Friday, November 10, 2017

Poinsettias, Maude and Cats

I stamped with a new friend Wednesday. Here's one of the things we made. It's a poinsettia over a little candle. Isn't this cute? Louise came up with it after watching a video. She has to add green leaves and some silver Stickles to it.
The past two days I've had fun with this Maude image. This is for the Inspiration Challenge for SCS.  Isn't she a hoot?
 Here's the card for Friday's challenge. You were supposed to make a birthday card that was humorous. I think this fits the bill.
 Phoebe was sitting on a chair watching the birds outside. It's like TV for her.
 I took one of the boxes out to look for stamps. I turned around to put it back and Phoebe was in the opening! So, I took one out for Chloe also. They were pretty cute in those spaces.
 The cats are more like dogs in that they follow us around the house. Here Phoebe and Chloe are in our bathroom. Chloe is learning how to drink from the faucet like Phoebe does. I wish I would have gotten a video of this.
 Chloe stared at the beautiful kitty in the mirror. I so wonder what her little brain was thinking at the time.

This is so difficult at times. In order to lead others to Christ, we need to meet people where they are. We don't have to act like them but we have to be 'real' with them. We're not home yet. Oh what a glorious day that will be, when we arrive home.
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Here's a new song by Casting Crowns called, Make Room. The lyrics are below. Really listen to the lyrics.

A Family hiding from the storm
Found no place at the keeper's door
It was for this a Child was born
To save a world so cold and hollow

[Verse 2]
The sleeping town did not know
That lying in a manger low
A Savior King who had no home
Has come to heal our sorrows

[Chorus 1]
Is there room in your heart?
Is there room in your heart?
Is there room in your heart
For God to write His story?

[Verse 3]
Shepherds counting sheep in the night
Do not fear the glory light
You are precious in His sight
God has come to raise the lowly

[Chorus 2]
Is there room in your heart?
Is there room in your heart?
Is there room in your heart
For God to write His story?
You can come as you are
But it may set you apart
When you make room in your heart
And trade your dreams for His glory

Make room in your heart
Make room in your heart

[Verse 4]
Mother holds the Promise tight
Every wrong will be made right
The road is straight and the burden's light
For in His hands He holds tomorrow

[Chorus 2]
Is there room in your heart?
Is there room in your heart?
Is there room in your heart
For God to write His story?
You can come as you are
But it may set you apart
When you make room in your heart
And trade your dreams for His glory

Make room in your heart
Make room in your heart
Make room in your heart
Make room in your heart

Blessing of the Day: Tim let me know he was having a difficult time at work and I was able to pray and ask others to pray for him as well.  Satan is working hard to stress Tim out big time. I'm so glad God is the one fighting the battle on our behalf. Praising God for his faithfulness.

Please pray for us as Tim transitions to this job. It affects us both.  Please pray for my Pennsylvania family who have lost a dear wife, mom, sister, just a week ago. The pain they are feeling weighs them down.

Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Such Sorrow and Pain, But She's in Heaven, Rejoice, A Daughter Has Gone Home

I saw this on FB and had to share it. We need to be filled up each and every day by God. That's how we are able to serve Him and shine our light to show others His grace, mercy and love.

I thought this was a beautiful image. Love sunsets, water, and docks. To me there's something magical about being by the water, whether it's a lake or ocean.
I made this card for a challenge on SCS. We had to use forest animals on our card. I borrowed this set from Jan. Thanks Jan for letting me have fun with this.  This brings back some very sweet memories of my kids jumping in the leaves. I can remember doing the same thing as a kid. 
 This card was another SCS challenge. You applied rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball and added one color of ink at a time and pounced on the glossy cardstock to make fun colors.

This card was for today's card sketch challenge. You had to have a card with three panels. I decided to use the Cornucopia.  Cornucopia just brought back a wonderful memory of a former student. He had intellectual disabilities but was a fun kid to work with.  When he heard the word, Cornucopia, it tickled his funny bone.  He said the word in such a magical way that we'd all laugh. It still makes me laugh and smile to this day. God is so good to bring back these great memories when we need them. 

Last week I worked on putting the images I'd colored on cards. I had a bunch of cards on my desk and wanted to show all what I've been up to.

Oh my gosh, do you remember the days of metal lunchboxes? EEEEKK! I remember. My sister had a lunch box like this. One of the highlights of a new school year was to pick out a new lunch box and thermos.  The thermos didn't last long, but the lunch boxes did.  Another wonderful memory for me thanks to God.

Verse of the Day: Romans 5:1
I chose this verse to bring comfort to my Pennsylvania family who is saying goodbye to a beautiful woman who I called, Aunt Ann.  She was a wife, mom, sister, aunt, and friend to many.  I pray that those affected by this great loss will find peace and comfort in God's arms.
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Here's a beautiful song to calm your heart and soul.

Blessing of the Day: I got to stamp with Louise today. She is a customer and friend. We hit it off the first time we met. She lives near Sarah and Brianna. So I set up lunch with Sarah after stamping. Sarah and I went to Yours Truly. I love the small diner feel to this place.

Thank you for stopping by. God bless you.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Cards and Cards and Cards and Cards, and Hope

Here is the inspiration for my card today for the Inspiration Challenge.  I stamped and colored the vines like a frame. Then I stamped and colored the turtle. I cut out the turtle and sponged the edges then added it with dimensionals.
Orchid Bouquet Flowers
Here's the second purple flower card. I haven't decided what sentiment to use yet. It was colored with Copic Markers then I used white pen for the flower centers.

This is a cute Pure Innocence stamp set with the little girl reading. I am getting more comfortable building scenes on my cards, thanks to Jan K.

Check out this little card. Jan K let me stamp Changito the monkey with the tree and this duo from the Go Wild set by Gerda Steiner.  I love putting the characters on top of one another.

This is a card we made at Emily's house the other day. I had a hard time gauging how far down to mask and had a lot of white space at the bottom.  So I added the sentiment and more tree tops.  It's so much fun to see Emily using her ribbon that we organized. She said it's so much easier to find things when you know what you have and can see it easily!

This is a card I made from Jan's coffee set. I don't remember what the name of the set is.  I'm trying to use smaller stamps and be comfortable with them on a card front.
This is another card from Emily's day of stamping. We stamped the first tree on the right full strength, then stamped the trees in the back. The last two trees on the left and center were stamped full strength.  This will be a good card to make multiples of. It's a great guy card with different sentiments.
This is a card I made using Jan's Tim Holtz dogs. Not sure what the sentiment is, but love the goofy look on his face.
This is a sweet image I found on Facebook. It reminded me of my twin sister Anne. It's hard to be separated by miles and miles.  I miss her and would love to hug her more often. Praising God for a twin sister.

This is something I found on FB to encourage all who may be discouraged right now. God is with you each and every step of the way, whether it feels like it or not.  That doesn't mean you won't have problems or set backs. It means God will help you no matter what.  That's His promise to all who believe in Him; He will never leave you, He will not forsake you.
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Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 31:6
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Here's a song that brings all of this together.  God is our Hope, He's with us and He won't let go.

Blessing of the Day: I got to stamp with Jane and Jan today. I'll show you the cards we made another day.

Thank you Lord for all you've given me. You've given me so much and I know I don't deserve it. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Card Challenges, Same Kind of Different, There Will Be A Day

Our challenge was to make an unusual Christmas Tree. I made this tree from the Stampin' Up metallic snowflakes. I cut them apart and layered them to the top and added a gold star. Then I added rhinestones to the tree as ornaments. The trunk is gold glitter paper.  The designer paper is Christmas paper from Stampin' Up called, Quilted Christmas.

For the color challenge, Barbara had us use hello honey, tempting turquoise, pear pizzazz and rose red. Dessert was to watercolor.
I used my aqua painter with ink from the lid of pear pizzazz and rose red to color the image. I used tempting turquoise to stamp the sentiment. I outlined the image with hello honey marker. I embossed the background with the rose embossing folder then added liquid pearls around the image. The image was added with dimensionals. The rose red paper was added to the hello honey base.  This is the last week of being a guest designer for the color challenge. I had a fun time doing it.

This card was for the Technique Lover's Challenge using the technique called, Splash Watercolor Technique, found here.
This was stamped in memento tuxedo black in and colored with copic markers. I took white paper and did the splash watercolor technique found here.

I added black cardstock behind the image and as the card base.
This card is for the Free For All Challenge. You were to use lots of details on your card or lots of layers. This is one of the types of sets I usually stay away from. I don't like lots of little images that have to be placed onto a card. A friend has shown me it's not so hard to do. I colored all of the images then fussy cut them. She didn't have the dies for this if there are any. Anyway Robin asked us to put lots of layers or detail on our card. I think 9 images and one sentiment is a lot. LOL

One of my favorites is by Karen Barber. She has a style all her own. When I see a card, I know before looking at the name who made it. Here's my inspiration for my card today. Thank you Karen for sharing your talents with us.

I stamped and colored my flower looking at Karen's as I went. I cut it down, sponged in wisteria then edged in black. I added the image to a turquoise background which had been embossed with poppy embossing folder. I stamped and used a MFT stitched edge die. I sponged the edges and added a fussy cut section of flowers. using a glue dot and a dimensional.

This week Tim and I went to see the Christian movie called, Same Kind if Different As Me.  I have to tell you it was a very good movie. I also have to tell you that I cried. That's all I'm going to tell you. We went to the theater at the mall and they have seats with foot rests and comfortable arms and back. It's sitting in a lounge chair to watch the movie. I have to tell you I had to work to stay awake in that chair it was so comfortable! LOL

I stamped with a friend and her friend this week. We each made a card for the others to make. It was a fun afternoon of stamping. I got some images cut out while the ladies did my two cards.
I've been busy tonight putting cards together. Yesterday I went through all of my 6"x6" designer series paper and matched paper to images. Tomorrow I will work on sentiments for the cards.

Verse of the Day: Daniel 6:26
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This is an older song by Jeremy Camp. It is a song with a great message. Give it a listen.

Blessing of  the day: Tim's official first day in his new job is Monday, November 6th. Praising God for his goodness, glory and mercy. He has done so much for us.
We got to see Sarah today and got to talk with her a bit. She wants to find a full time job so we're trying to help her along. Sometimes things overwhelm her and it stops her in her tracks. Anxiety is a difficult foe to overcome.

Sending prayers to those affected by the New York tragedy this week. Oh God, please protect us.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Coloring, Cards, Right On Time

I've been coloring with the new Stampin' Up alcohol markers, called Stampin' Blends.
There are 27 markers in the set so far. They are sold separately or in a set. There are a light and dark marker of the same color. There are also skin tone markers called, ivory and bronze. The last marker is a color lifter. It can push ink away from an area and make it lighter or push ink back inside the lines of coloring.

This card was colored with Pumpkin Pie light and dark. I also used old olive and daffodil delight markers.

This card was colored with Pink Pirouette light and dark as well as old olive and yellow.
 This card uses razzleberry light and dark. I also used olive for the leaves and perfect pearls for the flower centers.

This card has pool party light and dark on it. I pierced holes in the scallops and added perfect pearls to the centers of the flowers.

This is a note card that will  be sent out this week.  I'm really working on sending out cards to family and friends.
 This card is a combination of  tangerine tango, cajun craze and soft suede. I used tranquil tide for the leaves. I masked the flowers so I could add the leaves.

This card was my color challenge card for the week. The colors were blackberry bliss, tangelo twist, daffodil delight and black. 

 I needed another thank you card so I made another note card.  This size is perfect for customer thank yous. Stampin' Up sells these with matching envelopes in white or vanilla.
Verse of the Day: Mark 13:11  Have you ever been in a situation where you've said something to someone and afterwards you think to yourself, "Who said that?"  I have and it's an amazing moment when you learn that you were given what to say by God.  You hear yourself speaking but know that what you are saying wasn't in your head but given to you.  To know you were used by God is a great feeling.
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Here is a new to me song by Aaron Cole called, Right on Time.
It talks about God's involvement in your life. He's never late, He's always on time.  Give this a listen and pay attention to the words.

Blessing of the Day: Ben and Rachel came to dinner. We got to see Harper as well.
Tim found out he will start his new job next Monday if his paperwork all comes back by then.

Thanks for stopping by.