Tuesday, December 4, 2012

CHF will always have my {crafty} heart!

Hello, Frog Faithfuls!

Once again I am checking in with a project I wanted to post. Many of you know that Cornish Heritage Farms stamps has reopened under new owners since Liz and Richard moved farther west and the new owners are continuing the quality stamping image tradition, classy-style. CHF have a challenge going on and I decided to enter it with my Christmas cracker boxes! :) I created them for a Christmas Stamp Camp I am doing with my 'stamping buddies'. They are 3 of 6 different styles, and they will be the centerpieces that the 'campers' can take home with them at the end of the day! CHF images have always been one of my go-to's and these projects were no different! Here they are! The images are from the Vintage Winter Signage and Mary and Jesus stamp sets.



 I will try my best to post the card projects I made for the camp (we have 27 registrants) after camp is over (I want the cards to be a surprise! :) but if I don't see you sometime soon, MERRY AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS!!!! HUGS!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cornish Heritage Farms is back and I'm a winner :)

Hello Frog Faithfuls ;) Happy Thanksgiving week!

It is a week of blessings and thankgiving to a mighty God who loves and blesses His children daily! I have been doubly blessed by happenings of late, including the return of Cornish Heritage Farms Rubber stamps! Yay! Those who know me and my crafting habits know that CHF images are my favorite...I think I have more of them than any other. When Liz and Richard opened a different business, CHF closed its doors...and "dyed-in-the-wool-there-from-the-beginning" groupies like me were super sad! But the latest news? CHF Stamps has a new owner! Tanya, has reopened the website this week,  at www.cornishheritagefarms.com! At this time, the CHF images are all digital, but she has grand plans to include rubber images in the new year, including THOMAS KINKADE images! Exciting! Not only am I happy about THAT development, but this week, CHF held a blog hop for commenting and I AM A WINNER :) YAY! I won a $10 gift certificate from Dawn Lusk's blog! Wow! Is God good or WHAT?! :)

In honor of their grand reopening (and winning!), I am posting a card that I made using CHF images for a swap I was involved in this summer. The swap theme was FALL, SCHOOL and EMBOSSING. Here it is! Forgive the slight blurriness of the photo...it was taken by my cell phone and looked fine in a 2x2 image, LOL :)

May God bless you and your family richly on this week of Thanksgiving and always. You are loved!


Friday, July 1, 2011

Sometimes it is about the candy :)

Frog Faithfuls!

I'm among the living! Really! If you're still out there in blogland, Hello! In spite of all my best intention several times this year, l haven't been in the zone when it comes to blogging my crafts or my life...I blame it a little on the "microwave" mentality of Facebook, where it only takes a second to connect with others and poof! You are done! but FB doesn't give me quite the same connection as blogging and connecting with those who love crafting with stamps, so my heart remains here, albeit dormant! So...THANK YOU CHERYL, one of my SBS29 sistahs, who has blog candy up on her blog which requires posting on my blog! If you are interested in GREAT candy, check out her blog here:

http://shestamps.blogspot.com/

I am on summer vacation now, although my plate is FULL of things to do and places to be, l do plan to blog as much as I'm able...it will inspire me to stamp more and visit more with all of your blogs too! Heck, I may even post my posts to my Facebook page. Why not?!
Love to you all and be blessed this weekend!


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Thank you, CHF!!


Sadly, I have learned that one of my first and favorite stamp companies OF ALL TIME is shutting it's doors (at least for the Pomeroy family, the business is for sale). Cornish Heritage Farms has continually blessed me as a company and as a family! The Pomeroys have shared their lives with those who followed their farm and family blog. We have been through their adventures raising an ever growing family on a Montana Farm. We have voted for names for the newborn animals, guessed at how many goose/chicken/duck eggs would hatch successfully, and shared the joys and heartaches  of raising teenagers and babies!  Their company has shown EXCELLENCE in their images, their customer service and, goodness sakes, their faithful and FAST shipping!! But alas, they are moving their farm and decided that the stamping chapter of their lives is done.....AND WE ARE SO SAD
But all things change and we must change with them. God has a plan for us all and I am proud of this family for seeking His face and following what they feel God is leading them to do next. So really this is a GOOD thing and I wish them all the best in their new venture. To bless us, they have begun to discount their stamps and stuff, now at 20-40% off. Their images are--bar none--the best of their kind. Keep checking in...I'm hoping their Thomas Kinkade line will show up on the sale shelf soon...til then I will leave you will a few CHF cards and project (above) I'd done with some of my favorite images of theirs...aren't they just SO GREAT??

