Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Capturing Everyday Miracles Photo Challenge

Hello everyone, Lisa here! I was thinking yesterday about blessings that we take for granted. We support a ministry called The Bible League and we get updates in the mail from them. One of the main parts of their ministry is providing Bibles to believers in countries around the world where it is very difficult to obtain one for themselves. They've shared stories about whole villages that must share a single Bible amongst themselves. Here I am in the U.S. with a whole shelf full of Bibles – different translations, group study Bibles, one-year reading plan Bibles… I am so blessed to be in a country and have the resources to easily obtain God's word to study and read for myself. I do tend to take it for granted. I am thankful there are organizations like The Bible League who are hard at work getting the Word out to those that don't have it and I'm happy I can help them. In the meantime, I'm also thankful for reminders to not take God's blessings for granted. Are there things in your life that you have been taking for granted? Look around and ask God for reminders of those blessings and then you can give Him thanks for them (and take some pictures to share here ; ) !)  Link up your photos below. We'd love to see what you are thankful for!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Praise Post

Well this week nearly killed me but I am so thankful for it... I guess I should tell you who me is Nicole... see my mind is a little bit scrambled! School started this week and for some reason I had the crazy idea to get a Masters Degree.  Now I am a stay at home mom here in Norway and need to do something to get out of the house.  It was scared but in the end God really blessed me with a great program... and great friends.  I have gotten the chance to see friends that I made last year when I took a Norwegian Language class, hang out with some friends that just started going to school there as well and make new friends. It really is amazing how when feel that God is leading you to something and you step out in faith how he blesses you.  I have been truly blessed... Like I said in the beginning it nearly killed me with all the lectures and long hours. But a little less sleep was well worth it!  God is so good and I cant wait to see what he does in the coming weeks.

I kinda get to be in a unique situation because it is an international program... everyone is from other countries than Norway... Me and a friend from Gaza are the only ones that actually live here.  So it gives me the opportunity to share God with others from all over the world (Africa, Napal, Russia, Canada, Gaza and China)  So please pray that I let my light shine for Him and that they would have a desire to know God's love and salvation....  Also pray that I am able to balance the school, my family and still have time left over to spend a little bit scrapping.... I promise to keep you all updated on Facebook about my program...
God's Blessings

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Capturing Everyday Miracles

I find that capturing everyday miracles is sometimes a case of being in the right place, at the right time & with your camera at the ready.

Case in point:

I happened to capture this miracle last summer in Minneapolis at the Mall of America on our family vacation. We were taking a break from Nickelodeon Universe and went to explore Legoland. I must have been trailing behind for some reason (maybe I got distracted by something shiny! ;) ) Anyway, when I got to where the kids were, I immediately noticed that my boys were holding hands-- not a common occurence to say the least. But, in being in such a large place, I'm sure they felt safer this way. But whatever the reason, I knew I had to capture this moment on film.

I love how the everyday miracles which which God blesses us include our relationships!

Here's the layout I made with this precious photo:

I used Bazzill (cream) and Papertrey Ink cardstock (hawaiian shores), American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket & The Girls' Paperie patterned paper, a Basic Grey fabric brad, Papertrey Ink stamps (Wonderful Words, Half & Half) and die (Half & Half) and my Quickutz Alphabet dies (reuse).

Other times for me, it's just a matter of taking a photo to remember a moment.

Here's another example:

We were having a wiener roast the other night. I was sitting behind my youngest son while he was roasting a marshmallow. All of a sudden, I heard him singing softly: "Take my life and let it be, all for You and for Your glory. Take my life and let it be Yours.” It was a chorus from a praise song we’d sung that morning in church. It made me so happy to hear this and I knew I wanted to remember it always, so I took this photo:

Yes, it's from behind and you can't see his face. But I felt moving around in front of him would have ruined the moment. Besides, this is the true memory for me.

Here's how I scrapbooked it:

I used Papertrey Ink cardstock (enchanted evening, kraft, stamper's select white), and Half & Half die. I also used Crate Paper patterned paper and a download for the title from a Big Picture Class.

Have you captured any everyday miracles lately? We'd love to see them!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Inspiration Challenge

Hello again, this is Jeannine!  I must admit, I was a bit intimidated by this challenge.  For me, inspiration isn’t something that comes easily and it doesn't come frequently either and when I'm trying to get inspired, it's even more difficult.  I guess God really wanted me to do this because he basically had it fall in my lap!  How cool is that?!  I was cleaning my desk off the other day and just when I was telling the Lord that I need his help with this challenge, I picked up some papers that were on my desk and this magazine from a year ago was underneath!  (No, it hasn't been on my desk for a year!  I dug it out recently because I was looking for something and never put it back.  I think it's pretty cool how God did that for me though!)

So here’s the magazine cover that inspired me...

…and here’s the page I was inspired to create.  (Since the journaling on my layout is a bit too long to share on this post, if you'd like to read it please visit my blog.  I will be sharing the hidden journaling there.)

If this magazine cover inspires you to create a card, layout, or an altered item, please post a link to your project in the comments section of this post by August 29th and you’ll be entered to win a prize from our sponsor!!  We can’t wait to see what you’ll create!! 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday's Praise Post!

Good morning . . . Roulien here this morning to share some praise with you! I want to continue on the same theme as our Challenge #6 which is all about friends/friendships that go the distance!

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17)

Very recently I've received some news that really rocked me to my core! I was left feeling very angry, hurt and so terribly dissapointed! But in this time God showed me what wonderful friends he has blessed me with! Yes, true friends are a blessing! True friends are God's love in action! One incident between myself & my friends will forever be with me! The 3 of us were standing in Mari's kitchen busy making tea, I just told Mari what has happend in my life and how it made me feel! I was trying really hard to be composed, but Mari started crying which set me off and then Hydie joint us in the waterworks! Here were are . . . standing in the kitchen . . . crying and comforting each other all at once! Even though we were crying I could FEEL the love from these woman!  No judgement . . . just love and acceptance! I knew that the sorrow they felt on my behalf was genuine and real!!  God used this picture of the three of us to show me His love . . . showing me that even in this painful time in my life He is there for me through this wonderful ladies!!

Friendship is a blessing . . .
Friendship is everlasting . . .
Friendship is courage . . .

And I thank God for having such friends in my life! Here is a photo of the three of us from the page of the little mini album I've made to celebrate the wonderful friendships in my life. I feel so blessed and grateful to have this ladies in my life!

We would love for you to celebrate your friends/friendship with us here! Tell us about the friends in you life that means the world to you!
Have a wonderful day!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Spotlight on the Eyelet Outlet!

Hi It is Nicole and I have some fun projects to share with you!  One of our sponsors for this month is  the Eyelet Outlet... If you havent come across them either here online or at a show... you will be so surprised at all the fun brads and eyelets that they have.  They truly have the most unique and fun brads out there.  Their eyelets are really cool because you dont need a tool... you can actually set them with a pen... I know that I rarely use eyelets  because I dont want to pull out all the tools and go through all the banging.  Now it is as easy as pie to use eyelets and there are so many fun things that can be done with them.  I would just encourage you to check out the store....

Here are some of the fun projects that the design team made using product from the Eyelet Outlet....



Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Hello everyone!!! It's Elizabeth here again to share with you a wonderful photography/story that I've been able to capture recently!!!

As many of you know I recently went on a girlie cruise with 3 very dear friends of mine. We went to the Bahamas and was able to go on a dolphin excursion. I was very excited to experience something like this since I had never been up close and personal with a dolphin before. The very thought was amazing to me so needless to say although I didn't know what to expect, I sure what very happy about doing it! My girlfriends and I decided on doing the deep water dolphin experience!!! Let me just share with you it was simply AMAZING!

We listened to the dolphin trainers discuss dolphins, we were able to kiss a dolphin, pet, swim in the water {no photos for this though as I was under water!!}, was pushed by a dolphin, and had free time with the dolphins as well.

I was a tad nervous since I wasn't sure what to expect, but these gentle creatures took all of my nerves and fears away once they came up close to us!  There were times where I stood there in tears due to the experience being so beautiful.

As you can tell from these photos that were captured, we all were so excited to be able to experience something like this! If you ever get the chance to swim with dolphins like I did, you will be smiling like this too!!!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Faux stitching

Hey its Elizabeth here and today I wanted to show you a sewing technique that doesn't require a sewing machine!! That's right, we all love our sewing machines but this little baby here will help you sew without even doing it! It's called faux stitching and its all the rage!

