Saturday, 1 November 2014

His Kingdom Come Blog Hop

Today we are celebrating the launch of a brand new online Christian Creative Community: His Kingdom Come.

This 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.

A team of talented Christian artists have come together to launch this exciting new community.  This blog hop is your chance to get to know them.

It doesn’t matter where you start within the blog hop.   Or you can start at the beginning with Diane.  Each blog will have the complete list of participants. 
Bernice Hopper  - that's me!
Mary Brack
Shonna Bucaroff 

As you visit each blog you will be given a letter eg. D.   When you have collected all the letters they will make a word.  When you have worked out the word email Bernice with the word.  We will randomly choose 3 people who have the correct answer to win a prize.   All entries must arrive by Noon (Pacific time) on Monday 3rd November.
The letter to collect from my blog is  N

Let me introduce myself: 
Brief Bio
After retiring from teaching at the age of 43, I took a 4 year part-time course in Creative Embroidery.  Subsequent work as a church administrator took up all her time and creativity was put to one side. A second retirement enabled me to give time to scrapbooking, art journaling, mixed media and many online workshops.  I live in England with Roger, my husband of 31 years and we have one son who is married and living in Sydney.  I became a Christian 25 years ago.  I currently runs art challenge blogs with a Christian bias.

I had attended my local Methodist church from the age of 8 to 18 but once I got to college I didn’t go to church again.  Twenty years later I started going to church because I saw an article in the local free newspaper about how God had freed the writer from the inexplicable anger she felt.  I attended the church for a while and a small group where I was allowed to ask lots of questions.   I became a Christian at an outreach the church held when a visiting Mime Artist performed a mime about Moses and his stick becoming a snake.  You’re thinking ‘what!’  I know it doesn’t make sense but there you are.  The preacher preached on something that spoke to me that I can’t remember and at the end of the evening I accepted Christ into my life.

How does your faith impact your creativity?
I don’t always make faith related projects but I am very aware that my creativity is a gift from God.  I think it helps me steer clear of workshops that wouldn’t be good for me spiritually.

What is your preferred medium of creativity? 
I’m a bit of a Jill-of-all-trades and master of none.  I flit between media and styles depending on what my project is.

What areas of creativity do you dabble in?
Photography, mixed media, textiles, making books, art journaling

What is your role within the His Kingdom Come team?
I am a host for the Textiles group and the Photography group.  I am supporting Diane & Shonna in various administrative tasks.

What are your hopes for this new community?
I am hoping it will be just that!  A community!  Not just another project driven website but a place  to share our faith, our creativity, our needs, our prayers, the things that God speaks to us, a place of encouragement.

Where to find me

I have several art challenge blogs and creative Bible Study blogs which you can find through the tabs at the top of this blog.

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 help.

To join our community please visit His Kingdom Come

Thanks for stopping by.

If you haven't been there already your next stop is Mary

Advent in November: Day 1

Welcome to Advent in November.  The inspiration for this blog post can be found here.  Information about how I started my tags can be found here and here and my Advent Journal here.

I took one of the tags I had already embossed and painted the tag with acrylic paint.  When this was dry I went over the embossed parts with white Pan Pastel.   I inked round the edge of the tag and stuck the number on.

The other side of the tag is for the Christmas story.  I used gold acrylic paint through a stencil.  I cut up the Bible Verse for today and inked the edges.

I glued the verse on, added some Washi tape and the number and inked around the edge of the tag.

Here are two sides before I stuck them together with double-sided tape.

Advent Journal
Here's the page ready for Day 1.

And here's the finished page with journaling and added stockings.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 31 October 2014

What's happening?

I have been very busy over the last month preparing for two happenings tomorrow.   You've no idea how many emails have gone back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean.

Firstly there is a blog hop to celebrate the launch of His Kingdom Come, a new online community.

You can start the blog hop here on my blog or start at the top of the list you'll find on my blog post tomorrow.

Plus Pause, Ponder & Prepare starts and continues daily until November 25th with a closing post on November 29th.  There's still time to decide to take part.  An opportunity to make an Advent Calendar telling the Christmas Story and/or an Advent Journal.

I hope you will be joining me tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Invitation to a Blog Hop

To celebrate the launch of a new online Christian Community you are invited to hop around the world on Saturday 1st November.

You can visit the founding members of His Kingdom Come and on their blogs you will find details of how you can enter to win one of these three fabulous prizes.

The blog hop starts at AdoreHimCreations.

Hope to see you on Saturday from 8am GMT, 4am EST, 1am PDT

Sunday, 26 October 2014

More planner pages

My planner is so full and we still have 8 weeks left.  I'm wondering whether it will need surgery again.

Week 39

Week 40

Week 41

Week 42
The task for One Little Word this month was to write yourself a letter of encouragement.

People are already talking about their Documented Life Planner 2015 and what their one word might be for One Little Word.

For a change I'm not going to follow either of those particular projects.  I'm going to take part in Take Me Deeper a 52 week devotional and Logos 365 which is about living with God's One Word.  You can find out more here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Advent in November: Prepare continued

Yesterday I described how I made my 25 numbers for my tags.  And I said I was going to hang the tags from twine or ribbon.  Well guess what!  I've changed my mind.  I told you the planning is far more difficult for me than the actual making.

There are lots of photos today.

I remembered that I was throwing out a board I had previously used for hanging a quilt and so fished it out of the recycling.  It's a piece of Daler board on a wooden frame.

I checked to see if the 25 tags would fit.

And chose the vertical way.

Then I painted the board first with a coat of gesso, then a darkish blue and then with a paler blue acrylic paint.

I glued mini pegs onto the board using Golden Heavy Gel.

Next I played with the tags.  And I mean play!  I had already got the various stamps, stencils etc together and I just randomly did things onto the tags.

I had put some of the gesso that was left on my scraper onto two tags.

I stamped.

I dry embossed.

I put modelling paste through stencils.

I heat embossed using a stamp and a stencil and Ranger Emboss-It Dabber.

I haven't worried too much about the fact that I missed a bit because I can always put the number over it.

I'm calling this side the front and all 25 of the fronts will be on display for 1st December.  I'm making the backs on separate tags telling the Christmas story using the verses that you can download from the Pause, Ponder & Prepare blog.   Each pair of tags will then be stuck together using double-sided tape.

I have made a second set of numbers for the backs.   I printed out the numbers that Diane designed on copy paper.  If I did them again I would print them on card!   I coloured the paper with Distress Ink.

I used embossing ink over each number and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I used a punch to cut out the numbers.  I cut circles from a piece of cardstock and painted round the edge of each with gold acrylic paint.

I stuck the two together.

To see how each of these tags becomes part of my Advent Calendar follow my blog posts through November, starting on November 1st.

And it's not too late to join in with Pause, Ponder & Prepare.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Advent in November: Prepare

The third of the preparation posts for Pause, Ponder and Prepare can be found here.

Originally I was going to make my Advent Study book so that I could store my Advent Calendar in it but after I decided what book to use I decided I would make my Calendar totally separately.   I have been collecting inspiration on Pinterest for quite a while relating to Christmas tags and Advent Calendars.   You can find inspiration for tags here and for Advent Calendars here.

I am using #8 manila tags.  If you live in the UK the best deal on these can be found at Craft Obsessions.

First I decided on a colour scheme and then I gathered together papers, embellishments, ribbons, acrylic paints and anything else I could think of that would be useful.  The papers weren't particularly Christmas related as I decided to use pale blue and pale brown.

I looked in my stash to find a set of 3D letter sets where I had enough numbers to make 1 to 25.  These foam Thickers are just great.

I checked to see that they were the right size and proportion for the tags.

I decided that it would be easier to make all the numbers for the tags at the same time.  It's much easier to have a 'production line' to make them rather than making them each day.

Using my die cutter and some dies and a couple of punches I randomly cut out shapes from the papers I had chosen.  At this point I wasn't thinking too much about how I would assemble these.

I cut pieces of ribbon and sorted out some embellishment.

Then I laid the large circles out and built up the layers.  I stuck the ribbon and the inner circle on each one.   Then I moved them all round until I had the order I wanted to use them in. 

Then I stuck on the letters and the embellishment before trimming the ribbon.

And here's a closeup.

My plan with the tags for the advent calendar is to have one side of the tag decorated as a Christmas decoration with the number on it, with the other side having the Bible verse on it that tells the Christmas story.   I'm planning to put up some ribbon or twine and peg all the tags to it with the numbers facing out and then each day in December turning the tag around.

I have worked on the Christmas decoration side of all the tags making several at once so that they are all ready for November 1st.   Come back tomorrow to see what I have done.

Thanks for stopping by.