A Warm Welcome Gift Basket

It less than 4 days our friends from Indonesia, who serve with a local mission organization will visit us and stay with us for 3 nights! I am so super excited! :D It has been a long time since we have guests from my home country. And to welcome them to our little home, I made little Warm Welcome Gift Basket with my Silhouette Cameo.

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Stuck On U Sketches has their new Die Cut Challenge up on their blog now with theme: Everything Autumn. You are invited to play with our challenge and share your project you create with any of your die cutting machine that goes with the theme this week.

What you need for this project:

First open the file on the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. The original size is small that makes easy to resize to as big as you want. I resized my basket. And then ungroup the shapes. First I cut the base basket using the Chipboard cardstock. I cut them all at once.

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Second time I open the leaves and resize them again, put them all around the space where they can fit so I can cut them all at once. I used the pattern paper for the leaves and the layer the base basket.

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I cut the paper basket shape into 5 pieces. I cut at their folding lines. It is easier to add them on the chipboard basket. After all shapes cut, I use my Xyron Max to add adhesive at the back of every piece for the basket layer paper.

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I used Liquid glue to assemble the basket after adding the layer papers on it. I love this liquid glue because it is multipurpose glue that can be used on anything, dries clear and even you can use to give some dimensional glossy looking on any flat embellishments.

I also made one layer Fall theme cards to put inside the basket with other knick knack. It is a quick one. I cut white cardstocks in 3.5×3.5, stamp it with Quick Cards – Autumn stamp set (retired) using Autumn Terracotta exclusive inks pad. I tied up some Natural Hemp and added some sequins to finish the cards.

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I embossed the trim pieces for the basket using Woodgrain Embossing Folder with my WRMK Embossing machine. I love the woodgrain looking for the basket. I added them on the basket edges using Tombow liquid glue. And then wrapped the Natural Hemp cord couple times. Before I tie up the bow, I added those leaves. I use the other side of the Pathfinding paper, the one side I use for the basket layering. Using liquid glue, I added the leaves one by one, made them like a cluster of leaves. Carefully curl them if you want like I did just the edge of each leaf.

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I finish it up with a metal brad after I tied up the bow. For extra security, I added some Liquid glue. Let it sit to dry before I put all the goodies inside the basket. And all done :)

I hope you like it as much as I enjoy making it! Thanks for visiting and don’t forget to check SOUS Challenges this month!
Have a fun weekend!

Thankful Thursday: Given Skills and Abilities

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I am at week 2 now on study of Matthew with HelloMornings Fall session. In this one of the Gospels, I have been reading until chapter 7 and I realize how detail Matthew wrote down each of Jesus’ teachings, warnings and commands.

This morning, I read from my NLT Application Life Study Bible and there is a little bit of introduction to Matthew and what God had done in his life: gave him new life in Christ Jesus and changed him eternally.

This paragraph came to my attention:

Matthew’s experience points out that each of us from the beginning, is one of God’s works in progress. Much of what God has for us he gives long before we are able to consciously respond to Him. He trusts us with skills and abilities ahead of schedule. He has made each of us capable of being His servant. When we trust Him with what He has given us, we begin a life of real adventure. Matthew could not have known that God would use the very skills he had sharpened as a tax collector to record the greatest story ever lived. And God has no less meaningful a purpose for each one of us. Have you recoqnized Jesus saying to you, “Follow me?” What has been your response?

What had been my response to Jesus’ calling?

What a big question today.

My response to His calling is my little Yes and thanksgiving to His calling. Back in 2005, He called me to follow Him to serve Him. Since then my life is totally an adventure with Him!

I had no idea since the beginning I started studying English when I was at Junior High School. I had a very strict English teacher at my 9th grade. She told us to use English every time at her class. And English is not my first language. I was encouraged to participate at English Speech Contest. What?! Go figure! But I had a friend who was there with me and helped me with my speech and encouraged me to try. I did not win but I am glad I tried.

Then when my family moved to the capital city and they sent me to a public high school where my English teacher asked me to be her assistant for 2 years. And there were some opportunities for me to tutor some elementary students learning English who went to International Schools.

My love of learning English kept growing and came to my mind that I would sharpened and improved my English by going to University studying English literature or similar study. My plan was that so I could go overseas continue my study to be Fashion Designer, and to get a better job than in my country, also to help my parents.

All those happened in time before I came to trust in Jesus. I was not a believer and follower that time.

I came to know Him and trust in Him 14 years ago. Surely God has beeen working in my life way ahead of schedule, way ahead of my own plans.

I am not an English Literature expert, nor a Fashion Designer. But I am able to read, write and speak English. I still love designing buy not fashion, but designing cards & scrapbooking. I can teach my daughters and friends, and also we have crafting time together. Something good comes out of that. I am not yet as good as others, I am willing to still learn from others and willing to try.

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭13‬ NLT)

Stepping our of my comfort zone and dreams is scary but God is ahead of me. I want to trust Him leading me to live as He has planned for me. I am doing what I do now is because I am trusting in Him, because of He is the who gives me the desire and power to do what pleases Him. I cannot imagine if I kept pursuing my own desire to be a fashion designer or an English literature expert without Jesus and not knowing God’s calling.

Today, I am recalling all those series of events that happened in my life and reflecting where I am now and what God has called me to do right now is His plan all along since the beginning.

I am thankful for His gifts in my life. I am thankful for every skill and ability He has given in my life to use them serving Him right here, right now from home and when we are on the field.

I am thankful for every opportunity He has given to me to serve.

I am thankful for His calling, plans and schedules in our lives.

Friends, when God says, “I have a plan for you and your future.” He means it. Do you trust in Him? Do you trust Him with all your skills and abilities?

What God’s given skills and abilities are you thanking Him today?

Some Fall / Thanksgiving Cards

Last week my friend asked if I could make her some Fall/Thanksgiving cards. I am so thankful to be able to do this for her. I have been working on some cards and I would like to share some them that I made yesterday.

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Lately, I have been so much fun with embossing and watercoloring. I tried some techniques on these 4 cards:

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I really enjoy making them :) Thank You for visiting, I hope you’ll like them too!

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I link up these cards at:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Use Watercolor.

Inspire Me Monday – Week 145

Supplies:
Close To My Heart: Thankful Heart stamp set (B1463), Gold Embossing Powder, Craft Heater, Natural Buttons, Adhesive runner, Liquid Glass.
Others: Tombow liquid glue, Pearl gems, gold sequins, hemp cords, leave glittered foam, and watercolor.

DIY Fall Leave Paper Wreath

Fall! Fall finally arrived in our area. The colors of leaves decorate every hill and valley, the cooler and the freshness of the air is just perfect :)

I went looking for Fall/Autumn theme decorations from our storage and I realized that we do need more decorations in our house and my craft room, too :) So here’s one of the the decorations I made:

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath, handmade by Helen Gullett @ Living My Given Life | www.helengullett.com #diy #papercraft #fall #thanksgiving #autumn #wreath #silhouetteamerica #silhouettecameo #homedecor

Have I told you that I LOVE MY SILHOUETTE CAMEO A LOT? :D This handy dandy die cut machine is amazing craft buddy ever! I started with searching for Fall/Autumn Theme cutting file from Silhouette Online Store and found a bunch of them with pretty good deal because I subscribe to their monthly subscription.

I found this pretty Fall Wreath. Open the file on Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. Resize it to the size you like. I did mine to 11″ x 11″. Because I used 10.5″ circle cake base cardboard as the wreath base. After I resized it, ungroup the shapes to cut with different colors.

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath, handmade by Helen Gullett @ Living My Given Life | www.helengullett.com #diy #papercraft #fall #thanksgiving #autumn #wreath #silhouetteamerica #silhouettecameo #homedecor

Once the shape is ready, send them to cut one by one to Silhouette machine. I used Red, Orange and Dark green cardstocks for the leaves and dark brown for the pine cones.

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath, handmade by Helen Gullett @ Living My Given Life | www.helengullett.com #diy #papercraft #fall #thanksgiving #autumn #wreath #silhouetteamerica #silhouettecameo #homedecor

I want the pine cones look more sparkly, so I added some glitter glue all over them and set them aside to dry while I was working on the leaves.

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath, handmade by Helen Gullett @ Living My Given Life | www.helengullett.com #diy #papercraft #fall #thanksgiving #autumn #wreath #silhouetteamerica #silhouettecameo #homedecor

I added the vine for the leaves using my embossing tool and foam pad.

