Friday, December 13, 2013

December is half over!!!

Can you believe it?  How the days fly by ~ ... I hope you can pause a bit today and let me share some cards with you today.  Of course since we are in the Christmas Season ... the cards I have will fit the season.

The picture I took sure does not do this card justice - but it was cloudy and snowing that day and this was the best I could do.  The 'main' star is done is ivory glittered paper, and has a diamond gem in the center.  I took white ink and twirled a Q-Tip in it and brushed around it, to give it that glow.  The 'Gilded Gate' was a gift from a dear friend of mine, Marilyn who lives in Canada.  Isn't gorgeous and magnificent??  It reminds me of the gates of heaven.  I then took gold card stock and cut little pots, adorned them with small red paper punch flowers with white puffy paint in the center.  The greenery you see here are 6 on each side, paper punched leaf called Branch by Martha Stewart. The sentiment, goes to a well known Christmas song that I couldn't get out of my head that day -- hence the card!

This idea came to me while I was browsing a Christmas catalog somewhere.  They had metal Christmas trees with scrolls on them.  I thought to myself, 'I can do that!'.  So with green card stock I embossed it with my scroll folder, then cut the trees out in triangles.  Mounting the card, is green card stock, layered with Christmas paper by Graphic 45, layered with another gift from my good friend Marilyn.  (Isn't that so sweet of her?)  I then took white card stock and tore them up making it look like snow.  I placed two trees behind and one in front.  I took gray ink (London Fog) by Memento Ink; and I lightly brushed it on the torn paper making it look like snow drifts.  I stamped Merry Christmas by OTC.  I also decorated the trees with red and diamond gems.  I paper punched the star and stuck a bigger diamond gem on it to shine brightly, as it did the night Jesus was born.  

This was quite simple to make.  But I started off with red card stock, layered it with Kraft paper.  I then took white card stock and cut a thin strip with zig-zag scissors that are at least a hundred years old.  (They sure do not make things today like they did back then!)  As my scissors belonged to my Mom and they are still going strong.  I then layered the thin white strip with red gingham ribbon.  I die cut the circle from Spellbinders in green card stock.  The white scallop circle is from another good friend named Emily, who lives in Penn. ... gotta write her - been awhile since we have chatted.  :)  The red flower is die cut from Sizzix, which I made three separate flowers and bunched them all together in layers, to make it look this thick and full.  The gingerbread man is a brad, which I stuck through the flower before attaching it to the card.  The 'Merry Christmas' sentiment is a stamp from OTC.  So see?  It is all easy-peasy!

For my last Christmas card to show you today, is a very simple one.  On SCS website, I took part of a challenge that asked us to use holly on our cards.  Well I knew exactly which one I would use!  These corners are stamps by HOTP, I inked them with Memento Ink: Bamboo Leaves.  I took red marking pen and dotted the berries.  The sentiment, 'Merry Christmas' is a stamp by Stampabilities.  Also done in the same ink.  I then took diamond gems, which you can get at Wal-Mart for a couple of bucks a package of approximately 250 gems.  This is layered onto gold card stock which is on green card stock.  I was pleased how it turned out.  And I hope you are too.

May the Christmas Season stir up your creativity, your thankfulness and the love that God has for us toward each other.  God bless you all!  Jan

Monday, December 2, 2013

December is here!

This means Christmas is not far away anymore!  For many of us that means doing good deeds for the less fortunate.  I would like to focus on Matthew 6:1-4 for this line of thought.

Do Good to Please God

Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.  But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,  that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

The Pharisees and Sadducees in Jesus' day; loved the attention that came with being 'the important' figures of that day.  They'd stand on street corners and pray out loud long-winded prayers, so that people who saw them would say, 'Oh what a holy man he is!'  Today's bible passage tells us that God does not listen to that type of prayer, and these men have gotten their reward for praying that way - the attention of others that cannot possibly answer their prayers or meet their needs.

This Christmas season, when you do your 'good deeds'; only let the Heavenly Father see it.  This way, the person you helped will be blessed as well as yourself.  By doing this, you are laying treasures up in heaven.  May God bless you this week!

Now for a card to share with you:

 This rose is handmade in red CS called Heritage.  The corner died  cut, which I bought online and the flourish is another die cut that I cut out in sage green.  I layered this paper with design paper called, 'The Linen Closet'.   I stamped sentiment is from Sweet n' Sassy and the butterfly is paper punched with added diamond gems.

If you are interested in receiving these roses, I sell them 5 for $5.00 (this includes postage).  I am sorry with the postage being so expensive to mail these out - I must add it on, making this purchase as high as it is.  If you can leave me an email at; telling me how to reach you, and how many you want in what colors.  I can get these made for you.

May God bless you, this week and keep you all in His care!  Jan

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Day After Thanksgiving

I trust that everyone had a 'Gobble-Gobble' day yesterday!  That each one had much to be thankful for. 

I have two things to share with you today:  One, is I have made my gallery accessible to you, for viewing.  If you click on the flower to the right, it will take you right to my gallery.  If you see something that you have questions about, please jot down the name and date of the card (will be listed underneath it) and send a comment to me on this blog site. 

Second, I have many cards to share with you today.  With Christmas right around the corner, I am diligently making holiday cards.  Here are some I'd like to share:

All comments are welcomed.  I love to hear from each one of you ... May God bless you as you go about your lives this week.  Blessings Always!  Jan

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sharing Sunday

A friend of mine sent me this poem and I just fell in love with it.  I want to share it with all my blog friends!!  Enjoy - and have a wonderful Sunday!  God bless!  Jan

Shopping in Heaven

Read this story, and follow the recommendation at the end...

As I was walking down life's highway
Many years ago
I came upon a sign that read
Heavens Grocery Store..

When I got a little closer
The doors swung open wide
And when I came to myself
I was standing inside..

I saw a host of angels.
They were standing everywhere
One handed me a basket
And said 'My Child shop with care..'

Everything a human needed
Was in that grocery store
And what you could not carry
You could come back for more

First I got some Patience.
Love was in that same row.
Further down was Understanding,
You need that everywhere you go..

I got a box or two of Wisdom
And Faith a bag or two.
And Charity of course
I would need some of that too..

I couldn't miss the Holy Ghost
It was all over the place.
And then some Strength
And Courage to help me run this race.
My basket was getting full
But I remembered I needed Grace,

And then I chose Salvation for
Salvation was for Free
I tried to get enough of that to do
For you and me..

Then I started to the counter
To pay my grocery bill,
For I thought I had everything
To do the Masters Will.
As I went up the aisle
I saw Prayer and put that in,
For I knew when I stepped outside
I would run into Sin.

Peace and Joy were plentiful,
The last things on the shelf.
Song and Praise Were hanging near
So I just helped myself.

Then I said to The angel
'Now how much do I owe?'
He smiled and said: 'Just take them
everywhere you go.'

Again I asked 'Really now,
How much do I owe?'
'My child' he said, 'God paid your bill
A long long time ago.'

This poem has been sent to you
With love and for Blessings.

Have A Great Day................

Saturday, November 16, 2013

In God's Hands

Good Morning everyone!  I don't know about you, but I am going through what could be very stressful times -- but I know that I am in God's hands and He is in control.  What a wonderful place to be!  “For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” - Isaiah 41:13  No one can pluck you out - that is so comforting isn't it?  So when Satan starts in on you, saying you are not good enough, or you have blown it, God doesn't care about you.... DON'T listen to that!!  Remember Isaiah 41:13.  

Now for a few cards to show you ...  Christmas style!
 Isn't this a sweet sweet stamp and die set of Jesus in the manger?  I just love it.  With this stamp set comes many wonderful verses that claim the birth of our Lord Jesus.  It is from Sweet n' Sassy who makes and sells them.  Stamp setDie set.  Along with this card, I placed red gems in the corners and die cut the oval (Spellbinders) and placed a diamond in the star. 

I absolutely love the way this turned out, and I hope you will too.  The wreath is a stamp made by Inkadinkado, and I just love the way it looks.  I placed it on die cut ovals, one plain and one fancy.  Both by Spellbinders.  I placed ivory, pewter and diamond gems on it; when you move the card it glistens, so brilliantly.  I wish I could have captured that on this picture.  I stamped little design above and below the wreath which is from K & Co.  Added a satin bow in silver, and Merry Christmas sentiment from Sweet n' Sassy.

This card was not easy for me, as we had to case another person's card on the SCS website.  But I am happy with the way it turned out.  I die cut the scallop squares (2 small and 1 medium), then layered it with Neenah Card stock.  I stamped and colored the cardinal; stamp is from who else?  But Sweet n' Sassy.  Then fussy cut it out so that the Green scallop would show up more, on pop ups.  Red glitter glue on the berries.  Added the red gingham ribbon bought from Hobby Lobby.  And stamped Merry Christmas which is also from Sweet n' Sassy.

Those are my new Christmas cards to show you.  I hope you enjoyed looking at them and as always love love love to hear from you all.  Know that I am so touched each time I read a comment.  May God bless each one you today and always! Jan

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Times are in His Hands

Hello Everyone!  I have something I would like to share with you today.  Matthew 26:1-5,  'Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”  Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”

 I want you to noticed the last line of this bible verse, 'But they (the chief priests, scribes and elders) said, 'Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people'.  

The Passover feast, lasted 7 days.  Now Jesus held 'the last supper' with his disciples on the first day of the Passover feast.  Shortly afterwards, he went to Gethsemane to pray, and be arrested to be crucified.  

The priests, scribes and elders  planned to arrest Jesus after the Passover feast, however, Jesus knew it would be during the Passover feast.  We know this because in John 19:31-37, it tells us why Jesus had to be taken down one day early.  Because they were still celebrating the Passover.  

I think this is interesting, how the 'best laid plans' in our lives; are not always God's plans, nor His timing.  Acts 1:7, 'It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.'  and Isaiah 55:8-9, 'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.'

Hopefully I will be back later to share some cards with you.  In the meantime I have posted some earlier, on October 26th.  God bless each of you today!  Jan

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Thief In The Night ~ Are you ready?

I had a wonderful devotional this morning and felt compelled to share it:  This is from 'Love Worth Finding" by Adrian Rodgers.

Like a Thief in the Night
“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:2
There was a man who went shopping and left his car and house keys in the ignition. When he returned, his car was gone. The next morning he discovered his car in the driveway with a note that said, “I was in an emergency. I’m very sorry. I needed your car. Here are two tickets for the Dallas Cowboys game.”
The man went in and told his wife, “You won’t believe this! There’s our car, and look! We’ve got tickets to a Dallas Cowboys game!” They went to the game, and when they came home, their house had been cleaned out!
Friend, they never expected it, and that’s the point. That’s how the Lord Jesus Christ is going to come – as a thief in the night.
How would you live your life if you knew the Lord was coming back in the next 24 hours?

Saturday, October 26, 2013

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” - 2 Peter 3:9

2 Peter 3:9 is an interesting Bible verse isn't it?  What exactly does it mean?  This promise here is the promise God gave us (the Believers) to Jesus coming back for us, the promise of God bringing judgement on those who have not accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior.  God is still patiently waiting for those who have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior to do so.  If you are a believer, you must be so thankful that God had not come before you were saved, otherwise you would have received His judgement instead of His mercy and grace. 

No our God is not slack, he is not lazy, but long-suffering - patiently waiting for those who will accept Christ to do so.  He loves us so much He is not willing for anyone to perish, but to have everlasting life.  If you have not accepted Christ, won't you do that today, right now?  Just pray, asking Jesus to come into your life, forgive you of your sins, and help you to live for Him.  Let Him work in your life and heart.  Read your bible daily, for in this you will find God's will for your life.  A life better than you could ever imagine for yourself!  So what are you waiting for?  Ask Him now - He is waiting for you. 

Okay I am waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay overdue for showing my creations!  I do apologize for that!  I have got the house on the market and looking for low income housing for myself, having to go through all that government tape so to speak on filling out papers and making copies etc ... to get on this year waiting list.  And as many of you know, when life throws a bunch of stuff at you, something is going to suffer.  In my case it has been my blog site.  So again I apologize for now and in the future as I still have to pack, downsize, sell the house and find a place to live.  Oh the joy ....  Count it all joy our bible tells us! 

I just love the way this card turned out.  I normally do not toot my horn, but I love the rustic, fall look of this card.  The background dp gives this card some flavor, as the pumpkin, the stamped vines on it, and the die cut vines and leaves give it color don't you think?  I love this butterfly; if you are interested in buying them here is a link to the lady who makes them.  My sentiment stamp comes from Sweet n Sassy.  A wonderful website to buy high quality stamps!

This card called for chipboard.  The cross was painted in off white paint, then stamped with a bg stamp by Inkadinkado Stamps.  Heat embossed it in rust embossing powder.  I also die cut my ovals and added small pearls and diamond gems to them.  On the bottom I stamped my sentiment by Kaiser Crafts.  The bg paper I believe is from K & Company.  

This is from a sketch challenge, I love this pink design paper.  It is so fresh and vintage!  I die cut ovals, stamped the Gibson girl in brown to give it an antique look.  Added a bow in the corner.  The trick to this card is the squares, you have got to measure them and make sure they will equally fit, so not to ruin the edges underneath.  

Doesn't this card make a good masculine card?  I love the brown plaids with the striped ribbon on this card.  The diagonally bg paper looks great against the plaid.  The ivory pearls give it the added elegance it needed.  My horse stamp from Studio 112 is stamped in brown ink along with my Sweet n Sassy sentiment stamp.  We all know how strong horses are, so I do believe the sentiment does it justice.  

This was actually the first time I ever weaved paper on a card.  It was an inspirational piece, of a purse with this type of lines on it.  I then cut squares and triangle them,  and placed pewter colored gems on them.  The rugged edges gives it a masculine touch as well. 

For my last one, I would like to show you a flower I layered with a crochet flower, gold button and pearl.  I really think it makes this card come alive.  My bg rose papers came from OTC, which I bought two sets of, as I am in love with this paper!  My Happy Birthday stamp is from Verve, another great company with lots of neat stamps and die cuts! 

I hope you enjoyed this blog today -- I am so sorry it has been such a long long time!  I will try and not be a stranger from now on.  God bless all of you!  Jan

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Are we looking up?

Luke 21:28 tells us to look up!  “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."  

We watch and read the news; we think how much worse can things get?  People get killed, wars break out, diseases run rampart, and our country's moral is down the toilet.  Is there any wonder why we look down?  But the Bible tells us to look up!  For when these things grow worse and worse at huge proportions, we know our Lord is coming for us!  What a fantastic reason to look up!  

For the Bible tells us in Acts 1:9-11, "Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

Jesus went up, and someday soon He will come back down to receive us.  So!  Start looking up today!  Look up when things are going down, for our Lord is coming for us soon!

I have some cards to share with you as always.  

A cousin of mine made these crochet flowers, are they not the cutest things you ever saw???  I saw them and I knew I had to have some.  What you see here, is her flowers which I added another paper punched flowers to, buttons and then an adhesive pearls.  I also die cut the oval (Spellbinders), the Princess Tree (Cheery Lynn's), the bird was given to me.  I stamped 'Happy Birthday' (PSX) with Paris Dusk.  A stamp I found for .50 cents at a Goodwill!  Not too shabby eh?  The front of my card I cut up shorter and replaced it with a doily border, to give it a look of elegance.  

I you are interested in purchasing these crochet flowers here is the link to do so:  Crochet Flowers.    Just stroll down and you will see them packaged up and the instructions on how to get them for yourself!

My next card is similar to the one above but smaller.

Again, I cut the front shorter and added the elegant doily border, this time adding ribbon to the top.  Another die cut oval from Spellbinders.  Added small flowers and leaves and red gems.  The birthday stamp is from PSX.  My .50 cent buy!  Whoot!

Another card with one of those crochet flowers is next!

 As you can see I really went gun-ho on this one!  The CS of the flower is made from two die cuts (Spellbinder and Sizzix).  I then placed my crochet flower and added an old (very old) gold button which I cut off the back part so it would be flat.  I added a die cut leaf, from my poinsettia die cuts.  Oval die cut with birthday stamped (Verve).  There is Tule in the bg and the DP is from OTC.  

I hope you enjoyed today's devotional and cards.  As usual I love to hear from you so leave me a comment or a critic whichever suits your fancy.  If you haven't already joined my blog I would love it if you would!!  May God bless you all!  Jan

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Here we are in September and I can wait ....

till the weather gets cooler and the leaves start turning their beautiful fall hues.  

The month of August was a tough month for me; and I barely got out of it alive.  LOL  The Lord has been good to me; and has sustained me for whatever purpose He has on the agenda for me.  Ever wonder what God is prepping you for?  What life's trials are getting you ready for?  I wondered that last month, I felt the Lord testing me; and I just prayed that I would pass with flying colors.  In reality I think I barely scooted by with a D-minus.  He has taught me to trust Him (which was not an easy feat - I have a hard time trusting people); and I think He wanted me to trust Him even when things were not going so great.  He showed me loving people who's hearts are pure gold, there to help me along that really rough road.  

So in 'Love Worth Finding' by Adrian Rogers;  I received a wonderful devotional thought which I wanted to share with you:

All Things Are Under His Feet
“For He hath put all things under His feet. But when He saith all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted, which did put all things under Him.” - 1 Corinthians 15:27
God has given us kingdom authority. Jesus said, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).
When problems get over your head, remember they are under His feet.
You need not be discouraged when troubles strike. It is the pathway your Savior has walked before you. It is the way of the cross, and He has won the victory!
·         Write down the hardest thing you have to deal with today.
·         Now, put that paper on the floor.
·         Look down on it.
Now you have a glimpse of God’s vantage point over the problems in your life.
Remember … “He hath put all things under His feet.”

Puts things in perspective doesn't it?

I do have some cards to share with you today.

This card was for a challenge called 'Featured Stamper'  each week, a person is picked to be a Featured Stamper.  We go looking at her gallery and pick a card to case.  Here I used regular white CS, layered pink CS and embossed it with 'Swiss Dots' embossing folder.  I then chose this lovely rose pattern design paper, satin ribbon and rose stamp, which I colored with color pencils.  I also used a stamp for the sentiment, from Sweet n Sassy.   I love this card and hope you do too!

I chose Amazing Grace hymn, bird stamp which is colored with color pencils (Inkadinkado), went with a Sympathy sentiment (Kaiser Craft), added lace and changed the colors.

This card I cased from another card on SCS.  Carol known as BobbiesGirl, card is below:

 As you can see the similarities between the two cards , you can also see the things I changed from her card while keeping the same outline and layout.  

 This one I called, 'My Weird Card' ... it was for an Inspirational Challenge - and the website where we had to choose was very awkward for me... I just could not pick something - so I went with the majority of the colors this website used.  I used my branch stamp from Sweet n sassy and stamped in gray ink from both sides.  I then used chalk and clouded in the yellow on top and the gray on bottom.  For a spot of color I added my red bird.  The sentiment is a stamp from Inkadinkado.

So I guess I will leave you with this today.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will leave a comment as I always love to hear from you.  May God bless you this week!  Jan

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Can you believe August is more than half over?

