Thursday, July 28, 2016

Words of Inspiration II

Hi there! I hope you've been enjoying the Inspired By Stamping release this week. Today's set is called Words of Inspiration II.

Each day the stamp set that is featured will be given away to one lucky person who leaves a comment on any or all of the DT's blogs or the Inspired By Stamping blog. The more you comment the more chances you have! Plus, Friday one lucky crafter will win the entire release! Be sure to click HERE to find out how.


Inspired By Stamping, Leah Cornelius, Words of Inspiration, stamping, cards

So many wonderful sentiments in this set accompanied by some fabulous image building stamps too.


Be sure to stop by the Inspired By Stamping blog to see the rest of the DT's creations and to comment to have a chance at winning some new goodies. One more day, so be sure to stop by tomorrow!




Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Beautiful You

Welcome to another fun release day for Inspired By Stamping! Today is a very pretty set called Beautiful You. It's full of sentiments and lots of fun images.

Each day the stamp set that is featured will be given away to one lucky person who leaves a comment on any or all of the DT's blogs or the Inspired By Stamping blog. The more you comment the more chances you have! Plus, Friday one lucky crafter will win the entire release! Be sure to click HERE to find out how.


Inspired By Stamping, Leah Cornelius, Beautiful You, rubber stamping, cards

Lots of encouraging sentiments in this set which would be perfect to send to your friends or family.


Be sure to stop by the Inspired By Stamping blog to see the other creations and comment for a chance to win some new stamping goodies!



Artful Journaling Wednesday

Hi! I am going to be posting each Wednesday some kind of artful journaling tip or tutorial for you and I am partnering with the Journal me Joyful group on Facebook. It's a closed group, but just search for it and request to be added.

I got a few requests to do some posts on lettering. So I'll be focusing on that for the next several weeks :) Let's start with a serif font. You can use any type of pen for this. I used a Sharpie pen for the demo word and Stabilo pens for my completed page.

A serif is a small line or embellishment at the ends of a letter.


Here's an example for you step by step of one way you can create serif letters.

  1. Write your word using plain print.
  2. On the down strokes of your letters, see the arrows above, draw a line next to your letter. These you will color in so that your down stroke lines appear thicker.
  3. See?
  4. Now add your serifs. I added little lines to the "L" "v" and e" 
  5. You could then embellish your word with some doodling.
Now it's your turn! Practice those serif letters. Write encouraging words in your journal using the serif font. You can thicken the lines on the down strokes, or leave them skinny. You can add a little ball at the end of certain letters such as I did on my "J" and "Y". You can even just make one letter in the serif font and combine it with your regular writing like I did on the word "Peace."

Here's my completed journal page:


Thanks for joining me and I hope you give it a try!




Blowing Dandelions

The last week of each month we will be sharing an older card to re-visit those great designs we haven't seen in awhile. Today is one of my very favorites!


I used watercolor for my background panel and stamped the pretty (G298) Seeded Danelion images on top. The little seeds are (A118) Blowing Seeds

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Just For You

Welcome to day two of the Inspired By Stamping release! Today the set we are introducing is called Just For You.

Each day the stamp set that is featured will be given away to one lucky person who leaves a comment on any or all of the DT's blogs or the Inspired By Stamping blog. The more you comment the more chances you have! Plus, Friday one lucky crafter will win the entire release! Be sure to click HERE to find out how.


Inspired By Stamping, Leah Cornelius, Just For You, rubber stamping

Another great sentiment set with lots of fun little images to build with. All the stamping on this card was done with this set only.

Be sure to stop by the Inspired By Stamping blog to see the rest of the release projects and to comment to win!




Monday, July 25, 2016

Sending You and Van Life- IBS Release Time!

Hello! Are you ready for a new release from Inspired By Stamping?! We have 6 new sets for you and they are all so much fun!

Each day the stamp set that is featured will be given away to one lucky person who leaves a comment on any or all of the DT's blogs or the Inspired By Stamping blog. The more you comment the more chances you have! Plus, Friday one lucky crafter will win the entire release! Be sure to click HERE to find out how.

 Today I have 2 cards to share with you. 

Inspired By Stamping, Leah Cornelius, Van Life, stamping

This is a fun set called Van Life. I first stamped the van in Versafine Onyx black ink and then painted my scene around it using watercolors. You could do so many different scenes with this set!

My next card uses the new set called Sending You.

Inspired By Stamping, Leah Cornelius, Sending You, stamping

This is a great sentiment set and here stamped it onto some pretty patterned paper.


Be sure to hop on over to the Inspired By Stamping blog to see what the rest of the DT has made and a chance to win some goodies! See you tomorrow!






Peony Tiles

Hello! Another Art Neko card to share with you today!


Sometime it's really fun to use a small stamp and do a repeating pattern with it. I chose the pretty stamp (A257) Small Framed Peony with Carvings. I also didn't want to color in every square to add interest, so I chose specific ones and colored those with Copic markers. Some rhinestones finished my design.


Thanks for joining me!




Friday, July 22, 2016

Distress Ink Watercoloring plus Tips

Hello stamping friends!  I wanted to share some watercolor techniques you can use to create images that have light play and depth to them and you can use Distress ink.
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I chose the beautiful Cherry Blossoms set from Inspired By Stamping for my stamp images today. I first stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink because it's waterproof. I then stamped the cherry blossoms in Picked Raspberry Distress ink. On my non-stick craft mat I pressed my ink pad onto it so that I'd have color to pick up with my damp brush.
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I began with my leaves. Color your leaves in with one layer of Distress ink and let it dry. Then using the same color, I used Peeled Paint, go over just part of the leaf to create a darker shadow. You can achieve varying shades by layering. With any water soluble medium (Distress ink, watercolor etc. ) the key to successful layering is letting each layer fully dry before adding more. Otherwise you will just be adding too much water and the pigment will keep getting diluted.
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After my leaves were dry and painted in the flowers. I did one petal at a time and was sure to not work on adjacent petals so that each could dry without running into each other. One way to achieve the impression of light is to be sure while you are painting to not cover up all the white paper. See all the little white spots I left? Those were on purpose to give the flowers a light infused look. Once your first layer is dry, use the same color and go back over layering darker color onto the petals that would have shadows on them, such as the ones that lie beneath others.
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For my flower centers I used Spiced Marmalade. The final touch was diluting some of the Picked Raspberry color and picking up as much as my brush could hold and gently tapping my brush to create splatters. I highly recommend letting your wet media pieces air dry versus using a heat gun. The paper will dry a lot flatter and the color won't be disturbed by any movement.

Inspired By Stamping, Leah Cornelius, Cherry Blossoms, Distress ink, watercolor

Here is my completed card. I added two layers of border stitching with my sewing machine and a few rhinestones around the sentiment.
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I hope you enjoyed my tips and will try them yourself! Thanks for joining me today.
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Distress Ink in:
Picked Raspberry
Peeled Paint
Spiced Marmalade
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Canson XL watercolor paper
Winsor and Newton Cotman size 6 paint brush
white cardstock
non stick craft mat


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Adding Art To Your Journaling

Hello! Today I have a special post about adding some simple art to your journaling. You can do this even if you feel you can't draw or aren't talented that way. Drawing is really about seeing shapes, so if you know your shapes you are good to go! I am partnering up with a wonderful journaling group on Facebook called Journal Me Joyful. It's a closed group, but just do a search for it and you can request to be added. 

I thought a good way to start adding a bit of art into your journaling would be to add some pretty floral doodles to a favorite quote. I love collecting quotes and making them extra special with a bit of painting or drawing only takes a few minutes.


Leah Cornelius, quote, watercolor

Here is one of my favorite quotes. I did this in my faux dori that I love to use to journal in. In a bit I will share some products that I personally use and love and hopefully it will help you decide what you might want to start with.


I broke down the basic flower, bud, leaf and vine shapes I used to create my page. This example is done using watercolor. I really love the soft effects you can get with watercolor and it is compatible with quite a few papers you can use in your midori. When creating the flowers and leaves be sure to not color the whole thing in. Leave some white spots of the paper showing through. This gives the illusion of light and depth.


Colored pens are another great option as well and come in a wide range of colors. Here I broke down the same type of elements as above, but you can see the different look pen will give. To get shading with pens you just add thicker or thinner lines and you can color your drawing in, just partly or not at all.


Supplies! There are so many different mediums to explore and I love lots and lots of them! Here's just a small offering of different things I use. **I am not affiliated with any of these companies, I just love the products.**
I think the easiest way to share is by listing the types of products and what/how I use them. 
Paper for journaling or midori style inserts

*The example I showed of my quote was done in a Moleskine Chapters notebook. I really love the paper in these notebooks! They hold up extremely well to watercolor, fountain pens, brush pens and gouache. 

*Tomoe River Paper
This paper is pretty amazing! It's very thin and lightweight but wow! If you haven't tried it before you should. I bought some loose sheets and made my own inserts which was much more economical than buying pre-made, but there are pre-made inserts out there if you prefer. This paper is also fabulous for wet media, fountain pens and just a good 'ole regular ball point pen too.

Watercolors

I am very in love with watercolors. I use artist quality paints by Daniel Smith. This is by no means a requirement as there are many other student grade watercolors that are much less expensive and still very nice. Some of my favorites are Gansai Tambi, Winsor and Newton Cotman and Prima Marketing. I am most impressed with the Prima Marketing ones as you get a very nice tin as well, which is what I am using in the photos above. (I filled my tin with more pans)

Pens

There are so many fun pens out there. The pens in the doodling example are Stabilo. They are very fine tipped and come is a range of colors. You can also get them at Michael's with a coupon. Tombow brush pens are also fun and you can bleed them out to get watercolor type effects. Fountain pens filled with water soluble ink can also give pretty results with just a bit of water. My favorite fountain is the Pilot Metropolitan. For a waterproof option one of my favorites is the Sharpie pen.

Pencils

Pencils are also another great medium. Some great pencils I've enjoyed are Faber Castell colored pencils and Albercht Durer watercolor pencils, Lyra Rembrandt colored pencils and the least expensive option Marco colored pencils.

I hope this gives you some inspiration to start adding a bit of art and color into your journaling! If you do add some and want to share I'd love to come take a peek. Thanks so much for letting me share!



Owllo

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

I love images that combine an image with a sentiment. Makes a cute card easy to make! This one is called (G533) Owllo and I colored it with Copic markers. Some patterned papers and sequins and a couple of hand cut banners finish it.
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Today's Moment Of Truth- Book Review

The book Today's Moment Of Truth is a daily devotional book written by Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg. The devotions are brief, contain quite a bit of scripture references and provide very intelligent and interesting facts. I love reading a devotional and also learning something about the world I didn't know before. The writing style is to the point and doesn't talk down to the reader but assumes you are an intelligent person. Even my husband has been enjoying these devotionals and usually he is not one to read things like that! 

I give this book a very enthusiastic 5stars. It is also a very pretty book and comes with an attached ribbon bookmark which is very nice for use and would make a lovely gift. I highly recommend!

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

Now Way Up- Book Review

I just read the book No Way Up by Mary Connealy. It's the first in what will be a series, though I'm not sure how many more she plans to write. The ending definitely  left a lot of room for the story to continue.

The basic plot is that three siblings grew up on a huge family ranch that their grandfather had started and had been murdered for and their father is intent on his children to desire to stay and continue the legacy. Two of the siblings have gone different directions away from the ranch while only one has stayed on. The father gets seriously injured in what turns out to not be an accident and because he isn't sure he'll live has his will read and enforced right away. The siblings need to stay on the ranch for a year or lose it all to a distant relative. They decide to stay and work together to uncover who was now trying to kill their father and if it was linked to their grandfather's death as well. There is a love interest that plays throughout the entire book and ends happily.

Overall I'd give this book a solid 3 stars. I liked it. It was interesting enough to keep reading but it wasn't a "I can't put it down" story for me. The author's writing style is okay, a bit too wordy and repetitive for me but not terrible. I would be mildly interested in reading the next book but could easily pass as well. It's a good book.

**I received this book from Bethany House publishers in exchange for an honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.**