Friday, July 20, 2018

A Guiding Light at the Sea

I love lighthouses! Love - love - LOVE lighthouses. They are so majestic looking. Therefore I was really excited when I received the images for the Mystery Image card swap. Darlene, the hostess this round, gave me the opportunity to create a lighthouse card. 

My card is quite simple, the colors very subtle. But I think this allows the lighthouse to be the focus of the card, which is the look I was going for. 

I hope Darlene and the other swappers like my card!

Darlene, thank you for being a fabulous hostess!

I love the seagull brad that I added to my card - it's from Eyelet Outlet.

That's washi tape at the bottom. Subtle but fun! 
I even added a strip of it to the inside of my card:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Image (provided by Darlene): Stampendous Beacon of Light (I colored it with Copic Markers)

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Sahara Sand CS and Paper Studio White Linen DP

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Seagull Brads and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Squeeze the Day!

I could not pick just one favorite stamp set at The Project Bin - there are way too many of them that I absolutely love. That being said, the one I used for today's cards is one of my many favorites. 

And it even comes with a coordinating die!

How fun is that?

I used two of the stamps to create a designer paper for the left side of my card. I really like how the turned out.

Here's the inside of my card:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: The Project Bin Yello! stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Pumpkin Pie CS and DP from the DCWV Basic Stack Paper Pad

Embellishment: Craft Smart Ribbon


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Project Bin and Word Art Wednesday

Please note: This is my second blog post of the day. This is also the day for the Ready Set Go! Challenge post and it immediately follows this post... or you can go directly to it by going HERE.

It is with great excitement that I post this card. It features a stamp from the #bff set at The Project Bin. The color combination is both bold and soft - I think the pink with black and white is a nice look. 

And no, this isn't Thursday, which is my normal day to post cards for The Project Bin. The reason is a good one.

The Project Bin is sponsoring the current round of Word Art Wednesday Challenge. The challenge lasts two weeks (July 18 - 31) so you have plenty of time to participate! And Word Art Wednesday Challenges are always Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly and uses an encouraging, uplifting sentiment. That being said, Word Art Wednesday also shares a freebie scripture image for your use, if you'd like to use it.

I hope you'll participate in 
that is sponsored by The Project Bin

July 18 - 31
Prizes Available

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: The Project Bin #bff stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Recollections 110# White CS

Papers: Recollections Black, 110# Pink and 110# White CS and Paper Pizazz Multi Rose, Paper Studio Diagonal Spot, and Polka Dot (from my scrap file) DP

Embellishments: Recollections Enamel Dots


More Than I Can Bear

This is the third Wednesday of July... and third Wednesdays of each month are very special. They are the days that Kelly, Barb, and I post our Ready, Set, Go! Challenge cards. This month I am the host which simply means I chose the theme. You might remember, these themes are supposed to be a little more challenging than the average challenge. I like to refer to them as Extreme Themes.

I had so much fun with last month's theme that I decided to go in a similar direction this month. If you missed seeing last month's post, you can find it HERE.

Here's my theme...

Ready Set Go – July

I think last month’s theme was great… thanks Barb!!!... so I’m going to piggy back on that a wee bit.

This month is also going to require some research. This time we’re going to pose questions to each other in alphabetical order…


… so Barb will ask Jeanette, Jeanette will ask Kelly, and Kelly will ask Barb.

The questions are not the same as last month though, and obviously the person giving the answers knows the answers will be the basis for a card, so it’s not quite as random as last month. Here are the three questions to ask your person:

1. What is your favorite season? 

2. What is the first word that comes to mind when I say the word “Fun!”?

3. What is your favorite embellishment to use when making cards?

Now, use the answers you got to create a card.

So, you might remember (or maybe you peeked in the link above).... my husband gave me a very challenging response for one of the questions last month (pick a holiday or occasion - Labor Day). Kelly's husband gave her an equally challenging answer to the same question (Groundhog's Day). That may be the reason Kelly went so easy on me this month. Or it might just be because she is so kind and thoughtful - which she is.

In any case, here are her answers to this month's three questions...

Favorite season: Winter
Something fun (in winter): ice skating!
Fave embellishment: enamel dots!

Kelly, thank you for making my 
card-making easy for this theme!

Now, let's head over to Kelly's blog and Barb's blog to see what they made for this month's Ready, Set, Go! theme!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: My Favorite Things Polar Bear Pals stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Pool Party CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Glitter Enamel Dots

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Personal Challenge 2018 - Week 29

This is the 29th 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 29th one to attain statehood) is...

Date of Statehood: December 28, 1846

Here are some things I discord about Iowa...

The state is comprised of 92 percent farmland.

At 2.4 billion bushels, Iowa produces the most corn of any state, and even more corn than some countries.

There are more hogs than humans in Iowa. As of 2013, the state’s hog population was 21.2 million animals, whereas the human population was just north of three million.

There are around 67 million chickens living in Iowa. That means there are more chickens living in Iowa than there are people living in California and Texas combined - and those are the two most populous states in the country. And to bring that into perspective, those hens produce close to 15 billion eggs a year. 

More than25 percent of the state’s electricity comes from wind power. That’s the result of more than 3200 wind turbines, the highest concentration in the country. The state hopes to up that to 40 percent by 2020.

Iowa has more golf courses per capita than any other state in the U.S.

