Feb 14

One Time Valentine Day Special

I am so excited about our One Time Valentine Day Special!  Since this holiday is all about LOVE, I wanted to share a special with you that involves something I love so very much.

As a young wife and mother I gave up my career as a Physical Therapist and was promoted to full time mom.  During this season a friend of mine invited me to a Beth Moore Bible study.  Now I had been involved in church all my life, saved as a young child and I was married to a pastor, but I had never experienced the Bible like I did during that study of David.  I fell so completely in love with God’s word and I have never gotten over it. Through the years this love affair with God’s word has taken on many different forms. Not only Bible study, but Scripture memorization, and Scripture art became my passions.

Fast forward to 2015 when I first became aware of Bible journaling from an art perspective. I was so completely taken by this idea from the beginning. It was like a culmination of things that I already loved so much. My sister and I traveled to St. Louis to attend a conference put on by Shanna Noel from Illustrated Faith and it was there that I applied paint to my Bible for the very first time. You can read about that here.

I learned so much at that conference and since. I am excited to share what I have learned with you. Please join me for an evening of fun and fellowship as we explore Bible Journaling together. This is definitely the class for you if you are interested in Bible Journaling but have no idea how to get started! But it is also for you if you are already illustrating your faith and want to explore new things and share what you know with others. Maybe you aren’t a fan and you don’t want to paint in your Bible. Believe it or not, this class is also for you. There are so many options in illustrating your faith and I want to explore those with you too.

So, for our Valentine Day Special I am offering this gathering for FREE for only 24 hours. You can come, learn, create, explore. I will have plenty of supplies for everyone to play with. Don’t worry if you do not have a Journal Bible, I will help you figure out which one will be best for you. After today, I am going to charge a small supply fee for this class, but for TODAY it is free. All you have to do is respond TODAY to let me know you want to attend. Don’t forget, because after 24 hours it will cost you! 🙂

Valentine Day Special

Here are the details:

Our Bible Journal Gathering will be on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Southside Community Church in the conference center. Please pass this information on to anyone who might be interested. I will need everyone to RSVP so I will have all the supplies we need. And, again, tomorrow you will have to pay a small supply fee to attend so RSVP today! I can’t wait to share this journey with you!

Feb 12

Valentine Cookie Treats

Valentine cookie treats for your sweetie?  These are so very cute!  I know, they aren’t really cookies, but animal crackers.  Still, they are hard to resist and make a sweet treat for any holiday.

Valentine Cookie Treats

Valentine Cookie Treats Supplies

Here’s my supply list for this project:

Stamp Sets:  Zoo Babies and Going Globoal

Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler & Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Project Life Corner Round Punch, Chalk Talk Framelits, Cellophane bag, white ribbon and, of course, animal crackers

I love the way the little monkey’s hand fits onto the heart.  This is easy to create by using a Stamp-a-ma-jig.  It allows you to position that perfectly every time.  If you don’t have this tool in your craft room, you need to get one.  I don’t use it all the time, but when I need it, it is a lifesaver!  I tried to just eyeball the little monkey and never got the right position.  Pull out my stamp-a-ma-jig and BINGO, it is right every time!

Valentine’s day is just a couple of days away and these little Valentine cookie treats will be a quick and cute gift for a child or an adult.  I hope it inspires you to get busy making something to share with others!

Now for an announcement, I have a special offer coming up on Valentines day that will be for ONE DAY ONLY!  Check back to take advantage of it!

Hope you have a blessed Friday!

 

Feb 08

Hershey Bar Valentine

A Hershey Bar Valentine is a great way to spread some love this Valentine’s day! These Valentine treats are easy to make, so if you need to do several it won’t take long. They are great to share with co-workers, classmates, teachers, friends, etc.

Hershey Bar Valentine!

One little note about working with chocolate – It is not recommended to attach anything directly to the wrapper using tape.  Some claim that this can affect the taste of the chocolate.  I have never had a problem with that, but thought I would pass the info on to you.  Using the technique shown in the video, it is easy to secure the paper wrapper without actually taping it to the chocolate bar.

Bonus Idea!

