Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A Cup of Coffee?

Ummmmmm, does anyone read this blog anymore? You all have been soooooo quiet lately. I don't just want to be writing and talking to myself here, so if you're still out there, say hi once in a while!!!!
The other day, I was in the mood to use up some of my scraps. My drawer, literally, is overflowing. I should take a picture of it to prove it to you. So, I either have to start using my scraps for cards, or, {{gasp}}, I'm gonna have to throw some out. I can't even begin to think about that option. So, scrap cards it is.

I found lots of yummy scraps to work with....lime green, orange and hot pink....fabulous. It's a touch of summer all over again.

The coffee cup image is from the fabulous Impression Obsession clear stamp set called, appropriately, Smell The Coffee. You can find it at Stamper's Dream. I don't even like coffee but I love this set!

This is a card anyone can make. In one fell swoop, you can use three pieces of that scrap paper stash that's threatening to eat you alive. I know I'm not the only one with this problem, LOL! Maybe if we can commit to making one scrap card everyday, this little "problem" might correct

Well, I'm not going to go into deep detail about my card because, well, lets face it. It's straightforward and totally uncomplicated. The most difficult thing about it is the paper-pieced coffee cup! If you DO find yourself with questions about the card though, be sure and drop me a comment. In fact, drop me a comment even if you don't have a question!

In case you haven't visited Stamper's Dream lately, stop in today and see all the fun new "stuff" Michelle's gotten in over the past month. She's gotten TONS of new JustRite products...the new Classic Oval Stampers, and the new Classic Oval Ensemble, which includes a whole bunch of oval borders and centers! And just this week, she got in some new Impression Obsession stamps and My Favorite Things stamps! Just in time for the holidays.....

Well, it's BSF morning today. I need to get myself ready to go. It has been very stressful here lately. Quite honestly, I feel like my life is spinning out of control. What can go wrong, has. I don't even know what to pray for anymore because the list is soooo long. And it's not long with superficial stuff either. It's clear, God is putting me right where he wants me, at his feet. Every day he is proving to me that I cannot do this alone. That I am powerless to control those things spinning out of control in front of me. He has placed me in the desert, of that I have no doubt. The only thing I have to grasp onto at this point is this promise...."I have plans for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11). I am reminding myself of this hundreds of times a day.



  1. What a pretty card! Perfect Summer for a Cold day in Idaho!

  2. Peggy S. from Ohio7:54 AM

    Hi, Amy! Believe me, you are not alone. This has been a very trying year for me, too. It does make one question everything. We just have to "keep on, keepin' on", knowing that God DOES have a plan for us. We must believe that it will get better, and we will be stronger, for having come through it. Hugs to You!

  3. Love the card. I've been doing a lot of scraps cards on my blog lately. Glad to be affirmed by an admired artist. Keep them coming.

  4. Of course we're still here..our lives are a little out of control,'re not alone!
    I enjoy stopping by your blog quite a few times a week, and I'm sure others do the same...sometimes we just don't take time to comment.
    I love the colors in this card...sure wish my scrappy cards came together this cute! ;) And who doesn't love a coffee card...we can relate!!
    I think many of us are struggling with things swirling around us lately. A few thoughts that have been helping me: 1. God is still on the throne. 2. Counting my blessings. Phil 4:8 3. All things will work together for good (even though each individual happening may not always seem good) Rom 8:28 4. Psalms...I love these during difficult times..David is so REAL when he cries out to God.
    I hope you find comfort and peace in your soul. Your blog is real and inspiring and you're such a testimony. Becoming a butterfly is not a beautiful process, but the end result sure is beautiful.
    Blessings and hope..
    D =)

  5. Carol Funicelli8:24 AM

    Amy - I love this card. You have such a talent for putting together bright colors and bold patterns. I love everything about this card including the layout and the scalloped edge - and I am a sucker for polka dots - do you happen to remember whose made that fabulous green paper with the white polka dots? I'd love to add that to my stash --hope your week is going well --


  6. I'm here and still reading, and WOWZERS your card is phenom!!!

  7. The card is beautiful.
    After reading what you wrote, I thought of this verse we repeat often at church meetings:

    "The Lord watch over me and thee while we are absent one from another."
    May that grant you a peaceful day ahead!
    Hugs to you:->

  8. I do hope your world gets better. God does know what he is doing so Keep the Faith.

  9. Debbie D. Dodd - Studio 3D10:52 AM


    I have about 50 blogs that download into my Google Reader - too many to comment on each one. But I know how you feel about wondering if anyone is out there. At the 1-year anniversary of my blog I put out a call for comments with the offer of 3 prize-winners to be drawn from the participants. A month later, I had SIX comments. One was from my mother and one from my daughter! I decided I had to blog for ME and if anyone else actually read it, that was a bonus. LOL! If you want to check it out I'm at

  10. the trouble with my husband putting all my blogs into google reader is that i have to click out of the reader to make a comment! i used to be content with them in the bar above my screen, but NO, he had to improve my experience!

    i'm still here, and i'm thankful you are still sharing. your card is too cool for school, and i like the sentiment so much!

    please be encouraged...somehow. you're putting yourself in the best possible position--at His feet--but it really is hard, i know.

  11. Love it! Your color combos are SO fantastic!!!
    I just read a quote and it made me smile-
    "Don't tell God how big your storm is, instead tell the storm how big your God is!"
    ((HUGS)) and prayers, Amy!!!

  12. Anonymous1:09 PM

    When my paper stash gets too out of control I put a bunch of it in an envelop and send it over to a friend of mine who's a second grade teacher. Her kids love using it it for their projects. They all made some amazing Mother's Day cards last year.
    Mary S

  13. I think everybody is busy lately. I've been reading thru Google Reader and I just haven't stopped to comment too much on anybody's blog lately... at least not as much as I used to. Be Blessed, I pray that you'll find relief and/or peace very soon. I pray that during this time, you'll be ever aware of His presence.

    Do you ever read the message Bible? Sometimes I find it so refreshing... This is 2 Corinthians 1 vs 3-5

    All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.

    Oh, and your card is wonderful. I really admire your 'bright' style!

  14. I love this saying! Way to use those scraps girl!!!

  15. O.K., I had to set the account, get all that mumbo set apart. Soooo,
    What a great job you do inspiring me and others with cards, words and strength. I have been checking you out daily and never gotten around to posting a comment. Kuddos to you every day. I always look forward to seeing you spread your sun(son)shine on me. ;-)

  16. Oh Scrap!! I forgot to tell you about my scrap paper solution. It was LIFE CHANGING for me. I go to my scrap drawers first and then if I can't find anything, I go to the full sheets. I'm ALWAYS using my scraps now. I'm not kidding about the life changing! Clean up is easier too... ahem.. when I clean up. I actually just blogged about it when I talked about organizing my craft space the other day. You can see pictures and everything!

  17. Stopping by to leave you some love, Amy. I pop in and read your blog and admire your artwork regularly. I'm just not good about leaving comments. But I am faithful to pray for you every day and that's even more important than comments. I'll try to improve on the comments, so you know I'm out here. : )

  18. I'm checking every day, too! Been a bit busy, though. It's easy to see in my BSF class that there are a lot of ladies hurting. I think this study of Moses will be helpful to many. Just keep looking for the things the Lord is trying to teach you - the trials you're going through will pass away (wish it would happen soon though!!!)

  19. This is a wonderful card! The colors are so "Amy!" Keeping you in my prayers, too! Take care!

  20. Anonymous3:28 AM

    Very pretty cards! Hang in there Amy!

    I noticed your son's football jersey is from Lakeville. My college roommate grew up and still lives in Lakeville -- Brenda Vucinovich Herald. Maybe you know her? I'm from the Chicago area, but went to school at St. Mary's in Winona.


  21. jennibell9:27 AM

    Yes, Amy, we're out here!!! Thanks for all you share. . .your trials, your joys, your family, your cards, your recipes. . .and even if NO ONE reads it isn't it just nice for you to see where you've been??? I've often throught I would like a blog just for that reason alone!! Too busy reading about other people and getting "involved" in their lives and mooching crafting ideas from them I guess :) Please, please, know that there are others out here praying for you. . .wishing all the best for you. I am going to try and find your e-mail and send you an incredible encouraging link that someone sent me yesterday. Please watch for it. . .my e-mail prefix is jbell72. Oh! And reading through these other comments. . .the one about sending scraps to a teacher -- FABULOUS idea, huh????

  22. jennibell9:28 AM

    Oh! One more thing. . .I'm going to make the ziti today!!! I printed up the recipe two days ago but didn't have a chance to do the grocery store thing until last night after the kiddies went to bed. . .tonight we'll try it. Can't wait!!!

  23. Everytime you post, it comes right to my inbox. Don't want to miss a single one. I've been following your journey and praying for you -- seems almost everyone is in the same boat you are right now.

    As for scraps -- how about gathering up a pile and offer them to a lucky reader. They could be Scraps Full of Inspiration from you to your fans. Just a thought


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