Friday, November 30, 2012

Fall ATC Swap

This morning I wanted to share the ATC's that I received in last month's Fall ATC Swap at Craft Happens.  Have you checked them out?  I have a lot of fun swapping over there.  If you haven't been over, click here to join in the fun.


Thanks for stopping by today and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Baby Girl Card

Good morning everyone.  As I mentioned in my last post, I have been swamped with stuff that had to be done as well as at work.  I am also working on projects that will be posted at later dates, so thanks for hanging in there with me.  Today I have a super simple card that I made for a sweet baby girl.  Let's get started.

Here's what I used:
CTMH - Frames, Tags, and Borders stamp set
DCWV Nana's Kids Matstack
Pink cardstock - Recollections Soda Pop pack
Ranger - Archival Black ink
"It's a Girl" Cuttlebug set - umbrella
American Crafts glitter tape - Pink and green
Corner Chomper - 3/8"
Victorian Velvet distress ink
Fiskars 2" round punch


I really like how easy it was to make this little 4X4 card.  If' your interested in seeing how I did it, be sure to watch the video below.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Show and Tell

I must say that I have been swamped.  In fact I can barely keep my eyes ope, so this will be short.  Thanks so much for watching and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fall Thank You

Happy Thanksgiving 3 Girl JAMmers.  This is Cheri from DJ's Sundries.  I have so much to be thankful for and I love celebrating this holiday.  I trust you do too.  I have a little inspiration for you if you're not too busy eating turkey leftovers.

But first... have you checked out the current challenge over on the 3 Girl JAM challenge blog?  It's a color challenge and you should really link a project.  I'll be linking this one.  You will be able to link your project at the bottom of this post.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I have a thank you note for you today.  Now I must admit, that I just didn't sit down at my desk and decide to make a thank you note on the day I made this.  It actually came about as I was putting scraps away from my 3 Girl JAM challenge project.  I needed a thank you note and knew that I could use the leftover pieces from the Cutting Cafe and make a quick card.  I used the Merlot 3 Girl JAM ribbon to make my little medallion. 


Here are the items I used:
Merlot ribbon - 3 Girl JAM
Coordinations "leaf" smooth textured paper
Kraft cardstock
"With Gratitude" set from the Cutting Cafe
Red paper from my stash

Be sure to watch the video to see how I made the little medallion.



Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to take some time to enjoy the little things today.



Monday, November 19, 2012

Days of Thanks - November 19, 2012

Boy have I been swamped!  I haven't had much time to post over the past few days, but I am still very thankful.  Some of the things that I've been specifically thankful for the last few days...

.............My kid's youth group and leaders
..............A job
............... Good health
...............Silly Siblings


Life is good and God is great!  What are you thankful for today?

Pink and Blue Altered Clipboard

Today I have a fun project that I made for my niece.  I have been swamped trying to get ready for Thanksgiving as well as preparing Christmas gifts for those family members I will be seeing over Thanksgiving.  (You have to save on shipping when you can, right?)

To make this I used a small clipboard, some washi tape, 3 Girl JAM "Pink and Blue" bundle, Cricut Mini Monograms, and scrap from my stash.  I used some ruby ink from CTMH to ink around the monogram edges.



Here's the video along with a quick crafty tip.


Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to take a few minutes to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mini Thank You Notes

Welcome to another challenge on the 3 Girl JAM Challenge Blog.  I have a really simple little card for you today, but first lets talk about the current challenge.

3 Girl JAM Challenges

We are being sponsored by the Cutting Cafe.
The Cutting Cafe

 This week's challenge is a Thanksgiving Color Challenge using ribbon.
 Isn't this a beautiful color palette?   Be sure to link up your Thanksgiving project for a chance to win a prize.

Now to my project.  I decided to make a very simple little card for you today.  Why simple?  Because I wanted to show you how easy it is to use the images at the Cutting Cafe (and because I made 60 cards).  I grabbed some Coral Crush and Witches Brew ribbon from 3 Girl JAM.  I also grabbed this printable set from the Cutting Cafe and was ready to start.


I also used Kraft cardstock from JoAnn's and green cardstock by Coordinations from JoAnn's.  I re-sized the circles to 1.7" on my computer and used the one that was all black.  I then printed the background paper in color.  The scallops were cut with Elegant edges at 2".  If you watch the video, you will see a couple of other versions of the card.


