Verse of the Day

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Everything ABC Hop -- Letter I



Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!  

For this hop we will be featuring the letter I. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set, an embellishment or any other creative take on the letter I.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their I element will be featured in their post.


If you came from Darlys blog, Crafty Happy,  then you're on the right track!

For my Letter I creation I am featuring a Studio J layout featuring the paper kit "It's A Guy Thing"! I took some pictures of my boys (ages 24 & 20) at Easter as they were wrestling on the floating dock.  As you can see in the journaling --- this is a common thing between these two. I wonder if they will ever get too old to wrestle?!?!?!




Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S Blog Hop is at Linda Norman's blog, Scrappy Therapy, where you can also find a complete list of participants!

I hope you enjoyed my Letter I creation. Contact me if you would like more info about Studio J!

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Everything ABC Blog Hop - Letter H


 Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!  (I am so excited to join a new blog hop!!!) 

For this hop we will be featuring the letter H. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set, an embellishment or any other creative take on the letter H.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their H element will be featured in their post.


If you came from Darlys Crafty Happy blogthen you're on the right track!

For my Letter H creation I am featuring a Holiday layout! My layout was created using Snowhaven, Glacier extra wide twine, Cricut Cartridges Artfully Sent as well as Art Phiolosophy, flip-flaps, and some retired silver brads!


Left page


Flip-flaps allow for more photos


Flip-flaps allow for more photos
Right Page


Mini-album added into the layout


More of the mini-album


Journaling in the mini-album


Full Layout
This layout was created using our How-To Book (another Letter H item), Cherish.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Linda's Blog (which is also the beginning of the hop!)

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy  for a complete list of participants!

Contact me or visit my website to explore all the many H possibilities!  Make sure you join my April Online Gathering when you place your order for a chance to receive a gift from me!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Seasonal Expressions 2 - NEW Product Blog Hop


Welcome to the Heartfelt Sentiments Team Seasonal Expressions 2 - NEW Product Blog Hop! I am so excited to share some amazing and beautiful new items form CTMH.  

I know you will like what you see as you "hop" through these amazing blogs!!!!


If you are here from Terry's blog then you are on the right track.  You can always visit Melissa's blog if you get lost along the way or to see a full list of all the participants.


I am showcasing the NEW Blossom paper pack along with the Blossom complements and Glacier extra wide twine to make this card.



I used CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge to cut the circles & sentiment.

I used Monday's Mojo Sketch 392 for my card.  This was my first time using Mojo Sketch but I can promise you it will not be the last!!!! 




Thanks for hopping by and make sure you leave me some love with a comment if you like what you see!  Now you can hop on over to Judy Faye's Blog for another fantastic creation featuring NEW and EXCITING products!

Contact me or visit my website to place your order today for some of these exciting new products!  Make sure you join my April Online Gathering when you place your order for a chance to receive a gift from me!

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

CTMH Paper Focus Blog Hop - Blossom


Thank you for joining me and several Heartfelt Sentiments team members as we showcase artwork using Close To My Heart's paper packet, "Blossom".  This paper packet is showcased in our Seasonal Expression 2 and will only be available for the next few months!!!!

I know you will like what you see as you "hop" through these amazing blogs!!!!

If you are here from Terry's blog then you are on the right track.  You can always visit Melissa's blog if you get lost along the way or to see a full list of all the participants.

For my project this month, I created a layout in Studio J featuring Nanny & Papa's grand-peeps!!!! I love how I can use all the papers, embellishments and stickease right in Studio J.






Thanks for hopping by and make sure you leave me some love with a comment if you like what you see!  Now you can hop on over to Melissa's blog for another fantastic Blossom creation!

Contact me or visit my website to order your own Blossom paper pack or to use Studio J!  Make sure you join my April Online Gathering when you place your order for a chance to receive a gift from me!


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Friday, April 3, 2015

What is Easter All About?


It's Good Friday and for many this simply means a day off with time to get ready for the Easter bunny or family coming over for an egg hunt and a good meal.  However, that is NOT what this day is about at all.  You see today is the day we set aside to celebrate the death of our Savior. And it is a celebration - for without the death of JESUS I would be hopeless and lost and covered in sin. But because of His death I am forgiven and free from sin - covered by HIS blood!!!!!

