Hi all! I just wanted to share some tags that I made with you today. Now, I don't really ever make tags, but I was asked to make these so I decided I would give it a try. They are for the girls at my church who are graduating from high school this year. The womens' organization gives them a gift each year and I was asked to make the tags for the gifts. I am pleased with the way they turned out so I decided to share them. I hope you ALL are having a GLORIOUS day! My heart goes out to the people in the southern United States affected by the tornado. You are all in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss and devastation. It has been such lovely weather here and I am enjoying each and every ray of sunshine. I have been working really hard to get a garden put it. I should have taken before and after pics. I started in an area where the weeds were literally as tall as I am. I just finished clearing it all out and leveling it yesterday. I want to get some raised beds this weekend and start the planting. Hugs, Cheryl
Just sharing a layout I made using the pictures (plus a few more) from the collage I made of the week after Amanda came home. We've ALL just had so much FUN with her! Hope you are feeling HAPPY today, too! Hugs, Cheryl
Hi all!! This is Cheryl back with this week's theme of "Mother May I?" for City Crafter Challenge blog. The answer is...YES, YOU MAY...create a fabulous project using the word Mom (Madre, Mother, Mommy, Mum, or other equivalent of the word)on it. Yep, that is all there is to our challenge this week. Here in the U.S., Mother's Day is coming up in a couple of weeks so this week we are celebrating mothers! As always, we can't wait to see what FANTABULOUS creations you all will come up with! We sure hope you will play along with us this week!! You need to check out the absolutely GORGEOUS creations by our GD, Marie Therese and our DT this week! Pure inspiration! They all can be found HERE at City Crafter Challenge blog. The prize package offered to us by our sponsor, Cindy Leek, is soooo FABULOUS! Thank you Cindy! For my project this week I decided to do a layout. A few weeks ago on some TV Show, they were discussing happiness in families and the scenarios that created the happiest families. They were saying the best family scenario is one boy and one girl. They went on to say that the absolute most miserable situation is to have four girls...it didn't matter if you had any number of boys...if you had four girls you were sure to have a miserable family. I immediately thought...you all need to come to MY FAMILY! You are out of your minds! I have FOUR GIRLS and couldn't be HAPPIER...nor could they! You should see them together...four of the best friends you could ever find! Sooooooooo...I just wanted to set the record straight and say... I LOVE BEING THE MOM OF FOUR GIRLS and AM OHHHHHHH SOOOOOOO HAPPY!! I hope you are feeling loved and happy, too, it really doesn't matter how many boys or girls you have I say! BIG HUGS, Cheryl
One last Easter card to share. I love the celebration of Easter and all it means to me. In this holiday lies ALL that is dear to me. I would like to share a little hopeful Easter message with you all. It brings peace to my soul and I hope it does to you as well:
"The empty tomb that first Easter morning brought comforting assurance, an affirmative answer to Job's question, 'If a man die, shall he live again?' To all who have lost loved ones, we would turn Job's question to an answer: If a man die, he shall live again. We know, for we have the light of revealed truth. 'I am the resurrection, and the life,' spoke the Master. 'He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Though difficult and painful, death is an essential part of mortal experience. Life moves on. Youth follows childhood, and maturity comes ever so imperceptibly. As we search and ponder the purpose and the problems of life, all of us sooner or later face the question of the length of life, and of a personal, everlasting life. These questions most insistently assert themselves when loved ones leave us, or when we face leaving those we love. Against the doubting in today's world of Christ's divinity is an unimpeachable source, even the testimony of eye witnesses. Stephen, from biblical times, doomed to the cruel death of a martyr, looked up to heaven and cried, 'I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God (Acts 7:56). Through tears and trials, through fears and sorrows, through the heartache and loneliness of losing loved ones, there is assurance that life is everlasting, our Lord and Savior is the living witness that such is so." Thomas S. Monson May you find comfort and joy and love and all that is good in your life! BIG HUGS, Cheryl
I will just be sharing over the next few days a few Easter cards that I have made. HERE is where I found the free vintage Easter image. I LOVE this time of year. The whole message of a chance to change...a time of hope...is so beautiful to me. We are going to do an Easter egg hunt today while my little grandchildren are here. I'll try and share some pics tomorrow. I hope you are enjoying this day with those you love, too. BIG HUGS, Cheryl
Just want to thank you all again for all the fab birthday wishes and participation in our City Crafter Challenge Blog Birthday Blog Hop. YOU all are what make this challenge blog so successful and we look forward EVERY week to all the wonderful creations you all make! Remember that for the blog hop we not only had our usual winner, but each blog participant chose a random person from the comments on their birthday blog post to receive a $10 Pixie Dust Paperie Gift Certificate! Thank you Pixie Dust Paperie for your continued generosity. Soooooooooooooo the winner randomly chosen from my blog is................................................................ Stella!! Stella please email email@example.com to claim your prize! For a list of all the winners please go HERE to City Crafter Challenge Blog. Have a fab week ALL! Thank you once again for making CCCB so FANTABULOUS! Big Hugs, Cheryl
Hello ALL. Linda is back as our hostess this week at City Crafter Challenge Blog... I just want to start by saying Thanks to everyone that hopped along with us last week... It was a lot of fun... And a lot of great prizes are going to be given out... YEA!!!!! So now onto this week's challenge. It is something a little different this week... I hope you have fun with it. It is a GATE CARD. Your card will open up just like a gate. Below is a link to let you know how to make it. You can use any color scheme or theme that you want as long as it is a GATE CARD. I can't wait to see what you all come up with.... so go get creative my friends!!!! The oh soooooo FABULOUS American Crafts is our sponsor this week! Go check out the prize package they are offering and all the AMAZING work by our GD Melissa Bove and our DT HERE at City Crafter Challenge Blog!!
I am soooooooo EXCITED and HAPPY to say that my sweet daughter is HOME from her mission in Paraguay! We are all just having the best time together! Here is a photo from the airport:
Thank you all so much for your support and sharing the JOY with me!!! The winner of our countdown is: Diana Waite!!! Diana please email me with your address and I will send you out your prize package! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org Hope your week is FANTABULOUS ALL!! Hugs, Cheryl
TODAY is THE DAY!!!!!!!! Amanda is on her way!! House cleaned...check...Yard work done...check...(thank you Andersen family!!)...Welcome Home Banner picked up...check (another thanks to Wariner family for one of the banners...All the family here but Ty to pick her up...check...Flight landed in United States...check (she has two more flights to make before she gets here)...A mom who is CRAZY because she is soooooo EXCITED...check!!!
Here is the picture for today. Another with the children because I know being with them made her so HAPPY!:
I thought it appropriate to end with Hermanita Nelson's words (this is what Amanda has been known by for the last 18 months) so here is a quote from one of her letters:
I can´t even describe it but when I saw them (the people she had been teaching)walk through the doors, my heart just like melted because I was just so happy, and it like moved me to tears. Man, I just love these people and feel so special to be out here serving them. And it´s just soo cool because I know the work we are doing here is blessing this rama so much, which just makes me feel good. We get to be instruments in the Lords hands to help these people out. They are good people, they just need a lil help, and that´s what hermanas are for! ANd let´s talk about how I officially finish my mission this Wednesday, my 18 months will be up! (she was in Paraguay for three weeks longer than the 18 months she was called to serve) ha but don´t worry, I just take that extra 3 weeks as like a bonus. THere is still so much work to be done here and it is time to go out with a bang! And I know the Lord will bless us for our obedience and animo! No time to waste people, time to get serious. I love Paraguay. I love the mission. I love being a missionary. Life is good :) Oh and by the way, Angela and Alisa (my two oldest daughters) have got to be the cutest lil moms, that makes me excited to be a mom.. mas adelante. Bueno I love yall! Have a great week! Be good!
You heard her...have a great week! Be good! Love you all! Hugs, Cheryl
*I will announce the winner of the give away on Tuesday
We are down to ONE day ALL! In ONE MORE DAY my sweet girl will be HOME! She starts her journey home today and you can bet I will be tracking ALL her flights! My stomach is full of BUTTERFLIES! Here is the picture for today. I don't know why, but I think it is just the cutest thing that she is petting this little pig!:
Here is the quote for today: "Gracias, danke, merci - whatever language is spoken, "thank you" frequently expressed will cheer your spirit, broaden your friendships, and lift your lives to a higher pathway as you journey toward perfection. There is a simplicity - even a sincerity - when "thank you" is spoken." Thomas S. Monson
I am indeed feeling very thankful today! Hope you are too! Hugs, Cheryl
Hi all!!! We are down to DOS...TWO...Yes....TWO days until my daughter gets home from her mission for our church in Paraguay. Today is her last full day to serve. She will start traveling home tomorrow afternoon and then literally 24 hours later she will be HOME! We are soooo SUPER EXCITED!! My oldest daughter and her children are coming tomorrow so they will be here when she arrives, too! I can't even begin to describe the happiness I feel when we are all together! Yippee!!! I hope YOU are feeling my JOY, too! Leave a comment for a chance for your name to go into the drawing for a prize to be given when the countdown is done (and it's almost DONE!)!
Here is a picture to share:
For the quote of the day, here is her last letter home...it was super short because she didn't have any time to write:
OOhhhhhhhh man!!! Well I have about 2 seconds to write, but last week was the BEST week EVER!!! I can't wait to tell yall all about it. Man I love these people and I am going to miss them like crazy, I've been crying all week long and we are about to leave to Luque for my despedida and I'm going to cry more. Oh man. I can't believe it's really time. But I'm so EXCITED to see yall!!! It'll be so fun!! Thanks sooo much for all your emails, I wish I could email you indvidually but I can't, but no big deal, we'll see each other soon! I love yall so much!! Thanks so much for everything. THe gospel is SO TRUE and really, I have felt so much HAPPINESS on my mission. The best year and a half of my life. Love it! Love yall. See ya soon! Be good!!! Love, Hermanita Nelson
Can you feel her joy and happiness?! I hope you are feeling this in your life, too! Hugs, Cheryl
What an EXCITING WEEK!! It is Happy Birthday to City Crafter Challenge Blog! I'm so proud to be a part of the CCCB celebration! What an amazing accomplishment...Kirsty has created such a top notch challenge blog! I am so very thankful to be be a part of it! I love working with Kirsty, Linda, Ros (and June) and ALL of our wonderful Guest Designers! I am constantly awed and amazed and inspired by the talent we see from all of YOU each and every week! Come join the celebration as we blog hop along! Now let the celebrations begin......
This week, we are not just having ONE prize, but 6 prizes!!! How's that for a celebration!!!!! Each design team member and our Special Guest is giving away a $10 gift certificate for Pixie Dust Paperie. It starts at the City Crafter Challenge Blog and works like this:
Please hop from one blog to the next following the list below, leave a comment and hop onto the next blog, return to CCCB blog, leave a comment that you have completed the Hop. You will have one week to complete the Hop. We will pick one winner from each blog (DT and GD). Winner(s) announcement will be made here next week (# 53 at our winner section)
Once you are back to City Crafter Challenge Blog, how about playing along with us?
This is the challenge:
Our challenge this week is to case this lovely Birthday Card created by our Special Guest Sylvia Nelson. And don't forget, it has to be a BIRTHDAY CARD!
You can pick up the colors, the shape, the embellishment of this card, or anything you can pick up from Sylvia's creation shown above, remember it has to be a birthday theme too! So come on and help us celebrate our 1st birthday at City Crafter Challenge Blog! Woohooo!!!
Nothing crafty to post today. Just continuing the countdown celebration! We have FOUR DAYS!! My sweet girl comes home from her mission in FOUR DAYS! We will get our last letter today. I will share some of it tomorrow. You can share in my JOY by leaving a comment. There will be a drawing when she gets home for some scrappy goodness. Picture for today: Riding the collectivos is part of her daily experience. They were quite the adventure at times:
Quote: "Now what to we hear in this gospel we have received? A voice of gladness! A voice of mercy from heaven; a voice of truth out of the earth.." D&C 128:19
Just had to share this with you all. My little four year old grandson is giving his first talk in church today. The children from ages 3-12 go to Primary. The children in Primary will share talks with each other. It really is just the sweetest thing ever to hear these little children share what they know and are learning about the gospel. My daughter took this video of my grandson sharing his talk. *she put on a note that he had to go to the bathroom really bad, but wanted to do his "movie" first. I wish I could be there in person to see him in church, but I'm so glad for modern technology that I can at least see it this way. I am typing here with tears in my eyes. I am soooooooooo BLESSED. I hope you enjoy it too! *the title of the talk is Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer:
Today is a fun post for me because I am sharing a brand new blog with you! I'm sharing the new "Love Sweet Love" blog full of the cutest craftiest projects you can imagine. It is brought to you by my very own oldest daughter, Angela! Yes, I'm a proud momma and when you visit her blog you will see why. So just go HERE to feel the LOVE...Love Sweet Love, that is. It will definitely inspire you to CREATE! Such FUN! Here is a sample of one of the projects you will see:
If you sign up as a follower on her blog and leave her a comment on one of her posts saying that I sent you over your name will go into the drawing I am doing (keep reading for details) two times. I guarantee you won't be sorry! You are going to LOVE it!!! ________________________________________________________________________________
We are down to six in our countdown!!! Less than a week now until my daughter, Amanda, comes home! Share my JOY with me by leaving a comment and I will share my JOY with you by picking a winner for all those that have left comments during the countdown. (Remember if you go visit my daughter Angela's blog, become a follower, and leave a comment saying I sent you...your name will go in two extra times!) The prize package will be a good one, too. I don't have a photo yet because I like to go buy the latest stuff out for my prizes. It will be at least a $40 value, though.
For my daughter this is what is all about...bringing souls to Christ and seeing their lives change for the better as they find joy in Him:
Quote of the day: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matt. 11: 28-30
Happy Birthday to my little grandson Nate! He is three years old today! That equals three years of PURE JOY for this grandma! We LOVE this little guy sooo much. He is very hard to photograph as he is very much a boy on the GO! He crawled at four months...full out crawling, not even the army crawl...walked at nine months...ran at 10 months and has been going full bore ever since. He is always very sweet and loving and is very tender hearted. LOVE YOU...Happy Birthday Nater!!!
