Saturday, January 19, 2019

I've Taken a Viking to You...

Hello Delightful Friends!

Just had to give a shout out to Lisa Henke, a HUGE THANK YOU for the happy mail!  I was the winner on her blog for the Season's of Giving bloghop.  She outdid herself with the goodies.  I can't thank her enough.  Everything in the package was something I will use and is so my style.
I had to share a card I made with one of the stamps that was part of my winnings.  It was the Avery Elle Viking stamp (with a die, too!! Oh my goodness! So cute)


I've colored the Viking with Copics and used a colored pencil to add a bit of texture to his manly beard!  I had this cute paper from Pebbles (Night-Night) with the fun anchors and the backside was the blue gingham. I matted each paper with a charcoal gray, added the baker's twine and a button to embellish. I cut out the image using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle die and then using the Spellbinders Nestabilities circle die I cut out the gray circle to mat.

Inside: the stamp I used here was from a set called You Aren't Normal (Technique Tuesday) that I have had for a while and the sentiments in the set just crack me up! Not so sure that Vikings fought zombies but I thought it was pretty funny to think about that ;-)
 The heart die is from Lawn Fawn.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope to be posting a few more cards here in the next few days.  
Blessings to you!

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. Psalm 130:5


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Word Art Wednesday and The Greeting Farm!

Hello!
Are you having a delightful Wednesday?  I sure hope so.  Winter is in full swing all over the nation.  Here on the west coast we have the rain, while on the east coast and middle of  the country we have major snow storms! Fortunately here where I live it's not too bad, but the storm is still approaching, so we will see.  Lord willing there won't be any flooding.
It's most definitely a good thing to stay in and craft away! Right?  That's my plan.
Word Art Wednesday has another Anything Goes - Family Friendly challenge today and here is my card:

Thanks to The Greeting Farm, our sponsor this challenge!! Yay!  So be sure and link up your projects.  You can enter 5x a week!  The challenge runs for two weeks.  Lots of cute rubber/clear stamps, dies and digital images are in their store.  Be sure and check out their blog too! I've use a retired stamp called Hope and Grace (girl and sun).  I watercolored the images and I'm not happy with my skin tone paint color. I am still trying to get the right color.  I did some mixing of colors and even though I'm not 100% happy with it, I must admit, it's much better in person than in the photo.
I've also used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside die and the Sizzix Merry Moose die (tree), it was in the Tim Holtz line of fun dies released for Christmas.

Don't forget you can grab the Scripture Art over at Word Art Wednesday and use it in your projects. It's free!!  We would love to see you over there and link up your fun projects! The Scripture is Deuteronomy 4:39 a verse declaring God is Lord in heaven above and upon the earth beneath - there is none other! Such a vital truth to grasp.  Hope He is Lord of your life!

Until next time... have a great week and thanks for visiting.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello Delightful Friends and Family,
Happy New Year to you all. Praying for a year of blessing and drawing closer to the Lord.

We are starting a new year of challenges for Word Art Wednesday and we have some fabulous sponsors for 2019!  It's going to be a great year!  This challenge sponsor is Clearly Besotted.  Here is the link to their blog for some inspiration and be sure and check out their cute January release!

Here is my card for this weeks Anything Goes, Family Friendly Challenge:


I've used the Penny Black stamp called Cones and Berries, and stamped on watercolor paper using Tomboy and Distress Markers on the stamp then spritzed with water.  I used PrimaMarketing watercolors (Decadent Pies) to create the background.  The pattern paper (Carta Bella - The Great Outdoors 6x6 pad) was trimmed to fit the card base.  I printed the Scripture Art on 67# white card stock and diecut it using the Cross Stitched Square by Cottage Cutz.

The Scripture for this challenge is Ephesians 6:11, which is our reminder to keep ourselves protected and guarded from the enemy of our soul by putting on God's armor.  You should read all of chapter 6, it gives us a description of each piece of armor that protects us.  It reminds us that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness which wars against us. It's the spiritual wickedness in high places which tries to discourage and cause us to reject the love and salvation of our Lord.  But God is greater and has provided us spiritual weaponry to help us to be victorious over the powers of darkness! It gives us the strength to stand strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS MIGHT!  So thankful for God's faithfulness. 
I chose the lamppost on my card to represent God shining His light in our dark world.  It's amazing how a small amount of light dispels the darkness so I pray we will continue to walk in the light and be the light that Jesus has called us to be. Be encouraged this year and know that the Lord will be with us and I trust He will give us the boldness to shine brightly for Him.


Thanks for visiting!


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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

O Come Let Us Worship! Word Art Wednesday


Hello and an early Merry Christmas!

Not sure if I'll be back on my blog before Christmas so I thought I should wish everyone a blessed and Merry Christmas.  I have my last (for 2018) Word Art Wednesday challenge to share today.
Here is my card for the Anything Goes - Family Friendly challenge.

Love this new stamp set (with coordinating die) from Stamp Simply Ribbon! It's called Christmas Trees Just happens that Stamp Simply Ribbon is one of our sponsors this challenge. Our other sponsor is Gracielle Design.  Two great sponsors!! Thanks so much to Sharon Johnson (Stamp Simply) and Gracie Chavez!

A little about my card: I used watercolor paper (140# cold press Strathford brand) and Prima Marketing watercolors for the background and also to add a little more color to the trees.  They were originally stamped with Archival (green). I matted the watercolor paper with a deep blue card stock and added it to a white card base.  The Scripture Art was printed on vellum and trimmed down and adhered to the card front. The verse is Psalm 95:6 and is a reminder for us to praise the Lord, kneel in adoration,  just as those shepherds that came after the angels announced the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.  It's hard to imagine how they must have felt, seeing the miraculous! The word that comes to mind is glorious!  And one day every knee will bow before the Creator.

Here are some tags that I made for my co-workers with the same stamp set. I added a green ribbon  to each tag.

Thanks for visiting and again, have a blessed Christmas!
 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Word Art Wednesday - O Little Town of Bethlehem

Hello Friends!
Hope you are having a delightful day. What happened to November? It just came and went. Now, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere but my house!  I still have my fall decor in place, yikes! Just a little bit on the busy side but my dear husband said he'd get Christmas stuff out of the shed for me today.  One thing though, I am ahead in my shopping for the kids and grandkids. Also, I'm in the home stretch for the Christmas luncheon at the church for the Ladies Ministry this Saturday and after that I will feel just a tad bit less stressed!  I'm expecting about 25 ladies for lunch, it's my way of thanking them for their prayer support and encouragement throughout the year.

Today is also Word Art Wednesday!  Another "Anything Goes - Family Friendly challenge.  Our sponsors for the two week challenge are Gina Marie Designs and Cutting Cafe.  Big thanks for our super awesome sponsors and also a big thanks to Karen Letchworth who leads us each challenge and is our faithful blog administrator.

Here is my card for this weeks challenge:


I've use a Penny Black stamp called  "Tweet Wreath" (I didn't use the bird stamp, only the wreath).
This stamp is both solid and outlined so I chose to use my Oxide Distress Inks (Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Lucky Clover, in that order); in the areas that were outlined I used PrimaMarketing watercolors (Decadent Pies and The Classics) to fill in the stamped area and the background.
I cut the watercolor paper to 4.5" x 4.5 and the red mat is cut 4.75" x 4.75" and the base is 5" square.
The Scripture Art was printed on white vellum.

The Scripture is from Micah 5:2 which is a prophecy concerning our Messiah Jesus Christ.  The prophet Micah declares that though Jesus would come from Bethlehem (house of God's bread - so cool, since He is the Bread of Life!), He did not begin there.  His goings forth are from eternity past. There was never a time that Jesus did not exist! (Read the Gospel of John chapter 1 and Revelation 22:13). There are so many prophecies in the Old Testament that Jesus fulfilled in regards to His coming to "dwell" among us and then to die and be raised from the dead.  He fulfilled the Word and kept the law for us.  I am so thankful that He has made us to shine like lights in this dark world. Hope you are shining brightly for Jesus this Christmas season.  Look for those opportunities to spread good will and the good news!  Have a blessed week.
Thanks for visiting!




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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Everlasting Mercy - Word Art Wednesday!

Hello Word Art Wednesday friends!

It's almost Thanksgiving here in the USA and I hope all of you have a wonderful and safe day!  I have so much to be thankful! I'm looking forward in spending time with a small gathering of the family over at my mom's home, unfortunately none of my adult children and their families will be joining us, most are out of town.

I know it's a busy season but hopefully you will be able to share some of your projects with us at Word Art Wednesday this week. The challenge is Anything Goes - Family Friendly.  Share up to 5 projects each week that the challenge runs.  We have two sponsors The Project Bin ($15) and Imagine That! (digital). Hope you will link up and share! I was blessed to be able to use this fabulous digital stamp set called Poinsettia from Imagine That!.  It has a lot of fun images and sentiments, too!  Love it!  When I was beginning to make my design for the card I wasn't sure which image to use. But I wanted to use my Copic markers, so I chose this swag and arranged it around the scripture art which I had printed on 80# Neenah bright white card stock. After coloring the four swags I fussy cut around the outside of the image.  The base is the 80# Neenah card stock and then I die cut the pattern paper (unknown but from my Christmas stash) with the Lawn Fawn Fancy Scallop Rectangle die. I put the layers together and I added the bows because it just needed something! I can easily duplicate this design and add a Christmas sentiment or choose a verse that is more Christmas-y to fit with the poinsettias. 



The Scripture chosen this week for our Word Art is Psalm 103:17
Please take the time to read this chapter in Psalms it is a wonderful testimony of God's goodness, His mercy, His compassion and healing virtues.  It's awe-inspiring to know that His mercy towards us is enduring.  This Psalm begins with praise and gratitude and if you ever find yourself at a loss of words, these verses will definitely help you get an attitude of gratitude, speak them aloud to the Lord. We are called to proclaim His praises.  I am so thankful for the Lord, that He saved me, redeemed me and calls me His own. It is a blessing to serve Him.

Have a blessed week and thanks for visiting.


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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Share His Wondrous Works - Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all!
Hope you are having a wonderful November day.  I'm blessed to share a card I made for Word Art Wednesdays Challenge.  We have awesome sponsors this challenge too: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and Stamp Simply Ribbon Store (Sa-weet!!) Link up to 10 new projects (5 a week) and be entered into the drawing.
Here is my card, I used an old and a new stamp set to create this card using Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, who just happen to be celebrating their 11th birthday!  Congratulations to Korin and her talented design team.

Stamps sets used: (September release) Winter Birds and (older) Cocoa's Latte both from Sweet 'n Sassy.  Cocoa has a new release for the celebration this month, definitely check it out here!
I stamped the images with Archival Watering Can ink on 140# cold press watercolor paper.  All the images of the holly and assorted leaves and berries are from the stamps set called Winter Birds (LOVE all the little extra images!).  I've also stamped one of the holly sprigs onto the cup.  I've colored everything with Prima Classics and Decadent Pies watercolors.  I've used the Avery Elle die called Reversed Pink Rectangle, paper is the Bazzill Rain Forest card stock. I fussy cut Cocoa out and popped the image up with a strip of  3M Scotch double-sided foam tape.

Scripture Art this week is from Psalm 26:7
"That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving,
And tell of all Your wondrous works."

Let us make sure we are "proclaiming" the goodness of the Lord! A song of gratitude is given as an example through David many times.  The book of Psalms is filled with thanksgiving and if you feel tongue-tied or have difficulty in expressing in words to the Lord how you feel about His wondrous works, borrow your words from David! (I know he doesn't mind if you do!!) After all it's our reasonable service to offer up the fruit of our lips to our God and King.  He is worthy and it's such a blessing to commune with Him in this way.  Our worship is in a sense our warfare and we go into the battle victorious as we proclaim all of God's wondrous works. Do me a favor this week and read Psalm 27, really digest it and meditate on it, read it aloud, read it as if the words were your own prayer and your own words of worship. Write them down, memorize portions that really speak to you. Make it so it is yours and see how the Lord will strengthen you and encourage you in whatever battle you face this week.  "God's Word 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." Hebrews 4:12

Thanks so much for visiting!  Blessings to you this week.  Please pray for the USA.
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