Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I Will Look Unto the Lord

It's Wednesday again, so that means it's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  This week's focus verse is found in Micah 7:7, "Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation:  my God will hear me."  I don't know about you, but I find it easier to look to the Lord for answers that it is to WAIT for Him to answer.  However, I know the Lord hears me, and He will answer me when the time is right.  God always answers us.  Sometimes it's "yes," sometimes "no" and sometimes "wait."  Most of the time, what helps me wait for the Lord's time table is wanting HIS best for me.  I know His way is best and if I wait on Him to work things out, I'll be much happier than if I work it out on my own.  While waiting is never easy, knowing you have the Lord's best is well worth it.

I thought this hot air balloon image was perfect for this week's verse.  It's a great reminder to keep looking up to the Lord.  I used the Love Lifts You Outline digi set by Daydream Designs.  This great set also comes in a color version which you can find here.  I used the balloon with the blank banner section and added this week's verse there.  I also removed the hearts on the top sections and made them solid panels.  Since I ended up fussy cutting the balloon, I made life easier for myself, and added a little texture, by using baker's twine for the ropes.  After coloring the balloon with Copics, I used a VersaMarker on the pink and purple parts of the balloon to add two coats of clear embossing powder.  I really like the shine and texture and gives the balloon and basket.  The balloon is popped up over the sky panel.

I made the sky background by sponging the edges of a petite scalloped oval.  I started with a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of white cardstock.  I started the sponging in the top left corner and worked my way across and down the page.  I just sponged along the edges of my scalloped oval and then moved it to a new area turning it so that all the "clouds" weren't going in the same direction (I see now I should have done a little more turning).  Then I die cut the panel and inked around the edge.  The card base is made from two scalloped ovals.  In the picture above, you can see where I cut a small piece off the bottom three scallops on the back panel so that the card will stand up on a flat surface.

Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific (card base), Neenah Solar White (image)
Stamps:  WORDart by Karen (Micah 7:7), Daydream Designs (Love Lifts You Outline Digi set)
Ink:  Memento (Paris Dusk)
Markers:  VersaMarker, Copics (V01, 04, 06, R81, 83, 85, 100)
Tools/Embellishments:  baker's twine (The Twinery - charcoal), SU embossing powder (Crystal Clear), Spellbinders (Petite Ovals Large, Petite Scalloped Ovals Large)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sentimental Sunday #195 - Make Your Own Background Paper
Tuesday Throwdown #184 - Anything Goes
Just B Creative Crazy - Just Because (anything goes)
Our Daily Bread Designs Shining Light Challenge #192 (ODBDSLC192) - Shaped Card

Thanks for stopping by today.  As usual, I would encourage you to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has made and to pick up your free digi.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Building Block Valentine

I like to use special folds or techniques when making cards for my husband.  When  I saw the Building Block card on SCS, I knew that was the one to use for his Valentine.  I embossed the letters and heart on the blocks with opaque white embossing powder and added faux stitching with a white gel pen.  I used stamps from four different companies on this one.  In a rare card for me, this one has NO digi stamps.  :)  I kept the left inside panel blank for my message.

The front is an old Unity Stamps image.  I embellished it with black rhinestones, a marker and some Wink of Stella.  I also used faux stitching and more black rhinestones to finish off the front panel.

The sentiment on the inside panel was actually a 2 line stamp.  I used "selective inking" to turn it into a 4 line stamp.   I layered several heart die cuts and gave them several coats of Wink of Stella.

Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (red, black)
Patterned Paper:  The Paper Studio (Love Me Tender)
Stamps: SU {Brushstroke Alphabet Upper (LOVE YOU)}, Inkadinkado {Expressions (heart)}, Mark's Finest Papers {Dogwood Blossoms (inside sentiment)}, Unity Stamp Company {My Heart Sings (front image)}
Inks:  Versamark, Versafine (Onyx Black)
Tools/Embellishments:  Staedtler Triplus Fine Tip pens (red, black), Wink of Stella brush glitter pen (clear), Uniball Signo white opaque pen, rhinestones (Want 2 Scrap - black), Spellbinders (Petite Ovals Large & Small), Lawn Fawn dies (Hearts), Stampendous embossing powder (Opaque White)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Scrapbook Blessings Club Challenge #13 - Funky, Fancy, Fabulous Card Folds
Papertake Weekly - Lovely Layers
Divas By Design - Rubber Stamps Only
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Two Hearts with Red and/or Pink
V's Sweet Ideas Challenge #20 - Red, White and Pink
Going Gray With Scrap Creations - Valentine's Day
Clear it Out Challenge - Theme:  Reds, Stash:  Your Choice (I used old stamps - Unity & SU and rhinestones)
Just B Creative Crazy - Just Because (anything goes)

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please come back soon.

Things We Follow

This week's focus verse at Word Art Wednesday is so appropriate for today's world.  So often in conversations, "jokes," and on social media we see things that do not promote encouragement and peace.  It seems some people thrive on discord and tearing someone else down makes them feel better about themselves.  However, this week's verse, Romans 14:19 says, "Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another."  What a contrast!!  To edify someone means to encourage or build them up.  According to this verse, we're to look for ways to encourage and build up others.  We're to follow after things that promote peace.  On social media we "follow" a lot of different things and people.  I will ask you what I'm asking myself: Are the things/people you are following things that make for peace and that encourage others.  If not, maybe we need to do some early "spring cleaning" and clean out our list of those things and replace them with things that will help us fulfill the guidelines in this verse.

One of our sponsors this week is DigiDarla Designs.  I really enjoy using their images and this time was no exception.  I used One Cup a Daisies for my focal image.  I took some creative liberties and made my daisies pink.  I colored the image with Copics and then die cut it and matted it with some Spellbinders dies (circle and scalloped circle).  An embossed strip of cardstock edged with a border die cuts, some faux stitching,  and some pearl flourishes complete the front of the card.

I made an 6" square easel card this week and used the Scripture verse on the inside.  I cut it and double-matted it with more Spellbinders dies (Labels Four, Gold Labels Four), embellished it with some pearls and popped it up so that it would act as the stopper for the card front.  A message to the recipient can be written above the Scripture panel and will be hidden by the front of the card when it is propped open.

Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific (card base, Scripture panel), Neenah Solar White (image panel), Bazzill (pink, black)
Patterned Paper:  The Paper Studio
Stamps:  WORDart by Karen (Romans 14:19), Digi Darla (One Cup a Daisies)
Copics: R81, 83, 85; YG03, 05; C0, 1; Colorless Blender
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders Dies (Circles Small, Scalloped Circles Small, Gold Labels Four, Labels Four Large and Small), Sweet 'n Sassy Border Die (Lacey Eyelet), Cuttlebug embossing folder (Swiss Dot), Staedtler triplus fine point pen (black), pearl flourishes (Recollections), pearls (The Paper Studio)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Scrapbook Blessings Club Challenge #13 - Funky, Fancy & Fabulous Card Folds
Papertake Weekly - Lovely Layers
Fan-tastic Tuesday #24 - Happy & Bright (must be square)
Sweet Stamps Monthly Technique Challenge - Fun Folds
Just B Creative Crazy - Just Because (anything goes) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Please, don't forget to go by the Word Art Wednesday blog to pick up your free digi and to see what the rest of the Design Team have made.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

They That Seek The Lord

This week's focus verse at Word Art Wednesday is Psalm 34:10, "The young lions do lack and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing."  I love the Psalms and find them to be a great comfort.  This verse is one of those comfort verses that let us know that even when times are tough, the Lord is still with us and will provide what we need.  It doesn't mean that we won't suffer but that if it's good for us, the Lord will provide it for us.

For my card today I chose to use a color that is unusual for  I layered several patterned papers in strips and then used a border die cut to help define the layers.  The best part is that the two borders you see are actually from one die.  I used the Lacey Eyelet Border die from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  If you look at the bottom die you can see how I cut the strip down the middle to make two totally different designs.  I love being able to stretch my supplies/tools that way.

I used the Framed Comfort set from Deedee's Digis to frame this week's focus verse.  This set has 8 color images and 10 outline images.  It is so versatile!  It comes with 4 Scriptures in frames and also has just the frame outlines so that you can use your own verses/sentiments. After using one of the outline images to frame this week's verse, I fussy cut it and then also fussy cut a mat behind it.  I popped it up over the patterned paper strips with pop dots so that I didn't have to worry about the layers making it lumpy. 

I also added some of the butterflies from the set.  You can see in the picture below how I layered two butterflies on top of each other for the bottom right butterfly and just adhered the other two butterflies in the center so their wings could be free.  All the butterflies were colored with copics, fussy cut and given pearl bodies and flight paths.  I used my Wink of Stella glitter pen on their wings.

Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper:  Unknown (I received a large box of patterned paper as a RAK - these papers are from that box)
Stamps:  WORDart by Karen (Psalm 34:10), Deedee's Digis (Framed Comfort)
Copics: Y11, 13, 15, 17, 35, 38; YR07, 20
Tools/Embellishments:  Wink of Stella brush glitter pen (clear), pearls (Recollections, The Paper Studio), Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps border die (Lacey Eyelet)

I'm entering this card in the Just B Creative Crazy - Just Because challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Please don't forget to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog and see the other Design Team projects and to pick up your free digi.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

I made an A2 sized card with the same braided edge as the card in my last post.  It is such a fun technique and truly is easier than it looks.  As a reminder, you can find the tutorial for this braided edge here

I used two adorable sets from Deedee's Digis on this card.  The heart basket and inside sentiment are from My Heart is Yours and the "Happy Valentine's Day!" sentiment is from Sending My Love.  In case you haven't heard, there's a sale in the Deedee's Digis store!  Valentine's Day/Love/Heart digis will be offered at 50% their regular prices throughout the month of February. All discounted sets are appropriately marked in the shop, and the reduced prices will automatically be calculated in your cart, so there's no need to do anything special to get the discount. If you've had your eye on any of these sets, now is a great time to stock up!

