Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thankful Thursdays

I am taking part in Thankful Thursdays -  a new meme originating from His Kingdom Come.

This week I am thankful for:
1.  Spending a long weekend in Florida with the foundation team  of  His Kingdom Come. For most of us, it was the first time we had met in person    since we began the HKC community. I cannot begin to adequately describe how well we gel together as a team. We had fun, created a lot of art, and got a lot of business done.And wait until you see the collaborative class we put together which will come out next month on the HKC site!

2.  I am so thankful that it is Spring, although it is colder this week, there are leaves appearing on trees and flowers blooming in gardens. This season of new life is my favorite time of year!

3.  I am thankful that our girls are happy in their marriages. One celebrated their third anniversary this week and the other celebrates her third anniversary in June. They married great guys that I am pleased to call sons!

4.  I am thankful that through the outreach ministry of our church that God has brought into my life a few ladies and their children who I now call family. He has blessed me with a bunch of kids who are now my God-grandchildren. My friend Shonna used one of them as a model for an adult coloring book project she is working on for HKC.


5.  I am thankful for my hubby. He is so supportive and encouraging in everything I do. (This one may appear on the list every week - just sayin'!)

Join us at HKC and share what you are thankful for this week. :)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Creative Call Art Journal Notebook

Our community at His Kingdom Come is starting a book club in a few weeks. Our first book is The Creative Call: An Artist's Response to the Way of the Spirit by Janice Elsheimer. I decided to make my own notebook after reading a tutorial by Ali Manning at Vintage Page Designs. The cover is made from a single piece of  heavy stock paper and has two signatures attached with a very simple sewing method. I made it a size where my signatures could be 8.5x11 pieces of paper folded in half. I covered the front and back with a variety of pages I had painted on the Gelli Plate and added some deli paper accents. I even make the plant sprig stamp from a foam sheet! I needed a fun project to rejuvenate my creativity and energy and this did the trick!

I used a thinner paper for my pages then I normally use and it puckered on the flip-side when I adhered the accents. So on the next one I'll use watercolor paper. I'm ready to fill the pages with quotes and art! The book club begins in May and anyone can join us. Head over to the His Kingdom Come website and check us out!

We are ending a nice weekend visiting my family in Michigan for my niece's baby shower. We are all housed at my sister's (Bliss Cottage) and it has been a beautiful Spring weekend at the lake. I especially love the lake early in the morning when it is calm and reflecting the world around it.

I hope you all have a good week. It's a busy one around here. We are hosting a conference this week at my church/job and then I head down to Florida for a long weekend where the HKC foundation team is getting together for a retreat. Enjoy your week!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Resurrection Sunday

"Christ died for our sins
according to the Scriptures,
he was buried,
he was raised on the third day
according to the Scriptures."
1 Corinthians 15:3-4

He is risen indeed!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Little Bit of Art

I have been focusing on writing devotions for the next few months of Take Me Deeper for the His Kingdom Come community. What I have noticed in this new chapter in my life is that when I am putting my energy into writing it usually uses up most of my creative energy. So my art journaling pages have been leaning toward simplicity lately. Join us in Take Me Deeper in April as we look at living the Resurrection Life. We will also be beginning our first HKC book study in May with the book "A Creative Call" by Janice Elsheimer. You can learn more about the book study in this blog post.

Recent art journaling:

Some work in my TMD journal:

March Divider

April divider

TMD March Week 4
I recently added some new/revamped paper packs to my Etsy shop. The paper packs are designed to be used as background pages or for images for art journaling, collage, mixed media art, and other paper crafts.

Faith Themed Pack - 25 pieces

Landscaped Themed Pack - 20 peices

Painted Pages Pack - 10 pieces
Have a blessed Holy week.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Journey to the Cross

Our Take Me Deeper devotions for the month of March have been taking us through Lent on a Journey to the cross of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. For week 3 of March I chose to take a mixed media background and place a cross on it that was made from painted paper.

I then lettered the words from the hymn Nothing But the Blood over the mixed media background.

My theme this month seems to be simple techniques. I guess that's where I am right now. :)

I took kids up to Youth Haven Ranch last weekend and came back with a nasty chest cold. That has kept me pretty low key this week. Today we are off on our staff retreat. I am already looking forward to next weekend which has very limited activity planned. 

The thing that has me the most excited today is the fact that it is the first day of Spring! We have had mild temperatures the past week and sunshine - I'm basking in it! This is my favorite season! I love to see how everything transforms from winter to Spring and to witness the new signs of change and growth that each day brings.

May you each have a great weekend and may your eyes be open to the daily changes in the world around us as Spring ushers us into a new season!