Monday, March 20, 2017

Hoppy Easter Bag

Hello! Today I have a super cute Easter bag to share with you on the Chameleon Pens blog. Go HERE!




Monday, March 13, 2017

Thanks For Being You

Hello! Today and I have a card that is great for pretty much any occassion...or none at all :) Sometimes the best mail or gift is just because. I pulled out the Big Thanks set for this card.
I die cut a scalloped circle and stamped the sentiment and one the pretty leaf vine from the set onto yellow cardstock. For the "for being you" part of the sentiment I gently curved it on my block and stamped. I love that clear stamps can do this!
Using the scallop die I lightly traced the inside of the circle part with a pencil so I would know where to position the next round of stamping.  I wanted it to feel very full so I chose green ink and the little leaf vine again.
Here it is all stamped. Since the sentiment focal circle is going on top I didn't even bother to erase the pencil. To complete it I added the little flower from the set in light pink.

And here is my completed card. I added some sequins from the Valentine's Day sequins and a couple rows of stitching. 
This card is very spring like and I am ready for spring! Thanks for joining me today and have a great creative day!
Big Thanks stamp set
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Spellbinders Scalloped circle die
Memento Bamboo Leaves ink , Memento Angel Pink ink
white cardstock
sewing machine


Happiness

Hi! Today I have a pretty card to share using some Art Neko images.


I used the gorgeous image called Framed Tulip and used Tombow markers to color it. I just love spring and flowers anytime of the year. I just love this sentiment too! It can be found here


I used some jute twine and a pretty little white paper rose from the B.Muse store which can be found here. Some machine stitching finished it off. I hope you have a great day!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Zip It! - Book Review

The book Zip It, the keep it shut 40-day challenge by Karen Ehman is a great daily devotional to help get your words and thoughts better under control. I really like that this book is on the more practical side of how to actually practice the habit of speaking thoughtful words. Forty day is a good stretch of time to really keep this in the front of your mind and the way the book progresses is really good. I like that the daily readings aren't super long so I can fit them into my busy schedule. I give this book 5 stars and recommend it!

*I was given this book by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Friday, March 3, 2017

National Craft Month Project

Hi there! I have a project up on the Chameleon Pens blog today. Go check it out HERE.




Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Spectacle of Glory -Book Review

A Spectacle of Glory is a year long devotional by Joni Eareckson Tada. It's a small book which is nice because it's easy to carry with you and keep close. It has a ribbon book mark which I always appreciate. The devotions are one page each with a scripture reference at the top and a little story or explanation of the scripture and then closes with a prayer for the day. I like the briefness and the thoughts are encouraging and I like having a scripture reference to start with as you can always read more. This book would make a lovely gift, but I think I'll be keeping my copy. I give this book a full 5 stars.

**This book was given to me by BookLookBloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.**

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sentiment Only

Hi!  I thought it would be fun to show you how you can use just a sentiment stamp set for a beautiful card. I'll be using the new Blessed set from Inspired By Stamping.
To create a pretty card using just sentiments and no focal image I decided to heat emboss a couple of the combinations of sentiments and then use Distress Ink as the color pop. 
Here is what it looked like part way through my stamping. Since I chose to use a cream colored cardstock I had to sprinkle the embossing powder as I went so I could see what I was doing. At this point I needed to heat set it so I could fill in the rest of the background.
Once all my embossing was done I used two colors of Distress ink to really pop that white embossing.
I embellished it with some of the Valentine's Day ribbon and a white paper rose. Some machine stitching finished it off.


I hope you enjoyed today's card!
Have a beautiful day!
Zing! embossing powder in white
Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry
Cream cardstock
Versamark Ink
Ranger round foam tool



National Bird Feeding Month

Hello! Happy National Bird Feeding Month! I have a card to celebrate on the Chameleon blog today. Click HERE to see all the details!




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb- Book Review

I have another book review to share today. This book is called The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb. It's written by two authors who share personal experiences in the struggle for power. I think overall this book takes an honest look at the struggle each of us faces in living this life, either by our own strength and slapping the word God on it, or being truly submitted to God and letting our pride die. A struggle for sure, especially in the church where so many are run as a business endeavor and not as extensions of Christ. I give this book a solid 4 stars.

**I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by BookLookBloggers. All opinions are my own.**


Friday, January 27, 2017

Hugs and Kisses

I am sharing a Valentine card over on the Chameleon blog today. Click HERE for all the details!


Friday, January 20, 2017

Inlaid Patterned Paper Die Cut

Today I am excited to show you a simple but beautiful way to use the new Love die, inlaying it with patterned paper.
The supplies I used are the Love Sentiments stamp set and Love die, a piece of glitter black paper and a piece of patterned paper from the Vintage Floral paper pad. I first die cut the black glitter paper and saved the positive die cut for another time. For this you just want the negative cut. Then I die cut it again out of the Vintage Floral paper this time saving the positive die cut. On another strip of Vintage Floral paper I stamped the rest of the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink.
I adhered the pieces together and onto my card base the way I wanted and then added some glue to the back side of the patterned paper love die cut and inlaid it into the black glitter paper.
I then layed out the rest of the embellishments I wanted for the card using the Valentine's Day ribbon and Valentine's day sequins.

And here is my completed card. I wanted the focus to be on the sentiment so I just used a white card base and rounded the top two corners.
I hope you enjoyed today's card! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Scotch quick dry adhesive
white cardstock
black glitter cardstock
WeR Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Love Sentiments and Die!

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Welcome to Inspired by Stamping’s first 2017 release! We are so happy you are here. This week Inspired by Stamping is releasing 2 new stamp sets and one sentiment die to their store. All new products are already available in the store! You can visit us by clicking here!



My card uses the Love Sentiments stamp set that is full of beautiful sentiments and the Love die. I used Some Vintage Floral paper and the lovely, and Valentine's Day Sequins
This set is full of sweet little images and I just love these little heart flowers that I stamped in two colors. 


For my second card I used the lovely coordinating love sentiment that matches the die. I kept to a more traditional palette for this one and stamped the hearts from the set to make a border and did some machine stitching around the outside.




Inspired by Stamping has a new free stamp of the month! Spend $50 and receive our NEW Blessed Stamp Set for free! Plus, if you live in the USA, all orders over $50 receive free shipping! For more details on their free stamp of the month, click here.


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This month’s release giveaway contains over $30 worth of goodies. Here’s what you have to do…
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Deadline is January 20, 2017. Winner will be announced on Joanna’s Blog on January 23rd.


Thank you so much for stopping by! Your next stop is Jo Herbert!
Here is the lineup of amazing designers joining us today!

Leah (you are here)



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