Thursday, July 20, 2017

Read Any Good Mysteries Lately?


The Mystery Image swap group on SCS swaps every other month and this month is our 41st round. WOW! We've been at this a long time.

Terry is the hostess this round which means she got to choose the image we all used on our cards. She also sent a sentiment. THANK YOU Terry! I loved the stamps you used!

Here's the card I made:





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Image/Sentiment (provided by Terry): MFT Here's the Story - I colored the image with my Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and Red CS and Crate Paper Love Notes double-sided DP

Embellishments: Greenbrier International Dots and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mid-Week Joy Report


NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day. If you're interested in seeing the Ready, Set, Go post either keep scrolling (it's my next blog post) or simply go HERE.


It's time for my Mid-Week Joy report, but truthfully, I'm typing this post way early since at the time this blog post goes live here on my blog, I will be in the Dominican Republic. I am on a mission trip, helping to staff their Vacation Bible School as well as being involved in some other ministry projects. I'm certain it is a JOY-filled week!



Before I left, I worked to get cards made and blog posts scheduled. I made 11 cards this week (which really means in 3 days time. WOW!

The card on my blog today was inspired by a chapter in the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing.












Chapter 29
Attitude is Half the Battle


Elizabeth recalls that she was never a very good athlete. She attempted various sports and discovered that cross-country was her favorite in High School. She never came close to winning, but she never gave up trying.

Her coach ("who wasn't known for his praise") pulled her aside one day and told her she wasn't very fast and her form needed some work. BUT what she did have, he said, was a willingness to keep running. He could always count on her to be in the race, with a smile on her face.

I call that determination.




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Stamps: Unity Determination stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections White and Stampin' UP! Night of Navy and Read Red CS and DP from the DCWV Year Round Paper Pad

Embellishments: Oriental Trading Washi Tape and Brads from an unknown vendor

Ready Set Go X3


It's time for round three of the Ready, Set, Go challenges. In May, Kelly challenge the three of us to create using the newest stamp/set we've purchased AND the stamp set from our oldest post in the SCS Gallery (or the oldest one that we still own the stamp set). Then in June, Barb challenges us to add something that begins with an R (ready), S (set), and G (go) to our card.

Yes, you've guessed it. This month I got to choose the theme. We all three just happened to establish our SCS galleries in 2008, so I challenged us to go back and find our 8th entry (to represent 2008) and CASE that card. I assured them the CASE could be anything - color scheme, images, sketch, whatever... just tell us how they CASE'd the card.

I'm so excited to see what Barb and Kelly came up with.


Interestingly, when I went back to look at my 8th card, I discovered some things.

First, my photography was AWFUL!!! (Blurry, blurry, blurry!)

Second, I loved DP even then. (Truthfully, I remember being afraid to use DP for a long time in my cards. I collected it, hoarded it, but often times cringed at the thought of actually using it.)

Third, the picture is pretty blurry so it's difficult to tell what coloring medium I used, but I know I didn't color the image with Copics because I didn't own them then.

AND... I still own the stamps I used on the card.


Here is my CASE of the 8th card in my SCS Gallery:



Obviously I used the same stamps, but I also used the color lavender/plum. That's not a color I use very often. I added a lot of green to it, too... kind of like that color scheme. And I also used two white brads for embellishment, just like in my original card.





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Supplies Used

Stamps: Whipper Snapper Daisy Teacup Mouse and Penny Black My Cup of Tea stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers and a Gelly Roll Gel Pen

Sponging: Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Papers: Recollections White and Stampin' UP! Perfect Plum and Wild Wasabi CS and DP from the Recollections Bold Basics Paper Pad

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Try Something New with Napkins


While on Facebook one day I heard the rave about using napkins in Bible Journaling. It involves using Gesso and paper napkins with a pretty design/image on them. I wanted to give it a try, but was hesitant to do so in my Bible without first trying it somewhere else. So... I did it on a card.

But... I messed up.

I didn't realize there is clear Gesso. I had Gesso and thought it was what they were talking about. Then, when I used it, I discovered it really dulls the image... so I'm thinking I was supposed to use clear Gesso. I guess I'll be making a trip to the big box Craft store before I try this technique again.

It doesn't show up real well, but I add a little bit of Stickles on the outline of the poinsettia to give it a bit of definition and sparkle.





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Sentiment: Stampin' UP! stamped with Memento Cottage Ivy Ink

Image: Napkin from an unknown vendor

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

Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones and Stickles Glitter Glue

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sea Shells


Don't you just love sea shells?  I have fond memories of going to the beach as a child and gathering sea shells. I loved placing the large ones up to my ear so I could "hear the ocean." Bliss!

This card features Frantic Stamper Precision Dies.









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Supply List

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies: Nautilus Shell #FRA-DIE-09925 and Shell Edger #FRA-DIE-10251

Papers: Recollections and Stampin' UP! CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Clear Enamel Dots and Washi tape, both from unknown vendors

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Treasure


I love the treasure chest items in the July Frantic Stamper release. I see so many fabulous options for using them - and look forward to creating with them again soon. (I even have an idea to use them in my Bible Journaling).




Frantic Stamper Products Used:






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Image: Frantic Stamper You're a Treasure Stamp Set #FRA-CL-077 stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Dies: Frantic Stamper Treasure Stamp Matchers #FRA-DIE-10260

Papers: Stampin' UP! Daffodil Delight and Dapper Denim CS and DP from the Cosmo Cricket Salt Air Paper Pad

Embellishments: Stickles Glitter Glue and Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Darlings and Shakespeare


Are you ready for this month's Dueling Darlings duel? I've been anticipating this day for some time now. Let's duel!

Paola and Heather are the hosts this month, so they put their heads together and came up with a theme. Then they each put together kits and mailed them out to the respective team members. I'm a Dazzler, so I received one of Paola's kits. WOW! It was full of awesome stuff. THANK Paola! And thanks to both of you for being the DDD hosts this month.

The theme they chose is....

Midsummer Night's Dream
The theme was taken from Shakespeare, 
but also a reflections of the time of year it is
After all, we are smack dab in the middle of summer


Paola's kit included the following items...

DESIGNER PAPER : 
Graphic45 ( Nature Sketchbook Collection)
* Flora Fascination # 4501476
* Wildflower Bouquet # 4501478
* The Sprinkling Limited Edition Colors c/s stack
STAMPS:
Fairy Sweet by Penny Black ( illustrated by M.Manning) 
Maple Leaf by SU 
Sentiments( sm) by Inkadinkado ( lrg) by Great Impression E655
ACCESSORIES:
* turquoise deco dots and tourquise candy floss by American Crafts
* grosgrain ribbon by SU
* red sheer ribbon ; turquoise jewels ; Bazzil flower blossoms - From my stash
* red and green foliage dies and fairy post die - From my dies' collection


The Dazzlers also had the option of finding/using their own fairy type of image. I found mine as a freebie coloring page on trafic-booster.biz.




As an extra challenge - in celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday, we were asked to include the maple leaf somewhere on our cards.  We were also asked to share what Shakespeare quote we use the most... so I looked and looked and looked and truthfully I couldn't find a Shakespeare quote that I use all that often. But I did find one that is a reflections of my personality in Shakespeare's Hamlet. "To thine own self be true." I've always been an individual who lived my life according to my principles, my goals, etc. I am not one who struggles with what others think. I march to my own drum.





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In addition to Paola's kit, I used the free Fairy image I found and the following card stock: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Old Olive