Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Good morning and happy Tuesday. I trust that your Christmas weekend was terrific. I know that mine was. We got to visit with family members and eat too much, just like most of you.
We live in North Florida so we never get snow. I remember when we lived up north, having snow at Christmas was a great thing. Snow after Christmas was usually annoying! Something which had to be shoveled and driven through. What are your thoughts on this?
Here's a recent layout of mine titled "There is Snowman Like You".
And here are my daughter and son-in-law on a ski trip last week. They don't seem to mind snow after Christmas. After all, they just have to get in their car and drive home if they get tired of it!
Thanks for your visit today. Have a wonderful and blessed day!
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Good morning! Can you believe Christmas Day is only 3 days away? I don't know about you but I have been super melancholic this season and my heart is filled with so much joy and peace lately. God is so faithful in all His promises and even though my family and I have faced many challenges this year, He has held us thru it all. My devotional yesterday morning touched my heart and I would like to share it with you. Here it is:
God Gives Us a Desire for Our Work
By Os Hillman
You shall call, and I will answer You; You shall desire the work of Your hands (Job 14:15 ).
Did you know that God has already pre-wired you for the work He created you to do? We all have things inside of us that excite us when we think about it. God is the source of this passion. However, our career path may require many stepping stones before we reach the work that we were ultimately created for. The psalmist says "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be" (Ps 139:16)
When the ark of the covenant was to be designed to contain the sacred ten commandments, God prepared a man to perform the important work.
"Then the LORD said to Moses, 'See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts -- to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship'" (Ex 31:1-6).
We do not know much about Bezalel, but you can be sure he had many jobs leading up to this most important assignment. He was also the first man mentioned in all of scripture to be "filled with the spirit of God."
When your work is empowered by the Spirit of God you will be hand-picked for some of the most important assignments. He says the skilled worker will even serve before kings (Prov. 22:9). God will see to it that your skills will be used for His ultimate purposes. This is the call of God for each of us -- to be fulfilled in our work and to use our work to fulfill His purposes on the earth. He seals the hand of every man, that all men may know His work (Job 37:7 NKJV).
Do you see why I wanted to share it with you? It happened back in 2003 when I asked the Lord to tell me His calling for my life. He told me PAPER. Every layout I make is inspired by the Lord and made with much, much love. I am always aware of His Gift and His calling for my life and I pray I never ever take it for granted. Be encouraged in whatever you do. Do it unto the Lord and if you find yourself in a place that needs to be changed, don't hesitate to ask Him. He will answer!
This is one of my favorite kits that I've made recently. It borrows a line from The Night Before Christmas. It's called The Stockings Were Hung.
Have a wonderful and blessed day!
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Good morning and happy Tuesday. On Sunday I was fortunate to be able to take a mixed media class at Cootie Coo Creations in High Springs, Florida. Our teacher was Terrie Peattie. What a wonderful time we had. Of course, it's always going to be great when fun-loving & talented women get together for and afternoon of creativity.
Here I am getting my hands dirty.
And here are the rest of the ladies getting their hands dirty.
Here is my finished project. I am the angel on the left and my four grandchildren are the little angels on the right.
I have just release a new batch of Christmas kits. To see them click on the Happy Scrapper at the top left of this blog. Here is the latest installment of the monthly "Story" series. December Story features three windows!
Thanks for visiting today. Have a wonderful and blessed day!
Monday, December 19, 2016
Good morning and happy Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. Due to a last minute cancellation I was able to get into a mixed media class at Cootie Coo Creations in High Springs, Florida. I'll have more on this tomorrow when I finish my project.
For today, here is one of my layouts that I titled Peppermint. What would Christmas be without peppermint candy canes?
Thanks for stopping by this morning. Have a wonderful and blessed day!
Friday, December 16, 2016
Good morning and happy Friday! With just over a week to go until Christmas, I hope that you're just finishing up with everything you need to do. This will be your last full weekend so you'd better get going!
Here's a recent layout of mine titled Merry Christmas.
Thanks for visiting my blog today. Have a wonderful and blessed day and a safe and restful weekend. We'll see you back here on Monday!
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Good morning and happy Thursday! One great thing about Santa is that he receives texts. When my grand kids get a little "squishy" or "out of the box", my daughter just whips out her cell phone and pretends to take a picture of them. This is followed by "No, Mama! Please don't send that picture! Delete it! Please!!!" Too bad this only works for the month of December.
Here are a couple of Santa layouts. They're not for naughty pictures; only nice!
Thanks for your visit today! Have a wonderful and blessed day!
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Today we celebrate our daughter's 36th birthday. Our Valerie was born in a very cold morning in Columbus, Indiana. She has grown up to be an amazing wife, mother of two, daughter, sister and a ton of more qualities! Valerie, we love you sooooo much and continue to pray for the Lord to keep blessing all the days of your life!
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Good morning! Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season so far. I spent the weekend in Orlando at an awesome event sponsored by The Crafty Dreamers at Universal Crown Plaza Hotel. It was first class all the way. The location, the food, the service, the prizes, everything was perfect!
