Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Voice of Thanksgiving


It's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday. As we look at our focus verse for this challenge, we see that it is all about praising the Lord and bringing glory to His name. We are to tell others of all the wonderful things He has done for us and to do so with thanksgiving. It is a privilege to thank the Lord for what He’s done.

Daily gratitude challenges are popular on social media during the month of November. I’ve seen them criticized because “we should be thankful every day, not just during one month of the year.” That is absolutely true. However, being humans, we tend to be forgetful. Do we truly express our gratitude daily? If so, do we do so publicly? I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a challenge to remind us to be grateful for everything, big and small, with which the Lord has blessed us. And, just maybe, after expressing our thanksgiving for 30 days, we’ll develop the habit to continue even after November is long gone.

Expressing our thanksgiving to the Lord for the wonderful things He has done in our lives is important in our daily quiet time with Him. It is a type of worship to acknowledge how He’s working in our lives and thanking Him for it. It is also a great testimony to others to openly express our gratitude for the blessings we have and to give the Lord the praise for those things. It’s more than saying, “I’m thankful I have a good job.” Believers and non-believers would express the same. It brings the Lord glory for us to say, “I’m so thankful that the Lord worked out the details for me to have such a good job.” This puts the focus where it belongs. Developing a spirit of thankfulness and expressing it opening and frequently will lift our own spirits and change our attitude. Let’s not only be thankful people, but let us also be open in expressing our thanksgiving to the Lord.


For this week's sketch I used Sweet Sunday Sketch #218 with the measurements given by Kristie Marcotte in this blog post as my inspiration for the card design. One of our sponsors this week is The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. Then generously gave me the Sunflower Season stamp set to use. I stamped the image and colored it with Copic Markers. After die cutting and matting it, the image panel was adhered to the front of the card. I used my own digi stamp of this week's focus verse and cut it into a flag shape, matted it and adhered it to the bottom right side of the card. Some Stickles in the middle of the flower add the final touch of sparkle.

Supplies:
Sketch - Sweet Sunday Sketch #218
Cardstock: Park Lane #110 white for card base, Georgia Pacific white for sentiment, Copic Paper for Markers for image, Bazzill (Gold Coins, Mud Pie) Recollections (kraft), Orange brand unknown
Patterned Paper - Authentique (Pioneer Plaid)
Stamps - Psalm  26:7 (my own digi design), Stamp Simply clear stamps (Sunflower Season)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics - Y15, 17, 19; YG21, 23, 35; W1, 3, 7
Tools/Embellishments - Our Daily Bread Designs dies (Double Stitched Rectangles, Double Stitched Pennant Flags), Stickles (Cinnamon)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crop Stop Challenge #45 - Use items/brands found in the Crop Stop Store (I used Ranger, Memento, Fiskars, Scotch, Cuttlebug)
Crafty Creations Challenge #377 - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you'll come back soon.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Autumn Arrangement

Hello!! I truly haven't fallen off the face of the earth. I messed up my back and have been spending the last few weeks recovering. Anyway, it's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we're focusing on Proverbs 9:10, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." The fear talked about in this verse is a reverential respect for the Lord. This leads to a submission to the Lord in whatever He wants us to do.When we submit ourselves to the Lord, we can learn what it truly means to be wise. When we learn to trust the Lord, and have that level of respect (fear) for Him, we can understand what does and doesn't please Him. I truly believe this reverential respect for the Lord is a very necessary element for living a life that pleases the Lord.



I'm still easing back into crafting so I used Mojo Monday Sketch #453 (with the measurements as figured out by Kristie Marcotte on her blog post here) for my card design. I colored the image with copics quite awhile ago but I lost my notes that listed the colors I used. Some glossy accents in the middle of the flowers adds some dimension and a bit of shine. The image was fussy cut and adhered to an embossed panel that was matted and popped up over the background papers. The sentiment was trimmed into a fishtail banner, matted and also popped up over the background. The little flag at the top left of the card is the final embellishment.

Supplies:
Card base: Park Lane #110 cardstock (white)
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Echo Park (The Perfect Autumn 6 x 6 pad)
Digi Stamps: WORDart by Karen (Proverbs 9:10), Deedee's Digis (Autumn Blessings - store closed)
Tools/Embellishments - Copic Markers, Cuttle Bug embossing folder (Basket Weave), Glossy Accents

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Use Your Stuff Challenge #335 - Mood Board Challenge
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #167 - Autumnal Colors
Crop Stop Link Party #44 - Use items/brands found in the Crop Stop Online Store (I used Cuttlebug, Fiskars, Scotch, Ranger Glossy Accents)
Dare 2B Artzy October Challenge - Fall

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll come back soon. I also hope you'll check out the projects on the Word Art Wednesday blog that were made by the rest of the DT. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Sunflower Season

This week at Word Art Wednesday, our sponsor is Stamp Simply. Earlier this year, they were kind enough to send me two stamp sets. I have three cards to share with you today featuring the image from one of the sets and sentiments from both.


This first card uses the image from Sunflower Seasons. I stamped it with Versafine ink on some watercolor paper and then used Distress markers and a water brush to color it. I used Freshly Made Sketches #249 for my card design. Some Wink of Stella glitter marker in the center of the flower adds some sparkle. The sentiment is from the Thinking of You Rose stamp set and was heat embossed on a strip of watercolor paper.

Cardstock: Park Lane (#110 white for cardbase), Bazzill (brown), Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Patterned Paper: Echo Park (A Perfect Autumn 6 x 6 pad)
Stamps: Stamp Simply (Sunflower Season, Thinking of You Rose)
Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black)
Distress Markers: Shabby Shutters, frayed Burlap, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade
Tools/Embellishments: Gina Marie Designs (enamel dots), Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen (clear), Simon Says Stamp embossing powder (clear)

I'm entering this card in the following challenge: 
Crop Stop Challenge #443 - Use item or brand from the Crop Stop online store (I used Fiskars, Tsuineko, Ranger/Distress and Bazzill.



For the next card, the sunflower image was repeatedly stamped on watercolor paper with VersaMark ink and white heat embossed. Distress inks and a water brush were used to color the image. The sentiment, also from the Sunflower Seasons stamp set was heat embossed on a piece of vellum. A kraft frame was die cut and the vellum strip was adhered behind it. Foam tape was used to raise the frame up above the water colored panel. The framed panel was matted with cardstock before being adhered to the card base. Some glossy dots finish off the card. My card design was based off a sketch by My Favorite Things (MFTWSC247).


Cardstock: Park Lane (#110 white for cardbase), Bazzill (yellow), Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper, Recollections (kraft), Taylored Expressions (vellum)
Stamps: Stamp Simply (Sunflower Season)
Ink: VersaMark, Distress Ink (Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean, Ground Espresso Gathered Twig, Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover)
Tools/Embellishments: Pink & Main Glossy Dots (silver), Simon Says Stamp embossing powder (white), My Favorite Things Die-namics (Blueprint 1, Blueprint 29)


For my last card, I kept things very simple and let one of my favorite sentiments from Sunflower Seasons take center stage. Four patterned paper rectangles were mounted on cardstock and then matted before behing adhered to the card base. The sentiment was stamped, die cut and double matted before being popped up over the patterned paper panel. It doesn't get much easier than that.

Cardstock: Park Lane (#110 white for cardbase, #65 burgundy), Bazzill (green), Georgia Pacific (white for sentiment)
Stamps: Stamp Simply (Sunflower Season)
Ink: VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Tools/Embellishments: Spellbinders Dies (Standard Circles Large and Small, Petite Scalloped Circles Large)


For those in the path of Hurricane Florence, I do hope you'll stay safe. Be careful!

I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all those that voted for my card in the Paper Sweeties contest. Thanks to you taking the time to go vote for me, I won the contest. Here is a pic of my prize:



I am truly humbled by how many of you voted. Thank you so much!!

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you'll visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the projects from the rest of the Design Team. We even have a new DT member being introduced today. Please give my good friend, Tamara, a warm welcome. Also, please be sure to visit our sponsor, Stamp Simply. They have many beautiful stamp sets that are sure to catch your eye.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Celebrate Your Special Day



I wanted to take part in the Mod Squad Challenge this week. For the challenge this week, you had to use your acrylic block to stamp the background. I also wanted to participate in the weekend color challenge on the Christian Card Makers FB group. Here is the palette we were given:



I used covered my acrylic block with two shades of purple distress ink and then spritzed it with water. I stamped this on my block and let the block sit on my cardstock for a couple minutes. I used my heat gun to dry it but still set it aside for a couple hours to completely dry. I then stamped an old Gina K Designs butterfly with black ink in my stamped square. I die cut the panel and double mounted it on two shades of green cardstock. Yes, I know the stamped block is off-center, we're going to go with it's an "artistic card." LOL The sentiment was stamped and then double mounted with two shades of purple cardstock. Some bling was added to the butterfly's body and some stickles were used to accent various parts of the wings. Nuvo Crystal Drops were scattered on the stamped panel and also used for the butterfly's head.

It's a very different look for me. But it's good to step out of your comfort zone every now and then. In real life, the colors match the palette much better.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Park Lane (card base), Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (green cardstock), DCWV (dark purple cardstock), Unknown embossed light purple cardstock
Stamps: Gina K Designs (butterfly - retired), Paper Sweeties (Love You to Pieces)
Ink: Distress Ink (Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac), VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Tools/Embellishments: Our Daily Bread Designs (Double Stitched Rectangle Dies), Nuvo Crystal Drops (clear), The Paper Studio (bling), Stickles (Star Dust)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
ModSquad Challenge - Stamp Your Block Cardmaking Challenge
Crop Stop Linky #43 - Use items or brands found in the Crop Stop online store (I used Distress Ink, Tsuineko, Ranger, Scotch, Bazzill)
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Anything Goes with Option of Purple

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you'll come back soon.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Teach Me

Hello! Happy Wednesday!! The focus verse for the new challenge at Word Art Wednesday is perfect for this time of year. Psalm 143:10 says, "Teach me to do thy will: for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness." As we are in "back to school" mode, we are thinking about teachers and students. The Psalmist is asking the Lord to be his teacher and to teach him how to follow the Lord's will. The Psalmist recognized that the Lord is good and wants to be taught how to live uprightly (righteously, justly, honestly). What a good prayer for each of us to pray. The Lord wants to help us and teach us how to live a righteous life. He is a very patient teacher. All we have to do is ask and obey Him.


As you can tell, I'm ready for fall. I love this autumn leaves paper and was able to make my card with all scraps. Even the cardstock was left over from other projects. The only full sheet was for the sentiment since I had to run that through the computer. I used Mojo Monday Sketch #341 as my inspiration but put my own spin on it. The sentiment panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle die and then double matted. Three flag banners were attached to the right edge in varying lengths. The sentiment panel was popped up with foam squares over the background layer. As a final touch sequins were scattered over the card and each one topped with clear Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Park Lane #110 (card base), Georgia Pacific (white for sentiment panel), Bazzill (green), Recollections (kraft, burgundy)
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio
Stamp: WORDart by Karen
Tools/Embellishments: Our Daily Bread Designs Dies (Deco Borders, Double Stitched Rectangles), The Paper Studio sequins, Nuvo Crystal Drops (clear)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crop Stop Challenge #42 - Use items/brands from the Crop Stop store (I used Cuttlebug, Fiskars, Scotch, and Tonic)
Mod Squad Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you'll be able to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog and see the projects made by the rest of the Design Team and pick up the free digi. Please come back soon.

I also wanted to thank those of you who have voted for my card in the Paper Sweeties contest. The contest is still running through 11:59PM EST on Friday, 8/31 and the vote is really close. You can vote daily (per IP adress/device) and I would truly appreciate your vote. My card is #12 and has  6 triangles on it. To vote, click the word "Like" above my name (Stephanie W). Here is the direct link to where you can vote. Thanks again!



Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Paper Sweeties 6th Birthday Challenge



My card today is one I made for the Paper Sweeties 6th Birthday Challenge. I used a sketch from the Christian Card Maker's Facebook Group for the card design. For the triangles, I cut strips 2" wide by 3" long. I marked the strip on the 2" side at 1". Then I cut from the opposite corners to the 1" mark. I matted them and used my trimmer to trim out the matting layer.

