Sunday, May 20, 2018

Stencil Sunday double tag with dragonfly



I started my double tag project by stenciling with

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I colored it with a marker, sprayed with water and placed on cardstock.
I did it several times with different colors of marker each time.




This is the result. I used this paper to make tags and dragonfly.


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I put a layer tulle in between the dragonfly layers and added glue and glitter.





I stamped and colored 
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I did burned glue technique. I put a generous amount of 
Aleene's tacky glue to the center of the flower.


After the glue was burned I colored it with a sharpie marker.



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There is still time to join our May Mixed Media Challenge.


Monday, May 14, 2018

CIC446

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is a color challenge: pastels.

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and


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I had a lot of fun making this tag. I used stencils and markers to make the cotton candy looking background. I glued aluminum foil to cardboard for the liner. I cut the cupcake out of pink and added glitter for sugar.





Monday, May 7, 2018

John 14:6

No card today, just some thoughts about John 14:6

Yesterday the  youth at church were asked to share how they would tell others why Jesus is not just "A way" to heaven but the "ONLY way". They put 
John 14:6 in their own words.
Here is what John 14:6 says
Jesus, answered,
 "I am the way
 and the truth
 and the life.
 No one comes
 to the Father
 except through me."

A week ago, our preacher taught on 1 Peter 3:15 which says
But in you hearts honor Christ the Lord
as holy, always being prepared to make a 
defense to anyone who asks you for a 
reason for the hope that is in you,
yet do it with gentleness and respect.

I know that for me it helps me be prepared if I write things down. So I am going to attempt to share some of the thoughts I had about John 14:6.

There are different types of roads. There are smooth four lane highways and there are narrow country dirt roads. What determines which roads to take? For me I take the roads that get me where I want to go. A four lane highway might be easy and nice to drive, but if I take it, and it isn't going anywhere near my destination, I have wasted my time and I am "lost". While driving on a freeway before, I have missed my exit and ended up driving miles in the wrong direction before I could turn around and get to the "right" road. 

How do you know which road is the "right" road. Well, if you are going somewhere that you have never been before you can hope that you will just somehow find the way there or you can ask for directions.  But you have to be careful in who you trust for directions. 

When my husband and I were on our honeymoon, I attempted to give him directions. We were visiting San Diego, CA. I had been there several times with my family growing up and I thought I could give him directions to the beach. Well, we got to a beach, but not the one I wanted to take him too. I took him to dog beach. Which is like the name says, a beach where dogs were allowed, and not everyone picked up after their dogs if you know what I mean. It was not the nice beautiful beach I had been telling him about. I had gotten us lost. Ever since then when I think I know where I am going my husband will say "Are you dog beaching me again?" It is our family joke.
About 2 years ago, my son was going to a jazz band competition. He wanted to ride the bus there, but wanted me to drive him home. So going there I just followed the bus, but for coming home I had printed directions off of google maps so that I could navigate our way home. We got to Ottumwa, IA, and even trying to read the directions we got lost. It didn't help that is was snowing and dark outside. We drove around lost for what seemed like forever before we found the right road that would lead us home. Which we found just on our own not because of help from the directions.
Since I have never been to heaven, and that is my desired destination, I need to get directions. Do I want to trust just anyone to tell me how to get there? It is too important to me, I don't want to get lost on the way. What better person to give directions than someone who has already been there. Jesus left heaven to come to Earth, so I can trust him. I believe Jesus is the son of God and that what he says is the truth.
There are people who say "It doesn't matter what you believe. if you are a good person you will go to heaven." How reliable are these directions? Jesus says that no one comes to the Father except through me. Jesus doesn't say that he is A way he is the ONLY way. 
This got me to thinking about toll roads. Where driving on the road costs you money. I have a friend who found out the hard way what happens when you pass an unmanned toll booth and don't have the correct amount of change. He drove through anyway and what would have cost him only a couple of dollars turned into a big fine. I don't have enough $ to pay to be on the road to heaven. None of us do. It was a price only Jesus could pay and he paid it for us. All we have to do when we come to the toll booth is to say, "Jesus paid it all for me." 
Once on the "right" road, THE WAY to heaven, we will see others who are on different roads. We should try to tell them and let them know that they are going the wrong way.They may not listen to us but we should make every effort to warn them.

It made me think of the movie "Planes, trains and automobiles." Where they are driving the wrong direction on the freeway. Passengers in a car going the other right way try to motion to them that they are driving the wrong way. 





