Saturday, March 3, 2012

First Tournament of Season and Rebecca Pitches



Hello There,
It's Saturday...and it's going to be a beautiful weekend....We will be at the softball fields cheering on our number one Athlete Rebecca and she throws down in this first tournament of the season...it started last night with two pool games...and my catcher....was in two what I would call a scamble the players kind of games last night...coach put her on first, and shortstop and then pitcher....she pitched...she has had two lessons so far...and she is learning....and guess what...she did well....it was AWESOME...

This is going to be an interesting day for her....she will not know where she will be playing...and I bet he has her pitching some...our main pitcher will not be here at all for todays games....but still it's going to be a great set of games...I will keep you posted....She is the pitcher on her school team...but the level of the school team is no where near the level of the league team she is on...they are both great...but I am surprised that they put her in pitching already in the league games...I asked her if she told coach she was learning how to pitch...she said "No mom, dad told him"....


Some of the parents said...is she pitching now....I told them she is just starting lessons...she's only had two....her coaches told her she did very well...and her teammates told her she did great....it's funny to hear them talking about the games...what went right....what went wrong...what they need to work on....come back tomorrow and keep winning so Lauren our little pitcher will get to play some Sunday...on the first game last night Rebecca pitched one inning...and they tied 4-4...on the Second game Rebecca pitched 3 innings and they won by 3-2 these games were very competitive, even though coach had moved all our players out of their regular positions....In the team huddle at the end of the night...Coach told them "Man, we are deep, man, we are deep....everyone of you girls can play every position I put you in tonight....and play it well....come back tomorrow and keep winning..."

The parents are very encouraging to our girls...love, love, love that part of our games.....

Well, I have to go get ready for the games....

But first I wanted to show you a new card I made last night....I love the clean lines and colors and the scripture just speaks to me today....




I used a burgundy card stock for the base and layered on Websters pages papers....I tore and inked the edges of the sentiment and then popped it out with pop dots and added a postage stamp pic in the lower corner, and then a rich brown stitched ribbon on the bottom....I love the look of this card....

I would like to enter it in these challenges:
WordartWednesday.blogspot.com-challenge #17...
StampinSistersinChrist.blogspot.com-challenge #128
MojoMonday.blogspot.com-challenge #230
This is the inside of the card for journaling....
I hope you have a beautiful weekend...
Blessings...
Sherry

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rain, Rebecca and a Frog...

About a week ago we had a deluge of rain, and rain, and rain and then rain...this is a view of my front yard I sent Rebecca out to get the mail....it was raining and I thought... she's younger, she will dry quicker than me...and basically I was lazy and didn't want to go get the mail myself...
A day or two later, Gary calls my cell and says come see this...when he calls and says come see this...stop what your'e doing and go see...you will never be disappointed....can you see anything...besides Gary's hand....
He has not moved and we have been hovering over him for quite a few minutes...clicking pictures with our phones...can you see him...he has wedged himself up under a few weeds and is just hanging out in front of the shop door, right next to the sidewalk under the vapor light....Patrick came out of the shop to see what was up and investigated...he saw what looked like a smaller frogs bulging eyes popping out of this guys back under the skin...Patrick thinks he's still digesting his last meal, which apparently was another frog....boy oh boy he blends in... well....Gary told Patrick that this guy is big enough to eat...and sent Patrick for a bucket....(you should have seen Patricks face...I think he thought Gary was going to eat him...
Gary and Patrick have cajoled this guy into the bucket to get a better view and more photo opportunities...and then Gary moved him over to a woodpile by the fence...so no one would step on him....

You never know what you will find after a good rain...
I hope you have a great night...
Blessings Sherry

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Oh My Blog

Oh My Blog,

How I have missed you lately....Rebecca and her parents (me and Gary) are in full swing Softball mode for the next few months and possibly thru the summer....She had two games Monday...one for school, an away game, in Brazosport TX. at 4:30 and then one for her league team at 6:00 in Santa Fe, TX.  needless to say we were a little late to the six o'clock game...she is pitching for her school team and catching for her league team....wow....she is really liking pitching and she had her first lesson today with Coach DelaRosa...she has a league game tonight in Santa Fe, TX. at 7:30...Monday night she got slammed with a ton of homework and quizzes and tests for Tuesday...and now tonight she has only about an hour of homework.....she's done....I've braided her hair for the game...she is about to suit up and head out...we have to be at the fields at 6:30 for warm-ups before the game....this is going to be a great season for her....

I have finally completed my continuing education requirements for this license renewal season and can put this aside for another two years....(Thank God, because it's as exciting as watching paint dry...)...

So, now I hope to start posting some pictures and projects soon....

