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