Monday was one of my card making classes, so I was busy doing the prep work for it last week. I am doing a 4 card, One Sheet Wonder with a 6 x 6 piece of designer series paper. We also made a mini coffee cup box. The ladies loved the projects. I showed ...

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  1. I Was Lost, But Now I Am Found!
  2. The Simple Woman's Daybook August 7, 2018
  3. Cards, Cards, Cards, and Christopher Robin
  4. Challenges and Stamping With Friends
  5. Cards, Woody, Pool, Everything
  6. More Recent Articles

I Was Lost, But Now I Am Found!

Monday was one of my card making classes, so I was busy doing the prep work for it last week.
I am doing a 4 card, One Sheet Wonder with a 6 x 6 piece of designer series paper. We also made a mini coffee cup box.

The ladies loved the projects. I showed how the One Sheet Wonder could be altered in different ways and could be very simple or more involved.

Tuesday for the color challenge on Splitcoaststampers they celebrated their 700th color challenge. The way they did it was to have each hostess choose their favorite color challenge. You could choose to do one or all 5. I did all five. I just love challenges. They have stretched my stamping skills so far. At first they were very difficult and I didn't enjoy doing them.
With a different challenge each day on Splitcoaststampers, I've gotten used to them. I'm someone who enjoys learning and sharing that. I learn new techniques and pass them on to my customers and friends.
What made these challenges more difficult was you could use a neutral color, but NO other colors. So I couldn't make green grass, I had to use 1 of the three colors given or a neutral color.

The challenge was to use cherry cobbler, crumb cake and marina mist and make a beach. I stamped the sand first then added the plants and dots. I stamped the water next and added clear wink of stella. I sponged clouds in the sky and added birds and the sentiment.

The challenge was to use blushing bride, pink pirouette and old olive and make a Spring or Hope card. I made a Hope card. I colored the image with the markers and stamped to the left. I stamped the sentiment with pink pirouette and old olive. I dry embossed the background and layered the card.

The challenge was to use pear pizzazz, so saffron and berry burst and make a card with flowers.
I stamped in memento tuxedo black ink and colored the flowers with SU markers. I added clear wink of stella to the yellow areas on the card. I added ribbon and the sentiment with dimensionals.

The challenge was to use chocolate chip, mint macaron and sweet sugarplum with something new. This stamp set is brand new. I covered the card with water then dropped ink from the aqua painter onto the card. It moved and flowed. I dried it with my heat tool. Then I stamped the dandelion with chocolate chip ink and the sentiment in sweet sugarplum.

The challenge was to use crushed curry, cajun craze and fresh fig with metallics. I dry embossing the metal paper then rubbed cajun craze and crushed curry on the metal paper. I layered it on the background paper and stamped the sentiment in fresh fig. It was added with dimensionals.

Here is the inspiration for my card:
I ripped paper for the first layer of sand. I sponged the rest of the sand and sky. I stamped, colored and cut out the cactus plants. I added the sentiment and eyes to the first cactus. I added flowers and faceted dots to the others.

I moved some of my things on my desk and place my grid paper on the other side of my desk. Guess who came to supervise then take a nap? Yup, sweet Chloe!  She does this often on Tim's desk but is usually trying to sit on papers he's trying to work with! LOL  She's such a cutie isn't she?

Sedona, Arizona-This is such beautiful country. We had a family vacation to Arizona, and this was one of the most beautiful places we visited.
St. Joseph Michigan lighthouse. I just love lighthouses so when I see one I like, I add it here. Check out the wave behind the lighthouse!

Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 3:16
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This is a new Christian artist to me, Austin French. I like this song. See what you think. The words are included in the video. Austin lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and two little boys.

Blessing of the Day: I got to see Sarah for lunch. She's working 8-5 Monday - Friday so her time is limited. Weekends are full of errands and friends and family. This is her first full-time job so it's taking some getting used to for both of us!

I was used to seeing her once a week for a few hours. I'll take what I can get!

Tim has finished the primer in the two hallways and kitchen. He finished the ceilings in those areas today! Painting begins tomorrow!
I've been blessed with such a hard-working husband. He loves doing this kind of stuff so that in itself is amazing!


The Simple Woman's Daybook August 7, 2018

For Today, Tuesday, August 7, 2018 My 25th Wedding Anniversary

It all started here.

 Looking out my window, it's a bright, sunny day. We had terrible thunderstorms last night that brought "the little kid out in me!" ha-ha-ha

I am thinking that today being my 25th Wedding Anniversary is such a special day for us. It started out early with gorgeous flowers and a beautiful card that made me cry.

 As usual, Tim's cards always make me cry happy tears of joy and love.
We began here:Tim and I were brought together by God and were married 25 years ago today!  We have truly been blessed with each other. Thanking God for all He's done for us in these 25 years! 

I am thankful that God brought Tim and I together 25 years ago. Tim's been such a blessing to me and the kids.

One of my favorite things is watching baseball games with Tim. Last night we watched the Cleveland Indians win again. We also saw a heart-warming reunionart.

Trevor Bauer becomes the 11th pitcher in Cleveland Indians history to record 200 strikeouts in a season, and only Corey Kluber has done it in fewer innings! 👏👏

I am creating lots of cards for the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club challenges.
This is a waterfall card. You pull the tab at the bottom and the card moves so you can see each square.

This was a fun challenge. You had to use a stencil or two for a background, then add your images.

This challenge you needed to use crayons. I colored the images with crayons, then did a crayon resist technique for the clouds and sun.

This challenge was to stamp an image in white ink onto dark card stock. Then color it with colored pencils. Lastly you were to add white dots.

This card challenge was to make a beach scene. I made my scene then put it behind a window,

This card challenge was to watercolor. I watercolored the image and sponged around her. I added a window and curtains to add some interest.

I am wearing PJ's until we go out to dinner. My anniversary present to myself! 

I am reading  nothing right now. I have two books waiting to have the pages opened.

I am hoping our anniversary is a beautiful day for us. Our son invited us over to watch the Indian's game at their fire pit.

I am learning to roll with whatever God brings my way.

In my kitchen all is quiet since we're going out to eat tonight. We're going to The Cheesecake Factory.  Maybe I'll just have dessert! Yum!
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In the school room I am learning new stamping techniques and having fun with the Fan Club challenges.  I'm also watching a Ken Burns show on New York City.

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In my garden the butterfly bushes are attracting some butterflies we've not seen before. It's such a beautiful sight to see.
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A moment from my day-This is my helper Chloe. Anywhere there is paper she will find it and take a nap. We've just had lunch and she's happy she got some turkey.

This is my card for Crafters of Faith Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.
 Here was our challenge:
August 2018 ~ Hostess: Dawn
Scripture: Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
My Challenge: Since it is summer...use fireflies on your card....Or, if you have absolutely NO fireflies, choose a summer light source...mason jar with a light, tiki torch, flashlight.

I cut out the jar, lid and fireflies then stamped and colored them. I sponged the background stars with night of navy ink. I colored the fireflies (lightning bugs is what we called them) with yellow wink of stella. All images were added with dimensionals.

Verse of the Day: Proverbs 3:7-8
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For my anniversary today I thought I'd share TobyMac's song, I Just Need You. It applies to my feelings for God and Tim as well. I'm so blessed and I know it. Thank you Lord.

Blessing of the Day: Sharing my 25th Anniversary with Tim, Ben and Rachel. Overflowing with blessings.


Cards, Cards, Cards, and Christopher Robin

This week SCS is running challenges for members of their Fan Club. I love doing challenges. It gives me a chance to stretch my skills. It helps me learn new things and be creative with the cards I make.
This duo of cards was made to show reverse masking and masking. The chick in each image was covered by a chick I cut out.
The first card then had a paper with an oval cut out put around it. Then I made the background. This type of masking is called reverse masking.
The second card the chick was covered and I made the background. This is masking. I used my hexagon embossing folder to make it look like chicken wire on the card base.

This was a unique and new challenge to me. You were to take the paper you stamp on and make a background. I had the blue circles and the brown dots on my paper. I sponged more brown and blue onto the card. Then I took the olive ink pad and drew lines to look like plants.

The challenge here was to make a beach scene. I wanted it to look like I was looking out at the ocean. I made my ocean scene then cut an oval out of it and dry embossed with the plank hardwood embossing folder. Then I dragged the smoky slate ink along the front of the card to make it look weathered.

This challenge we were to use pastels on our card. An alternative was to do The Black Magic technique. You stamp a solid image onto dark card stock. Then use watercolor pencils to color different shades of colors. Then use a white gel pen to make dots. I added dots using an embossing folder and the new white dotted tulle from Stampin' Up.

For this challenge we were to make a quick to make holiday card.  I placed all of the snowflakes on my Stamperatus and stamped with versamark. Then I heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I sponged color on until I was happy with the color. Then I used a damp towel to wipe the ink off the snowflakes. Lastly I added my sentiment.

This was an interesting technique. You sprayed water onto watercolor paper. Then add watercolors to the card. When it is dry use a fine line black marker to outline the areas of color. I did than and added it as a panel on this card.

These cards were made last weekend after I received 2 new stamps. The cat in the window and the three plants in a row are new. These cards will be sent to South Carolina Juvenile Justice System.

I had fun stamping with a friend this past week. She had us make the coffee card. I had us make the palm tree card. I also had some fun cutting out them stamping and coloring the cactus. I like those cats as well. I was using scraps of designer series paper that tend to be left in the pack.

Verse of the Day: 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
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Tomorrow Sarah and I are going to see this movie. I have had Winnie the Pooh in my life for the last 40 years. When I was in college people often bought me Winnie the Pooh items for my classroom.
My kids had Winnie the Pooh things and of course the videos they'd watch over and over.
I know I'll leave the theater happier than I went in.

Blessing of the Day: Tim pulled the tape off the woodwork in the family room and living room. It looks so nice! Tomorrow we will put the two rooms back together.
Praising God that Tim likes doing this type of thing.

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Challenges and Stamping With Friends

Here is the sketch challenge from last Wednesday on SCS. I took that sketch and inverted it.

I cut the chairs and glasses out with the dies. I colored the cups and straws. I put Stampin' Up Wood Designer Series Paper behind the chairs. I used the wooden planks embossing folder for the background. I stamped my greeting on the sun.  The message inside says....only all the time.

This is for a Christmas in July and color challenge. We were to use granny apple green, smoky slate and berry burst. I took gold paper cut it with dies and dry embossed to give them texture. I added images then a bow and silver cord.
I stamped at Louise's house this past week. She planned the cards we'd make. We alternate months. This is a card we made using a flower stamp to make it look like fireworks. I don't send this type of card, so I'm going to make it a birthday card.

Isn't this just the cutest card? We cut vellum to look like a glass and colored it will yo-yo ink. Then we stamped ice cubes and let it dry. We cut diagonal paper to look like a straw. We stamped and cut out the lemons. There is a lemon inside that says, "You're so Sweet."

Here's another card we made. We stamped balloons for the background then traced a line to hang the pants on. Next we made pants with paper strips. We added belts and glimmer to the pants. Then we added the balloon. I thought this was so cute. I never thought to make pants with two pieces of paper. I love learning new things.

This type of card was on Dawn's website. I thought it was so cute! I think I'll make some of these for South Carolina.

This card made me giggle like a child. We used to catch lightning bugs in the backyard and put them in a clear jar. At the end of the evening, we'd let them all free. It was so cool to see all the blinking lights in the jar. We added yellow wink of stella to the bugs.

Verse of the Day: Philippians 1:29
Today the sermon was about how we look at things through trials. Typically, we get upset, angry, scared, etc. That's because we're seeing just the present and how it affects us.  If we look at trials we've gone through we see that God was with us each step of the way. God guided us and we came out stronger on the other side of that trial. Sometimes it enables us to use our experience to speak to others and help them with a trial. Sometimes we learn that we can know for sure that God will bring us through the trial and be faithful. We can look forward to the joy we'll feel when it's over and we've been changed.
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This is a new artist for me. I discovered him while listening to Amazon Music. Give this a listen and let me know what you think.

Blessing of the Day: I stamped with a dear friend and felt total JOY at making the cards she had.
Tim continues to make progress with sanding the walls and is ready to prime the walls.

Thanks for stopping by,

Cards, Woody, Pool, Everything

I had fun with Monday's Clean and Simple challenge. We had to use plaid. I love the plaids from Lawn Fawn. They are 6" x 6" papers with lovely plaids. I stamped the flowers at a friend's house then put them with the plaid paper. I then added an accessory. On the green card, I added granny apple green ribbon.  On the purple card I added a butterfly with clear wink of stella.
This is an image I stamped at a friend's house then  brought it home. I used the wood, designer series paper for the background then made a port hole.
Sunday night I got to swim, but it was a bit chilly above the water. So I laid on the one raft and put the other on top like a blanket. I know I'm spoiled, but what's the point of a pool heater if you don't use it! LOL

We had Woody the Woodpecker visit. He has a very distinctive call. He calls a bit before we see him. The other birds don't seem bothered by him either. They came and went the whole time Woody was here.  Isn't he gorgeous?

Verse of the Day:
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I came across two songs today. The first one by TobyMac is a new one called, Everything. I hope you enjoy it.

This second song is my kind of song that gets me going and dancing. This song was played Sunday by Ben and Rachel at their church. We visited as they were having Youth Sunday where the youth did the service with the exception of the preaching.
After the last song the pastor introduced Ben and Rachel as the youth leaders. He said they were the ones who planned the retreat the kids went on. Both Tim and I were so proud of them that we each had tears in our eyes.

Blessing of the Day: Today was a take it easy day. Tim worked on the final sanding of the living and family rooms.

Thanks for stopping by.


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