Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tips & Techniques using Digital Stamps with Karla!

Hi SEM friends! Karla here today, blogging my last post here on this fantastic blog, and sharing some tips and techniques.  Even though my time here is done, I've enjoyed being part of this wonderful design team. These girls are awesome! If you're thinking of joining a design team, be sure to check out this post - you might just be the person the SEM team is looking for.

For my tip/technique today I'm talking about Digital Stamps. If you google or check Pinterest for digi stamps you are sure to come across many, many very cute options available - many which are free! I found this adorable Macaron Stamp on Jane's Doodles blog. It is a JPEG that you can simply right click and save to your computer. I have a PC - not a mac, so that's what I do on mine ;) This saves the image as a photo and I can print it off whatever size I wish!

Here are a few tips I have found helpful when using your digi stamps:
- Print in Fast Draft on your printer. This is the setting that uses less ink and reduces any bleeding of your image.
- Heat set your image after printing.
- Print on white cardstock. I just feed the sheet of cardstock through my printer and don't even change the paper settings.
- Using an alcohol based marker, such as Copics or Prismacolors, prevents bleeding of the ink. You could even use coloured pencils! I have used water based markers before, but you have to be careful to not touch the black lines too much, so I usually stick to my Prismacolors.

After I coloured my image in I used some pretty Stickles to add some shiny sparkles to the icing and I stamped a sentiment using a stamp set from CTMH.

Inside, I used one of my fav sentiment stamp sets - Believe Script from Pink & Main.

I fussy cut around my image and popped it up with foam dots over my patterned paper background and added some washi and sequins from 28 Lilac Lane.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy a fantastic week, and let me know if you decide to try out a digi stamp image!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My Everyday Miracle. Gas Ahead! by Linda

When my children were small, my husband and I were involved in children’s ministry. We did special programs with gospel magic, ventriloquist dummy, puppet show and chalk drawings. We were scheduled to do a program in Panama City, Florida...There were very few gas stations along Interstate 10 so when we got down to a fourth of a tank, my husband asked the kids to start praying. We looked for miles, but no gas station. Finally, we turned off of the interstate onto a two lane highway...we saw a gas station ahead but when we got there, it had closed down. Now things were really getting serious. We got to the top of a very long hill and the motor stopped...we coasted down the hill and at the bottom, was a larger road and three gas stations. As we coasted into the nearest one, my six year old son said, “Well, Daddy, God said He would provide what we need and we did not need the gas until we got to the bottom of the hill.” “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19