For the card base, I stamped a heart image randomly over the cardstock with Versamark and then used clear embossing powder over it.  I used the precolored basket image and fussy cut it. I ran a black copic marker around the cut edges.  I used a Versamarker pen over the hearts in the basket and embossed them with Sparkle embossing powder. The basket is popped up over the banner.  Lawn Fawn heart die cuts add some interest to the ends of the sentiment panel.  Red Stickles covers the hearts and the red dots in the patterned paper.

This card has some interior decorating as well.  I used the triangle end left from cutting the banner to decorate the panel and then added some die cut hearts for interest.  I used more Stickles for sparkle.

I hope you'll stop by Deedee's Digis, see the new sets and stock up on the Valentine's/Love sets.  After all, those we love need to hear "I love you" from us 365 days a year not just on Valentine's Day.  :)

Cardstock:  Bazzill (red), Georgia Pacific (white)
Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey (Blush), The Paper Studio (brown)
Stamps:  Deedee's Digis (Sending My Love, My Heart is Yours), Oriental Trading (open heart)
Ink:  Versamark
Tools/Embellishments:  Versamarker, Copic (100), Lawn Fawn die (Hearts), Stickles (Christmas Red, Star Dust), embossing powder (Hampton Arts Sparkle, SU Crystal Clear), Staedtler black pen

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - With a Heart
Cuttlebug Mania - A Touch of Red
Scrapbook Blessings Club Challenge #12 - Love is in the Air
V's Sweet Challenge #20 - Red, White and Pink
Inky Impressions Challenge #145 - For Someone Special
Catered Crop - Heart of the Matter
Going Gray with Scrap Creations - Valentine's Day
Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge #122 - Bingo (Diagonal from top left to bottom right - Pink, Heart, Red)
Just B Creative Crazy - Just Because (anything goes)

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please come back tomorrow when I'll have another set by Deedee's Digis to show you for my Word Art Wednesday card.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fruit of the Spirit

It's hard to believe that we're into February now!  I feel like I lost the whole month of January.  As I mentioned before, I started the month with the flu and then spent the rest of the month recovering.  Ugh!  I took a leave of absence from Word Art Wednesday to recover.  I sure have missed my craft room and making projects for the challenges at Word Art Wednesday.

This week our focus verse is Galatians 5:22-23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."  A life lived pleasing to the Lord will show these fruit.  A tough challenge to be sure but as we grow in our relationship with Him, these things should be more and more evident in our lives.  As I looked at the list, I realized that if we are loving others as God would have us love them, the rest of the list will start to fall in place a littler easier.  If we love someone it's easier to be longsuffering (patient), gentle, good, etc., towards them.  So with this in mind, I focused my card this week on the "love" aspect of the fruit of the Spirit.

One of our sponsors, Robyn's Fetish, generously gave the DT some images to play with.  I was able to play with the image called "i heart u".  This image comes with the sentiment on the heart and by itself.  I can see myself using it again and again.  Once again, I used one of my favorite techniques and paper pieced the hearts.  After I fussy cut both hearts, I went around the edges with a black Copic marker. For the red, ruffled heart, I used 2 layers of clear embossing powder (apply versamark, cover with embossing powder, heat, cool, repeat) to give it a shiny look.  On the white heart, I covered the sentiment that comes on it with this week's focus verse.  A few heart die cuts were added to the bottom of this panel for a little more "heart" interest.  Each heart was given several coats of a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen and then a coat of glaze.  The white heart is popped up over the red heart.

You may be wondering about the edge detail on the card.  Well, one of the side effects of feeling lousy for several weeks was that I watched LOTS of crafty videos on YouTube.  I learned several new things I want to try in upcoming projects.  This braided card was one at the top of my list.  I saw this technique demonstrated in a video by Brandy Cox.  Here is the blog post featuring not only the video but also a free download for the template she designed to make the necessary cuts.  It's a lot of fun, and I have plans to use this on another card that I hope to share with you in the next few days.

I did a little interior decorating on this card.  It shows off the braid too.  :)

Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper:  American Crafts (Hip Hip Hooray 6 x 6 pad)
Stamps:  WORDart by Karen (Galatians 5:22-23), Robyn's Fetish (i heart u)
Ink:  Versamark
Tools/Embellishments: Copic Marker (100), SU embossing powder (Crystal Clear), Staedtler Triplus Fineliner (black), Zig Wink of Stella brush glitter pen (clear), Sakura Glaze pen, Lawn Fawn Hearts Lawn Cuts, The Paper Studio embossing folder (Tiny Hearts)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge #257 (incorporate red and love in your card)
Cuttlebug Mania (A Touch of Red - I used the Cuttlebug for the Tiny Hearts embossing folder and for the Lawn Fawn Heart dies)
Scrapbook Blessings Club Challenge #12 (Love is in the Air)
Just B Creative Crazy - Just Because (anything goes)

I hope you'll stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the rest of the projects made by the DT and to pick up your free WORDart digi.  Also, be sure to stop by Robyn's Fetish for LOTS of great digital stamps.

Thanks for stopping by today.


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