Wilna’s Bear Coffee Cup Challenge

So this past friday night, Eleanor and I were hanging in the craft room and felt like watching some crafty vids on youtube while we played with glue and stuff. I scrolled through my subscriptions and came upon Wilna Furstenberg. And I was like.. “Yes!” She is our favorite paper crafter to watch on Youtube and it had been a while since we tuned in. So the first video we came across was this adorable coffee cup album featuring these adorable bears. As we continued to watch, she started talking about having a contest for whomever makes one of these albums and shares it on instagram. So we looked at each other and said, “Let’s DO IT!” And then we immediately scrambled into the kitchen to look for some paper coffee cups. We didn’t find any. It was almost 11pm. We walked out into the living room to ask Daryl if he thought Dunkin Donuts might still be open. He said yes and requested a hot chocolate. That was good enough for us, so we hopped in the car and drove to DD.

They were closed.

But luckily across the street from Dunkin is a McDonalds. That was open, so we decided to grab a few cups of hot beverage there. We got back home, dumped the liquid, and started working.

Wilna had links to some downloads we could use in the album. First, there were the ADORABLE watercolor bear images that she created! And also there were beautiful frames you could use to embellish your album. She also included cut files you could use for your Silhouette Cameo. Part of me is glad she included these cut files because it forced me to finally try out the print and cut feature on this machine. I can’t believe how long I’ve had my Silhouette and have never print and cut. It was so easy. And it really saved time fussy cutting images.

I was originally going to make my album about Norma, but as I scrolled through my phone, I had all these pictures of Eleanor posing in her Christmas Eve dress that I decided it would be a good way to use them.

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Here are the details for this challenge if anyone else would like to play along: http://wilnafurstenberg.com/bears

You should visit her site anyway because she is amazing! Love her.

Eleanor chose to feature her new baby cousin Joshua. Sometimes I think she thinks he’s her doll that she can just play with as she pleases. So far, he lets her. He’s quite a content little guy. So we printed out some of the pics I had of them for her album. The cover is a cute snapchat pic of him as a deer. lol.  He makes a pretty cute little deer.

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She loved the bear illustrations so much I think she used them all! They are adorable. The one I chose for my cover has a little dog on it’s head… which is why I originally wanted to do an album about Norma, … I might still do that. I saved another coffee cup.   On top of a lot of bears, Eleanor also used a bucket of hot glue sticks. I had to pick a lot of strings off her album when she was done. lol.  And it also made her album much bulkier than mine. I think she did a great job. It came out super cute!

We had so much fun making these albums. If anyone else decides to try one, we’d love to see it! The instagram hashtag is #bearscoffeecupchallenge.

Anyway, thanks again Wilna for the inspiration. See ya’ll later!

 

God Bless!

 

 

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Bible Journaling – Ephesians 2:8-9 and Illustrated Faith unboxing

So this week I got an amazing surprise in the mail from a dear friend! This women amazes me.  Even if her own life is in chaos, she still seems to find time to touch others on a daily basis!

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So she sent me one of these devotional kits I’ve been stalking for a while on various social medias. Shanna Noel is the founder of this product and it’s really taken off since we’ve all been gettin’ artsy fartsy with our bibles.

Check out the website here: Illustrated Faith

So I was so excited to dive into this! I decided to do an unboxing to start of the bible journaling video this week. So check it out if you’re curious as to what is in this devotional kit!

Kevin also makes an appearance in this video since he’s been MIA for awhile…

This week’s verse for the #Scripturememorychallenge was:

Ephesians 2: vs. 8-9 NIV

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

I added 10 in there too…  just coz. This is the NIV translation. My journaling bible is ESV so it’s slightly different, but that’s the gist.

ESV VERSION:

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

I can’t wait for this weeks sermon to be posted, it was so good, our Pastor explained this verse perfectly. And you can expect that in EVERY sermon, Pastor Pina brings the Gospel! And he doesn’t bring it in a basket of flowers with a pat on the back. He brings it in a bucket of conviction with a kick in the pants. 

Here is a link to the page where you can listen or view sermons.  There is also some there from our good friend Booky!  lol  So this weeks isn’t there yet, but check back and I will also try to let you know when it is.

