Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A "Frozen" Birthday!

Hi Blog Friends!

I thought I'd pop in here to show you the Birthday card I made for our daughter.
Remember I told you we were having lots of celebrations here?
 Even with being of college age, she & her friends LOVE the movie "Frozen!" LOL 
AND I wanted to make her card special, so I made another Pop-Up Box Card! 
Everyone seems to LOOOOVE these cards, so I knew you'd be interested!
For those of you that don't know how to make a Pop-Up Box Card you can take a look at my tutorial here:

Take a peak at what I've made!
  I have to tell you, I was hunting all over for the Frozen Stickers- 
We found them:  Stickety-Doo-Da- by American Greetings makes these!
My husband found them for me at Wal-mart in the Greeting Cards section! Who would have thought?

Lots of pictures for you, so we'll just "let it go!"

This is the back, I created a "Master Board"  or my own Designer Paper
with SU- Serene Snowflakes; I used Versa Mark & added clear embossing powder mixed with glitter & used my heat gun. I then sponged on my color using SU Inks & SSS Ink.
 I also used the extra Designer Paper to back my Stickers.
 (I should tell you, the stickers didn't stick to the paper well & I had to use Multi Medium Matte for adhesive.)

This is the front flap- I used SU- Fundamental Favorites for the "HAPPY," & PTI- Birthday Trio Dies for "birthday." I made about 5 of them & layered them up with Multi Medium Matte.
 Notice the shimmer? Wink of Stella! (I added it to all the snowflakes!)

One of the side flaps, Elsa.

The other side flap, Anna.
(I had to ask our son the characters names! LOL Thank goodness he knew,
 I couldn't ask our daughter & actually, I am surprised he knew! He isn't into all this Frozen stuff! LOL) 

A close up of the pop-up characters.

Here you can see the layers & where I placed the characters.

Here, the little box folded shut. You'll see the "birthday"  die sticking out, but....

folded the other way, it is enclosed & the best way to slip into an envelope.

Making your envelope just a little bigger works perfectly.
My envelope was made with the WRMK Envelope Board.
(The size I used is on the page of the tutorial I linked to earlier in my post.)

Here's the Envelope & an added surprise! My husband even found me some
 "Frozen" Washi Tape-by Sandy Lion!
 (This was found at Wal-mart too, in the Toy section. I think they're making us hunt for our paper crafting goodies! LOL )
I think our daughter will want a roll of this all for herself---"stocking stuffer!"

This would definitely make a super Winter Birthday Card!
(If your Birthday is in the winter, I guess the "cold never bothered you anyway!") :)
Hope you find your Frozen Stickers & Washi Tape easier than I did!
Let me know what you think?

"Happy Birthday" to our "Baby!"
"Do you want to build a Snowman?" :)

Supplies not mentioned above:
SSS- paper
Paper Studio-paper
Tacky Tape
SU- Embossing Buddy
Glue Dots
Paper Studio- Rhinestones

Monday, October 20, 2014

Anxiously awaiting....!

Hi Blog Friends!

We've had a lot of celebrations around here lately---birthdays, our 28th Wedding Anniversary, the holidays are coming..., I've made my desk ready--- changing things around for what is to come....
Lots to keep me  busy here! But....

Today, I felt the need to share a personal devotional time I had...
I totally submit this post to Jesus Christ my Savior that He can do what He does-- 
touch broken hearts & change lives!
Here is a Scripture card I made for you. Feel free to copy & use this for your personal use.

 I believe this is the direction the Lord wants me to go with my blog--- if I continue to blog at all... This blog can be a distraction to what God wants for me... Posting won't be the "priority" it once was. If I feel there is something I should share, I will. I'll do a few challenges when I can  & post a few devotionals when time allows....I have a task/project at hand I need to be working on & it will take a lot of my time & effort. I will let you know when it is complete! Say a prayer for me? Also,  I am still working on getting my Tea Cup Template available for you. (I just do things differently than others.) But, as I have shared before, before we moved to where we are now, I used to share my testimony in WM's,  (Women's Groups); God did a mighty work in my life several years before that..., I had been through some things in my life at a very young age, where it made me afraid of everything! God healed me from fear, helping me do things I'd only dreamed of before; helping me to be what God truly intended me to be!
 I couldn't find my way around the fear that gripped my life before.

When we moved here, we had left  "bad" situations that left us broken & hurt as a family.  There was nothing left to  keep us where we had lived for so many years anymore, my husband had retired & it was the time to move onto better places.  Sometimes after  having been hurt, we  get side-tracked, & we try to fill the hurt with those things that make us feel good, soothing the pain at times.
 For me, it is my art or singing that soothes me.
The whole of what happened, encompassed church, family, school for our kids & work. It all happened one right after the other & it all had stolen my joy!
 I couldn't even sing anymore, nor did I want to.
 I feel God wants me to get back on track.

There are many women out there who are hurting as I have hurt....
 I will try to continue to share my art, whether it be stamped or free hand, & give you devotionals as I have been doing, to the glory of my God & Savior, as He leads!
 But, there is something that is growing in my heart that I can not put off. My posts may not come every week....I cannot promise anything. I'm just in a place of wanting to do whatever it is the Lord wants me to do, looking for His direction.
Something great is stirring in my soul that I can't quite put my finger on yet.
Something different is happening within me once again, another big change.....
I'm not sure where this road will take me, but it is in obedience---
abiding in the one true vine that I will find my direction.
(John 15: 10-11, Remember the Scripture Verse Card I showed you a few weeks back?)
I know some of you will understand what I'm talking about.
There are only so many hours in a day & I must put priorities in their place!

For those of you that don't know what I'm talking about, this is what comes when you have a personal relationship with the one true God of this world! He calls you to different paths than what you  might think or even want. If it isn't something you want, He gently works in your heart.... helping you see your need of Him & what He wants in your life--that,  that is what is best for you & He makes you ready! As "His committed children" we are "His servants!" Because the one true God of this world IS REAL, He CAN talk to you, lead you, touch you, heal you....
 I am so privileged to know Him intimately since I was a young girl!

 For those of you that already know this Great & Glorious God I speak of, have you ever felt that no matter how much of Jesus you have, it just isn't enough? You long for so much more of Him! There are some days all I can do is sit in His presence...drinking in more of Him! I read His Word, I tell Him I love Him, I just sit, letting tears stream down my face because I only want Him,
 & pray it never ends!

 I put on some music, I hadn't listened to in awhile. This particular song had the same affect on me it's had before---once again, pulling me into a place of BEING STILL; long enough to quietly listen, & hear His voice, to absorb His presence, still long enough to look in-ward & see where I have failed, & into a place of worship, "bringing me to my knees," & still long enough to sense the direction He wants me to go, through the reading of His Word & quiet whispers in my ear... I play this song over & over ---soaking in every word---letting the words become my prayer. I can't seem to stop listening to this song even these many weeks since I wrote this post....This song is TRULY one of the most beautiful worship songs I've ever heard----"May I know Jesus more & more, come live in me all my life, take over, come breath in me...." What  BEAUTIFUL words of submission to a GREAT & GLORIOUS GOD! To a God who loves His children with such a GREAT LOVE---so much so that He gave His only son to die for us, & His son who WILLINGLY died for us, Jesus Christ!

 If you aren't feeling loved today---are lonely, needing a "hug" for whatever reason, Jesus CAN fill those needs! Yes, he CAN wrap His arms around you--- He wraps His arms around me daily! Be still & talk to Him, let Him hold you! There is no greater love than that of our Wonderful Savior! The love He offers is true, righteous & filling! It is consuming!
 All you need to do is call on His name---
He WILL answer! 
He anxiously awaits to hear YOUR voice, calling His name! 
 He WILL hear you!  " And I will rise on Eagle wings," that is what He does for us when we submit to Him! It doesn't mean everything will be easy, quite the contrary!
 But, with Him by your side, He is in control when you're submitted to Him,
He will lift you up above the troubles of the day, "on Eagle's wings,"  & help you cope.
Anything is possible with Christ!

"Looking upon them, Jesus said, 'With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.' "    Mark 10: 27. (NAS)

"For nothing will be impossible with God."   Luke 1:37. (NAS)

"But He said, 'The things that are impossible with men are possible with God.' "  Luke 18: 27. (NAS)

Let Him prove Himself to you this very day!
It is my hearts prayer that if you don't know Christ, you will find Him.
All who call on Christ WILL find Him!

"The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry & will save them. The Lord keeps all who love Him; But all the wicked, He will destroy."  Psalm 145: 18-20. (NAS)

Listen to this song & make it your prayer....whatever your need today---
-let Him "take over" your life!
He WON'T disappoint!

 "Eagle Song" by Darlene Zcchech.

