NEW Mod Podge Ultra and a Blog Hop!

This is an exciting day in my parts! I discovered a new product at Creativation 2019 and it FINALLY is available in stores! Which means I FINALLY get to share it with you. I do not like to tell you about cool stuff if you can not get it. I think that is just mean. This new spray is working with a group of designers in a blog hop. The Designer Craft Connection is where you can find links to all the other blogs. Make sure you check it out! So, without anymore delay let me tell you about MOD PODGE ULTRA! This is an all in one heavy duty spray that is a glue and sealer. Why is this like the best thing since sliced bread? It literally holds EVERYTHING and no need for a brush….which means no brush strokes!!!!

I really can’t put into words or pictures exactly how this works and how amazing it is, so I made a video for you!

Mod Podge Ultra

Here is the finished project:

I still can not believe the entire sign is held together with a spray!

A few things to keep in mind when using this fabulous spray:

1) Always wipe the nozzle with a baby wipe or wet cloth after you have sprayed your project.

2) Shake it for 15 seconds before spraying.

3) Spray a few times before applying to project.

4) Use in a well ventilated area.

5) Prop project up on bottle caps in a box to spray.

Please make sure you hop along to the rest of the designers who participated in the hop. There are so many fun things one can make with Mod Podge Ultra and you are sure to be insipred!

Your next stop is here!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Save Us Now!

Below is a recent post for the Joy Clair blog I wrote. The saying that stuck out to me was “Save Us Now”. I recently have been praying for things and God has been telling me no. I fire back to the Almighty the reason I have trust issues with Him is because He tells me no. He then will remind me that He is not a genie in a bottle. I can’t just rub him, make a wish and BOOM I get it. He is the sovereign God that knows everything and all things work for good. My prayer has shifted from asking what I want to just “Save me now!” I knew that when I read this passage in Matthew 21 and saw that sentiment it was from Him. I stamped it over and over again as I cried out in my spirit to Him. Sure enough, the next day I thanked God for something he said no to me about. Had he said yes it would have been a disaster.

One of the things I have set out to do this year is get into Bible Journaling. God gave me a passion for art and a creative mind. It only makes sense that He would speak to me through it. Once a week I sit down for a few hours and create in my Bible. I always turn on praise and worship songs when I do it and just let my spirit go. My pages are not where I want them to be from an artistic point of view, but that’s okay. It is not so much about creating beautiful art as much as it communicating with my maker. Here is a recent page I created:

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I really was drawn to the palm leaves and liked how it represented Jesus coming into town. I wanted to create a set of cards to mail out to remind my loved ones of the real reason for Easter.

Cards

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The cards are rather simple with a few special touches. The kraft card stock is a nice compliment to the green palm leaves and Rinea Foiled paper. I did quite a bit of embossing on these cards to amp up the simplicity of them. 

Bible art stamps are not only great for your Bible, but for cards and other projects. A lot of times people really need positive encouragements and reminders that they are loved. There is not better way to show this than through a card made with God’s love.

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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden

The Modified Bunnies

Recently I went out to dinner with the owners and a few of the design team members of Joy Clair. One of the owners did not like the little bunnies on the Easter greeting stamp set because they were dark. Naturally she thinks of bunnies as fluffy and white or pastel. It got me thinking about how to stamp them. I knew I could stamp them in any color…but what and how. So I came up with these:

It is getting close to Easter which means spring cards are happening in my parts! I decided to use the Easter Greetings set to make a set of three 5.5 cards.  The Easter bunnies appear to be black on the package and some people really struggle with that. They think of bunnies as white or pink for the holiday. Something to keep in mind is the packaging is just printed in black. You can stamp the little darlings any color your heart desires. Sometime we get stuck on what we see and assume it has to be that way. It took me awhile to figure out what to do with these sweet little bunnies because I did not want black bunnies on my Easter cards. It then dawned on me that I could stamp them and emboss them in white and silver — which I did!

Silver Bunnies and Water Color Pencils

When  I stamped these bunnies  in silver I used  a watercolor  pencil  to  color  in  the  bunnies.The  embossed  image  resisted  the  watercolor  and  complimented  the  bunnies.

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For  this  card I used purple chalk to shade the bunnies in on mulberry paper. The different textures and old school technique make this card a classic stunner! 

Pink Bunnies and Chalk

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I really wanted to round out the card series and opted to create a spring card with the beautiful lilies that are included in the set.
Once again I used mulberry paper to stamp on. I used Lavender whisper glimmer mist over the image and adhered to a piece of pattern canvas. 

Lilies and Glimmer Mist

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I did not stamp any of the images on regular card stock, but rather specialty paper that I found in a scrap pack through Canvas Corp Brands. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when crafting. Try to break the rules and just have fun! 

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz Golden