Thursday, April 29, 2010

Troll Knoll Card

Remember those trolls we used to collect? Well, I found this troll stamp at a thrift store and just had to have it. You see my little sister, as a child, bought a small troll doll for my mother for her birthday one year. Mom said it was so ugly it was cute! Several years ago, my mother returned the favor, giving my sister a 12" one for Christmas, so you see why I just had to have this stamp (so I could make a birthday card for each of their upcoming birthdays. *wink*) I was inspired to make the knoll from the Hobbit homes on the movie – "The Lord of the Rings." It is made from a sheet of 8 ½" x 11" piece of tan cardstock, folded in half, with the fold as the top of the card, cut into a bowl shape, then stamped all over with the grass stamp turned upside down. I made the other parts separate and glued them down to the base card. I stuck two tiny pieces of sticky backed velcro squares to the inside covers, so that a ribbon could be used to make it stand up. The grey tongue looking thing is actually the flagstone sidewalk. I folded it up inside the card when I sent it through the mail. Here's the stamps I used to make it:
Uptown Rubber Stamps Holly Pond Hill by Susan Wheeler #G13056 window; Stampabilities Spring Wheelbarrow #GR1024; Stampcraft Picket Fence #440H11; Rubber Stampede Background stamp > looks like giraffe spots; Stamp Affair The Troll Company Norfin; All Night Media Posh Presents #550-G24 Grass; Stampcraft Daisy #440D99, Dots Grass Cluster #D103; TM Designs True Love Rosebud; Rubber Stampede Large Dot Label #3217F.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Mother's Prayer

By Mrs. Dolores J. Rush

Yea, I am the mother of an ADD child
Daily, I practice tough love
I shall not want to
Strangle that stubborn little neck,
But guide him towards paths of
Righteousness. To you, Lord.
Even though I walk through
The shadow of the Valley of
Weary Resignation
(Am I getting through to him??)
I will fear no hopeless situations
For you art with us;
Your presence and your arms comfort me.
And even though I walk through
The valley of the shadow of
Governmental “social reformers”
I will fear no evil
For you art with us.
You prepare a table of Joy
In the presence of my enemies
You annoint my head with wisdom.
My cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love follow me
As I try to follow you all the days of my life.
(Oh, for your stamina to live through today. . .)
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Thank you, Lord, for your provision of grace. Amen!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Post-it-note Postcard Idea

Here's an idea for you for a post-it-note postcard. Decorate the card with a smiley face and stick a post-it note on the back side where you might write this bit of poetry topped off with a sad face, add a postage stamp & address it so they can return it to you, then insert it into an envie and mail to your friend!

Poem by Dolores J. Rush.

How dry I am, How wet I'll be
If I don't find a note from thee.
I'll cry a lot and wail from here
Oh, Oh! I shed a tear!

I shed a tear, my heart is broke,
Make that two, my face is soaked.
My eyes are red and I am sad
Write a note and make me glad!

your friend, ___________________
(insert your name here)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Bookmark

I made these little bookmarks for our Wednesday morning Ladies Bible Study group that I participate in. The front side with the embossed tulip, has a punched out star by the handwritten word "faith" with a tiny mustard seed in it. The back side is a list of Christ-like attributes from the book we were studying at the time – "The Power of a Praying Woman" by Stormie Omartian. I laminated the bookmarks so they would remain sturdy.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Button, Button, . . .

Recently, my hubbin and I visited a new Bass Pro shop and it was family day with lots of activities for children. I've made many of the crafts offered, but one caught my eye that I haven't done before and that's making buttons from deer antlers.

Many years ago, before our son was born, we were members of a hunting and fishing club in the town we lived in at the time. They were big into historical reenactments too and I had a blast learning about the period items I could make like calico prairie dresses, shirts, and leather possible bags with beadwork. I felt my son for the first time when he kicked me in utero after several cannons went off at a rendevous. You know, boys and their toys! *smile*

Monday, April 5, 2010

Tell Me

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered . . .” ~ Exodus 17: 14- 15

Moses argued with God too. He knew his shortcomings only too well, but God chose him in spite of them and equipped him to not only be a messenger to the Egyptian Pharaoh, but to also lead his people from Egypt and to be instrumental in the forming of the new Israelite nation by writing down God’s law.

I often feel inadequate and intimidated by my shortcomings too. Many times I have felt “slow of speech and tongue” nor eloquent when writing in a card. Yet, the Lord reminds me that he is my Creator just as he was Moses’ and he will instruct me in the words to say.

Prayer: Lord, today, I ask you for wisdom (James 1:5). Please give me the right words to bless & encourage those I am writing today. I ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Today’s Tip:
"Keep up the public relations portion of the church. Send birthday or anniversary cards, write letters, and make phone calls. Write letters to members or just people in the community when they have achieved something or had their names in the news media. Thank people for helping with a function. Write those who have problems or are despondent. Write college students and encourage them to be sure and have a church home in their college town." ~ Bob Hinds.