Thursday, January 31, 2013

Character with Scripture cards on Design Team Thursday!!

Hello friends!

We have such a great display of Inspired Stamps Characters with Scripture today I can't wait to share!  Above, Deneen, starts us off with HIS LITTLE ONES: PRAYING GIRL colored ever so sweetly (LOVE the addition of the little bow!)  SO SWEET!!
Here is her entire card followed by the rest of the DT's beautiful creations:
The Scripture comes from Inspired Stamper's Favorite Collection #2

Kary used the OWLS set and the THANK YOU set:

Patty used CHOIR BOY and SING FOR JOY in her cards:

Thank you so much much, ladies!!  We are so blessed to have you creating such beautiful artwork for us each week and appreciate each of you so much!!

Have you added YOUR gratitude artwork to our challenge post yet or on our Facebook Page?  We'll be drawing winners for that after midnight SATURDAY and announcing them on Sunday's 52 Weeks of Gratitude post!

Have a blessed day!
~Antoinette and the DT
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

3 Days to share YOUR Thankful artwork and be entered in our giveaway!

Hello friends!
We are giving away a few FREE STAMP SETS OF THE WINNER'S CHOICE which we will choose randomly out of the artwork shared on the blog or on our Facebook page!  Get your Gratitude on the blog HERE or head on over...we're choosing our winners Sunday morning!!

We still have a handful of our set of FEBRUARY CHALLENGE VERSES at the store at a discounted price:
Click HERE to go to the online store.  We are shipping most orders out the SAME DAY you place them!

We'll be back Thursday morning for our Design Team Thursday!!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

52 Weeks of Gratitude: Week 4+ February Verses

Hello friends!
Can you believe we are entering our 4th week of our 52 weeks of Gratitude?  We will be drawing our winners for a free stampset of their choice and announcing them in our NEXT 52 Weeks of Gratitude post!  Be sure to go back (all Mr Linkys are still open for you) to post YOUR gratitude artwork for each week so far and increase your chances to win.  You can find ALL of our 52 Weeks of Gratitude posts by clicking HERE.

For those of you who haven't started yet...ITS NOT TOO LATE!  Why not make FEBRUARY a month of Gratitude and join us for that month?  Here are the verses we will be using beginning next Sunday:
Feb 3:  Ephesians 5:20
Feb 10:  2 Cor 13:4-8
Feb 17th:  Philippians 1:3
Feb 24th:  Deuteronomy 31:8
If you want to use our stamps, this set (shown above) is in very limited supply and can be found HERE while supplies last!

Before we get to today's verse and artwork, I want to share the filled in Gratitude Art Journaling Pages I completed the journaling in for last week, already in my binder!:
You can see exactly how I made these pages in a tutorial I shared LAST WEEK HERE

This week's verse is showcased so well in the Sunday Scripture Design Team's Artwork:
Anita (Artist Trading Card):
 Belinda (Card-Making):
 DeNetra (Mixed Media):
So very lovely and so VARIED!  It is what I love so much about art and the many beautiful forms it can take.

This verse is a favorite of many, and I am included in the many!!  It reminds us that it's the LORD who is our strength and shield and that when we TRUST in HIM, we are helped!  How many times do we go through something difficult and get our eyes so focused on the problem, that we forget where our strength and help come from?  We need to TRAIN our eyes to look up FIRST, and to keep our focus on HIM.  It is then we can find purpose in our difficulties, and our burdened hearts can through prayer, supplication...and THANKSGIVING be helped!  So this week we again focus our eyes on HIM and give THANKS for the blessings that are so many we can't possible count them....but we are certainly trying!

I have decided to make this week a DOODLING week for my pages.  I have started off with just our verse stamped onto a white piece of cardstock, trimmed and added to these 2 Simple Stories papers.  Each night when I am journaling what I am grateful for I will spend a little time doodling with different sized black WATERPROOF markers (I may add glimmer mists before you see them again next Sunday, so I'm preparing with my doodling in waterproof markers):
 I LOVE the blank pages....OHHHHHH the possibilities this week holds!! I made my first 'mark' by outlining the verse in black sharpie marker.  I know if you want to join me on Doodling, this white, clean page may be more intimidating than helpful, so I have taken a couple of photos of other pages I've done with doodling and lettering to help you get SOME kind of idea where to go.  I used watercolors and/or glimmermists after all my blackline work was complete.  I  will take a photo of the black line only and any color I add as I go through the week on this week's Gratitude post, so be sure to come back next week and see what it becomes! 

 Be sure to share YOUR artwork in the MR. LINKY below OR on our Facebook page!!  We love to see what YOU are doing!!
Antoinette and the Scripture Sunday Design Team
 Link your artwork BELOW:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

BEAUTIFUL winter cards!!

