Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Consider the Heavens

It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week our verses are from the book of Psalms. Psalms 8: 3,4 state, "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?" Have you ever visited a planetarium and seen the representation of the vastness of space, all the galaxies and millions of stars? Have you ever considered that the God that made all of that is the same one that loves and cares about you and what happens in your life? This is the same God that wants you to spend time with Him and tell Him all about your day. That just totally boggles my mind. Who am I that He should love and care about me? And you know....He loves you too and wants to have a relationship with you. You could just start the conversation with Him with, "Thanks for the beautiful sky you put above me."

This time I obviously focused on the stars part of our verse. I used some distress inks on watercolor paper to color a night sky. I spritzed it with watch and dabbed that off with a paper towel. I also spritzed it with shimmer spray to give a little sparkle. I used a retired MFT Peek-a-boo Stars die to cut rows of stars in my inked background and then backed it with glitter paper. A squre die cut window allows the focus to be on the verse. The verse cut-out was framed with blue glitter paper. The entire panel was matted on blue glitter paper and then adhered to a white card base.

Some stars cut from glitter paper using the Simon Says Stamp Christmas Cats die set were scattered on the card front. Each one has a small rhinestone for some extra sparkle. Some star sequins topped with Star Dust Stickles finish it off. Many of the items used on my card this week are available at our fantastic sponsor Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by to visit today. I hope you will check out the rest of the design team projects at the Word Art Wednesday blog and also visit Simon Says Stamp for some great new products.

I'm listing the products used below using affiliate links where possible. These links provide a small commission for me at no cost to you. For retired products, I will list similar current products below. I could not find the exact glitter paper from DCWV that I used online. The glitter paper I listed is a close match.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thinking of You

I apologize for being late getting this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge post up on my blog. My husband and I have been sick and I've been struggling to keep up. I think we are finally on the mend but it's been a long two weeks. For this week's challenge our focus verse is John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be trouble, neither let it be afraid." In this verse, Jesus is talking with His disciples and trying to prepare them for His departure after the Resurrection. He was telling them that He would leave them with a Comforter and give them peace. Not the type of transient peace that the world tries to offer but the deep, solid, lasting peace that comes from knowing that God is in control and is taking care of things. Because they would have the Lord's peace, they had not need of fear or worry. Wow! Sounds like what we need today doesn't it. Every day when you turn on the radio or TV or open your newspaper or web browser you find some new calamity, drama-filled situation or catastrophe. However, when we accept the Lord's peace we can go through life without fear or worry. God is in control. When we read our Bibles we can know the ending ahead of time. God wins!!!

One of our sponsors this week is Imagine That Digistamps. I used one of their FREE "try before you buy" sets called You Are My World. Since I was not feeling well, I chose to use one of the pre-colored images in the set. I printed out the boy and the globe and then fussy cut him out. I went around the edges of this panel with a 100 Copic marker. I saw this Fancy Fold Box Card by Deb Valder on YouTube. It carries a nice WOW factor but is still very easy to put together. I thought it would be great for this week's card. I embossed the panel behind the boy and the Scripture with a Cuttlebug Spots and Dots embossing folder. Some "nail head" embellishments finish off the front.

I used a sentiment from Dare 2B Artzy and a border stamp from Dylusions to decorate the other rectangular panel. The Dylusions stamps were new so I prepped them using some Versamark Ink according to a suggestion by Jennifer McGuire in this blog post. There is a spot inside the card for a message and another message could be written next to the stamped sentiment if you wish. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for the sentiment and border stamping. The base panel of the card was stamped with the Simon Says Stamp Gingham Background Stamp with Versamark Ink. I really like the subtle texture this stamp adds to the otherwise plain card base. Crop Stop is our other sponsor this week and they carry both the Memento ink and Versamark ink. Crop Stop has a lot of your favorite brands. Be sure to check them out.

I really like the way the card stands up by itself for display. This is a quick and easy fancy fold card. I hope you'll give it a try.

