Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Awhile back, we started making these great file folder organizers. They are perfect for all kinds of documents! My mom designed some cute mini organizers that are great for coupons, business cards and receipts. Here is a matching set that is so adorable together!
The mini organizer is no longer available (it sold today on Etsy), but the large one is still available. We do sell them separately, even though they match. Someone might not want both!
Here's another matching set that you can see more of in our Etsy shop! I love the paper on this set! It's so delicate and feminine! These are great options to stay stylishly organized!
We've got more to add and more we're planning on working on! Be on the lookout! =)
Also, if you're near the Chandler, AZ area and would like to learn how to make one of these yourself, let us know! We are always up for putting together classes to teach others how to create wonderful projects! We'd love to show you how! You can contact us by clicking HERE. We like to do classes with at least 3 people in them, so get your friends together and have fun creating as a group!
Thanks for stopping by our blog! Have a wonderful day!
**UPDATE** - The polka dot organizers are both sold out at the moment! Please check out our Etsy shop for more styles! =)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
This is a personal post about a Bible study I've been doing thorugh Kay Arthur's Precept study on the book of Romans. For those not interested, feel free to skip this blog, but I've just got to share a few of the gems I've been gleaning! It's too good to keep to myself.
I've been a born-again Christian for over 30 years, but somehow I've missed important parts of the gospel. The section in Romans I'm studying right now is about justification. It's a big word, but in a nutshell it's about judicial judgment...which means to announce, to declare a favorable verdict. In the case of those who are born-again, it is God, the Judge, declaring us to be righteous. He causes us to be righteous, He is the means of that declaration when He declares us to be righteous. What we weren't (righteous), He says we are, because He is the means of what we aren't.
How can man, a guilty sinner, become just with God and have Him declare man righteous? (...and I know I'm guilty, because no matter how hard I try I am always breaking God's law at one point or another, in spite of all my good intentions). How could God be a good judge by simply allowing the guilty to go free? I certainly would think an earthly judge to be unjust, if he allowed the guilty like murderers, rapists and theives to go free, simply because they promised to not break the law again. There must be justice.
Here's my answer:
Romans 5:19 - "For as through the one man's disobedience (Adam) the many were made to be sinners, even so through the obedience of the One (Jesus Christ) the many will be made righteous." Christ's one act of obedience, His one act of righteousness, constituted many righteous and because of that one act, the many have been given the free gift of righteousness. It is by Christ's one action - His death and resurrection, the Perfect One's act of obedience to BE sin on behalf of the many, to be their Redeemer, to pay their ransom, their fine - that the sentence of condemnation, which I'm under as a sinner, is changed to justification. To those who believe this good news, to those who freely receive the abundance of God's grace and His free gift of righteousness, God's righteousness is credited to them, it is put into their life account, it is reckoned to them as righteousness - God's righteousness.
This crediting of righteousness to us isn't based on anything we've done or will do. This crediting of God's righteousness placed in our life account is based solely on the obedience of Christ, He did the work.
As a born-again Christian, what I've appreciated is that my sins have been forgiven through Christ. I'm seeing that the forgiveness of sins is a subtraction from my life, my sins are removed but there's an addition to my life, as well, and that is the righteousness of God which He puts into my life. They're both received simply by faith inthe only One who IS righteous. My righteousness resides in nothing else but the accomplished work of Christ, and its source in the free grace of God.
Christ's righteousness alone meets the desperateness of my sinful situation and measures up to all the demans of God's holiness. This is certainly not the message of "cheap grace" that I was given 30 years ago.. I appreciate the fact that even after 30 years, the manifold wisdom of God is still unfolding in my life. His great love and mercy for me makes me so appreciative for what He's done in claiming me as His own. All He asks of me is that I believe and trust in His one act of obedience, and live daily trusting Him.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Winter is almost over and here in Arizona it's not really hard to imagine spring... it already feels like spring. Besides, winter this year was only like a week long (at least it felt that way)! So, as we are nearing the end of February, these cards seemed happy and "spring-y".
Again, I used some white textured CS, which I'm really liking! It's adds some, ahem!, texture to a project! I just stuck with simple for these cards and I liked how they turned out. They are 3x3 cards (I really like that size!) and I actually didn't use any dimensionals on this card! GASP!! I can't remember the last time that happened! But it just goes to show that you don't always need dimension, but some interest definitely. I chose to cut up the sentiment into strips to add more interest. I also added a couple of small rhinestones and a bit of stitching. The Tangerine Tango CS is a bit on the dark side, so I added Whisper White CS inside for writing on.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
If you're unfamiliar with how a Stamp Club works, here's a brief explanation:
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I put this set of cards in our Etsy shop a few days ago and thought I'd share them with you. We got some white textured card stock last week and I made a set of cards with it. Textured card stock is a lot of fun and adds a little bit "more" to your card! =)
I used accents of Kiwi Kiss and Not Quite Navy to set off the white. I used a couple of retired sets from Stampin' Up! I used the Doodle This set for the flowers. I wanted to do something different than what I've been doing lately, so I used the wonderful scripture verses in the Elegant Inspirations set for the focal points on each of the cards. I embossed these verses with white embossing powder, so they really stand out! I also added white stitching and some paper piercing and embellishments. We had just been to Michael's and my mom had gotten some cute ribbon. It matched perfectly with the cards I made! I also finished the insides with colored cardstock and white card stock again and stamped images. I used the blurred vision technique on the inside images.
They look refreshing and I hope they refresh the spirit of whoever may receive them. Maybe you need some refreshing. Here's one of the verses printed out for you. May it refresh you! =)
"By day the Lord directs His love, at night His song is with me." Psalms 42:8
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I'm making a custom wedding guest book for a bride-to-be for her wedding next month. I've sent her the proof for the lists, but it didn't send over too well. I'm posting it here for her to look at, and you can, too!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Here's are pictures of the cards we'll be making at this month's SAS. We're making two birthday cards, two thank you cards and a thinking of you card for a total of 5 cards for $10. Let us know if you can make it. As of today, we have 4 spots open.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
I'm sharing a couple of cards from a dear fellow stamper and friend, Shirley Waage, from Texas. Shirley is the one who introduced me to Stampin' Up! and card making while she was my neighbor here in AZ for several years. She moved to Texas last year and is still creating wonderful cards...now with a Texas theme. She shared these cards with me and I just love them! I asked her if I could share them here on our blog, so here they are...Enjoy her work!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009