Monday, September 17, 2012

 We are so excited to launch our first Daydream Designs Blog Hop! We have a fabulous line up of fun fall-themed projects to share with you. We hope you will be inspired and enjoy the hop. You also have several ways to earn a chance to win some great prizes:




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1. Leave a comment on each of the blogs below.

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from Daydream Designs!!


2. Leave a comment on each blog above AND create your own fall-themed project to link

on the last blog of the blog hop, Vicki's Pink Posh Cards.

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for random selection to win THREE FREE sets of your choice (including paper packs).

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I made a couple of cards for today's hop using the Owl Always Love You set.


This first one uses the colorized images in the set, and one of the Owl digi papers available in the perfectly coordinated digital paper pack.  The tree is cut using a Labels 8 nestability die. The wise owl on the branch was cut out and placed there, while the cutie owl was punched with a circle punch, layered on a pink flower diecut and a couple of hand cut felt leaves were added. I left off ribbon and bling as I have in mind to give this to my husband, even though it has a bit of pink in it. :)
This card actually tells a story...my husband and I were sitting on our back deck last week when a huge owl swooped in and landed just above us on the roof perched next to the chimney. I had heard this owl was roosting in our neighborhood, but it still surprised me with its amazing largeness and presence and those eyes...wow! I was so impressed, I did a lot of google searches on owls that night...as far as I can tell, ours was a Great Horned Owl. My eyes were about the size of this owls watching that magnificent bird. Did you know owls eat bats? That is a good thing, as we have had an infestation of bats and a few other stories to go along with that one...
My next card I made using the scraps  from the first card, and a small Kraft envelope. I sized the card narrow (3.5 inches) which was just wide enough for this little picket fence die for the owl to perch itself on. The sentiments are from the Owl Always Love you set. Since the set is colorized;  it was easy to make a second card and decorate the envelope front with one of the extra printed images.




Pretty cute, huh? This is my first time using digital papers...you pick out one paper, print it off, and use it. No waste!! I love that.  I really like this card...even though I know there are no checked valances in the sky or owls floating mid-air either...it is fun and whimsical and with the fence popped up it has a lot of dimension. And a fun way to perk up someones day, don't you think?
Thanks so much for taking a look today and stopping by on our very first blog hop! We are so glad you came.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Stampin' Sisters in Christ~Autumn Wreath


Today's Sunday devotional and stamp challenge is brought to us by our dear and wonderful Kris Breach, the founder of Stampin' Sisters in Christ.
This week's verse:

Galatians 6:9 "So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up."

This week's sponsor is: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
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This is personal...and right where I am...so don't read the next part if you don't want to know.
I struggle a lot with discouragement lately.  Losing heart, wanting to give up the fight, wanting to give in to whatever my human nature is telling me to do...straddling the place between what I see in front of me, and what I believe God will bring to pass... as I wait and wonder WHEN is my situation going to change? When am I going to be delivered from this trying person/situation in my life who returns my kindness for coldness, is unresponsive or rude to my advances, who I feel completely deflated and defeated every time I am with them?  And will I survive with my emotionas and mind intact until then? These are the questions I wrestle with.   Sometimes the good deeds we do, the long suffering we endure, the continuing to bless in spite of wrong doing is just plain old hard. As a woman, I long for a relationship...a deep relationship with my own family members. I want to be included in their lives, to know that I am loved as much as I love...but there are times I feel left out, ostracized, and ignored.
So this verse is good for me to be taught by...and fitting for my present circumstances. I love to look up commentaries on verses and the meanings of the words in scripture. I learn so much that way and come away with a much deeper understanding of the meaning and the application of what the Bible is saying.
The NASB version says:
"Let us not lose heart in doing good." 
The meaning of those words, "losing heart"  is to act or behave badly in some circumstance. To turn coward and/or lose one's courage. To grow tired, discouraged, faint or fainthearted.
Well, I am there...on the verge of behaving badly, ready to lose courage, feeling fainthearted...all of the above. But God says to not grow weary...to continue... continue to pray, continue to love, continue to forgive, continue to reach out...and by the way...while we are waiting ...continue to encourage others to do the same. While I am waiting, I am still to be obedient...and to reach out to others with that phone call, or taking that young Mom out to lunch and encouraging her...whatever the Holy Spirit is prompting me to do.
Here's the thing: I don't want to let the feelings of defeat I have in any relationship in my life take away from one single thing God is calling me to do. And I can not afford to allow defeat to rule my life for even one day.
There are so many messages out "there" in cyberland on dealing with difficult relationships in your life and how to get past them. I read them, and they make some sense on a totally humanistic level...they say things like "Move on from the drama, don't waste your time on people who don't appreciate you,"  or "Surround yourself only by those people who lift you up." Admittedly, these are paraphrased... but where in the Bible does it tell me I can dispose of people in my life who are not lifting me up or who cause drama? But God loved us "while we were yet sinners..." And He commands us to love others as He has loved us.  This scripture is telling me to keep on, not to give up. And to trust God with the outcome.
And even though I have yet to experience the promise...I am to keep believing that at THE RIGHT TIME...I will reap a harvest of blessing. So my question of WHEN? earlier is answered by God's answer of "THE RIGHT TIME." His right time...not mine. My dear husband reminded me of that this morning as he listened to me sob ...."You need to trust in God's timing." Is he wise, or what?  So if you're in a situation and waiting and possibly becoming discouraged...I hear you. I understand. Let's encourage each other.

My card: I didn't get the best photo of the true colors on this card...It is one of those that I played with a couple of different dies : the smaller one is SU! and the larger one is PTI. The wreath is from PTI, embossed in bronze embossing powder. The little flowers sprinkled through are in SU! inks more mustard, blue bayou, and poppy parade. The kraft mat is embossed and the bow is hand dyed seam binding. I added blue rhinestones around the wreath and stamped the word, "Home" on the inside of the wreath.
Thanks for stopping by and letting me share a little bit of my heart with you. Blessings on your week!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Stampin' Sisters in Christ



Good morning, friends! Today's Stampin' Sisters in Christ is bring a scripture verse and accompanying card/project challenge from our friend, Jerusha.
The Scripture:

Romans 3:23-24 " For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins."

I always love to read the Sunday devotional...and you can find it on the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog here.

Jerusha's challenge: Use only bright colors, no neutrals, blacks, browns, etc...
Our Challenge Sponsor:  The Craft's Meow-A stamp set of the winner's choice!! After taking a look at the store, I adore these stamps, and am going to have to order a couple of sets, soon. So very cute, and original!

My card was fashioned from a digital image from Diane's Daydream Designs Digital Store found here and  on my sidebar. I am still practicing my digital skills, and learning as I go. I thought this owl was so cute and love all the fun sentiments, and it made up into a pretty cheerful lil owl card. This image was colored in with copic markers, and once completed, I added little brown pearls for the polka dots and embellishments. The orange panel is embossed with a "wood" folder from Papertrey Ink. The designer papers are leftovers I had. I found one single solitary piece of SU! Taken with Teal and used that as part of my color scheme.

We hope you have an opportunity this week to get your Stampin' On and have fun joining us in the bright colored card challenge!
See you soon!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Owl Always Love You






I have never invested in an owl stamp set before. Shocker, I know...why? I am such a practical  realist, I don't like spending money on things that I don't think I would get full use of.   Yet every time I would see an owl card, I would get all giddy. Well, these owls and sentiments from Diane's Designs are so adorable!! There are so many different owls and each one with the sweetest expressions...and tons of sentiments to fit pretty much "owl" occasions! And the best part is, they are much less expensive than wood, rubber, or acrylics.  I would encourage you to take a quick peek in Diane's store by clicking on her button located in my sidebar.  Here is a direct link to the Owl set.  
So... I am delighted to bring you this design. I confess, this is not an original design. I found it on pinterest and saved it for future use. I did create the inside design, though, and printed out the sentiment and added it to a circle that was embossed with the wood embossing folder I just ordered from Papertrey Ink. The card front is also embossed with the same folder, the bottom corners rounded, and a circle cut out on the top panel. I ran over the top of the embossing with TH walnut stain ink to weather the tree a bit. I then added chocolate brown pearls for the eyes, and stickles for the pink hair bow. A couple of pearls were also added to the inside sentiment. The branch and leaves are a Sizzix die. I die cut two branches for the front of the card, one in a neutral cardstock, and the other in this cute polka dot paper. What is it about owls and polka dots that surpass the cuteness factor?  The owls are paper pieced and also colored in with copics, then cut out and popped up on the branches for some added dimension. I like that the Mommy owl is looking down on her little owl and watching over her from her tree perch.  Why a her, you ask? Well, she just looks kind of sweet and feminine I think. And this will most likely go to one of my daughters.
So this picture was taken late at night where shadows lurk...there are no real shadows on the card.
Thanks so much for your visit today. I hope this card brings you a smile.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Happy Birthday ~Stampin' Sisters in Christ!!




This Sunday is SSiC's 3rd Birthday and we invite You to celebrate with us by way of a Birthday Blog Hop!!
You should have arrived here from Sandie's Blog...and when you leave, please stop by SSiC and leave a comment there letting them know you've completed the Birthday Blog Hop!

Helen is our lovely challenge hostess. The challenge is to make a birthday card and is inspired by this Scripture: John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Please be sure to read Helen's devotional on this Scripture.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!