Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Watercolored Cone flower - Word Art Wednesday #334 and #335

Hello Delightful Friends and Family, 
It's time for the Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge (family friendly)! This weeks sponsors are Pink and Main and Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (digital).  Hope you'll play along to get a chance to win one of the prizes and share with us your talents!  We had over 300 entries last challenge!! That's so great and so much inspiration to check out.

I printed my Scripture art on vellum and it turned out somewhat light, hope you can read it but if not it's from Galatians 6:9 and if you'd like to use it for a project be sure to head over the Word Art Wednesday and grab it.  I diecut the vellum using the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle and then added the butterflies (punch) and adhered them to the vellum then added the adhesive beneath the butterflies so it wouldn't show through on the vellum and it was enough to keep it attached to the watercolor paper;

Here is a picture of the coneflower before I added the Scripture, vellum and butterflies.  I found a really easy tutorial HERE to make this flower.  It took a little practice but I finally felt like I "got it"!  

Our Scripture verse this challenge is Galatians 6:9 "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
This verse got me to thinking about the life of Ruth and Naomi in the Old Testament, it happens to be what I am teaching in our Ladies Morning Bible Study on Wednesdays.  Even though it's a New Testament scripture it certainly applies to the life of Ruth.  She was so willing to work and stay with Naomi, she didn't seem to mind going out and gleaning in a field to provide for them.  She literally walked by faith and was met with grace from a close relative named Boaz.  Ruth didn't grow weary in well doing and she most definitely reaped the benefits!  What a wonderful love story and not only a love story but a story of redemption, too. Did you realize she is mentioned in the lineage of Jesus (Matthew 1:5)?  A Gentile, a woman, a Moabitess listed in the genealogy of Jesus Christ now that's amazing grace! Unmerited favor, that's what we find in our Redeemer and that's what Ruth found in her kinsman redeemer named Boaz! I am learning so much from the book of Ruth.  

Well that's it for me today.  It's been such a busy season of life, I rarely get to blog but I'm sure glad I can share a card or two a couple of times a month.  Thanks for visiting and God bless!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Be strong therefore! WAW #332-333

Hello Delightful friends and family!

Word Art Wednesday our Anything Goes - Family Friendly challenge #332-333 starts today! It's a two week challenge and you can link up 5 new projects a week for a chance of winning a prize.  Our sponsor this week is Winnie & Walter be sure and check out their shop and blog for lots of creative inspiration! Maybe you will be the winner of the $25 gift card. They are involved in the Mega Sponsor Blog Hop that ends this Friday (May 4) with lots of prizes so check that out too.  


I really enjoyed coloring this Penny Black stamp (Aviary) with my Zig Clean Color Brushes and look forward to using it again, maybe coloring with Prismacolor pencils or Copics.  I stamped with Archival Tree Branch to give a more natural feel, no dark lines. I've used Strathmore 140# cold press watercolor paper. The only thing I would change is to print the sentiment on vellum.  It just looks a little odd in the photo.  It's not quite so bad in person, but it does take away from the roof line on the birdhouse. Perhaps if I had resized it a bit smaller it would have been better.  I'm still learning the art of digital images!  I usually have the Scripture Art printed in a couple different sizes ahead of time so I never know how it's going to work on the card! 
Note to self: print on vellum and have a variety of sizes to work with! 

Here is the Scripture art that is free to use if you'd like to use it in the challenge:

What a wonderful promise to King Asa in 2 Chronicles 15.  He was encouraged by these words and continued to remove the idols and restored the altar of the Lord.  A lesson for us for sure.  It's not always easy to do what's right in the Lord's sight especially in our culture. People mock and try to cause you trouble.  But if you seek the Lord, the Word of God says "He will be found by you" .  I'm so glad that even when we fail, God truly does show us grace and mercy. Of course we need to repent and return to Him to receive that grace and mercy! We are to be "strong in the Lord and in the power of His might" and when we remember that He is faithful and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, it enables us to stand strong and be obedient to His Word. So I want to encourage you today to be strong in the Lord Jesus and when you are feeling weak and inadequate (that's not really a bad thing) He then can be your strength and will be with you in the work He has called you to do. To God be the all the glory - His faithfulness endures to every generation!

Thanks for visiting today!!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Need Wisdom? Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge

Hey Delightful Friends and Family! 
 Hope is all going well, I'm finally over this nasty cough and congestion.  That was my second bout with the crud and I'm so done with it!  Glad that Spring is finally here, although I call our Humboldt County weather "psycho spring" because #1 you have to dress in layers #2 it can be raining, then sunshine, then raining, then windy, then hailing all within an hour or two.  Crazy weather is our normal Spring season!  
Well it's time for our Anything Goes Challenge (Family Friendly) #330 & 331, over at the Word Art Wednesday Blog.  Hope you'll play along.  I've used a couple of items for this challenge from our Sponsor's store called Stamp Simply. Be sure and visit the shop and blog and get inspired. Thank you Sharon Johnson! We appreciate our faithful sponsors! 

Here is my card:



This die set called Coffee or Tea? has two different sizes of cups to choose from, check it out HERE.  I've used the larger cup and handle and now that I'm looking at the picture I see I forgot to add the "steam", it's somewhere on my craft table because I know I diecut it out! 
I diecut the cup from watercolor paper, then stamped the rose, masking off most of the stem.  This stamp set is called Thinking of You Rose.  It is an exclusive Stamp Simply set and you can see all of the additional stamps included in the set HERE. I think I need to get the Rose die that coordinates with this! After stamping the rose with Archival black ink, I colored the image with green Zig Clean Color Brushes (leaves & stem) and some of the red that was on my palette for the rose, then added Antique Linen (Distress ink) around the edges. The cup is popped up with dimensional tape. I also "distressed" the doily before adhering it to the pattern paper (Webster's Pages - from my box of 6x6 paper pads I am hoarding!). The Scripture Art this week is from the epistle of James chapter 1 verse 5.  I cut it out using a Fishtail Banner die (My Favorite Things) and the finishing touches are the bow and some red bling!
You can link up 5 projects each week for the challenge and also grab the free Scripture Art and use it, too!

This week we are looking at James 1:5 and are challenged to consider how we can rely on the Lord to give us wisdom if we ask. It takes faith to ask for it.  Are you needing wisdom?  I know I sure am, EVERY day!  Knowing that if I pray and ask for wisdom, the Lord will give it to me is a fabulous promise.  Have you ever gone through a trial and just didn't know how to proceed, but then you prayed out of desperation?  You needed wisdom and direction to know what to do and then "the light goes on" and you receive the knowledge and help you need "out of the blue" well, there are no coincidences, the Lord knows what we need and when.  But He also wants us to learn that the testing of our faith is going to produce patience, He wants us to ask in faith, believing He will direct us.  If you continue reading this chapter in James, there are so many faith building lessons that can help each of us grow spiritually - our goal is to reflect Jesus Christ, our Savior to this lost and dying world. So let's be doers of the Word and not just hearers. (you will find that in James chapter 1 also, it's just full of great doctrine for successful Christian living.  To God be the glory!

Thanks for visiting and if you read this long post, I thank you and pray that the Lord blesses you real good!! 




Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spring Friends - Word Art Wednesday #328 and #329

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
I have a card to share today featuring this cute Spring Friends digital image from Bugaboo Stamps! Bugaboo Stamps is one of our sponsor for Word Art Wednesday this week. Our second sponsor is The Project Bin Thanks to our sponsors for providing fun prizes for our challenge! You can share 5 projects each week for our Anything Goes - Family Friendly challenge!  


I thought this was such a cute image for spring time. I've colored it with Prismacolor Pencils on Neenah bright white card stock. I got brave after coloring and took a pencil and began to make "fur texture" on the bunny. I saw a tutorial video on Sandy Allnock's blog and have been itching to try it! I then fussy cut it and adhered it to the card front.  The Scripture Art I popped up with dimensional tape. I die cut the verse using an older Hero Arts Die (Sweet Day Stamp & Die set), it was the perfect size. I used a piece of 6"x 6" cut to 4" x 5.25" from the Penny Black Beau Jardin Designer paper pad for the front of the card. The soft gray background and multi-colored polka dots were a perfect match for some of the colors I used on the image. The hot pink card stock was in my stash and I cut a piece 4.25" x 5.5" and then 2 strips .25" x 5.25" and measured .25" from the edge of the designer paper.

Here is our Scripture Art below that you are more than welcome to use (isn't this a great verse!) so many key words that would make a great word study. We have so many wonderful study tools to be able to really examine the Scriptures and meditate on them.  Too many times we want to take the yoke Jesus has for us but then we try to refashion it to "fit" us better.  What a mess that can make! He wants us to find our rest in Him, when we begin to know Him and get an understanding of His love for us and His desire for us to follow Him wholeheartedly we truly can find the rest He has provided for us.  There is so much in this verse, I challenge you to do a word study and get to know our Savior better.  Grow in your knowledge and as you grow in Jesus you will experience His Presence which helps each of us to walk in the Spirit and you will find such delight as you learn to trust and obey God's Word. To God be the all the glory!
Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week and a very blessed Resurrection Sunday!




Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Word Art Wednesday! Psalm 93

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
It's mid-week, mid-March and almost Spring!! Yippee! Looking forward to some nice warm weather.  Our flowering plum tree and wisteria are showing some little buds so that's my cue to get ready 'cause Spring is just around the corner. I've been walking twice a week with a friend and this rain here lately has been sabotaging my walks!  I really want to be more consistent with the exercise and walking but I'm not into getting rained on and battling the wind and an umbrella.  So that's another really good reason to look forward to nicer weather.

It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  Hope you'll be able to link up a project with us! Our Sponsor this week is Freckled Fawn.  Check out their shop and fun embellishment kits!

Here is my card:

Here is the Scripture Art that is free to use for this weeks Family Friendly Anything Goes Challenge!


Here are the steps to this card which by the way is a great way to use up scraps, especially when you have lots of 6x6 paper pads with extra paper that has not been used (like I do!).
First I cut my base to be 5.5 x 11, so it's a square card which I do not do very often. So guess who will be making her own envelope, too?!
Next, I picked 3 different pattern papers from the Simple Stories Vintage Bliss Collection (wood grain, plaid, floral print).  I also chose to use Desert Storm Neenah card stock to mat the plaid paper and to add a narrow strip to the top of the card. 
Then I cut out the Scripture art using the Cottage Cutz Oval Cross-Stitched die and my Big Shot.
I assembled and adhered the paper to the base and popped up the Scripture using dimensional strips, then added the bow.  This design is great for using those coordinating paper pads to choose complimentary designer papers.

One of my favorite places to hang out is the beach, my husband and I enjoy fishing in the surf for redtail perch. (yum!)  I bring that up because of our Scripture from Psalms 93:4 today.  I live about 6 miles from the ocean but there are places I can go where I can hear the ocean that far away!  Incredible!  The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea.  He is mightier than those powerful waves, (remember He slept during a storm at sea in the Gospels) He is the Creator of everything, nothing is too difficult for Him.  We get anxious and worry over things that are out of our control.  But the Lord wants us to understand that He is in control. The first verse of this Psalm 93 starts out with:  "The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty." We can trust that He reigns over our lives and that nothing surprises Him.  We get overwhelmed, but He certainly does not, He is mightier than any problem/waves that we encounter.  He says to us "Peace, be still." I'm so glad I belong to Jesus! He proves Himself over and over again as I trust Him.

Thanks for visiting and have a great week.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Out of this World Birthday card

Hello Delightful friends & family!
Had to share the card I made for my grandson Jakob who turned 11.  He is the oldest of the grandkids.  He is a real blessing to us! He still thinks it's cool that I make him his cards 😎Here we are at grandparents day at his school a few months ago.


I saw this adorable card that I had to CASE, it was made by Chari Moss for Lawn Fawn, I have it pinned here on my Cards & Tags All Occasions Pinterest board. I will be sharing this at Seize the Birthday, they have an Anything Goes birthday challenge this week and it started on March 1st which was Jake's birthday and I'm finally getting this posted!
I've colored the images with colored pencils and the background was done with Distress Inks (Oxide and regular) and I've embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.  I've added Glossy Accents to the helmet and a few of the planets. 

Thanks so much for visiting!

And now, little children abide in Him, that when He appears we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.  1 John 2:28



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Love Demonstrated - Word Art Wednesday

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
Hard to believe that February is almost behind us!  Wasn't it just Christmas?  Oh my, I find myself counting the days to Spring, perhaps that is why time is going so fast! 😜 I think I need to just enjoy the moment! Speaking of enjoying the moment, it's time to share a card for Word Art Wednesday
I had fun with this digital image (Simple Wisdom) from designer/owner Gracie Chavez of Graciellie Designs who happens to be our sponsor this challenge.  Be sure and check out here Etsy store HERE and Gracie Chavez's blog that has really good tutorials and lots of fun inspiration!


I've colored this image from Simple Wisdom with Prismacolor pencils. The pattern paper is from the 6x6 pad Beau Jardin (Penny Black) cut 4 x 5.25".  I've used a white card base (A2) and added a gray card stock layer.  The Scripture Art was printed on Neenah bright white 80# card stock and cut out using a Lawn Fawn die.  I fussy cut the image and popped it up using dimensional dots.

The Scripture today is from Romans 5:8 and is one of my favorite scriptures. I think I like the NKJV a little better, it says "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." It's sometimes hard to understand how much the Father loves us but here in this verse it says He demonstrates His own love toward us...  The cross is the ultimate demonstration of God's love for us, let that sink in!  We are so undeserving of His love but it was God's way to show us His love and goodness toward us. We are saved from His wrath and get to experience grace, undeserved favor! Read all of chapter 5 of Romans, it will be such an encouragement to you.

Thanks so much for visiting and be blessed!