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This is week 44 in 2017 for Documented Faith. We are continuing to focus on the word HARMONY and boy-oh-boy, do we need it. To download this weeks verse, message and printable, hop over to the DF page and click on week 44.
If you are new to me, my blog or Documented Faith, welcome and just start here and now. No excuses that it is week 44. This might be your week 1 or your week 17. What I am trying to tell you is that it all starts when YOU start.
Speaking of starting, a new year is right around the corner and I want to talk a little about what Documented Faith is going to look like in 2017.
DF WEEKLY - The weekly verses will continue to be delivered right to your inbox every Saturday. If you already get them now, you do not have to do a thing. If you would like to get them, all you have to do is register your email and name here. There is no charge, no rules and no pressure. It is a verse and a little blah, blah, blah from me.
Week 1 begins on Sunday January 1st, 2017.
DF MONTHLY - I am excited to share that there will be a MONTHLY Documented Faith Online Workshop. The cost is $20.00 per month and includes the following downloads. Please note: nothing will be shipped for this. It all comes right to your inbox. This is GREAT NEWS for all of my International friends!
I created a few examples for you to see based on this weeks verse. Currently the black and white printable is attached to the weekly verse, In 2017 it will be part of the monthly online workshop.
Below is an example of the mixed media art journal page created based on week 44's verse. In the monthly workshop, there will be a simple video outlining the steps on how I created the page as well as how I add color to the B&W page and add it into my journaling Bible. Each month will feature a new art journal page and b & w doodle.
Here is an example of the background art printable. Please note that the watermark will not be on your printable. This is a high resolution image of original artwork that can be printed out on your home printer and used to create with. It is not for resale, duplication or distribution without written consent.There will be a pdf download of the focus word and verses that go along with the word. There will also be a full color cover page for you to print out and use. Pictured below is an example of the color cover. Please note that the watermark will not be on the monthly artwork printable. On December 1st registration will open and you will get the first month sent to your email on January 1, 2017. Monthly subscription cost: $20.00 per month. Once you subscribe, your card will be charged $20.00 once a month for 11 months. You can cancel at any time PRIOR to the beginning the following month. . To receive an email reminder of this registration, simply click the button below:
Do people read blogs anymore? Should I blog anymore? What should I blog about? What does the word "blog" even mean and why am I spending so much time wondering about what to say, what not to say, topics, plans, updates, blah, blah, blah..instead of the word blog, I am just going to start referring to it as my blah, blah, blah.
Speaking of blogs, I still pop onto Ali Edwards site a few times a week as well as Karen Russell's blog even though it has almost been a year since she stopped blogging. I am secretly hoping that she starts again because I always LOVED what she shared. I always go to Meg's blog because, duh as well as Kelly Rae Roberts and a handful of others but I don't spend much time reading. I just sorta scroll through like I am scrolling or swiping my phone, Facebook and Instagram.
I don't want to be a scroller or a swiper. I want to be a story reader and a story sharer. I LOVE listening to people's testimonies, their "junk"and stories and NO, I am not being nosey, I am just curious and because it helps me with things along the way. I want to be the same for others. I want my junk and my mess to be part of my message.
Speaking of stories, during what was supposed to just be a little creative doodle & Bible Journaling workshop this past weekend in Texas, they handed me a microphone and I guess I thought I was a Women of Faith speaker because I started "blah, blah, blahing, spilling and sharing a little bit of this, that and the other. After I was done and then for several hours afterwards, I had the most amazing conversations with women of all ages about several different things. Let me just say that there was nothing earth shattering that I said but but the fact that I just opened up and spilled made them feel "okay" "accepted" "understood" and "normal" and as I always say "I just reminded them of things they already knew, just forgot to remember"
It reminded me, too.
That is what I LOVE love love about women's art & faith retreats. It is all about sharing, creating, worshiping, eating, staying up late, getting up early, getting drinks from Sonic, drinking coffee in the morning, afternoon naps eating, and gathering with a safe & secure community of women and well, eating more. We all just show up with our stuff without really knowing one another and we leave with a whole lot more than we could have ever planned or imagined.
Maybe that is what I want this blog to be. A safe place to sit and read with your morning coffee or your late night snack. A place to come and be inspired by something that I have created or designed. A place to be encouraged and reminded that we are loved and really, no matter what happens, in the end we will be okay. We will because it's a promise.
Thank you to those who have registered for my latest online workshop, Stitched - Christmas 2016.
The response has been great and I have had to giggle a few times about the workshop being referred to as a "no brainer." Truth is, it is. It was not created to be complicated, for beginners or for experts. Just like all of my classes whether they are in-store or online. I do not want to overwhelm or stress out anyone. Creating something is meant to be relaxing and enjoyable by yourself or with friends. The steps and my instructions are basic.
If you are a beginner, the class is perfect. If you are a long time stitcher, the pattern is there for you as a spring board and then I encourage to add "you" to it with buttons, alternate colors and patterns, different stitches, etc.
Once I was all done with the projects and launched the class I was asked a few different times, "How do you come up with things?" so thought I would start with the pattern that was not included in the class.
Introducing "Santa 2016" (whether you want to know it or not, he is coming to town in 75 days.)
So, 9 times out of 10, whatever is reproduced in the form of a product such as a rubber stamp, a die, an embossing folder or some sort of pattern, starts with my handrawn doodle.
Exibit One (and please note that I HATE to watermark things because truth be told, stealers are gonna steal whether there is a watermark on it or not)
So I doodled a Santa about 5 years ago..maybe 6. He became a product for a company and then he came back to me as my "property" and then he became a red rubber stamp and was sold through Purple Onion Designs. I am going to veer off subject for a minute but I think that Santa and his friends are stupid cute. That is how I say "super cute" in my own way and typically, when I think something is super duper stupid cute...it does not sell well. When I really do not like something that I have created, that is what people want. I have been arm wrestling that fact for about 20 years. Needless to say, the stamps did not do well at all and I have one of each in a little box in my shed that I take out every couple of years and smile at.
Moving on, I noticed about a month ago that Sizzix has relaunched Santa as a Textured Impression Folder so if you are a fan of embossed images, Santa might be your boy this year. I like the way it comes out but I don't add any color to them (remember, kraft and white are my favorite colors so you cant expect much from me) but I know that there are many of you out there that have mad skills with markers, chalk, glitter, all that blah blah blah so you could probably make Santa look more awesome than he already is in real life..
okay, back to what I was saying...so when I saw him online, I thought, dang he would look so cute is wool felt
Welcome to my brain:
I took the original drawing scan of him and before I printed it out I enlarged it a little. This took me at least 18 minutes to figure out on my 10 year old HP all in one Fax, scan, printer, copier. Just doing that made me want to quit but I just keep going.
This may make no sense to you until you see the drawing, but after I printed him out, I cut him all apart, piece by piece, so that I could make a pattern. It was a little tedious at times because I had to remember what was what to be able to put him all back together. Good thing for phones with camera's (or camera's with phones!) because as I sat and watched Monday Night Football and cut all of these little pieces out, I took pictures using my phone.
I am not sure why I did not take a picture of the belt buckle but here is what I did: I cut a square of gold that fits in the center of the belt. Do not try to cut out the center. Just cut a smaller square of smoke to sit right into the center of the gold. Put gray piece into place in center of belt and stitch on. See photo below:
Now it is time to stitch together Santa's face.
Let's finish this up.
THIS whole process, as ridiculous as it sounds, was a bit relaxing, sorta. Typing it out on the other hand, was not but since I did, I thought I'd just go ahead and give it to ya in case you wanna go for it! If you do, I would love to see what you create. Download Stitched Christmas 2016 Santa
It is time to launch a brand new self paced online workshop just in time for the upcoming holiday season!
