Blessed by God

A few weeks ago we headed off to Medicine Hat for my niece’s baptism so I made a card using the Playful Palate designer series paper and the Blessed by God stamp set.  I also chose to use the Sweet Sugarplum ink  and ribbon to make it a bit girly! The lace-like strip was an adhesive-backed ribbon that I purchased somewhere, sometime, but have no idea, sorry!  If you ever see some, please let me know, I have loved it! img_2315

Thought I would share this stamp set as it withstands time and will forever be in my collection. Purchase it here! 

Here is a photo of all the supplies I used, including the stamp set (sorry it need rotation, couldn’t quite figure it out).

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My favourite Project Life-er!

Today I’m going to brag about my favourite Project Life-er, @kaezmum!

This week she is blogging and creating videos sharing her expertise on all things Project Life!! She is also offering a project life class on November 3rd in Okotoks, comment below or contact me directly for more information!

Check out today’s post by Jenn!

Need December daily Project Life supplies, like these??? Click here!

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Halloween make n’take last week… next week Christmas Card Club Night #2….but a birthday party first!

Hey Everyone!! I’ve been super busy getting ready for Olivia’s 6th birthday tomorrow so I haven’t posted in week, so sorry!

We are still in October, right? Halloween, here we come!  So last weekend I did a party for a group of ladies at their monthly crop and the hostess picked a Halloween make n take with the cookie cutter punch and coordinating Halloween stamps.  She picked this card and it was super fun to make! Check out the video and credit to Wendy Cranford!

Halloween Cookie Cutter Card – Wendy Cranford – video here!

A modification on the idea that one of the attendees created is super cute as she opted for a vertical card instead of the horizontal, super cute!

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Yes, my Christmas cards club night #2 or 3 is coming up next week on Tuesday night!  We are making cards using the detailed Santa thinlit and some gorgeous glimmar paper in silver and red, as well as the warmth and cheer designer series paper!! Lots of photos to come, watch for an upcoming post!

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So after making about 85 cupcakes yesterday and trying to run errands while the twins were at preschool this morning, I’m still feeling rushed getting cupcakes iced to take into her class tomorrow for her birthday.  Her party is Saturday so more cupcakes to ice for that one and still haven’t make the meatballs I was planning to make for our family meal 🙂 and we are off to hockey this eve…. Okay, enough about that!  Watch for the detailed Santa thinlit class post coming, probably on Sunday or Monday!  Thank you the ladies in my club that are waiting to see some final samples as I have been crazy busy and haven’t posted he final products yet, thankfully they all trust me that they will be awesome!!

 

Bible Art Journaling…the journey of a creative Catholic

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Art journalling, and specifically Bible art journalling, was introduced to me last year when there was an article in Creative Scrapbooker magazine about this beautiful craft, and I knew it was for me!  That being said, there were a few hurtles to overcome, one being that I’m super scared of mess!  Yes, like the mess that gets your hands wet and sticky, and requires being close to a sink.  Yes, you can laugh now.  I’m a paper crafter that likes neat, tidy and clean lines.  I’ve watched my friend, @kaezmum for years, create beautiful mixed media as we scrapbook together and I aspire to be so “wild and crazy”.  So hurtle one was to get over that fear, embrace gesso and acrylic paints and just let the art take me away…Flash forward and I have gesso (still not opened) and have discovered Illustrated Faith and all their beautiful goodies that are calling my name to order, especially the paints, “Amen” washi and the YouTube channel is addictive!  So hurtle number two, why as a Catholic school teacher and someone fairly in-tune with the creative world, at least at the social media level,had I not heard about any Catholic art journaling, in the online world or face-to-face??

So next I did a bit of Googling, only to find, well, to not find a Catholic journaling Bible.  There were oodles out there, but all Protestant in nature.  I did found this journaling Bible, but it’s super pricey so let’s backtrack and see why this is the only one out there?  So, was this something that the church wouldn’t approve of?  That really didn’t seem possible to me, I mean, as long as we are reading the world and worshipping our God, how could that be wrong?  As a Catholic school teacher (at the time, stay-at-home-mom now), this just didn’t seem like something that which the church wouldn’t approve.  I asked my colleague, and book of knowledge on everything Catholic, and he hadn’t heard of any Catholic art journals or of it becoming something for which he was aware.  I continued to Google and continued to fall in love with the idea of doing it, feeling as though perhaps God is calling me to open the book and become closer to him by art journalling the word.  I mean, let’s be honest, Catholics are horrible for reading the Bible!  Seriously, when’s the last time you saw a Catholic take a Bible out at church, or even own one for that matter?  It almost feels like if you were to do so, others would be judging you and putting expectations on you that would make you feel uncomfortable.  The Christians out there reading this, especially those that read the Bible, go to Bible study and actually reference the word, are thinking the Catholics are the weakest Christians going.  It must also be acknowledged that some may just not approve of writing at all in a Bible, so perhaps I’m just of a generation that thinks this is a great idea, but the Catholic world hasn’t seen a market for such a Bible, yet. Before I get any hate mail on this, please understand these are my opinions only, not at all connected to Stampin Up (whom as Mormons, completely know how to read a Bible! and I admire that!) or the Catholic Church.  So, where to next in the journey?

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Time has gone by, I have started to brave the world of mess, I even recently attended a painting class using acrylics, was really stepping out of the comfort zone!  (see photo above)  And the draw to dive into this Bible art journalling is still calling my name.  I read numerous articles and Catholic sites regarding the different types of Bibles out there, and what really is the difference between those that the Christians that are doing all the art journaling online are using and the Catholic translations.  I knew the one I have, the NRSV is approved, since my Catholic school division gave it to us as a gift, that’s approval in my books.  However, I’d like to keep that as my reading Bible (for the reading I may do as a result of my new found connection to the scripture through art).  My colleague said anything St Ignatious is his first choice, but no journalling version out there, please correct me if you find one!  My research has continued, and I found this wonderful Catholic mom @catholicicing and her post regarding having this same challenge! So I can officially tell myself I’m not losing my mind, or am horrible at using Google 🙂

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More recently, she posted that her pick is the Catholic study Bible, however, still not ideal in my opinion since you still have to cover up sections of notes with white label stickers to allow for your art and journalling.  Basically, I’m asking for the moon because I want a Catholic Bible for art journalling!!

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I proceeded to admire the many Christian options out there, humming and hawing about whether to just use those (reading the word is better than not at all, right?) or continue to stick to my mission and make a Catholic one work.  I happened to find a King James version of a Bible, at the dollar store, seriously, for $1, I couldn’t resist!! At least I will start with this to try out the art itself (play with that gesso that is collecting dust, and spring for the starter kit from Illustrated Faith)  and see where that takes me, before investing in a more expensive one.  I’ll keep you posted, if all goes well, I’d like to offer it as a group, and see if there are others out there, especially Catholic women, whom would love this art, but it just hasn’t made itself present to them.  If you are in the Okotoks/Calgary area an interested in learning more along with me, comment/email/let me know.  AND, if you are a Bible publishing company reading this, please create a Catholic art journaling Bible (and not for an outrageous price!).

Lastly, today I found this:  Bible Journaling as Lectio Divina and all became clear!  Thank you, Jenny, @TheLittlestWay, for so clearly breaking down for us something Catholics can connect with, Lectio Divina, and how art journaling only adds to the benefits of this form of reflective worship.  I will embrace the lectio divina method of Bible art journaling and share my experiences in the future.

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Become a Stampin’ Star!

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I love being creative and I love it even more when I get to share and learn from others! One of the aspects of Stampin’ Up I enjoy so most is the gatherings with other demonstrators, be that with my upline, my team, or at conventions.  I’ve been with Stampin Up for just over two years and have been to three conventions!  I just jump at the chance to go!!  The fun, the swaps, the vibe and, of course, the prize patrol, are just a high I can’t resist!  I’ve been to a North American convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, and even got to visit home office!! At the local level, we came together in Edmonton, Alberta, last November, and I’m pumped to share I’m headed off to Vancouver in early November to spend a day learning, loving and doing Stampin Up fun!  We are the first to see the new Occasions catalogue for 2017 at that convention!  But most of all, I love getting to know others that share my passion for paper crafting, stamping, memory keeping and just being creative!

So why should you join Stampin’ Up, and specifically my team, the Stampin Stars?

ALL Stampin Up demonstrators get –

  • 20% discount on product, and grows with you!
  • Early access to catalogues and product
  • New product promotions
  • International Facebook groups with over 10 000 demonstrators and endless idea sharing!
  • Free product, rewards and trips!
  • Stampin’ Success bi-monthly magazine, only for demonstrators!

As extra perks for being  a part of my stamping community, my Stampin Stars team gets –

  • Bi-monthly meetings for support and collaboration
  • Team swaps
  • Team Facebook group
  • Team recognitions
  • My support and encouragement!
  • A creative outlet!

The starter kit is also a great deal! For only $135, you get to pick $165 worth of product of your choice!!  From hobby demonstrators who only want the discount, to those of you that want to grow a business and share your talents and gifts with others, our team and Stampin Up has something for you!  Would love to see you at my next team meeting on November 17th, in person, or virtually!

Click here to join my team of Stampin Stars!

This is me at the home office in Salt Lake City, Utah!!

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Halloween Card featuring Stampin’ Up!

A super awesome team member sharing her talents and gifts with you all! Way to go, Jenn!

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A couple of weeks ago our awesome little Stampin’ Up team had coffee and cake meeting, hosted by our lovely leader!  We also had a card swap, so I whipped a fun Halloween card featuring the new Jar of Haunts stamp set, and using the Everyday Jars dies that correspond to the stamps.  I really love this set of dies, and I’m especially happy that Stampin’ Up has released a set of Christmas stamps and the Halloween stamps, to accompany the dies (there is already the Jars of Love stamps that go with the set, as well).  I just love how much use you can get out of each set of stamps, and the dies!!!  Endless possibilities, but Halloween is my FAVOURITE, so I couldn’t wait to use my new stamps 🙂

I’m not really a card maker, but I let my camera run to capture my process, and thought…

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2 Days left of the celebratory sales!! AND 6 days left for the BOGO Paper Pumpkin!

World Card-making celebration has these extra deals for you!  If you want any of these sales, message/text/email asap and I will get them ordered for you!  Deadline is midnight tomorrow night.

wcmd_shareable-1_oct0116_nawcmd_flyer_demo_oct0116_ca – Here are the deals!!

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Remember that draw I said I’d do for all those that followed my blog in the first week?

Yes, I do too, but, admittedly, I did forget. 🙂 SOOOOOO, without further adieu, the winner is: Lynn Mortensen!! And what does she get for being a keener and a great support of Your Stampin Scrapbooker?  A package of our beautiful metallic foil doilies!!  I know she will make some beautiful cards using them, and I will bring more bling into the lives of my customers. 🙂
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Also, check out my previous posts, I’m giving away a paper stack to every new subscriber of Paper Pumpkin that selects me as their demonstrator!  Only 6 days left and you will have your first kit shipped after the 11th of this month!  Email me for more info! janleygrant@hotmail.com

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