Friday, September 30, 2011

Blogging is not my forte!!

I don't have a card or LO to post right now because I just spent the afternoon pulling my hair out.  It's a good job that I have lots or I would have pulled it ALL out this afternoon!  And if you were looking at my blog today and wondering at all the weirdness, I am sorry!   (FYI, I have a little computer knowledge but not much.  I have told my husband he is NOT allowed to die since he is the one who fixes things when I hit those buttons I should not!)

I thought I'd make my blog a little cuter (actually I think it could use a LOT of 'cuter'ness) so went to find a cute blog background.  None of the background seemed to fit my template, so I found a template.   Not a good thing!  I changed the template and all my gadgets were big time screwed up!  One of the banners that I used to have were appearing over the blogger taskbar so I could no longer design or even sign in!  I finally realized that if I went to another blog I could get to the blogger, but then the banners were appearing at random spots covering my gadgets. 

And I just lost my cursor!  How does that happen???   It shows up outside this window but not in here.  ????!!???  

Anyway, I will post this if I can actually hit the post button with NO CURSOR!!!    It is a good job that I am not a 'curser' or I would be doing that right about now!!   edit:  I just previewed my post and now it has returned.

SO now there is a funny blue haze on my page and things still aren't as I wish, but at least I can sign in and post again!!

Grrrrr, Blogger!  (But I guess it is kind of like FB... I don't pay a cent so I'd better not complain too loudly!  :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Snowflakes! (not real ones, yet!)

Even though it is only September, I am already looking forward to Christmas this year!  Christmas is a wonderful time to celebrate our Lord's birth and to share love!! 

I am looking forward to it though not exactly getting ready yet, but all year I have tried to at least get some cards done.  Here's another...

Challenges ~
~jingle belles - "here comes Suzy Snowflake"
~Stampin' Sisters in Christ - "Blessings" or encouraging Scripture 
          (the devotional this week is another great one!)
~Mojo Monday - round or square sketch

~Kraft card base
~all paper from my scrap pile so am not sure what kind
~computer generated sentiment (thought I had a digi that said that but could not find it!)
~Colorbok punch outs

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

"Welcome 2 R Classroom" sign

Here's a fall sign for our home school room.  Not that the kids couldn't find it without this, but now they have NO excuse!  :)  They all really like this and think we should make one for every season.  We'll see! :)

~BBTB2 Contest - "classroom" sponsored by My Creative Classroom
~Fantabulous Cricut - "leaves are falling"

~wreath from JOTS at 10 3/4"
~cut the leaves in contrasting colors and embossed in
       Cuttlebug with Distressed Stripes, Swiss Dots, or Divine Swirls
~welcome, 2, R from Doodletype
~Classroom from C101, each letter turned, and welded
~marker for veins (an idea that seemed good, saw it, hated it, but too late!!)
~gel pen doodles

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Encouraging note card and sharing my heart

 "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."  ~Isa. 40:31

This will be a longer post than I usually make.  So bear with me! :)

My heart is full as I write.  Full with some sorrow, some confusion, but also with praise.  The events of the last month have certainly made us 'wait on the Lord'!  Hurricane Irene came through our valley on Aug 28 and nothing is the same.  All three buildings on our church property were destroyed.  In our town (our home is out in the country outside of it), over 280 of the 400 homes were severely damaged.  It is easy to ask, "Why, Lord? How can this be good?"  But we do trust Him! 

Cleaning, tearing out, pulling down, and throwing away has been the focus.  It's heart rending to drive through in the light of day and see homes so damaged or to see the empty hole where a home once stood, but it is almost as difficult to drive through at night and see no lights in the windows.  We have no idea what the area will be in a few months... how many will recover and rebuild or how many will just move on.  Right away, our church was offered the use of several other churches nearby, and we have been meeting in one of them faithfully. 

The Stampin' Sisters in Christ's challenge (wings and a Bible verse) and devotional this week talk about Isa. 40:31.  They also had a poem that I copied and pasted here because it touched my heart in a special way given the situation here... 

