Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Beginnings at Twist of Faith

When I saw this image by Robert Jackson it immediately took me back to those days when deacons in the church would bow down on their knees and pray unto the Lord.    One of our associate pastors mentioned religion vs. relationship in his pastoral message and it's stuck with me for a while.  It's enough to say we are Christians, but we have to study His Word.  Then we will develop that relationship with him.   At Twist of Faith we are having a 'New Beginnings - Anything Goes' challenge.  I don't care to make New Year Resolutions or promises that I seldom keep.  My goal is to read the bible in it's entirety in 2014.  It is my prayer that I stay focused with the One Day Bible and read with understanding. The scripture I added to this card is powerful and comes from Proverbs 4:1-7.  Hope you join us this week. 
Proverbs 4:1-7


 Create in me a clean heart.  Psalm 51:10
Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Mini Album Card of Memories

Hope you join our “Your Favorite” challenge this week, which could be your favorite scripture, image, color or technique at Twist of Faith. My favorite is ‘Mini Albums’ so my card is a ‘Mini Album Card of Memories’.  My focused has been solely on cards since I send them out as Courtesy chair for my sorority, but I need to find the time for memory making.  I remember when I made my first Christmas album and shared it at our family Christmas breakfast for two years straight.  It was the highlight reminiscing the moments in time and I haven’t had it back since.  Well there will be no excuse this year being my nephews’ first Christmas, I’ve got to capture the memories and make his album.  As I pulled some Christmas photos out I came across some photos which were in 1998 & 1999.  Fortunately I had these packaged by date.  So you are looking at a ‘Mini Album Card’…My favorite.   I want to thank Milk Coffee for the trim the tree image. My mother’s Christmas tradition is trimming trees so this card will be going to her for Christmas.


Our sponsor MilkCoffee will be giving our winner five images and they are adorable!   Come share and don’t forget to mention “Your Favorite” in your post as well as our ‘Twist of Faith’ ….your card must include a scripture, verse or quote that is encouraging, uplifting or inspiring.   Let me share some views of my Mini Album Card!
My Minds Eye Winter Wonderland paper pad
DCWV Lemon Flower Stack base card
Recollections bling & teal brads
Stickles crystal, purple, aqua & golden rod for tree
Prima poinsettias
Martha Stewart snowflake punch
Bic Mark it markers

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And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour (Luke 1:47)

Merry Christmas!
Entering in the following challenges:
Milk Coffee Anything Goes
Melonheadz Anything Goes

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Joy to the World

Sing with me, "Joy To The World" the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And heav'n and nature sing, And heav'n and nature sing, And heav'n and heav'n and nature sing.  Did it bring a smile to your face?  Every worship we open with a congregational song from the hymn book and this is the song of the month.  Joy To The World! I love this image by Melonheadz and she's rewarding one bundle of her cute images.  We would love for you to join us in this week's "Nativity" challenge, but don't forget the "Twist of Faith" ...it must include an uplifting, healing, inspirational and/or scripture on the card.  Be sure to stop by and see what the other Design Team created.  You'll be inspired!

As I teach in my Sunday School class, the greatest JOY is putting
Jesus - First
Others - Second
Yourself - Last

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a lamp unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105

Entering in the following challenges

http://memascrafts.blogspot.com/ December Challenge  Christmas
http://craftycreationschallenges.blogspot.com/ Challenge #253 Anything Goes
http://inkyimpressionschallenges.blogspot.com/  IIC #139 Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Blessings

It's Tuesday and time for another Twist of Faith card challenge. Challenge #67 is all about the traditional Christmas.  Our church worships at Ashton Nursing Home every Sunday afternoon, but the Sunday before Christmas we bless them with bags of warm fuzzy blankets, robes, socks, etc.  Our mother fills the home with Christmas decors all over the house.  We attend Sunrise Worship and the entire Jones family get together Christmas morning for breakfast, fun, fellowship, memory lane and photo shots.  So....what's your tradition(s)?  
Create a card and don't forget to include a scripture, uplifting quote/sentiments or positive verse in order to be considered for the random prize. Our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish and she is awarding five digital images! Now let's check out my card. My uplifting quote is "Christmas Blessings". That's what I wish to you.