 Today I read a very interesting devotional.  It stated that a life not lived for Christ is a wasted life.  And it is so true!  Think back before you were saved, what did you do with your time?  I am not proud of it, but I spent it drinking, swearing and only thinking of myself.  I was selfish and full of pride.  I look back on that now; and think - what a wasted life!  What a waste of time!  I thought I was happy - but I wasn't,  I thought I had the world by the tail - but I didn't.  I praise the Lord my God, that I do not have to live that life anymore.  My life has changed from night to day, from darkness to light.  Excuse the cliche' but it is true.

Psalm 44:22 says this, 'For Your sake we are killed all day long.  We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.'  --  I use to read this and think how awful!  There is a better way to look at this.  When we accept Christ we are new creatures in Him.  Our old life is passing away; in other words we are killed all day long - our sins that we are forsaking now, are being killed.  In place we are becoming alive in Christ as we mature in Him.  It is like a cigarette addiction; at first when we stop smoking, it is hard, very hard ... but as time goes by and we refrain from those cigarettes .. it becomes easier and easier.  Till one day, we do not even think about it anymore.  Likewise our life in Jesus becomes easier as we lean on the Holy Spirit's indwelling in us, our faith in Christ Jesus, our daily walk centered on the will of our Heavenly Father. 

So when I read my devotional this morning and read about a revival preacher, named Billy Sunday who preached in the 1920s.  I was elated to know that this statement affected me, as well as the Holy Spirit within me.  Quoting Billy Sunday, "That the deathbed repentance is “burning the candle of life for the devil, and then blowing the smoke in God’s face.”

Folks are you burning the candle of your life for Satan; or are you living for Jesus?   It is never too late to turn to Him.  Turn to Jesus now.  He is always there listening for you.

--  Now I do have some cards I want to share with you today.

The first one is for the Tea Potter's Challenge.  It required using strawberries.  Well I just loved the first one I did, so I made a second one as well.  Both are taken.

The second one is here:

As you can see I used the same Red CS from Heritage Pack.  I used the same strawberry image which I colored with color pencils and for the seeds I used fabric puffy paint.  And I used the same ribbon to make my bows.  The difference, is the sentiments, both are from Sweet n Sassy.  And the DP are a bit different.  Both have polka dots though.  

Speaking of Polka dots, there was another challenge that required the use of dots in our cards.

This was 'Free for All' challenge.  I ran out of 12 x 12 White CS, so used the Black instead by Darcie.  I then used white CS 8 x 11 size and cut it down.  I layered an aqua dot DP and then added a die cut oval (Spellbinders).  I stamped the sentiment which is from Stampabilities, and the Tea cup stamp is from HOTP.  Adding a pearl to the pencil colored image.  

My next card is for Word Art Wednesday challenge.  

I used dark gray CS which was given to me from a new friend, Nancy on SCS.  Such a wonderful lady and so much fun to chat with each week.  I took it and embossed it with my brick embossing folder.  I then used my die cut window (Spellbinders) and backed it up with wood embossing brown CS.  Cut out the window frame inside and ran the bible verse on scrolled velum paper, backed with white CS.  I popped up the shutters so they would looked opened.  I also used paper punched leaves and small flowers are from another wonderful lady who makes these on E-Bay and sells them.  

I have one more that was made for the Sweet n Sassy sketch challenge.  
The keyword here was to use a sunflower on the card.  So I went to my trusty sunflower stamp I have by 'Local King Rubber Stamps'.  I used colored pencils to color it in.  I cut the corners of my white CS with Friskars corner cutters.  The pendant is made of ribbon which has sunflowers / daisies on them.  The Gold and Sage CS again is from my friend Nancy.  The sentiment stamp, you guessed it from 'Sweet n Sassy'.  

I sure hope you enjoyed all these.  As always, love hearing from each one of you.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the sweet comments you leave me.  It is so uplifting and comforting!  God bless you all!  Jan

Monday, August 12, 2013

It has been awhile ...

I have a few cards to show you today!

This card I made for my lab technician Jo.  She is the only one who gets to stick me with a needle when I go for blood work.   This past month she has had to draw a LOT of blood from me ~ and she gets it out of my hand!  No one and I mean NO ONE touches me in the crook of my arm - not even my purse straps!  So I wanted to thank her for her wonderful talent and patience with such a baby as myself.  The card has a huge 'blood drop' which I printed off the computer, and inside stamped the sentiments:  Each day is a gift (Sweet n Sassy) and Thanks so much (Verve).  I added a silver flourish and hand-made red rose to a black die cut oval (Spellbinders), the background I printed off the Internet and layered it on red card stock from Heritage Pack.  

My next card ...

This is the result of a 'Sketch Challenge'.  I started off with Pink Card Stock from Bazzill,  The middle part of my card, I used a Sage Green Card Stock that I got as a gift from a dear friend, Nancy S.  Layered it with a beautiful floral DP from Judi Lee Design Paper.  The smaller square, I used again the Sage Green, Pink CS and White CS where I ran off the computer the Bible verse, that came from Word Art Wednesday Challenge; Isaiah 25:4.  Then added a paper punched butterfly out of the Sage Green CS added pink gems and a big pink satin bow.  

My next card ...

This card I tried something different.  I really like the way it turned out.  First I used blue chalk and made my cloud background.  I then added my grass stamp from Sweet n Sassy, using Bamboo Leaves Ink.  I then used my flower stamps (both) Sweet n Sassy.  However this time instead of using an ink pad - I used marking pens.  I just love the way they turned out!!  This is a cool way of making your flowers look different on your cards.  The butterflies are stamped with Paris Dusk Ink, (Sweet n Sassy).  I added diamond gems for the body.  Last but not least, I added the sentiment stamp from Inkadinkado - a message that is good throughout the ages and will be forever!  

Are you ready for one more card?

This card was another Word Art Wednesday challenge.  The sentiment is a Bible verse they chose to use for this challenge.  I started with Blue CS, layered with a rich red DP from K & Company (I think)...  which I corner cut.  I added a Die Cut oval (Spellbinders), paper punched flowers, (red centers were bought from a private seller).  Added half a green flourish in the corner.  

I hope you enjoy these.  Maybe they will inspire you to make something today.  When it comes to sharing God's Word - remember no matter how small or how big we do this, nothing is done in vain.  Your heartfelt creations will never go unnoticed by God.  And He will bless you and keep you in His precious care.  

As always - I love to hear from you!
God bless!  Jan

Friday, August 2, 2013

Are we more like Jesus today than we were yesterday?

Today Bible passage I want to concentrate on is found in 2 Corinthians 3:7-9 & 14, 18.

But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. 

 This passage sometimes is hard to understand.  It talks about the 10 Commandments that God gave Moses on Mt. Sinai and compares it to the Grace and Gift of Eternal life through Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit until that day comes.  

You see everyone is a sinner, no one could possibly live their life completely sinless, following the 10 Commandments.  God did not send those to the people to make their lives a failure - but to show them, that they needed a Savior and could not live a sinless life.  So this is why the Bible calls the 10 Commandments the 'ministry of death'.  And the ministry of Christ death and resurrection, 'ministry of life'.  Filling us with the Holy Spirit to make us more and more like Christ, forgiving us of all past, present and future sins.

14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.  

 Symbolically, when Christ died on the cross, the veil in the Holy of Holies, of the Jewish temple was ripped from top to bottom.  This would have been an impossible task for any man to do.  The thickness of the veil was so thick only God could rip it.  And with Christ being on the throne, having victory over death and hell - we who have accepted Christ as our Savior, can come directly to him through prayer, His word, and ask what we will.  No more do we have to go through a priest, who went in alone once a year before the ripping of the veil.

18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 

Are we being 'transformed into the same image from glory to glory'?  In other words each day are we becoming more like Jesus?  Are we studying His Word, are we praying and thanking him for what He has done for us?  Are we being living testimonies to the unsaved?  Well only you can answer those questions.  I pray that you will do that today.  

Due to illness this past week, I have not created any new cards.  But will try to get back into the swing of things soon.  I thank you for your patience.  May God bless you always!  Jan  

Saturday, July 27, 2013

How long is too long for a Pity Party?

Oh my!  I enjoy your uplifting words so much - and you do make me feel better.  I just wish the circumstances would get better just as easy.  I had me a good cry this morning -- and then started back up on my cards.  The first one, just came to me (gee I wonder why?)  I hope it will give you all a good laugh!

As you can pretty well tell, I started off with black CS from Darcie.  Found this picture on my Print-Master program and could not pass it up!  I computer generated the sentiment in white, 'Okay, This can't be Good'.  Paper punched some leaves and took black marker pen and made dots all around the frame.  This card was for an Inspiration Challenge found on SCS.

This is a bit brighter don't ya think?  I actually had half of this done last week, and came back to it today, adding the sky/clouds.  The butterflies, the diamonds in each heart and body of the butterflies.  The sentiment is from Sweet n Sassy, 'I am the Vine'.   

This card is a combined to suit two challenges today.  One is the sketch challenge, the other is layering.  CS- Black by Darcie, DP, is computer generated and found online.  Two squares cut out in white and red (the red does not show up very well in this picture unfortunately).  I stamped in memento ink- black.  Both stamps are by Sweet n Sassy.  The sentiment reads, 'When life gets too hard to stand, kneel'.  So perfect for my week!  I then edged a little scrap of paper and placed diamonds on it.  to stay tuned into the sketch which called for this little detail.

My last card was to show off 'Summer'.  This will make it way to another Tea Potter from SCS, for the tickle challenge.  This is when we send cards to each other.  Again, I found this online and cropped part of it off.  I then ran it off the computer, took gold glitter and placed in the outside holes.  Then took fawn gems and placed them in the inside holes.  Inside the sun, I stamped the sentiment from (who else) Sweet n Sassy!  It reads, 'Never doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light.'  

