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.

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


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!