Monday, February 18, 2019

Flowers for February

February. It seems to last forever! How is it possible that the shortest month of the year always feels soooo long?

I think I need some flowers.

And until I can get to the store to buy real flowers, then I will have to settle for paper flowers.

I made this card using the Petals and Pallets stamp set from Concord and 9th.

{Today's Brew: Petals and Pallets stamp set (Concord and 9th), PTI inks and card stock, button twine (PTI), SU embossing folder}

Blessings on your Monday, cafe friends!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Together: Acts 2

Our congregation has been spending some time in the book of Acts recently, looking at the early church and applying it to our church today.

Acts 2:42-47 has always been a powerful example of what it means to be the church. It is a simple formula, really. The Word, fellowship, bread and wine, prayer.

In other words, they did life together.

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need." Acts 2: 42-45

The Christian life is not meant to be solitary. We are not meant to live as Lone Rangers. We come together. Worship together. Pray together. Sing together. Eat together. We hear the word together. We confess together. We receive forgiveness of sins together. We praise God together. We take care of each other.

And that, in a nutshell, is church.

Today, our pastor told the story of speaking with a visiting nurse this week, who said that she hasn't been to church in a long time because church can seem so judgmental.

Yes, church can be that way. The Word convicts us, because we are sinners. But we can look to the cross to remember that Christ died for our sins, and for our neighbor's sins, too.

As the popular saying goes, the church isn't a hotel for saints, it is a hospital for sinners. We go to church for the healing that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

"And day by day, attending temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved." Acts 2:46-47

I love these words because they remind us of one important fact. It isn't the pastor that grows the church with his dynamic sermons. It isn't the youth program with their sports leagues and their pizza parties. It isn't the women's group with that popular speaker and author.

None of those things grow the church.

The Lord grows the church. Period.

What can we do? We can receive God's blessings with glad and generous hearts. We can praise God at every opportunity. We can go to worship and open our homes to others. We can bear witness to the amazing things that God has done for us.

Together. What a beautiful place that is!

{Today's Brew: Concord and 9th Perfectly Penned stamp set,  PTI die cut, MFT stencil, PTI inks}

Friday, February 15, 2019

Citrus Orange For a Dose of Vitamin C

I crave citrus in the winter. I guess I need that extra dose of vitamin C to get me through the dark and dreary days. I usually eat two or three clementines a day. So juicy and good for you!

Sometimes, I like to inject a little Vitamin C into my card making, too. There's nothing like a bright splash of orange to bring on the cheer!

{Today's Brew: Triple Step Hooray stamp set (Concord and 9th), PTI inks and card stock, baker's twine, MFT stitched banner die}

And here's another card, featuring orange flowers. I added a little bling in place of berries.

{Today's Brew: Blooms Fill In stamps (Concord and 9th), PTI inks and card stock, rhinestone twinkles from amuse studio}

Thanks for visiting the cafe!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

A Funny Valentine Inspired by HGTV Fixer Upper

Sometimes, you just need a funny sentiment that you will not be able to find from a stamp company. That's when alphabet stamps come to the rescue!

I had this idea for a card that gave a nod to HGTV's Fixer Upper. If you are a fan of the show, then you know how Chip and Jo love to use shiplap in their houses.

I created the "shiplap" background using the Barnwood Background stamp from Concord and 9th. I embossed it with white embossing powder on a soft stone background.

The sentiment was made using Concord and 9th's Perfectly Penned alphabet stamps.

A little pop of pink gives this card a hint of Valentine's Day.

I made this card for my sister, Tina. She loves Fixer Upper, and has even made a trek to the Silos in Waco!

Happy Valentine's Day, cafe friends!

Monday, February 11, 2019

A Reason to Celebrate!

Happy Winter Monday, cafe friends!

Brrr...more snow blew in last night. It looks like winter is here to stay.

So why am I  celebrating? Because it's my sister, Sue's birthday this week! Valentine's Day, to be exact.

And today, we will celebrate with a girls lunch out...just Mom and my sisters. Good times!

Will there be cake? Chances are good!

{Today's Brew: Concord and 9th stamp set, MFT sentiment inside, MFT banner die, Concord and 9th scallop die, PTI inks and card stock, Lawn Fawn sequin, enamel dot}

Thanks for visiting the cafe today!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Nature Journal: A New Crafty Resolution

As I mentioned last month in another post, I am meditating on the word "gratitude" this year. One way that I am hoping to add gratitude to my days is with a nature journal. I want to be thankful for the day, living in the moment and not wishing the day away for some unknown future. For example, not pining for warm sunny 75 degree days in the middle of a polar vortex.

This is my attempt to live in the "This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it" attitude.

So I picked up this really expensive field journal.

Just kidding! I got this little pocket sized watercolor journal from Walmart for under $5.

I take a lot of nature photos on my i-phone...walking the dog, visiting a park, zipping through the countryside. Whatever strikes my fancy. I'm using these photos as inspiration for quick little nature studies.

My husband calls me a dabbler. He's right, of course. But I like to think that in my dabbling, I'm stretching myself creatively. And who knows? Maybe that creativity will cross over into my faith, or my writing, or my cooking, or my gardening.

Maybe it has more to do with just being observant.

Take for example, these beautiful photos from last week's ice storm!

I could have been whining that the ice kept us all indoors. Instead, I was outside marveling at its beauty.

I would say that's progress.

Blessings on your weekend, cafe friends!

Friday, February 8, 2019

A Chalky Thank You

Do you like chalkboards? I still love mine! I decorate two chalkboards with seasonal images, words from a hymn, bible passages...just a nice way to make a positive, life affirming statement in the home.

This card was inspired by a similar project from the Concord and 9th blog. When I saw it, I knew I had to purchase the stamp set and dies "Petals and Pallets". Such a fun set! I used PTI Smokey Shadow card stock, embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder, and then used a white ink pad to give it the messy chalk board look.

{Today's Brew: Petals and Pallets stamps and dies (Concord and 9th), PTI inks and card stock}

Blessings on your Friday, cafe friends!