Wednesday, December 21, 2016

May God's Grace Abound in You!

An early Merry Christmas to my Delightful Friends and Family!

Not sure how Christmas tends to sneak up on me but it does every year.  I think I'm ahead of the game and BAM, I'm feeling overwhelmed and watching the days and hours go by so quickly.  I guess it's the last minute things that tend to add up that due me in! I keep adding to the to do list. I think I need to actually write out the list so that I know I'm actually making some progress when I have the pleasure of crossing out one of the "to do's"! I just spent the last two evening uploading over 850 pictures of the grandkids from this year.  Then I whittled it down to 593 and edited them. I've given my daughter and daughter-in-law photo albums of the current year for a Christmas gift, so that they will have pics of the kids I've done that the last 3 years and now if I don't do it I will hear about it!  Now if I was smart I would do this monthly so that it wouldn't be so overwhelming but... that's just not my style, it's one of those things that I've left to the last minute.  Okay, so next year I'm going to try and do better.

Well here is my card for our Word Art Wednesday Challenge.  It's the last challenge for 2016 (#262 and #263)! Hope you can find some time to squeeze in some crafty time and join us! Someone will win a $25 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp!!  That would certainly motivate me to play!  Thanks to our sponsors for this past year and thanks to all our participants (and there have been many!!)

I've kept this card pretty simple and it's one that could be easily duplicated. It is a square card 5.5" x 5.5" which is just a bit larger than an A2 card so I will have to make an envelope for this one but I know 6x6" envelopes are available. The stamp set I've used is from Penny Black (Winter Joy) and I've used Copic Markers to color it.  The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The pattern paper is from Carta Bella Christmas Delivery Collection.

Here is a close up so that you can see how I've applied Glossy Accents to the berries.  

Don't forget the Scripture Art is free so be sure and go to the Word Art Wednesday Blog to grab it from there!

What a perfect gift, God's grace!  He is teaching us daily to live in contentment and to be abounding in grace so that we may extend His grace to others through giving of ourselves whether it be our time, money or even our ear to someone who needs a compassionate listener.  He wants us to abound not only in grace but in every good work which He has ordained for us before the foundation of the world.  It's wonderful to have His Spirit lead us and grow us into vessels fit for His service but it's by His grace and strength that we are able to fulfill His will and purposes to glorify His name. 

I probably won't be back until after Christmas so I hope you are all blessed with a peaceful, wonderful day celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks so much for visiting!

PS Thanks Shaz for your tip in the comment (Ginny's card was beautiful) and congrats on winning the digital images from All Dressed Up (they have adorable images to color!)


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

For God So Loved - Word Art Wednesday

Hello and God bless to my Delightful Friends and Family!

Sorry for the late posting.  I usually get the post for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge written the night before and last night I went to bed instead.  It finally caught up with me!  I've been burning the candle at both ends, as the saying goes, and have had an awful upper respiratory "thing" going on so I chose to go to bed early. So here I am better late than never!

Here is my card for this weeks challenge #260 and #261 (I'm afraid it is not my best work and I really wanted to start over but I just couldn't muster up the creative juices and time was getting away from me.) I like the technique I chose but it's the design of it that makes me "scrunch up my nose". It's missing some design element, I may have to do another one and post the "better" version, IMHO. I love the digital Scripture Art but I'm still learning to resize and "tweak" it a bit to fit my cards. I've printed it out on Vellum and I need to find a better way to display it. I think I will move the Scripture Art to the inside and use a stamp from the Paper Smooches set that goes with the image.
  I work on Publisher so if you have any tips that would be really great!

