More Scrapbook Expo Duluth GA 2017 Card Swap #2

Today I want to share a few more of my cards that were swapped at Scrapbook Expo Duluth, GA Saturday Card Swap. My next post will have a few of the cards that were being swapped and then the winner card and my personal favorite who was 2nd place I think.

The theme for this swap was embossed. I started with Cuttlebugs 5×7 Happy Birthday embossing folder borrowed from my friend, Edna. 

It’s worth purchasing and I plan to do so, because it’s a perfect first layer to any birthday card. It easily makes two backgrounds for an A2 card (4.25″X5.5″). It also has great potential for Scrapbook pages no matter what style of scrap booking you do.

On to my cards! I used ribbon, twine, stamps, die cuts, inks, markers and card stocks from my stash of supplies. I was determined that I was not purchasing anything new to create cards for this swap. Each card is different as I am easily bored making more than 5 of anything.



What I appreciate about these “crazy” stamps is that you can make them for people of all ages, stages of life! They are easily dressed up or down. They are very relatable, as they are illustrated with a wide variety of emotions. They are sure to bring a smile and laughter to who ever they are sent to. The accessories stamp set is gravy and worth every penny you spend on it. It adds more smiles, laughter, and stretches all three stamp sets to almost every holiday, situation, and personalities you and I want to celebrate!

Enjoy and be crafty and send a card to someone this week that you have made.  

I am off to put my StampinNScrappin studio back together after a forced need for new floors. It’s been a process, but we are almost done. The studio has new paint, new layout, and yes, new floors! My children have been a great help and I am forever thankful for each of them.

More videos to come in the future and more crafts, cards, and Scrapbook layouts to share soon!

Scrapbook Expo is really fun. They have great vendors and the staff is really great. I encourage you to attend one near you in you thefuturea d participate in a class or two and do the swap. 

Blessings!

Donna Lee

Bible Art Journaling Advent Illustrated 2015 Genesis 1:31

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. Genesis 1:31

I love that God takes time to look at everything He had made, and saw that it was not just good but very good! We need to make sure that we are following the Lords example and taking time to look at everything He created and even those things we create with the gifts we are given and appreciate how very good they are!

  
As we journey through advent preparing to receive the Word who became flesh and is the light of men, let’s live intentionally to make time to see creation and what our hands, heart, mind, body and spirit creates and see how unique each one is and how wonderful the Creator is who is our author and finisher of our faith.

I used a light coat of !liquitex professional matte medium on this page and dried it using my heat gun, careful to keep the heat gun moving so not to burn the page. 

I started with my tree of life in the center that is a Hero Arts clear stamp. I used gelatos to color my stamp and then lightly sprayed with water and immediately stamped it. I dried it again and then went in with my water color pencils to add more color and details using a paint brush with just a little water to move the color around the stamped image.

My focus scripture is highlighted in pink water color pencil. The rest on my background is gelatos. I highly recommend these! They do not bleed through the pages and nor do my water color pencils. 

Next I used stamped images of these animals that were fussy cut to be used as mask for card making and scrap book pages of an old stamp set called In The Wild from Stampin Up. I used the mask to trace the outline of the image of each animal lightly with my black water color pencil. Once I had them traced I used other water color pencils to add more details and shading and then activated the color using my paint brushes cleaning and drying between each color. 

  
Art journaling is fun! Bible Art journaling takes the Word into a new creative exploration of the scriptures. As I was working on each animal I found myself thinking about what it might have been like for God as he designed the giraffe! That long neck and super tall and lanky legs. I think giraffes are very comical to look at and watch and so I know God has a great sense of humor! God thought of everything we needed and everything that has life needed! He is all in the details. Next time you look at an animal look at the details. Zoom in and allow the Spirit to show you how grand our God is!

I am trying to not over think these journal entries. I am reading the scriptures and letting the Holy Spirit to flow in and out of me in the process and enjoy this time of creating based on Gods word for my life. 

I doubt that I will read these scriptures again and not recall this time of creating this journal entry in my bible. I have a lot of different bibles and I am journaling in a few of them to have enough to pass down to each grand child. The Lord willing, I will have plenty of time to journal in each of their bibles. 

Blessings and His Peace,

Donna Lee

Bible Art Journaling Advent 2015

Early, very early this morning I got up inspired to journal for day 1 of 2015 Advent reading.  I read Genesis 1, but my focus for the art journaling is Genesis 1:1-5. The prompt over at Advent Illustrated Facebook group for day 1 is light. 

Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. 

When I think of light, I think of the sunrise or the sunset and I adore getting to watch both! I love and worship God, and as a result when I get to see His glory in creation when it’s happening before my very eyes I failed deeper in love with Jesus!  His power, creativity, all knowing, loving and gracious acts of selflessness and servant hood is amazing! How can you not love Him when you see what He has created and see it working seamlessly! 

 

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I used Watercolor pencils, Gelatos, A2 pencil, paint brushes, and water! Easy, easy, easy. 

This page was an experiment to see how I liked using these products on a bible page that was not prepped with clear gesso or matte medium. I love these products, but I like how they respond with a pretreated page of gesso or matte medium better! 

This summer as spent time outside of Seattle, WA and saw some amazing sunrises and sunsets. It was gorgeous and my rendition does not do my Lord Justice, but I will not forget the light He is in my life and how his blessings to me through His amazing creation fills me with awe and love for Him.

Have a blessed day and even greater Advent and Merry Christmas!

Donna Lee

Be Still And Know I Am God – A2 Card

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a quick card that I made using some of my Gelli prints & a two of my favorite stamps.

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My friend and I got together and made some gelli prints a few weeks ago. It’s so much fun! You never know what you are going to get, but it’s a great way to play with color and then find ways to use your prints.

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I used the Gelli print on the left in the first photo and the above stamp with some Stazon ink for my focal point.

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I inked the edge of my stamped image and then mounted it on some white card stock. I used another Gelli print to add a layer to the front of my card base and mounted the stamped image at an angle.

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I stamped a favorite verse of mine and embossed it with Navy ink and clear embossing powder.

I took a scrap of the piece I used to stamp my main image on and used a scalloped edge border punch to decorate the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Blessings,

Donna Lee

Bumblebee – 12X12 Scrapbook Layout With Altered Flowers Using Gelato’s

Hi Fellow Crafters!

It’s been a very busy and eventful 2014 so far so I am pretty far behind in my Scrapbooking. I want to thank Sheila for having me over on her blog at She’s A Sassy Lady. Today I am sharing a 12X12 layout of our grand daughter on this past Halloween. She is the most adorable Bumblebee ever. I love this age and her sweet innocence and a wee bit of attitude sometimes. She make us smile, laugh, and keeps us on the move when she and her big brother are here at our house.

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Don’t sweat layouts, this 12X12 page is super simple and ever so easy to make using Close To My Hearts Artbooking and Art Philosophy cartridges.  My font came from my PC and I used my Silhouette to weld and cut it.

 

I started out with this adorable photo I captured Halloween night at our church festival.  I printed it out as a 5X7 and matted it on some black card stock.  I added this little heart (bling) that I picked up at a scrapbook convention last summer.

 

I cut my honeycomb overlay to use as my backdrop on the bright yellow card stock from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge at 11 inches from some basic black cardstock.  I adore this Artbooking cartridge simply for the overlays! It has a wealth of other items on it too, so be sure to check it out if you do not own it yet.

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These great little flowers were cut from Close To My Heart Art Phlosophy Cricut cartridge at 1.5 inches from a glossy textured card stock. They are so easy to alter and add bling to using Faber Castell Gelato’s. I do love these gelato’s because they are easy to travel with and you can use a water pen. Michael’s sells these by the way and I was able to use my coupon.

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I added a little Gelato in yellow to the outside edges of my flowers and then barely wet my paint brush and moved the watercolor paint around the edge of each petal.

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A litte ink on the edges of each petal using my favorite chalk ink. A little liquid glue in the center and then add your bling. I am using some glass glitter from Stampin Up that I’ve had a few years, so I am not sure its still available. So easy to make and so CUTE! I adhered them to my layout with several glue dots after allowing them to dry overnight.

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I wanted to pick up on the orange color of the title and its also in my grandsons Optimus Prime costume so I made two more flowers using yellow and orange gelato’s and on one of them I added the white gelato to make it a little more distressed. I like how they both turned out.

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These two flowers need some bling too, so I went looking for some micro beads in my closet and added them using the same glue and allowing them to dry overnight. I love being able to use up some of my stash.

I printed this photo of my son and his sweet family from Halloween night. It’s rare that I get them all together and have my camera ready so I was happy, happy, happy to get this picture!

I added my thoughts around the edge of my overlay using a fine tip black marker and this layout was complete! With the right tools, a little basic paper, and some inexpensive bling you can have your pictures scrapped for future generations to enjoy for a very long time.

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Thanks for coming by today and have a great Easter and time with your family and friends! Don’t forget the camera and some extra batteries too!

Blessings,
Donna Lee

Celebration Layouts Made Easy Using Artbooking Cricut Cartridge

Today is my 50th Birthday! Whoosh that went fast, but I have had some incredible celebrations over the years.

Scrapbooking these memories is super easy today using one of my favorite Cricut cartridges. Artbooking from Close To My Heart makes Scrapbooking, art journaling, car making, and all paper crafts so much fun and oh so easy.

Take a look at tips short video and get inspired to scrap or life book your previous and future celebrations!

Enjoy and be blessed!

Donna Lee

Five Point Star – Easy Wall Decor

Hello Everyone!

Yesterday I was browsing You Tube and came across this great video for quickly assembling 5 Point Stars.

I want to do some for my Grand Daughters bedroom so I need to practice some. I cut one at 8″ and 2 at 4″ using my Silohouette Portrait on an 8.5X11 piece of frosted pink card stock from Hobby Lobby that is very light weight.

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I found an image on Google of a 5 point star and used the trace feature on the Silohouette Studio Designer Edition and was able to size these stars. I do LOVE being able to using basic images for simple projects like this.

I decided to make three to use on my wall where I keep my PC and Portrait.

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My little butterfly is made of vinyl from Home Depot.

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These are attached using a small glue dot and they are staying up on my wall perfectly!

Thanks for stopping by today! I’ll be back in a few days with more projects!

Blessings!
Donna Lee