Monday, March 20, 2017

FREE Spring Digital Stamps!

Just a quick post with some freebies in celebration of the first day of spring.  Help yourself to any and all of these digital stamps from a set I designed for my store when I was in the business.  Here's a couple of project I made from the images.  AND while you are here, check out the post below this for a really fun, newly launched challenge blog, Mustard Seed Faith Challenges.

Happy spring!  Enjoy.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mustard Seed Faith Challenge

 If you have faith as small as a mustard seed...
nothing will be impossible for you
Matthew 17:20

I posted earlier about a new challenge blog I'm joining as a designer.  I'm so thrilled to be creating beside the wonderful and talented ladies on this team.  Our purpose is to encourage all participants in their faith walk with Jesus and to provide a place for fun, clean and creative design challenges--cards, scrapbook pages, Bible art-journaling--anything goes.  Challenges always stretch me a little bit and help me move out of my design box.  We hope you will be uplifted and will join us for our very first challenge beginning TODAY.  You will be able to link your creation so we can all see how you have interpreted the challenge. Challenges run for two weeks, so every other week a new challenge will be posted. 

My submissions for our first challenge--Using yellow or mustard color.

What an amazing promise in scripture that even faith the size of a mustard seed can accomplish much.  I know in my faith journey, as God proves himself to be completely trustworthy time and time again, my faith has increased.  I worry less and trust more.  Trusting God's power and intervention in our lives frees us from the need to take control ourselves...and our resources can never match God's.  His resources are like a banquet table that never ends!  We can feed on his goodness over and over again because the table of his grace is never consumed.  He offers grace upon grace as we trust him more and more.

Once I got started creating for this challenge, I couldn't quit!  I haven't used my Pure Innocence stamps for a long while and when I uncovered this happy paper in my stash I just knew I had to put this little sweetie on my card (her dress is paper-pieced).  Lots of sunshiny yellow does make this look like happy mail for sure! 

Materials Used:
--Cardstock from Stampin' Up!
--Stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Faith Quote Blocks--Taste and See), and Pure Innocence (Happy Mail)
--Designer Papers from Stampin' Up! and Simple Stories

Please visit our challenge blog, Mustard Seed Faith Challenges, and plan to play along.  We'd love to see your inspiration and I know you will be blessed by the creations of the other design team members there.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

That You May Have Life!

...but these have been written so that you may believe
 that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God;
 and that believing you may have life in His name.
John 20:31

What is your ultimate travel experience-- European vacation, cruise, Disneyland? Mine was Ireland.

Even now when I picture heaven some of the landscapes from Ireland come to mind.

I could use thousands of words to try to describe it to you, but if you haven't been there...well, you just haven't been there. You'd have to experience it for yourself to grasp its breathtaking beauty.

Life in Christ is the same. God has written thousands of words to describe himself, his love for us, what he's done through Christ and what he has prepared for those who believe in his Son. But until we experience Christ, they remain just words.

In this passage, John 20, verse 31, we see the purpose of all scripture...that we might believe Jesus is who he said and that by believing in him, trusting him with your heart, soul, life and can have life...REALLY live for now and for all eternity. This one verse of scripture is so powerful that I had to capture it with my art-journaling.

Images are stamped with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and colored with watercolor paints. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink to antique the edges of the page.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Just Worshipping God

This will be a quick and simple post, but nonetheless heartfelt.  When I did this art-journaling in my Bible I was spending more time with God in private than I was with my artwork that would be more public.  I just needed this instruction and time of praise and worship with my God.  The tools to accomplish the artwork was just an extra delight.

Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name. 
I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; 
   I will glorify your name forever. 
 For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead.

One of the quickest antidotes for times when I fear, I'm stressed, I'm downtrodden is simply to remember all the ways God has blessed me, protected me and provided for me.  When I praise Him with all my heart, there isn't room for doubt and fear.   That is why I can always find words of praise on my lips, the joy to glorify His name, the knowledge of my need for constant prayer, the certainty of my hope because all of it rests with God.  Because of who God has proven Himself to me again and again I will ALWAYS believe Him first, most and last!

I used the set, Words of Life: Actions from Sweet 'n Sassy stamps, Spica glitter pens for the hand-lettering, watercolor paints to highlight Scripture and Stampin' Up! inks for stamped images. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Pillar of the Truth

"Although I hope to come to you soon, 
I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, 
you will know how people ought to conduct themselves
 in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, 
the pillar and foundation of the truth."
 (1 Timothy 3:14-15)

David preached from this passage on Sunday and I was so struck by the description of the Church (body of believers) as the pillar of truth. I believe our culture is suffering because the Church has compromised the truth of God and is looking more like the world in the name of love and tolerance. Straying from the Truth of God's Word is never loving and since when is tolerance of all things a virtue? A society is held up when the pillars of the Church are strong. When those begin to crumble so will a society. 

I was so encouraged by the work of Franklin Graham as he held prayer meetings all over our country. And I'm excited by the plans for revival meetings this year. I'm praying that our country finds favor with God, but that will only happen when members of our churches become pillars of the truth. Rev. Graham is a pillar of truth, always ready to share the Gospel message, always ready to stand up for what God's Word has said on any matter. I want to be this kind of pillar for the truth.

When we studied this passage in church on Sunday, I immediately pictured what I wanted to art-journal in my Bible. The pillar is hand-drawn and the word TRUTH is from a Sweet 'n Sassy alphabet favorite one so far--Rebecca Script Alpha. I love the way the letters hook together so well. I used PrismaColor Pencils for all the color on the pages and Washi tape for accents.

A New Challenge Blog Opportunity for YOU!

I am thrilled to be serving on a new challenge blog called Mustard Seed Faith Challenges!  I hope you will join in on the fun and our challenges.  We are just getting formed and are still looking for some design team members.  I've copied the information from our blog below.  I know some of my crafty friends would make fabulous team members.  Once again, I get to design and exalt the name of Christ while I do it!  I hope you'll join in as we go live next month. More info to follow so stay tuned!

Design Team Call

Welcome to our new blog! We are very excited to announce the launch of a new bible-based challenge blog, using our creative talents to help spread the love of Jesus Christ and to tell of our relationship with Him. We are going to start out with a challenge every other Sunday based on a hymn, a passage of scripture, an encouraging song and similar themes. We intend to launch mid- to late March. We have a great start with some wonderful stampers on the design team but would like to add just a few more. 

 If you would like to be considered, please look at the following and then send a note.
  • We are looking for stampers who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their personal savior. 
  • Creative crafters from any continent welcome.
  • You must have an active blog.
  • Make (on average) two projects every month (some months might have five Sundays).
  • Alternate with the other design team members to host a challenge, i.e. decide on a bible verse, song, etc. and link a challenge to that verse (use the color blue, use a square, etc.) 
  • Be able to comment on a share of our participants using a rota system.
  • Help pick the top three designs from among submitted entries.  
  • We would like a commitment of at least six months.
If this is something that you would like to do and would like to be considered for the design team then please email me at Please include:
  • A little bit about yourself and your faith commitment.
  • The link to your blog. 
  • Any design teams in your past or current teams. 
  • If you haven't been on a design team before, we still would love to hear from you. 
  • A link to your blog or other social media site that you post your projects on.
Design Team Call ends March 10th. We will only be selecting two more designers, however, we are looking at a guest designer program.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

His Word Is Alive

For the word of God is alive and active. 
Sharper than any double-edged sword, 
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, 
joints and marrow; 
it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 

More times than I can count, God's words have leaped off the page of my Bible and seared my heart.  His Word is like a flame that purifies my heart in a refiner's fire.  Sometimes my need for refinement is a daily event!  I cringe when I hear that God's Word is no longer relevant.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  It is the most relevant, lasting, certain, absolute truth we have.  In fact, there is no truth apart from God's truth.   What's more amazing is that His Truth, His Word is rooted in His love for us.  We can depend on His Word, we can rest in it and know that is will be true for us throughout our entire lives. It not only judges our thoughts, attitudes and actions, it brings hope, comfort, strength and answers for every need we have.

I used PrismaColor pencils for the images on the page and then painted a soft watercolor blue for the background.  I decided on a little different interpretation of the image from the newly released stamp set, Living Word.  The image actually shows a living plant coming from the Bible and as God's love waters us we will grow.  But I could also see flames of His Word, and just wanted to create the imagery that God will continually pour my heart into the crucible of testing and refinement.  I think it works!

Stamp Used: