Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Little Bible Art

A few months ago I bought a Bible for journaling. Being the daughter of a Pastor, we had many Bibles in our home growing up. We were taught never to put anything on top of a Bible or to write in it. It took me years before I could even write in pencil in a margin, or underline a verse. It seemed so wrong. But I have come to realize that legalism about a printed book is not worship -- and not how to help me remember things. I took sermon notes for years -- but couldn't relate to them once they were stored away. I needed reminders in the actual book I was reading and studying. So notes became commonplace.

I realize that many have differing views on writing in Bibles, let alone coloring, stamping, drawing, or painting. But it's not a CORE issue. It's not about the Gospel, or about what we believe about God. He is not any less my God because I have a separate Bible that I now draw and stamp and paint in. He is MORE my God because he has created me to be CREATIVE. And if art gets me into His Word more, that's a GOOD thing. It's not taking anything away from my reverence or awe or fear (and I mean that in the God-fearing way) or even my study, it is increasing my time focusing and meditating on what the Word is saying to ME. And being a visual person, it helps me to remember verses and lessons better, just as music based on scripture does.

Anyway, I felt like I needed to preface this post with that. It's certainly a departure from what you usually see here, but I am loving working in my Bible as a journal for artistic thoughts about life and how I fit in.

I told some journaling friends I would post some step photos from a project I completed this morning. So here they are!
I prepped my page with Martha Stewart's White Gesso. I wanted to prevent as much bleed through as I could, and knew I wanted to watercolor on my page. I applied it with a brush and let it dry - it was very quick. I used my heat gun as an added drying source to be sure. I stamped my verse and poppies from Sweet 'n Sassy's Precious Poppies.

Next I tested my Kuretake watercolors on each flower to see what color I might like for each one, as the thin onion skin paper changes the colors a bit. I used an acrylic block as my palette to water down the color - again for bleedthrough.

I completed each flower with a slightly different mix to see what I might like.

Finally, I added some blues for a background, and then finished off the page with some Glimmermist spray for a little sheen. I had made the matching bookmark several weeks back, and wanted a matching style for the Proverbs page. This is the end of a chapter, so no text was covered by my design.
What do you think?

Monday, February 1, 2016

I Love Roo

It's time to focus on some love notes for the next two weeks!

Today I inked up the cute kangaroo from Paper Smooches' A Little Lovin'. I am joining #thedailymarker30day challenge with @kathyrac, and decided to just color him simply! I have always been a lover of paper, and had this cute heart paper from a Ben Franklin jaunt from many months ago.
 I used Mojo Monday 433 for my sketch. I didn't want to cover up the cute hearts any more than I already had with the black panel, so I used a piece of printed vellum for one of the sketch panels.
We're waiting for about 1 foot of snow between now and tomorrow, so it looks like I may be stamping again soon! :)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Look What's New at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

Today Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is releasing a new Lovin' God's Word Kit today which will be available for a limited time! 

The Kit includes two brand new Bible Journaling stamp sets designed by Krista Hamrick, a book mark designed by Rebecca Rios, and some fun crafty goodies to add to your projects.  This bundle will be available at a discount for only two weeks until Thursday February 11th.  After that, the stamp sets will be sold separately at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store at the regular price.

The SNSS Design Divas have had a lot of fun making samples with the products in the Lovin' God's Word Kit to inspire you, AND you will see that these stamps can be used for so much more than Bible Journaling!  

I decided to make a card for our hop today, using some pretty designer paper and my favorite embellishment, pearls.
You're going to see some inspiring projects and art today! Be sure to click on all the links, and read about the brand new Creative Worship BLOG too! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

It's Beary Cold

Goodness, I have gotten behind already in posting what I have been working on -- BUT for a good reason! I totally cleaned my entire craft/stamp room since the beginning of the year. It's my little safe CREATE haven, so I probably won't post pictures, but I am feeling pretty good about it! I purged all the old catalogs and magazines and those wallpaper sample books (yeah those were like ten years of dust....). I organized my markers and new stamps and while there will always be something to clean up in there, I am off to a good start!

Today's therapy:
I am pretty traditional. While I LOVE (and I mean love) watercolor and sprays and pigments and mixed media and stuff, I always have and always will love designer paper and plain ol' stamping and traditional layouts. So. I love this adorable bear set from Stampin' Up! with its matching dies. Wonder who is getting this card in the mail?
I stamped my bears in Tip Top Taupe ink, and the hearts in retired Regal Rose. The apron and bow were stamped in Rich Razzleberry and colored with R83 and R85 Copics. 
The inside was adorned with the little bear that I had originally thought would go on the front, but I like it for the inside better!
I am playing along in the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge this week with this card.
 Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Snowy Hello to 2016!

Today I am traveling with my husband to North Carolina to celebrate our family Christmas with my daughter, my son and his wife, their daughter (my sweet GRANDdaughter!) and my sister. We are going to have a ton of fun. We rented a house for several days, and will open our gifts tomorrow, play games, eat yummy food, and HOLD THE BABY!

And part of the celebration will be ushering in 2016 this evening!

I just adore this little snowman from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps'  Warm Hello. He is so sweet and has all the perfect "snowman elements": hat, carrot nose, buttons, and twig arms! Plus a cute scarf to color or paper-piece. I used one of the sentiments from another snowman set, Snowy Hello.
I added some different "white" sequins (Doodlebug) and a snowflake die cut (Mambi) for my embellishments. The designer paper is from the Jack Frost Collection by American Crafts. This guy is all decked out and ready to greet 2016 with a smile!

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE, Stamping Friends!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

From Rags to Riches

I have a giant mess on my stamp desk right now. So I moved to the kitchen table. And made a giant mess there. I think my husband is afraid I may move to the dining room table next.
I tend to make things and set everything aside, rather than putting away. Even the trash. I put little pieces of paper to the side, and things that didn't turn out, and the backing from dimensionals and foam tape goes to the side, not in the trash. It's a bad habit.

I love loading the dishwasher, putting in laundry, cooking and baking. But I am terrible at putting things away. Like unloading. Folding. Cleaning Up.

So this morning, I looked at some "trash" strips of watercolored paper that I had set aside after cutting them off, and decided to make something out of my trash. Like REPURPOSE, RECYCLE, or just make something out of nothing. 

I decided to cut them up and make a tree!
The background is the side I didn't use of a sprayed card (I didn't think it showed up enough), but I grabbed it and saved it from the recycle bin as well.

I think it turned out pretty cute!
I am submitting this to the Color Throwdown Challenge #373. Come play along!

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, watercolor, Silver Metallic, Glitter Stack (DCWV- star)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Distress Ink (Ranger), Strawberry Spray (TSOL)
Accessories: Christmas Thinlits Greetings die (SU!), snowflake punch
Techniques: watercolor, spray

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Kits and Kaboodles

Some days I like to just sit and make art, without having to think too much about the design I am going to make. So this weekend, I worked with two kits -- Simon Says Stamp December 2015 Kit and Stampin' Up!'s Paper Pumpkin Kit for November. 

Today I will show you two of the cards I made with the SSS kit. It's very different from my usual style, but I do have some card recipients that will enjoy the look!
The card on the left was cased from the SSS site, and the one on the right is my own design. I don't often work with puffy stickers, and these were fun for a change. The ribbons and twine are from my own stash, as is the glittery snowflake, and tag topper punch (SU!).

Quick cards and easy to make while watching movies this weekend!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Little Autumn Yet in November

Hello stamping friends! In case you've missed it, Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps is celebrating their 8th birthday all month long!  Be sure to keep checking Facebook and the blog for samples, give-aways, and promotions! Currently SNSS is offering 25% off all dies with the code BDAYDIES25! 

Today we are taking a look at the beautiful Autumn Mum Greetings Stamp Set. I think mums are like a breath of fresh autumn air, for after all of the summer flowers are winding down, up come the mums in a beautiful array of colors. I happen to have purple mums in my yard, so I chose to color mine that way for today's card:
This set has a gorgeous font, with some beautiful sentiments included. I stamped both the flower and sentiment in Archival Black ink, and then used my Koi paints to color the flower.

I love this Stanley Horowitz quote, and thought some designer paper with script would match the idea of someone saying such beautiful words.

There are matching dies, as well, so it makes cutting a breeze. You can find those HERE. I also made a quick watercolor bookmark with this set. I stamped the smaller mum with distress inks, then sprayed the paper and let the colors run. 

Once dry, I added the mum and sentiment again in a dark brown and tied on some fun fibers.
I am featured over on the SNSS Blog today, and there is a little "get-to-know the DT" feature. So if you are interested, head on over there and see what cool thing I did when I was 15. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my U.S. friends!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Hope of All the World

I adore this little Christmas manger set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps  - Joy to the World. It is sweet and cute at the same time. It has three great sentiments that come with the manger, but I chose a word from the Words of Life 1 Collection. 

Sweet 'n Sassy is celebrating eight years in business this month. There are specials every week and fun questions to answer for a chance to win some goodies. Check out the Facebook page for more info!  


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Day We Had A Sea of Leaves

We have had a lovely fall this year. The trees have shown a lot of color (as much as they do in the Plains), and the temperatures have been nice. Yesterday was a different story around the country. I read about awful windstorms in Oregon and Washington, heavy snow with blizzard conditions in several areas, and a slushy mess here. My leaves are in a sea of snowy slush on my deck today. I was so glad I remembered to bring in my summer geraniums and asparagus fern finally! They have been loving the cooler weather  -- but I think they would have seen their demise had I forgotten.

Seeing all those leaves prompted me to pull out one of my peg stamp sets. If you have never heard of peg stamp sets from Rubber Stamp Tapestry, you simply must try one. I LOVE their stamps and the many different things you can come up with using just one set with different colors. They have wonderful videos on their site and YouTube and instruction sheets that come with each set to help you get started.

Today I used Seasonal Splendor and made a very CAS card using the colors in this week's Color Throwdown #369 challenge and the cue word "pretty" from CASology Week 173. Colored leaves are beautiful to me.
The colors are perfect for autumn cards. I used four ink colors: VersaColor Bamboo, Burgundy, Paprika and Split Pea, and Encore Gold Metallic. You can see at the top of the card the beautiful gold sheen. It extends the entire wreath, but did not pick up in this photograph. The little gold "dots" are the Tiny Grape stamp from the Tiny Grape and Holly Border peg stamp set. The sentiment is also from RST, but retired.

I hope you will stop by RST and take a look at what they offer!  

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Day I Made Three Wishes

Just a quick post to share my Week 2 #sharehandmadekindness schtuffs.  Three wishes for three neighbors, along with some foodie gifts. The alpha is from Honey Bee Stamps, and you can find the link for it in the previous post (scroll down).

I watercolored the background (Wrinkle Free Distress Technique) with Pink Passion ink. LOVE that pink (retired, I think!). A little glittery star power, and some beautiful sparkly ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Fun, and festive and bright!
Check out some fun sale stuff of mine over at SCS :

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Day I Hid From 60mph Winds

It's no secret that winter can't come and GO too quickly for me. I love my warmth. But I do truly love making winter cards. Today's background was a "practice piece" for Brushos earlier in the month. It's been laying around in an envelope, waiting for the fate of the circular file - or to be used joyfully. I think it's funny how if you don't like something, you come back to it many days later and end up loving it. That has happened several times in the last few weeks.
I decided to make "Brusho snow" and add a fun sentiment using Honey Bee Stamps' AWESOME Brush Grunge Alpha. You can say whatever you like and it's so easy to use with my MISTI. I added a few punched snowflakes and a die cut larger flake, along with some Silver Metallic Thread.

And now I am going to chill ..... and make another cup of coffee. Hold off snow......

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Day My Sweaters Came Out of the Closet

All month long, SNSS is celebrating eight wonderful years with lots of throwback fun, weekly specials, and a FABULOUS prize package today! Be sure to start at the SNSS Blog so that you don't miss any of the fun and specials!
Well. Fall seems to have left. I suppose since it's almost November, I shouldn't complain too much. But those that know me know that I love my warm and sunny! The sweaters came out today -- after months of hibernation. I suppose I will be sporting one soon, as the temperatures are dipping into the low 30s this week. UGH.

  The only good thing about winter is rubber stamping and all the cute winter themed stamps out there! This is one of my favorite little snowmen. Doesn't he make you smile? He is from the Warm Hello stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
I used the Splitcoaststampers Sketch 564 for my design. I flipped the sketch, and added a strip of diamond glitter paper between the two patterned papers from Bo Bunny. The first one is an ombre paper, so it looks like more than two designs, but isn't. I added some glitter to the snow, and paper pieced my snowman's scarf. The layered snowflake is all glittery on the base, and then a clear acrylic layer on top (purchased).
I surely am NOT looking for snow soon, but it's fun to stamp with this little guy!

The SNSS Divas have made some really fun cards to celebrate - some birthday, some their favorites, like I did. I hope that you will take the time to visit them as well -- and don't forget that $80 prize package is out there waiting for YOU!

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Day I Really Said All I Want For Christmas is Peace

Isn't that true? Not just world peace - although that is always a wish. But peace about my life, and peace in the lives of my children and close friends. And those I know are struggling with things. Inner peace. A week where nothing bad happens. Peace for everyone. I would give up all my craft stuff for that. So you know that's a big wish! :)
In the meantime, while I wait for Peace, I craft. 
Today's card is for three Splitcoast challenges. Lydia has a super fun Mix-Ability Mixed Media Challenge, and I followed her Matrix for that:
My choices:
TWO mediums: Watercolor medium and spray
ONE: blue color
ONE: no second color
ONE images: Holiday
ONE embellishments: die cuts

This is also for Lori's Split the Difference HYCCT challenge and Stacy's SCSCCNOV15 Christmas challenge for shimmer.

I stamped the snowflakes and then misted with water, and let the water run where it wanted. I then stamped more snowflakes, and punched them out with the punch, then punched again out of vellum and layered them. Added a sentiment with foil paper.

It is so disappointing that my camera does not pick up the gorgeous shimmer of the Gold Glimmermist. Just imagine it there, ok? It is heavily sprayed on the main panel, on top of the watercolored snowflakes! Here is an attempt to capture it.
Thanks for taking a peek!