Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In The Word Wednesday: Remain in Christ

Hi Helen is here.... In the last few days, this verses from John 15:1-8 fill my heart and mind... Jesus said,
"I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you...
That phase speaks loud to me. Nothing that Jesus wants more from all of us, who follow Him and trust in Him, is simply to remain in Him and His words remain in us. In other word, we stay in Jesus and have His words live in and be part of out lives.
Later He says that we may ask for anything we want and it will be granted! This is not about "whatever we want" in our flesh desire, but when we live in Jesus and His words live in us, everything we want is align with God's will and desire. Because He is working in us with the power of His Word and Holy Spirit. We live by the Holy Spirit and not by flesh. And anything we ask in Jesus' name that what will be granted to us.
At the end, we will produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit, becoming the true disciples of Jesus and that brings the great glory to God! The goal is to bring the glory for God only!
Remaining in Jesus leads us to live in unity with God. Isn't that amazing truth? I want to live in unity with God all of my days. One way to remain in Jesus and have His words in us is to read the Bible, memorize the verses and meditate them all day.
When I read the Bible and some verses speak loud to me, I will write them in my small note book, a note card and tape it on the wall right beside my desk, and sometimes even I scrapbook it :) So that I can read it all the time, remind me of God's promises and His presence, and that is my bread.
Another way is I join HelloMornings challenge. This has been an amazing challenge for me to wake up earlier that anyone in my house, have some time with God in His word and prayer time. I love the to see how God speak through all the lades in my group and WOW... always get a surprise encouragement from them every single day! I am so thankful! There will be a new challenge this coming February! And I hope you all can join us and be blessed!
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I found this these free Bible verse quotes downloadable desktop background at Meat Me In The Meadow blog yesterday.
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Aren't they beautiful? You can go and download them HERE and have God's word always on your screen every time you turn your computer on. This is just one of many ways to have God's word alive around you, that you can read all the time....
So, share with us, how do you have God's word in you every day?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January 2014 Winners!

January brought a new year with three papercrafting challenges!  Our Scripture focus inspired the theme, "Friends Forever," and we delighted in 29 entries!  The Design Team members from around the world enjoyed your layouts and cards!  Thank you to each one of you for entering, and we hope you will join us on the 1st of each month for more challenges with prizes!
Congratulations to our 3 Prize Winners with the most votes by our Design Team:
 The WINNERs are determined by the highest number of votes from our design team members! (Please e-mail your mailing address to: mrsme6th   at   bellsouth   dot  net).



#11 Brenda M.


#21 Jackie Edwards


#26 Cate's Crafts


Congratulations to our January Design Team FAVES, also chosen by Design Team voting
 

#1 Melissa Craig


#5 Pam
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#10 Karen B.


We truly had a fun time visiting your blogs and sharing in the spirit of FRIENDSHIP through your creations! 
**Please join us on FEBRUARY1, 2014 for theme, card sketch and layout sketch challenges!**

Monday, January 27, 2014

January Winners & February Challenges Coming Soon

Our winners for the 3 January Challenges are coming VERY SOON, and we want you to mark your calendars to meet us back here on February 1st for 3 NEW CHALLENGES!

Friday, January 24, 2014

My Everyday Miracle with An' Jenic

Good Morning Everyone!!
An' Jenic here to bring you good news!
I'm so happy to share with you my first "My Everyday Miracle" post. 
Sometime in life we don't notice our "Everyday Miracles".  I can say this because I learned mines looking back into last year.

Hidden Calling
Called To Listen & Encourage Others
Called:
Ephesians 2:10
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 

Encourage:
1 Thessalonians 5:11
11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up just as you are doing.

The  Value of a Friend:
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
9 Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.
10 For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when their is not another to lift him up. 11 Furthermore if two lie down together they keep warm but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one can overpower hi who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart. 


As a military wife I met so many different woman. Some you grow bonds with and some friendship is made along the way. And some of those friendship is here for a season. I learned last year that not all friendships are made to stay around. I must admit I was a bit sadden to see some friendship slow step away. In the mist of all of this I learn that in all the friendships I've had I was always the one called to ENCOURAGE AND LISTEN. This was a hidden calling. Sometimes we miss the small callings looking for the big ones. God call use to do many task. Rather it be big or small we have a calling. We need to understand and recoranginaze our calling.  

During my living in the state of  Virginia I met amazing lady who hold a special spot in my heart. She has been a friend for five years but it seems like forever. She going though a lot right now in her life. And at times she will call and need words of encouragement and a listener. And as I set in my home I thought wow God has called me to be a friend, to listen and to encourage. In life we need others to encourage us and listen to us. Not everyone is cut out for this calling. I've learned since living in Washington sometimes God calls us to listen and encourage others in a friendship and that's all. I've come to pace knowing that I'm just that. Even if we meet for lunch or kids play together one or two times I'm called to encourage and listen. This can be a hard task to just give and not take, or sometimes wanting that friendship but only get so little back.  We must remember its a calling for Christ. We're to share his word and bring others closer to him. We have to be a light unto the world. And when you've done all that you can just stand on the word of the Lord. 

I leave you all with this bible verse

Colossians 3:23-24
23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that form the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ who you serve. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In The Word Wednesday: One Way

Hi... Helen's here. It's been few Wednesdays I missed to post here. We didn't have a good start of the New Year, everyone in my family took turn being sick for couple of weeks and I PRAISE GOD for His grace to go through those weeks. We are doing well now :)

But since last 2 weeks ago, it's been hard times for me to concentrate because my thoughts for my friends and families back in my hometown. They got flooded and it's been the worst they ever had! I cannot do anything from here except praying and praying. Finally got to talk to most of them online last week. I am relieved from worries knowing that God is protecting them and keeping them safe. But it is not easy for them because they have lost a lot. But... God is still good.

Thinking for those things that happened, I realize that we only have one way to survive in this dark, messy world. The way is Jesus. 

I came across this post a couple of days ago, and I would love to share with you all today:
One God: 1 Corinthians 8:4 
One Jesus Christ: 1 Corinthians 8:6 
One Holy Spirit: Ephesians 4:4 
One Gospel: Galatians 1:6-8 
One Truth: John 14:6 
One Door: John 10:9 
One Faith: Galatians 4:5 
One Hope: Ephesians 4:4 
One Mediator: 1Timothy 2:5 
One Body: Romans 12:5 
One (who is) Worthy: Revelation 5:4-5 
One (who is) Almighty: Revelation 11:17 
One (who is) Eternal: Revelation 16:5 
God is the one way to all goodness, holiness, love, and everlasting joy. 
God is the chief good—He is in Himself most happy; yes, all good and all true happiness are only to be found in God, as that which is essential to His nature; nor is there any good or any happiness in or with any creature or thing but what is communicated to it by God. God is the only desirable good; nothing without Him is worthy of our hearts. –John Bunyan 
(Source: Meet Me In The Meadow

May God be the one for you today, no matter what happened and will happen. God is the one who can be there for you, will be there for you and always be there for you.

God bless you abundantly today!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January Tips, Tricks and Techniques with Cara

Cara here to bring you this month's Tips, Tricks and Techniques.

I have a severe addiction to washi tape...I LOVE it!! I use it on almost every card I make, and am using it up like crazy. So I did a "Pinterest" search for washi tape ideas...and found this cool idea that I wanted to share using washi tape and punches.

Start with a piece of white card stock and load it up with all sorts of different washi tape (NOTE: if you don't have washi tape, try using strips of patterned paper in a few widths and glue onto card stock).


Punch out shapes with a punch---I used a 1.5" circle punch (or you can use a die cutting machine...so many options if you do this!).


Use the punched pieces on a project. I made a simple card with my washi circles.


I used foam tape to "pop out" the circles a bit. And added an enamel heart, 3 enamel dots and a sentiment stamp. Super fun and easy!

Now ready, set, go...try this fun, new technique!
(I can't wait to use my left-over circles on a scrapbook page...I'd love to see what YOU create!)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

January Product Spotlight with Kelly

I have been to several crops lately where I have seen these really cool scrapbook layout thingys that help keep you organized while working on a page or two! Here is what it looks like:

I found this write-up over at Lala's World

Scrap'n Easel is a free standing 12x24 magnetic easel.  It comes with the 12x12 clear removable grids, magnetic ruler, and lots of really strong magnets. It also comes with industrial strength velcro that keeps the Scrap'n Easel closed and the tab out of sight when it's open.  It is very strong and sturdy so you don't have to worry about it falling over. When it's closed it is quite thin, so storage is no big deal.  


You can craft on the easel laying down, but I found I enjoyed scrapping with it while it was standing up.  It was nice not to have to lean over my desk constantly.  My neck really gets sore after a couple hours  bending over my table constantly. 

When I scrapbook, the very last thing I do is add the embellishments, photos, etc. to the paper.  I like to move stuff around until I think it looks the way I want it too.  This is where the magnets come in.  I had been working on a kit and wasn't too sure about the 2nd page.  I wanted to add something more to it.  I decided to add a sun I cut from my Expression and some flowers.  I put the magnetic ruler along the top to see what size sun I needed.  I also layered a couple of flowers and put in a couple of places until I liked where they were.


 I also did not adhere the flowers together. The magnet is holding the two of them together and to the Scrap'n Easel.  


The pages are kept in place by clear plastic corners so when you are done, you can use the Scrap'n Easel to show off you work. Pretty awesome, right? 


So, there you have it! Thanks for stopping by, and blessings my scrappy friends!
Kelly

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Guest Designer Inspiration - Lisa Hoel

Hello everyone! I'm excited to be back at Scrapping Everyday Miracles and share a project I created for the main challenge with the theme "Friends Forever."



I am going to send this card to a friend and I hope that it will uplift and encourage her. The verse associated with the challenge is Proverbs 17:17 "A friend loves at all times…" It is so easy to get caught up in our busy lives that we forget to slow down and reach out to friends with encouragement and support. We can all use it! Check out my blog post about this card to learn the nitty gritty on how it came together. Don't forget to check out all three SEM challenges this month. Link up your own projects for them and you'll be entered for a chance to win! Blessings!  Lisa

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mixed Media Tuesday

Hey everyone!
It's Christy here 
and on this first Tuesday of a New Year I have another mixed media tutorial for you.
 
Today I am inspired by the nasty cold and snow that has gripped most of the United States.
Record breaking cold and snowfall is keeping many of us inside…
perfect time to play with some crafting supplies.
 
I want to show you a fun and easy way to incorporate Modeling Paste into your projects.
I am making a tag but this technique can be used on whatever you desire, from tags to cards, canvases to scrapbook pages, it has no boundaries.

 
Supplies:

Tag
Modeling Paste
Palette knife
Glimmer mist
Ink in a complimentary color
Grey Solvent ink
Script stamp
Snowflake stencil
Heat Gun
Gesso (If desired)



Start with the modeling paste, stencil, tag and palette knife.

Note: I covered the front and back of the tag with a layer of gesso ahead of time. Doing so will keep the tag from curling as you add the paste and mist.

Place the stencil on the tag and spread a thin even layer of paste with the knife over and through the stencil.

Lift the stencil and set the tag to dry. (DO NOT use a heat gun. It will bubble and crack the paste.) Immediately clean your stencil and the palette knife.


 Once the modeling paste is dry, heavily mist the tag. The mist will settle in and around the raised images created with the paste and give different levels of color. Let it dry completely. Now that the paste is dry, you can use a heat gun.


 Ink a script stamp with solvent ink (solvent ink is perfect for modeling paste and mist as it dries immediately with no smudging or smearing). Randomly stamp across the tag. With the raised images, you'll only get bits and pieces of the stamped image which is fine as it will add some pattern and more texture. Repeat across the tag.


Take a complementary ink color and lightly rub it across the tag in random spots and along the edges.

I finished my tag with letters covered with ink,  silver acrylic paint,  and glitter.
Paper snowflakes in a complementary color were also added as embellishments.

Thanks for joining me. 
I hope that I have inspired you to pull out some supplies and play today…
Keep warm everyone!
 
Don' forget about the 3 challenges we have going right now!  

Heartfelt Inspiration: Christ's Love For Us

Hi SEM'ers, Nolene here with my very first post.

I am truly so excited to be here and to share this story with you, as I really felt such a special touch from God when He revealed this to me and I hope to be able to touch somebody else's life with it.

When my daughter was born she always seemed to have trouble breathing. While we were still in hospital after her birth the paediatrician said that her nasal passages were very narrow but that she was breathing fine. This didn’t stop my husband and I from rushing her to the ER on our first night at home because we thought she wasn’t breathing properly (paranoid first time parents that we were). The inexperienced ER doctor prescribed antibiotics and a nasal spray. (My daughter is 8 now and suffers from asthma, which we keep under control with a preventative cortisone asthma pump – she hasn’t had an attack in over 3 years).



Then came the colic. After every feed my poor baby would suffer for hours to get rid of winds and cramps.

It used to upset me so much, my poor baby being in so much pain or constantly having a blocked nose. I used to think, “why can’t I just take it away from you? Why can’t I rather deal with it? I would know exactly what to do. I can deal with cramps; I can get rid of a blocked nose.”

Then one day it hit me! That is EXACTLY how Jesus feels about us. That is EXACTLY why He became man and came to earth – to deal with our sorrows and pain, to take away our sin. He knew that we were too immature/ignorant/of little faith to deal with all these things but He, on the other hand, knew exactly how to get rid of it. And, most of all, He couldn’t bear to see us suffer for all eternity instead of spending it with Him. And so He came and, out of indescribable, unconditional love for His children, took our sins (the cause of all our pain, sorrow, shame and everything else that troubles us) upon Himself and hung it on the cross.

The day I received this revelation, I finally understood Christ’s love for me. Looking into my baby’s eyes and trying to imagine her pain and discomfort, wishing I could set her free from it, I understood how Jesus feels about us. And I wept with joy… and sorrow for not always returning His love 100%... and repentance… but mostly joy.

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 5:8 but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


1 John 4:9-11 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 



Today, let us thank Jesus for His unconditional love and strive to return His love in everything we do. We love, because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).

Nolene

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome to 2014 & 3 Challenges!

Happy New Year!  

Each day is an opportunity to receive God's mercies, which are new every morning(Lamentations 3:22-23), and surely each year we welcome, each January first is a blessing, indeed!

Do you participate in the tradition of making New Year's Resolutions?  What do you want to change about the way you live?  Many people who make resolutions want to stop doing something, or start doing something.  Do you have any resolutions about papercrafting?  Maybe you want to finish a layout each week in 2014, work on Christmas cards each month, or try to use what you already have in your stash!  We hope our monthly theme, layout, and card challenges will help you meet your goals while encouraging you to see the daily miracles all around you!

Let's celebrate the beginning of 2014 with some challenges for inspiration and motivation!

The Main Theme Challenge for January 1 is, "Friends Forever." 
Friends are truly a gift from God, and they come into our lives in many ways!  That means there are lots of ways to interpret our theme, and we can't wait to see  what you create! Our Bible verse for inspiration this month comes from Proverbs 17:17, "A friend loves at all times...."

We also have a Layout Sketch Challenge, with a sketch from Ashley Horton Designs, and a Card Sketch Challenge with a sketch from Pagemaps!


Main Theme Challenge:  "Friends Forever"
 You may create any type of papercrafted project that fits the theme of "Friends Forever," and you may use the Proverbs 17:17 Bible verse as well.  You may enter a layout, card, tag, wall hanging, canvas, gift packaging, etc.. - as long as it uses paper as one of it's materials! 
Here are the projects your Design Team created to celebrate God's gift of the miracle of good friends! 

Friendship Box by: An'Jenic





Layout Sketch Challenge:
Our friend in papercrafting, and Sister in Christ,  Ashley Horton, of Ashley Horton Designs, let us borrow one of her amazing sketches this month!   I chose one of her sketches with multiple photos to give those of you who want to scrap lots of photos in 2014, a jump start!  (I'm in this category, being about 3 years behind on my youngest son's photos!)  We can't wait to visit your blog and view your layouts!  You may rotate, flip or exchange the elements on the sketch, but it must be recognizable.  You may use this month's theme, "Friends Forever," the Proverbs 17:17 Bible verse, or you may use your own theme.

http://www.ashleyhortondesigns.com/

Up and Down by Kelly

Smile by Alicia

Best Buddies by: Roberta


Leah 



Card Sketch Challenge:

Our card sketch this month comes from our friends at Page Maps!  We'd love for you to create a card based on this month's sketch and link it on the top right of the blog page!  You can rotate, flip or exchange elements, but we need to be able to recognize the sketch.  You may use this month's theme, "Friends Forever," the Proverbs 17:17 Bible verse, or you may come up with your own theme for your card!



Friends by Alicia

Paula Jennings

Sher Brown


We have 3 prizes this month, and here is what you could win:

PRIZE PACK #1

1 Dear Lizzy "Lucky Charm" 6 x  6 inch Paper Pad
1 pack (46 total) Dear Lizzy Accent & Phrase Stickers
1 pack (12 total) Dear Lizzy Large tags
1 pack (16 total) coordinated tags & ribbons
1 wooden bird stamp
1 wooden rose stamp
3 rolls baker's twine (blue, pink, yellow)

PRIZE PACK #2

1 Celebr8 matt board - swirl circle frame
1 Celebr8 matt board - Wording: Family
1 Pack Petaloo Flora Doodles - velvet wild roses small (white)
1 Pack Petaloo Flora Doodles - velvet wild roses small (fuchsia)
1 Pack of 6 tags - Sewing design
1 Prima Marketing - Anna Marie clear stamps 5-piece
1 Freckled Fawn gold floral washi tape
1 Wooden die cut - camera


PRIZE PACK #3
2 packages of wooden buttons by Prima
6 cling stamps from Hampton Art / 7Gypsies
Set of BoBunny decorative brads
Self adhesive rhinestones in pink by Kaisercraft
4 yards of ribbon trim by Pink Paislee
Flower sequins by Hero Arts


Challenge Rules:
You may create and enter separate projects for the theme, layout sketch, and card sketch challenges, or you may combine the theme with the sketches.  You may enter as many unique projects as you wish, as long as they meet the challenge criteria.  You may combine these challenges with as many other challenges as you like.  ***You MUST mention this challenge, Scrapping Everyday Miracles, and LINK back to our blog, in order to be eligible for a prize or badge honors.  No backlinking - new projects only!