Friday, June 10, 2016

Craft Stamper ~ Inky Inspiration

Hello Friends 

Happy Friday!! 
I am back with a wee reminder for the Craft Stamper challenge.
 Our theme this month is Let's Get Inky.  
We want to see you using different colours or types of ink on your project.  

I used a few different distress inks on my card today.
 I used Unity Stamps from these two kits  Without Fear, Without Limits  & Walk With Your Heart.

We have a great prize up for grabs from PaperArtsy 5 bottles of infusions.
 They look fab don't they I need to get my hands on these powders. 

 All of the details can be found on the Craft Stamper Blog.

Thanks for stopping by have a great weekend! 

Mandi xox

Friday, June 3, 2016

Craft Stamper June - Inky

Hello Friends 

Welcome to another new Take It, Make It challenge from Craft Stamper

This month we have a lets get inky challenge for you!
  This month we want to see you use more than one type or colour of ink on your project.  

I went with three different distress inks on my card. Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber & Seedless Preserves. I smooshed them on my craft sheet and spritzed with water to create this background.
 I then added some white acrylic paint on top for some more dimension.
 The stamps I used are from the Unity Without Fear Without Limits Kit of the month.  

Our prize this month is from PaperArtsy they are giving one lucky winner 5 bottles of infusions.
They are  Lemoncello, Black Currant, A Bit Jaded, Are You Cerice and Emerald Isle.  

 This is the lucky prize the winner will receive.

This is a colour chart of the full range of colours available.

Remember we also have a second winner that will be chosen by the design team. 
That winner will be published in the Craft Stamper Magazine. 
You can get all of the details on the Craft Stamper blog. 
 I can't wait to see what you make :)  

Thanks for stopping by

Mandi xox

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Life Update & Bible Journaling

Hello Friends 

  I thought I would come and give you all a wee life update. My life has been crazy over these last few months. In the last year I have lived in New York, Maine, Scotland (my home) and Ireland!!  It has been a roller coaster ride with a lot of ups and downs. I lived in the USA with my husband but over the last few years I got very homesick and we both decided we wanted to move back home an be closer to my family. We have been trying to get my husband over to live  for the last 4 years but the immigration rules here are crazy and the financial requirements are difficult to meet.

 So at the beginning of the year  we decided to move to Ireland since the immigration rules are more relaxed hoping it would be the next best thing to being home. But it never worked out! There job market is scarce and there is also a huge housing shortage. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for us! Our money was running out fast so we had to come back to Scotland. My husband could not stay as his visitors visa was about to run out so he had to leave and fly back to New York. He is staying with a friend but has start all over again with a house, a car and a job!  We are living apart until he can find us a place to stay and hopefully I will be joining him back there soon. As you can imagine my life has been super stressful lately and I have been in tears a lot!! I would totally value your prayers if you are the praying kind. 

Getting me through all of this is my Faith and my love of crafting. I have always done bible journaling but just not always in my bible. So with all of the bible journaling craze right now I wanted to buy one specifically to do art in. But if you know me I am very particular. I have been looking for one for about 2 years.  I am so not joking! I looked all during my travels in New York, Maine and Ireland and I saw nothing I liked. I felt a bit like Goldilocks only with bibles ha! Too big, too small not the right colour.  So I kind of gave up looking then when I got home last month I went into my local Christian bookshop in Glasgow and there it was. Sitting on the shelves staring back at me saying buy me ha!!

It was my favourite colour turquoise!! Yay!

 The detail of the fore edge of the book is just stunning it is covered with butterflies and flowers.

The inside was a perfect size. This bible also comes with some lovely prints ready for you to colour inside but enough free space for you to do your own thing. I used my favourite Unity stamp on this page called Your Wings Exist. I used archival ink to stamp and coloured pencils to colour.

   In the midst of a storm when things are totally out of my control. Like how they are now!
This is the Psalm I cling to.

Be still and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10

Sometimes life is hard like really hard! Leaving our whole lives behind to try and make it work in another country was hard. Not being able to just go home with your husband is hard. I don't call it failing since we have not given up on the dream. You only fail if you stop trying! So we keep walking! Maybe walking is a bit strong of a word. Dragging my feet is more like it. When you are worn out by trying to get to a place and your heart is heavy. Keep going and never give up hope!! Sometimes being still and surrendering whatever it is life throws at us is all we can do.
Having faith that God has a  much bigger plan for us that any we have for ourselves.


Mandi xox

P.S Here is a link to where you can buy the bible if you are interested USA &  UK

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