Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Moments

Good morning paper~crafting friends! Today's card is perfect for the Color Throwdown Challenge.

It's a card I made quite a while ago, but never posted it to my blog.

I started by stamping the script stamp from MFT "Pretty Poppies" that was randomly inked and stamped off once to give it just a light printed background. I then went to town stamping and masking flowers from PTI's "Happiness In Bloom", "Rosie Posie" and MFT's "Inspired By" set, which is sadly no longer available. The sentiment is from Happiness In Bloom.
I then ran the panel through my machine, embossing only, using PTI"s Hexagon Cover Plate. The panel is attached to a white cardstock base. This makes a nice flat card, easy for mailing!
I'm also entering this card into the Word Art Wednesday Challenge, Simon Says Anything Goes Challenge.
Thanks so much for looking! Have a very Merry Christmas! Blessings~ Birgit

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Greatest Gift

Good morning paper crafting friends! Christmas day is just around the corner and I know I've been much too busy to find time to play in my craft room. I'm thankful for the gentle reminder that I got the other day that helped me put my life back into focus.

Christmas is not about the presents and twinkling lights, nor the decorations or (dare I say it...) even Santa Claus. It is about the greatest gift ever given to the world by God Himself. The gift of a tiny baby, God in human form, came to earth to love and serve mankind and to show us the way to salvation (having peace with God). He came, knowing the end He would face. Rejection, humiliation, persecution and great suffering. He did it because He loves you (and me) and all of mankind.

In Him we find the gift of forgiveness, love and eternity in Heaven.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16
The final sacrifice, the perfect Lamb of God

The angel went to her (Mary) and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
~ Luke 1:28-38

7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
~ Luke 2:7-14

I hope you'll take time out during this busy time of year to reflect on the importance of the real reason we celebrate this holiday and give thanks to God for His unspeakable Gift!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Blessings~ Birgit

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Coffee For Christmas

Ok, ok... this is my last post of the day for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I just couldn't help myself! I was looking at all the cute cards that everyone is creating and this idea popped into my head and I just had to make it while the ideas were fresh.

Sorry for the poor image quality. I scanned it instead of taking a picture because it's so dark outside and no good natural lighting. I though scanning it would be better, but I can see I was wrong. Oh well, it still counts for the blog hop! I used a menagerie of stamp sets to create this, including some companies that are now sadly out of business.
Thanks so much for looking! Blessings~ Birgit

Have Another Cuppa...

I made this card for the last Coffee Lovers Blog Hop but never got it linked up so I thought I'd post it here, even though it is really a "Holiday" blog hop.

Thanks so much for looking! Blessings~ Birgit

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I do love me a nice hot cup of peppermint mocha coffee. Actually a couple, or maybe three... but who's counting? The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is going on right now and you should see the list of sponsors! Here's a card I made that would be perfect for the hop.

I used all PTI products to create this, except the pine sprig punch is from Martha Stewart. I added a little extra sugar on my peppermint sticks for sparkle!

Thanks so much for looking! Blessings~ Birgit

Sweet Day!

Today's card was made using the color palette from MFT's Color Palette Challenge and also the Sweet Sunday Sketch.

Sorry for the bad lighting in the photo. It's a dark and stormy day here in Maine. A good day to be inside in the craft room, but a bad day for taking pictures.
Have a great day! Blessings~ Birgit

It's The BIG Day!

It's the BIG Day for the Make It Monday Challenge! Betsy had a great tutorial for creating a tri-fold tab closure card and you can check out her video on Nicole's Blog.
I spent way too much time working on this card but in the end, I'm okay with the results. Not thrilled, but okay.

I should have watched the video again today (Wednesday) before tackling this project. I watched it once on Monday and thought, "I can do that!" Have you ever thought that and then realized there were a lot of little details that you missed and wished you hadn't been so self confident? Yeah, that was me this morning when I was working on this card. My first mistake was that I cut my paper 4 1/4" x 11 and realized after I had scored it, my flaps didn't even come together in the middle so I had to add an extra panel on the bottom flap to make up the difference.

Then I didn't adhere my printed paper to the bottom flap first before cutting my slot for the flap to fit in. As you can see in the photo, I sort of butchered it. It just wasn't my day for crafting.

Those two, among other issues that I won't go into, are things that I could have avoided had I watched Betsy's video again before attempting this. I'm certainly not a paper master, like Betsy!
Supplies Used:
Exploring the 1940's
Birthday Basics

Time for you to join in on the fun! Thanks so much for looking! Blessings~ Birgit