CC Valentine Tag Swap

CC Valentine Tag Swap
Make a Valentine tag that can hold candy or small treat.

I cut the the library pocket card and dinosaur with my Cricut and used the following: Cuttlebug embossing folder, EK Flag punch, CM Heart punch, Bazzill cardstock, miscellaneous tulle and heart epoxy sticker, Close To My Heart stamp

SSSD "Snow Buddies" Tag Swap

SSSD "Snow Buddies" Tag Swap
The guidelines were anything to do with snow, snowflakes, snowmen, sledding, snowballs,etc. 
Color selection was to use Stampin UP colors:Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Plum, Pale Plum, White, Black
My element choice: Tags

I used--
my Cricut to cut the tag, scallop, circle and snowflake
Stampin UP punch, rubber stamp, ink
Bazzill cardstock
Miscellaneous white chunky glitter and tulle

The Documented Life Project 2014

So excited to have my tip-ins and tabs completed.
If you would like to know more about The Documented Life Project go here!

The Season of Epiphany

This water-colour, Ephipany Tryptich - The Star, by Katherin Burleson of the Saints Martha and Mary Mission, Trinidad California, is one of a series celebrating the "unexpected in each story" that is part of the Epiphany.

Epiphany: Christ revealed to the world

The season of Epiphany, which begins on the Feast of the Epiphany, 6th January, varies in length depending on the date set for Easter. Traditionally lasted until the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple on 2nd February. 

With the exception of Easter, Epiphany is the oldest season of the church year. In the early church, it was a time when new converts were admitted to the church after a period of preparation. The word Epiphany comes from the Greek, epiphaneia, which means, manifestation, showing forth.

At first, Epiphany was a celebration of both the birth and baptism of Jesus. As Christmas became a separate season, the Epiphany changed became a celebration emphasise the manifestation, the revealing, of Jesus to the world, acknowledged by the wise men from the East who came to worship him. The Bible does not say how many wise men there were, nor does it say that they were kings. They presented three kinds of gifts to the Christ Child: gold, frankincense and myrrh.

When his parents presented Jesus at the Temple, Simeon called him a "Light to the Gentiles" and the "Glory of Israel". When Jesus was baptised, he was declared to be God's beloved Son, with whom God was well pleased.

SSSD Snowman Tag Swap

Swap Details: Make a tag, theme snowman, must be 2" or larger and embellished at least 1 time.

I cut my tags on my Cricut, Red Lead snowman stamp, Close To My Heart Archival Ink in black,Stampin UP chalks, miscellaneous: book pages, pink glitter ribbon and tulle.

Day Twelve of the Twelve Days of Christmas

Follower of Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1525) The Adoration of the Magi.

In the Celtic tradition, this daily celebration of the coming of the light of each day then became a daily reminder of heaven, of the future light of eternity:

O God, who broughtest me from the rest of last night
Unto the joyous light of this day,
Be Thou bringing me from the new light of this day
Unto the guiding light of eternity.
Oh! From the new light of this day
Unto the guiding light of eternity.

Then there is a prayer in the evening, as the light fades at dusk, at the time of "the change-over routine," as naturalists in Africa call that moment when evening falls and the wild creatures welcome the coming of the darkness.

I am in hope, in its proper time,
That the great and gracious God
Will not put out from me the light of grace
Even as thou dost leave me this night.

This is a reminder of something that is only too easy to forget in a culture of urban values: both the light and the dark have a role to play. John Davies, a bishop who has known both Africa and England, and who now lives on the borders in North Wales, reminds us: "There is a place within the providence of God for the darkness, the night, the shadow. Our individual formation is in the dark, between conception and birth. The mysterious workings of our bodies are in the dark. The seed grows secretly in the dark. … We need to recognize and work with this darkness, even when we feel that it is opposing the light which is the primary gift of God."
— To Pause at the Threshold: Reflections on Living on the Border, by Esther de Waal. Morehouse Publishing, 2001.

January Book of the Month

Looking for something to read? 
This month's selection is: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty 


My last New Year's Eve in my 30's. I believe it was the BEST one yet!!! 

2013 lived up to that expectation that I set. It has been the hardest year of my life, and one of immense transformation as I embarked on a powerful healing journey after being told I was with cancer. 

This year my word for 2014 is EXPANSION. I strongly believe that we attract what we put out into this world. The very meaning of the word “the act or process of expanding"  is strong and powerful. To me it means movement. It means results. I want to take all parts of my life to a new upward level and to reach out and help others who want to do so in their life as well. HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!! You can accomplish anything you set your mind to do. 

What is YOUR word and your why for 2014?

Wishing you peace, love and happiness today and always!!!