Sunday, April 15, 2018

Book Review :: When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow

When God Made Light is another great book from the duo who created When God Made You!
When God Made Light is a book that celebrates the light that God created in the universe, as well as the light He places in each of His children. Both When God Made Light and When God Made You are empowering and confidence-building, all in the context of being created by God. 

The rhyming text in these books is a unique find - almost Dr. Seuss-ish with a poetic flair. They are a literary step above other children's books on the market, in my opinion. I can't think of another way to describe them - they just feel different from the typical rhyming books for children...and I love that!

The illustrations just add to the beautiful text in When God Made Light. Our family loves the illustrator's quirky, unique style. (We have another book illustrated by David Catrow: I Like Myself! - also a great one!)

When God Made Light is another wonderful book from this author/illustrator duo, and I am so thankful for their contributions to children's literature.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the Blogging for Books book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

WINNER!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent giveaway from the Ink Blot Shop / MISTI Blog Hop!

Congratulations!

Please send me an e-mail with your US mailing address so I can get your prize out to you.
{You can find my e-mail address in my blog header or on my Blogger profile.}
The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information.
Due to shipping costs, giveaways are available to US mailing addresses only.
The winner was randomly chosen using Random.org.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ink Blot Shop and My Sweet Petunia (& a giveaway!) {Blog Hop}

Welcome! 
have combined to bring you a wonderful blog hop today! 
(Bonus: there are giveaways!)

If you aren't already following Ink Blot Shop, please be sure to follow along on the @InkBlotShop Instagram account and the Ink Blot Shop Facebook page.

The Project:
The main reason I was originally drawn to the MISTI was the possibility of creating multiples of cards. Of course, I have seen many other benefits of the MISTI in the time I have owned it, but making multiples is still my favorite way to use it.

For today's hop, I used a combination of the Ink Blot Shop Arts & Crafts IconsArts & Crafts Sentiments, and Houndstooth Background stamps in the same layout to create three cards with different looks:
Would you like to see the whole process? I share a quick run-through in this video.


I took the original bright design and toned it down to create a different look by coloring the stamped images with some netural/earth tones.
And then for a quick version, I colored everything the same, just using a slight gradient of color for a little interest:
I love that the MISTI made it easy to stamp some coordinating envelopes as well. (The Arts & Crafts Sentiments set has stamps that work well on both cards and envelopes.)
And did you happen to notice those beautiful turquoise ruler stickers in my video? If you are thinking about updating the ruler stickers on your MISTI (or Mini MISTI), be sure to check out this video showing how I did mine. There are some tips and tricks you won't want to miss. 

The Giveaway:
Would you like to win the Arts & Crafts Icons and Arts & Crafts Sentiments stamps that were used in my cards today? You can!
To enter:
Leave a comment on this blog post. That's it!

If you would like additional chances to win:
Comment on any of the posts associated with this particular giveaway on the Ink Blot Shop Facebook page and/or the @InkBlotShop Instagram account.

Rules of this giveaway:
Blog comments for the giveaway will close Sunday, March 11th @ 11:59pm (Central) and the winner will be announced Tuesday, March 13th here on this blog.
- The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information.
- Due to shipping costs, giveaways are available to US mailing addresses only.
Please remember to check back to see if you've won.
Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.

After leaving a comment, be sure to hop on over to Ilina Crouse's site to continue on the hop.


Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies: 
Stamps: Ink Blot Shop (Arts & Crafts Icons, Arts & Crafts Sentiments, Houndstooth Background); 
Tools: My Sweet Petunia (Original MISTI with Turquoise Replacement Stickers, Bar Magnet, Creative Corners); 

A full supply list (with links) can be found in the YouTube video description.

New releases from Ink Blot Shop, LLC!

Good news! There are four new stamp sets (available now!) from Ink Blot Shop, LLC!

First up - a great new alphabet...
This one creates the drop shadow effect for you. You can leave it as-is or color in the shadow area for a fun and funky look.

...and then there's something a little different. These stamp sets are designed especially for bullet journaling and planners. These three sets are all part of the "Calendar Builders" line - easy to mix and match to create a variety of custom looks.



Here's a little peek at how you can use them in your bullet journaling:
Stay tuned for more projects using these new stamps, 
but in the meantime...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

MISTI Sticker Replacement (and Hack!) - Original and Mini

Do you have a MISTI stamping tool, but aren't really a fan of the pink rulers? There are now replacement ruler stickers in a beautiful turquoise color (yay!) and although they are meant for your Original MISTI, you can make them work for your Mini MISTI, too. 

