Color Your Day

The Color Your Day class was very impressive. This is my last class for the AECP Level II. Sometimes when making a card I get stuck with how much color and what colors. This class centered around how to alleviate those challenges. The Color Wheel is a great start, but I centered in on the 70/20/10 method. When I finished the card it was more like 50/40/10, but I like it. This card went together so easy. I couldn’t get to sleep one night so I thought I would just go start a card and before I new it, I completed it so there are no pictures.

I used the Altenew Shine like a Diamond stamp for the background, and while it was drying stamped the Sweet Nothings flower and leaves on Neenah Classic White cardstock. I used copic markers to lightly color. I’m not very good at shading, but I am pleased overall. I attached the flower with foam tape to the background along with the leaves. I then stamped the Sentiment and adhered that to the background. I used some orange embellishments and attached to a white cardbase.

I hope you enjoy!

Mood Colors

I just took the Altenew In the Mood for Color class. This class was creating cards that convey different moods. Instead of just having a particular color I tried to do a card with different colors, but conveying similar moods. Overall, the blues were supposed to be calming, and the blue green was relaxing. There were not a lot of steps to this, so there is not a lot of pictures.

I used the Altenew Dearest Friend Stamp, with Memento Black Ink, and copics to color. I added a hello out of sparkle paper and a sentiment under it. I also added a few sequins. I mounted to a blue card base. I’m still learning shading, and markers I don’t use very often, but overall I liked this card.

I hope you enjoy!


I just took the Beyond Basic Backgrounds class as as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. Many cool ways of adding to the cards by backgrounds. I initially made an alcohol background, but decided to make a smaller background as the focal point.

I stamped the sentiment and cut the Yupo to get the dimensions on the card correct. The colors were alcohol inks on Yupo paper. I just loved how this turned out. Alcohol inks are such a fun medium to work with. This was a 4.25″ x 5.5″ top folding card.

I used the Altenew Coneflower Stamp after the Alcohol Inks were dried. I used Staz On Ink. I then used some copic markers and just lightly pounded the tip end to create the dots within the leaves. I love this look. I applied a few blings and Altenew dots and adhered to a black backing as a frame. This was a fun card and fairly easy to make.

I hope you enjoy.

Sweet Nothing

I took the Masking Unleashed class as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I’m pretty impressed with Masking, I didn’t think I would be, it takes a little extra time, but it really improves the look.

I used the Sweet Nothings stamp set by Altenew. Stamped the Flower and Sentiment in Altenew Sea Glass and Desert Night ink. I had it in my Misti and went over with Versamark Embossing Ink. Then set it with clear embossing powder and a heat gun. I then lightly inked up the flower, and sprayed perfect pearls mixed with water.

I created a mask and cut out to cover the flower. I then stamped the leaves and lightly covered them with ink. I used a copic marker to highlight the veins in the leaves.

To finish the card I used some splatter and gems. I also scored the card with my score buddy. I added to a card base. I am impressed with the masking technique.

I hope you enjoy!


Bible Heroines – Rahab the Harlot

Joshua 2 and 6

Joshua 2 – Rahab Hides the Spies

Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from [a]Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.”
So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and [b]lodged there. And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, “Behold, men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country.”
So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the country.”
Then the woman took the two men and hid them. So she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. And it happened as the gate was being shut, when it was dark, that the men went out. Where the men went I do not know; pursue them quickly, for you may overtake them.” (But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.) Then the men pursued them by the road to the Jordan, to the fords. And as soon as those who pursued them had gone out, they shut the gate.
Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof, and said to the men: “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. 12 Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father’s house, and give me [c]a true token, 13 and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.”
14 So the men answered her, “Our lives for yours, if none of you tell this business of ours. And it shall be, when the Lord has given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with you.”
15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall. 16 And she said to them, “Get to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you. Hide there three days, until the pursuers have returned. Afterward you may go your way.”
17 So the men said to her: “We will be blameless[d] of this oath of yours which you have made us swear, 18 unless, when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you [e]bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household to your own home. 19 So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we will be [f]guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his [g]blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. 20 And if you tell this business of ours, then we will be [h]free from your oath which you made us swear.”
21 Then she said, “According to your words, so be it.” And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.
22 They departed and went to the mountain, and stayed there three days until the pursuers returned. The pursuers sought them all along the way, but did not find them. 23 So the two men returned, descended from the mountain, and crossed over; and they came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all that had befallen them. 24 And they said to Joshua, “Truly the Lord has delivered all the land into our hands, for indeed all the inhabitants of the country are fainthearted because of us.”

