Jul 21, 2017

You Move Me Birthday Cards

Its been a few weeks of craziness in our family and at last I was able to create a pretty card for a lovely friend.

This You Move Me stamp set/thinlit bundle makes me happy. 

Hope to inspire you a bit. 

Simple to make and fun! 
Enjoy summer...take time to breathe! Love you all!

Expect BIG things from a BIG God,

Jessica Cruz de Urrutia
Stampin’Up! Independent Demonstrator since 2010
Lewisburg, PA (hablo Español)

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Jul 20, 2017

Seeing Beyond What is Seen by Jan Hess

Seeing Beyond what is Seen
There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.  Matthew 10:26
Have you seen the recent movie, Hidden Figures, based on the lives of three African-American women employed by NASA in the turbulent 60s?  The title emerges from the incredible mathematical mind of Katherine G. Johnson who was able to see “beyond” what was right in front of her.  

When I was young, one of my favorite memories about going to the dentist—and there were very FEW—were the Highlights magazines on the waiting room table.  Hurriedly, I would flip through an issue till I came to the “hidden pictures” page, hoping to locate all the concealed shapes before being summoned to “The Chair.”  
When my sons were young, they enjoyed looking at the “magic eye” books.  You remember them:  page after page of colorful, busily-patterned craziness within which three-dimensional images were hidden.  To uncover the secret picture lurking within the pattern, you must have the “magic eye” to see “beyond” what is seen.  One of my sons could locate the image in no time at all;  I, on the other hand, was rarely able to unearth the “hidden figure” nestled in the busyness.  All I discovered was my own lack of patience and endurance.  Even now, I tense up just thinking about those puzzling pictures! 
Sometimes, life circumstances present themselves like “magic eye” pages.  I stare at the situation, growing tense and impatient, having no hint of what it is I’m supposed to see.  I walk away frustrated and troubled, often accusing myself of total ineptness, “How can you NOT SEE THAT?!”  It seems I “just can’t see for looking” as my Pop-pop would say.  But when I think of Jesus’ disciples, I am comforted, realizing I’m in good company.  
Just before Jesus headed toward Jerusalem that one last time, in chapter 18 of Luke’s Gospel, we learn that Jesus explained very clearly what awaited Him there:
·         I will be delivered to the Gentiles
·         I will be mocked, insulted, spit upon, scourged
·         I will die
·         I will rise on the third day
This all sounds pretty straight forward to me!  But Luke goes on to say that the disciples didn’t get it!  WHAT?!  I’m ready to accuse these former fishermen and tax collectors, these thick-headed students of the Master who have followed Him intimately for three years, of complete incompetence!  With disdain I question, “What part of ‘I’m gonna be beaten…I’m gonna die…I’m gonna come back to life’ don’t you understand?!”  But before I get too carried away with the shaming, I read on…”This saying was hidden from them…  No amount of striving to understand the message, or fixing that “magic eye,” would bring it into view when God was hiding it!

Years ago, I heard a Bible teacher say, “God gives believers information on a need-to-know basis.” At first, I wasn’t so sure about this, but after following Jesus for years now, I recognize the truth—and the grace—in this.  On the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, He spoke to the disciples, “I have many more things to tell you, but you are not able to handle them now.”  The great and profound reality of this Savior in their midst—beaten, mocked, spat upon, who took our sins upon Himself on the cross—was not revealed until the prophecies were fulfilled.  There were just some things they were not yet ready to know.  He rose from the dead, presented Himself to them and suddenly, they saw “beyond”.  
Have you turned a page in your life story, only to find a “hidden picture” in front of you?  It could be a simple one:  hitting a roadblock in one of your creative projects…or a complex one:  having to make a decision that could be life-changing…a painful one:  a strained relationship or debilitating illness.  Or perhaps the LORD gave you a promise and it doesn’t appear that He’s keeping.  Maybe He spoke something to your heart and you have NO clue what He’s talking about!   There are just some things we are not yet ready to know…
Women of faith do not require “magic” eyes!  Rather, we need to fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith until He brings “the beyond” into clear view.   Will you choose to look at the Savior who sees the end from the beginning, choosing to trust Him to reveal what is “beyond” WHEN He knows you are ready?   Our God has promised that there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed!  

Let’s pray.  Father, You are the One who reveals the profound and hidden things; You know what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with You (Daniel 2:22). You have told us to set our minds on things above and not things on the earth, for we have died and our lives are HIDDEN with Christ in God (Colossians 3:2-3).  We are safe there, and in those times when we can’t see what You are doing, when we can’t see beyond our circumstances, enable us by Your grace to turn and fix our eyes on You.  And when we are able to handle it, You will reveal what is hidden; and at once, we will “see beyond” and understand.  In the name of our Savior. Amen.

In His love,

Jan Hess

Jul 13, 2017

Guest Designer Donna Wicks: Pocketful of Sunshine


A "pocketful of sunshine!"  Doesn't that sound like a great way to go through a day?!  I think of that phrase and then start singing that song (it's played in the movie "The Ugly Truth") and it makes me "happy!"

So today I started by working on a birthday card for my niece!  Her favorite color is yellow and this stamp set and framelits bundle immediately came to mind.

I think the sunglasses are the cutest thing and love the studs on the pocket (and all of the details, really)!

I always include a fun, coordinated treat package with any card that I give to someone, so created a 3D pocket treat holder.  I simply die cut two of the pockets (for the front and back sides) and made a side panel with a strip of paper which was scored and affixed directly to the tabs already on the pocket pieces.  It couldn't be easier to do.

Die cut:  2 of the pocket pieces

Paper Strip measures:  1" x 7   1/2"
Score long side at:  2 1/4", 3 3/4" and at 5 1/4"

To add a ribbon handle, punch a hole in each side of the container and knot your ribbon ends on the inside of it.

How about making a banner with little pockets to fill with treats??  Cute, right??  The center pocket mimics the card and the other two compliment the theme with cheerful daisies (DSP).  

I added treats in our 2" x 8" cello bags.  

TIP:  To help the candy pouch to stand tall in the pocket, I folded the bottom of the cello bag up behind the candy portion; it kind of gives the candy pouch "a leg to stand on."

I hope you've enjoyed this project!  Thank you for coming to visit me on dear Jessica's Stamp-A-Blessing blog!  I'll see you again next month!

Stamp happily!

Donna Wicks

Jul 10, 2017

Scrapbooking Monday: Why I CREATE

Do you ever take some time to slow down.
Well, last week I sort of had to. My body was NOT cooperating with MY rhythm so to find HIS rhythm I SLOWED DOWN

Best Choice Ever... This happened while I slowed down.

I went back to one of my "at-your-own-pace" scrapbooking classes by Simple Scrapper (Scrapbooking School) and made this layout. The challenge was to make a layout with a recent photo of me and journaling WHY I scrapbook. 

I used a combination of stamps I LOVE to bring phrases that inspire me. There are many things I love about creating. The beauty of it, loving life, displaying my faith,
the stories, the calling to be BRAVE. 

I sort of follow straight lines all through out. With banners, with the paper, the washi tape. Then added pretty details. I ALWAYS LOVE including doilies in my layouts (I added metallics), totally love enamels lately so I added some stars and that black mini sequin trim, oooh. My fave! 

I am finding new ways to HIDE MY JOURNALING. 
I love doing it. Love having those little secrets hidden inside the page for all to find later when I am not around. They may need to wait MANY years, cause I plan to be around till about 120! y/o!!
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Here some tips I used through out my 
layout that may be helpful.

Expect BIG things from a BIG God,

Jessica Cruz de Urrutia
Stampin’Up! Independent Demonstrator since 2010
Lewisburg, PA (hablo Español)

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Jul 6, 2017

Multiple Choice by Jessica Adams

Multiple_Choice | Multiple Choice Test | Oliver Tacke | FlickrHello all, I am excited to be back as a guest on Jessica’s blog- Stamp A Blessing! 

My theme last month was ‘change’ and this month I wanted to share some words of encouragement with you about ‘choice’. As a student in school, one of my favorite types of test was the multiple choice kind. I liked the range of options and knowing that the answer was ‘hidden’ somewhere within. Life is another example of multiple choices. The choice to choose to exercise, read the Word daily, to watch a movie, etc. Oftentimes, we can become overwhelmed with too many choices and as a result, we can become paralyzed with inaction. Thankfully, our Heavenly Father is so good, kind and loving that He too gives us a choice. We can choose to walk with Him and in His light or walk in darkness and enveloped in the emptiness of the world. God doesn’t complicate our freedom of choice. He loves us (and righteously hates sin) unconditionally and longs for us to choose HIm above all other options. 

I love the parable of the narrow and wide gate described in Matthew 7:

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Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it…

Can it be that such a choice is that simple? 
One would think that a close walk with God should be complex, works based, or full of impossible obligations only to realize that all of our efforts lead to frustrations about our shortcomings. Yet God and HIs message. His choice for us is simply ‘I AM’. 
Wow! These two words are profound because they describe His deity, His authority, and His power is ALL for us- no strings attached! His Son Jesus made His choice for us long before we realized the world would be our test...Again, I say Wow! This truth is so mind-blowing because if I take God at His word that He is my ‘I Am’ well that means He always has my best choice in mind- even when I frequently stumble, He speaks His best over me, He places me in the cleft of safety and guides me through any and all hardships of life. 
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Do you know anyone in your life who can do and be everything to you- all of the time? Nope. No one outside of the Triune holiness will ever come close.

My prayer for you today is that you and I will walk in the truth of trusting in Him as our choice. The first part of making the right choice is to examine your alternatives. What’s working in your life that brings you peace and joy? What gives you a confidence that you will overcome this present situation? What invades your dreams and sets your heart on fire? I admit I don’t have all of the answers in life but one thing I know is that only God will ever be the right choice. Today, choose to look within and seek His heart with an act of faith. Faith that is real is a deep comfort that sets you free and you have an assurance that He loves every facet of you and guards your life. Jesus as my King knows all those in His kingdom and looks upon me and you with love and adoration. Let HIm be your choice and lay it all at His feet. Make the decision to live for Him and take comfort in knowing that when you make this right choice, you’ll never be wrong.

In His love, Jessica A.



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