Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mid-Week Joy Report

I have so much to be joyful about this week. It's been a week of creativity (I made 12 cards and did 7 Bible Journaling pages, too). We three - my husband, son and I - went on a little road trip to Sikeston Missouri to eat at Lambert's (the Home of Throwed Rolls), which is one of our favorite restaurants.

And... look at what my husband planted in the garden:

These purple potatoes are pretty special, because our daughter ordered them and had them sent here for her dad to plant. That means she plans to be here this summer to help enjoy eating them! YAY! For those of you who might not know this, our daughter lives in the bush of Alaska where she teaches Special Education. So visits from her are few and far between.

It has been a GREAT week!

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For this week's 50 Truths Challenge, I turned to the 17th chapter/excerpt of the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing for inspiration in making a card.

If You Jump, the Net Just Might Appear

When Mariska was in college she had the opportunity to travel briefly in Italy, Germany and France. While there she encountered a spry young woman - frizzy pigtails, well-worn clothing - who was riding the rails without a ticket. She had been on the road for 18 months and had no plan to return to the real life anytime soon.

Mariska could never see herself falsifying information so that she could travel for free, but at the same time, her desire for travel increased as she heard the stories the other young woman shared of her travels.

After returning home from this short time in Europe, life moved on for Mariska. Then, when she was nearing 30, she remembered the time in Europe and longed to travel. She was approaching marriage and life ahead looked good, but there was a longing for something more.

So she talked to her fiancé and they made the decision to do whatever they needed to do to fulfill this longing. One family member offered them plane tickets. Others gave them needed gear. Some had guidebooks and tips of places to stay economically. In addition to the generous gifts of others, Mariska and her fiancé resolved they would do anything to make this trip happen - empty their savings, sip the big wedding, sell their possessions.... and they would gladly do it all without looking back.

They did.

They spent a year traveling the world and quenching their thirst. When they returned home, they were satisfied; glad they'd invested the time and the money to create memories for a lifetime.

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Image/Quote: Sweet 'n Sassy Across the Miles stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink

Papers: Recollections CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Recollections Brads

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Experiment Worked

On April 4, my blog post was titled "A Myth and an Experiment". I spoke about how it apparently is a myth that it takes 21 days to develop a habit... but that I was going to run an experiment and see the outcome. The experiment is what I called my personal 21-Day Bible Journaling Challenge. I was to Bible Journal every day for 21 days... as a means of trying to be more active in Bible Journaling.

The challenge officials ended on April 24 - that was yesterday. I celebrated - okay, not much of a celebration, but I was excited to say I'd succeeded in Bible Journaling every day for 21 days. And I said that I'd do less Bible Journaling now, because I have trips planned and I can't Bible Journal away from home very well.

Then today came.... and something was missing from my life.

I have a conference to lead this weekend and I needed to be working on it. I did work on it. BUT something was missing. I hadn't Bible Journaled.

So I guess the experiment DID work... I developed a good habit.

And since I could (I am home and the conference plans are nearly finished), I did a simple page in my Journaling Bible...

Open up, O heavens,
and pour out your righteousness.
Let the earth open wide
so salvation and righteousness can sprout up together,
I, the Lord, created them.
Isaiah 45:8 (NLT)

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Supplies Used

Image: Stampin' UP! You've Got This stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers (The Scripture verse was computer generated)

Papers: Recollections CS and AMuse Studio DP

Embellishment: Target Fabric Tape

Try Something New with Watercolor

I have been admiring the watercolor cards I've been seeing... but had no idea how to even begin. Well, beyond BUYING a bunch of watercolors, which I managed to do just fine without much help at all. ;)

So, what's a girl to do? Google some help, of course. And Google took me to a YouTube video with a watercolor technique that looked easy enough for a beginner, so I gave it a try.

I didn't think it turned out too bad, for my first attempt.

Nicole at Scraps and Stamps is a very good teacher! Check out the video I watched HERE.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sentiment: Endless Creations stamped with VersaFine and embossed with Ranger Black Embossing Powder
Papers: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Pink Passion CS and other papers (including Watercolor Paper) from unknown vendors
Watercolors: Artist's Loft
Die: from an unknown vendor
Embellishments: Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bible Journaling Day 21

NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day. Please go HERE to see my patriotic cards made with Frantic Stamper precision dies... or just keep scrolling to the next blog post.

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I cannot believe it. This is the 21st day of my personal 21-Day Bible Journaling Challenge. I did it! I actually was able to Bible Journal every day for 21 days... and I loved doing it. It has changed my life in good ways. I've searched the scripture more, I've listened to God more, and I've had the opportunities to try different Bible Journaling techniques. Some I've enjoyed more than others. Some days I've been happy to show what I made. Other days I've only showed the end project on my blog (etc.) because I said I would. LOL!

What's next? I can honestly say I will be Bible Journaling more than I did before this personal challenge started... because it's something I want to do more of. However, I will not be Bible Journaling every day... because, like I recently told a friend, I kind of have to be at home to Bible Journal at this point... because my current skill level is hunt/search for products to use and then experiment. I wouldn't even begin to know how to take what I need with me to be able to Bible Journal away from home.

And just if you're wondering, the reason I chose these 21 days for my challenge is because I knew I didn't have any overnight trips during that time period. That being said, I will be gone for 3 days this week. And then two more trips in May. So, look for more Bible Journaling on my blog than before this challenge... but don't anticipate seeing it every day. (Oh... and I won't promise that I'll show every page I do any more... because truthfully, some of them have been a true embarrassment to me as I've shown them to you during the challenge.)

Okay... enough of that. Let me show you what I did for day 21 of the challenge...

I've always been drawn to the story of Jonah. I guess that's because I can relate to him. I, too, have a tendency to say No God, not that. Send me anywhere but there. Ask me to do something else.

I can feel Jonah's pain when God wanted to send him to those "wicked" people and I can understand his desire to say a resounding no... and go the other direction.

But... BUT... God brought a big fish into Jonah's life and he had time in that belly to really think about what he wanted from life... and he decided that being obedient to God was indeed what he wanted.

Me, too. I don't want to be Fish Bait! So I strive to say Yes to God instead of no.

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Supplies Used

Image: High Hopes Spouting Off stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections CS and DP from my scrap file

Words: Computer Generated/Printed and some colored with a AmazAPen Gel Pens

Rhinestone Water-droplets: Mark Richards

Washi Tape: from an unknown vendor

Frantic Stamper Freedom

Oh my! I love the patriotic feel of the Frantic Stamper Freedom die! It has endless possibilities! So far I've made two cards with it, but there will be more.

Card #1

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies

I loved playing with the layout of the various sizes/colors of hexagons.

Card #2

Frantic Stamper Precision Die

Okay, that may not be 50 stars, but it's still a lot of Brads. The red stripes are Washi Tape.

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Frantic Stamper Dies: Freedom #FRA-DIE-09894 and Stitched Hexagons #FRA-DIE-09830

Papers: From my scrap file

Embellishments: Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

Frantic Stamper Die: Freedom #FRA-DIE-09894

Card Stock: Recollections White and Stampin' UP! Brilliant Blue and Real Red

Embellishments: Brads and Washi Tape from unknown vendors

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bible Journaling Day 20

NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day. To see my Woodland Adventures card for the Creative Card Chicks, go HERE or keep scrolling.

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This is my Bible Journaling for Day 20 of my personal 
21-Day Bible Journaling Challenge:

This particular page actually journals Psalm 136 in its entirety. This particular Psalm has a refrain - every other line says "His faithful love endures forever" so I tried to reflect that in my Bible Journaling.

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Supplies Used

Stamp: Unity Grab Bag Collection 1 stamped with Lawn Fawn Ink and Illustrated Faith stamped with Illustrated Faith Ink

Papers: Recollections CS and DP from my scrap file

Heart Punches: Various Companies

Embellishments: Sticker Strip from Stampin' UP! and Washi Tape from Illustrated Faith and an unknown vendor 

Woodland Adventures

My friend Kelly lives in Miami, a huge bustling metropolis where she literally spends hours each day commuting. But her heart is in areas filled with nature and lots of animals. Therefore as the hostess of the Creative Card Chicks group this month, she put together fun Woodland Adventures kits for us to create with.

The kit included: Stamped images on Recollections #110 CS (deer, sentiments) and #65 CS (tree/trunk) and all of the images/die cuts were from Stampendous "In the Woods" stamp set, stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black ink. DSP is from Paper Studio "Woodland Retreat" pack. Embellishments were Affray brown twill ribbon, Baker's Twine "Caribbean," jute rope by Paper Studio, and paper flowers from Craft Smart.

THANK YOU for a fun theme and fabulous kit, Kelly!

Here's my card:

Are you curious about what item is on my card that Kelly sent, but wasn't in the actual kit? It's the green paper. That's actually a piece of the envelope that she mailed the kit in.

I used  a little bit of the green envelope inside my card, too:

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In addition to the items in Kelly's kit, I used some Stampin' UP! Card Stock (Early Espresso and Grey)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bible Journaling Day 19

NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day. Please check out the Frantic Stamper one following this one, too... or click HERE to go directly to that blog post.

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I am happy to say that although I've not been happy with the past two days of my Bible Journaling for my personal 21-Day Bible Journaling Challenge... I do like today's! That's such a relief!

I will say that the hardest part of this challenge for me has not been Bible Journaling every day. I've actually really enjoyed that process. The difficulty has been allowing myself to be vulnerable by posting pictures of work I wasn't happy with.

With that, I'll just say...


Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
Each morning I bring my requests to you 
and wait expectantly.
Psalm 5:3

When I read Psalm 5 and especially verse 3, I immediately thought of my mornings. The mornings I'm at home, I usually spend time drinking coffee and "chatting" with God. So I searched my stamp collection and looked for a stamp that might reflect coffee and mornings. I didn't really find anything that looked like morning, so instead I just went with one of my favorite coffee-drinking stamps. That works, right?

To get the idea of God's awesome power (as well as morning) I added sun rays to the page.

Something I'd not done before on a page is outline/box the scripture verse... so I tried that with this page. I did it because I wasn't thinking and highlighted the verse with a yellow marker and it just kind of blended in with the sun rays. I wanted it to stand out and the box did that for me.

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Supplies Used

Image: Unity Brystl Girl stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Stencil: MFT Sun Ray colored with Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen Big Brush

Die: Stitched Wavy Border from an unknown vendor

Washi Tape: Illustrated Faith (Amen) and two from unknown vendors

Frantic Stamper Traveling in My Ol' Truck

My card today features an amazing die set from Frantic Stamper - one of the many dies they released this month in their Dads and Grads Collection - Large Bob's Old Truck (#FRA-DIE-10160).

I really had fun with this die set, but I must admit, my card did not thrill me That being said, go to this link and look at the other samples.... oh my goodness! Such creativity! Did you see the Mr. Fix It one with the tires in the back of the truck? Too clever!

I'll definitely be using this die set again and again!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Frantic Stamper Precision Die: Large Bob's Old Truck (#FRA-DIE-10160)

Papers: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Natural White and Really Rust Card Stock and DP from the Paper Studio Pink Lemonade Paper Pad

Special Element: Paper House Snap Shots Shaker Card

Friday, April 21, 2017

Christmas Tag Card

It's time for a new challenge at PDE Linky Party.

Theme: Tags

I hope you'll participate!

Now, just so you know, I did a tag - but I put it on a card. LOL! Cheating? I think not.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sentiment: from an unknown vendor stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink

Dies: from unknown vendor

Tag: from unknown vendor

Papers: Recollections Black, Stampin' UP! Real Red and Very Vanilla, and others from my scrap file

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones and Stampin' UP! Silver Cord

Bible Journaling Day 18

For my 18th day of my personal 21-Day Bible Journaling challenge, I decided to try artsy again. Yep, it's not happening for me. Though I do have to admit, I love then gold metallic acrylic paint. LOL!

Great and marvelous are your works,
O Lord God, the Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations.
Who will not fear you, Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before you,
for your righteous deeds have been revealed.
Revelations 15:3b-4

It doesn't show up very well in the full page picture, but the designer paper I used had names for Christ all over it. The metallic paint I put on top of it doesn't obliterate those words, but the combination of the paint and my lighting during the photography make them almost disappear.

This picture shows the words a little more clearly:

And how fun is this bookmark? I actually found these clip bookmarks (minus the "YES" - that's a piece of Washi Tape) in the office supply area of our local Walmart. They are pretty cool.... and they come in a package of 4 different colors/designs. I was impressed.

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Supplies Used

Master's Touch Acrylic Paint
DP from my scrap file
Bookmark Tab from Walmart
Washi Tape from Hobby Lobby

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bible Journaling Day 17

NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day... so keep scrolling if you want to see my Christmas CraZy card, or go HERE.

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Today's Bible Journaling page is very VERY simple/plain. There's a good reason for that. Want to hear my tale?

I was behind in some DT responsibilities - release time is coming - so I had to make a lot of cards yesterday. That meant there was little time to do my Bible Journaling entry... but it's Day 17, and I can see the finish line of my personal 21- Day Bible Journaling Challenge, so I didn't want to skip the day.

But, I don't hate this page, so that's good.

Wisdom is better than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness. For the wise can see where they are going, but fools walk in the dark.
Ecclesiastes 2:13-14a

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Supplies Used

DP: from my scrap file
Glitter Washi Tape: from Target 
Arrows Washi Tape: from my friend Dawn
Lettering: from Illustrated Faith (but they were pink so I colored them)

I'm Christmas CraZy...

... and so are my friends!

I currently host a swap of sorts on SCS. It's the Christmas CraZy swap. We swap out names bi-monthly and each pair of participants send a Christmas image and some DP to the other person. Then we have a month to make a Christmas card with what we've received.

It's a fun group of ladies who all seem to love Christmas.

My partner this round is Heather. She sent me an adorable image - Hambo "Reindeer Gift" and a variety of papers. THANK YOU, Heather!

Here's my card:

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Image: Hambo "Reindeer Gift" stamped with Memento Ink on Staples 110# CS (by Heather) and colored (by me) with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and SU Wild Wasabi CS and DP from Heather

Embellishments: Recollections Brads, Stickles Glitter Glue, and SU Ribbon

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mid-Week Joy Report

NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day. If you'd like to see the Bible Journaling Post (day 16 of my personal 21-Day Bible Journaling Challenge, go HERE or keep scrolling. It is the post after this one.

