Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Celebrate Your Day

There's a new challenge today at Craftaholics R Us. The theme is going to be super easy... so easy, in fact, that you'll have absolutely no reason not to participate. Its....

Anything Goes

Yep, anything!

Since I could make literally anything I wanted to for the challenge, I made a birthday card. Why? Because I've been giving Birthday cards to a church in our association for their card ministry so I now need a lot of Birthday cards.

This one was extremely easy; I stamped a sentiment and used some gorgeous designer paper to go with it. It actually looks quite bold.

Another sentiment inside and we're finished.

I hope you'll participate in the Craftaholics "Anything Goes" Challenge!

March 21 - 27

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Supplies Used

Stamps: PTI Signature Greetings and SU Sky Is the Limit stamped with Catherine Pooler Rockin' Red Ink

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

Embellishments: Oriental Trading Enamel Dots

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Personal Challenge 2018 - Week 12

These States  of the Union cards/posts are some of my favorites. I love traveling - virtually - to one of our United States and learning some things in the journey. Then, I think of a way to be inspired to make a card in some way based on one of the things I discovered.

I've been doing these in the order the states attained statehood. This is the twelfth week of the year and the twelfth state to attain statehood was...

North Carolina
Date of Statehood: November 21, 1789

Here are some of the things I unearthed about North Carolina...

North Carolina’s most common nickname is the “Tar Heel State.” Historians don’t quite know how it got the moniker, but they think it might stem from the state’s legacy as a leading producer of tar, pitch, rosin, and turpentine.

The Wright Brothers tested various prototypes for a flying machine in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, because the remote location provided them with privacy, soft grounds, and steady winds. In 1903, the siblings finally achieved their dream of building a heavier-than-air flying machine with their Wright Flyer. Today, North Carolina license plates boast that their state was “First In Flight”—a claim that rankles Ohio residents, who argue that the Wright Brothers mostly lived and worked in their state.

Asheville is home to America's largest mansion, the Biltmore Estate, which ws built by wealthy railroad scion George Washington Vanderbilt II in the late 19th century. It attracts tourists from around the world to see enjoy its winery, lush grades, and French chateau-inspired architecture.

In 1954, a Fayetteville, North Carolina resident named Don Clayton created Putt-Putt golf as a no-frills alternative to windmill-filled, obstacle-ridden mini-golf courses.

In 1983, one of the worlds most famous soft drinks was born in New Bern, North Carolina. A drugstore clerk named Caleb Bradham invented Pepsi, which he originally called “Brad’s Drink.” The former doctor-in-training believed his syrupy concoction aided digestion, and re-named the drink “Pepsi-Cola ” in 1898 after the word “dyspepsia.”

Tanglewood Park's annual Festival of Lights alone is enough to make a North Carolina trip worthwhile. Their truly elaborate Christmas  lights are nothing short of magical.

Thanks to its rich land and mild climate, North Carolina produces more sweet potatoes than any other state. There has even been a petition to make the sweet potato the official state vegetable. 

In 1937, a man named Vernon Rudolph established the Small, Winston-Salem based business that  would eventually balloon into one of the world's biggest pastry behemoths: Krispy Kreme doughnuts. 

Babe Ruth hit his first home run in Fayetteville on March 7th 1914.

Cape Hatteras is the largest lighthouse to ever be moved due to erosion.

Cabarrus County, North Carolina, is the site of America’s original gold rush.

The University of North Carolina was the first US public university to graduate a class.

If you're not eating a biscuit with every meal, you're not doing it right, at least by North Carolina standards. No one does biscuits better than they do. It's the perfect breakfast with jam, the perfect lunch with ham and cheese, and the perfect side for dinner.

And what about these strange North Carolina laws...

... It's against the law to sing off-key. (I'm in BIG trouble!)

... It is a felony to steal more than $1000 of grease.

... Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields.

... All couples staying overnight in a hotel must have a room with double beds that are at least two feet apart.

... Organizations may not hold their meetings while the members present are in costume and/or wearing masks.