Shadyrest Bible Church Sermons

We’ve been going through the Sola series:

They are as follows: “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture Alone); “Sola Gratia” (Grace Alone); “Sola Fide” (Faith Alone); “Solus Christus” (Christ Alone); and “Soli Deo Gloria” (To God Alone Be Glory).

This past week we were on Sola Gratia. Grace alone. And this verse from Ephesians speaks it clearly. It is through God’s Grace that you have been saved! Not of your own works! You can’t save yourself! You can’t check off a list of good works to get yourself to heaven. You’ll just have to come back for the sermon by Pastor Pina to get the idea is this makes no sense to you. Because really, he did such an amazing job of digging into this, I couldn’t even begin… lol.

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And amazingly enough, I was shown grace through this gift I got from my friend. She purchased this gift, had it sent to me, and I received it. I didn’t do anything good to be able to enjoy this awesome gift! I did nothing at all! She paid for it and gave it to me even though I’m a rotton sinner. Lol.  Ironically enough, Pastor uses this example in his sermon… and then exactly as he said it, it happened to me days later. Amazing. That’s what the song Amazing Grace is about people! It’s amazing because we don’t deserve it.

 

So anyway, here’s my process video. It couldn’t be more fitting this week as I share the Grace that was shown to me for me to be able to get creative with my bible journaling through the gift of a friend. I got a little messy with this weeks journaling page… but like I say in the video… there’s no wrong way to do this! Just enjoy the process and the time in God’s word!

God Bless!

 

 

 

Bible Journaling and the Scripture Memory Challenge

So we’re doing this thing at our church where we are memorizing scripture together. Pastor Pina at Shadyrest Bible Church is encouraging us to video ourselves reciting the scripture. HA! So far we have done one short vid from week one… and have enjoyed some of our friends videos. I think it’s a great idea and I hope more folks will join in! Even if you’re not a member at our church, feel free to join us! It would be awesome to get a giant flood of scripture videos going! And that can only lead to some enlightening conversation!

For week one, we did Romans 3:28

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Like a lot of you, I’ve recently gotten into Bible Journaling. And I have to say this is probably the best way to memorize scripture! I do have a checklist for everyday where I can keep track of my verses, but when you actually take a good amount of time to sit down and write out the verse like this, embellishing it, and really thinking about each word… it tends to just stick in your brain like glue. The picture you’ve created with it allows your minds eye to just capture it and call upon it when needed.

So even though I haven’t done this with every verse I’ve tried to memorize, I am going to try to make an effort to do this with our church group memorization. For this one I did a process video. I admit, it’s not my favorite page I’ve done, but nonetheless, it serves it’s purpose of helping me to dive into and think about the text.

You can see half-way through I end up covering up a word and re-drawing it because I didn’t like the way it came out… but that’s the beauty of this… there are no mistakes! Just like life, you never arrive and you’re always learning.

This week’s verse was 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God2 may be complete, equipped for every good work.

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It was a lot of words to fit, now that I look at it, I don’t know why I didn’t group the teaching part in with the other “for ____ ” parts.

I’ll have to remember that for my next journaling bible. lol.

Here’s my process video:

And here is Eleanor’s page!  She’s also memorizing scripture along with us!

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So now onto the scripture memorization video! Have a blessed week!

xoxox

Fitty

 

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 5 – Scripture Present Tags

It’s Monday and we’re gonna make this evenings craft light and easy.

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All that is really required are some tags and some pens.. perhaps a stamp or watercolors.

You can grab these tags pretty cheap at any craft store, or you could make your own.  They also sell tag punches.

Here is a link to a tag/twine duo on Amazon: Kraft Tags

And here is a link to a Tag punch: PUNCH

So it all depends on how much you think you will actually use tags.  I end up using them more than can think of.  Most frequently I use them in scrapbooking. And sometimes they end up in my planner or as a bookmark.

 

I had a pile of these Kraft tags, so I decided to use them to make some decorations for my Christmas presents. For some reason, I love the look of a brown Kraft tag hanging off a gift or gift bag. I went pretty rustic and simple with my designs.