Desperately, helplessly, longingly I cried:
Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said, “Child you must wait.”
Wait, you say wait,” my indignant reply.
“Lord I need answers. I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked and am claiming your Word.
My future and all of which I can relate
Hangs in the balance and YOU tell me WAIT?
I’m needing a ‘Yes”, a go-ahead sign,
Or even a ‘No’ to which I can resign.
And Lord, you promised that if we believe
We need but to ask and we shall receive.
And Lord, I’ve been asking and this is my cry”
I’m weary of asking! I need a reply.”
Then quietly, softly I learned of my fate
As my Master relied once again, “You must wait.”
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut and
Grumble to God, “So I am waiting for what?”
He seemed the to kneel and His eyes wept with mine,
And He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun,
I could raise the dead, cause the mountains to run.
All you seek I could give, and please you would be.
You would have what you want, but you wouldn’t know Me.
You’d not know the depth of My love for each saint;
You’d not know the power that I give the faint;
You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there;
You knot know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence were all you could see;
You would never experience that fullness of love
As the peace of my Spirit descends like a dove;
But you’d not know the depth of the beat of My heart,
The glow of My comfort, late in the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight,
Of an infinite God, who makes what you have LAST.
What it means that ‘My grace is sufficient for thee!’
But oh the loss, if I lost what I’m doing in you!
Author unknown

When we think of waiting on the Lord, we may think we need to sit and wait for Him to tell us to do or go.  Think of this... what do you call that person in the restaurant that brings your dinner?  A waiter!!  When we wait on the Lord, we are waiting for His leading, but that leading comes when we commune with Him and continue to serve Him.    The old saying, "You can't steer a parked car" is true!   

As we continued to serve during this trying time, the Lord did provide for us.  The church building we have been using has a very small congregation, and last week, they offered to sell us their property very reasonably.  The Lord brought the people and the building together in  His perfect way and time.  

I did not have a digi stamp with Isa. 40:31 verse, but the promise that "God cares for the sparrow so He will surely care for me" came to mind, so I put birds on my card.  And another special verse that gives great comfort!!    These are both digis from Doodle Pantry so I'll submit it to their challenge.

I promise all my posts will not be talking of our trouble here, but wanted to share this because it fit so well with this challenge. 

If you are interested in seeing our church, here is a youtube link...  we have no pics of the high water because everyone evacuated thankfully!!  We got at least 6' in the auditorium.  (My husband is the pastor)

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I pray that you will know the Lord's comfort and strength if He calls you to go through some 'deep waters' in your life!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Digital stamp Christmas card

Wow!  Time is flying and I did not get a Christmas card done every week as I had planned.  So... either not many family and friends will get a card... or I'd better get to work!!   I'd better get to work!

This one is for this week's jingle belles prompt... 'use at least one digital stamp or element'   I really like digi stamps but just need to work on my 'coloring.'

~digi stamp from Waltzing Mouse Stamps  (a freebie!)
~Allegro Cuttlebug folder
~Offray ribbon
~Prima ornament
~MME stamp

Thanks for looking!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Belated birthday card

I really should make a lot of this kind of card!!  I remember birthdays but can't seem to get cards in the mail soon enough to be on time!  :(

This card is for Birthday Sundaes Challenge.  I wanted to make a criss-cross card for last week's challenge but didn't get it done, so I made one for this week's "belated birthday card" challenge.

 The front says, "A little birdie told me you were having a birthday...
and the inside says, "...he just told me a little late.  Happy Belated Birthday!"

~J's textured mulberry and ivory cardstock
~g.c.d studios paper "Eye Candy"
~Hampton Art stamp
~American Crafts markers
~Paper Studio adhesive pearls
~EKSuccess ribbon
~computer generated sentiment

Thanks for looking!!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

"Just a Note" card

This evening, I needed to get in my craft room and make something.  In some ways it seems like a lot longer than 3 weeks ago that Hurricane Irene came through our valley and left destruction in her wake.   Towns all long the Schoharie Creek were devastated!  Many homes and businesses destroyed.   It will be a long time before life is back to 'normal' here. 

I have felt like I should not do something as 'unimportant' as crafting while others have lost so much.  But this week, a friend asked me and some others if we could share some of our supplies.  She was being shown a destroyed home.  As the lady was showing her house, she burst into tears when she opened the door to her craft room.  It seems so little, but I pray it helps her even just a little to receive the things we shared. 

I know that note cards can mean so much so that's what I made tonight.   Looking for inspiration, I checked the usual challenges I do and chose a couple for this.  I followed the Tuesday Morning Sketch, but once I was done, I realized I had missed the deadline by 8 min!!  :(   So I will only put this in Fantabulous Cricut's Challenge #77... instrument or musical notes

~Quarter Note for the note and swirl on outside
~DCWV Performance stack paper
~chalked edges
~CM note die cut on inside

Thanks for looking!!!

Just a couple of pics...
6 feet of water in the auditorium

our beautiful piano will never play again
But God is good!  He's provided a place for us to worship and though our building was destroyed, our church is alive and well!!