Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Special Thanks

Hello! Today I have a pretty thank you card to share with you.


Sometimes it is so nice to have an image and sentiment all in one! This one is called (G364) Spring Special Thanks. I stamped it onto watercolor paper and watercolored it. After I was done I used some Distress ink to ink it lightly and mounted it to my card base. A strip of glittery gold washi tape finishes it off.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

I Don't Wait Anymore- Book Review

I Don't Wait Anymore

I was interested in reading this book as I think it's a great topic to address...letting go of what we think is best for our lives and letting God decide instead. A favorite quote sums up this book nicely, "God always gives His best to those that leave the choice to Him."

I am not a single person and got married very young. But I could still relate to the message and appreciated the honesty and call to seek God for nothing else but God. I also really appreciated how much emphasis was placed on reading the Bible for yourself and really spending time studying it and seeking to have it change you and your understanding instead of just trying to make the Word conform to what you want it to say or do for you.

I thought that it was a nice addition to have a question or two at the end of each chapter to help you think through how it applies to you. There is even space given to write in the book if you wish. I like that the book is well bound and has a nice hard cover and a ribbon bookmark. This would make a very nice gift!

Overall I give this book a solid 4 stars. The only negative I personally can say about it is that it was a little to "stream of consciousnesses" writing for me in some sections. But as a whole the message is solid and I would very heartily recommend it!

***This book was given to me in exchange for an honest and unbiased review from BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are my own.***

Tissue Paper Background

Hello! Today I have a fun and easy technique to share with you that gives your project added texture and interest. Let's get started!
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The supplies you'll need today are a stamp set of choice, some white gift wrapping tissue paper, a glue stick and some Distress inks. I chose to use the Plumeria stamp set as the line image and it's simplicity really make this technique shine.

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The first thing you want to do is cut down some tissue paper to the size you'd like for your card. I roughly cut mine to fit the front a standard A5 card base but knew I'd cut it down more once I was done, so don't try to get this part perfect! I stamped the single plumeria image all over my tissue paper and then crumpled it up and gently smoothed it back out. The crumples really give a lot of nice texture to your finished piece. I then used a variety of Distress ink colors and just gently dabbed on the colors. You do want to be careful as the tissue paper is a bit fragile.
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I find it works best to adhere your tissue paper to a cut piece of cardstock and not your card base directly. Using a glue stick is the easiest way to apply it and it drys quickly! Apply the glue stick to the cardstock, not the tissue paper! You don't want to rip your beautiful stamped piece. Lay the tissue paper onto the cardstock and gently press it down. Don't try to get it perfectly smooth, the crumples and wrinkles are what make this technique special. When I was done adhering it to my cardstock I trimmed clean edges all the way around. Now you are ready to make a card!
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Here is my completed card. I added a few more layers of cardstock, some machine stitching and I die cut the circle from Fancy Labels 3 and stamped the sentiment. To finish I added some sequins.
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The texture is really neat because of the tissue paper and the Distress ink works really well to give pops of color.
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I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! Thanks so much for joining me.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Birthday Birdie

Hi! Today I have a fun birthday card to share with you that also goes along with the current CRAFT challenge that Great Impressions is sponsoring this week.


I used some super cute new images for my card. The adorable pup and bird are called (G534) Dog and Bird and the matching sentiment is (G535) Early Bird. I watercolored the image and added some embossed edging to the sides. 


For some embellishment I added some gold washi tape and a few dew drops. Hopefully I don't forget anyone's birthday soon, but if I do at least I have a cute card, just in case :)

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Monday, May 9, 2016

An Adult Coloring Book- Live Fearless Review


Live Fearless: An Adult Coloring Book

Hello! I have another book review for you today, this one being an adult coloring book that also gives you space to journal or doodle yourself. This one is called Live Fearless and is by Margaret Feinberg.

The book begins with a couple of pages encouraging us not to be afraid and giving some scriptures that point us to trusting God and not turning to anxiety. It then has a how to use this book page and gives some ideas of different coloring mediums you can use, encourages you to be creative and then gives a hashtag so you can share your pages on Instagram.

Each two page spread is set up the same way throughout the book. On the left you have a scripture at the top and then the rest of the page is dotted lines that you could journal on or draw on. The right side is the line drawing with the same scripture but it can all be colored in. Most of the drawings are portrait orientation but there are a few that are horizontal. 

Overall I like this coloring book and appreciate the scripture throughout. Here are my pros and cons:
Pros:
*Very nice weight to the paper. It will take a lot of different mediums well and if you didn't mind the bleed through of alcohol markers onto the dotted lined page you could even use them. The paper surface is great for colored pencils, gel and fine tip markers and even some light paint.
*Having an entire page to do what you'd like with and make it meaningful to you is nice.
*The illustrations are whimsical and sweet and have a consistent feel throughout the book.
*There are 20 two page spreads so it's a nice length without feeling like it goes on forever.
*Would make a really nice gift!
Cons:
*I personally don't care for some of the scripture translations used.
*Some may feel an entire page for journaling or doodling is overwhelming. 
*Some of the drawings are very detailed and have very small spaces for coloring in. Other coloring techniques would need to be used on some of the designs.

Overall I would recommend this book. I think it's a neat way to meditate on some scripture and be creative.

**I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing for my honest, unbiased opinion. All views expressed are my own.**

Chameleon Pens and Cracked Glass

Hi! Today I have a post up on the Chameleon Pens blog showing how these pens color beautifully and it's combined with the cracked glass technique. Take a peek at the full tutorial over HERE.



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Unique

Hello! I have a card that would suit lots of occasions but would also be a great one to give your mom or some other special lady in your life.


I used the fun Stylistic Peacock (H285) for my main image and used watercolors to color it. It has a great matching sentiment called Unique (E893). I kept it pretty simple as the image can really speak for itself and just mounted it on some cardstock and patterned paper after using Distress ink on the edges of the focal panel. A bit of twin finishes it off.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Subversive Jesus Book Review

Subversive Jesus

I was interested to read this book and a bit wary not sure what the author's take would be, but I was very pleasantly surprised! I found this to be a very engaging and encouraging narrative of  Craig Greenfield's family and life. Raised in the main stream church where Jesus can be understood as nothing more than "a really nice guy" which does nothing to change lives, Craig discovers that he needs to change his perspective and changes his life situation to do so. 

He shares he and his family's time in Cambodia and then Vancouver and then back to Cambodia and how through choosing to live in poverty with other poor people his eyes are more opened to who the Bible actually says Jesus is and how he lived while on this earth. There are many stories of specific situations they lived through and how they handled them which I really appreciated. I was struck by the wholehearted attentiveness to God's word being the ultimate authority and honestly seeking the way Christ would have dealt with people and working at avoiding selfish acts of helping the poor. His emphasis is on relationship, which is what God is most concerned about.

I also greatly applaud Craig's honest confession that if we are believers, and especially for men being the leaders, do not first love their families and have that in order, they should not and cannot go out and serve others. I also really appreciated that at the end of the book Craig's point is not to say everyone should go and live in poverty like his family, but to serve in the areas God has made you passionate about and that we can find the "poor" anywhere. Much of time the poorest people are the wealthy.

I give this book a solid 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who would like to be challenged and encouraged as we strive to walk in the steps of Jesus...on our way home.

***I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Blinged Birthday Challenge


Hello and welcome to another monthly Great Impressions challenge! This month the theme is Blinged Birthday!


And here is my card:

This sweet image is called (G506) Birthday Gracie and the sentiment is (B247) Birthday. I added some sequins and used glittery patterned paper and colored her with Chameleon pens. I hope you'll join us!
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Thanks!

Today is a sad post since it's my last post for A Walk Down Memory Lane as they are having to close their doors. I had such a wonderful time designing for them and wish all the best for the future. 



Mom

Today I have a pretty card to share with you that would be perfect for your mom or someone who has been like a mom to you.

This pretty frame image is called (H226) Butterfly Frame and I colored it with colored pencils and then trimmed it out. The sentiment I hand lettered. 

I added some machine stitching and ribbon to finish it off with a bow.
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Watercolor Fun!

Hello! Leah here with you today I have a tutorial for you on how you can incorporate watercolor into your projects using Ken Oliver's Color Burst powders. It's easy and fun and you'll get unique results every time. Let's get started!
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The supplies you'll need are a stamp set of choice, I'm using the brand new You Are set, a jar of clean water, a large flat paint brush and some Color Burst powder. I began by stamping the sentiment first onto watercolor paper. I like to do it first so that there is no issues with stamping. If you do it after you watercolor, your paper will have warped a bit and it will be harder to get a good impression. I like to use Versafine Onyx Black ink because it is waterproof.
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For my first card I am showing you how I made the sun burst card I did for the release last week. This is set has so many fabulous sentiments I just chose another one that would go with the sun theme. To create the sun and rays I first used my flat brush and clean water to paint in where I wanted the sun to be, in the upper left corner, and then pulled out rays across the whole card. This photo shows how wet it should be. You want to get quite a lot of water on your paper for the next step.
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The next step is to gently "puff" some of the Color Burst powder onto your wet spots that you just painted. You'll have to work a bit quickly at this point as the water does start to dry. Immediately after you've got your watercolor powder down, use your flat brush to blend and pull out the color. If you don't like how much color is in some spots don't be afraid to blot it off with a paper towel.
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Here is what it looks like right after puffing and blending. While it is still wet/damp you can go back into parts to define more, if you like. I defined the round part of the sun a bit more by adding just a bit more powder. Let it air dry before assembling your card, you'll get a lot less warping then.
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To finish my card I added some machine stitching and mounted it to my card base. You can use this technique with lots of different stamp set and if you don't feel comfortable painting your own image it still works beautifully with lined images as my next card shows using the lovely new Plumerias stamp set.
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I hope you enjoyed this technique! Thanks so much for joining me.
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