Let's talk birthdays! Over the next couple of months I have several birthdays to celebrate...especially with my grandchildren. This year it is one of my goals to attempt to make birthday cards for my family.
I am going to share with you the cards I made for my grandaughter Kaida who will be 5 this Month! She feels like she is getting to be such a big girl and one for her brother who will turn 4 just after her birthday.
I tried to make these cards so that when you open them up there will be room for their mom to include a picture and put them in their scrapbooks. Hope you got to do something you enjoy and for those you love!
and please let me take "A Moment In Time" to show you the beautiful new collection from The Scrap Cake
Another beautiful collection to put on my must have list! Hugs!
I know it is well after Dec. 25th, but this last week we finally got to have some time with my grandsons. They finally got to open up their Christmas gifts! Afterwards we baked some gingerbread cookies. My secret recipe this year was: Toll House Frozen Cookie Dough in the tub! LOL!
Papa thought it would be funny to smear us with flour! The boys thought it was funny too!
Roll them out boys! However, the little one Jesse had more fun just rolling the pin on the counter and getting flour everywhere!
Ready for the oven!
What fun we had decorating! The boys used cinnamon red hots and gum drops. As well as several colors of icing.
The cookies are all done....and the best part is getting to eat them!
I think we all had a fun day today...one of those days where I can say that I : Celebrated Life, Captured the Moment and Created Memories!
Now to get some of these photos into Layouts so the memories aren't lost!
I have been doing a lot of Internet browsing this past week and I have came across some wonderful new products that I can't wait to get my hands on. This spring will have some beautiful collections for us to play with. The first collection I want to share is from The Scrap Cake Karola has brought us a beautiful collection called "My Private Happiness".
I just love the colors and the prints in this collection! I can see so many wonderful layouts, cards, mini albums and off the page projects being made with these!
These will be available to order from her blog by the end of the month. Can't wait!
The next collection that really caught my eye is by: Graphic 45 This collection is called : "Little Darlings"
What a precious collection for your baby albums and vintage scrapbooks!
Springtime is going to be filled with beautiful colors, and beautiful products! Don't these collections just make you want sunshine and warmth...Easter dresses....and to see those first flowers pop up through the ground!
I am so thankful for the talented artists out there that bring such beautiful things for us to work with!
PS...I do not work for either of these companies so I do not receive anything from them....these were just collections I had to share!!!
Today I want to bring you a story of inspiration. I read this and it spoke to me that I need to do all things with joy and with love. That I need to view things in life in a simpler manner. May you gain some type of encouragement from this as I did.
GOD LIVES UNDER THE BED
I envy Kevin. My brother, Kevin, thinks God lives under his bed. At least that's what I heard him say one night. He was praying out loud in his dark bedroom, and I stopped to listen, 'Are you there, God?' he said. 'Where are you? Oh, I see. Under the bed....' I giggled softly and tiptoed off to my own room. Kevin's unique perspectives are often a source of amusement. But that night something else lingered long after the humor. I realized for the first time the very different world Kevin lives in. He was born 30 years ago, mentally disabled as a result of difficulties during labor. Apart from his size (he's 6-foot-2), there are few ways in which he is an adult. He reasons and communicates with the capabilities of a 7-year-old, and he always will. He will probably always believe that God lives under his bed, that Santa Claus is the one who fills the space under our tree every Christmas and that airplanes stay up in the sky because angels carry them. I remember wondering if Kevin realizes he is different. Is he ever dissatisfied with his monotonous life?
Up before dawn each day, off to work at a workshop for the disabled, home to walk our cocker spaniel, return to eat his favorite macaroni-and-cheese for dinner, and later to bed. The only variation in the entire scheme is laundry, when he hovers excitedly over the washing machine like a mother with her newborn child. He does not seem dissatisfied. He lopes out to the bus every morning at 7:05, eager for a day of simple work. He wrings his hands excitedly while the water boils on the stove before dinner, and he stays up late twice a week to gather our dirty laundry for his next day's laundry chores. And Saturdays - oh, the bliss of Saturdays! That's the day my Dad takes Kevin to the airport to have a soft drink, watch the planes land, and speculate loudly on the destination of each passenger inside. 'That one's goin' to Chi-car-go! ' Kevin shouts as he claps his hands. His anticipation is so great he can hardly sleep on Friday nights. And so goes his world of daily rituals and weekend field trips.
