Thursday, October 20, 2016

DCWV Project

Hi! So lucky to get to design with some amazing Die Cuts With A View products and Chameleon Pens! For the full instructions and more photos go visit the Chameleon Pens blog HERE.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Autumn Bird Bath

Hi! I am always sad to see the warm weather go but my garden is still pretty with a few flowers in bloom. I have a little bird bath in my garden as well so I really liked this stamp.
The image is called (H19) Bird Bath. The sweet sentiment is called (E900) More Than Nice. I stamped the image in Versafine Onyx Black ink and watercolored it. I went with fall colors. A twine bow and a few sequins finish is off.
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For the Guys

Hi!  Today and I'm here to give you an idea for cards for the guys in your life! Those can be some of the most challenging ones we create for, but I think a few tips and ideas may help, so let's get started!
I think the first thing to keep in mind for most masculine cards is a very neutral palette. Kraft color, browns, dark blues and greens, and maybe touches of some brighter colors could be worked in but overall more earthy. For my card today I chose to stay very neutral in colors. I also decided that instead of an image as a focal point to use a sentiment. I used the Words of Inspiration II stamp set. I first stamped my sentiment in the middle of the card in a dark blue ink. Then I chose the simple leaf shape from the set and chose a very dark brown to stamp a repeating pattern with it across the bottom. Stamping this cute little leaf this way transforms into into a more geometric and non-girly image.
I just continued stamping the entire bottom section of the card alternating which way my leaf went.
You could potentially leave the card as is and be done, but for some more visual interest and staying away from girly embellishments, some splatter is always a good choice! I just dabbed some of the same dark brown ink color onto my non-stick mat, added a bit of water and used a paint brush to flick it on.

Once the splatter was dry I mounted it onto a white card base and added some jute twine and tied a knot. No bows! :)
I hope this gives you some ideas about cards for the guys in our lives. I know this one is going to my husband soon :) Thanks for joining me!
Kraft cardstock
Brown and Blue dye ink
Jute Twine
#4 paint brush
white cardstock

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Falling Free- Book Review

Falling Free, Rescued from the life I always wanted by Shannan Martin is a very honest, no frills look at what living for the Kingdom looks like. She tells her story in a very easy, conversational way with so many good one liners and sections that my book is already heavily marked! She doesn't present her story as the only way you can submit to God's truth and change your focus from this life right now to the Kingdom that's coming but rather challenges you to consider all areas of your life and honestly assess just how many idols we really do keep set up and neatly dusted. I was so encouraged and challenged by this book! I highly recommend it and give it a resounding 5 stars!

**This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review from BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are my own.**

Rhythms of Rest- Book Review

Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller is a look into finding ways to still your heart and change your focus even during the busiest of times. She writes in an easy way and includes lots of stories of others finding their way into Sabbath rest. The end of the book features questions to go along with each chapter called practical prompts and could be used in a group setting, but just as well individually. I think she presents some good insights and I appreciate the look at the value of making time to slow down and reflect even in a busy life. I give this book a solid 4 stars.

**I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are mine.**

The Cottage- Book Review

The Cottage by Michael Phillips is the second book in the Secrets of the Shetlands. I have not read the first book, but nonetheless was able to dive right into this one. A very engaging, enjoyable story! I liked all the journal entries and I really appreciate the short chapters as I don't always have a lot of time to read but could at least squeeze in one or two on my busy days! I give this book a solid 4 stars and will keep an eye out for book 3.

**I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by Bethany House Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own.**

Monday, October 17, 2016

Autumn Bird

Hello! I have a card to share with you today that is perfect for sending to someone this autumn just because. With autumn in the air I went with fall colors.

I used the lovely image called Framed Bird on Gourd Vine. I stamped it onto watercolor paper in Versafine Onyx Black in and used watercolors to color it. I backed the image with some gorgeous foiled paper called Gold Bamboo Leaves on a Field of White Paper. It's so light and beautiful. I sewed it onto my main card layer mat.

I wrapped some natural twine around the bottom of the card to finish it. I hope you enjoyed my autumn bird card today and are enjoying the weather wherever you are! Thanks for joining me today :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pretty Bird House

Hello! This week Great Impressions is sponsoring the Mod Squad challenge. The theme is "for the birds." So I pulled out this gorgeous stamp called (K12) Floral Bird House.

I stamped the image in Versafine Onyx Black ink and watercolored it. I added some patterned paper, stitching and a hydrangea flower with a sewn on button. 

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

66 Ways God Loves You- Book Review

The lovely little book called 66 Ways God Loves You by Jennifer Rothschild is a delight to look at and read. The book is so pretty with it's foiled hard back cover and pretty floral design. Inside the pages are the same design as the cover, but still so pretty to enjoy throughout the whole book. Each section starts with the name of the book in the Bible and one key truth which is expounded on with the focus always being how God shows His love for us.

This book would make a very beautiful gift, but I'm going to keep my copy as I very much enjoy reading the gentle reminders of God's great love for us. I give this book a solid 5 stars.

**I was given a copy of this book by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.**

Monday, October 3, 2016

Great Impressions Monthly Challenge

Hello! Welcome to October! This month's challenge is still anything goes but feel free to use the above photo for inspiration. I am not a fan of Halloween personally so I really went with anything goes ;)

For my card I wanted to use this pretty shell stamp and watercolor them. The image is called (E587) Sea Shell. I stamped it repeatedly onto watercolor paper and used Gansai Tambi watercolors to color them. The sentiment is called (D374) Simple Things. 

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Lotus Bowl

Hello! Today I have a pretty card to share with you that uses a lovely image and some gorgeous silver embedded paper from Art Neko.

This pretty image is called Lotus Bowl and Lid. I stamped it in Memento Luxe ink and once dry chose very light colors to color the leaves and lotus bloom. That gorgeous paper is called Cracked Silver Swirls on a Field of Ebony

I wanted to let the image and paper shine, so I embellished it simply with a few pearls. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ombre Autumn

Hello there! I hope you are enjoying the season's changing wherever you are in the world. In my neck of the woods it's been a nice gradual ease into some cooler weather and some leaves are starting to put on their autumn dress. Today I have a card to share with you in the spirit of Autumn and thought it would be fun to make an ombre background in autumnal colors. Let's get started!
I like to try and use all the different fun mediums I have, so for today's card I pulled out some watercolor pencils. I find this a quick and easy way to create an ombre background. I started by stamping my images all from Autumn Blessings in Versafine Onyx Black. This is my favorite waterproof black ink. I wanted all the images to be a silhouette so that the ombre background can shine.
Next I used the colors I'd chose and using the side of the watercolor pencil colored in swatches across my watercolor paper being sure to blend the pencils into each other.
The next step is super easy as all you do is get a clean brush wet with clean water and apply it to your colored paper. All the watercolor pencil pigment will activate and turn to watercolor. Let it air dry completely before finishing your card.

And here is my completed Autumn ombre card. I embellished it with a twine bow and some white sequins. 
I hope you enjoyed today's card! Thanks for joining me.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Canson XL Watercolor paper pad
Rembrandt Watercolor Pencils
#6 paint brush
White Cardstock
Natural twine