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19 October 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS October 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!!!
This week I pulled out some of my older papers (Basic Grey Persimmon) and created a birthday card for my friend. She loves coffee (she should since she works at Starbucks), so I used the mug from the Paper Smooches Hot Concoctions set. I also used the Seeing Stars and Blissful Banners sets for my sentiments. I also layered my Birthday Words die cut sentiment (using some of my FAVVVVVVVVVVVVORITE Chickaniddy Crafts Gold paper). Super simple card since it's just layering papers, die cuts, and sentiments! 

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 October 25th. Hope you join in the fun--- this is the EASIEST challenge ever!!!!!!!!

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}
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18 October 2014

deep{er} #12: reflections

Hello, friends:)


Thanks for stopping by today-- I know I'm a bit late in posting... it's been a rough week again. I need a vacation from my vacation to get back on schedule:) 

UPDATE: *If you follow me on Facebook, you have already seen this photo. 

Last Sunday, Trav and I received a message that we were on the Dr. David Jeremiah Turning Point TV show! I had forgotten that we visited Dr. David Jeremiah's church in August- and I NEVER thought that we would be on his show because he wasn't even preaching that day! But I watched Sunday's show about The Dragon (episode 5) (LOOOOOOOOOVE this new series), and there we were! We were featured for about 5 seconds!!! We weren't even at the church for that sermon!!! So weird! LOL! 

REFLECTION: My reflection this week is real short. I had a rough week (dealing with a specific situation at the gym, trying to get into a routine, etc). We also heard from an old friend from our former church... old thoughts/feelings have been swirling in my brain. 

I'm tired.

I'm ready for this to be over.

I want to take a step of faith but which way? Where do I go?

I want to go deep{er}... I don't think I'm making any progress at all! I don't want to go deep{er} into the pit... I want to get deep{er} with God. Unfortunately, I think this pit might be getting darker because it's getting deep{er} and I'm not getting out.

I apologize for not sharing more thoughts from my studies. I just feel like I take one step forward and twelve back. How does one make progress when you're being pulled so far back? 

Trav says that I'm making progress (he says the same thing about losing weight... but I don't see it. The scale definitely doesn't say I'm losing weight.). I'm getting restless in this waiting period. Restless and anxious. Please answer me, God! I want to obey You... but I can't hear You. 

(sigh)

I know... I need to pick up my cross and continue running the race. Honestly, that's hard with a broken heart and hurting soul. I guess I really haven't completed the grieving process, and I bet this is just a way of God saying, "Sav- you REALLY need to forgive those who've hurt you." I thought I did...and I've asked God to help me forgive them several times... but I'm still hurt and holding on to grudges.

What can I say? I'm a "work in progress". 

(sigh)

So this week... I'll be picking up this cross and working on forgiveness. One step forward and however many back... this time, THIS week- I'm going to continue...I'm going to keep my eyes on Jesus the best I can... I'm going to get out of this pit if it takes me 100 years! OH Lord, I pray it doesn't take me 100 years! Please help me get out of this pit within 2014! Or even by the end of the October... or better yet... by the end of this week! Thanks:)

**This is just proof that I am going forward and moving back... one week I have a great reflection and then the next week I'm in the dumps. 

My goals for this week:
  1. To slow down and have some silent time before prayer (more on this later)
  2. Get Travis to order me the Dr. David Jeremiah Agents of Apocalypse study set (CDs, books, and study guide)!!!!!!
  3. Finish TW'14 notes
  4. Continue to pray/read my devotions daily  
I pray that you are having a better week than I am--- 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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16 October 2014

Virtual Smooches: Nail Art

Hello, friends:}

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

OOOOOOOOOOH MY GOOOOOOOODNESS! I'm embarrassed and excited to share my video with you today! Embarrassed because of the quality of this video.... excited because I've kept this video a secret for over a year! LOL! 

The best part is the Bloopers Outtakes that I got while recording the beginning of this video- Trav was literally laughing out loud while watching them! I can't wait to share those! 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:}
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14 October 2014

IMAGINE Crafts: Memory Box 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 paired several Memory Box images with my Tsukineko products! My fav is that I used my Tsukineko Gold Shimmer Spritz spray as ink! I love the subtle design of this spray on a stamp! I also used StazOn Jet Black and VersaFine Onyx Black inks for this card. LOOOOOOVE how this turned out-- this card could def. be mass produced for the holidays!
See? This is such an easy card--- perfect for mass producing! 
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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12 October 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS October 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:

I found inspiration in the flowers--- I originally wanted to make a frame with flowers around it... or a letter with flowers (exactly like the photo)... I also wanted to use woodgrain... but I came up with a SUPER SIMPLE card! And get this---- I used ONLY ONE stamp set! 

I used the Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds stamp set. And I guess I should be honest... this is a very simple card, but this was my 8th try! LOL! I seriously was struggling with the design! Well... with the flowers! Flowers are not my favorite- to color, to stamp, to use! LOL! I do love how this card turned out though...so it's a WIN WIN (minus the other 7 cards)!

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 October 18th. I cannot wait to see what you make--I actually can't wait to see what you are inspired by in this photo!!

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:} 
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11 October 2014

deep{er} #11: reflections

Hello, friends:)


First of all.... THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for reading my posts and commenting below or on Facebook! I'm so happy to hear from friends from my hometown, as well as blog friends--- Praise the Lord for the internet which allows me to connect with my friends!!!  

And THANK YOU for all of your responses! I love how accepted my posts are and that I'm lifted up by YOU! I'm so blessed-- THANK YOU

UPDATE: Well, Court and I are at the True Women '14 conference--- OH MY! Sooooo much fun! We have 2 more days- FUN FUN FUN! Here are some pics from our trip (and then I will share a quick reflection below):
I have worn a scarf EVERY day! It's SOOOOOOOOOOO cold! I remember why I moved from Indiana to Florida-- I LOVE the sun and warm weather! 
Apple picking- we only found 2 good apples:) 
Walking to the first session- SUPER excited! *Sorry this is blurry!
Girls Night Out + AWESOME dinner! 
This is Erin Davis- I won the tickets to this conference on her blog, Lies Young Women Believe. LOVE! THANKS, Erin!
Trav's been texting me to keep me updated on what he's been doing and because we miss each other so much. He spent Friday with Court's husband, Jarred, and kids. I love this photo of Court's youngest and Uncle Trav. 


Reflection: Let me just say (ONE more time)... I LOOOOOOOOOVE this True Women '14 conference!!! I highly recommend you check it out and attend next year! Ok, back to my reflection:)

It's kind of funny how God reveals or connects things sometimes. This week I did a devotion on the story of Mary Magdalene and how she was the first to see the risen Lord. No joke- that same day (not more than an 2 hours after), Janet Parshall spoke about the same story and Mary Magdalene! Plus, my Confirmation name (I was raised in the Catholic church) is Mary Magdalene *I don't go by this name, but I love that I picked her name. And really, it's not part of this connection, but I thought I would throw this little Savannah Fact into the story! This has got to be more than just a coincidence... and I think what God wanted me to think about Mary Magdalene and her story is:
    • Jesus changed Mary's life (and mine)- For Mary, he cast out 7 demons! Uh....I think I've got it bad with migraines and trials! 7 demons is a bit worse! Either way, Jesus changed her forever. This changed caused her to support Jesus' ministry and serve him even after his death. I think I need to stop complaining and see the change. I know the exact moment I asked Jesus into my life and how that changed me... but what about all the little changes? God wants me to not forget those! He can change me in little and big ways... but I need to remember both!
    • Every story of salvation is powerful and needs to be told- I think that Mary's story of being healed from 7 demons is powerful! So are stories of how someone was freed from the chains of addictions. But what about my story? I don't think it's that exciting or that it would help anyone understand anything about Jesus. God obviously thinks differently; otherwise, He wouldn't have had me read this devotion! LOL! So after some thought... I realized that my story, my Salvation story, is important and definitely needs to be shared with others! *I'm thinking I might share this story someday:) Plus, I found out this past week that I'm not alone in my trials and suffering--- and what if my story will help someone else!?!?! Honestly, this recent trial hasn't been my first... I actually was abused in many ways growing up. When God revealed this abuse to me a couple of years back, I went through a small trial... that story could help someone else! I've got LOTS of stories! So my thoughts are that I need to start working on a testimony story to share! My story is powerful because Jesus changed me!
My goals for this week (hopefully I can get back on a regular schedule when we return! LOL!):
  1. To slow down and have some silent time before prayer (more on this later)
  2. Go through all my new books from the conference and pick a new study to start:) 
  3. Continue to pray/read my devotions daily  
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:}
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10 October 2014

IMAGINE Crafts: Memory Box feature

Hello, friends:)

I'm super excited today to share another Imagine Crafts video! Click HERE or HERE to check it out:) 
I paired several Memory Box images with my Tsukineko products! My fav is that I used my Tsukineko Gold Shimmer Spritz spray as ink! I love the subtle design of this spray on a stamp! I also used StazOn Jet Black and VersaFine Onyx Black inks for this card. LOOOOOOVE how this turned out-- this card could def. be mass produced for the holidays!

Here's a sneak:

I hope that you will stop over on the Imagine Crafts blog to check out my video and leave some love!!! Or click HERE to watch the video on YouTube or HERE on Vimeo.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed:)
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09 October 2014

Virtual Smooches: Custom Stencil (continued)

Hello, friends:}

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

This week, I'm sharing a continued design using my custom stencil! 

It's another project for my trainer and his new bride.... so of course I had to use my heart stencil! I LOVE how this little gift card holder turned out! 

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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07 October 2014

Whisker Graphics: Container Decorations

Hello, friends:}

Today I'm sharing my Whisker Graphics creation that is featured on the WG blog-- you can also read about this creation over on the WG blog HERE.

I'm sharing a super easy way to decorate your treat containers/jars for Halloween. **NOTE: this would be super easy to do for Christmas, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day... pretty much for ANY holiday! Just switch out the colors of your 
bitty bags (and twine or tags) and BAM! An easy decorated treat container:) 
Here's a step-by-step photo tutorial: 

  1. Measure your container/jar
  2. Draw lines on bitty bag and cut (leave enough room at the top for a decorative design)
  3. Draw line and cut a zigzag at the top of your bitty bag
  4. Place bitty bag over container
  5. Decorate container with WG tag and Halloween divine twine- and fill container with candies:) 

That's it for me today! And be sure to stop by the WG blog for more inspiration. Also-- did you know about Whisker Graphics's new products??? Like bitty bags with GOLD designs! ACK! LOOOOOOVE! Check it out HERE

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

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05 October 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS October Anything Goes (wk1) 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!!!

Today I created a SUPER simple masculine birthday card! I love how it turned out-- I think this will be my Brother-in-Law's birthday card this year! 

I used some Becky Higgins Project Life Coral edition journaling cards along with my Paper Smooches Woofers & Tweeters and Birthday Buddies stamp sets and the WoofersBookmarks, and Hexalongs dies. I should enter this card into the "Inspired by Virtual Smooches" challenge because I was inspired to make my own chevron pieces using THIS video as my inspiration! LOVE it! 

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 October 11. I cannot wait to see what you make!!! 

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}
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