Thursday, May 20, 2010

A few cards I've made lately...

I have really been struggling to balance getting the house in order (and all my regular "chores") and being able to craft. I haven't been able to craft much, but I have been able to make a few cards along the way. It just had to happen, ya' know? I HAD to craft!
Anyhow, here are some cards I've made since moving to Savannah:

This card is just a general card... thought it could be used for a graduation, encouragement, whatever. It's the first one I have used my Oval Nestabilities on, so that was fun. The base is a SU! paper, but the black paper came from something I received when I joined MaxPerks at Office Max. I LOVED the paper and knew I had to repurpose it into a card.

This one has already been given away. I used it for a graduation card (since I didn't have any graduation cards made). I think it turned out lovely. Again, the base is a SU! card stock. The designer paper is from an 8X8 Paper Stack by DCWV. The flowers were from a friend who landed a HUGE find at the Salvation Army a few years back and decided to share with me (thanks Cathy!). The ribbon is just some brown grosgrain. The center of the flower is a punch out of brown cardstock (Archiver's), covered in glossy accent and sprinkled with glitter.
This card is one that I made with my daughter Abigail's help. Then we sent it to Nana. Abigail likes to help me "work" on my crafts. Unfortunately, Abigail is only 3 and her work often doubles my work. So, frequently I will give her pieces of paper to play with and punches to use. I had just gotten my new crimper and she thought that was the coolest thing! So, I cut a piece of paper small enough to run through the crimper and let her do the work. Then, I gave her my new Martha Stewart butterfly punch... and she punched right in the middle of the paper. I thought, well, why not!? So, I glued it on the front of the black cardstock, added a flower with a ladybug brad and there you go! Inside, Abigail drew a rainbow for's what it looked like:
Yes, that would be an all BLUE rainbow.

This is my Dad's birthday card... I used a new Tim Holtz stamp set that I bought at Michaels. It's SO hard to find really masculine stuff! The truck is from that set, the trees are from SU!'s Lovely as a Tree set. I am thinking that Tim Holtz has another set I would like to purchase that is masculine.... I'll just have to keep my eyes peeled for them (and a coupon!).

Well, I have looked and looked and can't find any more pics of cards I have made since moving. I know of at least two more (my mom's Mother's Day card-- lovely tri-fold Shutter card, and my sister's bday card-- another one Abigail wanted to help with!).
Hopefully I will continue to make some order out of the chaos that is my craft room... and will be able to have MORE time to craft!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Life, In Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice by Kristen Jane Anderson w/ Tricia goyer

Life, In Spite of Me is an amazing story of hurt, depression and hopelessness that ends in hope. Kristen was brought up in a home of love and happiness, but a series of events took her to the depth of depression and sadness. She tried several avenues of "help" varying from alcohol/partying to psychiatric help, but none of them kept her from trying to take her own life.

Life is a quick read filled with sadness and HOPE. We've all dealt with depression or know someone who has... this is a great insight into what depression is really like. I believe this book is also a great encouragement to those who think all hope is lost. Buy several copies and pass them around... it will touch who it needs to!

If you are interested, you can download and read the first chapter here: Chapter 1. For more information check out WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing.

About the Author:

Kristen Jane Anderson has been featured on Oprah and is a popular speaker at colleges, women’s and youth events, churches, and suicide prevention outreaches. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute and the founder of Reaching You Ministries, Kristen seeks to help those who are hurting, hopeless, lost, suicidal and depressed.

Tricia Goyer is the author of three hundred articles for national periodicals, as well as fourteen novels and six nonfiction books, including Blue Like Play Dough.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.