Sunday, February 18, 2018

Life Is Good

The International Art & Soul "Use What You Have" Challenge starts today. Well how easy that one will be! Especially since many of us have way more stuff than we use. LOL!

Oh, wait. Maybe that's just me.

Anyway, I pulled out a fun stamp/die set that I've had for a while and created my card. Of course I also already had all the papers and the little butterfly brad.

WOW! That's an Eyelet Outlet brad, too. I've owned it for a while - before I was invited to be on their design team. But if you like it and want some, I'm just saying... these darling butterfly brads are on sale at Eyelet Outlet ($1.29 for 12 of them).... check them out HERE. They have the fall colors of them, too... HERE.

So go shopping, have fun! Just don't try to use any "newly purchased" items on your entries in the International Art & SOUL "Use What You Have" Challenge.

I hope you'll Use What You Have 
and participate in the 

February 18 - March 2

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Supplies Used

Stamp/Die Set: Your Next Stamp Jessica with Her Horse stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections 110# White, SU Bashful Blue, and Brown (from an unknown vendor) CS and American Crafts Mountain Pass and Paper Pizazz Blue Sponged DP

Embellishment: Eyelet Outlet Butterfly Brad

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Time to Exercise

There's a new challenge at Sweet Stampin'. I tried... really really tried... to come up with a card using the theme. Do you ever have a creative block? I had one with this card. I don't know why, but for some reason the theme just seemed to be too difficult for me to grab onto. Then I ended up making a very plain card that I'm not the least bit happy with.

The good news is.... YOU can make a much better card than this one and I'll look forward to seeing your entry in the Sweet Stampin' Challenge, where I'll ooooh and aaaah over your great talent. 

February 17 - 23
Theme: Add a Tag

Here's my card:

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Taylored Expressions Tick Tock stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and Staples 110# Ivory CS, DP from my Scrap File, and a Tag (freebie) from Unity Stamps

Embellishments: Ribbon and Bling from unknown vendors

Friday, February 16, 2018

When Is a Cat a Lion?

A cat is a lion is a jungle of small bushes.

Today is my first time to post (officially) as a member of the Eyelet Outlet design team. I am so excited!

Eyelet Outlet has a great variety of embellishments at reasonable prices. And it's not just eyelets... Oh No! It's bling, brads, charms, enamel dots, flatback resin items, flowers, ribbon, washi tape. And they even have several things marked down in price. So.... hurry! Head over to the Eyelet Outlet online store.

I had so much fun making this card:

Did I mention how reasonably priced the items at Eyelet Outlet are? Just one example - see that package of green Jewel Bling Strips... it has 500 rhinestone pieces in those 5 strips. And the price? $1.50! WOW!!! You sure can't beat that price!

Now, if you'll not tell anyone, I'll show you another card I made with a different set of cat brads from Eyelet Outlet - Kitten Brads - and two different Washi Tape designs and some sparkly Enamel Dots, too (all from Eyelet Outlet). I wasn't very happy with how it turned out, but I'm not usually too bashful to show my failures here on my personal blog.

Remember... shhhhh! It's our secret. ;)

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Eyelet Outlet Supplies: Jewel Bling Strips, Kitty Brads, and Washi Tape

Quote: Computer Generated

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Garden Green and Pumpkin Pie CS and DP from my scrap file

Die: Impression Obsession Grass Tall

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sprinkles on Top!

Please NOTE: I have two blog posts today, this one and the Dueling Darling one that follows it, so be sure to keep scrolling. ;)

Am I the only one who things donuts are the perfect breakfast food? They are delicious! They are pretty! They are finger foods! And did I mention... DELICIOUS!

So they have way too many calories... let's try not to count that against them, okay? (I'm actually pretty willing to ignore that since there are very few breakfast foods that I do like.)

Sooooooo.... because of my love for donuts, I immediately fell in love with Hole Foods stamp set that The Project Bin recently developed. It is such fun!

Just look at the variety of sentiments in this set:

This is my first of what I'm sure will be many cards made with the Hole Foods stamp set:

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: The Project Bin Hole Foods stamped with Gina K (Onyx Black) and Memento (Desert Sand and Lady Bug) Inks

Papers: Recollections White and SU Chocolate Chip and Pixie Pink CS,  DP from my scrap file, and a SU Paper Doily

Embellishments: CC Designs Enamel Dots and SU Ribbon


Rain Or Shine

It's time for a little duel... the Dueling Darlings post this month's cards today! Kelly (Divas) and I (Dazzlers) were this month's hostesses so we put our heads together and came up with what we think is a fun theme.

Something I Love

The idea behind this theme is Kelly was supposed to make kits that reflected something she loves and I was to make kits reflecting something I love. Then we mailed the kits to our respective team members so they could create with them.

As a little extra fun, we've also asked the Darlings to share with us (in words) something that they love as they post their cards on their blogs and/or in the SCS Gallery. BTW, you can find links to the blogs in my left side bar and I hope you'll head over to see what the Dazzlers and the Divas did with our kits.

The kits I sent to the Dazzlers included the following items:

Image: Whipper Snapper "Rainy Day Renee" stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Co'ordinations 110# White CS

Sentiments: La La Land (Rain or Sine...) and Whipper Snapper (Friends are...) stamped the same as the images

DP: Doodlebug Designs Spring Things April Showers, Springtime April Showers, and Springtime Bright & Sunny

Die Cuts: Gina Marie Stitched Sky (White Clouds and Yo Yo Yellow Sun)

Embellishments: Horizon Cord, SU Grosgrain Ribbon, and Brads, Rhinestones and Sequins from my stash.

Packaging: Reynolds Cut-Rite Sandwich Bag

Their kits actually have three things in them that I love (which seemed appropriate because 3 is my favorite number):

First, I love images with umbrellas included in the design.

Second, I love Whipper Snapper stamps.

Third, I love using found/recycled items on my cards, so I told the Dazzlers they get bonus points if they use the wax paper bags their kits were in as they create their cards.

I did use the wax paper bag when making my card. Can you tell how? (I scrunched it up with lots of wrinkles, then dabbed it in Memento London Fog Ink and dabbed it onto the two clouds, giving them gray highlights).

In addition to the kit items, I used CS (Recollections Black and White and SU Tranquil Tide) to make my card.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

You're Amazing!

First let me wish everyone a 
Happy Valentine's Day!

Today's card is just for fun... using an adorably fun stamp/die set from My Favorite Things called You're Super.

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Supplies Used

Stamp/Die Set: My Favorite Things You're Super stamped with Memento Lady Bug and Tuxedo Black Inks and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Blue, 110# Red, and #110 White CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Star-shaped Brads from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Personal Challenge 2018 - Week 7

As I mentioned in last Friday's blog post, my personal 50-week States of the Union Challenge has moved to Tuesdays, so here it is. Week 7 already.

This week's state is...
Date of Statehood: April 28, 1788

Here are some interesting things I learned about Maryland...

The Maryland state house is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use.

Maryland gave up some of its land to form Washington DC.

Maryland's Mount Clare Station, built in Baltimore in 1830, was the first railroad station in the United States.

The 4.03 mile William Preston Lane Memorial (The Bay Bridge) joins the western part of Maryland to the eastern shore and crosses the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland is famous for great seafood, especially craps. During lunch hour on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, vendors sell almost as many crab cakes as hot dogs and hamburgers combined.

And there are these strange laws in Maryland...

- Eating while swimming in the ocean is strictly prohibited in Maryland. Unless, of course, you’re a fish.

A woman may not go through her husband's pockets while he is sleeping.

- In Baltimore it is against the law to throw bales from second-story windows. Doing so will get you a $20 fine.

Notorious gunslinger Doc Holliday was called "Doc" because he was a dentist. He learned his trade at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

The official state sport of Maryland is jousting.

In 1902 Maryland was the first state to enact Workmen's Compensation laws.

In 1805 the first practical refrigerator was invented in Baltimore.

June 24, 1784, in Baltimore, 13-year-old Edward Warren went airborne in the first successful manned balloon launch in the United States.

I've decided to go with this bit of Maryland information for my card's inspiration...  America's first umbrellas were produced in Baltimore in 1828.

Aren't we glad they were?

I have so many umbrella stamps, making it difficult to choose one. This cute little Unity stamp set had never seen ink, so I decided it was time to ink it up..

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Unity Rain or Shine You're a Friend of Mine stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers and Amazapen Gel Pens

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Tranquil Tide CS and DP from the Heidi Grace Sunshowers Paper Pad

Embellishment: Pebbles Felt Cloud