Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sally's November Prayer

Sally, one of my friends from church, sends me the nicest things.
I told her when I see her name in my mailbox, I know there is a nice surprise waiting for me.
This is what I recieved yesterday and had to share it more than just on email. I had to make some slight changes to make it from an email item to something you can come back to repeatedly--just look for Sally's November Prayer.
I hope it brings you Blessings!

Relax your mind and humble your heart to focus on Christ. Allow God to be the only person on your mind while you read this prayer. If we can take the time to read long jokes, stories, etc., we should give the same respect to this prayer. Friends who pray together, stay together.
Dear Lord,
I thank you for this day. I thank you You for being able to see and hear this morning. I am blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God  You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for Your forgiveness.
Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start each day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.
Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. Let me continue to see sin through Your eyes and acknowledge it as evil. And when I sin, let me repent and confess with my mouth my wrongdoing, and receive the forgiveness from You.
And when this world closes in on me, let me remember Jesus' example--to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. It's the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Your will.
Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those who are lost and can't find their way. I pray for those who are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don't know You intimately. I pray for those who will not share You with others. I pray for those who don't believe. But I thank you that I believe.
I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love, and joy in their homes that they are out of debt and all their needs are met. 
I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight. I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses
them willingly . . .
This is my prayer.
In Jesus' Name,

Monday, November 21, 2011

November Project: Fall Banner

At convention, I met a fantastic presenter . . . Denise Black! She is one of the best teachers I have met and so creative. She shared two projects with me that I have shared with my friends, our Halloween tile and this great fall banner. It is made with a discontinued stamp set, but I still love it and knew I wanted to make it with our Dreamin' paper pack. The ladies and I had such fun this weekend.

I don't like using discontinued stamps for my projects, but this was an exception. The Many Thanks set, D1371, is a favorite of mine and when I went through all of my stamps, there weren't any others that came close to working for this project.

My first flower is 7" and the last flower is 6." To save paper, we made the final ones for the projects 6" and they worked fine. I had the ladies roll the petals down first, then roll them up as tight as possible to keep from tearing them, and then when finished, let them unroll to the dimension they want. I user an Imaginisce Petal Roller to roll my petals and then my flowers. I actually just learned something. There is a petal roller for fabric and for paper; I have the one for fabic. Guess what--it works fine and it's pink and prettier so that's the one I'm keeping!

Here are some close ups for you:

Products Used
Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Collection
X7142B Dreamin Paper Pack
D1371 Many Thanks My Acrylix Stamp Set
X5912 Dark Neutral Shade Cardstock Pack (for Cocoa)
Z1334 My Creations Mix and Mingle Album
Z1683 Mixed Shapes Dimensional Elements
(Note: I used chipboard that I had on hand,
the Mixed Shapes set has the flower shapes in it.)
Z1333 Mocha Pearl Shapes
Z2194 Sanding Kit
Z2191 Finishing Files
Z578 Corner Rounder
Z534 Micro-Tip Scissors
Z697 Sponge
Z1296 Distressing Inks--Chocolate

Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads:
Z2101 Autumn Terracotta
Z2103 Bamboo
Z2108 Brown Bag
Z2123 Goldrush
Z2137 Olive
Z2192 Pacifica
Z2150 Sunflower

Other products: Alene's Quick-dry Glue for chipboard pages, Tape adhesive of choice or Z679 Liquid Glass for Acrylic sheets, 1" circle punch for notched corners, Creative Memories decorative corner punch.