I’m getting personal with the progress

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Because sometimes inspiration sends you back to the drawing board

And since in Illustrator it’s actually called an art board or some kinda board I can say that literally.  Thanks to some inspiration from another LDS crafting friend, I have been able to include EVEN MORE in my stamp set.  What does that mean for you exactly?  MORE stamps for the same price I explained below!  YAY!  Here’s the revision:

LDS-FHE-YW-RS-AoF-EFY-BOM-BYU-CES-CTR

If you know what all of the acronyms in the title of this post stand for, you might just LOVE what I’m about to say and be as excited as I am.  After lots of searching with no luck finding, I have decided to create my own custom LDS Stamp Set.   YAY!  I’m so excited.  I know that this set is not going to be popular for the masses (and that’s ok), it’s just something I have wanted and needed a lot lately.  Since nothing like it exists, I designed my own.  At first, I was going to just do a custom stamp set, but then I got to thinking about it and thought huh…bet if I have use/need for a set like this, other LDS cardmaker/scrappers might too.  So I contacted a friend of a friend who’s now my friend too LOL (say that 10 times fast) and she said she can hook me up.  So…for all of my LDS Crafters out there….this one’s for you:

Click on the image to see it larger!  My stamp set is 6 x 8 and will be deeply etched red rubber much like Unity Stamps.  You have two options of mounting…well more than two I suppose, but I’m only going to talk about two.   These stamps are designed to work with your clear stamp blocks so if you want to cut and mount your stamps yourself (using Aleene’s Tack it Over and Over brushed on the back of them or EZMount Cling or whatever), the cost for the set is $14.95 plus shipping.  If you would prefer to have them arrive cut and mounted (on EZMount Cling) , it’s only $22.45 a set.   Shipping costs $4.79 and is flat rate so if you want to add more items to your cart you can do that too!  Spend $100 and your shipping is FREE!

All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted and they can EVEN ship internationally!  For details on international shipping/orders, please contact me.  In order to go to production, 15 pre-orders are required…so far, I have 4.  If you are interested in purchasing this set, please let me know and I will be in touch with ordering information.

The company producing the stamps is Victorine Originals.  You have likely seen their designs wood mounted and for sale in your favorite craft store!  Please click here to visit their website and be sure to let Vicki know I sent you!

Martha’s Floral Verve and an announcment

I’m sure I’m the ONLY scrapper/card maker around that does this, but often I LOOK for opportunities to make things.  I went Visiting Teaching today with my companion and figured I could do something MUCH prettier for the monthly message than to just hand the sisters I visit a printed piece of paper.  Besides…it gave me justification for playing with some new toys.  So…here’s what I came up with:

The “Your Visiting Teaching Message” was added with the computer…man I wish I had a stamp that said that.  Oh wait guess what…I soon WILL!  Being a graphic designer and all I have decided to design my own LDS themed stamps.  I’m even working with a major stamp maker to see about getting them mass-produced so that YOU all can have a set too (if you want one that is)!  I’ll have more details on that later though.

Supplies Needed:
1 sheet of cardstock for card base (cut at 5 x 9.5…I used “ugly/vintage” paper form K & Company)
Adhesive (I used ATG)
Punch (I used Martha Stewart’s Punch Around The Page but I forget its name)
Coordinating/Contrasting paper for Lovely Floral cuts
Bone Folder
Lovely Floral Lite Cartridge
Cricut
Stamps (Blessings from Verve)
Ink (Versamark Black)

Score your 5 x 9.5 cardstock at 4.5 and 9.  Then, using the edge punch of your choice, punch your top edge all the way across.  Trim the punched edge  off the by cutting on the 9 inch score line down the length of the punch, then cut on the 5 inch side at the bottom of the punched piece.  This allows you to make the pocket without any “extra” punched piece showing through.  On the 9 inch score fold it toward the left so it will make a flap and then fold the card in half along the 4.5 inch score line.  Apply adhesive of your choice to “flap” and bottom and secure.  I used a bone folder over the bottom and side just for added measure.

I used the doily cut at 3.5 inches.  First in pink (no shift) then in blue (shift) to make a pendant/medallion for my stamped sentiment.  It says “may your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow”  (it is still March right?!?!?) and comes from the Blessings set by Verve.  It would have been faster to use Spellbinders Dies for the medallion/pendant, but since none exist exactly like this, I had to use my Cricut.  See…this is EXACTLY why I’m glad I have BOTH!

In my faith, we refer to the adults as brother and sister so and so (last name).  Sister C loved my little “gift” with this month’s message in it!  I think I may “present” the monthly message all cutsie like from now on!

Introducing my Personal Progress Page

Notice a new tab on the navigation bar on my blog!  My middle daughter and I have just moved into Young Women’s in our church and will be completing our Personal Progress books together.  You can experience it with me by checking out this page.  It is highly likely that any scrappy projects I make Personal Progress related will be featured there as well.  Enjoy.

Unity Canvas

Not to be confused with the concept of a unity candle lol.  A fellow crafter whose work I heart severe created a 5 x 5 canvas for her Music Monday challenge a few weeks ago and I loved it so much I a: immediately bought the stamp set she used to make her canvas b: went out and got some canvas of my own and then c: went through withdrawals until I could get all of my scrappy stuff unpacked to finish the project.  I was so inspired by Angelica Suarez’s project (which you can see here) that I even decided to host a Home Decor Blog Hop next month.  Yes, Angelica will be participating!  And now…my Angelica inspired canvas:

Do you like it?  I do and I guess that’s what matters most huh lol?  Now…let’s talk about how I did it shall we?

Supplies needed:
Canvas size of choice (here I used a 10 x 10 I think…maybe 8  x  8 )
Paint of choice (I used some purple acrylic paint I have in my stash)
Accent/Background paper (dimensions vary based on canvas size…I used Tickled Pink 6 x 6 stack I received as blog candy…4 inch squares)
She Said Stamps from Unity (I purchased mine here)
Black Stayzon Ink (got mine from Archiver’s)
Lace (got mine from Joann’s)
Stapler
Mod Podge
Glitter ( used some super fine glitter I got in an eBay lot…Art Studio I think and you can’t really see it)
Foam Brushes (one for paint one for Mod Podge)
Water

Okie doke…here’s what I did with all those supplies.  First you paint the canvas and let it dry.  Then I cut and adhered my accent paper.  I chose the papers shown from the Tickled Pink paper pad by My Mind’s Eye because one I was itching to use it and two, though it says PINK I thought it was red and it would match my living room decor perfectly.  We have decided to decorate the living room in purple and red…my oldest daughter’s favorite colors.  It’s our way of keeping her with us till she be really be with us again.  Originally I was going to make a square of the two papers in the middle of the canvas alternating the patterns but then after I got the first square down I decided to go a different route.  Next you want to stamp your phrase/image with Stayzon or something pigment based and heat set if you want to stamp directly to the canvas like I did.  Now…if you are smart, you’ll mix your glitter with some Mod Podge and water and brush a couple of coats over the canvas to seal it all BEFORE adding your lace/ribbon.  I was not very smart at midnight last night but hey it worked.  Once your canvas is dry, using your stapler, staple your lace or ribbon where you like it and you’re all set!  Be sure to check back here April 22nd – 24th for my Home Decor Blog hop featuring more home decor ideas like this!

Sometimes you just need to FROG

Those of you that have read my story know that I was put in a place where I had no other option but to just FROG…Fully Rely On God.  It wasn’t what I was expecting to happen when I asked for inspiring experiences that build faith; however, it was exactly what I needed.  Isn’t God fabulous that way?  I know we don’t always think it’s fabulous at the time though, do we?  My last projects were created for a dear friend…this one is too.  In a conversation with her she said “I know the Lord loves me. I just don’t know his will” and it really got me thinking.  I’ve decided I’m not convinced it is necessary that we know the Lord’s will for us, just that we subject ourselves to it.  That we F.R.O.G. trusting that He knows what he’s doing.  Think about ourselves as parents…would we ever deliberately steer our children down a dark or dangerous path?  Would we ever send our child down a path that was sure to end in destruction physically or spiritually?  No, I don’t think we would.  Heavenly Father is a far more loving and perfect parent than any of us and I’m sure He wouldn’t lead us into darkness and despair.  I know someone who would, but this post isn’t about him.  So, to help my friend remember to F.R.O.G. I came up with this:

The card base is from paper that was given to me by a fellow crafter.  I have no idea where it came from beyond that.  The sentiment is computer generated (you do remember I’m a graphic designer right) and the frog comes from Treasure Box Designs.  It is a cute lil critter found in the Treasure Box Pals collection here and is even on sale right now!  YAY!  I used some ink to add dimension to the computer sentiment and the frog itself and used Elmer’s Paper and Craft glue and my ATG to put it all together.  The frog is adhered to the base with a DIY wobble.

Remember…though His ways may not always be known, they are certain so always Fully Rely On God.