And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose. . Romans 8:28


For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:
and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:
and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 / KJV
Jesus is our soon coming King
James 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh."

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Christmas Ballerinas


This photo was taken while I was sitting and waiting for my children to 
get out of class at their dance studio a few days ago.
The tree is simple and white with silver and teal decorations all over it. 
That was the inspiration for the cards I created to share with you today. 

These next cards were created using Fresh Brewed Designs
NEWEST digital stamps!
There were 7 stamps released today. 

{Excuse the poor lighting on these cards. It has been raining here the past
few days and I could not get a great photo ... :-( }

I decided to draw a few dance images.
 It is what I have been doing with most of my time after all. :-) 
I was not ever a dancer. 
I was a tom boy. 
I climbed trees and played with bugs. 
However, if I WERE a ballerina, 
I would be one who danced and had my latte in hand the entire time :) tee hee hee. 
This is also true for my daughters dance teacher, Marice. 
She LOVES coffee. 
We get along quite well ;-)

My first card features the new digi

I tried to get a photo to show off the sparkle, embossed vellum
and the little snowballs, but, again, poor lighting. 
Hope you can see it a little bit ;-)


My children are also performing in this years Nutcracker ballet
at the new studio. I am so excited. My daughter has a few parts and my 
son was asked to be in the party / battle scene with Fritz and the other party boys.
They get swords and don't really have to do ballet. Of course he was in!

I drew this image in honor of a beloved Christmas tradition for many- 

This card has a lot of shine. 
The background paper is shimmery and the paper behind the nutcracker image is a metalic 
silver card stock.  I added crystal stickles to the white flourishes
and to the ballerinas dress. And silver stickles make the nutcracker shine. 

*you will be happy to know that my artistic daughter looked at the first version of
this image and made a crinkly face. She said his face was too round and his
eyes looked mean. When I looked at it, it looked as if he were there to eat
the poor ballerina! HAHAHA!!!
So you get the good one. I will keep the bad one to go and look at from time
to time and laugh :-)

Thank you for stopping by and visiting with us today. 
It is such a lovely day to be spending time with our friends and family and giving 
thanks for all we have. I am so thankful for all the blessings God has given me. 
I could not even begin to list them all. 
Please know that I am so thankful for all of you who visit and who love 
creating with us at Fresh Brewed Designs.
I am also thankful for my very best friends. The ladies on my design team. 
I don't know what I would do without this wonderful support group of beautiful friends.
God truly has blessed me beyond measure.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Card 1:
Jingle Belles - Christmas feast (ballerina with latte :)
                         hope that counts :-)
Crafty Creations: Embossing (card features embossed vellum)
Clear it out - stash (all scraps - old papers and vellum) snowflake

Card 2
Crafting for all Seasons: tis the season
Fab n Funky - die cuts
Dazzling Diva - AG - but goes with the photo color / metalic theme

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WAW Challenge 160

I am dropping by with a super duper fast post.
Forgive me for not being chatty.
I am fighting a cold and have lots to do today ;-)
My husband and dad are going to help an elderly lady fix up
some problems with her house. (repair, toilet, move furniture - that sort of thing)
Whatever she needs really. 
Our small church has decided to 'adopt' a lady who is older and had no one to help her.
We found her through the city. 
When my parents went to speak with her, all she wanted to do was help others.
She spoke of her generation as the forgotten ones. 
There are may lonely elderly people who visit the senior center, and she 
wanted to do things for them instead of herself. Throughout the month of Dec and on, we
 are going to make some baked goods, sing, craft, visit, and get everyone
 (40 people) a small gift for Christmas. I am going to try to get my kids to do some of their 
dances as well. I think my daughter can be talked into it (she is shy) but my son
might not be so willing to dance in front of so many people. We will see..

Anyway -
My project today is for the 

(this challenge is always anything goes as long as it 
features an encouraging sentiment and is family friendly)
*read all rules on blog

Our word art this week is James 1:17

I thought this scripture would make a lovely set of Christmas gift tags. 

Thank you for stopping by.

I do hope you have a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sweet Little Ballerina

My children are participating in this years Nutcracker Ballet production
at their dance studio. This is their first year at this studio and it has been absolutely WONDERFUL
aside from the fact that they have made us broke, lol ;-)
The kids truly enjoy all of their classes and teachers and classmates.
This is the FIRSTyear that I have ever been able to say that about any dance studio
we have been a part of.
Anyway, my daughter is the lead maid, the lead lemon-drop, and dances in the Russian dance
 part of the production. My son was asked if he wanted to be in as one of the boys
 in the party scene. He doesn't take ballet, but once he knew it would not be girly dancing
and they got to pretend sword fight it was all good! :-)
Here is a photo of my sweet ones in one of their costumes:

Aren't they just too adorable?!?
I can't wait to see this on stage!
They have worked SO HARD giving up EVERY SATURDAY to practice. 

My daughter is also a part of their competitive troupe. 
She was assigned a 'little sister' to encourage and help out throughout the dance year
and look out for while at competitions. 
 She asked me if I would make a set of cards for her. I told her she could
make them herself but she insisted and said she would make something next time. 
She chose my newest digi: LITTLE CHRISTMAS BALLERINA
to set the stage so to speak. 

Here is the set of 4 cards I created little Caroline. 

These cards were pretty simple to make. I carefully colored them all
to look as close to the same as possible.
I then used  my cuttlebug and spellbinders lable 4 die to cut her out 
I let the die extend over the paper so I would have a clean straight edge for the embellishment
that I added to the base. I added little bits of sparkle to the nutcracker using a gelly roll pen.
I also added sparkle to her dress and hair bow using crystal stickles. 

The finishing touch to the image was a white gel pen. I added dots to her cheeks, 
highlights on her tights, on the nutcracker, and dots on the holly. I also drew little white
circles around the image to represent snow. It is hard to see in the photos, but
is visible when you hold and tilt the card to the light. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me today.
I hope you have a very happy and blessed day,

City Crafter One Word Sentiment
Cuttlebug Mania_ Girly 
4 crafty chics - sparkle
in the pink- sweet simple

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

We Give Thanks

It's that time of year again.
The time of year where we begin to reflect on all of the things that have happened
in our lives. We think about the ones we love and those who love us.
We take more time to think about how God has blessed us and what we can do
to thank Him and bless others in return. 
I know that money is something many of us do not have nor do we
enjoy talking about. We don't have a fancy home or brand new cars.
We barely get by on my husbands salary alone.
BUT I can say that I am RICHLY blessed.
I have a home that is warm and happy and filled with love.
I have a pantry and freezer full of food to cook for my family.
We have clothes to wear and a place to wash and dry them.
I have all of this and so much more. 
I know that there are many things I would like to do for my family and friends, 
but can't because we don't have the money to do so....
but in reality, what others want more than THINGS is love. 
Your time. Prayer. A phone call. A card in the mail. A hug. A moment.

Something real. Real emotion. True compassion. Not just sympathy, but Empathy
 for those who are hurting. 
 I encourage you to do more of that this year. 
I know I am going to try to do so myself. 


The next two cards I am going to share with you are all 

The new challenge at Freshly Brewed Challenges is just that. 

There is nothing greater to 
 give thanks for than the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

I colored this image using prismacolor pencils. 
I am not great at coloring with them, but really do like the softness of the colors and how
it turned out. I hope you do too. 


Next is the new challenge at WAW:

our word art this week is free for you to save and use on 
your creations. You are not required to use it for this challenge. 
Read all of the rules and requirements on the blog >HERE<

this card was completely created using scraps from my scrap pile!
I kept the layers flat so that it would be easy to mail out. 

I hope to see you play along in these challenges and I hope
you are encouraged by all of these  challenges and posts. 
I know I am. 

Have a blessed day, 

The card concept: Krafty Christmas 
Love to Create: Christmas

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Let it Go .. or Let it SNOW!

Good Morning. 
I have a fun card to share with you today.
This card features a few Fresh Brewed Digital stamps
that I put together to create a fun scene for the new challenge 
that is being sponsored by{me} Fresh Brewed Designs. 

Their song for this challenge is from FROZEN: LET IT GO

Images used:

I colored and cut this little snowman image out three times. 
I did this last night at midnight after a 6 hour ride in the car with 
two kids, a husband and a dog. So please don't look too closely ;-)

The christmas house and oh christmas tree digis were printed out near
each other. I then took a doodle pen and drew the line of snow to make them 
meet one another. I used a pale jade green to draw the lines across the sky.
I used a sky blue to draw snowflake dots then traced around them with a white gel 
pen to make them look more like snowflakes. The house was also decorated with the 
white gel pen. All of the pretty glitter is from my stickles collection.

This paper is awesome. I so love this stack!
American Craft: Hot Cocoa

 here is another view of the card showing the snowman layers and the pretty shimmer. 

Be sure to stop by their challenge blog and check out all of the
fabulous design team creations!

Have a lovely and blessed day,

Jingle Belles -great outdoors
Holly Jolly - Red Green White
Simon Says Stamp Wed - Stars (on tree)
creative card crew - christmas joy

Word Art Wednesday: Give Thanks

I just spent a few days at my granny's house. 
We visited with her, my aunt, uncle, and a little boy that lives in the neighborhood 
nicknamed Little Man. My son loves playing with this kid. :-)
They go to rope swings, play basketball, run around the woods .. you name it! 
Things my son never gets to do at home. 
My daughter and I sag on the porch and chatted with everyone. We
laughed and talked and had a really good time. Granny cooked us dinner on Monday.
We ate mustard greens, cornbread, pinto beans, turkey breast, real mashed potatoes, 
and corn. It was SOOOO GOOD!!! It was so nice to just be there and relax.
The leaves had not all fallen from the trees yet. We got to see lots of pretty colors. 
We also got to rake up the ones that had fallen all over granny's yard. 
It helped build up our appetites for her wonderful meal and made us feel good
at the same time. 

This week's scripture is all about giving thanks. 
I don't think I have to go into much detail about how thankful I am
for the last few days I have had. They were wonderful and God blessed us so much!

And here are a few photos from our trip:

Thank you for stopping by. 
I hope you have a beautiful and blessed day


Saturday, November 8, 2014

a very Merry Christmas

Happy Saturday!
I am spending another Saturday with my kids at nucracker rehearsal. 
I can not wait to see them perform in this show!
This is the first time they have done anything at this new studio
and the first time they have been in a ballet. 
My daughter has a few lead parts and my son was asked to join 
in the party scene where the little boys sword fight and dance around with 
Fritz. I know they are excited. They have worked their butts off in preparation. 
Every Saturday since September has been spent at the dance studio. 

All of that leads to this little wintery card I created. 

This card features the Fresh Brewed Designs Digital Stamps:

I am bursting with Christmas this year. Well, 
I have kept it inside, but I feel like I am bursting with it. 
Not necessarily the decorating and such but the feeling of it. I love the LOVE
that Christmas brings. All because of a baby who was born on this day
who brought love into the world with him. When I hear the word love
I immediately think JESUS. He loves us so much!!!

Ok, back to the card :-)

Here is a photo of all of the sparkle. 
To create the snow, I spread out some freshly fallen snow paint
over the white cardstock then sprinkled it while wet with martha stewart glitter: snow and carrara marble. The snowflakes were cut with a cricut cartridge: accent essentials, dabbed with tacky glue and then coated in the carrara marble glitter as well. 

I used the SCS Sketch 513 for this card

Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me. 
I hope you have a very lovely weekend. 

other challenges:
ABC Christmas - very merry christmas
jingle belles - great outdoors
Winter wonderland - frosty the snowman

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

In EVERYTHING Give Thanks - Pumpkin

Good Morning!
I have two projects to share with you.
I have a NEW Word Art Wednesday challenge project and
a matching card for a NEW Freshly Brewed Designs challenge. 

This weeks WAW Anything Goes Challenge scripture is FREE for you!
*it always is*
You do not have to use it to create your project. 
The challenges are always anything goes using family friendly 
and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. 
This weeks WAW Sponsors: Daydream Designs  and Heart & Soul Rubber Stamp Co.

We also have a new Freshly Brewed Challenge!
This challenge is to create anything using COLORS OF FALL.
Simple enough right?

Here are my projects:

This was such a fun project to make. I actually cleaned out my craft room. We moved furniture around and I HAD to go through EVERYTHING!!! So I totally did SHOP MY STASH this week. I cut my scrap pile in half by setting a box aside for some friends to go through. The rest will go to a few little girls at dance. I taught a few girls how to make cards and they are hooked.

I cut out several circles using the plantin schoolbook cricut cartridge then cut out a large scalloped circle, leaves, and flourishes using the accent essentials cartridge. The image was paper pieced by printing the image onto patterned cardstock. 
The image was cut out using a lacy circles spellbinder die. 
I love the glitter!!! It is called  green agate by Martha Stewart. It is a very light, silvery green. 
So pretty. I outlined the pumpkin using a glue pen an sprinkled glitter over it. 
I used an old watercolor brush from the kids craft supplies to brush away the access glitter. 
For the paper pumpkin, I traced the edges with aleens tacky glue and sprinkled the glitter over it. 

I tried to get a photo of the crystal fine glitter on the edges of the pumpkins leaves and stem, 
but it didn't work out too well for me ;)
Just know its there, lol!

Here is a photo of the top of the pumpkin
that features the free word art wednesday word art file:

And here is a close up of just the little card featuring our newest
digital stamp from Fresh Brewed Designs

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting with me today. 
I hope that you enjoyed your stop and that you were inspired to 
create and play along in our challenges 
but most of all to stop for a minute and think about all that the Lord has done for you. 
Good times and hard times. The happy and sad. 
Every moment of every single day He is there with us.
Our father, friend, comforter, teacher ...
He is everything and only wants what is best for us. 

In EVERYTHING give thanks
because He LOVES you!

Have a blessed and happy day,

Shopping our Stash: Leaves (paper in stash)
Cards in Envy: pumpkin patch
Craft hoarders anonymous: thank you (paper at least 5 years old)
Crafty Cardmakers_ cut it out
The Card Concept: CAlayering
cure for the monday blues_ photo insp - pumpkins

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