Friday, August 1, 2014

A Laid-Back Kind Of Day

Today was a laid-back kind of day.  I started it off with coffee of course and my quiet time on the back porch.  Phoebe, Ben's kitten, always comes out to check on the birds at the feeders and in the bushes.  She's a delight this early in the morning.  She meows and falls at your feet, sometimes wrapping herself around your ankle. She wants to be petted and appreciated.  This always brings a smile to my face.

This card is what I made for Today's Free For All Challenge.  We were to make a one or two layer card only.  I've been playing with this Corner Garden Stamp from Stampin' Up and today decided to try embossing in gold.  It made for a more difficult card because you can't touch alcohol ink markers to embossing or it will smear it.

So I had to color inside each outlined shape.  It wasn't so bad.  I can sometimes watch a movie while coloring things like this at my desk.
This card was for yesterday's Ways To Use It Challenge.  You needed a map on your card.  I think I will use this for one of the cards we make for Operation Write Home.

So glad God is right beside me.  I am so assured when I read these verses.
This is one of the hardest things for me to do; wait.  How about you?  Is it hard for you to wait for the Lord?

I needed to hear this tonight: You're My Beloved by Tenth Avenue North.  Give it a listen and may it lift your soul.

Blessing of the Day: Got to do my quiet time on the porch and walked a mile with Tim tonight after all of the rain.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

City, Cat, Children, Cards

CCCC describes what's in today's post.  I just saw this song posted on FB by a friend of mine.  It is by City Harbor and it's called, Somebody Tell Them.  I really liked this, I hope you do too.

I love the look on this cat's face!  I had to re-post this.  I hope I remember I have it when the next birthday comes along.
 This is something I posted on FB a while back.  It was posted for Ben, Rachel and Sarah Annie. I love you guys soooo much.
 This was for yesterdays color challenge.  Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral were the colors to be used.  At the last minute I decided to use dazzling diamonds on the flower.  It looks weird in the photo, but looks pretty in real life.
 This is my card for today's sketch challenge.  This is a new set I got called, Corner Garden and I love the different flowers in it.  It is so fun to color.  Coloring this card, was like being a kid again
Blessing of the Day: I got to rest from walking and I set up an Operation Write Home night here and on Splitcoaststampers!
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Walking, Working and Stamping

Tonight Tim and I walked a mile at a brisk pace.  We walked longer today and got home faster than yesterday.  It was so hard for me to do, but I'm so proud of myself for doing it.  I'm praying that this will continue.  I need to do this and it's nice to do it with Tim.

Today I got lots of work done around here. I do a few jobs then make a card, then do a few more jobs.

This is the card I made today following a video by Tami White.  I made it my own by making my pallet a little different, and I put diamond glaze on the brush and the colors on the pallet.  This was fun to make but very time consuming.  Lots of punches were used on this. Check out my SCS gallery for list of punches used.
 This card was made for the Clean and Simple challenge today.  You needed to use a scrap of ribbon.  I had some gold baker's twine on my desk so I used that.  I made the balloon with a circle nestie, and used a heart punch upside down to tie the twine onto.  This was a quick and easy card to make.

 The first card is Heidi's card which was my inspiration for my card, which is second.  Heidi was chosen as the featured stamper this week.
 This is a double-penny slider card was found on Dawn's blog.  I made this card for the Queen For The Day challenge.  The first card is Dianne's card which I used for my inspiration.
 This card was for the Technique Lovers Challenge today on SCS.  You had to have a pinwheel on your card.  The dog and wall were stamped at a friend's house so I don't know who makes them.
Saw these two quotes on FB today and I wanted to post these as a reminder to myself.  Sometimes each day brings struggles, but if I focus on God and what he can do, FIRST, it's easier to move through difficult times.  It's easier than doing it my way first, then having to undo what I've done and ask God for help, ya know?

This is a new group for me.  I just saw this on FB from our local Christian radio station.  Give it a listen and see what you think.

Blessing of the Day:Reached 1 mile tonight!
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Here I Am, Back Again

I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted.  It's been a busy week making and sending cards.  I have a box of cards for Operation Write Home just about ready to be sent to Washington state.  I am so honored to be supporting those soldiers who give so much each and every day to keep us safe.

I visited my mom this week.  It's been a very long time since she's let me visit.  When I'd call she'd say it wasn't a good time,  or give some excuse as to why it wouldn't work.  So I was thrilled to spend a few hours with her.  Sarah and I went and inspected the grounds around her house.  Sadly it is no where near where it should be.  We asked if we could weed and cut down bushes that were very overgrown.  She said no, it was her therapy.

I may just go back another time and just do it.  She'd never know I was there.  Most times she sits in her living room with curtains closed knitting her giant squares.  The squares are donated to a group who stitches them together as blankets and hands them out to homeless people.  She loves to do this and it keeps her busy.

We will continue to visit weekly and see how things progress.  Sarah, Ben and Rachel are going to visit this week and see if grandchildren can convince her to allow them to weed her flower beds.:)  Out of the mouths of babes.....Sarah suggested this.

Speaking of Sarah we have an appt. with a counselor to get her set up for Tri-C a local community college 5 minutes away.  It's an exciting time for her.

This card was for today's Inspiration Challenge.  Here is the inspiration for this card.
Daintree Tea Towel
If you look closely you can see the birds.  I didn't want the bird to blend in so I colored him in brown and gray Copic Markers.
 This little sweetie is for the Ways To Use It Challenge.  You were to use dots/spots on your card.  I love her paper pieced outfit.
 Check out THIS video to see how Kay made a card like this.
 This was for the Clean and Simple Challenge where you were supposed to make a beach scene.  Ooops I made a lake scene instead. LOL
 This was for the Color Challenge this week.  You were to choose from 7 colors.  I used daffodil, pistachio, moss and slush.  I love two-step stamping.
 This was a card I made with a new stamper who stopped by Thursday evening.  She had these inks and stamp sets and wanted to know what she could do with them.  It was fun to go back to simple.
 These are cards I made for today's Inspiration Challenge.  Here is my inspiration.

Mint Geo Vase
 This was for Friday's Mixability Challenge.  You need to use more than one media.  I watercolored, colored with Copic Markers then spritzed with gold.  I added this to a card base and will use it as a sympathy card.
 This was for this week's Sketch Challenge.  Isn't her dress cute?  I love the little Pure Innocence girls.
 These are the cards I made for this month's Cards For A Cause on SCS.   The first 8 were made with Stampscapes stamps.  The last group are made with the Silhouette stamps from Swee N Sassy Stamps.

Here's a song by Hawk Nelson called, A Million Miles Away.  See what you think.

Blessing of the Day: I listened to an hour of  Rick Warren.  He's currently doing a sermon on People Who Drive You Crazy.  We all have people who push our buttons.  These sermons help you deal with them.

Thank you for stopping by.  Hopefully it won't take me so long to get back to this next time.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook July 20, 2014

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY July 20, 2014

Outside My Window...It's dark and cool for a summer night.

I am was nice to just chill out today after running around all week for Sarah's grad party.

I am thankful for...the wonderful time we all had yesterday in spite of the rain.  Thank goodness we had the tents.

From the kitchen...all I hear is the dishwasher humming along cleaning the days dishes.

I am wearing...shorts, shirt and flip flops.  Love not wearing shoes.

I am creating...lots of cards from items on my desk that I stamped with other people.

I am get a lot of errands done tomorrow.

I am reading...nothing right now....need to fix that.

I am get back to some sort of routine now that the party is over.

I am hearing...Christian music from Air1 right now.  Love it! No Man is an Island by Tenth Avenue North is playing right now.

Around the house...things are quiet.  Even the cats aren't hissing at each other.

One of my favorite things...quiet time.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:errands, errands, errands and a few meetings with friends.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...
This is a wedding card I made since Emily and I need to make a few more for our card stash.
 This is my card for the Featured Stamper today.  Here's the card that was my inspiration from her gallery. Hers is the orange and mine is the yellow.

 This was for the Ways To Use It Challenge.  The challenge was to make a gate card.  Mine is a gate card with the sides folded in.

Here's a new song and artist for today's video.  I hope you like it.  It is called, It Was Love, by Abandon/

Blessing of the Day: Being able to chill out and rest.  I even took a nap today!  I don't usually take naps.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friends Are Special

Thursday, Emily and Pamela came over and spent 4 hours with me making cards for Operation Write Home.  Thank you ladies!  Here are the seven different cards we made.

This is one of the cards close up.  I love the brightness of the flowers but I especially like the baker's twine through the button.

This card was one of my favorites of the day.  I loved making the short tag and adding the banner to it.  Love how the small silver brads accent the little flowers.
 Isn't this a cute bear?  I loved how the embossed background mimicked the design paper.
 This was a fun card to make.  The water was brushed on with a 1" water brush using ink from the lid of an ink pad. I love how the water appears to have movement.
 These two cards were made by stamping repeatedly without going back to the ink pad.  Love how each color looks a little bit different.
 Trying to use up designer paper and love how this paper looked with the goose.  I like the touch of orange ribbon on this for an accent.
 This was the wedding card Emily and I made.  She made hers with a bow and the rhinestones on the white part of the card.  I made mine by tying a knot and putting the rhinestones on the flowers of the image.  We couldn't decide which we liked better.
This was a card I made for Queen for the Day this week. Katie was the queen this week.  Here is the card from her gallery that was my inspiration.  
Here is my card in pink.

This card was for today's Free 4 All challenge where we had to make bright cards. Love this set of ladies and how much they enjoy being together.

Here is a new song for me called, No Man Is An Island by Tenth Avenue North.  Take a listen.  

I found a video that discusses this song.  See what you think.

Blessing of the Day: We got most of the things set up for Sarah's graduation party.
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