This was our family picture from Christmas Eve- it is so rare to get us all in a picture....and, I actually liked this one, lol!
Paper: BG Figgy Pudding
Chipboard: BG Periphery, MM, Spare Parts
Ribbon: MM, Archivers
Ink: Versamagic Sepia
Misc: QuickCutz, Felt
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Wanted to share my ice storm experience...
Paper: Heidi Grace Designs, DCWV TCS, HL CS
Stamps: KI Memories, colorbok
Ink: Stayzon, vibrance
48 hrs of freezing rain
2 days of falling limbs sounding like a war zone
6 days without electricity
3 days hauling a borrrowed generator back and forth
4 days in a single classroom with space heaters
+ 1 Awesome God
Equals no real harm done....YEAH!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
This was done for the Year in review challenge over at FaithSisters. I loved this challenge, it was fun to look at the year in a single page, like this.
Chipboard- Spare Parts
Verse: "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven," Ecc 3:1
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
1 CORINTHIANS 13 - - A CHRISTMAS VERSION
By an unknown author
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls,
but do not show love, I’m just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime,
but do not show love, I’m just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity,
but do not show love, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata
but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.
Monday, December 17, 2007
This was hours of cross-stitching on paper, but I loved the home-spun flavor.
Paper: DCWV TCS
Embellies: flowers, primas, dmc floss, spare parts chipboard and brads, mm ribbon, amm ribbon, buttons
It is not easy to find a landlord that will allow a daycare in the house you are renting. When we received a letter from our landlord giving us 30 days to move, because of the business she lied about approving, we knew we were up against a wall. God came to the rescue!! Within hours, God brought us a landlord from the church Carrie worked at. She was a Christian who understood our situation, and was happy to have a daycare on her property. So we moved.
I hated that house, though- HATED IT! Even as I thanked God for His awesome provision, even as I acknowledged His will. God knows our every thought, so I have never seen the point in pretending before Him. I hated that house! I begged God to be allowed to move, from the day we moved in, really. It was 800 sq feet- and 400 were dedicated to the business. There was no central heat or air. It was not in a great neighborhood. It was old, and had the problems age brings. I remember being brought to my knees crying to God about my hatred and despair of this house, only to clearly hear his voice. We were to wait. Waiting upon the Lord has never been my strength...but we waited. And waited. And waited.
Finally, the time arrived. Out of the blue, our landlord- that God had so graciously provided- came to us and said she wanted to buy a house with us. She had a plan that would help us. Would we consider it? Um, yeah! We ended up in the house we are at now. I love this house! It's not a palace- but at 1600 sq feet it is double the size of the old house. It has central heat and air. It has 2 floors, one for the business, one for us. It also has its problems. But, we have our God, and He has taken care of everyone of them.
Sometimes hearing the voice of God does not bring you a message you want to hear. I am so glad we obeyed! God has definitely blessed us beyond measure!
Friday, December 14, 2007
And, I don't just mean in the blood of Christ, either!! After power went out last Sunday morning, (ice storm in SW MO), we were without power for 6 days. Cold, very cold. But, God has been awesome to watch throughout this whole this- and I truly praise Him for all He has done and provided. If nothing else, the whole thing was worth it for the chance to praise God before others in this situation!
Anyway, picking up Mom at the airport tomorrow- 3 1/2 hour drive, snow predicted....no blogging then, lol! Just wanted to let everyone know where I have been- I did not desert you, lol!!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
The challenge last week at Faithsisters was to tell what the Bible means to us. This is the layout I came up with....
Paper: HL Texured Cardstock, Magnolia Stack
Letters: KI Icicles, MSE stamps
There are 34 countries where Human Rights Reports lists known human rights violations because of persecution or severe discrimination against Christians. Two of these are the 2 most populous countries on the planet, and contain 20% of the world's population.
There are 2,251 known languages without ANY of the Bible.
There are 21 ENGLISH versions of the Bible at BibleGateway.com
"For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart." Heb 4:12
What does the Bible mean to me?
***Join us this week, the challenge is up!***
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I KNOW WHO I AM
I am God's child (John 1:12)
I am Christ's friend (John 15:15)
I am united with the Lord(1 Cor. 6:17)
I am bought with a price(1 Cor. 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ (Acts 1:8 )
I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt.5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ(1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condemnation ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil.3:20)
I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31-34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God(2 Cor5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God(Rom.8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor.1:21-22)
I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8: 28)
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16)
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God's co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God's workmanship(Eph. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected (Phil 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven (Col. 1:14). I have been adopted as God's child(Eph 1:5)
I belong to God
Do you know
who you are!?
Saw this yesterday on Faithsisters, and really wanted to share it with you. How cool!
Monday, December 3, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
It is probably not suprising that the Challenge at Faithsisterslast week was Thanksgiving. My layout was a no-brainer! I could not be more thankful for my sister, Carrie!
Paper: MME Stack, Old World Stack- DCWV
Extra: HOTP Swirl stamp, Making Memories brads, Spare Parts Rhinestones, Creating Keepsakes rhinestone brad, silk flower
Paul had Barnabus, Peter had Mark. I am never really sure which of us is Peter or Paul- but I am sure of this: I thank my God daily for you!
Scripture: I thank my God in all rememberence of you, always offering prayer with joy," Phil 1:3-4a
Some of you may be new to my blog. If so, I want to take the chance to invite you over to Faithsisters. this is an awesome site- great group of encouraging, Godly women on the Message Boards, excellent Faithbooking resources- and the challenges are so fun! Come, take a look!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Well, here we are at Friday, and the end of my tree. Thanks to everyone who had commented- your words have truly been appreciated. It has been wonderful to hear about your trees and traditions, as well!
OK, every tree needs a topper, and here is mine. This was a simple rusty star topper from Joann's...but, of course, I needed to play with it! So, I decopauged it with my BG papers, making sure to leave a bit of the wonderful rusty metal showing for a border. Cutting out for all those holes wasn't easy- but well worth the look! Then, I added glitter towards the end. Just a little to catch the light. Tree's gotta bling, right?
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
My favorite part of my tree is definitely my garland. Truly, this was an act of praise making it- and makes me smile just to look at it. It was labor intensive, though! My garland is the 'word art' that says Jesus loves me, and between each word is a bead, cutout, bead sequence. (I do love my Craft Robo, lol!)
For you, I have bundled up a few of the cutout gsd's for you to use. Most of these are from fonts, just converted for you. These look great on the front of cards, would make wonderful ornaments- or add to your tags. Many uses, I hope you enjoy them!!
I also included on the tree our family photo ornaments. these are pictures from Christmas days since we were born- and are very special to us! We have pictures of precious grandparents who have passed, childhood visiting Santa pictures, our first Christmas' together, even kitty Christmas'! These are done very simply on rectangles and circles- mated a few times and embellished just a touch. (And these are photo copies of the original pictures used for each ornament!) Again- the BG fruitcake line is the common thread.
The other ornaments on the tree include the paper strip balls- in 2 colors, scarlet and green:
The Glass ball ornaments:
And, the Scalloped Square Ornaments:
Be sure and visit me tomorrow, when I will share my garland- which is my favorite part- and a few small gifts....
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Wow, guys. I am blown away at te interest and feedback surrounding my tree!! I am so glad that everyone is enjoying it! I always have a hard time getting pictures of my tree that I like...either the lighting isn't right, or they end up grainy...or they just don't look the way it does in real life- know what I mean?
Today, I want to show you my Advent Ornaments. These are simple pocket cards, the inner slides out. There are 25 scattered over the tree. On the inside, you could divide out the story of Christmas, put holiday memories, put prayer starters, things you are thankful for...so many things. Carrie and I have chosen to use these for our favorite scriptures- some about the coming of Christ, some praise scriptures...just our favorite scriptures. The outsides are easy to decorate- and all mine use the BG Fruitcake collection as a common thread. I actually used one of these packages for the entire tree- plus a few sheets of texured cardstock. Not expensive at all.
Be sure to keep checking back all week, as I will continue to show you different parts of my tree!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Every year, I love to decorate the tree for Christmas. Everyone in my family knows, the day after Thanksgiving is 'Tree Day'...I love Christmas!! And, I have different sets of Christmas decorations- one year might be the snowman tree, while another year would be another tree. This year, I really wanted a tree that would celebrate Christ. I wanted a tree that would put Christ front and center as the true reason for the season. I truly prayed for a tree- and a season- that would glorify Him. I can't wait to show you the ideas He gave me. I am hoping, that you will share your ideas too. But, oh for that day, when we can share a great Family Christmas together, eh?
Keep watch...today is a teaser. In the days to come, I will share more of the tree, its parts and purposes. Tomorrow are Advent Ornaments. I can't wait.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Here's a gatefold card for Christmas. It's really pretty small- I was thinking an accompaniment to a gift. The paper is BG, the buckle is from Making Memories- as is the ribbon. I loved the Flourish stamps on the inside, thought it added an elegant touch.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Can you have too many trees at Christmas? I loved this one! I used my square scallop punch, and just layered. Inking the edges was important to define them- also added silver brads for bling. And stamped the corners with Autumn Leaves Flourishes. Have a great week!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
So, here's my layout from last week's challenge over at FaithSister's. The Theme for the week was a Journey of Faith. I've lost 109lbs over the last 16 months, and even though I am not finished...I wanted to chronicle the journey.
These weeks challenge is about Home- come join us!!
Paper: MME stack
Brad and Chipboard: Spare parts
Question Brads: Around the Block
I never considered that a diet would or could be a journey of faith. But, when you place your hand in Jesus' and search for the reason why you need to diet; when you learn to trust and rely on Jesus to be your strength- your Portion; and when you realize that if Jesus can do this for and through you, He can do anything...a journey of faith is what you have!!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Ever feel completely befuddled by those darn lights?! This was for Mojo Monday- and I just loved this little guy!! I added glitter to his little light bulbs, completely glittered a few of the snowflakes, and added this wonderful sheer snowflake ribbon. Ready to tackle those lights?
Thursday, November 8, 2007
This was from last week's Challenge over at FaithSisters...the challenge was to tell about your church.
Paper: Paper Studio, HL CS
Chipboard/brads: Spare Parts
Misc: Fiber, DMC floss
Stamp: HOTP Flourishes
Or God is a God of answered prayers, College Heights is proof of that. We longed for, ached for, prayed for and begged for a church such as this.
A church of service- both to each other and the community.
A church of Missions
A church of organization
A church of accountability
A church that longs for and seeks after the will of God
Praise God for answered prayers!
Why not come join in this weeks challenge? The theme is Faith Prevails. Come take a look- these challenges are a blast!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Made this card for 2 challenges- the snow challenge over at Daring CardMakers, and sketch 31 over at Sketch This: Cards I had been wanting to try this card sttyle- and this sketch just begged to be flipped and used this way! Paper is from the DCWV Christmas stack, and the rhinestones and snowflake brad are Spare Parts. Have a great day!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
So, I was reading Beth Moore- you have got to love that woman- and in her Jesus book she makes an observation. Talking about the time Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem at the age of 12, she says that the Greek (the original language of the New Testament) doesn't have the word 'house' in it. When Mary asks Jesus where He'd been, Jesus didn't nessesarily say I needed to be about my Father's House- but might have simply been saying- I needed to be about my Father. My question? Is it possible that He was just so freaking homesick that He needed to spend some time about the one place on the planet- at the time- that God dwelled bodily?
A random thought- and hardly of eternal significance, but something to make you go 'hmmmmmm'.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Here's the sister card of yesterdays. I did this for the Mojo Monday sketch...but it works perfectly for the "and Cut" challenge at Daring Cardmakers, too.
The paper is all Basic Grey from the Fruitcake pack- love that line!! The tree is handcut/designed, and cuttle'd with the spots and dots folder. Added a few Autumn leaves swirls to dress it up, some beads and ribbons, and- voila!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
This is my attempt at the SketchThis: Cards Sketch for the week. I loved the way it turned out!! The tree is my own creation, with 2 layers and pop-dotted for dimension. I also inked all the sides on this card, added rhinestones to the tree, brads to the sides, and double ribbon. I love the use of the clip and beads with the ribbon! What do you all think?
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
OK- I confess...I stole this snowman idea from Kathy over at Daring Cardmakers- right down to the cuttle'd texture- but isn't he cute? The rest of the card/interpretation is mine- and I love the way it turned out...used Basic Grey paper, my snowflake die and punch, some rhinestones, ribbon and brads...too cute! Thanks, Kathy, for a wonderful idea!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Well, not really..but isn't he cute?! This was for a challenge over at Card Studio Designs to do a card with this sketch. I glittered all the edges for a wonderful snowy look- and loved the way it turned out. I just wish it had photo'ed better. There is something about a white card- just washes out and looks so dull in photos! Ah, well...
Monday, October 29, 2007
Here's another of the challenges from Faithsisters..this one was to tell about your typical day. The next challenge starts on Weds- come join us!!
Papers: K&Co, Misc Ribbon: Target, Craft Essentials Brads: Spare Parts Flowers: Bazzil Bitties The subtitle for this is under the title, and says: "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do as to the name of Jesus Christ," Col 3:17a The Transparency was to evoke the feel of a to do list and says: To Do Today: -"He wakens me morning by morning," Is 50:4a Exercise, dress, Devos -Preschool- play and love on His kids -Raquetball and errands -Preschool, lessons and playground -scrapbooking- yeah! -check on Sisters at Faithsisters.com -Bible Study -Thank the Lord, it has been a great day!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I got a new Cuttlebug- woohoo!! This thing is too cool! The funny thing is, I got my CraftRobo so I wouldn't have to get a manual diecut machine, lol! I just didn't think about the embossing/cardmaking thing, I guess. (And, I totally love my Robo!!)
Well, this card was all about playing with my new bug- each square has an embossed Christmas image. The white square has embossed the stylized word 'Christmas'- wish it showed better. The ribbons fulflled a challenge over are Daring Cardmakers to use ribbons on a card...and I love the little charm.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
This one was for a couple of challenges, actually... the sketch is for Mojo Monday and the masking technique is for a technique challenge at Card Studio Designs.
Anyway- had a great time with this...used a lot of gold ink- for the tree and the gold papers, lol! Love the gold brads as ornaments...anyway- what do you think?
Friday, October 26, 2007
We get to share newer challenge projects- woohoo! This one was from a couple of weeks ago, and the challenge was to use the verse in the layout. If you haven't given the FaithSisters Challengea try- you really should!
Paper: Karen foster Designs, Kraft Paper, HL Cardstock
Ribbon: Ribbon Trends
Misc: Crayola wrappers, buttons
"Our methods may have changed, faces change over the years, even the location is different...but our mission is unwavering!"
This is a compilation of pictures from throughout our years in this ministry- some of these kids are in jr high now- sigh. The main photo was the first day of the school year, this year.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I love participating in the challenges over at Faithsisters...they really are challenging, lol! This was one of my entries for the Friendship challenge- (this was a few weeks ago, but I have promised that my designs will remain exclusive to the Faithsisters site for a month, so I can only now share this with you...)
Anyway- If you know my sister and I- you know that we love our 'boys'- and they love each other, lol! Journaling for this one reads: "A friend is always loyal, and a brother was born to help in time of need," Pro 17:17. Papers for this were from the wonderful Cloud9, and the paw brads are Karen Foster.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
This was made for the Daring Cardmaker's Circle Challenge. The challenge was to use circles in your card- and I did with the 8 circles that comprise the butterfly. There are also circles in the paper, and in the scallop edging. The paper did not photo well- it is a light gray/blue with sepia colored accents. I then used sepia ink to distress and stamp. Thanks, and have a great Sunday!!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I just loved this card! Used the completely yummy Basic Grey Fruitcake collection, some fiber I had on hand, and my new snowflake punch, by Martha Stuart. The dangles are just the punches, sandwiching the fiber- but aren't they cute!! Oh! And, I got to play with my new snowman stamps from Printworks- too fun!!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Sorry for the hideous picture- I was juggling the camera in one hand, a light in the other- and fending off my kitty with sheer willpower, lol!
Made this for the Caardvarks micro challenge- the challenge was to use eyelets. I set mine to be stars in the sky, along with stamped stars, and gelly roll dots. This is a simple card, with the black and white layered a couple of times...but black and white is just so elegant on its own!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
So, I went to small group on Sunday, and did my first Nooma Bible Study. It was the one called Dust- and was beyond exceptional. If you have never heard of these, they are a DVD based study, very contemporary, very meaty.
Anyway, he made a point that I have been chewing on for days now- let me share it. Tell me what you think...
So, the disciples are in the boat on the Sea of Galilee, it is the middle of the night, and they see Jesus walking on the water toward them. Peter immediately calls out: Lord, if that is you, let me come out to you. And Jesus responds: Come. A few steps are taken, and Peter starts to sink. Jesus chastises him- You of little faith... Now, I have always assumed that Peter lacked faith in Jesus. But Jesus is not sinking. Peter lacked faith in himself. And Jesus chastises him for it. Jesus knows what we are capable of doing, if only we place ourselves in His care and step out of the boat! He has faith in us- wow! Chew on that a while...then, comment, and let me know what you think.
