Monday, November 24, 2014

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge for 2015

I have been sharing God’s word through my art and paper crafting for 6 years now. Can you believe this will be my 7th year leading Bible devotions and studies through art on my blog? God has been so good to allow me to share His word through art for all of these years. For 2015, we will be doing something a little different. I will still be sharing 24 Bible teachings based on word studies, hymns, or whatever God brings to me over the course of 2015. For this new study, however, I will not just being doing 6x6 scrapbook pages. For 2015, I will be creating through various art mediums. I will be sharing different pieces of art depending on where God leads me that particular week. You have seen me do that already this year. For this new study, some weeks I may share an art journaling page, some weeks Scripture Art Cards, other week a scrapbook page, and others a Bible journaling page, etc. God is pleased with any of our art forms, and my greatest desire is to glorify God. I try to do that through everything I create whether it be paper crafting, mixed media art, etc., thus the birth of “Glory ArtBringing Glory to God Through Art.”

Exodus 31:4-5 ". . .to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts."

First let's look at the types of art you might create in 2015. Then below my samples, you can read all of the details on the study.

Scrapbook Album, ATC, Art Journaling Pages, Cards--What Will You Create?
So, what will you create for 2015? What have you done in the past? You may have noticed this year that I have been creating different things each week. Maybe you are new to these challenges and would like some ideas. You can:

*Create Scripture Art cards and put them in page protectors.

*Create ATCs and put them on a holder or in page protectors.

*Create any size scrapbook page and put the pages in an album (here is an 8 1/2 x 11 and 6x6 page).

*Create an art journaling page.

*Create a Journaling Bible page highlighting the verse you have chosen.

*Create a card and mail it to someone that might need to hear the words you have for them.

*Or create anything else you can think of; let God lead you.

Wow, just look at all of the different ways you can worship and glorify the Lord through art! You can create anything you wish, and it can vary from study to study. These are just ideas! It is truly a blessing, and I hope you will join me! Now for more specific details.

If You Participate, Do You Have to Create Something?
Absolutely not! :) You can just study God's Word and keep notes. You do not have to create a thing! I personally love the creating part and someday my kids can have these creations too as part of my faith legacy. For those of you not creating, you may just want to keep a journal with your study notes. Those too will be treasures for the generations to come.

What if You Want to Study with People at Church?
Wonderful! Please have them study along. However, I ask that you not copy my work. I also ask that you have the participants print the study directly from my blog post each time. It takes me many, many hours to prepare these studies, and they are inspired by the Lord. The studies are copyrighted, and I pray that you respect that. Thank you! For more information, please see the section below titled "Will this challenge be hosted on other sites? What about posting on my own blog?"

Now let me share a bit about how this challenge will work.
**I will post two studies a month beginning Sunday, January 11, 2015. Mark your calendars, and see the entire 2015 calendar below! :)
**Challenges will usually be posted by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on challenge Sundays.
**My post will also share some thoughts, scripture or scriptures that I chose (usually from the NIV), and a picture of my art for that week.
**Then you will study your Bible and find scriptures that are meaningful to you based on the study and truth posted for that week.
**I love using Biblegateway to look up single keywords in the Bible. It is a great resource for this study.
**For hymns, Hymnary is a great resource for scripture text based on a hymn.
**Then you can create your art using your selected scripture and thoughts based on the study for that week.

Is there a time limit to complete the challenge?
No, there is not a time limit to complete the challenge. This is for you so that you can study and learn to apply God's truths to your daily life! You do what you can when you can. You may join this challenge at ANY time throughout the year! Encourage your friends to join along throughout the year!

Do I need to sign up?
No, you can just subscribe to my blog to get the updates e-mailed directly to you. Also join us on the Facebook page. See details below.

Will this challenge be hosted on other sites? What about posting on my own blog?
No, you will only be able to find the challenge here on my blog. Please do not copy the post to other websites or your own blog. You may certainly link the study but do not copy the study. Feel free to post a quote but not the entire study. Remember, this study is copyrighted. Thank you! And make sure you subscribe to my blog if you haven't already. :) If you have friends that you think may be interested in joining us, feel free to send them the link to this post! For more information, please see the section above titled "What if You Want to Study with People at Church?"

Will you have a Facebook page?
Yes, I have created a Facebook page for our discussion and sharing of art. You can find our page here. It is a closed group so you will need to be invited to the group to join in.

Where can I share my work?
You can share wherever you feel ledyour blog, Pinterest, our Facebook group, Flickr, wherever. I will also use for this challenge so that you can leave a link to your work here on my blog for others to see.

Where Can I See Sample Lessons?
All of the previous six years of study are here on my blog. But I will link a few here from over the years to give you an idea. Just click on the title, and you will be directed to the study.

