Monday, December 30, 2013

BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO LISTENS TO ME




I repeated the blown ink technique with this card~










 I can't believe this year is drawing to a close ...


can you???




stamp:  Our Daily Bread Designs (Ask, Seek, Knock & Weave Background)
 dies: Papertrey Ink Counting My Blessings, Sweet 'n Sassy Season of Change Leaf Die, Spellbinders Postage Stamp
ink: Papertrey Ink True Black,Tim Holtz Reinker Picked Raspberry,Tim Holtz Pine Needles








 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

STRONGER & WISER




Yayyyy!!! Another second chance~


Make It Monday #145:2013 A la Carte


is a chance to try out a Make It Monday technique you've missed this year.


I gave Make it Monday #114 Blown Ink a try.







It's been a character building year for my family...but I wouldn't take back the storms that God led us through these past 12 months.



We are STRONGER,


WISER,



and God has been and IS faithful in His MERCY and WISDOM.



I'm not going to lie...the storms/thunder still scare me and I don't look forward to them.



But I wouldn't want to go through them without Him.




He is my ROCK for 2014...I pray I stay close close close to His voice and guidance.



We are all going to need it.



stamps: Papertrey Ink Mighty Oak
ink: Memento Morocco, Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers (Spiced Marmalade,Salty Ocean)
dies: Papertrey Ink Mighty Oak,In the Meadow
paper: Georgia Pacific white, Bazzill





Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happily Ever After...With Other Fun In Between



The girlies and I went to see Frozen last night.



I really liked it...esp. the "real" parts (hence the title of this post).



I won't spoil it for you...





Happily Ever After is something we all wish for, I'm sure...



but it's so hard to find!



I pray my girlies get pretty darn close, with God's guidance.



The sentiment is taken from my FAVORITE ROMANTIC set from Verve


~Love Story~



even the title makes me swoon!




I "blinged it" with one rhinestone and a doily
 (which is blingy to me...since I almost never use one...).


We are getting the white Christmas my girlies had hoped for...it's so weird...since it was in the 50s this weekend!



Hey, I'll take it...if that's the weather God chooses to bless us with~it's still a gift to be able to live and breathe among my favorite people!


Have a good one friends~






die: Wedding Couple by Cali Arroyo (Silhouette Cameo),Papertrey Ink Photo Finish Strips Die
stamp: Verve Love Story
ink: Papertrey Ink True Black



Monday, December 23, 2013

SECOND CHANCES




YAYYYY for second chances!!!



I remember this trigger photo from Moxie Fab...









Here's a chance to create/share my take.







It wasn't what I "thought" I would do...but it's what happened.



Geez....that should be a bumper sticker on my car!!! LOL


seriously.


Anyhoo...when I saw this pretty bird on a branch in my Silhouette library, it took off from there.

After I cut the image out...I splashed the reddish/orange/yellow colors in, while preserving a black and white, open flower.

I already had a cut out mask of the PTI rose...so it seemed to be the B&W image to work around.



Of course, OFF TRACK AGAIN from my Christmas card train...but I promise you, I've made those too!!!



It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas~~~~~~~







stamps: Papertrey Ink (Year of the Flowers:Roses,The Sweet Life,Rosie Posie Step 2),Verve Borderline sentiment
die: Bird on Branch Jennifer Wambach (Silhouette Cameo)
ink: Memento (Morocco & Dandelion), Papertrey Ink (Raspberry Fizz & True Black)
paper: Georgia Pacific white,black cardstock
other: Want2Scrap bling





Sunday, December 22, 2013

COURAGE



It takes courage to live in this world.





It takes courage to give each day another try.



I LOVE this sentiment...because it includes the quiet souls~



This sketch inspired me to put this together...




http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/2013/12/mojo-monday-324.html



Once again...I have gone off the Christmas card track...LOL.


It's so funny...I am at my most productive...churning out "other" stuff...when I really, really have pressing projects at hand.



sigh.


stamp: Unity Quiet Voice
ink: Memento Rich Cocoa& Potters Clay,Tim Holtz Pine Needles
dies: Verve Pennant Trim Die,Papertrey Ink Happy Trails,Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles and Wonky Rectangles
paper: Georgia Pacific white,BoBunny Zip-A-Dee Doodle,Carta Bella Hello Again

 









B&W Baby Carriage Sketch



I told you I was going to town cutting and cutting....







I was inspired by this effective sketch from






http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2013/12/case-this-sketch-58.html


I love EVERY WINCY BIT of that BoBunny Zip-A-Dee Doodle...not a strip will be wasted!


