Monday, March 2, 2015

Sketch 356- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Welcome to our Monday Lunchtime Sketch.  Another great sketch by Mary Jo and so many ways you can work this sketch.  I actually went right by the sketch and used the Butterfly Basics again which I know I already love.  So first here is this weeks sketch.

And here is my sample for this week's sketch!  The flowers were some Jolee's flowers I had just sitting around and I wanted a little more and they just worked out perfect.
And the inside.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks sketch and hope you will stop by and check out the rest of the design team samples.  And, then sit down, relax and make a card and link it up at the bottom of the post.  Mary Jo does pick the top two or three each week.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My Paper Pumpkin February 2015

Yesterday we had a snow day, so I was off work all day.  For once I actually worked in my craft room all day, and I don't mean cleaning, I mean playing.  I did the mixed media piece I posted yesterday and I also did my February Paper Pumpkin from Stampin' Up! along with my Monday sketch sample which you will see on Monday.  What a wonderful day I had.  Now today is back to work, but I thought I would share with you the February Paper Pumpkin.
How great is that?  It is an accordion card.  You received 8 of the card stock, scored and ready to stamp, along with the stamps and the letters for THANKS, and 8 boxes for the cards and the twine to tie the boxes.
Here is the first part of the card.

And some other photos just to show.

So can you tell I had plenty of fun yesterday. 
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #4 - Wisdom

I hope you all are enjoying this Glory Art Scripture Challenge as much as I am.  I just want to follow what God wants for me.  And, I desire the wisdom and understanding of God. 
There were so many scriptures with Wisdom and Understanding that it was hard to choose which scripture to use.  I only put one on my mixed media canvas, but one that stood out to me was James 1:5, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him."  I always think of Solomon here who when the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Ask what I shall give you."  And Solomon asked for Wisdom.  Of all the things he could have asked for, He asked for Wisdom.  (Read about this in 1 Kings 3.)  God was pleased by this request and he granted Wisdom to Solomon.  Because Solomon asked for wisdom, no other king compared to him.
The verse I chose for my Canvas is Proverbs 3:13-14, "Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold."  People are all out for profit (silver and gold), whatever makes them rich is what they seek.  But this verse lets us know that Wisdom is more profitable than riches.  It leads us to understanding of God's Word and gives us richly all we need, which is God.  And as I grow more and more in the Word of God I understand more and more what it means to be rich.
As Patter said, we gain wisdom through God's word, the prompting of the Holy Spirit and even other Christians.  I am so thankful that God gives us the ability to hear from him through his word, and through others.  We just have to keep our minds on Him and our ears open to hear.
So here is my Mixed Media Canvas!
I used some bright colors, but do love the outcome.  The bird in the tree is from a stamp set call "Backyard Basics" from Stampin Up.  I stamped it on tissue paper, colored it and then using modge podge placed it where I wanted it on the tree.  As you can see the tree is freehand done by using Faber-Castell oil pastels.  For the white leaves, I used a stencil and gesso.  Most of the rest was done with acrylic paint.  Here is a close-up of the bird.
 And more close-ups.

Hope you have enjoyed my creation today and please don't forget to stop by and check out Patter's post.  I know you will enjoy it as much as I did.
I am also adding this to the Word Art Wednesday Challenge.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sketch 355- Monday Lunchtime Sketch


What a wonderful sketch Mary Jo has for us today and it also gave me a chance to try out one of my new stamp sets, which I am going to love, called Butterfly Basics.  I actually used a little of my mixed media experience with this card and I do love it.  So here is the sketch.  Isn't it just wonderful.
And here is my sample using the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set.
And the inside using the same set.

So what do you think.  Hope you enjoyed your stop here today and don't forget to check out the rest of the design team samples.  I know you will love them.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sketch 354- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to this weeks Monday Lunchtime Sketch.  The sketch this week was just perfect for a birthday card I needed to make for my Grandson who will be turning 2 this month.  He is such a blessing and for some reason this stamp set called Big News from Stampin' Up! was just the set for him.  I had planned on using another set, and I did use it for the inside.  So it all worked out as planned.  So here is the sketch for this week.  Great isn't it?

And, here is my sample for you!

And here is the inside of my card where I used Hooray It's Your Day!

I love stamping on designer paper and this is just perfect for stamping on.
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the rest of the design team samples.  I know you will love them.  And please play along with us this week.  We would love to have you!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #3 - TRUTH

Happy Valentines Day!  I hope all of you are showing love today.  I know I love all of my blogging friends and am so thankful when you stop by and see me.  I am trying harder to get by to see all my friends out there in blog land, but I will say with a full time job and other things going on in my life, it is hard sometimes.
Today, I have finished my 3rd challenge for this years Glory Art Challenge and I must say I am loving this mixed media.  Now as I have said before, I don't know if each one of my challenges will be mixed media, but I can say if time permits I plan on doing them.  My daughter asked me this morning what I was going to do with them all and I didn't even have to think.  I will be putting them in the room that I have for my grandchildren.  I must repaint it first as I would like it to be a pale yellow which fits both boy and girl.  But I am praying that as they walk into the room, they will fill the presence of an almighty God!
The 3rd challenge was all about truth.  What does truth mean to you?  "What is truth?" is a very simple question.  Of course, answering it isn't so simple.  We can offer definitions like "Truth is that which conforms to reality, fact, or actuality."  But how many people actually believe that?
For the Christian, the ultimate expression of truth is found in the Bible, in Jesus who said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life..." (John 14:6).  It goes on to say "no one comes to the Father except through me."  Do you believe that?  As Christians we should believe the Word of God and by believing it as truth, then we know the only way to the Father is through Jesus.  He is the Truth!
John F MacArthur said this, "Here’s a simple definition drawn from what the Bible teaches: Truth is that which is consistent with the mind, will, character, glory, and being of God. Even more to the point: Truth is the self-expression of God. That is the biblical meaning of truth."
So if we are to reflect God in our lives, we have to show truth daily and to do that, we need all of Jesus we can get.  And, I for one want all I can get. 
My verse for my mixed media today is, Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Psalm 25:5
I love butterflies, so today I wanted to add those butterflies to my canvas and that is what I did. I followed a wonderful video for mixed media by Susanne Rose which is wonderful.  I did not realize I did not have another 8X10 canvas so today I used what I had in the house which was a 14X11.  I hope you like it and are blessed by what God has given me today.
Here are some close ups for you to see.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to check out Patter's wonderful post about truth.  And I just realized that I used the same verse as Patter when I went over to get her link.  That is OK if that has what God gave us both.  I am sure you will enjoy her post.  It is wonderful as always.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sketch 353- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Time is passing so fast and I cannot believe it is already time for our Monday Lunchtime Sketch.  Can you? 
Today Mary Jo went a little out of my comfort zone, but we need that at times to help us put our thinking caps on and that is exactly what I did.  I wanted to use my new stamps and dies so I really had to think to get it all to work with this sketch, and I am so glad that I stayed with the original thought.  Here is Mary Jo's sketch this week. 
 And now here is my version of how this sketch is done using the new SU Butterfly Thinlits Die and The Butterfly Basics stamp set.

This past week we had stamp class and we used the butterfly thinlits with wax paper and then used the wax paper over the butterfly.  So I thought I would do the same with this and I do love the look of it.  Here is a side view of the butterfly and the inside of the card taken at the same time.  I did not realize I had done this until I was looking at the shots.  I liked the fact you could see the wax paper along with the butterflies so I decided to use it.
Now don't forget to stop by and check out the rest of our design team samples.  They really are wonderful this week.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Sketch 352- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

It is time again for our Monday Lunchtime sketch.  I really look forward to doing these sketches and am so glad that Mary Jo has faith in me to be on her design team.  And, it keeps me stamping which is what I need right now.  Anyway, on to this weeks sketch.  Don't you just love it.  I know I do and when I found out yesterday that my daughter's friend had her little baby girl, I knew I was going to use this sketch as my inspiration and I also knew exactly what stamp sets I was going to use.  So now here is my sample for this week's sketch.
I just love this stamp set called Baby We've Grown and it was the first stamp set I thought of when I saw the sketch.  And, then I thought about the inside and this new set I have from Stampin' Up! called Big News was perfect for the inside.
And yes, I had to give you a side view.  I love this card even though it is a little off center.  Hopefully the new mom and dad want see that part of it.

Now I can tell you the design team have outdone themselves this week with this sketch, so please go by and check out their samples and by all means please join us this week for our sketch.
Hope your week is filled with joy and many blessings!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

My Paper Pumpkin January 2015

Hello everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  I have now finished with my January Paper Pumpkin and I love it.  I can't wait to give them all away.  Still trying to decide what I will do with them, but I do know that my grandchildren will get theirs and then we will see.  We are having a family gathering next weekend and I thought I may do it then.  We will see.  But now I am sure you would like to see what it looks like.
And a close up of the first few!
And another shot at a little bit different angle.
Now aren't these the cutest.
Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my valentine packages.  I hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend my friends.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #2 - Representative

I just have to start with this, I am going to love this challenge this year.  I have already felt the touch of my Lord as I was working on challenge 1 and now on this one.  As soon as I read Patter's post for the 2nd challenge, I felt God touching my heart.  I knew then that I have to choose what is more important in my life.  And just walking through the house all of a sudden this song came to me, Glory to God Forever.  I went and wrote it down right then.  If you have not heard this song, you can hear it here.  The words are wonderful and I just love singing it. These are some of the verses in the song.

Before the world was made, before You spoke it to be
You were the King of kings, yeah You were, yeah You were
And now You're reigning still, enthroned above all things
Angels and saints cry out, we join them as we sing

Glory to God, glory to God
Glory to God, forever
Glory to God, glory to God
Glory to God, forever, yeah

Creator God, You gave me breath so I could praise
Your great and matchless name, all my days, all my days
So let my whole life be a blazing offering
A life that shouts and sings the greatness of our King

Glory to God, glory to God
Glory to God, forever
Glory to God, glory to God
Glory to God, forever

Take my life and let it be
All for You and for Your glory
Take my life and let it be yours

As Patter said in her post, "What kind of representative are you for the Lord."  That really made me think and all I could think about was to bring Glory to God.  If I bring glory to Him, then I am a good representative.  Now I can assure you that I wish I brought glory to God each and every day, but I don't, but, I want too.  Reminds me of Paul there (Romans 7:15-20).   There is one thing I can say, the more I study God's Word, the more I see what I need to do to correct those days and the better I get at being a representative or ambassador for my Lord.

The verse I chose reminded me that everything I do, whether eating or shopping or working, whatever, I need to do it for God.  If I do it for God, I bring glory to him. 

So now without further ado, here is my mixed media canvas!  Yes, I decided to do mixed media again and I love the outcome.  I would change a few things, but all in all I am happy.  Why shouldn't I be, I did it for God!

Here are some close-ups!

Hope you enjoyed my post today and don't forget to go by and check out Patter's post.  I know you will enjoy it.  Blessing everyone!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sketch 351- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

It is time again for our Monday Lunchtime sketch and again, Mary Jo has put together a great sketch.  I love the ocean and I have a saltwater fish tank in my home, so today I wanted to use my two favorite sets from Stampin' Up!, By the Tide and By the Seashore.  It just reminds me of relaxation and comfort.  And right now that is exactly what I am striving for.
So here is the sketch for today!
And here is my version.  I will say I forgot to round the corners before attaching to the card, but I was ok with the square, so no need to change is my motto.

And yes, I did do the inside!

And a close up of the shells!

Hope you have enjoyed my card for today and hope you will join us this week for our Monday Lunchtime Sketch.  And don't forget to check out the rest of the design team samples.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sketch 350- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Happy Monday and welcome to our Monday Lunchtime Sketch.  I decided to do a scrapbook page with this weeks sketch.  My granddaughter will be 3 months old tomorrow and I have not started her 1st year baby book.  So what better way to start it than with this wonderful sketch Mary Jo has for us today.  So here is the sketch!
And here is my first page for Ansley!
Isn't she just the cutest little thing.  Hopefully I will catch up a little and get her caught up soon.  I am trying really hard to put things in order in my house and in my routines to be able to do more of the things I love. 
Now don't forget to go by and check out the rest of the design team samples.  I know you will love them.  And please play along.
Thanks for stopping by today and hope you all have a blessed and wonderful Monday.
Our Design Team!
Mary Jo Price-Williams – Technostamper
Sue Root – Stampin’ with Sue
Nicole Tegrul – Be Creative with Nicole
Robbie Rubula – Inked X2
Tanya Bell – Stamping T!
Carolyn Bennett – Carolyn’s Paper Fantasies

Sunday, January 18, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #1 - TRUST

Well hello my friends.  I know it has been a year since I did one of Patter's scripture challenges.  I missed all of last year.  It was a bitter sweet year.  But it kind of goes along with Patter's 1st challenge of 2015.  We had to put our TRUST in God and know that He had control of everything.  The verse I chose for this challenge is Psalm 91:2, "I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”  You see God is what gets me through it all.  Without Him I am nothing, but with Him I can handle all things.  I trust Him with it all.  Here is a little of my story from 2014 and because of trusting God with it all, I am a different person.
My mom and brother both started out the year of 2014 in the hospital.  Mom finally recovered from her major surgery and has been in the hospital a couple of time since with pneumonia, but all in all is doing well.  Still having breathing problems, but we know God is in control.  My brother on the other hand spent the year going between bad and good.  So I spent a lot of time in my home town helping to take care of him.  As most of my followers know he was down syndrome.  So he lived with my mom his whole life and between his workers and my 3 sisters we tried to make sure someone was with him and mom all the time.  It took a lot out of us, but we would not change the time we spent with him for nothing. On October 20th my husband and I had our 5th grandchild, a little girl Ansley Grace.  What a blessing from God she was and still is.  Every time I see her she reminds me of what and Awesome God we serve. 
  We spent two days in Virginia with my daughter and family and on October 22, late in the day, the day our little Ansley came home from the hospital, we got a call that my husband's brother had a tragic accident and was dead.  WOW is about all I can say.  It took our breath away and took us back to our home town to be with his wife and daughter.  We also knew that Danny was now in Heaven and yes we would morn, but he was better than he had ever been.  So glad for the hope we have in Jesus.  We still miss him very much, but because of God we can take it one day at a time.
I was still spending 2 weekends a month in Lumberton helping out with my brother and the end of November my brother went back into the hospital.  He was aspirating when he ate.  We were given an option for a feeding tube, but were told he probably would not do well with it as his body was shutting down, so he was placed in hospice and on December 7th my brother went home to be with Jesus.  No longer was he hurting and no longer was he different.  He was made whole and was running the streets of gold praising God.  Yes, I still miss him and am crying as I write this, but because of the hope I have in Jesus, I know I will see him again.  How wonderful will that be.
Along with all of this, my dad has Alzheimer's and is in a Alzheimer's unit.  Found out now that he has stage 4 cancer.  So we are dealing with that also.  But again, I know in whom I trust and I know He is with me always.  There is no way I could have made it through this year without trusting in God!  And the reason behind using the song that Patter had posted on her blog, "Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus."  Here is a beautiful version of this song.
I have always loved mixed media and decided that I wanted to use this song as the focus on this canvas.  I am still not good at this as this is only my 4th piece, but I am happy with it.
And here is a close up of the music sheet.
I am not sure if I will be doing the mixed media canvases each time, but I do love these and to me this is glory art.  Hope you like it and thanks so much for stopping in today and letting me share some of my story from this past year.  And remember "God is Good!"
Blessing my dear friends!  And please check out Patter's post for Trust!  You will love it.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sketch 349- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Well, my goodness it is already Monday.  I think the older you get, the faster time flies.  What about you? 
It is also time for our Monday Lunchtime Sketch and I for one loved the sketch that Mary Jo put together for us today.  It was such a clean and simple with a little added extras.  Just my style. 
Today I am sharing the sketch with you also, so here it is.
Don't you just love it?  And now here is my sample for this weeks Monday Lunchtime Sketch.
Don't you just love it?  Well maybe I just love it.  I am not sure what kind of sentiment I will put on the inside, but I have decorated it already.
Please let me know what you think and don't forget to go over and check out the rest of our design team samples.  I know you will love them.
Hope you all have a wonderful and blessed week!


Monday, January 5, 2015

Sketch 348- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Happy First Monday of 2015 and can't wait till you see the great sketch that Mary Jo has for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch today.  It is so simple with so many possibilities.  You will definitely have to go check out all the designer samples on this one and use your scraps to join us this week.  So here is my sample for this week.
I am still unsure of what I will be using this one for, but I have a couple of people I have in mind for it and need to make up my mind soon.  Regardless, I really like the simplicity of it.
Couldn't decide which angle I liked, so I used both of them.  Like the color on the one above, but the shadow is less on this one.
Now don't forget to stop by and check out the rest of our team's samples.  I know you will love them.  And don't forget to add your sample.  We would love to see what you come up with.
Enjoy your Monday and enjoy your week.