Today’s the Last Day!

To get your comments posted for the blog contest!  It’s also the last day of the "Christmas in July" Sale at DAISIE COMPANY.  If you’re thinking about Christmas purchases at all, make a quick trip over there and do your shopping.  The Daisie button to the right will take you to the store.

My husband has finished up at the fire in Idaho and they routed his truck now to Missoula, Montana.  I thought he was going to get to come home but instead he’s sitting in a hotel room waiting for his next assignment or after a time, to come home if they don’t need him.  He woke me up this morning by reading me Proverbs 31.  It was so cute I wish I could have recorded it for you.  He read it in a dramatic fashion and was telling me what a wonderful wife I was (until he got to some of the parts where I fall down miserably!!!)  Then we laughed… places like where it says she gets up before the sun and tend to the servants. 

I told him I get up before the sun, somewhere in the world (giggle).  Ahhh well… it gives me something to work towards as a goal…. NOT!!!!  When you read Proverbs 31 it is a tribute to an amazing woman, the writer’s wife.  When you think of ancient cultures and how little "rights" women often had, this woman was a business woman, a real estate investor, a manager, and many other amazing things.  In fact I can get pretty intimidated by the things she tended to on her list, but then I  remember this woman was being praised for what had occured in her whole life, not just a single day.  Some days when I read this proverb I want to crawl back under the covers and just not face the day.  But intimidating you is not the goal of this proverb or this blog post! 

It’s important to remember that especially as women, our lives will be lived out in seasons.  We can have everything we set as a goal that is attainable, that we are capable of achieving, but often we can’t have everything at one time or as fast as we might like. There is a time to sow and a time to reap in our lives and when we give the importance to doing the right thing in the right season the Lord has a way of rewarding our diligence.

 When my children were little I often dreamed of the day I would create and design products for companies.  I dreamed of the day that I would advance in my career, I did set it as a goal, but I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my children’s childhood to pursue my goals with all my energy at that time.  Could I have been farther along in my career right now?  Perhaps, perhaps not… but it was a choice that I have never once regretted making.  I enjoyed every day I was privileged to be a stay-at-home-mom teaching, nurturing and playing with them.  I did build my business during that time, but I built it in a way that the business wasn’t the priority — my family was.

At times during their childhood (when their father died) I had to work full time outside of the home, but still, I made them my priority and we found time to do the things and make the memories that we all now treasure. 

I encourage those of you that might feel frustrated right now and feel like you’re not accomplishing anything significant with your life, or achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself to pause and take a look around you.  Look at the life that you have made and those you love and with whom you have the joy of sharing it.  Whether you’re married or single, have children or don’t have them, work or don’t work outside the home… what will really matter in twenty years or more is the laughter that you are sharing, the love that you give and receive and the lives that you touch and help along life’s road.  You are leading a rich life if that life is being led with the desire to touch others.

Many of you will (like me) see a few things in this proverb that you can say, "I’m doing that" and a few that you’ll say, "I’ll probably NEVER do that!" and a few things that you’ll think, "I need to work a little more on that one."  I hope you’ll pick up your bible and read the whole Proverb, it’s well worth taking a few minutes to mull over!

THE PROVERB OF THE DAY:  Proverbs 31:10-12  Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is worth more than precious rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She will not hinder him but help him all her life.   NLT

Audrey Jeanne Roberts


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Free Digital Craft Project, Blog Contest Ends Tomorrow by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

A quick reminder, tomorrow is the last day of the month, so the Blog contest end at midnight on the 31st and the winner will be selected on the morning of the 1st.  All you have to do to enter is post a comment on any and all of the posts from the 16th of this month through the 31st.

The prize is my Victorian Christmas Gift Bags shown a few posts down.  If the winner already has purchased that kit (since it’s been out in the store since Friday) as substitution will be made so not to worry!

THE PROVERB OF THE DAY:  Proverbs 30:5-7  Every word of God proves true. He defends all who come to him for protection. Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you, and you will be found a liar.  NLT

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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A Little Test, Blog Freebie by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

(UPDATE: freebies are for a limited time only.  This link no longer functions.  Check back later for other special gifts). Clickable link to FreebieI’m testing out a hosting service for posting my blog freebies to.  So I thought I would create a little goodie that I could use to show you my new font in a baby application.  I also included the same frame blank for your own text.

