Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Let it Snow - NOT!!!

Hello Friends,

This will be a quick post because we could lose power again at any given moment. Right now I can barely see out of my 2nd story windows because of the pelted snow covering their screens. We have had snow, rain, freezing rain and, now, more snow. The poor trees are covered in ice and the power lines are taking a beating too. So here I go, posting this as quickly as I can before another outage.

I belong to the Christmas 2014 group at Paper Digital Art and Images by Kim. All group members are required to make two Christmas cards per month. I managed to get mine done yesterday, during a power outage which lasted for 7-8 hours, but had no way of posting them.

Tree Digi is by Beyond The Fringe Crafts
Inside Verse by Tickell Expressions
Card front is made from paper scraps
Inside verse by Tickell Expressions
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are keeping warm and dry today.

Blessing hugs,

PS - Here are the inside verses for you, in case you have not picked them up before.

Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Cards in Envy - A2 card
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything Goes
Simon Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
The Outlawz Monday Greeting Challenge - Anything Goes

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Colorful Wings

Hello Friends,

Today I would like to share a tender, sacred moment with you; a moment I experienced about one week ago.

For most of my life I suffered with an inferiority complex; always feeling less than others. It has gradually gotten better over the years and especially over the last several months. But I still have to make a conscious choice to 'talk back' to the inner voice that sometimes still tries to convince me that I am not good enough. Much of my 'back talk' comes from God's love letter to me - the bible - but sometimes I need to hear it from him on a more personal level.

Last week I was remembering a time when I was nine years old. I was in a big tent meeting, the smell of canvas and sawdust mingling with the sounds of the band playing, "He Touched Me". Tears streamed down my cheeks as I felt the gentle Presence of God enveloping me.

I searched my Ipad and found the song online, by Bill & Gloria Gaither. I listened to it and sang along, tears choking out most of the song. How beautiful, how lovely His Presence was, alone in my room.

Next I listened to "His Eye is on the Sparrow" sung by Whitney Houston. The tears continued to flow. I felt so alive in His love. Then, for just a moment, my mind's eye saw the wing of a colorful bird. At the same moment I sensed the Lord was saying that I have been given very colorful wings.

Yesterday, I had the house to myself so I got out my art journal, determined to paint the vision. I turned on some worship music and spent the next few hours painting, praying and singing. Here is the result; at least the result on paper. The true result is in the treasure of peace in my heart and the absolute absence of any sense of inferiority.

A dictionary will tell you that the opposite of inferiority is superiority, but I believe those attitudes have the same root. The opposite of inferiority, IMHO, is the knowing that every human being, including me, has been created as a gift to humanity and to God. Every life is meant to be beautiful. Every life is meant to love and to be loved. Every person is meant to have wings; beautiful, colorful wings. May you discover your wings today.

Be blessed,

The eyes are clipped from a magazine, as are the words.

Paint Party Friday - Linky Party
My Sheri Crafts - Anything But a Card
Word Play Saturday - Anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sweet Freedom Art Journal Page

Hello Friends,

My art journaling adventure has slowed down a bit as other things have clammered for my attention. The page I am sharing with you today I actually did last week during a personal time of prayer and worship. That is how I originally started to paint. In my very first painting, which was a combination of chalks and paint, a face and a bird began to emerge so I went with it. Something similar happened with this journal page.

Finished journal page. I generally don't stop to take pictures during the process in case it breaks my creative flow.

As I played with colours and textures, the suggestion of a face began to emerge so I went with it.
I used gold and white gel pens for the sentiment.
Words clipped from an old magazine. I clipped these at another time and saved them.
Some of the paint came off on one side of her hair when I mod-podged the sentiment. I kind of like it.
I masked this picture from the original book page while I did my background. I embellished her later with a die cut negative for a frame that I painted and embossed. Sentiment is another magazine cut-out.
Painted dove and magazine cut-out "inspired".
Verse is WordArtByKaren
A molted feather from my pet dove. My cat took it for an adventure when I left my book open to dry on the first night. It is a little worse for the wear, but I stuck it back on anyway. Another magazine cut-out for the word "pure".

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoyed looking. If I have inspired you at all, I am delighted.

Blessing hugs,

Paint Party Friday - Linky Party

A Gift of Love

Hello Friends,

Here is another Easter card, using a vintage image, a border punch, die cuts and a stenciled background.

The butterflies were cut from a sheet of patterned acetate.
Verse is WordArtByKaren

Thanks for stopping by. Many blessings on your weekend.


Challenges Entered:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes (inspirational)
Creating in Faith, Hope and Love - Use Scripture
Creative Moments - Anything Goes/Things with Wings
4 Krafty Girlz - Anything Goes
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday - Anything Goes/Add a Butterfly
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Cut It Up - Die Cuts
Simply Create Too - Easter
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes