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Thursday, February 19, 2009

New Exhibitors at the Great American Scrapbook Convention

Welcome New Exhibitors!

Their new exhibitors run the gamut from established scrapbooking resources to new companies on the block. They've got some brand new folks and some who are back after a hiatus. Great new paper lines and tools, stamps and scrapping getaways. Visit their Web sites to learn more about their product offerings and plan to visit them at upcoming GASC Shows.

Angels Are Special, Inc.
The C-Thru Ruler Company (DejaViews and Little Yellow Bicycle)
Cruise and Crop
Heartfelt Creations
Joui International
Legacy Paper Arts
Life's Journey Scrapbooking
Luxe Designs
My Favorite Things
The Original ScraPbox
PhotoBasics by Westcott
Priceless Legacy
Pugnacious Stamps and Designs
Scrapper on the Lake
Scrapperz Outlet (Sizzix)
Strictly Scrapbooking

Great American Scrapbook Cropping Party!

NEW! Sunday Cropping Party in Arlington!

Due to popular demand they are putting together a Sunday Cropping party from 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel on June 7, the Sunday immediately after the convention closes. So mark your calendar and look for more details soon!

Friday, February 13, 2009

A Recipe for Friendship

When I went to the retreat in Tipton, she read this before dinner. I loved it. I wanted to share it with you today.

A Recipe For Friendship

Place the ingredients in a basket and take out the corresponding item for each application.

These are the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies☺

Items Needed:
• Shortening
• Sugar
• Eggs
• Vanilla
• Flour
• Baking Soda
• Salt
• Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
• Nuts

A Recipe For Friendship

Friendships are wonderful gifts to our lives straight from God. There are several references to friendship in the Bible. I think of the relationship of David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18-20, 2 Samuel 1). Those chapters in Samuel are great reading. Jonathan and David had a great love and respect for each other. I think of how God called Abraham, “friend” (James 2:23). Moses also comes to mind. Remember how God spoke to him, “face to face, as a man speaketh to his friend” (Exodus 33:11)?
When it comes to our sisters in Christ, friendship takes on a special quality. Friendship between Christians is especially sweet because of the bond of Christ. We are enhanced by those special friendships. Building those friendships is a wonderful way to encourage and lift up others in the Lord.'

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5,6. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2. Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel. Proverbs 27:9.

Friends are one of the ways God takes care of us. We need all the things friendship entails from other human contact such as encouragement, companionship, love, honesty, loyalty, understanding, and so many more things friendship offers.
Our friendships with our sisters in Christ are like recipes of goodness for us. They bake up something special. You may have heard that saying, “In the cookies of life, friends are the chocolate chips”. Friends are that sweet extra in life and even sweeter is friendship among believers in Christ.

Why is a recipe for fellowship and friendship with our sisters in Christ is so Important? Let’s check out the ingredients and see what they do.


Sisters In Christ Friendship Recipe

• Shortening - Provides texture. Our fellowship and friendship with our sisters in the Lord can add much depth and texture to our lives. We blend together in unity as part of the body of Christ.

• Sugar - Adds sweetness. Our fellowship with our sisters adds such a sweet taste to our lives. If we didn't have sugar in our cookies, we'd sure miss it. The same is with our fellowship with our sisters. We can't leave it out of our lives.

• Eggs - Holds ingredients together. Sisters in the Lord are someone to lean on. We are held together by fellowship with them. We are stronger because of them, their prayers, and their love in the Lord. We have a special bond in Christ.

• Vanilla - Adds flavor. Sisters add that flavor we need. They give us that extra sensation. Without friends and fellowship we become kind of bland.

• Flour - Adds substance. We need the substance a sister in the Lord can add. They give us many things by way of mentoring us when we don't even know it. Their shared testimonies and way they live their lives has an impact on us.

• Baking Soda – Leavens. Leavening agents in baking helps to lighten the dough. Friendship with our sisters in Christ lightens our burdens through their prayer and encouragement.

• Salt - Enhances flavor. We know that friendships add flavor and just when we need it, they help improve the tastefulness and quality of our lives. Friends are the type of people that know just what we are going through and are there when we need them.

• Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips - The kind of chocolate chips we normally add to our cookies is semi sweet. Our sister friends tell us what they feel and think and that's okay. They can be honest and truthful to us. “Iron sharpeneth iron" (Proverbs 27:17).

• Nuts...Optional - Just a little craziness in a sister friend is great! Sometimes a little zaniness in our friends can be just the ingredient we need.

Conclusion:
Friendships take a lot of time and effort to bake up but they are worth it when we sense that sweet aroma and special bond that they bring.
Friends that have Jesus in common will have lasting relationships, not just here on earth, but will dwell with Christ together throughout eternity.
“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24.

I wonder if I’m the type of friend that I should be to others, especially to my sisters in Christ. Am I doing all those things that I should be doing, like lifting burdens, adding flavor, helping hold things together with my prayers, and all those other things? I hope I can improve in this area.

So, is your life a good recipe for friendship?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"Next Besties" by Betty Bee

We all love that sharp embossed edge that Nestabilities give their die cuts, but sometimes they don't have the size or shape that we might need. Betty Bee, from Betty Bee's Buzz has found a way to use the Cuttlebug, and her Cricut (or you can use any cutting system) to create "Next Besties", because they are the next best thing! I hope this will give you some ideas so that you can create something fabulous!

Click HERE to view her instructional video on how to create "Next Besties."

25 New Cartridges to Be Released in 2009

Yup, you heard right! 25!! 10 of which will be Licensed! DC Comics, Paper Dolls #2,

Glenda, from Just-A-Scrappin' went to CHA and got some great information at the Provo-Craft booth. Click HERE for her FULL report!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Treasured Memories 17 hour Crop

This was so cool! It was 7 hours on Friday, Feb. 6th and 10 hours on Saturday, Feb 7th.

Ok, so I was only there on Saturday for 10 hours, but it was great. I only got about 5 layouts done, but I got to meet some really cool ladies and a wonderful Creative Memories rep.

Since we each had an 8' table to ourselves, it was very easy to spread out and get comfortable. There was a wide variety of drinks and snacks avaiable for consumption. And there was someone there at all times if any of us needed anything.

We were able to enjoy some great Valentine's Day make-n-take tags, complete with glitter as well as some great door prizes and fun games.

I will definitely be going again!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Valentine's Day Giveaway

Want a chance to win ALL this?!

Check out this great giveaway by So Cal Scraps!

You have until Valentine's Day to post your comment and link!

Click HERE to get details and Good Luck!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Cricut Cartridge Rentals

THE LINK IS NOW FUNCTIONAL! SORRY ABOUT THE INCONVENIENCE.

Want to try it before you buy it? Well, now you can! Rent a cartridge, try it out. If you like it, buy it!

Click HERE for more details on how to do this!

Sponge Bob Makes It To Scrapboking!

Yup, that's right! Cricut has a new and upcoming cartridge, Sponge Bob Square Pants.

The cartridge contains hundreds of images, including all the characters that children have grown to love: SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Sandy Cheeks, Squidward Tentacles, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Gary. Users will be able to create their own Bikini Bottom with SpongeBob's pineapple house, the Crusty Krab, undersea plants and dozens more images of scenery. The SpongeBob SquarePants cartridge also features layered characters, icons, shadows and blackout

The SpongeBob SquarePants cartridge will be on display at the Craft & Hobby Association's annual Winter Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, Calif. Also on display will be several other new Provo Craft products. Attendees are encouraged to stop by and demo the products at booth #2763 during the show.


Be sure to click HERE for additional information.