My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

DCWV "Leaf-Looking" Tour!

Northeast Georgia foothills and mountains are very popular during the Fall season.  The leaves turn a brilliant yellow, orange, and red!  If the weather cooperates, the trees and mountains are absolutely breath-taking!  Not so much this year!  Hurricane Sandy has blown away many of the Fall leaves!
I have found another way to enjoy the beautiful Fall leaves!
As I was looking through my papercrafting stash, I found a set of stickers by DCWV.
The stickers are photos of beautiful Fall leaves!  So, sit back and enjoy a
"Leaf-Looking" Tour by DCWV!!
These are a few of the photo stickers that I have left!  I used most of the stickers on the following greeting cards!
The first card begins with a cut-out tree from Art Warehouse/danelle johnson #26844
The tree on the left is from the package.  I am using Colorbox pigment inks to add the color to the tree.  I always begin with the lightest color ink.  I am using 'sunflower' yellow.
On top of the yellow, I add orange ink.
Then a small amount of chestnut brown ink.
Finished tree
I plan to layer the tree on a very light blue background.  I wanted the background to be embossed with leaves, but I did not have an embossing folder large enough for the complete background.  The leaf background is an all-over design, so I was able to position the paper and embossing folder at one end of the paper and then run it through the Cuttlebug.
I then positioned the embossing folder on the other side of the paper, placing the designs next to each other.  The designs do not match, but that is OK.  I then ran it through the Cuttlebug.
I have an all over design on the blue paper, ready to be used on the card.
I needed 'ground' for the card.  I used a torn strip of cardstock that was crumbled and inked.
A sentiment was needed for the front of the card.  I used a set of stamps by TPC Studio.  The sentiment was stamped on light blue paper and inked with the color that was left on the sponge from inking the tree.  The sentiment was layered on another piece of cardstock.
The tree was adhered to the card front.  DCWV stickers were layered on cardstock and placed on and above the tree.  The sentiment was adhered to the bottom left and maple leaves were punched and added to the right side of the card.  Card measures 5 inches x 7 inches.
Inside of card.  The edges were inked with more of the left-over ink.  The sentiment stamp is from the same set by TPC Studio.
Another card...different sentiment from same set.  Card measures 5 inches x 7 inches.
 Inside card.  The leaf stickers are by EK Success "Sticko"
More photo stickers, add 3 colors of twine, a tag, and paper by K&C Company
Tim Coffey Halloween & Fall Stack. Card measures 5 inches x 7 inches.
Inside card
Next card. Card measures 4 inches x 5 1/2 inches.
Another Fall card. Card measures 4 inches x 5 1/2 inches.
Card measures 4 inches x 5 1/2 inches
Final card in the "Leaf-Looking" Tour by DCWV!
There are still green leaves on many of the trees here in the hills and mountains.  Maybe we will see color again in November!
Thank you for visiting today!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Joke Book!

We do not celebrate Halloween at our house, but we do give out treats on October 31.  I will make one (1) Halloween papercraft item each year.  I try to create fun and whimsical projects.  This is my project for 2012...
The inspiration for this project comes from 101 PAPER-CRAFT GIFT IDEAS
Published by House of White Birches (2005), Vicki Blizzard, editor
pages 126-127 "Halloween Joke Book"
The little book begins with ghost images from Cricut Cartridge "Paper Doll Dress Up".  The ghost image is cut at 3.48/4.12 inches.  A blackout image is used for the front of the little book.  The back of the book is a blackout image of the ghost that has been flipped. I am using a 12x12 inch mat and the Gypsy to design the book.  The images were drawn using a black Cricut Marker, then cut.  There are 8 total pages, front and back cover, and 5 joke pages.
The two 'Trick or Treat' bags are from clip art on my computer.  The jokes and answers are computer generated, too.  There is a list of the jokes and answers at the end of this post.
All the ghost images are layered together and a hole cut through the top.  Ribbon will be threaded through the hole to hold the book together.
The front of the book is created by 'fussy cutting' the bag, using a punch to cut out the title of the book, a piece of twine is tied in a bow for decoration.  The bow is attached with a tiny "Zot" and the bag is glued to the front of the book.
Completed decoration for the book cover
Front cover
A second bag is 'fussy cut' and the 'top' of the bag is cut to form a slot.
The joke is cut and backed with a layer of black cardstock.  The completed joke will slide into the bag slot
A thin layer of glue is applied to the edges (only) to hold the bag in place on the page.  This will allow the joke to slide in/out of the little bag.
 To create the answer to the joke, I used the Xyron and inked the edges
Then I applied the answer (upside down) to the back of the joke page.
Putting the answer upside down makes it easier to see the answer when telling the joke!!
Black and Orange ribbon were tied through the hole to hold the book together.
Here is a copy of the jokes that are in the book, 101 PAPER-CRAFT GIFT IDEAS
What do ghosts eat for supper?  Spook-etti
What did the baby monster say to the baby-sitter?   "I want my mummy"
Why don't angry witches ride their brooms?   They are afraid of flying off the handle
How many ghosts does it take to change a light bulb?  None; ghosts fly in the dark
Why didn't the skeleton cross the road?  He didn't have the guts
What do you call a witch who lives on the beach?  A sand-witch
What does a ghost eat for lunch?   A BOO-lagna sand-witch
What kind of pants does a ghost wear?  BOO-jeans
What is a ghost's favorite fruit?   BOO-berries
What do witches put on their hair?  Scare-spray
What kind of mistakes do ghosts make?  Boo-boos
Where do most ghosts live?  North Scarolina
What kind of shoes do baby ghosts wear?  BOO-tties
Why did Dracula drink cold medicine?  to stop his coffin
What is a ghost's favorite bedtime story?  "Little BOO Peep"
Where do ghosts play golf?  a golf corpse
What do witches eat at Halloween?  Halloweenies, devil's food cake, and spooketti
Why didn't the skeleton go the party?   He had no body to go with
What happened when the skeletons rode pogo sticks?  They had a rattling good time
What's a skeleton's favorite misical instrument?  a trom-bone
I have committed to a spending ban through December 25, 2012.  Today's project is made entirely from "Using My Stash"!!
Thank you for visiting my blog today!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Doodlecharms and Apple Cake!

