Sunday, November 13, 2016

Another Thank You - Cards...

Happy Sunday All.
It's fitting that on a day where we gather to praise and Thank the Lord, we would have Thank you Cards on the blog.

These were made using Another Thank You (Retired). Here's the set:

I just used one of the stamps (as you can see). Luckily for me, I have a bin of designer paper (scraps) and so I thought this would be such a great use for some paper I already have.










Here are a couple close-ups. I know the first is SU! Paper, I believe Botanicals. The rest, I have no idea. Anyway... 

Card Recipe:


Images ~  Another Thank You, StampinUp! 
Paper ~ PTI White & Black. DP from scraps.
Embellishments ~ Organza Black Ribbon
Ink ~ Black Archival Ink


Directions ~ I stamped the card front, added DP and ribbon, then placed that onto Black Paper. Easy Peasy.

Thank you all so much for stopping by!
Blessings,
Em

Friday, November 11, 2016

What I Love - THANK YOU Cards!

Hi there,

Happy Friday. Happy Veteran's Day to all who have served!

Today I'm continuing my Thank You Card posts. This is one of my favorite sets. It's called "What I Love" and it's from this past Sale-A-Bration season.  This is a picture of the set:


Here are the cards I made. You can see they are all slightly different, and the 2nd from the right is plain (aka no sparkle). I like it that way. AND there are two different Thank You's I used. More about that in the recipe.





Card Recipe:

Images ~  What I Love (Sale-A-Bration 2016)  StampinUp! The small THANKS sentiment came from a Paper Pumpkin Set. The Larger Thank You is from Watercolor Thank you (Retired)
Paper ~ PTI White & Kraft, SU! Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Real Red, Dapper Denim
Embellishments ~ PTI Rustic Jute Button Twine
Ink ~ Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Real Red, Dapper Denim and Black Archival.  Plus some Spectrum Noir and Wink of Stella Sparkle pens.

Directions ~ I stamped the card front, then placed it on a mat, then placed that onto Kraft paper. Easy Peasy.

I pray you like these cards!

Blessings,
Em

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Bip Bip Birthday Cards...

Happy Thursday!

Recently my middle grandson had a birthday and I just knew he'd LOVE this image, so I went to one of my favorite digital stamp companies and bought him.

Meet Bip Bip, from Mo's Digital Pencil.

Cute, Right?


I love the papers too. The Paper Studio sold a 12x12 paper pack years ago, called A Boy's Universe.  I love this pack.

Card Recipe:

Images ~  Bip Bip Birthday, Mo's Digital Pencil.
Paper ~ PTI White, Kraft and Black. AND DP from The Paper Studio.
Embellishments ~ PTI Rustic Jute Button Twine
Ink ~ Copic Markers, White Gel Pen, Sakura Pen (Sparkle)

Directions ~ I printed the digi stamp onto white card stock. Then, I colored him, decorated, and fanned out paper behind him that coordinated with the robot paper. Placed that on either Kraft or Black paper (as you can see).

I hope you enjoyed this little card. I sent one to my grandson. The other is in my birthday card stash. I always try to make more than one of each card. It's just a good habit (thank you Cheryl K).

Hugs & Blessings,

Em

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Timeless Textures Thank You Cards...

Hi all,

I know - I never post. I know - my blog is neglected... But I'm here, now... And before I get started, I wanted to say - I stink as a salesperson. While I am homeschooling my child, it's just not the right time for me to be a Stampin Up Demonstrator. And so - I've gone back to just PLAYING with and CREATING cards... and people -I'm happy.

So,  I thought I'd share a few Thank You Cards.

What I did this time was cut the card front and stamp/decorate it. I actually was making 12, but I messed one up, so there were only 11. LOL

These are the card fronts:


I will post three blog posts about these... Because three cards in one posts is a lot.

Here are the cards I will be speaking about tonight. I needed some thank you cards. And so, I searched Pinterest, and came across this card


at Stylin Stampin' InkSpiration Blog - HERE!  She used pastels and I decided to go with Neutrals.

