Tuesday, 6 November 2018


Hello everyone.  How are you today?  I know it has been a very long time since I popped in here.  Lots have been happening and my creativity has been centred on Bible Study  Blog Writing.  But today I have managed to get some photos of cards I have made using my Hallmark card maker and Crafts U Print and maybe one or two of my own designs. 

First I would love to say 

How have you all been? I hope you are fine and gearing up for Christmas. Yes, I know it is the beginning of November but Christmas will soon be here.  

Here we go then: 

This is from some freebie die cut Christmas sets I received.  I added the flower and the bow and used a peel off for the greeting.  A4 card folded into an A5 card.  Simples! 

This one is cute, I think.  Autumnal and wintery although I would rather be wearing the gloves than have them hanging outside in the rain and the wind lolol.

This one is part of a set of clip art drawings from Sassy Cheryl in the 2018 Christmas Mega Pack. And here are some more : 

I added the sentiments myself and used Stickles glitter glue to put a sparkle onto the images and used snowflakes from Crafty Bob (CUP). They are fun and can be made into sets. 

Are you getting into the Christmas spirit yet? Here is a great little Christmas song to help you on your way.

I cannot believe this is going to be my 5th Christmas here in my home.  Where has the time gone? I am so happy to be here and I love being able to craft when the idea hits me.  I had a couple of years off due to loss of sight, I've had a few falls and now don't go out because walking is such a pain for me, literally.  These are not complaints nor are they excuses - Oh and my beloved Jazz died  - 

RIP Jazz xx

However, I still have Bess

It is so heartwarming to have canine companionship from time to time. I truly miss Jazz but Bess is still her charming self.  She comes in and has a pat on the head and runs upstairs to my front bedroom where she sleeps on the double bed - thank you very much!! 

This is a very unusual card, and I do not remember where the image comes from. I am sure if someone recognises it they will tell me😀

This is a small 5 x 5 Christmas card from CUP.  Its reference number is cup916406_93448.  If you go to the CUP website and put that reference into the search it will take you to where you can buy the design. 

This is a Hallmark design from their card making software programme. 

This is from CUP, reference: cup460164_503 

I have not decided yet if I have any favourites, but I think they are all my favourites. Have you made your cake yet? It should be made and you should be pouring the brandy onto it periodically!! 

Helen Howell is an artist and she painted the above image of the robin on the chimney. I think it makes a lovely Christmas Card, don't you? You can find it here: cup886517_37881

And this one is in a kit from which you can make a variety of cards: s-s-a tasteof christmas also in CUP.

So you can see that I have been very busy.

Lastly, here is a Birthday card: 

This is also an image from CUP and its part of a set of ladies at the races. cup536906_1443

I hope you have enjoyed these cards today.  I don't know when I will be back, but be blessed to be a blessing until I return.

Until next time. God bless you xxx

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

PSALM 23  


I have started listening to a series about Psalm 23 and just wanted to share with you all what I have learned from it.  You may already know all of this but it has been refreshing for me to go over it again, so that is why I wanted to share it with you.  Remember that the Old Testament is a ‘type and shadow’ of Jesus and his finished work.  We all have a pre-conceived idea that Psalm 23 is used only at weddings or funerals as a hymn, but really  it is far more than that when you take into consideration when it was written and by whom it was written.  It can tells us a lot more through studying it and knowing about the area in Israel it is referring to. David had been a shepherd and so he is well qualified to write this psalm.  Remember that his beginning in life was to tend to his father’s flock. He was an accomplished shepherd. He protected his father’s flock of sheep day and night, sometimes fighting the enemy such as bears, wolves etc to keep the sheep safe.  Now that is a picture of Jesus, is it not?  He is tending the flock of his Father by looking after us, leading us and caring for us. He also fought the enemy and won!  In conjunction with this Psalm please read the Scriptures I will give you at the end of this part of the study.


