Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Reason to Smile! Word Art Wednesday #220 (#simonsaysstamp)

Hello Delightful friends and family!
It's mid February and time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday, our featured Scripture is Psalm 41:12
Our sponsor for this challenge is Simon Says Stamps! Very cool! I love all the wonderful inspiration on their blog! They have some super instructors. It's a treat to visit every week. And their exclusive stamp line is fabulous. This week I've used a brand new stamp and die set called Melody's Easter.  The new release is this week so be sure and check it out HERE, it is called A Reason to Smile.  Also, we would love for you to play along in our Family Friendly - Anything Goes challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  Perhaps you will win the $25 gift card to shop at Simon Says Stamp!
Here's my card:

Melody is adorable and her basket is a separate stamp filled with eggs but I've trimmed them out and added the flowers that are in the set.  It took a little masking but I got 'er done! I've colored with Copic markers. (E00, E01, E11, E13, E18, E19, YR14, V01, V17, V25, R20, R83, R85, RV34.) I've added Liquid Pearls to some of the flower and with a white Signo Uniball pen I made the rick rack around the edge of her dress and sleeves.  The pattern paper is from Penny Black (Beau Jardin) and the oval scallop die is a Spellbinder Nestabilities.  The card base is Neenah bright white 80lb paper. I've stamped Melody with Memento black ink.

I will be sharing this at the 30 Day Coloring Challenge HERE, too.

Psalm 41:2 says "And as for me, Thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before Thy face forever."  I believe if you read the entire chapter 41 we can conclude this was a  time when David had quite the ordeal with his son Absalom and one of his chief advisors Ahithophel. I'm sure it was a great comfort to David knowing that God would uphold him in his integrity.  When we put our faith and trust in the Lord, He will do the same for us.  Good character is a must in a Christian's life but we must realize the goodness in us is a gift from God.  He is the one who holds us up and allows us to maintain our integrity in times of trials and tribulations. When we start thinking we can stand on our own, look out, that's pride speaking!  Another way to look at this is to remember the Scriptures always speak of Jesus Christ.  This is probably a prophetic word concerning Jesus, after all the Father did uphold His Son in His integrity and He is setting before His face forever.  I love the glimpses of Christ in the Old Testament!

That's it for me!  Thanks so much for visiting and commenting! Have a great rest of the week.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Have a Heart with Simon Says Stamps and 30 Day Color Challenge

Hello Delightful friends and family!
I've been a coloring fool the last three days! Yay! Love it!  Tonight I finished a Valentine card for my dear hubby.  A week ahead of time, I can't believe it!  I didn't get too fancy with it but it was a lot of fun designing.
Here is my card:

I've watercolored this with an inexpensive watercolor set (Simply Art watercolor cakes) and the paper is Canson 140lb cold press. The hearts were created by using a heart die from the Roses For You set (Simon Says Stamp). I traced them lightly with a pencil then added water to the inside of the heart before dropping in the paint. I used two different colors of deep pink.  After it dried I stamped the coordinating heart stamp and the dots from the same set (Simon Says Stamp) and add the stitched lines which were from the WPlus9 Doodlebuds set.  All were stamped with Archival black ink. On the vellum, I've added the sentiment and heart they are from the same Simon Says Stamp set.  I popped up the inside heart with dimensional adhesive. I added Wink of Stella in clear to the sentiment and black dot but the photo doesn't pick up the glimmer.

Thanks so much for visiting!

When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.  Proverbs 11:2


Friday, February 5, 2016

Hello - Online card class

Hello again Delightful Friends and Family!
Here is another card from the Online Card Class, I'm loving these techniques!  I've had to practice a bit with this one but as soon as I get done posting this I think I'm going to make another background.  It's really fun and I love experimenting with the water to pigment ration.  This isn't my first attempt at this technique it's probably my fourth!  So it did take a bit of practice before I made it into a card.

I was taking pictures of 2 cards here and tried to crop the other one out of the picture, I don't have the card in my possession any more so I can't do a retake.  
I really liked how Dawn (WPlus9) and our instructor tore vellum and layered the sentiment and twine with it so I totally CASED her sample.  Although she stamped her sentiment and used different colors for her card...
I've used the Reeves phthalo blue and sap green (same as last post) just because I love these colors plus there was plenty left in my palette to use!  The Hello is a die from Avery Elle, the hemp cording is a product from Darice and the white vellum is from Paper Accents.  I've used the Ranger Water color paper and a 3/8 flat brush (Ranger).

Hope you like!  Thanks for visiting.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13


Simple Round Brush Flowers - Online Card class

Hey there Delightful Friends and Family,

Happy Friday to you all!  Here is another card from the Online Card Class - Watercolor Techniques - Intermediate.
This is called Simple Round Brush Flowers technique.

I've used a #3 and #2 Round watercolor brush, Ranger Water color paper, the Thanks Die is from Taylored Expressions.  I've mixed a Reeves watercolor phthalo blue and sap green to make the flower petal color and the sap green for the stems.  This card is a 4x4 card and I've mat it on a charcoal gray and used a blue card stock for the base.  I'm pretty sure I'll make some more of these, they are a great size for a card set of thanks!

Speaking of thanks, thanks for visiting!!

Therefore let us pursue the things that make for peace and the things by which one may edify one another.  Romans 14:19


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Totally Cool - Online Card Class Watercolor Intermediate Techniques

Hello Delightful friends and family,
Can you believe it? Another post from me this week!  Had to share what I've learned at the Online Card Class Watercolor (Intermediate) that Dawn the owner of WPlus9 taught this week.  I joined a little late but the information is still fabulous even if I am behind!  Thanks to all the creative ladies that shared their talents.  I've learned a lot, still a bit intimidated but I'm practicing (and facing my fear!)
Here is a technique that Laura Bassen taught in a bonus session.  It's called Pattern on Pattern Emboss Resist.  Hope you like! I used Distress Inks on this one.  I was going for a green theme on this one.  So glad I could ink up a Crazy Bird, watercolor and accessorize him! Love the Derby hat!  I embossed a Paper Smooches sentiment and the background is from Darcie's Stamps

Thanks for visiting!! 

Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made the heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Jesus the Way, the Truth and the Life - WAW # 219 and 30 Day Color Challenge

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!
My card this week was inspired by the Pattern on Pattern Resist Emboss technique using Distress Inks that I learned at the Online Card Class (Watercolor Intermediate). I will be sharing this at Word Art Wednesday this week for the Anything Goes - Family Friendly challenge #219.  I will also be linking this up at the 30 Day Color Challenge Blog with Kathy Racoosin.

Here is my card for this week:

Here are the ingredients for my card:
Background stamp - Darcie's Stamps
Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz Collection) Watercolor (butterflies)
Ranger White and Clear embossing powder
Distress inks: Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover.
I've gotten quite the variation by overlapping the colors of inks.  I've used a circle die (Spellbinders) as my stencil (so I'm stretching the use of my dies!)
The Scripture is our Word Art From WAW and I've printed it on Vellum and die cut the tag twice, once in card stock and then die cut the vellum.  The seam binding was colored with Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn & Twisted Citron).  I've used all greens and I love how these colors blend so nicely. I've used a paint brush and a water brush to work the Distress ink into the water color paper. I used my heat gun to dry it. The base was cut to 5 x 4.25 and the bright green was the perfect green to mat the top layer. The butterflies were embossed with white embossing powder, then with a water brush I add the Distress inks, dried them with a heat gun, then fussy cut them out and used dimensional adhesive to pop them up.
If you would like the Scripture Art be sure and visit us at the Word Art Wednesday Blog HERE and download the art, then link your project for a chance to win a prize!

This weeks verse is foundational for the Christian. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the only way to God the Father, it is a narrow road. Most don't like to hear that, but it is truth and it will give you life.  Abundant life here and everlasting life to come, what a blessing!  Jesus made the way for you and I through His death and resurrection, we must believe in order to receive this free gift of life.

Thanks so much for visiting and don't forget to link up at Word Art Wednesday this week (it's a two week challenge starting today!)