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Let the Heavens Rejoice

22 Dec
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Rejoicing with You

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Check back tomorrow for my last homemade Christmas card this year!

I’m sorry for the quality of this photo. I had planned to take a photo of one of my cards today when the sun was shining but slept the afternoon away. Unfortunately, I was slammed by the flu yesterday. Mr. Stamp for Sanity says “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink,” meaning, he reminded me to get my flu shot but I just never got around to it! Today my doctor called in a prescription for Tamiflu so I’m hoping I’ll feel better by Christmas!

The tree is up. Lights. Still no ornaments. Shopping still to be done. No presents wrapped. Not one.

We’ve decided — by necessity — to simplify our decorations this year. No Santas. No snowmen. No wreaths or garlands.

We’re keeping the focus on the reason for the season…Christ’s birth…and just setting up our two Nativities.

Nothing else is important.

Wishing you a Mary Christmas, too!


Hark the Herald Angels

19 Dec

Rejoicing with You

I’m avoiding my typical hustle and bustle of this time of year. My house isn’t decorated, although my husband is putting the lights on the tree as I type this, so ornaments may follow! Gifts are purchased but not wrapped. Oh well, the tree isn’t ready to receive them yet anyway! My house isn’t cleaned — and it really, really needs it…REALLY — and I had planned to do it tomorrow but a friend called and wants to meet for lunch tomorrow. I decided that time with my dear friend is more important than a clean house so the house can wait. I haven’t made a single cookie but I’m doing Weight Watchers so how many cookies do we need anyway? I’ve decided to stop by Father’s Table Bakery & Cafe to pick up a tray of goodies instead of driving myself crazy cranking out dozens of cookies to foil my weight loss endeavor.

I told Mr. Stamp for Sanity this morning that if we don’t get the ornaments on the tree, we can enjoy the simple beauty of a tree with just white lights. And I told him that if I don’t get the presents wrapped, I can just hand them to the recipients with a smile and lots of love. And that if I don’t get the house cleaned, it’s okay, it’s just not that important. The focus is on the message in the card above!

During this Advent season, I’m trying to stay calm and keep my focus on what is important. Christmas comes, ready or not! Christ was born in a stable, surrounded by animals and animal poop! If it was good enough for God, it’s good enough for me and anyone else who enters under my roof. So, cleaning may or may not happen. Time with friends, time with family, time with God have taken the place of the usual hustle and bustle. All is calm.

All are welcome; drop by for some Father’s Table cookies, enjoy the white lights on our tree, relax on our dog-hair covered furniture…and know that you are loved!

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Check back tomorrow for another handmade Christmas card.

Rejoicing with You

17 Dec
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Rejoicing with You

Remembering with you the birth of our Savior

And wishing you all the gifts of His love.

~Stampin’ Up! Rejoicing with You stamp set

Card 4 of 10

Check back tomorrow for another homemade Christmas card!

Some things have to be believed…

2 Apr

Easter — or Resurrection Sunday — is a day of celebration because it represents the fulfillment of our faith as Christians. Each day this week I will share a card to celebrate His Resurrection, and the promise of new life, both in this world and the next.

This card is non-traditional…no chicks, no bunnies, no crosses..but the sentiment says it all.

Card Supplies:

  • Stamps: Mixed Bunch; Just Believe
  • Paper: Naturals White; Lucky Limeade
  • Inks: Calypso Coral; Island Indigo;  Old Olive
  • Accessories: Blossom Punch; 1-3/4″ Circle Punch; 3/4″ Circle Punch; SNAIL; Stampin’ Dimensionals; SAB brads – no longer available; substitute Designer Printed Brads)

I’m gonna learn to love these days!

22 Dec


My friend, Robin Merriman, shared this video on her blog this morning! It was just what I needed! I don’t know about you — I suspect it’s the same for most of us — but I tend to get lost in the lists, especially this time of year! I have little slips of paper and notebooks and pads all over my house and car with lists of gifts to buy (and wrap), cookies to make, people to call, cards to send, Christmas dinner dishes to create, and more!

So, I feel guilty…that I don’t get it all done. That I don’t focus on what I should be focusing on. That I’m so caught up in the hustle-bustle of the season that I’m short-tempered and not as loving and kind as I want to be. That I have lost sight of the reason for the season. That I don’t find time to just be still.

