Monday, January 30, 2012

Gnomes

I hope you aren't sick to death of my gnome cards, but I adore coloring up this stamp set.





Here my little men are given center stage without any patterned paper to take the spotlight away.  I love them on this yellow argyle background with these leaf branches complementing them.  Can you see the peek of cork mat layer underneath.  It's very nice in person and it raises the image up a bit to add more emphasis.

So what does your week ahead look like?  Mine is busy, busy, busy.  Today I'm off on a business trip to Indianapolis and then Dallas, home again Wednesday.  I decided to wear my Patriots shirt to Indiana since there are probably some Super Bowl fans and media gathering.  Why not show my team colors while there - even if  I'm leaving well before the festivities start.  

Oh, and below are our photo's from Patriot Place.  Here is our family with PAT the PATRIOT and the AFC trophy. 

The second photo is me wearing a SUPERBOWL ring (well, a replica!)  I really hope our boys each get rings next week.

When I return from my business trip, I'll get busy preparing the menu for the big game.    I've heard it's fun to make foods that represent the teams geographic area so New England Clam Chowder is on the menu, even though I think of this as a summer dish and it's not a traditional football food.  However Jessa loves it and I love it too, so we'll serve it up.  What are you making for the big game?  I am still looking for ideas and would love to hear your menu suggestions.

Well, I hope you all have a great Monday.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cards for Soldiers

Hi bloggers,

We had so much fun today making a whole bunch of cards for soldiers.  9 ladies came and filled two tables and make about 10 of each design I had prepared.





It's always fun to see the big pile of cards before I box them up.  It's always fun to see the ways people take the original design and make it their own.  We had 4 designs today - colorful birthday, pastel st. patrick's day, spring tree and elegant roses.  I showed you the blue/green cards earlier this week.  Below are the others.  I showed you the pastels last week, here are the other two up close.

Even though it's a fair amount of preparation, it's a great day when it happens.  The ladies really enjoy chatting and creating and I'm sure the soldiers really appreciate the beautiful handmade cards they get to use.  It's truly a win-win!


Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.




Friday, January 27, 2012

Two bright and springy cards for a gloomy January day

Hi bloggers,

I have two cards to share with you today for the blogger's challenge.  Our challenge this week was texture.  Yum.  I love adding texture to my cards.

First up is a fun card using my Taylored Expression Stamp Set.  Wouldn't you agree that you simply can't go wrong with aqua blue and light green?  What a great color combination - especially for a fun spring card.  The texture comes from several places - first and foremost - the cuttlebug embossing polka dot die and second from the distress stickles that add texture to the leaves on the trees.  I also count the ribbon as texture, but maybe you don't.
Second up is a St. Patrick's Day card using a free Waltzingmouse digital image.




I don't know if I can this one has texture but the pierced paper, crystal accents and raised image maybe could count.

So we have a fun and busy weekend ahead.  My in-laws and my husband's aunt and her family are coming to town for a visit to watch two of Eric's basketball games, one tonight and another tomorrow afternoon.  We hope to head to Patriot's Place on Saturday and visit the Patriot's Hall.  It's supposed to be a great exhibit of Patriot Football, and we'll get to see (and take pictures with) the trophy the Patriot's won during last week's play-off game.  Then, as if, all that wasn't enough, I have several friends coming Sunday for a Card's for Soldier's workshop.   We'll make these cards above, plus two others.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Papertrey ink blog hop

Hi bloggers,

Today is January 25th and you know what that means don't you?  It's Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop!  I love this challenge.  We are to find a favorite card from 2011 and use it as inspiration to make a new card.

One of my favorite cards from last year is this orange tulip card.





I made this card last summer, shortly after attending a copic certification class.  I was eager to try out all those blending techniques with this stamp.  So this is my inspiration card for today's challenge.  I decided to go with the color scheme and ink up my bitty bird stamp set as a valentine card for my dear husband.




So here is today's card using the Tangerine Tango, Green, Kraft and Ivory colors.  I love how the bitty birds can almost look like they are kissing. I used my new gingham background stamp with mat stack 5 (all three sizes.)  I love how tiny tags can be 'doubled up' to achieve this double sentiment - love you and husband combined on two tags. 

I hope you are all staying warm on this cold winter's day.  I'm off to make dinner for my family.  I think this is the first meal that I've cooked for them all week.  With my son in basketball, it's a rare evening that all of us are home.  Tonight will be roast Pork, home-made applesauce and mashed potatoes.  I'll pass on the potatoes though - too many weight watcher points so I'll just have pork, applesauce and veggies and hopefully be perfectly satisfied!  What are you having for dinner tonight?

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Have a great day!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Welcome Gnome

Good morning bloggers,

My alarm went off way too early this morning.  At 5:50am I was comfy/cozy in my bed and so wanted to roll over and pretend it was Sunday, but since it was Monday I got up and started drinking coffee to wake up.  I don't know how people do it who regularly only get 5-6 hours of sleep (or less.)  I love my 8 hours and when I only get 7, I miss that last hour.

Have any of you heard of Dr. Oz's Transformation Nation program?  He has a challenge (with a million dollar prize) to get healthy and one of the areas we are encouraged to improve is our quality of sleep.  I have been using this sleep log to track my sleep to improve my health.  Check it out below if you want to improve your health.

http://doctoroz.sharecare.com/

So, did you catch the games yesterday?  We sat in disbelief and joy as we watched the Patriot's win the game yesterday.  We were so convinced as the 4th quarter progressed that we would lose.  It's crazy how often the final moments of key games are decided by either really big errors or really big successes.  The 49ers game was the same.  So for all you who wanted exciting championship games - you got what you wanted.  Me, I'd take a blow out any day, so long as my team comes out on top.

So, ready to see my card?  This cutey is from my 'There She Goes' gnome set.





I did some paper piecing on this and used some fun summer colors for her.  I love how the 'mommy' gnome has a fresh mushroom to welcome her loved one home. Not sure who will receive this one, but I just love that sentiment and image.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Snow

Good morning bloggers,

I am sitting today enjoying a beautiful view our my window of sunshine on fresh fallen snow.  This is the first snow we've had this season and while it was messy yesterday when it was falling, today it is really pretty - especially since I'm viewing it from my warm chair!  I am so happy to have a blog post for you again.  Last week was quite busy.  Between working longer hours and basketball games there was no time for any crafting.  My little craft table sat unused for 6 days straight!  I was happy to get back there yesterday and make these two goodies.

This first card came out really nice.  I used the papertrey ink technique of ghost masking.  You can watch the video from papertrey ink's Betsy Veldman below if you want to try it.

 I love these sunflowers inked up in more mustard.  I also love my new tag it dies and stamps.   It allows me to customize a card for the recipient and add a little accent to the card.  This will be for my Mom's 75th birthday coming in February.  Bright sunflowers are perfect for her!

Next up is a card for Bloggers Challenge.  The challenge was to do something with time.  I had just received my first 'Taylored Expression' stamp order in the mail and couldn't wait to color up these season images so my time card is the changing of the seasons.  It's a little busy, but the images are darling.  I am excited to play with these images and sentiments throughout the year.  See - I am holding to my New Year's Resolution of trying new stamps from companies I haven't bought from before.

Oh and lastly, I added a new resolution late in the month. I hopped on a scale at home to confirm why my clothes were fitting tightly and yup, I had gained about 5 pounds over the holidays so I'm back to weight watchers.  It's a great program and I love the leader at my Grafton class.  I was eager to go back last week, but am struggling.  I always do the first two weeks.  Once I get my habits and activity aligned it is easier, but the first few weeks are tough.  It requires a lot of planning and I haven't been able to stock the pantry appropriately, get in extra activity, nor cook the healthy meals.  Today I'll hit the market on my way home from church and stock up on some veggies and low point snacks.  I'll also make some soup which is great for low point lunches.

Today I'll head out with the dogs and let them play in the snow, then hit the couch for our big play-off game.  At 3:00 the patriots play the ravens and we will all be so excited if they win and go on the superbowl.  Go Pats!  Have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by.



Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy Martin Luther King Birthday!


Good morning bloggers,

Do you have the day off?   I do and I'm being very lazy relaxed.  It's cold out and the dogs and I are lounging around trying to muster the energy to bundle up and go for a good long walk.  It's sunny and we'll enjoy our time outside, but right now we are all enjoying our time on the couch!!!

I have two cards for you today.  Both are for challenges.  The first one is for MFT's sketch challenge.

 The second one is for The Cat's Pajama's Challenge to use embossing.  The white strips behind the image are embossed and the sentiment is embossed.
 Well, time to get motivated to head outside.  Have a great day.  Thanks for visiting today.


