Hurricane, End of an Era and Other Stuff

Hello everyone! I'm so grateful to be back online and have electricity! I'm blessed to be able to say that my family is safe and sound and we did not sustain any major damage from Hurricane Irene. I know I have a lot of catching up to do with commenting so please bear with me.

If you've been a loyal follower and reader of my blog then you know that I have been on the Christian Paper Crafts Design Team in one form or another since March 2010. It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that I have stepped down from this organization. Back in October of 2010 I had to take a leave of absence from Christian Paper Crafts for medical reasons. When I returned in January 2011, although the site was still owned by my dear friend Cindy Coutts she had stepped down as the Servant in Charge and brought in an Executive Administrator to run things. So, this was quite a bit different than what I had originally signed on for. Cindy ran the site with such grace and understanding and she let each DT member carve out their own place at CPC...including giving me my own forum to share my passion for the Cricut. To summarize, in January when I returned full-time I thought I was just coming "home" but, things were really different. I needed to either get with the new program devised by the Executive Admin or I needed to get out. It has taken me 8 months to figure this out. So, I left this weekend. This doesn't mean that I no longer respect CPC and the message they are trying to send or that I'm not grateful to have had the opportunity to design for this organization and the opportunity to meet some wonderful Christian women. It just means that CPC is no longer a good fit for me and I am no longer a good fit for CPC. There are more changes to come at CPC that would be wrong for me to divulge at this time and I honestly don't know if those changes are going to be good or bad for this organization. Is there a gaping hole there because I have removed my "talent"? Absolutely not! And I'm certain that they will replace me with someone more enthusiastic and better suited to the "Spirit of CPC". I wish Cindy and her team the absolute best in their future endeavors.

My next news is that this past Saturday was the end of my Design Team term with the Sweet Stop Sketch Blog. This I will miss! Korin and Monika are the easiest people to design for and I am super grateful to have had the opportunity. I would have liked to continue on but, the term is only 3 months.

What's next for me...I don't know. Maybe nothing. Maybe something. I know this will give me the time and opportunity to just "play" with paper again.

If you've made it through all that...God Bless YOU! I'm going to leave you with my latest card I designed for Classy Cards n Such.

Today's card is all about letting the patterned paper do the work for you. I love to stamp but there are times when I don't feel like coloring in the images or I'd just like to make a card where my sentiment is the focus. With all the gorgeous patterned papers that are out there on the market you don't always need a stamped image to tell your story because the paper does it for you. Those blue pine trees just scream snow! Flip that paper over and you find a wonderful blue snowflake pattern. I punched some snowflakes out using a Martha Stewart Crafts snowflake punch and added some bling to the centers cause snowflakes really do sparkle!

Webster's Pages Waiting for Santa/Sweet Season DSP
Stardream Fuse Vista CS
Reich Shine CS
Spellbinders Labels 18
Holiday Phrases-Verve Stamps
Martha Stewart Crafts snowflake punch
EK Success snowflake border punch


  1. I am sure great things are around the corner and have fun "playing" again. Your card is beautiful!

  2. Beautiful card Jennipher & I'm glad to hear you're safe! Sorry about the DT thing but I'm sure with your creativity; there's something splendid right around the corner!!!!

  3. Love your card Jennipher, it's very beautiful. I'm sorry that you felt you had to step down from you DT, but when He closes one door, He usually opens another one, so just keep your heart open, and I'm sure He will lead you to something new for you.

  4. Jennipher, what a fantastic way to showcase DSP! I love your card idea and I can see a scraplift on this one. TFS

    On another note, I am glad you and your family survived the storm safely.

  5. Glad you weathered Irene safely, Jennipher! Your card is gorgeous! I love that design paper, how beautiful.
    I'm sorry that you're done with the DT, but with your amazing talent, I'm sure something wonderful and new is on your horizon. Enjoy playing in the meantime :0)

  6. Glad to hear that you are safe and did have any damage. My son made it through as well. Too bad that the DT term did not work, but I truly believe that one needs to follow the path that has been placed before them. Your card is gorgeous, stunning and elegant. I just love how you have stamped it a couple of times and the colors go so well together.

  7. This is beautiful!! The way you designed this with the papers is gorgeous. I wish I could be better and making cards without coloring, something I have to work on. I think you are going to enjoy crafting for fun it might be a refreshing change. I have so enjoyed being on the team with you and will miss you.

  8. First let me say that I am so thankful you and you family made it safely through Irene. Next, your card is gorgeous! Love the way you spotlighted the tree on the DP. Finally, your presence on each DT will be missed! I only had the pleasure of working with you a short while and looked forward to your sketch samples at The Sweet Stop! I will continue to follow your blog and look forward to seeing how the Lord will use your amazing talent in the future! Blessings to you!

  9. Absolutely stunning card. Simple and pleasing to the eye. As for the changes in your creative world, when one door closes, another opens. There is a reason for everything. I wish you all the best.

  10. sweety! your "let it snow"-card is a real eye-candy!

    gorgoeus work!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  11. Glad you are safe and had no bad luck with Irene. Sometimes it is hard and scary to move on, but looks like this was a thought out move on your part so it is for the best for you. Congrats on having the courage to make a change.

    Your card is beautiful. I love all that blue.

  12. So glad you are safe and sound! Your card is absolutely beautiful! Great showcasing of the paper and I love your sparkly snow! Best wishes for your future endeavors!

  13. Jennipher, your card is just stunning - so elegant and beautiful. Your post is also very poignant and it's a humbling experience to be honest with ourselves and know when it's time to stay in the game and know when it's time to move on :) TFS!

  14. Jennipher I'm sorry to here about the changes that are going on in your life but glad you made it through the hurricane O.K. Life has a way of closing some doors but opening others. I hope new and exciting doorways show themselves to you soon! Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog. I appreciate each and every one. :) Have a wonderful day!

  15. Oh and your card is stunning! The blues and greens are very serene.

  16. Hi Jennipher! Your card is lovely! That paper is beautiful and you did a wonderful job putting it to great use. I love the layout and the snowflake bling. So glad you now have power and did not have any substantial damage from Irene. Having lived on the East Coast for 40 years, all the weather reports were really bringing back memories for me, and kept me praying for all you "East Coasters"! Praise God things were not worse! I am glad you are are moving on in a direction that clearly you are at peace with. It sounds as if the timing is right for you. I know you realize God is always there to guide you and He will open up new and wonderful opportunities for you! I look forward to seeing what the future holds for you, and how the Lord will use your talents next. Until then enjoy, as you said, the fun of just "playing with paper"! (((Hugs!)))

  17. I didn't realize you lived on the east coast. I glad you and your family are all doing well.

    Beautiful card! I can almost feel the winter chill.

  18. Stunning card Jennipher! I absolutely love the colors!! Blue is one of my favorite colors for Christmas cards!

  19. Miss Jennipher, this is so lovely! love the colors and Sweet snowflakes! I so enjoyed getting to design with you on the Sweet Stop DT and will definitely miss you! but,happy to know that I can' visit you anytime! 8-) And I know that great things are just around the corner for you! 8-)

    Big Hugs
    Shannon 8-)

  20. What a wonderful card. I love those snowflakes. I'm also pretty sure there are other great things waiting for you!! You have an amazing talent!!


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