Saturday, May 29, 2010

Want to see my dirt and rock collection?

Just want to give you some dirt on what's going on in my little corner of the world...hee...I don't like to gossip but this kind of dirt, I am happy to share!
We are doing a major overhaul (another bad pun) here at the Major household...a lot of dirt being hauled around. It all started with a few junipers that needed to be replaced. Once we had landscapers out, of course, it turned into the drainage was wrong and needed improvement, the sidewalk and front porch had cracking due to settling and so that meant more changes...
so what started as a small project is turning into a big one.
The first picture frames are following day one of pulling up plants and delivering boulders. The boulders scared me..they are BIG!! I mean, a little much...but they assured me that it would look good when it was all in place. The last frames show day 3 and what an improvement. We still have 2 weeks left...and I intend to show progress along the way.
All I can say is those men worked really hard...and I am glad I didn't have to try to move one of those rocks!!
Ok, if you get to the end of this, do me a favor and scroll down to my next post where I have something prettier than dirt for you. Thanks for sharing in my excitement!!

A Little Challenge

Happy weekend to all you lovely stampers!

This is a 3 day weekend, and I should be doing something shh...don't tell anyone I'm frittering away my day making paper flowers, adding glitter, distressing, smudging and fudging and otherwise making a bit of a mess...but this is what I came up with!

This is my take on this week's " The Shabby Tea Room"inspiration picture and also "Stamping Sister's in Christ"(distressing), and "Flourishes" monthly challenge to make your own flower.

The size of this card is 3 x6 inches...the design just seemed to dictate the size. I wanted to incorporate the little tea party in a nest image with the teapot...what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Stamp a Petal

Good morning! Do you ever have the need for a few birthday cards just to have on hand? I am trying to come up with some simple yet make a little impact cards...and this is for my daughter's friend who is about to turn 21! So not too cutsie I hope!
This is a 5" square card...the main image was embossed in white craft ink on melon mambo paper. This is the first time I have grabbed that color, and I really like it framed in black!!
This is embossed white on white and then the inside greeting is from Papertrey Ink signature greetings. A little pink bling from my sweet friend, Dawn...made just the little statement I needed in that corner.
Hope you like it...and thanks for stopping by today!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Mo's Challenge 32, Shabby Tea Room Week # 10

Okay, this background doesn't look as blue as it actually's a hazy blue and a really pretty bright red and white for The Shabby Tea Room's challenge this week to make a card using those colors/or stars and stripes. I included the stripes on my bottom panel but in place of stars, I have these cute little flowers.
You can view the Shabby Tea Room challenges here:
This is also for Mo's Digital Challenge #32 to make a card using one of Mo's irresistable images with the theme "All About Love." I decided to use this image with the sheep grazing on a hillside.
I love sheep...sheep remind me of so many things, but mostly that we are Christ's sheep and he is our loving Shepherd. There are many Bible verses that refer to sheep. I am reminded that the sheep are totally reliant on their shepherd, and the Good Shepherd loves them and will not lose even one. As my oldest daughter ventures out to her first big job in the city of Denver, this is such a comforting reminder to me.
Thanks so much for the visit, I enjoyed making this card for these challenges...hope it gives you a smile today!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

SSIC Challenge 39 , ODBDSlC13

This week's sketch challenge on SCS was the starting point of the first card here for Stamping Sisters in Christ challenge blog. This week the scripture verse was :
Psalms 95:1-3 a
"O Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God..."
You can read Grace's wonderful words by clicking on the SSIC blog (see sidebar). When our girls were little I always had Christian music playing and my sweet daughters would twirl and dance in their dress up clothes or holding their dolls. Many of those songs still run through my head, and have helped me evn now to memorize scripture because they are set to a tune. What a wonderful gift music is to can elevate a mood, recall a memory, and sometimes aids in healing with our tears.

This is an encouragement card made with some of the same paper on my desk from the last one. I used one of my very first stamp sets, Feathered Friends for this. I love birds, and bird-watching, and have been enjoying their music lately. Well, except for the 5 a.m. variety show that wakes me up too early!

Thanks to Grace from ODBD, I decided to submit the second card to Our Daily Bread Design's blog challenge this week to use flowers. I love ODBD stamps, but don't think I have any with flowers on it, so am using this set from SU, "Vintage Vogue."

Thanks for stopping by my blog today...hope you are enjoying some uplifting music. For me it is the birds singing outside our windows...they seem to be very happy and making all kinds of racket out there!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Teacup full of Sunshine!!

Just trying to warm up the Bat Cave for Auntie's visit!! To view the fun, click on the Polka Dotted Teacup on my sidebar and join us for my friend, Mothermark's Teapot Tuesday challenges! Cindy always has a hoot of a story to share and lots of fun and laughs!
This is for the Stampavie Challenge to use glitter on your card. I am so enamored with these Stampavie images...they bring me such a smile and are fun to color up and adorn. You can read about the Stampavie challenges here:

This one fit especially well with the Teapot Tuesdays, don't you think??
The glue is not even dry, sorry about that, but I am in a hurry to get this in. I do not know what time Colorado time is converted to Central Europe Time, so I hope I didn't miss the deadline.
Thanks for coming by...I always enjoy your visits and love reading your comments! Sweet friends are all of you!
Oh, that reminds me, I need to add a sentiment to this, but am waiting to see where I will mail it first!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Stamping Sisters in Christ Card Challenge

This card is made to meet this weeks SSIC blog challenge to make a card in the colors brown, blue, and white. I fashioned this with the inspiration of some pretty SU designer paper, then colored some pearls with a baby blue copic marker for accent. I had lots of tiny pearls flying as I tried to detach them and add, then finally gave in and just used a string of tiny pearls to the border. I hope you like it. Now, if you want, you can continue to read my thoughts on this week's scripture...

Good morning! Every Sunday I eagerly anticipate stopping in to the Stamping Sister's In Christ blog to see the scripture and read the thoughts and discover the week's challenges. This week, the lovely Linda has chosen the verse : John 4:23 "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him." Linda has some very insightful thoughts on this verse, please stop by the Stamping Sisters in Christ (just click on the SSIC on my sidebar) to visit!
As a long time Bible study student in Inductive Studies, I have a habit of looking up the Biblical definition of the word before drawing some kind of conclusion to its meaning. The definition of worship: to ascribe worth to something.
In the case of a believer, worship is to ascribe worth to God. Why? Is God in need of our worship? Does he sit on His throne in need of the sentimental strokes of sappy worshipers here as we lift up our feeble hands to the King of Kings? I don't think so. God is all sufficient...He is complete and needs nothing. So why then does he seek true worshipers? While I know worship brings God glory, the advantage for us is that it elevates us from an earthly limited view of God to a heavenward focus that is limitless. We can not worship that which we do not know. So as we spend time in God's word, being transformed by the renewing of our minds...then we are able to offer ourselves as living sacrifices...which is our spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1-2 says, "Therefore I urge you , brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."
Worship involves an act of selflessness...which in our self-centeredness brings such sweet relief. I really liked this definition I read while researching the meaning of worship:
"Worship is the submission of all nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose-and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin. :William Temples 1881-1944
As a believer, I hope my worship extends beyond a chorus sang (however lovely and moving) on a Sunday morning to an act of worship...which involves my mind, my soul, my spirit and will being conformed to His.
Thanks so much for stopping by...I so appreciate you!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Shabby Tea Room and Flourishes Challenge Cards

There is something so comforting and homey about quilts...and I was inspired immediately upon viewing this photograph which was the inspiration for this week's challenge at The Shabby Tea Room.
I also am entering this as my submission for Flourishe's weekly challenge to go "vintage."
I used Webster's Pages as the backdrop of my card. It framed the scripture well, and in order to make the frame work, I sliced the paper in half lengthwise and used ribbon to hide that. The pattern on the sides matched up well. I antiqued these white prima roses using distress inks.
This card was made for a young woman who was baptized at our church last weekend. I was so moved at her testimony of Christ and the deep desire and commitment she had to follow him that I wanted to send her a card in celebration of her baptism. Hearing others talk of their stories of faith always strengthens my own.
Thank you for stopping by this Sunday, and hope you have a blessed week!
My card:
Stamps: ODBD
Paper: PTI vanilla, PTI blue, SU soft suede, SU blush blossom, Webster's DP
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia. Tim Holtz Tea Dye
Accessories: Flourishes store crochet lace, Glimmer mist in Pearl, Prima Roses, May Arts 1/4 inch silk ribbon, champagne pearls, Nestabilities, MS butterfly punch