Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fall Watercolor Card of Romans 8:18

A good friend of mine is going to have skull surgery Sept. 28th to correct the Chiari Malformation that is compressing part of her brain and causing her constant headaches, balance problems and nausea. She has lost 60 pounds since last November and now has to walk with a cane (she's only 45 and used to be a coach for Girls on the Run at our local elementary school just 2 years ago). Through it all, she has remained firm in her faith, although like all of us, she has her moments of fear and worry. This card is for her. Romans 8 is a beautiful chapter with many comforting verses, but when I saw this Verve stamp with verse 18, I knew I had to order it. This verse helps put things into perspective.
I recently bought some Twinkling H2O fall watercolor paints, so I thought I'd use them on this card since they are so pretty and perfect for this time of year in Michigan. I die cut an A2 card using Spellbinders Divine Eloquence A2 Card Creator dies. I cut out 2 sizes of Spellbinders Labels 28 for my sentiment and mat. I stamped my sentiment, adhered it to the mat, and adhered that to the card. In hindsight, I should have watercolored the card BEFORE adhering the sentiment and mat, but now I know for next time!
For the water coloring, I spritzed the Twinkling H2Os I planned to use and then let them sit for a few minutes. Using a small paint brush, I painted on 3 different watercolors and let them dry. Then I die cut a leaf out of copper metallic paper using Fiskar's Fuse leaf die set. Did you know you don't need the Fiskar's Fuse machine to use the Fuse die cuts? Yep! You can use them in your Cuttlebug.
You may not be able to tell from the picture, but the watercolors have a gorgeous shimmer to them.
I bent the leaf die cut in a few places to make it look a little more realistic. I may wind up just hand delivering this without an envelope. I stop by my friend's house a few times a week anyway, so I just have to remember to bring it with me next time!
Here's the inside. This is another one of Verve's lovely scripture stamps.
I'm planning to enter this card in the following challenges:

Verve Stamps Inspiration Challenge: Autumn Lovelies\
Aud Sentiments Challenge - 2WE5 (W1 of 2) #140 Anything Goes (+ a sentiment) 
Crafting with an Attitude - M, 1st Thurs, E3 - #7 Anything Goes (new blog owner)
Crafty Girls Creations  2W, EAlways Anything Goes
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge - 2W (2nd and 4th Thursday of the month  3E –  (W1 of 2)  #164 Coffee )Or Any Beverage --- Monthly Challenge Anything Goes 
Tea TIME OUT Challenges - 2W (W2 of 2) #39 Make Your Mark (any marker, chalk, pencils etc
Creative Moments - 2W, 3E - #76 Anything Goes/Use A Sentiment (Week 22 of 2)
CropStop Linky Party M, 2nd Wednesday of M, E5, SIR(see blog for details)  #8 Anything Goes (Week 1 of 4)
House That Stamps Built - W, SIO, 4 challenges at the same time starting each Wednesday weeks  - Falling For Fall

Inspiration Destination - W, F- #50 Always Anything Goes 

Mod Squad Challenge - W, F - Marvelous Marbling
Scrapy Land Challenges -1st and #3rd Wed of Month, Must use a die sold by Scrapy Land - #25 Anything Goes PLUS Use Any Brand of Die Scrapy Land sells (I used Spellbinders)
Simon Says Stamp - W, 5E - Use A Stamp (no digis)

Stampotique Designers' Challenge - W, 1E, SIO, No digi stamps, 5E- #212 Use Only Two Stamps

