Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Help Comes From the Lord (WAW 266 and 257)

Hello Delightful friends and family!
Hope all is well with you.  I'm battling bronchitis but went to the doctor and had a breathing treatment and got a prescription for an inhaler so I'm looking forward to breathing without my chest sounding like a creaking gate and getting a good night sleep real soon!

It's time for WORD ART WEDNESDAY Anything Goes (family friendly) Challenge again!  This weeks sponsor is SIMON SAYS STAMP!!! (check out the SSS blog for lots of inspiration!) Hope you can play along, maybe you will win the $25 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp.  Thank You Simon Says!!  Just a reminder that you can link up 5 new projects.

Here is my card and I've used the Simon Says Stamp Gingham Background stamp for the background. The technique I've used is emboss resist using Distress Inks, Versamark and clear embossing powder.

Free Scripture Art:

Are you facing a hill, a problem too big to handle?  Don't let that difficulty become bigger than God. Declare God's Word and say to that difficulty "my help comes from the Lord!" You may not understand how that help will come but keep your eyes focused on Him knowing that He is in control and will deliver the righteous.  The Lord watches over us day and night.(read all of Psalm 121) He is faithful.  Jesus told His disciples that in this world we will have tribulation.  But He goes on to say that we should be of good cheer because He overcame the world.  Be encouraged today in Christ Jesus, He loves us and doesn't want our fears to overwhelm our faith. To God be all the glory!

Other Ingredients: Word Art Wednesday Scripture Art
 Lawn Fawn Stitched Tree Border Die;
Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn
Paper: Lawn Fawn Plaids (6x6) for trees; green polkadot from my stash; white Vellum; 140lb Strathmore cold press watercolor paper; Neenah bright white c/s (base)
Versamark Ink; Clear Embossing powder, EK Success Anti-static powder
Big Shot diecutting machine

Thanks so much for visiting!!


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Redeemed - Word Art Wednesday Challenge (264 & 265)

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
Happy New Year to you all! Praying for a wonderful year for all of us and if you are in Christ then I know it can't be anything but blessed because we are safe in His hands.

We are starting our new year of challenges for Word Art Wednesday with new sponsors and some fun things planned. I'm looking forward in being a part of this creative, God honoring challenge team!
So without further chitchat here is my card and the beautiful Scripture art that you are invited to use (it's free!). Of course you don't have to use it to play along but we would love for you to try it out! Just a quick reminder that our challenge is Anything Goes and Family Friendly.   Our sponsor this challenge (which runs for 2 weeks) is the Greeting Farm $40 in product and Craftin' Desert Divas 2 digis!

I just love the stamp I've used from WPlus9.  I started by using my Zig Clean Color Markers to create the background, I scribbled the color on the 140lb cold press Strathmore watercolor paper and added water with a brush.  Dried it with a heat gun.  Then I did a bit of masking to create the scene.  Stamped with Archival Fern Green ink, then I colored in the images with the same colors I used for the background.  I added a little bit of the white Signa Uniball pen to highlight the images after it dried. I printed the verse on vellum then added the seam binding ribbon/bow (it was dyed using Distress Ink - Twisted Citron). Then I added it to a white c/s base.

Don't forget to head over to Word Art Wednesday and grab the free Scripture Art and take time to play along with us.

When you consider this new year I think it would benefit us greatly if we start it out by giving thanks to the Lord for it!  When God delivers us from anything we should be giving thanks and after 2016 we really should be giving thanks for a new day (His mercies are new every morning!!), for a  new year 😊 it most definitely was a trying one here in the USA. So we really need to take heed and "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!!"  Let's magnify the Lord this year and truly give Him all the glory and praise even in the midst of our own personal trials and expect the victory, after all the battle is the Lord's!  
Here is a New Testament verse to go along with Psalm 107, it's from 1 John 3:1 "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God." Hope you will take the time to read Psalm 107 and see how our faithful Lord takes care of those who call out to Him.

Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful day!!


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

May God's Grace Abound in You!

An early Merry Christmas to my Delightful Friends and Family!

Not sure how Christmas tends to sneak up on me but it does every year.  I think I'm ahead of the game and BAM, I'm feeling overwhelmed and watching the days and hours go by so quickly.  I guess it's the last minute things that tend to add up that due me in! I keep adding to the to do list. I think I need to actually write out the list so that I know I'm actually making some progress when I have the pleasure of crossing out one of the "to do's"! I just spent the last two evening uploading over 850 pictures of the grandkids from this year.  Then I whittled it down to 593 and edited them. I've given my daughter and daughter-in-law photo albums of the current year for a Christmas gift, so that they will have pics of the kids I've done that the last 3 years and now if I don't do it I will hear about it!  Now if I was smart I would do this monthly so that it wouldn't be so overwhelming but... that's just not my style, it's one of those things that I've left to the last minute.  Okay, so next year I'm going to try and do better.

Well here is my card for our Word Art Wednesday Challenge.  It's the last challenge for 2016 (#262 and #263)! Hope you can find some time to squeeze in some crafty time and join us! Someone will win a $25 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp!!  That would certainly motivate me to play!  Thanks to our sponsors for this past year and thanks to all our participants (and there have been many!!)

