Monday, December 24, 2007
Valerie Salmon asked me to do a page for her sketch blog. She does great sketches that I have watched for some time. Well the page is posted today. Here is the link. http://gotsketch.blogspot.com/ Another great honor for me! I figured it was an appropriate page as there is lots of cooking going on this time of year. I have 2 pumpkin pies in the oven now and am getting ready to make some more pb cookies and cut the fudge I made last night. Yummy! Look out YMCA I am going to need your equipment severely in a couple of days. Here is the page I did.
Enjoy the holidays! Celebrate the Saviors birth! Hope Santa is good to all!!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Well I have a few more things to wrap! It doesn't seem like I have bought much this year but my wallet indicates otherwise! I am really disappointed that I didn't get to go to church this morning. I had to work over this morning. So I am now watching Thomas Road Baptist Church service on TV. Well before I run I want to share with you some projects I have completed and my Christmas cards for this year. My Christmas card I mailed out is now my header. It is a lift from the Luxe Designs blog. Here are my others:
This is the card I made for my dh! Used some BG, American Craft rub-ons, and Bazzill brad.
This is the mini chipboard album I made for Emmas assistant cheerleading coach! Used MM acrylic paint, Dymo label maker, felt cheerleader from AC Moore, CM sticker letters, American Crafts rub-ons, and BG paper.
Just a picture of inside of mini album. Very simple because can't get to dimensional on them or they won't shut. LOL That was hard for me.
And this is the album I made for the head coach. It is a SEI Preservation album. DCWV rub-ons, felt cheerleader from AC Moore, BG patterned paper, Bazzill cardstock, index cards, American Crafts rub-ons.
I just had each of the cheerleaders write a sentiment to the coach for next to their pictures. I had 2 mothers not return my calls because I never got back their index card. So I couldn't finish those 2 pages however after at least 4 attempts it was time to give up! What do you do?!
And this final project is something that was a make and take at one of Shannons crops at the Scrapbook Bungalow. We just made the album with ribbon. I embellished and placed pictures in it of Emmas cheerleading friends and am going to put this in her stocking. Something simple. Used Doodlebug frill, MM sticker letters, and American Crafts ribbon, rub-ons, and patterned paper.
I may get to post a page later on today! More to come soon! Happy Holidays!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Emma was in her Christmas program at church last night. I will post pictures soon! I took those on my smaller camera. She and the children's choir did such a good job. Well I am off to bed. Thanks for reading!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Also I forgot to mention last week that I received the MM 601 Great Scrapbook Ideas book. My first layout published in it on page 148. I can't believe I am published in the same book as some great artists such as Crystal Reiger. I love her stuff!
Well I am working a 24 hour shift today! We had one call. And we were on scene for awhile as a truck went down a 100 foot enbankment and they had to use ropes to get to him and remove him. It was very cold! It was a very well coordinated call! Well I am going to rest before we get the next call. Did anyone watch Greys Anatomy tonight? I love the show but am getting tired of the infidelity on there. Just when I think it is getting better it sparks back up! I really need to tune that show out.
On a different note, I have been nauseated for several days now. Missed work one day from it!! I think it is my nerves but am not sure. I so wish I was pregnant but I don't see that happening.
Have a great week my friends! All my northern friends please blow that snowstorm down here. I really need some good snow pictures.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Second we got a puppy! Emma has been wanting a puppy for quite a while. The only dog my dh wants is a Rottweiler. So as a compromise I agreed the only way to get a Rottweiler was to get one as a puppy that we could rear ourselves. Well we got him last Sunday and he is now 9 weeks old. He is so handsome. I think Emma picked the biggest puppy in the lot however. His paws are humungous and he is already 16 lbs. Here are some pictures.
His name is Ansel. Which is German for "Gods protection". DH picked that name. When he told me the meaning I knew that was it! Isn't my little man handsome?
I have been working on my Christmas cards and some Christmas presents. I won't share those yet. Also waiting on some parents to call me back to get the cheerleading coaches album. I have called 3 times and no response. That is getting a little frustrating. I don't want to give the coach the album unfinished.
Well I continue to need your prayers on a personal front. Actually for my family and friends! I won't get into details but I have been nauseated for several days now with my nerves. I have prayed over my concerns and actually been reading and studying Psalm 18 today. The Lord pointed out to me vs. 19 "He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me." I know I have said I have given my concerns to the Lord but somehow I still worry! I welcome any suggestions on how to deal with that! Thanks for your feedback! Well I am going to sleep. The puppy slept through the night last night I am hoping tonight brings the same.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
1. God's Grace! I can not fathom not only my eternal state but my current state of mind had it not been for God's grace! I don't have to live my life greiving decisions I have made punishing myself for my flesh! God put those sins on the cross for me!
2. Family! My beautiful daughter and encouraging husband! To see the look of reliance from my daughter. Her gentle smile! Her kind heart! To know that God put this little child in my hands. My husband loves me despite the fact I don't wait on him hand and foot 24/7. I thrive on being a subservient wife to him but there are some days I am "moody" and I don't. He loves me no matter what!
