Friday, May 26, 2017

Rain Down on Me

I have a Bible Journaling entry to share today.

Oh, that we might know the Lord!
Let us press on to know him.
He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn
or the coming of rains in early spring.
Hosea 6:3

Now it's your turn to Bible Journal, art journal, create 3-d items, or basically do anything other than a card. Why? So you can play along with the PDE Linky Party Challenge, of course.

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Supplies Used

Stamp: Stampin' UP! Beautiful You stamped with Gina K Onyx Black Ink and colored with Chameleon Colored Pencils

Papers: A Muse Studio DP and Stampin' UP! CS

Letters: EK Success

Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestone Butterfly and Oriental Trading Washi Tape

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jesus Is In the House

After years of preaching nearly every Sunday (unless on vacation or a guest speaker came to our church) my husband now preaches when invited to do so, but it's not an "every week" thing. He's still a minister but not a pastor. Now he's a Director of Missions for an association of 25 churches.

He thoroughly enjoys EVERY opportunity he has to preach... and lately there have been  many.

Last week he preached at one of our churches that is currently without a pastor. Brent spoke from the passage in Mark where the men helped their friend who was paralyzed. He needed to see Jesus (to seek healing) but the house was full and they couldn't get him to Jesus. Being ingenious people with a determination to help their friend, they lifted him to the roof, where they proceeded to make an opening and they lowered the paralyzed man into the presence of Jesus.

I've always loved that Bible story. The miracle. The friendships. The compassion of Christ.

The humorous side of me can just visualize it. The debris is falling as the men make the opening. What did the people in the house think when they saw the mess coming from the ceiling above their heads? The paralyzed man, too, must have had some unique thoughts at that time. Can you imagine being lowered through the ceiling on a makeshift contraption? Was he afraid? Did he wonder what Jesus would say/do?

But God.

Christ chose compassion when he cast eyes upon the paralyzed man and He healed him. He. healed. him.

The man must have been overjoyed. Brent suggested he probably picked up his mat and slung it over his shoulder as he left the house that day - a healed man with a skip to his step!

Yes! Amazing things happen when Jesus is in the house!

Mark 2:1-12

If Christ is in our house (in our lives), we can expect amazing things to happen!

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Supplies Used

Image: Stampin' UP! Heart & Home stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Michael's Washi Tape

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mid-Week Joy Report

Life is good! Enjoy the Ride! That's the theme of today's post.

First, it's my mid-week Joy Report and it's been a good week. We celebrated Brock's birthday on Saturday. He reminds me so often that life is good in SIMPLE ways. That's a lesson I need to be reminded of from time to time. As his birthday approaches each year, Brock begins to talk about what we'll do. It always - ALWAYS - includes eating at his choice of restaurants... and presents, of course. But the presents he wants are things like EL Fudge Cookies, Pringles, Fun Fruits, Butterfingers. His wants all seem to go straight to his stomach, don't they?

And he tears into those presents much like others of us would do if we thought there was an extravagant gift inside... with enthusiasm and excitement.

Thanks for the reminder, Brock. You enrich my life in many ways!

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I made twelve cards this week. One of them was the one I'm about to show you.

50 Truths Worth Knowing
Chapter 21
The Best Things to Own Are Those You Earn

As I do every week, I read a chapter/excerpt of the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing and used it for the inspiration for making a card.

This week Tony wrote about when he was 14-years-old in the early 1970's. He decided he was going to buy himself a ten-speed bicycle. Up until this time, his parents had given him every set of wheels he'd owned - first a Radio Flyer tricycle, then a two-wheeler (that he didn't describe), and finally the Sting-Ray bicycle with the banana seat and gooseneck handlebars that had been his "wheels" since he turned eleven.

Not only did Tony dream of the bike he would buy, he also dreamed of where it would take him - scenic backroads, and even a crosss-country ride. If nothing else, Tony was a dreamer.

But first, he had to earn some money. For nearly a year he mowed lawns, raked leaves, collected soda bottles, etc. And he deposited his earnings into his savings account and tallied the amount in his small green passbook.

Finally the day came. The tattered and curved passbook (it had been in his hip pocket a lot) revealed he had enough money to buy the ten-speed bicycle of his dreams. He rode his Sting-Ray bicycle to the bank and withdrew the entire balance of his savings account - a single $100 bill. And then, not long after that, he turned that green one hundred collar bill in for a yellow Schwann Continental bicycle.

Tony remembers riding that bike for a time, but soon its two wheels gave way to four -  after he "claimed the ultimate prize" - his driver's license. The bicycle might have only served him for two years - and he didn't make that cross-country trip on it - but he still recalls with a sense of accomplishment that it was the first thing he'd ever bought with money he'd earned himself, which he says makes it the best money he ever spent.

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Image/Sentiments: CTMH It's Your Day

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress (Black Soot and Salty Ocean)

Papers: Recollections CS and AMuse Studio DP

Embellishments: Oriental Trading Ribbon and Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Anything Is Possible

Terry was the hostess of the Creative Card Chicks group this month. She sent out summer'y fun flamingo kits for us to drool over... hmmmm... I mean create with.

Terry's Kit

Stamps - SU Tickled Pink and MFT Tickled Pink (stamped on Gina K Layering White CS with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink)
DSP - American Crafts and Core'dinations
K & Co - pink Gems
Paper Studio - Doily, Twine, Ribbon
Recollections - Vellum and Paper Flowers
MFT - Sun Die, Punch Bunch Sun

THANK YOU, Terry! You included so much stuff in the kit there was no way I could use all of it on my card.

This is my card:

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The only thing I used in addition to Terry's kit was some cardstock - Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Purely Pomegranate

Monday, May 22, 2017

My Heart Beats for You

I think the heartbeat die I used on this card is just way too amazing. It features such a fine line... and cuts like a dream. Of course, I would expect nothing less from Frantic Stamper dies.

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies Used:

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Frantic Stamper Precision Dies: Heart Heartbeat #FRA-DIE-10201 and Sending Love Hugs #FRA-DIE-10200

Papers: Recollections Black, Red, and White CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Heart Bling from an unknown vendor

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Try Something New

Normally I have a Try Something New post on  my blog on Tuesdays, but this Tuesday I have something else that needs to be on my blog, so I'm Trying Something New a couple of days early.

I actually got the idea for the "new" thing on this card while surfing the web. I ran across a video that piqued my interest. You can see it HERE. I happened to have a soft makeup brush in my stash (I'm not sure why). I got it at the Dollar Store a while back thinking it might be handy sometime. I guess sometime is now.

I used four colors of Tim Holtz distress ink for the soft blending on the card front. I liked the way it turned out... but then I couldn't quite decide what I wanted to do beyond that. After looking at several options, I finally decided to stamp some flowers on it but not color them. And of course, I wanted a bold sentiment/statement on it, too.

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Images: Unity Big Summertime Bouquet

Sentiment: Heidi Swapp Magnolia Jane Collection

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Tim Holtz Distress Inks in a variety of colors

Cardstock: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Dapper Denim

Embellishment: Michael's Rhinestones

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Frantic Stamper Has Background Stamps

Did you know? Have you seen them??? Frantic Stamper released 6 awesome background stamps this month! Check them out HERE.

I used the Flower Garden one on this card:

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Frantic Stamper Stamp: Flower Garden Background #FRA-CLG-B002

Frantic Stamper Precision Die: Brush Script Hello #FRA-DIE-10195

Papers: Recollections Black and White CS and all other papers from my scrap file

Embellishments: Paper Studio Brads