Monday, June 27, 2022

Crushers' Cards, Cleaning

 

Tonight I went to the Lake Erie Crushers with Ben, Rachel, Mia Sunshine, Brianna and Sarah. What a fun game we saw. The Crushers won 13-3.  What's fun is we take turns holding Mia, so if you're not holding her you're watching the game or eating or laughing and talking.



My poor baby sunshine was so tired that she resisted falling asleep. You know what that's like, she cries, then chews on the pacifier, whimpers, smiles, cries, etc. She is also drooling a lot and is chewing on the pacifier, not sucking on it.  We think, teething is near.



Today we opened the pool! Yes! I have waited for this since May 30th.  Tim's been so busy working on the house for the kids that it was hard to fit getting the pool uncovered and ready to to swim in.  Tim got the pool filled then found out the filter system didn't work.  It was old so he didn't want to try to fix it. 


He sent away for one and from shipping there was a small crack in it that would leak water if he used it. He decided instead of sending this one back and waiting another week for a new one, he'd use the old housing with all of the other new stuff.   He said if  he needed to replace it, he could get it locally for $65.

So today I vacuumed the pool and I will do it again tomorrow and it should be great for swimming.


Here is the inspiration for my cards today. I liked the unusual cut of the designer series paper, so I used that with the 3D brick and mortar embossing folder.
These pigeons, are a Gerda Steiner stamp set. I wanted to make a scene for them, so I dragged ink pads over the embossed paper of the bricks, then added the designer series paper and added these sweet birds. They sure made me smile.


This is the inspiration for my next card.


The cool thing about this tree scene is, these aren't trees, they are the wisteria from wisteria wishes stamp set.  




This card is called a twisted ribbon. Isn't this a cool card, that looks difficult to make?  It isn't that difficult at all. I found it hereStarts at 13:45This is a great project to make with masculine papers. It looks like neck ties.

Here are 5 cards with tea and pigeon images that I had fun putting together.
The tea items are from a set my friend let me make when she visited.  The pigeons are from the Gerda Steiner stamp set, Pigeons.
The doilies are left overs from the Heart and Home bundle from Stampin' Up.  The designer series paper is, Hand Penned, one of my favorite papers.



I've been working on a 6 x 6 scrapbook of Mia. Tim got me a mini printer that prints 2x3" pictures. This is one of my favorite sets of pages.
I can't believe how quickly she's changing.  It's truly a miracle that seems to 'just happen'. However, I know that God has planned every, little thing for this precious child.

Speaking of changes, here's a song by Kathy Troccoli, called, Everything Changes. She is a Christian singer that I was listening to in the mid-nineties.  This song is one I used when I ran the track at the gym. It would get me going as I sung it. Isn't it funny, that every time I hear it, I'm right back at that track?

Verse of the Day: Micah 7:8


Blessings of the Day:
I listened to Truth For Life, by Alistair Begg. His sermon today was, things to do to keep your marriage, strong.

Had coffee while I listened to Alistair.

It was nice enough outside, that we didn't need air conditioning.  I love sitting on the screened in porch.

Tim got the bathroom wall next to the tub, ready to add tile.

I made chili  which will last us several days. I love eating day-old chili. It thickens up so well.

I woke up today.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your time here.
Blessings,
Bensarmom






























Sunday, June 26, 2022

Time's Passing Me By

 

It's been over two months since I've written here. Life seems to go by so fast. I just turned my calendar to May, and soon I'll be turning it to June.


Verse of the Day:Psalm 105:4  Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.


Here's a new Steven Curtis Chapman song, just released Friday. It's called, Still. As he sings, read the words he says. See if it applies to you and what you are going through. God loves you and always will.


Sweet baby Mia is now 2 1/2 months old now. Check out the growth and changes she's made in that short time.

I can't believe I never posted this. Geez, life has to slow down!

Blessings,

Bensarmom 







Thursday, March 31, 2022

I'm A Grandma!

For Today

The Simple Woman's Daybook for Thursday, March 31, 2022

The Simple Woman's Daybook started here.

My son and daugher-in-law had baby Mia March 15th. She was due March 30th, but came early! She's a munchkin weighing in at 5# 7 oz.  Within a week she's added 1 1/2 inches and a pound and an ounce. She's 6# 8 oz.

She was so small that she needed premie diapers and clothes which they didn't have. So we all ran out to find things she could wear.

Looking out my window I see the garbage truck. Seeing it took me back to my childhood where we followed the garbage truck down our dead-end street and back up to the corner with the excitement that only children can bring forth.

That reminded me of how we'd walk with the mailman down and around and back to the corner. He had a 3 wheel thing he pushed that had two huge pockets that he put the mail into. He'd push it and sometimes let one of us help to push the mail with him.



I don't know if we annoyed the guy or if he enjoyed us, but he always talked to us and let us join he on his route on our street.

Our street was full of lots of kids. We were only at home when it was time for a meal. Otherwise, we'd be out playing with our friends.