They ROCK! Congratulations CHF! We will miss you!


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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Babies everywhere!

There seems to be babies being born at a wonderful rate all around me! I love it! I sit in church waiting to begin our preschool ministry class and look around at all the moms and dads holding their little ones :) I think we shall be busy in the 3 and 4 year old room for years to come, it seems!! :) I love babies!!

My friend has asked me to make a few of my 6x6 albums for some special events in her family. I thought I'd share a few of my favorite images from the baby book. Keep in mind that these are scrapbooks waiting to happen. I don't deal with the pictures (thankfully...the pressure would be too much! lol!) but I create the background. Most pages have some kind of stamped image or sentiment, but not all! Each book takes between 10-15 hours to complete (slow creative process!), so it is a labor of love to be sure ;) I don't really scrapbook, but whenI consider these pages as twenty cardfronts, life is good!


How fun are these? Once I "deliver" the next one--haha, I'll post pictures :)
Thanks for stopping in!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer!!! Woo hoo!! So sweet!

Hey there! Did you think I had fallen into the pond and sunk??

No, just been too too crazy busy living to stop, even for a moment, to post or blog hop. Life is like that, isn't it? I have been crafting all along, but not recreationally really. More like, "Oh no! I need a card/gift/little something, like, NOW. Quickly, I must whip one up!!!" Am I speaking to the right crowd, here? Or does this not happen to you?! I know, right.

But good news looms! I am now officially on summer break! I hesitate to call it a vacation, as I have a LIST of things to do this summer, but I look forward to doing them on my time (translation: after having my morning coffee and breakfast actually SITTING DOWN in the living room and not while driving in the car!) In the list, which includes rewriting my lecture packet for the fall grad course I teach, restructuring our preschool ministry with new curriculum and learning a new communication device inside and out, I also WILL BE ORGANIZING MY HOUSE BETTER. There, I said it, now it will be true. Any volunteers?! You are welcome to help!! LOL!

And, by His grace I will also find time to stamp. I am working on some projects there too....a swap or two, a few special "albums" for a friend and reorganizing my stamping area. So for now, I will leave you with a pic of one of my "whip it up" cards.

Here's to great summer weather and sweet days of joy for you!!! Love you all! So sweet of you to stop in!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter everyone!

Happy Easter my friends! Today is a beautiful day here in NY...sunny and delightful!
More importantly, it is a day to celebrate the resurrection of the King!! Rejoice!!
Oh! And enjoy a chocolate bunny ear...or two!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happy 98th Birthday, Gram!


Happy April Fool's day! The sun is finally matching the warmth here and it's supposed to get to the 80's by tomorrow!!! No foolin'! Today also marks my grandmother Arietta Lucinda's birthday. She went to be with Jesus many years ago on April 16, which happens to be my birthday. That was hard at first, but not anymore....because we were always "birthday buddies" and that connection between the two of us has always been a joy and comfort to me! So since she always wanted me to be a writer, I always write about her on her birthday! If you follow my blog you'll remember the stories, so today I will just suffice it to say, Happy birthday Gram! You ride in the pocket of my heart! (an inside joke...she will get it! LOL!)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Remarkable

This post is dedicated to all the remarkable women in my life....you are all there always encouraging, lifting spirits, correcting (!) and sharing your joy of life with me! Thanks to my mom and my aunts, my wonderful sisters, my best girlfriends, my next to best girlfriends, my women friends at church and all my SBS sisters! We truly are remarkable women!

I actually made these cards a while back for my friend Erin's birthday...I also want to thank my girlfriend Roxy, who loaned me this stamp!! I adore it and she let me borrow it for, like, a million years! I will give it back, Rox....really soon!!! :)

Don't you love how you can represent so many women in so many different ways!? Praise God we are all different. I think that's why we become so close....don't you think!?
Blessings!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

March on!

Life is pretty busy isn't it? Things come and go at the speed of a freight train at times and all we can do is hold on! Times that are most important seems to go by way too fast and those times where we are bored or scared, way too slowly. It's hard to believe I haven't been blogging since February and harder still to believe March is more than half over. But God has been good and the sun has been shining and I haven't had much time to just sit and BE.

Lots of fun and busy things happening all around and it's been nice to be able to be a part of it--it's what LIVING is all about. We've had friends for dinner and family visiting and of course March Madness brackets to fill in (yes, I am a college basketball fiend....GO SYRACUSE!!!) I've made a few swaps and even a challenge card (here below) for our SBS 29 sister challenge! It's a green challenge and my Mellow Moss cardstock just about makes it. I'm posting it before midnight, but not by much!! Just wanted you all to know, I'm thinking of you and thanking my God you are in my life!
I've also been working on going to Kenya this summer for a mission trip and if you'd be willing, I'd appreciate your prayers as I work on raising the $2000-3000 just for the ticket!! It's all in God's hands, but not without sacrifice...I am going through my stamp collection to see what I can live without to help fund my trip....eek, it's harder than I thought, but not as painful!! I'd post again soon....be blessed my friends!! Enjoy my card! Enjoy SPRING!

Love ya!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sketch Challenge Winners!

Earlier this month I introduced a sketch challenge for my SBS 29 sisters and any non-SBS crafter that was interested in joining in the fun. (1 SBS29 prize and 1 non-SBS prize was available). Here are the entries that I received. Hope I didn't miss anyone! Thanks for playing along ladies!! The winners are announced at the end of this post!!


First SBS29 Challenge winner: Rhonda!!
Non-SBS challenge winner: Cheryl's daughter!

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH!
LOOK FOR A PACKAGE COMING YOUR WAY!! ;)





Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ryan and His Mom

Hello, Frog Faithfuls!
I have missed you! Please forgive my absence! I had an event that rocked my world just a bit last week! It's a sad event, unfortunately. :( A friend of mine called and told me that one of the "children of my heart" had passed away. He was 16!

You see, I work with children who have many many physical and communication needs...the more needs that they have, the more I love working with them! I do love them all, please note, but every once in a while God places special children on my heart and my love for these children is unimaginably deeper than I can really express. They become "my children" in a different way than all the others. Ryan was just such a boy. I was his speech pathologist when he was just 2-1/2 years old. He could not verbally talk or physically walk, but he had eyes that were chocolate brown, a 10,000 watt smile and a mischievious glint in his eyes that you knew held great humor and love of life. He was wonderful to work with, but challenging too...his amazing mom always said he knew so much, but had no way to tell us. Ryan was very patient with me as we explored different ways to find a voice for him.

The only physical control that Ryan had consistently was head and neck control...after many trials and many errors, he finally let me try something crazy! I used velcro to strap a little flashlight to his temple, taped pictures up in our small speech room and turned off the lights. Then I asked him to point his "head light" to different pictures on the wall....he got them right 100%!!! From there it was all uphill! I could prove that he knew what he knew....within 6 months, we had a dynamic communication device for him (Dynavox) and the rest is HISTORY! He became an avid communicator, writer, poet and all around kid, who could keep up with the best of them. He was also a gold medalist in the special olympics for racing his electric wheelchair, controlled with several switches mounted behind and beside his head. His amazing mom continued to be Ryan's greatest advocate, his greatest asset and his greatest champion. When Ryan stopped breathing in the middle of the night last weekend, all efforts were made to revive him. But the Lord called him home.

As sad as it is to lose Ryan on this earth, when I went to the services and saw and heard from all those whose lives were touched by Ryan's life, I realize that he fulfilled his purpose here while we had him with us. He made us all better people, all around. Ryan's dad said, "God wanted Ryan the day he was born, but then He changed His mind and kept him here so we could all experience him in our lives." Nothing more true could be said.

I made this card for Ryan's mom, because I believe God gives these children just the right parents and I knew that more than any other identity or "character" trait she had, being Ryan's mom was the most important identity to her. When God places these children in my heart, he also gives me a special relationship with their mothers. And I cherish that relationship as much as the connection I have with their children. And I keep in contact with them throughout their children's lives. So I dedicate this post to all special children and their moms. Love ya!

Bless you all!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentine Hugs

Hi all! Hope your day is bright! Just wanted to share this with you! I sent a Valentine's Day package to my daughter at college. These little conversational heart sayings are from Pam at Fire Cracker Designs blog...aren't they darling? I used my friend Kathy's classic and scalloped heart Nestability sets and I think they turned out precious! This card is a little 3x3. I included the inside view too so you could see more sayings. Pam from FCD actually designed the page so there are something like 20 different sayings and they could be punched out or cut out easily.




Now, I'm sure many of you probably think that I would put cholocoate in this package...but you don't know my girl! Since she was little, she always preferred sugary candy over chocolate...she only gets one chocolate bunny in her Easter basket (my idea!) the rest of her candy is things like Skittles, Nerds, Ring Pops, etc....So for this package, I bought a few "movie theater" type boxes of sour Skittles and Lemonheads and covered them in SU Designer Paper.

