Friday, December 12, 2008

Soccer/Coach Card created by Me and My Sister, Nina
credits: Image and card design by Mrs. Miles,
Digital paper background by Louise (LouCee Creations)
You can find LouCee's kit at her blog by clicking HERE.
Burgundy and sage from Nature Preserve Recycled cardstock,
DCWV- Clear Glitter paper.

Isn't this just the NEATEST?

My sister asked me to help her design a card for my nephew's soccer coach who has a dog like this who amuses everyone with his ball playing antics. I love how she 'kicked it up a notch' by cutting out the soccer ball elements and then pasting them ABOVE the layout to give it a 3d look. Why not visit Nina today and check out her latest AMAZING creation. Just click HERE!

Umm... did someone say CHOCOLATE?

Well if that caught your attention you must head over to my dear friend Gina's blog, for she's got a link to a contest that could net you some HAND MADE ALMOND (or any nut) ROCA... plus, you'll want to check out some of Gina's handmade ETSY creations - there's still time to order for Christmas I'm betting! Just click HERE to be transported.

As I sit here blogging, we are getting a BIG snowfall. As I've been writing the world outside is quietly turning white with giant fluffy flakes. How appropriate for today.

Thanks for stopping by to see my show and tell items today. If you're visiting for the first time today and would like to find out more about the show and tell, or even sign up to join in the fun, just click HERE to be taken to Kelli's blog where you can find out all the details or add your name to the links list.

I'm showing off a special book I found two years ago at the local thrift store. Its so beautifully written and illustrated. I believe if you click on each image you can see them a BIT bigger than what you see here.

It has been such a busy week - its all a happy blur. I have been putting a bit of time aside each morning to pray and ask for my days to be ordered the way they are supposed to go, and though I've not marked all that I have on my own list, I've accomplished not only some of the bigger items, I've also been blessed to be able to do extra for others. I've found that when I 'make time' for a need that crops up unexpectedly, then somehow I wind up doing MORE than what I thought I had time for.

I want to thank each of you who come to visit me and leave comments. Especially now at this oh so busy time I know how it can be - and it touches me that you would choose to hover at my blog for a few minutes. You all make my blog something more than just a journal.

I created and sent a snowflake element set to some of my digi/blogger/friends and family this morning. Its not a set you will ever see here or for sale, its for each of the friends that I have who design. I have so many more who I could have made for, who do not design, but I just did not have time to do everyone. I'll find some way to thank anyone who's not a designer sometime in the new year.

The following is MADE from the snowflakes I sent to my friends, its an overlay and a few coordinating papers as well. I hope you enjoy! (so I guess I DID find a way to bless you all too *wink*)

Like snowflakes
floating gently,
to earth,
small kindnesses
touch our lives.
First one, and then another
and another,
until at last the world is
bright and shining
with goodwill.
And once again...
its Christmas

~ author unknown

Barb's Flake Flake Friends Add-on
personal use only



  1. Thanks. Lovely.

    Super book - what a fascinating find.

    So am I a designer?!!

    Enjoy your snow - none here, just lots of scary black ice.

  2. What a beautiful overlay! Many thanks!

    BTW, your book is fantastic! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. You sure have some beautiful creations! And the book is quite nice. I prefer older books like that also.

  4. Thanks for sharing your creations and for showing us your book. I enjoy old books like this:)
    Linda C

  5. Oh Barb!!
    This overlay is beautiful! Thanks so much for the lovely gift!


  6. What a beautiful find.

  7. Great find! I love the cover. Jean

  8. OOOh not only do I get my own personal snowflake ( thank you sweetie for that one muah!) but now I can have matching paper Wheeee!
    Bless you Barb xx

    and I love the card.
    I've groomed 3 westies today lol!

  9. That is one of my most favorite things to find at thrift stores--old books, especially beautiful ones like the one you shared--Great find!


  10. What a beautiful old book. Thanks for sharing it!

  11. What a beautiful book to have. Thanks for sharing it and for visiting me today.

  12. I mean't to say, I was thinking about you this afternoon when I got my box of christmas decorations out of the loft. I was making my kitchen all festive and pulled out a snowman hot plate which incidently I bought 3 years ago in a Louisianna Antique shop when visiting my Brother who emigrated over there.
    Funny things come to mind...I was holding this hot plate thinking about you visiting your thrift stores!

  13. what a find...way to go Barb. Thank so much for the snowflake overlay ...and the special flake..I have always loved your snow flakes ...have a great weekend ...miss you lots

  14. What a great find. It truly is a gift you have to find beautiful things in others "left behinds". I look forward to your Friday show and tell. Today is no exception. It is so nice to have my own flake. Your talent always inspires me - now if I could just find more time to act on it. I have quite a few photo projects on my desk (a few needing to be complete before Christmas). The I read your words, and am remind that I can get it all done... by having faith. Thanks so much firend. I appreciate you



  15. Fascinating old book. I would love to smell it...
    You are blessing for us, that´s why we come back to your blog. Thanks for posting.
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  16. CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE did you say CHOCOLATE. I can not here any thing now but that word. Thanks. I wnjoyed your post. Have a great week.

