Friday, October 24, 2014

From Dishes to Snow

Because I know many of my crafty friends are also book-lovers, I've decided to include the occasional book review on my blog.

I recently read From Dishes to Snow by Kathy M. Howard. Bayne Harris, the main character, has experienced a life-shattering tragedy, the death of her husband and children in an accident that was her fault.  Over a year later, she's still consumed with guilt and struggling to function.  She was close to the Lord before the accident but now feels like even He is distant.

Bayne decides that a change of scenery is an absolute necessity if she is ever to get to a point of healing where day-to-day function is possible.  She chooses a remote cabin/house in the mountains in a different state.  It is there that the Lord brings people into her life that help her spiritually and emotionally heal, accept and forgive herself.  Sometimes, starting over is the best thing you can do.

I really enjoyed the book and found my thoughts returning to it when I had to put it down to do other things.  It reinforced to me the importance of just being there with someone that is hurting.  Many times, your words are totally unnecessary (and silence is preferred) but your presence is a great comfort.  It also reinforced how important it is to give people the privilege of privacy.  You don't always have to know all the details...learning to let people tell you what they want to tell you on their time schedule.

I received this book for free from the publisher to review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story that is easy to read yet challenges your thinking.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quote Collection 4 from ODBD



Happy Wednesday!  We can definitely tell it's fall here in our corner of the world.  It's rainy, the temps are cooler and the trees are beautiful with the various color leaves.  I love fall!  Anyway...., it's Wednesday and that means it's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  This week our sponsor is Our Daily Bread Designs (aka ODBD).  ODBD generously provided the design team with stamps to use for this week's challenge.  I chose to use Quote Collection 4.  It has five inspirational and encouraging quotes in the set. 



For my first project, I made a tri-shutter card using the Corrie ten Boom quote from the set.  I embellished the card with pearls and ribbon.  The bigger center panel has room for a personal message.

This set was so much fun that I couldn't stop with just one project this week.  I used another quote on the notebook below.  While this specific notebook was a gift for a friend, this style of notebook has quickly become a best-seller for my Sasha Belle Designs endeavors. The matching pen is a popular added touch.


The interior front cover has a pocket and the back of the notepad slips into another pocket so that it can be replaced.  I love these papers.  They are easy to work with and don't need a lot of extra embellishment. The finished notebook is 8.25"x5.25" when closed.


Supplies for the two projects above:
Cardstock: Bazzill (purple), Recollections (cream)
Patterned Paper: The Paper Place
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs (Quote Collection 4)
Ink:  Versafine (Onyx Black), Versamark (card)
Tools/Embellishments:  Want2Scrap (pearl flourish and gems), Spellbinders dies {Classic Ovals Large and Small, Floral Ovals (notebook), Lacey Ovals (card)}, May Arts ribbon (card), Stampendous white opaque embossing powder (card)

Here is another smaller notebook that showcases another stamp from the set.  I really like this quote.  The interior of the notebook has a pocket, 3x3 post-it note pad and a 3x5 replaceable notepad.  The finished size is 3.75"x5.5" when closed.  Both notebooks make great gifts.



This was the first opportunity I've had to stamp with ODBD stamps.  They are a purple (how cool!) rubber stamp mounted on cling foam.  They are pre-cut really well.  I was most impressed with how crisp they stamp.  I've stamped them using VersaFine and VersaMark inks and been very happy with the outcome every time.  They didn't require any prep before using them and it's quite easy to get full ink coverage.  I definitely have some other sets on my wish list and would highly recommend them for their high quality.

Be sure to play along with us this week for an opportunity to win some ODBD stamps of your own.  I hope you'll take time to visit the WordArt Wednesday Blog to see other projects from the rest of the design team.

Thanks for visiting today.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My Voice Shalt Thou Hear...

I hope your week is going well.  It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  This week our focus verse is Psalm 5:3, "My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord, in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up."  This verse is a great reminder that the best way to start our day is by praying and looking to the Lord for help.  How often we think we're "too busy" to take time to start our day with prayer.  Quite the opposite is true, we're too busy NOT to pray. 


Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is one of our sponsors this week.  I used the adorable Benjamin Bunny on my card this week.  I've been taking the Online Card Classes Copic for Card Makers Class.  I've been loving it.  I still have a long way to go with my coloring but I did apply some of the techniques I learned on my image.  I used colorless blender on a washcloth to add texture to his fur - this also lightened my over-dark coloring. The flower and Benjamin's nose were coated with Glossy Accents and his eyes have some enamel on them.  My finished card is 5" x 7".



Supplies:
Cardstock:  Recollections, Georgia Pacific (image only)
Patterned Papers:  My Mind's Eye (Remarkable 6 x 6 pad)
Stamps:  WORDart by Karen (Psalms 5:3), Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Benjamin Bunny digi stamp)
Tools/Embellishments:  Copic Markers, Glossy Accents, Enamel, teal pearls (Recollections), cream pearls (The Paper Studio), Spellbinders dies (Standard Circles Large & Small), Cheery Lynn dies (French Pastry), My Favorite Things Die-namics (Mini Scalloped Edge).

I'm entering this card in the following challenge:
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll come back to visit soon.  There's a free digi for you and inspiration from the rest of the DT on the Word Art Wednesday blog.

Friday, October 3, 2014

There's a New Challenge Blog in Town!!

Today a new challenge blog, Anything Goes With a Twist, is launching and Deedee's Digis is a sponsor for this first challenge.  Anything Goes With a Twist is a blog for card and non-card projects.  Each challenge will be Anything Goes but with a "twist."  They kept it easy for the first one and there isn't a twist - it's just Anything Goes.  :)   The blog has all the rules/details for participation.


My project today uses two sets from Deedee's Digis:  Turtle-rific Day and Teacher's Pet.  This is a birthday card/gift card holder. You can find one I made with a coffee theme and only one gift card here.  A YouTube tutorial by Holly Krautkremer gave me the inspiration for this project.



I used the pre-colored owl from Teacher's Pet as the focal image. The owl was printed, fussy cut and popped up on the Happy Birthday circle.  The matted image panel is attached to a belly band that holds the card closed. Some glossy accents to the owl's eyes and beak give him some fun dimension.


Two little "file cards" provide a place to write a personal message and tuck into their own little pocket.  This card was for our son-in-law's birthday.  He always makes a point to write a note in cards that he and our daughter send to us.  So, my husband and I wanted to both send him a note on his birthday. Having two little cards gave us both room to write our birthday messages.


Here is the card completely opened up.  The two little note cards are in the top pocket and then we put gift cards in the bottom two pockets.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Recollections (kraft), Georgia Pacific (white), Core'dinations (chipped sapphire)
Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye (Remarkable)
Stamps:  Deedee's Digis (Turtle-rific Day and Teacher's Pet)
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders Dies (Petite Scallops Circle Large, Labels 4, Labels 4 Small, Standard Circles Small), My Favorite Things Die-namics (Pinking Edge), Glossy Accents

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sentimental Sundays #226 - Use Kraft Cardstock
Scrapbook Blessings Club Challenge #30 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #341 - Spots and Dots
The ABC Challenge - U is for Unique
CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Must cover base w/Patterned Paper

Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you'll play along in the new challenge over at Anything Goes With a Twist. You could win a $10 shopping spree to Deedee's Digis.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

God's Word Stands Forever

It's Wednesday, so that means it's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  Our focus verse this week is Isaiah 40:8, "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand for ever."  We've all heard the saying, "All good things must come to an end."  However, this verse is a promise that God's Word will never end.  It's stands for ever.  It is unchanging and will last forever.  I love that!!



I haven't been feeling well today, so I'm going to keep this short.  I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch (MOJO365) for my card design.  Some faux stitching and a few pearls are the only extras.  I really like keeping the focus on God's Word.  The finished card is 3.5" x 5.5".

Supplies:
Cardstock - Georgia Pacific, Core'dinations
Patterned Paper - Pebbles
Stamp:  WORDart by Karen (Isaiah 40:8)
Tools/Embellishments - Spellbinders dies (Petite Ovals Small, Petite Scalloped Ovals Large), Staedtler fine tip marker (blue), Sakura Gelly Roll pen (white), My Favorite Things die (Mini Scallop border)

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Mojo Monday (MOJO365) - sketch
Scrapbook Blessings Club Challenge #30 - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting today.  I'll hope you'll come back soon.  Don't forget to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog for inspiration and a free digi.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

But Without Faith

This week's focus verse at Word Art Wednesday is Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is rewarder of them that diligently seek him."  This verse comes at the beginning of what is commonly called the "Hall of Fame of Faith." The rest of this chapter is full of examples of men and women in the Bible who showed a strong faith in God.  Pleasing God starts with having faith in Him.  I want to live in such a way that my name could be written in that Hall of Fame of Faith.  It's not easy but "without faith it is impossible to please Him."


This week one of our sponsors is Bugaboo Stamps.  They generously provided the DT with images to use.  I used Lil Girl Sign It for my card.  One of the features of digis that I really like is the ability to resize them to make them fit any project.  I layered this week's verse onto this little girl's sign and then colored the girl, sign and background with my Copics.    I used Mojo Monday's Sketch 221 as the inspiration for my card design.  As usual, I changed up a few things.  The edges of the patterned paper background were inked.