As Robin reminded me this morning, “…in all the craziness, all the rushing and madness and losing my mindness remember, God is still God. He is still on His throne. He is holding us tight and loving us every minute of every day. His son Jesus is who we celebrate during this special season and He came not only to bring us salvation, but peace and joy!” How could I say it any better than that?

So, I’m going to keep Robin’s words and the words to Mandisa’s awesome song in my mind throughout Christmas! I’m gonna learn to love these days!


Win a $75 Stampin’ Up! shopping spree!

7 Sep

Created with My Digital Studio

Woooo hooooo!  The Holiday Mini catalog debuted on Sep 1! How would you like to host a Girls Night Out stamping party with your friends and family and get the opportunity to share why you love Stampin’ Up!?!  I’m kicking off a Hostess contest with a great incentive for you to do just that!!!  You can earn hostess benefits of $25 in free merchandise on just a $150 minimum workshop total and be entered in my contest!  The winner will get a $75 Stampin’ Up! shopping spree in December…just in time for holiday gift-giving… what could be better?!  As a workshop hostess with me, you’ll get a free Idea Book and Catalog, choose a free stamp set from my Hostess basket and get a free class as I show you and your friends some awesome projects and you get to create 2 beautiful projects together . Wouldn’t you and your friends like to create cards like the ones below?

This card features the beautiful Sunflower background stamp (#123606; $17.97…and worth every penny!). To create this card I started with More Mustard card stock as the base. I topped it with a piece of So Saffron on which I stamped the sunflower image. To get this look, I inked the entire sunflower with my So Saffron Classic Stampin’ Pad. Then, I used my More Mustard Stampin’ Write Marker to color the petals…that’s what gives it the variation in color. The center of the flower is colored with my Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker…I literally scribbled with my marker and then pounced to create the shown effect. I LOVE it…hope you do, too. To ramp it up a little I added So Saffron Taffeta ribbon (which I got through a ribbon swap…stay tuned…I’ve got a ribbon share coming up for you!). Last, but certainly not least, I used Chocolate Chip to ink up my new favorite sentiment set — Perfectly Penned (#122890, W, $16.95; #122892, C, $12.95) — which I got for FREE at Convention as a Leadership gift. WooHoo! I LOVE FREE! I punched out the sentiment with my handy-dandy Decorative Label Punch, sponged the edges with some more Chocolate Chip and popped it up with a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals! Do you love it or what?

This pretty little card was inspired by one created by another demonstrator — Sorry! I don’t remember who! If it’s yours, let me know and I’ll give you credit! I started with the gorgeous new In-Color, Pool Party. The Designer Series Paper is Spice Cake, and is in the new Holiday Mini Catalog. The color combo in this paper is to-die-for — Pool Party, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, More Mustard, River Rock and Very Vanilla. Using my Bird Builder Punch, I punched my little birds from one piece of DSP — one side became the birds’ bodies and the other side became the wings. I popped up the wings with a Dimensional beneath each one, and I popped up each bird in the same way. Finished off the card with a sentiment from Blessings from Heaven, inked with Soft Suede. Even my husband said, “Ooh, that’s pretty!” when he saw this card!

If you’d like to get together with girlfriends and make some gorgeous cards and have a ton of fun doing it, contact me so we can get your workshop scheduled!  With the holidays right around the corner the time is right to get started on your holiday crafting now!

Until we meet again…HAPPY STAMPIN!

God’s love heals, and so does a handmade card!

7 Feb

No one ever wishes for an occasion to send a sympathy card.

But, this one can be created quickly and easily when one is needed.

This simple handmade card will express your sympathy and share God’s healing love.

How-to Details:

  1. The card base is made with a half sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″, Blushing Bride card stock, cut at 4-1/4″ x 11″.
  2. The topper is also Blushing Bride, but textured, and is cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  3. I ran it though the Big Shot, using the Manhatten Flower Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  4. I sponged the edges with Basic Black Classic Ink (which has a slight purple tint).
  5. The sentiment, from the God’s Blessings stamp set, was stamped with Basic Black on textured Blushing Bride.
  6. I punched out the sentiment with the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, and sponged the edges of the scallop with Basic Black, too.
  7. I popped up the sentiment with a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  8. Finally, I adhered the top layer to the card base with Snail.
  9. I left the inside completely blank to leave room for a loving message to the bereaved recipient.

This is a Kathy Original! (That’s a rare thing so I wanted to be sure to point it out!)