Tuesday, March 27, 2012


With Easter fast approaching, I just wanted to make sure I got my decorations posted!  They aren't much, but enough for my family to enjoy!  Everything I have is a gift from someone or something I purchased from a friend's boutique.  It is really nice to have such wonderful memories of people and places.

However, these decorations are the cute part of Easter.  We always try to remember in our home the true meaning of Easter and what it represents.  We are totally grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ,and for his wonderful sacrifice for us and for his magnificent resurrection that followed.  What a fantastic Easter gift for us all!  I hope you all have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Our Family Game

Since it is about General Conference time, I thought I would share this with all of you.

Several years ago, 1999 to be exact, my husband and I decided to publish a game.  We had been using a hand-made version of this game in our family for years.  The idea was to get our children to listen to the messages of the speakers in General Conference (televised talks and instruction given by the Prophet and Apostles who lead the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) instead of day dreaming.  It was so much fun for our family, we decided to make it available to other families also to try to help them.  As you can see, it is called Conference Lingo Bingo.

 The game is comprised of eight different bingo cards made with bright colors.  We found this was fun because someone always wants their favorite color!  It also helps you know which card you have previously used if you want to keep changing cards between speakers.  We listened to many conference talks and chose the words that we felt were used the most (in the 1990's) and put them at random on the eight bingo cards.  Of course, the free center square is for the "heart" of the gospel.

Also included were eight sheets of white plastic squares that you just punched out.  These are used to cover the squares.

The object of the game is to listen to the talks given.  When you hear a word used in a talk and it is on your card, cover it with a white square.  Obviously when you get all the squares covered in a row across or down or vertically, you have a bingo and you win that round.  For the winners, I have always purchased "Conference Treats".  These have consisted of various types and flavors of candies such as chocolate covered nuts, peppermint patties, anything gummie like worms, orange slices, watermelon, sours, etc., white chocolate pretzels, and so on.  You get the picture.  You could choose anything you want to give as the prize for winning.

During the final session of conference (Sunday afternoon) we play blackout.  For that prize, I always make it something special, like a luscious, large Symphony Bar or a bag of Lindt Truffles, or something on that order. It is fun to have everyone actually LISTEN to what is being said!  It has even helped my husband who is notorious for sleeping the second he sits down!  He actually can stay awake through all of Conference!  I have had other women tell me how it has helped their husbands also, not to mention how quietly their children sat and listened.  We are glad it could help them.

Years ago people went to the Stake Centers to hear conference if they didn't live in Utah.  I don't think that is how it is now.  But for those people, we also made little paper pad bingo cards that they could easily take with them to the Stake Center and have their entire family still play there.  All that was required was a pencil and the pad of cards.

As conference approaches again we are anxious to play Conference Lingo Bingo.  Let the Conference (and games) begin!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Name Picture

I made this for my cute little grandson.  He is only one but his parents assured me that he is very into sports!  LOL!  I created the name is Make-the-Cut and did a shadow layer to create the white letters.  I found images of the different sports balls on the internet and did a print and cut.  I cut everything out with Shadow, my Black Cat Lynx cutter.  I then arranged  everything the way I thought would look nice.  I always seem to like having letters all over the place instead of just straight in a row.  Makes it easier to do because I don't have to worry about having all the letters perfectly aligned!  I adhered all the pieces with my ATG.  I found the frame at Michael's. I couldn't get a very good picture because of the glare.  This was the best I could do with the small glare on the bottom on the football.

 Little Jackson lives in Iowa with his parents and sister so I sure hope he likes this (as well as his parents!)!  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by to have a peek!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

He Is Risen

So, I believe that I should put all my projects on here, whether they turn out well or not!  LOL!  This was one that I tried to do for a challenge on the Make-the-Cut forum.  It was a vinyl challenge.  We were to make something that had to do with Easter and it had to have vinyl in the making.  Well, I found this coloring page image of the Savior on line and brought it into my Make-the-Cut software, made a file.  I cut the Savior, the clouds and the saying "He is Risen" out of vinyl using Shadow (my Black Cat Lynx!).  Then I used some Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle to get the gold behind the Savior.  I used Perfect Pearls Turquoise to put blue around the clouds.  It is very sparkly!  It is a 16 x 20 frame so my photo is far away so I could get it all in.  I had a hard time getting a good shot because the light was reflecting on the glass.  I am almost certain I have mentioned that I am not a good photographer!  Not my best results on something, but hey, I tried!

I really like the vinyl used on the saying.  It is a very shiny gold, but has the effect that someone scrunched it up and then tried to flatten it out again.  You know, like when you crinkle Reynolds Wrap foil!

Anyway, I hope you all have a great day!  I hope my next project will look a bit better than this one but I have to say, I learned a lot!  Thanks for stopping by!