Monday, December 18, 2017

Happy Birthday Hedgehog

It doesn't seem possible that the Unidentified Image swap group has been swapping for 35 rounds. WOW! Jody is the hostess this time and she chose SU's Hedgehog Happiness as her stamped image. It is an oldie but a cutie... and I had a lot of fun coloring him and creating my cards.

THANK YOU for being such a great hostess, Jody!

The picture makes it difficult to see, but the round brad (next to the ribbon) has the word PARTY on it.

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Supplies Used

Image: SU Hedgehog (provided by Jody - stamped on Neenah 110# CS with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink) - I colored it with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections White and SU Melon Mambo and Pool Party CS and DP from the Recollections Happy Day Paper Pad

Embellishments: SU Ribbon and a Brad from an unknown vendor 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Critter Kits

This is my month! I love my month!!! I am in a card kit group on SCS. My friend Barb is the leader. There are 12 of us in the group and each month, one person is the recipient of kits. She gets to choose a theme/suggestions and of course there are some general requirements of what needs to go in the kits. We then have two months to make cards from the kits we receive.

This is the last month... and it is my month. YAY! I've been receiving kits and they are each drool-worthy!

This is the information I gave the others regarding my kits:

Each year I choose a word of the year - something I focus on throughout the year. In 2017, my word has been JOY. It has been a good choice as it has directed me to focus on those things that truly bring me JOY. In keeping with my word of the year, my card kit wish “list” is that you would put something/s in your kit that reflect what brings you JOY. Perhaps it is an image that depicts a favorite activity that you like participating in or is an image from your favorite stamp company. Perhaps it is your “go to” embellishments… you know, the ones that always bring you JOY when you add them to the cards you make. Perhaps it is the color scheme that you like or the sentiment that brings a smile to your face.

You get the idea, right. I want the kit you send me to be one that would bring you JOY if you were to receive it. I, in turn, will think of you as I create with your JOY-filled kit. Side note--this kit can be Christmas related or does not need to be. It is a kit about card making that brings you joy!

I also hope that you will slip a little note in the kit (or PM me) and let me know what it is in the kit that brings JOY to you.  Thank you for helping me have a JOYful year!

The first kit I received was from Barb. She told me that Whipper Snapper Design and Penny Black stamps bring her joy so she included images from those two companies in the birthday-themed kit she sent me. I used them both (WSD Purrfect Birthday on the front and PB Your Day inside).

Thank you for a GREAT birthday kit, Barb!

The second kit I received was from Kelly. She actually incorporated something that brings me great joy (Christmas) with something that brings her joy (her love for snow/winter/bright colors) in her kit. I really liked the polar bear images she sent (MFT Cool Day) and she had die-cut them for me, making this card fun to put together.

Thank you for a colorful and COOL kit, Kelly!

And just so you know, these are just the first two kits. I have 9 more to go.

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Barb's Kit

Images: WSD Purrfect Birthday and PB Your Day

Patterned Paper: Stampin' UP! Best Day Ever

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Ribbons/Fibers: Various Ribbon and Baker's Twine

Embellishments: Buttons and Brads

I added CS to make the card: Recollections Black and White and SU Groovy Guava

Kelly's Kit

MFT images and die cuts from My Favorite Things - Cool Day in Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Cardstock is from Stampin' UP! and Recollections. The DSP is from Pebbles and it's "Home for Christmas"

Embellies: American Craft ribbons, Baker's Twine from The Twinery, creatology sequins, TPS gems and dots and matching clips from my stash.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Merry Fitness

I love this Santa stamp set! It's a Gerda Steiner set - called Sportsy Santa. And it is just way too fun. There are three "athletic" Santa images.

Can I just say, it is a FABULOUS stamp set.

Okay, enough gushing. (You certainly won't hear me gush about my card. It is way too plain for my liking.)

I made this card for the Sweet Stampin' "Last Minute - CAS - Christmas Card" Challenge. I do not do CAS well. But.... remember.... I love Love LOVE this stamp set.

I hope you'll participate in the Sweet Stampin' Last Minute Christmas CAS Challenge! It's going to last two weeks, so you should have plenty of time.

December 16 - 29

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Gerda Steiner Designs Sportsy Santa stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers and a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker

Papers: Recollections Black, Red and White CS

Embellishments: Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

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