Thursday, May 26, 2011

Throwing Out The First Pitch!

Me and my Daddy waiting to go out on the field!  My dad got to throw out the first pitch for the Texas Rangers last year for the last game of the season before they went into the playoffs.  It was so cool and exciting.  He got an official jersey with his name on the back and got to keep the baseball, plus we got two free tickets for the game in the "all you can eat" home run porch.  This was such a thrill for all of us and what a once in a lifetime opportunity.  We have since put the jersey and the tickets in a shadow box.  What a fun day!  Gooooo Rangers!
   Mascot "Rangers Captain", Dad and 3rd base coach Dave Anderson
                    Walking to the pitcher's mound
                        Here's the big windup
                              Ready to release
                       And strike 3...."you're outta there"
This is Dad and Nick aka my Texas Rangers liason.  He is awesome!  He is the one that I made the Oh Boy card for that I posted a couple of days ago. 

Quick Birthday

So I was playing around and thought I would try embossing my whole card after I glued my flowers down and I really like that effect.  It adds just enough oomph to the card that gives that little extra pizazz.  It takes away from it being so plain.  I opted not to emboss the sentiment so that it would stand out and not blend in with the rest of the card.  The flowers were cut out of designer paper from Hobby Lobby.  Then I used a piece of scrap paper left over from another project for the background.  Very quick and easy.  I love those kind of cards. 

Daily Ponderings:  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16

God isn't going to let you see the distant you might as well quit looking for it.  He promises a lamp unto our feet, not a crystal ball into the future.  We do not need to know what will happen tomorrow.  We only need to know He leads us and "we will find grace to help us when we need it."  ~ Max Lucado ~

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Oh Boy! Oh Boy! Oh boy!

Hey guess what?  It's a boy! This is for my Texas Ranger liason that I met last year when my Dad got to throw out the first pitch...I should post pics of that shouldn't I?  It was the best ever.  Anyway Nick and his wife are having their first child any day now, so I made this card to send to them.  I hope they like it.  They are going to be awesome parents.  I stamped the teddy bear on blue and white checked paper as did the hand and footprints.  The letters were some that I have had for a long time and I just faux stitched them to add some oomph to them and make them stand out.  I also added faux stitching around the bear and the denim paper.  I guess I better hurry up and get this and his present in the mail.  Congrats Nick!  I pray your little boy is born safe and healthy with baseball in his genes.

Daily Ponderings:  ....I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19b

Do you feel as though you are wondering around in the wilderness?  Is your life thirsting for something more while you are in the desert place?  Does life seem all screwed up and have your dreams been crushed?  Sometimes life doesn't always go the way we have it planned out in our minds and when it doesn't sometimes it can cause great frustration, heartache and even hopelessness.  May I encourage you today that if your days seem dark and your life has been turned upside down, please ask God for help and He will make a way through that wilderness that you are wondering around in and He will provide water while you are in the desert.  Let God make a way and allow Him to make the changes in your life and you will have joy again soon.  You might have to skip over to plan B or even C but if you allow God to help He will and I promise you He will make a His time!  Don't give up!  Keep going forward!
My prayers are going out to all that have been affected by these horrific storms.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Healing Flowers

I don't really know what to say about this card except for the fact that I just got tired of trying to make it work and ended up settling because I needed to get it in the mail.  Hopefully the recipient will still like it and not critique it too much.  Afterall, it's the thought that counts right?  lol  I ran my ink pad over my sentiment to take up the big bright white space on the inside of the card and it really helped with that.  I did the same thing on the envelope.  I later added stitching with a purple pen on the front of the card to try to tone down the white that just stood out but I didn't take a picture of it. 

Pre-school Grad Card

This is a stamp that someone gave me a long time ago and I thought I would never use it but it turned out perfect for a pre-school graduation card.  I wanted to stamp it on red checked paper but I didn't have any so I went with the yellow.  I colored the inside sentiment with my Prismas.  Needed a quick card and this was it.  Enjoy your weekend.
Daily Ponderings:  ...that your faith and hope might be in God.  I Peter 1:21b
Our faith and hope should not be put into things on earth but in God.  Hope in things on earth is only temporary but Hope in God is eternal.  "This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through."  Thank Goodness!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Father's Day Puzzle

Soooo, manly cards are the hardest for me.  Why?  I dunno.  Probably because you can't use flowers or scalloped edges.  My dad loves crosswords and so I got the idea a while back from here.  I sponged the edges to tone it down some and the rest is pretty much self explanatory.  I know he will like it.  He always likes my handmade cards.  I got my creative genes from him.  I haven't finished the inside yet.  I will have to come up with something clever. Can't believe I got a card done early.....yeah me!!

Daily Ponderings:  Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He will give thee the desires of thine heart.  Psalm 37:4

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Feeling Better Flowers

I first ran my ink pad across the square on one side. (I saw this on someone's blog but forgot whos...sorry) Anyway then I stamped the flowers but they needed something else so I drew the border around it and really finished them off.  Same thing with the green polkadot needed a little something else so I drew a border around it as well.  After I finished the card it still was missing something so I added the three brads and I think it was just the touch it needed to complete it.  I wasn't too fond of this card at first but the more that I look at it the more I fall in love with the outcome....Hope you like it too.

Daily Ponderings:  Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night? Job 35:10
Do you have a song in your heart today? Or has it ceased?  When your days and nights are dark and full of worry God will give you a song in your heart.  One of my favorite song lyrics is "Don't let the song go out of your heart, no matter how dark the day.  Don't let the song go out of your heart, your troubles will soon fade away."  Give your worries to Jesus and let Him replace them with a song.