Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I'm a Lucky Duck

Kelly started the Ready Set Go group some time ago and invited Barb and me to join her. The premise is we really "stretch" ourselves with the themes for these monthly challenges. Each month one of us chooses the theme. This month was my turn. These were my instructions...

 My theme will require you to do a little detective work. Go to the blogs of the other two members of RSG (not your own blog, just the other two) and find the blog post that is on (or closest to) the 17th of January 2017. (If there is a blog post on the 17th, you need to choose that one, if not choose the once closest to that date.) The challenge is going to be to make a card that somehow CASEs those TWO cards. For instance, you might choose the color scheme of one of the cards and the sketch/layout of the other... Or you might use the types of embellishments found on one card while you use an image similar to the one on the other card. The choice is yours, but you must pull something from both of the cards... and be sure to tell us what it is, because truthfully, we may not readily notice what it is without you telling us.

Barb didn't have a card on her blog on the 17th of January, 2017. The closest entry she had was the next day, January 18, 2017. You can see it by going HERE. Kelly had a card on January 17, 2017. You can see it by going HERE.

From Barb's card I decided to CASE the "ducky". After all, ducks always bring a smile to my face. From Kelly's card I CASE'd the black/white polka dots.

I also really like the saying on this card because I feel very lucky to have friends like Barb and Kelly!

Now, let's head over to Barb's blog and Kelly's blog to see what they did with the Ready Set Go theme.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp/Die Set: Gerda Steiner Designs Lucky Duck stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Tag Die: CC Designs Holiday Tag

Embellishments: Offray Ribbon, Target Bakers Twine and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I {Heart} This Sweet Panda

One of my favorite projects each month is the one I make for the Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge. I love this challenge because I always feel like a winner. Sure, one lucky persons wins the $15 prize, but everyone who participates will get the next month's image for FREE... which is also winning, if you ask me.

This month's image is the sweetest! He's called Panda in Love, which seems so appropriate with all those hearts surrounding the little guy.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Image: Gerda Steiner Designs Panda in Love colored with Copic Markers, Gel Pens, and Colored Pencils

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

Embellishment: Brad from an unknown vendor

Monday, January 15, 2018

It Happened One Snowy Day

It is the 15th of January so it's time for a friendly Duel.... the Dueling Darlings are hosted by LJ (Divas) and Darlene (Dazzlers). They come up with something new and unique for this month's duel. I was quite impressed. Way to go, LJ and Darlene!

We've actually been dueling for so long now that it's getting more challenging to come up with themes than it was in the early days. ;)

Here's the instructions Darlene included in the Dazzler's kits... "LJ and I took a different path for January's Duel, I hope that you are feeling creative. It's the start of  whole new year, and we thought you could make c calendar page for the front of your card." Isn't that fun!?!?!

Now,  wish I could say I like my card (I don't) but I do like the theme and the gorgeous items Darlene sent, too! Thank you, Darlene!

As a little extra something Darlene asked us to share some special January "days" in our posts. The only one in our family is a very important one - our daughter was born on January 9th (in the midst of a snow storm!).

Be sure to head over to the other Dueling Darling blogs (Divas and Dazzlers can both be found in my left side bar) and see what they made, too!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Darlene's Kit
Laser printed calendar on SU Whisper White
DCWV "At Home" (black paper)
DCWV "Hitting' the Books" (silver)

From my Stash
SU Bashful Blue CS
Great Impressions "Let It Snow" stamped with Gina K Onyx Black Ink
Sizzix 3-D Snowflake Embossing Foler
Gina Marie Designs Enamel Dots
Target Bakers Twine
Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Camping with a Friend

Sometimes I discover something I didn't know existed and I squeal in delight. Such is the case with the stamp I used for today's card. I'd never heard of Dreamland Crafts stamps before and then I happened upon this adorable image and just knew I had to make it mine. After all, it reminds me of our daughter. When she was young, she loved going to camp. She spent about 4-6 weeks in various camps each summer. AND... she loved dogs (and still does).

I also want to give a shout out to the Crafty Doodle Chick online store. I purchased this stamp set (and two others) from them and they shipped super fast and packaged the items beautifully, too. Shopping with them was a pleasant experience, for sure!

