Friday, August 26, 2016

Greater Than Gold- Book Review

The book "Greater Than Gold" is the testimony of David Boudia and is a very moving and inspiring story. He tells his story of coming to Christ and all the things leading up to that and how it changed him. My favorite part of the book is at the end where he gives five summary points that he hopes the reader takes away from his story. With each he gives a scripture reference and encouragement. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading someone else's journey back into the arms we all belong in.

A solid 5 stars.

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


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Highlighting with Gelatos

Hello! Leah from Paper Blossoms here today to show you a fun way you can dress up your solid stamps with Gelatos. Let's get started!

The supplies you'll need are a stamp set with solid images, I chose the beautiful new set Words of Inspiration II, black ink, a few colors of Gelatos and a sponge dauber. I first started by doing all my stamping. I stamped my sentiment on to a die cut using Fancy Labels 2 and I stamped all my flowers and leaves in black ink. You can set aside the sentiment and layer panel for now.

To highlight with your Gelatos simply load your sponge dauber with some Gelato color and using circluar motions "highlight" the image you want to be that color. I started with the leaves using a green. 

Once all my leaves were done I moved onto the light aqua color for the berry sprigs and then the pink for the flowers. The idea is to just highlight the image so  you will have white paper still showing. And that's it! I think it renders a pretty effect.

Here is my card all assembled and done. I added the sentiment panel and layering to the front. I die cut those panels using Fancy Label 2 dies. I added some machine stitching and a little twine bow.


I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will give it a try if you haven't already. Thanks so much for joining me!
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Versafine Onyx Black ink
Gelatos in: Iced Pear, Bubble Gum and Aqua Dolce
Sponge Dauber
MISTI
White Cardstock
Turquoise cardstock
Sewing machine
Natural Twine
Signature

Swimming Turtles

Hello! We are sponsoring over at the CRAFT challenge this week and the theme is back to school. 

Here's my card:

Great Impressions, Leah Cornelius, Swimming Turtles, watercolor

I decided to use this image for the back to school theme taking liberties with a nod to the movie Finding Nemo :) I can imagine these little turtles going off to turtle school... The image is called (F368) Swimming Turtles. I stamped them onto watercolor paper and watercolored them using Tombow markers.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Wading Egrets

Hello! Today I have a card that I shared on the Art Neko blog. To see the full write up on it click HERE.

Art Neko, Leah Cornelius, Framed Egrets Wading Among the Flowers, copic markers

This image is called (A255) Framed Egrets Wading Among the Flowers. I colored the image using Copic markers.
Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, August 12, 2016

TCW and Chameleon Pens

I have a project up over on the Chameleon blog today! Please go HERE to check it out!




Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Birthday Bicycle

Hello! Leah from Paper Blossoms here and we are re-visiting some older cards this week! Here is mine:

Isn't this a fun image?! I inked up and colored the Birthday Bicycle (G504) using Copics and to the same round focal mat added the sweet Flag Banner (E846).  The pretty pink background is stamped using the Twirly Background Sm. (E845) and my sentiment comes from the Tags (G483) set. Some stitching and sequins finish my card. I hope you like it! 

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Great Impressions August Challenge


Hello! Welcome to another monthly challenge. As usual it's anything goes but here's an inspiration photo if you want to use it! Here is my card:

Great Impressions, Leah Cornelius, Patterned Chick, handmade card

I used the super cute image called (C443) Patterned Chick and colored it Copic markers. The sentiment is (D374) Simple Things. The pink striped paper is actually from a Christmas line, so don't be afraid to use holiday themed items for non holidays :) I hope you have a great day!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Artful Journaling Wednesday

Hello! I've got another post for you today that shows some ideas of how to draw some cute birds, a few techniques on blending watercolors and how an easy change to your normal handwriting can create a new font. If you haven't already be sure to find and join the Journal Me Joyful closed group on Facebook!


Remember how I've said drawing is really about shapes? So for our cute, whimsical birds start with some basic shapes. They don't have to be perfect!


Now take those same basic shapes and add an eye, a beak, some legs and feathers and you've got several different cute birds. You can get as elaborate or simple as you want.


So getting to the watercolor, here are some basic blending techniques. If you want a lighter color you add more water as in box 1. If you want a more concentrated color use less water. Box one and two are the same blue. See the big difference you can get just with water :) Then you can get some neat effects by putting down wet color, the blue in this case, first and then right away dropping in another color that is also wet. For the little splotches that was just using the tip of my paint brush and dotting the red into the blue. For the bottom left corner I smoothed the red around a bit. It will dry with a very soft look. For a more clear color blending look the 4th box is technically called glazing. You first lay down your base color, blue and then let it DRY COMPLETELY. Then you can layer a new color on top of it. See how the red gave a purple and the yellow green? Neat huh!?


And now putting it all together you can create a quick, cute little scene. For the lettering I just used my regular handwriting but made all the letters capital and tall and skinny. See if you can see all the different blending techniques I used in my birds and flowers. I used all four! If you decide to create something using this post as inspiration please let me know, I'd love to come see!

Supplies:

*Strathmore Mixed Media Sketchbook
*Gansai Tambi watercolors
*Waterproof fine tip pen, such as a Sharpie pen
*#4 round paint brush






Cute Boots

Hello! Sometimes the simple things can cheer us up, like a favorite pair of boots! Here's my card for you today.

Great Impressions,Leah Cornelius, Cute Boots, handmade cards

This is such a fun stamp set and I love ones that have an image together with a sentiment. I colored the boots with Copics and added Distress ink around the edges of the card. This super fun image is called (F448) When It Rains. The sequins are to represent rain. What do you think?

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Beautiful Lady

Hello! Today I have an Art Neko card to share with you using a gorgeous image called (P015) Ho Hsien Ku.

Art Neko Stamps, Leah Cornelius, Ho Hsien Ku, watercolor

If you click on the stamp link above there is a neat blurb about the stories surrounding this image. I think she is lovely. I watercolored her using Gansi Tambi watercolors, added some patterned paper and stitching and just a bit of gold sparkly tape. 

Thanks for dropping by!


Friday, July 29, 2016

Fresh Bouquet

Welcome to the last day of the Inspired By Stamping release! Today's set is gorgeous and is called Fresh Bouquet.

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, Fresh Bouquet, gouache, stamping, cards

I love this set! The flowers are gorgeous and so much fun to color! I painted my flowers using artist grade gouache which is an opaque watercolor. I was able to do it on regular kraft cardstock because it doesn't require as much water.


I hope you enjoyed this release! All links should be live now so go have some shopping fun! Be sure to stop by the Inspired By Stamping blog to have a chance at winning some goodies and to see what the rest of the team did. Thanks for joining me!





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!