Bible Art Journal Flip-Through

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Hello one and all! Today, I will be showing you a video of all the entries in my Bible art journal thus far. My sweet husband, Josh, got it for me as a gift for Christmas (2016), so I’ve had it a little over a year at the time I’m writing this. In this time, I’ve completed 29 pages of art to go along with each particular scripture I’ve chosen. I find this is a creative way to worship, memorize scripture, and meditate on the Word. For more about Bible Journaling, you may be interested in my previous post, “Bible Journaling 101”.

I hope you enjoy my Bible Art Journal Flip-Through video below:

 

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Best of 2017 | Multiplicity Crafts Awards!!

Welcome to the 2nd annual Multiplicity Crafts Awards blog!! In this blog, I will be featuring my favorite paper craft tools and products of the year! If you want to see my picks for 2016, you can click HERE. So, let’s jump right in, shall we?!

Multiplicity Crafts 2017 Awards

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Best Pigment Ink Pad: ColorBox Pigment Ink Pad

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This is a new category I’ve added, simply because pigment ink pads behave differently than dye ink pads. I’ve chosen ColorBox pigment ink pad as the winner this year because of the ease of use, versatility, color payoff, and nice color selection!


Best Dye Ink Pad: Tsukineko – Memento Ink Pad

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This favorite of mine is a 2nd year winner for many reasons! First of all, it lasts a very long time without having to re-ink! I have had the SAME ink pad for a couple of years now and it’s still going strong! Also, I love that it is fast-drying on the paper… which is great for me since I tend to be accident-prone and could easily smear ink that isn’t as fast-drying.


Best Cardstock: Avery Elle The Everyday Collection

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Cardstock makes me happy… a beautiful, colorful cardstock puts me over the moon!! 🙂 I must admit, cardstock is my crafty weakness. I love so many designs that it’s really tricky for me to only choose one as the winner; but with all things considered, I’m going to choose Avery Elle (The Everyday Collection). I found this collection very useful since the designs are simple yet colorful. I also found that the designs and colors matched nicely to compliment my creations.


Best Coloring Product: PrismaColor Premier Colored Pencils

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I actually found a really good deal on eBay and purchased the PrismaColor Premier colored pencils on sale. I was amazed at the creamy quality of these pencils and how easily they blended. I use my white pencil to blend harsh pencil lines away.  I have truly enjoyed using these pencils over the past few months and feel that my art and coloring is enhanced by this amazing product.


Best Stamp Set: Whimsy Stamps “Bee-Cause” Clear Stamp Set

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My first time to use Whimsy Stamps was in 2017. I was amazed at the crisp images I got with these quality stamps. Even the text which was in a thicker font stamped wonderfully; not to mention the images were adorable!


Best Adhesive: Scor-Tape Double-Sided Adhesive

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Yes, this adhesive is a 2nd year winner! I simply love it because it does what it’s supposed to do. It has a very strong grip and is so versatile with it’s thin strip design. I have reached for this adhesive so many times when I need something reliable. It’s also great to use a strip of this and foil overtop – no machines required! It’s deceiving because it doesn’t look like there’s much on a roll, but it will last through several projects – no problem! Can’t say enough good about this product.


Most Innovative Product/Tool: We R Memory Keepers Laser Square and Mat

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I must say, I don’t currently own one of these nifty tools but the usefulness of this – wow! I love this idea since I have a really hard time with placing things straight on my projects. I like that it keeps things stright horizontally AND vertically at the same time. Not only would this innovative tool be great for crafting, but it would also be nice to use on other household projects and even for hanging wall art that us crafters may make! Two thumbs up for this innovative product!!


Most Useful Product/Tool: Sakura Micron Pigma Micron Archival Ink Pen Set

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I never knew a pen could be so useful as this!! I especially reach for my Micron 08 (0.50mm) pen because it’s a fine enough tip for details but broad enough for using on my Bible Art Journal without bleeding through the page. Also, when stamping – sometimes the image or font may not stamp perfectly… this pen is perfect for filling in the gaps in the ink. I also love this pen for sketching and writing on envelopes or in cards. I can even use this pen to outline a pencil sketch and erase the residual pencil lines without smearing the ink! It’s a high-quality amazing pen!


Did your favorite craft product or tool make the list this year? Or, do you have any recommendations of products that I should try? If so, please leave me a comment below… I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by today… Happy Crafting!

