Friday, August 18, 2017

Joy Report & More



Sometimes I just have to laugh - or else I'll cry. LOL! This past week has been a week, that's for sure. Trips. Meetings. Filthy home. Pile of laundry a mile high.

Yep... hilarious here!

But I'm going to embrace my word of the year - JOY! And I'm going to rejoice that I can go on trips, that I thrive in meetings, that we have home (albeit, a filthy one) and that we still have clothes to wear and a working washing machine and dryer.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Oh... and I made 3 cards this week. ;)




Chapter 33 - 50 Truths Worth Knowing
We All Have a Unique Voice... 
You Just Have to Find Yours


J. L. remembered his mother as being timid and shy, mostly because her dad and sisters had convinced her early in life that she was stupid and unattractive and didn't have anything worthwhile to say. Her husband (prior to her divorce from him) reinforced that thinking... and she remained quiet.

Then, when she turned 50 something happened. One day at work, she mentioned a movie she'd watched and her fellow workers began to laugh along with her about it. Though that experience she found her voice... and her laughter... and she embraced it. As J. L. said, his "mother got a life" and her confidence grew.

Yes, we all have a voice, as his mom learned... we just have to find a way to embrace it.





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Supplies Used

Stamps: Art Impressions stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Paper: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Calypso Coral CS

Embellishments: Clear Dots and Washi Tape from unknown vendors

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Something New with Clouds



I have often admired those shaded clouds people make using a stencil. I actually used to own the SU cloud making stencil (in fact, I think I still do, but I haven't been able to find it since two moves ago, so I'm not sure.) Anyway, I recently watched a YouTube video from someone who made their own stencil/tool for making the clouds and I decided to give it a try myself.

You can watch the video HERE.

I actually think my clouds turned out fairly good - for my first attempt.












Here are a couple of pictures of what I did (for those of you who don't want to watch the video). I punched out three sizes of circles and glued them to a strip of paper. This was the "tool" I needed to create the clouds.







I used my "tool" (handmade stencil) and some ink and sponging tool to add the clouds to a piece of white cardstock.
















Here is the Inside:




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Supplies Used

Stamp: CC Designs Nancy Gardner stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Chameleon Colored Pencils

Ink (for clouds): Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Papers: Recollections White and Brown and Stampin' UP! Yo Yo Yellow CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Felt Flowers from an unknown vendor


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Strengthened in Rough Storms


This is my second blog post today. If you're here for the Ready, Set, Go blog post, it is the one following this one.






I love to do Bible Journaling, so I decided to do it for this week's Craftaholics R Us Challenge.






August 16 - 22
Theme: Ocean Life

I hope you'll participate!




Psalm 55:22


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Supplies Used

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Anchor the Soul stamped with Gina K Onyx Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

RSG at the Art Gallery



It is time for the Ready Set Go! Challenge and this month Kelly chose the challenge. Now before you go any further at all, I need to confess... I took a LOT of creative liberty with this challenge. LOL!

Kelly's instructions (in her words)...

I am a HUGE fan of museums and paintings. For the 4th challenge of RSG, create a card based on the artwork of a famous painter.

Oh dear me! I am not one who knows a single thing about art/paintings/museums. So I had to do some digging.




My search uncovered this painting:


Claude Monet's Sunrise

And yes... I do know that is a gondola in the picture. But I didn't have any stamps of gondolas... so I decided to use my creativity and think outside the box. LOL! (I sure hope Kelly isn't too upset with me. I'd hate to get kicked out of the group.)





Please head over to Barb's blog and Kelly's blog to see what they created for Ready Set Go!

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Supplies Used

Stamps: CTMH Hook Line & Sinker stamped with Gina K Onyx Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Bordering Blue CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Your Next Stamp Gum Drops
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gobble! Gobble!


FYI - Normally I do a "Try Something New" post on Tuesdays, but this week, I'll do that on Thursday.

Also, on the 15th of each month I normally have a Dueling Darling post, but due to some unforeseen circumstances including 9 days away from home, that card is not ready today. Be watching for it soon... and in the meantime, check out all of the Diva and Dazzler blogs (you can find the links in my left side bar).


I love Love LOVE this turkey!!!

Gobble Gobble!!!

He's one of the new dies at Frantic Stamper... you're going to want to rush over to the Frantic Stamper store and check him out, as well as all of the other fun things there.

The supply list at the bottom of this post will have direct links to the Frantic Stamper products that I used on this card.




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Supplies Used

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies: Fall Words #FRA-DIE-10271 and Tom Turkey #FRA-DIE-09967

Stamps: Taylored Expressions If Turkeys Could Talk and There She Goes Gobble stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Brown and White and Stampin' UP! Pumpkin Pie CS and all other papers from my scrap file

Embellishments: Tiny Brads from an unknown vendor

Monday, August 14, 2017

A Box of Fall Leaves



Sometimes I just want to use metallic papers - because they make me smile. Fortunately I have a stash of them, so I can indulge that desire when I want to. This card features some very old Stampin' UP! Copper CS (I've had it longer than I can remember). AND it features some awesome Frantic Stamper Precision Dies!

Blowing Leaves Square #FRA-DIE-10287

Fall Words #FRA-DIE-10217

Stacking Maple Leaves #FRA-DIE-10278








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Supplies Used

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies: Blowing Leaves Square #FRA-DIE-10287, Fall Words #FRA-DIE-10217, and Stacking Maple Leaves #FRA-DIE-10278

Papers: Stampin' UP! Metallic Copper and Natural Ivory

Embellishment: Michael's Rhinestones

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy Batty Halloween



It will be here before we know it - Halloween! Will you be ready?

This might be a good time to make some Halloween cards to send to some of your favorite spooky-loving friends.

Check out this amazing die from Frantic Stamper. Isn't it cool? It's called Happy Halloween Medallion (#FRA-DIE-10266) and can be found HERE.

I also used the Frantic Stamper Striped Frame die (#FRA-DIE-10230) on this card... check it out HERE.






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Supplies Used

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies: Happy Halloween Medallion #FRA-DIE-10266 and Striped Frame #FRA-DIE-10230

Papers: Recollections & Stampin' UP! CS and DP from the Cloud 9 Seasonal Paper Pad and from my scrap file

Embellishments: Oriental Trading Bat Brad and a Bat Button and Washi Tape from unknown vendors
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