Monday, June 18, 2018

My God Starts with a Big "G"

Annie’s Ink-Lings

Good afternoon all you lovely people!

Just came in from planting some more perennial flowers.  They are blooming now and will for the rest of the summer.  And wonders of wonders, they will come back and bloom again next year, and the next year, and the - well you get the idea.  It reminds me of how God's written word blooms over and over again in my heart.  Today I'm sharing with you an illustration I did on Exodus 20:2-4, verses from the Ten Commandments.

This illustration was done Sunday afternoon after I had spent some time reflecting on the morning sermon and the sermon from the Sunday before.  Exodus 20:2-3: I am the Lord your God . . . you shall have no other god but me; and Exodus 20:4: You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind . . . .  NLT

My pastor explained that we should have only one God in our life that starts with a capital "G," and there is only one capital "G" God.  All other gods start with a little "g" and they are otherwise known as idols.  So what constitutes an idol?  Martin Luther considered idols to be anything on which your heart relies and depends, other than God.  We should have none of the little "g" gods in our life.  My meditation ended with giving myself an idol check-up to see what I needed to tear down and throw out of my life.  I only want the one and only God that starts with a big "G!"

I pray that my illustration is meaningful to you.



Friday, June 8, 2018

The Impossible Card

Annie’s Ink-Lings

Hello again,

I've just had a delightful time making the card that is all the rage right now.  Yes, the Impossible Card!  It turns out that it is not so impossible after all, and actually is very easy and quick to make.  To make it even more easy for you, I've included a template with all the measurements.  Just your regular supplies and tools are needed with one exception.  I used the Stampin' Up bow maker punch, which makes the cutest bow ever.  Here are two examples to show you.


Wishing you a fun paper crafting day!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Annie’s Ink-Lings

Hi there friends,

With Memorial Day just past and Independence Day coming up in July, I'm thinking I must be in a patriot frame of mind, because this is what I did in my bible illustrating today, and it wasn't my original plan. Psalm 33:12.  Praying that our country is still a nation blessed by our God and that He hasn't given up on us. Used PrismaColor pencils for coloring. Used a Tim Holtz layering stencil  "Rays" for background and lightly sponged with blue ink. Used a stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs for the image. The little red star is covering up an ink smear.  I don't usually cover the scripture.

Hope you are having a great Monday!


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

King of My Heart

Annie’s Ink-Lings

Hello friends,

Today I'm sharing another bible illustration and journaling page with you.  At last Sunday's service, we sang a song that I really love. It's called "King of My Heart," by Bethel Music. There was so much praise and submission to God in the words that it brought an image to mind that I wanted to preserve in my Inspire journaling bible. And the words to this song are exactly my response to Proverbs 23:26. This is a tip-in page, using Score Tape to attach it at the spine margin.  I designed the layout on my computer and printed on decorative stationery paper, colored with PrismaColor pencils, and embellished with Washi Tape.

I would love for you to share your bible journaling and illustrations with me.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Living Water versus Dead Water

Annie’s Ink-Lings


Hello friends,

During my bible study of John chapter 4, the part about the conversation of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well, I was encouraged to explore the background of the term "living water."  Of course I knew that "living water" referred to God's spirit and eternal life, but I was interested to know how that term came about.
In Hebrew culture, the term "living waters" described pure, flowing water untouched by human hands.  Cistern waters, usually muddy and stagnant, were described as "dead" waters.  Biblical writers made a distinction between living water and dead water. While living waters flowed constantly, offering clean and cool refreshment, cistern waters were "dead,” often filled with muddy and stagnant water that had been poured by human hands.

Because living water came directly from God, it was closely associated with God’s Spirit in the world.

Jesus spoke of living water. One day, as he talked with a Samaritan woman, he offered her living waters that would be even better than the springs and rivers of the land: Jesus’ water would become a spring inside of her, ending all of her thirst.

