Monday, August 29, 2016

Draw me close

I received these two stamp sets at the same time and when I opened the envelope and saw the stamp sets together I immediately knew I wanted to use them both on a journaling page. This time I chose to make a page in my art journal instead of my bible because I can use lots of water on my art journal (my Dutch bible has even thinner pages than most English bibles) and I don't have to think about the materials I use. The coloring of this page took some time to do, but that gave me more time to think about the message: Draw me close.
Some days it literally feels like your heart breaks and I think this image really manages to capture the feeling of God as a comforter when you feel heartbroken. I drew a circle as the focal point for my page and used the images and message from the stamp set My Comforter. After I stamped these I masked of the circle and started stamping the flowers around it. The flowers only touch the circle and don't touch each other so that saved me some masks for the flowers ;). I colored this page with watercolor brushes and water.

For this page I used the sets My Comforter and Scribble Flowers

- Lucinde

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bloom Where HE Plants You!

Hello, friends! I am so excited to be on the blog today! A little about me: My name is Andrea; and I'm a wife of a great guy and a mom of 2 teen daughters. I discovered Bible journaling in February 2016 and have been so blessed through it! I'm spending more time in God's precious Word and being creative- a win, win! I discovered SNSS shortly after I began journaling. And I LOVE their stamps! I was humbled when asked to be part of this amazing team.

Let's get into the Word!

In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul is discussing aspects of life: being married or unmarried, divorce, and widowhood. In verses 20 and 24, Paul says very similar things and the gist is this: God calls us to certain conditions in life and we should "bloom" in whatever condition He has placed us in. Hmmm...that can be hard, can't it??!! Sometimes our place in life might not be where WE want to be. But GOD always has a reason for where He puts us. And since He is trustworthy, we can trust Him through those times. He is with us in every situation and He causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

For the page, I had great fun using Scribble Flowers and the Scribble Flowers Dies! I stamped the images on card stock, then cut them out with the dies. The dies are so easy to use and can work with your favorite type of die cutting machine! I colored the images with chalk pastels. I wanted to be able to read the words beneath the flowers, so I attached them to a strip of transparency, then attached it to the page with washi tape. That way, I can just flip back the flowers when I want to read the text! If you have any questions about this technique, please comment and I'll try to get your questions answered!
For the wording on the page, I also used the following sets: Classy Script AlphaCommon Words 1, and Awesome Thoughts

1 Corinthians 7:24 "So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God. (ESV)

Happy Blooming! Andrea

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Samaritan Woman....

Hello, Hello Sweet and Sassy Friends! 
Tonight (after 2 cups of coffee) I sat down to spend some time in God's word.  As I did, I came across John and noticed I had some verses underlined, when I took a closer look I knew exactly how I wanted to illustrate this page and exactly which stamps to use!!


John 4:39-42

The story of the Samatitan Woman is a well known bible story.  The woman is not a Jew and it was unheard of for a Jew to associate with Samaritans. So when Jesus asked the woman for water she, along with the disciples, could hardly believe it.  One thing I love most about Jesus is His heart for people! Red and Yellow, Black and White, they are all precious in His sight! 
Can I get an AMEN!?!?

However verse 39-42 gave me a different perspective on the story.... All the towns people (Samaritans mind you) were beginning to believe in Jesus just because of the woman's stories of her encounter with Him. But it wasn't until the people sought out Jesus and invited Him into their homes, did they really get to know Him and truly know that He was the SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.  

I believe this story still rings true today! We as children and adults alike, grew up going to church or maybe not, and usually took on the belief of others because of their stories, but once we accept Jesus as our Savior, invite Him into our hearts and truly get to know Him, we then have a trust and an unshakable faith that He is indeed the Savior of the World!

My prayer for you today is that You have accepted Jesus as your savior and you know and trust Him, and that if not you would leave a comment so that myself or someone else could speak with you about it. I pray that whatever reason you choose to use these awesome stamps, it serves as a reminder that Jesus has overcome the World and we can fully trust our hearts to Him.  

Catherine McCain

Monday, August 22, 2016

Revive Me

{jane bosi}  Happy Monday, Sweet Friends! 