... In Charlotte, women must have their bodies covered with at least 16 yards of fabric at all times.

... It's against the law to borrow your neighbor's dog.

... Riding a bicycle while not holding onto both handlebars is against the law.

Now, for this week's card. 

I've decided to go with this bit of North Carolina information for my card's inspiration...The state produces between 15 - 20% of the nation's real Christmas trees, including the popular North Carolina Fraser Fir.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamps: Unity Old Traditions (truck) and Unity Love Bug Christmas (sentiment) stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections White and SU Cucumber Crush and Real Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Gina Marie Enamel Dots and Ribbon Boutique Ribbon

Monday, March 19, 2018

You Take the Cake

I can hardly believe that we are currently in the 45th round of the Mystery Image swap. WOW! That's a long time with every-other-month creating. Barb is the hostess of this round. She lives close to what I refer to as the "Whipper Snapper Store" which is really Creative Pals... so she has access to all of those amazing stamps! Let me tell you... I've been to Creative Pals and if you're ever in the Milwaukee area (Brookfield), you should go. It is an amazing store!!! But I digress.

Barb chose the Whipper Snapper stamp Take the Cake Turtle for this round's image.

On the inside of my card I used a wood-mounted stamp I got at Hobby Lobby during their huge purge this past month. There is no company name on it... I sure wish I could give appropriate credit. (Stamp companies really should include their name on the wooden blocks!)

I love this sentiment stamp!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Image (provided by Barb): Whipper Snapper Take the Cake stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on 110# White CS (I colored it with my Copics)

Sentiment: from an unknown vendor

Papers: SU Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi CS and DO from the Recollections Home Basics Paper Pad

Embellishments: American Crafts Ribbon, Martha Stewart Seam Binding, and Stickles Glitter Glue

Sunday, March 18, 2018

You Old Bird

There are so many humorous stamps available. Every time I scroll through Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or the SCS Gallery I discover one or more cards that just crack me up.

And now... for the next two weeks... I'm going to see humorous cards at International Art & Soul!

March 18 - 31
Theme: Humor/Humorous

I hope you'll participate!

I thought this was  a good excuse to use my 
"Squawk" stamp set from Your Next Stamp:

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Your Next Stamp Squawk stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Paper: Recollections White and SU Gray and Yo Yo Yellow CS and DP from my scrap file

Stencil/Ink: My Favorite Things Sun Ray Stencil and SU Daffodil Delight Ink

Embellishments: Gina Marie Designs Enamel Dots

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Scrap It!

If you come to my blog very often - and read my supply list - you'll find that often times I use "DP from my scrap file". I own lots and lots and LOTS of DP (paper pads and loose pages) but I tend to go to my scrap file first to see if there is something that will work in there. It just seems to be the way I create.

Anyway, that works well for this week's Sweet Stampin' Challenge! The theme is...

Use Your Paper Scraps

So I did.

There isn't anything on this card that wasn't a partial piece of paper when I started, even the card base was left over from a previous card.

I hope you'll participate in the "Use Your Paper Scraps" Challenge!

March 17 - 23

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Supplies Used

Stamps: Whipper Snapper Birthday Gopher and SU Happy Birthday stamped with Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Embellishments: Offray Ribbon and Brads from an unknown vendor

Friday, March 16, 2018

Surf's Up!

I love the beach... the sun, the sound of the surf, building sandcastles and gathering seashells. Pure joy! I've never been surfing, but I have spent countless hours watching others do so... and I've loved riding the waves on floats.

So today I'm going to the beach. (I wish!) In my dreams, and on my card I will go to the beach.

Eyelet Outlet Products featured on this beach card:

The beach/sand is actually three layers - I tore the edges of each piece. The top one was torn so the white shows (to create the surf crashing onto the sandy shore). The other two were torn so the white didn't show, since the waves would crash that high up on the beach.

