Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I'm So Excited!!

Hello dear friends! I'm about to head out on my next mission. Over the next 9 days, I'll be participating in a kids' camp for orphans in Romania. Yep. Romania.

It's a place called Camp Eli, built for disadvantaged and orphaned children. I've heard wonderful stories and can't wait to get my hands dirty playing with them (and sharing the gospel, of course). Eli and Vivian Box began the work here, and now the Ziemer family from Tennessee oversees daily operations.


I feel blessed to be at this season in life where I can devote time, energy, and resources to helping others. We will be playing a lot of games, working on a lot of crafty projects (stamping!), and learning to trust and love others. Right now, we have about 70 kids attending between first and sixth grades.

Some of these kids have bad histories and really need encouragement. Some haven't spent much time outdoors at all. I'm sure there will be chaos as we all get to know each other, and that's ok. We'll be learning their stories, sharing ours, and giving them hope and laughter for a week. I know I won't be the same when I come home, and I really hope they aren't either.

I am grateful for donations - I'm providing all the supplies for 2 classes, and the travel expense is $2,000 US. Several people have been such a blessing with donations. If you'd like to pitch in - there's a button on the top right of this blog where you can do that through PayPal. If you can't contribute financially, I'd love to know you're a prayer partner for our trip! Please share this blogpost far and wide, you never know who's waiting for the right chance to contribute or pray.

You can head over to Facebook and 'like' the BunnyNest Ministry page. I don't know what internet access we will have in Romania, but I will be providing stories and photos as we go or on my return.

I would love it if you'd pray for travel mercies for our group of 15. We also need these kids to be open to the messages they will hear, and surroundings that will make them feel safe. Pray that we will provide the right experiences, and that hearts will be quickly linked. Of course, prayers for our surroundings, safety, the weather, and health are all cherished, too.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I also have a Go.Fund.Me campaign if you'd like to share that. My next mission will be in Malawi, Africa, taking care of health needs in the small villages.

Serving people, sharing Christ,

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hacking the MISTI

Hello dear friends! I'm here today with a little video (short and sweet) to help you get the most out of your MISTIs. I'm always using mine - I have 3, and that's still not enough. I make dozens of repeat cards for a variety of needs, so I don't like to unload my MISTI for just a quick card.

I hope this gives you an idea to stretch your tools. You can do this without 2 MISTIs, too - just put a stack of paper or a mouse pad under your stamping surface to simulate the height of the second MISTI.


I had the privilege to teach at a local Christian bookstore. I held a Bible journaling class, and that turned into something amazing. I know lots of people are frustrated with their prayer lives, wondering when they will hear from God or see a sign. I did too. Then I said YES to the Lord and suddenly His fingerprints are on everything!

I just mentioned to the ladies in my class (there were 4 adults and a child) that I wasn't charging for the class but would accept donations for my missions trips. God gave me $70. Wow - just like that! I've also been praying for God to show me which missions I would serve. Let me set the scene.

It was a cold, windy, rainy night. There wasn't a lot of traffic in the store. This man came by and watched us working for a minute. He asked a few questions, and then shared that a lady at his church was trying to draw ladies to fellowship by offering crafts. We talked about the difficulty of not being able to reach people, and how many things stood in the way of getting them through the door.

He mentioned that a number of teens had already had several abortions. Teens. My heart hurt. He noted how the government provided funding to women who were unwed and had children, encouraging them to have more as each child grew too old to receive the same level of benefits. Numerous fathers, zero fatherly input. How an 80-year-old preacher was arrested for preaching salvation in his own church. How many people had been scarred by the history of the church and being poorly treated by church members or leaders. My heart was crushed.

I asked him to give my contact information to the lady trying to do crafts. Maybe I could help her by providing artwork or patterns or ideas, certainly through prayer. I asked his name. He said, "Jason." with an English accent. I said - I know you. I pray for you. You are from Preston, England! He said, yes. I felt like I'd been hit with lightning. God brought a man all the way from England on a cold, rainy night, to a bookstore he didn't frequent, just to tell me my art could help people way over the ocean. Let me tell you - I went home and praised, and cried, and rejoiced!

The next day I had a meeting with the missions coordinator. This meeting had been set in January, well before Jason came. Word had already reached my church that Preston, England needed me. I spoke with the women's ministry leader - she had already talked to the ladies of that church and we had a date set and I was on the list. Can you see this? Does it not shout to you? I feel even more strongly that this is the right path. I'd love it if you'd join me.

