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.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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

I Love Chocolate, Darling

It's the 15th of September... time for a friendly duel. The Dueling Darlings are hosted by Terry and Terry this month. LOL! That's two different Terry darlings, not one and the same. They put their heads together and decided since September 13th is the birthday of Milton Hershey then their theme had to be......


Great idea, ladies!

Terry (of the Dazzlers) sent an amazing kit. It had a delightful assortment of items for making a card... and it also had a special treat.

Terry's Kit Items

Images: Penny Black Chocolate Moment and Inky Antics Chocolate Candies stamped on Recollections CS with Versafine Black Ink (I colored them with Copic Markers)

Papers: Paper Studio Gold Wedding and Mirabelle Floral DP and Brazil Textured Green and  Stampin' UP! Textured Chocolate Chip and Purely Pomegranate CS

Doilies: Paper Studio Kraft and Vintage Pink

Embellishments: My Art C brass embellishment, 28 Lilac Lane Toasted Graham buttons and sequins, Recollections Adhesive Faux Pearls, Paper Studio Clear Gems, Joann's Gold Perl Stickers, and Stampin' UP! Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine and Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched Ribbon

The only thing of my own that I used on my card was some card stock (Recollections Brown and Stampin' UP! Mellow Moss).

Here's the card I made:

I did mention there was a special treat in Terry's package, too. Look......

Terry sent the Dazzlers a delicious little box of fudge from her favorite fudge shop. (Did I mention she lives on Mackinac Island, where apparently there is often the smell of chocolate wafting from the many shops sprinkled around town?)

Terry (x 2) also asked the Darlings to share our favorite chocolate items. Hmmmmm... for me... it's tough. I like lots of chocolate items but mostly I'm not a fan of chocolate all alone. It needs to be in combination with something else. Like Chocolate Marshmallow Shakes from my favorite local ice cream shop, Cherry Mash Candy Bars, sheesh! I don't even drink straight chocolate milk. If I have  chocolate milk it has to be mixed with 2 % white milk. And fudge... delicious fudge. Cherry Chocolate Fudge (only found in Door County Wisconsin, alas), Chocolate Pecan Fudge, Chocolate Walnut Fudge. My favorite beverage at Starbuck's is White Chocolate Mocha. The list goes on and on. I can't name just one. LOL!

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Be sure to stop by the other Dueling Darling blogs - you'll find links to both the Dazzlers and the Divas in my left side bar.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Sweet Tooth for Cupcakes

I love winning... and in the Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge, I win EVERY month. You can, too! Because every month we participate in the Gerda Steiner Progressive Challenge, we WIN the next month's image... FREE!

This month, the image is Sweet Tooth Mouse. Such a cutie!

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Supplies Used

Image: Gerda Steiner Sweet Tooth Mouse colored with Copic Markers

Sentiment: Some Odd Girl Tiny Baker Tia stamped with Gina K Ink

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

Embellishment: Cupcake Brad from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ready Set Go with Teachers

NOTE: I have two blog posts today... please keep strolling to see my Craftaholics R Us card, too.

This is a special day! It's time for Barb, Kelly, and I to post our "Ready, Set, Go" card/project.

This month Barb is the one who chose our theme. She's a retired educator, so this the theme she chose is VERY appropriate!

Here's what Barb said...

Here's our theme for September. That month is always back to school, for me at least... so think of your favorite subject in school or even your favorite teacher. It could be grade school or high school or even college. Design a card that reflects your favorite school subject or describes or highlights your favorite teacher.

Now, you might wonder what S'mores has to do with my favorite thing about school. LOL! Hear me out. I was a lazy student until I was a Sophomore in High School, at which point I did begin to try to do better. Prior to that I was the one who did just enough to get by.... and yes, LUNCH was my favorite subject in school. ;)

Seriously, though... I'd like to mention a few favorite teachers (my Top 5) - those we need s'more of.

Brittney (my daughter) - who gives her all to the special education students she works with in the bush of Alaska. Brittney, I am so proud of you!!!

Miss Goss - one of only two grade school teachers I remember by name (and I had many, since we moved every 3-6 months during those times). Miss Goss was a first-year teacher and she loved us almost as much as we loved her. WOW! She was incredible!

Sis - though I thought I could NEVER call my teacher Sis like all the other students did, I soon learned to do so. I was only in her class for about 8 weeks (I had 4 schools that year), but she had a great impact on me. She taught eight grades of students and kept us all in line, too.

Mrs. Ewing - my High School Speech/Theatre teacher. What can I say. She was the best. She brought out the best in me. I learned to love Speech, especially and eventually studied Speech/Theatre in college, earning a BS in Education in Speech/Theatre.

Mr. Peerbolte - one of my college Theatre professors. He worked alongside the students many many hours, teaching us as we built sets worked on props, and prepared for each and every theatre production. He taught us how to adapt and be creative as we sought to achieve whatever the director was wanting. And he made it FUN!

Thank you to each of my Top 5!!! And to all of the other fabulous teachers who give so much of themselves to help their students achieve their very best!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Jillian Vance Teacher Treats stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink

Dies: MFT Toasted Marshmallow inked with Ranger Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks

Papers: Stampin' UP! Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, and Orange and Staples Ivory CS and DP from the DCWV Pumpkin Patch Paper Stack

Embellishment: Ribbon from an unknown vendor


I've owned this Unity stamp set for a long long time... and it's never seen ink before. I feel really bad about that, especially since a friend gave me the stamp. My bad.

But... Craftaholics R Us is having a Pumpkin-themed challenge so I pulled this stamp out, inked it up, colored it up, and made a card.

I hope you'll participate in the Craftaholics R Us Pumpkin Challenge.

September 13 - 19
Theme: Pumpkins

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Unity Thanks Thanks Thanks stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Core'dinations White, Recollections Kraft, and Stampin' UP! Chocolate Chip CS and DP from the DCWV Basic Stack

Embellishments: Cloud 9 Rain Dots

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Something New Shine Bright

I did it again. As soon as one of those fabulous Unity Quick Tip videos appeared in my emails, I had to try it.

Now, I have to say, my first attempt didn't work, so I stepped back, adapted it a wee bit, and tried again.

HERE is the video. I first tried making a sun rays effect, but it just didn't work with the snowman. So I tried again (yes, I stamped and colored the image again after throwing away my first effort) and this time only added one beam of glitter paste in between the two strips of washi tape that I'd used for masking. I liked this look much better with my snowman image.

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Unity Wintertime Friends stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Core'dinations White, Recollections Black, and Stampin' UP! Yo Yo Yellow CS and AMuse Studio DP

Embellishments: Nuvo Glitter Paste, Scribbles Glittering Crystal, Stickles Glitter Glue and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Best Gift of All

If you've been checking out my blog, you know I've been showing you some cards I've made for the new Christmas release at Frantic Stamper. Today is my third post - and it is my favorite card I made with the release.

Jesus is the best gift of all!

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies Used:

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Supplies Used

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies: Gift Card Corner Holder #FRA-DIE-10301, Nativity Silhouette Set #FRA-DIE-10312, Star on a String #FRA-DIE-10306, and Stitched Hexagons #FRA-DIE-09830

Paper: Colorbok Metallic Gold, Recollections Black, Blue, and Kraft and Stampin' UP! Shimmering White CS

Embellishments: Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Flamingo Happiness!

I actually used a little kit that I received from my friend Kelly to make this card. It makes my heart happy! THANK YOU, Kelly!

The sparkle!

The adorable pair of flamingos in their beautiful pinkness!

The fun saying!

Yep, I'm one happy girl!

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Pumpkin Picking

Happy Fall, Y'all!

It's time for the Three Musketeers to show their stuff. And this month Kelly chose an adorable autumn image and sentiments for our projects. Kelly, I love CC Deigns Cinnamon and Pumpkin... just way too adorable. And fun to color, too.

I love fall colors!

In case you have no idea what I'm talking about when I mention the Three Musketeers, that's Barb, Kelly, and me. Did you see our picture in my left sidebar? If you didn't, you really should check it out... because we look like mischief, creativity, and craziness, all wrapped into one trio of friends. (In case you're wondering, Barb is the CraZy one.)