Yeah me...I am so ready for sticky fingers again....card challenges and blog hops...let the games begin...

I hope all of you are doing well....have a great night....I know I will....

Blessings
Sherry

Friday, February 24, 2012

Rebecca is Pitching

Hello There,
It's finally Friday....last night,  actually, afternoon we went to watch Rebecca's first softball game of the season for her school....she is a Catcher....who this season.... is going to be the Pitcher (and she actually wants to pitch and take lessons)....and Coach Delarosa is going to be giving her pitching lessons, with his daughter Samantha (who is an amazing pitcher and got a scholarship for pitching)....she got up to bat twice and nailed it and scored both times....she pitched 55 pitches in this game and 23 of them were strikes....I did not keep up with the wild pitches that got away from the catcher (I was keeping the book and don't normally mark all the pitchers stuff, but I will be)...this is going to be an interesting season...and Rebecca has not had any pitching lessons yet...they tied 4-4...and Monday they play the same team again in Brazosport....She only hit two players up to bat....the little catcher, Lexi,  is new to our school...she has been playing softball for a while and she is a good little catcher and Rebecca just loves her...her coach said these two are going to be a gooood team.....I think she is right....Rebecca did not have a ton of homework and no league games last night, so, we got to stay and watch the high school girls team play...and now we are booked for the next few months with intense softball schedules....opening season starts this weekend....and there are games Sat. and Sun. and on Monday she has an away school game in Brazosport at 4:30 and then a league game in Santa Fe...but I don't know the time yet...I just glanced at the schedule the other day....and she has to fit in homework as well....this is going to be a great season for her...she will be Catcher on her league team....and Pitcher on her school team....Awesome....I love having a sporty girl in the house...it's fun and always lots of things to do....Well, I hope everyone is doing well, and has a great weekend....and I hope to get some scrappin in this weekend too....
Blessings
Sherry

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Card to Share for WAW, SSIC, and HIMCR challenges

I just made this wonderful card last night while Gary and Rebecca were at softball practice....I love love love this verse....I seriously do not know if I will be able to give this one away....The Holy Spirit always brings this verse front and center in my mind when I am in challenging situations...it has brought me great peace and comfort...it has brought me thru many storms and trials....It is such a blessing to know that I am never alone....and no matter what I face each day...He is here with me....comforting...and guiding me each step of the way...when my daily challenges are pulling me out of my peace...and sometimes I slip and let the anchor fall....but God....He always pulls me back into Him and grounds me to His peace...it's a beautiful experience and I can't imagine what life would be like without His peace and presence...He is my Anchor....and though the storms come and batter my sails...the Anchor holds....in spite of the storm....God has not promised me a life of ease....He has promised me that no matter what I face....He is God....and He is my shelter from the storms...
Blessings
Sherry

I would like to enter this card in these challenges:


word art wednesday challenge #16 (Psalm 46:10)
link:  wordartwednesday.blogspot.com


stampin sisters in christ challenge #127 (use a flower)
link:  stampinsistersinchrist.blogspot.com


Hiding in my craftroom challenge #34-glitter, glitter!
link:  hidinginmycraftroom.comnew card to share for waw,ssic, and himcr challenges

A masculine Birthday Card

Here is the Birthday card I made for Gary this year....I love the way it turned out...and it was fun to make I used the MOJO Monday Sketch....

I would like to enter this card in these challenges:  MOJO Monday 229 sketch
                                                                             
                                                                                

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Gary's BDay

Hello There,

Today was a very special day...today we celebrated my best friends BDay....he played WOW for most of the day...his foot is still recovering....when Rebecca got out of school...we went shopping at Fry's...apparently we are looking for some sort of really cool....magical moment type of thing where when you finally find it you have one of those aha moments...but so far we have not had an aha moment...My Guy is looking for some sort of gaming mouse for a left handed person...who is addicted to playing WOW....we will try online to see if we can find the perfect one....we then met up with Holly and had a wonderful birthday dinner at Red Lobster....and then Holly gave Gary his presents and she made him the most amazing cupcakes....we then went to Best Buy...in search of the elusive magical mouse that would give us the aha moment we are looking for....we think we found one, so we paid for it and headed home because they are going to be late for softball practice...Rebecca has not done her homework yet and her and Gary are headed out to softball practice....and when they came home around 9:00pm her and Gary were laying out her new uniform and let's just say "It's the coolest one ever"...I will post pictures as soon as she gears up in it....and then they hit the showers and then we did presents....and then Rebecca did homework and then Gary and I ate his cupcakes...and then he tried his new magical mouse.............and............it is not magical.....and will not work with his mac......to say he is disappointed is an understatement.....but, we are not deterred.....we WILL find the elusive magical mouse for a left handed person for the Mac and with the extra buttons that he needs......and Rebecca finished homework and went to bed about an hour ago and now we find ourselves sitting on the couch...Gary is WOWing....and I am blogging....it has been a beautiful day....and I am thankful for another year to celebrate my best friend's BDay.....

