Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
This photo shows how I distressed the "A" with white paint around the edges and added the flowers. There are 3 flowers layered which I Glimmer misted and added the button (flowers/buttons from Making Memories) and the eyelets at the bottom of the "A" are from Making Memories, too.
Here is the backside of the "A" I had a leftover frame from an old baby kit so I added a bow to the bottom corner and a Scripture at the top (clear sticker) I left the side of the frame unattached so that it would be easy to slip a photo into it.
Ah, the letter "B" (I sound like Sesame Street!) Here I used a new technique. The wording at the bottom is a transparency and I painted the backside of it green to match the photo corners (Paper Shapers: Scallops). I saw that technique (painted transp.) on a blog recently and couldn't wait to try it.
I love this little stamp from an All Occasion Kit from Inkadinkadoo (Christmas gift from the kids!). I stamped it on cardstock then used a Zig pen to color in the petals, cut it out and added a tiny pink button. The white paper strip downside the "B" is actually the backside of a hot pink strip from Doodlebug's Paper Frills.
Here is the backside of the "B" and I've used an EK Success corner punch on the cardstock mat corners. Did another painted transparency, this time in pink and added 3 small flower buttons.
(I love this next page, probably because I was winding down.... and it was the last one!!! And if you have read this whole blog, I applaud you!! Thank you cause I know it's long. I hope you'll leave a comment)
The pattern paper had some yellow in it so I choose cardstock to match then painted around the edges with pink and added white dots. The daisy is from an EK punch and I added a green button. I also cut two strips of paper from a coordinating sheet from the line (Nana's Nursery) and made a border. Looks like I cut it off at the bottom when I took the picture.
I wanted to share this last little "delightful detail" I used white embroidery floss (doubled) and tied a bow, used a glue dot to adhere the two diaper pins and used another glue dot to adhere the pink button. Just a fun little embellishment that made me smile :-)
That took quite some time to post (whew!), longer than it' going to take you to read, thank goodness!! I appreciate you looking and I hope I've inspired you in some small way!
And Everything Nice...
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This last page I put a little note for him on a tag that talked about starting small, he was a preemie. I wish I had saved it and I forget where I got it from!!
I used my Cricut and the New Arrival cartridge for some of the diecuts.
Have a blessed day! I hear the birds chirping outside!!
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I'm finally being "crafty" it's been a couple of weeks!!!
I love this scripture:
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.
The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)
Join me today and let's "wallpaper" our mind and hearts and meditate on that Word so that we can bloom for Jesus!!
Loving God's instruction!
Have a blessed day,
Monday, March 23, 2009
This is Highway 101, approx. one hour north of the Oregon border.
Yahoo!! We made it to the Opryland Hotel!! Yes you do see correctly that is a waterfall outside the french doors off the balcony!
Shopping at the Bass Pro Shop at Opry Mills Mall (this picture was taken for my husband and son's benefit!)
Sunday, March 22, 2009
There were dark menacing clouds this morning, as I looked out my front door. However, that didn't dampen my spirit! I'm still feeling revived and refreshed from the Ministers' Wives Event!!! It was fun reliving the conference with some of our ladies this morning as I was sharing a little bit of the teaching I heard and the encouragement I received! I brought back a real nice canvas book bag for the ladies that are so faithful in teaching the kids in Sunday School and Kids Church. Thanks Annette, Stephanie, Sharon and Susie for your faithfulness every week!!! (and they loved the bag!)
I can't believe the turn in weather! How fickle spring weather can be! Snow level is down to 2,000 feet.
We are a little above sea level but we still feel the effects of it. Brrrrr with a capital "B" we even had a hail shower as I was getting ready to walk over to the church. I don't know why I'm surprised I can remember when I was in high school that it snowed the last week in March at sea level, it was a memorable day, I was getting my braces off! It's rare to snow in Eureka (where my orthodontist's office was located) which is right on the coast but it actually snowed at the beach, it was a strange sight!My camera's not the greatest but you can see the hail leaving it's mark here in my backyard.
Well, this afternoon the hail is all melted but the cold remains! I think I'm going to snuggle under a blanket with a magazine and just rest a bit before the evening service. It would be nice not to have to go out in the cold but... I'm the pastors' wife! I'm called and I've been encouraged! I guess I will sneak over there and turn up the thermostat :-) I know the ladies won't mind that at all!
This is certainly not the most exciting post and if you've managed to read to the end, I just want to say "bless your heart!" Keep me in your prayers, I've got to get my part of the "tax stuff" together for our appointment on April 3rd. But if I hurry and get it together then I can get back into my scrapbooking mode and create!!! I'm missing that a lot. Have a wonderful day and stay warm and dry!!!
Embracing His Grace,
And the peace of God which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Friday, March 20, 2009
This is the wisteria that surrounds my back porch. There will be purple and white flowers and it is beautiful. Can't wait for another month before it's in full bloom. The thermometer says 50 degrees out. Brrr still a bit too cold to sit on the back porch with my coffee.
Have a super blessed day!
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men the Lord is at hand. Philipians 4;4-5 (my scripture to memorize )
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I was privileged to meet some incredible women! I had a great time with my friend Donita Walker, also a pastor's wife and I know we both learned and were encouraged so much. (And we laughed so much! I'll have to write later about our experience at the Nashville airport!) Thanks to Pat Champion who was so gracious to pick us up at the hotel and take us back after each session. She and her husband are church planters in Nashville. God bless you, Pat!! I got out of my comfort zone and went over and introduced myself to "Georgia Jan" who I recognized from Lisa McKay's Preacher's Wife blog. What a sweet lady and I can't wait to check out her blog. We also met some young ladies from Missouri, adorable girls and funny!! We had fun talking with them: Hi Julie and Emily if you are reading this!!! Okay, I really have to get off the computer and get ready for work... I would love to spend time just reconnecting with those I met but I've got to head out the door and get to work. I'm going to end this post with a HUGE THANK YOU to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Thank you Lord for allowing me to go to this God-ordained event. I'm blessed among women!!
"Cleared out voices
Heard God speak"
Love In Christ,
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Blessings to all!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Class 2: Sovereign
Class 3: ProtectorClass 4 : Righteous
This is a fun project and lots of scripture is involved. As I said earlier, I adapt the lesson to be age appropriate and add other ideas to it for the girls to do during the week. For example: Listen for a song on the Christian station about "Righteousness" and there are suggestions for things to discuss around the dinner table with parents (name some Bible stories where God protected His people was one from last week!). It's pretty simple stuff for home but it keeps them thinking about God and His goodness to us. I also communicate this with the parents so that they know what to expect and they seem to be excited to participate as well! Our class time is too short to finish the 6x6 page so they have decorated tin pails to take their work home in. It usually takes two weeks to finish the project. I provide all the materials, (paper, glue stick, 2 zig pens, some embellishments) but if they take them home they can use items from their own craft supplies.
Just thought this was a fun thing to share and maybe you work with kids and are looking for something different, yet a little challenging. This may be the perfect blend! Definitely check out Patter Cross' blog and see all the creative things that she does, it will inspire you.
Well, I'm off to the Minister's Wives Event in Nashville. Leaving tomorrow to meet up with another MW and we are flying out on Wednesday. We are so excited to be going, I can hardly contain myself!! It's going to be a long flight and a long drive tomorrow so I'm going to say good night - sleep tight!! Please keep me in your prayers.
Embracing God's Grace,
NataliePs Granddaughter Riley came and visited on Saturday, she's a doll! Hope someday she'll be in my Sunday School class!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I'm so excited to be back in the blogging world!! My guest room/scraproom/office has been vacated and I can now create!!! Yippeee!!! I felt like I was going through withdrawls.... that's not a good sign, of course I'm joking, but I can see my tendencies to overdo! I consider myself a pretty balanced person so it was an eye-opener! Moderation, moderation, moderation! I enjoy this so much (scrapbooking, writing, being inspired by other bloggers, etc.) it's my "getaway" from my busy life. I just don't want my priorities getting skewed.
I've been reading a lot of other blogs and there has been a theme of making lists of what makes you happy, so I'm going to get on the bandwagon here before I post my layouts...
First, I want to share a scripture from Proverbs 16:20
"He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he."
So, here goes!
#1. The LORD
2. My family (husband, kids, grandbabies - not always in that order - ha!)3. Reading the Bible and coming to a Scripture that really ministers to me for that moment of time so I know the Lord is speaking to little 'ol me! Just makes me want to shout with joy - if you've never experienced this - there is nothing like it! It makes me realize that this book just isn't written by mere man but is inspired by the Holy Spirit.
4. First sip of coffee w/cream in the morning! (I say "Ahhhhh")
5. A finished scrapbook page
6. any chocolate (as long as it's without coconut)
7. playing the piano (by myself no audience but One)
8. Opening up the boxes of freight at Scrapper's Edge and seeing all the new scrapbooking "stuff" it's like Christmas every week!!!
9. good harmony in a song
10. a good fitting pair of pants that make me look smaller (ha!) haven't found one of those in awhile! Of course it may not be the pants....... blahhhh!
11. A CLEAN HOUSE (that should have been up in the top 5)
I'm going to stop there! Cause I could go on and on and on and bore you to tears!! But I do want to say that the word "happy" for me is determined by what's "happening" so I'd rather have "joy" that is from a contented spirit - and I truly have that and it's a wonderful gift from the Lord!
So here's what I've been working on (and it makes me happy because it's pics of my grandson Jakob's birthday one year ago) what doesn't make me happy is that it's taken this long to get to it!!
This is before I attached anything - I took a picture because there were a lot of layers and I wanted to get it back in the right order: The layout is from a sketch from CMK's Friday Formula 3/6/09. http://www.createmykeepsake.com/ (sorry the pic is so busy, but that's what my table looked like!)
Here is page 1 of a 2 page layout:
Here is the second page to the layout: Again the PINK PAISLEY Captivating line and the alphabet stickers are from that line as well. I outlined them in black because they were hard to see. It says "Babycakes (left) So Sweet (right) The "Happy Birthday" is a transparency I did on the computer. The blue scallop I did on my Cricut and I used the Celebration cartridge. I inked the edges with Tim Holtz's Antique Linen Distress Ink, then added a little tail of ribbon from American Craft, I wanted to highlight the birthday cake. It was so cute!
Here are the two layouts together and hopefully will soon be in an album!
Have a great weekend and I'm going to head back to my craft table!!!
PS. I hope to get in another post before I leave for Nashville on Tuesday for the Minister's Wives Event! I'll be gone for almost a week counting my traveling days... I think I'll be too busy for withdrawls :-)