Monday, January 30, 2012

Intentional Card Giving~Dayspring Cards!!

I've been thinking about my intentions with hand stamped cards for some time now. As with many of you, I love the act of creating cards, especially with a special person and occasion in mind. But sometimes, in the art of card making, the intention of card sending becomes secondary. Not that I don't have good intentions...but I become behind and then the timing seems off (especially in the case of an encouragement card, or a recent hardship, sympathy, or even congratulations on your new baby! ) All of these are occasions that need a quick response and timing is everything!
So, when I saw this offer from Dayspring to receive a free pack of cards (of my choosing)...I was so excited! And when my box arrived in the mail, I practically squealed, as my package of cards also came with this organizer that fits right into my goal of not only being intentional, but organized. This organizer is brightly colored with a fun print, has a pretty latch, and inside are removable Monthly lined pages for recording birthdays and special dates.

I love sending out encouragement cards. These cards, a collection from Holley Gerth, are contemporary, fun die cut shapes, and feminine with words that speak to the heart of the issue. Sometimes while writing the inside of a card, I am at a loss for words. Each of these cards contain words that are so heartfelt and true to scripture.
Here is one of the special sentiments titled, "Never Alone."
"You're never alone.
God is with you.
He knows your name.
He numbers the hairs on your head.
He understands the cares in your heart.
Every morning,
He's by your side.
Every night, He watches over you as you sleep.
There's never a moment
you're not in His thoughts...
never a day you're not in His care.
You're never on your own.
He whispers to your heart,
'You're forever My own.'"
And the inside scripture, "God is love, Whoever lives in love lives in God." 1John 4:16

I am part of a life group at church. We are a group of couples, widows, divorced,  a mixed group; all of us with our faults and frailties and yet God has brought us together to do "life." One woman in our group became widowed suddenly last year. I barely knew her at the time, yet my heart went out to her. In the past two weeks, she has been undergoing a trial  watching a son slowly suffer from a long term illness. She has been doing bedside vigils at the nursing home as she waits for him to leave this life and enter his eternal one. I am sending her this card to let her know she is in my thoughts, but more importantly, she is in God's thoughts.
I know this may seem like such a small thing, sending a card, but to the receiver it can mean the difference between feeling alone, or feeling loved. Feeling isolated, or feeling a part of. Feeling no one cares, to knowing someone is intentionally reaching out to you.

Please visit the {In}-Courage page to read more about the beautiful card selections and be encouraged to begin your own card ministry.
I was so blessed by this gift of cards and am resolved to hand pick a card from this beautiful assortment and mail it off...just because I care.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

SSIC~Love You!

It's another beautiful sunny Sunday morning here in Colorado!! I am excited to introduce you to this week's scripture challenge...where you are inspired to stamp your heart! This week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge is hostessed by the beautiful and talented Linda from Lovely Linda's Crafting Central.
The scripture:
Phil. 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

The challenge: Create a card/project true to your style - show us who you really are!
The Prize:  Inspired Stamps, a new sponsor, is awarding a $15.00 store credit to this week's winner!! Wow!!

This scripture is one that I committed to memory many years ago...and it is still sinking in!! It is not as easy to do as it is to memorize. I recall one of my favorite Bible teachers, Kay Arthur, giving us a word picture in class to help apply this verse. She said to picture every thought entering through the gate of your mind...and as it does, "frisk it." And to help remember there were eight qualities to think on, she would call it the "frisky eight."
Be sure to visit the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog to read this week's wonderful devotional based on the verse and to view all the Design Team's entries!
Okay, so a quick explanation of my card, the challenge was to make a project true to your I love a lot of white space lately. It helps me to keep my thoughts clear if I don't muddle up a card too much...and my thoughts are busy enough lately! And embossed white is gorgeous to me, with a pop of color! So I used this new embossing folder from Marianne's Designs with hearts and roses. The embossing folder cuts out the hearts and embosses the roses...pretty fun!
Have a blessed week...can't wait to visit and see what you're stamping!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Good morning and thanks for peeking into my blog today! Today is the Stampin' Sisters in Christ weekly blog challenge to make a card using scripture as your inspiration. Kristine Breach from Ink Something is our oh-so-talented challenge hostess this week! I encourage you to take a look at the SSIC blog to read this week's devotions and take a look at all the wonderful DT cards!