I am thinking that I worked so hard today that I will take a break tomorrow and catch up on my Stampin' Up business. My April newsletter needs to go out Friday.

I am thankful that things at the kid's house will be finished in a couple of weeks, according to my son. My husband says hopefully by Memorial Day. ugh

One of my favorite things is going to our Google Photos page to see what new pictures or videos of Mia have been uploaded.

I am creating a pastel color afghan for baby Mia.  She came two weeks early, so I'm playing catch-up with her blanket.

 I am wearing jeans, a long-sleeve shirt, cat socks and tennis shoes.


I am reading (read) /watching (watched) / listening to a song by Matthew West called, Me On Your Mind.

I am looking forward to  holding my little sunshine, Mia. Can't get enough of her!

I am hoping to see Mia, Sunday. Just learned I won't see my sunshine Sunday...kids moved back to where they were living before Mia was born. Rachel didn't need as much help with Mia from her mom. It seems after 3 weeks, Ben and Rachel were happy to leave Rachel's parents house and go back to the house they share with Brianna.

 I am learning that I need to depend on God for my welfare and not my friends. My friends are busy, and have their own issues.  Sometimes they just aren't available to talk to.


In my kitchen my husband made meatloaf without a pan! He also made home made mashed potatoes. I've got to get his recipe!


In the school room, I keep learning new things for my Stampin' Up business.

 

In my garden, the mini daffodils are blooming.

 

The onions that were part of the farm that was here years ago, come up each year just to show their stubbornness. We can't get rid of them. We've been here 22 years and they come up each year!

The poppies are up and soon will have light and dark orange heads.

The hyacinths are beginning to bloom. I love the scent they release. It brings back many wonderful childhood memories.

I was truly blessed this week. I would like to praise God for his wonderful love and caring.

This week a lady ordered $700 worth of Stampin' Up Products. That earned me $190. I've never earned that much from a single purchase, in my career.  I found out it was a lady I knew from church who moved to Texas.  

Verse of the Day: Mark 12:30

 



A moment from my day

 I cry when I see photos like this of my son and baby Mia. He said he had to get lots of snuggle time with her as he had to go back to work. It's such a miracle to see God's creation and to share it with your child. I'm truly blessed.


Blessings of the Day: I got many things done today. I had the strength to go up and down the stairs to put things away in the attic and bathrooms.  It was 70 degrees outside so I sat outside for a while. Dad got to come out for a while also. He truly enjoys being on the porch.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed yourself.

Blessings,

Bensarmom

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Whew That's Done!

For weeks we've been working on Rachel and Ben's Baby Shower. Whew, yesterday was the shower. I didn't go however because they expected 40-50 people and we didn't want to increase chances of bringing home Covid 19 to Tim's Dad. I did get to see the set up for the shower early Saturday morning when I dropped off things.

I made 50 invitations, 70 thank you cards, and  items to be donated for raffles they were having.

Today the kids came over so we could  give them our gifts. Tim's dad gave them a cute elephant that heats up in the microwave. It has a lavender scent to help the baby settle down. It is weighted so it feels like the baby is being held or  someone is rubbing their back.

He's so excited to be a great-grandpa again. He has a great-grandson who is now 4 years old.

We're now 3 1/2 weeks and counting. Tomorrow is the last ultrasound. I can't wait to see how big she is now.

I'm making different sample for class this month. Then I decide which one I want for class.

  Here is the card for my inspiration:F4A628, FS787, Happy Birthday by gutsport56 at Splitcoaststampers
I used the colors of the card. I stamped a background for the first layer not the card base. I added extra layers. I added rectangles of color as the last layer before adding the sentiment.


This is a one sheet wonder that makes 4 cards. I will not be doing this for class but wanted to see what I could do with the directions.

Here is my inspiration for my card: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/5770305764276237/

Here is the video from Susan Levasseur

Levasseur

https://wownolacreations.com/artisti...-sheet-wonder/


Free 4 All challenge was to use lots of green on our card. The MIX475 challenge was to create our own patterned paper.

I used one of the background masks(stencils) with three different greens, using my blender brush.

then I layered the green papers offset from each other. Next I stamped in evening evergreen the sentiment. I punched out the sentiment with my Everyday Label Punch. I water colored the flower and fussy cut the flower and leaves. I added that to the

bottom of the sentiment.



Verse of the Day: 2 Peter 3:9-10


Here's a song by Danny Gokey called, Make a Difference. Give it a listen. Do you want to make a difference in other's lives?

Blessings of the Day
Blessings of the Day:
  • We gave the kids baby shower gifts 
  • we're all healthy
  • Grandpa hasn't fallen lately
  • we've had two sunny days for the weekend


Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully I'll post more often until baby girl arrives.

Blessings,

Bensarmom




Thursday, February 24, 2022

A Hodge Podge

I've been very busy trying to catch up on cards that needed to be made with pieces I had or cards that needed to be finished with sentiments Here are a couple of them.

I love these otters. I colored them and added them to a background that I had made with the new butterfly and flowers overlay stencils of (masks as Stampin' Up calls them.) I had them each pop out from behind the boots and added my sentiment.