You see when sin entered into this world, the perfect relationship that God created us for was broken.  When Adam and Eve disobeyed God,  they immediately became aware of their sinfulness - as a matter of fact the first sacrifice occurred shortly after that when they began covering themselves with animal skins (Gen. 3:21). Sin brought death:

  • Gen. 3 – Adam & Eve
  • Gen. 4 – Cain kills Abel
  • Gen. 5 – genealogy is based on “and he died”
  • Gen. 6 –the flood
  • Sin can only be forgiven through a living sacrifice

And so the need for redemption became real - as a result of the love that God has for us, He determined to provide a perfect and final sacrifice in His Son, Jesus.

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord

Here is a video that shows this sacrifice -- this is an older song but the message is very powerful! WARNING --- the video uses scenes from The Passion of Christ and is graphic. But what a humbling reminder of the pain that JESUS went through for our sins!



But hold on this story doesn't end with Good Friday because Sunday is coming!!!! God in HIS greatness and sovereignty and love couldn't stop with the death of Jesus.  Yes Jesus' blood is what gives us forgiveness of our sin but keep in mind, we were created for a perfect relationship with God so God had to restore every part of that relationship and death was never part of God's plan. God turned his back on His only Son when Jesus took on our sin – God had no choice but to resurrect Jesus– God had to conquer death for the sake of His Son as well as for the sake of all His children – US!!!! And that is why the resurrection was necessary!


         Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. (Matthew 28:1-6)

Pause and celebrate the resurrection of our Savior:




The Resurrection is the foundational truth of our faith. It is what gives us the hope and the promise of an eternal perfect restored relationship with our Father!!!

And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.(1 Corinthians 15:14-19 ESV)   

My prayer is that you will take time to reflect on the true story of Easter -- from the death to the resurrection - and simply be still and know God.  And if you are reading this and have no idea what this means or have never heard anything about Jesus, please send me a message or leave me a comment -- I would be more than happy to answer your questions.

Hallelujah - my Savior Lives!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Deal A Day in April

#DealoftheDay
#FREEStampPad
#GrabBags

DISCLAIMER:
Make sure you read all the through this post for additional April Deals!!!!!


Love a great deal? How about 30 days of great deals

During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close To My Heart! What deals are we talking about? Each day during April, while supplies last, we’ll feature a random grab bag filled with current and retired Close To My Heart products available for purchase at a major discount. To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart through your Online Business Address and you will be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (while supplies last)! Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $35 USD to $150 USD. Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay! 




Grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 3 pm MDT each day and only while supplies last—so visit often and early! Remember that grab bag tiers will be featured on a random schedule throughout the month, so seize the opportunity to purchase from the grab bag tier you’re interested in when it becomes available because it might not come around again!

When you place an order, be sure to click on the option that allows you to add a copy of the NEW Seasonal Expressions 2  to your order for FREE!  It will be with your goodies when your box arrives.  If you already have one, give this one to a friend or family member who might also enjoy it.  You can CLICK HERE to view the online version in the meantime. 

ADDITIONAL APRIL DEALS

If you purchase a Grab Bag from MY WEBSITE this month, you will get to SELECT AN INK PAD, OF YOUR COLOR CHOICE, FOR FREE!  Please do not add it to your order but instead, place your order and then email me at twgal220@gmail.com and tell me the color of ink pad you want.  Here is a link to SELECT YOUR COLOR CHOICE.  I will order it and mail it to you with a handmade thank you card as a small token of appreciation!  Purchase more than one Grab Bag...get a stamp pad for EACH Grab Bag you purchase.



In addition, when you place your order, if you join the APRIL ONLINE GATHERING on my website (simply click JOIN on the lower right side of the website), you will have a chance to win a FREE PAPER PACK of your choice when my gathering has a minimum of $150 for the month. 


Please contact me by email if you have any questions! 

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A Birthday Card & A Color Dare

This week's Color My Heart Color Dare 135 challenge was to create a project using only 2 colors....Chocolate & Champagne!


Since I needed to make a birthday card for my son-in-law, it was perfect timing!


CTMH Supplies Used:

  • Chocolate & Champagne Cardstock (both from the Basics Cardstock Combo Pack - X5933)
  • Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (for tag & font) - Z1686
  • Embellishments - Round Studs & Hemp (retired items)
  • Sanding Kit for distressing (Z1294)
I love, love, love how fast, easy & simple it is to create a handmade card with CTMH's Cricut cartridges!!!


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