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.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Dazzling Sunflowers

Today is September 15th - the day for a friendly DUEL. The Dueling Darlings are hosted this month by Suzy (Divas) and Deb (Dazzlers) which means the two of them discussed and agreed on a theme. Then they went their separate ways and put together card kits for their respective team members. 

I am a Dazzler, so I received one of Deb's awesome kits.

These were the words from Deb, regarding the kit...

Suzy and I picked Sunflowers for our theme because we just love these little heliotropes of color and think they represent the beginning of FALL. This time of year in Texas the fields are full of sunflowers and are just so bright and inviting.

Have fun with this little bear taking it easy in the sunflowers. Just make a card or 2 and use your favorite sentiment to finish it out.

The kit includes:

Stamp from Stampability - "Hammock Hibernation"
Ink is Memento Tuxedo Black
Designer Paper from Paper Studios - Hobby Lobby
Embellishments are all from my cache of fun things


The only thing of my own that I used for making my card was some cardstock (Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Summer Sun). GASP! I forgot to use a sentiment.

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A Winter Sleigh Ride

Have you been to the Eyelet Outlet online store this week? If not, you may not know there are newly released brads - some darling Christmas ones, a Halloween one, too. Oh such fun!!! Check them out HERE. Oh, and good news... there will be more new ones in the store soon!

It is actually one of the new brads that was the starting point for today's card - the Sleigh! I first thought Christmas, but alas, I didn't have any reindeer to pull my sleigh. However, I did have a horse! Sooooo... I decided to create a winter sleigh ride scene.

The mountain of trees and snow banks is actually three strips of a sparkly washi tape that is also available at Eyelet Outlet. It's called Glitter Winter Wide Washi

I used a strip of the Eyelet Outlet Fancy Long Bling on the left side of my card. The white pearls in it made me think of falling snow.

May this winter bring peace & serenity!

You will notice that I have changed the way I've done my photography today. This is a work in progress... I'll keep trying to find the right fit for both my blog and Instagram. The way I'd been cropping my photos was causing part of the picture not to show when I uploaded to Instagram. So until I figure this out, you'll probably see some changes happening.

And YES, I am still decorating the inside of my card, but since I made the "hinge" of my card at the top instead of the side (to hopefully improve photography), it is more challenging to get a photo of the inside.

I'm a work in progress... I guess I need a sign that reads "Pardon my mess while remodeling." LOL!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Eyelet Outlet Products: Fancy Long Bling, Glitter Winter Wide Washi Tape, Horse/Pony Brads, and Sleigh Brads

Sentiment: Unity Winter Blessings stamped with Memento Paris Dusk Ink

Papers: Recollections 110# Red and 110# White and SU Ballet Blue and Brilliant Blue CS and DP from the Paper Studio Winter Wonderland Paper Pad

Friday, September 14, 2018

Thank You

I love coloring flowers. That's probably no surprise.. since I often have flower cards on my blog.

This beautiful flower stamped image is from Simon Says Stamps. The stamp set is called Mandy's Flowers. It not only has this gorgeous flower image, but also a few others. One of my favorites is a bouquet of tulips in a mason jar. You can be sure you'll be seeing a card on my blog soon featuring it. The set also has a picket fence and several sentiments.

I love the sentiments - including a gorgeous "Thank You"  - but it wouldn't fit on my card the way I wanted it to, so instead I used a single stamp that I have. It's a Stampin' UP! stamp, but I got it second-hand somewhere and have no idea what stamp set it came with

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Set: Simon Says Stamps Mandy's Flowers and Stampin' UP! Sentiment stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Cameo Coral CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Skinny Washi Tape, Michael's Washi Tape, and Michael's Rhinestones

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Eat Pie and Give Thanks

Every Thursday here on my blog, I have the privilege of showcasing a stamp set from The Project Bin. It truly is an honor since I love their stamps! AND... Denise (the owner) is the sweetest woman to work with!

I used the Eat Pie stamp set this week.

Here's a close up photo to show the bling

Here's the inside of my card:

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Stamp Set: The Project Bin Eat Pie stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Fun Stampers Journey Hazelnut Blend, Recollections White, and SU Pumpkin Pie CS and DP from the DCWV Halloween & Fall Paper Stack

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Good Shepherd

The Bible Art Journaling group on SCS has a monthly theme. This month the theme is The Names of Christ.

WOW! There is so much to choose from... but one of my favorites is the imagery of Him as our Good Shepherd. 

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.

John 10:11-16 New Living Translation (NLT)

Christ: The Good Shepherd

I do occasionally cover up the Scripture in my Bible, but I try not. Because the stamp I wanted to use was too large to fit in the margin of my journaling Bible, I used a piece of Parchment Paper and made a tip-in for this BAJ page. It is possible to read the scripture through the parchment (even though the picture doesn't look like it is), but it's also possible to lift the tip-in page and reveal the bare page.

To get a better view of the artwork, I took this picture with a piece of white paper behind the Parchment Paper, just for photography purposes...

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Stampin' UP! The Gift of Love stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Fiskars Parchment Paper and a scrap of DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Letter Stickers and Washi Tape from unknown vendors