A fellow sister in Christ, Suzanne from P.S. Annie! shared the below video on her blog this week. It was the first time for me to see it. I love card tricks, but this one comes with an interesting twist that’s not only awesome, it is Sunspirational!
We are entering the end of the first quarter of this new year. Promises of lovely, warm weather with the return of life to God’s glorious world is on the horizon. This is what I am looking forward to!
…behold the beauty of the Lord…
My mother-in-law’s beautiful flowers
In 20 short days, spring will usher in with God’s handiwork doting roadways, fields, and yards. Do you feel inspired to start some flowers from seeds indoor to soon transplant outdoors? I have not entertained the idea, but am feeling encourage to try my hand at it. It’s been years, since I have done this. Are you ready to get your hands dirty? What’s inspiring you?
On Monday, DH & I ran around town enjoying a few light errands. Temperature-wise it was very mild, not all like late winter should be. Rain clouds were pushing into our area with the promise of thunderstorms developing during the night and they did.
I took this picture at Fort Loudon Lake in Farragut, Tennessee just outside of Knoxville. This outstretched tree hasn’t changed positions since we moved to the area and not until now did I see it with a photographic eye.
Envisioning this photo’s potential in B&W, I preserved the original aspects of my image and elected to photo edit at my imagination’s discretion.
Below are two new creations using the same photo changing them through the online photo-editor, Fotor.
The first one I applied the grayscale setting “Grey Popper”.
In this one, I used the Fotor preset “Sepia”.
By removing the color, the stark monochrome images allow the onlooker to sense winter’s chill and the foreboding, approaching storm. Standing at the lake, while gazing at the contorted tree, I wondered how long it has been there and of all the stories it could share, if only it could talk.
Trees can’t talk, but God speaks through trees and through all things around us, as this tree lies in its winter dormant state, I’m reminded of these words from the Bible.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. ~Psalm 1:3 KJV
Do you stand relentlessly steadfast for something or someone or both? What fruits do you bring forth for others to see?Save
This isn’t a very good picture. I knew the moment I took it that it wouldn’t be a great one, but I wanted to snap a quick shot regardless the outcome. Outside my kitchen window on Friday this is what I saw…
Can you see the cardinal? I grabbed my iPhone out of my pocket and maxed my camera’s digital zoom, then through the lower half of the window, which has a screen, I snapped this picture. Like I said, it’s not the best photo. However, I didn’t let the opportunity slip by me. As luck would have it by the time I got my big girl camera the cardinal was gone. This reminded me that it is always good to look for life’s inspirations, even when they appear on the surface as anything other than inspirational.
What has inspired you this week?
This week, my BIL’s wife had to undergo surgery. It was very similar to what I had last spring. The good news is everything went well and she shouldn’t have to worry with future health issues that forced her to have this procedure to begin with and that’s a super blessing in itself.
I decided it was time to undertake one of my rubber-stamp art DIY projects in making S special greetings to wish her well for a speedy recovery. Being short on time, I recalled an image that I stamped, but didn’t finish that would be perfect for the occasion.
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This is an easy card, I stamped the image on white card stock and tore the image out. To color the image, I used my Prismacolor pencils. FYI: Amazon has the Prismacolor 132-piece set that I have for an excellent price. These are awesome color pencils, and if you are in need of some then I highly recommend them. I glued a piece of blue vellum to my pre-cut & scored shimmery blue card, then glued the flower basket to the vellum. You will notice in the below image, you don’t see the butterfly that’s on the rubber-stamp. I felt it needed a little boost, so I applied directly overtop that butterfly a beautiful glittery butterfly sticker.
Card size: 5 ½” x 4 ¼ “
The wonderful thing about making one’s own cards is the inside is blank, which is very much like a canvas for the writer to unleash one’s poetic expressions or simple still one’s thoughtfulness. Poetic I am not, so I wrote our well wishes to S for a speedy recovery and hopes that she’s back to her old self soon.
This image is perfect for birthday, anniversary, thank-you, and get-well cards. Feel free to allow your imagination run wild as you make your own one-of-a-kind creation using this rubber-stamp design on Sunspiration!
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My favorite online site The Stampin Place had a end-of-year blow out sale last month, which I totally could not pass up. I love to buy the EZ-Cling mounted stamps. They are less expensive than the wood-block mounts and are easier to store.
The first hand-stamped greeting card I had planned to make this New Year was for DD#2 and SIL’s 2nd anniversary. The pair of chickadees seemed perfect for such an occasion. In a matter of seconds inspiration popped on like a light bulb in my mind.
Here is the result of the my design creativity….
What will you need for this DIY project? I tend to look for inspiration with materials on hand and came up with these things.
Supplies I used:
baby blue linen card stock for card (folded card size: 4 ¼” x 5 ½”)
1-piece dark blue card stock (size: 3 ½” x 4 ¼”)
1-piece white card stock (size: 3 ⅛” x 3 ⅞”)
soft coral parchment paper for inside card (folded slightly smaller than baby blue linen card stock)
Ink K-108 Chickadees stamp with Brilliance Graphite Black pigment ink and stamp image in the center of pre-cut white card stock.
Use stippled brushes to dab Color Box cyan & royal blue pigment inks on pre-cut white card stick to create sky background for the chickadees.
Color image using Prismacolor pencils.
Glue white card stock with image to center of dark blue card stock.
Ink F-348 Happy Anniversary stamp with Color Box Royal Blue pigment ink and stamp image in the center bottom of the baby blue linen card stock, allow ink to dry, and then go over lettering with copper star pen.*
Glue the two-piece card stock to the center of the baby blue linen card stock just above the Happy Anniversary phrase.
Cut parchment paper to fit inside card, and then glue down only one side of card to inside. Preferably the right side, as it seems to work the best.
Next, write your personal heart-felt sentiments on the parchment-lined card.
Finally, add your own “hand stamp by” image to the backside of the card to mark the one of kind greetings.
*You may want to use a gold stamp pad with gold embossing powder (heat to melt with an embossing iron) to make the “Happy Anniversary” phrase pop out. This is one correction I will make for future anniversary cards using this design.
The thing I like about the chickadees is that you can use it for a variety of greetings such as for feminine birthday, get well, or sympathy cards. Feel free to improvise with what you have. I am sure your card will turn out beautifully. I hope this tutorial gives you Sunspiration!
Over the past two weeks I have come across two or three bloggers excited over a little DIY project in which they put together a little thing called a gratitude jar.
What’s a gratitude jar? It’s simply a container that I will gradually fill with my blessings scribbled down on pieces of paper. There is no set time or day when I can add my thanksgivings to the gratitude jar. I can just do it when ever I feel especially happy about something in my life.
What do I need for a gratitude jar? All you need is a few basics, like a container, paper, and pen. I kept my DIY project simple using stuff I already had on hand, like an old 64 ounce jar my mother-in-law gave me . I decorated mine with a piece of purple polka dot ribbon. I am writing my happy moments on a small pad of colored stickies with whatever pen is handy. Some people get really creative with decorating their gratitude jar and doing more than just including written reminders such as adding small objects inside their gratitude jar. That’s cool. Just have fun with it!
What is the purpose of a gratitude jar? It is easy to loose sight of how good I have it. On December 31st, I will open my gratitude jar and begin to read all the grateful/happy moments that I wrote down throughout the year. Hopefully, my activity will bring a smile to my face, warm my heart, and fill me with a greater sense of gratitude whenam reminded of all the good things 2014 held for me. As the New Year rings in, I’ll throw out the old blessings to make room for the new ones.
Putting a twist on the gratitude jar. Is there someone in your life that’s difficult to buy for? I know I do. I thought why not use the gratitude jar principle and instead of writing down blessings from my life, but jot down reasons why I am thankful to have a certain person in my life periodically and then at a given time say like Christmas gift the gratitude jar to that person.