along with Unity & CPC {Blog Hop}

Hello everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderfully blessed Friday the 13th! No superstition here, could it be a bad day when you are playing along with Unity and Christian Paper Crafts? This month Unity Stamps is our awesome sponsor over at Christian Paper Crafts and I am so delighted that you are joining us on our very first blog hop!
The sets I have to show off to you today are Simple Blessings and Build a Turkey. I hope you enjoy!
Please remember to check back here at my blog (as well as the rest of the design team), over at SCS on the Unity Board, and of course at Christian Paper Crafts throughout the month for many, many more ideas with these wonderful sets!

This card was made with various "scraps" of paper I had lying around, and of course the Simple Blessings stamp set! This is quickly becoming of my favorite stamps sets ever! I love the pumpkins and let me tell you, the size will NOT disappoint you! Well worth the price! I loved adding the little buttons in along with the pearls. I reminded my husband it is because Jesus Loves Me just the way I am - unique!
This project used the wonderful Build a Turkey Stamp set and it was so much fun to create! What is it? - You might be asking... Well, it is none other than a conversation starter box for Thanksgiving! On each of the little "Turkey feathers" inside, there is a conversation starter question on the back, such as "Do you read the Bible?" or "Name 5 songs you know the lyrics to?" This could easily be a project that you include the younger members of the family in making and everyone gets to enjoy it! Another idea would be to make a "Blessing Box" for everyone to write what they are thankful for down, place inside, and look at it the next year!
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Now for the prizes - There are 6 of us participating in the blog hop, so that equals 6 chances to win! There is one catch - each blog must have a minimum of 10 posts before it is eligible to hand out a prize. Christian Paper Crafts and Unity DT members are not eligible to win and our posts do not count toward the original 10 needed to give a prize! And what might those prizes be, why of course, it is a stamp set from Unity! The comments will close at midnight on Sunday and the winners will be announced on Monday morning on the individual blogs!
A very special thank you to Unity Stamp Company and of course to you for stopping by! You have made my day! If you have come to me from Cindy's page, then it is time to hop on over to Natalie at Delightful Details. If not, please click over to Cindy's page and check out her wonderful creations!
Here is the official hop order:
6. Jenny Charboneau, Designs by Boo (Miss Boo - Our guest DT member for this month!!)

God Bless You,

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Nope... I didn't disappear!

Just been a little busy with work and life... I'm back now though :o)
Printing on the 12x12 paper! Shortly after the big digi scrapping wave hit, my hubby bought me a Canon printer for some holiday that I can't remember now and told me that if I really got into it, we would sell this one and get the more pricey version. I am sure glad he did not buy that other one to begin with. I have had this printer for YEARS now and have only used it about 5 times 0 if that... So, the other day when I was looking for lettering for this page and nothing on the Cricut was jumping out at me, I decided to start it up and giv it a try :o) I liked how it turned out, but decided to add some stickles around the lettering to really make it P-O-P!
Thanks for stopping by!

God Bless You,

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Gift Giving Made(a little) Easy (ier)!

Welcome everyone! Today I wanted to share with you how this wonderful paper by 3M has allowed me to stay on top of gift giving. If you are like me, I always want to give a gift, and would prefer it be homemade, but often do not have the time and at the last minute end up going to purchase something store bought and overpriced! I decided to make up some altered journals in my spare time in the craft room to have on hand for gifting. Once an occasion arises, I simply dash to the cricut and cut out a monogram with my 3M Post It paper, peel and stick! Instantly ready for gifting. Seriously - no having to wait for glue to dry, worrying about making a mess, etc!
I love it and hope you do to!
God Bless You!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

3M Post It Paper!!

Good Thursday morning! I have had the wonderful experience of being on the Christian Paper Crafts Design Team and just got to work with my first vendor product. I have to say, this paper is AWESOME and I am sure paper crafters of all sorts are going to fall in love.
Normally, I am a scrapbook kind of girl. Give me a product and I'll give you back a page, but today I wanted to spice things up a bit! Using the 3M Post It crafting papers, I creating letters on the cricut using the Storybook cartridge for the front of my mommy's choir book at church. You can see the project in the Christian Paper Crafts gallery by clicking here, or the description over on Christian Paper Crafts by clicking here.

