Tuesday, May 31, 2011

MMSC106.....Midnight Madness Challenge!

I hope you all had a lovely long weekend and were able to say "thank you" to our veterans for all they have done. We all know that freedom isn't free! With Memorial Day and then the Fourth of July coming up, I was feeling a bit patriotic so I decided to say Happy Birthday to America! What better way to do it than with an American favorite......the Golden Retriever! Priscilla has the most adorable image that was perfect for my idea, she is part of the set called Easter Egg Hunt Dog set! There are four (4) images in this set, take a look here!!

For this weeks challenge (MMSC106), I am using the girl with the bow in her hair.....my personal favorite!!
 As always, you choose, CAS or fancy......or somewhere in between!!  Here is my card!
Isn't she absolutely adorable??!!! My paper is a digital set from Gina Jane called Land of Liberty.
The inside :

 the envelope and another view of the card front:

A special thank you to all veterans past, present and future, and a very special thank you to the veterans who have influenced my life.
Digital Tuesday - Animals/use a digital element
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps - Masculine Card
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - A Special Reason
OLLCB - Challenge 81- Happy Birthday

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Photo Excursion

My daughter has gotten very big into photography, so while she was home between semesters we went out on a lot of photo excursions. This was after our trip to the beach and my initial photos of the swans.
She, with her camera and me with my point and shoot, off we went to hunt down subjects. :)  Surprisingly, by watching her and mimicking her style of composition I was able to get a few good shots. I thought I would share a couple of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Sharing Today's Devotional!

May 27, 2011
Keep Watch!
Gwen Smith

Today's Truth

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith... (1 Peter 5:8-9, NIV).
Friend to Friend
I was really excited that evening because I actually had a fun dinner plan ... which is not always the case. There was some grilled chicken left over from dinner the night before, so I decided to bust out my griddle and whip up some yummy grilled chicken quesadillas - a simple, yet very popular Smith-family delicacy. I know: it's a crazy-easy make, but for some reason my kids think I'm a genius when quesadillas are on the menu. Go figure.
I grabbed a knife, a chopping board, and the leftover chicken from the fridge. Minutes later, the chicken was ready for it's cheese and tortilla companions. While the griddle was heating up, I turned my attention to a few other family matters. I don't even remember what those matters were. It might have been a buzzer, noising from laundry room - alerting me of dry clothes that needed hung. I might have turned away to set the table or perhaps I had to intervene between my children who perpetually struggle to keep their hands to themselves. Whatever it was that drew my attention away from dinner prep was innocent - normal stuff - nothing out of the ordinary.
When I turned back to the business of quesadilla making, confusion gripped me as an empty cutting board glared at me. With an eyebrow raised quizzically, I asked my husband if he had moved my chicken.
"No Honey. I haven't touched your chicken." He replied, with a twinkle in his eye.
Hmmmmm. A chicken mystery. How odd.
I grew a bit anxious and quickly began to interview each of my children, "Did you take the chicken off the cutting board?"
"No Mom. I didn't touch the chicken." They said one after another.
I wondered, "If I didn't move the chicken and my family didn't move the chicken, then where is my chicken?" I looked around the room once more just to be sure that I hadn't simply placed the chicken somewhere else.
Then I saw it ... a look of guilt. A look that screamed and pleaded, "Yes! I took your chicken, but please don't be angry with me. It smelled so good and ... and ... I'm a big dog - I need my nourishment. Was it wrong? Okay. I know it was wrong. Please forgive me. I did it. I ate your chicken. I'm sorry. I'd like to go to my crate now..."

His ears lowered as my eyes met his. My brows furrowed. "Rocky! YOU ate my chicken! Bad dog!" I lamented in frustration as I began to make a new dinner plan...
Rocky's just a dog. He's not out to get me and he didn't mean to mess up our dinner plans, but he did prey on our family meal that night. He came and took what wasn't his because I had let my guard down. I wasn't watching over my chicken.
As believers in Jesus Christ, you and I must guard our hearts and watch over our homes. The Bible warns Christians to keep watch. Beyond things seen, there are spiritual battles taking place around us continually. If you are a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, then you have an enemy and his name is Satan. If you live to listen to the voice of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, then strap on your battle gear, girlfriend, because your enemy has a mission to destroy you. Beware!
In the New Testament book of John, chapter 10, Jesus identified himself as the exclusive way to our salvation - as the Gate for the sheep of God - as the One who loves, leads and rescues us. In John 10:10, Jesus warns that though His plan for us is protection, love and help, the enemy ... Satan ... "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full."
The Bible has a lot to say about this. It tells us time and time again to be alert to the schemes of Satan. To keep watch. "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith..." (1 Peter 5:8-9, NIV).
Though we have an enemy with a real plan to mess with our emotions, our health, our marriages, our children, our relationships and our thoughts, we are not without help or hope. We have both. God's power and protection are readily available to believers, 24/7. "But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one" (2 Thessalonians 3:3, NIV).

