Cards, Faith Based Art, Kindness matters

Prayer Window

Hi Angels!

I had so much fun making tonight’s card! I just started playing & it came together. Stunning!

I started with the Brutus Monroe Chapel Art Stencil to create the stain glass window effect with Distress Inks. Loved it, but it didn’t stand out against the background. So I placed the stencil back in place, covered it up & decided the outside of the window needed to look like a wall & I didn’t want brick. Did you know you can use your dies for stencils? Yep. I pulled out my new Gemini Dry Stone Wall Create a Card die & shaded right through the openings. I rinsed it off & dried it very thoroughly. The dove is from the Bo Bunny Believe die set and the sentiment is Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background.

Today’s kindness was helping a couple of animal rescues out with medical & food needs. All God’s creatures great & small need love & care too.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Hugs!

Bible Journaling, Faith Based Art, Kindness matters

Revolutionary

Hi Angels!

I have been working on my next Bible Journaling project off & on for over a week. I think as we go through the remainder of the year, kindness is going to become more & more important as we navigate the changes we are adapting to.

I just love the song Revolutionary by Josh Wilson. (click the title & check it out on Youtube.) It’s very true to today. Hate has become ordinary & kindness is revolutionary. We definitely need to flip the script & show lots of love & kindness to those around us.

“Think of the kindness you wish others would show you; do the same for them.” Luke 6:31 The Voice Bible

I worked on this spread in my Bible Art Journal over 4 days. It features acrylic paint and stencils for a graffiti type look, lots of hand lettering & a Love Your Neighbor printable from Keys to the Kingdom.

Stand on truth, love & justice. Do what is right, not what the “crowd” is pushing. Make a difference in your neighborhood & communities. One act of kindness can change a person’s life, it might even save a life.

Start your own kindness project. Call family & friends & check on them. Send a card to someone to brighten their day. Drop a donation off at your local food pantry. Share hope, encouragement & love. I’ll be you will find that sharing kindness & being a blessing brings you more joy & blessings too.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Bible Journaling, Faith Based Art, Simon Says Stamp, Sweet n' Sassy Stamps

My Peace

Hi Angels!

I didn’t get any art done yesterday so was going to post some organization & troop progress & then my phone decided to freeze up for about an hour. So I figured I’d head to bed & see what today brought.

We had a mini Bible study and some journaling over on the Creative Worship Bible Journaling group this afternoon. Our study was on peace. Goodness knows there’s been a lot of unrest in the world lately. Thankfully as believers in the Way, our peace comes from our relationship with God.

We had 8 verses we went over and our instructor chose Philippians 4:4-8 to journal. Since I had previously journaled that page, I hopped over to John 14:27 to create my page on peace. Jesus is speaking to the disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” NIV

This page also would have been perfect for Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. ESV

Life may be a challenge right now, but if I keep my eyes fixed on God and trust in His plan, then I will have peace, hope & confidence that no matter what happens God is in control and with me. Some days it’s harder than others but thankfully God doesn’t give up on us easily.

I used Simon Says Stamp Tumbling Leaves stencil, Sweet n’ Sassy True Beauty and Way Maker stamps with Distress Oxides and Micron pen for the hand lettering.

May God fill your life with peace too.

Bible Journaling, Faith Based Art, Kindness matters

Psalm 133 Unity

Hi Angels!

It was PJ Party night over on the Creative Worship Bible Journaling group. The theme this month is Unity and our focus tonight was Psalm 133:1. “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”

This verse goes hand in hand with the lesson from the prayer group today. 1 Peter 3:8 says “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate & humble.”

  • Be like-minded, unified, in God’s Word & truth.
  • Be sympathetic to what others are going through or experiencing.
  • Love one another, both your brothers & sisters in Christ & your neighbors.
  • Be compassionate to others, good, kind-hearted & generous.
  • Be humble, concerned, caring.

What a simple list to work towards unity and sharing God’s love with each other & the world.

I did a simple background with Distress Oxides, the hands are from the Unity Printable provided to the group by Creative Faith & Co. The flower was a freebie from an order I placed. Unity is stamped with my old school alphas from my early art journaling days. Anyone remember the little alphabet sets on wood blocks? I have some teeny tiny ones here.

My goal remains to share kindness & encouragement.

Stand in unity, pray for each other & share lots & lots of love in our communities. That smile or kindness goes a long way towards living in harmony.