Joshua 6 – The Destruction of Jericho

Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”
Then Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” And he said to the people, “Proceed, and march around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of the Lord.”
So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Lord advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them. The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. 10 Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.” 11 So he had the ark of the Lord circle the city, going around it once. Then they came into the camp and [a]lodged in the camp.
12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13 Then seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually and blew with the trumpets. And the armed men went before them. But the rear guard came after the ark of the Lord, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. 14 And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days.
15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. 16 And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city! 17 Now the city shall be doomed by the Lord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. 18 And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. 19 But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are [b]consecrated to the Lord; they [c]shall come into the treasury of the Lord.”
20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. 21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.
22 But Joshua had said to the two men who had spied out the country, “Go into the harlot’s house, and from there bring out the woman and all that she has, as you swore to her.” 23 And the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her mother, her brothers, and all that she had. So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of Israel. 24 But they burned the city and all that was in it with fire. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. 25 And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father’s household, and all that she had. So she dwells in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

Rahab was another woman in the Bible who was heroic and fierce. Sometimes, I think we believe that God only used strong and smart people to do what he wanted. However, even the women who had difficult lives, living in sin, or who had poor reputations were used to accomplish what was needed. It is those woman who are at times given the most difficult tasks and reaped big rewards. These women may not have had 100 percent faith about God, but it was enough to set the stage for great things. We see right off that women in bible times were not on equal footing as the men. They were expected to be at home in a domestic not a leadership role. Rahab had that going against her, and the fact she was a prostitute.

Imagine being known as a harlot named Rahab. However, she was brave and smart. When the King found out two spies were in town she lied and said she didn’t know where they went. In reality, she hid them on her roof. She knew about the Red Sea being parted and the Israelites’ God. She feared for herself and family, enough so she bargained with the Spies to spare her family. When God looks at us he doesn’t focus on the outward appearance, it is what is inside our hearts he focuses on. Rahab when faced with a stressful situation acted is a cool, strategic manner, that allowed her to save her family and the spies. He used the person Rahab was because of her life experience to help his people.

I get from this story that no matter what we do God can use us if we are willing to do what he needs. Rahab had heard of God, heard of what he did, but never interacted with him. Her lifestyle was such that she wasn’t a well respected person of the community, however, she knew something was there “that mustard seed of wanting something better, or knowing she needed to do this to prove what she suspected.” I also think that if people realize no matter how broken they are, or what type of family they are born into it doesn’t matter to God. He just wants us to love him like he has loved us. Imagine always having that one person who will never leave you. There is a peace there that can’t be expressed.

I hope you find that peace.


Bible Heroines – Tabitha (Dorcas)

Part 2 – Tabitha (Dorcas)

Acts 9:36-42

36 At Joppa there was a certain disciple named [a]Tabitha, which is translated [b]Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. 37 But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. 39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.

Although the bible doesn’t tell a lot about Dorcas, these few verses can give us a few powerful thoughts. Dorcas was a seamstress, a kind and compassionate woman that was known as a person who cared for and helped others. She died, and was brought back to life. And, through this story, brought others to believe in Christ.

Making clothes to help the poor may seem insignificant compared to what the apostles did, but the impact she had on others allowed God to restore her life. The community was hoping for a miracle and that is what they got.

James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

1 Peter 4:10 — 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

How many times have we said “I wish I had that talent?” I know I have. However, when we really think about it, we all have a special gift, or talent. Sometimes it takes a while to figure out what it is, but, anything can be used to help others. To use those gifts we have been given no matter how small or insignificant we think it is can mean bringing God into someones’ life, and giving them the peace that we all need.

20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your [a]unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Dorcas used her gift to help widows and those in need, by making them something so basic such as clothing. She made such an impact by those who knew her, that when she died, they were devastated. They knew that Peter was near, they wanted her back, and because of that fierce love and what she had accomplished, God brought her back. I also believe that God used the situation with Dorcas to create more believers and help spread his word.

I think if we use the analogy of the mustard seed, no matter how small of a deed we do, or positive interaction with an individual, it can make an impact. It can mean bringing someone close versus further away from God. And, it does not go unnoticed by Christ.

I hope this can encourage you to use whatever gift God has blessed you with.


Bible Heroines

I have always wanted to do a study on heroines in the Bible. There have been some bold, fierce, and courageous ones. And, if we dive deeper in the woman’s lives, we can see how god used them, and they were able to spread the word about Jesus. Some of these women came from messy backgrounds, some there is very little known about them. On the surface, they would seem unlikely to do what was needed, but Jesus knew their stories and was able to use them in miraculous ways.

Let look at the verse to help get the gist of what is going on.

Part 1 – A Samaritan Woman at the Well

John 4:1-42

1Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2(though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 3He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4But He needed to go through Samaria. 5So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. 10Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” 13Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” 15The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” 16Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” 19The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” 21Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” 26Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.  27And at this point his disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”28The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29“Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30Then they went out of the city and came to Him. 31In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying,“Rabbi, eat.” 32But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” 33Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to  eat?” 34Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” 39And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41And many more believed because of His own word. 42Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

At the beginning of these verses, you get the sense that God was involved in the events about to happen. The most direct travel route was through Samaria from Judea to Galilee, but Jews would tend to go a longer route (crossing the Jordan and traveling on the eastern side of the river) to avoid harassment. This was in part due to Rabbis thought that the Samaritans were unclean (they intermingled with other nations and were not pure bread). Although we don’t know a lot about the Samaritan woman, we can guess that she was an outcast (married five times, and living with a current man). She could have gone to the well at the hottest time of the day to avoid people. She was a woman, and in that time period they were not trusted, or valued. In that period of time, people who were well off sent someone else to draw water. The Samaritan woman was drawing for herself, so she could have been poor.

Jesus arrives in the heat of the day at a well Jacob gave to Joseph. He was tired from the journey. At that time, the Samaritan woman was there also. Jesus asks for water. They discuss that Jesus is the giver of living water. The Samaritan woman is intrigued and asked if Jesus is greater than Jacob the one whose well they are at. She wants to learn more about the living water. Jesus then tells her to get her husband. She vaguely replied she did not have one. However, Jesus knew she had been married 5 times and was living with another, and let her know he knew about her. Through this conversation, Jesus reveals compassion, love, and engages her in a way that will change her life. It is through this conversation, where he tells her, “I who speak to you am He.” The Samaritan woman leaves her water vessel at the well, and tells everyone about the Messiah.

The disciples are confused as to why Jesus is talking to the woman. They try and get him to eat. He replies that the food is to do the will of God, and to finish his work. These few verses really pack a punch. God used a woman, a Samaritan, an outcast due to her life decisions, and look what she accomplished. Not only did she spread the word about the Messiah, but the Samaritans wanted Jesus to stay an extra two days and talk with them. The bible teaches that because of her spreading the word, many believed that this was the Christ, “the savior of the world.”

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6)

I try and put myself in that time. In spite of the Samaritan woman’s life decisions, she made herself an outcast. However, looking at both sides. She showed great courage, a fierceness in spreading the word, and a desire to learn, which in those times was not the norm for women. Jesus showed compassion, a loving and non-judgmental attitude, which he used to keep her engaged. She in spite of feeling like a sinner was receptive, and craved the life giving water. I love the dialog between the two. The calm conversation vs. her obvious internal struggles shows us we can have the same. God loves us, and wants nothing more than to share himself, his word, and the hope of eternal life with him.

I hope that this story, gives you strong desire to let God be a part of your life. He wants to love and use you to bring others to him.


Level 2 – Magic Marker Techniques

I took the Magic Marker Techniques Class by Altenew for my certification. I had no idea so many ways they could be used. Since I love working with Alcohol Inks, I specifically gravitated toward the alcohol markers. I really like the way they show up on the vellum.

To make the background I scribbled several colors of copic markers on my glass mat and added some isopropyl alcohol. I used the brayer and went over some watercolor paper. Initially, I put some double-sided adhesive to a strip, but took it off. I applied the adhesive to the different elements of the flower. Applying it to the flower made it easier to stick to the watercolor paper, and allowed for a whiter background for the vellum that is colored to show.

I used the Altenew Peony Bouquet stamps and die. After stamping all the pieces with Versamark, I embossed with gold powder, applied the adhesive and cut them out. I used copic markers and started with a light coloring. I then used a little darker color marker and lightly pounced on the flower and leaves. I really like the way they make it look. I arranged the flowers and leaves and put a piece of press-n-seal to lift them all up. I glued them to the background and applied that to a card. I used a Tim Holtz Sentiment and stamped with Black Archival Ink.

This was an easy card, but a little time consuming. However, I am please in how it turned out.

I hope you enjoy!

July 2021 Inspiration Challenge

The July 21 Inspiration Challenge was put up on the blog site, and I immediatly knew what I could do. I had a stamp for awhile that I thought I would use. This was an easy challenge. I used Ranger Sparkle paper. Altenew alcohol inks for the background, and used a blower to move the colors. I used the Hero Arts stamp, and Altenew gold embossing powder. I also used some red WOW embossing powder to emboss on top of the gold. I cut some Tim Holtz metallic paper, used the Altenew hello die and propped it up using some foam. I used a grey card base, and it was complete.