Monday, October 27, 2014

Where Has Time Gone Again?

As you can see it's been a while since I last posted.  I do have some pretty cards that I've been working on.  This is for today's clean and simple challenge which was to make a card for Halloween or to use orange.  This is an Our Daily Bread Designs stamp called Randi's Song.   I think it's just beautiful.  I love the two-step stamping with the small leaves.  The white panel has scripture on it.
 This card was for the featured stamper challenge.  The card without the birds was my inspiration for my card.  I will be sending this card to Cleveland Clinic Hospice soon.
 This card was for Hope You Can Cling To where we had to make a card depicting love without writing love.  Aren't these owls cute?  I love the little bow in her hair.  The little hearts above his head were a good idea I think.
 This was another Hope You Can Cling To challenge where we were to use tissue paper on our card.  I did the faux silk technique with the paper which says HOPE. This card also has a fun resist technique.  I cut my border die with waxed paper then ironed the waxed paper onto glossy cardstock then added ink.  What a cool way to use dies, huh?
 This cutie old lady is for another Hope You Can Cling To challenge.  We were to make a card that would put a smile on someone's face.  This lady was colored with Copic markers then added to the card with a spring.  She and the sentiment wiggle back and forth!
 This was a HYCCT challenge where we had to do the bokeh technique.  It's a little hard to see in this card, but it's there.  Here's a link to the video I watched.
 This little cutie was made using a sketch challenge.  I love these challenges since it helps me grow in different ways to put a card together.
 Lois was crowned Queen For The Day and this is the card I chose from her gallery as my inspiration.

 This challenge was to make a pink Christmas card.  This is my favorite Santa stamp.  I don't make many cards with Santa, but he's a great one to use when I do.
 This was my card for today's challenge.  We were to use 2 or more media.  I used markers, watercolors, ink and gold spray.
 This HYCCT challenge was to use a recipe of things.
 B...use black 
O...use at least one circle layer
O...use some type of round gem
B...use blue
S...use a sentiment


I am so please that God enabled me to finish packing the cards to donate to Cleveland Clinic Hospice.  I ended up with 340 cards for them.  I had some cards that ladies sent to me so I included them with mine.  I am blessed to be able to make and donate cards to others.  I hope they bring a ray of sunshine to their lives.  I'm so thankful that God has blessed me with the talent to make cards.

Blessing of the Day:I finished the cards for Cleveland Clinic Hospice.
Thank you for stopping by today.  I will try to be more diligent in posting.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rain, Rain, Go Away....

It's been raining the past few days which is great for stamping, but not for time outside.  It's so dark and depressing.  They are the kind of days that make you want to go back to bed or curl up with a good book by the fireplace.

I've been making cards for Cards for a Cause on Splitcoast, and also the October Hope You Can Cling To, for women with breast cancer.
I love all of the different challenges which stretch my skills as a stamper.

You know we all take for granted our health.  I know I do.  When I can make cards to encourage people, I am so happy.  One of my gifts from God is encourager.  I've loved making and sending cards to people I know and don't know.  I know the gift of card making is from God.  It's not at all a job, it's something I love to do.  

I love to learn new things each day and use them to encourage someone else.  Today for instance, I learned how to make embossing paste.  I used a knife and spread the home made paste over a stencil.  Then I had raised hearts all over the background of my card.  Pretty cool, huh?

Blessing of the Day: Tim helped me with frustration I was feeling today.  He also helped me make a turkey breast and mashed potatoes for dinner.  Thank you God for giving Tim to me.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

What a Week!

It's been a heck of a week!  My mom went into the hospital Wednesday evening disoriented.  I spent Thursday and Friday at the hospital with her.  It's so hard to watch your mom not be able to remember short term memory things.

My brother kept asking her if she knew where she was and she said, "2 west, which was the place she worked in the nursing home.  My brother would tell her where she was then a few minutes later ask her where she was.  She couldn't remember and he'd be frustrated and she'd get anxious wanting to please him with the right answer.

After he left, there was a more relaxed atmosphere.  She and I talked quietly and I could see her relax.  If she asked me something, I played along.  She asked when I started working here so I played along.  She was so dehydrated that she was confused about a lot of things.  I knew it would be a day or so until she got better, why frustrate her by continuing to correct her.  That wouldn't serve anybody.
Being in the hospital itself was very confusing.  Nothing around her was familiar.

I got to take her home Friday after dinner.  What a blessing!  She was great when we got her home.  Short term memory wasn't there, but she was able to function safely in her own home.  My brother came home a while after that, and all was good with Mom.  He lives with her and so does his son, so Mom isn't alone.

