Friday, April 24, 2015

Canvas Night Light

Canvas lit up.
Our daughter rushed into our bedroom at 2am a few nights ago - "It's all dark! I can't see! The power is out! My night light is out!"  The power wasn't out, but her night light stopped working.  We found a spare and she went back to sleep.  But I couldn't sleep, so I began to dream up a new night light for her.
I sing "You are my Sunshine" to her every night, so I wanted to incoporate that into the design. This is what I came up with.  The image is from Cricut's "Home Decor Vinyl Wall Art" cartridge and I removed the sun and clouds in Design Space so that just the words remained.  I cut it from a large sheet of washi, weeded it out and used transfer tape to position it onto the canvas.  Then, I simply took it outside and sprayed it with some wildflower blue spray paint that I had on hand, removing the washi words shortly after to reveal the white underneath.  I probably could have done with a shorter string of LED lights, but did I mention this was a last-minute, use-whatever-I-have-on-hand, kind of project?
Canvas with no light.
I stapled the light string into place so that the lights would wrap along the outside of the canvas and fill the inside.  This was a quick and easy project and I'm sure I could have been neater about the whole plan and execution. It may not look super pretty with those green wires hanging out, but my daughter loves this thing!  She smiled sweetly when she read the words and said, "Oh, thank you, mama!"  Done deal and I hung it up :)  Sweet dreams, Sunshine!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Lent is Over....Bible Journaling is Not

If you only follow me here on my blog, you might think I fell off the wagon during Lent. But, if you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you already know that I continued and wrapped up my Lenten Art Journal. I LOVE my art Journal and the creative and spiritual ways it connected me to Jesus and the Word during Lent. I LOVED the process and the challenge and the blessing that the daily word prompt, time in the Word and then my translation of the Word into {he}art gave me each day.  I loved sharing it on Instagram and Facebook and seeing and hearing how it blessed others, too. I completed a total of 43 entries in this Lenten Art journal.  Below are some of my remaining favorites that I haven't yet shared here on this blog.  But don't worry, I am continuing with bible journaling and will share some of the those entries here, too.  Be sure to follow me on Instagram and on my Facebook page for more regular appearances :).  xoxo  Be Blessed!


Friday, March 13, 2015

Bible Journaling Through Lent: Hope, Cross, Humility, & Grace (and a Shaker Page!)

Can I share with you how much I am savoring my time with the Word? This Lenten journal project has been wonderfully sweet.  I treasure and wonder over how my heavenly Father uses the very gifts He's given me to draw closer to Him. He's made each of us with such care and knows exactly what will strike a chord within us to grow that desire to be closer to Him.
Today I'm sharing my latest few entries, days 21-24.

Day 21 - "Hope"
Scripture: Psalm 71:5 For you O Lord are my hope.
Scrapbooking Supplies - papers, feathers, arrows, banner from Simple Stories "I AM" collection,
letter stickers and letters cut with Cricut
Day 22: Cross
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18 But the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Technique: Sharpie, water color pencils, white splatter  (inspiration from this Zenspirations pin)

Day 23: Humility
Scripture: John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease
Technique: Scrapbook paper: Bella Blvd (black triangles) Pink Paislee (yellow);
arrows cut with Cricut  (Southwest Cartridge)
in Design Studio; hand lettered, Sharpie marker and water color pencils
Day 24: Grace
Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith.
And this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God. 
Technique: hand lettering, Sharpie Marker with shadowing from water color pencils;
hearts cut with Cricut and inserted behind plastic - it's a shaker page! Border is washi tape.

I pray you are blessed and inpired to spend your own sweet time with your Savior!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

So, What's Your Story? "I AM" Layout

Recently my pastor asked the question, "What's your story?" in a sermon. It made me think. A lot. What is the story of my life? I'm a wife, a mother, and so many other things, but is that the story? Pastor was preaching on 1 Peter 1:3-5.  As I went through this scripture on my own later, the thing that struck me was all of the ways in which I define myself and my life are important and meaningful, but they are not the most important things about my story.
Long before I was a wife and mom, I was known and chosen by Christ. I became His daughter in the waters of baptism and am a full heir to an imperishable, undefiled, and unfading inheritance. (1 Peter 1:4) My life's story is based on how God sees me. After all, He is the founder and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:2) and He knows all the plans for my life (Jeremiah 29:11).  The plot of my life's story centers around acknowledgement and confession that I am a sinner, but that God in His mercy forgives me and accepts me.  By grace through faith I have been saved and redeemed and live this current life knowing I am secure in the promise of eternal life.

I shared some of my bible journaling on Facebook and my Pastor commented, "So, what's your story?" Because I'm an artsy gal, I turned my answer into a scrapbook page. I don't scrapbook myself very often, but thought this was the perfect opportunity.  Here's my story...

The I AM collection recently released by Simple Stories lent itself
beautifully to this self-focused and reflective page.
I often personally struggle with how I see myself.
This page is a visual reminder to me about the truths of who I am.
This is my real story, and I'm sticking to it! 

So, I ask you.  What's Your Story?

Try these links for more inspiration:
Joyce Meyer's "Knowing Who I Am in Christ" scripture verses
100 Bible Verses "Who Am I in Christ"
my Pinterest Board I Am

Monday, March 9, 2015

Lenten Art Journal - 3 Days, 3 Techniques

Today I'm sharing my most recent Lenten art journal pages.  They each began with a word prompt, which led to a scripture verse and then 3 different techniques for the page.

Day 18: Martyr

Hebrews 13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.

For this page, I began by applying acrylic paint (a grey-blue) all over the page, spreading it with a plastic card.  I freehanded with a sharpie marker the barbed wire lines at the top and bottom and then added black paint and some black ink around the edges of the page.  For my lettering, I used letter stickers and a sharpie pen.

Day 19: Sacrifice

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

This page began with an image of incense burning from a bowl - the "fragrant offering."  If you aren't much of a sketch artist, one good technique is to look up images on google or pinterest to get an idea of what you want to do.  I mainly do this as inspiration, but some journalers print out and trace images to jumpstart their own pages.
I used mainly watercolor pencils on this page.  The verse is written in my hand with a fine tipped Sharpie pen.

Day 20: Solitude

Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.  And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

For this page, I used one of my most favorite techniques - I turned to my scrapbooking supplies and my Cricut machine.  In Cricut Design Space, I looked for some "door" images and came across this door knob (found on the Sentimentals cartridge).  I cut it out in metallic paper.  The background paper is from Teresa Collins (Life Emporium collection).  I also typed up the verse and then printed it directly onto some of this paper.  I cut the verse into strips, added some ink to the edges and adhered it to the page.  I used some additional paper and rub-ons that coordinated with the paper to add a few extra details.

Be blessed!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Lenten Art Journal: A Royal Pardon

Pretty much anyone who knows me knows my favorite color is purple.  I was lucky enough to be born in February, so my birthstone is purple Amythest. I've always gravitated toward this color.  I love the richness of purple. I wear a lot of purple. There's a beautiful lady at church who also loves purple and each week we greet each other and admire each other's lovely purpleness.
Today's word prompt for my Lenten journal is purple.  The bible mentions purple quite a bit, in reference to royalty and richness.  Creating purple in the ancient world was a costly process, so only those with wealth could afford to adorn themselves with this color. Did you know the dye comes from a small snail found in the Mediterranean Sea? You needed a lot of these snails to make enough dye to color cloth, thus making it rare and costly.
According to, "purple" is used 48 times in the bible. Most of these usages are found in the Old Testament, alluding to royalty and wealth (Esther 8:15, Exodus 28:5, Ezekiel 27:7). Purple was used in the temple curtains and King Solomon consulted an expert dye maker when designing the temple (2 Chronicles, 2:7). Purple is the color of kings.

And the soldiers twisted together
a crown of thorns
and put it on his head
and arrayed him in a purple robe. 
John 19:1-6

They meant it as mockery, this clothing of Jesus in purple. But Jesus is a King. And that purple robe he wore not only rightly symbolizes his royal status, it also reminds us of the sacrifice he made at the cross on our behalf.  He deserved to be arrayed in purple, but he humbled himself, suffered, and was crucified to pay our debts and give to us the gift of eternal salvation. As a daughter of the King, that gift is mine.  I pray it is yours, too, and with me you can rejoice that we are heirs to such an inheritance!  Amen.

For this Lenten art journal page, I used scrapbook paper for the background (wood grain by Crate Paper).  The cross is washi tape.  I found some photos for inspiration in sketching out the crown of thorns directly onto my page. I went over my drawing in black Sharpie pen, then colored it in with brown water color pencils.  I added some grey marker for shadows.  I wrote the verse in sharpie and added some shadowing with purple water color pencil.
Here's a few other pages I recently completed in my Lenten Art Journal.  You'll see a larger image if you click on the photos.  I share these daily on Instagram as well as on my Facebook Page.  I invite you to follow me there to see them each day.  Be blessed!




Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lenten Art Journal and Devotion - Water Rescue

It may be snowing this morning, but today's word prompt is "water."  In Isaiah 43 I read God's promise -
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.  

This past summer, my husband, 5 year old daughter, and I took our canoe to the Rappahannock River.  We've been out in the canoe together before, but not on this particular stretch of river. Since we grabbed a ride to a drop off point with a service, we were required to watch their safety video.  It was all the standard stuff - wear a life jacket, what to do if you turned over, etc.  Of course they showed people in pretty rough waters to emphasize the need for safety.  Well, Hannah, we didn't realize, had intently watched the video and was pretty nervous.  The stretch of water we went on was pretty rocky and the water was low in a few places, creating rapids over the rocks.  When my husband and I conversed back and forth with, "Can we make it through there?" we meant, "Is this the best path for our canoe?" Hannah's interpretation of that question was, "Will we survive/make it through alive????"  Poor girl. She was scared.  Once we realized her fear, we prayed for God to keep us safe and reassured her that daddy and mama had experience in river canoeing.  We wouldn't let her come to harm and we would all keep safe together.  We tried to look at each run through a rapid like a little adventure ride.  But the fear of the unknown - those images of people dumping into rapidly rushing white water from the video - that was overtaking her thoughts.  As we navigated our way down the river we came to one more section rushing over large rocks and, yep, we dumped.
Hannah did exactly what she was supposed to do. I tried to gain my footing and grabbed onto her as she floated past me.  She grabbed on to me, too.  Except I was facing down and she kept pulling my face in the water.  In a matter of seconds, I felt my body being pushed up and I regained my footing and sat my daughter down on a rock.  My husband saw what was happening and had pushed us both up.  We were drenched, but fine.  We had to spend a few minutes catching and emptying the canoe of water, but we were able to get back in and navigate safely down to the spot where our car was parked.  And you know what? Hannah wasn't scared anymore. The fear of the unknown was gone. She had passed through the waters and the river didn't sweep us away.  Her daddy had saved her.  It was a wonderful lesson and experience.  The unknowns in life are scary, but they don't have to take over our thoughts.  We can rest calmly in the knowledge and promise that our Father will and has saved us.  Earlier in Isaiah, at 43:1, we hear Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  He cares for us personally. He has sent a Savior for his people in Jesus Christ. That day on the river, we were reminded first hand how real and present our God is as we passed through the waters.  Amen.