Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Longing For the Lord - Word Art Wednesday #284 & #285

Hello Delightful friends and family!

Enjoying some nice weather and watching all four of the grand munchkins playing baseball and softball.  Thankfully I only have to divide myself between 3 teams since the two youngest are on the same softball team.  But sometimes two teams are playing at the same time at the same park (isn't that fun). I've got to learn to clone myself! 😎
 So inbetween games, work, church etc. I was able to make this card for Word Art Wednesday.  This weeks sponsor is Simon Says Stamps so I was pleased to be able to use these pretty stamps called Roses For You a stamp set from the Simon Says Stamp line. Remember you can link up 5 new projects to share with us at WAW.  It is an Anything Goes - Family Friendly Challenge!
Thanks to everyone playing last challenge there were over 360 entries! That's just incredible!

I've stamped the images with Versamark and then heat embossed with Gold embossing powder and colored the roses, leaves and background with Peerless watercolors on 140lb cold press watercolor paper.


Our Scripture art this week is from Psalm 42:1.  I love the book of Psalms (in reality I love ALL the Bible!) it teaches us redemption, it teaches us to seek the Lord with all of our hearts plus there is great encouragement from the Lord through the writers of Psalms. But what speaks to my heart loudly and teaches me so vividly is how to seek the Lord and be a woman after God's heart.  This verse today uses the natural desire of a thirsty deer, a deer seeking water perhaps due to a drought or perhaps it has been pursued by a hunter and needs water to continue it's flight. It gives us the picture of how we should be longing after our Lord Jesus. 
 The Word of God refreshes us just as a deep drink of cold water when thirsty and I'm talking about being really parched and then being satisfied. Seeking/longing to know God can truly satisfy, meditating on His Word brings about contentment, a sense of satisfaction that the world cannot give. Can I encourage you to take a deep drink of God's Word so that you too can be satisfied?  Here is another verse in Psalms that David wrote:

God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.  Psalm 63:1

Seek and trust God wholeheartedly and be satisfied!

Well, that's it for me today! I think I might be able to prep for my card class which is next week since there won't be anymore games until after Memorial Day weekend.  Maybe I can get ahead! (ha!)

Enjoy the rest of the week and thanks so much for visiting!  Don't forget to visit the Word Art Wednesday Blog and play along with us.  It's a two week challenge!


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Friday, May 12, 2017

Happy Thoughts! Mustard Seed Faith Challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!

Just a quick post to share a card. I will be entering this at the Mustard Seed Faith Blog - God as Creator is the challenge as well as a sketch (which I didn't follow this time). The ladies shared the lyrics to the song by Big Daddy Weave called Overwhelmed. It talks about how overwhelming God is in His power, His mercy and of course His creation.  You don't have to go far to see His creation (just look in the mirror!).  I think of the saying about stopping and smelling the roses, well this card doesn't have roses but it has flowers and when you stop and look at each flower and realize they had to have a designer and that designer is God, it is overwhelming!  Flowers most definitely shout out about the glory of God!


The flower stamps I've used are a set by Sweet 'n Sassy called Pretty Potted Florals (which were designed by NinaB Designs who incidentally years ago designed my blog signature and I don't want to ever replace it! I love it!)
The sentiment is from the set called Happy by Hampton Arts.
I've colored with Tombow Markers and stamped with Archival Jet Black ink.  The watercolor paper is Strathmore 140lb cold press. The card stock is Neenah bright white 80lb and I've cut it to be a 4.25" square card.  The die is from Spellbinders.
I double stamped two of the flowers and one leaf that hangs over the framed die. The butterfly is from a stamp set called Floral Silhouettes One (JustRite Papercrafts) which I used my Tombow markers to ink up on the watercolor paper. I've popped up the main image with dimensional adhesive as well as the two extra flowers.

Well that's it for me today!  Have a great weekend. Thanks for visiting.

