Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The sun is shining and it is a beautiful day. But my heart is sad and I am crying. I am saying goodbye to my lovely DTs. They have been a part of me and so very special to me for a while now. I have met the most wonderful people through these teams. I have been introduced to some gorgeous art.
But I am sick right now and just can't seem to get better. This blankety blank fall from the other day has done some damage. So I have to take an even longer break from crafting than I originally thought. It isn't fair to leave people hanging on week after week waiting to find out if I am up to submitting a project or not, so I am stepping down. But gosh almighty I am gonna miss those fantastic people! So please continue to stop by those phenom stores. please continue to visit those amazingly talented crafters and leave them bloggy love.
And the sun still shines and the birds still sing and God still sits on His throne and loves. that doesn't change. thankfully! :)
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Good morning! Are you getting ready for Easter? I haven't even started yet... our middle son, Mick, is heading off on a rock climbing trip the end of next week (eek!) that snuck up on me out of the blue, we've had an invite for dinner, and this is just the 2nd card I have made. how is that for not being the least bit prepared... oh well, we will get there - ready or not. :) I hope you are doing better than I!!!
This adorable image is created by Cheryl Alger and can be found at both her store and Squigglefly. Speaking of SF, they have some fun new images being released today, including a new line called "Inside Outs". Be sure to take a look! Cheryl has her own challenge blog that has recently started, so I am entering this.
I must say this card did create a challenge for me. I realized that I only have one Easter SF image, and thankfully it was one of Cheryl's. Since it IS going to be sent to a little boy, I tried to keep it less girly than I typically make, which proved to be more difficult than I thought it would. Usually I don't have a problem with guy cards, so maybe it is coming out of my time off from crafting for so long. Anyhow, in the end I gave in and added the paper flowers in the corner. It just seemed so bare without it! :) Since the little boy is only 5, I hope he won't mind. ;) I tried to keep the colors boy-friendly though. My guys will have kittens when they see it, so I am gearing up for that confrontation. oh well...... I do think it turned out fairly cute.
Do you realize this is the first pair of shoes I have colored in ages that aren't PINK?! giggles! in case you have never noticed, I have a thing about making all of the girls' shoes PINK in the cards I make. look at yesterday's post... and if you check back to almost every single one, the shoes are all PINK! :D so making his plain ol' brown was another one of the challenges for this card. but no way, no how was I giving this guy pink shoes. forget the kittens, my guys woulda had cows! I soooooooooo wanted to add glitter to the little baby flower and egg, but I didn't 'cause of the whole boy factor.... man, they are HARD to make a card for! :p guess I had better girly me up a card QUICK!
Y'all have a wonderful weekend, and I will see you tomorrow!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Well there may always be laundry, but doesn't this chica look like she is enjoying herself while she is doing it?! :) I love this image from Isabella's Sketchbook, a new store that I have come across in my wanderings. She has groups at both PCP and SNR, so come join us for some fun chatting! She is also doing a DT call-out if you are interested. well, golly gee..... who wouldn't be interested in playing with these wonderful images all the time?! grins! I, for one, am putting in my app! and crossing fingers, too!
Everyone have a great and glorious day! love ya!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
How wonderful to be back crafting again! Although I am still slower than molasses at getting things done, it is so nice to be getting inky again! I love getting lost in the entire experience!
So today brings us another Twisted Thursday challenge with Shirleys 2 Girls! the twist this week is to use buttons. gosh, no prob for me! you know how much I love buttons! :) I also wanted to do some more paper piecing, so thought it would be fun to use this cutie little chick. He just seemed perfect for the job! grins!
The polka dots on the egg are colored with a white gel pen, and the little black sparkles of the bg are highlighted with a spica glitter pen. The floral trim is from Making Memories; buttons are an asst. of MFT, SU!, and vintage. The card base is edged in white craft ink.
The Girls have provided a very informative blog page that answers all kinds of digi how-to questions. Be sure to check it out! :)
And don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's creations! You know you will be amazed as always! Play along this week! can't wait to see what you make!
Just Us Girls - lt. Brown (I used kraft), lt. green, yellow, lt. blue
Crazy 4 Challenges - Spring
Paper Sundaes - paper piecing
Incy Wincy - Easter or Spring
Digital Tuesday - Spring
Stampin' for the Weekend - Easter
Bee Crafty - Spring
Jacksonbelle Embellishments - Easter or Spring
Paper Garden Projects - Easter or Spring
Totally Gorjuss - Ribbon
Monday, March 22, 2010
Hello everyone! I hope you are having a grand and glorious day! I awoke to rain, but with a hubby beside me playing "Pickle in the Middle" to Latte on the other side and Mocha at my feet. can't get any better than that! Dave laughs that our bed is like the one on "Willy Wonka" except with big labbers instead! I wouldn't have it any other way! I love my big doggies! :) oh yes, and hubby, too! giggles!
Feeling better, bit by bit. horray! crafted a bit yesterday. it is taking me FOR-EV-ER to get anything accomplished, but the important thing is that I am getting it done.
Wanted to let you know that the voting is up for the 'Special 50/50' group I told you about the other day. (see below post). because we crafters really like to know that other people like our work, I am going to ask you to wander over to the challenge blog and take a looksie at ALL of the neat projects that are entered. if you feel inspired to vote for someone's, then please do. if you would like to vote for me, then I would most certainly appreciate it. but only if you REALLY want to. I know I am not the greatest crafter out there. I just do this because I really like playing with paper and ribbon and buttons and getting inky and ribbon and buttons and Primas and shimmerz and ribbon and well, you get the idea! :D
So may the sun be shining on your corner of the world, even if only in your heart! :)
see you later, gator! Jennifer
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
A few days ago during the afternoon, Tyler and I heard a crash. I knew immediately what it was - ice breaking loose from the roof outside my upstairs bedroom. It sounded loud enough to have broken through the roof below, so I checked. All appeared fine. I climbed out onto the roof, and sure enough - the gutters had even been broken off, but otherwise all seemed well.
Yesterday the rains began. Temps had begun dropping again the afternoon before, but nothing unusual for this time of year. It rained all day yesterday. As I have been feeling better, I have been trying to do some organizing of my craft room - actually a closed-in porch that is - you guessed it - the room right below where the ice fell from my bedroom roof. Getting that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach yet? yep, you can tell where this is going..........
Late in the afternoon, I needed to grab some things from my craft room to put into bins. I walked into the room and was devastated. Water was dripping from the roof - all areas of the roof. All around the perimeter, the center, you name it - it was leaking. I did my best to salvage what I could. Thankfully I had already taken out my Primas, the majority of my ribbons and trims, my Basic Grey 6x6 paper pads, and my buttons! :) y'all know how important those things are to me when I craft! essentially the only other thing that wasn't damaged was my vast collection of solid cs. whew! I did manage to get some of my single wooden stamps out and a few other embellies.
Now in the midst of this, Camp Burton has had the Senior High Sabbath Retreat going on since Friday night. This isn't your normal sky high fun in the sun kind of retreat. This is a really in depth 'take you to your knees' kind of soul searching retreat that causes each person to truly get a closer look at their relationship with God. Everyone fasts for 24 hours, spends lots of time in worship and prayer, does some kind of mission project, but also connects with God in a way that can only be described as awesome - truly awesome. The focus of the Retreat was the relief efforts for Haiti. I spent some time on Friday trying to find video for David to put together for a short presentation. After several hours of watching video clips, slide presentations, etc., I was emotionally drained. God was speaking to me through the pictures I was seeing; the voices I was hearing. oh goodness, the things He was telling me. What I take for granted. How blessed I am and don't realize it. I was sobbing because of my ignorance and blindness.
And then the next day many of my crafting supplies are gone. No, God is not punishing me. I don't believe that for one moment. But it sure helped me keep things in perspective as I was trying to salvage things from my room. God just kept telling me over and over as I picked up each thing dripping with water - "think of the people of Haiti. you lost things - they lost homes; lives. you have so much. you are so blessed. you have more than so many. you are loved. Rejoice!"
now, I am human and it did take me a little while, but it finally sank in. sure, I hate to see things lost or destroyed. I don't like to see waste. but these are just things. Things. Things can be replaced. ALWAYS. maybe not the EXACT thing. maybe not today, or tomorrow, or next month. it may take me years. I really don't think I want to replace it all. in fact I know I don't. it doesn't mean the same to me anymore - you see I have a different perspective now. it's just stuff. yeah, it's stuff I use to do something I like that hopefully reaches out to someone. but it is PEOPLE that matter. it is RELATIONSHIPS that Jesus spent His life telling us to cultivate. those can never be replaced. and I am blessed as all get out that I have a precious precious family. I have friends that have overwhelmed me with their outpouring of affection while I have been sick. I have all of you who put up with my blathering and yammering and whatnot.... but seem to love coffee as much as I! grins! and that can never ever be replaced! Allelulia!!!! and all God's people said -
Monday, March 8, 2010
Please continue to visit all of the many DT blogs and companies I am blessed to be affiliated with. I hope you can understand.
My love to each and every one of you!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Coffee of the Day - Caramel Twist
Today's new release in the Alice in Wonderland series from Shirleys 2 Girls happens to be one of my fave characters - the White Rabbit. I just love him for some reason! If you head over to Carlie and Jana's blogs, you will find some neat inspiration! I hope you had a chance to check out what Judy and Jane made yesterday with Alice falling down the hole. To see the entire line, just click here for the full adventure in the store!
Be sure to play in the Twisted Thursday challenge this week - make something using the color green. then link up your post using Mr. Linky. easy peasy!
Well I am off to the University of Akron for a college visit with Tyler. He has been accepted and will start this fall. I am so proud of him - he took off this year to work and raise funds for college. Not easy to do when all of your friends are starting school. Mick is going to Ohio State, so we will be taking a trip there soon, too.
Have a great day! :)