Using PixScan Mat and Jar of Fun Stamp Set 

I am so excited to tell you about my first experience using the PixScan mat with my Silhouette Portrait and to show you two cards I was able to quickly make using one of my new favorite stamp sets from MayMay Made It!

First let me tell you that I was seriously considering purchasing the Brother Scan and Cut2 because fussy cutting its just not happening in my craft room anymore. It’s tedious, time consuming, and is not good for those of us who have the annoying arthritis in our hands. As I was weighing the cost and benefits of this new machine, my friend told me that she thought the Silohouette had the scan and cut feature. So I decided I needed to do more research. You Tube was my go to place ot see what people were doing on their Silohouette’s. 

The first resource I found was the awesome video showing the Silhouette PixScan mat and how to use it! So it didn’t take long for me to decide to order the mat from Amazon with free Prime 2 day shipping and try it for myself.


Above you see that I took a white card stock and stamped my images using Momento black ink. I applied the card stock to the PixScan mat and took a picture of it using my iPadAir2. Using the Design Studio software and using Kens video I was able to calibrate my iPadAir2 very quickly and then import this picture into the DS software. Super easy to do! Take the picture from above. Make sure you have good lighting and get the picture of the complete scanpix mat. Avoid shadows and glare. You will get the hang of it!

Once imported into the DS software I used the trace feature to trace my stamped images. So let me point you in the right direction for some good videos about using this feature. Click HERE and then watch the tutorials for some really incredible training and insight. Take some notes and then practice with a stamped image you want to use for your card or scrapbook pages.

My images did not cut perfectly but I was able to use almost all of them.  I used Distress Inks and come Grumbacher watercolor to color my cut images for my cards. 


This stamp set is from MayMayMadeIt.com and it’s called Jar of Fun. As I get more advanced with tracing the stamped images in the Design Studio software I will be able to cut the stamped images even closer. 


I used some scraps of paper from a 6X6 pad to use on a very simple swing fold card using this adorable Jar of Fun stamp set.

The inside is just a plain jar so I have room to write a short notes and a few of the lightening bugs, that can also be used a lady bugs! 


I like the way it turned out and I am so excited to learn more about tracing and getting better at using this awesome tool from Silohoutte! 


I opted to keep this card simple on the front and inside.


I love how both of these cards turned out and how easy it was to get my Silohoutte Portrait to cut my stamped images out for me. 


As always use what you have and make something beautiful, have fun, and share it with someone else! 

Blessings!

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

Perception Of Any Report Determines How You Experience The Journey!

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The faithful believer of Jesus Christ knows his or her story is already written. How we perceive the reports that we get determines how we experience the journey. If you’ve read the Word including Revelation you know Jesus has won the battle over evil! In Christ we are victorious. Do not forget the end of the book. The negative, greedy, thieving world always twist the story to stir the pot and bring people into a state of fear or dread. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (not good news) I will fear no evil for thou (my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has won the battle over all sin, death, and evil) are with me!
Read your story! The Word of God is for you and about how we experience the journey here on earth and in eternity with Jesus. It’s full of His promises! Every day of our year there is a ‘fear not’ verse for you and I! Why? Because fear is the tool and evidence of the enemy, Satan. If he can get you to operate in fear or dread of bad news, he has caused you to stumble in your faith. I know how the book ends. Therefore I know how my story ends and I fear no evil. Walking, living in faith, keeping the end of my story in my mind, heart, and soul helps me to enter into His presence with thanksgiving! Join me. Read your story and see how it ends. Put your faith in Jesus first and measure every report according to how your story ends! Let us enter into His presence with thanksgiving; Let us tshout triumphantly to Him in song!

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Art Journal Notes;
This was totally inspired by Tracy Weinzapfel Studios Mixed Media Monday class on 10.27.14. These are free online (Ustream) classes on most Monday evenings. You can find her on Facebook and online just search her name.

I love Grumbacher watercolors! I think I need bigger and better watercolor brushes, but I am learning and having fun on my budget and current supplies.

I do paint more carefully when I am working on a specific project. I take more time drawing and painting and add a little more shading and details. I have learned from Tracy that there needs to be sometime set aside to paint free style or spirited and just enjoy the process and what you learn about yourself and your technique or lack thereof. Art journaling is a great way to just relax, have creative fun, learn a few things about you and art and use what supplies that you have!

Thank you Tracy for the inspiration, laughter, fun, and lessons!

Blessings and His Peace,
Donna Lee

Wisdom Makes A Hard Choice Now – Art Journal 1:12

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Life is full of choices to make. They are in front of each of us all through out our day.

We reap what we sow. If you want pretty flowers you must work the earth to make it ready to receive the seeds you’ll plant. You must take care of the garden, giving it water and keeping the weeds out.

It’s hard work, but the future is coming and you will reap the benefits of having made the hard choices in the days and years to come.

I adore butterflies and so my hubby planted a butterfly bush for me. It’s huge now and every summer and early Fall I get to sit in my yard and see Gods creation in such wonderful colors. It was a lot of work digging the ground up and taking care of it when it was a young plant, but 13 years later it brings me joy and beauty every year. My pups love to nap under it and so many birds nest in it as well. Many of our hard choices and hard work will benefit others as well as ourselves! It’s an investment in you and others!

