Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Blessed Beyond Words

Hey you Summer Scripture Chicks! You girls are doing great. I've heard testimony after testimony how God has been using our summer bible study and your memory work. He has sure used it in my life! I've been making duplicate sets of my scripture cards. I add one card to my pretty wooden hanger collection, and I keep one in my car right by my gearshift so I can say my verses over and over as I am driving. It works for me!

Lately, I have found myself feeling and saying that I am Blessed Beyond Words. You'll never find another soul on the face of this earth who has been graced more than me! Psalm 36:5-7 sure comes in handy for being Blessed Beyond Words, doesn't it? I enjoyed making this scripture card almost as much as I love moon pies (you know those dreamy marshmallow concoctions)! Notice the delicate floral treatment surrounding the scripture verse? I used a fun set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry, as shown here and I love the result! Ribbon and vintage button by PaperTrey Ink. Flowers by Prima. Paper by Basic Gray. Blessed Beyond Words .... by God!

Monday, June 22, 2009

RAK Happy

I am nothing but grateful for the beautiful crafty ladies in blogland! Just look at the love I received in my mailbox recently! This first card is from a sweetheart who lives in rural Australia. Theresa is a very talented lady and I'm sure you would enjoy visiting her blog at Misstreez's Weblog. Theresa not only sent me this adorable card that I admired (no, I actually coveted the sweet thing!), but she also sent me some adorable handmade folded flowers! They are some of the cutest things I've ever laid my eyes on! I'm dying to know how to make them, but I don't have the heart to tear one apart to figure it out so I'm depending on y'all to visit her blog and ask her (beg her) to spill it in a blog post! You can get all the deets on this beautiful dress card here on her blog. Doesn't it put ya in the party mood? Thank you Theresa!

Now, onto more RAK happiness! Lori is no stranger to many of you who visit my blog, she made a guest appearance here. She has a heart the size of the moon. And I love moon pies, so that's pretty big! Lori is participating long-distance in our Summer Scripture Challenge, isn't that smarvelous?! If you little darlings will visit her blog at Lori's Addiction: Playing With Adhesive, not only will you see some beautiful scripture cards, you will get sneak peaks of the new Stampin' Up soon-to-be-unveiled catalog. Now, back to this RAK which truly showed up inside my mailbox one day as a big fat surprise! Isn't it pretty? And clever? And cool colors? And a way cool sentiment? And get a load of this girl: she wrote me a message on a large yellow post-it note that was slapped inside the card so that I might be able to use the card to send to someone else! Isn't that too much?! I hereby humbly decree this card to be the gift that keeps on giving! Thank you Lori!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Blog Hop

What time is it? It's time for another blog roll. When I discover blogs in cyberspace that are worth discovering, I like to share them with you. I hope you enjoy the blog hop!

Amazing Paper Grace - Becca Feeken is amazing! Her style oozes of elegance and layers. You'll see what I mean! Better get a cup o' Joe first, I'm just saying ...

Lori's Addiction-Playing With Adhesive. Get to know this one, gals! Sweet, fun, generous, talented -- ya get the picture?! Lori is participating in the Summer Scripture Challenge so be sure to check out her scripture cards in addition to her other great inspirations!

Make A Difference - Another Lori! I ran across Lori's blog through her "Divine Design" category and boy, am I glad I did! I often go to her blog and park it on my laptop right in front of me as I create.

2bKrafty - Think you have no time to stamp? Think again. Janine is on the design team for No Time To Stamp run by Sharon Johnson. That's how I stumbled into Janine on cyberspace, but she quickly became a regular stop for me! Her stuff is beautifully done, she has projects that make you want to stop everything and create, and the best part? .... she's SO nice!

Have fun hopping!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Scroll of Remembrance

Hello! How are my favorite crafters on God's green earth? Kevin & I had a bumpy start to our weekend when our family cat of 14 years went to cat heaven (click if you are a cat lover and want to see and read about our Cozy Cat), but we just clung to each other and tried to keep on going. You tend to get more attached to your mate when your kids are grown because you're all you have left within your own four walls. You young darlin' wives and moms need to remember that one day. It will happen before you know it. There are all sorts of adventures to have together. Just keep investing. Hence, we enjoyed our family cat together.

Now, the title of this post, Scroll of Remembrance, does not exactly refer to our Cozy Cat. Our first summer bible study was so much fun, and this is my chosen scripture verse for this week!

Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored His name. Malachi 3:16.

Try to grasp what that scripture suggests. Every time we speak of the Lord with each other - face-to-face, on the phone, in the women's restroom at work, over email, on the blog - God stops to "listen and hear". Then it indicates that a secretary in the Kingdom of Heaven literally records either the occasion or perhaps the conversation itself on something called "a scroll of remembrance." I don't know about you but over the course of my life time, I want to keep that secretary writing as fast as his hand can fly across that scroll. At this very moment, an historical record is being kept of our communication in His Name. That's too much, isn't it?

Give Him plenty of stuff to write about, girlfriend!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, and I know that full well. Psalms 139:14

I bet there was a time in your life when you didn't know that. Maybe you don’t know it now. A time when someone let you down – big time. A time when, maybe, you let yourself down. We've all been there. That's why I chose this verse to kick off our Summer Women's Bible Study at my church. The theme is "Celebrate Life" which is an 8-week study on how to thoroughly enjoy the life God has designed for each of us. It includes a Scripture Memory Challenge for each lady to make a weekly scrapbook page or card that includes a bible verse that is meaningful to her.

I am taking these two examples to our first class, since many of the ladies are new to paper-crafting. Each lady will have a basic kit for a 6x6 page which includes this selected scripture verse, and they will have an opportunity to embellish using a variety of punches, flowers, ribbons, etc. Then, in the weeks that follow, they will choose their own weekly verse (because we have the most victory with the verses we each need most). Scripture memory is work -- but it can be fun, especially when we do it together! So get ready for some fun because - after all - you are fearfully and wonderfully made!