Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Try Something New with Splatters

This is the fourth day of my personal "Previously Uninked" Challenge so I've used a stamp set I've had a while, but have never used before. It is also Tuesday, which means I tried something new on this card. Every Tuesday I try to do that. Sometimes I think it was a success story; other times, not so much. LOL!

For the most part I like how this one turned out...

Day 4 of my personal challenge
Stamps (Previously Uninked) Tonic Bunched Bouquet
& My Favorite Things Spring Tulips

You may be wondering what is "new". See the splatters. I saw a video where someone had taken the lid off of their colored misters and splattered them the card she was creating. I decided to give it a try. I actually used three different colors of misters - AMuse Studio Gold Dust and Marshmallow and Tulip Glitter Spray.

The mistake I made was I didn't realize I had so little control over those splatters went... so I didn't think to cover/mask the sentiment. And unfortunately a couple of splatters ended up on it. I blotted them immediately, so you can still read the sentiment, but here is a bit of discoloration/sharpness on it.

Live and learn.

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Images: Tonic Bunched Bouquet stamped with Altenew Inks (Blush, Crimson, Evergreen, Forest Glades, and Velvet)

Sentiment: MFT Spring Tulips stamped with Gina K Black Onyx

Sprays: AMuse Studio (Gold Dust & Marshmallow) and Tulip Glitter Spray

Card Stock: Stampin' UP! Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi and Staples #110 Ivory

Embellishment: Recollections Rhinestones

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ducks in a Row

I mentioned on my blog this morning that I would be back this afternoon with my 7-Day Personal Challenge card. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I have challenged myself to create with one of my previously uninked stamps every day for a week.

Day 3 of my personal challenge
Stamp (Previously Uninked) Taylored Expressions Ducks in a Row

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Image/Sentiments: Taylored Expressions Ducks in a Row stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Embellishments: Michael's Washi Tape and one other Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Carnival Fun

Spoiler Alert - My Personal Challenge card will be on my blog this afternoon, in order to give morning coverage to my Frantic Stamper cards. Please stop back by later. ;)

I'm not one who likes thriller types of rides, but I sure do like creating cards with them. This month I've had a few to show you - all from the June "Summer Fun Times" release at Frantic Stamper. Today I'll show you the last two I made for the release.

Card #1

Card #2

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Frantic Stamper Die: Loop Roller Coaster 
Frantic Stamper Stamp Set: Circus stamped with Dew Drops Rocket Red Ink
Papers: Recollections CS and DP from my scrap file (and corrugated cardboard distressed with Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Ink)
Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Frantic Stamper Die: Carnival Skyline
Frantic Stamper Stamp Set: Circus stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Papers: Stampin UP! Marina Mist CS dan DP from my scrap file
Embellishments: Star Brads from an unknown vendor

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Flowers for the Picking

Were you here yesterday? If so, you know I started a 7-day Personal Challenge where I'm committed to using previously uninked stamped to create with.

Day 2 of my personal challenge
Stamp (Previously Uninked) Deep Red Stitched Flowers

This card also features the requirements for the International Art & Soul Challenge that starts today...

June 25 - July 8
Theme: Flowers

I hope you'll participate!

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Image: Deep Red Stitched Flowers stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Brads


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer Sunshine

If you come to my blog often, you might have noticed that in March I took the 30-Day Coloring Challenge, which kind of got me started. Each month since then I've developed a "personal" challenge on one sort or another.

March 1-30... 30 Day Coloring Challenge
April 3-23... Bible Journaling Challenge
May 1-7... A Week of SCS Challenges

Now, it's June and today I'm starting a 7-day Previously Uninked Challenge. Each day during this week, I will create a card/etc using a stamp from my collection that up until this point has not been inked. Sadly, I have a lot of stamps to choose from.

Day 1 of my personal challenge
Stamp Set (Previously Uninked) CC Designs "Sunshine"

This card also features the requirements for the new Sweet Stampin' Challenge...

June 24 - 30 
Theme: Lots of Layers

I hope you'll participate!

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Image/Sentiment: CC Designs Sunshine stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Embellishments: Michael's Ribbon and Buttons from an unknown vendor

Friday, June 23, 2017

Joy in the Morning

PDE Linky Party has a new challenge today - Anything But a Card (with the optional challenge of doing a Planner Page.)

I didn't do a planner page... I know they are quite popular right now, but I'm just not into doing them. I have a planner that I used to keep my DT and Blog on target, but I do not decorate it. So instead, I did a Bible Journaling page with a "To Do" feature.

Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones!
     Praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
     but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
     but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 30:1-5

This verse reminds me of the FIRST thing that should be on my To Do list... each and every morning I should seek God, sing to Him and find joy!

