Art Inspiration, Bible Journaling, Faith Based Art, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Future Life

Hi Angels!

A little late night creating a Faithdex card in bright colors. I just love rich vibrant color.

I promised myself more Bible Journaling & Faith based Art this year. Things to inspire, bring hope, share joy, and share a bit of God’s light. I think this Faithdex card is just right.

I used Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps The Future and Long Stem Silhouettes sets with a beautiful color blend of Distress Oxides.

Corrie Ten Boom’s life is such an inspiration. It’s true that if you look back over your life, you will see things that happened you may not have been sure of at the time, or thought were a big trial turn into wisdom & testimony for others when the time was right. Our experiences very much prepare us for our future lives.

May you find a little time this week to marvel at God’s work in your life.

Virtual Hugs!

Cards, Encouragement & Hope, Faith Based Art, Penny Black, Watercolor

Confidence

Hi Angels!

I actually completed 2 projects today & did a class lesson.

Tonight’s card is courtesy of the infamous Bits & Pieces box and a watercolored background from my background stash.

I love how I was able to match the background to the diecut for a monochromatic look. I used Penny Black’s Hope Shines stamp set for the sentiment.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

We may not know what God’s plans are in advance but we know He is in control even when we can’t see it.

May we continue to shine brightly with confidence.

Art Inspiration, Bible Journaling, Creative Tips, Faith Based Art, Watercolor

Light of the World

Hi Angels!

One goal for this year is more Bible Journaling & Bible art.

I actually sketched this design out the week of Christmas but didn’t start working on it until a week ago. I often sketch during church service and there was some point in the message that inspired this page.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12.

Since my Twinkling H2O’s were still out, I painted the page with them so with the shimmer the picture is a bit difficult. I hand drew the page then decided the “sun” needed to represent the world. I hunted up some clipart and resized it to fit the spot. It’s fairly easy to trace through the page in my Interleaved Bible. Interleaved means every other page is blank front & back, perfect for large size Bible art.

Creative Tip: Watercolor means pretty wet wrinkly pages. I do use a heat gun to help dry throughout but the page is still fairly wrinkled. I have a Clover mini iron and decided to see if it would smooth down the page a bit. I used a thin tea towel between the iron & the page & I think it did a pretty decent job. It’s not perfectly smooth, I don’t expect it to be but it definitely made a difference.

There has been a great deal of unrest the past year and we will most likely see more in the year ahead. We are to keep our eyes on God, point to His light, love others and stand for His truth & justice. If what you stand for doesn’t line up with His Word & truth, you might want to consider a heart check. He is always waiting for us to call on Him.

Be the light. Share the joy. Make a difference.

Bible Journaling, Faith Based Art, Watercolor

A Special Angel Project

Hi Angels!

Miss me? I have been working hard to complete all our charity card obligations for Christmas. 160 cards went to Feed His Sheep and another 442 to the Salvation Army. Both included cards for the staff & volunteers of each organization.

I also picked out some Angels for the holidays to make their Christmas a little more special. I had one senior who wanted a Inductive Study Bible & some pens to journal in her Bible. It was also suggested to me that she might like a piece of my Bible art. So I created this piece for her…….

This piece is watercolor on watercolor paper with Micron pen for the lettering and some paint and is sized to tuck into the Bible I picked up for my Angel.

I saw a sample of hearts on Pinterest done in this style that moved through a gradient of the colors used and I came up with this variation on that theme and then added gold dots. Since it was hearts, 1 John 4:19 was the perfect scripture verse to use & is one of my favorites.

I hope this simple gift along with a cozy blanket to snuggle under while studying brings joy to the senior I picked out.

Blessed to be a blessing.

Bible Journaling, Faith Based Art, Unity Stamp Co

The Hope of Christmas

Hi Angels!

It’s definitely been an emotional week all the way around.

When I heard Matthew West’s new release The Hope of Christmas, it was an absolutely perfect reminder of where my hope lies.

I created this Bible journaling page as the official first entry in my new Interleaved Bible.

I used Unity Stamp Company’s Lying in a Manger stamp set, Distress Inks, colored pencil & Stickles to complete this page. I hand lettered the chorus of the song. I place the layout opposite of Luke 2, the birth of Jesus.

Take some time to rest & reflect on where your hope lies. Then reach out & bring hope & love to those around you.

Have an Awesome Week!

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.