Monday, December 23, 2019

T Stands For Truly Merry Christmas!

Isa 9:6-7 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, 
The mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace"

Welcome readers to another TSFT.  We are again getting together with each for a sip of our favorite beverage over at Altered Book Lover with Bleubeard & Elizabeth.  As this is a scheduled post, I cannot link here; but you will find the TSFT link on my sidebar.  Feel free to join us anytime. Find out all about it over at our hostess's.

It is all about Christmas and the birth of our Saviour this week.
Here is a photo of my newest manger scene.  It is real sparkly, but the photo isn't good.

I took more photos at my beautician's place again.  She does such a great job of decorating.

 She even decorates towards the ceiling!

She has such a flare for it.  I enjoy seeing here decorations every month.


I made some last minute Christmas cards last week to send out.  I made several variations of White on White cards.  The base was white,  then I used a Stephanie Barnard Sizzix pierced rectangle  framelit to cut the layering  panel, which had been embossed by SU!'s Softly Falling Embossing folder.  On that I put the Tim Holtz cut deer from Recollections Glimmer paper, and the Noel is also cut from glimmer paper.  The Noel is a framelit from Wonderful Wreat set by SU!  

The last thing I will share today is  the tea that I am siping today.  It says Iced Tea, but I am just drinking it hot. Very good that way.  I have no idea where I got this.  Someone must have given it to me.  And you see it is in a natural unbleached bag.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I wish you all a Happy T Day, and a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 16, 2019

T stands for Tea!

Luke 2:11 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord"

Hello Dear Readers!  A snowy day here!  But we can drink our tea for Tea Day!  And, I promised to show you the photos of our baskets after our Ladies Ministries at our church made them up.  It turned out to be about 20 of us and some husbands, which dished up lunch for us of sandwiches and chips and desserts.  We had assembly lines at about 8 tables of items of baked goods, candy, fruit, nuts, embroidered tea towels, devotional books, calendars, bookmarks, tree ornaments, note pads, greeting cards, stamps, and someone even did return addresses to put in their baskets, so very personalized.  Some, probably the ones in nursing homes, got lap type blankets in their baskets.  We did 65!  We ran out of items on my table before we were done.  So not everyone got everything.  It took us about 2 hours to do it. After getting them filled, then we had assembly lines to wrap and tie and put bows on.  Then we all took some for deliveries. It was very organized as the lady who heads it is very organized with lots of good ideas.  She said she already has good ideas to streamline the process for next year. She also took some to a nursing home where  a couple from our church  resides and had asked who didn't get visitors or gifts and took them baskets.  It just makes you feel good to take part in this ministry.  Even ones who weren't there, donated a lot of items for our baskets.  Everyone's  generosity blew us away!  We have some stuff left for next year!

Craft wise, after making my post it note covers, I have been making Christmas cards and sending.  One of my favorites was this special fold card, Center Step Fold, I believe. It stands up nicely for display.   But it was easy as far as I used printed paper from a pad I got several years ago from Hobby Lobby.  I fussy cut the camel and Bethlehem from the matching paper.  I die cut the Joy to the World from the same paper and also die cut the gold to layer it on. The paper for the base is from the same pad. 
 I have to show you the cards I got from my TSFT friends!  The first one on the left is from our wonderful hostess, Elizabeth. (and Bleubeard)  I just thought she was so clever to make a tree out of Washi tape!  None of my drawer of Washi tape is as pretty as hers.  And right under her card is a fabulous stamp on the outside of the envelope.  And she says she has no stamps, but what she has is sure neat!  Love that vintage Santa.  And next to here is Jan's from Spain.  This is a most adorable card, and no Anne and Teddy, you can't have it.  And below was a surprise card from Eileen, which is also very creative.  Thank you to my dear TSFT friends!  I have a lot of other friends who sent Christmas cards, too, but thought today to feature TSFT friends.  :)

And Here is my Panera cup from this morning, for my beverage related reference to join Elizabeth & Bleubeard over at Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday.   I refilled it before I left there at 12:30 and have added more hot water and have been nursing it all day.  Earl Grey.  Oh, and I see I didn't get the side that says Panera in the photo!  But aren't there Christmas cup sleeves pretty with the ribbon around the outside.

That is it for today!  Happy T Day!  Enjoy your week.  I don't know if I will get to post next week or not.  So, Merry Christmas!  Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, December 9, 2019

T Stands for Tuesday Fun

Luke 2:11 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord"

Hello, dear readers. It is time to have fun again visiting each other for tea or for coffee or what your choice of beverage is.  While we sip our beverages, I will tell you what is going on here.  I have had a busy week of trying to get preparations done for Christmas.  Now, the appointments, get togethers, and other obligations begin.  This will be short as well as scheduled, because my laptop is going to the hospital for a week.  Since I won't have it, there are some of your blogs that won't take my comments from my iPad.  So, I apologize ahead of time.