Today is my turn to post on "She's a Sassy Lady" Blog! 
Please visit Shelia's blog to find out how I use Doodlecharms and this recipe!
Recipe by Dorothy Rieke.  Recipe is taken from the October 2012 issue of the Mature Living Magazine published by LifeWay, page 32
3 cups all-purpose flour              2 ⅔ cups sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt                        4 eggs
½ teaspoon baking powder         ⅔ cup water
2 teaspoons baking soda              3 cups peeled, grated apples
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon     ⅓ cup chopped dates
⅔ cup shortening                          ⅓ cup raisins             
                                                       ½ cup chopped walnuts
Sterilize 7 or 8 wide-mouth pint jars and lids.  Grease them with shortening.
Preheat oven to 325˚F.  Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Set aside.  Mix the shortening, sugar, and eggs together in a large bowl.  Add the dry ingredients alternately with water, mixing well.  Fold in the apples, dates, raisins, and nuts.  Fill the jars about half full.  Clean the tops of jars.  Place the jars on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.  When the cake is done, remove the jars from the oven.  Wipe the rims with a clean soft cloth.  Place hot, sterilized lids on the jars.  Add the bands and tighten.  Set aside to cool.  When ready to serve, open the jar, slide out the cake, slice and serve.  Yield: 7 or 8 cakes    
Please visit the link below to see a complete picture tutorial for preparing "Apple Cake in a Jar"!
I am the designer for 'She's a Sassy Lady' blog today!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Card using Tim Holtz Dressmaker Die!

This is one of my favorite cutting dies to use in the Cuttlebug!
There are so many possibilities with each of the images!
For today's post, I am creating Happy Birthday cards!
For more information about using Tim Holtz thick dies in the Cuttlebug, please click here...
For this card I used a folder from Stampin' Up for the chevron background.  The dark blue paper and ribbon/twine is from Stampin' Up, too.
I recently purchased a supply of twine in various colors.  I had fun with twine on this card!  The necklace is made using small 'pearls' from my stash of embellishments.
A message was added to the inside of the cards.  I used Crayola Twistable Crayons to ink the background of the top message.  For more information about using the inking process, please click here...
To create the skirt, you will need...
2 1/2 inch piece of ribbon
6 1/4 inch X 1 3/4 inch lightweight fabric
double sided tape or liquid adhesive
Apply adhesive to the back of the ribbon
Turn the fabric with the front side down.  Attach the fabric at the center and ends of the ribbon.  Then manipulate the fabric to form folds.
Press the folds into place with your fingers and add adhesive to the top of the fabric edge.
Of could always use the sewing machine!  I am just too lazy to get it out!
This is much quicker for me.  It may not be as pretty, but it works!
Position the skirt on the dressform and fold the edges to the back.  I used tape to hold the edges in place.  I have applied liquid adhesive to the back of the dressform.
A necklace was added. The dressform was glued to the card front, and a bow was tied.  The card is ready for a sentiment, more embellishments, or whatever is desired.
Close up of card.  The card measures 4 inches X 5 1/2 inches and fits into an A2 envelope.
The necklace is an embellishment that I found in Joann's Craft store in the clearance section.  The little shopping bag is from my stash.
Close up of card.  Same measurements as above.
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Have a wonderful day!