Saturday, January 13, 2018

It Moose Be Your birthday! Seize the Birthday challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!
I haven't played in a challenge in a loooong time!   But couldn't resist sharing this card I made my son Sean for his birthday this week.  I will be linking up at Seize the Birthday (anything goes birthday this week)


I've used three different stamps, one from Avery Elle (Woodland Wonders - trees and bird in the nest) and Lawn Fawn (Critters in the Arctic and Jump for joy) I stamped on watercolor paper (140lb cold press Strathmore) using Archival jet black ink and my Koi watercolors to color.

Thanks for visiting!

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  Matthew 7:7


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

He fights our Battles - Word Art Wednesday

Happy New Year to my Delightful Friends and Family!

Trusting that 2018 is going to be a great year! We are so blessed and I'm so thankful to be here to share this card with you today.  Word Art Wednesday is starting off the new year with a wonderful verse from Deuteronomy, don't forget you can grab the digital art at the challenge blog and copy it for yourself to use if you like. Our sponsors this week are Wild Orchid Crafts (UK) and Paper Smooches ($25 gift card)!  Yay!  Thanks so much to our generous sponsors.  I just saw the list of sponsors for 2018 and it's really really fabulous!  So be sure to check back often and play along for goodness sakes!! You can link up 5 new projects and the challenge last for 2 weeks! Remember it's a family friendly, anything goes challenge.

Here is my card:


My card is pretty simple and I was looking at some of the card sketches I have on my Pinterest board and this is a combination of a couple of different sketches.  I love this pattern paper from Crate Paper called Farmhouse, this design is from the 6x6 paper pad. The card stock is from my stash and I had some different sizes in the same color in my "leftover" tub that matched the pattern paper and I'm really determined to use up those scraps!  I used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle die to cut out the half circle. The paper doily is from Doodlebug Designs. The little bow is hemp cording from Darice. The finished size of the card is an A2 with a white card base.

Here is the Scripture art:
The Lord is promising Joshua not to fear the enemies in the land because He will fight for him.  It's the same for us in the New Testament, the Lord wants us to rely on Him always because He cares for us.  He wants to be our strength when we are weak, He reminds us that He will never leave us nor will He forsake us.  What a precious promise! What wonderful hope we have in Jesus.  He wants to work in us so that He can work through us. We don't have to live in fear, He is always faithful to see us through whatever the circumstance may be.  Are you trusting in Him today?  Make this year of 2018 a year of hope, a year of trust and a year of knowing Jesus more and more through His word and through prayer.  He will not let you down!
Thanks so much for visiting today!



Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Keeping it simple with some Mint Wishes! Word Art Wednesday

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
Well we are really on the count down for Christmas!  Are you ready? I wish I was but I still have to make my shopping list for about 3 different meals for the family, make some fun gifts for co-workers and cards for the grandkids! AND finish my Christmas shopping for some family members and our church volunteers, hopefully I will manage my time wisely to get those extra things done before Friday. 

Here is my card for this weeks Word Art Wednesday challenge.  I kept it really simple and I have to share how easy this was to do!!  I love the paper, it's KaiserCraft Mint Wishes Collection.  The top and bottom patterns are actually one piece of paper and I've add the center strip just for interest.  I will have to link up the paper for you because it's such a pretty collection and this picture just doesn't do it justice.  The background woodgrain and snow is also from the line. Here is a link to see the pretty papers but be warned, it's out of stock everywhere I looked, it was released October 2017.


I cut the paper to the A2 size and adhered it to my white card stock base, then added the middle strip of paper in the coordinating pattern, then I found this gray flower in my stash that matched the petal shape in the print perfectly.  I added the center bling with Multi Medium Matte and then added a drop of Liquid Pearls to the center (Mint green).  Then after printing the Scripture Art, I die cut it out using the Fancy Scallop Rectangle die from Lawn Fawn.  Easy peasy, quick and easy! Perfect for this busy week.  The Scripture Art is free to download and use! Hope you'll play along and link up with us and share your creations with us at Word Art Wednesday.  Remember it's a family friendly, anything goes challenge that last for two weeks. Thanks to our sponsor Simon Says Stamp for being so generous and providing the prize of a $25 gift card. Link up to 5 new projects for a chance to win!!! Be sure and visit the online store and blog for tons of inspiration!!

Here is this weeks Scripture Art: 
Love this verse, it's a truth that I can count on. The Lord's merciful kindness is great towards me! And His truth endures forever.  NOTHING can change that. Definitely praiseworthy, don't you think? Thank You, Lord for Your steadfast love and mercy! 

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful Christmas!


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Tags - Smitten Mittens

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
Just wanted to share these tags I made for our Ladies Ministry Christmas Party.  This is just a sampling, I made 30 tags and all of them were a little different except for the backside of the tag with the wording (picture 2).  I did a night sky on each of them, splattered with some white acrylic paint. Then I added a stitched hillside (Lawn Fawn die) which is mostly covered up by the Smitten Mittens (Stampin' Up!) This is a real fun set with lots of extras for designing unique mittens. It has a coordinating die set that was a real time saver for me!  I used Distress inks both the regular and Oxide pads for the sentiment "Smitten" and the night skies. I embossed with white embossing powder on a few, I embellished pattern paper, I did a lot of little extras to make each one special. (and so that I wouldn't get bored making the same thing over and over!) It was fun and the ladies really liked them, too! 😀


The wording on the back of the tags were words from a stamp set from SRM - Faith called I Am.