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace,
goodwill toward men. Luke 2:14
Entering in the following challenges:
Joanna Sheen - Make it Sparkle! Christmas Challenge
Memascrafts - Christmas
Delicious Doodles - Christmas/New Year

Monday, December 9, 2013

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

First let me thank Cazzy and the Design Team at  Quirky Crafts  for the wonderful opportunity of being their Guest Designer.  This week's challenge is  'A Christmas project with a twist' and the sponsor is The Cutting Cafe.  There are three prizes so you don't want to miss out on her amazing  projects.  Oh and you can work on your project while listening to the sounds of Nat King Cole from Christmas Treasures Vol 2 that's playing at Quirky Crafts place!  Now this is my creation.
My first scrapbook convention was the Simply Southern Scrapbook Convention in Nashville, TN in 2003.  WOW  I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  It was an overwhelming yet pleasant experience.  One of my purchases was a wire/bead kit.  My intention was to write in cursive with wire.  Since I didn't get a chance to take a class or learn the technique it's been in my stash for 10 years.  Trimming the tree is one of my favorite traditions at Christmas and I decided to use The Cutting Cafe Christmas Sentiment Shapes.  Here's a close up of the tree.  I used Martha Stewart's fringe scissors on the edges and pulled the wire around the tree inserting three beads in the front adhered with my glue gun. 
 This is the Christmas shapes and sentiments you receive with this set from The Cutting Cafe!

Little Yellow Bicycle Frosty 25 Days of Christmas paper stack
The Cutting Cafe images
Martha Stewart fringe scissors
Mr. Jesse buttons
Prima poinsettias

The fiber came from my mother's stash.  I told her, "Sure I can find a use for it"...and I did!
Also in my mother's stash was some tiny strands of garland.  I made good use of it too!  The outside of the stocking has Christmas stickles all around it

Merry Christmas!

Entering in the following challenges:
Robyns Fetish - Must use a bow
That Craft Place - Christmas
Creative Corner - Christmas 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Sunday School

Sending Happy Mail to one of my former Sunday School students.  I love to see them when they come back home from college and doing well. They never forget the church.   Entering in Word Art Wednesday Challenge #109 Anything Goes (scripture),  Eureka Challenge #68 Button it up challenge, and Craftitude Challenge #54 (Button up).
Melonheadz digital stamp
Bic Mark it markers
Flair Designs Christmas Story Paper
Prima Flowers
Recollections buttons
Sew Easy fancy floss

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Merry Christmas - Be Merry

Okay so I can't get enough of this Mo Digital image because it reminds me so much of Sweet Baby nephew.  I'm sending this card to his father.  My brother is going to be surprised.  We took several pictures of him under the tree in his outfit after I trimmed his tree.  Sweet Baby had on his Christmas outfit and we're going to send photos to family and friends. 
Mo Digital image
daisyd's Snowflakes & Holly paper pad
Bic Mark - it markers
Spectrum Noir markers
Flower soft polar white diamond range
Bic Mark it markers
Embellishments from my stash

Entering in the following challenges:
MOJO Monday - Sketch 322
White - Flower Soft Polar White on hat
Bling - Stars
Polkadots- Paper
Here Comes The Boys #48 Anything
Memascraft - Christmas

Snow Beary Cute

Sweet Baby Bear is dreaming of Christmas morning when he visits family.  I can see my four month old nephew handed from one hand to another.  He loves to laugh and  yes he gets his sleep.  It will be his first Christmas!  His quilt colored with BicMark-it markers was inspired by the glittered snowflakes.  I can't wait to attend Sunrise worship on Christmas morning and then family breakfast with the entire Jones family!  

Meljen's digital image
Verve stamp
daisyd's Holly paper pad
Bic Mark it markers
Flower Soft polar white diamond range
K &Company snowflakes
Entering in the Following Challenges:
Technique Tuesday Challenge #227
Word Art Wednesday #109 Uplifting sentiment
Stampin Royalty - #205 Snowflakes

Friday, December 6, 2013

Goodwill Toward Men

What a wonderful scripture!  I'm joining Christmas At Sweet Stampin this week for their #64 WOW challenge (White on White).  This sweet image and sentiment is by DayDreamsDesign.  Doesn't it bring a sense of peace and calmness to this all white card?  In the background is Stampin Up embossing folder to reveal the clouds.  Peace to you in blogland!  I'm also sharing with Word Art Wednesday  Challenge #109 Anything Goes - Scripture & Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #85 Bingo (white, digi, glitter).

Diane's digital image & sentiment
Spectrum Noir markers
Hancock Fabric lace
Stampin Up embossing folder

Have you trimmed the tree?

My tree is up with no presents, but that's okay.  Thank you God for His Unspeakable Gift.  Let us not get caught up with buying gifts that we forget the "Reason for the Season".  Over at Scraps of Color E:spire I shared my Design Team project and I've done a few more.  They are ornaments made with a coaster, stick, fiber and embellishments!  Some of my favorite embellies that I keep hoarding, but not anymore.  They are so old I can't remember who they are by or when I got them. I'm making some for my niece and nephew!  As you see the theme is Santa Claus is coming to town.

Here's a close up view. I placed rudolph on my snowflake. As you know, they are depending on his nose to lead the way through the snow storm.  
 Here's my second ornament in red and white for my niece. Joy to the World
Here's a close up view.  Bells are on top of the Prima flowers with branches from Martha Stewart punch.
This is the ornament I made for the Design Team where you can see how it all got started here.  The blue was made for my nephew.
This is a picture of my 2013 tree.  Decorating trees is a tradition of my mothers.  As soon as I finish my ornaments, I'll decorate my small tree with them and they will be sent to my niece and nephew for their 2014 trees!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Sending you Warm Wishes

Wow I can not believe this weather we're having, but I'm sending warm wishes for you and your family this Happy Holiday season.  The burlap brings a little warmth to the card.  I'm using this week's MOJO Monday sketch.  I've been using so much red/white/green I wanted to work with blue.

Studio g stamp set
WR Us Christmas Candy paper
Martha Stewart die cut snowflake
Recollection pearls
Uniball white pen

Entering in the following challenges:
MOJO Monday #322 sketch
DigiStamps4joy - #81 Distressing
Penny's Paper-Crafty challenge #156 Bingo/Tictactoe (bow, pearls, ribbon)
Stampin Royalty - #205 Snowflakes
Memascrafts - Winter December challenge

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Birthday Surprise

This card was made for my Scrappy Sister MJ’s mother for her 85th birthday. Isn’t she a pretty lady? The image was personally done by Robert Jackson. He's great!  You send him a photo and his gifted hands creates an A+wesome self digital image reasonably priced!. I'm sure she was on her way to church in this lovely ensemble. Her children are throwing her a surprise birthday party.  That's right....Celebrate Life!  I decided to write Happy Birthday and sign my name on the inside.  I hope she keeps it visible in reach just in case she has those days that are not as better as others.  I'm hoping this card would put an instant smile on her face.
DCWV paper
Prima flower
Recollection bling
Bic Mark it markers
Creative Memories sticker sentiment inside.

Entering in the following challenges:
Sweet Sunday Sketch - Sketch 198
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes#109 Anything Goes Uplifting Sentiment

Season's Greetings

I bring you Season's Greetings from Twist of Faith card challenges featuring Digi Darla's Christmas Bells & Garland digi image.  Bells are ringing Christmas Joy.  I used solid card stock to compliment the colors from my Bic Mark-it markers.  My sweet scrappy sister Tamika gifted me one holiday season with these markers and I absolutely love them.  They come in a small case and they are easy to carry along. 

Card Stock
Bic Mark it markers
Martha Stewart edge punch
Hobby Lobby ribbon

Sure hope you join us this week at Twist of Faith card challenges for our Baubles and Bells theme.  I just want to remind you to use your uplifting, healing, inspiration or scripture.


All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" — which means, "God with us."

Entering in the following challenges:
MOJO Monday  - Sketch 322
Shopping Our Stash - SOS #129 Holiday or Winter

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bringing a little Sunshine Mail your way

I’m excited to be joining an awesome team that brings SunshineMail to many children all across the world.  This is the Reason for the Season….Giving, correct?  : )  This is my 1st project as a Design Team member.  Hope you join us in our Anything Goes challenge.  Our Sponsor is Deasy Designs and her digital images were a joy to play with.  They are colored with Bic-Mark it markers. I created three in no time.  My first card design was inspired by Tuesday Morning Sketches.  All of the sentiments are by The Scrapbooking Queen.  The deers are adorable aren't they?!!! 