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath, handmade by Helen Gullett @ Living My Given Life | www.helengullett.com #diy #papercraft #fall #thanksgiving #autumn #wreath #silhouetteamerica #silhouettecameo #homedecor

Oh look! They are prettier now :)

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath, handmade by Helen Gullett @ Living My Given Life | www.helengullett.com #diy #papercraft #fall #thanksgiving #autumn #wreath #silhouetteamerica #silhouettecameo #homedecor

When I arranged them on the circle cardboard, the center need something. I decided to have a thanksgiving quote for the middle. I found the give thanks phrase in my library from Kolette Hall Studio. I resized it first to fit in the middle of the wreath and the cut it using Black cardstock.

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath, handmade by Helen Gullett @ Living My Given Life | www.helengullett.com #diy #papercraft #fall #thanksgiving #autumn #wreath #silhouetteamerica #silhouettecameo #homedecor

I added some Chocolate Distressing Ink on the leaves with dauber sponge to give some rusty and fall-ish looking :)

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath, handmade by Helen Gullett @ Living My Given Life | www.helengullett.com #diy #papercraft #fall #thanksgiving #autumn #wreath #silhouetteamerica #silhouettecameo #homedecor

When everything is ready, I put them together using Liquid Glass glue from Close To My Heart. The pine cones I added them the last with 3D foam tape.

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath, handmade by Helen Gullett @ Living My Given Life | www.helengullett.com #diy #papercraft #fall #thanksgiving #autumn #wreath #silhouetteamerica #silhouettecameo #homedecor

And it has its spot in my craft room :)

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath, handmade by Helen Gullett @ Living My Given Life | www.helengullett.com #diy #papercraft #fall #thanksgiving #autumn #wreath #silhouetteamerica #silhouettecameo #homedecor

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects related to this theme of FALL/AUTUMN on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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Paper Rosette Fall Wreath Hello Fall Sign Halloween Paper Bag Luminaries Spooky Mantle Ghost Town Dollar Store Placemat Jack O' Lantern Copper and Paper Embellished Pumpkins Ugly Sweater Wineglass Charms DIY Fall Leave Paper Wreath Starry Pumpkin Burlap & BOO Halloween Wreath Fall Paper Petals Fall Leaves Favor Tags 15 Minute Customized Halloween Buckets Gravestone Treat Bags with Free Cut File Beware of Zombies Halloween Shadow Box Welcome Sign Vampire Bat Specimen Boo-tiful Halloween Treats Little Turkey No Sew Thanksgiving Onesie Frozen Halloween Treats & Free Printable Fall Leaf Keychain Fall Lovin October Silhouette Challenge Punny #Hashtag Halloween Costume Still Falling For You Card DIY Etched Leaf Coasters

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5 Minutes Monday: Pray In Private

There are many ways we can pray to our Father in heaven. We can pray in a group, or we also can pray in private. What does come in your mind when you read or hear this, “Pray in private?”

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“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!” (Matthew 6:5-8, NLT)

The scripture says that when we want to pray, it is the best way to talk to the Father in heave in private place. To pray is a communication with the Father personally. When we have a close relationship with someone, we rather spend special time with them and have some private time with them to share what’s in our hearts. Just like when we pray to our Father in heaven. It is a special private time to talk with Him and share what’s in our hearts with Him.

And YES He knows exactly what you need even before you ask Him. But as His children and He is our Father, asking a request is a way of communication and building relationship. As parents, my husband and I know what our daughters need before they ask for it. But sometimes, we also need to know from them what they need. We want them to communicate with us what’s in their hearts and minds, what they need or want. And it is the beauty of relationship.

Today, as you come to the Father with thanksgiving, would you also spend 5 extra minutes to pray for the people of Daya?

They live in the Barisan Mountains in the southern part of South Sumatra province. They speak a dialect of the Lampung Api language. Although the Daya can understand Lampung Pesisir and Komering, they do not identify ethnically with the Komering. Instead they identify with the Lampung Pesisir and Ranau people who live to their South. The Daya are spread throughout the two subdistricts of Simpang and Muara Dua in South Ogan Komering Ulu regency in South Sumatra. (source: Joshua Project. Click on that link to read more about Daya people).

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source: Joshua Project

There are about 85,000 people of Daya live without hearing the Good News. They do not have 1 single word of God in their heart language, Lampung Api.

Please pray for them that God will make a way for them to have access to His Good News for them in language they understand the best in their hearts.

Please pray God will send his messengers to share the Good New with them, to share His love for them, to make His name known among this people of Daya.

Thank you for praying!