All you need is this lil' beauty!

Everyone meet the pounce wheel.
This lil' baby shows up on several of my projects!
And it just looks as if I have sewn on them, but really I've used this tool!
The only thing you need is this tool and something hard to use as a base so that you don't make dents in your furniture!

I just use this sturdy piece of cardboard that I've had for years. It's thick enough so that I don't get any marks anywhere!

Here are some examples of projects I've created using the tool.

This tool is easy to use!
Just be sure to press down rather hard when using so that it gets the full effect of "sewing"!

You can buy these tool almost anywhere  these days. Here are some places that sell them online. I bought mine at our local Michael's years ago!

If you get this tool, you'll love it!

Link up your layouts using faux stitching by Aug. 24th for another chance to win the prize package from our sponsor The Eyelet Outlet....

Monday, August 15, 2011

Challenge #6

Hello everyone!  This is Jeannine and today I am excited to bring you Challenge #6, Friendships that go the distance!

It is in our friendships that we often find so many miracles and blessings.  We all have people in our lives who come and go, but there are those who stay close no matter what happens.  Create a page focusing on the blessing of a friendship that has gone the distance.  It can be a friend you've known since high school, or someone you've worked with, a neighbor you’ve known for years, or a friend you've met online!  Someone who has been there for you through thick and thin.  Share what makes the friendship so special that you're thankful to God for bringing them into your life.

Scrap Twist:  use a layered title and add something thick and something thin on the layout.

You can make any project you'd like, whether it’s a layout, a mini album, cards, or an altered item, all we ask is that if you choose to make cards to please make two per entry.  You can enter as many projects as you’d like so let your creativity go wild!

For every project you complete for this challenge you will be entered to win a $20 gift certificate (free shipping) from our sponsor, Tattered Inspirations!!  

Here are some of the things you will find in her store...


Now… onto the DT projects meant to inspire you...

I created a two-page layout that focuses on the friendship between our daughters and our closest friend’s kids.

Elizabeth feels a true friend is the greatest of all blessings.

Leigh is very thankful for her "forever" friend.

Lisa feels so blessed that her mom is one of her best friends and they can share life together.

Roulien is blessed with so many best friends in different countries!  Each of them is special in their own right. With this mini album she would like to honor them for always being there for her.
To have a really good friend is one of the greatest delights of life.- Emerson

Our Guest Designer Regan

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this challenge!  Please link your layout to this post by August 31 to be eligible to win a prize from our sponsor, Tattered Inspirations.

Not only do you have a chance to win a prize from our sponsor, but from all the layouts submitted for August’s challenges the DT will pick their top 3 layouts.  If you are our top favorite, you will win a spot as our Guest Designer for October!  We hope you'll enjoy this challenge as much as we have!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday's Praise Post!!

Hello everyone!  This is Jeannine again.  My praise for today is something that happened a couple of weeks ago but I just learned about it yesterday so it feels more recent to me.  My nephew, Jonathan, is in the army and was training in Australia for maneuvers he would be needing to use when he gets deployed to Afghanistan.  His platoon (is that what they call them??) was up on a mountain for this training and it was late at night so it was dark outside.  I’m not sure what they were doing exactly, but Jonathan was trying to run around the side of this mountain and was trying to pass another guy on the path when he stepped on some soft dirt and he fell down the side of the mountain and rolled what he called the “death roll”.  He called it that because it makes you feel like you’re falling to your death!  He couldn’t control the fall at all because he was rolling so fast.  As if the fall wasn’t bad enough, every time he would make a complete turn as he rolled, his rifle would smack him in the head!  He could hear his buddies yelling for him, feeling completely helpless because… well, they were helpless!  At one point he stopped rolling so he tried to get up to make his way back up the mountain but then his foot slipped and he began to roll further down the mountain just like before.  Finally after falling for about 100 feet, his leg got caught on something and that’s what stopped him.  Can you imagine how terrifying that would be??  You’re falling down the side of a mountain and you’re completely out of control, it’s dark so you can’t see much of anything so you have no idea what you’ll hit next or how far you’ll be falling.  The feeling of helplessness would be overwhelming.  When you finally do stop rolling, you have to make your way back up the mountain, risking the fall all over again!  He did make it back up the mountain and he said the only injuries he had from the fall were some cuts and bruises, a large knot on his head (even tho he still had his helmet on) and a large bruise on his back.  Wow.

As I heard the story of what happened, all I could think of was how out of control he was during those moments he was rolling down the side of the mountain.  I’m sure nobody likes to feel out of control, but believe me when I say I really, REALLY don’t like being out of control!!  The thing is tho, how much control do we really have in life anyway?  I mean sure, we can control some things but not much!  Much less than we care to admit!

As I think about what must have gone through Jonathan’s head that day, not so much as he fell as much as once he got back up with the rest of his group, I can’t help but wonder how this changes his faith.  I know if it were me, it would make me feel so close with God, knowing that God was the one who broke his fall.  The branch was the tool God used to stop him but God was ultimately the one who stopped him.  It would give me a whole new appreciation for God’s protection and faithfulness.

When I think about it from Jonathan’s point of view it makes me think to myself, “How many times has my life been spinning out of control in one area or another and I was trying to stop myself with no success?”  I can think of a few times.  In each situation, once I felt God’s hand on me because he stopped whatever it was that was hurting me from going any further, it made me very, very thankful but more than that… it made me realize how fragile life is and how important it is to keep my eyes on the Lord and trust him with my life.  Nobody can be there for me like God can.  Nobody can protect me like God can.  Nobody knows when I need intervention better than God can.  That day on the side of the mountain, while his buddies were yelling down to him and clearly they cared about his well-being, there wasn’t a thing they could do for him to stop his fall.  The only one who has the power to do that is God and I’m very thankful today that God had his hand of protection on Jonathan.  If it weren’t for God stopping him, there’s no telling what would have happened to Jonathan.

Thank you, God, for having your hand of protection on Jonathan!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Capturing Everyday Miracles Photo Challenge

It’s Jeannine here again and it's time for Capturing Everyday Miracles!  I really enjoy Wednesdays because I like seeing photos that others have shared that tell of their everyday miracles.  Let’s look back on last week’s submissions.

Annika created a page using her favorite photo of the summer, which was one of those moments when she wished she could stop time.  Those moments are so precious, aren’t they?  Here is the adorable page she made using the photo.

Leila shared a photo she took while at Whale Beach.  Going by the big smiles on their faces, I think it's safe to say they had a great time!

The story I want to share with you today is quite extraordinary and pretty hard to consider this an everyday miracle because this kind of thing does not happen every day! 

My niece and her family had gone on a mini vacation and had taken their dog, Oliver, with them.  One night she did like she did every other night and let Oliver outside one last time before going to bed.  To her horror, it was very apparent that he had accidentally eaten some poisoning that someone had left out and to save you all the nasty details, suffice it to say he was not doing well. From what she learned about the poison from the animal hospital they took him to, it’s something that’s designed to kill an animal “in ten steps”, meaning by the time the animal takes ten steps, it should be dead.  Oliver not only made it further than 10 steps, he made it through the NIGHT!!  My niece’s husband’s grandparents got Oliver to the nearest animal hospital, which was 30-45 minutes away from where they were staying and the doctor there did all he could to help Oliver.  To all of our amazement, Oliver not only made it through the night, but he survived with no real long-term disabilities!! My niece never expected to see Oliver again, so she told her children that Oliver had died and then spent the next few days comforting her children.  Little did she know, the vet would be calling her and telling her, “Guess what?  Oliver is alive!”  Can you imagine???  The vet said he’s never seen anything like it before.  Oliver is definitely a walking miracle!

When I heard of the incident (which was before we knew Oliver was actually still alive), my heart went out to my niece, her husband and children. All I kept thinking of was how horrible it would be to see your beloved pet suffering so much and feeling so helpless.  I immediately started to pray for my niece and especially her children during this very painful time.  I’m sorry to say that it never occurred to me to pray for Oliver’s recovery because I didn’t think he’d stand a chance.  (O ye of little faith!) When I learned that he not only made it through the night, but he made it several days and was going to be coming home with them, I was in shock!  Even if I didn’t pray specifically for Oliver to pull through it, my niece’s daughter did and he hears the prayers of his children regardless of their age.  It taught me a couple of very important lessons.  First of all, never underestimate the power of a child’s prayer!  Also, never allow yourself to believe that the situation is too far gone for God to save the life of a beloved pet, just because it's an animal and not a human.  I will never forget Oliver's experience as long as I live.  What an incredible story!

