Remembering Our Loved Ones

fred-2012Hello Friends. Today I want to take a moment and reflect upon the gift of life. God grants us this gift each and every day. It is a precious gift, and one that I am grateful for each and every day.

Yesterday, we held a memorial service for my brother-in-law, Fred Opitz. He was only 50 years old. No words can truly express the loss and heartache we are all feeling. His courage, strength and love was so profound. Although he is now at peace, resting comfortably in the hands of the Lord, my heart aches. We are comforted by the memories we shared and and in knowing that he will always be with us.  We were blessed to have him in our life even if it was for only a short time.  My message to you today is this…God has a plan for all of us. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).  Don’t let the hustle and bustle of everyday life get in the way of spending time with the people that mean the most to you. Hug your loved ones and tell them how much they mean to you each and every day.

 

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Honor & Remember

For those we lost, those who served and those who carry on, we will never forget.

God Bless America

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Many Merry Stars Gift Bag

many merry stars christmas bagOk…I just had to share ONE more Christmas project with all of you!  This project was inspired by some of the left over materials I had in the Many Merry Stars kit!  Instead of making boxes, I put together a number of tags and gift bags to give to my family and friends this holiday season!

To make this gift bag, start with one of the little chevron bags and fold over the top. Secure a paper doily over the fold so that it overlaps a bit onto the back of the bag. Take a few of the start shapes from the Many Merry Stars kit, layer them together and add some of the fun embellishments from the kit…like the wooden snowflakes and rhinestones. Secure the star to the paper doily using dimensionals. For the finishing touches, add a bit of ribbon and one of those adorable little star clips!  That’s it!  Super simple and quick little project you can put together in a hurry!

And…the Many Merry Stars kit is on clearance right now so you just might want to get yourself one of those kits for next year!  Happy Holidays!

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Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit

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No matter how much I try to prepare for the holidays, I always feel like they sneak up on me! This past weekend I worked on a variety of Christmas cards…yes, I need to get them in the mail…soon!  I decided to put together the rest of the cards from the Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit.  There are 20 cards in this kit.  The kit comes with instructions and all of the materials you need to make the cards.  And…there are extra materials in the kit as well.  Since I had a bunch of extra materials, I decided to put together a few other fun Christmas cards.

The Watercolor Winter Simply Created kit is actually part of Stampin’ Up’s Year End Closeout specials…it’s on sale for $17.49! Wahoo!  If you are running out of ideas and need simple cards (with instructions), these simply created kits are for you!  Check them out today!

 
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Serene Silhouettes

serenesilhouettes2Since I have shifted a bit from Christmas projects this week, I thought I would share another all occasions card design with all of you. I designed this particular card for a hostess that was looking for ideas using the Serene Silhouette stamp set.

To make this card, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 4 x 3 inch piece of Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper (DSP) and a 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch piece of soft suede cardstock. Use the soft suede piece to matte out the DSP. Cut a 4 x 2 inch piece of whisper white cardstock for the tag. Use the scalloped tag topper punch to round out the top of the tag. Stamp one of the serene silhouette images onto the tag using soft suede ink…then stamp it again without re-inking (this will give you a slightly lighter colored image). Next, sponge over the stamped images using hello honey (yellow) and coastal cabana (blue) inks. I highly recommend that you practice sponging on a scrap piece of paper before applying it to your project. For the finishing touches, add a bit of hello honey and venetian trim to the top of the tag…and tie the ribbon together with a bit of linen thread. Viola! You have a card for almost any occasion! Enjoy!

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Choose Happiness

choose happinessWe had our annual team stampin’ Christmas party this past weekend and it was a blast!  The entire room was decorated with beautiful Christmas decor, we had Christmas music playing and some amazing food! We had a “shoe box” swap so each of us brought a a project for everyone to make. And the theme…anything “non-Christmas” 🙂

The projects that we shared that day needed to be quick and simple since there were 19 of us in attendance at this event! Yes, I came home with 18 different card designs! Super fun! Anyway…for my project, I decide to showcase the Choose Happiness stamp set as I hadn’t really played around with it yet. I started with a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of the card. I used crumb cake ink for all of the stamping. Simply randomly stamp a few of the images from the Choose Happiness stamp set onto the crumb cake cardstock. I sponged a bit of crumb cake ink around the edges of the card and over some of the stamped images. The sentiment is stamped on a piece of white cardstock and sponged with the crumb cake ink. I cut out the Choose Happiness sentiment with the Artisan Label punch. Next, I punched out another Artisan label using early espresso cardstock…I simply snipped it in half and secured it to the back of the sentiment just to matte it out a bit. For the finishing touch, I added a piece of Venetian crochet trim and an antique brad. Enjoy!

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Many Merry Stars

manymerrystarscardI believe I have all of my Christmas cards designed for this holiday season! Now I just need to get busy making them all so I can send them out soon! 🙂  This was one of the favorites from the November Christmas club. It showcases the Many Merry Stars stamp set which contains some fun overlay images.

To make this card, start with a piece of cherry cobbler cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp the various star images on the white cardstock using baked brown sugar and cherry cobbler ink. I love that the baked brown sugar ink looks like gold!  For the finishing touches, add a bit of ribbon and a little glimmer paper star. Now just in case you are looking for that red ribbon on the card…it’s retired. But you can easily substitute it for some other red ribbon you might have on hand or the cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon.  Super simple, yet elegant! Enjoy!

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Many Merry Stars Kit Creations

manymerrystars1Today I want to share some fun projects I put together with the Many Merry Stars kit!  The kit contains tons of materials! There are enough materials in this kit to make 26 star boxes…or you can change it up a bit and make star boxes, cards and tags! These are just a few of the things I put together with the kit. So far I have made over 20 different projects with the materials in the kit and I still have lots of fun things left to play with.

So let’s talk a little bit about these projects.  The kit comes with instructions for assembling the boxes so I won’t focus on that. Instead, let’s focus on the tags and the cards. You will need some additional supplies to put together the cards and tags: cardstock, ink and one of your favorite stamp sets. I decided to use the Bright & Beautiful stamp set, some white and crumb cake cardstock, cherry cobbler and crumb cake ink, and the scalloped tag topper. I also used a 4 x4 inch piece of the new Under the Tree Specialty Designer Paper to create one of the cards.

To make the tags, simply cut a 2 x 4 inch piece of cardstock, punch out the top with the scallop tag topper and decorate it! The star tag was created with all of the materials found in the kit. All of the embellishments, baker’s twine, and stars that I used on the cards came from the kit.  I encourage you to check out all this kit has to offer.  The possibilities for creating are endless! Enjoy!

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