Thursday, September 21, 2017

Autumn with My Chickie Friends

I love working with kits that I'm given because they allow me - force me - to use items I might never choose on my own. Sometimes they are easy peasy, other times they are a stretch for me. But EVERY time I find something to like about the kit and the process.

Today's cards were made with a kit I received from the hostess of the Creative Card Chicks group - we lovingly refer to her as Kelly 2 (since we already had a Kelly when she joined our little group). THANK YOU Kelly 2!

It was exciting to get the kit - the papers in it are lovely!!! Then I started playing with it and I wasn't able to do those gorgeous papers justice. I tried, and hope Kelly 2 isn't too disappointed in me.

Card #1

Card #2

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Kelly 2's Kit included the following items...

SU Papers: Painted Autumn DP and Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, and Tangerine Tango CS

Images (stamped with Memento Ink): Craft Smart Leaf Border & Leaf, Inkadinkado Be Thankful, Michael's Simple Pumpkin, and Studio G Broom Stick

Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Delightful Dijon Ribbon and Tangerine Tango Enamel Dots, and Button from an unknown vendor

The only thing I added to make my cards was some more of the same colors of cardstock.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Halloween Fun

I bought this stamp a number of years ago - at Archiver's. It's still difficult for me to believe that they closed all of their stores and went out of business. I loved going to their stores.

And now it seems so many stamping businesses have closed, causing us to need to do much of our shopping online. I miss being able to go into the store and could literally spend lots of time just perusing the many products.

But, you didn't come to my blog to hear me lament over the loss of shopping opportunities. You came to see my care, right?

I made this card for the Craftaholics R Us Challenge that starts today...

September 20 - 26
Theme: Fall Colors

I hope you'll participate!

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Supplies Used

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

Ink for Sponging: Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Old Olive CS and Stampin' UP! DP

Embellishments: Enamel Dots from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Try Something New with Acrylic Paint

I had such a nice surprise a few days ago. I had  private message from Jessica of JessicaLynnOriginal. You might remember that I was on her design team for a period of time. She is such a kind/generous woman.

Her message was extra special because she gave me a few of her new images to create with. Isn't that awesome. THANK YOU, Jessica!

I decided to use on for today's Try Something New card.

The image is called Spring 2107 Bumble Bee Humble and Kind and can be found HERE. It's a limited edition, so I'm not sure how long it will be available.

The "something new" I tried on this card involved acrylic paint and a plastic card (like a credit card). I first randomly smeared three colors of acrylic paint onto white cardstock letting each one dry before adding a color. Gold. Yellow. Black. Then I decided to add a bit more black by just putting a dab of black acrylic paint on the very edge of the card and lightly tapping that onto the cardstock.

It has a bit of a messy look, but that's okay I suppose.

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Supplies Used

Image: JessicaLynnOriginal Spring 2017 Bumble Bee Humble and Kind colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Crushed Curry CS

Extra Feature: Master's Touch Acrylic Paint

Embellishments: Michael's Ribbon and Stickles Glitter Glue

Monday, September 18, 2017

Truckload of Apples

LJ is the host of the Mystery Image swap group - and she chose a striking image for us to use. It's a Stampin' UP! stamp... from the Countryside stamp set.

I hope LJ and my fellow sappers like my card.

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Supplies Used

Image (stamped by LJ): Stampin' UP! Countryside stamped on PTI Confetti CS withMemento Tuxedo Black Ink (I colored it with Copic Markers)

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

Embellishment: Eyelet Outlet Apple Brad

Sunday, September 17, 2017

It's a Special Day

Anybody want some birthday cake?

There's a new challenge at International Art & Soul - and the theme is Special Day. That means birthdays (with or without cake), Anniversaries, Births, etc.)

I hope you'll participate!

September 17 - 30

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Supplies Used

Stamp: CC Designs Baker Nancy stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers Core'dinations White, Recollections Blue, and Stampin' UP! Daffodil Delight CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Birthday Brad from an unknown vendor

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Change The World

I cheated. (Shhh! You didn't hear it from me, but you can, too.)

Sweet Stampin' has what I consider to be an impossible challenge starting today. The theme... *gasp! ... is to use your Favorite Stamp.

How. can. that. be?

I have literally HUNDREDS of stamps. I can't possible choose a favorite.

What to do? What to do!?!?!

I adapted the theme... a.k.a. I cheated.

I chose the most recent stamp I've gotten from one of my most favorite stamp companies - Unity Stamps. This stamp set is actually the one I received for being a Growing in Unity Gal. The stamp set is called Beauty in Everything.

I hope you'll ink up your favorite stamp 
(or cheat a wee bit, like I did) and participate

September 16 - 22

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Unity Beauty in Everything stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Core'dinations White, Recollections Brown, and Stampin'UP! Marina Mist CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Michael's Ribbon

Friday, September 15, 2017

Joy Report with Kindness

NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day. If you're here to see my Dueling Darling post, it is the one right after this one, so just keep scrolling... or click HERE to go directly to that post.

Today is the day for my weekly Joy Report. It has been a good week. I had time at home and then headed off for two days of meetings. I an the Secretary of the Board of Directors for our state convention and this was our regular board meeting. That means I had minutes to type up after I got home. I am glad to say they are completed. It's an honor to serve in that capacity, but also a relief when the minutes are finished. LOL!

I also managed to make 8 cards this week.

You might remember my mom fell and broke her hip in August. She is doing quite well and might even be released from home therapy next week. That's a great JOY!

This is the 37th week of the year... ask me how I know. It's because this week I read chapter 37 of the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing for the inspiration for this card.

You can't Always Go It Alone
Chapter 37

Christine returned to a remote village in Ecuador. She had traveled there before with a friend, but this time she was alone and she planned to stay for several months. Her goal was to write a novel while secluded in a rather simple hostel that overlooked chickens and a garden of roses. For a mere 10,000 sucres a night ($4), she had the room and a private bath with a hot shower. What more could she need.

One Sunday morning, while enjoying a breakfast of banana pancakes with blackberry syrup at a nearly empty cafe, the young waitress approached her with a letter in hand. The letter was postmarked from Holland. Another patron had received the letter but couldn't read it due to the language barrier. The letter needed to be translated into Quecha, the language of the villagers.

"But I don't speak either Dutch or Quecha," Christine said.

No matter. Christine was the missing link, the waitress assured her. The only other person in the cafe was a woman who spoke only Dutch and English, so she translated the letter in English to Christine, who then translated it in Spanish (the only language she spoke other than English) to the waitress. The waitress spoke only Spanish and Quecha so she was then able to translate the letter to the recipient in Quecha.

Did you catch all of that? It took 3 translations for the recipient to understand what the letter said.

The letter was notification from the Dutch government that her son had a court date in Holland if he wanted to get his car back. "Is that all?" the woman asked.

Christine had assumed the letter contained some vital information. In reality, it turned out the the written words didn't really matter. But the experience was a valuable lesson for Christine - sometimes a person can't go it alone. Sometimes it requires the help of others to accomplish a task.

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Sugar Pea Designs Caring Hearts stamped on Recollections 110# White CS with Gina K Onyx Black Ink

Die: Sizzix Mini Globe

Papers: Recollections Brown, Stampin' UP! Garden Green CS, Gartner Studios Postage Stamp DP, and other papers from my scrap file

Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Hemp and a Postcard Charm and Seam Binding from unknown vendors