Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My Help Cometh from the Lord

It seems like 1/2 of forever since I have posted. I had a large overtime project for work, my husband and I each had our turn with the flu/stomach virus, of course there were the holidays, which thankfully included visits from our children, and then my mother-in-law fell and broke her hip. Basically, in the last 6 weeks, life happened. We all have times like these in our lives and it was our turn. It's times like these that this week's focus verse at Word Art Wednesday really come to mean a lot to us. Psalm 121:1-2, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the lord which made heaven and earth." When life happens all at once, it can be a bit overwhelming. But I have found, when you call on the Lord and ask Him for His help and strength, He is always there to provide just what you need exactly when you need it. We have seen Him work in our lives and in the lives of our family to accomplish things that only He could have done. He's given us peace, encouragement, wisdom and strength, just when we needed it. Truly, our help comes from the Lord.

As you know, I love fancy-fold cards. Even though I've been out of my craft room for weeks, I have managed to watch a few YouTube videos. When I saw this Double Z Fold Card video by Dawn Griffith of Dawn's Stamping Thoughts, I couldn't wait to give it a try. Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp (SSS). I used my favorite color SSS cardstock, Audrey Blue. When I was trying to come up with a 2nd patterned paper for the design, I didn't have enough of any of the papers that went with this floral. Then I remembered the SSS Gingham Background stamp and used it with their Audrey Blue ink. Problem solved!

My mother-in-law is still in rehab and will be having her 80th birthday this Thursday. Therapy is TOUGH so I thought this verse might be an encouragement to her. I like that this card design will stand up on it's own.

This bird's eye view shows the double-z aspect of the card.

Since we'll be hand-delivering this card, I didn't have to worry about bulk and used some beautiful paper roses and a scattering of bling. If you decide to make this card, and you really should, it's not hard at all, decorate all your panels (except for adding the paper roses) before putting the two panels together. I didn't do that and had trouble with the Happy Birthday sentiment. I think it's still a little crooked. I am now the happy owner of the original sized MISTI. For the first time, I've been able to stamp the gingham background as straight as I wanted it and without all the uneven spots. Being able to re-ink and stamp multiple times was a lifesaver on the background and on the sentiments. I used Spellbinders Petite Oval Small and Petite Scalloped Oval Large dies for the front sentiment panel. Apparently these dies are now discontinued. I'll link similar dies below.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Inky Chicks Challenge #77 - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog #146  Anything New (new-to-me card fold, new tool -MISTI)
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting with me. Hopefully, I'm back to a normal posting schedule. Please be sure to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to see projects from the rest of the Design Team and to pick up your free digi. Don't forget to visit our sponsor, Simon Says Stamp. They are a fantastic one-stop-shop. If you are on Instagram or Facebook, we'd love to have you post your projects so we can see them there. Use the #WAWchallenge on Instagram.

I've linked the products I've used below. Affiliate links are used where possible. Shopping through these links earns me a small commission at no cost to you.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanks Be Unto God

Hello! Happy (early) Thanksgiving to my American readers! This time of year, our thoughts focus on the things for which we are thankful. Our focus verse this week at Word Art Wednesday is 2 Corinthians 9:15 which states, "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." At the top of our list of blessings is the gift of salvation through God's Son, Jesus. Have you accepted this gift? What about your family? About a month ago, our grandson made the decision to trust Christ as his personal Savior. We are so very thankful and excited about Jack's decison. You can be sure as we are counting our blessings on Thanksgiving, Jack's salvation will be one of the things we list as one of our top blessings for 2016.

As you have probably noticed, I am really loving Echo Park's I Love Family 6 x 6 paper pad. The colors and patterns are definitely ones that "speak to me." Simon Says Stamp is our sponsor for this week's challenge and I was able to use several of their products on my card. I smooshed Audrey Blue and Maliblue inks on an acrylic block and used a water brush pen to add some color to the banner in the Scripture WORDart. After die cutting the verse, I matted it with Audrey Blue cardstock. This same cardstock was used for mat the other patterned paper panels. I used the A2 Card Curved Edge die to cut the plaid paper panel. I also used it to come some panels for the interior decorating.

Some baker's twine, faux stitching and some Wink of Stella on the banner finish off the card front. I kept the card flat to make mailing easier.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion Challenge #339 - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #137 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today. I hope you'll be able to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to pick up your free digi and see the projects from the rest of the Design Team. I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and may the Lord bless you and your family abundantly.

I've linked the products I've used in today's project below. I've used affiliate links whenever possible.


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