Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Real Love

I've been slowly returning to my love of collage. I recently had the pleasure of taking a workshop at CHA taught by the delightful Donna Downey that got me very inspired. The whole set of Faber-Castell Gelatos I came home with also fueled a bit of artistic fire.

I have been wanting to introduce a new format for my Thought for the Day by combining some art with a favorite Bible verse. I'm thinking this is going to be a blog feature that will become what it wants to be over time but today is a start.

With Valentine's Day just a week away, love is a popular subject of cards and crafting projects right now, so it's perfect for sharing a very favorite verse about real love.

My Thoughts: I love this verse because it confirms to me that I can do nothing to earn my right relationship with God. He did it all because He loves us. It's real love, a sacrificial love that is very hard for the human mind to comprehend. A right relationship with God cannot be earned, it's not based on our goodness. As Ephesians 2: 9 teaches; "Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it." It was God, working through His love for His creation who made the way for everyone to receive His love, His real love. It is a free gift, and God is holding it out to you today...will you open your heart to receive His gift of love?
For further study read: Titus 3:4-6.

I decided to start small with my valentine canvas, this one is 3x3 and features stamps by Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn and Unity.

I'm hoping to complete one canvas per month as I explore new ways to use the art supplies I have.


Verse Art: Hero Arts Digital image "Sketch Tulips"; Font-"Complete in Him"
Canvas: Ranger-Sticky Back Canvas; MFT- Hearts a Plenty Die; Lawn Fawn- Teeny Tiny Backdrops; Hero Arts- La Letter; Unity- provencial collection-my dear; Faber-Castell- Gelatos.


  1. I had to smile - I've been starting to think about what collage means & I really wonder where He will take me next ...... Thank you for your post - I wouldn't be suprised if there are some angels laughing at how a message travels from one human to another....
    Paula (PEP)
    Looking forward to seeing your journey in action.......

  2. Oooh pretty! I need to play with canvas and gelatos. :) I think I could handle something this small. This is a great project idea to explore your art supplies. It would make a very interesting composition all together. :)

  3. Wonderful post today, Nancy! Love this idea for combining an image with your verse - this one is a winner to me, as that stamp was the one that brought me to Hero Arts! Love the verse you paired it with, too! The church we attend here in FL is going through John's gospel chapter by chapter, so it ties in nicely for me. Thanks!

  4. Nancy, Ephesians 2:8-9 changed my life a long time ago! Thank you for the inspiration I receive every time I visit your blog! Hugs, Judy

  5. Love the art work with the scripture! Such sweet sweet words for our heart - always a blessing to be reminded of His precious unconditional love for us!

    Your canvas work is beautiful :)

  6. Hi Nancy!! What a LOVELY post in your BEAUTIFUL BLOG!!! How inspired I am by your work AND your words!! :) Love, Karen xo

  7. Beautiful post today Nancy and so well put into words, how amazing God's Love is! TFS. Love the way you combined it creatively with the flowers!
    Sweet little canvas too! Have a blessed day.

  8. what an amazing canvas Nancy. I love that you are trying new techniques and sharing with us. Love the new way of setting out your inspirational verses and thoughts. Love those tulips and a great verse too. God Bless Nancy

  9. oh Nancy....this is really special! I just love your collage canvas!

  10. Hi Nancy, Ephesians 2:8-9 is one of my favorite scriptures. Thanks for your inspirational post. I love your collage canvas. It's so pretty.


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