Friday, April 18, 2014

Organizational {Friday} IKEA Goodies Means Changes

I placed an IKEA order last week. The closest store to me is an hour away. So, I loaded up my cart, and paid $26 shipping for the goodies noted below. It certainly was worth it as it saved me time and gas. My box arrived earlier this week, and here is what was inside:

Today I wanted to show you the first Raskog cart. I have moved my original grey Raskog cart to my pantry. The second Raskog will be used for my art journaling supplies. Here is a short video of the new teal filled cart for Project Life. I still store my cards the same. To see how I store them, please click here for that post.

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If you couldn't tell from the video, my favorite new piece is the wire basket. I should have gotten more than one of those! The links for each product are noted in the bulleted section above. Just click on the product name.
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If you are interested in printing Project Life Card Design Reference sheets, please click here. Not all of the kits are there but most of them are. It really is a handy reference! I just printed them double-sided and keep in the pink binder.

I hope you find something helpful here today! Thanks for stopping by! I always appreciate you! Blessings,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

{SCRLLC14} Scripture Lesson #7, How Deep the Father's Love for Us

Today I am bringing you a modern hymn. It is called "How Deep the Father's Love for Us," and I had never heard this hymn until September of last year. It was published in 1995 and is in about eight different hymnals at this time. It was written by Stuart Townend, and he was brought up in West Yorkshire, England. To listen to Selah sing this hymn, click here. It is at a slower tempo than I am used to singing it but it is still so very beautiful. The words are below the video but you may have to click "show more" to see them. And click here to listen to Stuart Townend explain the story behind this hymn. You can also read more about him on his website by clicking here. I am sure you will know some of the other songs he has written also!

So, what do the words of this hymn have for us? Let's look at each verse.

Verse 1
How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

As a Holy and loving God, we cannot approach Him because of our sin. He created us, He owns us, and He bought us back because of His deep love for us! Out of that deep love for us, He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. He paid the price for you and for me. And because He paid that price, we should live as His possession. Are you living as a purchased possession of Christ?

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Romans 10:9-10 "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."

Verse 2
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

When He became sin for us, He became wretched and detestable, and the Father could not look at Him because God cannot look at sin. Sin cannot co-habitate with Him. He Himself endured the wrath and separation from His Father for us!

Psalm 22:1 (prophecy) "My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me? Why are you so far from saving Me, so far from my cries of anguish?"

Matthew 27:45-46 (prophecy fulfilled) "From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?' (which means 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?')."

2 Corinthians 5:21 "God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."

Verse 3
Behold the Man upon the cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed to hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

Because it was the time of Passover, there were thousands of visitors to the city. He endured their mocking and torment for you and for me. He was patient and marked with self control. He knew what was going on and was fully in control obeying His Father's will.

Psalm 22:6-8 (prophecy) "But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. All who see Me mock Me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. 'He trusts in the Lord,' they say, 'let the Lord rescue Him. Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him."

Matthew 27:39-41 (prophecy fulfilled) "Those who passed by hurled insults at Him, shaking their heads and saying, 'You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!' In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked Him."

Verse 4
It was my sin that kept Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

Psalm 22:15 (prophecy) "My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue sticks to the roof of My mouth; You lay me in the dust of death."

John 19:28-30 (prophecy fulfilled) "Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I am thirsty.' A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When He had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.' With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit."

Verse 5
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

His work rescues us. He died to purchase us back! Do people recognize that in your life? How are you boasting about Him?

Romans 5:11 "Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation."

Galatians 6:14 "May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."

Verse 6
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart 
His wounds have paid my ransom.

He bore your sin on the cross. Have you accepted His gift of salvation? If you have, who can you share with this Holy Week and as we celebrate Easter on Sunday? Who do know that has not accepted His gift? If you have not, will you accept His gift today?

1 Peter 2:24 "He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; 'by His wounds you have been healed.'"

For my 6x6 page today, I used the 1 Peter 2:24 verse above. It was perfect for this hymn. I wanted to use the color purple because in this season of Lent, it can symbolize pain, suffering, and therefore mourning and penitence. The torn paper with the title of this hymn symbolizes His torn body for our salvation. I also used sketch #110 from Sketchabilities. And the chipboard I used is the Blue Fern Studios Mini Ring Things.
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Papers: Riddersholm Design Fall Flee Market, Bazzill cs 
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink seedless preserves 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Mini Ring Things (painted with Shimmerz Dazzelerz spun sugar)
Embellishments: Petaloo Botanica Blooms lav/purple and ivory faux dried minis, Tim Holtz splatters template with Art Anthology mardi gras paint, Pink Paislee photo tab, Hobby Lobby doily, misc. wood veneers, sewing machine

Remember to use Keyword SCRLLC14 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. May your Easter be one of praise and worship for the King who gave His life for you!!! Blessings,

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Scripture Lessons and Lyrics Challenge Update

