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.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


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

Friday, December 8, 2017

Cherish What's Important


So, is everyone ready for Christmas? I've worked all week, it seems. Gathering the many packages that have arrived (gifts I ordered) and wrapping them. Finishing the decorations. Preparing for a Christmas Party we're hosting for about 40 people tomorrow. Etc.

And... I've loved it all! Not surprising, because I love Christmas.

That being said, I haven't made very many cards this week. Only 10. But that's okay. It's been a GREAT week!


Today's card was inspired by Chapter 49 of the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing.

On Your To-Do List,
It's a Good Idea
to Put People First

Laura, a mother of two young children, often found herself too busy. The To Do list included many things - scouting meetings, chaperoning field trips, shuttling children from one school activity to another, assisting with homework, and on and on. It was often difficult to juggle everything that needed to get accomplished... and adding just one more item to an already bulging To Do List could be "fatal".

Such is what happened one day when the delicate balance of life careened into disaster. At 4:30 she was frantically trying to get to the next thing on the list - rushing her daughter into her coat without really listening to a word her daughter was saying. Then... THEN... she remembered that the items on the list were not nearly important as the daughter she was in essence ignoring. So she stopped. Stopped and looked deeply into her daughter's eyes, apologizing for not listening. She asked her daughter to tell her again and this time she listened.

Then she turned to her son and asked him to tell her about his day and she listened to him, too.

Granted, they were 5 minutes late arriving at the next destination. But Laura also realized that she was happier in that moment than she'd been all day. Why? Because she'd connected to the most precious people in her life.




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Supplies Used

Stamp Sets: CTMH Cherish the Moment and Taylored Expressions Tick Tock stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and Cream CS, Teresa Collins Freestyle Clocks DP and scraps from my scrap file

Embellishment: SU Ribbon

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wise Words from Kris Kringle



I think some of the most amazing cards use white space well... but that is also one of the most challenging styles of cards for me to make. I tend to shy away from white space. But for today's card I decided to give it a try - and thanks to the GORGEOUS stamp from The Project Bin, it worked! I love how the white space allows the stamp to really be the focus of this card. Of course, with The Project Bin stamps, it's easy for them to be the focal part of the card because they truly are beautiful!

The stamp on this card is part of the set called Maybe Christmas. You might remember that I used that stamp set on my card for last week's blog hope with The Project Bin and CardMaker Magazine.




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Supplies Used

Stamp: The Project Bin Maybe Christmas stamped with Memento Cottage Ivy Ink

Papers: Recollections Green, Red and White CS and DP from the Paper Studio Winter Wonderland Paper Pad

Embellishment: Recollections Dimensional Sticker

Wise Men Still Seek Him


I've always been drawn to the Three Wise Men. I remember being mesmerized as a child when I would hear their story... how they looked and looked, trying to find the Messiah. And then when they did find Him, they gave Him precious gifts.

I still think their story is amazing. That they did not despair, fearing they would not find him. Why? Because they knew God would lead them to the Christ child. And He did.

Because of this interest I've had in the Wise Men, I was especially excited to see Imke's December theme for the Crafters of Faith group on SCS.


This is what she said: Create a Christmas Card based on this scripture:

"Matthew 2:10 When the wise men saw the star, they were filled with joy."


There might be stars, The Three Wise Men, something with the word Joy - let your ideas run wild and have FUN !


THANK YOU, Imke!





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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Sweet 'n Sassy Seek Him Still stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and SU More Mustard CS and Dp from my scrap file

Embellishment: Recollections Star-Shaped Brad

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gerda Steiner Sew Bunny


I love playing along with the Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge... because... well, because every single month the image is just too cute. And because I participate, I get the image for FREE. You can, too. Everyone who participates will get the next month's image free.

This month the image is an adorable little bunny - Love You Sew Much Bunny.








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Supplies Used

Image: Gerda Steiner Designs Love You Sew Much Bunny colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Bordering Blue CS and Paper Studio DP from the Yarn and Thread Emporium Paper Pad and Linen Yellow

Embellishments: Foof-a-La Buttons, Offray Crochet Thread, and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Try Something New with Torn Edges


I'm always looking for something new to try in this craft I love... because I don't want to do the same old same old every time. Besides, this year has been "Try Something New on Tuesdays" and it is Tuesday again. Funny how Tuesday comes around every single week, isn't it.

Sooooo, I was on Facebook a few days ago (actually I'm there most days) and I saw something that intrigued me. A lady posted a picture of a card she'd made in the Unity {Show & Tell} group - you know how much I love Unity stamps! I liked her card so much that I decided to "borrow" her idea.

I've searched and searched for a blog - I don't think she has one. I did find her on Pinterest, but her card isn't on Pinterest, at least not that I can find. And the picture she posted on Facebook is not watermarked so I don't want to put it here for you to see. Sorry!

Her name is Katy Duffy Fowler - and I'm pretty sure she'll not see my blog post but I want to give a shout out to her for inspiring me. Her card featured a different stamp than I used... and different color scheme... and lots and lots of layers... etc. BUT the one thing I did borrow was her idea to tear the edges of her image. I don't think I've ever totally torn the image out... maybe one edge, but never all of it. But that's what drew my eye to her card and I decided to give it a try myself.

I kind of like it.



I even tore a wee bit inside my card:



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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Whatever Comes Next stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black, Kraft, and White CS

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Monday, December 4, 2017

Traveling with a Few Suitcases


There's a new release every month at Frantic Stampers.... I hope you check them out often. This month is one of my most favorites ever. I love to travel and this release is sure to delight any traveler. WOW! You'll want to check out all of the new release products HERE.

For today, I'm going to show you a card I made with just two of the items from the release.





Frantic Stamper Precision Dies 





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Supplies Used

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies: Bon Voyage #FRA-DIE-10359 and Suitcase Stack #FRA-DIE-10358

Papers: Recollections Black and Ivory and SU Gold and Really Rust CS and DP from the DCWV Travel Stack Paper Pad

Embellishment: Brads from an unknown vendor
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Glory



There's a Bible Journaling (BAJ) group on SCS - if you are a Bible Journaler and didn't know that, you might want to check it out HERE.

Julie is the hostess of the group and every month she gives us a BAJ theme to use. Here is what she said...

This month the theme will be Glory.  How will you interpret Glory- The Glory of God, Glory to God in the Highest, His Glory, Glory in Creation and so many more! I cannot wait to see your beautiful Bible Art Journaling! 

I searched scriptures about glory and found the one I wanted to use.

These are the words of Jesus from John 17:22-24...
I have given them he glory  you game me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began.


I created my own "1" to represent that we as beliers are one with Christ because - and only because - of God's glory. The large GLORY is letter stickers, but I did use my own writing/printing on the page - "made one by God's glory" - and for once I don't hate my own penmanship. Progress.

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Letters: EK Success Alphabet Stickers

Papers: Recollections Cream CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Washi Tape from an unknown vendor
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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Joy Report and 50 Truths Challenge


It has been a good week... no! It has been a FANTASTIC week!

First, I finished my writing assignment! YAY!

Second, I started decorating our home for Christmas - and it's looking GREAT!

Third, I won a FABULOUS prize in SCS's Falliday Fest - from My Favorite Things. WOO HOO!

Oh, and in case you're counting, I made 21 cards this week. WOW!

I am just a little bit bummed, though. This is the first week of December and the 48th week of the year, which means I only have two more chapters (after today) in the little book 50 Truths Worth Knowing. If you've been following my blog (or visiting often) you know that every week this year I've read a chapter and created a card that is inspired by that chapter. I have had SO MUCH FUN doing this and I'm kind of sad to think that I'm almost finished. But not to despair, I've already come up with a personal year-long (well, nearly year-long) challenge for 2018. YAY! But I won't be revealing what that is until... well... until next year.

Chapter 48
You Can Live Richly,
and Money Has Nothing to Do With It


Rachel was living abroad (in the south of France) where she was studying art at the University. It was mid-terms and the professor had given the students tie away from class, to study. Rachel seized the opportunity and went in search of art-worthy scenes to recreate in her sketch book.

She found a wrought iron gate with an entrance through a cement wall. She'd seen it before but never stopped to explore. This time she stepped through the gate and descended to a lovely courtyard. Rachel took out her sketch book and supplies and got to work. She sketched a child who was racing giddily around the fountain and the child who was dangling a hand into the water. Other sketches including the couple picnicking in the sunshine, the birds that flew around, and so much more. Of the experience, Rachel wrote, "I remember looking up and feeling my good fortune and taking note. I wasn't in it for ht grades. I didn't need to be anywhere. I didn't want for anything. I was just living - calmly, graciously."

And those memories (and that sketchbook) were the memories she took home with her when her time in France concluded.




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Supplies Used

Stamp: Whipper Snapper Professor Squeak stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Blue, Green, and White CS and DP from the DCWV Travel Stack Paper Pad

Embellishment: Heart-Shaped Brad from an unknown vendor

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Project Bin Christmas CardMaker Blog Hop



Are you ready for some fun? If so, this is the place you want to be... well, sort of. First, I hope you came from the CardMaker blog because they are having a blog hop with the design team of The Project Bin as well  as members of the CardMaker design team... and they are all featuring The Project Bin stamps. YAY! You are going to be inspired by all of the awesome Christmas things you'll be seeing... because this blog hop is all about Christmas. So, if you didn't start at the CardMaker Blog, please do so... and then come back here. And of course, hop along through the entire blog hop, too!



I used The Project Bin's Maybe Christmas stamp set
to make my card:




Thank you for stopping by my blog today! 

Now... it's time to hop on over to Angela's Blog and see what she's created. 

If at any point in the blog hop you encounter a broken link (or if you get lost) you can always go back to the CardMaker Blog which will have the complete list of blogs that are in the blog hop.



Stamp: The Project Bin Maybe Christmas stamped with Gina K Black Onyx Ink and cut out with Gina Marie In & Out Stud Dot Square Die

Papers: Recollections Black, Kraft, and 110# Red CS and DP from the Paper Studio Cozy Little Christmas Paper Pad

Embellishments: Brads from unknown vendors
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