Save Us Now!

Below is a recent post for the Joy Clair blog I wrote. The saying that stuck out to me was “Save Us Now”. I recently have been praying for things and God has been telling me no. I fire back to the Almighty the reason I have trust issues with Him is because He tells me no. He then will remind me that He is not a genie in a bottle. I can’t just rub him, make a wish and BOOM I get it. He is the sovereign God that knows everything and all things work for good. My prayer has shifted from asking what I want to just “Save me now!” I knew that when I read this passage in Matthew 21 and saw that sentiment it was from Him. I stamped it over and over again as I cried out in my spirit to Him. Sure enough, the next day I thanked God for something he said no to me about. Had he said yes it would have been a disaster.

One of the things I have set out to do this year is get into Bible Journaling. God gave me a passion for art and a creative mind. It only makes sense that He would speak to me through it. Once a week I sit down for a few hours and create in my Bible. I always turn on praise and worship songs when I do it and just let my spirit go. My pages are not where I want them to be from an artistic point of view, but that’s okay. It is not so much about creating beautiful art as much as it communicating with my maker. Here is a recent page I created:

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I really was drawn to the palm leaves and liked how it represented Jesus coming into town. I wanted to create a set of cards to mail out to remind my loved ones of the real reason for Easter.

Cards

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The cards are rather simple with a few special touches. The kraft card stock is a nice compliment to the green palm leaves and Rinea Foiled paper. I did quite a bit of embossing on these cards to amp up the simplicity of them. 

Bible art stamps are not only great for your Bible, but for cards and other projects. A lot of times people really need positive encouragements and reminders that they are loved. There is not better way to show this than through a card made with God’s love.

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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden

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Spring Stroll Cards and Envelopes

I had a lot of fun creating for Joy Clair this month! This is my last design team project and really like how it turned out. The colors are some of my favorite. I was pleased with how well everything went together even though they were from a few different manufacturers.

Spring Stroll

The Spring Stroll stamp set lends itself well to card makers. Have you ever had wonderful pattern paper in your stash as well as coordinating goodies that you really wanted to play with, but did not have the project for them? That happened to me with a line I have had in my stash for about three years. The colors are dreamy and remind me of spring. I decided to create a six card set and matching envelopes. The corner floral stamp on this set is perfect tucked in opposite corners of a envelope. To save time I used the same items on each card, but got different looks with each of them because of the double sided paper. 

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The Cards

To add a layer of interest and depth I used corrugated paper in mint and foam sheets I found at the dollar tree in pink. To color the images in Marvy markers were the perfect choice! The bows are another favorite thing in my stash! They are easy to make with liquid adhesive and add that perfect finishing touch along with Crystal Drops.  

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For the first three cards I used the pattern paper to create my card bases. The inside I mounted a sentiment with a matte to make it pop. By using pattern paper as a card base it really jazzes up the card and allows you, the creator, to use up some of your stash. Why buy a card base when you can just use something from your stash to create one? 


To use up the scraps from the larger cards I created these standard A5 cards. By stamping the envelopes it really gave the set a special edge. Everything coordinates and is not perfectly matched. I do not like to make a set of the exact same card. I get board, but sometimes I want speed too, so I use the same items in different ways on each card. This allows me to stay inspired and creating a gorgeous card set! 


Have you created spring cards? Go through your stash and see what you can come up with instead of buying special paper. 

Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden 

Geo Metric Card Set

When I received this box I was drawn to the chipboard pieces. I had so much fun creating stained glass effects out of them that I wanted to make sure they got on cards. I have rainbow DecoFoil in my stash and knew it needed to go with the unicorn. The rest just kinda happened.

The January 2019 Hedgehog Hollow box has to be my favorite so far! As a mixed media artist I was a little intimidated by it at first. Everything in it was amazing, but I did not know how I would use all if it, but I did! Sometimes getting out of our comfort zone stretches our creative muscle. We grow as artist and end up creating amazing things. That is what happened with this card set.

I wanted to utilize the stencil in the box. To do so I created several backgrounds with DecoFoil Transfer gel. Transfer gel is easy to use, but it does require time to dry. Therefore, I create several backgrounds at once. My original thought was to create five cards, but I thought it would be fun to clean the palette knife I was using to lay the gel out on a piece of paper. The effect was stunning! Each card was foiled with a different color. I also wanted to use the embellishments I created through out the month. To see how I made them please check out these video tutorials:

Stain Glass Effect with Chipboard

3D Geometric Animal Shapes

Heart Card

Butterfly Card

Unicorn Card

Lion Card

Deer Card:

Owl Card

If you have not played with the January 2019 Hedgehog Hollow kit give it a go!

Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden

Concord and 9th Turn About Stamping

I have been secretly lusting after the Turn About stamps by Concord and 9th. I need another stamp set like I need a hole in my head and have done a good job of holding off. Well, that is until I saw the new Bundle Up Stamp Set and coordinating dies! The sweet little girl faces had me, so I placed my order for them along with two Turn About Stamps. Though I adore my new stamps and have had so much fun playing with them there were two things that rubbed me wrong about them. First, the girls are not included with the coordinating die set! I had to fussy cut them out. I would have paid a few dollars more to get them. In fact, I may not have bought the dies had I known the girls were not in it. Secondly, the Turn About stamps were created for the Misti. I don’t have a Misti, but two other stamp platforms. I had to do some tweaking to get them to work, but finally figured it out. Now that I know how to use these on other platforms I will happily purchase more! For those of you that are interested in these stamps here is a video I created showing how to use these on other stamping platforms along with a few hints and tips.

Turn About Video

I used Rinea Foiled Paper  on each card and you can learn how to do that in the video as well!

This would be a perfect card for January!

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The little bird sits perfectly on her bun, but her part line is very high and I preferred the bird  covering it.

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It is so easy to make your card season just by switching up the ink colors!

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Over all I really enjoyed the new (to me) stamp sets! They can be used for so many different occasions. It is a good value!

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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

October Afternoon Christmas Cards

Have you ever ordered a paper line that you did not see in real life and once you finally received it you were less than impressed? That recently happened to me. I found what I thought would be the perfect paper for Christmas. When it finally arrived I just did not like it. I mean it was okay, but it looked like a lot of stuff out there. Plus it was a lot of paper and sticker embellishments — not my thing at all. I did not pay much for it, so I was not upset that I was not in a hurry to use it. Then my husband called and asked if I had any extra cards. I told him I would make him a set. He needed them to give his employees for Christmas. I did not want to use my good stuff or take the time to make them because more than half would probably just end up in the trash (the gift card is the real gem for them). I knew this lime would be awesome for the task at hand. In two hours I created 16 cards. I am surprised to say that not only did I have a great time creating them, they are my favorite ones yet!

I had so much fun creating the cards that I made matching envelopes too. The truth is I just did not want to keep the stickers. I am happy to say that there is nothing left of the line and I got some pretty awesome cards out of it!

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To amp up the cards I inked the edges and pop dotted at least one element on each one. I am not a fan of the felt ribbon the kit came with so I cut it apart and used it as embellishments. The focal piece of each card was a die cut from the line as well. I did incorporate a few foam stickers I found at the dollar store as well as poinsettia buttons from my stash.  To finish each card off I added glitter dew drops and clear glaze from Tonic Studios Nuvo brand.

The next time you get something you are not thrilled with don’t discard it. Use it as an opportunity to play with no expectations. You may end up with some of your favorite projects!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!