Entering in the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes #108 Uplfting Sentiments

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Do Not Open Until December 25th

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this Christmas.  It’s my nephew’s 1st Christmas and I made this tag with him in mind after seeing a challenge at Mo’ Digital.  I am going to hang it on his tree so he can remember it each year.  Trimming trees is a tradition with my Mom.  She use to have one large tree.  Last year it was two and with grandbaby it’s three!  Yes he has his own tree lol.  Anyhow...I can't wait to recapture this moment with him under the tree in a box!  It's going to be a Kodak moment!!!   Stay tuned.....
Mo's digital image
Limited Edition Holiday Interactive Circle sentiment
Spectrum Noir markers
VersaColor inks
Flower Soft Polar white Diamond range
Fiskars paper crimper
My Minds Eye Winter Wonderland paper pad
Martha Stewart edge punch
Making Memory brads

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Mo Digital Challenge #211 Anything But a Card(w/Mo image)
Spectrum Noir - Christmas/Winter
Kaboodle Doodles - Buttons & Twine
Totally Gorjuss - A Childs Christmas
Crafin Desert Divas - Tags

Joy to You

This stamp shares my message to you for Joy during this holiday season.  Just in case you can’t read the message it says, “Joy (joy) n 1 a: feelings of delight or great happiness b:  irrepressible good will that must be expressed with fond wishes, warm hugs, gifts of cookies or lavish and spontaneous praise 2 something that a source of pleasure or happiness, such as a laughter of children or a mug of hot chocolate on a cold day, sunshine.

My Minds Eye Winter Wonderland
Bic Mark It markers
Martha Stewart die cut
Cuttlebug embossing folders
Verve Stamp ink
Hero Arts sentiment

Entering in the following challenges:
Saturated Canary - #57 Distress!
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes #108 Uplifting Sentiment
Clear It Out Challenge - Anything Goes USe a Snowflake
Shopping Our Stash - SOS #129 Holiday or Winter
Top Tip Tuesday - Use kraft paper


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

G is for Grateful

G is for grateful.  Sassy Teacher has her pen ready to write her list of things she is grateful for.  I started an A-Z list on another challenge.  Sometimes it’s the little things that we overlook, but in all things I give Thanks.   Here’s the list I started....Thank you God for Acceptance, Air, Blessings, Christ, Compassion, Clothes, Deliverance, Empathy, Employment, Favor, Family, Friends, Food, Fellowship, Freedom, Forgiveness,  Grace, Gifts, Health, Intelligence, Inspiration, Jesus, Kindness, Knowledge, Love, Mercy, Memories, Order, Peace, Protection, Purpose, Quietness, Resistance, Salvation, Shelter, Scriptures, Strength, Tranquility, Understanding, Victory, Vision, Wisdom, Xcitement, Yielding, Zeal.  Have you made an A-Z list lately?  This is a great family activity….Be blessed!

Sassy Studio digital
Bic Mark It markers
Bo Bunny Mama-razzi paper
7 Gypsie outside sentiment sticker
Inkadinkado stamp inside sentiment
Inside reads....

Entering in

Sassy Studios  - DTBST #204

Pink Elephant – TPE 227 Be Thankful

Love and Peace

 At Twist of Faith we are starting off with our Christmas Theme with Stamp Design by Kathryn as our sponsor for the week and she is awarding the winner four digital images!  Now on to our challenge, Come join us at Twist of Faith with your “3 Color Combo” and don’t forget the “Twist” of Faith” by adding an encouraging, uplifting, healing sentiment or scripture verse.  On my cards I used sentiments this time.  Hope you are encouraged, uplifted and healed.  What’s Christmas without a little snow?  I wanted to make a Winter Wonderland for my Smoochiebears.  This paper by Martha Stewart was the perfect choice for the scenery and I chose a Red/Lime Green/Chocolate combination

Spectrum Noir markers
Gel & Uniball pens and Acrylic paint
Martha Stewart Golden Woodland paper pad
Stampendous Ornament Greeting sentiment
Pink Paislee pixie stick glitter
Dress it Up  button

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I wanted to use nontraditional colors so I chose a Red/Black/Teal combination.  They were twice the fun to create with!  The image just makes you want to go out and give someone a hug!
My Minds Eye Winter Wonderland paper pad
Martha Stewart edge punch
Bic Mark It markers

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Finally, brethren, farewell be perfect, be of good comfort be of one mind, live in peace, and the God of love and peace shall be with you. II Corinthians 13:11

Entering in the following challenges:
Spectrum Noir - Christmas/Winter
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes

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