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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.

Joshua 24:15

Documented Life Journal Page – Joshua 24:15

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.


Nativity Bookmark

Nativity Bookmark


Faithart Journal Page from Kingdom Come Workshop - Week 3

Faithart Journal Page from Kingdom Come Workshop – Week 3


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.

Yes, that's me in 1967 modeling the dress I made.

Yes, that’s me in 1967 modeling the dress I made.

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.

Birthday Card I made for our granddaughter

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


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As hard as it is to believe Fall is upon us and in some parts of the country winter has actually arrived early.  I’m always  in awe of the amazing colors that fill our world during this time of the year.  The lush green leaves from summer are now turning into bold shades of red and orange leaving just a hint of green behind.  Before we know it, the leaves will be gone and along with it the brilliance of the Fall landscape.  In the spirit of the beautiful colors of the season along with an inspirational card contest from Art Impressions Stamps, I spent time yesterday making a card depicting the colors of red, orange and gold and adding just a sprinkle of green to say farewell to summer.

The pumpkins were stamped with Timber Brown Staz On and colored with Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits.  The tendrils of the pumpkins were highlighted with the Glitter Gelly Roll pen by Sakura.  Vintage Photo Distress Ink  was used around the edges.  I’m always drawn to leaf shapes, so I decided to enhance the card with some hand painted leaves.  Since I’m not an artist the course of action I took was to pull out some white card stock and randomly paint a variety of Twinkling H20s on the sheet.  I set it aside to dry.  My leaf punch was used for the shapes.  They are so pretty in person, each leaf has a different color combination with a slight twinkle because of the paint that was used.  A small glue dot was adhered to the back of each leaf and the edges were fluffed to add a little dimension.

Recently I purchased a 100 yard spool of white Hug Snug and knew this was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at dying the rayon seam binding.  Several shades of green reinkers were tested, but Mellow Moss was the winner by a landslide.  I must admit the process was quite easy and the results were just beautiful.  What took me so long to try this???  If you’ve been hesitant to try your hand at this dying technique have no fear, it’s easy, cost-effective and the results are spectacular.  I would highly recommend it.

Participating in the Art Impressions card contest is something I wanted to try my hand at, so it was fun to begin with the color scheme and see where it would lead me.  I must admit I was skeptical at first to use gold on the card because I was unsure if it would make it too gaudy, but adding the 3 small brads on the band actually added to the overall design and I was happy with that addition.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my new obsession with Art Impressions stamps.  I was looking for something new in the stamp world and quite by accident ran into Bonnie’s tutorials and website.  Her company has been around for years, but her techniques and stamps were all new to me.  Even though Bonnie has a plethora of images, I was drawn to the Watercolor Series stamps.  I ordered the catalog so I could take my time and decide where I wanted to begin.  With the enormous selection of stamps offered I knew I had to use some self-discipline when placing my first order.  After careful consideration, I decided on the Watercolor 4 Series, some LePlume Markers along with a few extras to work with.  I can’t tell you how wonderful Bonnie is to work with and her artistic talent is amazing.  My package arrived quickly and a special surprise was enclosed, the 3 pumpkin stamp.  Needless to say this was my stamp of choice for the monthly Art Impressions Contest and my starting point.


Pumpkin Stamp from Art Impressions Stamps
Hug Snug Seam Binding (purchased from the Zipperstop here)
Card stock and paper from SU
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Reinker from SU
Prismacolor pencils
Odorless mineral spirits (aka Gamsol)
Timber Brown Staz On Ink
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder
Leaf punch – Tonic Studios
Gold brads – Hobby Lobby I think
Twinkling H20s (love these)
Gelly Roll Glitter Pen by Sakura
Glue Dots
Scor Tape

Thanks for visiting and many blessings to you this Fall season.


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I want to quickly share a card I made for our daughter & son-in-law to take to a wedding they were attending last weekend.

I recently saw a tutorial for making a wedding dress from a Spellbinders die and decided that would be a perfect start for this card.  The wedding invitations were cream and dark brown, so that was the color scheme I decided to use.  To add a little extra detail to the dress, I stamped swirls with the Frost Versamark Ink to make a tone on tone effect (this doesn’t show up on the picture, but is a subtle effect in person).  The cream colored pearls used to enhance the flowers on the hemline of the dress were taken from a Recollections faux pearls embellishment that I disassembled (the matching swirl is attached to the top right portion of the card).  The sentiment was embossed with copper embossing powder.

If you are looking for an excellent tutorial for creating one of these cute dresses, hop on over to Valita’s Designs and Fresh Folds.  Valita is an extremely talented artist and has a plethora of fabulous ideas on her blog.


Shimmery White & Chocolate Brown card stock – Stampin’ Up!
Tan background paper from Paper Wishes
Versamark Frost Ink Pad
Swirl stamp used on dress from Technique Tuesday
Love Stamp from Anna Griffin
Versamark Ink (regular pad)
Copper Embossing Powder from SU
Scalloped Circle die from Spellbinders
Recollections Faux Pearls from Michaels
Dimensionals from SU
Scor Tape
Glossy Accents used to adhere small pearls to dress
Fiskars small 5 petal punch (purchased at JoAnns)
Teeny Tiny 5 petal punch from Fancy Crafts (you can find this dual punch here)
Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive (to adhere the flowers together and attach to the card)

Until next time, blessings to you and thanks for visiting.

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Oh how I wish I were a better photographer. This card truly looks much better in person. With that being said I still want to share this card with you. It is for our youngest daughter’s 7th wedding anniversary. I was inspired by a black & white card I saw at Scrapnextras.. This is my take on a black and white card adding just a bit of red for interest. The pearls were added to enhance the Cuttlebug embossing for that extra special touch.

Products used for this product are:

Shimmery White, Real Red & Basic Black card stock from SU
Self-adhesive pearls
Spellbinders dies
Sentiment and swirl stamps from SU
Ribbon from Hobby Lobby
Cuttlebug Embossing folder
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Oh yes, I used the Bow Easy to make the bow. Have you tried that tool?

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I wanted to make a Thank You card that was something my hubby would be able to send to a business associate.  My picture of this isn’t great, but the card in person turned out very well and was one of the quickest and easiest cards I’ve made.  I used scrap ribbon and card stock along with a simple sentiment and it was ready to go.

It's doesn't get easier than this.

It's doesn't get easier than this.

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I’m rushing to get ready for a wedding, but wanted to share the card I made for this event.  Since this is Glenda’s second marriage and our cousin Bobby’s first, I wanted to make something non-traditional.  She lives in the country and he loves being casual, so I thought this would be appropriate for them.  My thought process was to add country flair but with a touch of elegance too.  I used black & white gingham ribbon, some brown taffeta and a small string of pearls to add both flavors to the card.  I used Arches paper to stamp the image and Prismacolor pencils for coloring the image.  I think it is a good twist on the traditional and I hope they like it.

Country Elegance card

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