Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Back up and running

Well I would like to say I have some awesome things to post but unfortunately right after my last entry my computer took ill with a virus or two. My son the computer wizard was able to save my pictures and files but the rest of the computer had to be wiped. I am now trying to get used to several newer programs and reorganize my computer. It's amazing how convoluted these companies can make a perfectly good program by upgrading it, LOL! They just couldn't leave all the "buttons" in the same place now I have to hunt for them. Also after much consideration and since I have a new paper shelf, I am reorganizing the art room. It's getting a major purge. If I don't think it's useful or beneficial, it will need to find a new home. Hopefully I'll have pictures soon of the remodel. My goal is to be able to go in, shut the door and create undisturbed for short periods of time. This picture is the before shot of the paper shelf. It is in the middle of being repainted. My daughter found this on Craigslist for $50. It's solid wood, almost 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide and has 80 paper slots for 8 1/2 by 11 paper. Just perfect for all 48 Stampin' Up cardstock color families plus a few more.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Serene Snowflake case

I am sometimes pressed for time when designing for club. Last month at our local demo meeting card samples were shared from Wichita Regionals. The card on the bottom is from that regional event (if this is your swap card, let me know so I can add proper credit). The card on the top is my version for club. Since I had my Christmas cocoa Specialty paper bulk pack handy, I turned the card red for club. I also wanted to show off the flocked paper. Supplies: Whisper white cardstock, Real red cardstock, ribbon and ink, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP, Serene Snowflakes and A Cardinal Christmas stamp sets. All supplies Stampin' Up except rhinestone center. A big thank-you to the original designer for an elegant, quick and easy card.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A New Direction

"Sometimes life happens while making other plans." Or in my case life's twists and turns are directed by studying God's Word and listening to the Spirit. I usually quietly share my faith. No blaring bells, whistles and buzzers, tons of scripture verses or other spiritual language. Just a quiet sharing of life. But I have been searching this year for service projects. I am greatly enjoying setting up events for From Our Hearts
and wouldn't mind a few other service type projects. So after much prayer and consideration, I'm talking with hubby and he says make what you love to do a complete ministry. View any art I do as a ministry and he's right. I have been blessed with the gift of encouragement. My greatest joy is bringing a smile to someone's day to brighten their life a bit. So I'm refocusing, redirecting and reviewing my art in light of this new direction. All the resources God has blessed me with should be used to bless others. He gave me the gifts and talents and they should be used for His Glory. So the next time you receive a card from me or see a project posted here, it will have been prayed over during it's construction. My prayer is that my gift will touch your life in some small way to brighten up your day. One small kindness can make a difference.