Have a wonderful day, and may you know the joy of Jesus as your personal gift this Christmas.
Have a wonderful day, and may you know the joy of Jesus as your personal gift this Christmas.
The verse John 3:16 'For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only son, that whoever believed in him shall not perish but have everlasting life'
It is perhaps a well known verse, but it is a real testimony to our Christian faith, the fact that the babe Jesus was born as a SAVIOUR for our sins. So that if YOU believe that he came to die, and ask for forgiveness YOU ALSO will recieve the GIFT of eternal life in heaven. John 15:13 reminds us 'Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.'Use this verse to inpire you or to meditate on in the next few weeks, and especiallly over the Christmas period. God bless you all and have a wonderful Christmas.
I had ordered some stamps from the USA, one with John 3:16 in Chinese script, they didn't arrive in time so I've used an image printed onto paper instead.
For a previous challenge I had made some "moo cards" I had enjoyed it so much I thought I'd use the moo card size (28x70mm) for this challenge... here is what I've made - some fridge magnets!
Ingredients: Basic Grey paper, micro beads, embossing powder, flower punch, shiny fibre, ribbon, button and crystal heart.
Did a card making session with the youth group at church, slight hiccup... laminator jammed with the first group, thankfully they didn't seem to mind that they didn't go home with a finished product. I adapted for the older group and they created some lovely cards, much to the delight of their parents!
Below is a recent pic of 2 of my 4 boys!
We all know that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. This week we’re challenging you with DIAMONDS. Whether you choose the diamond shape or the diamond itself is entirely up to you!!
Made this for someone who has helped immensely with the Breast Feeding Support Project I'm involved with and has started a new job.
Ingredients: PP and stamps by HOTP, flowers by Prima and crystals.
The theme for this week is
It is mentioned so many times in the Bible, and has many facets of meaning and symbolism.
I am the LIGHT of the World... The people walking in darkness have
seen a great LIGHT ...The LIGHT shines in the darkness, but the
darkness has not understood it...In the same way, let your LIGHT shine
before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father
Please have a look at the other wondeful creations on the SALT BLOG, and please join in!
As Jesus is MY LIGHT and SALVATION, I thought the piece below would be appropriate...
I love candles, and have some empty glass containers from used ones, so I shaved down a round candle to fit into this oval shaped one. I have used a heavy weight translucent paper around the glass and for the punchies. I printed out "Jesus" on to white paper and placed it behind the translucent paper, then using my Making Memories punch/setter tool, punched the holes out along the letters adjusting the size of the holes where appropriate. Then stuck the punchies on and edged with scalloped scissors.
The birthday boy Pete dressed as a duck, including huge webbed feet, and his brother came as traffic lights. His friends from London came as....... Pete! was very funny, the original Pete i the one in red at the front.
Another momentus occassion... Lukes first tooth has come out! The offending culprit was a piece of french bread! We had no idea it was wobbly until it came out. There a couple of teeth already out behind the front teeth, so may need a trip to the dentist at somepoint.
And this pic of Ethan was too cute not to share!
From the hymnbook
take your inspiration from a hymn or song that means a lot for your faith
Anyway, this is the card... I hope it means something for you, as it does for me, and if you've never stopped to read it through properly, here are the words...
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ’d!
Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promis’d good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.
Ingredients: Anna Griffin paper, scallop scissors, MM eyelet setter (to make holes), organza and chiffon ribbon, vintage lace and some cut oout butterflies from decopage paper.
Played with the settings on my camera to take the picture below with a flash and the one further below without a flash... not sure which I prefer...
Ingredients: Stamps by Anna Griffin, Rhonna Farrer and PrintWorks Collection Inc, punch by X cut with a couple of crystals.
Couldn't resist showing you this pic of Luke I took last night...
Let's use diecuts on our card fronts! Link us to your card(s) in the comments section of this post by November 2nd at midnight.
The label, square and heart have been diecut
Ingredients: PP by TLC and Brenda Walton, Die cuts by Quickutz, vintage button and lace, stamp by Anna Griffin.
Tom preached twice on Sunday and we went to a christening do in between. This is the card I created for the little girl using Di Hickman's sketch, do have a look and see how other people have interpretted it...
Ingredients: Anna Griffin Stamp, PP by Anna Griffin and HOTP, plastic embellishment, flowers by Prima, Glitter glue and sparkly gelly pen by Sakura.
I've altered some packaging... a fab little cardboard tub with a plastic lid... thought it would make a nice pressie for someone.
I've tried to capture the different sides of it...
Ingredients: PP by Anna Griffin, flowers by Prima, flower punch, scallop scissors and eyelet punch.
Been trying to drum up votes for our latest competition entry... click here
Your votes would greatly be appreciated!
Had a lovely Sunday. There were 4 baptisms at church in the morning, and then a fellowship lunch... lots of lovely food brought by people to share and eat together. Then it was off to the nearby river to see 2 other guys being baptised. Apparantly, before our church had their building thats how they always used to baptise people. It was such a blessing to see friends obeying the Lord and declaring their faith in Christ.
lots going on in Magness household, visitors, poorly friends, mega curries to cook, nappies to change, addictive scrabble games, dish washing etc
some pics from the weekend and beyond...
