More Scrapbook Expo Duluth GA 2017 Card Swap #2

Today I want to share a few more of my cards that were swapped at Scrapbook Expo Duluth, GA Saturday Card Swap. My next post will have a few of the cards that were being swapped and then the winner card and my personal favorite who was 2nd place I think.

The theme for this swap was embossed. I started with Cuttlebugs 5×7 Happy Birthday embossing folder borrowed from my friend, Edna. 

It’s worth purchasing and I plan to do so, because it’s a perfect first layer to any birthday card. It easily makes two backgrounds for an A2 card (4.25″X5.5″). It also has great potential for Scrapbook pages no matter what style of scrap booking you do.

On to my cards! I used ribbon, twine, stamps, die cuts, inks, markers and card stocks from my stash of supplies. I was determined that I was not purchasing anything new to create cards for this swap. Each card is different as I am easily bored making more than 5 of anything.



What I appreciate about these “crazy” stamps is that you can make them for people of all ages, stages of life! They are easily dressed up or down. They are very relatable, as they are illustrated with a wide variety of emotions. They are sure to bring a smile and laughter to who ever they are sent to. The accessories stamp set is gravy and worth every penny you spend on it. It adds more smiles, laughter, and stretches all three stamp sets to almost every holiday, situation, and personalities you and I want to celebrate!

Enjoy and be crafty and send a card to someone this week that you have made.  

I am off to put my StampinNScrappin studio back together after a forced need for new floors. It’s been a process, but we are almost done. The studio has new paint, new layout, and yes, new floors! My children have been a great help and I am forever thankful for each of them.

More videos to come in the future and more crafts, cards, and Scrapbook layouts to share soon!

Scrapbook Expo is really fun. They have great vendors and the staff is really great. I encourage you to attend one near you in you thefuturea d participate in a class or two and do the swap. 

Blessings!

Donna Lee

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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

You Have Turned My Mourning Into Dancing – Art Journal 1:6

Today’s Art Journal entry was inspired by Tracy Weinzaple Mixed Monday event. The April challenge over on the Facebook Page is to create using a song as inspiration.  My song is This Is How We Overcome.  We have had a very tragic event touch our lives this year and we are grieving the loss of one we loved and opened our home to for a time a couple of years ago. It’s been a difficult time to say the least, but with the Holy Spirits help and the comfort of God I am able to move forward and dance!

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I love the Sermon On The Mount (The Beatitudes) and was listening to them on Bible Gateway one morning on my ride to the office and decided to do some searching for teachings on this sermon by Jesus.  I came across some Podcast by Joyce Meyer and have been able to listen to two of them (I think there 4 or 5 total). I love the way God uses people to speak to our hearts and give us exactly what we need as we need it.

My page is covered with some tissue paper from 7 Gypsies that has destinations all over the world printed on it in different fonts. It adds a great base for my background and some texture.  As I was looking for the media I would use on this weeks art journal entry, I was reminded that the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for all the world to hear.  It’s part of the Great Commission we believers are given. The Gospel is to be shared all over the earth by those of us who love, know, and worship Him. I went searching in my studio closet and found some old tools that are great for adding texture.  Our study time sometimes needs a dusting off and perhaps we need to look in our closets or resources that are available to us that we may not have used before.  That said, I use the Word to measure everything that comes from the Preachers and speakers I hear or listen to. It’s a great measuring rod.

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I heated up the little heart shaped stamp pad that easily attaches to the stylus and then stamped it on this flat stamp and held it firmly for a minute or two. Using some black Stazon ink I was able to add another layer and some visual texture.  I love that when I am working in my Art Journal I don’t have to stress over each element being ‘perfect’. It’s a place I can work and try different techniques (old and new) and not stress over it.  My prayer time with Jesus is that way. I can just pour my heart out about anything and everything.  He knows me better than I know myself, and I am greatly comforted by that.

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I used some purchased stencils and a few home made stencils.  I love the way my home made dancer turned out.  I laid my hand made stencil down and taped the edges and then used a MS Dauber and some gesso to fill the space. After some drying time and adding my title I was ready to use more of the stencils on my dancer and the page. The stars that are blue are made with some modeling paste that has a glossy finish and I added some turquoise paint to it for color. I also used some bubble wrap with acrylic paints.

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As I was making this dancer stencil, I thought of King David who danced before the Lord.  Talk about a man who had many ups and downs in life.  Tragic events and consequences galore! God says that he was a man after His own heart.  God knew what choices David would make (good and awful) and loves him anyway. That is the God we love and serve. He loves us despite our sinful nature. How blessed (happy) are we who love Him! King David was a man that learned to ‘begin again’ after a tragic event.  He was not going to give up because he made up his mind that it was not ever an option.

When bad things happen we get a choice of attitude. We can begin again or we can allow our circumstances to make us bitter. We have to choose to be an ‘overcomer’ of our current circumstances.  When we are in the process of mourning (death, loss of job, dissolved marriage, family struggle, strife at work, betrayal) we cannot see what God is doing. I think this is because we are focused on mourning.  We can rest assured that God is working in the midst of our grieving and is right there with us.  Calling out to God was all that I could do in this last loss of a loved one.  I was going through the motions of living daily life, but inside I felt empty and numb.  I was in disbelief, the WHY mode, the anger, and then sheer grief of the loss and his suffering.

For me and I think others, this mourning process can be a time of spiritual growth.  The only ONE who could possibly help me was my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  King David understood this. All you have to do is spend time reading or listening to Psalms. The only comfort that helped me was the comfort of God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4  When we are willing to go through the grieving process with Him, there is a testimony in the making. Anytime there is a testimony, it means there was a test. We learn obedience to God in the midst of our mourning. Hebrews 5

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I used a small clear butterfly stamp from a Fancy Pants to remind me of the cycle of life and the hope of Heaven.  We have to hold firm to the truth of God’s Word. Joseph had a dream about his life and unfortunately for him shared it with his family. As a result of that he was sold into slavery and suffered much.  In the midst of his tragedies (yes more than just one!) he remained faithful to God he believed in a knew intimately. It would have seemed easier at times to give up, but he knew God was faithful and even if it cost him his life his mind was made up that he was going to be obedient to God. God understood that Joseph had what it took to survive the tragedies that would come upon him and all of that part of the world.  He needed one who would be steadfast, faithful, and obedient even unto death.  God promoted him and eventually reunited him with his family.  God not only restored Joseph, but promoted and blessed him many times over.

As I think about David and Joseph and the obstacles that they had to overcome I know the ONLY way that they could be an overcomer was by the power of God himself.  It takes a person who humbles himself before the Lord. On the back of my art journal entry this week I added the 2nd verse of the chorus to my inspiration song as well as some characteristics of one who is meek (gentle) minded.  While none of us are perfect, we know that God’s help and our faithful obedience we to can be an overcomer and do great things for the Kingdom of God here on earth as it will be in Heaven.

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What I’ve learned in this journey is that I do not know the answers to all of my WHY questions, but I do know the ONE who can turn my mourning into dancing.

Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit – Art Journal 1:5

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Yesterday we were on our way to our sweet grand daughters 3rd birthday party and I noticed how clear (no haze) the sky was. As I looked to my left, I could see a perfect and beautiful view of the North Georgia Mountains. It was an absolute beautiful day, and the view of His creation and the amazing and very long awaited Spring blooms were spectacular!

My inspiration for this weeks Art Journal entry was totally inspired by the views we saw yesterday. The sky was my attempt of some beautiful sunsets we’ve had in the past two weeks. I did not do them justice, but it was good practice for me to blend a few colors of acrylic paints and try to get some of colors figured out.

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My flowers were made using Technique Tuesday’s stamps (old set) and a few scraps of a 6X6 paper stack from Hobby Lobby earlier this year. The Decopage added a some texture, but I will use a gel medium next time as it made it difficult to journal.

Below are my notes from study of Matthew 5:3

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As I was studying and looking at so many of the scriptures that use the word virtue or power (Greek dynamis) I began to ponder just how much our lives and world would change for the good if we all would submit to God and allow him to humble our minds. Study of The Word is great for revealing more of Gods character and how he wants us to become more like him. It’s a journey of transformation. Less of us and more of Him.

If we live life choosing to acknowledge how blessed (happy) we are the quality of our existence increases by leaps and bounds. Naturally there is a cost for such an existence. It means we have to lay down the ‘I wants and I need, or I am’ attitude first. The transformation of our mind and heart is a journey and a process of turning over our lives to Him. I pray you are on that journey and finding strength to allow Him to transform your life according to His plans for you.

Blessings!
Donna Lee