Friday, December 15, 2017

The End of 50 Truths Worth Knowing

WOW! This has been an amazing week. It started (last Saturday) with the Pastors' Christmas Party that my husband and I hosted. We had nearly 30 people in attendance and they seemed to enjoy the evening. YAY! The food (catered) was delicious, the desserts (I made them) were a hit, and the fellowship was awesome!

Then we partied with two of our churches on Sunday - a Chili Cookoff at one and a Christmas program at the other. Our churches are very busy this time of year and we love attending the festivities they host.

Then on Monday morning, my husband left on the first of two out-of-state trips for this week. Yep, he slept at home Wednesday night but other than that he was gone all week. That allowed me some extra flex time... and I was able to make 37 cards. WOW! That may be a personal record.

It' been a great week all except for one thing....

I'm kind of sad to say this is the 50th week of 2017... because it means I am now finished with my personal 50 Truths Worth Knowing challenge. Thank you for taking this journey with me. I had no idea in January when I started this how this would work... nor did I know if I'd even be able to complete it. I purchased the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing at a thrift store and had an idea that I could use each chapter as an inspiration for a card. But... I had not rad the book and didn't know how it would fit with card making.

Truthfully, I've had a blast with this! And I hope you've enjoyed seeing it unfold.

Today's card was inspired by the 50th chapter of the book.

Sometimes It's What YouDon't Ask For
That is the Very Think You Need Most

Christine recalled that one Christmas her family just wasn't in the Christmas mood. In fact, Christmas seemed stale, boring, lifeless. There was no festive feeling in her family's home just north of Boston.

They unwrapped presents and then "escaped" to their separate rooms. Dad when to his basement computer, her sister went to her bedroom to watch TV, her older brother went to a friend's house and she went to the kitchen. It was from her spot in the kitchen that she overheard her younger brother and mom talking somewhat awkwardly in the living room.

"Mom, you're going to be a grandmother."

"Oh, no."

Tom was a 22-year-old college student with two more years until graduation. His girlfriend was 3 months along in the pregnancy and his plan was to quit college, find a job (any job), marry, and raise his child.

Their mom wanted to be happy for Tom, but she wasn't.

Christine moved to the doorway of the living room and soon other family members gathered as well - her dad, her sister.  Dad reminded Tom of his aspirations (to be an engineer, something he had a talent for) and their sister cried (she never cries).

Advice was given. More tears were shed. Dreams were both squashed and born. The day changed everything.

The following summer Zack was born - all 8 pounds 7 ounces of him. He was no longer just a worry for this family, he was a real part of it. And that Christmas (with 4-month-old Zack) no one went to their own rooms after the presents were opened. Instead they gathered around to watch Zack smile and gurgle. He drew them together, not  just that Christmas, but through the years. His dimples, his brown eyes, and his joyful enthusiasm for life brought out the best in the family.

As a four-year-old, he loved every gift he received - he'd laugh and applaud... every pair of socks, every shirt, every gift. It was as if that was the most beloved gift in the entire world. "Isn't this great?" he'd exclaim. And because of him, it was.

Christine summed it up this way: "After all these years, it's easy to forget that Zack was once the boy whom none of us wanted. The boy who had worried our family - and who, in so doing,  made us realize we still were one."

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If you've enjoyed this year's 50 Truths Worth Knowing challenge, you might like to know that I have a different 50-week personal challenge planned for 2018. I think it's going to be equally fun! So... I hope you'll come back on January 5th to see what I have planned.

Supplies Used

Stamp: Papertrey Ink Signature Greetings stamped with Gina K Black Onyx Ink

Papers: Recollections Red, White, and Yellow CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Red Enamel Dots from an unknown vendor

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Project Bin - Luke 2

I love Christmas! I love the giving, the twinkling lights, the spirit of joy. Most of all, I love the true meaning of Christmas!

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, 
which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)

I want to thank Denise of The Project Bin stamps for creating/marketing a beautiful stamp set that reflects the words of the Christmas story from the Bible - Luke 2. Denise this truly is a fantastic stamp set. THANK YOU!

I chose to use rich/dark papers plus some Kraft CS 
to give my card a more natural look.

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: The Project Bin Luke 2 stamped with Gina K Black Onyx Ink

Papers: Recollections Green, Kraft, and 110# Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: SU Ribbon and a Button from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Magic and Wonder of Winter

I have a ton of embossing folders... and they seldom get used. So it is really kind of silly that I had to buy another one. But I did.

I was in the store and I saw one of the 3-D embossing folders by Sizzix... I'd heard about them, but hadn't seen one before. I just had to get it and try it out. I am so glad I did.

Look at the depth/detail of the 3-D effect:

I also used embossing (wet) for the sentiment.

