Welcome to November, friends. My favorite Month of the year!
I was eager to share in this months blog hop because of the "Strength" cue. I knew it would be inspiring and encouraging. I, personally, can't wait to visit all of the blogs in this hop.
My first thought on creating with the cue strength turned immediately to who I am in Christ, and the strength I draw from Him daily. I was so excited to see this verse in the Nov. 13' KOM. The verse name of Proverbs is not part of this kit, but luckily I had this verse in a photopolymer stamp. I stamped and cut it from there. I thought Brandi Girl was a great representation of this verse. I love her mint green skirt, and her brown purse! You?
I do wish photos on the blog would show up as clearly as they do on FB and/or IG. To truly appreciate the colors/design, I invite you to go see the cards on my social media. (Link under my blog heading.) :)
I die cut the top with a die from MFT and placed a small piece of DSP I had been wanting to use. I love the added sentiment this little piece of paper added. The washi covers up blemishes that I explain to you in the next few paragraphs lol. I love that I had washi that matched her perfectly!
I stamped her using Clair's Fallen Leaves and then colored her with my Arteza Brush Pens. It was so fun that I plan to stamp her out a few more times, and give her several outfits. She is a beauty to color! I discovered a new technique with my brush pens that I am certain many of you already know, but I'll share for those who may not. I was so excited and so relieved to discover I could go over a dark coloring I'm not entirely happy with, using a lighter marker of the same shade and lighten it up! I wasn't originally happy with how I had colored her purse and jacket. So much so, that I almost scrapped and started over. I love that the lighter marker saved my project.
If you notice all of the marking at the top of the paper. I hadn't actually intended on using this specific one for my card. I was just practicing with coloring this lady, and when finished decided that I just had to use her! This is the part where the edge die came in handy. I was able to cut away almost all of my ink practice and cover the last bit with the matching washi. ;) I will never again go against my own rule of practicing colors on a separate sheet of the exact paper I'm creating with.
My 2nd thought regarding strength was who we surround ourselves with. Our circle of friends should inspire & encourage us. We must be able to draw strength from one another. I have a very small circle of friends, and they are often strong for me when I am weak. And I for them. I have discovered this same sense of comradery within the crafting community, as well. For this I am so incredibly grateful.
The selfie girls were perfect for this circle of friends expression of "Strength". This was my first time using these beauties, and I am excited to use them again as a celebration of my daughters and daughters-in-law. I also stamped them with Clair's Fallen Leaves. I've really been impressed with the VersaFine Clair inks and am adding to my collection with each order from Unity!
I feel the reason for the mixed ethnicities are self explanatory. I love to love all. Not just some. It is true; some people strengthen others just by being the kind of person they are. I want to be that person. This is one of my favorite sentiments I stamped using Gina K's Amalgam ink. It's an itty bitty called "Being Kind Strengthens OTHERS".
I wasn't originally going to make a tag from these beauties, but am very happy with how it all came together. I cut the tag with my WeR Mem Keepers Tag punch board. It looks smaller in the photo but it is actually 3.5 in x 7.5 in. The punch board only cuts up to 3" in width so I had to help it along, but it helped me to achieve the straight edges!
Here I wanted you to see how I stacked the different layers. Both the top and bottom pieces are separate and popped up with foam tape. This tag actually gave me a fit and I wasn't sure I was going to be able to use it. I stepped back, rethought the design, and am very pleased with the result. I love all the different use of dots. I love designing with dots and am very pleased with how they all played out on this tag. I had some dot washi that I forgot to use! Do you ever do that?!
I also colored these ladies with my Arteza brush pens. I typically watercolor with them, but have really been enjoying coloring with them lately. I love this set as equally as I love my Zigs. The Arteza set has 3 wonderful flesh colored markers, which being a huge fan of Angie Girls, was an absolute joy to discover!
Next weekend I will have a blog with my mini calendar easel cards! I know many of you were eager for the tutorial and photos!
For those of you who fully read my blog, I thank you so very much. I love being able to express myself through creating and writing, and I love sharing both with you.
I hope you have a chance to visit each blog. I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique! If you've not, please see the blog hop list at the bottom of this post and prepare to be inspired!
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There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
(Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it.) Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!
Thanks for spending time with me today!
Until next time~
Be blessed, friends!
There are some pretty awesome giveaways with this hop! Including one from myself! Be sure you comment on EACH blog post to be entered in the drawing. Winners announced during next months blog hop!
(I have a feeling you will comment anyway as a way of support and admiration to the artists.)
Speaking of prizes!! Congratulations to Amanda Rhodes for being my winner from last months FOU blog hop! Please message me your contact information.
Friends, please know that our hops are not sponsored. (Although, I know Unity Stamp Co. lovingly approves) Because your support is so valuable and so appreciated, prizes are given from the creators own private stash of Unity stamps.
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