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.


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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.


Ingredients:
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!

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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!


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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
Directions:
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!


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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!


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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.




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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)


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