Monday, March 4, 2013

...the strength of my heart...

I wanted to use this week's Word Art Wednesday verse for the past several days. This has become my newest favorite verse. My health is poor but I usually tell people my heart is strong in what counts. I know that I won't live forever and the body eventually fails us all, so this verse is truly a positive outlook when we know that God is our strength and we'll be with Him forever.

This afternoon I was finally inspired to create this card with the help of this Tic Tac Toe challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas.

I chose to illustrate the diagonal for flowers, three patterned papers, and distressed plus a die cut element:

I chose warm colors to match the bright sunshine outside today (even though my world is white, still covered with snow - wishful thinking!). I don't usually mix that many colors at once, but I think mood rather than logic led the color choices this time. The verse itself was printed on white cardstock and stippled with Buttercup and Smoothie inks, then the edges were distressed and sponged with Vineyard Berry.   It was matted on Kraft cardstock and then again on a Spellbinder's Nestabilities Floral Ovals die. My latest creative endeavor is matting sentiments that don't fit any of my die cuts on one that partially shows, at least on two sides. Who says everything needs to be the "right" size?
The papers were scraps of Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye and an unknown/forgotten stripe. Some of the edges were distressed by scraping a fingernail along the edges, slightly turning the edge upward. Others were distressed by sponging with Cocoa ink. The stacked flowers are all from Prima and have heart buttons tied with Sunflower wasy flax, inspired by the challenge at A Gem of a Challenge.
I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge #69 - Button It (two heart buttons on flowers)
Die Cuttin' Divas #104 - Tic Tac Toe above - flowers, 3 dp, & distressed + die cut
Word Art Wednesday #69 - anything goes with Scripture or encouraging sentiment
Thank you for visiting. May God strengthen your heart in the things that count!


ScrappyHappyMommy said...

Very beautiful card and I love the verse. Thanks for joining us this week at Die Cuttin' Divas for our Tic Tac Toe challenge.

DT Die Cuttin' Divas

ScrappyHappyMommy said...

I love your card. The verse is perfect. Thanks for joining us this week at Die Cuttin' Divas for our Tic Tac Toe challenge.

DT Die Cuttin' Divas

Karen Letchworth said...

I just LOVE this, Vickie. Great use of the scripture, and I'm SO blessed to hear that it was a special one for you. I wasn't aware that your health was suffering, but what a joy to know that the Lord will sustain you FOREVER. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing your heart (and your art) with us in this week's challenge. I'm so grateful for your friendship, fellowship, and participation in our challenges. You are such a joy to know, and i thank you for sharing your talent with us.
Word Art Wednesday

Rea said...

Beautiful DP you chose for your card. I am so happy to see you used the Scripture offered at WAW this week and thanks for joining us at the challenge too.

Desire Fourie said...

This is so beautifully designed. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
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Pamela said...

Beautiful card . Thank you for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge.

Pam x

Helen said...

Just beautiful - such great words and your card matches them perfectly. The little heart buttons in the middles of the flowers finish them perfectly.

Thanks for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge.

Helen x