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A Cup of Love Handmade Card: Layered Watercolor Wash Background with Deco Foil Clear Toner Sheets and NEW Coffee Stamps

Hello friends! I’m back on the blog with a new card idea! My goal this year is to be able to draw and design a new set each week, and so far so good! The team and I are having so much fun creating! Today’s new set is actually a fun, coffee themed collection called A Cup of Love that comes with a cute Coffee Cup and Heart Sugar Cookies illustrations and sentiments you can use all year round!

For this card, I used 2 separate backgrounds I made a couple years ago and ended up not using… One of them is a watercolor wash on white cardstock (you can watch how I made that HERE) and the second is a stenciled Clear Deco Foil Toner Sheet, using gold embossing paste. I adhered the clear sheet onto the watercolored panel and then mounted this striking combo on a white cardbase.

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The image was printed on a Brother inkjet printer, and colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I added micro rhinestone stickers to the sugar cookies and some Spectrum Noir Sparkle in clear to the whipped cream and sentiment tag (which I don’t think you’re able to actually see on the pictures). I mounted the image using 3D Zots which works great for deeply textured surfaces!

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And that is it for now! If you love coffee and collect coffee stamps, this set is for you! Be sure to stop by our digital shop and get the new A Cup of Love set 10% OFF, everything else is also marked down for you! Click here to shop.

Thanks so much for stopping by! As always, with each new release we’re hosting TWO WEEKLY GIVEAWAY, going on right now HERE and HERE. Be sure to join for a chance to win a gift card to the shop!

Bye for now. ūüôā

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Foiled Backgrounds for Fall with Mixed Media Art Tape

Hello and happy Monday! I’m here to share a Fall cardmaking idea using Rebekah Meier Design’s line for Therm O Web. I’ll show how to use Mixed Media Art Tape to create the most artsy backgrounds for Fall cards and I’ll guide you through the process with a video tutorial. Make sure to scroll down to check out how these cards are made!

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Foiled Backgrounds for Fall with Mixed Media Art Tape Tutorial

The process behind these backgrounds isn’t complicated at all. Add your favorite media to the Mixed Media Art Tape and see how it transforms into beautiful pieces of art, ready for you to peel off and stick to your cards! It is really as easy as it sounds. Learn how I made this background and how I put together this set of Fall themed cards! Click here to visit Therm O Web’s blog and watch the video tutorial!

That’s it for today! I hope you loved this idea for your Fall crafts! Grab a roll of Mixed Media Art Tape and get on creating colorful and textured backgrounds right away! I feel like Fall colors go so well with this technique but make sure to try it out with your favorite colors too! Can’t wait to see what you make! Make sure to tag us on social media and follow us on Instagram and Facebook for much more crafty ideas for Fall.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Feel free to share this tutorial with your friends and be sure to let us know what you love the most about this technique on comment section below! Until next time.

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Do you LOVE color? Here’s some -extra colorful- Art Journaling inspiration

It’s my birthday, so I wanted to come here and share some inspiration with you! My mission today is to fill the world with color! This time I want to show you something that always feels a little more personal and that is my art journal. I thought the creative process behind this spread could encourage you and that is why I decided to create a post about it.

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The Creative Process behind these Pages

This art journal spread started with a simple floral sketch in pencil, that later became a stamp set (see it here)¬†I didn’t want to cover the original sketch, so I decided to draw something around it… That’s when this beautiful girl was born… She wasn’t this pretty at all when it all started and even after several layers of texture and color, she didn’t feel complete to me. I was this close to cover the entire thing with gesso… I just wasn’t feeling it. Actually, I ended up feeling exhausted, so I left it there. Nevertheless, I couldn’t forget about it.

For the last couple of days, every time I walked by my art journal, I felt compelled to open it and work on this spread. I have very limited time so all I did was add details here and there, correct color and so on. Finally, yesterday these pages felt complete to me and they made my heart happy. It felt like a birthday present and it also felt meaningful. Inspiration has great timing, let me tell ya!

So what I want to leave you with today is the following: Have a little faith in yourself. Don’t give up on your art so soon. Come back to it until you’re happy. There’s beauty in the details and details can’t be added to a piece in a minute… It might just take a bit more… If you like this spread, think about how it could have not existed had I covered it with gesso… These pages challenged my faith and patience, but in the end it turned out even better than what I had envisioned.

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Some Techniques used on this Art Journaling Spread

The reality is, that all of the colors you see here were layered and then layered some more. The one thing I tried to keep as clean as possible was the girl’s face, which was watercolored with Aquapastels. Other than that, it is all a colorful chaos. The illustration is quite loose and sketchy and that gave me the space to play more with color and media.

Something you don’t get to see quite well through the pictures is that a great part of the page was covered with White Pearl Modeling Paste, which gave a metallic undertone to further paint and ink layers and also made the page sturdier for me to keep adding more layers. This paste will resist watercolors or water based media, so I used paint for the most part to complete the areas were I applied it.

The stenciled corners are actually pockets! When I art journal I always keep my scrap bin nearby and I tend to always grab something from there. This time I used a monoprinted card background (for which you can find a tutorial here) and a floral SVG cut. I ripped the background and adhered them on the corners of both pages to create pockets… They ended up framing the spread beautifully. Then the svg cut ended up embellishing the Sweet William flower on my girl’s hair.

The end result feels like water or the sky… Just so colorful, happy and full of texture. The words I wrote go so well with these pages and were what I had in my heart at the moment of finishing this piece.

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Main Supplies:
Strathmore Mixed Media Journal
Faber Castell Eco Grip Pencil
Pigma Graphic 1
Jane Davenport Aquapastels
Sharpie Paint Markers (peach, white)
Isofit Oil Paint Marker in Silver
Distress Paints (Lucky Clover)
Distress Oxide Ink (Seedless Preserves)
TCW782 Floral Eclipse stencil
TCW9030 White Pearl Modeling Paste
TCW9017 Lemon Custard Heavy Body Paint
TCW9016 Spun Sugar Heavy Body Paint
ICraft Mixed Media Adhesive by Therm O Web
Wild Rose SVG cut from Anna’s Elegant Embellishments 2
Cricut Explore Air 2
White Cardstock
For the corner pockets:
Tempera Paints (Hot Pink, Deep Blue, Purple and White)
TCW643 Infinite Lace stencil
Gel Press Printing Plate
Small Brayer
White Cardstock

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Thanks so much for stopping by the blog on my birthday! I hope this project and the process behind it inspires you to create beautiful things. Be encouraged and stay creative! Until next time.

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Extra Caffeinated Wishes! Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Happy Friday! So glad you’re here. We are joining the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and to celebrate we have a special pre-release featuring a new coffee themed digital stamp set at Graciellie Design, called Coffee & Flowers. (Click here for details.)

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I squeezed some time out of my crazy schedule to join the fun! I am sharing my very first card with this fresh new digi set. Plus, if you scroll down you’ll find more project ideas some of our designers are sharing today also!

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This cute image allows you to play with lots color! I’ve been doing gardening in the past couple of months and I was very inspired when I drew this little bouquet. The 4 flowers in this stamp are:¬†Chrysanthemum, Poppy, Impatiens and -my latest favorite- Torenia.

I colored the flowers with many different colors from the original Spectrum Noir markers line and finished them with a touch of Sparkle marker. The background was really easy to put together. First I used a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop called Micro Bricks to apply some Deco Foil Transfer Gel by Therm O Web. I let the gel dry and then covered it with a Deco Foil Amber Watercolor Transfer Sheet and ran all through the laminator covered with some Parchment Paper.

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I included 4 creative sentiments in this set and I decided to print one of them -“Sending extra caffeinated wishes”- to create a banner which I then added behind the image and across my card front. I love the overall look of this card and I hope you like it too!

More Inspiration

Some of our Brand Ambassadors are sharing some beautiful project ideas today, featuring our new Coffee & Love stamp set! Visit their blogs for more inspiration:

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Helen Gullett

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Sathya Kala

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Cynthia Olheiser

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Gloria Lee

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Join the Blog Hop

Make sure to visit Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog to follow the hop from the start. You can also join the fun by adding your Spring/Summer coffee inspired project to the inlinkz. (Click here for details.) There are lots and lots of giveaways from Super Sponsors and you may get to win some new Graciellie Design digi stamps too!

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Big Birthday Sale

Before I go don’t forget to visit our Etsy shop today and grab this and all our other digital sets 50% off! This sale ends on May 31st, so if you have been wanting to try out our digi stamps and would love to collect our coffee themed ones, this is the time to get them all!

