Saturday, September 22, 2018

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas

Saturdays are my day to post for the Eyelet Outlet design team. I love these days since I really like Eyelet Outlet. The embellishments found there are amazing - such a wide variety! And the prices are awesome! Eyelet Outlet also has a dozen stamp sets that coordinate nicely with other Eyelet Outlet products.

I'd highly recommend that you check out the Eyelet Outlet store!

Today's card is a Christmas card - because I wanted to use the newly released Santa and Mrs. Claus brads.

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!

Eyelet Outlet Products Used on Today's Card:

It doesn't show up well in the photo, 
in the centers of the starbursts on the designer paper.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

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

Friday, September 21, 2018

Birthday Blooms

The Creative Card Chicks (one of the SCS Groups I participate in) was hosted this month by Sue. She sent us a nice little package of things to create with. THANK YOU, Sue!

This is what Sue said:

The image and sentiments are from SU Birthday Blooms stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Recollections white card stock. The DP is from SU Pop of Pink consisting of Melon Mambo and Basic Black. I've included Melon Mambo baker's twine, the black & white twine was from my stash. The silver sequins are also from my stash. I included one piece of Melon Mambo card stock.

The only additional item I used for my card was some CS (Recollections Black and White and SU Melon Mambo) 

I love coloring flowers - I'm pretty sure I've mentioned that before - so of course I loved this image!

I hope Sue and the other Chickies like my card!

I put the birthday greeting on the inside of my card:

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

You Can See Right Through Me

Who loves Halloween? It will be here before we know it!

So... it's time to make some fun (spooky cute!) cards. I think the Cool Ghoul stamp/die set from The Project Bin is perfect for such cards!

I wanted the ghouls/ghosts on my card to be "see through" so I used parchment paper to create them. Since it can be challenging to adhere parchment paper to a card without the adhesive showing, I chose to use brads where the eyes are on the images. That secured the images to my card without adhesive.

For a little extra fun - as well as an additional way of adhering the larger image - I added a bat brad that I had to my card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp/Die Set: The Project Bin Cool Ghoul stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Fiskars Parchment, Recollections Black, Purple and White CS,  SU Lemon Lime Twist CS, and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Oriental Trading Bat Brad and other Brads from unknown vendors

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

You Warm My Heart

The third Wednesday of every month is a special day... at least it is for Barb, Kelly, and me.

Ready? Set. Go!

RSG is our "extreme challenge" adventure. Each month one of us comes up with the theme - and it's supposed to be more challenging than the normal theme. This month it was Barb's turn to host.

Just look at the fun she had for us...

I love color combo challenges, so this is a version of one.  Go to the master lists of Color Challenges on SCS.  I think there are over 700 right now.  Please check out the ones that end on your birthday—Jeanette is 26th, Kelly is 28th and I am 01.  So you will be able to check out 7 or so that end with your date.  I would look at numbers 1, 101, 201, 301, etc.  You can pick any one of those color combinations that you want.  The twist is to also pick a holiday—famous or weird—from the month of your birthday.  So, Kelly picks something in March while Jeanette and I use October.  Use your color combo to make a card that “celebrates” that holiday.  Does that make sense?  Ready?  Set.  Go!

I'm not sure how Barb and Kelly went about this, but the first thing I did was  choose a color challenge to use. 

Color Challenge CC626:

So Saffron
Cucumber Crush
Peekaboo Peach

The next thing I did was research October holidays. I didn't want to go with the obvious one - Halloween - so I looked for lesser known holidays. 

These holidays made my Short List:

2 - Name Your Car Day (my car's name is Hot Sauce)
4 - National Taco Day (I love tacos!)
12 - Old Farmer's Day 
21 - Count Your Buttons Day 
31 - Carve a Pumpkin Day I had a perfect stamp)

But... I chose this one for my card:

National Frappe Day
October 4

I'd like to say my card went together easily after that. It didn't. This card is actually Plan B. But hey, every plan needs to have a back-up, right?

Now, let's head over to Barb's blog and Kelly's blog to see what they made!

Oh, and next month it's my turn to come up with the theme. I already have a plan... so be sure to come back on October 17th to see what it is.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp/Die Set: Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags stamped with Colorbox Lime Ink and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Recollections White and SU Cucumber Crush, Peekaboo Peach, and So Saffron CS, a Heart-Shaped Paper Doily from an unknown vendor, and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: American Traditional Design Ribbon, Prima Flower, and Heart-Shaped Brad from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Personal Challenge 2018 - Week 38

This is the 38th 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 38th one to attain statehood) is...

Date of Statehood: August 1, 1876

When most people think of Colorado, they think of mountains, mountains, and more mountains. And to some extent, this is accurate. But a lot of people don’t realize that Colorado also has deserts, plains, and lots of sunshine. 

Colorado contains 75% of the land area in the continental United States that rises above 10,000 feet.

Peaks that rise above 14,000 feet are referred to as fourteeners by locals. Colorado has 52 of them.

Due to its high elevation, Colorado is home to some of the world’s most popular ski resorts. Also, the snow season can easily run for nearly the entire year.

In spite of being incredibly mountainous, Colorado boasts an average of 300 sunny days per year, a point of pride among natives.

The lowest point in Colorado is at 3,317 feet. This is higher than the highest points in 18 states.

Denver has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks in City limits and 20,000 Acres of parks in the nearby mountains.

The highest suspension bridge in the country can be found in Canon City Colorado, above the Royal Gorge. Its height is 955 feet.

Colorado has almost as many dead towns (about 500) as live ones (650). Mining booms and busts left the mountains littered with more than 300 ghost towns that fascinate locals and tourists. The eastern plains and western canyon lands are also haunted by more than 200 ghost towns.

The highest paved road in North America is the road to the summit of Mount Evans at 14,258 feet.

The world's largest flat-top mountain is Grand Mesa found in Western Colorado.

A 5.39-carats diamond was found at Kelsey Lake mine in Colorado. It is t he 5th largest diamond ever found in the United States. It sold for $87,000.

The tallest sand dunes in the country can be found at the Great Sand Dunes National Park, with the StarDune reaching the highest height at over 750 feet.

Known as the Four Corners, the southwest edge of Colorado is the only point in the US where four states meet.

The first Chipotle Mexican Grill opened in Denver Colorado in 1993.

Colorado is the only state to have turned down the Olympics. In 1976, residents voted against hosting the Winter Olympics due to the cost and pollution that would result.

The highest ski lift in North America can be found at Breckenridge Ski Resort, dropping skiers off at a very high 13,000 feet.

Bishop Castle near Pueblo is the largest self-built castle in the country, and it's open for tours.

Leadville Colorado is the highest incorporated city in the US at 10,430 feet.

Katherine Lee Bates was inspired to write the song “America the Beautiful” after seeing the view from Pikes Peak.

The term "cheeseburger" was originally trademarked by Louis Ballast of Denver's Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in 1935.

The first Teddy Bear was invented when the maids at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs crafted it to give to a very famous visitor - Theodore Roosevelt. 

Frank J. Wisner invented a treat once called "the Black Cow" in Colorado in 1893. It's now known as the root beer float.

The 13th step of the state capitol building (in Denver) is exactly 1 mile above sea level.

The first license plate on a car in the United States was issued in Denver, Colorado in 1908.

No President or Vice-President has ever been born in Colorado.

In Colorado it is illegal to ride a horse while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Car dealers may not show cars on Sundays.

It is against the law to throw snowballs at people or buildings in Aspen Colorado.

In Vail Colorado, it's illegal to hit obstacles while on skis or a snowboard, making most accidents a crime.

Couches may not be placed on outdoor porches in Boulder Colorado.

It's against the law for a man to kiss a sleeping woman in Logan County Colorado.

It's illegal to let a dandelion grow inside the city limits of Pueblo Colorado.

It's against the law to pick Colorado's state flower, the Colorado Blue Columbine, on public land or without prior consent of a private landowner.

Residents of Louisville Colorado may not own chickens, but they can own up to three turkeys.

Also illegal is herding pigs in public in Boulder Colorado.

It is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your neighbor in Denver Colorado.

Throwing missiles at cars is agains the law in Alamosa Colorado.

I decided to go with this bit of Colorado information for my card's inspiration... The World's first rodeo was held on July 4, 1869 in Deer Trail Colorado.

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Stamp Set: There She Goes Giddy Up stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections 110# Red and 110# White and SU Night of Navy CS and DP from the Paper Studio Yee Haw Paper Pad

Embellishments: Star Brads from unknown vendors

Monday, September 17, 2018

Thanks Again and Again

Sometimes I just need to be able to say Thank You... and I think the CC Designs Thankful Lucy stamp is a great one to use when making thank you cards. She adorable... and fun to color, too.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp: CC Designs Thankful Lucy stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections 110# White and SU Early Espresso and Lemon Lime Twist CS and Reminisce Thank You 2 DP

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Happy Harvest

Our family has loved apple picking expeditions every year for the past several years. There's just something fun about riding the wagon out to the orchard (in the sweltering heat - okay, that part isn't so fun) and picking apples off the trees. Of course we have to sample them, too. YUM!

Our apple orchard of choice is way too far away to enjoy any more. We moved away several years ago. We've found other apple orchards and continue to pick apples ever year, but it's just not the same. LOL! This year we had a reason to be back in the area to visit... so of course we went back to Tanner's! We fed the goats. We ate applesauce donuts and drank apple cider. We sweated due to the sweltering heat. AND... we picked apples!

Happy Harvest!

Speaking of Happy Harvest, I used the Victorine Originals Happy Harvest stamp on my card today, as well as the Victorine Originals Fall Birch Tree stamp. But Shhhhhh!!! For my card, that is NOT a birch tree, it's an APPLE tree, with beautiful apples on it, ripe for the picking.

My card was inspired by this Mood Board Challenge going on at SumMore Fun...

The challenge doesn't end until September 27th, so there's still time to participate. I hope you will!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Rubber Stamps: Victorine Originals Fall Birch Tree and Happy Harvest stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Fun Stampers Journey Hazelnut Blend, Recollections White, and SU Garden Green CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Apple Brads from an unknown vendor