Tuesday, July 31, 2012

This Nest Is Blessed

Good Morning friends!!

A few weeks ago all six of my grandchildren participated in Vacation Bible School (VBS) and it was one of God's blessings to see the joy they experienced. 

I was part of the VBS craft crew along with Gloria and Patty who worked so hard to decorate the room and prepare the crafts for over 60 children.

Brianna, my granddaughter, was one of the teenage volunteers who did an outstanding job in helping with all the children.  Together we did a small skit from the Book of Daniel which I'll never forget. 

Supplies used:

"What a Hoot" paper by Three Bugs in a Rug
ek Lily Pad punch
3D stickers by Multicraft Imports
3 Birds on Parade Cricut cartridge

Thank you for visiting.


Thoughts of Encouragement

Psalm 37:4 -- "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart."  The promise only "works" when you desire the delight of the Lord.

Friday, July 27, 2012

My Story

Happy Friday!

How quickly this week has gone by.  I've been reorganizing my craft room and I came across this pretty paper which unfortunately I don't know who made it.  I also found embellishments I had forgotten I had.  The title "My Story" is a glitter word sticker by MeLody Ross.

The large flower is by Heart to Home @  The smaller flowers were another embellishment I found but don't remember where I bought them.  I used the Little Leaves sizzlet by Stampin' Up.

I love to blog hop and on one of my favorite sites I saw the ek Lily Pad punch @  I could not resist buying the punch for my own use, so I did.  The scallop edge corner punch and the butterfly punch are by Stampin' Up.  The white butterflies were embossed with the Swiss Dot embossing folder.

Enjoy a great weekend everyone!


Thoughts of Encouragement

If you have love in your heart, you always have something to give. -- Unknown

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Good Wednesday morning!

Last week my friend Abigail, who is visiting here in
Las Vegas, gave me these two beautiful designer sheets, which I think are by Recollections.  My picture does not do it justice because you can't really see the glitter effect.


I want to thank Abigail for her thoughtfulness and this special paper.  You can visit Abigail @

Supplies used:

Recollections butterfly stickers
Stampin' Up scallop corner punch
mesh by Mona Ami Gabby
white doily
Recollections flowers


Thoughts of Encouragement

Love cannot survive if you just give it scraps of yourself, scraps of your time, scraps 0f your thoughts. -- Mary O'Hara

Monday, July 23, 2012

Thoughts of Encouragement

One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. -- Proverbs 11:24

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Christmas in July

Good Monday morning friends!

With temperatures over 104 degrees here in Las Vegas its hard to think about Christmas.  I attended a crop at my local Michaels Store and the free make and takes focused on Christmas so that's why I'm posting Christmas in July.  This Christmas layout was made with DCWV Tis The Season paper stack, Bazzill cardstock and Recollections stickers.

The second free make and take was this Christmas gift bag.  I'm ready to wrap my first Christmas gift!  This was the first time I had attended a Michaels crop, but it will definitely not be the last.  When you sign up for their crops you also get a free gift and 10% off any products you buy while at the crop. 

I also worked on some of my own layouts which I'll share with you during the week.
Thanks for dropping by.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Butterfly Picture Frame

Hello everyone!

For some reason butterflies make me happy.  Sometimes I think they remind me of my mother and remembering her brings me happiness. 

I made this project using a 4 x 6 inch wooden frame from the $1 bin at Michaels.  When decorated, these frames make great gifts.

I used paper from the Ciao Bella stack by DCWV and then added adhesive chipboard butterflies by K and Company.

Hope you make something that makes you HAPPY!


Thoughts of Encouragement

God can create divine connections where we might see confusion and dead ends.  God can do what seems to be impossible if we will trust Him, stay in faith, and continue to move forward.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Wedding

Good Monday morning!

Several weeks ago my granddaughters were flower girls in their aunt's wedding.  It was a very beautiful wedding and Angie and Natie looked very pretty in their dresses.


The paper stack that I used is the new Recollections Steampunk Botanica.  I love the beautiful images especially the butterflies.

Supplies used:

Fancy Frames cartridge
Designer's Calendar cartridge
Storybook cartridge
white pearl string
Stampin' Up's Beautiful Butterflies die
ek punches
Little Leaves sizzlet die
Tim Holtz clock piece and key

Thank you for stopping by.


Thoughts of Encouragement

Faith is simply believing that God is who He says He is, and that He is a rewarder of the people who seek after Him.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Hello Kitty Friends

Hello Kitty Friends!
I finally finished my Hello Kitty mini album.  Hope you like it and if you do please leave me a comment.

That's it for today.  Have a great weekend and I invite you to visit my blog again.


Thoughts of Encouragement

When we meet other people's needs, God always meets our needs.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mon Ami Gabby layout

A few weeks ago I attended the Creating Keepsakes Expo here in Vegas and I loved all the creative ideas.  One of my favorite vendors was   This was a layout kit I bought from them.

The center photo mat and tag were not part of the kit but everything else was included.  The journaling accents are by Colorbok.

I love the beautiful Victorian look of this layout.  Hope you enjoyed this post.  Thank you for visiting and please come back soon.


Thoughts of Encouragement

The Lord says, "If you love me you will do the things I command."  -- John 14:15

Monday, July 09, 2012


Hello friends!

I had a really nice weekend and this is a layout I completed at the Scrappin' Time crop.  Hello Kitty is a favorite of my granddaughters and of course myself.   I also started a Hello Kitty mini album which I will post later this week. 

Supplies used:

Hello Kitty Greetings and Font cartridges
Stampin' Up pennant punch
Stampin' Up circle punch
Hello Kitty designer paper

Have a fun and blessed week.


Thoughts of Encouragement

Learn to enjoy every stage of your life's journey.  Practice a grateful attitude, and be content no matter where you are.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012


Happy 4th of July!!!
First of all I want to wish everyone a safe and fun Independence Day. 

My two sons, daughter and my six grandchildren will be celebrating together later today.  Hope you enjoy this day with your family too.

Supplies used:

A Child's Year cartridge
Stand and Salute cartridge
Creative Imaginations glitter paper
Sticko flag stickers

Have a great day and please come back soon.


Thoughts of Encouragement

When you rejoice and worship the Lord, you are making a declaration that your God is bigger than your problems!

Monday, July 02, 2012

Cupcake Mini Album

"Sprinkled With Fun"

Good Monday morning everyone!

I love to make mini albums and making this cupcake was alot of fun.  On the front cover I cut "sprinkled with fun" from the Sweet Treats cartridge.  I make these mini albums to donate them for our annual Christmas Craft Fair at
St. John Neumann Church.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed this post.  Have a blessed week.


Thoughts of Encouragement

When we read the Bible we are holding an entire library of 66 books, love letters from God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, intended to feed our souls and encourage our hearts.
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