Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Let's Do Coffee! - Word Art Wednesday

Hello Delightful friends and family!
I have a fun card to share today that features a Graciellie Designs digital stamp, (who just happens to be one of our sponsors at Word Art Wednesday for this weeks challenge).  Here is a link to her Etsy site. This set is called "Stay Cozy" and it has some really fun sentiments to go along with a cup and tea bag.


I've used the Photo Play "Fall Breeze" collection of 12x12 designer papers and the 6x6 paper pad from the same line.  Love this collection of paper! My card base is Neenah Desert Storm and I've added a strip of dark brown card stock (probably Bazzill); the ribbon is from Michael's fall line of ribbons.  I've colored the image with Copics (YR14, YR24, R89, R39, E09, E25, E49, V06 and a colorless blender.)  The Scripture Art is from Galatians 6:2 and printed on Neenah Bright White 80# cardstock.

"Bear ye one another's burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2  This verse reminds us to be mindful of others, to care for others during times of need.  It really isn't complicated. I think it would be an excellent idea to read the complete chapter not just verse 2 if you really want to understand personal responsibility and being effective as a disciple of Jesus Christ.  If everyone would stop looking at "me, myself, & I" and begin to care for others, what a difference we would make in this "self focused" world! Everyone of us has a burden, a trial, something that weighs us down and if we would just help carry the load, the Bible says we would be fulfilling the law of Christ.  You may ask what is the law of Christ? Simply: it's love. Jesus said in John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another; By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. Lord Jesus help each of us to reflect you and be mindful of those around us so that our obedience to Your word would draw others to You.


Well don't forget to link up with us your projects and get a chance to win a prize!  The challenge every week at Word Art Wednesday is Anything Goes - Family Friendly and runs for 2 weeks!  You can submit 5 new projects a week!  Two sponsors this week: Graciellie Designs and Honey Bee Stamps!!!!

Thanks for visiting and have a great week!  Invite a friend for a cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa whatever it might be and take time to be a friend or just a listening ear to someone in need.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Lord is my Defense - Word Art Wednesday

Happy Fall Everyone!
I love this time of the year. Perfect weather here where I live.  We just got back from visiting our daughter in Lewiston and stayed at the cutest very rustic place.  The Lewiston Inn.  I will post some pics at the end.  But first I need to post my card for Word Art Wednesday (Anything Goes - Family Friendly) challenge blog.  I did come down with a nasty head cold, super scratchy throat (hurts to swallow even) and a very runny nose with the sinus headache to boot, no fun.  Thankfully this card was made a head of time because I'm sitting here with a tissue stuffed in my nose so I can type!


I made my own stencil with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaf die and made my own background.  Then die cut the middle piece with the Avery Elle Reversed Pinked Die.  I popped up the center piece with fun foam so there is separation from the "frame" of the die. The leaf is from the Lawn Fawn large stitched leaves and I colored it with Distress Inks and then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  The card base is Bazzill Candy Corn (8.5 x 11) that I've cut to A2 size.  I've mat the Scripture Art with that same card stock.  Love the fall colors! (Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door and Gathered Twigs).

Here are a couple of pictures of the view from our room which was right near the river. We were too busy to go fishing but it was so nice to get away to this rustic way out in the country inn. It was so peaceful and a perfect getaway.  We hope to go back. The rooms were cozy and clean.

The pictures don't do it justice!

Thanks for visiting! And don't forget to play along with us at Word Art Wednesday.  Check out the blog and see who the sponsors are!!! You can link up 5 new projects each week.  Ok my head is definitely getting fuzzy and so I need to sign off.  Enjoy the week.



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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Be Brave, Be Strong - Word Art Wednesday challenge

Hey there!
It's time for another Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes (Family Friendly) Challenge!! Autumn is just a little over a week away and we are beginning to feel the cooler mornings here in northern California.  This is a beautiful time of the year, cool mornings with warm afternoons and evenings.  The sunsets have been gorgeous but I've not captured them on camera yet.
My card today definitely has the fall theme going with some colorful leaves to accent.  I've used some 140# cold press watercolor paper and Prima Decadent Pies and Classic watercolors to color, then die cut using the Lawn Fawn Stitched leaves dies.
Our sponsor this week is  Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  I've used a sweet sentiment from the stamp set called "Thinking of You Rose" on the inside of the card (see second photo). I love the font on this sentiment! I've used a small leaf stamp from Photo Play to continue the Fall theme on the inside.  The Scripture art and the sentiment on the inside are a perfect match!  
Hope you will join us and link your project over at Word Art Wednesday for a chance to win a prize.



I've stamped the inside using Archival Tree Branch ink.  On the card front, I've diecut the Scripture Art using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle and a Spellbinder Scallop Circle die was used to cut from the bright yellowish-gold card stock (I think it's Bazzill). The pattern paper is Carta Bella Fall Break (6x6 paper pad).  The card base is a natural Neenah 80# c/s and I've added a dark brown layer, then a yellow-gold, then the pattern paper popped up with fun foam and then the Scripture art and leaves with some white with gold bakers twine and Doodlebug Designs Glossy Enamel Sprinkle embellishes the right side.

The Scripture this week is a wonderful admonition or encouragement for us to be on guard (like a soldier) for our enemy (the devil) is out to divide and conquer.  Boy do we ever see that today in every aspect of society.  Nothing weakens a nation like division.  So, although Paul is speaking in a spiritual sense to be watchful, stand fast in the faith, be brave and be strong, he is encouraging us as believers in Christ not to be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine, but to stand strong like a soldier in the faith.  Even Jesus commanded us to watch (Matt 24:42, 26:41 and Mark 13:37).  The Old Testament has lots to say about being a watchman, warning others of danger.  And then we must be watching for the Lord's return too. I'm so grateful for the Holy Spirit who enables and equips us to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. I must admit, within myself I am weak but with Jesus and the leading of the Holy Spirit I am ready for anything.  I'm ready to pray (which is a powerful privilege) and I have the Word of God for the battle, the sword of the Spirit.  In 1 Corinthians 16:14 the very next verse after telling me to be brave and strong it tells us: "Let all that you do be done with love" now that's something that will bring victory in my life.  I think, if we were all motivated by the love of Jesus working in us and through us, our nation wouldn't be in such a mess.  After all, the Word says they (the world)  would know we were Jesus disciples by our love for one another. This may rub you the wrong way but how is it love, if we don't warn others of sin.  Sin separates us from our loving Father.  Talking about sin isn't "politically correct" and it's the thing that creates division and disunity. Lord, expose the darkness and shine Your light through us who believe. 
God, please help us not to be spiritually blind but to repent and humble ourselves and walk in a way that pleases You. Only You can help us to be brave and strong and to love one another. 

Thanks for visiting!  Have a blessed week.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Teach Me and Lead Me - Word Art Wednesday challenge

Hello!
It's the last week of August! How can this be? Did your summer fly by too?
The grandkids started the new school year this week, my goodness they are getting so big. 

First day of school (Jake, Tucker, Riley & Addy)

I hope that this weeks Scripture art will bless you as it has me. It's Psalm 143:10  (see the end of the post) and I've made a card for our challenge over at the Word Art Wednesday blog (family friendly - anything goes). This weeks sponsors are Newton's Nook ($20 gift card) AND Polly's Paper Studio (digital).  Hope you will link up your creations with us!

Here is my card:

Ingredients:
I've used an embossing folder with autumn leaves on the top layer (5.25 x 4") not sure of the manufacturer of the folder (sorry!) it's not marked and the packaging is long gone!
I diecut using the Cottage Cutz cross-stitched squares for the two top pieces. The pattern paper is from Carta Bella (Fall Break 6x6 paper pad), the orange ribbon is from my "stash" I've collected over the years from a Taylor Expressions kit.  The natural hemp is from Darice. The Distress Inks used were Rusty Hinge, Aged Mahogany and Crushed Olive. My card base is a natural 80# Neenah card stock.  I've used a solid rust to cover the base front, also from the Carta Bella paper pad.  This card design was really quick to put together and there are a lot of options if you were to make a gift set.  I usually make sets of cards for my sisters who have birthdays in November.  This may be one of the designs! 


This weeks Scripture  is a plea from David to the Lord.  What a powerful chapter (be sure to read it all), it truly shows the frailty and humanity of David (just like us!) and we all go through trials no matter how long we've been serving Christ.  But David knew who to turn to and who to trust for deliverance. Sometimes we may think that God has forsaken us when we don't see the answers to prayer that we desire or the trial may be lasting much longer than we anticipated, whatever the situation might be... we need to cry out to the Lord to teach us and lead us because He is good and desires only the best for us. His righteousness insures us He will be faithful and it's His faithfulness that insures He will be righteous.  We can trust the Living God for He is compassionate and gracious and completely faithful to you! Great is His love for us. Be encouraged today - Jesus loves you so very much.

Thanks for visiting!  Don't forget to check us out at Word Art Wednesday!


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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Word Art Wednesday Challenge (348 & 349)

Hello!
Thanks for visiting! It's time for this weeks Word Art Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes (Family Friendly!)  We have a couple of great sponsors for this challenge.  Pink and Main ($20 gift card) and Sweet 'N Sassy (digital images).  Consider linking up and playing along with us at WAW, the challenge lasts for two weeks and you can enter 5 new projects a week for a change to win one of the prizes!
Here is my card:

I used the MFT Sketch for inspiration and the pattern paper is from Carta Bella called Fall Break, the card stock I'm pretty sure is Bazzill (not sure of the actual color names but it is a sea foam green and orange sherbert color), I've used a natural white Neenah 80# for the base.  Easy peasy! The die is the Stitched Circle from Simon Says Stamp cut twice.

Here is the sketch I used:

The Scripture Art is from Philippians 2:4 "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others" that's the King James Version.  Here it is in the New King James Version which makes more sense, sometimes Old English is hard to understand.  "Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." It's definitely a good reminder on what kind of attitude we should have in regards to our neighbor, it shows the love of Christ by making sure we are looking out not only for ourselves but being a help to our neighbors and brothers and sisters in Christ.
But to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure of an occasion that I would use this Scripture in the KJV on a card to encourage someone, so I've adhered it with repositionable tape for the sake of the challenge and will replace it with another verse or an image.  Just being real! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a blessed week.



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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Birthday Fishes! Seize the Birthday challenge

Hello!

Here is a card I made for my son-in-law whose birthday is tomorrow. Happy Birthday, Ray!
We did some fishing over the 4th of July and so when I saw this stamp set, I knew I'd need it for all the "boys" in the family.  Actually we all love to fish! This stamp set is called Reel Great Guys from Art Impressions.  I'm entering this in the Seize the Birthday challenge with the topping "water".  This is my second card for the challenge.


I used my Zig Clean Color brushes for this and I got brave and made my own island in the background. The plaid paper is from Lawn Fawn and I've used Strathford 140# cold press water color paper and a natural white Neenah card stock base.  I stamped the images with Archival Watering Can ink and used Silver Black Velvet brushes (#4 and #8), I've popped up the watercolor paper with fun foam for dimension.

Update on my daughter and the Carr Fire:  The evacuation has been lifted for her town of Lewiston, however the road to get there easily is still closed.  Last time she went the alternate route is was over 3 hours from her work where normally it would be 45 minutes.  Yikes! Please continue to pray for the firefighters and the displaced people here in California.  It is a mess and so sad to see.  But God is greater than the mess and He will provide and show Himself strong on behalf of those who love and trust Him.

Thanks for visiting!! 

The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.  Jeremiah 31:3




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Saturday, August 4, 2018

What's at the Fair - card class August 16th!

Hi there!
Here is a sample of two of the cards I will be sharing in a class featuring the fun Lawn Fawn stamps Hay There and Coaster Critters.  The class will be Aug 16th at Scrapper's Edge in Eureka, Calif., I teach the CrafterNoon class twice a month! You can check out their website for more details.


If you are traveling through northern California, stop by and visit us at Scrapper's Edge!  There are many classes offered throughout the month, from altered art & journals, scrapbook pages and of course cards, too.  You can even sign up online ahead of time (we need reservations and payment 2 days in advance of the class.)

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  Psalms 119:105


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Best Fishes for a Happy Birthday! #Seize the Birthday

Happy Saturday to my Delightful friends and family!

Here is a card I just finished for Henry's birthday. (Henry is my daughter's fiance's son, so he is our future grandson who is turning 5!)  Today is his birthday but his party is next week and HOPEFULLY we will be able to attend. 
They are in Lewiston which has been evacuated because of the Carr Fire. Please continue to pray! The firefighters are working hard to keep the fire from advancing over the fire lines near the town of Lewiston, so please pray. 141,825 acres have burned and it's only at 41% contained. Lord help!

Here is a picture of Henry's card, who by the way is a pretty great fisherman at the age of 5 and his favorite color is blue!  I will be linking this at the Seize the Birthday challenge.  The topping this week is water, well this is a stretch but what lives in the water: Fish and I've added a layer in blue pattern paper from BoBunny called Escape to Paradise.


Here is the inside:

I've used 3 stamp sets for this card:
Whipper Snapper: First Fish; Art Impressions:Reel Great Guys set; Darcie's Heart & Home: JCS209 (inside sentiment)
I've colored the front image with watercolors and the inside fish was colored with Copic markers and added clear Wink of Stella to make it shiny like fish scales 😃. The sentiments were stamped with Archival Cobalt ink and I've used a Spellbinder die to cut the inside sentiment and frame.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day!


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Fabulous Fuchias - Card Class

Hello!
I'm doing a class today at Scrapper's Edge, our local Scrapbook store in Eureka.
We will be making three cards featuring the Avery Elle stamp set called Hummingbird. 

Here are my card samples:



Class is from 1 to 3, so I know the ladies won't have time to finish all the cards, they are watercolored so I've done a lot of the prep work, such as die cutting, cutting the card stock to size, etc.  I've stamped and embossed the one card so it's ready to color.  The class includes all the supplies they would need to use including an envelope and an instruction sheet, for this class they just bring their watercolors and brushes as well as a Basic kit consisting of trimmer, scissors and adhesive.  If you are in the Eureka (northern Calif.) area or have plans to visit you should check out our website and see if there are going to be classes during the time you are here. You can sign up and pay online for your convenience and we like it if you would sign up at least 2 days before class so the instructors (like me!) have time to prepare for class.  Most of our card classes range from $15 to $18 which I think is really reasonable!  So check out the website here and see what we have to offer.


Praise the Lord.  Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands.  Psalm 112:1

On the Calendar:
Next class that I will be teaching features Lawn Fawn stamps and dies and relates to what you find at the fair.  The local county fair is in August so I thought that would be a fun one to do.  I will post the card samples soon!  I'm working on September class samples this week!

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Celebrate the Work of the Lord - Word Art Wednesday #346 & #346

Hello!
Thanks for visiting! It's already time for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge can you believe it!  August 1st is here and it seems like summer hasn't really even started yet! Hope you will be able to join us and share your crafty Anything Goes - Family Friendly creation with us! Our two sponsors are Neat & Tangled ($25 gift card) and Cutting Cafe (digital prize). Remember you can link up 5 new projects each week (cards, scrapbook pages, Bible journaling, mixed media, etc.)

Here is my card this week and I did a lot of masking on this to give the banner more flowers around it.  It's all from one stamp set called "Best Buds" from Paper Smooches. I've colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brushes (Kuretake) and I've also used Prima - The Classics watercolors.  The backgound paper is Carta Bella Fall Break and the watercolor paper is 140# cold press (Strathmore). I've stamped the images using Archival Ink Watering Can and embellished with a few sequins.


Our Scripture Art this week is Psalm 92:4
It's a psalm of thanksgiving! We do have so much to be thankful for and especially as we see the hand of God at work in our lives.  To give thanks to God is such a small thing when you compare it to His goodness towards us but it truly is our "reasonable service" not only to praise Him for His goodness but live so that others can see His goodness in us.  C.H. Spurgeon said, "When God reveals His work to a man, and performs a work in his soul, He makes his heart glad most effectually, and then the natural consequence is continual praise."  I say "Amen" to that!!


  Please keep California in your prayers!  We are being hit hard with fires this summer and it keeps hitting closer to home.  Many of our friends in Redding (Carr Fire) had to be evacuated, and we thank the Lord that most have now been able to return to their homes. Now that fire is spreading west into Trinity County and there is still the threat of more acres being burned.  Our daughter was evacuated from the town of Lewiston Sunday night and has been in contact with some of the residents who chose to stay and so far so good.  The fire is still a couple miles from the town but its in such a rural area it's a tough one to fight. Our specific prayer is that the winds would die down completely, that is one of the reasons for it spreading so rapidly in addition to the mountainous terrain. Please keep all the firefighters in your prayers, too. This fire has been burning for over a week.
We are on the coast about 2 hours away from the fire in Redding, then to the south of us about 3 hours is the Mendocino fire and three hours to the northeast of us is the southern Oregon fire in Grants Pass. It's just devastating. Worst fire season ever. So many affected. But we are praying for the Lord to be glorified through these tragic events and that people would realize how fragile life is and  turn to Him.

Thanks for your prayers!


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Lord will Guide you - Word Art Wednesday 344 & 345

Greetings!
Hope this finds everyone of you well and blessed, enjoying the summer.  We have another Anything Goes Family Friendly challenge for you at Word Art Wednesday! Hope you will be encouraged to share your art work with us.  It's wonderful to see so many upload their creations.  Mostly it's cards but occasionally we will see some journal pages, scrapbook pages and I'm hoping we will see more Bible journaling pages! I need to get busy and work in my Faith journal, too and so I love to see ideas! Korin at Sweet 'n Sassy stamps has some wonderful pages that she has done and she will be one of our sponsors in November (Yay!!)
This week our Scripture art is from Isaiah 58:11 and here is my card for the challenge. I used a few dies and a punch to help design this card. (there is a list at the end of the post of the ingredients) 


Today's Scripture influenced my choice of colors and paper, I wanted to make sure it represented a spring of water and a garden that was flourishing.
 I hope you will take the time to read all of Isaiah 58 because there are some conditions noted by the word "if" and "then" that the Lord has spoken through Isaiah.  It was a rebuke of their shallow worship in the first few verses because the Lord wanting to guide them, needed for them to stop with their empty religious ritual and worship Him with a devotional true heart and walk according to His will. And then, to the truly repentant worshiper comes the promise of blessings.  This chapter is an eye-opener, I hope you will take the time to read it and really "chew" on it!  And if there are changes that need to take place in your life then make the changes and expect the blessings! God is faithful!

Ingredients to card:
Paper: green, light blue and dark brown card stock; Pattern Papers: BoBunny Escape to Paradise 6x6 paper pad
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside border; Cottage Cutz Leaves and Stems; Taylored Expressions Branches, Banner & Bloom die set; Punch: Marvy Uchida small flower; Nuvo Jewel Drops, strawberry.

Thanks so much for visiting and please remember to check out the Word Art Wednesday Blog for the 2 week challenge which begins today.  2 prizes are going to be given out and our sponsors are The Project Bin and Iralamija (digital).  You can link up 5 new projects each week!


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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Life is Good - Word Art Wednesday #342 and #343

Hello and Happy 4th of July to my Delightful friends and family!!

All the kids and grandkids are out of town camping so my hubby and I are going fishing at the lagoon! I finally got my fishing license for 2018! Yay!  If I get a big one I will be sure to share the details with a picture! After that we will either go to a BBQ with friends or come home and take a nap. We are such exciting folks. 😀 Although, I'll more than likely let hubby rest and I'll play in my craftroom or the very least clean and organize it so that I can play, it's kind of a disaster.

Today is also Word Art Wednesday Challenge day and I have a card to share with you.  Be sure and check out the challenge blog for all the fun inspiration and if you can, share with us your latest creation.  It's Anything Goes - Family Friendly and you can link up 5 new projects each week for this 2 week challenge #342 and #343.  We have 2 prizes to give away from our sponsors: Jane's Doodles (digital) and Wild Orchid Crafts. 
Here is my card:

I've used the stamp set called "Life is Good" from Jane's Doodles (our sponsor!). The set includes the jar, fruit, straw and some fun sentiments too.  I've added all the fruit to the yellow card stock and stamped them in Archival Yellow Chrome for a monochromatic background. The jar was done by stamping on watercolor paper.  I stamped the jar in Archival Shadow Grey ink and then masked the three lemon wedges and stamped them with Yellow Chrome.  I used Prima Decadent Pies (watercolors) to color with and a Zig Clean Color real brush (yellow) to add the finishing touches to the lemon rinds.  The top portion of the card was die cut with a die that came with my Big Shot and then I used the same die to cut out the Scripture Art and did an inlaid die technique. I've popped up the pattern paper (Echo Park Hello Summer) and tied the WeR Memory Keepers blueberry baker's twine to the side. My base is white 80# Neenah card stock.

You can grab the Scripture Art (it's free!) and use it for any of your projects at Word Art Wednesday, it's optional to create with, but it's fun to see the different projects our team does each challenge using the same Scripture.
Thanks so much for taking the time to visit!  Have a safe 4th of July and a blessed week!


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

You are the Potter - Word Art Wednesday (340 & 341)

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
Here is my card for this weeks Word Art Wednesday!  Our sponsor is Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and Imagine That! (digital).  I hope you'll be able to play along - you have 2 weeks to play and can link up 5 new projects a week.  The challenge is Anything Goes - Family Friendly.  We have so many great projects/cards linked up each week, it is so encouraging seeing so many play along.  Thanks so much to our two sponsors for provided the prizes!!! Be sure to visit their blogs and be inspired by their design teams!

Ingredients: 
Stamp: Thinking of You Rose (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - our sponsor this week!); I stamped it with Distress Ink Victorian Rose to give it a "no line" watercolor look. 
Zig Clean Color Real Brush: Light Carmine, Olive Green, Mid Green, Yellow, and Pink.  Silver Black Velvet brush #4
Paper: Base (Neenah bright white 80#); Designer Paper: Beau Jardin (Penny Black 6x6 paper pad); Strathmore 140# cold press watercolor paper.
Dies: Lawn Fawn Peek A Boo Backdrop; Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle and Scallop Circle dies;           
  I printed the Scripture Art on white vellum.
I probably should have put a little more thought into this card to fit the verse.  If I were to do it again, I would put the rose in a pottery container!

What a wonderful verse to remind us that we have been created by our heavenly Father. He knows each imperfection in this clay called Natalie! He tenderly keeps molding and forming me into His Son's image and when there is a nick or mar in me, He gently works on that area of my life and in His timing and His adjustments in the temperature He smooths over those spots to remove the wrinkles or sometimes it's just a little washing of Word in my life that produces something beautiful in His eyes. I am so grateful that I am in His hands. 

Thanks for taking the time to visit! And have a blessed week.



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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Blessed is the Man - WAW #338-339

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!

Sorry I'm late in posting this card for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge.  We have a wonderful sponsor this week - LAWN FAWN!  Yay! One of my favorite companies.  Love their cute stamps, interactive dies and fun papers!

Here is my card using 2 Lawn Fawn Dies: Forest Border and Stitched Mountain Border, the moose is a stamp from the set called Critters from the Arctic and the paper is Let's Polka in the Meadow (6x6 petite paper pack).  I've water colored the moose using Prima Marketing watercolors (Decadent Pies - yummy colors!)


So I thought this worked out well with the Scripture making this a masculine card, perfect for Father's Day coming up in a couple of weeks.  Hope you will join us in the Anything Goes, Family friendly challenge at Word Art Wednesday!  You can link up 5 new projects each week for the two week challenge.  Wouldn't you love to win a $25 gift card to Lawn Fawn?  Well you can't win if you don't play so head over to the WAW blog and check out the inspiration and join the fun.

Thanks so much for visiting!



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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!