27 August 2014

BRI: Guest Designer RECAP

Hello, friends:}

Today I'm sharing my creations that were featured over on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog on Sunday. Be sure to stop by HERE to check them out and leave some love
I've got a couple of projects to share with you today-- both use some amazing products available in the BRI store! First up, I'm sharing a super easy magnetic bookmark and video! **Be sure to change your settings to HD before watching! THANKS! 
You can definitely recreate these laminated and magnetic bookmarks using any papers you get from the BRI store!! Papers I used include: Echo Park Capture Life , Fancy Pants Burlap & Bouquets and Me-ology, and Crate Paper Boys Rule
Next I want to share a super fun card using exclusive BRI stamps!!! I used the Over the Rainbow stamp set to create another FUN card! I also used the We R Memory Keepers Script embossing folder for the background design-- I guess you could say that my LAST POST creation was my inspiration for this card!
I used a mask to highlight just the word "sun"--- this was super easy!
That's it for me today! Thanks for letting me share my creations with you this month! THANKS, Vanessa!!! 

Be sure to stop by the BRI store for awesome deals and great product... and FAST shipping!  

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

26 August 2014

Chickaniddy Crafts: VIDEO SNEAK

Hello, friends:)
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I'm on the Chickaniddy blog today! I've created a super fun birthday card using the Twirly Girly collection! 

I just looooooooooove these donut images!!! And did you know there's a donut stamp image by Chickaniddy?!??! You could use that for this card-- LOVE it! 

Here's a sneak peek: 

Be sure to stop by the Chickaniddy blog HERE! I'd love for your to leave some love there!

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

25 August 2014

Chickaniddy: August Card Sketch

Hello, friends:)
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Today I'm sharing the full post that was featured over on the 
Chickaniddy blog this week. You can check it out HERE

I love that sketches "inspire" us--- and for me, this means that on an average I use the sketch less than 75%! LOL! However, for August's sketch, I think I followed it about 85%! I didn't really change much:)  
This sketch was just so easy to follow! And I LOOOOOOOVE how the Chickaniddy Date Night papers and stickers made it easy to create this card. The patterned papers and colors are my FAVORITE
To help with the placement of the alpha sticker sentiment, I used the (old) trick of placing each letter on a thin piece of post-it note and then rubbing baby powder on the back. This deactivates the sticky/sticker and allows me to move it around on my card for the best placement!
Chickaniddy Supplies: Love Letters (DN140S04), Awesome Blossom (DN140S01), Cutest Couple (DN140S05); Stickers Date Night (DN14EB05, DN14EB02, DN14EB01); Brads Date Night (DN14EB06)

I really
love how this card turned out-- that watch is perfect with the custom sentiment! I hope that you will create something using this fabulous sketch by Pam!!!  

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed:)

24 August 2014

Butterfly Reflections Ink Guest Designer post {post2}

Hello, friends:)

**Please click HERE for my Paper Smooches SPARKS post and creation! 

I've got another special treat for you today--- I was asked to be the August Guest Designer for Butterfly Reflections Ink! LOOOOOOOOOOOVE it! 
I'm sharing two projects (a card and a video) over on their blog today. Please stop by HERE to check them out and leave some love!! Here's some sneaks: 
And be sure to stop by their crafty store HERE for awesome deals and great product... and FAST shipping! 

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

Paper Smooches SPARKS Designer Drafts challenge {post1}

Hello, friends:}

***After 8am EST- please click HERE for my Butterfly Reflections Ink post and video/projects! 

Today we start another weekly challenge over at Paper Smooches SPARKS blog!! This week we are sharing a DESIGNER DRAFT challenge. 

This week we are inspired by the following sketch:
**Sentiments can be placed anywhere on the sketch.

Get ready for this.... I think I followed this sketch 90%!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you didn't just fall out of your seat! LOL! 

I used some Imagine Crafts Radiant Neon Electric Coral ink for the side piece and then matched that with some new washi tape that I have. I stamped and embossed the circle design using the PS Potpourri set. I also used the PS Word Bubbles and Quote Tag dies for the cluster. The stamped sentiment is from the Just a Note set. 
I guess creating cards or projects following a sketch almost 90% makes it.... EASY! LOL! 
That's it for me today--but be sure to stop by the other Paper Smooches SPARKS DT members' blogs, get inspired, and leave them some love

And don't forget to stop by the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog for more details!!!! This challenge ends August 30th. I cannot wait to see what you make!!! 

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

23 August 2014

deep{er} #4: reflections

Hello, friends:)

***Warning- long post, but a good one:) And there's a cute photo of Olsen at the end! 

I hope you've had a great week, and I hope and pray that you've been thinking about some of the things I've been reflecting on: 
  • digging deep
  • going ALL in- being on the offense with God, not letting Satan scare me with his lies
  • never retiring (spiritually- LOL!)
So last week, I said I would reflect this week on Chapter 5 of When Life Is Hard because we are on vacation again. 

