Friday, January 31, 2014

Stamped Necklace

Today's project is something different for me - jewelry.

I started out by just playing around with my Copic markers, shrink plastic, and my Quatrefoil background stamp and wasn't really sure what was going to come of it. 

I first colored the shrink plastic with various green Copic markers creating an ombre effect, then stamped the Quatrefoil background. Once I had colored and stamped it, I used my Spellbinders dies to cut out various shapes and then punched holes so I would be able to hang them as charms. 
I used my heat tool to shrink the plastic, added some jump rings, and then threaded the charms onto my necklace along with a few beads and some Tim Holtz metal pieces.
I'm not big on jewelry, but I do think this is a fun way to get a little more mileage out of those crafting supplies!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (Quatrefoil);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Dies: Spellbinders (Wonky Square, Heart, Circle);

Markers: Copic;
Accents: Tim Holtz (Sprocket, Trinket Pin, Jump Rings);
Other: (Shrink Plastic); (Beading Wire); (Glass Beads); 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Wishes Come True

Today I've got a card to share using the technique from my marbled cardstock tutorial. It's a fun technique and a great way to get a great background look with those Distress Stains.
To finish off the card I stamped and heat embossed the image and sentiment from the True Wishes set that I designed for Unity Stamp Company
Thank you for stopping by!

Cardstock: Discount Cardstock (Brilliant White 130#);
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (True Wishes);
Ink: Tsukineko (VersaMark - Watermark); 

Embossing Powder: Hero Arts (White);
Color Media: Ranger (Distress Stain - Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, Broken China);
Other: Barbasol (Shaving Cream);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board);

Friday, January 24, 2014

Celebrate BIG

Here's a card I created with just a few simple supplies: cardstock, spray mists, stamps, and adhesive embellishments.
I sprayed a little bit of Color Shine onto my craft sheet (I used two different colors for a little bit of an ombre look) and used that as the ink for the Misplaced Chevron background stamp. Once that was dry, I simply stamped my sentiment (which is actually one I designed for Unity Stamp Company) and added a few black rhinestone embellishments.
Quick & easy!
Thanks for dropping by today!

Cardstock: Discount Cardstock (Brilliant White 130#);
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (Misplaced Chevron, Celebrate BIG);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);  

Mists: Heidi Swapp (Color Shine - Primrose, Georgia Peach);
Other: (Rhinestones - Black);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board);

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Easter 2013 {Pocket Page Scrapbooking}

Today I wanted to share a page from my newest venture in paper crafting: pocket page scrapbooking.

I've been eyeing the Project Life/pocket scrapbooking style for quite awhile and loved the size and configuration of the Simple Stories SN@P pages, so I decided to give it a whirl. I love how it is such an easy mix between a photo album and a scrapbook page. It is so much quicker to create a layout, but still has a beautiful look.
For this page, I used some papers from My Mind's Eye and created my title easily with some Lily Bee Design stickers. I added that cute little wood veneer bird from Studio Calico to give it a little something extra. 

I am excited to continue documenting our family memories this way. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye (Cut & Paste: Adorbs - 6x6);
Stickers: Lily Bee Design (Handmade: ABC Stickers); 

Other: Studio Calico (Wood Veneer Shape - Bird);
Pocket Page Protector: Simple Stories;
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board);

Friday, January 17, 2014

Starbucks with Mommy

Well...this is something you haven't seen from me in a while, but I am excited to have a layout to share today:
This sweet photo was from a night out that I had with my youngest son - we went to Starbucks and got drinks and talked. (He got hot chocolate, I got coffee.) I love these sweet times that I get to share with my kids and knew I wanted to document it.

I am not a big fan of pictures of myself, but I knew since it was part of out night out, I wanted to include it in the layout somehow. A hidden pocket behind the main photo was a great way to accomplish it.
Here's what it looks like when you pull the extra photo out:
I really love how this layout turned out and I am excited to be documenting our memories again. 

Thanks for dropping by today!

Patterned Paper: Lily Bee Design (Lovely: Charm; Memorandum: Office Blue; Happily Lost - 6x6);
Embellishments: Studio Calico (Die Cuts); Maya Road (Bingo Circle);

Trim: Heidi Swapp (Color Magic: Scallop Ribbon);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Thoughts & Prayers

I'm back again with another card using a fun technique: stamping with bleach. I stamped the ikat pattern with bleach and then used a heat gun to quickly process the image.
I finished off my card with a sentiment from my All About Hope kit and wrapped it with a bit of Solid Charcoal twine. I love how this one turned out.

Thank you for stopping by!

Cardstock: Discount Cardstock (Aqua);
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (All About Hope, I. Kat Love);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Twine: The Twinery (Solid Charcoal);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board);

Other: Clorox (Bleach);

Friday, January 10, 2014

Book Review :: The Jesus Bible, NIV: Discover Jesus in Every Book of the Bible by Zondervan

The Jesus Bible (NIV) is a New International Version of the Bible with daily devotions and other extras that seem to be geared toward tweens/early teens. This Bible specifically points out how Jesus can be discovered throughout the pages of the Bible, which to me seems like a great next step for those of us who have used and enjoyed The Jesus Storybook Bible in our children's younger years.

The pages in The Jesus Bible are easy on the eyes (the headings and text are in brown ink as opposed to the traditional black with chapter numbers and words of Christ in red). The other other extras (book introductions, daily devotions, "Live Like Jesus", "Hints of the Savior", "Jesus Revealed") are in a similar red/shades of brown color palette.

Each book of the Bible has a one page introduction that gives short answers to questions such as: "Where is Jesus in this book?", "Who wrote this book?", "Why was this book written?", "When did this happen?", etc. Some of the questions are the same throughout the introductions and some are only asked/answered in specific introductions. At the bottom of each introduction page is a section (red background/white text) that highlights some of the main stories in the book (or in books such as the Psalms it highlights some favorite Psalms).

There are 365 daily devotions spread throughout the pages of The Jesus Bible. I like that the devotions are spread throughout and tend to be related to a nearby book/passage, but there is also an index on page 1671 for those who would like to look for specific devotions (or prefer to move through them in order without having to thumb through the pages to find them). Each of the devotions takes up a full page, which I appreciate because it doesn't interfere with the flow of the Biblical text. Each devotion sticks with the theme by relating somehow back to Jesus, and each devotion also ends with a short prayer.

The "Hints of the Savior" and "Jesus Revealed" highlights throughout the text are a great way to keep the reader looking forward and focused on Jesus. There is also an index of these starting on page 1679.

As with most Bibles, there is a Concordance at the back of The Jesus Bible. There are also full color maps at the back printed on heavier paper (not traditional Bible-weight pages) and additional heavier pages such as "The Simplified Family Tree of Jesus", "The Time Line of Jesus' Life", "Jesus in the Psalms", "Miracles of Jesus", "Jesus by the Numbers", "The 'I Am' Statements of Jesus", "Parables of Jesus", and "Who Saw Jesus Alive?" - all of which are great at-a-glance pages for easy learning and reference.

All in all, I think this is a great bible and it is also a great value being that it is a full NIV bible and 365 days of devotionals in one.

FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze®. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


I love The Twinery's Solid Natural twine - it really is able to become any color you might want. My favorite way to color it is with my spray mists.
For this card I let the misted twine be the star of the show. I love how it looks! I finished off my card by stamping a simple sentiment from Unity Stamp Company. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Rustic Cream);
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (Sentiments O'Simple);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Twine: The Twinery (Solid Natural); 

Mists: Studio Calico (Boss Lady, Buttercup);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board);

Friday, January 3, 2014

Dream BIG {Unity Stamp Company}

Today's card uses a fun technique: stamping with bleach.
I stamped the feathers from Feather Flight with bleach. I used a heat gun to quickly process the images and then stamped the sentiment (from Big Time Special) to finish the card.
Bleach reacts differently with each paper, so you never really know what you are going to get. I love with this aqua paper how the bleach gives a true "bleached" look. I think it is beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: Discount Cardstock (Aqua);
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (Big Time Special, Feather Flight);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board);

Other: Clorox (Bleach);