Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lots Going On

I have so much to show you today, so this blog post might be a bit lengthy. But it's all good stuff! First I'll tell you about not one but TWO challenges and then I'll show you my Dueling Darling card.

Because I was running close on time, I made one card that fit both of the challenges.

Image: Elizabeth Bell

The two challenges are the {PIN}Spirational Challenge and the Twisted Tuesday Challenge.


April 15 - 21

Here is the picture to {PIN}Spire us:

The Sponsors for the {PIN}Spirational Challenge are:





THANK YOU to all of the sponsors!


April 15 - 28

Theme: Use more than 3 patterned papers

Twist: You can't do your paperwork without a pen. 
Show us writing or doodling!

I don't doodle well, but here is a closeup of some of the doodling on my card:

Pathetic, I know. :/

Here's the inside of my card:

It has more doodling. 

I hope you'll participate in both the {PIN}Spirational Challenge and the Twisted Tuesday Challenge.


Let's see what the Dueling Darlings are up to this month.

Kadie and April are the hostesses this month and they chose the theme...

Girl's Night Out

You know how this duel works, right? We have two groups and the hostess from each group comes up with a theme. Then they each send kits to their group members and we show our projects on the 15th of the month. It's a big surprise... none of us know what the other group is getting until the reveal.

April sent the Dazzlers (I'm a Dazzler) a wonderful kit filled with lots of fun goodies! THANK YOU, April!

April's kit included:
Wood Embellishments ~ Prima's Princess Collection
Metal Index Tabs ~ Making Memories
Asst'd Ribbon ~ her stash
Card Stock ~ Sugar N Spice, Coffee, and Fuschia Fizz  by Coordination
DP ~ Pink Swirls and Pink Gingham by Paper Pizazz
      ~ Paper Jazzy by ColorBok
Sequins ~ Teresa Collins
Stamp Set ~ Ginger Snaps Celebrate by C.C. Designs stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black

Here's the card I made:

Now, I'm a tee-totaller (never touch alcohol).... so that's a cherry limeade in her hand. ;)

I love the little wooden embellishments April included in the kit!

A tiara!

And a sweet sentiment!

Here's the inside of my card:

As a little extra fun, Kadie and April what the Dueling Darlings to share who our longest friend is and what we like doing with her. hmmmmmmmm... well let's see, my sister is about 5' 9" tall... I'm guessing that makes her about my longest friend from top to bottom. *snickering!

Seriously, my sister is the friend I've had the longest... my entire life, in fact. We live many miles away from each other now and see each other only a few times a year. So I guess the think we most like doing is keeping in touch via text and phone calls.

Now, let's go check out the other Dueling Darling blogs...




Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Elizabeth Bell
Ink: Copic Markers and Zig Wink of Stella Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Lovely Lilac
Designer Paper: DCWV Girlhood Paper Stack
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones

The only thing I used other than what was in April's kit was a piece of Staples White cardstock for the card base and my Copic markers for coloring.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt

This is Easter week... and as we reflect on the holiday, it means special church services, family gatherings, and yes, even Easter Egg Hunts.

Oh, and it also means a new Easter Challenge at MelonHeadz Friends...


April 14 - 27

Theme: Easter

Here's the card I made for the challenge:

Here's the inside of my card:

I hope you'll participate in the MelonHeadz Friends Easter Challenge.

I simply MUST tell you about one of my favorite Easter memories, since this is an Easter type of post. It actually happened a few years ago. I was on a mission trip - in the lovely country of Germany. We were there providing childcare for missionary children while their parents were in meetings. Since we were there over the Easter weekend, we had an Easter Egg Hunt for all the children. 

There were a lot of  children - and a lot of Easter eggs. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough candy to fill all the eggs, but the parents and coordinators said it would be okay. The children would love gathering eggs even if some of the eggs were empty.

On the day of the Easter Egg Hunt volunteers scattered the eggs all over the open field on the hillside. Then the children gathered. They were told to make it fair for all the children, no child should gather more than ten eggs. And then they were off on the hunt.

It was great fun watching the children gather eggs.

After a while I noticed a little girl who was maybe four-years-old. She was walking across the grassy hillside to where several of the parents and I stood. As she drew nearer I could hear her telling her dad, "Too many eggs. Too many eggs! I have too many eggs!" 

He lovingly squatted down beside her as the two determined they would simply toss some of her eggs out on the hillside so other children could find them.

That precious little girl gathered eggs out of her bag that day and left them for other children, without shaking them first to see if there was a candy treat inside or not. The coordinators were right. It didn't matter to her if there was candy inside. She just loved gathering eggs.

But she also loved sharing the eggs with others, as was evident on her face with each egg that she placed back on the ground.

Oh, may I learn the lesson that she unknowingly taught that day. I want to be one who shares without concern for myself like that sweet little girl!

Images: MelonHeadz Easter Egg Hunt Bundle
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Melon Mambo
Designer Paper: DCWV Year Round Paper Pad
Embellishments: Sequins from an unknown vendor

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dragon Love

It's time for a new One Stitch at a Time Challenge...


April 13 - 19

Theme: Use a Digi

Sponsor: Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet

Prize: Aprils Prize Pack of 7 Images

Here's my card:

Image: Ike's Dragon

Here's the inside of my card:

I hope you'll participate in this week's One Stitch at a Time Challenge.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

Aurora Wings - Anything Goes
Crafting by Design - Anything Goes
Craftitude - Anything Goes
Doodle Pantry - Use a Digi
Fantastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
4 Krafty Girls - Anything Goes
Paper Take Weekly - Spring Has Sprung (I used spring colors)
Polkadoodles - Animal Magic
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping  by my blog today!

Image: Ike's Dragon
Ink: Copic Markers ad Zig Wink of Stella Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Perfect Plum
Designer Paper: DCWV Girlhood Stack and scraps from my scrap file
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Peek at My Week

It’s Friday again…time for another Peek at My Week post.


1.      What was a highlight of my week?

I went out to run errands on Thursday – WITHOUT a coat! Woo Hoo! Spring is here!

2.      What lesson/s did I learn this week?

I learned how to be involved in a conference call. I’ve never done one before and had no clue how to go about it. Welcome to the 21st century, Jeanette. (tee hee!)

3.      What did I make this week?

I made a lot of progress on my lesson plans for my Thailand trip that will take place in June. We’ll be teaching Bible School to American children while their parents are in meetings.

4.      What have I enjoyed doing this week?

My big news that I told you about a couple of weeks ago but couldn’t say what it was…. well, this week I got to tell. How fun! Did you hear me shouting it from the roof tops? My daughter has accepted a teaching job in the bush of Alaska for the fall of this year. It has been a dream of hers to do this………… and I’m so excited that her dreams are coming true!

5.      If I could change one thing about this week, what would it be?

I would have slept more. Seems the nights have been way too short this week.

6.      What did I do for this week’s 30-Minute Challenge?
What is a 30-Minute Challenge? It will vary from week to week, but basically, I am going to choose something to do – perhaps it’s an organization task that is calling out to me, or a topic I want to research, or (*gasp!) an exercise I want to try, etc. – and I will set the timer and invest 30 minutes in that challenge.

I want an Alaska bracelet or necklace to wear to remind me to pray for my daughter as she prepares for the transition in her job – plus, when people saw it they would ask about it and I’d have reason to share my news. So, I spent 30 minutes one afternoon searching online for the item I want to purchase. I didn’t find it by the time the 30 minutes was up… but I’ll try again.

7.      What are my plans for the upcoming weekend?

I’m one of the guest speakers at a Women’s Conference on Saturday. That will be an exciting part of my weekend.

SCORE TIME: Would I give this week a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down”?

My goals for the coming week…

1.      I will work on Thailand lessons… I hope to have the third and fourth days of lesson plans mostly ready by the end of the week.

2.      I didn’t make it to card class last week (insert sad face) so plan to go this week! I also want to look for some things for my Thailand lessons while I’m in the small city where the card class is held, so I have two reasons to go.

3.      I will work on the publicity for the Annual Women’s Meeting in our state that is coming up in May. That means lots and lots of phone calls to make.

I also have a card to show you today. I am in the Unidentified Image Card Swap on SCS, which means the hostess chooses the image and we all create cards with the images she sends us. Darlene is the current hostess and she sent us such fun images to use. 
THANK YOU, Darlene!

Here's the card I made:

Here's the inside:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image/Sentiments: Inky Antics Mu Friend Ronnie
Ink: Copic Markers and Zig Wink of Stella Marker
Cardstock: Recollections Black
Designer Paper: Paper Studio Uptown Flair Paper Pad
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thanks a Million

It's time to celebrate! We've made it to the 100th day of 2014!!! It's a milestone. I achieved my goal (a blog post every day for the first 100 days)... but even better than that, friendships have developed and/or strengthened. I have thoroughly enjoyed the ladies in the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge group. THANK YOU, Pansy, for organizing it... and thank you to the many who have traveled this journey together! I appreciate you all more than words can tell. You've inspired me as I have admired your creations, you've encouraged me by your kind words, and you've brought joy into my life.

This is for each of you...

This is Thursday, which of course means Thematically Thursday on my blog. The second Thursday of the month is "Try and/or Use Something New" so I tried a technique I've never used before. I inked on an embossing folder before embossing it for a soft/subtle look.

Here's the inside of my card:

This is my 108th card for the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge.


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sentiment: Stampin' UP! Word Play
Ink: Stampin' UP! Always Artichoke and Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: Recollections Black, Stampin' UP! Always Artichoke and Mellow Moss, and Staples Ivory
Embossing Folder: Sizzix
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jesus Love the Little Children

Today is the day for the monthly blog hop of the Carriers of Faith blog group. I love this group of ladies! Each one is a woman of great faith who also just happens to be a paper-crafter. How fun!

So on the 9th of each month, one of us serves as hostess, which means she comes up with the Scripture and/or theme of the blog hop and we get to create and have fun together.

This IS a blog hop, so if  you are here because you  hopped over from Carol's blog, good for you! If you are here just because you love me and check my blog regularly, good for you, too!!! However, you might want to go to Carol's blog and start at the beginning so that you don't miss any of the blog hop!

This month Carol is our hostess. This is her theme...

APRIL Challenge : Theme: "All God's Children".
For your card/project and/or photo, please create something depicting a baby, child, teen, adult ("as we are all special in his eyes")

Scripture: "And Jesus took a child and put him in this midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me. " ~Mark 9:36-37

Carol, I love your theme.
It reminds me of how much our Lord loved little children.

I looked through my stash of stamps and didn't find what I was looking for so I went to the internet and searched for free images to use.

Aren't those sweet pictures? I couldn't choose just one, so decided to use them both.

Here's the card I made:

Here's the inside of my card:

I hope you'll have fun on the blog hop. The next one you'll see is Shelly's blog. But just in case you get lost along the way, here's the list of the hop.

Hop Order
Jeanette - that's me

Oh, and today is the 99th day of 2014... and this is my 107th card in the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge!


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Images: computer freebies
Quotes/Scripture: computer generated
Cardstock: Archivers Grey and Recollections Black
Designer Paper: Recollections Black & White Paper Pad
Embellishments: Offray Organdy Ribbon and Heart-Shaped Brads from unknown vendors