Blessings
Sherry

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentines Cards part Two

This is Valentines day...and I am picking up Rebecca from school...she is walking toward me now....can you see her...

She is getting closer and she appears to have a balloon parade trailing her....

On Valentine's day you can send balloons, flowers, candy and a singing telegram to any student at school for a small fee....it's a Senior fund raiser for their mission trip...and it's fun....

She is coming out of P.E. where she has been practicing pitching for an hour...she is a catcher.....but apparently she is going to be pitching this season for the school jr. high team....she has a great attitude....she appears to be loaded down...

She is laughing...and is trying to get a handle on all of her balloons....

she smiles...she is in the 8th grade...last year of Jr. High....

She has a handle on her balloons and poses for me....

As she was loading all her loot in the car one of the heart balloons escaped and went sailing into the wide blue sky....she is home now...she is just adorable.....she is my last baby at home till she grows up and fly's away like Holly did....but for now I have the joy of a few more priceless years to just LOVE ON HER....and cherish each fleeting moment....I  love Valentine's Day at school....she really enjoys it....

This is the card I made my mom....I used seafoam green cardstock and some of the colorbox rose garden designer papers....I added a red heart doily and some mini white doilies....I folded four doilies in half and pleated them into a circle and edged and inked them with the TH Burgundy distress ink....I used some thin maroon ribbon for the bow...I hand made the pink rose...and inked the edges with the burgundy ink as well....I made the hat pin and stuck it in the rose...I used some of the pink glitter flourishes...on the ledge I used some plaid ribbon and three pink brads....I really like the look of this card very Valentiny looking...

this is a side view...to show you the dimensional effect of all the elemental layers....

I have to give a shout out to my friend Christy Faught....this design concept is her idea....I think she calls it a tri-fold card...and I really like it...I hope you will give this idea a try....I bet you will like it too....My Guy asked me tonight if I would put his card on his desk....(My Guy liked his card...)...my mom put hers on her nightstand and kept looking at it and saying" it's beautiful"....Rebecca said "wow....uh...thanks."...and she took it to her room and immediately set it on her dresser....they all seemed to enjoy it as a " picture"....to look at....as well as a card you read and slip into a drawer....I will give Holly hers this weekend and see what she thinks....

I know I will make more of this style of card....it's too much fun not to.....if you have any questions....leave a comment and I will get back to you...you can make these cards any size you want...the bottom ledge is 4 inches and if you need to add it as a separate piece add one half of an inch to score and adhere to the back....

Blessings
Sherry

Valentines Cards part One

These are the beautiful flowers My Guy (Gary) gave me for Valentines day....I  spent Valentines day making cards, chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate truffles....house smelled like chocolate....it was wonderful....
I made this card for Holly....it turned out amazing....the base is white textured cardstock from Colorbok, and then I layered with desert sand cardstock...some red designer paper that I punched with the EK Success punch to look like I tore it out of a spiral....then a mini white doily, and a red doily heart...some sheer organza cream ribbon paired with a cotton plaid....to the right I added a dress form tag that I had made at a make and take a few weeks ago....I added some of the plaid ribbon on top to tie it into the card...and I tucked a pleated mini white doily behind the tag...I popped the tag out with pop dots...I then added a hat pin....hat pins are new to me....and apparently I love them.....so easy and fun...I used a corsage pin with a small pearl on top and added beads from my stash....the is also some Recollection brown glitter flourishes on the card and ledge...everything is inked with TH Vintage Photo distress ink....and there is some more of the plaid ribbon on the ledge...I popped out the sentiment with some pop dots....and edged the edges with some postage shears...

This is a side view...to see the dimension....



This is the card I made for Rebecca....it is just well...wow...I love the way it turned out....I  used colorbok white textured cardstock for the base...I then layered a sea foam green cardstock on top of the white.and then more layers with the rose garden colorbok paper on it.....I added a red doily heart...and used some mini white doilies (I folded them in half and pleated them, I used four to make the circle layered on top of the red doily heart...I added the scallop chipboard circle with the sentiment...I popped it out with a pop dot...I edged and inked with TH burgundy distress ink....there is organza cream ribbon on the side and I also used a bow of organza ribbon that I popped out with a pop dot...I have also used a small cotton plaid ribbon for a more layered effect...I am trying my hand at the hat pins....and they are fun...I used a corsage pin with a small pearl on top...and then added some beads and stuck it behind the doilies....there are some dark pink glitter flourishes from Recollections on this card, I placed them on the top right and on the edge of the ledge...I have used a MS doily punch on the edge of the ledge as well...and then inked it out with the TH burgundy distress ink....

This is the side view so that you can see more of the dimensional effect...

This is the card I made for Gary...aka...My Guy...it just seems perfect for him....I used some paper from colorbok with the tools and metal stuff for guys....and the base is colorbok white textured cardstock....I layered over the white with a desert sand type of cardstock color and then some designer papers on top...I used some metal gears...and a simple maroon ribbon....I had some brown glitter flourishes that I added and the effect is cool,,,,not girly at all....I used a few of my stamp sets to set off the sentiment on the pocket as well as the ledge the card sits on....and then I gave them more texture with some postage edge scissors...I have inked everything with Vintage Photo (my absolute fav.) distress ink...there are ten little 'sticks' in the pocket each a handwritten thing that I love about my husband....

This is a side view of the card....it shows more detail of how the card looks sitting on a table or desk...

this is what the card looks like on the inside...I used some more desert sand cardstock and some designer paper as a base...I used an EK Success punch to edge the designer paper...it added alot of dimension to the card...this photo is on the side (so you can see it better)...then I wrote the sentiment...and tore the edges and inked it out....it turned out AWESOME...I love this card...

A view of all three cards together....these were so much fun to make....
and it warmed my heart to do it....
the amazing thing about LOVE is it grows and grows and grows....


Blessings
Sherry


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentines Day

Hello There,
These are the beautiful flowers 'My Guy' gave me along with a wonderful card and some amazing brownies....I spent my day making cards and chocolate covered strawberries and truffles....It was a slow paced wonderful day....then Gary and Rebecca had softball practice...so I went and visited with my mom... I took her roses and some other fluffy flowers and a card I will show you tomorrow...along with some of the strawberries, truffles and peach cobbler....let's just say she was very happy with the visit and it did me a lot of good as well to see her chatting away and munching on chocolate....
Blessings
Sherry

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Weekends are Wonderful....

      I have been amazed with my weekend so far....today is Sunday and church was Amazing, the message about being on God's treadmill really hit home with me and is still ringing inside of me...we came home and had taco's (leftover's)....Gary fixed Rebecca's softball glove and then they headed out the door in this cold....cold....weather for a two and a half hour softball practice....they got home a little before five and it is now almost nine and Gary says his feet are still cold....(I told him it was too cold to do practice...but apparently they did not take my vote seriously....)...we went out to eat with Holly tonight...this is the first time we have seen her since she got back from her trip to Arizona and she looked great...vibrant and beautiful as always (thanks for praying for her...she had a great, safe trip)...the day before was Saturday...I slept in....shocking for me...but I did...then I realized...Rebecca and Gary and Gracie slept in...it turned into one of those days....late late breakfast and then late lunch....then I went to Michaels and literally looked around most of the store....I think I spent three hours in Michaels and I still did not see everything...but it was a wonderful piddle around kind of day...then I meandered around in HEB grocery shopping...eventually I came home... put up the groceries and made tacos... guacamole and pico de giyo (forgive my spelling I am just guessing how to spell this word)...and it was all good...yeah for the Pioneer Woman's recipes...these are great...after dinner I got comfortable...pulled out my laptop and went blog hopping...time passed quickly and I got tired and was about to go to bed...but something lured me over to You Tube and I started cruising You Tube Videos till the weeeeee...(picture that little pig in the commercials) hours of the morning....it was after one am when I finally went to bed....then there's Friday....busy work day....and then I went scrappin at the fire house with Gina, Christy and a few other friends...I got a great start on making my Valentines... came home around 11:30 pm (the firemen have asked us to leave at 11:00pm instead of 12:00pm....apparently they want to go to bed and have to lock up the firehouse after we leave)....well, I could not go to bed when I got home because I was sooo keyed up from scrappin... that I stayed up till about almost two in the morning...reading everybody's blogs (these things are so addictive aren't they...)....this is probably why I slept in....on Saturday....I plan on having a wonderful card making....chocolate baking kind of day....well, I will try to fit in what I can....because Monday is a workday....but, I have done all of my cleaning and most of my laundry today while Gary and Rebecca went to Softball practice...soooo....I'm kinda hopeful that I will get some cards and baking done on a MONDAY....it's going to be one of my FUN days.....


I managed to make a peach cobbler today while Gary and Rebecca were at practice...and it made the  whole house smell wonderful...here is the recipe if you are interested....
Blessings
Sherry


Peach Cobbler

1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1tsp. orange juice

1 stick butter

1 large can of sliced peaches in heavy syrup

Place one stick of butter in 13x9 inch pan and put in oven, then preheat oven to 350 degree's (as the oven is preheating it will melt the butter....
meanwhile...
whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in medium bowl...
in a glass measuring cup blend the evaporated milk, vanilla, and orange juice and pour into dry ingredients and whisk together....
remove pan from oven when butter is melted (but don't burn it....it just takes a few minutes to melt the butter)...
pour the batter mixture in the center of the butter in the pan, it will spread out...and then spoon the peaches and the juice over the batter mixture...but do not stir....place in oven and bake till golden brown....time will vary depending on your oven...30-50 minutes or so...
take out and enjoy...
be careful if you eat it right away...
it is very very hot...and very very good....



Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sebastian and the Costa Rica girl....

Howdy....
Today has been a slow day....but I have finished two of my continuing education courses....and I mailed off Sebastian's cards ( I made him a little care package....I would love to see his face when he opens it...I placed a large holograph sticker of Spider Man in the bottom of the box with a Spiderman Activity Sticker book, on top of that I placed a stuffed Buffalo wearing a blue bandanna and a handheld flashing multi light, you push a button and the lights turn on multicolored and spin, I think he will like it)...Life is Good...and I love warm fuzzy moments like these....and I sent the shoebox in to Rebecca's school for the Costa Rica Senior mission trip....basically you fill a shoebox up with stuff for a child...girl box or boy box, it's fun to shop for and truly warms the heart to do....our box this year was for a girl....possibly an older child between 7-teen years....we started with a pink hand towel, and rolled a pink washcloth up for a pillow and placed an adorable elephant beanie baby on the makeshift pillow, then add a large cinnamon flavored toothpaste and two toothbrushes, a large hair brush, a package of pony's, lots of hair ribbons, two packs of BubbleYum gum,  two medium journals, a cool pack of colored gel pens, a ten pack of pencils and a pencil sharpener....the lid will not stay closed...but that's ok.... the seniors will tape it shut soon...(.great, I forgot the soap...I will have to send tomorrow and they will have to squeeze it in)....and that's all there is to filling a shoebox...oh, and I sent her the adorable card that I won in the blog prize I recently told you about...it was perfect for this box....with pink satin ribbon, hearts and sparkles....it will please a girl in any country...)......I am thankful that God allows me to be his hands once and a while....it blesses me....

Blessings
Sherry

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sebastians Blog Cards...



Hello There,
One of the things I love about blogging is sharing and feeling connected...last night as I was blog hopping I found this incredible story about a little boy name Sebastian...you can follow his story here:  http://gingershouse.blogspot.com/2012/02/cards-for-Sebastian.html....

This little boy is facing some very difficult life challenges... and his teacher has asked (teachers are such an incredible blessing in the world)  that if we have the time to send Sebastian a card...he is facing another surgery on February 15, 2012....She wants him to feel loved as he goes in for another surgery...

I have made two cards recently that I did not know what I was supposed to do with them....I have become attached to them, and did not want to give them to just anybody...so, I prayed and asked the Lord what I was supposed to do with them....and waited....

Now I know what I am supposed to do with these two cards....and I am blessed and honored that the Lord has used me to make these cards ahead of time, before I was even aware there was a need...




This is the card I am sending to Sebastian....

and this is the card I am sending to his mom....

Blessings
Sherry

Monday, February 6, 2012

Wow...what a productive day....I made breakfast, I heard a bell, I let the dog out, I took Rebecca to school, I came back, I let the dog out, I did the dishes, I began the conquest of conquering my laundry, I gathered, I sorted, I put in the first load, added soap, and turned the knob....basically repeat about 7 or 8 times and you could be done soon, I swap clothes to dryer....I hang up the drip dry....and then I repeat the process... I made the beds, I made lunch, I heard a bell, I let the dog out, I did the dishes, I cleaned the bathrooms, I started on my continuing education requirements for this year (this is like watching paint dry)....I heard a bell, I let the dog out, I went and picked up Rebecca from school and we went to check in on Mammaw and take her  clean laundry...we visited....and then headed home....I made dinner, I heard a bell, I let the dog out, I did the dishes, I checked homework, I folded more of the dry clean clothes and put them all away...hopefully one more day and my laundry will be done for another week....and now I think I'm tired....
blessings
Sherry

