Saturday, October 25, 2014

Celebrating Life (Scrapbook Saturday)

Life is so very precious, and when the life of someone we love is threatened and then spared, we can't help but celebrate day after blessed day! For today's "Scrapbook Saturday" share, designer Melissa Craig has created two beautiful pages, celebrating the lives of two amazing women.

This first page (at the top of today's post) commemorates Melissa's beloved sister, Theresa. As you've probably guessed, Theresa is a breast cancer survivor. Certainly this moniker -- "breast cancer survivor" -- does not define Theresa, but it is a tremendous cause for celebration. The photo framed on this page was taken at Theresa's one-year post-cancer "Celebration of Life." She is surrounded by loved ones, and couldn't be more beautiful!

To create this page, Melissa used the paper and image (Oscar the cat) from the "Think Pink" set (downloadable for free at our shop). The embellishments she added are so sweet, and just add to the aura of love for her sister that exudes from this page. Pink ribboned buttons, doodle heart flowers, and a darling little pink ribbon stick pin...these are adorable!

This second page was a special gift to me from Melissa. (Thank you, Melissa -- from the bottom of my heart!!!) Just last week my own sister, Betty, completed her treatment for breast cancer. At the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where she was treated, they have a tradition of having the patients "ring the bell" when they complete their treatment. This is symbolic, yes, but the act of ringing that bell meant so much to my sister, and by extension, those of us who love her. She was blessed to have her closest friends join her for this occasion. One of the difficult things for me about her battle this past year has been not being able to physically be there with her throughout; praise God for those loving friends who helped to keep her spirited and determined!

To create this page, Melissa used some of the elements from the "Passionately Pink" set (also available to download for free at our shop). She did such a beautiful job of preserving this special event!

Life...again, I say it is very, very precious. I encourage you to celebrate it today and every day, no matter your circumstances! :-)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Winter Woods with Faith Anderson

Fall is well underway here in the northern hemisphere, which means...YES! Winter is coming! I find that most people have pretty strong feelings about this season -- they either love it or they hate it. Whether you are in the "love" camp or the "hate" camp, you have to admit that there are some very beautiful things about this season!

For today's share, our October Guest Designer, Faith Anderson, has created a stunning diorama card that highlights the beauty of winter. Faith used an image and greeting from the "Winter Woods" set to create this, along with some gorgeous snowflake papers. She layered parts of the moose image to give it dimension, and even glittered up his horns to look like a dusting of snow. The punched and layered snowflakes that she added give even more life to this scene. I especially love how she accented those snowflakes -- some with jewels, some with glittery bows. As I told Faith when I first saw this, this is truly a showpiece for the mantel!

If you'd like to see more of Faith's amazing creations, please visit her blog at Daffodil Cards. We'll also be back next Wednesday with one last creation by Faith as our October Guest Designer, so don't miss out!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sponsoring Clear it Out Challenge

We are playing over at Clear it Out Challenge by sponsoring the challenge this week. The challenge (if you choose to accept it!!...I just couldn't resist!) is Halloween (or Black & Orange). It's time to make the last minute Halloween cards or do what Faith did and make a black & orange card. If you join in the challenge at Clear it Out Challenge you will have a chance to win a $10.00 gift code to the store!!

Inspiration from the Design Team:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

It is time to party!! (FREEBIE!)

We are joining the party over at the Outlawz Challenge this week!! They are throwing a week long party where there will be challenges, games and puzzles! Since it was a party Deedee decided all the guests that stop by the party should get a party favor so she is giving away, Fun & Festive, during the party, Oct 20 - 26th.

All you have to do is go to the "Free to Try" tab and click on that to take you to all the current Freebie digital stamps. 

Is that not the cutest party favor EVER!! The theme at Outlawz Challenges this week is Party/Masquerade and this digital stamp is perfect. So pick it up for FREE and get making something cute so you can enter it into their challenges for a chance to win a $15.00 gift code to the store!

Check out the party crafts our Design Team made:

Party on and happy crafting!