WordArt Wednesdays - W,5E , scriptural word art freebie offered each week - #200 - Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters  - 2W, 3E  Photo Inspiration  (Week 1 of 2)Posted with Blogsyfall photo
Cuttlebug Mania W3E - Anything Goes (Week 2)
Everybody-Art-Challenge W - #335 Earth Tones
Retarte 2W, E3 - #60 -  Anything Goes (Week 1)
Through The Craft Room Door W, 2E - Always Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown W- #261 Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - W, E3 - Always Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - W, E3 - Always Anything Goes
Love to Scrap - 2W, 3E, F, digi or real stamping - (Week 1) At least 2 patterned papers (the paper the sentiment is on and the paper behind it)
Not Just Cards - M, F - Always Anything Goes
Ooh La La Creations - 2W, SIO - (Week 2) Autumn
Our Crafty Corner - M, First Monday, E3 - Autumn Color Inspiration*
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - W, 5E - Stamp + Punch/Die Cut
The Crazy Challenge - 2W, 4E - (Week 2) Watercolor
Where the HeART is - M, 1st Monday of M, E3 - (September) Add some text
613 Avenue Create - W - #140 Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle - W - #153 Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - 2W (1st and 3rd Sunday) E3 #17 Anything Goes (W1 of 2)
One Stitch At A Time - 2W, SIO - #245Anything Goes with Gratitude (what you are thankful for (W1 of 2) (I'm so thankful for Christian friends and for the encouragement God's Word provides!)
Scrapbook Blessings Club Tutorial Challenge - M,  September - Anything Goes  (Optional Twist- Your Favorite Technique) (I just started doing watercoloring, so I don't know that it's my favorite technique, but it is a fun, new technique for me!)
Crafty Friends Challenge 2W,(W2) - use a sentiment 
Scrappers Delights  M, First Saturday of the M  Always Anything Goes 
The Pencil Case 2W, E2  (w2) anything goes 
Artbymiran Challenge 2W , SIO, 3E, no digital projects - No.40 - (W1 of 2) - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - W, 3E – #291 - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - 2W, 3E  No. 99 - (W1 of 2) - Fancy and Feminine
Graph'It Colour Challenge - W (any medium)- No.36 - Anything Goes / Backgrounds
Jo's Scrap Shack - W, 3E  - No.104 -  Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - 2WE3 - No. 12 (W2 of 2) - Anything Goes
Digistamps 4 Joy (P1/15,SIO) #116 Anything Goes (Twist = Girly Girl)
Stempelsonnen Challenge - 2W, 3E, stamp as main focus - No.149 - (W1 of 2) - Anything Goes
The Sisters of Craft (M,P1) Anything Goes


  1. Just beautiful - I love all the fabulous autumnal colours. Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge of 'Anything Goes' at Aud Sentiments. Annie xxx

  2. Gorgeous card Carrie. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards. We would love to see you again ... Anet DT x

  3. This one's really beautiful, Carrie! I love the Scripture verses!
    Thanks for joining us again at Scrapbook Blessing Club! :o)

  4. Thank you for taking part in our Art by Miran challenge, you Creation is stunning and a joy to look at
    ... Good luck hugs Tracy

  5. Stunning details and such pretty autumn colors! Thanks for taking TIME OUT and joining our challenge!

  6. Your friend will love the beautiful card you created for her. The sentiments are thoughtful. I will be praying for your friend. Thank for joining. DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes SEPTEMBER Linky Challenge(DL.ART DT member)

  7. Such a gorgeous Autumnal card, such lovely colours and what pretty dies you have used. I hope your friend draws comfort from it and wish her well with her surgery. She is lucky to have such a supportive friend. Thanks for joining us at Oohlala, Jx

  8. What a gorgeous card I love the leaf and wonderful colors! I love it.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes SEPTEMBER Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


  9. OMG! What a stunning beautiful autumn beauty. Fabulously crafted. Great design and striking details. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Aud Sentiment Challenge . We look forward to seeing you again.
    Berni, DT

  10. Such a beautiful card and gorgeous colours. I' sure your friend will really appreciate it. Thanks for sharing it with us over at Where The HeArt is and for joining in our challenge.
    Stacey, DT xx

  11. Oh! This is beautiful! I LOVE that leaf! Stunning! And you're right, that verse is sooo beautiful! It is a good reminder that though we may be suffering, it won't compare to what is awaiting us. Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  12. Such beautiful Autumnal colours and the filigree die in the corners is so detailed and stunning. Love the copper leaf too! So very glad you shared this with us at TIME OUT!

  13. Fabulous creation! Love that beautiful leaf! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘PHOTO INSPIRATION’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  14. Fabulous Autumn card! Beautiful sentiments. Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog
    Tina dt

  15. ohhhhh! this could not be more beautiful, Carrie! I love all the pretty colors and the textures you have chosen! Thanks for sharing your pretty project in the Scrapy Land Challenge! Hope you will join us again! hugs and blessings, de {Creative Smiles}

  16. This is so pretty! Beautiful design and mix of colors. Thanks for joining us on Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog
    Irena, DT
    x x x

  17. Gorgeous fall card! Love that huge leaf! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #25!

  18. What a lovely autumn card you've made!!! Thanks for joining us at Ooh La La!!

  19. What a lovely card with beautiful sentiments and thoughts inspiring the card. I am sure this will be very much appreciated by your friend, I hope her surgery goes well. Thanks for playing along with us in the Stamp and Punch Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  20. hello Carrie! WOW, this is stunning, great design and the leaf is gorgeous! So glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  21. That leaf! Oh so gorgeous! I love the color combo, and the nesting label shapes. Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create this week - come join us again soon!

  22. Delightful project for our first challenge of use some text,...look forward to you entering again.
    {Where The Heart Is  DT}

  23. This is beautiful, love the oclours

    Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x

  24. This is the most beautiful card I have seen in a long time. I am going to save it and possibly CASE it in the future. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown for this
    Margaret, DT

  25. This is so very beautiful, haven't used H2Os in a while! Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. Gorgeous card Carrie. What a great technique. Thank you for joining the challenge of CC&CC. Hugs, Cindy

  27. This is really beautiful and so delicate. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Stampotique, and I hope that your friends surgery goes well. Sue xx

  28. Your card is beautiful! Thanks for joining us at The Sisterhood of Crafters!

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous! I love every single detail! Thanks so much for playing in my marbling challenge at Mod Squad Challenge Blog this week!
    Love To Scrap!

  31. Came to see your card here and it is lovely. I mentioned in The Outlawz colour challenge how to enter it.
    Hugs, Ursula

  32. Gorgeous fall colours. Your friend is going to love it. Thanks for joining in the Anything Goes challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

  33. Wow Carrie! This card is gorgeous! I so love that leaf!

    I am your newest follower and would love to have you follow my blog also. I am having a blog celebration; with lots of prizes. I would love for you to join, comment and add your link.

    Thanks so much for joining our Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. We hope to see you again in the next challenge. Good luck in the challenge. Hugs, Gloria DT

  34. Pretty, autumn card - great colors. Thank you for your entry at Love To Scrap.

  35. This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion#278! Good luck!

  36. Absolutely stunning! (Prayers for your friend too) Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Through The Craft Room Door.
    (Hugs) Cara
    Through The Craft Room Door {Owner}
    TTCRD Challenge Blog
    My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

  37. Thanks for sharing. love the colors and that beayutiful leaf! Thank you so much for participating this week at the Mod Squad Challenge

  38. Beautiful creation for our first challenge of 'add text'....thanks for joining in.xx
     {Where The Heart Is  DT}

  39. This is really lovely. I hope all goes well for your friend. Thank you for sharing this with us over at Crafty Girls Creations. Sue DT xx

  40. Wonderful creation, thank you for joining us at The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge

  41. This is just glorious! Such a beautiful autumn card!

  42. My other hat on now. Just love this autumn card Carrie. A real beauty.
    Thank you for joining our challenge at
    Digistamps4Joy this week and good luck..
    Ursula Uphof DT member

  43. Carrie it's a very beautiful card
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


  44. Beautiful card and even more beautiful leaf-love the scripture stamps and best wishes to your friend--Thank you for joining us at Our Crafty Corner
    Carol DT x

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