Thursday, December 29, 2011

Simply Ask

I hope that you are all having a great week.  I've been enjoying this time having my son on Christmas break, so we're not doing any home-schooling, and it has given me extra time to make cards and blog.  I'm really enjoying it.  I hope that you are all enjoying your time off (if you got any time off).  I never take for granted that I am able to stay at home.  I worked at an office job for many years.  So, I can relate to those of you who work, and my hat goes off to those of you who work so hard and do it all so well.  It's difficult, and I'm behind you all 100%.  I encourage you to remember that when you need that extra boost of strength, or energy to get through it all - you need only ask.  Many times in life, we don't have the strength we need to carry on, or we live without other things we need, simply because we do not ask for it.  God is able to give us what we need.  Matthew 7:1 (a) says, "Ask and it shall be given unto you".  Then, when you ask, you need to believe that He is able to provide it.  Trust Him in all things.  His love for us is unfailing, and our faith in Him should be no less than that.  I encourage you to SIMPLY ASK.

I made this Get Well card for a friend at church who has been hospitalized.  I know we make a lot of cards, but I often have to remind myself to SEND the cards to people.  What good does it do to make cards if we don't use them to encourage others.  So, this one goes to my friend.  And, while I'm at it, I'm entering it in a challenge.

Since Simon Says Stamp has an Anything Goes Challenge this week, I am entering it again.  This is the one I dream of winning each week, and I am going to SIMPLY ASK.  I love playing along in challenges anyway, and love making cards, so why not keep trying, and trying, and trying.  LOL  I asked God to allow me to win, and I believe it will happen - in HIS perfect time.  Here is the link to their current challenge:
http://www.simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/2011/12/simon-says-anything-goes.html - Anything Goes

Sweet Stamps Blog is giving away a $20 Gift Certificate to the awesome store.  You can enter this challenge in an attempt to win a shopping spree for their beautiful rubber stamps.  I couldn't resist that offer.   Read all about it here:  http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/challenge-template.html - Celebrate

Diana L has an amazingly fun blog, and is hosting a wonderful challenge.  There is a $15 prize from Michaels, not to mention LOTS of great inspiration on her beautiful blog.  You can read about, and enter, her challenge by clicking here:  http://www.dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2011/12/thankful-thursday-challenge-and.html - Thankful Thursday Challenge  -   You are allowed to enter this challenge three times, so Diana, please expect to see me again.  God bless you for being SO generous.

I wanted to congratulate my new friend, Omega, whose name was randomly drawn to win the antique floral frog in my drawing.  Please contact me by Friday, January 6, 2012, and I will get your mailing address.

Have a blessed week, everyone.  And when you need something, don't forget to SIMPLY ASK.

My Cup Runneth Over,

Karen

18 comments:

  1. Karen this card is really beautiful. I love the papers. I wanted to ask you, have you heard any more news about the young lady who fell from the window and was paralysed? I'd be interested to know of her progress. My word, I cant believe you have never heard of Pavlova! Maybe it isnt a popular dessert in the USA but its very popular in the UK and Ireland. Its basically a meringue dessert but not hard or crumbly on the inside like meringues are. Its basically egg whites and sugar with a wee touch of cornflour. I know it doesnt sound very appetising but its really scrummy. The outside is crispy and the inside is fluffy and light almost like marshmallow but lighter. Then you top it with lashings of whipped cream and if you wish some gorgeous strawberries or other fruits and chocolate shavings. Some find it hard to get just right but I took to my kitchen one day and came up with a perfect recipe that works perfect every time for me and its so delicious. I can email you the recipe if you like. Also, I will gladly send you some stickpins. If you get in touch with me through my email address at the top right of my blog, we can chat a bit more about it then. The best of luck with the Simon Says Challenge, this card certainly looks like a winner to me. Bye for now my friend, Lee xx

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  2. Hi, Karen!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment...
    You made a gorgeous card, love the colors you chose :)
    I am on short vacation because of the holidays and am not doing to much cards or anything, maybe today. Simon Says Challenge is one I also want to win and every time I enter a card there I pray too!!!
    I wish you a great new year, with many blessings for you and your family and a lot of fun at crafting.
    A big hug,

    Ardilla

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  3. Beautiful card! I am sure it will be greatly appreciated! I hope you had a very merry Christmas! : )

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  4. hi, karen, your card is just beautiful! i'm sure your friend will find much joy and comfort in receiving it! thank you, also, for visiting my blog! and i hope you win at simon says... oh, wait a minute, i think i'm in that challenge! ok, you can win this time, i guess.. just kidding!
    bless you, karen

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  5. Gorgeous card Karen! Love the flower! I'm sure your friend will appreciate it very much!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

    Happy New Year!

    Hugs...
    Melissa

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  6. I'm a bit behind with my comments...but you made wonderfull cards so far Karen, this one is also soooo pretty ! I also want to wish you all the best voor 2012 ! Hugs, Marion

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  7. wonderful card and such an uplifting message too! Have a blessed 2012. Looking forward to more beautiful creations!

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  8. A beautiful get well card for your friend. I hope she feels better soon. Thanks for your message about the Word Art Wednesday challenge. I've checked it out and hope that I'll have time to enter. All the best for the year ahead. Haael x

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  9. I'm a new follower of your blog. Thanks for stopping by my blog & commenting and letting me know about the Word Art Wed challenge which I'll ck out. I can relate to the working world. I was a Computer Software Project Manager for many yrs but left the corporate world so that my daughter would not have to be daycared any longer. She had been daycared from 2 mths - Kindergarten age. I would do the same if I had it to do over again. I worked for Hallmark for 10+ yrs as a retail sales clerk and left end of Jun this yr. I now work for JoAnns as a contractor teaching crochet. I have more time to spend crafting.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

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  10. Nice card, that should cheer up your friend. She will at least know she is loved. I will include them in my prayers tonight.

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  11. I clicked on follow at the top of your blog so not sure why it is not working but I clicked again and checked and I'm still not able to follow you. I'll retry again but not had that problem with others but blogger can be strange at times. Not decided if I'll enter at Word Art Challenge as of yet.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

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  12. Thank you for entering my Thankful Thursday challenge. That is a beautiful card, I love the flower on it.
    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarsonblogspot.com

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  13. Karen I just got your e-mail Please do enter three times. I would love for you to have three chances.
    and would love to see your work. Thanks for the shout out.
    I have a blog hop on JAN !st for a chance for more goodies.
    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarsonblogspot.com

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  14. I am a new follower of your blog. Thanks for popping over to my blog and having a look. Your cards are lovely. Best wishes for 2012 and look forward to seeing more of your lovely creations in 2012.
    Mags
    x

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  15. So cute, I love your fun buttons and your great looking sentiment :)

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  16. i've played with these papers too -- they're always so much fun! :) beautiful card :)

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