Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Chicks

These chicks are the most enjoyable thing to make. If anybody would like the pattern, here is where I got it from. I used a prima flower for the comb. In real life they measure 7,5x7,5cm. I suppose you can print the pattern out as big as you like, but I prefer the little ones as they fit perfectly on the paper of the 15x15cm patterned paper pads.

The chicks below are what I made two years ago, I used a stamp from Hero Arts to make the feathers which are upside down flowers.And a heart stamp to create the comb.

I hope you all have a very blessed Easter weekend.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Some more Bird cards

Well, my Blog is not called 'Craft's Nest' for no reason - I just cannot get off the birds to the butterflies at the moment.


 I used a piece of patterned paper from the Graphics 45 design. Painted the roses and teapot with distress markers and water and attached one of my favorite bird stamps on top of the pot. I stamped the Hero Arts Postcard Stamp over the top and cut around it for the tag style.

A very quick card using another bird which was cut out from a scrap. I made the nest with the leaves from a stamp from Inkadinkado.

The same bird again, cut from a scrap. This is collage style.

A little stamping collage with two different stamp sets from SU, An Open Heart and Butterfly Basics.

Looked for a background of patterned paper to match these birds that were mounted onto a diecut. 

So I want to share something that spoke to me so profoundly, I want to share it for those who maybe going through a 'why me' time at the moment. I know it sounds so selfish to be busy with 'me' when there is so much to be grateful for, yet God knows we are but dust and still His heart beats for us with a passion!

The desire for God
For reading & meditation: Psalms 42
"My soul thirsts for God, for the living God '" (v.2)

Yesterday we looked at the words: "Whom have I in heaven but you?" Now we examine the second part of that text: "And earth has nothing I desire besides you" (Ps. 73:25b). Personally, I find these some of the most enchanting words in the whole of the Old Testament. The first part of the verse is put in a negative, and the second in a positive form. Having looked around and seen that there is no satisfying substitute for the Almighty, the psalmist goes on to make the positive assertion that from the bottom of his heart he desires to know God. He has come to see (so I believe) that it is more important to desire God for who He is than for what He does or what He gives. In a sense, the psalmist's entire problem arose out of the fact that he had put what God gives in the place of God Himself. The ungodly were having a good time while he was having a bad time. Why was he having to suffer like this? His trouble was that he had become more interested in the things God gives than in God Himself, and when he didn't have the things he wanted, he began to doubt God's love. Now, however, he has come to the place where he desires God for Himself. The ultimate test of the Christian life is whether we desire God for Himself or for what He gives. Each one of us must ask ourselves: "Do I desire God more than forgiveness? More than release from my problems? More than healing of my condition? More than gifts and abilities?" How tragic that our prayers can be full of pleadings that show, when they are examined, that we are more interested in enjoying God's blessings than we are in enjoying God.

O Father, forgive me that so often I am concerned more with Your gifts than I am with You - the Giver. Help me to long after You, not because of what You give me, but because of who You are. In Jesus' Name I ask it Amen.

We are having rather bad weather at the moment, so wanting to see the sun again!
Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

An Open Heart

Hello to all who visit me! I am sharing a favorite technique of mine which is stamping on patterned paper. I must say I am gravitating towards Stampin' Up stamps a lot these days.

This little bird and sentiment are from the 'An Open Heart' set.
This card reflects my heart at the moment, so much I would like to say... but just too tired to share.
That was it for today.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Butterfly Basics

Today I wanted to share a card for two challenges.

The first challenge is this sketch from the Challenge Blog, Case this sketch, which can be found here.

The second challenge is a from the blog ColorQ, which can be found here.

And this is my card - for the first sketch the three words of my sentiment count for the three tags bottom right. I used a scrap paper and embossed the butterfly in white. It is such an effective, decorative stamp.

Thank you for visiting me. Oh yes, these stamps are newly acquired Stampin' Up Stamps called Butterfly Basics. I love them and have always wanted a lace butterfly stamp.

Have a lovely weekend!