Here's the inside of my card:

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Supplies Used

Eyelet Outlet Brads: Flip Flop, Sea Shore, Shell Corner, Sun/Clouds, and Sunglass

Stamp Set:Verve Learning to Sail stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Paper: Recollections Black and White and SU Marina Mist CS and AMuse Studio DP, as well as some DP from my scrap file

Thursday, March 15, 2018

In All the World...

I have two blog posts today. If you're here to see the Dueling Darling post, you can go directly there by clicking HERE. However, I really hope you'll also look at this blog post. It features one of the newer stamp sets at The Project Bin - Deer Mom - which is perfect for the upcoming Mother's Day, or any time you want to honor Mom.

Oh... and Denise (the owner/designer at The Project Bin) is also the Featured Stamper on Splitcoaststampers this week... so that's part of this post, too.

There are so many great sentiment stamps in the Deer Mom stamp set. It was difficult for me to choose which one to use first.

As I mentioned, Denise is the Featured Stamper on SCS... so I snooped around in her gallery to find a card to CASE. I went with the one found HERE. Her card is stunning!!! Mine is pitiful. But in honor of Denise and her awesome creativity, I'm going to link it to the Featured Stamper thread.

You really do need to look at Denise's card, fact, look at her entire gallery. Don't let my pitiful one scare you away.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used - Deer Mom Card

Stamp Set: The Project Bin Deer Mom stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections White and SU Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy CS and American Crafts The Color of Memories DP

Die: Sizzix Mini Globe

Embellishments: Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

Supplies Used - Denise's CASE Card

Stamp Set: The Project Bin Wise Men stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Recollections 110# Blue and SU Creamy Caramel CS and DP from the DCWV Travel Stack

Embellishments: Amuse Studio Flower, Michael's Dollar Spot Flower,  Oriental Trading Globe Brad, and Brads from unknown vendors

Hippo Bird-Day

The Dueling Darlings have a little DUEL going on today. The 15th of every month it's the Divas vs. the Dazzlers. A hostess from each team get their heads together and choose a theme, then individually/secretly make kits for their respective team members using that theme. This month we have Judy (Divas) and Donna (Dazzlers) hosting... and it's a very special round because it is Donna's first time as a hostess. GO DONNA! I'm excited that you're the Dazzlers' hostess, in part because I got to play with your kit.

The theme that Judy and Donna came up with is...


Donna's kit included the following items:

Images/sentiments from Art Impressions Wine Diva stamped on Neenah Crest Solar White CS

Images/sentiments from My Favorite Things Happy Hippos stamped on Neenah Crest Solar White CS

My Favorite Things die cut of Happy Birthday Circle

4 pieces of designer paper: Paper Studio (balloons and a flowered piece) and two different plaids from unknown vendors

Embellishments: 3 yellow brads, 1 small clothespin, 1 section of Floral Garden Diamond Wrap, 15 inches of Doodlebug twine, 15 inches of shimmery ribbon (vendor unknown) and 5 sequin stars


The only thing of my own that I used to make this card was some SU cardstock (Garden Green and More Mustard) for the base and layering.

I really appreciated the fact that Donna gave us a non-alcohol option. I used the MFT Happy Hippos images/sentiments she sent... and love them!

I hope I did okay... and Donna likes my card! 

Be sure to head over to the Diva and Dazzler blogs to see what they made. You'll find links to them in my left sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

God's Worth Is Truth

The Bible Art Journaling group on SCS has a different theme each month. This month's theme is Truth - God's Worth Is Truth.

For my page I stamped directly onto the Bible page, something I rarely do. I masked the actual Scripture with post it notes so that the ink would not cover them.

And I didn't prep the pages first. There was shadowing on the backside of the page, but no bleeding, which made me happy.

Every word of God proves true.
He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.
Do not add to his words, 
or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.
Proverbs 30:5-6

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Supplies Used

Stamps: CC Designs Bible and Inky Antics This Is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Crayola Colored Pencils

Washi Tape from unknown vendors

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Personal Challenge 2018 - Week 11

This is Tuesday - traveling Tuesday - time for my States of the Union Challenge. This is the 11th week of the year so this week I researched the 11th state to attain statehood...

