Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas has come and gone; leaving us with the New Year to ring in.  This is the last post for the year of 2012 -- how time flies! I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had a tea cup to show you.  I bought this pattern from 'Waltzing Mouse Stamps' website.  Here is there link to this Tea Cup.  http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/a-nice-cup-of-tea-pdf-template

 
 
 
I admit I do need more practice with this template.  When you go to the link you will find there is a small piece that goes under the cup itself;  sorry folks - but I just can't get it t work for me.  So ... will stick with what I know and go back to cards.  But I do like to try something new once in a blue moon, don't you?  So will keep my eyes and ears open for something new to try this coming year. 

I hope you all visit my devotional tab ...  writing is up my alley, much more than making tea cups.  Hope to hear from all of you.  God bless!  Jan

Thursday, December 20, 2012

HO! HO! HO!

It is five days before Christmas!  The list is long and the stress is on!  Isn't that right?  I have two more cards I made this morning to share.  They are so easy to make, anyone can do them and I think they make a really classy traditional Christmas card.

         
 



I found a really neat image of an old Christmas song, 'Silent Night' and pasted that on slightly crooked, cut off the edges.  Then I punched out 5 branches each and glued them down.  Added a tied bow and three gems.  Ta-Da!  I just love the looks of these cards --- and I hope you do too!

I welcome your comments and I welcome newbies to join my blog spot!  I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas for the year of 2012!  God bless!  Jan

Sunday, December 16, 2012

     A Time to Mourn:


I wanted to take the time to note that we are not immune to the tragedy of the shooting in Conn. this past week.  We pray that those who are mourning today for their loved ones, will be comforted and given wisdom and strength to pull through these trying times and the days ahead. 

I am inclined to look at this in two different spotlights.  The first one we all know very well.  We live in a fallen world.  Sin runs rampart among us.  We must realize the evil that exist for us while we live on this earth.  There is no escaping it, except through the power of Jesus Christ and God our Father.  We must remind ourselves that God did not created this world as we know it now; when He created it, it was perfect and there was no evil living on it.  But once Adam and Eve fell - the rest of us did too.

The second one goes a bit deeper for me and I tell you why.  There is no doubt in my mind that we are living in the last days.  Did you realize that there is nothing that needs to happen, before the 'catching up' also known as 'the rapture'?  1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 speaks of this future event.  The world is heading into a horrific time in history.  I take to heart Isaiah 57:1-2, 'The righteous perishes, And no man takes it to heart; Merciful men are taken away, While no one considers That the righteous is taken away from evil. 2 He shall enter into peace; They shall rest in their beds,Each one walking in his uprightness.'  We know little children are innocent, little 6 and 7 years old children have not reach the age of accountability of right and wrong.  They are safely in the arms of Jesus those whom we have lost this past week.  They have been spared the evil that is about to come upon all of us.  Yes; we may very well see  a lot more evil before the great day of the Rapture takes place.  We just do not know.  Jesus said that only the Father knew these things.  Matthew 24:36, 'But of that day and hour no one knows not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.' 

I pray that each one of us takes stock in our lives.  Are we living each day as if the Lord could come any second?  If not; shouldn't we be?  Ask God for guidance and wisdom to live in these trying times.  And may He bless you in every avenue of life. In Christian love; Jan.




Thursday, December 13, 2012

Good Morning Everyone!

Hope you are not getting tired of looking at Christmas cards.  A group I participate in, 'The Tea Potters';  have a couple of challenges this week.  One is where we tickle another Tea Potter, what this entails is that we make a card for each other.  Names are drawn and we are each assigned one person to make a card and send to.  For this month here is the card I made to tickle another tea potter.

 
 
 
I used my poinsettia die  from Spellbinder to create this, adorned the flower with three pearls in the center.  The white on the poinsettia is hard to see but it is out of glitter paper.  The sentiment is a stamp I have by OTC company which I thought would be appropriate, because of the music background paper. 
 
 
The next card I have is also a challenge from the Tea Potter's group - we were to use silver and pink, and no red or green, or you have to use the back door (although I used burgundy) I still got in the front!  Whoo! 
 
 
 
 
So silver it is, for my ornaments and leaves, added flower petals that I punched out, adorned with dark pink gem.  For extra sparkle I added light pink gems for the top background.  Stamped in burgundy the sentiment, stamp is from OTC. 
 
I hope you come back next week, I am working on a 3-D tea cup, which I would love to share with all of you!  Be sure to check my devotionals, for some uplifting of God's word!  Have a wonderful week!  And God bless!   

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Good Morning! 

I am a bit late this week with my postings.  I apologize for that.  It has been a wicked week, Wednesday I had to go in for a test on my gallbladder, and I don't mind telling you, I hate IVs!  I am not your normal patient, with the Lupus and the Fibromyalgia, those needle and tube sticks are like driving nails into me.  While I was laying there under this gigantic 'camera', it brought to mind what the Lord went through on the cross.  My IV was stuck in my wrist, while I moan and cried for almost two hours -- I silently prayed to Jesus thanking Him for the suffering he 'volunteered' to do for me.  You know folks, He did not have to die on that cross, he could have called a legion of angels to save Him; but we would all be lost with no way to salvation.  That is true love and committment from our Lord, don't you think?  Anyway, Thursday I was totally down, the throbbing and pain in my arm just would not go away, and in no shape for typing.  Friday it was better, and today it is almost gone. 

