Friday, May 31, 2013

The Friday Freebie…

It’s time again for another digital sentiment freebie.  As always, click on the link(s) below the preview to download this freebie.

PNG or JPG format (can be resized)

Treasured Friendship_Preview_apieceofheartblog

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mid Challenge Inspiration

There is still one more week to get in on the challenge over at the Clear It Out Challenge Blog.  If you want to read all the details on the current challenge please click here.

Last weekend was my father-in-laws birthday so I made him this card.  It’s always really hard to make masculine cards but I’m happy with the way this one turned out. 

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The image is from Digi Darla, our second sponsor for this challenge.  I added the sentiment underneath the branch and then cut the whole thing out with my Cameo Silhouette.

I used my copics to color it:

  • Birds – B04/06
  • Branch – E35/37
  • Leaves – YG61/63

 

 

 

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I used my Cameo to cut some octagons out of patterned paper and made a honeycomb pattern from them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In order to get my honeycombs evenly placed I created a template on my computer.  I printed the template on some white cardstock.  I used my sponger and added some color to the cardstock and then adhered the honeycomb pieces to the template.

 

 

 

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I added some different colored eyelets and a button to the card to finish it off.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

My Five Seconds Of Fame …

Last night, I tuned in to listen to a webcast interview hosted by a radio station in Spain. The host was interviewing someone that I had blogged about back in February.  You might remember the post .. “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger” .. about Megan who is battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I push the play button to listen and .. ummmmm .. the radio host was quoting MY blog. I had to listen to it a couple of times just to make sure, and yep, he was quoting my blog.

The interview was recorded by a friend of Megan’s and shared to youtube. When it started the host was about 3 or 4 words into one of the paragraphs I'd written and he finished out the paragraph. I knew it sounded very familiar so I came and checked the post I’d written and sure enough there were the words I had just heard quoted on the radio.  I wish I could find the whole interview online so I can hear exactly how much of my blog post he quoted ... and if he mentioned my name, haha.

It was freaky but exciting all the same.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far!  Happy Memorial Day to my friends in the U.S.

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Friday Freebie…

It’s time again for another digital sentiment freebie.  As always, click on the link(s) below the preview to download this freebie.

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Walk In The Rain_preview_apieceofheartblog

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Clear It Out Challenge–Critters

The Clear Out Challenge has been posted and it's time to put on your crafty hat and join us for our next challenge.  The challenge this month is:

  • Theme:  Critters
  • Stash:  Use Earth Tones (paper, ribbons, coloring)

You have 2 weeks to play along (until June 3rd).

Our sponsors this week are:

QKRStampedeBlogBadge

and

Digi Darla

 

Take a look at the card I created using items from my stash.

 

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The image used on this card is a digi from QKR Stampede.  I just love ladybugs so I really enjoyed coloring this image for my card.

 

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Speaking of coloring, I used the following copic markers to color my image:

  • Ladybugs: R29
  • Mushroom:  E37
  • Grass:  YG61/63/67
  • Flowers:  R22/Y15

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The sentiment was created by me and is available as a freebie HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, take a peek at the inside….

 

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STASH LIST:

Cardstock:

Michael’s Recollections

Stampin’ Up
Copic Paper

 

Patterned Paper:

Michael’s Recollections Paper Pad

 

Image:

QKR – Watching Together

 

Copic Markers:

Ladybugs: R29

Mushrooms: E37

Grass:  YG61/63/67

Flowers: R22/Y15

 

Other:

Ribbon from Walmart

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Greater Things Are Still To Be Done…

The other day I shared the story of Tim and Sharlene Bosma with you. In that post I shared about a facebook page, which now numbers more than 140,000 people, that was created when Tim was reported missing. 