This font works really well for baby and child text and for school-oriented uses.  It’s also great for cute saying type signs if you create magnets or other goodies.

To download, click on the picture to the left and a window will pop up.  When you see the 4shared website page, there is a light green box in the middle of the page.  On the bottom right hand corner of this box is a small link that merely says "download file."  Click on it and your file will be headed to you.

This Freebie is for personal use only.  Feel free to share with friends, but please send them here to download the file from my blog.  Please do not share your files with anyone else as they are copyrighted.   Due to limited storage space on the server this download will only be active and available from July 29th, 2007 through August 29th, 2007.



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New Font Being Released, “Audrey Jeanne’s Cute Printing 1″

I haven’t released a font in quite a while.  Since I’ve been working on the school-themed kits lately, I’ve found a particular font of mine to be very handy and well-suited to this purpose so I’ve decided to release it.

Font previewThis font is "Audrey Jeanne’s Cute Printing 1" and is the font I’ve used in all of the school kit previews.

It contains all capitals, lower case letters, numbers and the basic punctuation symbols as shown.  It is a True Type Font TTF, which means you install it in windows and it is available for use in any program that runs fonts.

I have been creating more fonts this week (after a long break from doing so!)  Font creating is a long, tedious, exacting process that I really DON’T enjoy, but I do enjoy having them available to use when I’m done!!!

I received an email yesterday from my cousin Harvey Brockman letting me know that my Uncle Bill (his dad) passed away yesterday.  My uncle Bill was a hard working, family-loving man.  He had a auto body and paint shop in Vista, California when I was growing up and I spent many a wonderful summer day roaming around the countryside with my 7 cousins and my sister.  Vista today is a thriving metropolis but in the 1960’s and 70’s it was very much "out in the country."

I lost contact with my cousins and my aunt and uncle as I grew up and they had moved to Idaho and then ultimately settled in Missouri.  I last saw Uncle Bill at my grandmother’s funeral in 1990. 

My Uncle died of cancer in a manner very similar to my Uncle Johnny earlier this year.  He came down with shingles six weeks ago and just wasn’t getting better.  Then they discovered that he had cancer and it spread very quickly  and he was gone.  My love and my prayers go to my Aunt Glenna and my cousins and their families as they are dealing with the loss of this much-loved man.

THE PROVERB OF THE DAY:  Prov 29:5-7  To flatter people is to lay a trap for their feet. Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy. The godly know the rights of the poor; the wicked don’t care to know.


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A Correction… She Blushes Profusely!

Here’s the final page of preview on "An Apple For my Teacher."  Someone had made a request to see what the musical elements looked like, so I thought I’d show the third page of the previews/product shots.

I have to tell you, Final Preview for "An Apple For My Teacher"I love teachers!  Every time I do a teacher-oriented product, I learn something… this time it was how to spell Mathematics!!!!  I’m a very good at spelling, but didn’t know that for my entire life I had spelled that word wrong .  In my new kit, I had left the "e" off of the book in the stack, but by the miracles of photoshop have corrected and uploaded the corrected piece so that next week’s kit will be perfect!

It reminds me of the day that I had two people from opposite ends of the country call me about a product that I had been selling for over five years with a spelling error.  I had a 16 x 20 matted and framed print for displaying your child’s school photos (actually we still sell it at 800-662-3333 if you’re interested).  In the center spot where the Senior photo will eventually go is a poem I wrote about taking time to enjoy your children as they’re growing.  In it I mispelled kindergarten (I spelled it "kindergarden")  For five years not a single person had noticed or if they did they hadn’t called to tell me and in the same day two kindergarten teachers called to let me know because they knew that I would want to correct it.

This brings me to explaining the proverb yesterday!  A couple of people expressed that they didn’t understand a part of the proverb I had selected.  Prov 27:5  An open rebuke is better than hidden love! 

