I thought I would share more Bible Journaling with you today. I just love this aspect of Bible study and worship. Bringing my artistic side into the equation is so much fun! The page I am sharing today was sketched out in my practice journal months before I ever put it on the actual Bible page.
It is inspired, of course, by the song from Third Day titled “Soul on Fire.” A while back I went through a spell where I listened to this song all the time. That’s when I first designed the page. As you can see, it just made it into the book of Jeremiah last week. Here’s how the NLT words this verse…
“But if I say I’ll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!” Jeremiah 20:9
Don’t you want a soul on fire too? I want my life to burn so brightly for Christ that there is NO WAY others will miss it when they look at me. I want that fire to rage wildly so that it cannot be contained!
Sharing my Bible Journaling is just one way that I can burn for him. Maybe my pages will ignite a fire for the Lord in someone else too. I will keep sharing this journey with you. Please share this page with others that you think might be interested. I had a blast this week teaching others the first steps to Bible Journaling. If you have questions about how to get started, I would love to answer them for you. We will be having another class next month so if you want to join in let me know!
Yesterday was Dr. Seuss Day. I didn’t realize that fact yesterday, but I did have a conversation with my friend about books we used to read to our kids when they were little. Our daughter’s favorite book was “Watch Your Step Mr. Rabbit” by Richard Scarry.
I know we read that book hundreds of times. We all had every line of every page memorized. She still loves reading as much as she did when she was a little girl.
When I was a kid my favorite books were the Boxcar Children books and Nancy Drew mysteries.
My mom took us to the public library all the time to find new books to read. We would spend hours walking among those shelves of books choosing just the right one.
I am thankful that I have kids who still love to read and that I have a mom who helped instill a love of reading in me as well. Reminiscing about all of this has given me an idea for Mother’s day. I think I will begin now making a list of things like this that I am thankful that my Mom did for me and include it with her Mother’s Day card/gift this year. Maybe I will even choose a small gift that relates to each of the items on my list. Of course, my first gift is going to have to be a book… 🙂
Maybe you would like to join me in this gratitude list. What a nice way to honor our Mom’s on Mother’s Day (or our Dad’s on Father’s Day). If you have ideas of items you will include in your list, please share them in the comments section. Your creative ideas may help spark creativity in someone else too!
Made from scratch cards are the best! Occasionally I recreate card designs that I have seen on Pinterest or from someone else. But I am most satisfied when the creations are all my own. After all, I am created to create, right?
Sometimes my cards have to be slow cooked. It might take several days to really finish it because I keep thinking of a different color to try or something to add or do differently. Then other days I put a card together quickly with very little forethought and when its done I can’t stop looking at it! Those are my microwave cards and that’s what kind of made from scratch card I have for you today.
I have been working everyday to prepare for our Bible Journal Gathering next Tuesday and have not had much time to stamp. Today, however, I took time to get some stamps inky for a card. I used the Awesomely Artistic and A Dozen Thoughts stamp sets for this card. I have neglected So Safron lately and I love how it looks with this Mossy Meadow card base. The lighter green color is Pear Pizzazz.
Simple card designs like this one are pleasing to look at and come together quickly. You do not have to fill every space of the card with details. And, although layers can be fun, not many are needed for a simple elegant card.
Tell me what you think. Do you prefer to create cards that are slow cooked or microwaved? Or maybe you just like to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) cards that others have made? I’d love to hear what the creative process looks like for you.
I am so excited about our One Time Valentine Day Special! Since this holiday is all about LOVE, I wanted to share a special with you that involves something I love so very much.
As a young wife and mother I gave up my career as a Physical Therapist and was promoted to full time mom. During this season a friend of mine invited me to a Beth Moore Bible study. Now I had been involved in church all my life, saved as a young child and I was married to a pastor, but I had never experienced the Bible like I did during that study of David. I fell so completely in love with God’s word and I have never gotten over it. Through the years this love affair with God’s word has taken on many different forms. Not only Bible study, but Scripture memorization, and Scripture art became my passions.
Fast forward to 2015 when I first became aware of Bible journaling from an art perspective. I was so completely taken by this idea from the beginning. It was like a culmination of things that I already loved so much. My sister and I traveled to St. Louis to attend a conference put on by Shanna Noel from Illustrated Faith and it was there that I applied paint to my Bible for the very first time. You can read about that here.