I gave myself an early Christmas gift this week.  Actually, it is from someone else as I used an Amazon gift card that I had been hoarding since last Christmas or from my birthday, not sure which.
I have been wanting this and when all the black Friday, and cyber sales started, I realized this went down in price, so when I was online doing my shopping, I got myself this Scrap'n Easel.  I can't wait to use it.

It has magnets so you can put the items on the pages to see what it all looks like before you paste it down.  Also , it is suppose to be ergonomic so you don't get as tired bending over to look at it.
It has two positions , one for working, and you turn it around and it is in a position for photographing.

This shows the working position.  Shown are pages I scrapped last month.  Each quilt has a story on the tags under the photos.

And this is the standing position for photographing.  Shown is a Christmas card I made this week.

And a third position is flat.  It came with ten very strong magnets.  See them standing up?  Also see the ruler.  You can move it anywhere you want.  It is magnetic, too.  It folds for easy travel to retreats.
What do you think?  Have I enabled you?

That is my post this week.  Oh, and a  drink reference for our hostess Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday.
Here is a photo from my archives of  a tea card I made several years ago.  Ann, I hope Teddy likes this.
Happy T Day! Thanks for stopping by for a sip of tea or your choice.  I don't know when I will get my laptop back, hopefully by next week.  Oh, and I can't post a link to this week's tea party at Altered Book Lover, since it is early, but just click on it on my sidebar.

Monday, December 2, 2019

T Stands For 44 Post It Note Holders

II Cor 3:18 "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord."

Hello cyber friends!  Did you cyber  shop today?  I cyber shopped last night. I guess we are headed towards Christmas!   But I wanted to share my Thanksgiving decorations before I took them down and we start Christmas!

In the background you can see I already am displaying our first Christmas cards.  We have already received 4, only one showing.

Now on to Christmas!  I have been making Post it note holders using this tutorial, by Lea Denton.
I made 44 of them with magnetic closures.  Our Ladies' Ministries  will add them to our Christmas baskets for our shut ins.  The baskets will also include, soft socks, hot chocolate mix, teas, puzzle books, fruit and baked goods.  I will try to include a photo of the baskets after we make them up in a couple of weeks.

Here are the Post it Note Holders:

I  learned a few things making them.  It took me to 10 of them, to have the process perfected.  I used lots of paper stash.  The biggest decision was matching printed paper to a solid color paper.
At first I used flowers like in the tutorial for the fronts, but the last half, I used a SU! die, and stamped a sentiment. Then I got the idea to add buttons.  I have a ton of those.  Anyway it was a fun process, and kept me busy for several days.  Oh, and matching up the magnets, was fun. LOL

I am a little late getting this post, as I was at a ladies potluck at our church tonight. In fact I took photos so I would have an entry ticket to our T Party; T Stands For Tuesday over at Bleubeard's & Elizabeth's Altered Book Lover.  We just post a drink related post and link to her post.  A big T party!
You are welcome to join us!

Here are photo of our decorations. I don't have anything to do with the decorations, but one of our ladies does a beautiful job.  And, Elizabeth, this first one is for you!

That is my 3 layer Christmas jello at the main food table.

My Tea at the bottom.

The drink station.

Happy T Day!  Thank you for stopping by.

Monday, November 25, 2019

T Stands For Thanksgiving

Psalm 103
"A Psalm of David.
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul:
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's."

Psalm 68:19 "Blessed be the Lord,
who daily loadeth us with benefits,
even the God of our salvation. Selah"

"Count your blessings, name them one by one. 
 Count your many blessings, see what God hath done"

I love that song, and those verses.  Wonderful to remember for Thanksgiving.  I am late getting started and have a lot to cover today.  I showed you last week, two of my projects for Falliday Fest Challenges at SplitcoastStampers.  Here is the rest of my creations.  Over half of them are Christmas cards, and there is a purse to hold a gift card or tea bag as a gift.  Also, I made an elf gift sack, and Christmas tags.

Because Thanksgiving is so late this year, Christmas shopping is already upon us!  Saturday, I went to a nearby shopping center to walk around their pond, and found already a lot of Christmas shoppers and of course Christmas decorations.  There was even a Christmas elf in Bath & Body works.  And, I did get a little shopping done before my walk.

After shopping, I began my walk, and I saw this sign.  The ducks are on a diet!  Just like the rest of us!

After a nice walk, I took photos of their giant Christmas tree by the fountain and you see, I did have to wear a coat as it was in the 30s, I think.

This morning I went for tea with friends.

No, I did not go to Europe,

Just to Panera.

And of course I forgot to take photos until I was just about to walk out the door.  I refilled my tea as I was leaving.  In fact, I am still nursing my cup of tea as I type this.  And I am lining up for the tea party over at Elizabeth's for TSFT.  If you blog and want to join us, just do a drink related post and link up over there.  We would love to have you.

I thank you for stopping by.  I am so thankful for you dear readers and T gang.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you are celebrating it.  I know some of you are in other countries.  But you can still be thankful without the special day. "Count your blessings, name them one by one."

* ****Elizabeth is having computer problems because of a recent power outage, and asks for your patience. She will be around commenting as soon as her computer is up and running again.********

Monday, November 18, 2019

T Stands for Terrific Tuesday!

II Cor 3:18 "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord."

Today was absolutely gorgeous!  I even walked the two miles to Hobby Lobby with my coupon and purchased some miniatures for a snow globe for a dollar something, walked two miles back and got my 10000 steps!  These days will be few now, so have to enjoy them.

I was really tired when I got back last Monday from my scrap retreat, so missed the party!  I did get a lot done, about 15 layouts, and 3 cards, and worked on another project, too.  Not only did we get lots of crafting done, tips shared, but also lots of eating, giggling, and chatting.  Just not much sleeping.  Think 4 day slumber party! LOL

I thought I would share my snow globe I made for the Falliday Fest Challenge at SplitcoastStampers.

I call it Polar Express. It will look better when the jar is filled with brightly wrapped Christmas candy!

Another challenge was to make an antiqued Christmas ball.  Here are the steps to make it.  But please check out the tutorials for both these projects on SplitcoastStampers, on their Falliday Fest 2019 Master Tutorial Thread

First :  Punch or die cut shapes 
Second:  Cover and adhere with Matt gel to the glass ball.  I set it in the whole of this roll of yarn so I could work with both hands.  LOL  Didn't realize until finished photo, that doing it this way my design was upside down.  Pretend all is well. LOL

Next apply black gesso to whole thing.  I didn't have black gesso, so applied white, then gray acrylic paint, because I didn't have black in that either.  This whole process is a comedy of errors! LOL

This is when you were to add copper with patina.  I did gold; Metallic Lustre gold rush, deco Art, something I have had a long time.  All my paints and supplies like these are old.  I even had to add water.

Next, I added acrylic paint, Patina.  Then I added chunky glitter.  And at this point realized I had done it upside down.

My advice to you is check out the tutorials on SplitcoastStampers.  

Just showing everything I used.  I am very messy as you can see!  Oh, yes I sprayed it with some sparkle, I see.  I forgot about that.

Several years ago I was sharing photos of my tea cups. The other day I saw this one and didn't think I had shared it.  It is a special cup for strong coffee from Argentina. Some special missionary friends brought it back to me.
So, I am up to Elizabeth's TSFT over at Altered Book Lover. Check it out.

Waving to the T Gang.  Thanks for stopping by.  

Monday, November 4, 2019

T Stands for Tags

II Cor 3:18 "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord."

Here it is almost time for T Stands For Tuesday again!  I wanted to post Monday afternoon, because I have some tags for Tag Tuesday Anything Goes Challenge which ends today!  Talk about cutting it close!  I hope it is still Monday where the challenge its! LOL
I made six today for several challenges.  One challenge is for the Tag Tuesday Challenge but also for one of the challenges on our Falliday Fest Challenge on SplitcoastStampers, and another Technique challenge of SCS to use Washi Tape.
So I just had fun playing with my homemade star stencil and my oxides.  These also were sprayed with Shimmer mist. I will use them on our grandchildren's gifts as they are all musicians.

Here is a close up.

Just a short post today, as we are doing lots of challenges over at SplitcoastStampers Falliday Fest.
Anyone can join the challenges.  Just have to sign up with a user name if you want to post in their galleries, but it is free. Another reason for the shortness, is I have a Bible study potluck tonight, and am getting ready for another scrap retreat!

Here is something I made last year for Falliday Fest, a jar topper.  I stamped and colored  this on fabric and then glued it on the jar and put also gold cord around it.  I am still using this jar to keep teabags in. This is also my post for T Stands For Tuesday.  I can't make the link work today, just click on it on my sidebar, please.

Hi to the T Gang!  Ta-Ta for now.  Have a fabulous T Day!  Thanks for stopping by.