Thursday, April 20, 2017

purple vellum card

Sorry about the fingers, but the vellum
wouldn't lay flat enough to see the
stamping inside.  I love how this 
turned out and may try more.

The "thinking of you" is stamped on
the outside, but I was getting a glare 
and it looks like it's inside.  I think it 
turned out so cool. 
We had an awesome thunderstorm 
this morning and possibly more later
on.  At least I'm hoping so!
I may be offline for a day or two.  My
computer keeps freezing.  I'm hoping it's
just the mouse, but I'm going to take
the tower over to Cody and he's going
to check it out on his computer and
see if he can figure out what's going
on.  Just what I need.  Another expense.
I hope it's something easy and cheap
that he can fix!
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Do it yourself

I've been using Aleen's tack it
over and over for probably 6 years
and still have the original bottle.
Obviously I don't use a lot of
glue dots.  But this is what the glue
dots I make look like:

You can make them any size
you want and it's a whole lot cheaper
than buying them.  This is some old
paper I had from glue dots ages
ago.  I thought I'd pass that along.
On to the card:

Isn't this cool?  The nice thing about
it is that you don't really have to
line anything up because with the
distress ink it makes a white spot
on the piece below it, so all you have
to do is place it there.  Easy Peasy!
I'm going to Fort Wayne today to go
to Olive garden with my friend, Dianne,
then get some bird food which Lili
is almost out of.  Dianne is not a good
passenger-hey, I gave her the option
of driving!  I told her if she freaks
out I'm dropping her off on the side
of the road!  My driving isn't that
bad!  Thank you, Karen, for teaching
me how to drive.  Sometimes I
get in the car and remember that
rainy day -VERY rainy day-
on Remount road.  That was a scary
day!  But I managed to keep the 
car on the road and not hit anything!
I know you were plenty scared, too.
I miss those days!
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Marvin the computer program

Marvin has been out to get
me the whole time the finger
spelling class has been going.
The guy that finger spells has
no emotion on his face and if you
get the words he speeds up.  If you
miss enough words he     will    
go       slow.  VERY SLOW.  Yesterday
I almost doubled my last score.  
Granted, it is still slow.  But I'm
getting better and that's the point. 
I have a program on my computer
that I can practice finger spelling  
with.  The two things that are
different is you can replay it until
you get it right (Marvin won't 
let  you) and it doesn't tell you
how many you missed, just the
ones you got right.  So you don't
get a wpm score.  But it's good
to practice with.  And it's free!

This is the next to last stitching card of
the butterfly collection they just came
out with.  personally, I don't think
that looks much like a butterfly.  The
trail is kind of cute, I guess, but it's
not my favourite of the cards.  It's 
cheaper to buy them in a set but I'm 
thinking maybe I should have just
gotten a couple patterns and called
it good.  The last one I have
to stitch is pretty, I think.
It's chilly out again this morning!
I'm hoping it will warm up and I
can get some weeding done, but then
again, if it doesn't warm up I don't have
to do the weeding, so maybe I'm
hoping it doesn't warm up!
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Special friends like you

I knew I wanted an elegant look
for this card, but I wasn't sure
exactly how I wanted it to come
out.  The card kind of created 
itself!  I wish they would all
do that.

I really love how it turned out.  It's
hard to see some of the colours because
it's the silky pastels.  The flowers
are a violet colour and the butterflies
are yellow.  I would love to find a
paper pad with the silky cardstock
only in bolder colours.  Not like
neon type colours, but bolder
than the pastels.  Colours that would
show up a little better on camera
and in person.
The service yesterday was awesome.
Coleen did really well on the Easter
songs.  We were all sitting down
since the choir was singing, so I
was facing her and I was signing,
only kind of lower that I would
normally.  She sent me a text later
saying I was an "awesome feeder".
That is someone who shows a sign
when the person forgets it.  I don't
think I was exactly feeding her,
I was pretty much signing along,
but I was happy she felt like I helped.
 We stayed long enough
to practice all the songs one more
time then left and got
coffee and came back for
the 1030 service. 
I just love signing the songs!  
She said she was going to make me
get "Glory to God" right if it killed
her.  It's not going to be pretty.  I
can't get that song for anything, LOL.
I can get parts, but other parts I
really stumble on. 
I hope everyone had an absolutely
wonderful Easter and didn't
eat too much candy!!
Happy Monday!!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The third day

Luke 24:  4 While they were wondering about this,
 suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning 
stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed 
with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, 
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?
 He is not here; he has risen! 

Yes, indeed.  He has risen!!

Church was awesome yesterday.  
I went to practice and at one point
Coleen leaned over and said, "Jesus
is here" and pointed to the back.  I see
this guy come in and said, "he doesn't
look much like Jesus."  She said, "He
plays a really good Jesus."  Ok.  he's been
in a play at some point, right?  So the choir is 
singing "Resurrecting" .  We are signing.  
All of a sudden a light comes from my
left as the door opens and in walks
Jesus.  I quit signing just like that.
She said my mouth was open.  It
probably was.  I know my eyes
filled with tears.  It was amazing!
In the service, even though I knew
he was coming in, I still got very
emotional, but continued to sign.
We signed toward Jesus rather than
to our right as we usually do.  it was a 
very powerful moment for me.  I'm
tearing up right now!

On Easter morning the disciples saw Jesus' graveclothes
 lying on the cold slab still wrapped round 
and round the corpse. Only the corpse was gone,
 much like an empty chrysalis deserted by a butterfly
 who has left to soar free. "He is risen as He said," 
an angel told the incredulous disciples.
Have a blessed Easter and make sure
your children know it's not about the
eggs and candy, it's about Jesus!

Saturday, April 15, 2017


The good Friday service last night was
a community service with 4 other 
churches besides our own.  It was a
 beautiful service and included, of course,
communion.  There were two special
songs and one of them was the Easter
version of "Hallelujah"  She sang it 
beautifully.  It was very moving.

I made two more journals last night,
switching things up just a bit and I
have to say I like these MUCH better
than the ones I have done previously.

It's a hard call to say which one I like
better.  I love making these journals
and sometimes don't want to give them
to the people they were intended for.
This is one of those times!  But I 
already have two journals that I
haven't written too much in, so I guess
I should finish them first.  They are
each used for a different purpose.
Maybe I should make one for lists.
I'm always losing the lists I make!
It looks like it might have rained early
this  morning, but according to weatherbug,
cloudy skies all day.  Not true for 
tomorrow, of course, so anyone who
is participating in Easter egg hunts make
sure you have an umbrella handy!
Happy Saturday!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday

Although I can barely stand the thought
of what Jesus went through on
 Good Friday, I'm grateful He found
me worth it.  I will never be worthy,
of course, but He loved me that
much.  Would I die for one of my
children or someone I loved
deeply?  Yes.  Would I die for a 
stranger?  No.  Were we strangers
to Him?  I suppose we were, because
we weren't saved.  But we were also 
His children. I don't claim to understand
how all that works.  But more importantly,
He rose again on the third day.  We
don't serve a god who has long ago
died.  We serve a Living God!  
Only King Forever!!

A prayer journal for a friend.  I had
some nice bling to put at the bottom, but
when I took it off the backing it got all
tangled up.  That's the problem with
using those beautiful gemstone flourishes.
I have another, but it's purple and not
what I was going for.  
I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday and found
the paper.  It's called "faith" and I thought
it was absolutely perfect for a prayer
journal!  And...drumroll, please....
it was 50% off!  There was also another
 paper pack I was looking at and couldn't
make up my mind, so since they were
50% off I bought both.  Like I need more
paper.  I have enough paper to supply
my own store.   But one can hardly
pass up an opportunity like that.  Right?
Please tell me I'm right.  I need the
I supposed I should get moving.  I have
some things that I need to accomplish
today before church tonight.  I 
always have things to accomplish
but they never seem to get done!
Happy Friday!

purple vellum card

Sorry about the fingers, but the vellum wouldn't lay flat enough to see the stamping inside.  I love how this  turned out and may...