Friday, April 29, 2016

Sparkly Thank You!

Happy Friday All!

Before I get started, I wanted to give you a heads-up about a great post from my friend and fellow Catholic Blogger, Chris Capolino created some fantastic gift baskets in a recent blog post. Check out how to make fun gift baskets on a super low budget. I was seriously impressed. She says I am creative, but check her out - AWESOME! Her post is called How to Declutter and Create 4 Prize Baskets for Under $13. Seriously - great info!

So, I have a question for you... Have you ever CASE-ed a card before? You know, where you find a card you like and make something similar? It's a great way to get started stamping and creating, and it's also good if you are experience but wait to the last minute to create a card. LOL

Well, last week at card group, it was my turn to create a card everyone can make. So, I found this one on Pinterest....

I can not find the post I case-ed with this in it. It is not my design. Sigh. 
I really loved the design, but decided to go with a more monotone look with the blues in Spring Hues. I love how it turned out. 




In the card group, there are a few the tare new to card making, and one of the ladies placed her swooshes a little too far apart, so I said, let's add a color. And voila, I loved it. Then I made a couple more cards just like hers, that  she kept calling a mistake. Isn't that always the way it is?!


Below, I wanted to show you the shimmer. Most Stampin' Up! lovers  use Wink of Stella. I love WoS, but it leaves a silvery tone and I wanted clear. So I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in Crystal Clear...  And I love the shimmer it gives! 



I don't even think this card really requires a Recipe, but I'll put one just in case:

Card Recipe:

Image ~  Water Color Thank You, Swoosh & Heart from Work of Art
Paper ~ PTI Black, White & Turquoise
Embellishments ~ Spectrum Sparkly Pen in Crystal Clear
Directions ~ I stamped the swooshes, then the thank you, then the hearts. Let it all dry a bit and lightly brushed on some shimmer. Easy Peasy.

I hope and pray your week was great. More cards soon.
Em

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Stampin Up! Honeycomb Happiness

Hi all,

Just a quick post.
I made a bunch of quick cards to send to folks who needed a little cheer, and I wanted to share the with you.  I recently asked if anyone needed a card sent to a friend, and I loved the responses. I hope these cheer folks up.

I made these cards using the cute set, called Honeycomb Happiness, from the 2016 Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  It's ADORABLE:


The new catalogs come out soon and I'm hopeful this set is in it. The examples in the catalog are darling, and if you look it up on Pinterest, you will be endlessly surprised at the creativity of others.



Here are the cards I made with the "hang in there" sentiment.



Here's a close-up of one. The balloons are colored with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens (LOVE):


In this second set, I made cards with the "oh hello" sentiment. I used my fringe scissors and made a little decorative border for the design paper. Perfect for the sweet little chick's perch.



Here is a close up of one of these:


I'm not going to do a formal card recipe, I'll just say this...

All but one of these were colored with Copics. Frankly Copic Markers (or any alcohol based markers) are just easier to color with. The DP is all from my stash and the ribbon is from various sources. 

I hope you enjoyed these and I hope that the people receiving them find cheer and are uplifted by them.

Blessings all,

Em


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Catholic Bible Journaling - Copied from my Family Blog.

Happy Wednesday.
I hope and pray your morning is going well.  I thought I'd share with you my love for Bible Journaling.

Ladies,

This post has been sitting in my cue for months. I have been hesitant to post about Bible Journaling because unlike our Protestant counterparts, we don't have an official Catholic Bible made for journaling. There used to be a NoteTakers Bible, but it is currently quite expensive. So we are having to make due.

Come on Catholic Publishers.... get us a Bible we can use that has all our Books in it.

I actually use this:


It's a material covered journal, the pages are lined. I joined a group of women and started Scripture Writing. Like this:


First of all, my handwriting is NOT great anymore. Second of all, I need help in the drawing department. But mostly - this is so much fun. It's just me, my Bible, the Lord and my coloring in the mornings. I don't do it every morning and, in fact, haven't done it in a month. Sigh... But that's besides the point. HA

Anyway - So, to get a little info on how to Bible Journal, my friend Katie (blue hate below) said, let's go take a class. She, Brandi (middle) and I (the tired old lady on the left), went to LifeWay Christian Stores (in January). Here we are after one of the segments of the class.


At the class, I learned about peel and stick stencils, like these from Folk Art. I also have some from Martha Stewart and such in my stash now (but it's not my fault, I had to have them):


The good news is, as a paper crafter (see Em's Craft Closet ), I have tons of markers, paints, pens, etc. Here's my color caddy:


It looks like a lot, but I know folks who have much more. LOL

Anyway... these are my Catholic Bibles.  Well not the Sacred Reading one. That is a great book, but I'm not sure why I didn't move it out of the picture. One I will keep in my bedroom. One I will keep by where I sit on the couch, and one will be the Bible (that I will make pictures in with wild abandon... my Journaling Bible.


And this is about the extent of what I have actually written in them. Mostly highlighting verses I've been using for Scripture Writing.


I know. Watch out. LOL The word WISDOM is all I've done yet.... on accounta I have this weird thing about making pictures in my Bible. I have been more comfortable with my journal. I will probably try new things there... and implement them in the Bible soon. Yes soon. <3

Here are my favorite Bible Journaling Tools:

COLORING:
  • Wink of Stella -  (add glitter and color) I like the clear.
  • International Arrival Gel Crayon - (they have sparkle, neon)
  • Faber Castell Gel Crayons
  • Prismacolor Pencils
  • Tim Holtz Distress Pens and Ink Pads (for daubing)
  • I use a black Memento or StampinUp! Black Archival Ink when I stamp images to color. Plus they do not run when they get wet.

WRITING:
  • Pigma Micron Bible Study Kit (fine tip pens)
  • ACCU-Gel Highlighters Study Kit
  • PaperMate Felt Tip Pens
  • Foray Porous Point Pens 
  • StampinUP! Markers
  • PaperMate Markers
  • Micron Very Fine Tip Markers

STAMPS:

MISC.
  • Adhesive Stencils by Martha Stewart
  • Adhesive Stencils by Folk Art
  • Adhesive Stencils by Momenta
  • Gesso Surface Prep Medium

So anyway, I started a group called Catholic Women's Bible Journaling in December. Come check it out. In the meantime, many Catholic women have been doodling and messing around with it for a long time, I guess. But recently, Lacy of Catholic Icing, and Monica of Arma Dei did blog posts about it. And now, our little group has quadrupled in size and we are stoked (do people still say that?).   

Here are the links to some of my favorite Catholic Bloggers & Their Bible Journal Posts:

Lacy @Catholic Icing


Monica @Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families


Jenny @TheLittlestWay has a section on Bible Journaling

Also - go to YouTube and you will find a plethora of journaling tutorials.

I have encouraged a Publisher I love to print a Catholic Bible for Journaling. Please pray this happens. Wouldn't that be awesome?

Ladies, I hope your day is blessed.
Hugs to you.
Emily