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A Bit of Rusty Lamentations, This Year's Christmas Tree, and Some Lovely Wreaths

 I am still working in Lamentations in my Bible Journaling.

The MIX challenge on SCS this past week was to use some "garbage" in your creation and the **Art Journal*Journey* theme is "The Meaning Of" so how did I get here?  

*Saw Lydia said use some garbage on your creation and I had a 401K disclosure on my kitchen counter that had a great gears picture with some super colors that looked kind of good for a verse on gold.  

*Lydia did some textured stenciling and my words talked about tarnishing so I thought it would be good to use my Stamperia pipes stencil and use some rusty looking paste (plus I remembered Elizabeth's rust pages HERE).  

*So I used some gesso to glue down the page from the disclosure, tore off a few words from it as well and put them down.  

*Then did the layer of textured paste.

*After it dried, I rubbed on some gold paint since the verse is about tarnished gold.

I focused on  Lamentations 4:1 which speaks about the tarnished gold from the temple. I read several commentaries on this and my favorite view was how the look of the gold in the temple may be tarnished but the properties remain unchanged - our hearts and relationship with Christ are the temple and we have the chance to renew it if we focus on God and get things straight, and then it can be beautiful again.  So this is the meaning of my page and how it fits Tracey's journal prompt.

I also wanted to share this year's Christmas tree which has some ancient decorations hubby found in the shed and also my favorite fishing ornaments that we had lost three years ago.  So it is a mix mash of themes, but that works for us these days.  I put treats in the fishing buckets - the grandkids love that!

I made a few cards this weekend that I wanted to share as well - I am having fun painting wreaths!

The video link to the tutorial I watched is HERE. I love my bottom cardinal but the top one got me so it got to have the DRS Designs sentiment fall over it - lol.  Also linking this snowy wreath to the Try It on Tuesday Winter Wonderland challenge.

Also did a less snowy wreath:
This one was made after watching a bunch of videos and being inspired by the Featured Stamper this week on SCS - HERE is Gayle's cards that inspired me. 

Thanks for visiting!  Many hugz,



  1. That 401K statement really makes an amazing bit on your Bible journaling. Wow. The colors are texture are really amazing. I wish my IRA investment statements came in something like that, but I just get them online. Thanks for sharing at AJJ. Your tree is gorgeous, but I am NOT going to show that photo to my husband or he'll suggested we put our poles on the tree (just to get broken by the dogs). That is really clever using the nets and the bucket. I actually like it a lot. And your cards are as gorgeous as ever. The cardinal one could be linked up to Try It On Tuesday if you get to it today before our Winter Wonderland closes. Hope all is well. Stay safe and hugs, Erika

  2. You had me at RUST, Nancy. I was so impressed with the drawing and the coloring of this entry. What a great way to use your recyclable 401K statement. It fits so well with the Bible verse, too. Thank you for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey using Tracey's theme.

    I love your tree. The nets are clever and so are the buckets. But that moose is what really caught my eye.

    Your cards are out of this world. I am truly in awe. And that is why I don't make cards!!!

  3. Your Bible Journal page is beautiful, I am always moved by it! Your cards are also so pretty and so wintry and your Christmas tree is beautifully decorated!
    stay safe, Hug Elke

  4. Your mix of decorations on your tree that bring back memories, so fit your style of stamping, Nancy. Love your 2 new Christmas wreath cards too. Thank you so much for sharing. Stay safe and Wishing you a wonderful meaningful Christmas season. Love and Hugs...Nancy L

  5. wow some amazing mixed media pieces. Your BJ page is amazing, love all grungy steam punk feel.
    Your cards are so amazing, thanks for the links to the painting tutorial :)

  6. Another super journal page Nancy and your tree looks fabulous, how lovely that you found the ornaments that you had 'lost'.
    Two fabulous cards, lovely wreathes, they are both very different and both beautiful.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  7. Beautiful cards especially the bottom one. Reminding me of the struggles I have had in making cards as I wanted them to look. I saw a video and decided that was to be my card this year, my special one, and so I hastily sent off for the stamps. Lovely! But could I get this curve to meet up and make a circle - could I NOT! I must have filled my bin with at least twenty pointy circles that simply would not do before abandoning the whole idea and doing something totally different. Then last Saturday during a virtual crop I managed to get three near perfect circles. Now I am hoping to be on a roll - for next Christmas! Too late for this one.
    Lovely Bible Journalling and what a pretty tree.
    Hugs, Neet x

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    1. Gorgeous meaningful page, Nancy. I love your Christmas tree. It's not just lovely but also very unique. Beautiful cards. Your hand painted wreaths are outstanding. Hugs, Eileen

  9. Love how you have used this as the meaning of and how it became beautiful again, we could use this in so many things in life, a great use repurpose (I do love that stencil..) Your Tree looks amazing as do your special cards, so much love and thought behind them. Wishing you a wonderful weekend Hugs Tracey x

  10. How did I miss all these neat posts? It mus be because I was so busy trying to get my cards in the mail... I don't want to miss ANY or your work...It is all so unique and special! Love your journal page and cards, but your lovely Christmas tree!

  11. Lovely rusty page and I enjoyed finding out how it came together 😊. Your tree look amazing and I adore the moose standing by it - moose are my favourite and we have been lucky enough to see them in the wild a few time too when we visited America. What gorgeous Christmas cards too, the red cardinal and festive foliage are beautiful! Take care! Hugs, Jo x


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