  17. What a wonderful book, and a beautiful blog. I'll be coming back for inspiration. ;^)

  18. DigiFreebiesListDecember 12, 2008

    Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Digital Freebies Search List, under the Kit(s) post. Thanks again.

  19. That book is such a treasure!
    Your comments on my blog made me laugh! Thanks :)

  20. Thanks so much for your kind comment. I appreciate it.

    I just finished looking through your blog and WOW, your stuff is awesome! I'm so glad you wrote. I'm just about to be your newest follower!

    Hope you have a good weekend and thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  21. OK...I'm lost. How do I follow someone's blog when there isn't a link to click on to become their follower?? There's a couple blogs out there, including yours that are like that. Is it something I have to do with one of my widgets??

    Would you happen to know?? Thanks!

  22. A very pretty book, indeed! Sounds like a fun one to read. Love the snowflake overlay! You're very talented! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for leaving a comment. Feedback is fun!!

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  25. How pretty! Thanks so much. Happy Holidays to you and your family! :)

  26. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and your work (it is quite lovely). God bless.

  27. Morning Barb!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Finally leaving a comment on my daily visit!!!!! LOL
    I've been reading & not commenting or DL because I already had them from before!!!!! LOL
    TY for stopping by & leaving me acomment!!!!!!!
    Well a MARVELOUS GOODY I dont have!!!!!!!!!!
    TY so very much!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Off to finish DL the CATW goodies!!!!!!!
    HUG HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Do correct the spelling of Minute on your top banner.

  29. Good Morning Barb:)
    I promise I popped in several times yesterday to see if you had posted your show and tell...but got sidetracked and didn't make it back after the tenth time.LOL JK.hehe
    Thank you so much for your special gift to all of us.How sweet! I am soo glad you consider me one of your flakey friends too.I've always thought I was kinda I know and can prove it.LOL
    Love your old book.What a cool find.I get books for my granddaughters at the thrift stores too.Some are like brand new ..for twenty five or fifty cents.Can't beat that huh?:)The only difference between reading books at the library or getting them at the thrift store get to keep the book!!!They all are handled many times.:)
    I have been to your sisters to see her card.You both did a fantstic job in it.:)
    Have a wonderful weekend!Are you gonna play in the snow? Make a snowman? Snow angel? It's too early to skate on the lake huh? You could skate on the bottom of the lake..but not for long.LOL See..I am Flakey!!hehe

    Thanks for stopping by to say Hi.:)


  30. What a beautiful vintage book! I love antique books.
    And your soccer/dog Christmas card is absolutely adorable:)

  31. Very pretty, thank you!

  32. Barb

    Thank you for the beautiful card/ornament we got in the mail yesterday, got Ninas the same day so it was a double treat. Actually I just took the one you made us 5 years ago off the bird that Bill made(you made us with a little bird(wren) on it). I liked it so much I displayed it around the neck of one of Bills carvings for years. Also thanks for the recipe, I am going to try that on my days off!!
    Talk to you soon..

  33. Barb

    Thank you for the beautiful card/ornament we got in the mail yesterday, got Ninas the same day so it was a double treat. Actually I just took the one you made us 5 years ago off the bird that Bill made(you made us with a little bird(wren) on it). I liked it so much I displayed it around the neck of one of Bills carvings for years. Also thanks for the recipe, I am going to try that on my days off!!
    Talk to you soon..

  34. The doggie card is so cute.
    This book is interesting. It was published just one year before my parents were born. They were both born in 1913.

  35. Thanks forf the Beautiful overlay!
    Happy Christmas to you and yours!

  36. What a beautiful layout, both the card and the snowflakes!

    I love the book, too. I have a not too secret love for old books. I have way too many of them around!

    Take care my friend!
    I pray you have a wonderful Sunday praising our Saviour!

  37. What a fantastic kit, TYFS, bless your beautiful heart:)) AC

  38. This soccer card is really cute !

  39. Thanks so much,,,,love it!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. What a lovely book and the card is too cute! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  41. What a totally beautoful book - a special find

  42. Morning my friend, hope you are having a good day and the week will be a HAPPY BLUR too- lol

    Thanks soooo much for the *flakes*- mmm, flakes for flakes huh?- BWAHAHAHA

    LOVE the card- stunning job girls and that book looks BEAUTIFUL!
    And giggled at Loucee's comment as everytime I see a Vintage or antique TEA POT- it think of you and how much you would OOOH and AAAAH over it- ;-)

    Okies- holiday season has hit here in full force with half the population now on summer holidays- YIPPPPPPEEEEE.
    Chat soon


  43. Thanks! This is beautiful!

  44. Thank you so much for your lovely overlay and papers.

  45. Thank you :)

  46. Thanks so much for sharing! :)


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