Thank you Crafty Doodle Chick!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp: Dreamerland Crafts Campfire Comfort stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Recollections 110# White CS and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Blue and White CS and all other papers from my scrap file

Embellishments: Hobby Lobby Ribbon and a Star-shaped Brad from an unknown vendor

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Polar Winter

Today's card was made from items I received in a kit from Terry L (in the card kit swap group I'm part of on SCS). Terry really spoiled me with lots and lots of goodies! In fact, she even sent me CS so I didn't have to use a single thing of my own to make my card.

Terry's kit included: 

DP - The Paper Studio
CS - SU (Bordering Blue, Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion, Orchid Opulence)
Images - My Favorite Things (Polar Bear Pals and Fabulous Snowman)
Buttons - from her stash
Ribbon - American Crafts and Paper Studio
Gemstones - Paper Studio and Ms. Sparkle & Co.
Snowflakes - Jolee's Boutique

Going with my request for kits that include something that brings the sender Joy, Terry said this: "I love snowflakes, snowmen... and who can resist these polar bears??? I love them all, and hope you do too!!"

THANK YOU for the awesome kit, Terry!

Here is the inside of my card:

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Personal Challenge 2018 - Week 2

If you were at my blog last Friday, you were introduced to my personal 50-Week Challenge of 2018. If you missed it, you can read about it HERE.

In a nutshell, each week I'll create a card that is inspired by one of our 50 states. I'm doing these in the order that the states attained statehood. Last week was Delaware; this week is...

Date of Statehood: December 12, 1787

Here are some interesting tidbits I've learned about Pennsylvania...

It is the only original colony that is not bordered by the Atlantic Ocean.

Harrisburg Pennsylvania boasts the longest stone arch bridge in the entire world. It is called the Rockville Bridge.

Benjamin Franklin founded the Philadelphia Zoo, which is the first public zoo in the United States.

Pittsburg has over 300 sets of city-maintained steps, enough to be 26,000 feet tall if they were stacked on top of each other.

Shankweiler’s Drive-In in Orefield is America’s oldest drive-in movie theater in the country that is still operational. It first opened on April 15, 1934.

The oldest US gas station is found in Altoona Pennsylvania.

Other first include the first baseball stadium which was built in Pittsburg and the first computer which was used in Philadelphia in 1946.

The official state beverage is milk.

The Crayola Factory is located in the Lehigh Valley, producing nearly 3 billion crayons each year, That’s an average of 12 million daily, enough to wrap the earth six times.

The official state dog of Pennsylvania is the Great Dane. When the subject was raised for a vote in the state government, legislators reportedly stood up and “yipped, growled, and barked" their votes in favor. “The arfs have it,” said the Speaker of the House. 

Hershey Pennsylvania is known as the Chocolate Capital of the United States.

Jimmy Stewart is from Indiana Pennsylvania. Each Christmas the downtown area is decorated with the theme "It's a Wonderful Life."

Hazelton Pennsylvania has a law that makes it illegal to sip a carbonated beverage while lecturing students in a school auditorium. (Makes me wonder how they go about enforcing that???)

Speaking of strange laws, it is against the law to sing in the bathtub in Pennsylvania. It is also illegal to sweep dirt under the rug.

And the bit of information that I've decided to use as my inspiration for is a unique theme park. Sesame Place in Langhorne is the only theme park based on the award-winning series, Sesame Place.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp: Stampabilities Ernie & Rubber Ducky stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Embellishments: EK Success Jolee's Boutique Rubber Ducky, Stickles Glitter Glue and Brads from an unknown vendor

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Walt Disney

I grew up with all things Disney. I remember singing the Mickey Mouse song (off-key of course, since that's the only way I can sing) and loving our many trips to Disney World while living in California. Disney movies, stuffed Mickey Mouses and so much more. Then, as an adult with three children of my own, we journeyed to Florida one summer and experience Disney World. My love of Disney continued to thrive and our children declared it the best vacation ever.

So of course one of my favorite stamps in The Project Bin's Wise Men stamp set is the one I've used on today's card.

I'm sure glad Walt Disney did what many thought would be impossible, thus making my life happier!

