Friday, March 30, 2018

Book Review :: God Made The World by Sarah Jean Collins

God Made The World is a board book, written in rhyme. 
The words in this book are good, but what I think really sets this one apart from the rest of the creation board books is the simple, graphic nature of the illustrations.
I love the high contrast images in God Made The World - they really demand attention from the reader(s). These types of illustrations are especially wonderful for getting the attention of babies.

God Made The World is one of my favorite board books about creation - I would recommend it particularly for ages 0-3. 
FTC Declaration: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through their book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent giveaway from the Ink Blot Shop / MISTI Blog Hop!


Please send me an e-mail with your US mailing address so I can get your prize out to you.
{You can find my e-mail address in my blog header or on my Blogger profile.}
The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information.
Due to shipping costs, giveaways are available to US mailing addresses only.
The winner was randomly chosen using

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ink Blot Shop and My Sweet Petunia (& a giveaway!) {Blog Hop}

have combined to bring you a wonderful blog hop today! 
(Bonus: there are giveaways!)

If you aren't already following Ink Blot Shop, please be sure to follow along on the @InkBlotShop Instagram account and the Ink Blot Shop Facebook page.

The Project:
The main reason I was originally drawn to the MISTI was the possibility of creating multiples of cards. Of course, I have seen many other benefits of the MISTI in the time I have owned it, but making multiples is still my favorite way to use it.

For today's hop, I used a combination of the Ink Blot Shop Arts & Crafts IconsArts & Crafts Sentiments, and Houndstooth Background stamps in the same layout to create three cards with different looks:
Would you like to see the whole process? I share a quick run-through in this video.

I took the original bright design and toned it down to create a different look by coloring the stamped images with some netural/earth tones.
And then for a quick version, I colored everything the same, just using a slight gradient of color for a little interest:
I love that the MISTI made it easy to stamp some coordinating envelopes as well. (The Arts & Crafts Sentiments set has stamps that work well on both cards and envelopes.)
And did you happen to notice those beautiful turquoise ruler stickers in my video? If you are thinking about updating the ruler stickers on your MISTI (or Mini MISTI), be sure to check out this video showing how I did mine. There are some tips and tricks you won't want to miss. 

The Giveaway:
Would you like to win the Arts & Crafts Icons and Arts & Crafts Sentiments stamps that were used in my cards today? You can!
To enter:
Leave a comment on this blog post. That's it!

If you would like additional chances to win:
Comment on any of the posts associated with this particular giveaway on the Ink Blot Shop Facebook page and/or the @InkBlotShop Instagram account.

Rules of this giveaway:
Blog comments for the giveaway will close Sunday, March 11th @ 11:59pm (Central) and the winner will be announced Tuesday, March 13th here on this 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 Ilina Crouse's site to continue on the hop.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Stamps: Ink Blot Shop (Arts & Crafts Icons, Arts & Crafts Sentiments, Houndstooth Background); 
Tools: My Sweet Petunia (Original MISTI with Turquoise Replacement Stickers, Bar Magnet, Creative Corners); 

A full supply list (with links) can be found in the YouTube video description.

New releases from Ink Blot Shop, LLC!

Good news! There are four new stamp sets (available now!) from Ink Blot Shop, LLC!

First up - a great new alphabet...
This one creates the drop shadow effect for you. You can leave it as-is or color in the shadow area for a fun and funky look.

...and then there's something a little different. These stamp sets are designed especially for bullet journaling and planners. These three sets are all part of the "Calendar Builders" line - easy to mix and match to create a variety of custom looks.

Here's a little peek at how you can use them in your bullet journaling:
Stay tuned for more projects using these new stamps, 
but in the meantime...