11 April 2021

Welcome🍍

It's sooooooooooooooooooo good to be back in the studio! 
I found some time this weekend to play with some watercolors. I have a special watercolored card that I will share on Friday this week- it's for one of my very very special friend's birthday! I don't want her to see it before she gets it in the mail. Stay tuned for the reveal:) 
Not sure why this photo is blurry! :( 

This card was super easy to whip up! I saw a pineapple embossing folder at JoAnns yesterday (only $2.50 plus 20% off!) and knew it would be perfect to create a card to welcome our new neighbors, as well as celebrate our friends and family who just moved/bought a new place.  
Instructions: emboss watercolor paper, add watercolors to pineapple images, add striped washi tape to side of card (channeling my inner Samantha Mann), attach embossed/colored paper to base, die cut sentiment and stamp coordinating sentiment, attach both sentiments to card base. DONE! Simple and fun! 

That's it for me today. Don't forget to stop by on Friday- I have another card to share. It took me around 3 hours to complete but it was totally worth it! LOL! 

THANKS so much for stopping by! 
Be blessed ❤️
Sav




Supplies
Paper: watercolor paper, The Stamp Market Greenery
Inks: ICT Memento Wedding Dress, The Stamp Market Color Crush Watercolor Palette Pans
Stamps/dies: Paper Smooches Welcome dies and The Welcome Wagon stamp set
Other: Place & Time Pineapple/Summer embossing folder; NeocolorII Crayons Ocre, Golden Yellow, Emerald Green


ps... if you are interested in purchasing my cards, you can check them out on my Facebook PageSavannahland2ForSale!!! Click HERE for the photo album of the cards for sale:) 

31 March 2021

It's a happy day (when I get to play with alcohol inksπŸ™ƒ

Oh happy day, friends! 
THANKS for stopping by today! 

I created this card awhile back but haven't shared it yet. I'm hoping I get to have some crafty time in the studio soon! #SAVfact: I've been working on my AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional license and I've only got one and half chapters left!!! But with that means and large test, getting certified in CPR, figuring out insurance as a personal trainer and working in our community, etc. It's been taking all my time. PLUS-- my left foot is still not feeling great. HOWEVER-- my right shoulder is MUCH better! Praise the Lord!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Anyway... enough about me (I don't want to waste your time!)! Here's today's card. Simple combo of some of my favorite items: alcohol inks, Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO PapersThe Stamp Market Oh Happy Day stamp and die set  and gold paper/embossing powder/ink. DONE! 
THANKS so much for stopping by! I hope you have a happy day! THANKS for always lifting me up and encouraging me- your friendship and love mean so much to me❤️

Be blessed ❤️
Sav




Supplies
Paper: Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers, white and gold cardstock
Inks: Ranger alcohol inks: Citrus, Limeade, Dandelion, Coral, Wild Plum, Purple Twighlight


ps... if you are interested in purchasing this card, you can check it out on my Facebook PageSavannahland2ForSale!!! Click HERE for the photo album of the cards for sale:) 

26 March 2021

🌈 MORE Rainbows 🌈

Hello and welcome back, sweet friends ❤️
I've been MIA (again)... well, because I can't catch a "break". I did catch a break but not in the way I wanted. I was placed in a foot boot (again) about two weeks ago. I stepped down on my left foot about a month ago and had the most intense pain. I knew that feeling from when I tore the 4-5 tendons in that same foot. I knew something was wrong but I didn't do anything about it for 30 days. #stubborn I'm supposed to be in a boot until April 8th. 

And just the other day I pulled the sheets on the bed to make it and pulled/strained/tore a muscle in my front right shoulder muscle. Oh man does it hurt to lift my arm! 

See why I say I can't catch a "break"!!?!?! I was doing so well with starting to workout daily, walking more, eating right, and getting back on track after a year of depression... well, now I'm on the couch most days. πŸ€¦πŸΌ‍♀️

But enough about me! I want to share some happy rainbow cards I made a month ago. These are some of my favorite! I loooooooooooove this Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers!!! It's so smooth and takes the inks perfectly! 

I created another rainbow using the The Stamp Market Rainbow of Happiness dies. It created a negative and positive image, which means that I *HAD* to use both! #idon'tthrowanythingaway πŸ™ƒ Both cards were simple to make- create rainbow inked design using Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers, die cut rainbows, place pieces on card base, stamp sentiment, think about it.... die cut small hearts from scraps (again #idon'tthrowanythingaway! LOL!) and finish card. SOOOOO easy! 
The second card is definitely my favorite of the two:) I love the hidden sentiment. I also love the difference of the rainbow paper- it's the SAME piece for both but it looks so different! 
That's it for me today. I do have several more cards to share--- I'm in a rainbow mood and am making over 50 birthday cards that are multiple shades of each color (making a rainbow)! It's taking me forever to finish them! LOL! I want them simple but simple cards and I do not get along; thus, why it's taking so long. πŸ˜‚
I also have this set of alcohol inked backgrounds to use for creations... GOODNESS! I need to find time to get into the studio this weekend:) 
Thanks so much for stopping by! And thank you for leaving me some love on my posts!!! You make my day! THANK YOU

Be blessed ❤️
Sav






Supplies
Paper: Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers), gold metallic, white cardstock
Inks: Ranger Alcohol Ink; T Black ink
Stamps/dies: The Stamp Market Rainbow of Happiness dies, Rainbow Greetings; Paper Smooches Tiny Hearts (retired)


ps... if you are interested in purchasing this card, you can check it out on my Facebook Page: Savannahland2ForSale!!! Click HERE for the photo album of the cards for sale:)  


11 March 2021

Alcohol Inks... MORE:)

Hello, friends! 

Sorry I haven't been posting my creations as I said I would. It has been a bit busy, and as of today I'm back in a boot for my left foot (it seems that I am in it at least once a year). I will be in this boot for at least a month, which will slow down my schedule and maybe I will have more time to get in the studio! 

I promised MORE alcohol ink creations. 
I've got 5 to share, but today I will only share two. One that I made and one from TRAVIS!!!!!!!!!! His card was the inspiration for my card πŸ™ƒ

I am still loooooooooooving the Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers. I cannot tell you how beautiful these papers are!! They make the alcohol ink blend and move about perfectly; they are smooth and a good weight; I just love these Synthetic EVO Papers! And the best part was that these Synthetic EVO Papers make it easy for a "newbie" to play around and create a simple card! 
A few weeks ago, Trav wanted to create a card for his best friend, Chester (NOTE: his wife, Jess, is my best friend❤️). Chester and Trav would golf often so a golf theme with the Paper Smooches My Guy stamp set was perfect.. Trav's card is very simple- a few drops of Ranger Limeade alcohol ink on the Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers, finished with a stamped image and DONE! **Sorry I don't have a better photo- we finished working on this card late and Trav gave it to Chester before I could get a good photo the next day! LOL!  **NOTE: I am still working on my card for Jess! πŸ€¦πŸΌ‍♀️

Fast forward to this week-- it was Trav's 41st birthday πŸŽ‰ I used the same stamp set and inks to create a similar design of a golf course. I did add a few alphas to make the sentiment "Bugle Mini Golf" in reference to a golf trophy that Trav and Chester battled for each time they played golf together + a golf thing Trav and I talk about all the time (Bugle Golf). These alphas were die cut from The Stamp Market Little Letter Board dies. They were the perfect size for this card! 
That's it for me today. A simple card and an inspired card. All created using my new favorite papers, inks, and stamps/dies! 

THANKS so much for stopping by! Another alcohol ink creation will be shared this weekend! Can't wait!    

Be blessed ❤️
Sav




Supplies
Paper: Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers, vellum and gold cardstock
Inks: Ranger alcohol inks
Stamps/dies: The Stamp Market Little Letter Board diesPaper Smooches My Guy stamps and dies


ps... if you are interested in purchasing my cards, you can check them out on my Facebook PageSavannahland2ForSale!!! Click HERE for the photo album of the cards for sale:) 

03 March 2021

Goals: Reading Monthly- February's books and reviews

OH friends!!! I've got sooooooooooo many cards to share with you!! I've been busy in the studio! But first, I want to get my February book goal and review posted (so I don't get too far behind!) πŸ™ƒ

Today I want to share some of my goal updates so that you can help me stay accountable! I mentioned in THIS post that I create lots of goals each year- goals with subgoals and rewards when I complete them! One of my goals in 2021 is to read at least one book* monthly (*Christian books/studies)

February 2021: Trav has been reading with me each night before bed- he reads different books or sometimes the same. He finished two books in January and suggested that I read them too. I didn't have a list of books that I wanted to start reading so I took Trav's suggestions and started reading them.
Trav read this book in January. This book has 10 different ideas or steps to take to strengthen your marriage. Nothing I didn't already know but it's always good to have reminders! It helped me to remember that I shouldn't take my marriage for granted and that I need to work even harder at being a better wife. 
Review: It's a quick and easy read with great reminders to put your marriage/spouse first. 

