Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Know, Trust, Seek - Word Art Wednesday

Hello to my dear delightful friends and family!
Sorry to be so MIA here lately, especially in visiting your awesome blogs but life has been a bit on the hectic side here.  Grandkids are beginning to play little league and softball, I've been teaching and prepping for my card classes at Scrapper's Edge and it doesn't leave a whole lot of time when I start adding family, work and church responsibilities into the mix (which are my priorities). I'm sure most of you are in this same boat as I, right?!
However I do have a card to share with you, it's for the next Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge #228, 229.  Thanks again to our sponsor Simon Says Stamp! Be sure and check out their blog HERE for lots of inspiration.  I just order a very cute background stamp from them (Gingham check) that I was going to use this week, but it hasn't arrived yet. (bummer).  I have a feeling it will arrive in the mail today!
Here is my card:

A great encouraging Word from Psalm 9:10.  I love how certain words are in a scripty font, it makes them stand out and that in itself is a mini message!
Here are the ingredients:
Card Base: Neenah bright white 80-lb card stock and also used for printing the Scripture
Designer Paper: Doodlebug Designs Spring Garden Collection (CUTE!!!)
Dies: Cottage Cross-stitched Square set (for word art)
Spellbinders: Flutters
Embellishment: green gingham ribbon and green satin ribbon (my stash); Maya Road Resins: Mini Sparkle & Shine
Distress Inks: watercolor technique on butterfly
This was a super fast and easy card to make, I already had the butterfly made from another project so that was a time saver!  I chose two different 6x6 papers from the Doodlebug Design paper and cut one (the patterned one) at 4" x 5.25", the next paper (green) was cut approx 1/8" bigger and then layered them together.  Then I added my ribbon and bow, the Scripture was cut using the die and cuttlebug (easy peasy) and I popped it up with dimensional tape, assembled the card and I was done!

If you are looking for a good Bible Study for women, I've been facilitating one called Living Hope by Jen Wilkins.  It's a study of 1 Peter.  It's excellent, I ordered it from Lifeway.  It is a nine week study with DVDs and a workbook.  The ladies are really enjoying it, it's definitely a challenge from the Word to live holy and obedient lives.  We are on week 5 (this morning we meet) and the workbooks have 5 days of homework.  
Well, I'm writing this post the night before it goes live and my head keeps nodding so that is a sign it's time to get off the computer and crawl into bed! Mondays and Tuesdays are tough because I work outside the home on those days.  I need to be fresh and have a sound mind for our study in the morning!! Then it will be off to a little league game in the afternoon.
 Hope you all have a blessed week.  

Thanks so much for visiting!


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Abounding Love - Word Art Wednesday

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!!

A new card to share for this week's Word Art Wednesday #226 & #227(Anything Goes - Family Friendly) Challenge.  Don't forget that this is a two week challenge and we would love to see your cards, mixed media, tags, scrapbook pages, etc.  Just link up with us (up to 5 entries) and you will have a change to win a prize from our sponsors this week (Heartfelt Creations and My Artistic Adventures are the sponsors for this challenge - beginning April 13).

Here is my card:

I've been practicing my watercoloring and the negative painting technique, I am still in the beginning stages as you can see! But I did love the color combination on this.
The stamp I've used is from Ranger (Dylusions - Dyan Reaveley collection) called Further Around the Edge.  I've stamped with Archival Jet Black and then used my Peerless Watercolors to paint with.  I've used the Uni-ball Signo (broad) white pen to add the stitch lines.  The paper is Ranger Water Color paper and the Scripture was printed on Vellum.  You can grab this Scripture Art at Word Art Wednesday (it's free!!) at the challenge blog HERE (It's challenge #226 and #227)

Our Scripture today (Philippians 1:9-10) really should reflect the heart and mindset of every believer -  that is, our love abounding more and more! And as we grow in our Christian faith, the characteristics listed in 2 Peter 1 (virtue, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, love) and the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5 should be overflowing in our lives so that we will be examples of excellence, sincerity and be without offence until Christ returns.  It's a big responsibility and absolutely impossible without the help of the Holy Spirit dwelling within, encouraging, convicting and teaching us daily.  Not only that, we can pray for wisdom and discernment and see what the Lord can do in us and through us.  For with God all things are possible!! (Mark 10:27)   Have a blessed week!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

True Rest - Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
Hope everyone had a blessed Easter we call it Resurrection Sunday here! So glad to serve our risen Savior!  Had a lovely service at church, then a wonderful dinner at our daughter's house with all our kids and grandkids.

