Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Try Something New with Watercolor

I have been admiring the watercolor cards I've been seeing... but had no idea how to even begin. Well, beyond BUYING a bunch of watercolors, which I managed to do just fine without much help at all. ;)

So, what's a girl to do? Google some help, of course. And Google took me to a YouTube video with a watercolor technique that looked easy enough for a beginner, so I gave it a try.

I didn't think it turned out too bad, for my first attempt.

Nicole at Scraps and Stamps is a very good teacher! Check out the video I watched HERE.

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Sentiment: Endless Creations stamped with VersaFine and embossed with Ranger Black Embossing Powder
Papers: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Pink Passion CS and other papers (including Watercolor Paper) from unknown vendors
Watercolors: Artist's Loft
Die: from an unknown vendor
Embellishments: Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bible Journaling Day 21

NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day. Please go HERE to see my patriotic cards made with Frantic Stamper precision dies... or just keep scrolling to the next blog post.

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I cannot believe it. This is the 21st day of my personal 21-Day Bible Journaling Challenge. I did it! I actually was able to Bible Journal every day for 21 days... and I loved doing it. It has changed my life in good ways. I've searched the scripture more, I've listened to God more, and I've had the opportunities to try different Bible Journaling techniques. Some I've enjoyed more than others. Some days I've been happy to show what I made. Other days I've only showed the end project on my blog (etc.) because I said I would. LOL!

What's next? I can honestly say I will be Bible Journaling more than I did before this personal challenge started... because it's something I want to do more of. However, I will not be Bible Journaling every day... because, like I recently told a friend, I kind of have to be at home to Bible Journal at this point... because my current skill level is hunt/search for products to use and then experiment. I wouldn't even begin to know how to take what I need with me to be able to Bible Journal away from home.

And just if you're wondering, the reason I chose these 21 days for my challenge is because I knew I didn't have any overnight trips during that time period. That being said, I will be gone for 3 days this week. And then two more trips in May. So, look for more Bible Journaling on my blog than before this challenge... but don't anticipate seeing it every day. (Oh... and I won't promise that I'll show every page I do any more... because truthfully, some of them have been a true embarrassment to me as I've shown them to you during the challenge.)

Okay... enough of that. Let me show you what I did for day 21 of the challenge...

I've always been drawn to the story of Jonah. I guess that's because I can relate to him. I, too, have a tendency to say No God, not that. Send me anywhere but there. Ask me to do something else.

I can feel Jonah's pain when God wanted to send him to those "wicked" people and I can understand his desire to say a resounding no... and go the other direction.

But... BUT... God brought a big fish into Jonah's life and he had time in that belly to really think about what he wanted from life... and he decided that being obedient to God was indeed what he wanted.

Me, too. I don't want to be Fish Bait! So I strive to say Yes to God instead of no.

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Supplies Used

Image: High Hopes Spouting Off stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections CS and DP from my scrap file

Words: Computer Generated/Printed and some colored with a AmazAPen Gel Pens

Rhinestone Water-droplets: Mark Richards

Washi Tape: from an unknown vendor

Frantic Stamper Freedom

Oh my! I love the patriotic feel of the Frantic Stamper Freedom die! It has endless possibilities! So far I've made two cards with it, but there will be more.

Card #1

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies

I loved playing with the layout of the various sizes/colors of hexagons.

Card #2

Frantic Stamper Precision Die

Okay, that may not be 50 stars, but it's still a lot of Brads. The red stripes are Washi Tape.

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Frantic Stamper Dies: Freedom #FRA-DIE-09894 and Stitched Hexagons #FRA-DIE-09830

Papers: From my scrap file

Embellishments: Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

Frantic Stamper Die: Freedom #FRA-DIE-09894

Card Stock: Recollections White and Stampin' UP! Brilliant Blue and Real Red

Embellishments: Brads and Washi Tape from unknown vendors

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bible Journaling Day 20

NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day. To see my Woodland Adventures card for the Creative Card Chicks, go HERE or keep scrolling.

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This is my Bible Journaling for Day 20 of my personal 
21-Day Bible Journaling Challenge:

This particular page actually journals Psalm 136 in its entirety. This particular Psalm has a refrain - every other line says "His faithful love endures forever" so I tried to reflect that in my Bible Journaling.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp: Unity Grab Bag Collection 1 stamped with Lawn Fawn Ink and Illustrated Faith stamped with Illustrated Faith Ink

Papers: Recollections CS and DP from my scrap file

Heart Punches: Various Companies

Embellishments: Sticker Strip from Stampin' UP! and Washi Tape from Illustrated Faith and an unknown vendor 

Woodland Adventures

My friend Kelly lives in Miami, a huge bustling metropolis where she literally spends hours each day commuting. But her heart is in areas filled with nature and lots of animals. Therefore as the hostess of the Creative Card Chicks group this month, she put together fun Woodland Adventures kits for us to create with.

The kit included: Stamped images on Recollections #110 CS (deer, sentiments) and #65 CS (tree/trunk) and all of the images/die cuts were from Stampendous "In the Woods" stamp set, stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black ink. DSP is from Paper Studio "Woodland Retreat" pack. Embellishments were Affray brown twill ribbon, Baker's Twine "Caribbean," jute rope by Paper Studio, and paper flowers from Craft Smart.

THANK YOU for a fun theme and fabulous kit, Kelly!

Here's my card:

Are you curious about what item is on my card that Kelly sent, but wasn't in the actual kit? It's the green paper. That's actually a piece of the envelope that she mailed the kit in.

I used  a little bit of the green envelope inside my card, too:

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In addition to the items in Kelly's kit, I used some Stampin' UP! Card Stock (Early Espresso and Grey)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bible Journaling Day 19

NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day. Please check out the Frantic Stamper one following this one, too... or click HERE to go directly to that blog post.

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I am happy to say that although I've not been happy with the past two days of my Bible Journaling for my personal 21-Day Bible Journaling Challenge... I do like today's! That's such a relief!

I will say that the hardest part of this challenge for me has not been Bible Journaling every day. I've actually really enjoyed that process. The difficulty has been allowing myself to be vulnerable by posting pictures of work I wasn't happy with.

With that, I'll just say...


Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
Each morning I bring my requests to you 
and wait expectantly.
Psalm 5:3

When I read Psalm 5 and especially verse 3, I immediately thought of my mornings. The mornings I'm at home, I usually spend time drinking coffee and "chatting" with God. So I searched my stamp collection and looked for a stamp that might reflect coffee and mornings. I didn't really find anything that looked like morning, so instead I just went with one of my favorite coffee-drinking stamps. That works, right?

To get the idea of God's awesome power (as well as morning) I added sun rays to the page.

Something I'd not done before on a page is outline/box the scripture verse... so I tried that with this page. I did it because I wasn't thinking and highlighted the verse with a yellow marker and it just kind of blended in with the sun rays. I wanted it to stand out and the box did that for me.

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Supplies Used

Image: Unity Brystl Girl stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Stencil: MFT Sun Ray colored with Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen Big Brush

Die: Stitched Wavy Border from an unknown vendor

Washi Tape: Illustrated Faith (Amen) and two from unknown vendors

Frantic Stamper Traveling in My Ol' Truck

My card today features an amazing die set from Frantic Stamper - one of the many dies they released this month in their Dads and Grads Collection - Large Bob's Old Truck (#FRA-DIE-10160).

I really had fun with this die set, but I must admit, my card did not thrill me That being said, go to this link and look at the other samples.... oh my goodness! Such creativity! Did you see the Mr. Fix It one with the tires in the back of the truck? Too clever!

I'll definitely be using this die set again and again!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Frantic Stamper Precision Die: Large Bob's Old Truck (#FRA-DIE-10160)

Papers: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Natural White and Really Rust Card Stock and DP from the Paper Studio Pink Lemonade Paper Pad

Special Element: Paper House Snap Shots Shaker Card