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people" (Ephesians 6:10-18, NIV).

I was caught off guard the night that my dog took the chicken off my counter, and there have been times when I've been caught off guard in the midst of spiritual battles. As Christian women, let's remember to keep watch - over our hearts, our minds, and our homes. Let's purpose to proactively pray for protection, power and perseverance. May we always keep watch.
Let's Pray
Dear Lord, You are all-powerful and mighty to save. I praise you and delight in your plan for me to have abundant life through Jesus. Please cover me in Your Spirit today and equip me to fend off attacks from the enemy in your power and help.
In Jesus' Name I pray,
Now it's your turn
What came to your mind/heart as you read this devotion? Can you identify an area where you feel the enemy is attacking you? Grab your journal and write about it. Pray for specific people and relationships that you feel need protection.
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Surfside Beach, SC

A couple of weeks ago I was able to sneak down to Surfside Beach with my daughter for a couple of days. We had a great between doing our editing jobs and relaxing. In our off time we went around looking for photo opportunities. I thought I would share a couple of my favorites!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

MMSC104 - Midnight Madness Tuesday!

It is Tuesday and Tuesday can only mean one thing.......It is Midnight Madness time!  Below are two versions of this weeks sketch, CAS and Fancy, whichever you chose we want to see what you come up with!

This week I am using Prisicilla's Sweet Pea Flower Digital Stamp. This is such an intricate and beautiful image!  I sort of mixed the two choices for this weeks sketch together to come up with this:

I made the digital background paper from a wallpaper pattern, I selected a portion that had the peacock on it and used the circle selection tool adding texture to it. I thought this texture which is called "tiles" in PSP9 made it look like needlepoint. I loved the look it gave, hope you can see it!  Below is a close up, what do you  think? I then cut out the sweet pea and mounted it on top of the circle which was cut out with a nestie using "out of the box" technique so the tail of the peacock would hang over the sweet pea image. One more circle for a mat, a rectangle with a torn bottom texturized with a cuttlebug folder and inked and that just about does it!

Here is a shot of the inside:
Don't forget to visit all the team members to see their creations and get inspired by their creativity! (listed on the side bar under Priscillastyles Design Team) Be sure to pop into Priscilla's store for a look at her newest images and to browse through the store for you next digital treasure! Thank you so much for spending time here, I love your visits! I hope you will be able to take a minute to leave a comment. May your day be filled with joy and peace! :)

Crafty Cardmakers - #46 Embossing
Make it Monday -Anything Goes
Paper Cupcakes There's Magic in the Air - Embossing

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

In Honor of Mother's Day!

My Mom when she was probably 25 or 26, I was in the first grade. 

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

MMSC102- Tuesday May 3rd-It's Midnight Madness Time!!

Welcome to challenge MMSC102 at Midnight Madness! As always, our challenge sketch this week is for everyone! You have your choice, CAS or Fancy.....or anywhere in between! Let's look at what Priscilla has given us to play with this week:
You can rotate this sketch or keep it as is, I am keeping it as is and "doing somewhere in between".

Our MMSC102 Weekly Bonus Sponsor is...
The MMSC102 Weekly Bonus winner will win a 
$10 Gift Voucher redeemable for any digi images in the "priscillastyles" Store
Stop by and check out all the new images!!
 Be sure to enter the 2 year Blogaversary Give-a-way too!! 

I hope you enjoy my creation this week and that it gives you ideas and inspiration. I love hearing from you so leave me a comment and please play along with us this week.

We love seeing your creations. Don't forget to visit Prisicilla's store to get your next digital to work with, she has some amazing images and truly outstanding values!! This week I am using Flowering Tree Digital Stamp which you can find here!

this is the inside:

the custom envelope:

My team mates are listed on the side bar, "click" over to their blogs to get full information about their entries this week!! Thank you for stopping in, hope you have fun with this week's challenge!

challenges entered:
Get Hippity with Ippity-Flowers
House of Gilli-Layers and Stitching challenge
Pollycraft Monday-Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion-Anything Goes

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