Saturday, February 4, 2012

God's feathers


Hello There,
I hope you are having a wonderful day...today is Saturday and tomorrow is Superbowl Sunday....and I decided to go grocery shopping today....since I do not like to go shopping on Sunday...
First I went to Michaels and picked up some bling....I keep running out....and I also picked out some liquid pearls, I have never used this and I have been seeing some beautiful things made with this....and then I went to the drive thru at McDonalds and picked up a large diet Coke....something about this makes me happy....and then I headed out to HEB...
Well, imagine my surprise when I showed up and the parking lot was almost full....hhhhmmmmmmmm...interesting....and I get a buggy (there were about seven available) then I go in... HEB was packed...I've never seen so many men in this grocery store before....it was like Thanksgiving shopping crowded....wow.....who knew....certainly not me....I have made a mental note to self....do not go grocery shopping on Superbowl weekend....I hope I remember next year....
I still enjoyed my shopping trip....the diet coke helped and I had some mint gum that was nice to...and now I am home...groceries are put away....I got the mail....and put the trash cans up....and now I checked and the card I made yesterday was not uploaded....and I'm sitting here thinking why is this taking so long.....apparently....I did not tell it to upload, I just took the pictures......I think I was still distracted about all the wonderful friends that came to see me in the mail.....oh, the joy....see previous post for details, if you are interested....anyway, when I finally sent my card picture it uploaded in like two seconds....if I am having technical difficulties it usually is me....oh, well.....I have a beautiful card to show you I am entering it in the Word Art Wednesday blog challenge....I really enjoyed making this.....

The card base is black cardstock and I layered designer paper on top...gold, burgundy, and the top layer is gold...I used a Martha Stewart punch for the edges....a silky transparent ribbon...two silk floral leaves....a pink handmade rose....and a few feathers (we collected these on one of our trips to see Mammaw in Fredericksburg)...I don't know what kind of feathers they are, I only know man did not make them...God did and they are stunning and beautiful....and seem to have found a home on my card....this is my favorite card I think I have made....I shrank the Word Art a little and used a spellbinders die to place the Word Art on...I then backed it with some of the burgundy designer paper (I traced around the spellbinders on the edges and then cut it out...this is not the normal shape....that's what I love about spellbinders....you can change the shapes as you see fit....)...I used some brown, glittered chipboard pieces on top of the sentiment and on the side of the card next to the ribbon....I added a small amount of bling to make it pop a little more...as I studied it....I realized that the pink rose, even though it was pale pink.... was competing with the other hues on the card...so I took some of my Tim Holtz vintage photo ink and inked the tips of the petals and the edges...this really softened the effect of the rose and now it flows perfectly with the feathers....and makes a perfect card...


Have a blessed evening
Sherry

Friday, February 3, 2012

Some friends came to visit in the mail...


Hello there,

Remember I told you that I had won a prize....some blog candy.....well...I have never won a blog candy prize before....and now I know what that feels like....you want to know....."It feels Amazing", and "Exciting" and makes me all giggly to look upon it's goodness...and it makes me smile and smile and smile....I won the Purge blog hop from Teresa Kline @ http://paperieblooms.blogspot.com

Wow, this is just Wow, Amazing and brings me such joy.....I love this candy....it's the best candy I've ever had....Seriously...Teresa Kline you are sooo generous...I have never dreamed that all this was coming to me....and for this my friend I am truly honored, and grateful that you have bestowed upon me this "WOW...WOW...WOW...blog candy....(Please, insert happy dance music and dance with me....)

Can we just talk about how happy I am....the mail has brought me some new friends and a few of my old friends as well....so now I think I will show you just what this little gift had tucked away inside....first the box had my name on it....always a good sign....and then...it said Teresa sent it.....oh...my...I'm getting tingly....and then it had on the top some purple tissue paper....if she was going for the drama effect it worked.....oh, the anticipation....and in that box was well an untold treasure trove of goodness...so I just have to share ...it had an adorable valentine card tucked beneath the purple tissue paper....I have not posted a picture of the card...I don't know if I can since I did not make it.....but trust me it is adorable....gave me a warm fuzzy when I saw it....as I was going thru the box....Gary said "I haven't seen you this excited in awhile....and Rebecca passed by and stopped and said "whoa, somebody invested"....she knows the value of these items, because she usually is with me when I go to Michaels or Hobby Lobby.....do you want to see what I see in my treasure box...

Are you ready.....look carefully....and be as Amazed as I truly am....Do you see what I see.....








I see buttons, clips, hat pins, a prima applique, and a valentines tag book...Oh My...

I see Prima lace and lots of bling....

I see some Amazing papers...I can't wait to play with....

I see more Amazing papers....that will have to be patient and wait their turn....

I see some Amazing stamps...I can't wait to get inky with....


I see some old friends....I love Penny Black and I don't have these...:O (this is my singing voice...)




I see more Incredible Inky Treasures...

ěž see a cast of characters from Just Right stamps that I am wanting to get to know better....

I see more images and sentiments from Just Right Stamps....so much goodness is going to come from this little seed Teresa Kline has sown....

I see more adorable stamps that are going to be so much fun....my head is spinning with possibilities....

I see a new Christmas Mini Album is coming soon....these stamps are just adorable....

I see lots of Recollections glittery flourishes....these will come in handy....I have already used some of the brown ones on a card....I told you I was excited....


I see lots of beautiful chipboard Christmas pieces that will go well in my new mini....and maybe a few cards....

I see tons of lovely ribbons, trims, lace, and twine....twine....such a sweet word.....I have been wanting to work with twine and now....oh, it won't be long till I have my fingers wrapped around you....and do you see what I see....look closely....the next photo is a close-up....

Isn't that just like God....to send me this....by way of His messenger angel "Teresa Kline"....

I took another picture of this....because....it just rocked me when I saw it....Oh the Joy of receiving such a beautiful gift....

I see Prima flowers, and some felt flowers...the blue ones are called Lollipop flowers....is this just too sweet or what....I have not used felt flowers before....let the adventure begin....

I see brads, and pearls, and lots of bling....did I mention that I love sparkly things......I am reminded of that Disney movie it had a bird....who had a hard time not looking at the sparkly jewel.....his friends are yelling "Don't look at it....nooooo..."....but he just says..."ooohhhh it'sssss Spppparrrrkllly.....and falls into some sort of trap....I can't remember the rest of it....I just always think of that little bird when I'm shopping for bling....apparently I'm digressing....


Rejoice with me this is such a wonderful blessing....all wrapped up in a box...sent by a fellow scrapper and I am blessed beyond measure by her kindness....


If you see her... or... pop on her blog tell her I said Thanks....this is a beautiful memory....





Wow, I am overwhelmed with all the beauty in this box...a true treasure chest of possibilities  are awaiting me....I have to leave you now, because my new friends are calling me to come and play.....and boy do I want to play......Thank you sooo much Teresa, this is a wonderful gift.....

Blessings Sherry




































































































Thursday, February 2, 2012

The mouse and the new room-mate

 Hello,

Here is my card that finally up-loaded...can you see this little mouse....adorable....I have decided to learn how to color with Copic markers and Prisma pencils....so remember I'm a beginner...I don't have any copic markers yet...but I do have a large stash of various tom-bo and stamp-in up markers that Holly gave me....today was very productive....I have managed to get a good deal of my scrap room organized....I'm not done....but I can tell you I have made some real progress....

Today was errand day...Rebecca is off for teacher in service days....so I took her with me....I worked on my sraproom this morning while listening to Ustream archives of Kathryn on Life on the scrap beach....that was fun, she is so nice....and Gary went to his last day of physical therapy for his foot....after lunch...we headed out...to accomplish all my to do stuff for today....we went to the Goodwill and dropped off some clothes and toys....then we went to the bank...then we went to Sears and took back a dolly that we did not need after all....and I bought my mom and electric throw...so that she can try to stay warm at dialysis....they have turned her machines to the coldest temperatures (this is to keep her from clotting off her access)...she is using two blankets right now and she can't get warm...she says it's like being in a freezer and your blood feels like icicles as they are pumping it back in...:O....So...we bought her the electric throw... I hope this helps...we then ran it over to her house....she has dialysis in the morning....then we went to Best Buy and returned a mouse pad....but it was 35 days after I bought it...and apparently they have a 30 day return rule even with a receipt....and some stuff is 14 days...wow....did not know that...so basically they have given me a gift card thing for store credit...


Then we went to JC Penny and returned a shirt....which I had bought in early December....they returned my money no problem....and then Rebecca bought some green nail polish at Sephora....for $10.00...I didn't even know nail polish could cost $10.00....

Next stop Hobby Lobby...now granted I did not need to go to Hobby Lobby....but it was in the same parking lot as JC Penny....so, we went in and I looked around....and bought nothing...can you believe it...seriously this does not happen often....I showed great restraint....

