Monday, December 28, 2015

White Pines Christmas Card

I have a quick, cute card to share with you today.  The video shows all the details.  Life is good but very busy, so I will let the video give you the 411 about this one.  Be sure to head here to get those items that may be discontinued soon.

Thanks for watching.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Seeing God in Little Things

This may look like a little thimble to you, but to me, it means so much more.  The story goes back more than 30 years to when I was a little girl.  One day while visiting my grandmother she told me about this little gold thimble and said that when she died, she wanted me to have it.  I'm not sure how old I was at the time, but I never expected my sweet grandma to go to heaven when I was 11.  After she died, we stayed at my grandfather's house for awhile helping take care of things, but my little gold thimble wasn't found.  Eventually, someone found it and made sure that it made its way to me.  I treasured this little gift from my grandmother, moving it from place to place and state to state every time the Lord had a new place for us.

My 40th birthday came and was truly a difficult day.  I was exhausted emotionally and physically while working through my dear mother-in-law's recent stroke.  There was no time to celebrate that day.  For some reason, we were talking about some of the items we had from family and I decided to show my thimble to my children.  I went to the cabinet to get it out and it was gone.  I went through the whole cabinet moving things around and couldn't find it.  I was devastated and dissolved into a puddle of tears.  Just recently it came to mind and I again decided to look through the cabinet for it, thinking that it had been more than two years and maybe I had just missed it because of all that was going on at that time, but it was still gone.

My Daniel and I are getting ready to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Last Sunday, I decided to see if I could find our guest book that has been packed away for a few years so I began unpacking our wooden chest.  When I opened the chest, there was a pile of packing paper on top of everything so I picked it up and threw it on the floor, intending to go through it to make sure that no smaller items were mixed in before discarding it.  Underneath the paper was a woolen blanket and sitting right on top was my gold thimble.  I have no idea how it got in that chest and it could have easily been mixed into that pile of paper and thrown in the trash.  Once again, I was in tears.

Matthew 6:25-30 reminds us of how much God cares for us by telling us that He feeds the birds and clothes the lilies.  In the end, it reminds us that if He takes care of the birds and the flowers, how much more will He take care of us!  This thimble is such a small thing in the grand scheme of life, but my God, in His own loving way, chose to demonstrate His care by bringing this small thing back into my life.  Once again showing that He cares even about "little things".

If God cares enough about His children to send joy in the little things, how much more did He care when He sent His only Son to come to earth to take on the sin of the whole world?  Many celebrate the birth of that Babe but never take that Gift of Salvation that He brought when He died just 33 years later.  Have you received that Gift?  You see, this world is full of good people and even religious people who have never truly accepted that Gift.  Instead, they try to earn salvation by doing good or helping others.  However, that was never God's plan.

God's plan is so simple:  1. Admit that you are a sinner and that you can't be good enough to earn heaven.  2. Accept that Jesus' blood paid the price for your sins and that salvation is only through Him.  You can simply tell God, "I know that I'm a sinner and that there is nothing I can do to earn righteousness on my own.  I know that Jesus paid the price for my sin and I in faith accept that gift and repent of my sins."  Please don't misunderstand.  These are not magical words, it's about a heart willing to accept the Gift that God has provided and to repent of the sins that we have committed.

Here are some places you can go in your Bible to learn more:
Romans 3:23
Romans 6:23
Romans 5:8
Romans 10:9-10
Ephesians 2:8-9

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Marvelous Monday

The chance to win the planner bundle from Close To My Heart and DJ's Sundries is almost over.  To celebrate Marvelous Monday, today I am offering double entries.  That means every order placed on my CTMH page will receive 2 entries and every $25 you spend over $50 will earn you 2 more.  Head on over to to join in the fun.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Simple Christmas Cards

I was finally able to spend a few hours in my craftroom tonight.  These simple Christmas cards were just some of the things on tonight's agenda.  I simply grabbed some 12X12 paper, some colored paper from my stash and simple white cardstock.

The start, I cut 6X6 squares from Botanical Noel by recollections.  I then cut 5X5 squares from plain Georgia Pacific cardstock.

I then grabbed some red and green cardstock from my stash and cut 4" stockings from Cricut's "Trim the Tree" cartridge.  It's an older cartridge that has several interesting shapes for Christmas.

I then stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink and the "Merriest Christmas Holiday" from Close To My Heart.  Unfortunately, this is an older stamp set and you may have to find it on Ebay.  Finally, I attached the stocking to the card using my Xyron 250.  It was a really quick card that is easy to mass produce.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Planner Giveaway Continues

Close to my Heart's Cyberweek specials may be over, but its not too late to enter the planner giveaway.  Here's how:

Place any order on my Close to my Heart sight here between now and December 15 and you will receive one entry to the giveaway.  Every $25 you spend over $50 will give you extra entries.  Spend $75 and get 2 entries; $100 and get 3, etc.

Watch for an unboxing video on the planner coming soon.  I can't wait to get mine to share with you exactly what it looks like.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Double Entry Day!!!

I have decided to extend the Planner Giveaway until December 15.  Here's how you can earn entries:

Place an order of ANY size between November 30-December 15and receive one entry to the drawing.  Receive an extra entry for every $25 you spend over $50.  For example, if you spend $100, you will receive 3 entries

But remember that Close To My Heart's Cyberweek Sale ends Friday, December 4, 2015 at 4:00 PM MST.  Any order placed between now and the end of the Cyberweek sale will receive DOUBLE entries into the drawing.  Ready to join?

Remember to get the specials from Close To My Heart, you must shop through the Cyberweek link on the left hand side of the shopping page.  Otherwise, you won't get the sale prices.

Click HERE to start shopping.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Planning with Close To My Heart

Are you ready for the big news?  Close To My Heart is joining the planner craze.  The product line is called Everyday Life and to kick it off they are offering a special planner bundle that includes the binder, the 2016 inserts and a roller stamp for a 15% discount.  They are also opening up the rest of the product line today!  I will be offering this to ONE customer FREE of charge!  Here's how to earn a chance to win:

Place an order of ANY size between November 30-December 5and receive one entry to the drawing.
Receive an extra entry for every $25 you spend over $50.  For example, if you spend $100, you will receive 3 entries.  Plus, check back each day next week and I will have other ways to earn extra entries.

Today's extra entry - Head over to my Close To My Heart Page here and check out the Everyday Life products.  Then come back and tell me what your favorite item is and why.  You will receive one extra entry.

Don't forget the rest of the sale from Close To My Heart that is still going on right now.
Close To My Heart is offering 39 products for 25% off!!!

That is an amazing deal that even includes the "Artfully Sent" Cricut Cartridge.  I haven't seen this kind of deal on a Cricut Cartridge since becoming a Close To My Heart consultant.  Now there are a few important things that you need to know.
1. This sale is only available from November 30 at 9:00 AM MST until December 4 at 4:00PM MST.
2.  You must order from the special links titled "Cyberweek Sale."  There will not be a prompt at the checkout if you order from other pages and you will miss your discount.
3.  Even though these items are heavily discounted, you can still qualify to purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5 for any qualifying order.

So head on over to Close To My Heart by clicking here and get started.  Please join the "Cyber Week Extravaganza"  gathering once you get there and be sure to order through the "Cyberweek Sale" links so that you can get the special prices.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.