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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Thursday, March 23, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge and Spring photos

Hello Delightful friends and family!

Sharing this card at the Daily Marker for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  Oh and by the way happy Spring to you all!  I've added some pictures from my yard that tell me that Spring has arrived.  Funny that my card today is a Christmas one!!

This will be one we will be making in class in April to continue my "1 Christmas card a month in a class" promise to the gals who take my classes.  I fell in love with Kay Miller's card here  (thanks for the inspiration Kay!) I wish I had the same color of green c/s she used but anyway I added my own twist to it and CASE'd it.  The ingredients are listed below.


Ingredients:
Stamps - Penny Black Winter Joy, Rejoice with Joy; Hero Arts - Branches
Paper: Bazzill Green Apple card stock, Strathmore 140lb cold press watercolor paper; red & black card stock and the base is 80lb Neenah bright white.
Ink: Ranger Dye Ink Lily Pad; Distress Inks, Mowed Lawn, Iced Spruce, Antique Linen, Fired Brick; Tombow Marker #847 (red)
Dies: Lawn Fawn Fancy Scallop Rectangle
Versamark Ink; Ranger White Embossing Powder
Making Memories Spotlight acrylic paint; Micron Black Pen (to trace around holly and berries.
3M Dimensional Adhesive

Here are my Spring photos:
Flowering Cherry

Wisteria bud

Bee collecting  pollen

Thanks so much for visiting and have a blessed day!

You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy." But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:43-44


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Delightful Friends and Family,

This is a card I was working on for a class next month (Flower Power) at Scrapper's Edge, all the cards will be focused on flowers (of course!).  I've colored this with Tombow markers and the layering stamp is called Believe from Hampton Arts.  The background colors are Distress Inks and I've used 140lb cold press watercolor paper (Strathmore).  I will be sharing this at the Daily Marker blog for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I've been coloring nearly every day, just don't get things posted like I should!



Thanks so much for visiting and hooray it's less than a week until it's officially Spring!!

You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb.  Psalm 139:13
(Love that the Lord knows us before we are even born!!)



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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Word Art Wednesday Challenge 274 and 275

Hello Delightful Friends and Family,

I have a real simple card to share today.  I've used a Heidi Swapp stencil to create this background.
It's time for our Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes - Family Friendly Challenge.  Hope you will link up and share with us, it's a two week challenge and you can enter up to 5 times!


I wish the photo did this justice.  The butterflies are so shimmery with the Perfect Pearls added after blending the three ink colors. 

Here are the ingredients I've used:
Heidi Swapp butterfly stencil
Distress Inks - Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon
Paper: white Vellum, Hammermill 100lb white card stock
Perfect Pearls spray, Ranger Glacier White Enamil Accents
Copic Markers: BG0000, BG10, W0, W1
Word Art Karen Murray

Our Word art today is from the book of Revelation.  Our future hope of a world without sorrow is expressed in this verse from Revelation 21.  Everyone experiences sorrow.  It is just a part of this life. The Bible talks about different types of sorrow.  There is one that is very important and it is the sorrow we have when we repent.  It is called godly sorrow and it leads to life. It is the complete opposite of wordly sorrow that leads to death.  (read 2 Corinthians 7:9-10)
I am looking forward to that time coming when sorrow will end.  I just felt led to share the verse before the one featured in our Word art.  It is Revelation 21:3 is says: 
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them and they shall be His people, God Himself will be with them and be their God."
In Genesis, God walked with Adam & Eve in the Garden and in the Gospel of John "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" tells us that Jesus, God in the flesh walked among those in Israel so we look forward to the day when God again will be dwelling with us. He will wipe away all our tears, there will be no more death, sorrow, crying or pain!  What a day that will be when our Jesus we shall see!  To God be all the glory.

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to check out Word Art Wednesdays Challenge!




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Monday, March 6, 2017

No Line Coloring Part 2 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hey there Delightful Friends and Family!

Here is the final coloring of this poppy stamp from Penny Black.  I don't think I mentioned in my last post that I originally stamped this with Distress Ink Antique Linen.  I'm not going to mess with this anymore.  Next time you see this it will be on a card with a sentiment!  I've added another layer of paint and lightly colored the background blue and gray with a little bit of negative painting in a darker gray.
This is Day 6 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge! Just getting this in under the wire!





Thanks so much for visiting!  Hope you are having a colorful day!

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  Galatians 5:13



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