You can make mini versions of this using Hershey miniatures.  They look so cute wrapped in colorful Designer Series Paper!  Sit a bowl on your desk to share with clients or coworkers, or put them in little cellophane bags and pass them out to your kids’ teachers.  Chocolate is always a good gift, no matter the size!  The ONLY Hershey miniature I could find to illustrate this, happens to be a Kit Kat bar.  And since my Denver Broncos WON Super Bowl 50 last night, I decided to decorate it for Valentine’s day in Blue and Orange.

Hershey Bar Valentine

I love making little treats like this to share with others.  I’ll be sharing different Valentine ideas all week, so come back tomorrow and see what’s new.  I will tell you in advance that no animals were harmed in the making of tomorrow’s project! 🙂  If you liked this video please leave a comment and feel free to share the Hershey Bar Valentine video with your friends!

Feb 01

Stamping on Shoes

I know we usually stamp on paper, but the other day I switched things up by stamping on shoes.  I bought these shoes a long time ago.  I intended on embellishing them all this time, and never got around to it.

Stamping on Shoes

They’ve never even been worn.  I decided yesterday was the day for their transformation and I am very pleased with the way they turned out. 🙂

Stamping on Shoes

Stamping on Shoes

Stamping on shoes was only slightly more difficult than stamping on paper.  I used Stazon Ink so it wouldn’t run or wash out.  The flower stamps are from the Stampin’ Up! set, Botanicals For You.

Stamping on Shoes

This experience has me wondering what other sort of non-traditional stamping I can do.  Let me know if there is something you would like to see stamped.  Not something ordinary, but totally out of the box.  I like a challenge and I promise not to wait as long to do it as I waited to finally stamp on shoes!  Leave a comment and let me know what you would like to see stamped on!

Jan 31

3 Ways to Inspire Your Heart With Art

Today is Inspire Your Heart With Art Day and I think we should celebrate!  I enjoy creating art that will make someone smile, or laugh or be encouraged.  But today is all about Inspiration!  How can we use our art to inspire our hearts?  Well, here are some thoughts that I had….

Inspire Your Heart With Art

1.  Use Scripture When Possible

I can’t think of anything that inspires my heart more than Scripture.  The Word of God is powerful and speaks truth to us like nothing else can.  Whether we want to pass on comforting words in a difficult time or simply let someone know that they are in our thoughts, using Scripture will convey our message with beauty and great meaning.

Inspire your heart with artInspire your heart with art

2. Include Things That You Love

Beauty is inspirational, so be sure to use the beautiful things around you in your artwork.  Choose colors schemes that you love, or a theme that is dear to your heart.  That might include an animal that you are fond of, a sports team, or even your spouse and kids.  This is a great way to personalize art for someone if you are creating it as a gift.  If it is for your parents, by all means, use pictures of the grand kids!  If it is for a Bronco fan, make it navy and orange!  If it is for my son, definitely include a cute fox.  You get the idea.

Inspire your heart with art

Inspire your heart with art

3. Have Fun!

We have plenty of negativity in our world, certainly more than enough to go around.  In our art creations, let’s lighten the load.  Let’s do fun things that will bring joy and smiles.  Inspire good feelings and happy hearts with the things you create.

Inspire your heart with art

Now some people might think that artwork needs to be something to hang on the wall, but the handmade cards that we create are most certainly artwork too.  Use these tips in your card making to inspire your heart with art, and to inspire others also.  If you have found this information useful, please share it with others so they can be inspired too!

 

Jan 28

Bible Journaling

Lately I have neglected my Bible journaling—not my Bible, just the art part.  We are currently in the middle of the Southside Bible Challenge on Wednesdays at our church.  This is an event we do annually in January.  It is a competition and focuses on a different book of the Bible each year.  If you know me, then you know I am extremely competitive.  And you may or may not know that I LOVE to memorize Scripture.  This event is a perfect combination of these things and I find it fun and challenging each year.

This year we are in the book of 2 Corinthians, and this particular week we are working on chapter 3.  I woke up on Tuesday morning with only about half of the chapter memorized, so at 7 a.m. I was hard at work trying to get those other verses in my head.  And then it happened…  I came upon verse 17.  This verse was like a breath of fresh air to me, and not just because of what it says.  The real beauty of this verse was that I already knew it!  It was a freebie. 🙂  When you are trying to memorize half the chapter in one morning, you really need at least one freebie.

This verse delighted me so much, that I decided to illustrate it.  I hadn’t done anything new in my journal Bible since last month, and it felt good to get back into it.  Here’s how my page turned out…

Bible Journaling

Bible Journaling January 2016What a beautiful promise this verse contains for us.  As Christians we are promised the Holy Spirit living inside us permanently.  He doesn’t come and go or just come half way.  He is completely with us every moment of every day.  And, according to 2 Corinthians 3:17, this means we have freedom every moment of every day.  It isn’t temporary freedom or partial freedom.  It is complete freedom and it is found only in a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Wow!

Illustrating my faith is such an enjoyable experience for me.  It allows me to combine my love of art with my love of Scripture.  Unlike the other art that I create, Bible Journaling is just for me.

If you are interested in learning about illustrating your own faith, I would love to help you get started with Bible Journaling!  Leave a comment below, or contact me at joann@therockpaperscissorsstudio.com.

Jan 27

Share the Love

Share the love this week!  Make sure those closest to you know that you love them and how blessed you are by them.  Every day is a good day to share the love with your family and friends.

A few weeks ago we took down all our Christmas decorations and my husband teased about leaving the mistletoe up year round.  I made this card for him and assured him that mistletoe was NOT a requirement for a kiss. 😉

Share the Love

Share the Love

I used Stampin’ Up’s Friendly Wishes stamp set for this card.  Not only is this a versatile set, but it has fun little details in addition to the variety of text images.  I used the little heart stamp to create a sort of border image across the card.  The sentiment was stamped using two different colors of ink.  Both of these details allow me to use a basically plain card front without creating a plain looking card!  And, of course, any time you create and give away a handmade card, you are already sharing the love!

Our church family is sharing the love in a special way today also.  We are fasting and praying for our pastor!  Please join me in saying a prayer for our pastor and his family as he continues with his chemotherapy treatment.  Join us in praying for healing and for the Lord’s will to be accomplished in his life.   Thank you for sharing the love!

Jan 26

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Jan 24

Banner Blessings

Banner Blessings is one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! stamp sets.  I love to include Scripture on my cards, and this set makes that easy to do and CUTE!  I also love that it is a photopolymer stamp set, so I can see exactly where I am stamping and if I have it straight.  Because the stamps in the set are all in the same format, you can put together a set of cards quickly, while using each of the different stamps.  Check out the stamps included in this set…

Banner Blessings

Banner Blessings Stamp Set

I used the Banner Blessings stamp set this week to make some cards for a friend.   She needs some thank you cards, so I included the “Thanks” and “Friend” sentiments on her card set.  I used different colors for each card, but coordinated the set by including 2 of the 4 colors on each card.  Other than the stamp set and cardstock, the only embellishing I did was to emboss with a retired embossing folder.  It added such a pretty and delicate look to this card set. 🙂
Banner Blessings Banner Blessings

Since I created 4″ X 4″ cards for this set, I used my envelope punch board to make envelopes also.  I love the look of square cards, but custom envelopes can be tricky and time consuming…unless, of course you have the right tools.  I created the matching envelopes for this set in just a few minutes.

If you are looking for a versatile set of Scripture stamps, then the Banner Blessings set is definitely for you!  You can see from the cards pictured, that this set creates a beautifully simple card without using a lot of embellishments or fancy stamping techniques.  It will be a great addition to your craft collection.

I would love to hear what your favorite Stampin’ Up! stamp set is right now.  Share it in a comment below and tell us why you love it!

 

Jan 21

Batman Birthday

I don’t really need a special occasion to make a card, but I take advantage of them when I can.  As many of you know, we have a few boys at our house, and not many months go by without a birthday to celebrate.  January was no different.  This teen was turning 17 and I wanted a fun card, but not one that was too childish.  Here’s what I came up with…

Batman Birthday

Batman Birthday

The background batman paper was printed on my computer and left over from another project.   I used a retired photopolymer stamp set called Calling All Heroes for all the other details.  I love how it turned out and, more importantly, the birthday boy liked it too!

If I had a house full of girls, card inspiration would be easy, but teen boy cards can be challenging.  I hope this Batman Birthday card gives you some inspiration for your next project.  Maybe you have some inspiration you can share with us.  Please leave a comment below if you have questions or an idea to share!