Thursday, January 19, 2012

Word Art Wednesday #11 and more beautiful and fascinating Ice Photos


Yes, I’m a day behind but this is still a miraculous week for me that I’m posting almost every day.  My little world was like a snow-globe yesterday – traffic moving only for those who had to be out in the real world.  I know its strange but I’ve been waiting for a day like this for a long time.  I’ve been meaning to have my two neighbours over like forever but knew they have busy lives like me.  I’d actually invited a friend from town for lunch but we cancelled because she never would have made it into our driveway.  So… as soon as I realized it was a “no go” day I rang up my neighbours and invited them to come on over and make bread. 

Anyone who visits here regularly knows that I teach everyone in my universe the basic recipe for Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day.  I make a batch up before they arrive and when they get here we bake it in several different ways.  Then, I give them their own pail (a friend gives them to me from a local senior’s home) and I have them mix up their own batch to take home.  If you’ve never made this bread you need to check out the website, link in my sidebar.  The universal appeal of this bread is

  • 4 simple ingredients everyone has in their cupboard
  • dead simple – I’ve taught many people who’ve never made bread in their lives!
  • no kneading
  • no mess
  • universal – can make 100’s of variations
  • use right away or store in fridge up to 2 weeks, use as needed
  • makes a toothy “artisan” bread, the sort you pay big $$$ for in the stores

So we made bread and one of my friends not only went home and baked up loaves and pizzas but mixed a second batch at the ready! 

Then we whipped together the following card.  I’d figured it in my head and on my Silhouette SD before they arrived, hoping to make a “batch” run… so it was simple to set up a table in my craft/play/workout area and put one together for each of us.  This card is my take on

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #11

We were asked to use the following scripture:


Here is the card, my way:




decorative hand made paper I purchased from Paper Nation in Abbotsford BC

cardstock – recollections from Michaels

ribbon – Martha Stewart

bling – from dollar store


I felt this scripture needed a paper that was bright and bold and made a statement and it did not take me but a minute to decide on this beautiful decorative hand made paper.  You probably cannot tell but the whitest squares in the pattern on the paper is actually a shiny silver.  It really has punch. 

I cut the scallop and ribbon on my Silhouette SD.  The patterns for these were both purchased from the Silhouette SD store where I’ve purchased a yearly subscription (best thing I ever did!)

I added the pretty silver ribbon and then some gems for that final touch. 

I’ve got 5 scriptures queued up to work out in beautiful card creations for February when I will be a Guest Designer for Word Art Wednesday.   Won’t you join in the fun? 

And now, 5 more photos from my magical day on the ice on Monday (before the snow came along!) 


Psalm 24:1

The earth and everything on it belong to the LORD.
The world and all its people belong to him.


How puny the attempts of man

To set the world to rights,

When viewed besides a masterpiece

Of nature’s wondrous sights.

Remember with humility

how small is our ability.


Barb Derksen Ice 2012  (13)

Like a little ice polisher on the bottom of this spike!


Barb Derksen Ice 2012  (15)

Cccooooold little hand – the ice is so clear you can’t see it there.


Barb Derksen Ice 2012  (16)

Pillars in the magical miniature ice palace

Barb Derksen Ice 2012  (17)

Dual fingers of ice with tiny swirled roots

Barb Derksen Ice 2012  (18)

So you can see up close with me!

More to come tomorrow, along with a new card, and even a FREE download for a project!


  1. Hi Barb! Your card is just beautiful, as always. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Word Art Wednesday - we're looking forward to having you with us during your Guest Design spot. Good luck this week - talk with you soon.

  2. Fantastic card Barb, the grey, white and black really make the card pop. Congratulations on being a Guest Designer, I can't wait to see you creations. Love the pictures too, you make ice and cold look appealing.

  3. Good afternoon Barb:)
    I LOVE your card and the scripture is WONDERFUL too.:)I would say..we ought to trust the Lord...he commands us to.:)
    I also LOVE your ice pictures and..I didn't see ice on your hand...good thing I believe you.LOL


  4. Hi there, this is very pretty and I love how the ribbon gives off a great texture and brings the colors together.

    Thank you for sharing this at Word Art Wednesday!
    Those photos are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing them.

  5. Stunning card, I love the deco style card you made and just enjoyed your photos with the ice and I'm going to look up your bread recipe.

    I usually and the neighborhood bread baker/sharer and this one sounds delightful.

    Blessings and hugs, Lori m

  6. love the picture of ice sculptures ...on the lake. Girl you are always so open to seeing those awesome moments. Love your card will have fun over at WAW next month as a designer.


  7. Lovely Card. And thanks for playing along with us on WAW. And it's good to have you as a guest DT with us.

    I also love the pictures of the ice.

    Have a great day,


  8. We can definitely tell that paper is special on your card. And the contrasting colors are great! Thank you for sharing your vision with everyone at WAW! (P.S. Love the ice pictures!!) Your friends at

  9. Beautiful card. I love the special papers at the bottom. Great layout! I loved seeing your photos.

  10. What a beautiful card. Lovely design. Thank you for sharing this with us at Word Art Wednesday.

    Great photos.

  11. Barb-welcome to WAW! What an inspiring card. Love the handmade paper. The scripture really pops!

    Thanks for playing with us @ WAW.
    Those photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing with us!

  12. Hi Barb,

    I love your word art! Love, love, love. and you have really inspired me to make this bread. I don't know if it will actually happen, but i'm inspired. xo, e

  13. Your card is beautiful--and that ice is utterly amazing! Thanks for sharing all of your talents--fabulous! :)


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