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Tulips are such happy flowers...

I saw a Robin this morning! He (or was it a she?) was perched on our church office steps. I hope the little guy wasn't confused and made a wrong turn. He may freeze his little feathers off! lol... Hopefully this is a sign of warmer and better weather to come! I spotted a red winged blackbird yesterday and heard a meadowlark singing in the field! All encouraging signs... Speaking of encouraging signs... I recently purchased a stamp set from Papertrey Ink. I love, love, love their Friendship Jar series. When I spotted the new Spring set, I fell in love... and then I ordered! Today's image comes from that set. Tulips remind me of spring. They make me want to sing just like the Robin... well, not as beautifully as the Robin... Good thing God said to make a "joyful noise..." Blessings to you and yours this Sabbath!


Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - K & Company - Tim Coffey - Blossomwood Paper Pad
Card Stock - Image - Gina K. Pure Lux…

I have a secret...

Everyone knows how much I love Our Daily Bread Designs Stamps. Take a sneaky peeky at my labels and you will see I have used them in at least 41 posts! So I was thrilled to be asked to join their challenge team as a guest during March and April. March will be a big month! Look for some fabulous new sets and some special treats as the company celebrates it's 3rd anniversary.

March is a big month for me as well! I will celebrate the big 40! Alright, I admitted it.... So in honor of ODBD and the fact I am celebrating a BIG milestone I decided to revisit one of my ODBD cards. I promise I will be back soon with some fun new stuff. Could I be repeating things because of my age? lol... Check out the announcement HERE.

Be sure to play along each Saturday with us!



Following originally posted September 2010

This week's challenge over at Our Daily Bread Designs involves creating something bright and white! The idea is to make a card with minimal co…

Clean and Simple - Part 2

Had to make a trip to the city today for a doctor's appointment. Thank you for all of your continued prayers! My follow up went well and I will not have to go back for a few months. Since the opportunity presented itself, I stopped at a large scrapbooking store. Since when do you need an opportunity, right? lol... I stocked up on pink, yellow, blue, lavender... basically I went nuts over anything that looked springy! It has been a LONG winter folks... I traveled over to another craft store and snapped up some fabulous bargains. I love days like that, don't you? All in all a pretty pleasant day!

So today's card is pretty clean and simple. I did little embellishments and let the image speak for itself! Here's to the first signs of spring! Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Hugs ~

Lori - Saintsrule


Card Stock - Bazzill
Card Stock - Gina K. Pure Luxury (image)
Designer Paper - Bo Bunny Peacock Lane Ivy
Ink - Image - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Ink - Fram…


You knew it couldn't last! In yesterday's post, I gave up coloring with my Copics. OK... it was for only one day... lol... I just couldn't keep it up. And when I pulled out this beautiful stamp, my resolve melted. As many of you know, I love images and particularly children. They speak to my heart. Jesus also had a special place in his heart for children. They see the world with such wonderment. And this little lady is enjoying the beauty of God's creation. She is just a little sprout herself, ready to blossom into a beautiful young woman. Just as it should be...

Check out my creation over at Stampin' Sisters in Christ . I entered it in this weeks challenge (#76). The goal was to use green somewhere in your creation. Hop on over and play! Enjoy!



Card Stock - Georgia Pacific, Bazzill; Image - Gina K. Pure Luxury
Designer Paper - Sweetwater - Sprout Paper Collection
Stamp - Image - Sugar Nellie Stamps - Country Garden
Ink - Imag…


The ladies at Our Daily Bread Designs have issued another challenge. This time, to play along, you must use overstamping. In this example, I stamped the image in light gray ink and then embossed the sentiment over it. I love how this technique looks but I don't use it often. The Copic nut in me says "never stamp over something you can color..." lol...

I definitely had fun doing something a little different and the sentiment says it all... Why worry? So I didn't! Nothing to color? Less can be more, right? Have a blessed day!


Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - Pebbles, Inc. Legacy Floral / Dot
Ink - Image - Stampin Up - Going Gray
Ink - Sentiment - Versamark Watermark Ink
Embossing Powder (sentiment) - Ranger - Super Fine Detail - Black
Stamps - Image and Sentiment - Our Daily Bread Designs - Don't Worry!
Corner Punch (white card stock) EK Success
Punch - (black card stock) Martha Stewart
Dies - Spellbinders - Nestabilities - Labels One
Fibers - Offra…

Coming Home

I'm blessed! There are many blessings that I can count on any given day. However, there is always one that comes immediately to mind. I'm home. Let me clarify for a moment. I have lived several places in my life but at this moment I live 15 minutes from where I grew up and spent my formative years. Many people long to get away from those roots and early in life I too decided I had to spread my wings. But after a few wing clippings (some deserved and some not so deserved) I managed to come home. As hard as I tried to deny my roots, I am a country girl! I love being able to walk out my door any given day and hear the bleating of sheep. I love being able to turn my Saint Bernards loose on our 10 acres of fenced in land and watch them play. I love being able to go to work and drive by the cemetery where my dad was laid to rest. I love working across the street from the high school I attended so long ago. It warms my heart to take an afternoon stroll and hear the laughter of teens …

Keeping it Simple

Do you ever feel the need to simplify? I am definitely feeling the need. During the coming weeks I will be preparing my home for spring. And I intend to pitch everything and anything in sight that I do not need. Ok... maybe not pitch... But I think Goodwill will make out quite well with my donations!

So to celebrate my freedom from stuff, I made a simple card today... Enjoy and have a wonderful day!


Card Stock - Bazzill, Georgia Pacific
Card Stock - Image - Gina K. Pure Luxury
Ink - Image - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic
Ink - Sentiment - Close to My Heart Moonstruck
Embossing Folder - Provocraft - Plum Blossoms
Stamp - Image - Our Daily Bread Designs - Butterfly
Stamp - Sentiment - Our Daily Bread Designs - Easter Blessings
Fiber - Offray 7/8 Satin Navy
Pearls - Crystal Stickers by Mark Richards

Copics - B23, B24, B34, B41

The Season of Singing...

Here I go again! I had to pull out a harbinger of spring! Today's card features the dogwood, those fabulous tree blossoms that signal spring is near. They also bring to mind the legend of the dogwood. It is a beautiful story and goes something like this...

"At the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood had reached the size of the mighty oak tree. So strong and firm was the wood that it was chosen as the timber for Jesus' cross.

To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this, and in his compassion said. "Because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent, and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross–two long and two short petals.

"In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the print of nails. In the center of the flower, stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns…

Sending You Sunshine

Don't you just love yellow? I know I do! Especially this time of year when sunny days are few and far between. During the coming days we will have unusually warm temps in Kentucky and I am looking forward to them! I hope to see some SUNSHINE! It seems like the Ulrich household becomes very stir crazy this time of year. We have been known to work in the yard when the temps barely reach 40 degrees. Hubby and I simply have to get out! We love our togetherness but moderation is the key... lol...

Today's card reflects my love of yellow. When I pulled out my supplies I found an interesting trend. The ink is SUNflower. The sentiment is sending you SUNSHINE. The stamp set is called Sending SUNshine.... See a trend here???? lol.... I think I am craving longer days and warmer months... Daffodils fit that bill. My birthday is in March and I associate their bright little faces with the first harbingers of spring (not to mention my birthday...) Well here's hoping you …

A Little Girl's Birthday - A Stair Step Card

A few days ago I asked For your prayers as I worked on a birthday card. A grandmother had asked me to create something special for her granddaughter's ninth birthday. I decided to use my Cricut and specifically the cartridge, A Child's Year. I absolutely love the images on this cartridge. They can be used for so many occasions.

I tried to reflect the changes in a young girl on this card. The first image is of a child celebrating it's first birthday. The second image is of a young girl playing at the beach. I picked this image because one of my friend's most prized photo is of her granddaughter at the beach. And finally, I picked a slightly older image of a girl holding a bird. My friend loves birds and I thought this image would remind her granddaughter how much she is loved! There are several great tutorials on the web. Just search for stair step cards! Thanks as always and I look forward to talking with you again soon!



Card Stock - Bazzill

Create A Critter Valentine Menagerie

Do you remember getting those funny Valentines as a kid? You know... the one's with funny sayings? I loved those as a child. So when the time came to create some for my Sunday School class and grand kids, I decided to pull out all the stops! The Cricut Create A Critter Cartridge and stamps from My Pink Stamper did the trick! Look at the series below....

They are just too doggone cute! Sorry! I couldn't resist being punny! OK.... Stop me already!!!! Blessings and have a wonderful day!



Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - We R Memory Keepers - Be My Valentine Sweethearts; Little Yellow Bicycle - Love in Bloom; Making Memories - Love Struck
Stamps - My Pink Stamper - Punnylicious, More Punnylicious
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Cricut Cartridge - Create A Critter - most cuts at 3 inches

And one more for good measure...

Copics and Redheads

Sorry it has been so long since my last post! Normally after work each day, I venture into my studio to get some work done. This week has not gone as planned on several levels. We are awaiting the pickup of one of our last puppies. And though I am sad to see her go, I know she will be loved in her new furever home... I took a trip to our state capital, Frankfort, on Thursday to meet with our state representative. I enjoyed seeing my state government in action. But I wonder how they get anything done! It is truly a chaotic process! Wednesday of course we had Bible study...

I love my life but it seems a little crazy right now! lol

For my prayer warriors, I ask particular consideration for a project I have been asked to do. I am creating a card for a young lady's 9th birthday. Her grandma asked me to make her something special. This card is the one time of year they have contact and I want this to be something to either break down barriers and/or soften hearts. Please pray for guidanc…


This week the ladies at ODBD are hosting a favorites challenge. I decided to submit a card incorporating two of my favorite challenges this year... Three of Something (3 types of paper) and Dies and Punches. I recently spotted this paper at Hobby Lobby and knew the bright colors would lend themselves well to a project! I'm pretty pleased with the results. Check out my submission HERE and make sure to play along! Have a great day!


Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - Tim Coffey for K & Company Blossomwood Paper Pad
Ink - Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
Stamp - ODBD - Scripture Series 1
Embossing Powder - Ranger Queen's Gold Royal Embossing Powder
Corner Rounder - Creative Memories
Punch - Martha Stewart
Die Cuts - Spellbinders Nestabilities - Classic Ovals Small, Classic Scalloped Ovals Small
Pop Dots
Fiber - 7/8 Offray Grosgrain Black

Got Snow?

Doesn't this card just say it all? I'm not sure there is any part of these great United States that hasn't seen a bit of the white stuff this year. This stamp set was the very first stamp set from Gina K. Designs I purchased. And somehow it seems very timely this week! Here's hoping you have a wonderful and snow free week... That's if you want one! Blessings!


Card Stock - Bazzill
Card Stock - Image - Gina K. Pure Luxury
Designer Paper - TPC Studio - Christmas Village Winter Wonderland
Stamps - Image & Sentiment - Gina K. Designs - Got Snow?
Ink - Image - Memento & Copic
Ink - Sentiment - Close to My Heart - Indian Corn Blue
Die Cuts - Spellbinders Nestabilities - Fancy Tags, Ovals Large, Petite Scalloped Ovals Large
Fiber - Offray 5/8 Satin - Leaf
Ranger Stickles - Star Dust


Carrot - YR02, YR68
Snowsuits - B21, B23
Flesh/Blush - E00, R20
Snowman's Scarf - YG95, YG99
Snowshoes, Snowman's Hat - C3, C5, C7
Snowman - C1, 0 Colorless Blender …

Tulips Are Around the Bend...

Boy, I sure hope that groundhog knows his stuff! As I write this, my crafting table is shaking... Yes.... shaking.... from the winds hitting the side of my house! My craft room is on the second floor and it takes the brunt of any wind gusts. This one is a doozy! I looked out to see snow and not just a gentle snow... The wind was blowing so hard, the stuff was coming down horizontally... Crazy weather! It was raining earlier and now it sounds like my roof could go at any minute. Good thing hubby put hurricane clips on the roof when we built! I thought he was kinda crazy for doing that in Kentucky. Since when have we had a hurricane? Today, I appreciate his wisdom on this! lol Today's card was designed with spring in mind. You know, that time of year when you see butterflies and tulips. Not sure I remember it... lol.... But everyone tells me it will be here soon. So here's to tulips and the warm weather it brings. Blessings to you and yours! Lori Saintsrule! Card Stock - Bazzill Ca…

Why Worry?

Let me start out by saying I struggle with this! My husband says that if we had nothing in the world to worry about I would make something up! He says this jokingly, but there is a great deal of truth to it! I am a Type A personality by nature. As a young child I worried about getting into college... When I say young, I mean really young... I distinctly remember in 4th grade crying over an assignment. I got a B on the thing but in my mind that was not good enough to go to college...

Today's scripture is from the book of Luke. And let me tell you, I needed to hear this today! Why worry? No matter what happens in this life we have the promise of eternal life. There is nothing to fear. Death holds not bonds on me and no matter how tough things are here we are promised a bright eternity. So my new song will be "Don't Worry... be happy..." Oh, my... that will be stuck in my head all day! lol..

Blessings and have a wonderful Friday!


Card Stock - Bazzill
Punch - Martha Stew…

About Love

What is it about love that captures our imagination? There are entire cable channels devoted to movies about love. Greeting companies would have us believe that buying their brand of card means we love someone more. We have multiple calendar days devoted to the celebration of it... Sweetest Day and Valentine's Day come to mind. We expect tokens of affection on our anniversary. It seems like a great deal of work, doesn't it?

That's what is so beautiful about love. It isn't a simple emotion. In fact it is one of the most complex emotions around. Studies show a brain "in love" operates on an infinitely higher plane than one that doesn't. Is it all about hormones? Or are we created to be a part of something bigger? It all goes back to Adam and Eve. God said it was not good for man to be alone. God recognized that as perfect a creation as man was (at that time) that he needed someone to love... a companion. Some would say that love got the hum…


I love the color blue! Naturally I could not resist putting together a card for the new challenge over at ODBD. The ladies asked everyone to create something blue. I decided to combine a soft shade with navy and mix it up with a touch of white. The image I used is from ODBD's The Lord Has Risen set. This is one of my all time favorites!

My Mom raised violets when I was a young girl and I always remember how fickle they were. lol... Kinda like people right? Mom nurtured those things taking care to make sure they had just enough sunlight and water. Funny how Moms are like that! She made sure I had just enough food, water and discipline. (Not necessarily in that order... lol)... If you are reading this... LOVE YOU MOM! :-P

Hope you have a blessed week and stay warm for those fighting the big blizzard!


Card Stock - Bazzill
Stamps - Image & Sentiment - Our Daily Bread Designs - The Lord Has Risen
Ink - Image - Memento Tuxedo Black
Ink - Image - Coloring - Copics