This card is from Mystery Monday with TX Stampin' Sharon, found here.
I always have a good time putting these together. I like to make mine after the live, session so I can fast-forward the video to each step.

Yesterday Chloe wouldn't leave me alone, so I took some time to just sit quietly and enjoy her. She's a real person cat. She is a munchkin cat and they are bred to be around people like a dog. Most times it's wonderful, but sometimes, she sits on my desk wherever she wants and blocks the computer screen or interferes with what I'm working on.  She loves to put her head down on our hand or arm and go to sleep. She does this more in the winter than the summer. During the summer, she's out on the back porch in the sun.

Today we took Tim's Dad to the eye dr. It's bad enough when it's your own appointment and you have to wait. To have to wait for his appointment to be over was very hard to do. Sometimes I get very aggravated that they schedule people so close together that by 10:00 they are at least 25 minutes behind.

Last night Tim brought home a Meat Lovers Pizza. It was delicious, but I drank water all evening! LOL


Sweet Rachel is 35 weeks pregnant! 5 weeks until we meet our first granddaughter.  This is such a miracle! It's an amazing process. It brings back so many memories for me. My youngest is 25 and I remember being sick the whole pregnancy. 3 weeks out, I put a little sleeper in the crib to see how big that baby would be. I couldn't wait to hold him/her.
Here's my son, who is also going to be a new father soon. I took a picture of him and Chloe because she doesn't usually sit in his lap. We took it and sent it to his dad to show him it truly can happen.


I just finished two, vertical easel cards.  I decided if I was going to make a card for this challenge, I might as well make 2. Here is the video I used to make these cards.
I masked the bird stamp and stamped the images on the white paper. I colored them with Copic markers. I forgot to use colored paper for my layer under the image so I colored it with copic markers. I stamped the sentiment and used the small oval punch for the front sentiment. I stamped the greeting inside then added the flower circle to keep it open.



Verse of the Day: Romans 5:1-5

Blessings of the Day:
Dad seem to be happy today. He is not stressed about anything.
Dad had his chicken pot pie and cookies for lunch.  All is good there.
Tim's working on the kid's house.
We are all healthy.
I have my thank-you, encouragement cards and a wedding and anniversary card mailed.

Prayer request-Please pray that I get back to daily Bible Reading. 

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,
Bensarmom










Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Baby, Baby

 Ben and Rachel posed for baby pictures at week 33. They posed in their backyard. She's almost 35 weeks now. I can't believe she's got 5 weeks to go until baby Craig arrives. It's so exciting for all of us. This is our first grandchild.

  I prefer the pictures in color, but they like both, color and black and white.  Ben says it still hasn't hit him that the cutie will be here before he knows it.







Here's one of the first cards I made with the new Butterflies and Flowers Layered Stencils (Masks) in the January-June catalog.  These cards look difficult to do. They are easy and quick to make. There are 3 background stencils, a butterfly, and flowers that layered.

The card on the left is a card we made in class this month.  The card on the right was made using the New Horizons dsp. I also used, Mountain Air.

This is one of the cards for my January class.  Our colors for today's challenge are, crushed curry, gorgeous grape, smoky slate and a green of our choice for dessert. I chose soft succulent.
I stamped the flowers and the sentiment. Then I used a sponge to add smoky slate ink to the doily. I added the sentiment at an angle and cut the paper. Iridescent rhinestones were added last.

One of my friends and I get together once a month to make cards. We each make two cards. Here are the cards we made this month.
The card on the left is the one I made. The card on the right was made by her.  No wonder she giggled when we made my card first.

This was another card I made with the Daffodil designer series paper.


Verse of the Day: Philippians 4:6-7
This is a verse that I like very much. Just think about the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.

Blessings of the Day:
Card classes went very well. Through word of mouth I'm getting more students for classes.
We're all healthy.
God continues to bless us and provide Grace and Mercy.


Thank you for stopping by to visit.
Blessings,
Bensarmom






Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Happy Birthday to Ben 2022

 Happy 27th birthday Ben! Look how you started and where God had taken you! I praise God for his handiwork in you. I am so thankful for all family, friends and teachers who have shaped your life as well! Enjoy your day buddy.

  




Verse of the Day: Psalm 103:1
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
  As I was reading my Bible this morning I came to this verse. It is a long time favorite praise and worship song by Matt Redman. Give it a listen. God gives us everything we need, not everything we want. We need to be thankful.

Blessings of the Day: My son was born 27 years ago. He was a gift from God.


My nephew got married last weekend.  This is a photo of both sets of parents and the step-mom. 

 
This is the card I made for Ben for his birthday. I love working with the New Horizons designer series paper.


Verse of the Day:Galatians 5:6

Here's another song by Jeremy Camp called, Can't Take Away. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,
Bensarmom









Crushers' Cards, Cleaning

  Tonight I went to the Lake Erie Crushers with Ben, Rachel, Mia Sunshine, Brianna and Sarah. What a fun game we saw. The Crushers won 13-3....