Friday, September 21, 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook September 21, 2018

For Today, September 21, 2018

This is where it all began.

Looking out my window, it's sunny and humid. I can't wait to swim today! I know we don't have many days left to swim here in Ohio so I treasure each and every one of them.
Today was the picture perfect day to swim. Blue skies, sun and a slight breeze. I swam laps today then rested on my raft.

I am thinking I need to get organized and start making cards again. I'm so tired from all the walking we did in Dearborn Michigan. We went to Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum.
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We got a selfie on the way out of Greenfield Village by the fountain.

I am thankful for all Tim can do. Today he hooked up the new stove we got. We got a microwave for above the stove which he will put in soon as well.
Next Friday, our kitchen and bathroom counters will arrive. Tim has to get the old counter tops and back splashes out and repair any of the wall that needs it before the new counter tops come in.

I am anxious to get this because the sink will be under the counter top so I won't have the cleaning around that edge. I also will have more room to clean things in the sink. This is similar to the layout we have in our kitchen.

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One of my favorite things is making One Sheet Wonders. You either stamp a 12" x 12" piece of white card stock with inked images or you use pretty designer series paper and cut it into different lengths.
Here is an example of one.
You can make your own design if you like too.  This is the pattern or template I used.

These are the cards made from the template above. You add ribbon, bows, sentiments, images, whatever you like. What's nice is that you can use these for any type of cards. The layouts are already made, you just have to add the accessories.  These are not my cards, they are samples to go with the template.

I am creating Christmas cards for South Carolina Juvenile Justice System. I am using this stamp set. I'll have some samples soon.
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I am wearing my San Antonio t-shirt, shorts and flip flops. When I wear this shirt, it reminds me of the beautiful time we had walking the river walk. What a gorgeous place to visit. I loved the water tour of the city.
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I am listening to Toby Mac, a Christian musician.   Toby McKeehan, better known by his stage name TobyMac, is a Christian hip hop recording artist, music producer, songwriter and author. He has charted 20 solo singles on Billboard's Christian Songs list.  This is one of my favorite new songs from TobyMac.

I am hoping Tim isn't stressed getting ready for the counter tops and sinks to be delivered Friday.

In my kitchen all is quiet after a healthy dinner of chicken and broccoli.

In the school room I continue to learn new things. Today I learned a technique where I can apply white glue with a toothbrush then put foil paper over it and you will have bits and pieces of pretty foil on your cards. Thanks Lydia for your video.

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In my garden we still have strawberries blooming.

Shared Quote 

A moment from my day-I'm making some Christmas cards. This is a new set so I'm experimenting with layouts and how stamps look, etc.

Verse of the Day: Colossians 3:2
I had a discussion with a friend last week about setting our sites on trying to be happy with things and people. She told me she loved ordering stamps. She loved the excitement of seeing it, wanting it, ordering it and receiving it.  Then nothing......once the items had arrived they were forgotten or stored away. The next day the same thing.
We need to look to God for our Joy.  The things and people in our lives will always disappoint. We decided that by serving God by making cards for others would be a great way to be off the internet buying things. Our joy would come from sending cards to others. It's amazing how God intertwines ministries for us.
My gift is encouraging others. I do it through cards and spending time with many single ladies in my life. I know it's no mistake that we're all together.  Many of my friends stamp and make cards as well. Some are Christians, some are not. We all encourage each other. So grateful for these ladies in my life.
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Blessing of the Day- I swam laps in the pool and relaxed too. Tim got the stove hooked up and working.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Cards and King

I had fun stamping with a friend today. We made two cards and two large projects. I also got a tour of her stamping area in the basement. I saw how organized she was and how proud she was. I love to see other people's stamping spaces and how they organize things. Some are very organized and others, well, let's just say they don't mind hunting for things that they need.

I enjoy learning things every day.  It doesn't have to be stamping related either.  Tim and I are watching a documentary by Ken Burns on the Dust Bowl. Wow, what people lived through.  I'd never heard of dust pneumonia. People actually died of too much dust in their lungs.

I've also learned that daily challenges in life and in card making keep my brain busy and stimulated.
Here are some cards I've made recently.

Our challenge was to use 4 colors this week: granny apple green, flirty flamingo, daffodil delight, and coastal cabana.
I further challenged myself NOT to do flowers. LOL
I inked up the background sentiment with 3 of the colors then inked the background in coastal cabana. I stamped the sentiment in black. I added a bow of this sweet black glittered ribbon. when I first saw this, I thought it was only for Halloween, but I see so many things it can be used with!
Here's the sketch for this week:
When I saw the sketch I began going through my stamps and found these cuties with birthday stamps. I thought it would be cute to use each at the bottom and continue with the same shape rising to the top of the card.
I stamped and colored the images. Then I added the punched out images with dimensionals. I added ribbon to the designer paper then the sentiment.

This is a Christmas Card I made to see if it was going to be too much die cutting to make multiples.

Here is the inspiration I used for my card. This was for the featured stamper challenge.

I used the same set with the same colors. I changed my card to be vertical not horizontal. I put my flowers and leaves in a frame then added starry night stickles around the image. The leaves were added with dimensionals.
This is the first card we made for my class this month.  It is a special fold card from Linda Bauwin. It's a great use for scrap paper that is double-sided.  You cut your paper and fold back to show the other side. It makes a striking card.

This is a gift card holder made by Dawn Griffith. I adapted hers to make a Christmas card.

This card uses two stamps, Bokeh and Dandelion Wishes.

 This card is a wreath card stamped using the Stamparatus.

Verse of the Day: Matthew 5:13-16
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A friend on FB posted this song and it brought back memories for me. I truly enjoyed singing it again as it played. Some songs become emotional for me and this was one of them. Thank you Paige.

Blessing of the day: I got to spend time with a special friend, stamping today. It's always a blessing to be with someone who shares your interests. Thanks Louise.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

We'll Never Forget

On this day 17 years ago, I was teaching at Parma Park Elementary, in Parma Hts. My home and the kid's school were 8 minutes away. I was on a planning period when someone told me to turn on the TV.
The fear I felt was unlike anything I'd ever felt. I was in fear for me, Tim and my kids.  I quickly called Tim and wanted to collect my kids and go home.  Not knowing the extent of the plan to destroy different places in the U.S.

Tim calmed my fears and help me realize that Parma Heights, Ohio wasn't going to be a target.  It was a very difficult day in the classroom. I had special needs children who wouldn't understand what was going on so we had to pretend like nothing had happened.
We sent a note home letting parents know we had said nothing about the event. We left it to them to decide what they wanted their kids to know.

I hugged my family and cried that night. I prayed for all of us here in the U.S.  What shock and horror had happened here on our soil.
I'm sure many here cried and we didn't have someone in the towers. I can't image the horror of having someone in the towers.

Praying that day gave me such a peace. I knew that God walked with me through the whole day and every day since. I don't know what people who don't have a relationship with God, do.

Here is the inspiration for my card.

I used the colors and the coffee concept. I thought this would make a great Christmas gift card for coffee lovers in my life. I embossed the card base, then added the sentiments. Lastl I added the white dotted tulle ribbon.  The embossing folder of coffee cups is from Tim Holtz. I've wondered why no one else has designed one?

My inspiration is in Angie's images, the pumpkins.

I dripped first white then turquoise paint over my black paper.
I waited for it to dry then added the sentiment.
This will go to South Carolina Juvenile Justice System this month.

I found this just when I needed it most. Isn't that the way God works?

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I found a video of the book and the song that was made for the book. Ann Tybinko, I can see this book going to a certain grandson this year. It is a hoot!

This had me belly laughing. I hope you enjoy it too. It makes me want to get the book.

Verse of the Day: Psalm 119:111-112
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Blessing of the Day:
Tim got the painting finished in my craft room!  The flooring is at the store. I can't wait to see what this looks like when it's done! I'm so thankful God gave Tim the ability to do so many things.

I had lunch with Sarah today. I drove out to Macedonia, which is near her work. We got to spend some time. She wondered why I had texted and asked if she wanted to 'do lunch'?
I told her because now that she's working full time, I miss seeing her. I don't mind driving 45 minutes each way if it means I can spend some time with her.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Porch, Box, Box, Rainbow

Susan is this month's hostess in the Crafters of Faith group on SCS, which means she is the one who chose the Scripture/Challenge for us to use as our guideline for our projects.

Susan's Theme...

Scripture: PSALM 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Challenge: Make a card or other item that illustrates that God is the strength of your heart.

I chose to do a picture of a porch with a cup of coffee and a Bible on the table. Spending time in the Word brings me strength. This is an Our Daily Bread Designs set called, Porch.

.This card is for a double challenge today. This is for the F4A446 and MIX293 challenges.
Here is my inspiration for MIX293.
 Wayne Thiebaud Framed Art Print Four Ice Cream Cones
I inked up my acrylic block with pink pirouette, pineapple punch, and mango melody. I spritzed it with water then stamped on white paper.  I filled in some of the pink areas with Copic Marker. Then I stamped my sentiment and the cupcake.

Here's sweet Phoebe sleeping in a box that I got with yarn in it from my sister. Our cats don't need toys, just boxes.

 This is sweet Chloe who jumped into Tim's recycling basket. She proceeded to go to sleep here.  I guess the flash woke her.

This is a photograph of downtown Cleveland with a double rainbow. It was in the sky for about 20 minutes. Someone got the picture and shared it on FB.

Here's the latest afghan that I finished for Warm Up America. Right now I'm taking a rest as my right elbow is sore. It might be from over use making afghans.

Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 16:14.
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This is an older Newsboys song, but I got to listen to it recently and wanted to share it with you.

Blessing of the Day: Tim continues to work hard on my room. The counter in the kitchen was measured so we will have it delivered in 2 weeks.
Ben and Rachel are enjoying their 5th wedding anniversary.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook September 6, 2018

For Today, September 6, 2018

This is where it all began. 

Looking out my window, it's sunny and much cooler than the last two days.  The last two days were so hot and humid that schools closed. Most schools in our area don't have air conditioning.

I am thinking I need to get outside and swim before it gets much later. Yesterday I waited too long and storms came. I didn't even know storms were coming.

I am thankful for all Tim can do. Here is my craft room with the wainscoting on the wall. He needs to remove the tape, patch the corners and paint the bottom of the wall. He will then paint the top. It's looking so good!

One of my favorite things watching Cleveland Indians play baseball.Image result for cleveland indians

I am creating cards with a coffee theme. I stamped with my great friend Jan, and these were her stamps. I had a great time coloring these, adding white liquid applique and heating it, then adding diamond glaze to make the coffee look wet.

I am wearing a t-shirt from OBX vacation, jean shorts and flip flops.

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I am hoping that Ben and Rachel have a wonderful few days in Amish country. They will celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary tomorrow.

I am learning 

In my kitchen all is quiet but the dishwasher and the coffee maker.

In the school room kids are back to school today in our district. They had an extended Labor Day Holiday with two heat days. We had temps in the mid 90's, and because it's so hot in the schools especially those with a second floor, they cancelled classes.

In my garden we still have strawberries blooming. We've picked our green tomatoes to fry them.

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Shared Quote

A moment from my day- I love making cards when I don't have any other things pressing. This is a set of cards that was made with balmy blue, highland heather, gorgeous grape and soft sea foam.

This was a fun card to make using a Penny Black stamp. I added clear Wink of Stella to the ivy and hat. I added white liquid applique to the hat then heated it  with a heat tool.

This was white ink stamped on black. I colored with colored pencils then added dots around the images. I added embossing and ribbon to continue with the dotted theme.

This was a challenge for today. The challenge was to make a card celebrating a job people do. Barista was what I chose.

This fun card was made with this cutie pie elephant. The challenge was to make a card using something to do with a phone. I chose to do my FIRST phone!

Verse of the Day:
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New song from Casting Crowns. Give it a listen.

Blessing of the Day: I got to see Ben today before he left for his anniversary trip. I slept very late and Tim had to wake me so I could visit with Ben.
Tim continues to work hard on this house. It's wonderful that he's not on a schedule. He can do this at his own pace.

Thank you for stopping by.