Wednesday, July 23, 2014

{Art Journaling} Faith

This past weekend I went crazy with the painting. I created three pages so today I wanted to share another one with you. If you missed the first page, click here to see it. Art journaling is so relaxing and fun that I really must try to work on it each day! It also gets the story and journaling down that means so much!

So for this page, I was inspired by Sandi Keene in a class I am taking. She also makes awesome deli paper flowers but mine did not turn out so great. You can see Sandi's great tutorial here. Since my flowers were not what I wanted to use on my page, I decided to use some old Prima flowers and colored them to match my page. I really must use these flowers up, and this is a great way to use them without adding bulk to my art journal.
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The story behind this page is written on the back. If you remember, one of my daughters is away on an 8 week ministry trip. Well, this weekend she was having a very difficult time, so I really had to rely on my faith and not fear as she went through this difficult time.

Well, thank you for stopping by! I will share the third page on July 29th with my Blue Fern Studios creations. Blessings,

Sunday, July 20, 2014

{Art Journaling} Your Story

This weekend I was going back through some old text messages from one of my daughter's. I came across a quote she texted me when she was in her Spring semester of college earlier this year. I remembered then how much that quote touched me so I decided to create an art journal page using this quote. I was also inspired by Roben-Marie's mail art tutorial here in making my page. 

"Don't be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others."
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I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by, and watch for those time where God may be prompting you to share your story! Blessings,

Friday, July 18, 2014

Organizational {Friday} Use Those Cup Holders

So, if you remember in one of my Tuesday's {Tip} posts, I shared how I save different lids to use for painting. Click here for that post. I also save cardboard tubes from rolls of foil. Those cardboard tubes are very stiff and wonderful for painting circles! Anyway, I have so many thrown around, and I didn't like them tossed on my table. So, I decided to use my CM Side-Kick Cup Holder to hold the lids I am currently using.
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What's wonderful about this is that it's attached to my art journaling table, I can find what I want easily, and they are off of the table. I do keep them on my table until the paint on them dries, however. And when the yogurt cups get a lot of paint on them like the one below, I just toss them and use a new one. You can see in the photo above that I now have a new yogurt lid in my Side-Kick. :)

You also may remember another post where I store my heat tool in another cup holder on my other table in my studio. To see that post, click here.

Cup holders are truly great for organizing in your craft room! Thanks for stopping by. And remember to pull out and use those old cup holders! Blessings,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday's {Tip} Cover Those Mistakes!

In my layout I shared this past Sunday, there was a typo on my journaling. It's not the first time I have done it, and I always try to come up with ways to hide it. I really don't like to waste paper or retype my journaling. So, let me show you a couple of ways I have fixed my typos.

In Sunday's post, I wasn't watching as I was typing, and I typed right off the edge of my journaling card. So, I used a thin piece of washi to cover it. Then the washi was not the exact color of my page, so I painted the washi with acrylic paint. I then put washi and paint on the opposite lower left corner to make it look like the design was supposed to be that way. :) See next to the word "faith"? That's the mistake. LOL! If I would have just painted it, the text would have still shown through so the washi underneath really helped.

Now on this mistake, I used a wood veneer (arrow) to cover the mistake. You can still see it slightly but if you didn't know it was there,  you probably wouldn't even notice it.

So, learn to embrace those mistakes and find fun and creative ways to cover them up! But I must say, now you will be watching my creations for all of those mistakes. LOL! Have a blessed day!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

{SCRLLC14} Scripture Lesson #12, Hello, My Name Is

Today I want to start off by asking you to read the words to today's song. Don't listen to the song yet, just read the words:

Hello, My Name Is by Matthew West

Hello, my name is regret
I'm pretty sure we have met
Every single day of your life
I'm the whisper inside
That won't let you forget

Hello, my name is defeat
I know you recognize me
Just when you think you can win
I'll drag you right back down again
‘Til you've lost all belief

These are the voices, these are the lies
And I have believed them, for the very last time

Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I've been saved, I've been changed,
And I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King

I am no longer defined
By all the wreckage behind
The one who makes all things new 
Has proven it's true 
Just take a look at my life 

What love the Father has lavished upon us 
That we should be called His children 
I am a child of the one true King

And click here to listen to this song.

