Tuesday, April 26, 2016

WINNER!

Thanks to all who stopped by and commented on my recent giveaway...and a very special thanks to each of you who are followers of this blog.
Amy K.
Congratulations!

Please send me an e-mail with your US street mailing address so I can get your information to Zondervan.
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Also - stay tuned! Zondervan has allowed me to host monthly giveaways...so there is a lot more to come!

Note: Zondervan will ship the giveaway book(s) directly to the winner. Winner(s) can expect to receive their prize within 10 to 14 business days from when they submit their address information to me.

Zonderkidz/Zondervan's rules for giveaways:
Winner must be a US resident.
Winner must be able to provide a street mailing address (no PO Box, please) for UPS delivery.
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The winner will have 72 hours to contact me with their information.

Winner chosen by True Random Number Generator at Random.org

Friday, April 22, 2016

Upcycled Notebooks {The Twinery}

It's Earth Week and in the spirit of reducingreusing, and recycling I've got some quick & easy upcycled notebooks to share with you today. 
I started by taking some empty boxes with fun, colorful designs and I cut them to a variety of sizes (making sure to have both a front and back of the same size for each notebook). Cereal boxes and snack boxes are a great to way get chipboard for a variety of crafting projects.

I put lined notebook paper inside, but this is also a great project for those printing mistakes and other projects that are ending up in your "scratch paper" pile.
To keep these notebooks together, I tied them up with The Twinery's Solid NaturalSolid PeapodSolid Charcoal, and Solid Denim twines.

These are fun to make and are easy enough for kids to do. These would be great for kids' parties, too - just take something like a LEGO box and cut it to size for a great LEGO party favor. These can also be used like mini albums (just fill them with pictures instead of paper).
So many different ideas and they will get you looking at everyday boxes in a new way!
Supplies: 
Twine: The Twinery (Solid Natural, Solid Peapod, Solid Charcoal, Solid Denim); 
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board);

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Adbentures in Bible art & journaling :: My Cup Overflows

Hello! I am back today sharing a Bible art & journaling page - this one comes from Psalm 23:
When I first saw the new Fill Me Up stamp set from Sweet n' Sassy Stamps I just couldn't help but think of Psalm 23.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.
(Psalm 23, NIV)

It is such a beautiful, peaceful, comforting Psalm. For the past little while (or maybe more like a year) it seems like things have just not slowed down. In a way that is such a blessing...and in other ways I feel a bit like I am drowning. Either way, we are so blessed and my cup truly is overflowing. 

Praise God!
Supplies:
Bible: Zondervan (NASB Note-taker's Bible); 
Stamps: Sweet n' Sassy Stamps (Fill Me Up);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Pens: ZIG; Sharpie; Tombow;

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Adventures in Bible art & journaling :: Trust, Trust, Trust

Hello!
I've got a few Bible art/journaling pages to share with you today.

The first is Isaiah 40 (focusing on verses 6b-8):
“All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
For this one I used two Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps silhouette stamp sets - Nature Silhouettes and Serene Silhouettes. Often times I just re-write a verse (or portion of a verse) that really stands out to me, and that is what I have done here.

And here is another one, taking the idea from Deuteronomy 4:29 -
"But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul."
Seek Him. 
Simple words, but I've got to be honest when I say it's not always easy to do or remember.
This one was created with stamps from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Seek Him stamp set.

This last page also uses the Seek Him stamp set and is inspired by the Lauren Daigle song "Trust In You".
When I think of trust, I think of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3. Being faced with being thrown into a hotter than hot fire, they tell King Nebuchadnezzar (in verses 17 & 18), "If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."
Sometimes we just need to hear it over and over - trust, trust, trust.
Although I had several problems with this page (lots of smearing and smudging), I still wanted to share it.

I hope these pages have sparked something in you and hope you have a wonderful day!
Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.

Supplies:
Bible: Zondervan (NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition); 
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Seek Him, Nature Silhouettes, Serene Silhouettes);
Markers: Tombow (Dual Brush Pens);
Pens: Faber-Castell (PITT Artist Pens);

Friday, April 8, 2016

Quick & Easy Garden Markers {The Twinery}

Hello! 
Today I wanted to share these quick & easy (& cute!) garden markers with you. 
I started by taking some craft sticks and snipping one end to a point with some heavy duty scissors. (Please don't try this with your standard pair - it will surely throw them out of whack.)
Once I had the points completed,  I got out my stamps and ink. I stamped each stick with a single large letter (for example: 'r' for rosemary), but you could easily stamp a whole word or just write it on with a marker. One thing you will want to keep in mind is to use a waterproof ink or marker, otherwise an "April shower" could make your label vanish.
After I had my markers marked, I took a little bit of solid twine (I used Caribbean, Strawberry, Marigold, Peapod, and Lilac) and wrapped it around the top of the garden markers to add a fun pop of color.
Quick & easy, and ready to stick in the dirt. 

Have a great day!
Supplies: 
Twine: The Twinery (CaribbeanStrawberryMarigoldPeapodLilac);
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Cold Coffee Alphabet); 
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Other: (Jumbo Craft Sticks);
Tools: Tim Holtz (Scissors);

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Book Review (& GIVEAWAY!) :: Baby Wren and the Great Gift by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Jen Corace

Baby Wren and the Great Gift is a new book written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jen Corace. Sally Lloyd-Jones is the very talented author behind The Jesus Storybook Bible, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, The Story of God's Love for You, and many other fantastic books. 

Baby Wren and the Great Gift is a hardcover book with a dust jacket. Both the hardcover and the dust jacket feature the illustration shown in the cover image. 
As baby wren goes throughout the day, she encounters several other animals doing wonderful things...wonderful things that she cannot do. She begins to wonder what she can do that is great, and at the end of the book discovers her great gift. As with any book by Sally Lloyd-Jones, it is beautifully written and inspiring to read.

The adorable illustrations are very well done and are the perfect addition to a great story. Baby Wren and the Great Gift really is a fantastic book.


...and now for the GIVEAWAY!
Zondervan/Zonderkidz has graciously allowed me to give away one copy of Baby Wren and the Great Gift to one of my blog readers!.

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Blog comments for the giveaway will close Sunday, April 24th @ 11:59pm (Eastern) and the winner will be announced Tuesday, April 26th here on my blog.
Please remember to check back to see if you've won.


Note: Zondervan will ship the giveaway book(s) directly to the winner. Winner(s) can expect to receive their prize within 10 to 14 business days from when they submit their address information to me.

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Winner must be a US resident.
Winner must be able to provide a street mailing address (no PO Box, please) for UPS delivery.
Zondervan does not store, use, or sell the winners’ contact information or address(es).

Good luck!
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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Adventures in Bible art & journaling :: Spoiler Alert: The Lord Is Risen!

Hello again! I've got two pages in my journaling Bible to share with you today. 

The first one is a little bit of a spoiler alert:
I've got this stamped journaling card taped in where I can read about the death of Jesus. It serves as a reminder that He is no longer dead - He is risen! (He is risen, indeed.) For this one I combined two stamp sets from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - The Lord is Risen and Worship the Lord.

For the next one, again, I combined two Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps stamp sets - Choose Faith and Seek Him.
I love how you can combine the outlined words and the solid words from Choose Faith for this "off-register" effect.

These two entries were fairly quick and very easy...and I just love how they turned out. Any time I get to spend working in my Bible is a good time.

Wishing you a very happy Easter Sunday! 
He is risen! 
Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.

Supplies:
Bible: Zondervan (NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition); 
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Seek HimChoose FaithWorship the LordThe Lord Is Risen); 
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black, Leaf Green, Aquamarine); 
Pens: Faber Castell (PITT Artist Pen - Black); Sharpie (Paint Pen, Extra Fine - White);
Page Prep: Ranger (Multi Medium - Matte);

Friday, March 25, 2016

Book Review :: Under The Sea Holy Bible, NIrV

The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV is a new hardcover Bible from Zondervan/Zonderkidz. The hardcover has a shiny foil background with a few light glitter glue accents. 

The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV is the New International Reader's Version (NIrV) version of the Bible. The NIrV is a simplified version of the NIV, written at approximately a 3rd grade reading level. The NIrV is composed of smaller, easy-to-understand words in shorter sentences than the traditional NIV.
The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV has all black text (including headings and the words of Christ), laid out in two columns. The text is standard size - not large, but not extra small. There are no study notes or footnotes in the Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV, just strictly Bible text.

At the back of the Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV are two study helps: a 5-page dictionary (words & definitions, but no verse references) and lists compiling 92 "Great Bible Stories" (with verse references). The "Great Bible Stories" lists would be great to use for monthly reading plans. 

The "flair" of the Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV comes in with the full-color pages that are placed throughout the Bible. (The pages are a bit thicker than the text pages.) At the beginning of the Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV is an insert containing the presentation page backed with a "Books of the Bible" page. The "Books of the Bible" spread shows all of the books of the Bible, including their category (Law, History, Poetry, Gospels, Letters, etc.). 

There are three other full-color (front and back) pages inserted throughout the text in the Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV. Here are the topics covered in the inserts:
- Prayer Is...
- The Lord's Prayer
- Ten Commandments For Kids (Based on Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:7-21)
- Love Passage For Kids (Based on 1 Corinthians 13)
- Famous Children Of The Bible
- The ABCs Of Becoming A Christian

The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV has the basics you need, with a couple extras that will draw in your ocean-loving children.
FTC Declaration: The publisher 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, March 22, 2016

Book Review :: The Berenstain Bears Easter Sunday by Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears books are instant classics, as far as I am concerned. These are books that I grew up reading and the new books in the collection (even though they are written by Mike Berenstain rather than Stan and Jan Berenstain), keep in line with the Berenstain legacy. The Berenstain Bears books are books that exemplify moral character, and I appreciate that. 

In The Berenstain Bears Easter Sunday we follow the Bear family as they get ready and head off to church on Easter Sunday. At church they sing Easter songs and hear a lesson from Preacher Brown on the Easter story. About half of the book is on the topic of eggs, bunnies, and chocolate - and what they have to do with Easter. In my opinion, the topic was addressed and handled in a way that is respectful of differing opinions. 

The Berenstain Bears Easter Sunday is another great addition to The Berenstain Bears books...and a great addition to any family bookshelf.
FTC Declaration: The publisher 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.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Book Review :: I Can (a Sit for a Bit book) by Kathryn O'Brien, illustrated by Gillian Flint

I Can is a Sit for a Bit book written by Kathryn O'Brien and illustrated by Gillian Flint.

I Can is such a unique book - it is basically an early introduction to memorization and Bible study. 
I Can goes through Philippians 4:13, adding one (or two) words at a time and focusing on the new thoughts that are added. One page opening states the words that have been introduced in the verse and the following page opening adds a few thoughts about the word (or words) that have been introduced. For example, when the word "who" is added, the next page says, "Who loves us, protects us, helps us, saves us." Because of the repetition of the verse as words are added, this is a great way to memorize the verse without even focusing on memorization. Hearing it repeatedly will automatically help it sink in as it is read. 

I Can is a cute, simple book with a great purpose - great for any family's bookshelf.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the Tyndale Blog Network book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.