Now it's your turn.  Are you ready to take the challenge?  If so, link up below!

I am also linking to these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Latte Mini Journal

Today I have another mini journal for you.  I have to say that it is probably my favorite journal like this.  I really like the colors and style.  Lets get started.


I used:
3 Girl JAM - Hot chocolate ribbon - (click here to purchase this great ribbon)
Cricut - Love Ya' A Latte Cartridge - "Latte" button at 2.5"
Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream Cardstock
Paper - from my scrap bin including some K & Company and "Christine" by We R Memory Keepers.
Flat bag
Mini composition book
Spellbinders - Classic Scalloped Rectangle
K. Andrew Designs - Coffee and Tea for You and Me (sentiment and image sets)
Ink - Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Chestnut Roan from Colorbox
Printed tape from Target




I sent this to my niece for her 13th birthday.  I told her that she wasn't to write about boys in it.  I have a feeling that won't happen though.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Check back soon for a fun new project.  Have a great day and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Days of Thanks #14 - November 14, 2012

Today I am thankful for a great team of co-workers.  Today was one of those days when our regular AM crew needed some serious back-up support.  Our manager and a co-worker from another department came and helped for quite a while.  The Lord had just the people we needed at the right time.  I am so thankful for this and for their willingness to step in and help.

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Days of Thanks #12 - November 12, 2012

Today I am thankful for Danskos (remember I told you some of these would be a little out there).  I have been wearing these fabulous shoes for a few years.  I have to say that most of the time I make it home without aching legs or feet and that says alot after some of my shifts.

Lately I have been having some trouble and decided I should probably look into getting a new pair.  Then I heard that I should get 2 and alternate them to make them last longer.  Can you hear the cash register say "feed me, feed me"?  This bring me to my second thanks of the day.  I am thankful for honest salesmen who helped me get the correct orthotic for my old shoes.  I then bought 1 pair of shoes and one pair of orthotics.  Guess what, Danskos are not meant to be replaced every 6 months. Woo Hoo!

Yes... It's the little things!

Holiday Craft Plans

Can you believe that it's already time to start thinking about Christmas crafts?  Many of you have probably been doing this for awhile already.  In this video, I discuss what I did to prepare for Christmas crafting (and it started months ago).  I also update you on some of the projects you can expect to see over the next 2 months.  Not ready to start thinking about Christmas yet?  That's OK.  I will also be posting other projects.  There will be at least 2 Thanksgiving projects as well as the normal birthday cards and gifts.


WOW!  I have a lot to do.  I guess that means that I should get to sleep so that I can get busy bright and early in the morning.  I know we are busy and have alot to do.  However, I would like to remind you of a couple of things before I sign off:

1.  Don't be too busy over the next several weeks to forget the PERSON we are celebrating.
2.  Don't let stress and busyness get you down or pull you away from your family.
3.  Take some time to enjoy the little things.

Days of Thanks #10 & #11

Well, I got behind.  It's not that I wasn't thankful.  It's that I didn't get it posted.

1. On Saturday the 10th, I was very thankful for a good day at work.  I was busy, but things slowed down enough that I volunteered to go home early.  Since this was my 3rd day in a row, I was tired and cold and ready to go home.  It was also one of those days when I felt like I actually really helped people feel better - inside and out.  I have such a great job!

2. On Sunday the 11th, I was reminded how thankful I am for those who serve our country at great sacrifices to themselves and their families.  We are blessed to live in a great country.  Those men and women who have fought and died for us are true heroes and I am thankful for them.

Check back later today for today's thankful post.  In the meantime,

Take some time to enjoy the little things!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Mini Journal With a Gift Bag

Hello everyone.  I hope you are all warm and cozy and that your weekend is off to a great start.  I am snuggled under the covers and keeping warm.

Today I have the journal and gift bag that I made to match yesterday's card.  If you missed that, click here to see this pretty little card.  So let's start with the journal.


This is just one of the little journals and you really don't need many supplies to make it.  You will need:

Mini composition notebook
3 Girl JAM Harvest Gold crinkle ribbon
K & Co - Tim Coffey Designer Mat Pad
Green paper tape from Target
K & Co - Susan Wingate embossed stickers
Adhesive





And for the bag:
Small brown paper pag
Harvest Gold 3 Girl JAM ribbon
Tattered Angels - Tiger Lily glimmer spray
Flowers from my stash
Adhesive

The little notebook was so simple to make.  Cut your pages to the desired size and adhere to your book.  DON'T forget to do the inside covers too.   Seal the binding with the tissue tape.  Adhere your sticker.  Spray your bag with Glimmer Mist and let dry.  Punch holes in the top of your bag and string ribbon through them.  Tie into a bow when the bag and card are placed inside.  Adhere the flower and other decorations to the bag.  I used Scotch "Quick Dry" for this.

Here are all 3 pieces:




Thanks for stopping by.  Don't forget to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Days of Thanks #9 - November 9, 2012

Today I am thankful for a warm home and power.  It is so cold outside and the snow has piled up.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Grateful For All You Do Card

Today I have a project for you that was inspired by the current challenge over at 3 Girl JAM's challenge blog. 
3 Girl JAM Challenges

The current challenge is a sketch challenge using this sketch:


Of course, the beauty of using a sketch is to see how you can make a sketch your own.  That's exactly what I did with this one.

I used:
3 Girl JAM - Harvest Bundle
K & Company - Tim Coffey Designer Mat Pad
Prima Flowers
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Tiger lily
Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream cardstock, Counting My Blessings stamps and die
Archival ink - black
Green paper from my scrap stash


The video gives all the tips and tricks from this project.  There is even a tip that wouldn't be obvious from the picture.  LIke this project?  Check back soon for the gift and gift bag I made to coordinate with this card.

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to take time to enjoy the little things.


I am linking this card to the following challenges:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge - Thankfulness/ Prayer
DL Art - Give Thanks



Grateful For All You Do Card

Today I have a project for you that was inspired by the current challenge over at 3 Girl JAM's challenge blog. 
3 Girl JAM Challenges

The current challenge is a sketch challenge using this sketch:


Of course, the beauty of using a sketch is to see how you can make a sketch your own.  That's exactly what I did with this one.

I used:
3 Girl JAM - Harvest Bundle
K & Company - Tim Coffey Designer Mat Pad
Prima Flowers
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Tiger lily
Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream cardstock, Counting My Blessings stamps and die
Archival ink - black
Green paper from my scrap stash


The video gives all the tips and tricks from this project.  There is even a tip that wouldn't be obvious from the picture.  LIke this project?  Check back soon for the gift and gift bag I made to coordinate with this card.

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to take time to enjoy the little things.


I am linking this card to the following challenges:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge - Thankfulness/ Prayer
DL Art - Give Thanks



Grateful For All You Do Card

Today I have a project for you that was inspired by the current challenge over at 3 Girl JAM's challenge blog. 
3 Girl JAM Challenges

The current challenge is a sketch challenge using this sketch:


Of course, the beauty of using a sketch is to see how you can make a sketch your own.  That's exactly what I did with this one.

I used:
3 Girl JAM - Harvest Bundle
K & Company - Tim Coffey Designer Mat Pad
Prima Flowers
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Tiger lily
Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream cardstock, Counting My Blessings stamps and die
Archival ink - black
Green paper from my scrap stash


The video gives all the tips and tricks from this project.  There is even a tip that wouldn't be obvious from the picture.  LIke this project?  Check back soon for the gift and gift bag I made to coordinate with this card.

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to take time to enjoy the little things.


I am linking this card to the following challenges:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge - Thankfulness/ Prayer
DL Art - Give Thanks



Days of Thanks #8 - November 8, 2012

Today I am thankful for my extended family.  My husband and I have been blessed with great families.  Though many of them are far away and we rarely see them, they are an important part of our lives.

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Let's Got Those Stamps Organized!

Welcome to my 3 Girl JAM post.  Did yesterday's post inspire you to get your stamps organized?  If you missed the post, please click here.  Now that the stamps have been all stored alphabetically, I needed a way to be able to find what I have.  This video (click here) started me on the process of getting organized.  I won't lie and say it was easy.  Indeed, it took a lot of time to get this set up the way I wanted it, but I am so pleased with the results.  I should be able to utilize what I already have now that I can quickly find those images.  So without further ado, here is my organizer:




Of course I needed a few supplies to get started:
3 Girl JAM "Antique White" ribbon which can be found by clicking here.
DCWV - Lavender Chateau Mat Stack
Chipboard
2 large rings
PaperTrey Ink - vintage cream card stock
Archival black ink
White card stock (lots and lots)
Lavender card stock
Crop-A-Dile and eyelets
Cricut - From My Kitchen project
Alpha Mini stamps by Megan Elizabeth



Here is the video that walks you through the steps:


The final project is this lovely little area in my crafty space.  Now when I am looking for a particular birthday stamp, I can just go through the "Birthday" section in my organizer and it will point me to the right stamp set to get out.

