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Friday, March 14, 2014

Lucky 4 leaf clover st patrick's day card... Going Green today!

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 Hi all, First of all please keep praying for Madaleine in Ireland, she is involved in some volunteer mission outreach work in Dublin where the church she is attending is packed to standing room only and groups are meeting in Hotels to worship, they are building a larger kitchen so they can run soup kitchens for the many homeless people of Dublin and many other outreach programs on the go...if you are interested or would like to donate please press the donation button here


or on the top right side bar and write Ireland in the description all money raised will go straight to helping the needs in Ireland so in advance thank you. I love this pic of Mad doing outreach on Dublin city streets in Ireland... God works in the most amazing ways! if only we are open and willing.


      Still having some video problems... I think its with the hard drive but well give this a go....
Here is my Lucky 4 leaf clover st Patrick's day card, I don't normally make many st pats day cards but this is in honor of Madaleine being in Ireland this year. I loved how these little leaves came out so real looking and really easy to make! You will need a 4 petaled flower punch or die any will do (Martha Stuart has a nice punch), mine is a sizzix brand die. Green card, scissors, emboss tools, soft mat, green ink pad and a white Crayola pencil.

Cut out your 4 your leaf petal flowers and with your scissors cut small v shapes a little deeper into the center. With my die shape this step helped them look a little more realistic but depending on what you have you may not need to do this step. Sponge all the edges with a darker colour of green. I love using my cheap regular Crayola pencil!! it can do so many things....make an arch shape zig zags on each leaf. Then use your emboss tool and pad to shape them up.... also give the ends of each leaf a little pinch in.


Lastly cut some thin strips for card as grass.... here you can choose to add some ink to a few strips to give the grass depth, glue onto your card (I lightly sponged a green background first which also helped give the card depth along with layering up my card front), add a few dew drops with crystal effects and your done!




Here are a few st Pats day decorations I made this year... and had a little play with paint shop pro.



A little lucky 4 leaf clover pot plant I crocheted. I am selling my Crochet Amigurumi locally and all money raised goes to Ireland.

You can see more of my Crochet Amigurumi and some of the other things Ive been making lately here on Pinterest
So sit back now and enjoy my video tutorial... enjoy!
Blessings to you




and a last thought
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, 
but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:4





Wednesday, March 12, 2014

stay tuned for my lucky 4 leaf clovers...

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Open in Mobile App Hi guys...... stay tuned for my video tutorial coming in a few days on how I made these lucky 4 leaf clovers.... shamrocks...... really fun and easy to make! Ive missed you all :-)

and a last thought 
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Matthew 5:9

Blessings to you

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I only have eyes for you.... Happy Valentines day

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              Hi all, I'm definitely being tested here everything I seem to do for my blog just either dose not go smoothly or just doesn't work at all I'm so frustrated but I was determined to not let this beat me and  to get this post to you for valentines day even if its just the day before! anyway you could use this card for any other special time not just valentines day!   ....so this idea is not mine I first seem it on pinterest.... but here is the direct link http://craftingconfessions.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/i-only-have-eyes-for-you.html
I loved the simplicity of it and the glasses reminded me of mine so here is my valentines card to Dave.


Quick and easy using an old QuicKutz die I had called glasses and a couple of tiny heart punch outs. The words were printed from my computer, but make sure you have the writing on the right hand side of your page and do a test run before you waste your good card stock to see if its in the correct place....and you're done! you could also add a little glitter to the hearts! Certainly a fun little card.
enjoy and many lovely blessing to you all for Valentines day xx
Blessings to you




