Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I Surrender

Last week's worship service inspired today's journal entry. I knew immediately I wanted to have a silhouette and a sunset and this was the end result. It has been so refreshing to have another creative outlet through artful worship. I hope that my Bible journal entries inspire you to look at Scripture in a new and refreshing way or to find other creative ways to build your relationship with Jesus.

For today's entry, I did a pencil outline of the silhouette and the "I Surrender," then used my Stampin' Up! ink pads and sponges to sponge the color. I punched a circle into some card stock for the sun and sponged it first, then added the other color after. After sponging the entire page, I went back over the pencil outline with my trusty Micron 08 pen. Before I sponged the page, I masked off the scripture for the page so it would stand out from the color on the page.

Last week's worship set list included:

Praise Goes On (Elevation Worship)

Fill This Place (Red Rocks Worship)

I Surrender (Hillsong)

I Will Exalt (Bethel)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Happy Spring

Spring has arrived, one of my favorite times of year! Flowers are blooming, the weather is gorgeous, the sunshine lasts longer...this month's Paper Pumpkin project was this adorable spring wreath. Paper Pumpkin is a monthly craft project kit that you can subscribe to for less than $20 per month (that includes tax/shipping!). Each month, you get a different craft project with all of the necessary materials (except regular adhesive) to assemble the project. These projects are designed with the busy crafter in mind and should take less than 30 minutes to complete. Super simple, and you're left with something adorable! :) New to crafting? No worries! You can feel confident with Paper Pumpkin using the detailed (simple) instructions to complete the project!

For more information about Paper Pumpkin, or to start your monthly subscription, visit the Paper Pumpkin website and just put in my name (Amy Watson) when it asks for your Demonstrator. :)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

It's never too early to start thinking about Mother's Day...and what better way to say "I love you" to your mom than to give her a handmade card? Okay, so there are a lot of things your mom would probably like better, but a handmade card pairs very nicely with a great gift. ;) This card and 3D box features the Pansy Punch. The 3D box was made using the Gift Box Punch Board, making 3D boxes super simple! This box measures 2.5" x 2.5" x 2.5" and would hold a lot of nice little treasures for your mom.

(Sorry for the spoiler on your card Mom!) :)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

My Soul Finds Rest

Painting with acrylic paints has become a new favorite for me for Bible Journaling. The layout/design for this page was inspired by this post on Instagram, but I focused on Psalm 62:1-2, "My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress. I will never be shaken." Such a great reminder when your mind is unsettled. He is always with you, and you can rest in knowing He will take care of all of your needs.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Be Still and Wait

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him." Psalm 37:7....this scripture has always been hard for me, mostly because I struggle with patience a lot. We live in a world that demands immediate answers and attention, and as a person I'm not different. But through the years, over and over again, it's in the times where the Lord tells me to be still and wait that the outcome always comes out better than I could ever imagine.

I was reviewing some old journal notes today and came across this scripture and the following passage that I had included with it (a blurb from the She Reads Truth daily devotional): "It's easy to forget God is in total control. We serve a God who fulfills His promises, and it is His delight to reveal Himself amidst a swirl of troubles. He calls us to be still and wait patiently, and in His goodness, even gifts us with the faith to do so. Even before the floodwaters swell over our head, He has already prepared a safe passage." I knew immediately that I wanted it to be today's journal entry.

I used this journal entry from my Pinterest board for inspiration, though since her post was just an Instagram photo I had no instructions on how she created the page, so I just stepped out and tried to recreate it on my own. I stamped the image using my "Blended Bloom" stamp in black StaZon ink, followed by adding the journaling with my Micron 01 black pen. For the color, I mixed hot pink acrylic craft paint with some water to dilute it down and used my Aqua Painter brush to do a water coloring technique. For the lighter pink, I mixed hot pink and white acrylic craft paint and then mixed in some water to dilute it further. Be sure to put a piece of wax paper behind your page before you paint to keep it from bleeding through. As you can see, the back side of the page looks brand new with nothing coming through!

The acrylic painting medium is becoming a fast favorite of mine. I love the vibrant color it gives. I look forward to doing more with paints in the future. It's not so scary--give it a try!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Basketball Birthday

My brother-in-law just celebrated his milestone 30th birthday. As part of the celebration, my sister planned a surprise party for him and enlisted my help on some of the festivities. With Brad being an avid basketball fan, she opted for a basketball/OKC Thunder theme. I made a birthday banner for the fireplace, food name tents, water bottle labels, the invitations, and the candy favors. I enjoyed making these and "free handing" the basketballs after punching them out using my 1-3/8" circle punch.

I'm currently smack dab in the midst of a craft room makeover and my craft room is inaccessible, so I haven't been able to craft anything to post here. Photos and a post from the makeover coming soon! :)

Monday, March 28, 2016

A New Creation

I've been wanting to try acrylic paint in my Bible journal since I first began, but I'll be honest, this medium scared me to death. If you mess up, you can't come back from that--it's a commitment. Well, let me say it was way easier than I thought it would be! Rest easy, I promise. A friend recommended that I buy the cheapest acrylic paint they make, so that's just what I did. She noted that the cheaper paints don't bleed through the pages like some of the quality, thicker paints do. I used the keycard technique, where you dab the edge of a hotel keycard (or credit card/gift card) and run it along the page. This creates a very thin layer that you can still see through.

I then added smaller sections of pink, yellow, and green for highlights on the turquoise. Before I painted, I put a layer of wax paper underneath the page to protect any leaking through but nothing even soaked through! Amazing!

You can use a heat tool to set the paint if you have any thick spots, but I didn't really need it. The paint dried super quick. I had a paper towel on hand to help also, but really only used it to clean off the key card between colors.

Lastly, I used black stickers for the lettering and stamped my butterfly stamps using StaZon ink. This stamp set is the Papillon Potpourri from Stampin' Up!.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

He is Risen!

I knew I wanted to do an Easter journal entry and I went several directions before I finally landed here--focusing on the cross and the fact that Christ arose rather than the crucifixion itself. I used my pastel oil chalks for this design. I'm starting to get comfortable with them, though the blending of the sunrise took me a while before I was happy with it. It's hard to cover up mistakes (or opportunities as I call them!) using this medium, but I managed. :)

I'm so thankful for what this journal entry represents in my life! Happy Easter everyone!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Breakfast with the Bunny

One of the things that I do working at the Tulsa Zoo is organize events. Mostly private events like weddings, company picnics, proms, etc, but a few times throughout the year my team puts together a ticketed event, such as Breakfast with the Bunny. This was the second year for the event and we ended up selling out the first session three weeks early and added a second session, which also ended up selling out!

A large part of this event revolves around photos with the Easter Bunny. This year we opted for a garden theme, including life size carrots, a windmill, and a real garden. Nicolas and I worked all week to build the windmill, Karen and I created the life size carrots, and with the help of our horticulture department, we successfully created a real garden for the display. It was a lot of work, but I was very pleased with the end result. I love a good challenge, and this display certainly had its challenges to work through. :)

To facilitate seating, we pre-assign tables for the guests. I always enjoy creating something cute that correlates with the theme of the event. I opted for round table number markers pulling the green and orange from the garden theme and adding little punch art bunnies. The bunnies are made from a few retired Stampin' Up! punches, but you could certainly substitute for something comparable. For these I used a small oval, small circle, and a flower petal for the ears.

Overall, it was a great day and we had an awesome turn out. The guests seemed to enjoy it and I'm so proud of my team for putting together an awesome event for zoo guests!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter carrot

Easter is right around the corner, and there's nothing more that I enjoy than sharing holiday treats with friends! For my monthly stamp club this month, we focused on Easter goodies, and this Easter sour cream container was the 3D project we made. It's filled with Starburst jelly beans-YUM! These are pretty simple to make and replicate in batches, so I whipped up 12 of these little guys to give to some of my work friends at lunch this week.

Sour cream container Designer Series Paper measures 6" x 4" before being adhered. I used the fringe scissors to make the top of the carrot.

Happy Easter!!

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