Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #18

Hey all,

Here is another great challenge from Dawn McVey. She is great about challenging you to use new colors and they just seem to enhance any cards or projects you are working on.

This is the latest card. Using Cream cardstock as the background, I stamped the Raspberry Fizz cardstock with a stamp from the Vintage Label collection at http://www.papertreyink.com/ . Next, I stamped the Kraft cardstock with a stamp from the Vintage Label Collection and a sentiment from the 2008 Holiday Tag Collection. Again, from http://www.papertreyink.com/ . I added green ribbon to the chocolate cardstock and finished using a Raspberry Fizz button to tie the bow. Simple, but I love it.

Thanks to Dawn for helping to enhance our creativity.

Much love,

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A few things...

Hi all,

I have a few items to share with you and am so looking forward to having this website launch complete. Thanks for being patient with me. A couple items below are for a very dear friend of mine in celebration of their first baby shower. We celebrated in Ruston, LA., spent time with friends and family, and attended my college football homecoming game. Go Bulldogs!!!

One thing I know I am going to have to purchase and soon, is a new camera. Thankfully, for the website photos, my sweet friend Charlene is helping me. Enjoy!!!

Monogrammed burp cloths and blanket

Matching card

One of my new favorite cards...

Baby girl cards

Sample of Christmas cards (still playing with designs)

Warm Winter Wishes is the stamp used on this one

Celebrate the Season

Monogrammed diaper bag

Much love,

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Update Regarding Medication

Over a year ago, God gave me the idea for Journeymark. I often asked, "Why us? We don't have kids (yet), and we have not adopted (yet)." We didn't know then the road we would take.

After a couple of months taking Letrozole and Progesterone, I just finished my second cycle. After much prayer, many mood swings, and a three hour talk with my husband, we decided to stop these medications. We trust and know our God is so much bigger than medication, and if He so chooses to allow me to get pregnant, He will.  We have a wonderful doctor, and know we live in an era where medicine and technology are superb, but I have to question all the medications I am putting into my body.

With my crazy membranes attaching to my optic nerve, I am taking a medication for glaucoma (even though I don't have glaucoma), a steroid for an eye infection, a drug to stimulate my ovaries (that is also prescribed for breast cancer patients), and 200 mg of progesterone. This does not include my daily allergy medications. And today, I went to the doctor to find out I have an upper respiratory infection and a sinus infection. Guess what I got, more meds to take. This all blends into some toxic stew I'd rather decrease than add to.

Our search for answers about getting pregnant definitely brings grief we never expected to deal with. But most important, it reminds us of the hope we have in an all powerful God to provide what He knows is best for us, despite what our limited vision can discern. Please pray for us as we embark on the next chapter of our lives.

Much love,

Monday, October 5, 2009

WCMD - Japan Card Challenge #1

This challenge has been such a wonderful learning experience for me. I was so excited to share with many friends just how supportive and encouraging and talented you women are. {Hugs}

Below is the last challenge I will participate in. I knew I wanted to finish a card with inspiration. And so, I was inspired by this incredible pen drawing of a cherry blossom, from my brother Josh Love. The detail and the colors just pop. I added this gorgeous fabric I have to make tote bags, black and gold cardstock, and project is complete.... whew!!!

I hope you enjoyed the past few days as much as I have. Don't forget to check out Nichole Heady's blog.  Thanks for an encouraging filled weekend.

Much love,

WCMD Australia - Card Challenge #4

So, I decided to try one of the adoption cards for this challenge and use the outline of small white dots. I really like the way it turned out.

I used Papertrey Cardstock in chocolate brown and aqua mist, a scrap piece of cream paper for the top stamp, stamps from the Martha Stewart Collection, and for the dots (a glue pen with white opaque embossing powder). I added a touch of ribbon I use to make baby blankets and a brad from Recollections.

Here it is....

Nichole's challenges at www.papertreyink.com have been so great to be a part of. My sweet friend Sharon introduced me and we purchased supplies together from this company. I fell in love with all they have to offer. Especially for someone like me who is new to this world of creativity.

Have a wonderful Monday!!!

Much love,

Saturday, October 3, 2009

WCMD India - Card Challenge #3

As many of you know, I love India!!! You can see my memory post here. But today, on World Card Making Day, the challenge from www.papertreyink.com is to make a card that reflects the traditional dress, jewels and rhinestones, etc. of India.


Much love,

First Color Challenge

Hi there everyone,

Today is officially World Card Making Day. How fun is that? Since Journeymark is making cards to help raise funds for adoption, I thought I would participate in my first color challenge. What does this mean? It means I have to use the colors listed in the picture and make a card. So, this is what I have come up with.

I may have a few more cards later. What a fun day!!!

Much love,