Friday, December 26, 2014

Silver and gold pti blog hop

Hi friends,

Today I have a sparkly and shiny birthday card using silver and gold as my color scheme.  For this card I used paper trey inks 'leave it be' stamp and die set with a combination of gold embossing and gold ink.

For the layout I used Karen Girons sweet Sunday sketch.

I love how this turned out and I hope my mother in law is blessed to receive it.

Thanks for visiting today.  Have a great day.

Note I'm having technical difficulties with uploading photos.  If this post has duplicate or missing pictures, bear with me as I continue to play with blogger photo up,aiding.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Matthew 25:40 Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

Hi friends,

Last Tuesday, my bible study group had an evening of food and fun.  Each of us was encouraged to bring something for two great causes.   One cause was Compass.  They help homeless families in the area.  The other cause was 'Route 1 Ministries.'  They offer encouragement and support to women who work at the local strip clubs.

For Compass we were encouraged to bring gift cards - gas cards, grocery cards, bus/train cards etc. It's no surprise that homeless people really need these things and one way to bless these families is to help them take care of their families basic needs.  It was really cool to watch so many women bring envelopes with gift cards to the front of the table.  I think the girl collected over 20 gift cards.

For Rte 1 ministries each group was given a list of items to put in a bag.  We made 35 bags and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the people of this organization show up at the strip clubs and hand these bags out to the ladies who are working on the holiday.

After our dinner, the women who represent these groups spoke to us about some of the myths and misunderstandings about both homelessness in the area and human trafficking in our local area.

Many people think that the girls who work in a strip club are 'just college girls - making a little money to put themselves through school.'  Sadly that's not the reality for most.  For over 90% of the girls who dance at strip clubs, they were victims of sexual abuse while under the age of 18 and most feel significant shame in their job.   They range in age from 14-65. They are really blessed to receive a bag with mittens, snacks, nail polish and other 'little items' on the holiday. If you think it stinks to work Christmas as a nurse or police officer, imagine how much it would stink to go and strip!  It was cool to think that we could help make their holiday a little brighter.

In addition to the goodies, I made a card and all of the ladies in my group signed it with words of encouragement.  I had some fun trying to make an extra special card for this one.

So do you want to see my card and the pile of gift bags we collected?  Of course you do...

Since our bible study is called 'Joy' I thought using this stamp set and die cut out from stampin up with the words Joy was perfect.

The bags below were filled with 'pre-approved' items for the ladies.  I guess the owners of the clubs are very controlling about what their girls are allowed to receive as gifts.  Each bag was packed full of items on the approved list.  

All together there were 35 bags from the morning group and our evening group.  The organization collects over 100 bags to distribute from various sources.

It was a really heart-warming night.  One last thing to leave you with.  Imagine if you and Jesus were texting.  This time of year, it might go something like this.

Thanks for visiting today.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Getting ready for Christmas

Hi friends,

First, let me share a darling Christmas card I made using a favorite Stampin Up stand set I found on a fellow crafter's Blog that was for sale.

The stamp set is called 'The sounding Joy' and it's so elegant and gorgeous (and easy to use!)  I think I'll be inking this set up for several last minute cards.  I love it on the musical patterned paper background with a nice big ribbon to add oomph.

This year for Christmas our family (on my mother's side) decided to do something a little bit different.  Since everyone lives far apart and most of the kids are growing up with girlfriends/boyfriends and husbands combined with the fact that Bob and I live in a condo, we don't really have one house that everyone fits at.  So we found a great house to rent in Maine for the weekend before Christmas.  We have the house from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning.  It's got 5 bedrooms and seems like a perfect spot for our family gathering.

As for gifts it was decided that everyone would get a stocking and each person would bring an item for each persons stocking.  For those on student budgets, it's perfectly fine to get a candy bar for each person and keep the spending to under $5.00.  For others, you can get a personalized gift or gift card.

As Sarah and I considered this new tradition, we were inspired to hand sew stockings for each person.  So Friday after thanksgiving we spent the day with the sewing machine making a dozen cute stockings: red for the girls, green for the boys.

Below are pictures of the crafting day.

And while the girls were up doing the sewing the boys were down in the garage making free standing stocking holders!  We figured we don't want to mess with the rental house and putting stockings up on a mantel so we'll bring our own stocking stands!  Everyone was quite busy!

We almost finished all of them, but we need to get busy to finish them up.  The party is less than 2 weeks away!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Make it a great day!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Happy Birthday Dad!

Hello friends,

Just stopping by to share a fun birthday card I made for my dad for his birthday.

This card uses 'through the tree's' by Papertrey ink.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.