I learned so much at that conference and since. I am excited to share what I have learned with you. Please join me for an evening of fun and fellowship as we explore Bible Journaling together. This is definitely the class for you if you are interested in Bible Journaling but have no idea how to get started! But it is also for you if you are already illustrating your faith and want to explore new things and share what you know with others. Maybe you aren’t a fan and you don’t want to paint in your Bible. Believe it or not, this class is also for you. There are so many options in illustrating your faith and I want to explore those with you too.
So, for our Valentine Day Special I am offering this gathering for FREE for only 24 hours. You can come, learn, create, explore. I will have plenty of supplies for everyone to play with. Don’t worry if you do not have a Journal Bible, I will help you figure out which one will be best for you. After today, I am going to charge a small supply fee for this class, but for TODAY it is free. All you have to do is respond TODAY to let me know you want to attend. Don’t forget, because after 24 hours it will cost you! 🙂
Here are the details:
Our Bible Journal Gathering will be on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Southside Community Church in the conference center. Please pass this information on to anyone who might be interested. I will need everyone to RSVP so I will have all the supplies we need. And, again, tomorrow you will have to pay a small supply fee to attend so RSVP today! I can’t wait to share this journey with you!
Valentine cookie treats for your sweetie? These are so very cute! I know, they aren’t really cookies, but animal crackers. Still, they are hard to resist and make a sweet treat for any holiday.
Valentine Cookie Treats Supplies
Here’s my supply list for this project:
Stamp Sets: Zoo Babies and Going Globoal
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White
Ink: Cherry Cobbler & Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Project Life Corner Round Punch, Chalk Talk Framelits, Cellophane bag, white ribbon and, of course, animal crackers
I love the way the little monkey’s hand fits onto the heart. This is easy to create by using a Stamp-a-ma-jig. It allows you to position that perfectly every time. If you don’t have this tool in your craft room, you need to get one. I don’t use it all the time, but when I need it, it is a lifesaver! I tried to just eyeball the little monkey and never got the right position. Pull out my stamp-a-ma-jig and BINGO, it is right every time!
Valentine’s day is just a couple of days away and these little Valentine cookie treats will be a quick and cute gift for a child or an adult. I hope it inspires you to get busy making something to share with others!
Now for an announcement, I have a special offer coming up on Valentines day that will be for ONE DAY ONLY! Check back to take advantage of it!
Hope you have a blessed Friday!
A Hershey Bar Valentine is a great way to spread some love this Valentine’s day! These Valentine treats are easy to make, so if you need to do several it won’t take long. They are great to share with co-workers, classmates, teachers, friends, etc.
Hershey Bar Valentine!
One little note about working with chocolate – It is not recommended to attach anything directly to the wrapper using tape. Some claim that this can affect the taste of the chocolate. I have never had a problem with that, but thought I would pass the info on to you. Using the technique shown in the video, it is easy to secure the paper wrapper without actually taping it to the chocolate bar.
You can make mini versions of this using Hershey miniatures. They look so cute wrapped in colorful Designer Series Paper! Sit a bowl on your desk to share with clients or coworkers, or put them in little cellophane bags and pass them out to your kids’ teachers. Chocolate is always a good gift, no matter the size! The ONLY Hershey miniature I could find to illustrate this, happens to be a Kit Kat bar. And since my Denver Broncos WON Super Bowl 50 last night, I decided to decorate it for Valentine’s day in Blue and Orange.
I love making little treats like this to share with others. I’ll be sharing different Valentine ideas all week, so come back tomorrow and see what’s new. I will tell you in advance that no animals were harmed in the making of tomorrow’s project! 🙂 If you liked this video please leave a comment and feel free to share the Hershey Bar Valentine video with your friends!
I know we usually stamp on paper, but the other day I switched things up by stamping on shoes. I bought these shoes a long time ago. I intended on embellishing them all this time, and never got around to it.
They’ve never even been worn. I decided yesterday was the day for their transformation and I am very pleased with the way they turned out. 🙂
Stamping on Shoes
Stamping on shoes was only slightly more difficult than stamping on paper. I used Stazon Ink so it wouldn’t run or wash out. The flower stamps are from the Stampin’ Up! set, Botanicals For You.
This experience has me wondering what other sort of non-traditional stamping I can do. Let me know if there is something you would like to see stamped. Not something ordinary, but totally out of the box. I like a challenge and I promise not to wait as long to do it as I waited to finally stamp on shoes! Leave a comment and let me know what you would like to see stamped on!
Today is Inspire Your Heart With Art Day and I think we should celebrate! I enjoy creating art that will make someone smile, or laugh or be encouraged. But today is all about Inspiration! How can we use our art to inspire our hearts? Well, here are some thoughts that I had….
Inspire Your Heart With Art
1. Use Scripture When Possible
I can’t think of anything that inspires my heart more than Scripture. The Word of God is powerful and speaks truth to us like nothing else can. Whether we want to pass on comforting words in a difficult time or simply let someone know that they are in our thoughts, using Scripture will convey our message with beauty and great meaning.
2. Include Things That You Love
Beauty is inspirational, so be sure to use the beautiful things around you in your artwork. Choose colors schemes that you love, or a theme that is dear to your heart. That might include an animal that you are fond of, a sports team, or even your spouse and kids. This is a great way to personalize art for someone if you are creating it as a gift. If it is for your parents, by all means, use pictures of the grand kids! If it is for a Bronco fan, make it navy and orange! If it is for my son, definitely include a cute fox. You get the idea.
3. Have Fun!
We have plenty of negativity in our world, certainly more than enough to go around. In our art creations, let’s lighten the load. Let’s do fun things that will bring joy and smiles. Inspire good feelings and happy hearts with the things you create.
Now some people might think that artwork needs to be something to hang on the wall, but the handmade cards that we create are most certainly artwork too. Use these tips in your card making to inspire your heart with art, and to inspire others also. If you have found this information useful, please share it with others so they can be inspired too!
Lately I have neglected my Bible journaling—not my Bible, just the art part. We are currently in the middle of the Southside Bible Challenge on Wednesdays at our church. This is an event we do annually in January. It is a competition and focuses on a different book of the Bible each year. If you know me, then you know I am extremely competitive. And you may or may not know that I LOVE to memorize Scripture. This event is a perfect combination of these things and I find it fun and challenging each year.
This year we are in the book of 2 Corinthians, and this particular week we are working on chapter 3. I woke up on Tuesday morning with only about half of the chapter memorized, so at 7 a.m. I was hard at work trying to get those other verses in my head. And then it happened… I came upon verse 17. This verse was like a breath of fresh air to me, and not just because of what it says. The real beauty of this verse was that I already knew it! It was a freebie. 🙂 When you are trying to memorize half the chapter in one morning, you really need at least one freebie.
This verse delighted me so much, that I decided to illustrate it. I hadn’t done anything new in my journal Bible since last month, and it felt good to get back into it. Here’s how my page turned out…
What a beautiful promise this verse contains for us. As Christians we are promised the Holy Spirit living inside us permanently. He doesn’t come and go or just come half way. He is completely with us every moment of every day. And, according to 2 Corinthians 3:17, this means we have freedom every moment of every day. It isn’t temporary freedom or partial freedom. It is complete freedom and it is found only in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Wow!
Illustrating my faith is such an enjoyable experience for me. It allows me to combine my love of art with my love of Scripture. Unlike the other art that I create, Bible Journaling is just for me.
If you are interested in learning about illustrating your own faith, I would love to help you get started with Bible Journaling! Leave a comment below, or contact me at email@example.com.
Share the love this week! Make sure those closest to you know that you love them and how blessed you are by them. Every day is a good day to share the love with your family and friends.
A few weeks ago we took down all our Christmas decorations and my husband teased about leaving the mistletoe up year round. I made this card for him and assured him that mistletoe was NOT a requirement for a kiss. 😉
Share the Love
I used Stampin’ Up’s Friendly Wishes stamp set for this card. Not only is this a versatile set, but it has fun little details in addition to the variety of text images. I used the little heart stamp to create a sort of border image across the card. The sentiment was stamped using two different colors of ink. Both of these details allow me to use a basically plain card front without creating a plain looking card! And, of course, any time you create and give away a handmade card, you are already sharing the love!
Our church family is sharing the love in a special way today also. We are fasting and praying for our pastor! Please join me in saying a prayer for our pastor and his family as he continues with his chemotherapy treatment. Join us in praying for healing and for the Lord’s will to be accomplished in his life. Thank you for sharing the love!