Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Cutest Baby In The World....

Check out those silly little smiles! Leighton is so funny!! How could you resist such a precious face?

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sweet Center Ornaments...

This very simple card was made using the Sweet Centers stamp set (ornament tops) #116521. The ornaments are punched (1-3/4" circle punch #112004) out of flocked paper from Christmas Cocoa Specialty Paper #116770 and the sentiment is from Snow Swirled #111690. I stamped the ornament tops with Versa-Mark and embossed them with silver embossing powder. I used my Versa-Mark pen to hand-draw and emboss silver "threads" for the hangers.

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No Re-Wind Buttons...

“Live a life of love.” Ephesians 5:2

Do you like to read? Why? Part of the enjoyment of reading a novel is that you don't know how it's going to turn out until you get to the last page. When you finish a book, do you ever think back on how the characters' lives might have been lived differently if they had known what the end would be like? The fact is, we must understand that there is a finality to life...we don't get any do-overs....no re-winds. What are you doing (or perhaps, not doing) with your life right now that you may regret later on? Rest assured, a life full of love is never regretted.

Father, I thank You for this day and for the fact that we don't know what tomorrow brings. I can only imagine how paralyzed with fear most of us would be if we knew the future and how our lives would end. You hold us in the palm of Your hand, and for that I am so very thankful. Help me to live a life of love, never regretting or wishing for a do-over. I love You. Amen and amen.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Peppermint Tag...

This began as a Very Vanilla piece of cardstock with the top corners trimmed off. I added some strips of retired SU! designer paper (polka dots) and a strip of other designer paper. I stamped the image with Real Red from SU! The image, ovals, and scalloped oval are not from SU! I added a large eyelet from SU! with my Crop-a-Dile, and threaded a strip of ribbon through the eyelet. The edges of the tag were sponged with Creamy Caramel and Close to Cocoa. I love the vintage effect.

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How's Your Sight?

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18

Have you ever been faced with having to make a decision or do something that caused you have butterflies in your stomach, a panic attack, or made you literally sick to your stomach from nerves. I have…many times…and whenever that happens, I remind myself that I can do anything for an hour, or a few hours, or a day…with God’s help and strength. Sometimes God places things in our path, or places us in situations where He knows we will struggle, but He does that to help us grow in Him. We have to remember that He sees the whole picture, we only see what’s right in front of our face….and sometimes, not even that. When we run into problems, any vision we might have had is often crippled. We have to reenergize our vision through faith. 1 Corinthians 2:16 says that “We have the mind of Christ”…God thinks His thoughts through us. Imagine how empowering that is!! So…there’s no limit to what we can do through Him!

Father, I thank You for this day and for reminding me that there are no limits to my vision, when You think Your thoughts through me. Help me to reenergize my vision, Lord, and lead me to make the decisions that will bring You the greatest honor and glory. I love You, Lord. Amen and amen.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Twick or Tweet Pop Up

I was so excited when I found the tutorial for this! On her blog, Fabulously Artsy, Tresa Black posted a video and printable slide show with instructions for this cute gift idea. She based it on Angie Juda's treat holder, but added a "pop-up" element to the inside. Cool beans!!!

Stampin' Up! Cast-A-Spell designer paper # 115677 and Twick or Tweet stamp set #116497

We are still in Savannah. Richard's angioplasty went well. He had 3 blockages in his right leg, two of which they were able to fix with stent placement. The third blockage is in his knee area and the only way to fix that is with bypass surgery. We're headed to the cardiologist this morning and then back home. Thank you for all your prayers!

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Where's Our Foundation?

"Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age-old foundations; And you will be called the repairer of the breach, The restorer of the streets in which to dwell." Isaiah 58:12

When I read this scripture, it hit me that this could be the instructions for our generation. We've lost the age-old foundations in our country. It's up to our generation to rebuild those ancient ruins for our children and grandchildren. I have seen many Christians rise up and speak out for the good of our nation, but it will take all of us doing our part before things will get better. God leads us and directs our steps, but He expects us to take those steps....walking the walk.

Father, I thank You for this day and for the peace and comfort You've given us through this trial in our lives. I know that You will continue to care for us. You'll never leave us or forsake us. Please show us the way in which to go and lead us in what You'd have us to do to help repair the ancient ruins in our land. I love You. Amen and amen.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Sweet Fancy Favor...

The Bigz XL Fancy Favor die (#115965) from SU! makes the perfect little treat box! It will make gift-giving so easy. It's great when you want to have a little something, but don't have a lot of time to spend on it.
There has been a lot of discussion around the web about the new IDA (Independent Demonstrator Agreement) from Stampin' Up! Most of it hasn't been very positive. I am a demo, but this is not my job. I can totally understand those whose livlihood depends on their Stampin' Up! income feeling as though they must sign the new agreement. I, however, have another job....this is a hobby for me...and always has been. I love Stampin' Up! products, but I am my own best customer, so I'm not too sure that I will be signing it. I have too much invested in stamping products sold by other companies to leave that stuff off my blog. If I choose not to sign, I will still purchase products from SU!, and I will continue to have classes at my house...I just won't be selling the product. Anyway, we have until the end of the month to make a decision.
I have a Halloween class coming up on October 3rd, and a Christmas class scheduled for Nov. 14th. If you're local and interested in coming, please email and let me know. I'd love to have you join us!
Richard and I are in Savannah today. He's scheduled for angioplasty at 8:00 this morning. Please keep us in your prayers.

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"Do not be anxious about anything." Philippians 4:6

We all have anxieties about things from time to time. There are certain anxieties that we all must face, like aging, disbility, retirement, illness, death, etc. There are also anxieties about decisions we must make, relationships, mistakes, etc. Anxiety can also come from the way we feel inside. Fear of rejection can lead us to shut others out of our lives. Anxiety can cripple us and leave us ineffective in all areas. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Our mind is the battlefield where victory is won or lost. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13) and we shouldn't be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, present our requests to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:6-7).

Father, I thank You for this day, and for the truth of Your Word. I needed this scripture today. You know my heart is anxious, but You promise to bring me peace and I trust that You will. I love You, Lord. Amen and amen.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Criss-Cross Halloween

I love these criss-cross cards! The Big Shot Bigz Pennant Die (#113483) makes them sooooo easy. The black and white paper is in the new Holiday Mini from SU! (Night & Day Specialty Paper #116768)

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pony Girl, Pony Girl, Won't You Be My Pony Girl...


My precious angel looking back at her daddy as he snapped this picture with his cell phone.


My sweetie and daddy on his horse. This was her first ride. Of course, now that she's an official cowgirl, Granny and Papa had to run out and get her a pair of pink cowgirl boots. I can't wait to take a picture of her with them on!

Fancy Favor Christmas



I love the Bigz XL Fancy Favor Box die from Stampin' Up! What adorable little treat boxes they make....and sooooo easy, too! I will definitely be using this box at my one of my Christmas classes.