Phillipians 3:14

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas today...we are enjoying a very quiet afternoon in lovely weather!

Nancy, I will be happy to send you the bag of goodies!  Just email me with your mailing address and I will get it out asap.  Cassandra and Jan will also be receiving a little something from me.  Thanks for all the kind comments and encouragement along the way.

May the rest of your year be blessed and peaceful!


Marsha




Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Give-a-Way!!!

First, I will share my latest canvas that I made last night....can I say that I love it??  I do!  The best part is that I had made another canvas that I hated....so I methodically stripped the canvas and started over (drives hubby crazy when I do that), but I am SO much happier with this piece!  It just speaks to me and my growth this year personally and dare I say artistically?  I really enjoy the tactile aspect of using paint, fabric, and all forms of media in expressing myself.  I am so looking forward to growing and developing more of my own style as I continue.

This week did not turn out like I expected...my son has had a stomach virus and my husband worked even longer hours than usual AND I had a dentist appt.--yuck!  Today is a new day and the sun is shining, my husband is home for the next 4 days and I am hopeful that darling son is better.  We are off to shop and explore and prepare for the weekend!

Anyhoo...on to the good stuff.  I put together a large bag of goodies that I truly think anyone would love.  I included enough product to make several projects moving into Valentine's Day and beyond.  Without further ado, here is a photo of what I have put together....


There is a greeting stamp set (new from Hero Arts), Stickers, Rub-Ons, Ephemera, Trim, Buttons, Handmade Embellishments, 2 Embossing Folders, Orange Distress Ink, A piece of Magic Foam, Vintage Book Paper, Twine, a mini canvas...and more!

There are no strings attached...just leave a comment and I will draw a winner on Christmas day!  





Wednesday, December 21, 2011

HIS purpose....


I was already working on this groovy little birdie  when Cassandra's challenge from Word Art Wednesday hit my reader.  I have been deeply contemplating the joy of the Lord lately....and how that balances with an increasing burden I have for those who have not repented and put their trust in Christ alone.  It is the sovereignty of God that allows my soul to rest even as I pray fervently for those whom I care for to be open to the narrow path of life.  Here is Matthew Henry's commentary on this passage:

  Though the Lord is high, yet he has respect to every lowly, humbled sinner; but the proud and unbelieving will be banished far from his blissful presence. Divine consolations have enough in them to revive us, even when we walk in the midst of troubles. And God will save his own people that they may be revived by the Holy Spirit, the Giver of life and holiness. If we give to God the glory of his mercy, we may take to ourselves the comfort. This confidence will not do away, but quicken prayer. Whatever good there is in us, it is God works in us both to will and to do. The Lord will perfect the salvation of every true believer, and he will never forsake those whom he has created anew in Christ Jesus unto good works.

To God alone be the glory in ALL things!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dreamy Cream and White Wreath!

OK...I have envisioned a house done in white and cream decor since I was in High School...something about that color palette just seems so clean and refreshing....I WILL have a white couch one day (Lord willing) :0).  In the meantime, that is the direction I have been taking my craft space, and I love it.  When this wreath tutorial came along I was all over it!  I plan to share the picture with the original artist Jeanne Oliver and I hope she likes how I interpreted her project.   I am THRILLED with how it came out and it will grace my creative space year round.  I had to photograph it in my chair for a good backdrop, but I plan to hang it later today :0).  I used scripture from Ephesians chapter 1 for the butterflies as a beautiful reminder of His Grace in my life!  Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate any comments or feedback that you have to offer.

My new pin cusion!

This was a dress form pin cushion I recently made after watching a DIY tutorial.  She is supposed to have a finial and a base, but true to my MO...I messed up and modified her to salvage the project.  In the end, I loved it because coming from her "neck" is the hand made seam ripper and pokey thing for sewing that my friend's husband turned for me on his lathe in GA.   It works perfectly to house them! 

I was going to give away the second one of these that I made and mounted in a bright happy color...but I am not 100% happy with how it turned out, so I will be making adjustments to it or another one altogether withing the next week for anyone who is interested.  Stay tuned for that.

I have also been revamping my space and have many things I would be willing to part with...I just need to get them into order and photographed for another give-a-way in time for Christmas!

I do love this season and in spite of the commercialism, cynicism, and all that rot...it is still such a joy to give gifts out of gratitude for THE gift that God has given me in Christ!  Hugs and blessings to all dear readers!





Teacher Gifts

 These were my son's teacher gifts this year...I bought some plain brown bags then stamped with various snowflakes and embossed them in white.  I added a homemade tag and greeting.
Inside were these cute chalkboard mugs and I added the candy cane and Starbucks hot cocoa for a tasty treat.  In High School the teacher's gift is like times 10...so inexpensive is the route to go!

I am glad to have these and a few more work/school gifts done so I can focus on the last minute preparations for my family Christmas...my poor hubby is the one person I have yet to bless with my "mad shopping skills" lol!  I am confident that I can make something happen while he is at work next week ;0).


Friday, December 9, 2011

Potpourri.....




I have been pretty busy getting boxes in the mail, shopping, errands, work/school party prep etc.  I have found a little time here and there to make a couple of projects that I wanted to share today.



This is a pretty clean and simple Christmas card...maybe for next year since I am WAY behind for this year's mailing...


This next card just kinda' evolved when I was trying out a CB die/EF combo that I had not used yet....




And finally my new favorite thing to do a canvas...I had these yarn flowers completed for weeks just waiting to be finished, so this week I took 5 here and there to put together this canvas.  I must say I enjoy this way more than cards.....

I have another project to show you and a give-a-way, but my camera battery is dead and I have pressing errands.  I am very optimistic that starting next week I will have more craft/blog time.

Hope your Christmas preparations are going smoothly and that TODAY is the day that you will do what you've been putting off, or rest from doing too much....just being content in the day for what it is and will bring.  Tomorrow is another story and will unfold quickly enough!






Sunday, November 27, 2011

His....

This is the last project that I have already made to post...so I am hoping to get back into the craft room soon!  I don't know about you, but for me I have times where it flows and I try to maximize on it because there are plenty of times where I don't have the time or necessarily desire...!  This girl was kind of the culmination of the series of canvases I have done both for friends and as a reflection of my own life/heart.  This genteel lady speaks to me in that I have not always felt so soft and feminine and have been challenged in my ideas of womanhood by culture, the sinful nature of others and my own wretchedness. In spite of all this the Lord has  been rich in mercy and has preserved me from giving over to hardening my heart to His beautiful truths. I have often longed for an era of times past when femininity seemed more celebrated...thinking that somehow it was easier.  The truth is that the fall has affected all of creation and there will always be challenges and obstacles to living in the center of the perfect sovereign will of God.  That is the way of it, but He is mighty to save and able to preserve those who are His own.  Strength and beauty have a definition that transcends culture and compromise...it has Biblical foundations that are powerful and timeless and flow only from the Lord.  Thank you for taking the time to look at my canvas and read my post.  I sincerely pray that you too can know the peace that comes from belonging to the most high God!

Friday, November 25, 2011

For Everything a Season

I have spent this week preparing for and enjoying a quiet Thanksgiving celebration with my husband and son.  It turned out quite nicely and we even got the Christmas tree up and decorated.  My son hung the ornaments while we supervised and sipped coffee!  I am very thankful to have him with me this year...I didn't even put up a tree the last two years because of separation, traveling and such.  There are holidays that are chaotic and noisy and then there are the ones that are the quiet and serene.  Change has been the only constant in my life for as long as I can remember...the traditions that many hold so dear are lost on me.  I have and am still learning to just be in the moment that God has orchestrated for me.  There is truly a time and season for everything and surrender to the absolute sovereignty of God brings a peace that surpasses the circumstances. I find myself more and more grateful for the hardest things in my life because they are the tools that He has used for my good and His glory.  It has not been that many years ago that I laid down flat on my back in the pouring rain and prayed for death...God is amazing not only in His grace to save, but in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit to sanctify a wretch like me.  We had a great sermon last week about maturing in the faith...it is my prayer to never stop allowing Him to bring me more and more into the likeness of Christ through both blessings and trials of many kinds.  These days I am thankful for each one as it comes and pray for His grace to sustain me until HE decides when it is my time to go.  May you be at peace with God in the Grace of Christ today as well!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Beautiful Beige....