3. Earthly Home! Gods provision for my safe haven while on Earth! He has provided me with a beautiful home! There were days when I could barely make ends meet not knowing if I would get booted from my apartment. God has brought me far!
4. Bible- his love letter to me! I can seek closeness with him by reading his teachings!
5. Computer- where I can seek respite from stress. I seek time with my online friends! :)
6. Scrapbooking- A hobby the Lord has shown to me where I can imprint memories in a visible format! Where I can share my faith with others!
7. Music- albeit via my Zune, the radio, or CD's. A strong method I use to worship my God. People going down the road next to me probably think I am possessed by something other than the holy spirit!
8. My parents!- They brought me up in a christian home! They made me go to church no matter what. If I decided in my rebellious youth to stay out until early morning I better be prepared to get up for church! Our church I grew up in was my family growing up. My school bus driver was my pastor. The actual congregation was no bigger than 20 some a Sunday! We lived, breathed, and fellowshiped together not just on Sundays!
9. My current church! As mentioned previously I was raised in a small church. The church I go to now has hundreds each Sunday! It was a big adjustment for me to go to a big church and give up that "small" feeling. Well let me tell you I have been at Hyland Heights now for 3 years and it feels as at home as my church of my youth. It is not just my Sunday "act". It is a place I spend a large part of my life growing in my relationship with the Lord, fellowshiping with fellow believers, and hopefully playing an instrumental role in raising up the youth to be beleivers in Christ. My church provided me the opportunity (or shall I say the Lord) to do my first abroad mission trip.
10. Love. It kind of encompasses a lot of the above! It is the foundation of all things! God is Love!
Well my family is celebrating Thanksgiving today as my dh and I work tomorrow all day and Emma goes to her fathers. So I am going to cut this short and enjoy my things I am thankful for! God bless you all!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
It is beautiful. You can see the Spirit of Norfolk which is a dinner cruise. I am trying to talk dh into it before we leave! Well I can't wait to come home! I am going to work on my lecture some more!
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This 2 page layout is of various photos of my dd Emma in her first year of life!
And lastly this is a picture of my dh blowing the many candles out on his cake. Notice the smoky picture. LOL Good thing he is a fireman! Didn't I do a good job on his cake?
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I got my knee x-ray results back today. After 2 phone calls................. It is negative. I am glad they didn't find anything but that doesn't denounce that my knee doesn't hurt. The Prednisone isn't doing anything but what else can I do. Ice and Motrin continues at this point with no running. :( I really miss the running! I was down to 166 lbs on the scale this morning. I hope this Prednisone doesn't mess that up too bad. Well I am off to bed. I hope to either do some scrapping tomorrow or get ready for the all day crop at http://www.scrapbookbungalow.com/ Saturday. This is the second one and it is was a blast last month. Can't wait to do it again.
Oh here is a mini album I have been working on. I have a couple more pages to do on the inside. It is all Basic Grey supplies with the exception of the ribbon on the bind and the album itself is Stamp It! This album is a result of a challenge Rachel on the http://www.thescrapbooksite.com/ gave us earlier this year to take a photo every day for a month and scrap it. I did the month of April. I think it turned out ok. I will post more pictures and better pictures of it when I finish all the pages ok? Thanks for looking!
Monday, October 8, 2007
Well I have been asked to be a designer for a sketch website. I will post more about that later. It is such an honor. Here is a page I did at the crop Friday night.
Shannon from the Bungalow gave me the sketch and the materials came from a kit from http://www.thescrapbooksite.com/. With the exception of the American Craft vinyl Thickers and the Fancy Pants chipboard flourishes. The picture is of my dd posing at Granny Elsies on Easter. Can you tell she is used to posing for me? A little prissy perhaps. Well if that isn't proof enough check out this photo!
This was at cheerleading practice one evening. We were taking pictures for our t-shirts to wear at competition. Isn't she something?! Well I better call it a day! The morning comes so quickly.
Friday, October 5, 2007
I did get one 12 by 12 page done tonight from a sketch that Shannon at the Bungalow emailed me and a kit from www.thescrapbooksite.com. I will post pictures in a few days. Well I need to get some rest. Thanks for sharing in my life! :)
Monday, October 1, 2007
Well I have been bad shopping lately. Ordered the Barnyard kit from www.thescrapbooksite.com. It is the first kit I have ordered from them in awhile. I also ordered a second kit from www.zanyzinnia.com. It is a Halloween kit and they usually don't do anything for me but this one looks especially cute. I am looking forward to cropping this weekend. I turn 35 years old Friday and my and my friend Angie are going to a crop at our church actually. My dh is working and it is a gift to me. So I hope to have more goodies to post soon! Emma is over her chickenpox. She actually only missed 2 days of school. So the vaccination did reduce the severity of it.
I have a prayer request. A lady who was a Creative Memories Consultant back when I was one die today of Leukemia. She was a young lady with a dear husband and young family. It is so hard to see ones die so young. She was full of zest and really worked her CM business. Much more than I ever dreamed of. Pray for her family in this time of their loss.
Any watchers of the Grays Anatomy or Dancing with the Stars? As a matter of fact Dancing with the Stars is getting ready to come on. I was a tad disappointed in Grays last week. The whole Izzy and George adultery thing really bothers me. But at this point I will continue to watch it. Other than Survivor no other shows I am dying to watch. Oh I forgot one.............Project Runway in November. Love that show! Well I hope you all have a blessed week. I go weigh in in the morning for Week 3. I hope I had a good week. God Bless you all my dear friends.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
This is using the new Scenic Route patterned papers, diecuts, and chipboard. I also used Bazzill cardstock, American Crafts chipboard letters, and Creative Imaginations rub on letters.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Here is a picture from the crop I went to last weekend. It was a Cricut Swarm. I have not myself gotten bitten by the bug yet. :)
I am on the front right in the bright yellow shirt.
Monday, September 10, 2007
This is Foof-a-la patterned paper and rub-ons, bazzill chipboard letters, and Kraft cardstock all from http://www.scrapbookbungalow.com and my CM journaling pen.
I took this picture last year. I used Tinkering Ink patterned paper and diecut, Stampin Up pen, Making Memories metal signage, and Bazzill cardstock.
This is a picture of a bird on the roof of our old house. I enlarged it to 8 by 10 then exacted it's silhouette out. I used Scenic Route patterned paper and chipboard letters, Queen and Company plastic embellishment and chipboard letters, and #7 punch to make the chipboard circles into musical notes, stapler, and black ribbon unknown.
This is Emmas cheerleading picture from last year. I use Doodlebug cardstock, sticker letters, and patterned paper; Pressed Petals chipboard letter; and Creative Imaginations patterned paper. Everything but the chipboard letter came from a kit from http://www.thescrapbooksite.com a couple of months ago. I chalked the flowers on the one sheet of patterned paper and took Doodlebug bling and put in the centers of the flowers. Then I hand journaled with my CM pen the "you make me".
Thanks for looking!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Now as far as my crafting goes. I have several started projects: 2 mini albums, 1 altered item, and 3 pages that I need to finish. I have a hard time scrapping at home because of my small scrap table and my accumulation of supplies and messiness. It is stifling me. I have signed up for a few crops so hope to get some stuff done. We shall see! Say a little prayer for me!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
This second page is of my sweet friends daughter Taylor. She is so beautiful. Like her mama! I used the June kit from Faith Based Pages. Just added some chipboard letters. This also was a scraplift from a challenge at The Scrapbook Site.
Thanks for looking.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Well it is definitely back to work for me. No days off this week. Trying to save up money to reduce credit card debt and have money for beach. I am working today a 24 hour shift. I just completed a mini album for my ex-mother-in-law. It was something simple I wanted to do for her.
I am really enjoying my part time job. The foster mother is so genuine and frank which I admire. The boy has really touched my heart.
We have been finally putting pictures up on the wall and dh even bought a sofa table to put in our foyer. It only took a year but we are getting lots done. I don't know what it is. I surely ain't nesting but I have been so productive lately. Getting Emmas clothes organized and removing stuff that is too small or no longer being used. Cleaning the clutter in my bedroom. I have had a hard time getting back in a scrapping mood since my return. I just don't want to take anything for granted anymore. Well thanks for listening. Have a blessed week.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Well I made it home Sunday morning at 6 am. About half of our group became ill with flu like symptoms. I have only incurred allergies. Due to there being no air conditioner I slept with my windows open and the fan blowing. Spiritual warfare was strong there. Satan knew what our intent was and he tried to place obstacles in our path. But God reigned supreme. He had bigger plans. This 4th seems surreal after being in Brazil. The liberties we have we take for granted. Our country is such a rich country compared to so many others. Seeing those kids living in the conditions they are in with diseases, lack of running water, no electricity, and running the streets begging for money to eat their next meal makes me so grateful for what I have. I wanted to bring those kids home with me. Didn't think that would work with Customs? LOL I can't wait to see those people again. I tell ya I luv them. That was an experience I won't soon forget. Hard to think about scrappin after doing that. And you know it takes alot to make me forget about scrapping. I hope you enjoy the photos. I took almost 300 photos.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I can't beleive it. I just looked at my ticker and it is 10 days until departure for Brazil. I am so excited to see what the Lord will do through me. He is so good. I am trying to prepare my heart for what he has in store for me and for them.
Been working again this past weekend. I wish I had some way to iterate to everyone the importance of wearing their seatbelts. We have lost so many lives needlessly this past few weekends where a seatbelt could have made the difference. What does it take for people to realize the fragility of life?
I made some baby cards yesterday. I will take some up to the Bungalow tomorrow to sell. I think they turned out real cute. Enjoy!
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Well it has been a crazy week. I started a part time job this past week. I am not sure if I will keep at it. Emma gets out of school next week. We decided not to do summer camp. She will stay with her cousin some and my dad if needed. Not much scrapping lately other than the notepads I made for Emmas sunday school teachers 2 weeks ago. Trying to get together things I need for Brazil. Got me some luggage and a backpack. Now our group needs Polaroid One Step film and reading glasses. For Memorial Day we went to the D Day memorial. What an experience. The sacrifices they made for our countries freedoms. I got some great photographs.