If we don't drink God's living water, we risk burnout. But when we do find our refreshment in God, we will find strength for the days ahead.
"If only you knew the gift  God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me and I would give you the living water." . . . .  Anyone who drinks this water (earthly water) will soon become thirsty again.  But those that drink the water that I give (spiritual water) will never be thirsty again.  It becomes a fresh bubbling spring within them giving them eternal life.”   (John 4:10, 13-14)


Friday, May 4, 2018

The Impossible Card

Annie’s Ink-Lings

Hello everyone,

Have you tried the Impossible Card yet?  This new fold really caught my eye and right away I wanted to give it go.  Thanks to Dawn, from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts video on YouTube I found it very easy to do.  An additional bonus that Dawn provided was instructions to make templates for this card, which will save you lots of time that would be spent in scoring and measuring.  You will be able to just lay your template on the correct size of card stock and cut it out.

Front View

The card base is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", which makes it possible to get four card bases from one sheet of  8 1/2" x 11" card stock.

 Back View

Products Used:
Pale lavender card stock
Coordinating scrapbook paper
White card stock
Stampin' Up Bow Punch
Small leaf punch
Prima flowers
Stamps:  Just sitting here think' of you! - by A Muse Art Stamps
               Wishing you well my friend! - by Studio G
Glossy Accents
Double Stick Tape
Paper Trimmer with Score Blade

 This is really fun and easy to make, so I hope you will try it.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Bible Illustrating and Journaling Psalm 56:8

Annie’s Ink-Lings

A happy hello to you!
Yesterday I spent almost all day in my studio doing some of my favorite things - card making, bulletin board design for our church library, and illustrating and journaling in my Inspire Bible. 

This is my bible illustrating and journaling of Psalm 56:8, "You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle.  You have recorded each one in Your book."  

The journaling part was done as a "tip-in" page that can be lifted to read the bible page.  A tip-in page is an inserted page which is connected in the margin with a 1/8 strip of Scor-Tape.  Double-stick tape can also be used.

This is what I journaled:At the time that David wrote this psalm, the Philistines had captured him and he was a prisoner of war. David had reason to cry and be sorrowful because of his suffering. The idea behind the keeping of “tears in a bottle” is remembrance. David is expressing a deep trust in God — God will remember his sorrow and tears and will not forget about him. The fact that God remembers us and our sufferings should be very comforting. Often, obedience and following Jesus create real suffering and real tears. But God remembers our sufferings and has promised to more than make up for it. God is a tenderhearted Father to us, a God who feels with us and weeps with us (Exodus 3:7; John 11:33–35).Our tears are not futile. God knows each of His children intimately, and every tear we shed has meaning to Him. He remembers our sorrow as if He kept each tear in a bottle. In the end, He will share His joy with us when “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).

I pray that this scripture touches your heart as it did mine.



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Baptism Congratulations!

Hello on this beautiful sun shiny morning!

No wind so far and no rain.  It is such a treat after having rainy, windy weather for a week or so.
My project this morning is the result of a request from a friend for a baptism card.  I find it amusing that sometimes it takes me a couple of hours to decide on card stock, sentiments, dies, etc., and only about a half hour to make the card.  Finally, however, it all came together and I think my friend will like the result.  Hopefully, it will inspire some creative ideas for you.

Here is a list of the products I used.

Baptism stamp by My Sentiments Exactly #S118-10
Congratulations stamp by Northwest Rubber Stamps, Inc. #E098

Embossing Folder:
Crosses by Darice #1218-49

Cross Collection by Spellbinders Shapeabilities #S4-265
Baptism by Cheery Lynn Designs
Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp #SSSD111455


Monday, April 16, 2018

Bangle Chain Punch Card

Hello papercrafters,

Today I'm sharing a card that I taught at my last class.  I saw a similar card on Pinterest, but was not able to trace back to the creator.  Whoever it might be, thank you for the column idea.

The card size is 5 1/2 inches by 11 inches, top folded.  I used the Martha Stewart Bangle Chain Punch to create the side columns.  The center dry-embossed panel was made using a border embossing folder from the set called Raspberry Frame Set by Sizzix.

The sentiment was stamped on a die cut from KaiserCraft Oval Vintage Frame, then adhered to an oval cut with a die in the Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals Small set.

I embossed a small white panel using Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, then from it I punched 4 butterflies - 3 for the outside and 1 for the inside.  Any butterfly punch will do, preferably 3 sizes.

Even though it is a very quick and easy card, it looks pretty classy.  Thanks for checking in today.


Monday, April 2, 2018

Z-Fold Popup Box


What a perfect day for a card making project.  The sun is brightly shining, white clouds in a beautiful blue sky; but with a cold wind blowing, it is only 52 degrees not counting wind chill.  So I just settled myself into my studio and got started.

Since I've been wanting to make one of the Z-Fold Popup Box cards for a long, today is the day.  I wanted to make my box into a wooden crate, but not having the crate die that is on the market, I set about designing my own with what I materials I already have.  It was certainly a challenge, however it was tremendous fun.  Here are a couple of pictures showing the finished card.

Card open.

Card closed.

Card Base 4 1/4" x 11"; scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"
Panels: two at 2 1/2" x 4" and one at 4" x 5 1/4" designer paper 
Crate/Box Panel 2" x 5 3/4", scored at 1/2", 2 3/4", 3 1/4", and 5 1/2" (see diagram below)
Crate/Box Inside Cross Bar one at 1/2" x 2 3/4", scored at 1/4" on each end 
Green Background for Inside the Crate 1 3/4" x 2"
Green Grass Strips two at 1 3/4"
Flower Tabs two 1/4" x 1"
Cheery Lynn Designs Daisy Strip B259
Impression Obsession Grass DIE060-1

Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain S5208

Stamp Pad
Tim Holtze Distress Ink Walnut Stain

Cricuit Happy Day (free image)

Fiskers Hand Held 1/4' Hole Punch
Stampin' Up Word Window Punch

Card Stock
Flowers - Bright Yellow and Tan
Crate/Box - Tan
Flower Centers, Grass, Sentiments - Green

Other Items
Green Gems (7)
Mounting Tape
Redline Tape 1/8" or Score Tape 1/8"
Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue Pen (dries quickly)
Double Stick Tape
Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade or Score Board
Glossy Accents

Card Back Panels
4" x 5 1/4" (the same as the designer paper for the front panels)
3 3/4" x 5" White (stamp a sentiment and sign name)

1.  First, prepare all the various elements, having them ready for assembly.
2.  Assemble the Z-Card base as shown in the photo.
3.  Crate/Box
     a. Stamp the Crate/Box panel with the woodgrain stamp.  
     b. Punch two windows in the front side of the Crate/Box.
     c. Glue the grass pieces inside but so they are sticking through the windows.
     d. Glue the green background panel on the back of the windows panel.
     e. With redline tape, adhere the tab to the backside box panel, and then to card base. 
     f. Put redline tape on the left side panel of the crate/box and adhere to the second "Z" panel.
     g. Glue the the cross bar strip to each side of the box (inside) about 1/2" from the top.

On this diagram please ignore the 5" score line - DO NOT score at 5".  Instead score at 3 1/4".  Sorry for this mistake in the diagram.

4. Flowers
     a. Glue the flower tabs to the two smaller flowers. Glue the smallest flower to the back of the front panel of the crate/box.  Glue the middle size flower to the cross bar.  Mount the large flower to the card base (arranged in place with the other two flowers.
    b. Glue the tiny green circles (from the hand punch) to the center of each flower and three on the lower right side of the front panel of the card.  Glue the gems on the small circles with Glossy Accents.
    c. Complete the card according to the photo.

Let me know if you have trouble with the directions or have any questions.