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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A Beginners Basic Guide: Die Cutting 101

Die Cutting 101

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! 🙂

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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 ↓ ↓ ↓

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Black Friday When You Need It!!

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Hello everybody! I hope your week has gone well. I am dropping in right quick to let my readers know about an amazing craft sale going on!! Sizzix will be running a “Black Friday When You Need It” Sale every weekend until Black Friday!! They will also be having a huge Cyber Monday Sale! I will post the dates for you below, so be sure to mark your calendar for the following dates:

Black Friday When You Need It Sale– 10/19-10/22
Black Friday When You Need It Sale– 10/27-10/29
Black Friday When You Need It Sale– 11/3-11/5
Black Friday When You Need It Sale– 11/10-11/12
Black Friday When You Need It Sale– 11/17-11/19
BLACK FRIDAY SALE– 11/23-11/26
Cyber Monday– 11/27

As many of you know, Sizzix specializes in assisting you with awesome products for your craft room! They specialize in die cutting and embossing but also carry many other nifty items such as planner pages, paper pads, stamp sets, ink pads, idea books, jewelry findings, coloring books, sticker sheets, and much more!! Buy now and save!

Happy crafting!

 

 

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Masculine Card Idea//Old-Fashioned Truck

Earlier this year, I posted a blog all about Masculine DIY Card Ideas. Personally, I struggle with masculine cards because I always want to add sequins, pearls, ribbons, and girly colors! 🙂 But as I always say, it’s good for us to stretch ourselves outside the box sometimes to keep our artistic skills growing.

Even though I had written a blog about this very topic, I still found myself lost when it came time to actually make a masculine card! So, I reached out to my crafting friends on Facebook and they reinforced what I’d already written in my previous blog… which is to:

A.) Create a card based upon his interests/hobbies, etc.

B.) Keep it simple – not too many layers or embellishments

C.) Use “earthy” tones or colors found in nature

I guess I just needed a little reassurance that I was going in the right direction with my card. So, I sat down at my craft desk and came up with the card you see pictured below.

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Notice how I still incorporated pops of color in this card?? Just because it’s a masculine card doesn’t mean that it has to be drab and boring. Have fun with them! If you want to see how I made this card, I have all of the supplies I used listed below, as well as a full tutorial video! Happy crafting!

Supplies Used:

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Cardstock    Paper Trimmer    Craftin’ Desert Divas Digital Stamp (Pumpkins)   

Cutter Bee Scissors    Foam Tape     School Glue    Bone Folder    ATG (Glue Runner)   

Acrylic Block    Sentiment Stamp    Memento Ink      PrismaColor Colored Pencils    

Copic Markers     White Gel Pen     DoCrafts Artiste Dual Tip Watercolor Pens

 


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