*He Knows my Name
*Something in the Water
*Come Thou Fount of Every Blessings
*Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Is there a blinkie for this challenge?
Yes, but let's call it a button instead of a blinkie. :) It's a miniature version of the picture at the beginning of this post. I did not make one that blinks. It is a "stand alone" button. You will find this button in the sidebar of my blog and below this paragraph. Right-click and save it to your computer to add to your blog. I also ask that you link it back to this post or my blog. Feel free to add it to your message board signatures too. I hope you like it.

2015 {Glory Art} Scripture Challenge Schedule:
Challenge 1: January 11
Challenge 2: January 25
Challenge 3: February 8
Challenge 4: February 22
Challenge 5: March 8
Challenge 6: March 22
Challenge 7: April 12
Challenge 8: April 26
Challenge 9: May 10
Challenge 10: May 24
Challenge 11: June 14
Challenge 12: June 28
Challenge 13: July 12
Challenge 14: July 26
Challenge 15: August 9
Challenge 16: August 23
Challenge 17: September 13
Challenge 18: September 27
Challenge 19: October 11
Challenge 20: October 25
Challenge 21: November 8
Challenge 22: November 22
Challenge 23: December 13
Challenge 24: December 27

To see all of the current challenges thus far for 2015, please click here. (Link will be active when challenge begins.)

Remember to bookmark this page. It will be the "main information page" for the {Glory Art} Scripture Challenge. Please e-mail me if you have more questions, and I would love to know your thoughts on this upcoming challenge. Feel free to leave comments here or on the Facebook page! Blessings, and see you January 11th with our first study for 2015!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

{SCRLLC14} Scripture Lesson #20, He Knows My Name

The first time I heard this song on the radio, I cried. And if I am honest with you, I cry almost every time I listen to this song. Our song today is by Francesca Battistelli, and it's called "He Knows My Name." First, I encourage you to listen to Francesca sing this live by clicking here. Now here is the Chorus:

"True to who You are
You saw my heart
And made something out of nothing, so

I don't need my name in lights
I'm famous in my Father's eyes
Make no mistake
He knows my name
I'm not living for applause
I'm already so adored
It's all His stage
He knows my name
He knows my name"

To read all of the words to this song, please click here. How awesome is it to know that God created you, and He created you perfectly. He knows you not only by your name but He knows you intimately. He adores you. Read that again—He adores you! He is intimately familiar with the details of your life, and He cares about your life. Who else on this earth knows you that intimately and adores you as He does? No one! I pray that fills your heart with such joy and peace. It should also motivate you to want to know Him more. God is pleased when our greatest desire is to know Him more. Will you seek Him and ask Him to reveal more and more of Himself to you? Don't you want to know Him more?

Exodus 33:17 "And the Lord said to Moses, 'I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.'"

Psalm 139:1-3 "You have searched me, Lord, and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways."

Psalm 139:13 "For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb."

John 10:14 "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and My sheep know Me."

And as the song says, we shouldn't be "living for applause." We are already famous in His eyes. Remember, He adores you! But we are to make Him known and famous! How are you doing that? Do you live so that others desire Him? I love giving God glory through my art. It's my passion. And you will soon learn more about that when I share our 2015 study with you in the next couple of weeks. Our ministries, our sharing, our lives are nothing without God. He needs to be leading our lives—leading everything. Commit every part of yourself to Him. Our love for Him should spill out, and we are to give Him all the credit.

1 Chronicles 16:8 "Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done."

Isaiah 42:12 "Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim His praise in the islands."

Isaiah 43:7 "Everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made.”

Today I decided to create four Scripture Art cards. I loved so many of the scriptures and I loved the chorus to this song. So by creating these four cards, I was able to journal more than by just doing a scrapbook page. I store these art cards in the BCW 4-Pocket Mini Album Trading Card Pages which can be purchased from Amazon, eBay, and youratcstore. These pages fit perfectly in a Basic Grey Journaling Binder or any 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" binder. They hold regular ATC cards, playing cards, or any 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" card that you make. I generally make several at once as I have my supplies out. You can even just create one art journaling page, and cut out four cards to fit the pockets.

For the background, I used the collage paper that I shared with you in a download in my art journaling post the other day. If you missed that post or would like to have my free download, please click here. The scriptures I used were Psalm 139:13, Isaiah 43:7, and John 10:14. I also used part of the chorus of the song. I thought it was just so perfect! It's not about me; it's about Him who knows me and adores me.

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. Thanks for joining me today, and remember God adores you!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Creations for Blue Fern Studios

Today I have a layout and a card to share with you using the new Blue Fern Studios paper line called "Sanctuary." It is a beautiful line that can be used for anything, any time of year. I am going to show you how I used it on a heritage page and a Christmas card. You will see how versatile this new line is! Let's get started.

This is my husband back in about 1966. Wasn't he a cutie? Well, I must say he still is. LOL! Anyway, for this page I used, the papers Sanctuary Bountiful and Sanctuary Conservatory. Such beautiful colors for this 8 1/2 x 11 heritage page.
To cover the Splattered Circles and Spare Parts chipboard pieces, I covered them in gesso, and then used some distress stains in various colors.

To cover the Adore, Love, Cherish chipboard piece (the title), I used the same technique as above but then I also added some darker gelatos to the chipboard.
Papers: Blue Fern Studios Sanctuary Bountiful and Conservatory
Stamps: Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink brushed corduroy
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Splattered Circles; Adore, Love, Cherish; Spare Parts (painted with gesso and Tim Holtz Distress Stain vintage photo and brushed corduroy)
Embellishments: Shimmerz Paints Texturez Patina, Prima Serenity flower and Jean Button, Tim Holtz Dot Face stencil with Prima Color Bloom tea stain mist, Tim Holtz mini gears, Pink Paislee Capitvating press ons, sari ribbon, cheesecloth, sewing machine

Christmas Wishes
For this card I used the Sanctuary Meadows of Time and Sanctuary Conservatory papers. The chipboard piece is called Seeing Stars.
To alter the chipboard, I covered it in silver Inka Gold and then added some silver and gold embossing. To finish, I added pearls around the edge.
Papers: Blue Fern Studios Sanctuary Conservatory and Meadows of Time
Stamps: Memory Box Christmas Ticket C1782
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink brushed corduroy, Jenni Bowlin chili powder
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Seeing Stars (painted with Inka Gold silver and embossed with silver and gold ep)
Embellishments: Memory Box pearls, Paper Trey Ink button, May Arts twine, sari ribbon, misc. lace, sewing machine

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to join in the Blue Fern Studios November Sketch Challenge. Click here to see all of the details!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday's {Tips} Art Journaling Techniques

Many of you have been sending me questions about my art journaling pages. I thought I would take today to answer of few of them for you. Also be sure to check out the product list at the end. I will share some of my favorite products I always use and that are mentioned here. So, let's get started.

Q: "There is white 'writing'. What is that and do you mind sharing your technique? It's very cool looking."
A: The 'writing' I think you are talking about is the stamped text. I have a text stamp that I load up with white gesso and just stamp it on my page. Makes for another fun effect. I have used a white pigment ink stamp pad before but I find it takes way too long to dry even with my heat tool. The gesso dries much faster and gives the same effect. I do clean my stamp off in the sink once I have finished.

Q: "I saw the typewriter in your studio tour, assuming you used that to type on the tag? Maybe not, because of the font size did you do it?"
A: I used my typewriter for some of the text. The larger font is stamped. I stamped the 'P' first then typed the principle. Once that was typed and I saw how much room was left on the tag, I stamped 'for His Glory'. There are also two different types of alpha stamps used here but both are retired. There are plenty of wonderful alpha stamp sets out there.

Q: "In the background it looks like a page of a book is collaged?"
A: Yes, that is book paper (to the left of the blue flower and to the right of the blue flower in green). I generally keep hymn paper and book paper on my art table. I use it to dab off extra paint, clean off stencils and stamps, etc. Once the paper is full, I keep it to use later. I tear it up and use on my pages. The bits of collage paper you see are just torn up pieces from those pages. 

Here is a collage paper that I created when I made my last art journaling page. Feel free to download it, print, and use (right click and 'save image as').

Q: "Do you prep your pages with gesso?"
A: No, I do not always gesso my pages first. It really depends on what I am doing but I will say for the most part, I do not put a layer of gesso down in the beginning. I use the Strathmore Mixed Media journal, and I find I don't need to gesso the pages first.

Q: "What is the white pen you use for whimsical lines?"

A: I use the Sailor Mini Correction Pen - 1.0 mm from JetPens. Love this pen. Truly works better than any other white pen I have used.


Q: "How do you START layering like that?"
A: You just have to start. I almost always dislike my pages in the beginning. But I just keep adding more and more until I finally feel it's where I want the page to be. If I don't like something, I can always cover it up with collage paper or gesso. There are lots of ways to start. Here are just a few suggestions:

*collage your page with patterned paper, book paper, or other found papers
*use stencils and beginning by misting on your page
*use a Gelli Plate and begin putting down acrylic paints
*paint the page with watercolors
*use a brayer to spread acrylic paint; there are even textured brayers that I love to use (see product list).
*use and old credit card or hotel room key to spread acrylic paint
*do a mix of all of the above and watch the layers form

Once I have that base layer, I just keep adding more of the above (paints, stamps, collage paper, etc.).

Q: "Do you do process videos?"
A: Unfortunately I do not have any process videos. I have done a few tutorials on other art, and I find it very time consuming. Plus I never work on a piece in one sitting. I sometimes only get 5-15 minutes to work. I leave it all out in my studio, and just add bits here and there as I have a few minutes. I find this process really helps too because I can step away then get a new perspective on the page when I come back to it. I highly recommend that you watch these artists on YouTube. You can learn a LOT from them, and I truly appreciate the time and effort they put into their videos!  

