Friday, November 21, 2014

Creations for Blue Fern Studios

Today I have a layout and a card to share with you using the new Blue Fern Studios paper line called "Sanctuary." It is a beautiful line that can be used for anything, any time of year. I am going to show you how I used it on a heritage page and a Christmas card. You will see how versatile this new line is! Let's get started.

This is my husband back in about 1966. Wasn't he a cutie? Well, I must say he still is. LOL! Anyway, for this page I used, the papers Sanctuary Bountiful and Sanctuary Conservatory. Such beautiful colors for this 8 1/2 x 11 heritage page.
To cover the Splattered Circles and Spare Parts chipboard pieces, I covered them in gesso, and then used some distress stains in various colors.

To cover the Adore, Love, Cherish chipboard piece (the title), I used the same technique as above but then I also added some darker gelatos to the chipboard.
Papers: Blue Fern Studios Sanctuary Bountiful and Conservatory
Stamps: Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink brushed corduroy
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Splattered Circles; Adore, Love, Cherish; Spare Parts (painted with gesso and Tim Holtz Distress Stain vintage photo and brushed corduroy)
Embellishments: Shimmerz Paints Texturez Patina, Prima Serenity flower and Jean Button, Tim Holtz Dot Face stencil with Prima Color Bloom tea stain mist, Tim Holtz mini gears, Pink Paislee Capitvating press ons, sari ribbon, cheesecloth, sewing machine

Christmas Wishes
For this card I used the Sanctuary Meadows of Time and Sanctuary Conservatory papers. The chipboard piece is called Seeing Stars.
To alter the chipboard, I covered it in silver Inka Gold and then added some silver and gold embossing. To finish, I added pearls around the edge.
Papers: Blue Fern Studios Sanctuary Conservatory and Meadows of Time
Stamps: Memory Box Christmas Ticket C1782
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink brushed corduroy, Jenni Bowlin chili powder
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Seeing Stars (painted with Inka Gold silver and embossed with silver and gold ep)
Embellishments: Memory Box pearls, Paper Trey Ink button, May Arts twine, sari ribbon, misc. lace, sewing machine

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to join in the Blue Fern Studios November Sketch Challenge. Click here to see all of the details!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday's {Tips} Art Journaling Techniques

Many of you have been sending me questions about my art journaling pages. I thought I would take today to answer of few of them for you. Also be sure to check out the product list at the end. I will share some of my favorite products I always use and that are mentioned here. So, let's get started.

Q: "There is white 'writing'. What is that and do you mind sharing your technique? It's very cool looking."
A: The 'writing' I think you are talking about is the stamped text. I have a text stamp that I load up with white gesso and just stamp it on my page. Makes for another fun effect. I have used a white pigment ink stamp pad before but I find it takes way too long to dry even with my heat tool. The gesso dries much faster and gives the same effect. I do clean my stamp off in the sink once I have finished.

Q: "I saw the typewriter in your studio tour, assuming you used that to type on the tag? Maybe not, because of the font size did you do it?"
A: I used my typewriter for some of the text. The larger font is stamped. I stamped the 'P' first then typed the principle. Once that was typed and I saw how much room was left on the tag, I stamped 'for His Glory'. There are also two different types of alpha stamps used here but both are retired. There are plenty of wonderful alpha stamp sets out there.

Q: "In the background it looks like a page of a book is collaged?"
A: Yes, that is book paper (to the left of the blue flower and to the right of the blue flower in green). I generally keep hymn paper and book paper on my art table. I use it to dab off extra paint, clean off stencils and stamps, etc. Once the paper is full, I keep it to use later. I tear it up and use on my pages. The bits of collage paper you see are just torn up pieces from those pages. 

Here is a collage paper that I created when I made my last art journaling page. Feel free to download it, print, and use (right click and 'save image as').

Q: "Do you prep your pages with gesso?"
A: No, I do not always gesso my pages first. It really depends on what I am doing but I will say for the most part, I do not put a layer of gesso down in the beginning. I use the Strathmore Mixed Media journal, and I find I don't need to gesso the pages first.

Q: "What is the white pen you use for whimsical lines?"

A: I use the Sailor Mini Correction Pen - 1.0 mm from JetPens. Love this pen. Truly works better than any other white pen I have used.


Q: "How do you START layering like that?"
A: You just have to start. I almost always dislike my pages in the beginning. But I just keep adding more and more until I finally feel it's where I want the page to be. If I don't like something, I can always cover it up with collage paper or gesso. There are lots of ways to start. Here are just a few suggestions:

*collage your page with patterned paper, book paper, or other found papers
*use stencils and beginning by misting on your page
*use a Gelli Plate and begin putting down acrylic paints
*paint the page with watercolors
*use a brayer to spread acrylic paint; there are even textured brayers that I love to use (see product list).
*use and old credit card or hotel room key to spread acrylic paint
*do a mix of all of the above and watch the layers form

Once I have that base layer, I just keep adding more of the above (paints, stamps, collage paper, etc.).

Q: "Do you do process videos?"
A: Unfortunately I do not have any process videos. I have done a few tutorials on other art, and I find it very time consuming. Plus I never work on a piece in one sitting. I sometimes only get 5-15 minutes to work. I leave it all out in my studio, and just add bits here and there as I have a few minutes. I find this process really helps too because I can step away then get a new perspective on the page when I come back to it. I highly recommend that you watch these artists on YouTube. You can learn a LOT from them, and I truly appreciate the time and effort they put into their videos!  

Rae Missigman
France Papillon
Ronda Palazzari
Andrea Walford
Vicky Papaioannou
Katarzyna KrzymiƄska
Roben-Marie Smith
Lorraine Bell

I hope this has been helpful. Don't forget to download the collage page above and use it on your next creation. Let me know if you have more questions, and I will answer them in the comment section. Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Quick {Crochet} Scarf

Do you need some quick Christmas gifts? Do you love to crochet and want a really easy pattern? Well, this is it. I use this pattern for everything because I can do it in the car, waiting at a doctor's office, etc. I have it memorized because it is so easy. I guess that's why I love it because it's mindless. I need that in my life. LOL! Anyway, I whipped up this scarf for one of my daughter's in just a few hours. I think it probably took about 4 hours total. I was able to complete the scarf while watching the Gamecock football game on Saturday, and then I did the edging a bit on Sunday and finished this morning.

It is super soft and warm. I am going to make several more, and I will probably make some lap blankets too. This yarn will make amazing lap blankets. It definitely will keep you very warm!

The Stats
Yarn: Bernat Baby Blanket in Little Sand Castles, Bernat Blanket Yarn in Taupe (edging)
Hook Size: 9 mm (N)
Starting Chain: 14 chains
Number of Colors Used: 2 different colors
Amount of Yarn Used: One 10.5 oz. skein of Little Sand Castles and a bit of one 10.5 skein of Taupe
Pattern: Click here.
Date Started: November 15, 2014
Date Finished: November 17, 2014
Time to Complete: 2 days (really just about 4 hours though)

I hope you have enjoyed today's creation. Happy crocheting!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Art {Journaling} Romans 8:18-22

It's art journaling time again. You are probably wondering why I am posting another page so soon. Well, you know, once I get the paints out, I just can't put them away. I have been painting since the art journaling page I did on Thursday, and I have really been enjoying using my new 3x5 Gelli Plate. If you missed Thursday's post, click here. Anyway, I have been painting and crocheting, and really just trying to enjoy. I haven't really done that in a while because of my daughter's back surgery.

Anyway, our other two girls that are away at college have had a really hard semester. This semester has been harder than their very first semester in college. There have been a lot of trials. I have been so proud of them because they have stood up for what is right and what God would have them do. They have suffered but finally got some amazing news on Friday afternoon. 

