Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scripture and Lyrics Lesson #19

After no internet connection for most of last week, three days focused on our local craft fair, and a great workshop with a dozen ladies in my cardmaking/scrapbook club, I was ready for some physical and spiritual R and R (rest and recovery)! I added a layout to My Crush album using Patter's most recent scripture lesson revolving around the lyrics from "Something in the Water" by Carrie Underwood. What I really enjoy about focusing on the lyrics and scripture while I create is that I mull over the ideas longer and make new "connections" with the ideas in Patter's lesson and the ones I'm including.



I had never heard the song, so I enjoyed listening to the lyrics. I chose to print the entire song again, this time on a card base that will open. Since all of the pages in My Crush album have differently decorated pages, I chose to use the butterfly themed set of pages to reflect the lyrics revolved around change and stronger. It's across the page from my favorite anniversary photo (inside a flip-flap) taken at a butterfly festival. I labeled the photo using one of the new Skylark Picture My Life cards and some washi tape.

I stamped quotes and scriptures about GRACE from Our Daily Bread Designs and Verve.

  I hand-lettered the word CHANGED and surrounded it with a retired white enamel shape. I stamped the word STRONGER using flaxen ink using the Keyboard Uppercase alphabet.


I especially love 2 Corinthians 12:9:
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
I know that my life has plenty of weaknesses and faults so I'm always thankful that I don't have to be perfect to come to Christ, but that His strength shows despite my weaknesses. Last week I was designing, cutting and packaging 48 two page layouts and 30 cards for my workshop. I always need the entire week with few interruptions and still have to stay up until 1:00 a.m. the night before the workshop. Somehow, Monday through Thursday I had major interruptions digging up bulbs, helping with removal of shrubs, trees, pergola, and patio in order to have three sides of our basement dug up for repair. I just kept praying that God would help me get everything finished, saying I can't do it, but You can, Lord. Amazingly, I finished around supper time on Friday instead of the usual late bedtime. I even woke before the alarm that morning, set up 30 minutes earlier than ever, and didn't get exhausted from all of the activity that day. Wow! That was definitely a God thing! I was SO thankful that His strength helped me despite my weakness and having less time. Oh, and we were supposed to have several inches of snow but only had a few hard-to-see flurries that didn't accumulate! His grace really IS SUFFICIENT!


I stamped the ODBD Butterfly Corner using Twilight ink and colored it with Prismacolor Pencils. I wanted it to be subtle so the verses would stand out more.
Thank you for visiting. May God bless you with the awareness of His strength in you when you feel weak or in need of His grace.
I'm sharing this project with the following challenges:
Anything But a Card #41 - anything goes
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge #127 - Things with Wings
Not Just Cards #6 - anything goes
The Pink Elephant Challenge #277 - anything BUT a card
Triple The Scraps - SLLC14 - #19 Something In the Water
Use Your Stuff Challenge #162 - use stamps
Word Art Wednesday #158 - anything uplifting

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Blessed Beyond Measure

Later this month we will celebrate Thanksgiving. Many of us will feast with relatives on turkey, cranberries, and pumpkin pie, to mention only a few of the traditional foods. I used this pumpkin stamp for a Thanksgiving card. Personally, I think giving thanks should be a daily practice. If we think about this, most of us can acknowledge many daily blessings for which we should give thanks to one another and to God, even during difficult times. 


I hope that the sentiment on this CTMH pumpkin, Blessed beyond measure, is one you can identify with. I made two versions of it using a similar design and color palette. I used the rock and roll technique to add a darker color around the edges when I inked the stamp.

This first one is for the Color Dare, Orange plus neutrals and one accent color, olive. I used Goldrush and Autumn Terracotta.




The old hymn we used to sing in church, "Count Your Blessings," says so much about the benefit of being thankful and counting our blessings:

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.


Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.


When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—*money cannot buy [*wealth can never buy]
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.


So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.


This week at Word Art Wednesday the beautiful free-to-download crafted verse is from 1 Thesalonians 5:18:  "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."


I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:


Blogger's Challenge - Give Thanks
Color My Heart Color Dare #117 - choose your orange (first card)
Eureka Stamps - Count Your Blessings
Fussy and Fancy #126 - Thankful
Path of Positivity - Gratitude
Wags n Whiskers #141 - Let's be thankful
Word Art Wednesday #157 - anything uplifting







Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pink Christmas Deer for Peace on Earth

City Crafters today have a challenge to make a card with a deer. Most of my life I enjoyed looking at deer in a field or in the woods. I've taken my share of photos of deer. They've always seemed graceful and peaceful to me, (except when they've eaten my newly planted bushes or bulbs. We had to put up a six foot fence around my vegetable garden so that they'd stop eating lettuce, strawberry plants, blackberry bushes, etc.) Yet, I still wanted to make this peaceful, feminine Christmas card.

I have a set of PML cards for Christmas scrapbooking, but I'm falling in love with them for card making. My pack of cards accidently had one extra 4" x 6" pink card with a deer, so I embossed one with polka dots, added liquid pearls on the dots to represent snow, and cut out another deer to pop dot it over the deer on the embossed card. The soft look of the deer encouraged me to add soft lace, organdy ribbon, and a sentiment about peace on earth
Thank you for visiting! May God bless you with His peace!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

City Crafter Challenge #236 - use a deer on the project
Spotlight Artist Badge



Craft-Dee BowZ November challenge - anything goes with handmade bow
Craft Your Passion #238 - bright and sparkly
Creative Card Crew #74 - show Christmas Joy
Dream Valley - get ready for Christmas
Love to Create #140 - girly and lacy
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes with option of sparkle or glitter (my liquid pearls)
Through the Craft Room door - anything goes

Monday, November 3, 2014

Mojo 370 Yuletide Carol Christmas Card

I'm working on the Christmas card workshop for my scrapbook club next month. I love the papers in this year's CTMH Christmas paper pack, Yultide Carol.  One of the reversible papers has great images. Using these images will save my friends time - great images without stamping. Here's the first one I made using the fun sketch from Mojo Monday this week.



I wanted this card to be flat enough to mail so I used gold sequins instead of other thicker embellishments.The red poisettia was cut using a Spellbinder's die. the red floral strip at the top is one of the zip strips on top of the CTMH papers.

I used a Martha Stewart border punch that embosses while cutting. I stamped the sentiment on one of the papers with music using the CTMH B1468 Merriest Christmas stamp set.

 

Tank you for visiting! May God fill your heart with joy as you create your own Christmas cards to share with loved ones!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Always Something Creative #86 jff - green and red
Bearly Mine - Christmas Cards
 Crafty Calendar November - It's All About Christmas
Die Cut Divas - Holiday with die cut
Jingle Belles - Christmas card with a creature

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hark the Herald Angels Sing - Christmas Card

We've had the most beautiful Indian summer here in Missouri. Most of our days have been unseasonably warm and sunny, but a chill is in the air now as we get ready for November. I'm never ready to let go of the warmth and beauty of early fall, but "to everything there is a season." The way it looks right now in my craft area, with lots of Christmas cards and tags, you'd think I'm ready to jump into December. I've tried to start using up some of my collected Christmas paper, but no matter how many cards I make, there's still more paper. 

Here are two I made using CTMH "Wonderland" papers from a couple of years ago. The first one brings back fond memories of leading the music in our Christmas program at Blue Ridge Christian School in 1975. I can't sing this song without remembering those dear children singing it with me. What a blessing it was to teach in that school.


I love the angel image! It's now my favorite! I embossed the sentiment with silver, cut a snowflake using Cricut Art Philosophy, p. 22, and added bitty sparkles on the tips and a silver glitter brad in the center. A tiny bit of scallop punched silver glitter cardstock on the edge made the silver trio complete. (The angel and sentiment come from one of the CTMH Hostess Rewards stamps. You can see it in the Idea Book on my website. Instead of costing $13.95 it's only $8.00 for a hostess with $150 in sales. if you're interested, you can email me.)

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Snowflakes
The Crafter's Café #88 - Things with wings
Crafty Creations #275 - Brads, buttons or bows ( my large silver brad)
Fab 'n' Funky #235 - Christmas
My Perfect Life Festive 48 - Wk. 42 - Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #156 - anything...uplifting

Here's my second card using the Wonderland paper pack and a retired stamp set of the Nativity of Christ.


May we all work to make Peace on Earth a reality. I really want to share the real meaning of Christmas with family and friends as I send them Christmas cards this year. I also hope that they don't keep the Christ of Christmas in a manger, but that they'll accept Him as the sinless Son of God our Creator, who came to die on the cross for our sins that we might make Him the Lord of our lives and accept His gift of salvation from the punishment for our sins and receive eternal life with Him. As the song says, "Glory to the "Newborn" King! Peace on Earth and Mercy mild. God and sinners reconciled!"

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ODBD Shining the Light Challenge 215- Great Is Thy Faithfulness

I was looking at stamp sets from Our Daily Bread Designs. Once I looked at this stamp from Scripture Collection 1, I've been singing one of my favorite hymns, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." If you're not familiar with it you can see the lyrics and listen to this timeless hymn on youtube. Just as the hymn says "there is no shadow of turning with thee...Thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not. As thou hast been, thou forever will be. . . Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thy hand hath provided. . ."  It is reassuring to know that as we see changes in our lives, God's love and watch-care never change.  He is always watching over us, showing His mercy and love for every new situation or problem. I'm sure this great hymn came from the verse I used. The version says, "Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: because of the Lord's Great Love we are not consumed. For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness!" Lamentations 3:21-23


I often find hymns or scriptures that keep playing over and over in my mind as I go through my day. I truly believe that's one of the ways God's spirit speaks to my spirit and mind to focus on something in that verse. They also always encourage me, so I made this card of encouragement for someone else using this verse.


I used a glossy green pattern card base with a strip of glossy Lagoon CTMH Paper Fundamental and Black Glitter cardstock. Here is a close-up of the Lagoon cardstock which shows the glossy pattern.


The other side of the glossy cardstock has the same design in Lagoon and White, NOT embossed or glossy:




The two flowers are from retired CTMH ribbon. Also, I love making bows out of the woven edged organdy ribbon. I stamped the top and bottom edges of the Spellbinders Label 9 using a leafy branch from this CTMH "Lifetime of Happiness" stamp set:



 Thank you for visiting my card of encouragement using this lovely scripture stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs. My computer wouldn't let me give you a link to the store or specific stamp set, but you can find the link on the right side of their blog. In a world that's always changing, may God bless you and help you rely on Him in changing times.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Anything Goes with a Twist #3 - twist- shimmer and shine
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - October-anything with patterned paper
Really Reasonable Ribbon #105 - anything goes with ribbon
Word Art Wednesday #154 - anything goes with ODBD stamp






Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mojo Monday #367 Snowhaven Christmas Joy

Whenever I ask my adult children if they heard about this or that on the news, they usually reply, "No, Mom. The news is too depressing." Somehow I remain a news-a-holic, wanting to stay informed. I prefer to know what is happening and to pray for the countries, leaders, situations, victims, and injured.
In a world riddled with trouble, I also find it uplifting to focus on sharing something positive with family and friends. I decided that this week I'm focusing on the joys of Christmas, making cards and layouts. The moment I saw the sketch on Mojo Monday this week, I envisioned using the Snowhaven papers and a new stamp, Merriest Christmas



I wanted this card to look fairly basic and "clean." I also wanted it to be 6 1/2" x 5" black card base so I cut the Cranberry background mat 6 1/4" x 4 3/4" and each strip 4" x 1 1/8" and punched two black dotted circles with my 1 1/8" circle punch and cut them in half.  The white strip was 2" x 4 1/2." The really fun part was stamping the sentiment in two colors using my favorite masking technique. I used scotch tape to cover "Joy" while I inked "Christmas" with black. I pulled off the tape and stamped, cleaning the ink off afterwards. Then I taped the word "Christmas" while I inked "joy" with Cranberry ink, pulled off the tape and stamped. The aqua dotted ribbon and the poinsettia are retired CTMH embellishments from a few years ago. I've been sorting and organizing forgotten supplies and I definitely need to use them up!

Thank you for visiting. May God give bless you with peace and joy when life seems troubled. May He bless you as you share your creations with family and friends.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra - anything goes Christmas
My Perfect Life  - anything goes that's Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - #67 - anything goes Christmas
Mojo Monday #367- sketch
The Crafty Blogger's Network - Christmas
Completely Christmas #33 - anything goes with option-poinsettias