Friday, February 29, 2008

Layout for Pam's Contest

my buddy Pam posted a sketch challenge on her blog. here is my version.

patterned paper - KI Memories (from my first T2T box)
felt flowers - Jolees, EK Success
paper behind chipboard heart negative - knock, knock
chipboard - Heidi Swapp (i think, it was gifted to me, thanks Tina!)
cupcake wrapper - grocery store (thanks for the idea traci!)
letter stickers - doodlebug

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Chelsea's Place Review

I picked up some of the Chelsea's Place collection from Michaels recently. The retail price was $12.99, but I used a 40% off coupon for mine. The above photo, that I took from Michaels sight, shows the line minus the shaped papers. There were 2 packs of paper. I bought the one of specialty papers. The color scheme is fun and I love that the papers all have something special about them. Each sheet is either die cut, glittered or flocked. They are heavy weight patterned papers. So, the papers definitely get a thumbs up.

I also brought home the die cut chipboard letters. They have cute patterns spread randomly through the alphabet. One of the reasons I got them was because I thought they were going to be self adhesive. There is a light adhesive on them that didn't work at all. I placed them on the page and they fell off as soon as I picked up the layout. I ended up using a little liquid adhesive on them to make them stick. The package isn't labeled as self adhesive, but looks like other chipboard letters that are, so I assumed. The fonts are cute though, so I give them a thumbs up as well.

The first layout and the card show the green scalloped paper that is in the paper kit. The second layout uses the scalloped round paper and the embossed red and blue paper.

Monday, February 25, 2008


i edited my faith story below. i will read it wednesday evening at the midweek church service.

the good life

i did this layout with my SIStv sushi collection. i really like the way it turned out. it was one of those layouts that just kinda happened. most things are from the kit, with the exception of: the silver sticker at the corner of the photo is from Marliese, a SISter who sent it to me in a pay it forward package. the red flowers and the brads are queen and company. the felt heart was part of a garland i got from the dollar tree at christmas time.

i love this photo, can't wait to get to arizona again. only 3 more weeks!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Winter CHA

if you want to see tons of pictures of new product and read reviews of the latest and greatest you should go to Craft Critique. there is definitely some cool stuff coming out.

Friday, February 8, 2008

my faith story

i'm writing this here to share with anyone who cares to read it. i am writing it down because i am going to be sharing it at church and i'm planning to read it. this is a rough draft.

we didn't go to church often untill i was in junior high. and then we went every weekend. my parents were helping to found a episcopal church in our town. there weren't many people yet, and i was one of the few acolytes. i was baptized and confirmed in that church. i did those things because my parents wanted me to. i didn't believe in God really. i had a lot of doubt and a lot of questions. after high school my family moved back to illinois and I met dave. he had a firm faith and was able to answer a lot of my questions.
dave and i were married in Grace Episcopal church here in freeport. i still wasn't sure what i believed, but I wanted to be married in the church. i liked the idea of God and Jesus but i didn't feel it.
after living in chicago for a couple years dave and i decided to move to austin, texas. we had visited some friends there on our honeymoon and really enjoyed it. the music industry was booming, so for dave it was a business move. our friends attended a modern seeker based church, so for me it was a spiritual move.
the church was the kind with contemporary music played by a band, they had dramas and multi media presentations. the pastor spoke about things i needed to hear, like why the bible was real and what it meant to me.
after we'd lived in austin for several weeks a friend asked me to come to a bapist revival weekend with her. i was on a search for God, and what other place could be more perfect to find him?
i don't remember much about the weekend. it was full of bible study, prayer and song. i do remember the sunday morning church service very clearly. at the end of the service the pastor asked us to come up and get the communion sacrement and go wherever we wanted to to take it. he told us pray to God silently and tell God what we needed or wanted help with. i went to the back of the church and got down on one knee and leaned on the pew. i took the sacrement and closed my eyes. i prayed to God and told him i wanted Jesus in my heart. i wanted to believe. i wanted to feel his love daily. and then i paused. i kept my eyes shut but i could see and feel Jesus beside me. he was kneeling on my left with his arm around me. he was wearing a white robe with a bright blue sash just like in the photo on my grandma's bedroom wall. and then i knew. he had been beside me the whole time. i had been blind to his presence, but when i asked for clarity he was shown to me.
i decided to be baptized again. It was important to me that I have a do-over. I wanted to mean it. Baptism to me means believeing in and loving Jesus and proclaiming yourself a christian. on a summer weekend i was baptized with several other adults. we stood in the colorado river. the same river that runs through the Grand Canyon and took turns as the pastor introduced us to the gathered church members. when it was my turn i told a little of my story and introduced the people i had brought with me, people that helped me in my faith journey, who were also standing in the water. the pastor stood with his hands on my back and my head. he prayed for my baptism and then gently bent me back until the water covered my face. and it felt so right to claim jesus as he had claimed me.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

i got cut

well, i didn't make it past the second round. it really sucks. i was hoping to make it, even after i saw some of the others submissions. i really thought mine rocked.

so now what? i saw that label tulip has a design team call going on. i'm thinking about trying for that one, they have great kits. if nothing else, making the first cut for the fashionistas did help my self esteem about my scrapping skills. so, i'll keep trying for another team. being on one was so fun! i miss it.

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a SAHM living the good life in northern Illinois