When The Church Prays

It’s ironic how my gift of creativity has such a hard time being used to worship God. As a papercrafter I should be able to create gorgeous pages in my Bible. I struggle with it though. The struggle is worse than any other I have in art. Regardless, I still desire to do it. Even though my pages may not be beautiful or even good, God does use them to speak and teach me through the process and that is what matters.

Gather Together

Joy Clair has the best most extensive stamps for Bibles. You can also use them on cards. The Gather Together set was perfect for my recent prayer.

The key to using wet mediums in Bible is clear Gesso! Apply a layer and let it dry. Once it is dry it not only allows no bleed through it primes the surface to accept the medium. For this page I used a combination of Distress Ink and watercolor along with ink to stamp with.

Revelation

As I am writing this post I am having a conversation with God. Complaining about how I resent the church because of the pain and hurt several leaders and members have inflicted on me dating all the way back to my childhood. Gently, he reminds me that I have spent the majority of my life in church, therefore it is natural that the majority of my hurt and pain have happened there and in my family. It is where I have not only physically been the majority of my life, but it is where I have been emotionally invested. The church is made up of people just like me. People hurt sometimes. I need to extend the forgiveness and understanding that I so easily can give the rest of the world to the church.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Joy Clair New Releases are Live!

I am super excited to share with you two of the new Joy Clair releases! I created a Bible art piece with one and a card wit the other. I also made two ATC with them as well!

Hope

Instead of using the new Hope Stamp Set as a way to express hope, I used it as a way to show strength and take on a warrior attitude. I have Celiac Disease. For years I prayed that God would heal me even though I did not know what I had. Once I got the diagnosis and avoided gluten the symptoms pretty much disappeared. Though my body did grow weary my soul did not – hence the saying and verse!

For the ATC I portrayed a warrior and thought of all of my fellow sisters who struggle with cancer and other diseases.

I found the “We Can Do It” card set in Washington DC last simmer. I gessoed the base and went over it with a wet paint brush and wiped the face clean. Once it was dry I stamped my image and words.

Mermaid at Heart

This might be my favorite new release set! The tail is a perfect sassy flirt and the sayings coordinate beautifully. For the card, I picked up some specialty paper at my local craft store and embossed it. I simply stamped the sentiment on another sheet and layered it. For the tail, I embossed it in black and used watercolor markers to shade it in. I made it shiny with Glossy accents!

I mimicked the process on the ATC, just working on a smaller scale.

Make sure you check out the shop for all the new releases and hop and check out what the other designers did with different stamp sets!

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Joy Clair Blog Hop — Saved By Grace

Are you ready for another wonderful blog hop? Today the designers for Joy Clair have teamed up to bring you more new stamp projects featuring the new Color Faith line!

My stamp set is the large Saved By Grace. It has the most beautiful doodled flowers and large script words! Alll of my projects are created with gelatos.

Faith Bible Art

This is not my favorite Bible art page I have ever created. I have decided to share it with you because it is the base of what got me started with this set and the gelatos. I learned a lot as I completed it. My intention was to create a watercolor page. By doing so I learned how to use water with the gelatos.

First I tried to create an ombre affect by mixing gelatos with water and painting them on a clear gessoed Bible page. Once it dried, I tried to stamp with the gelatos, but did not like the look, so I stamped with a waterproof ink and colored them in the same way I colored the background. The page was finished off by stamping “Faith” and “Love”.

The Card

To create this card I first stamped a bunch of the words with white and heat set it with embossing powder. I applied my gelatos on top of the stamped image and wipped of the words as I blended out the gelatos.

To create the flowers, I first stamped the images, painted them with gelatos, cut them out and layered them.

This card turned out super cute! A few gems to make up the center and a couple dots of Dew Drops to finish it off.

Grace ATC

My expectations for this ATC were not high. I was not sure how the gelatos would react with the vinyl , but I tried it and ended up liking it a lot!

The texture makes this interesting! To create the ATC, I first stamped the flowers and heat set them. I applied the gelatos directly on the ATC and rubbed it out with my finger. I took a baby wipe and lightly buffed the top of the flowers to let the embossed image shine through for more definition. Grace was stamped with white pigment ink and embossing powder that I heat set. A few dots of Dew Drop was the final touch.

Now it is time to hop! Please hop through all the blogs to see the rest of the fantastic new releases! Don’t forget to leave a comment in each blog along the way.

