Mar 15, 2017

My Encouragement, and a Word Art Wednesday Card

Hi! 
Oh, where to begin?  For starters, I will just say that this week being only half over has really been a struggle for me.   It has been full of conflicts, temptations, tears, and sin.  Yes, sin.  I have failed miserably and have not handled what has come my way with grace.   I can honestly say that I was not feeling very creative this week and that my card probably reflects that.  Just keeping it real, this is not one of my favorites,
but this verse...
I had not had a chance to view the Word Art Wednesday for this week until yesterday when I began to make my card.  When I pulled it up on my computer, I was overwhelmed.   It is exactly what I needed to be reminded of with the week that I've had.   

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"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes".  Just let that thought sink in!   Whoa!  I don't know what else to say.   The overwhelming gratitude of what this verse means leaves me speechless!  I am not deserving for God to promise any of this to me and yet He has.  This verse is referring to what it will be like in Heaven, in the presence of our Great God.  He has promised this end to all who have put their trust in Him.  I'm so thankful for this hope because bad days will happen and I will fail, but His promises remain true!

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I used my Taylored Expressions Arbor Accessories stamp to create the background for my card.  I stamped, then heat embossed the gold.  I then watercolored pink over the entire background and watercolored the green leaves.  I used a sharpie pen to draw the leaves.   I was really wanting to try out this technique, but I'm not happy with how it looks with this particular card.  I think I will try it again later with a different style of card. 

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Thank you so much for stopping by today and for your support of creatives like me.  I would love to see your creations, so please come join us at Word Art Wednesday and link up what you've crafted. 

Blessings, 

Mar 1, 2017

Word Art Wednesday Card Featuring :Taylored Expressions!

 Hello again, Welcome back.  I'm so honored to have so many of you visit to share in my love of creativity.   I'm also honored to part of the wonderful Word Art Wednesday design team.  Karen works so hard to keep the challenge blog going and to line up sponsors who so generously share their product with us and the challenge winners.  This week's sponsor is Taylored Expressions!  
Not only does the winner of this week's challenge get a prize from Taylored Expressions, but the design team also received product from Taylored Expressions to create with.  I was so excited to get started with my Taylored Expressions product.  I've never used TE products before,  but as a first timer, I am in love!

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For my card, I used two different die cutting plates from Taylored Expressions.  "Frame in Frame 2" is the cutting plate that I used to create the scalloped border around the Word Art.  I also used the "Arbor Accessories" cutting plate to cut the vine and small flowers on my card.   

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I used the Taylored Expressions cutting plates in my Cuttle Bug Machine.  The cutting plates worked very well with my machine and only needed a few passes to achieve a clean, sharp cut.  I love the detail of the cuts, even on the small flowers. 
I actually cut the end off the vine to create more of a curled vine around the Word Art rather than to have it in the shape of an arbor, as it originally was. 
I adhered the vine using very small pieces of dimensional foam tape.  I wanted it to be slightly raised.  I also added some distress glitter to the flowers and a pearl drop to the centers. 

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I invite you to come play along at Word Art Wednesday for your chance to win some Talyored Expressions product!  Remember that if you're on IG to tag us #wawchallenge for your chance to featured!  I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Blessings,

Feb 15, 2017

Jeremiah 32:17 Word Art Wednesday Card

Hi There! 
I'm back once again for another Word Art Wednesday.  I'm so glad to have had the respite of crafting a card this weekend.  This week has been very busy for me and feels like it's been so long already.  I've been spending about 4hrs. a day studying for a business course that I'm taking.   I'll be working 2 days this week at my daughter's school substitute teaching, and therefore I'm trying to quickly finish reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" to prepare.   I feel worn out already... but what seems hard for me in my own strength is never too hard for my God!  I'm so grateful for the reminder this week's word art has been to me.  I'm constantly in need of being reminded of the promises of God and who God is.   
The word art for this week is taken from Jer. 32:17. 
Here is my design:

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Still feeling the inspiration of my last post,  I chose to use the same paper line and color scheme.  I even did some of the same watercolor splatters.  I printed the verse onto vellum and just adhered at the end using the ric rac.  Lastly, I added a few embellishments and I was done.  

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I'd love to have you join in the challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  You are not required to use the word art to play along, but we love it when you do!  The challenge is always "anything goes", so your creative options are endless. 

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A special shout out to my crafty friend Esther, who made the little yellow crochet hearts that are in my pics.  She mailed them out to me last week and I can't wait to create with them.  Stop by her blog, "Shoregirl's Creations" here,  she is currently offering some cute free printables of which I also can't wait to make use of. 

Thanks for stopping by today, 
Blessings,

Feb 9, 2017

Layout Inspired Card #2

Hi there!  
I'm so excited to be posting today because I wasn't really sure if this day would happen.  Those of you who've been following my blog for awhile may remember my first Layout Inspired Card post.  If not, feel free to take a look here.  At the time I had hoped to start a series, and regularly share cards with you all that were inspired by layouts I'd found on Pinterest.  But, as life got busy, it seemed that the series wouldn't happen.  Soooo, that's the reason for my excitement today.   After all this time, I'm here to share my 2nd, Layout Inspired Card!!! 
I feel like I can now really call it a series. haha!

The layout that inspired my card today was designed by the talented Missy Whidden.


I couldn't seem to find the original link to this layout, but you can visit Missy's blog, Little Nugget Creations here

Missy used paper on her layout from Pink Paislee's Citrus Bliss line.  I have this paper line in a 6x6 pad and thought it would be perfect for a card. 
Here is my layout inspired card:

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I used the same color scheme and papers as Missy did, but instead of leaves I chose to use feathers.  I die cut my feathers using a MME "niche On Trend" die cut plate. 
I also die cut my scalloped frame using my Taylored Expressions cutting plate. 
I added some water colored paint splatters to mimic some of the details on Missy's layout. 

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I adhered my die cut feathers using foam dimensional tape.   I also added sewing thread and gold sparkle enamel hearts to pick up a few more elements from Missy's layout. 
Lastly, I used my "thanks" stamp also from Taylored Expressions.  I gold embossed it and adhered it with dimensional tape. 
This is one of my favorite ways to get ideas for a card.  I encourage you to give it a try for yourself and let me know if you do.  I'd love to see what you come up with and the layouts that inspire you. 

Thank you for stopping by today!
Blessings,
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