Diet, exercise, relationships, and citizenship all take discipline and wisdom. Think about what you want in your tomorrow’s and let wisdom make the hard codices now so you can reap the benefits in your tomorrow’s!

I do love playing with my Grumbacher Opaque water colors! I added some detail with a Heidi Swapp stencil & a few permanent markers and white paint pen.

My Art Journal is a place of exercising my creative nature and allowing myself permission to just BE me and paint, alter, or stencil whatever is flowing in my mind. This particular page was inspired by Tracy Weinzapfel. She inspires me to just let go and enjoy where ever my creative juices take me in that moment. I love that she uses bold colors too! The therapy is in the creative moment of doing but not having a plan and knowing your going to love what you come out of this short time with!

Enjoy the process and let go of your preconceived ideas or plan once in a while and just BE you and allow your creative nature to come out and play! You’ll be glad you did!

Blessings,
Donna Lee

Bring Back Our Girls – Art Journal 1:9

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Today’s post breaks my heart, but once I heard about this horrific event and the monsters who claim to have kidnapped nearly 300 girls and intend to sell them I had to do something. I’ve been praying for them ever since I heard about it and wanted to take part in something that would benefit these precious daughters of God.

I learned about this from a mixed media artist, Jessica Sporn that I follow. You can see her post here. I would have loved to donate a piece of art to help raise $ for these girls, however I have limited craft time and knew I could not get it done in time to participate in this auction. I decided to do what I knew I could that would most benefit these sweet girls. PRAY (pray until something happens).

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I believe that prayer with faith in God changes lives, so I am consciously praying for each of these girls for His hedge of protection for them physically and emotionally, his provision for their rescue, and for their captors to be apprehended and brought to justice.

We don’t have a large amount of financial resources to donate to help fund the rescue efforts, but I do have a few blogs that I can write on and bring awareness to their plight and ask people to pray and do what they can to help these precious girls.

I am always inspired by Jessica Sporn and her original post in the link above is what inspired both of the pieces that I have combined into my Art Journal entry for this week.

Crafting Notes: The smaller piece above I started by painting an abstract drawing using my Grumbacher water colors (I love these!). I did this part of the painting on a piece of watercolor paper on my lunch hour in my car. I could not get these sweet girls off my mind and while I painted I prayed. It started off with a bang, but then I hit a creative brick wall. So it sat until this past Saturday…

I started my 8X5.5 Art Journal entry with some gesso and again I was inspired to paint something abstract. I gave into it and painted it. I let it dry for a few days and then made a stencil using a Tim Holtz clock die. It worked okay, but I was not terribly happy with it. Later I added another stencil layer just stippling some white gesso over it, but again I was not excited with how it was looking. You can see the white framing my smaller piece.

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Saturday morning I woke up before my sweet Grandson did and had a few minutes to myself. I prayed while making my coffee and started mulling over these two pieces of abstract art I had on my crafting island. G and I went up to my studio after breakfast and I was able to finish a card, figure out how the sketch feature on my Silhouette works (so excited about the possibilities that exist), and I got inspired to finish both of my projects in one Art Journal entry!

I went to work online looking for some images to trace. I found the image of this sweet girl and knew she was just what I needed for this project. I traced her with charcoal paper and applied a layer of white gesso on her as a base coat over the water color painting on my smaller canvas. I used a black permanent marker to outline her. I then designed her dress using permanent markers and doodling with a few different bright colors. Once I had her dress done I painted her legs and arms neck and face. I went darker with her hair and finished her by coloring the feather in her hair with a matching permanent marker. I love the way she turned out (below) and went back and cut myself a stencil of her for future projects. It was time to take G and a puppy to the park so I added a layer of gel medium to my smaller canvas and let it dry while we were gone for some much needed exercise and fun.

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Time is of the essence for these girls and the clock is ticking. I had this clock stamp in my supply bag so I stamped it twice on the mini canvas. I wanted to add some texture so I used my star stencil and a Heidi Swapp stencil with some paint and some texture paste. I pray that they can see the stars at night and know that their families and other all over the world have not forgotten them and that they are calling out to God as all of us are. The texture paste adds good dimension and a lot of texture. I like to use the old cream rub ons on this paste.

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Call To Action: Life has its share of ups and downs and unfortunately for these beautiful girls this is life threatening and altering. We know the One who can save them and deliver them from harm. I pray that you will join me in praying for them and trusting our Jehovah to keep his hedge of protection around them, deliver them from evil, and provide for their safe return home and physical and spiritual well being. God can take the worst of circumstances and turn them into good.

Thank you for stopping by today and for joining me in praying specifically for these daughters of the most high God. He alone is worthy to be praised.

Blessings and His Peace,
Donna Lee

The auction is complete and it exceeded its goal by 334%! That is just awesome! You can click on the link near the top to see all the wonderful pieces that were donated and auctioned for these sweet daughters. Thanks be to God!