Saturday, January 21, 2017

Woman of Strength

I am the January hostess for the Card Making Chicks group. I sent out bright yellow envelopes with a few items in them and these instructions: I chose the stamp set I did because, being the beginning of a new year, many of us have chosen a theme word for the year, set some annual goals, or even made some New Year Resolutions. I think this image is a bit pensive, as if she is reflecting on the year ahead and what she hopes to accomplish. And understandably, I think the sentiments are appropriate, too.

Unity Dream of Being - the image stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and the Sentiments with Gina K Onyx Black ink

Recollections Kraft and 110# White

Designer Paper
Canvas Corp Coffee Stamps on Kraft
Paper Pizazz Yummy Coffee Beans
Recollections Brick

A Muse Studio Baker's Twine and Ribbon
Mug Brad (from an unknown vendor)

I also encouraged the Chickies to use any of their own embellishments if they wanted to.

Here is my card:

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The only thing I used in addition to my kit was cardstock (Recollections Black, Kraft, and White).

Friday, January 20, 2017

Monstrosity Tag

PDE Linky Party has a new challenge - TAGS!

January 20 - 26
I hope you'll participate!

I don't do tags, but being on the design team makes me stretch beyond my normal and do tags on the third Friday of every month. That being said, I usually incorporate the tag into either a card or a Bible journaling page or something.... because I really don't do tags. LOL!

This week, I created a pocket card to incorporate my tag into... and added a $20 bill for a nearly perfect birthday card.

Here's the inside of my card:

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Image/Sentiments: Whipper Snapper Monstrosity and Monster Birthday and Stampin' UP! Happy Birthday stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers
Papers: Recollections Black and Red and scraps from my scrap file
Embellishments: Your Next Stamp Gum Drops and Brads, Ribbons, and Twine from unknown vendors

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Storms of Life

Vickie was the hostess of the Mystery Image Swap group on SCS and she sent us a fun (springtime image) that was a breath of fresh air to create with when it was so cold outside. THANK YOU Vickie!

Here's my card:

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Image/Sentiment: Stampin' UP! And Everything Nice Stamp Set stamped (by Vickie) ON Crafters Companion Ultra Smooth White 110# White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink - I colored it with Copic Markers
Papers: Recollections Navy and Stampin' UP! Soft Sky Cardstock and DP from the DCWV Year Round Paper Pad
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Grosgrain Ribbon and Brads from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mid Week Joy Report

This has been a week of a myriad of activities/happenings, none of them related to crafting. LOL! Last Friday I left with a group of friends to head south.... one would think warmer weather, right? NOPE! We were driving into an ice storm but we wouldn't let that stop us as we were on our way to the installation service of a new national Executive Director/Treasurer and to the January Board Meeting. The events were delayed - and scrunched to make time to work everything of importance into the schedule. But WOW! What an event! We had a great time... and thankfully, we had safe travels, too!

I was home on Tuesday night - threw a load of laundry into the washing machine so I'd be ready to go again soon. Wednesday was spent at the car dealership - I won't bore you with all the details, but suffice it to say we owned one of those VW diesels and now we don't.

Thursday morning - before dawn - I was on my way to catch a flight to Texas for a training event. It, too was a great event! And I learned a lot. This year's VBS material is such fun - we are going to enjoy being Galactic Starveyors!

I was supposed to start taking down our Christmas decorations and working on some Design Team assignments as soon as I got home, but instead I've been mostly in bed... stupid allergies! But this will pass, and in the meantime, I'm catching up on some ZZZZzzzzz's.

All in all, it's been a pretty good week. (Well, except for the fact I haven't colored a bit, nor made a single card. I'm going into withdrawals.)

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In keeping with my personal challenge to use the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing to jump-start a card idea continues. (Fortunately I had the card made way before today!) Today I'm in the third article/chapter.

Brian landed what he thought was a fantastic job. It allowed his wife to be a stay-at-home mom to their young son. But his hours were long and his energy level depleted when he finally arrived at home. He left as his son was eating breakfast in the morning and returned home after he'd gone to bed at night. At the end on the first year at this job, the owner decided to pull the funding and Brian (as well as all of his co-workers) found himself unemployed virtually overnight.

Obviously this was a stressful time for Brian. But he also discovered the he was enjoying time with his son and with his wife. He was no longer consumed with work, but instead saw his son take his first steps, heard him saying "mommy" and "daddy" and had opportunities to build blocks with him. He began taking his son to a once-a-week Play Group, where he was the only "regular" dad there. He learned the value of those around him... and discovered that "some things are just more important than work."

To depict this story I chose to use a stamp set that has never seen ink before. The little boy and great sentiment  just seemed to fit.

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Image/Sentiment: Red Rubber Designs Jackson & Amelia stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Recollections 110# White cardstock and colored with Copic markers
Papers: Recollections cardstock and DP scraps from my scrap file
Embellishment: Grosgrain Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Monday, January 16, 2017

Falliday Win!

Split coast Stampers had a Falliday event last year... you may have seen the cards/projects on my blog as I participated. 30 cards... in addition to some special projects in a short period of time. Those who completed the challenge attained Yeti status. YAY! I'm a Yeti.

Well... there were also some amazing prizes given randomly... and I won one of them! A $50 gift certificate from The Cat's Pajamas. That was definitely some fun shopping!!!

Here's a card I made with one of the stamp sets I got with my prize money...

featuring The Cat's Pajama's "Space Cadet" stamp set

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Happy stamping!

Sentiment: The Cat's Pajama's Space Cadet stamped with Gina K Black Onyx ink
Papers: Recollections cardstock and scraps from my scrap file
Embellishments: Paper Studio Grosgrain Ribbon and Star Brads from an unknown vendor

Sunday, January 15, 2017

I Made a Wish

Today is the first Duel of 2017... Dueling Darling style. Tami (Divas) and Terry L (Dazzlers) are the hostesses this month. They chose a rather unique theme, too.... because it's actually no theme at all. The wanted to make it easy for us to get our cards completed so we could "get the year started off right." They chose a Valentine image so we'd be able to use our cards in the near future. THANK YOU Tami and Terry! You two rock!!!

Terry sent an adorable kit to the Dazzlers. A cute image, great sentiment, lovely papers, and lots of embellishments to choose from. Terry, you made it fun to create a card for this duel!

Items in Terry's Kit

Image and Sentiment: Heartily Yours - GinaK Designs

Paper: Months Stack (hearts) - DCWV, Blush Red - Core'dinations, Black - The Paper Studio

Embellishments: Red Gems, White pearls - The Paper Studio, White paper dots - Candi Dots, White Ribbon - Michaels

Be sure to head over to the other Dueling Darling blogs to see what they made (links to the Dazzlers and the Divas are in my left sidebar).

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The only thing I used other than the things in Terry's kit was some card stock (Recollections Black and Red). I colored the image with Copic markers.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

My Super Hero

I have been part of a group on SCS called Baker's Dozen. Each round (I'm in my third) we have a partner. We make/mail a card to our partner each week for thirteen weeks. During my last round I was partnered with Dawn. She was amazing! Such a talented lady. One of the things I always admired was her use of Washi tape. She even used a strip of it on the envelopes of the cards she sent.

One card she sent me... I carefully removed the piece of Washi from the envelope because I had an idea for its use. Here it is...

Super Heros Washi Tape

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Image: Sugar Pea Designs "My Hero" stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Recollections 110# White Cardstock and colored with Copic Markers
Papers: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Only Orange Cardstock and DP from my scrap file
Embellishments: Brads and Washi Tape from unknown vendors