Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day 2019


This is my favorite patriotic song to share. It brings me to tears most times I hear it. To imagine losing someone who was defending our country is the worst thing ever. So many families have dealt with and are dealing with this terrible thing. Today we honor those who served and gave their all.

This is an amazing video which shows how veterans continue to give back. You might need a tissue.

This is what today is all about; the ultimate sacrifice.

This is the inspiration for my card. She did a floating frame technique card. I did a faux floating frame card. LOL  I didn't use cut outs of flowers to make my card.

I changed the stamp set and the colors. I kept the orientation the same. I didn't do the floating frame technique.
I stamped my whole piece of cardstock then cut out a rectangle. I added white to the center and stamped my sentiment. I added foam tape to the back of the image panel to make it look like it's floating. I fussy cut the smaller flower and added that to a corner with leaves and dimensionals.
In the video Joanne linked to, Jennifer uses the small rectangle to make another card. So after layering the image onto early espresso paper, I added it to my dry embossed card base.The image panel is popped up with foam tape. I cut another flower and added it to this card.

Here is my inspiration:Fragile Petals Framed Art Print wall decor display

I took my colors from the colors in the flower. I used Rococo Rose for the pink flowers smoky slate for the leaves and balmy blue for the flowers and sentiment.
I cut out the sentiment with the stitched dies oval. Then I put dimensionals under it. I added rococo rose scalloped linen ribbon and pink gems to highlight the ribbon.


Our sweet Chloe is finding lots of new places to sleep these days. Here she is sleeping on her blanket on the end table. Then she leaned down to sleep on the arm of the couch.

Last night as I watched the Milwaukee Bucks game, I found Chloe on top of my yarn bag. She got herself comfortable and woke when I talked to her to take her picture. We never know where we will find her.

Verse of the Day: Psalm 119:10-11
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Here's another new song from The Newsboys new album called, Symphony. Give it a listen.


Blessing of the Day: Today I got to feed the two little girls. The 3 year old went for a nap and the 7 year old and I made heated plastic images together.  I picked these up at Pat Catan's since they were on clearance. Both Tim and I had fond memories of doing this with Ben and Sarah.
I saw online that they have new ones that you put together then spray with water. Go figure!

Perler Beads Assorted Small and Large Pegboards for Kid's Crafts, 6 pcs  1000 Multi-Mix Perler Beads

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Cards and Chores


I have been playing with the new, Good Morning Magnolia stamp and die set. I used Copic Markers to color this. When I looked at photos of real magnolias I saw that the edges are white or colorless. I'm working on how to do that.

When I was coloring the leaves I was reminded of grade school and coloring as a kid. Did anyone else outline their image first, then color it?  That's what I did with the leaves....fun memories.
I remember while volunteering first graders did that too. :)

  Our challenge was to dry emboss then add versamark and embossing powder to our creation. I used watercolor paper and dry embossed with the country floral embossing folder. Then I added silver embossing powder that had glitter in it. Then I added three different colors of blue and spritzed it with water. I added the navy ribbon and a sentiment given to me.


Our color challenge was to use poppy parade, mango melody and call me clover. I heat embossed the flower then added lots of water the the petals. Then I added water to ink on blocks and dropped color onto the flower where it spread out. I dried it with a heat tool, then did the leaves. The sentiment was one I had in my stash, so I don't know who made it. I dry embossed the background then put the card together.

Today after getting groceries, I shopped for outside toys for the girls. Do you remember jump ropes, bubbles a big ball and sidewalk chalk?  I was going down memory lane picking out things. I'm enjoying this foster grandma thing.

I talked to a dear friend and she became a great-grandma at 73. She had her first child at 20 and her first child had kids early too. It's so hard for me to believe her daughter will be 53 in December. I remember when she was a kid living at home...feeling old myself!

We saw Ben and his 3 year old tonight. They stop about 6 after they drop the 7 year old off at play practice. They had dinner with us.  Ben was tired, he worked a double shift yesterday, then days today. When he got home his wife left for work. the life of the twenty-something with foster kids.

Ben's helping out at work by doing more shifts than usual because they had a person leave due to graduation. She was needed in her new position as a social worker on their floor right away. Seems they lost a social worker also. Anyway, Ben's trying to help fill gaps. The paycheck may look good, but he'll be exhausted.

I had the 3 year old help me sort the silverware from the dishwasher. We got her step stool and she pulled silverware from the basket of the dishwasher and put them away.  Then I had her put the dirty silverware in the holder and help me put it back into the dishwasher.


 Then I had her throw wet clothes into the dryer and turn on the dryer.  After, she helped throw clothes from the dryer onto the counter to be folded. Then she proceeded to match socks and throw them individually into the laundry basket. She did the same with all the clothes on the counter!
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What fun to see her so excited to put her head in the dryer and talk. We laughed and I told her that was okay, but she couldn't climb inside. 
 She put the straps of the laundry basket on her shoulders and pretended it was a purse and brought it to the steps to the second floor.
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She made doing laundry fun tonight. When was the last time YOU had fun doing laundry?

Tim and I watched The Milwaukee Bucks tonight. Oh my, it was so hard to watch. Well they are tie 2 games to 2.  I hope they can get it together before their next game. I keep yelling to the coach what he should do, and he just doesn't listen! LOL 

Verse of the Day: Psalm 62:5























The Newsboys have a great new album out with this song on it called, Never Setting Sun. Give it a listen.


Blessing of the Day: I got to see Ben and his 3 year old. Tim and I got time together today too.  Tim got lots done upstairs and the front and back yards mowed as well. That new lawnmower is really making a difference! Thank you God.

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Bensarmom

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Flowers, Cards, Spaghetti and Cake


The garden is really looking nice. These Gerber Daisies are showing their beauty.
                                  

It was drizzling when I got this picture, but I had to have a picture of this gorgeous lily!
I love watching the garden pop into a colorful wonderland. Poppies and Iris are soon to open.
                                    

Isn't this just the cutest bunny? This is a digital image from Sassy Cheryl's Illustrations. She has some darling critters and kids in her store.


This card was the the Free 4 All challenge this week.  Robin's challenge to us was to use washi tape on our card. I placed my washi tape diagonally. I colored with copic markers and cut out the magnolia with dies.The flower was added with dimensionals. I stamped thank you and punched it out with the scallop oval punch. It was added with dimensionals as well. 

I saw this and giggled. I thought I'd pass the giggle on to you! 
Today at church we had a spaghetti dinner to raise money for the youth group and their summer trip. I sat with Zoey and Kaelynn for lunch. A bit of  a challenge. Ever watch a 3 year old eat spaghetti.
These are not my granddaughters, but it's very close to what I dealt with today at lunch.
The 7 year old tried to perfect the slurping technique to see how quickly she could get the whole piece into her mouth.
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The three year old used a fork, her hands and her shirt to eat her meal.  Her pants caught some sauce and spaghetti as well. My son and daughter-in-law are the leaders of the youth ministry so they were busy running the event.
 I don't know about you, but I think it might have been easier if I volunteered to help run the event and one of my kids sat and helped with spaghetti! LOL
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This was the motivation for the 3 year old to eat well. My son brought the cake to the other end of the table and showed her what the reward for eating was.  What a motivator! She really can eat quickly if she wants too.
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Tim and I have been watching the NBA playoffs. Milwaukee had the toughest time tonight. 2 overtimes and they lost.....We don't want to see Toronto win.
We don't want to see Golden State win. We'd like to watch the championship game. However, we don't like the Raptors or the Warriors. If they play, we'll find something else to watch that night.

I stamped with a great friend yesterday. Before we ate lunch we went for a walk. Oh boy, can my friend walk! She's so in shape and I'm so out of shape.  I made it through but today have hip, knee and back pain. I guess that's the nudge I need to start walking again. Right now I feel like an old person with arthritis. When I get up everything hurts.

Today Tim and I spent some time on the back porch. Having a cup of coffee and talking is so nice out there. We're re-learning the bird calls and songs. It's so lovely and relaxing.


Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 16:14
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Here's another new song from the new recording by the Newsboys.  It's called, Fearless.
Check it out.


Blessing of the Day: I got to see Ben, Rachel and the girls. Tim and I had time on the back porch with coffee and time watching the Milwaukee basketball game.

Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings,

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Dad, Chicks and Cards


Today was a sunny, cool day here in Ohio.  I saw this image and had to post it. I love sunflowers!

This week my Father-in-law turned 91. He's in great shape and still drives just in his immediate area. He has a fun sense of humor and was directing the singing of Happy Birthday. LOL

The second graders at the school I volunteered at, has baby chicks! This is part of their science. It is the most exciting time of the year. All of the classes like to stop in and see how many have hatched, what color are they and how much peeping are they doing? It was such a fun time of the year.

Our color challenge was to use pool party, so saffron, blushing bride and a neutral. I used daubers to add color to the stamp.I sponged the edges and added a sentiment. I decorated with ribbon and tiny pearls. I dry embossed the pool party layer and added the image to the left, not centered.
This is a new set from the 2019-2020 Stampin' Up catalog.

I used the basic sketch of this page for my card. I couldn't all all the elements as I didn't has as much room. 
I stamped, cut and colored the magnolia. Love the new dies and how easily they line up to cut the image!
I cut dsp for the main panel then cut two other panels for behind the image. The image had clear wink of stella in the center and the inner petals. The image was colored with Copic Markers.


Here is the inspiration for my card.  I stamped on vanilla cardstock and love blossoms designer series paper. I colored with copic markers, fussy cut the cup and added that and the steam to the image panel.  I stamped the black paper with while ink and heat set it. I dry embossed the card base and put the card together. I used dimensionals for the black layer.

This is the gift card and gift bag we made in class this month. This stamp set is retiring and I wanted to showcase those stamps.

This is another card for my class. I made two masculine cards using Lovely As A Tree. We stamped both panels using the Stamparatus, then punched a hole in the brown layer so it would look like the sun or moon.

For this card, we used reverse masking to color the blue. The two trees on the left were stamped off once to make them look farther away. We stamped the tree in the foreground then sponged ground for it.

This is the 3rd card we made in class. It's a fun, top-closing card. The message inside is centered so it can't be seen when the card is closed.

Tonight my 3 year old granddaughter came over with Ben.  She seriously asked me, "Grandma, can you make some snow on the ground so I can play in it?" This is not my granddaughter in the picture, but this is what I pictured.
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Verse of the Day:Ecclesiastes 5:15- Store up your treasures in heaven not here on earth.
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Here's a new song from Newsboys called, Greatness of our God. 

Blessing of the Day: We got to see Ben and Zoey. Tim got more of the bedroom worked on. I got lots of errands done including grocery shopping.

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Simple Woman's Daybook for Monday, May 6, 2019


For Today, Monday May 6, 2019


It all started here.

Looking out my window it's a beautiful, sunshiny, Spring day. The trees are full of blossoms and the scents of Spring.




I am thinking that I have been so blessed by my kids, Tim and God.

I am thankful I attended worship yesterday. My son, Ben gave the sermon. It was such a great sermon because it spoke to my heart. He preached a whole different take on the prodigal son. Instead of retelling the story, he likened it to each of us. How, like the prodigal, we each leave the authority of God and the path He has us on. Satan lures us off that path with such cunning, that we're not aware of it until the Holy Spirit nudges us or someone else notices. He urged us each to look at what things take us away from quiet time with God. He used a cute illustration. He has a 3 year old foster daughter. She LOVES cake. She would eat it all day if she could. When she sees cake, she thinks of nothing else.
He said God is like us, the parent who knows she shouldn't just eat cake. She needs to eat broccoli as well to make her grow strong and healthy.
He said, We all have 'cake' in our life. It is those things that make have become idols for us. Those things that we love to have and be around.
However, we need to have that daily connection with God so we can continue to battle Satan, and grow strong in the Lord and have a healthy relationship with God.
I started to tear-up a bit. Not only because I knew it applied to me but because the son God, Tim and I raised, was preaching the Word of God in such a powerful way. Praising you God for your work in Benjamin!
I'll never look at cake and broccoli the same again. The illustration is so easy to bring to mind by just saying, 'cake' and 'broccoli.'  Thanks God and Benjamin!
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One of my favorite things is quiet time with my Bible out on the back screened-in porch. This morning I saw how, the evil one, tried to distract me with the birds fighting and a loud, high-pitched sound in the distance. I recognized it and continued to read my Bible without irritation or stopping.
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I am creating scarves for those in need with yarn given to me by my friend, Jane. Jane gave me 3 big bags of yarn. She can't crochet anymore due to shoulder and neck pain when she does. I am very thankful for Jane and her friendship.


I am wearing pj's and a robe with socks. I spent my Bible time outside in my pj's and robe, then came in to work on my computer. PJ days are great!

I am listening to Jim Brickman on You Tube. Sometimes I just need some quiet piano music to listen to while I work.

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I am hoping to be motivated to make cards today. I've not made cards for a couple of days.
I was motivated! Here are some cards I've made. This card was made by looking at a quilted block. It was one square then squares cut in half to form the pattern.
 This was for a double challenge. One was to make a masculine thank you card. The other was to use powder watercolors. I didn't have those so I sprayed water on ink and dipped my card stock in it. I dried the paper then inked with a stencil. I also sprayed glimmer mist onto the stencil to brighten it a bit. I sponged over it with crumb cake ink to dull the shimmer a bit.
 Here is the inspiration for my card. This was for the Featured Stamper on SCS. I used her layout but changed the colors and used flowers instead of butterflies.



I am learning that my kids make a HUGE difference in my life. They've transitioned from 'kids' to 'friends'. I love it.  I saw Sarah yesterday for lunch at one of our favorite places. Moe's. She bought lunch for me. She's so happy to be able to make money enough to pay for lunch. I'm so proud of  her. She's working full time and sharing an apartment with a friend. It's wonderful to see her so independent!  She also gave me an early Mother's Day gift. She knows I love plants. Check out this Rattlesnake Prayer plant. Prayer plants close up at night. It's such a cool thing to see. It's not something you can sit and watch, but you look at it in the evening and can see it's closed a bit from day time.


In my kitchen all is quiet. Breakfast is over and lunch will begin soon. Chili was the last menu item. I love to make extra to freeze for other meals.


In the school room I continue to learn things. I learned so much from Ben's sermon yesterday. I also learned a new crochet pattern called, The Block Stitch Pattern. I practiced with a scarf and liked it. I adapted it for a second scarf.


In my garden, things are growing like crazy. My two roses are getting so much growth. Poppies and Lily of the Valley will pop open soon. Our crab apple trees are blooming and gorgeous. We have a white and a pink tree.
 


Verse of the Day: Galations 2:20
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A moment from my day: My Mother's Day Mug came today. I love mugs with photos of my kids when they were little. It brings such joy to me. I have several and told my kids I can use more. These mugs with coffee and my Bible reading first thing of the day bring me such JOY.

 I love sunflowers and these flags. This is at the end of  our walkway to the front door. You can see the white crab apple tree in the background.

Take a listen to Chris Tomlin as he sings, Our God is Greater.


Blessing of the Day: Spending time with God and enjoying the beautiful weather he's brought us today.

Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings,

Memorial Day 2019

This is my favorite patriotic song to share. It brings me to tears most times I hear it. To imagine losing someone who was defending our co...