Friday, October 31, 2008

Blogiversary Blog Candy!!!

Today starts my blogiversary/200k celebration! It's also my husband's birthday, so we can celebrate that too :) !!! Yep, it's been one year since I started my little blog! I honestly didn't think I had that much to share, but my sweet friend Kim encouraged me to get started and I'm so glad she did! Thank YOU for visiting Paper Smiles and for leaving such sweet comments!! If you ever wonder, I do read each and every one :) ! So, without further adeiu, let's get this party started...Woo-hoo!!! I have some brand spankin' new Anyas (from Pink Poison) to show you today. The first card is the super cool Rock Star Anya can double click on the photo to see all the shimmer on her guitar :) thanks to my Spica Red Glitter pen!!!
Next, we have the lovely
Mermaid Anya ~Followed by the well-dressed (love that skirt!) Teacher Anya (and the "for you" from the "sentiment" set... that set includes a total of 18 sentiments and that set is included in the blog candy!)And the jolly little Limited Edition, Elf Anya (and that sentiment set again!)~

These 4 new Anyas will be released on November 1st, along with 3 new sets ... you don't have long to wait! I'll be showing you samples from the new sets over the next week!
And now (drum roll please) how about some BLOG CANDY??? Marie (aka Pink Poison) was nice enough to donate ALL these great stamps (thanks Marie!!), so I'm giving them all way as one SPLENDID Blog Candy package! Here's the sweet stuff ~If you're the lucky winner, you'll get: Angel Anya, Princess Anya, Nurse Anya, Sentiments, Fancy Fleurs & the Hope set! Here's how you get your name in the drawing for the blog candy...leave a comment on today's post AND tell me which Anya stamp is your favorite. Then, check back between now & Thursday for additional chances to get your name in that drawing!! One comment per post please. I'll pick a winner in a random drawing on Thursday, November 6th. Everyone is welcome to play.
This post is just way too long and it's really late (or early, depending on how you want to look at the clock) I'm going to be lazy and not include a supply list for today's cards (sorry!). If you have any questions about supplies used for the cards, just email me ( and I'd be happy to answer your questions! g'nite...thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mini Bag-in-a-Box

This is the last of my October workshop projects. I know it's been done a million times, but I love this bag-in-a-box project because it's simple to make, looks adorable and is very useful! One of my groups made this cute little Mr. Twigster Mini Bag-in-a-Box (finished size 1 ½” square base, 4” tall ) using the Frosty Days Designer Paper. The other group made this medium sized Ski Slopes Medium Bag-in-a-Box (2” square at the base, 5" tall) ...just the right size for a gift card)! You can find a great tutorial HERE on my friend Cami's blog (thanks Cami, AWESOME tutorial!) and here are my dimensions for making the mini & medium versions:

Mini Size:
Cut cardstock for base box 3 ½” square, score each side at 1”
Cut Scallop strip ¾” x 6 ½” (before punching the scallop edge)
Cut Designer Paper 3 ½” x 6 ½”
Medium Size:
Cut cardstock for base box 4” square, score each side at 1”
Cut Scallop strip ¾” x 8 1/2" (before punching the scallop edge)
Cut Designer Paper 4 ½ x 8 ½”

I'm doing final preparations for my daughter's baby shower this weekend :) ! We're playing baby bunko and I used this bag-in-a-box idea to create several of the prizes...with Chocolate Chip & Pink Pirouette cardstock and a vareity of the Pink Pirouette Designer Papers...gorgeous combo, especially for a baby girl!!! I wish I had a minute to take a photo, but not today. Lots to do, so I better stay on task. Good news ~ BLOG CANDY tomorrow, and it's gonna be a good one, so be sure to check back and get yourself signed up for that! Celebrating the last day of my blogiversary month :) ! Thanks for stopping by & have a super day!!
Supplies for the Mr. Twigster Box ~ Stamps: Mr. Twigster Paper: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Ski Slopes DP Ink: Chocolate Chip SU Markers: Old Olive, Really Rust & Bashful Blue Punches: 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle punches, Round Tab punch, Scallop Edge Punch Accessories: 5/8" striped Kiwi grosgrain ribbon, Silver Cord, Cropadile, 1/16" hole punch, Sticky Strip
Supplies for the Ski Slopes Box ~ Stamps: Best Yet (hostess level-1) Paper: Real Red, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Ski Slopes DP Ink: Real Red Punches: Square Scallop Punch, Round Tab Punch, Scallop Edge punch, Cropadile, 1/16" hole punch Accessories: 1/4" Real Red gg ribbon, Silver Cord