Otto Frederick Rohwedder was apparently fed up with trying to cram hand-sliced pieces of bread into a toaster, so in 1912, he invented a device that would cut bread into consistently-sized slices. Unfortunately, Rohwedder's fantastic invention was destroyed in a fire before it could be unleashed on the world. It took him some time to refine and rebuild, so sliced bread wasn't commercially available until 1928.

Though the 1995 movie was based on a book of fiction by Robert James Waller, the setting for The Bridges of Madison County is real. There were originally 19 covered bridges from the 1800s in the county, but only six remain today. The one pictured is the Holliwell Bridge that was prominently featured in the movie.

Iowa is home to the National Hobo Convention which takes place every year in Britt, Iowa.

The Iowa 80 in Walcott is the world's largest truck stop.

Quaker Oats, in Cedar Rapids, is the largest cereal company in the world.

The land-locked state is home to an island city, Sabula (pop. 576), which is just one mile long and a quarter of a mile wide. It wasn’t actually an island until 1939, when the construction of a lock and dam system flooded the lowlands west of the town.

Clear Lake, Iowa, is where "the music died." Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson all died when their plane crashed into a field there in 1959. Waylon Jennings, who was part of Holly's band at the time, was supposed to be on the flight, but gave his seat to an ailing Richardson. Jennings took a bus instead, and Holly jokingly told him he hoped he would freeze on the bus. "I hope your ol' plane crashes," Jennings joked back—and it haunted him ever since.

Actor Rob Lowe was playing in a PGA Pro-Am celebrity golf tournament in West Des Moines when a golf ball he had just hit struck and killed a goldfinch in mid-flight. Actuaries actually calculated the odds of him going to Iowa and killing the state bird with a golf ball: 1 in 747 million.

RAGBRAI, which takes place in Iowa, is the largest bike touring event in the world. Since 1973, the Des Moines Register has sponsored the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. The week-long event takes cyclists from the Missouri River on the west side of Iowa to the Mississippi River on the east border. Routes change every year—since its inception, routes have covered 780 Iowa towns in all 99 counties. Though there was a time when more than 23,000 people participated in certain legs of the ride, it’s now limited to 8,500 for the whole week-long ride. 

Here are some Iowa laws worth noting...

One-armed piano players must perform for free.

A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public.

Kisses may not last more than five minutes.

Within the Ottumwa city limits, a man may not wink at any woman he does not know.

Ministers must obtain a permit to carry their liquor across state lines.

Any hotel in the Dubuque city limits must have a water bucket and a hitching post in front of the building.

Horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants in Marshalltown.

One must obtain written permission from the City Council before throwing bricks onto a Mount Vernon highway.

I've decided to go with this bit of Iowa information for my card's inspiration... Campers and motor homes are manufactured in Winnebago County. They're called Winnebago's.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Stampendous Campground stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Fun Stampers Journey Summer Days CS, AMuse Studio Polkadot DP and DP from the Paper Studio Pink Lemonade Paper Pad

Die: Papertrey Ink On the Road

Embellishments: Rhinestones from unknown vendors

Monday, July 16, 2018

Trucking Along

I inked up one of the new stamp sets at Eyelet Outlet and had so much fun with it that I made three cards!


We're Friends for the Long Haul
Eyelet Outlet products:

You're Going Places
Eyelet Outlet products:

And my personal favorite of the three...
Thought You Could Use a Little Pick-Up

Why is it my favorite? 
I love the fact that the Police have pulled over Little Red Truck 
but he Keeps on Smiling anyway!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

SUPPLIES USED (in addition to the Eyelet Outlet products listed in my blog post)

We're Friends for the Long Haul Card

Paper: Recollections Black and White and SU Crushed Curry CS and DP from my scrap file

You're Going Places Card

Paper: Recollections White and SU Early Espresso and Pumpkin Pie CS and DP from my scrap file

Thought You Could Use a Little Pick-Up Card

Paper: Recollections Red and 110# White and SU Night of Navy CS and AMuse Studio Clouds and DCWV Boyhood Stack DP 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Happy BEE day!

Today is Duel Day - the day the Dueling Darlings post this month's cards. This month we're hosted by Terry S (Divas) and Terry A (Dazzlers). They chose the theme...


After choosing the theme, each hostess puts together theme-appropriate kits and mails them to her respective team members. I'm a Dazzler, so Terry A sent me one of her kits. And WHAT AN AWESME kit it was!


The Kit contained the following items...

Images (some die-cut): Hero Arts Busy as a Bee stamped on Neenah Solar White CS with Versamark Black Ink

Papers: Paper Studio DP, SU Hexagon Hive Die used on SU Hello Honey CS, SU Hexagons Dynamic used on Simon Says Vellum, and Paper Studio Gold Doily

Embellishments: Jolee's Boutique Black Adhesive Gems, Paper Studio White Round Gems, Dress It Up Bee Happy Button, SU Yellow Brads, Paper Studio Yellow Twine, and SU Black Grosgrain Ribbon

The only thing of my own that I used to make my card was Black and White CS and some Stickles Glitter Glue (for the wings). I colored the images with my Copic Markers.

Terry A sent several sentiments in her kit, but since I give birthday cards to a church card ministry I'm always needing Birthday cards. Therefore I went with the "happy bee-day" sentiment... however I do fear they will think it says beer day. EEK! (That wouldn't be good for a church's card ministry, would it???)

Here is my card:

Be sure to head to the other Dueling Darling blogs to see their BEE creations. You'll find links to their blogs in my left side bar.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!