Jeremy Camp is often stuck in my head!  I love his soulful voice and the message found in his music.  "Revive Me" is one of my all time favorites and I've been dwelling on the lyrics for quite a while anticipating some time to journal in my bible.

I'm focused on the Psalms with this message.  Originally, I thought it would only be a one page entry.  So often, however, as I began my study, I found more and more that spoke straight into my heart......I was originally just reading Psalm 143, but you can see from my highlights that so much from several of the Psalms struck me.  Psalm 143, itself,  is full of a pleading that I think is reflective of a place most of us know well.  It's a quest, at least for me, for revival:

"I meditate on all that you have done
I ponder the work of your hands.
I stretch out my hands to you; my soul
thirsts for you like a parched land."

From Jeremy:
"Consider my afffliction and please deliver me
Plead my cause and redeem me
Revive me, according to your loving kindness
Revive me, that I may seek your word..."

You're singing now, aren't you?  I've had this idea implanted in my noodle since the Fill Me Up set was released a few months ago.  In addition to Fill Me Up, I also used All of Me Alpha and a bunch of different distress inks.  It felt good to journal again after a bunch of busy and stressful weeks.....reviving even :)

Be Awesome!  Jane

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Praise Him

Hello friends!  How many ways can you think of to praise the Lord?  Psalm 150 lists several ways to praise the Lord, but you can probably think of more.  Praising the Lord invites His presence into our circumstances AND in His presence is fullness of joy…doubt, worries, and fear flee!  Chains and bonds are broken just as they were for Paul and Silas.  No matter what you are going through, the Lord is worthy of praise…
                               "His grace saves us,
                                        His mercy spares us,
                                               and His love pardons us!"
(from a morning and evening devotional)

I've been wanting to try using Color Burst pigment powders on a Bible Journaling page and finally decided to just do it!  I did prep the page three times with Dina Wakley Clear Gesso since the page was going to get pretty wet.  First a section of the page was masked off so the music background from the new Music to My Ears stamp set could be clear embossed in the middle.  Then the magic…sprinkle on the powders (I used yellow, tangerine, fuchsia, and crimson) and squirt with water.  A roll of paper towels helped to soak up the extra water and each color was dried before applying the next color.  There was NO bleed through!  A little sponging helped the embossing show up a little better.  Elements from the I Am Loved, Seek Him, and Note This stamp sets were added to the page along with some hand lettering and a few more notes from the Music to My Ears stamp set.

Here are the stamp sets from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store used for this page:

"Guard your heart from fear at night by singing praises to your King!"

Thanks so much for stopping by…
Blessings to you,

Monday, August 15, 2016

He Sings Over Me

"The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing."
Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV)

"...He will exult over you with loud singing."

Exult: to show or feel elation or jubilation, especially as the result of success

Wow, wow, wow. God not only sings over us, but he does it with a feeling of elation and jubilation. I love how the definition says, "especially as the result of success." We are his success. 

Heart check: Do I exult over Him in my praise and worship? Or do I get distracted and half-heartedly sing my way through Sunday worship? Do I praise him when I'm frustrated? Or only when things are going my way? 

Heres the thing, God exults over us always. In every season and circumstance, whether we are drawing near or running away, He sings over us. His love is so undeserving but abundantly giving, and deeply beautiful. 

Let us be worshippers that exult over Him. He is so deserving of it, friends.

For this blog post I used the Music to My Ears stamp set. 

Have a great week! 


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Calms His Child

{jane bosi}  Happy Day, Sweet Friends!!  I'm focused, unfortunately, on the storm, lately.  But, GOOD NEWS....that focus has really been on the way He carries me; the ways I find Him in the middle of the storm and--strangely, my gratitude for the storm.  I'm forever amazed and grateful that I find Him there.

I was anxious to use the brand new Scribble Flower set!  The coordinating dies sure made this little 3 x 3 canvas a piece of cake!  After applying each flower (stamped on tissue) with a clear glaze, I was sure to let the piece dry completely.  I used acrylic paints to add color to each one.  When that was all dry, I went over some of the black with a marker to make it POP! again.

The focal sentiment is such a great image and wonderful reminder, Calms His Child.  I love these bigger sentiments for wall art and other home decor items!

If your storm is currently raging, be sure you are not alone!  Pray for calm--He will meet you there!

TTFN, Jane