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


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wisdom and Understanding - Word Art Wednesday #244 and #245

Hello Delightful friends and family!
Summer is scooting by isn't it?  Hubby and I are getting ready for a quick trip to San Francisco to catch a couple of baseball games and celebrate our 40th anniversary and hopefully get a little R&R.
Of course I couldn't go without posting a card for this weeks Word Art Wednesday Family Friendly Anything Goes Challenge!
Here is my card:


Here are the ingredients:
Base: Neenah bright white card stock A2 size
Next layer: Dark brown card stock
White Vellum die cut with Lawn Fawn Stitched Journal set
Leaf embossing folder (not sure of the maker) used on Neenah c/s and blended with Distress Inks
Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves Die cut on water color paper (Ranger)
Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany.
Scripture Art - Proverbs 24:3-4

This is the perfect Scripture this week since my husband & I will be celebrating our 40th anniversary. It's through the wisdom and understanding that the Lord has given us to persevere through difficult times. And it's the knowledge that it is our Savior who has filled us with the love we need to overlook the little things that annoy us so. (Ha! you know what they are!)  I think the secret to a successful marriage is no secret at all.  Think of a marriage as a triangle with Jesus at the top, you at one side and your husband on the other side.  The closer you draw near to Jesus the closer you get to your husband! The other help is to pray for your husbands weaknesses and encourage him in his strengths. Watch the Lord fill your lives with all precious and pleasant riches that money cannot buy.

Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches. 
Proverbs 24:3-4


P.S. Please pray for one of our  DT members Carole Robb-Bisson she is seriously ill and needing a physical healing.  Thanks so much!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Have Faith in God - Word Art Wednesday and the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Delightful Friends and Family,
Hope you are having a fun summer so far! We've sure been enjoying the warm but not too hot weather! Had a great time a couple of Saturdays ago attending our local Christian music festival called Jesus Rocks the Redwoods.  It was held near Richardson's Grove, right in the middle of the beautiful redwood groves on the Eel River, here in northern California.  It was a fun time, our church had a children's ministry booth and it went over well. The little ones enjoyed getting crafty!        

Well, it's time for another Word Art Wednesday Challenge!Over 360 entries in our last challenge!  Thanks so much for playing along in our family friendly anything goes challenge.

Here is my card for challenge #242 & 243:

I've stamped with Versamark and embossed with Ranger white embossing powder the flowers and leaves (Dahlias -Penny Black).  But before even getting started I made masks using the Inkadinkadoo Masking Paper for each flower and the leaf.  I've stamped and embossed the two side flowers first, added the masks and then stamped the leaves. The paper I've used is Strathmore 140 lb cold press watercolor paper and then I've colored the images using Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint and Picked Raspberry), I trimmed the paper to 4" x 5.25" and then mat with black card stock and adhered to an A2 Neenah white card stock base. Our Scripture Art (free art Scripture art for you!!) this week is from Mark 11:22 and I've printed it on Neenah 80lb white paper and diecut it from the Cottage Cutz Oval Cross-stitched die with my faithful old Cuttlebug!

Wonderful inspiring verse this week (as always!) from the Gospel of Mark.  It happens to be the book our Ladies Group from church is studying, we just started the Lisa Harper DVD series called "The Gospel of Mark - The Jesus We're Aching For" (Lifeway).
I appreciate the words of Jesus telling me to "have faith in God" - the faith I have in myself is flawed but God is not flawed, my faith in my faith is flawed but He is perfect in every way.  He is unparalleled in His compassion, mercy, grace and love.  I can trust and rely and believe God. He is faithful.  Even when the answer seems to be no when we have asked and believed for I can be assured that God has something so much better for me.  So have faith in God.

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a blessed week and don't forget to play along at Word Art Wednesday with us!

I really wanted to play in this 30 day challenge more often.
Thank you so much Kathy for all of your inspiration and creativity!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Word Art Wednesday and Coloring Challenge

Hello delightful friends and family!
Are you ready for another Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes (family friendly) Challenge?  This challenge (#240 & 241)  has the fabulous sponsor SIMON SAYS STAMP! Yippee!  Hope you link up with us for a chance to win a $25 gift voucher from the online store!  You can link up 5 different projects! We had a great turnout for the last challenge, so much inspiration from all over the crafting world.

Here is my card:

Simon Says Stamp!: Gingham Check background stamp
WPlus 9 Stamp: Doodle Buds (purchased at Simon Says)
Coloring Medium: Zig Clean Color Markers
Ink: Archival Jet Black and Chrome Yellow (background)
Die:We R Memory Keepers (not sure the name of the die but it looks like a polaroid picture frame)
Ranger water color paper. Signa Uni-ball white pen
Scripture Art - Word Art Wednesday (FREE to download!!)

I will also be sharing this card at the Daily Marker for the 30 Day Coloring Challange

 The Scripture Art today  begins with " When I consider...." so I would just like to share a thought I had on that.  Have you considered the Creator, the works of His hands, how He has placed everything perfectly in our universe for us to live? It can truly be mind boggling if you start thinking about how everything works so perfectly. Also, "When I consider...." how much He loves me! (that's really mind boggling!) And yet, He has a purpose for me that He determined before the very foundation of the world. And He has a purpose for you as well.   It is up to us to begin to seek Him, get to know Him and then He begins revealing what His plan is for our lives.  Once we become a child of God it is easy to see His hand at work around us but can we see His hand at work in our lives?  He wants to be working in and through us so the question I have for all of us reading this is - Have you considered how the Lord is working in you and is it reflecting His Word and His Son, Jesus Christ?  Believe me when I say that these are questions I have asked myself, to examine my motives and actions.  To follow up, here is a verse that I've been "considering" and prayerfully meditating on in Ephesians 2:10 " For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Am I walking and imitating my Savior?  He has prepared a way for us to walk for His glory and our good and it's walking in love for the benefit of ALL. EVERY LIFE we come into contact with is valuable and precious in the eyes of God.  I hope and pray that I'm reflecting the Father's love and I hope that is your desire as well. We live in such perilous times and it's time to step up and walk in a Christ-centered love and make a difference to those around us.  

Thanks so much for visiting and have an excellent week!