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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Until later~

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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Until later~

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!!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Until later~