Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mid-Week Joy Report


I've had a wonderful week, with lots of going. First, I went to a Minister's Wives Retreat (Friday/Saturday)... it was fabulous! Then I went to our state offices for Board Meeting (Monday/Tuesday) - we meet twice a year, so it's kind of a big deal. Lots of great reports were given of the work going on, and some big decisions were made.

One of the things I like about "going" is eating at Chipotle and getting a treat to sip while I drive from Starbucks. Yep, I did both of those things a few times this week. It put a great big smile on my face.

I also managed to make 12 cards this week. Not too bad for a week with only 3 full days at home in addition to a few snatched minutes on the other 4 days.


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This is the 13th week of my 50 Truths Challenge... so this week I read chapter 13 of the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing and created a very VERY simple card from my thoughts on the story.


Chapter 13
It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been


Susan's husband left her when she was 41. She had two children, ages four and nine, and some personal health problems. She had part-time work (writing a Sunday newspaper column) and she continued to do that while searching for a full-time job that would pay the bills. A year of searching and she'd found nothing.

Various challenges continued to drain her financially and emotionally. She spoke of some of those challenges very candidly. And with each step in her story, she told herself that she was too old. Too old to start over. Too old to change her life.

Then, at 44, a friend encouraged her to consider moving to a more hospitable city and starting over. She battled with herself as to whether that was a wise decision to make or not. Then one day she received a phone call that would begin the process to her new life. Three years earlier a professor had left a memo saying that she could teach if the university ever got in a pinch for a teacher. A week later, she was teaching 90 freshmen...and she felt more energized than she had in a very long time.

A couple of years later, again at the encouragement of a friend, Susan been working on her doctoral studies, complete with a four-year fellowship that paid the rent.

Starting over in a new city, she and her two children were still broke, but I'd wasn't a miserable experience. Susan's last words in the chapter sum it up well: "I had held out for a life with a dream attached, and we were moving toward it with joy."

I wanted to depict the idea that Susan communicated well in the chapter - though she thought she was too old, she discovered that time is indeed precious. It's not something to look down on, but rather something to embrace.






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Stamp: Hampton Arts Collections from the Journey stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink
Papers: Recollections Black and 110# Ivory Card Stock and Teresa Collins Freestyle Clocks double-sided DP
Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I Love to Color Day 28


This is my card for the 28th day of the Daily Marker's 30-Day Coloring Challenge.





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Image/Sentiment: Stampendous Daisy Thanks stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Brown and Staples Ivory Card Stock and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Recollections Pearls and Seam Binding from an unknown vendor

Sadness and Howling


The Challenge Your Stash gals are at it again... as we are on the 28th of every month. This month Shelly is the hostess - she gave us a recipe theme. We are to create a sympathy card, using some green on it and adding 3 of some kind of embellishment.

So, this is how it goes. We use the challenge theme... and rummage through our stash (we cannot buy anything new to use on these entries) and create a card/project.


I've had this Peachy Keen stamp set for a few years and *gasp!... 
it has never seen ink. It was about time, don't you think?




Lest you think I forgot this is a sympathy card challenge, 
look at the inside of my card:




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Image/Sentiment: Peachy Keen Howling Puppy stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Wild Wasabi Card Stock and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: 3 - THREE - red brads from an unknown vendor

Monday, March 27, 2017

I Love to Color Day 27


This is my card for the 27th day of the Daily Marker's 30-Day Coloring Challenge.





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Image: Stampin' UP! Blessed Easter stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections 110# White and Stampin' UP! Wild Wasabi Card Stock and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

Sweet Baby


Babies! 
I love babies!

The two cards on my blog today are created with dies from the Frantic Stamper Sweet Baby Die and Stamp Release.

Card #1


Frantic Stamper Dies






Card #2


Frantic Stamper Die






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Dies: Frantic Stamper Baby Word Square #FRA-DIE-10190 and Frantic Stamper Mom and Baby Ducks #FRA-DIE-10147

Papers: Stampin' UP! Bashful Blue and Yo Yo Yellow Cardstock, Pressed Petals Baby Boy Paper Pad DP, and all other papers from my scrap file

Embellishments: Paper Studio Gemstones



Die: Frantic Stamper Brush Script Sweet Baby #FRA-DIE-10192

Papers: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Pretty in Pink Cardstock, AMuse Studio Gingham DP, and other DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Diaper Pin Brad from an unknown vendor

Sunday, March 26, 2017

I Love to Color Day 26


This is my card for the 26th day of the Daily Marker's 30-Day Coloring Challenge...





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Image: Stampin' UP! Love Is Kindnesss stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections White and Stampin' UP! Rose Red and Wild Wasabi Card Stock and DP from my scrap file

Border Die: AMuse Studio Trio Scallop

Embellishments: Pearls from an unknown vendor

Try Something New - No Line Stamping


Normally Tuesdays are the day I have designated for trying something new and posting it to my blog. But this coming Tuesday I have another commitment on my blog, so I decided to do the Try Something New post today instead.

This is a technique I've wanted to try for quite some time now, but never was brave enough to attempt it. This week I decided it was time to give it a try. And truthfully - now that I've tried it, I've decided I need more practice. Lots and LOTS of practice... because this just isn't doing it for me. LOL!

But the point of trying new things is not to perfect them, but to try them. So I gave it a try.

No Line Coloring



I started by stamping the image very lightly with a light-colored ink (Memento Dessert Sand). In retrospect, I don't think that ink was light enough. I could still see the lines even after coloring. I colored the image with Copic markers and then added the detail to the "steam" using a Zig Spica Pen.

It was a fun technique to try and I'm pretty sure I'll be trying it again - only next time I think I'll use a flower image instead of a person. I think that will be easier.



This card will also be entered in the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.

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Image/Sentiment: CC Designs Clove with Coffee stamped with Memento Dessert Sand Ink and Colored with Copic and Zig Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and Kraft and Stampin' UP! Real Red Card Stock and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: SU Ribbon and a Heart-Shaped Brad from an unknown vendor