This is a self paced, instant access, online beginner workshop where I will show you how to combine hand cut pattern pieces, die cut shapes, simple stitches and wool felt to create 10 whimsical panels to use in your holiday crafting, decorating and gift giving.
Below is a list of the basic supplies I used to create the projects in this workshop:
Important:Please do not run out and purchase anything until you have looked at the supplies you have on hand. Consider challenging yourself to substitute what you have for what I used to create the projects.
You will be using between approx. 1/4- yard per color of felt or fabric to create the little panels.
Wool Felt: DMC Brand Floss (these are coordinating/similar colors)
Barnyard Red DMC 81
Camoulflage DMC 937
Camel DMC 3863
Goldenrod DMC 976
Dark Gray for eyes
NOTE: The following are the dies in my collection and what I used BUT if you have similar products, use those or try hand cutting your pieces. See an specific list of patterns included and not included in Q & A listed below.
Sizzix Dies: Item No.
Hope Sizzix Item No. 660680
Joy Sizzix Item No. 660681
Peace Sizzix Item No. 660682
Three Trees Sizzix Item No. 660683
Holly & Berries #3 Sizzix Item No. 660679
Gingerbread #4 Sizzix Items No. 660678
Embroidery Needles – DMC brand, size 5
Scissors to cut paper & scissors to cut fabric
One or more of the following may be needed to complete projects depending on what you decide to create:
Q & A
Q: Do I have to know how to sew or stitch to take the workshop?
A: NO. I show you a very simple stitch to create all of the panels shown. If you do not want to stitch, you can easily use white glue instead of stitches.
Q: What if I do not have any Sizzix dies and a Big Shot Machine to cut out all of the patterns?
A: There are patterns for everything except for the words: peace, hope and joy, gingerbread and the holy and berry. You can either hand cut similar pieces, consider purchasing the dies or use similar products that you do have to create something similar. Example: if you do not have the JOY die but you do have an alphabet die set, simply cut out the letters J-O-Y and use those. If you do not have the “Three Trees” steel rule die, simply cut three triangles in different sizes and colors and three small rectangles for the tree base. If you do not have the Gingerbread steel rule die consider tracing a cookie cutter that is the shape of a gingerbread man.
A: You can use any type of felt or fabric to create the panels shown in the workshop. I love the look and feel of wool felt. There are many quilting and crafting stores that carry wool felt as well as tons of online options. I do carry a small assortment of wool felt bundles listed in my ETSY shop and quantities are very limited. To see the selections, visit my shop here.
Again, as in all of my classes whether they are online or in person, never ever feel that you have to use the same colors, supplies, measurements or patterns that I use or provide. Be inspired by what I have done and challenge yourself to create something similar using what you have! My hope is to inspire you to create things using your hands.
Q: What is the cost of this workshop?
Q: Where do I register?
A: CLICK HERE ..Happy Stitching!
I knew the question would come up at some point "What does stitching have to do with your faith?"
The answer can be as simple as saying either "It has nothing to do with stitching" OR "God created me to create things with a needle and a thread." I instantly add in the reason, the excuse for piles and all the praise right back to Him...and then, as simple as it may be, I do my very best to complicate it.
I am really good at that.
It is a skill.
It is not really a bad "complicate" all the time what starts like this:
ends up complicated looking like this through the process...
But just like life, out of the piles, tangles and knots, God created me to look past the scraps to create things like this :
I stitch and then use the examples I create as a spring board to teach you, share with you, encourage you and hopefully inspire you to take a closer look closer at the "YOU" God created you to be, well and stitch, duh. The experiences I have in the beginning, through the process and what happens as a result of my stitches have everything to do with faith and THAT is what I document.
While I may "do the work" of designing, stitching, reminding, teaching, encouraging and sharing, I do not take credit for all of the stuff that comes out of my head and through my hands...
That is all God.
To see what dies I used to create most of the projects pictured above, just click on the photo.