Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Tags - Smitten Mittens

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
Just wanted to share these tags I made for our Ladies Ministry Christmas Party.  This is just a sampling, I made 30 tags and all of them were a little different except for the backside of the tag with the wording (picture 2).  I did a night sky on each of them, splattered with some white acrylic paint. Then I added a stitched hillside (Lawn Fawn die) which is mostly covered up by the Smitten Mittens (Stampin' Up!) This is a real fun set with lots of extras for designing unique mittens. It has a coordinating die set that was a real time saver for me!  I used Distress inks both the regular and Oxide pads for the sentiment "Smitten" and the night skies. I embossed with white embossing powder on a few, I embellished pattern paper, I did a lot of little extras to make each one special. (and so that I wouldn't get bored making the same thing over and over!) It was fun and the ladies really liked them, too! 😀

The wording on the back of the tags were words from a stamp set from SRM - Faith called I Am.

Our theme for the party was "Smitten with Jesus" and it was to keep in perspective why we have such a reason to celebrate the Christmas season.  I know it's not your typical Christmas theme, but even before Jesus was born it was God's plan for Jesus to be "smitten by God"(Isaiah 53:4) to redeem us from sin and it shows just how much we are loved by Him and we should be "smitten" with Him.  There were a couple of different definitions for the word smitten so it all tied in together nicely.  I like how the Lord always pulls everything together for me like that!! Anyway... we had a lovely day, good food, sweet fellowship and a gift exchange of "mittens" that was fun too!

 Hope you are inspired to get crafty!  Thanks for visiting!

"For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'"  Isaiah 41:13

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

O Little Town of Bethlehem - Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!
It's time for our challenge from Word Art Wednesday! As always it's an Anything Goes/Family Friendly challenge (#312 & #313) and there are prizes to win!!  Our sponsors this week are Frantic Stamper and Imagine That.  Thanks so much to our sponsors and remember that you can link up 5 new projects that will be entered to win. 
 I was inspired from a lot of the night skies I've been seeing on Pinterest and so I've used the Distress Inks both regular and the Oxide line to make my card background.  I've been playing around with different color combos and hopefully soon I will be posting some tags I've made for our Ladies Ministry Christmas Luncheon (I've made 30 large tags!) The colors I've used in my background were Distress Ink Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Chipped Sapphire and the Oxide Inks were Black Soot, Salty Ocean and Worn Lipstick. I blended the colors on 140lb cold press Strathford watercolor paper. After the colors were layered, I spritzed it with water, dried, then splattered with white acrylic paint.

The Bethlehem border die is from Taylored Expressions and the star is an older punch that I've had for years. I added Distress Ink Squeezed Lemon to color it. A navy blue card stock is used to frame out the Scripture Art as well as the paper used on the border die. 

Our Scripture this week is from Luke 2.  It talks about a sign - the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger, the Lamb of God. Now we are waiting for the Lamb of God to return to us as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  So many signs point to His return, it's what we  Christians call the "blessed hope".  We live with great expectation and anticipation (kinda like a little child waiting for Christmas!) we are living in exciting times that is for sure! 

Thanks so much for visiting and may you have a blessed week!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

WAW Challenge #310 and #311

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Delightful friends and family!
I have so much to be thankful for and it's so important that we take time to reflect on that, not just today or this season but everyday.  Perhaps if we have a grateful mindset there would be more kindness in the world, especially if we keep in mind as believers that we are doing everything (word and deed) to bring glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Our Scripture Art today expresses that very sentiment.  

Here is my card to share today for Word Art Wednesday and I'm a day late in posting so I apologize to my WAW Design team.  It's been crazy hectic here and I lost track of my days! 