I'm glad I have this baby card on hand...but I really need to get crackin' on finishing those Christmas cards...LOL!


Have a great day peoples~


stamp: Sweet 'n Sassy Vintage Baby
die: Baby Carriage Rivka Wilkins (Silhouette Cameo)
ink: Papertrey Ink True Black
paper: Georgia Pacific white,BoBunny Zip-A-Dee Doodle,Bazzill





Saturday, December 21, 2013

Die Cut and Stamping Two Snow Angels



Since my new blade and cutting mats arrived...I was motivated to make special cards for my "snow angel" nieces.


I hope they get to visit one day and play in the real stuff~







I love these sweet images from Hero Arts!






I stamped snowflakes which met the following challenge...

(use any stamp)




I'm also sharing this with the lovely crew at



Stop there and get a free sentiment!



Since I've hooked up the cutter and I'm in the ZONE...


I'm churning those die cuts OUT.


It's time to play with the designs I've collected over the year.


Hope you have a blessed day friends~your visits always make me smile! ;)



dies: Snow Doll & Winter Doll (Hero Arts Silhouette),Spellbinders Labels 25
stamps: My Favorite Things Christmas Ornaments, Just Rite Curlz
ink: PTI Autumn Rose,Memento Lilac Posies








Thursday, December 19, 2013

Penguin Bling




I thought I'd play with rhinestones on this card~no color~



just bling. ;)






This goes with the following challenge...






It was super easy...I'm getting better at using a sharp instrument to lift the rhinestones instead of picking them up with my fingers~they're easier to control that way.


Today was fun...I went "malling" with my girlies (NOT mauling, LOL).


Mostly, I just wanted to hang with my favorite people~we tried a "new" mall we haven't given a go yet.



I'm determined, with God's guidance, not to get all stressed out this season...I want to enjoy TODAY, RIGHT NOW...while it's happening.


I mean, it's really all we've got, you know?


YOLO, man, YOLO


Hope you are doing the same friends (within reason, of course...responsibly and all)


 *wink*


Have a blessed day while it is still called today~





stamp: Stampendous Yule Penguins
other: Want2Scrap rhinestones
ink: Memento Teal Zeal,Papertrey Ink True Black
paper:  Authentique Renew,DCWV Chickadee Stack,Georgia Pacific White







Wednesday, December 18, 2013

NOEL Word Play and Bookmarks




I've enjoyed playing with my ODBD bookmark dies and stamps.


This was created for a dear friend~







I'm submitting this to


ODBDSLC184  N-O-E-L Word Play


 This week's challenge is: NOEL Word Play (use items beginning with each letter in noel to create your card or project) eg. N- notions, nestabilities, negative O- oval or circle shape, olive, old E- embossing, embellishments, eggplant (color), envelope L-Lace, layered, letterpress



N-negative snowflake
O-older paper (2009) & ornate (the most ornate paper I have!)
E-elegant (the most elegant/matchy-matchy stamps I have)
L-long and lean card





Here is a simpler card with a removable bookmark also~



It's fun to roll bookmarks out of my Big Shot when I don't have the time to design a card..but still want to create.


Those longer cereal/cake mix boxes are treasures for cutting out thicker bookmarks.


This fantastic idea inspired me two years ago~it's from a

Make It Monday tutorial by Erin.



It makes a die cut more substantial~almost more of a gift!


~Now I have bookmarks ready for cards~


Have a blessed day friends~enjoy this last week before Christmas!



stamps: ODBD Bookmarks-Snowflakes, ODBD Snowy Blessings
(Card 2~Stampendous Jumbo Cling Snowflake Trio)
die: ODBD Bookmark Dies
paper: Echo Park Reflections,Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses




Saturday, December 14, 2013

GOOD TIDINGS




I shouldn't be up this late...







but I am...so I might as well post!



This is a card I did just for fun...marrying up my favorite combo 

(my hubby loves orange and I love blue) for a Christmas card.






http://casology.blogspot.com/2013/12/week-74-snowflake.html




http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2013/12/cfc123.html




Since my brain is starting to fog...I will say goodnight before I rattle on...LOL,

 you don't want me to rattle on friends. ;)




stamp: Papertrey Ink In the Meadow
die: In the Meadow bird
other: Martha Stewart snowflake punch,Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors,Recollections Camelian embossing powder
paper: Bazzill,Georgia Pacific white
ink:Versamark






Friday, December 13, 2013

Snowmen on the Runway




I've got a handsome trio for the Runway ...





Don't they look like runway material?


HA! ;)




http://runwayinspired.blogspot.com/2013/12/ric49-celine.html



I am also submitting this to 





Have a blessed weekend friends!



stamp: Unity Snow Wonderful
paper: BoBunny Zip-A-Dee Doodle,Georgia Pacific White
other: copic black,red and yellow
ink: Memento (Dandelion,Teal Zeal,Rhubarb Stalk),Papertrey Ink True Black





Thursday, December 12, 2013

Zip A Dee Brights & a Neutral



How can you not have fun with a collection title like Zip-a-Dee Doodle???


I know it's this doodle paper that brings about my fun cards...




I can't help myself!


I threw together this bright collage of images for


Bright Color Challenge (use at least 4)

SNSDEC2013RC1



This next card is anything but bright...


but it still has its whimsical going on!





Snowflakes and sentiment lineup for the challenge





That's how this McDeavitt Christmas season is carrying on so far...whimsical and fun.



We are anything but organized...but our hearts are filled with joy~


I'll take that any day of the year!



FIRST CARD


stamp: My Favorite Things DC Christmas Ornaments
dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics Solid Skyline Border,Papertrey Ink 
(In the Meadow tree,Year of the Roses leaf,Happy Trails bird)
paper:BoBunny Zip-A-Dee Doodle,American Crafts Sketchbook,Echo Park Style Essentials,Authentique Renew,Bazzill,Georgia Pacific White
other: Want2Scrap rhinestone


SECOND CARD


stamp: My Favorite Things DC Christmas Ornaments,Papertrey Ink In the Meadow sentiment,Stampendous Yule Penguins snowflake,Hero Arts CL551 snowflake
dies: My Favorite Things Skyline Border
other: Martha Stewart snowflake punch
paper: Recollections kraft,Fancy Pants Swagger,Echo Park Reflections







Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I Wanna Be Cool




I wanna be cool next year.





I don't have to be A LOT of cool...I'll settle for a little.





got me thinking about who I want to be next year.



Well,


with three teens in the house...cool is the direction I want to go.


To me, cool means being present/updated on what my girls and their peers care about.



Because if it matters to them, I want it to matter to me too.


My Dad and I communicated and related through music when I was a teen.


He didn't "poo poo" on what we listened to ~ I think he grasped how powerful contemporary music was.


 Even the littlest cool can bridge the years between my girls and I...plus, I feel God has been reminding me lately of what it FEELS like to be a teen.



The quotes in those "magic boxes"/IPODS and lyrics in popular songs reveal the age old hunt for love,acceptance,and friendships....


and the pain that ensues when they are missing.



I pray I stay cool next year~and never be "too old" to listen with my heart.


This weeks'




http://casestudychallenge.blogspot.com/2013/12/case-study-challenge-169.html




 is Cath Edvalson~the (recently)former Trends Editor for Paper Crafts Magazine.


I can't think of a cooler lady to honor!!!


She's always SPOT ON with current hot styles and designs.


I used the peacock colors of blues and greens..exchanging the gold with kraft~


 




stamp: Unity Snow Wonderful,Technique Tuesday Incredible by Ali Edwards
paper:BoBunny Zip-A-Dee Doodle,kraft,Georgia Pacific white,Authentique Renew
ink: Memento Teal Zeal,Papertrey Ink True Black
Martha Stewart snowflake punch,Fiskar's Crimper
die: Our Daily Bread Bookmark,Spellbinders Classic Circle
















GRUNGE FUN SNOWMAN


This surprise card kept on morphing every time I fiddled with it.


By the time it was done, I stepped back with a "hmmmm, I think I like it" response.


It started off with slight edging on the focal panel~I didn't intend for it to lean SO FAR into fun grunge.






Believe it or not...that pink background started off as neon pink~but once I started shading...it became, well, another shade of pink. ;)


Maybe I'll be using my neons more often...


My fluffy snowflakes were achieved by off-stamping with Tim's Black Soot on scratch paper and giving it a twist before lifting off the cardstock.


Since the closest white I had on hand was a liquid paper pen, I scribbled with it.

 I'll be using it more often since my white Uni-ball pen is precious to me and I need it for personalizing/signing dark cardstock creations.


This photo was my jumping off point...





http://theseinspiredchallenges.blogspot.com/2013/12/inspired-by99.html



I love the way snow simplifies the world to black and white...

where only bright colors stand out and are highlighted.



I mimicked the rustic feel with my traced out snowman.