So, for my page, I chose a principle that was shared in Bible Study Fellowship based on Romans 8:18-22. The principle says "Painful suffering is temporary but the delights of glory will last forever." I shared this with my girls on Friday. They have suffered but it was temporary, and it is all for God's glory.  In that we have our hope!

I hope you have enjoyed my page today. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your Sunday!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Art {Journaling} Psalm 4:8

Yesterday I had a tremendous headache. I had woken up in the middle of the night with a migraine. By morning, it was a really bad headache. I fought it most of the day, and I didn't really feel like doing much. So, I sat down and watched some class videos by Rae Missigman. In the video, she was painting a Dylusions Journal; however, I was not ready to do a journal cover so I decided to try some of her techniques on an art journaling page. It was so much fun, and it truly took my mind off of my terrible headache.

There were a few techniques that I was able to try on this page that I learned from Rae's videos. One fun thing I learned is that Gelli Arts makes a 3x5 Gelli Plate. I had no idea. I have a larger Gelli Plate but I do not use it too often because it is so large. This new 3x5 size I will use a lot. Rae puts it onto an acrylic block, and uses it like a stamp with acrylic paint. That is how I did most of the background on this page. I really love this new Gelli Plate! Dick Blick does sell the new 3x5 size. If you click the link in my product list below, you will be able to find it. I comes in many different sizes. I believe the 3x5 size is about $11.

On my page, I chose to use Psalm 4:8 because it was where God led me yesterday. I think partly because I did not sleep well the night before with my headache and because our family lost two people that are dear to us this week. We lost Dr. Susan Rouse to cancer on Monday. She was an amazing professor that loved my girls and appreciated their differences. As one of our girls would say "Mom she can peg us." She couldn't wait to teach them genetics, and we loved that she was their advisor, friend, and mentor. We also lost my dear friend to cancer on MondaySue Nagel of Stampin' Things. You may remember the benefit that I posted about for her on my blog. You can see that here. But this scripture shows us that He is our peace and in Him we dwell in safety. We pray that He will also cover the Rouse family and the Nagel family in His peace during this difficult time. Cancer is an ugly disease!

I hope you have enjoyed today's page. Now that I have tried this out on paper, I may try to duplicate it on a journal cover. I just love these happy colors, and it brightens a very sad week. Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed Friday!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Journaling {Bible} Romans 1:19-20

Seeing God daily through His creation is one of my favorite things. Where we live, I am in awe daily as I look out my windows and see snow on the mountains, bald eagles flying overhead, beautiful blue water on the lake, sunrises and sunsets over the lake, woodpeckers gathering food from our feeders, bunnies in the yard, etc. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't clearly see the Lord in His amazing creation. It brings a smile to my face even during those difficult days.

I decided to journal one of my favorite scriptures in Romans where we see people are without excuse because God can clearly be seen in His creation. This is known as general revelation. His creation is evidence of an all-powerful Creator God.

Psalm 19:1 "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands."

Romans 1:19-20 "Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."

To create this page, I used Strathmore Newsprint to stamp the heart flag and the Our Daily Bread Designs quote from Martin Luther. I think I might like using newsprint better in my Journaling Bible because the ink soaks in so nicely, and it's super thin so does not add bulk to the page.

Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you will watch for God each day as you are out in His creation.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

{SCRLLC14} Scripture Lesson #19, Something in the Water

Today's song may seem like a different choice but when reading the words and understanding the song, then I think it is quite fitting for today. This song is beautiful, and I recommend reading the words first before listening to the song. Our song today is Carrie Underwood's new song called "Something in the Water." Let's first look at the lyrics.

"He said, 'I've been where you've been before.
Down every hallway's a slamming door.
No way out, no one to come and save me.
Wasting a life that the Good Lord gave me.

Then somebody said what I'm saying to you,
Opened my eyes and told me the truth.'
They said, 'Just a little faith, it'll all get better.'
So I followed that preacher man down to the river and now I'm changed
And now I'm stronger

There must've been something in the water
Oh, there must've been something in the water

Well, I heard what he said and I went on my way
Didn't think about it for a couple of days
Then it hit me like a lightning late one night
I was all out of hope and all out of fight

Couldn't fight back the tears so I fell on my knees
Saying, 'God, if you're there come and rescue me.'
Felt love pouring down from above
Got washed in the water, washed in the blood and now I'm changed
And now I'm stronger


And now I'm singing along to amazing grace
Can't nobody wipe this smile off my face
Got joy in my heart, angels on my side
Thank God almighty, I saw the light
Gonna look ahead, no turning back
Live every day, give it all that I have
Trust in someone bigger than me
Ever since the day that I believed I am changed
And now I'm stronger

There must be something in the water (amazing grace)
Oh, there must be something in the water (how sweet the sound)
Oh, there must be something in the water (that saved a wretch)
Oh, there must be something in the water (like me)
Oh, yeah I am changed (I once was lost)
Stronger (but now I'm found) (was blind but now I see)"

And to listen to the song, click here. I absolutely love the words of this song. God uses people to open our eyes to His truth. Then once we come to accept that truth, we are changed. We are rescued from the wages of sin which is death and eternal separation from God. But if we trust in Him, repent of our sin, and accept His gift of grace through the death of His Son Jesus Christ, we can spend eternal life with Him. Being filled with Him puts a smile on our face even during times of difficulty. He puts joy in our hearts, and fills us with the hope that only comes from Him. So, the question is:

Have You Been Changed?
Truly there is only one choice that ultimately matters in life, and that is accepting or rejecting Christ. What is your choice? Have you received Christ as your Lord and Savior or rejected Him? If you have received Him, are you being transformed as you study His word? Jesus can transform our lives if we give our lives to Him. It's not so we can be better people but so that He can be glorified. If we don't allow Him to transform us, we can't lead others. God uses our daily circumstances to transform us into people of faith who will glorify Him.

Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 12:2 "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will."

It is God's grace that saves us. Thank Him for His grace. None of us can know Him without His grace. How have you been changed since coming to know Christ? 

Psalm 9:10 "Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you."

Acts 16:31 "They replied, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.'"

Ephesians 1:6-8 "To the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us."

Ephesians 2:8 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—"

What About the Water?
So, what about the water? Is there something in the water? Baptism means identification. Water baptism is a symbolic identification with Christ. It is not the ceremony that saves us but faith in Christ's death and resurrection. Baptism symbolizes a believer's transformation.

1 Corinthians 12:13 "For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink."

Galatians 3:27 "For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ."

How Will They Know?
If your choice was to accept Jesus, do your remember who opened your eyes to God's truth? Who did God use to most effectively change your life? Are you willing to share so that others can hear His truth? How will others know unless they hear? How will you compassionately lead others to Christ? God uses ordinary people to share the extraordinary good news of His salvation. Look for the good in people not the bad. That might be the very thing that can lead us to share Him with others. And sometimes it's just best to say nothing and trust Jesus. We affect others a little by what we say but a lot by what we do. Does your life affect those around you positively?

Romans 10:14-15 "How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'"

For my page today, I decided to do a Journaling Bible page. One of my favorite scriptures is the one just listed above (Romans 10:14-15). So, that is the scripture I chose to use today. How will they know if they do not hear? 

This page uses a variety of stamps, stickers, paints, etc. I did stamp the word 'gospel' onto deli paper. The stamps that say 'here's the story' and 'love this' were both stamped onto newspaper print, cut out, and then added to my page. If you missed my blog post on using deli paper for your Journaling Bible pages, be sure to look at this post here. I use newspaper print in almost the same way. I just don't put any gesso down first. :)

Remember to use Keyword SCRLLC14 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. Also, my 2015 study will be announced in a few weeks. Be watching, and if you are not a current subscriber to my blog, be sure to subscribe so that you don't miss the exciting details! Have a blessed week ahead! 

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