I was planning to create & post yesterday but a migraine just zapped my energy to create. After all the rain we’ve had the mold counts are climbing & so are my allergies. I did get to spend a quiet day with my granddaughters and they even helped Grammy with some organization. So blessed.
I was thinking of working on some Christmas in July today but sidetracked with a Bible Journaling idea & the hunt for one of my honeycomb stencils which I did not locate but I did locate another for my page based on Proverbs 16:24.
“Pleasant words are honeycomb -sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” TLV
I used Distress Oxides in Fossilized Amber & Dried Marigold for the stenciled background, die cut some My Favorite Things Stitched Blooms from scraps of my mop up & hand colored backgrounds & hand lettered my sentiment. If you know me well, you know bees & I aren’t on friendly terms but I’m glad I have the Brutus Monroe Bee You stamp set to add in a couple of tiny bees. You can’t have honey without them.
I hope you are enjoying a blessed 4th of July weekend and are thankful for the freedoms our country offers.
I’ve been working on a study/art project for a couple of weeks now and finally got my new art journal started today.
About a month ago I treated myself & ordered the beautiful Psalms of Praise & Thanksgiving Bible set from Open Journey by Ingrid Blixt. Her products were shared during the Creative Worship Spring Retreat. Ingrid does all the artwork and the devotional with this kit is just wonderful. The whole kit is chalked full of different types of art goodies to Bible Journal with. I like that her products are available in your choice of actual products or digital.
Instead of working in one of my Journaling Bibles, I’m opting to do a separate journal for this adventure in art. I dug out a Donna Downey fabric covered journal I purchased years ago the first time I took one of her classes. I want to be able to do a bit more mixed media style & this journal has different size inserts making it perfect.
This opening page was super easy to create today with one of my watercolor backgrounds, a stencil & some stamps. The Psalms kit comes with a stamp set and the beautiful “praise” word is included. I used a variety of Sweet ‘n Sassy Alpha sets for the other words including Sweet & Simple, With Love, and Marker. I also used SNSS Bitty Hearts stencil for the background & a Posca Pen.
Now that I’ve got my journal started I hope to work in it quite frequently the remainder of this year.
Sing of the glory due His name! Offer Him the most magnificent praises! Psalm 66:2
I know it’s been a few days. I didn’t expect when I moved my desk how much got displaced & needed reorganized. Then add in it’s my worst allergy time & well….
I listened to another video from the Shine Retreat a couple of nights ago and recreated this page based on John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
The page is water colored in Twinkling H2O’s and edged with Black Soot Distress Ink to represent the darkness. I stamped the lantern on a scrap of watercolored background and colored with glitter gel pens. I used 5 different Sweet ‘n Sassy stamp sets to stamp my saying & the lantern. I used Shine Your Light, Way Maker, Fall in Love with Jesus, Teeny Alpha and Sweet & Simple Alpha.
It was wonderful to spend a few minutes creating today.
Last weekend also hosted the Creative Worship Bible Journaling group’s Shine Retreat. Because Crop & Create was so intense, I only got to create 2 of the workshops & a couple of prayer sessions.
Since Crop & Create provided us with more foiling tips from Therm-o-web, I created a Faithdex card with the retreat’s focal verse & foiling.
Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
For the ray background I used the free printable from Allie Scraps, a diecut of the word Shine from Elizabeth Craft cut out with mounting tape & foiled, Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Shine Your Light stamp set & hand lettered verse.
I plan to spend a good portion of this week doing some more of the Bible Journaling Workshops.
We got several more inches of snow over night to add to our current winter wonderland. I missed creating last night but the weather does sometimes bring on migraines unfortunately.
Tonight’s card features the negative background from Monday’s Light of Faith card. If I think there is enough ink on the stencil when I am done blending, I will spritz with water & print on another piece of cardstock. This one came out like a soft watercolor.
The owl from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Owl Be There is stamped on a brayered gel print background from my stash and lends himself well to the slightly grungy details the Grunge Dots stencil left on the background. I added more dots with SNSS Texture Tiles 8 and the sentiment is from Faith Phrases.
Fun, colorful and a great reminder of where our focus should always be.
If I don’t post much for a few days, not to worry, we may have to shut down part of our house as we have reached the red line 20% level on our propane tank. If the truck doesn’t get here in the next couple of days with the propane shortage, we may be relying on space heaters & the fireplace for warmth providing we have electricity still too.
20 years ago we did 3 days no power in an ice storm with just a gas fireplace, wasn’t easy but we made it through. We will again.
Hopefully you are starting to unthaw from this week’s intense cold or will in the next couple of days. Many prayers if it’s still heading your way or you are without power. Try your best to stay safe & warm.
Our temperatures are still really cold but there was some beautiful sunshine today before snowmageddon round 2 arrives. I know many are already struggling to get through these storms especially with the power & water outages.
We have zoned heating & hubby perfected the balance enough today that I could spend a wee bit of time in the studio. We are mostly keeping it shut off to conserve but with the sunshine helping to warm I could work a bit. I did a couple of different backgrounds but this one was my main focus for creating today.
My new Sweet ‘n Sassy order arrived Saturday so I wanted to create something with the new stencils. This card features the Grunge Dots stencil with the new Faith & Hope word dies and the Faith stamp set that has been available for awhile. I just love how it came out.
This winter storm may be a trial but keep your eyes focused on God, especially in the dark & He will bring you through to the light.
I have slowly been curbing my spending however I am still celebrating my birthday all year so I splurged a little and got this fabulous die from the Crafty Meraki. Plus I do enjoy supporting small businesses and American made.
If you know me well, butterflies have been my symbol all my life so naturally I like the more unique things and this die is definitely unique. The background is hand dyed paper I made quite awhile back. I am thinking a hand dyed paper session is in order again this year. The sentiments are from Sweet ‘n Sassy God is Bigger stamp set.
This is another great encouragement card for someone who needs a little light and encouragement. Keep seeking those who could use a little joy and hope in their lives and do a little something special for them.