New York
Date of Statehood: July 2, 1788

Adirondack Park covers more territory than Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier and Everglades National Parks combined.

A little over 8 million people live in New York City. That means 1 in every 38 people in the United States calls New York City home.

Oysters were so popular in New York in the 19th century that the shells were used to pave Pearl Street in New York City. They were also used for lime for the masonry of the Trinity Church.

New York was the first state to require license plates on automobiles.

There’s a secret train station below the Waldorf Astoria.

Every year, 14 million tourists visit Niagara Falls.

New York has over 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.

There is not a single Walmart store in New York City.

Here are a few strange laws in New York...

... A license must be purchased before hanging clothes on a clothesline.

... Citizens may not greet each other by “putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers”.

... Women may go topless in public, providing it is not being used as a business

... A man can’t go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that do not match.

... Donkeys are not allowed to sleep in bathtubs.

... A person may not walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in his/her pocket. 

.... It is against the law to take a selfie with a tiger.

... You may not walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in your pocket.

... It is against the law to throw a ball at someone’s face for fun.

The largest gold storage in the world is in the basement of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. About 60 countries use the facility to store their gold.

The state of New York has 1,300 museums and galleries, 64 performing art centers, and 230 theaters, as well as more than 400 golf courses and 55 downhill ski areas.

 Following the success of the New York City's hugely popular High Line, an elevated public park built on an abandoned freight railway line on Manhattan's West Side, there are now plans to build the world's first underground park. The Lowline will hopefully be completed by 2021.

I've decided to go with this bit of New York information for my card's inspiration... The first pizzeria in the United States opened in NYC in 1895. 

I rounded the corners on the image piece (and didn't layer it either) so it would look sort of like a coaster.

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Sugar Pea Designs Pizza My Heart stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Cherry Cobbler CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Monday, March 12, 2018

Curling Up with a Good Book

Today's card is the one I made for this month's Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge. I love participating each month... and then after the first of the following month, I get really excited to see what image will show up in my inbox for that month. This month's image is called Cat in Bookshelf. If you didn't participate last month and therefore didn't get it for free, don't despair. You can purchase it HERE... and then, when you play along this month, you too will receive next month's image for free.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Digital Stamp: Gerda Steiner Designs Cat in Bookshelf colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Archiver's Brown, Recollections White, and SU Bravo Burgundy CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Brads and XOXO from unknown vendors

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Love You More

Oh my goodness!

oh. my. goodness.

I've been hearing all the rave and thought I needed to check this out for myself.

Stampers on FB keep raving about Catherine Pooler inks. They say the coverage is amazing. That the colors are rich and beautiful. That... that... that...

So... I watched a few YouTube videos and then placed an order. I started small. I ordered the Midnight one, since it is a Copic-friendly and I also ordered one color - Rockin' Red (which I've not yet used, but to my defense, the order just arrived a couple of days ago). Today's card is the first time I used the Midnight. WOW! Look at how beautifully the image is stamped! First time.

This stamp is an older wood-mounted stamp in my collection. I've found that in the past year or so I rarely use my wood mounted stamps, instead opting for the cling-mounted and clear ones so I can use my stamping platforms and have the opportunity to re-ink a second (or third) time, if needed, for complete coverage. I thought using a wood-mounted stamp with this ink would be the ultimate test.

Oh my goodness! oh. my. goodness. It passed the test with flying colors!

The only down side to the Catherine Pooler Midnight ink is it does slightly stain the stamp... but I knew that before I used it. Catherine Pooler openly says that. That's okay, though... since it stamps so beautifully.

Yep, now I'm one of those people - raving about Catherine Pooler ink (and I've only used it once).

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamps: Whipper Snapper Designs The Big Cheese and Penny Black More Than Cheese stamped with Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Sahara Sand CS and all other papers from my scrap file

Embellishment: Heart-Shaped Brad from an unknown vendor