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25 November 2014

Virtual Smooches: Nathan Tasker + Squirrelfest challenge

Hello, friends:}

Today is my day to share a video I'm over on the  Paper Smooches video blog- Virtual Smooches! I know I'm early... but I need to link up my creation to Em's Squirrelfest challenge before the deadline:) 

When I saw her challenge, I knew I had to play along! 

Here's a sneak peek of my video:

THANKS so much for stopping by--- be sure to go HERE for my video! Be blessed:}
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24 November 2014

25 Days of Christmas Tags ***GIVEAWAY

Hello, friends:) 


***GIVEAWAY details below:) There are several giveaways!

Today I'm joining in the fun with my friend Tracey and sharing a Christmas tag for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags hop! Details for another giveaway with AWESOME prizes can be found on her blog as well! Click HERE to enter to win!

I've created a video sharing how I made these super CAS mitten tags using Paper Smooches stamps and dies! Sometimes you only have time for something quick--- well this project is perfect for that time crunch situation!! And you only need one stamp and one die! LOVE it:) 
***Be sure to change your settings to HD before watching! THANKS:) 

I love how you can vary the design just by adding a bit of twine, metallic paper, vellum sentiment, or embossing paste! LOVE x100000! 
Giveaway details: all you have to do is enter through this Rafflecopter! Deadline: Nov. 27th at 12:00am EST. ***If the Rafflecopter isn't working--- just leave a comment below to enter to win:) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed:) 
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23 November 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS November Designer Drafts challenge

Hello, friends:}


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.

Ok---so I think I'm on a roll!!!!!!!!! I'm following sketches like NEVER before! LOL! I think I followed this sketch 88%! That's WAY more than EVER before! The only changes I made were moving the sentiment (which is allowed! LOL!) and making the squares into fruit. The banner on the top piece are the leaves for the fruit.
I used the Becky Higgins Project Life Baby Ed. for Him for the papers. I only used ONE STAMP SET- PS Cute Fruit! (gasp!) Trav really likes how I made the oranges with Imagine Crafts Tangelo and Cantaloupe inks and the little spots from the stamp set. 

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 November 29th. I cannot wait to see what you make!!! 

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}
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22 November 2014

deep{er} #15: reflections

Hello, friends:)


(gasp) I heard you!!! I'm twice as shocked as you are;) I'm actually posting on a Saturday! LOL! 

I hope you are doing well and that you've been blessed this week. God is at work, I know it! I just don't always see it in my life... but I'm trusting in His promises and continuing to step out:) 

UPDATE: Well... last week I blamed the garage sale and our anniversary as to why I wasn't posting on time. This week more events have happened! However, with these events, I'm "couch bound" and will be finding lots of time to read, catch up, and watch TV! 
If you follow me on Facebook you already know that I've injured my ankle while working out. I've been to the doctor and have been given 8 weeks to heal. ***I am in need of prayer- for complete healing and a quick recovery, as well as no surgery. 
Here's a collection of photos--- first day with my crutches, me in the Studio (resting), and Olsen and I trying out my new knee scooter. 

As for leading worship--- THANK YOU for your prayers! It was nerve-wracking leading again (we've been out for so long)... but everything went well! God covered us, helped us with the church's band, and even helped me get through Sunday's service with NO voice! One of the song lyrics from our set included the words, "He will help you sing".... HE DID! No joke! It made me smile when I sang those words on Sunday! LOL! 


REFLECTION & CONFESSIONOk, so this week's reflection is more of a combo... reflection and confession from the heart. We are going to go real deep... deep{er} than I think I want to share, but this thought and feeling keeps coming back to me, and I need to grab ahold of it and let God work it out in my life. Only He can change me... and that's exactly what I am expecting Him to do as I bring this into the light. 

My reflection this week is on my heart. I read a small article about "An Attitude of Gratitude" in the Joyce Meyer's Enjoying Everyday Life November magazine a couple weeks back. Honestly, I looooooooooooove to say thanks and let someone know how much I appreciate them! I know how I feel when someone says "thank you"--- I want to make sure I spread that love to others. Plus, Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday because I have so much to be thankful for! I think that Thanksgiving should be celebrated monthly! LOL! I wouldn't mind a bit of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, with green bean casserole on a monthly basis! :) 

I read and learned in this article that this "attitude of gratitude" is more than just saying "thanks". It's looking at our hearts and why we do things for others/etc. Our words and actions should be pure, with no thought of repayment for what we do. It says in the Bible that what comes out of the mouth reveals what is in the heart (Luke 6:45, Matthew 15:18). 

I don't know about you (although I'm almost positive we are the same)... but I want only good things to come out of my mouth/heart... I want to do what is pleasing to the Lord. 

Now, I have to say that I think that I do most things for the Lord and with a good heart. I'm not trying to get anything out of relationships or out of my acts of service. I am a giver (that's my love language). So I think that my heart is in the right place (doing things for God, sharing His love) and that I do things for others to genuinely help them (and again, share Jesus). 

There's only one thing that makes me think otherwise. That my heart is full of black spots due to anger and bitterness. It makes me wonder if my heart is in the wrong place.

These feelings come from a situation with a former friend. This friend and I went through some pretty hard trials at the same time (different situations but at the same time). I was there for her like I would want someone to be there for me- 100%, day or night, night or day, listening, comforting, and praying for them. 

I wasn't doing this so I would receive something back. I wanted to help this friend and her family in their darkest hours. I know that I want that when I'm going through hard times--- someone to hold my hand, help me, guide me, lift me up, point me back to Jesus/the hope in Him. 

Long story short, I was there for this friend (and still am if she needs me- if she texts me, I answer, help, give advice, pray, etc), but I have not received the same friendship back during my trial... which was at the same time and continues to this day. 

This makes me question my heart --- is it wrong for me to want someone that I consider a "best friend" to help me during my trial? Is it wrong for me to want the same treatment that I give to a friend? Why doesn't she ask how I'm doing? Why are Trav and I ignored? It makes me feel used, dumped on, and forgotten. 

Was my heart in the right place? I thought so!?! Was I doing what I did for God? I thought so, but now that our friendship is over (I cannot continue to think she is a friend if this is the treatment that I get) it angers me that I was treated as if my situation was invisible, nonexistent. 

I just don't get it. And the worst part is... that's how most of our former friends are. We thought we were "friends" with so many people but 99% of them have forgotten or ignored us/our situation. 

So was/is my heart in the right place if I'm expecting friends to return a giving hand to me in my times of trouble/distress/angst? I just want a text or email or phone call... letting me know that we are loved and missed. That they haven't forgotten about us...that they wish us well or still want to stay in contact.

I want them to affirm us as we walk through this valley and get out of this pit and trial. That's my other love language, words of affirmation. 

But nothing. 

And honestly, if they did it now, it wouldn't mean a thing. It makes me question who they are and why they are doing it "now". Why not do it when we were hurting the most or when this trial first started? Why ignore us for a year and then say something?  

So my reflection and confession concludes with the following: I think that my heart is in the right place. I think that I do expect more from friends in certain situations. I believe that it's ok to want to be "thought of" and "appreciated" and even loved on. It's sad that we didn't get this... but it's not going to stop me from loving on someone else. I might not "love on" my former friends like I did... but that's because I'm guarding my heart (in those friendships). I cannot beat myself up and question my character because of someone else's actions. I know my heart. I know that I have pleased the Lord and have given of myself sacrificially for others. I will be rewarded. My harvest will come. And I know that I need to continue to love on others and serve God. 

My goals for this week:
  1. Pray hardest even when it's hardest to pray! I need to be in constant prayer! 
  2. Travis and I made a study schedule for the Dr. David Jeremiah Agents of Apocalypse study set (CDs, books, and study guide)!!!!!! We start it this weekend!  
  3. Begin and complete 2 days worth of the TW'14 Manifesto with Courtney
  4. Continue to pray/read my devotions daily  
      I pray that God has been speaking to you--- and that you are blessed beyond what you have asked or wanted ❤️. Remember, if you need prayer, please contact me {savannahland2 at comcast dot net}. 

      THANKS so much for stopping by today! Be blessed:}
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      ps... I'm going to ask for MORE prayer!!! Please pray for Trav and I as we are leading worship again next weekend at New Hope Community Church on Saturday and Sunday. Please pray for good health, that our hearts would be in the right place for worship, and that the congregation would only see Jesus! We need His covering! THANK YOU

      20 November 2014

      Virtual Smooches: PS + Project Life journaling cards

      Hello, friends:}

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

      I'm a week behind due to some health issues. SO SORRY for always being late! 

      I've created two cards for our friends and family who are celebrating anniversaries. Nothing is special about the design other than that I used Project Life journaling cards to make them! I just loooooooove using journaling cards for my designs! 

      Here's a sneak peek of my video:
      THANKS so much for stopping by--- be sure to go HERE for my video! Be blessed:}
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      19 November 2014

      2015 AIR--- it's OFFICIAL :)

      Hello, friends:)

      I know I'm a bit late, but I'm joining in the fun and party over on the Imagine Crafts blog!!!! I am super excited to announce that I've been selected to join the Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Artist in Residence Team for 2015!!!! 


      Please stop by the blog HERE for more details and to see the rest of the team! 

      I hope you are doing well!! I sure do miss you all! I can't wait to catch-up (only 1200 more emails to respond to...) and to fill you in with what's been going on here in Savannahland! Crazy busy here:) 

      THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:)
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      16 November 2014

      Paper Smooches SPARKS November 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 made a super super EASY card today! This is for my nephew's 3rd birthday--- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KNOX!!!!!!

      I used some OLD Project Life Becky Higgins Baby Ed. for Him journaling  cards (DING! I get points for using up my stash and playing along with Sav's Challenges!!!) along with my PS Chilly Chums stamp set and dies and Speech Bubbles dies. I used some of the Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher for the tip of the tail! It's just the right touch of detail for that little fox! SOOOOOOOO cute:) 
      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 November 22nd. I cannot wait to see what you make!!! 

      THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}
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      12 November 2014

      deep{er} #14: reflections a bit late

      Hello, friends:)


      First of all.... THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for stopping by! 

      I know that I'm late... 2 weeks late! I apologize for not posting regularly this month! I even told my friend, Miriam, that I was posting this weekend, and couldn't get it finished! OY! SO SORRY! 

      UPDATE: So the main reasons that I'm posting now are:

      • Garage Sale- we had a garage sale the first weekend of Nov. OH MY! It was a lot of work, but it was AWESOME! ***TIP: I highly recommend garage sales! My tip to save time and earn lots of money is to only mark items that are of higher value and then just  post a sign (or tell everyone) that everything is a quarter unless marked! It really worked at our sale! 
      • Anniversary- Trav and I celebrated our 8th anniversary on Monday! Time flies! Since he was working Monday night, I tried to spend as much time over the weekend with him. 
      • Working Out- goooooooooodness me! Working out takes A LOT of time! LOL! 
      It's just been a crazy two weeks. I even started a bible study with my friend, Courtney, but I've been unable to finish DAY 1!!!!!!!!! It's been 2 weeks! I need to make better choices so that my time is used appropriately and so I get everything done/accomplished! 

      A super fun envelope came in the mail this past week from Midday Connection. I listen to Moody Radio all the time... and the Midday crew had a giveaway. I entered not even thinking about it... and then I got a package saying I won! AWESOME
      I am really excited about this study on "How You Can Make  Difference For God"! I've been wondering how I can use my talents and gifts during this time of trial/new direction. Maybe I can get some answers or ideas while reading this book! 


      REFLECTION: So you might be asking what I'm going to reflect on since I've been so busy!!!??!!? LOL! I did continue with some of my studies, and it's funny.... I'm still hearing or reading about PRAYER! The same theme keeps popping up. Quick reflection on "prayer"----I need to get serious about my prayer. I need to pray more... I need to pray boldly, dream God-sized dreams, and stand on my faith and not on my fears. 

      I also had an interesting topic pop up about "craving". Here's what I got from the last 2 weeks about "craving". 

      • Craving- most of you know that I've been working out and trying to eat better. I've done really well (I think)... I workout 6 days a week, 3 days I complete a circuit from my trainer... I track my eating with MyFitnessPal and a FitBit... I've lost a total of 9.4 lbs (only 0.6 to go to hit my goal) and 2.5% body fat in about 2.5 months. Not bad! The only problem is that I'm always hungry! I'm CRAVING to eat sweets (which I never liked before, but now that I can't have them... I want them)... I'm CRAVING food all day long! One day last week I went over my allotted calorie intake by 1,000 calories! Not good... and wouldn't you know it, THIS study was the day's devotional! LOL! 
        • This study mentioned that I need to have discipline in my spiritual and physical diet! SOOOOOOOOOO true! I am "feasting on" my fears, worries, stress... this is the "fat-laden chocolate" of life. I know that I should be focused on God... but I'm craving the world and what it can give me. Satan has tricked me into thinking that these "foods" are good and that I will be ok if I eat from his plate daily... but I need to KNOW God's love, His forgiveness and patience. I need to "feast" on God's promises and have self-control in both in my spirit and eating habits. It's the only way I will stay healthy. 
        • The verse from this devotion says it all! Romans 7:18-20 NLT I want to do what is right, but I can't. I want to do what is good, but I don't. I don't want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don't want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong--- it is sin living in me that does it. TRUE TRUE TRUE! I am making bad choices on food (and with time/spirit/etc) based on my flesh. 
        • Even more funny... I found this in Joyce Meyer's Enjoying Everyday Life November magazine: "God's already provided the total acceptance we crave, and all we need to do is receive it by faith. The craving we feel for acceptance can only be truly met in Jesus. We need to learn to believe God's Word and what it says.... MORE than what I feel." So true! Lately I've been basing a lot of what I question and crave on my feelings. I need to look at the Word and stand there in the acceptance that I have through Jesus Christ. 

      My goals for this week:
      1. To slow down and have some silent time before prayer, and to pray hardest even when it's hardest to pray!
      2. Get Travis to order me the Dr. David Jeremiah Agents of Apocalypse study set (CDs, books, and study guide)!!!!!! ***UPDATE: Trav got me this series! HOOOOOORAY! He waited until the last day (Oct. 31st) and then told me to order it at 10pm! OH MY! I cannot wait to start this series with him :) 
      3. Begin and complete 2 days worth of the TW'14 Manifesto with Courtney
      4. Continue to pray/read my devotions daily  
          I pray that God has been speaking to you--- and that you are blessed beyond what you have asked or wanted ❤️. Remember, if you need prayer, please contact me {savannahland2 at comcast dot net}. 

          THANKS so much for stopping by today! Be blessed:}
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          ps... I'm going to ask for prayer!!! Please pray for Trav and I as we are leading worship this weekend at New Hope Community Church on Saturday and Sunday. Please pray for good health, that our hearts would be in the right place for worship, and that the congregation would only see Jesus! We need His covering! THANK YOU

          11 November 2014

          Imagine Crafts: Embossed Highlights RECAP

          Hello, friends:) **Happy Veteran's Day!


          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 VersaMark ink and both Gold and Silver embossing powder to create some fun embossed highlights on my Lawn Fawn Finley's ABCs letter die cuts. These letters are easy to create and you can mass produce these cards! LOVE it!  

          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:)
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          09 November 2014

          Paper Smooches SPARKS November Picture Perfect challenge

          Hello, friends:}
          Today we start another weekly challenge over at Paper Smooches SPARKS blog!! This week is a Picture Perfect challenge.  







          This week we are inspired by the following picture:

          Ever since Kim sent me this file, I've been thinking about how I will be inspired--- the colors, the woodgrain, the sentiment about home... and then I got an AWESOME idea last night! 


          I've created this card for TRAV---- I hope he's not reading this blog post! Monday, Nov. 10th is our 8th anniversary! I can't even believe it! My "home" is literally where he is. I knew that sentiment would make a perfect anniversary card- and I was inspired by 2 out of the three ideas (woodgrain and home/sentiment)! LOVE it! 

          I used the PS Bitty Bungalow for the home, and then I mixed and matched some of the Documented dies for the word "home". I also used the PS Hearts, Gift Tags, and Kudos Words dies.

          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 November 15th. I cannot wait to see what you make!!! 

          THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}
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