and a last thought
I have loved you with an everlasting love...
Jeremiah 13:3



Monday, February 10, 2014

A quick catch up

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Open in Mobile App Hi all, Just letting you all know that my video camera has died right when I wanted to set it up in my new crafting area...... not impressed !! so I'm in negotiations with hubby to share his new GoPro action cam.....wish me luck , LOL ;-)  I would also like to let you know that Ben and the mission trip went really well in Brazil, they completed there volunteer work ahead of time and all went smoothly. We were glad to see him home again and have enjoyed seeing his photos and hearing his many travel stories! Again I'd like to thanks all those who donated toward this mission in Brazil. The local Amazon people were very grateful. He is now starting his last year at Uni. Madaleine is settling into life in Ireland and just completed a paddy tour of all of Ireland and loved it! We enjoy our Skype sessions with her at some odd hours!! your continual prayers for her would be very appreciated. Beth is a few weeks in now as a grade 2 primary teacher and has been flat out to say the least! Its been a blessing to both Dave and I to have her living with us for a while and helping her with the endless class preparations (now an expert at laminating!). So hang in there with me, this new year has started off pretty slow in regards to paper crafting etc putting other priorities first. We thank some very real and sincerer friends for encouraging us through last year making some hard changes and helping us to see whats most important... our true identity dose no lie in what people think, do or say about us past or present but how God sees us!
Blessings to you




 and a last thought
Man looks at the outward appearance, 
but God looks at the heart ... 1 Sam. 16:7

Friday, December 20, 2013

Happy Birthday Dave! GoPro card

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I want to wish my husband a happy 46th Birthday xx  seen as he is enjoying his GoPro so much what else was there to make but a GoPro card. We love you loads and hope you have a great day and year xoxoxoox.  
To make this I used a card base of  5 and 1/2 x 4 and 1/2" or 14 x 11 cm folded. GoPro screen 1and 1/2 x 2" or 4 x 5 cm. The circles I used measured.... 3 and 1/4", 2 and 1/2", 1 and 3/4", 1 and 1/4" and a 1/2".
This is the GoPro without the outer case on which was a little easier to replicate. If you don't like the hand writing look do all your pieces on the printer, I was going for the home made look here so my hand writing was ok for what I needed. Its not the most perfect thing but I hope this might inspire you to make some of your own cards that suit the hobbies the guys in your life love. Thanks to those who have checked out Dave's YouTube Channel.... if you haven't and would like to go to this link or press on the pic.... please subscribe Dave would love that!  :-) PS sorry for the bad camera angles etc... I still don't have it all set up yet in my new craft space.
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbnfm79RS3AIg8Jy6MfFMgQ?annotation_id=annotation_212319201&feature=iv&src_vid=jCQUMhH0GSA

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbnfm79RS3AIg8Jy6MfFMgQ?annotation_id=annotation_212319201&feature=iv&src_vid=jCQUMhH0GSA

thanks and enjoy xxx Happy Christmas to all

Blessings to you




and a last thought
And whatever you do, in word or deed, 
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
 giving thanks to God the Father through him.  
Colossians 3:17


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Happy Christmas.... a family chat and a couple of cards

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  Hi all, its been a while since I posted on here..... since Madaleines formal life has been hectic. Ben is still in South America we heard from him up until a few weeks ago. At this stage of their mission trip he has no wifi up the Amazon river building toilets for villages so prayers would be great, a few pics above.... hopefully we will hear from him just after Christmas. Beth did her bit in Bali for red frogs as team leader but unfortunately this year spent a short stay in a Bali hospital with the flu, thankfully she was cared for very well and successfully passed that on to us all when she got home..... not so fun. I am thankful God had His hand over her!

We have been busy moving three rooms around in our home to accommodate Beth living with us after her Graduation as she starts her new primary teaching job next year so that meant sacrificing my craft room for a bit.... but hey you do that stuff for your kids. Beth's Graduation weekend was such a great time together and we are so very proud of her finishing well, we did miss having Ben there as a family.  At the same time I have been helping our youngest daughter clear our her room and put things in storage/ pack as she has found a lovely family to au pair in Ireland with for 12 months. Go Mad!! you will have the adventure of your life!

 I must say their has been many proud parent moments this year with many mile stones and achievements. Sharing with our kids as they grow, mature and work toward their our adventures has been awesome and we can say with Gods guiding help we did it as parents! thankfully this is not the end just the beginning of many happy family years to come. We are so very proud of you all... Beth, Ben & Madaleine xxx

 This year my husband has found a hobby in his GoPro and what he can do with the editing. We love to take it everywhere now. He has made his own YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbnfm79RS3AIg8Jy6MfFMgQ?feature=watch so if you'd like to see what we get up to in our spare time please subscribe to his channel he would love that! 
 So you can imagine now why my crafting has been pretty much on hold. Family def comes first here and precious time together. My tiny play this year with some Christmas cards produced these two.....

