Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Floral Monogram Card

I'm so excited about my new stamp venture, and while I originally intended these stamps to be used for Bible art & journaling, I just couldn't help but use them to make a card. 
For this card I used my new This & That stamp set, and masked the stamped images into the letter D (which was hand drawn with the help of a stencil). I used some Prismacolor pencils to do some quick coloring, and then layered my stamped & colored piece onto a piece of colored cardstock. It all came together fairly quickly and I love the colorful result!

Thanks for dropping by today!
Supplies:
Cardstock: Discount Cardstock (Brilliant White 80#; Brilliant White 130#); My Favorite Things (Orange Zest - Prestige Cardstock);
Stamps: Ink Blot Shop, LLC (This & That); 
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black); 
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor (Premier Colored Pencils);
Pen: Faber-Castell (PITT Artist Pen - F);
Stencil: Dana Tanamachi (DIY Type);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board);

Friday, July 15, 2016

Introducing...Ink Blot Shop, LLC!

I've been having lots of "adventures" through Bible art & journaling, but I think this may just be the biggest one yet. 

Introducing...
That's right! I've now got my own line of clear stamps designed exclusively to work for Bible art & journaling. (But they are great for cards, too!) I'm so excited about this new venture and hope that you will love it, too!

I'd be so grateful if you'd head over and show your support by liking the Ink Blot Shop, LLC page on Facebook.

And when you are ready, please take a little time to check out the shop here.

Thank you - and have a great day!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Book Review :: I Can Be Kind: My First Manners Book (A Lift-the-Flap Book) by Amie Carlson, illustrated by Heather Heyworth

I Can Be Kind is a "lift-the-flap" book about manners. 
First, I'd like to address the "lift-the-flap" portion of the book. When I see something in the "my first book" range and called "lift-the-flap", I immediately picture it as some sort of board book or at least a book with heavy-weight coated cardstock pages with shaped flaps. I Can Be Kind, however, is a paperback book (8" x 8") with standard book-weight pages. The "flaps" are actually extra-long pages that have been folded over to fit within the cover size. Each of the flaps is on the right-hand page of each two-page spread. (With the flap opened, that side of the two-page spread measures 12 1/2".) 

The pages in I Can Be Kind are all full-color, coated pages. The drawings are cute, in the style as shown on the cover. Each two-page spread in I Can Be Kind has a sentence on the left page (about something that can be done that shows good manners - including others, letting others go first, saying please and thank you, etc.), and under the flap on the right is a corresponding Bible verse (from the New Living Translation/NLT). 

Although this book is cute and the idea is good, I am not sure I would recommend buying it at the full retail price - simply because of the thin pages. However, if you can find this on sale, go ahead and pick up a copy. 
FTC Declaration: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Adventures in Bible art & journaling :: Be still...and think awesome thoughts

Hello!

I've got three Bible pages to share with you today, again playing with some paint and stamps.

For the first page (Psalm 46), I used the Classy Script Alpha and Seek Him stamp sets from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps:
For this one I did a "plaid" look similar to a page I did previously, but this time I used paint instead of ink. After my plaid background was ready, I added my stamping and a few accents with a white paint pen.

While I had the Classy Script Alpha stamp set out, I stamped the words "burning bush" on this page:
The rest of the page is hand drawing layered with paint.

For my last page, I used the Awesome Thoughts stamp set. As soon as I saw it, the words "think awesome thoughts" just jumped out at me - so I knew I had to stamp them in my Bible. I added in some tone-on-tone stamping in the background with some stamps from the Fill Me Up set.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
{Philippians 4:8, NIV}

Have a great day!
Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.

Supplies:
Bibles: Zondervan (NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition); Zondervan (NASB Note-taker's Bible); 
Page Preparation: Ranger (Multi Medium - Matte);
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Classy Script AlphaSeek HimAwesome Thoughts, Fill Me Up);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Paint: Michaels/Craft Smart (various colors);
Markers/Pens: Sharpie (Marker - Fine, Black); Sharpie (Paint Pen - White, Extra Fine);
Washi Tape: (Various);

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Book Review :: The Look and Tell Bible illustrated by Dawn Machell

I'm just going to start this review out by saying: get yourself (and your friends) a copy of The Look and Tell Bible
It.
Is.
Adorable.
The idea behind this Bible storybook is both classic and innovative. I haven't come across many (or any, that I can quickly recall) children's books that are done in this format and yet seeing it instantly takes me back to childhood. On the left hand page of each two-page spread in The Look and Tell Bible, there are large labeled pictures of the characters/ideas from the story. (For example: a picture of a man with the name "Noah" beside it.) On the right hand page of each two-page spread is a short Bible story, with small versions of the pictures in place of the words in the story. 

The pictures in The Look and Tell Bible are adorable (as you can tell from the cover image) and the stories are short and simple. My one year old is drawn to this book more than others on our bookshelves, and it keeps his interest. The Look and Tell Bible would even be great for beginning readers.

The Look and Tell Bible has definitely become an instant favorite in our household.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Book Review :: Wonderland: A Coloring Book Inspired By Alice's Adventures by Amily Shen

Wonderland is a new coloring book for adults (or kids!) inspired by the popular story/theme of Alice in Wonderland.

Wonderland measures approximately 9 7/8" x 9 7/8" and is just under 3/8" thick. Wonderland has a paperback cover with a colorful dust jacket. The dust jacket has the cover image shown in the product preview (with the tea party scene and the Cheshire cat), and has black and white line art on the inside of the dust jacket - more to color! The paperback cover is a solid peachy color with black line art illustrations of the Queen's cards, roses, flamingos...and some cute hedgehogs. 
Inside, Wonderland has sections of the story, each a few paragraphs long. The story is written in the first person, as if the reader is Alice. I love the art in Wonderland, but honestly I would prefer it without the story portion. I think the story is known well-enough that the art could be understood without it. 

The art in Wonderland is very cute and has lots of great details to color. It is definitely a great coloring book for adults (or kids). 
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the Blogging for Books book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Book Review :: Jesus Calling My First Bible Storybook by Sarah Young, illustrated by Antonia Woodward

Jesus Calling My First Bible Storybook is a new Bible story board book from the Jesus Calling line of books. 
While many of the Jesus Calling books are quite unique in nature (having words written as if they are from Jesus to the reader), Jesus Calling My First Bible Storybook is a fairly typical Bible storybook for toddlers. Yes, this does have some wording written as if it were directly from Jesus, but they are just one short sentence on the page opposite the Bible story. 

With that said, though, I do like the Jesus Calling My First Bible Storybook. It includes many of the basic "starter" Bible stories and some that are not often found in toddler versions of Bible storybooks. 
The stories included are:
- God Made Everything!
- Noah's Big Boat
- God's Promise to Abraham
- Baby Moses
- Ten Commandments
- David and Goliath
- Jonah and the Big Fish
- Daniel and the Lions
- Queen Esther Is Brave!
- Jesus Is Born
- Jesus Is Baptized
- A Little Boy's Lunch
- Jesus Calms the Sea
- The Prodigal Son
- Jesus Loves Children
- Zacchaeus
- The Cross
- Jesus Is Alive!
- Jesus Is Coming Again
- God's Family

What puts this one over the top for me is the illustrations - they are adorable!

If you love the Jesus Calling books, be sure to check this one out (and Jesus Calling for Little Ones, too!).
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Book Review :: My Little Prayers - compiled by Brenda Ward, illustrated by Diane Le Feyer

My Little Prayers is the newest book in the My Little® series from Tommy Nelson. 
My Little Prayers is a compact book of prayers (both traditional and modern) covering a variety of topics: My Day, My Mealtime, My Bedtime, My Family and Friends, My Favorite Things, My Feelings, My Special Days, and My Time with God. Each of the 8 topics have their own section in the book, and each section is introduced with a verse.

Each two-page spread in My Little Prayers has a prayer (or verse) on the left-hand page and an illustration on the right-hand page. The illustrations are cute and I enjoyed the diversity in the people depicted (age, gender, and race).

Prayer books are not a new idea, but I loved that My Little Prayers contains a compilation of not only modern prayers, but traditional prayers as well.

My Little Prayers is a cute, useful book and is a great way to introduce children to a variety of prayers.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Adventures in Bible art & journaling :: Exceedingly Abundantly

Oh boy...
I've got a confession to make. 

I started out Bible journaling saying I was going to try to use a minimal amount of supplies (mainly pens and colored pencils) and here I am today sharing two pages smeared with various colors of paint.
It's just fun, though...and suck a quick way to splash some color onto the page. (And with 4 kids, I have only got short bursts of time to be able to do Bible art.) 

So, apparently my pages aren't going in quite the direction I had imagined, but I am just going to have to be okay with that - because, for now, it's what works for me.
This first page was inspired by one night of reflection and discussion among our church family - looking at a few weeks in particular that just seemed like God was heaping the good onto our little group. Now, the past week or two have been pretty rough going for our group as a whole, but no matter what...God is still good. And he still blesses us "exceedingly, abundantly more" than we could ask or imagine.

The next page came from a night of family Bible reading - these words from Psalm 63 just jumped out at me.
I envisioned a great, beautiful sunburst (perfect for the current Creative Worship Bible Journaling group challenge), but this colorful splatter is just going to have to do.

I used the same two new Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps stamp sets that I used on my previous page (Classy Script Alpha and Outline Alpha) - I just love these together!
I stamped the Outline Alpha onto various washi tape pieces and fussy cut them...I love the finished effect.

Although I do love how these two pages turned out, I am more excited about how these concepts will be highlighted in my mind for a long time to come.

Thank you for visiting today!
Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.

Supplies:
Bible: Zondervan (NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition); 
Page Preparation: Ranger (Multi Medium - Matte);
Paint: Michaels/Craft Smart (various colors);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Classy Script Alpha, Outline Alpha, Seek Him);
Markers/Pens: Sharpie (Marker - Fine, Black); Sharpie (Paint Pen - White, Extra Fine);
Washi Tape: (Various);

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Book Review :: Beautiful Word Bible (with video flip-through)

It's Bible week on my blog!
Stay tuned this week as I review a variety of Bibles.
The Beautiful Word Bible is a unique Bible that is great for those who love to be creative (and appreciate the creativity of others) in their worship and study times.
The Beautiful Word Bible is currently available in NIV, NKJV, and KJV - each with a variety of cover options.

Although I do not currently own the Beautiful Word Bible, I did find it (NIV) recently in a store and was able to take a quick (approximately 30 second) video as I was flipping through it. I think that is really the best way to get a feel for the Beautiful Word Bible, so here it is:

Because I know many people have found my Bible reviews helpful, I wanted to at least give the Beautiful Word Bible a little bit of "air time" here on my blog so that you can be informed as you are making decisions on your Bible purchases. 

Happy reading!