Happy Stamping :) !

Monday, October 27, 2008

Gift card in-a-card

Here's another project we made at my workshops this month and one you might be able to use for the upcoming holidays. This first card features one of my favorite sets from the Holiday Mini.... Mr Twigster : ) ... I just can't resist a cute snowman! My Mr. Twigster card is a variation of a gift card that I saw Cami can see that HERE (you might also want to check out her blog candy!) and then I found a great tutorial that Lana posted can check it out right HERE! I changed the dimensions a bit & made mine 4 1/4 square, here's the inside ~ To make it 4 1/4 square, you follow the same directions that Lana gives, but rather than scoring then cutting that first piece, I cut (2) pieces, 4 1/4 x 7" and scored each at 4 1/4". You adhere those together with Sticky Strip (as shown in Lana's tutorial) and you have your cardbase. You can decorate it anyway you like from there :) ! Great way to send a greeting and a little gift! We also tried out a the Glitter Window technique with this's how Mr. Twigster looks behind that Glitter Window ~ Beate has a great tutorial over at SCS on the Glitter Window technique, you can find that right HERE :) ! It's a fun & easy way to add a little sparkle to your projects!! Here's a smaller (standard) sized gift card holder I made using the Crazy for Cupcakes set ~

partially open ~
open to the first half ~
and open to the last half ~

This smaller/original (finished size 4 1/4 x 3") version of the gift card hold does want to pop open, so you'll need to use some method to hold it closed. I incorporated a ribbon and just tied mine closed. The larger 4 1/4 square stays closed pretty well without using any ribbon or bands, but on both projects, using a bone folder and get those score line folded nice and crisp is a must!
That's it for today :) ... BLOG candy coming up later this week along with one more workshop project! I'm getting ready for my daughter's baby shower and we've got the sweet treat department covered, but I'm still looking for clever, yummy ideas for finger food/snacks? We're doing pink, brown & white for our colors and it's a baby girl!! We'll be playing baby bunko (doesn't that sound like fun?!!) so I'm looking for simple finger foods. If you have a fun recipe or idea, I'd love to hear it! Thanks for stopping by!!!Blockquote
Supplies for Mr. Twigster card (4 1/4" square)~ Stamps: Mr. Twigster & Best Yet (SU hostess) Paper: Real Red, Old Olive, White & Ski Slopes DP Ink: Black Stazon, Real Red & Old Olive SU Markers: Real Red, Pumpkin & Old Olive Punches: Designer Label Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch Tools/Accessories: Packing tape, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 1/4" Real Red gg ribbon, Silver stretch cord, bone folder

Supplies for the Cupcake Card (4 1/4 x 3") ~ Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes Paper: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, White, Sweet Always DP Ink: Black Stazon, Regal Rose SU Markers: Real Red, Regal Rose, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip & Close to Cocoa Punches: Designer Lable Punch, Scallop Edge Punch Tools/Accessories: Crystal Effects, Chunky Sprinkles, Cropadile, 1/4" pretty in pink gg ribbon, bone folder

Have an AWESOME day :) !!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Splendid Smiles

Super quick post to show you one cute little card :) ! It's made with the new Cup O Stuff set (Splendid Little Stamps/PinkPoison)! This set sold our really fast when it was released earlier this month, but they're available again :) ... you can check it out right HERE! Doesn't this happy little mouse just make you smile?
I stamped a thank you sentiment inside...and mailed it off to a special lady who has blessed my life...Anita, you are one amazing person!
We've had so much fun helping my daughter get Baby Chloe's room ready this weekend! I took a few photos and will share those with you next week when I get home :) ! Plus, I still have a couple more workshop projects to share with you AND blog candy, coming up later this week!! Wooo-hooo, lots of fun stuff! Thanks for stoping by!

