Archive | August, 2009

Don’ t Fret Dearie….

28 Aug

I made this set of cards for my cousin as a birthday present. Her husband Pastors a church where we live and I know that she uses cards to encourage others. So, Dawn’s scattered showers set, it totally perfect for encouragement cards. I used scripture essentials 1 from Cornish Heritage Farms….love the font!


I used Proverbs 3:5 & 6:
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Pro 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Perfect scripture for encouragement….don’t you think?
I heat embossed the umbrella and cut out the inside portion of the image, so the scripture can show through the front.

I used some super yummy Lemonade collection from Basic Grey. I also made my own card box. Too much fun! Made a clear box lid and tied a bow to hold it all together.

Here is the collection of cards…..They all have the same image, sentiment and scripture. All the papers are from the Lemonade collection. Super easy to make with a unique flair that you can’t get from the stores.
Thoughts:
Well I have been saying that I’d share a story with you and since the cards above are about encouragement…..I’ll take the que and share some encouragement with you.
I recently had a conversation with a friend, who feels like she’s in a pit. Well we have all been there. It reminded me of a story that I once heard about an old goat that feel into a dried up well. The farmer was so upset and searched and searched for the goat. Finally the farmer found that his goat fell into the dried up well. The farmer knew how deep the well was and couldn’t get the goat out with a ladder or rope. So the farmer started filling the old well, with dirt and debris.
Now if I were the goat….I’d be confused. I’d feel like was being buried alive. How could my care taker just bury me alive? I didn’t mean to fall in the well… it’s not fair! Isn’t he going to help me? I was just walking and fell. If I was this goat, I would be tempted to give up. Especially after shovel, after shovel, after shovel full of dirt and debris kept falling upon me…. The farmer knew that the only way to get the goat out was to fill the well with dirt and debris, so the goat can climb out the well. The farmer wasn’t trying to bury the goat alive, he was saving the goat…
Each time the goat was dumped on, he used the dirt and debris as a stepping stone, like the farmer designed. The goat didn’t give up and allow himself to be buried alive. He used the dirt and debris to make a stronger foundation under him and that foundation lifted him out of the dried up well (or pit).
I know that we are not goats…but we can learn a lot from this old goat, that refused to be buried alive. See life will sometimes put us in a dried up well/pit. There are times when we make the pit ourselves with poor decisions and sometimes we are walking along and fall into well/pit that we didn’t dig.
We have a farmer that knows our troubles and how to get us out of our pits of discouragement, loneliness, anger, misunderstanding and bitterness. There are times when God can lift us up out of the pits in a moment and then there are times, when the pit is there to provide us a stronger foundation.
During these seasons of life, God has not abandoned us. God is with us every step of the way. See the pits in our life are not suppose to break us, but make us. We may not understand why all these bad things are happening. You may ask yourself what have I done to deserve this? This isn’t how I thought my life would be? This isn’t what I signed up for….. Where is God? I have lived for you Lord, I thought he loved me?
God isn’t trying to punish us but God is allowing our foundations to become stronger. Our relationship with the Lord will be strengthen through prayer, reading the word. Our faith and trust will grow stronger. God is allowing us to become more like him and grow closer to him.
Remember Ecclesiastes 3:1:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
and Ecclesiastes 3:6 says:
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
We love a time to get… and over look a time lose…. Life isn’t perfect and won’t be. Things are not fair on this side of eternity. But, we do have hope and a faithful God, who loves us so much that he wants us to become more like him. He loves us so much to help us out of the pits of life, either by doing it for us or equipping us to get out ourselves, through prayer, the Word, faith and trust.
We have a peace that passes all understanding….
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:6
and Romans 8:28 says:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
There is so much to share, and so many more scriptures…..but this post is already uber long. My desire and prayer is that you are encouraged if you are going through a rough season and don’t understand why. Know that God loves you and is with you every step of the way. God is for you!
Many Blessings and have a great day!
Mary

You’re a Treasure!

26 Aug

Gotta love Kim Hughes…..I love her stamping style, clean and simple. This is a Birthday card that I made for one of my boys friends.
Things have been uber crazy around our home. Getting the boys ready for school, finding work, planning and preparing for a prayer revival in sept. Lots to do and trying to fit some creative time in, seem to be impossible. LOL!
Samuel is turning 8 years old and we are preparing for his birthday party…he is sooo excited!
Hope to see you in a day or two.
Many Blessings,
Mary

Blog Candy Alert…

24 Aug

The sweet and most talented Sharri from iStamp4u, is sharing some uber delish blog candy in celebration of her 1 year blogaversary! Make sure you stop by and visit. Her blog is full of inspiration as well.

Talk with you soon!

Mary

Hey There, Cowboy!

24 Aug


Good Morning! I made this card for one of Samuel’s friends for his birthday. His friend is totally into cowboy stuff and loved his card!
This is an adorable set from Gina K Designs, illustrated by Theresa Mober, who is uber talented!
I’ll be back later today to share a story with you….
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a super splenderific Monday!
Many Blessings,
Mary

Deets: Stamps – Gina K Designs – Out West, Ink: Memento-Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark and Copic makers (All from Gina K Designs) Paper: SU! True Tyme, Making Memories boys collection. Accessories: Stitching from my sewing machine, twine for the rope and a button from my collection.

Have a Cherry day!

18 Aug

Good Morning! How are you doing? We are doing well. I love this colander full of cherries from Lockhart stamps. It’s too stinkn‘ cute! I used some of my super yummy Cosmo Cricket scraps…they go perfectly with the image. colored with Copic makers.

This morning is a quick post….will be back later with more.

Have a great day and many blessings,

Mary

Cowboy Pocket

18 Aug

Isn’t this Cowboy Pocket adorable? I just posted this in my Etsy Shop and the best part, there is FREE SHIPPING on this item. This is an up cycled Denim Pocket from a pair of Aeropostale jeans.

I used Gina K Designs stamps (called Cowboy Up) to decorate the pocket. Love this set!!! The cowboy boots are not showing all the way in the photo…sorry. Each item was hand colored with Copic markers and I added a twine rope to the pocket.

The insides of the pocket are filled with J&J Baby wash, wash cloth, handmade pair of baby mock crocs, and an adorable mini Boyds Bear.

I have some fun encouraging stories to share with you and will be back later this week.

Thanks for stopping by and many blessings!

Mary

Photoshop…fun

12 Aug

This is my projects from lesson 4 & 5 and today we learned how to make Brushes in Photo shop….how stinkn‘ cool is that! I mean the possibilities are endless……..whoo hoo!

This is soooo beyond fun!!!

I have some card to share with you and an encouraging story….so I’ll be back in a day or two.

Blessings!

Mary

More Candy!

12 Aug

Hi-Low to my blogging friends…..I have more CANDY ALERTS!! Check them out.

#1 : All the things I love: HUGE, GARGANTUAN, MONDO blog candy…her blog is very inspiring as well.

Edit #2 : Cats Whiskers : Awesome candy to share and again her blog is incredible! You can’t go wrong with all the inspiration!

Edit #3: A Scrapable Life: Has some uber awesome candy. Her blog is also full of inspiration.

I have been finding more and more inspiring blogs, while blog surfing and it’s great! Thanks ladies for you hard work so we can enjoy!

Many Blessings!

Mary

Time is flying by….

7 Aug

Isn’t she cute! This image is from The Greeting Farm….She is sooo sweet!

I used some yummy Cosmo Cricket paper, stitching from my sewing machine and colored her with Copic Markers.

Time is just flying by…..summer has flown by…it’s almost time for school to begin.

The boys went swimming yesterday. The best way to beat the heat….Our friends invited us over to swim…they have a huge pool and it’s all fenced in with a very tall wooden fence…..totally cool, the boys had sooo much fun!

Yesterday was sunny, hot and humid and today it’s raining and humid. I love the rain, but this kind of rain only makes it more sticky and doesn’t cool anything down….LOL. Our tomato plants lovey this weather.

Well we are off and running again. This time Samuel is going to his friends Birthday party. They are going skating! Too fun. I remember having skating parties growing up, with the loud 80’s music playing in the background. Oh….the memories. But our parties were with a bunch of screaming, yammering girls…Lot of fun.

I have more picture to upload for my ETSY shop tonight. Please Check it out!

Blessings and talk with you later,

Mary

ALERT – Blog Candy – ALERT

7 Aug

Jamie over at St. Stampers blog is having some yummy blogaversary candy. You have to run on over and enter and on Aug. 15, 2009 she’ll draw the winner…. HAVE FUN!

EDIT: Crafty Heaven is also having some blog candy fun….you’ve got to check out her uber inspiration goodness and the candy is gooooood too!!!

EDIT #2: Live it – Scrap it!: Nillas’ Blog is having some yummy candy too! Check it out!

Edit #3: Payne Holler Cards is having her very first blog candy give a way! Let’s supper her bloggy sweet goodness!

EDIT #4: The Crafty Den is have some uber yummy candy as well…my oh my…and lots of inspiration too….check it out.

EDIT #5: Enjoying the Journey blog is sharing some blog candy with us….how cool!

I’ll be back later with some more fun images.

Mary