 1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
   2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
   3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
   4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
   5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
   6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Last time we covered almost all of the first three verses.  If you have not seen it please go and read it. We did not look at the last few words of verse three so that is where we will start today.  Remember that the context of this psalm is that it lies between psalm 22 which speaks of Jesus being forsaken for our sin on the cross and psalm 24 when it refers to the second coming of Jesus. So we are living in psalm 23.  This is our time and it is where we are right now.  Jesus died and was raised for the dead and he went to heaven and there is a gap at this point because he is coming back again, so we are waiting for his return.  We also saw last time that our shepherd provides everything for us.  He leads us to green pastures, which means we are fed, and then we rest and then he does the work. As we have been fed and now rest we are restored in our souls.  3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.  So then he leads us in the paths of righteousness which we saw was a path that leads higher an higher toward our hope in heaven.  But why? For his name’s sake!  To show the reputation of God in his name. God has set out what is a perfect plan and when we cooperate it shows his divine hand in our lives.  When we follow and obey him it highlights that there is indeed a God and he will be seen as true to his word as we live in the way that he has prescribed for us to live. When we do someone in someone’s name it is to show their reputation. If that person is respected then we will receive favour, but if that person has a bad reputation then that will be what we get too through association. So when we follow on the paths of righteousness and stay on them it shows that God is real and trustworthy.  His reputation is highlighted to the world. What kind of reputation of God are we showing the world today?  The road or path to destruction is wide and welcomes everyone, the paths of righteousness are narrow and have no safety rails at the edges.  To stay on it we have to stay focused on our shepherd.  Let us, for his name’s sake, feel our eyes on the shepherd and not get distracted by anything at all. 

The road from Jerusalem to Jericho

The valley of the shadow of death. 

  4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  So I have done some research into where the valley of the shadow of death actually is in Israel. Before we look at that there are two meanings to this phrase.  Many people who experience life threatening situations say they walked through the valley of death, and I understand what they mean by this as it is a very good description.  However, in this context David was talking to God saying : Yes, even though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. Do you remember last time that i spoke of the road from Jerusalem to Jericho? It is the same road Jesus refers to in the parable of the good samaritan.  This road is a very narrow mountainous road and very winding.See the photos above. Even today it is still a very difficult road to travel on. peterpilt.org says this : It’s a steep, deep and narrow canyon. The sun only hits the bottom of it when it’s directly overhead at high noon. The rest of the time the bottom of the canyon is dark. David probably led his sheep through the valley of the shadow of death as he was growing up. As you look in the Bible, the term “valley” also refers to all kinds of rough times in life.
  • Joshua talks about the Valley of Calamity
  • Psalm 84 talks about the Valley of Weeping
  • Hosea talks about the Valley of Trouble
  • The reference to a valley in Ps 23 in Hebrew actually means The Valley of Deep Darkness
This is what I find a very powerful thought. Up to this point in the Psalm, David as he writes has been speaking to the reader about God. He starts out and says to the reader, Hey let me tell you about the Lord. He is my Shepherd etc etc.  David was telling us that even though he walked in this place he feared no evil and then, he turns the conversation from the reader to God himself! He then says : 

For you are with me (the Shepherd) your rod    

from an unused root probably meaning to branch off; a scion, i.e. (literally) a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.) or (figuratively) a clan:--X correction, dart, rod, sceptre, staff, tribe.

and your staff   
or mishteneth {mish-eh'-neth}; feminine of 4937; support (abstractly), i.e. (figuratively) sustenance or (concretely) a walking-stick:--staff.

both comfort me.  So what does all of that mean?   First of all let me explain something about shepherds and hired shepherds.  Men who were hired to tend the sheep did not really care about the sheep, they were doing this job for money  and many of them used their rod to beat the sheep to get them to go where they wanted them.  They did not lead the sheep and the sheep did not know them.  You see when a shepherd has a flock of sheep he gets to know his sheep and they get to know him and his ways.  There is a relationship between the sheep and the shepherd. David had looked after his father’s sheep as a young lad and he did a really good job of that.  The sheep knew him and he knew his sheep.  He did not lose any and he protected them against their enemies.  Can you see the parallel in this? Jesus is our shepherd and we know who he is and we know his voice and we follow him. So what about the rod and staff then?  There are churches who spread the gospel like a bit stick!  Think about it.  Many people are in church because they are afraid not to be because of what they are being taught. A hired preacher will do what he can to get by, but one who is anointed and loves his congregation will do everything to grow them into the love of God, not through fear. The rod is also a sceptre and sceptres are usually used by kings and the sceptre is symbolic of protection.  Royalty carry a sceptre on certain occasions as a show of protection.  Yes, it is symbolic but it is there to remind everyone that the king or queen can use it to beat off the enemy. It shows that the holder of the sceptre has power and authority and is in charge.  So David felt protected and knew he was protected by the Shepherd because of the rod or sceptre.  David was saying that God is in charge and his authority is first and foremost.  Trust is an issue to many people if they put their trust in other people because they can be let down.  If we give trust to there people then we are giving them authority, so we need to understand that sometimes we should not be doing that at all.  We can give authority to other people but it is God who holds the sceptre.  Overall David knew who God very well, after all it was said of David that he had a heart after God! So protection comes when we decide God will lead us.  He will lead us out of the valley of the shadow of death because his authority is over all.  In Ezekiel the rod washed for counting sheep.  It would be dipped some colour and tapped onto the sheep as each one went through the gate so that the shepherd could count them and, more importantly, doing this to the sheep said that they were his. They then had the mark of the shepherd  on them so that he would recognise which sheep were his.  Our mark is the blood of Jesus that God recognises, and that is what makes us his. God has final authority over each one of us when he looks and sees the blood of Jesus on us. 