The correction that my friend "Snapdragon" wrote to me creates the perfect opportunity to explain its concept to you.   In essence my friend openly rebuked me — pointed out an error so that I would have a chance to correct it.  Because I try to have a teachable spirit and delight in growing and improving, this was a blessing to me.  In this case an open rebuke doesn’t mean mean-spirited or hateful communication, but a correction.  The people who really care about you will also care enough to let you know when you are going in a wrong direction, making a mistake or are doing something wrong that could cause you or others harm.  This kind of person cares enough to risk their relationship with you so that you can improve and make changes in your life. 

The second part of the proverb is about hidden love.  Love that is never expressed (that is hidden) has no power in our lives.  Much damage in people’s lives has come from love that is hidden.  How many people have never been told by their parents that they are loved.  How often is a boss, friend or family member very quick to criticize and yet never communicates love and appreciation?  How many people have been so shy that they never make a move toward a relationship with someone who would have loved them in return?  How many people never express love and appreciation to those that are around them, though they might feel it in their heart.  Love that is not given expression and communicated openly accomplishes nothing in that other person’s life.  The open rebuke when given in a spirit of love (desiring the best for that person that you love) is better than love that is hidden and never acted upon or expressed.

One example of what I might say to express and live out this proverb in my daily life is to say to my daughter, "I love you enough to tell you the truth and perhaps risk having you not like me for a little while."   

Often the proverbs are written in a common communication technique of the time in which there is a positive contrasting to negative format.  i.e. a fool does this… a wise man does this instead….  Another thing you might notice is that many of the proverbs (and other portions of scripture) are actually written in a more negative from of expression than is the custom in our western culture. 

In other words,  as a whole our culture prefers to know what we should be doing than what’s bad.  Many of us will get the point much better if we turn the scripture’s truth into a positive form.  I like to pause and think of a way that I might rephrase the concept and find in it a positive action to take.

For instance in the proverb for today "The prayers of a person who ignores the law are despised."  This is a negative expression that speaks towards those "pious" sounding individuals that steal, cheat or otherwise do not have a character that is full of integrity and obedience.  A positive expression of this might read, "the person who’s prayers God loves to hear and answer is the person who knows and obeys both the law and the spirit of the law.  God delights in the person who is full of godly character not just acting the part."  Does this help a little? 

A word of explanation in today’s proverb, the Israelites were forbidden from charging interest.  If you made a loan it was usually to the poor and you weren’t to charge interest, but simply lend the money and eventually have it returned.  So the person who charged interest was a person who made money off of someone else’s misery.

THE PROVERB OF THE DAY:  Proverbs 28:7-9  Young people who obey the law are wise; those who seek out worthless companions bring shame to their parents. A person who makes money by charging interest will lose it. It will end up in the hands of someone who is kind to the poor. The prayers of a person who ignores the law are despised.  NLT

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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“An Apple For My Teacher,” Digital Clip Art Kit by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

UPDATE:  THE PICTURE IS NOT A CLICKABLE LINK TO THE STORE WHERE YOU CAN FIND THE PRODUCT PRICED AT $5.98.  I will be gone for a wonderful evening at the dinner theatre in Fresno this evening (Will Rogers is the subject of the play so there should be a lot of laughs and smiles to enjoy!)  I won’t be home until afternoon tomorrow, so I thought I’d give you an early peek at the third school-oriented kit that is coming out next week.


This is a classic apple-themed, red and green with a dab of primary color accents.

The two blackboards as you can see in the preview are very handy for titles and journaling.  With a white color and your font you can really make your text pop!

There are several apple borders and art pieces that you will find very useful.  Also, there are a few wonderful word art pieces that will give a message to your pages.

This kit will be easily used to create scrapbook pages, but it can also be used to make cards and gifts for a favorite teacher or by any teacher who wants to bring some easily accomplished creativity and beauty to their classroom.  You could make name tags and matching desk tent cards for your new class, a nice notecard and stationery for communicating with parents or a classroom newsletter to send home to your parents (can you tell I’m a teacher’s kid?!) 

Preview #2

There are some fun crayon-rimmed frames, wonderfully different borders and quite a few coordinating papers (only one is shown)

Several of the word pieces would work equally well for a teacher grading papers or a parent or grandparent creating a scrapbook page to honor some great work!

In addition I’ve included some musical art pieces.

I hope you’ll enjoy this collection and put it to great use!  The next things I’m working on are a fall collection (or 3!)  I’ve created so much over this past few days and am now figuring out how I want to make them work together to have that "Audrey Jeanne" touch to the season.

THE PROVERB OF THE DAY:  Prov 27:4-6  Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but who can survive the destructiveness of jealousy?   An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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Girls Rule in School, Digital Clip Art Kit by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

Preview Girls Rule in School

UPDATE: NOW AVAILABLE CLICK ON EITHER PICTURE AND A LINK WILL POP UP AND TAKE YOU TO THE STORE.  Girls Rule in School (and life!!!) but don’t tell the boys!  This kit is the feminine version of the School Daze kit and is all in pinks and purples for the girliest girls.  Most items are offered in each color so that you can mix and match freely.

There are a  bunch of tags to journal the events, thoughts or memories of your daughter, granddaughter, niece or other special little girl’s school days.

Everything works really well together to make scrapbooking the highlights of last year’s school year (or the years before) really easy.  Or perhaps you’ll get a jump on this school year by laying out the pages and THEN taking the pictures to fill them.  It’s amazingly easy to do pages that way and sometimes more fun to create the memories rather than try to make something memorable out of the pictures you happen to have on hand.

Preview Girls Rule

There are quite a few text and title art pieces to go with the tags and give an emotional punch to your page. 

This kit will be out next week at THE DAISIE COMPANY STORE.  There’s also a third school kit called "An Apple for my Teacher" and I’ll give you some previews on it probably over the weekend so stay tuned!

THE PROVERB OF THE DAY: Prov 26:9-11 A proverb in a fool’s mouth is as dangerous as a thornbush brandished by a drunkard.  An employer who hires a fool or a bystander is like an archer who shoots recklessly. As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. NEW LIVING TRANSLATION

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School Daze 1 Coming Soon, Digital Clip Art Kit by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

I am taking a short break from Christmas to work on some Back to School art.

School Daze 1 preview

UPDATE:  THIS KIT IS NOW IN THE STORE.  THE PICTURE IS A CLICKABLE LINK TO TAKE YOU THERE.  This first kit is "School Daze 1" and is in blues and yellows.  This kit will work for boys or girls like mine that love blue and yellow (or that’s their school colors).  I am also working on a companion kit, "Girls Rule in School" that is in pinks and purples.  Both of these kits will be in the DAISIE COMPANY store next week.

I have a ton of quick pages made up with this and other school pages that I’m trying to figure out what I want to do with.  I might do a mini album out of them just for fun.  If you have any suggestions for me, be sure to post in the comments section.  I read every one of them and if you ask a question or I want to comment in return I put my comments in paranthesis on your comment so everyone else can also see the comments.  

Remember!  The end of the month is coming soon and the blog contest prize is a free crafting kit to make your own Christmas Gift Bags and Tags!  So, to win, just post a comment on any and all posts from the 16th of the month through the 31st.  On August 1st I’ll be selecting the winner.

THE PROVERB OF THE DAY:  Prov 25:7-10  Just because you see something,  don’t be in a hurry to go to court. You might go down before your neighbors in shameful defeat.  So discuss the matter with them privately. Don’t tell anyone else,  or others may accuse you of gossip. Then you will never regain your good reputation.  NLT

My husband is on the road for a while and he took his The Message Bible (that I steal from him every morning, so I’ll bounce around with several other good reading translations!)  I want to thank the people at PC Study Bible.  Four years ago, they gave me their top level product to use because I am an author and it is MAGNIFICENT!!!!  I absolutely love having it on my computer with all of its resources, commentaries and different translations.  I used to wrestle with my giant Strong’s concordance to try to find a scripture and then have to hand write the reference or copy the verse.  Their wonderful gift has been a blessing to me in so many ways.  You can find information on this product at

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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I Have a Challenge For You Today, by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

Is there someone who has been a blessing to you that you need to say, "Thank you" to?  Is there someone that is a sweet and calming presence in your family?  Have you been meaning to tell a friend what her friendship means to you (on no special occasion or Birthday so it’s especially meaningful?)   I want to challenge you today, to make a call, write a letter, send a card or an email to two or three people who make your life a better, more cheerful place.

I declare today is "Special Person Appreciation Day."  Too often, we get caught up in the day-to-day affairs of life and forget to say "Thanks," "You’re Special," or "Having you in my life means so much to me."  The older I get, the more I know that if you think it you must take time to say it — because sometimes you don’t get another chance.

Those of you who have an expensive graphics addiction (you KNOW WHO YOU ARE !)  Today’s the day to make a card and send it to everyone you can think of who’s touched your life and made it a brighter place with the light of their smiles!  Make one card and change the words for each person.  You won’t believe how much joy your thoughtfulness will bring to them.  Sunshine and cheer is catching you know.  Appreciation that is communicated clearly and publically means soooooo much to those who receive it!   And when you finish, write or say, "Tag, you’re it!  You get to pass it on to someone else that YOU appreciate!"

I’m sending my appreciation and thanks to all of you (about 500 visitors a day) that come here and encourage ME!  I am fast approaching my 200th post (boy I sure do talk a lot!)  I have grown so much since I started this blog and you have caused me to think things through so that I could express them clearly enough to share the thoughts with all of you… I am so thankful I have each of you in my life.  Happy Special Person Appreciation Day!  TAG YOU’RE IT!!!!!

THE PROVERB OF THE DAY:  Proverbs 24:3-6  "A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.  Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.  A wise man is mightier than a strong man, and a man of knowledge is more powerful than a strong man.  So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many counselors."

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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The Art of Grace, Part 2 by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

There are a couple of very special abilities that, when cultivated, can bring tremendous peace to personal relationships and even relationships within organizations.  The first is the ability to stand quietly on the merits of your character when it is being challenged.and the second (and often hardest) is the ability to let someone else have the last word. 

I’ve shared that several of the communities that we are involved in are undergoing intense conflicts (at our work, church, and local neighborhood etc.).  There has been some painful turmoil and the air has too frequently been filled with attacks, gossip, sniping, accusations and even at the extreme, character assasination.  We are standing beside some very dear friends as they have been experiencing these devastating circumstances. 

It’s easy, when someone is hurting you (or more often when someone is hurting someone you love) to want to make the offending person see your point of view.  It’s tempting to respond to every charge and refute them, but grace sometimes requires that we learn to keep our counsel.  It is often more effective to take our concerns to the Lord in prayer rather than fight the battle on the human plain. Prov 15:18  A hothead starts fights; a cool-tempered person tries to stop them.  NLT

When we choose to counter every charge and refute every argument, we rarely succeed in ending the argument, but instead usually even help the argument to grow!  Those that frequently stir up arguments are rarely ever convinced by anyone else’s viewpoint but are adamantly committed to their own.  A goodly measure of grace can lead us to choose to let the other individual have the last word, and the last, last word and the last, last, last…. well, you get my point.  By not responding, eventually the argument dies out because there is no one left to argue with.  It isn’t much fun for a contentious-spirited individual to argue alone and they will often go elsewhere in search of a playmate.

Sometimes our response has to be to speak not about the issue itself, but about the conflict and how to handle it apart from the facts of the particular issue… the issues can never be resolved if we can’t find the path to resolution through all the briars and thorny bushes of the conflict we’re lost in. 

Many families find that every family gathering is spent arguing the last argument they had, all over again.  It can become so stressful that there is no longer any joy in their celebrations.  Some  people are so passionate about their opinions, politics or various religious discussions, that they dominate every converstation.  In the process quieter family members are often stepped on or wounded.  In extreme circumstances the dominant individual might need to be met with a united front within the family or organization.  Behind the scenes communication might be in order to determine how best to respond and thereby greet this individual with a silent, united wall.    The contentious individual is looking for a dance partner as it’s no fun to dance this dance alone. 

