Rewards Await You

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I had sketched a Christmas cupcake in my journal a few months ago, so I decided I needed to sketch a Spring cupcake as well.

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I am journaling in a book off my shelf, Honor’s Reward by John Bevere. I hope John doesn’t mind.

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I’m enjoying integrating the chapter titles into my work, and it seemed a cupcake was fitting here… although I don’t think this is what John had in mind.

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Oh well. It works for me.

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“A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.” ~William Bennett

So true.

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An old board book into art

Hey, have I ever mentioned that I love art? I didn’t think so…

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I recently went to the thrift store and bought a handful of old children’s board books.

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Then I came home and put gesso all over it.

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Then I decided to paint and decorate the background so I could make a pretty book.

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Here I used some modeling paste and a doily to make a cute pattern and dimension.

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Isn’t that so pretty!

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Here’s alittle peek into my book. It’s My Promise Book, filled with a few promises I’ve made to myself.

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I love upcycling things and taking trash to treasure. Especially when it’s meaningful.

I made a bracelet

I know, this isn’t really exciting… and besides that, I have no idea how to make jewelry, but I wandered into the jewelry aisle at Hobby Lobby during a sale and decided to try my hand at it.

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I wanted to make a bracelet that said “Brave Girl” because I’ve been doing the Soul Restoration Art Journaling Class over at Brave Girls Club.

Here’s what I did (and it could be all wrong, but it worked for me).

You’ll need a bezzel bracelet, Modge Podge Dimensional Magic, a craft knife, scissors, pen, rub on letters and some scrapbook paper.

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Begin by cutting scrapbook paper to fit your bezzel. Use this as a template.

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On the opposite side of your paper, draw the circles for you to cut out.

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Cut out all circles.

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Now grab a rub on letter for each bezzel.

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Apply the rub ons.

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Insert into bezzel.

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Almost there!

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Slowly apply Modge Podge Dimensional Magic. I got a few air bubbles, but I popped them with my craft knife.

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Dimensional Magic looks cloudy when it is first applied, but no worries, it will dry clear.

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Set aside your bracelet and let dry 24 hours.

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Ta da!  Now you have a beautiful bracelet!

Next, wear the bracelet to the dentist’s office for your filling and remember that you are a brave girl. *sigh* I hate going to the dentist. Send me some good thoughts and prayers today, please!

Homemade Valentines

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I looked at the Valentine cards this year, and couldn’t find any that I liked for my punks and Ol’ Blue Eyes, so I decided to make my own.  I’ve been sick and trying to get well.  I don’t know how long this fatigue after having the flu will last… but I’m over it… only, it’s apparently not over me because I’m still zapped no matter how much rest I get.

Anywho…

To get myself out of this rut, I thought making some homemade Valentines was the perfect, simple thing… plus, I get to take pictures as well… which is, of course, a love of mine.

So, here’s a quick tutorial for you to make some homemade Valentines of your own.

Start with any thick paper you have.  Cardstock is great.  I used this, but use what you have (because I believe crafting should be cheap, not expensive).

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Cut that paper in half and then fold in half, like so.

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Next, I dug into my fabric scraps and found some red and pink scraps.

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Using pinking shears, I cut out hearts that would fit onto my cards.

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Next, I took them to my sewing machine and using my embroidery foot, I free sewed these onto the cards.

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It’s that easy!  Now, I’m off to write all my Valentines a love note inside their handmade cards, and my then Valentines will be complete!

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Here’s to hoping your tomorrow is a …

H A P P Y   V A L E N T I N E ‘ S   D A Y ! ! !