Have a wonderfully blessed day and remember that God Loves You!
God Bless You,

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Stitching Away...

Let me tell you - I have been a sewing machine lately! I love working on Abby's quilt for Christmas and since my sewing machine is sitting on the island (thanks for not saying anything about that sweetie) - I decided to give sewing on scrapbook paper another whirl! I am loving the feel that it gives and it really is so much fun!!
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Friday, October 16, 2009


I adore my daddy! I always have. I feel so blessed when I am able to see my little Abby with my dad and witness the special relationship she has with her "Pap". Don't get me wrong, she loves her "Mam" better than Mac&Cheese (her favorite meal), but there is something about "Pap" and when she says his name he melts... He always has and I suppose always will!
This page is made with all My Mind's Eye Papers, except the Papertrey Ink Kraft cardstock. The flowers are made from both the Cricut and Unity Stamps September 2009 Kit of the Month! Inks are Close to my heart. Button, ribbon, making memories journaling spot, and jute also used.
I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed weekend! It will be pretty busy for us, Saturday is my daddy's birthday, as well as the bike ride at the church for Relay for Life and Sunday is Pastor Appreciation Dinner at our church. I wonder if you can guess who has to do some cooking Friday night and Saturday morning!
God Bless You,

Thursday, October 15, 2009

SN&R Faith Blog Hop Info :o)

Happy Thursday morning! There's nothing like a Thursday to get my week going :o) It makes me so happy to know that Friday is just around the corner! I am so excited that our church is doing a bike ride for our Relay for Life team this weekend on Saturday and then Pastor Appreciation dinner on Sunday! Busy, busy, busy! Oh, and I've got some scrapping and crafting to work on this weekend ;)
I am so tickled to show this to you! I made it for the Fun on Friday Challenge at Christian Paper Crafts last week where we were to use Pottery Barn as our inspiration :o)! I found a precious bedroom in Pottery Barn Kids and knew I had paper to match it right away.

Oh I love this page! It is such a contrast from the Dora page! I was able to go back to my shabby inked edges that I am so much more at home with! The majority of the items used here are Making Memories, with a little lace, and some prima bling thrown in for good measure! Oh, and those lovely letters are K&Co and ever so sparkly and girly in real life!
If you have not already heard about the Faith Blog Hop that is in the planning stages, click here to find out more!God Bless You,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Oh for the love of Dora! Well, I guess I should clarify, Abby has the love of Dora, I have the love for Abby - thus the reason for a road trip to see Dora Live this past Summer! Did she love it - YES! Did I love it - NO! It started with me getting halfway there and having to turn around and drive back to get my debit card (nope, it wasn't a short trip either), hotel mixed our reservations up, and the show was not worth the money (rude people and seating attendants made it that way). Was it worth it - actually yes! Just seeing the smile on her face made it more than worth it!
It was hard to come up with a page from there though - the bright colors of Dora just don't seem to mix with my normal shabby/vintage/country style! But for my little girl - I'd try anything :o)

God Bless You,

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wedded Bliss...

I have to tell you, I really love my husband. I am sure there are many people who say that, and I don't doubt that they really mean it, but I really do love mine! You see, being in school full time, plus working full time, with a 2 year old can get pretty hectic at times. When you add that in with how busy we stay doing things with our church, and I often spend Saturdays trying to make up to Abby being so busy during the get the picture! My hubby is very helpful and always reminds me to take care of myself.
I have been trying to work on our wedding scrapbook recently, little-by-little! I would like to have it done by our anniversary next June...or Christmas 2010 at the rate I am going LOL :o) When people first look at the picture on this page they think it is off center, but we really wanted the cross at the center to symbolize Christ as the center of our marriage! The page was made from items I already had in my huge stash that I am trying to dwindle down!
God Bless You,

Monday, October 12, 2009

Remembering Crop!

