Monday, June 27, 2016

Texture Paste Over Stamped Images

Hello! I'm here today with a fun way to add some extra texture to your stamped images and cards using texture paste. Let's get started!
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The supplies you'll need for this technique are a stamp set, I chose the Flamingos set, a stencil of your choosing, texture paste, a palette knife (or an old credit card) and of course ink for stamping.
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The first thing you want to do is choose an image to either stamp several times onto your cardstock panel, or use a large focal image and stamp that. After you are done stamping you cover the cardstock panel with your stencil, I adhered mine down with a bit of washi tape so it doesn't move when applying the texture paste. 
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Then you cover the entire panel, (or part if you prefer) with the texture tape, remove the stencil and wash your palette knife and stencil right away and let your panel dry.
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Once your panel is dry you can complete your card. I added another flamingo which I trimmed out and the sentiment with some sequins to finish. I hope you will try this technique yourself!
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Thanks so much for joining me today!
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Inspired by Stamping Flamingos stamp set
Other Supplies:
White Cardstock,
Hot Pink cardstock from Cut Card stock
Memento Luxe Inks in Gray Flannel, Rose Bud and Sweet Plum
Ranger Texture Paste
Zig Two Way Glue
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Foam Tape
MISIT stamping tool
Creative Imaginations Palette Knife
Memory Box Texture Tessatina Stencil
Sequins

Thursday, June 23, 2016

With My Eyes Wide Open- Book Review

I am personally not interested in or even familiar with the music of Korn, but was interested in reading a personal testimony and so I chose this book by Brian Welch, With My Eyes Wide Open. It's a good personal story of what Brian has gone through in parts of his life and how he has chosen to follow Jesus through it all. I appreciated the honesty and the telling of it as here is what my story is and how I've grown through it.

As far as writing quality or style it is not up my alley. It reads in a much too stream of conscience way for me and I found myself skimming past large sections because I almost felt as if it was more like a journal entry in which the benefit was more for the person who wrote it to work out things by writing. 

I do appreciate the openness in faith and it's always encouraging to see how God can and does truly use anyone for His work. I would only give this 3 stars. 

**I was given this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are mine.**

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Buttercup

Hello! For this week and next we are re-visiting some of our favorite past cards. I think this one is one of my favorites because I used colors I don't usually reach for.I used the F599 Buttercup Flowers and the sentiment is B151 A Little Hello.


I watercolored the the buttercup flowers using my Tombow markers. I hope you'll pop on over to the challenge! Thanks for stopping by today :)

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Baby

Hello! Today I have a sweet baby card for you.

I like to pair non-traditional images with sentiments that fit for baby cards. Here I used (G111) Birds and Roses. I colored the image with Copics and used a die to add the word baby.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Haven On Orchard Lane- Book Review

A Haven on Orchard Lane

A Haven on Orchard Lane by Lawana Blackwell  is summed up on the back of the book thus:
"Famed actress Charlotte Ward stepped away from the Victorian London stage five years ago. Now in desperate circumstances, she tried to restart her career- only to experience a complete collapse. Against her better judgment, Charlotte's estranged daughter, Rosalind, comes to her mother's rescue and moves her to a quiet English coastal village where her mother can evade the gossip columnists, at least for a time.
Charlotte is grateful to re-establish even tenuous family ties with Rosalind. As one with regrets over her own romantic past, shes happy to see love blossom for her daughter. For Rosalind, however, it's time away from teaching, and now she must care for the mother who wasn't there for her. And what could possibly be more complicated than romance?
But there can be no permanent escape from the threats of recent months. As the privacy they seek is threatened, mother and daughter must make some difficult decisions- ons that jeopardize those they care about most."

From the first paragraph of this story I was captivated. And to my utter delight and pleasure the story only gained in interest and solid characters and complex plot until the very end. I am a fast reader and especially fast if I am swept away, so I finished this 407 page book in 3 days. The story line is intriguing but believable, complex and simple all at the same time making it a book I didn't want to put down. Mrs. Blackwell's writing style is a mix of beautiful description and strong character building that makes you attached to the characters from the moment you meet them. All of her language and time frame references were point on. I give this book a resounding 5 stars and heartily recommend it to anyone wanting a wonderful, touching story to be swept away in. This is a book that I will re-read in the years to come and will even read to my children when they are a bit older. A wonderful work of fiction which I find very rare these days.