Hello sweet blog readers! I wanted to let you know that I had to take an unexpected trip to South Carolina. Because of this trip, I have not been able to finish today's lesson. I will get it posted for you by Monday or Tuesday. So sorry for the delay. I pray you have a blessed night, and if you need to create something, remember you can always send a card to my sweet friend, Sue, of Stampin' Things that has cancer. To read the post about Sue, please scroll down to the next post or click here. Thanks for your understanding, and be back soon! Blessings,

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Heavy Heart and Benefit

Most of you have seen me post about Stampin' Things over the years. I have SO many of Sue's beautiful storage units, and they truly are my favorite storage pieces. They are made to last! Unfortunately, Sue was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in January 2013. The cancer has now spread through her bones. The family has also had to move losing their home of many, many years. I have spoken to Sue on the phone and her spirits have been high and always trusting in our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The family is holding a benefit in Stillwater, MN, on April 26th. You can read all of the information below. But please don't stop here. Please continue to read this post as there are several other ways to help!  
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Now I am not sure if any of my blog readers even live in the area. But here are the other ways you can help:

*Attend the benefit if you are in the area. Please give Sue a HUGE hug from me if you are able to go!

*Send a card to Sue at:
Sue Nagel
12427 Square Lake Trail N. 
 Stillwater, MN 55082

*Make a donation to help with their financial hardship to:
Lake Elmo Bank
Sue Nagel Benefit Fund
11465 39th St. N.
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

*Prayers for Sue and her family however God leads you!

*Forward this post to friends, family, anyone that you think may be interested in helping Sue and her family!

*Continue to buy her amazing storage pieces. Sue's husband continues to get them out:
Visit Stampin' Things by clicking here. Here are just a few of the pieces I have:

This piece is actually a combination of 3 piecestwo Elite units and one Topper unit stacked on top of each other. I truly use this daily! It contains all of my stamp ink, reinkers, and Stickles. It has four sides for storage and turns beautifully and smooth!

This piece is great for Project Life cards and other cards, tools, and embellishments. 
Click here to see my post on this particular unit.

This is the Die Cuts and More storage piece. It also has four sides, turns, and has tons of storage for your die cuts, punches, embossing folders, and more!

Now, there are many more products on Sue's website. One of my favorites that I don't have yet is the Marker Mate. It looks awesome if you need storage for your markers of any type (even colored pencils). Be sure to look. Whatever you choose, you will NOT be disappointed! Thank you for stopping by and considering helping Sue in any way that you might be able to help! May you be blessed as you lift up another sister in Christ!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Brings a New Layout and Sketch

Happy April! It's hard to believe we are already four months into the new year. Well, with a new month, brings a new sketch challenge from Blue Fern Studios. I certainly hope you will join in and play. There are Blue Fern Studios products being given away! To see all of the details of the challenge, please click here. And here is the sketch:
And here is my 8 1/2 x 11 layout. I will share more details and close-up photos of this layout on April 29th when I share my other Blue Fern Studios creations. Be watching for it then. :)
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Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will join in the fun. Remember to click here to see all of the details. Blessings,

Saturday, March 29, 2014

{3} New Creations to Share

Today I have three different projects for youa card, an altered binder, and a layout. All three creations use the new Blue Fern Garden papers. I hope you have had a chance to try them. They are truly wonderful! Now let's look at my creations.

The Card
For my card today, I used the Blue Fern Garden Signature paper. I wanted to create a card that left the paper 'as is' but made it come alive if that makes sense. I did use some of the Blue Fern Garden Timeless paper too for the die cut leaves on the card.

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I also used the Little Bird Set chipboard and hid the bird among the flowers. To color him, I added some distress ink, a little Sharpie for the beak, and a pearl for the eye.
Papers: Blue Fern Studios Signature and Timeless, Memory Box notecard, Paper Trey ink white cs 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Little Bird Set (inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink and a Sharpie for the beak) 
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink brushed corduroy 
Embellishments: Poppystamps Lorelai Leaf die, Stampin' Up Fancy Fan embossing folder, Kaisercraft chocolate pearl, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and leaves, Petaloo Botanica pistachio minis, Prima Corine flower, sewing machine

The Binder
I needed a new recipe binder so I thought I would alter this 3-ring binder and turn it into my new recipe binder. I used the Blue Fern Garden Parlour and Calling Cards papers along with the Beaded Strings chipboard.
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To color the chipboard, I put on a layer of gesso followed by some Shimmerz Texturez. Once that was dry, I randomly painted on some Luminarte Twinkling H2Os to match the papers.
Papers: Blue Fern Garden Parlour and Calling Cards 
Binder: Simple Stories 6x8 Sn@p! binder 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Beaded Strings (painted Shimmerz Texturez gold mine, Shimmerz Coloringz Mama Sings the Blues, Luminarte Twinkling H2O tahitian blue) 
Embellishments: Petaloo Botanica fuchsia minis, Faux Dried ivory minis (painted blue), and Burlap natural blossoms; Prima black crystals; Basic Grey canvas tag; American Crafts Thickers; misc. black lace; sewing machine

And finally, here is my 8 1/2 x 11 layout. I used the March Blue Fern Studios sketch challenge for my page. There is still time for you to play along, so I hope you will join in the fun. Click here for the details.

I used three of the new Blue Fern Garden papersIn Bloom, Boudoir, and Calling Cards. I also used three different pieces of chipboardShabby Brick Bits, Blue Fern Bits (hearts), and the title is from the Valentine Word Set.
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To color the Shabby Brick chipboard, I randomly painted on some gesso. I wanted to leave some of it raw since I was coloring the other chipboard on the page. For the Blue Fern Bits (the hearts), I used some embossing powder and various paints to get a glossy and bumpy look. I painted the title from the Valentine Word set with acrylic paint.
Papers: Blue Fern Garden Boudoir, In Bloom, and Calling Cards 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Shabby Brick Bits (painted with gesso), Valentine Word Set (painted w/FW Pearlescent acrylic platinum pink), Blue Fern Bits (embossed with Lindy's Stamp Gang ep hibiscus rose orange and painted w/FW Pearlescent acrylic platinum pink) 
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink frayed burlap 
Embellishments: Tim Holtz mini paper clip, misc. month ticket, mini paper bag, Prima songbird vine pink flowers, sewing machine

Thanks for stopping by, and remember to join us in the March sketch challenge! Blessings,

Sunday, March 23, 2014

{SCRLLC14} Scripture Lesson #6, Until the Whole World Hears

How often have you shared the gospel? Can you correctly state what the gospel message actually is? Are you uncomfortable sharing? Well, today we are going to first listen to this amazing song by Casting Crowns"Until the Whole World Hears." Click here to watch their official video. Then we will look at some of the lyrics followed by our lesson for today.

The first time I saw this video, I fell in love with it! I love that it starts with them on a rooftop overlooking a city that you know is full of people. I then love how people are drawn to them on the roof and finally how they show people from all around the world singing with them. I think the entire video is so very powerful! Now here are a few of the lyrics along with the chorus:

"Lord, I want to feel your heart
And see the world through your eyes
I want to be your hands and feet
I want to live a life that leads

Ready yourselves, ready yourselves
Let us shine the light of Jesus in the darkest night
Ready yourselves, ready yourselves
May the powers of darkness tremble as our praises rise

Until the whole world hears, Lord, we are calling out
Lifting up your name for all to hear the sound
Like voices in the wilderness, we're crying out
And as the day draws near
We'll sing until the whole world hears."

So, what exactly is the gospel message? Click here to see a great video. Now are you going to have that video available to you when you are out shopping or at soccer practice or wherever you may be? No. But as a Christian, you are filled with the Holy Spirit. He will give you the words and enable you to share as He leads. Maybe people are drawn to you. Have you ever thought that the Holy Spirit brought them into your path for a reason? Do they want to know your story? Do you want to live the life He leads? Do you want people to see more of Him and less of you?

How is God using you? He uses ordinary people to share the extraordinary good news of His salvation. Who do you know that needs to hear the good new of salvation? Sometimes the people we think that don't want to hear are usually the ones to respond the quickest. Look for the good in people not the bad. That might be the very thing that can lead us to share Him with others. And remember, sometimes it's best to say nothing and just trust Jesus. Sometimes truth needs to be left alone. If we hammer the truth into someone, it could hinder their growth. That's the His job.

Look around today and each day. Who is He bringing in your path? How can you share and glorify Him? Be faithful to what He shows you at the time. Sharing Jesus with others is the true food that brings joy and satisfaction. Your testimony does not save anyone but it is a tool that gets their attention and gets people interested. Your faith has a great impact on those around you. Will you share as He leads so that the whole world hears?

Matthew 28:19-20 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Mark 16:15 "He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'"

1 John 4:10 "This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."

And lastly, as I was studying for today's post, I found this awesome article from Ron Hutchcraft Ministries called "Someone Else Shuts the Door." If you have time, I highly encourage you to read this article by just clicking here! You also have the option of listening to this from his radio address; it's short only 4 minutes and 28 seconds. It may be life changing. 

For my 6x6 page today, I used another sketch from Flying Unicorn. I also used several embellishments that I found in my great clean out when putting together my new Embellishment Center. I used an old mini paper bag, wood buttons, and some old canvas tags. I chose the Mark 16:15 verse noted above as it certainly says exactly what this song is saying. And lastly, I used the Brigitte Butterfly Set from Blue Fern Studios. I painted it with Shimmerz Texturez gold mine then added a bit of Glimmer Mist sugar cookie while the paint was still wet.
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Papers: Carta Bella Sew Lovely 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Brigitte Butterfly Set (painted with Shimmerz Texturez gold mine and Glimmer Mist sugar cookie) 
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink gathered twigs 
Embellishments: May Arts twine; Basic Grey canvas tags; Petaloo Botanica pistacio minis, Baux ivory dried minis, and Burlap pistachio blossoms; misc. brown paper bag; Prima wood buttons; sewing machine

Remember to use Keyword SCRLLC14 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. Blessings to you as you share Him as the Holy Spirit leads!

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