Just Keep Asking

Just like the Canaanite woman did in the Gospel of Matthew.

She knew that this man passing through her region was the one to heal her daughter.  She knew he was the son of David. She knew he was God and she was not going to back down from beseeching him to heal her daughter.

Have you ever prayed to God for something really important and nothing happened?  Was it like God was not hearing you, ignoring you, perhaps had abandoned you?

I have certainly been there!  Unlike this Canaanite woman, I did give up.  I even turned my back on God; I’m very ashamed to confess.  I am blessed to have been drawn back to the all knowing and loving Creator in spite of my disobedience.

The message today struck me hard.  I know now that sometimes when God seems to be silent and not answering our prayers there is always something deeper going on.

Looking back now at situations I realize the error of what I was asking for on various occasions.  Some things were not the best course of action for me, although I was sure it would have been at the time.  Other times what I was praying for wasn’t the best option for those I was praying about.  I’ve looked real hard at my life and understand a little more than I did before mass today.

If I know I am asking for something righteous and truly in line with God’s way and the teachings we have from Jesus at our fingertips to learn, then I should never back down, never stop praying.

The Canaanite woman didn’t.  She knew who she was talking to and she didn’t care that she was way out of line for speaking to him (first of all a woman in that time was never to speak to a strange man, and especially one of authority, and it was clear that this Jew was someone!), and besides Canaanites were hated by the Jews, yet she persisted to ask help of this man.

Why would she do that?  He had ignored her, then he insulted her as a Jew might telling her he had been sent to take care of the “House of Israel”, not the likes of her.

But she persisted because she knew this was more than a Jewish man, this was God!

Of course Jesus heard her, and he wasn’t really ignoring her, even when his disciples with him tried to encourage him to move away from her.  He was testing her.

I realize better now what this means, that God will test us.  Not like your professors who want to write a hard quiz and really don’t care if you pass or not, but like a good teacher that wants to find out that you understand and “get” the material that is important for getting along in this life.

You would think the humiliation he dealt her next would have silenced her.  Remember that she and her countrymen were thought of as lower that low.  Jesus presented one more test when he told her it wasn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the little dogs.

Wow.  Talk about a slap in the face.  That was cruel.  Did she quit?  No!  She knew this was more than a man and that he was her only hope for saving her daughter.

Verse 27 – “She retorted, ‘Ah yes, Lord; but even little dogs eat the scraps that fall from their masters’ table.”

Jesus already knows what is in our hearts.  He didn’t have to execute this terrible quiz for her benefit.  Anyone listening to this exchange needed this example.  We, today, have it documented in God’s Holy Word.  If we choose to read it and be led to its understanding by the aid of the Holy Spirit, that exchange will also benefit us.

I wonder if she ever doubted, like I have.  During this exchange, did it ever cross her mind that in spite of this being the Lord, would he not help her so she might as well just turn and walk away?  We do not know her thoughts.  The one thing that is important is that she did not stop believing the Lord God would help her and that she would not turn away.

We just have to keep asking.

My faith has been strengthened by today’s message, and I hope you will read it for yourself and take it to heart.   Matthew 15:21-28 

This evening I made a card, but I’m not sharing it on my blog.  It is a sympathy card for a friend who’s father has passed away.  I think this should be left private between us.

I do have two cards that I’ve finished in the last couple of days just so you might be inspired by something crafty after my outpouring of my soul.

 

I had some “Saving cream” paper left over from a precious challenge that I used gold embossing powder for the flower. The leaves are stamped in the same color of ink as the paper, Fun Stampers Journey Limeade Splash, and then I put clear embossing powder over it.  The Fall card was stamped on watercolor paper and I used wc pencils on it.

I leave you with this final thought – Believe in God, never give up or turn your back -your faith is stronger than you know.

Blessings,

Crafty hugs, too!

Joyce Ann

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A Challenge Layout

Our challenge was to pull a page we saved to our favorites and work a scraplift of it.

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I had saved a layout by “elliesmom” at Splitcoast stampers because of the way she did the layers.  I stayed close to her design, but I only sponged the edges of the papers instead of adding a rough distressed edge.

This page was a switch for me.  I had felt a little down and thought doing some scrapping would lift me up.  With this challenge in mind I found the photos to match her placement and actually selected these papers quickly and had the page done in no time.  My usual is to place everything, after trying out a number of possibles, then contemplate it, at least over night.  It’s a nice quick page that tells how much I adore this child.  It makes me happy.