Yeah! We are only days old, and already, we've been tagged! I was tagged by my friend Patter, here is her blog: Patter. Here are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.
My 7 facts:
1. I love playdough.
2. I spent a summer in Scotland.
3. My favorite card game is Nerts.
4. I love to snorkle.
5. Chocolate is my favorite food.
6. I scrap neatly- my worksurface is usually very orderly.
7. I used to collect teddy bears.
My 7 Taggees:
1. Eva: http://everything-eva.blogspot.com/
2. Krystal: http://krystalhartley.blogspot.com/
3. Dani: http://www.designbydani.com/blog
4. Ashlee: http://ashluvs2.blogspot.com/
5. Karen: http://lathamsnews.blogspot.com/index.html
6. Dahlia: http://www.sugarinkstudio.blogspot.com/
7. Kim: http://redheadscrapper.blogspot.com/
Have fun, guys!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
It's another challenge over at Daring Card Makers. This challenge was to feature a Christmas tree on the cover of your card...well, I think I met that! The focal tree was made using flourish stamps from the Autumn Leaves and Hot of the Press collections. I then chalked them, and left some of the chalk extra to add fullness. Used a rhinestone flower to imitate a star, and rhinestones for ornaments, and- voila! I had a great time with this one, and was pleased at the way it turned out...what do you think?
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I saw this challenge over at Daring Cardmakers and had to give it a try! The challenge was to use a wild animal in your card. I chose a lion- and had fun with the felt. I also inked all the layers, and embossed clear pawprints onto the bottom layer for even more texture. This card has great texture- you just want to touch it!! The sentiment? No more LION around Inside: Get Well Soon
Monday, October 15, 2007
Well, I made my first Creative Team, and I decided to celebrate in the traditional scrapper method...by starting a blog!
First, a bit about myself- my name is Anne, I live in the heart of the midwest- SW Missouri. I graduated from a Bible College more years ago than I am willing to claim (seriously, forget about it!, lol!) with a degree in Education. I have been blessed with the gift of singleness. I share my life, home, and preschool/childcare business(ministry) with my wonderful Sister. I mention all of this for a couple of reasons- first, so that you can get to know a little about me, and, second, so that you will understand when I say: As with (hopefully) everything else in my life, this blog is going to be for, about, centered on, and for the Glory of Jesus....Welcome Aboard!!
Now- back to the yeah....I made my first Creative Team- woot!! A few weeks ago FaithSisters put out the call for new design team members, and I was selected. How awesome is that?!! I still cannot believe it, I am so thrilled and humbled! I look at the ways God moves and works in my life- WOW!!
Have you heard about the latest thing in Scrapbooking? We're always looking for the latest trends, right? Well, this isn't a trend- but a whole style movement: Faithbooking. Never heard of it? Neither had I a month ago! But, now I am hooked, and can't imagine going back!
Imagine putting your faith- a testimony to the way Jesus is working in your life and family- into the hands of your children, family, friends...or anyone else that looks at your scrapbook! How? Instead of just scrapping events, scrap the way God is moving in the events, or what God has taught you through the events. Instead of just scrapping what and where- start thinking about why. Faithbooking is this and more!
I would encourage all of you to head on over to Faithsisters.com. What a wonderful group of women! Such great challenges, that will help you to start and build your faithbook. Come on over- ya know you want to!
I wanted to share one of my favorite LO's of late. I don't know about you- but each new LO usually becomes my favorite, lol. Fickle, I guess. But, this was one I did for the Design Team tryouts over at Faithsisters, and it has remained on my short list of favorites. Here's the journaling:
For David, joy came in the morning...for me it was the evening.
I have wanted to photo a Balloon Festival for years...imagine my wonderful suprise, when driving down the road one evening, we happened upon one. I swear, I was giddy. Carrie and I raced home, got the camera, and raced back as fast as the speed limit would allow...all the while hoping to see just one balloon launch. I saw 3 and found out there would be a Glow that evening, and a sunrise launch the next morning.
I am convinced this was a gift- God just loves to suprise us with those. I am equally convinced, the Father enjoyed watching this child enjoy His gift. Cause, OH! I did!