Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tips, Tricks and Techniques with Karla!

Karla here today to share this Prima Doll Tag as a tutorial! I love creating backgrounds with layers of stamps and stencils and wanted to share with you all how easy it can be to create this look.

I first started by cutting a tag the size I wanted and then pulled out some stencils and Distress Inks.


I used more Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass and a Tim Holtz butterfly stamp to stamp a light image on the bottom left of my tag.


For my ribbon I used some seam binding ribbon and rubbed Distress Stains directly onto it, then I spritzed lightly with water and crumpled the ribbon with my fingers before drying with my heat gun. This blends some of the colours and crinkles it nicely.


Now, it was time to create the Prima Paper Doll that I wanted to use on the tag! I'm really liking the way these dolls look stamped on a script paper, so I stamped my doll directly onto the script paper shown in the picture below and then used a light peach Prismacolor Marker, which is alcohol based, to colour in the face and skin areas.


I used the yellow floral paper to paper-piece her hair and paper from the Crate Paper Flea Market Maggie Holmes paper pad for her clothes. I also used journaling cards to layer behind the doll to add extra interest. This is also a great way to use up some of those beautiful journaling cards in our stash ;)


I added some paper flowers and gems to my tag and a couple layers of ribbon along the bottom of the tag.


I wanted to add a quote, so I used the Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers, cut apart to fit inside a frame I diecut with a Spellbinder's Die. I traced around the quote with a black pen and added a heart sequin to finish it off.

I love this quote - it reminds me that my day is so much better when I take a few minutes to think of what I'm thankful for first thing in the morning. Then, instead of focusing on anything that might be negative I'm feeling happy about those big and little things that make life amazing!


I found this bible verse from 1 Thessalonians 5 vs 16-18 which seemed quite fitting - 16Always be joyful. 17Never stop praying. 18Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Thanks so much for joining me today! Don't forget to check out this month's awesome challenges for your chance to win a prize!! You still have a few more days to enter your project!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sharing An Everyday Miracle

Cara here today to share with you today.

This was shared by my good friend yesterday on Facebook, and even though it wasn't what I originally planned to share with you...this just struck me as something that everyone should remember.

So how is this an everyday miracle? Well, I guess I could say that honestly, as much as I love Facebook for the updates and photos shared by friends and family, I often spend way too much time on it...time that probably could have been spent in a much better way...and so I feel a bit guilty. BUT then there's days like today, when something shared is so awesome, that I am so grateful I checked Facebook, like this--

Here's what my friend Julie shared:

"In church yesterday we were asked to think of one thing we love about the Lord, and one thing we think the Lord loves about us. It was easy for me to think of what I love about Him, but harder to think of what He could love about me. The more I thought about it the more the Lord began to remind me that He loves everything about me; I was created by Him and in His image...I am His child! My worth and beauty are found in Him and through His eyes. Praise the LORD! Hopefully this is an encouragement for somebody today." 


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

In The Word Wednesday

Hi everyone...Debbie here with the In The Word Wednesday.     I read from the devotional book by Anne Graham Lotz called Fixing My Eyes On Jesus.
I would like to share one of the daily readings from it called "The Potter"

If you're a child of God and going through a difficult time, know that your suffering isn't wasted.  God is molding you - and remolding you - in His image, and He knows exactly what He is doing.  The apostle Paul reminds us that "our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all" (2 Corinthians 4:17)
The spiritual principle is that in some way God uses suffering to transform ordinary, dust-clay people like us into vessels that are strong in faith, vessels that are fit for His use, vessels that display His glory to the watching world.
Are you feeling pressure? Stress?  Are you suffering hurt or heartache?  Illness or injustice?  Don't waste your sorrow!  In these momentary troubles you are achieving an eternal glory.  Praise God!  He is remaking you into a vessel that seems best to Him.

Isn't our God amazing!  So full of love and concern for His children...that He won't leave us in the place that we are in.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

DRUM ROLL PLEASE...

The votes are in for our July entries.

Our Top 3 by DT votes (in numerical order) are -

#2 Kim

#4 Princess

#7 Karla

and our prize winner by Random.org

True Random Number Generator  8Powered by RANDOM.ORG
#8 Karla

Congratulations to all our winners! 
Now you all need to go to our August 1st post and check out the new challenges and play along so you have a chance at the awesome August prize!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

LOTS OF NEW THINGS HAPPENING AROUND HERE!

First there are two Designers that are retiring this month.  I want to thank them for all their hard work, dedication and creativity as well as sharing parts of their faith journey.

So please say good bye and wish all the best to -


Helen Gullett

Helen has just returned to the United States from a missions trip to Indonesia with her whole family. She has done some amazing things to lead others to our Lord both here in the US and in her native country.  She is retiring from the team to be able to have more time to devote to her missions related work and her beautiful family.  
and
Leah Weatherford Burdgett
Leah has just gotten a new job and will be starting it this month.  She works in an elementary school and helps special needs children.  She also has a wonderful husband and a son who is the light of her life.  She has been a valuable part of the team and we will miss her wonderful posts and awesome work.
 
And coming ON board this month please welcome 


Karla Yungwirth
Hi friends!  I'm Karla - blessed with 3 wonderful girls and an amazing, supportive husband.  We live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but I'll always be a Maritime girl at heart, as I grew up on the East Coast.  We are a Christian family and work to keep Jesus in the center of all we do.  I've been crafting as long as I can remember! My Grandmothers taught me to sew and crochet and my Mom was always recycling something old into something new for my sister and me.  I started scrapbooking about 14 years ago and cardmaking a couple years later.  Of course that led into mixed media, art journaling and pocket pages, but I still love to make a traditional layout. I love trying new things and have met so many amazing people on this journey! You can find me on my blog at Creative Love Affair


And now for our current challenges - 


First - our layout sketch-







And our card sketch-





and our Scripture focus for this month is

As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil.
Genesis 50:20


So now that we have given you some great inspiration go pull out all your fun supplies and create something awesome to share back with us!