This is a very simple card to reproduce and would make a nice gift set by just changing up the sentiment and ribbon or the color scheme.  I've use a stencil to create the background. The stencil is from Ranger a Dylusions small stencil called Fronds of Foliage and by using earthtone colors I've given this an Autumn feel.  The inks I've used are: Distress inks Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick and Vintage Photo to blend around the edges. I added a bow using Darice Hemp Cording and a brown gingham check.  The Scripture Art was printed then diecut using the Cross Stitched Square (Cottage Cutz), I've matted the Scripture with a dark brown card stock. The card base is Neenah Desert Storm card stock and it's an A2 size with a side fold.

I hope you'll take time to play along, the challenge is open for two weeks and there are prizes to win!! Check it out HERE.  Just remember that it's a family friendly anything goes challenge and you can link up to 5 new projects!
Thanks so much for visiting and have a blessed not stressed week!!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Giving Thanks - Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!

I have so much to be thankful for and that is exactly what the Scripture Art for this weeks Word Art Wednesday expresses!  Give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; For His mercy endures forever! Living out a life of thankfulness must start with the Lord, He is our Creator! He gives us our breath so that we can praise and thank Him! Thank You Lord for Your steadfast love and faithfulness. 

 Hope you play along this week with us and share your thankfulness with us too at the Anything Goes/Family Friendly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday! The new challenge starts today November 8th.

Here is my card:

I've been trying to use some of my watercolor backgrounds that I've made then set aside for a "rainy day".  This one was using a technique I learned in an Online Card Class I took last year. The colors were perfect for an Autumn card, I matted it in dark brown (the picture looks like a black mat but its a rich brown) and added a brown ribbon (American Crafts) and a die cut leaf (Lawn Fawn - small Stitched leaves), I used paper for the leaf from Doodlebug Design Flea Market (6x6 pad), I've added Oxide Distress ink to the edges (Vintage Photo). The watercolor paper is made by Ranger and is 118-lb; I'm not sure what watercolors I used, they probably were the Reeves brand that comes in a tube. I used a flat brush #1/2 also from Ranger. I've added a few drops of Nuvo Jewel Drops (Limoncello) to the leaf, just 'cause I could 😁 it didn't really add much to the final look so if I was to do it again I probably would have left it off.
Don't forget to play along with us at Word Art Wednesday, link up and perhaps you may win one of our prizes!! This challenge our sponsor is Simon Says Stamp! Most of the items I've used in my card you can get at Simon Says Stamp online store. You have 2 weeks to play and you can link up to 5 projects!  We had 290 entries last challenge! 

Thanks so much for visiting and have a blessed week!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Word Art Wednesday - Counted Faithful

Hello Delightful friends and family!
We are having a heat wave this week!  I can't believe it was as warm and balmy as it was and it's late October! I've been working on a couple of classes for December at Scrapper's Edge our local scrapbook store and of course they are Christmas cards but it feels like I should make a beach scene instead of a snow scene! But looking at the leaves on the trees outside bring me back to reality for they are beautifully changing colors and falling on the ground. The changing seasons most definitely shout out the glory of God. 
Today I have a card to share for Word Art Wednesday - Hope you will play along with us and link your project at the challenge blog.  We have sponsors and prizes so be sure and check us out HERE.  You can link up to 5 new projects!  This challenge is Anything Goes - Family Friendly.

I've pulled out my all time favorite Unity Stamp Co. pumpkin stamps.  It's probably retired but I just love it and pull it out every fall season. I've used a mix of regular Distress Inks with Oxide Distress inks on both watercolor paper and also on 80 lb Neenah bright white. I fussy cut out the leaves and pumpkins after coloring them and then popped up the smallest, added hemp cording and a button.

This Scripture Art this week is from 1 Timothy 1:12 and this card with Scripture would be ideal to give to someone in ministry (especially a pastor since it's Pastor Appreciation Month).  I know from experience how important it is to have an encouraging word from time to time, especially when we are right in the midst of the spiritual battle that we face when in the ministry.  It is so important to persevere and remain faithful, the Lord gives us the strength and truly does enable us to do the work He has called us to do. My prayer is that when I see my Savior face to face that He will say "well done, good and faithful servant." 

But I count my life of no value to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God's grace.  Acts 20:24

Have a blessed week and thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Word Art Wednesday - Remembering without Ceasing

Hello Delightful friends and family!
Autumn is in full swing here! I'm not sure I'm ready to let go of the nice weather though.  Especially when having to get up early and the house is cold. Brrr! Well, I'm not here to talk  about the cooling weather but share a card for Word Art Wednesday 😇.  This is a Family Friendly/Anything Goes challenge #304 and #305, and our sponsor this challenge is Simon Says Stamp!!  Yay!! 
Here is my card:

I've use a couple of items that are Simon Says exclusive and they are the "Thanks on a Line" Die and the teeny tiny heart is a stamp from Wild About You set. I ordered this die last year and hadn't used it yet but it is the perfect embellishment.  I've used a piece of pattern paper to cut it out that was from a fall-themed 6x6 pad with fall colors and I love how it has turned out. The colors on the yellow gingham work perfectly. The leaf stamp is from Stampendous and I've stamped it on watercolor paper (Strathford 140lb cold press) that was diecut using the Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside die and then using Distress Inks and my MISTI, stamping it multiple times with different fall colored inks.  Once I got a nice combination of inks outlining the image, I began to add water and dropped in color.  After it was dry I stamped the heart, colored it red and added Glossy Accents. The Scripture Art is from 1 Thessalonians 1:3 and I've printed it on vellum. 
I already have a family that I will be sending this card to this week.  They shared their home with me over the weekend as I went to the Beth Moore Living Proof Event in Sacramento this past weekend.  To see their faith in action, their labor of love (hospitality) and the love and hope they have in our Lord Jesus Christ was a real blessing to me.  I will remember their sweet devotion to one another as well.  Thanks to: Jeff, Brandy and children (Katelyn, Hannah, Cody, Caleb, Zach, Grace, Levi, Aaron, Eliza & Maddie) those are the kids still home, the four oldest are either married or living away from home.  Yes, fourteen in all! Each of them exemplify this verse and seeing what God is doing in their family is truly amazing.  To God be all the glory!

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.  1 Thessalonians 1:3

That's it for me today! Thanks for visiting.  Have a blessed week and please remember northern California in your prayers, we are being ravaged by fires. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Set the Example - Word Art Wednesday 302 & 303 challenge

Hello Delight friends and family!
We've been enjoying our beautiful autumn weather here in northern California!  The leaves are changing with cool mornings and evenings and just delightful days!  My hubby and I just might hit the beach on Thursday morning to do a little bit of fishing for red tail perch in the surf before it turns too cold and windy.  Fall has inspired my card today for Word Art Wednesday.  I just love the Doodlebug Design Flea Market 6x6 paper, it's so cheerful! The pattern is pretty busy so I kept the design simple.  The scarecrow comes from a stamp set from Darcie's Heart & Home called Crow About, I've colored the image with Copic Markers and added a button and a hemp cording bow.

The Word Art this week is from 1 Timothy 4:12.  I know a lot of teachers focus in on the first part of this verse but I want to encourage you to live out the last part by being an example in the way you live, your speech, how you love/charity (agape), how you walk in the spirit by having a godly attitude, being faithful and being pure in the sight of men but especially in God's view. Paul was talking to a young man named Timothy but these instructions are perfect for us today no matter our age.  I want to be an example to believers and non-believers alike.  So if you are facing difficulties and living out your faith in Christ before people, just remember that they are watching you, so your attitude speaks volumes even without words. You will be pleasantly surprised when someone asks you about how you can be so at peace in the midst of turmoil or difficulties.  You can share the love of Jesus with them for you know it's what is sustaining you, sharing the Gospel message is really empowering and will give you boldness to share even more. It's such a blessing to minister God's love to others by sharing your testimony.

Thanks so much for visiting and please head over to the Word Art Wednesday Blog and link up your family friendly, Anything Goes Project and perhaps you will win the random drawing. The challenge lasts for two weeks and you can link 5 new projects!