Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Is Your Name on the Naughty List


This is my third day as a Growing In Unity Gal... and I want to thank all of you who have been visiting my blog and leaving comments. I really do appreciate you! And I'm looking forward to find out out which two commenters will win the prize at the end of the week. Remember, there are two sets of  25 Randomly Selected Unity Stamps that will be given away... so keep those comments coming so you have a chance of winning.


Normally on Wednesdays I give a Mid-Week Joy Report on my blog. This week I'll keep it brief. It definitely is a great week - of course! Since I'm a Growing In Unity Gal... it would have to be great, right?

I've also been busy making cards and getting blog posts together and such, because I'll be gone all week next week. I'm going on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. I'm very excited about that.

I've made 16 cards in the past 7 days.

Wednesdays are also the day that I've chosen for a personal challenge this year. Late last year I purchased a little book at the thrift store entitled 50 Truths Worth Knowing. I hadn't read the book but I determined that I was going to read one of the very short chapters (they're normally no more than 2-3 pages long) and use that story as my inspiration for the day's card.

I considered not doing that this week, since I'm a Growing In Unity Gal, but then I decided I would... after all, I could use a Unity stamp for the card, so it would be okay.

The truth is I love Unity stamps so much that I really didn't fear that I wouldn't have a Unity stamp that would be appropriate... my collection of Unity stamps is vast.

And remember, this week, I've chosen only to use stamps that have not yet seen ink. Today is no exception.

So.... on to the story.


A True Surprise Is a Rare Gift
Chapter 28

Brian has been known to frustrate his wife. He doesn't mean to do it. But it happens. Every Christmas, birthday, anniversary, really any gift-giving occasion... his wife Jen asks him to guess what's in his present. And every time - every. single. time - he guesses correctly, completely spoiling her surprise and the gift-giving moment.

"Why do you always do that?" she asks.

Brian finds it strangely pleasurable that he has this uncanny ability to guess correctly. He says that is why it was so frustrating to him when they were expecting their first child and Jen didn't want to know the gender ahead of time. He wanted to know. But no matter how he tried to convince her, she remained steadfast in her desire for a surprise at delivery.

Strangely perhaps, once Jen went into labor, Brian no longer thought about whether the baby was a boy or a girl. Even though he'd wondered and wondered, in these moments his focus was elsewhere. Then when the time came to deliver, the anxiety returned and the waiting for the reveal once again overtook him.

"It's a boy!" the doctor proclaimed. Brian was overcome with emotion.

Brian says he "learned at that moment that true surprise is so rare, so special, that it needs to be embraced at every opportunity."

He doesn't say whether he guessed what he was getting the next Christmas or not, but I suspect the guessing no longer held the same appeal for him that it once had.


I decided the Unity Stamp Set Naughty, Nice, Not Sure seemed appropriate for this story...





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Supplies Used

Image/Sentiment: Unity Naughty Nice, Not Sure stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Real Red CS and DP from the Recollections Stocking Stuffer Paper Pad

Embellishments: Greenbrier International Sparkle Dots and Stickles Glitter Glue

48 comments:

Mary Kay Werry said...

What a great and awesome card - and a wonderful chapter.

Rebecca S said...

This is so cute! I think you are inspiring me to get my Christmas cards done early :-)

Janet Christensen said...

What a fun card.

Susan McFeggan said...

Jeanette this card is a hoot! I think it goes great with your story. Cute cute card!

Diane Angell said...

Love it and now you made me want to start on my Christmas cards 😊

Annette Moran said...

Love thus card! CHRISTMAS is my favorite time of year.

Barbara Collins said...

Another adorable card! I also wanted to tell you that I colored up one of the images you sent me for a birthday card to mail out today. I just have cheap colored pencils but it really turned out cute. I wish I had remembered to take a picture. It was the cat who ate the bird. Thank you again for your kindness. Praying that you have a wonderful trip next week doing God's work.

Holly McGee said...