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Sharing with: SSS Wednesday Challenge – Use more than 1 stamp / The Paper Girls Challenge – Shapes / Mod Squad Challenge – Florals, Pop-Up and Bling / Southern Girls Challenge – Sparkle & Shine

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Bible Journaling with Large Stencils – Process Video with The Crafter’s Workshop

Bible Journaling is one of the many way I enjoy using TCW stencils. I usually like to add subtle patterns to create a background with different layers of stenciling. Nevertheless, the beautiful designs The Crafter’s Workshop offers include patterns and textures that could stand on their own as the main focal point of a page. Today I’ll show you how I created this Bible Journaling page in the book of Proverbs, featuring bold stenciled flowers painted with a large 12″x 12″ stencil.

Although many of the products used to create this project were sent by The Crafter’s Workshop, all the opinions stated in this post are my own.

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Supplies: TCW9007 Clear Gesso, TCW750 Dahlia Blooms, TCW9016 Spun Sugar Heavy Body Paint 4 0z. TCW9020 Raspberry Sorbet Heavy Body Paint 4 0z., Journaling Bible, Distress Ink Refill, Distress Oxide Inks, Water mister, Brush, Heat tool, Cloth, Black Archival Ink, Stamp, Acrylic Paint Markers, Sparkle clear glitter marker.

First of all, I think it is important to let you know that the only way a Bible page can hold all these media is if you apply first one or two light layers of Clear Gesso Matte. The gesso will protect the delicate fibers of the page and will allow you to add several layers of paints and other media. Nevertheless, always be careful to layer your media little by little to avoid over saturating your page.

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Video Tutorial

This is a very layered page, but I always try to not cover the words so they can still be read afterwards. What I do to avoid covering the words is use the heavy body acrylic paints only on the margin of the Bible and then use water reactive inks for the rest of the page. So far this technique works great for me. On the other hand, I love how TCW’s heavy body inks have a matte finish and also resist any watercolors or water based inks you layer on top of them. That property is what gave this page all those colorful undertones. I thought I’d prepare a video to quickly show you the process behind this page. Click below to watch.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you’ve never tried TCW stencils on your Bible, I encourage you to go for it. It is an easy and striking way to add color and texture to your page. From repetitive patterns to beautiful themes, I know you will love all the options The Crafter’s Workshop has to offer. That’s all for now. Until next time.

 

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Interactive Butterfly Bible Journaling Page with Digi Stamps & Journaling Cards

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I’m so happy to have the chance to share my first Bible Journaling page of the year with you. I’m thankful to finally had had the chance to sit -or stand up actually- and journal this beautiful verse and chapter.

Creating a Large Interactive Butterfly

I love adding transparencies to all my projects and I had been planning on adding a bold element to my Bible for the longest time. This page is actually interactive. The butterfly actually flips open and the journaling card is adhered to the bible spine and moves together with the pages. I think this is a great idea for those who want to add large art to your page but don’t want to cover the words. This butterfly also works great for covering any personal meditation you want to handwrite on your bible margin.

I printed this butterfly on medium weight vellum using a regular inkjet printer. Using this kind of printer will allow you to heat emboss the image. The ink usually takes a few seconds to dry completely so there is a little bit of open time to add some embossing powder on top of the butterfly to then set it with a heat tool. To add color to the butterfly I used alcohol markers creating a gradient effect and since markers usually leave a streak on vellum, I used a little alcohol to blend and smooth out the colors.

Once I fussy cut the butterfly I cut a piece of vellum that I folded in half to create a hinge, which allows the image to open / fly on the page back and forth. Really cute. I added a strip of washi along the edge of the page to conceal and strengthen the spot to which I adhered the butterfly. I ended up adding the same washi on the journaling page which tied it all together.

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My Technique for Backgrounds that don’t cover the Words

For the background I used 2 stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop, a bit of their heavy body paints and lots of Distress Oxide inks. But of course, for a page to be able to hold all these media it needs to be prepped first. I used a coat of Clear Gesso Matte, also from TCW, lightly heat set it and started working on my background from there. I am very careful when I’m using acrylic paints and I try to use it mostly on the margin to avoid covering any words. For the rest of the page I try to use transparent media like watercolor or water reactive inks. So far this is my go-to technique and I’m always able to read my Bible no matter how much I add to the page.

Although I had an entire blank page on the other side of this spread I thought a journaling card with the verse I was journaling would be more than enough (at least for now) to finish off this spread. This journaling card ended up being the base of the entire page, from colors to textures and much more.

