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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Don't worry - SEEK!

I added to this page this morning.  As usual, for meaning check out this post.  For more information on what I did to create it, read on.  First, here's a close up of what I added this morning:

The girl is a HOTP stamp from the collection called "Janie's Girls".  The words are stickers.  I stamped the girl with StazOn and then colored her with watercolor pencils.  The letters for the word "WORRY" had some red in it - which really didn't fit with the page - so I worked to color it purple.  I tried a purple "Smooch" ink, but as I was working elsewhere, I smeared it!  I tried drying it with a heat tool so it wouldn't smear anymore (I sure didn't want it transferring to the facing page!) but it didn't seem to be working very well.  Sooo - I carefully removed what I could and tried again with a purple permanent marker (BIC).  That seemed to work a bit better.  However, I wasn't able to remove the smear.  As I look at it now, I realize that if I added more "smear" it would look like a dark cloud surrounding the word "WORRY" - which I rather like (fits the "feel" of the word).  So, I think I'll go back and smear some more on purpose! :)

As you can see, I also highlighted the parts of the text that were particularly speaking to me (actually some on the previous page as well).  What you probably can't tell from the picture is that I highlighted the words "Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness" with clear Wink of Stella so it sparkles (love that stuff!).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Consider . . .

I've really enjoyed learning different Bible Journaling techniques from Rebekah Jones' blog.  Today's artwork is an insert page for my Bible sparked by her post here.  To read about it's meaning, check my post on my Cher-ing Daily Bread blog, here.  

Here's how I made it.  I started with a pearlescent and translucent sheet of paper.  After cutting the paper to size, I stamped the images with green StazOn ink, combining stamps from several HOTP sets (Wild Flowers, Botanicals, Sweet Blossoms, and Sweet Tweets) and embossing them with clear embossing powder.

Using some colored Bic permanent markers, and a Spectrum Noir pen, I colored in the images.  I added a tiny gold sticker for the hummingbird's eye.  Next, I stamped the word "CONSIDER" using alphabet stamps & VersaMark ink - then heat embossed with gold powder.

The next step was to spray the whole with some Glimmer Mist (sea glass color).  After spraying the whole, I dried it with my heat tool and then left it with a book on top of it to start to flatten in (since it kept wanting to curl).

Finally, I inserted it into my Bible using zips adhesive.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Purple Leopard Birthday

Here's another card made quickly with one of my pre-made focals.  In this case, the die used was JustRite's Nested Medallion Labels, and the stamps were from JustRite's Your Special Day Medallion Labels and Friends Antique Labels One sets.   
  • Background:  The leopard print is from a DCWV mat stack and that is matted on a purple piece of paper.  Before attaching it to the black card base, I ran a piece of velvet sparkle ribbon across the center.
  • Focal: I backed my pre-made focal with a fancy mat cut from black paper using dies from Spellbinders Persian Accents set.

The inside was fairly simple.  
  • Borders: I cut scraps of the leopard print, purple paper, and black card stock in successively larger pieces.  Then cut each piece in half with my fancy-edged cutter (each mat piece was slightly longer so it was easy to match up the fancy edges and then trim to the right width).  
  • Assembly: I attached a piece of purple paper to the card base (slightly smaller than the base so the card acted as a mat for it.  Then I added the borders top and bottom.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Serenity Two

Well, I realized after I started seeing other answers to the challenge card I showed yesterday, that I had misread the challenge, and it needed to be a different card shape!  Soooo, I re-furbished my card into the center step card you see above!  (Pictures of the original card are at the bottom of this post so you can more easily see what I did:
  • First, I cut off the top of the card front and used it as the center portion of my step card (and added a couple of scraps to finish out the lower edge of the step card), then added a Dazzle border along the bottom of the card.
  • The vertical strip in the inside of the card became one side of the step card, and I scavenged scraps to make a matching one for the other side (adding matching Dazzles).
  • I removed the saying and Dazzles from the bottom of the original card front, centered the sentiment from the inside, and added the Dazzles back along top & bottom of the sentiment, rounded the corners, and had the inside sentiment:

Here's the original card:

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Artistic Bible Journaling

Today, as start to experiment with Bible journaling, I find two of my blogs coming together in a synergistic way, though the readers of each may have been unaware of the other.  I'm excited about experiencing the creative process more directly with my CREATOR Father.  If you want to know more about what this page means to me, you can check out my post about this page on my other blog "Cher-ing Daily Bread".   To know more about how I made this page and products used, read on:

Knowing Bible pages to be very delicate, I wanted to start by learning all I could from those who have been journaling in this way for some time, so I started out with the free classes offered by Rebekah Jones on (which I learned about on the Paper Wishes Message Board). Signing up for her classes also took me to Rebekah's blog where she has lots of great challenges & techniques posted that relate to artistic Bible journaling.  From there I searched the web and found plenty of other examples and ideas.  You can check out my pintrest page to see some of what I've found.  

Anyway, to make this particular page, I began by prepping with gesso because I wanted to use watercolors to make a quick and easy page.  After the gesso was dried, I quickly scribbled in some color on the margin using watercolor pencils & blended it a bit with a water brush.  Then I used some letter stickers I had in my stash & a Zig Millennium pen to write the words of a song that relates to the importance of this text in my life.

I wanted to acknowledge the fact that this was my birthday text so I added these balloon stickers (HOTP Dazzles backed with pink paper) and wrote in the words using the same Zig pen I used earlier.  The string for the balloons turns into an arrow pointing to the text itself.

I highlighted Romans 8:28 with a metallic watercolor paint and added gold lines around the word "good" to highlight it (it's not highlighted as well as I could wish, so that's something I'll probably be working on in the future).  

When I was finished, I went back between the words to the song and the birthday balloons, and stamped the word "Faith" (Grateful Heart Vintage Labels Two stamps from JustRite) with VersaMark and heat embossed with Rangers Sticky Embossing powder.  I covered the "sticky" with silver gilding flakes and brushed off the excess with a soft-bristled toothbrush.  I outlined the word so it could be seen better and that caused some of the  gilding to come off and reveal a bit of the sticky.  To prevent the pages from sticking together I took just a tiny amount of baby powder and rubbed the area to get rid of any sticky residue.  (Next time I will use my embossing buddy to wipe the area before stamping.  I had some trouble with the embossing powder - and therefore some "sticky" - staying where it wasn't supposed to be.)

Saturday, April 23, 2016


This card was inspired by another PWMB challenge.  We were supposed to cut strips of paper, glue them side by side, and then cut them crosswise.  Then we were to glue those strips side by side, staggering them to create an interesting pattern. 

Since I would be cutting up different papers into strips, I decided to make use of an old HOTP Collage book I have called Nature Collage Kit. All the papers, focal saying & butterfly come from that. (I'm trying to use up more of my old stuff so I can feel justified in buying more paper!)

It's always challenging for me to cut stuff up, but I DO like the look. I used a double sided adhesive from Elizabeth Crafts for attaching my strips (it comes in a 6" wide roll). It's spendy, but much less expensive per square inch than double-sided adhesive sheets, and it sure makes a project like this easier!

When I added my cross-cut strips, I left a little line of space in-between each and then rubbed some very fine glitter into the "sticky" between the strips.

I used a die from Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles to cut my focal and one from their Radiant Rectangles to cut the "woven" mat. I inked the edges & stamped the message at the bottom and on the inside with ColorBox Espresso ink.  The stamps were from a TPC Greetings stamp set called "Faith Greetings".

I rounded the corners of the card, the tan strip at the bottom, and the strips used inside the card.  I added some gold Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP) - though you have to look pretty closely to see where I've used the Dazzles & where it's straight glitter!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Ashley Bears Four

This is the last of my Ashley Bears papier tole from Readdy Creative Crafts.  I simply layered the pieces with foam tape, colored the red heart on the envelope & red tie around the neck with a dark pink Smooch ink to blend better with my card, and attached it to a pink glitter card base.  Fast & easy!