So without further ado, here is a picture of Oliver the day they brought him home after the incident.  He looks the same as he did before it happened!  By the way, I was at a family party at my niece's house just this past weekend and saw Oliver.  He's doing great!!  They've taken him in to the vet a few times since this happened and they said he's doing just fine.  Unbelievable, yet....believable because God answers the prayers of his children!

Here's the sign my niece's two daughters made for Oliver's homecoming that they had displayed on their garage door when he came home.  Isn't this precious??

I hope you will share your everyday miracle with us this week!

Saturday, August 6, 2011


It is time to announce our winners... which is always so much fun... and we have sooooo many prizes to give away this time!

Our winner for Challenge #3 is Leila... she won the stickers from SRM and the bible cover from Leah Marjorie...

Our winner for Challenge #4 is Wendy... she won the ribbon from Paper Loves Glue and the blog makeover from Free Pretty Things for you!

The winner for Inspiration Monday is Sherri and she won 3 bundles of ribbon from Paper Loves Glue...

Now for our top 3 layouts...
Wendy's layout from Challenge #4...

Irit's layout from Challenge #3

Sherri's layout from Challenge #4

Wendy's layout was our top pick so she will be the guest designer for September!

Ladies feel free to grab the top 3 badge for you blogs... we really loved all your work!
Thanks again for all the entries... we are so blessed to have each and everyone of you!

Winners please contact with your contact info so that I can forward it to the sponsors and/or the sponsors can contact you.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Praise Post

Hello, Lisa here. I have a big praise because I get to travel down to southern California this weekend to meet my new little nephew who is now one month old and attend his belated baby shower. Not only do we have the standard joy and appreciation of having a new baby in the family, we are extra thankful because we weren't sure that little Nolan was going to be carried to full term. My poor sister-in-law was in the hospital on bedrest for 11 weeks because she was having premature contractions. We were all praying hard that Nolan would stay put! He did and she was able to go home for the last few weeks of her pregnancy and he was born a happy, healthy, (big) boy.

The other part of the praise is that my wonderful, fabulous husband is staying home with our two boys so I can have a little get away and take a much needed break. I don't even have to drive because I'm going down with my parents. Ahhh…

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Just so that you know....

Okay I am almost ready to announce the winners... just waiting to hear back about who the guest designer will be for September.... since it is already time for me to go to bed I will just have to post them tomorrow... dont worry they are coming!!!!!!!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Challenge #5

Hi Everyone it is Nicole and I am bringing you Challenge #5 which  is called
I couldn't help but LAUGH!

This challenge is about finding those things in life that just make you laugh. "God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me." ( Genesis 21:6 *NKJV )  It is said that Laughter is the best medicine and I totally believe this to be true.... I cant begin to tell you the number of times that I have been having the worst day and someone or something does something that makes me laugh and my whole day is turned around.  As we look for those everyday miracles in our lives many of them are funny moments or funny things that happen to us.  I just love that our God has a sense of humor.... So your challenge is to scrap something funny... something that makes you laugh...

Scrap Twist:
I think this is a given but a funny picture of course.... I would like to see some sort of recycled material on your project or in the creation of project.

You can make any kind of project that you would like... a layout, cards, album, or off the page project... we do ask that if you decide to make cards that you would make at least 2 cards per entry.... you can enter as many projects as you would like....

For every project you complete for this challenge you will be entered to win a 
a prize package full of brads and eyelets from the Eyelet Outlet

If you havent ever dropped by their online store or seen them at an expo... you are missing out... they truly have the most diverse and fun brads out there!

Here is my layout... I am so blessed by these two clowns... there isnt a day that goes by that they dont bring a smile to my face.   I love their sense of humor and fun!  I thank God he made them just the way they are....

Created a layout and 3 cards using the sponsor product.


Please link your layout to this post by August 31st.... and you could win a prize from our lovely sponsor Eyelet Outlet.... remember to stop by and check out all their fun products. 

 Not only can you win the prize package but from all of the layouts submitted for August's Challenges the DT will pick their top 3 layouts.... and if you are our top favorite you will win a spot as our Guest Designer for October.
Have a very blessed day!