Paper: 140lb cold press Strathmore; navy card stock, white Neenah bright white card stock for the base.
Stamp: Paper Smooches - A Blessed Christmas
Dies: Simon Says Stamp! Stitched Circle
Ink: Archival Jet Black; Distress Inks (Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and Broken China)
Coloring Medium: Zig Clean Color Brushes
Ribbon: from Michael's

I believe the beautiful Scripture from John 3:16 used today is perfect for our Christmas season.  Jesus was our gift from God the Father to restore fallen mankind to Himself.  He initiated the restoration process with the beautiful promise of eternal life.  How could anyone say no to that? All we have to do is believe.
I believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, do you?  I hope so... He is the only way that leads to eternal life.

Thanks for visiting and I pray your week is a blessed one!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanks be to God - Word Art Wednesday

Blessings to my Delightful friends and family!
Hope everyone is doing well.  We are preparing for our family Thanksgiving, a couple of my granddaughters will be coming over and we are going to do some baking and crafting!  Actually our church family already started last week with a Community Thanksgiving Dinner with all the "trimmings" for our town.  This outreach was started about 20 years ago serving and providing this free of charge for our community, we served over 250 people this year.  Lots of work but well worth it to get to know people in our town plus share the love of Jesus Christ with many who attend.

I know it's a busy busy time for people including myself but it's always fun to share a card with Word Art Wednesday. It blows me away that we have so many wonderful entries each time there is a challenge (last challenge there were 324 entries, AMAZING!! - THANK SO MUCH FOR PLAYING ALONG WITH US!!)
  Here is my card for the weeks 258 & 259 and our sponsor is Simon Says Stamp!

This is a pretty simple design. I've started out with a white card stock base and then a layer of gold card stock about an 1/8 inch smaller than the base.   I printed out the Scripture art and then trimmed it to 4" wide and added a stitched scallop border (Lawn Fawn) to it.  On the bottom of the gold c/s I've adhered a piece of pattern paper (Doodle Bug Designs) 4" wide and 3" in length and then popped up the Scripture verse over it.  Added some hemp cording and a metal leaf embellishment, then adhered it all to the card base.  Easy peasy!

Here is the free Scripture Art provided if you'd like to use it!

A wonderful verse for this week and it begins with the word  "Thanks". When we begin to reflect or I guess I should say when I reflect on this verse and begin to thank God for His indescribable gift (NKJV) it takes me back to John 3:16 and how that God gave His only Begotten Son to redeem mankind, to restore our relationship to Him, so that we could have eternal life.  His love was so great for His creation that God was willing to give us a gift so indescribable with words, as Paul says to the Corinthians.This gift of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ is so incredible our words are inadequate to describe it.  But we certainly can be thankful for it and more importantly believe with all of our heart that Jesus paid the price for this gift with His precious blood and then rose again from the grave to extend that gift to all who believe. Oh my I am so grateful that I too can say thanks be to God for His unspeakable/indescribable gift! Can you? I hope so... To God be all the glory!

Thanks for visiting and Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope we can begin to be thankful again, we have been such a blessed nation.  We must begin loving our neighbor again in spite of our differences.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Lord is a Great God! Word Art Wednesday (256 & 257)

Hello Delightful friends and family,

Here is my card for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge. Hope you will visit the challenge blog and post a project, you can enter for the prizes with up to five entries.  The challenge runs for two weeks and it's a family friendly Anything Goes challenge.
 Not too happy with my background, my cornucopia looks like it's in a hole! Oops!  I didn't really notice that until I posted it here, oh well maybe I'll be able to carefully fix it, we will see.

Stamp: Taylored Expressions - Thankful set
Paper: Ranger watercolor paper
Ink: Archival Tree Branch
Color mediums: Zig Clean Color Markers, Peerless Watercolors (blue background) and Tombow markers.

Free Scripture Art!

We have been through a very difficult season here in the States with this election .  When I began my devotional time in God's Word this morning I prayed He would speak to me and I opened the Bible to Jeremiah 18 and read the first ten verses and I would like to share them with you today.

"The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying:
“Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the LORD. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!  “The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it,
“if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. “And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it,“if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.

I believe we've been given an opportunity to do what's right and good in God's sight with the right leadership in our government.  There is so much corruption in our political parties.  Catering to special interest groups, greed and moral decay is the norm and it needs to be turned around. Prayer, repentance and being led by the Lord is what will change the heart of people and bring healing to our land. If we don't, well I don't even want to think about that.  Lord Jesus please help us!

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

His Wisdom and Knowledge - Word Art Wednesday #254 and #255

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!

Here is my card for Word Art Wednesday this week!  I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out, it's a very loose watercolor technique but I'm happy with the final result.   Below the picture I have the step by step instructions.
This weeks sponsor is Simon Says Stamp!  So visit Word Art Wednesday and play along. You can link up 5 new projects that are family friendly for a chance to win the $25 gift card!  Have you seen Simon Says Stamp's new release (here is link to their blog hop with lots of inspiration! I want the new Believe die set.  Love it!

Word Art Wednesday's FREE SCRIPTURE ART! 

Ingredients to card:
Stamp: Penny Black: Berries and Cones (yeah, kind of interesting name for this stamp since it has a lamppost in the set.)
Paper: Strathford 140lb cold press watercolor paper
Inks: (Background - Distress Inks Chipped Sapphire and Dusty Concord)
Markers: Tombow - N55,055, 847.
Misc. black card stock, Neenah bright white c/s (base); Mini Mister, #2 round paint brush; #12 round brush, Wink of Stella clear. MISTI

Step 1: Position watercolor paper and stamp in the MISTI.
Step 2: Using the markers, color the stamp  (I used dark gray, yellow and red) spray lightly using clean water in the Mini Mister.
Step 3: Using same markers, do some touch up, add more color onto paper and blend with brush. I also used Distress Ink Black Soot for some contrast.  Dry.
Step 4: Use the yellow marker to give the top area of the lamppost a "glow" Dry completely.
Step 5: Wet on wet technique - wet paper with brush and clean water around the lamppost without touch it.  Begin to drop in the Chipped Saphire ink, then the Dusty Concord.
Step 6: With small brush, add more of the Chipped Sapphire around lamppost for shadow effect.
Step 7: Dry completely, then add splatters of clean water or use a Mini Mister, let it set on paper for about 20  seconds then blot with paper towel.  Dry completely then add Wink of Stella to yellow ink.
Step 8: Make black mat for Scripture art.  Assemble card, pop up the Scripture art with dimensional adhesive.

The Scripture this week is from Romans 11:33, I encourage you to read all of chapter 11 in the book of Romans to get a good grasp at what the apostle Paul is saying in this verse. He is explaining how God's ways, His wisdom and judgement are so much higher than ours.  His plan was to use the unbelief of the Jews to bring the Gentiles into a relationship with Him.  But He has not put away the Jews, His covenant with them cannot be broken but He allowed the things to happen so that we could be grafted in/adopted into the family of God. That was always His plan!  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that WHOSOEVER believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16). His love for us and His wisdom and knowledge is so deep that it amazes me.  He is a faithful Creator. To God be all the glory!
 I thought the lamppost was a good image to use with this Scripture verse.  We cannot see as God sees but what we can see is what God allows us to see - the lamppost gives off light but it's definitely not a spot light or a crafter's Ott light is it?  The more we get into the Word of God though and seek Him for revelation/understanding in the Word, the more He allows us to see Jesus develop (especially in the Old Testament) but sometimes our spiritual eyesight is dim, until we turn up the light! Just as the word says "here a little, there a little, precept upon precept, line upon line" (Isaiah 28:10 Natalie's paraphrase) we keep seeking Him and He is faithful to reward us with knowledge and wisdom. I certainly can use all the wisdom and knowledge I can get, especially considering the day and age we are in!

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful week!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Seeking Him Early - Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!