And for the card:  Here is what I made today with the sketch challenge.

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I knew I’d use this pineapple guy because of the S2S challenge to use fruits and vegetables on a card.  Went looking for some happy scraps and liked these fun papers.  I stamped the image on a solid green and on a yellow patterned paper, cut them out.  The sunglasses were stamped and cut as a 3rd piece.  I added a little glitter to the leaves and the lens part of the glasses.  Hum, now that I’m thinking about the glasses I should have used a darker paper so they would look more like sunglasses.

The sketch had called for the sentiment to be on the tab and I forgot.  Since I had stamped it on the panel I made a little fishtail tab, added some dots and went with it.

Moving on quickly today, I still want to thank you for stopping by – have a bright and happy time until we catch up again.  Do good, and smile!

Hugs,

Joyce Ann

Scrap Kit Project #2

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This is the second page I did using the given supplies from a list Jill Sprout posted for a challenge.  I was required to pull items from stash that haven’t seen much use or even the light of day.  One of the VSBN challenges from Splitcoast stampers this month is to find inspiration from a  book, such as the Idea and Inspiration catalogue we may have; I used the latest catalogue from Fun Stampers Journey for this layout.  They used this die cut and I thought it great for our little guy out in the sun.  I left the journaling panel for his mommy to add some thoughts later.  I’ve never been really good with titles, so here we have the obvious one for this photo.  It is size 8″ x 8″ for an album I want to make for him.  His big sister enjoys going through the albums I’ve given to her and her mommy, but those 12 x 12’s are way too much for him to handle anytime soon.  If I can get enough pages in there by Christmas, I’d like to mail it to him.

My card for having completing a layout:

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I’ve used all scraps here, not from the kit for the above layout as it still has its special purpose.  Some of the papers are from the previous layout though.

I followed a sketch, changing a bit to work for my supplies.  The stamps and die cuts are from FSJ.  Other papers are Prima, SU, Recollections and Colorbok.

Since we have been eating vegan for the last week I must say I am feeling better and am dropping pounds.  Not rapid, of course, but the 2 pounds this week sound good to me.  I’m not missing anything because when I think of dairy I do get grossed out with the idea of what is in it after watching the documentary “What the Health”.  I never was much of a meat eater but did enjoy some pulled pork now and then.  No more.  Because of my daughter’s skin problems that the doctor and specialists haven’t been able to figure out, we are taking this a bit further and really selecting only items recommended for fighting this.

Happy weekend!  Thanks for popping in.  May you be ever in the shine of the light of Christ.

Hugs,

Joyce Ann

Getting Baby Ready

I have a layout to share that involves getting Jovy dressed for his first ride home.

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The photos are a bit dark due to the subdued lighting in the hospital room.  This batch was sent to print before I did anything with them in PSE, but decided to use them for pages anyway.

My papers are from a Prima pad, matted with Recollections, and the tag is Fun Stampers Journey. I have some SU ribbons and the flower stamp and punch is SU also.  For the circles that look like stitching I used a gel pen and Fiskars circle templates to draw them.  The title was cut with Cricut cartridges – Songbird and Schoolbook.  On the added strips of paper I also added washi tapes.

Here is the card I made today.  I had two challenges this goes for. One is to use one of the faux techniques on Splitcoast stampers.  I chose Faux Postage.  The other challenge was to make a Center step card, also done with the tutorial on Splitcoast.J_2154SweetPostage

This card is completely made with Fun Stampers Journey product.  I really enjoyed making this one.

Hope the light is shining on you where ever you may be.  Happy crafting!

Hugs,

Joyce Ann

Courtyard Photo Practice

Today has started beautifully.  Everything outside is so clean and green from the drenching rain yesterday.  It would be a gorgeous day to stroll along the beach, it will not reach 90 degrees today either.  But first, let me share my latest scrapbook layout and the card I promised I’d make after a layout.

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I was following a design from Splitcoast, a layout made by a scrapper “mrupple” here.  Selecting papers I thought worked with the photos, I cut them, matted the photos and placed everything close to what she had on her design. When it came to to adding the title and journaling I went with computer generated work.  I used the Envelope Punch Board to punch in the shape of the title, added a sticker and strip of reverse side paper to it.  It took me a while to dig through my stash to find these embellishments to use.  The left piece with the 2 children gardening is a real postage stamp from Greece.  I had recently been given a sheet of rub-ons and used a flower on the green paper, added some buttons around it.  The Picture Perfect strip was a sticker.  The doily with the green brad was sent to me by a lady, made with glitter glue she tells me.  It is so lovely and delicate, I was careful to use Glue Dots rather than applying any wet adhesive.  The flower under that is a sticker that has two layers, also from a recent gift sheet.

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This is the card made with some of the scraps from the layout.  I followed the Brick Wall tutorial from Splitcoaststampers.com.  I felt the floral background would be interesting for my brick but too dark, so I brushed on some white gesso.  When dried, I heat embossed the Fun Stampers Journey image with black powder.  The sentiment is from the same set but it is stamped in black on a square self piercing die, added a square rhinestone brad and popped it up.

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I want to show you this one as well.  I made it with all Fun Stampers Journey product, except the candy dots on the balloon.  The edges were sponged with Distress Oxide inks because I had the colors I wanted for these papers.  I made it for two challenges, actually.  One challenge was the sketch the other was the elements/subject.  (If interested in any of the Fun Stampers product, just email my daughter kldeyette@yahoo.com, she will send you a link to the new catalogue.)

Glad you stopped by.  Have a beautiful day.  Be crafty and let the Light of Christ shine through you!

For Every Layout Done, Make a Card too

That’s my new plan.  I’m hoping it will help me use up scraps and catch up on cards available to mail out when needed instead of having to drag supplies out at the last minute.

Here is the layout:2017BusyWorldGuy

This is a collection of photos Kara sent of Jovy’s typical play day. She said he loves to wear something around his neck and lately it’s been Leia’s stethoscope.  Also I love that she sent this large view of his tiny self watching the TV screen. His favorite right now is “Finding Dory” and will stop and watch for a while and then back to his play things.

After coming up with the “World” title I felt I needed a globe.  Remembering my Lea France stencil I used the Magical Sphere for the background.  Soft pattern paper so not to distract from the photos.

Here is my simple card:J_2079HB

Super quick!  Took some patterned paper and cut to a card front size. Added stamping and popped up a flower. Matted with FSJ’s Huckleberry Fusion and attached to an ivory card.  Done.  No reason not to like it and every reason to like that I used scraps from my table.

 

A Triple Play of Emotion

Today has been one of those days that sets emotions all over the scale, quickly!  It was a morning that brought a much anticipated package and before it was over, two phone calls with sad news.

The good news is the mail lady brought my Stamp Platform!  Once opened I was overjoyed to see it and touch it and know it is everything I had hoped for.

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I must tell you how happy I am with Oozak.com, the on-line store through whom I placed my order way back before production was interrupted.  It is really amazing that I got mine this early in July, and I’m thankful too.  I had a scrapbook page on my table nearly done, so needed to finish it up before I can pull anything else out to play stamping on.  I am looking forward to stamping directly on my 12 x 12 layouts now that I can place them perfectly without the horror of miss-stamping something.  I’ve pretty much only stamped background images that do not matter if they come out poorly, other images I stamp on another piece of card stock and cut it out before pasting to the page. 2017Summertimesong

Here is the just finished layout.

The papers are from a pack I recently picked up at Michaels for $7.  It’s all about Arizona, to me, for which I have a big reason to scrap such photos.

My challenge was to use a summer song.  I chose this old song.  According to Wikipedia “Summertime” is an aria composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward, the author of the novel Porgy on which the opera was based.  I did not know this!  Definitely before my time for real.  For this layout I let the paper do all the work, I just cut and placed.  The title letters were cut with Cricut cartridge, the “sun” stamp is from a set by Stampin’ Up!, the “dream catcher” is from a set by Fun Stampers Journey.

For the sad news number one, while waiting for daughter’s friend to come pick her up for their road trip she got a call from this friend that she had hurt her ankle.  We went over to her house to assess her situation.  With a wrapped ankle she insists on going to this event the girls have been looking forward to all year.  She may be seeking medical attention by the sound of it.  She missed the last step of her front stairs and actually heard a pop.  Oh my – that can’t be good.

