Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Journal It! #139

Journal It 139

Another journal prompt for you:

In what way is the church you now attend different from the church you attended as a child?

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Gentle Peace stamp set

Wednesday 101- Stamping Basics

Faux Finish- Antique cracked glass

This is a fun way to add age to your project.

For this project I used a two-step stamp from a retired Stampin' Up! set. First I stamped the background stamp with Delightful Dijon In-Color ink. I inked up the stamp, stamped it on a piece of scratch paper and then stamped it on my Very Vanilla card stock. I wanted the color without the full intensity.

Next, I stamped the lady bug with Chocolate Chip Classic ink and then punched it out with the retired Stampin' Up! 'stamp' punch.

The next step is to ink the piece with VersaMark ink, add Ultra Thick Embossing powder (UTE) and melt it with a heat tool. I repeated the process 3 times to get a little thicker glaze on the piece.

Then you need to put it in your freezer until it gets real cold...maybe 10 minutes, it doesn't take too long. As soon as you pull it out quickly bend it so that the embossing powder cracks. If you don't like the way it cracked you can reheat it and repeat the cooling and cracking. You might even need to do more layers of UTE to make it crack more.

Finally, I used the Delightful Dijon pad directly on the top of the cracked UTE. Then I wiped it off with a tissue. It left ink in the cracks. This step is optional but I liked the effect for this piece. It's a bug in amber! ☺

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial # 16

Well, I am almost caught up now on the Tuesday Tutorials! However, it is only a few more days until the next one is due and I don't have it started yet!

Here's the modified Inchies card that I made for this week's tutorial.
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Get the tutorial here

Have a blessed day,


Monday, September 28, 2015

Journal It! # 138

Journal It! 138

Today's journal prompt is:

Did you have nightmares as a child? Were you afraid of the dark?

Write the prompt in your journal and then Journal It!

Here are some creepy stamp sets...
Haunt Ya Later

Cheer All Year

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Scrapbook Sunday # 16 Pretty Pumpkin Page

Today I am revisiting last week's page. I repeated the design with the Vintage Leaves stamp set on the edge of the page, then I used the Everything Eleanor swirl over the rest of the page. I created a pumpkin with the Oval Collection framelits and stamped it with Flowering Flourishes. 

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I like how it turned out.

I used Crumb Cake ink on the pumpkin, Soft Suede ink on the leaves and VersaMark ink on the swirls.

Everything Eleanor

Vintage Leaves

Flowering Flourishes

Oval Collection Framelits

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Journal It! # 137

Journal It # 137

Here's your next journal prompt...
What activities will you participate in when you retire? 
If you are already retired you can change the prompt to...What activities do you participate in now that you are retired?

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

If you enjoy traveling and possibly going on cruises, here's a stamp set to embellish your journal.

Traveler stamp set

Friday, September 25, 2015

Journal It! # 136

Journal It # 136

The journal prompt for today is:

Does your family have reunions? If so, describe them.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Here are some fun stamps and accessories that could be used to decorate your journal page or your reunion scrapbooks!

Wanderlust stamp set

Project Life Day to Day stamp set

Let's Get Away Project Life pocket cards

Let's Get Away Project Life Accessories Pack

Happy Times Project Life pocket cards

Project Life Happy Times Bundle

Project Life Let's Get Away stamp set

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Throwback Thursday Baby card

Today I used the Stampin' Up! stamp set "Occasions". It has several stamps suitable for different celebrations. I chose to use the baby stamp for this card. The frame surrounding the baby and the sentiment are also included in the Occasions stamp set.

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Retired products I used:
Post card stamp
I Love Lace stamp
Occasions stamp set
Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin' ink
Simply Pressed clay
Simply Pressed clay molds
Vanilla Smooch Spritz
Pretty in Pink card stock
edge punch

Current products I used:
Whisper White card stock
Tuxedo Black Memories ink
Dazzling Details glitter
2-Way glue
Banners Framelits

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wednesday 101- Stamping Basics

Faux Finishes-1

This is the first time I have tried this technique. I had heard about it, but hadn't tried it. 

1. Use a glossy sheet of paper. I started with a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".
2. Use sandpaper or a sanding block to sand in one direction and then sand in the opposite direction. 
3. Add ink. I used a brayer but you can sponge it on too. For the original technique this is all that you need to do and then you use it for a background in your stamped projects.

4. I added another step. I used the sanding block on it again to create some lighter areas.
Then I used it to create this card.
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I used the embellished Ornaments bundle.
Embellished Ornaments bundle

Journal It # 135

Journal It 135

Here's your next journal prompt:

Describe where you were and what you were doing on September 11th, 2001 when the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

For Your Country

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial # 15 Flurry of Wishes Christmas card

I am trying to get started on designing Christmas cards. To help you get going on yours I am sending out this Tuesday Tutorial.


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Update (10/12/2021): If you would like this tutorial you will need to drop me an email, I didn't find a link to it in my tutorial tab.

Have a blessed day,

Monday, September 21, 2015

Journal It! # 134

Journal It! 134

The journal prompt for today is:

What are your feelings about competition?

