Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ombre Autumn

Hello there! I hope you are enjoying the season's changing wherever you are in the world. In my neck of the woods it's been a nice gradual ease into some cooler weather and some leaves are starting to put on their autumn dress. Today I have a card to share with you in the spirit of Autumn and thought it would be fun to make an ombre background in autumnal colors. Let's get started!
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I like to try and use all the different fun mediums I have, so for today's card I pulled out some watercolor pencils. I find this a quick and easy way to create an ombre background. I started by stamping my images all from Autumn Blessings in Versafine Onyx Black. This is my favorite waterproof black ink. I wanted all the images to be a silhouette so that the ombre background can shine.
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Next I used the colors I'd chose and using the side of the watercolor pencil colored in swatches across my watercolor paper being sure to blend the pencils into each other.
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The next step is super easy as all you do is get a clean brush wet with clean water and apply it to your colored paper. All the watercolor pencil pigment will activate and turn to watercolor. Let it air dry completely before finishing your card.

And here is my completed Autumn ombre card. I embellished it with a twine bow and some white sequins. 
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I hope you enjoyed today's card! Thanks for joining me.
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Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Canson XL Watercolor paper pad
Rembrandt Watercolor Pencils
#6 paint brush
White Cardstock
Sequins
Natural twine



Candy Flowers

Hello! Today I am sharing a blast from the past project with you. A cute little gift giving idea too :)

The little box was cut using my Silhouette Cameo and I attached a tag to the front and hand stitched it. The image is called (D362) Watering Can of Flowers and was colored using Copics. The cute little butterflies are called (A32) Flitting Butterflies. 
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Star Struck- Book Review


I was very excited to review this book, Star Struck by Dr. David Bradstreet and Steve Rabey. The middle of the book has a very nice collection of color photographs of space which are really enjoyable to look at. Throughout the book are other black and white pictures. The writing style of the book is easy to follow and read, not a hard to read scientific work. I appreciate the work of scientists who are also believers and who work to uphold the accuracy of the Bible as a historical document. Unfortunately this is where I am sorely disappointed in the author's view and condescending tone towards believers who are informed and knowledgeable young earth proponents.  The author basically calls anyone who believes the earth is only thousands of years old an idiot and that "things have moved on." (Chapter 11 pg. 133) He ends the chapter saying a ridiculously contradictory statement, " And may we resist the temptation to baptize any particular cosmology or declare it the final word about how our Creator created." And yet, he has declared that unless we go along with the secular time frame of billions of years we are stupid. 
Sadly I have to give this book only 1 star. I personally wouldn't recommend it to anyone as such a foundational part of Biblical history is undermined.

**I received this book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are mine.**

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Heartfelt Project

Hi! Today I am sharing a project I made using some beautiful Heartfelt products and Chameleon Pens. Go check out the full post with instructions HERE.




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Good Wednesday to you! I have a cute card to share with you today! This image makes me smile :)

This image is aptly named (G373) Smiling Whale. I think it's super cute! The sentiment is (G483) Tags. I stamped the whale onto white cardstock and used Copic markers to color it. I did the same with the sentiment banner.
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Cranes

Hi! I have an Art Neko card to share with you today. I love birds and cranes are among my favorites. To see the full blog post be sure to go HERE.

Art Neko, Leah Cornelius, Crane with Bamboo Crane with Pine, Copic markers

This image is called (A269) Crane with Bamboo Crane with Pine. I cut the image apart and colored it Copic markers. Thanks for dropping by!


Friday, September 16, 2016

Kid's Devotional Bible Review

The Kid's Devotional Bible is a very fun kid's bible. It has devotions for each day of the week and one for the weekend. There are fun line drawings that the kids could even color in with colored penciif desired. The devotions are short, but have good thoughts to spark conversation. With over 300 devotions this would be a great Bible to use with your kids for a year. My kids have enjoyed picking it up themselves and reading passages of interest and then continuing the conversation at dinner time. I give this kid's Bible five stars!

**I was given a copy of this book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are mine.**

Monday, September 12, 2016

Inspirational Frame Gift

Hello! Leah from Paper Blossoms here today to share a gift giving idea. I love inspirational sayings and quotes so what better way to pair some beautiful images up with a lovely inspirational saying and put it in a frame ready to gift to someone special. Let's get started!

Gather your supplies which include stamp sets of your choice, I'm going to use Fresh Bouquet and Words of Inspiration II, a picture frame (the one I'm using is 4x6" ), some white cardstock to stamp on, a die cut label to stamp the sentiment onto, some ink and coloring tools, I'll be using Copic markers.
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The first step I did was to stamp all my elements. I stamped the large flower bouquet twice onto my cardstock panel in Memento ink. I then stamped the sentiment onto a Fancy Labels 2 die cut. Set the sentiment aside and let's start coloring!
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I always tend to start coloring my leaves first. I chose four different green and varied the leaf colors. I always start with the lightest color and then go over the top of it with my darker color. For the veins in the leaves I used a flicking motion to add in dark shadows. Can you see the leaf I missed? It's okay, it happens and once you start coloring the flowers the missing leaf will pop out to you.
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Next, I colored the large hydrangea flowers. I chose the above colors again starting with the lightest color and going toward the darkest. The middles I left for the end.
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Finally I colored the peonies in a bright pink. I again started with a light color and flicked on darker pink. This contrast was a lot higher than on my hydrangeas so to tone it down and blend it I went back over the dark pink with the light pink and it softens it out. Now attach your sentiment and place your completed image into the picture frame.

And here is the finished project all ready to give to someone special. I added a few stamped images for the Words of Inspiration II set and chose colors that tied in with my background.

I hope you enjoyed today's gift idea! Thanks for joining me :)
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White Cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
MISTI stamping tool
4x6" picture frame
Copic markers: G24, YG91, YG03, YG95, BV0000, BV01, RV10, RV14
Signature

Friday, September 9, 2016

Roses and Butterfly

Hi there! We are joining up with Altenew and I've got a project up today on the Chameleon blog. Go HERE to check it out!



Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Mermaid

Hello! Today I have a fun card to share with you that would be a great card to give to anyone who loves mermaids. My daughter does!


This fun image is called (H182) Rachel in the Sea. The sentiment is from (G483) Tags.  I stamped the mermaid and sentiment onto watercolor paper and used Gansai Tambi watercolors to color the image. Couldn't have a mermaid without watercolors! Some machine stitching and twine finish it off.
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Monday, September 5, 2016

Framed Flowers

Hi! Today I have a card featuring Art Neko stamps. Here is the blog post about it: CLICK!

Art Neko, Leah Cornelius, Framed Flowers with Kanji, copic markers

This image is called (A404) Framed Flowers with Kanji. Such a pretty image to color. I used Copic markers. Thanks for dropping by!


Sunday, September 4, 2016

September Great Impressions Challenge


Hi! Today I have my challenge card to share with you for Great Impressions. I decided to use some cute baby stamps :)


The cute stamps are called (H132) Baby Blocks and (F525) Stars and Heart Border. I stamped them onto white cardstock and used Copics to color them. I added some patterned paper to mat the images and machine stitched around the whole panel. I wanted to keep this a gender neutral card.

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