Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book review- Arms Open Wide by Sherri Gragg

Come near. Stop striving. The Master of the banquet has raised His glass to welcome you as His dear child.
So often Christians view Christ as someone who’s far away and can’t be approached until they have their lives in order. In Arms Open Wide, author Sherri Gragg proves that Christ is a kinder, more tender, more loving Savior than many understand Him to be.
Sherri writes in fictional narrative form while mixing biblical history with scripture, creating a setting that transforms readers back in time and places them right in Jesus’ presence. For thirty-five days readers walk with the Savior to witness miraculous healings and events, and give fresh insight into His power by thinking and feeling with people whose lives became instantly transformed by His love and grace. Readers journey with Jesus and His disciples in the most important time in history.
Hearts will be stirred and lives will be changed as readers draw near and walk with the Savior as never before.

Before choosing books to read from the BookLook program I always look at reviews for that particular book. Seeing that Arms Open Wide very good reviews I decided to give it a read. 
Some things I like about Arms Open Wide:
 My copy is a hardcover. That is always a huge selling point for me!
The cover is very visually appealing and blurb on the back cover had me excited to dig in and start reading right away.
The chapters are short and easy to read.
I think that the Arms Open Wide book would make a good gift.
The author’s heartfelt prayers at the end of each chapter add a good touch to the stories.
Sherri Gragg’s Arms Open Wide is okay to be used as a devotional.

What I didn’t care for were the actual “stories”. The author has chosen several well know Bible accounts and has rewritten them adding her own ideals of how the event played out. I have never been a fan of this type of story telling. I guess I am a purest when it comes to the Bible. J
 I never did find the “Call to Linger in the Savior’s Presence” which is a part of the book’s title.

Even though Arms Open Wide is not the style I prefer, I do have friends that like that style, and I will be passing along my copy.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through the BookLook program. 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Glitter Glue Holder made with the Cameo

I love projects that come together in a snap! I was looking for something in my Cameo cut files and came across this little project, a glitter glue holder. And seriously it came together in less than 2 minutes!!

 I made one for Hailey so she can store her sparky glue and one for myself.
Hint: You know when you buy a paper pad and you are not crazy over all of them? Well, this is a good way to use those papers.

The holder is made with 2 pieces, the Cameo cuts the holes and the score lines making this a truly effortless project. I was very surprised at how sturdy the holder is.
Paper from my stash
Cut file- Glitter Glue Holder Silhouette store

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th of July Mantle Projects

Hailey helped make this canvas for the 4th of July for our mantle. She loves getting crafty, I love spending time with her while we work on various projects!! There is nothing better than being creative with little ones!! :-)

 Hailey used Buttermilk Acrylic paint to paint the canvas and once it dried we added our die cuts. Super easy and super cheap- under $5 total!!
(Tip: The parade silhouette was cut 14" long, my mat is 12x12. I used my software to place my image on a diagonal in the center of my mat, lower left corner to upper right corner to get a longer die cut.)

 I love this 3D paper banner!! The kids laughed when I drug out my hubby's cordless drill to "scrapbook!" The wooden beads would not work with my twine, I had to hold each bead with the vise gripes and drill the holes a little bigger, hey it worked!  LOL

 Looks like the mantle is all ready for the 4th!! I plan to add more crafty projects for next year!

Cut files- God Bless America, 3D star and bunting kit, It's a parade- Silhouette Online store
Paper - cardstock- black and kraft
Designer paper-Vintage Nation by Paper Studio
Misc- buttermilk acrylic paint, red mini brads, canvas, hot glue, twine, wooden beads, Tombow multi Mono glue, Distress ink and applicator, and a foam brush

Happy 4th of July!!
I would love to see your 4th of July home decor crafts, please leave a link in the comments!!
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Friday, June 27, 2014

A shaped card

I think the little campers that are so trendy right now are so cute! I have seen several SVG files for different styles, but this one from the Silhouette store is my favorite! (You can find it HERE)

For my non-card maker friends I am going to show you how it all starts-

I start by arranging all of my papers on my mat to coincide with the design on my design software. (I prefer to use the Cricut mat with my Cameo. it works so much better for me.)
Then it is one and done- one time through the die cutter and I have all I need to build my card.

I adhere all of my pieces and embellish a little- a brad for the door knob and some pop dots, a little Bakers Twine and a couple of teeny tiny bows. 
The coordinating designer paper I used for the little curtains kind of gets lost with the other patterns.

I went back and added some outlines with a Micro tipped pen, now the curtains pop.

A few years ago I discovered some 6x6 zippered baggies and have been using them to store my scraps. I use my ATG to attach the baggie to the back side of the 6x6 paper pad. It is handy to have all of those little scraps together!! I  add coordinating cardstock to my scrap bag too.

Here is what my storage looks like. I them stand my 6x6 pads in a basket, it is so easy to grab and go.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Caramel Apples at 4H Pocket page layouts.

I love pocket pages! I can get my photos into albums a lot faster with pocket pages, and they come in a wide variety of lay outs. 
Our 4H club made caramel apples last fall. They kids had so much fun making yummy apples!!
I used 2 different page designs for this layout. I used a horizontal 6x4 page and a page for 3 vertical and one 6x12 photos. Little mini layouts are fun to make and add a lot of interest to your pages. (They just don't photograph well.)

 I used Apple of my eye cut file by Miss Kate Cuttables for my this mini layout. The letters are stickers I had been want to use.
I used the small scallop file and the drippy border.
I used scraps of cardstock for my cuts and then used a little Baker's Twine to finish off my apple.

Brother enjoyed his apple, sister wanted no part of hers. She prefers her apples with peanut butter, silly girl does not like caramel! 
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Man's Suit Father's Day Easel card

Who knew easel cards could be so much fun to make?! Now I am wondering what took me so long to jump on that ban wagon! I used another My Scrap Chick cut file to make hubby's Father's Day card. He is not really the suit wearing kind of guy, but I think it is a perfect manly card.

Front view, standing up.

This is the side view, it shows how the card front tucks behind the popped layer to stand up. And yes, I had to make it in the Buckeye colors!! (Hubby appreciated that!! LOL)
Cut file- Man's Suit Easel Card-My Scrap Chick
Bazzill cardstock
Ink- London Fog memento, Black licorice MFT
Misc-pop dots and sentiment- Trending Greetings TAC
This card reminds me so much of my own dad, he had a suit that exact color of gray!
I am sure there will be more easel cards to come!
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Birds & Garden Gate Easel Card

One thing I love about the Silhouette Cameo is that cut files that can be downloaded and used right away!! One of my favorite places to get cut files is My Scrap Chick and today I am sharing a card made using their  Birds & Garden Gate Easel Card file. This is my first easel card and I think I am hooked!! :-)

 This is my card. I think it turned out adorable!! It folds flat for mailing....

 and for displaying it stands upright.  The front panel tucks behind the sentiment which has been popped up.

Side view so you can see how it works. You can also see all of my popped layers here too.
The cut file is so easy to use, I lay everything out according to color and cut everything on my 12x12 mat. Once all of the pieces are cut it is a cinch to adhere everything together.

Cut files- Birds & Garden Easel Card by My Scrap Chick
Solid cardstock -PaperTrey Ink, Bazzill, & Georgia Pacific
Designer paper- Echo Park Hello Summer 6x6 pad
Stamps- Feeling Froggy- My Favorite Things, and "hello" from my stash
Ink-Broken China Distress ink and Faded Jeans Distress Ink and Chartreuse Palette Ink
Misc- Pop dots, Tombow Multi glue and ATG, ink blending tool, Cameo

** Great news- My Scrap Chick is currently having a sale on their cut files, I am not sure how long it will last so run over and check it out!!**

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Until later~