The Big Shot – Let’s Learn a bit…

Oh gosh there is so much interest in this nifty tool… so I dedicated a page under Frequently Asked Questions (on the menu) just for learning about the Big Shot… I will update this page with ideas, links and tutorials as I find them…

Here’s the link:

Enjoy and Happy Stamping… Cutting… Embossing… and Creating!

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Big News… Big News… The Big Shot is in SU’s Fall 08 Catalog!

Oh my oh my oh my… I think I died and went to heaven… really… no really!  Stampin’ Up! just made a huge announcement at their conference today…

For those of you who want to really make some nice gifts, you have to get this little die cutting/embossing magical machine… it is amazing and I cannot wait to get my little hands on this one!

Here’s a write up from Julie Ebersole’s blog on the Big Shot die cutting machine:

http://papertrufflez.typepad.com/paper_trufflez/2007/01/big_shot_faqs.html

The neat thing is it works with other cutting machine dies – and Stampin’ Up! has exclusive cutting dies you will not find anywhere else!  And to top it off – they are selling a really cute handbag to put everything in!  (See bottom left corner of pic)… oh my oh my – my christmas wishes are complete! 

 Just think how many things you can dream up with Stampin’ Up!

Enjoy and Happy Stamping!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Wow – looking back 16 years to when I became a mother is an amazing walk through the past.  Such beautiful and wonderful memories and a whole lot of tears, prayer and hard work!  And I am blessed to say I loved watching how God molded and shaped me into the mom I am today… God sure did have his work cutout for him!

Thought I would share some wisdom and then a thought to make this Mother’s Day special:

Wisdom:

Your teachings have great importance! What you teach guides your children when they walk and watches over them while they sleep.  Your instructions are lights for their lives and speak to them even when you aren’t there.  – Proverbs 6:20-23

Gosh do not be afraid to be different and teach your children the core values at a young age.  Remember this verse so that you can enjoy the teen years.  If you guide your children when they are young, they will remember and walk in the same light as yours.  Be gentle, be kind and loving and they will follow…

My children are 16 and 14 and I am enjoying the fruits of this verse… when things do not go well, and with children they do have their moments… just remember that if David could slay a giant with a slingshot – I can certainly slay whatever it is I am facing… It’s important to know that God is with us always – even when things look bleak and we just have to guide our slingshot (prayer) towards the giant we are facing…

Thought:

Each day brings a new set of challenges to each mother.  Whether you have a beautiful child who is obedient or a prodigal, they too have a purpose in life and God will get them there… trust me I was a prodigal growing up (so hopefully this will give you hope!) When times are tough, faith is what we have to draw closer to God and faith is not something you get by giving up, but faith is something you get by remembering all the times when God blessed you.  Draw on those times during the tough times and your attitude will change for the better – you will be stronger and more peaceful – simply because you chose to remember the beautiful blessings of God instead of life’s disappointments.

Remember, yesterday’s God Moments are stones in the sling of faith for tomorrow’s giants. How you remember yesterday determines how you will live tomorrow.

I got this concept on Faith in the book God Moments by Aland D. Wright – it is a wonderful wonderful read and helps me remember how important attitude is and also how important capturing God’s blessings through scrapbooking are!

Enjoy your Mother’s Day and rejoice… Happy Stampin’…

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Creative Punches 101

Oh the things you can dream up with Stampin’ Up!  Here’s a really neat link that shows you all the creative and wonderful things you can do with punches…

Happy Stampin’…

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Faithbooking – A beautiful way to share your journey…

“tell the next generation the praise worthy deeds of the Lord…” (Psalm 78:4)

Scrapbooking God’s Way

The Bible commands us to remember what God has done in our lives – that’s what Faithbooking is.  It is incorporating your faith and how God is working in your life into your photo albums – mostly through journaling. It’s giving God glory through your albums!

What is a Faithbook? 

A Faithbook is a collection of pictures and stories that demonstrate how alive and active God is in our past, our present and our future. It’s also a beautiful way to get to know God on a much more personal level.  Blessings, Trials, Forgiveness and Grace season our lives in so many many different ways… why not share your journey with others…

Why create a Faithbook?