Supplies for the card (size 4 1/4 square) ~ Stamps: Cup O Stuff Paper: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose (textured), White Ink: Grpahite Brilliance Copics: R81, E02, E83, E13, E15, R59. G84, C1 Accessories: 1/4" pretty in pink grosgrain ribbon, 1/4" circle punch, Pretty in Pink brads, Sakura Clear Glaze Pen, Spica Clear glitter pen, Dimensionals

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Punchy Spider Treats

Quick post to show you another one of this month's workshop projects. This is super fun & super easy....and super cute! I've seen these on various blogs and had to give 'em a try. I'm not sure who to credit for the origianal design? If you know, please email me so I can update the post and include that information ;) ! (update**Amy tells me that Julie Case is the original designer for this project!! Apparently Julie doesn't have a blog, otherwise I'd link you to it. Thanks Amy! And, Thank YOU Julie!!!). The project is pretty self explanatory, this is what you'll need for each spider ~ Body: Scallop Circle Punch

Eyes: 1/4 & 1/2" Circle Punch

Nose: 1/4" Circle Punch

Legs: Photo Corner Punch

Treat: Pink Peppermint Patty

Here's a picture of how the partially assembled Spider looks ~

I adhered the cardstock pieces together with roll-on adhesive. Mini Glue dots work really well for adhering the cardstock scallops to the peppermint patty.For these, I used Basic Black & Pink Passion card stock :)

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I have 2 more workshop projects to show and a little Blogiversary/200K BLOG CANDY celebration will be happening here at Papersmiles before the end of the month!!! Stay Tuned and remember to leave a comment and say hi :)!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Friend. Good. - Frankenstein

I have some fun workshop projects to show you over the next few days :) !!! The one I'm showing you today is one of my favorites because its super simple and left a lot of room for creative expression! My inspiration for doing this project came from my friend Cami (stampalittlelovebaby)....check out THIS blog post from a couple weeks ago. Aren't those the most adorable Frankie's ever? Now that's some serious inspiration! Last night's hostess club ended up being a small group so we had a little extra time to play. It was so fun to see how each girl took those basic supplies and created something fun & unique. I just couldn't let them leave without taking photos so I could share them with you :) !
Here's the basic example they started with:
We used these supplies for our Frankies: Top Note Bigz Die, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Circle punches: 1/2, 3/4 & 1" (you could use slightly larger circle punches...completely your preference), Round Tab Punch, My way (arrow) Punch, Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White & Basic Black Classic Ink Pads: Kiwi Kiss & Pacific Point, Sponge Daubers & Basic Black SU Marker, paper snips (best paper scissors ever!).
By cutting & scoring the Kiwi Kiss cardstock then lining it up on the Top Note Die so that a couple of the top "bumps" along the score line didn't get can create a Top Note Card that is all one piece! Okay, enough about the details, let me show you the super fun cards my girls created :) !!!

Sandi's sweet FrankieTonya's (ribbonpaperink) "I need a haircut" Frankie

Anne's adorable FrankieAnd the grand finale....Jenna's wonderful creation, Punk Frankie! Now this what I call creative ~My daughter Megan made this sweet little Frankette earlier in the week (she used Green Galore, Gable Green, Pink Passion, Brilliant Blue cardstock and 1/4" tempting turqoise grosgrain ribbon, Crystal Effects and Pink Chunky Sprinkles. And, she used the small oval punch in place of the round tab punch)! Frankette is spectacularly sparkly :) ?!!!

The sentiment set, Smarty Pants, includes a stamp that says "Friend. Good. -Frankenstein" .... which is the perfect finishing touch for this card :) ! This is one of those cards that I'll pull out and make for a friend, anytime of the year, just for fun. Who could resist smiling when one of these lands in the mailbox among those boring bills and junk mail???
Hope you enjoyed seeing these fun cards. Big hugs to my Sensational Stamper girls and thanks for letting me share your fabulous creations!!! Thank YOU for stopping by & I hope you have a monstrously good day :) !!! BTW...just a heads up, there'll be a little celebrations & some blog candy here at papersmiles .... coming very soon ;)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Yo Ho Ho

...and a bottle of fun :) ! I've always loved the whole concept of a message in a bottle. I have a little stash of these plastic bottles that I use from time to time. I'd love to find the find the real thing washed up on the shore, but that hasn't happened (yet!). I have mailed a few message bottles, with a little treasure (rolled up cash) tucked inside of a rolled up birthday greeting. This Best Mates set totally inspired me to pull out my bottles and create a little treasure map/greeting :) ! Wouldn't these make fantastic invitations to a pirate themed event? Or how about giving each of your guests a bottle containing this treasure map, complete with clues for a fun scanenger hunt? Oh man, I'm gonna have to have a pirate party one of these days just so I can send these to my friends :). Speaking of TREASURE, I know where YOU can find some some BLOG CANDY TREASURE TODAY ... over at the Splendid Stamping Blog, just click HERE to pop over, leave a comment and get your name in the drawing for a brand-new, soon to be released stamp set!!! Now that's some serious splendid stamping treasure...woooo-hooo! That set will be given away tomorrow, so be sure & sign up TODAY :) !!!
I took these photos at the beach earlier this week. This is Sunset Beach on the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast! As I was taking the pictures, this seagull got really curious about what I was doing and just hung out for a while. I think he was trying to add a little authenticity to the whole beach/pirate thing ;)
More treasure....a fantastic Best Mates card made by my daugher, Megan! That pirate & her sweet companions have some serious orange and pink sparkles going on thanks to a generous amount of Stickles ;)

I have to share one more treasure with you...a link to a FUN pirate song, just click HERE to enjoy a silly song from those silly Veggie Tale Pirates who don't do anything!

Have a fantastic weekend...thanks :) for stopping by and saying hi!

Supplies for the treasure map: Naturals Ivory cardstock, Creamy Caramel Ink, Best Mates Stamp set, Sponge daubers (I stamped the images, tore the edges of the paper, crumpled up the paper then smoothed it out several times, then sponged the edges using sponge daubers) **I did a quick web search and found this site where you can find message bottles :)

Supplies for Meg's card (finished size 4 1/4 square) ~ Stamps: Best Mates Paper: Chocolate Chip & Pumpkin Cardstock, Sweet Always DP Ink: Brilliance Graphite Tools/Accessories: Embossing Powder, Heat gun, Copic Markers, Stickles glitter, Pewter brads

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Punches Three

Here's a super easy little project I made for one of the prizes at last month's workshop, using the hostess level-1 set, Punches Three. This is a scented soap wrapped in Pacific Point cardstock, Hawaii Papaya DP and some 5/8" striped Kiwi Kiss grosgrain ribbon. I stamped True Blue Friend in Pacific Point ink onto Whisper White cardstock & punched it out with the Square Scallop Punch. I love when images coordinate with just stamp, punch & you're good to go!! Quick & favorite!
Here are the cards I made for my daughter Katie's baby shower Chloe will be arriving mid-December and we're all getting so excited!!! We made just over 30 of them! To save time, I printed the invitation details onto Very Vanilla Cardstock and adhered those to the inside. These are actually really pretty IRL, but just didn't photgraph well. I added a lot of detail to the image piece...Spica clear glitter pen added shimmer, Sakura clear glaze pen added shine, 1/4" pink circles tied the pink color into the image and those amazing Swarovski crystals (available at most craft stores in the jewelery making isles) added some spectacular sparkle!! Don't you love Vanilla, Pink & Chocolate together? Those are the colors that Katie chose for baby Chloe's room. This adorable baby buggy image stamps beautifully and punches out with the Wide Oval Punch, so it's an easy image piece to mass produce...that's one of the reasons I selected it for the invites and we'll be using it for shower decorations, favors & prizes too :)
I want to show you the third stamp from set...but I can't show you the rest of the project quite yet. My second hostess club meets next week & I like to keep our projects a surprise for them,'ll have to check back to see this fun project that they'll be making ;) ! Here's a tag stamped with that great Christmas stamp and punched with the Square Scallop Punch ~
While I was working on those baby shower invitations and doing workshop prep, Muffin got a little bored. She did manage to find a fun way to entertain herself. Here's where I found her .... Do you think SU might want her to be their canine spokesperson? I think she'd be perfect!