PS Just found out I won a prize at MSF blog for the last challenge!  Thank you!!

Praise the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty.  Psalm 104:1


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

He Keeps His Promises - Word Art Wednesday (282 & 283)

Hello Delightful friends and family!
I have a fun digital image to share today for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge. It is one of our sponsor's Bugaboo Stamps cute creation called Fun Flowers.  I teamed it up with an older stamp from Gina K Designs that I love and haven't used nearly enough called Holiday Baskets.  I pulled out my Prismacolor Pencils for this one!  Hope you will link up and play along with our Anything Goes - Family Friendly Challenge, you can link  up to 5 different projects!


Additional supplies on card:
Neenah white card stock
Ribbon - American Crafts
Uniball Signa white gel pen
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Odorless Mineral Spirits and blender

The Scripture art on the card is from Genesis 28:15 "And, behold, I am with thee and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoke to thee of."
God is making a promise to Jacob and tells him that He will bring him back to the land. The land which God had made a covenant promise with Abraham and Isaac.  When you think about the state that Jacob is in when God renews the covenant promise you realize the faithfulness of God.  Jacob has just lied to his father Isaac, agrees to a deceitful plan with his mother (Jacob was her favorite) and is running from his family in fear of his brothers revenge for stealing away his inheritance.  It was a real mess. This was one very dysfunctional family!  But isn't that the time the Lord shows up? Right in the midst of our messes? Indeed! It shows the lengths that God goes to keep us in the palm of His hand.  Jacob had to go through a lot of trials before returning to his homeland but it was a time of dealing with some very difficult strongholds in his life and he ends up years later wrestling with the Lord and finally is marked both spiritually and physically after that encounter.  He even gets a name change and faces his fears and the Lord truly shows His faithfulness to him.
Perhaps you feel your life is in a real mess right now.  You can know that the Lord will minister to your need and get you through it.  But you must trust Him and His sovereignty.  He wants you to have hope!  There must be a deliberate effort on your (and mine) part to trust the Lord to direct your path.  As a matter of fact He want us to be diligent in setting our minds on things above rather than on our circumstances and the distractions they cause.  The deeper you immerse yourself in God's Word and His promises the more you will grow in faith and in the knowledge of God. This knowledge isn't necessarily head knowledge but heart knowledge - know the Author of the Word! That's what Jacob experienced when he wrestled with the Lord. What a difference in our outlook when we begin to apply God's Word and see His faithfulness exhibited in our lives.
It all starts by humbling ourselves before Him and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.  If you haven't done that perhaps that is why you are reading this right now.  The Lord is tugging on your heart to receive Him as Lord and Savior, please don't wait another minute! Once you invite Him into your heart it's important to tell someone. The Lord has made is simple for us, we must first admit we are sinners, then believe that God has raise Jesus from the dead, confess that He is Lord and then begin a journey with Him you will never regret. I know I have never regreted that decision, not once!

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week!

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Finding Joy - Word Art Wednesday (Challenge 280 & 281)

Hello Delightful friends and family!

Just a quick post to share my card for Word Art Wednesday.  I've been doing lots of experimenting with watercolors and my card this week is no exception.  I've used layering stamps, a Distress Ink, a Marvy Brush Marker and a Zig Clean Color Marker for this card.

Hope you'll link up this week (and next) at WAW, share your project with us! This weeks generous sponsor is Simon Says Stamp!! Also welcome to Diane Hover who has been our  Guest Designer this month!  Be sure and visit the challenge site and read the devotional plus see all the fun creations by the design team!


 Above is this weeks free Word Art digi.

Ingredients to card:
Hampton Art Layering Stamp "Happy"
Distress ink - Worn Lipstick
Marvy Brush Marker - Olive (stamped off once)
Zig Clean Color marker - orange
140lb Strathmore cold press watercolor paper
pink gingham ribbon (my stash)
Green card stock
Neenah bright white 80lb card stock (base and digi sentiment)

Our scripture art this week features Psalm 5:11.  This is one of my favorites for personal reasons but I have to add the following verse 12 to make it complete for me.  I even wrote a worship song for our church based on these verses.
Here is verse 12 in the NKJV:
"For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield."
I would have to look back at some old journaling notebooks of mine to see why exactly these verses ministered to me so much but I do know that I pray for God's favor to surround me as a shield. Verses 11 and 12 remind me that joy, protection and blessing will surround me because I put my trust and faith in the Lord.  Just imagine that large shield designed to surround us completely with God's benefits.  If that doesn't create a bit of joy in the soul then I don't know what will!!  Chapter 5 is a great prayer for guidance that David penned and in my bible notes it says "To the Chief Musician, with flutes, a Psalm of David" perhaps that is why I was inspired to pen my own song after reading these verses! But I must admit, I do not play the flute, I play the keyboards, however, I believe there is a flute function on it! 😁
Well that's all for me, I pray you all have a fantastic week and trust that you will be delighted by God's Word and as you seek Him early each day you will feel that joy and peace that surrounds you like a shield.
Thanks so much for visiting!



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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mustard Seed Faith Challenge - Traveling Mercies and Seize the Birthday Challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!  Happy Resurrection Sunday to you all!
Just found this new Christian Challenge blog called Mustard Seed Faith Challenge I just want to give a shout out to them, I recognize a few of the names and what a blessed group of talented ladies on the Design Team! Be sure and visit and link up and read their devotional too.  This weeks theme is "Traveling Mercies" (MSFC #3) so the card below I finished yesterday definitely qualifies!

I've been playing in my craftroom the last couple of days and trying to get some samples done for a class in June at Scrapper's Edge.  So I've got my theme for one class:  "Lovin' Summer" instead of Summer Lovin' which reminds me of the song from Grease! Not really sure if that's the title of the song 😀
 It will be a combination masculine/summer cards. I think this will be one of  the three cards. I've watercolored the background sky and sand/road and also the VW bus and used this cute paper from Doodlebug Designs called Fun in the Sun Collection. I wish the photo was better, the colors on the water color paper are more vivid than what's showing. I used Tombow Markers for all of the coloring and a #12 round brush on the background and a #3 round brush on the van and palm trees. I've also used a black Copic small brush marker for touch ups around the tires.
I think I will add Glossy Accents to the windows and a sequin or two or three (I like odd numbers)around the sentiment and this will be complete. The stamp set I've used is called Surf's Up from Avery Elle.


I haven't played over at Seize the Birthday  in a long while so I will be linking up there too! The challenge is to use 2 different pattern papers.

Have a blessed week! Thanks for visiting.

“And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” Matthew 28:7



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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Rejoicing with You at Easter - Word Art Wednesday

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
Hoping this is finding you all well and having a blessed week!  We are celebrating "Resurrection Sunday" this weekend!  The world wants to promote bunnies and chocolate eggs but when you think of Easter I hope that you will remember not only the great sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf but also that the tomb where they laid His body is empty, HE IS RISEN!! The hope of eternal life is ours because of what He has done! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

Can you believe it's already mid April? Today is a special day, it's my mom's 79th birthday.  
Happy Birthday Mom! 

It's also hard to believe that it's already time to share a card for our challenge at Word Art Wednesday!  Here is my card for this weeks Anything Goes - Family friendly challenge:



Here are the ingredients:
Stamps - Taylored Expressions Calla Lily Bouquet and Easter Joy
Card Stock: Desert Storm, gold (my stash, I can only assume its Bazzill) and bright white (Neenah)
I colored the calla Lily with Copics and the green background was done by using a blending tool and Distress Oxide Peeled Paint on a diecut (Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle) piece of Neenah Desert Storm. It's hard to see the effects of the technique but I started at one end and blended the ink on about 3/4 of the card stock, the lighter end is behind the calla lily. I also spritzed some water on the panel to cause it to activate and lift color. It just adds a look of texture to it (it looks better in person), then I stamped the sentiment "Rejoicing with you this Easter" in Archival Jet Black ink.
The Word Art is John 12:23 and printed on Vellum.  I fussy cut out the vase and calla lilies and popped them up with dimensional adhesive.  I added a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh (sweet pea mix)  
Please join us at Word Art Wednesday, we have some great sponsors each challenge and you can link up 5 new projects and share your talent with all of us!!

Resurrection Sunday is the epitome of hope and the strong message that truth will always triumph over the evil. In our scripture art today it says: Jesus answered them saying "The hour is come, that the Son of Man should be glorified." (John 12:23).  
The hour is come - many times it is recorded that Jesus said His time was not yet come.  But finally it was time, perfectly on time according to all the prophecies concerning Him. He was the perfect Lamb of God willingly laying down His life for us. Oh my goodness all the types and shadows in the Word that point to Jesus and the redemptive work He would do, it's all spelled out if we are willing to believe. I encourage you to read the Bible with eyes and a heart filled with believing that Jesus was and is exactly who He said He was: the Savior of the world, God in the flesh, Emmanuel (God with us). 
 "Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2: 9-11

Have a blessed week!! Thanks for visiting.



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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello Delightful Friends and Family
Hope you are having a great day!  Here it is already time for another Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes (Family friendly) Challenge (#276 and #277).  Hope you will link up with us at the blog and share your art.  I mainly do cardmaking but with an Anything Goes challenge you could share your Bible Journaling page, any mixed media, scrapbook layouts etc. We would love to see it and you may win a prize, too! You can share up to 5 new projects.
Here is my card, I played with my new Distress Oxide Inks (finally!!).


I began with 100lb Hammermill  Photo white card stock, normally I use the Neenah 80lb for just about everything, but I wanted to "mist" my paper after stamping with the Oxide inks so I went with the heavier card stock. (It probably would have been fine with the Neenah,)
I chose Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint and Wilted Violet inks for my card. The stamp set was an old Taylored Expressions Kit stamp set (Sending Smiles, retired) .  It had solid flowers and just the right size I wanted to use.  First I die cut the Scripture word art with a Spellbinder Circle.  Then using the negative of the die cut I used it to draw a circle (pencil) so I would know where I wanted to place the flowers and leaves.
I started with the pink flowers and added some of the leaves, then I filled in with the violet flowers, added more leaves and the violet berries. After stamping the first layer of all the flowers I used my Mini Mister to spray water over the inks and then watched them "oxidize", dried it with a heat gun and then I added some doodling with my white Signa Uni-ball pen. I framed out the Scripture with green card stock that was die cut using two of the circle dies.  I added a leafy branch (Taylored Expressions die) and some natural hemp cording for a bow. I also inked around the edges and last but not least  adhered it to my card base.

Here is our free Scripture Art, you don't have to use it on the project you share but it's always fun to see them when you do!


This is a really good verse to memorize.  If you read all of Psalm 90 you can read that the Psalmist is comparing God's eternity to our mortality and then he writes about God's wrath due to our sin, then comes a plea for grace and compassion, and then a plea for the Lord's favor to rest upon us. 
 Knowing that our lives are just a vapor compared to eternity makes me so thankful for what Jesus has done for me.  He took the wrath of God intended for me upon Himself on the cross, so that I might have right standing/God's favor on my life.  Now I know that my life has meaning and it's so important to fulfill God's purposes for me here on this earth.  
 I pray for wisdom, discernment and understanding almost daily and know that it only works if I apply it. (Reading His Word is of utmost importance if we want to grow!)  It takes being mindful of God working in us, we must take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ so that we can number our days and apply our hearts to wisdom. As I said our earthly life is so brief compared to eternity. I want to run this race with endurance and finish well. With the Lord's help I know I will.

Thanks for visiting today and may God's favor rest upon you!!

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