So, do you ever feel defeated? Do you ever regret something that you have done? Do you let that drag you down? If we are honest with ourselves, we all feel that way at some time. As Christians, we cannot let those lies drag us down or cause our faith to falter. In the Old Testament, the Israelites had to give a guilt offering to atone for their guilt and shame.

Leviticus 5:15-16 "When anyone is unfaithful to the Lord by sinning unintentionally in regard to any of the Lord’s holy things, they are to bring to the Lord as a penalty a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value in silver, according to the sanctuary shekel. It is a guilt offering. They must make restitution for what they have failed to do in regard to the holy things, pay an additional penalty of a fifth of its value and give it all to the priest. The priest will make atonement for them with the ram as a guilt offering, and they will be forgiven."

Death is a consequence of sin. So, prior to Christ's death on the cross for our sin, the Old Testament sacrifices were still in place. However, as Christians, we must remember, that Jesus went to the cross to take away the shame, the defeat, and the guilt. We are alive in Him and not defined by our past. But we must confess our sins daily so that we can receive forgiveness. In Him as we confess, we are forgiven!

Leviticus 5:5 "When anyone becomes aware that they are guilty in any of these matters, they must confess in what way they have sinned."

Romans 6:10-11 "The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus."

Leave sin and guilt at the cross where Christ left it. We are forgiven, and we are not to doubt or hang onto guilt! Jesus broke sins' power over you and over me. Because I have a relationship with Christ, I need to look at sin differently. I need to confess it. I need to change my way and become more like Him, and I need to leave it behind once I am forgiven. I can't live in guilt and shame as I did before knowing Him. I am a new person. For instance, once I got married, I got a new name. I began a different life with my husband. I also have a new name and life in Christ, and I need to live differently than I did before. Do I leave the shame, defeat, and guilt behind? Not always but I should! Does this mean I no longer sin? Absolutely not! I sin daily! If I continue to live a life dominated by sin, that is devastating to a believer and dishonoring to God. I am His ambassador so I need to change and live in obedience to Him. I am a constant work-in-progress! He is molding me. How about you?

Isaiah 64:8 "Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand."

The fact that we are saved by grace does not give us the right to sin. It give us the freedom to obey! Jesus not only paid the penalty for sin but He broke it's power. So, leave the guilt, the shame, and defeat behind. You have heavenly characteristics! Which ones have you taken on? Which ones do you need to add?

Psalm 34:5 "Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame."

Romans 9:33 "As it is written: 'See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in Him will never be put to shame.'"

Romans 10:11 "As Scripture says, 'Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame.'"

Hebrews 10:22 "Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water."

Let your life show that you are child of the one true King!!!!

For my 6x6 page today, I used Blue Fern Studios papers Blue Fern Garden papers and chipboard. See the supply list below the pictures for specific product names. And the scripture I chose was Hebrews 10:22. I just love that verse, and it goes so well with today's song.

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Papers: Blue Fern Garden Picnic and In Bloom, Memory Box cs 
Stamps: Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Layering Stems (painted with gesso and 13arts Ayeeda matte raspberry paint), Blue Fern Bits (painted with gesso) 
Embellishments: Prima Lil Missy flower and crochet icon, Petaloo pistachio botanica minis, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, Tim Holtz mini paper clip, misc. ticket, misc. washi, sewing machine

Remember to use Keyword SCRLLC14 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. Blessings,

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A {New} Layout and a Sketch

Today I wanted to share a layout of one of my girls. This was her graduation day, and as you can imagine, she was excited. I used the July Blue Fern Studios sketch as well as the new Blue Fern Studios paper line called Ombre Dreams. Here is my 8 1/2 x 11 layout:
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The chipboard stars are new from Blue Fern  Studios, and they are called "Seeing Stars." I painted the stars with gesso and let them dry. Once dry, I painted with three LuminArte paint colorscool water, navajo pearl, and lime squeeze. I then let that dry, and lastly I stamped the stars with the Unity "Give it all Meaning" stamp.

Papers: Blue Fern Studios Ombre Dreams Susan's Dream 
Stamps: Unity Give it all Meaning, Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards Pure Magic, Becky Higgins PL date stamp, Heidi Swapp stamps
Stamp Ink: Archival jet black, Jenni Bowlin stick candy
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Seeing Stars (painted w/gesso and LuminArte cool water, navajo pearl, and lime squeeze paints then stamped with Unity stamp)
Embellishments: Prima packaging, Miss Godivas Celedon flowers, and Avante Spring flowers; Manor House Creations Coordinations yellow flower; Maya Road Kraft Note Envelope; Heidi Swapp Black and White Friend stickers; TCW mini specimens stencil; Liquitex light modeling paste; Golden black gesso; joint tape; misc. washi tape; misc. ledger paper; sewing machine

And here is a look at the awesome July Sketch Challenge from Blue Fern Studios.

Click here to see all of the challenge details as well as the wonderful prize package and other sample layouts from the design team! I hope you will join us, and thanks for stopping by! Blessings,

Monday, June 30, 2014

{SCRLLC14} Scripture Lesson #11, Not for a Moment

On Wednesday of this week as I was in the middle of teaching at VBS, I came home and the Lord put this song on my heart: "Not for a Moment" by Meredith Andrews. Click here to listen to the song and read the lyrics. And now let's look at our study and song.

Have you ever felt like God was 1,000 miles away? Have you felt that He has left you and that you didn't know where He wanted you to go or what He wanted you to do? Maybe you feel like that right now. I have felt like that for the last two years since we moved. I absolutely love where He has placed us, and I know we are to be here. In fact, I don't ever want to leave. But, I also have not seen what He has for me here. I have felt like He has me on 'hold' for some reason or that He is giving me a time of rest.

The day before God game me this song, I had one of the worst days I have had in a long time. Before leaving for VBS that morning, our dog had a seizure. By then end of the day, he had had 3 seizures. It was a very, very rough day. I cried a lot and was exhausted. But by Wednesday, God gave me one of the greatest days. I met more people than I have met since we moved here. I was invited to take on a position at church that I actually had tried to volunteer for last year but they said they didn't need me. And then many of the kids were hugging me at VBS and thanking me. There is nothing more precious than teaching children about our Jesus! Then when I came home, God gave me our song for today. I was so filled with joy! I was singing around the house, hands in the air, praising our precious Lord. He never left me; He never forsake me. He saw my suffering the day before. He knows my heart and heard my cries. He then blessed me tremendously.

He also never leaves our children! With my daughter on an 8 week ministry trip this summer, I have had many times that I have worried about her but God is with her. He will not forsake her either! He will not forsake your children or grandchildren either. What a comfort that is!

In this song, we hear that "not for a moment did You forsake me." So what does forsake mean? Dictionary.com says it means to "quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert." God's word tell us that He will never leave us or forsake usever!

Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.

That is so comforting. He sees your tears. He hears your cries and your prayers. God sees your true and sincere faith which can change how you perceive any situation as you look to His will.

2 Kings 20:5b "I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you."

Our song also says that He is constant, He is good, and that He is sovereign. He is in control of all things even when you feel like He is not there or aware of your situation.

Psalm 141:8 "But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death."

Ecclesiastes 7:14 "When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future."

God is in control, and He brings good out of difficult times without ever leaving you!

For my 6x6 page today, I used Marie-Josee Hamel's page for inspiration. I used the Deuteronomy 31:6 verse above. It was so perfect, and I liked that it had the word 'forsake' in the verse. I also used several pieces of Blue Fern Studios chipboard. The black circle actually comes from the large Roman Clock Set. Then the bricks are called Shabby Brick Bits. I used 'true' for the title because God's word is true, and I can count on that scripture!

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The washi heart in the right hand corner is one I made. If you missed that tutorial on using your washi scraps to make embellishments, click here to see that post.
Papers: Blue Fern Garden In Bloom, Pion Design For Mother, Paper Trey Ink black cs 
Stamps: Unity Belly Ruler 
Stamp Ink: Archival jet black 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Roman Clock Set Large (painted with Golden black gesso), Shabby Brick Bits (misted with Prima Color Bloom vintage coal) 
Embellishments: Flying Unicorn adornment, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, Prima Lil Missy flower, Heidi Swapp stickers, misc. washi tape, sewing machine

Remember to use Keyword SCRLLC14 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. And remember, God is with you and will never forsake you!

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