REFLECTION: Before I get into my reflection... I'm really excited about our vacation... kind of... being without internet freaks me out, but I know it will be good for me! LOL :) #1 We are headed to the woods... for some quiet and alone time (with each other and with God) and #2 I get to start on my prayer studies that I've been hearing on the radio! HOOOORAY! Maybe next week I will share my prayer book and thoughts on how I want to change my prayer life :) 

Ok--- back to my reflection, I finished Chapter 5 of When Life Is Hard on the plane to California, and I want to share my thoughts: 
  • This chapter was filled with so much- it hit me right on the forehead and makes complete sense for what Trav and I are going through. 
  • Job 23:10 says that "But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold."--- before the chapter there is a "glimpse of gold" and James MacDonald focused on what I've underlined in that verse. He said that this trial isn't for God to find out what I need.. but for ME to find that out! OH MY! I've always read that God disciplines us, and I never thought it would be through this kind of a trial. It makes sense! I need to grow and I need to change so that I be what God wants me to be! This trial will get me there! Now... do I want to go through this trial... NO! But if I have to in order to see what He wants... then that is what I will do. This will mature me as a Christian. That's what I want!!!!!! So I guess... this is the road I must take! LOL!
  • (Chapter 5 first page or two) Trials = splinter of soul! That's profound! And sooooooo true! And the pain is disproportionate to the size of the splinter--- again, TRUE! This trial has literally been a splinter I couldn't get out of my foot. It's there.... it hurts... I can't seem to get it's painful and I will do whatever it takes to pluck that splinter out. So I guess that means I will go down this road because that is what is needed for me to grow, mature, and glorify God. At the end of this road--- the splinter will come out (fingers crossed! LOL!)! 
  • 2 Cor. 12 Paul had a thorn (splinter/trial/etc). This entire scripture about Paul's thorn is so interesting-- I've never thought about it this way... but James MacDonald basically states the following: 
    • Satan was the messenger of Paul's thorn v. 7
    • Satan's goal is to paralyze me with fear and focus only on the "thorn"
    • But if God's goal wasn't to use this "thorn" for good, He wouldn't have allowed it. 
    • God allows it to "keep us from being conceited" v. 7 and 1 Cor. 10:12
    • MacDonald explains that Paul did what Jesus did in the Garden, asking the Lord to take this cup from him three times. Jesus prayed and asked, and he ended up submitting to God's plan. Paul does the same thing. 
    • Verse 9 should be stated "Sufficient for you is the grace of Me"- God's grace is completed in our weakness.... which means the grace of Jesus is NOT fully seen until weakness is fully experienced. 
  • Last thought---I need to be like the donkey Jesus rode into Jerusalem--- even the donkey knew that everything (the parade, the leaves, the blankets) were for JESUS! ***Taken from a message by Erwin Lutzer. I need to keep my focus on Jesus and God's plan!
WOW! This chapter is a good read--- I really should go through it again! It ends with answering the question: How do you live with the "thorn"?
  • I need to boast in the "thorn" to experience Christ's power- I'm not happy about this trial--- TRUST ME! I'm not! But if I embrace this trial, I can rejoice that God is doing work and has a plan... and I will see that there is GOOD coming from this trial.
  • I need to be content in my "thorn" to experience Christ's purpose- v. 10. Period. If I accept this trial and submit to God and embrace it.... even though that is hard... I will have God's grace and will be STRONG! I've felt so weak and alone for so long that it's about time that I stand up and use God's strength! I need to stand on God's promise in Romans 8:28- things will work out for the GOOD! 
I hope this makes sense! I also hope that you will get this book! I pray that you are not going through a trail, but if you are... this book will definitely help:) And if you are not in a trial... you will be soon (I've heard that in several sermons! LOL!). 

My goals for this week (this week's are the same as last weeks-- we are on vacation so my goals are simple):
  1. To finish When Life Is Hard
  2. Continue to pray/read my devotions daily  
  3. Start my "prayer" studies/podcasts/etc. Hopefully I will be able to do a recording for next week's reflection to share my prayer book/etc.
    I pray that this post has blessed you ❤️. 

    Remember, if you need prayer, please contact me {savannahland2 at comcast dot net}. 

    THANKS so much for stopping by today! Be blessed:}

    ps... sorry this post is sooooooooooo long! I really want to keep these post short! Plus, I always want to share a fun photo of my week and studies. This week's photo is of Olsen. He is sooooooo cute:) Trav and I were studying in our new study room the other day and caught Olsen laying down on the bible! I guess he wanted to do some studying too! Although.... the bible is upside down and he can't read! LOL! 