He doesn't know what it means to be discontent. His life is simple. He will never know the entanglements of wealth or power, and he does not care what brand of clothing he wears or what kind of food he eats. His needs have always been met, and he never worries that one day they may not be.
His hands are diligent. Kevin is never so happy as when he is working. When he unloads the dishwasher or vacuums the carpet, his heart is completely in it. He does not shrink from a job when it is begun, and he does not leave a job until it is finished. But when his tasks are done, Kevin knows how to relax. He is not obsessed with his work or the work of others. His heart is pure.
He still believes everyone tells the truth, promises must be kept, and when you are wrong, you apologize instead of argue. Free from pride and unconcerned with appearances, Kevin is not afraid to cry when he is hurt, angry or sorry. He is always transparent, always sincere. And he trusts God. Not confined by intellectual reasoning, when he comes to Christ, he comes as a child. Kevin seems to know God - to really be friends with Him in a way that is difficult for an 'educated' person to grasp. God seems like his closest companion.
In my moments of doubt and frustrations with my Christianity, I envy the security Kevin has in his simple faith. It is then that I am most willing to admit that he has some divine knowledge that rises above my mortal questions. It is then I realize that perhaps he is not the one with the handicap. I am. My obligations, my fear, my pride, my circumstances - they all become disabilities when I do not trust them to God's care.
Who knows if Kevin comprehends things I can never learn? After all, he has spent his whole life in that kind of innocence, praying after dark and soaking up the goodness and love of God. And one day, when the mysteries of heaven are opened, and we are all amazed at how close God really is to our hearts, I'll realize that God heard the simple prayers of a boy who believed that God lived under his bed.
Hi my friends! Well creativity has worked some therapy into my life. With this week's Color Palette #93 at The Color RoomI just had to share this Layout I did. Here is the color palette for the week along with their sketch. I did not use the sketch but this color palette is so beautiful!
Here is my take on this color palette.
Here is the tutorial on how to create this layout. You will learn several techniques using your cricut. However if you don't have a cricut please improvise!
First gather your supplies:
1 Sheet 12x12 White Cardstock
3 Sheet Cardstock of same color family. 2 Lighter and 1 darker. (I chose shades of pink)
4x12 piece of green cardstock
Small piece of lace or trim Approx. 3 inches
6 small buttons or brads
Approx. 12 small flowers
Small pearls or bling
Embroidery Floss or thread
Now your Tools:
Cricut Cartridges: Storybook, Paper Dolls, Jasmine
Small Image Stamp
Small Word Stamp
Coordinating Color of Embossing Powder
Sewing Machine....(you can skip this if you want)
Are you ready to begin?
1) Use your lightest color cardstock as your background.
2) Take your 12x12 White Cardstock, find the center and mark with a small dot in pencil. Place on your Cricut cutting mat.
3) Load paper and mover your cutting blade so it is over the dot you marked. Turn the Center Point on.
4) Using your Storybook Cartridge:
Cut: Accent Blackout Birthday Girl at 8 1/2" This will give you the marquee in the center of the paper.
DO NOT REMOVE FROM THE MACHINE!
5) Now using Shift, accent blackout J cut at 7 1/2" Don't freak out at this point the frame will cut away from your other cut. DO NOT REMOVE FROM THE MACHINE!
6) Adjust your measurment to 7 1/4 " and hit repeat last.
7) Remove from Cricut and the mat.
8) Now cut 1/4" off all sides of the white cardstock paper and lightly distress the edges to make it fuzzy like a blanket.
Take the remainder white center square and set aside. We will use it later.
9) Determine how far down you will turn the upper right corner - lightly crease and then fold back to it's original position.
10) Lightly adhere the white cardstock to your background cardstock. Making sure it is centered and that you don't adhere the corner that you want to turn down.
11) Now stitch around the page. You can either use a machine or handstitch...whichever you prefer! :) If you are using a machine begin with the right hand upper corner at your creased line and stitch entirely around page ending where you creased your corner. Add the white frame that was cut out to your layout.
12) Roll the edges of the upper right corner down making sure the embellishment you have chosen will fit. Water distress this corner piece. Add a pop dot underneath the roll, add your embellishment on top, and gather and tuck your lace or trim in the corner.
13) Cut a 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 inch darker pink mat for your photo and lightly distress the edges. Add to the center of your layout. Your basic background is complete.
Now on to making the embellishments.
The branch piece -Using your Storybook Cartidge, Place the green paper onto the mat. Set your measurement to 1 3/4 inches. Cut out Tall border Shift K to get the branch pattern.
Now Place the White 7 1/4"square cardstock paper on your mat and hit repeat.
DO NOT REMOVE WHITE PAPER
Journaling Frame - Using your Jasimine Cartridge Set measurement to 2 1/4 inch. Set quanitity to 3. Press the Oval Button and cut out the oval frame pg 119 in your book.
Remove from Cricut.
Align and glue together the 2 branches together - set aside
Align and glue together the 3 oval frames -set aside
Title -Now take the second sheet of light background paer and place on your cricut mat. Set your measurement to 1 1/4 inch. Press the Real dial size button. Cut out the letters s, h, h,h.
DO NOT REMOVE
Fence -Insert your Paper Dollas Cartridge set measurement to 2 3/4 inches
Press: Tabs, shift and monkey. This will give you the fence.
Remove from Cricut.
With the remaining scrap of white paper use a versamark pad & embossing powder of your choice to stamp & heat emboss your images. Cut each image out.
Referring to the Layout...assemble your Layout.
I hope this tutorial was easy to understand! I am so new at writing these. If you do a layout using this would you mind posting a link in the comment box so I can see what you have done!
My dear friends I have been sitting here crying most of the day. It is with great sorrow that I must post that our little Evan went home to be an angel. I want to thank you for all of your prayers and support that you gave. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Hi friends! Today I have another quick card that I made using Webster's Pages Trendsetter Collection. The card base was cut using Close To My Heart Cricut Art Philosphy. Which was a present from my oldest son and daughter in law! Wow What a surprise! Am I spoiled or what?
The small embellishment with the button on it I fussy cut from a 6x6 die cut page. I layered this twice with pop dots. Do you see the 2 itty bitty circle embellishements...those were actually from the holes in the chipboard button! Don't let anything go to waste! :)
I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with beautiful things.
Hi friends! A few days ago I posted and asked for prayers for my friends grandson. He is still in the hospital. They have begun a fundraiser to help the parents with medical bills. If you can help in any way great or small I know that it would be greatly appreciated. Please keep those prayers going. I can't imagine how they are coping with all of this! My heart just breaks for them.
Here is a link to the fundraiser that is on Facebook:
I am sitting here with coffee in hand this morning feeling lost. Not sure what direction I want to take for 2012. You know we always set those goals and have those dreams for the coming year and look forward in anticipation as to how we can make it happen and hopes that we will see it unfold.
The last part of 2011 seems like a blur. So much so that I have trouble recalling little details of life that I should be remembering and savoring the memory. I got very busy with Women's Ministry, we took a vacation to Arizona to visit my husband's mom, and then their is always the normal hustle and bustle of the holidays. I always have a booth at the annual Winnemucca Crafter"s Christmas Craft Show, which because of procrastination took up so much of my time to get ready for.
Then on Dec. 21st just when I felt like I was going to be able to say....ahhh...I can enjoy the holidays with my family and grandchildren, I got the call that my mom passed away. As I sit here this morning I feel such a loss. For the past 2 weeks I have been able to cope fairly well, knowing that she is dancing and singing on the streets of heaven and in a much better place than she was here. My beautiful mother had battled with Alzheimer's for the last 6 years of her life. She no longer was my mom as I knew her growing up. At her passing she went quickly and the nurse said "with a smile on her face". I praise God that her end was not one of pain or other type of illness, but that she slipped into the arms of God quietly and with a smile.
So my friends and readers I am not sure what 2012 will bring for you or for me. But I hope you will come along with me for the journey. I am praying that we each will find that peace within ourselves that let's us be who we are and accept whatever comes our way in life.
Oh my has it been a long time since I have been here! My life has been one big blur since Sept. I will have to fill you in on all of that in future posts.
But right now my heart is aching. I have a friend who's little 2 year old grandson had an accident while climbing on playground equipment. If you click on the title it will take you to the facebook page that his parents have set up. I am going to ask that each of you pray for this precious little guy! It is so scary!