Book 2: "Minimalism"
Trav's been listening to their podcasts and read their book in January. I wasn't so sure about the theme because I like to collect and create and change my decorations/etc! LOL! I understand the idea of less is better for focus, stress, and just in general. I was afraid Trav was going to make me get rid of everything πŸ˜‚ That's not what happened! LOL! This book is a good read- not biblical but has good points of getting past the material/worldly things and making room in our life for the important things: health, relationships, passion, growth, contribution. 
Review: I wish this book was more biblical and pointed to Christ, but it was an easy and quick read that makes you think about the treasure(s) of your heart. 

Book 3: "Prevailing Prayer" by D.L. Moody
I have struggled to get back into prayer lately. It definitely has to do with the situation last year leading to our departure from our church and leadership roles. I wanted a book that would encourage me to get back into communion with God, praying powerful prayers without hinderances of any kind. One thing I was challenged by was the act of "restitution"- giving back what I took or if I owed others anything to make it right before the Lord. Randomly after reading this chapter, I found a few items that belonged to the church (obviously it was God that showed me at the right time) and returned them to the church. Again, this book was a good reminder for me since it didn't really present any new info about prayer that I didn't already know; it was just what I needed to remember the reason for prayer and how prayer is powerful.
Review: This book was harder to read due to the language (written in old English) but it was a good book to spark the fire needed in my heart. It also includes great quotes from other christian leaders. I liked this book a lot:) 

Enough about books... I'll share more of my goals and book reviews soon! 

Back to my normal content---- I have MORE creations to share with you this week! I cannot wait to show you what I've been doing with my alcohol inks- and I even played with solid cardstock with tone-on-tone sentiment stamping!! I believe in one setting I made 49 cards, which I never do mass production cards. LOL! I might have to rethink this technique because it was awesome to have that many cards completed at onceπŸ™ƒ MORE to come- stay tuned. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! THANKS for your friendship, love, support, and encouragement. 
Be blessed ❤️
Sav

16 February 2021

Goals: Reading Monthly- January's book and thoughts

OH friends!!! It's so nice to be back and sharing my life with you ❤️

Today I want to share some of my goal updates so that you can help me stay accountable! I mentioned in THIS post that I create lots of goals each year- goals with subgoals and rewards when I complete them! One of my goals in 2021 is to read at least one book* monthly (*Christian books/studies)

SAVfact: I didn't really learn how to read until the 6th grade. I tend to not have the right words at times because my vocabulary is low, and I am awful at spelling. I wish I had learned how to read (reading for knowledge) or that I would have built up my reading skills sooner. It's really hard to do this at this age! I pray that my efforts to read a book a month will grow my skills, vocabulary, and even my spelling πŸ˜Š

January 2021: I know I'm a bit behind in updating you on my goals and achievements... hopefully I will be more on track starting now! LOL! I picked a book for January that I had been wanting to read for awhile. I didn't realize how BIG of a book it was until I picked it up at a sale! I wasn't sure I would finish it but I did πŸ˜‚ LOL! 

I was blown away by the research and questions asked in the book, "The Case for Christ" by Lee Strobel. I am a Christ follower, and I don't question who Christ is or what he's done for me or the world. I believe because the Bible says so. I guess that's how I read it so quickly (finished it with two days to spare in January)- I was intrigued with the questions and evidence given by each interviewee. 
I guess since I don't have higher reading skills... I don't really question my faith. As I read each chapter, I was taken by the questions, and it really opened my eyes. 

I have thought about many of the topics/chapters: rising from the dead, performing miracles, fulfilling prophecy, and dying on the cross. But I don't go into depth when thinking about these things; I just believed what the Bible says. Now my eyes are open to even more evidence of Christ! And I have to say that one chapter broke my heart because of the graphic details and evidence of Christ dying on the cross. I don't like to think about it because of the pain, my sin that caused him to be on the cross, etc. Chapter 11 blows my mind of how Christ could have carried the cross AFTER being beaten and punished... and then how he endured being nailed to the cross with gravity and how he even had breath or strength to muster out the words, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." HOW!??! Jesus was the Messiah. And even though it was excruciating, painful, and all because of sin, Christ still endured it all for ME! This chapter makes Christ's death that much more real. It also makes the payment of my sin more understandable- I know what Christ had to go through but I never knew the details of the cross. The details in that chapter will forever be etched in my mind (kind of like the images from The Passion of the Christ movie). 

I also picked this book because I heard that our town (the BIG town next to my hometown) was mentioned somewhere in this book. I enjoyed finding the story about a case tried in Winamac, IN on the first page and in the first paragraph of chapter 3. I had never heard of the Ford case before. Interesting. I also find it funny that he called Winamac TINY--- it's big to me! LOL! 
Overall thoughts: I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to share it with someone who questions faith, Christ, or events in the Bible. I highly recommend you check out this book!!! 