I am assuming everyone is getting ready for Christmas.  Shopping, Baking, and putting up decorations.  And for us card makers, it means sending out our very best wishes through custom made cards.  I use a lot of die cuts on my cards, glitter, gems -- just anything to make it special.  Of course the most special of all, is the message of Jesus' birth!

Here are some I have sent out:
2012/11/23/CHRISTMAS_MOONLIGHT_by_Precious_Kitty.JPG  2012/11/23/JESUS_IS_BORN_by_Precious_Kitty.JPG    2012/10/29/Kitty_Christmas_by_Precious_Kitty.JPG  2012/10/14/RED_BIRD_by_Precious_Kitty.JPG  2012/10/01/DSCF0008_by_Precious_Kitty.JPG

I hope I didn't overwhelm you all ...  In all I sent out approx 60 cards, so these are just a few of that stash.  We crafters at Splitcoaststampers, start our cards in January, and each month we have an amount of cards we have to get done, so by December 1st all of our cards are ready to ship out and bring smiles to our family and friend's faces. 

Christmas is only 2 weeks away!  Merry Christmas may your hearts be filled with joy, love and happiness for now and for the coming New Year!  God bless! 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Good Morning Everyone!

This certainly is the season where we all get caught up in the holiday activities.  Baking goodies, sending cards out, buying gifts, and hopefully praising and thanking the Lord for being able to do so!  I have been blessed, with a pretty big order of cards to make.  Thought I would share a couple of them with you today.  This first one is made to uplift some one's spirits who is going through a period of recovery 


I love the sentiment; what better way to encourage someone than to tell them to lean on the Healer Himself, our Lord Jesus Christ.  I used Coordinated paper, embossed and then sanded down for the swirl effect.  I then cut the leaves and branches out using another 'Cheery Lynn' Die Cut.  The ovals are die cut from Spellbinders. The butterflies are also die cut which I lined the body up with diamond gems.  Folded up their wings for the 3-D effect.  I don't know, I just think this card whispers, Peaceful Healing.  What do you think? 

Time for another card?  How about this one?

 
 
This is a Thank you card I created recently for my order.  I love the softness of the background paper, and tried to make it blend in with the rose I have placed on pre-cut labels layered on a die cut oval which was embossed with 'Swiss Dots' folder.  I then cut out my flourish in grey, 'Cheery Lynn' Die Cut and on each end I placed a pink gem for sparkle.  Inside the rose is a big pearl.  The sentiment 'Thank You' is a stamped set by Stampin' Up.  

As always, I enjoy your comments.  If you are new, please join my blog and make it a place to visit me often.  I try and post each week.  I also have a Devotional button, please be refreshed in God's word as well. 

God bless!
Jan

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I normally post on a Thursday but as you all well know, this Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, so I am posting a bit early this week.  The card I chose this week, I actually had made several months ago - but felt it was the closest to a thankful heart.

 

Thanksgiving isn't only about the family feast, the pumpkin pies, and the afternoon naps.  It is a time when each of us need to take stock of what we have to be thankful for.  I believe the majority would find that they have an abundance to be thankful for.  The trouble most of us have, is we compare what we have to what others who have more.  That in itself is wrong, the Bible teaches us in Hebrews 13:5, 'Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.'
 
I personally found out, that when I take the time to just thank the Lord for all I have (naming each one to Him); I find that I am truly blessed.  I also find that I no longer wish to have what others have - and I find contentment in what I do have.  Which is an abundance!  This is when we can truly sing, 'Praise God for whom all blessings flow!'.  There is an added bonus to doing this.  When we see the abundance we have, we can then start and see those who do not have what we have, and it is a chance to reach out and give back what God has so graciously given to us. 
 
Now about the card:  This card is cut short in the front allowing the inside leaves to show.  And took gold glitter and dotted the bottom of the top half.  I then added a smaller portion of the same to the top half, cutting out the corners with Friskars cutters.  I added the golden flourish, die cut from Cheery Lynn;s Design.  Die cut the circles and printed off the sentiment and added the orange bow. 
 
I pray that each one you of have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 
God Bless always!
Jan
 
 
 
 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hello Everyone!

Here we are one week before Thanksgiving ~  It has come up so quickly!  I just didn't have the time this week to make a 'Thanksgiving' card.  However ~  I did participate in the Word Art Wednesday this week.  Let me know what you think of the card I turned in. 



As many of you know the Word Art Wednesday, picks a Bible verse each week for the 'creators' to feature on their cards.  In case you can't read this, the Bible verse is Psalm 30:11-12.  I die cut the label out and printed the verse on to it.  Started off with black card stock, placed embossed burgundy with 'Swiss dots'.  Added a grey flourish which is also a die cut by 'Cheery Lynn Designs'.  This particular rose was made for me - however I am learning how to make roses on my own with 'Sizzix' die cut.  The added feather gives it some elegance; don't you think?  What is a card if you do not have some diamond blings? 

My next card created is for a card drive through the Tea Potter's Challenge.  This poor woman whom the card is made for is going through cancer treatments; and in hopes of lifting up her spirits we have sent cards to her.  We all need some uplifting now and then. 



The card stock is from K & Company paper.  Again the burgundy is embossed with 'Swiss Dots' (happens to be one of my favorites).  I used 'Spellbinders' die for the tea cup, which is embossed with 'musical flourish'.  Added the cream die cut flourish and added the lace bow.  The burgundy corners are cut with 'Fiskars' corner cutters.  And yes!  I made this rose myself.  Added some gold glitter, 2 - 3 leaves (fond puncher) and three green pearlized gems.  And last but not least the sentiment is part of a stamping set from 'Sweet n' Sassy'; which says,  'May God grant you peace and strength as you lean on Him'.  I think this sentiment says it all.  Don't we all need God's strength?  His peace? 

I hope you enjoy these two cards ... it is always fun to play around with different things.  I would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving Day next week!  And don't forget to read my devotioanls!  Just click on the tab on top or go to the Devotionals badge on the left.  I welcome comments here and under the devotional section.  God bless everyone!  And have a 'Precious' Thanksgiving!  Jan

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Good Morning Friends



Good Morning Everyone!


I am so glad to be able to share my thoughts and God's word with all of you.  If you haven't yet, please check out my devotionals.  There are two ways to get to them.  1) the tab on top that says, 'He Fortifies My Soul'  2) Devotional button on the left sidebar.  I welcome all of your thoughts - if you have prayer request I will be happy to post those for you too.  So others can pray for you as well.  We are all in this world together for a reason - that is to uplift, comfort and edify one another. 

Today I go to the hospital for two tests, and then for two more on the 20th of this month.  I also had lab work done on me yesterday.  Many of you do not know that I suffer from Lupus, Fibromayalgia and an Internal Bleeding Disorder (Who says you can't have it all?).  Anyway, been having some bad days and so off to the 'land of needles and nurses!'  What was it the Lord said?  'Count it all joy'  James 1:2, 'My brethren count it all joy when you fall into various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.'   I am hoping they will find out what is wrong - fix it and be over with.  Isn't that what everyone wants?  To be healthy.  That should make us run this race with all hands on deck - to the prize that God has for us in eternity.  Can I have an Amen? 

My cards are slowly taking a turn for the holidays coming up.  I been making Christmas cards for about 8 months, so I will have a total of 60 cards to send out this year.  However, I make more to sell and to give away.  Feel free to comment on anything that strikes your fancy.


 


Here are two that I have done recently.  I used a digital stamp from Sweet n' Sassy.  I added an image of Baby Jesus and added silver stars with red gems.   My second card I used my new poinsettia die, which I absolutely love by the way!  The die is from Spellbinders, I added a gold flourish and added three pearls to the center of the poinsettia.  The frame was pre-cut and placed on top of the card itself. 

Doesn't this make you want to get into the full swing of the holidays?  It sure does me!  Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.  And believe it or not (I know I got this backwards) but I intend to make a Thanksgiving card to share with you all very soon.  As always, I enjoy all of your comments - please forgive me if I do not get back on each one.  I am still new to blog land and still learning the ropes. 

So one last thought before we close ....  If you are facing diversity of problems ... all you have done is made Satan mad.  No big deal!  Look up to the Lord, he will help you through each and every problem you face these days.  He is reaching for you, reach for him! 

God bless always!
Jan


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Welcome Friends!

Welcome to my new blog:  Precious Kitty's Creations!

A sweet and dear friend, Emily got me started and set up - all I had to do is the finishing touches.  I am very new at this - so bear with me as I sniff out all the things to do.  The kitty picture, is of my kitty, Precious; who is a hoot to boot!  Soon I will have to tell you all about her!  I am also a mother of a grown son whom I love very much and he keeps me on my toes! 

I would like to introduce myself; my name is Jan Leslie, I enjoy creating cards with Bible verses in them.  I also like to write devotionals, which I am working on now.  And may start a devotional section on this blog (as soon as I figure out how to do that!). 

Originally from California, I moved to Arkansas in 1990, but not before I spent a year in Oklahoma.  I am a member of 'Liberty Baptist Church' here in Bentonville, AR and just love everyone who goes there.  I am a full-blooded Christian, and strive to live accordingly to God's will.  I am not perfect just forgiven, as they say - and it holds true for all of us who belong to Jesus. 

The last card I made was last night and I am going to try and get a picture here for you to see it:  Wish me luck!  Gonna need it!

 
 
That worked out!  Cool! 
 
Outside:  Thinking of You
Inside:  Just a little 'note' to say I'm thinking of you.  Jesus
Bible Verse:  Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things.  Philippians 4:8
 
There is a LOT of 'whatevers' but ... it is something to really think about.  What are we putting into our pretty little heads these days?  Is it good, practical, moral thinking?  Or it is dirty, filthy, corrupt thinking?  I think this is something to think about!
 
Well folks - this is my very first post!  God Bless!  Hope to hear from you soon!