I hope you'll participate at PDE Linky Party this week.

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Supplies Used

Image: Unity Dream of Being stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers
Saying: Unity Brystl Girl stamped with Brilliance Mediterranean Blue
Ink for Distressing: Tim Holtz Antique Linen
Paper: Stampin' UP! DP and Recollections CS
Embellishment: Michael's Washi Tape

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Beach Babes

The Creative Card Chicks are headed to the beach! Okay, not all of us... but this month's hostess Debby is... so she chose beach-themed items for us to create its this month. THANK YOU, Debby!

She included the following items...

Image/Sentiments: Art Impressions Beach Babes, Deadbeat Designs I'm so Glad and Whatcha Been Up To, and Print Works You Are Simply Amazing
Paper: American Crafts (flip flops), Paper Pizazz (sun border), and some others
Embellishments: K & Co. flip flops, Paper Studio enamel dots, and twine and buttons

I've entered this card in the Do-Al (1) Creative "Beginning of Summer" Challenge.

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The only thing of my own that I used was yardstick for the card base and layering - Recollections Yellow and SU Tempting Turquoise.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mid-Week Joy Report & RSG

I've had a fabulous week. Our daughter is here from Alaska, so there's been lots of time spent with her, which of course I love!

We've had fun meals and even went to the local coffeeshop in a nearby town for a girl's outing. We've talked and talked. We've gone geocaching (see her photo ---->).

I've also made 6 cards this week. The one I'm going to show you today is actually a 2-fer. It's the card for the Ready, Set, Go challenge. If you don't know what that is, you can go HERE to read about it.

This month, Barb chose our theme. She asked us to put something that starts with a "R" (Ready), a "S" (Set), and a "G" (Go) on our card. I'll explain what I did a bit later in this post.

This being Wednesday, I also needed to create a card based on a chapter int he book 50 Truths Worth Knowing. I decided to make one card that works for both of these items.

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Chapter 25
It's Not the Size of the Gift that Counts

Rob dated the woman who would become his wife for 4 years. During all the time, her guitar remained unused. He often wondered about that, but she said that while she used to play along with a Neil Young recording when she was in college, she now had let the rigors of a budding career get in the way of her hobby.

That being said, she longed for that CD but it was unavailable. She was saddened to read that there was no plan for a remastered release.

Rob didn't give up. He kept watching.

Years passed. They married. Then one day he found out the Neil Young CD had been released. He bought it for his wife and hid it under her pillow.

She came home from a late night of work and found the treasured gift. She immediately pulled out her guitar and played along. When Rob went into the bedroom, he found her truly beaming. She was delighted that he had found the CD and given it to her.

The Letter "R" - Ribbon and the color Red
The Letter "S" - Staples and the color Silver
The Letter "G" - Guitar and Grunge

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Supplies Used

Stamps: Stampin' UP! Gorgeous Grunge and Jazzed Up

Ink: Encore Silver, Gina K Black Onyx, and Tim Holtz Distressed Antique Linen

Papers: Recollections Black, Red and White and Stampin' UP! Silver CS

Embellishment: Ribbon from an unknown vendor (attached with staples)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Try Something New with Distress Inks

I decided to play around with my Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I tend to have a love/hate relationship with them, so I wanted to embrace them and try to love them more. LOL!

I taped a stencil on top of a piece of watercolor paper and then used a fluffy paint brush to spread three colors of Distress Ink randomly all over the stencil. To make it even more mottled, I sprayed water on the piece after I'd removed the stencil.

This technique gave the paper a dirty smudgy look, which i thought worked well for this card.

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Stamps: Recollections Anchor, Stampendous Better Travel, and Travel the World from an unknown vendor

Inks: Gina K Onyx Black and Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen, Barn Door, Peeled Paint, and Salty Ocean

Papers: Recollections Black, Kraft, and White CS and Watercolor Paper from an unknown vendor

Stencil: Tim Holtz

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Monday, June 19, 2017

Admit It, You Love Popcorn

My son absolutely loves to go to the movies - he seems approximately 50 every year. My other son - Brock - loves to go to the movies, too, but for him, it's all about the POPCORN!

That's one of the reasons why I love the Frantic Stamper die that I used on today's card.

Frantic Stamper Dies:

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Frantic Stamper Dies: Popcorn #FRA-DIE-10224, Striped Frame & Insert #FRA-DIE-10230, and Tickets #FRA-DIE-10223

Papers: Recollections CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Brad from an unknown vendor

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Ho Ho Ho It's Santa

I host a group on Splitcoast Stampers called Christmas CraZy. It's a bi-monthly swap group. Every round I pair up the participants and they send a Christmas image and DP to their partner. We each make a card with the goodies we receive.