***I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***

Monday, June 6, 2016

Glitter Borders and Buttons

Hello!  Today and I'm going to share with you how you can quickly and easily embellish your cards with just a few supplies you probably already have. Let's get started!
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You'll need a stamp set of choice, I used the Magnolias set and have it stamped and colored with Copics. Then you'll need some double sided tape of any width you'd like, I'm using Scor Tape at 1/4" wide, some buttons, liquid adhesive and loose glitter. 
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For my borders I just did three strips of my tape across the bottom of my cardstock panel and then removed the top paper, poured the loose glitter on, tapped off the excess, and viola! You have glitter borders. This is my favorite as there is no dry time!
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For my glitter buttons I used liquid adhesive and first adhered my buttons to where I wanted them and then filled in the top of the button with glue, poured on more loose glitter, tapped off the excess and let it dry. The neat thing with making your own glitter embellishments is that you can have them all match!
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Here is my finished card. Such a fun way to add some sparkle and fun to your cards!
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I hope you enjoyed today's technique! Thanks for stopping by :)
Inspired by Stamping Magnolias stamp set
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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Great Impressions Monthly Challenge

Hello! This is a new month and we have a new challenge for you! This is a favorite: Anything Goes!

And here is my card:


I decided to use this super cute image called (F631) Bear with Flowers. I stamped it onto watercolor paper and watercolored. Once it was dry I stamped the sentiment from (G483) Tags on the same panel. The little bit of glitter on the button was poured on while the glue was wet from adhering the twine.


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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Come With Me- Book Review

The book Come With Me by Suzanne Eller is summarized by the back of the book saying:

"Where you are going is not as important as who you go with. Imagine that Jesus walks up to you, right now, and asks you to follow him. He doesn't tell you where, and he doesn't tell you what it will entail. He just asks you to come. Will you say yes?"

I was looking forward to reading this book, but unfortunately I was left disappointed. I personally had issues with comments made in the introduction (one being Mrs. Eller personifying Peter as unreliable. If you actually read the gospels Peter is specifically mentioned almost 100% of the time as being right there with Jesus. That does not give me the impression of an unreliable person.) Overall I'd have to say the heart of what she is trying to say is good and I agree with it, but for me I had a very hard time getting through the whole thing. I guess I just couldn't connect with this style of writing and with some assumptions made as fact. I'd have to rate this one 3 stars and I personally wouldn't recommend it to anyone I know.

**This book was given to me for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.** 

One In A Melon

Hello! Today I have a fun card to share with you today.


This fun image is called (F635) Dog and Cat Eating Watermelon. I colored it with a combo of Copic markers and Chameleon pens. The matching sentiment is called (C495) Melon.


Some buttons and twine finish it off.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Prima Hop

Hello! Today I have a fun project using all gorgeous Prima products and Chameleon Pens. I decided it would be fun to make a custom notebook for jotting ideas and things down in. Here is my notebook! Be sure to check out the full hop HERE.




Instructions:
  • Stamp Julie Nutting doll in Memento Tuxedo black ink and color using Chameleon Color Tones pens in these colors: Bisque (NU1), Bark (BR5), Aqua Marine (BG4), Bubble Gum (PK3) and Cool Gray (CG8). Fussy cut out.
  • Create a notebook using printer paper and for the cover use a piece of the Prima Royal Menagerie paper. Sew together to bind. 
  • Embellish the cover using the stamped and colored Julie Netting doll  and a Julie Netting tag from the Tag Pad.
  • Embellish the rest of the notebook using these products from the Prima Royal Menagerie collection:
  • Tab and Tags
  • Prima's Flowers
  • Alphabet Stickers




Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Thinking of You

Hi there! I have a card to share with you today that is perfect for sending to anyone on your mind.



I'm not sure what it is about jar images but I just love them :) This one is called(F616) Mason Jar and I stamped it onto watercolor paper and watercolored it and then trimmed it out. The sentiment is (B195) Playful Thinking of You. I added some sequins to dress it up a bit.
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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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