Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's a Very Special {Layout} and a Sketch

It's October 1st, and that means sketch time for Blue Fern Studios. I can't wait to share this sketch with you because I had so much fun with the photo I was able to scrap. Let's look at my layout, and then I will share the sketch.

This photo is very precious to me. This is my daughter that went on an 8-week ministry trip this summer as lead guitarist for a worship band called "The Difference." I am so proud of her. She is also my daughter with Chiari Malformation. She is in pain daily but God gets her through each day. If you do not know what Chiari Malformation is, I encourage you to read about it here, and please join us on the awareness walk across the U.S. next September! I will post more about the walk next August or so. Our goal is to educate and make people aware. It is as prevalent as MS but you certainly do not hear much about Chiari. Anyway, sorry for the speech. Yes, I get a little passionate about it. LOL! And here is my 8 1/2 x 11 layout. The photo is of her playing during chapel at school.

Now, a little more about this layout. First, I used the new Blue Fern Studios Montage paper line. I love, love, love this paper line. It is so versatile and gorgeous! And the Icon Set One chipboard set was perfect for this layout as it has a guitar in the set. I covered the guitar with Inka Gold graphite. Then I added some smudges of Gelatos in black licorice. I think it gave the guitar a nice effect. I also wrapped some twine around the top of the guitar for "strings."

For the rest of the layout, I used the Chunky Words chipboard set for the title. I covered that chipboard piece in Gelatos and Shimmerz Dazzelerz.

Papers: Blue Fern Studios Montage Now and Then and Invitation 
Stamps: Penny Black Butterfly Suite, Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge, Technique Tuesday Good Times Arrows, Becky Higgins date stamp 
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink black soot, Hero Arts charcoal 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Icon Set One (guitar painted w/Inka Gold graphite and Gelatos black licorice), Chunky Words (painted w/Gelatos tangerine and mango and Shimmerz Dazzelerz dreamscicle) 
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, flair from Glorie, Manor House Creations die cut, May Arts black twine, misc. cheesecloth, sewing machine

The Sketch
And now here is the wonderful 12x12 sketch. Remember, you can use this sketch for any size layout, a card, anything. Use your imagination and have fun!

To see the details of the contest and the prize package, please click here. We would love for you to join in the fun! Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed Wednesday!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

{SCRLLC14} Scripture Lesson #17, He Knows

These past couple of weeks, God has been talking to me about burdens. First, as I was listening to KLOVE driving to an appointment, I heard Lisa TerKeurst say, "Don't miss the blessings because you are focusing on the burdens." I immediately called my daughter and asked her to write it down for me so I would not forget. Such a beautiful quote that I needed to hear. Then my second daughter calls me from college, and she asked me if I have heard of the new song by Jeremy Camp called "He Knows." I told her I had not, and she told me that I needed to listen to it. So, off I went to search for the song. It is a new release so it's a bit hard to find but if you click here, you can listen to it. Look what the chorus says:

He knows, He knows
Every hurt and every sting
He has walked the suffering
He knows, He knows
Let your burdens come undone
Lift your eyes up to the One
Who knows, He knows

To read all of the lyrics, click here. I encourage you to read them because they are very powerful.

And did you notice that word againburdens? Moses in Numbers 11:14 cries out to God "I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me."

Notice how Moses turns to God with his burdens. Are your burdens pushing you towards the Lord to seek Him and trust Him more? Or are you heavy on complaining? Our reactions to our burdens and trials reveal our true spiritual maturity. We need to trust Him, depend on Him, and glorify Him. When we truly rely on Him, we are not shaken by the burdens and chaos among us. He gives us purpose in our trials. His love and peace are abounding! If you feel like you are burdened and your load is too heavy, remember the Lord is there to help you. Will you trust Him?

Psalm 68:19 "Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens."

Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You."

Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Galatians 6:2 "Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."

1 John 5:3-4 "In fact, this is love for God: to keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith."

I decided to do an 8 1/2 x 11 page today. I printed some black and white images of the things that are going on in our family nowspinal problems, canine epilepsy, Chiari Malformation, etc., etc., etc. If I focused on these things instead of the Lord, I would be utterly overwhelmed, miserable, and defeated. Do I struggle each day? Yes, but I must remember to make Him the focus knowing He has a plan and that we need to glorify Him through it. I trust that, and it's what keeps me going.

I used black and white photos because these 'things' needn't be my focus. The colorful paper with the scripture is what should be my focus. I need to cling to Him and His Word! I also used a sketch that I have had pinned for a while. You can see the sketch by clicking here.  And finally, I used the new Blue Fern Studios paper line called Montage and the chipboard pieces Circle Code and Adore, Love, Cherish.

