Something New!!

I want this to be a resource for you to find Sentiment and Bible verse downloads and art for your paper projects- at no cost to you. I have added two new pages to keep thing searchable for you; Scriptures - Sentiments and Images. Click on the tab for the latest first and then scroll through for more choices. Please grab my button and share the blessing!!

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Word Art Wednesday!

I am very excited about the month of March and Word Art Wednesday, why?  Well 4 more awesome scriptures to be blessed with would be the first reason.  The second reason would be that I have the privilege of being the Guest Design Team member for the month March!!  I am very happy to be a part of this wonderful group of Godly women.  I have been participating for about 3 years and I am thankful to have this resource to help my mission of encouragement and getting the Word out.
Word Art Wednesday has opened doors for me that I couldn't have even imagined when I first started serving God and writing scriptures on pretty papers and passing them out by the thousands - 35 years ago.
This weeks verse is wonderful for making masculine cards, it gives the men in your life a perfect blessing for any occasion.

My card

This is such an important verse, and appropriate and encouraging at any time!

I highly suggest you stop over to Word Art Wednesday,  enter the challenge, you may win a wonderful prize.  Check out the design teams inspiring creations, leave a little love!
Thank you for stopping by,
Ginny M.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Scrap cards, Word Art Wednesday and a printable!

More Scrap cards and last minute Word Art Wednesday entry!  I have been so blessed by this little image my sister Robin posted on Face Book.  It is one of those scriptures that just seem to arrest your thinking, I am both encouraged and challenged by this verse.  

I love the ocean and the peace that is always there for me. So this image is one I loved immediately.  I made these twelve cards in the scrap challenge and they will go to the women in my prayer and bible study group, I really want to share the blessing this has been to me!!

Here are my cards:

They are all just a little bit different.
I hope you are able to download and enjoy this image as much as I am!

I hope you have time to stop by Word Art Wednesday,
 there is a wonderful devotion and a terrific  challenge!
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

                                                                      Says it all: 3/2/15

A Scrap Card Challenge

I started a scrap  card challenge on my face book group. I am not one to save every teeny tiny scrap of paper or fabric, but I am all for good stewardship.  I like to think I have found the good middle ground.
This is the challenge: collect your scraps, photo, weigh, photo and post in the album, make cards and photo and post them.  It is an exercise in using what you have and not getting more.  In the craft world that is a very important

So I weighed and photo'd mine:

Almost 6LBS of scrap paper!

I sorted it in male/female cards parts:

All this scrap brought on yet another room sort, which was fun and hopefully making my work area more efficient.
I'm looking forward to making card from these bits, so far I have one little card done: and it is double duty I made this card for an OSA challenge.

Having had to photo this card before the time expired, this cards' Glossy Accents was still wet!!

I am furthering the challenge personally to make sure all these cards get sent out with words of encouragement!

Of course there is a prize, my group doesn't know this yet but if you are a part of it this will be the challenge prize!!:

Why?  Because I am always (almost every Friday) reminding my group to back-up!!!

If you are interested in joining my group, leave a comment.  We have lots of fun things going on!

Stay tuned for more scrap cards!
Thanks for stopping by,
Ginny M

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Rock and a freebie

Yesterday I attended a women's prayer and bible study group, I have been going to this group for 13 years, the verses we were looking at along with prayer led me in my mind back to the south west where my walk not only started but my  foundation thinking formed.  I did not have a church to help me, I had to rely  on the Word.   I lived in a tough environment and  one thing I learned fast was that I could depend on the Lord to lead me and keep me safe.  He never failed me. He led me as a tender shepherd, brought me peace and comfort. I learned to rely on that  voice.

This verse became a 'way mark' in my life, it was one of the first verses I learned: from Psalm 125:

'They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.'

I kept that verse on my dresser for over 20 years.  When the father of my children left me and I remained single for almost a decade raising my kids, it brought me great comfort to know that   that while man may not be faithful God always is. It reminded me of how temporary the things of this life are and how enduring the Love of God is.  It reminded me that by trusting God I could never be removed from His love and that He would never leave or forsake me, that love was both around and in me.

I think of those verses and I am struck with the agelessness of the Creator, and  the whisper of time my own mortality occupies.  I was not there when those mountains were set round about Jerusalem, and after a few moments when I am gone, they will still be there, holding and protecting future generations.

I invite you to think about this verse in your life.  Are you as Mount Zion, safe in the center of His care, His will?  If you aren't pick up your bible and turn to PS 125 and  ask the Lord to become that real to you and find your self embraced in His love.  His love that is ageless and stronger than mountains.

I made this freebie for you today, to use in your art work or maybe to frame and  put on your dresser.

I pray God Bless you richly meeting your needs above and beyond your hopes!
Thanks for stopping by,
Ginny M

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

More than conquerors in this life !

I heard some very good news this morning from my friend in South Carolina, no she didn't mention it was 50 there and -10 here.  This  good news sparked something in my thinking and I wanted to share that with you along with the good news and wonderful photography.
The story starts here:
Part one
My friends Jane, Beth and Lori are all globe trotters.  they've gone all over the world.  While we were at dinner they were talking about trips and places and all I could think of was the time I got lost in Tiajauna. While they were talking, I was getting a little mad, mad at myself because a couple hours earlier I was thinking I was doing really good driving ALL THE way to the restaurant. I'm pretty sure that was 15 miles away in the next city.  Somewhere in their travel talk I realized I was shrinking my world, allowing little fears to create big walls.  They didn't notice, when Lori was talking about how bad the traffic is in Moscow and Beth how beautiful the Greece is and Jane how exciting Paris at night was, they didn't notice the little chick in the seat next to them breaking out of her shell!  That night I drove through the downtown and and went the long way Home..  That traveling fear had been creeping up into my life gradually, I've driven all over the country and not been fearful, it SNUCK up on me.  I decided I am not going to limit my world and I am not going to be afraid of the unknown I got into a physical limitation rut,  But I Got out of it!  I felt free and I felt fear less.
Thank you Jane Beth and Lori for inspiring me!

Part two:
I think women can easily fall into a creative rut, our bodies slow down, we gain weight loose mobility and start getting sedentary in out thinking and in our doing.  As A womens' ministry leader I see this all the time, it is like watching  women fall off a three foot cliff into a temperpedic kingsize bed,  they cant get up and then wonder why life is such a snore.
God Gave us talents and gifts, he gave us those to use, when the kids are grown and gone, it is still time to use them, maybe even more so.  If we don't use them we can become very suffocated, we understand that more clearly as depression. Mid life, 40+ I think should be the most creative time of our life and the time to enrich our lives and those around us.  A time to reap a little of what we have sewn in our younger years.  If you have physical limitations, you can still use your gifts, Teach, Reach, Love. those gifts do not need a strong body, just a determined heart.  These gifts in our lives play like a song and the Word says He will give us a song in the night, if you have lost yours, ask Him and he will help you hear it and play it again.  Get out of the creative rut!  Teach, Reach Love and have a great time in the process!  I have another friend Lori, and she has dealt with crippling health issues for the last decade, Her life has touched hundreds of women with courage and fortitude via the means of Cross Stitching.  She has been sending out packets of love and encouragement around the world. No matter what she has never giving up on giving of herself and teaching others.\
Thank you Lori for inspiring me no matter what my physical limitations might be!
Lori's Art:

Part Three:
My friend Pam  in SC was just selected as one of eight SC photographers for the SC State Park Artist in Residency for 2015!! Pams' life took major changes like many of ours have, Finding herself single in mid life, she built a business, raised and married her daughter and pursued her love of photography. All her hard work has paid off, and now she will enjoy a weeks stay at edisto State park, photographing wildlife. Her gifts will bless others yes, but by pursing her love/gift she is creating a very deep level of fulfillment in her life, and this will inturn grow great fruit. I think this is the way things should be. Pursuing our gifts using and exploring. We have been made to be creative beings, whether it is cross stich, photography or cooking or what ever your passion is, that is part of the gift within you!
Pam didn't say I wish I could, She did. She got out of the rut Life might have placed her in and found creative and lifetime freedom.

Thank you Pam for being an inspiration!

Pam has a open FB site here click and enjoy! Some of her lovely photos:

And this I couldn't resist, I saw the half heart and had to complete it

I'd like to encourage you to get out of your rut of 
Physical limitations
Creative Limitations
Life phase Limitations
be free and enjoy the gifts you have been blessed with, they are waiting for you !

Thanks you for stopping by
Ginny M

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Taking a big step

Ever have one of those "Visions" where you work and work and work and it doesn't happen , but something says keep working it?  Well that is where I have been with Maxam Made.  I had this model in my head using the Word as an out reach and getting as many people on my "team" as possible and having a ministry happen with those team members and have a lot of fun in the process.  On Saturday I had a huge answer to prayer happen.  I was in a rush to get out the door to my card party, I was finishing my hair and when I put the first hair pin in I said " Lord I need......" I put the second pin in and the phone rang, by the time I put the third pin in my prayer was answered. To spare you all the details, I found a wonderful Company in CA to produce beautiful Red Rubber cling mount stamps for Maxam Made!    I will be able to sell my stamps and stuff in my classes and in my Etsy store and from my blogs!
This is why I have been doing less blogging the last two weeks, I've been working on Maxam Made getting made, oh and shoveling, Lots of snow in western MA!
I have been making cards in between things for swaps and such

Card with clock swap

 St. Patricks Day swap

 Card for baby swap

Oriental Stamp Art challenge

I'm going back to the chopping block (literally) Make card kits!
Thank you for stopping by and I can't wait to show you the new stamps!!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Another Card Party

I did another card party yesterday, and today I will be preparing for another one in between shoveling!!  yep another Nor'easter is due in this afternoon!
These gals are new card makers, we made 5 cards with a wonderful lunch my friend Betty provided of homemade bread and Ravioli soup!   A great way to spend a snowy afternoon!

Good times for a good cause, these cards all have destination  to reach with words of encouragement!
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M