Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Book Fairies and Card Classes



 I received this in the mail today from a friend who teaches Kindergarteners. Many of the kids in her class come from lower income families where extras aren't possible.  My friend asked friends from Facebook if they'd want to become a book fairy and donate $9 for kids to get a book each month from Scholastic books.  Scholastic Books offers $1 books so kids like this can have books in the home and teachers can begin to develop the love of books and reading. The kids were amazed that they received a book that was theirs and they could keep it.

Can you imagine your world without books? I couldn't. I have 4 books on my shelf waiting to be read! As a kid, we always had books around.  I became a Reading Teacher because I wanted kids to enjoy reading. I wanted to make it easier for them to love books.

Love this picture of a child with his own book.
 I got tears in my eyes reading the comments that kids made when they received their books. Something we may take for granted is loved and hugged.

This is one of the projects we made in my class this week. When you open the card, you see a box that holds hot chocolate.  The foam is our new snow puff paint. You put it on the card and heat it. It puffs up to look like foam or snow. It was fun to hear the ladies squeal when the foam started to form!

This is the 3-D item we made, which is a purse that can contain cards and envelopes or anything for gift giving.  This is card a bag in a box. It was much easier than it looks.


 This is another card made with Gather Together stamps and dies. The paper is copper. I love how the copper paper looks when it is embossed. The sentiment is heat embossed with copper as well. The idea was that card fronts don't have to be whole pieces of cardstock. The gold pieces are 1" by 5 1/4". The designer paper is 2" by 5 1/4" then the light blue paper. So the paper on the front of the card was layered.

 This was a favorite. We masked the moon, then stamped off two times then stamped the row of trees. We used the silver thread and silver paper behind the image . The card base was sponged to make it look like night.

Sunday, our featured challenge was Diana. Here is her card that way my inspiration for my card.

I kept the stamp set the same and kept some of the elements the same. I like how it turned out.  There's nothing like navy and silver.

Yesterday a friend came to dinner, then helped me with some of the card prep for class today. She was a huge help to me.
First she made her cards for class, then she helped me make some of one of the cards. I misjudged how long it would take to make the card in class.  As it was, we finished 3 of the 4 projects for class.
So I owe each group of ladies, one extra project next class.

These ladies were just wonderful and understanding. I felt horrible but they reassured me that it was okay and they loved the projects. They would  be worth the wait.  Thank you God for such wonderful friends.

Verse of the Day: Matthew 7:1
You know, it seems that these days people believe that if you don't agree with them, you've judged them and hate them.  When did it become not okay to disagree with people? This generation has really changed a lot of things in our lives, and it's not good at all.

I read that one of the Democratic candidates for President said, If he's elected, he will take away the tax-exempt status to all churches who don't believe in gay marriage. Wow, what happened to Freedom of religion? You know, The constitution of the United States, the document we established early on in our independence from England.  This is scary to me that a minority can whip up a frenzy on issues that they hold dear.  God is on His throne, and I'm so thankful He is.
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Wow, what an anthem for believing in Christ! Check out this song and its powerful words. I need to put this to memory to help me fight during the tough times. Thank you Emily.


Blessing of the Day: I heard from Ben, he's been sick with the flu the last week.  We'll see him tomorrow after he drops Zoey off at daycare. It's been a while since we've seen him. I'm so happy he checks in now and then so we know how he's doing. The other 2 kids don't do that.

Tim got some more things done on the bathroom.

Tim and I got to watch the Yankees go down to defeat tonight in the playoffs!

Thank you for stopping by to visit.
Blessings,

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Backgrounds Week



Backgrounds Week has been fun. This week I got lots of backgrounds from a friend. She's had these backgrounds she's made, put into a box to be used, 'someday'. I was helping her organize things and saw how many she had so I helped her use them.

I brought them home and found all sorts of images I had that worked well with the backgrounds. So I've spent the week, putting these cards together. I added sentiments to some and left some blank. It will depend on what South Carolina Juvenile Justice System needs.

When I know what they need, then I can stamp the blank ones.
It was funny to see how many images I had colored that needed a background to match. It was the perfect blend of images and backgrounds.

In this first grouping what is your favorite card?  I like the surfing duck. He is a Gerda Steiner stamp set. I had fun coloring him and  putting him on this card with the purple and pink background.

This second set of cards are another stamp set by Gerda Steiner. My friend, Jan and I love Gerda Steiner sets. She makes some of the cutest images around. Some of these frogs have googly eyes with eyelashes. You may not be able to see the eyelashes, but they are there.
The brick wall card, was inked by direct to paper just dragged down the wall. I love the way it covers unevenly.
The last frog is on an alcohol ink background.

How about this set of cards? Some of these backgrounds were dry embossed then colored. The stacked turtles are a slider card. The paper with 'pull' on it covers the turtles.

The bird with the brown hat is on a card that was inked up then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The yellow bird was added to the background that was colored then sprayed with a string-like substance.
 This last section has heat embossed gold flowers,  alcohol ink backgrounds, heat embossed and watercolored backgrounds. I ended up with quite a few cards from combining images and backgrounds.
 Tim and I went to our little cafe in Berea. When he worked in downtown Berea, I stop by for lunch and we'd take out sandwiches to the square to eat. It is a quaint town square complete with a large chiming clock tower. The area had benches all around which were used very often by those wanting to enjoy sandwiches or frozen yogurt from across the street.

Sometimes when we go there we feel like the youngest there. Often there are retired men or women congregating there with coffee and cell phones. They look like the millennials with their phones, but older.  It's funny to see that no matter the age, people with phones out tend to play on the phone instead of talking to those around them.  It's sad for sure.

Tim started demolishing the small bathroom this week. We had a one-piece surround tub. Tim had to cut it up so he could carry it outside.  When he lifted the bathtub this is what he found.
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That sure answers a lot of questions he had about how the house was put together! Now we know why nothing was level or even.  He found a bottle of beer in a brown bag in the attic when he worked on that too.

We spent the evening with friends tonight. We had dinner with them then played a fun card game. I have to tell you that it was about 8 when we started and my brain turned to mush and I got a headache from concentrating that hard to play the game.  We all had fun though.

When we got home we watched the Yankees/Astros game. We wanted Houston to win. Oh well, there's tomorrow. It's kind of nice not having a team in the playoffs, because the tension for me is higher and I get stressed watching our team play ball.  With these games, it's completely different.

Ben's foster girls spent some time at their parent's home today. I'm praying that went well. I'm also praying that the coming back to Ben and Rachel went well. It's tough to make that transition when you are 3 and 8.

Verse of the Day:1 Corinthians 15:57
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Here's a song by Kind & Country called, No Turning Back. Give it a listen.


Blessing of the Day: I got errands run, Tim got more done in the bathroom and we had a great evening with friends. Thank you Lord for all the blessings you've given us.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Blessings,

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Another Sad Day...Pool is Closed for the Season

   Another Sad Day...Pool is closed.
                               
Thursday through today, Kaelynn was in a play at church called, Honk Jr. It's a musical version of the Ugly Duckling. Kaelynn was a duckling in the show. I wish I could show you a picture of her, but I  can't. Take my word for it, she was very cute. She's 8 and this is her second play. She really loves it. It's a big time commitment for anyone in the play.
The main characters obviously have more of a time commitment with learning lines and  rehearsing together.
Kaelynn was in a duckling chorus. This show had kids from 2nd to 9th grade. It was very well done. I enjoyed watching it with Zoey and Rachel, Thursday evening.
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Robin's challenge was to make a card inspired by the little things in life. For me the little goldfinches we have at our feeders give me such joy. This time of year they are dull in color, not the bright yellow of Spring. I love to watch them feed and listen to them sing. It's a true blessing from God to be serenaded by His creatures. It brings me joy and peace. If God takes care of the small birds, how much more will He take care of me?
This image was stamped in tuxedo black ink. I colored with Copic Markers. I cut out the image with an oval die. I added the designer series paper then the image with dimensionals.
This is for mix349 challenge which was to use texture paste with a stencil. First I made texture paste with baking soda, white glue and white paint. I used the mini cell theory stencil for the texture paste. When it dried, I added color with watered down zig clean color brushes in blues, green and yellow. Next I added the damask stencil and used distress oxides over it. Lastly I added a circle stencil with the glimmer mist. I colored the fish with Copic markers. I used the stampin' write marker for the bubble words. I used a 1/2" circle punch for the words. I added diamond glaze to the mask and stamped plants at the bottom of the water.


Here's my inspiration for my pie card.
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I changed the orientation and used similar colors. I kept it a Thanksgiving card, but changed the greeting. I also liked the texture of the burlap so I used the doily and the dry embossing to add texture to my card.
I layered the orange and grown layers then cut the pie and slid the first piece out a bit. That all was added to the doily. I dry embossed the so saffron layer and added it to the card base. I added the pie and the sentiment.


This is the next card I made. It's a Sweet N Sassy oldie stamp set from 2011 staring Rhubarb the Bear. This is now sold as a digital stamp online.  I made this card for Korin, the owner of Sweet N Sassy. I won a gift card from SNSS from a Splitcoast weekend of card making.  I wanted to thank Korin for her willingness to provide a prize for this event. Isn't he just the cutest little guy?
                                 
Here's my desk area after a day of stamping.  This still shows the ingredients to make my own paste for applying to stencils. I guess you can tell it was a fun day with all the stuff I used.

Butterflies are still enjoying the purple butterfly bush in our garden.
 Tim removed the green tomatoes today but left the strawberries for me to pick. There's nothing like strawberries all summer long. The grands loved getting them. Now they know they come from a plant, not the grocery store! LOL
 This is one of my roses. This is the third year for this rose and it really performed! It's been gorgeous all summer.
Here it is, the last look at the open pool. Tim's draining some of the water in preparation to close it today. I call this, A Sad Day, when the pool is officially closed for the season.
 Here it is again, the pool closed for the season. I have to admit it's October 5th. I've had a whole month longer to swim than neighbors due to the heater we have. I was swimming this week when temps went to upper 80's and 90's. I can't complain about that.
It will be late May 2020 when we open the pool for the summer. I'm counting the days!
When the pool is up, I swim daily. I love inviting friends to swim with me too. I have a dear friend who comes over to swim, eat with us then make cards. She loves those triple bonus days!
Most times she comes for stamping. Her husband works evenings so we invite her to dinner when she's coming over to stamp with me.



Verse of the Day: Isaiah 61:7
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Here's a new song to me called, You've Always Been, by Unspoken. Give it a listen.


Blessing of the Day: We got to see Ben, Rachel, Brianna, the girls and Tim's Dad this morning. They had all had breakfast then stopped here before going to Kaelynn's play.  It was fun to see them all. It filled the house with wonderful kid noise! Grandma's like that sort of thing. :)

Tim got the pool closed today. He also got tomatoes picked and vines pulled out. He also cleaned and checked the furnace to prepare it for cooler days and nights.

I got a nice, long nap today.

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,
Bensarmom

Bensarmom

Monday, September 30, 2019

Dear Friends Are a True Blessing From God

A dear friend of mine always thinks of me when she sees sunflowers. She posted this on FB and tagged me. Not only did this make me smile because of the sunflowers, but the message really spoke to my heart.
I'm praying she feels better soon. She had a bout with diverticulitis and was very sick. This happened the day her son needed to have outpatient surgery.  Of course she was going to be with her 24 year old son.
She is a very strong Christian and is always encouraging those in her circle of friends. She is precious to me.

As I listened to Alistair Begg, this morning, he preached on True Friendship- Proverbs 18:22-24.
he said we are truly fortunate if we have a few close friends, including God. I truly have been blessed with dear, close friends.

This is a card I made for last week's color challenge. The colors were so saffron, terracotta tile, and Bermuda Bay. This is a new stamp/die set from Divinity Designs. I picked it up at the stamp show in Strongsville two weeks ago. Stamps and dies were 25% off!

This is a card we'll make in my October class. It uses the gorgeous wrapped in plaid designer series paper and the Stampin' Up stamp set called, Cup of Christmas.  The great thing about this stamp set is that two of the stamps are reversible!
Though these mugs are reversed, these aren't the mugs that are reversible. I will be showing my class how to stamp and use a reverse image. Cool huh?

This card also shows the front and back of this gorgeous designer series paper. I love the gold that runs through all of these papers in this pack.
Yesterday was National Coffee Day. How cool is that.  I made a card that I've wanted to make to show my class that this mug set can be used all year round.
                                      

I hope you can tell that these are mugs hanging from a cupboard with hooks. This mug is one that is reversible. I didn't want to reverse it on this card, because it looked weird. Can you tell that the hooks are made from the candy cane dies in the set?  I trimmed them down a bit. I love how this came out. This is the first time I've had something in mind, and created what I had in my mind!
Most times I start out with a set of stamps or paper and move along until it's finished. Each step of the way I'm making decisions about the project.
 Today was a warm day here in Ohio. Tomorrow will be 92 which will break a record of 88. The pool will remain open a few more days. It's heated, but tomorrow we won't need it. A few years after we moved in here we added the heater. We had young kids and wanted to get as much use out of the pool as possible. It's been a true blessing.
I can go in earlier in May and swim in October! Neighbors have closed up their pools already. Tonight Tim came out on the pool deck and we turned the backyard light on to illuminate the pool area. It was great. Now I know that I can swim past sunset with that light.
I just have to watch for bats!  No, seriously, I haven't seen any bats lately. Tim says they have gone south. We don't have bugs for them to eat now.

This verse makes me glad I know Jesus Christ. I know where I will go no matter what happens to me or this world we're living in. I had an interesting conversation with my doctor. I told her sometimes I don't worry about what I eat. It's a win-win for me. I eat what I want, and if I die because of it, I know where I'm going. There's a peace about that for me.

I did tell her that I'm not eating all I want, I'm eating healthy most of the time. Any pounds I can shed will be better for me.

Verse of the Day: 2 Timothy 1:7
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This upbeat song featuring Brook Deleary aims to turn the listener’s perspective from focusing on difficulties to considering the good things God has in store on the horizon. 
Even when we go through difficult times, we can have hope. Our God can turn any situation into something for our good and His glory. So instead of staring at the tough stuff, we can thank God for the blessings to come!

This is Building 429 singing Blessing I Can't See. Give it a listen.


Blessing of the Day: Today Tim and I sat on the back porch and watched all the butterflies land on the flowers of our butterfly bush. It was amazing how many there were. It is a purple butterfly bush with lots of flowers still on it.
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I also got good news from the dentist. Nothing to do but clean my teeth. That's always great news!

Tim sat on the pool deck tonight and talked to me while I was in the pool. We turned on the light so we could be outside longer. Our days of swimming will be soon gone. Tim enjoys sitting on the deck and talking. He doesn't like to swim for some reason.
Tomorrow a friend of mine will be here for swimming, dinner and card making! Wahoo! This is a dear friend that has blessed my life for many years.

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Monday, September 23, 2019

Fall is Upon Us


Whenever one goes through difficult times, it's always good to be able to call on Jesus for help.
This week I had two different friends who needed prayer. One needed prayers for her daughter and grand kids to be safe. The other needed prayers for health issues that are unknown at this point.

I am always happy to pray for them or with them. Many times I forget to encourage them with a card. That's what my gift is, encouragement. Last night I wrote out 4 cards to people and they were mailed this morning.
I also put all of the things in a box that ladies have been sending me, to South Carolina Juvenile Justice System. Thank you from my heart.
Now the kids will have punches of different kinds, cards/envelopes, holiday stamps, paper and stickers. There was such a variety of items donated that it was wonderful to see that stampers were anxious to donate to kids between 7 and 17 to help with their rehab plans and school work plans.

Many times the finished cards I send are used by the kids to write home. They can also be earned by completing homework, cooperating and participating in counseling sessions.
I need to remember that my family and friends need cards too.

                                          
This was the tomato I had for dinner tonight. It was straight from our garden. It was such a wonderful taste. There's nothing like home grown tomatoes.
                                                                
I never know where these two goofballs will end up. As much as the squabble, they can often be found near each other resting or sleeping.


 This week Tim and I brought the plants in from outside on the back porch. We transplanted some of them into larger pots. There is a lot of growth over the summer, so we hope they won't be in shock for long.

This is the back porch with only a hanging basket, which is an annual. It will stay there as long as the weather is nice. It is so sad to close things up for the fall.  The pool is still open! We have a heater. I've been swimming which has been so nice on these days that get to 80 or more.
Here are two of the cards I made using this tutorial. It uses Pressed Petals Designer Series Paper. There are two sheets of the paper that have images that can be cut into squares or rectangles to add to card fronts.
I love the washy tape that is flower petals. That's what the flower is made of on the right. It's petals layered in a circle to make a flower.


Jane came to stamp, Saturday and brought her card making dies. We went to the stamp show two weeks ago and she bought three different dies to make moving cards. This is the one I chose to make. I have to tell you, The die cuts and scores the card base. Then there are other dies that cut out the designer series papers. It was very  quick to put this together with the white card base and the designer series paper.
What took a long time was deciding what I wanted to do with it next!  LOL  I can see just cranking these out with different paper and greetings. You'd have a nice stack of cards in no time at all.
Thanks Jane, I always enjoy our time together.
 This is my card for today's two challenges. The technique challenge had us make a flip-flap card. The clean and simple challenge was to use candles. Here is a tutorial for the flip-flap card.
This is a fun image I got from a friend. She also had the sentiments. I couldn't resist using these for this type of card.
 Here is the inside of the card.  I will also put something inside the card base where I  can write a message.



I saw this movie Friday, when it came out. From the moment the music started, I was excited like I was going home again. The movie was amazing!



Verse of the Day: Proverbs 17:28
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This is a new Christian Artist for me. He used to lead worship at Elevation Church in North Carolina and is now out on his own. I am touched by this song as it speaks truth about God loving us. No matter what we've done, he loves us always. It's the perfect song to listen to when you are feeling down or being attacked with negative thoughts.


Blessing of the Day: I got cards made today for South Carolina. They need 130 Thanksgiving cards. I am working on them little by little.
Tim and I had a nice time having coffee on the back porch.
Tim went to the 'man store'-Lowes then went to Walgreens to get my favorite popcorn. The popcorn was a welcome surprise. It's the little things, ya know.

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Peace Needed For a Friend

A dear friend sent this to me via FB. I wanted to share it here in case someone else needs to be reminded. It helped me.


 This is the corner of our room where we had a chair. Tim wanted to move the chair, so we added plants. We had  a high bed which needed steps to use. We lowered the bed and found we didn't need the steps, so I put them in our room with plants on them.  What do you think?

 This is the front of a card that I made using things friends gave me. A friend gave me lots of dry embossed sheets which I used as a background for this frog. I sponged the background then added the frog.
This is the inside of the same card. I was experimenting with a pop out card. I remember making these years ago before we had dies.  I think this little guy is just darling!
 This is the outside of another birthday card. My friend, Jan let me use her frog stamps. I experimented with punching out a shape and putting a sentiment inside that can be seen without opening the card.  I love that you can see frog fingers sticking out.

This is the inside of the card. I love the googly eyes on this frog and her gold crown. Did you notice the eyelashes on the eyes? These googly eyes come that way.



Verse of the Day: Psalms 82:3-4
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Here's a song called, Fear No More by Building 429. Give it a listen.


Blessing of the Day: We got to see Rach today. I finished 26 Thanksgiving cards for South Carolina Juvenile Justice system today.

Please pray for my dear, friend, Val and her family. There are medical issues in her family that are serious.

Thank you for praying and stopping by.
Blessings,



Book Fairies and Card Classes

 I received this in the mail today from a friend who teaches Kindergarteners. Many of the kids in her class come from lower income famili...