Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello and happy first week of Autumn to you all!

Summer's gone and you wouldn't know it by the heat wave we are feeling here in Northern California, but that is the norm for us.  We call it Indian summer.  Cool in the morning and very warm in the afternoon and early evening.  Perfect weather if you ask me!!  
I have a card to share for Word Art Wednesday.  Our sponsor this week is Cas-ual Friday Stamps. Be sure and check out their blog HERE and be inspired!!

 This time, I've used the Scripture art inside the card rather than on the front.  So that's a little different for me.  This stamp set I've used is called Friendship Blooms which is a collaboration between Gina K Designs and Hero Arts (celebrating their 45th anniversary!)  I've stamped it on watercolor paper using Versamark and gold embossing powder.  I've colored with my Koi water color set (Pocket Field Sketch Box).  This set has some lovely sentiments and I love the fonts the artists have chosen for it!  So pretty!  I've trimmed out the paper using a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die.  The sentiment is also die cut using a Cottage Cutz cross stitched square die,

Here is a peek at the inside:  Die cut using the LF stitched rectangle with a pretty piece of card stock, not sure of the color.

The Scripture from 1 Corinthians, written by Paul begins this first chapter with thanksgiving for this church, which is pretty amazing considering all the correction that had to take place. This is a really good example or pattern for us in leadership in the church to always remember to be encouraging even in the midst of correction.  To be able to see the grace of God at work in this congregation is a real blessing to Paul and he thanks the Lord for their strong points as he corrects their carnality later on in this letter.  He will go on to give thanks to God who gives them the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ towards the end of the letter and reminds the Corinthians that they are beloved and reminds them to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that their labor of love was not in vain in the Lord. (paraphrased by me 😆)  This is a good word for us as well.  I have a friend that will be getting this card and I pray it will be a blessed encouragement to her when she reads the inside verse.  I hope you are encouraged too!

Thanks for visiting!!


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Word Art Wednesday Challenge - Taylored Expressions

Hello Delightful friends!

Here is my card for this weeks challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  Our Scripture Art is Psalm 91:11.  Psalm 91 is a beautiful reminder for us to live in the safety of God's power and His protection, He will even give His angels charge to guard us and keep us in safety as we abide in Him.  Pretty incredible promise!  So many wonderful benefits when we abide in Christ.

Here is my card for this week and I've used our sponsor Taylored Expression's stamp set called Simply Stamped Zinnia to create the background.  This is a layering stamp and I've used it on watercolor paper.  Be sure and visit TAYLORED EXPRESSIONS, they are celebrating their 11th birthday!! Congrats to Taylor and company!!  I bought my first online stamp set from Taylor (CreativiTEA) and was a Key Ingredient member for quite a while as well.  Their stamps and dies are wonderful and you will be inspired (I PROMISE!!) so be sure to visit the blog and store! Thanks Taylor for being our sponsor this challenge!!

Card Details:
I've used 3 different Distress Inks (all Oxide) Squeezed Lemon, Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo, I chose those colors to give it an Autumn color scheme. I've also added white acrylic paint, in addition to a bit of "dots of color" in the center of the flowers using my Koi Watercolors; those colors were added after I stamped the layers and misted with water and let it blend, then air dried.  I was going for the "loose" watercolor look!  I die cut the sentiment with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Rectangle and then added the yellow and brown layers of card stock. I die cut Desert Storm card stock with the Stitched Rectangle (Lawn Fawn) and then adhered the layers to a cream card stock base after adding the hemp cording and bow.

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to visit Word Art Wednesday and play along, the challenge is for two weeks and you can share 5 new projects each week for a chance to win.

Here is a card I did a few weeks ago using a fun die and stamp set from Taylored Expressions (I am pretty sure it's been retired 😢), not sure if I shared it or not but it was a fun one!

Have a great week!


Friday, August 30, 2019

NORDIC WINTER DIE card class in October

Hey Delightful friends and family!

Just wanted to share a class I'm doing in October at Scrapper's Edge in Eureka, CA.   I'll be using the Nordic Winter Die by Sizzix.  We will be making three cards and a few tags to coordinate.  Here is a photo of my card samples.  They should be going up on the store website (if not today, then next week for sure for the details).  So if you are in the area.... 😇

So I was having some fun with this die and made a bunch of these, here are a few that are not quite finished, I've not added the sentiment yet or the card base.

It was fun and challenging to decide on the background because I wanted to use patterned paper, so I've done a lot of experimenting!

Here are a few more (I had me some fun!)

These last four are in a local store, I can't decide which one I like the best!

Thanks for visiting!

You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:13


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Trust Forever the Lord's Strength! Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello Delightful friends!
Crazy busy two weeks, goodness gracious.  I won't bore you with the details, just take my word for it.  So glad that this Scripture Art today for Word Art Wednesday reminded me where my strength comes from! It was the perfect verse to keep me focused because I'm seeing a very busy September knocking at my door.

