Wednesday, July 15, 2015

My Struggle

My struggle and my guilt....the wanting to create, but there is always something more important to do.  I just read a story of a girl that all she did was write.  Her stories were the ones her teachers kept as samples, she wrote for a column, she blogged, etc.  She just loved to write.  She called it her gift.  Well, I like to make cards.  I don't know if I can call it a gift, but I do collect a lot of paraphernalia in order to create cards.  I'm always rushing to get my chores done so I can create a card, but usually I'm exhausted by the time I'm done.  Such is my dilemma....I'm finding it difficult to balance the must do things with the I want to do things.

So when my Mom's birthday is around the corner it's a great excuse to put the must dos on hold, because Mom expects a handmade card and let's face it we don't want to disappoint Mom.

My Mom loves Tweety Bird and I have never been able to find a Tweety Bird stamp or digital cut anywhere, probably do to copyright, trademark stuff or whatever.  So this year I decided to just create my own.

The card base is actually a die from my favorite designer Stephanie Barnard.  It's her new drop in card framelit.  This one is the Lovely Drop Ins

I took it one step further and decided to decorate the inside of the card.

This is also a die from Stephanie Barnard called 3D Flower Drop In.  

Well I do hope my Mom likes the card.  Now back to the must dos so I can then play some more. 


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Loving this Bible Art Journaling

I love bringing my need to create and my love for God's word together.  What an awesome way to hide God's word in my heart.  This week I attempted a sketch.  Since the Bible pages are so thin it allows for easy tracing.  I traced these hands and then went back with my watercolor pencils to add color and shading.  I used die cut fonts and stamps for the wording.

God's salvation is a free gift to all.  There is noting you can do to earn it.  Simply receive,  Jesus did it all.

God Bless,

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bible Art Journaling

The latest craze out there now is Bible Art Journaling.   Go out to Pinterest and you can find simple doodles to elaborate pieces of art and I mean elaborate!

Since giving my life over to Christ a little over a decade now, I have always had a thirst for His word. Oh the nuggets of truth and the treasures you find when you dig and study His word.  So naturally I was drawn to Art Journaling in my Bible ( I was sort of doing that already).  Last week I decided to participate in an intro class that teaches the types of inks and glues to use on the delicate pages of this well loved book.

As I sat and listened to the instructor I became a little concerned with some of her comments.  One being, for women not having time to study the word that this was a great way to get into the word.  AND yes get into the word, but please don't replace for the study of the word!  God has so much for us, that doodling here and there I really believe we will miss much of it.   Please crafty friends by all means doodle away and create but devote some time to the real study as well.

The other comment was that the word speaks different things to different people......oh boy....that one really disturbed me.  When God says. "Thou shall or Thou shall not" it's pretty clear.   The Lord has many promises for us, but keep in mind that many come with conditions and many are not spoken directly to us.   If you read in Genesis "and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you," read a little more and you will find that that promise was made to Abram in GN 12:3.

Those were a couple of concerns I had.  Maybe I over analyzed, but what I did realize from all this is that women are thirsty for God.  He is doing a great thing and my prayer is that this takes off and all of us open our hearts, mind and ears for what  HE wants us to hear.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.  Psalm 119:105

The lighthouse stamp is called "Perfect Day" by Close To My Heart and the scripture stamp can be found on the Verve webstore.  

God Bless,

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Happy Birthday Step Up

How fun is this step up card by The Stamps of Life!   I was thrilled to discover that the doggie (aka Cookie) fit the basket!  :)

All products used can be found on The Stamps of Life website.   

A Little Cheer Me Up

Life sometimes throws things our way that we have no control over and just bums us out.  I had this happen to a very close person in my life.  You know how us women always want to fix things?  Well unfortunately, we can't, so the next best thing is to make a card and hope the encouragement will lift the spirits.

That was the purpose of this card:

All the products used can be found at The Stamps Of Life.  The paper's and ribbons are from the February Card Kit.   That little chick is just adorable and I don't know how he can not put a smile on anyone's face. 

God Bless!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Baby Bedding

I know....I know this has nothing to do with scrapbooking or cardmaking, but my good friend Tori made this beautiful baby ensemble for her latest granddaughter and she wanted to share it on Pinterest.  Not having a blog, I offered to share it to the world.  AND it is beautiful!  I just love the nontraditional girl colors.

Isn't she talented?  She makes the most beautiful things.  

God Bless!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I finally found....

Bluebonnet Stamps!  As I previously wrote, I was at the Scrapbooking Expo this past weekend and there I stumbled across Bluebonnets.  I've been looking forever!  They are my BFF's favorite flower and I've been wanting to make her a gift using Bluebonnets.

Fate is a great thing.  My BFF, Trinka had gone with me to the Expo on Friday and both she and I missed the stamp set.  BUT then on Saturday I went with my other friend and boom the Bluebonnets were there!  Perfect! I was able to purchase the stamp set without Trinka seeing it.

The stamps were in this packaging that you were not able to see the stamps and  I was surprised to find when I got home that it was just the rubber and no foam.  Bummer, as I usually avoid buying just the red rubber stamps.  I don't like having to make a second purchase for the foam.

Frustrated and wanting to use the stamp, I came across foam you purchase at the crafts store and I adhered it to the stamp, trimmed and then applied Aleen's Tack It Over and Over glue on the back.  Once dried it worked like a charm clinging to my acrylic block.  I then stored them on a trimmed piece of plastic that some merchandise came in.  Frugal at it's best I would say!

Now I was able to complete Trinka's gift.  I can't wait to give it to her.  The frame was purchased at Kirkland.

The stamps can be found at Eureka Stamps.  I purchased them in a set called "Tender Thoughts," but a quick search on the site apparently it is not sold as a set any longer.  The link will take you to one of the Bluebonnets within the set.    I used Tim Holtz Distressed Markers, stamped on watercolor paper and them just used a slightly wet brush to soften the edges. 

Thank you for stopping by and my your day be blessed,