Monday, May 29, 2017

Good Fortune

Sometimes I just get a sketch or image in my head and I can't seem to stop.  I played in the Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS and loved THIS card by Jari so much that I cased it twice.  Here is my second card:
I used an old MFP stamp set and sponged the images rather than coloring them.  Since I had the set out, I went a head and did a BAJ page as well:

I used an ODBD stamp for the verse. 

Hope your weekend was wonderful - I sure needed the extra day of rest!

Hugz

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Rolled Rose Merry Creations

Ever have those situations where you make a ton of something and then have to figure out what to do with it?  I made a ton of rolled roses out of some old cookbook pages so this past week and a half, I put them on several creations

I put them on this textured tag I did to showcase a new sign image at DRS Designs.  I love to paint up some corrugated cardboard and make into something lovely.  Wouldn't this be great on a gift to a grad?

Next, I needed a thank you card for Kenny's awesome heart surgeon. She was so wonderful and put us at ease.  He is doing great - just like his old self laughing and teasing and being lots more energetic!  Praise the Lord!
Today, I played in the Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS and cased THIS wonderful card by Jari.  I changed up images, colors and details plus left off her ribbon and added
some of my rolled roses. 
I had the images out so I did a BAJ page too. Splitcoaststampers has a wonderful Bible Art Journaling challenge and this month the theme is joy. This page is from Proverbs and focuses on being merry. 
Hope you are all having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  I got a nap in a few hours ago and I feel so relaxed! 

Hugz, Nancy

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Smile and Joy

Hello friends!
Much inspiration in the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today.  I picked this lovely basket as my inspiration.  Here is my card:

I love how my ink smooshing bg and flower came out. 

After finishing it, I decided to try a BAJ using the same techniques and inspirational picture. 

Today was a hard day.  I attended my ex-husband's funeral
in support of him and my daughters. 

I tried over the years to get him to open up about Christ
and he always told me not to worry because he would be ok. The last few years
he suffered from Parkinson's and the ravages it takes on a body. 
His cousin is a Gideon, and he shared a story at the funeral of his last visit. Overton told him he wanted to go to heaven and wanted Jesus.
My girls were lucky enough to watch him pray on their last few visits. 

What a joy and peace for us all to know we will see him again and Hades did not have another victory. Lovely words in 1 Corinthians 15: 55-57.

Hugz to you all.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Nancy



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Break Time is Over!!!

Hello friends!  Hope I still have some followers left after my super long blogging break! 

I took a break because of the time commitment with being on the Dirty Dozen at Splitcoast Stampers.  Boy was that fun!

Well now my term is over and I am coming baaak as soon as hubby recovers from his pacemaker he had installed on Monday!

Before I go, I am going to share the BAJ page I did a few nights ago:


I did it for the color challenge at SCS and for the BAJ challenge at SCS (Joy).  I drew the elements and colored them up with pencils and watercolors.  I so wish I had spent more time on my handwriting but it is what it is. 

There is so much Joy in being a Christian - joy despite all the tough parts of life.  We have it so easy with all our conveniences these days, but the conveniences can't help with the emotional toughness of life.  Losing loved ones, losing health, and watching others do the same.  But there are soooo many blessings if we look and think.  I am so blessed!  I am especially blessed with my husband's recent pacemaker.  He went to his doctor a few months ago and got mad when the doctor told him he had diabetes over a phone message.  So, he went to my doctor to discuss it.  My doctor listened to his heart and found something wasn't right.  She sent him to a specialist and they found the bottom part of his heart wasn't working like it should.  They made him wear a monitor and found that his heart rate was dropping to the 30s and stopping periodically.  Now he has a pacemaker.  What a blessing - this is a God thing!

Many hugz!




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Classic Rock Inspired Bible Art Journaling

On my way to a crafting retreat this past weekend, I found a super fun classic rock radio station.  They played all my favorite old songs.  When listening to them, I found many verses that I felt would be perfect for Rock inspired BAJ!  I did a ton of pages, but I am only going to share a few so don't worry!

Stairway to Heaven

Inspired by the Led Zeppelin Song I danced to a thousand times in high school and college.  Some say the song is about drugs, some say about the church, and some say it was a message about how we should treat others.  I think the song title is inspirational and some of the lines are beautiful.  I pared it with 1 Corinthians 16:13 - as I feel that passage tells us so much about what we should be doing here on earth. We can't build a stairway to heaven, but we can make sure there is one open for us.   


When the Children Cry

I  thought that many of the passages in this song fit perfectly with the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.


Every Rose has a Thorn

This song is so pretty and I felt it worked well with 1 John 2:15.  Really, I works with this verse all way through to the end of this book (plus a thousand other verses in the Bible). 


Fun stuff.  Now I am working on a series of pages done based on Children's Songs. 

Huz

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Bacon and Eggs, Anyone?

Hungry?

I fried up some paper bacon and eggs yesterday.


I made the egg and bacon strips using a mixture of Liquitex gloss gel medium and Imaginecrafts Goosebump spray.  I watercolored the bacon and inked up the yolk after cupping the circle in the middle using a stylus.  Then I put a large amount of the gel mixture on the papers and fried them with a heat tool.  I did a few layers on the bacon sponging on some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut stain in between coats.  Built up an extra layer of gel on the yolk. 

I was inspired by three challenges on Splitcoaststampers.com:  the Inspiration Challenge (my choice of image was some pretty Easter Eggs), the Sketch Challenge (I used it for this card), and the Mixed Media Challenge (my blue paper strip is from a security envelope lining and I used three mediums to qualify).  If you are not a member, I really encourage you to join (it is free unless you want a Fan Club Membership which is not expensive and well worth it). 

I am off to fry up some real bacon!

Hugz

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Frosty Cards

On Splitcoaststampers.com, the CAS challenge this week is icy/frosty cards, and I am stuck on them!!

I am feeling frosty even if the weather here in Central Alabama is still on the warm side.  Some of the new images are great for frosty cards.  I used the new Snowy Days Frosty Nights Greeting and added some Snowtex and glitter to get a frosty look. 


I added some fun little Skippy the Penguins at the bottom of my new Stitched Dies. 


On this card, I used my new MFT snowball stencil and Stitched Rectangle die plus an old heart punch and birch tree die (I think it is also from MFT).  I used modeling paste mixed with white chalk paint to make the falling snow and Snowtex mixed with glitter for the snow accumulations.  The sentiment is SU!  I love how this came out. 

Stay warm (or cool).

Hugz