Monday, December 5, 2016

November Challenge Winners!

Thanks so much for all the lovely entries for our November challenges. 

Our winners this month (by Design Team vote) are:

#4) Heather
Such a beautiful fall card--love that awesome background.

#10 Rainny
Always a crowd-pleaser with our design team, Rainny has created another amazing layout! 

#9 Margaret
Yet another beautiful digital layout from one of our faithful followers. 

Thank you so much ladies...make sure that (if you already haven't) you grab our Top 3 badge for your blog. for our PRIZE WINNER (for a prize from Scrapbook Fantasies)! (chosen by

#10 Rainny

Congratulations Rainny! Within the next 6 days, please email Alicia at (be sure to put SEM November Winner in the subject line and leave your mailing address). 

Here's a Winner's badge for your blog Rainny. 

Don't forget to join us for our final Challenges here before we close down the blog mid-January.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Our Final Challenges--Blog Will Be Closing Soon

It's time for us to say good-bye. 

We have been blessed to share our blog with you for many years, but we feel it is time to close down. We will be closing up mid-January. And so this will be our final challenge post. We would love for you to join us one last time...and remember, if you participate there is a chance to win an awesome prize!

Here is the Card sketch created by Bev Code.

Here are the Design Team samples:

Julene Matthews

Debbie Reed

And here is the Layout sketch from Bev Code:

And our Design Team samples:

Linda Harvey

Cara Goedeking

And for the Scripture Inspiration Challenge, the scripture is from Luke 2:11 "Today in the town of David a savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord."

And here is our Design Team sample:

from Helen Gullett - a beautiful mixed media card

CHALLENGE: Create a project using either our card sketch, our layout sketch or our scripture inspiration and link it up below.

All entries will have the chance to win to a prize courtesy of Alicia from Scrapbook Fantasies

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving USA!

Here's some great name card place holder ideas for the big holiday meal. Found these three ideas on Pinterest. Bloggers have the best ideas <3

This one from Oregon Winette is super cute...
Use old wine corks, colored pipe cleaners, google eyes, felt or paper, a toothpick, paper, marker and glue. 

Here's a simple and sweet one from OhMy!Creative...
Use glue and glitter to make the stem fancier if you wish, then use a cute pin to tack in the pre-printed name (punched with a circle punch).

And lastly, a simple but elegant one that could be used for any holiday dinner from Centsational Girl... 
Paint a clothespin (you can remove the wire and add it back on when the paint is dry. Add some wired berries (or some other cute wire embellishment). And use a paint pen to write the names on the name cards. So cute and easy!

Happy Fall!! Happy Thanksgiving America!! And Happy Meals... :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


I would like to share a story that a very dear friend sent to me.  It illustrated so perfectly how God has things to teach us in ordinary everyday happenings.

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.  We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.

My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.  My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.  And I mean, he was really friendly.

So I asked, "Why did you just do that?  This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!"
This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks.  They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.  As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes, they'll dump it on you.  Don't take it personally.  Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.  Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.  Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so..."Love the people who treat you right,  Pray for the ones who don't."

Remember, no one can ruin your day without your permission!

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

So the Lord puts little everyday lessons in our lives to help us grow more like Him for the greatest miracle of all is His constant love and concern for each of us!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

October Challenge Winners!

Thanks to all who entered our October Challenges! We love seeing what you create with our inspirations!

The Top 3 (chosen by design team vote) are:

#5 Rainny 

#4 Hannah

#2 Jackie

Congratulations ladies!! If you don't already have it...grab our Top 3 badge here...

And our PRIZE WINNER (prize courtesy of Alicia at Scrapbook Fantasies) is:

(chosen from

Congratulations Jackie! Within the next 6 days, please email Alicia at (be sure to put SEM October Winner in the subject line and leave your mailing address). is your badge:

AND...remember to go check out our NOVEMBER CHALLENGES too!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Challenges

Here again to bring you some great new sketch & scripture challenges.

Here is our Card Sketch from designer Bev Code

And Design Team Samples:

Linda Harvey

Julene Matthews

And here is our Layout Sketch by designer Bev Code:

And samples from our Design Team:

Cara Goedeking

Julene Matthews

And our Scripture Verse for this month (perfect for Thanksgiving):
Psalm 136:1-Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.

Debbie Reed

CHALLENGE-Use either our Card sketch, our Layout sketch or our Scripture Verse and create a project and link it up below. 

The Design Team will choose our Top 3. And everyone who enters will be in our random prize drawing courtesy of Alicia at Scrapbook Fantasies

Looking forward to seeing what you create this month!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fall/Thanksgiving Color Palettes and Coloring Tips

Hello Crafty Friends, Helen is here. Fall is here! Every where we go here in Ohio (or Statewide), we see pumpkins and leaves changing their colors. I love this quote about Fall:

When I want to create projects I often check out for color palettes, especially for images that I will color with pencils, watercolor, markers, or event paints. Today, I would like to share with you some color palettes and coloring technique that you can use to create Fall theme projects.

First, let's check out these gorgeous pumpkins color palettes that I found at Color Palettes:

Fall is not only about pumpkins, but also leaves. For me was born in a country where there is no Fall Season, I am thankful to live in a country that has Fall season now with my family :D Seeing the leaves changing their colors are amazing! Check out these Fall Leaves and Nature colors:

These color palettes can help us to choose our ink pads, pencil colors, pastels, watercolors, markers, paints, or any color medium you need to create your Fall/Thanksgiving projects this season.

I also have several Fall/Thanksgiving coloring tutorial links that I would like to share with you:

I hope these resources today will give your inspirations to create your projects! Don't forget to check out our October Challenges! Can't wait to see what you'll create :)

THANK YOU for visiting and have a blessed day!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

In The Word

Hi everyone, Debbie here with the In The Word.
Staying connected to our power source.

He is the source of living out my daily life.  I need to stay plugged into Him to live out my life and operate for Him, through Him.  He gives me everything I need to live according to His Will and purpose.  To be able to share with others about Him.  To testify of His life and His love.  To walk my life in faith so others see Him through me.
I sit in the comforts of my home, with electricity and all the comforts that it provides that I take for granted.  But if I fail to pay our electric bill and it gets shut off,  it goes dark and cold...absolutely nothing will work.  
That's how it is being connected to Christ...without Him, absolutely nothing will work.

2 Timothy 1:7
For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power, and love and self-control.

God gives us all we need to walk out our lives in victory in Him.  But we need to stay plugged into Him continually to walk that out.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

September Challenge Winners

Thanks for all those who submitted beautiful entries to our September challenges. 
Here are the winners chosen by Design Team vote:

1) Mandi

6) Kimberly

4) Dorothy

Ladies, great job...and please grab this badge for your blog!

And now, for our Prize Winner, chosen from who will be receiving a prize from Alicia at Scrapbook Fantasies

Within the next 6 days, please email Alicia at (be sure to put SEM September Winner in the subject line and leave your mailing address).

5) Jessica 

And, Jessica, please grab this Prize Winner badge for your blog.

Congratulations Gals!
And remember to check out our new challenges here...

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Challenges

A day late and a dollar short....ummm, that's me, all because of my daughter's 11th Birthday ;).
Add 7 pre-teen girls to our household and it means this month's challenges didn't exactly get posted on time. BUT they're here now!

Our Card Sketch Challenge:
Create a card using this sketch by SEM sketch designer Bev Code and link up your project below.

And here are some samples from our Design Team

Cara Goedeking

Debbie Reed

Our Layout Sketch Challenge:
Create a layout using this Layout Sketch by Bev and link up below.

And here are the Design Team samples:

Linda Harvey

Julene Matthews

And lastly, here is our Scripture Challenge:

Create a project using our Scripture focus from John 14:27
"I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." 

Here is our Design Team sample: 

Helen Gullett

We will choose our Top 3 projects at the beginning of November and also choose a random prize winner from all the entrants. The prize will be provided by Alicia at Scrapbook Fantasies.

Have fun creating!!