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Supplies: Butterfly digital stamp¬†/¬†Medium Weight (printable) vellum / Brother InkJet Printer /¬†Ranger Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder / Heat Tool / Westcott Detail Scissors /¬† Spectrum Noir alcohol markers / Gold stripes washi tape / Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling card / Therm O Web¬†Mixed Media adhesive¬†/¬†The Crafter’s Workshop – Clear Gesso Matte, Heavy Body Paint in Spun Sugar, Kale Smoothie,¬†TCW739 Trendy Images¬†12″x 12″ stencil,¬†TCW754 Distressed Details¬†12″X 12″ stencil / Ranger Ink Blending Tool / Distress Oxide Inks in Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron / Prima Marketing Journaling Card –¬†Creating in Faith Collection by Jaime Daughtery.

The Inspiration behind this Page

Sometimes the hardest part of Bible Journaling and journaling in general is knowing where to start. I had so many verses written down from our church’s sermons but this journaling card from Prima Marketing was what gave me the inspiration for this page. Psalm 91 is so meaningful to all of us who believe without a shadow of doubt in God’s protection and care for His children. Having had a very difficult series of experiences in a very violent city with high rates of criminality, this chapter has always meant a lot to us as a family. My mom always prays and meditates on this chapter and I am happy that I was able to stop my hectic routine to meditate in the truth of this verse.

So, the reality is that when you are planning or trying to journal on your Bible, every element around you can be an inspiration and can spark something in your heart. That’s why I feel Bible Journaling kits are important for the process especially if just like me you are discovering this new and beautiful journey. This journaling card was sent to me by my IG best friend Laurie from @scrapwithlaurie and it came together with all sorts of beautiful goodies. She was the one who gave me the final push to start Bible Journaling and I’m so thankful that she did!

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That’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I also hope it gave you some ideas on how to create unique page spreads on your Bible. I’ll be sharing another Bible Journaling page next week so make sure to hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss any posts! Also, I want to invite you to follow me on Facebook where we are sharing a new digi stamp GIVEAWAY. Click here to join the fun.¬†

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time.

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Quick Tip Video: Monoprinted & Stenciled Valentines using Black Modeling Paste

Hey there! I’m back with another cardmaking idea for Valentine’s Day! This time I went overboard and created a bunch of cards using the Gel Press printing plate together with The Crafter’s Workshop Heavy Body Paints and Black Modeling Paste and a super cool stencil that made this design pop! I also have a quick video showing you how I created these backgrounds.

While preparing this project idea I rediscovered my love for monoprinting and also discovered a new obsession: Black Modeling Paste… These modeling pastes are so thick and easy to apply and they add so much dimension, texture and color to your projects!

Main Supplies:¬†TCW737 Love Sonnet¬†(used for monoprinting and stenciling) /¬†TCW752 Graffiti Kisses¬†(used for monoprinting) /¬†TCW9009 Black Modeling Paste 8 oz.¬†/¬†TCW9020 Raspberry Sorbet Heavy Body Paint 4 0z.¬†/¬†TCW9019 Candy Apple Red Heavy Body Paint 4 0z.¬†/¬†TCW9016 Spun Sugar Heavy Body Paint 4 0z.¬†/¬†Gel Press 6″x 6″ Reusable Gel Printing Plate¬†¬†/¬†XOXO Word SVG¬†/¬†Electronic Die Cutting Machine /¬†Heart die Cut / Die Cutting Machine /¬†Therm O Web Mixed Media Adhesive¬†/¬†Therm O Web 3D Zots¬†/ Mini Brayer

The cards themselves are really easy to put together once you have the backgrounds ready. As you can see, for some cards I simply die cut a large heart from the stenciled backgrounds and added them to a black card base. For a couple other cards I also added an SVG word that I cut on my Cricut and attached that to the card front.

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A LITTLE NOTE ABOUT THE DIE CUT WORDS USED ON THESE CARDS
THIS FUN XOXO WORD AND SHADOW DIE CUTS COME FROM A NEW SVG WORD BUNDLE I CREATED TO HELP EVERYONE IN THE PAPERCRAFTING COMMUNITY ACHIEVE THAT TRENDY WORD DIE CUT LOOK WITHOUT SPENDING SO MUCH! THIS BUNDLE IN PARTICULAR COMES WITH 82 ELEMENTS (WORDS AND SHADOWS INCLUDED) AND IS AVAILABLE NOW ON ETSY.