I love the sentiments on this card. I have many people in my life who would "get" and appreciate such sentiments. I need to get some more of Unity's sentiments.

Dorothy Green said...

Cute card and story!

Gina Furman said...

Adorable card, and love the book excerpt! What a great way to find inspiration.

Jan said...

So cute!! Love the sentiment! LOL

Amy Ismail said...

Christmas!! Your card makes me happy 😄.

2suns said...

Love the Santa card. I like your style, clean lines, cute and simple. Sometimes I get bigger down in the details. Love your blog name! Hopefully you'll do a unity stamp bible journaling page. It's something I've just started too.

Sunstamper said...

What a cute card! Love everything about it! And that story makes one think...thanks!

Katherine Herbert said...

So Cute! :)

Lisa Zurek said...

Just so cute!!

Sandra van Blaricum said...

Super cute card, and I love the story with it!!!

Crafter said...

Solve your card!

Teresa Romine said...

Your card is adorable! I love the sentiment you chose. Fits well with the card!

Niece said...

I've looked at the Unity stamps so much that I thought I knew them all. Never saw this one though and absolutely love it and what you did with it. Great story. My husband is just like Brian so I can sympathize with his wife.

Glenna Parish said...

Love it

Glenna Parish said...

Love it

Suz said...

Adorable card. I'm a fellow Unity lover. It's my first time visiting your blog so it has me curios to read rest. Praying for your mission trip.

Liz Williams said...

Jeanette, this is such a cute Santa card. Love the sentiment

Susam said...

Lovely fun card, definatley inspiring me for Christmas =)

Imke said...

This is such a sweet Santa and i like your color/DP choice. Simple and clean lines- love that.
And the inside is fabulous too. I like that you are using stamps inside too.

Imke ~ MY CRAFTY PLACE

Terry Serman said...

adorable card both inside and out!

MiamiKel said...

Lol!!! What a fun card Jeanette!!

PJ Moore said...

so adorable

Jen R said...

Very cute!!!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

I wonder if you're going to the same place as my nieces ... they are leaving this Saturday for a mission trip in the D.R.! What a coincidence! Well, if it is & you happen to meet twin 17 year olds (fraternal) Tina and Julia ... that is them! :-) They love to make cards as well.
Love your cute Santa card!


Judy B said...

Fun card and really like the sentiment. Thanks for sharing.

Scrapper Myra said...

Loved your post. Great card. Xmas in July. Yeah.

Maxine D said...

What a great card Jeanette - love the simplicity of the colours which really adds to the impact of it. A great story too!
Blessings
Maxine

Cindy Thick said...

Very cute card. I love how your reading lead to the inspiration for your card.

Selena said...

I love this card!! It's so fun and I just love the stamps you used. That's such a clever idea, using stories as your inspiration for your card. I love that!!

Jules46 said...

Love your Santa card and the story that brought it to be! Have fun on your trip!

c-mouse said...

I am so going to order that sentiment.......have a long list of friends who need cards with it. Thanks for the help. Pansy

Terry Ladwig said...

I need this stamp set! What a fun card! Love that you do both inside and out :-)

Denise Bryant said...

Love that adorable Santa! Fun card and a great sentiment!

sharon g said...

So cute. I have made tags with a naughty theme, too. Nice idea.

Geniva Robles said...

I ann glad you decide to do the story! I loved it! Thanks for sharing. I also love the card. It is perfect love the glitter.

Maia Ink by Anya Lynet said...

I need that stamp!

Janet Christensen said...

cute

Denise S. said...

Love this card and the story.

Lynn McAuley said...

How fun is this??!!?? Awesome holiday design, Jeanette!!

Darlene Kolojeski-Huttel said...

I would love to get this stamp. So cute.

Shelly Schmidt said...

LOL, that is a fun card and a great sentiment- inside and out! I love the cards you make with the stories from the book. I am always amazed at how many cards you create! You Go Girl!!!