So what about the staff then: This staff was like a walking stick, but tall and had a hook at the end of it.  The word used is pronounced as Mishawna……. phonetically.  So when a sheep strayed the shepherd could use the crooked end of the staff to hook around the next of the sheep and pull it back to safety. You see the shepherd would have an attitude of long-suffering.  He knew the sheep would stray and get into difficulties and he was prepared for that and he was prepared to use the tools he had to help the sheep get bak onto the right path.  This rod and staff are there for our protection too.  No matter how far we stray or fall off the path we are protected but eh Great Shepherd.  He will hook us up out of the mire clay, he will hook us out of the trouble we find ourselves in.  He will give a gentle nudge with the rod to prompt you to return, but if we are stubborn he will used the staff to hook us up to him again.  He will bring us back onto the paths of righteousness.  We need to learn to trust and rely on the support of the rod and staff that the great Shepherd uses.  The word of God, and Holy Spirit and our rod and staff. Think about it. They comfort us, if we let them. 

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  This is also interesting.  You see David knew how god loves us so much he wants the whole world including our enemies to see for themselves.  In David’s time, a king would hold a feast in the open air.  Their hospitality was extravagant and very visual for all to see. Your enemies might be there looking on but they cannot touch you when you are feasting in the presence of the king.  It is a perfect picture of how God treats us even before our enemies. His hospitality is exceptional.  Your friends, family and enemies can do nothing other than stand and watch how much God favours you.  He is displaying his power and authority and your part in it to all who see.  You are protected and looked after in front of all. Your enemies are powerless in the presence of God.  Let me put it another way.  Satan can do nothing while you are eating off the table of the Lord.  What are you eating? Are you studying daily? Are you meditating on the word, chewing the cud so to speak? Are you digesting and then allowing the food to grow you in your spirit?  God, the great Shepherd has invited you to join him at his table of the word and while you are there you are protected.  No-one can touch you and even your enemies will have to stand and watch God blessing you.  This is what it means when a table has been furnished in the presence of your enemies.  

thou anointest my head with oil so what does this mean then?  Going back to the sheep analogy I want to explain this to you.  The sheep have an enemy in the form of a certain fly that likes to land in the nostrils or ears of the sheep to lay it’s eggs.  Now, this is not nice but relevant.  If the fly succeeds, the eggs hatch with little worms that burrow their way up to the sheeps brain and causes a lot of distress to the sheep.  The result is that sheep can kill themselves by whacking their heads again a wall to stop the irritation. They shake their heads violently to try and relieve the irritation but if the worm has reached it’s destination it is usually too late and the sheep could die.  So let us look at the work of satan!  When he puts a bad thought, no matter how nice it seems at first, into your head it will begin to grow until you manifest the thought into reality. This is when you fall off the paths of righteousness and the worse thing that can happen is that you might die.  However the point of this is to say how devious satan is and how even a tiny little thought can grow into something you cannot control anymore.  We need to keep our minds being renewed in the word. So what about this anointing then, I hear you ask? The shepherds found that if they poured oil over the heads of the sheep the flies would not land on them, the flies did not like the oil and it acted like a deterrent.   So I want you to know that you are anointed in the grace of God.  Read this : 2 CORINTHIANS 1 VERSES  21 & 22 :   21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;   22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.   We have no excuse.  We are anointed.  It is up to us to remember this and use the authority that it gives us.  The second a thought comes into our minds that is not good for us, no matter how attractive it seems, we need to take it captive and replace it with God’s word. Our cup (heart and mind) runs over with the love of God, the word of God and all the authority of God.  Our anointing comes from God himself.  Not only are we anointed but we have more than enough to keep us on the paths of righteousness and in the flock. 

  6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for   ever.  Surely, the word is very specific, surely means surely, not perhaps or maybe.  It means certainly, without a shadow of a doubt.  When it speaks of the goodness and mercy that shall follow, it is really much stronger than that. When you look at the word follow :  

a primitive root; to run after (usually with hostile intent; figuratively (of time) gone by):--chase, put to flight, follow (after, on), hunt, (be under) persecute(-ion, -or), pursue(-r).  

It is actually saying that goodness and mercy will hunt you down.  They will chase you and pursue you  and hunt you down. All of His everything is chasing you, blessings are chasing you, mercy is chasing you.  All of his bounty of everything is chasing you to overwhelm you with his goodness and mercy because he is good.  For as long as you live on this earth God’s mercy and goodness will be change you and hunting you down to bless you; and you will live in the house of the LORD forever. While you are here on earth your body is the temple of the Lord and you are carrying him around with you.  When are you going to understand that he is as real as the people you see walking around you?   He is our Shepherd and he is well equipped to look after us far better than we are equipped in ourselves. Let us be the sheep that focuses on the shepherd ahead of us and never loses sight of him, so that we can stay on the paths of righteousness. Let him hunt you down with his blessings and mercies and love. 

Until next time, God bless you xxx

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Hello everyone.  I am finally back from the black hole I had been in for a while.  Since I have seen you all I have had a divorce, I have moved home, one of my dogs died, I almost lost my sight (that was very scary). So now, I am settled in my new home, changed my name back to my maiden name and this week have picked up the baton to card making once more. It has taken almost 4 years but I am here. 

At present I am making Craftsuprint designs amongst others so I will show you here what I have made so far.  They are for sale and to buy them you have to go to this link 

Here are some images of what I have made this weekend. 

I hope you like them.  

Do you remember Jazz my beautiful Border Collie? 

Well, Jazz crossed over the Rainbow Bridge November 14th 2015.  I really miss him so much even now.  However, I still have Bess.

Bess lives with my ex in a village about 3 miles away and I see her most days.  Things have changed so much since I have last been here.  My faith has grown in leaps and bounds and I am more content that I have ever been.  I have been disabled for a while and that has kept me indoors mostly, but that does not mean I am not active.  My mind has been challenged and I write a daily blog Monday - Friday which is really a bible study for people who like it emailed to them or put on their timeline on Facebook. I also host online church on Thursday evenings and on Sundays, which is the best thing that could have happened to me.  

So I will let you know more about what's happening in my life as time goes on, but thought I would come in and say hello. 

I wonder if any of you will remember me.  Hopefully some of you will and will once again strike up a conversation with me from time to time. 

I will leave you now until next time.  Be blessed and keep crafting. 

Love and hugs 

Annie xxx

Monday, 22 August 2016

Hello Folks

Just a note to say I moved house.  I have been and had surgery on both my eyes.  There is no craft stuff to post as I could not see properly.  Now I am on the way to recovery so there might be something later on.  As this is craft and chat I thought I would chat with you all today instead.  

You might see that my name has changed as my divorce has come through, so now I am back to my maiden name Sutherland.  

I found this picture on Facebook and would love to make something with it.  Maybe a poster or card or something.  It speaks to me of hope and surviving, sometimes together and other times alone.  That is my arty side coming out.  

I still see my doggies most days and they have got used to living in two houses now.  Do you remember them?  Here they are:

This is Jazz.  He is ten years old now.

This is Bess and she is eleven years old now.

I hope your crafting is reaching new heights and that you are experimenting and finding new things to make and use.  There is always something new coming out isn't there?

Since I moved I learned to crochet.  Even I am amazed at that.  I never would have believed that I could do it never mind make stuff, but I have.  

So here is the bedspread and cushion cover I made:

So there you have it.  I have no doubt I will be back, I just don't know when.   

Have a great day.

love and hugs .  Annie xxx

Tuesday, 7 October 2014


Hello everyone

Just a wee note to say I have been poorly and in hospital.  On top of that I am waiting to find out when I can move house.  The banks are not being helpful and it is becoming very stressful.

See you all sometime in the future.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Using Spellbinder Dies to make Beautiful Cards

Hello everyone, it has been a very long time since I wrote a crafty blog, so I thought now would be as good a time as any.  

I love using dies of all makes, sizes and types, but I saw this kind of design on another blog, Flowersribbonsandpearls.blogspot.com which is presented by Christina Griffiths.  I give her the credit for this design, which spurred me on to make many variations of it, in different colour schemes for different occasions. 

This first blog then is a tutorial on how I make this beautiful card.  It is also a tribute to my favourite customer who always asks for this style of card when she wants something special.  I don't have a business and don't sell for profit.  It is a love of crafting that keeps me going when sometimes I would rather not keep going.

So, first of all, I choose a colour scheme: pink and white

And here are the dies

First of all I use the largest die, turning it over and drawing around it.  This gives me the back of the card, which will be set aside until other pieces are ready.

So this is the back of my card.  I just love this shape and would suggest that the card used for this page should be the same colour on both sides. It just looks smarter, I think.

Now it is time to cut out all the pieces needed to make this beautiful creation.

As you can see, lots of die, and lots of cutting out.  The spellbinders tool in the bottom photograph is a brilliant idea.  You just slide in between the card and die and hey presto.... Your die cut comes out in one piece.  The easier for me the better.

So here are all the pieces, cut out and embossed.  I used my trusty Grand Calibur, which has never let me down and always produces clean cut die cuts.

I really enjoy cutting out the dies for this creation.  As you can see, I turned the stand over, drew round it and then cut it out.  This is to give the actual die cut stand some extra strength to support the finished article.  It also means I can use contrasting colours of card for the stand.  

How about a little song........

Right then, back to crafty stuff.  What is your favourite crafty thing you use?  Mine has to be absolutely everything.  I know, but it really all depends on what I am making.  I love new card when it arrives through the post......are you like me, and enjoy looking and touching, and then putting it away?  Sometimes I take it out and look at it, but back it goes.  It is such a shame to cut into pretty card, unless, of course you make something even more prettier with it.

Back to Spellbinders then......here is what you have once everything is cut out.  You will notice that I printed the sentiment and a scripture, which I was asked for, on one piece of card.  It may be a waste in some ways, but I have the template on my MAC ready to use, and all I have to do is change the age and name of the person.  Easy peasey, lemon squeezy.

Can you see how well things fall into place?  The next thing to do is to score the centre of each page either side of the pointy bit.  Then set aside the back page for later.  Using double sided sticky tape I stuck each page onto the the one behind it, making sure it was central.  Here are even more photographs of what I did........

It's coming together beautiful now, isn't it?  Did you see the photo where I was bending the pages over the edge of my coffee table?  It helps to do this to give depth to the finished product.  So now we are ready to embellish with lots of shiny things and flowery things and Lacey netty flowery stuff and lace and all things bling!

You see now why it is best to keep the back page separate until needed.  Scoring the pages is easier than you might think.  Place the pointy bit in one groove and score down the next groove, then put the pointy bit into that groove  and score down the other groove.  I hope that is clear for you.  After sticking the rest of the pages together, you can bend them carefully so that they raise up a little bit. I love using Anita's tacky glue, so down the front spine I poured some all the way down.  I cut the white net with flowers long enough to bend over the top and bottom.  If you use ribbon do the same.  Too much is better than not enough.  I placed the flowery net down the centre of the spine and folded the excess round to the back.  On the back I used double sided sticky tape...3 strips...one down the centre and one each side of that.  Then I fixed the whole set of pages to the back one.  This covers all the sticking of the ribbon etc as it is now between all the front pages and the back one.

So now I have added the Birthday sentiment and blinged it with lovely shiny gemstones.  I scored and folder both parts of the stand and put glue on the patterned one on the back.  You can also see that little bit of sticky tape on the opposite side of the sentiment.....well, here is what that is all about

So, I fixed white cotton lace to the opposite side of the sentiment, and then fixed the other end of the lace to the oblong die cut, covering it with the die cut which has the scripture on it.  Then I made a small bunch of flower.  I used double sided sticky tape to adhere the ribbon onto the die cut, then turned the flowers over and poured some of that lovely Anita's tacky glue all over the back.  I then pressed it gently onto the die cut with the ribbon.  Fabby fabby do....we are getting there.

Would you like to see the finished creation? Yes? No? Well here it is anyway.

So, I made up the box and lined it with pink lining and it is all finished.

All card and the box came from CraftCreations.com
Lining came from myfabric.co.uk
Flowers came from wildorchidcrafts.co.uk
Gemstones came from CraftCreations.com

Thank you for your attention, and I hope you have enjoyed my wee blog.

See you soon

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