Another reading goal I have is to read a book each month with Trav. Each year we get an Advent devotional from Revive Our Hearts, as we are supporters of this ministry. I absolutely LOVE Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth ❤️ And EACH year for the last three years it has taken us about 2 months to finish the little devotional. πŸ€¦πŸΌ‍♀️ The good news is that we finish the book!
Overall thoughts: If you can get your hands on these books, DO!!!! It doesn't even have to be Advent to read through it. I highly recommend anything written and published by Nancy!!! 

That's it for me today- you might not have expected me to write so much about books, and I didn't either! I thought this would be a quick post. Hopefully in the future that will hold to be true! LOL! 

I have MORE creations to share with you this week! I cannot wait to show you what I've been doing with my alcohol inks!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! THANKS for your friendship, love, support, and encouragement. 
Be blessed ❤️
Sav

14 February 2021

ONE More (and a mini)

Hellllllllllo, again! 

I'm really enjoying blogging again. I hope you are enjoying my creations! 

I'm back today with my last two (for now) alcohol ink cards. I said it before but I will say it again- I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE these inks! I can't believe it took me this long to try them out πŸ€¦πŸΌ‍♀️πŸ™ƒ
These cards were made using just the blue alcohol inks and the new Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers. I didn't do anything fancy other than drop the ink and watch it blend, move around. I did add some gold shimmer and then let the inks dry overnight. I had a beautiful larger piece but had to cut it down to create my first design. It's simple and perfect for just about anyone ❤️
I thought I was done with all my samples but I saw this little blue scrap and knew I had to create a mini card:) I really liked the right side of this alcohol ink background- the way it dried and left the white is so pretty. I die cut a heart with a sentiment inside and added a vellum strip with another sentiment. The card size was a bit wonky- too skinny and long however I didn't want to cut the pretty design off; so I added one more sentiment under the heart die cut. I know it doesn't really balance this card design... but I think it looks good enough to say "DONE"! **I even know who I will be giving this mini card to today:) #TROG
THANKS so much for stopping by! I hope to get into the studio this weekend while Trav works. I've got about a thousand card designs I want to make... just need to find the time!   

Be blessed ❤️
Sav




Supplies
Paper: Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers, vellum and gold cardstock
Inks: Ranger alcohol inks; Heidi Swapp Gold Shine


ps... if you are interested in purchasing this card, you can check it out on my Facebook PageSavannahland2ForSale!!! Click HERE for the photo album of the cards for sale:) 

13 February 2021

Alcohol Inks... my favorite

Hellllllllllo! 
I'm back, and I'm super excited to share this card with you because it's my FAVORITE design! It's actually really simple too! LOVE LOVE LOVE

Like the last few cards that I posted, I was playing around with the new Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers. For this round I was playing with green and blue hues. I just kept adding inks and blending them with 91% alcohol, as well as some The Stamp Market Shimmer ink (you can see that shine in the photo above). I walked away for about a day to let it dry and to think of a card design (for some unknown reason I can't think of a design right away for cards using alcohol ink backgrounds! LOL! I think it's because I don't want to cover up the beautiful inks! LOL!).
I knew this card had to be simple- so I die cut a sentiment from gold and vellum, layered them together, and finished the card by layering the center panel on a gold and white card base. DONE! Well... that was until I thought it needed more- you can't go wrong with a green heart (die cut from the alcohol ink background scraps). FUN! SIMPLE! And now it was DONE! 

THANKS so much for stopping by! I said I only had one more card left, but I forgot I've had two cards laying on my photo station/cabinet for a week! LOL! I will be sharing those cards next week. And I hope to get into the studio again this weekend--- MORE to come:)  

Be blessed ❤️
Sav




Supplies
Paper: Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers, white and gold cardstock
Inks: Ranger alcohol inks; The Stamp Market Shimmer
Stamps/dies: The Stamp Market Lots of Thanks Words dies, Lots of Thanks Stamp dies; Paper Smooches Tiny Hearts 


ps... if you are interested in purchasing this card, you can check it out on my Facebook PageSavannahland2ForSale!!! Click HERE for the photo album of the cards for sale:) 

11 February 2021

Alcohol Inks and the WRONG black ink

Hello again-- I'm back with ANOTHER alcohol ink creation! 


I am in LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE with the Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers. I love the smooth texture and how it holds the alcohol ink so beautifully. I need to purchase more papers because I'm running out! LOL! 

I've had to learn a lesson (or two) as I've started to use alcohol inks more. Today's lesson has to do with the correct black ink. For this card, I created the background and sat on the design for at least three days! I just thought that beautiful plumb, pink, and teal (not the original color names) needed something special to make it pop. 
Well... the idea hit me and I didn't think about what I was doing! πŸ€¦πŸΌ‍♀️ I started stamping a gorgeous flower from The Stamp Market on the inked EVO Paper using my favorite TSM Black ink. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! This paper needs a solvent ink like ICT Stazon Jet Black. OH MAN! But it all worked out because I sprayed some Workable Fixatif to the papers and it helped the image "set". #lessonlearned
I really do love how this card turned out. I doubt I could recreate it... but I might try:) 

THANKS so much for stopping by! I've got one more card to share using alcohol inks... but I'll be making more this week!!! I can't wait to share them with you! 

Be blessed ❤️
Sav




Supplies
Inks: Ranger alcohol inks; The Stamp Market Black, Shimmer


ps... if you are interested in purchasing this card, you can check it out on my Facebook PageSavannahland2ForSale!!! Click HERE for the photo album of the cards for sale:) 

09 February 2021

Alcohol Inks... the darker side

Hello, friends! 

I'm back sharing another alcohol ink card that I created a few weeks ago using Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers
This card was NOT my favorite... until I took the photos! I love the papers by Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers ... just not the alcohol inks. 
I used some Brea Reese alcohol inks and they were awful. They puddled and got muddy/black. OY! I was so disappointed. And I kept adding more and more and more of the inks but it was just a messy puddle (you can see it in the photo). But then I added some alcohol drops (91%) on the darker spots and they started to clear up, creating a beautiful color below. I really do like the dark green with the pink and blue and hint of orange... but get this! I only used the following colors: coral, magenta, blue! I don't know where these colors came from but they sure turned out pretty! LOL! 

That's it for me today BUT I have MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE alcohol ink backgrounds to share! I will be posting more this week. 

THANKS so much for stopping by and for all of your love and support! You know how to make my heart smile and full ❤️ 

Be blessed! 
Sav



Supplies
Paper: Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers, Gold metallic, white cardstock 
Inks: Brea Reese alcohol inks


ps... if you are interested in purchasing this card, you can check it out on my Facebook PageSavannahland2ForSale!!! Click HERE for the photo album of the cards for sale:) 

07 February 2021

Rainbow Hugs🌈

Hello and welcome back, sweet friends ❤️

I've been having so much fun getting back into the studio!! I recently discovered alcohol inks and have made over 10 cards with all the backgrounds that I created. It was fun and easy to do. I hope to share most of my creations this week:) 

This card was created last in the bunch but I wanted to share it first. LOL! 
I worked with a rainbow set of colors (listed below) and used a straw to blow the inks around/to dry them. I am really liking this rainbow design πŸŒˆ I also added some gold shimmer to the inks, as well as some gold foil as the inks were drying. You can see some of the shine in the photo below. 
To be honest, I wasn't sure of this background design at first. I had to think about what I wanted to make for about a day. Then it hit me- a vellum rainbow with a sentiment and gold hearts. πŸ™ƒ I stamped the sentiment right on the die cut rainbow and then added it to the card. I finished this card with a few gold hearts, another sentiment, and a white thread/bow. EASY! And sooooooooooooo pretty! 
The only thing I don't like about this card... the clear foam behind the vellum. There isn't anything I can do about that. It's CLEAR foam but you can still see it. Eh. That's a minor detail! LOL! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! And thank you for leaving me some love on my posts!!! You make my day! THANK YOU

I hope you will stop back by later this week for more inspiration and alcohol ink creations! Be blessed ❤️
Sav





Supplies
Paper: Vellum, HP Photo paper (but I prefer Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers) 
Inks: Ranger Alcohol Ink: Poppyfield, Watermelon, Dandelion, Sunshine Yellow, Citrus, Limeade, Laguna, Turquoise, Coral, Wild Plumb, Purple Twilight; Heidi Swapp: Color Shine- Gold; ICT: Stazon Jet Black
Stamps/dies: The Stamp Market Tons of Type, Most Wonderful, Mod Rainbow Cover die; Paper Smooches Tiny Hearts (retired)


ps... if you are interested in purchasing this card, you can check it out on my Facebook Page: Savannahland2ForSale!!! Click HERE for the photo album of the cards for sale:)  

01 February 2021

SCT Publication Reject... but there's a reason why :)

Hello, sweet friends! 

