Art Inspiration, Bible Journaling, Faith Based Art

Psalms of Praise & Thanksgiving – Lift Up Praise

Hi Angels!

I hope your week is off to a great start!

I pretty much had the idea for my next Praise page when I completed the title page. The Open Journey kit has some really beautiful elements in it and I thought this image embodied lifting up praise.

I was originally just going to use the verse I posted in my first Praise & Thanksgiving post but opted instead to fill the background with 4 Bible verses from the Psalms.

I praise You, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and glorify Your Name forever. Psalm 86:12

Sing of the glory due His Name! Offer Him the most magnificent praises. Psalm 66:2

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise! Praise Him, bless His Name. Psalm 100:4

Sing to Him, sing praises to Him – tell about all His wonders! Psalm 105:2

I am really enjoying diving back into my Bible Journaling this month, but stayed tuned there is some Christmas in July in the planning stages. As well as a class or two to share.

Art Inspiration, Bits & Pieces, Cards, My Favorite Things, Slimline Cards

Let’s Celebrate Slimline

Hi Angels!

I hope your 4th of July has been blessed with celebrating our freedom, family & friends!

A quick card tonight from the infamous Bit’s & Pieces box. I had tried this background from StencilGirl for another project & it didn’t quite fit so grabbed it & it’s matching layer to create tonight’s card.

I used a scrap of the handpainted backgrounds from last Monday’s class for the sentiment which is a retired My Favorite Things Die-namics. A few sequins & it’s ready to bring a smile to someone.

Have a Fabulous Week!

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

Psalms of Praise & Thanksgiving – All Praise

Hi Angels!

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

Art Inspiration, Cards, Taylored Expressions

Graduation Cards

Hi Angels!

My youngest daughter requested a couple of graduation cards this morning to deliver this afternoon before they go visit her hubby’s family for the 4th. Pinterest to the rescue.

I think I only have the one graduation stamp set from Taylored Expressions called Dream Big from many years ago plus a small cap die from Taylored too. I was a bit rusty making small tassels but I think for making quick cards these came out great.

I used a star stencil to add some interest to card one. I think the young lady will enjoy it. I liked the simple design of using a partial square to stand in for the cap from this cased design.

For card 2 I tried a fun fold which was surprisingly easy. I did a quick mock up first before working on the actual card. I hope the young man appreciates it.

I am thankful for fellow artisans that share their ideas for us to peruse for inspiration & instruction especially in a time crunch. I hope others are inspired by my shares too.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Gloriously 60 Art Challenge, Pinkfresh

Gloriously 60 Day 60 Art – More Yourself

Hi Angels!

It’s here!!! We made it to day 60! My Gloriously 60 Art Challenge has been completed!

I promised a prize package but my blog wasn’t allowing comments, which I am having looked into but I also didn’t get many on social media either. I will go back through my posts & see if someone consistently liked or commented & surprise them with some goodies I have tucked aside.

Tonight’s card holds true to celebrating my 60th birthday all year long & taking a sabbatical. Becoming more of myself again after years of teaching & serving. Am I still serving & teaching, you bet, but in smaller acts instead of a full schedule. God encourages us to seek rest & I am doing just that & having fun playing in my art too.

Butterflies have been my symbol of life since I was a pre-teen. The transformation of change from a fuzzy caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly has always spoken to me & also embraces my life in Yeshua Messiah, Jesus. Embracing life no matter what is thrown at me good or bad times. Am I perfect, far from it. But hopefully I am continuing to learn, grow & become more of myself in Him.

I created this card with Pinkfresh Studio’s Butterflies set and a beautiful blend of Distress Oxides.

Thank-you for hanging out with me for my 60 day art challenge. Stay tuned, there will be some Christmas in July coming up and in August you may see quite a few slimline cards.

Have a Blessed July!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Gina K Designs, Gloriously 60 Art Challenge, Watercolor

Gloriously 60 Day 59 – Painted Blossoms

Hi Angels!

We had a fun play day in the studio today marbling & using powdered pigments for card backgrounds & more.

Of course I had to make a card with one of my new art pieces. I used Gina K Designs Painted Blossoms & Harvest Flourish Stencil.

The actual background mat is a mop up piece from another play day with liquid colors on the Gel Press. I used Salvaged Patina Oxide ink through the stencil to enhance the background. Then die cut one of today’s art pieces to stamp the images on & pop up on the card base. Playing with color is always fun.

I hope your week is off to a great start. It’s a bit rainy here but when you play with color the sun comes out.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Gloriously 60 Art Challenge

Gloriously 60 Day 58 Art – Puffin Fun

Hi Angels!

I hope your weekend has been grand! Hubby & I got a couple of household things out of the way today. The master bedroom carpet is ordered and we are working on some erosion control for our front yard.

I’ve had the elements for tonight’s card on my desk for a couple of weeks. Actually was making puffin cards with my granddaughter’s but mine got pushed aside for a bit. So I grabbed everything & put my design together.

Puffin Party from Catherine Pooler Designs is such a fun set paired with the Rocky Cove die. We had cut a couple of extra Rocky Cove pieces so I decided to trim an extra center & pop it out for more dimension. I need to play with some more beachy theme cards since it’s summer. I just love spending time near the water.

Nora’s card

Have a Fabulous Week ahead!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Gloriously 60 Art Challenge, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Taylored Expressions

Gloriously 60 Day 57 – American Spirit

Hi Angels!

I hope you are having a fabulous weekend! My day included making my Death by Chocolate recipe for a work social for hubby’s job. Yum!

I really fell in love with Taylored Expressions Sketched Flag Background stamp. I seriously debated ordering it but kept seeing some fabulous samples so I finally ordered it with On the Block – Brave & matching die. Here’s what I created…

I realized I didn’t have too many patriotic sayings so I created American Spirit with Sweet n’ Sassy’s Teeny Alpha Set. Remember to take a look at what you have & see if you have something that will work without purchasing something new.

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Gloriously 60 Art Challenge, Taylored Expressions

Gloriously 60 Day 56 Art – Hopeful Heart

Hi Angels!

It’s been a fun filled day with my granddaughters but this Grammy is tired. Whew!

We all need a hope filled heart and the reminder of how blessed our lives truly are. Tonight’s card imparts that beautifully.

I’ve been working on coloring some images in the evenings and this Sketchbook Bouquet from Taylored Expressions was just about ready to turn into a card. The image is water colored with Tombow Markers. The background is double stamped with Taylored Expressions Splatter Background in 2 colors. I stamped in the first color then flipped & scooted the background a bit to stamp the second color. I really like how interesting it is without a lot of effort.

I plan to try the background in a couple different color variations to have on hand for quick cardmaking. Maybe I should host a background playday and try some other background ideas. Hmm…..

Stay cool, be creative & enjoy some summer sunshine this weekend!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Gloriously 60 Art Challenge, SCT Sampler

Gloriously 60 Day 55 Art – Ombre Butterflies

Hi Angels!

I hope you are staying cool where ever you’re hanging out at. We had a short break from the heat but it came roaring right back.

Tonight I played some more with the Hero Arts Butterfly Circle Stencil that was included in this month’s SCT Sampler.

This quick clean & simple design would make a great gift set for someone in a variety of colors with a mix of sentiments. The sentiment I used is from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

My Gloriously 60 art challenge for my 60th birthday wraps up soon but stay tuned, I have ideas already lined up for July & August.

Have a Fabulous Weekend!