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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ombre background stamping: MIM challenge this week

I made another attempt at ombre background stamping today.  If my stamping was a little bit crisper, I would say this card is practically perfect.  I tried to do a gradient of reds and greens for the holidays, topped with a kraft frame with one of my favorite things of the holidays--cookies!  I am a baker at heart, and I am already filling up my freezer with Christmas cookies like date nut bars, gingersnaps, chocolate gingerbread, faux matzo pecan toffee bars, rugelach, fruitcake cookies, salted chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, buckeye brownies, mint brownies, turtle brownies, pecan sandies, oatmeal cranberry walnut cookies,  cheesecake gems, and probably some more.  I plan to take trays of cookies to church on Sunday mornings, give trays to some of our doctors that have been involved in John's ongoing care with his brain tumor, friends, and to Christmas parties.  Plus I will be giving some to family as gifts as well.  Who doesn't love cookies, and they never get put on the shelf in the closet.  

What kind of goodies are you making for the holidays?  What is your must have Christmas treat that you either have to make or have made for you?  Are there any other food traditions you are passing down to your children that have been passed down to you?  

Art Deco background, scentimentals, real red, hibiscus burst, pink pirouette, limeade ice, kiwi kiss, and avocado inks, avocado satin ribbon, red bakers twine, kraft and white card stock.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

MIM ombre backgrounds

Here is my next entry into the ombre background MIM challenge.  Laura was saying she wanted to see if we could create a Christmas themed background.  Well, here is my attempt.  The sentiment circle needs something, but I can't figure out what.  Maybe I need to scatter some sequins on the card...  Anyway, I used SU! real red, pink pirouette, pool party and kiwi kiss.  I tried to follow a rainbow gradient with green coming in between the pink and blue.  I used an old PTI sentiment set from Lisa Johnson.  I also used a framed out die.  The card stock I used to stamp on was shimmer card stock so it shimmers a little.

MIM challenge: PTI

Well, I finally got around to stamping again after several weeks of just no mojo.  Didn't want to stamp, didn't know what to stamp, and didn't have time to stamp.  I really liked Laura's MIM ombre builders stamp challenge.  I love the ombre builders set and what she and some of the other design team members have done with it.  So I saw this awesome fall color palette on the ColorQ blog.  It just seemed like it would really work well for an ombre piece.  I also added a touch of Laurie's MIM challenge from a couple of weeks ago by stamping partially on my die cut word.

Okay weird random finding. I have had my thankful word dies for at least a year and a half, maybe even two years.  I just got them out today to die cut this word and realized that I have 2 "grateful" dies and no "blessed" die.  Gotta see if PTI will fix that after so much time.

Anyway, here is my card.

 I used SU! inks in chocolate chip, crushed curry, pumpkin pie, kiwi kiss, and PTI canyon clay.  I used a PTI die for the word, Autumn Acorns dies for the leaves, and Autumn Acorns for the leaves and mini acorns partially stamped on the word die cut, and Ombre builders stamp set.  Whew!  Hope you are having a blessed month of November and are taking the time to remember your many many blessings.  God is so good and gives common grace to all.  We need to thank him for that.

Speaking of blessings, it was 2 years ago this week that my amazing younger son, John, had his 8 hour surgery to remove a lime sized brain tumor.  He was just a week or so away from turning 9. We were so scared, wondering if he would survive the operation, if there would be brain damage due to bleeding from the surgery, what type of tumor it would turn out to be, if they would even be able to remove the many unknowns.  God was so amazing in his grace and mercy to us that day, really the week before when we found the tumor, up through the week of his surgery and 4 days in the hospital till we got to leave.  God gave us a supernatural peace through the whole process that really defies all explanation.  God allowed them to get pretty much all the tumor out, with our John really being the same little boy as before.  No brain damage.  The tumor was not malignant so as to spread to other areas of his brain or body.  He recovered in record time, and has had to have only one radiation treatment.  His follow up MRIs every 3-4 months have all come back with no growth to the tumor that they could not remove.

The whole story of how we found the tumor and the doctors we have had working with us is another story of God's sovereign hand in all of this.  Praise be to God who does all things well!!

I also count myself blessed to have a wonderful godly husband, whom God had allowed to work hard to provide for our family.  And I have another wonderful son, Nathan, who is 13.  So far navigating the "teen" years with him have been a joy.  God is molding and shaping him into a wonderful young man--serious but with a quirky sense of humor, tender hearted but with a self controlled strength.  I am so blessed each and every day just getting to have a relationship with all three of my guys.

What are your blessings?  Feel free to leave a comment and share.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tiny treat bag for October Blog Hop

Gotta love a tried and true color combo.  I decked out a bag with various PTI papers, Dawn's Season's Greetings set, and a little glitter and twine.  If it was a kraft bag, I could sing "brown paper packages tied up with string...".    Just trying to come up with a little something non-card with the blog hop challenge color palettes.  Have a great day.  We are enjoying summer like weather today in Alabama. Kind of hard to be thinking about the holidays.

Blog Hoppin' in October PTI

I just had to make some Christmas packaging to go along with one of my cards I made for the blog hop earlier this week.  I had some ornaments left over that I embossed, so I thought a cute little box would be a perfect match.  I made my own template for a box to match the new box die that came out in the October release.  It was so easy, used less paper than with the die, and worked perfectly.  Saving money is the name of the game, and I am sure if I play around with it, I can probably rig my zipper border die to work just peachy with the box.  Since I figured out this template,  I can make them in larger sizes.  This box like all the other favor it boxes, is super tiny and does not hold much at 2 1/2 x2 1/2 by 1 1/4.  It needs to be at least 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches square or even 4 inches square.  I made a template for those sizes too.  Super easy.  Just a few score lines, a few little snips, a little glue and done. So here is my box all gilded and tied up.  What do you think?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Papertrey Ink Stamps for sale

I have lots of older Papertrey Ink stamps that are very gently used, some not even used at all that really need to find a new home.  Shipping is included with the price of the stamps.  I would prefer a Papertrey Ink gift certificate for payment, but will take a check sent in the mail as well.  Sorry, I can't ship overseas,  just in the US.  Email your interest to

Year of Flowers: Poinsettias $15

Year of Flowers: Carnations $15

My Punny Valentine and Year Round Puns $20

Tiny Treats Valentine $18

Warm Happiness, Warm Happiness Too and matching die $28

Pond Life and Pond Life Additions $18

Birthday Basics $11

My Hero My Dad $18

Piece of Cake $18

Background basics: Houndstooth. $12

Borders and Corners Circles $16

Funky Florals (free set with $15 value) $10

Everyday Classics (Anniversary set) $12

Round and Round images and sentiments (anniversary set). $16

Simple Alphabet $10

Ambassador Monogram $10

Everyday Blessings. $12

With sympathy. $12

Spiral Bouquet $15

Limitless labels $18

Papertrey set $10

Favor it baby. $2.75

Oct. Blog Hop Senior Design Team wine bottle tag inspiration

Maile Belles did her Senior Design Team spotlight on using the wine bottle tag and tag sale #5 dies to create holiday tags and cards.  So I used the last color combo that I had not attempted in the October Blog Hop challenge and incorporated the two ideas.  I guess I also incorporated last week's MIM gold dipped elements challenge too.  Wow.  I really wanted to get those gold bells in their but alas, they look lonely up there on the circle opening, but would have been too busy on the bow.   Sigh...again, this was a hard blog hop for me.

PTI stamps for sale