Card Recipe:

Images ~  Timeless Textures StampinUp! The THANK YOU sentiment came from a Paper Pumpkin Set.
Paper ~ PTI White & Kraft, SU! Night of Navy
Embellishments ~ PTI Rustic Jute Button Twine
Ink ~ Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand
Directions ~ I stamped the card front, and added the twine, then placed it on a Night of Navy mat, then placed that onto Kraft paper.

I hope you liked this card. I placed the picture with three cards here because on a few I used a light gray. I really had fun with it. No two are just alike.

Blessings all,

Em

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Marian Peg Swap - My Peg Dolls

Happy Wednesday All!

A few months ago, I found a FaceBook page called Catholic Peg Swaps. If you don't know what a Peg Doll is, you really should Google it, or check out Etsy or Pinterest. So much information on how to paint them out there (yes, I will post a couple links).  Here are a few that are sitting on the shelf in our classroom/office/craft room:

Pegs from a swap in 2014. So much fun!
I first came across wooden peg Saints when I was looking for unique First holy Communion gifts for my son. I found them on Etsy at Saint Anne's Studio. They were $26 back then, and now they are $48. For most of us, it's way less expensive to paint them ourselves and because of that - swaps were born.

How do people use them? For me, they sit on my shelf at home. But if I had littles, I'd imagine they would play with them.  One of the ladies in the Catholic Peg Swap group posted this picture. She puts the Saint of the Day in this, and I love this idea - What a great way to learn about and celebrate our beautiful Saints.



Lacy @ Catholic Icing, has created printable skins for creating Saint Peg Dolls - HERE. She has also written a great post titled Playing with Saint Peg Dolls - What to Do, How to Store, and More.
Monica @ Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families has several blog posts about Painting and Playing With Saint Peg Dolls - HERE

Anyway - I am especially devoted to Our Blessed Mother. As many of you know, I did not have a mother in the home for most of my life, and I adore Her because She is My Mother. Thank you Lord! Well, I found a Marian Peg Swap. In this swap, I painted two pegs. Our Lady of Loreto and Our Lady of Rosa Mystica (click on the names to find links about them). Here are my pegs:

Our Lady of Loreto:

Progression
In the above picture, I painted all the pegs a buttermilk yellow color, and the heads a chocolate brown. Then, I created a template from acetate, and cut it out with a cutter blade. I traced this onto each doll. I then drew a line around her and painted on her veil, and the gold accents are a paint pen. This got tricky a couple times and the paint went everywhere, but luckily mostly came off with water and was re-touchable.

My sweet husband painted the crowns gold with spray paint. AND we had to spray seal this doll, then modpodge her because when we used Minwax Poly Sealant, the gold ran EVERYWHERE! I was so thankful we only tried it with a baby Jesus and it that we had extra pegs. Sigh. What a mess.

The below picture is how she turned out (except that I ran out of time and the dolls for the swap have a solid blue veil).



Our Lady Rosa Mystica:

The below collage is the progression of Our Lady Rosa Mystica.  First I painted one doll, and then I used her to paint the others from. You can see the small colorful tools in the lower left picture, those have different size balls on the ends and they are great for detailing these pegs. Essential for the Roses and The Rosary!

Since I mentioned it, I bought mine on eBay, but you can buy a nail painting kit many places. Here is the kit I have: Nail Painting Kit


This is Our lady in her final form:


I had so much fun painting them! I mean, sure I was sick and ended up doing them all in less than a week. But in the end, they are done and I can not wait to receive all 40 (plus baby Jesus) back so that I can add to my Peg Shelf!

I hope you have enjoyed this post.
Please search on YouTube and Google for peg painting and join us at the Catholic Peg Doll Swap page!

Hugs & Blessings,
Emily
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mother's Day Treats...


Hello ladies!
Homeschooling has blessed me with many friends. One of which has her own bakery. Since November, I've been taking decorating classes. Well, I missed the first one, and took my first one before Christmas.

If you live in the DFW-Area, please "like" the Tiny Kitchen Cakery on FaceBook. She is taking the summer off for classes, etc. but has promised to start up in the Fall. Also, her husband is a wounded Vet. Please keep them in your prayers. The Gary Sinise Foundation is righting a wrong for them and they are getting a new home, back out in McKinney (bummer for Ft. Worth).  Lovely people. Sigh.

On behalf of Mother's Day, though mine has passed, I took a couple decorating classes - FOR ME! Yep! Last week, I took two classes. One was my third cookie decorating class, where we did these sweet Mother's Day cookies.  Never mind the imperfections, it's two hours with women, decorating cookies. And whilst my husband travels, I need time with people other than my child.  The cool thing was that when I got home, our neighbors were out with their new baby girl and I got to share cookies with others.... oh, and my son as well.


Two days later, I went back to her home for a cupcake decorating class. I was literally hyperventilating at the thought of doing these flowers. And it was so much fun. Ok - not as easy as cookies, for real.... but - fun, none-the-less.

The white ones are mums (don't judge, it was my first try). The light pink are peonies. The darker pink are roses.


Fashioning them into a bouquet was a hoot and a half. Oh my goodness.  First the cake part was soft. Second, the toothpicks were hard to get into the foam. Third, we had to poke holes in the bottom of the wrappers... and the wrappers came loose (note the peony on the left). Sigh.  Mental note, if I had to do it again, I'd have used a paper piercer. Great tool for poking. 


Lastly, we added "greenery" onto the bouquet. Um, as you can see from the errant wrapper peony, it also served to disguise mistakes. YAY!


Listen, you really should take a few classes. If not from Megan @ Tiny Kitchen Cakery, from someone near you. With the right teacher, it can be so fulfilling/rewarding.

That evening, I took these to my friend Kelly's house. Her family loved them... flaws and all.

I want to take this time to wish all of my friends who are mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, etc... Happy Mother's Day!  I look to Mary for guidance as I know many of you do. May we all strive to be more like her in our mothering and daily lives.

Blessings,
Em




Friday, April 29, 2016

Sparkly Thank You!

Happy Friday All!

Before I get started, I wanted to give you a heads-up about a great post from my friend and fellow Catholic Blogger, Chris Capolino created some fantastic gift baskets in a recent blog post. Check out how to make fun gift baskets on a super low budget. I was seriously impressed. She says I am creative, but check her out - AWESOME! Her post is called How to Declutter and Create 4 Prize Baskets for Under $13. Seriously - great info!

So, I have a question for you... Have you ever CASE-ed a card before? You know, where you find a card you like and make something similar? It's a great way to get started stamping and creating, and it's also good if you are experience but wait to the last minute to create a card. LOL

Well, last week at card group, it was my turn to create a card everyone can make. So, I found this one on Pinterest....

I can not find the post I case-ed with this in it. It is not my design. Sigh. 
I really loved the design, but decided to go with a more monotone look with the blues in Spring Hues. I love how it turned out. 




In the card group, there are a few the tare new to card making, and one of the ladies placed her swooshes a little too far apart, so I said, let's add a color. And voila, I loved it. Then I made a couple more cards just like hers, that  she kept calling a mistake. Isn't that always the way it is?!


Below, I wanted to show you the shimmer. Most Stampin' Up! lovers  use Wink of Stella. I love WoS, but it leaves a silvery tone and I wanted clear. So I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in Crystal Clear...  And I love the shimmer it gives! 



I don't even think this card really requires a Recipe, but I'll put one just in case:

Card Recipe:

Image ~  Water Color Thank You, Swoosh & Heart from Work of Art
Paper ~ PTI Black, White & Turquoise
Embellishments ~ Spectrum Sparkly Pen in Crystal Clear
Directions ~ I stamped the swooshes, then the thank you, then the hearts. Let it all dry a bit and lightly brushed on some shimmer. Easy Peasy.

I hope and pray your week was great. More cards soon.
Em

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Stampin Up! Honeycomb Happiness

Hi all,

Just a quick post.
I made a bunch of quick cards to send to folks who needed a little cheer, and I wanted to share the with you.  I recently asked if anyone needed a card sent to a friend, and I loved the responses. I hope these cheer folks up.

I made these cards using the cute set, called Honeycomb Happiness, from the 2016 Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  It's ADORABLE:


The new catalogs come out soon and I'm hopeful this set is in it. The examples in the catalog are darling, and if you look it up on Pinterest, you will be endlessly surprised at the creativity of others.



Here are the cards I made with the "hang in there" sentiment.



Here's a close-up of one. The balloons are colored with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens (LOVE):


In this second set, I made cards with the "oh hello" sentiment. I used my fringe scissors and made a little decorative border for the design paper. Perfect for the sweet little chick's perch.



Here is a close up of one of these:


I'm not going to do a formal card recipe, I'll just say this...

All but one of these were colored with Copics. Frankly Copic Markers (or any alcohol based markers) are just easier to color with. The DP is all from my stash and the ribbon is from various sources. 

I hope you enjoyed these and I hope that the people receiving them find cheer and are uplifted by them.

Blessings all,

Em


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Catholic Bible Journaling - Copied from my Family Blog.

Happy Wednesday.
I hope and pray your morning is going well.  I thought I'd share with you my love for Bible Journaling.

Ladies,

This post has been sitting in my cue for months. I have been hesitant to post about Bible Journaling because unlike our Protestant counterparts, we don't have an official Catholic Bible made for journaling. There used to be a NoteTakers Bible, but it is currently quite expensive. So we are having to make due.

Come on Catholic Publishers.... get us a Bible we can use that has all our Books in it.

I actually use this:


It's a material covered journal, the pages are lined. I joined a group of women and started Scripture Writing. Like this:


First of all, my handwriting is NOT great anymore. Second of all, I need help in the drawing department. But mostly - this is so much fun. It's just me, my Bible, the Lord and my coloring in the mornings. I don't do it every morning and, in fact, haven't done it in a month. Sigh... But that's besides the point. HA

Anyway - So, to get a little info on how to Bible Journal, my friend Katie (blue hate below) said, let's go take a class. She, Brandi (middle) and I (the tired old lady on the left), went to LifeWay Christian Stores (in January). Here we are after one of the segments of the class.


At the class, I learned about peel and stick stencils, like these from Folk Art. I also have some from Martha Stewart and such in my stash now (but it's not my fault, I had to have them):


The good news is, as a paper crafter (see Em's Craft Closet ), I have tons of markers, paints, pens, etc. Here's my color caddy:


It looks like a lot, but I know folks who have much more. LOL

Anyway... these are my Catholic Bibles.  Well not the Sacred Reading one. That is a great book, but I'm not sure why I didn't move it out of the picture. One I will keep in my bedroom. One I will keep by where I sit on the couch, and one will be the Bible (that I will make pictures in with wild abandon... my Journaling Bible.


And this is about the extent of what I have actually written in them. Mostly highlighting verses I've been using for Scripture Writing.


I know. Watch out. LOL The word WISDOM is all I've done yet.... on accounta I have this weird thing about making pictures in my Bible. I have been more comfortable with my journal. I will probably try new things there... and implement them in the Bible soon. Yes soon. <3

Here are my favorite Bible Journaling Tools:

COLORING:
  • Wink of Stella -  (add glitter and color) I like the clear.
  • International Arrival Gel Crayon - (they have sparkle, neon)
  • Faber Castell Gel Crayons
  • Prismacolor Pencils
  • Tim Holtz Distress Pens and Ink Pads (for daubing)
  • I use a black Memento or StampinUp! Black Archival Ink when I stamp images to color. Plus they do not run when they get wet.

WRITING:
  • Pigma Micron Bible Study Kit (fine tip pens)
  • ACCU-Gel Highlighters Study Kit
  • PaperMate Felt Tip Pens
  • Foray Porous Point Pens 
  • StampinUP! Markers
  • PaperMate Markers
  • Micron Very Fine Tip Markers

STAMPS:

MISC.
  • Adhesive Stencils by Martha Stewart
  • Adhesive Stencils by Folk Art
  • Adhesive Stencils by Momenta
  • Gesso Surface Prep Medium

So anyway, I started a group called Catholic Women's Bible Journaling in December. Come check it out. In the meantime, many Catholic women have been doodling and messing around with it for a long time, I guess. But recently, Lacy of Catholic Icing, and Monica of Arma Dei did blog posts about it. And now, our little group has quadrupled in size and we are stoked (do people still say that?).   

Here are the links to some of my favorite Catholic Bloggers & Their Bible Journal Posts:

Lacy @Catholic Icing


Monica @Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families


Jenny @TheLittlestWay has a section on Bible Journaling

Also - go to YouTube and you will find a plethora of journaling tutorials.

I have encouraged a Publisher I love to print a Catholic Bible for Journaling. Please pray this happens. Wouldn't that be awesome?

Ladies, I hope your day is blessed.
Hugs to you.
Emily

Thursday, March 31, 2016

From the Heart Stamp - March Stamp of the Month

Happy Thursday Evening All!

Well, I've had this card done for a few days. I figured I'd better go ahead and upload.
I love From the Heart Stamps and here is the link to their March 2016 SOTM Post. Do you know what SOTM is? It's Stamp of the Month. You see if you play along, you get a free image to play with the following month, AND who doesn't like Free?


Card Recipe:

Image ~  Digging Dog, From the Heart Stamps
Sentiment ~ Suite Sayings, StampinUp!
Paper ~ StampinUp! Chocolate Chip
DP ~ Scrap Paper
Ink ~ Copic Markers, White Gel Pen
Embellishments ~ SU! Ribbon, Paper Studio Flowers, little pearls.
Particulars ~ What I did was put two sets of the flowers together, and make a long strip. Then I cut the main puppy image out and colored it all the same way. You can't see it, but the puppy is outlined in Wink of Stella. 


It was a lot of fun to color and layout.

Thanks for another great image Faith.

I hope your weekend is great.
Blessings,
Em

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Lamb Easter Cards

Happy Easter Everyone!
He is Risen Indeed.

The below is the Easter Card I sent to a few people this year.
I won't blah blah too much. I just wanted you to see them.

I originally made one sample without the flowers in the corner, to take to Card Group. But the hubs suggested I place flowers in the upper corner for balance.  He was right. lol

Here are a several of them together.


Here is one, a little bit closer up.


Card Recipe:

Image ~ Easter Lamb, StampinUp!
Sentiment ~ Suite Sayings, StampinUp!
Paper ~ StampinUp & PaperTreyInk
DP ~ Authentique 6x6 Pad, Treasure
Ink ~ Black Archival Ink - StampinUp. StampinUp Markers, and AquaPainter
Embellishments ~ PTI Ribbon, Paper Studio Flowers, 
Particulars ~ Circle cut with 2.5 inch Circle Punch and strip of paper cut to take up about 1/3 of the card. I put dimensionals behind the lamb circle, and cut the ribbon to a length that I could just scotch tape on the back of the paper before I put the DP on the card.

You all have a great rest of your Easter.
God Bless.
Oh - and look back later for a FTHS Card - Sketch Challenge & SOTM!

Hugs to you all!
Em

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Sympathy Card...


Happy Rainy Tuesday!

A few days ago, Marque came home and said he needed a Sympathy card for a gentleman he works with. This person's wife had passed away. I do have a few in my drawer, but Sympathy cards, ya just hate to make, don't you? Sigh.

Anyway - One of my favorite stamp companies, Sweet & Sassy Stamps has the some of the best "Innies" stamps for Bible verses and just sympathy verses, so I know I always have the sentiment I need. The one I used was Sympathy Innies. And while I am talking about them, check out their Bible Journaling kits. LOVE!

Stampin Up has a set called Thoughts & Prayers. Love them. This tree and the branch are just so perfect for a card.






Card Recipe ~ Image: Thoughts & Prayers, StampinUp!; Sentiment: Sympathy Innies
Ink: Stampin Up!  Early Espresso and Elegant Eggplant. 
Paper: StampinUp! Very Vanilla and Really Red. DP is from Creative Memories Scraps. 

Embellishments: PTI brown ribbon. Paper Studio flowers.

I love making cards and I am always happy they make others happy!

Blessings ALL!

Em

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sketch Challenge - i {heart} card sketches with a tWiSt # 141

Happy Sunday All,

It has been a while since I participated in a sketch @FTHS! One of my all-time favorite stamp companies. I'm excited to say that I did it. I actually DID IT!

