It’s another quick card from the infamous Bits & Pieces box. I did complete 2 other cards today & did a mock-up for a technique but I’ll be sharing those later.
Another background pulled from my stash. This one was part of a background technique swap many years ago.
Everything but the cardbase and sequins came from the scraps or the Bits & Pieces box. I just die cut the background & mat with Gina K. Designs Master Layouts 2 die set & fussy cut the stamped sentiment I found in the Bits & Pieces. The background wasn’t labeled but looks like a batik resist type of technique, very pretty.
My day was really off balance today, however I was able to do a quick Bible Journaling page & finish my Just January Journal.
I recently order two A5 kraft paper travelers notebooks. I have seen a couple of creators using kraft paper to create on & I haven’t done that in awhile so….. I also thought it would give me a smaller space to do some quick Bible Journaling & feature my Creative Retreat Kits.
Today’s featured verse is:
I pray that from His glorious riches He would grant you to be strengthened in your inner being with the power through His Ruach, so that Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to grasp with all the kedoshim what is the width and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Messiah which surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled up with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19 TLV
I masked the center with a heart mask and stenciled over it with a leaf stencil in Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide and traced around the mask with a Micron. I bordered the page with the beautiful washi that came in this months kit and placed 2 of the stickers on a scrap of purple cardstock & fussy cut around them so they popped off the page more. I used Gina K. Designs Love die cut in gold for the center & stamped the “in” from the kit with Villainous Potion. I taped 2 of the pages together to create a side pocket and added the scripture verse to a file card. I used another sticker & the digital printables to create the tab & stamped the leaves to border the verse. A lot of steps but fairly quick to make.
Our winter warning has been extended through Thursday morning so hopefully I can actually do some sorting & more creating tomorrow, since today was a bit of a bust.
As usual on Mondays I don’t get as much time to create as I want to but I really like getting the majority of the house cleaning done in one day.
Tonight’s card features a product I hadn’t used yet with some of the infamous Bits & Pieces stash. I love a good pink & black color combo.
The new item was Vicki Boutin’s Heart Stencil from the Sweet Rush collection that came in one of my SCT Samplers last year. I did an ombre ink blend with Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo & Picked Raspberry Distress Oxides. Checked to see what hearts I had in my Bits & Pieces box and added a stacked die cut sentiment from My Favorite Things called Loopy Love. Quick & easy design.
It was a freezing, sleet filled day here today. Thankful I can arrange my schedule to stay snug at home.
I have set a few challenge goals for myself this year including a least one Bible Journaling or Faith Art project each week or 52 completed projects for 2023. Since it’s the final couple of days in January, I’m a little behind the power curve on this project. Not to worry, I have some ideas and I actually hope to exceed my goal for this year. I’ve been busy establishing longer in depth Bible Study times & getting my exercise routine set.
My first page is based off my January Creative Retreat Kits Deeply Rooted study, featuring the verses from Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out it’s roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for it’s leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.
I used a combination of stencils, colored pencil work, watercolor and word/alphabet stamps for this page. The stencils were from Sweet Poppy Stencils & My Favorite Things and the stamps were from Creative Retreat Kits, Sweet ‘n Sassy and Penny Black.
Are your roots deep or shallow? It is important in our walk with God to be discerning & directly in His Word studying, seeking His knowledge & wisdom. Too many outside influences have infiltrated the “church” and there are a lot of false teachings and half truths being touted as okay.
I hope your week ahead is wonderful. Stay safe & warm.
We had a bit of warm today and now we start to polar plunge towards our next winter weather event. I did get out & get some sunshine today. I hope you had some sunshine to enjoy where you live.
It’s always fun when a company adds a little thank-you to an order. Even a sweet note is a blessing. I recently ordered for the 1st time from Trinity Stamps after using their products in a couple of different events and they included a small stencil as a thank-you.
I used the Love Balloons to create this card.
Now if you know me, I rarely make Valentines, I usually make love cards that can be used for a variety of occasions and today’s creation can easily be used for anything. I ink blended with Candy Apple, Kitsch Flamingo and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides, added some white gel pen highlights and hand drawn strings & bows. I used Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Bitty Hearts stencil & Gina K. Designs A Little Love for the sentiment. Since I couldn’t trim the card down to add a mat, I outlined the edges with a black Sharpie & a ruler so it popped just a bit more.
If you are expecting winter weather too, please stay safe and warm.
Today is the very last card from my event a couple of weeks ago. I’ll have to get busy creating more new goodies to share.
A sweet little squirrel and mouse from Purple Onion Designs called Especially For You with a custom sentiment stamp created just for this event. A fun rainbow blended background, Stickles Glitter Gel in Moon Dust and some confetti from Trinity Stamps finishes off the card.
I’ve got a couple different projects in the works & plan on some creating & sorting this weekend. Do you have any crafty plans?
I have spent a lot of the past 15+ years almost exclusively making cards with an album & mixed media piece here and there. Part of my early art training was in handmade books, collage, junk type journals, mixed media, altered books, ATC’s and more. So I’ll be returning to some of my art roots this year. My goal is an album, journal or handmade book per month minimum and hopefully a few more.
This month on the Scrapbooking With Me group they have a Just Journal January challenge going on. Aimed at beginners but for all levels, Miss E & Melina have been presenting start to finish videos all month. If you click on their names it will go to their Youtube channels.
I finally got started on the challenge this week. Here is my cover before signatures are added:
So what is interesting about this cover is it’s made with a recycled bubble envelope as the middle. It makes the cover crinkly. Still undecided on the fabric I wanted to use, I found the “home” & “bicycle” fabric at the Dollar Tree and knew it was perfect. The vintage collage style fabric is a new item at Hobby Lobby.
As you can imagine after almost 40 years of art, I have quite the variety in my stash from all my different styles of creating. The lace butterfly is from a vintage curtain valance someone gave me a piece of a long time ago. The “scrabble” tiles are ephemera pieces from more than 10 years ago, the art journal printed tape is easily as old, the lace with sequins & beads was in my ribbons. As I have dug around I have set more items aside for collaging & junk journaling.
Since I’m more a “clean & simple” design artist, my journal won’t be too vintage or grungy looking.
I hope to finish up the whole journal by the end of the weekend. Stay tuned for a video walk-thru.
I hope you are warm & cozy. Looks like we got a little over 2″ of snow today and it’s still falling. A good day to stay inside & create. I also tidied up my work surfaces always a plus.
These 2 cards are so adorable & sure to make anyone smile, especially the little ones.
We used Lawn Fawn’s Dream Big stamps, dies & add-on set, along with Spring Showers, Diagonal Gift Card Pocket, Reverse Stitched Scallop Rectangle Windows dies. The dragon bookmark is a great extra on the card on the left and the see-thru double sided shaker element for the card on the right is a fun design.
Looks like I’ll have another day creating in the studio tomorrow. Probably won’t traverse out until most of the snow melts off.