Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fear Not, O Land

It's time for another Word Art Wednesday challenge. This week's focus verse is Joel 2:21, "Fear not, O Land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things." When we look at the background of this week's verse, we find that it was written during a time when the nation of Israel had taken steps to turn back to the Lord. The results was that Joel was able to tell them that instead of living with fear, they could have joy and gladness because the Lord was going to do great things for them. That is the way it always is for followers of the Lord. When we follow His clear teaching in the Bible and obey His leading, we will experience His blessing in our lives. In our world today, people in general are abandoning Biblical principles in favor of what is culturally or politically acceptable. This is the broad path that the Bible says leads to destruction. This makes it even more important for those who call themselves Christians to stand up for what is right and follow what the Bible teaches. God's Word is the final authority for life and practice.

This does not give us an excuse to be unkind or deliberately antagonistic. The Bible says we were to speak the truth in love. We may disagree, but that does not mean God's command to love others does not still apply. Just like a light in the window on a dark night draws the traveler home, we should live so that others are drawn to the Light we are showing, So, Christian, be loving but unwavering when it comes to standing up for truth and righteousness. God will bless you for it.


Deedee's Digis is one of our sponsors this week. I chose to use the image from a brand new set, Morning Window, on my card today.  The sentiment was die cut and matted with oval dies and then backed with a Fancy Tags 3 die.  I like to cut this die cut in half and use it behind oval diecuts for a little special touch. The background panel was embossed with an embossing folder. Lots of pearls, some ribbon, faux stitching and a scalloped border finish off the card front.


I colored the image with Copics. A white gel pen adds some details to the curtains and a clear Wink of Stella pen adds shimmer to the sun. A glaze pen adds some shine to the "coffee" in the cup. The image was trimmed out with my paper trimmer and matted with a Spellbinders' Rectangle die.


The image panel was popped up over the pearl Flourishes. The finished card is 5"x7".

Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (for image), Recollections (cream), Paper Reflections (blue)
Patterned Paper: American Crafts (Hip Hip Hooray 6x6 pad)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen (Joel 2:21); Deedee's Digis (Morning Window)
Copics: Table/Bible (E000, 00, 01, 07, 31, 33, 35, 37, 40, 50; N5), Grass (G03, 07, 09, 17), Curtains (R81, 83, 85), Chair (B21, 23, 26), Woodwork/frame (E29, 35, 37), Sun (Y11, 13, 15), Cup (Y000, 11, 13; E31, 25), Sky (B000)
Tools/Embellishments: Sakura Glaze Pen, Uniball Signo white gel pen, Zig Wink of Stella brush marker (clear), Want2Scrap pearls and pearl flourish, My Favorite Things Die-Namics (Mini Scallop Edge), Spellbinders dies (Petite Ovals Large and Small, Classic Rectangle large, Fancy Tags 3), Cuttlebug embossing folder (Honeycomb)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion Challenge #268 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Take Your Pick (I'm using the Product theme: pearls and the Color Theme of Pink)
Digi Chooseday Week #26 - Embossing
Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge - Anything Goes
Mod Squad Challenge - Patterned Paper
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Spots or Dots

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you'll come back often.  There is a lot more inspiration on the Word Art Wednesday blog and a free digi there for you as well.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Patriotic Word Art Wednesday

Hello!! It's Wednesday and that means it time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  This week we're focusing on Psalm 85:9, "Surely his salvation is night them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land."  As we get closer and closer to our Lord's return, we realize more and more that our salvation only comes from the Lord.  As we look around our world, it has become a very scary place.  Glory will only come to our land as we (as a country) draw close to the Lord.  Our country needs the Lord and needs to turn back to loving and serving Him.

I chose to use a patriotic theme for today's card and used Sketch #365 from Sketch Saturday for the card design.  I dearly love our country and enjoy using a Patriotic theme when I can. Patriotic papers are layered under the sentiment panel.  Washi tape fishtail banners and a compass anchor the sentiment panel.  The compass was stamped with Memento ink and die cut.  The diecut circle was pressed into a Versamark pad and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Faux stitching (some a little crooked - just like my real life sewing) finishes it off.

Supplies:
Cardstock - Recollections (kraft), Georgia Pacific (white)
Patterned Paper - Francis Meyer (blue), Recollections (blue)
Stamps - WORDart by Karen (Psalms 85:9);  Sweet 'n Sassy (Across the Miles clear stamp set)
Ink - Memento (Paris Dusk), Versamark
Tools/Embellishments - Spellbinders dies (Deckled Rectangles Large and Small), Sizzix dies (Circle Flip-its #2), Craft Essentials washi tape, Staedtler fine tip marker (blue), Uni-Ball Signo gel pen (white), Stampin' Up! embossing powder (Crystal Clear)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Crop Stop Link #5 - Use a product found in the Crop Stop Shop - Memento Paris Dusk ink)
Craft Your Passion Challenge #267 - Anything Goes
Going Gray with Scrap Creations - 4th of July or Red/White/Blue
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #233 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge #292 - Red, white and/or blue

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you will also have time to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the other projects from the rest of the Design Team and to pick up your free digi.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

For He Shall Be LIke a Tree

It's time for another Word Art Wednesday Challenge.  This week our verse is Jeremiah 17:8, "For He shall be as a tree planted by the water, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit." To really understand this verse, it's helpful to back up and read verse 7, "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is." Blessed means "divinely or supremely favored." (Dictionary.com)  So the man that trusts the Lord will be favored by the Lord and will flourish like a tree that is planted by water.  His roots will go so deep that he doesn't need to worry during times of drought. What a fantastic word picture!  The more we trust the Lord and put our confidence in Him, the deeper our spiritual roots will go and the more we will flourish.  Even during times of difficulty and trial, we can still flourish because we know the Lord will take care of us and help us to bear fruit.


To keep the focus on the Scripture this week, I didn't use any other images. I matted the verse and accented it with flowers and rhinestones. This panel is popped up over the background layer. I love this paper because it looks like a painting.  A length of ribbon is stretched across the background paper and some additional rhinestones are scattered on the paper for extra sparkle.


This card has a lot of dimension so it will be one that will need to be hand-delivered or enclosed in a package. I will need to make a box for it as well.

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (purple)
Patterned Paper: Recollections
Stamp:  WORDart by Karen (Jeremiah 17:8)
Tools/Embellishments: Want2Scrap Baby Bling, The Paper Studio Purple Flowers 3D Stickers, Offray Ribbon, Spellbinders Dies (Petite Ovals Small, Floral Ovals)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion Challenge #266 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Oh So Pretty
Top Tip Tuesday - Cut It Out
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Favorite Technique and/or product (I love to use die cuts to make my sentiment the focal point and I love to use small pearls/rhinestones as accents)
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #232 - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting with me today.  I hope you'll come back soon. If you have a chance, please stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog for more inspiration and to pick up your free digi.

Monday, June 15, 2015

With Sympathy


Sympathy cards are always tough cards to make but ones that inevitably are a necessity. A friend had a death in the family and this is the card I made for her. I stamped the sentiment on a strip of light gray cardstock and then cut it to a tag shape. This tag was matted on a piece of dark gray cardstock.  The smaller sentiment was stamped on a piece of patterned paper and then cut with a fish-tail end to make a banner. Faux stitching, a bow, pearls and a ribbon flower finish off the card. I used the final Deconstructed Sketch for the card design.  I'm so sorry to see them go.  I love sketches!


The patterned papers, ribbon, ribbon flower and light gray cardstock are all from an old Simon Says Stamp card kit (October 2012) that I won in one of their giveaways. I'm sort of hoarding the supplies because I really like this kit. The "You are in my thoughts and in my prayers" stamp is one of my oldest and a favorite.  I haven't used it in awhile and decided to ink it up again.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Recollections (card base), Creativity (dark gray), Simon Says Stamp (light gray)
Patterned Paper:  Fancy Pants Designs (Country Boutique)
Stamps: Stampendous (Thoughts and Prayers - wood mount), Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Peaceful Swans -retired clear stamp)
Ink: VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Tools/Embellishments: Simon Says Stamp Oct 2012 (seam binding ribbon, ribbon flower, patterned paper, light gray cardstock), pearls (Michael's), Staedtler fine tip marker (black), My Favorite Things Die-namics (Mini Scallop Edge)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Deconstructed Sketch #204 - Sketch
Mod Squad Challenge - Use a tag
Penny's Challenge #231 -  Use your favorite embellishment (for me that's flat back pearls - love them!!)
Aud Sentiments Challenge #133 - Bingo {I used ribbon, rubber stamp (2 of them) and 3D item (pearls, bow and ribbon flower)}
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #250 - Polka Dots
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge #93 - Use Pearls

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'll be back Wednesday with a new Word Art Wednesday challenge. There's still time to play along in this week's challenge so why not join us?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Just Man

This week's verse at the Word Art Wednesday challenge is one that is person for a Father's Day card.  Proverbs 20:7, "The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him."  One of the definitions of integrity is "adherance to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty" (Dictionary.com). That is something that is missing in much of our society. If a child has a father who is also a man of integrity, then they are truly blessed. A man who keeps his word, is honest in his dealings and does his best to live a just (proper, right, righteous) life is truly a treasure. If you have a man like this in your life (father, husband, son, grandfather, uncle, etc.), then he needs to be celebrated and commended. It takes a lot of effort to live a life of integrity in the world today. Our men need to know we notice and appreciate their hard work.


One of our sponsors this week is Bugaboo stamps.  I was able to play with one of their Topper images called Hat Boy.  I think he is just adorable. I really like the way he's designed to hold things. It made it so easy to have him hold the verse "sign."


After coloring the boy with Copics, he was fussy cut and attached to his "sign." Then he was layered on top of an embossed circle.  This matted circle was popped up with some fun foam over the background paper.


The Happy Father's Day sentiment is bordered by two strips of washi tape and anchored by brads.  There is a little interior decorating as well.

Top Tip Tuesday Tip: When I add a new die set to my collection, I immediately cut out all the pieces.  If they are "nesting" types, I label them with the die name and assign a # with the smallest being #1. I store these samples with the dies.  When designing a card, having these samples makes it easier to know if a certain die will fit in the space available and/or if a stamp will fit on the die cut I'm wanting to use.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (image and verse panel), Georgia Pacific (all other white), Recollections (navy and kraft)
Patterned Paper: Recollections
Digi Stamps:  WORDart by Karen (Proverbs 20:7); Bugaboo Digi Stamps (Hat Boy);  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Father's Day Sentiments Digital Stamp)
Copics: Skin (E00, 01, 11; R20); Hair (E31, 35; Y21); Shirt (N01, 1, 3; B21, 23, 26); Hat (R22, 24, 27, 29; N5)
Tools/Embellishments: Spellbinders dies (Classic Circle Large, Petite Scalloped Circle Large), My Favorite Things Die-namics (Mini Scallop Edge (used on the interior)), Cuttlebug embossing folder (wiss Dots), washi tape (Craft Essentials), brads (American Crafts - denim), Staedtler fine tip marker (black)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Scrapbook Blessings Club - Sketch (option use washi tape)
Sweet Stamps Challenge #225 - Anything Goes
Pile it on Challenge #72 - For/Featuring a Father/Man
The Kraft Journal Challenge #227 - Take Your Pick (I chose make a masculine card using white and red)
Papertake Weekly - Something for the Boys
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations - Father's Day
Top Tip Tuesday - Cut it Out (I fussy cut and used dies)
Digi Choosday Challenge Week 23 - Father's Day/Male
Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge - Emboss It
Crop Stop Linky Party #5 - Use something that can be purchased at the Crop Stop store (I used the Swiss Dot Embossing Folder)

Thank you for visiting with me today. I hope your week is going well and that you'll be able to visit again soon. Don't forget...there's more inspiration and a free digi at the Word Art Wednesday blog.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Same Yesterday, And Today and For Ever

Wednesday means it's time for another Word Art Wednesday challenge. This week our verse is Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day and for ever." There's a (very true) saying that states, "Life is change." We've really seen that this week as we've moved my mother-in-law to an assisted living center. She's been living with us for the past two months as we've waited for her apartment to be ready. As she's transitioned from living in her own apartment, to living with us to now living in her assisted living apartment, her life has been FULL of changes. Yet, I've realized over and over, that she's handled these changes with grace and acceptance because she's learned the truth of our verse this week. Her world may have changed drastically but the Lord she loves, serves and depends on has never and will never change. He's been there to provide comfort and strength in the past and will continue to do the same as she adjusts to her new surroundings. That doesn't mean all this has been easy for her because these types of adjustments never are. It's just that she can rest in the knowledge that the Lord is in control and will be there to help her each step of the way. I've heard her say several times that she knows this move is of the Lord and He's directing the events of her life. I hope if I'm ever in her situation, I'll show the same grace and trust that she is showing to all of us now.
For my card this week, I wanted the verse to be the focal point. I made a shaped card with a Spellbinders Label 25 die.  I used the next to the largest die and traced the outer edge and then fussy cut it for the card base. Then I used the die to cut the patterned paper panel. The verse was die cut and matted with oval dies. I used my favorite technique of faux stitching around the patterned paper panel and the verse mat. The edges of the card were inked with some green ink.  Since the card base and green background panel were fussy cut, this helps soften the edges a bit.

To accent the verse panel, I layered two die cut butterflies. One is made from patterned paper and the top one was cut from vellum and embossed with the matching embossing die. Some pearls make up the butterfly's body. The vellum layer has a coating of Wink of Stella for some shimmer.

For the interior, the patterned paper panel was made by tracing the interior of the same die used for the card base. More oval die cuts were layered on top and were accented with some butterflies from a punch.  The butterflies are accented by a coating of a Wink of Stella glitter marker.

Crafty Tip: I apparently press too hard when using a scoring board because I've ruined the tips of more than one bone folder.  I recently switched to using a metal stylus and like it so much better. So, if your bone folder tip is showing wear, why not give a stylus a try?

Supplies:
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (green)
Patterned Paper & Vellum: The Paper Studio
Stamp:  WORDart by Karen (Hebrews 13:8)
Ink:  Memento (Bamboo Leaves)
Tools/Embellishments: Staedtler fine tip marker (black), Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush marker (clear), Spellbinders dies (Classic Ovals Large and Small, Labels 25), Momenta Cut and Emboss (Butterflies), Fiskar's Dual Tip Stylus

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
V's Sweet Ideas Challenge #35 - Favorite Technique (mine is faux stitching)
Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge #21 - Freestyle
Get Creative Challenge #16 - Must Include Butterflies
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Clear It Out Challenge - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - K is for Kritters (animal, bug, etc.)
Crop Stop Linky Party #4 - Use item available in the Crop Stop store - Memento Bamboo Leaves ink, Fiskar's Dual Tip Stylus)

Please come play along with us in our Word Art Wednesday challenge.  It's always Anything Goes (as long as it's family friendly and include an encouraging sentiment).  We have fantastic sponsors and you can link up to 5 projects weekly.  Please also stop by the blog to pick up your free digi and to be inspired by the other Design Team projects.  Thanks for visiting with me today.  I hope your week is going well.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

But in the Power of God

Hello!  I hope your week is going well. It's time for another Word Art Wednesday challenge. This week we're focusing on the verse in 1 Corinthians 2:5, "That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." Have you ever had to step out in faith in a way that did not make sense to the wisdom of the day? Twice now my husband and I have turned in our resignations, knowing without a doubt that the Lord wanted us to move, but have not known WHERE we were to go. The first time, he had a job and we had a place to live before we finished working out our notice.  However, the second time required a bit more faith. We packed up our belongings and moved in with his mom (for a little less than a month) while the Lord was working out the details of our next ministries.  We knew the Lord had a plan for us that would work out in His timing, however, that didn't mean it was easy to take those steps of faith. I can honestly say, we were so glad we did. Watching the Lord work out all the details was fantastic!! Seeing His power at work was such an encouragement and helps us through the ups and downs that life inevitably brings. It's when we step out in faith, even when the wisdom of man tells us it doesn't make sense, that we truly see the power of God at work.


For my card this week, I used the current sketch at Sweet Sunday Sketches.  I really liked the simplicity of the design and the curved panel. I don't have a die that will make this curved edge (it's on my wish-list) so I used a piece of scrap paper cut to the size of my panel.  I measured up an equal distance on both sides and, using a pencil, sketched a curved edge.  I cut out my template and then traced it on the back of the patterned paper and cardstock.  After cutting along the traced lines, I held the patterned paper and cardstock together and trimmed them at the same time so that the curve on both pieces would match exactly.  I kept my template for future use.


The image from Deedee's Digis was colored with Copics, die cut, matted and popped up over the background. The flower centers were filled with Liquid Pearls and the flowers and leaves accented with Stickles. More Stickles accents both shades of purple flowers in the patterned paper. I'm not sure how well the Stickles on the background paper shows up but in real life it has such a pretty sparkle.  Stickles is my all time favorite way to use glitter and Star Dust Stickles is my favorite shade!! Some faux stitching and purple rhinestones complete the card front.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (purple)
Patterned Paper: Recollections (Blue Ditsy Floral)
Stamps:  WORDart by Karen (1 Corinthians 2:5); Deedee's Digis (Blooming Blessings)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Copics: Y13, 17; YG03, 05; G07; V01, 04, 06
Tools/Embellishments: Stickles (Star Dust), rhinestones (Studio G), My Favorite Things Die-Namics (Blueprints 1), Spellbinders dies (Standard Circle Small, Eyelet Circle), Liquid Pearls (Buttercup), Staedtler fine tip marker (black)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #270 - Sketch
Crafting When We Can Challenge #95 - Bling it Up
Cuttlebug Mania - Bling
Outlawz Greeings Challenge - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Blessings Club - Anything Goes

Thanks for taking the time to visit with me today.  I hope you'll be able to visit again soon.  Don't forget to pick up your free digi at the Word Art Wednesday blog.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

With Effort Comes Success



Deedee's Digis is sponsoring the Fan-Tastic Tuesday challenge this week.  The challenge is to make a square or rectangular project that includes some texture.  For this card, an embossing folder, pearls, brad and floss tassel provide the texture requirement.  The finished card is a standard 4.25" x 5.5" so that satisfies the rectangular part.  I saw this card on Pinterest and had to try my hand at making one.  There was no tutorial so I made it up as I went along.  Classic Diamond Spellbinders dies were used to make the v-shaped collar of the graduation robe.  Copics were used for the skin tone and a pearl "necklace" provides a feminine touch.  The tassel was made with DMC embroidery floss and attached to the hat with a brad.  The entire hat was popped up over the robe.  A sentiment from the Congratulations Graduate set finishes off the front.





Two more sentiments from the set were used on the card interior.  Both were double matted in the school colors.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Recollections (black), Strathmore Water Color paper (collar), Best Occasions (green), Georgia Pacific (white), Papertrey Ink (white for flesh toned area)
Stamps: Deedee's Digis (Congratulations Graduate)
Copics: E00, 01, 02, 11
Tools/Embellishments: DMC floss (white), brad from stash, pearls (Michael's), Spellbinders dies (Classic Squares Large and Small, Classic Diamonds), Cuttlebug embossing folder (Herringbone)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #246 - Anything Goes 
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations - Celebrations 
Inky Chicks Challenge #51 - Pearls 
Cuttlebug Mania - Bling (pearls or gems) 
Twisted Thursday Challenge - Anything Goes 
Scrapbook Blessings Club - Anything Goes 
V's Sweet Ideas - Emboss It! 
Crop Stop Linky Party #4 - Use something available in the store (Cuttlebug Herringbone embossing folder)

I hope you'll be able to play along in the challenge.  You just might win a $15 gift code to spend in the Deedee's Digi store if you do.  Thanks for visiting with me today.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spring Cherries

It's Wednesday and that means it's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  This week we're focusing on Deuteronomy 30:14, "But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it." As Believers, God's Word is supposed to be so precious to us that we keep it close to us.  We're not just to read God's Word.  We're not just to talk about it or even just think about it.  Yes, we should do these things.  However, the emphasis on this verse is that we're to read, talk and think in order to DO what the Bible says.  It's kind of like reading directions to make a cake.  What good does it do to read the directions, or talk to others about the directions or even to think about the directions if you don't ever follow them and make the cake? God's Word is our instruction manual for life and practice. If we don't DO what it says then reading it, talking about it and thinking about it is really useless. Just this week I encountered a situation where I really needed to take action. I knew what the Bible said I should do. I talked about it with other wise Christians and I spent some time thinking about it (and praying about it). But, it wasn't until I took action and did what I knew was right that I pleased the Lord and felt His peace about the situation. I would encourage you to read God's Word, talk about with others, meditate upon it and also DO what His Word says to do. 


This week one of our wonderful sponsors is Gloria Shirr of Purpleglo Creations. I won this stamp set from Gloria a few months ago (Thanks again, Gloria!!) and was finally able to ink it up!  It was so fun to color and I'll be using it again soon.  After coloring the image with Copics, it was die cut and matted on another die cut.  The fishtail banner for the sentiment was handcut.  A few die cut hearts accent the sentiment.


An online friend blessed me with quite a few 6x6 sheets of patterned paper.  This cherry paper was part of that RAK and went perfectly with the image.  I thought it had a vintage-y look to it so I added some lace, faux stitching and kraft cardstock to go with the vintage theme. The cherries and hearts have a couple coats of Wink of Stella on them.


The interior has another layered heart and more faux stitching.  The interior hearts also received a coat of Wink of Stella for a little shimmer.

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Recollections (kraft), DCWV (red), Papertrey Ink (image, sentiment), Georgia Pacific (white hearts, writing panel)
Patterned Paper:  I'm not sure because it was a RAK but I think Magnolia
Stamps: WORDart by Karen (Deuteronomy 30:14); Close To My Heart (Sweet Life)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Copics: B000; N3; G03, 07, 09; E35, 37; R22, 24, 27
Tools/Embellishments: Offray lace, Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts (Hearts), Spellbinders dies (Standard Circle Large, Picot Circle), My Favorite Things Die-namics (Mini Scallop Edge), Uni-ball Signo gel pen (white), Staedtler fine tip marker (brown), Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush marker (clear)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion Challenge #262 - Anything Goes
The Kraft Journal Challenge #224 - Anything Goes - Vintage
2 Crafty Girls Challenge #3 - Vintage
Papertake Weekly - With a Heart (use a heart somewhere on your project)
Going Gray with Scrap-Creations - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Blessings Club - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions Challenge #210 - Faux Stitching/Doodling


I do appreciate your visit today.  Please don't forget to get your free digi at the Word Art Wednesday blog.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Perseverance - Chronic Illness



Deedee's Digis is sponsoring the Path of Positivity (PoP) challenge this month.  PoP is a month long challenge with a different theme word each month.  The theme for this month is Perseverance.  You can see my first post for this challenge here.


Dictionary.com defines "perseverance" as: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. Whenever I think of "perseverance," I think of our children. Since childhood, they have both battled chronic health issues. Since all their illnesses are "invisible," they have also battled the disbelief of others.  "But you don't look sick," ranks up there as a least favorite comment.  I've learned so much from both of them and they have been such a great example to me of how to trust the Lord even during the difficult times.  They don't complain and just go on day by day doing what they need to do. Most people don't realize how badly they feel because they don't make a big deal of it.  As our son-in-law once put it, "It's sometimes a limitation but never an excuse." Our daughter's college recently wrote an article about how she continued to persevere in order to graduate and posted the article on their website.  You can read the article here.  My husband and I are so proud of them and thankful for them and the attitude they have.  The Lord has truly blessed us.


I chose to use two sets from Deedee's Digis to make encouragement cards for them.  With the exception of the colors used, the cards are very similar. I used the outline version of the cause ribbon in the Passionately Pink set (a FREE set in the store) and colored it with Copic markers.  The sentiment comes from the Greatest Joy set (available for Non-EU Customers and for EU Customers). I handcut the fishtail ends to the sentiment panels. To represent that their health issues are invisible, I chose to use a clear card base. The card design is based on last week's Tuesday Morning Sketch #300 (I'm too late for the challenge but loved the sketch).

Most of our daughter's challenges fall under the purple ribbon on the awareness chart.  For this reason, her card has a purple theme.  I've used the background swirls on several other projects for her during her college years, so that also is another little detail I wanted to include.


A year ago, our daughter-in-law was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  As I've watched her learn to live with this diagnosis and deal with the other auto-immune issues that come with it, I've also seen her persevere to continue to live life as fully as possible.  Due to some new health issues, our son now has to eat gluten free.  So I'm letting the green Celiac Disease ribbon represent both of them. May is also Celiac Awareness month. If you know someone that requires a gluten-free diet, please remember that even just a little gluten can cause great harm to them.

Supplies for both cards:
Cardstock: Papertray Ink (image and sentiment panels), Georgia Pacific (white interior message panel), Bazzill (purple and green matting cardstock), Paper Temptress (acetate sheet for card base)
Digi Stamps:  Deedee's Digis (Passionately Pink, Greatest Joy)
Clear Stamps:  Autumn Leaves (Swirls)
Rhinestones: Best Occasions
Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush marker (clear)

Supplies for Purple Card:
Hero Arts Shadow Ink: Passion Flower
Copic Markers: V04, 06, 09; 100; N3
Supplies for Green Card:
Hero Arts Shadow Ink: Green Hills
Copic Markers: G03, 07, 09; 100; N3

I'm entering these cards in the following challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge - Mix it Up (Use stamps from at least two different sets - I used 3)
Scrapbook Blessings Club - Anything Goes

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

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