Wednesday, April 27, 2016

They That Know Thy Name (Plus Bonus Card)

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week's focus verse is Psalm 9:10, "And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee:  for thou, Lord, has not forsaken them that seek thee." The Psalmist has a close relationship with the Lord and knows that to really know the Lord is to trust Him. The more we spend time getting to know the Lord, the easier it is to trust Him. We will also realize the truth that the Lord doesn't forsake His own. I don't mean to imply that when we follow the Lord that life is all easy. It isn't. However, we never go through those trials alone and life, even when difficult, is worthwhile. Get to know the Lord and you will realize your trust is well placed in Him.

My card inspiration came from two sources. First I saw this card on Instagram and really liked how the flowers peeked out from underneath the raised off-set panel. My husband and I bought a house a last fall and one of the fun things we are enjoying about our yard this spring is all the surprises when something new comes up in one of the flower beds. The flowers below bloomed last week and I loved the colors. So they are the inspiration for my flower colors. As you can tell, both the card and the flowers were just a jumping off point for me.

Simon Says Stamp is our fantastic sponsor this week. I was able to use three of their exclusive products on my card and most of my other supplies are available in their store as well. I pulled out my favorite SSS stamp set, Always and Forever, for the flowers and leaves. They were colored with Copics and accented with a white gel pen before being fussy cut.  I wanted a subtle color for the background layer. I inked up the Gingham Background stamp with a light green ink. After printing the WORDart on my white cardstock, I cut this panel with the A2 Curved Edge die. I cut a piece of the green matting cardstock with the same die and layered it behind the verse panel. This panel was popped up over the gingham layer with craft foam. After arranging and adhering the flowers and leaves to the card front, the flower centers were accented with Stickles.

I wanted a little interior decorating as well. I stamped a scrap of white cardstock with the same ink and the Gingham Background stamp. I matted this strip and adhered it to the left side of the writing panel. I Copic colored and fussy cut a smaller flower and leaves from the Always and Forever set and added them to the bottom of the gingham strip.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #291 - Anything Goes
Clear It Out Challenge - Spring Is Here (Stash - Use Green - I used green cardstock)
Sweet Stamps April Challenge - Anything Goes

I REALLY enjoy Simon Says Stamp products and just have to share another card I made using their products. Our grandson has pneumonia and this is the card I made for him. We have two gray kitties that he really likes and my mother-in-law (who lives with us) has a yellow one. I used the Christmas Cats Stamp set and dies to make a shaker card for him. I colored the cats with Copics to resemble our Sasha, Darius and Pudens. I used a double sided patterned paper for the card. I felt the one side was too bold so I used vellum for the shaker window instead of acetate to tone it down a little. I used my favorite Always and Forever stamp set from Simon Says Stamp to heat emboss the sentiments on the front. The hearts are coated with clear Wink of Stella.

Sasha and Pudens are popped up on fun foam and Darius is slightly hiding in the back.

I made a computer generated sentiment and stitched border in Word for the interior of the card. I had one yarn ball left, so I added it to the corner to help bring the design to the inside. This card shows that even though the name of the set is Christmas Cats, it can be used all year 'round for many occasions.

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you'll not only visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to see what the rest of the Design Team made and to pick up your free WORDart but that you'll also visit Simon Says Stamp for all your stamping needs.

Below are links to the products used for both cards. I used affiliate links where possible. This means that I receive a small commission (at no cost to you) when you shop using one of these links. Please note: The patterned paper I used for the cat card is by American Crafts but is a scrap from my stash. I have not been able to find it online anywhere.


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