I have to share a little testimony. Yesterday I wasn't feeling too good and had some words with my DH, kind of doubting his love for me which is just ridiculous, and I noticed it hurt him. While I was making the meal I thought, Lord you know how much I love my son... just think if he said to me, Mum, I really don't believe that you love me as much as you say you do... it would shatter me. Now, think about how much God loves us! Just think how God must feel, having given everything, everything He had to bring you to Himself and we just say - yeah but I don't believe that you really love me that much.... Doubting the love He has for us - no, it is unthinkable, and still we do it. It gave me a lot to ponder on.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Challenge Hero Arts - Nature theme

Couldn't be more pleased with a theme like this, using my favorite stamp brand - Hero Arts. The sentiment on my card is one from the latest  2015 Catalog.

I used a tag stamp on a distressed background and stamped the Rose over the top. The designblock Lace stamp served as a background in Antique distress. The butterfly is a die-cut that somebody sent me.

Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Some card shares and a Biblical share

Hello everyone!
I am sharing a couple of cards that I have made in the past couple of weeks. First up is a Valentine's day card. I have never liked working with hearts, I don't know why, but I have one heart stamp I like, so I used it.

 Stamped the Lace Frame from hero Arts on a piece of pink cardstock and white embossed. Stamped the heart stamp on a background of mixed colors and patterns, sent to me by Ellie in Holland. Dimensioned the heart on the frame to finish.

 Using the Post Card Stamp from Hero Arts and a Hydrangea stamp from Stampin Up. A huge thank you to Kim, a lady in the United States who just sent me a parcel of stamps and paper! What amazing generosity these American ladies have!!

This last one is for the Hero Arts Challenge Blog and the theme is 'Nature' this month. I love Nature as its all about God's amazing Creations!

I want to encourage somebody today with a Word that is hanging above my computer at work. It is something I am going through, maybe therefore less posts than before. Everything must have its own priority in our lives.
Please be blessed by it:

If your goal is to be used by God, don’t be surprised when He permits seasons of adversity and brokenness. Jesus experienced it, and He said, ‘A servant is not greater than his master’ (John 15:20 NKJV). One Bible teacher points out: ‘God’s intent isn’t to hurt us, but to expand our capacity to carry His love to a world in need of compassion…Sorrow clarifies our thinking. In the school of Christ, brokenness is a good thing. It’s impossible to become intimate with God unless we’re broken of independence, pride and our insistence that our way is better than God’s. Brokenness is the last stop before we finally confess, ‘‘I can’t; God can.’’ It’s Paul confessing, ‘‘What a wretched man I am. Who will rescue me from this body of death?’’ (Romans 7:24 NIV). It’s the Prodigal fighting with the pigs over food (Luke 15:11-32). It’s Joseph, still in prison, forgotten by the cupbearer (Genesis 40:23). It’s Jonah in the whale’s belly confessing the consequences of running from God (Jonah 2:1-9). It’s Peter weeping bitterly outside Jesus’ trial (Luke 22:62). It’s Jesus abandoning everything to God, praying, ‘‘Father…not My will, but Yours be done’’ (Luke 22:42 NIV)…God in His ruthless, loving pursuit will break us of pride, sin, folly and independence (Matthew 21:44). Like Jesus serving bread at the Last Supper, God takes us, breaks us, blesses us and uses us.’ Are you going through a season of brokenness? Be encouraged; in God’s kingdom brokenness is the path to blessing. Watchman Nee put it this way: ‘To have God do His own work through us, even once, is better than a lifetime of human striving.’


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Collage cards and good news

Good news about our son Rodney. He has improved so much that he has moved back to his flat regaining his independence once again! The pain in his foot has decreased so that he does not need medication any more and he has even began working again for a couple of hours a day! He has made his next appointment to have his reconstruction done and the exterior waste-bag removed. We are so thankful to God and also to all those who prayed on his behalf!

A share today of three collage cards I made.

I had the music and blue paper scraps which I wanted to use together and selected a tag and bird stamp to complete it. In hind sight I probably should have used a lighter card base. Thanks to Maria Doricheva who sent me the pansy border a while ago.

Another card I made by stamping a bird and different leaf stamps together. So simple really.

My last card, once again, bird and flowers using the colors I love.

I bought a little bunch of roses at our local supermarket, they give so much pleasure!

Have a lovely Sunday.