Friday, December 21, 2007
So in honor of his birthday I am offering some really cool blog candy!
You could win:
From Close to My Heart: Winter 2007 On My Mind Booking Set, 1X1 Acrylix Block and 12 pewter paperclips (4 each of 3 designs) Connections Club Rewards!
Rules to Enter: (must have these things as a bare minimum)
1. Create a Card 8" X 4"
2. Use the follwing colors: Chocolate, Sweetleaf, Twilight, Buttercup, and Colonial White-See the colors on my CTMH website to try to match them with what you may have in your stache of paper: http://www.gerriannarmstrong.myctmh.com/
3. Have mulitple layers- at least 3
4. Include metal embellishments.
Upload the finished card to your blog/website and email me the link or email me a picture of your card, including the details of what you used.
Winner will be picked by my soon to be 5 year old son on December 28th-the day of his party!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
As the parent of a son with autism sometimes it feels overwhelming and nothing ever works fast enough and agencies like the one that this auction will benefit helps us realize that progress is happening! Thanks for at least looking!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I had cut back on nonessential obligations -- extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.
My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a six-year-old. For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs for his school's "Winter Pageant." I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of the production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.
So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats. As I waited, the students were
led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.
Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as "Christmas," I didn't expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment - songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer. So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas Love," I was slightly taken aback by its bold title.
Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their heads. Those in the front row-center stage -- held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song. As the class would sing "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up the
letter C. Then, "H is for Happy," and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message, "Christmas Love."
The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter "M" upside down -- totally unaware her letter "M" appeared as a "W."
The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little one's mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she stood tall, proudly holding her "W." Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together. A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen.
In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities. For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:
"C H R I S T W A S L O V E"
And, I believe, He still is. Amazed in His presence... Humbled by His love.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Here they are:
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Seeing these photos make me feel like I better get busy and get some of the projects done so that I have more space for the new stuff coming out on January 1st from CTMH. I am working on project for my class on Wednesday!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
LSC144: Merry Christmas (This weeks Challenge)
Size: 4X4; Stamp Set: Oh Christmas Tree (CTMH); Cranberry CS/ink (CTMH), Clover Meadow CS (CTMH), White Dasiy CS (CTMH), Black ink (CTMH); Ribbon: Clover Meadow Gingham (CTMH), Sparkles-clear, Pewter Brad (CTMH), Tools: Pop Dots, Edge Distressor.This is last weeks challenge: LSC142 Winter Wonder
Size: 3.5X4; Stamp Set: Winter Reflection (CTMH); Cocoa CS (CTMH), Parchment CS (CTMH), Ink Brown Bag (CTMH), Tools: Edge Distressor, Embellishment: Honey Bigger Brad (CTMH)
CTMH Colors-CS/ink: Crystal Blue, Grey Wool, Sweetleaf, White Daisy
Embellishments: CTMH White Daisy Organza Ribbon Rounds, Pewter Brads
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
This card was created using Basic Grey's Stella Ruby Collection, CTMH Doodle Alphabet, CTMH Garden Green Brads, and CTMH Sassy Strands, SU ticket punch. Fun card and bright. I am starting to get the hang of the sketches that are posted. I love orange!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
dd2njoy who said:
What a cool xmas candy!!! I just found your blog through allison so of course i'm off for a visit!Thanks for the chance to win!!
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More blog candy when I reach 1000! Thanks for checking out my blog often.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Stamp Set: CTMH New Fallen Snow
Colors: CTMH: Chocolate, Heavenly Blue, Dutch Blue, Moonstruck, Indian Corn Blue
Embellishments: CTMH: Outdoor Denium Organdy Ribbon, Twilight Sassy Strands, Sparkles Clear, White Embossing Powder
Technique: Embossing Resist (??) Emboss the large snowflakes in white EP, then add the color around the snowflakes lightest to darkest. Stamp a few snowflakes around the embossed ones. Take a hot DRY iron and place the panel between a folded sheet of typing paper and lift the embossing powder off to the typing paper, stamp images in darkest shade of ink around and on the white snowflakes. And that ladies is how I made the focal point of my card.
Stamp Set: New Fallen Snow
Colors: Ponderosa Pine, Cranberry
Embellishments: CTMH Cranberry Grossgrain Ribbon, Sparkles
Technique: Generation Stamping: Take and stamp the snowflake 3 times before reinking in a circle. Make the darkest snowflakes touch to create the circle and the 2nd and 3rd stamping off center a bit to make it look like branches on the wreathe. Stamp the little red dots from the set to look like lights or holly, add sparkles.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
This is a double pocket card using the December SOTM from CTMH. I love the colors and the Denium Days paper pack. Colors are Autumn Terracotta, Honey and Jeans paper from the paper pack. Thanks to pat at technique junkies for the great directions from your monthly newletter bonus. It was fun and a nice way to stuff a great deal into invitations (which I will be working on soon for Harrisons 5th birthday party!
I fell in love with this christmas paper from Basic Grey called Figgy Pudding! I made a couple of christmas cards for inspiration but then made the most beautiful 9X9 Accordian Album with the rest of the paper. I need to take some photos where I have some nice "clean" space to get the shots right. It is so pretty-I dont want to give it away! Luckly I made a 2nd one for a friend for Christmas using the Genuine Boy line and was able to get the cutting guide just right for it. I love it too. The stamp sets used were Christmas Scripts and Christmas Wishes, paper is Basic Grey and accents are CTMH and Heidi Swap (clear stars).
At our local scrapbook store (just love scrappers attic) they created a mini album using manilla file floders cut down. I created the one I bought from a kit and thought I can do this with stamps and CTMH paper- here is my final result. I love the leaves (Natures Vein-CTMH) and the letters are stickease from the sampler pack colored with black and autumn terracotta inks-CTMH, I used Liquid Glass for texture, and used the paper and stickease from the Expedition paperpack, and well as ribbon from the Autumn Terracotta Ribbon Rounds. I guess I could have said that all are CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007