Last Year’s Easter Take Out Box Freebie Still Works

Easter Freebie Take Out BoxIf you go to this post http://www.daisiecompany.com/blogs/audreyjeanne/?p=74  I had made a freebie take out box with my Gerbera Daisy kit and I the links etc. are still active.  If you didn’t grab it last year, enjoy it for this year while I’m gone!

To download the project you will have to click on the link above, then click on the picture in that post.  That will open a window that will lead you to the download.

This is an easy print, cut and assemble project that is suitable for most upper grade school aged children with a little help.  For smaller children you might want to cut and assemble then let them decorate with glitter etc.

Have fun!

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Well… We’re Off to the Caribbean for a Week!

I feel kind of bad leaving my girls to shovel the snow that’s supposed to be coming tomorrow (hehehehe!  NOT!)  They’ll have to hold down the fort for the week while we’re off sunning ourselves in the balmy Bahamas.  Assuming we don’t have any weather/travel problems flying out today we will be home next Saturday and I’m not taking my laptop with me so I won’t be posting for the week unless I hook up with the onboard computers or borrow a friends.  I decided to REALLY, really rest on this trip.

If you know me that’s not something I ususally do very well.  My husband says I have two speeds "Full On" and "Dead Stop!"  We’re travelling with my agent and his wife who are dear, dear, dear friends.  We will have a blast together.  Angela and I are pajama-wearers-to-work type girls and we’re thinking formal pajamas will work perfectly for the formal dinner night on board ship, what do you think?! 

Let’s see, clothes packed, swimsuit packed, pictures of new grandson packed… we’re ready!!!!  Have a great week and I’ll tell you all about it (including pictures) when I get home.

THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY: Matt 11:28-30  "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."   NIV

PRAYER:  Lord, sometimes I’m not very good at resting (Okay, MOST of the time I’m not very good at resting!)  Instead of resting from my labors I think that I need to redouble them to catch up!  Help me to understand that if I am diligent and faithful and give you my best efforts and it is stll not enough, I need to rest and in that resting I need to trust you to make up for me what I cannot do for myself. 

When my work seems heavy and burdensome, help me to turn to you and learn your ways, learn what your plans for my life are and rest in your goodness, mercy and love!  AMEN 

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An Easter Freebie Bookmark For You

freebie bookmark, easter, lamb, sheep, crossAs I have been working on the new Easter/Spring kit "Celebrating Spring" my thoughts turned towards the Easter celebration that is coming so quickly and I want to create several little things that can be used by Mothers, Grandmothers, and Sunday School Teachers to let little ones know how much they are loved.  That is ultimately the essence of the message and sacrifice of Easter.

I’ve created this little bookmark for you to down load.  All that you need to do is click on the image and it will take you to the download location.  Enjoy!

We (fingers and toes crossed) will be going to visit our new grandson (and maybe his parents too :-)) tomorrow and I’ll be gone for a couple of days.  We’ll hopefully have time to post some pictures before we head out for a week’s vacation in the Bahamas.

So posting will be pretty light.  We’ll be home March 1st and will be right back at the creating, perhaps with a little island twist to it. 

A quck reminder to new readers.  We have a drawing twice a month where I give away a free set of digital graphics.  All you have to do to enter the contest is to post a comment on any post that I make during that month and we draw randomly from those comments to pick the winner.  The drawing is on the 1st and the 16th of the month (assuming I don’t forget LOL!) 

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Fresh Grandson Photos!

My son-in-law, Michael’s Dad, "Grandpa Jim" has been keeping us in pictures as we wait impatiently to get to go see our grandson.  He just sent these to us including the first picture they were able to capture of Ellington smiling.

Ariane, Michael and the baby have been trying to catch up on the sleep they lost in the past week (good luck :-)!)  It seems that parenthood is an exercise in sleepless nights!

This second picture is of his other two grandmothers.  Grandma Pardubsky (Gloria) on the left and Grandma Byrd (Cheryl) on the left.  Cheryl is Ariane’s mom and Gloria is Michael’s mom.   They both are blessed to live in the same city so they will get to love on Ellington frequently.

The black hair is definitely from Michael who affectionately refers to himself as a "Chech’s Mex."  Gloria was born and raised in Mexico and Jim is of Chechoslavakian ancestory.