Silence… for some of us it’s a very, very hard thing to practice, but silence is often the very best approach to handling the continuously argumentative among us.  The contentious individual almost always is seeking to draw supporters to their position and rarely is willing to confront directly the person that they have a disagreement with.  By not joining into their discussion and quietly, repectfully refusing to be drawn in, they are deprived of an audience and of the reinforcement they are seeking.

When it is the right thing to do to speak out — it is almost always best done by communicating quietly, factually and unemotionally.  Speak humbly from the heart with a heart of love and a desire for restoration, rather than to be proved right.  Prov 29:23  3 A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor. NIV
 Sometimes the Lord will counsel you to hold still and be quiet… in those times it is right to simply let your character stand and rest in the knowledge that those who know you best, really do know you. 

Remember, the grace you have received for your own failures is the same grace that Christ requires you to in turn give to others… but that grace doesn’t stand in the way of taking practical steps to insure peace and tranquility in your life and in your communities.  Walking in grace is not for cowards!!!  Walking in grace isn’t allowing someone else to win while you stand weakly by, but it is turning the other cheek with a sense of strength, dignity and self-control.  Walking in grace can only come from the power of God’s holy spirit at work in you.  May He bless you today, with a fresh filling of His grace.

My son, if your heart is wise,
then my heart will be glad;
16 my inmost being will rejoice
when your lips speak what is right.

17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.
18 There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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Digital Clip Art Christmas Papers by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

Here is the newest paper pack that I will be releasing this coming week at THE DAISIE COMPANY. 

Preview Holly Berry Christmas 1 Paper Pack

It’s designed to coordinate with the Holly Berry Christmas Art Kits 1 & 2 and has 14 papers in it.  Several of the papers come in 3 color ways to allow you to easily coordinate in your crafting creations.  For example, a box bottom might be in the wonderful green star ornaments paper with the box top in the red version and then ornaments placed over the green paper on the bottom of the box wrapping all the way around it.  (Hmmmm…. I’m giving myself ideas!!!_

Have Fun!  Remember that I am giving away two blog contest prizes this month, the prize for the second half is my Victorian Christmas Gift Bags that you can see featured several posts below this one.  All you have to do to win is post a comment on any (or all) the posts from the 16th of July through the 31st of July. 

THE PROVERB OF THE DAY:  Proverbs 22:3-5
"A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life. The deceitful walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will stay away. "
The New Living Translation

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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New Digital Christmas Clip Art Coming Next Week by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

Did you hear?!  THE DAISIE COMPANY is having a Christmas Crafting Competitition where you can win DAISIE DOLLARS to spend in the store!  I’m really looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations.  Here’s the link 

Preview Holly Berry Christmas 2 Kit

My next kits are also Christmas themed and are coming out next week.  Here’s the preview of the first, Holly Berry Christmas 2 which is filled with more traditional red and green Christmas goodies.  This one has some very fun ornaments and some "ornament hangers" that allow you to mix and match and dangle your ornaments on a page off of a ribbon or? 

There are also a couple of ornaments that you can add a picture to to focus on your children, grandchildren or pets in a layout.  There are some papers in the kit, but I am also releasing a complete Holly Berry Christmas Paper Pack kit this week.

Preview #2 Holly Berry Christmas 2 KitMost of the ornaments have all been hand  watercolored and then digitally enhanced to make them sparkle with Christmas cheer and a little glitter and glam!  The borders are cheerful and bright.  It makes me long for Christmas to come!  Of course in reality, I’m almost in panic mode because Christmas is right around the corner!!!!!

Tomorrow I’ll show you more and the paper pack previews, so stay tuned!  Normally I would have my Proverb for the Day here, but I have to run out the door to our Women’s Ministry Breakfast, so I’ll put it up later today when I get home.  Have a great Summer Weekend!

Audrey Jeanne Roberts


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Do You Procrastinate? Tips for Overcoming Procrastination and Getting Going! by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

Procrastination… most of us struggle with it.  We KNOW what we SHOULD be doing, but want to do what we WANT to do rather than what we OUGHT to do!  Is this reflective of your struggles in life too, or am I the only one who struggles with this?!

"I’ll do that later… right now I want to do…"  "I’m just not in the mood… maybe tomorrow…"  "I’ll just do this and then I’ll get to…."  For me, procrastination usually happens when it’s something someone else is requiring of me, especially if I have something I’d much rather be doing at the moment.  I used to struggle horrifically with procrastination, but have gotten much, much better in the last 7 or 8 years.  How?  Necessity!  I just couldn’t be a licensed artist and not get things done on time as promised!

Working in the licensing industry, the first thing I had to tame was my natural artist’s inclination to put off until next week things that I should be doing today!  I really began to hate the feeling of pressure and stress that I had once "used" to get myself motivated.  I liked how much work I accomplished under the gun, so I artificially created that adrenaline rush by delaying until the last possible moment to get started.  What I didn’t realize is the toll it was taking on my body, soul and spirit.  Yes, I would get a great deal of work done, but then I would collapse for days afterwards and my moods would plunge along with my energy level.  I realized that either my career had to change or I was going to have to change the way I approached my career.

How did I learn to counteract my natural tendency?  Here’ a few of my tips (and tricks) that I use to control my impulses and get more work done with less stress.

  1. If I’m procrastinating about a certain task, I stop to ask myself a few questions. "Why am I reluctant to do this task?  Why am I emotionally balking at getting started?  Is there something that I’m fearing or disliking about it?"  Once I tune into my emotions, I can often figure out and then overcome my emotional reluctance which frequently frees me up on a creative level to begin the task.
  2. I find that for me, procrastination is often a symptom of being overwhelmed.  When a task feels too large and overwhelming I don’t know where to begin and how best to tackle it.  If I take time to stop and think a project/task through on paper, it helps me to break it down into "doable" segments.  When I have a large task broken up into smaller segments, I can accomplish one segment at a time and the large task will eventually get done in the process.  It’s the old adage, "How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time!"
  3. In my life, procrastination can be also be a symptom of perfectionism.  If I’m afraid I can’t do the task perfectly, I don’t want to start "failing."  When I get bogged down in perfectionism, I stifle my creativity and lose the joy that comes from the process.  Creativity is a meandering path, not a straight walk.  By starting my task sooner rather than at the last minute, I allow myself time for exploration and happy accidents or mistakes along the way.  These unexpected difficulties often produce the best creativity in the long run.  Too often when I would wait until the last moment I ran out of time and had to settle for less than I could have achieved had I allowed more time for the process. I’ve learned that perfection isn’t usually achievable, so I aim for excellence.     
  4. Forget about the finish line… just get started.  Inertia is usually my biggest stumbling block.  I just can’t seem to pick up my feet and go into my studio, or turn off HGTV and get to work cleaning the house!  I’ve learned to "trick" myself using a timer when I get bogged down I’m not able to get working on a task.  I tell the little girl inside my grown up body, "I’m going to set a timer and your’e only going to have to work fifteen minutes on this project.  When the timer goes off you can stop."  My little girl is fooled by this tactic and gets started more easily.  However, the grown woman inside of me loves momentum, so once she gets rolling she doesn’t want to stop until it’s finished.  Learning how YOU tick, can help you to find little tricks that will work for your life as I’ve found this one that works for me.
  5. Record your accomplishments on your daytimer, not just your unending list of tasks!  When I’m particularly struggling with procrastination, I will put my list aside and start writing down a list of what I accomplish.  For some reason it’s a little more exciting for me to see what I’ve gotten done rather than what I still have left to do!
  6. Reward yourself along the way.  Don’t make all of your hard tasks come first before you get to do something you want to do, mix them up.  Make your favorite project a reward for getting 2 or 3 other tasks done.  Mix easy and hard tasks, just be careful you don’t put your hard tasks always at the bottom of the list!
  7. Finally, stop to pat yourself on the back.  I find that I tend to discount what I’ve already accomplished and don’t even stop for a moment to think, "You did a good job on that AJ"  Inside my head I hear a critical taskmaster who is absolutely unsatisfyable.  She always want more, demands more and is never satisfied with my efforts.  I’ve had to learn to silence her voice and tell myself the truth about what I’ve gotten done.  It isn’t "bragging" to stop and admire what you’ve finished, it’s a necessary part of emotional health.

If you have any tricks, tips or helpful ideas on overcoming procrastination (or have a question about it) please post to the comments.  If there’s interest I’ll post some more on the subject at a later date.

THE PROVERB OF THE DAY:  Proverbs 19:6,8  Lots of people flock around a generous person, everyone’s a friend to the philanthropist.  Grow a wise heart — you’ll do yourself a favor, keep a clear head — you’ll find a good life."  The Message Bible

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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Digital Clip Art & Crafting Christmas Gift Bags, Cards and Tags Kit Coming Next Week, by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

Those of you that have read my blog for a while, will remember that I was working on a large sized gift bag set that could be printed out on ledger-sized paper (11" x 17") for those of you that have over-size printers.  It took quite a bit of work to reinforce the bag handles so that they wouldn’t tear, but I finally finished the templates this week and then created this Victorian Classic Christmas set that will be coming out next week.

Preview Christmas giftbags

I don’t know about you, but having gift bags around the house makes gift wrapping so much easier and less overwhelming for me!  I can especially never have enough gift bags at Christmas time… so I really designed these for myself (and you get to tag along!)

UPDATE:  Several of the comments have mentioned that you don’t have a ledger-sized printer.  One nice thing about my including all of the sizes is that IF you do eventually purchase a larger sized printer, you will already own the files to use it.  It’s amazing how fast you can discover the need for the larger sized capability once you have it!  Also the paper I used for this printing can be ordered on line for those of you in the USA, It came from Kelly Paper and is called "Mohawk Color Copy Gloss"  Kelly paper’s website is

I printed mine out on a heavy weight gloss, brochure paper and reinforced the handles with white card stock. Brochure paper gives them that beautiful sheen and brighter color of store-bought bags.  You could also print them on card stock or the heaviest weight of paper that you can find.

The kit will make three size of bags, the large size as described on the preview image, a medium sized bag (10" x 6" x 4") that prints on legal sized paper and a smaller ( 8" x 5" x 3 1/2" ) sized bag that prints on letter size paper.  Four sheets of paper are required per bag.

Preview gift cards and tags

The kit also includes a pair of small gift  cards and 6 gift tags.  The image from the front of the bag is included with and without the bow.   I would encourage those of you that purchase the kit to make these in advance and store them away for Christmas and it will make your holiday that much more pleasant and less rushed.  You can carefully fold them up after assembling them to store them more easily.

The DAISIE COMPANY’S "Christmas in July" sale will go through the end of the month and all of my Christmas kits (even these new ones) are included.  For less than the price of 2 gift bags purchased at the store, you can make these for the rest of your life!

THE PROVERB OF THE DAY:  Proverbs 18:4-6  "Many words rush along like rivers in flood, but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs.  It’s not right to go easy on teh guilty, or come down hard on the innocent.  The words of a fool start fights; do him a favor and gag him."  The Message Bible   

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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The Winner of the Free Digital Clip Art Kit is….by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

Contest Prize

UPDATE: THIS KIT IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE DAISIE COMPANY STORE.  THE IMAGE IS A CLICKABLE LINK TO ITS LOCATION.  This month I’m having two drawings for a free digital clip art kit, one happened this morning and the second will be for people posting comments from today (the 16th of July) through the end of the month. 

We picked the winner this morning and she will receive the Purple Pleasures Quick Pages duo set shown here.

THE WINNER IS SNOWCLOUD (SUE), congratulations Sue!!  I’ll be sending your prize out to you shortly.

Unfortunately this will have to be a short post today as I go down the mountain for an eye appointment and to run some errands,  Have a great day!!!!

THE PROVERB OF THE DAY:  Proverbs 16:1-4  "Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.  Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; God probes for what is good.  Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.  God made everything with a place and purpose, even the wicked are included — but for judgement."  The Message Bible


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