Rae Missigman
France Papillon
Ronda Palazzari
Andrea Walford
Vicky Papaioannou
Katarzyna KrzymiƄska
Roben-Marie Smith
Lorraine Bell

I hope this has been helpful. Don't forget to download the collage page above and use it on your next creation. Let me know if you have more questions, and I will answer them in the comment section. Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Quick {Crochet} Scarf

Do you need some quick Christmas gifts? Do you love to crochet and want a really easy pattern? Well, this is it. I use this pattern for everything because I can do it in the car, waiting at a doctor's office, etc. I have it memorized because it is so easy. I guess that's why I love it because it's mindless. I need that in my life. LOL! Anyway, I whipped up this scarf for one of my daughter's in just a few hours. I think it probably took about 4 hours total. I was able to complete the scarf while watching the Gamecock football game on Saturday, and then I did the edging a bit on Sunday and finished this morning.

It is super soft and warm. I am going to make several more, and I will probably make some lap blankets too. This yarn will make amazing lap blankets. It definitely will keep you very warm!

The Stats
Yarn: Bernat Baby Blanket in Little Sand Castles, Bernat Blanket Yarn in Taupe (edging)
Hook Size: 9 mm (N)
Starting Chain: 14 chains
Number of Colors Used: 2 different colors
Amount of Yarn Used: One 10.5 oz. skein of Little Sand Castles and a bit of one 10.5 skein of Taupe
Pattern: Click here.
Date Started: November 15, 2014
Date Finished: November 17, 2014
Time to Complete: 2 days (really just about 4 hours though)

I hope you have enjoyed today's creation. Happy crocheting!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Art {Journaling} Romans 8:18-22

It's art journaling time again. You are probably wondering why I am posting another page so soon. Well, you know, once I get the paints out, I just can't put them away. I have been painting since the art journaling page I did on Thursday, and I have really been enjoying using my new 3x5 Gelli Plate. If you missed Thursday's post, click here. Anyway, I have been painting and crocheting, and really just trying to enjoy. I haven't really done that in a while because of my daughter's back surgery.

Anyway, our other two girls that are away at college have had a really hard semester. This semester has been harder than their very first semester in college. There have been a lot of trials. I have been so proud of them because they have stood up for what is right and what God would have them do. They have suffered but finally got some amazing news on Friday afternoon. 

So, for my page, I chose a principle that was shared in Bible Study Fellowship based on Romans 8:18-22. The principle says "Painful suffering is temporary but the delights of glory will last forever." I shared this with my girls on Friday. They have suffered but it was temporary, and it is all for God's glory.  In that we have our hope!

I hope you have enjoyed my page today. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your Sunday!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Art {Journaling} Psalm 4:8

Yesterday I had a tremendous headache. I had woken up in the middle of the night with a migraine. By morning, it was a really bad headache. I fought it most of the day, and I didn't really feel like doing much. So, I sat down and watched some class videos by Rae Missigman. In the video, she was painting a Dylusions Journal; however, I was not ready to do a journal cover so I decided to try some of her techniques on an art journaling page. It was so much fun, and it truly took my mind off of my terrible headache.

There were a few techniques that I was able to try on this page that I learned from Rae's videos. One fun thing I learned is that Gelli Arts makes a 3x5 Gelli Plate. I had no idea. I have a larger Gelli Plate but I do not use it too often because it is so large. This new 3x5 size I will use a lot. Rae puts it onto an acrylic block, and uses it like a stamp with acrylic paint. That is how I did most of the background on this page. I really love this new Gelli Plate! Dick Blick does sell the new 3x5 size. If you click the link in my product list below, you will be able to find it. I comes in many different sizes. I believe the 3x5 size is about $11.

On my page, I chose to use Psalm 4:8 because it was where God led me yesterday. I think partly because I did not sleep well the night before with my headache and because our family lost two people that are dear to us this week. We lost Dr. Susan Rouse to cancer on Monday. She was an amazing professor that loved my girls and appreciated their differences. As one of our girls would say "Mom she can peg us." She couldn't wait to teach them genetics, and we loved that she was their advisor, friend, and mentor. We also lost my dear friend to cancer on MondaySue Nagel of Stampin' Things. You may remember the benefit that I posted about for her on my blog. You can see that here. But this scripture shows us that He is our peace and in Him we dwell in safety. We pray that He will also cover the Rouse family and the Nagel family in His peace during this difficult time. Cancer is an ugly disease!

I hope you have enjoyed today's page. Now that I have tried this out on paper, I may try to duplicate it on a journal cover. I just love these happy colors, and it brightens a very sad week. Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed Friday!

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