    22 August 2014

    Chickaniddy: August Card Sketch Sneak

    Hello, friends:)
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    I'm on the Chickaniddy blog today HERE! I created a card using the August Sketch (created by Pam).... and I think I followed it about 85%! I'm getting better at using the sketch "as is"! LOL! 
    Here's a sneak peek: 
    Be sure to stop by the Chickaniddy blog HERE! I'd love for your to leave some love there!

    THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

    21 August 2014

    Virtual Smooches: Trav's Card Style #5

    Hello, friends:}

    Today is my day to share a video over on the  Paper Smooches video blog- Virtual Smooches

    We are on vacation again! And staying true to "Savannahland" style.... I was running late and needed something QUICK for my posts this week! 

    That's when I remembered Trav's Card Style: stamp, ribbon, done! That seems easy enough! Well..... LOL! After starting my project and video, I realized just how hard TCS is for me! LOL! 

    Here's a sneak peek of my video:
    THANKS so much for stopping by--- be sure to go HERE for my video! Be blessed:}


    20 August 2014

    Imagine Crafts: Radiant Neon Invites RECAP

    Hello, friends:)

    Today I'm sharing a recap of my project over on the Imagine Crafts blog. Click HERE or HERE to check it out:) Click HERE for the video on Vimeo

    ****Be sure to change your settings to HD before watching this video! THANKS:)
    I used a Tsukineko Radiant Neon inks and wooden craft spoons to create these super simple party invites! I also used some Paper Smooches stamps and Whisker Graphics bitty bags/divine twine for these invites.

    Here are some extra ideas for the party! LOVE

    I hope that you will stop over on the Imagine Crafts blog HERE to check out my video or leave some love

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed:)

    17 August 2014

    Paper Smooches SPARKS Anything Goes (wk3) challenge

    Hello, friends:}
    Today we start another weekly challenge over at Paper Smooches SPARKS blog!! Another Anything Goes challenge starts today!   
    That's right--you get to create ANYTHING you want (as long as you use Paper Smooches stamps)!! This is the BEST challenge ever!!!

    I created something soooooooooo simple this week because I'm on another vacation! I needed this card back in April for a friend's birthday. I wanted to use the Paper Smooches Butterflies 2 dies to highlight the sentiment/patterned paper. These papers are from Becky Higgins Project Life Sunshine ed. I love using PL tags for cards! I also used Imagine Crafts irRESISTible Tuxedo Black spray! LOVE LOVE LOVE how this turned out! 

    That's it for me today--but be sure to stop by the other Paper Smooches SPARKS DT members' blogs and leave them some love

    And don't forget to stop by the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog for more details. This challenge ends August 23rd. Hope you join in the fun--- this is the EASIEST challenge ever!!!!!!!!

    THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

    16 August 2014

    deep{er} #3: reflections

    Hello, friends:)

    Welcome back to my reflection posts;) I thought that maybe this time around... it would be easier! LOL! But I'm still thinking all of the questions from before... and MORE!  What do I share? What do I write? Will anyone understand what I'm saying/reflecting on? Is this even a reflection!?!?! Can I reflect on more than one thing?! Will I confuse my friends if I mention more than one thing?! Does this make sense!?!?!?!? 

    I'm really praying that this gets easier and that it is something that honors God--- that's one thing I've learned in this recent trial. Another lesson learned is that I need to praise God in the storm. I also learned that I need to bring glory to His name-- and the funny thing that I learned is that I CAN bring glory to God in THIS trial! That really isn't funny, but I never thought once that I would or could bring Him glory from this mess and broken heart... but I CAN and I WILL

    UPDATE: Ok--- so last week's goals were short and kind of easy due to our vacation!
    1. To finish Chapter 5 of When Life Is Hard
    2. Continue to pray/read my devotions daily  
    I would have to give myself an 80% on these goals! I did read Chapter 5 on the plane headed out to L.A.... and I read my devotions 4 out of the 5 days.... but praying (like I want to-- more on that later) was not as easy! I fell asleep so fast many nights that I don't even think I kissed Trav goodnight half the time! LOL! So... overall, not bad on my goals from last week:) 

    REFLECTION: I'm not sure you remember LAST week's post about how I think the Lord is speaking to me about prayer!?!?! Well.... He's doing it again! This week I've heard more sermons on prayers and more podcasts about it. I will get into how I want to change my prayer life and what my prayer book looks like soon... but first I want to complete these studies on it. That's one of my goals for this next week... more on that later:) 

    Ok--- back to my reflection... this week I think I will reflect on a couple of different things. On vacation, Trav and I went to Dr. David Jeremiah's church in San Diego {Shadow Mountain Church}, as well as North Coast Church. WOW! That was amazing! If you are ever in San Diego---- check these churches out! 

    So I think I will reflect on a couple of lessons I learned from these sermons and from Chapter 5 of When Life Is Hard
    • Last week I mentioned that I wanted to be a REAL Christian. This is true--- I am tired of feeling like a fake. It's not that I wanted to be fake... it's just that I wasn't taught what a real Christian looked like or did or _____________ {fill in the blank}. At North Coast Church  Pastor Chris Brown talked about walking through life and living a Christian life. He focused on James 4:7-10. WOW! Great sermon! Pastor Chris mentioned a couple of things we need to do based on these verses. The first thing that struck me was verse 7b: "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." Pastor Chris said this step should be "Resist the desire to go back to our old ways". This trial has made me feel like the Israelites wanting to go back to Egypt thinking it was better there--- I want to go back and sing every other week... I want to use my gifts... but was it really that great? Was I learning? What sin was I entangled in (pride, jealousy, lies, etc)? Going back to the old ways isn't where I need to be. The devil is telling me that I would be happier back there; however, I've been doing a lot of thinking... and I've come to the conclusion that I definitely wouldn't be happy where I was if I went back to the old ways. God wants me to grow. He wants to stretch me. He has a plan and sometimes there's an end to things so He can bring other things to life. That's where I'm at now. I need to resist the devil and my desires and seek the Lord and His ways. 
    • The second thing Pastor Chris mentioned that struck me was that in James 4:7-10 there are 10 new commandments. All the verbs become the 10 commandments: submit, resist, come near, wash, purify, grieve, mourn, wail, change, humble. ***I hope you get on North Coast Church website and check out this sermon HERE!!! 
    • **Picture of Trav and I at Shadow Mountain Church. We actually missed Dr. Jeremiah- he was on vacation! But that's ok! We went to the morning service and heard Tom Thompson preach, and then we went back to hear the comedian/pastor Dennis Swanberg talk after dinner. During the morning service, Pastor Tom talked about being a deep Christian. FUNNY! That's what I want to do--- dig deep! He spoke about David in 1 Sam. 17: 20-36. When David heard that something needed to be done to stop Goliath, he replied, "Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him." Your servant will go!?!?!  Uh... I know I wouldn't have said that! Pastor Tom talked about how a deep Christian gets involved and is ALL in, not letting fear intimidate and standing strong on the Lord/His Word. So that made me think about how I need to go ALL in.... I can't let this trial hold me back. I need to get back in the game (side note: Pastor Tom was talking a lot about defense and offense.... I had no clue what he was talking about! But  I did understand that I need to get back in the game! LOL!). Reflecting back on David's courage--- WOW! He went after lion and bear that had his sheep, and when it turned on him... he killed it! Uh.... I run when I'm in danger and in bad situations! David also stood up against a giant.... I usually coward behind someone else when I'm intimidated. I don't want to do that anymore... from now on, I'm living in TRUTH! This battle is the Lord's! I don't want a limited view of God- He's BIG! So big I can't even describe Him! I can't wait for Heaven to come to me... I need to spread the Word and bring Heaven to Earth! 
    • And finally, after dinner we heard Dennis Swamberg talk-- he is a comedian with a message! He said that there isn't retirement in the bible. That's SOOOOOOOOOOO true! We need to keep working and keep serving and keep on doing! This got me to thinking about a couple of recent things: #1. About five months ago (maybe longer), I heard a leader from my former church talking about how his wife can't wait until he writes a song that will allow him to retire and be done working. At the time, I didn't think much of that comment. After hearing Denise speak, I realize that our goal shouldn't be to retire. Our goal should be to lead others to Christ until the day I die (and possibly after I die--- through books, songs, whatever!). What a messed up view we have of getting older- all we want to do is retire! But there is NO RETIRING in the Bible! #2. Trav's parents just retired at the beginning of the month. I was thinking about when Trav retires... but after hearing Dennis talk... I'm not sure I want to stop when Trav retires. Dennis said, "spiritual gifts are for life". WOW! So I guess I will be singing until I'm old! LOL! I know that there are other gifts I can use.... but it excites me to know that I'm not going to "retire"--- I'm going to keep working and keep serving and keep on doing. My life purpose- LIVE FOR GOD (glorify HIM!)!! There's no retiring for me! 
    I apologize for being so long today! There was just so much goooooooood stuff going on this past week! ***side note: Next week's Reflections will be Ch. 5 of When Life Is Hard and will be scheduled to post on Saturday the 23rd. Due to our lack of internet on vacation, I will not writing about any "new" reflections from the week until I return. 

    My goals for this week (this week we are on vacation so my goals are simple):
    1. To finish When Life Is Hard
    2. Continue to pray/read my devotions daily  
    3. Start my "prayer" studies/podcasts/etc.
    I pray that this post has blessed you ❤️. 

    Remember, if you need prayer, please contact me {savannahland2 at comcast dot net}. 

    THANKS so much for stopping by today! Be blessed:}