I used Nestablities to cut circles, trying to recreate the look of the Mickey Mouse Balloons on the designer paper.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: The Project Bin Wise Men stamped with Gina K Onyx Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Red and White and SU Brilliant Blue CS, Creating Keepsakes Mickey Balloons DP and scraps from my scrap file

Dies: Nestabilities

Punches: SU

Embellishments: Cord from an unknown vendor ( purchased the spool of it for 10 cents at a yard sale last summer - BARGAIN!)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dogs Are Best

I am so excited! I won a $50 gift certificate from My Favorite Things (in the Falliday Fest at SCS). So here's a BIG shout out and thanks to MFT for being an incredible sponsor of Falliday Fest! THANK YOU!!!

The timing couldn't have been better, either... because I received my gift certificate just before the release of the December Furever Friends kit. So of course that was one of the things I got with my gift certificate. Oh my goodness... the stamp set is ADORABLE!

I also had my debut to MFT inks with this kit. I don't own any MFT inks other than the little cube that came in the kit... but based on it, I am very impressed!

Oops! I got so excited telling you about my MFT win and the cute Cute CUTE kit that I forgot to mention that I made this card for the new challenge at Craftaholics R Us.

January 10 - 16
Theme: Patterned Paper

I hope you'll participate!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: MFT Furever Friends stamped with MFT Extreme Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Crushed Curry CS and DP from the Paper Studio Spoiled Rotten Paper Pad

Embellishments: ribbon FX Ribbon and Brads from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Strong Coffee Friends

The Three Musketeers continue into the new year. My friends (Sweet Friendships) and I started this venture in November of 2014 and it has been a favorite post of mine each month since then. We take turns hosting - sending identical images to the other two when it's our turn to host. We all three use the same image and post our cards on the 9th of the month. It's fun to see the uniqueness we each bring to the image. I have to tell you, Barb and Kelly are amazingly talented!!!

This month it's Barb's turn to host. She chose the Art Impressions Latte Love stamp set. Gotta love those AI gals... and their strong coffee. THANKS, Barb!

Now, let's head over to Barb's blog and Kelly's blog to see their 3M cards.

They are sure to WOW us!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Image (provided by Barb): Art Impressions Latte Love stamped on Recollections 110# White CS with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (I colored it with Copic Markers)

Papers: Recollections Black and Kraft CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Dress It Up "Coffee Talk" Button

Monday, January 8, 2018

A colorful Flower Garden

I love receiving card kits because I get to try out things I might never try out otherwise. Case in point, this card. Terry A sent me a bright/cheerful kit with a stamped image that I didn't even know existed. And what a pretty design it is! Love the variety of flowers, vines and butterflies on it.

As per my request, Terry A sent a kit that represented something that brings her joy. In fact, she said she finds "Joy" in using these items on her cards "...
clear and pearl gems and ribbon and twine." THANK YOU for the fabulous kit, Terry! 

Terry's Kit included...

Hampton Art Coloring Clear Stamps images stamped with Versafine Black ink on Recollections CS

Paper Studio DP

Paper Studio Gems and Twine

SU Baker's Twine and Ribbon

Studio G Adhesive Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

NOTE: The only thing of my own that I used in making this card was some CS - Recollections White and SU Taken with Teal. I colored the image with Copic Markers and Gel Pens.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Softly Falling White Snowflakes

Okay, if you were on my blog yesterday, you know that I feel inadequate photographing white cards. So, you might be asking, why does she have another white card on her blog??? Well, it's for good reason... there's a new challenge at International Art & Soul and the theme is White on White.

Here's a closeup so you can see some of the textures/details:

Here's the inside:

Be sure to play along at:

January 7 - 20
Theme: White on White

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp: Let It Snow from an unknown vendor stamped with Memento London Fog Ink

Dies: AMuse Studio Snowflake Trio, MFT Let It Snow, and Simon Says Snowflake Border

Papers: Recollections Gray, Shimmer White, and White CS

Embossing Folder:SU Softly Falling

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones and Fiber from an unknown vendor

Crafters of Faith Friends

The Crafters of Faith group on SCS has a challenge theme each month and we post our creations on the 7th of the month, which is today. This month, Barb is the hostess, which means she chose the Bible verse and theme for this month. Here are her instructions:

Scripture1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 

Challenge The challenge is to make a card or another creation that describes how "we" love one another--through friendship, trying times, music, holidays, etc. 