Friday, January 13, 2012

Things with wings - Make it Monday challenge

Hi bloggers,

Happy Friday.  It's a dreary day here in New England.  Cold.  Wet.  Grey.  Yuck.  Lucky for me I am meeting a friend for lunch who I haven't seen in a while, so that will add a nice bright spot to an otherwise blah day.  Maybe a nice soup and salad meal from Panera will warm things up a bit too.

So before I show you my card today, let's talk about football.  We have a big game Saturday night - Tom Brady and the New England Patriots against Tim Tebow and the Denver Bronco's.  Sadly, my husband and I won't be able to watch the game in it's entirety.  We had made plans to go to Maine to see my Mom and her husband in their opera.  So, we will be watching her performance from 7:30-9:00 and not able to see the game till half-time.  I think I'm going to owe my husband big time for this one.    Luckily the show is short and nearby the theater is a sports bar.  My mom will be off at her cast party and Bob and I will hit the sports bar after the show to cheer our our beloved team.  We are hopeful that the Pat's pull off a win.  The Bronco's have a lot of momentum, so it should be a good/competitive game.  I just hope we win.  I'm a big Tebow fan, but against Brady - I'm rooting for my home town boy.  Go Pats!  Do you have a big game coming up?  Who are you rooting for Saturday night?  And, on the lighter side... check out the videos below.  First up is a lighthearted skit picking on Tim Tebow's awesome overtime pass last week.  Second, Jimmy Fallon doing David Bowie/Tim Tebow singing.  We all laughed when we saw these.  Enjoy!

Conan-peanut-players-tim-tebow



tebowie

So, now my card!  The papertrey ink make it monday technique this week was to create a background using border dies.  I just got this fun zigzag border die and decided to use it on cork and make a textured background for my bitty bird get well card.


I chose bitty bird as my stamp for this because our bloggers challenge this week was to make a card with 'things with wings' and yes, birds have wings!  The birds are die cut in Hawaiian shores felt, then stamped with momento black ink.  They are quite colorful and fun.

To learn more about the make it monday technique, check out the papertrey blog post below:

http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2012/01/make-it-monday-48-creating-backgrounds-with-border-dies.html

I hope you all have a great day and a great weekend.  I'll be back on Monday with another post!  Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cards magazine chose one of my cards for the June issue!



I was so excited to get an e-mail from Northridge publishing yesterday saying they wanted to publish one of my cards in the June issue!  I am so excited.  As you know from previous posts, I've submitted a few things this fall/winter for CARDS and wasn't sure my style matched theirs.  It will be so nice to see my card in print.  They did warn me that not every card that is selected is actually in the publication, they sometimes have space constraints, but just being chosen is an honor.  Now I have to write up my supply list, instructions and mail the card to them.  Then they will send me my card back with two copies of the magazine and some scrapbooking supplies.  So for all of you who are thinking about trying to get published, try it! 

Of course you realize that I can't show you this card until JULY, but let me just tell you it's a card with no stamps on it with a theme of clouds. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and sharing in my joy!  I hope you have a great day!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Just for fun cards

Hi bloggers,

Today's post is two 'just for fun' cards.  I mentioned on an earlier blog post that my mom's extended family does a belated christmas celebration with a handmade name draw.  The party is Saturday January 14th.  I say my mom's extended family but  only my sister and I attend the party, which seems odd to most people but that is probably a story better told in person than on a blog so we'll leave that one alone for now.  My sister Kathie and I have always been close with our upstate' cousins so we've both made a real effort to try to stay in touch and attend family events.  My husband and I have a conflict this year and won't be able to join the party, but we'll try to make it next year or to another family event in 2012.

So for the name draw I drew one of my cousins name and guess what she's getting?  Yup, two boxes of handmade all occasion cards.  I hope she likes them.  Below are two I made just for her, using some of my favorite layouts and stamp sets.  These will get tucked into a plastic card box, wrapped up with a bow and mailed off this week for the party Saturday.  These will be wrapped up with a bunch of other cards you've seen on this post over the last month for various challenges and magazine submissions. 

Well, I hope you have a fabulous day.  Thanks for visiting my blog.

Monday, January 9, 2012

one more make it monday & senioritis

Hi all,

I made one more make it monday challenge before the 7am deadline.  The technique I used is making a glitter strip with score tape.  I love this.  I can't believe I never tried it before.  It's super easy and the card is so elegant with the bling!