Hope everyone is enjoying their Wednesday!  We've had a couple of really busy weeks here at home and at church and I hate to say it but it doesn't look to slow down much either especially with the holidays just around the corner.  Don't they just have a tendency to sneak up on us!
Well, it's time to reveal my card for this weeks Word Art Wednesday Family Friendly Challenge.  Don't forget to play along (there are prizes to be won!) and you can submit up to 5 new projects!  This weeks word art is from Proverbs 8:17 and if you would like to use the free Scripture word art just save it to your computer! Sponsors this week are the Flying Unicorn and Cutting Cafe!  Be sure and visit Word Art Wednesday there is an exciting announcement about Instagram!!

Here is this weeks Scripture Art:

Here is my card:

Here is the list of ingredients:
Stamps: JustRite Clear Floral Silhouettes One
Background: Peerless Watercolors
Strathmore 140lb cold press watercolor paper
Bazzill Cinder card stock
Neenah Bright White card stock, 80lb.
Archival Jet Black Ink
Paper Accents Vellum
Step 1: lay clean water down on paper, add water color lightest to darkest colors. Wet on wet technique.  Dry completely before stamping.  Cut to 3.5" x 4.25"
Step 2: stamp flowers, leaves and stems positioning them with the MISTI.  Stamp all in Archival Black ink.  Trim panel to 3.5" x 4.25"
Step 3:  Print Scripture Art (resize if needed) and print on Vellum.  Trim to desired size.
Step 4: Optional - splatter ink or water color onto stamped panel before adhering the Vellum.  I meant to do that before putting my card together ( bummer!)
Step 5:  Pop up the water color panel with dimensionals. Adhere layers together.

Are any of you doing the Entrusted Bible Study by Beth Moore?  Each session is so good.  We will be on Session 5 this morning.  Last week I was inspired by something I read in the homework that really touched my heart and it was the topic of our ladies Monday night Bible study and Potluck.  It was based on Philippians 3:12-14 and a quote from Beth "Your faithfulness is the key to somebody else's faith."  That is so true!  How many people are watching us and seeing our faithfulness to the Lord.  It should really challenge us to "seek the Lord early" so that we can make the Lord our focus for our day and be accountable to Him. I want to always be found faithful to the Lord Jesus and I know I fall so short.  But I'm striving forward and with the Lord's help I will "press on to the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus". 

Be encouraged today and remember to love the Lord with all your heart!!
Have a great week and thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

It's Settled! Word Art Wednesday

Hello Delightful friends and family!
I always look forward to Autumn, our weather is actually nicer in Sept. and Oct. than it is in the summer months!  Love the sunny days and the cool morning and evenings!  I've been working on cards for my November classes at Scrapper's Edge, of course they will be Christmas/Winter themed.  I have so many ideas and techniques I'd like to incorporate but I've got to narrow it down!  I'm having a hard time deciding!  I know that one class will be interactive cards using Lawn Fawn stamps and dies, I think they will be so fun and cute!  How could they not it's Lawn Fawn, right?!!

My card I'm sharing is for our Word Art Wednesday Family Friendly Anything Goes Challenge (week 250 and 251).  Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp!  A $25 gift card is the prize for one of the participants.  You can submit up to 5 new projects. Pretty cool!

Products used:
Simon Says Stamp - Stitched Circle Die and Roses for You stamp set (leaves and berries);
Darice hemp cording;
 button (stash);
Colored with Zig Clean Brush Markers and background (Peerless watercolors) Berries colored with Distress Marker Candy Apple. Stamped with Distress Ink Bundled Sage.
Paper; Stathmore 140lb cold press watercolor paper and Neenah Desert Storm card stock.

Step 1: Cut watercolor paper 4 x 4
Step 2: With light colored Distress Marker draw a circle using Stitched Die for your template.
Step 3: Using the double leaf stamp, stamp around circle using Bundled Sage Distress Ink.  Fill in with single leaf stamp.
Step 4: Color leaves with Zig Clean Brush Markers (3 different greens used) alternate coloring leaves so that the color doesn't bleed onto the next leaf.
Step 5: Add red berries using small solid berry stamp and use the Candy Apple Distress marker to color stamp.
Step 6: Using the wet-on-wet technique add clean water on the outside of the wreath and drop in blue Peerless watercolor. Dry completely.
Step 7: Add dimensional adhesive to the back and attach to the top folding A2 Desert storm card stock base.
Step 8: Die cut the Scripture Art using the Stitched Circle Die.
Step 8: Add hemp cording, make bow, add button. Adhere the Sentiment piece.