you can go to this link of a previous post and read more on how I made the mustaches
http://valitasfreshfolds.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/making-mustache-from-dies-and-punches.html
and Ive really been enjoy my shell collecting lately so I bought these beautiful sets of dies from Impression Obsession... shell and sea gulls. Instead of putting on the red holly berries i replaced them with white pearls. Happy Christmas to all, enjoy your holidays and most importantly cherish every family moment together. xx
Blessings to you


 

and a last thought
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7


Thursday, November 14, 2013

High school formal card

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Hi all, wow what an emotional ride this year has been!!  First off I would like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for all your donations sent to one mission Brazil for Ben. He was overwhelmed by your generosity and was asked by his organizers how he raised the money so quick.... his responce was all mums great blog follows! also thank you to our local friends who also gave very generously xx he ended up with almost $300 over his $900 goal so thankyou!!
Well our youngest daughter Madaleine finished her last yr 12 exam and had their High school formal earlier this week. Her future plans are all coming together now which as parents is so exciting to see! Our time with family was such a cherished blessing together. I made a card like her dress which has been my little tradition for all our kids and is a twist on the corner folding I have done in the past so I hope you will enjoy my video tutorial below. By the way Madaleine made this dress with the sari fabric her sister bought back from India for her, I think she did a top job! I crochet her hair piece and it all came together really nicely. Ben leaves for Brazil in a week and next is Beth's Uni graduation! .... here are a few snap shots of the Madaleine's big night ...... enjoy!
Blessings to you




and a last thought
I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 
 For in him you have been enriched in every way--
in all your speaking and in all your knowledge--
1 Corinthians 1:4-5







Thursday, October 24, 2013

Blue sponged beauty

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Hi all, Thank you to those who have donated to the Brazil One Mission for our son Ben, the total is now at $350 given with only $550 needed to reach his $900 goal! please keep them coming. Please click here for donations https://give.everydayhero.com/au/benjamin-3. In the midst of all this both Beth & Ben are very busy finishing assignments for the end of year and Madaleine is in the middle of her yr 12 HSC exams. Also prayers are needed for the bush fires and families affected in NSW. 
Having a play today with some die shapes and sponging and I really liked the effect this gave me..... Using the sizzix bigz die Flower layers #4, some blue ink and a sponge I ended up with a whole flower spray! cool hey! I did hand cut a leaf to put in between but that's easy! Finishing it off with some pearls, glittered centers and a stamp saying. enjoy the video! xx


 Blessings to you




and a last thought
As each has received a gift, 
use it to serve one another, as
 good stewards of God's varied grace
1 Peter 4:10


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Doodle punch art Flower

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Hi all, today I want to show you a very simple way to bring new life to an old punch!  My five petal flower punch was the first large punch I ever bought and has not come out much lately...... so why not add some doodling and give this punch a go again! So simple and easy to do, just hand cut a leaf and add your favorite saying. Enjoy my video tutorial.
Please don't forget my last post about our son Ben and the One Mission trip he will be on. If you feel you can donate even if its just a little please follow the links to easily do this on line https://give.everydayhero.com/au/benjamin-3 thank you to those who have given and for your prayers and support as they head off to Brazil to make positive changes in the lives of others! very proud of them all.
Blessings to you




and a last thought
 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have,
 for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
 Hebrews 13:16



Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Our son and their mission trip, please help!

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Hi all, Just wanted to post a special link up.  Our son Ben is soon to go to Brazil on a mission trip please click in to this link donate and share.  One Mission Brazil   here's Ben's message.
 Hello friends and family! In a bit over a month I will be going to Brazil for about 6 weeks on a mission trip. We are aiming to build 50 new toilets, and we are also offering training, education and health assistance. I need your help to accomplish this goal. You can donate here One Mission Brazil towards our cause. 100% of your donation will go straight to the project. By making a small contribution we will make a big change.
Anything over $2 is tax deductible!
If you would like to know any more information about the trip just contact me and I can forward on your message to Ben! A$900 goal is very reachable.....Every dollar counts! This will be an amazing life changing event not just for the group going but the people they will help! Please send your prayers their way too!

Blessings to you




 and a last thought
And he said to them, 
“Go into all the world and 
proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
Mark 16:15