BoBunny's Zip-A-Dee Doodle collection is my NEWEST favorite...esp. since it's mostly black,white, blues and greens.


I might try my hand at more grungy creations...esp. since the fuzzy snowflakes were so fun to do!


I wonder what else I could blur???



stamp: My Favorite Things DC Christmas Ornaments,Verve Borderline,Hero Arts Texture and Shape
die: Papertrey Ink In the Meadow
ink: Hero Arts Neon Pink, Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink,Memento Teal Zeal
other:distress tool,white out pen
paper:BoBunny Zip-A-Dee Doodle,Georgia Pacific white,black






Monday, December 9, 2013

FAMILY MOMENTS



This sentiment was in my Unity win...




LOVE it!!!




I took the colors and swishes from the inspirational photo at




http://runwayinspired.blogspot.com/2013/12/ric49-celine.html



Hope your Monday is rolling along smoothly friends~blessings!






stamps: Unity sentiment,Hero Arts Texture and Shape,Papertrey Ink Grunge Me
ink: Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores, True Black),Memento (Ladybug,Dandelion)
other: Want2Scrap bling
paper: Georgia Pacific white





Saturday, December 7, 2013

HUG A TREE



I've probably hugged more than one tree in my lifetime...







I'm sure it had something to do with Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree.


That book made me cry.




http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2013/12/cfc122.html

CFC122: Show us your Clean And Simple projects that feature a tree or trees.




I used my favorite Verve Christmas tree~it makes me smile every time I see it!



I still love trees...they're just so....



accepting, you know? ;)




stamp: Verve Plain Jane Winter Tree,Waltzingmouse Stamps Teeny Trees sentiment,Hero Arts Square Pattern


















Friday, December 6, 2013

Uncolored



I'm not skilled at coloring...but some designs are beautiful untouched too~







I'm sharing this today at



Hope you get some crafty time in friends!





stamp: Unity Charlee Girl
ink: Memento Ink Rich Cocoa
paper: Fancy Pants Swagger,kraft cardstock
other: Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,American Crafts satin ribbon





Modern Whimsy & a Dash of Neon



I had fun with Papertrey Ink's










 Although I had to take an allergy pill to play with this beautiful fiber~
it was worth it!


I was one of those kids who couldn't take a stuffed animal to bed...even my doll had to have plastic hair.


Maybe that's why God gave me three girls to "play hair" with during soccer seasons...



it "put back" for those deprived years. LOL ;)







die: Papertrey Ink In the Meadow
stamp: My Favorite Things DC Christmas Ornaments sentiments
other: EK Success Adornaments
ink: Memento ink Rhubarb Stalk and Rich Cocoa
paper: BoBunny Zip-A-Dee Doodle,Fancy Pants Filter Paper Embellishments,Georgia Pacific White,Neon Cardstock








Monday, December 2, 2013

Victory and Better With Little




I haven't started shopping yet, have you???


That's ok...this verse gives me peace...







It's a great reminder...I got it free at






I am also submitting this to...





The next card was fun to dot....





I found my inspiration here at




http://pinspiredchallenges.blogspot.com/2013/11/pinspired-challenge-22.html


I saw "dots" at first...and went with that!


I versamarked it and then sprinkled three embossing powders...one by one to get the multicolored verse.


Hope you have a blessed day friends~





Card 1


die: Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle,Simon Says Stamp Circle Border
sentiment: Word Art Wednesday Challenge #108 Verse
paper: American Crafts Sketchbook,neon cardstock,Georgia Pacific White







Card 2


stamp: Verve Wonderfully Made, Mama Elephant Cup of Wishes
Whisper embossing powders
die: Our Daily Bread bookmark
Versamark ink
paper: Georgia Pacific white






Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday: Workin' the Black and the Rose is a Burst



I had fun with this card...it's simple..but the awesome paper has so much pizazz, you just gotta fly with it.



The surprise element/shape is the burst behind the sledder...

that's a rose!



Yup, even a delicate shape can pass for something cool/masculine if it's the right color and edged in black.






Speaking of black...


the black cardbase and black ink are in honor of BLACK FRIDAY for




http://casology.blogspot.com/2013/11/week-72-shop.html



I'm also submitting this to






The sentiment is from the Snowglobe set ~it matches the masculine feel of this card and it fits the trimmed die from the PTI Movers and Shakers Spinners Collection.


I REALLY wasn't planning on going out shopping today...but I have to get TP.


UGH.