A few days ago someone on that page suggested that we post where we live to show the Bosma family where the love and prayers are coming from.  As I scrolled through the more than 3,000 comments, I was amazed by just how far-reaching the impact of this horrific tragedy goes.  I copied just a small snippet of what I found:

  • E. Holt; Wiarton, Ontario
  • A. Whalley; Montreal Quebec
  • G. Verhelst; Neerlandia, Alberta
  • S. Macneill; New Brunswick Canada
  • S. Hume; Harrington, PEI
  • N. VanderHeide; Albany, Western Australia
  • L. Green; Marystown, New Foundland
  • J. van Staalduinen; Tennessee
  • S. Bisschop; Lynden, Washington
  • M. DeBeer; Izmir, Turkey
  • C. Miller; British Virgin Islands
  • M. Kraaijeveld; Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • D. Nielsen-Patton; Abilene,Texas
  • H. Brown; Yarmouth Nova Scotia
  • D. DeJong; South Bend, Indiana
  • S. Aantjes; Kona, Hawaii
  • Z. Smoker; Tokyo, Japan
  • N. Berg; Colorado Springs, CO
  • C. V D Beek; Reghin Romania EU
  • E. Haugen; Norway (Europe)
  • B. Koetsier; Edinburgh, Scotland
  • D. Kranenburg; Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • J. Hodder King; Southern California
  • J. Janice Barnhoorn; Jos, Nigeria
  • J. McIntyre; Southport North Carolina
  • M. Siebenga Hoogland; Managua, Nicaragua
  • A. Vander Wier; Whitehorse, Yukon
  • A. Ecclesiastes; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • N. Decker; Grobbendonk, Belgium
  • B. Vanderlaan; Weiterstadt, Germany
  • E. Westerhoff; Corozal, Belize
  • T. Knotts; Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • D. Jeanne; Normandy, France
  • W. Holmes; Curtis, Austria
  • L. Devries-Radun; Split, Croatia
  • M. Cromie; Ireland

Amazing, right?!  When I see places like Turkey, Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Nicaragua, and so many others in this vast world of ours, I know that God is at work among his people.  People from all over the world have come together to support this family in love, prayers and some even financially by giving to the trust fund that was set up for Sharlene and the baby. 

Tim was found dead almost a week ago and yet people are still showing up to encourage, pray for, and love this family.  In a world where evil is so prevalent, it comforts my heart to know that there is still much good left in it.

Yes, God is definitely at work.

God Of This City! He IS at work!!

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Friday Freebie…

The past 10 days have been the most heart-wrenching days that I’ve ever experienced.  On Monday, May 6th, a young man from my community was stolen from his family.  It started with an “I’ll be back soon” promise to his wife and small baby, and ended when his body was found 8 days later in a field just short of an hour from his home, burned beyond recognition.   How did it happen?  Tim had listed his truck for sale online.  The night he was taken, two potential buyers arrived at his house to take a pre-arranged test drive. He never came back.   “It was just a truck, a stupid truck.  You don’t need him, but I do and our daughter needs her daddy back so please, please let him come home”, his wife pleaded with his kidnappers during a press conference.  Sadly, this wouldn’t be the outcome.

From the moment it was reported that Tim was missing, the community rallied around his wife, baby girl, and family in an effort to find Tim and bring him home safely.  Before long it hit social media and exploded. Posters, window decals, and bumper stickers were prepared, gatherings were scheduled, and the legwork began.  Thousands upon thousands of posters, decals, and bumper stickers were handed out at malls and hung on poles and trees.  Groups of people who’d never met before worked together to make sure that as many people as possible were made aware of Tim’s kidnapping.  And while his house became the headquarters for his family, friends and police, a facebook page numbering more than 140,000 people in just a few short days, became the headquarters for many others.  It became a place of hope, prayer, and love for the family and for Tim.  Later, when the police reported that Tim’s body had been found, hope turned to despair, but the one thing that remained steadfast was the outpouring of love and prayers for this family.  We all have different reasons why this event has made a forever mark in our lives, but I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Tim, his wife, Sharlene, his baby girl, and family have reached deep into the hearts of the people in this city, in this province, in Canada, and dare I say, across this world and we’ve adopted Tim as one of our own.  He will never be forgotten.    R.I.P. Tim!

The freebie today is dedicated to Sharlene, Tim’s wife, who has demonstrated strength beyond belief throughout this whole ordeal.  On Wednesday, just one day after Sharlene received the news of her husbands death, and at her request, she held a press conference to thank the people for being a source of love and support to her and to her family.  If you are interested in seeing her strength in action, you can watch her heart-wrenching address in this video…

http://www.citynews.ca/2013/05/15/wife-of-slain-hamilton-man-tim-bosma-thanks-public-for-support/

So far, one man has been arrested but this is an ongoing investigation and the police are still searching for the other suspects. 

Please keep this family in your prayers.  They are going to need lots in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. 

As always, click on the link(s) below the preview to download this freebie.  

PNG or JPG format (can be resized)True Strength_preview

 

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother’s Day – Card #2

I made a 2nd card and this is the one I decided to give to my mom.  She loved it … especially the prepaid mastercard that was tucked inside.

The image on this card can be found at Bugaboo Stamps.  I used paper from the Michael’s Recollections “Graceful” paper pad.  Love this paper pad!   The ribbon is from Walmart.

 

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The scallop circles behind the sentiment and the lace scallop were both cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  I picked up a whole sheet of pearls and charm (see below) from the Dollar Store.  It’s a great source for embellishments – at least where I live.

 

 

 

 

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I used my copics to color the image:

  • Bonnet and dress: R81, 83, 85
  • Flower Pot & Soil: E35, 37
  • Flowers: Y11, 13, R20, 22, V12, 15
  • Shoes: Y37 with some colorless blender added to soften it up.

 

 

 

 

Finally, here’s a peek at the inside:

 

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Just before I wrap up I wanted to mention the challenge going on over at the Clear It Out Challenge blog.  This week’s theme is Anything Goes using 2 or more patterned papers.   We will have two winners.  One winner will receive 3 images of their choice from The Stamping Chef store. If you haven't heard of TSC, click here and check it out. You can even pick up a freebie or two to try :)  The other winner will receive 7 images ( a $21 value) from Bugaboo Stamps. Click here to go to their store and don’t forget that on Friday’s you can pick up a weekly freebie there too!

So that’s it.  I hope you will join us for this week’  I will be back on Friday to post the weekly Friday Freebie.  I hope to get some more cards made this weekend to post as well.

Mother’s Day – Card #1

I’m sorry I haven’t posted lately.  I have been sick again.  This weather, up and down likes it’s been, is making a lot of people around her sick.  Sunday we had a hail storm and a few flurries.  Keep in mind it’s May!!  Ridiculous!!!!!

Earlier in the month I created a couple of Mother’s Day cards and was waiting to post them until just before Mother’s Day but with being sick, I didn’t have the chance to do that so I’m posting them late.

The first card I created using an image from a new digi artist to me..The Stamping Chef.  The designer paper is from the Michael Recollections Collection, “Graceful”.  It’s one of my very favorite designer paper pads.  The ribbon is from Walmart.

 

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I used my Cameo Silhouette to cut out the frame for my image as well as the banner for my sentiment.

 

 

 

 

 

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I colored my image with copic markers:

  • Teapot – BG10, 15, 18
  • Leaves – YG61, 63
  • Flower Petals – Y11, 13
  • Flower Pod – E35, 37

 

 

 

Finally, here is a peek at the inside of the card…

 

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I’ll be posting card # 2 in a separate post.  Thanks for looking.

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Friday Freebie…

It’s time again for another digital sentiment freebie.  But first, I’d like to take this opportunity and encourage you to show me some love by following me on Bloglovin’ (read more about that here).  Just click on the link in the right-hand sidebar to do that.

As always, click on the link(s) below the preview to download this freebie.

PNG or JPG format (can be resized)Enjoy Every Moment_preview_apieceofheartblog

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Bloglovin'

You may or may not know that Google Friend Connect is going to be discontinued in the near future.  For that reason I have created an account with Bloglovin' which is a similar service.  Unfortunately, I think this means that I am going to lose my follower count and will have to start from scratch.  I would be thrilled if those who are now following my blog click on the link below to follow me on Bloglovin'.  If all goes well, I hope to have a giveaway when I hit a number yet to be determined but more on that later.

So please do me a huge favor and show me some love by clicking on this link >>> Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Thanks so very much!

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Friday Freebie…

It’s time again for another digital sentiment freebie.  As always, click on the link(s) below the preview to download this freebie.

PNG or JPG format (can be resized)Best Friends Are_preview

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