I used several retired items and items from my stash that had no manufacturer label. For that reason, I won't be listing my supplies with photos this time. However, I will give a supply list below.

Supplies:Recollections (kraft), Georgia Pacific (white)
Patterned paper: RAK from my stash
Stamps: Digi Stamps: WORDart by Karen, Imagine That! (You Mean the World to Me) - Clear Stamps: Dylusions (Clearly Borders), Dare 2B Artzy (Prayers 4 You) -- Rubber Stamp: Simon Says Stamp (Gingham Background Stamp)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Embellishments: The Paper Studio Nail Heads, Cuttlebug Embossing folder (Spots and Dots)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Creative Playground Challenge #6 - Fancy Folds
Addicted to Stamps and More Challege #201 - Anything Goes

I hope you'll stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the rest of the Design Team projects and to link up your own projects for an opportunity to win one of two great prizes. Thanks for visiting with me today.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Red Floral Trio

It's time for another Word Art Wednesday challenge. This time we're looking at 2 Corinthians 3:17, "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty." Earlier in the 3rd chapter of 2 Corinthians, Paul was talking to the Corinthian believers and telling them that they are epistles (letters) of God. Their lives would show those around them how the Lord can work in people's hearts. The Spirit of the Lord lives in each believer.  When they are walking in fellowship with him, they can feel the liberty and boldness to share the Gospel with others. They can feel His prompting to do wrong or how to avoid temptation. There's a song that talks about how our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. So how are we doing? Are we good ambassadors for the Lord and do our lives point others to Him?

Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp (SSS). Be sure to link up this week for a chance to win some shopping money at SSS. You can enter up to 5 of your family-friendly projects that have a positive sentiment. We'd love to see what you have made. This week I pulled out my Always and Forever stamp set {it has retired - I'll like some good substitutes down below}. I stamped 3 of the large flowers and 5 of the leaves with Memento ink and then Copic colored them. The flowers were accented with a white gel pen and some yellow stickles. The flowers and leaves were fussy-cut and a black marker was run around the cut edge.

The sentiment was cut using the A2 Curved Edge Die.  Some navy Recollections cardstock borders each side of the panel and some faux stitching finishes off the edges. After adding a strip of patterned paper to the bottom of a navy cardstock panel, the sentiment panel was layered over it. The flowers and leaves were arranged at the top with two of the flowers being given some dimension with the use of some 3D pop dots. To finish off the card some holographic gold star sequins and some dark blue sequins in 3 different sizes were scattered on the card front and topped with Star Dust Stickles. The finished size is an A2 top-folding card.

Simon Says Stamp strives to be a one stop shop. I think they do a fantastic job and they are my favorite online crafty store. Their shipping and customer service are fantastic!! Here are some new items they have in the store:

A beautiful floral stamp set with coordinating dies. These look so fun to color!
Simon Says Stamps And Dies FLORAL SHAPES Set259FS

These happy stamps are sure to brighten anyone's day. They also have coordinating dies.
Simon Says Stamps And Dies HAPPY DAYS Set258HD

Waffle Flower have such pretty colors in these stamp pads!
Waffle Flower UP AND RUNNING Dye Ink Pad SET 121000

I have heard lots of great things about these Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens. They are on my "want to try" list.

 Crafter's Companion VINTAGE HOME Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens SPECNSPAVINH3

For those who like Pocket Letters, Project Life Scrapbooking or are just looking for a a little variety for the front of their cards, these Pocket Pages Cards are such a great idea!

Me And My Big Ideas PEONY LOVE Pocket Pages Themed Cards TPC36

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Add Shimmer (I used Stickles)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Use Patterned Paper
Mod Squad Challenge - All that Glitters (I used 2 colors of Stickles)

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you'll check out all that Simon Says Stamp has to offer. Also be sure to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to pick up your free digi and see what the rest of the Design Team have made. Supplies used for my card are listed below. This post uses affiliate links. Shopping via these links earns me a small commission at no extra cost to you.


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