Hope you all are having a great week, school is back in session, vacations are winding down, and pumpkin lattes are just around the corner!  And now it's time to play along with Word Art Wednesday's Anything Goes-Family Friendly Challenge!  We have a great sponsor and a popular one: Newton's Nook Designs!  Yay!  They have some seriously fun stamps and a super creative design team and blog - go check it out.  You'll find a really good tutorial page too!

I've kept this super simple, no stamping but I did use a couple of dies.  Tag die from Sizzix and the  border die is from Catherine Pooler.  The designer paper is from  Dare 2B Artsy. Super simple design and the tag could be a bookmark, although mine is adhered with dimensional tape.

Love the verse from Isaiah, I really needed to read that, so thank you Jesus!!

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your week!


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Word Art Wednesday Challenge - Trusting Christ

Hello Delightful friends!
It's time for our Word Art Wednesday Challenge!  This weeks sponsor is The Project Bin be sure to check out their blog/store perhaps you'll be the winner of the $15 in merchandise.  

Here is my card for the Anything Goes, Family Friendly Challenge.

This is the prettiest paper! It's from (made in Germany but we are carrying it at Scrapper's Edge) it's such a nice quality card stock and the illustrations are beautifully done.
 The images (lemon garden) look watercolored. I've added a brown, cream and yellow layer on a cream card base. I die cut the Word Art with a Simon Says Stitched Circle die and then made a frame by diecutting yellow card stock with a Spellbinders scallop circle die and a circle nestie die cutting out the center. A 1/2" strip of  yellow card stock with the coordinating lemon paper cut at 1/4" is behind the Scripture art.  I finished it off with a pastel yellow bow.  I didn't want this to be too busy because the designer paper is so pretty, I didn't want to cover it up!

Our verse today is from 2 Corinthians 3:4-5 which reminds us that our sufficiency should always be in God not in our abilities.  We must learn to trust Christ and not ourselves or for that matter, if we trust anyone but Christ we are in for a big disappointment.  I'm so glad I can trust my Savior.  I'm learning to lean on Him more and more.  When I remember Proverbs 3:5-6, I know I'm on the right path.  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path."  Amen!!

Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Word Art Wednesday Challenge - Focus on the Good

Hello Delightful Friends!
I have two cards to share with you today. One I've used the Scripture Art for this weeks challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  The challenge is Anything Goes, Family friendly and our sponsor this challenge is Stix2Anything (an adhesive package!) Everyone needs adhesive!!!  So head over to the challenge and play along.
The second card is similar to the first but I've used a stamp set from Catherine Pooler called Focus on the Good.  I normally give cards that have Scripture on it that would make sense for the occasion such as get well, encouragement, sympathy etc.  Today's verse is directed to God exalting Him before the people by King David, so I had a difficult time thinking of an occasion that I would give it.  Don't get me wrong, I love God's Word, every word but some verses have more of a personal feel to them, that work well with card giving.  I don't think I would give a card with "Jesus wept" on it, if you know what I mean, so don't be offended!   
That is the reason I've made another card that is similar and has a word of encouragement that reminds me of Philippians 4:8 (NKJV) which says "Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy -- meditate on these things."

The fun paper I've used is from Simple Stories - Oh, Happy Day! collection.  The dies I've used are Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles, Cottage Cutz Leaves and Stems, Doodle Flowers Set 3. The flower on the first card was cut from white card stock and the base piece was colored with Copics BG57, BG72 which matched the paper perfectly! The flower on the second card is a felt flower from Heidi Swapp that I've been hoarding!  I've added a yellow button and hemp cording, all the leaves are die cut from Lawn Fawn 6x6 paper pad In the Polka Meadow.

Thanks so much for visiting!!  Don't forget to visit us at Word Art Wednesday.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Thanks Paper Smooches! Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello Delightful Friends!  (sorry for being a bit late posting this)
So glad you are here and I hope you will be able to join our challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday featuring our sponsor Paper Smooches!!!  I've used the Paper Smooches "Best Buds" stamp and attempted to do a no-line watercoloring technique.  As always, the Anything Goes, Family Friendly Challenge runs for two weeks and Paper Smooches is sponsoring the prize of a $25 gift code for a random drawn winner.  Thank you, Kim!!

The Scripture Art is from Philippians 2:16 and isn't required to play along but it is free to use if you choose to!

Are you holding on to God's Word as the plumb line for truth in this day we are living?  My goodness things are certainly in an uproar in the earthly sense. (in the spiritual sense, I know God is in control!)  I am so glad I can keep my eyes and heart focused on the Lord Jesus and knowing Him, keeps me steady and strong in this crazy world.  In our Scripture today, the apostle Paul was troubled about the believers there in the Philippian church, so much that he had to write to them about his concerns.  He was hoping that the work he had done there was fruitful and that they were standing strong in the Lord against the external conflicts going on around them. If you read the entire letter, you will be encouraged, especially if you are going through a difficult season!  Knowing that you can have joy and peace in the midst of difficult circumstances is truly based on a life that is completely committed to Jesus Christ. God stands ready, willing, and able to help you in every facet of your life if you ask Him.  

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day!