Please help me raise funds to pay for this trip. There is a PayPal donation button in the upper right of this blog. The only thing donations will be used for is the travel expenses. I will pay for everything else. If you don't feel like donating, but would like to support me, please consider purchasing stamps or cards or anything else I can make. Proceeds from those items will go into the trip funds. And most of all, please pray that we can reach these women and their children. Thank you so much for spending a little time with me today. I know you are busy and it means the world to me that you care.

In Christ's service,

Monday, February 22, 2016

A Brand New Day

Welcome! I've missed you! I have been busy (like everyone) and got out of the rhythm of posting. I have news! It's great big, giant, scary news for me! Have a minute for a short story? Pull up your coffee!

Many of you know I moved back home to live with my Dad in Texas a few years ago. He developed lung cancer and passed away last March. It was an adventure that brought us closer together and introduced me to the Church I serve even now.

I was constantly busy with Dad, but after his passing, I found myself looking for the "what's next." It's a change of seasons, a new focus, an old passion, and a big stamp of approval. I am launching my very precious, tender, and long-awaited baby -- welcome to BunnyNest Ministries! Ta-da!!

BunnyNest Ministries

Oh my word - I am saying this out loud! That comes with a lot of pressure. Don't worry - God's got this. Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing my testimonies. God has blessed me and directed me over and over. I spent every day of the last 4 months pestering Him for His appointment and listening to His reply.

God has shown me my next assignment. I'll be going on national and international mission trips, and, (I'm so stinking excited!) I'll be building a scholarship fund so that another person can go with me to learn how missions work. I believe my whole life has prepared me for this, and the next step is His perfect foot stone of my path.

From here forward, all purchases and donations (see my new missions support button upper right) will go into a fund that pays for mission trips and incidental supplies, along with that scholarship. If you buy a card or stamping supplies, pay for a lesson/class, finished artwork, camera stands, or anything else I can come up with -- it will all go toward missions funding (aside from shipping fees and replacing consumable supplies).

I'm going to need lots of prayers, too. I know it will be hard, sometimes dangerous, and exhausting. But I also know it will be worth it. So there you have it. My crazy, scary-big news. I promise you updates once the trips are scheduled and reports on where, what, who, when, etc. For now, I have to get busy making and selling things. I cannot do this without your love and support. I hope you're as excited as I am!

To celebrate this big, scary news - I made this darling card for a friend's birthday. I hope she likes it. She loves the bunnehs I bring to choir practice. Who doesn't?

And here's a tip - use a thin layer of glossy accents over any eyes on your project. That makes them come to life!

Ok - it's a long post and I know you have lots of important things to do. Thank you for spending a little time with me, and sharing in my news!


Have a Cuppa paper pack
Birthday Blossoms sentiment
Hodgepodge heart clip
Bermuda Bay 1/8" stitched ribbon
Pearls on butterflies (retired die)
Image is by Ching Chou Kuik (retired)
Colored with Copic markers

I drew my personal logo (bunneh!) and Bossy Joscie did the honors of creating it. She did a fantastic job!! She makes all kinds of custom stamp - please visit her!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Watercoloring in Your Bible

Hello sweet people! Thank you for visiting my blog today. I really appreciate your support. I've been getting a few questions but no way to reply to those asking, so I'll answer them today in this post. Please remember to leave me a way to contact you if you have questions. Or you can post them to my Facebook page. This is a bit longer than my usual posts, but I think you'll find it worthwhile.

Beth and Angie both asked about using Stampin' Up! inks in your Bible. I use an onion-skin Bible. The pages are thinner than most journaling Bibles. When I stamp SU! classic inks, they act just like Memento - they are both dye-based inks (water reactive). Because they are very wet water-based inks, they soak through bare pages easily. They also take a few moments to dry and smear easily. They not only soak through, they will imprint the previous page, as well.

What can you do? You can prepare your pages for all kinds of media. I use CLEAR gesso - this came up last week in discussion. If you use regular gesso, it has white acrylic paint in it, making it opaque. I use Liquitex Clear Gesso found at both Hobby Lobby and Michael's. Gesso seals your pages, and it also provides "tooth" or a rough surface that will hold ink, paint, colored pencil, etc. It feels a little gritty when dry. You can get a sanding block and gently smooth the gesso once dry but I usually don't bother.

Please note - thin paper is always going to show the image on the reverse side. This is a function of thin paper. Bleed-through is a totally different problem - it actually obscures the page behind and can affect working that side of the paper. If the thin paper visibility is a problem for you, I'll be giving you some tools next week to help avoid that. Clear gesso reduces bleed-through. If you know you're going to put a lot of wet media on the page, consider using 2 or 3 thin coats of gesso.

Using Versamark ink and heat embossing is another trick to stamping without shadowing or bleeding. If you're going to color with pencils, that's all you need. But if you're using wet media, you will still need to prepare your page with gesso.

I hope that gives you enough info to go on, ladies. Please feel free to ask questions, just make sure you give me a way to respond! Now, today I'm sharing with you how I use water-based pigments to color in my Bible. In this video, I use Stampin' Up! reinkers with a waterbrush to watercolor after heat embossing.

I have always loved the story of Noah and his family. Of course, my predilection of loving animals really drew me to it. It's amazing to think we all trace our roots back to this event. I've been reviewing Genesis and how inclusive it is. It covers creation, the fall of man, a huge flood - all the way to the exodus. A lot of things are going on in this single book! So, dig in and see what you come up with - be sure to share your work! You can inspire someone else no matter what your skill level is. We are all growing, still. Colossians 1:3-14, growing and bearing fruit.

Next week, I'll be sharing my tests of various inks and a variety of papers. I'll have some great samples for you using the most popular inks and providing other tips. So, please look for that!


Now, a bit of other news. Some of you know that my church has planted a church in San Francisco. This Christmas, our church provided 30 gift cards for needy families identified by a San Fran local school. I was asked to make card holders for those cards. I prayed over every card holder as I made them. It was a joyous time of worship for me, as well.

I was wondering the other day, just a mindless musing, what became of those envelopes and gift cards. I was ok with not knowing - many kindnesses occur daily without shouting back. Yesterday I opened my mailbox and a friend who had worked closely getting all this coordinated had sent me photocopies of notes.

Now, I'm not posting this to toot my own horn. I just want you to enjoy how God chose to use this. The pastor writes:
"I wanted to say thank you so much for sending the Target gift cards. You allowed us to be a blessing in ways that we couldn't imagine! By the time we got the cards and went back to the school counselor, she said that the school community was so generous that there were no more needs. So we went back to our church community and began to pray and ask the Lord what we should do. (Pause.) 
Last October, one of the families we were working with in the homeless/park community got in some trouble and their child was taken away by social services. My family is now fostering him and the families in our church are helping care for him. His mom entered a rehab facility and [is] getting her life back in order.  
She now proclaims Christ and is trying to get her kid back. We have been given the responsibility of supervising her visits with him and helping her learn to parent him better. It's tough, but it has been a huge blessing. (Now back to the story.) 
We felt the Holy Spirit tell us to bless the women & children living in this particular rehab facility that his mom is in. When we inquired, we found out there were the exact amount of kids in this home as there were cards/money that you guys provided us. So as a church we bought each kid a stuffed animal and gave the gift card to the parent to help w/Christmas. I wished you could have been there to see the smiles & tears on their faces. 
God once again has shown us when we follow Him, His plans are way better than ours! Thank you for partnering with us and being a Blessing to us so that we could be a blessing to this community. We now have a huge open door to share the gospel with these women/moms. I attached a "Thank You" card they sent to us but it more appropriately belongs to you guys. From the bottom of our hearts - Thank you for loving and caring for us here in San Francisco. God is at work! To Him be the glory, 1 Peter 4:11."
I'm just blown away. We couldn't have planned or predicted any of this, and I'm grateful to have been used to provide a very small part of this blessing. The handwritten notes from each of the moms are a treasure to read. So much love has been exchanged with such a small gift, and so many more opportunities are waiting to build on this foundation. Just remember - give good.

            Luke 6:38 - Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down,
                 shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. 
                 For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Have a blessed day!


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Welcome to the Bunny Nest! I host rescued animals in a small in-home setting. Currently, I host 3 bunnies and 2 kitties. These animals will be socialized and housed for the entirety of their lives in my home. They inspire my crafts, and I use any proceeds to pay for their needs. Thanks for visiting!