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

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Anchor in the Storm

There a new "Tags" challenge at PDE Linky Party. I like to do something with my tags (add them to a card or a Bible Journaling page) since I don't really have any use for tags in and of themselves.

So that's what I did. I made a tag that goes on my Bible Journaling page.

I also used an oversized tag (it's actually a tag-shaped notepad) for the base of my column/page. That entire piece opens, so there's space behind it to write some thoughts about the Bible passage. And the added benefit is that none of the Scripture is unreadable.

But mightier than the violent raging of the seas,
mightier than the breakers on the shore - 
the Lord above is mightier than these.
Psalm 93:4

Be sure to head over to the PDE Linky Party Challenge Blog to check out the challenge details - and play along, too!

May 19 - 25
Theme: Tags 
(Optional Theme: Nautical)

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Supplies Used

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Anchor the Soul stamped with Gina K Black Onyx Ink

Dies: American Crafts Amy Tangerine, Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders (used the relief part for the waves), Our Daily Bread Clouds, and Paper Smooches Sailboat

Papers: from my scrap file

Embellishments: Target Baker's Twine and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mystery Girls

Many years ago we started a swap group on SCS called the Mystery Image Card Swap. The group creates/swaps cards bimonthly with one group member being designated as that round's hostess. The hostess chooses the image so we are all using the same image. Carol is the current hostess. She chose a fun Art Impressions image for us to use. THANK YOU, Carol!

Today is the due date so we can now reveal our cards.

Here's mine:

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Image: Art Impressions colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections and Stampin' UP CS and DP from unknown vendors

Embellishment: Button from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mix It Up!

Ready, Set, Go!

There's a new challenge in town!   The 3 Musketeers  (Barb, Jeanette and Kelly) are about to kick it up a notch!  In the 3M, the 3 of us take turns sending the same image out and we all create a card with that same image.  We're living up to the adventurous Musketeer name and adding on an additional challenge on the 3rd Wednesday of each month {courtesy of Barb's adorable Smoochy-the-Wednesday-camel.}   The challenges will be bolder, creatively adventurous and artistically out of the box.   When thinking up our challenge name,  we thought:   We got this.  "We're ready.  Dates, challenges, hostess - all Set.  Let's Go!" 

Kelly is first to throw down the gaunlet and she's chosen theme #1:   Mix-it-mash-it-up!  Taking the oldest stamp set that we still own and the newest stamp set that we've gotten, create a card using both stamp sets.   Mix it, mash it, and combine the two.   If it has multiple stamps in the sets, we must pick at least one stamp from each set.  The added fun was that even if the two don't mix and mash at all, we have to make it work :)    Ready?  Set?  Go!

So, are you curious? Do you want to see what my first entry in the SCS Gallery was???

Here it is:

from SCS Gallery September 22, 2008
This item in my gallery had a whopping 1580 views

The stamp set I used to make this pouch was 
the Stampin' UP! Carved and Candle Lit set:

Now, in keeping with Kelly's Ready, Set, Go theme... I need to show you what my most recent stamp purchase was. I actually bought TWO stamp sets at the same time/place. I was on my way home from my trip to visit my family last week and stopped at a Michael's in the St. Louis area. They had these two stamp sets in their clearance section ($2.09 each) so I bought them both.

I used the leaves image from the first set.... and did you notice? Those flower petals are actually the pumpkin bodies from the SU Carved & Candle Lit set. I stamped them and then also sponged the edges to take away from the pumpkin look.

The leaves are too small for my flower, but a challenge is a challenge... and that's what I came up with. LOL!

I used a sentiment from the other bargain stamp set I bought:

The inside of my card is pretty plain:

Be sure to GO to Barb's blog and Kelly's blog to see what they did with this Ready, Set, Go Challenge.

And if you loved seeing this Ready, Set, Go! post, come back the third Wednesday of every month. Next month, Barb has another challenging theme for us. And I'm up in July with another theme.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Images/Sentiment: Heidi Swapp (2 sets) and Stampin' UP! Carved & Candle Lit

Ink: Brilliance Dew Drops (Rocket Red & Sunflower Yellow), Gina K (Black Onyx), Memento (Cottage Ivy), Tim Hotz Distress (Barn Door & Peeled Paint), and Copic Markers (for coloring the leaves) 

Papers: Recollections CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Cork Dots from an unknown vendor

Mid-Week Joy Report

It's been a good week... busy, but good.

We celebrated Mother's Day with a trip out-of-state to eat at Olive Garden. (Yes, you read that right. The closest Olive Garden is in another state). We've enjoyed warm weather, gentle breezes, chirping birds, and so much more.

I also invested MANY hours in setting up a website for our association of churches. WOW! I didn't know if I'd be able to do this or not, and truthfully, it still has a few kinks to work out, but I think I'm making great progress so far. I have a lot of work to do on it... but it's coming along! And the best part is I've enjoyed the challenge of working on this.

If you're interested in seeing a peek at the website (please be gentle!) go HERE.

I've also made 7 cards this week.

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One of the cards I made is for my 50 Truths Challenge.

Chapter 20 
50 Truths Worth Knowing
"Winning Matters... Sometimes"

In this chapter/excerpt of the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing, Doug reminisces about when he was a youngster playing Little League... coaches were tough. One insisted that the players be willing to lean into the ball when batting - after all a little bruise was worth it if you got "walked". Another made them run laps in punishment after every loss. Yet another (his dad, no less) yelled... a lot!

Needless to say, Doug didn't have a lot of fond memories of playing.

Now, years later, he was embarking on his own coaching experience and he determined that his own son and the other players on the team wouldn't have "that kind" of coach. Instead, he was going to make the season fun, with some lessons thrown in, but no pressure. It was about enjoying the game and nothing more.

That sounded good... at first. But after 5 consecutive losses, the morale of the team - and their parents - had plummeted to the point that no one cared to play the game any more. Doug knew he needed a new strategy.

"We're gonna do something different," he said. And from that day forward, he started emphasizing winning. After all, the team had learned how to lose; now they needed to learn how to win. He still maintained a positive approach, but one that also included a lot of work.

It paid off. They won that game. And the next six games as well.

Doug went on to coach six more years. In the process he learned that winning does matter. It mattered to the kids.

What a great lesson to learn. Now, my challenge was figuring how to use that story as inspiration for a card. Hmmmm... did you know that in my HUNDREDS of stamps, I do not have a single softball/baseball image (at least not that I could find) and very few sports images. Not surprising, since I'm not athletic, nor are any of our family members. But a challenge IS a challenge. So... I put on my thinking cap.

I remembered a photo that I have saved on my phone. It's a picture of our Brock, in his batting stance. Now you have to understand... someone has shown Brock how to stand to best hit the ball, but he doesn't very often stand this way. I think that's one of the reasons why this photo makes me smile.

There is a church in our town that hosts a short softball season for people of all sorts of special needs. Brock is one of them. He loves going to play softball. In fact, last Saturday was their first game this year and he was READY!

But this softball team is unique. No one is ever called "Out!" Everyone gets to run every base (and the ones who need it have a "buddy" to help them do it). The crowd cheers when they cross home plate - even though no score is recorded. Both teams win! And at the end of the game, the players gather for refreshments and a devotional. It's a pretty awesome experience!

I printed the picture of Brock onto cardstock so it looks a bit fuzzy, but I still like it because it makes me smile to see Brock ready to swing that bat.

I think I might just write a thank you note inside this card and send it to the host church, letting them know how much we appreciate the way they invest in Brock and the others who come out to play softball.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Okay, not really an image - it's a picture I took of Brock 

Papers: Recollections Kraft and Navy CS and DP from the DCWV Boyhood Stack

Embellishments: Star Brads from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Try Something New with a Hoola Hoop

It's time to try something new - I do that each week. But I will admit, this week I really struggled. I couldn't seem to find anything I wanted to try.... so I turned to Pinterest to look for ideas. I saw an idea that looked interesting... HERE. I decided to give it a try.

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Supplies Used

Image/Sentiment: CC Designs Hoola Twila stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: AMuse Studio Ribbon

Monday, May 15, 2017

May Flowers

It's time for  a friendly DUEL... Dueling Darling style. The teams are evenly paired and hosted by Judy (Divas) and Deb (Dazzlers). The kits have been sent and received. The excitement has mounted as we've awaited this day. And now... it is FINALLY here! YAY!

First, let me give a shout out (THANKS) to Deb who sent the Dazzlers (including me) a GREAT kit to play with.

May Flowers

 I actually made two cards with my kit. And... *gasp! I didn't use Copic markers on them. I used my new set of Chameleon Colored Pencils. Remember last week I was going to see my family... and my sister and I were going to the LSS while I was there. I had some store credit (for items I sold in their garage sale... so it was almost like it was free money. LOL!) Well... she had just gotten a shipment of stuff... there were several boxes around the register area. I saw a package of the Chameleon Colored Pencils right on top in one of the boxes... and got it with part of  my store credit! Woo Hoo!!! It was the only set she ordered and she sold them before they even got on the shelf. Do you think she'll be buying/stocking any more???

Card #1

Card #2

The real reason I made two cards is because I didn't like this card one bit! I actually made it first.

Be sure to stop by the Dueling Darling Blogs (they are linked in my left side bar) to see what they made this month.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Deb's Kit

Images & sentiments from Stampin’ Up! Bloomin’ Beautiful
DP from My Mind’s Eye - Kate & Co. - "Cambridge Court” Mini Flowers & Bouquet Paper 
Ribbon from Stampin’ Up! Rose Red Grosgrain & Coastal Cabana Stretch Ruffle Trim
Rhinestones & Pearls from Stampin’ Up!
Vintage Flowers adornments from Stampin’ Up!
Blue adhesive gems from Colorbok
Large Pearls from Michaels or Joann Fabrics

The only thing I used in addition to what was in the kit that Deb sent is some CS for matting (Recollections Black) and card bases (Stampin' UP! Rose Red).

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bright Flowers

There's a new challenge at International Art & Soul Challenges today.

May 14 - 27
Theme: Hot Colors

I hope you'll participate!

For my card I chose "hot" yellow as a predominant color (with a bit of bright green to balance it)...

I also think the "sunflowers" are the perfect HOT image, since they bloom in the hottest time of the summer.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Deep Red "Wild Sunflowers" stamped with Memento Cottage Ivy Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Green and Stampin' UP! Daffodil Delight CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Brads from an unknown vendor