Saturday, December 31, 2011

Heading into a new year!

What a blessed Christmas we had.  It was an enjoyable holiday for us, complete with Jesus Christ. 

Here are a few layouts I made, commemorating our fun, using the Believe Level 2 paper packet and coordinating Stickease.  I totally stole two of these layouts from my dear friend, Sheila Wilkerson (click here to view her blog), and the other from the Close To My Heart art department.  Gotta love being inspired through contacts within CTMH.  I put a few finishing touches on myself.  I will take credit for that.  LOL

God has truly blessed us during these past eight months and we are looking for many more of God's blessings in 2012! Until the new year...God bless!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Technique Hop - Glitter Gel

Everyone loves "bling" but what better time than Christmas to add some glitter and shine to your projects?! This month we are highlighting Close To My Heart's Glitter Gel available in three different colors:  Silver, Bronze and Red and each tube is just $2.75!  What a steal!

You can find a list of the participating Consultant at Debi's Blog.  If you have come from Wendy's Blog you are on the right track!  This blog hop is one big circle so start here and continue moving to check out this month's creative uses of "Glitz".

I had fun decorating this My Creations Card Box with the Believe paper packet!  I just love the Santa's on there!  Would you know I didn't do a bit of stamping to decorate the box but instead used our Exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge?!  I used the Cricut to cut out the focal points on the top of the box; the Christmas tree and star tree topper.  I also used a piece of Desert Sand to accent the tree trunk and finally used the Red Gel to highlight ornaments on the tree.

Next, I used all three Glitter Gels to accent these gift tags.  I used our Dimensional Elements to stamp images on there.  The nice thing about our Glitz is that it serves a similar purpose to other "bling" but goes a lot further.  Gotta love "bling" that lasts...and lasts...and lasts...

The Glitter Gel is super easy to use and has a fine tip.  You can apply it to the finest of areas or spread it across a larger image.  Before using it, it is wise to shake the bottle - allowing the liquid and glitter to mix - before using.  Be sure to allow ample drying time so that you don't mess up your creation!  The amount of drying time required various depending upon the humidity of the room and the amount of application to your project.

I would love for you to create an item and incorporate the Glitter, sharing it with me when you are done!  Let me see what awesome creation you came up with!  Feel free to leave a comment and then click on over to Cherri's Blog to see what she's created!

Happy hoppin'!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Youth Fall Retreat 2011

My hubby and I had the honor of accompanying our youth group to a fall retreat last weekend.  We were not sure what to expect as I have never been to a church camp before but it was a blessed time.

The retreat was held on the property of Texas Bible College.  It is located in Columbus, TX in a secluded area of the town on over 1,000 acres.  The facilities of the college are nice.  I was quite impressed.  We stayed in dorm-style rooms stocked wall-to-wall with bunk beds.  All 19 of us girls were in one room.  We had an enjoyable time.

Besides fellowship and receiving great messages, there were also opportunities to play.  We played sand volleyball, rode go-carts and...I got to ride a horse for the first time!

Yes, I had the tallest horse out of everyone in the group - don't ask (lol) - and had to get a little assistance climbing up.  LOL  It was a great experience and I enjoyed sharing it with my husband.  Of course, my husband had to be entertaining before the ride.  I was cracking up!

I am thankful for the opportunity given us to attend this event with the youth at DFW New Beginnings.  Pastor Huch's ministry has been such a blessing in our life since God directed us there and we enjoy giving of our time to the youth Pastors and the youth.
Acting silly as we climbed a tree to pose for some fun pictures!

Be blessed!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Extremely humbled

I am happy to share that I have been nominated for Teacher of the Year on my campus this year.  I received notification a little over a week ago, from my Principal, and had to submit an application this past Wednesday.  I and another Math teacher were selected as nominees and our applications were put on display Friday for our coworkers to view.
This poster was placed outside my classroom door on Monday when the administration visited my first period to announcement the nomination.  I didn't expect the presentation and my students were excited for me.  Of course, they asked if we could have a party.  LOL

Voting will take place this coming week with the announcement to be made after Christmas break.  Regardless of the outcome, I am thankful for God's favor (especially if you knew of the story behind the last six months) and for the recognition.  It is a humbling experience and one that I am extremely thankful for.

It is also rather crazy that I was selected as Teacher of the Year 10 years ago at Beasley Middle School in Palatka, Florida.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Faith & Family Day at Cowboys Stadium

Our worship band played at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday for this fun event.  We attended and enjoyed touring the stadium. 
People stood in line to take a picture with the cheerleaders.  We just caught them in the background.  :0)

In the post-game interview conference room.  He's got his game face on.  LOL

Go Cowboys!
Super Bowl trophies in the background.

Rowdy the mascot
The Cowboys play the Giants tonight for first place in the division.  We will be there cheering them on!