Before I left for vacation, I was working on some cards to send the High Hopes Divas. I am just so grateful to be a High Hopes Guest Diva!! My time was supposed to end Dec 31st, but since I didn't receive my stamps until a month into my guest divaship, they extended my time until the end of January!! Yippie!!
Anyway, I wasn't able to finish the cards before I left so I took them with me and finished them at my MIL's house in Tennessee. I wasn't able to upload the pictures while I was gone, so here it is (I made all the cards the same way except the ribbon)...
It was a very overcast day, so I've had to edit the photo a little to get accurate colors, but it's more vibrant in real life. I used Real Red for the card base and randomly stamped it with a snowflake from a retired SU set, the small Santa Hat, and Medium and Small Candycanes from High Hopes (I can find the small candy canes on the website right now). I used Riding Hood Red ink direct to paper to get a distressed look on the edges (sponging wasn't showing up well enough). Both pieces of DP are from a My Mind's Eye paper pack. The green layer was punched with my fiscars Threading Water border punch. And the stripped ribbon is Riding Hood Red/Very Vanilla stripped ribbon from Stampin' Up (some of the cards had a white ribbon with eyelets on the end...shown in this project...but I ran out so I had to use what I had available).
I embossed Ronda Stamping Angel in black onto a piece of Whisper White CS that was die cut with the SU Top Note die (I cut along the stiched lines and distressed the edges), then I matted it onto another Top Note die with Wild Wasabi CS that I had left over before it retired. I watercolored Ronda using Twinkling H2Os (the green is more vibrant in real life using 3 different shades). I stamped the small Santa Hat onto scrap CS, watercolored it with H2Os, added Fun Flock, cut it out, then added it to Ronda to make her a Christmas Card Stamping Angel (as we all were this season, right?). I added stickles to her wings and the snowflake prima.
I know at least 1 of the HH Diva's has received her cards (I made 14 of them, but didn't get them in the mail until the monday before Christmas). Hopefully they will get them soon!! But they are going all over the world! Did you know that there are 3 Diva's in Canada (along with High Hopes the company), 1 in England, 1 in Australia, 1 in Malaysia (speaking of which, Ying sent me a card that I will try to post tomorrow), 1 in Sweeden, and another in the Neatherlands!!! Not to mention the wonderful American ladies!! Whew!
Anyway, I hope you aren't done seeing Christmas cards! I actually have some HH stamps that didn't get inked up yet! I am thinking of just making some cards with the new stamps using some left over Christmas paper...that way I will be ahead of schedule for next year! Do you think I can do it?!
Well, since I couldn't make a Christmas card for all of you....this card is for you, too!! Merry Stamping...and have a safe and Happy New Year!!!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I pray that you were blessed with family and the joy of the season.
We made it home safe earlier this evening and are just trying to settle back in from being gone for 10 days. We have so many new toys to unpack, go grocery shopping, do lots of laundry, and try to get back to a normal sleeping routine!! Oh, to sleep in our own beds tonight!! LOL
We had a wonderful trip and I will tell you about it later. In the mean time, I just wanted to check in real quick to say that I edited the Happy Birthday Jesus post to add some close up shots.
I hope to have a few minutes to craft tomorrow! I am going through withdrawals!!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We are heading back home today so pray that we have a safe trip.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I hosted the "Child Swap" craft night with my Bible Study. For a few weeks, one couple would watch all the kids, do a fun craft, then watch a Christmas show while the other couples had some time away to finish Christmas shopping, go out to dinner, or just have some quiet time. On the night I had the kids, we made the picture plaques below...
I pre-painted small wood plaques with a tan acrylic paint. I let the kids help die-cut the brown mat for the photo using the SU Top Note sizzix die. Then they painted on modge podge all over the wood, then they placed the mat on and added more modge podge, then I helped them center the photo, then they added more modge podge over the pictures.
After it was dry, I helped then add flowers, buttons, and ribbon using a hot glue gun (since the glue is hot, I had then "drop" the flower and buttons in place, and I pushed them down onto the glue).
When everything was finished, I thread the ribbon through the holes that my husband drilled into each plaque.
The craft store didn't have enough of the square frames so my kids used the larger ones. Here is the one that Ansley made...
Here is the one Ryan made (he didn't want any "girly" flowers"...
All of the photos used were wallet sized. These were so easy to make and I love how they turned out. You can make these with any room/color theme or you can make one for different occasions to hang during the holidays like Christmas, Easter, Halloween...or you can make them with different Seasons like Spring (easter picture), summer (beach or water fun), Fall (with leaves) or Winter ( snow picture).
Or you can even make one for birthdays! These would also make great Mother's Day gifts for the grandmothers! or for Grandparent's day! Or you could make a baby theme with a picture of a new baby as a gift....maybe a new big brother or big sister could help make it?!
If you ever decide to make one, I would love to see it!!
This was created with High Hopes Rubber Stamps "Precious Nativity". Isn't this the most adorable nativity scene?
Edited to add close up pictures (you can click on each picture to enlarge them)...
Icovered a chipboard star with some DP, inked up the edges with SU White Craft ink and glitter and waited a little for it to dry. Then I added a vellum star that was run through a crimper then die cut with the SU Sizzix Star die (the pressure from the star die flattened out the crimping, but it left cool lines). I added some hemp twine and a beautiful ribbon I got throughTaylored Expressions.
And here are both of them together...
Please take a moment today to thank God for the best Christmas gift EVER...the gift of His son Jesus Christ. May God bless you and keep you and your family safe this year. And may God's love fill you with the Hope the Christ our Lord!
Happy Birthday, Jesus!
PS I didn't get a chance to upload the closer pictures of this page before we went out of town and I don't have them on this computer. When I get back, I will edit this post to include closer views. However, there are details on the supplies used on the link to the first layout listed above.
Crissy Armstong sent me this awesome Christmas card! It is the one she used for Ila's Sketch for the High Hopes Blog Challenge a few weeks ago.
Isn't her coloring awesome?! Here's a closer look...
I hope you are getting ready for the "Big Guy" to stop by!! I think he's going to hit our house last, then hang out by the beach the next morning. I am sure the weather will be awesome! It's supposed to be in the upper 70's here in Jacksonville, FL...much warmer than the North Pole.
Ansley's teacher's name is Mrs. Scheff (pronounced Chef) so what better image for her Christmas card than Willow with Cookies from Wiff of Joy?!
I am so behind on Christmas gifts and we are leaving to go out of town for the Christmas so I have to get everything done early. So, I tried something new...
I embossed Melinda in Silver onto Kiwi kiss CS and added white highlights. It's really hard to photograph so I tried taking it from the side. I made this card late at night and gave it to my daugther to take into school early in the morning before the sun was fully up. So, I had to take a picture using the flash.
Here's a closer view of the Melinda...
Here's another view...
You can really see the dimension from the silver embossing.
I had to make 2 gift sets for a few teachers so I made this set...
Sorry about the pictures, they are blurry again!! I started taking pictures in natural night, but I've been so busy lately that I have to take the pictures early or really late with no natural light. Oh, but I did figure out something with the way I upload pictures to my posts so you should be able to click on the picture to see a larger view!!
Anyway, the sets had 10 cards with the same design; 5 cards had the black brads in the bottom left and the other 5 cards had black buttons...
To hold the cards, I made this box...
I used my tutorial here. Then it occurred to me that some of you may be new to my blog and haven't seen this tutorial yet. And I bet there are a ton of you that still need some ideas for last minute gift ideas. So, here are links to some box or gift sets that I have used before...
I just love getting cards from Crissy. Each one is a piece of art. This was stamped, but she's the one who illustrated this stamp. So when you see her coloring along with her art work (and all of the artistic embellishments)...it is just amazing!!
I haven't been able to take pictures of the project I mentioned that we made at my Stamp Club last week yet. But I do have a picture of something I showed the girls at stamp club last month...
I used the layout from my Christmas cards here, and turned it on it's side to hold a wallet-size picture of my kids with Santa (taken at the mall one day)...
Basically I made a "card front" and backed it with some chip board...
Did you know Stampin' Up sells strips of chip board that is perfect for die cutting? They call it On board Long board Well, I cut a piece down to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" and used the left over as a stand (attached with sticky strip).
This would make a great gift for Grandparents.
I have a TON of things I need to do by the end of the week and I will be on vacation for Christmas (going to Tennessee then to Georgia). So, my posts will be every few days over the Holidays.
Oh...it's been a BUSY week!! I had something to do EVERY night this week from Christmas Concerts at School, Christmas parties for friends, school (staff), and my Bible Study...plus gymnastics, the kid's craft, and stamp club!! I am wiped out and I'm not done yet!! I am sorry I haven't posted as much, but that is why!
I was finally able to make a new card yesterday, but wasn't able to take a picture and post it until this morning. I ended up using the SCS Color Challenge CC196 (Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, and Taken with Teal) although that is not what I started with! I colored this image to go with Basic Grey's Figgy Pudding DP, but when it was done, the image was too large so the paper was covered up too much. I started putting things together and ended up with Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red and that's when I remembered the color challenge so I added some Taken with Teal.
I used Crystal Snowlady from High Hopes Rubber Stamps for the image. I did something a little different this time...I embossed the image in silver instead of black...I thought it made her a little more "Crystal"! I watercolored her with Twinkling H2Os and sponged a little soft sky and kiwi kiss in the background (it shows up better in real life), inked up the edges with Chocolate Chip and distressed the edges. Then I added some Martha Stewart "Mica Flake Glitter" to create snow. That's the only snow we get in Florida!!
I used Baja Breeze for the 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" card base and stamped some snowflakes from SU In the Spotlight (retired hostess set from a few catalogs ago) in the background using Baja Breeze, then I inked up the edges with Baja to add a little depth. I added a strip of "Taken With Teal" CS punched with Fiscars "Threading Water" border punch and added some Riding Hood Red/Very Vanilla Stripped Ribbon from SU. I punched out a snowflake using SU Snow Blossom Punch, added stickles, a Making Memories pewter brad, and a red prima.
Here is a close up of Crystal...
Of course, Ansley saw my card this morning and wanted to make one, too. She basically did everything herself except the scalloped border and adding the ribbon. She wasn't strong enough to punch the scallop herself and couldn't get the adhesive on the ribbon. But besides that, it's all her (Oh, I made the prima... I was going to put 2 on my card, but decided it was too busy so I left it on my desk and gave it to Ansley this morning for her card)...
Ansley's card is a standard A2 size.I think Ansley is going to give this card to Nana and Papa (Scott's parents) since we are hoping to see some snow for Christmas when we visit them in Tennessee.
Oh, check out this cake Jo made using HH Wee Three Kings (which happens to be my blog banner)!! What a wonderful idea!!
I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday Season. Thanks for stopping by!
First off my stress test went well. Thank you all for your comments and private emails. I appreciate your prayers and thoughts. I ended up having to wear a halter monitor for 24 hours so they could get a longer EKG reading of my "normal" activity. Let me tell you...they will get a "normal" everyday reading!! It was my turn to watch our Bible Study group childcare (we are swapping out childcare each tuesday for a month...one couple watches all the kids while the other couples finish Christmas shopping or does something without the kids..the childcare couple provides dinner and a craft). So, I had 8 kids here...Ansley was the oldest...so I had two 6 year olds, four 4 year olds, a 2 year old and a 14 month old. I will have to post one of our projects later...but needless to say...it was a little stressful..my original design didn't work so I had to adjust after 4 kids already started. So the EKG will be a normal reading for me because that was kind of like a day at the preschool! Then today I had the joy of running around the mall trying to find a dress for Ansley's Christmas Concert at her school on thursday night...can't find any 'all-black' dress in her size...again, normal for me to run around doing errands.