I love the Scripture art in our challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday. (Matthew 11:28) It's more than the pretty style of the font but the meaning of the Scripture.  Who wants rest? (my hand is waving high) Sometimes life seems to get so complicated and distractions become the norm in our busy lives.  It should not be however, especially if we are a child of the Most High God!  We need to take that one important step in obedience to the Lord as He says, "Come unto Me," it truly is that simple.  Come, sit at the feet of Jesus, just like Mary (the sister of Martha and Lazarus). It's the "needful" thing for us to do.  Not only will we find sweet rest for our souls but we can find peace there too!  So if life's cares are getting too burdensome, perhaps your focus is in the wrong direction.  Maybe it's time to take "time out" and sit at the Good Shepherd's feet and receive His rest.

Here is my card for this weeks challenge:

Link up and show off your art work at Word Art Wednesday this week.  Our sponsor is Simon Says Stamp!!  You might be a winner of a $25 shopping trip to their online store!!!

Here are the ingredients to my card:
Stamps: Simon Says Stamps (Melody's Easter)
Dies: Simon Says Stamps (Melody's Easter); Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border and Spring Showers; Taylored Expressions: Big Delivery (sun)
Watercolors: Peerless
Ink: Archival Jet Black; Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass
Copics: W00, W01, W03, W05;
Micron Black Pen .08;Signa Uni-Ball White Pen
Paper: Neenah bright white; Penny Black - Beau Jardin 6x6 paper pack; Paper Accents white vellum; Ranger Watercolor paper.
3M Dimensional adhesive

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great week.

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.  Hebrews 4:9


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

His Word, My Hope - Word Art Wednesday Challenge #222

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
Just a quick post to share this weeks card for Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge # 222. This is a two week challenge!
This last week has been super busy with some extra church services and our friend from Nebraska staying with us for a week. Never a dull moment around the Houston home, that's for sure!

Here's my card this week (I've been playing with watercolors and brush techniques from the Online Card Class I took - however, I covered it up with vellum and this weeks Scripture art!)

Here are the ingredients:
I stamped (Archival Tree Branch ink) the flower using Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden and using a #12 Winsor & Newton Cotman round brush made the leaves/vines and #2 Round brush to paint the flowers.  Watercolors used were Reeves Sap Green, M. Graham & Co. Quinacridone Rose and Quinacridone Gold  mixed for the flowers.
I've embellished with seam binding ribbon and adhered a  Maya Road Mini Sparkle & Shine Resin flower. I've cut the vellum (Paper Accents) and the watercolor paper (Ranger) with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journal die set. The card base is white Neenah 80lb card stock and matted the focal piece with black card stock.  The verse from Psalm 130:5 is a wonderful encouragement and I can think of quite a few friends that I could send this to.  

This Scripture art is free and you are welcome to use it!  Don't forget there are prizes to win at Word Art Wednesday this week.  Our sponsors this week are The Kraft Outlet and Imagine That.

I got to thinking about the word "wait" in this verse, noticed it is used twice. Often we think about waiting as doing nothing but wait!  But I think of it also in the context of serving (like a waiter) as well as "waiting" expectantly for an answer or for deliverance.  But as I wait, I want to serve and seek the Lord as I am waiting on Him - we can be actively looking into His Word so that our soul and spirit might be filled with hope.  If we sit and get stagnant we might begin to get discouraged, we might begin to murmur and we might begin to doubt.  Isn't that just like the enemy of our soul, he knows how to push those buttons doesn't he? We begin to look inward instead of upward and pretty soon we are depressed and frustrated.  So let's get our eyes focused on Jesus and begin to look upward knowing that He will help us fulfill His purpose in our lives and give us the strength we need for this journey called life.  He is faithful.  To God be all the glory!

Thanks so much for visiting today!


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Word Art Wednesday #221 and Ink Lifting

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
It's time for Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes (Family Friendly) Challenge #221 and I also have a fun and easy technique to share today that I saw Jennifer McGuire share on her blog a few weeks ago.  It's called ink lifting. I've used Distress Inks (Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade & Abandoned Coral)  and an ink blender to create the background - covering completely the 4 x 5.25 piece of  80lb Neenah bright white card stock with the inks. Next I stamped the image (Penny Black stamp - Softly) then I used a water brush and lightly added water to the petals of the stamp then with a clean paper towel, I pressed down to lift the water up, which lifted the ink, too.  You have to take card in not rubbing the area because that will pill the paper and eventually cause the paper to pucker up and the area won't be smooth.  So take your time, let the water do it's job and don't rub the paper.  Hope that makes sense.  Head over to Jennifer's blog and watch the tutorial she has done and it will explain it better, plus you'll see her pretty card, too!

 (I have the hardest time taking a straight picture, it's the weirdest thing...)

This picture shows that I've popped up the butterfly and if you look closer you can see I've used Wink of Stella (clear) on the wings for a bit of glimmer. I love the color combination of these Distress Inks!

Hope you will join us at Word Art Wednesday and link up your creation and share.  It's fun to see so many entries and Newton's Nook and All Dressed Up are the sponsors for challenge #221! That should encourage you to play along with us! It's a two week Anything Goes challenge!

Our Scripture art this week is Deuteronomy 31:8.  A beautiful and encouraging verse - a promise from the Lord, that He will go before us, be with us, will not forsake us - our part is to stand strong in Him and not be afraid nor dismayed.  Isn't it good to know that God is in control?! I believe it is repeated 365 times in the Bible to "fear not" or "be not afraid"  that's a reminder for every day of the year!  That would be a fabulous word study wouldn't it?!!  I know I need to be reminded not to be fearful at times, how about you?  I'm so thankful that I serve the Lord Jesus Christ and He does not fail...ever!

Other Ingredients:
Dies: Spellbinder Nestabilities, Deckled Rectangle; Flutters Die-Delites
Pen: Micron 08 (faux stitching)
Vellum - Paper Accents
Ranger Detail water brush

Thanks so much for visiting!

“And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (NKJV)


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Reason to Smile! Word Art Wednesday #220 (#simonsaysstamp)

Hello Delightful friends and family!
It's mid February and time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday, our featured Scripture is Psalm 41:12
Our sponsor for this challenge is Simon Says Stamps! Very cool! I love all the wonderful inspiration on their blog! They have some super instructors. It's a treat to visit every week. And their exclusive stamp line is fabulous. This week I've used a brand new stamp and die set called Melody's Easter.  The new release is this week so be sure and check it out HERE, it is called A Reason to Smile.  Also, we would love for you to play along in our Family Friendly - Anything Goes challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  Perhaps you will win the $25 gift card to shop at Simon Says Stamp!
Here's my card:

Melody is adorable and her basket is a separate stamp filled with eggs but I've trimmed them out and added the flowers that are in the set.  It took a little masking but I got 'er done! I've colored with Copic markers. (E00, E01, E11, E13, E18, E19, YR14, V01, V17, V25, R20, R83, R85, RV34.) I've added Liquid Pearls to some of the flower and with a white Signo Uniball pen I made the rick rack around the edge of her dress and sleeves.  The pattern paper is from Penny Black (Beau Jardin) and the oval scallop die is a Spellbinder Nestabilities.  The card base is Neenah bright white 80lb paper. I've stamped Melody with Memento black ink.

I will be sharing this at the 30 Day Coloring Challenge HERE, too.

Psalm 41:2 says "And as for me, Thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before Thy face forever."  I believe if you read the entire chapter 41 we can conclude this was a  time when David had quite the ordeal with his son Absalom and one of his chief advisors Ahithophel. I'm sure it was a great comfort to David knowing that God would uphold him in his integrity.  When we put our faith and trust in the Lord, He will do the same for us.  Good character is a must in a Christian's life but we must realize the goodness in us is a gift from God.  He is the one who holds us up and allows us to maintain our integrity in times of trials and tribulations. When we start thinking we can stand on our own, look out, that's pride speaking!  Another way to look at this is to remember the Scriptures always speak of Jesus Christ.  This is probably a prophetic word concerning Jesus, after all the Father did uphold His Son in His integrity and He is setting before His face forever.  I love the glimpses of Christ in the Old Testament!

That's it for me!  Thanks so much for visiting and commenting! Have a great rest of the week.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Have a Heart with Simon Says Stamps and 30 Day Color Challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!
I've been a coloring fool the last three days! Yay! Love it!  Tonight I finished a Valentine card for my dear hubby.  A week ahead of time, I can't believe it!  I didn't get too fancy with it but it was a lot of fun designing.
Here is my card:

I've watercolored this with an inexpensive watercolor set (Simply Art watercolor cakes) and the paper is Canson 140lb cold press. The hearts were created by using a heart die from the Roses For You set (Simon Says Stamp). I traced them lightly with a pencil then added water to the inside of the heart before dropping in the paint. I used two different colors of deep pink.  After it dried I stamped the coordinating heart stamp and the dots from the same set (Simon Says Stamp) and add the stitched lines which were from the WPlus9 Doodlebuds set.  All were stamped with Archival black ink. On the vellum, I've added the sentiment and heart they are from the same Simon Says Stamp set.  I popped up the inside heart with dimensional adhesive. I added Wink of Stella in clear to the sentiment and black dot but the photo doesn't pick up the glimmer.

Thanks so much for visiting!

When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.  Proverbs 11:2