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I started of by edging the tags with a dark ink. This is one of those little steps that I feel like if I skip, makes such a big difference. It really just adds such a nice punch to the border. Then I ended up putting a base of watercolor. Nothing special, just any kinda color to give it a pale coating. Little dripping on some, but mostly a light wash.  After that I decided what Scripture to use on each. And though you might be the type of person who hates their handwriting, I think this is the type of project that lends well to a variety of writing styles. Because of the craft and the watercolor, it kind of already has a crafty look, so I think the imperfect handwriting really lends well to it.

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I do have one set of Scripture stamps from Close to my heart so I used one stamp from that for the Anchor tag. So I might have picked something else to go with this Anchor, like Hebrews 6:19, but in this instance I actually thought that block print went well visually with it. I have some anchor themed fabric, so I used that to eyeball while I was drawing this one. It was kinda a no-brainer because I used the fabric to make myself a zipper pouch to hold my pens and highlighters so it was sitting right next to me. I just kinda looked over and said… “Oh… that would make a good tag graphic…”

“19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil

 Hebrews 6

The pens I used to doodle with are these MICRON pens. They are the 005 size so ideal for super skinny lines.

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So yea, I think before we get all wrapped up in the shopping spirit, we ought not to forget why we are here and why we are celebrating Christmas in the first place. It may not be the day exactly, but let our hearts be on the right track and our minds in the right place.

I made a nice, short video of the doodling if you so choose to set your eyes, other than that, enjoy this week of Thanksgiving and God Bless!

For some reason the music is taking a bit to attach itself to this vid, so if it’s still silent, I apologize… but should be together shortly!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 1- Old Book Advent Calendar

Well it’s the first day of the 12 crafts of Christmas series Roo and I are hosting for this year!  Here is the trailer we put together:

This will involve 12 DAYS of crafts that you can make to prepare for the holidays or just to watch for fun while you’re doing your own Christmas crafts… We hope to distract you from the stress and anxiety of Christmas and focus on setting aside time to have fun with friends and family!

Some of the projects are related to home decor, some can be used to make as presents, and some are just for fun. Skills included are some basic sewing, easy crocheting or knitting, kid crafts, and a little scrapbooking/altered type projects. From November 19-30, there will be one craft video posted each evening. Though we are by no means experts in any of this, we thought it would be fun to share what we like to do.  Because after all, that’s what life is about, sharing, growing, and connecting with people.  So feel free to comment with tips on more effective ways of getting the same results…. or maybe an altered version of one of our projects that you came up with! We love getting new ideas!

I have to warn you, so far these videos are turning out way longer than we had planned, so I’ll try and post minute markers as to where the meat is if you’re short on time. A little shenaniganing is expected but not completely necessary to make any of these crafts were are carrying.

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Day 1’s craft is going to be an ongoing thing throughout the 12 days.  Because it’s a rather lengthy project, it was not completed in entirety before video one was scheduled to be posted. So I thought it might be fun to do a final reveal on day 12. And because it’s an advent calendar, December 1st will see it’s first use anyway…    Also, I think it’s the kind of project that sparks ideas as you go.  So I don’t think it will ever be completely finished. I plan on adding photos to it for upcoming years as well.

Old Book Advent Calendar

For this craft you will need:

  1. 25 Old books
  2. Mod podge
  3. Binder Clips or some sorta clamp
  4. Decorative fabric and paper
  5. Embellishments…  stickers… stamps… buttons… etc…
  6. Optional: paint or watercolor..
  7. An exacto knife, or anything you might think will work to cut through the pages easily.
  8. Coffee or hot chocolate
  9. Snacks

As far as the books go, I’ve collected them over the years at yard sales, flea markets, or consignment type shops. You can use new books, but I just feel the old falling apart ones give a little charm.  But after all, you are going to decorate them how you like, so you can give em a little antique look if they aren’t quite old enough. Or you could go for a more modern looking set. You might use newer books and make a sleeker design. Maybe even use a set of Christmas childrens books? There are endless ideas you could come up with….  easiest and more inexpensive way is to come up with something that uses stuff you already have.