That’s all for today. For more ideas using stencils and mixed media make sure to visit The Crafter’s Workshop blog. Also, I would love to hear your thoughts on today’s cards, so please leave me a comment below and over at YouTube.¬†Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time.

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Tutorial: Using 1 Stencil Several Times to create a Layered Background

I’m back again with another fun idea for Valentine’s, this time featuring a beautiful stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop together with some Deco Foil and a few of my digital products. Today’s card comes with a step by step tutorial. Find more details on that below.

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The background I created for this card is one of my favorites. I love how these pink hues look together with TCW’s yellow gold products, in this case I used Gold gesso. The best part about this project is that you only need 1 stencil design. Click here to check out the step by step tutorial on The Crafter’s Workshop blog.¬†The complete list of supplies is linked on that post too, so you can take note and try out this project at home!

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A note about these new digital products
I created this die cut word recently and it will be included on a new SVG Word Bundle Set for Valentine’s that is coming out very soon! Plus, I also used a digital sentiment from the new stamp set Friends like You available now.

That’s all for today. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ll see you at TCW’s blog for the tutorial! Until next time.

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Winter Butterflies: Watercoloring with Heavy Body Metallic Paint

I’ve never seen snow in real life but I do love the idea of a snowy Winter. Today I’m sharing a card that encapsulates that idea. This card comes with a step by step tutorial also.

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Tutorial with The Crafter’s Workshop

I made this card using several supplies from The Crafter’s Workshop. They carry a luscious Iridescent Silver Heavy Body Paint that I knew would go beautifully with these stamped and heat embossed Silver butterflies from my kit Spark by Unity Stamp Co. I’m sharing all the details including a quick tutorial at TCW’s blog, so make sure to read that post also. I have included the supplies also so you can easily recreate your own version of this card.

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I hope you love this idea as much as I do! It is an unusual theme perhaps, Winter Butterflies, but it turned out so delicate and shimmery. Additional to that, I love all the different textured on this card. This card would definetely work for any special ocassion during the Winter season! That’s all for now. Head over to TCW’s blog for more inspiration. Until next time.

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Using Aquapastels on my Bible: Tips with The Crafter’s Workshop

I guess I want to compensate for the weeks I wasn’t able to share any Art / Bible Journaling and so today, for the second time this week, I have a Bible page to share. I wanted to create a post with tips and tricks using The Crafter’s Workshop Clear Gesso Matte, since it is what I use to prep my pages.

 

Tips & More Bible Journaling Pages
Click here to visit TCW’s blog and read my post for today in which I’m sharing not only tips on how I use my TCW product for Bible Journaling, but also more pages using different media to give you ideas of how well TCW’s Clear Gesso Matte and stencils work!

The main coloring media I used on this page were Jane Davenport Aquapastels -beautiful watercolor crayons that are a must-have-, Sharpie Acrylic Paint Marker in White, A bit of Prismacolor pencils just to add detail here and there, some PanPastel for the background and a bit of Distress Oxide Ink to stencil some distressed patterns. The verse from my kit The Vine was stamped with Archival Ink and the words around the flowers were written with a Micron marker.

I drew this flowers myself, from scratch. I was thinking of weak flowers like those from Peach Trees and that’s essentially how this entire page emerged. I drew them in pencil and watercolored them little by little, layering the colors to give the flowers different shades.

 

The Truth behind this Page
I made this page on a very, very difficult day. There was a lot going on around me and that is why it wasn’t easy for me to share this page publicly. Nevertheless, I feel like sometimes pages like these are the ones that end up blessing someone who needs this very specific Word, on a very specific day. I am happy to let you know that all of those very, very stressful trials are in the past and I have found the peace that I was desperately looking for while I was working on this page. So allow me to be a testimony of how God’s grace can redeem you from even the most devastating situations and, like a Christmas miracle, press the restart button of your life and give you the peace that you long for. I was feeling so weak that day. I wasn’t being able to handle all of the chaos and in consequence it wasn’t allowing me to rest in the Lord. But God once again showed me that He is in control and that His strength is made perfect in weakness, and that strength is what has brought me to a new season of my life together with my family in just a month. So when you aren’t strong enough for all the chaos in your life, the crazy routine, your personal challenges, your family issues and more, He is strong enough to handle it for you! Amen!

I hope you enjoy the technical side of this page back at TCW’s blog and that this brief testimony blesses your life today. That’s all for now. I’ll be back with more creative ideas soon. Until then.