I'm currently working on a scrap challenge in my Facebook group, the goal is to use up scraps and get a bunch of cards made for 'Cards for Troops'. I'm also working on new swaps for some of my other card making groups. I thought I'd share this "swap card " with you, if you participate in swaps you'll know that you need to make sure who ever receives your card knows who it is coming from and for which swap!
I give you the single and the multi sheet:
I'm still enjoying the Holidays I hope you are too!
"Once in a life time you meet someone who changes everything"
This is a quote on a stamp I purchased while I was at my crafty retreat in November.
I used the stamp
to make this ATC for a swap group I am in for a January ATC swap "Love"
When I saw the stamp I knew I just had to have it and at a price tag of $4.00 I could have it!
I think there are many people and events in our lives that happen and that change everything. But I do think there is that one special person that can happen and that can change everything. The first "person" in my life to change everything was Jesus. One summer night when I was twenty I was sitting on my front steps and thinking about the crazy "religious" family that also happend to be my landlords, that also more or less adopted me into their hearts and loved me in a way I had never known. I was thinking what if they were right and I was wrong, What if there really was a plan and purpose to my life and I was missing it. So I did what Josie (landlord) told me to do, she would say "Ginny don't just believe me, ask God who He is and read the bible!" So that night I did ask God who he was, my conversation went like this: " So God, Josie tells me you are Jesus and I need to do what you say in the bible, But I need to know who you are, what you are and what I am supposed to do because I sure can't understand the bible." My answer came so swiftly and entered so deeply into my heart "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
My response was "really"? and he said Really!
That was 1980,and that prayer made me to understand Jesus was the Way I should live, He was the Truth I should follow and He was the giver of Life, and if I wanted to go to heaven it would only be through him. I hadn't found the cross yet, but I did very soon after that. I started reading my bible and He helped me to understand. That conversation changed everything in my life.
The next someone was Steve. I was 38, A single mom and ready to stay single.
There is a verse that says God will restore what the Locust has eaten. The restoration came when Steve and I married in 2002, He changed everything, he made my buried dreams come alive and come true. People would say the honeymoon would wear off, but it never did, it has only gotten better. More Love, More Faith, More Peace, More Hope. More Joy
We've had to deal with the normal wear and tear of life and then some, But like the bible says, The greatest of these is Love and so it has been for Steve and I . We are best friends and our best friend is Jesus.
If you don't know who he is, then I offer you the same advice Josie gave me: "Ask Jesus who he is and read the bible."
I also wanted to leave you with a few beautiful portrait freebies for the weekend:
This is a set of 12 cards made for my Asian Swap group, each month has a color prompt. I like to do them all at once to make a "set" I finished my 2015 set tonight. These are 5x6.5 in size and the base is 110# black stamps on Glossy CS. I was nice to take a little break from Christmas things and do these, now on to baking!!
Like everyone else I'm going in a lot of directions right now and to be honest while I am hoping to get through a certain level of middle aged woman brain fog, I am really having a good time! I don't have a tree up yet, the total sum of my household christmas decorations is pine around my soup tureen on the center of my dining room table and a stash of beautiful Christmas cards on the buffet that I need to hang up! I'm probably not going to go crazy with a tree - I didn't get the living room painted last week - So most likely I will pop up the 4 footer on top of a chest in the living room. and that will be about it. I'm not a humbug about Christmas, it is just that I live celebrating the Saviour all year long, the actual holiday of christmas is so far removed from what I celebrate I have a hard time getting caught up in it for one day a year according to the marketing industry. But we will have a wonderful holiday, filled with family, friends and good food. Right now I have bread baking and I just made a couple quarts of almond milk, I'm toasting the almond mulch from making the milk and that will go into bread and oatmeal mix once it is toasted up. I enjoy the festive pause the world takes during this time, But I never put Jesus Away till next year, as it is written; In Him we live and move and have our being.
While I'm baking and gift making, I have some fun freebies for you to color:
Now that my christmas cards are done and long gone, I am working on next years batch of anniversary cards for our church family, this is trickier than you might think! Stay tuned..