She is allowed to play with (empty) SU boxes and there was one sitting in the hallway, so she just helped herself :) ! What is it with Kids and Puppies...they'll pick a cardboard box over an expensive toy every time!!
Thanks for stopping by :) ... Have a GREAT evening!! I need to sign off and listen to the Presidential Debates. Should be interesting, as always.
Supplies for the Baby Shower Card (size 4 1/4 square)~ Stamps: Punches Three Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pirouette Pink, Very Vanilla, Papertrey Cream Ink: Chocolate Chip Tools/Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, 1'4" Circle Punch, 1/4" pretty in pink grosgrain ribbon, Cuttlebug with Swiss Dots Embossing folder, (non-su) Swarvski crystals , Sakura clear glaze pen, Spica clear glitter pen

Monday, October 13, 2008

sweet always treats

Quick post today to show you show you some fun, simple little treats that I made for guests at my hostess clubs last month. I used my Scor-Pal to whip these up in a jiffy! I don't have the exact measurement (sorry...made 'em & gave 'em away before I realized I hadn't noted the dimensions), but these are basically just a variation of the 2/4/6/8 box with the top punched with the Scallop Edge Punch. I added some 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and a Curly Label Stamp/Punch and they were done :) !!! Easy Schmeezy! Love those quick, easy projects!
That Sweet Always Designer paper just makes everything look so good, love that stuff. Here's what the boxes look like from above~
And here is one of the treats the girls found inside :) ~

A stamp and some ghiradelli chocolate, it doesn't get much better than that! Don't you love that little butterfly (from the Flight of the Butterfly set) sweet!

I really am going to keep this a quick/short post today 'cause I'm getting ready for a workshop tonight. Thanks for stopping by, have a great day & thanks for those comments... I love hearing from you :) !!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Best Mates

Ahoy Matey! How about a post with a splendid little pirate theme :) .... featuring Pink Poison's brand new set, Best Mates!! I had SO much fun with this set. For this card, I stamped the image with Brilliance Graphite ink, sprinkled on some Clear Embossing Powder and hit it with the heat gun. Then I pulled out the Copics for a little color, a few Spica glitter pens for some sparkle...then I used a little Caramel latte Fun Flock to make those monkeys a soft and furry. Aren't those monkeys just adorable? I love that the little guy on the right is munchin' down some pizza ! You can see a few of those details here ~Have you tried Fun Flock? I used to think it would be hard to use or messy... but it's super easy to use, and less messy than glitter. You just add a little glue (I use a Quickie Glue pen because it has a nice fine tip for fine detail), then sprinkle on the Fun Flock, tap off the excess and you're done. It's just that easy. And, it stays right where you put it. As the name's fun stuff :) . And here's a look inside ~Every pirate needs a little treasure, so here are a couple gold & silver coins! Better yet, they're CHOCOLATE :) that's a real treasure!!! Fun to look at and yummy to eat!
And last, but not least, here's a card I made earlier in the week. No coloring on this card, just black embossed images on matte Kraft cardstock.. A double layer of black scallops and paper piercing add dimension to the card. You can double click on the photo to see a few of those embossed details a littler closer (if you're interested)...
And the inside ~

