WOW!!! I had the best weekend at Sweet N Sassy’s Creative Worship retreat! There was much learning and loving and a whole lot of Jesus! I still haven’t finished all my projects, but here are a few…

Friday I worked and then lead a demo on embossing. I showed lots of techniques and then went back over the weekend and made something out of each (even the one that was a “mess up” 🙂 .) If you didn’t get a chance to join in, the lives were all saved as were the music lists, etc in Unit 2. If you aren’t a member of the group – I really think you would love the love and encouragement you fin there… It is the Creative Worship Bible Journaling Group

Here is a quick look at the “collection”. I used Cheerful Hexies, Psalm 23 BG, Sweet as Honey, and Faith Wordfetti for the demo.The first faithdex card showed HEAT embossing on pigment ink, Distress Oxides, and Versa mark. It also showed that Distress oxides could be used through a stencil and embossed for extra texture and that embossing a outline stamp creates “walls” for your watercoloring. I added some interest with the Psalm 23 BG stamp in random places and added splatters of black and white acrylic paint and finished it with some sentiments from the Faith Wordfetti set.

This one was so busy with techniques, but in the end, it really worked and is a favorite!

Here is the close up of the bee that I inked up a second time and cut out and glued (just the body) on top of the original. Then I pulled the wings up a bit for dimension.I added my verse on the back so I could reference.

The second one showed that you could layer your embossing and stamp into the final layer for a wax seal look. I added some embossed patterned hexies and splatters with DOx inks I used and picked a simple sentiment. This will go in my Bible and I will journal on the back.

The third one is another faithdex card. I inked a hexie and then decided to do another direction so I started over with project two. But when it was time to show dry embossing, I grabbed this one back and ran it through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. It was a mess, but I didn’t want to chunk it so I smooshed some inks all over it, added a layer of gesso to calm the inks (especially the original hexie I was trying to hide) added some spots of “texture” with the Psalm 23 BG stamp and some stenciled hexies. Then I found a BG I had created using the same ink colors I had pulled out for this one but in Distress Inks vs. Oxides – so they were bolder! I stamped the Psalm 23 BG on top, then stamped and embossed an outline hexie (two sizes). I fussy cut them and added them and a Faith Wordfetti sentiment and I was so please that it came together in the end!

The forth and fifth project showed a way to stretch that embossing folder; essentially using it as a stamp.

For this one, I inked up the back side (where the crosses stood out) with Distress Oxide, and closed the folder with my faithdex card lined up inside. I added a few patches of the Psalm 23 BG words randomly. I really liked it, but it was so simple – what to do? I grabbed a digi stamp called Old Rugged Cross sized it to the size I wanted and printed it and colored it with my copics. Then I fussy cut it and glued it to my card. I used my Bitty Minnie Alphas to stamp out part of Isaiah 53:5 and added a sentiment from Faith Wordfetti to my tab – This became my favorite!

The last one, I inked it up again with a couple colors, misted it, and closed my journal card inside it. It was so fun, I decided to finish it by adding a Cocoa Mouse digi image (colored with Copics) some washi, a sentiment from Faith Wordfetti and a sewn on ribbon (I had to dust off my sewing machine haha!) This card will be my first entry in my Loved Bible I am starting – so excited!

I am still working on finishing up the last few projects but here are a few other projects from the retreat.

A faithdex card taught by Amanda Ginn. I used Bitty Minnie Alphas and Chunky Alphas, and Faith Wordfetti and  The Good News (for the sun)

A vellum insert using a printable from Pile of Ashes and Lots of Alphas (just mix em up) – led by Amanda Hargrove

Clips and a tassel bookmark taught by Elizabeth Chu.

Watercoloring and stamping in Hymnals by Stephanie (IG Faith.and.creativity) I used Landscape Silhouettes, Scene Silhouette:Trees, Thrill of Hope (NOT just for Christmas :)) and Chunky Alphas

SNSS Hymal Journal copy

What a blessing this weekend was! I hope you are inspired by this projects as I was by the weekend! Now I need to go finish coloring and cutting flowers (Gail Bond at Patio Ponderings) and working on my gel prints (Colleen at Stir the Soul)

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn