Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Above All Things

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you and yours are staying away from all the viruses and yucky stuff that seems to be floating around. I have been recovering from bronchitis for the last couple of weeks. That cough seems to take forever to go away!! Enough of that, it's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week our focus verse is Colossians 3:14, "And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness." Many times in the Bible the word "charity" means love. I think it's interesting that this verse tells us to "put on" love. It makes me think of putting on a coat. You may say, "But love is an emotion. You can't put it on and take it off." Actually, as one wise man once told us, "Love is more an action to be learned that a feeling to be felt." To love as God does, we must be loving. That doesn't mean that we don't challenge people to change their ways when they are doing wrong. But it does mean that we love the sinner while we hate their sin. It does mean that we are loving and kind to those who treat us with anger and sarcasm. It takes effort and self discipline but with God's help we can become known for our loving actions.

Stamp Simply is one of our sponsors this week. They generously provided some goodies for us to try. For my card today, I stamped the rose from the Thinking of You Rose clear stamp set and colored the roses with Copic Markers. While this stamp set does have a coordinating die, I don't own it (yet). So I fussy cut each of the roses. The background die is from Gina Marie Designs. I die cut the A2 Lattice Panel die from kraft card stock and then used distress ink to give it some additional dimension. The roses were arranged on the lattice and tucked into it. I shorted the stems on the top two roses. The Scripture was die cut with a banner die and then the edges were inked with the same Distress Ink used on the lattice panel. Some die cut hearts from my stash, some sequins, stickles and Nuvo Crystal drops were scattered on the front. It's hard to see in the picture but the lattice panel and the roses were coated with Wink of Stella for some beautiful shimmer.

Cardstock: Recollections (Cream card base, kraft), Copic (70# marker paper)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen, Stamp Simply (Thinking of You Rose)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
Copics: YG03, 05, 13, 21, 23, 36; R81, 83, 85
Dies: Gina Marie Designs (A2 Sized Lattice Panel Die), WRMK (Party Banners-retired)
Embellishments/Tools: Stickles (Cotton Candy), Zig Wink of Stella Glitter brush marker (clear), Nuvo Jewel Drops (Clear)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crop Stop February Challenge - use brands/items found in the Crop Stop Store (I'm using Zig, Tonic, Cuttlebug, Fiskars, Ranger,Scotch and We Are Memory Keepers)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

I appreciate your visit today. I hope you'll take the time to see the projects the rest of the Design Team made. You are sure to be inspired.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Because of His Lovingkindness

Hello and Happy Wednesday!! I hope you're staying warm in your corner of the world. We got 4" of snow today so the outside looks like a winter wonderland. It's so pretty but I'm also glad for the warm fireplace in our living room. :) I'm back with another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we're focusing on Psalm 63:3, "Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee." defines "lovingkindness" as tender kindness motivated by or expressing affection. The Lord is good to us and shows us kindness as a way of expressing His love for us. I'm still trying to figure out why He would love me and He is being kind to me to show me how much He loves me! With this in mind, how could we do anything else but praise Him?

I used scraps from a wintery 6 x 6 paper pad for my card today. I added lots of sparkle by dotting random snowflakes in each of the 3 snowflake patterns and random intersections on the plaid with Stickles glitter glue. The hearts were coated with Nuvo Crystal Drops. I'm still working to get my mojo flowing again after being out of my craft room for so long so this sketch by Reverse Confetti was just what I needed.

Sketch: Reverse Confetti Sketch #55
Cardstock: The Paper Studio Heavyweight (card base), Georgia Pacific (sentiment panel)
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug 6 x 6 pad (Polar Pals)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen
Tools/Embellishments: Spellbinders Dies (Standard Circle Small, Eyelet Circles), My Favorite Things Die-namics (Blueprints #29) Nuvo Crystal Drops (clear), Stickles glitter glue (Star Dust)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - must use patterned paper
The House that Stamps Built Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge J1018 - (I used the center column, blue, snowflakes & glitter)
Crop Stop Challenge #36 - Must use brands found in the Crop Stop Store (Fiskars, Tonic, Spellbinders, Cuttlebug, Doodlebug, Ranger)
Dare 2B Artzy - Winter Wonderland

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you'll be able to take time to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the rest of the DT inspiration and to pick up your free digi.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ye Shall Not Fear Them

Happy New Year!! Welcome to the first challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we're focusing on Deuteronomy 3:22, "Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you." Wow! I think this is such a great verse of comfort. If the Lord is doing the fighting for us, why should we fear anything? This verse goes great with Romans 8:31, "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" As we look around our world and wonder what the new year may hold for us, our families and our country, we may be tempted to fear. But let's remember that the Lord is fighting for us and we have no need to fear.

