My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Quick and Quirky Cards!

The holidays will be here before you know it!  Now is the time that I create Christmas cards for the season.  Life at the Lineberger house is very busy and exciting!  We are celebrating the birth of our first grandchild, Luke.  Luke was born premature and is currently in the hospital gaining weight and growing!  I can't begin to think how busy we will be when he gets to come home!  So, creating quick and easy cards are important!
Deciding on the design of a card takes a long time for me!  I look at magazines and the internet to get ideas.  I am not sure how I finally decide on the design.  It seems the card takes a life of its own.  I have gathered a collection of items that I would like to use for this year's card.
These gift tags were purchased at Joann's Craft Store at the end of the holiday season last year.  They were 90% off!  I bought several packages.  I love the quirky images!  I knew I wanted to incorporate these in the design.
I recently found this textured cardstock at Michael's Craft Store on the clearance rack.  The paper has a wonderful texture! This paper will be used as the bottom layer of the card.
The next layer will be embossed paper.  Last month, I embossed several sheets of paper to be used on projects.  I will be using an assortment of the embossed sheets on the cards.  An over-all design will be best.  The design doesn't have to have a 'holiday' theme.  I will use whatever is available.
This photo shows the layers of the card.  The stack is of coordinating paper, tags, and fibers ready to be assembled together.  The cards are created using kraft paper cards and envelopes from Michael's Craft Store.

I create an assembly line with all the layers.  Everything is adhered to the bottom layer, then glued to the basic card front.

Card and envelope----5 inches x 7 inches---brown kraft paper
Bottom Layer-----4 1/2 inches x 6 1/2 inches---textured cardstock
Middle layer-----3 6/8 inches x 5 3/4 inches---embossed cardstock
Small layer-----2 1/4 inches x 3 1/4 inches---textured cardstock (used to frame the tag)
Label Strip-----1 inch x 3 1/2 inches---textured cardstock (used to frame the sentiment)
Fiber, ribbon, lace, etc------25 inches
Letting the glue dry!
I used liquid glue on all the cards.  The textured and embossed paper doesn't work well with double sided tape.  Glue holds the best!
Card Front---everything is adhered to the bottom layer, then glued to the basic card
Bottom layer-----textured cardstock
Middle layer-----embossed cardstock
Small layer---textured cardstock to layer to tag embellishment
Strip---textured cardstock to layer the sentiment
Fiber is secured on the back with tape.

The completed card front is glued to the front of the 5 inch x 7 inch card.
Inside card
Bottom layer-----4 1/2 inches x 7 inches
Textured cardstock
Top layer-----3 3/4 inches x 6 1/2 inches
Cardstock, suitable for stamping/writing
Envelope
Cards and envelopes ready for addressing!
More cards!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Grandma and Grandpa's Little Boy!

Luke
               17 days old                 
3 lbs 15 oz     17 3/4 inches long

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Luke is 2 weeks and 1 day old!

Luke was 2 weeks old on Saturday!  He has been moved to the Level 2 nursery and is in an open crib. Luke is growing, he is  17 3/4 inches long and weighs 3 lbs 12.9 ounces.  I was able to hold him for the first time!  Praise the Lord for His many blessings!
Luke and his dad!
Luke and his mom!
Please pray that Luke will soon be able to nurse from a bottle.  He is getting mom's milk through a feeding tube.  His sucking reflexes haven't gotten strong enough for bottle feeding.

Thank you for all the prayers and concerns for Luke.  Please continue to pray for this little one.
Luke's mother says it all...
"We pray that Luke's life will be a testimony of God's grace and mercy."

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Luke at 1 week!

Luke is one week old today!  Mom was allowed to start 'Kangaroo Care'!  This is where the baby gets skin-to-skin contact with his mother!  She and Luke were together for an hour!  Luke is now taking 10 cc's of mom's milk from a bottle, too
Grandpa and I visited with Luke for a few minutes after mom and dad left.  Luke is hugging his 'helping hand' and sleeping contentedly after some quality time with mom!

Praise God for all His blessings to our family!
Please continue praying for Luke that he may gain weight and thrive!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Luke---Day 5!

This is our little grandson, Luke (5 days old) being held by his mother for the very first time!  He opened one of his eyes for a quick peek!  An answer to prayer!
Luke is taking his first bottle from his mother!  He was able to eat 3 cc's!  We are so proud!  Another answer to prayer!
So tiny, so sweet, so beautiful!
Praise God for His many blessings!
Please keep praying for Luke to gain weight and thrive!

Click here for Luke's first photo!
Luke!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Luke!

Our little grandson, Luke, arrived ahead of schedule!  He weighed 3 lbs 6 1/2 ozs, 16 1/2 inches!
His loud, lusty cries fill the NICU when he doesn't like something or is unhappy!  
What a sweet sound to our ears!
A picc line was inserted yesterday so the necessary meds can be administered.  Mom and Dad are looking forward to being able to hold this little boy in their arms!  Luke has lots of tests and procedures ahead, please pray that Luke will gain weight and be safe during the days and weeks ahead as he adjusts to this new world.