Welcome to my blog! Today I am celebrating the launch of a brand new online Christian Creative Community: His Kingdom Come. A team of talented Christian artists have come together to launch this exciting new community and I am one of the moderators for the “Crafts, Cards & Stamping” group.
His Kingdom Come is an online Community where fellow Christians can encourage, share and learn about Christianity and explore the God-given creativity that he has put in us all. It will be a safe place to share your faith, be inspired, and explore creativity across many art mediums – journaling, mixed media, painting, bible journaling, textiles, watercolor and more. His Kingdom Come will offer free tutorials, technique classes, devotionals, crafts to celebrate the holidays, opportunities to go deeper in your faith and in your knowledge of God and the Bible. The website will also offer Christian artists a platform to host classes (free or fee-based) which you will be able to sign up for.
I will be one of the moderators for the “Crafts, Cards & Stamping” group. I wanted to share a little about who I am and my creativity!
I have been married to the man of my dreams, Jack, for 45 years this November. Together we have 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren. I am a life-long Christian and love the Lord beyond measure. Sharing my faith with others, especially our grandchildren, is such a privilege and responsibility that I don’t take lightly.
I am an avid crafter and have been my entire life. I learned to sew at an early age and that grew into quilting as an adult. I discovered stamping, card making and paper crafts 13 years ago and can honestly say that is my favorite form of crafting now. I taught stamping as an independent demonstrator for 8 years and left that company 5 years ago. Since then I have enjoyed many forms of paper arts including faith art journaling which was introduced to me by Diane Marra via her inspirational blog, Adore Him Creations, and videos.
How does your faith impact your creativity?
As with everything in my life, God is the center. All gifts come from Him and I hope that my faith shows through with each and every project. Whether I make a birthday card with balloons, a tag with girly frills, a faith art journal page that will focus on scripture or anything else, I know that God is there helping and inspiring me all along the way.
Why did you accept the moderator position for this group?
I saw a You Tube video from Shonna Bucaroff & Diane Marra announcing this wonderful new community and knew I wanted to be an active participant. They indicated that there were volunteer positions available for those interested in becoming a Moderator. As with so many things in my life, I felt God had his hand on my heart leading me first to the community then wanting me to apply. I sent an email off immediately asking to be considered. I can’t say exactly why I wanted this so badly, but just knew in my heart that it was something God wanted me to do.
What do you want the group to be, do, etc.
I would love to see everyone participate and I feel strongly that everyone has something to contribute both craft-wise as well as spiritually. We can all learn from each other and have fun sharing in the process.
Swaps have become quite popular over the past few years and that is something I would love to integrate into this group.
I have several projects in mind that I plan to introduce in January after the busy Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The first ongoing project will be called “Pray it Forward”. This will combine scripture, prayer and sharing a small art project. Details of this will be post the first week in January.
In addition we will be having a monthly ATC swap that will go hand-in-hand with Diane Marra’s year-long “Take Me Deeper” Faithart Journaling class. Diane thought this would be a perfect mix of creating both a journal page along with a matching ATC and I whole-heartedly agree.
We may have a challenge or two along the way as well other swaps, so please stay connected for those announcements.
What other areas of creativity do you dabble in?
Crafting is something I have done my entire life and has been in many forms. I learned to sew from my Mother at an early age and at that time I typically made clothing. During high school I was chosen by our sewing teacher, Mrs. Survant, to participate in a local downtown department store’s fashion show where we sewed our outfits and then modeled them (picture below of that event). Mrs. Survant taught us to turn the garment inside out and check the construction first; she was critical and taught us to be as well. That may be where my eye for detail first was developed. After we were married I continued making clothing for our family as a young mother of 4 and often took classes along the way. Stretch and Sew became very popular in the 70s because they taught a way to make t-shirts in 30 minutes. I took many of those classes and still have the manuals, patterns and my notes. From there I taught myself to quilt and enjoyed cutting up a variety of fabrics to make beautiful creations.
Over the years I took a variety of classes that were held locally including decoupage, ceramics and cake decorating to name a few.
My introduction to rubber stamping and paper crafting about 14 years ago became my absolutely favorite type of crafting and that love remains to this day. I have made books, cards, banners, gift bags and boxes and have loved every minute of it. I was introduced to faith art journaling by Diane Marra on her You Tube channel and through her I learned to incorporate scripture and art. Through her I learned Faithart Journaling and that took on a whole new meaning of crafting to me.
This is probably way more information that you would expect or even want to read about, but that is just me, I tend to offer more information than is required sometimes. That maybe a good thing though as I remember hearing at a retreat once to do more than we are expected to do…..
What are your hopes for this new community?
With so much negativity surrounding us from every direction these days, I would love to see this community thrive with faith-filled individuals who uplift each other through prayer, faith and art. I pray that His-Kingdom-Come grows by leaps and bounds and through everyone’s artwork and positivity bring many closer to God.
Where to find me:
For those who may not know, I started a You Tube channel earlier this year also called Craftoncue.
I have many crafty pins on craftlin Pinterest page.
Please remember to comment on my post here on my blog and join our community www.his-kingdom-come.com . We will randomly choose one lucky winner from the people who joined our community today to win a great prize .
I hope you are as excited as I am at being part of this online venture. Our vision is to build an online community not just be a project-led site. A place where you can find encouragement, share your heart and your problems and find inspiration and friendship.
To join our community please visit His Kingdom Come