Thursday, September 22, 2016

Butterfly Trio - inspired by Virginia Lu

One day into Fall and a beautiful Indian Summer seems to follow the hot Summer days we had. The days are cooler and much more comfortable. That makes crafting a little easier and the new stamps I purchased give the necessary inspiration!
Well, it was actually Virginia Lu who inspired me with her beautiful summer cards using these butterflies. They can be seen here.
Before I show you my cards, just a huge thank you to those who are so nice to leave me feedback, I really appreciate it. I have recently just came back from a Mission trip to Bratisalava and in a week's time will be in Spain. The time I have over after work are precious hours that I like to be creative in, which means cooking, making jewellry, painting furniture, and yes, card-making!

So this is my first card. I have never used alcohol ink on vellum before, but that is the tip I got from Virginia. Just dab alcohol inks with an applicator on the back of the embossed image, before you cut it out - that is what I did with the butterfly, which is a new stamp set from #Penny Black. The sentiment is #Hero Arts.


This second card is a little different as I stamped and embossed the butterfly direct to the distressed panel, and adhered one pair of vellum wings to give some dimension.

Here is the set.

Thanks for your inspiration, Virginia.

I want to share something with you that might encourage or help somebody who happens upon my blog today.
A little while back I read this sentence:  God is faithful to accomplish the Plan He has for your life - but not your own plans... it was instant revelation. I may seem dumb but I hadn't really grasped this in my spirit. We sometimes think of God being a Father who blesses us in all we do and in our daily lifes, which is true BUT - God has his own specific plan for our lives which could be totally different than ours!! You know the line - Let Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven .... that means HIS will and not mine. This has really dawned on me and I notice myself wanting His Will and His Plans more than ever. And finding the discernment to ask Lord, is this You or is it me???
These following words gave me so much joy - they are confronting, deep and exposing, but the truth will always set us free:

Sometimes….
The thing you never would choose for your life, chooses you for a reason.

Sometimes…
The thing that you’d never pick, picks you to become brave.

Sometimes….
You get what you need  — by walking through what you never wanted.

The thing you never wanted, may turn out to be be the thing you need most.
The thing that may make you fall a bit apart, may be part of what one day holds you a bit together.

There are reasons we don’t understand that someday will help keep us standing, there is pain that isn’t a poison but a prescription, there are broken ways that are actually breaking us free.

The cross you’ve been given —
is always God’s kindest decision. 
The cross you carry — is carrying you toward who you are meant to be. 

The article in which this was written can be found here. I would recommend you read it as many, many people carry crosses we never know about but have a faith that holds on to God no matter what! That's what I call faith!!!

May your day be blessed!
Jacqueline


Monday, August 15, 2016

Sharing

And so it came to pass that we were invited to a Summer Camp gathering of believers a while back. How refreshing to sit in a circle and see everybody's face and not the back of their heads for an hour. The prayer requests seemed to emerge from a corner that was also very refreshing such as let's pray that the wars will stop, for the terror groups etc. Not even, please pray for my big toe or for my mother or even please ask the Lord to heal 'me'. On looking a bit closer I realised that this group were handicapped, intelligently challenged people... I had received the sermon already, no need for a further word from God as He chooses the weak to confound the strong .....
But again I was surprised to see an old man convey some beautiful truths from his own life of suffering. He said that if we try to understand God's Ways in our lives then we get a short circuit (doesn't sound right, but I am translating from Dutch). We have to trust God, not try to understand. And then I was conveyed back to my birthday last year when I heard God say just one word, and that was SURRENDER. Surrender, meaning letting go of control, letting God do it His Way and not yours, giving up the stubborn attitudes! I have to say that my life changed after that, but for how long before the old ways start to creep back in again? 
We need God's Grace every day!
 

A couple of cards I managed to make when the outdoors is really calling and it's so hot and sticky that my arm is sticking to my desk everytime I lift my hand from the mouse pad ;)



I used a Seringe stamp from a very old Stampin' Up set and some butterflies from my scrap drawer.
Sentiments are Hero Arts.

We have a National holiday today. Hope you enjoy yours!

Jacqueline



Friday, July 15, 2016

Sharing

A new wave of terror has hit Nice and we have had destructive forest fires with high winds destroying 400 hectares of land in one day here in our area! The high winds have not helped the fire-fighters who have been out in full force helped with Canadairs and Trackers. One village had to evacuate completely. The billows of smoke can be seen for miles. Between France and Spain, the border faces 35 miles of cars carrying people on their way to their holiday destination, stuck in traffic!

But there is good news because God still reigns!

At the moment I am on holiday and the temperatures have not been above 30°C this week so I crafted a bit and made this tag.
 
 
Made with snippets of patterned paper, a diecut and two swallows.

Our Rodney and Lola had a beautiful wedding.

I am very tired and need rest and recuperation. I still hope to post now and again. Many greetings and have a wonderful summer holiday!
Jacqueline


Saturday, June 11, 2016

A 'different' kind of card

So kind of you all to give me feedback on my last post - thank you!
We are having hot, heavy weather at the moment and that is not so inviting to sit down and create but I need to make a card so now and then!
Betty sent me some beautiful apertures a while back. I was planning on making wedding cards, but it just hasn't been an inspired idea. So I thought of using up my punched out circles from my snippets box (I just read that word and felt it nicer than 'scraps').
I filled up my circle with all the coordinating blue circles and once again they have come in useful.



Have a lovely weekend!
Jacqueline

Monday, May 23, 2016

Sharing

Hello everyone. I have had a creative weekend. The inspiration has been flowing to other things lately. First time in ages I succeeded in making a tag too with two strips of patterned paper and a tag base I found in a patterned paper pad.


I really want to THANK all of you who commented on my grand-daughter in my last post. I truly did not expect so much love, so it was such a blessing! But, I have not seen more of her than the photo I posted. Not saying this as a bad thing, but my son and family live in Holland and I will be seeing my granddaughter for the first time in June. In June our eldest son, Rodney is getting married. He is the boy who had his colon removed due to a genetical illness. He found the girl of his dreams. As you may know, Rodney is a christian and his deepest wish was to marry a girl who shares the same Biblical faith. Lola, his financé came to know the Lord two months after they met. Talk about miracles! We were introduced to her on a Sunday afternoon last year in October and we really felt that the Lord's Hand was on her life. During our conversation, my hubby started talking about Jesus with her and she was very open. All of a sudden she started sobbing and she said she felt something heavy on her heart was lifted.... the Holy Spirit Himself just drew her to Him and she became a child of God. Yes, it can be as easy as that! We are so thankful!


Here is a photo of Rodney and Lola.

Secondly, a lot of my creativity has gone to repainting old cupboards. I picked up a gem a couple of weeks ago. It was a dirty old corner cupboard in brown and white which I painted a very rustic gray color. I love the rustic style so most of my painting is submitted to sand paper after I have finished to give it an old look. This one I might just leave as is... it fit perfectly into a corner where I wanted it!


I also want to share a photo I took of my wall one morning while I was praying. I looked up and saw how the light filtering through the window left beautiful shadows of the leaves and foilage but I didn't expect to see the big heart! I suddenly realised that I had been reading and meditating  1 Corinthians 13 about the LOVE of God! How Love is not resentful and irritated, not seeking it's own way etc. I think that God was giving me a nudge in the right direction!


Before I share my card, I want to say a huge thanks for the comments I get. I have not been on the blog a lot. My eyes hurt if I am on the computer too much and to have to make a photo, upload it, write a blog post, find the photo etc. it all takes time. So I go with the flow and when I have something to share I do.


Here is the card I made. I rarely make cards without birds, I think its just a weakness!

Life is beautiful!
Until next time,
Jacqueline x



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Another Tag card and ..my second grand-daughter arrived

Yes, I'm still here. I am sharing another tag-card I made.


 She was born in April and her name is Jamairah Loïs.




Thanks for your visit - I am not so active on the blogs lately..
Love to you all
Jacqueline



Friday, April 22, 2016

Collage Tag card

So I had this flower in my scrap basket... why only use it for Christmas... so I had a little play with papers which I punched out in the form of Tags and placed the flower just above the leaf.


With a collage design it doesn't matter what you add so I adhered a strip of patterned paper and a little flower to finish it off.



Yesterday I made a Home Decor project with tags on an A4 sheet of paper.
I hope it gives you some ideas and inspires you to make one yourself, and if you do, I'd love to see it.
The tags are 5 1/2 by 3 1/4 cm, or 2 1/4 by 1 1/4 inch.

Have a lovely weekend!
Jacqueline