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

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The Journey Of The Test – Art Journal Entry 1:2

It’s in the challenging times of our life that we find out where our weaknesses are. We quickly come to realize that what we thought we had or where we thought we were is not enough to hold us together in the midst of a life test.

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It can be that in our test we will find our testimony if we are willing to travel the road laid out before us. Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the whole person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

Not all choose or are willing to go this journey of the test. A lot of people choose to escape it. To escape is to run. We do not have to run from the test in our lives, we are able to travel all of life’s test and rewards because we serve Jehovah who is for us and goes with us and thankfully before us. It’s our journey in the difficult times of life that God will show us His ways.

Psalm 19:8-14 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes. The reverent fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even than much fine gold; they are sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is Your servant warned reminded, illuminated, and instructed; and in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his lapses and errors? Clear me from hidden and unconscious faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then shall I be blameless, and I shall be innocent and clear of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my firm, impenetrable Rock and my Redeemer.

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When uncertainty enters our life we must return to the core of what we KNOW to be true. There is no greater way to get back to the core of who you are than to follow the instruction of The Lord.

Psalm 37:5-6 Commit your way to the Lord,Trust also in Him,And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,And your justice as the noonday.

If we are to lay hold of the prize and make it ours we must not allow the extreme highs or extreme lows to dictate our actions. We must be temperate in all things and bring our entire being into discipline according to the Word.

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.

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When evil has seemingly won against you or one you love remember this from Genesis 50:20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

Our strength for the test is not in us. When we are weak, He is strong. Pray without ceasing. In our prayer life and time in the presence of our Savior is where we become less and He becomes more. It’s His strength in and through us that turns a test into a testimony.

Blessings and His Peace,
Donna Lee

“May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand”

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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

Video Canvas Subway Art Tiles Tutorial – Featuring Close To My Heart

It’s so easy to make a personalized gift using the 6X6 Canvas Squares from Close To My Heart and just a few other products.

To watch the video click HERE.

Here is a look at the canvas used in this video. Just click on the picture to go to my website.

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Have a blessed and crafty day!

Donna Lee

Easy Gift Bag – Life’s A Beach

Creating gift bags is no different than creating a card. It’s simply a larger area in most cases. I love taking die cuts from my Cricut cartridges to create gift bags that I pick up at $ stores.

A few months ago I designed some birthday cards using the Life’s A Beach Cricut cartridge. I had some cuts left over and wanted to use them for a gift bag. You can see the post for the Life’s A Beach card HERE.

I kept it simple using the same papers and cuts as I did for the cards.

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Thanks for stopping by my Stampin N Scrapin studio today. I hope today is blessed and very creative!

Donna Lee

Christmas Gift Tag 2013

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Hello Friends!

Thanks for popping by my StampinNScrapin studio today! 

Thanksgiving Day is almost here and that almost always mean shopping is soon to be started or I hope for some of you it means its soon to be finished! Either way, the wrapping of the gifts is soon to start and that means you are going to need some gift tags to dress up those great gifts for family and friends.

This year I was invited to participate in a Christmas Tag swap with some of the designers at She’s A Sassy Lady and The BugBytes. These ladies are very talented and I so appreciate their labor of love. To see the video of all their gift tags click HERE.

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I’ve made a short video for you showing you how I put this tag together.  Click HERE to view it.

Lets get to the details of the cuts for this tag.

Tag – Art Philosophy at 6″

Merry Christmas – Wild Card at 2.18″

Reindeer – Gypsy Wanderings (Hide Contour feature used) 3.25″

Poinsettia’s – Winter Wodland 1″

25 – A Childs Year (Welded)

Cuttlebug and snowflake emossing folder and sanding block

Cricut Expression

PC Gypsy or CCR

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Thanks for coming by today and have a blessed and crafty day!

Donna Lee

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Christmas Layouts Made Easy With Artbooking Cricut Collection

Make three, two page layouts with just two keys from Close To My Hearts Artbooking Cricut Collection in a snap! Watch this short video to get inspired to make your Christmas Holiday layouts in just a few cuts!

November 2013 Specials

Stamp Of The Month November

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Blessings!

Donna Lee