Friday, July 21, 2017

Wonderful Winter Snowman

Each month one of the Creative Card Chicks (a group I'm in) serves as hostess and sends out an envelope of goodies and instructions to the other group members. This month was Roxie's turn.

Now it's time to reveal our creations.

Roxie chose a Christmas in July sort of theme, telling us that she always starts her Christmas card making in July. One of her favorite color combinations is blue, gray, white and silver, so that's what she put together for us.

The  image she chose is a cuter than cute snowman. It looks like he's dancing with that little bird, doesn't it?


Roxie's kit included:
DP and Stickers - Bo Bunny - Sleigh Ride
CS and Embellishments - Stampin' UP!
Images - Stampin' Bella
Sentiment - Stampin' UP!

The only thing of my own that I used on this card was some Kraft CS

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Read Any Good Mysteries Lately?

The Mystery Image swap group on SCS swaps every other month and this month is our 41st round. WOW! We've been at this a long time.

Terry is the hostess this round which means she got to choose the image we all used on our cards. She also sent a sentiment. THANK YOU Terry! I loved the stamps you used!

Here's the card I made:

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Image/Sentiment (provided by Terry): MFT Here's the Story - I colored the image with my Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and Red CS and Crate Paper Love Notes double-sided DP

Embellishments: Greenbrier International Dots and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mid-Week Joy Report

NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day. If you're interested in seeing the Ready, Set, Go post either keep scrolling (it's my next blog post) or simply go HERE.

It's time for my Mid-Week Joy report, but truthfully, I'm typing this post way early since at the time this blog post goes live here on my blog, I will be in the Dominican Republic. I am on a mission trip, helping to staff their Vacation Bible School as well as being involved in some other ministry projects. I'm certain it is a JOY-filled week!

Before I left, I worked to get cards made and blog posts scheduled. I made 11 cards this week (which really means in 3 days time. WOW!

The card on my blog today was inspired by a chapter in the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing.

Chapter 29
Attitude is Half the Battle

Elizabeth recalls that she was never a very good athlete. She attempted various sports and discovered that cross-country was her favorite in High School. She never came close to winning, but she never gave up trying.

Her coach ("who wasn't known for his praise") pulled her aside one day and told her she wasn't very fast and her form needed some work. BUT what she did have, he said, was a willingness to keep running. He could always count on her to be in the race, with a smile on her face.

I call that determination.

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

Papers: Recollections White and Stampin' UP! Night of Navy and Read Red CS and DP from the DCWV Year Round Paper Pad

Embellishments: Oriental Trading Washi Tape and Brads from an unknown vendor

Ready Set Go X3

It's time for round three of the Ready, Set, Go challenges. In May, Kelly challenge the three of us to create using the newest stamp/set we've purchased AND the stamp set from our oldest post in the SCS Gallery (or the oldest one that we still own the stamp set). Then in June, Barb challenges us to add something that begins with an R (ready), S (set), and G (go) to our card.

Yes, you've guessed it. This month I got to choose the theme. We all three just happened to establish our SCS galleries in 2008, so I challenged us to go back and find our 8th entry (to represent 2008) and CASE that card. I assured them the CASE could be anything - color scheme, images, sketch, whatever... just tell us how they CASE'd the card.

I'm so excited to see what Barb and Kelly came up with.

Interestingly, when I went back to look at my 8th card, I discovered some things.

First, my photography was AWFUL!!! (Blurry, blurry, blurry!)

Second, I loved DP even then. (Truthfully, I remember being afraid to use DP for a long time in my cards. I collected it, hoarded it, but often times cringed at the thought of actually using it.)

Third, the picture is pretty blurry so it's difficult to tell what coloring medium I used, but I know I didn't color the image with Copics because I didn't own them then.

AND... I still own the stamps I used on the card.

Here is my CASE of the 8th card in my SCS Gallery:

Obviously I used the same stamps, but I also used the color lavender/plum. That's not a color I use very often. I added a lot of green to it, too... kind of like that color scheme. And I also used two white brads for embellishment, just like in my original card.

