Sunday, March 29, 2020

He Will Bless Them

I am late to the party but it's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. The challenge started last Wednesday (3/25) but I had "one of those weeks" (haven't we all!) and am running late. I first want to check in with all of you. I hope you are doing well and staying healthy during this time of national emergency. I work for an essential business so I am still going in to work. We are all keeping to our own offices as much as possible and spraying the place down with Lysol (while it lasts) each evening. Hand sanitizer is in frequent use. My husband's weekday job was "paused" so he is home on a lay-off. It does give him more time for studying for his sermons. We are live-streaming our church's services from our living room. Doesn't everyone have a podium in their living room? :) I've added "Media Production" to my pastor's wife task list. LOL

In this time of uncertainty, our focus verse is very apropos, "He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great." Psalm 115:13. These are difficult times in our world to be sure. Knowing that none of this takes the Lord by surprise and that He is still in control brings such peace of mind. He hasn't forgotten us and will bless us. God doesn't care about our social status or age. He will bless all of those that fear Him regardless of their place in life. This is a comfort to me. What does it mean to fear the Lord? This isn't a terror type fear but one of respect and awe. This is the type of fear that motivates us to serve Him and live in a way that would please Him out of our love and thankfulness for what He has done for us.

In an effort to corral and ultimately use up my scraps, I recently went through all the scraps laying on my desk and cut them to 4" x 5.25". I was given a stacking plastic organizer for Christmas. These card front sized pieces were put in the top section. The smaller pieces, that were still of usable size, were separated out and put in the next section down. The bottom section contains some cardstock scraps that I'd used with some of the papers in the upper sections. Today's card uses paper from the top two sections. The downside of this organization method is that I don't know the manufacturer of my patterned paper. However, the scraps were overtaking me and desperate times called for desperate measures!

I used a large banner die to cut out the patterned paper from a two-sided 4" x 5.25" piece. Then I used a scrap of the same paper but used "side 2" to cut out just the top of the banner. A border die was used to cut a pinking edge on this piece and on a cardstock scrap to layer under it. The digi stamp of the cat and the verse were printed on white cardstock, cut to size and matted with cardstock. The design on the cat was colored with Copics. Some twine was threaded thru the banner and tied in a bow. This panel was layered on cardstock and then adhered to the card base. After adding the sentiment panel and some bling, some Nuvo glitter drops were added to the patterned paper for some extra sparkle.

A second card was made just like the first except the verse was traded out for this encouraging sentiment. I love this sentiment because it's also good for those with long-term or chronic illnesses as well as those going through a long-term difficult time. While they may never be "well" some days are better than others. Praying for them to have a good day acknowledges their illness/difficulty but also lets them know you are praying for them to have more "good" days than bad.

Cardstock: Recollections #110 (white for card base), Pen & Gear (white cardstock for sentiment panels), pink cardstock - unknown from stash, Simon Says Stamp (Audrey Blue)
Patterned Paper - unknown (maybe American Crafts but I'm not sure)
Digi Stamps: WORDart by Karen (Psalm 115:13), Bugaboo (Cat Silhouette), Deedee's Digis (Greatest Joys set - store now closed)
Copics:  RV32; R81, 85; BG10, 13
Tools/Embellishments: Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard), Darice bling, Park Lane bling, MFT Die-Namics (Pinking Edge - retired), Lawn Fawn dies (Stitched Party Banners), The Twinery baker's twine

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes
Dare 2B Artzy - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge: Use Patterned Paper

Thanks for stopping by to visit. I hope you will all stay healthy and while you are quarantined at home, that you will have more crafty time as a benefit.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Exceeding Abundantly

Hello! It's time for another challenge a Word Art Wednesday. This week we are focusing on Ephesians 3:20, "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." There have been so many times in my life when I've see the Lord do exactly what this verse says. I've asked Him to work in a situation and had an idea in my mind of what He would do. Instead He not only works in the situation, but He does so in a way that far exceeds anything I would have imagined He would do. At times like that, all I've been able to do is stand back and say, "Thank You, Lord! You are truly a wonderful and loving God! Thank You, thank You, thank You!!!" The Lord truly does have our best interests at heart and when we trust Him to work in a situation and don't try to run ahead of Him, we can be sure that we will experience His best for us. It might not look like we thought it would, but it is what is for our best.