Our Relay for Life Crop was so fun and such a success, I find myself still missing it :o( Thankfully, I have been asked to do more, I guess sort of mini-crops in the near future!! Everyone loved the workshop and I hope to keep coming up with more and more! The money is going to such a good cause, and the fellowship is priceless! This is a little clear paint tin that I altered and added the door prize in - Tim Holtz scissors! Now anyone who has tried these knows why they are a real prize! The stamp set used was Unity!
Oh, and if you have not checked out the blog Joy~n~Jesus, what are you waiting for! I am adding a permanent link to her on my sidebar for your future reference! :o)
God Bless You & Happy Monday,

Friday, October 9, 2009


Wow! It seems as if this week has taken forever to crawl by for me... How about you? My wonderful hubby and I have been praying about a big decision, so perhaps that is why it has went so much slower. It is so much easier to give others advice to "pray and listen to God, just do what He wants you to do", then it is to use the advice yourself. Thankfully I know that all things are possible through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13) and have to remind myself that I must decrease for Him to increase (paraphrase of John 3:30). Please keep us in your prayers.
Moving on to a little craftiness in the world :o) Nothing takes your mind off of "other" stuff and helps me to relax than being surrounded by my paper! It's my me time, well, my Me & God time, really!
On to explain the photo at the top! I apologize in advance that these are not great photos - I took them (too) early this morning! You see, my laundry room is...well... it's just not right! I mean - the size of it is odd, the layout is odd, and it also doubles as my pantry... Trust me - weird! It is the only room in the house with paneling, too! I know - weird! I never could bring myself to spend money to decorate in there because - I just plain don't like the room... So, I found some frog material at Wal-Mart and decided I would make frog curtains since they would be relatively cheap. The collection began and now, there are frogs sitting on the hot water heater, etc... And you wanna know something else - I don't like frogs in real life!!
When I saw these little white frames, I knew I had to do F (fully) R (rely) O (on) G (God) with them for my laundry room!
Fun on Friday over at Christian Paper Crafts today is to use an animal in your project! I hope this fits the bill! Come play along - there are no time limits, just have fun and glorify the Lord!
I made this little number for a Housewarming Shower. If you look closely, you will see that the verse is none other than the Fruits of the Spirit from Galatians! How appropriate since I used the lovely fruit stamps from PaperTrey Ink. The paper is a bit from the BoBunny Recipe collection, and the label shape was done with my nestabilities and cuttlebug! The ribbon, jute, and lace are all items I already had in my stash! I hope that you enjoyed looking and perhaps even take some inspiration to do your own handmade gifts.I have a new thread started over at Christian Paper Crafts titled Cheap-O's Gather Here!!! If you click on the title, it will take you right to the link. It's my hope that this thread will become a resource for homemade/handmade gift ideas for those budgeting for Christmas, but still wanting to share in the joy of giving. Please stop by and leave some ideas. If you have not registered, it is all free and fun fun fun!!

God Bless You,

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Something Sweet for Saturday

Hey everyone!! Today is World Card Making Day and what goes better with cards and scrapbooking than a sweet treat to eat? Oh, I guess a friend! So why not have all of the above! If you have a friend to scrap/make cards with, call them up and invite them over!! Or better yet, Hylton Freewill Baptist Church in Kentucky is having an ALL day Crop 4 a Cure to benefit their Relay for Life team! Cost is only $10.00 per person to scrapbook all day, $10.00 per person for workshops, or $15.00 for both!! Bring your scrapbook stuff and come on over for FUN, FOOD, and oh yeah, there will be PRIZES!

P.S. - Scripture Saturday will be posted this evening or as a Sunday morning post! God Bless You!
God Bless You,

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sketch Tuesday of my GAP girl!

Good Tuesday morning! I am so glad that you stopped in on this nice crisp Fall day! Today I am enjoying the weather - not too hot, not too cold, because all too soon it will be on the too cold side for me!

My page today follows Alisa's sketch ST25 over at Christian Paper Crafts. I just flipped it around a bit and added a little spot down in the corner. The stamped image is from Unity and the papers are all My Mind's Eye from the Laundry Line. Embellishes include flower, brad, button, and jute. And the picture - that picture of Abby is in the GAP Casting Call. To vote for Abby, click here. You can vote one time per day!

God Bless You,

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sweet Saturday!

Happy Saturday everyone! I can't believe it is the end of September already, can you? It has rained all day here, so my pictures had to be taken inside...ugh - I love outside and natural light so much better for photographing my goodies!
I was so happy to be able to have the time to play along with the 2Sketches4You sketch today! It seems like forever since I have been able to fit it in! However, with school comes even more responsibilities. Oh, and so tooting God's horn because He is the one that led me through it - received an "A" in the last nursing class :) Without further adue - Valentine in September!

(Clear card, My Mind's Eye dp, CTMH ink, PTI Heart Prints stamp, cuttlebug hearts embossing folder)
This next card is for 2 challenges! The SSS25 over at the Sweet Spot is where the wonderfully fun sketch came from and SSC5 or Stampin Sister's in Christ is where the theme for season (I chose Fall of course) is from! I was about to sit this week out over at SSIC, but I have participated every week so far, it seemed a shame to not play along this week!
(BoBunny dp, Unity stamps, copics, CTMH ink, buttons, jute, stickles)
Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed new week!

God Bless You,

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Scripture Saturday

Hello again! Today is Scripture Saturday over at Christian Paper Crafts! I hope that you will consider playing along. If you do, please upload to our gallery with SS009 or to the gallery of your choice with CPCSS009!
Today's Scripture comes from 1 Peter chapter 4 verse 10. It is a verse that has become very dear to me as I have grown closer to God. Through prayer and time with Him, I have come to understand that scrapbooking and paper-crafting is what I am to use as my tool, "gift" for Him. To God be the glory! As this has become more apparent to me, there have been doors open up, that I know only He could open, and I know there will be many more to come. We all don't receive the same gift (thankfully, how boring would that be)... However, once you discover what your gift is, remember your maker who gave it to you, and use it to bring glory and honor to His name!!
And, here is my page!
God Bless You,

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fun Fall Friday

Hey all you Kentucky fans out there – Kevin Skinner won America’s Got Talent and we couldn’t be prouder of him! Woo Hoo! God Bless You Kevin!
I have had a lot of connectivity issues over the past couple of days and hope they are getting sorted out slowly but surely. This has led to my blog being somewhat neglected. Unfortunately, I have not been able to upload to my gallery over at Christian Paper Crafts either – bummer! Come Saturday night though, MAJOR uploading if everything goes as planned!
This little card is a super fun fall card made for Stampin Sister’s in Christ! Their challenge this week was a sketch – one of my all time favorite kinds of challenges! As a little FYI: you may notice that most of my cards do not have scripture on the front, it is usually because the verse inside is almost always a Bible verse. The stamps are all Papertrey Ink and the cardstock is also PTI. The ink is PTI and CTMH. I am not sure of the manufacturer on the little pumpkin paper, but it was too cute not to use! Jute and a little ribbon finished up this cute number and has it ready to be sent!!
And let me tell you, I have been busy as a little bee working on preparations for Crop 4 a Cure! Don't forget that it is going to be October 3rd from 9:00 to 9:00 at HFWB church - please email me for more details!!!

God Bless You,

Friday, September 11, 2009


The first thing I would like to do today is ask everyone to remember the HEROS of September 11th, those who were lost that day and those who are still fighting for our freedom. May God Bless.

Today's project is a replacement for Sunday's post which did not end up happening. Keeping with the theme of Sunday school Teachers Appreciation, and since the challenge over at Stampin Sisters in Christ is to thank teachers....

I give you framed art and a card! Now in the framed art you will see small writing, it really isn't that small in real life, but it is the Beatitudes. I think this would look great in a Sunday School room that uses bright colors, as all the papers are from Cosmo Cricket Early Bird, except the cardstock which is from Papertrey Ink.

The card is made from scraps left over after the framed art was made! Although I had originally intended this for my Sunday School room, I have decided to place it in a pile for when our Sunday School rooms at church are redecorated! I will let someone else have it for their class since the colors are not what I picked out for my paint :o) And with a 2Sketches4You challenge as the layout of the card - why not add it on there too!

And since it is Friday - how about an extra card for good measure! The sketch from this one comes from the wonderful Card Positioning Systems Blog! And you know what else? It is the first time I have used my sewing machine on a card!!!! I love the result, even for a first attempt!

Have a wonderful weekend and God Bless You. Don't forget to stop back by tomorrow for Scripture Saturday and CASE artist Saturday! You also don't want to miss the last of the prizes going on at Christian Paper Crafts all this week!!

God Bless You,