For my card this week, I chose to use several products from Our Daily Bread Designs.They just released two types of Center Step card and coordinating layer dies (A2 and 5.5" square). I don't have those dies, but I do have some of their pre-cut/pre-scored Center Step card bases. I thought the center step design would show case this verse perfectly. I used a Double Stitched Rectangle die to die cut the verse. I used the Mini Vintage Label die to cut out a piece of yellow patterned paper and then cut the die cut in half. Each half was used to accent the verse panel and to hold the ribbon in place. A Fiskars butterfly punch was used to punch a butterfly from solid patterned paper and from vellum. These were attached to the ribbon on the right side of the panel. The vellum layer was coated with clear Wink of Stella for some shimmer. Some rhinestones on the butterfly and on some flower centers finish off the card.

Card base: Our Daily Bread Designs Center Step 
Patterned Paper: Our Daily Bread Designs (Whimsical Wildflowers, Plum Pizazz), Taylored Expressions (Vellum)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen
Tools/Embellishments: Our Daily Bread Designs dies (Double Stitched Rectangles, Mini Vintage Label (retired)), Fiskars punch (Butterfly), Zig Wink of Stella (clear), Offray ribbon, The Paper Studio bling

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crop Stop January Challenge #36 - Use companies carries by the Crop Stop Store (Fiskars, Cuttlebug, Zig, Scotch)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Must use patterned paper
Repeat Impressions DCC13 - Things with Wings
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Something New (I took the butterfly punch out of the package just to use on this card)

Thanks for stopping by today. I've missed visiting with you and hope you'll come back soon. Please be sure to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog for your free digi and to see lots more inspiration from our Design Team.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

My Favorite from 2017

Today, I'm back with some of my favorites of 2017. I missed posting my favorites from 2016, but when I posted my 2015 favorites, I kept the number to an even dozen. That's what I did this year too. I'm posting them in date order as they appeared on my blog. I hope you enjoy the look back. You can click the link on the card title to go back to the original post for full details.

Rejoice Evermore (fourth card in this post)

A Turtle and Her Books
Be Joyful

Barista Brentwood Owl

Declare the Works of the Lord


Tickled Pink Birthday

When You Feel Like Quitting

Land That I Love

Someone Remembers, Someone Cares

How You Bean?

Your Kindness Warms My Heart

Brentwood Birthday

Thanks for taking this trip down Memory Lane with me. Apparently, some of your favorites are mine too. :) I'll be back tomorrow with a card for the first challenge in 2018 for Word Art Wednesday. I hope you'll come back to visit soon.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Top 10 Viewed Blog Posts of 2017

Hello All! I know it's been a while since I posted. Some health issues have kept me out of my craft room. I'm finally feeling much better so hopefully I'll get back to crafting soon.

I have been enjoying all the "Best Nine" collages on Instagram. Click here to see mine. Then today I read Kristie Marcotte's post today of the top 10 viewed blog posts from her blog The Best Things in Life are Pink. That inspired me to take a look at my own blog stats and see what my top 10 viewed blog posts of 2017 were. Here they are (click the link on each card title to see the original post):

#10 - Coffee Over Everything

#9 - Brentwood Birthday

#8 - Your Kindness Warms My Heart

#7 - A Trio of Thanks

#6 - Autumn Trevor

#5 - How You Bean?

