Sunday, February 19, 2017

Recycle It

It's time for the second challenge at International Art & Soul. The first one was a huge success! If you participated, THANK YOU!

February 19 - March 4
Theme: Recycling

I hope you'll participate!

Here's my card:

I recycled a little clip from a loaf of bread on my card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Delta Sunflower II stamped with Versafine Ink and embossed with Commotion Copper Embossing Powder and colored with Spectrum Noir Sparkle and Zig Wink of Stella Markers

Sentiment: Stampabilities Hi stamped with Gina K Black Onyx Ink

Papers: Recollections Brown and White and Stampin' UP! Daffodil Delight Cardstock and DP from my scrap file

Recycled Item: Bread Clip

Embellishment: Seam Binding from an unknown vendor

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Floral Thank You

Sweet Stampin' has a GREAT theme for this week's challenge. Check it out...

February 18 - 24
Theme: Flowers

I hope you'll participate!

Here's my card:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Stampin' UP! Field Flowers
Sentiment: Hampton Arts Thank You
Ink: Dew Drop Sunflower Yellow, Gina K Black Onyx, and Memento Cottage Ivy
Embossing Powder: Ranger Ancient Gold
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories
Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Daffodil Delight Cardstock and DP from my scrap file
Embellishments: Recollection Pearls

Friday, February 17, 2017

Here Am I, Send Me

I. don't. do. tags.

Well, not normally, but I did today...

Why did I make a tag? 
Because it's time for a "Tag Challenge" at PDE Linky Party.

February 17 - 23

I hope you'll participate!

Of course, for me, it means more than a tag... so I'm using my tag as a bookmark for a Bible Journaling page. I'm actually pretty excited about this page... I actually like how it turned out.

Then I heard the Lord asking, 
"Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? 
Who will go for us?"
I said, "Here am I. Send me."

This verse has long been very special to me. I often find myself asking the Lord, where will You send me? (Where shall I go?)

And God has sent me - inside the passport on this page I've recorded the ten international mission trips I've been on so far.

Kazakstan (x2)
Bulgaria (x2)
South Africa
Thailand (x3)
Dominican Republic

I. made. a. tag.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Images/Quote: Concord & 9th Map Love and Sweet 'n Sassy Across the Miles
Ink: Gina K Black Onyx, Memento Lady Bug and Paris Dusk, and Tim Holtz Antique Linen and Pumice Stone 
Tag: Paper Studio
Other Items (all from unknown vendors): Baker's Twine, Luggage Tag, Map, Passport, and Ribbon

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I Love You More than Chocolate

Have you been to the Gerda Steiner Designs blog this month? The progressive challenge features an adorable image.... I Love You More than Chocolate Piggy. If you didn't play along last month, you can buy the image in the Gerda Steiner store... but if you did, you received him for free. Isn't that cool? And by participating in this month's Gerda Steiner Progressive Challenge, you'll get next month's image FREE. It will be delivered directly to your email at the beginning of March.

Everyone. is. a. winner.

Here's my card:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Gerda Steiner Designs I Love You More than Chocolate Piggy colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Brown and White Cardstock and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Ribbon and a Flower and Brads from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mid Week Joy Report

PLEASE NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day. If you are here to check out the Dueling Darling post, you can find it quickly by clicking HERE... or just keep scrolling through this post. It's the one after this one.

Well, let's see... what have been some of the highlights of my week?

My husband is on a mission trip in the Dominican Republic. He left Monday morning and the flights went smoothly. When flying uneventful is a good thing... and it was.

I had two meetings (out-of-town) on the weekend and they were very productive. (Bonus: I got to eat at Chipotle - more than once - and I had Starbucks!)

I made ten cards (in addition to all the other things I had going on this week, I think that's pretty good.)

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One of the cards I made was the one for today's "50 Truths Worth Knowing" Challenge. This is week 7 - the title of the chapter/excerpt is "Friendship is Hard, but the Rewards are Grand".

Anndee, who was Philadelphia had lived with her friend Rachael in the Pacific Northwest for seven years. They were very close and imagined a lifetime of experiences together - things like being present at the birth of each other's children and growing old in the same zip code.

Then Anndee decided to move back to Philadelphia and Rachael felt betrayed. In truth, she was angry that Anndee would do this.

Anndee assured Rachael that they would remain close and at first she made a genuine effort to keep in touch. As time went on they called less and less often. Long distance friendships are challenging, especially when you've had countless days of spontaneous supermarket trips, late nigh gossip sessions and so many other "together" moments for seven years.

Finally Anndee made a trip back to Portland for a visit. The friends determined that they really missed each other and decided to make a better effort at staying in touch, including scheduled phone calls.

Over time, Anndee found that she started calling Rachael when a song came on the radio that reminded her of her friend or at other times when she randomly thinks of her. They exchange pictures of their children and stick them on the refrigerator door. They have determined that their friendship is worth the extra effort it takes to remain close even at a distance.

To reflect this story I used a "world" image - no they didn't live a world apart, but I suspect the distance sometimes felt that far. And I loved the scripture verse that I placed on the front - "The Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another." (Genesis 31:49)

No matter how
far away you feel,
you are always
close to my heart.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Image/Sentiments: Sweet 'n Sassy Across the Miles stamped with Gina K Black Onyx Ink

Papers: Recollections Earth-Colored Cardstock

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Loads of Love

Let's Get our Duel on... with Loads of Love!

The Dueling Darlings are having a friendly little duel today. Suzy (Divas) and Deb (Dazzlers - and a new member!) are the hostesses this month. Thank you ladies... and a special thanks to Deb for the fun kit I received as a Dazzler!

Deb's kit included:

Image/Sentiment: Stampin' UP! Loads of Love stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Papers: Brazil cinnamon Stick and Ruby Slipper (solid paper) and Recollections Red Denim and Black & Tan Paisley 
Ribbon: Brother & Sister Burlap Twine and Red Elastic and Celebrate It Red Sparkle
Buttons: Dress It Up Love Potion Hearts and other buttons from Sew-ology

Here's my card:

Be sure to stop by all the Dueling Darling blogs to see what they've made this month (the links are in my left sidebar.)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

The only thing I used to make this card other than what Deb sent was some cardstock - Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Early Espresso.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Try Something New

First, let me say - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! 
I hope you have a great day with the love of your life.

I can't stop with just that greeting though... because it's Tuesday... time to Try Something New!

I saw a video a week or two ago - and then couldn't find it again even after trying diligently to do so. It described how to create your own background (designer) paper by scoring lines in regular yardstick and then adding ink.

Since I couldn't find the video to refresh my memory of how to do this... I just started playing. LOL! I scored my white cardstock at 1/2" intervals. I did this straight, because I couldn't figure out how to do it at an angle, but since I wanted those lines angled, I trimmed the paper to make that happen - after I inked it. I used a brayer to add the ink. I like how the lines (score tracks) didn't take the ink.

I actually really had fun with this card - and like how that background turned out.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Stampendous Full Fluffies stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers and a Zig Wink of Stella Marker

Ink for Background Technique: Altenew Crimson

Cardstock: Recollections Black and White

Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones, Paper Studio Doily, and Stampin' UP! Ribbon