Tuesday, January 17, 2017

As the Deer Bible Journaling Layout

Don't anyone panic, but this is my second post this week...second post...it's a miracle and it isn't even Christmas! LOL! Truth be told I have been crafting quite a bit, but then I never seem to find the time to post on ye 'ole blog. I'm trying to be better about regular posting so keep your fingers crossed!

This week I'm going to be all about Sweet 'n Sassy since they are releasing their new January stamp sets. The sets I used on this layout is from the new As the Deer stamp set, which is part of their Creative Worship designs. (You can see the full set below) Not only does this set include a hedgehog...hello...what else do you need in a set (LOVE!), but it also includes other sweet woodland creatues along with a stream, clouds, trees, and lots of other scene building goodies. Seriously, so many options with this set! I can't wait to create a few cards too!
Since I have been having so much fun Bible journaling, I had to use this set to create a new layout. This also gave me a great excuse to experiment with using Gelatos to add color to the background. I've also been trying out some different inks and gesso on the Bible pages, to see what works well with the thin paper. 

I created a video of my project and share some of the tricks that I have found that work well on these pages. A few photos follow, along with a link to the video and a supply list.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Broken Pieces Art Journal

I'm sharing a project on The Crafters Workshop blog today! Hop on over for more photos, supply list, and a video link, which I'll also share below. Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bible Journaling - Don't Give Up

Bible journaling has been on my creative radar for months now and when Christmas rolled around Santa (aka my hubby) delivered in a big way. I was thrilled when I opened the box and saw that My Creative Bible was enclosed. This particular journaling Bible includes a lot of pre-made artwork, mostly in the way of Scripture passages, noted on the sides of the pages (I love the use of the different fonts), as well as a few drawn images on some of the pages. I really like that some artwork was included as it took some of the "pressure" off of knowing how or where to start.

My first layout includes very simple coloring, of a passage included in the Bible, along with a tiny bit of stamping, die cutting, and a water color technique that quickly and easily adds sheer color to the pages. While I adore most of the Bible journaling that I see online, it is important for me to make sure that the words can still be easily read. It could be far too easy to treat this like any other art journal vs. remembering that it's a Bible.

I'm sharing a few other photos below and included a video of how this layout developed. As always, if you're not interested in Bible journaling you can apply the same techniques that I'm sharing to any art journal, card, or scrapbook layout.

One of my goals for this year is to post more frequently to my blog and I'm hoping to share a greater range of projects, from cards to art journal pages, scrapbook pages, and Bible journaling. Fingers crossed! :-)

Click the video link below to watch or visit my You Tube channel or this video and more! Happy Crafting!


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Friday, December 16, 2016

Sweet 'n Sassy Release Day

Hi folks! Just a quick post from me today, announcing two new stamp sets from Sweet 'n Sassy (and one is a Cocoa set!)

The first card features a new Creative Worship stamp set, Give Praise, which includes two darling birds, a banner, and lots of words and sentiments that are perfect for Bible journaling. My card features the banner as the focal point along with some easy masking to create the floral arrangement behind the banner. (All of the flowers are included with the set!)

The second set is the latest in the line of Cocoa the mouse stamp sets, this one is called Cocoa Sends Love. This is a wonderful set for Valentine cards, get well cards, or to send a note to let someone know that you're thinking about them. I love how Cocoa is peeking out of the mailbox! I created a video of how I made the Cocoa card and I'll be sharing that on the Sweet 'n Sassy blog later this month. (Check back here for the announcement of the post).

Be sure to head over to the Sweet 'n Sassy store to check out the new stamp sets!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, December 9, 2016

A Friend Loves - Script Alpha Card

Hello friends! Welcome to this week's card...one featuring the Rebecca Script Alpha set that I used on last week's card. This week I used the set to create a custom sentiment and combined the saying with a cluster of flowers that was created using the Scribble Flowers stamp set. I also created a new video demonstrating how I created today's card. You can see the video and supply links below. Happy Crafting!

And don't forget...Sweet 'n Sassy is offering a deal on all of their alphabet sets. Buy 2, get 1 FREE (equal of lesser value) from now until December 15. This is a great deal! Hop on over to this page and check out all of the great sets.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

BIG News - New BIG Picture Classes Instructor

I've been keeping a secret for many long months, and now I can finally share the news...I'm one of the newest instructors with Big Picture Classes! WooHoo! I'm over the moon excited about this new opportunity to teach and provide instruction.

Big Picture Classes is an online classroom whose focus is to bring the best and most innovative craft classes to the masses, all accessible from the comfort of your own home and at your preferred pace. Big Picture Classes features classes geared towards art journaling, card making, scrapbooking, photography, mini albums, DIY, and more!

One of the biggest benefits offered by Big Picture Classes is the price. The cost is $9.95/month and this small fee gives you access to every single class on their site! Imagine taking as many classes as you want each month, all for only $9.95! And your first month is free! Amazing! You can find out more about the membership benefits here.

My class will be released on December 26 (Merry Christmas to you!) and Big Picture Classes will start promoting the class on December 19. Here's a bit more about my class along with a few teaser photos of the projects we'll be creating.

Using Stencils to Create Textured Backgrounds and Stunning Focal Points

During this class we will review stenciling techniques using a variety of mediums, including Distress Inks, acrylic paints, embossing paste, and ink sprays. The class consists of six lessons, creating the following:
  • A greeting card using stencils with Distress Inks; a quick tip on water coloring with Distress Inks will also be discussed.
  • Utilizing acrylic paint with stencils to create an art journal page.
  • Embossing paste adds touchable texture to art projects and is a perfect companion for stencils. We'll create two tags during this lesson.
  • Creating backgrounds using ink sprays and using those backgrounds to make a scrapbook page.
  • Combining all of our techniques into a two-page art journal spread, which will also demonstrate how to use stamps as focal point images.
Here's a sneak peek at just a few of the projects...

I'd love to have you give Big Picture Classes a try and would be honored if you selected my class as one of the first classes you try. Please take a peek and let me know what you think...Thanks so much! Happy Crafting!!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Sweet 'n Sassy - All About Alphas Sales

Hello friends! I'm hopping in with a quick card today and a great special that is currently being offered from Sweet 'n Sassy. Today SNSS is announcing the release of three new alphabet stamp sets, the set featured on my card is the Script Alpha stamp set. I adore this set! All of the letters easily blend together so it appears to be one stamp instead of individual letters. Isn't that cool? 

I stamped my sentiment with different Distress Ink colors and used a water brush to blend them all together. The background was created by die cutting a bunch of leaves from water color paper. A super quick card for today, highlighting the fabulous alphabet set.

And now for the special...for the next three weeks, Sweet 'n Sassy is offering a deal on all of their alphabet sets. Buy 2, get 1 FREE (equal of lesser value) from now until December 15. This is a great deal! Hop on over to this page and check out all of the great sets.

Happy Crafting!