Anyway, I turned in the monitor and they will review my tests and send them to my doctor. So, I don't anticipate hearing anything for a few weeks.
Now, onto a project....Monday was stamp club and the group wanted to make some wall hanging type of thing. I gave them a few options and this is one that 3 of the ladies made...
This is an 8 x 10 picture frame (they had to provide the frame with the glass removed). Everyone's picture was different depending on what paper they wanted to use. My sample uses "Parisian Summer" DP from Stampin' Up. I embossed "Inspired by Nature" in white 3 times on the inside layer (which measured 8" x 5 3/4"). Then I took a sponge and inked up around the edges of the flowers with More Mustard ink. I added some Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon around the edges (I sewed mine on with a zig zag stitch...the hostess is a quilter so she sewed hers and someone elses with a blanket sitch). We attached it the larger DP and added some embellishments. We backed it with some Craft-a-Board to make it sturdy.
This one is for a Christmas gift...but I can't say for who since they may be lurking on my blog!! :-)
Someone else made a child's nameplate like this one but using some jungle animals from HH. And someone else made a Christmas themed one to hold a picture. I will post a similar one later in the week.
I have to run, I need to take a shower now that the monitor is off!!
I think I mentioned before that a few weeks ago I woke up with some major chest pain. It was either severe heartburn or a heart attack. I took a pepcid and went to the preschool to work. I felt a little dizzy during the day and the pain had only subsided. So, after school I went to a walk-in clinic. I honestly didn't think it was a heart attack (I'm only 37), so I didn't go to the ER. Anyway, after doing an EKG, the doctor didn't think I was in any immediate risk but told me to follow up with my primary care doctor as soon as I could since I have a family history of heart disease and I had a lower than normal heart rate (52 beats per minute). Which was odd because I had been working all morning with 16 3 year olds and had my 4 year old son climbing all over the waiting room at the clinic...kind of odd to be so "at rest".
I went to my doctor later that week. She also wasn't too concerned, but this day, I had a slightly high blood pressure (I have never had an abnormal blood pressure reading in my life). She also found out that I had an ear infection which was probably why I was dizzy that day. She sent my info to a cardiologist so I can have a full work up due to my family history.
Tomorrow (tuesday) is my stress test at the cardiologist. So, at 7:20am EST, I will be getting an IV, then I have to work my fat but on a treadmill until I can't handle it anymore!! Then I get to lay down to have pictures taken of the blood flow to my heart for the next 2 hours. Hmm...fun! I'm not so sure about my heart, but I'm not sure my legs can handle the test!! I am NOT a "running" type of person!
I was not allowed to have any caffine today....so I have a MASSIVE headache. Then they want me to exercise until I can't handle it anymore!!??? No wonder why it's called a Stress Test....this is stressing me out just thinking about it!
Anyway, no cards today. I finished up an Elmo order and got ready for my stamp club tonight. Tomorrow I have the stress test and I have my bible study kids coming over to make a craft while their parents get to finish some Christmas shopping. So, maybe by wednesday I will have something to post!
It's time for the last High Hopes Blog Challenge of the year....yes, that's right, the Diva's will be taking a little break for the Holidays, but will pick back up right after the new year.
For this week's challenge, the talented Ying (all the way from Malaysia) gave us the "Flower Power" challenge...use any type of flower, any size, any combination.
I always like to have something to start with for my cards...so I decided to use Amy's Friday Sketch for the layout...
And here's my card...
I embossed Callie Christmas Kitty in black, then watercolored it using Twikling H2Os. I cut out the layers using Classic Rectangle and Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilites (SU Tempting Torquoise). The card base is 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 using Riding Hood Red (Stampin' Up). The DP is "Daisy D's" Sugarplum Dots and Stripes and I sewed a zig zag stich around the edges. The Sentiment was stamped and cut out with a Nestability tag die.
I also wanted to play along with the Splitcoast "Ways to Use it Challenge" WT195...to use an envelope. So, I decided to decorate an envelope to match...
I started with a 5 1/2" Square Envelope from Stampin' Up (I had to reduce my card sizes down to 5 1/4" because I couldn't find an envelope to fit). I stamped the Large Candy Cane an Medium Candy Cane in black then colored it in with my SU Real Red Marker. In inked up the edges with Tempting Torqouise.
Now, here are the cards who participated with the Metal Madness Challenge last week and link to my blog...
Since I was out of town for Thanksgiving and scheduled my challenge post, I forgot to add the blogs who participated in challenge #9 (Ila's Sketch Challenge). It's only one, but here it is a week late...
If you want to play along with this week's challenge, link your card in the comment section and I will list it next week. And don't forget to link to the High Hopes Blog Challenge post to be eligable for the drawing for stamp giveaway! And if you post it to SCS, make sure to use keyword HHC11.
I've been sooo busy this week. In addition to working at the preschool, I have been working on a project FOR the school. I have mentioned before that I make scrapbook pages of the school events to hang on the PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship) board in the hallway. Here are a few pages I have done and posted from last year for Western Night and Spring Fling.
Well, I didn't have any pictures of the various Christmas Programs they do in each class, so I decided to scrapbook some Nativity stamps instead of students. I am only going to show the left side of the 2-page layout today....you will get to see the other side of the layout on Christmas morning.
I used Designer Paper from SU Bella Rose set. I just love the colors in this set (Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, and Pink Pirouette). I sewed some stiching across the green and brown layers and some zig zag stiching in the upper right and bottom left corners. I added some Red/Vanilla Stripped Ribbon from SU and an awesome red and white polka dot ribbon from Taylored Expressions.
This image is Shepherds Awe from High Hopes Rubber Stamps. I embossed the image and watercolored it using SU inks and Twinkling H2Os. To create the sky, I sponged both Baja Blue and Night of Navy and inked up the edges with Chocolate Chip. I added a SU Top Note Bigz Sizzix Die in the brown polka dot SP from the Bella Rose pack to mat the image. I added some assorted primas (with stickles added to the red one), a button, and stamped a swirl around the images in Black Staz-on.
The other image is called Wee Three Kings also from High Hopes. These guys are so cute!!
To embellish the page, I added a huge velvet snowflake...
This actual photograph was taken of the snowflake on the other page...so I guess this is a sneak peek of that design...but it was a better photograph than the other snowflake and I'm too lazy right now to get up and take another picture!!
Anyway, I diecut some deep red velvet card stock that I got at a local store and ran it through my cuttlebug with the SU Snowflake die. To go with the whole "Follow the star" theme of the biblical story of the birth of Jesus, I added a velum star to the snowflake. I ran it through the swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder first. Then through the SU Stars #2 Sizzix die. I added a button with some Linen thread.
I didn't get a good close up picture of the "journalling" in the upper right hand corner, but it reads...
An Angel of the Lord appeared and said
"I bring you good news of great joy...
Today in the town of David
a Savior has been born to you;
he is Christ the Lord...
You will find a baby wrapped in cloths
and lying in a manger". ~Luke 2:9-12
The bible verses were printed on the computer using Vellum Card Stock then cut out with a Nestability Scalloped Rectangle die.
I added a very Vanilla tag stamped with "Merry Christmas" from Holidays and Wishes from SU and die cut with a Nestability tag die. It was attached to the ribbon with some linen thread.
So, that's the first half of the Christmas layout...you will have to wait until Christmas morning for the other half!!! What do you think?
This needs to be a short post. I am heading out the door in a few minutes. So basic info...papers are SU card stock, My Mind's Eye DP, Top Note Bigz Sizzix die for the image mat, embossed image watercolored with SU ink and Twinking H2Os. Sentiment was stamped and cut out with a Spellbinders tag die.
This layout also follows the SCS Sketch Challenge SC204 from last week.
Here's a close up of the image...
I am truly sorry that I have not kept up with posting the Purpose Driven Life study. I have been doing the study, but have not had much blogging time (especially with being out of town for 5 days for Thanksgiving). I am hoping to be able to at least summarize a whole section soon.
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