"The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8

Friday, 4 November 2016

It's been a while...

It has been a while since I have been on here and I have to say it will probably be a while before I am on here again. Life has become just a little bit busy, maybe a tad stressful at times and my cardmaking has sadly suffered for it. On the upside I have been spending some more time outside in the garden and enjoying God's beautiful creation (along with the dog, sheep, chickens and duck).

"The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands."
Psalm 19:1

I did spend a little bit of time making some cards for our local Brunswick Show (one of Australia's biggest one day shows). I was thrilled to get 5 firsts, two seconds and a highly commended. I also took out the overall cardmaking trophy (third year in a row!!). 

Both of my daughters also entered items this year. The eldest won first for her chocolate brownies and second for an "item using a gluing technique" - she made a paper mache turtle. The youngest won second for her salt dough bowl that she made and painted.

Here are a few photos:
Alshandra, Alshandra's corner, Elizabeth Whisson, handmade card, copics, stamping, whimsy stamps, silver fairy
First Place - Child theme greeting card with stamping
Whimsy Stamps - Silver Fairy

Alshandra, Alshandra's corner, Elizabeth Whisson, handmade card, copics, stamping, whimsy stamps, sweet blossom
Whimsy Stamps - Sweet Blossom

Alshandra, Alshandra's corner, Elizabeth Whisson, handmade card, copics, stamping, power poppy, powerpoppy, tulips in hobnail pitcher
Second Place - Non-child theme greeting card with stamping
PowerPoppy - Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher

Alshandra, Alshandra's corner, Elizabeth Whisson, handmade card, christmas card, no stamping, our daily bread designs
Highly commended - Christmas card without stamping
Using Our Daily Bread Designs and other dies

Alshandra, Alshandra's corner, Elizabeth Whisson, handmade card, thank you card, no stamping,
First Place - Non-child theme greeting card without stamping
Using various dies

Alshandra, Alshandra's corner, Elizabeth Whisson, handmade card, copics, christmas, powerpoppy, power poppy, heaven and nature sing,
First Place - Christmas card with stamping
PowerPoppy - Heaven and Nature Sing

chocolate brownies
First Place - chocolate brownies
paper mache turtle
Second Place - Item using gluing technique
salt dough bowl
Second Place - Item made from salt dough

So that's it from me for a while. Cards will still be made, occasionally, but may not always be posted. My Copics will not be forgotten either :-) Thank you all so much for looking.
I can't say for sure when my next post will be (but I don't think I will post much in 2017 - aiming to be back on a more regular basis in 2018). So until then, thank you and take care.


I'll leave you with a few (maybe more than a few :-) verses:

God Creates His Kingdom
 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1
"God saw all that he had made, and behold, it was very good." Genesis 1:31
"The LORD God commanded the man, saying, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die."" Genesis 2:16-17

But people reject God
"When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate." Genesis 3:6
 "And I will put enmity between you [the serpent] and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel." Genesis 3:15

and God banished them from the Garden
"So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken." Genesis 3:23

Everyone has rejected God
"For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23

But God loves us so much
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believes in him shall have eternal life" John 3:16

Jesus is the way
"For the wages of sin is death, 
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
Jesus said... "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

because of what He did for us
"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures." 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

If you have faith in Jesus, our sins are forgiven, we are washed clean
"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17


But life is not always rosey...but our focus must remain on Jesus
 "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
James 1:1-4 

"And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Hebrews 12:1b-2

 "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."
Hebrews 11:1 



"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever."
Isaiah 40:8

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Wedding Rose

I love my Copic markers and I've been using them for about 4 years now and its been a big learning curve - but you can always learn more. I've found Kit & Clowder to be a great community of inspiration, learning and fun and am glad I found their facebook community and Alyce's online classes. 

http://www.kitandclowder.com/

Alyce announced a while back that she is getting married in October this year and wanted the community to join in. She offered a free wedding rose colouring class (more info on the FB page here) and once coloured, we can send the rose(s) to her and Jon. 

This is the rose I coloured:
Elizabeth Whisson, Alshandra, wedding, rose, blue rose, copic, Kit and Clowder

My children also did some roses (sorry no pictures) and they are on their way to Alyce and Jon :-)

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Fragrance

I had intended to enter the Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light monthly challenge quite a few weeks ago but only just got around to making my card this week! Better late than never right?? :-) Here is my card:

Elizabeth Whisson, Alshandra, Our Daily Bread Designs, Fragrance, prismacolor pencils, flowers, butterflies, with love, double stitched rectangles, bitty butterflies, lovely leaves, mini tags and labels, mini tag sentiments, handmade card

The challenge was "Anything that grows" - I've stamped the image from Our Daily Bread Designs "Fragrance" numerous times onto kraft cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with prismacolor pencils. I've then diecut the piece using Our Daily Bread Designs Double Stitched Rectangles dies. I've also used ODBD Bitty Butterflies, ODBD Lovely Leaves dies, ODBD Bitty Blossoms dies, ODBD Mini Tags and Labels dies and ODBD Mini Tag Sentiments stamp set. 

Here is a closer look:
Elizabeth Whisson, Alshandra, Our Daily Bread Designs, Fragrance, prismacolor pencils, flowers, butterflies, with love, double stitched rectangles, bitty butterflies, lovely leaves, mini tags and labels, mini tag sentiments, handmade card
 
 Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Speed colouring - Mo Manning Mother to Be

Just a quick little video to share with you today - a Copic speed colouring video of Mo Manning's Mother to Be digital stamp. You can find the video here on my You Tube channel.

These are the copic colours I used:
Elizabeth Whisson, Alshandra, Mo Manning, Mother to Be, handmade card, Copic, speed colouring, tutorial, video, outdoor backgrounds, clouds, grass, pregnant,
Except that I missed out the R20 as blush on the cheeks.

This video is just colouring the Mother to be, for a tutorial on how I did the clouds and grass please visit this blog post.

Here is a larger picture of the finished card:
Elizabeth Whisson, Alshandra, Mo Manning, Mother to Be, handmade card, Copic, speed colouring, tutorial, video, outdoor backgrounds, clouds, grass, pregnant,

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Sweet Simple Things

Spent a lovely afternoon yesterday colouring in this digital stamp from PowerPoppy called "Sweet Simple Things". I just adore PowerPoppy images!


I've printed the digital stamp onto X-Press It blending card and coloured with Copic markers. 

Copic colours used include BV11, BV13, BV17, RV13, RV17, YR21, YR27, Y06, Y15, Y17, Y26, Y38, YG25, YG61, YG63, YG67, G21, G24, G28, E70, E74, E79, C1, C4 and C6.

I was undecided about the background but eventually went for an ombre green of YG67 at the bottom, YG63 in the middle and YG61 at the top, instead of usually green for grass and blue for sky. 

I've stamped bees from Our Daily Bread Designs Butterfly and Bugs onto X-Press It blending card, coloured with Copics and diecut with ODBD Butterfly and Bugs dies. 

For the little butterfly I took one of the sentiments from PowerPoppy Juicy Strawberries and printed it really small (I also stretched it out horizontally) and then diecut with the butterfly die from ODBD Butterfly and Bugs dies. Added a little BV Copic around the outside and then blended it back out with the colourless blender. 

The butterfly and bees are popped up on foam tape and I've added some glossy accents to all the bees' wings. The ribbon I used originally had white dots but my Y17 Copic fixed that :-)

It's a little hard to see but the second yellow flower from the left also has a little love-heart see-through button glued in the centre :-)

I am entering my card in the PowerPoppy Power & Spark challenge - B Happy - to make things that start with "B" the focus of your card. I have a beehive, bees, butterfly and button :-)

Thanks for looking!
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