Well this is it folks - it is late and I am tired.  I hope you all enjoy my cards - may God bless you always!  Jan

Friday, July 26, 2013

How long is too long???

Oh my goodness!  I cannot believe how many days have gone by since I have posted anything.  It has been a real bad couple of weeks for me, not only physically, but mentally as well.  I just can't seem to get my creative juices flowing -- as well as dealing with low red blood cell counts (we are talking dangerously low ~)  I have always thought, if the Lord wasn't holding me up, I'd drop dead in a heartbeat.  More lab work, pain, and the stress of non-existent finances ... it has been a trying few weeks, and no light at the end of the tunnel is to be seen.

I have pleaded to the Lord, 'Am I on the right track?';  Even my faith has taken a fall, 'Do you even care Lord?'.  "Where are you?'  I know we all feel like this from time to time.  The thing of it is, I become a hermit when I am like this - there is no where to go. 

My heart is crying out because a close friend of mine is going through some horrible heartaches this month as well -- and my heart just goes out to them so much -- that I am at a lost for the right words to comfort them.  But like her, I hang on to the promises I know the Lord will keep. 

So I have tucked myself behind the scenes --  and struggled on.  With the refrigerator almost empty, except for condiments - my cupboard filled with green beans and corn - it does not whet the appetite.  Bills that are not going to get paid next month, even my make-up is gone and there is no money to buy new.  I can't face the world without it.  I have been faithful, I have tithes, I have given to others freely, I have done for others and tried to lead them to our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. 

 I have even gone on an job interview; (something I have not done is many years - because of my disabilities).  Reading the face of the employer - you know my resume' hit the garbage can as soon as I drove off their parking lot.  I am still selling my cards; but the sales have not been what I need.  I have kept up on my tithes. 

Can there be a prayer chain going out for me this week?  Anyone out there know what I am doing wrong?  My back is against the wall - and there is no one to turn to but to Jesus, my all and all. 

If I am forced to shut off my TV, Internet and Phone -- this may be my last posting.  For then I shall be cut off from the world. 

I will share what cards I have done approx 2 weeks ago now???

Any questions on any of these is always welcomed.  I will check for comments.  But for now I will just show my pictures.

I love this verse on this card ...  'Believe every day that something wonderful is about to happen.'   Who knows ... maybe something will.  May God bless you all - I love you in Christ!  Jan

Monday, July 8, 2013

Good Evening!

I am sorry I have been missing in action here.  I am having health problems this week to 'gear' through.  I certainly didn't want to get so far behind so I decided to bite the bullet and show off some cards tonight. 

I tried my hand out again on free inking.  This was one of the challenges on SCS.  The challenge was to make a card with your state's flowers / trees.  Well for Arkansas it is 'Apple Blossom Trees'.  I have always called them the Redbuds. And as luck would have it - I had the perfect stamp for this challenge!

I first inked up the clouds with Memento Ink: Summer Sky.  Then stamped my trees, which is from Sweet n' Sassy.  Colored them mauve color, and center in yellow.  I then added pink gems to them.  I also used brown color pencil and marker for the branches.  I then took my silhouette stamps, also from Sweet n' Sassy, and added two black birds.  The sentiment stamp is from?????  You guessed it!  Another wonderful stamp by Sweet n' Sassy.  

This challenge was from a fun bunch of ladies whom I adore!  Tea Potter's challenge.  This week's recipient is going to a lovely lady who is celebrating her 100th birthday!   She is into quilts and sheep - so what I did (since I'm incompetent at sewing); I took 2 different patterns of triangles and arranged them in such a way, to make it look like a quilt.  I then took dotted lines to make 'stitches'.  All in all I think it came out pretty cute.  I added a yellow gingham ribbon and three sheep which I had to also run off the Internet, fussy cut, then go over it in pearl fabric paint and snow pen, for the wool.  There is a lady who sells these, but I had ran out of them and had to do this the hard way.  The H-B-Day stamp is from PSX, which I stamped in Memento Ink: Paris Dusk and centered it on yellow paper which I cut the corners with Friskars corner punch.  

I saw this sentiment in a catalog somewhere, and it made me think of a white box with plenty of color on the outside.  So hence the idea for this card. I cut strips of different 'primary' colors, and layered them starting from the outside working in.  I then ran my computer generated sentiment through PrintMaster program.  Die cut my butterfly and layered diamond gems for the body.  And Ta-Da - a card was born!

I know the 4th of July was last week - but did not want you to think I skipped over this holiday.  This was a fun and somewhat hard card to make, but I muddled through it.  As you can see I layered star patterned DP onto Blue, then added Red on top of that.  I used the Bible verse 2 Chronicles 7:14 and printed that off on the printer.  Cut it in the banner shape.  I also made these stars on PrintMasters and printed them off.  I folded each line so that the star would pop up.  To give it more of a 3-D appearance, I used pop ups underneath as well.  I then added diamond gems to the stars and rubies to the banner.  

This bible verse speaks volumes to us today.  For anyone can see that America is losing a lot Christian liberty and standing in this day and age due to wrong beliefs and abominable laws being voted into our system.  God speaks to us just as much as He spoke to the people in the Old Testament.  'If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.' 2 Chronicles 7:14  We need to pray for our country each day. 

I pray that you all had a wonderful holiday last week.  And I hope you will continue to visit me and leave a comment or two!  Love hearing from all of you.  God bless!  Jan

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wednesday's Wonderment

Good Morning Everyone!

Today's Scripture comes from Luke.  Luke 13:1-5, "There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?  I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

 I think sometimes people get the wrong idea about living the Christian life.  They think that if they have repented, and accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, life will be perfect.  They sometimes think that nothing bad will happen to them or loved ones.  --  Then when something horrible happens, like a death in the family, a divorce, financial or health problems arise; they think to themselves, 'What did I do to deserve this?'  'I must have sinned terribly to have this done to me!'  

Today's passages tell us differently.  Jesus was talking to his disciples here, asking them, 'Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?'   --  Again He asked them, 'Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? What was Jesus' answer to these two questions?  It was "No".  Plus He gave us instructions on how to live our lives.  We are to repent (that means to change, to believe differently accordingly to God's Word; to 'die' to the old nature, and live with the 'new nature' of Christ Jesus in us).  Jesus went on to say, we will perish likewise if we do not repent.  Did you noticed the word, 'likewise'?  Just like the unbeliever will die, so will the believer; but unlike the unbeliever we will not perish and go to hell, but live eternally in heaven with our Heavenly Father.  

So when bad things happen to you ... don't think it is because you have done something terribly wrong, or did a worse sin than another.  The rain falls on the righteous as well as the unrighteous.  Give your burdens to the Lord; He will help you stand.  


I have a couple of cards I have to show you today.

The Tea Potter's group challenge this week was a plunge into summer!  I came up with a beach theme as you can see.  I started with a bluish turquoise card stock, lined it with tan cs from Heritage.  Taking my white Card Stock I inked on some clouds with Memento Ink: Bahama Blue.  I then added DP that looked like water.  For the sand I tore two pieces of the tan card stock, and popped it up to put the umbrella 'into the sand'.  The umbrella, bucket and shovel; plus the sun were images that I fussy cut and used popped up to make them appear 3-D.  My sentiment stamp - is from Verve.  

My second card today is:

The batteries in my camera died on me yesterday.  And I had not realized how crooked my oval was on my card.  Rest assured, I did fix it on the original and it is centered now, but I cannot take a picture of it today, till I get more batteries.  This card was for a color challenge.  The three colors we were to use:  Light Aqua, Golden yellow, and Light gray. I usually do not use these colors together, so had a hard time coming up with a card for this challenge.  But here it is!  The oval is die cut from Spellbinders, the flowers are paper punched from Paper Studios punches.  I ran a digi image from DragonFly Laser, and then colored it with markers and color pencils.  I also placed a black gem on the bird's eye.  Then added a bow from a silver satin ribbon.  The inside of the flowers, I placed diamond gems to give it a bit of sparkle.

I hope you enjoyed this post today.  As always, love to hear from you.
God bless you this week!  Jan

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Musings

Good Morning Everyone!

I have a question for you.  Are you planting, watering or giving increase in your life?  This morning's passage is 1 Corinthians 3:6, 'I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.'  This passage really spoke to me this morning; and for those of us who make Christian cards and sell them (or give them out to someone).  We can take this Bible verse to heart.
1.  When we created our cards with Scriptures; we are planting.
2.  Those who buy our cards; and then gives them out to someone else: Waters.
3.  And finally; whether this person is encouraged, uplifted, or made happy simply for receving this card:  is the result of God's increase.

So again I ask you.  Are you planting, watering or giving increase with the gift God has given you?  

I do have a couple of cards I can share with you this morning.

This card was the made for the 'Inspirational' challenge on Splitcoaststampers (SCS).  The inspiration I used was from this photo (pillow below):

For this challenge as you can see (above picture) I used my butterfly stamp from Sweet n Sassy, colored in the butterflies to reflect this pillow.  This was an easy card to make and I know you can do it, if you put your mind to it.  Take the challenge, stamp on some butterflies and color them orange!

This card was a challenge where one person on SCS has been chosen to be the 'Featured Stamper'.  The challenge then is for us to go to this person's gallery, choose one card to case (copy).  Your case must have at least 2 things different from the original card.  I started off with a beautiful red CS, from Heritage Pack, layered it in two different DP.  One from Authentique, and the other was from a private seller.  I die cut the fancy oval with Spellbinder.  Popped up the die cut coffee cup, added the blue flowers and pearls and twine bow.  The sentiment I generated from my computer which reads, 'I put instant coffee in the microwave and almost went back in time.'  Is that cute or what?

Well as always, I value your comments.  Thanks for stopping by. May God bless you this week!  Jan