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!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Seeking Him Early - Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!

Hope everyone is enjoying their Wednesday!  We've had a couple of really busy weeks here at home and at church and I hate to say it but it doesn't look to slow down much either especially with the holidays just around the corner.  Don't they just have a tendency to sneak up on us!
Well, it's time to reveal my card for this weeks Word Art Wednesday Family Friendly Challenge.  Don't forget to play along (there are prizes to be won!) and you can submit up to 5 new projects!  This weeks word art is from Proverbs 8:17 and if you would like to use the free Scripture word art just save it to your computer! Sponsors this week are the Flying Unicorn and Cutting Cafe!  Be sure and visit Word Art Wednesday there is an exciting announcement about Instagram!!

Here is this weeks Scripture Art:

Here is my card:

Here is the list of ingredients:
Stamps: JustRite Clear Floral Silhouettes One
Background: Peerless Watercolors
Strathmore 140lb cold press watercolor paper
Bazzill Cinder card stock
Neenah Bright White card stock, 80lb.
Archival Jet Black Ink
Paper Accents Vellum
Step 1: lay clean water down on paper, add water color lightest to darkest colors. Wet on wet technique.  Dry completely before stamping.  Cut to 3.5" x 4.25"
Step 2: stamp flowers, leaves and stems positioning them with the MISTI.  Stamp all in Archival Black ink.  Trim panel to 3.5" x 4.25"
Step 3:  Print Scripture Art (resize if needed) and print on Vellum.  Trim to desired size.
Step 4: Optional - splatter ink or water color onto stamped panel before adhering the Vellum.  I meant to do that before putting my card together ( bummer!)
Step 5:  Pop up the water color panel with dimensionals. Adhere layers together.

Are any of you doing the Entrusted Bible Study by Beth Moore?  Each session is so good.  We will be on Session 5 this morning.  Last week I was inspired by something I read in the homework that really touched my heart and it was the topic of our ladies Monday night Bible study and Potluck.  It was based on Philippians 3:12-14 and a quote from Beth "Your faithfulness is the key to somebody else's faith."  That is so true!  How many people are watching us and seeing our faithfulness to the Lord.  It should really challenge us to "seek the Lord early" so that we can make the Lord our focus for our day and be accountable to Him. I want to always be found faithful to the Lord Jesus and I know I fall so short.  But I'm striving forward and with the Lord's help I will "press on to the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus". 

Be encouraged today and remember to love the Lord with all your heart!!
Have a great week and thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

It's Settled! Word Art Wednesday

Hello Delightful friends and family!
I always look forward to Autumn, our weather is actually nicer in Sept. and Oct. than it is in the summer months!  Love the sunny days and the cool morning and evenings!  I've been working on cards for my November classes at Scrapper's Edge, of course they will be Christmas/Winter themed.  I have so many ideas and techniques I'd like to incorporate but I've got to narrow it down!  I'm having a hard time deciding!  I know that one class will be interactive cards using Lawn Fawn stamps and dies, I think they will be so fun and cute!  How could they not it's Lawn Fawn, right?!!

My card I'm sharing is for our Word Art Wednesday Family Friendly Anything Goes Challenge (week 250 and 251).  Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp!  A $25 gift card is the prize for one of the participants.  You can submit up to 5 new projects. Pretty cool!

Products used:
Simon Says Stamp - Stitched Circle Die and Roses for You stamp set (leaves and berries);
Darice hemp cording;
 button (stash);
Colored with Zig Clean Brush Markers and background (Peerless watercolors) Berries colored with Distress Marker Candy Apple. Stamped with Distress Ink Bundled Sage.
Paper; Stathmore 140lb cold press watercolor paper and Neenah Desert Storm card stock.

Step 1: Cut watercolor paper 4 x 4
Step 2: With light colored Distress Marker draw a circle using Stitched Die for your template.
Step 3: Using the double leaf stamp, stamp around circle using Bundled Sage Distress Ink.  Fill in with single leaf stamp.
Step 4: Color leaves with Zig Clean Brush Markers (3 different greens used) alternate coloring leaves so that the color doesn't bleed onto the next leaf.
Step 5: Add red berries using small solid berry stamp and use the Candy Apple Distress marker to color stamp.
Step 6: Using the wet-on-wet technique add clean water on the outside of the wreath and drop in blue Peerless watercolor. Dry completely.
Step 7: Add dimensional adhesive to the back and attach to the top folding A2 Desert storm card stock base.
Step 8: Die cut the Scripture Art using the Stitched Circle Die.
Step 8: Add hemp cording, make bow, add button. Adhere the Sentiment piece.

