Saturday, November 28, 2009

Giving Thanks....where it belongs

I don't know about you, but I have a tendency to overlook the wonderful things that God does in my life. Oh, not the big, amazing things that you KNOW could have ONLY been divine in origin. ( I have had a couple of those). It's all those little things that I tend to pass off as coincidence. You know, like finding something that I needed when the budget was tight that is suddenly 50% off....or getting to work an overtime shift when I was short just a few dollars from making ends meet this time. I have a feeling that I pass those off too many times when really they are like a "kiss" from God. A heavenly hug sent down that says "hey sheryl, just wanted to let you know I'm here and thinking of you, here's a little gift"
Because I don't ever want to take God for granted, I decided today to make a book of remembrance. I call it "A Journal of the Amazing Things God Has Done In My Life" What better verse could I find then Psalm 98:1 "Oh sing a new song; for He has done marvelous things!" God has done some radical work in my life over the last couple of years. I'm so very grateful to Him for that. I enjoy a peace that I yearned for and now at last have. I hope on this Thanksgiving weekend you remembered to thank the One from whom all blessings flow. Thanks for dropping by and God bless!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Be a Lighthouse...

Jesus described His followers this way: "You are the light of the world...Let your light shine". See yourself as a lighthouse for others in the sea of life. Some may be caught in a storm, some may be drifting aimlessly, and some may be completely lost. To such people, shine some light on their path. Whenever you encounter people in trouble, trauma, or loneliness, be there with the gift of light in the darkness. A small gesture of support or a gentle word of encouragement can make the difference between giving up or going on. May you all be blessed with a wonderful Thanksgiving...remembering to give thanks to the One who gave the most of all.
I totally cased the card from Judy Rozema. So the credit goes to her for design! Thanks Judy wherever you are!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wow, it seems like forever since I've posted anything. Life gets in the way of creating....that's just not fair! I'm off for the next few days, so hoping to get some challenge cards done and increase my stash of Christmas cards a little. Here's one I've been working on a few minutes here and a few minutes there. I bought a few of the Magnolia stamps to play with; they are fun so fun to color. I've been picking out pecan meats every free chance I get. God has blessed us this year with an abundance of pecans! They make great Christmas gifts...a big bag of pecan meats! My mom and sister will each get one. I'll still have plenty to put in the freezer too! Hope you all have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Farm Fresh Friday sketch challenge

Good Saturday morning! I was excited this morning to ink up my first Magnolia stamp and play using the Farm Fresh Friday sketch challenge. I can tell that these stamps are going to be addictive! They really are sooo cute. I have lots of grandkids stuff to do today so this will be the only challenge I get done today...then four 12 hour shifts in a row starting Sunday, so unfortunately, no time to play for the next few days....
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend and I'll see ya all soon!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Cute Card Thursday/Friday Sketcher Card

I don't have much time today for playing, but I did at least get to take a few minutes and make a quick card for the Cute Card Thursday and Friday Sketcher Challenges. Cute card Thursday challenge is "glitter me silly". I used glitter dotted paper and some glitter spots for my glittering and used the sketch from Friday Sketcher to complete 2 challenges in one.

Here's a close-up of the glittered dot paper, which is really cute I thought. Does everyone have big plans for the weekend? I'm watching one grandson in Championship Football this weekend and also attending another grandson's chili supper/school function, so I'll be busy. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend also. Take care and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Babies are coming!

I haven't had a chance to do any challenge cards for the last couple of days as I seem to have to go to work to make money to pay bills! But I do have a couple of cards I haven't posted yet. Two girls at work are just about ready to have babies so I got a jump start on their cards. I know for sure one is a boy.....hopefully the other will be a girl!

This one is a cute little image from Pink Cat Studio. I glittered up the fairy wings to give it some sparkle. No sure what the problem was with the coloring on this one. I think it might have been my first copic card and I hadn't learned to blend yet! LOL!
This one is for the little cowboy! Also from Pink Cat Studio. I'll be glad to get back to creating this weekend, and catching up on the challenges! Hope you're all having a good week! One more 12 hour shift to go for me! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 9, 2009

It's Mojo Monday....where's my coffee?

It's a new day. It's still dark outside. I stumble out of bed to the coffee pot and mechanically put it to task....wake me up...give me some MOJO!
Here's my card for Mojo Monday. The sentiments say it all. No life without coffee!
Have a great day!

Stampin' Sisters and Sweet Sunday sketch

I made this card this morning for the Sweet Sunday sketch and the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge. The SSIC challenge was to make a patriotic card to honor our soldiers and the Bible verse John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends". I used the sketch from the Sweet Sunday challenge so I was able to do both challenges in one card.
There will be alot of Veterans Day parades etc this week honoring our soldiers. There's nothing more beautiful then the rows of waving American Flags in the cemetery called "The Avenue of Flags". Don't forget to offer up a special prayer this week for them as they continue to fight for freedom and our safety.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

I know the plans.....Unscripted sketch #30

I try to spend my Saturday's doing faith-based cards. Cards to encourage and lift people up. The way the world is today there seems to be more than enough opportunities to send out these type of cards. There is always someone going through something who needs a little encouragement to stand strong. I used the sketch from Unscripted along with papers from CTMH and stamp from Verve. Ribbon and crystals from PaperTrey Ink, and flowers from my stash. This will be it for me today...have other stuff I need to do.
Remember to be a blessing to someone else today! Later, thanks for dropping in again!

Card Patterns #40

Hello again! Here's my card for Card Patterns #40 sketch. I used my sock monkey Riley stamp again cause he's just so cute! I think I'm overdoing the "Embrace Happiness" sentiment tho! It just fits so well with all the images I've been doing lately with all the huggin' and squeezin' going on! I'll have to see what else I have that would fit with the theme. Thanks for dropping by yet again! Have a wonderful weekend....don't forget to take time to create!

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge

I just about missed this last weeks challenge over at Stamping Sisters in Christ posted last Saturday. So I quickly made this card this morning. The challenge was to make a card that reminds us that God is always with us. This verse touched me as it tells me that God himself brings me to Him. He carries me through all of my problems, my trials, my worries, if I will just let Him lift me up on His wings and bring me to Him. He's always there for each of us. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful blessed day.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Our Daily Bread - show us the shimmer!

I decided I'd do another card for the "show us the shimmer" challenge over at Our Daily Bread. I'm still loving this little girl with her bunny from The Greeting Farm. I found some shimmery dots and along with the stickles on her dress I think it fit the bill! If you click on the picture you'll be able to see the shimmer a little better. Hoping you all have a wonderful weekend. I think we are having company for a little awhile, but otherwise I don't have a thing planned except enjoying it. Hope you all get to do the same. I'm going to try and get some challenge cards done this weekend, so I'll probably see you again! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cute Card Thursday...

Here's my entry for cute card thursday challenge. The challenge was to make a care using primary colors red, blue and yellow. I actually had made this one a while back, but it fit perfectly with this weeks challenge! I cased this card from someone, but can't remember who it was as it's been some time since I made it.
It's supposed to be another beautiful day here in southeast Kansas, so hoping to get rid of the nagging headache I woke up with so I'll feel like getting out and enjoying the sunshine. We have a ton of pecans to pick up under our trees, so need to do that also...those things are so expensive in the store these days! We our blessed with about 14 pecan trees and they were loaded with nuts this year! Yippee! I'll be cracking and picking out pecans all winter long. Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mojo Monday on Wednesday!

I snapped this stamp up when I saw it over at The Greeting Farm as my daughter will be graduating as an RN in not too long a time. I couldn't wait to ink it up and play a little. I used Mojo Monday sketch and came up with this. I'll have to make up a few images and practice coloring so I can have that perfect card by the time she graduates! Since I am a nurse also, and work among many friends at the hospital, I'm sure I'll find plenty of reasons to use this particular stamp! Have a great evening!

Mercy Tuesday and a sock monkey!

Hello again! I love Riley the moose. Here's a brand new stamp with a friend of his....sock monkey. As you can see....I love sock monkeys too! My mother used to make these for me when I was little, and also for my girls when they were little. I was surprised but happy to see them making a comeback in some of the stores around the area. Tho these days sock monkey comes in a variety of colors! This is my take on Mercy Tuesday sketch challenge. I used prismacolor pencils and OMS to color, paper from Cosmo Cricket and sentiment, buttons and card stock PaperTrey Ink. Thanks for stopping by!

Sweet Sunday Sketch/ Our Daily Bread Challenge

Good Wednesday Morning! It's good to be back to creating after being gone for a few days. I miss it when I can't at least make one card a day! I'll have several challenges to catch up on today along with laundry and all the other chores and errands needing to be done. I've combined a couple challenges in this card. The sweet sunday sketch I kinda took artistic license with and shortened it up a little....Our Daily Bread Challenge was to use some shimmer on your card. I used stickles on the little girls dress...I have to name this little girl Jenny even tho it's not her official name because if you scroll down you'll see the inspiration for this card.....

Close up of the shimmer.....

And this is Jenny...(she'd not to speak to me for awhile if she knew I was posting this picture) when she was 8 (she's 29 now!) This was her very favorite toy for years...his name was Hug-A- Bunny. She received it when her grandpa died as something to "snuggle" with. She and her sister were very close to their grandpa, and were very upset when he passed away. She still has "Hug-A- Bunny" to this day.
When I saw this stamp called "Snuggle" from "The Greeting Farm" I just had to get it so I could make this card for my daughter. I think she'll appreciate it! Have a wonderful day. Till later...