Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Technique Share...

Katy here with a technique to share with you...one I have been using for years!

I use cardstock that has a white core...I love this when it comes to sanding or distressing but not so much when it comes to cutting images using my Cricut (or any die-cutter for that matter).

Here's a look at what white-core cardstock looks like when cut...


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And...here's my solution...color the edges with a marker! I'm lucky to have a marker for every color paper or cardstock I own so matching colors is no problem but ALSO a darker color sometimes looks even better...kinda like an outline!
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Here's the after picture...what a difference, huh!
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And here's a look at my card...


Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to play along with our current sketch challenges...you have 'till the 31st!!!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Everyday Miracle--The Ugly Blanket

Hi! Cara here to share with you today. 
My friend Christa and I recently started a knitting group because quite a few homeless (the group our small group serves) women enjoy knitting or crocheting. We just started this group a few weeks ago and when we started we decided that we would make projects with a purpose...our first being blankets, hats, booties for babies and scarves and hats for moms to take to a Pregnancy Crisis Center in our area.

As we began, my friend read this scripture from Psalm 139: 13-16:
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

I love that she shared that before we even began and I love that God has a verse about knitting. :) Anyway, as everyone began choosing their projects and the yarn they would use, one of the women chose a neon green and neon orange yarn to start a blanket. One of the other women says to her "boy, I hope that baby is color-blind". Trying to ease over any hurt feelings, I said "yes, it will certainly be bright, but you know some people really like bright colors---I enjoy bright colors...I love scrapbooking with bright colors!".  Ok...hurt feelings averted, maybe?

Fast forward to a couple days ago...this same woman has texted my friend Christa saying she needs more yarn and has requested certain colors (colors that Christa and I agree will NOT go with neon orange and green...so Christa has also included some other brighter colors in the mix that would definitely match a little better). Christa calls me, says she is sick, but wonders if I could take it to her...and "my job" is to politely steer her toward these brighter colors (and not the pastels she has requested). So, this morning, I go and take it to her and ask to see her progress on the blanket. And OH MY.....there lies one of the ugliest blankets I've ever seen...neon orange and green, along with some funky textured white and a MAUVE/ROSE colored yarn. This display is a dismay to every color-theorist out there. BUT she is so proud of it. And says she'll just keep incorporating lots of different colors. I smile, think to myself that this blanket is beyond any "color rescue" and I leave behind the bag filled with pastels and brights not saying one word about color selection. Yes, this blanket is, unfortunately, going to get even uglier (I text Christa and tell her the bad news). 

As I get home and walk into my home I'm thinking to myself, "no one is going to like or appreciate that ugly blanket"...then God shoots me a zinger....I hear this "God whisper" saying "You were once an ugly blanket, but I loved you".

Wow...YES, I was. Though when I was born I was a God-made, beautiful, knit-together creation...time and sin allowed for the beauty to get stained, marred, charred and yes, even ugly. But when I accepted Christ, He washed me clean...back to that perfection and I stay that way in His eyes...not because I don't sin (oh, trust me, I do...we all do), but because when He sees me, He no longer sees the "ugly blanket", He sees Christ. 

(and, by the way, Christa and I have agreed to pray over that blanket when it's complete....that whoever receives it would not see it as a mish-mash of strange color combinations but would see the love this woman put into it and feel the sweet hugs she gives to so many)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In The Word Wednesday

Hello everyone! Last month I saw a project on Pinterest of a wall hanging that listed family rules with Bible verses.  I loved this idea! I thought it was fitting with the new year.  I showed it to my family and we came up with our own list.  This is our list with Bible verses.


Burgett Family Rules


#1.  Love God
Deuteronomy 6:5 " Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength."


#2.  Count Your Blessings
1 Thessalonians 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."


#3.  Always Be Honest
Proverbs 12:22  "The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy."


#4.  Listen and Obey The First Time
Proverbs 3:5-6  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."


#5.  Be Kind
Ephesians 4:32  "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."


#6.  Work Hard
Colossians 3:23  "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."


#7.  Forgive and Forget
Colossians 3:13  "Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you."


#8.  Have Fun
Proverbs 15:13  "A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit."


One day I hope to create my own wall hanging for our house.  Do you have any family rules with Bible verses? Feel free to share!


Don't forget to check out the challenges for this month.  We would love for you to enter the challenges!


Have a great day!
Leah





















Saturday, January 10, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS FROM DECEMBER!


There were 7 wonderful entries into our December sketch/theme challenge.  Our Top 3 (in numerical order) as selected by our Design Team are -
 
3. Linda Harvey
 
5. Sara T.
 
6.  Oxana Sokolova

Ladies, please feel free to post this badge on your blog-
 
And our prize winner by Random.Org draw is #3
Linda Harvey





Linda grab your badge and please contact me within 7 days at NeedTime4Kroppin@aol.com with your address information so we can get a prize right out to you!  Please put SEM DECEMBER WINNER in the Subject line so it does not get lost or deleted accidentally.