Monday, November 30, 2020

Believe in the Magic

My friend, Angie, and her hubby went to Phoenix a while back and she called for the name of my favorite little stamping store. Well, I told her it is The Paper Collage in Peoria and they went there. She got some goodies and got me a great little stamp set by Clearly Whimsy Stamps called Gnome for the Holidays.  I finally finished a couple necessary projects and made a card!

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I don't see this set on her website and another by the same company is sold out. But I love this set!

I even used Pamela's (store owner) own designed print paper! I purchased a bunch of it last July and used almost all of it for my Christmas card class on Nov. 20th.  Isn't this little guy adorable!!

I colored with my Fun Stampers Journey Color Burst pencils and added Journey Glaze to the lights and star. The light blue background is a piece of white card stock that was embossed with Sizzix Snowfall/Speckles embossing folder then sprayed with FSJ's Lovely Blue Pearl Splash. There's not a lot of shimmer to the embossed piece but just a hint.  Love it!

It's hard to "believe" that today is the last day of November! Oh my, I need to start getting my Christmas stuff started! Have you got your tree up?  Any outside decorations??

Stampin Carol
You wove me in my mother's womb, I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Psalm 139:13-14

Friday, November 27, 2020

Another Domed Christmas Tree Shaker Card

 Last Wednesday I make my weekly Wednesday video on my FB page (and also on YouTube) of the making of these cool Domed Tree shaker cards.  I LOVE these! (My YouTube channel link is in the sidebar.)

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These are so easy and fast to make!!

The only change I made from the card in the video is that I added some cut rhinestones to the center of 5 snowflakes.  I used Fun Stampers Journey's new Holly Jolly Prints paper.  This has such a cool sheen to the prints, I love it!

I glimmered the sentiment from Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments Series 2 and die cut it with one of the 2 dies in the set. 

Isn't this gorgeous! I was thrilled that I had Teal foil which matched my paper!

Have you made any domed cards like this? There's also other shapes available!

Stampin Carol
You are my hiding place and my shield, I hope in Your word.  
Psalm 119:114

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is a special day that has been set aside by President Abraham Lincoln back on Oct. 3, 1863.  He was a Godly man and it reflected in his speeches.  Here's his speech proclaiming this special holiday:

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State
I first shared this on my Nov. 23, 2011 post and there is so much history that is no longer taught in schools today. I learned so much as I homeschooled our son 7th - 12th grades and found a love for history!
I found some cool information on William Bradford who founded the Plymouth colony. I actually heard this on the Rush Limbaugh talk show Monday and searched for a way to share it here.  Click this LINK for this great info!
I hope you have a wonderful celebration, hopefully with family if possible, and remember, God loves you. 

Stampin Carol
That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wondrous works.   Psalm 26:7 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Twas My Desk before Thanksgiving...

 Yep, Thanksgiving Eve. The day before we gain 10 pounds within 2 hours. And today is the day I share my desk with you! I'm also linking up with Julia at the Stamping Ground as I have done for years. This is week 599!! Next week is a milestone and we'll be doing a Zoom get together on Dec. 5. I hope to take part for a little bit. 

So now my desk.  It's kinda staged as I just finished the prep for today's video (I making a domed Christmas tree shaker card). All I have left to do is cover my glass mat and organize my stuff.

Nothing much here. I have my Glimmer plate set and foil on the left side of my mat and my card pieces on the right. The standing card is the first card using these cool Sizzix products.  So not much happening right now but at 10 am my time this table will be busy!

So that's it for today, short, not sure about sweet, but short. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know many are in lock down.  We'll be having a quiet meal and giving God thanks for all the blessings He has given us.

Stampin Carol
We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.  II Peter 3:13

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

A Domed Shaker Tree

I have been looking for a particular Sizzix product since last summer and finally found it on (the link is in the sidebar)!  I also used various products from Spellbinders and this Christmas card turned out fabulous!

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I didn't find any directions on the use of the dome but after opening the packages it wasn't hard to figure out. In fact, I'm seriously thinking of making tomorrow's video on using these cool products! And there's more than just tree domes & coordinating dies! I added some of FSJ's beautiful Pretty Flakes Accents (no longer available) for bling since I had some of the smaller ones left over from last Friday's class. And I used my Stardust Clear Gel pen on the sentiment (Spellbinders' To You and Yours clear stamp set).

The sequins came with the domes and there were 3 in the pack. I probably won't use Fun Stampers Journey's Holly Jolly Prints again as the paper's sheen was causing a tiny issue with the dome sticking. But, so far so good!

Here you can see the dome. It's about 1/2" tall so you would need to add this card to a package and wrap very carefully! Wouldn't want those sequins every where (but then they would make the goodies in the package blingy....)!

Have you used these cool domes yet?
Stampin Carol
Be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.  Matthew 24:4