#4 - Land That I Love

#3 - O Give Thanks

#2 - Seasoned with Salt

#1 - Tickled Pink Birthday

Thanks for reading through my list. I'll be back soon with my favorite cards of 2017.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

O Give Thanks

Happy Wednesday!! It's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week our focus verse is from 1 Chronicles 16:34, "O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever." We could camp out on the first half of this verse for a long time thinking about all the wonderful things the Lord has done for us. He has given us so much! Then when we get to the second part of this verse, "his mercy endureth for ever" we could spend another lengthy time span. When we think of the wrong we've done and the consequences we deserve and yet the Lord offers us salvation, we can't help but thank Him and praise Him. He deserves our praise, thanksgiving and adoration.

For my card this week I chose to make a Thanksgiving card. One of the good things the Lord provides for us is people to love and encourage us. This card will go to one of these people the Lord has put in my life. I started with a Half-Shutter Card base from Our Daily Bread Designs. Our daughter gave me three paper pads by Playing With Color 2 with fall colors and patterns. One of the pads was kraft cardstock with orange-gold foiling. Three of the patterns in the pack made their way onto this card as did strips of the solid orange-gold foiled sheet. These solid foil strips add a little extra interest to the sentiment panels.

This card design gives several spots for sentiments and/or places to write a message. This card has the free digi WORDart on the front and a stamped and heat embossed sentiment on the inside. I used fine detail embossing powder from this week's sponsor, Simon Says Stamp for the heat embossing. I love the smooth finish this powder gives even when only using one layer of embossing powder.

Somewhat hidden when the card is on display is a third panel where I'll write a short message to the recipient. An alternate choice of location for a message is on the back of the card. Since the finished size of this card is 4" x 5.5", the back provides plenty of space for a personal message. For cards that are meant to be displayed, I usually like to put my message in an "out of the way" spot.

Card Base: Our Daily Bread Designs - Half Shutter Card
Cardstock: Bazzill (Avacado), REollections (cream)
Patterned Cardstock: Playing with Color 2
Stamps: WORDart by Karen digi (1 Chronicles 16:34), Jillibean Soup clear stamp set (Handwritten Sentiments)
Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black)
Other: Simon Says Stamp fine detail embossing powder (Clear), My Favorite Things Blueprints 1 Die set

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #199 - Thankful
Dare 2B Artzy November Challenge - Gratitude
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Outlawz Color Challenge  - Inspiration Photo for colors + Thankful or Thanksgiving

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Pastor Appreciation Gift Set

Hello! Thanks for stopping by today. It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. When I saw our focus verse, I knew that it would be perfect for a Pastor Appreciation gift for my husband. 1 Timothy 1:12 says, "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me in the ministry." After being in various music ministry positions for 13 years, the Lord called my husband, Tim, to be a pastor. That was over 20 years ago. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Tim would say that it is only because the Lord enables him day by day that he is able to care for the people in our church. Not that our people are difficult, they are not. Our church has a wonderful spirit of unity. It's because Tim feels such a great responsibility to lead them correctly and be a good example to them. He is a bi-vocational pastor so he has to do his studying, visiting, etc. outside of his 40 hour work week at a secular job. He sacrifices a lot of himself to spend time studying, praying, visiting, writing cards and notes and checking up on people via texts, emails and phone calls. I believe the Lord rewards Tim's faithfulness by continuing to give him the strength and wisdom to minister to our church family.

Tim is very supportive of my crafting endeavors so I like to do extra special things for him when making a project for him. He likes my notebooks and uses them to write down prayer requests on Wednesday nights and in keeping track of various items at work (separate notebooks). I noticed that his prayer list notebook was looking a little worse for the wear so I made him a new one. This time I tried putting a coordinating patterned paper as a binding around the spine. Along the edge of this I used jute ribbon and twine for decoration. The sentiment panel was inked before being double matted and adhered to the front.

I decorated the edge of the pocket with a strip of the patterned paper. Tim loves to fish so I wanted to use as much of this paper as possible. The interior was looking a little plain so a matted sentiment was also added above the pocket.

Tim sends out LOTS of cards to our church family when they need encouragement. To use more of the patterned paper, I made him a set of four coordinating cards. Two have a "Thinking of You" sentiment and two have a "Thank You" sentiment. I used Sketch #218 from Operation Write Home for my card design.

Here is a picture of the entire gift set.

Notebook Supplies:
Cardstock: Recollections (kraft), Georgia Pacific (white)
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio
Stamps: WORDart by Karen (1 Timothy 1:12), Rubbernecker Stamps (Smiles & Thinks of You)
Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black), Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
Tools/Embellishments: Our Daily Bread Designs dies (Double Stitched Rectangles), Staedtler Fine Tip Marker (brown), The Ribbon Boutique (Jute Ribbon), Wright's twine

Card Supplies:
Cardstock: Recollections (kraft, cream, green)
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp clear stamps (Many Thanks, Banner Sayings 3 x 4 set)
Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black)
Tools/Embellishments: Our Daily Bread Designs dies (Double Stitched Pennant Flags), Staedtler Fine Tip Marker (brown),Gina Marie Designs enamel dots, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Herringbone)

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Crop Stop Linky Party #33 - Use items/brands found in the Crop Stop store (I used Fiskars, Cuttlebug, Tsukineko, Tim Holtz Distress Ink)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Must Use Patterned Paper

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you'll come back often. Please be sure to pick up the free digi WORDart at the Word Art Wednesday blog. While you're there, don't forget to see the rest of the Design Team's projects - you are sure to enjoy! Also, if you haven't already done so, why not send your pastor a note of encouragement and appreciation. He will greatly appreciate it!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thankful for You

Hi! It's time for another Word Art Wednesday challenge. This week we're focusing on 1 Thessalonians 1:3, "Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father." Paul is writing to the Apostle Paul and letting them know how much he appreciates them and that their efforts are not going unnoticed. So often in life today, there is so much negative talk. Whether it's on social media, in conversation or wherever, people feel like they can say whatever they want no matter how hateful or unkind. Paul demonstrates for us that we need to commend people when they do good things. We need to show appreciation and thank them for their efforts. Let them know we noticed and that we thank the Lord for them.

October is Pastor Appreciation month here in the US. As most of you know, my husband is my pastor. I see first hand the "behind the scenes" work and effort he puts into caring for the congregation, preparing sermons, visiting, sending cards of encouragement, etc. I thought this card would make a great Pastor Appreciation card for him. Since he's so supportive of my crafty habit, I try to make his cards extra special. I decided to try a Pop Up Book Fold card. You can click the link to see a great tutorial video by Dawn Griffith. I thought the book fold was also appropriate since he uses so many books in his sermon preparations. This week's WORDart was printed on white cardstock and then the edges were distress inked before being mounted on a stitched die cut mat. The "thankful for you" sentiment was heat embossed on a stitched oval die cut and layered over a stitched banner die cut.

To make the patterned paper layer, I cut my patterned paper slightly smaller than the navy cardstock and temporarily adhered it to the navy cardstock while making the long cuts shown in the video. Then I removed the patterned paper. I made two vertical cuts to connect the two long cuts in order to remove the middle section. The edges were inked with Distress ink and then the patterned paper was permanently adhered to the navy cardstock. Then I proceeded to score and fold the cardstock as described in the video. I changed the measurements slightly because my navy cardstock is 5.25 x 8.25 and the patterned paper is 5 x 8.

An encouraging quote by Corrie ten Boom was heat embossed on white cardstock. This week our sponsor is Simon Says Stamp. I used two of their embossing powders on today's card. I really like how their embossing powders show off all the fine details when embossing words and images. The edges of the sentiment panel were distress inked before being adhered to the left panel of the "book." Another piece of white cardstock was also distress inked and adhered to the right page of the "book." I'll write a short message on this panel.

In addition to the WORDart by Karen digi Scripture (available for free on the Word Art Wednesday blog, I used the following supplies:

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #338 - RAK (must include die cut)
Always Fun Challenges #27 - Lots of Layers
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #197 - Fancy Folds
Crop Stop Linky Party #33 - Use brands/Items available in the Crop Stop Online Store (I used Fiskars, Ranger, Tsukineko, Cuttlebug, and Core'dinations)

Thanks for stopping by to visit with me today. I always appreciate you taking time to stop by my blog. I do hope you'll come back soon.


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