In His Service & in loving obedience to my Jesus, I anxiously await what He has for me,

P.S. This blog post was actually written several weeks ago--this is an update:  God is so good to give direction & confirmation when needed. When you start to wonder/doubt if  He did speak, sometimes you get a word of confirmation, or two,  which can come  in different ways... This article really spoke to me. I hope you can find time to read it & are blessed by it too.
Check here: 
It's a BEAUTIFUL DESCRIPTION of what is happening in me!

P.S.S. This song is from Hosanna Music, Hill Song Music Australia.
The Platinum Collection 
 Featuring Darlene Zschech
From 2000
There are many more wonderful worship songs on the two CD's offered in this set!
(This song is a perfect way to begin your daily "Quiet Time" with the Lord, making your heart ready for whatever comes to you that day & ready to receive His Word!)

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Life's Story....

Hi Blog Friends!

I have a card for you today that I sent our daughter & wanted to share it with you.
I wanted to use pieces I've been really wanting to use & hadn't had a chance to use them till now.

I am linking this to the Our Daily Bread Challenge, "Anything Goes."
Due by Oct 19th. (So, you still have time to jump in with me!)
For all the details check here:

I call this card,
"A Life's Story..." 
Each piece means something....

Take a look:
A little different than I usually do...but, fun never-the-less. I thought our daughter would be encouraged by this one, as we have been talking about the power God has to change us & make us Holy, like Him.
 I will show you all the little parts...

I used an old encyclopedia page for the backdrop of all these fun pieces....you can see the top right hand corner,  "English Language." That symbolizes, that God will speak to us so we can understand Him, & show us where He wants us to change, IF we are in tune with Him.
 (Of course, God isn't limited to just the English language!)

I used a fun die by Echo Park- View Master Die. This symbolizes the pictures or scenes in our lives. 
(I loved this little die when I saw it & had to have it! A touch of nostalgia for us!)
Next I used a manilla folder to stamp the Bingo card-
  by Theresa Collins-Vintage Finds- VF1021, I found on Amazon
(I'll show you a better picture in a moment.) 
I used the same manilla folder to stamp the Library Card- PTI.
Then I die cut the PTI- Library Card Pocket Die from the Trend Setter Paper Pak. To the side of the pocket die is a Layered Chipboard by Bo-Bunny. It says, "the little things."
 That's because the little things do matter when serving God.

Here you can see the Bingo card better. I added some Heart Punches- SU, raised up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape. I didn't cover the "Free" space, because nothing in this life is really "Free!"
 Not even Salvation; that was paid for with Jesus death on the Cross.
Notice, the Library Card? I stamped it with an ODB Scripture Stamp- Scripture Collection #5, using my SU- Stamp-a-ma-jig. The nice thing about the size of this Library Card Stamp is that it's the size of an ATC! Our daughter can pull this out & easily carry it around in her purse for memory work! (I believe PTI has come out with a new Library Card stamp since I purchased this one.)

"Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me."  Psalm 51: 10.

Holiness, is a condition that is to be worked for continually, each & every day.
Notice the "Author?" The author of our being is God. I will fill in the "Title"- with our daughter's name, it's her life & she is the one who gets to choose what she does with her life! God gives us free will as to whether we will serve Him or not. He doesn't force anyone to love Him, He wants people to love Him willingly because of who He is & because of His Great Love for us! It's our choice!

The Button is by MME.

Another look at the Library Card pulled out:

Now with the Envelope by WRMK.
Very simple really.

The inside is blank for a lengthy note of encouragement!

What is your "Life's Story?"

P.S. If you think your college student won't appreciate your sending them a card or note....just know they DO! For some reason, our daughter wasn't  receiving her mail yet & she was quite worked up when I  talked to her. I told her to let the Post Office staff know that she is missing mail.
That doesn't help her feel too much better at this point though!
Update: Ooops! She forgot to rent her box! :)

 Another Update: Our daughter has told me this is one of her favorite cards! :)

P.S.S. I am thinking one can never have enough ODB Stamps!:)

Supplies not mentioned above: 
Memento Black Ink
SSS- School House Red Ink
SU- Midnight Muse
SU- Calendar  Alphabet & Number Stamps.
Tim Holtz- Tea Dye
Large Layered Chip Board Piece- Bo-Bunny

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Life time of "Truths & Lesson's Learned!" PLUS!

Hi Blog Friends!

I saw a blog friend of mine do a post for her birthday naming the lessons she has learned for her 50th birthday post. I thought it very insightful & thought I would list a few "Truths & Lesson's Learned" for myself! They are not listed according to priority or most important, nor does it tell my age; just thoughts as they came to me.
Hopefully, you will find them inspirational to you too!


1.) Do not say, "Never say 'never,' "  but be careful what you say "never" too!
2.) I will not stand behind or "cover" for any man or woman I discover doing wrong! It goes against everything within me!
3.) When you think you're in God's will & find you are being abused...it isn't God's will; RUN!
4.) Be willing to walk away/ Never hold anything too tightly!
5.) Have a godly & wise person to turn to for counsel.
6.) Live according to God's Word.
7.) When threatened by others, call them on their threat/stand up to them! Bullies are cowards!
8.) Let God battle for you!
9.) Please God, not man!
10.) Always be introspect---checking your motives.
11.) Know your rights.
12.) God's ways are BEST!
13.) Other people's lack of planning or their burning of their bridges, doesn't make it my emergency!
14.) Praise God in ALL things!
15.) Your life is what you make it.
16.) A good husband is to be valued!
17.) SING
18.) Read God's Word everyday & know it!
19.) Do everything as unto the Lord!
20.) Love God with all your heart!
21.) Be thankful in ALL things!
22.) Children are precious!
23.) Know History.
24.) You may think Chocolate is heaven, but it's NOT!
25.) Stay away from caffeine.
26.) Exercise.
27.) Try to be organized.
28.) Use your talents for God.
29.) Life is HARD!
30.) There are FEW you can truly trust.
31.) You can always be replaced.
32.) God knows my heart.
33.) God sees everything.
34.) Encourage, don't tear down.
35.) Patience is a virtue.
36.) Selfishness is as evil as murder.
37.) Always be flexible.
38.) Stand up for what you believe!
39.) We only have one life, make it count!
40.) Always be willing to learn.
41.) God only wants good for us.
42.) Eat right.
43.) Be content.
44.) Trust God!
45.) Be forgiving, but test before you trust!
46.) Don't let people make you doubt yourself.
47.) No one is a better advocate for your children than you/ You know what is best for your children!
48.) Be compassionate.
49.) Doctor's don't know everything!
50.) Ministers are only people & they are fallible/ they make mistakes.
51.) Treasure true friends.
52.) Weigh everything by the Word of God.
53.) Enjoy the little things.
54.) Abusers tell you you "can't," they tell you to "shut up" Keep quiet/ keep their secret;" No matter how they proclaim they are "Christians" they are deceived! Don't "keep quiet/ keep their secret," TELL! People who abuse others  are cowards!
55.) When you purchase something, it is yours to do with as you please! (I know this sounds ludicrous, but some think they have the right to dictate what you do with the product you buy...! "Asking" you to not use the product you buy isn't sane either!)
56.) God is never late!
57.) God never gets "it" wrong, (whatever "it" is.)
58.) God cares & is involved in every little detail of our lives!
59.) Put no other god before the one true living God!
60.) God is in Control!

I hope this list has made you think about some of these things.
Try writing your own list of lesson's learned!
Here's the "PLUS" to my post!
I  have a card to show you today too. It's a card I made for our daughter for this week.

I used the sketch from SCS:

Here's my card:
I used SU- Chalk Talk Framelits Dies & PTI- Button Boutique & SU- Notable Notions.

I love mixing my stamps to get what I want, & I enjoy sewing images,
even though I haven't used them much.

I used Echo Park- Everyday Eclectic for my designer paper & SU- Pear Pizzaz,
 & Paper Studio Paper.

I created my own little buttons using PTI- Button Boutique & SU- Notable Notions. I layered the button images, punched the button holes, & added Coats Gold Thread. I then mounted the buttons on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape & then applied Diamond Glaze.

Here's a close up of the buttons.

Here you can see all the layers & the places I added Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape. 
(This one will require extra postage!)

More of the details on the front---the tops of spools done in Encore Gold Ink, 
 from SU- Notable Notions.

This is the inside, done with PTI- Purls of Wisdom.

Hope you like & "stitch your blessings one by one, so they never come undone!"

What are your life's "Truths & Lesson's Learned?"
Come back next week for "A Life's Story!"

P.S. This card was bigger than I usually make---it was 6 3/4" x 4 3/4"; my  envelope board didn't have the measurements for this card, so I just used an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper to create my own envelope.

Supplies not mentioned above:
SU- 1/16" Hand punch
SU- 1/8" Hand punch
Memento Blk. Ink
SU- Ink
Linen Thread
SU- 1/2" Circle Punch
SU- 1" Circle Punch
SU- 1 1/4" Circle Punch
Clear T-Ruler-SSS
Zig Millennium Pen