As we approached this holiday season, a time to celebrate and rejoice over our Savior's birth, death reared its ugly head. Yet, what better way to realize anew the reason God sent His only Son—not just to live amongst us and experience life as the created man, but also to open the way to personal relationship with the Almighty God, providing life everlasting, overcoming the power of death in the victory of his crucifixion and resurrection.
We saw the depravity of man in the senseless shooting in Connecticut. We saw more horror in Webster, NY—not that far from home for me. Evidence man's need of a Savior his need of God. Some other deaths were expected, like the mothers who were in nursing homes. Or the stepdad with cancer. But there were also the sudden deaths of my son-in-law's mother and my upline's father-in-law.
I rubbed Bashful Blue pastel chalk (retired) over the first bird. The wing of the second is debossed simply because I had it turned the wrong way to fit the bird's body, which is of retired dsp. Thoughts & Prayers is the only stamp set I used for both cards.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Still making Christmas cards, special ones to accompany family gifts. I love the way this one turned out, but I will never be able to duplicate it. I didn't realize that my retired snowflake punch would break when punching glimmer paper. I won't risk any more punches on our glimmer paper, although I will double check with customer service as to whether that's always true or not. Obviously the snowflake punched out, but the device jammed. The other retired item is the textured embossing folder, which I love to use because the snowflakes are all over.
Here are two hurry-up simple tags:
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Well, I ran out of cards. Just didn't have as many as I thought I had once I started sending them out. But that's okay, because I came up with an extremely easy to replicate design and whipped off another dozen cards. Granted, I used leftover Christmas designer paper from last year's Holiday Mini Catalog, so that's retired. The stamp set first appeared in that same mini catalog, but is in our current core catalog (Christmas Lodge).
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
In the process of wrapping Christmas gifts, I needed a few more tags. I decided to try making one with My Digital Studio; that's the first tag below. After printing it, I matted it on a piece of Gumball Green card stock and punched my hole. If my printer hadn't been almost out of color ink, I would have printed a bunch of them because I really like the way it turned out and it would have saved so much time. Another year I think I'll design them to coordinate with my wrapping paper and print a whole bunch of them.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Get the Ornamental Elegance Kit--While Supplies Last!December 3, 2012
The ornament on the cover of our holiday catalog is such a hit that we are making it available--just in time to deck the halls with terrific trimmings you've made yourself! We've simplified this fun project so that you can quickly and easily achieve the same results. In addition to the kit, all you need is a glue gun, scissors, and adhesive. (Our Anywhere Glue Sticks  are perfect for assembly.) Want greeting or place cards to go with those ornaments? The Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set (W 128048 C 128051) gives you perfect coordination. Fancy a little sparkle and shine? Sprinkle on our Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (102023)!
Be sure to take advantage of this amazing offer--just in time to create 10 heirloom ornaments--or stunning tags to attach to a special neighbor gift.
The Ornamental Elegance Kit (132832) is $14.95 and includes:
- Die-Cut Cardstock Elements
- Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon
- Natural Linen Thread
- Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons
- Large Pearl Basic Jewels