Steve is feeling better but still not well.  He’s scheduled to finish up his tests tomorrow (fingers crossed!)  If he passes, and maybe even if he doesn’t, we might make a short dash to San Diego so we can see everyone before we head out on our cruise Saturday.

 I read Spurgeon’s Daily Devotional on my PC Study Bible program almost ever day and today’s reading was so awesome I wanted to share it with you.  The writing is old English as it was written probably in the 1800’s (I’m not exactly sure when Spurgeon was alive) but it is still quite easy to understand.  I hope youll enjoy the selection.

February 18 PM 

"Father, I have sinned." –Luke 15:18

It is quite certain that those whom Christ has washed in His precious blood need not make a confession of sin, as culprits or criminals, before God the Judge, for Christ has for ever taken away all their sins in a legal sense, so that they no longer stand where they can be condemned, but are once for all accepted in the Beloved; but having become children, and offending as children, ought they not every day to go before their heavenly Father and confess their sin, and acknowledge their iniquity in that character? Nature teaches that it is the duty of erring children to make a confession to their earthly father, and the grace of God in the heart teaches us that we, as Christians, owe the same duty to our heavenly father. We daily offend, and ought not to rest without daily pardon. For, supposing that my trespasses against my Father are not at once taken to Him to be washed away by the cleansing power of the Lord Jesus, what will be the consequence? If I have not sought forgiveness and been washed from these offences against my Father, I shall feel at a distance from Him; I shall doubt His love to me; I shall tremble at Him; I shall be afraid to pray to Him: I shall grow like the prodigal, who, although still a child, was yet far off from his father. But if, with a child’s sorrow at offending so gracious and loving a Parent, I go to Him and tell Him all, and rest not till I realize that I am forgiven, then I shall feel a holy love to my Father, and shall go through my Christian career, not only as saved, but as one enjoying present peace in God through Jesus Christ my Lord. There is a wide distinction between confessing sin as a culprit, and confessing sin as a child. The Father’s bosom is the place for penitent confessions. We have been cleansed once for all, but our feet still need to be washed from the defilement of our daily walk as children of God.

 

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Celebrate Spring! With my Newest Digital Clip Art Kit

Easter, baby, clip art, digital kit, lamb, sheep, flowersToday was one of those really, really fun days that a designer experiences sometimes.  I started creating this kit with one idea in mind and then after painting the sheep it took on a life of its own! 

Originally planned as purely an Easter/Spring kit, I began to see that it dancing lambs, jesus, lambs, shepherd, cross, Easter digital clip art kithad possibilities as a wonderful baby kit too.  The warm, bright pastel colors and tulips made me look out my window and long for spring!  It was especially fun considering that the art which became the basis of this kit was created a couple of years ago and had an entirely different and color palette at the time! 

Have you ever seen sheep jumping?  They spring up into the air literally "jumping for joy!"  An artist friend of mine has sheep and told me all about it.  My sheep are dancing, leaping and resting.  I’ve added a cross into the kit to make it very workable for Easter cards, bookmarks, Sunday School clip art and scrapbooking.

dancing sheep, tulip, daisies, daisy, shabby chic, scrapbook, scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking, baby, EasterThere will also be a paper pack that I will release along with this kit  as well as a Tag ‘n Word Art set to match.  I’ll show you previews of these kits over the next few days as I get them completed.

I’m working hard to get extra kits completed so that when I am on my cruise to the Bahamas there will still be kits coming out in the store.  I hopy you’ll enjoy these!

THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY: 2 Sam 6:14-15  David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.
NIV

PRAYER:  Lord, sometimes I have you pictured as a stoic, ominous God who looks down from heaven waiting for me to "mess" something up.  When King David thought of you, he was so overjoyed with your goodness and mercy that he tucked his robes up, kicked up his heels and danced with all his might!

Help me to enjoy you so much that my heart’s response is to dance about with excitement thinking about how much you love me and how good you are.  Help me to throw a little bit of my quiet caution to the wind and delight myself in you without holding back!  Restore unto me the joy of my salvation.  AMEN

 

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Blog Contest Winner is…

The eighth comment on the eleventh day.  Congratulations to the winner.  She will receive the "Winged Jewel Paper Pack 2" which isn’t in the store yet!  I hope that she will enjoy the prize. 

I started work yesterday on a brand new series of kits for Easter/Spring that are bright and fun with a touch of whimsy.  I hope to have some previews for you later this week. 

