2017 Scrapbook Expo Duluth Georgia Card Swap

Getting a few cards made for this year Scrapbook Expo Card Swap on Saturday here in Duluth Georgia. Be sure to check out my previous two post for additional cards.


I am enjoying this Darcie’s Fairy Tales stamp set. I am keeping the coloring simple and using a simple color pallet. 


 The background is Sizzix Paisley embossing folder. This card swap theme is embossing folders or bling. I plan to add a little bling once I get them all done. 


The heart shape was cut from Stampin Up! Heart dies using my scrapsof gold paper. 

Happy stamping to all!
Donna Lee

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Scrapbook Expo 2017 Saturday Card Swap Ideas


Back for another card for the Duluth, Georgia Saturday Scrapbook Expo Card Swap. Keeping it simple and will add some bling later once I have them all done.

This is a Darcie’s Fairy Tales stamp set. The stamped images were fussy cut. Really need that ScanNCut! 


A Sizzx Paisley embossing folder, a label cut form gold scraps, and the perfect sentiment from MayMay Made It Just Wanted You To Know stamp set.

Stamping is much more satisfying using the Misti. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to stamp.

Happy stamping!

Donna Lee

Who Are You In Christ? Art Journal 1:15

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I think there are far to many Christians living without knowing who they are in Christ Jesus. Understanding who we are in Christ makes a huge difference in how we view ourselves and others.

To get a proper perspective on who we are in Christ Jesus I believe it’s helpful to clearly understand who we are without Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2 is the best resource for this. It’s not pretty or pleasant to read, study, and ponder, but it will give you a greater perspective of the finished work Jesus accomplished for each of us on the cross.

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Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
The Father has poured out the spiritual blessings of Heaven upon all who have put their trust in Jesus. Every spiritual need has been met, every spiritual blessing has been fulfilled, and every grace given.

Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption deliverance and salvation through His blood, the (remission) forgiveness of our (offenses shortcomings) and trespasses, in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor,

God the Father out of his great love predestined those who would believe to be adopted as his children through faith in his son, Jesus. It’s only through faith in Christ we have a new relationship as the children of God and in that relationship we have a new position. Our relationship gives us right and ownership to the riches of our Heavenly Father. Our position give us privileges related to being part of His family.

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Our Heavenly Father did spare Jesus (His only begotten Son) from death through His resurrection. This same power of God is available to us to keep us from suffering the same and all the other situations that Satan tries to defeat our spirit with in this life. Even in death we know that we will be raised with Christ into our eternal home. This is the power Paul wrote about in Romans 8:31-39. If God be for us, who can be against us? Who will bring any (defeating) charge against those whom God has chosen. No one, Christ who died for our sins and is risen from the grave and who sits at the right hand of God The Father intercedes for you and I! Hallelujah (praise The Lord)! Nothing in this world or in the spirit realm can separate us from the love of Christ! We will face trials and suffer troubles in this world because sin is in the world, but we are more than over-comers through Christ. It’s through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to plug into our Savior (our Redeemer and strength) and by His power we will have wisdom, strength, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit to overcome all that the ruler (Satan) of this age throws at us.

Ephesians 1:13-14 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

We all to often allow others in the world to mark us for something. We do it to ourselves as well. Jesus came, died, and rose from the grave so that you and I could live on this earth and in our eternal home Heaven marked solely by Him and for Him. When we surrendered to Him by faith in Jesus as the only begotten son of God we were marked with the seal of God, the Holy Spirit. It’s the only mark we need. In Christ we are set free from others labels that have been put on us.

I Am The Resurrection & The Life – Art Journal 1:14

This Art Journal entry was inspired by Tracy Weinzapel from last weeks Mixed Media Monday webcast. You can watch a replay of the video and join the fun this coming Monday!

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Journal Notes:
God may be leading us into a different life by closing a door or ending a relationship. It may seem like the end of your world, but it’s not. John 10:10 tells us the thief (devil) comes in order to steal, kill and destroy life. Jesus comes that we who believe may have and enjoy life and do so in abundance (blessings).

As Christians we are a new creation in Christ. Matthew 9:16-17 talks about new wine skins and the old wine skins. New wine skin ~ a new life/creation in Christ. The old wine skin is the former self. We need to learn to view ourselves the way that God does.

Life is precious. Do not waste your time dwelling on the past hurt, regret, and failures. Jesus said ‘ I remember your sins no more’. If He who bore the price for your sin doesn’t remember them why are you or anyone’s else dwelling there? If others can’t move forward with you, you do not need them in your life.

A new life means a fresh start and new attitude. If anyone or any church is dragging up the past you need to run from them and find a body of Christ who believes and practices the Word of God. Know who God is and who you are In Christ Jesus. When Satan or anyone else throws something in your face about the former you, tell them whose you are and who you are In Christ. God is not going to give up on you.

Emotions and some memories can bring up old feelings of hurt, sorrow, and anger. Know that just because you feel a certain way, you do not have to give into the emotions and mind set. We have to be determined to run and finish the race before us IN Christ!

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Adopt the attitude that something good is going to happen to you each day. This is the day The Lord has made! I will rejoice and be glad in it. Say it out loud, write on your mirrors, put on a post it note in your car. Sing to The Lord a new song. Say Jesus over and over. Tell him what you are thankful for. Remember His blessings in your past! This is what it means to encourage yourself in The Lord. Do it daily!

John 11:40-44 take off the grave clothes (your old self and ways). You are a new creation In Christ. Cloak yourself in His Word. Get to know Him and allow the Word to transform and renew your mind. Ask Jesus to help you in this journey of studying the Word.

Isaiah 43:18-19 … Do not remember the former things of old…behold I am doing a new thing! Think on what Jesus has done and is doing in your new life. Get a picture of it and dwell on Him and the new life you have. Can you see it through faith? Will give heed to Him? Remember God is not dependent on your circumstances or your past. He is doing a new thing in you!

I am who God says I am. I will rejoice and be glad in knowing who I am in Christ Jesus. Whatever our short comings are, God can help us overcome them as we trust in Him. Make room for Jesus in your life and take steps of faith. Refuse to give up on yourself. God has great plans for you. Jeremiah 29:11.

Remember Zacchaeus? He was so short he could not see Jesus due to the crowd. He did not let that circumstance stand between him and Jesus. He became a tree climber and Jesus recognized his determination and invited himself to his house!

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Craft Notes: Mixed Media paper, acrylic paint, gesso, heavy weight watercolor paper, stencils, Scrapbook paper, alphabet stsmps, Stazon ink, bling, charcoal pencil, permanent marker, Pitt pen, glitter pen,

This was so fast and a lot of fun to create! The longest part was my title and lining up the stamps. To save time I think I should create my title on the computer, print it out, and apply with a gel medium. Thanks Tracy for the inspiration!

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Blessings!
Donna Lee

Be Still And Know I Am God – A2 Card

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a quick card that I made using some of my Gelli prints & a two of my favorite stamps.

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My friend and I got together and made some gelli prints a few weeks ago. It’s so much fun! You never know what you are going to get, but it’s a great way to play with color and then find ways to use your prints.

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I used the Gelli print on the left in the first photo and the above stamp with some Stazon ink for my focal point.

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I inked the edge of my stamped image and then mounted it on some white card stock. I used another Gelli print to add a layer to the front of my card base and mounted the stamped image at an angle.

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I stamped a favorite verse of mine and embossed it with Navy ink and clear embossing powder.

I took a scrap of the piece I used to stamp my main image on and used a scalloped edge border punch to decorate the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Blessings,

Donna Lee

David A Man After Gods Own Heart – Art Journal 1:8

The story of King David is one of my all time favorites. From his calling by God to be King of Israel (1 SAM 16) the power and strength of God in his life, his success as a result of Gods power and might, his deliverance from Saul’s many attempts on his life (1 SAM 17-23) and David’s heart as he spares Saul’s life and Gods provision for him and his family (1 SAM 24-30).

2 Samuel reminds us of Gods everlasting covenant and redemption. We can read about times of great celebration and the Lords promise of an EVERLASTING dynasty; 2 SAM 7:16 “your house and kingdom will endure before Me forever.” – speaking of Jesus Christ. We also read about David’s failures and heart break (adultery and the treason of Absalom) and most importantly we see a formerly very blessed and successful David repent and our Abba is faithful to restore him! 2 SAM 2:13 “I have sinned against The Lord.’ Then Nathan replied to David ‘the Lord has taken away your sin; you will not die'”

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Psalm 51 is a great place to read and listen to David’s heart.
1 Be gracious to me, God,
according to Your faithful love;
according to Your abundant compassion,
blot out my rebellion.
2 Wash away my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I am conscious of my rebellion,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against You—You alone—I have sinned
and done this evil in Your sight.
So You are right when You pass sentence;
You are blameless when You judge.
5 Indeed, I was guilty when I was born;
I was sinful when my mother conceived me.
6 Surely You desire integrity in the inner self,
and You teach me wisdom deep within.
7 Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones You have crushed rejoice.
9 Turn Your face away[a] from my sins
and blot out all my guilt.
10 God, create a clean heart for me
and renew a steadfast[b] spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from Your presence
or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore the joy of Your salvation to me,
and give me a willing spirit.[c]
13 Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways,
and sinners will return to You.
14 Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God,
the God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness.
15 Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare Your praise.
16 You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it;
You are not pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice pleasing to God is[d] a broken spirit.
God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart.
18 In Your good pleasure, cause Zion to prosper;
build[e] the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on Your altar.

Verses 10-13 are so sweet to my heart and ears. I am no Queen over anything except maybe in my StampinNScrapin studio, but I often have to go before our Father to have some heart surgery done. Life on this side of Heaven can make us cold and uncaring. We get callous and speak or think unkindly towards others. We commit acts that we know are against the will of our God. The Good News is that we have a High Priest in Jesus Christ that we can go directly to repent of our sins and be restored.

David knew how to recover from his sin. He understood there was a price to be paid. He choose not to wade in his pig pen and cry woe is me. Instead he reconciled the truth of Gods Word for himself and approached the throne admitting his sin and seeking to be restored. David exercised his faith (confident in Gods love) and asked to have his spirit renewed. We can do the same by praying this scripture back to Our Lord and Savior.

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My prayer is that you will refuse to live under the condemnation of your sins. Instead choose to repent of your sin to Him who paid the highest ransom for your life and ask him to restore you. We can overcome evil with good through Jesus. He is the Way the Truth and the Life everlasting. All who call on him, repent of their sins will not die an eternal death but will have an everlasting life.

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Crafting Notes: This weeks art journal entry started with some white gesso to cover the mixed media paper. I added a layer of turquoise paint that I applied using my old AARP membership card. This left some of the white gesso showing . I used a circle stencil and some blue paint but did not like the way it turned out, so I covered it with a layer of white gesso and let it dry then I added more turquoise paint. This left some texture on the bottom of the page which I liked. I found this sketch of Michael Angelo’s statue of David online and printed it onto some gray cardstock. I tore around him to leaving the core of the gray paper to show around the edges. He is adhered with a gel medium.

I struggled with his private parts and how to deal with it. My friend and I talked about it and I had almost come to the point of cutting some heart printed boxer shorts for him, but overnight I decided it was best to leave it alone and use my title to cover him.

In our world today there is a massive destruction of the family caused by sins of sexual nature. I am thankful for the power of God and the grace bought and paid for on the cross by Jesus for all of our sins. Gods grace covers ALL sin. One sin is no greater offense to Him who bore the cost of it than any other. I want all to know that His grace is available and it covers all of our sins and so I put the name of God over this part of anatomy. I do not intend it as disrespectful. It is Jesus death on the cross that covers all of us and He looks at our sin no more when we repent of it and ask to be restored. Jesus death was not pretty. Our sin is not pretty, but it is covered by the sacrifice of The Lamb of God.

The heart stencil is one of my favorites to use and this time I can use them for part of my title. I used some ultramarine blue paint to add a few hearts. My title is stamped using some clear stamps from my stash. I believe that both sets are from Technique Tuesday. I stamped the title on some scraps from some Gelli prints I made a few weeks ago and cut the ends to look like banners. I used more of the Gelli print scraps for my journaling on the back and I really like how they look and the interest it adds interest to a project.

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May you have a blessed week and some happy craft time in the midst of it!

Blessing and His Peace,
Donna Lee

FAITH 101 – Art Journal 1:7

Wow, it’s been a busy 2 weeks! Not to mention a very emotional couple of weeks as well, but I will share about that later as I am sure it will make it’s way into my art journal. I am letting go and allowing the Holy Spirit to be my guide in this art journal journey. The study of The Word has been amazing in itself and such a great comfort and very energizing at times. If you been on this type of journey, there is almost always some spiritual warfare going on when we dig deeper into The Word. Dealing with that has been hard, but I am turning it all over to God to handle moment by moment. I am behind, but we will see what tomorrow brings!

Last weeks page was finished last Sunday, but I had to journal it and that did not happen until early this morning as I waited for my Grandson to get up.

From an art perspective, this entry was about using some resist embossing and some new stencils with paints, charcoal pencil, and a sharpie. I worked on some shadows and was pleased with what I accomplished, however I realize I have some work to do in this area.

The Word study was FAITH.

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We all are given a measure of faith. Faith can and should manifest itself in our everyday lives. Below are ways that were revealed to me.

Faith in the power of prayer. Paul prayed with faith and had a faith filled expectation (power of expectation) that God would do what He promised.

Isaiah 29:14 ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will set aside the understanding of the experts. Because Gods foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and Gods weakness is stronger than human strength” 1 Cor 1:25 We cannot rely on the worlds wisdom or power, but only on our Abba with our measure of faith and exercising our belief in Him. Expect God to do what He has promised.

Pray Gods promises back to him (remind him) with faith and expectation that He is going to fulfill His promises. Refuse to have a wait and see attitude! Voice your expectation to Him who is waiting to show you mercy and is rising up to show you compassion. IS 30:18

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The backside of this page was sprayed with some paint spray that has a little shimmer to it. I started with a great stencil that has large dots on it and the gray/silver metallic spray paint. I over sprayed it and let sit on the page and stencil for a few minutes as I wanted the paint to puddle. I like how it worked! Sorry I did not take a photo before adding more layers to show you the full effect.

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I put down a positive stencil of a woman and one of a bird in a cage with some flower vines on it, and sprayed with a lilac shimmer paint. It worked perfectly around the woman but not so great on the bird cage.

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An art journal is the best place to learn what works and what does NOT work so it’s all good and fun! Things don’t always happen the way we planned or prayed for in life and sometimes it works out and sometimes not so much. My faith in God is what keeps me grounded and steady. When life goes horribly against all that I want or have prayed for, I want to scream. Instead I choose to get quiet and get on my knees. What I cannot handle, I know that my Heavenly Father can.

While I am waiting on The Lord I am staying spiritually fit. I do this with several daily doses of His Word. I pray constantly. All day long when things are happening or thoughts are in my head or I feel something in my heart or spirit, I ask Him about it and give it over to Him. And last but not least I wait with a positive expectation for His provision and blessings and make time to be still and listen for Him to speak. IS 40:31 says that we who wait upon The Lord will renew our strength, soar on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, walk and not faint. This is where the energy comes from. Faith pleases God! Hebrews 11:6 says He is the rewarder of those who seek him. When we are seeking and serving The Lord his provision is coming.

Romans 14:23 reminds us that everything we do that is not in faith we do in sin! Ouch!!! Pray before you act or commit. If you do not have His peace about what you prayed about, do not do it! He is faithful to guide you and will give you His peace if you seek him and ask Him. PUSH – Pray Until Something Happens.

Our faith must be firmly and deeply rooted in Gods Word. Know His promises. A tree that will see many generations has strong and deep roots. Our roots need to be firmly planted in The Word. Expect (wait patiently, preparing) for Him to give what you have asked for or to show you what you did not ask for that is better than your request. We don’t always know what or how to pray in circumstances, but we have the Holy Spirit who intercedes and prays on our behalf.

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I like owls! When I see or think about owls, wisdom comes to mind. The Word says to ask God for His wisdom and he will give it to you! Luke 21:15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
1 Cor 1:30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
Ephesians 1:17
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
Wisdom is a fantastic word study to do. To get started follow this link.

After I sprayed a little blue shimmer paint and dried it with my heat gun I used my new stencil with some brown paint. One owl each for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Owls are watching. They stay focused and are aware of what is going on around them. If you are listening, you will hear them. We have the presence of the Holy Spirit to watch for us on this earth. He is our guide until God will send the Son to resurrect his church. If we are disciplined, staying focused, and listening we will hear Him and our lives will be blessed for it.

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Let us hold fast to the confession of our faith! Heb 4:14 Trust only in The Lord. 2 Cor 5:7 Live by faith. I added these children to this page to represent our childlike faith. Dispute or rebuke your doubts or negative thoughts by confessing Gods promises for your life and others. Faith in Him allows us to wait patiently. Heb 16 Faith works through love – Gal 5:6 Faith produces results. Luke 7:50 We are healed by faith. Luke 17:19.

I have been fascinated with gears. As I added these to this page and embossed them with clear embossing powder, I was pondering how God has used all the twist and turns in my life to mold me into who I am today. Everything works together for the good of those who trust in Him. As we believe, so we become! Faith is a deal changer and worth your time to study it. I use a few different bibles and concordances and Strongs Concordance. Looking at the Hebrew and Greek words for faith is eye opening and I encourage you to do this. I try to not spend time focused on the past, except to see where I was and praise God for where he has moved me to. The past is good for knowing what choices not to make again, but it’s easy to dwell there in the familiar territory and get in murky mud of past grief and mistakes. Instead see them as gears for moving you into the person He has destined you to be.

I pray that you have a blessed week and a week filled with opportunities to seek Him and do what you love.

Blessings,
Donna Lee