You have yourself a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by :) ... remember to leave a comment and say hi!
Supplies for the first card (sizse 4 1/2 square)~ Stamps: Best Mates Paper: Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy, White & Hostess prints pack, Ink: Brilliance Graphite, Riding Hoot Red, Not Quite Navy Tools/Accessories: Copics, Spica Glitter pens, Clear embossing powder, heat gun, Paper piercing tool/mat pack, Scallop Edge Punch, 3/4", 1" & 1/4" circle punches, Silver brads, mini Silver brads (non su), Dimensionals

Supplies for the coins ~ Stamps: Best mates Paper: Bella Rose, Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red, White Ink: Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy Tools/Accessories: 3/4", 1" & 1 1/4" Circle punchhes

Supplies for the last card (size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) ~ Stamps: Best mtes Paper: Kraft, Black, Hostes paper pack Ink: Graphite Brilliance Tools/Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Wide oval punch, Paper piercing tool/mat pack, Clear embossing powder, heat gun, 1/4" black gg ribbon,

Thursday, October 9, 2008


This card was made for a special lady named Lenora :) ! She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and will be undergoing surgery soon. If you have time today, maybe you could say a little prayer for her, I'm sure she'd appreciate it! Her granddaughter is collecting cards to give her after surgery. Heather, I think you're absolutely wonderful to do such a sweet & thoughtful thing for your grandma and thank you for including me!! I hope this card brightens her day and reminds her that when we place our trust in God, there's always HOPE!

The stamps on the outside of the card are from Our Daily Bread Design's set, HOPE. You can see that stamp set along with some great breast cancer awareness accessories right HERE!

Here's the inside of Lenora's card along with a few pink treats! During Breast Cancer awareness month, you can find all kinds of candy with special touches of pink added. The scallop treats are peppermint patties and they have pink peppermint filling inside! A fun & simple way to show someone you care :) ! The scripture on the inside of the card is from the newest Our Daily Bread Designs stamp set, Flourished Christian Symbols. I love this scripture wanted to share it with Lenora. For the peppermint treats, I used the SU hostess set, Best Yet, for the sentiment, and the SU set "Sprinkles" for the pink hearts. I think it was Cami (Stamp a Little Love Baby) who I first saw do this peppermint treat idea last year. She's a genius, plain and simple. That round Scallop Punch is perfect for making peppermint patties extra special!

Since this is Breast Cancer awareness month, I want to take a moment to share some important information with you. We hear over and over again how important early detection is...and I can tell you from experience that it's absolutely true. My mom is a breast cancer survivor. A very small, early cancer was found on a routine mammogram. I worked for a surgeon for 13 years and we saw many, many breast cancer patients. The earlier a cancer is found, the more treatment options are available and your chances of surviving are much greater. Here are 3 simple guidelines from the American Breast Cancer Foundation~
Learn and Perform a Monthly Breast Self Exam
Beginning at age 20, it is most important for you to know your own breast. A regular monthly breast exam will familiarize you with what is normal for your breasts, making it easier to realize any changes that may be occurring. A monthly breast self exam is not a substitute for regular screening mammograms.
2. Have Clinical Breast Examinations
A clinical breast examination is very much like your monthly self-exam, except it is performed by a doctor or nurse. It is suggested that women under 40 have this done every two years, and women over 40, every year.
Have Annual Mammograms
We, at the American Breast Cancer Foundation, urgently encourage women to have their first (baseline) mammogram after age 35, and to consult their doctor for a personal mammogram schedule until the age of 40. Every woman 40 and over should get annual mammograms.
Email us at to request "A Guide to Breast Health Care"

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day :)

Supplies for the Hope Card (size 4 1/2" square) ~ Stamps: Hope, Flourished Christian Symbols (ODBD) Paper: Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, Sweet Always, White Ink: Graphite Brilliance, Pink Pirouette Tools/ Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder/heat gun (for the word HOPE), Ticket corner punch, Round nesties/Cuttlebug, Kaiser self adhesive pink rhinestones, Dimensionals, Scallop Edge Punch

Supplies for the Peppermint Treats ~ Stamps: Best Yet, Sprinkes (SU) Paper: Regal Rose, White Ink: Black Stazon, Regal Rose Tools/Accessories: Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

October Divine Design

It's October 8th...that means it's time to post our Divine Design/Bible Verse challenge projects for the month : ) !!! Can you believe we're posting our 10th projects for the year? We got started in January and somehow it's October already. This has been one of those weeks that has been extra busy for me, the to-do list is long and the days seem too short. I've had to remind myself that God gives me just enough time each day to complete the tasks that HE wants completed. I selected 1 John 4:11 for my scripture. In the busyness of life, I have a tendency to get focused on tasks rather than people. This scripture card will be out where I can meditate on and memorize it. I hope it will remind me to express God's love to others, every time I'm given the opportunity. I think goals and lists are great, but ultimately, expressing God's love, is one of the most important thing I can accomplish today! Alrighty then...that's my scripture for the month. I hope you'll consider playing along with us. Here are the links to the other scripture chicks blogs and the projects they've created this month ~

Lori Craig ~ Make A Difference
Angel Wilde ~
Jami Sibley ~
More is More
Taylor Van Bruggen ~ Taylored Expressions

Anytime you want to play along, you can jump right in. Create a projet featuring scripture that will help you to memorize that scripture. You can find all the Divine Design details right HERE. I simply make a card each month that I set out in a prominent place where I'll see it several times a day. If you upload to SCS, be sure to use the keywords BVC08. It's a fun & inspiring gallery to look through for ideas too :) !
I'll be making Megan's bookmark a little later this month. She's still deciding about the scripture and things were just too rushed. I'll just show you that when it's done :) ... and thanks Angel for asking!! So....what's YOUR scripture for this month? Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to leave a comment and say HI :) !!!

Supplies for my card (size 4 1/4" square) Stamps: none, computer generated scripture Paper: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White Ink: Computer Red Tools/Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Paper piercing tool, heart brads, 1/2 & 3/4" circle punches, Stitched brown ribbon (Amuse), Dimensionals

Monday, October 6, 2008

Crazy for Birthday Cards

A couple of birthday cards to show you today, made with the Crazy for Cupcakes set :) ! This first one goes out to a very special birthday girl...Becca Feeken (Amazing Paper Grace)! She recently joined the ODBD design team and she is such a sweetheart, not to mention a bundle of creativity, talent & inspiration. Happy Birthday Becca, hope you have a super-duper day :) !! The card was colored with Copics (R43, R46, C1 & C3) and yes, those cupcakes were topped off with Crystal Effects and Chunky Sprinkles!!! You can see that shine and sparkle up close right here ~ This card was made with the Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge Sketch #36. It turned out, ummm, well...different than I expected (that's my nice way of saying I think there's something wrong with the card, can't decide what, it's a bit irritating, but I've spent enough time on it's done!). While the jury's still out about the card, the sketch IS really fun and I'm grateful to Taylor for posting these each week. Sketches are a fun way to experiment and try new layouts that maybe you haven't tried before. This was a first for me. I used more of my favorite new Haiku DP and the sentiment is from a level-1 hostess set called Best Yet. More Crystal Effects and Chunky Sprinkles give those balloons some great dimension, shine & sparkle!
That'll do it for today : ) ... thanks for stopping by & you have yourself an awesome day!!!
Supplies for the first card~ Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes Paper: Paper Trey White, Prism Aluminum, Real Red Ink: Palette Noir, Copics Tools/Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Paper piercing tool, Crystal Effect, Chunky Sprinkles, Red gingham ribbon
Supplies for the second card ~ Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes Paper: Chocolate Chip, Paper Trey White, Haiku DP Ink: Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango Tools/Accessories: 1 1/4 & 1 3/8" circle punches, 1/2 & 1/4" circle punches, Scallop Edge Punch, Paper piercing tool, Clear Dew Drops