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Bible Art Journal: The Nativity

Can you believe Christmas is almost here?! I hope each of you are having a blessed Christmas season, as we remember the birth of Christ. In keeping Christ in Christmas, I decided to share a Bible Art Journal entry.

First off, I love the look of stained glass. So, I Googled “stained glass nativity” and had some beautiful images to choose from for inspiration. If your Bible Art Journal is for personal use and you’re not selling it or taking credit for the image, it is perfectly fine to use images found online for inspiration/ideas. Since I have this public blog, however, I have credited the original artist’s website below.

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Image from: shop.juliashouse.org

I found this beautiful image but took my own creative license with the image and added a few “extras”. Since my Bible Art Journal only has a narrow side margin in which to journal, I decided to focus on the center stained glass panel of baby Jesus.

I used a ruler to draw the straight lines and free-handed the rest. When drawing a complex image, it’s important to draw in sections. Don’t feel overwhelmed with the image, as a whole. I begin in pencil; then, once I’m pleased with the image, I outline it with my Sakura Micron Pen.

When the ink is dry, I erase the pencil. The ink only has slight ghosting but does not bleed through the page. I LOVE this pen for Bible journaling. Then, I used my PrismaColor colored pencils to color in the image and added a few stars in the sky with my Uniball Signo white gel pen. This is the finished art…

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I hope you enjoyed today’s blog entry! If so, please don’t forget to follow this blog so you can be notified when I post. Also, head over to my YouTube channel and subscribe if you wish – I’d love to have you as a part of the happy Multiplicity Crafts family!! Please click the link HERE for all of my social media links. Have a blessed Christmas season!!

 

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A Beginners Basic Guide: Die Cutting 101

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Today’s blog entry is all about die cutting for beginners! I will be discussing the very basics of die cutting, the machines used to die cut, and will strive to answer your most pressing questions. If I leave any of your questions unanswered, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment.

The video posted at the end of this post will answer most of the questions beginner die cutters may have; however, I will also post it here in written form for those of you who prefer to read. So, let’s jump right into Die Cutting 101 class!

First off… What are dies?

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Dies are usually made of metal and come in various sizes and shapes. They are most commonly used to cut into paper for a desired shape. They not only come in shapes, but they also come in text. They must be used with a die cutting machine (which we will go over later).

How do I prepare my new die for cutting?

Some dies are ready for cutting, straight out of the package. However, there are other types of dies that come with many pieces. In this instance, they are typically joined by a tiny metal wire and will come as one unit. You may leave them as one unit, however, it’s best to cut them apart using wire cutters.

 

Which side of the die will cut my paper?

On most dies, you’ll notice one side has a ridge and the other side is smooth. The side that will cut your paper is the side with the ridge/blade. When placing paper and the die in your machine, put the ridged/blade side down towards the paper you wish to cut.

 

Why are there tiny holes in my die?

This is a normal variant with most solid dies. The reason for the tiny holes is in case your paper gets stuck in the die. If this happens, simply use a die pick and poke through the tiny holes with it to release the paper.

 

How does a die cutting machine work?

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Most machines will work the same – with minor differences for each machine. There are various machines on the market, but the two most popular are the Sizzix Big Shot and the Cricut Cuttlebug. Both machines work similarly with a manual handle crank. Again, most die cutting machines will work this way but you may also find some machines, such as the Crafter’s Companion Gemini, that work automatically with no manual handle crank. Typically, die cutting machines will both cut and/or dry emboss. In order to dry emboss, separate embossing folders are needed. Without going into embossing, please note that dry embossing is different than heat embossing. I have a blog entry all about embossing linked HERE if you’re interested.

 

Which die cutting machine is easiest for beginners to use?

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I would have to recommend the Cricut Cuttlebug for beginners, and here’s why… The cutting plates are more simplified and easier to understand, as they are labeled “A”, “B”, “C”. The machine usually just comes with the “A” plate and two “B” plates – the “C” plate is a separate purchase and is not really necessary to get started. Another reason I recommend the Cuttlebug for beginners is because it is compact and perfect for smaller craft areas. Additionally, the retail price for a Cuttlebug is lower than it is for a Sizzix Big Shot or Crafter’s Companion Gemini. The Spellbinders die cutting machine is also an affordable option – however, I cannot vouch for the quality of it since I have not used this brand of machine. I can say, though, that the Cuttlebug is a durable machine that stood up to my “beginner mistakes” when I was first starting.

 

My machine makes popping/cracking noises… Is this normal?

Yes. This is totally normal. With extended use, the cracking and popping noises aren’t as evident but still present. This is simply the machine doing it’s job. The cutting plates will be fine and are created to withstand this pressure. However, in order to ease your mind, please note that the cutting plates for most all machines can be purchased separately. 😉

 

My die cutting machine handle is hard to crank… why?

There could be three possible reasons that come to mind… Firstly, it could be that your machine is new or hasn’t been used very often. In this case, the handle may not be as “broke in” or as loose/easy to crank. Secondly, it could be that what you are die cutting is too thick to go through the machine with ease. Most all dies can be universal and should work in various machines, but I suppose there could be an instance when the die may be too thick. However, if it’s not too thick but just being stubborn, I have found that putting the die in at an angle helps with this problem a bit. Additionally, it could be that your cutting plates are warped and it’s time to purchase some new ones. And lastly, it could be that your machine is broken. This is unlikely the case, but it is worth mentioning, just in case.

I hope you found this blog to be informative and helpful. The video posted below will give you a better visual of all that was discussed in this blog, so please check it out. Don’t hesitate to leave me a comment if you have any questions. Happy crafting! 🙂

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Black Friday 2017 Craft Sales!!

It’s that time of year again – when you can find amazing bargains on your favorite craft tools and products! Black Friday and Cyber Monday are synonymous with BIG SAVINGS! In this post, I will be passing along some amazing craft sales – whether you’re shopping for yourself or for a crafter on your list! I am an affiliate with some of the companies mentioned, but not all. I just wanted to pass along these amazing deals so you can save $$ this year!! 🙂

I will provide images for each sale… simply click/tap the link to be redirected to the website for browsing and/or shopping. So, let’s jump right in!






There are many other wonderful craft websites hosting Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales… in fact, too many to mention. Hopefully, the online sales provided above will get you headed in the right direction! Also, many stores will be having in-store doorbuster savings such as Michael’s and others. I hope you find some great deals this year!

P.S. If you plan on shopping online, why not sign up for Ebates and get a $10 gift card PLUS cash back on your purchases?! It’s FREE to join and there are never any charges. Cancel anytime – no obligations or strings attached whatsoever. If you refer others to shop, you can earn $25 per person too!! Click HERE to check it out and also preview Black Friday cash back deals! Happy shopping! 🙂

Shop Black Friday Deals from Cricut!

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DIY Spring-Loaded Christmas Card!!

20171116_233231_wmHello everybody! It’s Maranda and I’m dropping by today with a quick and easy DIY Christmas card idea. This particular card will have a paper mechanism inside that will make the card, more or less, spring-loaded!! I’ll show you how to make it…

First off, you’ll need a few supplies (some are optional). Below I have all supplies linked to where you can purchase them if you wish. However, you probably have most of the supplies already in your stash.

 

Cardstock     Coloring Page     PrismaColor Pencils     Copic Markers

Paper Trimmer     Glue Dots     ATG Adhesive     Scissors

The easy-to-follow tutorial video shows you exactly how to make this adorable, fun card… and just in time for Christmas!! Enjoy the video below to see this spring-loaded card in action… thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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Quick Craft: Mini Paper Poinsettias

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‘Tis the season to begin thinking about Christmas… and that means lots of fun crafts to make! In today’s blog, we’ll be making quick, cute mini paper Poinsettias! I actually won a giveaway where I received these cute paper flowers. But, I wanted to do something Christmas-themed with them… so, that was the inspiration for the Poinsettias!

I will have all of the products linked below that I used, as well as an instructional video. Some of the items are optional. Leave your flower sweet and simple or use lots of bling to jazz it up… the choice is yours!

Supplies Used:

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Paper Flowers     Copic Markers     Zig Glue Pen     Stickles

Glossy Accents     Spectrum Noir Brush Pen     1″ Circle Punch

The short video tutorial at the end of this blog entry will give you very easy step-by-step instructions. This craft is suitable for kids, beginners, or any level of crafter! Also, there are so many different ways you could use these cute mini Poinsettias. You could use them on cards, scrapbook pages, as paper clip toppers, or gifts. You could even use them as Christmas tree garland by hot gluing them onto a string, twine, or ribbon! Create them in a variety of shapes and colors… the possibilities are endless with a creative mind!

Please enjoy the video below ↓ ↓ ↓

Cricut Gives Your Ultimate Cutting Precision

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