Wednesday, April 22, 2020

God's Creative Bouquet

Hello! I hope you're having a good week. It's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week our challenge verse is, Hebrews 1:10, "And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands." The Lord we love and serve is the one that made the foundations of the earth and created the heavens. He is the one that "upholds all things by the word of his power." (Hebrews 1:3) I know this week's verse was picked a while ago but what a great reminder for the times in which we live. The same Lord that made the foundations of the earth, created the heavens and upholds all things by the word of His power is taking care of us today. None of this takes Him by surprise and our King is still on the throne. When we take our eyes off the Lord and look around us, it's a pretty scary sight. However, I read a reminder recently that our King has never lost a battle. That has really stuck with me. Let's keep our eyes on the Lord and let Him handle all of this for us. He didn't promise it would be easy but He did promise to take care of us and love us no matter what. That's good enough for me.

Stamp Simply is our sponsor this week. I was able to play with some of their products and use them on my card this week. First I stamped the image from the Floral Cluster-Summer Roses with Memento ink on white cardstock. I colored the image with Copics and added white gel pen details. The Floral Cluster and Sprigs die set was used to cut out the image. (Side note: This die will also work with 3 other stamps sets made by Stamp Simply) Since I knew the image would hang off the edge of the card, I cut an additional Floral Cluster die cut out of light blue cardstock to back my colored image and give it a more finished look. I used a floral cardstock instead of patterned paper and embellished the flowers with Wink of Stella and a white gel pen. Stamp Simply's Fishtail Sentiment Banners were used to die cut the verse and the mat was fussy cut from light blue cardstock. The edges of the mat were highlighted with Wink of Stella and the rest of the card was given some white gel pen detailing.

Thanks to Stamp Simply for providing the stamp sets and dies for me to use in this project. I genuinely enjoy using their products. The stamps give a crisp image right out of the package, the Floral Clusters suite of products is pure genius and the Fishtail Sentiment Banners are so versatile. They are one of the die sets that I use the most on my card projects.

Cardstock: Recollections #110 (white for card base), Darice (Dark Blue Flower), Light Blue cardstock brand unknown (I think Bazzill but I'm not sure), Pen & Gear (white for sentiment and image panels)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen (Hebrews 1:10), Stamp Simply (Floral Cluster - Summer Roses clear stamp set)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Copics: BV02, 04, 08; Y38; YG21, 23, 25, 99
Tools/Embellishments: Stamp Simply Dies (Floral Cluster and Sprigs Dies, Fishtail Sentiment Banners), Spellbinders dies (Classic Circles Large, Grand Circles), Park Lane bling, Gelly Roll White gel pen, Wink of Stella glitter brush marker (clear)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Createful Heart Design #19 - Anything Goes
CCC Digi Creations #113 - Use a Flower/Flowers
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Flower Power

Thanks for stopping by to visit today. I hope you'll come back again soon. Please be sure to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog for more inspiration from the rest of the design team. Our sponsor, Stamp Simply is currently having a sale and only $1 shipping fee until 4/26/20.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

By His Own Power

Hello! I hope you are all staying safe and well. It's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Our focus verse this week is 1 Corinthians 6:14, "And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power." I asked my husband for some thoughts on this verse so credit for the following goes to him. 

What a marvelous power it took to raise up our Lord and Savior, Jesus! We look forward first to our being raised from the dead and being given bodies like unto His glorious body. But prior to that promised resurrection, we need His power to live the daily Christian Life. Philippians 3:10 states, "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death." In this verse, Paul desires the power of His resurrection that he might live the Christian life under the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. So resurrection power is not just for our one day glorious resurrection but for the here and now that we might live as He would have us to live.

Gina K Designs is our sponsor this week. I love her products but don't own any of her current stamps/dies. I reached for an oldie but goodie retired red rubber stamp for my card. I am guessing it's about 10-11 years old. I bought it in a grab bag of stamps I bought from Gina K.  I used another oldie but goodie favorite from that time period, chalk ink, to stamp the green frame and leafy branches. This is actually all one stamp that I think is so versatile. Since it's such a big stamp, I used my Misti stamping tool to help me get a good image. The card front has several layers but is actually a pretty simple design. It's hard to see in the pictures, but Nuvo glitter drops were used in random spots around the leafy stamped image, for the center of the flowers around the verse and for centers on some of the larger flowers in the dark floral border.

I like to save paper when I can. The leafy patterned paper shown here on the interior of the card was actually cut from the panel used on the front. This meant I only had to use one sheet of 6 x 6 paper in this pattern. The blue floral paper was a scrap that I used to die cut the flowers used around the verse and to make the strip on the interior.

Cardstock: Recollections #110 white for card base, Darice Minty Fresh cardstock pack, Pen and Gear white for sentiment and interior panel
Patterned Paper: Pebbles (Family Ties 6 x 6)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen (1 Corinthians6:14), Gina K Designs (Leafy frame die - not the real name, it's so old I have no clue what the real name is)
Ink: Colorbox Chalk Ink (Olive Pastel)
Tools/Embellishments: MFT Blueprints 29 dies, MFT Die-Namics (Mini Scallop Edge - retired), Gina Marie Designs Die set (Large Pierced Flower), Divinity Designs Dies (Double Stitched Rectangle), Spellbinders dies (Classic Squares Large and Small), Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard), Sharpie blue marker

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Use Patterned Paper
Retro Rubber Challenge #132: Must use squares and a stamp that is at least 1 year old. My stamp is at least 10-11 years old.
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by to visit today. I hope you'll be able to stop by our Word Art Wednesday Blog to see the rest of the Design Team projects. Also, be sure to visit our sponsor's website, Gina K Designs. I hope you are all able to stay safe and healthy.


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