Friday, November 27, 2015

Canvas Art {Just Nick}

Hello, hello!

I am up on the Just Nick Studio blog today sharing more about this lovely canvas. I've included a tutorial so, head on over and check it out!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Week of Thanks {Day 4}

Happy Thanksgiving!

The day is here. It's the day that school is closed, most businesses are closed and people are spending time with those who are special to them. This has me thinking, though, about those who dread this holiday season. There are many reasons... but, I know the reality is that there are many who find this time of year depressing. They see people enjoying family and friends while they go at it alone - dealing with whatever it is in their life. We all have different stories and backgrounds and I don't have any advice or anything other than some encouragement... you aren't really alone. God is by your side. There are people ready to be there and to walk you through whatever it is. 

But, mostly, it really has me being thankful for all God has granted me. I can't take it for granted. I can, and should, rejoice and give Him praise because all that He has done. I could easily be alone. But, I'm not. So with much thanksgiving, I have joy in that!

And here is another card... it's not a Thank You card... it's a You're Wonderful card. Because you are. I hope you know that. :)

Supplies: Paper: Maggie Holmes, Cardstock: Pop-Tone (The French Paper Company), Foam sentiment: American Crafts, Wood veneer: Studio Calico, Flower: Michaels, Spray Ink: Jen Hadfield, Cut file: Just Nick Studio

I love cut files and utilizing them in unique ways. This heart cut file was leftover from another project (revealed tomorrow) where I used it as a mask. I loved it and I knew I had to use it on a card or something. It layered beautifully over that blue pattern paper. So homey!

And that wraps up my Week of Thanks! Thank you so much for joining me. It was a joy to get back into blogging with intention. I love sharing my creativity and melding it with my writing and sharing life. Go hug someone special and tell them how thankful you are for them!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Week of Thanks {Day 3}

So, I'm just going to be honest and let you know I typed up and scheduled these blog posts in one night. Doing so has afforded me to truly ponder all that I'm thankful for. There is a lot and I'm so glad I stopped to process it all. And I'm so glad you are here so I can share it all with you!

This time I'm so thankful for the careers I have. Yes... careerS. The first one is my PreK teaching gig. Gosh I love the school I teach at. It's a daycare/early learning school so, we've got a good mix of things going on. We don't follow the regular school district schedule when it comes to government holidays and don't take a long Winter or Summer break. It's year round baby! But, I'm thankful for the support from administration and the families. I'm thankful for the unique setting our school provides and I just love utilizing my gift of teaching this way. Plus, I've got a GREAT excuse for playing with playdoh and dollies. :)

My other two careers are running a ministry blog called This Is Your Story. It was a huge step of faith to start it and it has been so much fun watching women be empowered with their personal stories of redemption and hope. SO inspiring! And, finally, my other career is as the Women's Ministry Director at my church. Both of these jobs are volunteer but, I love them so much I don't care. Not yet anyway. HA! I'm open to whatever God has planned. 

So, these three keep me busy, that's for sure! But it doesn't feel busy because I love all three of them SO much! Seriously. 

Here is the card I created for this post... It's got more lovely Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice yumminess!

It's not a 'thank you' card today but, a simple 'Hello' goes a long way. Gosh I just love this collection! Again, I love to layer but, instead of strips of paper, I went with circles. It creates so much movement but doesn't overpower!

Supplies: Paper, stickers, enamel dots: Simple Stories, wood veneer: {word} Heidi Swapp {heart} Studio Calico, Spray Ink: Jen Hadfield

Take some time and be thankful for your job! Especially if you have one! Even if it isn't your favorite, find some part of it that you can be thankful for - even if it's clock out time. Ha!