Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ah, Lord God!

It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. I hope you will be able to join us in our challenge...our wonderful sponsor, Simon Says Stamp will gift one participant with a generous prize. You can check out the details on the Word Art Wednesday blog.

Our focus verse this week is Jeremiah 32:17, "Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee." Our sweet daughter-in-law, Amy, had to say goodbye to her beloved Nana recently and the funeral was this week. Both our daughter-in-law and her Nana know the Lord so they have that wonderful assurance that they will see each other again in Heaven. However, because they enjoyed a very close relationship, learning how to live without frequently seeing and talking to her Nana is going to be a very hard adjustment for Amy.

As I was making this week's card, I thought this verse was very appropriate for her. The same Lord that had the power to make the heaven and earth is the same one that can comfort her heart. The same Lord that is "upholding all things by the word of his power" (Hebrews 1:3) can carry her when she feels like she just can't make in through this valley of grief. This same Lord can help her remember all the good times she had with her Nana, all the lessons Nana taught her and the godly guidance Nana gave her. How do I know He has the power to do this, from my person experience when some of my loved ones have been "promoted to Glory" and much more importantly, because our verse this week reminds us that nothing is too hard for the Lord.

I used several Simon Says Stamp products in some of Amy's favorite colors to make this week's card. I stamped 3 of the flower images and colored them with Copic markers. I could have used the coordinating dies to cute them out but instead fussy cut them and then ran a Memento black marker along the cut edges. On the pull out card, one flower was stamped using some Simon Says Stamp ink and a Hero Arts ink for the center. A white gel pen was used to accent the flower centers and they were all coated generously with a clear Wink of Stella marker.  A few sequins and this simple Criss-Cross card is complete.

I'm entering this card at the following challenges:
Crop Stop Link Party #25 - Any goes using products found in the Crop Stop Store (I'm using products by Martha Stewart, Scotch, Cuttlebug, and Fiskars)
Tuesday Throwdown #330 - Say It With Words (words are the focal point)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Florals (have 2 or more flowers on your project)

I hope you'll stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog and see the projects from the rest of the design team. Don't forget to pick up your free WORDart while you're there. Also, please visit our fantastic sponsor, Simon Says Stamp. They are truly a one-stop-shop!

I've listed the products I used below. Affiliate links are used where possible.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Dresden Quilt Card Set

Happy Wednesday! I hope this finds you warm and well. I've been sick with the bad cold / bronchitis-like crud for almost 2 weeks now. I'm definitely feeling better but still have the lingering cough. My poor husband now is getting it. :( Anyway, enough of that. It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday and this week we have two sponsors, so you'll have even more chances to win a prize. Our focus verse this week is 1 Corinthians 13:13, "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." Many times in the Bible the word "charity" can also mean love. The Apostle Paul, the writer of 1 Corinthians, has spent some time in the 13th chapter defining love for us. To truly love someone requires a lot of self-sacrifice. When we truly love someone, we want the best for them and will sacrifice our own wants to help them achieve their dreams and goals. This is the kind of love the Lord has for us. He sacrificed dearly for us and wants only the best for us. We'll never love each other perfectly, like God does, but it is certainly a worthwhile goal.

I thought a cozy quilt would be a great design for a card about love. Grandmas and moms stitch quilts full of love to wrap around us and keep us warm. I received this quilt die for Christmas and this was the first time I was able to play with it. I used the die with 3 pieces of double sided patterned paper and with white card stock. This gave me lots of pieces to use for some die cut inlay. On the card above, I used some Wink of Stella on the large purple die cut heart and the three small hearts on the verse panel. I left the inside of this card blank.

I made a total of 3 cards.  For the one on the left in the picture above, I ran the inlaid panel through an embossing folder before adhering it to a cardstock mat. For the card on the right, I used the 2nd side of the gray snowflake paper for the outer block sections. Using double sided paper for these really gives you a lot of options.

For the interior of these two cards, I stamped a great sentiment from Dare 2B Artzy. I thought it went perfectly with the quilt design on the front. In the picture above, you can also see the embossing a little better. The hearts in the center of the design were coated with Wink of Stella before being embellished with a small baker's twine bow.

Here's a final look at my set of 3 cards. I really liked how they turned out and will definitely be using this design die quite a bit. It would also be a good way to use up scraps.

I'm entering this card in the following challeges:
Outlawz Monday Greeting Challenge - Everything Is Love
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - Make something new with a new product (the papers and quilt die are new)
A Gem of a Challenge #186 - Hearts and/or Flowers (I chose hearts)
Come and Get It Challenges - 3 or More Layers
Crop Stop January Challenge - Use products from the Crop Stop Store (I'm using Zig two way glue pen, Fiskar's triple track blades, Cuttlebug and Scotch ATG refills)

I hope you will stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to pick up your FREE Wordart and the see the projects from the rest of the Design Team. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you'll come back often.

The products I've used are linked below. Affiliate links are used where possible at no additional cost to you.


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