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

Holy Spirit Intercede – Bring Back Our Girls Art Journal 1:11

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Today’s Art Journal entry is dedicated to the nearly 300 young women who were kidnapped and reportedly being sold into slavery by Islamic militants in Nigeria. I am praying for these girls to be rescued and returned home. I don’t know how long it will be before God answers or how it will come to pass, but I do believe it will happen. I do not count on my prayers for these sweet girls, but rather on the interceding of the Holy Spirit to pray according to the will of God.

1 Kings 13:6 And the king said to the man of God, Entreat now the favor of the Lord your God and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me. And the man of God entreated the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored and became as it was before.

The above scripture is one of the times where we see the power of God come immediately in response to prayer. When that happens it’s amazing and we are in awe of our God.

Maybe your like me and you have daily, sometimes hourly conversations with Abba for long periods of time and nothing happens! It wasn’t that long ago I had been praying for my Poppy who was bed bound with Parkinson’s for a very long time. Poppy was a wonderful prayer warrior. He prayed and praised our Lord continuously. Sometimes out loud while working on our cars, bikes, in the garden, or taking care of the yard. Always at night time.

Poppy was an active man. He was a postman and he walked his route in Miami for 30+ years. Carrying a mail bag, peddling a mail cart, and then just pushing the cart. Always doing something! He’d watch the news or a football game sometimes, but it wasn’t long before he was nodding off to sleep. He needed that time of rest to restore his energy for the rest of the day.

I thought for Poppy to be bed bound was torture. Top that off with losing the ability to swallow and speak. I had many conversations with the Father about how this disease could be allowed to afflict him in such a horrendous fashion. To me, Poppy was Jesus with skin on. He always had something good to say. He always had numerous praises to God on his lips. He was faithful, hard working, responsible, giving, and willing to sacrifice for others. How could God let him suffer?

I begged, pleaded, and cried out unto The Lord for many years on Poppies behalf. I prayed for strength for my Granny as she was his caretaker. All of those prayers and my sweet, beloved, and wonderful Poppy just continued to deteriorate for year after year. I could not understand why God was not answering our prayers.

One day many years after Poppy had passed away I was telling The Lord how thankful I was for Poppy and Granny. The Holy Spirit choose that moment to tell me why Poppy had laid in the bed for so long. I heard the Spirit speak that even though Poppy couldn’t talk to us, he was still praying and praising The Lord. He was offering up prayers for my family and future generations as I had heard him do many many times in my life.

We have two wonderful grandchildren now. Both of them were born very premature and we needed Gods intervention for them. I know The Lord heard Poppies prayers from the heart and was so gracious to answer them with tiny but perfectly healthy grandchildren!

Romans 8:26-27 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

My Poppy didn’t have a view into the future to know how to pray, but he did have the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit who intercedes on his and our behalf.

It’s my hope to keep bringing awareness of this situation about these young women so that others will join me in praying for their safety, their emotional well being, their safe return home, and the capture of their captors to bring judgment upon them for their crimes.

I recently read that prayer is the ministry and everything else flows out of it. Imagine what would happen in the Kingdom if we bombarded the Father with daily, unceasing prayer! Please join me in praying for these young women and the world and her leaders. If we as the people of the world who are called by His name will humble ourselves and pray and seek His face as turn from our sinful ways, He will hear from Heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land. 2Chronicles 7:14

Craft Notes:
My acrylic painting of the Cross was inspired by a print of a cross painting that hangs in one of the ladies bathrooms at my church.

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I used Gesso on mixed media paper and acrylic paints.

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I came across this image of a woman’s head with an Africa map as her hair on Google and printed it out. I love this imagery. We are the people who make up our Nations! Let us join together in our belief in God Our Provider to bring back our girls!

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I wrote my title using a paint pen, white acrylic paint, and sharpies.

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Blessings and His Peace!
Donna Lee

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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!

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

You Have Turned My Mourning Into Dancing – Art Journal 1:6

Today’s Art Journal entry was inspired by Tracy Weinzaple Mixed Monday event. The April challenge over on the Facebook Page is to create using a song as inspiration.  My song is This Is How We Overcome.  We have had a very tragic event touch our lives this year and we are grieving the loss of one we loved and opened our home to for a time a couple of years ago. It’s been a difficult time to say the least, but with the Holy Spirits help and the comfort of God I am able to move forward and dance!

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I love the Sermon On The Mount (The Beatitudes) and was listening to them on Bible Gateway one morning on my ride to the office and decided to do some searching for teachings on this sermon by Jesus.  I came across some Podcast by Joyce Meyer and have been able to listen to two of them (I think there 4 or 5 total). I love the way God uses people to speak to our hearts and give us exactly what we need as we need it.

My page is covered with some tissue paper from 7 Gypsies that has destinations all over the world printed on it in different fonts. It adds a great base for my background and some texture.  As I was looking for the media I would use on this weeks art journal entry, I was reminded that the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for all the world to hear.  It’s part of the Great Commission we believers are given. The Gospel is to be shared all over the earth by those of us who love, know, and worship Him. I went searching in my studio closet and found some old tools that are great for adding texture.  Our study time sometimes needs a dusting off and perhaps we need to look in our closets or resources that are available to us that we may not have used before.  That said, I use the Word to measure everything that comes from the Preachers and speakers I hear or listen to. It’s a great measuring rod.