My dear friends Dolly spied out my blog to see the pictures of my new grandson and discovered my post about her lovely budding stars in our church Christmas play!!!  She has the most adorable and precocious girls.  They are so smart and fun (just like their parents!)  Thanks for the visit Dolly!  I also received a special visit from an incredibly talented designer in the CHA, Denise Clason who is also going to have her first grandson in a couple of months.  Congratulations, Denise.  I really missed attending CHA this year, but with the baby coming and life in an uproar it will just have to be next year before I get to go again.

Have a wonderful weekend and congratulations again to the winner!

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My Grandson is Here!

I don’t have a picture yet as my son-in-law was staying at the hospital through this afternoon and probably will hit the sofa when he gets home this afternoon and remain unconscious for a significant length of time!  He was up for close to 36 hours or more including a long work day on Monday.  As soon as I get a picture I’ll pass it along for those of you who are waiting to see my beautiful grandson 🙂

Here’s the vitals:  Ellington Israel Pardubsky was born at 12:30 PM on February 12th, 2008.  He weighed in at 8 lbs. 11 oz and was 20 inches long.  He has a thick head of dark hair and steel blue eyes like his father.  We will be heading down to see them probably on Friday.  It’s so hard to keep my mind off of him and on to some work so that they time passes a little more quickly.

I’ll keep you posted once I have some pictures to show off!

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“Winged Jewel Collage Paper Pack 1″ Previews Today

scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking, butterflies, dragonflies, hummingbirds, papersFinally, I finished the previews of the paper pack as well and all is uploaded and ready for Lynnie.  I’ve been working with the sets as well and am enjoying them very much.  This kit will have 12 papers in it and retail for $3.98 at THE DAISIE COMPANY.  It will be out either tomorrow or Friday, depending on when it fit best into the store release schedule.

scrapbooking papers, digital scrapbooking, digital clip art, butterfly, dragonfly, hummingbirdThere are four additional versions of the collage included in this set.  This collage, as I explained earlier is a compilation of close to 100 differently layers and for usefulness and functionality as a background paper I have moved, adjusted or even turned off many of the layers to give you a very effective paper to create everything from scrapbook pages to hybrid card making or crafting projects.

digital clip art, scrapbooking papersThen I created some very interesting "woven" patterned stripes and plaids as well as a fabulous paisley to tie it all together.  I hope you’ll enjoy using them to create some wonderful projects to usher in the Spring!  Those of you that are in the throes of the deep, deep freeze take heart.  Spring will come soon!!!!

THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY:  Gen 17:7  I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.  NIV

PRAYER:  Lord, as we prepare for the birth of our first grandson tonight, I cannot help but think of the generations that came before me who would have loved to see this day but are no longer with us. 

Though they are now with you, their influence has touched my life and the generations yet to come because each of them loved you and walked a life that was good, wholesome and full of an incredibly godly influence.  Help me to live in the same way and make my life able to touch the lives of my generations yet to come. 

And thank you Lord that as you have been utterly faithful to me in my lifetime, you will also be the God of my generations yet to come.  I rest in the knowledge that your promises will be as powerful and faithful to them, as they have been to me and my ancestors before me.  AMEN

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More Hummingbirds ‘n Butterflies!

hummingbirds, butterflies, dragonfly scrapbook digital clip art, scrapbooking, hybrid scrapbookingI finished the rest of the previews late this afternoon and decided to post them tonight before I go to bed — maybe I’ll actually sleep in tomorrow 🙂  Actually, I’ve been waking up too early for some reason and I’m just not a great morning person, LOL!

paisley, butterfly, violets, dragonfly, butterfly, hummingbirdThe second preview gives a large view of the collage-based paper as well as the plaid and tossed violetspaper that is included in the set.  Saturday’s preview will show the paper pack of coordinating papers some of which (like the paisley) are seen in the tags and banners.

I have several of these collage art creations that I’ll bring out this year.  They were put together by an exceptional graphic artist that has done some design work for me over the past couple of years.  Her name is Mara Aeran and her work is phenomenal.  I’m so appreciative of her talent.  More to come!

 

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“Winged Jewels” Collection, with Hummingbirds, Butterflies & Dragonflies

butterflies, hummingbirds, dragonflies, digital clip art, scrapbook, scrapbooking, hybrid scrapbookingis coming next week.  This beautiful collage-oriented collection is full of "Wnged Jewels" which is my nick name for all the beautiful flying creatures God has blessed us with.  This digital clip art kit will be perfect for spring and summer usages.  The original art on which it is based is a very large intensely layered collage (the file itself is over 1GB!) that I have pulled pieces out of to create wonderfully fresh and unusual art pieces and papers.

hummingbird, butterfly, dragonfly, scrapbook, scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking, hybrid scrapbooking kitI will show you two of the previews today and two tomorrow.  There will also be a paper pack of 13 coordinating papers that will be released along with this set.  I’ll show you those papers over the weekend when the set is finished.

THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY: Ps 20:6-7 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand.  Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.  NIV

PRAYER:  Lord, sometimes when I’m in needing of "saving" from a difficult or dangerous situation, it’s hard to trust that you not only hear my cry, but that you reach down with the saving power of your right hand!  You’re not so busy "running the universe" that you have no time to pay attention to the needs of the most insignificant of your children. 

Sometimes I would like to see some "horses and chariots" running to my rescue rather than having to trust in the God who cannot be seen.  But I remind myself you have the strength, power and most of all a loving, caring heart that always desires the best for my life.  I remember as well that your knowledge of what is best for me is very different from my limited understanding of what I want to be best for me.  I submit to your plans, Lord,  for have learned through life that  they are always ultimately good.  AMEN

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Have You Voted Today? (USA)

freebie, sigtag, I voted, free downloadWe have such a privilege and an honor in that we are allowed to participate freely in the selection of our leaders.  Some years it’s very easy to decide others it can be excruciatingly difficult, but always it’s important.

If you haven’t voted yet and are a registered voter, please take the time and make the effort to make your voice heard.  I created a little piece of digital art  as a little gift for those those that would like it.  Feel free to use it as you wish, no strings attached!  Just click on the image and it will take you to the download.  It’s a png file, only 100 dpi meant mostly for online sigtag usage.

THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY: 1 Tim 2:1-2  I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  NIV

PRAYER:  Lord, we are electing new leaders for our country and  we do not know the heart of each candidate like you do.  We don’t know the best choice, only you do and we ask that you guide us in our elections that we might place the best men and women in each position.  We pray that their hearts would be led by you, changed by you in some cases and strengthened by you in all.  We pray for wisdom, character and integrity for each office holder and that any evil, crooked individuals would have what they have done in darkness exposed to the sunshine.  Help us Lord, by giving us not who we deserve, but who we need to keep our land safe, our children protected and our feet headed towards the right path.  Amen

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A Valentine’s Day Freebie That Will Be Good All Year ‘Round

Freebie valentine's day bookmark, pansy, heart, victorian, love, scripture, inspirationalCan you believe that it is already February?!  My grandson will be born this month, whoo hooo!  Ariane is now 2 days over due so we’re on pins and needles, LOL!  It’s also Valentine’s month for those of us in the United States, so I wanted to do a little freebie that would work for us and for the rest of you around the world who don’t celebrate the day.

This bookmark can be uploaded by clicking on the picture which will start the process.  This freebie is subject to the terms of use at THE DAISIE COMPANY (www.daisiecompany.com)  please don’t pass it along directly to your friends, direct them here to get it.

This gives you the tiniest preview of the Antiqued Victorian Pansies 3 set which will feature some wonderful paisleys that you can see in the background of the bookmark!  I hope you’ll enjoy.  Please feel free to pass this link along on any message boards, yahoo groups etc. that you are part of.  If you do and you post a comment as to the group address that you posted it to, I will email you another special freebie as a thank you!

BLOG CONTEST WINNER FOR JANUARY 15-31 IS THE 11TH POST ON THE 26TH DAY, CONGRATULATIONS!  She wins the Antiqued Victorian Violets Paper Pack 1 (if she hasn’t purchased it already, if she has, we’ll adjust for her!)

THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY:1 Cor 13:12-13
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. NIV

PRAYER:  Lord, when these words were written, mirrors were warped, dark reflective surfaces that didn’t perfectly "mirror" the image being reflected but gave a shadowy glimpse.  So many days when I think about you, heaven, the life that is to be and the life I am leading now, I feel like I only have that shadowy hint of what is to come. 

But faith, hope and love help to guide me along that path to the place where one day I will see clearly, face-to-face.  Give me the strength to continue walking along that path each day and help me to know and feel you love for me as I am making the journey.  Amen

 

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