Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wisdom

Hello! Welcome back!! It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  This week we're looking at Proverbs 24:3, 4, "Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches." We all want our homes to be an oasis from the chaos of the world. We want our family to enjoy being at home and to have strong relationships with each one within its walls. These things are accomplished by seeking the Lord's wisdom so that we can treat each person with understanding. When we understand what makes each one "tick," we can use that knowledge to build an atmosphere where each person feels loved and accepted. This makes "home" truly precious.


Yellow is not a color I choose to use very often. However, this paper by Authentique is just so pretty and striking that I just had to use it this week. The paper makes this card come together very easily. The sentiment was matted and popped up over the background paper with fun foam.



Some paper flowers and enamel dots add some interest.I wish the photos could capture the shimmer and sparkle the stickles add. In real life, it's just so pretty.


 I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crop Stop Linky Party #19 - Use something found in the Crop Stop Store (Stickles)
Craft Your Passion Challenge #325 - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you'll stop back often. I also hope you'll have time to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog, see what the rest of the Design Team has made and check out our fantastic sponsors.

The exact enamel dots, flowers and gray cardstock I used are not available online. I linked below to similar products.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Have Faith in God

Hello! Happy Wednesday!! It's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we're focusing on a verse in the New Testament. Mark 11:22 says, "And Jesus answering, saith unto them, Have faith in God." What a concise and direct statement! It certainly fits so many different situations. Are you waiting on the Lord to answer a prayer, bring healing, or show you the direction He wants you to take? Have faith in God. He will answer in His timing. His answer may not always be what we were expecting or what we'd hoped for but it's always what's best for us. Such a seemingly simple statement, but sometimes, to our shame, it's so hard to wait and just have faith. For some reason, it's easier to trust the Lord for our eternal salvation than it is for the day to day events of our lives.


Due to some "technical difficulties" I made my own digi of this verse this week. {You can still get Karen's beautiful version on the Word Art Wednesday blog.} I printed it on white cardstock and die cut it with a rectangular die. I pulled out my two-step stamps by The Ton and scattered flowers and leaves all around the verse. It was so quick and easy. I really enjoy this set...I need to use it more.


I scattered marshmallow and light green sequins around the card and topped them with dots of silver Stickles. I also used silver Stickles on the centers of the blue and purple flowers. The pink flowers were given a coat of clear Wink of Stella. I wish you could see all the shimmer this card has in real life. The image panel was mounted on lavender cardstock and then added to the front of a white A2 card base.

I'm entering this card in the following challeges:
Crop Stop Challenge #18 - Anything Goes using something from the Crop Stop store (I'm using Memento inks and silver Stickles)
Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge - Anything Goes

I've link the products I've used below using affiliate links where possible (I earn a small commission at no cost to you when you shop using these links).


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Guest Designer for Crop Stop

I have the privilege of being a Guest Designer for The Crop Stop blog. I have enjoyed participating in their challenges (I'm linking to the current challenge) and was really happy when Karen asked me to guest design for them. I enjoy using many of the products that are carried in the Crop Stop store.


I love to try new techniques so I thought that this was a perfect opportunity to try this Emboss Resist technique. I've seen it several places on the web but here is a great how-to video from Gina K of Stamp TV. This is the video that inspired my cards. She uses Zig brush markers but I substituted Distress inks and markers with great results. I had so much fun, I couldn't stop with just one card....I had to make two!

On watercolor paper, I scribbled a Chipped Sapphire Distress Marker in various places. I didn't take any care, I just was laying down color. Then, using an ink blending tool, I added other colors of distress inks all over the watercolor paper. I didn't try to blend them. Again, I was just laying down color. Then using a water brush, I softened the edges of each color and did a little simple blending. I dried this with my heat gun. Then, using Versamark and clear embossing powder, I stamped a swirly image randomly all over the image and heat embossed it. I then generously spritzed the entire piece with a mini-mister. I let the water sit on the surface for about 45 seconds and then blotted it off with a paper towel. The vibrant colors were trapped under the clear embossing but the rest of the distress ink started to lighten up considerably. I continued to spritz and blot until I was happy with the colors. I then let them air dry. I kept the embellishments pretty simple so that I wouldn't cover up too much of the pretty background. The first card is a standard A2 size and uses some fantastic glitter paper from DCWV. The second card is 5" square an has a recessed sentiment.



Products from Crop Stop: Mini Mister, Distress Inks {Chipped Sapphire marker (both), Peacock Feathers (both), Faded Jeans (both), Worn Lipstick (rectangle card only), Fired Brick (rectangle card only)}, Versamark Ink, Star Dust Stickles (rectangular card only), Ink Blending Tool 1" Round, Cuttlebug machine,

Other items from brands carried by Crop Stop - Spellbinders Standard Circle Dies Large and Small (square card only), Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Fiskars trimmer (the blades can be purchased at CS), Fiskars butterfly punch (rectangular card only)

Other supplies used on these cards that have not been mentioned above:

Both Cards:
Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper (300 Series)
Georgia Pacific white cardstock 
Recollections black cardstock
The Paper Studio rhinestones and sequins
Stampin' Up! Crystal Clear embossing powder
 
Rectangular Card only:
Inkadinkado clear stamp sets (Floral Flourish, Chelsea Sentiment)
DCWV Glitzy Glimmer paper
Stampendous Opaque White embossing powder
 
Square Card only:
Momenta Butterfly Die
Dare 2B Artzy clear stamp set (Prayers 4 You)
Versafine Onyx Black ink 
Studio G 5" Square cards/envelope set
Bazzill Vellum

I hope you will stop by the Crop Stop for your stamping needs. They carry a wide variety of items from many of the popular manufacturers. Thanks to Crop Stop for allowing me to Guest Design for them. It was so much fun!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Consider the Heavens

It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week our verses are from the book of Psalms. Psalms 8: 3,4 state, "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?" Have you ever visited a planetarium and seen the representation of the vastness of space, all the galaxies and millions of stars? Have you ever considered that the God that made all of that is the same one that loves and cares about you and what happens in your life? This is the same God that wants you to spend time with Him and tell Him all about your day. That just totally boggles my mind. Who am I that He should love and care about me? And you know....He loves you too and wants to have a relationship with you. You could just start the conversation with Him with, "Thanks for the beautiful sky you put above me."



This time I obviously focused on the stars part of our verse. I used some distress inks on watercolor paper to color a night sky. I spritzed it with watch and dabbed that off with a paper towel. I also spritzed it with shimmer spray to give a little sparkle. I used a retired MFT Peek-a-boo Stars die to cut rows of stars in my inked background and then backed it with glitter paper. A squre die cut window allows the focus to be on the verse. The verse cut-out was framed with blue glitter paper. The entire panel was matted on blue glitter paper and then adhered to a white card base.


Some stars cut from glitter paper using the Simon Says Stamp Christmas Cats die set were scattered on the card front. Each one has a small rhinestone for some extra sparkle. Some star sequins topped with Star Dust Stickles finish it off. Many of the items used on my card this week are available at our fantastic sponsor Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by to visit today. I hope you will check out the rest of the design team projects at the Word Art Wednesday blog and also visit Simon Says Stamp for some great new products.

I'm listing the products used below using affiliate links where possible. These links provide a small commission for me at no cost to you. For retired products, I will list similar current products below. I could not find the exact glitter paper from DCWV that I used online. The glitter paper I listed is a close match.



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