Phillipians 3:14

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Stamp Shelf and projects

Here is a (bad) picture of the stamp shelf that my sweet hubby helped me make.  We had to put it on legs because I am not allowed to hang anything in this house.  I am sure that I will rearrange it a few more times before I get it just right...and have my favorite stamps on display so that I will be more likely to use them.  The best part of this is that not only does this make better use of an empty spot, but as we were putting it in place and the rest of my space was in shambles, I was feeling kinda' guilty ...like man, I just have too much craft stuff.   My darlin' hubby was also taking note...and concluded that when we move into military housing, I will have a much more comfortable and functional crafting space...I am OK with that!!   Love that man ;0).  I am very content for now, but do look forward to having some floor and wall space if you know what I mean!  Not to mention a dedicated  table for painting and exploring mixed media  on--one  that I can trash lol!



This is a close up of one of the projects on display in my new shelf....another one of those $1 canvases that I scored at the local craft store.  I shouldn't have told the gals at the checkout what I was going to do with those kiddie paint by the numbers sets...'cause they were GONE fast!   They are a lot of fun to play on just try out new stuff with.  I don't have to worry about too much heartburn if I hate how it turns out...which thankfully was not the case with this one.
This is another little project that I recently made using the cool artistic dwellings dies, dsp and rub ons for.  I used my SU modern label punch for the hinges.  I am really enjoying making more than just cards for a change of pace.  My faith and family are the biggest priorities in my life, but since I have this season of plenty of down time, I am very grateful for this playful and encouraging outlet.  I just  pray that I can continue to develop my skill so that it can also be a blessing to others in some way as well.  Mahalo (thanks) for stopping by!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Blessed Nest Indeed....

 So...this is an 8x8 canvas that I covered with patterned papers and doodling, stamps, paint and you name it!  I took an online class and of course my work doesn't look anything like Christy Tomlinson's...but that's OK with me.  I had a blast and that's why she gets to make money and I spend it...lol!  These bright colors make me happy...and I will have a spot for this canvas soon...I hope to post a picture by Monday of the stamp shelf that my hubby and I built.  It still needs a little paint....






This next project was done on a canvas board that I got from Wal-Mart dirt cheap which is good.  It gave me the nerve to just play!  I love how parts of it turned out and not so much on others...but that's OK too.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  In spite of a terrible head and stomach ache early on, I had a great week with my darling son who was out of school for fall break this week.  I have really enjoyed hanging out with him and was thrilled when I received his mid-term grades.  He's a good egg.   The BEST part of this week was that today I actually found a pair of board shorts that actually fit me...hurray!  Seriously, I have been looking for a year...now I may actually walk down to the beach and swim more often.  The Lord has surely been good to me...I am livin' lovin' and stampin' away the days in Hawaii...how cool is that?  If you need a vacation, I'd love the company ;0)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thankful...

Yesterday I went to my local craft store because I read on their blog that they had some new goodies.  I was not disappointed!  As I chatted with the owner about distress inks, he asked me if I could make a sample for him to display.  This is the tag I made for his store to show the cool background effects these unique inks can make.  I love the rustic look and think it would be a perfect gift tag for a fall thank you gift.  I am very thankful to have the time and resources to play with paper and ink.  I am even more thankful for my loving son and devoted husband. This morning as we were driving to school, my son needed my encouragement.  The Lord used that teachable moment and the words I spoke for his sake,  to pierce MY heart.  Each day is anew opportunity to grow in grace.  I pray that God never stops refining me and that my heart never becomes hardened to repentance, faith and trust in Him alone.  His sovereignty allows all the distressing trials of life to be used for His glory which is a beautiful thing indeed!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Natural Beauty

This is a quick CAS card I made for the Color Monday Challenge at CPC today.  I really love the fall and the earthy tones that come with it....I don't see any outside my window right now, but that is ok.  This is just a season in my life also!
I plan to do some refining and re-defining in my craft space and blog to more reflect this season of my life and so that quite honestly it is more joyful and less dutiful for me to blog.  My subtitle is livin', lovin' and stampin'...I plan to share a little more of all of that.
Hopefully that translates into more readable....but I am not holding my breath on that one! 
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peak!


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Old Friends

This is my card for the clean and simple Saturday challenge at CPC today.  I have been seriously neglecting not only my blog, but commenting in my reader too.  I think that I am going to make some big changes soon to my blog and hope to increase my posting and traffic here.  Thanks to those who have stuck with me...I see blog candy in the future so stay tuned!  Back to the card...acquaintances abound, but true friends are precious and few.  The trials and joys of life that shape us become much richer and days seem brighter because of the ones who know me best and love me most.  This one is for my long time friend Cheryl...hope she likes it!  Thanks for stopping by and hope you like my CAS card highlighting this fun paper!