Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Play Ball!




I've had this little basketball bear stamp - forever! Well, not hardly, but a very long time. And for some reason he'd never been stamped - not at all! So it's time he saw some action, don't you think?

Especially since there is a new challenge at Craftaholics R Us... and it's a Sports theme challenge.












Please join us in the Craftaholics R Us "Sports" Challenge!


August 23 - 29


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Supplies Used

Stamp: Your Next Stamp Lois Basketball Bear stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections White and Stampin' UP! Bashful Blue and Cajun Craze CS and DP from he DCWV Boyhood Stack

Embellishments: Imagine Crafts Pico Embellisher, Stampin' UP! Ribbon, and Star-shaped Brads from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Something New with the Dueling Darlings



Last Tuesday was the Dueling Darling reveal day, but I was gone and was unable to participate on that day. So today is the day.

AND it's a twofer day because I also tried something new on this card, thanks to our wonderful Dazzler hostess Shelly.

This month Shelly (Dazzler) and Carol (Diva) hosted the Dueling Darlings. Their theme is...

Catch of the Day

Yes, it's a wonderful theme and Shelly's kit was full of fabulous stuff! Thank you, Shelly!

The kit contents:

Images - Clear Dollar Stamps 
Lure DP- Paper Studio
Blue Water DP- Recollections
eyelets- Paper Outlet
Burlap and rhinestones- $1.50 bin
Dies- oval die- Spellbinders; fish and underwater swirl-Unbranded
Cardstock- Blue- SU Pacific Point
Fish dies- Cherry Cobbler, Tangerine and yellow is a shimmery paint over white.
Yellow cardstock- unknown


The only thing of my own that I used on my card was some Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Pacific Point CS.


Here's my card:




Now, as I mentioned, I tried something new on this card. As you might know... I do NOT do eyelets! In fact, I don't even own any (I got rid of them a long time ago). But... Shelly included a special kind of eyelet in the kit. It doesn't require any special tool. She said you just insert it in a hole and use a pen to press the back down. So I gave it a try.

I will say this - I'm glad I tried it - BUT I will not do so again. Nope... I still don't do eyelets.




Here's the inside of my card:




I hope you stopped by all of the Dueling Darling blogs last week to check out their "Catch of the Day" cards. If not, you can find links to their blogs in my left side bar.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Fairy Nice



The Creative Card Chicks on SCS have fun each month... we get a special envelope of goodies from the month's hostess and then get to play with the contents.

This month Suzy is the hostess. She sent us an adorable Pixie/Fairy themed kit, featuring images form an older Stampin' UP! stamp set called "Fairy Nice"... isn't this image darling?

Thank you, Suzy!







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The kit from Suzy included...

Stamp Set - SU Fairy Nice

Paper - Paper Studio and Core'dinations

Ribbon - Ribbo Boutique (Hobby Lobby)

Embellishments - Paper Studio

I added Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Flirty Flamingo to complete the card.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Layers of Light


I love Unity stamps! Did you know that?

This stamp set is called "See the Light"... it's one of my favorite Unity sets.

Okay, who am I kidding... I love many of Unity's stamps and don't know that I really have a favorite.

This card  has MANY layers... keep reading to find out why.






Now, about the layers? Here's why...


August 20 - September 2
Theme: Lots of Layering

I hope you'll participate!


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Supplies Used

Stamps: Unity "See the Light" stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Summer Sun CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Tiny Brads from an unknown vendor

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Eclipse Is Coming!



It seems the big news lately is the coming eclipse. People are looking for the special glasses to protect their eyes - they are sold out everywhere. Some people have reservations at more than one hotel so they can go wherever the weather is best. Alarms have been set so we won't miss it. Flights that will be in the path of the eclipse are sold out.

Yes, it's the BIG news, for sure.

So, I decided to attempt to make a card to commemorate the adventure of the Full Eclipse 2017.

I failed. (Though I do have to say the card looks better in real life than it does in the pictures.)






I also wanted to draw/doodle some lines to indicate movement, since this eclipse will move relatively quickly across the horizon. (They say it will only cause darkness for about 3 minutes.) Plus the hand-drawn lines (doodles) meet the requirements for this week's Sweet Stampin' "Doodling" Challenge.


August 19 - 25
Theme: Doodling

I hope you'll participate!


Here's the inside of my card:



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Supplies Used

Die: Sizzix Globe

Papers: Recollections White and Stampin' UP! Night of Navy and So Saffron CS

Ink: Stampin' UP! So Saffron

Embellishment: Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Friday, August 18, 2017

Joy Report & More



Sometimes I just have to laugh - or else I'll cry. LOL! This past week has been a week, that's for sure. Trips. Meetings. Filthy home. Pile of laundry a mile high.

Yep... hilarious here!

But I'm going to embrace my word of the year - JOY! And I'm going to rejoice that I can go on trips, that I thrive in meetings, that we have home (albeit, a filthy one) and that we still have clothes to wear and a working washing machine and dryer.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Oh... and I made 3 cards this week. ;)




Chapter 33 - 50 Truths Worth Knowing
We All Have a Unique Voice... 
You Just Have to Find Yours


J. L. remembered his mother as being timid and shy, mostly because her dad and sisters had convinced her early in life that she was stupid and unattractive and didn't have anything worthwhile to say. Her husband (prior to her divorce from him) reinforced that thinking... and she remained quiet.

Then, when she turned 50 something happened. One day at work, she mentioned a movie she'd watched and her fellow workers began to laugh along with her about it. Though that experience she found her voice... and her laughter... and she embraced it. As J. L. said, his "mother got a life" and her confidence grew.

Yes, we all have a voice, as his mom learned... we just have to find a way to embrace it.





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Supplies Used

Stamps: Art Impressions stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Paper: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Calypso Coral CS

Embellishments: Clear Dots and Washi Tape from unknown vendors

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Something New with Clouds



I have often admired those shaded clouds people make using a stencil. I actually used to own the SU cloud making stencil (in fact, I think I still do, but I haven't been able to find it since two moves ago, so I'm not sure.) Anyway, I recently watched a YouTube video from someone who made their own stencil/tool for making the clouds and I decided to give it a try myself.

You can watch the video HERE.

I actually think my clouds turned out fairly good - for my first attempt.












Here are a couple of pictures of what I did (for those of you who don't want to watch the video). I punched out three sizes of circles and glued them to a strip of paper. This was the "tool" I needed to create the clouds.







I used my "tool" (handmade stencil) and some ink and sponging tool to add the clouds to a piece of white cardstock.
















Here is the Inside:




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Supplies Used

Stamp: CC Designs Nancy Gardner stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Chameleon Colored Pencils

Ink (for clouds): Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Papers: Recollections White and Brown and Stampin' UP! Yo Yo Yellow CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Felt Flowers from an unknown vendor


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Strengthened in Rough Storms


This is my second blog post today. If you're here for the Ready, Set, Go blog post, it is the one following this one.






I love to do Bible Journaling, so I decided to do it for this week's Craftaholics R Us Challenge.






August 16 - 22
Theme: Ocean Life

I hope you'll participate!




Psalm 55:22


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Supplies Used

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Anchor the Soul stamped with Gina K Onyx Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

RSG at the Art Gallery



It is time for the Ready Set Go! Challenge and this month Kelly chose the challenge. Now before you go any further at all, I need to confess... I took a LOT of creative liberty with this challenge. LOL!

Kelly's instructions (in her words)...

I am a HUGE fan of museums and paintings. For the 4th challenge of RSG, create a card based on the artwork of a famous painter.

Oh dear me! I am not one who knows a single thing about art/paintings/museums. So I had to do some digging.




My search uncovered this painting:


Claude Monet's Sunrise

And yes... I do know that is a gondola in the picture. But I didn't have any stamps of gondolas... so I decided to use my creativity and think outside the box. LOL! (I sure hope Kelly isn't too upset with me. I'd hate to get kicked out of the group.)





Please head over to Barb's blog and Kelly's blog to see what they created for Ready Set Go!

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Supplies Used

Stamps: CTMH Hook Line & Sinker stamped with Gina K Onyx Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Bordering Blue CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Your Next Stamp Gum Drops
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gobble! Gobble!


FYI - Normally I do a "Try Something New" post on Tuesdays, but this week, I'll do that on Thursday.

Also, on the 15th of each month I normally have a Dueling Darling post, but due to some unforeseen circumstances including 9 days away from home, that card is not ready today. Be watching for it soon... and in the meantime, check out all of the Diva and Dazzler blogs (you can find the links in my left side bar).


I love Love LOVE this turkey!!!

Gobble Gobble!!!

He's one of the new dies at Frantic Stamper... you're going to want to rush over to the Frantic Stamper store and check him out, as well as all of the other fun things there.

The supply list at the bottom of this post will have direct links to the Frantic Stamper products that I used on this card.




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Supplies Used

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies: Fall Words #FRA-DIE-10271 and Tom Turkey #FRA-DIE-09967

Stamps: Taylored Expressions If Turkeys Could Talk and There She Goes Gobble stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Brown and White and Stampin' UP! Pumpkin Pie CS and all other papers from my scrap file

Embellishments: Tiny Brads from an unknown vendor

Monday, August 14, 2017

A Box of Fall Leaves



Sometimes I just want to use metallic papers - because they make me smile. Fortunately I have a stash of them, so I can indulge that desire when I want to. This card features some very old Stampin' UP! Copper CS (I've had it longer than I can remember). AND it features some awesome Frantic Stamper Precision Dies!

Blowing Leaves Square #FRA-DIE-10287

Fall Words #FRA-DIE-10217

Stacking Maple Leaves #FRA-DIE-10278








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Supplies Used

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies: Blowing Leaves Square #FRA-DIE-10287, Fall Words #FRA-DIE-10217, and Stacking Maple Leaves #FRA-DIE-10278

Papers: Stampin' UP! Metallic Copper and Natural Ivory

Embellishment: Michael's Rhinestones

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy Batty Halloween



It will be here before we know it - Halloween! Will you be ready?

This might be a good time to make some Halloween cards to send to some of your favorite spooky-loving friends.

Check out this amazing die from Frantic Stamper. Isn't it cool? It's called Happy Halloween Medallion (#FRA-DIE-10266) and can be found HERE.

I also used the Frantic Stamper Striped Frame die (#FRA-DIE-10230) on this card... check it out HERE.






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Supplies Used

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies: Happy Halloween Medallion #FRA-DIE-10266 and Striped Frame #FRA-DIE-10230

Papers: Recollections & Stampin' UP! CS and DP from the Cloud 9 Seasonal Paper Pad and from my scrap file

Embellishments: Oriental Trading Bat Brad and a Bat Button and Washi Tape from unknown vendors
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Monsterously Delicious!




This month's Progressive Challenge at Gerda Steiner Designs is all about this adorable image - I Didn't Eat It (Yet!) Birthday Monster.

And the really fun thing about this challenge is if you play along this month, you'll get next month's image free.... which means EVERYONE WINS!





Supply List

Image: Gerda Steiner Designs I Didn't Eat It (Yet!) Birthday Monster colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Calypso Coral CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Cupcake Brad from an unknown vendor


Friday, August 11, 2017

Peek at my Joy-Filled Week & More


It  has been an awesome week! I'm sure of it!!! Even though I'm actually putting this blog post together long before Friday. Yep, you guessed it. I'm on another trip.

I did manage to make 7 cards this week before I left home, though. YAY!

Including one for my 50 Truths Worth Knowing Challenge















Small Delights Make Great Discoveries 
Chapter 32


Jenifer learned a valuable lesson when her children were young. She tried to fill their lives with amazing experiences but each time she did, it seemed that they enjoyed their own version of the experience even more than the one she had planned.

She took them to the zoo, with plans to enjoy the grizzlies, flamingos, otters, elephants, and more... but what fascinated them most was a manhole cover that was slightly warped and "clunked" when they stepped on it - repeatedly!

A visit to a local bird sanctuary was another example. Instead of being fascinated by the many exotic birds, it was the plastic strips hanging down in the doorways that seemed to be most appealing.

And, perhaps most memorable of all, was the time they'd ventured out to set the hippos, but before long the children had discovered a puddle, which was far more interesting than the hippos. Back and forth they ran... each step sending splashes of water up to their shoulders. It was a delightful experience.

Yes, Jenifer learned from her children... she learned to find joy in the ordinary.




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Supplies Used

Stamps: Stampin' UP! Rainy Days (from 1999) stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black, Red, and White CS and AMuse Studio Clouds and striped DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Greenbrier International Stickers and Pico Embellisher (for shine on the puddle)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thankful for Autumn




I love autumn! Cooler temperatures. Gorgeous colors (including the changing colors of the trees). Thanksgiving. Halloween. There's just so much to love about that season. Therefore I'm really liking the new release at Frantic Stamper. Today's card features several Frantic Stamper Precision Dies, including some from the new release.




Frantic Stamper Precision Dies Used:







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Supplies Used

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies: Modern Thanks #FRA-DIE-10274, Stacking Maple Leaves #FRA-DIE-10278, and Stitched Hexagons #FRA-DIE-09830

Papers: Stampin' UP! Natural Ivory and Pumpkin Pie CS and all other papers from my scrap file

Inks: Ranger Distress

Embellishment: Leaf Bling from an unknown vendor