Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 Year in Review (Top Ten Blog Hop 2017)

The Introduction:
If you are hopping along with us today: Welcome! You should have come here from Heather Leopard's blog.
If you aren't already following me, I'd love to have you follow me on my @InkBlotsbyTRD account on Instagram, Ink Blots by TRD page on Facebook, and here on my blog as well!

If you are one of my regular readers: Thanks for coming back! I love having you! Please feel free to join along in the hop.

The Year in Review - Top Fives:
Because I blog a variety of things here (crafts, cards, Bible art & journaling, book reviews, and more) I thought I would do a variation on the top ten idea, and share the top five from a few different categories. And, because I have been a bad blogger (I've had some gaps in my blogging where my projects only made it as far as Instagram or Facebook), not all of these have actually been given air time here on my blog this year.

Top Five Bible Journaling Entries of 2017:
These top five Bible journaling entries were chosen based on their popularity here on my blog (as well as over on my Instagram account). 

You can click each photo below to be taken to the original blog post (where I have a full supply list) or Instagram post...or just go ahead and view them here:

Top Five Cards of 2017:
A few of these top five cards were chosen because they are some of my personal favorites from the year. (And a couple were well loved on my Instagram account, but they didn't make it to the blog...oops!)

You can click each photo below to be taken to the original blog post (where I have a full supply list) or Instagram post...or just go ahead and view them here:

Top Five Bible Recommendations/Reviews 2017:
These top five Bible recommendations are my personal top recommendations from all the Bibles that I have had the pleasure of reviewing this year. 

Here they are with a little description for each:

The Beautiful Word Bible line came out with a "for Girls" coloring Bible version, but for me it is my personal favorite from the line (even though I am not the target age range). The updated images to color really are a step up from some of those in the earlier versions, and I love the added bonus of a cute cover and rounded page corners, all while keeping the original wide lined margins for Bible art & journaling.

The She Reads Truth Bible is a great option for Bible art & journaling, note taking, and more. The interior pages are beautifully designed, and this Bible has some great study helps. The She Reads Truth Bible is a journaling Bible on steroids. (All legal, of course.)

Okay, this isn't technically a Bible (since it is a storybook), but I snuck it into this category. If you don't already have The Jesus Storybook Bible, I recommend getting this version. Not only is there a gorgeous cover, but the pages are larger which results in larger artwork and larger text. Although this Bible storybook is definitely great for kids, it helped me as an adult, and I think anyone (at any age) would benefit from owning it.

The Kids' Quest Study Bible is a fantastic study Bible for kids. It covers some great study basics (who, what, where, when), but also has some informative practical application for kids that I think is wonderful.

The Kids' Devotional Bible is both a Bible and a year's worth of devotional readings for kids. And, as a fun bonus, there is some great line art that could make this a coloring Bible.

Top Five Book Recommendations/Reviews of 2017:
These top five book recommendations are my favorites from all the books that I have had the pleasure of reviewing this year. Most of them are for kids, but they are all well loved in our house.

So that you don't have to judge these books solely on their covers, I'll give a little description for each.

The Marvelous Mud House is...marvelous. It is beautifully written, incredibly illustrated, and has a wonderful message. It really is an incredible book and a peek at a different lifestyle for those of us with easy access to education, large homes, nice cars, and an abundance of toys. It is definitely worth buying...and buying several copies to share with other families.

When God Made You is a positive, uplifting book that celebrates uniqueness and diversity, all in the context of being created by God. It is a literary step above other children's books on the market, in my opinion. The illustrations just add to the incredible confidence-building text in this book and I can't recommend it enough.

Found is taken from The Jesus Storybook Bible, and our family loves owning both. The illustrations in this board book are beautifully done in calm colors and they help create a very peaceful feeling. Our littlest one loves to read Found - and he likes to read it often. It's definitely a keeper!

Noah, Noah, What Do You See? was an instant favorite in our house. It is co-written by Bill Martin Jr. - the author of classics like Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (and other books in the Brown Bear and Friends line) as well as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (and other Chicka Chicka books). This book is cute and fun to read, definitely a must-have in our house!

Portrait Revolution is all about inspiration (not instruction), but it definitely delivers on being inspirational! Portrait Revolution features portraits (faces from the shoulders up, so it's family friendly), and has sections dividing the art by media, style, theme, and artist. According to my 11 year old artist: "I like all the imaginative ways of making portraits. I like seeing different versions of the same person (subject). There are a lot of drawings with good style." I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to be inspired to create and/or wanting to check out different artistic styles.

The Giveaway:
Whew! We made it! 
(What a year!)

I am SO thankful that you did a little time traveling with me. As a way to say thanks, I'd like to give away some stamps from my stamp company,  Ink Blot Shop, LLC
I'll be sending these three stamp sets to one lucky winner:

To enter:
Leave a comment on this blog post. That's it!

If you would like additional chances to win you can do so in one (or all) of the following ways:
- "Like" Ink Blots by TRD on Facebook. {Please let me know you've done so by leaving an additional comment.}
- Comment on any of my giveaway posts (associated with this particular giveaway) on Facebook or Instagram (@InkBlotsbyTRD).
- Share about and link back to this giveaway on your own blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or anywhere else. {Please let me know where you've shared/linked by leaving one additional comment.}

Rules of this giveaway:
Blog comments for the giveaway will close Sunday, December 31st @ 11:59pm (Eastern) and the winner will be announced Tuesday, January 2nd here on my blog.
- The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information.
- Due to shipping costs, giveaways are available to US mailing addresses only.
Please remember to check back to see if you've won.
Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.

After leaving a comment, be sure to hop on over to Sue Eldred's site.

Thanks for stopping by today - and may the Lord bless you in the new year!
The full hop list:
Christine Meyer
Kathy Skou
Kathleen Graumüller
Teri Anderson
Susie Bentz
Janice Daquila-Pardo
Giorgia Rossini
Laurel Seabrook
Aimee Kidd
Mary Ann Jenkins
Keren Tamir
Lee-Anne Thornton
Heather Leopard
Tifany DeGough (You are here)
Sue Eldred
Melissa Elsner
Laura Whitaker
Anita Mulcahey
Ashley Smith
Simone Schermann
Shelly Kurth
Monique Liedtke
Suzanna Lee
Kat Benjamin
Wendy Antenucci
Marcia Dehn-Nix
Laura Cox
Irit Shalom
Nicole Martel
Carolyn Johnson
Tenia Nelson
Samantha Taylor
Rebecca Keppel
Judy Hayes
Isha Gupta
Traci Penrod
Tracy McLennon
Karen Hunter
Lyne Blodgett
Anna Sigga
Lisa Moen


Giorgia Rossini said...

I love your cards!

Anita said...

Gorgeous cards Tiffany

Kathy Skou said...

Your bible journaling is stunning, and your cards are just beautiful!!!

Laurel said...

Beautiful projects!

Heather said...

Beautiful cards!

Susie Bentz: My Time to Play said...

Beautiful pages and cards!

Susie Bentz: My Time to Play said...

I liked your Facebook page - I would have left comments there and on instagram but did not see posts associated with the giveaway. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win those darling stamps!

Nicole said...

Love your cards! Adorable.

Marcia Dehn-Nix said...

Your Bible journaling is AMAZING!! Beautiful work!

Karen Hunter said...

Wonderful projects! Love your Bible journaling.

Marsha said...

Lovely look back. Beautiful Bible journaling. Thanks for the reviews, especially the Bible reviews. My grandchildren have the book When God Made You - love it.

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome bible journaling and cards! Love your delightful stamps too!

Anelsie Ramos said...

Love all of your projects! Awesome work! Thanks for the chance!

Anelsie Ramos said...

I follow you on Instragram (anel_sie7)! :)

Anelsie Ramos said...

I just subscribed to your blog! :)

Anelsie Ramos said...

I follow you on Facebook!

Joyce Clark Frank said...

I love the Bible bookmarks.
Thanks for sharing
Joyce Frank

LisaM said...

Amazing bible journaling and cards! Now following you on IG and FB.

Kelly B. said...

I love your stamps! Thanks for the chance to win. Happy New Year!

Sarah Stegall said...

How fun to get to do book reviews!
Follow you on FB and IG.
Commented on FB post also ;)

GinaF said...

So many wonderful projects! Loved your cards especially. Just found you again via Facebook.

Phillis Walrath said...

I loved seeing all your creations, especially your bible quotes

Cathryn said...

Gorgeous work that gives me so much inspiration!! Following on Facebook and Instagram and subscribed to your blog!!!

Karenladd said...

I always love seeing your craft projects and that adorable little kitty card stole my heart!! Thanks for the chance to win some of your sweet stamps, and Happy 2018!!

Karenladd said...

I already follow you on FB!

New Creations said...

I love your creative ideas, they are so inspiring!Glad to be here! Thanks for the chance to win these cuties! Shared on FB too!
Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

New Creations said...

I love your creative ideas, they are so inspiring!Glad to be here! Thanks for the chance to win these cuties! Shared on FB too!
Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Laura Cox {aka scrapaddict} said...

Everything is so lovely.....I'm looking to start bible journaling this year....will definitely be following! Beautiful pages!

Unknown said...

Love your blog and your stamps...!!

Betty said...

What sweet stamps!! Just discovering your stamps!

Lynnea Hollendonner said...

I'm just discovering your stamps and I absolutely love them!!

Crafty Math Chick said...

Just discovered your company this year with your adorable Peas on Earth set! Hope you have a happy & healthy new year and enjoy continuing success in 2018! Thanks for the chance to win!

Crafty Math Chick said...

I also follow Ink Blot on FB (as Leslie Cohen). ;)

beachgirl0323 said...

I follow on facebook.

Anita said...

I follow on FB thanks to my friend Leslie Cohen

Anita said...

I am loving finding your company.

Unknown said...

Following on FB!!

krikiki said...

I Love the stamps!

Samantha Taylor said...

Your Bible journaling is gorgeous!

Sue D said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful projects and book recommendations. I love your Bible journaling.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Ronnie said...

Thanks for sharing. I love your cards

Dana said...

Fabulous cards and stamps!!

Unknown said...

Cute stamps!

Iris said...

Such sweet and lovely projects.