Creating a Faithbook is a beautiful testimony to your family and friends about how God
has weaved your journey together.  The time spent on Faithbooking can also increase
your awareness to just how much God loves you and has his eye on you… here’s a few
more wonderful reasons:

  • Increase our faith– Every time we look back and remember times when the Lord sustained us through a difficulty or provided for our needs, our faith in Him grows. As written in Isaiah 46:9, “Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me”.
  • Demonstrate obedience – God urged parents to pass their history down to their children. As written in Psalm 78:4, “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power and the wonders He has done”.
  • Glorify God – A Faithbook photo album can take daily special events and find the Lord’s fingerprints (His influence) in the activities. As written in Deuteronomy 6:5, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength”.
  • Developing a grateful attitude in your life – As written in Deuteronomy 4:9,“Be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen, or let them slip from your heart as long as you live”.
  • Encouraging ourselves and others – As written in Psalm 102:18, “This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord”.
  • Reinforcing our family values and beliefs – As written in Isaiah 54:13, “And all your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children”.

Where do I start?

You can put together a Faithbook in a relatively short period of time or you can spend
weeks perfecting your Faithbook…here’s some ideas to start with:

  • Prayer/ Blessings Journal
  • Favorite Bible Scripture/Verses
  • Lessons Learned – A journey of how God has taught you things
  • Family History/ Scrapbook
  • Grandmother’s/Mother’s Wisdom
  • Grandfather’s/Father’s Faith Journey
  • Child’s Spiritual Events and Occassions

When you are scrapbooking/ journaling ask yourself:

  • How was God present in this picture/memory?
  • How did God use me in this situation?
  • Was this something I prayed for (ie/ car/child/vacation)?
  • Was this even something that strengthened my faith?
  • When has God rescued you in an amazing way?
  • When have you done the right thing when it was hard?
  • When has adversity molded and shaped you in a positive way?
  • Was there a special song that comes to mind for this memory?
  • Was there a special prayer that comes to mind for this memory or scripture verse?

Where can I find supplies?

Sarah Heidt/Colorbok has put together a beautiful line of scrapbooking items for Faithbooking.  She has a website called praisebooking where you could share
ideas on Faithbooking.

There are three design themes her Life Blessings product line:

~ Faith Blessings – olives, blues, grays

~ Baby Blessings – browns, blues, yellows

~ Family Blessings – plums, blues, grays

Each one of these design themes is equally beautiful.  I
had a really hard time choosing which design
theme… My Faithbook will be centered around my family and I love the olives, blues and grays so it was only fitting that I went with the Faith Blessings theme…

 

Stampin’ Up has a really nice product line of colors (cardstock, inks and markers), embellishments and wood mounted rubber Christian stamps that match wonderfully with the Life’s Blessings product line of Sarah’s… They have so much it is really hard to choose… so I decided not to choose and simply splurge! This way our classes will be abundantly blessed!

Since I went with the Faith Blessings design theme, here’s the cardstock colors, inks and markers that match this theme:

  • night of navy
  • brocade blue
  • bordering blue
  • perfect plum
  • always amethyst
  • always artichoke
  • old olive
  • mellow moss
  • river rock
  • sahara sand
  • gold
  • vellum paper

Stampin’ Up! offers beautiful embellishments to enhance you Faithbook:

  • Hodgepodge Hardware
  • Pretties Fabric Flowers Kit
  • Silky Taffeta Ribbon
  • Cute Grossgrain Ribbon

If you are a stamper, Stampin’ Up! has beautiful Christian stamps:

  • Baby Jesus is Born
  • City of David
  • Close As a Memory
  • Elegant Inspirations
  • God Is Love
  • God’s Blessings
  • Illuminations
  • Peace to the World
  • Refuge and Strength

I am so excited to begin the Faithbook journey… I cannot wait to share my adventures… I am sure as you get started this will be a journey that you grow from and when you are done you will have a testimony of your faith that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

I have created a special link section on the menu on the right called Elohim’s Corner….
this area is dedicated to Faithbooking.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy this as much as I am!
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