This birthday challenge is also sort of a contest. The card with the most votes wins. If you are so inclined, I'd love to have you vote for me. If not, we'll still be friends. :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Paper Lane (Card base and pink), Simon Says Stamp (Audrey Blue), Georgia Pacific (white for sentiment strip), DCWV (glitter cardstock)
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio
Stamps: My Sentiments Exactly clear stamps
Ink: VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Tools/Embellishments: Pink and Main (Glossy Dots-Silver), Cuttle Bug EF (Victoria) 

I hope you have a great day! Thanks for visiting with me. Please come back soon!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Take Care of Others

Hello! I hope your week is going well. It's time for a new challenge over at the Word Art Wednesday blog. Our verse this week is Philippians 2:4, "Look not every man on his own tings, but every man also on the things of other." I hear a lot in social media about "self care" and "self love." The thought being that we need to look out for ourselves and take care of ourselves. While it is true that we need regular times for rest and relaxation, and we are to care for our bodies because they are the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Cor. 6:19). However, I think we have to be careful that we don't become selfish. It's very easy to slide into a mentality that puts oneself first. Today's verse tells us that we're to look out for others. This verse isn't giving us a license to be busybodies but instead is encouraging us to look for ways to help others. Find ways to lighten the load or brighten the day of someone else. It doesn't have to be something big. Maybe a few flowers from your yard that you know they like. Maybe send a card, email, or text just to let them know you're thinking of them. Maybe help with a chore or just provide a listening ear.


When I saw this Cat Silhouette stamp on the Bugaboo site, I just had to purchase it, especially since it was on sale! It goes well with my watermark, don't you think? I used two Copic markers to add some color and interest to the kitties. I flipped the image for the cat on the interior because I thought it looked better facing a different direction. I love that with digis you can not only re-size them but also flip them as needed.


Pink & Main is one of our sponsors this week. Some of their Pumpkin Spice patterned paper was layered over cardstock and adhered to a Half Shutter card base. I really like the graphic patterns and beautiful colors in this paper pad. It is the first time I've ever used Pink & Main's paper and I really like the weight and texture of it. It's very easy to work with. The colors in this paper pad are traditional fall colors and yet they are able to be used year round. And with the name of Pumpkin Spice you just can't go wrong. LOL I saw Kristie Marcotte's recent Pink & Main haul video where she talked about the Glossy Dots. When I visited their booth last weekend at a stamp show, I couldn't resist picking up some for myself (along with this paper pad and another one - considering all the fantastic items in her booth I think I showed great restraint. 😊). I used the Glossy Dots to accent both cat panels. The plain white panel was added to allow a space to write a message. Some twine adds interest to the front of the card.


I'm not sure it shows up well in the pictures, but stickles were added to some of the circles in the white background papers. It adds some nice sparkle that goes well with the Glossy Dots. You will be seeing a lot more of Pink & Main papers in the near future and I'm pretty sure this cat will be making multiple appearances as well.

Supplies:
Card Base: Our Daily Bread Designs (Half Shutter Card Base)
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (Tangelo)
Patterned Paper: Pink & Main (Pumpkin Spice 6 x 6 pad)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen (Philippians 2:4), Bugaboo Stamps (Cat Silhouette), Dare 2B Artzy (Prayers 4 You)
Ink: VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Copics: B02, YR04
Tools/Embellishments: Pink & Main Glossy Dots (Silver), Our Daily Bread Designs dies (Double Stitched Rectangles), Jillibean Soup Bean Stalks (Blue/Green Twine), Stickles (Diamond)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crop Stop Link Party #42 - Use brands/items found in the Crop Stop Store (I used Fiskars, Scotch, Ranger, Tsukineko, Jillibean Soup, Bazzill, Cuttlebug)
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge #372 - Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges #71 - Going in Circles
Cute & Crafty Challenge #7 - Use an Animal

Thank you for visiting with me today. I hope you'll be back soon. Please be sure to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog for your free digi and to see the rest of the projects from our Design Team. Also, please be sure to visit our sponsors. Link up your projects at the Word Art Wednesday blog to have an opportunity to win a prize.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Daydreaming Bear

It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week, we are focusing on Psalm 92:4, "For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands." In this verse, the Psalmist is remembering all that the Lord has done for him. His heart is glad over the wonderful things he has received and experienced and he is rejoicing in what the Lord has done. When was the last time we spent time just thinking about all the wonderful things the Lord has done for us? The Lord is so good to us and provides so much for us every day. Sometimes the good things He does for us are keeping things from us - not just providing things for us. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it.


I did some Copic coloring on this sweet bear image for my card today. The bottom edge of the panel was die cut and then double matted with a cardstock layer and a eyelet border.The Copic colored panel and the matted verse were layered over patterned paper and then matted with cardstock before being adhered to the card front. The flower in her hair was embellished with Wink of Stella and a tiny gem. Nuvo Crystal drops in clear were added to the bear's nose and used to add drops on the copic panel.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Park Lane #110 (card base), Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (teal)
Patterned Paper: Recollections (Teal Paisley)
Digi Stamps: WORDart by Karen (Psalm 92:4), Beary Wishes (Daydreaming Bear)
Copics: C0; W1, 3, 5; BG000, 10, 11, 13, 15; R22, 24, 35; E11, 13, 15, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37
Tools/Embellishments: Simon Says Stamp Dies (Curved A2 Edge, Eyelet Arch Borders), Nuvo Crystal Drops (clear), Wink of Stella (clear), Gina Marie Designs (bling)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crop Stop July Link Party #41 - Use brands/items from the Crop Stop online store (I used Cuttlebug, Scotch, Tonic Studio, Fiskars, and Zig)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge #371 - Anything Goes

I hope you'll stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have made. I appreciate you taking the time to visit today. I'll hope you'll be back soon.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Like a Watered Garden

I hope your week is going well. I'm late to the party with my Word Art Wednesday post for this week. This has been a bad headache week and I've been trying to rest as much as I can. Our focus verse this week is Isaiah 58:11, "And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not." God rewards His people for their faithfulness. When we obey Him and follow His leading in our lives, He will provide for us even during the tough times. He will minister to our spirits and provide encouragement and satisfaction. God is always faithful and NEVER fails.

I needed easy this week so I went with a good sketch (Sweet Sunday Sketch #203) and used Kristie Marcotte's measurements as found on this blog post. Faux Stitching, stickles and a few gems are the only embellishments. This card will mail easily and hopefully be an encouragement.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Park Lane (white card base), Recollections (black)
Patterned Papers: Echo Park (Have Faith 6 x 6 pad)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen
Tools/Embellishments: Our Daily Bread Designs dies (Double Stitched Circles), Spellbinders dies (Standard Circles Large), Gina Marie Designs bling, Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen (Black), Stickles (Star Dust)

I hope you have a fantastic week and that you'll check out the rest of the design team projects on the Word Art Wednesday blog. Please come back soon.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Following the Shepherd

Happy 4th of July!! I am so thankful for our country and that she's celebrating her 242nd birthday!! It's time for another Word Art Wednesday challenge. Our verse this week is Psalms 23:6, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." This verse is the last one in the very familiar 23rd Psalm. Throughout the Psalm, the writer is talking about all the benefits of having the Lord as his Shepherd. Some of those benefits are being led along the right path, not having to face death alone, protection from enemies, comfort and in this verse a Home in Heaven. As my (pastor) husband often says, "You'll never be sorry for putting the Lord first." Yes, you'll face difficulties in the Christian life but you'll never have to face them alone.



For my card this week, I used the MFT sketch #268 as my inspiration. I used some of the beautiful papers from the Our Daily Bread Designs Americana Quilt paper pad. It's hard to see in the picture but there are stickles highlighting the pattern of the paper on the far left and also accenting some of the flowers on the larger patterned paper panel.

Supplies:
Cardstock: The Paper Studio Heavy Weight (white card base), Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (Cherry Splash)
Patterned Paper: Our Daily Bread Designs 6 x 6 (Americana Quilt)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen
Tools/Embellishments: Our Daily Bread Designs Dies (Double Stitched Rectangles, Bitty Borders Dies), Wright's ribbon, Gina Marie Designs Enamel Dots (Patriotic Sparkle), Gelly Roll white gel pen

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you'll have time to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to see more inspiration, pick up your free digi, and find out all the details on how you could win a nice prize from one of our fabulous sponsors!


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