Monday, January 21, 2019

Snow Friends Are Best

I am the hostess of the Creative Card Chicks this month.. I sent them a snowman kit with papers and embellishments, too.

Chickie Friends,
do you want to
build a snowman?

Here's my card:

I used a bit of the DP for the inside, too:

I hope the other members had as much fun creating with their kits as I did.

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Stamp: Stampendous Country Snowman stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Real Red CS, DP from the Paper Studio All Seasons Three Paper Pad, and a Unity Tag

Embellishments: Celebrate It Ribbon, Paper Studio Snowflake-shaped Brad, and Target Baker's Twine

Sunday, January 20, 2019

I {Heart} Snow!

Is it snowing? Has it snowed? Are you wishing for snow???

Okay, this isn't a multiple choice question type of blog post... but they've sure talked a lot about snow in the news and I'm trying to keep up with current events. LOL!

Seriously, I hope if you've been bombarded with snow, like some areas have, that you're staying warm and safe... and having some crafting fun, too.

I used two stamp sets from the SumMore Fun store to make it. Raisin Boat's Winter Heart and Sole provided the gorgeous tree and snowflakes and Victorine Originals Watercolor Snowman provided the specks of snow, the snowbank, and the sentiment.

I first stamped the tree with Memento Cottage Ivy Ink. Once the ink was dry, I dabbed Versamark Ink on the tree and added white embossing powder to it. I wanted the tree to look like it had snow hanging on it. The snowflakes, specks of snow, and snow bank are also stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

The cardstock that I stamped the images on is white... YES, white! I sponged Ranger Faded Jeans Distress Ink on it after heat embossing all of the images.

A fun card to make... and I was toasty warm while making it, too (thanks to a furnace that seems to be running constantly).

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Stamp Sets: Raisin Boat Winter Heart and Sole and Victorine Originals Watercolor Snowman

Inks: Memento (Cottage Ivy and Paris Dusk), Ranger Faded Jeans Distress, and Versamark

Embossing Powder: SU Winter White

Papers: Recollections Blue and 110# White CS and Paper Studio Gingham DP

Embellishments: Paper Studio Snowflake-shaped Brads and Squirrel Brad from an unknown vendor

Saturday, January 19, 2019

I Donut Know How to Thank You

It seems I'm always in need of a Thank You card, which is a good thing because it means people are often doing nice things for me. I'm so fortunate to have great people in my life!

I used a variety of Eyelet Outlet Products and the Hole Foods stamp set from The Project Bin to make this card.

Eyelet Outlet Products Used:

Here's the inside of my card:

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Eyelet Outlet ProductsCoffee BradsDonut BradsMatte Enamel Dots, and Skinny Washi Tape

Stamp Set: The Project Bin Hole Foods stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Hobby Lobby Paper Doily, Recollections 110# White and SU Early Espresso, Real Red, and Wild Wasabi CS and Reminisce Thank You 2 DP

Friday, January 18, 2019

An Unforgettable Mystery

It is hard for me to believe that this is the 50th round of the Mystery Image card swap group, but it is. WOW! 

This round is hosted by LJ and she sent us the adorable elephant image from the Stampin' UP! Happy Heart Day stamp set - an oldie but goodie!

I hope LJ and the other Mystery swappers like my card.

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Image (provided by LJ): SU Happy Heart Day stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Gina K White CS (I colored it with Copic Markers)

Papers: Recollections Black, 110# Pink, and White CS and Core'dinations White Small Dot DP and other DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Oriental Trading Heart-shaped Brad and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Love You Smore and Smore

Does anyone like S'mores?

I know I do! Yum! Yum!!!

So I really like the S'mores and coordinating sentiment in the Really Hungry stamp set from The Project Bin!

The set also has some other fun images and coordinating sentiments.

Check it out:

Here's the inside of my card:

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

Papers: Joann's 110# Kraft, Recollections White, and SU Early Espresso CS and Sugarplum S'Mores DP

Embellishments: Ribbon Boutique Ribbon and Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Grace and Gratitude Week 11

I'm continuing to use my Grace and Gratitude Devotional Journal daily. I've enjoyed the process and also the group on Facebook. If you've missed my previous six weeks and would like to see them, you can find them by going to these links: Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6, Week 7Week 8Week 9, and Week 10.

Day 71

Unity Stamps - Hearts Around the Globe

Day 72

Joy Clair Stamps - Living Water

Day 73

Illustrated Faith Stamps - Names of God
Stamping Bella Stamps - Nice to See You Petunia

Day 74

Stampabilities Stamp - Bottom of My Heart

Day 75

CC Designs Stamp - Thankful Lucy
My Sentiments Exactly Stamps - Friendship Innies and Outies

Day 76

Unity Stamps - No Words Bloom

Day 77

Stampin' UP! Stamps - Praying Hands

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A New Kind of Skinny

On the third Wednesday of each month, Kelly (the brain child of this group), Barb and I enjoy doing an extreme challenge... one that's a little more challenging than other challenges. 

We call it...

Ready? Set? Go!

We rotate who chooses the Ready? Set? Go! theme. This month it was my turn... and let me tell you, it was definitely challenging - challenging to make (short and squatty would have been easier) and challenging to photograph.

My Challenge 

Here it is, the beginning of a new year. I’m not sure if any of us make New Year’s Resolutions (I know I don’t, although I do set annual goals) but research tells us that the most common New Year’s Resolution people make is to lose weight. For this, our first Ready Set Go theme of the New Year, I want our cards to lose some weight. No, we are not going to weigh our cards… but we are going to make them skinny. Instead of making a typical A2 card or even a square card, we will be making cards that are the perfect size to fit in a business-size envelope. Tall and Skinny! (Oh, how I wish that were my body type.) Oh, I guess you realize, to be tall and skinny, your card will also need to be vertical and not horizontal. We don’t want to be short and fat. ;)

A second part to this month’s theme is to use the newest paper-crafting item you have while making your card. Maybe it’s a stamp you recently purchased, a tool/gadget you received for Christmas, or some other treasure you’ve acquired. Whatever is the newest. (And remember, newest could be months ago… but hey! It’s not for me! I get new toys way too often.) 

Here’s to the Newness of a 2019!

Ready? Set? Go! 

Here is my card:

The "new" item I used in making my card is a Christmas gift I requested and received from my sweet husband.

Brother Label Maker

I used it to create the Just dropping you a line sentiment.

Obviously, I wanted the label maker to do some organizing/labeling of stamps and other supplies (see photo below)... but hey, it works on cards, too.

Be sure to check out Barb's blog and Kelly's blog to see what they made for Ready? Set? Go! this month.

As always... 
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp: Whipper Snapper Hooked Worm stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Sentiment: created with Brother Label Maker

Papers: Recollections Black, 110# Kraft and 110# White CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Fish-shaped Brad from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Encouraging Someone This Month

Today is the 15th, time for a DUEL... Dueling Darling style.

This month the Divas were hosted by Judy and the Dazzlers (which I'm part of) were hosted by Donna. 

These are Donna's words: As 2019 begins, many people make new goals for the New Year. Statistics show that most of those goals are never fulfilled. Judy and I decided that our theme this month would be "encouragement". Let's encourage someone to reach for that goal that they have set for themselves, whether it be a New Year resolution or just something that a friend or family member may be striving for.

Donna's kit included the following items:

Gin K Hope is Faith butterfly stamp (retired) stamped on Nennah Solar White cardstock with Memento Black ink

Gina K Inside and Out (retired) sentiment stamped on Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Black ink

Designer Paper: The Paper Studio Denim and Pearls cardstock

Embellishments: Paper Sweeties twine, heart brads, sequins, ribbon, and gems from my stash

Thank you, Donna! I hope you (and the other DDD) like my card!

Be sure to check out the other Dueling Darlings cards, too. You'll find links to both the Dazzlers and the Divas blogs in my left sidebar.

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The only thing I used to make this card in addition to the kit that Donna provided was cardstock - Recollections Black, 110# Pink, and White.

Travel the World - Week 2

This is the second week in my Travel the World personal challenge. Each week I am randomly choosing one country (there are 195 countries in the world) and doing a little research on that country. I then select one tidbit of information about the country as inspiration for the card I make.

This week's country is...