Papers: Blue Fern Studios Montage Wisdom and Invitation, Paper Trey Ink cs 
Stamp: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 7 
Stamp Ink: Versa Fine onyx black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink black soot 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Circle Code (painted w/Adirondack Dabber lemonade and Jenni Bowlin Dabber malted milk), Adore, Love, Cherish (painted w/black gesso and Glossy Accents)
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, Prima Bistro Blooms Nugget and Soubrette orange flower, Prima packaging, Bella Blvd. washi tape, misc. cheesecloth, sewing machine

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. Blessings, and I pray that you allow Him to carry your burdens!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Journaling {Bible} Mark 6:48-51

Have you ever heard that there is no such thing as a coincidence? Well, there certainly is not, and when I see those moments of what people would call a "coincidence," that's when I see God so very clearly. That is what happened with today's scripture.

I was going through my old sermon notes to see what I wanted to study and put into my Journaling Bible when the words at the top of a page caught me. They said "Jesus is Enough." I knew then that this is what I would be studying again and putting into my Journaling Bible. Well, a week passed, and the notes stayed open on my desk. I hadn't had time to create or study further as we have had a lot going on. Two of our daughter's have been having many health issues, and so I put this aside. Then on Sept. 11, one of our girls called from school and told us how bad her sister was doing. She said "Mom, we heard in chapel tonight that Jesus is Enough, and I told 'sister' about it and reminded her that He is enough!" I cried as she had no idea that those were the exact same words that God reminded me of the week before. I knew for certain that this is what God wanted our struggling daughter to hear. I have shared it with her almost daily since this happened a couple of weeks ago. She even has it pasted on her bathroom mirror in her dorm room now. God is SO good! So, if you are struggling, remember:

"Jesus is enough. He is enough for us to weather any storm."

It's not that we are enough or that we have what we need to make it through the stormsit's all Him! Rely on Him. He will carry you and help you through any storm in life that comes your way.

And if you want to know how to make the colorful circles I used on this page, please see my tutorial I posted yesterday by clicking here. I hope you have enjoyed today's post and that it ministers to you in some way. Joyfully in Christ,

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday's {Tip} Making Painted Circles

I think most of you know how I love to use circles and hearts on my work. Circles are the easiest and most fun for me to use. I think I put them on just about everything. If you remember my BSF journal that I posted the other day, I painted some circles on it. To see that entire post, click here. See the three orange, teal, and pink circles? Today, I want to show you how I made them. They are fun and easy to do. 

Paper of any sort (ledger paper, book paper, deli paper, printer paper, etc.)
Circle Stencil
Acrylic paints in various colors (choose 3)
1" flat wash paintbrush
Thin round paintbrush
Stabilo All pencil
Glue stick or other glue
Black waterproof pen
White gesso
White correction pen

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Take any piece of paperbook paper, vintage paper, printer paper, deli paperwhatever you have on hand. I have an old ledger from the late 1800's/early 1900's that I love to use. That is the paper I used here.

2. Grab your favorite circle stencil and place on top of the paper you chose from above.

3. Place 3 colors of paint onto your palette.

4. Get a paintbrush and a jar of water. I use the Simply Simmons 1" Flat Wash brush . It's one of my favorites.

5. Dip your paintbrush into the jar of water and get it really wet. I like to water down the paint for this. Then dip the wet paintbrush into the first color of paint.

6. Paint a half circle over the stencil you placed on top of your paper in Step #2. Move the stencil and do this several times all over your paper with that paint color making several sizes of circles.

7. Clean stencil and paintbrush, and repeat Step #6 with your second paint color.

8. The third paint color I actually paint on with my finger. In the above photo, you can see the teal is the last color I used and painted with my finger.

9. After the circles are dry, use a Stabilo All pencil to draw circles around each painted circle. I use my stencil for this also. Then go over those pencil lines with a thin round paintbrush dipped in water. It turns the pencil into a bit of watercolor as you can see below.

10. Cut the circles out. Yes, some of the Stabilo pencil lines will be lost but not all. You will draw around these circles again in another step.

11. Glue the circles to your piece (art journaling page, scrapbook layout, Journaling Bible, altered art, etc.) using a glue stick or other glue. Gel medium works great too.

12. Next use a waterproof pen (Copic Multiliner, Sakura Pigma Mircon pen, etc.) to doodle around the circles. I scribble circles around and then scribble lines through the sides a couple of times.

13. To finish, enchance with white gesso and a white pen (I use the Sailor Mini Correction Pen). The white gesso I also paint on with my finger.

I hope this tutorial has been helpful. Have fun making those circles! Blessings,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

{New Paper} In Action!

I am so excited to share the new Blue Fern Studios Montage papers with you this month along with some of the new chipboard pieces. Let's look at what I have for you today.

A Joyful Heart
For this 8 1/2 x 11 layout, I traced one of the Graduated Squares chipboard pieces onto the Montage Bouquet paper and cut it out to use as a third square on the layout.

