Sunday, June 24, 2018

Art Nouveau???


Okay, I need to get out more, broaden my horizons, learn new things.

I serve on the International Art & Soul with some super talented and amazing women. I am in awe of their creativity. And their knowledge!!!

I usually try really hard to fit in and not make waves... but then. Oh then! I saw that the upcoming challenge them - which now IS the challenge theme - was Art Nouveau. And... *gasp! I didn't even know what that was. Seriously, I didn't.

So I had to swallow my pride and ask in our private design team Facebook group. They were so kind and gave me some help. I said, Okay, thanks.... but truthfully, I was still stumped. I didn't know if I'd have a single thing in my stash - and I have a pretty good sized stash - of stuff that would fit this theme.

I. was. concerned. beyond. belief.

I looked at the cards the DT members were creating - drooled a bit - and then sweated some more.

Until!

I was creating a card for another design team - The Project Bin - and I was looking through my bin of stamps from that company. I ran across this stamp set and I had an ah-ha moment.


The International DT gave me a nod, and I went with it.

I'm still not sure if this is anywhere near Art Nouveau, but it IS my card and my oh-so-talented and smart friends have given me permission to not sweat this any more.




I hope you'll participate in the 


June 24 - July 7


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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: The Project Bin Spring Zen stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Zip Wink of Stella Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and #110 White and SU Cucumber Crush CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: CC Designs Enamel Dots, and a Brad and Washi Tape from unknown vendors

Saturday, June 23, 2018

My Favorite Pizza Maker


Who doesn't love pizza, right?

Well. Except for Brock. He doesn't like pizza. But he does like going to Classic Pizza, a local pizza place here in our town. He always orders a sandwich and soup there.

Not me! I go for pizza! And the fantastic salad bar! YUM! I'm making myself hungry.

So, since I like pizza, I couldn't pass by this adorable Whipper Snapper pizza-making stamp when I spotted it in the clearance bin at Creative Pals (the Whipper Snapper store) when I was in Wisconsin in January. He was a bargain, for sure.

And he's the perfect stamp to use for the Sweet Stampin' Challenge this week!


June 23 - 29
Theme: Food & Drink

I hope you'll participate!





Oh, and just in case you're like me... you like to laugh.... so there's a giggle for you on the inside of my card...




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Supplies Used

Stamps: Two Lips Eat a Pizza (I used Ranger Inks to distress it) and Whipper Snapper Edwardo stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Fun Stampers Journey Hazelnut Blend, Recollections White, and SU Night of Navy CS and DP from the Paper Studio Entirely Textures 2 Paper Pad

Embellishments: Foof-a-La Button, Target Bakers Twine, and Ribbon from an unknown vendor


Friday, June 22, 2018

A Prickly Situation


The Creative Card Chicks are a fun group of ladies (on SCS) who love creating - and chatting, of course. Each month one of the members sends a little kit of goodies to the others in the group and we all make a card using the same items. It's always great fun because even though we all have the same items to play create with, our cards normally don't look a bit alike.

This month Debby is the hostess. She said she's recently discovered a new passion - succulents! In her words, I am really "stuck" on these little cactus and am doing pretty well keeping some alive. 

Hmmmmm..... so am I, if you take into consideration the only succulents I have are stamps. LOL! Oh, wait! Are hen and chickens succulents??? If so, I have some gorgeous ones.




Anyway, I digressed - my bad! Debby sent us a fun kit of succulent goodies.

Debby's kit included the following items...

Images: Woodware Cactus Stamp Set (stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Sayings: Deadbeat Design (stamped with SU Old Olive)

Papers: Hobby Lobby (FYI - the only thing of my own that I used on my card was some CS - Recollections Black and SU Lemon Lime Twist)

Embellishments: An Assortment (from unknown vendors)

Debby also included a fun embossed piece (that I didn't use)


Here's my card:





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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thank You for Making Happy



I was going through a bin of things in my Working Studio recently and I came across some puff emoji things that I didn't even remember I had. I'm not sure how long I've had them. There is a sticker on them saying they were a gift from Simon Says Stamps.

Anyway, when I saw them, I immediately thought of this fun statement stamp that I have. It's in the #bff stamp set from The Project Bin.



I also have some fun emoji Washi Tape, so I put these all together and created this card...


The "Thank You!" is also a piece of Washi Tape. I like that it adds a word of appreciation for the recipient of my card. I also like that you can faintly see the DP through the words.


Here's the inside of my card:




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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: The Project Bin #bff stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black, 110# Red, and White CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Gina Marie Enamel Dots, Pink Fresh Studio Emoji Studio Puffs (a free gift from Simon Says Stamps), and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Labor Day? Seriously!?!?!?


Did the title of this blog post catch your eye? Are you wondering what my card has to do with Labor Day? And what is it with all of those question marks and exclamation points???

The answer lies in Barb's June Ready Set Go! theme.

On the third Wednesday of each month Barb, Kelly and I have an "extreme challenge" that we call Ready Set Go! We take turns choosing the theme... and it can't be the normal kind of theme. This one needs to have a bit of kick to it.

This month Barb's theme would have been fairly easy - except!

Okay, first let me tell you the theme.

This is Barb's challenge...

You need to ask your spouse the following three questions:
1—what is their favorite color?
2—have them pick a number between 1 and 5
3—pick a holiday or occasion—it does not have to be their favorite, but could be.  Examples Memorial Day, birthday, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s  Day, etc.

Now—with this information, you are to create a card for that holiday, that uses their favorite color and has the number they picked reflected on your card.

So I did that. I asked Brent. DUH! Couldn't he have said Christmas!?!?!? Or maybe Halloween or even Thanksgiving? No! He said Labor Day. Labor Day??? Seriously?????????

Okay, I don't have anything in my vast stash that even remotely looks like Labor Day stuff. After all, who sends Labor Day cards??

So... I put on my thinking cap... and this card was born...




The woman on my card obviously loves her job - and wants to celebrate Labor Day by staying home. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Brent's favorite color - I asked, but I knew - is blue, so there's a lot of blue on my card.

Now, concerning the number, Brent chose the number 4. I thought sure he would say 3 since the number 3 kind of has a history with us. When he asked me to marry him, I asked him to give me 3 good reasons why we should get married.  But that's okay... 4 is no problem.

I actually used FOUR things of 4 on my card - call me an over-achiever on this particular challenge, I guess.

4 different Washi tapes
4 brads
4 layers of black cardstock (if you count the inside and the front)
4 different papers - Blue DP, Black, Metallic Gold, and White CS


So there you have it - a card featuring the color blue, the number 4, and Labor Day!

Now... let's head over to Barb's blog and Kelly's blog to see what their spouses said and what they created based on that information.


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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Stampin' UP! Working Woman stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Metallic Gold CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Brads and Washi Tape from unknown vendors

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Personal Challenge 2018 - Week 25


This is the 25th week of my personal 50-week States of the Union Challenge. Each week I research one of the 50 United States (in the order they attained statehood). I share tidbits of information about the state here on my blog and I create a card that is inspired by something about that state.

This week's state (the 25th one to attain statehood) is...



Arkansas
Date of Statehood: June 15, 1836


Here are some things I learned about Arkansas...

Arkansas has six geographic regions that span its borders: the Ozarks, the River Valley, the Ouachita’s, the Delta, the Timberlands, and Central Arkansas. There are 52 state parks within these six regions, not quite enough to place a state park in each of Arkansas’ 75 counties.

Arkansans help each other. Though one of the poorest states in the union, Arkansas is also one of the most generous states. Arkansans donated 6.3% of their discretionary income to various charities in 2011.

Arkansas’s forests could cover the entire country of Switzerland one and a half times.

There are 9,700 miles of streams and rivers in Arkansas. To help us visualize that, it should be noted we'd only drive about 2,813 miles if we left from San Francisco, California and arrived in Washington D.C.

The widest points in Arkansas’s height and width are only separated by 22 miles.

Arkansas is home to the first piece of land protected by the United States government for recreational use. First named Hot Springs Reservation, now called Hot Springs National Park, the land was protected before the concept of a National Parks Service was invented.

In the early 1900s, the state’s Hot Springs National Park boasted “the largest ostrich farm in America.” Birds from the farm, which could be purchased through a catalog, had their plumes harvested for feather pillows, hats, fans, and the like. Visitors to the park could watch ostrich races and ride ostrich-pulled wagons.

    1. Magnolia, Arkansas, once boasted the world’s largest charcoal barbecue grill, measuring in at approximately 70 feet in length (and resembling a gigantic missile) … until a heated warfare between its creator, George Black, and an anonymous Texan prompted the latter to best Black with a 90-foot-long grill. You can read the story about this grill HERE.

        The first woman elected to the U.S. Senate was Hattie Ophelia Caraway, née Wyatt, a Democrat from Arkansas.

    2. Arkansas produces more rice than any other state. Rice production in Arkansas is a $6 billion industry. 

    3. Little Rock hosts an annual World Cheese Dip Championship. It’s only logical that such a contest take place in Arkansas—cheese dip was invented there in 1935, making its world debut in a Hot Springs-based restaurant called Little Mexico. Experts distinguish the concoction from any preceeding cheese spread or topping by its lack of meat or vegetable accoutrements—we're talking about pure gooey goodness, made of melty cheese (or Velveeta), a couple dashes of spices, and hot peppers (often Ro-Tel canned tomatoes and chillies) for kick.

