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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Prayer Card

Our minister, at St. John's United Methodist, taught us a couple of prayer methods earlier this fall. They have been around for quite a while, but I'd never heard of them before and was delighted! One is ACTS, which stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. The other method uses the fingers on your hand to remember those you should pray for. I wanted to DO something with them. At first I was thinking of a simple watercolor painting of a cross with ACTS on each of the points of the cross, and a hand of course with the explanation inside. Well, the whole idea just kind of sat in my head and I couldn't draw the cross the way I wanted. Then I thought about how I would reproduce them to share with others. I mentioned the fuzzy idea to my friend Elaine, and she said, "why not use those pretty cross stamps you have?" That's as far as I got until one day in the shower the idea just came all in a rush BAM! Every piece, how it could be arranged and even the very old stamp containing an Irish blessing on it came flooding in my mind. There is no doubt where this idea came from, it was not me. I'd tried to work it out for weeks and got nothing. The Holy Spirit presented me with this way of sharing it with others.

We made several in Card Ministry at Church this month and gave them to our three ministers to give out and use how ever they would like. Then I made 32 more for all the ladies in my Bible Study. Several other people have said they would like them as well. I keep mine in a pocket in my Blessings Book, along with paper listing those who are on our prayer lists in Sunday School and Bible Study. Below is one the cards we've made. We made several color combinations, this is the one I have. You could do something like this with many different stamps. The descriptions for ACTS and the Hand prayer methods can easily be found on the internet. If you'd like to make something like this, I have the typed information and dimensions written out. When we make several at a time, it's really easy if I have the measurements written down, cause we get to talking and laughing and ... well you can imagine when a group of friends get together to make things right?
Dimensions and stuff
Explanation of the hand and ACTS Illustrations - Inside of card
Explanation of ACTS
Scripture associated with ACTS - on card back



Copic Craziness and Stamp Index for Greetings

I've never found the need for a stamp index. I have several hundred stamps and they are arranged in categories in Iris Carts, I have several Saturated Canary digital stamps. The stamps I use most often, are current from Stampin' Up! They are arranged in alphabetical order in two storage towers. The sets are all indexed on the spine of the cases. I am extremely visual, and for some reason the images stick in my head and I remember pretty much every image that I have. This all works perfectly for me, except for one tiny little thing.... the greetings. They do not stick in my head, the words and especially not which stamp set they are in. My mind must work in categories and the greetings aren't found in sets that way, ya know? So one day I decided to make an index just for the greetings. I simply folded a sheet of cardstock in half and printed small images of the stamp set covers from my online catalog. Works like a charm, for me anyway. When I want to make thank you cards, for instance, I just flip through the pages at any set that has thank you and select one. Of course I had to decorate the cover and a cute little fairy called Whispy from Saturated Canary served the purpose perfectly. Fairly simply right? giggles
one of the pages
blank greeting card, may end up being a get well

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Still Rockin' my Copics!

I'm one of those people who find coloring relaxing and fun! I keep my cards fairly simple. The silk flowers are just not my style and I like the coloring and image to be the central focus. I do like to decorate the inside and the envelopes in the same colors to bring everything all together. It's funny, cute is SO not my style, but I really love these Saturated Canary images. I also like House Mouse. Other than that, you won't find cute in my craft room. I just find those two companies' images irresistible!  The last image has an old product on it. I wanted to make the dust and dirt pop a bit. I searched in my glitter/embossing powder/Pearl Ex etc. drawer and found this cool glitter-type stuff. I got it about ten years ago when I worked for Suze Weinberg at an Atlanta Convention. This particular jar of Beadazzles has little tiny black beads in it. How perfect is that for dirt? Some glitter mixed in just kind of makes the girl seem like she may just a bit of magic...
Close-up of Beadazzles by Suze Weinberg



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Eve and Copic Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving Eve everyone!! Here are a couple more images from Saturated Canary. I LOVE coloring with my Copic alcohol ink markers. I guess I'm just a big kid who still likes to play:) I keep wondering if I had not had ADHD, and/or teachers who understood and knew what to do with me, if I could have channeled all this creativity into more ART. I kinda think so. When you pair ADHD with high IQ, the teachers back then thought I was just lazy or spoiled and would not 'buckle down'. They just did not understand that I could not. I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard the words "wasted potential." By the time I began teaching ADHD was beginning to be understood a bit. I made sure not to do to my students what was done to me! You don't always grow out of it either. I still have it and I'm over 40.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Coloring Christmas!

I have missed not using my Copic alcohol ink markers, so I got them out today and used them on these adorable images from Saturated Canary. In the first one I used the Filigree Frame embossing folder from Stampin' Up! My Nexus Ten tablet has updated photo editing so I'm playing around trying to learn. This is why there are two shot of a couple of them.


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