And it's perfect for the theme of the new Craftahoics R Us Challenge...

December 13 - 19
Theme: Embossing

I hope you'll participate!

Here's the inside of my card:

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Supplies Used

Stamp: Darcie's sentiment stamped with Versafine Ink and embossed with SU Black Embossing Powder

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Metallic Gold CS

Embossing Folder: Sizzix 3-D Winter Snowflakes Textured Impressions

Embellishments: Recollections Glitter Paint (I spread it all over the embossed piece and around the edges on the white CS inside the card) and Brads and Washi Tape from unknown vendors

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Trying Something New with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

As soon as I saw the St Basil Cathedral die in the new release at Frantic Stamper, I knew it needed to have some metallic elements. After all, it's a Russian cathedral, rich, elegant. True, the real St. Basil Cathedral is colorful with lots of bright elements, but I still think of richness that only metallics can bring. So that's what I went with.

I'd never done this technique before, but it was easy and fun to do.

I first cut the cathedral out with black cardstock. Then, using my finger, I randomly smeared three different colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mouse on it (Indian Gold, Mother of Pearl, and Pure Platinum), completely covering it when I'd finished.

Frantic Stamper Products Used:

Here's a close up of the cathedral:

Here's the inside of my card:

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Supplies Used

Frantic Stamper Precision DieSt Basil Cathedral #FRA-DIE-10375

Frantic Stamper Clear Stamp SetHellos Around the World #FRA-CL-083 stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and SU Gold CS and DP from the DCWV Travel Paper Pad and scraps from my scrap file

Embellishments: Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, Nuvo Glimmer Paste, and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Monday, December 11, 2017

The London Eye

There's a 2-die set in the December Frantic Stamper release called London Landmarks #FRA-DIE-10365. It includes Big Ben and the London Eye.

Big Ben is a 16-story high clock tower.

The London Eye (which is featured on my card) is a huge observation wheel that gives passengers a bird's eye view of the city's landmarks. When it opened (in 2000, I believe) it was the world's tallest ferris wheel, standing 443 feet tall.

While I've never been to London, both Big Ben and the London Eye sound like they would be amazing sights to see.

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies

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Supplies Used

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies: Base Paper Doll Body #FRA-DIE-10361 and London Landmarks #FRA-DIE-10365

Papers: Recollections Black and Ivory CS and all other papers from my scrap file

Embellishments: Brads from unknown vendors

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Puppy Kisses

There's a new challenge at International Art & Soul... and it's going to be an  extra-SPECIAL and extra-LONG one. It's going to last a month, which will give you plenty of time to play along. And it's going to be all sparkly because the theme is... SPARKLE!

I am always disappointed when I try to photograph a card that sparkles because my poor photography skills just do not capture the sparkle. This time is no exception. So let me tell you about the sparkle.

1. The edges of the green ribbon in the corner are sparkly silver.

2. The snowflake brad is a sparkly glittery one.

3. The designer paper has touches of sparkle to it (some of the stars).

4. I used a Zig Wink of Stella Marker to color Santa's belt buckle.

5. I added touches of Stickles Glitter Glue to the image.

So, yes, my card sparkles!

I hope you'll get your sparkle stuff out and play along, too!

December 10 - January 6
Theme: Lots of Sparkle

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Supplies Used

Stamp: Gerda Steiner Puppy Kisses for Santa stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Colored with Copic Markers and a Zig Wink of Stella Marker

Papers: Recollections Black, Red, and White CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Stickles Glitter Blue and Ribbon and a Snowflake-Shaped Brad from unknown vendors

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Hey Foxy

The Three Musketeers have a super fun image to work with this month - Kelly picked it out and sent it to Barb and me. It's called Fox Friend and is manufactured by Stampendous Such a cute cute winter scene.

And look... the stocking is hung, waiting for Santa's arrival. Hmmm.... wonder what Santa will leave the snowman and fox for Christmas? I wonder what he will leave me??? (My husband would probably say I'll be getting coal this year.)

Kelly asked Barb and I to say what we'd love to find in our stocking this year. That's a tough question for me... but I did mention to my personal "Santa" just last week that I'd love to have some honey in my stocking. Do you think he'll bring me any?

Time will tell.

Kelly, thank you for making this a fun month of musketeering! (Is that even a word?!?!?)

Now I'm going to head over to Kelly's blog and Barb's blog to see what they did with the Fox Friend image... and to see what they are hoping for in their stockings, too. I hope you'll head to their blogs, too.

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Supplies Used

Image (provided by Kelly): Stampendous Fox Friend - I colored it with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black, Red and White CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Stickles Glitter Glue and Ribbon from an unknown vendor