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:}

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:)

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:}

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:}

      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:)

      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:}

      05 November 2014

      Imagine Crafts: Embossed Highlights

      Hello, friends:)
      ***Click HERE for the Caring Hearts blog hop and GIVEAWAYDeadline: November 8th

      I'm super excited today to share another Imagine Crafts video! Click HERE or HERE to check it out:) 
      Today I'm joining in the fun and using Lawn Fawn Finely's ABC dies. I paired some die cut letters with my Tsukineko VersaMark ink along with the Gold and Silver embossing powder to create some super CAS Holiday cards (or New Year's Eve and birthday cards)!  ***Be sure to change your settings to HD before watching! THANKS:)
      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:)

      Virtual Smooches: October RECAP

      Hello, friends:}

      I've been sharing my Virtual Smooches videos over on the VS blog with just sneak peeks I created a post with all of my October videos and creations-- just in case you've missed any! **NOTE:: Thursdays are my video days on the VS blog. Mark that in your calendar! 

      ***Be sure to change your settings to HD before watching! THANKS:) 

      October 2: Custom Stencil (and a quick card... after 2 tries)

      PS stamps: Hubby and WifeyPS dies: DocumentedLove Word, and Wedding Shower

      December 3: Cookie Wraps (Whisker Graphics/Virtual Smooches)

      PS stamps: Enchanted ElvesPS dies: Deco BagDocumented, and Flag Tags

      October 16: Nail Art (a 2013 video)

      Yup- I did a preview to this video! I had to explain a few things! LOL! 
      PS stamps: Birthday Buddies (but you can use literally hundreds of small PS images for this project!) 

      October 27: Paper Smooches SPARKS Inspiration #1

      Challenge posted on 10.26.14 HERE
      PS stamps: Spiritual SamplerPS die: PS dies: Hearts and Ovals 1

      October 30: Paper Smooches SPARKS Inspiration #2
      Challenge posted on 10.26.14 HERE
      PS stamps: Bold BuzzwordsTick Tock, and DigitsPS die: DigitsNumbersNumbers, and Woofers

      That's it for me today-- be sure to stop by the Virtual Smooches blog for more inspiration! And don't forget to stop by the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog for challenges and a chance to win a Paper Smooches gift certificate! 

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

      04 November 2014

      Whisker Graphics + Virtual Smooches: Leaves

      Hello, friends:}

      ***Click HERE for the Caring Hearts blog hop and GIVEAWAY! Deadline: November 8th

      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 Thanksgiving decoration for your dinner table or even as a favor for guest... you can even use these as place cards or just a "Thank You" note! 

      I've created a simple, kind of simple, and more detailed bitty bag decoration. 
      I just LOOOOOOOOOOVE my WG bitty bags;) And WG divine twine!!!! And their tags! LOL! 

      I'm sharing a video on the Virtual Smooches blog today with instructions on how to make these die cut leaves and bitty bag decorations! Click HERE to check it out:) 

      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 LOOOOOOVE LOOOOOOVE! Check it out HERE

      THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

      03 November 2014

      Caring Hearts Blog Hop *GIVEAWAY*

      Hello, friends:}

      ***Giveaway details below:)
      I'm super excited to join in the fun with Vera Yates and Jennifer McGuire for the Caring Hearts blog hop Day 1! ***giveaway details below

      Caring Hearts Card Drive is a card drive organized by Vera and Jennifer with the goal to collect holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes. During this time many of the elderly who live in nursing homes would really feel the loneliness or miss their families. 

      Wouldn't it be so AWESOME if we could bring a smile to their face and brighten their holiday season simply by sharing our love of cardmaking? This is a simple gesture to let them know that they are not forgotten! 

      The card drive is going on RIGHT NOW until November 28, 2014. If you'd like to send your cards for the card drive, please go to THIS post on Vera's blog or THIS post on Jennifer's blog. All details and addresses can be found on these two blog posts.

      GIVEAWAY details: No hop is complete without prizes!!! Please leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win! Comments stay open until the 8th at midnight CST. Winners will be chosen randomly based on collective comments left on the designers' blogs. Be sure to leave LOADS of love for everyone:) **Complete blog list below or click HERE to start at the beginning.

      Prizes include: 
      Online Card Classes – class of your choice! (THREE winners.)
      Simon Says Stamp – $50 gift certificates
      Inspiration emporium – $25 gift certificate
      Verve Stamps - $30 gift certificate
      Latina Crafter - $15 GC
      May Arts – 2 rolls of ribbon
      Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking - 1 year free subscription to Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine

      If you came from Ellen Hutson's blog, you are in the right place! ***Click HERE to start at the beginning

      I went kind of CAS for today's card. I was inspired by a photo that I found on Pinterest- it was an idea for wrapping gifts... but I knew it would look awesome as a card! Everything was white and red.
      I used Imagine Crafts Rocket Red ink along with the Paper Smooches A Holy Holiday stamp set. To finish my card, I stitched on the sentiment and added white enamel dots. EASY! *I think this card could definitely be mass produced! 
      That's it for me today! Next up--hop on over to Caroline Bredeson's amazing blog! And don't forget to leave some love for everyone and for your chance to win some fabulous goodies;) 

      Thanks for stopping by! Be blessed:}

      Complete Caring Hearts blog hop list: