Sunday, May 29, 2011
7 Challenges - 7 freebies. 6 completed layouts and a few cards! Too much fun!
Today was a hybrid challenge. Kari provided a super card template and this is what I created! I printed this out on nice cardstock (and printed an extra sentiment banner which I layered over the original with pop-dots) I inked the edges of the card and banner. I will likely add a few prima flowers and maybe stickles - just because those are my favorite embellishments. I used by the Shore designs "Just Because" paper collections for this (which are still on sale over at Faith Sisters for only a few more days! - click here to head to the sale)
This has been a fun week at jessicasprague.com. I love a good challenge. I hope you joined me on this crafty journey.
Wishing you a blessed weekend....by the Shore
As I type this I am looking out the back door - the sun is shining, the grass is green (well, almost) and a doe is gently grazing in my backyard. The girls are out of school for the summer and I was blessed to enjoy an early anniversary dinner last night with my husband of (almost) 19 years. Life is good.
speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord ~ Ephesians 5:19
This weeks bible verse is one I could use again and again. Music is staple in our home. My oldest daughter takes after my husband and can play almost any instrument she picks up. This year she was in five bands/orchestras. She has traveled around the country (and around the world) to share her gifts. She loves to play and listen to many genres, with Contemporary Christian, Classical and Country being at the top of her list. My youngest one loves to sing and has even been known to sing in her sleep. And I...while I played clarinet and guitar a long (long) time ago - I enjoy turning the radio on and listening. I have been known to sing along in the car, at least till I am asked to stop. (rolling my eyes and chuckling)
Here is a layout that I created to celebrate our Palm Sunday service this year - our Sunday School children participated in our annual Parade of Palms in the sanctuary and then blessed us at each service with musical offerings. I could listen all day to the voices of young children singing praise to our Lord! I used by the Shore designs "Just Because" paper collections for this layout - available in my store at Faith Sisters (and they are currently on sale here)
This week, I challenge you to share with us how music moves you. What is your favorite praise music? When do you listen? Do you have a favorite artist? (you get the idea)
Here is a little (free) wordart to get you started. CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOAD
Come visit our Providence 365 Forum at Faith Sisters thread and share your layout and be sure to post it in our Providence 365 gallery. (And if you are new to Providence 365, we invite you to check out a few of the last 21 weeks. The freebies are still available and we would love for you to work on those challenges as your time permits.)
Wishing you a great day...by the shore
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Today's challenge was a title challenge - using the title "TRUE STORY". With my girls there are so many great stories I could tell...on this layout I shared about Georgie's ability to repeat verbatim what she hears on tv. And isn't it funny (or not) how our little ones will repeat things at the most inopportune times....guess this is the stuff memories are made of.
Friday, May 27, 2011
you can download this template for free as long as you do so before day 6 of the challenge is posted - so head on over to the general forum at jessicasprague.com
Two days left in the 7 Days in May ~ I have completed 5 layouts so far and am anxious to see what days 6 and 7 bring. Won't you join me, I love a good challenge!
p.s. schools out for the summer! let the fun begin!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I used Persnickety Prints Lavendar and Chicks Kit for this layout.
Remember to head over to jessicasprague.com before Day 5 is posted to not only download the free template and participate in the Day 4 challenge. I am tickled, I have another layout in my "to be printed" folder. Almost time to send off an order to Persnickety Prints!
Have a great day...by the Shore
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I use paper and elements from kits available at Persnickety Prints. Make sure you head over to the general forum at jessicasprague.com, download today's freebie and participate in today's challenge. It's fun, it's easy and I simply love having another layout in my "to be printed" folder!
Have a great day....by the Shore
Monday, May 23, 2011
Just Because Spots and Dots Paper Collection features 4 dotted swiss papers and 5 patterned papers filled with.....you got it....spots and dots.
Just Because Solids and Stripes Collection features 4 textured solid papers and 8 patterned papers which have lots of......stripes!
Today, LivE hosted the challenge and had a free template. I simply love templates which allow for many pictures ('cause you know I just love to snap away when having fun with my girls) And with a template as perfect as this, I can simply add paper, pictures and "voila", my layout is complete.
Here is my take on the challenge - short and sweet!
And this layout is also a sneak preview of one of my upcoming paper kits -"Just Because" to be released this week at Faith Sisters!
I can't wait to see what challenge will present itself tomorrow. Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
This layout uses this just released fully layered template, Touch of Springs paper collection (by the shore designs)
(And the Touch of Spring elements collection and Touch of Spring paper collection are now on sale at Faith Sisters - here)
Enjoy that "spring" in your step - by the Shore.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Here is a layout I made with this quickpage. I love the bright colors of Spring - everything is new and fresh - and spring brings us that much closer to summer!!
Are you looking for coordinating paper and elements. These are available at Faith Sisters too - our "Touch of Spring" elements collection and "Touch of Spring" paper collection are right here...
(and both of these collections are on sale - make sure you check these out)
Have a wonderful day - by the (spring) Shore....
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Recent weeks have been busy ones for me. I have felt overwhelmed and over worked. I know that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. This is my favorite bible verse – yet I am still learning that while I CAN do all things, I do not HAVE to do all things.
I am learning to balance life, to step back a bit, to take time for me. I have a long way to go, but I am confident that this balance is one that I can find.
Where do you go when you are tired? What do you do? How do you refresh?
Once I completed everything that needed to be done these past few weeks – I was able to step back and relax a bit. I was able to His that have sadly gone unnoticed and unappreciated during the hustle and bustle of “life”. The warmth of the morning sun as I walked with a friend; the sound of a gentle rain; the laughter of a young child, the time to reflect on His word – each a and a gift. I am finding joy in the little things that surround me.
As you work on this week’s Providence 365 challenge – take time for personal reflection, are you finding joy in His daily ? Are you taking time for you? Know that God loves you. He is there to wrap His arms around you and provide you with the rest that we all need.
I hope you this week's word art. You can download it here....
Please share your layout in the Providence 365 Gallery at Faith Sisters and post a link to it in our forum. Barbara and I love to see how you use our wordart and to see your individual takes on the weekly Providence 365 prompts.
Have a blessed week.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
We have so much to be thankful for, even in times that are troubling. In the past year, we have witnessed earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados, flooding. Most of us from the comfort of our homes… watching tv, reading the daily news or surfing the internet. And sadly, there are some of us that have experienced these tragedies first hand.
Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, my soul.
I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Psalm 146: 1,2
Sometimes it is difficult sing our praises during adversity – but we are called to be thankful, to sing praises at all times….”all my life”.
When we praise God – even in tough times – we BELIEVE that He will keep His promises. When we praise God, we TRUST him. When we praise God, we are pushing the devil away. When we praise God, we know that He LOVES us.
This week, take some time to reflect on how and when you praise God. Remember that He keeps His promises, we can trust Him and that He loves us unconditionally.
Praise the Lord!
(and here is word-art for your layout or special project to help with that Praise)
Here is the link to our Faith Sisters Forum for Providence 365-Week 18.
Have a blessed week!