 Each month - on the 9th - we all three show what we've made with the same image. One of us chooses the image and shares it with the other two. It's super fun! So, be sure to head over to Barb's blog and Kelly's blog to see what they've made, too.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Image/Sentiment (from Kelly): CC Designs Cinnamon with Pumpkin stamped on Recollections 110# White CS with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (I colored it with Copic Markers)

Papers: Stampin' UP! Pumpkin Pie and True Thyme CS and DCWV Basic Stack and Paper Studio Thanksgiving Words DP

Embellishment: Stampin' UP! Ribbon

Friday, September 8, 2017

Joy Report with a Fight

This week has been a week. Some weeks are like that. But I am choosing joy! 'Nuf said. ;) Let's move on. Next week will be a better week.

Oh, and for those who are curious, I made 7 cards this week.

As has been my practice this year, I read a chapter the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing and then used it as the basis for a card. I refer to this as my personal 50 Truths Worth Knowing challenge. This week it stretched me a bit. I was stumped as to what to do with this story/chapter. It might very well have been the most challenging chapter/week of the entire challenge.

But I'm always up for a challenge... so I embraced this one, too.

Chapter 36
50 Truths Worth Knowing

It Pays to Approach New Things With an Open Mind

Laura was a 36-year-old with one child. Her doctor said it was time for her to schedule her first ever "routine" mammogram. A writer by profession who specialized in health-related topics, Laura didn't hesitate one bit. She didn't necessarily look forward to the test, but she wasn't apprehensive either.


Female friends and family members, upon learning of her upcoming test, proceeded to tell her horror stories, give her unsolicited advice, and tried to prepare her for the "pain, pressure, and personal humiliation" she would surely experience.

Laura laid awake at night, wondering if she should be apprehensive... and then she was apprehensive.


She remembered being inundated with similar tales, concerns, and warnings when she was expecting her child... and in reality, while delivery was not pleasant, it was not awful either. People were well-meaning, but they might not be right.

When the time came Laura calmly went for her mammogram and found that the experience wasn't great, but it wasn't awful either.

Yes, approaching new things with an open mind is important. Laura hopes she'll be able to have the same positive attitude when attends her upcoming class reunion.

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Supplies Used

Stamps: A Muse Studio Fight Like a Girl stamped with Gina K Onyx Black Ink

Paper: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Flirty Flamingo CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Oriental Trading Brad, Target Fabric Tape and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Special Birth

The Crafters of Faith group on SCS is one of my favorites. My friend Kelly created this group and she leads us with a sweet spirit.

Each month, one of the members chooses a Scripture verse and/or theme and we all created based on that theme. Then on the 7th of the month we show what we've made.

Today is the day.

Judy was the hostess this round. She came up with a great theme for us.

These are her words:

I have so many favorite verses; many from the Psalms, from Romans, Galatians and Philippians and went back and forth in choosing a verse for September. I finally settled on this verse that really sums up for me my faith:

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so no one can boast. For we our God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:8-10 

As September is the month both my sons were born in I like to remember that these boys were two of the greatest gifts God gave to me! (The meaning of their names is Gift of God) So I would like you to create a card celebrating a birth or another great gift God has bestowed on you. 

I decided to create a card featuring the most significant birth of all - the birth of Christ.

The inside of my card:

This was actually my second card. I like it. On the other hand I absolutely HATED my first card. UGH! But... since I am not one to avoid showing the ugly cards I make, I decided to show you my FAIL...

The inside:

I guess you noticed I made the ugly card pictures very very small. *giggles

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Supplies List

Stamps: My Sentiments Exactly "Joy to the World" and Stampendous "Holy Night" stamped with Gina K Black Onyx Ink and Stampin' UP! Work of Art stamped with Brilliance Sunflower Yellow Ink

Die: Taylored Expressions Nativity Border

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

Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones, Your Next Stamp Gum Drops, and a Star-shaped Brad and Washi Tape from unknown vendors