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I love Wednesdays - I don't cook dinner on Wednesdays,  my husband and I often times have a lunch date on Wednesdays, and it's time for my Mid-Week Joy Report AND my  50 Truths Challenge. Yes, I love Wednesdays!

My week was kind of low-key. Yes, I know this week was Easter. And yes, I know that many people had family gatherings, etc. We did not because we live too far away from extended family.

However, it WAS a good week. For me a highlight was the sunrise service we attended. One of our 25 churches had it at the park just 3 blocks from our house - the very park where Brock loves to go feed his ducks. (Okay, ducks and geese, but to Brock they are ALL ducks.) While we looked off across the lake and sang songs of worship and listened to the preaching, we were able to gaze upon God's beautiful scenery... and Brock's ducks. It was a great way to start our Easter.

For those who like to know, here's my card-making numbers for the week - I made 7 cards. That's fewer than usual, I think, but for good reason. I've spent a lot of time this week doing research for a conference I'm scheduled to lead at the end of the month. Plus, I did 8 Bible Journaling entries.

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50 Truths Worth Knowing
Chapter 16
Photos Capture Memories for Eternity

Before I get into today's story from the book, I want to mention a related story of my own. My paternal grandmother passed away before I was born. (In fact, even before my dad met my mom.) But I've heard many wonderful stories about her. She and my dad were very close so it's not surprising that he talked about her a lot.

However, I've never seen a picture of her. Grandma Nelson did NOT like to have her picture taken, so  she never seemed to get in pictures. There is ONE picture of her - my parents have it but their pictures (hundreds of them!) are so disorganized that I've never seen "the" picture. I've only heard of it. It saddens me to think that some day my sister and I will inherit those hundreds of photos, but will have no idea which picture is our grandmother even if/when we stumble upon it.

That story made today's chapter of the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing much more personal for me. In this chapter, Ellen tells about a defining memory in her life - a Kodak commercial. Its theme was that parents should photograph their children "now" as soon they would be grown up and out the door and the moment for photography would be gone.

Ellen said her parents took that message seriously and as a result there are many photographs of her and her two siblings. Then as she grew older, she got a camera of her own and she became the photographer.

She loves looking at her photo albums, but the pictures that capture her the most in those albums are pictures of her mother. She was a beautiful woman, but she seemed reluctant to pose for the camera. Therefore there are not many pictures of her. Ellen has one very special photo of her mother taken the year she died. The photo is actually of Ellen and her mother - the two of them sitting on a rock wall in the front yard of her parent's home. In Ellen's words: "the looks of love in our eyes as we look at each other is so total I'd have thought it would melt the film."

The Kodak commercial offered wise advice to Ellen in her childhood and to us today. Let's not forget to take photos - because we may not have the opportunity to do so tomorrow.

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Image & Sentiment on Front: MFT Little Shutterbug

Sentiment Inside: Studio G

Ink: Lawn Fawn Jet Black and Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Navy and White CS and DP from the American Crafts True Stories Paper Pad

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones

Bible Journaling Day 16

This is the 16th day of my personal 21-Day Bible Journaling Challenge. I used another image from the Flourishes S'More Fun stamp set on this entry.

And look - I added some Stickles Glitter Glue to make the light "glow". I've not used Stickles in my Bible before now. If I'd have thought, I would have colored that part with a Glitter Gel pen instead, but the Stickles look is okay, too.

The Bible passage is the Parable of the Lamp. Jesus taught us that we should not hide our lamp under a cover, but instead should place it on a stand so all could see it. Then in verse 18 he said, "So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them."

This parable reminds me that I want God's light to be the guiding factor in my life. I tried to communicate that in my Bible Journaling page.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! 

Supplies Used

Stamps: Flourishes S'More Fun and a SU alphabet set 
Ink: Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink and Copic Markers
Papers: Recollections CS and DP from my scrap file
Embellishments: Stickles Glitter Glue and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bible Journaling Day 15

This is my second blog post of the day. I also have a "Try Something New" post immediately following this one... if you keep scrolling... or check it out HERE.

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This picture might make you think I hate camping:

But... I don't hate camping. In fact, I've had a lot of amazing experiences camping - both in a camper as a child and in tents as a Girl Scout Leader.

Instead, this camper is part of my Bible Journaling spread - and the "no" answers the question on the other page...

 Are We There Yet?

For this world is not our permanent home;
we are looking forward to a home yet to come.
Hebrews 13:14

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Supplies Used

Image: Flourishes S'more Fun stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black Card Stock and DP from my scrap file

Letter Stickers: EK Success

Washi Tape: from an unknown vendor