Phillipians 3:14

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

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Canvas and Candy!

This canvas started out as a journal page...but my flowers got really fat so I decided to put them on a canvas instead.  I used fabric, button, seam binding and pearl accents to make these. I finished the canvas with these dimensional butterflies and this fun banner from studio calico that I added stamped letters to.  This idea of growing in grace has just gripped me...just like these colors that keep showing up.  Oh well, I am just going with it until I find a new groove I suppose :0).  This is now hanging on my wall over my craft table to remind me that the Lord is doing just that...growing me in the grace and knowledge of Christ so that I might bear more fruit.  I can see the blossoms as the beginning of this work and even though I have a long way to go, I am thankful for how far he has brought me already!
NOW to the more fun stuf.....I finally have a bag-o-goodies to give away!

This includes everything (except decoupage or staz-on) that you need to do a mixed media piece of your own!  Since my blog started as more of a stamping venue, I know many of you are new to mixed media and wanted to give you a taste of how fun it can be!
I have included a small canvas,  new stamp and paint set, some texture stamps and pieces, old book paper, decorative tissue paper, some embellishments and some of my favorite texture elements.  I am thinking that I have a paper hoarding problem and will go through and give up several pieces of cute patterned paper to put in the bag as well.
I really enjoy this, so I wanted to share that with someone else who may not try it on their own.  If that's you, then leave a comment and I'll be happy to select a winner in a few days and send this out right away so you can get messy and make some art with me!
There are no strings attached...but I will enter your name twice if you would share with me what you like most OR least about my blog so that I know how and where I can improve it.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ongoing change...

This is an art journal page that I did and finally used up these gorgeous butterfly stickers that I have been hoarding!!  I got them on clearance and was saving them for just the right project...and this is it!  I have been very guilty of thinking that somehow if I just get through "this" situation or overcome "this"hurdle that life will be better, easier, etc.  The truth is that there will always be areas of my own heart that need addressing and the pressures of life just keep coming in different ways as I age.  It is my prayer that I would embrace these changes as good even when they hurt and even when I thought I had already learned "that" lesson there is more room for growth! There is no shortcut to maturity...and I am grateful to God that He does not allow me to be too comfortable for too long and continually is at work in me in transforming me more and more into His likeness! 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Covered by Grace

Good morning crafty friends!  This is a canvas that I made yesterday...going to send it to my DH in Afghanistan.  I thought the vibrant colors would help cheer him up and are very reminiscent of the landscape here in Hawaii.  Three flowers represent our immediate family and that we are covered by grace even in the most difficult of circumstances.
Now....this is a perfect example of something that I do NOT love the end result.  I overworked the background and did not finish with the clean result I had in mind so I added a lot of white to help offset that.  It is what it is and I will just embrace it as a part of the learning curve!!  Besides,  he will love it 'cause he is just encouraging like that.  I fully intend to revisit this concept and try to improve upon it, but for today I will walk in the grace that I am painting about and accept my skill level while still striving for more!! 
PS--I still want to do a give a way and will be posting about that very soon!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


This is my art journal page that I made today from the same thought process that I posted earlier. Lots of meaning for me...and hopefully bright and cheerful for you to look at :-D

His workmanship

This was an art journal page I made last week after just total frustration with  several projects that ended up in the trash.  My tendency to throw away what I don't like has not served me so well in my own faith journey.  I want to walk a careful line here between the necessary command to die to self, and to live unto God still as distinct person from anyone else. God's grace is SO amazing that He loved me while I was yet a sinner.  I am so grateful for that redeeming work through His son and do not depend on any of my own righteousness before a Holy God because that would be foolish.  That does not mean however, that I abandon all of the unique characteristics that I was specifically given by God.  He delights in diversity and is always at work taking those unique traits, gifts and abilities to use for His glory.  Delighting in God does involve understanding the sanctity AND uniqueness of each life...including mine.  I am fearfully and wonderfully made! The church body requires many different members to make up its whole.  Being humble means to have a sober assessment of what I am and what I am not...and to daily submit myself through repentance and faith also to be discipled by His word that is effective to transform me to bear more of Christ's image in that process.  This focus also helps in bearing with the other members in love who are just as imperfect and just as forgiven as I am!

1 John 4:10,Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 12:1-3, Psalms 139:14, Ephesians 4:2, Colossians 3:13, Ephesians 2:10

altered art journal

This is a thrift store book that I painted with black gesso and embellished to use as my art journal for the new class I am taking.  This is very sparkly in real life....but my camera battery was dead earlier today when I had natural light, so it doesn't show here. I have torn out some pages, glued the rest together in clumps of 3 the primed them with white gesso so that they will be ready to go when I get creative!   There is journaling homework with this class that I need to do I guess the messy play will have to wait until I discipline myself to do the writing.   I tend to be introspective most of the time, but I am hoping that if I take the time to put some thoughts on paper it will help me make sense of them or help me to see how crazy they really are!  Either way I am looking forward to making some fun art this summer. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

His rest....

This canvas is obviously a result of the influence of my recent class with a huge emphasis on spring...and Junelle's love of lambs.  I got a lot of texture in this piece using paper for my flowers and layering them, by using the frayed pieces of burlap from my former project for the nest and adding gems for dew on the flowers and for my little birdie's "treasures" in her nest.  You will have to take the class to find out about the sheep {not my technique to share ;0)} Also, because I unexpectedly now have 50 followers (ok my husband doesn't count), but anyhoo....I would like to celebrate by doing a give away.   I will put something together and post later this week....may consider including this piece if that seems like something anyone would be interested in.  On a more serious note...I have been thinking quite a bit lately about how the Lord so faithfully provides for His children.  There is great peace, comfort and rest in really KNOWING that regardless of what the circumstances of life may bring in any given moment or season for that matter.  Thanks for stopping in and I hope that you are finding REST in God through Christ today.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Blog Hop!

OK...this is my first EVER blog hop so I hope that I get it right!!  You should have arrived here from
Kay Boespflug

This is my take on one of the projects from this class.  Junelle Jacobsen offered up SO many creative ideas and projects in this 3 week course.  I will most likely be revisiting several of them because the variations and possibilities are huge with most of the project ideas.  At any rate, this is a note board that I made from a canvas to house some tags with scriptures and some blank ones to be filled in with future inspiration.  I left my backdrop pretty neutral so that I can change it up when I feel like it!    The colors and textures on this piece are a good reflection of me right now in this space and place in time incorporating my love of stamps, dies, paints and pretty much all things crafty! Hope you enjoyed seeing it--I certainly had fun making it and will probably tinker with it a good bit more soon ;o).  To continue on the blog hop...

 Your next stop will be MotherDanaSt John


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Another first for me!

Tomorrow I will be posting in my first ever blog hop from the art of wild abandonment workshop. There are a ton of super talented ladies participating and to be quite honest I am a bit nervous as I have an intentionally small following!  The sharing on the private Facebook page has been very sweet and encouraging, so I am going for it!  Better get to work so that I have something worth posting....;0)