Monday, 23 January 2012

Valentine card!

I know...we've just had Christmas and the next thing on the cardmaking calendar is Valentine's Day!  I have made this clean and simple card for 2 challenges -
The PTI stamp set used here is 2010 Love Tags and the same for the matching envelope.

And now for Thought for the Week - Psalm 5.  This is a morning prayer for deliverance and protection.  Look especially at verse 12 'For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass (surround) him as with a shield'.  Who are the 'righteous'?  Is it people who pay money into the church, or are kind to their neighbours, or who wouldn't gossip about anybody?  No, the Bible makes it clear that the righteous are only righteous because they have asked the Lord Jesus Christ into their heart to be their Saviour and they are depending on Him to cleanse them in His atoning blood.  Nobody in this world can be 'righteous' without Christ.  And look! God promises that when we trust Christ, He will bless us by surrounding us with His love, mercy, grace and favour.  He will protect us with His shield of favour when the devil tries to harm us; He will protect us when people try to hurt us.  What a great Saviour we have!

God bless!

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Baby and get well

Here are a few cards I made out of necessity this past week, hope you like them!

I love using lace on my cards as it makes them look more feminine, I think.

This card was made for a friend who had a little baby girl last week, called Eve.  How cute!

I got the idea for this card from one of my Christmas presents - this book.  It's a fabulous book, with lots of ideas for cards and how to get the best from your colouring.  This particular card involves embossing in white and then gives a soft and pretty effect.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Three Saturday challenges

I have three cards to share this week and I'm only getting to post now because I have hardly seen daylight this week and had to take these at my mum's house today.

First up is this one for the Challenge at Less is More (one layer card with a bird theme).  Very clean and simple and so quick and easy to do.

Secondly, is this one for this challenge at Sketch Saturday.

Sorry the sentiment is a bit difficult to see; I used Pretty in Pink ink and it's quite light.

And thirdly, I am entering this one in this challenge here at Quixotic Paperie.

I'm just noticing the little bird in the centre of the brad! Isn't it cute?

Hope you have a good weekend and God bless!

Monday, 16 January 2012

Blessed beyond measure!

Hello friends!  I hope you are ready for a lovely new week, whatever it is you are doing.  January can be a bit of a grim month, weather wise, so let's try to find something positive about everyday.  Of course, having the Lord as my Saviour is always a blessing to me and also having my wonderful family.  I often think about the fact that, although I have a VERY small family, I am truly blessed by the fact that they are so loving, thoughtful and kind - so quality wins over quantity for me!  The Lord has blessed me beyond measure in the family that I have and they mean so much to me.

I made this card last week for the WMS Sketch Challenge but didn't get it in on time before the challenge ended but here it is anyway.

Thought for the Week - Psalm 4.
Insomnia is difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning, even though you've had enough opportunity to sleep.
Most people have problems sleeping at some point in their life. It's thought that a third of people in the UK have bouts of insomnia. Insomnia tends to be more common in women and more likely to occur with age. (Taken from the NHS website).
Thankfully, this is one of those problems that I don't have very much experience of, but I do know some people who are tormented because of not getting enough sleep.  It must be an awful experience.  There have been a few times in my life when I have been worried about things and it has caused me a few sleepless hours but nothing debilitating; however, I found in those hours that everything seemed worse than it really was, my thoughts tended to be negative and the more I tried not to think, the more I did.  Then I discovered this verse in God's Word - verse 8: "I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety."  David must have been going through some sort of trial when he wrote this, very likely when he was on the run from an enemy, perhaps even his own son, Absalom.  He was obviously in distress and needed the Lord's help (v.1).  After spending some time in prayer he realised that there was absolutely no point in worrying about the future for he couldn't change anything; but he was able to lie down in peace and sleep because he knew that the future was in God's hands and if the Lord chose to, He could change any situation around.  It's such a sense of relief to the Christian to know that we are safe in the Lord's hands and He will not allow anything to happen in our lives without His permission first.  he cares about us very much and we need to try and leave ourselves in His loving care knowing that He will make us live in safety.  I hope that, if you are unable to sleep tonight, you will turn to the Lord and ask for His cleansing from sin and for peace as you leave your future in His hands.
God bless!

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Belated Happy 2012!!

Hello friends!  I haven't blogged for about three months because the months leading up to Christmas are so, so busy for me but I've got myself all organised again and I'm ready to share some thoughts and cards and other projects with you.

Firstly, I made this easel card - it's the first one I have evr made and I always thought they looked lovely, but were complicated.  Not a bit - I got this one from Little Claire Designs with full instructions and supplies to make the card as part of the Club.  My daughter and her hubby were going to visit someone in their new home and this was the perfect opportunity for me to make this card!  Isn't it sweet?  I should also have taken a photo from above to let you see the sentiment...but it's too late as it has already been given away!

Secondly, I have had a look through all my stuff just after Christmas while I was having a tidy-up and thought about how much I would like to use my goodies on more than just cards so I have started a journal.  I got the idea from Stephanie Ackermann's blog, who is having an online journal class and I have joined it.  What I like about this is that it is easy and quick to do.  I am putting only positive and happy things into it...such as how I am progressing as a Christian and verses that have helped me in my daily living, a wee reminder of a text I got from someone who I haven't heard from in ages, a card of appreciation from someone or a quote that has made me laugh!  The journal doesn't have to be in a neat order just 'messy and beautiful'.  Here is the book I bought to put it all in. 


It's called SMASH and there are lots of bits and pieces to put into it.  You can all sorts of colours - I got PINK!  I got mine here.  If you'd like to save the important parts of your life, this is a great way to do it.

Thirdly and finally, let's get back to our Thought for the Week
Psalm 3.  This is a psalm written by David when he had to flee from his very own son, Absalom, because he was trying to kill David.  It's a difficult thing when we suffer at the hands of our enemies, worse when our friends let us down, but when someone in our own family lets us down or tries to harm us, it is almost impossible to cope with.  Even though David knew he had many enemies, he knew even more that he always had a friend in his Saviour, the Lord.  He knew that no matter how tough things got for him, he could always rely on the strength of God.  At times, when we are going through trials, we may find it difficult to even get a decent night's sleep.  But we learn from this Psalm that if we hand over all our worries to the Lord, then we can lie down and sleep and wake up again on a fresh new day, knowing that the Lord has sustained us.  Let us thank the Lord that He is on our side and will take care of us and love us, even when others turn against us.

God bless until next week x