Sunday, November 19, 2017

Mysterious Christmas

I can hardly believe it - this is the 42nd round of the Mystery Image swap group on SCS. I started the group - years ago. We've dwindled down to 10 members, but we still enjoy creating with the same image as the others every round. It's such a delight to see what the others create.

This round I am the hostess, and I chose the CC Designs "Henry Claus" image. Of course my mailbox has been the recipient of some pretty amazing cards... this is a talented group of ladies. My card looks kind of simple by comparison. But I did enjoy making it... and especially enjoyed coloring "Henry".

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamps: CC Designs Henry Claus and Funny Christmas (sentiment) stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black, Red and White CS

Embellishments: Stickles Glitter Glue and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sweet Stampin' Birthday Celebration

This is a special week... it's birthday week for Sweet Stampin' Challenges. That means everyone is included in the celebration - so both groups of the design team created birthday cards to share.

AND... we're really REALLY hoping YOU will participate by making a birthday card, too, and linking it to the challenge... HERE.

Be sure to play along at...

November 18 - 24

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp/Die Set: My Favorite Thinks Sweet Birthday Wishes stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Pretty in Pink CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Recollections Enamel Dots

Friday, November 17, 2017

Joy Report and 50 Truths

I've had a busy BUSY week... filled with meetings, appointments, trips to the auto mechanic, and more. But it has also had its share of fun. (I made 18 cards this week.) And at the time this post goes live, I'll actually be out-of-state visiting my parents and my sister. Fun times!

The card on my blog today was inspired by chapter 46 of the little book 50 Truths Worth Knowing.

Sometimes the Cynics 
Are Just Plain Wrong

Nelson had an amazing day... but he said, "This wasn't how it was supposed to end. No it was supposed to be different."

See, Nelson had wanted to take his wife/children to New York City for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was his dream. But everyone - EVERYONE - he shared that with told him not to do it. They even asked him if he was nuts. They warned him of the traffic - it would be horrendous. They warned him of the hotels - they'd be overpriced and dingy. Parking would be impossible. Crowds would be overbearing. And... yes, even the weather would be unbearable. It would be FREEZING.

Nelson, what are you thinking???

Nelson actually considering cancelling his plans for his family, but when he found out the hotel had a no-cancellations policy, he forged ahead.

And all the nay-sayers were wrong.

Driving into the city, they encountered a lot of traffic - going the other direction. The reasonably priced hotel was comfortable and friendly. They walked a few blocks to the parade route and found the perfect spot to watch the parade.

Nelson says, 'I'm not a guy who especially likes parades, but this one blew me away. My kids got to pet the passing horses and high-five the clowns. During a lull, my daughters even held one of the guide wires of the legendary big balloons. The bids boomed. The temperatures were in the mid-60s."

Yep, it was pretty much an amazing DREAM-filled trip!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamps: My Favorite Thinks My Favorite Sentiments (inside) and Tim Holtz Phrases 2 (front) stamped with Gina K Black Onyx Ink

Papers: Recollections Black, Ivory, and Kraft CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Brads from unknown vendors

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Free Stuff Is Good

NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day. If you're here to see my Ready Set Go "Inside/Out" card, either keep scrolling or go HERE.

This card is one that makes my heart happy. Not something many people would think of when they think of lemons... but I've drooled over this stamp set for quite some time now... and now I own it. WOW! I absolutely love The Project Bin stamps!!! This one is called "Yello!" How fun is that???!?!?!

I think the sentiment is hilarious... and oh so true! Because who doesn't love free stuff, right?

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Be sure to head over to The Project Bin's online store and take a peek.

Supplies Used

Stamp/Die Set: The Project Bin Yello! stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Daffodil Delight CS and Bo Bunny Spone Yellow and Recollections Black and White Paper Pad DP

Embellishments: Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

RSG Goes Inside Out

It's time! IT's TIME! The Ready Set Go girls (Kelly, Barb, and I) were challenged this month - by Kelly - to stretch ourselves and make an "Inside Out" card. Now truthfully, the idea behind the Ready Set Go team is that we "stretch ourselves" every month. These challenges are not meant to be for the faint of heart. And that is a good thing.

Here were Kelly's specific directions...

Your challenge this month is to make an Inside/Out card! What's that? Glad you asked 😊 

It is where the inside of your card is now the front and the front is now inside! However you want to interpret that is up to you.  Be creative, use lots of color/ing and try to avoid leaving it 'blank' on the front.  Remember, we're thinking outside the box!  I hope you have fun with the challenge - now get ready, get set ... Go! 

I had to think on this a while and then finally came up with the  idea to leave an opening on the front of my card through which the inside would show up. My card is pretty plain... and trust me, it was a challenge and a half to get a photograph of it. But it was a lot of fun to make.

Then after I made my card, I went to my friend (you know her... Google) and I snooped around. Oh my! Not a good idea... not at all. I found some masterpieces. But then again, ignorance can be bliss. I'm just sayin'. ;) Just look HERE... you know you want to. WOW!!!

But, I digress.

Be sure to hop on over to Barb's blog and Kelly's blog to see their Inside/Out Masterpieces.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp: Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers and a Zig Wink of Stella Marker

Die: Frantic Stamper Elegant Merry Christmas #FRA-DIE-10339

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Dapper Denim CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Gina Marie Enamel Dots

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

You're Incredi-BOWL

Please Note: I have two blog posts today, this one and the Dueling Darling one that immediately follows this one. If you want to go directly there, you can do so by clicking HERE.

Craftaholics R Us has a challenge for us, beginning today - and it is a challenging one for me. I hardly ever do this kind of card...


EEK! I hope I did okay.

I hope you'll participate in the 
Craftaholics R Us Masculine Challenge!

November 15 - 21

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Unity Balls to You stamped with Memento Paris Dusk and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Stampin' UP!  Brilliant Blue and Island Indigo CS and American Crafts The Color of Memories and Pebbles  Yours Truly Together Ensemble DP

Embellishments: Brads from unknown vendors

The Darlings Hop to It

It's time to get our DUEL on... and it's going to  be an interesting one.

Suzy (Divas) and her sister Deb (Dazzlers) are the hostesses this month. That means they put their heads together and came up with a theme... and then they each put together kits to send to their respective team members based on that theme.

Deb told the Dazzlers that she and Suzy realized everyone is so busy these days - we hop from one event to another - so they thought of FROGS. Yes, frogs. And that became their theme. Isn't that fun?

I'm not sure what happened, but the majority of my kit didn't arrive, so I asked around and found out what was in the kit... and I just happened to own the stamp set Deb used, so we were good with images. BUT when you check out the other Dazzler blogs/galleries, you might find my card is made with a wee bit different items. That's okay... because I hopped to it... and made a frog card.

Be sure to check out the Diva and Dazzler blogs (links are in my left side bar) to see what froggie things you'll find there.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: SU Frogs and Flies stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Recollections White 110# CS and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Green Gable CS and a piece of DP (from Deb)

Embellishments: CC Designs Enamel Dots