Happy, happy Friday friends! Boy...thank God it's Friday! LOL!! I don't like wishing my life away, but I am so glad it's Friday! What a week! I hope all of you have had a good week and are looking forward to a blessed weekend!
I have a tag to share with you today that I had so much fun making! Some of it was trial crafting as I had not either done the process before or used the product before, so was looking forward to seeing the results! Let me just say, since I am NO photographer and obviously don't video my projects (because I am technically challenged unlike most of you crafty folks) the lighting, which is poor, takes away from a lot of the colors and shadings in this piece. Sorry! I started this tag with my favorite Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads in Spun Sugar, Fired Brick Red, Vintage photo and as always, Walnut Stain on the edges. Then using a Versa Mark pad, I stamped with an Ink idinkado script stamp on the background and finished it with Ranger Holographic embossing powder. I had never used it before and I must say I really liked how it turned out! Even though you can't see it, it is a pretty embossed glittery affect! Loved it. From there I proceeded to place elements on from BoBunny paper and Tim Holtz emphemera and then stamped a sentiment stamp using Colorbox ink and embossing with clear embossing powder.
I had some Essentials flowers that I sprayed Goosebumps Texture Spray on to see what would happen and it was just kind of so, so. I liked it alright, but I think I will try using it another way next time. I bought it out of curiosity. I then added a jeweled element in the middle. I love dragonflies and knew I wanted to add it on so I hot glued it on (which you can see my mistake there), and then proceeded to use one of my faves, Silks Acrylic Glaze in Sky Blue on top with a paint brush. I watered it down so it wouldn't be so dark. I like it alright but then decided to use another fave Inka Gold Metalic Rub in Steel Blue to add accent. After that I topped it off with Glossy Accents. I wanted to have a little "zing" behind the dragonfly, so I added some with a black sharpie and on top of that used a Sakura gel pen in white. Topped it off with some yummy yarn that I have and American Crafts ribbon. All in all, I really liked it.
Galatians 2:20 says, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." How do you live your life? I'd like to think that I live my life completely for the Lord! When we say we are "crucified with Christ," that essentially means that we NO longer live our lives for ourselves.....or in the flesh, but we decide or choose to live by the Spirit that now lives on the inside of us! That being said, I have NOT arrived yet and it is a DAILY dying to my flesh to walk in the Spirit! I most certainly miss the mark in many areas, but that is what seeking a deeper relationship with our Father in Heaven is ALL ABOUT!!! As I seek, I find and as I find, I am to digest and incorporate His given Word into my daily living. It's no longer about me, in the sense that it's not my will but His in my life, but it IS about me in the sense that I am to live my life to give ALL THE GLORY to God!
God's Word tells us to be the "salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?" What that means is we are the flavor of God with a purpose, yes a purpose in our lives, BUT a purpose for others. Why? So that others would see your light shine and Glorify your Father in Heaven!! If we have no flavor, then we are good for nothing. Who wants a steak on the grill with no flavor? Others will know us by our flavor and they will want more of the same! It really is about us because we, as believers, are to be a light carrying God's love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control to a lost and dying world!
I found this quote by John G. Lake : "The secret of Christianity is the secret of Christ possessing the heart of man; man being yielded to Him so that His victory, His consciousness, and His power possess your spirit and mind." Be yielded today! We have a part to play in God's big plan! If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit that He receive ALL THE GLORY!! Live your life for Him!