Sunday, February 17, 2019

30 Days of Coloring - Day 17


This is the seventeenth day of the Daily Marker's 30-Day Coloring Challenge. I've committed to coloring a stamped image from one of my many Unity stamp sets each day this month.

Today's image is from the Eyes Closed - See Clearly stamp set.

This precious girl is such fun to color.




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Unity Stamp Set: Eyes Closed - See Clearly stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Lovely Lilac CS and DP from the Paper Studio Beach House Paper Pad

Die: AMuse Studio Cloud Due

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Flip Flop Brads

Soda-Lighted We're Friends



I'm soda-lighted you've stopped by the blog today!

Don't you just love a play on words? I know I do. So when I find a stamp set like the SumMore Fun Soda-Lighted set, I gravitate toward them. Just look at the fun sentiment, which of course is in the set...

Soda-lighted
to be your friend


I added some clear dots (Cloud 9 Rain Dots) to some of the bubbles, as well as for some embellishment in the bottom left corner of the card. 

The soda cans on the front of the card are fairly large, which looks great on the card front, but I'm glad there's also a smaller can in the stamp set, which I used on the inside of my card.




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Stamp Set: SumMore Fun Soda-Lighted stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Ranger Weathered Wood Distress Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Real Red CS

Embellishments: Cloud 9 Rain Drops and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor



Saturday, February 16, 2019

30 Days of Coloring - Day 16


This is the sixteenth day of the Daily Marker's 30-Day Coloring Challenge. I've committed to coloring a stamped image from one of my many Unity stamp sets each day this month.

Today's image is the adorable little children image from the stamp set called Smooches and Stuff.

Aren't they sweet?



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Unity Stamp Set: Smooches and Stuff stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Real Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: XOXO and Brads from unknown vendors

Bananas Over Washi Tape


You might not know this about me, but I love LOVE Washi Tape! I think it is so versatile and fun and it comes in a wide variety of colors, designs, etc. - and it's so affordable! If you don't believe me, check out the Washi Tape selection in the Eyelet Outlet store. WOW!

How many different designs of Washi Tape 
do you see on this card:



If you said four, you would be correct!


The first two are pretty easy to spot:

Bananas Washi Tape
Red Skinny Washi Tape

The half circle is made with strips of Washi Tape

The vine that the two monkeys are hanging from is
a strip I tore off of a piece of Washi Tape.

Yep! I love me some Washi Tape, for sure!


Other Eyelet Outlet Products on the card include:



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Eyelet Outlet Products: Brads (Jungle Mix and Mini Leaf), Enamel Dots, Enamel Hearts, and four rolls of Washi Tape

Papers: Recollections White and SU Chocolate Chip CS and Paper Studio White Linen DP

Die: My Favorite Things Blueprint 21

Friday, February 15, 2019

30 Days of Coloring - Day 15


This is the fifteenth day of the Daily Marker's 30-Day Coloring Challenge. I've committed to coloring a stamped image from one of my many Unity stamp sets each day this month.

Today's image is the cute snowman from the stamp set called Heart Warming.

It just seemed right to color a snowman today while it was snowing here at my house.





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Stamp Set: Unity Heart Warming stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Real Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Glitter Heart-Shaped Brad and Glitter Washi Tape from unknown vendors

Check Out My Favorite Animals


It's Duel Day - the Dueling Darlings are hosted this month by Barb (Divas) and Tracie (Dazzlers). They chose a fun theme, in honor of a special holiday that takes place this month (on the 20th). 

Love Your Pet

I'm a Dazzler, so I received a fabulous kit from Tracie... THANKS Tracie!

The kit included images from Newton's Nook Designs "Fetching Friendship" stamped on Neenah Classic Crest Cardstock with Gina K Amalgam Ink, "Companions" Designer Paper from Authentique,  and ribbon, brads and other goodies from Tracie's stash.



Here is the inside of my card:


Tracie gave us a little "extra challenge" too, in honor of her youngest sister, whose birthday is February 19th. She works for a pet company, so I'm guessing she really likes animals of all kinds. Tracie's extra challenge is for us to show a picture of our favorite animal.

Hmmmmm... I'm kind of partial to ducks because my Brock LOVES his ducks. He goes to the park to feed them every chance he gets. I tried to find a picture of him with his ducks, but was unsuccessful, so instead I'll post this stock picture I found on the internet.



But the truth is, 
these five are also some of my favorite animals (LOL!)


Brock loves his squeaky critters - and every morning, part of the "Get ready for the day" routine includes squawking critters, singing songs, and spinning the fidget spinner. Mornings are never dull at our house. I. love. morning. routines. (about as much as Brock does!)

Be sure to head over to all the Dueling Darling blogs to see their "Love Your Pet" cards. You'll find links to their blogs in my left sidebar.



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The only thing I used in addition to Tracie's fabulous kit was some cardstock for layering and for the card base - Recollections Blue and White and SU Cherry Cobbler.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

30 Days of Coloring - Day 14


This is the fourteenth day of the Daily Marker's 30-Day Coloring Challenge. I've committed to coloring a stamped image from one of my many Unity stamp sets each day this month.

Since it's Valentine's Day, I just knew I had to color the sweet couple from Unity's Promise Always stamp set.

I love this stamp set!!!



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Stamp Set: Unity Promise Always stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Fun Stampers Journey Hazelnut Blend, Recollections 110# White, and SU Bashful Blue CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Brads from unknown vendors

Happy Valentine's Day


First, let me wish you a 

Happy Valentine's Day! 

I like you
You're on my Favorites List


The sentiments on this card make me smile! And of course there's that fun image, too... these stamps (and several others, too) are part of a stamp set from The Project Bin. It's called The Gratest. You can find the stamp set in The Project Bin's online store - HERE.





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Stamp Set: The Project Bin The Gratest stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and SU Real Red Inks and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Real Red CS and Paper Studio Black/White Diagonal Stripe DP

Die: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle

Embellishment: Eyelet Outlet Enamel Heart

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

30 Days of Coloring - Day 13


This is the thirteenth day of the Daily Marker's 30-Day Coloring Challenge. I've committed to coloring a stamped image from one of my many Unity stamp sets each day this month.

Today's image is the cute snowman from the Puppy RUFF stamp set.

I RUFF YOU



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Stamp Set: Unity Puppy RUFFstamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Real Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Paw Brads from an unknown vendor

A Good Life - Cards 6 & 7 of 7


On December 3rd of 2018 I had a blog post that featured the a card I'd made with the stamp set I won as a Growing in Unity gal. The stamp set - A Good Life - is not my typical kind of stamp set, which is the reason I chose to receive it. I wanted something that was going to make me think outside the box. 

My card on that blog post incorporated a new technique for me, something I'd seen that I wanted to try. You can see my December 3rd blog post HERE.

I decided at that time that I was going to use the A Good Life stamp set to make seven different cards - different techniques, etc. 

You can see Cards #2 and #3 HERE. Cards #4 and #5 are HERE.

Today's blog post has the last two cards of this personal challenge - Cards #6 and #7.


Card #6


For this card I decided to heat emboss the image onto designer paper. 



Card #7


For this card I stamped and heat embossed two images, using gold embossing powder. One of them I cut to the size of my card base. The other one I fussy cut around just the flower and then took a bone folder and carefully curved the outer edges. The fussy cut flower is lifted up off of the card base with pop dots just in the center of the flower.



I've really enjoyed making seven cards with this stamp set, each with a different technique. I've liked some of the cards; others not so much. However, I have thoroughly enjoyed the process.

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Both cards feature the Unity A Good Life stamp set stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed

Papers: Recollections Black and Ivory and SU Real Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Embossing Powder: SU Black

Embellishments: Washi Tape and Enamel Dots from unknown vendors

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Metallic Gold CS

Embossing Powder: SU Gold Glory

Embellishments: American Crafts Enamel Dots and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

30 Days of Coloring - Day 12


This is the twelfth day of the Daily Marker's 30-Day Coloring Challenge. I've committed to coloring a stamped image from one of my many Unity stamp sets each day this month.

Today's image is the cute snowman from the Sending Warm Fuzzies stamp set.

Lots of snowflakes and a few glitter brads complete the card.





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Stamp Set: Unity Sending Warm Fuzzies stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Glitter Brads from an unknown vendor

Travel the World - Week 6


This is the sixth 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...



Gambia


The Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa.

It is really a narrow strip of land with a river running through the center. It covers an area of 4,127 square miles and has a population of 1,882,450 people. It is slightly smaller than the island of Jamaica found in the Caribbean.

It is bordered by Senegal to the north, east and south, with a coastline along the North Atlantic Ocean to the west.

In 1964, the then president took measures to prevent persons from confusing The Gambia with Zambia? He added the “The” to Gambia so that the country would be officially referred to as The Gambia. Another reason the president added the was to differentiate the Gambia River from the country.

English is the official language of Gambia. Other languages are Mandinka, Wolof, Fula, Serer, Krio and Jola.


The terrain of The Gambia is mostly flood plain along the Gambia River, flanked by some low hills and luscious forests.

The average life span in The Gambia is 53 years.

For much of the population, the Gambia weekend is three days long and begins on Thursday.


With its coast on the Atlantic Ocean, The Gambia is blessed with white, sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Situated in the tropics, this country has warm sea water and palm trees dancing on un-crowded beaches. 

With its warm climate year round and an abundance of beaches, The Gambia has become a popular budget tourist destination in recent years, especially with Britons.

An odd feature of the tourism industry is "gigolos", young Gambian men who have relationships with female tourists, many in their later years. On the tourist "strip", romances between local men in their 20s and British women in their 50s or 60s are common sight. Diplomats even report seeing gigolos promenading with elderly women on mobility scooters.

Some "gigolo" relationships become lasting and happy relationships. Others end up in fond and tearful farewells at the airport - at which point the gigolo sticks around to wait for another foreign girlfriend arriving on an incoming flight.


On Election Day, Gambians go to vote with stones or marbles in hand. Gambians vote by dropping their stones or marbles in a drum with the picture of their preferred politician. Officials count the number of votes at the end of voting by dropping them special trays with home. This unique system was developed to include illiterate Gambians in the election proceedings of their country.

In The Gambia, business deals are apparently based on relationships and trust, rather than salesmanship.

The national and most popular sport in The Gambia is wrestling.

I decided to let this Gambia fact be the inspiration for this week's card... The Gambia grows peanuts, rice, sorghum and millet, rears cattle, sheep and goats and catches fish.



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Stamp Sets: Newton's Nook Floaty Goat stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers and SU Work of Art stamped with Ranger Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Inks

Papers: Recollections Black, 110# Blue, and 110# White CS

Embellishment: Ribbon Boutique Ribbon

Monday, February 11, 2019

30 Days of Coloring - Day 11


This is the eleventh day of the Daily Marker's 30-Day Coloring Challenge. I've committed to coloring a stamped image from one of my many Unity stamp sets each day this month.

Today's image is the beauty from the Out on a Limb stamp set

That bowl of cherries looks mighty tasty.



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Stamp Set: Unity Out on a Limb stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Real Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Foof-a-La Buttons and SU Ribbon