Sunday, December 31, 2017

Seasons Givings Blog Hop


You're on your way along this Seasons Givings blog hop! You should have come here from Bunny Vance. If you've just happened along, please feel free to start at the beginning with Lawn Fawn and hop on through!

I'm just thrilled to let you know how much your visit to my little blog means to me. From all of us, we send our love to you. It's our way of brightening up the dreary winter by thanking our dear readers! Every blog on this hop will be offering a free prize of the bloggers choice.

Two of my readers will win 1 of 2 prizes - one for card makers and one for bible journalers. Please tell me which you are in your comment, and how you were drawn into these crafts. I love learning about you! Also, what crafty tool are you currently obsessed with? Did you get something special at Christmas?

Card makers will win the A Good Day stamp set. This sweet set will be your go-to for simple cards with a well-rounded set of sentiments. has a BUNNY!!! LOL How could I resist?

For the card maker.

Bible journalers will win the Doodles To Live By (retired) journaling kit by Illustrated Faith. This kit includes a stamp set, a 14-day devotional, an alpha-sticker set, a set of  other stickers, die cuts, a magnetic bookmark, tip-ins, washi tape and a cool bag to keep it all in!

For the bible journaler.
The fine print - this giveaway ends at midnight Central Standard Time, January 5, 2018, is open to US addresses only, and the winners will be notified by email and will also be stated in a winner's post on this blog. If the drawn winner does not respond by January 7th, a new winner will be drawn. Only one comment per person will be counted in the drawing.

After you leave me a comment, hop on over to my dear friend Giovana at her blog, Believe. Don't forget to like my Facebook page, find me on Instagram, and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Be sure to give me a way to contact you if you win (email, Facebook, smoke signals, etc.)! Thanks so much for stopping by - I hope your New Year will bring lots of blessings and laughter!

In Christ's service,

A Good Day - Occasions

Wow! Are you dying to see the new Occasions catalog from Stampin' Up!? There's not a bad set in the lot. And more embellies too! Squeee!

You guys know I love sequins, right? You don't? Ummm....ok, I do! They are my glitter! Well, SU! has made a set of self-adhesive medium sized sequins. They are beautiful!

Another thing I'm obsessed with right now is the new set A Good Day. How adorbz!! This set coordinates with a scallop circle punch and some awesome mini-embroidery hoops! Look how EASY and fast this set comes together!

Berry Burst cardstock, Ruffles Dynamic Textured Impressions EFNight of Navy cardstock, Naturally Eclectic DSP, linen thread, silver metallic thread, on a Whisper White card base.
Look at those adorable sequins! And the silver thread adds such a simple but shiny punch to the design. This stamp set and 56 pages of goodness comes live to you on January 3rd.

I just got this new dynamic textured impressions embossing folder. Ok, it's not new new, but for some reason it was invisible to my eyes in the regular catalog (p. 211). Now that I have it...holy wow! It really looks like tiered fabric! Instantly dresses up a card.

Ok - just a quick note. Tonight at midnight, check back here for a special hop where you will have a chance to win something from each blog on the list. Yes! it's Seasons Givings time!

See ya soon!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Tis the season, right? I hope you're having an enjoyable season, despite all the chaos and busyness. Stop right now and breathe - deeply.

Labels to Love clear mount stamps. Old Olive cardstock. Gold ribbon.
Merry Little Christmas DSP. Basic Black Archival stamp pad.
Foil snowflakes. Everyday label punch.
Did you? Deep breathing really helps calm you and allows you to get re-centered so you can focus better.

I make cards to help me relax and focus better. Do you? What makes you most happy about the process? The designing? The assembling? The sending? Tell me what you love best!

Night in Bethlehem cling mount stamp and die bundle. Night of Navy ink padNight of Navy cardstockWhisper White cardstockSmokey Slate ink padMISTI tool.
In my frantic pace, the sending sometimes doesn't happen. It's so very important to send though. Just picture the look on your recipients face when they open something personal among the bills.

The card front used the eclipse technique.
A little tip I want to share with you. It's about physics. Did I just hear you groan? Didn't think so. Lots of people have trouble with intricate dies - there are special die platforms for intricate dies, but I've never found a need for one because of physics.

When your platen (the roller part of your Big Shot) moves across your sandwich of plates, it causes the top plate to curve because the platen is curved. The bottom plate does NOT move because it isn't in contact with the platen. If you flip your sandwich, placing your uncut plate on the platform and the plate you use for cutting on top, you'll find you get a clean cut every time. Make sure the die blade is facing up. Like this:

I made and mailed 120 cards this year. You know what I learned? I didn't start early enough! My last batch went in the mail on the 20th. Also, I didn't make enough Hanukkah cards. Yikes!! What was your favorite card you received this season?

Another tip: I couldn't make all those cards without the MISTI tool. Seriously - that thing has been a wonder that has extended all my card making work! I don't have to worry about crooked sentiments, partial stamping, or suffer through one card at a time. This allows you to put your rubber or photo-polymer stamps in place and they stamp repeatedly exactly where you want them. Buy them. Trust me. They pay for themselves in unwasted cardstock and ink. You'll thank me. I have 5 and really need one more.

Ok, 3 more. For classes... you know. So my students can be perfect right out of the gate. I want my students to be successful. Yes. I do.

To help you make the most of this season of giving, I'm offering a host code for orders on Stampin' Up! products. Whomever orders the largest pre-tax dollar amount gets the host goodies! So tell your friends! Have them order under your name! Steal Christmas like a Grinch! Ok. Not really, but, you know. Right?

The host code (R4STMXED) will remain open until January 2, and you can shop my SU! online store immediately. Product will ship directly to you from Stampin' Up! Merry Christmas!!

Looking for some great deals for Santa? Check these out:
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Benaiah Sets An Example

Hello friends! Welcome! I wanted to tell you a little story today. It's about tackling fears. Do you need help with that? I do, quite often. I'm always amazed by God's divine writing - every jot and tittle is critical.* You know, then, that even the boring genealogies are there for a purpose. Let's look at this little passage from 2 Samuel 23:20.
Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.
Did you see it? That last little bit. Who does that? He went down (voluntarily) into a pit (an enclosed space) with a lion (hello, apex predator) on a snowy day (slippery when wet). Talk about facing your fears!?!

Ok, so my fears usually aren't that life-or-death. I still need courage, and God is the one I trust to bring it. This little revelation came to me through the reading of Mark Batterson's book.

Facing fears just for the sake of facing fears is one thing. However, not chasing the lion might be your biggest regret in the end. I've been told I was crazing for doing certain things - lighting fires out of a helicopter, walking the rim of the Grand Canyon in the dark, going to Africa with my health issues. Yet, if I hadn't done those things, I could be sitting here in retirement with a memory filled with regrets and shoulda's. I don't like the idea of coulda-shoulda-woulda-ing all over myself. So I jump! Besides, that's where God does His best business!

This revelation had to be captured in my journaling Bible. I started by sealing my page with clear gesso, then laid down yellow Frog tape to make a clean edge along the text.

I foam blended several colors of Distress Ink for the background. Then I put a diamond stencil over removed some of the Distress Ink with a damp paper towel, revealing a subtle pattern.

I used this image from the internet (credit to Philippines-based designer Kerby Rosanes) and traced it on the page. After tracing, I went over the image again with Copic multiliners. Getting all those lines and dots on there was a treat. I love that part! I followed that with General's carbon pencils and a smudging tortillon to smooth it over.

The letters are stickers that I shaded with carbon pencil and added white dots with my white Gelly Roll pen. I sealed it all with Mod Podge matte spray sealer.

I hope this inspires you to move out of your comfort zone a little, and into your Bible more. Feel free to join us on Splitcoast for the Mix-Ability challenge and our monthly Bible Journaling challenge! Have a great day!


*(A jot is like the dot of an "i", an iota; and tittle is the crossing of the "t". Reference link.) 

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