Did you have a nice weekend?  I hope so.  Mine flew by.  It started Friday night at Eric's basketball game.  Bob and I were signed up to work concessions and we both realized as we finished up the night that it was our last concession stand work we would ever do!  Whitinsville Christian doesn't have concessions for baseball so now that we did our 'once per season' concession work we are done!  And as far as I know, grandparents don't work concessions so we are done, done, done!  All those little league concessions - all those youth hoop concessions, soccer concessions and of course - basketball concessions.  Believe me, I've put in my time!   It's funny how senioritis also affects parents.  As Eric winds down his school years, Bob and I are finding that we are winding down our school involvement also.  I mean we still help out and do our fair share, but it's much different when the kids were younger.  We had a few laughs because the parents we worked with Friday were newbies.  These people had a freshman son playing JV and they had never worked any concessions at all.  They were very eager beavers and frankly kind of annoying.  The father kept wanting to give me suggestions.. about how they should store the candy/soda and track prices.  I kept pointing him to the lady in charge and saying - I'm just here tonight - Monique is the one you need to talk to......  He wanted some type of shortcut for figuring the prices and I was like - hey - do the math in your head like the rest of us.  It can be challenging, but it keeps you sharp - you know?  For example, someone orders 2 slices of pizza (1.75 each) a gatorade (1.50) and a candy bar (1.00.)  We just add the math in our head (3.50+1.50= 5.00 + 1.00.)  He wanted some elaborate spreadsheet printed that would show the combinations!  He also wanted to chat with each customer, and inquire of the little ones about their candy choices.  I kept trying to get the next in line and move em out - you know!  I mean these people came to watch the game.  They don't want to still be in line when 1/2 time is over!    Monique was happy to chat with Mr. Enthusiasm.  She is a parent of a senior too and is probably got her eye out for someone to take over next year. 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Valentines Day - Denami Blog Hop

Hi bloggers,

So how is your January weather been?   I normally love a good snow storm, but for us in New England winter is taking it's sweet time to arrive and frankly, after last winter, I'm okay with that.  We are having a beautiful weekend - temperatures in the 50's and bright sunshine.  I'll take it!

So, today my post is a Denami Valentine's Card for the valentine blog hop!




I am slowly building up my inventory of Denami stamps and last month bought my first Denami Chickie.  I can't believe I never had one before.   This is a cute girl chick with a darling flower in her hair.  Of course she got inked up with some traditional light yellows, but those flowers were begging for some RV copics!

I had this My Mind's Eye paper and just love matching up pinks with dark brown.  I love how this satin ribbon really adds a sweet touch to this girly card. 

So, if you are here from the Denami blog hop, you probably arrived from Lani Misner's site.

http://mutantscrapbooker.blogspot.com/

Your next stop on the hop is Linda Nomura's site.

http://www.scraphappylin.blogspot.com/

Leave a comment on all the blogs on the hop for a chance to win one of 3 $20.00 gift certificates.  Good luck!  Happy hopping!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Just for fun...

Are you in the mood for a laugh?  Of course you are!  So, for all you crafters out there who like a little eye candy, here you go.







And now that you've had a laugh (or two) how about checking out my cards for today?  These are two clean and simple designs.  I'm loving this tangerine tango color as an accent and love this layout for a fun colored up penny black image.

 This second card is also a clean and simple design for a stampavie image.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Bloggers Challenge

Good morning bloggers,

So how is everyone doing with their New Year's Resolutions?   I'm a sucker for a resolution.  I, like everyone else, don't do well keeping them, but I can't resist them when a new year starts or a change is happening.  I sadly didn't get to keep my workout routine going during the last two weeks of December and am feeling flabby (flabbier than usual that is.)  I don't like it.  I also indulged in too many sweets and rich foods and am finding all my clothes are tight.  I really, really, really wish there was a magic button I could press that would put me back where I was Dec 1st (or better yet at my weight when I was 30), but the only solution is to burn or eat less calories than my body needs.  Sigh.  I've had success with weight watchers.  Their program really works.  I do well to plan ahead to eat high fiber foods rich in protein and nutrients and limit the processed/sugary foods.  So, today I will plan ahead and write it down!

How about a fun resolution?  I also am resolved to add more variety to my stamping.  I can't resist getting some new products each month, but am eager this year to explore new brands of products.  There are some really fun stamp companies out there, like YNS (your next stamp), Taylored Expressions and Lawn Fawn.  For this year, I resolve to use some of my stamping budget on these companies and others that I've admired from afar.  Too often I find myself gravitating toward the familiar and spend all my budget at my familiar stores.  It will probably mean paying a nominal shipping fee (gasp) since I probably won't be buying an order big enough to qualify for free shipping, but geez, it's probably less than $5.00 for shipping and it's worth it to me to add that variety in.

Anyway, on to today's card. The Blogger's Challenge this week was a color combination.  Black, Green, Purple and white.  I was working on my card pack for my gift pack and decided to do a spring/Easter card.  Something about purple makes me think of pastel Easter eggs and I wanted to ink up this waltzingmouse set and color with copics.   Normally I don't add black, but this accent adds a nice touch to the pastels, don't you think?


Oh and last but definitely not least, look what came in the mail yesterday?  Isn't that handmade rainbow scarf BEAUTIFUL?  My dear cousin Caroline sent this to me.  I had sent her some unloved stamps for her and her girls to use and this is the wonderful reward I received.  Caroline is a fabulous knitter.  She makes her own yarn too!  Go-gus!!!  Thanks so much!

Have a great day.  Stop by this weekend for a peek at my Denami blog hop creation on Sunday!  I may also get a chance to do one (or two) more papertrey make it monday challenges.  We'll see!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Impression Obsession Valentine Challenge Hearts and Flowers

Hello Bloggers,

How are you today?  I have two cards to share with you today, both are using the same layout and stamp from Impression Obsession.

The first is for the I/O challenge.





The challenge is to use an I/O stamp with hearts and/or flowers for a valentines theme.  I knew right away I wanted to use this floral stamp combined with Papertrey inks autumn rose paper.   The stamp is F2290 Flower Pitchers.  Lots of fun to color and I added some distress stickles to the leaves and some pearl accents to the flowers.  It adds a little touch of glimmer.

Do you want to play along with this challenge?  Just click the link below for the details. The challenge is on till next week so lots of time to play if you can!

http://mitrafriant.typepad.com/impression_obsession_news/2012/01/our-dt-members-are-ready-for-you-to-take-a-look-at-their-designs-using-pink-some-will-also-be-using-a-some-of-our-stamps-f.html

I liked this card so much I decided to make another this time with orange, yellow and aqua.  It's always amazing how different a card can be with different colors.

I am busy working on a card stash of general purpose cards.  Our family does Christmas craft and we exchange gifts on Martin Luther King birthday weekend so I'm busy cranking out some beauties for the gift pack.  Thus when I find a design I like, I'm making two!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Make it a great one.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Another Make it Monday

Hi all,

I couldn't resist trying another 'missed' technique from PTI's make it monday challenge.  So, here is my card using the technique 'vellum strips.'





Now, when I look at this picture, I am appalled at how crooked the image looks.  I will be doing a re-do on this.  It is not okay that the lines on the bottom don't line up.

Anyway, let me tell you about this fun card.  When you see it up close you can tell that the navy background is textured.  It doesn't show up well in the photo, but the texture adds a lot here.  I decided to use my tangerine tango SU paper.  Originally I was using river rock (a soft pale green) where the orange is but I wanted to punch this up a bit and add some pizzaz.  I had just read Mary Rose's blog and she was describing this year's 'in' color.  Did you know that this year the color is orange?  Pantone lists all colors with numbers.  These are used in everything and this year's color is Tangerine Tango. 




It's a very fun, sexy and warm color.  I will be sure to try to grab it more often to ensure my 2012 cards are current with this years color scheme!  I love this color paired with navy.   I'll have fun finding out what other colors this goes with!

I used the MIM technique of vellum strips.  Here the trick is to score your vellum and put your adhesive underneath the score lines.  Then the adhesive doesn't show!  Great idea.

So, have I inspired you to make something with orange?  I hope so. Have a wonderful day.  Thanks so much for stopping by. 


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Make it Monday Challenge

Good morning bloggers,

Yesterday I was so happy to see Nichole's blog and this week's make it monday challenge.  This week Nichole posted all of last years videos and encouraged us to pick one (or more) that we didn't get to and try it out.


 http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2012/01/make-it-monday-47-2011-a-la-carte.html


I missed a BUNCH of these video's last year and was especially interested in the one about making my own colored striped ribbons using copic markers.  I had seen this technique used by Nichole and had tried it on my own with no success.  The video proved very helpful.  The key is to use a grosgrain or satin ribbon.  The seam binding ribbon absorbs too much ink.  The other trick is to move the marker VERY QUICKLY across the ribbon - you can't hesitate at all or you get clumps.  So, viola - here is my card using my hand-made striped ribbon.  Note:  I made the mistake of hesitating and there is a BIG clump of pink, right in the center of my ribbon, however I hid it when I made the ribbon so the 'bad' part doesn't show.    Hey, some of the best cards come from fixing boo-boo's - right?

This is another sympathy card for baby Sophia.  I decided to send a card to Doug and Mandy (the parents) and also another card for Sue and Bob (the grandparents.)  I thought the pretty image of the pink tulips with the added embellishment of the ribbon would be a nice touch for a sympathy statement for baby Sophia - it's very girly, but classic and elegant too. 

Well, life is starting to get back to normal.  We had really unusually warm weather for Christmas but winter has arrived today.  Brrr, it's pretty cold out there.  As much as I love living in New England, I forget how inconvenient bitter cold is.  I am very thankful for my warm house, coffee and hot shower.  Make it a great day.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 2, 2012

A few winter cards to start 2012


Call me crazy, but there is something comforting and inviting about life getting 'back to normal.'  December got much busier than I expected and I'm looking forward to the comfort of my normal routine.
So the My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club challenge is part of my weekly routine - at least most weeks.  I have had this snowman image stamped and ready to go for quite a while but only today had the chance to color it up and turn it into a card.  This weeks challenge was the perfect chance to use it.  Isn't he adorable?
 I got a papertrey ink stamp and die from Eric for christmas. I just love this ice skate set.
The sentiments from this set are adorable - especially for winter birthday's.  I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with this over the years.




Sunday, January 1, 2012

12 blogs of Christmas blog 12 Sharing Joy

Happy New Year.  2012 here we come. 

I have two cards to share with you before I share my final christmas blog 'sharing joy.'

The first card is a birthday card for Jessa.  I had won these two combination stamp/die sets by posting a comment on the My Favorite Things blog.  It was so fun to have these arrive in my mailbox the week before Christmas. 



This numbers set is PERFECT for birthday's and anniversary cards.  I love it and imagine I'll get lots of use from this set.  I used a variety of my mind's eye coordinating papers to make this elegant/shabby chic card for her. I also decorated the inside with some of my scraps. 





The second card is for a new year's challenge by Penny Black and Flower Soft.




The challenge here was to be inspired by the designers cards and make our own card using a penny black stamp with flower soft.  I only own one penny black stamp - although I really hope to get a few more cause I love her style.  This fun fairy girl is a favorite of my niece Hannah's - can you tell why?  She's so darn cute and so fun to color up in a variety of ways.  I was inspired by Jeane Streiff's post where she did her card in multiple shades of blue.  You can check her post out here.

http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2011/12/30/penny-blackflower-soft-blog-hop/

I decided to ink up this fairy girl with copics and paper piece her with some pretty blue snowy papers.  I have some really pretty delphinium colored flower soft so I put that on her fairy wings. So fun!

So now, my LAST 12 blogs of Christmas post.  Today's post topic is sharing joy.   According to the dictionary, joy is defined as:

  1. great happiness: feelings of great happiness or pleasure, especially of an elevated or spiritual kind
  2. something that brings happiness: a pleasurable aspect of something or source of happiness
  3. enjoy something: to delight in something
According to the bible, joy is a by product of living in relationship (abiding) in God:

'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  ' Galatians 5:22

Joy is something God wants us to experience.  He doesn't want us to wait to win the lottery to experience it.  He wants us to experience joy in the everyday.   I recently read an article in Prevention magazine that talked about happiness.  In the article it mentioned that often we are not happy because we are awaiting certain circumstances to happen in order to experience happiness.  The article went on to say that happiness, joy and contentment should be something we look to experience even if we are not having monumental life experiences.

It's an interesting article...   Check it out below:


As we start the new year, why not look for joy in the every day? And when you find a joy in a day, why not share it - by smiling to a stranger or offering a kind word.  Have a great day.  Thanks for stopping by!