Joy Clair Blog – https://joyclair.typepad.com/blog/2019/05/color-by-faith-collection-new-release-may-inspirational-blog-hop.html&nbsp;

Martha Lucia – https://wp.me/p5TnaH-6Rm

Connie Hyde Mercer https://www.craftygoodies.com/2019/05/new-release-blog-hop-with-joy-clair-day_14.html

Kerry Urbatch – https://thestampingbug.blogspot.com/2019/05/new-release-joy-clairs-heir-of-god.html

Jowilna Nolte http://www.jowilnanolte.co.za/color-by-faith-new-stamps-by-joy-clair/

Bet Golden – https://betzgolden.com/?p=4099

Helen Gullet – www.helengullett.com/?p=17263

Angie Cimbalo – https://cimbacreativefun.blogspot.com/2019/05/color-by-faith-blog-hop-joy-clairs.html

Ceal Pritchett – https://simplybeautifulcreations.blogspot.com/2019/05/joy-clair-new-release-bloghop-part-2.html

Lindsay Adreon – https://craftingwhilecaffeinated.wordpress.com/easy-custom-sentiments

Jessica Kaiser – https://freshbyjess.blogspot.com/2019/05/may-joy-clair-blog-hop-color-by-faith.html

Karen Letchworth – https://karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com/2019/05/heir-of-god-from-joy-clair-stamps.html

Donna – https://myblogidlet.blogspot.com/2019/05/joy-clair-2019-may-new-release-blog-hop.html

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Color By Faith Blog Hop

I am participating in another exciting blog hop with Joy Clair! This hop is all about the Color By Faith stamp line. I must confess that I am still new to Bible art. These stamps are fabulous and have really helped me learn this new form of art. Over the last few months I have created several pages.

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the Color by Faith Blog Hop, Joy Clair Stamps is giving away a $25 Gift Card to One lucky winner. Winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on participating blogs, so make sure to visit each stop and leave a comment. Leave comments by 11:59 pm ET 04-05-2019 on all participating blogs. Winner will be announced on the Joy Clair Blog on 04-30-2019

Unashamed

The first page I created with the Color by Faith line was this one:

I shared this a couple of months ago for another hop.

My Cup Runneth Over

The next page is my favorite so far! The stacked teacups makes me smile 🙂

This also is the first Bible art page I did on YouTube LIVE!

Leave the 99

The last one I am sharing with you is based off of the lyrics of my favorite song –Reckless Love. The little sheep is just darling! Here is how this one came together:

Please make sure you hop through the rest of the blogs provided below. I am a novice on this subject and find so much inspiration in the designers listed below! I am sure you will as well. Also, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. I do a lot with Joy Clair stamps on it and you will get insight into upcoming design team posts 🙂

JoyClair Blog 

MarthaLucia Gomez 

Connie Hyde Mercer 

Angie Cimbalo 

Karen Letchworth 

Jessica Kaiser 

Monica Maier 

Kerry Urbatch 

Donna Idlet 

BetzGolden 

Lindsay Adreon 

Ceal Pritchett 

Jowilna Nolte Helen Gullet

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Save Us Now!

Below is a recent post for the Joy Clair blog I wrote. The saying that stuck out to me was “Save Us Now”. I recently have been praying for things and God has been telling me no. I fire back to the Almighty the reason I have trust issues with Him is because He tells me no. He then will remind me that He is not a genie in a bottle. I can’t just rub him, make a wish and BOOM I get it. He is the sovereign God that knows everything and all things work for good. My prayer has shifted from asking what I want to just “Save me now!” I knew that when I read this passage in Matthew 21 and saw that sentiment it was from Him. I stamped it over and over again as I cried out in my spirit to Him. Sure enough, the next day I thanked God for something he said no to me about. Had he said yes it would have been a disaster.

One of the things I have set out to do this year is get into Bible Journaling. God gave me a passion for art and a creative mind. It only makes sense that He would speak to me through it. Once a week I sit down for a few hours and create in my Bible. I always turn on praise and worship songs when I do it and just let my spirit go. My pages are not where I want them to be from an artistic point of view, but that’s okay. It is not so much about creating beautiful art as much as it communicating with my maker. Here is a recent page I created:

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I really was drawn to the palm leaves and liked how it represented Jesus coming into town. I wanted to create a set of cards to mail out to remind my loved ones of the real reason for Easter.

Cards

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The cards are rather simple with a few special touches. The kraft card stock is a nice compliment to the green palm leaves and Rinea Foiled paper. I did quite a bit of embossing on these cards to amp up the simplicity of them. 

Bible art stamps are not only great for your Bible, but for cards and other projects. A lot of times people really need positive encouragements and reminders that they are loved. There is not better way to show this than through a card made with God’s love.

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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden