Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sun, Cards, Son, Your Words

                                     
The sun is out! Yahoo!  It is cool here in Cleveland, but the sun shines every now and then.  It still hasn't been warm enough to swim in our pool.  I seem to remember this happening last year as well.

I hope we have great weather for the weekend.  My twin sisterand brother-in-law are coming to visit.  They are staying with us too.  It should be nice.

This card was made Monday for the technique challenge.  It was called camoflage die cuts.  It's a technique where you mask off the top or bottom of your card then ink one part.  You then cut out your shape with a die and cut out 4 more of the same shape in white.  All the shapes get glued together with the colored one on top. The shapes get put into the opening and you have a raised shape that is inked like the front.

                                        
This card was Monday's clean and simple challenge card.  The challenge was a sketch. 
                                                    Here's what I came up with.
 This was today's card for the color challenge on SCS. We were to use honey, cucumber and watermelon.  The green is very bright and out of my comfort zone, but maybe the more I use it the easier it will get. LOL
My celebrate card was made for the featured stamper Malissa.  Her card is the blue and white card.  My card has the cut out butterfly. I kept the layout the same and the subject the same.
 

   This has me thinking and thinking this morning.  I guess that's what it's meant to do huh?
Your Words is a song by Third Day.  It's new to me. I need to get more into my Bible for God's words. It's not a coincidence that I found this today.
                          

Blessing of the Day:Time with friends for lunch.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Quilt, God, Anchor

This is the set of 4 cards that I made for today's Inspiration challenge on SCS.  They have many layers because I wanted them to look like quilt squares.  I layered the squares onto the scallop edged rectangles after seeing that when I used them the designer paper was noticed more.
                                             
This was the inspiration I used for my cards.  Pretty huh?  These 4 cards will be added to the ones I'll donate to Cleveland Clinic Hospice at Home next week.  I donate between 100 and 150 cards per month. So many times I'm making multiples of cards.  My MISTI sure makes that easy.
 This was the verse on my blog today.  I love to find images for them and add them here to hopefully encourage readers and myself.

This verse is very important for women.  We constantly compare outselves to others.  We also think about how we look, what we should eat, and worry about the outside when we should be caring for the inside......We're virtuous women worth more than rubies.  Believe it, it's true!

 Not only do we compare ourselves to others, we share so many more words with the world, just because we're female.  In order to be worth more than rubies we must watch what we say and continue to be refilled with God's Holy Word.  We are here to please God in what He's planned for our life.  Have you found your mission here on earth?  If you ask, God will provide his mission for you.

Here's a song called, Anchor by Colton Dixon.  God's our anchor.......



Blessing of the Day:I got to rest today.  It was a pajama day. I made cards, read a book, sat on the back porch and took a nap.  I never take naps.
Thank you for visiting here.
Blessings,

Friday, June 26, 2015

Cats, Cards, He's Home!


 Recent activities of our cats have been interesting.  Here Phoebe is helping with putting clothes away.  I opened the drawer then turned to get the clothes and saw thies when I turned with clothes in my hand. LOL  Phoebe was making room for the clothes by kneading these and moving them around a bit.  She was trying to fit in the back of the drawer. :)  She sure has a mind of her own.
This is Annabelle out in the screened in porch.  She rarely comes out here anymore, so I got a photo when she did.  She loves to lie in the sun and watch the birds.
This is a card that was begun by Jane when she visited today.  She colored and cut out the flower.  Then she stamped the green stems and gave it to me.  She didn't like how it looked so she said, "I'm giving this to you.  Let's see what you can do with it." "I expect a picture."
So I colored the flowers with my razzleberry marker, added the sentiment, bordered the image with white, then added the Olive background.  The flower was popped up with a dimensional and I added the silver cut out from SU and a rhinestone to match the silver cut out.
This is the card I did for thesketch challenge this week on SCS. The paper is new and called, Cherry on Top. I added the flowers with the watermelon and cucumber combination, then added a watermelon butterfly with pearls.

       Love this verse. I'm so glad I'm God's for ever, and ever, and ever, and ever!


Tim got home yesterday around 4. It was so good to see him again.  He said he really missed us.  His idea of fun isn't haning around with a bunch of smokin, cussing, beer drinking guys for a week!
Thank you Go that Tim came home safely.

Blessing of the Day:Sarah repotted all of my plants on the screened in porch!  I helped a bit but she did most of it.  That also means she trimmed off old flowers, dead leaves etc.  She surprises me with things like this often.  I love it.  I also helped when Jane left.

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Cavs, Wings, Beautiful



Cavs Highlights:Take a look at this
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 Here are four of the cards I made for Cleveland Clinic Hospice at Home.  This is the new Butterfly stamp set.  It is three-step stamping.
 This card was done for a Splitcoast challenge to use stars or stripes on your card.  I used an aqua painter and ink from stamp pads to watercolor this flower.  I added white pen to the flower tips.

Sarah and I were blessed to see a mama deer and her three little babies as they danced around their mama in our yard.  They are only cute when they are little.  They are not cute at all when they eat my plants!
Here's a song by Steven Curtis Chapman called, Something Beautiful.

Blessing of the Day:I got lots of work done around here. You know the kind I mean, the kind of stuff that nags you day after day.  I got to cross some of that off my list today!
I got to have lunch with a long-time friend today.  It was a blessing indeed.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Blessings,

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day 2015

 Happy Father's Day to All The Dads Out There!
I am missing my dad who went home to be with Jesus August 3, 1983.  He was only 57 years old. He never got to meet my husband or my kids. He never got to be a grandfather. He would have been an amazing grandfather!  I wish I could just spend a bit of time with you again Dad.  I miss you so much.

                                      
The greatest gift I ever had was having God as my father forever.  When I die I know I'll be in heaven with Him.  There's nothing to fear knowing that no matter what happens I'll be here or in Heaven.  What's to fear in light of that?  I'm either here or present with The Lord.
                                      
I loved the softness of this picture and what it said. A friend posted it on FB. I have to say I didn't know that many women I know have a father in heaven.  You know many times I think it's just me suffering this kind of loss. Then a holiday comes along and enlightens me.  Thank You God.
This is a center easel card. 
                                      


 I found the directions here.


Here are more cards to go to Cleveland Clinic Hospice at Home.  This is a new stamp set which was quick and easy to stamp.  What took the time was designing the rest of the card. LOL



                                       
This is the card that I made for today's featured stamper challenge. Lisa was the featured stamper.
                                       
This is the card of Lisa's that was my inspiration.
                                                       
I'm in a different mood lately.  Ben and Rachel have been gone a bit over a month and Tim has been gone 5 days for work.  It's Father's Day and my dad's in heaven.  Tim's out of town so there is no Father's Day celebrating going on here.  Sigh.....So I turn to God.  Here's a song by Unspoken called, Start a Fire.  Give it a listen and see what you think.
                            
Blessing of the Day:I have gotten a lot of my afghan done.  I've been working on the edging of it.  Hopefully tomorrow I will finish it.  Then it will be donated to the Hospice Floor that my sister works in at a hospital in Columbus.

I got to see my mom last night and we had a good visit.  We both benefit so much from our visits.
Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Friday, June 19, 2015

Simple Woman's Daybook June 19, 2015



 Outside My Window...It is dark.  It's rained the last few days on and off.  This has been a crummy summer so far for swimming.


 I am thinking...that I'm having fun doing things with Sarah. Tonight we ordered pizza and brownies from Papa Johns.  The brownies come nice and warm too. YUM!

 I am thankful for... all of Sarah's help around here.  Tonight she worked on painting things outside and I worked on weeding and trimming the bushes of dead branches.

 From the kitchen...all is quiet. No one making any kind of food.

 I am wearing...flip flops, jeans and a tee shirt.  It was cool outside today.

 I am creating... a bunch of new cards using the new stamp set I got from Stampin' Up.

 I am going... to finish the cards I've started from yesterday.

 I am reading...my Bible a little bit more.  I'm trying to do this first thing in the morning with my coffee.

 I am hoping...that the frustrations Tim is feeling about putting new computers in stores in Illinois lessen and God can give him the wisdom and patience to see the job through.

I am hearing...the ticking of the clock and the whirring of my laptop.

 One of my favorite things...is drinking coffee on the back screened-in porch early in the morning when birds are chirping.

 A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: I am having lunch with Jane tomorrow, working in the yard, reading new books from the library and Skyping with Ben and Rachel Sunday.

Here are some pictures I thought were worth sharing...

These are cards I made from images stamped at Jan's house last Sunday.
 This is the group of things I got for trading in my Blendabilities.  Stampin'  Up allowed us to turn in our Blendabilities with the order number they were purchased on.  Then they allowed us to replace the Blendabilities from the new catalog.  What a great company I work for!
This is a beautiful sunset.  This is just another gorgeous painting by God.  I am truly amazed at the stunning work he allows me to see.  The picture doesn' do it justice but gives a hint of the beauty I see.
What a gorgeous picture and verse.
                                         
Look at the incredible opportunity we have as we place preschool children with the elderly.
This seems like a win-win way to work with both populations.  These kids and adults do art, dance,  music classes, storytelling, and even simple visiting time. Lunchtime, too, is shared.

Blessing of the Day: I got to talk to Tim and pray for him.  Sarah and I ordered Papa John's Pizza and chocolate brownies.  We also worked together outside in the yard.
Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings,

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Thanks Cavs

Well, sad to say last night the Cavs lost their chance to be the champions.  I am amazed at how they kept coming back.  It was amazing to see that with 40 some seconds left, they were still working to score.  I guess it just wasn't meant to be.

I guess we'll just have to go back to, There's always next year.'

I wonder what condition the Cavs players were in after the game.  They pushed themselves for so long I wonder if they just collapsed in the locker room.  They gave it their all, but it wasn't enough for the win. That's the closest we've come in a lot of years to a championship.  
 This is the envelope I got from Ben. It came all the way to Africa.  The stamps looked pretty cool to me.  It took ten days to get here.  Not too bad I guess.
 This is the card I made today for the Sketch Challenge on SCS.  I loved the designer paper.  It is new from Stampin' Up.  It's called, Pretty Petals.  I stamped a flower and colored it with copic markers that were close to the colors on the designer paper.
Sarah went to her friend's graduation and 18th birthday party Saturday.  It was a black tie event at a country club.  A lot of Sarah's good friends graduated this year so Sarah has lots of parties to go to.  This was fun to watch her pull it all together;shoes, dress, jewelry.

Ta-da! Announcing the accomplishment of the two women who live in this house.  We replaced the lever in the toilet which doesn't sound hard I know, but the nut and bolt area were plastic and they broke off.  So we had to get tools to try to get those things apart.  It was made harder by having a shelf over the toilet.   Between Sarah and I we got what we needed and put it all back together and guess what?  It works!
Thanks Sarah for all of your help.  Girls rule!

The reason we were on duty tonight is that Tim's out of town for a while for work.  So Sarah and I have the use of all his man-tools. LOL

Tomorrow Sarah's working on a surprise for Tim for Father's Day.  He won't be here, but hoping we can Skype with Him and he can see what she's done for him.

Sarah's also working on the side door to the garage.  She loves doing this kind of thing.

Blessing of the Day: I got some sorting and tossing of things done today.  I'm beginning to go through things here in my craft room and pulling sets I won't use again. I'm thinking I'll sell them on e-bay or something like that.  I have to get pictures of them and we'll see how it goes.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Blessings,
Sue