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Psalm 18:30 As for God his way is perfect; and the word of the law is flawless.
Has it ever struck you how important it is that God is perfect? We know God is all powerful, all knowing, all loving and absolutely pure and holy and just. But He is also absolutely perfect. In His Perfectness we can trust. Trust Him to know what is best, to do what is best. His perfection is our peace, our rest and our hope.
It's a quiet day here, we're getting ready to head out. I wanted to share what I made over the weekend!
I made bunches of paper flowers, they were fun to do and I already had everything I needed.
Flowers this size are 1.00 each at hobby lobby!! That is just way to much for me!! After I got in the Grove, I started enjoying making these.
That top blue flower is a 3d flower I make from a 'Digital scrapbook element" From the magazine I posted about (download) yesterday, as is the cameo, butterflies and the violet!
These journals were made to order and are for swaps and art journaling.
The 'Unto Thee Oh Lord' is a design I did about 20years ago and won an award from Neenah Paper company along with a case of paper! Each letter in an individual tile, you can't se the details but it is a fun project. The font is called Codex. From Dafont.com This a a free site that I've used for years - before it was free!!
Today was a fun day. Steve finally had a day off after 13 work days. He got up before I did and I had the thought of what could I do to make his day great? My husband treats me like a queen and always lets me know how loved I am, he fills my "love bank" every day in so many ways! I wanted to do something that would let him know how much I appreciate him. Well that was the plan, but not how it worked out! We went out for a wonderful brunch at a Russian tea house, the food was sooo good! After we went to a craft store where Steve picked these our for me:
Are these cool or what? The round spellbinder was 10.00 the keys were 14.99 but I had a 1/2 off coupon.
So I was spoiled again!
After two more craft stores we came home and yes there were more purchases! We needed to get the dog out..
I took Luke out for his walk and Steve enjoyed some downtime in a nice quiet house! Yesterday I fell on the ice AGAIN, today I fared better! Good thing I am so sturdy, and better thing the spring should be here soon!
I made a nice healthy dinner and we went out again, big night out: Barnes and Noble with Starbucks!
I purchased this :
I know these kids look scary , but what an exciting magazine!!
Loooonnng time ago I spent a lot of hours in a dark room and while trying not to have an asthma attack triggered by Stop Bath fumes, I learned some really cool darkroom tricks, this brought back some of those memories and from the Photography stand point was very enjoyable.
Also very exciting were all the freebies in this magazine and exciting techniques I hope to be incorporating into my card making and journals/books!!
Part of the whole purpose of this post is to as you a question, I have been thinking about this question all day, Steve and I talked about it at breakfast. The Question comes from this statement that TLCCreations put up as a freebie a couple weeks ago (please go over to the site, there are lots of free great digitals)
The question is what charges your battery?
I found I have a list of things and they all almost involve learning, discovering and doing.
Next question after you have thought about the answer(s).
Are you charging your battery?
I hope so, it is so important that we take care of ourselves!
I challenge you to think about what it is that recharges you and your pursuit of that charge!
Today I've made 4 cards for a swap at OSA.
I love Cranes, they are becoming more common here in New England , but they are still shy. Every time I see one I am thrilled! One of the things Steve and I enjoy doing is walking, long, long walks which frequently take us to watery areas, marshes or rivers, to see a Crane is always a highlight!
I was very excited to see the new Shoshon Ohara designs come out at Nicecrane Designs just in time for this March swap!! Especially since it included a very elegant crane painting!!
Here's the whole set:
Now you can believe, I wasn't looking to use a snow image!! I love these and the Swans may become my Christmas cards. For now, no more snow!!
Fresh out of the printer:
These images print up beautifully! I have an older printer and I set it on the "best" print setting and the images come out perfect. It did take me a few try's to discover this! Now before you think I am spending a fortune on ink for the printing, I am not!!
Here's my ink supply:
Four pints and a refill kit $22.95 and it should refill my cartridges 80+ times! If you would like to know where I get this ink, just leave a comment and I will get the info to you!
A few weeks ago I heard a term I like very much, I found out I'm and "Organic Designer" what that simply means is I work with what I have as I go along. I rarely use sketches (even though I do like them very much) or case cards.
When I use a beautiful fine art image, it is a little hard to use a sketch without obscuring the focal image. Doing organic design is far less complicated than it sounds and it is really fun to combine the beautiful things you already have on hand into your art work!
I wanted this card to have a nice heavy weight with strong but subtle layering. I decided to make my card a A7 size (5x7) and use a Navy 110# base card.
Here I'm just pulling from my stash, Adding layers and embellishment . I found the beautiful Black and white ribbon at Costco. 100 yards for 5.99!!
4 paper layers and dry embossing
My four finished swap cards!
I added glossy accent to the crane in the foreground, it is very hard to see in the photo but looks great in real life! I had tried a little red glitter on the birds heads, but it looked terrible!
Don't you just love this beautiful Ohara Painting in miniature!
A warning about going over to Nicecrane, you will want everything!!
I'll be showing you my new tool too. I have been cutting stacks of paper for my card shop!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can find some crafty time this weekend!
I'm back after a brief break from blogging. We've finished the kitchen remodel and LOVE it! I'm also glad to have everything back in place and not all over the first floor of the house! I've got a new stove, and hopefully will not drop a pot through this one!
But Today is the Day of Miss Julia's world Wide Desk hop starting here at Julia's Blog! This is a crafty tours of desk tops all over the world!! Here's my desk top today:
I purchased a new binding machine last week and I am thrilled with it! Awful picture, sorry about that!
I've had 2 zutter bind it all machines and they were both terrible. This Cinch machine was so easy to use and punched so perfectly I made a dozen or so journals the first day I had it!!
I made this journal to record listings of supplies. So that I don't make duplicate purchases. There is no way I am going to remember every ink pad and marker I have. I used a snowy day to make the journal and then start recording what I have.
Another new toy
I am so tired of burning my finger tips with a hot drippy glue gun that I went on a search for a new one. I stood in hobby lobby for half an hour reading all the glue gun descriptions, very exciting. This is as close as I could get to what I wanted: A cord less mini with a needle nose.
The whole reason for the new binder and gun started with these journals that I made for Christmas gifts. I had so many people requesting I make them a journal I had to come up with a better binding than ribbons.
So Now I have this as an option:
I'm not one for bows and lace, but this is a gift and I think my friend will love this!
While I haven't been blogging in the last week, I have been working away in my craft room! I've got a selling page back up for card making supplies and I have been busy getting ready to sell on several on line sights. Cutting and photographing, funny how simple some things are but take so much time to do!!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an awesome day!!