You can either watch the full video on YouTube, or just watch it right here:

Thanks for watching!
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

WINNER

Thanks to everyone who participated in my recent giveaway for the My Promise Bible!
Congratulations!
Please send me an e-mail with your US mailing address so I can get your prize out to you.
{You can find my e-mail address in my blog header or on my Blogger profile.}
The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information.
Due to shipping costs, giveaways are available to US mailing addresses only.
The winner was randomly chosen using Random.org.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Book Review :: My Promise Bible, KJV (with video flip-through) & a GIVEAWAY!

If you've been following along on my blog, you know that I love checking out all the journaling Bibles out there, so I was thrilled when KJVBibles sent me their new My Promise Bible to review. 
As with any journaling Bible (especially those with line art, like the My Promise Bible) it is best to actually see the interior pages. Here's a flip-through video I created to help you get a feel for it:

And, thanks to the generosity of the folks over at KJVBibles, I've got a My Promise Bible to give away!

To enter:
Leave a comment on this blog post. That's it!

If you would like additional chances to win you can do so in one (or all) of the following ways:
- Subscribe to my Ink Blots by TRD YouTube channel. {Please let me know you've done so by leaving an additional comment.}
- "Like" Ink Blots by TRD on Facebook. {Please let me know you've done so by leaving an additional comment.}
- Follow @InkBlotsbyTRD on Instagram. {Please let me know you've done so by leaving an additional comment.}
- Comment on any of my giveaway posts (associated with this particular giveaway) on Facebook or Instagram (@InkBlotsbyTRD).
- Share about and link back to this giveaway on your own blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or anywhere else. {Please let me know where you've shared/linked by leaving one additional comment.}

Rules of this giveaway:
Blog comments for the giveaway will close Sunday, February 4th @ 11:59pm (Eastern) and the winner will be announced Tuesday, February 6th here on my blog.
- The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information.
- Due to shipping costs, giveaways are available to US mailing addresses only.

Please remember to check back to see if you've won.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, or Twitter.

Good luck in the giveaway!
FTC Declaration: KJVBibles.com has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Friday, January 19, 2018

New Releases from Ink Blot Shop, LLC!

I'm SO excited to tell you about two new stamp sets (available now!) from Ink Blot Shop, LLC!

Introducing...
(6x8 Clear Stamp Set)

 ...and Arts & Crafts Sentiments:
(6x6 Clear Stamp Set)

I think these sets are perfect for cards, of course, but I also can't wait to use them in my Bible journaling and bullet journaling, too!

Stay tuned for some cards and projects using these new stamps, 
but in the meantime...

Stamps: Ink Blot Shop (Arts & Crafts Icons, Arts & Crafts Sentiments);

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

WINNER

Thanks to everyone who participated in my recent giveaway for the Top Ten Blog Hop!
Congratulations!
Please send me an e-mail with your US mailing address so I can get your prize out to you.
{You can find my e-mail address in my blog header or on my Blogger profile.}
{The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information.}
{Due to shipping costs, giveaways are available to US mailing addresses only.}

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 Year in Review (Top Ten Blog Hop 2017)

The Introduction:
If you are hopping along with us today: Welcome! You should have come here from Heather Leopard's blog.
If you aren't already following me, I'd love to have you follow me on my @InkBlotsbyTRD account on Instagram, Ink Blots by TRD page on Facebook, and here on my blog as well!

If you are one of my regular readers: Thanks for coming back! I love having you! Please feel free to join along in the hop.

The Year in Review - Top Fives:
Because I blog a variety of things here (crafts, cards, Bible art & journaling, book reviews, and more) I thought I would do a variation on the top ten idea, and share the top five from a few different categories. And, because I have been a bad blogger (I've had some gaps in my blogging where my projects only made it as far as Instagram or Facebook), not all of these have actually been given air time here on my blog this year.

Top Five Bible Journaling Entries of 2017:
These top five Bible journaling entries were chosen based on their popularity here on my blog (as well as over on my Instagram account). 

You can click each photo below to be taken to the original blog post (where I have a full supply list) or Instagram post...or just go ahead and view them here:

Top Five Cards of 2017:
A few of these top five cards were chosen because they are some of my personal favorites from the year. (And a couple were well loved on my Instagram account, but they didn't make it to the blog...oops!)

You can click each photo below to be taken to the original blog post (where I have a full supply list) or Instagram post...or just go ahead and view them here:

Top Five Bible Recommendations/Reviews 2017:
These top five Bible recommendations are my personal top recommendations from all the Bibles that I have had the pleasure of reviewing this year. 

Here they are with a little description for each:

The Beautiful Word Bible line came out with a "for Girls" coloring Bible version, but for me it is my personal favorite from the line (even though I am not the target age range). The updated images to color really are a step up from some of those in the earlier versions, and I love the added bonus of a cute cover and rounded page corners, all while keeping the original wide lined margins for Bible art & journaling.