Also, when trimming this gorgeous 12x12 piece of Montage Fairyland paper down to 8 1/2 x 11, I unfortunately had to cut off two of the beautiful edges. But it was easily solved. I stitched the bottom piece back onto the layout. I chose to leave the right edge bare but I could have easily stitched that on also. So don't ever hesitate to cut down these papers for smaller layouts.

To treat the chipboard pieces, I painted them all in black gesso. Easy but I love the "pop" that black provides to a creation.
Blue Fern Studios products used:
Montage Fairyland
Montage Bouquet
Graduated Squares chipboard

What a Day
For this 8 1/2 x 11 layout, I used several new pieces of Blue Fern Studios chipboardWhat a Day, Printer's Bits, and Arrow Words. I just love all of these pieces. The gorgeous papers I used are Montage Now and Then and Calling Cards.

Again, I covered most of the chipboard pieces in black gesso except the Printer's Bits (the number 20). I used gelatos to color the numbers and then covered each one in Glossy Accents.

Blue Fern Studios products used:
Montage Now and Then
Montage Calling Cards
What a Day chipboard
Printer's Bits chipboard
Arrow Words chipboard

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have enjoyed seeing the newest products from Blue Fern Studios in action! To see more wonderful creations, be sure to subscribe to the Blue Fern Studios blog! You won't miss a thing that way. :) Blessings,

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday's {Tip} Using Deli Paper

Deli paper is similar to wax paper or tissue paper. Think of a combination of the two. One side of the deli paper is waxy; the other side is not. Deli paper is moisture proof. I have used deli paper for quite some time, and it has come in handy for my Journaling Bible entries also. Today I wanted to share with you some ways I use it, and I hope you will find it helpful.

Where to Buy
Deli paper can be found on Search on 'Kabnet Wax' and you will find many different sellers. I also understand it can be found at Sam's Club or Costco. I personally do not shop at either of these stores but I have heard you can find it there.

How to Use in Journaling Bible
I use deli paper in may ways but today I wanted to share how I use it to stamp on and put in my Journaling Bible. This technique, of course, could be used for other creations too
  • On scrapbook pages if you are scared to stamp directly on your page
  • In art journals
  • On cards
  • Anywhere!
To use it for stamping in my Journaling Bible, here is what I do:

1. Place a piece of deli paper on your table.
2. Put some white gesso on a piece of bubble wrap.
3. Stamp the bubble wrap all over the deli paper on the non-waxy side. You may need to add more gesso to the bubble wrap to cover the entire piece of deli paper. You can also use a paint brush, sponge, or anything else you like. I just personally love the bubble wrap. :)
4. Let dry.
5. You now have the perfect background for adding stamped images to the deli paper.

6. Stamp your image on the non-waxy side, and let dry. I use Archival inks for this.
7. Once dry, I tap on a bit of Collage Pauge with a foam brush to seal it.

8. Cut out your stamped image and add to your Journaling Bible with a Uhu Glue Stick. I sew on these pieces a lot before adding to my Bible. Here are a few samples of stamped images on deli paper in my Journaling Bible.

Notice on most of these, you cannot even see the deli paper or the stamped gesso! It is wonderful to use in your Bible. Also, look at the back 'God's hand' in my Bible. There is no bleed through because the stamped image is on the deli paper. Love that.

Other Ideas Using Deli Paper
Sandi Keene has a wonderful deli paper flower video tutorial on YouTube. Click here to watch it. 

Lindsay Weirich also has a very cool tutorial on how to do backgrounds with deli paper. Click here to watch that tutorial.

Also be sure to search YouTube and Pinterest using the keywords 'deli paper'. There are lots of other ideas out there. Have fun, and I hope this has been helpful!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Painted Journal and Bookmark

Well, for those of you that know me, you know I have been in Bible Study Fellowship since 1997. You also know that I make a new notebook each year for my study notes. I have an amazing bookshelf full of wonderful notes from all of these classes since 1997. Since classes start this week, I wanted to share my 2014-2015 notebook with you along with a matching bookmark.

This year, I am using a Moleskine Soft Cover Squared Notebook. These have become my favorite notebooks. You can find them here on amazon. I decided to paint the notebook along with a piece of canvas to make the matching bookmark. If you haven't seen my canvas bookmarks before, click here. And here is how my everything turned out.



Matching Bookmark

I hope you have enjoyed today's creations. And as I said above, BSF classes start this week. We are studying the Life of Moses. And next year (2015-16) will be a new study on the Book of Revelation. If you are interested in finding a class near you, please click here. We have over 1,000 classes around the world for men, women, and children. There are also evening and day classes so that makes it even more convenient for the working or stay-at-home moms. I hope you will join us. Blessings,

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