Joy Clair Blog Hop — Saved By Grace

Are you ready for another wonderful blog hop? Today the designers for Joy Clair have teamed up to bring you more new stamp projects featuring the new Color Faith line!

My stamp set is the large Saved By Grace. It has the most beautiful doodled flowers and large script words! Alll of my projects are created with gelatos.

Faith Bible Art

This is not my favorite Bible art page I have ever created. I have decided to share it with you because it is the base of what got me started with this set and the gelatos. I learned a lot as I completed it. My intention was to create a watercolor page. By doing so I learned how to use water with the gelatos.

First I tried to create an ombre affect by mixing gelatos with water and painting them on a clear gessoed Bible page. Once it dried, I tried to stamp with the gelatos, but did not like the look, so I stamped with a waterproof ink and colored them in the same way I colored the background. The page was finished off by stamping “Faith” and “Love”.

The Card

To create this card I first stamped a bunch of the words with white and heat set it with embossing powder. I applied my gelatos on top of the stamped image and wipped of the words as I blended out the gelatos.

To create the flowers, I first stamped the images, painted them with gelatos, cut them out and layered them.

This card turned out super cute! A few gems to make up the center and a couple dots of Dew Drops to finish it off.

Grace ATC

My expectations for this ATC were not high. I was not sure how the gelatos would react with the vinyl , but I tried it and ended up liking it a lot!

The texture makes this interesting! To create the ATC, I first stamped the flowers and heat set them. I applied the gelatos directly on the ATC and rubbed it out with my finger. I took a baby wipe and lightly buffed the top of the flowers to let the embossed image shine through for more definition. Grace was stamped with white pigment ink and embossing powder that I heat set. A few dots of Dew Drop was the final touch.

Now it is time to hop! Please hop through all the blogs to see the rest of the fantastic new releases! Don’t forget to leave a comment in each blog along the way.

Joy Clair Blog – https://joyclair.typepad.com/blog/2019/05/color-by-faith-collection-new-release-may-inspirational-blog-hop.html 

Martha Lucia – https://wp.me/p5TnaH-6Rm

Connie Hyde Mercer https://www.craftygoodies.com/2019/05/new-release-blog-hop-with-joy-clair-day_14.html

Kerry Urbatch – https://thestampingbug.blogspot.com/2019/05/new-release-joy-clairs-heir-of-god.html

Jowilna Nolte http://www.jowilnanolte.co.za/color-by-faith-new-stamps-by-joy-clair/

Bet Golden – https://betzgolden.com/?p=4099

Helen Gullet – www.helengullett.com/?p=17263

Angie Cimbalo – https://cimbacreativefun.blogspot.com/2019/05/color-by-faith-blog-hop-joy-clairs.html

Ceal Pritchett – https://simplybeautifulcreations.blogspot.com/2019/05/joy-clair-new-release-bloghop-part-2.html

Lindsay Adreon – https://craftingwhilecaffeinated.wordpress.com/easy-custom-sentiments

Jessica Kaiser – https://freshbyjess.blogspot.com/2019/05/may-joy-clair-blog-hop-color-by-faith.html

Karen Letchworth – https://karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com/2019/05/heir-of-god-from-joy-clair-stamps.html

Donna – https://myblogidlet.blogspot.com/2019/05/joy-clair-2019-may-new-release-blog-hop.html

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Coffee and Jesus (Blog Hop)

There is nothing much better than coffee and Jesus in the morning. Today is the Coffee Lovers blog hop sponsored by Joy Clair Stamps.
Joy Clair will be offering a promotion for the Coffee Themed category in the shop. Use the code: MAYCOFFEELOVE take 25% off coffee stamps.

Please make sure you hop on through to all the amazing blogs and be inspired. Make sure you comment to be entered in a chance to win a prize.

Back to Basics: How to Create A Card

To create this card I went back to the basics with embossing and layering. The floral pattern on the coffee cub is just perfect for spring! I wanted to showcase it and used color pencils to make it pop. To see how I created this card please check out my video:

Make sure to start the hop here!

Until next time~ Happy Crafting!

Be You Card (DCC Hop Featuring Rinea)

I am super excited about today because it is the wonderful Rinea hop with my designer friends from the Designer Craft Connection Blog. This hop is personal because I am not only a design team member on the Rinea team, it also it the company that pulled me back into the industry. The designers in this hop are some of the best in the industry and I actually know a few of them in real life! Needless to say, this hop is special to me.

What is Rinea Foiled Paper?

Rinea Foiled Paper founder grew up in Germany in which she learned how to make a traditional German star using foiled paper. Upon returning to the United States she had a hard time finding the correct paper to pass on the tradition to her family, so she decided to find a manufacturer and bring it here. The name is the first two letters of her children followed by the initial of their last name. Since bringing it to the United States the company has grown into carrying many colors, sizes and tools that can be used with the foiled paper.

My Project

One of the things I am most impressed about Rinea Foiled Paper is how well it cuts delicate dies! For this card I die cute the butterfly and the mandala. I like to die cut two at a time. By cutting it in pairs it allows all the little bits to release from the die easier. I used the Starstruck in Blush to matte the focal point. To distress it I crumpled it up, ran some ink over it and flattened it out. I really like how it flattens back out while keeping the crumpled look. For the dog I cut the hat and cape out of Starstruck Lavender.

I like to mix the foiled paper with regular cardstock on projects otherwise the shine can be overwhelming. By using the foiled paper in place of cardstock in areas it really takes your project to another level.

Make sure you check out the other wonderful blogs for more inspiration. Also subscribe to the Designer Crafts Connection Blog (and mine too! 🙂 )

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Kid You’ll Move Mountains!

My sweet little nephew has his third birthday coming up. I want to get him my favorite children’s book “Oh The Places You Will Go!” for his birthday. Joy Clair has a stamp set that matches perfectly and I knew I needed to create a card for him using it. To make it personal I added a few baby pictures I took of him.

The scan in cut trimmed out the images after I colored them in with copic markers. Here are two videos on how this card came together. The first is on how I created the paper.

The next video is how to create this card using the handmade paper created in the last video.

This is going to be a great gift because of how perfectly coordinated it is! I have a feeling the card and book are going to be treasured.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Practically Perfect!

Back Story

As some of you may know I have a goal to catch up on my scrap booking. Originally I got in this industry because of it. When my Mom was admitted to ICU with a staph infection and triple by pass surgery, I had to take a step back. She lived in another state and I had three little ones under the age of 6. Between caring for her and my family I had to set my design teams and the industry aside. It broke my heart because I truly loved it.

Well Meaning Friend

Nine years later I reluctantly came back. The industry had changed so much! It was not all about scrap booking anymore, but mixed media. A well meaning friend told me my layouts were “not where it was at” (I took that as meaning they were not good enough anymore). I took it to heart, got back into the industry and ended up three years behind in my album as of December 2018.

I really missed scrap booking and in January 2019 I made a goal to focus on it. Bring it back to my blogs. Use layouts to meet design team assignments. Apparently people do think scrap booking is still where it is at! I get more positive comments and interactions on my layouts than on any other things I do. As of today, I am entirely caught up on my scrapbook.

So What?

I share this backstory with you for two reasons. First, always stay true to your passion no matter what is in style or what people say. The intentions of others may be good, but sometimes they are dead wrong. Second, its not all about the money and making it in this industry that gives you value as a creative person. I am actually going to share with you a company that I am not affiliated with at all that I love!

I am not making a dime off of The Fairy Tale Club. In fact, I don’t even know if the owner of the company knows my name or even that I am sharing her great box on my blog. That’s okay with me. Creating these and sharing with you a wonderful resource makes me happy. I may not be able to cash that in at the bank, but I can be proud of staying true to me and passing on a great resource to others.

The Fairytale Club’s Practically Perfect Kit

The following layouts are from the Practically Perfect Kit.

There are many reasons why I opted to subscribe to these kits. First, I tend to scrap more if I am using a kit. I don’t know why. Maybe it is because it takes the guess work out of trying to dig through my stash to find the perfect coordinating products. The bright whimsical theme is present in all the kits. It is different and cute!

There are two things that I struggle with while using these kits. One is that it is a lot of paper products! In my opinion, I would rather swap out some of the die cuts, title cuts, and tags for a mist or a paint. With that being said I always use up most of it! The second is it is not monthly. I signed up for 12 months thinking I would get one every month for a year. Had I read more on the website because it is listed, I would have learned they don’t come out every month. I could be getting these kits randomly over the next two – three years. That’s kind of a big commitment. Regardless, I have thoroughly enjoyed them!

Imagination Layout

A random picture of my two youngest in Walmart masks lent itself well to this page. This was actually the first layout I created with the kit! The theme is Mary Poppins, but it works well with many different types of pictures.

Sprinkls

When we were in Georgetown on vacation we did a cupcake crawl through Sprinkles. Love how well the pinks coordinated with this picture. I backed one of the tags on glitter card stock to create a title.

For the Birds

My daughter is like Snow White in that she communicates with animals like no one else. She has no fear and bonded with this Cockatoo.

Jolly Holiday

Sibling love is priceless when caught on camera. These two have a great relationship!

Sass Master

Every time I think of Mary Poppins I think of sarcasm. There is no way someone actually thinks she is perfect. I played on that in the following two layouts.

Practically Perfect

I found the sarcastic sayings at Ink Road Stamps. If you click on Ink Road Stamps in this posts you will automatically get 15% off your order. How cool is that?

Leftovers

I make cards with the leftovers from these kits. I never know what to do with the transparency sheet that comes with them, so I designed a universal pattern to use them on cards. Here is a video created with leftovers and the transparency from this kit:

Extra Touches

To amp up the cards and layouts created using this kit I did two things. First, I used pop dots to add dimension. Second, I added Nuvo drops! I have created a list of my dozen favorite drops that I use on a regular basis.

This was a lot of fun! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I liked creating it for you. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to ask!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!