Friday, September 30, 2016

Happy Birthday Gift Bag {The Twinery / SRM Stickers}

I don't know if you've noticed, but to me it seems that there are a whoooole lot of birthdays happening this time of year. 
And where there are birthdays...there are gifts. 
And where there are gifts...there is a need for cute gift bags.

Enter The Twinery and SRM Stickers:
I took a plain glassine bag and jazzed it up with some birthday border stickers. Then I turned the flat glassine bag into a dimensional gift bag by folding it along the three closed edges (the same depth of fold on each side). When I opened up the bag, I just folded in the bottom corners, and voilĂ !

The finished product is perfect for giving a small gift, or even to use as a party goodie bag. And, of course, The Twinery's twine is perfect for tying (pun intended) it all together.

Happy gifting!
Twine: The Twinery (Blue Lagoon - Limited Edition); 
Bag and Stickers: SRM Stickers (Flat Glassine Bag, We've Got Your Border - Birthday); 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Review :: Color Code Bible, NKJV

When I first saw the cover image for the Color Code Bible, it brought to mind the Rainbow Study Bible that I remember my cousin having when we were younger, so it sparked my interest. If you have seen the Rainbow Study Bible, you know that the pages are filled with color - so much color that (in my opinion) you may start to gloss over the idea that color is even there...because it is everywhere. That is not the case with the Color Code Bible. The Color Code Bible is primarily black text on white pages, but there are some verses throughout the Bible highlighted with a color-blocked background. (The text remains black throughout, including the words of Christ.) 

The Color Code Bible is the NKJV version of the Bible (© 1982). The hardcover version of the Color Code Bible includes a ribbon bookmark and has a slight metallic shimmer on the hard cover image, but it is still neutral enough to be enjoyed by anyone. There is also a version available in imitation leather, which I have not seen in person.
The colors in the Color Code Bible are all linked to themes:
Green: Spiritual Growth/Living Your Faith
Blue: Prayer/Praise
Purple: Heaven
Gold: God
Red: Jesus
Navy: Sin/Evil
Orange: Cleansed of Sin/New Life

There is a fairly even distribution of colored verses between the Old Testament and New Testament within each of the seven topics. In addition to being color coded, there are introductions to the seven themes at the front of the Color Code Bible. There are other helpful sections at the front of the Color Code Bible as well, such as: "What is the Bible?", "Who Wrote the Bible?", "Why Should You Read the Bible?", "Your Color Code Bible", "Why Did God Send Us the Bible?", "About the New King James Version®", "Daily Bible Reading Plans" (with 4 different reading plans), and "The Color Code Bible Highlighted Scripture Index". These sections are all well done and written in a way that is easy to read. Each book of the Bible also has a short introduction section - introducing the author, time, key verse, and theme of the book. 

At the end of the Color Code Bible is a "My Bible Journal" section. The first page of this section has a place to record family (parents, grandparents, and siblings). After the first page, there are approximately 20 lined pages with prompts such as: "My Favorite Bible Verses", "My Favorite Songs & Hymns", "My Favorite Bible Stories", "My Favorite Foods", "My Favorite Pets", "My Favorite Games", "My Favorite Shows & Movies", "My Prayer Requests", and "Notes". There are also 4 full-color maps at the back of the Color Code Bible.

I think the Color Code Bible has just enough of the "extras" to be intriguing and to encourage study without being overwhelming or distracting for young minds.
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, September 16, 2016

Introducing...Floral Frenzy!

I'm excited to share that I've got a new stamp set releasing over at Ink Blot Shop, LLC!

If you follow me over on Facebook or Instagram, you've seen some of my sneak peeks:

And here is the first peek at the full "Floral Frenzy" set:
I am so excited about this set because you can use the flowers alone, with leaves, or with leaves and stems...and there are SO many different possible combinations! (This is where I could go back to math class and use a factorial or something to figure out just how many combinations are possible...but...I won't.)

I hope you love Floral Frenzy as much as I do!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Need a necklace? No problem! {The Twinery}

It's no secret that I love using twine. I use it for crafting, of course, but I also love to use it for quick and easy jewelry. (You can see some past jewelry projects I've done with twine here, here, here, and here.) I love using The Twinery's twine for jewelry because it is so soft and lightweight, and it adds a great pop of color.
Recently I was looking for a last minute addition to my outfit, so I simply grabbed my spool of Solid Mandarin twine and went to work. I started with three strands of twine, knotted it in several places along the middle section and then braided both ends. I made it extra long so that I can also wrap it around a couple times as a super skinny belt, but love using it as a multi-strand necklace as well. 

With so many colors of twine available from The Twinery's shop, I've got lots of options for additions to future outfits...and you do, too!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Labor Day Sale at Ink Blot Shop, LLC!

Ink Blot Shop, LLC is having a SALE!

No coupon code necessary - all sale prices are as marked.

Happy shopping!

Sale prices valid only through 9/7/2016 or while supplies last.