Monday, October 28, 2013

Ms. D

I find it no coincidence that Ms. D, who sits behind me at Sunday service, reminds me of my Grandma.

I miss my Grandma so much!

When Ms. D squeezes my hand and tells me how much she missed me last Sunday service (the one of many I've missed lately, I'm afraid)~I really believe she means it.

It's a God thing, you know.

It's a God thing...because she doesn't have memories of me being adorable as a child to soften her heart. ;)

She loves me enough to miss me when I'm not there, and encourage me when I am.

I love that woman.

She deserves a card, don't you think?

stamp: Verve Treasured words
dies: Our Daily Bread Designs Chickadee Die,Ellison tipsy hearts thick cuts
paper: DCWV Chickadee Stack,kraft cardstock
ink: Hero Arts Cup O' Joe

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Isn't It Ironic

I made this card for a sweet friend who found out she's moving away soon.

The irony is not lost on me, considering my previous post.

I know, I know.

This is my life.

I've acquired a sense of humor over the years.


I saved this fantastic rounded triangle clothing tag and repurposed it for 

stamp: Verve Treasured Words
 embellishment: Little Yellow Bicycle Felt Sticker
paper: Carta Bella Hello Again,Bazzill
other: misc tag

Monday, October 21, 2013

Out on a Limb

I don't have a problem going out on a limb with crafting.

It's the only arena where I can truly HANG LOOSE.

For example,

I painted with nail polish in negative die images at the edges of this card for the

I used bright colors from ColourQ Challenge #211

to create a dimensional, non-traditional colored leaf wreath for 

 These creative tactics I won't hesitate to try.

To me there is little risk in playing on a card.

However, this is in stark contrast to the way I enjoy friendships.

Go out on a limb, yes, but let my heart follow?

That's another matter entirely.

After all the hellos and goodbyes (with little in-betweens) we've had through my husband's military career~I'm afraid I've gotten a bit leathery in the people department.

Not because others have let me down per se,...but because I've met SO MANY wonderful people that I've had to "let go" physically.

It was heart wrenching.

It IS heart wrenching.

It never gets easy.

My military extended family and I will always share hearts because we've survived tours of change,sacrifice and pain during patriotic service.

We're strung together by those few years we shared at "X","Y", or "Z" and acted as surrogate families during major life events and holidays.

I can't count the number of different faces that changed in the birthday and thanksgiving party pictures in our stacks of physical and digital photos over a span of 20 years.

Only the McDeavitt faces stayed similar~changing slightly with age. ;)

Lately, the hardest thing, has been allowing myself (and my girlies) to freely love the civilian friends that we might live around

for. the. rest. of. our. lives.

 ~now that we are retired and "settled".

 It scares me, crafty people. ;)

However, I trust that God is doing a mighty work in my heart as I follow these civilian friendships to another level of depth that has been a long time coming.

I thank God for His immeasurable wisdom and grace in this new chapter of the Marlena novel....
I pray there will be sweet, sweet fruit!

stamps: Papertrey Ink Might Oak, Sweet 'n Sassy Season of Change
die: Sweet 'n Sassy Season of Change
ink: Papertrey Ink True Black,Memento (Rose Bud,Tangelo,Pear Tart)
media: Nail Polish,Copic marker black

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Thank You and Blessed

With the Mighty Oak die out....

I created a thank you card with a stacked felt sticker for the

Here's a second card that I purposely created all melancholy-like with a dash of shine.

I've had this coarse Christmas glitter for over TEN years!

A sprinkle of glitter adds a little ray of hope for the

You don't have to light up the whole card or an entire room, for that be a blessing.

Many times it's in the darkest moments that we recognize the hand of God and His grace in our lives.

The littlest act of kindness or love can be a blessing, dear friends.

Thank you for stopping by~it blesses me!

First Card

stamp: Hero Arts Thoughtful Messages
 ink: Memento Ink Lilac Posies
paper: My Mind's Eye Everyday Flair,Bazzill
 embellishment: Little Yellow Bicycle Felt Stickers
dies: Papertrey Ink Mighty Oak,Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles

 Second Card

paper: Inner cover of Authentique Renew 6X6,Teresa Collins Everyday Moments,Carta Bella Hello Again,Bazzill
dies: Papertrey Ink (Mighty Oak,Counting My Blessings)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

There Are No Small Miracles

There are NO small miracles.


A miracle is a miracle no matter the size....I'll gratefully receive them all!

I'll also give glory to WHOM glory is due.



~May you see God work a miracle in your life today~

stamp: My Favorite Things Christmas Ornament (element and snowflakes),Verve Beautiful You  sentiment
 die: Papertrey Ink Mighty Oak
 ink: Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores,Enchanted Evening),Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe
paper: Bazzill,Georgia Pacific white

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall Notebooks

Don't you love an easy peasy, duplicable project?

I know I do.

I had therapeutic fun making two dozen or so notebooks in various colors  with my PTI dies and ODBD 1Timothy 6:12 verse.

My single goal was keeping the color combo unique for each notebook.

The hardest thing was deciding which embossing powder fit all color schemes.


Word Art Wednesday #101 Anything Goes

I pray you are well, friends~

stamp: Our Daily Bread Designs Not Forgotten sentiment
die: Papertrey Ink Mighty Oak
paper: Bazzill
other:gold embossing powder

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

For Those Who Love HIM

Death is inevitable.

That's the grim reality in my circle of family/friends right now.


we have hope.

This hope puts a smile on my face and keeps my emotional heart ticking....

I can't imagine living only for this world.

The pain, sorrow,

 shifting seasons and murky waters can be overwhelming.

However, His ways are higher than my ways and His thoughts are higher than my own....

and I thank Him for being my life.

He is worth living for!

stamp: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Series 3
paper: Authentique Renew,black cardstock
ink: Versamark
die: Spellbinders Classic circle
other: Ranger Super Fine Detail black embossing powder