Sunday, May 6, 2018

Things with wings Mixed media project- STAMPlorations





Usually our mixed media challenges are anything goes. This month however there is a theme. THINGS WITH WINGS.

You can link up as many winged-themed mixed media project as you want as long as each project (NO CARDS)  uses a stencil and is a separate blog post.
You can use non STAMPlorations products, but if you have kids who ask what they can get you for Mother's day, you can share your STAMPlorations wish list with them. 
Prizes:$15 gift certificate for the winner -voted on by design team. And two randomly chosen winners will get a $5 gift certificate.


I am excited to share my project with you. The church I go to is having their banquet to honor women this weekend. Separate from Mother's day because not everyone has the opportunity to have children. We are having our banquet to honor women. Our theme is flowers. I made a little scripture easel decoration to go on the table that I'm decorating.  

I used the following:
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and 
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My table for the luncheon was sunflower themed. I used
STAMPlorations Sketched Suflower.
I die cut circles and stamped the sunflowers with black stazon ink. I water colored the sunflowers and then added gold glitter glue to the centers.

Do you see the little topper?


A photo of all the tables
 Local 4-H group helped prepare the food.

The desserts were so yummy.
 A local florist and her granddaughters came and gave a floral arranging demonstration.

With Mother's day coming up. I know that we all know someone who is going to be sad. Maybe they lost their mother, or child or have never been able to have children, or have a sick or a rebellious child. What ever it maybe I want to encourage you as well as myself to be aware of these ladies and extend a little extra love and kindness. Is there a random act of kindness that you can do for them?

Thursday, April 26, 2018

3 Little girls wearing gray

What difference does a sketch make? Using the same stamps and coloring technique, and similar embellishments and paper I made 3 similar but different cards using the following 3 sketches.
I was inspired by this photo inspiration by

 My SCS694 card

My Viva la Verve -April 2018 card.


And my Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 - #135 card.



I went mixed media with my style for these cards. I know that is a shocker.
From the photo of the blue dress with a gray branch with pink flowers, I was inspired to watercolor the dresses of the little girls using grays. I watercolored the sky blue and using burned glue technique I made the flowers pink. If you will remember the other day I used this same image and colored the flowers blue. I also added cheesecloth and tulle to the cards inspired by the tulle look of the dress material. I also added some hand quilled pink roses.
This photo shows a close up look of the flowers.

As a last touch, I added diamond glitter to the little butterflies. It is hard to photograph, but I tried to show you it in this next photo.


I hope you have a blessed day and that you  have enjoyed reading about my three little girls wearing gray.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Contentment- 2 cards 2 different styles

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (NKJV) Philippians 4:13 

That is a great verse. Right? 

It can be used standing alone because Christ does give us strength to endure all sorts of trials. But how often do you see this verse with the proceeding verses?

Philippians 4:11-13 New International Version (NIV)

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.


Paul the letter writer to the Philippians and also to us, is letting us in on a secret. He is telling them and us how to be content. It is through Christ's strength. that we can be content. I can tell you it is a struggle that I am having to work on.

Are you like me do you see a stamp set and think.... Oh I NEED that. This old set from Stampin' UP was one of those sets that when I first saw it, I was thinking I NEED that. I saved money and was able to buy it. You would think that after acquiring this NEEDED stamp set that I would use it all the time. Well, that would be a logical conclusion, but I have only stamped with this set a handful of times. I have been trying to challenge myself to get out old sets and use them. One of the best ways I know to beat the WANTS is to truly be thankful for the HAVES.  I saw two stamping challenges that inspired these cards. One was 

Crafty Catz Challenge #413 

.which is Anything goes with CAS as a desert option.

and 

SumMore Fun Mood Board #26


I thought that this little girl holding the flowers looks a lot like the flowers on the mood board. I tried my hand at a CAS design. Success, well not exactly. 
  
This was my first attempt. I used colored pencils to do her dress. I used burned glue technique and sharpie markers for the flowers, and I watercolored the sky and ground. I had sketched an oval lightly with a pencil. I had the oval at a slight angle. And then I watercolored the sky. Everything was looking good and then I accidentally dropped a drop of watercolor where it was supposed to be all WHITE. Well, I had spent a lot of time coloring this little girl already so I cut her out.  Added some layers and cheese cloth, brads and twine. But not to give up I gave it another try.




This is my second card. I stamped the sentiment in the corner. I like it my CAS card. but the other card is more my style. I won't give up on CAS. I just wish it was easier for me to do.