Below is a fruit bouquet I made for a friend's birthday, was enjoyed by many!
I've done 2 WI talks and a ladies club talk over the last month or so. 2 were on beaded flowers and the latest one was Christmas card making, below is a pic of a couple of cards that some ladies made.
Ingredients: Rhonna Farrer stamps, clear embossing powder, Prima flowers, buttons, ribbon computer print out and mulberry paper.
I just love this idea! Small long pieces of card with a photo or some small piece of art. Wednesday Stamper's challenge of the week has introduced me to them - do check the site out!
Or get your own printed up here
Anyway, just had to have a go and enjoyed it very much. It was a great way of focussing creative energy, by having a small and more unusual shape to decorate. They are 2.8cm by 7cm.
Ingredients: PP by TLC and Kelly Panacci, stamps by Rubber Stampede and Hero Arts, vintage lace and button, flower punch and safety pin.
Ingredients: PP by TLC and Brenda Walton, Chipboard flowers by TLC, flower and circle punch, Quickutz Eliza alphabet, Fiskars scallop scissors, Hero Arts leaf stamp.
Ingredients: Stamps by Rubber Stampede and Rhonna Farrer, black embossing powder, primas, jewels, letter stickers, Sakura gel pens.
Again, I've had a busy week and not much time for crafting, so struggled to get this one done! Not entirely pleased with it so may have another bash when more time is available!
This week it was the turn of Hazel to set our challenge, she wrote...
'Joy'When things are going well in life we feel happy and joyful, but sometimes circumstances of life may cause us to feel sad, but even at those times we can still experience the joy of the Lord. I'm reminded of the verse in Nehemiah 8:10b: 'for the joy of the Lord is my strength'.
We'd love to see your take on this challenge
so please leave us a comment when you are finished your piece,
so that we and others may see your work.
I've been following the career of a friend I have known since I was about 14. He's an actor and is appearing in the latest Kenneth Branagh adaptation of As You Like it. f anyone watched Film 2007 presented by Jonathon Ross, they would have caught a glimpse of his bottom!!! anyway, heres a pic I found to tempt you to watch the film...
Ok, to the cards...
Made this for the Caardvarks micro min challenge of making a card atc size.
And this one for the DCM challenge to use a word as the central focus of the design. I punche out circles along the bottom of the card and then stamped inside them to the back of the card.
Anyway, Caardvarks most recent challenge is to use a sticker on a card, and there's some goodies up for grabs too.
Here's my card... for a family who are having a Thanks-giving service for their little girl tomorrow.
Ingredients: PP by HOTP, sticker by TLC, flowers from local source and Prima, vintage button, and some grossgrain ribbon.
I used Sketch This' recent challenge
Ingredients: PP by Basic Grey and I think it was DCWV, scallopped scissors, fiskars shape cutter, Prima Hydrangea, miscrobeads and crystal and silver CS.
The brocade had interlining on it so made it really stiff, its created a lovely shaped petal.
Heres an old craft, but new to me. Used to create beautiful hairpieces for Geisha, this is the art of silk flower making. If you search for Tsumami Kanzashi on Google, you will find numerous tutorials on other folks blogs.
As with all ancient crafts people have updated them for today's use. The use of stitching and glue guns instead of the traditional rice glue can be less fiddly and time consuming. Also fabrics other than silk can be used.
Here I have used a fab polka dot cotton. I looking forward to experimenting with all my scraps of fabric that I have hoarded away. So watch this space for more creations.
I took these photos before I spread the petals out more to make them more rounded.
Made cardboard shields and swords with the boys today. Last day of holiday before school tomorrow! Have polished Luke's shoes, given him a haircut and bought new plimsoles.
I am trying to revolutionise our home organisation system, basically we haven't really had one! But since hitting 30 and now being the proud mum of 3 children I realise that my messy ways are a hindrance to family and crafting life! So I have developed a 4 week rolling rota of the chores I need to do everyday/week/every 4 weeks and have got plans for involving the children in little jobs they can do every day too.
What home organisation tips do you have? All tips greatfully recieved!
Made a card! I have a lovely uni friend who I am terrible at staying in touch with. he and his wife are so faithful sending pressies for the children and postcards whenever they go on holiday. So I though I'd make a special card and put pen to card and write a long letter. Although in this day and age it is easy to phone or email, I think it is so special to recieve something by post still.
I used CPS sketch #29
Ingredients: PP by HOTP, Stamps by Anna Griffin, ribbon, Prima flower and flower punch.
Which one is real?
Do have a look at the Faith Challenge Salt blog and the other creations based on this theme.
I was short of time this week to do anything too elaborate, so I created this Baptism card.
PP by TLC, stamps by Rhonna Farrer, scalloped scissors by Fiskars and the punch tool from MM eyelet setter.