Monday, 29 October 2012

No 1 Niece

Hello friends!  Happy Monday to you!  I'm off work this week for the Half Term break and have just washed the floors in the bathroom and ensuite, so I'm blogging while I'm waiting for them to dry ; )

I've just discovered that my card from last week with the frame and leaves was chosen as a 'Cut Above' over at the Paper Players.  What fun!

It was my niece's birthday on Friday past and I made her this card.  She loved the feel of the little pompoms.  I don't think my photos are very clear as the light was not good, but there is a lot of glitter.

I also made this card for my son to give to his wee cousin. This image is from Pink Petticoat and was coloured with Promarkers. 

Have a lovely week!

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Autumn blessing!

Hello friends and followers, especially to my two recent new followers, Bridget and Debbie!
Here in Northern Ireland it is really cold today but it is very sunny and dry and a beautiful autumn day!  Remember, the clocks go back one hour tonight so the good news is that we get an extra hour in bed tomorrow but the not-so-good news is that the evenings will soon become a lot darker earlier.

Today's card is for my daughter just because she is 'what it says on the card'!  She popped in to see me this morning for a chat and a cuppa and she just brightened my day.  As you can see (if you've been looking at my recent other blog posts), I do love the embossing folder with the dots and frame and it fits so many of the sentiment stamps I have.  I love this wide ribbon from Stampin' Up! and the Pumpkin Pie colour.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

I am trying really hard to improve the look of my photographs but just never seem to be able to get them exactly as I'd like (I think it's because I don't have a lot of natural light coming into the house), but I'm pleased with this one.

I have a sad task ahead of me now, as I'm going to make a sympathy card for the family of the young British female soldier who was killed in Afghanistan this week.  We knew this family from when we used to live near them and the young woman went to the same school as my children.  A very sad and tragic loss.

God bless you today.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Count your many blessings...

We have so many things to be thankful for in life, and when we look around us or listen to the news, we always hear of someone who doesn't have as much as we have.  I heard a saying once that was very thought-provoking - 'Count your blessings by what you have not by what you don't have'.

Today's card is one I made for someone who gave me and my husband a gift for our silver anniversary.  I used the same leaves (Joy Crafts) on yesterday's card (which I first saw over here on Bridget's blog) but I think they are so cute, I had to use them again!  The dotty framed card was done using a Sizzix bookplate embossing folder and then I added some jute from The Ribbon Girls.  I added a little leaf and sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps, called Blessed by You.  Then I added some embossed leaves in various colours to the jute.  Voila!

I am entering this card into three challenges:
Thanks for looking and may the Lord be your blessing today!

Monday, 22 October 2012

I'm so grateful for you...

Good morning, friends and fellow crafters!  I hope you are all well and enjoying the lovely crisp Autumn weather we are having (well, it is like that here in Northern Ireland).

My card for today is for the Challenge over at the Ribbon Girls and it is a colour challenge, using the picture below for inspiration.

I recently got some new leaf dies which are oh so pretty (Joy Crafts).  The sentiment is from Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink).  At this time of year, we, as Christians, do not celebrate Hallowe'en but we do thank the Lord for all His bountiful blessings to us.  Apart from my salvation, my greatest blessing is my family and I made this card for my mum, who has been getting tests recently regarding her cancer.  Mum, I'd just like you to know that I really do appreciate you and am praying for you!  You'll get this card in the post in the next day or two ; )

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Back again...and so soon!

Please don't laugh!  Yes, it's me again with another card for the CASology challenge to make a card with the cue word 'LEAF'.  I know, I haven't blogged for a couple of months and then suddenly I have two cards in one day!!  I just got these new WPlus9 dies yesterday (from Make the Day Special)and couldn't wait to use them and one of them contains leaves so...perfect!

I used Soft Suede for the base colour and cut the 'Thanks' word (Memory Box die)from the same colour to make it look like the word is embossed into the card.  Then I die cut my little leaf (Certainly Celery) and the bird from WPlus9 which I popped up with foam pads.  No stamping at all in this card but still quick and simple!

Glad tidings!

Well, it has been quite a while since I last posted on my blog, a couple of months in fact, but here I am hopefully on the ball again!  I have missed posting on my blog so I will try to bemore regular with it.

One of my favourite challenges that I have especially missed doing is CASology. This week the cue word is - 

The girls on the challenge always say that we shouldn't feel restricted to the word itself but to what it conjures up in our mind.  For me, leaf means 'tree' and at this season, especially, Christmas trees.  I got this lovely 'Modern Landscape' Memory Box die and haven't had an excuse to use it yet so it was perfect for this challenge, I felt.  I also used a Swiss Dots embossing folder to add a little dimension.  The embossed sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Thought for the Week.
So what does the Bible have to say about a 'leaf'?

There are not many references to 'leaf' in the singular but one of them is from a favourite passage of mine, Psalm 1.  This Psalm has always been a source of comfort and help to many Christians.  In verse 3 we read -
'his leaf also shall not wither'.  This is referring to the man, woman, boy or girl who has put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour and who will always grow and flourish as long as they stay close to Him. Christians, the Bible says, are like a tree that is planted beside a river where there will be plenty of water and nourishment to spiritual promote growth and health.  we should keep in close communion with our God, reading His Word and talking to Him on a daily basis, and then we will 'bring forth fruit', meaning we will become more like our Saviour and hopefully lead others to know Him too.

God bless you this week!