Perpetual Scripture Calendar

Hubs and I hosted a social for our church group at our home last month. 
I wanted to give something sweet to the wives.
You know, just to let them know I love them.
 This pdf download was the perfect answer to my search.
I purchased it on Etsy from Amy J Delightful.
After printing 15 copies of each page, I cut and bound them.
For the back cover I used coordinating cardstock.
The front and back covers are laminated.
I used my Purple Cows laminating machine.
(Love that gadget)
The plastic comb binding (a machine we’ve had for about 20 years)
allows for the calendar pages to be displayed horizontally
. . .or vertically.
Great inspiration all tied up in a cute little book.
What inspires you, my friends?

2012 Christmas Card

Tis the season, creative counterparts.  Here’s this year’s Christmas card.  I kept it pretty simple in style so as not to distract from the sentiment on the inside, which is what is most important:

The color scheme is a little outside the box for me.  I’m usually pretty much a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas colors.  But overall, I am pleased with my foray into contemporary colors.  So here is what I used for my cards:

Card base – Gina K. Designs heavy base weight navy cardstock
Patterned paper – Jingle by Close to My Heart
Mister Huey’s Color Mists in opaque white (doesn’t show up in the photos, but adds great dimension in real life)
Snowflake – Kerri Bradford cut file from the This and That Winter kit
Silver embossing powder by Hero Arts
Scalloped Window with candle (I omitted the candles) cut file from Silhouette
Inside sentiment – white cardstock, Ginda K. Designs pure luxury layering weight; Sentiment is a Silhouette cut file that I converted to a print and cut file along with the window frame from the front of the card
Silver metal ‘gem’ by Mark Richards

Most of my creative efforts are spent in front of my sewing maching, but my sewing and crafting time is pretty much split during this time of year as there are so many great gift items to be made.  I do, however, have a quick little sewing project to share with you this weekend.  So stay tuned.   🙂

What about you, does your sewing time give way to other creative outlets during this season?  I would love to hear about or see some of your projects.


There is Beauty Scrapbook Layout

As my disclaimer states, I always have a notion to sew, but sometimes other endeavors take my attention.  This is one of those instances.  I fully intended to start another sewing project today, but this photo kept staring at me and I had to make a scrapbook page.

The papers I used are a combination of papers from Anna Griffin, K & Comapny, and Close to My Heart.  I used this kit from Kerri Bradford to make the photo collage.  It was the first time I’ve used any of her photo masks and I am hooked.  The black flowers above the photo were made by stamping (Hero Arts stamp) with Versa Mark ink and then embossing with black embossing powder.  The layout was inspired from a layout by Nichol Magouirk.  I die cut the title and the notebook tag using my Silhouette.  The die cuts are also designs by Kerri Bradford.  The two embellishments on the bottom right corner are from K & Company.

Okay, back to sewing.