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Friday, January 20, 2017

Pause Dream Enjoy Linky Party Ch# 156 All Tags

Image adhered with foam tape

Cardz TV Anything Goes Challenge

Hi, everyone! It's time for the next Cardz TV Anything Goes Challenge.
Die cuts from Miss Kate Cuttables
Girl Fox
Boy Fox
Another Day in Paradise title

Grass border metal die from My Creative Time
Gems - Walmart

Be sure to stop by Cardz TV to see all the wonderful design team projects and to enter your project for a chance to win one of Mary's Cardz TV stamp sets. The winner will be chosen by, and it may pick you! Many of you have asked, and no, you do not have to use Cardz TV Stamps to enter. We do ask that your entries be new projects, and you may enter up to 3 times. We are excited to see what you'll create!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Craftaholics R Us Ch# 19 New Beginnings, Boy Cards

 I know you are wondering what Superman has to do with New Beginnings.
Well, our grandson, Kevin, is starting a new school this month.
It's a new beginning for him. 
I'll be mailing him this card.

I uploaded these digital images into the Cricut Design Space, and had it print and cut them out for me.

Be sure to link up your creation at Craftaholics R Us .

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Paper Play Sketches Ch# 31

American Crafts, Finders Keepers 6x6 paper pad
My Creative Time, Stitched Tab die
Cricut, Love You a Latte

Cardz TV Stamps

Be sure to come by and submit your project

Inspiration Wednesday (Proverbs 27:9)

Photo from Pinterest - NOT my work!
Photo from Pinterest - NOT my work!

Good morning, and welcome to my Inspiration Wednesday post.

I'm a little late getting it posted today. My husband and I had the flu last week, and while he is all better, mine is still lingering on a little. 

I was laying in bed last night thinking about what today's Inspiration post would be about. Lots of ideas, but none of them "hit the spot" for today's post.  I knew I wanted to talk about friendship, so I did a little Google-ing and found the above Bible Journal page. Don't you love it? I'm so going to put a cupcake in my journaling Bible by Proverbs 27:9.

"Oil and perfume rejoice the heart; so does the sweetness of a 
friend's counsel that comes from the heart."
Proverbs 27:9 AMP

I'm very blessed to have sweet friendships. There's nothing like having someone to laugh with, cry with, encourage, and be encouraged by. Surround yourself with friends who truly care about you.  Be there for them. They will be there for you.

I encourage you today to call someone, and ask how they are doing. Tell them you were thinking about them, and wanted to hear what is going on in their world today. If they are having troubles, don't feel the need to fix it for them. Just listen. Sometimes we don't want to be told what to do, we just want to vent. Encourage them. Pray for them. Its amazing how powerful prayer is when we get specific. 

Before I go, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to those who have left comments on my Inspiration Wednesday posts. It's nice to hear from you.

Until we meet again...

Cricut January Mystery Box & Discount Code for All Orders

Hi, everyone!

The January Cricut Mystery Box is in the store!
You'll get 3 Cricut Cartridges (one of them is Disney)!
Plus some other fun, fun supplies to craft with.



Also, I have a discount code you can use on ALL your Cricut orders!

Use code


for FREE shipping on ALL your Cricut orders!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Delightful Wednesdays

Hi, everyone! It's time for Delightful Wednesdays at Digital Delights by Louby Loo!  Christine and I (Janis) rotate posting every other Wednesday a project based on the theme we came up with for the current month.

January's Theme: Blue and White

Ribbon & Button finish off this card.
Thanks so much for coming by today.
Enjoy the rest of your week,
and don't forget to check out all these great links!

Sunny Day Crafting Ch# 32 Winter Sports

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Project Life 2017 Title Page

I love scrapbooking! Here is my title page for 2017. I used my Cricut to cut out some die cuts for different topics I want to journal about on the page. All of the stamps used are from Mary's Cardz TV Stamps, Favorite Phrases stamp set. 

Here are the different reasons for each card, die cut, and stamps used:

Stamp - Savor life's little moments
We love Alaska, and are so glad to be back here!

Stamp - Let your light shine!
I have missed going to church, and being in Women's Bible Study.  I searched for a Women's Bible Study Group online recently and found one on Facebook! Our Bible Study started on January 9th, and we are studying Kelly Minter's "All Things New." Jump in and come join us! I'll be hand-writing a little about that on the tree card. I chose the tree to represent deepening my roots in God's Word.

Stamp - Do what you love!
Life is Short. Do what you love. That's what I always say. 

Stamp - Love you to pieces!
I do love my family. Love them all to pieces.

Stamp - Be good to yourself!
Oh my gosh. I love to read. Always have, even as a little kid. There is nothing else like the smell of walking into a bookstore or the library. Time stops. I'm all in, and good luck pulling me out any time soon. Last year on my blog I had a 2016 Books Read link up. I'm doing that again this year. You guys can find it at the top of my blog in the Page Tab section. It will be there all year long. Link up what you are reading. You can use the Goodreads or Amazon or similar web page to link to. I'm always looking for something good to read next. This link up helps us all find our next best read.

If you read all of that, I'm impressed. LOL

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Paper Play Sketches Ch# 30

Simon Says Stamp sequins
Simon Says Stamp, Stitched banner dies
Doodlebug Design, Spring Garden 6x6 paper pad

Cardz TV Stamps, Mixed Messages


Be sure to come by and submit your project

Inspiration Wednesday - Genesis 1:1

Hi, everyone!
I'm sharing my first Bible Journaling page with you today. This is my new NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible. This Bible has printed images and words that you can color. 

What I really love about this verse...
"In the beginning God..."
God was in the beginning.

Do you believe God spoke, and it was? That He decided the sky would be blue, and the grass would be green? You know when I was a little girl, I used to think blue and green were God's favorite colors because that's what you saw everyday, everywhere. I didn't realize then that what I saw everyday is not what everyone around the world saw. People in Alaska may have though white and blue were His favorite colors from the snow and the sky being everywhere. People in desert climates might have thought orange and blue because of the color of the desert sand.  Then again, I may be the only little kid who thought about what God's favorite colors may be. LOL

My brother, Eddie, and I had a conversation one time about how much God really controls on this Earth from day to day. Eddie was asking me if I thought God just allowed it to rain, or if He sent the rain by His will. Eddie was inclined to think that God set up boundaries and rules and other than that let nature take it's course. I told Eddie I believed God controlled the rain. Eddie asked, "Like how much? Like would He say, 'you can rain an inch here and 2 inches there and then let the water do it's thing?" I said, "No. I believe God controls every drop for exactly where it will land in every single place. Every. Drop."  But you know, I've always been the odd child in the family who grew up to be the odd adult in the family. 

(see Job 38)

I believe every little thing that happens on this Earth and in our lives happens because God allows it. Yes, even the bad things that happen. Because if I believe God is in control, I must believe He has allowed a thing to happen. With that being said, I also believe that everything... every... thing... that happens in our life will work for good for those who love the Lord. Even the bad stuff.

It would be great if we still lived in the Garden of Eden, but we don't. There is bad in this world. Evil even. Bad things happen. A lot of bad things happened to Jesus too. He didn't cause it or deserve it, but God allowed it. His best friends sometimes disappointed Him or denied Him, and then there was that betrayal by one of the twelve. Sometimes it was all roses and chocolate, and sometimes it was hurt and sorrow.

You've heard me say it a million times. We have a special needs child. Am I mad at God for allowing that? No. Because of Bonnie, I have met people I never would have met. I have had the opportunity to witness to therapists and nurses that I never would have crossed paths with. And I have been encouraged and comforted by them too. Bonnie is a gift from God, and I am so happy that I have the opportunity to be her mother and be able to tend to her all the rest of my life. So many people tell us how happy she is, and that she is always smiling. She touches a lot of people's hearts. 

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5 NIV

In the beginning God.... He created everything. He had a plan before He started, and that plan included you and me. He knew before He ever said, "Let there be light" that we would be His one day. He mapped it all out. Who our parents would be, our siblings, our teachers.... what we would suffer, what we would endure, and how it would end. Even knowing before I was ever born all the mistakes I would some day make, even then He decided from the very beginning to set me apart as His own. Jesus paid for our sin. We are forgiven. Because God decided we are worth the price. 

Yes, In the beginning God created the heaven and the Earth.
He created You. He thinks about you all the time.

Today, try not to get frustrated when things don't go the way YOU planned. Instead, look for opportunities of how God is working this into a good plan He has for your life. Because all things work toward good for those who love the Lord. (Romans 8:28)  Take the pain of disappointment, hurt, betrayal, suffering, sickness, hatred, denial... all of that, and know God is with you and will strengthen you through it. Maybe you are going through this because there is someone you will meet going through the same thing and you will be able to encourage and comfort them through it. And share your faith. And change their life forever. 

Take a few minutes. Listen to the song below, and thank God that He knows you and understands you because He made you this way. Spend some time with Him today. If you are hurting, He is your Comforter. If you are feeling blessed, He is your Provider. Thank Him. He loves you. 

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1 NIV