    4. Brown-and-Serve Rolls were introduced to the world by Meyer's Bakery of Little Rock in the 1930s.

  1. The three largest diamonds ever found in America—which are among the largest ever found on Earth—came from Arkansas. The Strawn-Wagner, unearthed in 1990 by Shirley Strawn and now on permanent display at the Crater of Diamonds visitor center, is considered the first perfect diamond ever discovered.

The largest freestanding rock formation in Arkansas, which is located in Eureka Springs, has a base circumference of about 10 inches and the top measures almost 10 feet across.

    Ouachita National Forest reigns as the oldest national forest in the South.

Arkansas is home to two particularly bizarre phenomena. The first is known as the Dover Lights, an unexplained illumination that occurs in an uninhabited valley of the Ozark Mountains, allegedly visible from a neighboring overlook. Local legend attributes the lights to the restless spirits of Spanish soldiers who died looking for treasure. The second is a more terrestrial being. Known as the Fouke Monster, the Southern Sasquatch, or the Beast of the Boggy Creek, the unidentified cryptid in question was brought to national attention in 1971. Rumored to be seven feet tall, three feet wide, 300 pounds, and covered in hair, the troublesome cousin of Bigfoot has been said to destroy Arkansan livestock and farmland.

Sam Walton began his conquest of the world in 1945, with a loan of $20,000 from his father-in-law and a small variety store in Newport, Arkansas, where he established the practices that define present-day Wal-Mart: he kept prices as low as possible, stocked a wide range of goods, and stayed open longer than anyone else. 

Arkansas has more than a dozen communities named Oak Grove, but only one (in Carroll County) has a post office.

The World's Championship Duck Calling Contest is held annually in Stuttgart.

Alma Arkansas claims to be the Spinach Capital of the World.

Some unique laws in Arkansas include...

It is technically illegal to mispronounce “Arkansas” while in Arkansas. In 1947, in an effort to preserve the heritage upon which it was founded, the state officially instituted a law forbidding any mispronunciation of its name.

The Arkansas River can rise no higher than to the Main Street bridge in Little Rock.

Teachers who bob their hair will not get a pay raise.

A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.

It is against the law to honk car horns in front of a sandwich shop in Little Rock after 9:00 PM.

Other Little Rock laws include...

No one may suddenly stop or start their cars at McDonald's.

Dogs may not bark after 6:00 PM.

It is unlawful to walk one’s cow down Main Street after 1:00 PM on Sunday.

Flirtation between men and women on the streets of Little Rock may result in a 30-day jail term.

I've decided to go with this bit of Arkansas information for my card's inspiration... The Apple Blossom is the Arkansas state flower. In years past, Arkansas was a large producer of apples. The state flower was established back in 1901.  The beautiful Apple Blossom has pink and white petals with green leaves.





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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Flourishes Apple of My Eye stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Garden Green CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones

Monday, June 18, 2018

Fans Aren't Just for Cooling


If you were here last Monday, you might remember I mentioned that I would show two cards using the Fan stamp set from Eyelet Outlet. These were such fun to make!

The thing I really like about the Fan stamp set is that it is so versatile. It's not just about those spinning things that cool us, nor is it just about being a fan of some sport or other thing. It also has a creative ways of incorporating the word "fan" in a sentiment, not to mention the pun of "You blow me away" - how fun is that!?!?!?!

I made two cards with the set (so far).


Card #1



I needed an embellishment to fill in the space and my go to embellishment for that sort of thing is usually either enamel dots or rhinestones. However, I didn't have any in my personal Eyelet Outlet stash that were quite the right color. So I got to wondering... Can one color enamel dots with Copics? I decided to sacrifice one little white Matte Enamel Dot and see. It works! So I colored a few more and added them to my card.




Here's the inside of Card #1:



Card #2


Those Foam Hand brads (from Eyelet Outlet, of course) are just too much fun and they are the perfect embellishment for the sentiment on this card!!!


Here's the inside of Card #2:




Eyelet Outlet Products Used on these two cards:



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Eyelet Outlet Products: Fan Stamp Set, Matte Enamel DotsTelephone/Fan Brads, and Clock Washi Tape

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (for stamping) and Ranger Antique Linen (for distressing)

Papers: Fun Stampers Journey Hazelnut Blend and Recollections Black and White CS and Paper Pizazz Crackle and Paper Studio Wooden Fence DP



Eyelet Outlet Products: Fan Stamp Set, Foam Hands Brads, Jewel Strips (Green), and Skinny Washi Tape 

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Pumpkin Pie CS and DP from the Paper Studio Boys Will Be Boys Paper Pad