Today I have two items to share...the first is an up-cycled can from an item on my Pinterest board.  The second is a mini canvas that I made after watching  this episode of art redefined on my craft channel.  It is raining today so my lighting wasn't very good...one of these days I will get a proper light box set up...just not high on my list of priorities at the moment!  Anyway, I really love this gal...most of my canvases already have names on them for gifts, but this one I am keeping for me!  Off for a busy Saturday with the fam, thanks for stopping by :0)!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Shopping at the Hardware Store!!

OK, I am WAY too excited over my little invention, but I don't often have such epiphanies...so I am savoring this sweet little victory.  I had been looking for a grid roller stamp lately without any success.  Also, ever since I received a lovely ATC with drywall tape on it, I have been meaning to buy some.  Now that I am doing so much mixed media I decided today was the day...especially after pricing some sticky mesh at the craft store that was just as expensive for one piece as was this whole roll.  ANYWAY...as I was walking around, checking out the many cool things that I imagined re-purposing for art when I came up this perfect little roller.  LIGHTBULB....I know have my very own little grid roller stamp which is gonna' be SO cool on future projects!  Go shopping in your hubby's shed/garage/tool box, there's no telling what you'll find to craft with.  Chances are he will think it's cool too ;0). 

Living Simply....

My first She Art girl!  Christy Tomlinson is not only an excellent teacher, but warm and genuine too.  She has made art completely approachable for me and I think I already saide it, but will again....it has been a gift in my life at this particular time and space.  I find myself with both the time and the means to pursue something that I secretly always wanted to (art), but never had the confidence nor the circumstance for.  So, I am continuing on the theme this week of posting the mixed media canvases that I have recently made and that have not just been fun to create, but have helped me to focus in on just how richly God has blessed me.  Just like the words on my first She Art girl...I am living a simple and uncomplicated life.  Once I let go of my expectations, I have come to cherish that fact and spend a whole lot more of my thought and prayer life just amazed at how good the Lord truly is...not just in my circumstances, but in the work He has and continues to do in my heart.  Forgiving others and myself, embracing the here and now and choosing to see the good in each day is a gift all in and of itself.  Soli Deo Gloria!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Free Indeed!

Today is Scripture Thursday linky party over at Little Birdie Blessings blog.  I thought this piece would be perfect to share there today.  Abby is a real sweetheart and is always an encouragement and a blessing.  She regularly exhorts us to count our blessings daily.  There are many small things in each day that bring me joy and I am going to take Abby's challenge and start writing them down!  I'll share my notebook soon on that.  For today I can't think of anything better to rejoice over than the freedom in Christ!  I also want to share here my favorite modern hymn  In Christ Alone. It is the gospel sung so beautifully and brings joyful tears to my eyes each and every time I hear it!  I hope it will bless you too.  Thanks for those who stop by and esp those who regularly encourage me with your gracious comments :0).

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How great His love is for us...

 
My canvas is back...I just didn't like my initial post and took the liberty to take it down and start over.  That is really fitting since this canvas was a do-over too!  I started out to make a piece to share at Cassandra's Word Art Wednesday blog and ruined it. I am going to add it this week instead!   I started over and this is where the process took me. Interestingly enough I was contemplating much when doing this project, and when I was preparing to re-post it this scripture comes to mind:  
Lamentations 3:22-23
Because of the LORD’s great love 
we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
         They are new every morning;        
great is your faithfulness. 
I am so thankful that the Lord is faithful when I am not...and that He is so rich in mercy.  Instead of pouring out His righteous wrath upon me the sinner, He was pleased to punish His only son instead for all those who repent and put their faith and trust in Him alone.    How amazing, how humbling, how incredibly life changing that should be each and every day.  The gospel truth does make my heart soar as I meditate on it.  His word  is the key to enduring joy in the face of trials of many kinds.  Nothing is as sufficient as His word, but this is a powerful video that illustrates this beautiful truth.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Autumn Days...

Nothing says fall like college football...too bad UF is not having a stellar year.  That hasn't dampened my hubby's devotion to his Alma mater though :0).  I started today's mini canvas with a fun piece of fall pattern paper then embellished it with stamps, stickles, rub-ons and modeling paste that I colored with acrylic paint.  This was the first canvas that I did that I was totally happy with the outcome...I foresee using it in conjunction with some cute metal pumpkins I have for a small display.  While I do miss the cool crisp days and turning leaves...I do appreciate the scenery we enjoy daily for now.  It is also only a season and as my mother used to say..."This too shall pass".  Use to make me crazy...but it is true!  Ecclesiastes 3:1
I pray for the richest blessings to you and yours today :0).

Friday, November 11, 2011

Celebrate EVERY day



Happy Veteran's day to those who are, who have and who support our service members.  We have all benefited from the sacrifice of many.  This is not a perfect country...never has been nor will it ever be.  Still, I do count it a blessing to have enjoyed the liberty that we enjoy especially in matters of faith. I am counting my blessings today and enjoying time with my family and care group from church tonight.  This canvas I make a few weeks ago...when I wasn't "feeling" so cheery, is a happy reminder to me that EVERY DAY is a gift from God and I WILL rejoice and be glad in it :0).  I used some fun papers, punches, stickles, stencil, stamps, rhinestones,  embossing folder, paint and word stickers to make this happy home scene.  It makes me smile and hope it does for you too!  Love, love, love being able to use all the resources in my craft room on one project...SO fun!  I have more in store in the days to come...until then, I pray that you have reason to rejoice in each day as a gift from God.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Faith Hope and Love


 OK, being the timely person I am (not), I am finally posting a project that I made from taking an online  color workshop from Christy Tomlinson a while back. She is completely adorable and fun to watch and has really given me a gift in introducing me to mixed media in an approachable way...LOVE it as she would say ;0).  I used more of the canvases that I scored for $1 as my base...have several more to go before I am out of them (yeah).  I punched a heart shape out of card stock and many many circles of tissue paper individually glued down for the texture.  I used  a SU set in the background along with some of my new favorite textures and finally three different techinques for the center hearts all involving UTEE.  I initially didn't want to use green...but it turned out to be my favorite! Maybe that's as it should be since LOVE is the greatest of these three 1 Corinthians 13:13
Thanks for stopping by and I have several more itemsto p ost in the coming days...now that my interenet is FINALLY working again!!








Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Stamp Shelf and projects

Here is a (bad) picture of the stamp shelf that my sweet hubby helped me make.  We had to put it on legs because I am not allowed to hang anything in this house.  I am sure that I will rearrange it a few more times before I get it just right...and have my favorite stamps on display so that I will be more likely to use them.  The best part of this is that not only does this make better use of an empty spot, but as we were putting it in place and the rest of my space was in shambles, I was feeling kinda' guilty ...like man, I just have too much craft stuff.   My darlin' hubby was also taking note...and concluded that when we move into military housing, I will have a much more comfortable and functional crafting space...I am OK with that!!   Love that man ;0).  I am very content for now, but do look forward to having some floor and wall space if you know what I mean!  Not to mention a dedicated  table for painting and exploring mixed media  on--one  that I can trash lol!



This is a close up of one of the projects on display in my new shelf....another one of those $1 canvases that I scored at the local craft store.  I shouldn't have told the gals at the checkout what I was going to do with those kiddie paint by the numbers sets...'cause they were GONE fast!   They are a lot of fun to play on just try out new stuff with.  I don't have to worry about too much heartburn if I hate how it turns out...which thankfully was not the case with this one.
This is another little project that I recently made using the cool artistic dwellings dies, dsp and rub ons for.  I used my SU modern label punch for the hinges.  I am really enjoying making more than just cards for a change of pace.  My faith and family are the biggest priorities in my life, but since I have this season of plenty of down time, I am very grateful for this playful and encouraging outlet.  I just  pray that I can continue to develop my skill so that it can also be a blessing to others in some way as well.  Mahalo (thanks) for stopping by!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Blessed Nest Indeed....

 So...this is an 8x8 canvas that I covered with patterned papers and doodling, stamps, paint and you name it!  I took an online class and of course my work doesn't look anything like Christy Tomlinson's...but that's OK with me.  I had a blast and that's why she gets to make money and I spend it...lol!  These bright colors make me happy...and I will have a spot for this canvas soon...I hope to post a picture by Monday of the stamp shelf that my hubby and I built.  It still needs a little paint....






This next project was done on a canvas board that I got from Wal-Mart dirt cheap which is good.  It gave me the nerve to just play!  I love how parts of it turned out and not so much on others...but that's OK too.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  In spite of a terrible head and stomach ache early on, I had a great week with my darling son who was out of school for fall break this week.  I have really enjoyed hanging out with him and was thrilled when I received his mid-term grades.  He's a good egg.   The BEST part of this week was that today I actually found a pair of board shorts that actually fit me...hurray!  Seriously, I have been looking for a year...now I may actually walk down to the beach and swim more often.  The Lord has surely been good to me...I am livin' lovin' and stampin' away the days in Hawaii...how cool is that?  If you need a vacation, I'd love the company ;0)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thankful...

Yesterday I went to my local craft store because I read on their blog that they had some new goodies.  I was not disappointed!  As I chatted with the owner about distress inks, he asked me if I could make a sample for him to display.  This is the tag I made for his store to show the cool background effects these unique inks can make.  I love the rustic look and think it would be a perfect gift tag for a fall thank you gift.  I am very thankful to have the time and resources to play with paper and ink.  I am even more thankful for my loving son and devoted husband. This morning as we were driving to school, my son needed my encouragement.  The Lord used that teachable moment and the words I spoke for his sake,  to pierce MY heart.  Each day is anew opportunity to grow in grace.  I pray that God never stops refining me and that my heart never becomes hardened to repentance, faith and trust in Him alone.  His sovereignty allows all the distressing trials of life to be used for His glory which is a beautiful thing indeed!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Natural Beauty

This is a quick CAS card I made for the Color Monday Challenge at CPC today.  I really love the fall and the earthy tones that come with it....I don't see any outside my window right now, but that is ok.  This is just a season in my life also!
I plan to do some refining and re-defining in my craft space and blog to more reflect this season of my life and so that quite honestly it is more joyful and less dutiful for me to blog.  My subtitle is livin', lovin' and stampin'...I plan to share a little more of all of that.
Hopefully that translates into more readable....but I am not holding my breath on that one! 
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peak!


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Old Friends

This is my card for the clean and simple Saturday challenge at CPC today.  I have been seriously neglecting not only my blog, but commenting in my reader too.  I think that I am going to make some big changes soon to my blog and hope to increase my posting and traffic here.  Thanks to those who have stuck with me...I see blog candy in the future so stay tuned!  Back to the card...acquaintances abound, but true friends are precious and few.  The trials and joys of life that shape us become much richer and days seem brighter because of the ones who know me best and love me most.  This one is for my long time friend Cheryl...hope she likes it!  Thanks for stopping by and hope you like my CAS card highlighting this fun paper!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Crayons!

This is the card I made for today's Clean and Simple Saturday at CPC.   You can see the post on the creative blog here .  I used two fun techniques on this card...a white crayon resist and malting multiple colored crayon shavings with my iron.  This was fun to make and fitting for the back to school theme too!  Thanks for looking and I pray that you have a blessed weekend, praising God in ALL things.

Friday, July 22, 2011

CPC July Retro/Vintage Blog Hop!


This is a card/paper weight that I made from a digital image that I downloaded and using a free font download for the inside corresponding scripture.  I was not very much into vintage images before this month's theme at CPC, but I am now!  I used an embossing folder and nestability dies to finish off this card that I did not even have to color (gotta love that)!  I really love the old fashioned feel of this card and hope you enjoy it too!  Thanks for stopping by and by all means join in the hop if you haven't already!  SDG Marsha

Monday, July 11, 2011

Gracious Glimpses July 2011

Today I am showing my sneak peek of the July Design Team Delight Gallery for CPC themed Retro/Vintage.  Our dear Jan has come up with the new and improved title of Gracious Glimpses....has a nicer ring I think.  Since this is not my usual genre, I began scouring the internet looking for digital images that would fit the bill. I didn't want to invest in new stamps and I wanted to incorporate my simple style. I came across this sweet little girl and couldn't resist her!  She sort of looks like the Morton Salt Girl to me.  At any rate, I broke out my Copics  and Prisma pencils and am really happy with the result.  It's a good thing too because I was recently busted out in front of my dh about the price per marker on these....and I have a bucket full!  It was really good timing to show him just how well they colored ;-D.  I hope to take a class next month so that I can start getting more mileage out of them...shading & light placement etc has never been a strong suit for me, so I am looking forward to that.  The rest of the design team has put together a range of super fun to elegant cards and will be showcasing them all week, so stop over to the creative blog to check out those glimpses too!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Digital Sunrise

Pheasant Silhouette
I made this card using a gorgeous new silhouette image from Angela Coles of Toucan Scraps that can be found here.  Angela is very talented with digital images while I am just learning.  I did manage to figure out how to air brush the background, but Angela also has a great tutorial here for that.    If you stop over to check it out...you may notice a bow tutorial recently too (hint, hint).  This card sadly, does not photograph anywhere close to how vibrant and bold the color contrast is in person.  My husband was disappointed that I did not make this a more masculine card for a  hunter.  I see elegance, he sees a rifle and dinner...which is really funny because since I have known him, he has never even remotely been interested in hunting! Men! haha

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Shelter of the Almighty

I pulled this card together for a late entry into last weeks Fun on Friday challenge at CPC.  This was a great challenge and a pleasure to participate in.   Worry, fear and doubt cannot plaque me when I am meditating on the sovereignty and goodness of God.  He takes care of even the smallest birds in the sky, how much more has He taken care of me?  More than I sadly take the time to be grateful for on most days.  Thanks for stopping by, and I pray that you are blessed AND thankful for it!


Disaster Averted!

I went into my craft room intent on finishing a project and was dismayed that my Big Shot was making a terrible grinding noise and protesting any turning.  I asked my hubby to take a look at it, but was already trying to figure out where I could get another one cheap and fast. I was also greatly frustrated because I knew that it most likely had something to do with the salt and humidity here (my ongoing arch-nemesis)!  He could see those wheels turning and wanted to save himself some $$ and went to work!  He dismantled the entire thing and found one bearing that was rusty (proving my theory).  He was able to clean and lubricate it and reassembled the whole thing in no time at all.  It honestly works better now than the day I bought it!!  I should have never had a doubt!  I love that man and am so thankful for all the little things he does daily that just make my life better!  I thought I'd share the pics in case you ever wondered what the inside of your Big Shot looked like!
Disassembled!

The Culprit!
 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Shine!

I made this card for this week's Bible Verse Challenge at Christian Paper Crafts.  Abby does such a wonderful job with this challenge each week, her blog is also just such a sweet refreshment for me.  She has the most serene and sweet spirit that just translates even across the web.  At any rate, I chose to ink up one of my Lizzie Anne Design stamps for this challenge ( I am sad to see them closing), because I wanted a more rugged lighthouse image.  This is a pretty simple card which is usual for me, but I think it came together nicely and will be for an encouragement to my pastor this week.  Walking by faith and advancing the Gospel is not the life for the faint of heart...and can be challenging.  It is good to encourage others always, especially those who are dedicated to proclaiming the Kingdom.  May the Grace of God be with you today.

Precious Friend

 For this week's clean and simple Saturday challenge I chose to highlight the out of the box technique.  For my sample I used two stamp sets and left the butterfly wings outside the nestability border when cutting it out.  I added a few embellishments to compliment the MME paper and that's it.  This technique appealed to me and my spiritual application is that in Christ there is no "box"...to grow in His Grace means constantly being willing to be stretched beyond my natural comfort zone.  I don't always appreciate that in the midst of the process, but I am so blessed that the Lord will not leave me to my own complacency.  Thanks for looking and I pray that you are having a blessed Holiday weekend celebrating the national liberty that we enjoy.  It is that liberty that allows me to worship openly and I am thankful to God for that!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Transformed

This is my post for this weeks' Clean and Simple Saturday at Christian Paper Crafts.  Thanks for stopping by and by all means feel free to participate if you'd like!  Encouraging comments are always welcome too ;0)

Romans 12:1-2

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.


It is in the discipline of applying God’s word to my heart and mind that I am made more into His likeness. It is not so much that I am changing into something different, but more like He is conforming me to His intended image all along. I know that this will be a life-long process and I fervently pray to endure to the end and finish well!

     For this week’s CASS challenge, I would like to challenge you to “transform” a piece of designer or patterned paper any way you choose. For my card, I fussy cut around the flower images of my paper then embossed it, highlighting the pattern with distress ink. I printed my sentiment from the computer and layered it underneath. This gave lots of depth and dimension to the paper and overall card.


Card Front

Inside 

Monday, June 6, 2011

His Love

This was my sample for the CASS challenge at CPC on Saturday.  In addition to being spurred on by several of the other challenges there last week, the colors and feel of this card were motivated by some recent re-working of my craft space.  I am super exciting with how it's coming together and will post some pictures soon.  In the meantime, I hope you like my card and that this verse brings joy to your heart as it does mine.  The Lord is mighty to save indeed!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Trust in the Lord

I made this CAS card for today's CPC Fun of Friday challenge to use butterflies and flowers on a card...I added the shimmery tulle on the side so that I could play along with the Bloggers Challenge today too (finally)!  I just bought this yummy K & Co paper and Prima Flowers butterflies so they were begging to be used.  I die cut the center of the patterned paper so that the verse would be framed by it.  Thanks for looking and your comments are always appreciated!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Washed with the Water

This week’s challenge was prompted from this passage in Hebrews 10:19-25

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

There is a song by this title also and the chorus really seemed fitting here:

Even when the rain falls
Even when the flood starts rising
Even when the storm comes
I am washed by the water

I picked this verse weeks ago to go along with the bleach brush technique that I wanted to give a try. Wouldn’t you know that as the time drew closer, this would really apply to me?! I have been going through a fiery trial in the last week or so that has shaken me and caused me to take a deep, hard look at my faith. I am SO thankful for God’s word, for the finished work of the cross and for the Holy Spirit how ministers to me in time of need. This week’s challenge was right on time for ME…and I pray that you will be blessed in it too.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ta-Dah!

I have looked at this stamp for the longest time over at MFT, and finally just bought it.  I don't have any girls and have no idea what I will use this card for...and that's kinda' the point.  Sometimes crafting is just for enjoyment...I know shocking right?  This silly little mouse in a tu-tu just makes me smile every single time I look at it.  Maybe it's just the little girl inside of me that wanted to be a pretty dancer...or just memories of all the adorable little girls on the block at Ft Benning always playing dress up in their princess costumes. Whatever the reason, I just enjoy this image and this was a fun card to make.  Last week was a bit of a bummer for me, so I am just thanking God for a beautiful day here inside and out...
Proverbs 17:22   
A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you like it to!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Straight Path

This is the card I made for today's Clean and Simple Saturday challenge for CPC.  Anyone can play along and post here.  The idea is to use straight lines on your card in any creative way you chose.  I used my MS score board to create the raised embossing to frame my focal point.  I used Proverbs 3:5-8 as the verse that inspired me for today.  Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mr Fix It

This is my sneak peek for the May Design Team Delights Gallery at Christian Paper Crafts that goes live on the 15th for the King's Daughter and Super Sister subscribers.  I made this for Chip who can fix just about anything.  He is one handy man and I am so grateful for him...esp since he doesn't try to fix me!  He is a keeper, and I am very blessed to have him as my husband.  I used the tried and true Tool Time stamp set and metallic paper for this card...adding a little man candy to dress it up along the way.  Thanks for stopping by and I pray that you are thankful for your husband...even if he doesn't like tools ;0)! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A few of my favorite things....


CPC is still celebrating and having prizes to boot, so this is a card I made for sketch Tuesday.  I just love embossing, ribbon and learning new cool techniques.  I got to do all of that on this card, so it was a fun one for me.  I like not having a sentiment on the front sometimes so that you can have a go to card if you need it kwim?  Any-hoo, if you like this cool flower here is a link to the video tutorial for it by Becca Feekin.  Of course her finished card is way better, but I am just happy that I got the flower to come out right!! Thanks for stopping by and hope to be posting more regularly now!  In His grace--Marsha