Be Joyful

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the PEACE OF GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

These are verses I memorized years ago and they are written on my heart. There are times when I still need to remember not to be anxious, but I eventually listen to my heart saying these verses. I didn't really understand what the "peace of God" was until I experienced it. It's having peace inside you, even when you're going through heartbreaking situations and trials. It does "surpass ALL understanding" and you know it comes from GOD alone. Praise the Lord for His wonderful promises!

I love, love, love what I do. I am passionate about the things I create and the talents God has placed in me. I SO appreciate the time you take to look at my things and the comments you all leave me!

Blessings to you!


Monday, April 19, 2010

Color Charts

One of my big projects lately has been getting my craft things organized.  The first thing I worked on was my Prismacolor pencils.  I created an Excel chart for them grouping them by color and created the charts to fit in a 6x6 display book which turned out to be 3 pages.  I got this idea from Becca Feeken on her website Amazing Paper Grace located here.  The other thing Becca did was to have a sample of the color with the mineral spirits on it which is a great idea.  So when I did my color charts, each color block had a sample on top with dark to light without the mineral spirits and below it a sample of the color with the mineral spirits blended in it.  It was a lot of work, but will definitely save me lots of time when I'm choosing colors for a project!  Here are pictures of the finished product.  I also plan to post the charts on SCS under lists and charts if anyone is interested.

***Updated 1/12/2017: Here is the link to the color charts on Split Coast Stamper.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Color Challenge Purples & Browns

I just finished up a card for a color challenge on one of my favorite designer's website.  It's for Sharon Johnson's blog 'no time to stamp' you can find here.  The challenge was for any shades of purples, lavenders, browns, and ivory.  It's also supposed to be "stamped simply" - the image took some work on this one, but the card itself is pretty simple.

The image was colored with prismacolor pencils.  This is my first attempt to use these without using mineral spirits to blend the colors.  I used the colorless blender and my eraser only.  Wow, it was hard for me to get use to the difference.  Of coarse, it would probably be easier if I know what I was doing!  This technique required me to bear down a lot with the blender which really started to bother my hands and arms...definitely don't want to flair up the fibromyalgia.  I'll have to check this out more, maybe I'm not doing it right.  Anyway, this is what I came up with...not to bad.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Two New Cards

The past couple of days I have been working on two cards for a challenge on Split Coast Stampers.  The first one is done with birds.  I've taken a LOT of pictures of this one, and it still doesn't do it justice.  It must have something to do with the paper (and with my lack of knowledge).  I call this one "Birds with Linen"...the paper collection is called "Linen Closet".

The second card I did is called "Peach of a Hippo".  I love this stamp!  She's so cute!  The orange in the center of the flowers, the balloon, & bow, are tiny glass beads I just picked up.  I'm having so much fun with these.  The package I bought has a bunch of colors (I think 18), so there's lots to choose from.  The card with the birds also has glass beads in the middle of the flower below the bird picture.

That's it for now...time to get back to crafting!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

My Blog

It's been a while since I've posted...I've been busy doing all the un-creative stuff I need to do for my business.  One of the things I'm working on is getting my blog to work the way I want it to.  I'm really trying hard to do this ALL BY MYSELF!!  I may need to give in at some point though.  :-)

If anyone is trying to leave me a comment and still can't, I'm sorry.  I'm trying to fix that.  Please be patient with me.

In the next day or two I plan to do some creative things - YEAH!!!  I'll post them when I'm done!