Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello Delightful Friends and Family
Hope you are having a great day!  Here it is already time for another Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes (Family friendly) Challenge (#276 and #277).  Hope you will link up with us at the blog and share your art.  I mainly do cardmaking but with an Anything Goes challenge you could share your Bible Journaling page, any mixed media, scrapbook layouts etc. We would love to see it and you may win a prize, too! You can share up to 5 new projects.
Here is my card, I played with my new Distress Oxide Inks (finally!!).

I began with 100lb Hammermill  Photo white card stock, normally I use the Neenah 80lb for just about everything, but I wanted to "mist" my paper after stamping with the Oxide inks so I went with the heavier card stock. (It probably would have been fine with the Neenah,)
I chose Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint and Wilted Violet inks for my card. The stamp set was an old Taylored Expressions Kit stamp set (Sending Smiles, retired) .  It had solid flowers and just the right size I wanted to use.  First I die cut the Scripture word art with a Spellbinder Circle.  Then using the negative of the die cut I used it to draw a circle (pencil) so I would know where I wanted to place the flowers and leaves.
I started with the pink flowers and added some of the leaves, then I filled in with the violet flowers, added more leaves and the violet berries. After stamping the first layer of all the flowers I used my Mini Mister to spray water over the inks and then watched them "oxidize", dried it with a heat gun and then I added some doodling with my white Signa Uni-ball pen. I framed out the Scripture with green card stock that was die cut using two of the circle dies.  I added a leafy branch (Taylored Expressions die) and some natural hemp cording for a bow. I also inked around the edges and last but not least  adhered it to my card base.

Here is our free Scripture Art, you don't have to use it on the project you share but it's always fun to see them when you do!

This is a really good verse to memorize.  If you read all of Psalm 90 you can read that the Psalmist is comparing God's eternity to our mortality and then he writes about God's wrath due to our sin, then comes a plea for grace and compassion, and then a plea for the Lord's favor to rest upon us. 
 Knowing that our lives are just a vapor compared to eternity makes me so thankful for what Jesus has done for me.  He took the wrath of God intended for me upon Himself on the cross, so that I might have right standing/God's favor on my life.  Now I know that my life has meaning and it's so important to fulfill God's purposes for me here on this earth.  
 I pray for wisdom, discernment and understanding almost daily and know that it only works if I apply it. (Reading His Word is of utmost importance if we want to grow!)  It takes being mindful of God working in us, we must take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ so that we can number our days and apply our hearts to wisdom. As I said our earthly life is so brief compared to eternity. I want to run this race with endurance and finish well. With the Lord's help I know I will.

Thanks for visiting today and may God's favor rest upon you!!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge and Spring photos

Hello Delightful friends and family!

Sharing this card at the Daily Marker for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  Oh and by the way happy Spring to you all!  I've added some pictures from my yard that tell me that Spring has arrived.  Funny that my card today is a Christmas one!!

This will be one we will be making in class in April to continue my "1 Christmas card a month in a class" promise to the gals who take my classes.  I fell in love with Kay Miller's card here  (thanks for the inspiration Kay!) I wish I had the same color of green c/s she used but anyway I added my own twist to it and CASE'd it.  The ingredients are listed below.

Stamps - Penny Black Winter Joy, Rejoice with Joy; Hero Arts - Branches
Paper: Bazzill Green Apple card stock, Strathmore 140lb cold press watercolor paper; red & black card stock and the base is 80lb Neenah bright white.
Ink: Ranger Dye Ink Lily Pad; Distress Inks, Mowed Lawn, Iced Spruce, Antique Linen, Fired Brick; Tombow Marker #847 (red)
Dies: Lawn Fawn Fancy Scallop Rectangle
Versamark Ink; Ranger White Embossing Powder
Making Memories Spotlight acrylic paint; Micron Black Pen (to trace around holly and berries.
3M Dimensional Adhesive

Here are my Spring photos:
Flowering Cherry

Wisteria bud

Bee collecting  pollen

Thanks so much for visiting and have a blessed day!

You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy." But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:43-44


Thursday, March 16, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Delightful Friends and Family,

This is a card I was working on for a class next month (Flower Power) at Scrapper's Edge, all the cards will be focused on flowers (of course!).  I've colored this with Tombow markers and the layering stamp is called Believe from Hampton Arts.  The background colors are Distress Inks and I've used 140lb cold press watercolor paper (Strathmore).  I will be sharing this at the Daily Marker blog for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I've been coloring nearly every day, just don't get things posted like I should!

Thanks so much for visiting and hooray it's less than a week until it's officially Spring!!

You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb.  Psalm 139:13
(Love that the Lord knows us before we are even born!!)


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Word Art Wednesday Challenge 274 and 275

Hello Delightful Friends and Family,

I have a real simple card to share today.  I've used a Heidi Swapp stencil to create this background.
It's time for our Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes - Family Friendly Challenge.  Hope you will link up and share with us, it's a two week challenge and you can enter up to 5 times!

I wish the photo did this justice.  The butterflies are so shimmery with the Perfect Pearls added after blending the three ink colors. 

Here are the ingredients I've used:
Heidi Swapp butterfly stencil
Distress Inks - Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon
Paper: white Vellum, Hammermill 100lb white card stock
Perfect Pearls spray, Ranger Glacier White Enamil Accents
Copic Markers: BG0000, BG10, W0, W1
Word Art Karen Murray

Our Word art today is from the book of Revelation.  Our future hope of a world without sorrow is expressed in this verse from Revelation 21.  Everyone experiences sorrow.  It is just a part of this life. The Bible talks about different types of sorrow.  There is one that is very important and it is the sorrow we have when we repent.  It is called godly sorrow and it leads to life. It is the complete opposite of wordly sorrow that leads to death.  (read 2 Corinthians 7:9-10)
I am looking forward to that time coming when sorrow will end.  I just felt led to share the verse before the one featured in our Word art.  It is Revelation 21:3 is says: 
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them and they shall be His people, God Himself will be with them and be their God."
In Genesis, God walked with Adam & Eve in the Garden and in the Gospel of John "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" tells us that Jesus, God in the flesh walked among those in Israel so we look forward to the day when God again will be dwelling with us. He will wipe away all our tears, there will be no more death, sorrow, crying or pain!  What a day that will be when our Jesus we shall see!  To God be all the glory.

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to check out Word Art Wednesdays Challenge!


Monday, March 6, 2017

No Line Coloring Part 2 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hey there Delightful Friends and Family!

Here is the final coloring of this poppy stamp from Penny Black.  I don't think I mentioned in my last post that I originally stamped this with Distress Ink Antique Linen.  I'm not going to mess with this anymore.  Next time you see this it will be on a card with a sentiment!  I've added another layer of paint and lightly colored the background blue and gray with a little bit of negative painting in a darker gray.
This is Day 6 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge! Just getting this in under the wire!

Thanks so much for visiting!  Hope you are having a colorful day!

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  Galatians 5:13


Sunday, March 5, 2017

No Line Coloring - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!
Crazy weather here in northern California!   Lots of hail and even more snow in the lower mountain ranges. So I'm now staying in and working on my no line coloring technique!  This is really hard for me and I really want to learn this skill. I was hoping to share this  technique in a class next month but I don't think I'm ready to do that.  Maybe after lots and lots of practice, which means lots and lots of coloring!  I still need to add another layer of color and figure out the background on this.  Maybe tomorrow I will have that done and ready to post (at least the coloring portion).
This is Day 5 of the 30 day coloring challenge.

Stamp: Penny Black
Paper: 140lb Strathmore watercolor paper
Watercolor: Simply Art 36 cake paint set
Brushes #2, #3, #6, #0/2

Thanks so much for visiting and have a color happy day!
(the sun is peeking through, I tell ya, it's crazy weather time)

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Happy Thoughts - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hi there Delightful friends and family,

Can't believe I've posted 4 days in a row! Wow!  Today is going to a busy one but I finished up this card, it's been a card in progress.  Lots of stamping, lots of coloring and a bunch of doodling!  Finally I've finished it and can get it posted.  So as you read in the title this is for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.
This is also a card that I was working on for a class to be held in April at Scrapper's Edge for the CrafterNoon card class I teach.

Stamp: Paper Smooches Best Buds
Dies: Avery Elle Happy
Paper: Card Stock, blue, green, black; Neenah bright white (base) Strathmore 140lb cold press watercolor paper
Pens: Micron .30; Signa Uni-ball white pigment ink pen
Fun Foam (lime); Sizzix Big Shot

Thanks for visiting and have a colorful day!

Whenever I am afraid I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3


Friday, March 3, 2017

A Doggone Birthday Card - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
It's DAY 3 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge! Have you checked out the blog hop that started yesterday?  LOADS of crafty inspiration and lots of prizes, too!

Stamps: Crazy Dogs mini set (Stamper's Anonymous); Sentiment (Paper Smooches)
Paper: Doodlebug Designs; Neenah bright white; navy c/s
Coloring Medium: Zig clean color markers
Ink: Archival Jet Black; Ranger Dye Ink Blue Ribbon
Die: Spellbinders deckled rectangle
Glossy Accents; Liquid Pearls, Buttercup 

Fun card for my grandson who is turning 10 years old! The crazy dog looks like their Boxer named Belle in the face!

Thanks for visiting! Have a colorful day!

Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing Psalm 100:2


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Butterfly Kisses

Hello Delightful Friends & Family!

Day 2 of 30 Day Coloring Challenge:

Stamps: Penny Black (that would be Mimi!), Sentiment: C.C. Designs
Coloring Medium: Zig Clean Color Markers
Dies: Grass, Taylored Expressions; Label, Stitched Hillside, Label, Butterflies - Lawn Fawn
Inks: Oxide Distress Warm Lipstick, Archival Jet Black
Glossy Accents, Stickles
Paper: Echo Park and Lawn Fawn, Neenah bright white 80lb; Strathmore 140lb watercolor paper

Thanks for visiting!  Have a blessed day.

A man's heart deviseth his way: But the LORD directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Bloomin' Birthday - 30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 1

*This is my 2nd post today!

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!

It's time again for another fabulous 30 Day Coloring Challenge with Kathy at the Daily Marker.
I always have good intentions to color everyday and I often do but getting them posted is a whole different story! But here I am to play along for Day 1.  The lavender stamp I've used is a set from Taylored Expressions called Lavender Bouquet and the fun sentiment is also a TE stamp set called Bloomin' Boots.  I've colored with Zig Clean Color Markers on watercolor paper.  The background circle (I think I may squeal) is the new Oxide Distress Inks!!
 Here is what I did on the watercolor circle:
I started with laying down the ink on my craft sheet and spritzing with water.  I used Faded Jeans and did about 3 layers worth.  I was noticing some lavender colors showing when I add the droplets of water so I decided to add some Warm Lipstick to the mix as an experiment (because our store sold out too fast for me buy any other colors! (I only have the two mentioned above and Peeled Paint.)

So here is my card:

Thanks so much for visiting and have a colorful day!!

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Matthew 6:34


Rejoicing & Praying - Word Art Wednesday and Taylored Expressions!

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
So excited to share with you my card featuring stamps from one of our sponsor for Word Art Wednesday this week:  Taylored Expressions! Yay!
Taylored Expressions was the first online stamp company I ever ordered from and I just loved their sketch challenges and their Key Ingredient monthly kit (way back when!). Their products are fabulous and the design team is one of the best in the craft industry, if not the best! Such a creative group.  Thanks Taylor for being our sponsor and thank you for so much inspiration that you've shared with all of us crafters!  Wouldn't you love to win the prize for this challenge?? Go visit the Word Art Wednesday Challenge blog for challenge #272 and #273. And make sure you visit the Taylored Expressions Blog for more inspiration!

This stamp is from the set Light of the World which includes another stained glass image and four sentiments. Check out this link HERE.  I've used my Zig Clean Color markers to color and stamped the image with Jet Black Archival ink, using my MISTI for placement. I've stamped on 140lb cold press watercolor paper (Strathmore) cut to 4" x 5.25" and layered it on black card stock and adhered to a Neenah 80lb  white card stock base. The Scripture was printed on Vellum.
Here is a peek at the inside where I've used another T.E. stamp set called Easter Joy (retired).

I chose the stamp image with the stained glass cross to coordinate with the 1 Thessalonian verse. It was a reminder to rejoice in the fact that Jesus is no longer on the cross and the grave could not hold Him so that I could pray and have fellowship with Him without ceasing!  Isn't that great to know?  Sometimes it's hard to be thankful and rejoice when we are facing tough battles in this life, but the Bible tells us that He will never leave us nor forsake us and that we also can come boldly to the throne of grace in our time of need.  It seems lately that I've been spending much more time at the foot of His throne but I also know that He intercedes for me and knows the desires of my heart.  Remembering that helps me to be filled with joy and thanksgiving. I know that Jesus gives me the strength to do that with the help of His Holy Spirit and know with assurance that God is still at work even in the unknown! So run this race of faith with endurance and don't give up! God is faithful don't stop trusting, don't stop praying. Be encouraged!

Thanks so much for visiting today and please visit Word Art Wednesday and join us for this 2 week Anything Goes - family friendly challenge. You can link up 5 new projects!

I will be posting another card I made using two more stamp sets from Taylored Expressions for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge later today at the Daily Marker Blog!!