Friday, September 30, 2011

Welcome to our September Blog Hop!

Welcome friends to Scrapping Everyday Miracles September Blog hop!!!
1 John 4:7 “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (NIV)

We're so excited to have you join us in our fun friendship blog hop!  We have joined forces with 2Cute Stamps to share with you our projects and inspiration.  Each of the Design Team Members from Scrapping Everyday Miracles has created a project using a digital stamp from 2Cute Stamps about friendship!

All you have to do is visit each of the DT's blogs for inspiration, become a follower and leave a comment.  There are RAKS to win along the way and if you leave a comment at each blog you could win one of our two grand prizes!!! 

Tons of chances to win!
We have prizes from both Scrapping Everyday Miracles and 2 Cute Stamps....

This is what you could win from Scrapping Everyday Miracles!

 2 Cute Stamps has a prize for you too...  you can choose from 2 digital images or one rubber stamp... 

The store is full of fun digital stamps as well as rubber stamps; so there is a little bit for everyone... The images are just the cutest... so what are you waiting for, head over to the store today! 2Cute Stamps

DT blog line up:

Scrapping Everyday Miracles

Your next stop on the hop will be Wendy  .....

You have until Sunday October 2nd @11:59pm EST to post your comments and become a follower at Scrapping Everyday Miracles and 2 Cute Stamps as well as commenting on each DT members blog. Winners will be announced Wednesday....
If you would like to be a sponsor for our upcoming challenges please let us know in the comment section and we will contact you, we really appreciate your support!

Don't forget to come back and join in our October Challenges!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Are you ready for some excitement?

Hi everyone, Wendy here!  So, are you ready for some excitement?  How about a chance to win some prizes?  Sounds good doesn't it?  Well, you will have to wait a few seconds because first I wanted to show you some inspiration using some products from our sponsor 42 Things.  We received some really neat upcycled tags, leafs, envelopes and other treasures to create with. Thanks 42 Things!

I created this layout about, what else?  A flea market!  It was like a match made in heaven!
Wendy's blog

Jeannine created this awesome journal with her goodies - and I would say this was the perfect match also!  Great job, Jeannine!
Jeannine's blog
Now, are you ready for my surprise?

This Friday, September 30th, make sure you stop back bright and early for a ..... BLOG HOP!  Prizes and everything, so tell your friends and get ready to enjoy some awesome cuteness as we hop together and make some new friends!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday's Praise Post!!

Hello, Jeannine here with today’s praise post.  I’ve been thinking about this all week and it’s been difficult to come up with today’s praise, not because I can’t think of anything to praise God for – quite the contrary!  It’s because there’s so many things I want to praise him for that it’s hard to limit it to just one thing!

So how did I choose?  I went with the most recent and that is that our youngest daughter, Rachel, begins a new job on Monday!!!  She’s been working at an IHA  pediatrician’s office for about 4 years now and as of Monday she will be working at the IHA Central office (the company’s headquarters)!!  This is exciting news for several reasons, but I’ll just list a couple.

First it’s exciting because she’ll be working in the same office as her sister, who is our oldest daughter, Bethany.  The girls have always been very close and they love the idea of working in the same office together.  Bethany was so excited when she heard the news she started making lunch plans for next week!  lol  It’s so cute!!  (She’s also planning a little surprise for Rachel… Rachel knows they’re having a going away party for her at the peds office but what she doesn’t know is that Bethany’s been invited to attend the party too and she bought Rachel a “congratulations on the new job” present for her new desk.  Isn’t that sweet?)

Another reason it’s exciting is because from what I’m told, working at Central is every IHA workers dream job.  It’s really nice there because it’s like a family.  Rachel’s very close with the people she’s been working with at the peds office, but knowing her sister will be working with her again just puts the icing on the cake! (Bethany and Rachel used to both work at the peds office together a few years ago.)

