Don’t Be Afraid and Don’t Be Silent

Every time I read the book of Acts, God teaches me different things from the same book, He is unlimited source of knowledge and wisdom! He speaks differently to His children to meet their needs. Isn’t He the amazing Father?

God knew how to speak to the people Paul visited. He knew their hearts and how they would react to the truth that Paul shared with them. He knew that they would reject and oppose Paul and the message. But God had prepared Paul for all of these, he said to Paul clearly,

“One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent! For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to me.” (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭18‬:‭9-10 NLT)

We all can read the result after that. Paul extended his staying for another 1,5 year just to continue preaching and teaching God’s word among the people.

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This portion of passage speak a lot to me this morning that there are many Christians here and in my home country have heard about Jesus, the Messiah, but they have no idea that they only know “about” Him, not knowing Him personally. We are sent to share the Gospel not only to those who have not yet heard of the Good News, but to those also who have heard but have not yet having relationship with the Father.

I grew up in a small where you can literally see a church in every one mile! But watching their every day life that did not show what they told others about Jesus or what the Bible says. They just tried to get people to go to church, but not never leading them to understanding that they need to repent and leave their old life style and have relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ.

As a non-Christian, I though, well then if they lived like that, what’s wrong with my life style? I could just go to church and not changing my life so people could see the outside.

That was sad. Sad because I got the wrong ideas of what being a Christian is. Sad because there was no one came to me and taught me the truth. Sad because I had to wait for 21 years of my life to finally came to know the giver of my life who loves me so much and even gave His so that I may come to life. Sad.

But this is truth I read in Acts 18 this morning confirmed what God has put in my husband’s heart and mine that we need to go to preach and teach the truth not only to the people who never heard of it but also to those who have heard of it but not yet understand the truth. It is not by our human wisdom, but by God’s wisdom. It not by our own knowledge, but by the knowledge of the Holy Spirit given to us.

It is only God can lead people to repentance and change their hearts. But He will use each of us – you and me – to go and tell them this Good News!

This can be hard. For this kind of ministry can be tough and we can be rejected, but important. Their lives mean a lot to God. He wants them to repent and walk away from their old lives. He wants them to walk in the truth, not just knowing the truth. He loves them too.

Let’s not forget them in our prayer today. Ask God that they may come to see His face, seek repentance and run back to His loving arms.

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Stuck On U Sketches, Die Cut Challenge: Going Somewhere

WooHoo! TGIF!!

Who doesn’t love Fridays? :D I know I love Fridays for so many reasons…weekend is here, we get to spend lots of time as family, creating memories, and we always always love to have our Papa home with all day on Satudays & Sundays. We love to drive around with top-off-Jeep on pretty sunny days. So we hope that tomorrow will be a sunny one.

And… it is time for a new challenge at Stuck On U Sketches, it’s the Die Cut Challenge time :)

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It is a challenge for me to create a project that have something that going… what came to my mind when I read the challenge was gotta be related to things that move LOL! And I always in need of Thank You cards, so I created this one for a dear friend…

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I found this cute scooter from Silhouette Online Store designed by Lori Whitlock. Cardstocks I used for the scooter are Black (from Basic Combo), Sky (from Whimsy Combo), Lagoon (from Adventure Combo), White Daisy. I cut the shapes with my Silhouette Cameo, all at once. Before I put them together, I stamped the diagonal stripes from In The Background (D1540) with Sky Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2194) on the layer of the scooter. I put them together using the glue pen.

On a White Daisy Card (X254), randomly I stamped the clouds from Lifting Spirits set (C1570) with Sky Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2194).

The banner I picked from one of the banners from Lifting Spirits set (C1570) and stamped it with Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2105). The sentiment on the banner is from Give A Lift (D1581) which I stamped with Ruby Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2170). I used the Piercing Tool Kit (Z1114) to poke the holes on the back of the scooter and the edge of the banner to tie up the thread. I added everything on the card using 3D Foam Tape (Z1151) for extra dimensional.

This card  is on its way to my friend’s house :)

This challenge is fun! I hope you all can join us at SOUS Die Cut Challenge: Going Somewhere this week! We have blog candy for the winner of the month. You are welcome to play as many as challenges you want over SOUS Blog every week to get more chances to win :)

Can’t wait to see your projects!

DIY Embossed Bow Tie Necklace

I was so excited when Rizzi at Thermomorph asked me to do a review about this amazing moldable plastic. Thermomorph is made out of polymorph that you can use in many ways you can think of. You can fix things, make things and even sculpt thing s with it. Yes the sky is the limit!

Today I would love to share with you what I did with Thermomorph. I made few things out of it… just having too much! It is very easy to work with this moldable plastic. First, boil a kettle of water. I used our electric kettle, just quicker and easier. I put the boiled water in a bowl and added a spoonful in it. I watched the plastic beads turning into clear plastic. I forgot to time it but it was not that long.

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I used the spoon to get it out of the hot water and put on the table. It will be sticky, so don’t worry.  It gets cool quickly. While it was touchable, I started to work with it.

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I used my daughter’s play dough plastic roller to flatten the Thermomorph on the CTMH Dot embossing folder, as thin as possible. Then I added Bowtiful Die Cut from Waffle Flower Crafts and secured it with a tape. Then I run it through my die cut machine, Evolution Advanced couple times.

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It didn’t cut all the way, so I used my craft knife to cut the bow tie. Then I colored it using CTMH Cotton Candy Pigment Ink using small round sponge. I let it drying a little bit then I prayed it with Plaid Clear Acrylic coating. And when it completely dried, I added some clear glitter all over the bow. Oh I also poke 2 holes where I wanted to put the claps for the necklace chain, first I used the craft knife carefully and then used the biggest needle I had to poke the holes all the way through.

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To finish the necklace, I added the cute button using E6000 glue and then claps for the chain.

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And here’s my cute happy model… She has to have that necklace every single day! That smile on her face that makes my day! Both of my daughters are inspirations for me to create every single day! She even said, “Mama, I want to make something with your cool thing.” :D

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And some extra pretty things I made. These flowers I used Modpodge molder that I got from Walmart the other day and colored them using Plaid acrylic paints (I stole my daughter’s paint set! LOL!). Once they all completely dried, I added some clear glitter glue to them. I used E6000 glue to add them on the clips, ring base and earring.

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When  I was done with my project, I still have some left. One of the cool thing from Thermomorph is that the left over can be used again later. I store it back in the jar, close the lid and they are there until I want to use it again.

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I want to thank Rizzi for sending me this product for free. I totally recommend you this for any craft projects, it is great for making embellishments for your scrapbooking and cards, or easy to use with any embossing folders or stencils for your mix-media projects. Like I said before, sky is the limit! You can get this product at Amazon.

Thank you for stopping by today :)

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Joyful Stars Blog Hop: One Layer Cards

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Welcome to Joyful Stars July 2014 Blog Hop! This is a blog hop from Close To My Heart Independent Consultants where we all wanna share with your the projects we created using Close To My Heart products. We are so glad that you are hoping with us today!

If you are here arrived from Nickie’s blog that you are on the right track :) but if you are here first, please visit Joyce’s blog and Nickie’s blog to see what’s they have created for you.

This time I would like to share with you one layer card sets I made for my recent project for a women blogging conference, Declare Conference in August 2014. One layer card is a simple technique yet pretty way to create cards that you need in a short time. I have made 7 sets (5 cards a set) and still have to make 18 sets more!

My first card is I create the background with Frame Flair using Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad. Using Topiary and Honey Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, I stamped the flowers that from one of the Hostess Rewards stamp set, Enjoy the Little Things, this stamp you can only get special with your hostess rewards from hosting a home gathering (click here for detail). And the sentiment is from Beautiful Friendship  that I stamped it with Gypsy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad.

One Layer Card by Helen Gullett | www.helengullett.com #handmadecard #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #embossing

The next 3 cards I create them using Kraft Cardstock. I stamped the corner doily from Beautiful Friendship and embossed them with White Embossing Powder and heated them with my Craft Heater. The sentiments are from Beautiful FriendshipJoyful Birthday and The Happy Couple. I stamped them with Black from Basics Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pad.

One Layer Card by Helen Gullett | www.helengullett.com #handmadecard #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #embossing

One Layer Card by Helen Gullett | www.helengullett.com #handmadecard #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #embossing

One Layer Card by Helen Gullett | www.helengullett.com #handmadecard #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #embossing

The inside of the kraft card set I stamped one of the doily stamp from Beautiful Friendship with Cashmere Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad at the bottom corner White Daisy cardstock that I glued it inside as the place where people can write.

One Layer Card by Helen Gullett | www.helengullett.com #handmadecard #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #embossing

The last card set I would like to share I created the background by stamping one of the arrows from Flights of the Arrows on the White Daisy cards with Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad. All the sentiments are from Banner Wishes set that stamped with Ruby Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad.

One Layer Card by Helen Gullett | www.helengullett.com #handmadecard #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #embossing

I hope you like all my one layer cards today! I believe that you also can create pretty cards using this super easy technique :) Your next hop is Andrea’s blog to go see her project that she wants to share with you! THANK YOU for stopping by!

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The Big, Bold Thanks

Today I participate at Winnie & Walter blog link up. I created this card using The Big, The Bold and You set. The papers I pick from Amy Tangerine, Sketchbook paper pad. And the card base is from American Craft box card set. This is actually the second card I made using their stamp set :)

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On a 1.5″ wide piece of pattern paper, I stamped the sentiment using CTMH Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad. Then I cut the banner flag with scissors.

For the tag I created the doily border using the negative punch from the scallop circle and I sponged Tim Holtz, Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad on it. After it dried, I added a piece of baker’s twine on the tag.  First, I glued the chevron scallop on the card with Tombow Adhesive, then added the tag using thin 3D foam tape, then the big sentiment banner using thicker 3D foam tape. For doily paper, I added some dots of glue using glue pen and tucked it under the big banner and pressed gently to stick it well.

Just a simple, quick card for card sets I have been making for a project :) THANK YOU for stopping by!