February 25, 2014
February 20, 2014
February 12, 2014
Another side note: It's normal to get ink all over your block. I didn't get any of that extra ink on my card.
I put my red EST on with some foam tape to make it pop. Now it's ready for me to write a sappy love note inside! I think he'll love it. AND I can use my EST stamp to leave little love notes throughout the year!
So a little review of the stamp experience itself. I love that I can create my own designs, but I will need some time to get the actual stamping process clean. Notice some of my ESTs are a little blotchy and almost grungy looking. That wasn't on purpose. In the end it looked kind of cool, but you may not always want that look. I used the black ink that came with the starter kit, and after a few stamps it started coming out clearer. The red ink i bought at Michael's and it was always blotchy. Not quite sure how to fix that. Also, a few times the letters peeled off of the clear block while i was trying to ink it up. I'll give it some more practice and share any tips I find!
Are any of you stampers? Share your tips with me!
February 11, 2014
- Learn the "love language" your children speak. Are they encouraged by physical touch, words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, or gifts? Figure it out, and apply it to your interactions with your kids.
- Build "Love Rituals" into your daily routines- things you deliberately to help your children feel loved. Lunchbox notes, spending time one on one, a shoulder or foot massage, tickles and silliness, bedtime stories, eating snacks with them after school as chat, or more. Find your own rituals, even if it feels awkward at first. When you find the ones that truly work, you'll know.
- Complete your tasks with your family in mind. Remember why you are doing what you're doing.
February 7, 2014
February 5, 2014
I cut out the temple from a sheet of 22x28 white posterboard. This was very time consuming, but it turned out awesome. I patterned the temple off of an image on the Silhouette image store. I cut the spires and the windows out with an exacto knife. My hand is still sore! The angel Moroni at the top of the temple was part of that same image and I cut that out using my Silhouette with some yellow glitter cardstock. I placed black cardstock behind the temple to create some contrast against the brown paper.
Lastly I used vinyl to do the silhouette of a family holding hands in front of the temple. This is one of my favorite things about the silhouette. You can copy images from the internet and turn them into cuttable images. This family took a lot of work since sometimes copying and pasting create sloppy lines. There were all sorts of weird things inside their bodies that i had to edit or delete so I could get one clean image. I think it was worth the work! In fact, the more I look at it, the more this looks like Valerie's family! Haha..
I love how it turned out and I can't wait for all the kids to see it on Sunday!
Side note: if you are curious about the posters, our stake presidency made them for each ward using the digital Stampin' Up software.
February 3, 2014
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