Wednesday, November 9, 2011


As I wrote in an earlier post, I've been struggling with time management and just how I am using my time.  While nothing that I am doing is wrong in and of itself, I have been feeling led by the Holy Spirit to move from so much time on the internet visiting fun papercrafting sites to fulfilling a greater call--ACTION.  While I am still not sure what all that will entail, I do know that there are better ways for me to use my time.

I've just finished reading The Power of Simple Prayer by Joyce Meyers.  As I've read and studied, I am coming to realize that I am being called to be a blessing to others.  I cannot do that if I am sitting behind a computer looking at all the beautiful projects everyone else is creating.  I desire to share the blessing of creating with those that God lays on my heart.  Being able to craft and create is a blessing to me.  Cards and gifts I create can be a blessing to others.

Another avenue that God has been speaking to me through is Ann Voskamp's blog. Today I was moved to tears as I read her post and think about all that God has blessed us with and how little we really give.  Yes, we tithe faithfully.  Yes, we give to various needs.  But, do we ever hurt in our giving?  Do we truly reach out across barriers and share the love of Christ in tangible ways?  I desire to allow God to work in and through me to touch the lives of others--to bring light and love.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Combined Challenges

When creating a card, one of my favorite things to do it to combine challenges.  Heart-2-Heart and Mojo Monday Sketches are my favorite challenges, so when I can combine the two I have lots of fun.  This was one of those weeks when the challenges worked well together (color challenge--Autumn Terracota, Juniper, Bamboo--from H2H and fun sketch from Mojo Monday).  Plus, I had a little time to make a card.

I used a couple of retired CTMH stamp sets, Aspiration and Intrinsic Backgrounds, as well as a Verve Plain Jane Scripture stamp.  All the paper is from CTMH, mostly cardstock.  The button and fiber is from my stash.  I used a Cuttlebug folder and Nestabilities as well.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Birthdays Galore

In our family, there are seven birthdays to celebrate in the month of October.  The last three fall on two days, so I had three cards to make and get in the mail in a short time.  I'm a procrastinator and thought I was going to be seeing all three family members only to have things happen to prevent getting together.  Therefore, in the mail the cards needed to go and I had waited until the last minute to start them.  With that in mind, I knew the cards had to be relatively embellish free to go in the mail with a standard stamp. I'm not sure how all the stunning cards I see in the blogging world ever make it through the mail.  Hand delivery I guess...

Our oldest niece is in the "tween" stage and just moved into a new bedroom with pink, purple and turquoise colors.  Her card was kept simple and just utilized layers and textures in addition to images from CTMH stamps.
Our only nephew is one, so this is the cute little card I made for him using some scraps of paper and an adorable monkey from a retired CTMH stamp set.
Last, but not least, is a card for my dad.  He is an avid pheasant hunter, so I gave the card a "hunting" spin with another retired CTMH stamp set.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Holiday Wishes

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Start shopping today and get your stamp set in time to create fabulous Christmas cards.

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