Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My WORD for 2013: PERSEVERE - (8 x 10 Frame)

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, PESEVERE in prayer.
Romans 12:12

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always PERSEVERES
Love never fails.
I Corinthians 13:6-8

You need to PESEVERE so that when you have done the will of God,
 you will receive what he has promised.
Hebrews 10:36

Blessed is the one who PERSEVERES under trial because, having stood the test,
 that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12

As you know, we count as blessed those who have PERSEVERED. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.
 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
James 5:11

Welcome to our 2013 Die Cut Tuesday New Release and Link UP over at MyPaperCrafting.com!  Be sure and pop over there and see what Melin has set up for this Showcase – and the New Release.

For today, I chose to make something for ME! – which is quite unusual for me to do, as I’m always making projects of one kind or another with Someone Else in mind to give or send it to.  I heard last year - about mid-way through – about choosing a WORD for the Year – and have heard much more about it since.  I decided to choose one for myself for this year and I thought long and hard about it before deciding on one.  I have had some extremely difficult years recently and things have been even worse I the past several months.  It seemed that wherever I looked or read, I was being ‘told’ to keep going no matter what…something I’d really rather NOT do many days, although I do keep trying…  SO.  I decided to choose the word, ‘Persevere.’  I looked up the several verses above and decided to use them in this week’s project.

I watched an online video recently on how to use various techniques to make a large tag.  I really liked the techniques and the outcome – and decided to use the techniques to make a framed piece for ME to look at daily as an encouragement.  I’ve also spent Lots of time learning how to use my ‘new Silhouette CAMEO’ – that I’ve had since Summer, but haven’t actually used until this week, as it was quicker/easier to use my trusty ol’ Cricut/SCAL2 for all the many things I’ve done the past few months ‘in a hurry.’  I will use the SCAL3 program with my CAMEO and although they are both different in many ways, I have been quite pleased with how the CAMEO has cut the delicate cuts I’ve done this week!  ;-]  Treats to ME - for the Project – and for using my CAMEO!

I used these two cutting files from MyPaperCrafts.com

Here are some instructions and photos of how I did it –

*  I began with an 8 x 10 Silver-gray frame (glass now taken out)from the $$Store and an 8 x 10 canvas from Michaels.  It truly is Silver-gray and not Gold as it looks in the photos - because of the lighting here...  8-{
*  I applied Gesso to the canvas – and let it dry.
*  I ripped a page from a $$Store (poorly printed) paperback Bible that I bought to use for Projects.  I ripped it into strips and applied them diagonally to the left side of the canvas with my Homemade Mod-Podge.
*  I applied lavender acrylic paint lightly to the right side of the canvas.

*  I stamped several places with a ‘Sheet Music’ stamp and a ‘Leafy Background’ stamp in black.  (The Sheet Music stamp didn’t show well, as it’s too fine to use on the canvas I discovered…)
*  I dry-brushed with black and then white lightly here and there.  I roughed the edges of the dried paper edges.

*  I used the Brick template and Gesso to make the brick wall on the right side.
*  When that was dry, I inked the bricks with black and then purple lightly.

*  I cut one of the Baroque Flourishes and also the word, Persevere, and its Shadow.  (Quill Perpendicular Wide font)

*  I printed the Verses in WORD (Papyrus font), then cut them in sections and adhered them.

*  I made a half circle ruffled lace flourish from silver-gray hem tape as a base for a spray of flowers from the blossoms from $$Store picks.  All are applied with hot glue, then centers of flowers (gems) are applied with the Homemade Sticky Dots I make using ‘Aleene’s Tack It Over and Over.’

*  I placed the finished canvas into the frame – and there it is!

I did something else Nice for ME recently...  After spending Christmas Up North with Dear Family and Friends, I decided to drive back down to here on Highway #1 - right on the Edge of the World as we know it here in CA!!  It's a magnificent drive and I've not done it in a while, so I treated myself to go that slower way rather than all the way on the expressway #101.  I stopped several times and took photos and will include them in another blog this week along with the Thank You Notes I made for things I received for Christmas...  *smile*

Thanks for stopping by and visiting here!  I’d love to know if YOU have chosen a WORD for 2013 and if you’ve done Something Special to keep it ‘in front of You’ during the year -  Let me know!    Come back soon!  Also, remember that I do Vintage Photo Restorations as well as PaperCrafting, should you have need of that -  Check in my ‘Services for You’ tab above -

Be sure to check out Melin’s post for the FREEBIE File for today and then make something and link up there.  I look forward to seeing YOUR creations!


  1. WOW... What a beautiful way to keep your word for 2013 in the forefront. I have never worked with gesso and am completely intrigued by what you did. The detail is truly amazing! I pray the Lord will bless the work of your hands always!!! Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us....but mostly thank you for your friendship :-)

  2. Beautiful! Your projects always feed my soul as well as my eyes, Lynden! Keep your chin up and as my dear grandma always use to say . . . "Keep on keeping on."

  3. This is just so lovely! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful project. You lifted me up when I needed some lifting today.



  4. Lynden, Wow! What a beautiful creation. I'm so happy you're doing something for yourself. You deserve something pretty!

    I hope this is a great year for you!


  5. great canvas. My word for 2013 is HEAL. I did an art journal page.

  6. I think you chose the perfect word Lynden! We all must persevere no matter what and I love how you showcased this important word!! I'm amazed with your technique, so neat! Hang in there it has to get better sooner or later!! Hugs!

  7. Lynden, your word is inspiring and your art is divine!
    Thank you for sharing both the piece and the process with us.
    How could I not feature you at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy this week?

    Create With Joy

  8. What a beautiful project you did. I love the soft colors you used. :-)

  9. Love this!! Just beautiful!! I love that you have shared the step by step process! I'm looking forward to seeing some of your posts from your drive along expressway 101!!
    Thanks so much for sharing this with me!


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