Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Whiff of Joy Summer Kit and Candy!

I LOVE Whiff of Joy stamps! Love LOVE LOVE them!!!

Before they open their inventory up for ordering, they always have a kit available for pre-ordering. Guaranteed they will be FANTASTIC! But you have to hurry for your pre-order as it closes on Monday, May 4th (sorry for the delay)!

Check out their website by clicking here:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

2 Quick cards I made last night for my nephew's birthday (twins). They turned 15 last week. I have a hard enough time making guys cards, let alone TEEN guy cards!!! But I think each of these fit them.

This one is for Jeshua. He's artsy and really crazy-fun! Used paper from my stash and the Retro Pups (I think that's what it's called) from TAC. Before I realized what I was doing, I taped the white dog onto the gray...I should have rounded the corners on that. Oh well. I don't think he will notice!

This card is for Tatum. He plays guitar, of course. I put the yellow star on the image paper before picking my paper, so I had to go with yellow as an accent. I think it's ok. I like the brads to jazz it up a bit.

I made a card for my parents' anniversary, which is tomorrow (4/29), but since my mom subscribes to my blog I'm not posting it yet. I will in a couple days....

"HI MOM!" :) You guys have fun today and know I love you and am thinking of you!!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

My Weekend Project - Graduation Invitations

My oldest daughter is graduating from high school in one short month! I didn't realize how close it was until last weekend - where does the time go?!

This weekend I worked on her announcements/invitations. I was hoping to find a punch to do the front label, but had no luck. So I printed it off the computer, which was probably better for time reasons. This was the first time I've really used my Big Bite punch for the ribbon...boy, did it ever make it quick & easy! It might possibly become one of my favorite tools!

I decided to combine the announcement with the open house invitation. I know a lot of our family from outside the state will not be able to come, but for simplicity sake I just left them all the same. Who knows...maybe someone will surprise us and show up for the party! Wouldn't that be nice! I'm so glad my parents and brother will be able to come from Colorado!

Well, that's all I have to share for now. I'm off to the basement to work on some more cards that need sending soon. Will post them later.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Orthodox Pascha

This post does not have much to do with paper crafting, but in a round-about way it is about crafting of some sort....

This week is Holy Week for Eastern Orthodox Christians. Yesterday we celebrated Great & Holy Friday (Good Friday) - the crucifiction and burial of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Tonight at 11:30PM we will be starting the celebration of Pascha (Passover), the Glorious Resurrection of Christ.

It is Orthodox tradition to exchange red eggs at Pascha. The egg is a universal symbol of life, and the color red serves to remind us of the precious blood of Christ that was shed on the cross for the salvation of all.

I found this information on a blog regarding the origination of the red eggs: "There exists a tradition which makes Mary Magdalene to be the originator of the custom of using red eggs on Easter day. After the ascension of our Saviour, Mary Magdalene went to Rome to preach the Gospel and, appearing before the Emporer Tiberius, she offered him a red egg, saying: 'CHRIST IS RISEN....' Learning about this offering...the early Christians imitated her, presenting each other with eggs. Hence, eggs began to be used by Christians in the earliest centuries as a symbol of the Resurrection of Christ and of the regeneration of Christians for a new and a better life."

Yesterday, on Great & Holy Friday, I made a batch of Pascha eggs:

And tonight after the celebration of The Divine Liturgy of Pascha, we will join our church family in the breaking of the lenten fast with the eating of the blessed eggs, and proclaiming with all of heaven and earth....


You can find more information on The Orthodox Church on the St Matthew Orthodox Church's website.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Hubby's B-day Card

My wonderful husband's 41st birthday is this Wednesday so I threw together a card for him tonight. Considering the fact that I didn't have much time or energy to make it (not feeling 100%), it didn't turn out too bad!

I bought the chipboard pieces last weekend at the Dollar Store. Front's a bit cheese-y, but not too bad. Hopefully he doesn't think it's too girly with the flower on it! Oh well....I like it! :) Hope you do, too!