THANK YOU for leaving me some love on my last post! I really appreciate it ❤️

As you know, it's been several years since I have submitted any cards or really had time in my studio (I barely get an hour or two a week now). Well, I'm trying to change that! It's my goal to submit creations per quarter in 2021. I don't care if they get picked up or showcased in a magazine. I just want to challenge myself to create again. 

My first opportunity to submit for a magazine was in January for the Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine!!! That was until I missed the deadline πŸ€¦πŸΌ‍♀️ GOOD NEWS!!!! SCT extended their deadline by a week or so--- HOOOOORAY

I had a few ideas of what I wanted to do for this submission, and I was able to create one project- haven't heard back so it's probably a reject as well. Oh well! LOL! The following card was also for this submission call and I already know it's a reject because...
I missed the second deadline! πŸ€¦πŸΌ‍♀️ Oh well. I had so much fun getting crafty. 

This card was inspired by a graphic design image I saw on Pinterest for an app, Pixo??? I've never heard of it and I can't click the graphic because it pulls up random stuff. Either way, I found inspiration in this photo. 

I used the sentiment and heart as my inspiration. I used all The Stamp Market dies, stamps, inks, and papers for this card (supply list below). I absolutely love love love it! 
I know rejection is hard. But I'm not looking at it the way I used to- it's more of a WIN-WIN for me. I have a goal to submit each quarter. I completed this goal once already- WIN  And if the cards are rejected then I have an extra card to sell or give away- WIN 

That's it for me today. MORE is coming!!! I have a few more projects using the Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers and alcohol inks, as well as the other reject card!!! 

THANKS so much for stopping by! I can't wait to share more of my creations with you each week. #itsgoodtobeback 

Be blessed ❤️
Sav




Supplies

26 January 2021

ETC Papers: Synthetic EVO Paper 🌈

Hello, sweet friends! Welcome back! 

I am so happy to be back in the studio! I have soooooooooo much to share, but I won't overwhelm you with it all at once πŸ™ƒ My goal (you might have read about several goals in my last post) is to post two or three times a week. I have a few ideas of what I want to post about so be on the lookout for more crafty goodness coming soon! 

Today I am thrilled to share that I was asked to create some projects using the Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO PapersSynthetic EVO Paper is beautiful- it's smooth, easy to cut, and when you use it with alcohol inks the results are STUNNING! *I'll add a photo of this beautiful white paper once I get home today! 

SAVfact: I've never worked with alcohol inks until last week😬 I had no idea what I was doing. I went out and bought some pretty ink colors and started playing around with the Synthetic EVO Papers. I went for bold colors my first round- straight up solid, one color... with some gold and shimmer added:) 
I knew immediately I wanted to create a rainbow using my practice sheets- Never throw anything away!!! LOL! 
I pulled out The Stamp Market 3x3 rainbow cover die and started mixing and matching my die cut rainbows to create a beautiful arc. There was only one problem- I only had 6 bold, solid alcohol inks samples created... I needed a 7th! That's when I got the idea to pull out some Etc. Papers Holographic papers to complete my arc πŸ‘πŸ»  
Supplies listed below

I had so much fun playing with my alcohol inks making bold colors that quickly after making these cards I felt that I was "experienced" enough to start mixing more colors/etc. πŸ™ƒ I have three or four more cards to share later this month that will show a mixture of colors and even just a mix of color hues. I'm in love love looooooooooove with all of these samples! Here's a sneak peek. 

THANKS so much for stopping by! I can't wait to share more of my creations with you each week. #itsgoodtobeback 

Be blessed ❤️
Sav




Supplies
Inks: Ranger alcohol inks (I bought around 20... not sure which ones- especially since I was just playing around at first!)
Stamps/dies: The Stamp Market 3x3 rainbow cover die, Tons of Type stamp; Paper Smooches Tiny Hearts

01 January 2021

A (quick) reflection of 2020 and goals for 2021

Oh sweet friends! ❤️❤️❤️

I have missed sharing my creations and life with you!!! It's been four months of silence on my blog. It's been way too long ❤️ 2020 was a hard year, but it wasn't because of COVID. **LONG story below about 2020... keep reading because I also share a few goals that I have for 2021.

Olsen Bebo passed away in March. That was hard. SOOOOOOOOOOO hard. Harder than when we had to surrender Olly Hamilton- I thought that was tough! I love both pups so much. 

I took a sabbatical from my blog after Kim ended Paper Smooches. That was hard for me. I can't begin to express the difficulty and loss I felt when PS closed their doors. *You can read about it HERE. **NOTE: I'm so happy for Kim:) 

But 98% of 2020 was hard because I have been in a depression. I wasn't diagnosed with it; I just know. It set in HARD and wouldn't go away. All because of one situation- I lost hope. I wanted to die- literally thought about ending it all (scariest night of my life). I was confused and didn't know if what I thought was "true" was "truth" because it didn't make sense anymore. Everything I believed in was turned upside down and questioned. Everything I tried to achieve and succeed at was torn from me, thrown at me, and questioned- questioned more than necessary, making it more like belittling than supporting or loving. Things were said to me that didn't connect or line up, which made my head spin all the more. There was soooooooo much stress, unnecessary stress too. Why? Why did this happen? It happened because... well, I can't tell you the whole story. Plus, I don't know God's purpose for that situation just yet (not sure I ever will). All I can tell you is that I had a depression that took me out, down, and to be honest, I'm not sure I am out of the pit just yet. #reallife

It's been hard to function. I didn't eat for three weeks. I might have had a total of three very small meals in that time if you gathered everything I ate. I lost 20 lbs- definitely NOT the way I want to lose weight. I didn't sleep. Cried the whole time. Didn't talk much to Trav or to anyone really. We couldn't. There wasn't anyone we could tell due to the people involved/etc. 

During the fourth week, I fainted and blacked out and that night was the first time I ate. And I haven't stopped since. I understand that you might think that is a good step... but not really. I gained 45 lbs back. Laziness and hopelessness became really good friends of mine. Food has been my comfort instead of Jesus. My heart just can't rejoice and I find sadness setting in during the day and confusion/fear/depression setting in at night. Because I don't understand the situation I find that sometimes I play certain things over and over- all because it doesn't make sense. I can't make sense of any of it. It's truly heartbreaking.

I feel horrible for Trav. He: 
1️⃣ experienced this event with me, and since we are "joined as one" (as the Bible states), he felt it too
2️⃣ had to deal with me- trying to take care of me when he had no sleep, his gut hurt due to the emotions/etc. 
3️⃣ walked through the most unexpected and difficult decision we have had to make 
4️⃣ AND he had to deal with COVID and work the ENTIRE time- he is a pharmacist which means healthcare and working through/exposed to it all.  

It's been hard

Never in my life did I think I would be HERE. My head hurts just thinking about this past year, this situation, the heartache and pain... 

Now... I know you might think this list is short and that I'm being a "pessimist"... but I try to be positive. I try to see God's hand and His purpose in my version of 2020. This list is small, but here are some of the blessings from this year: 
  • Finn Lee O'Gwynn was adopted- what a blessing! 
  • Trav and I spent more time together since we couldn't go anywhere
  • Trav and I accomplished a HUGE goal (I might share more specifically about this one day)
  • The Lord provided for us as we worked towards this goal- it amazed us each and every day! 
  • The Lord protected (and continues to protect) us from the virus
  • We have spent more time with our neighbors and have really enjoyed getting to know them better
  • I started working on my AEA certificate and teaching water aerobics again
  • I quit my job and remembered just how much I love being at home, being a wife, and cooking and crafting (I thought for a long time that God wanted me to give up crafting- not so! It was actually the other way around!)
2020 was chaotic and full of confusion. 2021 comes with a fresh slate. A fresh start. I have "high hopes" for this new year. That's why I am going back to what I know works for me. I am creating my goals again- it's been at least three years since I wrote out yearly goals (and I *LIVE* for goals, lists, organization, schedules, etc.). 

Here are a few of my 2021 goals: 
  • Read 15 minutes every night (any book)
  • Read 12 books- biblical studies, biographies, etc.
  • Finish reading through the Bible- I'm almost half way there! 
  • Memorize the OT books (I memorized the NT in 2020)
  • Complete my AEA certification by May----> please pray for this! I am in chapter 2... STILL!!!
  • Workout 3-5x a week
    • Cardio 3x
    • Trainer 3x
    • Bike with Trav 3x
    • Walk with Finn daily :) 
  • Complete the RevWell Sugar Fast 
  • Create at least one card a week, one Christmas card a month
  • Write 3 blogs a week
  • Share a crafting video (on IGTV or YouTube) weekly- nothing fancy, just a start and finish or a tip or whatever
  • Submit creations for publications (it's been almost 5 years!)
  • Work with a crafting company
  • Give Savannahland2 a makeover- new graphics, new watermark, new everything!
  • Sew one item/thing a month
  • Take a monthly photo of Trav and I, and maybe even Finn too:) 
  • Serve homemade treats to neighbors and friends monthly
  • Have one family over for dinner each month
  • Continue to make 8 or more new recipes each month
I have MOOOOOOOOOORE. If you know me, then you know that each of these goals have subgoals and lists πŸ™ƒ LOL! 

