Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rock House Retreat 5-25-2018

My friend Teresa and I had decided we both needed a retreat! The sooner the better. I actually think she needed it worse than me but I was game. I looked on Rock House Retreat Facebook page and discovered there was a retreat Memorial Day Weekend. It was actually a "Quilters Retreat" but the Quilters like me and Teresa 😉. There were only 2 spots open and we took them!

We arrived on Thursday and stayed through Monday.

On Friday a severe thunderstorm with hail came over the retreat center. Thankfully the hail was only pea to marble size and wasn't heavy. You can see the video here if you're interested.

These were some of the bigger hail stones. I thought the one with a white ring was interesting.

Left over anvil cloud after the storm passes.

As I typically do on any retreat I like to take a walk-about the area. The temps moderated enough after the storm for me to do that.

A single Thistle. Although a prickly weed, the purple blooms are very intriguing.

I think the name of these is Coreopsis.

This guy was posing so pretty for me I couldn't help but take a picture!

I believe these are called Cone flowers.

There are Mexican Hats

Indian Paint Brush among a sea of yellow.

What you see here is all up and down both sides of the road. I just love Texas this time of year.

Remnants of Blanket Flowers. It is past their prime. They are usually out around the same time as Bluebonnets although they last a little longer.

A Western Flycatcher.

The sun peaked out from behind the clouds in the West

To the East storm clouds that had already past us by and the moon.

I was surprised by a rare sighting of a Painted Bunting! This was as close as I dare get even with my zoom fully extended! I didn't have much light either but I was thrilled to get to see this beautiful bird!

I'll share more in another post.

Have a good one!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

CCS Awards Ceremony 5-31-2018

After Kashton's night of awards, it was Kennedy's turn.

An award for good conduct. This picture is priceless with the look on her classmate's face. He really wasn't looking at Kennedy but it sure made for a picture to talk about 😉.

I was pretty proud of Kennedy for this award (Academic in 3 subjects) as she was behind and had to work extra hard to catch up. She will be receiving some tutoring this summer to get her ready for 3rd grade.

I am also pretty proud of Kennedy getting the "Hannah" award for being a Prayer Warrior. That's my girl 😊.

She also got a trophy in Bible for memorizing scripture but there was a mix up and her name wasn't called at the program.

Overall Kashton and Kennedy had a good year. They are ready to enjoy the summer!

Have a good one!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Cards Made in April

I made 16 cards the Month of April. Two of those were posted in other blogs. One was the Cards in Envy card challenge and the other was a card for my niece's baby shower.

I have made cards with this image before so that would be why it looks familiar.

I wasn't pleased when I finished with this one. I had colored the image then used glue to add some Flowersoft Polar white for the snow. I wish now I had finished cutting the rest of the girl out and added that to the base paper. Oh, well, I'll know better next time. I made this card for Remi. She had seen another card I had made with this image and wanted me to make her one because she lives in Colorado now and they have snow!

 I made this one by using a music embossing folder and inking with Distress Ink Vintage Photo. The sentiment is from a Unity kit called
Cuppa Comfort {August 2017 Sentiment Kit}. This is a great kit!

I made this for a boy in my church for his birthday. This image and sentiment is Cuddlebug Fox designed by artist Tierra Jackson from Unity Stamp Company. I have used this image before. The background is old My Mind's Eye Kraft.

On this card I used an embossing folder to create the border. Next I used Distress Oxide Inks and blended over the background. The image is from Unity's March 2018 Kit of the Month called "Stay Classy"

I made this card for a friend. I have used this stamp set to make several cards. It is called She Never Says Never Unity's June 2017 Sentiment Kit.

To create the background I heat embossed the flowers which is a retired Donna Downey Peony Stamp. I then blended Distress Inks Broken China and Fossilized Amber. The words on the background are part of this stamp set. It measures 1.75 X 4.5 and says "She believed with all her heart she could so she did. There is a light in her heart and determination in her eyes. She is full of strength, love and gratitude for this life. She believed, so she did."  Each statement is an individual sentiment. I colored the girl with Copic Markers and cut out. I cut out the sentiment as well and put foam tape behind both.

I made this card for a young teenage boy. The background I made with an Impression Obscession Cover-a-Card Clouds. The airplane and sentiment are from Unity stamp kit "For the Guys". I stamped the same image three times on the card. Then I stamped once more and cut it out and placed in the center of the card.

This is an anniversary card I created for my niece. The image and sentiment are from Unity's stamp kit "Here's to You"by artist Angie Blom.

This card was for a man in our church. This is a Unity Stamp by artist Tierra Jackson. She is quickly becoming a favorite of mine!It is called "Slowly Turning Classic". It's pretty faint but I used a stamp on the background from a stamp kit called "Hello Beautiful" then blended with Distress Inks. I colored the truck with Copic Markers. I used glossy accents on the headlights and windshield.

I made this for the wife of the man above. She is bird watcher. She and her husband have birthdays two weeks apart! Her birthday was on the 12th and his on the 25th.

I used Distress Oxide Inks to create the background. The stamp and sentiment are Unity called "No One Sweeter" I colored with Copic Markers.

This was created for a girl in my church. The stamp set is "Little by Little" from Unity by artist Tierra Jackson.

I colored with Copic Markers and stamped "for you" inside the balloon. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

I created this for another child in our church. This stamp set is Unity. I colored with Copic Markers and added googly eyes. I don't think this stamp is sold any longer as I cannot find a link for it.

Thank you for taking a look.

Have a good one!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Lets Hear it for the Boys Card Challenge

The challenge this time at Cards in Envy is "Lets Hear it for the Boys". It can be any type of card, birthday, graduation, Father's Day but it needs to be masculine.

Here is my entry into the challenge.

I made this card for my Dad for Father's Day. The first I saw this image it immediately made me think of me and my dad. This image is a digital stamp created by one of my favorite artists Tierra Jackson.

I first became aware of her work through Unity Stamp Co. I then discovered she had a Facebook Page and learned of her Etsy store which you can look and purchase her art here.

I colored the image with Copic Markers. The sentiment came with the image. It was actually a little boy on the pony but with a Copic Marker I lengthened the hair 😉. Pretty creative huh?! I created this card in April and am so glad to finally be able to send it to Dad this week!

Thanks for taking a look!

Have a good one

Friday, June 8, 2018

CCS Kindergarten Graduation and Pre-K Awards Ceremony 5-29-18

I know, I know. I am way behind. Bear with me. I keep thinking things will slow down soon. I'm beginning to wonder if they will at all 😔

The kids got out of school the last of May. Kashton on May 29th and Kennedy on May 31st.

Our little private school holds graduation for Kindergarten and awards for Pre-K and Kindergarten as one program.

We begin the evening with prayer ...

and pledges to the America Flag, Christian Flag and Bible (like we did in Vacation Bible School).

The evening was filled with snippets of what the kids learn ed through the school year.

Kashton is reciting a memory verse.

Kashton reading.

Motions to a song.

Receiving an award for Academic Excellence.

At Community Christian School during the year the teachers observe the children to see what Biblical Characteristics they exhibit. Kashton received the "Paul Award" for Courage.

Kashton received the "Snickers Award" for causing the class to "snicker" quite often.😉

These speak for themselves.

Kashton and His buddy Reece.

Next year I will be blogging about Kashton graduating Kindergarten!

Have a good one!