Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Heidi Grace Flocked Monograms
I thought this would be a fun set to make baby boy cards or layouts with but really it could be used for so many different things!
Five days I ago I posted a challenge for Collage Press and it ends today. This is the card I made for the challenge. I can't wait to see who else is playing along.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
You know me, for some reason I have a very hard time blogging without sharing some eyecandy or an awesome photo. So this is a tough one for me! However, I do have project to share and even a great chance at winning some fabulous Collage Press goodies. You will have to visit the Collage Press blog to get all the details. I hope some of you get a chance to participate!
This last Sunday was such a sweet time of worship at our church. It was an all youth team (except this ol' lady!) and it was just so neat to hear them sing and play their hearts out. My son was on the congas for the very first time during a service. He has played at school and in a school concert but this was much different. He was adamant about having the words so he could sing as well. It just melted my heart.
I think having to tear down and put the 'church' back together each Sunday in the school while the church has been renovated has really been a bonding experience. Not just for the church family but even just for my family. It's good for them to see the hard work and willingness of everyone who pitches in. This past Sunday, we were cleared out within 15 min. Amazing! The church is nearly done. Oct. 4th will be the move in date and I can't wait to share photos (if I can figure out what's going on here...LOL)
Have a wonderful and blessed week!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Good Friday morning everyone! The list of amazing designers for the JustRite blog hop continues. You can read more about the blog hop, chance at winning prizes, and the sale, in my previous post. Here is the list of today's designers. These are some super talented ladies that will be sure to give you some great inspiration!
Jerri Kay Jimenez
Taylor Van Bruggen
Keri Lee Sereika
I had some fun things to share today, including a give-away! But I'm having troubles with blogger and can't get any images uploaded. I will try to update later today or when I can get it working.
Also, I will be posting a College Press challenge on their blog this weekend so check back for those details.
Blessings on your day!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Guess what else?
There is Mystery Blog Candy being given away during the Two Day Just Rite Font Blog Hop! What makes it a mystery? Well, there will be 3 blog candy giveaways on each day and you can only win by leaving a comment on the right blog! The real surprise is you won't know which blog has the candy; even the designer doesn't know! So as you visit each of the 54 designers over the two day event take time to leave a comment. Who knows, the lucky winner may be you! You have until Sunday at noon to leave a comment for your chance to win. Then check back at the JR Blog on Sunday evening to find out who won.
I have enjoyed creating a card to share. I designed a 'Congrats' card that I could have on hand to grab at any given moment. Then, when I'm in need of the card, I can use my Font Sets to customize the inside to suite the occassion at hand. Some ideas are; 'On your Retirement,' 'On your Engagement,' 'On your Graduation,' ect.
Supplies: Tromp Script Uppercase Set (JB-08090,) Harmony Classic Circle III Stamp Ensemble (JB-08140,) Spellbinders S4-233 Labels 9 die (#4 and #5), Spellbinders 12-1006 Floral & Stone Impressabilities, Pattern Paper - Kimberly Poloson, Glimmer Mist - Tattered Angels (Candlight,) Copic Glitter Markers - Garnet and Sand, Crystals - Prima Marketing, Kaiser, Flowers and Lace - Prima Marketing, Ink - Memento (Tuxedo Black)
1) Cut a 6 x 12" piece of colored cardstock and fold in half to create base.
2) Add 5.75x5.75" of striped pattern paper.
3) Emboss white cardstock using Spellbinders Floral and Stone Impressibilities. Cut down the center lengthwise. Adhere to striped paper on the bottom and top.
4) Sew a coordinating patter paper block to middle.
5) After applying glimmer mist to white cardstock, cut and emboss paper with Spellbinders Labels 9 die (#5).
6) Stamp sentiment on white cardstock using Trompe Script Uppercase Font set. Cut out with Spellbinders Labels 9 die (#4.)
7) Layer dies using pop dots and adhere to card.
8) Stamp butterfly image using Harmony Classic Circle III Stamp Set. Color with glitter markers and cut out.
9) Embellish card with trim, crystals, flowers and butterfly.
What's better than some fantastic inspiration from so many different designers? A HUGE SALE!!! JustRite is celebrating their Mega Font Hop (a 2 Day Event with 54 designers)in style with a Super7 Day Font Sale. Take 30% off all JustRite font sets and the Horizontal and Veritical Font Stampers. Sale begins Sept 17th and ends Sept 24th.
If you haven't yet checked out the rest off the hop, check out this amazing talent! Click on their name to take you to their blogs. You can start at the beginning or hop on to Mary's blog to see what she came up with!
Check back tomorrow for Friday's list and some eye candy!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
For those of you just looking for some crafty inspiration, I'll start off by sharing a few more cards I did with the Jillibean Soup goodies.
So, the two oldest started school on Tuesday but today was sweet peas first official day of Kindergarten. We went yesterday for just a bit and she was able to tour her class and school with her teacher all by herself. I could tell she loved the one on one.
Every year, during Kindergarten orientation, my kids have had to draw a picture of themselves. This is the first year they provided a mirror.
I cracked up as I watched K intently look at herself in the mirror and draw a few scribbles and then look so closely again. She took sooooo long and worked so hard on her picture. It was adorable!
If you can believe it, the first week of school and the first day of Kindergarten for my youngest, and my battery on my Canon Rebel decides that it's battery life is done. I kept charging it all day/night and then I'd only get one shot before it died again. I had to resort to my point and shoot which is quite frustrating to someone who just took a class on how to get some excellent shots with their Canon Rebel. I'm sure many of you would understand. LOL So, I'm not super happy with a lot of my photos but, at least I got them!
This morning was the actual first day with all the kids in the class; the time when Mom had to actually leave the classroom. Heart wrenching. Could this possibly be the one year old baby that I just brought to this small time 4 1/2 short years ago?? She is so ready. I am the one struggling. I can't help but to think of my good friend Lucy, who has just watched her fourth child graduate from highschool. I can't even imagine the emotions she is going through. I already feel like I'm going through the 'empty nest' stage! LOL Sometimes I wonder if I try to hard to photo, document, grasp, savor, remember every moment because I just don't want to let them go. I know that I won't regret her.
Here she is this morning...beaming.
This is Henry their new class pet. Dave, the man in charge of the kitchen at the school, just happen to be coming down with a carrot and celery at the time K was showing her brother and sister the new rabbit. Last night, K said the thing she most looking forward to was taking care of the rabbit. Much to her delight, Dave her and her sister some veggies to feed the rabbit. It was the very first thing she got to do. She was ecstatic! What a blessing. On a side note....did I mention she was trying to teach our cat some tricks?? Yes, they bought treats for Cuddles and are trying to train her. **sigh** I think this household needs a puppy! LOL
Well, backing up a few days to Tuesday when my two oldest started, I have to share the cutest story ever. All summer long, A was so upset that her favorite lil' buddy from school was going to be moving this summer. Well, it turns out that she hasn't moved yet. Not only are they in the same class but the teacher placed name tags on the tables and they are sitting right next to each other! As if that wasn't enough excitement for two little second grade girls, check what else happened on the first day of school.....
(photo taken with blackberry!)
They were wearing the same new dress!! I couldn't believe it when I went to pick them up from school. Totally matching. Too cute. Totally unplanned. Of course, I didn't bring my camera to pick them up so I had to use my phone! LOL
Here are a few shots of my big 5th grader on his first day and my 'all grown up' 2nd grader! **Sniff sniff**
Thanks for letting me share. I'm off to have some quiet time and get some things done around the house...trying to distract myself from realizing my kids are growing up so fast!
I have much more to share; photos, project and events. Now that summer is over, I'll hopefully be able to update a little more often. I'd love to hear from you if you feel like leaving a comment.
Blessings on your day!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Here is one of the layouts that I did. I love this serious of photos because they were taken right after my sweet pea swam for the first time under water this summer. After I took the photos, she stood up and was sooooo proud of herself! As matter of fact, when we were at the dentist yesterday, she had to tell him all about. Too funny.
It's been an interesting week around here. We are trying to get our 'back to school' shopping done before this weekend. We are also saying goodbye to one of the sweetest families in our church and community. Yes, another very dear friend of mine and my son's are leaving at the end of this week. I know that it's a fact of life, it's just so hard to see it happen to two of the families we are closest to in a three month period. This one is going to be a hard one but I know that God has their best interest in mind and so very excited for the changes that in store for them.
I was also thinking yesterday about what the roll of a pastor's wife feels like. Sometimes, it's so easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you have to be all things to all people at all times. This is a very difficult standard to live up to! As matter of fact, you don't even have to be in ministry to feel that way. You can just have what is called a 'rescue syndrome.' Although it's healthy to want to love and help people as much as possible, everyone needs to have balance. That is why we've been given the body of Christ. I'm so grateful for a wise husband who has taught me and helped me through this. I feel such freedom knowing that I am in obedience to what He has called me to do and who has called me to be. And then I can trust and know that he is talking to others to do their part.
I'm feeling an overwhelming amount of gratitude for people who are so behind the scenes and never expect any kind of thanks or recognition. There is this sweet, sweet gal who put a basket together for one of the ladies in our church that is going through a hard time. Some times I wonder if she really knows how much she extends the love of Christ without even realizing it. I feel so blessed to be among a church of willing servants. I've just been amazed at all that has gone on at church as well. It seems like every time I go down there, there is a different person sharing their 'expertise' on the building...whatever that may be. We are getting closer to the finished building and I can't wait to share the final photo.
I wanted sign off sharing one more of the projects I did for Jillibean Soup. For all my friends I'm missing right now for one reason or another...this ones for you!!
One more piece of exciting news that I wanted to share. I was so thrilled to get an email yesterday that listed all the different magazine that will be using my work for the Spellbinder Ads. There are five different magazines that will feature an ad using my art work. That was super fun for me. Thanks for lettin' me share!
Blessings on your Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by!