Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Forever Faithful - Word Art Wednesday


Hello Delightful friends and family!
You know what time it is! Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge day!  It's challenge #336 & #337 and hope you can take some time to join us for our twice a month challenge.  We have 2 sponsors this challenge, $15 from the Project Bin and an adhesive package from Stix to Anything.  Thanks so much to our generous sponsors! We had over 300 entries last challenge!!  Thanks so much for sharing your projects with us.

Here is my card for the challenge:


I have to be honest, this card was a total flop, I was trying to freehand some flowers, specifically a loose rose design.  I had gotten a pretty new watercolor tube called Quinacridone Magenta by Daniel Smith and I was excited to try it out. So I was trying a different technique I had seen an artist use but my outcome was an epic failure.  However, as I tell the ladies in my classes at Scrapper's Edge, let's make this a "flop-ortunity" and so that's what I endeavored to do!  I added some doodles with a Micron Pen and added the Scripture art to the center and voila! A card is made. Just as a sidenote, I'm not giving up on learning these different techniques, I know they take practice, lots of practice and patience on my part! So, I am willing to be patient, to practice and then practice some more to perfect these techniques.  
Our Scripture this week is from Psalm 48:14, it reminds us that God is who He says He is and will continually guide us forever. I'm so glad I can trust Him to lead me and guide me along this life.  I love His faithfulness, even when I don't deserve it.  After all, His grace is sufficient and I know His Word stands firm.  I am so blessed and confident that nothing can separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

That's it for me today! It's been a crazy few days, please keep my 80 year old mother in your prayers.  She had knee replacement surgery on Friday and is recovering and it's been very painful.  Physical therapy will be starting in a few days and that's pretty hard on her but we know she will benefit from all of it very soon!



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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!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Above All These Things - Word Art Wednesday

Hello Delightful friends and family!
Hope you have a lovely Valentines Day.  I still need to make 4 simple cards for the grandkids before 3p.m.  Thankfully I have all my supplies out ready to go and some card ideas in mind. Isn't that the biggest issue trying to decide which design to use, there are so many running through my mind! I don't think we will be doing anything special due to the fact my husband has Men's Ministry tonight and I know he didn't think of it! Which works out because I've come down with some yucky bug! 

Here is this weeks card for our Word Art Wednesday Challenge be sure and link up with us.  I was blessed with the stamp set (here is the link) "Thinking of You Rose" from our sponsor Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.  Thanks so much to Sharon Johnson the Designer/Owner.
This stamp set has 4 Scriptures and 5 lovely sentiments.  I masked the rose and stamped it twice, colored it with Copics and Prismacolor Pencils then, fussy cut it out. I love pairing red with black so I found this paper that I've been hoarding holding on to for a while. I did add little dew drops using the Nuvo Jewel drops and then a couple of red rhinestones to embellish.  I look forward to coloring this rose again!


Here is our Scripture art for this challenge that you can download and use if you'd like. You can link up to 5 Family Friendly Anything Goes project and the challenge is open for 2 weeks!


 When I think of the enormous price that was paid for me through the death of our Savior Jesus Christ I should gladly put on charity or love because it perfectly fulfills what God requires of me in any relationship (do I always...no).  If you have time, read all of Colossians 3, it is a real check list for us as believers in how we should live righteously in Christ.  We are complete in Christ Jesus and He is the bond that hold us together! I am so glad to serve the risen Lord!

Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting. Don't forget to visit our sponsor and link up with us at Word Art Wednesday.



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Greater is He - Word Art Wednesday


Hello Delightful friends and family!  
I pulled out my Prismacolor Pencils and attempted to color this adorable image from All Dressed Up.  I'm still learning the art of color pencils so don't judge me too harshly (lol) I didn't have the proper colors for the flesh tones so I had to "wing it" with a couple of colors I had in my stash.  This card today is for the challenge at Word Art Wednesday - it's a family friendly anything goes challenge (#319 & #320).  Don't forget to link up your projects - there are prizes to be won!  This weeks sponsors are the Project Bin ($15) and Imagine That (digital prize). Be sure to check out their blog and shops for crafty inspiration!  The more times you enter (up to 5) the better your changes are to win prize!  We had over 300 entries last challenge!!



Here is a little info on the card.  The digi image is from All Dressed Up.  I've colored it with Prisma pencils, then diecut it out using a Cottage Cutz Square cross stitched die. I then diecut a stitched circle in green and put it to the side of the image for a little interest and added 3 watercolored butterflies that I had punched out using a Marvy Uchida small butterfly punch that I've had for ages! I embellished them with Liquid Pearls. The pattern paper is from Simple Stories called DIY. I then mat the Scripture art in green card stock and then assembled the card layers onto an A2 white card stock base.

You can use this Word Art if you'd like! Each challenge has a new Scripture. 


 

Our verse today gives us great encouragement! It reminds us that we are born of God, taught of God and anointed of God through His Holy Spirit which makes us overcomers in this world.  We have so many worldly things coming against us to overthrow our faith but knowing that Christ in us is greater, should give us confidence to endure.  Of course it helps to read the full chapter of John 4 or better yet the whole letter to get a greater understanding of what is being taught. At that time this letter was being written to help believers recognize a false teaching.(ironic how this is so relevant even today!) 
 I find myself quoting this very Scripture when going through a trial or any difficulty and it brings peace and an assurance in God that is unshakable. I would like to encourage you to read the Book of 1 John, memorize Scripture and let the living Word teach and speak to your heart, it will give you hope!  


Thanks so much for visiting today.  Have a great week.




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

His Loving Kindness - Word Art Wednesday

Hello Delightful friends and family,
Here is my card for Word Art Wednesday (#318 and #319) for this week! Hope you will join us and link up your projects!  You can link up 5 new "Anything Goes - Family Friendly" crafty projects and our sponsors this week are Bossie Joscie ($25 online store) and Cutting Cafe (Digital Prize)!  The challenge runs for two weeks so you have time to get crafty!!  A BIG THANKS to our sponsors! Be sure and visit us at Word Art Wednesday and see all the projects that are being linked up there!  So much creative inspiration!!


I've used two dies to create this card.  Avery Elle Diagonal Stripes and the Paper Smooches Dove. The pattern paper background is Crate Paper (Chasing Dreams) 6x6 paper pad, this piece looks kind of like marble in blues and greens. I've used my Koi watercolors to color the dove and was very careful not to separate the outline of the dove die from the main piece that was cut out from 140lb Strathmore watercolor paper. Then it was just a matter of adhering it all together!  Quick and easy, a simple card that will be fun to reproduce plus by using a variety of different sentiments, paper and diecut embellishment you can use this card "sketch/design" for different occasions.  

Here is this weeks free to use Scripture Art:

Love this verse! It truly helps us to keep in mind what the Lord has done for us and when we meditate on those things we realize His lovingkindness is better than life!  It should (and does) make me want to sing and lift up my voice in praise to Him.  Today this verse helped me to forget the "not so great" day at work and focus on His provision and steadfast love. When I look up, everything is good.  Nothing like perspective, right? I am so glad I belong to Jesus, when the waves come crashing in, He is faithful to surround me with His kindness and compassion.  I'm still learning not to look on the outward circumstances but to look to God. He is my peace and I will praise Him!

Thanks for visiting! Grace and God's peace to you!


Saturday, January 13, 2018

It Moose Be Your birthday! Seize the Birthday challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!
I haven't played in a challenge in a loooong time!   But couldn't resist sharing this card I made my son Sean for his birthday this week.  I will be linking up at Seize the Birthday (anything goes birthday this week)


I've used three different stamps, one from Avery Elle (Woodland Wonders - trees and bird in the nest) and Lawn Fawn (Critters in the Arctic and Jump for joy) I stamped on watercolor paper (140lb cold press Strathmore) using Archival jet black ink and my Koi watercolors to color.

Thanks for visiting!

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  Matthew 7:7


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

He fights our Battles - Word Art Wednesday

Happy New Year to my Delightful Friends and Family!

Trusting that 2018 is going to be a great year! We are so blessed and I'm so thankful to be here to share this card with you today.  Word Art Wednesday is starting off the new year with a wonderful verse from Deuteronomy, don't forget you can grab the digital art at the challenge blog and copy it for yourself to use if you like. Our sponsors this week are Wild Orchid Crafts (UK) and Paper Smooches ($25 gift card)!  Yay!  Thanks so much to our generous sponsors.  I just saw the list of sponsors for 2018 and it's really really fabulous!  So be sure to check back often and play along for goodness sakes!! You can link up 5 new projects and the challenge last for 2 weeks! Remember it's a family friendly, anything goes challenge.

Here is my card:


My card is pretty simple and I was looking at some of the card sketches I have on my Pinterest board and this is a combination of a couple of different sketches.  I love this pattern paper from Crate Paper called Farmhouse, this design is from the 6x6 paper pad. The card stock is from my stash and I had some different sizes in the same color in my "leftover" tub that matched the pattern paper and I'm really determined to use up those scraps!  I used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle die to cut out the half circle. The paper doily is from Doodlebug Designs. The little bow is hemp cording from Darice. The finished size of the card is an A2 with a white card base.

Here is the Scripture art:
The Lord is promising Joshua not to fear the enemies in the land because He will fight for him.  It's the same for us in the New Testament, the Lord wants us to rely on Him always because He cares for us.  He wants to be our strength when we are weak, He reminds us that He will never leave us nor will He forsake us.  What a precious promise! What wonderful hope we have in Jesus.  He wants to work in us so that He can work through us. We don't have to live in fear, He is always faithful to see us through whatever the circumstance may be.  Are you trusting in Him today?  Make this year of 2018 a year of hope, a year of trust and a year of knowing Jesus more and more through His word and through prayer.  He will not let you down!
Thanks so much for visiting today!