If you would like to use the Scripture Art on your project you most definitely can!  The verse is from Psalm 119:89.  It is a wonderful verse and is such a strong declaration about God's Word.  It's forever and it's settled. I can count on it. You can count on it! You can delight in it because it is truth. God's word brings health to a tormented mind, heals a broken and contrite heart, brings about a joy that the world cannot take away Hebrews 4:12 says it like this, "For the word of God 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."  He has entrusted it to us who believe that we might bring others to Christ Jesus our Lord.  In this day of uncertainty I can say with assurance that God's word is for ever and it is settled in heaven - we can have faith that is unswerving when we stand on the promises and the covenant of God's Holy Word. To God be all the glory!

Thanks for visiting and have an excellent week!


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

God's Enduring Kindness - Word Art Wednesday #248 and #249

Hello Delightful Friends and Family,

I have to be quick tonight, I'm a bit under the weather.  Here is this weeks Word Art Wednesday Family Friendly Challenge Blog.

Kept this pretty simple, 2 dies one from Penny Black (Poppy) and the chevron border from Taylored Expressions. I've used water color paper and die cut the poppy then colored it with my Zig Clean Markers.  The Scripture art was printed on Vellum, the sequins  are from Pretty Pink Posh.

Here's the free Scripture Art you can download.

Hope you can join us!
Thanks for visiting and have a great week.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Party 'til the Cows Come Home

Hello Delightful Friends and Family,
Here's a cute card I made for a little guy's first birthday.  It's a farm theme so this stamp set from Taylored Expressions (Green Acres) was perfect to mask out a fun "on the farm" scene.

I will be sharing this at Seize the Birthday Challenge blog.

I've masked with Inkadinkadoo Stamp Masking Paper (love it!) and then used my MISTI to position and stamp each item in Memento Jet Black ink.  Then I colored with Copic Markers.  The sentiment, clouds (die) and sun are all from different Taylored Expressions stamp and die sets.  The base is Desert Storm Neenah card stock and the one of the clouds was die cut from Vellum.  Inside the card says "Party 'til the cows come home" and I stamped the other "bovine" from the set.  I've not made a card with so many stamps in a scene but I really enjoyed the process and that Stamp Masking Paper was so helpful, I only needed to mask the tractor, cow and haystack,  Once I figured out the placement it was easy peasy!  I've also used Tumbled Glass Distress ink and a blender for the sky and to edge one of the clouds.

Thanks for visiting and Happy Stamping!!

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.                                                                            1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Expectation - Word Art Wednesday #246 & 247

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!

I loved coloring this image from Penny Black!  It's called Good Neighbors, isn't it cute?  It was very fun to color with my Zig Clean Color Markers. I used Distress inks to color the background (Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass using a wet on wet technique).
I think I will be making some more cards with this stamp and changing out the sentiments for a gift set for perhaps one of my sisters.  (shhh... don't tell)

Well it's time for Word Art Wednesday's Family Friendly Challenge (#246 & 247).  This week our Scripture Art is from Psalm 62:5.  It's free to download and use!  Also, our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp!!

I've used 140lb Strathmore cold press watercolor paper and stamped with Archival Jet Black Ink (using my MISTI) and then used a variety of Zig Clean Color markers to color.  I've used a bright yellow card stock to mat the watercolor paper and my A2 base is white Neenah 80lb card stock.  

As I was meditating on this weeks Scripture verse I was drawn to the word "expectation".  That word is filled with hope!  Not only is it my expectation but it's literally connected to God like a cord.  I love the comfort that thought gives me.  Connected to God - He has me in His hands and no one can snatch me out of them (John 10:28-29). I can rest in Him and fully hope and trust in His provision in every area of my life for He truly is my defense and I shall not be moved.  This chapter is filled with hope and my hope is that you will take time to read it.  It is only 12 verses and I know it will be a blessing to you.

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a wonderful week.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Love Books - Seize the Birthday challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!

Here's a birthday card I made my little nephew who just turned two.  I will be sharing this at the Seize the Birthday Challenge blog - tags for the toppings (optional).

I've water colored this sweet image from Dreamer Land Crafts called Enjoying the Storybook.  I try to do themed birthday gifts with my cards and Sawyer loves books and his mama says he could use some new ones (or rather she could use some new ones to read to him!!)  So that's the theme this year: books.
I've used my Zig Clean Color real brush markers from Kuretake.(love these markers!) The pattern paper is from the cute Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid 6x6 petite paper pack.  I've used Desert Storm card stock for the base.  The Die I've used is a Spellbinder Nestabilities Label 22 (but I cut off the rounded edge to fit the A2 card, I think it looks much better, too!).  The water color paper I've used is Strathmore 140lb cold press.  The sentiment on the front is from Stamper's Anonymous called Crazy Talk.

I'm back from a few days vacation to the Bay Area (San Francisco) enjoyed a bit of R&R! Enjoyed fellowship day at the ballpark with Christian Athletes from the S.F. Giants team and afterwards a wonderful concert with Matthew West!  And of course my husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary, too!! 

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!!

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.   2 Corinthians 5:21


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wisdom and Understanding - Word Art Wednesday #244 and #245

Hello Delightful friends and family!
Summer is scooting by isn't it?  Hubby and I are getting ready for a quick trip to San Francisco to catch a couple of baseball games and celebrate our 40th anniversary and hopefully get a little R&R.
Of course I couldn't go without posting a card for this weeks Word Art Wednesday Family Friendly Anything Goes Challenge!
Here is my card:


Here are the ingredients:
Base: Neenah bright white card stock A2 size
Next layer: Dark brown card stock
White Vellum die cut with Lawn Fawn Stitched Journal set
Leaf embossing folder (not sure of the maker) used on Neenah c/s and blended with Distress Inks
Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves Die cut on water color paper (Ranger)
Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany.
Scripture Art - Proverbs 24:3-4

This is the perfect Scripture this week since my husband & I will be celebrating our 40th anniversary. It's through the wisdom and understanding that the Lord has given us to persevere through difficult times. And it's the knowledge that it is our Savior who has filled us with the love we need to overlook the little things that annoy us so. (Ha! you know what they are!)  I think the secret to a successful marriage is no secret at all.  Think of a marriage as a triangle with Jesus at the top, you at one side and your husband on the other side.  The closer you draw near to Jesus the closer you get to your husband! The other help is to pray for your husbands weaknesses and encourage him in his strengths. Watch the Lord fill your lives with all precious and pleasant riches that money cannot buy.

Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches. 
Proverbs 24:3-4


P.S. Please pray for one of our  DT members Carole Robb-Bisson she is seriously ill and needing a physical healing.  Thanks so much!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Have Faith in God - Word Art Wednesday and the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Delightful Friends and Family,
Hope you are having a fun summer so far! We've sure been enjoying the warm but not too hot weather! Had a great time a couple of Saturdays ago attending our local Christian music festival called Jesus Rocks the Redwoods.  It was held near Richardson's Grove, right in the middle of the beautiful redwood groves on the Eel River, here in northern California.  It was a fun time, our church had a children's ministry booth and it went over well. The little ones enjoyed getting crafty!        

Well, it's time for another Word Art Wednesday Challenge!Over 360 entries in our last challenge!  Thanks so much for playing along in our family friendly anything goes challenge.

Here is my card for challenge #242 & 243:

I've stamped with Versamark and embossed with Ranger white embossing powder the flowers and leaves (Dahlias -Penny Black).  But before even getting started I made masks using the Inkadinkadoo Masking Paper for each flower and the leaf.  I've stamped and embossed the two side flowers first, added the masks and then stamped the leaves. The paper I've used is Strathmore 140 lb cold press watercolor paper and then I've colored the images using Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint and Picked Raspberry), I trimmed the paper to 4" x 5.25" and then mat with black card stock and adhered to an A2 Neenah white card stock base. Our Scripture Art (free art Scripture art for you!!) this week is from Mark 11:22 and I've printed it on Neenah 80lb white paper and diecut it from the Cottage Cutz Oval Cross-stitched die with my faithful old Cuttlebug!

Wonderful inspiring verse this week (as always!) from the Gospel of Mark.  It happens to be the book our Ladies Group from church is studying, we just started the Lisa Harper DVD series called "The Gospel of Mark - The Jesus We're Aching For" (Lifeway).
I appreciate the words of Jesus telling me to "have faith in God" - the faith I have in myself is flawed but God is not flawed, my faith in my faith is flawed but He is perfect in every way.  He is unparalleled in His compassion, mercy, grace and love.  I can trust and rely and believe God. He is faithful.  Even when the answer seems to be no when we have asked and believed for I can be assured that God has something so much better for me.  So have faith in God.

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a blessed week and don't forget to play along at Word Art Wednesday with us!

I really wanted to play in this 30 day challenge more often.
Thank you so much Kathy for all of your inspiration and creativity!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Word Art Wednesday and Coloring Challenge

Hello delightful friends and family!
Are you ready for another Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes (family friendly) Challenge?  This challenge (#240 & 241)  has the fabulous sponsor SIMON SAYS STAMP! Yippee!  Hope you link up with us for a chance to win a $25 gift voucher from the online store!  You can link up 5 different projects! We had a great turnout for the last challenge, so much inspiration from all over the crafting world.

Here is my card:

Simon Says Stamp!: Gingham Check background stamp
WPlus 9 Stamp: Doodle Buds (purchased at Simon Says)
Coloring Medium: Zig Clean Color Markers
Ink: Archival Jet Black and Chrome Yellow (background)
Die:We R Memory Keepers (not sure the name of the die but it looks like a polaroid picture frame)
Ranger water color paper. Signa Uni-ball white pen
Scripture Art - Word Art Wednesday (FREE to download!!)

I will also be sharing this card at the Daily Marker for the 30 Day Coloring Challange

 The Scripture Art today  begins with " When I consider...." so I would just like to share a thought I had on that.  Have you considered the Creator, the works of His hands, how He has placed everything perfectly in our universe for us to live? It can truly be mind boggling if you start thinking about how everything works so perfectly. Also, "When I consider...." how much He loves me! (that's really mind boggling!) And yet, He has a purpose for me that He determined before the very foundation of the world. And He has a purpose for you as well.   It is up to us to begin to seek Him, get to know Him and then He begins revealing what His plan is for our lives.  Once we become a child of God it is easy to see His hand at work around us but can we see His hand at work in our lives?  He wants to be working in and through us so the question I have for all of us reading this is - Have you considered how the Lord is working in you and is it reflecting His Word and His Son, Jesus Christ?  Believe me when I say that these are questions I have asked myself, to examine my motives and actions.  To follow up, here is a verse that I've been "considering" and prayerfully meditating on in Ephesians 2:10 " For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Am I walking and imitating my Savior?  He has prepared a way for us to walk for His glory and our good and it's walking in love for the benefit of ALL. EVERY LIFE we come into contact with is valuable and precious in the eyes of God.  I hope and pray that I'm reflecting the Father's love and I hope that is your desire as well. We live in such perilous times and it's time to step up and walk in a Christ-centered love and make a difference to those around us.  