After a couple errands I headed home.  I got a phone call from the Prayer Chain lady requesting prayers for the son of a couple we all know.  Brian took an overdose of his medication and is on a respirator.  Very scary.  I promised to pray as soon as I got home.  At my sacred spot, I am now calling this location my sacred spot for prayer and meditation.  It is where I can feel focused and concentrate on praying.  I felt I must read something from my Bible.  I opened it up to Psalms.  I used to sit by Joey’s bed and read to him, especially from Psalms, when he was dying at Hospice, and I sometimes do just that when I need comfort in my grief for him.  So, what I turned to I want to share with you now.

Psalm 5, Prayer for Divine Help

Hear my words, O Lord; listen to my sighing.

Hear my cry for help, my king, my God!

To you I pray, O Lord; at dawn you will hear my cry;

at dawn I will plead before you and wait.

This seemed right, as if the Holy Spirit led me here.  I shared here, not because I believe God will read blog posts on the Internet, but, in the hopes you will join me in this prayer to God for Brian’s well being and that of his family.  Also, why not pray for your loved ones too.

Cards with Strips

Found this fun challenge on Splitcoast recently and can’t stop.

Here are two cards so far.  I cut thin strips of patterned paper and for this card:

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…and pasted them in a herringbone pattern.  This adorable pup stamp is from Fun Stampers Journey.  Stamped twice, once on a solid and another on a pattern, both cut out and pasted together on a Spellbinders die cut.  Then I used foam squares to attach to the strips panel.

Next I’d like to show this card I made with some strips laid on a narrow panel:

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Makes for an interesting back piece for my FSJ “Fabulous” lady.   And, while I had this set out I made another “Fabulous” card, this time without strips.

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My color choice is inspired by a lady’s outfit at church sitting a few rows up from me Sunday.  Often something catches my imagination for a card when I am out.  In this case it was the soft and unusual colors together – here it is represented with FSJ’s Pool Play card stock and SU’s Wisteria Wonder card stock together.  Her dress and body were both stamped on patterned papers.  I added some watercolor pencil to her to bring out the image a bit from the background.  The “Happy Birthday” FSJ stamp was heat embossed with white embossing powder and the “Fabulous You” was handwritten with gel pen.  I also doodled with gel pens on the Pool Play panel too.  The layered die cuts are Spellbinders.  The only embellishment, keeping it flat for mailing, are the FSJ Rainbow dots.

If you want any of these Fun Stampers Journey images or other product, please email my daughter at kldeyette@yahoo.com, she doesn’t pay for the site any longer but does order our supplies all the time.

Thanks for taking the time to stop in.  Hope your holiday is safe and full of only the best kinds of fun and fireworks!

Hugs,

Joyce Ann

Some Favorite Flower Stamps

Here are two cards I want to share with you made with one of the Fun Stampers Journey set “Wonderful Day”.

I masked stamps and filled the panel with these images, then colored with Color Splash watercolor pencils. I inked the edge before adhering to the blue panel, which I  put on a what card that was dry embossed with the Journey bloom folder.

Experimenting with a base inking under the die cut panels of stamped blooms, I used the cut out left over from the flower panel as a masking frame to add ink to the white card. Flowers were also colored with colored pencils.

It was fun to see what I could come up with using the one stamp set.  These are such pretty flower stamps and I love practicing my water-coloring on them.

If you want any of these Fun Stampers Journey images or other product, please email my daughter at kldeyette@yahoo.com, she doesn’t pay for the site any longer but does order our supplies all the time.

Sweet Dreams Layout

Created with the Fan-tasy Lea France stencil:

After selecting this stencil because of the ovals I was able to whip it out last night rather quickly.  Following lunch I spent a happy afternoon yesterday showing a friend how to use these Lea France stencils.  It wasn’t until the evening came that I couldn’t get the urge out of my system to make myself a page so I pulled this batch of photos out and played.

My granddaughter set up this photo shoot on her bed, mainly to get a photo to share with the ladies who gave the blanket to them.  The ladies who make and give baby blankets to the military families in their area request one thing in return – a photo of baby with the blanket if possible.  So, the photo session was staged with my two great grand babies.

Not needing the full shot of the blanket, I focused here on the precious baby boy by showcasing him in the ovals.  I think the two accent pics create a nice balance showing them together.  The title was cut with the Cricut, using “Cuttin Up” cartridge.  The sub-title came from a sticker sheet.  As soon as this title had come to me I know just the embellishment that I needed.  I stamped the cute sheep with the same ink color (Huckleberry Fusion) as the darker card stock.  Some glitter paper and hand doodling and I called it done.