SEVEN days = 1 Week = EEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKK!!! So excited! So busy!! So fun!!! Come celebrate the return of my daughter with me from her mission for our church in Paraguay! I'm having a little giveaway at the end of the countdown. Just leave a comment to get your name in the drawing. Here is another photo from her mission. One of the things the missionaries do is provide service:
This quote seems appropriate for today: "And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." Mosiah 2:17
Hi all! I'm so pleased to share with you a layout I created using a sketch created by by sweet friend, Lizzy Wurmann! She is recently coming back to scrapbooking again and was asked by Pasion por El Scrap to be on the DT and create a sketch. You can find that blog HERE to view the other FANTABULOUS projects created using this unique and lovely sketch! Thank you for including me Lizzy! _________________________________________________________________________________
If you are counting down with me you know there are EIGHT days until my daughter returns home from his mission in Paraguay! Remember I am doing a give away to celebrate. Just leave a comment and your name goes into the hat. Here she is with some of the little children in her first area of Luque. She has such a love for little children and they are just drawn to her as well:
For the quote of the day, I am going to quote part of her last letter home: "Probably one of the hardest weeks of the mish... we got rejected so many times this week! it was incredible, I´m talking worse than Asuncion rejected. Looks like someone is trying to get me discouraged and desanimada (I´m sorry, I can´t translate that..I just spent like 5 min trying to think of the word in english). But that is NOT going to happen. And everyone keeps saying this week will be even harder, igual no mas. I´m so excited for this week! MY LAST FULL WEEK in the mission field, entonces OBVIOUSLY (like Nick obviously lol) it is going to be AMAZING. Time to step it up, go BIG or go home!! Ha and home is going to have to wait a week and a half. So I´m just going to work my hardest, with the goal of going home TIRED...they might just have to send me home on a stretcher, perfect." I have no doubt she will finish up STRONG! Hope you are feeling STRONG today, too! Hugs, Cheryl
Oh my...this is my last post for GCD Studios...so I write this with a little bit of a heavy heart. I have sooooooo LOVED working as a DT member for them! Their products are DIVINE...they are SUPER GENEROUS...and I can't even begin to say how much I ADORE the sweetest of sweet, Heidi Sonboul! So my heart, though a little sad at my DT departure, will ALWAYS hold a BIG space for GCD Studios. This might be my last post for them, but this certainly won't be the last time you see me showcasing their AMAZING product! Something else I LOOOOVE is SPRING and one of the things I LOOOOVE about Spring is the ROMANCE in the air!
Don't these new paper lines (I used a combination of the Soul Food and Material Girl collections for this) just put a feeling of Spring in your heart?! Sooooooo LOVELY!!
So with a heart full of so many things...I bid the GCD Studios DT a very fond adieu.
Woohoo, we are down to NINE days left until my daughter's return! Remember I am sharing the JOY and there will be a drawing at the end out the countdown for a prize package I will put together...just leave a comment and your name goes into the drawing! Here is a photo of her with her sweet trainer Hermana Case:
The quote for today is another favorite scripture of ours: "Rejoice in the Lord alway; and again I say, REJOICE" Philippians 4:4 She is truly one who rejoices in the Lord. Even when a week was hard her letters were FILLED with joy because ultimately she knew that the Lord was watching over her and He knew the BIG picture and it was ALL good. What a beautiful thing...to be able to REJOICE ALWAYS!
Hi all! I just LOVE the challenge this week from our hostess, Ros, at City Crafter Challege Blog! The theme is "Cheer Up" and the challenge is to create a Get Well/Thinking of You ProjectAND to USE SOMETHING DIGITAL. To brighten someone's day is really the most rewarding feeling of all! To think that perhaps with my little creations (that bring me such joy to create) that I might have the ability to bring a little sunshine into someone's day is just THE COOLEST! Aren't we blessed with our little hobby?!!! You are going to LOVE our FANTABULOUS sponsor this week...Digital Delights. They are so aptly named...these digital stamps really are a delight! When I first saw the image I used on my card, "Rainy Day Dilly Duck", it just made me smile it was so cute. All the digital stamps are and the winner will get THREE of them! Get on over to City Crafter Challenge Blogand see how the DT used these FAB images! _______________________________________________________________________________
Now for something that brings me great CHEER...a countdown until my daughter gets home from her mission for our church in Paraguay....10 more days my friends! I will post a photo from her mission each of the next 10 days and a little related quote. Leave a comment and your name will go into a drawing for a prize package that will go to the winner after she gets home. Everyday that you leave a comment your name will go into the hat again. I soooooooo want to share this JOY I am feeling! Sending her off--This is when we took her to the Missionary Training Center-
Now for the quote. It is a tradition that when a missionary leaves they have a plaque on the wall of the church with where they are serving and when they are leaving and when they will come home and it has there picture on it. The missionary chooses a scripture that they would like to be on that plaque. This is the scripture that my daughter chose. It is her favorite and has always been a favorite of mine too: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 I hope you are all feeling of GOOD CHEER today! Hugs, Cheryl
“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to just be people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey…delays…sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling burst of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley