Monday, December 1, 2014

The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible-Book Review


The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible is a New King James Version with commentary by Phil and Al Robertson. What sets this Bible apart from others is the Set Your Sights Index. There are several of these throughout the Bible. These are written by Phil and Al and deal with various subjects such as Trust, Stress, Stewardship and Wisdom. These are broken into five chapters that are titled faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness and freedom. These sections have advice on living along with stories from Phil and Al. They also contain Scriptures to support their views and help with understanding. At the end of these chapters is the “On The Hunt” sections. These list a number of Scriptures that follow along with the subject. I found the commentary to be very entertaining as well as informative. I especially liked Phil referring to John the Baptist as a man he could relate to. The Duck Commander Bible is a great asset to those of us that value mature counsel from Godly men such as Phil and Al. I highly recommend the Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

World Cardmaking Day 2014 Cards

October 4, 2014, World Cardmaking Day is history. And I made history because I actually MADE cards!! Hunter and I spent the day at home being crafty, he made some of the cutest things with his Rainbow Loom and I worked on cards.
I am still using some past card kits and I am so happy to have just a few scraps where kits have been....for way to long!!
I had a kit featuring My Mind's Eye Meadowlark 6x6 paper pad and 5 beautiful colors of card stock and ribbon. The black and white designer paper paired with bright colors made for a lovely set of cards! I made 15 cards, 5 each of 3 different designs. The design part took some time, but then it was super easy and fast to mass produce each design.

I used lots of layers on these cards. I did add black card stock, and I am so glad I did. Look how it makes the colors pop.

 I used my lightest Copic marker to add a little color to the daisy petals. And you can not see it, but I added clear Stickles to the centers of the flowers. The stamp-a-ma-jig helped me to get the sentiments straight.

 When making sets of cards I like to leave the sentiments off of some of them. That can always be added later and makes it easy to build up a collect of cards ready to send when needed.

 Using coordinating dies makes having cut out images so easy, and you know how much I HATE to fussy cut!!:-) I like adding the black accents, it makes the black designer paper look like it "belongs."

Tip- I used the From the Heart die for my sentiment, it kind of got lost on the designer paper until I matted it with black. I cut the same exact die in black card stock and cut the die cut in half, my sentiment is matted on the top and bottom and it really doesn't matter that the sides are not matted. This is a great way to use your die cuts  to get more bang for your buck!
Again I added black details, the twine on the flower stem, the button and the sentiment mat.

 I added clear rhinestones to my butterflies I cut with a punch. (Wouldn't the butterflies be pretty with some swirls stamped on them before adding the bling?)

 These cards have added dimension with the flower being popped up (the stem is not attached to my cards, I tucked it beneath the ribbon.) the butterfly has the wings bent and glue applied to just the body so it looks like it has just landed and then the button. This is a card I will not mail, I don't want anything flattened in the mailing process.

One day, one stamp set and one card kit and now I have 15 new cards ready to go.
Card Kit, Oops a Daisy stamp set and coordinating dies, small scalloped die and from the Heart Die- Taylored Expressions
Black Pearls, Yellow Pearls and Rhinestones- Kaiser Kraft
Copic Markers, Diamond Stickles, pop dots, glue dots
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Circus Baby cards

So I was on a kick, making cards using up some past card kits and some stamps that I hadn't use very often. And then I got the sinus crud and all that goes with it, so for the last 3-4 weeks I haven't done anything. So, these card are a couple of weeks old, but I still want to share them.
I used Baby's Circus and Circus Fun by Sweet and Sassy Stamps. I had used these stamp for kid's cards before and to stamp Hunter's lunch sack when his class went to the circus, but I am really loving the sweet animal images for baby cards!!

 I made 5 cards, but I used one for a friend's baby gift.

 How sweet for a new baby!!

 I love that these little cuties can be used for either a boy or a girl!

 Lots of fun with the big, bold polka dots.

 That little elephant is super cute!!
I like the addition of the bow.
It had been a while since I played with my Copic markers, I always love coloring with them. 
I almost "kill" this card kit, I only have a couple card bases and a little designer paper left. I wanted to save it for another time and make something that isn't for a baby.
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Just Sayin' by Carol McAdams Moore Book Review


 I gave my daughter Just Sayin' by Carol McAdams Moore for the 90 day devotions. What she gets out of this book will be lessons she will carry with her for a lifetime.
Each devotion is a 2 page spread, short scripture thought on the left page, and then for some there are more scripture recommended or questions to get her to thinking about the passage. There are ample spots for doodling, gluing and drawing, things that she loves to do anyway. I will be getting her a set of colorful pen to use in her book, the gray, black and white pages will look amazing after she adds her won personal touches to them! And it nice knowing she is thinking on God's word while having fun!
"Each of the short devos was designed for girls just like you, with relevant topics, quotes, Scriptures, plus doodles, journal prompts, lists, puzzles, quizzes, fill-in-the-blank prayers, or unique activities that explore Bible truths and ways to apply them. Just Sayin' challenges girls to follow Jesus every day. Best. Idea. Ever"

This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Review- Move On: When Mercy Meets Your Mess by Vicki Courtney

“My healing journey began when I finally granted myself permission not to be okay. Not to stay there forever, of course, but rather to acknowledge that not being okay is a perfectly normal part of the Christian journey."
 That has got to be my favorite quotation from Move On When Mercy Meets Your Mess by Vicki Courtney. Many times it is hard for us, especially women to be okay  (even embrace) with our imperfect selves.
Vicki’s transparency is refreshing and very commendable. I think too often we as Christians conduct themselves in a way that makes it hard for unbelievers to identify with us. Some times we need to let others see our struggles.
Move On showed me that I need to be real and that “sometimes I feel like I’m playing a part I’ve been cast into, but it’s no truly who I am!”
 Move On is a good personal study that would also be great in a group setting as well. The questions at the end of each chapter are very thought provoking and would lend well to meaningful discussions. This is one book I will definitely keep!

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through  Book Look.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Cards, cards and cards

The first week (well, half week) that the kids were in school I spent some time in the studio. Let me tell you, I had no idea just how much I had missed being all crafty until I had time to do it again!
I used one main image stamp, 5 coordinating colors of cardstock and inks and some sentiments to create 10 multipurpose cards.

 Here is a peek of 8 of the cards- I used 2 right away.

 Here is a close up.
I used Blended Bloom from Stampin' Up and the 2013-15 In Colors cardstock and ink.
After stamping the images on white cardstock I used coordinating Copic markers to color them.
I used the the matching In Color inks to stamp the image on my color cardstock for a tone on tone background.
I LOVE this flower and I have a feeling I will be using this stamp way too often!! :-) 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Quick tip

I have been busy stamping and making cards since the kids when back to school. My acrylic blocks had some how gotten inky (nope, not completely my fault) and were in need of a good cleaning. I grabbed a paper towel and a small bottle of hand sanitizer and got busy.

 All clean and shiny!

After a good cleaning I put them back into a plastic zippered bag that my window treatment came in, good way to upcycle, huh?

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