Monday, December 5, 2011

    Jesus Birthday 
     Saturday, Dec 10th
Come to Alayne’s home in Versailles this Saturday at 9:30am for a party!
I want to thank my friends and clients for being with me during this hard year, so I am having a party where everyone will get a chance to make free projects, win prizes, eat sweet treats and drink great coffee.
I hope to see you Saturday.
Always, Alayne

There is no charge but there will be opportunity to buy great Close To My Heart Products and Cricut Supplies.

The Cross is My Christmas Tree

We went to Michigan for our Thanksgiving celebration with one of our daughters. We went to her church for the first Sunday of Advent and the sermon challenged us to remember what Christ had done on the Tree, The Cross for us during this Christmas Season.

What a blessing to be redeemed by Jesus Christ who came as a babe, and died on a cross for you and me.
Let’s keep our perspective as we go about our busy-ness with our family and friends as we celebrate Christmas this year.

Always, Alayne

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Treasures Found in old TIF files, presented by Studio J

Old pictures in a new way: Studio J Always, Alayne


Proverbs 8:30
“I was filled with delight day after day.”

Time has gotten away from me and I did not keep my promise of writing every two weeks. Please be patient with me because I have been practicing what I preach, that it is more important to make memories than scrap them.  As applied to this new blog, it is more important to live for Christ, than to write about living for Christ.

Steve and I were discussing the verse from Proverbs 8:30 this week and how we could practically apply it to our everyday lives. Do we savor the everyday moments as well as the special events that happen less often?

I have been to Michigan to enjoy my daughter and her family that lives there as well as attend a fun Close To My Heart event near Detroit.
I met a lot of great people who love to preserve memories like me. I learned from their examples of crafting and from some interesting conversations. It was a high point for me, but I also enjoyed greatly the everyday moments with my daughter and granddaughter that I don’t get to experience very often.

This week, let us be filled with delight day after dayas we count some of the blessings we have been given from God above.

Always, Alayne

Christmas Card workshop Saturday, November 12th

This is a Stock photograph of the special stamp set you can get a reduced price during the month of November. We will be using this stamp set to make a set of 16 Christmas cards next Saturday. (2 each of 8 designs from the Wishes book by Jannette Lynton.)

I will post the sample cards as I make them this week.  The cost of the workshop is $20 for everything you need to make and embellish 16 cards and envelopes. The class is free if you bring your own consumables.

Sonoma: pictures of cards and card accordian album

Friday, October 14, 2011

More on Hope...

More thoughts on Hope.

Psalm 33:21  “In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.”

“When a sudden storm strikes a ship at anchor, only the links of the chain and the anchor wedged in the rocks keep vessel and crew from being set dangerously adrift. Obviously the more tumultuous the times, the more important the mourings.  In our own stressful moments, our hopes need to be  anchored securely – not to wishes or feelings, but in God’s promise.  As the author of Hebrews said, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19 “
The above quote is taken from a devotional by James Dobson entitled Night Light,  When I read this paragraph it helped me focus on where my focus needs to be on a daily basis.
We have recently had a change in where we go to Worship. It has not been easy after going to the same fellowship for over a decade.  The name of the church is Anchor. Maybe I needed to meditate on Hebrews 6:19 as we go through transition and meet new friends that we can encourage in the Word and be encouraged by others.

This past week (Fall Break) we did not have Friendship International so I didn’t post a new card because we didn’t have class. So now, I will post the third card in the workshop. 

Side Focus

This is found in the Originals book on page23 and (picture on page 44).  I really enjoy seeing how color changes the whole look of a card. That is one reason I love Close To My Heart  how to books.
I do want to thank the ladies that came to my home workshop Thursday since class was canceled. It was fun having more time and also a lot of fun meeting the kids that are in nursery during our classes. Thank you all for making the effort to travel to my Versailles home.
Have a hopeful week!
Always, Alayne

Monday, October 3, 2011

How to Shade stamp....

Come join me in my home and make this beautiful card, Tuesday evening or Thursday afternoon! Always, Alayne

Friday, September 30, 2011


Overflow with hope.

“May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”     Romans 15:13

This verse speaks for itself and it has been a great comfort to me this week as Steve and I looked at how to have a lighthearted spirit in our marriage. Our God is so faithful and able to to give us Joy and Peace each and every day!

This week we worked on the new pattern made for the Sonoma Workshop on the go. It is amazing what you ladies can accomplish in such a short workshop at International Friendship.  I love learning from you when I am suppose to be teaching you.
Next Thursday we will be working on Tied Frame. If you have an Originals: handcrafted cards made easy book, the pattern is on page 39.  I will bring a copy of Originals to class, but if you would like to order your own it is on page10 of the current Idea book, # 9032.  You can order it by using the shop with Alayne link below or sending me an e-mail order.
As you work with these Kraft cards I know you are going to appreciate the quality of them. They are great fun to work with.
Have a wonderful week and see you next week for crafts.

Studio J:   There will be free instruction in my home on Tuesday evening October 4th from 6pm – 8:30pm if you want to bring your lap top and work with the easiest form of digital scrapbooking on the market. Please join me at my Versailles, Ky. home.
Always, Alayne

Friday, September 23, 2011


  “For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.”               2 Corinthians 13:4

Everyday reveals joy in little things. Sometimes I feel weak and not capable of doing what I need to do. Then I take time and read a few Psalms and spend time talking things over with God and I feel refreshed enough to keep doing what I have to do.  The verse above reminds me that my power comes from Crucified Christ. When I remember Christ died for me it makes it easier for me to find the the joy in little things.
Each week I will be posting one of the special cards we will be making at Friendship International. This is the first card:
It is a new pattern called “Pachage Deal” developed for the Sonoma workshop on the go kit (#G1028).
The next 4 weeks of cards will be using the Sonoma Kit but the patterns come from the  Jeanette R. Lynton book Originals, handcrafted cards made easy. (#9032)
I used Scallop die cut Kraft cards (#Z1474) for the base of the cards and matching envelopes, but you could use the same pattern in any color you like. Contact me if you want to learn how to make this card, or use the shopping with Alayne link below.
Have a great week crafting and feel free to join me in my home Tuesday evening (9/26/11 6pm – 8:30pm) for Free instruction on how to do Studio J and/or digital Scrapbooking.
Always, Alayne
Here is the cutting quide for the Kraft cards we will be making:


Sonoma Cutting Guide

To create the bonus project, use this information along with the featured how-to book. The paper swatches shown below
correspond with the book’s cutting diagrams, making it easy to determine which papers should be used. Simply match the
swatches with the letters designated in the pattern, and then cut your paper accordingly.

Originals® (pages 23, 39, 110, and 124)

Tip: As you cut the paper, sort the pieces as indicated in this cutting guide so that each piece of artwork has its own stack.
For example, if a piece is labeled “Side Focus,™” place it in the stack for the Side Focus card. Use the picture of the finished
artwork, this guide, and the appropriate pattern from our how-to book to assemble your cards.

Olive Cardstock:

3" x3" (new pattern) and 3 1/2 x 3" (Tied Frame™),
2 1/2" x 2 1/2" (Package Deal™), 6" x 1/4" (new pattern), " 1/2 x 5 1/2" (new pattern), and 5" x 1/2" (Side Focus™)

Purple stripe B&T:
6" x 4" (Package Deal) and
1" x 3 1/2" (new pattern)

Colonial White Cardstock:
4 3/4" x  2 3/4" (On the Side™), 2 1/2" *x4" (On the Side),
2 3/4" x 33/4" (Side Focus), 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" (2; new pattern),
2" x 2" (Package Deal), and 1/2" x 6" (Tied Frame)

Bamboo diamond B&T
5" * 1 1/2" (new pattern)

Smokey Plum  Cardstock:
5 1/4" x 4 1/4" (Side Focus), 5" x 3" (On the Side),
3" x 3" (Tied Frame), and 1 3/4" x 31/2" (Side Focus)

Bamboo/Plum Print:
6" x 2" (On the Side), 6" x 1 9/16 (On the Side),
3" x 4" (Side Focus), 3/4" x 3/4" (On the Side)

Cocoa Cardstock :
4" x 3 1/2" (Tied Frame)

Purple Diamonds:
2 1/4" x 6" (Tied Frame) and 6" x 1 9/16" (Tied Frame)

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