Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A Blessing to Others - Word Art Wednesday Challenge

It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday!  Did the last two weeks just fly by or what?!
We have a new sponsor for our challenge: Stamps of Life  ($25 gift card), thank you Stephanie Barnard!  I hope you will visit her store and blog and be inspired! There are so many adorable stamp and die sets in her store! She also has some great tips and videos to share there as well.

Here is my card for the challenge and the Scripture Art from Proverbs 11:25

I stamped the flowers on each side of the Scripture, the stamp set I've used is a very old set from Gina K Designs called One in a Million (it continues to be a favorite of mine!)  The butterflies are from Reverse Confetti : Hippity Hoppity stamp set.  I've done some simple coloring with Copic Markers and then added Kaiser Pearls and Doodlebug Matte Sprinkles (tropical assortment).
I've trimmed out my focal piece and matted it with black card stock, then mounted it on the purple card stock (Bazzill) and adhered to an A2 white card base.

The Scripture this week is a little difficult to understand in the old English but I think translating it into language that we would use, it makes perfect sense.
Simply put "A generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself" (NKJV); the New Testament equivalent would be what Jesus said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."  We reap the benefits of giving, especially when we aren't looking to be repaid.  God has promised to bless the generous soul with riches in this world, the next or both.  When we give, God knows how to give back to us.  We can't water others without being watered ourselves.  We can never out give God.  I once heard it said that He has the bigger shovel!  So whether I give of my time, my finances, whatever I give, with the right motives I know that God will bless me.  
Luke 6:38 says "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use, it will be measure back to you."
2 Corinthians 9:7 says "So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver."

May you be a cheerful giver, led of the Lord!  Thanks for visiting today.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Abundant Mercy Gives Hope - Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello Delightful Friends!

Hope your week is going well!  I'm a bit late posting this weeks Word Art Wednesday challenge due to "poor time management"! Just being real 😏

Our sponsor this week is the wonderful Sharon Johnson from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  Be sure and check out the blog and all the inspiration for the Stamp Simply design team!
I've used the stamp set Thinking of You Rose (the gold embossed rose colored with Peerless Watercolors) and the Coffee or Tea Die set.  I used the small cup and re-purposed it as a vase.  That was a fun way to extend the use of the die set. I am always looking for ways to use dies to get the most out of them.  I tried to give it a marbled look with alcohol inks on glossy paper and then die cut the shape.  I had a branch of leaves cut out from watercolor paper in my "stash" of "I need to use these someday" and yay(!) I finally used them! The background paper is a piece from the Crate Paper Collection of Chasing Dreams and with the Scripture Art theme of the resurrection I thought it worked nicely.

Our Scripture Art is downloadable at Word Art Wednesday!  We would love for you to use it in a project.  It's not required to use it to play along with the challenge and don't forget this is a Anything Goes - Family Friendly challenge and you can link 5 projects a week for the two week challenge.  Lots of opportunities to win!

Another great Scripture was chosen for today 1 Peter 1:3.  All of God's goodness to us begins with His being so merciful.  Peter, the author of this letter was the recipient of such mercy from our Lord, it makes it especially relevant in his writing of this letter.  This mercy is for each of us and it brings such a blessed hope to the soul. It's also a living hope because it is imperishable and will not fade away.  We can rejoice in this even in the midst of trials.  Peter was all too familiar with the trials and persecutions so in writing this he is encouraging all of us to know that even in the midst of tribulations we can hold onto the hope that comes through knowing the Lord Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection.  I would like to encourage you to read 1 Peter, it's a short letter and will speak to your heart in many ways I'm am sure of it.  Hope you have an especially blessed week in the Lord.
Thanks for visiting!