I've kept this card pretty simple and it's one that could be easily duplicated. It is a square card 5.5" x 5.5" which is just a bit larger than an A2 card so I will have to make an envelope for this one but I know 6x6" envelopes are available. The stamp set I've used is from Penny Black (Winter Joy) and I've used Copic Markers to color it.  The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The pattern paper is from Carta Bella Christmas Delivery Collection.

Here is a close up so that you can see how I've applied Glossy Accents to the berries.  

Don't forget the Scripture Art is free so be sure and go to the Word Art Wednesday Blog to grab it from there!

What a perfect gift, God's grace!  He is teaching us daily to live in contentment and to be abounding in grace so that we may extend His grace to others through giving of ourselves whether it be our time, money or even our ear to someone who needs a compassionate listener.  He wants us to abound not only in grace but in every good work which He has ordained for us before the foundation of the world.  It's wonderful to have His Spirit lead us and grow us into vessels fit for His service but it's by His grace and strength that we are able to fulfill His will and purposes to glorify His name. 

I probably won't be back until after Christmas so I hope you are all blessed with a peaceful, wonderful day celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks so much for visiting!

PS Thanks Shaz for your tip in the comment (Ginny's card was beautiful) and congrats on winning the digital images from All Dressed Up (they have adorable images to color!)


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

For God So Loved - Word Art Wednesday

Hello and God bless to my Delightful Friends and Family!

Sorry for the late posting.  I usually get the post for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge written the night before and last night I went to bed instead.  It finally caught up with me!  I've been burning the candle at both ends, as the saying goes, and have had an awful upper respiratory "thing" going on so I chose to go to bed early. So here I am better late than never!

Here is my card for this weeks challenge #260 and #261 (I'm afraid it is not my best work and I really wanted to start over but I just couldn't muster up the creative juices and time was getting away from me.) I like the technique I chose but it's the design of it that makes me "scrunch up my nose". It's missing some design element, I may have to do another one and post the "better" version, IMHO. I love the digital Scripture Art but I'm still learning to resize and "tweak" it a bit to fit my cards. I've printed it out on Vellum and I need to find a better way to display it. I think I will move the Scripture Art to the inside and use a stamp from the Paper Smooches set that goes with the image.
  I work on Publisher so if you have any tips that would be really great!

Paper: 140lb cold press Strathmore; navy card stock, white Neenah bright white card stock for the base.
Stamp: Paper Smooches - A Blessed Christmas
Dies: Simon Says Stamp! Stitched Circle
Ink: Archival Jet Black; Distress Inks (Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and Broken China)
Coloring Medium: Zig Clean Color Brushes
Ribbon: from Michael's

I believe the beautiful Scripture from John 3:16 used today is perfect for our Christmas season.  Jesus was our gift from God the Father to restore fallen mankind to Himself.  He initiated the restoration process with the beautiful promise of eternal life.  How could anyone say no to that? All we have to do is believe.
I believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, do you?  I hope so... He is the only way that leads to eternal life.

Thanks for visiting and I pray your week is a blessed one!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanks be to God - Word Art Wednesday

Blessings to my Delightful friends and family!
Hope everyone is doing well.  We are preparing for our family Thanksgiving, a couple of my granddaughters will be coming over and we are going to do some baking and crafting!  Actually our church family already started last week with a Community Thanksgiving Dinner with all the "trimmings" for our town.  This outreach was started about 20 years ago serving and providing this free of charge for our community, we served over 250 people this year.  Lots of work but well worth it to get to know people in our town plus share the love of Jesus Christ with many who attend.

I know it's a busy busy time for people including myself but it's always fun to share a card with Word Art Wednesday. It blows me away that we have so many wonderful entries each time there is a challenge (last challenge there were 324 entries, AMAZING!! - THANK SO MUCH FOR PLAYING ALONG WITH US!!)
  Here is my card for the weeks 258 & 259 and our sponsor is Simon Says Stamp!

This is a pretty simple design. I've started out with a white card stock base and then a layer of gold card stock about an 1/8 inch smaller than the base.   I printed out the Scripture art and then trimmed it to 4" wide and added a stitched scallop border (Lawn Fawn) to it.  On the bottom of the gold c/s I've adhered a piece of pattern paper (Doodle Bug Designs) 4" wide and 3" in length and then popped up the Scripture verse over it.  Added some hemp cording and a metal leaf embellishment, then adhered it all to the card base.  Easy peasy!

Here is the free Scripture Art provided if you'd like to use it!

A wonderful verse for this week and it begins with the word  "Thanks". When we begin to reflect or I guess I should say when I reflect on this verse and begin to thank God for His indescribable gift (NKJV) it takes me back to John 3:16 and how that God gave His only Begotten Son to redeem mankind, to restore our relationship to Him, so that we could have eternal life.  His love was so great for His creation that God was willing to give us a gift so indescribable with words, as Paul says to the Corinthians.This gift of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ is so incredible our words are inadequate to describe it.  But we certainly can be thankful for it and more importantly believe with all of our heart that Jesus paid the price for this gift with His precious blood and then rose again from the grave to extend that gift to all who believe. Oh my I am so grateful that I too can say thanks be to God for His unspeakable/indescribable gift! Can you? I hope so... To God be all the glory!

Thanks for visiting and Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope we can begin to be thankful again, we have been such a blessed nation.  We must begin loving our neighbor again in spite of our differences.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Lord is a Great God! Word Art Wednesday (256 & 257)

Hello Delightful friends and family,

Here is my card for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge. Hope you will visit the challenge blog and post a project, you can enter for the prizes with up to five entries.  The challenge runs for two weeks and it's a family friendly Anything Goes challenge.
 Not too happy with my background, my cornucopia looks like it's in a hole! Oops!  I didn't really notice that until I posted it here, oh well maybe I'll be able to carefully fix it, we will see.

Stamp: Taylored Expressions - Thankful set
Paper: Ranger watercolor paper
Ink: Archival Tree Branch
Color mediums: Zig Clean Color Markers, Peerless Watercolors (blue background) and Tombow markers.

Free Scripture Art!

We have been through a very difficult season here in the States with this election .  When I began my devotional time in God's Word this morning I prayed He would speak to me and I opened the Bible to Jeremiah 18 and read the first ten verses and I would like to share them with you today.

"The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying:
“Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the LORD. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!  “The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it,
“if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. “And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it,“if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.

I believe we've been given an opportunity to do what's right and good in God's sight with the right leadership in our government.  There is so much corruption in our political parties.  Catering to special interest groups, greed and moral decay is the norm and it needs to be turned around. Prayer, repentance and being led by the Lord is what will change the heart of people and bring healing to our land. If we don't, well I don't even want to think about that.  Lord Jesus please help us!

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

His Wisdom and Knowledge - Word Art Wednesday #254 and #255

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!

Here is my card for Word Art Wednesday this week!  I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out, it's a very loose watercolor technique but I'm happy with the final result.   Below the picture I have the step by step instructions.
This weeks sponsor is Simon Says Stamp!  So visit Word Art Wednesday and play along. You can link up 5 new projects that are family friendly for a chance to win the $25 gift card!  Have you seen Simon Says Stamp's new release (here is link to their blog hop with lots of inspiration! I want the new Believe die set.  Love it!

Word Art Wednesday's FREE SCRIPTURE ART! 

Ingredients to card:
Stamp: Penny Black: Berries and Cones (yeah, kind of interesting name for this stamp since it has a lamppost in the set.)
Paper: Strathford 140lb cold press watercolor paper
Inks: (Background - Distress Inks Chipped Sapphire and Dusty Concord)
Markers: Tombow - N55,055, 847.
Misc. black card stock, Neenah bright white c/s (base); Mini Mister, #2 round paint brush; #12 round brush, Wink of Stella clear. MISTI

Step 1: Position watercolor paper and stamp in the MISTI.
Step 2: Using the markers, color the stamp  (I used dark gray, yellow and red) spray lightly using clean water in the Mini Mister.
Step 3: Using same markers, do some touch up, add more color onto paper and blend with brush. I also used Distress Ink Black Soot for some contrast.  Dry.
Step 4: Use the yellow marker to give the top area of the lamppost a "glow" Dry completely.
Step 5: Wet on wet technique - wet paper with brush and clean water around the lamppost without touch it.  Begin to drop in the Chipped Saphire ink, then the Dusty Concord.
Step 6: With small brush, add more of the Chipped Sapphire around lamppost for shadow effect.
Step 7: Dry completely, then add splatters of clean water or use a Mini Mister, let it set on paper for about 20  seconds then blot with paper towel.  Dry completely then add Wink of Stella to yellow ink.
Step 8: Make black mat for Scripture art.  Assemble card, pop up the Scripture art with dimensional adhesive.

The Scripture this week is from Romans 11:33, I encourage you to read all of chapter 11 in the book of Romans to get a good grasp at what the apostle Paul is saying in this verse. He is explaining how God's ways, His wisdom and judgement are so much higher than ours.  His plan was to use the unbelief of the Jews to bring the Gentiles into a relationship with Him.  But He has not put away the Jews, His covenant with them cannot be broken but He allowed the things to happen so that we could be grafted in/adopted into the family of God. That was always His plan!  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that WHOSOEVER believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16). His love for us and His wisdom and knowledge is so deep that it amazes me.  He is a faithful Creator. To God be all the glory!
 I thought the lamppost was a good image to use with this Scripture verse.  We cannot see as God sees but what we can see is what God allows us to see - the lamppost gives off light but it's definitely not a spot light or a crafter's Ott light is it?  The more we get into the Word of God though and seek Him for revelation/understanding in the Word, the more He allows us to see Jesus develop (especially in the Old Testament) but sometimes our spiritual eyesight is dim, until we turn up the light! Just as the word says "here a little, there a little, precept upon precept, line upon line" (Isaiah 28:10 Natalie's paraphrase) we keep seeking Him and He is faithful to reward us with knowledge and wisdom. I certainly can use all the wisdom and knowledge I can get, especially considering the day and age we are in!

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful week!