It is cold, rainy and 7°C here. It's gone from beautiful sunny warm weather to puddles and warm coats again. So I have to create my own Spring! As I don't have any machines I am so thankful to have received lots of diecuts in the past, which I have saved to use.
So thanks to Sue who sent me some in this shape. I used a Darkroom door daisy stamp for the flowers and the Fabric design background stamp from Hero Arts. The strip that the bird is resting on is also a diecut.
Hope you are enjoying the sun where you live!
I have changed what I originally posted as I wasn't happy with posting oldish cards, so here is a new card for the challenge on the Moxie Fab World blog called The Wonder of Watercolor, the link of which is here.
I used an acrylic blog with different distress ink colors and then sprayed with water before coloring the cardstock. I then randomly stamped with leaves and flowers. I have used a darkroom door stamp and a Postcard stamp from Stampendous.
Now I wanted to share the second part of the message I shared last week about understanding Grace - so are you ready?
world tells us that our value is connected to our ‘doing.’ Growing up,
we’re constantly compared. When asked why we were not doing as well as
our brother or sister, we felt we were doing our best and we had no
answer. So we resolved to try harder, but no matter how hard we tried,
someone still wasn’t satisfied. We were still getting the message,
‘Something’s wrong with you.’ This leaves us burned out, confused and
turned off. It drives many of us into counseling, when all we need is
the assurance of God’s unconditional love! Your wrong behaviors won’t
be changed until you know you’re loved by God apart from what you do.
And that’s what Jesus made possible through the cross. Why is this
important to believe? Because until you know who you are in Christ,
you’ll stumble along believing that your acceptance with God is
performance-based. Your acceptance with God is
based on performance, but not yours—Christ’s! Jesus loves you
unconditionally and is committed to working with you. And the best part
is, He doesn’t condemn you while He’s doing it! He understands your
temperament, your struggles, and even the faulty foundation upon which
you’ve based your self-worth. He not only understands—He cares. Once you
enter into a personal relationship with Christ He begins a process of
relieving your pain, revealing your true value, and releasing your
gifts. Bit by bit, He restores everything the devil has stolen from you. And
while all this is happening, you are positioned securely ‘in Christ.’
Therefore you’re always acceptable to Him.
Hello and hope you are enjoying Spring! We signaled the first Swallows of the season this weekend, such a lovely sight. I have another entry for the Moxie Fab Wonderful World of Watercolor. The link to this challenge is here.
I used the fabric pattern stamp and tumbled glass sprayed with water for the background. I used distress markers for the bird which is also water colored. The sentiment is part of a wine label.
Who doesn't want to play with watercolor? And then to be challenged again by Kath to come up with something.. well, can't let that pass me by! If you want to join in, here is the link. Actually, playing with inks and water is becoming one of my favorite techniques in card-making - so much fun and I love the results. Sometimes you can have an instant card with a couple of stamps and water color.
So this card was born from a mistake - well the two projects I made didn't turn out how I wanted, so two mistakes make this right as I just put the circle and butterfly punch into my watercolored projects! I painted the panel bundled sage before attaching my circles and butterflies to the card. Of course everybody knows what 'papillons' means, right?
We are enjoying beautiful sunny weather! The rosemary bushes and the Cherry tree are bursting with flowers, and the hum of bees is just such a welcome sound!
The card base panel for this card was a nice find. I found it in the cupboard between my clothes, it was a bag which was supposed to make the clothes smell nice, but the smell was completely gone, so I got the idea of using it. The white die fitted just nicely inside the frame in the middle on which I stamped the Newspaper tulips from Hero Arts with distress markers.
Then I have had something on my heart for a while now and I thought it would be nice to share. It's about the GRACE OF GOD, which we can never meditate on enough! I heard a while back that it takes someone a good three years before he or she can really understand what the Grace of God really implies. I found a nice devotional which put it into words in such exact proportions, I thought I would share it.
loves and accepts you as much on your bad days as He does on your good
ones. In a performance-based society, that’s easy to forget. But you
mustn’t! God’s acceptance is based on your standing in Christ, not the state
of your life at a given time. ‘For our sake He made Christ [virtually]
to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become the righteousness of
God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right
relationship with Him, by His (not our) goodness.’ Think of the cross
as a trading post. There God took every sin you’d ever commit and laid
it upon Jesus. And the moment you place your trust in Christ, God takes
all of Christ’s righteousness and wraps you up in it. From that point
on, He sees you only one way—in Christ. How liberating! Liberating,
because now you realise that your worth isn’t based on what you do but on who you are in relationship to Christ. God actually assigned
value to you by allowing Jesus to die for you. ‘But I can’t believe
that God doesn’t care about what I do.’ You’re right! And your rewards
in heaven will be based on your stewardship here on earth. God wants you
to do good works, but He doesn’t want you to depend on them; He wants
you to do them out of love for Him. Once you understand your position, who you are in Christ, you begin doing the right things for the right reasons.
When I saw the beautiful inspiration trigger this week on the Moxie Fab World blog I immediately thought of these tulips - so I had a go. Here is the challenge link.
I even tried to get some unsharp tulip image with my distress markers; don't know whether that was very succesful. I just love to do these challenges and have fun too.
So, using distress markers and water I stamped and restamped with the same ink which gives a lighter imager and then I painted suger spun distress color into the tulips after stamping.
With the beautiful weather we are having and going to have next week, I'm celebrating Spring!!
p.s. - I changed my blog name back to the original again - I just couldn't get used to it.
I have been busy making these for family and my Etsy Shop. The size is 12" by 8". This one was made a while ago, never posted but I believe it was sold.
Made from the several scraps I had in my little box tray. I am running out of scraps from stamped projects to make many more. So what I do is wait a while and when the box is full I start making them again.
This is one of the most enjoyable works of creativity I know of. It's like making a puzzle.
I want to share this photo of my youngest son with his financé, Roxane. They are such a nice couple and Michaël just passed for his driving license a couple of days ago.
Then, I have to show you the Cherry tree in the garden, it is so pretty at the moment and the bees are busy, which means cherries in May/June.
Thank you again for all your kind comments on my blogs!.
Happy Sunday! The weather is beautiful today, although cold. We are going in the right direction for Spring. But weather it rains or is sunny, the Lord remains the same FOREVER! That is good news.
I am joining in with this sketch which can be found on this challenge blog. Haven't done a blog challenge for a while, and I saw this on Virginia's blog.
I just recently bought a new stamp set from Hero Arts - three tags, from the Art of the Card set AC019.
They look like this :
I thought they would be versatile to use in all sorts of ways. For the sketch challenge I used the Attention stamp and just decorated it with little scraps of PP.
I used the Newspaper Tulips stamp K5576 from Hero Arts which I stamped with distress markers. The stamp which I stamped direct to the card base is a French stamp definition of Spring, called Printemps.
I'm popping back in today to share a link with you. I was so honored to be asked by Paperie Designs' Studio to give a little interview and share some of my favorite card designs and techniques. If you might be interested in looking it up, here is the link. Thanks!
She titled my interview 'Jacqueline's Jewels' and it was just the title I was looking for, for my Blog! I have wanted to change it for a while now and this was just 'click'. So thanks to you Tasnim.
Tasnim also mentioned that I was the 91st person to be featured on their blog - and Psalm 91 was my first encounter with God 35 years ago 'This I declare, that He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I am trusting Him. Ps.91:3.
Thanks for your friendship!
ps - I made some little Easter chickie's from a pattern I found via Godelieve's Blog here, which can be found on Pinterest. Here is the link - you might be interested for next year.
Hello! Nice to be back. I am finally feeling better after having had the flu for two weeks, feeling low and not having the strength to do much.
Today I want to share how I found another way to use up the scraps that accumulate over the weeks. I have a template tag size 8cm x 4.5cm (so the scrap isn't big) which I put on the scrap and cut around it. Then I just placed three of the ones that formed a pattern next to each other, and add a couple of embellishments
and my card is ready.
Adding just one more:
I am so happy when I find a home for these precious pieces of paper and butterflies!
Hope you are well!
I remain so so thankful for those that still visit me and leave me such precious words of encouragement and friendship!