Cards, Challenges, Faith Based Art, Kindness matters, Sweet n' Sassy Stamps

Bookmark Challenge

Hi Angels!

Almost didn’t make today’s post as I wrestled with a migraine for about 36 hours, then I just feel drained. But even moving slow I decided to tackle the challenge from the Creative Worship Bible Journaling group.

We were challenged to create bookmarks to share with others. I think we are going to start seeing a lot of kindness initiatives in the coming months. It’s been a challenging year to say the least & sharing encouragement, love & kindness will make a big difference to our neighbors & our fellow brothers & sisters in Christ.

I made 2 cards & bookmark sets to go out as Happy Mail this week & a bookmark for me. I used the new True Beauty Stamp set from Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps along with the sentiment on the reverse of the bookmark from the Faith set. The embossing folder for the cards is Memory Box Chrysanthemum Field.

Complete set of 2 cards & 3 bookmarks
Bookmark gift inside of card
Front & Back of bookmark
The bookmark will easily fit in any book

I am actually working on a small stack of happy mail to send out this week along with our July shipment of Troop cards.

I challenge you to join in the kindness movement & do something nice for someone this week. Maybe a phone call, a card, a small surprise, just a little bit of something to let someone know you care.

A smile is a great start.

Bible Journaling, Faith Based Art, SASS News

A New Adventure

Hi Angels!

It has certainly been a strange 2020 so far. All my plans to keep up with my blog kind of went right out the window. So I am looking at a new approach for the rest of 2020. A blog of encouragement, maybe some advice to new cardmakers, Cards for Troops updates, Bible Journaling, just a big mix with an over laying theme of kindness & encouragement.

One of the biggest things the virus quarantine brought to attention was how much people have been loving getting cards in the mail. Snail mail is not gone my friends & I think we have the perfect opportunity to bring smiles to those in our circles of influence by sending out lots of cards. Especially if you can find a care or nursing facility where the residents still have to be very careful.

I am one of the moderators over on the Let’s Make Card group on Facebook. Not only are they huge supporters of getting cards to the Troop unit we mail to, there are a lot of brand new stampers and cardmakers discovering the joy of creating cards & bringing smiles. I have learned a lot over the years & I think some tips for new cardmakers might just be a good thing to revisit.

One of the key components of my life is my faith journey. I have spent a lot more time the past couple of months Bible Journaling and I love it. I also have had the opportunity to provide some encouragement cards to the Salvation Army & send out some happy mail. I think right now in our current climate, focusing on kindness & encouragement is a critical key to helping our neighbors. Together we are stronger and we are especially stronger when we are united in God’s love to reach out to a hurting world.

I really enjoy my time over on the Creative Worship Bible Journaling group on Facebook. A couple of times a month, they have a PJ Party. This week we had a mixed media lesson. I have been wanting to add an art journal to my Bible Journaling and this week’s PJ party was perfect. My lettering is a bit rough but overall I really like how this piece came out. God is good, loves us so much & is always faithful. It is a joy to praise Him & give thanks.

This page has a gesso base with Distress Oxides layered over. The cathedral window is a stencil as well as the texture paste corners at the top. There are some stamps added in for some more texture. Verse is handlettered in Micron pens & paint marker.

I hope you have a fabulous 4th of July weekend!

Stay safe!

Cards, Faith Based Art, Fun Stampers Journey

Faith Journey Blog Hop

 

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Welcome back to my blog & the Amazing Journey Blog Hoppers Faith Journey Hop! If you arrived here from Carol’s blog then you are right on track. If not, no worries, keep hopping & you’ll come full circle.

How we express our faith is different & unique to everyone. I usually don’t post a lot of “religious” stuff. I try to live by, though imperfectly, the 2 commands Jesus gave us. To love God with all our heart, soul & mind and to love our neighbors. Being the hands & feet of Jesus by loving & serving others is my small part in this world & it’s taken me a long time & a lot of grace to discover this.

One of the ways I absolutely have always loved to share is by encouraging others. Everyone can use a smile, kindness, thoughtful deed or some other small act to brighten their lives.

During October, Fun Stampers Journey is hosting a Be Brave Card Drive for breast cancer patients & their caregivers. Anyone battling any type of cancer is in for a rough road & faith can play an important part in the patients or their families journey. So I chose to make a pink ribbon card & use the Through the Storm stamp set.

faith-journey

Pink cards don’t have to be all pink. I used Huckleberry Fusion for the card base. The designer paper is a lovely ombre from the Party Pop Prints paper pack. I embossed the print with the Above the Clouds embossing folder & then highlighted the edges of the clouds with Bubble Gum Panpastels. I used the Heartfelt dies & piercing elements for the heart, which I also edged in Bubble Gum Panpastel. The sentiment is stamped in Watermelon Fusion & the heart is popped up with Journey Foam Squares. Unfortunately, I realized I had not yet purchased any FSJ pink ribbon so I raided my sewing stash for the ribbon & added a Sparkle Heart embellishment to the center. Pink ribbon will definitely be on my next order.

I’ll send this card off with a prayer that it brightens up the day for a patient or their family.

If you would like to send in a card before the end of October to the Be Brave Card Drive, you can check out the details here:

Be Brave Instagram Post

Your next stop is Kim’s blog.

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Make a difference & share a little love. Do something special this week to brighten someone’s day.

Thank-you for visiting my blog!

coopersiggy

Faith Based Art, SASS News

Traveling Home & Faith Based Art

Yesterday’s drive home proved interesting. We spent the week in Branson trying to relax & well the resort wasn’t the greatest. We booked too late to get into one of our favorites so tried a new one, big flop. So we decided to come home a day early & enjoy the drive. We headed towards Springfield for gas, lunch & a bit of shopping. We decided on Logans Roadhouse for steaks. Our waitress seemed a bit ditzy & was definitely slow but the food was good. I usually pre-bus the tables by stacking our plates & cleaning up (comes from having a daughter who waitressed). Well hubby tried to help & in the process knocked his full glass of coke over, giving me a coke bath. I told him “thanks, I love you too”. Now wet & cold, we both stand up next to our booth & attempt to mop the spill with our 2 small paper napkins. Our waitress comes over & asks if we are ready for dessert? Really? There’s a huge spill, we are standing by the table & she’s oblivious.  Me: No there’s been a spill & we need clean up.  Waitress: Oh, well. Would you like to-go drinks? Ha-ha-ha. Obviously she’s on another planet. Hubby goes out to the car for my duffle so I can put on dry clothes & our waitress returns with our check & asks if I’d like a couple of napkins to dry off. Really? I don’t think napkins are going to do any good at this point. There were diners at the table next to us, so in an effort not to disturb them further, I move around the corner towards the hostess station. The hostess asks if she can find our waitress, when the manager appears, politely says take all the time you need to clean up, processes our check & then makes our waitress bring it to me. He shouldn’t have bothered, she still wasn’t on this planet. Waitress: Oh just sign this & leave it wherever. Really? You don’t care where we leave it. Maybe you don’t want the meal paid for or a tip? Hubby returns, I head to the ladies room for much appreciated dry clothes & after cleaning up found my still apologetic husband & headed out to shop. Our waitress wandered by one more time & said I guess I’d better pick up your ticket, all while acting like that simple task was such a huge effort. Who knows, maybe she was still hung over from the New Year’s Eve celebrations. (PS. I still gave her a decent tip. The food was good even if her overall service was scatterbrained.) Lunch was good for a laugh even if I was a bit inconvenienced & didn’t get to finish my cinnamon apples.

We decided to head over to the local Lifeway Christian Store. We’ve always loved poking around in bookstores. I decided to finally invest in my first journaling Bible. Zondervan just released a new NIV with slightly thicker pages. I have had a debate for awhile on whether or not I needed another Bible especially one just for journaling. I enjoy art in all forms, can do a bit of decorative lettering in the very small margins of my The Voice Bible, am always willing to create on whatever is handy whether it’s plain old paper or a sketchbook. After seeing so much art on the local Facebook Journaling Bible community, I decided that I would like to do some special art in a journaling Bible. So here it is…..

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It’s actually a deeper blue than this but the natural lighting was off today.

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Now to take the plunge & design something for it.

By the way, Lifeway Christian Stores are having a free Bible Journaling event Jan. 12th. Check with your local store for details if you would like to explore more about Bible journaling.

Here are a couple of examples of my Faith based art:

Gods-got-this

faith-bookmark

I doodle from time to time during sermons. I sketched this page out awhile back but finally added color to it recently. And the bookmark was a free download offered by a member of the Facebook Bible Journaling Community as a set of 4 different words. I printed it out & colored it on a slow afternoon volunteering at the Salvation Army.

Enjoy the Weekend & Find some time to be creative this week!

coopersiggy