I finally opened and figured out the Sprocket printer I bought several months ago. I have to say I love it! I started my 6x8 scrapbook of things stuck in my head this year. Here are a few of the pages I did.
I also did some journaling in my 100 days of Less Hustle and More Jesus book as well:
Made a few cards using DRS Designs images (new stuff mixed with older stuff). See the stars and stripes wave on both cards?
Hope you have a great weekend - thanks for visiting!
I have been attempting some improved color blending....I am still not there but I am getting better thanks to tips from friends and a few videos. Today's colors are from the GDP13 (Global Design Project 193; #GDP193)
and my technique is from Splitcoaststampers.com - TLC746 - use ink blending on a project.
I did two panels of ink blending using the GDP colors. I then stamped on a sentiment from the SU! set Rooted in Nature. I die cut my butterflies from an old SU! Butterfly Thinlet (using the other panel I made. A few glitter glue dots to show the butterfly flight patterns and it was done.
I plan to continue my ink blending adventure. It is the darker colors that are getting me (along with my impatience).
I embarked on a new journey this week when I started a Devotional Journal called 100 Days of Less Hustle, More Jesus by Shannon Noel (currently $15.29 with Prime on Amazon). Shannon is the creator of Illustrated Faith so you know the accents and concepts are solid.
This devotional/journal is designed help us slow down, reduce a bit of stress and anxiety, and, in Amazon's words: "understand and relate to God's promises in a way you never have before. These biblical truths will come to life through color and illustration and will inspire your own creativity and your personal walk with God as you fall in love with your bible all over again." Each day has the devotion, some fun accents, and a space you to journal, draw, paint, stamp, etc. I have decided that I will sketch and journal and even add some highlights from each day on my pages. I may add some receipts, ticket stubbs or pictures along the way, but right now it is just me and my pens and pencils. I thought I would share a few of the pages I completed this week: Day 1 was about resting more and especially resting in God. Women are especially guilty of not taking the time to slow down and realize we shouldn't try or be expected to go, go, go and do, do, do all the time. We need to take the time to stop and relax and dwell with God. When people ask me what my spirit animal is, I say a Panda since I am fluffy, chubby and sleepy - lol. I was inspired by a picture taken at a zoo.
Day 2 was about taking care of ourselves and relaxing. We need to take some breaths and realize God is there with us and wants us to take care of ourselves. I drew this picture - it is how in envision my daughter at her new lake house (she moves in sometime in the next few weeks - I am going to miss her and her sweet family immensely).
Day 5 focuses on how we are uniquely created and how we should not be trying to keep up with everyone else. We need to stop running and turn our hearts toward God.
Day 7 (today) is centered around making sure to enjoy things along the way in life. We hurry places and forget to stop, see things along the way, and cherish the beauty of others, flowers, the landscape, the sky, etc.
My baby, Alex, turned 24 today. Later today we are having a birthday celebration with a cookie cake and her favorite thing to eat - Poppyseed Chicken. I realized this morning that I had not yet made a card, so I made one up really fast using the GDP192 Case the Designer Challenge as my inspiration. This pretty card by Charlet Mallett was the perfect thing to get me started.
I had limited time this morning before work plus I had to cook the chicken for the poppyseed chicken tonight as well.
No time to color so I slapped down some aluminum foil and swiped my yellow, pink, and green inks on it. Next, I splashed on some water with my fingers and dipped my paper into the inks. I dried the paper with a heat gun and stamped the flowers from SU! Tea Together. Next, I stamped the teacup, fussy cut it, and then sponged around it with some brown (this is my vintage daughter). I cut out the flowers and arranged them on the teacup.
The card was looking plain so I painted on some pink stripes using the leftover ink on my aluminum foil. Allie loves bling so I added some silver glitter glitter to the flowers and the bottom of the cup. I also added a few butterflies from the SU! Enjoy Life set to fill in my blank pink banner.
The sentiment is from SU! Tasty Trucks. I cut a few little triangles from my inked up paper and made a banner to go under the sentiment.
Should be a fun night! I bought Allie part of an old rural post office. It is the part of the post office that has the slots where they placed the mail and it still has some of the names visible. To make it even better, it is a town she loves. She is so excited!
Playing with one of my favorite sets today: SU! Petal Pallet. I just never get tired of those roses and that pretty bird!
The other day, my Son-in-law said that aluminum foil can be used for just about anything. I told him I use it for crafting all the time - not sure he believed me. I demonstrated how I use it today. I started this card with a sheet of aluminum foil. I swiped my inks on it, splashed it with water, and dipped in my base panel. I love this technique, I allows you to make matching dp for any image or card. After I got the desired effect, I hit the panel with the heat gun a bit and set it aside to dry fully. Next, I stamped the images and sponged on color. I fussy cut some roses and leaves from another sheet and sponged them as well. To finish this up, I added in some old ribbon, a bit of glitter, and popped everything up. The sentiment is from Strong and Beautiful (SU!).
It has been hot, hot, hot here in Central Alabama. I would love to be at the lake, a swimming pool, or some type of water. I had to settle for making some cards with water scenes instead. My first card was made by inking up a panel in Pacific Point and then stamping Vicki's Versatile Background in the same color. Next, I stamped on two of the fish from 4 in 1 Ocean Designsand then coloring them in with a Sharpie pen. I added on some eyes with white paint and then stamped the Eyes for You Greeting. On the back panel, I stamped the same fish in Sahara Sand.
My next card was made this weekend and was inspired by THIS lovely picture at Ballard Designs which was the inspiration site at Splitcoaststampers.com. After painting up the scene in watercolors (really just a bunch of upward flecks in different colors of green and brown with a touch of blue and white), I stamped the Dreams Inspire Future Greeting. I stamped the greeting one more time and cut out and sponged the "will inspire" banner. I popped up the banner and then sponged around the whole card panel in Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Today's card was inspired by the sketch at the Global Design Project and the Inspiration Site at Splitcoaststampers.com, Ballard Designs. I picked THIS lovely map as my inspiration. The GDP sketch (#GDP190) is super cool - I think I may use it on some cards in the future as well.
Here is my card.
I started the card by stamping the journal image in the Open Seas stamp set from SU! I stamped it several times and then sponged on some red to color it up and some brown to age it. Next, I stamped the global map image in Pacific Point, fussy cut,it and then sponged on more blue and some brown ink. To add the line from the sketch, I masked off a strip and sponged on a heavy amount of Pacific Point. The sentiment is from the SU! Tasty Trucks set. I finished it with a light stamp of the compass from the Open Seas set.
The panel at the bottom of my picture is going inside.