You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you. Psalm 128:2

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Something Old, Something New


Hi everyone!

Wanted to share a few cards I made with a card kit that I've had for almost 10 yrs!  That's pretty bad.  How many remember the direct sales company, MemoryWorks?  I loved that company because it sold scrapbook supplies from all the major companies.  The papers, embellishments and ephemera would all be there together so it was super easy to coordinate everything!  Not to mention, as a consultant, you got products for 20% off...including the great sales!!  Good times....anyway....



My first card was made with the card base, flowers, and sticker from the old kit. The bling is from CTMH.   The new purchases are the patterned paper from DCWV Watercolorist and the glitter tape is from Design Your Life.



I love this tag!  Would you believe the only thing new is the CTMH Bitty Sparkles!  Everything else was in the kit...except the dragonfly stickers which are from another very old stash. 😀  Oh, and the pen used to make the dragonfly trail and the chalk used to color the bird.  Ok, I think I'm done with the new stuff now!


My last card was super easy.  The card base and buttons are from the kit.  The baker's twine is from an old CTMH stash.  The new item is the sentiment from Fun Stampers Journey.

So there you have it.  Something old and something new.  And isn't it great how they work together so nicely!

Til next time...keep scrappn' (and crafting!) and stay blessed!
Debra

Sunday, June 4, 2017

June Stamp of the Month



Adorable Hello Foxy June SOTM!  Get it during the month of June for only $5 with a $50 or more purchase!
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Congrats, Grad!


Happy Memorial Day!  Our county schools had their graduations over the weekend.  This is a card I made for one of my friend's daughter!  The school colors are red, white and blue.  I used Paperwishes paper, CTMH glitter tape, CTMH white enamel gems and Copic markers to color. I was tickled to find this Penny Black Grad! stamp set!  It was perfect for this card!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

National Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully

Trust me when I tell you...this picture DOES NOT do this paper pack justice!!  It is one of the prettiest packs CTMH has designed in some time, in my humble opinion!  Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with this beautiful paper!

May 2017 SOTM

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LIVE, LOVE LAUGH May 2017 Stamp of the Month is perfect for the true colorist among us!!  Sweet little flowers drawn in each letter gives the crafter a ton of possibilities for coloring and coordinating the stamp set with other paper products!  Check out the following layout...


...And with a qualifying purchase of $50 or more, you can get this adorable stamp set for $5!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Mother's Day Card


Hi all!  It's been a while since I've been online.  My sewing "business" has taken wings and has left little time for crafting.  However, with Mother's Day right around the corner, I wanted to see if I could come up with a card that would make my Stepmom proud!

I am really getting into Heartfelt Creations paper packs!  The illustrations are lovely and you can do as little or as much as you want to the card and it will come out beautiful every time!  The paper pack I used is Classic Rose and the stamp set is Blushing Rose.  I colored with colored pencils, outlining the petal with a pink gel pen.  I used Paperwishes die-cut frames and Dazzles.

I've got time to try and make another one but really like the way this turned out.  Have a blessed day!


Monday, February 27, 2017

Hat Lady Birthday Card


I was looking through my stash to find the right elements to put together for my stepmom's birthday card.  She loves to wear hats to church on Sundays and thankfully, I remembered a set of hat lady Dazzles I got...years ago, of course!  The next thing was looking for the right paper and I had totally forgotten about the beautiful floral pattern paper I got ages ago from www.paperwishes.com!  I think this has to be one of the reasons I love papercrafting so much.  The product really never gets to old to use!lol

Friday, February 24, 2017

February SCT365 Challenge


Hi everyone!  Well, I finally got my layout finished for the SCT365 February Challenge.  I've had this particular paper pack from Karelyn Siegler for at least 3 years.  I didn't have time to look for multiple pictures so I was thrilled to find this picture of me and my girls in a stack of photos.  And I wanted to tweak the sketch (which is a double page layout) to just a single page and with one photo instead of three...or was it four?  At any rate, I love the outcome!  Now, it I get a little bit more me time this weekend, I may get a card done as well!  Wish me luck!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

11 Reasons Your Children Will Want to Have Baby Books

11 Reasons Your Children Will Want to Have Baby Books

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In a day and age that makes taking and printing photos so easy, you would think that more and more parents would preserve these photos in books and scrapbooks. However, it seems that most photos nowadays don’t leave our computers or social media accounts—and at times, even our cameras!
The art of printing our family photos, writing down our stories, and placing them all together in the safe arms of an album seems to be a dying art—and it’s something that our kids are going to miss someday. When they want to see what they were like as babies and toddlers, the years they will remember very least, they will have nowhere to turn.
Here are 11 reasons why your children will want to have baby books:

1. They will know where to find photos of their childhood.

You may know where your favorite pictures of your babies are on your computer or on Facebook, but in 10 years will your kids know where to look? Not so much, unless they can grab their baby album off of the bookshelf.

2. A baby book is tangible evidence of your love.

When your kids go through the emotional highs and lows of the teenage years, the baby books you made for them will remind them—and you—that, despite what it might seem like at times, you love them with all your heart. 🙂
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3. Your toddlers will love to look through their baby books.

Though you may think your kids won’t value their baby books until they are older, chances are they will actually love them as toddlers. Toddlers love to see pictures of themselves as babies; it’s part of a phase where they begin to discover their own identity. Also, baby books make some of the best bedtime stories!

4. They will love to look at their baby pictures when they have their own kids someday.

When your kids start to have kids of their own, it will be so much fun for them to look through their baby books and see how their traits and mannerisms were passed down to their own kids.
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5. They will want to look through their siblings’ baby books.

Nothing bonds siblings together quite like looking through each other’s baby books. They will laugh at silly pictures of each other. And even though they may not have memories of their siblings because of age differences, they will get to see those memories through your eyes.

6. They will love to show relatives who come to visit their baby books.

Your in-laws or grandparents might live far away, but you can help them feel more connected to your children by showing them the baby books you’ve been working on when they are in town visiting—and once your kids are old enough, they will love to be the ones to pull out their baby books and talk your visitors through each page. 🙂
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7. Life goes by lightning fast, and baby books make it easy to stroll down memory lane anytime they want.

Childhood flies by, so your kids will want to revisit their old memories. And if you’re a young mom, just trust us. You will want to revisit those baby pictures over and over again. Especially once puberty hits. 😉

8. You will forget the stories, even if you preserve the photos.

Though you may save all your photos in one way or another, the stories that go along with those photos will be lost unless you document them in a book. And moments from those sweet baby years are moments both you and your children will want to remember forever, even the small ones.
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9. They will love to see your perspective.

You may think baby books are all about your babies, but they’re also a time capsule of you as a mom. As your babies grow into parents themselves, they will love to look back on your perspective as a new mother. Even seeing your handwriting will bring back good memories.

10. They will cherish their baby books more and more with time.

A baby book is something that increases in value with age. Just imagine how much that book will mean to your kids when they have grandkids and great grandkids! It’ll be a family treasure!
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11. They will turn to their baby books in difficult times.

When life gets your kids down, they will turn to their baby books for comfort, to reminisce about the good old days, and to gain some perspective (though you may not see them doing this as teenagers because that would be so embarrassing! 🙂 )
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Friday, February 10, 2017

True Crafters!

Good morning!  If you are a True Crafter, you are going to LOVE this week's blog post from Close To My Heart!


19 Signs You’re a True Crafter

1. You don’t particularly like to tell your husband how much you spend on crafting supplies.

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2. You always keep the door to your crafting room shut because . . .

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3. You believe embellishments are a girl’s best friend.

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4. You subscribe to crafting and homemaking magazines . . . and may even scrapbook your favorite magazine pages.

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5. You believe there’s no such thing as too much glitter. Because it’s the truth.

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6. At any given time, you’re working on 10+ projects simultaneously, but you WILL finish them all…one day.

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7. When someone asks, “Where did you get that?” and you get to say, “I made it,” it’s basically the best.

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8. You don’t throw away ANY scrap paper. Honestly, who would do that?

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9. Your heart melts when you stumble across family members randomly looking through your scrapbooks.

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10. You lose track of time (and reality) when you’re crafting.

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11. You don’t understand anyone who thinks that storing their photos on their computer or on social media is “good enough.”

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12. Martha is your Queen Bee.

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13. Trying to clean your crafting room is basically impossible.

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14. You frequently see things at the store and think, “Sheesh, I could make that myself for half the price!”

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15. If you spot something cute for a project “you might one day do,” your willpower goes right out the door.

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16. Using your favorite crafting materials to create a gift for a friend is like giving them a little piece of your soul.

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17. The problem is always the size of your crafting room, never the size of your stash. ALWAYS.

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18. And speaking of your stash…no one needs to know just how much stuff you have.

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19. You will make all the things forever and ever.

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