(sigh)

I don't think I will ever really get over this situation/event from 2020. But I'm going to try to look forward and UP. I have been looking down for too long. God doesn't want me to look down and be depressed any more. Look up, Sav- God's got a plan. He has a purpose. He will bring you through this fire and you shall come forth as gold (Job 23:10). It's not going to be easy, and it probably won't look like you want it to. Trust Him. Seek Him. Pray. Listen and obey when He speaks. You can because He's not finished yet (Phil. 1:6). 

THANKS for sticking with me. 
THANKS for your continued support, love, and encouragement. 
Here's to a better year! 

TONS of love ❤️ HUGS HUGS HUGS, Sav

ps... I know this was a long post! THANKS for making it this far ❤️❤️

30 August 2020

Paper Smooches- A Blog Hug and Final Farewell

Hello friends:) 
I'm joining in the fun with a few super talented friends today- it's a blog hug (like a blog hop) in honor of Paper Smooches' creator and owner, Kim! Be sure to stop by all the blogs and leave some love for Kim. 


Today's post has been one that I've been thinking about since Kim announced that she was closing the Paper Smooches shop. This is my FINAL OFFICAL Paper Smooches project and post. Below is my story and the card I created for Kim. **It might be a long story, but I tried to keep it short! 

My story: I followed Kim the moment I saw her creations featured in the magazines and when she was a Paper Crafts Go To Gal. I loved her whimsical designs and fun creations. I was hooked and immediately signed up for her monthly stamp program when she started her company Paper Smooches. Kim had a challenge blog and had a design team call in September of 2011. I decided to submit a card and that's when my entire crafting career changed forever! 

I submitted THIS card for the design team call and won a spot on Kim's first SPARKS challenge team! What an honor! I'm still in shock that I was picked to be a part of Kim's team! ❤️

Here's a fun breakdown of a couple of things that I've done using PS stamps/dies/stencils and accomplished while working for Kim and PS
  • I have worked with Kim and PS for 9.75 years
  • I have 98% of Kim's product. I'm missing only a few stamp sets. 
  • I have been published over 100 times, at least 90% using PS stamps/dies
  • Each year I number my cards; back in 2011 I made over 500 cards! I have made an estimated 1500 cards and 1350 of those cards using PS goodies!!! 
    • If you can't tell, I was in LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE with my PS stamps and dies! 
    • I cannot begin to tell you which card is my favorite, but I can tell you when and where and how I was inspired for each card! I remember details like that:) 
  • I started creating weekly videos for Kim's Virtual Smooches blog on March 6, 2013. 
    • HERE is my first video
    • I created 170 videos for VS... and at least 25 for Imagine Crafts (featured on their YouTube channel) where I used their inks and ALL Paper Smooches stamps/dies
    • Each video (for the first two years) would take around 22 hours to record, edit, take photos, upload, and write the blog post! 
    • Travis and Olsen were a BIG part of the VS team- Trav wrote the music to my videos (after I was banned from multiple countries using a song by Kari Jobe... copyright issues! LOL! Who knew?!) and Olsen would bark almost every time I hit the record button. LOL! 
    • Here are some of my FAVORITE videos: 
  • I have had at least 5 different backgrounds for my photos... and I *STILL* haven't figured out how to take a good photo! LOL! 
  • Kim asked me to be the Design Team Coordinator starting in April 2012 (HERE), and EVERY. SINGLE. CHALLENGE. it was sooooooooooo hard picking winners! 
  • I *FINALLY* met Kim when I went out to CHA (a few years back)! I stayed with her and had so much fun!!! I even got to craft in her studio- OH MY! I never wanted to leave:) 
  • And finally... one of my dreams came true working for Kim! It's been an honor working with Kim in so many ways! 
This list isn't even everything... but I figured I'd stop so I could show you my card that I created for Kim❤️ I went back to my roots and comfort zone of using pattered paper and mixing and matching stamps/dies for this card.
I have two hands (my hands) hugging a heart- my way of saying THANKS to Kim! I don't think there are enough words to express my gratitude. THANKS, Kim! I am forever grateful that you picked me- THANKS for believing in me ❤️
That's it for me today but there are more creations and projects on the other gals' blogs! 

Thanks for stopping by ❤️ I hope you have a blessed day!
Sav

ps... THANKS to Jill and JJ for putting this blog hug/hop together! And THANKS to the PS Design Team and Challenge Team members that I have been able to work with over the years! WOW--- what a talented group of ladies! I have been inspired by each of you❤️