Greetings of the Season!

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Wishing you a joyful holiday!

May you be comforted in the reality of His Truth,

grateful for the assurance of His grace,

and hopeful in the thought of His return.

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

~Revelation 22:20

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Inspired Poetry of the Season:

Awaiting the Birthday King

December 25th?

Christmas Tree Inquisition

I’m Fascinated By His Love

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Linking with Create with Joy

*Happy First Christmas Magellan!*

Easy and Fun Homemade Stamped Holiday Cards

Well, I am to share a brief post on the joy of making Christmas cards, and to share some tips that make it fun and easy to do, even at the last minute! Also, with the snowflake, theme I used they can easily be New Year or Winter “Hello” cards, if one were, say perhaps, late with their Christmas card list. I love to make cards, but I am not really 100% very artsy or crafty. By this I mean, I don’t sweat the small stuff, minor mistakes, and imperfections that come along with handmade cards. They’re not perfect but they are perfectly done! I made one hundred and two cards this year. It’s not the first year that I have made cards, but it is the first year I made so many, made them alone, and enjoyed every minute of creating these little Christmas joy bringers. At least I hope they are- they were for me! So, I want to tell you, I just used what I had on hand, except that I had to buy envelopes, which I bought through Amazon Prime for a very reasonable price.

Pictured below are the various cards I made. All by whim. I do really enjoy, making some uniquecards, and then doing some assembly line style! The latter way is the best way to go if you want to do a lot, but I did them in November, over the course of 3 or 4 sittings. One could easily do 25-50 in one sitting if you stick with one style and stamp away assembly line style.

As I mentioned I did one at a time for about 30. But the majority I laid out and stamped in lots of 9-12.
I would choose color themes for the night based on my mood, and then stamp away. Please let me know if you have a question about anything I used, which is also grouped in a picture below! I favor this Snowflake stamp set I got through Stampin’ Up, years ago. It is so versatile. Plus, I love snow! I also used some of my Creative Memories punches, and tools. And sparkly fairy dust. One can never have enough sparkle, in my opinion. It’s actually called Glamour Dust by DecoArt. I love sparkles. I also had random pieces of paper and card pieces I implemented.

Some of the cards are very simple, maybe even too so, by some standards. But, each was made with love, fun and my imperfect style! It’s not to late to make a few for the New Year, or one for a special teacher, friend, or loved one.

Except for paper and  a few stamps, this is everything I used.

Well, I still am in the process of prepping them to mail out. 
As I am writing, I have a chance to hold each person up in my heart and to God for prayers and thanksgivings. Soon they will be in the mail and I pray they will be a blessing. 
Do you still send Christmas Cards? 
Do you like to get Christmas Cards in the mail? 
Linking with Create with Joy for Inspire Me Monday!


Also linking with Carissa for the last Miscellany Monday
Linked with Time Warp Wife

Sunflower Joy!


Hooray! My camera batteries came in today and the first thing I did was run to the backyard to capture the Sunflowers that are currently surrounding the bird-feeders! So much for Wordless! But here are the photos I promised on Monday!

SIlent Beauty

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. 

Mother Teresa
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What’s an ICAD? (Glad You Asked!)

 

Well friends, in case you did not know, I am participating in my very first ICAD challenge. 
What’s an ICAD challenge you wonder? Well a wonderfully artsy kinda gal named Tammy has a place called Daisy Yellow, and all these other artsy (and otherwise, like yours truly) peeps create a little piece of artwork daily for 61 days.All ages are welcome, and my girl has been creating a bit as well! 
The cards are basic index cards in sizes 3X5 or 4X6 only. You can paint, draw, doodle, sketch, collage, scrapbook, scribble, dribble or whatever…and it leads to loads of creative juices flowing. And you even surprise yourself. 
I am having fun and encouraging my daughter to join in at her own pace. She tends to be a bit more perfectionistic than I. Me I slap glue and paper together and squeal! 
There are prompts but I have not used them yet (except the first card which was Zebra!) just because I have not had much computer time!
So here are the first 9 cards I made which I shared on the Facebook group page:
Here are the cards I created (individually)
Days 1-9:


Here is my initial post about it: Getting My Creativity On (ICAD 2013)
Oh FYI- you can jump in anytime – no need to catch up! Just great inspiration and who knew an index card could be so …artsy! Already loved them for my fave scriptures but this is a whole new realm of index card love for me! 

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