My friend Linda and I entered the Pajama Contest and we won! We were the "Crafty Babies". We carried our pillows, blanket, stuffed animals and sang Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
Here's a picture of us wearing our jammies.
I also enjoyed playing with all my Christmas goodies and made several layouts, including this one-page for the front or back page of an album.
And this one is one of my favorites because it has cardinals. The base paper is from Authentique.
My precious and dear Father in Law went to be with the Lord yesterday morning. He was 92 years old and was married for 71 years. My husband and all his siblings were there with him (Chicago). Here's a picture of us taken during the summer when we spent some time with them.
Have a wonderful and blessed Tuesday and if you have parents, grandparents, older family members, make sure you hug them and tell them you love them.!
Friday, December 9, 2016
Good morning and happy Friday! I hope that your week has gone well and that your planning a great weekend. Me, I'm going to Orlando today for a weekend Craft Escape sponsored by The Crafty Dreamer. A good time will be had by all!
Yesterday my granddaughter wanted to make cookies. I wasn't in the mood to drag out all of the ingredients and mess up my kitchen, so I let her paint some animal cookies using tubes of frosting. I guarantee you that she had just as good a time!
Here is a recent layout and kit of mine titled Making Cookies for Santa. As we get closer to Christmas I'm sure I'll break down and break a few eggs and make cookies from scratch.
Thanks for your visit today. Have a wonderful and blessed and and a safe and restful weekend.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Good morning and happy Thursday! Yesterday I was playing around in my studio and decided to make Christmas layouts without using traditional Christmas colors red and green. Here are some of the fruits of my labor.
Thanks for coming to my blog today. Have a wonderful and blessed Thursday!
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Good morning and happy Wednesday! Today's kit is titled "Gingerbread". Have you ever tried to make one of those pre-packaged gingerbread house kits? We have, and they never seem to turn out as nice as the picture. On top of that, the kids swipe the gumdrops and other candies so the house ends up looking so bare.
We'll probably try it again this year. Even if it doesn't turn out well, we have a great time making it.
Thanks so very much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful and blessed day!
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Good morning and happy Tuesday! We all know that Christmas is the season for many things, including the ugly sweater. People try to out-ugly everyone at Christmas parties with their sweaters.
Here is a layout from last year titled Ugly Sweater Party.
And here are some photos from an Ugly Sweater Party I had with The Hive this past weekend.
Thaks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful and blessed day!
Monday, December 5, 2016
Good morning and happy Monday! I ran a couple of contests on my Facebook page yesterday and the winners are Linda Vinson and Linda Norris. Congratulations, ladies!
Here is another one of my December kits titled "Jingle All the Way".
My DH especially likes this one because of the skating scene. He grew up in the North where ponds & lakes froze over and the scene is reminiscent of his childhood. Indoor skating rinks were where the professional hockey teams played and where the Ice Capades were held.
Thanks for visiting my blog today. Have a wonderful and blessed day!
Friday, December 2, 2016
Good morning and happy Friday! Another week is coming to and end. And as promised, I'll will be posting just Christmas and winter layouts for the remainder of the month.
Here is the first one titled Christmas Pajamas. What could be cuter than little ones going to bed on Christmas eve with their special Christmas jammies and then waking up on Christmas morning to open their presents.
Thanks for your visit today! Have a wonderful and blessed day and a safe and restful weekend.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Starting tomorrow, I will have Christmas and Winter layouts for the remainder of the month. Thanks for visiting my blog today. Have a wonderful and blessed day!
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
I have some ideas for a new series of layout for next year, but you'll just have to wait until I make up my mind.
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Monday, November 28, 2016
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Friday, November 25, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Good morning and happy Tuesday from sunny Temecula, California! On Sunday we celebrated my DIL's 29th birthday (hey, the same as me!) Here are some of the pictures I took.
Here is Madison Rose with the cake she helped decorate.
And here is the lovely birthday family! (I think that I might have coined a new phrase here.)
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Monday, November 21, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
Good morning and happy Friday. Yahoo, another week come and gone! Tonight I leave for California to spend a week with my son and his family and I couldn't be more excited.
In the meantime, here is a new layout of mine titled The Little Mermaid.
And here is my own Little Mermaid trick or treating with her brother Hank the Septopus. Got to love the sprayed on red hair.
Thanks for coming to my blog today. Have a wonderful and blessed day and a safe and restful weekend.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Good morning and happy Thursday! I'm really enjoying my Copic markers these days. Here's a layout of mine with a couple of Saturated Canary artisits colored with copics.
When I went to pick up Andrew after pre-school the other day, his teachers asked about Carolina's pre-school. I told them that she didn't attend one and they mentioned that Andrew had told them that she went to "Lita" school and took a lunchbox every day. I told them that I was Lita and that we jokingly called my house the Lita Academy of Fine Arts. I mean, where else do you get to glue paper butterflies while wearing butterfly wings?
Here are the both of them at the Lita Academy of Fine Arts. Andrew's working with ocean animals.
Thanks for visiting today. Have a wonderful and blessed day!