Monday, January 19, 2009

A Valentine, Sovereign God and Some Pics of VT

Sorry that I didn't post yesterday - we ended up having about 8" of new snow and I had to help DH shovel us out! I'm so glad it waited until we were home from VT - I would have hated to come home to a driveway full of snow and had to unpack through it!!

And then there were those two football games on when we were done shoveling...........

But I did make a card for the Featured Stamper on Split Coast. I CASE'd this card of Lori's (stamp_momma)

I changed the colors and made it a Valentine card with Heart Nesties instead of squares. I just placed the basic heart Nestability inside the scalloped heart Nestability and ran them through my Cuttlebug together and it gave me this heart frame - plus I can use the inside plain heart piece that punched out on something else later! Following the instructions on her card - I was so excited to learn how to use the small Nestibility bird for the wings on the middle size bird on this card! You just have to snip off the beak on the front "wing" - now why couldn't I think of that???!!!

Stamps: none
Paper: White: PTI and SU, Real Red: SU, DP unknown (DCWV stack?)
Ink: none
Accessories: Martha Stewart Punch, dotted grosgrain, foam dimensionals, Nested birds and Hearts: Nestabilities

The next thing I have to show you today is my 6"x6" page that I made for the 2nd His Holy Name Challenge which is issued every other Sunday by Patter. You can click on the blinking box on my side bar to get to Patter's blog or you can also see the challenge in the forums on SCS just scroll down to comment #350. I'd love to have you join in on the challenges - you can join in any time and only do as many as you like.

God's Attribute this week is: God is Sovereign. I chose this verse from Isaiah 61:11
"For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the SOVEREIGN LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations."

I liked the analogy of things growing out of God's earth - and humans growing out of God's love.I used this great Urban Prairie designer paper by Basic Grey along with a leaf Sizzix die and layered flowers using a Martha Stewart flower punch. The bird is also from Martha Stewart. I typed the verse on my computer useing 3hourtour and CK fraternity fonts and printed it on an Avery Mailing label #8463.

Stamps: Snap Stamps: Karen Foster
Paper: Sage Shadow: SU, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist: PTI, DP: basic greay Urban Prairie Harvest
Ink: Onyx black versafine, Ocean tides: PTI
Accessories: foam dimensionals, glue dots, flower brads, square brads, sponge, computer generated verse, Avery Label, sizzix leaf die, adhesive gems: K&CO, oval punch, Designer label punch, spiral punch: SU, flower punch: Martha Stewart

And finally as promised - here are a few pics from our trip to Vermont this week visiting my DH's brother and sister-in-law.
This is the beautiful diningroom/livingroom in their gorgeous post and beam home.
Here I am on our first day snowshoeing in the woods - with my neck all wrapped up in my Head Sokz (a tube thing made of fleece that is a scarf and hood you can pull up if you need it!). It was about 4 above on this day out. And you can see not much sun getting into the woods here!

This is DH Kent at the edge of the woods when we just started out - standing by the sign of 'his' brook! That's his brother ahead waiting to lead the way!

This is Kent's SIL bringing up the rear with trusty dog Blue - who loves to run through the woods and snow - she calls Blue back to the trail by offering treats of cheese. Blue wears a bell to let any wild animals know she's around.

And here are some wild turkeys that came by their birdfeeders looking for a meal on a cold day!

We got some delicious coffee drinks as well as some home made cookies and muffins at this wonderful bakery down the street from them.

And a final shot of the old bicycle they have on their porch - it's lit with white lights at night.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Anonymous said...

Sweet cards Julia, and lovely pics of VT! What a beautiful home your DH's brother has! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

Betty Wright aka gbedwright said...

Gorgeous, Julia!!!!! Love the birdy card, and His Holy Name card is stunning!!!! Great colors and love the flowers!!!! Looks like it was a fabulous trip!!!! Great pictures. We are supposed to get snow tonight. We rarely get snow. I want it and I don'!

LeAnne said...

Gorgeous cards (LOVE that Urban Prairie, don't we!) and the pix of VT are wonderful---what a special time. I love the snow but I always get cold---I guess if I was snowshoeing, I'd be warm, huh!?

jdmommy said...

WOW! What a place! No wonder you had such a good time in VT! If you ever need anyone to carry your bags.....

Also, I LOVE your bird Valentine!

Debbie said...

Wow Julia! Looks like you had such a great time! What fabulous pics! You are just so cute!

AND how ingenious is your nestie bird with wings! So clever!!

Are you going to CHA? I'd love to meet ya! (Although I could also just DRIVE over to meet ya!! LOL!)

Anonymous said...

The cards are just as sweet as can be!! Love your pictures!! Looks like a fabulous time!! Beautiful home!! ;) TFS!

Shirley said...

Your cards are wonderful and so are the pictures of the trees near their home. I am from Reno, NV, near Truckee, CA, where they have great cross country skiing and your pictures reminded of that. I loved it. TFS

dpkennedy said...

I love your cards! The birds are so sweet! Or bird and "wing" I should say! Clever! The verse card is just beautiful too-that font works great with the Urban Prairie dp! And looks like you had fun snowshoeing! Beautiful home! Thanks for sharing your pictures!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Julia, your cards are outstanding!

Thanks for sharing the pictures. What a gorgeous home in beautiful snow country. What a view. Looks like a winter wonderland. So glad you enjoyed your time away!