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Supplies Used

Stamps: Whipper Snapper Daisy Teacup Mouse and Penny Black My Cup of Tea stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers and a Gelly Roll Gel Pen

Sponging: Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Papers: Recollections White and Stampin' UP! Perfect Plum and Wild Wasabi CS and DP from the Recollections Bold Basics Paper Pad

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Try Something New with Napkins

While on Facebook one day I heard the rave about using napkins in Bible Journaling. It involves using Gesso and paper napkins with a pretty design/image on them. I wanted to give it a try, but was hesitant to do so in my Bible without first trying it somewhere else. So... I did it on a card.

But... I messed up.

I didn't realize there is clear Gesso. I had Gesso and thought it was what they were talking about. Then, when I used it, I discovered it really dulls the image... so I'm thinking I was supposed to use clear Gesso. I guess I'll be making a trip to the big box Craft store before I try this technique again.

It doesn't show up real well, but I add a little bit of Stickles on the outline of the poinsettia to give it a bit of definition and sparkle.

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Sentiment: Stampin' UP! stamped with Memento Cottage Ivy Ink

Image: Napkin from an unknown vendor

Papers: Recollections Black, Ivory, and Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones and Stickles Glitter Glue

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sea Shells

Don't you just love sea shells?  I have fond memories of going to the beach as a child and gathering sea shells. I loved placing the large ones up to my ear so I could "hear the ocean." Bliss!

This card features Frantic Stamper Precision Dies.

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Supply List

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies: Nautilus Shell #FRA-DIE-09925 and Shell Edger #FRA-DIE-10251

Papers: Recollections and Stampin' UP! CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Clear Enamel Dots and Washi tape, both from unknown vendors

Sunday, July 16, 2017


I love the treasure chest items in the July Frantic Stamper release. I see so many fabulous options for using them - and look forward to creating with them again soon. (I even have an idea to use them in my Bible Journaling).

Frantic Stamper Products Used:

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Image: Frantic Stamper You're a Treasure Stamp Set #FRA-CL-077 stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Dies: Frantic Stamper Treasure Stamp Matchers #FRA-DIE-10260

Papers: Stampin' UP! Daffodil Delight and Dapper Denim CS and DP from the Cosmo Cricket Salt Air Paper Pad

Embellishments: Stickles Glitter Glue and Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Darlings and Shakespeare

Are you ready for this month's Dueling Darlings duel? I've been anticipating this day for some time now. Let's duel!

Paola and Heather are the hosts this month, so they put their heads together and came up with a theme. Then they each put together kits and mailed them out to the respective team members. I'm a Dazzler, so I received one of Paola's kits. WOW! It was full of awesome stuff. THANK Paola! And thanks to both of you for being the DDD hosts this month.

The theme they chose is....

Midsummer Night's Dream
The theme was taken from Shakespeare, 
but also a reflections of the time of year it is
After all, we are smack dab in the middle of summer

Paola's kit included the following items...

Graphic45 ( Nature Sketchbook Collection)
* Flora Fascination # 4501476
* Wildflower Bouquet # 4501478
* The Sprinkling Limited Edition Colors c/s stack
Fairy Sweet by Penny Black ( illustrated by M.Manning) 
Maple Leaf by SU 
Sentiments( sm) by Inkadinkado ( lrg) by Great Impression E655
* turquoise deco dots and tourquise candy floss by American Crafts
* grosgrain ribbon by SU
* red sheer ribbon ; turquoise jewels ; Bazzil flower blossoms - From my stash
* red and green foliage dies and fairy post die - From my dies' collection

The Dazzlers also had the option of finding/using their own fairy type of image. I found mine as a freebie coloring page on

As an extra challenge - in celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday, we were asked to include the maple leaf somewhere on our cards.  We were also asked to share what Shakespeare quote we use the most... so I looked and looked and looked and truthfully I couldn't find a Shakespeare quote that I use all that often. But I did find one that is a reflections of my personality in Shakespeare's Hamlet. "To thine own self be true." I've always been an individual who lived my life according to my principles, my goals, etc. I am not one who struggles with what others think. I march to my own drum.

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Please head over to all of the Dueling Darling blogs to see what they've made, too. You can find the links in my left sidebar.

In addition to Paola's kit, I used the free Fairy image I found and the following card stock: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Old Olive

Friday, July 14, 2017

Who Needs a Hug?

This week has sure gone by quickly. I'm pretty sad to say this is Friday. It is my last day as a Growing in Unity Gal... and your last day to leave a comment and get your name in the drawing to be one of the winners of 25 randomly selected Unity stamps.