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Simply Sports
Competition isn't just about sports, but it's sometimes the first association your brain makes. Here's a sports related stamp set to decorate your journal.

Have a blessed day,

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. 1 Corinthians 9:25

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Scrapbook Sunday # 15

I am still getting caught up from vacation and being sick.
Here is Scrapbook Sunday page #15:
I used Vintage Leaves to stamp along the sides and bottom. You could do this same thing on a cream background and vary the color of the leaves. I wanted it to be muted and plain so that it wouldn't distract from the photo. I used a mask to mask the leaves when I stamped over them.

Vintage Leaves stamp set, fall scrapbook page, Trude Thoman, Stampin' Up!

Vintage Leaves stamp set
Thanks for not giving up on me during my absence!
Have a blessed day,

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Journal It! # 133

Journal It! 133

Another journal prompt...

Do/did you have a favorite cousin? Why are/were they favored?

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Skating By
 Have a blessed day,

Friday, September 18, 2015

Journal It! # 132

Journal It! 132

The next prompt for your journal is:

Do you have a favorite joke or something that makes you laugh? Tell it and write about it.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Giggle Greetings
This stamp set might make someone laugh.

Have a blessed day,

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This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Throwback Thursday #15 Traveler's Sketchbook

Slowly but surely I am getting caught up with my blog posts. 
Here is the Throwback Thursday card that is two week's late. ☺

For this card I used a stamp from the Traveler's Sketchbook stamp set.

Retired products I used:
Traveler's Sketchbook stamp set
Ridinghood Red card stock
En Francais stamp set
Cherry Cobbler Chevron Ribbon

Current products that I used:
Basic Black card stock
Basic Black Baker's twine
Tuxedo Black Memories ink
Crazy About You stamp set

Brilliance ink pad to emboss sentiment
Red Embossing powder

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wednesday 101- Rubber Stamping - The Basics

This week I am still playing with my grandson, can you believe it?! Love it!

I wanted to show you the different styles of Stampin' Up! stamps and how to use them. Stampin' Up! made this video for me to share, so it makes my life easier while I have no time to blog. I promise I will have my own material here next week, but these videos are a wonderful resource and I may supplement some of my future Wednesday 101 posts with them.

Stampin' Up! has a new adhesive that just came out with the new catalog. It is fantastic for gluing tiny pieces of paper. Take a look!

Thanks for stopping by today,
Have a blessed day,

Journal It! # 131

Journal It! 131

Here's today's prompt:

Write about the first job you got a paycheck for doing.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Market Fresh
Did you work at a grocery store?

Have a blessed day,

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might. Ecclesiastes 9:10

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial # 14 Mini Treat Bag

This week we are using the tutorial from last week.
Last week we learned 2 ways to dye twine and ribbon. This week we are going to use the twine, ribbon and the paper that we sprayed and dried the twine and ribbon on. So if you need last week's tutorial, get it now!

Here's this week's project...
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You can get the tutorial now by using this link.

Have a blessed day,

Monday, September 14, 2015

Journal It! # 130

Journal it! 130

And another journal prompt for you to consider;

Tell about any ancestors on your father's side that you know about. Write about who they were, when they lived and any story about them.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

For Your Country
 Maybe your ancestor was a veteran?

Have a blessed day,
Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old man, and fear thy God; I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:32

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Scrapbook Sunday # 14

I was hoping that I could get this blog post finished before I went on vacation but it didn't happen. I took my laptop along so that I could create the post while I was on vacation, it didn't happen. I was just enjoying my family too much to even get on the computer much last week.

This is the page that I created for the blog that I didn't get to...
The pocket page is an 8 1/2" x 11" six card layout. I will put it in the 12" x 12" album with the 12" page layouts, but I wanted to use this smaller page because I wanted to put all the photos on the same page to show the progression- what happened before the cute shot of my grandson poking his head out of the sand pit that his uncle had been digging. He was so excited about being in the sand and curious about what his uncle was doing, that he wanted to crawl right in.
I only had two small pockets left and so I am using one of them for the journaling. Both of the journal cards are Project Life from Stampin' Up! cards. I'm not adding any embellishments to the photos because I don't want the distraction, I just want the photos to speak for themselves.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Journal It! # 129

Journal it! 129

Here's today's prompt,

Tell about a teacher or classmate who made a big impact on your life.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Hey, Girl
Was it a best friend?

When I was in fifth grade there was a sixth grader that was so positive and upbeat all the time that I really wanted to be like her. She was fun to be around, no complaining, gossiping or drama.

Have a blessed day,

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Journal It! # 128

Journal It 128

And the prompt of the day is...

What is your favorite story from the Bible? Write it.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Zoo  Babies
Maybe your favorite is Noah's Ark?

There are so many great stories in the Bible. The story of Queen Esther is an intriguing one.

Have a blessed day,

And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish! Esther 4:16 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Throwback Thursday # 14

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday. This week I pulled out another snowman stamp set called 'Frosty'. I've just been pulling stamp sets from the front and rotating them to the back when I'm done with them so it is rather random that I am sharing 2 snowmen cards on 2 consecutive Thursdays.

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The sparkles on this card don't show up very well in this photo. Perhaps if you click on the photo you can see the glitter that I added to the snowflakes, snowman and greeting. This card is 4" x 6" instead of the standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

Retired products I used:
Bashful Blue 12" x 12" card stock
Frosty stamp set

Current products I used:
Dimensionals to pop up Frosty
New framelits from the 2015 Holiday catalog- square pillow box set
Dazzling Details glitter
Marina Mist ink
Memento Tuxedo black ink
Silver foil paper
Whisper White card stock

Have a blessed day,


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wednesday 101 - Rubber Stamping - The Basics

I am too busy to blog today...

Playing with my grandson is more important when I only get to see him once or if I am very lucky twice a year!

I am going to let Stampin' Up! teach you about heat embossing today. Videos are a great way to learn new things.

Some notes on this video:
1) personally, I like to store my embossing powders in shallow Rubbermaid or similar containers that are about 4" x 6". Keep a spoon in the container and then hold the stamped piece to be embossed over the container and spoon the embossing powder over the stamped image and let it slide right back into the storage container. I don't bend the project like she did to get the embossing powder back into the tiny little container. I also tap the edge or the back of the paper while I am holding it over the container so that any excess embossing powder will fall back into the container instead of being blown across the project the first time the blast of air from the heat tool hits it.

2) If you use a larger container like I suggest, the embossing powder won't spill all over your work surface where it can mess up the project you are working on, or get stuck to your work surface as you are heating the project.

3) Use tweezers to hold the project (to keep your fingers out of the heat) while you use the heat tool to melt the powder. Don't set your project down on your working surface while you are heating it, the work surface under your project acts like a heat sink and pulls heat away from the paper which means that you will have to apply heat longer to get the embossing powder to melt. Sometimes that can cause the paper to get singed. Brown spots around your embossed image are not what you had planned! (or maybe you did want that effect!)

Now for the video:

Journal It! # 127

Journal It! 127

Here's another prompt for your journal:

What was your favorite television or radio show as a child? Tell about it.

Write the prompt in  your journal and Journal It!

Wilderness Awaits
We liked to watch all kinds of nature programs; Wildlife Safari, National Geographic specials, etc. That is, if we could get to a television. We didn't always have one when I was growing up!

Have a blessed day,

Finally, brethren, whatever things are "true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure,whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial # 13 Dye It!

Today I am going to show you how I make my own colors of ribbon and twine. It is very easy. There just aren't enough choice of some colors so I buy the reinkers, the Very Vanilla Thick Baker's twine, the Whisper White Baker's twine (that is the small/regular size twine in the catalog), and the 1/4" cotton ribbon and keep them on hand so that whenever I don't have the color I want I can make my own!

Get the tutorial now

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a blessed day,

Monday, September 7, 2015

Journal It # 126

Journal it 126

The prompt for you for today is:

Talk about some of your goals and dreams.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Traveler stamp set
One of my dreams is to go to Germany again. This time I would go with my husband (instead of a school) and see the southern part of Germany. I didn't make it down to the southern half of the country last time.

Have a blessed day,


I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Scrapbook Sunday # 13 Vintage Leaves page

Can you feel it in the air yet? Does it feel like fall?

I thought I would create a page for you to try out using the new Vintage Leaves stamp set and the matching framelits. It's a great way to use up some of your scraps. That's what I did, I grabbed my scrap bin and pulled out any papers that I thought would make good autumn leaves. Then I stamped and die cut them and arranged them on the page. The top rectangle is for the title and the bottom matted rectangle is for the photo.

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I used Chocolate Brown 12" x 12" paper as the base, everything else is from my scrap bin. I stamped most of the leaves with Crumb Cake ink. The green leaves were stamped with Mossy Meadow ink.
I used VersaMark to make a watermark with leaves on the title rectangle. The leaves are positioned a little differently than I had them arranged originally. It is just hard to fish out the bottom ones to glue down without disturbing the top ones. I decided that the next time I do something like this with a bunch of arranged pieces, I will take a photo with my phone and have it open next to me so that I can reposition the pieces like I had them placed before I started gluing.

What tricks do you use? I'd like to hear from you.

Have a blessed day,

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Journal It! # 125

Journal It! 125

This is your journal prompt for today:

Are there any talents or abilities that you have that come so naturally that you seem to have been born with them?

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Talented Trio stamp set
Have a blessed day,

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I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14

Friday, September 4, 2015

Journal It! # 124

Journal It! 124

The prompt of the day...

Write down your favorite scripture and tell why it is special to you.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!


My favorite verse is Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called, according to His purpose.

It gives me hope to know that God is in everything working it out for my good, even when everything seems to be going wrong and my life isn't going the way I would like it to.

What's your go-to verse for encouragement or inspiration? Share it with us.


Every Blessing Stamp Set
Have a blessed day,