Thanks so much for visiting and have an excellent week!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Scene Birthday - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!
I'm playing along with the 30 Day Coloring Challenge,   Bold and Bright Seize the Birthday Challenge  and  Simon Says Stamp create a scene Wednesday challenge with this card:

This is Harley the Dog from Whipper Snapper Designs that I've colored with Tombow Markers on Strathmore 140lb watercolor paper and the background is done with Peerless watercolors on Ranger watercolor paper.  The birthday sentiment is from the Darkroom Door Rubber Stamps called Brushed Sentiments.  I've colored the sentiment with Tombow Markers and then took a #2 brush and water to smooth it out on the Ranger water color paper.  The little hermit crab is from Lawn Fawn (sea critters)I've added Glossy Accents to the shell and the sunglasses.

Thanks so much for visiting today, have a fantastic week!  Hope to see you back on Wednesday for our Word Art Wednesday challenge (one of our sponsors this time will be Simon Says Stamp!)

Restore us, O God Almighty; make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.  Psalm 80:7


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tickled Pink - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family,
Here is another baby card I colored this one for our neighbor's little bundle of joy!
I am sharing this at the Daily Marker for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

This is one of my all time favorite baby stamp that I've had for ages.  The buggy is from Unity Stamps and it's called Tickled Pink.  I've colored with Peerless water colors.  
Other ingredients:
 Sentiment ( Taylored Expressions) 
Cross Stitched Oval dies (Cottage Cutz)
 Pattern paper  (Doodlebug Designs)  
 Card Stock (Bazzill)
Polka Dot embossing folder, Wink of Stella (clear)

Thanks for visiting and that is it for me today!  Have a fabulous Sunday!! 

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.  Psalm 100:1


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

30 Day Coloring Challenge - Welcome Baby

Hello Delightful friends and family,
I've been coloring almost daily, just have a difficult time getting time to post them!  Here is one for a baby shower I will be attending.

I will enter this at the 30 Day Coloring challenge at the Daily Marker Blog be sure and check out all the inspiration!

The stamps are from Taylored Expressions and I've colored with Zig Clean Color markers. I've used two dies, a scallop circle from Spellbinders and LaLa Land stitched circle, the pattern paper is from Doodlebug Designs.  I have another baby card in the works! Hope to post it tomorrow.

Jesus again spoke to them, saying "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."  John 8:12

Have a blessed week! 


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Empowered by God's Peace - Word Art Wednesday #238 and #239

Hello Delightful friends and family!
Hope all my USA friends and family had a fun day celebrating Independence Day!  We had a nice barbecue at our daughter's home, then went to our other daughter's home to see the fireworks!  Fun times!

Well it's time for our Word Art Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes - Family Friendly).  This will be challenges #238 & 239.  Be sure and check out the other designers' cards for some creative inspiration!

Here is my card!  (sorry the verse is a little fuzzy)

I've stamped onto Arches 140 lb water color paper with Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger white embossing powder.  The stamp set is the Stamper's Anonymous stamp set called Flower Garden. I fussy cut the top part of the flowers and then popped them up with dimensional adhesive.
I've used my brand spanking new Zig Clean Color brush markers to color the flowers, my daughter got these for me for my birthday (thank you Amy!) 
I am looking forward to giving this card away to a friend that is going through a rough time right now.  Her husband just found out he has stage 3 lung cancer last week and about a month ago she was laid off from her job.  Thankfully, her husband is a veteran and he can get his treatment locally which will be a huge blessing for them.  The Scripture on the card will be an encouragement to them both.  They are trusting Jesus to see them through this tough time. 
 It's so ironic that this past week in our ladies Bible study (Armor of God - Priscilla Shirer) we were on the verse that was about how our feet were to be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.  So our homework all week long was about "peace" and isn't that just like our Lord to work that out to encourage his children! The Lord is good! I suppose I shouldn't say "ironic" but "divine intervention".  God's peace passes understanding!
Here is the Scripture art that is free to use:

This weeks challenge sponsors are Paper Smooches and All Dressed Up!! So be sure and play along for a change to win one of the prizes!!

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