Sunday, October 28, 2007

Happy Birthday, Rhea, Kathleen & Pam!

I neglected to honor my dear friend, Rhea on her birthday, October 23rd. Rhea is one of my many BEAUTIFUL friends. Her name is pronouned "RAY- ah" and I remember that because she is a "RAY ah sunshine" to me. She is beautiful inside and out, remaining positive (ALWAYS positive) and strong through her challenge with breast cancer. She makes me laugh and warms my heart whenever I see her. I love to spend time with her because she is a calm and peaceful person, too. She has three gorgeous girls and is a wonderful mother. Today, I want to let her know that I love being in her friendship circle and thank God for crossing our paths as she is a true blessing in my life.
While I'm in "confession" mode, I have to include two other dear friends of mine who had birthday celebrations this month and I didn't acknowledge them either!
Kathleen went to grade school with my husband and I have been fortunate to have developed a very special friendship with this lady through our girls cheer and sons football! She is a faithful disciple of Jesus administering His word through her actions and deed, encouraging everyone in a positive light. She has also fought with breast cancer and through her faith, positive attitude and God's plan, she is here today! Not a discouraging word has been whispered from her lips and she's more concerned about others than herself. It's an honor to be included in her life and I am again, richly blessed.
Pam, diva pal, celebrated her birthday a couple weeks ago. She's my mentor when it comes to reciting Bible verses so appropriate for the situation. Pam is a great mother who values family and always finds the good in people. She and I have been close friends, crafters and I love spending time with her, especially when we're eating out somewhere!! : ) I do give thanks to God every day for all the great people in my life.
Happy Birthday to three TERRIFIC ladies. I love you truly, madly & deeply!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Dryer Sheet Technique

WOW, I'm a blogger now!

I've had so many private requests for my Dryer Sheet technique, I thought I would post this for everyone to enjoy! Who could have guessed that a used dryer sheet could give such a sparkly snow affect?

1. Take your used dryer sheets and iron them flat.
2. Roll or stamp your image on your cardstock and take outside (if not too windy) or to your garage (to spray them inside would not be good!).
3. Use a spray adhesive (or Mod Podge) to coat your stamped cardstock. I believe the spray adhesive works best!
4. Immediately lay the dryer sheet on your adhesive sprayed cardstock and spread it all across to flatten and smooth.
5. While still wet and as soon as the dryer sheet is evenly flattened on the stamped cardstock, sprinkle Dazzlin' Diamonds glitter all over and dump excess into tray.
6. Set aside to dry completely.
7. Trim off excess dryer sheet and discard.
8. Wrap your cord/ribbon around and adher the dryer sheet piece to the card itself. Voila!

I have a lot of glitter that falls off after applying it, but I do it over a tray and return the excess glitter back into the container. I don't usually have a problem with it, however it does continue to "drift" a little more no matter how many times I've tapped off the excess.
I get the spray adhesive all over my hands and then the dazzlin' diamonds get all over and it's pretty messy. I like doing a lot of these at once because of it!!!

Give this a try and show me how you did!

This blogging challenge will be slow and steady. Thank you for hanging in there with me!
I did learn this technique from a fellow demonstrator, who was a "stitch" to stamp with, too. However I don't know her name to give her credit. I do know that she lives here in Michigan. If you know her name, please let me know so that I can recognize her here.