Lastly, it’s exciting because she’ll be getting more benefits and higher pay.  She’s a hard worker and Central will be very glad they hired her.  The lady who hired her has had her eye on Rachel ever since she first got to know her about 2 years ago because she really liked how hard Rachel worked.  She’s the kind of person who thinks going above and beyond should be the norm, not the exception.  We’re so proud of her and I thank God for her (and Bethany!) every single day.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Challenge #8

Hello everyone,
Wendy here and I'm so excited to bring you my first challenge!  This challenge is near and dear to me right now as I am living it!

How many times have you complained about your weight, or maybe your hair, or maybe a facial feature that isn't to your liking?  But have you ever stopped to consider what a miracle you are?  How perfectly you were crafted and how your body works so well (most of the time, LOL)?  There is a verse in the Bible that says, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Ps 139:14  My challenge to you is to first off, consider yourself a miracle - perfectly crafted by the Creator.  Then I would like you to create a layout/project that celebrates YOU!

Scrapping twist:  You must use a picture of yourself (it can be the whole you or just a part) and make sure to include some handwritten journaling to celebrate that gift also!

Precocious Paper is providing this gorgeous prize package to one winner from this challenge - all you have to do is link your layout/project here by September 30th for a chance to win.

Here is my layout:

My Journaling
Nichole's wonderful layout!

Nichole's blog

Jeannine's gorgeous layout!
Jeannine's blog
Leigh's fabulous layout!

Leigh's blog

Roulien's awesome layout!

Roulien's blog
Lisa magnificent layout!
Lisa's blog

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this challenge! Please link your layout to this post by September 30th to be eligible to win a prize from our sponsor, Precocious Paper.

AND... not only do you have a chance to win a prize from our sponsor, but from all the layouts submitted for September’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 November! 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Capturing God's Miracles

Hi everyone . . . Roulien here today with some of my favorite photos and memories from our recent trip back home to South Africa!!

It was so wonderful to be back home, and visit with family and friends!! We had a Indian family with us for the first part of our holiday and we showed them some of South Africa's most beautiful and historical places!

We were so fortunate to go to Robben Island while we spent 2 days in Cape Town. I really was the one place we went to that was all for me!! Robben Island prison is where our former president, Mr Nelson Mandela, spent so many years of his live to fight for the freedom of his people. I thought that standing in his prison cell would touch me somehow. I have to be honest and say that there was so many things on Robben Island that touched my heart! We were taking a tour of the Island when we went passed this little white church. My first thoughts were "I these wall's could talk!!" I learned that day that Robben Island was many many years ago a place where leppers were isolated. This little white church was used by them to worship God, and to have burial services for those who passed away because of the illness! We stopped for a quick coffee break near the little church, and I wandered over to take a few pictures of the building. At the back of the church I discovered a few gravestones of those who passed away. These graveyards could not be seen from road. I was reading the gravestones and I was feeling a profound sadness for these people I never knew. One of them particular filled me with sadness. It was the resting place of 2 little girls. I was standing there thinking of the isolation of the island and how alone these people must have felt. Immidiately I was reminded by God of his promise in Deuteronomy 31:16 that He will never leave or forsake those who believe in Him! It was such a powerful moment that it left me breathless for a moment!! Here is a picture of the Garrison Church which was built in 1841.

And this is the gravestone for the two little girls.

And this is the Lepper Graveyard that can be found on a different part of the Island.

I would love for you to share a picture of something that touched your heart this week . . . or reminded you of God's presence! You can use the Inlinkz button to submit your picture! I can't wait to see you captured miracles!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mini-Challenge: Tutorial Yarn Rosettes

Hi everyone it is Nicole and I have a fun Mini-Challenge: Tutorial for you....

I found this fun tutorial over at Craftionary.... How to make yarn rosettes... I love rosettes and have made them out of paper and fabric but I hadnt seen how to make them out of yarn... So please go check it out!  Here is the link

If you make a project using rosettes (any kind of rosette is fine) and link it up to this post by 11:59pm PST September 19th... you will be entered to into the drawing for the gift certificate from our sponsor 42 Things....

Here is the layout I made using the yarn rosettes!
God's Blessings and have a wonderful day!

Friday, September 9, 2011

August's Winners

So here our August winners.....
The winner of the prize pack from the Eyelet Outlet for Challenge #5 is Jana
The winner of the gift certificate from Tattered Inspirationis for Challenge #6 is Amber

Jana and Amber you can contact us at the email address in the sidebar to find out about claiming your prize...

Here are the Design Teams top picks.... (dont forget to get your top 3 pick button from the sidebar to display on your blog!!!!)

Sherri with this very creative and fun layout

Laure with this beautiful layout.....

Leila with this fun and whimpsy layout from Challenge #5

Friday Praise Post

Hi there, it's Leigh here with another praise post.

When I shared a praise post back in June, I mentionned how much I love summer.

Well, this summer was no exception! Two months off from work/school to hang out with my three favourite people in the whole world-- well, it just doesn't get better than that! And although we didn't take any trips this summer, God blessed us with some great experiences, some of which included walking dogs for the Humane Society, a trip to the waterslide park, seeing a couple of movies in the city, etc.

Because I wanted to remember these events for which I'm thankful (but didn't always manage to capture on film), I created the following layout, where the journaling focuses on some of our summer highlights:

I used American Crafts (white) and Papertrey Ink (kraft) cardstock, The Girl's Paperie patterned paper, Papertrey Ink stamps & dies and My Mind's Eye decorative brads.

(You can click on the photos to view them larger.)

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

September Sponsors

I know that I am a bit slow but I have been out of town... so without further ado... here are Sept. Sponsors...

42 Things is an Etsy store that offers upcycled products and recycled paper crafts, envelopes, reclaimed paper beads, salvaged gift tags, die cuts, reuse, destash, bookmarks, postcards, and scrapbooking supplies. 
Everything in the store is eco chic, green, earth friendly, handmade designs for you. Check out the store here

Precocious Paper is also an Etsy Store that offers handmade flowers and other embellishments.  What is unique  to Precocious Paper is that each month they offer a fresh fun new sampler... full of all the newest flowers, ribbon, and embellishments. Know what is even better When you purchase your first monthly sampler, you will receive a special promotional code for the following month's sampler. You will receive free shipping on the sampler, as well as any other items you purchase at the same time. All the perks of a subscription without the commitment :).  Want to see what a sampler looks like well here is Septembers...

Make sure to check out here store here and you can visit PP on facebook as well

Announcing our newest Design Team Member

Well hello everyone!!!!!  It is Nicole....

We are sad to be saying goodbye to one of our design team members... Elizabeth has had to step down due to personal reasons.... we will keep her in our prayers and hope to still see her around here.... so with a spot open  we have decided to as Wendy Antenucci to join us....Guess what she said YES!  We are really blessed to have her.... She has jumped right in and will even be bring us Challenge #8 here in a few days!!!! Here is a little bit more about Wendy.....

My name is Wendy Antenucci and I live in SW VA and totally love it!  (Even though we now have earthquakes in this area - go figure!)  I have been married for 12 years to my wonderful husband Michael.  We have 5 children - Tracy 9, Anthony 7, Marc 5, Vinny 2, and Gino 6 months.  I am a SAHM, a homeschooler, a violinist, a math teacher/tutor, and totally blessed!  I started scrapping when my daughter was a few months old b/c I had way too many pictures.  At that time, I began to pray that the Lord would make me creative and the journey has been incredible ever since!  This year I have been asking the Lord to allow me to be published and make a design team - well this makes my 3rd DT, still working on the pubs.  :)

I accepted Jesus as my Saviour when I was very young, I was raised in church and loved the Lord.  Fast forward through growing up struggles, dating, marriage and first 2 children.  In 2004, the Lord really began to take over my life which has resulted in what I call our Journey to Destiny.  My family and I are on a journey to fufill the dream the Lord placed in us, our passion; it began in DE and brought us to VA and we are just now beginning to see the fruits of many years of perserverence.  We are apart of a wonderful church here in VA where my hubby and I are on the worship team.  Lately, we have begun to step out in counseling those that the Lord brings to our door.  My hubby is a very talented builder and just finished building us a house and is now working on building our church - so things are pretty busy in our lives on a normal basis anymore!
I am thrilled to be apart of SEM's design team b/c the Lord has done so much in my life and I would love to share my testimony so that others can also believe for miracles.  I have been searching the internet for a group of scrappers that would help me document all the miracles and blessings that occur daily in my life.  Looking forward to the journey!   

Please check out her blog and dont forget to leave her a little love....

Thanks again Wendy for joining us we are sooo happy to have you on the team!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Capturing Everyday Miracles Photo Challenge

Hello, this is Jeannine bringing you today’s photo challenge! 

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I am a bunny lover to the core.  I love all animals really but bunnies hold a very special place in my heart.  The pictures I’m sharing with you today are of my current bunny, Chloe.  We got her from a small animal rescue facility a year ago this coming Sunday.  The facility takes some of their small animals to a pet store not far from our house.  They do that to give the animals more exposure so it gives them a better chance of finding a home for them.

On September 11, 2010 my husband and I went to the pet store where the small animal rescue organization had one bunny up for adoption.  (They had about 40 bunnies back at the facility but they only had one at the pet store.)  I’d just lost my bunny, Mylo, to illness just 10 days prior to this so I didn’t really want to get another one just yet.  I just wanted to look at the bunnies because I missed Mylo so much.  (Mylo was the best bunny ever, if you ask me.  He was the most affectionate little animal you could imagine!  He loved to give me tons of bunny kisses and he absolutely adored me and I adored him too.  I was absolutely devastated  when we had to put him to sleep because there was nothing more the doctor could do for him.)  The moment I saw Choe, I knew I had to have her.  I asked the worker if I could hold her and when he placed her in my arms, it was love at first sight!  (On my part, not hers!  lol)  The sign on the cage said she loves to snuggle and that was true!  She snuggled up with me immediately and it won my heart over that instant.

We ended up meeting with the lady from the small animal rescue organization and we had a chance to hold Chloe some more and watch her run around and interact with everyone before making our decision.  She’s incredibly soft and she just felt like a perfect fit for me.  It didn’t take me long to decide!

It took several months for her to really warm up to me enough to feel like she was bonding and she’s not affectionate like Mylo was, but she is affectionate in her own way.  As I said, she loves to snuggle more than anything and can never get too much attention.  The more you pet her the happier she’ll be!  I always tell people that whatever she lacks in affection she makes up for in silliness because this little animal makes me laugh like no other.  She’s so cute I can hardly stand it!

I took these photos recently when we were out on our deck and I had her in her playpen, which was covered by the gazebo so I didn’t have to worry about any big birds swooping down and taking her away from me!  She really enjoyed our time out on the deck.  Her little nose couldn’t sniff enough!!  She just kept looking around, being the very curious bunny that she is, and just explored every inch of her space on the deck.  I grabbed my camera to see if I could get some good pictures of her to scrap (which I plan on doing!) and got a few good ones.  The ones I’m posting today are my personal favorites so far.

Chloe is a handful, don’t let her big brown eyes fool you!  She’s Miss Attitude and doesn’t think twice about showing her attitude either.  I don’t care though.  For me it just makes her that much more endearing!  We snuggle every night for at least 2 hours after everyone else in our house has gone to bed.  Something she does that cracks me up so much is that she'll fall asleep in my lap in the funniest positions and then she'll have bunny dreams, apparently, because she'll start twitching like dogs do when they sleep.  It's hilarious!

One of my favorite things that bunnies do is they flop on their side when they're content.  When Chloe flops, she kind of rolls around and squirms on her back like a dog does when it's trying to scratch its back and the look on her face is so funny it makes me laugh!  I'm telling you, it never gets old!!

Mylo will always have a very special place in my heart but I must admit, Chloe has her own very special place in my heart too. She makes me laugh every day and I'm so thankful that we found her that day at the pet shop.  She’s absolutely adorable and I treasure every day I get to spend with her.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Challenge #7

Hi there, it's Leigh here with another Scrapping Everyday Miracles challenge for you...

I was biking with my kids the other day: we had gone to the grocery store and were on our way home. The weather was so nice and I was enjoying a conversation with my daughter. And suddenly, I realized that, for a change, I was "enjoying the moment." I can so often get caught up in what's next on the agenda, or be thinking about other things, that I neglect to just simply enjoy the moment.

So here's Challenge #7: Create a layout that focuses on the miracle of the moment.

There's a quote on my Lululemon lunch bag that says: "Breathe deeply and appreciate the moment. Living in the moment could be the meaning of life." What do you think? ;)

Scrap Twist: Stamp on your layout.

Our sponsor for this is 42 Things, a shop on Etsy which carries lovely ephemera-type embellishments. Just click here to check out their shop.

Here's the layout I made for this challenge:

And I placed my journaling behind one of the photos:

Here's Roulien's layout:

Here's Lisa's layout:

Here's the layout Wendy made:

A two page layout from Jeannine:

Here is Nicole's layout....

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this challenge! Please link your layout to this post by September 30th to be eligible to win a gift certificate from our sponsor, 42 Things.

AND... not only do you have a chance to win a prize from our sponsor, but from all the layouts submitted for September’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 November!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Praise Post

Through it all...  Have you ever had a bad day?  Or what about days?  Or how about when those days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months and then a year?  Have you ever wondered when will I ever breakthrough?  I have and guess what, through it all He is still God!

Hi, my name is Wendy and I have been invited to join the ladies here at Scrapping Everyday Miracles; here is some of my story and why I am thrilled to be here!

My family and I have lived a good life, there were ups and downs, but still overall it was blessed.  We loved one another, we had healthy children, we had a good home.  Life was good.  March 2010 launched us into a season that didn't seem like it would ever end, we were hit left and right with hard things.  We wondered if it would ever end.  We wondered would we survive or would we lose everything?  Our finances were completely shot and my husband didn't have a job and we were trying to finish up building our house because we had to move in.  Then the really hard things began.

Our daughter got an industrial nail in her kneww while at Field Day.  After a scary experience at the ER and some follow-up visits the drs said there was no permanent damage.  The dr was amazed that there was no problems and said the nail went right in-between 2 vital parts, the Lord was gracious.  Then our son became very sick and the drs couldn't figure out what was wrong, for 6 weeks we struggled and then he was diagnosed with Lyme's disease.  Again, the Lord was gracious and after some antibiotics he has had no problems since.  Then a day came that I will never forget, September 17th, our 16 month old boy was rushed to the Pediatric ICU with a new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.  And even though our son now takes shots after every meal, he is alive and you would never know that he went through this harrowing time because of the Lord's grace.  Someday I will also document a miracle of his complete healing!  January came and our child that I was carrying developed an irregular heartbeat.  Instantly, I was in the hospital wondering what had happened.  After many tests the drs found that his heart was okay but he had an arithma.  When I returned to my dr the next week for a checkup she listened to the heartbeat, it was completely restored!  She had never heard of such an irregular heartbeat coming back into rhythm - my only answer was we prayed.

Through all of these things we had the constant threat of foreclosure hanging over our heads, and yet God was still God.  I was told once by a very dear friend, that every cake has a timer set and it will go off - that cake will be done.  But when would we ever be done?

And just as suddenly as everything began, there was quiet because guess what, the timer went off and our cake was done!  There wasn't a specific moment that I can pinpoint that our troubles ended, but they did!  Our bills (yes they do still exist) are all caught up and we've been able to begin paying things off.  Work has been pouring in for my husband's construction business.  All the kids are healthy and whole.  Through it all, the Lord has kept us in the palm of His hand and delivered us.  That is why I can praise the Lord because He is good, all the time, His mercies are new everyday! 
Through it all... You are still God!  Praise the Lord!