This week DRS Designs is our generous sponsor. They generously provided me with this beautiful Medium Daisy Bloom red rubber stamp to play with. I ended up making two cards with it. For my first card, I stamped it randomly on my cardstock panel and colored both the flowers and the background with Copic markers. I then die cut an oval window in this panel, backed it with a piece of kraft cardstock with a smaller oval window and adhered both panels over the verse panel. Foam tape was used to pop up this entire piece over two layers of cardstock before being adhered to the card base. Some jewels in two different sizes finish off the card and add a little sparkle.

For my second card, I colored and fussy cut three of the images. Two of the flowers were adhered to the embossed brown cardstock and the middle one was popped up with foam squares. Baker's twine was wrapped three times around the lower portion of the panel before double matting the panel and adhering it to the card base. A doubled piece of  baker's twine was used to tie the bow. The sentiment popped up over the twine and embellished with some small jewels. Larger jewels finish off the flower centers.

Supplies for both cards unless otherwise indicated: 
Cardstock: Recollections (110# white for card base, kraft, cream {card #2 only}), Bazzill (Gold Coins), Georgia Pacific (white for images), Ms. Sparkle Embossed Paper Pad (Woodgrain - Card #2 only)
Stamps- WORDart by Karen (Ephesian 3:20 - Card #1), DRS Desings (Medium Daisy Bloom), Paper Sweeties (Get Well - Card #2)
Copics: Daisy - Y11, 13, 17, 19; E25, 29, Background for Card #1 - YG03, 95
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Tools/Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Jewels (gray), Card #1-Spellbinders Classic Oval Dies Large and Small Card #2 only: The Twinery baker's twine, Zutter Round-it-All 1/2", Stamp Simply Fishtail Banner Dies

I'm entering the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Add Flowers (card #2)
Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog Challenge #393 - Favorite Embellishment (jewels - I love to add bling to my cards)
Dare 2B Artzy  - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Some Green (card #1)

I hope you have a chance to check out the rest of the Design Team projects on the Word Art Wednesday blog and please be sure to visit our wonderful sponsor, DRS Designs. Thanks for visiting today.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Floral Gatefold Card

Hello! I sure hope your January was healthier than mine! I've been sick or recovering for the past 4-5 weeks. I'm still working on regaining energy but sure feel better than I did a couple weeks ago. Anyway, enough of's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we're focusing on 1 Corinthians 2:9, "But as it is written, eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." This verse should be such a great encouragement to us. The Lord has such wonderful things planned for those who love him that we can't even imagine them. This helps me trust Him when times are tough. I remember His love for me and how what He has planned is so much better than anything I could envision or plan for myself. He knows what is best for me so I can trust Him.

As I mentioned earlier, I have been under the weather for a while so I have not been able to spend much time in my craft room -- how I've missed crafting!! I thought I'd get back into card-making with one of my favorite but easy fancy folds, the gate fold card. If you are new to fancy fold cards, this one is a good introduction. I started with a piece of heavy weight white cardstock cut 5.5" by 8.5". Along the 8.5" side I scored it 2-1/8" from each end. I chose a pretty floral paper and a new-to-me die to use as a backer for the matted sentiment panel. I used some of my new favorite rose gold foil specialty paper to mat the patterned paper panels and for the sentiment panel backer. I finished off the card with some cream colored pearls. I didn't show it in the picture, but I used a 5/8" strip of the rose gold paper topped with a 1/2" strip of patterned paper to decorate the interior.

Cardstock: Recollections (#110 white for card base, Rose Gold Foil), Georgia Pacific (white for sentiment panel) scrap of red (I think Bazzill?) for matting sentiment.
Patterned Paper: Echo Park (Jack and Jill 6 x 6 pad)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen
Tools/Embellishments: Spellbinders Dies (Floral Swirls Tags), Want2ScrapBaby Bling Pearls (LaCreme)

I'm entering this card in the Crafty Hazel Nut's Patterned Paper Challenge (must use patterned paper).

Thanks for stopping by to visit. I hope you'll come back again soon.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

I Shall Not Be Moved

Happy New Year!! We've all said good-bye to 2019 and are now welcoming a new year, 2020. At Word Art Wednesday, we're starting the year with a new challenge. This week we're focusing on Psalm 16:8, "I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved." What a great theme verse for 2020! What a difference it would make in each of our lives if we set the Lord always before us. What if we made all our plans and decisions only after determining what He would have us do? We would be vastly different people. Because we would be seeking the Lord first in everything, He would help us remain steadfast and we would be able to say, "I shall not be moved." Last year, instead of choosing a word for the year, I chose a theme. My theme for 2019 came from Haggai 1:5, "...Consider your ways." I faced some definite challenges throughout the year, and having this verse posted on my monitor at work helped remind me to be aware of my actions and words. It was a great encouragement to me. I think this year, I'll post this verse and have this as my theme for 2020.

Our first sponsor for 2020 is Stamp Simply Clear Stamps. This online store carries some of your favorite brands as well as their own line of stamps and dies. They provided the Floral Cluster Summer Roses stamp set and the Floral Cluster and Sprigs die set for me to use on this week's card. I really like when a company keeps their customer's wallet in mind and makes multiple stamp sets to go with a single die set. That's exactly what Stamp Simply has done with their Floral Cluster series. There are four separate 4x6 stamp sets that coordinate with the die set. There is one stamp set for each season and the sentiments that go along with the stamp sets cover a wide variety of card making needs. You are able to purchase the stamp sets and the die set individually, or in the Floral Cluster Bundle with Die. Please check the website for all the details on what themes are included in each stamp set.

While the stamp and die are designed to curve around the perimeter of an oval or circle, I chose to have them anchor a banner that features our WORDart for the week. Be sure to pick up the free WORDart while visiting the Word Art Wednesday blog. You'll find lots of inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

I colored the image with Copics, and after popping it up on the card front with foam tape, I added Wink of Stella to the flower buds and some clear gems to the flower centers.

Cardstock: Recollections (#110 white for card base, red), Georgia Pacific (white)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park (Jack and Jill 6 x 6)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen (Psalm 16:8), Stamp Simply (Floral Cluster - Summer Roses)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Copics: R31, 81, 83, 85; YG21, 23, 25; W5
Tools/Embellishments: Stamp Simply Dies (Floral Cluster and Sprigs), WRMK dies (Party Banner - retired), Dare 2B Artzy (Leaf Background dies), The Paper Studio bling, Zig Wink of Stella (clear)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Something New (this stamp and die set are new to me as is the paper pad)
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - Use patterned paper

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you will visit again soon.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Consider What He's Done for You

Happy Wednesday!! It's time for the last Word Art Wednesday challenge for 2019! That is so hard to believe! As our thoughts turn to reflecting over the past year, this week's challenge verse encourages us to consider the wonderful things that the Lord has done for us. Because of all that He has done for us we should serve Him with all of our heart. During the busy-ness of the Christmas season, let's not forget to take some time to reflect on God's goodness and all the blessings He has given to us.

For this card, I used one of the Tri-Shutter card bases from Divinity Designs. I could not find this on their website so it may be a retired item. I matted and layered the two coordinating pattern papers on glitter cardstock for each panel.

The interior has a panel for a personal message that is decorated with small punched snowflakes that are accented by gems.

I really like Tri-shutter cards because of their "Wow!" factor. They stand up for display very well and there are plenty of panels to decorate if you like interior decorating.

Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white for sentiment panel), Darice (green glitter cardstock)
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye (Jingle All the Way 6 x 6 pad)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen

Tools/Embellishments: Spellbinders Snowflake dies, Nuvo glitter drops (White Bizzard), The Paper Studio (gems), Martha Stewart small snowflake punch

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #447: Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge: Use patterned paper
Mod Squad Challenge: Christmas / Winter

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you will visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have made. I also hope you'll visit our generous sponsors. We so appreciate their prizes to our participants. Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Birth of Jesus

Welcome back. It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we're focusing on Matthew 1:18, "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost." I've always been so challenged by Mary's complete willingness to be submissive to the Lord's plan for her life. She was young (some Bible scholars say even a young teenager) and yet when the angel told her that she was to bear the Christ-child, she didn't complain about how this news would change her plans or protest because there would be wagging tongues, she simply said, " it unto me according to thy word." (Luke 1:38) Oh, that I would have that sort of instantaneous, unquestioning obedience to the Lord! This Christmas season, let's not get so caught up in the "hustle and bustle" and forget the true meaning of Christmas. Christ truly is the reason we celebrate.

I kept my card simple this week to focus on the verse. The design was inspired by a sketch from My Favorite Things (MFTWSC312). Some flat gold embellishments and some Nuvo glitter drops add some shine and sparkle.

Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white for sentiment panel), Darice (green glitter cardstock)
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye (Jingle All the Way 6 x 6 pad)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen (Matthew 1:18)
Tools/Embellishments: Spellbinders Snowflake dies, Nuvo glitter drops (White Bizzard), Best Occasions Metal Dots

I'm entering this card in th following challenges:
A Place to Start December Challenge - Happy Holidays
Artsy Stamper Challenge #5 - Winter Holidays
Double Trouble Challenge #44 - Wrap it Up (use holiday papers)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Use patterned Paper
Tuesday Throwdown #446 - Anything Goes

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

I Will Sing

Happy Wednesday!! It's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we're focusing on Psalm 13:6, "I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me." This is the time of  year when we are especially conscious to express our gratitude for the things the Lord has done for us. It's easy to be light-hearted and sing to the Lord when things are going well. But do you know, that if you concentrate on the many wonderful things the Lord has done for you, it makes it easier to deal with the curve-balls of life? I've experienced that my self this week. While rejoicing over a long-term problem being resolved, we had a serious car issue occur this evening. However, when I think of all the Lord has done for me, not just in resolving the long-term problem but in the circumstances surrounding the car break-down (it occurred as I was pulling into a parking lot just a little over a mile from home), I can't help but continue to have a song in my heart and on my lips. The Lord is good to us on a day-to-day basis and having a heart filled with gratitude just makes your day go so much better.

For my card this week, I used a sketch by Mojo Monday (#469) for the card inspiration. Other than rotating the sketch 90 degrees, I followed it pretty closely and just added some bling and sequins as accents. Some faux stitching and white gel pen accents are the final embellishments.

Cardstock: Recollections #110 (for card base), Georgia Pacific (sentiment panel), Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Echo Park (A Perfect Autumn 6 x 6)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen (Psalm 13:6)
Tools/Embellishments: Spellbinders dies (Standard Circles Large & Small), Divinity Designs (Double Stitched Circle dies), The Paper Studio (sequins and bling), Gelly Roll (white gel pen), Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen (black)

Thank you for visiting with me today. I hope you'll stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the rest of the Design Team projects and to pick up your free digi.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

I Trusted in Thee

It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we're focusing on Psalm 31:14, "But I trusted in thee O Lord: I said, Thou art my God."  There are times in our lives that make us evaluate if we truly believe God is trustworthy. In this week's verse, the Psalmist has just made his evaluation and decision. Earlier this week, I was recounting to a friend of a time when I was in a deep valley and that I had to decide if what I said I believed about God and His comfort and strength was really true. I had to face that I could NOT go it alone in my own strength and that there was no earthly person who could fix things. I had to rely on the Lord and fully rest on Him. It was not easy or an overnight fix. I found a verse of comfort in the Bible that really spoke to me and imagined it as a trapeze bar that I was literally hanging onto with both hands. I felt like everything had dropped out from underneath me and that bar was all that was keeping me from falling. I would read, quote and pray that verse to the Lord and beg Him for His help. I acknowledged I couldn’t do it alone and needed His help. He was always faithful and kept me putting one foot in front of the other sometimes minute by minute. I agree with the Psalmist, "...I trusted in thee O Lord: I said, Thou art my God."

I chose to use this week's free WORDart (don't forget to go by the Word Art Wednesday blog and pick it up for yourself) on a book mark. I made the bookmark part of a gift set for a friend.

The verse was double matted before being adhered to the patterned paper layer. Three ribbons were threaded through the hole at the top of the bookmark and some baker's twine was tied in a bow to keep them in place.

A small notebook (3.75" x 5.5" closed) was decorated with a heat embossed quote by Jim Elliot and a few jewels. I tend to keep the covers of my notebooks fairly flat so that the embellishments don't get knocked off if the notebook is put down in a bag or purse.

The interior of the notebook has a small notepad on the right side. The back panel of the notepad slides down into a pocket so that it is replaceable. The left side of the interior has a large pocket and two small sticky-note pads.

One of my standard 5.25" x 8.25" junior legal size notebooks has a favorite quote by Corrie ten Boom heat embossed and then matted with dark brown cardstock. I thought this quote and the Jim Elliot quote went well with the focus verse this week. A few jewels decorate the flower centers.

The interior of the notebook has a pocket to hold the notepad on the right and another pocket on the left for odds and ends.

The thank you card uses MOJO Monday Sketch 524 for the design. The background panel was dry embossed and the sentiment heat embossed. A few clear jewels are the final embellishment.

There is a little interior decorating for the inside of the card.

Cardstock (all items unless otherwise noted): Core'dinations (Tan Pearl), Bazzill (dark brown), Recollections (cream on card interior and bookmark), Park Lane (Neutrals - card interior)
Patterned Paper (all items): Basic Grey (Dear Heart Collection - Grace)
Stamps (as noted): WORDart by Karen (Psalm 31:14 - bookmark), Simon Says Stamp (Many Thanks clear stamp set - card), Divinity Design (Quote Collection 4 - small notebook, Never Be Afraid - large notebook)
Dies: Divinity Design (Bookmarks-bookmark, Double Stitched Circles- card and small notebook) Spellbinders (Petite Scalloped Circles Large - card and small notebook), My Favorite Things Die-namics (Mini Scallop Edge - retired - card)
Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Multi Jewels Clear (both notebooks, card), The Ribbon Boutique (organza-bookmark), Big Lots Craft Ribbon (bookmark), May Arts Seam Binding (bookmark), Ms. Sparkle baker's twine (bookmark)
Other: Darice embossing folder (Cherry Blossom - card), Versafine Onyx Black Ink (card, both notebooks), Simon Says Stamp fine details embossing powder (Clear - card, both notebooks)

I'm entering items from this set in the following challenges:
Artsystamper  Digitals Challenge #2 - Patterned Paper

A Place to Start - Use at least 1 item from each column (Focusing on my card: Column 1- sentiment, patterned paper, solid paper; Column 2 - sketch, die, embossing -I used both; Column 3 - embossing powder; Column 4 - bling, flowers; Column 5 - stitching-faux)

Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

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

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Appreciate Your Pastor

Happy Wednesday! It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we're focusing on Romans 10:15, "And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" October is Pastor Appreciation month and this verse fits right into the theme. As a pastor's daughter and now a pastor's wife, I have a "behind the scenes" knowledge of the commitment and sacrifice required of a pastor who truly seeks to live a godly life and encourages his flock to do the same. Rejoicing with and encouraging those who are trying to live a godly life is not too difficult. However, it takes self-discipline, courage and fortitude to help those who are hurting, to gently but firmly guide those who are headed in the wrong direction back to the right path, and to continue to preach the truth of God's Word in a culture that encourages compromise. If your pastor is such a man of God, rejoice and thank the Lord for the wonderful blessing He has given you. Then pray daily for your pastor. He needs your prayers more than you realize. Pray also for his family. They make a lot of sacrifices as well as they share the time and attention of the head of their home with the rest of the church congregation. Then do all you can to encourage, support and help your pastor. If you really want to shock him, in a nice way, ask him, "Pastor, what can I do to help?" He will be very thankful and you will encourage his heart.

Our sponsor this week is the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. Due to their generosity, I was able to play with one of their stamp sets and one of their die sets this week. For the background of the card, the Sunflower Season clear stamp set was used to stamp the sunflower image repeatedly with VersaMark ink. The images were embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. This gave the background a subtle metallic detail without being too feminine. One of the sentiments from the set was used on the front of the card. The two strips across the card front are pieces of card stock that were heat embossed twice with two layers of the same Liquid Platinum embossing powder. The card front design is from MOJO Monday Sketch 524. I stuck pretty close to the original sketch this time.

The left interior panel has this week's verse double matted and adhered over some banners made by using the Fishtail Sentiment Banner dies from Stamp Simply. This die set comes with so many different sizes of sentiment banners. I reach for them again and again.

The right side of the interior has a double matted panel where I'll write a message to my husband. I so appreciate his faithfulness, integrity and the way he lives out when he teaches and preaches -- even at home.

Cardstock: Bazzill (Peanut Fudge), Recollections (Cream), Cor'dinations (Tan Pearl for card base and Krafty)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park (A Perfect Autumn 6 x 6 pad)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen, Stamp Simply (Sunflower Season clear stamp set)
Ink: VersaMark embossing ink, VersaFine (Black Onyx)
Tools/Embellishments: Stamp Simply dies (Fishtail Sentiment Banners), Divinity Design Dies (Double Stitched Circles, Double Stitched Rectangles), Spellbinders dies (Standard Circles Large), Ranger embossing powder (Liquid Platinum)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
MOJO Monday Sketch 524 - sketch design
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's October Patterned Paper Challenge - Must Use patterned Paper
Let's Craft & Create Challenge #152 - Anything Goes w/option of using the colors of Fall
Artsy Stampers Digital Challenge #1 - Autumn Colors
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Autumn/Fall
A Place To Start Challenge - Create Your Own Challenge (use at least one item from each column. Column 1: Sentiment, Patterned Paper; Column 2: Sketch, Die, Embossing (wet); Column 3: Embossing Powder; Column 4: Flowers (sunflowers embossed on background panel); Column 5: Stitching (faux)

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you'll be able to play along with us this week. Why not pick up this week's free digi on the Word Art Wednesday blog and make a card of encouragement for your pastor? You just might make his day! You could even win a generous prize from our sponsor, Stamp Simply Ribbon Store!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

I Thank My God

Happy Wednesday! It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week our theme verse is 1 Corinthians 1:4-5, "I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; that in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge." Paul is writing to the Christians at Corinth and telling them that he not only thanks the Lord for them but also thanks the Lord for the grace He has given them. This is the grace that brings salvation. He is also thankful for the blessings that the Lord has given (enriched) them. The Lord had given them knowledge and spiritual gifts. In later verses, Paul goes on to admonish them to use those gifts in a spiritual manner. We are no different from the Corinthians. The Lord has greatly blessed us by giving us the gift of salvation. He has also given us many gifts that we should in turn use for Him. As Warren Wiersbe says, "The fact that God has called us, set us apart and enriched us ought to encourage us to live holy lives." (The Bible Exposition Commentary, New Testament Volume 1)

I used Mojo Monday's sketch #477 for the inspiration for my card today. I used the measurements provided by Kristie Marcotte as a guide but didn't stick to them exactly. I love these papers by Pebbles and in fact this is my 2nd 6 x 6 pad of this design. I added some gold foil paper for some shine and some white blizzard Nuvo drops on some flower centers and around the verse for some sparkle.  The card remains pretty flat and will be easy to mail.

I know I have been over-using this butterfly lately. But it is just the perfect size when a card needs "just a little something."

Cardstock: Recollections #110 (white card base), Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (dark blue), Ms. Sparkle & Co. (Gold Foil), Darice (blue sparkle)
Patterned Paper: Pebbles (Family Ties)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen (1 Corinthians 1:4-5)
Tools/Embellishments: Fiskars butterfly punch, Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard), The Paper Studio (bling)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Dare 2B Artzy September Challenge - Favorite Color to Work With (I love working with shades of blue)
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #441 - Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenge #84 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting with me today. I hope you are having a good week and will come back soon.


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