Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Was Fun Day!

Today was our first stamping afternoon at PHCA.  I make three cards and a 3-D item once a month and the staff signs up to participate.  Today we had 4 ladies making cards.  Here are three of the things we made.  

We made this cute owl gift card holder.  You lift the beak and inside is a pouch to put your gift card.  

This is the mini-magazine holder we made.  It's a cute idea for gift giving of cards and envelopes.
This card we made using Stampin' Up's set Seasonally Scattered.  We did the baby wipe technique and made our own ink pad so that multiple colors could be on this.
Saturday Jan and Jane and I are getting together to stamp and this is one of the cards we'll make in our shoe box swap.  Love doing this so we get different ideas and we come away from our time together with 4 new cards.
This is a card I made using Lovely As A Tree by Stampin' Up and a challenge on Splitcoast.  We had to make changes to a card we saw, but keep the general card idea the same.  I love the border I used to finish off this card.
This is a card I made for Splitcoast's sketch challenge this week.  It was a difficult layout for me.  I like the way it came out for the most part.


This is a card I made for  Splitcoast where I had to add lines to the image so I added extra black lines to the base of the flowers.  It actually looked pretty good to me. LOL

Here's a new song called Messengers.  Give it a listen.

Gotta get things ready to go to Jan's tomorrow to stamp.
Blessing of the Day: Stamping with ladies from PHCA.
Thank you for stopping by today.
Blessings,

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sunflowers, Cards, Praising God in Song

This is a picture of a sunflower field right here in Ohio.  I love sunflowers so this really made my day.  You know what else made my day?  Middlefield, OH is the third best place in the WORLD to see fall colors.  Can you believe that?  Middlefield is Amish country with rolling hills and buggies with horses clip-clopping down the road.  I love the peaceful sound of the clip-clopping down the road.  I wouldn't want to be in a buggy though. Too many people in cars just aren't careful about driving down there.
I'd love to see a sunflower field and be able to walk through it.  Maybe some day......

 This card was for the clean and simple challenge this week where we were honoring Brenda-tessduck.  I chose a card of hers from her gallery and changed a few things and came up with this.  I embossed the leaves in white then inked the background with sponges.
 This was for today's color challenge.  The colors were vanilla, blackberry and honey.  I had these Our Daily Bread Designs borders and couldn't wait to use them.  This is what I came up with.
 This is a birthday present gift card holder.  The directions are from here on Lorri's blog.  I really like how this came out.  It took me a while to figure out how to do the bow so I was happy with it, but now it's done.
 This is the card I did today for the Teapotter's Challenge.  The card is going to an English teacher.  We were supposed to use a book, but this is the closest I have to a book was words of scripture.  I like how this turned out.  The set is called Randi's Song from Our Daily Bread Designs.
Here's a new song by Anthony Evans called, I Found You.  This is a new artist for me but love the song. See what you think.
You never know what could open up your eyes
Sometimes the truth comes in disguise
So close what you need most
Is hard for you to see
Unexpected but if you let it
It's everything you need

CHORUS:
I found hope I found love
I found strength to rise above
A beautiful a fire that burned though
Everything I thought I knew
When I found you

Beauty rises from the dust
Heartache can teach us how to love
In the dark night a trace of light
Shines so easily
When you broke though like a bright blue sky
You changed the way I sing

(CHORUS)

Anytime my heart gives into doubt
I'll remember when
I'll remember how I Found You

Blessing of the Day:Going out to dinner with Chuck and Maryanne.  We decided we needed a night out and went to Stancato's restaurant.  We'll resume Bible Study next week.
Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook September 21, 2014


The Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY September 21, 2014

Outside My Window...it's gray, cool and raining.

I am thinking...that I'm thrilled that Sarah's first day working at the apple farm went very well! Praise you Jesus!

I am thankful for...the opportunity to begin making cards for Hospice of Cleveland Clinic!

From the kitchen...it's quiet as it's too early for kids to be awake.

I am wearing...p.j.'s

I am creating...a card for today's featured stamper on SCS.

I am going...to begin pulling cards together to donate to Cleveland Clinic Hospice.

I am reading...One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. 

I am hoping...to get a lot done today.

I am hearing...the dryer as Tim does laundry.

Around the house...things are very quiet.

One of my favorite things...to swim in the pool as I did last night.  I heated the pool and swam until after the sun set.  It was a wonderful time to reflect on God's goodness.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Swim as it gets warmer, gather cards for Hospice of Cleveland Clinic, get some things done around here, organize my craft room.


Here are some pictures I thought I'd share...
This is Bridget's card that I chose to change a bit to honor her.

 This is the card I made to honor Bridget as she is not going to be hosting featured stamper any longer.  She is one talented lady.  
 Here is another card to honor Kittie who is a master artist.  Here is her card.
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Here's my card to honor her.  I wish I would have had red gingham ribbon! LOL

This song is a favorite right now.  It a true worship song.  I'm feeling so grateful. 

Blessing of the Day:spending time with God.
Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Friday, September 19, 2014

Worked Hard All Day Volunteering and Love What I'm Doing With Retirement!

Here's a beautiful picture I found on the web.  It was a reminder of how beautiful our world is and how amazing God is to make these types of scenes for us.  I just love to see the sun rise or set.  Great photo ops, but they never capture the true beauty you see.
 This is my card for today's Free 4 All Challenge on SCS.  Robin was the hostess today and because it was her first challenge, we were challenged to make cards with birds in honor of her name.  Here's my cuties for today.
 Speaking of cuties, here's a picture of Phoebe in her early kitten days.  She would sleep so much and in the sweetest positions.  You just wanted to pick her up and cuddle her.
 This was my card for yesterday's challenge which was to use a stencil.  I used my Stampin' Up star stencil. I love the way the googly eyes make this owl look.

Today was a busy day at school, but not too busy to pray with Patti.  Her grandson was having surgery this morning so we clung together and prayed for Conner and the family as well as the staff who'd do surgery and follow-up care.    What a difficult time but God will bring good from all of this.


As I was reading blogs today I saw one from Robin and I just had to share this with you.

The scripture and paragraphs were written by a friend that I wanted to share.  It really spoke to me tonight.  Thanks Robin.  You can find her blog here:  http://inkmagination-robin.blogspot.com/

Well, today I'd like to bring up some scripture that reminds me of putting on or taking off clothing, Colossians 3:12-16
"Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering (patience); bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.  But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."  Eph. 4:22 talks of putting off the "old man".
All of this makes me think of the dirty rags we come to Christ with and how He gives us a brand new coat to put on...it is woven with threads of His character like kindness, goodness, patience, humility, peace, love, joy...you get the picture. It is the most beautiful coat, the threads look gold and pearlescent and copper and silver and sparkles like diamonds. This is the new life we have in Christ Jesus. He covers our dirty rags with His glorious coat.  That is what God sees when He looks at us who have given our lives to Christ, He only sees the glorious coat Christ gave us.  In other words, He sees the righteousness of Jesus because His blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness and we have forgiveness from all our sin.
I hope you belong to Him!

Here's a song that spoke to me tonight.  Take a listen and see what you think.


Blessing of the Day: I got to volunteer at PHCA doing what I love most-teach!
Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings,

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What a Weekend!

 Here are pictures of all of the cards we made at the Our Daily Bread Designs weekend. We made 6 Christmas make-and-takes Friday evening, then made 20 more cards Saturday and Sunday.

We also received a goody bag with ODBD on it filled with their paper, and stamps. They gave us the birdcage stamp set and the dies that go with it.
 Christy's Stamp shop also gave us candy dots, glitter glue, a few stamps and a 20% coupon for things in their store.

These were the silhouette cards we made.

 These were some of my favs.  I loved the Faith, Hope and Love card.  We stamped a verse on the back of each bookmark.  I love all of the little flowers and accessories they gave us.
 Here are some Christmas cards.  Love the baker's twine with the ribbon.  The third card on top was a fun multiple fold card with a candy cane in it.
 Here are three of the folded cards we did.  The Ship was the most intricate.  We got gauze to ink up then added shells to it to make it look like netting.  So clever huh?
 More Christmas cards and the sun rays card.
 Isn't this just the cutest card?  Love the little fences and the strawberries.
 Love how simple this is, yet it's gorgeous!

Here are a few pictures of what our crafting room was like for the weekend.









 Here is the team of people who made the weekend possible.  Kelley and Rick of Our Daily Bread Designs are in the back.  Their team is in black.  Kristy's team is in blue.

Blessing of the Day: Students I'm working with have all shown amazing progress in reading since the beginning of the year!  Even those that were struggling!!! Praise God!
Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings,

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Catching Up

It's been a busy week.  Last Thursday and Friday I was busy volunteering and Friday afternoon I left with Jane to go to Salt Fork State Park Lodge, here in Ohio for the Our Daily Bread Designs, stamping weekend.

We had a fabulous time and I'll show you the cards we made there as soon as I get the images cropped.  I took pictures of groups of cards we made.  We came away from the weekend with 26 cards!  It was unbelievable!

The first card here is for yesterday's color challenge on SCS.  The colors were pool party, Island Indigo and Cherry.  This is a stamp set and die set that we got FREE from our weekend. I stamped in memento brown then cut out pieces. I colored the flowers and sponged the cage. Then I embossed the three panel colors together and put the card together. I love the pretty lace border and the die.

 This is for Good Sport free for all challenge. This little guy has been with me since my son and daughter ran track. He's always fun to color and add to a card. Love his little smile and determined little face!


This was a difficult stamp set to use. I got it so I could make masculine birthday cards. I guess it will take time and practice to feel comfortable with this set. Anyway, I stamped in Rich Cocoa then colored with Copic markers and cut out the shape. Next I embossed the espresso paper and added dimensionals to it and the star.
 
 The card on the left was made by cutting a piece of painter's tape and placing it on the card stock before I began stamping.

After seeing that I wondered it I could cut the painter's tape with a die. So the card on the right is one I cut with a label 11 die. I needed to go closer to the tape to get a better die cut shape, but I like that it looks a bit rounded. Gotta try this again with a different die. 
 
 I didn't have silver or gold ink refills so I tried pushing the point of the silver marker into different spots on the cotton ball with alcohol and it worked beautifully to add silver to the card stock. Then I added drops of turquoise, cabana and pool party and dabbed all over the card. Lastly I stamped with black Stazon ink for the silhouette look.

 

This is Chris Tomlin's newest song, Jesus Loves Me.  I love listening to his music.  It is so inspiring.


Blessing of the Day:I was up early to have coffee and Bible Time before others were up.  No one but Phoebe and I are awake now at 9 a.m.
Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We Will Never Forget

"My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us and... we will know in our hearts that He will never forsake us."

—Billy Graham at the National Cathedral, three days after 9/11

I will never forget the fear I felt 13 years ago after I'd heard and seen the news.  I wanted to do my job, but I wanted to be with my kids. I needed to be with them to know they were safe.  I know it was an emotional reaction, but I felt very helpless that day.

After talking with Tim, we decided the kids were okay seeing as how we were in Parma, Ohio.  We didn't think Parma, Ohio was in any danger compared to cities like New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and San Francisco to name a few.

I was never so happy to pick up my kids from school and day care.  Ben was in first grade at Parma Heights Christian Academy and Sarah was in Day Care at Normandy High School.

Watching the videos one after the other, I tried to absorb what was happening.  It was so hard to do.  I felt as though I was in a dream, or watching a movie.  As horrible as it wall was, that's all I wanted to do is watch the television to glean any information I could about what happened and why.  Were we safe?  Had they finished their destruction?

God became very popular 13 years ago and droves of people swarmed the churches.  That of course didn't last long.  As soon as people felt, 'safe', they had no need of God in their lives.

Last night I prayed that today would be an ordinary day, that no forces would attack us, that we would be safe in our own country.  I thank God for enabling that to happen today.  I continue to pray for safety and peace.
 These were three of my favorite pictures from this devastating time. This photo reminded me of Iwo Gimo and the courage, resolve and strength it took to hand this flag.  It was a sign of coming together to help our nation, as one.  A time where religion, race, nor color or creed interfered with our caring and helping complete strangers.
 Oh to have a reminder of God 'show up' on this horrible scene was just a wonderful miracle and a morale booster for all who saw it.  We'll never understand why God allowed this to happen, but he is in control.  Maybe someday in heaven we will know.
 This picture continues to warm my heart and spirit.  To see the President and Billy Graham hand in hand, talking to God must have been an amazing thing to hear.  You wouldn't see this now with our current president.  He's seems hellbent on destroying Christians.
The promise of remembrance is represented in the lights that shine and the memorial that is hard to see without shedding tears.  This was one of the worst and best of times.  The worst is obvious, and the best was how Americans worked together to help anyone in need.  Humanity is a far cry from this now.  That is sad. 

 
This is a beautiful picture Rachel took in Columbus, Ohio last Saturday.  We visited my sister and brother-in-law.  It reaffirms that God, our creator continues to amaze us with beauty all around.  There is no camera that could ever duplicate the beauty that God paints daily for us.
I pray that we will continue to be grateful for all we have and all we don't have.  I was reminded again today that I have nothing to complain about compared to others.  A friend's 18 month old, grandchild is having surgery and they are worried about the surgery because they don't know how well this little one will do with the anesthesia. 
 On a lighter note, here are two gift card or money holders that I made yesterday.  The directions for making the basic card holder is here.
I couldn't get this video to embed in my post today so I'm adding a link.

Blessing of the Day: Everyone is home safe and sound.
Thank you for stopping in.
Blessings,