Tuesday, August 15, 2017

So Busy

I've been so busy lately that I haven't been able to post here. Saturday I spent most of the day with a friend helping her organize her stamps. Organizing things is my specialty.

Sunday I spent time with Tim, then went to a friend's house to stamp. Lots of fun and several new quilt cards which I'll post another day.

Monday was spent running around. Went to Walmart to pick up my groceries. I love this service. I order online, and they deliver to my car for FREE.

I had to get things at Walgreens, so I stopped there. Then I had to deliver a package to the post office and go to Marc's to find things Walmart didn't have.

Sarah came over to swim, but first we drove out to Uncle John's Plant Farm to get some Mums. Huge mums were 3/$15. We looked through the cute things in their store. Lots of candles, mugs, jewelry, antiques and seasonal things. It's a fun mix of unique gift items.

Then we came home got something to eat, then swam in the pool
Last night Diana, In Her Own Words was on National Geographic. She had such a sad life even before marrying into the royal family. So glad she found happiness in her sons and later in her life after her divorce. She was taken too soon.
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I went to bed last night very late and received a text from Sarah needing to go to a med center. So I got up after 5 1/2 hours of sleep and got her to a med center. God was there, she was seen right away. We stopped at Panera for a bite to eat, then I took her home.  When I got home I had a coffee headache so I got coffee then promptly went for a nap!
It seems like time since Friday has flown by!

Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers. They always make me smile.
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 When I saw this I had to share it. I have a friend who has retired from teaching and she's trying to figure out what's next for her.  We'll see where God leads her.
 This is a card I made using a Sunflower stamp as the sun.  Cool huh? I've found some other interesting things to do with this stamp. Stay tuned.

 This is a card I made which took a card someone else made and change it to make it mine.

This is going to my friend, Jan who has the best sense of humor. This is her stamp. I saw this text with this old lady and just had to make it for her. I can't wait to see how she reacts.

This is Phoebe on the table with not a care in the world. Even as she saw me, she didn't move. I got a picture then squirted her with the water bottle. Maybe we should call her Queen Phoebe huh?

Here's our baby Chloe on the patio. She loves laying between this rock and the plants.  She turns 1 next week.

Verse of the Day: This verse was on our wedding invitations. It is very special to us.
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Here's a new song by Skillet called, Lions. Give it a listen.

Blessing of the Day: Sarah's feeling better.
I got some things done today like this post! LOL

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Last of Week Long Challenges At SCS

This is a card where I used a foil sheet over a patterned paper with special ink. I put it through my laminator then added a sparkly greeting.

This card is from a new set called, Coffee Cafe by Stampin' Up. I used my crimper to crinkle up the pink paper.  This was a sketch challenge.

This was a small image of an elephant and the words, Love You Tons, that I made into a shaker card. The swirly paper was given to me. It was hand made marbeling.

This is a shaving cream technique. I added the picture of the twins as the challenge was to pick a sign of the zodiac to picture. This has been a favorite, old Stampin' Up set for me because I have a twin sister.

This card challenge was to make a sea life card. I used distress inks and stamped fish on top. This too is an old stamp set from SU.
 This challenge was to use shoes. This is the only set I have that has shoes, except Pure Innocence stamps. I used to use the stamp when my kids were in track. The background behind the mouse is embossed. The brick around the mouse was stenciled with oxide inks.

Philippians 4:6-7 New International Version
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Here's Hawk Nelson singing Drops in the Ocean. Give it a listen.

Blessing of the Day: Tim got more jobs done around here in between the raindrops.
I got my stamping classes listed on my SU site and Facebook.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

More Cards

This is a card I made for the Challenges on Splitcoast Stampers last week. You looked at pictures of flowers and chose one as inspiration. I stamped the three flowers then the single flowers on each side to make a corner of flowers. This was colored with Copic Markers.

This is a card I made using a brick stencil. I used distress oxide inks on this. I need to stamp a greeting on this. It will probably be a birthday card.
This card was for a challenge to use numbers. It will be a child's birthday card. I haven't used this stamp in a long time. It was fun to pull out stamps like this for challenges.
This is another card where you chose an inspiration photo and made a card. I love this type of flower. I colored with blue and purple Copic Markers then added yellow wink of stella to the flower centers.

A friend gave me the marble paper in the background. The challenge here was to make a card that brought JOY.  This little guy has brought joy to me since the first time I saw him at a friend's house.

The challenge for this card was to use hearts. I used the heart punch to do that for the greeting. I used an embossing folder for the background.

Verse of the Day:Imagine what the world would be like if we all acted like this.
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More of You by Colton Dixon-Give it a listen.
Look at the lyrics in this song.  More of you(God) Less of me(us)

Thank you to those of you who prayed for my brother. His  quadruple bypass went well. Today he was up in a chair, his color was good, he was joking around. He gets tired easily, but who wouldn't after the extreme surgery he had yesterday.

Blessing of the Day: Hearing John is feeling better.
Deciding to do stamping classes in my home again.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

24 Years With The Same Guy, Thank You God!

24 years ago I married my best friend and the love of my life. I'm so thankful God brought Tim Craig into my life. When it's in God's plan it is more amazing than what we could ever imagine.
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Ephesians 3:20-21New International Version (NIV)

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.f

Tim and I had a wonderful day celebrating our 24th anniversary. We both dressed up for our day filled with lots to do.
We shopped at Grand Pacific Junction. It is the cutest shopping area with lots of old buildings made into shops. There is a small chapel and an outside garden chapel. It's been a favorite of ours for a long time. Ben and Rachel got married in the little chapel and their reception was in the hotel.
Today's weather was perfect for a visit.

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We went to Matteo's Italian Restaurant there for lunch. I was disappointed in my meal. I ordered wedding soup. My soup had spinach that needed to be cut with a knife. It also had long pieces of chicken. Never had wedding soup with meatballs and chicken.

I ordered Fettuccine Alfredo and was disappointed. It was barely warm and had a runny cream sauce. It had a nice garlic taste, and the noodles were good.  I like a thick creamy sauce that sticks to the noodles.
Oh well, the company was great!

We then went to Uncle John's Plant Farm in Olmsted Falls.   I got a few plants there. I saw a sunflower plant and a tiny African Violet. I have regular sized violets in my kitchen window so I loved adding a tiny one.
Uncle John's Plant Farm and Gift Barn
We came home from shopping and lunch and relaxed on the back porch. Of course our two sweeties were there too.
Here are our two cats. Phoebe is the dark cat, Chloe is the black and white kitten. They are enjoying the back porch.
Phoebe also suns herself under Tim's lamp on his desk in the evening.

This is Chloe's favorite place to sleep outside. She loves the heat of the rock.
Later, we went to The Pine Cone at Maria Gardens. We had to get some bird seed in the green house so after than we stopped for our favorite ice cream.  It made for a perfect day. It was leisurely paced and wonderful. I can't remember a better anniversary!
Here are some more cards for the challenges on Splitcoast stampers website.
This challenge was to stamp butterflies. We have monarch and swallowtail butterflies in Ohio.
 The card challenge for this card was to make your own background and use plastic wrap. You put ink on plastic wrap, spritz it with water then put your watercolor paper in the ink and turn over the card stock and scrunch up the plastic wrap and let it dry. The plastic wrap makes lines on your card stock.

This challenge was to take different sized paper strips to make a background. I chose the roses on this paper and stamped a rose image to match.

This was a sketch challenge. I had these ornaments in a box from last Christmas, so I used them and liked how it came out.

This challenge is with one of my favorite old-time stamp sets called Serene Sunflower. I love the two-step stamping. The challenge was to make flowers and to fussy cut some of them. Today we rely on dies to cut out images.

Verse of the Day:
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This is a fun song to listen to. It is about how we feel when we realize that we have God's Grace. There's nothing like God's Grace.

Blessing of the Day: Spending the day with Tim.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Gone, Favorite, Cards

Today 34 years ago my dad died of cancer. It started in his lung and traveled into the rest of his body. It's been a hard day for me, hence this is late. This picture was taken early in    so we'd have a beautiful photo of mom and dad.  We also had family pictures taken at a photographer so we'd have all of our family in the pictures, including Gramps. He was the patriarch of the family. We had pictures of dad with friends and neighbors taken as well.
Dad went ahead with the chemo and suffered greatly. He said there was nothing worse than wanting to do something and not being able to do it because you were too weak or you felt horrible.
He said if he were to do it all over again, he'd enjoy the time he had left doing what he wanted until he couldn't do it any more. He'd have had a better quality of life.
Life changed dramatically when he died. It's never been the same. It changed Mom so much, she was not herself again. We lots both parents that day. 
I guess you can't expect that kind of loss not to affect the spouse who is left.
I miss you so much Dad. I wanted to share so much with you. I wanted to see what kind of grandfather and father-in-law you would have been with Tim. So much lost when God called you home.
This is my favorite bird who visits multiple times in a day in our garden.  The hummingbirds love the butterfly bushes, sage, lavender and sugar water in the holder. I still get excited when I see one in the garden.

This is made for a challenge where you had to bring joy. I have to smile each time I see him. Isn't he just the cutest little boy? My friend Jan had this stamp and after I saw it, I had to buy it too. He's brought joy wherever he goes.

This card is a digital image from Mo Manning. The challenge here was to make a watercolor plaid background.

The challenge here was to make an interactive card. This is a waterfall card. You pull the tab at the bottom and the images flip up.

This challenge was to use shapes on your card.  I made a quilt sqaure.

The challenge for this card was steam punk and metal.

This challenge was to use shaving cream to make a background. I also added paint to this for another challenge.

This challenge was to make a get well card.  Isn't this little guy cute?

Verse of the Day:
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This is a new song to me. Hope you like it.

Blessing of the Day: I got through it. I saw Ben and Harper today. Harper is getting so big.

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