And even if you don’t want to go to all the trouble to make an advent calendar, you could also just make a few to give as as photo gifts for grandparents or whomever!  Just use the book as a frame and decorate!

So here is Video 1 for the 12 Crafts of Christmas:  I reccomend watching in HD.


I’ve uploaded it to the max 1080, but 720 is also acceptable… lower than that and the craft is harder to view…   so just adjust your quality because I think the default is 360.  And on top of that, we were forced to record at night… and we used the ipad since I have yet to get a new camera since it busted…  so overall filming quality was not at it’s best from the get go…   yikes!

The craft actually starts around minute 9…  heh..

Thanks for watching, and stay tuned for our special guest in tomorrow’s video!

 

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Bible Journaling

Fitty

So Roo and I cracked open our new Journaling Bibles so we thought we’d share a couple of the pages we were working on.

The bible we both have is the ESV Journaling Bible from Crossway.  Besides being adorable, it’s small enough to carry around and enjoy wherever whenever. Available on Amazon here: ESV journaling bible

I started in Nehemiah because that’s where we are at church right about now. My first journal was actually something our Pastor said because I loved it so much. “You cannot hide a heart that has been broken by God.”

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Though I plan to be pretty messy with this Bible, I like to kinda jot important things on sticky notes first, then decide what I want the focus of the journaling to be.  So most of the time, it will probably be my favorite scripture or passage from the pages, but sometimes, you just need a beautiful statement like this to look back on.

And as Roo and I were journaling together, we decided to go back and highlight all the verses she had already learned in Awana, so I did the same in mine.  So of course, we started with John 3:16:

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So if you don’t know the Gospel, there ya have it right there:

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Which is the whole point of EVERYTHING…  funny how I didn’t learn that in the Roman Catholic church growing up…

Roo went on to 1 Corinthians as well. She used some stamping on this page and then actually colored them in with highlighters. We both sponged a bit of ink for our backgrounds.

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We are having so much fun doing this, and I think it’s really helping her and I memorize scripture as well.  We hope you’ll join us and share your journaling! God Bless and have a great week!

YTLH Double Time- JULY- Sketch

The YouTube Layout Hop for July is now under way….

If you’d like to join in on the action, click here:  YTLH

It was extra special for us because Roo got to join in on the fun this month!  She did an awesome job!

The theme this month was “Sketch.”  For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s when you base your layout on a “sketch” or an outline of sorts.  This design was created by one of our members: Meital Tene Zeevi

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Sooooo…  we had to base our projects off of this sketch.

Roo used some pics from last summer of her and her cousin Luke at the beach and boardwalk…  (from the same pile of pics I’m using for the Beach mini album)

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I love seeing the evolving mess that occurs when she gets into her work.  lol.  And I guess it’s not so far off from what my side of the table looks like after a project…

 Roo’s layout:

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Stuff Roo used:

Mists
Masks
Stamps
Washi Tape
Stickers, Stickers, Stickers…
Cardstock from Chalk it Up workshop kit

 

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At some point she got into her sticker bin and then it was all over… anything went…  Hawaiian… Halloween… Hello Kitty…  iCarly…  and I think she even says something in her video about not caring that it’s not Halloween…

And speaking of the vid, here it is:

 

Fitty’s Layout:

And for my layout, I used a recent pic from the week before of Roo in the grass patiently awaiting  for R5 to hit the stage.

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Stuff Fitty used:

Close to my heart “Chalk it up” workshop kit

Close to my heart craft heater

Heidi Swapp Texture paste
Heidi Swapp Planner embellishments
Heidi Swapp Color Shine
Heidi Swapp Mini Stencils

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I used something new in this layout… Texture Paste!  Love it!  It dried pretty fast and I used it just like modeling paste.  A bit thinner and the Heidi Swapp brand I got came in a bunch of colors.  Really happy with the results!  And I even sewed through it… (don’t do that)

So you decide who stuck to the sketch best…   I think we both kinda strayed a bit…

Here’s my vid:


Both our vids have a similar intro.  We decided to get silly since Roo was joining in the fun…  But we kinda ran outta time due to the fact we were leaving for PA for four days and getting back today, so that left no editing time or uploading time.  And we all know it can sometimes take 3 days for your video to upload.  hahaha

Enjoy the weekend!

XOXOOXOX Fitty

P.S.  I also started my own crafty group on Facebook so if you’d like to join in and share some arts and some crafts, come on over! Fitty and Roo’s Glue Sniffers Club

July YTLH is sponsored by:

Caroles Crafts UK
http://www.carolescraftsuk.co.uk

2cuteink
http://www.2cuteink.com/

Fitty links:

Instagram: http://instagram.com/fittybrainpantsh…
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fittys…
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/fittyupdike/
Close to My Heart Shop: http://fitty.ctmh.com/Default.aspx

More Summer Art

Well… this was supposed to be within the realm of the hashtag #LoveSummerArt party, but youtube decided it didn’t want to upload my video till wednesday… so it missed the cut-off!

But none the less, it is an update to my Mini Beach Album!

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These pages feature Norah and Eleanor again. The left photo being my favorite from the whole bunch all together…

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These pages use a lot of gel medium in matte.  I kinda use it to hold the whole thing together.

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Also in use are the following:

Stamps, mists, misc. book pages, scrapbook paper, a piece of flair, stamps, thread, a couple brads, black india ink, watercolor, and a very delicate die cut made by my Silhouette.  LOVE THAT MACHINE!!!

And here is the process vid!

#LoveSummerArt

So there’s this amazing Hashtag Party goin’ on this weekend and it’s all kinds of Artastic!!  #LOVESUMMERART

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If you’re an artist/creator youtuber, you can join the facebook group here: Youtube Channel Art and Crafts

If you are not a youtube creator and just want to enjoy the Arty vids, then just simply type in the hashtag #LoveSummerArt in the search bar on youtube and see what comes up!  I happened upon this by accident really… lol.  So as usual, I had like a day to come up with something… but it gave me an opportunity to pick up something I started and never finished.

So here is my #LoveSummerArt vid:

I had started a “beach” mini last June, and then with all the moving that went on this year, my arts and crafts were mostly in boxes so I never got the chance to finish it, but now that I’m back in business, I’m aiming to get it done within the next couple weeks.

I used this printable canvas for the cover image as well as an image of my daughter and my neice running on the beach.

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Love this stuff! I use it for sewing projects, but it also works great for scrapbooking. This brand was a bit sturdier than I like it to be for sewing projects, but it’s great for this purpose. It’s made by Printworks.

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So I did one 2 page layout using that large canvas photo of my daughter and my neice, and another 2 page layout using 4 photos of my daughter and nephews.

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It was so much fun, I hope to get another video up by monday… or perhaps Roo might wanna do one too…  Weekends are always super busy so it’s hard to get stuff together, but we will try!

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So anyway, we will surely share whatever we come up with next!  Have a great week!

 

Fitty & Roo

 

 

Scrapping Double with Fitty and Roo!

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Last night Roo decided it was time she made her own crafty process video.  And I have to say she did a pretty darn good job…  lol.  She even narrated it!

Since I still wanted to use the same photo she stole from me… I decided to make a game of it and have Roo and I both scrap process the same photo.  So I made a part 1 with Roo, and a part 2 with me.

So here’s Roo’s layout!

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She is OBSESSED with mists and masks!  Almost as much as modeling paste.  Had we not run out, she probably would’ve used that too…

 

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So I call this a success because no ink was spilled! ( I just jumped in whenever I saw something about to fall off the table…  )  I think she’s definitely leaning toward a more mixed media preference…  I think her finished product is beautiful!  Even though at some point I think she says that she wished she had purple mist…

And here is mine:

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I used one mask and one mist.  lol.   We both used watercolors. And we both used the same Heidi Swap Heart embellishments.

 

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That black ink is just a speedball India Ink.  My new fav…  when you want the blackest black.  Though I have no other black ink to compare to…  it does the job quite nicely enough that I’m not looking.

 

And here are our process videos!

Hope you like em’!

 

HAPPY JULY 4th!   Hope everyone has a safe, happy, and blessed weekend!