Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Very Merry Christmas with Avocado Arts

It's a Pit Crew Too kind of day today!

Today we are showing projects using the current stamp set for Avocado Arts.... Very Merry Season!

Check it out....

For my card... I made my green card base. I cut the red at 1/2" smaller than the green. I cut the white at 1/2" smaller than the red. I adhered the red and white together with tape adhesive. I stamped the sentiment and image and colored the image. Then I adhered it using foam tape to the card base. Easy Peasy!

Make sure to check out what these other sweet and talented ladies have to share with you today!!

Avocado Arts
Teri Anderson
Emily Branch
Emily Leiphart
Julie Masse

If you are not familiar with Avocado Arts and want to read up on joining the Kit Club... go here. There are a few different options to choose from! Think Christmas gift... for you... or for a stamping friend! :)

Peace and Love!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Warm Winter Wishes with Avocado Arts

Today the entire Avocado Arts Pit Crew are sharing projects using two great stamp sets... Very Merry Season (Nov 2012) with a sneak peek at Smitten With You (Dec 2012).

Here is a look at the Very Merry Season stamp set...

This set is a lot of fun to play with! Lots of card possibilities!! I can't wait for you to see the December set... it is way too cute!

Here is my card...

The firewood and fire are from Very Merry Season. The snowflakes and sentiment are from Smitten With You! :)

My card is super simple as always! I stamped all of the images and sentiment onto a piece of Christmas cardstock and then I inked the edges with distress ink.

Make sure to check out the rest of the Pit Crew blogs to see what they created....

Avocado Arts
Teri Anderson
Emily Branch
Ashley Harris
Cristal Hobbs
Emily Leiphart
Julie Masse
Becky Oehlers
AJ Otto
Vera Yates
Latisha Yoast

And there is a giveaway so make sure to comment on each blog for your chance to win one of these 3 great mini sets....

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and Love!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Show Me The Stamps Holiday Hop

Hello... and welcome to the Show Me The Stamps Holiday kick off with the Clean and Simple Crew.

Several of the Gina K Designs illustrators have gotten together along with their design teams and guests for a fun hop to share projects using their newest holiday stamps!

The Gina K Designs illustrators have also decided that this month they want to help you celebrate the holidays in style! They are going to be giving away a $50 gift certificate to the Gina K Designs store!!

All you have to do is leave a comment on each illustrators blog! Sweet!!

For an extra entry.... become a blog follower to the illustrators and leave a comment letting them know that you did. That's up to 10 chances to win!!

You can find the complete list of participating Gina K Design illustrators on Tami Mayberry's blog.

Before you leave me... make sure to check out all of the links below for Tami's DT... AKA... the Clean and Simple Crew. Tami will personally be sending out a surprise gift to someone who comments on our blogs as well! Woo Hoo!!

So... here are the projects that I made for today's hop....

I used this super fun set (illustrated by Tami Mayberry) called Simple Snowflake!

Here is the complete list of Clean and Simple Crew designers....

Jamie Cripps
Jennifer Ingle
Laura Williams
Laurie Willison
Guest Designer - Sean Fetterman, Stamp TV Moderator

When you are done... don't forget to head to Tami Mayberry's blog for the complete list of participation illustrators. You want to visit them all and comment on all for a chance to win the $50 gift certificate.

Deadline to enter for the gift certifcate is 5pm CST on Thursday November 15, 2012.... release party day! Just in time to do some release party shopping when the NEW STAMPS become available at 7pm.

Make sure to visit Tami's blog tomorrow too because they will be hopping again... this time showing you peeks from the NEW stamp releases!

Peace and Love!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Merry and Bright with Avocado Arts

Happy Wednesday!

The Pit Crew Too are live today and are sharing with you... and only YOU... a project made with a little stamp set called Very Merry Season from Avocado Arts. This set is a cute and fun one! Let's take a look... shall we?

 There are also digital cut files to match.... sweet!!

I have been a little addicted lately to stamping onto patterned paper. I think it started a few months ago when I decided that I need to use up my stash o' paper. I make so few cards now a days ... compared to what I was making... it is still going to take me a very very long time to use it up. I must come up with other ideas!

Anyway... enough rambling! So... I stamped directly onto the patterned paper, colored the bulbs with copics and applied glossy accents. I cut a little 1/2 in. strip of kraft to stamp my sentiment on and adhered it to the card. Oh... and I inked all of the edges with distress ink. I can't help myself during the fall and winter... I feel every card must have it's edges inked... I am not sure why!

In case you noticed... the merry and bright sentiment is not in this stamp set... I got it from this one... it is the Nov 2011 stamp set called Bring On The Holiday Cheer. You can still snag that set as well if you visit the AA shop. Here is a look at it...

Alright... that is it from me today... check out what these ladies have to share...

Avocado Arts
Teri Anderson
Emily Branch
Emily Leiphart
Julie Masse

Peace and Love!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The box

The soap box that is.....

I was having a conversation late last week about people/women being fake. You know... the women who make their lives, marriages, children... whatever... sound so much better than reality? Someone asked me if I thought that people actually lie about things like that to make themselves have a 'perfect' appearance. My answer was a "YES"!

Then on Sunday, our pastor, included a point in his message about Getting Real... and it was right along the lines of the conversation I had just had! It has just been on my mind a lot lately.

Being real is one of the things that I am very passionate about. Reason being.... I have been burned by being ignorant to the fact that not all people are real. I was in a situation years ago where I was not very happy with my marriage and was looking at a 'friends' marriage thinking... I wish mine was like hers. Years later I found out that hers was not what she had portrayed it to be. Thank the Lord... I didn't ultimately let my envy of her 'real marriage' play a part in the fate of my own.

Am I perfect at being real? I am not perfect at anything!

Do I think that you should tell everyone your business all the time? Not necessarily! But do you find yourself being real when the opportunity presents itself? Or do you put on a face? If you put on a face.... you are doing damage to anyone who may be looking up to you... or at you for guidance!

Let's be real!! Real women have or have had real problems! Perfect women... perfect marriages... perfect children... perfect mothers... are not real!! They don't exist! If you believe that Jesus is the One and only perfect person to walk this earth... then they can't!!

Another 'lie' that gets on my nerves.... the one I hear that goes "oh... he is just a man"! Or if you are a man reading this "oh... she is just a woman". Are we made differently? Yes. We are different. But to say that someone can't change a bad behavior. etc. because they are a man/woman.... is a lie that people believe way too much. Jesus can change the hearts/ways of murderers and prostitutes and so on.... but He can't help my husband/wife _______ (insert your own whatever). OR... the "I just am who I am".

I understand that people have mental/physical disabilities that Jesus may not choose to heal them of in this life. I am not referring to those type things.

WE ARE WHO WE ARE CONTENT WITH BEING!!! If you think otherwise... aren't you limiting what it is that Jesus can do in you?

This world is FULL of lies and deceitfulness. If you don't already question the things you believe to be true or the things that you place importance on in your life... you should start!!! Compare them to what the bible says and ask yourself a question... do you believe God's word or do you believe something because everyone else on this earth (where Satan is allowed some freedom) does?

Okay... I am done now!


Friday, November 2, 2012

Caring Hearts Blog Hop

Happy Friday!!

Today I am happy to be participating in the Caring Hearts Blog Hop! You should have come to me from Julie Masse. If you want to start from the beginning... you can start at Vera's blog.

Vera Yates is coming back for her third year asking all of us to help send Christmas cards. These cards will be distributed to elderly in nursing homes.... many of whom may not have any family to spend the holidays with. You can read all of the important details on Vera's blog... on this post!

Vera has rounded up a great list of prizes from companies like Bella Blvd, Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn, Avocado Arts, May Arts, Two Peas in a Bucket and even a couple of online classes from Jennifer McGuire. You have all weekend to hop.... until Monday 11/5/2012 @ midnight CST!!  The more blogs you comment on... the better your chances.

I have several cards to share with you today so lets dive right in...

I used Polar Pals by Mama Elephant.

I used Simple Snowflake by Tami Mayberry from Gina K Designs.

Make sure to continue on the hop... you are almost done! :) Last stop is Ashley Harris!!

Peace and Love!