I will admit I was a wee bit nervous, wondering if I would find anything at all in my research on Mauritius, since this is a fairly small country. It ranks #155 in size, which means there are only 40 countries in the world that are smaller than Mauritius.

Not to despair; my research found some interesting things about Mauritius.

Mauritius — an island nation world-renown for its lush, tropical vegetation, sugar cane plantations, dramatic mountains, sugar-white beaches, aquamarine lagoons and exotic mix of Indian, African, British, French, and Chinese cultural influence — is located in the Indian Ocean 500 miles east of Madagascar.

It includes the island of Mauritius, Rodrigues and the outer islands (Agalega, St. Brandon, two disputed territories, and a number of smaller islands.)

There are 93 miles(150 km) of white sandy beaches on Mauritius. Water sports such as scuba and snorkeling, water skiing and sailing, are popular activities.

The main island of Mauritius (called Mauritius) is only 28 miles wide and 40 miles long. It is of volcanic origin and is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs.

Mauritius’ cuisine is a combination of Creole, French, Chinese and Indian influences. Spices are an important part of all dishes.

Port Louis, both the capital and the largest city of Mauritius, was set up in 1736 by the French East India Company. The capital city is home to 40% of the national population.

Known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently settled by the Dutch, the French and the British in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries respectively. It finally gained independence in 1968.

Mauritius is one of a small number of countries named after a person. It was named by the Dutch in honor of Prince Maurits van Nassau in the 17th century.

The life expectancy in Mauritius – 70 years for men and 75 years for women – is higher than the world average and is well above the average for African countries.

In 2017, Mauritius was named one of only four countries in the world which had no involvement in ongoing international or domestic conflict and no tensions with neighbouring countries. The others were Botswana, Chile and Uruguay.

Mauritius is a religiously diverse nation, with freedom of religion given as a constitutional right. Hinduism is the major religion claimed by 48.5 percent of residents, followed by Roman Catholic (26.3%),Muslim (17.3%), other Christian (6.4%).

Sugarcane is grown on about 90 percent of the cultivated land area in Mauritius, and accounts for 15 percent of the country’s export earnings. Tea, corn, potatoes, bananas, beans, cattle, goats and fish are other significant agricultural commodities produced in Mauritius.

Mauritius was the only known habitat of the now-extinct dodo bird, a type of pigeon which settled on the island more than 4 million years ago. With no predators to attack them, dodos lost their need and ability to fly, and weighed up to 50 pounds.

After Portuguese sailors stopped in Mauritius in 1507, the island quickly became a stopover for ships engaged in the spice trade. The dodo was a welcome source of fresh meat for sailors, and a large number were killed for food. The Dutch introduced rats, pigs and monkeys to the island, all of which ate dodo eggs in the ground nests. Within 100 years of the arrival of humans on Mauritius, the once abundant dodo became a rare bird. The last one was killed in 1681.

It’s said that author Lewis Carroll was inspired to write his famous book Alice in Wonderland in part by a stuffed dodo at Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

The Seven Colored Earths is a well-known tourist attraction at Chamarel in the southwest part of Mauritius. Visitors are enthralled by this geological formation of seven colors of sand that spontaneously settle in different layers, giving the dunes a surrealistic, striped appearance. These colorful sand dunes seemingly never erode, in spite of Mauritius’ torrential, tropical rains.

I've decided to let this Mauritius fact be the inspiration for this week's card... Trou aux Biches in Mauritius was named the world’s best beach destination in 2011. 

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Stamp: Cornish Heritage Farms Sun Watching stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers; Recollections Black and White and SU Pacific Point CS and DP from the Paper Studio Beach House Paper Pad

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Seashell Brad and Oriental Trading Ribbon

Monday, January 14, 2019

I Dig You!

I have a lot - A LOT - of dog stamps because my daughter LOVES dogs and I love her and like to send her cards. I think she'll like this one. After all, what's not to like about Harry the Dog (from Whipper Snapper Designs)?

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Supplies Used

Stamps: Whipper Snapper Harry the Dog and I Dig You stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Real Red CS and Paper Studio Dirt DP

Embellishments: Brads and Washi Tape from unknown vendors