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I heated up the little heart shaped stamp pad that easily attaches to the stylus and then stamped it on this flat stamp and held it firmly for a minute or two. Using some black Stazon ink I was able to add another layer and some visual texture.  I love that when I am working in my Art Journal I don’t have to stress over each element being ‘perfect’. It’s a place I can work and try different techniques (old and new) and not stress over it.  My prayer time with Jesus is that way. I can just pour my heart out about anything and everything.  He knows me better than I know myself, and I am greatly comforted by that.

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I used some purchased stencils and a few home made stencils.  I love the way my home made dancer turned out.  I laid my hand made stencil down and taped the edges and then used a MS Dauber and some gesso to fill the space. After some drying time and adding my title I was ready to use more of the stencils on my dancer and the page. The stars that are blue are made with some modeling paste that has a glossy finish and I added some turquoise paint to it for color. I also used some bubble wrap with acrylic paints.

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As I was making this dancer stencil, I thought of King David who danced before the Lord.  Talk about a man who had many ups and downs in life.  Tragic events and consequences galore! God says that he was a man after His own heart.  God knew what choices David would make (good and awful) and loves him anyway. That is the God we love and serve. He loves us despite our sinful nature. How blessed (happy) are we who love Him! King David was a man that learned to ‘begin again’ after a tragic event.  He was not going to give up because he made up his mind that it was not ever an option.

When bad things happen we get a choice of attitude. We can begin again or we can allow our circumstances to make us bitter. We have to choose to be an ‘overcomer’ of our current circumstances.  When we are in the process of mourning (death, loss of job, dissolved marriage, family struggle, strife at work, betrayal) we cannot see what God is doing. I think this is because we are focused on mourning.  We can rest assured that God is working in the midst of our grieving and is right there with us.  Calling out to God was all that I could do in this last loss of a loved one.  I was going through the motions of living daily life, but inside I felt empty and numb.  I was in disbelief, the WHY mode, the anger, and then sheer grief of the loss and his suffering.

For me and I think others, this mourning process can be a time of spiritual growth.  The only ONE who could possibly help me was my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  King David understood this. All you have to do is spend time reading or listening to Psalms. The only comfort that helped me was the comfort of God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4  When we are willing to go through the grieving process with Him, there is a testimony in the making. Anytime there is a testimony, it means there was a test. We learn obedience to God in the midst of our mourning. Hebrews 5

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I used a small clear butterfly stamp from a Fancy Pants to remind me of the cycle of life and the hope of Heaven.  We have to hold firm to the truth of God’s Word. Joseph had a dream about his life and unfortunately for him shared it with his family. As a result of that he was sold into slavery and suffered much.  In the midst of his tragedies (yes more than just one!) he remained faithful to God he believed in a knew intimately. It would have seemed easier at times to give up, but he knew God was faithful and even if it cost him his life his mind was made up that he was going to be obedient to God. God understood that Joseph had what it took to survive the tragedies that would come upon him and all of that part of the world.  He needed one who would be steadfast, faithful, and obedient even unto death.  God promoted him and eventually reunited him with his family.  God not only restored Joseph, but promoted and blessed him many times over.

As I think about David and Joseph and the obstacles that they had to overcome I know the ONLY way that they could be an overcomer was by the power of God himself.  It takes a person who humbles himself before the Lord. On the back of my art journal entry this week I added the 2nd verse of the chorus to my inspiration song as well as some characteristics of one who is meek (gentle) minded.  While none of us are perfect, we know that God’s help and our faithful obedience we to can be an overcomer and do great things for the Kingdom of God here on earth as it will be in Heaven.

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What I’ve learned in this journey is that I do not know the answers to all of my WHY questions, but I do know the ONE who can turn my mourning into dancing.

Bless The Lord O My Soul – Art Journal 1:4

Wow, what a week this has been! It began with praise and worship of our Savior, Jesus Christ and a full 6 days of intentional and intense bible study.

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Naturally there was family and work in the midst of each day, and I am thankful for all of it! We celebrated our three sons birthdays with a family dinner on Wednesday night! That was busy but fun and so good to have all of them here. The Holy Spirit impressed upon me how important it is to worship and study with enthusiasm! I found myself having lunch in my car so I could do the referenced reading from my bible study scriptures. I read from the NKJ, AMP, and NASB Study Bibles and its amazing how many references there are to read and consider. Below (on the back of this weeks Art Journal entry are just a few thoughts, scriptures I jotted down in my study time.

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Can you guess what song was on my lips this week? I was singing in the shower, the car, and humming it most days so it became my title and source of inspiration for this weeks Art Journal entry 1:4.

I adore the beauty of the peacock! I found this beauty at the Silhouette Online Store and picked it up for $0.50 this week. I cut it out and used it as a stencil and used some acrylic paints, gesso, H2O twinkling lights and a few other stencils/supplies I had in my studio.

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God’s creation is full of beauty and enthusiasm. The peacock is a great example of both. With his impeccable colors and beauty everything about him praises and blesses the name of our Lord. He is up front, center stage, ready to shout unto God with his voice of triumph. If only we humans worshipped and praised with the same enthusiasm and beauty each day.  My prayer for all of us is that we will live, worship, and praise God more intentionally and with as much enthusiasm as we can muster deep within our souls.

I came across this web page that really blessed me this week in my study and worship time. I love the reference to the word blessed. Enjoy!

Let us bless The Lord O my soul; All that is within me bless His holy name!

 

Blessings and His Peace,

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