Needless to say, that took a huge amount of time, energy and emotion.
I'm back to stamping, but before I show you my creations, here's a cute picture of the kitten on Tim's lap at 5:30 a.m.
While he has his coffee, the kitten jumps into his lap.  Such sweetness.....he's says some mornings it's hard to go to work.......because of the kitten, not me! LOL
 Here are cards I've made for Splitcoaststampers Hope You Can Cling To, card challenges for women with cancer.  The cards made for the challenge are sent to MD Anderson hospital in Texas.  Love helping with this cause.

Well, that's it for now.  I'll be back to posting more regularly God willing!
Blessing of the Day:Time with Tim
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Parkside and A Beautiful Afternoon Plus A BIG WIN!

Today began early for Tim and I as we started off to church at 7:40 a.m.  The church is 35 minutes away but there's nothing that compares to it.  We went to this church years ago when Ben was little, but moved to Grace for the kids since they had a fantastic youth group.  We loved going to Parkside because of the type of preaching Allistair Begg does.  He preaches through a book of the Bible instead of doing topical sermons.  He always leaves you with something from his sermons.  Today's nugget, was, keep on.
  This doesn't make sense unless you heard the sermon, however, it's obvious and yet a good reminder.  Sometimes we just don't want to go on.  We want to stop it all and just fade into the woodwork.  Just like a wallflower, we want to allow life to pass us by.  However, as a Christian we are called to take our light into the world and let people hear about Jesus.  It's hard to do.  It gets discouraging.  So glad to be reminded of my job here on earth.

Today was a gorgeous day outside once it warmed up.  While driving to church we drove through fog for a while.  It warmed up enough so we could eat outside on the screened in porch for lunch.

Today a young deer lay in the grass, in the shade, eating grass just as content as could be.  A bit later that little deer walked by the porch and Phoebe took off towards the deer.  It was funny to watch this little kitten run toward the deer then skid to a stop.  You know she didn't realize what she was doing.

I don't mind the deer when they eat the grass.  It's when they eat our bushes and flowers that I get annoyed and upset.

Some reading this may be Steeler fans-Hi Hope.  I was wondering if you knew the final score of the game today.  No?  You didn't hear?  Well, I'll let you know, it was

Final: Browns 31, Steelers 10

Cleveland Browns' defense dismantles Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers

I have been stamping to make cards for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges on SCS as well as daily challenges.  Here are a couple of cards to share.

I'm still working on the cards for Cleveland Clinic Hospice.  Hope to deliver them soon.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Beautiful Fall Day In Ohio

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY, Saturday, October 11, 2014

Outside My Window...I can see birds at the bird feeder and a kitten on the screened in porch watching them.

I am thinking...that soon I will have my first box full of cards to take to Cleveland Clinic Hospice.

I am thankful for...a husband who likes to cook and who is handy fixing things in the house.

From the are cleaning up from dinner so there is laughing and talking.

I am wearing...flip-flops, jeans and a t-shirt.

I am creating...lots of fall cards to give away.

I am going...back to Parkside Church tomorrow.

I am reading...nothing right now.

I am hoping...that my headache will go away.

I am hearing...birds chirping at the bird feeder.

Around the house...all is quiet; kids went to their rooms.

One of my favorite things...mashed potatoes with butter!  Tim made a pork roast with mashed potatoes.  He added sauerkraut to his dinner. 

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Work on cards for Cleveland Clinic Hospice, get some errands done, sleep in one morning.  Getting up early isn't any fun!

Here are some pictures thought I'd share...
 Here is a thank you note from Cleveland Ronald McDonald House. It was nice to get this. This lady didn't realize I had already gotten the 'form letter' thank you and was a bit put out by it.  Nice to know there is is a personal touch in their thank yous.
Here are some cards I made for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges on Splitcoast Stampers.

Blessing of the Day:I was able to get many cards finished for those with cancer.  I am thankful to be able to do this.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cards For Causes

It's been a busy time here getting cards ready to send to Cleveland Clinic Hospice.  I have also been making cards for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge on Splitcoast.  Those cards will go toThe Department of Volunteer Services – Unit 115
Attn: Maggi Suttles
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030

Breast Cancer patients will get the use of these cards made especially for them.  Here are a few of my cards.

Here's the song I liked from the movie, God's Not Dead called, Make a Way For, by the Newsboys.
Take a listen and take in the words.

Blessing of the Day: I got lots of cards ready to go to Cleveland Clinic Hospice!
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