Elegant Teal Olives – CC179

Today has been the best day!  It’s beautiful weather here in Jackson and Ola, my best friend from high school, spent the morning with me.  We talked and talked, caught up on kids and church and just had the best time.  She has taken a job in Kentucky, so will be moving soon.  I will miss her terribly, but she will only be two hours away.  God has blessed me with wonderful friends and I am so thankful that they are in my life.

The colors for today’s challenge are just gorgeous together.  Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive and Taken with Teal.  Ola brought me a bag of goodies, so this card will go to her as a thank you for the gifts and for being a wonderful friend to me for all these years.

Supplies:  Stamps:  Small Script, Inkadinkado Tin Can Mail; Paper:  Elegant Eggplant, Taken with Teal, Old Olive, PTI White; Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive; Accessories:  Cuttlebug Script Embossing Folder, Antique Brass HPH, Eggplant GG Ribbon, Dimensionals, Aquapainter;




Along the Shore with Kim – FS79 (Blondie090277)

The Bridal shower luncheon is over and was so much fun.  Whew! Less than two weeks to the big day and I still have lots to do- but I decided to take a day off and create something special for Kim, aka blondie090277, who is this week’s very deserving Featured Stamper.  I those this card from her gallery to case.  My changes:  Changed the image, the cardstock and DP, but tried to keep the same theme and sketch.  My sweet friend Lisa loaned me the wonderful Along the Shore stamp set – one that I am stalking on eBay but I doubt I will be able to afford the current prices it is getting.  I water colored the image and sponged some bashful blue around the clouds and did a little distressing and sponging on some of the layers.  I like the finished product so much that this might go into the “keeper” box!

Supplies:  Stamps:  Along the Shore, Weathered; Paper:  PTI White, Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke, Basic Grey DP; Ink:  Stazon Jet Black, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Bashful Blue, Old Olive; Accessories:

Sure hope your week is off to a great start.

Blessings,  Diane

Filled With Joy – Bible Verse Challenge- SC188

Every day is Thanksgiving for me because of the wonderful things God has done in my life.  But often times I fail to praise Him for the great things that challenges bring to my life.  It seems I spend more time asking than thanking.  My long time best friend Ola sent me this email last week.  It’s a little long, but I was filled to the top after I read it.  A wonderful example of our blessings.


I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, ‘This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.’

I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.

The angel then said to me, ‘This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them. ‘I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. ‘This is the Acknowledgment Section,’ my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed ‘How is it that there is no work going on here?’ I asked.

‘So sad,’ the angel sighed. ‘After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments.’

‘How does one acknowledge God’s blessings?’ I asked.

‘Simple,’ the angel answered. Just say, ‘Thank you, Lord.’

‘What blessings should they acknowledge? ‘ I asked.

‘If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.’

‘And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity. ‘

‘If you woke up this morning with more health than illness … you are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day.’

‘If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation … you are ahead of 700 million people in the world.’

‘If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.’

‘If your parents are still alive and still married …you are very rare.’

‘If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you’re unique to all those in doubt and despair.’

Ok, what now? How can I start?

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.


Acknowledge Dept.: ‘Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people to share it with.’

God Loves You

Supplies:  Paper:  PTI Chocolate, Groovy Guava, Mellow Moss, Confetti Cream, Basic Grey Urban Couture; Accessories:  Computer generated verse, Primas, Close to Cocoa brads, Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy EF, Cutterpede scallop edge, Dimensionals.



Pomegrante Peace – CC178

I didn’t know that retirement could be so busy!  But, I am enjoying every minute of it.  The wedding is just over two weeks away and my sister and I are staying pretty busy with last minute details.  I am hosting a bridal shower this week for my niece Jill and working on the music for the ceremony and reception.   Hubby got fitted for his tux last week and I’ve got to find time to shop for my outfit.  I am also trying to get the boxes unpacked and pictures on the wall for the shower, so I haven’t had the time to do much stampin’.

The new Stampin’ Up catalog is on the way and I can’t wait to see all the new stuff.  So for the past few weeks we have been saying “goodbye” to the current In Colors since they won’t be available anymore.  I am looking forward to the new set of colors, but I did love these old ones and will miss working with them everyday.

Today the color challenge was another In Color farewell.  We could use any Neutral and any one or more of the six retiring colors.  I chose three of the colors to make this pretty Christmas card.

I sure hope your week is going well- we are trying to stay cool here in the South with temps every day in the mid-high nineties.

Supplies: Stamps: Penny Black Berry Branch, PTI Believe; Paper:  PTI White, Purely Pomegrante, Groovy Guava; Ink: Purely Pomegrante, Wild Wasabi; Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Tool, Paper Piercer and Dimensionals.