Monday, February 27, 2012

My mother. My bestfriend.

It's February 27th...and it's amazing that I get to do the praise post for today because today is my mom's birthday.

2 Ki 4:30
But the child's mother said, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So he got up and followed her. 

She wakes up early n the morning and cooks breakfast for my dad and I sometimes alongside doing the laundry too. She helps me decide on which clothes to wear on dates and parties. I talk to her about my work, about my boyfriend, my friends, my day in general. She misses out on some details but that's fine too...she listens.  She's strict and wears a sharp look in her eye when she's in an awful mood. She was a cheerleader, a prom queen...she could have been around the world if she wanted to but she stayed and took care of a spoiled little girl -- THAT'S MY MOM! I am what I am because she stood by me and supported me and I wouldn't trade her even if the Queen we're to be my mother.

 And I'll thank Him everyday that the woman who bore me was born this day.

Monday, February 20, 2012

FB Giveaway AND February Sketch Challenge

It is Nicole and I am excited to bring you our sketch/techniques challenge for February and a Facebook Giveaway featuring products from Nikki Sivils

SEM FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY featuring Nikki Sivils
This month the DT was blessed with a ton of products from our generous sponsor, Nikki Sivils.  So we used some of those products on our examples for this challenge.  We were so excited that some of us even created 3, 4 and 5 more projects with the supplies.  We want to share those with you to so we decided to  create an album and post it on our FB page.  Everyone that comments on the album will be entered to win a gift pack featuring papers from Nikki Sivils and other scrappy goodness.  Click here for your chance to win..... it is so easy peasy... just comment on the album!

Okay so are you ready for our Challenge.  This month we have both a sketch and technique... You an choose to use both or just one of them.  First we have this lovely sketch from Pagemaps....

Our technique is using toothpick flags on your project... what is so great is that it is super easy to make them and they are soooo cute... We  have  a free flag download to help you make some toothpick flags... 

Arent these the cutest!

Everyone that links up their project using either the sketch or the flag technique by Feb. 29th will be entered to win a fabulous prize pack from Nikki Sivils!!!!!

Here are our examples from  the DT

Can't wait to see your projects!  Just link them below... Don't forget if you want another chance to win the prize from Nikki Sivil enter Challenge #13.... 

Don't forget our Facebook Giveaway either! (just like our page in order to be able to comment on the album...)  

Monday, February 13, 2012

Heartfelt post…

Well here we are with another Valentine's Day upon us. For some it's a great day, others a whatever day and for some a day to dread. I used to be in the latter camp because it just reminded me that I was alone with no "special someone". This was back in my early 20's and as hard as I tried I could just never get anywhere with guys that I liked. (In retrospect I think this was God protecting me but that is a whole separate post!) Feb. 14th was just downright depressing. Even after I graduated from college and had truly started walking with God I was still trying to make things happen and engineer my love life. Guess what? I still wasn't getting anywhere. Finally I decided that I should just let God run the show and be in charge of bringing the right man into my life. (I'm often a little dense about that sort of thing.)

In the meantime, there was a Bible study program that I was going to sign up for. I had a choice between a co-ed young adults group or a women's only group. On the one hand I could study God's word and maybe meet a guy too! On the other hand I could study God's word and not be distracted by trying to meet a guy. Since I had put God in charge of my guy meeting department, I decided to join the women's group. And with that fateful choice I ended up finding my future husband. How you may ask? God really does have a sense of humor. A new friend in my group set me up on a blind date with a friend of her husband's. It was a wonderful date, with a wonderful high-quality man, and we have now been married for ten years. God is good! I am so thankful for my husband and he is just the right man for me. All those past guys I pined over would not have been. You can have faith that God does have a plan for you and while it may not be what you think it should be, you can trust him. You don't have to do everything in your own way and in your own strength (I am still learning this lesson by the way, I'm still a little dense I think!) So happy Valentine's Day to you all. You'll always have a valentine in Him.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Here's our January Winners!!

Hi Everyone . . . Roulien here today with our lucky winner and the DT's choice for the top 3 layouts from our main challenge!!!  We are so thankful that so many of you played along with us at SEM this month!!   Each and every layout that was entered are beautiful creations, and we had a real hard time picking the Top 3 layouts!

First let me announce the randomly drawn prize winner from our wonderful sponsor, I Love It All!
I've used Random Generator to select our winner this month!  And the lucky winner is . . .

Patricia Kragten 

Congratulations Patricia!!!  Please contact us at our SEM email and we will make sure your prize is send to you!!

Now it's the Top 3 layouts picked by the SEM DT members:

1.  Jenny (Wifey Cookie)

2. Wendy Crowe

3. Brenshevia

Congrats, Ladies ... we just loved your wonderfully creative layouts!  We have a "Top 3" blinkie on the right handside of the SEM home page, feel free to copy the code and display it on your blogs!!  It's well deserved!!!

Challenge 13 is already on the blog and we can't wait to see what all of you do with this challenge!!

Happy Scrapping and have a blessed week!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

April - August DT Call

I am excited to announce that we will be having a DT Call!
 We would love to have you apply for our April- August Design team!
 The call will run from Feb. 10-24

We are an inspiration challenge blog... we want to encourage you to look at what God is doing in your life and scrap about it. He has blessed us with such wonderful talents and we should glorify Him with them....   We bet that most people are experiencing God every day and never even notice. We have two challenges per month.  Our main challenges inspire you to spend time with God as you scrap; we also include a scrap twist getting people to try the newest and funnest scrapbooking techniques and products Our second challenge is based on sketch or technique and inspire you to be creative.  We have a lot of fun at SEM and would love to have you as part of our team....

1 layouts per month as an example for our Main Challenge
Optional 2nd layout per month for our Sketch/Technique Challenge

Plan and post one Main Challenge during your 6 month term
Post 4 additional posts (Heartfelt Post, Sketch/Technique, and Praise Post) during your 6 month term

Participation in our DT private Facebook GroupParticipation in any events such as blog hops, crops, etc.

(DT schedule is posted at the begiining of the term)

Selection Process

Part 1
Apply for the DT by Feb. 24th by sending an email to
Please include:
A little bit about yourself... who you are, where you live, etc
Share a little bit about what God is doing in your life
Why you would like to be on the design team
2 projects 
link to your blog

Part 2All potential DT members will be asked to join our "Getting to Know You"  Facebook group from Feb. 21st-.27th This will give us a chance to get to know each other....  This will be a place that current DT and future DT will be able to mingle... Current DT can ask you questions while at the same time you can ask us anything you would like to know.  You can share your projects and the inspiration behind them... Sound fun!!!!

On Feb. 29th  everyone will be contacted as to whether or not they made the team... the new DT will be given the April Main Challenge prompt on March 1st so that they can start working on their April examples.  The new DT will also be given the new schedule in March.

Deadline for applying is Feb. 24th  

Applicants from all over the world are welcome to apply...
Any questions or to apply please email

Monday, February 6, 2012

Challenge #13

(Jan.'s winner's will be announced Sat Feb. 11th)

Happy Valentine's Day... I know it is bit early but  still want to say it!

Everywhere I go I see hearts hearts and more hearts... Red ones, pink ones, white ones, candy, paper and plastic... just hearts hearts hearts.  Which got me thinking each of us are passionate about something... each of us have things that we just put our heart into!  Col 3:23 says "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord...." Which leads me to this months challenge....

This months challenge is to scrap about something that you are passionate about.... something you are or did work at with all of your heart!  It is okay if you dont want to scrap about yourself... it could be about  anyone that has put all of their heart into doing something!

The scrap twist is to use a heart in or on your project....

(click on the DT member's name to hear more about their layout)
Here is my layout...  I am so proud of my daughter especially when I see her work so hard to accomplish something... She wanted a trampoline so her father and I said she could have one but she had to earn it.  We have a ton of marbles and we told her that we would give her a marble for every time she was good, kind and listened to her parents; when she filled a whole jar with marbles she could have a trampoline. She really put her heart into earning it.... and after 10 weeks she did it. 

Wendy's layout and this is what she has to say about it.... "I am passionate about expressing all the Lord has done for me through my violin playing, my writing and my scrapbooking."

Here is Sherri's layout and she shares..."I am passionate about showing my girls that it's okay to step out of their comfort zones once in a while, and try something new. Two years ago I stepped way out of mine and joined an Adult Tap Class. I never want to stop learning."

This is Jeannine's beautiful layout and she says...."I am passionate about being a mom. There is no higher calling than to raise a child to be a loving, caring, responsible person and to love God with all their heart, mind and soul. I love the relationship I have with our daughters and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world."

Kline created this layout and this is what she has to say about it...."My mom's passion and love for our family keeps us together. From the cooking to the cleaning to the laundry, I really can't imagine calling our house a "home" without her."

Roulien created this stunning layout about her husband.... She explains "My husbands love for our family amazes me!! It's such an unselfish love . . . always putting our well being before his own, loving us, taking care of us! It's more than love . . . it's passion!!!"

Lisa's creative layout.... She says, " God created me with an overwhelming drive to create and I'm always seeking to utilize that gift."

Our sponsor for this month is Nikki Sivils!!!!!!

Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker is a scrapbooking company specializing in premium papers and embellishments that will make you smile. From whimsical designs to cute, cuddly creatures, Nikki Sivils designs straight from her heart hoping to inspire creativity and expressions of love and life.


You can win an assortment of Nikki Sivils products and collections.... WOW!   

All you have to do is complete the challenge and link it up by Feb. 29th... 

And dont forget we will also be picking our top 3 layouts from this challenge!  

Winner's will be announced the second Saturday of March....