Hello friends!
It has been unbelievably cold here in the midwest this week so the focus on Winter Cards for today feels just about right!  Chere, Deneen, and Kary have created such beautiful inspiration for you, I won't keep you any longer except to encourage you to go to our latest post on the 52 Weeks of Gratitude HERE when you are finished looking through these gorgeous creations!

Chere's card using our FIR TREES and BE STILL SILHOUETTE Inspired Stamps sets:
Kary used our SNOWMEN set (love how she colored this to look like the snowmen have ear wraps on instead of hats!  CLEVER!!:
Deneen used the SNOWMEN set and put the heads in circles (so creative) and used our TAGS set for the inside:

Ladies these are really GORGEOUS and I thank you SO MUCH for your dedication to creating BEAUTIFUL artwork each week to share with us!!

Have a great day!
Antoinette  We ship SAME DAY most orders are placed!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Winter and LOVE cards!

Hello friends!
It it below zero here in the midwest and what a perfect week to have cards showcasing WINTER!!  Above is a close up of Jamie's card.  Gaby also made a great winter card for us this week!  Jenn has a set of LOVE cards from last week after getting over the flu that I wanted to share!  See you Thursday for MORE great DT creations!!
Thanks so much, ladies for sharing your beautiful artwork with us!!
until Thursday...
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Sunday, January 20, 2013

52 Weeks of Gratitude: Week 3

Hello friends!
Today I have a very easy and very textured producing technique to share with you that I know you will love to incorporate whether you art journal, paint, scrapbook, or make cards!  We are in week 3 of our 52 weeks of Gratitude Challenge and are so happy to get to see what YOU are making!  Don't forget to link your blog or photo to our MR LINKY at the end of this post OR you can put your photos of your gratitude artwork up on our Facebook page!  If you have not viewed our 52 Weeks of Gratitude before, please head over to the main post which will tell you what all this is about and link you to ALL our artwork posts:  CLICK HERE

Here is my last week's Gratitude SCRAPBOOK layout with the week's worth of gratitude filled in:
I use lots of old hymnal pages in my Scripture Art so found this one to be really great for my gratitude on this page!

This week's verse is Inspired Stamps Psalm 47:1:


 Belinda's CARD:
and my ART JOURNAL with photos of my step by step process:

 First I just put down white, pink, and purple acrylic paint blobs
 Next I put the clean paper over the paint blobs and squished them together
 I opened the pages up and turned the top one around and placed it back on the paint blob sheet to mix the colors more.
 Here is what it looked like then. Notice all the white left.
 I put blue acrylic paint around the edges of the paper and spritzed water on it letting it run down the page to cover up much of the white and also go over the pink and purple which were DRIED when I did this (or they will run too...very cool look also, but wanted a different look today)
 Do you see the veins of the paint from the squooshing I did at the beginning now more obvious because of the blue paint watered down and catching on them?  This is the most exciting part for me!  Don't be afraid to play and see what happens.  Worse case you hate it and you put more paint over it and begin something else!
 Ok, so I was at this point and needed to pull all those colors together so I grabbed my pink shimmer!!
These are my FAVORITE pearly paints and I order them online (Hobby Lobby used to carry them, but I don't find them there anymore).  I put some of this over both pages to pull all the color together and used a paper towel to wipe some areas so the purple would show through more.  See all the shine?  See all the texture from our paint squooshing???  OH, I love love love it!!

 Next, is my favorite part, the STAMPING!!  I used the large rustic heart from the GUARD YOUR HEART Inspired Stamp set and the ELEGANT DOTTY ALPHABET set here with StazOn ink.  (Make sure you clean your stamps immediately after using StazOn as the ink is permanent and will stay on your stamps if you don't and potentially make them unstampable in the future).
 PanPastels are amazing.  I used this one to color my heart in.
 Next comes my Charcoal pencil around the right side of the letters and the heart to give them depth:
 Then comes the white pen where I colored in the white of the letters and made dots (look at that texture! Yum!):
 This photo does a better job of showing you just how WHITE that is in real life.  And since I know everyone NEEDS a great white pen I have included the packaging AND the pen below so you know what you are looking for.  Got this one for about $2 at Michaels and I love it!
 So what does the finished page look like?  Here you go...
 I will share my journaling next week, as always!!

If you are wanting to get the stamps for next month (February) we have under 14 sets left in the online store at a discounted rate.  CLICK HERE to go to that page directly

We would LOVE to see what YOU are making for your GRATITUDE ART!!  You don't need to use our stamps (of course we love it when you do!) or even the same verse to participate!  Just link your photo or page with Mr Linky below OR upload your photo to our Facebook Page!!  WE WILL BE CHOOSING several winners randomly each month to win a STAMP SET of their Choice FREE!!  The more of our weeks you enter, the better your chances of winning!  Please let your friends know about our challenge!!

We will be back Tuesday with some beautiful Design Team creations!  See you then!
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