Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Confidence

Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going well. It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we're focusing on 2 Corinthians 3:4-5, "And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God." The Apostle Paul (the author of 2 Corinthians) is talking about the trust he has in Christ. The word trust could also be stated as confidence. "Confidence describes the quality or state of being certain. It describes Paul's assurance of mind and his firm belief in the integrity, stability and veracity of God. Paul expressed a reliance on God, the idea of reliance being an expression of confidence or trust based on experience." {Henry Alford, PreceptAustin.org} Paul gained his boldness to proclaim the Gospel of Christ because of this confidence/trust. He didn't think he was "all that" but knew that anything he did or was able to accomplish was only because it was the work of God.

As the Puritan pastor Richard Baxter (1615-1691) lay on his deathbed, someone encouraged him with a reminder of the good which so many had received from his preaching and writings. Baxter who clearly understood 2 Corinthians 3:5 replied..."I was but a pen in God’s hand, and what praise is due to a pen?" {PreceptAustin.org}



I was at the StampAway convention this past Saturday in Cincinnati, OH. I had a good time getting to see the products of some of my favorite stamp companies in person and talking with several of the owners. Of course, I brought home a few goodies and decided to use some of my new items and some favorite older items on today's card (I've linked them below in my supply list). I also wanted to keep the focus on the verse so I used a frame around the verse panel and put it on an easel card.


I really like easel cards and don't know why I don't make more of them. I like the way they sit up for display and think they are the perfect way to showcase a Scripture verse or encouraging sentiment.

Supplies:
Cardstock; Recollections (#110 white card base, pink), Bazzill (Moody Blue), Georgia Pacific (white)
Patterned Paper: Dare 2B Artzy (Summertime Collection Variety Pack - this sheet is Bright Blooms)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen (2 Corinthians 3:4-5), Simon Says Stamp clear stamp set (Always & Forever - retired)
Ink: Versamark
Tools/Embellishments: Divinity Designs dies (Double Stitched Rectangles), Pink & Main dies (Reverse Scallop Rectangles), Lawn Fawn dies (Everyday Sentiment Banners), My Favorite Things die-namics (Mini Scallop Edge - retired), Simon Says Stamp embossing powder (White Fine Detail), Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops (Morning Dew), Fiskars butterfly punch, Eyelet Outlet bling

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Dare 2B Artzy - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting with me today. I hope you'll stop by again soon. Please be sure to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog for lots more inspiration and to pick up your free digi.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Golden Butterflies


I'm feeling under the weather this week so this will be a short post. But I did want to share this card for the new Word Art Wednesday challenge. I used Reverse Confetti Sketch #24 for the inspiration for my card. Foil butterflies embellish and pearls the verse panel.


I did add a little interior decorating.

Supplies:
Card base: Neenah Premium Extra Heavey Folded Card and Envelope Set (black)
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Ms. Sparkle Glitter and Foil Paper Pad (Gold & Silver)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Dots & Stripes
Embellishments/Tools: Fiskars butterfly punches, The Paper Studio pearls, Spellbinders Classic Square Dies Large & Small

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you'll have time to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the other Design Team projects and pick up your free digi.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

True Freedom

Hello! Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we are looking at Psalm 119:45, "And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts." So many people think that following the Lord's plan for our life is constricting, confining and brings misery. However, it is just the opposite. When we follow the Lord's precepts, we are free from the bondage that sin brings. When we do things within God's will, we are free from the fetters of the consequences of our own bad decisions. We don't have to feel weighed down by a load of guilt and shame. Those who follow the Lord are the ones that are truly free.


I made two cards to share with you this week. The first card uses this week's free WORDart designed by Karen Murray. Don't forget to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to download it for yourself. I used Mojo Monday Sketch 477 for my card design and papers and dies by Divinity Designs. Since we are celebrating Independence Day tomorrow, I chose a patriotic color scheme.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Recollections #110 (white card base), Bazzill (Night Water), Ms. Sparkle & Co. Glitter & Foil Paper - Gold and Silver (silver foil), Georgia Pacific (white for sentiment panel)
Patterned Paper: Divinity Designs (Old Glory Paper Pad, Stars and Stripes Paper Pad)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen (Psalm 119:45)
Dies: Divinity Designs (Sparkling Stars, Double Stitched Rectangles)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Always Fun Challenges #117 - Patriotic 
Crafty Cardmakers #237 - Dies or Punches (I used dies) 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stars and/or Stripes
 



My second card features products by this week's wonderful sponsor, Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. I used two stamp sets and one die set on this card. I chose to just MOJO Sketch 506 as my inspiration but I changed up several of the elements.  The main tulip image from the Get Well Tulip stamp set was colored with Copic Markers. The image panel was cut down and matted with some pink cardstock I found in my stash. A sentiment from Thinking of You Rose was stamped on white cardstock and die cut with one of the dies in the Fishtail Sentiment Banners die set. A few sequins from my stash embellishment the fishtail sentiment banner. The final embellishment is a coat of Wink of Stella on the tulip.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Recollections #110 (white card base), Bazzill (Greenbriar), Pink (unknown), Georgia Pacific (white)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park (Anything Goes 6 x 6 Pad)
Stamps: Stamp Simply (Get Well Tulip and Thinking of You Rose)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Copics: YG03, 07; R81, 83, 85
Tools/Embellishments: Stamp Simply die set (Fishtail Sentiment Banners), Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush marker (clear), sequins (unknown)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Inkspirational Challenges #190 - Use three or five items 
YNS Friday Fun Challenge #117 - Use three of something
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #246 - Anything Goes 
Tuesday Throwdown #435 - Anything Goes


Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope those of you in the US enjoy celebrating our country's birthday tomorrow. It was also my dad's birthday and when I was little I thought the whole country was celebrating his birthday too. LOL

Please visit our wonderful sponsor's website. You're sure to find several things to add to your wish list. Also, please visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the other projects by the Design Team and to link up your own projects.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Walk Worthy

Happy Wednesday! It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week our focus verses are Colossians 1:10, 11, "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness." There is a lot we could say about these verses, but let's just concentrate on the first phrase, "that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing." In order to please the Lord, we have to be walking in His will. If we want Him to direct our steps, we have to be moving along the path that He's already shown us. One commentator put it this way, "True knowledge of God's will is inseparable from walking conformably to it." (Jamieson, Fausset, Brown).  We should have a desire to please the Lord. No matter what situation comes our way, our desire, first and foremost, should be to please the Lord. We have no control over what others say or do, but we do have control over our response to their words and actions. Let's stay close to the Lord and allow Him to help us please Him.


Our sponsor this week is Lawn Fawn. They have some of the cutest critter stamps and also have dies, papers, inks and more. For my card today, I chose to use two of their stamp sets that I have in my collection. For the card design I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's video on Interlocking Gatefold Cards. For the folding panels of my card I stamped the Woodgrain Backdrop stamp several times across the front with Walnut Stain distress ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder.


 I used square dies to make the frame and sentiment panel. After gluing the frame to the left side of the card and the matted sentiment panel to the right, it was time for embellishment. The critters were stamped with Memento ink and colored with Copics and then fussy cut. Some black Nuvo drops were added to their eyes. More Nuvo drops were added on opposite corners. This was a fun card design and I'll definitely be trying it again. This is my 2nd card this week with no patterned paper. That's very unusual for me!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Park Lane (Neutrals), Recollections (kraft)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen, Lawn Fawn clear stamps (Yay, Kites!, Woodgrain Backdrops)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Walnut Stain)
Copics: E31, 33, 35, 37, 40, 41, 43; R20; W1, 3; BG11, 13; Y15, 19
Tools/Embellishments: Spellbinders Classic Squares dies (Large and Small), Nuvo Crystal Drops (Metallic Caramel Cream, Black)

I'm entering this card in the following challenge:
Cuttlebug Mania - Tic Tac Toe (I chose the left column: Sentiment, More than 2 layers, Embossing dry or wet)

I hope you will take the time to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to pick up your free digi and see the projects from the rest of the Design Team. Also, please be sure to visit our sponsor, Lawn Fawn. They have so many wonderful products. Thank you for visiting with me today. Please come back soon.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Captain America Father's Day Card



My husband is my biggest card making supporter. I really like to make him unique cards for holidays, special occasions and just because cards. Last week I saw the Jessica Lynn Original's Captain America Shield video tutorial. I also saw Jennifer McGuire's Triangle Gatefold Card tutorial. Since my husband really likes Captain America, I decided to combine them. I made the Captain America shield as the belly band element on the Triangle Gatefold Card. I made the star on the shield a die cut inlay.


I used a star embossing folder on the inner flap and then used an old Gina K Designs stamp set for the Father's Day sentiment and for the small stars stamped on the belly band and the interior.


I did minimal interior decorating. I just stamped a few more stars and left myself lots of room to write a message. My husband is a fantastic dad to our children and Papaw to our grands. I like to let him know I notice and greatly appreciate his dedication to our family. He really liked the card and has showed it to several people at church. I think this one was a hit.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Recollections (#110 white for card base), Darice (red), Bazzill (blue), Georgia Pacific (white)
Stamps: Gina K Designs cling stamp set (Masculine Tags - retired)
Ink: Ranger Archival (Cobalt)
Dies: Divinity Designs (Sparkling Stars and Double Stitched Circles), Stamp Simply (Fishtail Sentiment Banners)
Embossing Folder: We R Memory Keepers

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania - Tic Tac Toe (I chose the far right column: sentiment, more than two layers, and embossing)
Outlawz Festive Friday Challenge - One of five themes including Father's Day

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

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Masculine Fancy Fold

Hello! I hope your week is going well. It's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we're focusing on 2 Corinthians 6:18, "And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughter, saith the Lord Almighty." We might wonder about that word "and." If we look at the verses preceding this one, we'll see that the Lord is telling the Christians that they need to be different from the unbelievers in the culture surrounding them. He contrasts the life of righteousness with that of ungodliness and finally in verse 17 tells them to "come out from among them and be ye separate..." Then in verse 18 He's encouraging them that if they do so, He will take the father's place in their lives and they will be His sons and daughters. As Christians our lives should be different from those around us. We should not blend in with the culture. I'm not talking about being different just to be different, but the way we act, dress and talk as well as the places we go and the activities in which we participate should all let others know we belong to the Lord. May the Lord help us to be the people we already say we are.


When I saw the fancy fold card in this video by Linda Bauwin, I know I wanted to give it a try. I made up my own measurements to fit my verse. I used some wonderful masculine papers by Pink & Main and some of my new Nuvo drops.


The verse panel and plaid strip lift up to reveal a spot for writing your message. If you have more to say, you can continue your message on the back of the card. The only down side to this card is that it doesn't display easily. It will stand up on the plaid "leg" but it tilts forward to do so.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Recollections (#110 white for card base, layering weight kraft), Bazzill (Boardwalk), Georgia Pacific (white)
Patterned Paper: Pink & Main (Pumpkin Spice 6 x 6 pad)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen
Other:  Nuvo Crystal Drops (Metallic Caramel Cream)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - must use patterned paper
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge - Anything Goes - Optional Twist-Masculine
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Masculine

Thanks for stopping by to visit with me. Be sure to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to pick up your free digi and to see the rest of the Design Team Projects. Have a good day!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Flowers and Butterflies

Happy Wednesday!! It's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we are looking at Isaiah 54:13, "And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children." What a great goal it is for all those who are mothers or are in a place of influence over those that are younger to teach them of the Lord. Teach them how the Lord provides, teach them how the Lord wants us to live, teach them how the Lord wants us to treat others and most of all, teach them about the salvation the Lord provides through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Then no matter what is going on in their world, those children will be at peace because they will have the confident assurance that the Lord is in control. Of course, in order to teach the ways of the Lord, we must know Him ourselves. How about you? Do you know Jesus?


For my card today, I used the window design featured in this Fun Window Card video by Connie Stewart. While I didn't frame my window exactly like she did (her way is much easier and I want to try that next time), I really like this fun design. It adds an unexpected element to an otherwise pretty simple card.


I added some butterflies to two of the corners of my frame and a smaller butterfly on the sentiment. Some tiny pearls provide bodies for the butterflies and centers for some of the flowers.


For the interior, I added two more butterflies with pearl bodies. More patterned paper was used to provide decoration on the left interior panel. This card will be my mother-in-law's Mother's Day card. She has certainly lived out the truth of this verse. My husband can write his message to her above or below the verse panel or on the back.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Recollections (#110 white for card base, black), Bazzill (Aqua scraps for butterflies), Georgia Pacific (white)
Patterned Paper: Pebblies 6 x 6 pad (Garden Party)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen (Isaiah 54:13)
Tools/Embellishments: Fiskars butterfly punches, Spellbinders dies (Classic Rectangles Large and Small), Gina Marie Designs (pearls), Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - must use patterned paper
Daisy Chain Challenge #30  - Anything Goes
Cuttlebug Mania - For Mom or a special lady
Always Fun Challenges - Female or Mom
Tuesday Throwdown #431 - Frame It
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - For a Special Lady

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I hope you'll come back soon.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Book Lover Happy Birthday



When I saw the digi stamp, Bookworm Jess by Sweet Escape Digis, I know it would be perfect for a  birthday card for a major book lover. I dusted off my copic markers and colored the image and then die cut it with some oval dies. I used MojoMonday Sketch 506 as my inspiration. The background panel was dry embossed. The sentiment was die cut with a fishtail die and the mat for the sentiment was hand cut. Some Nuvo Glitter Drops add sparkle to the floral paper, around the sentiment and around one side of the image panel.


Supplies:
Cardstock: Strathmore Bristol (card base), Georgia Pacific (white), Recollections (kraft, burgundy)
Patterned Paper: Authentique 6 x 6 pad (Companions)
Stamps:Sweet Escape Digis (Bookworm Jess), My Sentiments Exactly clear stamp set (Inspirational Birthday Innies and Outies)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Tools/Embellishments: Copic Markers (I forgot to write down the exact colors - sorry), Spellbinders dies (Classic Ovals Large & Small), Stamp Simply dies (Fishtail Sentiment), Cuttlebug embossing folder (Swiss Dot), Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard)

 I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make a birthday card
Crafty Hazelnut's May Patterned Paper Challenge - Must use patterned paper
Outlawz Festive Friday Challenge - Birthday

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


Friday, April 26, 2019

Happy Birthday, Audrey



Our precious granddaughter turned one this week. We were able to be with her to celebrate this special day. Oh, what a difference a year makes - especially when you're this young. She's now walking everywhere and starting to talk. So much fun!

Of course, I had to make her a card. I used Mojo Monday Sketch 514 for the card design. Glitter cardstock was used for the matting so that there would be lots of sparkle. The bear's nose received a drop of Nuvo Crystal Drops, the flower center a drop of Nuvo Glitter Drops and the butterfly a coating of a Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.

Supplies:
Cardstock: The Paper Studio Heavyweight (cardbase), Georgia Pacific (white), Ms. Sparkle & Co. Glitter & Foil Paper Pad (Gold & Silver)
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Design (Take Note 6 x 6 pad)
Stamp: Divinity Designs (Bon Voyage stamp set) Deedee's Digis (bear - retired)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Copics: E33, 335, 37; V000, 01, 04, 06; R02; W1; Y000, 13, 17; YG03, 05
Tools/Embellishments: Spellbinders dies (Standard Circle Large, Petite Scalloped Circles Large), Stamp Simply dies (Fishtail Sentiment Banners) Nuvo Crystal Drops (Morning Dew), Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard), Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush pen (Clear)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Outlawz Festive Friday Challenge - Birthday
Mojo Monday Sketch 514
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - Must use Patterned Paper
Crafty Animals Challenge #25 - Anything Goes using an Animal
Daisy Chain Challenge #29 - Make It Feminine

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


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Be Bountiful

Happy Wednesday! Today is the start of another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. We're focusing on Proverbs 11:25, "The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself." The first part of this verse reminds us that being a blessing to others will also bless us. This goes along with Proverbs 22:9 which teaches that those who are "bountiful" or generous will be blessed. Acts 20:35 reminds us that it is "more blessed to give than to receive." Meeting the needs or even wants of others just makes your heart happy. In a world where the motto seems to be "it's all about me," it's good to be reminded that in fact true happiness comes in meeting the needs of others. Look around you and see who you can bless today.



Our sponsor this week is Stamps of Life. I used their Gift Card Envelope Die with Border to show case the sentiment and to provide a pocket for a pull out tag. I cut the flap off the envelope and used a small circle punch to notch the top so that pulling out the tag would be a little easier. The background patterned paper was die cut usig Large Rectangle Dies - 2 Pack.



I used the stamping off technique for the butterfly on the tag and then stamped the verse in black ink. A scrap of ribbon and a brad provide the pull tab for the tag.




Some blue bling and Nuvo glitter drops embellish the centers of the motif on the background paper and add lots of sparkle.

For interior decorating the Large Rectangle Dies - 2 Pack was used for the writing panel and the mat and the border from the Gift Card Envelope Die with Border set helps add some added decoration.

Supplies:
Cardstock: The Paper Studio Heavyweight (white-card base), Bazzill (Night Water, Cake Batter), Georgia Pacific (white)
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny (Genevieve 6 x 6 pad)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen (Proverbs 11:25), Layers of Color clear stamp set (Joyful Noise - retired), Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps clear stamp set (Our Refuge - retired)
Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black), Ranger Archival (Cobalt)
Tools/Embellishments: Stamps of Life Dies (Gift Card Envelope Die with Border and Large Rectangle Dies - 2 Pack), The Paper Studio gemstones, Making Memories (brad), Marvy circle punches (1/2" and 3/4"), The Paper Studio circle punch (1"), Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard), scrap of ribbon from stash

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sparkles Monthly Challenges Blog Challenge #115 - Flowers or Religious
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes but must use Dies
Daisy Chain Challenges - Make It Feminine
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Must use Patterned Paper
Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge - Anything Goes

I hope you'll stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the projects by the rest of the Design Team and also visit our wonderful sponsor, Stamps of Life. Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you'll come back soon.

Friday, April 12, 2019

According to His Abundant Mercy

Happy Friday! I'm a couple days late posting my Word Art Wednesday card. We rolled out the first phases of a 4 month project this week and it's been a bit crazy! I'm so thankful for weekends off work! This week our focus verse at Word Art Wednesday is 1 Peter 1:3, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." Let's look at one of the phrases of this verse, "according to his abundant mercy." "According to" carries the idea of proportion. The example is given that if a billionaire gives you $10, he's giving you out of his riches. However, if he gives you $1,000,000, he's giving you according to his riches. The first is a portion, the second is a proportion. God is infinite, therefore so are all of His attributes. So using the word "abundant" to describe His mercy toward us is a vast understatement. Mercy is an outward demonstration of pity and assumes need on the part of the one who receives it and sufficient resources on the part of the one that shows it. So if we put all of this together, God gives us mercy, which we most certainly don't deserve, from His vast storehouse. This wonderful treasure of mercy is ready to meet our every need and forgive our every sin.


Our wonderful sponsor this week is Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. They carry MUCH more than ribbon. I really like how their stamps provide such a crisp impression right out of the package. I didn't use any of their dies on today's card, but they are also fantastic. They provided me with the Get Well Tulip stamp set to use. I heat embossed the tulip image with Liquid Platinum embossing powder and matted this panel with a purple cardstock. I heat embossed a scrap of white cardstock with more of the Liquid Platinum embossing powder and used it to punch the 3 circle embellishments. The dry embossed background panel was highlighted with a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen. The verse panel and background panel were also matted with purple cardstock. Some sequins provide the final embellishment.

Supplies:
Cardstock: The Paper Studio heavyweight (white card base), Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (Boysenberry Delight)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen (1 Peter 1:3), Stamp Simply Ribbon Store clear stamp (Get Well Tulip)
Ink: VersaMark (embossing ink)
Tools/Embellishments: Ranger embossing powder (Liquid Platinum), Simon Says Stamp Sequins (Assorted Moonshine), Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush marker (Clear), Cuttlebug embossing folder (Victoria), Divinity Designs dies (Double Stitched Rectangles)

This card is being entered in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - No Designer Paper
Addicted to Stamps and More! - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #249 - Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting with me today. I hope you have a relaxing weekend. Please visit again soon!!
 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Looking unto Jesus

Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Our focus verse this week is Hebrews 12:2, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. As we look at this verse, we first see the admonition "looking unto Jesus." When studying to this verse, I read some comments by  Charles H. Spurgeon, often called the "Prince of Preachers. Regarding "Looking unto Jesus" he explains, The Greek word for “looking” is a much fuller word than we can find in the English language. It has a preposition in it that turns the look away from everything else. You are to look from all else to Jesus. That really helped me see where our focus should be. 

Then I wondered what was meant by "the joy that was set before him." Mr. Spurgeon had this explanation, The joy that was set before Jesus was principally the joy of saving you and me. I know it was the joy of fulfilling His Father’s will, of sitting down on His Father’s throne, of being made perfect through suffering—but still I know that this is the grand, great motive of the Savior’s suffering: the joy of saving us. It was this joy that made Christ strong to endure in the day of His sorrow, and joy must make you also strong to endure unto the end. What an amazing love Jesus has for us that saving us brought Him that much joy! When we keep that in mind, it should be easier to look from all else and keep our eyes on Jesus!



Our sponsor this week is Pink & Main. I have a couple of their beautiful double-sided paper pads and wanted to showcase them in some cards. I have three to share with you today. My first card uses this week's free WORDart that is available on the Word Art Wednesday blog.

I wanted the Scripture to be the focal point so I used this Sweet Sunday Sketch. I kept the embellishments simple so that I wouldn't distract from the verse.

Supplies:
Sweet Sunday Sketch #236
Cardstock: Recollections (burgundy), Georgia Pacific (white), The Paper Studio Heavy Weight (card base), tan - unknown
Patterned Paper: Pink & Main (Take Flight 6 x 6 pad)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen (Hebrews 12:2)
Tools/Embellishments: My Favorite Things Die-namics (Mini Scallop Edge Die), Gina Marie Designs (enamel dots)


My 2nd card uses the same paper pad and one of my all-time favorite quilt dies. Quilt dies are a great way to use up those smaller pieces of patterned paper and really stretch your supplies. A banner stamp and sentiment were embossed on burgundy cardstock and then die cut. This was popped up over the quilt squares and this 4.25" square card is done.

Supplies
Cardstock: Recollection (burgundy and kraft)
Patterned Paper: Pink & Main (Take Flight 6 x 6 pad)
Stamp set: Paper Sweeties (Hello Friends clear stamp set)
Ink: Versamark
Tools/Embellishments: Simon Says Stamp fine detail embossing powder (white), Paper Sweeties Sweet Cuts (Be Happy), Gina Marie Designs Quilt Die (9-Block)

I'm entering this card in this challenge:
Always Fun Challenge #103 - Use Kraft 
Dream Valley Craft Challenge #198 - Let's Get Krafty - Use Kraft card



 My last card features a wonderful loon die adhered over a Distress ink blended background.  The Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped on top after the Distress inks were dry. Another Pink & Main paper pad provided the patterned paper for this masculine birthday card.


Some scraps of the same patterned paper and another stamped sentiment provide the interior decoration.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), The Paper Studio Heavy Weight (card base), Recollections (kraft), Scraps from stash (orange and dark brown)
Patterned Paper: Pink & Main (Pumpkin Spice 6 x 6 pad)
Inks: Distress inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean), VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Stamps: My Sentiments Exactly Clear StampSet (Inspirational Birthday Innies and Outies)
Tools/Embellishments: Gina Marie Designs (Lake Loon Die), The Paper Studio (burlap ribbon)

I hope you will visit Pink & Main and check out all their wonderful products. They have beautiful papers, stamps and dies. They also have a new monthly kit. It's packed full of beautiful papers, stamps and supplies. I also hope you'll be able to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog and see the rest of the Design Team projects and pick up your free digi. 

Thank you for visiting with me today. I hope you'll come back soon.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

It Takes Teamwork

Hello! Can you believe March is about halfway over? Wow! The month is flying by. It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we are focusing on 1 Corinthians 12:27, "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular." Those who have accepted Christ as Savior are all part of the Body of Christ. We all have different talents and abilities but we are all part of the body. Just as the hand on the human body doesn't function the same as the eye, it's still valuable and needed. Just as the human body functions best when it works together in harmony, so does the Body of Christ. We are able to accomplish so much more in sharing the Good News of salvation when we work together as a team. Satan loves it when we get sidetracked by who is getting more limelight, singing more solos in the choir, or who is getting the credit in the bulletin, etc. Maybe your area of ministry isn't flashy and few people see what you are doing. However, please be assured you are needed, necessary and our Father in Heaven keeps very meticulous and accurate accounts. He knows exactly what you are doing to serve Him. Let's remember that we are all on the same team and work together to share the Gospel and bring glory to the Lord.


This week I chose to use MOJOSketch 511 for my card design. I stayed pretty close to the sketch this time. I was ready for some springy designs, so I chose these pretty purple and yellow papers.


I added some glitter drops to the butterfly bodies, flower centers and to accent the scalloped circle.

Supplies
Cardstock - The Paper Studio Heavy Weight (white for card base), Georgia Pacific (white)
Patterned Paper - Divinity Design 6 x 6 pads (Whimsical Wildflowers and Plum Pizzazz)
Stamp - WORDart by Karen (1 Corinthians 12:27)
Tools/Embellishments - Divinity Designs die (Double Stitched Circles), Spellbinders dies (Petite Scalloped Circles Large), Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Through the Craft Room Door Challenge - Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #109 - Anything goes using a die brand Scrapy Land sells (I used a Spellbinders die)

I hope you'll have time to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the projects made by the rest of the Design Team and of course, pick up your free digi. Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope  you'll come back often.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

He Loves Us

Hello! Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday! This week we're focusing on Ephesians 2:6, "And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." If we read verses 1-3 in this 2nd chapter of Ephesians, we discover that Paul (the author of Ephesians) is talking about what the people had been like when they were living in the world and before the accepted Christ as Savior. Then in verse 4 he writes one of my favorite phrases, "But God..." We were living in wrath and disobedience "But God, who is rich in mercy..." came and showed His love to us and saved us. He changes us from what we were and helps us become more and more like Himself. Yes, the Lord comes to meet us where we are and saves us. But He loves us too much to let us stay there. He saves us and helps us leave those things behind and as we grow in Him we become more and more like Him. He raises us up out of the muck of this world and eventually we will arrive in Heaven to sit together in heavenly places. God's love for us is so great.


I used the Viva La Verve! May (2013) Week 3 Sketch (VLV May 2013) for my card design this week. I like that this sketch has a great panel to showcase the Scripture verse. I added a simple baker's twine bow and some punched butterflies. As a finishing touch, some pearls were used on the butterfly bodies and for the flower centers.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Paper Lane #110 (card base), Georgia Pacific (sentiment panel), Bazzill (navy & yellow)
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny (Early Bird 6 x 6)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen (Ephesians 2:6)
Tools/Embellishments: baker's twine (The Twinery), pearls (Gina Marie Designs), butterfly punches (Fiskars)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you and yours are staying healthy this winter. Please visit the Word Art Wednesday blog for more inspiration, to pick up your free digi and to link up your own projects. Please come back soon.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

God Is Love

Hello! It's time for another Word Art Wednesday challenge. This week our free digi WORDart is 1 John 4:16, "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us, God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." With Valentine's Day being celebrated tomorrow, many people's thoughts are turning to love and romance. How do we truly know how to love that special someone? The best example of how to truly love someone is to look at how the Lord loves us. He loves us unconditionally. That means that He doesn't tell us, "I'll love you if you _____." He loves us with a never ending love no matter what. Certainly we do things that grieve Him and break our fellowship with Him, but never our relationship with Him. His love for us never ends. We can look at 1 Corinthians 13 for some other characteristics of a true, godly love. By reading this chapter we learn that true love looks out for the other person and isn't focused on itself. It's not easily hurt or provoked and believes the best in the other person. It's patient and kind. Wow! What a challenging list! We definitely need the Lord's help to apply these guidelines in our love for others. One of the ways we can show that God is at work in our lives is how we love others. As always, He is ready and willing to help us if we will just ask.


For my card this week I chose to use Mojo Monday Sketch 214 for the card design. I am really enjoying this 6 x 6 paper pad that a friend sent me. These florals have such an elegant look to them. Other papers in this pad have beautiful blue and yellow designs.


I used a couple different size butterfly punches for embellishments and use small half pearls to accent the body of each butterfly. The larger butterfly was popped up over the sentiment panel. Both banners were hand cut.


It's hard to see in the pictures, but Nuvo Glitter Drops were placed around the outside of the circle element and also scattered on the verse panel. This gives the card such a pretty glittery/shiny look as the light hits it. You can click the pictures to enlarge them to see the details a little better.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Park Lane #110 for card base, Bazzill (navy), Georgia Pacific (sentiment panel)
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny (Genevieve 6 x 6)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen (1 John 4:16)
Tools/Embellishments: Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard), Fiskars Butterfly punches, Divinity Designs dies (Double Stitched Circles), Spellbinders dies (Standard Circles Large), Gina Marie Designs (pearls)

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you'll pick up your free digi on the Word Art Wednesday blog, check out our generous sponsor and see what the rest of the Design Team has made. Please come back soon!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Cast Your Burden

It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we're focusing on a very comforting verse, Psalm 55:22, "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved." It is such a relief to know that no matter how big our burden, it's not too big for the Lord. We can cast ourselves on Him and say, Lord, I can't handle this on my own. You're going to have to take care of it for me." And He will comfort and care for us. It doesn't mean we won't hurt. It means we won't have to be alone in our pain and He will be right there with us giving us strength for each day. He is truly the God of all comfort.



Our generous sponsor this week, is the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. They provided the Get Well Tulip stamp set for me to play with. I love how their clear stamps give such a clear impression right out of the package. I stamped the tulip image with Memento ink on white cardstock, colored it with Copic markers and added a coat of clear Wink of Stella to the flower petals. Then the flower was die cut using a stitched circle die. The background was embossed with an embossing folder before being matted and adhered to the cardbase. The image panel was popped up over the patterned paper layer. After the verse panel was added, some clear sequins finish off the card. I used a Sweet Sunday sketch for my card design.

Supplies:
Sweet Sunday Sketch #220
Cardstock: Park Lane (#110 white cardstock for the card base, #65 dark pink), Bazzill (light pink), Georgia Pacific (white for sentiment and image panels)
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey (Hillside Terrarium 12 x 12 - retired)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen (Psalm 55:22), Stamp Simply Ribbon Store clear stamp set (Get Well Tulip)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Copic Markers: BG000, 01, 10; YG13 & 17; R81, 83, 85
Tools/Embellishments: Cuttlebug embossing folder (Anna Griffin - Honeysuckle Vines), Simon Says Stamp sequins (Assorted Moonshine), Divinity Designs die (Double Stitched Circle), Spellbinders die (Standard Circle Large), Wink of Stella Glitter pen (clear)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes 
Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge - Anything Goes, Optional Twist - Layers  
Crop Stop Final Challenge - Use brands/items found in the Crop Stop online store (I used Fiskars, Cuttlebug, Scotch, Zig, Tsukineko, Bazzill, Spellbinders) 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes


I really enjoyed this stamp set so much that I just had to make a 2nd card. I love this sentiment and will being using it quite often. I used the newest Mojo Monday sketch for this card design.


I hand-cut the fishtail banner. Since the card has so many layers, I kept the embellishments pretty simple. I just added 3 enamel dots to the top right of the background panel and finished it off by adding Nuvo glitter drops to the centers of the circles in the background patterned paper.

Supplies:
MOJO Monday Sketch 508
Cardstock: Park Lane (#110 white cardstock for the card base), Coordinations (dark blue), Georgia Pacific (white sentiment panel)
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny (Early Bird 6 x 6)
Stamps: Stamp Simply Ribbon Store clear stamp set (Get Well Tulip)
Ink: VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Tools/Embellishments: Gina Marie Designs (Stitched Hearts dies and enamel dots), Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #424 - Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff Challenge #345 - Enamel Dots
Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge - Anything Goes, Optional Twist - Layers
Crop Stop Final Challenge - Use brands/items found in the Crop Stop online store (I used Fiskars, Cuttlebug, Scotch, Tsukineko)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

I hope you'll have time to not only visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to pick up your free digi and see the other Design Team projects, but also visit our sponsor, Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. You'll be glad you did. Thanks for visiting today, please come back soon.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Consider in Thine Heart

Hello Friends! Thanks for joining me today. It's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we are looking at Deuteronomy 4:39, "Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else." As we've started a new year, there is a lot of talk about choosing a "word of the year." I read this blog post, Choosing a Theme for the New Year and it really struck a chord with me. I have chosen Consider Your Ways (Haggai 1:5) as my theme for the year. I want to consider my words, thoughts and actions and make sure they are pleasing to the Lord. Are they a good testimony or will I bring shame to His name? In today's verse, we're told to consider it in our hearts that the Lord is God and there is none else. In our world today, we're told it doesn't matter who or what you believe in or even if you believe at all. We're told that all gods are the same, they just go by different names. This is just one of the verses in the Bible that tells us that line of thinking is NOT true. There is one true God and it is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In these days of uncertainty, let's hold fast to the truth of God's word and consider our ways.


For my card today I used one of my favorite fancy fold card designs, the Double Z-Fold Card. You can see my other Double Z-fold cards here and here. For the card I used one piece of cardstock measuring 4.25" x 11" and another measuring 2.5" x 11". Each piece was scored along the 11" side at 2.75" and 5.5". A Scor-Pal makes the measuring and scoring so easy. A bone folder helps get crisp folds on each piece.


For the front panel, I used a couple die cuts to showcase this week's focus verse. I used the largest die in the Large Pierced Flower Set by Gina Marie Designs as the base of the stacked die cuts. I love this paper from a new 6 x 6 pad I received for Christmas. It's mainly a dog/cat paper pad but it had this beautiful floral pattered paper and a coordinating striped design. It's the first time I used this pad and I can't wait to go back and use some of the other cat/dog papers.



On the interior left panel, I used another of the dies from the set by Gina Marie Designs to mat the sentiment strip. On the right panel a heart punched from the patterned paper embellishes the sentiment panel.



Ribbon and Nuvo glitter drops provide the final embellishments.

Supplies:
Cardstock: The Paper Studio Heavyweight (cream for card base), Recollections (red and cream), Bazzill (brown)
Patterned Paper: Authentique 6 x 6 pad (Companions)
Stamps: WORDart Wednesday (Deuteronomy 4:39), Hero Arts Stamp & Cut set (Prayers)
Ink: VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Dies: Gina Marie Designs (Large Pierced Flower Set), Divinity Designs (Double Stitched Rectangle), Stamp Simply (Fishtail Sentiment Banners), Spellbinders (Standard Circle Die Small)
Tools/Embellishments: The Paper Studio (heart punch), Nuvo Glitter Drops (white blizzard), ribbon from stash, Tombow mono multi glue, Cuttlebug die cutting machine

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crop Stop Linky Party #47 - use items/brands from the Crop Stop online store (I used Tombow, Authentique, Cuttlebug, Tsuineko, Scotch, Fiskars and Spellbinders)
Make My Monday #87 - Use Words or a Sentiment
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Cuttlebug Mania - New (I used a new 6 x 6 paper pad)

Thanks for visiting with me today. I'll hope you'll come back again soon. Be sure to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to pick up your free digi and to see the other Design Team projects

Monday, January 7, 2019

Anna Griffin Cards

I was gifted two sheets of 5" x 7" Anna Griffin patterned paper. I used part of these sheets to make my card for last week's Word Art Wednesday challenge. You can see that card in my blog post here. I decided to challenge myself to see how many more cards I could make out of the rest of the paper. I was able to make two more cards.


Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill (Peanut Fudge, Peanut Cluster), Recollections (Cream), The Paper Studio Heavy Weight (Cream - card base)
Pattern Paper: Anna Griffin
Stamps: Paper Sweeties clear stamps (Everyday Greetings)
Ink: VersaMark
Tools/Embellishments: The Paper Studio punch (Heart), Our Daily Bread Designs dies (Double Stitched Circles), Blue Moon Beads (Jewel), Ranger Embossing Powder (Liquid Platinum), CuttleBug Embossing Folder (Anna Griffin Honeysuckle Vines), Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Cropstop Linky #47 - Use items/brands found in the Cropstop online store (Fiskars, Tsukineko, Cuttlebug, Ranger, Scotch, Bazzill) 
Make My Monday Challenge #87 - Use words or a sentiment
 



Supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill (Peanut Fudge, Peanut Cluster), Recollections (Cream), The Paper Studio Heavy Weight (Cream - card base)
Pattern Paper: Anna Griffin
Stamp: Sweet 'n Sassy Digital (Many Thanks)
Tools/Embellishments -  Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard), Sequins (red-unknown, taupe-The Paper Studio), pearls unknown

Thanks for stopping by to visit today. I hope your week is off to a good start.


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Ephesians 6-11

Happy New Year! I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas and 2019 is off to a good start for you. It's time for the first Word Art Wednesday challenge of the year. This week we're focusing on Ephesian 6:11, "Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be ale to stand again the wiles of the devil." What a great way to start off a new year, putting on the armor of God. Verses 14-17 in Ephesians 6 talk about the pieces of armor in more detail. We're to put on truth, righteousness, preparation of the gospel of peace, salvation, faith and arm ourselves with the Word of God. The beginning of the year is when we sort of reevaluate how our lives are going and decide to make changes. This year, let's make sure that we put some more effort into our spiritual lives and grow closer to the Lord. This will take different forms for different people. For some, it will mean starting a regular quiet time with the Lord. For others, it will mean increasing the time spent with the Lord and maybe adding Scripture memory or reading through the Bible at least once in the year. I would encourage you to spend some time in prayer and ask the Lord what changes you need to make to draw closer to Him. It will be time well spent.


Those who have followed me for awhile know I love sketches. For this card, I used Mojo Monday Sketch 459. I was gifted some Anna Giffin paper and red sequins as part of a card kit. I used those papers and added some sequins from my stash and a heart die cut for the embellishment. The centers of the sequins have Nuvo Glitter Drops in them.

Supplies:
Cardstock: The Paper Studio Heavyweight cardstock (cream card base), Recollections (cream, kraft), Bazzill (Peanut Fudge, Peanut Cluster)
Patterned Paper: Anna Griffin
Stamps: WORDart by Karen (Ephesians 6:11), Lawn Fawn (Woodgrain Backdrops)
Ink: VersaMark
Tools/Embellishments: Taupe sequins (The Paper Studio), Red Sequins (unknown), Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard), Simon Says Stamp embossing powder (clear)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crop Stop Linky #46 - Use items/brands found in the Crop Stop Store (Fiskars, Tsukineko, Tonic Studio, CuttleBug, Scotch)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes 
Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge - Anything Goes 

I hope you'll have a chance to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the projects from the rest of the DT and to pick up your free digi. We also hope you will link up your cards and play along with us. Thanks for stopping by today -- come back soon!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Most Viewed Posts in 2018

I enjoy looking back to see which blog posts received the most views for the past year. This year I have to do a top eleven because the #9 spot had a 3-way tie. Thank you to all of you who have visited my blog this past year and an extra thank you to those who have left a comment of encouragement. You are a blessing to me. I hope you'll visit often in 2019. Happy New Year!!

Click each card title link to be taken to the blog post for card details & supply list.


# 9-11 Post for 2018 (3-way tie)








#8 Post for 2018





#7 Post for 2018




#6 Post for 2018




#5 Post for 2018




#4 Post for 2018




#3 Post for 2018




#2 Post for 2018




#1 Post for 2018


  


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