If you would like to use the Scripture Art on your project you most definitely can!  The verse is from Psalm 119:89.  It is a wonderful verse and is such a strong declaration about God's Word.  It's forever and it's settled. I can count on it. You can count on it! You can delight in it because it is truth. God's word brings health to a tormented mind, heals a broken and contrite heart, brings about a joy that the world cannot take away Hebrews 4:12 says it like this, "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edge sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."  He has entrusted it to us who believe that we might bring others to Christ Jesus our Lord.  In this day of uncertainty I can say with assurance that God's word is for ever and it is settled in heaven - we can have faith that is unswerving when we stand on the promises and the covenant of God's Holy Word. To God be all the glory!

Thanks for visiting and have an excellent week!


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

God's Enduring Kindness - Word Art Wednesday #248 and #249

Hello Delightful Friends and Family,

I have to be quick tonight, I'm a bit under the weather.  Here is this weeks Word Art Wednesday Family Friendly Challenge Blog.

Kept this pretty simple, 2 dies one from Penny Black (Poppy) and the chevron border from Taylored Expressions. I've used water color paper and die cut the poppy then colored it with my Zig Clean Markers.  The Scripture art was printed on Vellum, the sequins  are from Pretty Pink Posh.

Here's the free Scripture Art you can download.

Hope you can join us!
Thanks for visiting and have a great week.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Party 'til the Cows Come Home

Hello Delightful Friends and Family,
Here's a cute card I made for a little guy's first birthday.  It's a farm theme so this stamp set from Taylored Expressions (Green Acres) was perfect to mask out a fun "on the farm" scene.

I will be sharing this at Seize the Birthday Challenge blog.

I've masked with Inkadinkadoo Stamp Masking Paper (love it!) and then used my MISTI to position and stamp each item in Memento Jet Black ink.  Then I colored with Copic Markers.  The sentiment, clouds (die) and sun are all from different Taylored Expressions stamp and die sets.  The base is Desert Storm Neenah card stock and the one of the clouds was die cut from Vellum.  Inside the card says "Party 'til the cows come home" and I stamped the other "bovine" from the set.  I've not made a card with so many stamps in a scene but I really enjoyed the process and that Stamp Masking Paper was so helpful, I only needed to mask the tractor, cow and haystack,  Once I figured out the placement it was easy peasy!  I've also used Tumbled Glass Distress ink and a blender for the sky and to edge one of the clouds.

Thanks for visiting and Happy Stamping!!

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.                                                                            1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Expectation - Word Art Wednesday #246 & 247

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!

I loved coloring this image from Penny Black!  It's called Good Neighbors, isn't it cute?  It was very fun to color with my Zig Clean Color Markers. I used Distress inks to color the background (Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass using a wet on wet technique).
I think I will be making some more cards with this stamp and changing out the sentiments for a gift set for perhaps one of my sisters.  (shhh... don't tell)

Well it's time for Word Art Wednesday's Family Friendly Challenge (#246 & 247).  This week our Scripture Art is from Psalm 62:5.  It's free to download and use!  Also, our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp!!

I've used 140lb Strathmore cold press watercolor paper and stamped with Archival Jet Black Ink (using my MISTI) and then used a variety of Zig Clean Color markers to color.  I've used a bright yellow card stock to mat the watercolor paper and my A2 base is white Neenah 80lb card stock.  

As I was meditating on this weeks Scripture verse I was drawn to the word "expectation".  That word is filled with hope!  Not only is it my expectation but it's literally connected to God like a cord.  I love the comfort that thought gives me.  Connected to God - He has me in His hands and no one can snatch me out of them (John 10:28-29). I can rest in Him and fully hope and trust in His provision in every area of my life for He truly is my defense and I shall not be moved.  This chapter is filled with hope and my hope is that you will take time to read it.  It is only 12 verses and I know it will be a blessing to you.

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a wonderful week.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Love Books - Seize the Birthday challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!

Here's a birthday card I made my little nephew who just turned two.  I will be sharing this at the Seize the Birthday Challenge blog - tags for the toppings (optional).

I've water colored this sweet image from Dreamer Land Crafts called Enjoying the Storybook.  I try to do themed birthday gifts with my cards and Sawyer loves books and his mama says he could use some new ones (or rather she could use some new ones to read to him!!)  So that's the theme this year: books.
I've used my Zig Clean Color real brush markers from Kuretake.(love these markers!) The pattern paper is from the cute Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid 6x6 petite paper pack.  I've used Desert Storm card stock for the base.  The Die I've used is a Spellbinder Nestabilities Label 22 (but I cut off the rounded edge to fit the A2 card, I think it looks much better, too!).  The water color paper I've used is Strathmore 140lb cold press.  The sentiment on the front is from Stamper's Anonymous called Crazy Talk.

I'm back from a few days vacation to the Bay Area (San Francisco) enjoyed a bit of R&R! Enjoyed fellowship day at the ballpark with Christian Athletes from the S.F. Giants team and afterwards a wonderful concert with Matthew West!  And of course my husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary, too!! 

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!!

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.   2 Corinthians 5:21