Then we were supposed to go to Wal-Mart and buy some AA batteries and get the jewelry dept.  to replace my watch battery....but at this point me and Rebecca were shopped out, and I decided that I didn't mind wearing a watch that had stopped....so we blew it off...we will do the Wal-Mart adventure another day....We would have high-tailed it home....but....we were not done....we had to go check on MaMaw in the nursing home...and take her clean clothes and pick up her dirty clothes...on a side note the nursing home is excellent and gives excellent care and is perfectly willing to do her laundry....but....MaMaw refuses to let them....because....they won't do it right....and she knows I will...or so she tells me anyway....While we were there we filled out her menu for the next week with her, wow....they feed her good....Rebecca and I were getting hungry just reading the list....Mamaw has a new room-mate that she is not too pleased with....she says she plays in the bathroom and stops up the toilet by continually filling it with toilet paper....I asked her how she knew this, because she is blind...and she told me "the nurses told me...."
O....K......and then I suggested that we pull the curtain more closed between her side of the room and the other persons as the other person was trying to sleep...."Oh, heaven's no, don't do that...she will sleep all day and keep me up all night..."....I said  "Why, is she talking to you?"...."No, she just rummages around on my side....riffling thru my things and waking me up in the middle of the night" she said.  As MaMaw is talking to us...she is facing her TV in her wheel chair with her feet propped up on her stool...me and Rebecca are sitting on her bed.........the room-mate comes over and riffles around on Mamaw's table and grabs the candy jar opens the lid and helps herself....and turns around and walks back to her bed...we can hear her clicking the candy in her mouth....me and Rebecca just look at each other....then she comes back and puts a blood pressure cuff behind the candy jar on Mamaw's table (she is hiding it from the aid that is looking for it so he can't take her blood pressure)...she does not talk very much....her daughter comes in to check on her while we were there and Mamaw tells her that she is into her stuff...so the daughter scolds her mom "You can't be messing with that lady's stuff, that's not yours...and stay out of her candy...you're diabetic and shouldn't even be eating that...."...the staff scolds her while we are there....finally she responds loudly "O...K..."...so the daughter leaves and the three staff people leave and a few moments not minutes later here she comes straight for the candy jar....I get up and go over to her and gently remove the candy jar and tell her "no, that's not yours... remember..."..she stops and I notice she has her hand out and I ask her "Did you want to put it back?"...she nods her head up and down...and opens her frail little hand and drops two pieces of the hard candy in my hand....I say "Thank You..." and she goes back to her side of the bedroom....I thank God that he has been working on my patience....and I wonder how long she has had to live with diabetes....and told you can't eat that....no candy for you....and now I have a phone call (to ask permission) and another errand when I venture out again...to buy a new candy jar with some sugar free treats for Mamaws new room-mate...



I love this card I used blue cardstock for the base and raided my stash of scraps for the rest...there is a sheer ribbon and a thin burgandy ribbon layered on top of the red designer paper...I made the rose with a Cricut cartridge and backed it with a silk floral leaf...I cut black cardstock with a Cricut cartridge and used my spellbinders circle die for the image....I used a Penny Black image and sentiment...I colored the image with Tom-bo and Stamp-In Up markers...I used my postage scissors and edged the sentiment and inked it with Tim Holtz  distress ink and popped it up with pop dots....I used an EK Success scallop punch for the side edge....
The process of coloring this image was heartwarming for me and I am encouraged that as I progress on this journey I will find inspiration and great joy....

Blessings
Sherry

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The fog and the mouse

Hello,

Today was beautiful....I woke up to fog...rolling...misty....fog....it always reminds me of God...all encompassing....mysterious....and shows up suddenly in your midst....I love the accronym of F.O.G. it stands for the favor of God....isn't that beautiful....

I made a card today and when it uploads I will show it to you....it has a mouse...I'm not too keen on mice but I love this one he is just adorable....he is floating in the air in a hot air balloon in a basket and throwing out handful after handful of flowers and love....it makes me smile just to look upon it's cuteness...

I did a blog hop today on Our Daily Bread Design Blog....and it was the most incredible hop I have ever done....the theme was about the strength of God in relation to meeting all of our needs in the midst of any storm...and tied it into the sea and ocean...they were also using the old hymn that always speaks to me called "It is well with my Soul"...this is one of my favorite hymns as it always brings strength and peace whenever I hear it...or ponder it....I also, love the newer spin on it by Ray Boyles I think it's called "The Anchor Holds"....but I'm not sure if I spelled his name right or remembered the title of this song....but whatever the case...this song is soooo amazing....some of the lyrics that are constant on my mind these days are "The anchor holds, in spite of the storm, the anchor holds, tho the sails are tattered,  the anchor Holds in spite of the storm....." there are some days when this is all I can say, think or pray.....

Rebecca had her last Junior High Basketball game last night...it was fun....and now I am trying to plan a party for both the girls and boys teams....they need a memory....and I need some more pictures....this has been a wonderful season for them all....

Well, apparently my pictures have still not up-loaded....so I will hurry up and wait...obviously I need to work on my patience....

Have a blessed evening
Sherry