Sunday, December 21, 2014

A {Layout} and a Card for Blue Fern Studios

Hello everyone. I wanted to share my Blue Fern Studios December creations with you. I have a layout and a card to share with you today. Let's get started.

This layout is one I did for my chosen word for 2105. My word for next year is 'trust'. I used the Blue Fern Studios Montage collection for this 8 1/2 x 11 page.

The Chicken Wire Panel chipboard piece I covered in texture paste followed by some colored mist. I also only used a portion of this chipboard piece. It comes as a 12x12 piece but is wonderful to cut down to any size you need.
Papers: Blue Fern Studios Montage Invitation and Bouquet 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Chicken Wire Panel 

For the background of this card, I embossed and then sanded the Sanctuary Conservatory paper.

For the sentiment, I used the Chunky Words chipboard and covered it in texture paste.
Papers: Blue Fern Studios Sanctuary Conservatory
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Chunky Words 

And remember to join us in our December sketch challenge. For details, please see this post here. Thanks for stopping by today! Blessings,

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday's {Tip} Smearing Text? Try Microglaze!

Do you ever find that your printed text smears? Or how about stamped images? Do you find when you art journal that you have text that smears? It can be written text, printed text, or even stamped images. One way to solve the written text problem is to only use waterproof pens. Some that I use and love are:
  • Copic Multiliner SP 0.5 and 0.7
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.5 and 0.7
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 0.5
To keep stamped images from smearing, you can use india ink. I love and use Hero Arts Hero Hues Black India Ink. But if you notice, it is only in black. What if you want to use a colored ink that will smear? Or what if you have printed text from your printer? If you saw my post on Sunday, the text on the ATC cards was printed from my printer. That text smears if I get it damp or put any other wet media on top of it (for instance mist or splattering paint).

Sometimes for my printed text, I will use my vintage Smith-Corona typewriter but even that text will smear with other wet media. So, how do I solve that problem and protect my text and images? I use Judikins MicroGlaze. 

This stuff is awesome. You just dip your finger into the jar, and rub a tiny bit over your text. I then buff it with a cloth. Simple and fast. Here is what this product does:
  • Micro glaze is an all-purpose paper protective cream wax coating for paper and art 
  • Apply this glaze sparingly over artwork for a smudge resistant and waterproof finish 
  • Repels water from inkjet photos watercolors and stamped cards 
  • Can be buffed to a gloss and acid free 
I really love this stuff. You can also use it as a resist. There are lots of cool resist techniques to do with MicroGlaze. Look for videos on YouTube.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you find you love MicroGlaze as much as I do! Blessings,

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

{SCRLLC14} Scripture Lesson #21, Mary Did You Know

Today's song is called "Mary Did You Know?" by Mark Lowry. Most of you have probably heard this song as it has been around for years and has been performed by countless people. I thought this would be a great choice for today's study as we think about the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I have chosen this YouTube video of Jeremy Camp singing this song to share with you. If you want to hear other performances, just search on the song title, and many artists will come up. Now, I want to look at each verse and share the scripture that goes along with these song verses.

Verse 1
"Mary did you know that your baby boy will some day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you."

Matthew 14:25-27 "Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. 'It’s a ghost,' they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: 'Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.'"

Acts 4:12 "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."

John 1:12-13 "Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God."

Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile."

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"

God is all powerful, and there is no other name in which we can be saved. His blood was shed to cover your sins and mine. When we depart this earth and stand in the presence of God, He will not see my sins because they are covered in the precious blood of Christ. Are your sins also covered by the blood of Christ? Have you been made new? If not, will you ask Him to make you new today? And if you are a believer in Christ, how do your actions show that you are a new creation of the King? You will probably be surrounded by various friends and family this Christmas season, will they see you as His new creation?

Verse 2
"Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God."

Matthew 12:22 "Then they brought Him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see."

Matthew 8:23-26 "Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, 'Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!' He replied, 'You of little faith, why are you so afraid?' Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm."

1 John 5:20 "We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true. And we are in Him who is true by being in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life."

Jesus' actions always cause a response. The winds and the waves even respond to Him. And not only can He calm the storm but He can calm our hearts and the storms in our life and give us His peace. He existed before this earth, and He humbled himself to come to this earth as man to suffer, to know what it is to be tempted, and to be able to truly identify with us. When you think no one understands your situation, remember that God does. He is there for you! He loves you and has lavished His love on you.

1 John 3:1a "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"

Verse 3
"Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation? 
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations? 
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb? 
This sleeping child you're holding is the great I am"

John 1:1-3 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made."

Psalm 22:28 "For dominion belongs to the Lord and He rules over the nations."

John 1:29 "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'"

Exodus 3:14 "God said to Moses, 'I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you.'"

In the John 1:1-3 verse above, the word "was" shows us the eternal status of Jesus. Because Jesus is God, man can intimately know God. Billy Graham writes "The virgin-born baby was God in human form. He humbled Himself, He took the form of a servant, He was made in your likeness and mine, He identified Himself with the problems of the human race. And thus it was that the apostle John wrote, The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, as of the only begotten of the Father.) John 1:14"

During this Christmas season, will you focus on Jesus Christ who came as a baby to save you? Will you share this true meaning of Christmas not only with your words but with your actions? Share with someone who may not know of His great love for them. Let them see Jesus in you! And if you are looking for a great book to read and keep you focused, I highly recommend "The Cross, the Cradle, and the Crown" by Billy Graham. It is only $1.99 for the Kindle edition, and $2.99 for the paperback on

For my creation today, I again chose to make Scripture Art Cards. I really love that I can use several verses, and they just look so pretty in my book. :) I kept the colors of these cards a little darker and added burgundy and green for the Christmas season. The scriptures I chose were 2 Corinthians 5:17, John 1:1-2, and Acts 4:12. I really wanted to use the 1 John 3:1 verse because I love how He has lavished His love on us. But I am going to do a separate art journaling page just for that verse because it is one of my favorites. :)

I love to create these cards, and they are so easy to do. In our Glory Art 2015 study, I will share tips on how I create these and other tips throughout the year. If you have not signed up or joined our Facebook page, please see complete details in my post by clicking here.

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. Thanks for joining me, and may you have a blessed and joyous Christmas!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

A Birthday Book with {Video}

My precious mother and her identical twin turned 70 yesterday. I do not know how it is possible. Here they are back in the 1980s celebrating their birthday in France. They are a pair, and they still love to dress alike. :) Love you Mom and AK!!!!!

Anyway, when Dad turned 70, I made him a "70 Things" book. You may remember that book. If not, click here for that post. Since I made Dad a book, of course I needed to make Mom one too for her 70th birthday. So, I went to work writing down the 70 things that make her special. I had some input from my girls too via e-mail as two of them are away at college. Hubby was out of town on business so we had to do the best we could. 

This is a very quick album to make once you think of the "70 things." I print the "70 things" and then just stamp and use washi quickly throughout the book. I do use a Smash Mini book when I make these, and the covers are usually not too detailed in their design. The chipboard piece is from Blue Fern Studios, and it is called "Birthday Wishes."

Here is a video showing the inside of the book. I hope you enjoy it and that it gives you some ideas for a milestone birthday in your family! Blessings,

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Organizational {Friday} Label, Label, Label

Today's post is nothing earth shattering but I wanted to just share how something so simple can help you as you create and save time. The other day I received these four wonderful decade stamps by October Afternoon.

The stamps cover the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. Love that. But if you look at the image above, can you determine which decade each roller stamp belongs to? Probably not unless you look very closely. And if you have "almost 50" year old eyes like I do, then it's really hard to quickly determine which roller stamp you want to use.

So, here comes my Brother P-Touch labeler to the rescue! For these roller stamps, I just printed labels on the clear tape with each decade on the labels. I then put the appropriate label on each handle. This now makes it very easy for me to grab the correct roller stamp without taking time to remove each one from my storage tray and try to read the numbers on the stamp itself. That would just frustrate me. I could have put the labels on the top of the handle too but I think this is going to work nicely for me just like this.

I use my labeler for everything. Another great use is for punches. I love to label my punches the same way with the name of the punch. That way when I provide product links or names, I know exactly which punch I used. Other ways I have used my labeler in my studio are to:

*Label punches
*Label stamp ink pads
*Label embossing folders
*On dividers
*Stamp storage panels

I have even used it around the house. For instance, we have a light switch that I do not want turned off. So, I used the labeler with clear tape to label that switch. It says "Do not turn off." It's on a panel with four switches so it could easily be turned off if it wasn't labeled. I truly use it everywhere for so many things. The kids even use it for college! So, if you don't have a good labeler, you might want to put it on your Christmas wish list along with these awesome date stamps! Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Quick {Crochet} Lap Blanket

If you remember the quick crochet scarf I shared last week, well today's creation is made with the same pattern and the same yarn (just a different color). If you missed that post, click here. So for today's creation I chose to make a lap blanket for one of my daughters. This yarn is so heavy that I don't think it would make a good full afghan because of the weight but for a lap blanket, it is amazing.

The Stats
Yarn: Bernat Baby Blanket in Little Royales, Bernat Blanket Yarn in Taupe (edging)
Hook Size: 9 mm (M)
Starting Chain: 74 chains
Number of Colors Used: 2 different colors
Amount of Yarn Used: Three 10.5 oz. skeins of Little Royales and a bit of one 10.5 skein of Taupe
Pattern: Click here.
Finished Size: 36" x 40"
Date Started: November 23, 2014
Date Finished: November 29, 2014
Time to Complete: 6 days

I hope you have enjoyed today's lap blanket. I am now working on one in pink for one of my other daughters. I will share it soon. Happy crocheting!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's Time to Share a New {Layout}

Remember our friends that had the baby last Christmas? Mom had a problem with the pregnancy, and the Army brought dad home from Afghanistan. Well, that precious boy is now almost one. I cannot believe it! We have been watching him every Monday evening while dad has been back at his duty station in NY and mom was here for a bit. Anyway, I captured lots of photos for them, and I wanted to give them more scrapbook pages for their album. So, today I used the newest Blue Fern Studios December sketch to create this 8 1/2 x 11 layout. I also used the newest BFS papers called Sanctuary.

To color the Poppies Collage chipboard, I covered the chipboard in a thick layer of gesso then embossed with various embossing powder colors.

Papers: Blue Fern Studios Sanctuary Botanical Garden 
Stamps: JustRite 100 Year Dater, Provo Craft Circa 12 pt. 
Stamp Ink: Archival coffee 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Poppies Collage (gesso with Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders in Golden Angel Wings, Orbit Olive Gold, and Midnight Copper) 
Embellishments: Prima School Memories flower, Teresa Collins Now and Then enamel dots, Memory Box Texture Diamond stencil with Shimmerz TextureZ artie choked, drywall joint tape misted with Prima Color Bloom pressed petal, sari ribbon, misc. tag colored with Tim Holtz Distress Stain bundled sage, sewing machine

And here is the amazing sketch for December.

To join us in the fun and to be eligible for a prize, please see this post here. Thanks for stopping by today! Blessings,

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