By nature of the group, an even number of participants is needed. Therefore, if the number who sign up is even, I don't participate that round. Such was the case for the May/June round. But... two of the women noticed, and I received a surprise from each of them. Today's card is the one I made with the goodies that Sue sent me. (I've not made a card with the other surprise items yet, so I'll have to show you that at a later date.) THANK YOU Sue!

This is the card I made with the image/DP that Sue sent me:

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Image and DP from Sue... I think the image is Stampede "Santa Collage"

My Supplies Used

Card Stock: Recollections 

Embellishments: Imagine Crafts Irresistible Pico Embellisher (for the glasses) and Stampin' UP! Ribbon

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Unidentifed Until Now

To quote the words of the hostess of this round of the Unidentified Image card swap group...

Can you believe it? Round 32!!

Darlene, I agree... it's unbelievable that we've been swapping that long. WOW! Thanks for being a fantastic hostess for Round 32. The image you chose stretched me... and I had fun with it.

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Image (provided by Darlene): Hampton Arts Cam & Chloe - stamped on Recollections CS with Gina K Ink

Coloring Medium: Chameleon Colored Pencils

Papers: Recollections CS and DP from The Best of My Mind's Eye Paper Pad

Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones

Friday, June 16, 2017

I Spy...

... with my little eye.

I spy a TAG!

Yep, it's the third Friday of the month, so the PDE Linky Party Challenge is Tags. The optional theme this month is Things that Fly... so of course, I used a TAG in my Bible Journaling! And I added a rooster - they fly, right?

I hope you'll play along!

Mark 14:27-31
Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial

In this passage, just before Jesus is taken, tried, and executed, He has a conversation with His disciples. Peter - boldly and naively - states that no matter what, he will never forsake Jesus. Jesus wisely tells him that even that very night Peter will deny Him - not once, but three times. Before the rooster crows.

The rest is history. The situation is like Jesus proclaimed. Peter denied Jesus and then he heard the rooster. Remembering what he'd said, he must have felt contrite.

Fortunately that's not the end of the story. Later in the Bible we read that Jesus forgave Peter. And He's willing to forgive us too... every. single. time. we. mess. up.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Darling Pink Roses

This is Dueling Darling Day... the 15th of June. This month the teams are hosted by Barb (Divas) and Tracie (Dazzlers).

Let the Duel begin!
(and be sure to check out the other Dueling Darling blogs -
you can find the links in my left side-bar)

I'm a Dazzler, so I received a kit from Tracie, along with instructions for this duel. Here is what she said...

Happy June!

Roses are the flower of June so we have decided that will be our theme for June. I have stamped the image (Flourishes - Calendar Set 2) on Neenah Classic Crest 80 lb paper using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. The Designer paper is Neapolitan by American Crafts - Dear Lizzy. I have included some Recollections doilies, misc. flowers, gems, lace and I used the Martha Stewart leaf punch. I am adding a little extra challenge. Pink roses are my favorite so an you feature a pink rose? I can't wait to see what you come up with.


Tracie, here you go...
Pink Roses

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The only thing I used on my card other than what Tracie included was some card stock - Stampin' UP! Early Espresso and Wild Wasabi

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mid-Week Joy Report

I was gone for most of this week - I went to Tennessee for some training. It was a great workshop. I learned a lot! And it was nestled in the Appalachian mountains, so the views - and the drive - were fabulous!

It did curtail my card-making this week, though. I only made 2 cards this week.

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This is the 24th Wednesday of 2017, so I read the 24th chapter of the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing and used it as my inspiration for today's card.

Perfection Is Overrated
50 Truths Worth Knowing, chapter 24

As a child, Anndee took piano lessons. She remembers being somewhat afraid of her piano teacher who smelled of talcum powder and x=corrected her with a stern voice when she made a mistake.

Anndee took lessons from her for four years, and then quit, finding her interests gravitated more toward algebra, poetry, and art.

Years later, when Anndee was in her 20's she decided to give piano lessons another try. This time she had a different teacher - one who introduced her to ragtime and jazz, along with classical music. Anndee liked her new teacher, but old habits are difficult to flee, so she often found herself sitting stiffly at the piano and playing hesitantly. One day her teacher asked her why she was so timid when playing. Anndee responded, "I'm afraid of missing a note."

The teacher smiled and then drew Anndee's attention to the chaos around her. The teacher had three young children, so her home was strewn with children's toys and other items, all in a colorful disarray. She reminded Anndee that there was no need for perfection, instead she could embrace the piano enthusiastically and with passion. That was a music-changing moment for Anndee.

I can imagine Anndee did exactly what the quote on my card says. She took a deep breath and let it go.

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Supplies Used

Stamps: Unity She Never Says Never stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor