Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Secured by God's Promises

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as our does for you.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12

Christian Paper Crafts Wednesday Case Artist {05-18-11} Gloriadee 

It’s time to turn on the lights, open up the curtain and see who is at center stage for this week’s Christian Paper Crafts Wednesday CASE Artist Challenge!  Why it’s our very own Gloriadee, sketch artist extraordinaire and much, much more. . .did I say, much, much more? Correction: make that much, much, MUCH more!

Gloria Stengel is one busy lady, but does her work as unto the Lord, as you’ll see when you look through her outstanding gallery. Although she’s on the design team for a two major manufacturers, Spellbinders Paper Arts, Graphic 45 Paper and designs samples for Hampton Art, she still serves on the design team at Christian Paper Crafts. She is our Spellbinders specialist, and since December of 2009 has designed the Tuesday Sketch Challenge which she also hosted up until this month. She also teaches classes and prepares samples for a couple of paper crafting supply stores in the general area of her southern California home.

And, if that doesn’t have you exhausted. . .Gloria homeschools two of her three children. The third has graduated and is attending college fulltime. She and her husband have been married for 23 years. And, she keeps us laughing over at Christian Paper Crafts with her very wry sense of humor.

As for Gloria’s style, she says, “I seem to be the queen of mixing product lines and mediums into my projects, and I guess my style is quite eclectic, as I love everything from collage art to simple, graphic page layouts. I used to fuss that I did not have a ‘signature style’ but I now realize that I’d be bored with doing the same type of work day in and day out. I enjoy the creative process, the discovery, and the ‘happy accidents’ that sometimes arise during crafting time.”

And when it comes to her motivation, Gloria says, “Well, I'll never get rich, and may not even break even! I may not become famous, but do I want to be? Not really. I will touch a lot of ordinary folks, I will share my faith, I will befriend the friendless, I will bring some joy and happiness to folks who need it. So, it's worth it. Plus, I get to PLAY with my TOYS every single day!"

So, as Gloria ministers in the places where the Lord has directed her steps, our prayer is that the Lord would make her love increase and overflow and that the light of Christ would continue to shine brightly through all she does!

Your challenge, if you choose to accept, is to take a look through Gloriadee’s amazing gallery and create a card or project inspired by what you see there. Be sure not to copy exactly: make it your own! When uploading your card or project to the Christian Paper Crafts gallery, please use the keyword WCA104 (no spaces or commas). When posting anywhere else online, please use the keyword CPC-WCA104. Have a blessed day!

Eccentric was the word that stood out to me as Gloria described her style, so that’s the direction I went using one of her fab sketches, along with Graphic Arts and Spellbinders products (she's hit the big time, don't you know!). I also used a technique I learned while viewing videos on the Spellbinders site to combine the background papers before die cutting and embossing (thanks for the tip about those great videos, Gloria!)

And with all of the scurrying here and there, I thought a couple of safety pins might come in handy to help hold things together (yeah, they are rather small, aren't they?) That's okay because Gloria is trusting in the Lord and His promises are far more secure than any device of man (or woman!)
Card Inside
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 6
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Designer Paper: Graphic Arts Domestic Goddess, Botanicals Collection Eden's Symphony
Ink: VersaFine Onyx, Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Aged Photo
Accessories: SU Vintage Trinkets, Bias Tape, Zva Creative Pearls, Spellbinders Labels 17 Nestabilities, piece of corrugated box, Fiskars pinking blade
Technique: Stamping, Sponging, Die Cutting


  1. This is beautiful. I love your colors and all the details.

  2. Your attention to detail in all things is an inspiration to me. This is a beautiful card that I am sure Gloria will be honored by.


Thanks for your encouraging words! Have a blessed day!