Saturday, September 26, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #12, God's Will

I had really been thinking about this Glory Art Challenge for a while and I could never get the right feeling about it, but I saw this verse printed out on PINTEREST and I just had to use it, Luke 22:42.  I am going to share with you Luke 22:41-42, "And He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”  Wow, what Jesus did for us!
As I thought about this, I thought about how easy it is for us to turn from doing God's Will to doing what we want to do.  Instead of praying about things, we try to fix it ourselves and only after it gets so bad do we think about prayer.  And do you know that is one thing God wills us all to do is to kneel down in prayer and talk to him.  You see Jesus could have said, No I am not going to the cross that is too painful, but instead he knelt down before the Father and asked the Him about it.  He wanted to do His Father's will.  That is what I want to do with my life is to do my Father's Will.
Let's continue on with the next verse in Luke 22, verse 43 says, And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven strengthening Him."  See God heard Jesus' prayer to Him and He sent an angel to strengthen Him.  Even though our prayers may not always be answered the way we want, if we stay in the will of God and follow Him, He will give us the strength and comfort we need to get through the difficult times in our lives.
Here is another verse that goes right along with this.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always  pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  This is what we should do; rejoice, pray, and give thanks in all circumstances.  Is this hard at times, YES.  But, we have a comforter and helper to get us through whatever happens in our life.  Trust Jesus, He will never let you down.
This morning when I was looking through our photos I took when we went to the Grand Canyon this summer, I knew exactly what I was going to do with this verse.  The picture is one I took as he was looking out over the Grand Canyon and all I did was add the verse and then framed it.  I printed the picture to fit into a frame I already had and I loved it.  This is art to me.
The 1st picture I did by adding a frame on My Digital Studio.  This shows you the beautiful colors of the actual photo.  I did this because I could not get a great photo in the frame I had.  I may also have to go and buy a white frame as I do love it in the white frame here.
Now here is the actual photo framed in the frame I had at home.  The photo looks just like the on above in this frame, but I could not get the color to come out good.  I just love it.
Here is a song I just love that "God will Make a Way for Me".  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Also, please check out Patter's post as I know you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Hope you all have a blessed and wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sprinkles of Life Card Set & more

Happy Hump Day everyone.  Yes it is Wednesday and I have a few things to share with you today.  I purchased this stamp set from Stampin' Up! recently called Sprinkles of Life.  I just love the sayings and also the stamps, plus they had a coordinating punch which made it that much easier.  I was looking through my stash and found these card and envelopes that I had purchased from the clearance rack at Stampin' Up!  That made my day as I started stamping.  I also used other stamps as there were 12 note cards and 12 envelopes.  So here they are and really cost me very little.  The lighting was not really good, but you get an idea of what they look like.
Sprinkles of Life
Because I Care 
Close as a Memory 
Vivid Vases 
Thanks for stopping by today and hope you have a wonderful and blessed Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #14, Maturity

Welcome everyone to Challenge #14 of Glory Art Scripture by Patter Cross.  For this challenge she chose Maturity and what a great subject.  I think we all to some extinct want to just sit and watch and just want to be babies forever.  I know in the work place there are times I just want to go home and put a pacifier in to keep from crying.  What about you?  But in all things we need to grow up even in our faith with Jesus Christ.
Patter had a wonderful devotion for this challenge and you can check it out here.  I love how she started out salvation "on the bottom rung of the ladder" and to move up we have to climb the ladder.  You can't get anything done at the bottom.  Just as an infant cannot stay on milk and needs more solid food as they grow, so do we.  I find myself going backwards at times and that is why I have to search his word and pray daily or I will continue to move back to the milk stage and we cannot live just on milk.  As Patter said we will become "malnourished Christians."
That is why I chose the verse I used on my mixed media canvas, Ephesians 4:1-3,  "As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.   Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." 
You see, if we live the life worthy of the calling we have received from God and humble ourselves, love one another, as He has called us to do, keep unity we will be growing in Christ and becoming more like Christ.  That is our ultimate Goal to be more like Him and in doing so others will want to follow our example.  Right now, I don't know if there are many who would want to follow my example, especially at work.  I am really working on that situation and praying hard.  And, God is working on me.
So here is my mixed media piece.  I forgot to add where the scripture came from and noticed it once I started to post the pictures.  I am going to write it on the canvas so everyone knows where the scripture came from.  Hope you enjoy my "Glory Art" today.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Glory {Art} Art Scripture Challenge #13, Religion

Good Morning all.  Hope your weekend has started off well.  Mine has because I started my morning reading the Bible and then wanted to work on my Glory Art Challenge, so more of searching God's Words for us.  Patter had given us the word "Religion."  What does Religion mean?  I have had so many people say, "I am not a religious person, or religious people just seem so angry."  What I have told others in my life as a Christian is: "I am not a religious person either, I just love the Lord and want to do all I can for him.  It is a matter of a relationship, not religion."  I love this quote that Patter used in her post on Religion, ""Religion is about our attempt to reach God. The Gospel is about the truth that God reached out to us. God is not about religion, He is about relationship." 
So as I was looking for a text I wanted to use for this subject, for some reason I kept coming back to this stamp set I purchased ages ago from Our Daily Bread Designs called Children of God.  If we are a child of God, our demeanor, our actions, and our love for Him and for others should show this, not because me may be Baptist, Methodist or something else.  There was actually two verses in this stamp set that I had looked up when I was searching the scriptures on a relationship with God and that made a lot of sense when you look at, "Are you Religious, or do you have a Relationship with God.
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Luke 18:16
You see children come to God just as they are.  They have no doubts, no preconceptions about who he is.  They trust Him and love Him.  But we as adults seem to look at what we have been taught all our lives and sometimes this can cause us to be very hypocritical when we should not be.  Children are who they are and that is just it, humble in everyway.  This is going totally different than when I first started thinking on it this morning.  Now I feel led to go to a scripture that I read first thing this morning, so I will share it with you now.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31.
That is what I want is to do everything to the glory of God an when people see me, they see Him.  I can assure you I have definitely failed greatly at this lately.  I want to be like that child, loving and holding out my arms to the one true God, worshiping my Lord and my Savior.
Whoever welcomes a Little child like this in My name welcomes Me! Matthew 18:5.
So here is my mixed media piece for today!

So please go and check out Patter's post on Religion.  You will be glad you did.  Hope you all have a wonderful day.  I love you all!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Anniversary Card for my Sweet Husband

Hello sweet friends.  After not posting for a month, can you believe 2 in 2 days. 
Today, I have been married to my wonderful Husband for 41 years.  I can truly say I love him more today than 41 years ago.  Don't know what I would do without him.  He is a blessing to me. So I thought I would share the card I made for him.
I actually did this in a class I took a couple of months ago and just never shared it, but when I saw it I knew it is the anniversary card I  wanted to give my husband.  He is my anchor and God is his anchor and that is what makes it so true.  Thank you Lord for the anchor you have given me here on earth.
And of course here is the inside of the card.  I just added the Happy Anniversary and of course will write him some sweet nothing on the inside which will definitely inflate his ego, but what are us girls suppose to do?  Respect our husbands' and make them feel good about themselves.  And that is what I am going to do. :) 
Hope you all have a wonderful week!  You are a blessing to me.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #11, Share

Good Morning everyone.  Can you believe I have finally decided to share with you today.  It has been a busy month and I am thankful for God's previsions during this month.  My mom was in the hospital, my daughter was down for two weeks and then we went on vacation.  So no time to create or to stamp any.  Felt good to get back in my craft room yesterday and do some work.  Since I am so far behind in my Glory Art Scripture challenge, I thought I would share the mixed media canvas I created yesterday regarding, "Share."  Please check out Patter's post on this.  She kind of went from a different angle, but still within the same frame of sharing our Lord and Savior.
It took me most of the morning of studying and praying to decide what to use and then when the verse was chosen, everything else just fell into place.  My verse is Hebrews 13:16, "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."  This I believe is not only talking about helping those in need and sharing of what you have with them, but sharing our Lord with people also.  When we do share with the needy or people having a rough time, we are also sharing Jesus with them.  That is a major part of sharing Christ and letting people see Him through us and through how we imitate Him.  I am so thankful for what Christ has done for me, I can't help but to share Him with others in whatever way I can.
So here is my mixed media piece today.  It is among my favorites.
My 5 year old grandson saw it and asked me if that was him and his dad!  I told him yes, if that was who he wanted it to be.  Then he wanted to know why his mom and sister were not in it.  The mind of a 5 year old!


Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out Patter's post.  You will love it.

Friday, July 3, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #10, Still‏

Happy Friday!  I am off today as this is our holiday for the 4th of July.  So I am excited that I finally was able to get some work done around the house and then take pictures of my next Scripture Challenge.  The theme for this one was to be still before the Lord.  This is one I that need right now.  I actually have the verse I used on today's project tacked to my board at work.  But lately I am not sure that I have been still enough as work has really been stressful.  But after seeing Patter's post a couple of weeks ago, I have really tried to work even hard.  There was a song she posted to her site that just spoke volumes to me and I want you to hear it and hope it blesses you as much as it did me.  Jeremy Camp singing "Be Still".
How great was that?  I just want to be still before the Lord so that others can see Him in me.  I guess I will work on that until I finally leave this world.  My verse is Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Now all I used was the 1st part on my canvas, but I wanted you to see the whole verse.  Because, for Him to be exalted we must be an example, a witness of what He has done in our lives and in our hearts.  I just pray that I exalt Him in everything that I do.  That I can be still before Him and wait on Him to do the work in my life that I know needs to be done.
My canvas today is a 5X7 and I actually used an old stamp by Stampin' Up! that I have always loved.  It reminds me of me when I go to the beach.  I just see so much of God's glory there and it took me quite some time to find it.  I had not used it in a while.  But so glad I did find it because I love the outcome of this mixed media piece.  I hope you do also.
A close up of the girl!
And of the verse which is a poor sun, but a beautiful verse from God!

Well I hope you enjoyed my post today and may God bless you and have a wonderful 4th of July.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sketch 366- Monday Lunchtime Sketch - Tutorial

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to this week's Monday Lunchtime Sketch.  I am really excited about the card I made for this sketch and I'll tell you why.
I woke up Saturday morning and had a dear friend on my mind that I have not seen in a while.  I really believe that God lays those on your heart that need prayer and encouragement, so I prayed for her and then decided to make this card for her that I am sharing with you today.  My husband tells me all the time that I have a talent and doesn't understand why I don't send out all these cards I make.  When he said it today, it really made me think.  Only takes a few moments to write an address on an envelope, put a stamp on it and off it goes to a person who may just need that little bit of encouragement that day.  So maybe I should listen to my husband as God could be using him to speak His message to me.
So without further ado, here is my sample for this week's sketch and I also will show you how I did the butterfly.
Now let me show you a little tutorial on how I did the butterfly. 
I used the Sweet n' Sassy stamp set called "New Creature"  which you can find here.  I also used the "New Creature Dies" which coordinates with the stamp set and you can find it here.  So now on to my first photo and how I did it.
I used some spritzer's that I purchased with Stampin' Up! and I added ink drops and some water to the spritzer.  I also used some smooch spirtz that I got from Stampin' Up!, but you can purchase at Michael's or AC Moore and probably most craft stores.  I used the Water Color paper from Stampin' Up! as the base.  I then started spritzing and as you can see, got a little too much in the middle.  But that is OK, you can work around it. 
Here is what it looked like close up once I finished spritzing.  You can see the shimmer from the smooch spritz I used as the final spray.

I then took the stamp set and stamped it in black and the bottom one in black and purple.  That is the one I used for the card today.

Then using my dies, I cut them out.

Here is a close up on the card. 

Now you can do the same thing I did.  I do love this effect and it is almost like water coloring.
Hope you enjoyed your tutorial for today and please check out the rest of the design team samples.  I know you will love them and don't forget to play along with us for the next two weeks.
Have a wonderful week.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sketch 365- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Hello all!  Well I am a date late in posting this as I was too busy yesterday and forgot to post it Sunday to post at 8:00 on Monday Morning, but that is OK.  At least I got it to our main blog in time for the Monday Lunchtime post.  So at least that part was done. I really enjoyed doing this card this week as I used a few different stamps for the front and inside.  Anyway, here is the sketch for this weeks challenge.
And here is my sample.
And the inside.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the rest of the design team samples and join in on our challenge.  Have a great week!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sketch 364- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Happy Monday everyone and yes we have another Monday Lunchtime Sketch for you today.  The sketch is just fabulous and can be done clean & Simple or you can spoof it up some.  I am more of a clean and simple girl myself.  So let's look at this weeks sketch.
Don't you just love it?  And now for my sample.  But, first let me tell you why mine is opposite the sketch.  I actually started it and was using the sheet washi tape (love that stuff).  Once I got all the washi tape cut and put on the top part of the card, I realized the card was upside down.  So I just continued to put it together and then turned it to put the sentiment on.  I am just glad that it did not mess up the card. lol
Here is a side view of the card!  Shows the dimension.

And then the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to go and check out the rest of the design team samples.  You will be glad you did and while you are there link your card up to our link up.
Have a wonderful week everyone!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

My Paper Pumkin - April 2015

Happy Sunday everyone.  I am finally posting my Paper pumpkin that I received in April.  I have had these done for a couple of weeks, just no time to post.  But had a few moments to take pictures today and did just that.  So here you go.
This is how the finished product looks.
This is how it looks outside of the packaging.  You could actually put a gift card inside the little card that goes into the folder.  Love this.
And this is an alternate project I made with the items that came in the kit.  You can do so much with this little kit.  Just love it.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday afternoon.  Beautiful day here in Wilmington, NC.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #9, Hope and Rest

HOPE and REST!  What does that mean to you?  Well as I studied so many scriptures for this challenge, I realized just how much we can rest in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Not only that, I found that we have hope in Him, through Him and when we allow Him to be the center of our existence here on earth.  What a great combination from Patter for challenge 9.  Thank you Patter for being so diligent in your studies.
So I decided to do two mixed media pieces and did them on a 8X8 canvas.  When I thought about rest, I thought about the beach and the waves.  I lives five miles from the beach and often go down just to walk and meditate.  There is nothing like the sound of the waves and the beauty of the water that shows you just how great our God is and brings so much rest to the soul.  The verse I chose for that canvas was Matthew 11:28, "Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."  I don't know about you but there are many times that I labor and am heavy laden.  And when I give it all to my Lord, I do find rest.
Then I looked at the word hope, and I saw blue skies, the sound of the birds chirping and of course had to get me a bird in there.  Bird sounds are very soothing to me and I think of God as taking care of them and how if he takes care of them how much more will he take care of us. (Matthew 6:26)  That gives me hope. The verse I chose for this canvas was Psalm 33:18, "But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love."  You see our Lord loves us so much that He went to the cross for us, therefore I have hope.  Praise God, what hope we have.
Here are my canvases!
On this one I wrote the scripture, but quickly found out I don't like my writing.  So will probably be the last one.  But once I had it on there, I decided not to paint over it. 
My bird's face is a little out of sorts, but I love her anyway. I used a stamp (God's Purpose Clear Stamp Set) from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and also a die (God's Purpose Die) that goes with it.  I also used my gelatos for the first time and loved them.  Here is a mixed media tutorial for gelatos that I used to get an idea of how to use them.  So easy.
Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to go by and check out Patter's devotion and glory art for these two words, REST & HOPE.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sketch 363- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Happy Monday everyone!  It is time for our bi-monthly sketch, so hope you are ready for this wonderful Monday Lunchtime Sketch.  So here it is.
And here is my sample for this weeks sketch.
The inside of the card!

And a close up of the Shaker frame.  Love these shaker frames.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy your day!  Don't forget to stop by and check out the rest of the design team samples and make sure you join in and link up to this weeks sketch.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #8, Intercessory Prayer

Wow, what a great challenge Patter gave us this week with "Intercessory Prayer."  I can definitely relate to her story regarding waking up and praying for your daughter.  God has woke me up many times to pray for others and then times just to pray.  And, like Patter, I always let them know I was praying for them.  Not always by praying through text or email, but just letting them know God has placed them on my mind.  To see Patter's post, please go here.  I know you will enjoy it.
There were so many scriptures that God led me to through this study time and I am so thankful for all of them.  But the one I kept coming back too was 1 Timothy 2:1-3.  It just seemed to fit all circumstances and was something that Paul felt was necessary to urge us to do and then goes on to say it "pleases our Savior."  So here is the verse: "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior".  You see with this verse regardless of who God lays on our heart, we need to pray for them.  We may not necessarily like them, which has been the case a few times with me, but God knows the need and what that prayer will accomplish for us and for them.  Intercessory prayer is a wonderful thing and something I know has saved lives and also helped others to go on.  God is so good and I am so thankful to be able to feel His calling and His urging.
Here is my mixed media art for this subject of Intercessory Prayer.
Here is a close up of the verse and top of canvas!
And a close up of the bottom.
I love this image and found it by goggling coloring pages of prayer.  I printed her and then cut her out, adhered her to the canvas and then colored her.  Love using coloring pages for digital images.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you are blessed.  I was blessed by creating it.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Sketch 362- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Good Morning every one. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I know my daughter was in town for the weekend and what a joy to spend time with my grandchildren.  God is so good to me.
Well today it is time for our 1st and 3rd Monday Lunchtime sketch, this of course being our 1st Monday sketch.  So without further ado, here is the sketch for this week.
It is so funny because before I even saw the sketch, I had been thinking about using my washi tape.  I get things and then don't use them.  So I had seen it lying around for a while and thought I am going to use it the next time I do something and this sketch was just perfect for it.  So here is what I created for you this week.
Just a very simple card made with two different tapes running through the card.  Also added some to the inside.  Then I stamped the flower stamp from Butterfly Basics and used my blender pen which I have not used in forever too.  Colored and then attached with pop dots.
Hope you like my sample this week and don't forget to stop by and check out the rest of the design team and what they came up with for this sketch.  I know you will love them.
Thanks for dropping by and have a wonderful week.