Maybe I can get a low, low price that is worth the battle....LOL...I can stock up for months to come....



stamp: Unity Snowglobe Wonderland sentiment
dies: Papertrey Ink (Year of the Roses,In the Meadow,Movers and Shakers Spinners Collection)
ink: Papertrey Ink True Black,Tim Holtz Black Soot
paper: Fancy Pants Swagger,Bazzill
other: Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors







Thursday, November 28, 2013

THANKFUL



I'm thankful for today!






Look at the gorgeous inspiration at


http://runwayinspired.blogspot.com/2013/11/ric48-antonio-marras.html



http://runwayinspired.blogspot.com/2013/11/ric48-antonio-marras.html


I stamped black framed roses and light pink/beige colors with a touch of blue/green in the sentiment (to match her headdress).



Love on those you are blessed to spend the day with ...be they strangers or long-known friends/family.


Have a blessed, blessed Thanksgiving bloggy friends!



stamp: Papertrey Ink Year of the Roses
die: Papertrey Ink Counting My Blessings
other: Want2Scrap Rhinestones




Wednesday, November 27, 2013

CELEBRAAAAATE!!!



We have GORGEOUS GORGEOUS snow dumped everywhere...it's BEAUTIFUL, people!









Get a beautiful, free sentiment at
 

 
 
~It will encourage you~
 



stamps: Papertrey Ink (The Sweet Life,Happy Trails sentiment,Rosie Posie leaves)
ink: Papertrey Ink (Hibiscus Burst,New Leaf,True Black),Hero Arts (Cup O' Joe,Soft Olive),Versamark
die: Papertrey Ink Beautiful Beads,The Sweet Life,Rosie Posie
paper: Georgia Pacific White,Bazzill Green,Fancy Pants Swagger,My Mind's Eye Breeze
other: Want2Scrap rhinestones,Ranger black embossing powder,Ranger Tim Holtz distress tool




Monday, November 25, 2013

8 Rockin' Rhinstones...




My husband tossed a clothing tag from his new hunting gear on my craft desk...


he knows me so well. ;)


I trimmed off the extra,corner chomped it and covered up the brand name for the following creation~







There are 8 rhinestones for



http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2013/11/cfc121.html



Like I said in my last post, I'm rollin' those Christmas cards off the assembly line...


I feel so accomplished!!!


Hope you crafty folks get some happy creative time in too, friends!


stamp: My Favorite Things DC Christmas Ornaments sentiment
dies: Papertrey Ink In the Meadow,My Favorite Things Sentiment Strip 
paper: Fancy Pants Swagger,Prima Bohemian Bamboo, Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses
other: Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
ink: Memento Rich Cocoa







Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pretty Dies & a HOOORAYYYYY



This card came together painlessly...thanks to some pretty dies.





There's just something about denim and mustard color combos that inspire me!




http://theseinspiredchallenges.blogspot.com/2013/11/inspired-by97.html




The patterned paper looks like snowflakes to me~this helps me create a winter scene for



http://flourishes.org/2013/11/timeless-tuesday-247-winter-scenes/




For every Christmas card I finish ....I want to shout 


HOOORAYYYY!!!! ;) LOL


Seriously, I haven't bought a single gift but my cards are rolling off the craft desk like NOBODY'S BUSINESS!!!!


I feel like a million~


hope yours are coming along too, friends! 


Thanks for stopping in and keeping me company~



stamp: My Favorite Things DC Christmas Ornaments sentiment
die: Papertrey Ink In the Meadow,Our Daily Bread Bookmark
paper: Echo Park Reflections
ink: Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening
other: Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper



Saturday, November 23, 2013

What Makes Life So Sweet




This sentiment is SO TRUE.





Life IS so sweet and precious, isn't it?


Why do we waste it as if it isn't?


Hey, I'm guilty of it too...waiting for WHATEVER instead of looking at the value of NOW.


Meanwhile...minutes,hours, days, YEARS fly by.


ugh.


Well, there is always TODAY...and I plan on grasping it with all my fingers and toes.


LOL.


Well, maybe not my toes...but you get what I'm selling here, right?


Go do something to make you smile today...or better yet...do it to make SOMEONE ELSE smile.


They'll have nicer things to say about you when you are gone.... ;)



My inspiration is heavily taken from CASE Study Challenge #167
Keisha Campbell 

http://casestudychallenge.blogspot.com/2013/11/case-study-challenge-167.html



I LOVE the dramatic black and white backdrop for colorful florals~


stamp: Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life
die: Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life & Rosie Posie
ink: Papertrey Ink~Hibiscus Burst,New Leaf,Aqua Mist,Enchanted Evening