I was going to Bible journal my entry, but that page was already filled in my Bible. So I've made a card instead.

I love the Endless Creations Friends stamp that i used because I think it communicates MANY different ways that we show love for one another as friends.

My card is very VERY simple, but I hope Barb and the other Crafters of Faith will like it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp: Endless Creations Friends stamped with Gina K Onyx Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and Kraft CS and AMuse Studio DP

Die: Sizzix Photo Frame and Words (friends) 

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Snowman Shaker Card

There's a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' starting today - the first one of 2018. The theme is Predominantly White. Me oh my! White cards/projects really are striking... but oh so difficult to photograph.  I added a touch of Brilliant Blue to make the photography a wee bit better, but still challenging.

This is actually a shaker card. However... the little snowflake confetti just want to cling to the plastic. LOL! I guess that's what happens when the temperatures are in the teens and the heat runs constantly to keep up, thus zapping every bit of humidity out of the air. Such is life in the winter, right?

Here's the inside:

I hope you'll get creative with WHITE and play along with the challenge...

January 6 - 12
Theme: Predominantly White

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Die: Memory Box Snowman Collage

Sentiment: Imagination stamped with Brilliant Mediterranean Blue Ink

Papers: Recollections Black, Shimmer White, and White and SU Brilliant Blue (plus orange scraps) CS

Embellishments:  Brads and Confetti from unknown vendors

Friday, January 5, 2018

My Personal Challenge of 2018

If you've been a follower of my blog, you probably recall that last January I started a weekly 50-Week Challenge. In it, I read a chapter (2-3 pages really) of the little book 50 Truths Worth Knowing and used that story as inspiration for a card. I had so much fun doing it that and decided to do a different 50-week challenge this year.

For 2018 (well, the first 50 weeks) I am going to take one of the states each week, do some research on it, and then create a card based on something about that week's state. I'm really excited about this challenge! I love to travel (I've been to 49 of our states already and hope to make it to Hawaii someday).

I actually bought another book at the thrift store to help me a wee bit with this personal challenge, but I'm also going to do a bit of online research each week. The book is a Reading Discovery book (for children in grades 3-4)...

I've been undecided about what order to do this in.... alphabetical, random, the order I've visited them in, etc. I've finally decided to do them in the order of the date they attained statehood.

So, first up is....

Date of Statehood: December 7, 1787

I wasn't very knowledgeable about the state of Delaware, having only visited there one time, so I did what any good researcher would do. I went to google.  A really helpful site that provided 50 nuggets of information about Delaware is the site. You can find the Delaware link to the site HERE but that isn't the only place I searched. I found my quest for knowledge so interesting that I spent an hour or more searching for fun facts about this state.

Here's some of what I learned...

Delaware was the first state to attain statehood and it is the second smallest state.

Its state bird is actually a chicken - the  Blue Hen Chicken, to be exact.

It boasts beaches, but has no national parks in its borders (in fact, it is the only one of the 50 that doesn't have any national parks).

The  League of American Bicyclists named Delaware the third most bike-friendly state in the country in 2015.

There is no sales tax in Delaware, making the malls and other shops very popular with tourists.

The 87-foot-tall lighthouse on Fenwick Island only cost $5 to build in 1880.

Delaware is just under 100 miles long and the width varies between 9 miles and 35 miles wide.

Delaware's average altitude is about 60 feet above sea level making it the lowest average lying state.

And then, there is the tidbit about Delaware that I decided to use for the inspiration of my card... Thanks to a class of second-graders who petitioned the 127th General Assembly on April 25, 1974 (and won!), the state insect of Delaware is the Ladybug.

Not only is there a ladybug on the stamped image, I added a brad ladybug to my card as well.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Come back next Friday as we check out some things about Pennsylvania.

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Flourishes Sunflowers stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black, Red and White CS and AMuse Studio DP

Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Ribbon and a Ladybug Brad from an unknown vendor