The She Reads Truth Bible is a great option for Bible art & journaling, note taking, and more. The interior pages are beautifully designed, and this Bible has some great study helps. The She Reads Truth Bible is a journaling Bible on steroids. (All legal, of course.)


Okay, this isn't technically a Bible (since it is a storybook), but I snuck it into this category. If you don't already have The Jesus Storybook Bible, I recommend getting this version. Not only is there a gorgeous cover, but the pages are larger which results in larger artwork and larger text. Although this Bible storybook is definitely great for kids, it helped me as an adult, and I think anyone (at any age) would benefit from owning it.


The Kids' Quest Study Bible is a fantastic study Bible for kids. It covers some great study basics (who, what, where, when), but also has some informative practical application for kids that I think is wonderful.


The Kids' Devotional Bible is both a Bible and a year's worth of devotional readings for kids. And, as a fun bonus, there is some great line art that could make this a coloring Bible.

Top Five Book Recommendations/Reviews of 2017:
These top five book recommendations are my favorites from all the books that I have had the pleasure of reviewing this year. Most of them are for kids, but they are all well loved in our house.

So that you don't have to judge these books solely on their covers, I'll give a little description for each.

The Marvelous Mud House is...marvelous. It is beautifully written, incredibly illustrated, and has a wonderful message. It really is an incredible book and a peek at a different lifestyle for those of us with easy access to education, large homes, nice cars, and an abundance of toys. It is definitely worth buying...and buying several copies to share with other families.


When God Made You is a positive, uplifting book that celebrates uniqueness and diversity, all in the context of being created by God. It is a literary step above other children's books on the market, in my opinion. The illustrations just add to the incredible confidence-building text in this book and I can't recommend it enough.


Found is taken from The Jesus Storybook Bible, and our family loves owning both. The illustrations in this board book are beautifully done in calm colors and they help create a very peaceful feeling. Our littlest one loves to read Found - and he likes to read it often. It's definitely a keeper!


Noah, Noah, What Do You See? was an instant favorite in our house. It is co-written by Bill Martin Jr. - the author of classics like Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (and other books in the Brown Bear and Friends line) as well as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (and other Chicka Chicka books). This book is cute and fun to read, definitely a must-have in our house!


Portrait Revolution is all about inspiration (not instruction), but it definitely delivers on being inspirational! Portrait Revolution features portraits (faces from the shoulders up, so it's family friendly), and has sections dividing the art by media, style, theme, and artist. According to my 11 year old artist: "I like all the imaginative ways of making portraits. I like seeing different versions of the same person (subject). There are a lot of drawings with good style." I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to be inspired to create and/or wanting to check out different artistic styles.

The Giveaway:
Whew! We made it! 
(What a year!)

I am SO thankful that you did a little time traveling with me. As a way to say thanks, I'd like to give away some stamps from my stamp company,  Ink Blot Shop, LLC
I'll be sending these three stamp sets to one lucky winner:



To enter:
Leave a comment on this blog post. That's it!

If you would like additional chances to win you can do so in one (or all) of the following ways:
- "Like" Ink Blots by TRD on Facebook. {Please let me know you've done so by leaving an additional comment.}
- Comment on any of my giveaway posts (associated with this particular giveaway) on Facebook or Instagram (@InkBlotsbyTRD).
- Share about and link back to this giveaway on your own blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or anywhere else. {Please let me know where you've shared/linked by leaving one additional comment.}

Rules of this giveaway:
Blog comments for the giveaway will close Sunday, December 31st @ 11:59pm (Eastern) and the winner will be announced Tuesday, January 2nd here on my blog.
- The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information.
- Due to shipping costs, giveaways are available to US mailing addresses only.
Please remember to check back to see if you've won.
Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.

After leaving a comment, be sure to hop on over to Sue Eldred's site.

Thanks for stopping by today - and may the Lord bless you in the new year!
The full hop list:
Christine Meyer
Kathy Skou
Kathleen Graumüller
Teri Anderson
Susie Bentz
Janice Daquila-Pardo
Giorgia Rossini
Laurel Seabrook
Aimee Kidd
Mary Ann Jenkins
Keren Tamir
Lee-Anne Thornton
Heather Leopard
Tifany DeGough (You are here)
Sue Eldred
Melissa Elsner
Laura Whitaker
Anita Mulcahey
Ashley Smith
Simone Schermann
Shelly Kurth
Monique Liedtke
Suzanna Lee
Kat Benjamin
Wendy Antenucci
Marcia Dehn-Nix
Laura Cox
Irit Shalom
Nicole Martel
Carolyn Johnson
Tenia Nelson
Samantha Taylor
Rebecca Keppel
Judy Hayes
Isha Gupta
Traci Penrod
Tracy McLennon
Karen Hunter
Lyne Blodgett
Anna Sigga
Lisa Moen