Also, when she was little, my DD had this way with fluffy animals in the store...You know how the big dept stores have a "deal" at Christmas...buy $50. worth of their stuff and get this big Christmas bear/moose/bunny/etc for only $10.? And how they would have a million of them scattered throughout the store?? Well, Kelsey NEVER missed the opportunity to hug

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!!

It took hours to shop every Christmas. So I saw this guy with the saying "Hug me" and I couldn't resist!! Tee hee!! Every college girl needs a teddy in her bed at college, right? Aw c'mon, it'll match that big fluffy duck she took when she went! :) Love our girl!

Have a wonderful Valentine's weekend my friends! God Bless you all!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Simple Challenge

Happy Day, all! I am so grateful for a little bit of snow today, instead of what the rest of the northeast is getting! Yippee!!
This simple little sketch is the first challenge for my sisters of the SBS29 Group! I kept it simple 'cause it's our first and we are all very busy women! We are going to have a little prize chosen to a randomly chosen sister who makes a card and posts it on her blog by February 20. There are no color specifications as part of the challenge; I only included color in the sketch to give it contrast! And as you can see with my sample card, taken from my archives, the sketch can be creatively changed--as in changing shapes or orientation :) Just have fun!

Although this challenge is specific to the SBS29 sisters, I'd like to offer a little prize for a randomly chosen NON-SBS29 sister who wants to make a card following the sketch, too. If you would like to enter, comment in this post with a link to your card. How's that for a thrill!
Have a fabulous weekend! If I can, I'm going to post a WishRAK I received that brightened my entire week! Be blessed, my friends!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hoppy Day! {because the snow isn't!}


This is yet another Thank-you card I made for my friend, Becky, who gave me the most adorable frog set of stamps :) That was so very nice of Becky, who bought the set just because she thought of me! :) I have loved frogs forever, with Kermit being my first :) I've tried to outgrow it, but people keep buying them for me and I have to admit.....I STILL LOVE THEM! And I even love the real thing....the "uglier" the world sees them, the more I think they are beautiful! I used a shimmer paper to stamp this little guy on...you can probably see it better if you click on the picture. I just thought I'd send a little bit of brightness your way, 'cause I've had quite a blizzard-y day, let me tell you!! Did I mention that the snow can stop now?! God bless us :) Have a wonderful weekend...and if you don't have a lot going on, would you stop in and visit my SBS29 sister's blogs...they are some amazing artists! Go see for yourself! The links are over here----> on the right column...Scroll down a bit!
Be blessed!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

So sweet and so happy!!

My SBS9 sister, Lyzzy, gave me this award yesterday. Although I don't hear from many of my original SBS group sisters very often, I still love them like crazy!! And it was SO SO sweet of her to bless me! Click on the award to visit her blog. She's crazy creative! And like Lyzzy, I want to share some things I hold dear:
1. My faith
2. My Hubby and kids
3. All my family and friends (they are the same! They are YOU!)
4. My students
5. My Mission work
6. My crafting
7. My kitties
8. My health
9. Music
10. My gifts from God that inspire me to do whatever He asks!

I want to send this award onto some of my new blogging sisters, chosen randomly from my SBS29 sister list as every one of them is an inspiration to me...Here are the rules:

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2. List who gave the award to you and use a link to her blog (or hyperlink).
3. List 10 things that make you happy.
4. Pass the award on to other bloggers and visit their blog to let them know!

So, post this award on your blog and pass it on, ladies! :)
1. Joanne
2. Shelly
3. Julie
4. Kathy
5. Cheryl

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Happy Weekend! And a prayer for our country!

This card is a thank you to my friend Kathy, who was so sweet and generous to stamp TONS of Magnolia Tilda images for her friends as a gift for Christmas this year! She followed up with even more images a week or so later, so I can be coloring copiously with my copics and having a blast! Her cards are always so full of texture and small details, so I did my best to honor her gift by coloring one of these sweet images to thank her! The glittery back ground is an old Stampin' up holly background stamped in Versamark and "blinged" with SU's Dazzling Diamonds. The CB embossing folder is Christmas Ribbons.

Also, I want to share this link that I received in an email. It only takes 5 minutes to watch, but it's a small bit of time for a big deal. I believe we are blogging for just such a time as this:

Be blessed my friends! Thanks for all your comments! I am blessed by every one!
The tree comes down today! :)