Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mustard Seed Faith Challenge~ Joy!

Hi and welcome to a new challenge at Mustard Seed Faith Challenges!
This week our Mustard Seed Faith Challenge Team Member, Nancy Nickel of The Nickel Nook (link on my sidebar) is doing a short and powerful devotional on Joy! The challenge is taken from this verse:

“Consider it pure JOY, my brothers and sisters, 
whenever you face trials of many kinds…”
James 1:2 NIV
I don't think this verse challenge could have come in a more timely manner; as the past couple of months have had untold trials of many in all kinds...all at the same time. I can honestly say my joy has not only worn thin, but worn troubles increase.  Sometimes, most of the time, my inclination is to name off all my trials and then wonder how much more can I take? When I am tempted to do this...I begin to ask God; what are you trying to do? Or specifically, what do you want me to do? Sometimes, our trials are just a part of living, ...but often times, our trials are God getting our attention and shifting our focus off of our  "momentary light affliction." and onto the "producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison." 2 Corinthians 4:17
Knowing our trials are not wasted, but always sifted through God's loving fingers makes the trial bearable when we look at it from God's perspective. 
One of my favorite ways to overcome discouragement is by being a blessing to someone else. The act alone shifts the focus from me to someone else and it does bring me joy! I enjoy doing it...even if the person I am doing it for doesn't is in the blessing that I am blessed in return.  This card will go to someone who I hope will be encouraged by reading it. 
My card today uses a diecut from Papertrey Ink, first cut out...then each petal was watercolored using Zig Markers in a variety of pastels. I glued it to my base, then added a little shimmer with a Wink of Stella Pen. The sentiment is stamped in two shades of Ink to give a bit of shadow. Lastly, tiny pearls were added to a few of the petal centers.
I hope you will join us for this fun challenge! Head over to the Mustard Seed Faith blog and see what it's all about and also see all kinds of pretty cards! Can't wait to see what you make!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Make it Monday #287 Baby Wipe Backgrounds!

Hi there! Just quickly sharing a card I made for the oh so fun Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge! This week is Baby Wipe Inking Backgrounds...a fun and easy tutorial to follow featuring using a baby wipe to make a background for your cards.
I attempted rolling my baby wipe to make a rosebud as shown in one of the examples. I used an old SU! reinker and found some matching paper in the pretty blue. I also used a polka dot from "Polka Dot Basics."I made a quick tag and used a sentiment from the "Choose Joy" set. The leaf was taken from another set which I can't recall, but so many of the PTI sets have leafs that could be used.
Easy and fun! I didn't want to hide the background, so I just ran some black gingham ribbon along the side and added a tag for interest.
Thanks so much for popping in! Have a wonderful week!

Mustard Seed Faith Challenges~Birdie Blessings!

Hi and welcome to this week's Mustard Seed Faith Challenge! I can't tell you how much this challenge has blessed me...every two weeks we have a new devotional along with a stamping challenge for beginners to advanced stampers and Bible journalers. I have so enjoyed seeing the  participation we've had as there are all kinds of talented people and I am treated to beauty and scriptures and encouragement everywhere I look!
This challenge is by one of our Design Team Members, Tracey Fehr. If you have not seen her blog, Today's Beautiful Moments, you are in for a real treat! But first, hop on over to our Mustard Seed Faith Challenge blog and read her devotional taken from a favorite Christian song and be blessed!!

My card was designed using a new stamp set from Papertrey Ink and coordinating dies, "Nesting." I also used a wood grained embossing folder. Pretty simple, but sweet, I think! Of course, once I added the bow it looks a little lopsided...but the bow looks a little more proportioned in real life.
I do hope you will join us for our challenge over the next two weeks!
Thank you so much for your kind comments and brightening my day with your visit! Have a wonderful week!