After coloring the image and the background with copic markers, a white gel pen was used to give the bow and top of the shirt some polka dots. I die cut some hearts for the upper right side of the image panel.  The girl's eyes, bow and the hearts were coated with glossy accents.  The blue button on top of the bow adds another touch of blue and completes the blue visual triangle with her eyes and bow.  Faux stitching and some die cut scallops complete the front of the card.



I did a little interior decorating to finish off the card.  I don't think you can see it but I added a die cut heart to carry that theme to the inside of the card.

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific (image), Recollections (kraft), Bazzill (teal)
Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye (Remarkable)
Stamps:  WORDart by Karen (Hebrews 11:6), Bugaboo (Lil Girl Sign It)
Ink:  ColorBox Fluid Chalk (Chestnut Roan)
Tools/Embellishments:  My Favorite Things Die-namics (Petite Scallop Edge), Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts (Hearts), Glossy Accents, button from stash, The Twinery baker's twine, Offray ribbon, Staedtler fine tip brown marker, Sakura Gelly Roll gel pen (white), Copic Markers (I'm sorry - my list of the colors used got lost)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
PDE Linky Party - Stitching (Real or Faux)
Inky Chicks Challenge #38 - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Blessings Club #30 - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps Challenge #188 - Favorite Embellishments (buttons and bows are two of my favorites)
Digi Chooseday Challenge #38 - Buttons
Cuttlebug Mania - Anything Die Cut (the hearts and scalloped trim)

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll go by the Word Art Wednesday blog to pick up your free digi and to see the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.  I'm taking the Online Card Class Copic for Card Makers class.  It's fantastic!!  I'm off to do my homework.  I've never enjoyed homework so much in my life!!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Keep Thy Heart

It's Wednesday, so that means it's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  This week we're focusing on Proverbs 4:23, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."  This verse carries the same thought as Proverbs 23:7, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..."  We need to be careful what we allow into our hearts and meditate about because those are the things that will establish how we act.  If we want to act in a Christ-like manner, then we need to guard our hearts and minds and make sure we're thinking about things that are true, honest, just, and of good report (Phil. 4:8).  Our world constantly bombards our minds with negativity, immorality, and compromise.  We need to be diligent in protecting our hearts and minds.


Deedee's Digis is one of our sponsors this week.  She generously provided the DT with digis to use this week.  I paper pieced the outline heart from Deedee's Digis From the Heart set.  This set also has some cute mouse images that would look cute with a verse in the middle too. While this is typically a Valentine's Day set, I enjoy finding ways to make sets like this work all year round. After all, love is never out of season.  :)

After paper piecing and fussy cutting the red heart, I coated it with two layers of UTEE.  The verse was fussy cut and then accented with a pale blue copic.  The verse panel was then popped up on the red heart.  Scraps of patterned paper were used to make a quilt background. The quilt was popped up off the background.  A zig-zag stitch stamp was used to make the stitches.  Some buttons, twine, and a bow finish it off.  The finished card is 5.5" square.  The quilted panel is 5" square.

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Recollections (black), Georgia Pacific (white)
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye (Quilting Bee)
Stamps:  WORDart by Karen (Proverbs 4:23), Deedee's Digis (From the Heart), Sassafras clear stamp (Stitched Borders)
Ink:  Versafine (Onyx Black), Versamark
Tools/Embellishments: Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE), Copic Markers (B000, 100, Colorless Blender), buttons from stash, The Twinery baker's twine, May Arts ribbon

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Clear It Out Challenge - Crazy for Polka Dots
Inky Chicks Challenge #38 - Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party - Stitching (Real/Faux)

Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you'll come back soon.  If you stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog, you're sure to find lots of inspiration from the DT and a free digi.  Please play along with us for your chance to win some stamps from Deedee's Digis.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

With Sympathy


I realized recently that when I post cards using Deedee's Digis, I've been using the pre-colored versions and not doing any coloring of my own.  I've been extra busy lately and that has been a big time saver.  While pre-colored digis are a great time saver, I've missed coloring.  So for this card, I broke out my Copics and colored away.  As usual, I used artistic license and my butterfly and flowers may or may not be colors you find in nature.  :)  The finished card is 5.5" square and *shock* I didn't use a sketch.


Deedees Digis is a sponsor this week for one of my favorite challenge blogs:  Tuesday Throwdown.  The challenge this week is to have a butterfly and a bow on your card.  This was a fun challenge to do and I hope you'll join us this week.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Creativity Inc. (gray flannel)
Patterned Paper:  Simple Stories (Vintage Bliss 6x6 pad)
Stamps:  Deedee's Digis (Fluttering By, Rose Regards)
Copics: R20, 22, 81, 83, 85; BG000, 01, 05, 15; B23; Y000, 11, 13; YG 03, 05
Tools/Embellishments: Stickles (Star Dust), Spellbinders dies (Petite Ovals Large, Petite Scalloped Oval Large), pearls (Michael's, Want2Scrap), baker's twine (The Twinery), ribbon (Michael's), button from my stash, Fiskar's border punch (Apron Lace), Gelly Roll gel pen (white)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
The ABC Challenge: Tic Tac Toe (I have the middle vertical column)
Scrapbook Blessings Club Challenge #29 - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll play along with this week's Tuesday Throwdown challenge.  It's a lot of fun AND you could win some free digis from Deedee's Digis.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Distress Watercolored Flowers

This card was stamped with Stazon ink on watercolor paper and then colored with Distress markers and inks.  After coloring the pink ring at the center of the flower, I decided to try a new technique I'd seen using Liquid Pearls.  For this, you squirt some Liquid Pearls on your craft mat (or other surface) add a little water, mix and then use a brush to paint with it.  I really like the look and shimmer.  The dots in the middle of the flower are courtesy of black diamond stickles.  After everything was dry, the blue parts of the flowers were given some Wink of Stella.



The sentiment was heat embossed on vellum and then wrapped around the image panel.  Black pearls accent the ends of the strip.  The finished card is 4.25" square.

Supplies:
Papers:  Strathmore Watercolor Paper, Bazzill, Recollection and Georgia Pacific cardstocks, WorldWin Transluscent Vellum
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp clear stamps (Always & Forever, Banner Sayings)
Ink: Stazon (Jet Black), VersaMark
Distress Markers/Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Frayed Burlap, Chipped Sapphire, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar
Tools/Embellishments: Want2Scrap black pearls, Stampendous Opaque White embossing powder, Black Diamond Stickles, Petal Pink Liquid Pearls

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - SSS Stamp or Die (I used two SSS stamp sets)
Papertake Weekly - Repeat, Repeat (My flowers/leaves repeat and my pearls repeat)
Going Gray with Scrap Creations - Favorite Embellishment (pearls)
Delightful Challenges - Simple Times (CAS Design)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Create Own Background
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - The more stamping the better

Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you enjoy your weekend.  It's feeling like fall here and I love that!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ears to Hear

 
Hi!  I hope your week is going well! As you know, Wednesday, at least on my blog, means it's time for another Word Art Wednesday challenge.  This week, we're focusing on Revelation 2:7, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God."  When you were a child, and your parent told you to do something, did your slow (or lack of) response make them question whether your ears were working correctly?  "Do you have cotton in your ears?"  "Can't you hear me talking to you?"  That's what the first part of this verse makes me think of whenever I read it.  It's kind of like we're being told, "If you have ears, you should be listening."  I don't think this is referring to audible sound but instead to a heart that is willing to listen to what the Lord has to say to us thru the Holy Spirit.  In this verse, instead of a command or prohibition, the one who is willing to listen is rewarded by a promise of reward for remaining faithful.


This week, I chose to showcase the Scripture by layering various die cuts.  The base cardstock was embossed with an embossing folder and then spritzed with shimmer spray.  The patterned paper was also spritzed with the same shimmer spray.  I know it's hard to see in the pictures, but it's so pretty in real life.


The purple die cut is popped up over the black base and the Scripture panel and mat are popped up over the ribbon.  A pearl flourish and a button with an added pearl center finish off the front.  Ribbons and pearls are my favorite embellishments.


I gave the interior a little more decorating and added another die cut as a space for a message.


Supplies
Cardstock:  Recollections
Patterned Paper:  DCWV (Butterfly Garden 12 x 12 pad)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen (Revelation 2:7)
Tools/Embellishments: Spellbinders dies (Timeless Rectangles, Radiant Rectangles, Labels One, Decorative Labels One), May Arts ribbon, Want2Scrap pearl flourish, Michael's pearl, button from my stash, Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz (Frost), Cuttlebug embossing folder (Wicker Weave)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Scrapbook Blessings Club Challenge #29 - Anything Goes
Cuttlebug Mania - Anything Embossed
Going Gray with Scrap Creations - Favorite embellishment(s) (for me that's ribbon & pearls)

Thanks for visiting with me today.  As always, I'd like to encourage you to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog for your free digi and inspiration by the rest of the Design Team.


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