Good Thursday my crafty friends! Love is in the air, it would seem! LOL To be honest, the 14th crept up on me, and I haven't made provision #1!!!! Not good huh?? That's what happens when you have too many things on your plate!! LOL So I have one more day to scurry around, pick up some cuteness for my girls and card for my hubby! Boy, nothing like procrastination!! The only good thing about that all is that I am the only one that knows I forgot about Valentines being this weekend.....well, except for you guys, now...LOL, but I KNOW you won't tell! LOL
Today I want to share a quick tag for the festivities and a the SWEETEST surprise in my mail.....my very own Valentine! :) My tag today, truly was a quick and easy one, but sometimes those are the ones that I end up really, really liking. This one happens to be one of those! :) I started this tag by spritzing with water and spraying with Dylusions Bubblegum Pink and Crushed Grape and then lifting here and there with a baby wipe. I took a myriad of stamps, mostly from Unity Stamps, and stamped a background with StazOn black ink.
I adhered some cute little washi tape and then used the "collect moments" stamp with Versa Mark and heat embossed with black embossing powder. I had some yummy scrapbook papers that I die cut some hearts with, adhered with Aleene's and then shaded with my trusty Faber Castell Big Brush Pen in Nougat. I finished with smudging with Viva Decor's Inka Gold in Gold to give it just a little shiny bling. I added some ribbon and there you go! Easy no? I really liked it!
Now for the SWEETEST surprise......a precious Valentine from none other than Shel C over on Google+!! What a fantastic surprise and wonderful Valentine treat! Shel, YOU are just the sweetest! Shel, wrote the most wonderful encouraging words on the back of my Valentine and it made my heart smile and a little tear came to the eye! I can't tell you how your words encouraged and lifted me up Shel, so thank you, thank you so much!
Isn't this just about the sweetest Valentine ever?? It looked as though she did some lovely Gelli plate goodness along with some collaging and stamping! Just yumminess and, of course, it is always the thought that counts! ANYTIME someone takes time out of their own day to bless another, it brings a sense of pricelessness to it!
I think I will keep that on my tabletop for the month of February as a reminder of the kind of heart we are supposed to have! If you will remember sweet Jackie P, also over on Google+ blessed many of us last month with goodness as well! It's precious ladies like this that makes me KNOW how blessed I am to be a part of such a wonderful online community and makes me proud to call you ladies friends, even if we are afar and have never met!!
God's Word in Proverbs 4:23 it says "Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it is the wellspring of life!" And also in Matthew 7:16 it says "You will know them by their fruit!" Both of those scriptures speak of the heart and what is flowing from them, is proof of who they are on the inside! A steady, confident and assuring heart whose wellspring comes from the Father is ONLY going to overflow that goodness and life to others! People gravitate to that kind of goodness and want the Life therein! That's why, as believers, it is important that we take off the old man and put on the NEW so that they will see Christ and Christ ONLY. When we abide in Him and He in us, then we will mirror His very image and our character and ways will prove Him glorious! It's ALWAYS ALL ABOUT JESUS!!
Today I want to honor people like Shel and Jackie and ALL my wonderful online friends who have freely given of themselves and their hearts to us ALL and have taken the time to lift others up, encourage others and make us all feel like "best pals!" What a joy it is to haven gotten to know each of your precious hearts! Happy Valentines Day ALL you crafty friends! :)