Monday, May 27, 2013

In Memory of Lance Corporal Larry D. Borschel

Larry graduated in 1963 and shortly thereafter went into the Marine Corps.  In 1965 we were given the news that he had been killed in Vietnam.  I share with you today a few of the mementos I have of my big brother.  His graduation picture on the lower left, my last letter to him that was returned to unopened and one of the horse blanket pins that Grandpa Lamb gave to my mother when Larry was born.  She gave me this one and kept the other for herself.  So many fond memories.  Larry gave me the Marine pin on his last visit home before going overseas.  It was the last gift he gave me and it is a treasure.  I wear it on special occasions such as his birthday, the United States Marine Corps birthday, Veteran's Day and Memorial Day to honor Larry and the sacrifice he made.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

My Day of Rest and Worship

And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:  I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud; And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

Genesis 9:12-16

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I Love My Job!

I hope all of you are having a fantastic holiday weekend.  May you have fun.  May you stay safe.  I'd rather be at the beach!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Summer Sunburst

Today's card is mostly Stampin' Up!®  I love the sunburst in the Lifestyle Crafts Celebrate 2-Pack Embossing Folder set.  I have several ideas on how to use it on one of my Mixed Media canvases but that's for another time.

Stamp Set:  Trust God; Ink:  Pacific Point; Card Stock:  Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight; Accessories & Tools:  Dazzling Details, Lifestyle Crafts Celebrate Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

It's clean.  It's simple.  It's bright.  It's cheerful.  Now I'm off to work on my plaque and, hopefully, get one of my Mixed Media canvases done.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Oh, Yes! Work Can Be Fun!

Yesterday I mentioned that I was no longer a Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator.  In March, I applied and was hired on at Archiver's.  It is Archiver's policy that you cannot be involved with any other similar business so I resigned from Stampin' Up!®  While I miss being a demonstrator, I do love working at Archiver's.  As I showed you a few posts back, I still get to have fun creating even at work.  Today, I'm sharing a photo of my Assistant Manager, Karen.  After I took a picture of the frame I made at work, I walked up to the checkout counter and simply to her to smile.  This is the great photo I got.  Karen graciously gave me permission to post this to my blog.  She is a peach!

If you're ever in the Jordan Creek area, stop in and visit the store.  It's a great place for inspiration and supplies.  And, be sure to check out the new Memory Lab.  To find out more about it, go to

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

As Promised... and it's all Stampin' Up!®

After a freaky and very scary drive home from work last night, I was in no shape to finish up any of the projects I have started.  Monday and Tuesday both found me driving home from work during tornado warnings.  The rain was coming down so fast and hard yesterday that I exited off the Interstate and took the back roads home.  On one stretch of the drive, I looked up and I think I actually saw the beginning of a funner right over my head.  I'm not sure but it sure looked weird.  Funny thing is, the news said there was one over Johnston and that's where I saw this odd looking cloud.  Freaky!  But God, in his goodness, made the most beautiful double rainbow I've seen in a long time.

This morning dawned storm free and beautiful.  I woke up at 4:30 a.m. and couldn't get back to sleep.  After making coffee, I finished staining my plaque and finished up two cards.  Yay!  The one I'm sharing today is an all Stampin' Up!® card.  Now that I'm no longer a demonstrator, I've branched out into other products so not all of my cards are all Stampin' Up!® product.  I love the Honeycomb Embossing Folder.  I took the time to cut out some of the hexagon shapes and added them to the Night of Navy that was embossed with the Honeycomb folder.  A little ribbon, a little sparkle and it was done.

Stamp Set:  Delightful Dozen; Ink:  Marina Mist; Card Stock:  Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper; Accessories & Tools:  Honeycomb Embossing Folder, 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon/Pool Party, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

There are several people I need to send thank you cards to and this one fits the bill perfectly. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

It's A New Day!

And, what have I accomplished today?  Not a whole lot!  I've got two new cards in the works as well as a plaque but they are no where near the point where they can be shown.  So, I'm going to share another Graphic 45 card from the May set.  This is a Mother's Day card from the set and it happens to be one of my favorites.  Enjoy!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

My Day of Rest and Worship

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Just Having Too Much Fun!

You know, I just never get tired of making new cards.  I recently picked up my Graphic 45 May card kit and was I 'wowed' by it!  The cards are gorgeous.  Over the next few days, I'll be showing them off along with some other things I've been working on.  For you Stampin' Up! lovers, stay tuned, that Honeycomb Embossing Folder has had my attention in recent crafting sessions. For now, enjoy the first card made in the new card set.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What a wonderful surprise!

This morning my oldest son, Wayne, sent me a text asking if I was working or at home.  When I said I was home, he said okay, I'll be there in about an hour.  I figured he was bringing over the joy stick to the Atari he gave me.  Yes, it's an old game console but I do hold the family record in Asteroids!

He said he had something else and went back out to the car to get it.  He walked in with a 39" VIZIO Flat Screen TV!  He grinned at me and said, "Happy Mother's Day!"  Of course, I started to cry and he said he knew that would happen and just gave me a big hug.

Thank you, Wayne, for such a wonderful Mother's Day gift!  My three sons are the best and I am one blessed mother.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

My Day of Rest and Worship

In honor of my mother.

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

Exodus 20:12

Friday, May 10, 2013

And the Winner Is. . .

Drum roll, please!

Congratulations, Jean Fitch!  You are the winner of the set of beautiful Graphic 45 cards.  They will be on their way to you just as soon as you e-mail your mailing address to me at  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them.

Here is one last look at the set of six Graphic 45 cards.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

This is what I get to do at work!

Tomorrow is the winner of the card set will be announced but in the meantime, I thought I'd share a project I made one afternoon at work.  We had some frames come in that were damaged so they were put in the clearance section.  My manager thought it would be a good thing to show that the frames could still be used.  With a bit of sanding and a few whacks with a hammer, actually, the frame is so solid that the hammer barely made an impression.  A few flourishes and a wee bit of bling and here you have the finished project.  I love the little girl in the picture.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Graphic 45 April Card Six

And, now it's time to share the last card in the set and my all time favorite.  It's a tri-fold card with lots of layers and lots of detail.  There were two identical pieces with the ladies so you could fussy cut one and add it to the other for a shadowbox effect.  I love this card with all of the blue and the daisies on the stamp.

There you have it.  Six beautiful cards that can be yours.  Leave a comment to be included in the drawing.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Graphic 45 April Card Five

This pretty round anniversary card is blank on the inside so you can write your own note. The scallop circle, butterfly, flower and flourish were great additions to this card.  As I mentioned in another post, I am loving that Liquid Pearl by Ranger.  You put a small drop down where you want it and you get this great little pearl. 

One more day, one more card, one more chance to win them all.  Take time to leave a comment. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Graphic 45 April Card Four

This is one of my favorites in the set.  It's a birthday card and shows a group of ladies sitting around a table sharing tea and visiting.  It's a lovely way to celebrate a birthday, don't you think?  The oval set on the scalloped oval and the silky peach ribbon bring an element of softness and femininity to the card.

Only two more cards to share.  Have you left a comment so you can be included in the drawing?  You have until 11:59 p.m. on May 8th.  On Thursday, May 9th, the winner will be drawn and Friday, May 10th, the big announcement will be made.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

My Day of Rest and Worship

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing.  Knew ye that the Lord, he is God; it is he who hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth to all generations.

Psalms 100

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Graphic 45 April Card Three

How do you color Spring?  With shades of peach and green and blue and yellow and cream.  Card number three is a sweet one with tulips, geese and a little girl.  I have completely fallen in love with this Place in Time paper from Graphic 45.  All of the cards were made using the April Cut-Aparts.  I had not done much in the way of vintage but this paper makes it so easy.

Be sure to leave a comment on today's card.  The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning this beautiful six card set.  One thing I forgot to mention is that envelopes will be included with the cards.  Free cards, free envelopes and free shipping!  It doesn't get any better than that!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Graphic 45 April Card Two

This card was such a fun one to make and I love that the card base is made using the Tim Holtz® Sizzix Alterations Ornamental Die.  I sometimes forget that a card does not have to always be a certain shape.  All the cards in this set have lots of layers.  Because of this class, I've discovered Liquid Pearls by Ranger.  The color used throughout this set is Platinum Pearl.  It's a dimensional pearlescent paint that actually forms a little "pearl."

Isn't this just the prettiest thank you card!  I love the flowers, the flourish and the colors!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Graphic 45 April Card One

This is the first card made from the card kit.  Because I didn't put the kit together, I won't be able to provide the names for all the products used.  I will, however, share what I do know.  You'll find it under the photo.

The colors used for this card are peach, blue and cream.  The little card was made using the Tuck & Close Notecard Die from Taylored Expressions.  Now that is a die I think I need to get.  It will make some really great tags for gift bags.

Remember to leave a comment to be in drawing for this set of six cards.  Come back tomorrow and I'll share the second card made for this set.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Graphic 45 Place in Time Card Set

Time has gotten away from me today.  I spent my evening and this morning making up the cards that came in my Graphic 45 April Card Set.  They are beautiful cards!  Since I have to keep this short today I'm going to show you the whole set and over the next several days, I'll share each one with you so you can see all the detail on each card.  As I said, it is a beautiful set of cards.  I love the Place in Time paper from Graphic 45.

So, what do you think so far?  Aren't they great cards?  Leave a comment today and on any of the other Graphic 45 card days and you'll be entered in a drawing to receive all six of these beautiful cards.  I'll be posting the other cards between now and May 8th, so you have plenty of chances to win.  But be sure to leave a comment before 11:59 p.m. CST on May 8th to be included in the drawing.  A winner will be announced on Friday, May 10.