It is also the day before my daughter leaves. She's been here a little over a month and I've thoroughly enjoyed having her here. (She lives in Alaska - I do not - so times spent together like this are much too infrequent.)

I guess I chose this Unity stamp set for today's card because I knew I'd be needing a hug - or two, or three, or four.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Be sure to leave a comment - this is your last chance. Tonight all of those who have commented will be put into the random drawing to see who wins the Unity stamps.

Image/Sentiments: Unity Full of Happy Hugs stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Summer Sun CS and DP from the Paper Studio Spoiled Rotten Paper Pad

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017


This is my 4th day as a Growing In Unity Gal. I'm sure having fun... and I hope you are enjoying seeing the cards I've made. The anticipation is building. Soon we will know who will win the prizes. Keep commenting for a chance to win... 25 randomly selected Unity stamps. WOW!!!

I've chosen another previously uninked stamp to use for today's card. This one is called Glowing and Beautiful. It's a cute stamp set!!! When I first purchased it, I intended to use it in a Bible Journaling page, but as of yet, that hasn't happened. Perhaps soon.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! 
Be sure to comment if you want a chance to win a prize!

Image/Sentiment: Unity Glowing and Beautiful stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections White and Stampin' UP! Pumpkin Pie and Soft Suede CS and Jelly Bean Soup Swell Soy double-sided DP

Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Is Your Name on the Naughty List

This is my third day as a Growing In Unity Gal... and I want to thank all of you who have been visiting my blog and leaving comments. I really do appreciate you! And I'm looking forward to find out out which two commenters will win the prize at the end of the week. Remember, there are two sets of  25 Randomly Selected Unity Stamps that will be given away... so keep those comments coming so you have a chance of winning.

Normally on Wednesdays I give a Mid-Week Joy Report on my blog. This week I'll keep it brief. It definitely is a great week - of course! Since I'm a Growing In Unity Gal... it would have to be great, right?

I've also been busy making cards and getting blog posts together and such, because I'll be gone all week next week. I'm going on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. I'm very excited about that.

I've made 16 cards in the past 7 days.

Wednesdays are also the day that I've chosen for a personal challenge this year. Late last year I purchased a little book at the thrift store entitled 50 Truths Worth Knowing. I hadn't read the book but I determined that I was going to read one of the very short chapters (they're normally no more than 2-3 pages long) and use that story as my inspiration for the day's card.

I considered not doing that this week, since I'm a Growing In Unity Gal, but then I decided I would... after all, I could use a Unity stamp for the card, so it would be okay.

The truth is I love Unity stamps so much that I really didn't fear that I wouldn't have a Unity stamp that would be appropriate... my collection of Unity stamps is vast.

And remember, this week, I've chosen only to use stamps that have not yet seen ink. Today is no exception.

So.... on to the story.

A True Surprise Is a Rare Gift
Chapter 28

Brian has been known to frustrate his wife. He doesn't mean to do it. But it happens. Every Christmas, birthday, anniversary, really any gift-giving occasion... his wife Jen asks him to guess what's in his present. And every time - every. single. time - he guesses correctly, completely spoiling her surprise and the gift-giving moment.

"Why do you always do that?" she asks.

Brian finds it strangely pleasurable that he has this uncanny ability to guess correctly. He says that is why it was so frustrating to him when they were expecting their first child and Jen didn't want to know the gender ahead of time. He wanted to know. But no matter how he tried to convince her, she remained steadfast in her desire for a surprise at delivery.

Strangely perhaps, once Jen went into labor, Brian no longer thought about whether the baby was a boy or a girl. Even though he'd wondered and wondered, in these moments his focus was elsewhere. Then when the time came to deliver, the anxiety returned and the waiting for the reveal once again overtook him.

"It's a boy!" the doctor proclaimed. Brian was overcome with emotion.

Brian says he "learned at that moment that true surprise is so rare, so special, that it needs to be embraced at every opportunity."

He doesn't say whether he guessed what he was getting the next Christmas or not, but I suspect the guessing no longer held the same appeal for him that it once had.

I decided the Unity Stamp Set Naughty, Nice, Not Sure seemed appropriate for this story...

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Supplies Used

Image/Sentiment: Unity Naughty Nice, Not Sure stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Real Red CS and DP from the Recollections Stocking Stuffer Paper Pad

Embellishments: Greenbrier International Sparkle Dots and Stickles Glitter Glue

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Visiting the Sweet Shop

This is my second day as a Growing In Unity Gal... what fun! Remember to leave a comment. Two lucky people (randomly selected from those who comment on my Growing In Unity blog posts) will receive 25 Unity stamps. You want a chance to win, I'm sure... and you can only win if you comment.

If you're not a regular on my blog, let me also explain about Tuesdays. Every Tuesday I attempt to do "something new" and post it on my blog. Sometimes these new things work out well; other times, not so much. I kind of like today's new.

It so happens that a while back (on Facebook) I saw a picture of a card someone had made using a darling Unity stamp (Meant for Adventure). The image had only been partially colored and all of the colored elements were red. You can actually see the card in the Unity store website HERE.

I was so impressed that I made a mental note to do this technique some Tuesday... and today is the day. I chose to use the Unity stamp set called Candy {Fashionista} for my card.

For a bit more fun, I stamped her dress and the bow in her hair on the same designer paper I used on the card, and did some paper-piecing.

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Image/Sentiment: Unity Candy {Fashionista} stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Monday, July 10, 2017

I Think Unity Is Pretty Special!

Oh. my. goodness. I am so excited! I have waited and waited and WAITED for this day to get here... and it finally has! Envision this - I'm jumping up and down and squealing as I type because I am so excited!

Why all this celebration? Because I am one of this week's Growing in Unity Gals!!! Do you know about Growing in Unity? If not, you need to, because it is pretty amazing!

Each week there are two Growing in Unity Gals. (I'm still so excited that I am one of them this week!) As a GIU Gal, every day this week (Monday through Friday) I will post a card/project on featuring a Unity Stamp/Set on my blog. Then at the end of the week, two winners will be chosen randomly from the people who have commented on my GIU blog posts. Those winners will receive a package in the mail from Unity... containing 25 random stamps. How cool is that!?!?!?

So come on... check out today's card (as well as the others this week) and BE SURE to leave a comment! After all, if you don't comment, I won't know you were here and I won't be able to put your name in the drawing for the prize.

Oh, and in case you're wondering... yes, I do have a lot - A LOT - of Unity stamps, so it was difficult to decide which ones to use this week. I made my choices a little easier... I decided to only use Unity stamps in my collection that I have not previously used.

Isn't that image just way too adorable?
This set comes with the image and sentiment I used, plus one more sentiment.
Check it out HERE.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Hint: Don't forget to comment for a chance to win the prize.

Image/Sentiment: Unity Smooches and Stuff stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers, a Zig Wink of Stella Marker, and a Gelly Roll Gel Pen

Papers: Recollections Brown and White and Stampin' UP! Wild Wasabi CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Brad and Washi Tape from unknown vendors

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Anything is Popsicle

NOTE: I have two blog posts today. The one immediately following this one is my International Art & Soul Challenge card. But even if you don't have an interest in seeing the card, you should check out that post... so you can see pictures of my son Brock. You know you want to. 

I'm really excited about this post. It's the Three Musketeers post. Kelly, Barb and I have been crafting and look at the cutie we got to color up and use this month...

I am the "hostess" of the Musketeers this month and I chose the CC Designs Popsicle set to use.

She was such fun to color!

Be sure to head over to Barb's blog and Kelly's blog to see their creations, too!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Image/Sentiment: CC Designs Popsicle stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections White and Stampin' UP! Pixie Pink CS and DP from my scrap file

Ribbon: Oriental Trading and Ribbon Boutique

Out to Pasture

It's time for a new challenge at International Art & Soul...

July 9 - 22
Theme: Elements of Nature

I hope you'll participate!

I thought this pasture scene was an appropriate image to use for my card:

When I think of nature, my mind almost immediately thinks of my son Brock. He is a big guy with a tender heart for the "ducks" at our local park. (Okay, I know many of them are really geese, but he calls all of them ducks.) He loves to go to the park and feed these special friends the leftover bread from the loaf he buys each week for the sandwiches in his lunchbox.

Oh, the joy of sharing!

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Image/Quote: Flourishes Country Road stamped with Lawn Fawn ink and colored with Chameleon Colored Pencils

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

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor