Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Be The Change

Today was the last day of summer vacation for me.  Tomorrow I begin my volunteering at a Christian Elementary School.  I will be working with two wonderful friends; my dear friend the first grade teacher, and my former assistant, Patti!  Woo-Hoo, having Patti there is a true God Story.  He worked so quickly we barely had time to breathe.  Patti heard about the job one day, was on the phone with the principal setting up an interview for the next day.  They were impressed with her 3 reference letters and her State Assistant Certificate!  They were blown away with her answers and her 17 years experience.  After her interview they told me that the next candidate was really going to have to bring it, in order to  beat Patti.

Needless to say, Patti got the job and started two days later! LOL  What a whirlwind she was in.  God is so good!  Way back when I was offered the position Tim said, "I think you should leave this for someone who needs it."  Patti wanted to keep working just not where she was last year.

I've been busy making cards, what else?

This card was yesterday's color challenge using coral, olive, and lagoon.  I watercolored the background with a wash of lagoon and water.  Then colored the flower and butterfly.  The hardest part was waiting for it to dry in between layers of color.  I get impatient and use my heat tool.
 This sweet card was made for today's sketch challenge.  I turned it sideways and did my Chubby Chums.  I love these little guys.  It will make a cute kid or teen card.
 This is a card I made for tomorrow's ways to use it challenge.  You were challenged to go old school and make a card using a chalkboard.

I was reading the news today and there was actually a guy who killed someone and asked Siri-the iPhone voice on the phone, where a good place would be to bury the body.  Siri asked if he wanted swamps, rock quarries, water, etc.
They are using his iPhone to prove he committed the murder.  It was still on his phone.....Sounds like dumb and dumber to me....................

Listen to this new song by an artist named, Shuree.  She's a Christian singer who wants us, especially kids be the change they want to see.  What a great message for our teens and tweens.  It's a great message for all of us. Let your light shine!



Blessing of the Day: Sarah did well at school, had lunch with a friend, and sat down by me to eat her dinner.  We all were on different schedules so we ate at different times.
I had a date lunch with Tim today.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by.
Blessings,

Monday, August 25, 2014

My Baby Is In College....How Can That Be?

Today was Sarah's first day at CCC West Campus.  Where has the time gone that it's time for that already?  I've seen all ages of moms post pictures of first days of school.  Can't get a picture of the first day of college for obvious reasons, but for the moms out there, it doesn't change, not matter how old they get, it's hard to let go. I had tears today as she drove away just like I did when I left her in day care for the first time.

 I've asked God to take care of my Sweet Sarah.  She's almost 18 which in itself is hard to believe.  God please help me ease into this new stage of life.

Ben and Rachel are aiming for October 1st to be on their way to Texas and more missionary training.  Once again the house will be very quiet.  Change is so hard, sometimes.


This afternoon when I went to check out Splitcoaststampers.com, I got this!  They were doing maintenance on the servers.  I thought I'd get a borning page reminding me of the maintenance but got this instead.  Made me laugh.............
Here is my card inspired from Christyne's found here
I kept the basic layout but changed the colors from blues to purples. 
I stamped the image twice and colored with Copics. I tried to show berries that were turning and those that were ready to pick. I cut the image in fourths and added it to the rectangle frame. The image was added with dimensionals.

This is the first time I've colored these berries with two different colors.  I looked at images of blackberries online and saw them that way so I tried it.  I like how it turned out.
I saw this image on a blog yesterday and cracked up.  All I could think of was 'hot flashes', not hot outside! LOL  I ordered this and can't wait to play with it when it comes.
This is the interlocking gate card I made today for the Technique Lover's Challenge on SCS.  It was quite easy actually. Check out the easy directions found here.  I will be making a few more cards using this technique and experimenting with different shapes.  This is a belated Anniversary card for my sister and brother-in-law.  I cut the text to fit into the heart and like it better than a long line.

Here is the inside of the card.  I love this Lullaby designer paper from Stampin' Up.  The text is from a Sweet N Sassy set called, Anniversary Innies.  
This is a new song for Francesca Battistelli called, He Knows My Name.  God brought it to me today as I came to Him tonight.  I've been in need of prayer over a few things and I can't do any of it in my own strength.  I need God and need to let some of this go.  When I heard this song it filled me with such hope and love from God.  Thank You God for tending to my hurts and upsets.  Let me know what you think of this song.


Blessing of the Day:God Knows my name and has drawn me near to comfort me.
I also heard my dear friend is home from the hospital.
Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings,

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Can You Tell I Like Flowers?


We've actually had summer-like days recently.  The air is on inside and the pool is used outside. Ahhh true summer where swimming is necessary if you are outside.  Love it.  Also love the fact that I have air conditioning inside. LOL

I have been busy making cards of course.  Here are some of them.
This is one I made yesterday because I need some thank you cards for all of the lovely ladies who made cards for Operation Write Home, the cause of the month on Splitcoaststampers. I sponged the background then added the flower.  I love these flowers.

I have been looking for cards made by mixing colors of Blendabilities. I found a card here.
Sandi MacIver shows it on her card along with using the white pen. She mixed the lightest cabana and daffodil to get the green in the center of the flower. If anyone has other examples of mixing colors of Blendabilities I'd love to see them.

 This card was for the Friday Free For All challenge where you couldn't use more than two words on your card.  It's also for the Queen For The Day Challenge this week.  Elizabeth uses a lot of Pure Innocence girls so I chose to make this card and use her layout.  I paper pieced her dress and used my new SU Word Bubble Dies to add my sentiment.
 This was for last weeks inspiration challenge.  I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink then colored with Copics.
 The next two cards are for today's Inspiration Challenge.  The site had water-colored cards which were just stunning.  I had to make two cards for this challenge!
 This is the retired SU stamp called Stipple Rose.  It will remain in my collection until death do us part! LOL
This is for Audrey on the Teapot Tuesday Challenge and the Ways to Use It challenge. If you look closely you will see the gold spray on the darker areas. I stamped in black then colored with Copic markers. I spritzed in gold, then added the ribbon and verse. Decorative dots was used to emboss the base layer. I hope Audrey likes this.

If you are the praying type would you please pray for my friend, Val?  She is in the hospital with diverticulitis.  She has had many health issues since she fell at work 5 years ago.  It's been one thing after another.  She is a Christian and would love a day without pain.  Thank You.

My niece and nephew are coming over to swim today.  Their parents need some time alone, so Tim offered to take them for the day.  They love the pool, so it shouldn't be difficult keeping them happy.

Here's a song called, Live It Out Loud-LITO by Press Play.  Take a listen:
Blessing of the Day: We can have Nick and Lily here today so my Sister-in-law can have time with her husband without kids.  She used to do that for us when our kids were little.

Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook August 19, 2014



The Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY August 19, 2014

Outside My Window...We had a thunderstorm going with lots of lightning to light up the sky.  Loved these storms as a kid.  We'd watch the whole world light up for a few seconds. Great memories.

I am thinking...that it's weird seeing Sarah come home from a shopping trip that I didn't take her on.......:(  She's driving now.

I am thankful for...Chuck and Maryanne and the Bible Study we do each Tuesday.

From the kitchen...It is quiet since no one has the munchies yet.

I am wearing...Jeans a t-shirt and flip flops.  Time for jammies soon.

I am creating...soft looking sponged scenes using a new stamp set called World of Dreams.
 
I am going...for a check up tomorrow.  Always hate to get on that scale................grrrrr

I am reading...Loving by Karen Kingsbury.  I just downloaded God Less America which was recommended to me.  I hope it's not as depressing as it sounds.

I am hoping...for a good report on blood work tomorrow.

I am hearing...thunder and my Air1 Christian music.

Around the house...it's quiet as the kitten and cat are getting along which won't last long.  There will be hissing and chasing as soon as we want to go to sleep.  Isn't that always the way?

One of my favorite things...snuggling up with a good book and a blanket.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:Tomorrow we're going to Chipolte at SouthPark Mall for a fundraiser for Parma Heights Christian Academy.  If you're in the area, come out to eat and PHCA gets 50% of your total!  A win-win in my book!
 
Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment. Friday is Pizza and Cards night, Saturday my niece and nephew are coming over so their parents can have an evening out.  Praying for good weather so they can swim.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...This is a card I made for a challenge on SCS.  It was also an image that I'd stamped at a friend's house and needed to use it.  
Do you do that?  Go to a friend's house and stamp images that you like and bring them home and put them in a box and forget about them?  I do, then challenge myself to color them and use them.  



It's a weird transition time.  I saw a friend post something on FB about the first day of Kindergarten and the feelings Moms go through.  It's very similar for moms who have a freshman in college or two kids going off to be missionaries.  
  Not empty-nesters but not needed as much as we used to be.  Both kids can drive and now we're helping Rachel learn how to drive.  Ben needs her to be able to help drive back to Texas in October.

Check out this new song to me called Hope is Right Here, by Shawn McDonald.

                                                    "Hope Is Right Here"
Welcome to the search for meaning
If you’re alive, then you’re feeling
what it is to be happy, lonely, broken
To be human

We’re all the same when it all comes down to it
All looking for hope when we’re going through it
At the end of the day it’s not far away

Hope is anywhere, any place we are
There’s nothing you need to fear
Because His love is reminding us
Hope is right here, hope is right here
Hope is here

You are not alone in the moments
When you’re afraid
He holds them in His hands
So you can rest in the promise

This world may not be home
But that don’t mean we’re on our own
Because His love is reminding us
Hope is right here, hope is right here

This world may not be home
But that don’t mean we’re on our own
Because His love is alive in us
Hope is right here, hope is right here

Blessing of the Day:We got home before the thunderstorm hit.
Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Saturday, August 16, 2014

What a Whirlwind of a Week



I can't believe it Saturday already.  Where did this week go?  Monday, Sarah and I went to CCC West to see her counselor.  We got a tour of the campus and a checklist of all she needs in order to be ready to start classes August 25th.  I felt so good leaving that appointment.  I felt Sarah's needs would be taken care of.  She's not crazy about school but I explained that if she wants a 2 year degree and some independence from us, she has to pass her classes.  That will get her a ticket to the college of her choice to finish up a 4 year degree.

I saw this and was reassured that I am his daughter no matter what is going on in my life.  Enough said! :)

Depression is a difficult thing to deal with whether you are the one depressed or the one who loves someone who is depressed.
I got my stamps from Stampin' Up's Holiday Catalog.  I really fell in love with this set with the pine needles and pine cone.  I stamped the images and cut out one pine cone and added it with a dimensional.  I also covered the image with the negative of a cut out I used for another card.
I was playingaround with this set and came up with a few different cards.  This card was stamped off so the colors were muted.  Then I stamped the ornament and colored it with Blendabilities.  I used a Ziggy pen for the gold and silver wire for the ornament hook.  I used versamark for the pine needles at the bottom.
Here's another  card using the same set.  I stamped full strength then made the ornament bold as well.  I again used a negative from the card above.
Not sure which card I like best, but I love the blue cut out on this.  It seems to bring out the blue in the ornament.
I got the wreath stamp set too.  What a neat thing Stampin' Up has done.  They put a tab at the top of each ornament piece so it can easily be lined up to stamp or cut out with the framelits.

Here's one of my favorite cards today.  I loved making these nail polish bottles.  I especially liked painting them with crystal effects then added dazzling diamonds.  Here's where I got the directions from.  Connie's blog is full of fun things to do.
Wednesday, Sarah passed her driving test.  It was a long day for me but we celebrated by going to Panera for dinner.  She's been finding any reason to go places in the car now that she has a license.  Please put us in your prayers.  My job as Mom is to worry, and her job is to drive safely.  I've put her safety in God's hands with my prayers.

Time for bed, have to get up and go to the 8:15 a.m. service tomorrow.

Blessing of the Day: Tim and Chuck fixed the snow blower!
Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Monday, August 11, 2014

More Cards For Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty Challenges


I've had lots of fun coloring images that have been 'hanging around'.  These little guys were stamped when a friend visited.  They were fun to color in Copic markers then I added All Abloom designer paper and I have a card.  I need to add a birthday greeting.
 This was for a challenge where we had to make a window.  I sponged the clouds in the sky, then added the tree and animals to the scene.  I love this window from Our Daily Bread Stamps.  It includes the curtains as well.
 This was for a challenge where you had to use watermelon colors.  I love using the ruffled ribbon.  I don't understand why Stampin' Up retired it after a year.
 We had to make a card for a season.  I chose fall and this stamped image.  It was another card made with left over stamps from friend's houses.
 Loved this image and paper.  This is another little guy that I stamped at a friend's house.  I just added this cute designer paper from SU called All Abloom.
 Isn't this lady a hoot?  I stamped her at Jan's house and colored her with Copic markers.  She was for the challenges. You were to use two coloring mediums: I used watercolor pencil and a blender pen for her hair and Copics for her clothes.
 This card the challenge was to make your own background.  This is a neat background.  You crumple up waxed paper and use versamark ink on the cardstock.  Then you add clear embossing powder then use sponges to add color. Then stamp on top of your background.  This technique makes a quick, easy card.
 This was a cool challenge.  You had to make a card for what you were wearing.  I was wearing a lighthouse shirt, so I used one of my favorite retired SU sets, Coast to Coast. I added dimension to the background using the mesh embossing folder.
 Isn't this a pretty card?  Again, it was an image I stamped at a friend's house then colored with Copics and added gorgeous designer paper called All Abloom.
 This was for a paper weaving challenge.  I wove paper from All Abloom, then filled the negative space from the scallop square with it.  I embossed the whole card front so it would look like a quilt, then added the sentiment.
 This is a beautiful image from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I love this porch scene.  It is colored with Copic markers and put on top of Sweet Taffy designer paper from SU.
 This challenge we needed to use gold.  I embossed in gold, the happy birthday song, then embossed the piano keys and notes onto gold paper.

 Isn't this a sweet card?  I needed to do the reflection technique for this challenge.  I sponged the sun and clouds then the water.  I used the ruffled ribbon on the sides and love how it turned out.
 This card was made for one of the challenges.  You had to watercolor.  The images were water colored with ink from lids of ink pads.  Isn't this a cute image? Jane had this image so I cut it out and used it with the wooden fence.

I am back from Colorado and will upload pictures soon.  I had a great time seeing the sites and being with Tim.  It was 5 days of vacation as a couple.  We haven't done that before but found it was fun.

It's with sadness that we found out that Robin Williams may have taken his life today.  He had been struggling with addiction and depression.  He was a very gifted comedian and actor.  He actually had a serious side where he helped people out who were in need.  He will be missed.  It's interesting when we see someone who seems to have it all, who succumbs to this end.

Blessing of the day: We got home finally at 1:30 a.m.
Thanks for visiting today.
Blessings,




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cards, Cards, Cards, Colorado



I have been busy making cards for the Splitcoaststamper Dare To Get Dirty Challenges.   I love challenges.  It really streatches me as a stamper.  I learn new techniques and fun things to use on my cards.  This first card I actually a napkin under dazzling diamonds.  It was a fun challenge.  The heat and stick powder you use keeps the dazzling diamonds on the card.
 Love these brads but they are retired so I need to use them more.  I have lots of things that I need to use.  It's so easy to buy but harder to use......................working on it.
 I love to sponge backgrounds so silhouette stamps are a favorite.
 Isn't this background cute?  I used Stampin' Up's stripes mask(stencil) with two colors from the boy's shirt.
 This is my favorite retired stamp set from Stampin' Up.  Never tire of this sunflower set.
 Love geraniums and this stamp.  Coloring with Copics has become a relaxing way to stamp.
 Loving the designer paper in this All Abloom pack.  My kind of colors.
 Here's my fun scene with squirrels in love.....
 Check this out....I made a quilt pattern, then cut out a flower shape and turned the flower so it didn't match the squares and came up with this.  Cool huh?
 I was going through stamped images and found this and added to it.  I need to use more accessories from my drawer on my cards.

I've been walking 5 out of 7 days a week with Tim.  We walk a mile each night.  I am hoping to see results in blood work that show this as well.  
Tim and I are headed out for 5 days on an Anniversary Trip to Colorado. Should be fun for both us and the kids.  The kids are excited to have the run of the house.......:)

Time to pack up so we can be on our way.
Blessings of the Day: Got quiet time with God with coffee.
Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,