                                                                        Proverbs 3:33
 "Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. "

The challenge: Make a heart stand out on your card or project this week.
The Prize:  a choice of 3 digital images from Louby Lou stamps!!
My card details:
Stamps: Flourishes:Fanciful Flourishes
Ink:  SU! Pixie Pink, PTI Fresh Snow
Paper:  PTI Raspberry Fizz,  PTI white, SU! Shimmer White
Accessories:  PTI Filigree border, white embossing powder, dots embossing folder, rhinestones

I hope you can take some time to stamp to Scripture this week, it is so edifying to be able to do that. Have a great week and thanks so much for coming by!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

SSIC 122~ Making All Things New

Good Sunday morning! I am your hostess this week for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge blog. Thanks so much for joining us! You can see the gorgeous Design Team entries for this challenge and this week's devotional on the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog.
My verse was taken from the book of Revelation. With a new year already almost two weeks underway, I wonder, if you, like me, are floundering a bit on your "resolutions," or still deciding what you want the new year to look like? This verse seemed so appropriate and inspired my thoughts on God making all things new. Thank goodness, it is not up to me, or my current mood or the day I am having. If I have given my life to Christ, then I also need to trust Him and His resurrection power to bring newness to my life.

Revelation 21:5
“And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, ‘write for these words are faithful and true.’”
Who of us doesn’t like new beginnings? Since the beginning of a New Year, I have also begun a new Bible study, and just this week, celebrated a new birthday! All of these bring a bit of excitement, challenge, and fresh hope. I recently read this poem in a daily devotional, and my heart ached with the words the author conveyed.
Starting Over
I wish there were some wonderful place
Called the “Land of Beginning Again,”
Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches and all our selfish grief
Could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door,
And never be put on again. (Louise Fletcher)
Ached, because I can empathize with her longings to be free from the past. Because, as with any new beginning, something old has to be discarded. I can’t expect to start out each day fresh and new if I am still entangled by the mistakes of my yesterday. Wrong thoughts, impure motives, selfish desires…all of these the Bible warns about. Yet, are you, like me, eager for something new? We want the blessings that the Lord has to offer; but we are not as willing to do what He requires of us. With the promise of a New Year, we are often so willing to boot the old one out the door like company that has overstayed their welcome, without ever pondering why some things went so awry. We had good intentions, after all. We prayed good prayers, we fought the good fight…and yet sometimes the trials remain. Trials: like The People that do not cooperate with our plans. Yes, I said it. How many times have I been disappointed because of someone else’s behavior? (Underline else.) Most of last year’s trials were of this variety. Don’t you love how the book of James refers to a “variety of trials?” I see the unrepentant child who rushes headlong into one long series of bad choices, and I shake my head and wonder. And yet, before Christ intervened in my life, isn’t that what I was, an unrepentant child?
So before I ask God to do anything new in my life this year, I want to first ask Him to make me new. Give me a renewed desire to please him, a renewed willingness to obey him. Give me new eyes to see my present circumstances…a new heart to praise Him for the simple joys of living. God has promised to renew my thinking, as I immerse myself in His word daily. So that is where I am starting. I want, more than anything, to see God’s newness of life as He pleasures to reveal it to me. But I know that to do that, He will also have to make some changes in me. And we all know change can be painful. I can entrust this process to Him. So I am letting go of some of the “to do’s” on my New Year’s list of goals, resolutions, or whatever you call them. And replacing them with, “ God, Please do…” Do a new work in me, create in me something, someone, worthy of you.

The challenge:
Let's use something new on our card/project this week. It can be a new stamp, paper, or embellishment...or even a new technique or an idea that is new to you! Just have fun with your creation!!
The Prize:
Nina Brackett Designs (2 stamps," Gleefully Yours, " and "Christ is Risen."

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Flourishes Snow Wonderful
Paper:  PTI Vanilla, SU! Chocolate Chip, Basic Grey Origins DP
Access: Classic Keyhold Die (Flourishes), Ribbon, Copic Markers: E53, E42, E25, E29, E39, YG95. twig and twine glued with Allene's Tacky Glue, Chalk ink for Background

Thanks so much for taking part of your day by visitng here, and I would love to hear your thoughts, whatever they may be! Blessings on your day!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Surprise Blog Candy!!

This is just a reminder that entries for my surprise blog candy will end this Sunday evening!! After that, I will choose a name to win from the entries on my initial post on blog candy (scroll down 2.)
I would really like it if you would tell me your New Year's Goal, plan, or dream...for this year!! If you have a "Word" for the Year, and want to share it, please do.
Just wanted to let anyone who might want to enter have the opportunity! I will customize the blog candy to the winner, so it will be a surprise to you and to me!!
Blessings on your day~

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Stampin' Sisters in Christ~Wonderful Friend!

Hi there, friends!! Today is Sunday, and the beginning of a new year of challenges at Stampin' Sisters in Christ! It feels like so long since we have had our time together, I have missed the challenges and am ready to get back to them and to you, our stamping friends!
So today's scripture challenge is by my friend and talented stamper, Peggysue from "Roses by my Window." This week's scripture choice is:
Phillippians 2:3-4
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."

You can view the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog to view Peggysue's devotional and the Design Team cards for today's challenge.
The sponsor this week is The Cat's Meow!!
The challenge for your card is to make a "Thinking of You" card!
I used the Rosey Posey set for my card today, and decided on this friendship sentiment.I really liked the bold florals with this font.  If you would like any card details, just leave me a comment and I will gladly get back to you.
So, I hope you join us in this week's challenges and have a wonderful, blessed week!! ~

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Before We Move On...and a Surprise Blog Candy!

So, before we move full speed ahead in the year 2012, or at least before I do...wanted to add a couple of more pictures to my blog...this is one of those wreaths made of paper and scored into the little accordian pleats, then added more accordian circles on top, lace, and buttons. It turned out so cute...using one of SU's Christmas paper packs, buttons, crochet lace. It added a lot of charm to my kitchen this year!
One of the "surprises" that always makes the Christmas season so bright was a plate of cookies left on my doorstep! I did not see a note attached, so had an afternoon to muse who they were from. Wouldn't you know, it was my friend, Cindy, also known as Mothermark on Splitcoast Stampers!! Of course, I don't have a single crumb of those delicious cookies to show here, they disappeared quickly at my house...but I did take a photo of her darling Santa card (on the right.) It matched a Santa cookie chef that has adorned my kitchen every year for quite some time. Love how their faces both seem to light up!! Thanks, Cindy, for the delicious treats! This came as a double of those pass it on blessings. Cindy included a sampling of my Mom's old recipe of Christmas candy, called Martha Washington candy. I have fond memories of those little rolled up balls of coconut confections hand dipped in a mixture of chocolate and paraffin wax. I was in the process of making up a little care package to mail to my Mom at the nursing home...and added a few of these treats!! She called and said how much she enjoyed the candy and was sharing it with all the staff. Goodness, you never know how a kindness can be multiplied!!
Well, thanks for taking a quick peek into my blog. It has been too long, and I have lots to do to get ready for a New Year. One thing I am pondering this week is MY WORD for 2012. I decided this is the year I am going to have a word that sums up my hopes, dreams, and proddings for the coming year. I hope to share it with my next post!
Oh, and before I week I have a birthday coming up. celebration of  that, I am going to be giving away a surprise blog candy!! Surprise, because I honestly don't know what it will contain just yet...but you have a week to comment on my post here, or any of my following posts to enter. All you need to do is tell me your New Year's hope, goal, or dream...and what you plan to do to make it come true. I can't wait to read your thoughts!! I will have some stamping goodies since this is primarily a stamping blog...but I may just customize it to the winner since I know most of my friends and followers here. Have a great week!