If you have no clue what I am talking about - check out the post here  - i {heart} card sketches with a tWiSt # 141, where tons of talented people play along weekly in their inspirational sketch challenge.

Here is the sketch:


Here are my cards. I know - two cards. One with green eyes and one with blue, AND two different sentiments. Oh and I left off the buttons on one. You know, just to be different.


Card Recipe ~ Image Snowman & Cocoa (Currently $1 in the shop)
Ink: Copic Markers and touches of Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens
Paper: PTI (Turquoise & Black) and SU (Watermelon Wonder). DP is from Scraps. 
Embellishments: SU Tempting Turquoise Ribbon, Buttons - SU Bright Collection, and Washi Tape is black with stars.
I hope you enjoy these cards.
Check the other entries out. There is a lot of talent in card land.
Hugs & Blessings,

Em




Tuesday, February 23, 2016

ScrapBook Expo FUN!

Happy Tuesday!

So a month or so ago, at a Demo Meeting at Christi's, I met a couple ladies I hadn't met before. And they were headed to the Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine. They were talking about a Mega Make-n-take. And I was very excited to hear more. So I signed up... and I took my son and husband to the hotel to swim, have a daddy-son evening. So fun!

It's too hard to give you every detail of what we did Thursday night, so I'm going to give it to you IN PICTURES:

But first... This is me on Friday. Worn out. I'm  not 20 anymore. But man was it fun. Next year, I'm saving my pennies and maybe even volunteering so I can have more fun. YAY
Me on the Couch Friday morning...
This is what we did at the Mega Make-n-Take (MnT) Thursday evening.

The first thing we worked on at the MnT is Memory Jewelry by Craft Fantastic. You know how when you think something is SUPER hard, but it isn't. That is this. I'm not saying it takes no talent or that I have a REAL clue who to do a lot. BUT, it was super fun.

Charm I made
The kit. 
The next thing we worked on was the Texas License Plate by Paper Wizard, Inc. As you can see, mine is "glue-ey", but it's all cleaned up now and I may ad some sparkle. I mean we are in Texas. lol


Next up, From The Kitchen (Recipe card booklet) by Justrite Papercraft.  I just wanted to point out that we got all that you see here. Seriously.


This Cutie Patootie is a Gift Purse with Shoes by Krazy Creations. This would be so cute for the take home gift of a tea party or something (could easily change colors). No, I haven't finished it yet. Things started moving quickly and I got caught up in shopping.


This is a 12x12 scrapbook page by A to Z Scrapbooking. Great company. But the guy was going too quick and I'm not much of a scrapbooker these days, so I left it - to shop. <3


Fold-a-Long Thank you by It's Cheaper Than Therapy this is a super cute concept. The internal party actually comes out - it's like an award. 


Happy Birthday Card & Envelope by Scrap That.  If you do not have the Chalk Writers they use - GET THEM NOW! No seriously - So fun! 

Christopher gave this to a friend on Saturday.
6x6 Autumn by Shoestring Productions. The page is cute, but to be honest, I am not sure what I will use this for. Probably a card.


Bunny Shaker Card by Doo Dilly Designs (website not working). This is cute. Wish I had some littles around. They'd love it.


Crazy Bird Birthday Card by Bee Creative. I made my biggest purchase from them. These birds are colored in Glitter Pen. HOW FUN! First of all, I bought the sets (discounted at the show). Secondly - one of the pens did not activate and they are replacing, that quick. Love that.



Love Foam Front Window Card by Queen & Co. This was one of the most popular companies. They sold out of their products Thursday night (well, the amount they brought to the make n take). 


Happy Birthday Easel Card by Craft Fancy. Such a cute card. Well, it will be when I finish it.


And this is what they handed me when I walked in...


We hung out from 3pm - Midnight. And it was so much fun. 

Check out the ScrapBook Expo site. They are awesome and trust me, we paid $45 and got way more than that in product. It's a great deal. If there is a show near you, I totally recommend it. The product that the vendors have that evening are totally discounted. And they are discounted at the show. Tons of projects/cards to make on the show floor. Seriously - AWESOME!

Hugs & love,
Em