"So what's next?", you might ask.  Well, I still have a little bit to finish this off.  The next big step in organization for me is to get my wooden stamps all taken apart and placed on cling mount.  I think that project will likely have to wait until after Christmas though.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Days of Thanks #7 - November 7, 2012

Today, I am thankful for an awesome God.  Awesome is not a word that I use often.  Why?  Because I feel it is a word that has become overused.  You can walk down the street and hear someone say, "Look at that awesome car".  I think that a car can be nice, but is it really awe inspiring?

Yet my God is awe inspiring.  There are so many things that I can't understand.  Things that make me question life around me.  I see pain and suffering in so many.  Yet there is one thing I can rely on...the faithfulness of my awesome God!

"Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness."
Lamentations 3:22-23

How about you?  What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

How Do I Store My Stamps?

Hello every one.  I have a special project to share with you today.  I have been having difficulty keeping track of my stamps.  Does anyone else have that problem?  This is actually the first in a 2-part series on stamp organization.  After watching several YouTube videos and asking advice from the 3 Girl JAM design team, this is the system I finally came up with to work for me.  I am really pleased with the way that it turned out.  I had a plan that I could work with when I was directed this idea by Sarah Hamer Designs.  I took my original plan and added the card stock dividers similar to her tutorial to create my system.  I ended up going from this mess...


To this...

I picked up the smaller basket from a thrift store for $1 I think and had to order 1 package of 5 1/2" X 8 1/2" dividers.  I had everything else on hand.  I'd say that is a pretty good start, wouldn't you?  Please watch the video to see exactly how made the dividers and why I chose to use page protectors.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to check back on Thursday for part 2 of this project.  Have a great day and remember to...

Take time to enjoy the little things.

Days of Thanks #6 - November 6, 2012

Today I am thankful that I have the privilege (not to mention the responsibility) to vote.  There is little doubt that there are problems in our country.  However, I believe it is still the best country in the world and I am thankful.

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Days of Thanks #5 - November 5, 2012

Today I am thankful for the 2 best kids in the world.  The Lord has truly blessed me with my children and I am thankful for them  They are both good kids who love the Lord and try to do right.  They make me laugh and that's a good thing.

Yes guys, you didn't blink.  I am your mummy.  Love you both.

What are you thankful for today?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Days of Thanks #4 - November 4, 2012

Today I am thankful for the freedom to worship God without fear of retaliation.  We had great services today with a missionary to South Africa.  The Lord used him to preach just what I needed to hear.  It was a blessing.

What are you thankful for today?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Days of Thanks #3 - November 3, 2012

Today I am thankful for lazy days.  I know this isn't very "deep", but sometimes you just need a lazy day.  On today's lazy day I am sitting here still in my PJ's (I know TMI) and I have been working on stamp inventory.  I need to get organized folks!

I know it's a Little Thing, but I am thankful!

Dressing Up An Envelope

After  making the odd-sized card you saw in yesterday's post, I needed an envelope to put it in.  To make it, I pulled out my Martha Stewart Scoreboard and a piece of 12X12 white cardstock and made one.  Then I went to work to make it classy.  After all, a great card should have a great envelope, right?
I think this postcard paper from the My Mind's Eye Cowboy 6X6 pad was perfect for the envelope.  Plus it coordinates perfectly with the card.

Supplies needed:
My Mind's Eye - Cowboy 6X6 pad
DCWV - Shimmer Stack
Distress Ink - Iced Spruce and Antique Linen
Gold "Bop" letter stickers (Sorry, I can't remember where I got these but I believe it was from Provo Craft or Pioneer.)

In this video, I walk you through the decorating process, though not the actual making of the envelope.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Days Of Thanks #2 - November 2, 2012

Today I am thankful for my husband.  We will celebrate our 22nd anniversary on January 1.  He is my best friend and has been for a very long time.  God has truly blessed me by giving me such a wonderful husband.

More than 10 years ago while working on a church building project, Daniel developed what was originally diagnosed as pneumonia.  As the project progressed, he developed a strange muscle pain that we initially thought was from the heavy labor of the construction.  However, the pain never went completely away.  Daniel's MD sent him to a neurologist who ran multiple tests and checked for some very scary diseases.  He was unable to determine what was going on and Daniel began seeing his current neurologist.  After all this time, we have never received a definitive diagnosis and Daniel lives in constant pain.

Despite everything he goes through on a daily basis, he continues to be a great husband and father.  He works hard.  He strives to continue to serve the Lord in whatever way He will use him.  He is a shining example to those around him and I am thankful.

How about you?  Do you have something you are thankful for today?  I would love to hear about it.  Thanks for stopping by today and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Shabby Numbers Birthday Card

I trust you are having a supercalifragilisticexpealidoscious day!  I had a very busy work day and I am so happy to be home and in my comfy PJ's.  I made a fabulous card for my little brother's birthday.  I even thought that I made a video...until I went to turn it off.  That's when I discovered that I had never turned it ON!  Oops.  So instead, I have an old-fashioned tutorial for you.  So without further ado...

Here are most of the items that I used to make this card:
3 Girl Jam - burlap trim
Close to My Heart - Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge; Celebrations stamp set (Artist pack exclusive)
Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream cardstock
Distress Ink - antique linen, iced spruce, frayed burlap
My Mind's Eye - Cowboy 6X6 pad
Adhesive - Zig glue pin, foam adhesive, ATG, yQuick Dr


To start with, I made the base of my card from the DCWV Shimmer stack.  This sparkly paper was cut at 6"X12" and scored at 6" to from a 6" square card.  I saved the remaining piece and made the the "ribbon" that is behind the little tag.

Speaking of the tag, I cut it using the tag feature on the Art Philosophy cartridge (P.25) at 2".  The ta was trimmed from PTI Vintage Cream cardstock and then distressed with Antique Linen and Iced Spruce distress ink.  "Happy birthday " was stamped with a stamp from the "Celebrations" stamp set in Iced Blue distress ink.

The numbered background was cut at 5 1/2" from pg. 61 on the cartridge.  The paper I used for this was from the Cowboy stack.  I also cut the plaid paper from the Cowboy pad at 5 3/4" square.  The edges of both were distressed with Frayed Burlap distress ink.

The burlap trim was adhered on top of the paper layers with Scotch Quick Dry adhesive.  The tag with the ribbon was then adhered with 1 layer of foam tape.

Of course I had to finish the inside so I chose another piece of paper from the Cowboy pad.  I trimmed it to about 5 3/4-5 7/8".  I used Frayed  Burlap to distress around these edges as well. Since I chose patterned paper that fit my theme, I didn't need to do anything else to it.  I have plenty of room to write now.

Since this was an abnormal sized card, I decided to go ahead and make a coordinating envelope.  Check back soon to see how that turned out.  In the meantime...

Take Time to Enjoy the Little Things Today.

Days of Thanks #1 - November 1, 2012

I had a lovely, long chat with my mother this morning discussing upcoming Thanksgiving plans.  The Lord willing, we are planning to spend Thanksgiving with my family in a different state.  This will be the first time that we have done this in many, many years and I am so excited.  Somehow during the discussion I remembered that last November, I posted a new "thankful" post nearly every day during the month.

Guess what, I am going to try it again this year.  I encourage you to leave a comment each day telling me what you are thankful for that day.  Though most of my posts will likely be serious in nature, there may also be some that will tickle your funny bone.  You just never know what there is to be thankful for on any given day.  Let's flood my blog with thankfulness, shall we?

I thought today I would kick things off by going back to the little things that I have been reminding you about.   I have so much to be thankful for and some of them are "really big".  I find in my life however that I often forget to look for the little things that God brings me.  Things like the candy bar waiting from my husband, dinner cooked by the kids, the patient who takes the time to say thank you, the giggle of a baby...

It never ceases to amaze me that the great God who holds the universe in the palm of His hand has time to show me in little ways that He loves me and cares for me.  WOW!  Not only has He given me life and eternal life, He also encouraged someone to smile when I needed it most.

So how about you?  Do you remember to be thankful for the little things?  Do you take time to enjoy them?  Have you thanked God for them today?

I would love to hear what "little thing" you're thankful for today.  Would you care to share?