Friday, January 19, 2018

Personal Challenge 2108 - Week 3

I hope you will make it a point to come to my blog on Fridays this year because that is the day I'll be posting my 50-week personal "State of the Union Cards" challenge. Each week I'll be focusing on one of the states in the United States (in the order they attained statehood). I'll do a little research and I'll share some of the interesting "tidbits" I've learned in my search. Then I'll take something I've learned about the state and use it for inspiration for that day's card. The first week I focused on Delaware and last week (week 2) was Pennsylvania. This week we are traveling to New Jersey.

New Jersey
Date of Statehood: December 18, 1787

Here are some interesting tidbits I've learned about New Jersey...

New Jersey has the highest population density in the US with an average of 1,030 people per square mile, which is 13 times the national average. It is more densely populated than China, and almost as crowded as India. In addition, it has the highest urban population concentration in the US, with 90% of the people of New Jersey living in an urban area.

North Jersey has the highest concentration of shopping malls in one area in the entire world. There are seven major shopping malls in a small 25 mile radius.

The first Indian reservation was located in New Jersey.

Lucy the Elephant, located in Margate, was constructed in 1881 as a marketing gimmick by a land speculator. Lucy stands six-stories tall, and weighs 90 tons.

The honeybee is New Jersey's state insect.

Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world. Its wooden planks stretch four miles down the beachfront. 

Another interesting thing about Atlantic City is the fact that the street names in the board game Monopoly are named after actual streets found there.

The largest water tower in the world - The Union Watershpere - is found in Union New Jersey.

In New Jersey, you cannot wear a bullet-proof vest while committing a murder as it’s illegal; you cannot buy a car on a Sunday as car dealerships are not allowed to open on Sunday; you may also not slurp your soup as it’s forbidden and automobiles cannot pass horse-drawn carriages on the street. It is also against the law to plant a tree in the middle of the street in Blairstown.

The only reason bottled water has a sell by date in the US is because of a law in New Jersey requiring one for everything. 

In 1935, the police in Atlantic City, New Jersey, arrested 42 men on the beach. They were cracking down on topless bathing suits worn by men.

People convicted of drunk driving in New Jersey are banned from using vanity plates.

40% of the most delayed flights in the United States reportedly are either flying to or from Newark, New Jersey.

New Jersey has more horses than the state of Kentucky.

Despite its small size, New Jersey has a big appetite. The state is often called the “diner capital of the world” for the hundreds of classic diners that pepper the state’s roadways.

For my card inspiration, I've decided to go with this little-known fact about New Jersey... New Jerseyans are smart: the state has more engineers and scientists per square mile than anywhere else in the world.

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Sugar Pea Designs Adorkable stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers and Zig Wink of Stella Markers

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

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Thursday, January 18, 2018

I Love You More Than Buttered Popcorn

Thursdays are one of my favorite days of the week because that's the day I get to showcase The Project Bin stamps here on my blog. I am honored, humbled, and downright excited to be part of the design team. Denise, the owner of The Project Bin stamps is the kindest woman on the planet of the earth. And talented, too. She has a couple of brand new sets in The Project Bin store, so if you haven't seen them yet you need to rush right over and check them out. But wait! Before you go, be sure to check out my card today. It features one of my most favorite TPB stamp sets (which comes complete with the coordinating dies) - called Just Poppin'.

Here is the inside of my card:

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Stamp/Die Set: The Project Bin Just Poppin' stamped with MFT Extreme Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and White CS, AMuse Studio Polka Dot DP and other papers from my scrap file

Embellishment: Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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