Our theme for the party was "Smitten with Jesus" and it was to keep in perspective why we have such a reason to celebrate the Christmas season.  I know it's not your typical Christmas theme, but even before Jesus was born it was God's plan for Jesus to be "smitten by God"(Isaiah 53:4) to redeem us from sin and it shows just how much we are loved by Him and we should be "smitten" with Him.  There were a couple of different definitions for the word smitten so it all tied in together nicely.  I like how the Lord always pulls everything together for me like that!! Anyway... we had a lovely day, good food, sweet fellowship and a gift exchange of "mittens" that was fun too!


 Hope you are inspired to get crafty!  Thanks for visiting!

"For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'"  Isaiah 41:13



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

O Little Town of Bethlehem - Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!
It's time for our challenge from Word Art Wednesday! As always it's an Anything Goes/Family Friendly challenge (#312 & #313) and there are prizes to win!!  Our sponsors this week are Frantic Stamper and Imagine That.  Thanks so much to our sponsors and remember that you can link up 5 new projects that will be entered to win. 
 I was inspired from a lot of the night skies I've been seeing on Pinterest and so I've used the Distress Inks both regular and the Oxide line to make my card background.  I've been playing around with different color combos and hopefully soon I will be posting some tags I've made for our Ladies Ministry Christmas Luncheon (I've made 30 large tags!) The colors I've used in my background were Distress Ink Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Chipped Sapphire and the Oxide Inks were Black Soot, Salty Ocean and Worn Lipstick. I blended the colors on 140lb cold press Strathford watercolor paper. After the colors were layered, I spritzed it with water, dried, then splattered with white acrylic paint.

The Bethlehem border die is from Taylored Expressions and the star is an older punch that I've had for years. I added Distress Ink Squeezed Lemon to color it. A navy blue card stock is used to frame out the Scripture Art as well as the paper used on the border die. 

Our Scripture this week is from Luke 2.  It talks about a sign - the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger, the Lamb of God. Now we are waiting for the Lamb of God to return to us as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  So many signs point to His return, it's what we  Christians call the "blessed hope".  We live with great expectation and anticipation (kinda like a little child waiting for Christmas!) we are living in exciting times that is for sure! 

Thanks so much for visiting and may you have a blessed week!



Thursday, November 23, 2017

WAW Challenge #310 and #311

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Delightful friends and family!
I have so much to be thankful for and it's so important that we take time to reflect on that, not just today or this season but everyday.  Perhaps if we have a grateful mindset there would be more kindness in the world, especially if we keep in mind as believers that we are doing everything (word and deed) to bring glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Our Scripture Art today expresses that very sentiment.  

Here is my card to share today for Word Art Wednesday and I'm a day late in posting so I apologize to my WAW Design team.  It's been crazy hectic here and I lost track of my days! 


This is a very simple card to reproduce and would make a nice gift set by just changing up the sentiment and ribbon or the color scheme.  I've use a stencil to create the background. The stencil is from Ranger a Dylusions small stencil called Fronds of Foliage and by using earthtone colors I've given this an Autumn feel.  The inks I've used are: Distress inks Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick and Vintage Photo to blend around the edges. I added a bow using Darice Hemp Cording and a brown gingham check.  The Scripture Art was printed then diecut using the Cross Stitched Square (Cottage Cutz), I've matted the Scripture with a dark brown card stock. The card base is Neenah Desert Storm card stock and it's an A2 size with a side fold.

I hope you'll take time to play along, the challenge is open for two weeks and there are prizes to win!! Check it out HERE.  Just remember that it's a family friendly anything goes challenge and you can link up to 5 new projects!
Thanks so much for visiting and have a blessed not stressed week!!


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Giving Thanks - Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!

I have so much to be thankful for and that is exactly what the Scripture Art for this weeks Word Art Wednesday expresses!  Give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; For His mercy endures forever! Living out a life of thankfulness must start with the Lord, He is our Creator! He gives us our breath so that we can praise and thank Him! Thank You Lord for Your steadfast love and faithfulness. 

 Hope you play along this week with us and share your thankfulness with us too at the Anything Goes/Family Friendly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday! The new challenge starts today November 8th.

  
Here is my card:


I've been trying to use some of my watercolor backgrounds that I've made then set aside for a "rainy day".  This one was using a technique I learned in an Online Card Class I took last year. The colors were perfect for an Autumn card, I matted it in dark brown (the picture looks like a black mat but its a rich brown) and added a brown ribbon (American Crafts) and a die cut leaf (Lawn Fawn - small Stitched leaves), I used paper for the leaf from Doodlebug Design Flea Market (6x6 pad), I've added Oxide Distress ink to the edges (Vintage Photo). The watercolor paper is made by Ranger and is 118-lb; I'm not sure what watercolors I used, they probably were the Reeves brand that comes in a tube. I used a flat brush #1/2 also from Ranger. I've added a few drops of Nuvo Jewel Drops (Limoncello) to the leaf, just 'cause I could 😁 it didn't really add much to the final look so if I was to do it again I probably would have left it off.
Don't forget to play along with us at Word Art Wednesday, link up and perhaps you may win one of our prizes!! This challenge our sponsor is Simon Says Stamp! Most of the items I've used in my card you can get at Simon Says Stamp online store. You have 2 weeks to play and you can link up to 5 projects!  We had 290 entries last challenge! 

Thanks so much for visiting and have a blessed week!