Monday, 30 May 2011

Live simply. Love much.

I love clean and simple cards and I have found a few new challenges here and here.

This is my card for the Kraft Journal Challenge but unfortunately I'm too late to enter it.  Anyway, it's clean and simple using Kraft card.
This one is from the Less is More Challenge.  The idea is to pick just one small square in the card and put your image there and leave the rest of the card clean and white.

This is what I came up with, again using some of my favourite colours, pinks and browns. 

The 'Love you' card was made for my daughter, who was recently married.  I miss her out of the house and every week now I have got into the habit of sending her a little handmade card!

This one is from the Simply Stampin' Challenge which is dedicated to using Stampin' Up! supplies.

  • Stamps - PTI Way to go, Kiddo, Little Bitty Bird; SU Doodle That (my first ever SU Stamp set which a kind friend bought for me)
  • CS - SU Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Soft Suede
  • Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
  • Extras - Copic markers RV21, RV23, E35,W1, Y28, R22

Thought for today will from now on be Thought for the Week as I usually only post once a week - There are a few verses in the OT book of Proverbs which talk about having only a little of this world's material goods but being rich because we have the love and blessing of the Lord.  Two such verses are Proverbs 15 verses 16 & 17.  There are people who are wealthy and have everything they could wish for, but their lives are miserable and they are totally unhappy with themselves and those around them.  There are others, Christians, who have what they need to get by but their hearts are rejoicing because their sins have been forgiven and forgotten, their guilt is gone and they have a hope in heaven awaiting them when they leave this world.
When the Lord Jesus Christ was alive and ministering in this world, He lived very simply.  He didn't even have a roof over His head or a place to call His own.  He had to borrow from other people, for example, the manger He was born in, the donkey that He came into Jerusalem on, the room where the last supper was held and even His very tomb where He was buried after He was crucified.  But Christ loved much that He willingly took upon Himself all our sin and went all the way to Calvary to be sacrificed for your sin and mine.
When life becomes overwhelming for you and you feel that it is becoming a rat race, remember that if you have Christ in your heart you have all you will ever need; as His servant, you can share the love with others that He has already shared with you.  Live simply.  Love much.
May God bless you this week.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Baby Girl!

No!!! Not me!!  But my daughter's friend!  My daughter asked me to make her a baby girl card so this is what I came up with, along with a matching envelope made from a template found here

Here is the tiny envelope to go with the card.  It was really quick and easy to make!

  • Stamps - PTI Background Basics Sheet Music, Baby Button bits
  • CS - SU Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette
  • Ink - SU Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Tim Holtz Antique Linen
  • Paper - PTI Text Style 2008 Bitty Dot basics (Pink)
  • Extras - SU Pretty in Pink Marker, Pink Button, Nestabilities label dies, Cotton candy Divine twine (from here)
Thought for today - Babies are such a joy to a family.  They are truly a blessing from the Lord, and not always appreciated as such.  My own 'baby' girl is now all grown up and married and I just don't know where the years have gone.  One minute she is in the kitchen feeding her own baby 'minnie mouse' and the next she has her own home and husband to look after.  We need to use the years wisely for the Lord regarding our children as they are growing up.  The Bible says that we need to train up a child in the ways of the Lord and when he/she is old they will not depart from it.  I am truly thankful that both of my children and my son-in-law have all professed salvation in Christ and that is the most important thing to any Christian father and mother.
Talk to your child about the Lord and His goodness day by day.  Be there for them with wise advice from the Scriptures when they are going through difficult times.  Let them see that you are following the Saviour each day of your life and then this should make it easy for them to follow your example.  Help them to seek God's will for their lives and, most of all, PRAY for them!

Monday, 23 May 2011

New WMS Challenge

Good morning!  I have made this card for the Waltzingmouse Challenge # 48 over here.  All you have to do is make a card based on this sketch and using at least ONE WMS product.  I love sketches because I have no imagination but a sketch sets you off in the right direction.  So here is my effort - I thought I'd tie it in with the fact that the school year is almost over and people need to make thank you cards for teachers.

  • Stamps - WMS Blessed by You and Frame It; PTI Top Ten
  • Cardstock - SU Whisper White, Real Red
  • Ink - SU Real Red, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip; Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress ink
Thought for today - 'Teachers' - do you remember any favourite teachers from school days?  I have pretty good memories of most of my teachers, especially a couple who really stand out as decent teachers.  My P7 teacher was one of these, but it wasn't actually until a number of years later that I discovered he was a born-again Christian.  He was always a real gentleman when he taught me and he is the only teacher I ever remember who taught us from the Bible.
The Bible is also our teacher.  If we read from God's Word every day, we can learn very valuable life lessons.  When teachers teach us, we can take on board what they say and increase our knowledge or we can ignore it.  I also remember the man who taught me how to drive - he was an excellent instructor and gave me wise advice for the roads.  If I had chosen to ignore his advice, I could very easily have ended up in trouble or worse, in an accident.  God always gives us wise advice for daily living.  He doesn't force us to follow His advice, but it is for our good if we do.  The best and most important advice He gives us is to "trust in the Lord with all thine heart".  We will find that when we do this, we will have a peace that nobody or nothing else can give us.  God loves us and He doesn't want us to make a mess of our lives, so He leads and guides us in the right direction.  Our job is to be wise and follow Him.
may God bless you today as you be taught of the Lord.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

You made my day!

My daughter was married in March and I made her stationery for her big day.  This is one of the thank you cards I made for one of the people who helped her out with making her day special.

Don't you just love the tiny easel I got to display my cards?  You can get these here. They are very reasonably priced.  These are some of my most favourite colours - pinks and browns.

  • Cardstock - SU Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
  • Paper - sorry, can't remember!
  • Stamps - PTI All Booked Up, Tag-its #3, Flower Fusion #3
  • Ink - SU Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip; Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink
  • Extras - PTI felt and butterfly die
Thought for today - I don't know about you but I love to make someone's day - even if it's just sending them a little handmade card with true sentiments on it.  What does the saying "to make someone's day" actually mean? Well, it's very simple - it means to make someone happy or be a source of satisfaction to them.  They have taken the time to do something for us and we appreciate what they have done. 
I belong to a church where the people are extremely thoughtful and fact, I have never before met people who are so thoughtful.  Sometimes it is just the simple things they say that encourage me or little things they will do to help me out.  I can honestly say that they make my day on a regular basis.  They make me feel special and I am very thankful for them.
There was a man in the Bible who wasn't very popular or even liked.  He was a small, rich, selfish and greedy man, probably a man that most of us wouldn't have wanted to have anything to do with.  He may also have been a very lonely man, a man who wouldn't have known what it was to think '"that person really made my day"; that is, until the Lord Jesus passed through his town one day on His way to Jerusalem.  The town was Jericho and the man was Zacchaeus.  Up until that one day, Zacchaeus wasn't one for making people's days at all, in fact he was better known for 'taking' than 'making'.  However, the Lord Jesus had a better plan for Zacchaeus.  The Lord called to Zacchaeus when he was hiding in the sycamore tree and told him He was going to his house for tea.  Zacchaeus was thrilled and overjoyed because he had heard so much about this Man, the Saviour of the world.  After talking to the Lord, Zacchaeus realised that he was a sinner and he accepted the Lord Jesus as his Lord and Saviour.  It was on that very day that the Lord Jesus Christ 'made Zacchaeus' day'.  When Christ saved his soul from a lost eternity He made that the best day of Zacchaeus' life.  But also, Zacchaeus was able to make other peoples' day too because he gave them back all the money and property that he had stolen from them over the years.  He was a changed man, a new creature in Christ and as such, he did things differently.  No longer is his chief priority himself, but now he is concerned with doing things for other people.
Whose day could you make today?  A phone call, a letter, a card, some flowers - all go a long way to making someone's day just that wee bit better!

Monday, 16 May 2011

All things grow with love

This is a Clean and Simple card I made last year for a challenge on this blog

I love the ideas this Clean and Simple blog gives because you can whip cards up in next to no time.  I have no imagination and when it comes to deciding what card to make and how I should lay it out, I confuse myself so I always turn to the ideas here. This card took about 10 minutes to make.

  • Stamps - PTI Everyday Button Bits
  • Card - SU Whisper White, Old Olive
  • Ink - Old Olive
  • Extra - Buttons from stash, SU Scalloped edge punch, SU Piercer
Thought for today - I would love to be able to grow and look after plants but unfortunately, it's not one of my skills, basically because I forget to water my plants.  I do like plants and flowers but I do neglect them.  In fact when my mum came to visit me yesterday, she asked me if the plant in my bathroom was imitation because it was one I've had for a long time!  I was proud to be able to say it was actually real and one that I remembered to water every three months or so!
If we are to grow as Christians, we need to look after our spiritual selves and take care of our spiritual needs.  We cannot expect to 'grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour' if we never read our Bible or spend time in prayer with our Heavenly Father.  Once we ask the Lord Jesus Christ into our hearts to save us, He most certainly does, but we have our responsibility to be in daily contact with Him.  We need to drink in the words of life and the teachings of Christ which help us to grow and become stronger day by day; if we neglect our souls they will wither and become dry (like my plants) and will no longer show forth the beauty of Christ.
Let's try, from this moment on, if we are not already doing this, to drink from the precious well of life which springs up in God's holy Word with the result that when others look upon us, they should be able to see the beautiful flowers of grace and love extending from our lives.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Happy Birthday WMS!

On 21st May 2011 WaltzingMouse Stamps is turning 2!  This company from Northern Ireland is headed up by Claire Brennan...her clear stamps are absolutely lovely and of a superior quality!  To celebrate, there is a competition to make a little tea-bag baggie.  Here is my effort:

And here is a little close-up of the tiny PTI stamp used on the enclosure:
Supplies used:

Thought for Today - Birthdays!  Most of us love them.  The Bible invites us to have a second birthday to celebrate the day we were born-again.  I had my second birthday on 30th April 1982, so just last month I was only 29 in spiritual terms!  If we ever want to get into heaven, the Bible tells us that we need to be re-born spiritually (see John chapter 3).  Simply, even for a little child to understand, this means that we ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and cleanse us and come to reign as King and Lord of our lives.  When I first became a Christian (or in other words 'got saved') someone said to me "I'll give you 3 months and see how you go"; if being a Christian meant that we are to keep ourselves on the right path and keep our own salvation, then I wouldn't even have given myself 3 months.  But thankfully, it is Christ who keeps us.  His Word says that when we come to Him, He writes our names in the palms of His hands and no one can ever take us away from Him.  I am kept by His power day by day.
Wouldn't you like to have a second birthday and know that you are ready for heaven and eternity?  The Lord Jesus said to the religious leader, Nicodemus, all those years ago when he came seeking answers - "Ye must be born again" (John chapter 3).