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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Friday, April 22, 2016

Inspired By Stamping Re-cap

Hello! Today all the new sets from Inspired By Stamping are available! Here's a re-cap for you! Be sure to stop by the Inspired By Stamping blog to have a chance at winning a $30 gift certificate too!











Thursday, April 21, 2016

Plumerias

Hello! Today we have another beautiful stamp set to share with you from Inspired By Stamping called Plumerias. I love it, especially since I grew up in Hawaii and miss so many of the flowers.


I remember these particular plumerias in Hawaii. They smell amazing!


Of course I broke out the watercolor again and had fun making this a bright and cheerful card! I repeated the single flower to fill in the upper part of my card and then colored the flowers. Once they were dry and went back with some splatter, one my favorite things to do!


I added some very tiny rhinestones to the flower centers and to frame the Aloha sentiment. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a re-cap of this week's release and I hope you go treat yourself to something from the Inspired By Stamping store!





Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Flamingos

Welcome back to day three of the Inspired By Stamping release. Today is a super sweet and fun set called Flamingos!



This is such a fun image and fun sentiment! I don't have anything like it in my stamping collection and love it to encourage friends. I stamped the flamingo in light pink and the wing in dark pink. I love that the images are separate. 


I used some Spring Lilacs patterned paper, heart die cut borders, a doily and blinged it up with sequins. I hope you like it!

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Foxy Love

I have a cute card up at A Walk Down Memory Lane today. Here's a peek.



Watering Can

Hello! Today I have a card for you using some Great Impressions stamps.


This is such a pretty image and I wanted to used my colored pencils to color it in. I stamped it onto watercolor paper as that gives the colored pencil more tooth to hold on to and I didn't try to blend it out. I think letting the medium shine through in texture is nice too. The image is called( G302) Watering Can and the sentiment is (D500) So Very Special.


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Magnolias

Hi! Today we have a gorgeous new set to introduce to from Inspired By Stamping called Magnolias. This is set is so lovely and the flowers are so much fun to color!


Of course I couldn't resist watercoloring again. It is my most favorite medium.


Such lovely sentiments in this set as well. I did a bit of masking to stamp all my flowers and used both branches of them to create a full panel. I did look up photos of magnolias and they do bloom in a very pale pink color so of course I chose that one!


I used some of the Spring Lilacs patterned paper, mixed paper flowers and some ribbon from the Pinks collection along with a good bit of stitching to finish my card. I love these flowers and they will be getting a lot of love.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow as I've got another great set to share with you!

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Inspired by Stamping Release!

Hi! So excited to be with you today as it's the start of the Inspired By Stamping release! We've got 4 lovely new sets for you so be sure to stop by each day to see the new stamps. Today's set is free with a purchase of $50 or more. It's a great new sentiment set called You Are.


I love all the different sentiment combos you can create and I chose one of my favorites for my card today.


I wanted to use this sentiment as it's what I feel about all my kids :) I used a paint brush and clear water and painted on the sun and rays and then used the Ken Oliver Color Bursts in Red and Yellow to create the loose watercolor effect. I blended out where needed and let it air dry.


I added some machine stitching to accent it but wanted the sentiment and watercolor to be the focus. I hope you'll stop by the Inspired By Stamping blog to see what other great creations the DT came up with. Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, April 17, 2016

Living a Mighty Faith, Book Review

Living a Mighty Faith

This is a year long devotional called Living a Mighty Faith by Angus Buchan with daily devotions that are one page long and begin with a scripture. I like the simple set up and how you can go by the months of the year and day, or not. The book is aesthetically pleasing and seems well made. I like the stitched binding. It would make a very nice gift.

I like Angus Buchan's down to earth and straightforward views and his clear connection of his thoughts to scripture. I like that you can read a devotion in just a few minutes or use it as a spring board into deeper thought and study. The honest life stories are a backdrop for a lot of the lessons Angus makes and my older children even enjoy reading them with me.

I would recommend this year long devotion to anyone who enjoys having something to read in a short amount of time to get your mind on the Word and I think it would make a great gift as well.

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

Counted With The Stars Book Review


Counted with the Stars by Connilyn Cossette is a Biblical fiction story told through the eyes of the main character named Kiya. It is set in the time of Egypt right before the Exodus of the Hebrews. Kiya is from a well to do Egyptian family and is sold by her father when he is suddenly bankrupt. It is her story of being a slave and then gaining her freedom, saving her brother through a Hebrew friend and then going with the Hebrews out of Egypt. She finds true love with the brother of her Hebrew friend and together they go through some hardships which pushs them closer together.

Overall I thought this book was okay. I really enjoyed the first several chapters of the story and felt drawn in, but as the story went into the plagues, I felt there was too much description of what was happening around the characters and not enough character building. I never really felt attached to Kiya and she is the main character. 

There were many places where, to me, the language the author chose to use was not suited to the time period. It felt too modern for my taste in an ancient Egypt setting. I also felt that overall the characters weren't deeply enough developed. I kept wanting to feel more connected to the characters and have less descriptive passages of what was going on around the characters.

I would say if you wanted a light, quick read that has some interesting elements this book would be enjoyable. For my personal taste in literature it falls very short of the deep characters I like to come to know as friends.  

***Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.***