Sunday, April 11, 2021

You Are Simply Fabulous

This week's Clean and Simple "Flower Power" Challenge (#CAS632) was just too perfect to ignore. I love Love LOVE coloring flowers and I have a ton of floral stamps, may of which have never seen ink. I chose one of those previously uninked ones for my card.


Rubbernecker Brushed Flower #13


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Stamp/Die: Rubbernecker Brushed Flower #13 and Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Cougar 110# White CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle and Simon Says Chunky Scalloped Rectangles

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Stamp What? The Gift of Love

My friend Kelly (and her son) came up with a great idea for a card series last year and she invited Barb and me to join her in the adventure - called Stamp What?

The name *Stamp What?* comes from using only STAMPin' Up stamps for this challenge and never knowing WHAT it will be!

Recognizing that we all have stamp sets that are just collecting dust, this series nudges us into using some of them. Twelve of them, to be exact - one each month. We are to either have someone choose one for us or we are to randomly select one of our older Stampin' UP! stamp sets and create a card using it, that we then share on our blogs on the 10th of each month.

We had so much fun with this series last year (and still have lots of dusty stamp sets) so we're doing it again this year.

I numbered my wood-mounted (aka older) SU stamp sets and used a random number generator to choose the stamp set to use this month... The Gift of Love, circa 2002. I am really drawn to shepherds, so of course I love this set.


Be sure to head over to Kelly's blog and Barb's blog to see what stamp set they've used this month - and of course to admire their creativity.

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Stamp Set: SU The Gift of Love stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Cougar 110# White and SU Creamy Caramel CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle and SU Circles

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

Friday, April 9, 2021

A Three Musketeer Bouquet

Kelly, Barb, and I have been creating together as the Three Musketeers every month since November 2014. We all three create a card using the same image. I always enjoy seeing how different our cards are, even though we use the same image. This is one of my favorite posts of the month. 

We take turns choosing what stamp will be used. This month it was my turn and I chose the Sketchbook Bouquet stamp set from Taylored Expressions. I fell in love with the flowers in this set the moment I saw them and knew I wanted to purchase them and use them for this month's Three Musketeers. I am really excited to see what Barb and Kelly did with them.



 

Be sure to check out Kelly's and Barb's cards on their blogs, too. 





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Stamp Set
: Taylored Expressions Sketchbook Bouquet stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Cougar 110# White and SU Groovy Guava CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: SU Ribbon and Dragonfly Brad from an unknown vendor

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Where's the Inspiration?

What is the starting point for making a card? For me, often times it is a challenge theme. Other times it is a particular stamp that I'm wanting to use. Then, on days like this, it's the designer paper that catches my eye and screams USE ME! 

What's a girl to do? Search her Evernote inventory and find a stamp that works with the paper, of course.

I thought the Deep Red Wild Sunflowers were a nice combination with the beautiful floral paper.


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Stamp: Deep Red Wild Sunflowers stamped with Gina K Amalgam Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Cougar 110# White and SU Cherry Cobbler CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: Jaded Blossom Scallop Rectangle, MFT Stitched Rectangle, MFT Starburst Sentiment Strips, and SU Stitched Shapes (Squares)

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Joy Comes In the Morning

On the 7th of each month, the SCS Crafters of Faith group shares cards made with a common theme, chosen by one of the members. These challenges are inspired by Scripture, though the cards themselves do not have to have a religious theme.

This month Faye challenged us with the following...

Scripture: For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)

Challenge: In thinking of this scripture through many years of my life there is a hymn that also comes to mind - All Through the NightUse either the scripture or some words in the hymn for inspiration on your card.


I wanted to show both night and day on my card since the Scripture verse speaks of both. I didn't have the verse in stamp form so I generated it on my computer.


I hope Faye and the other Crafts of Faith like my card.

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Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Daffodil Delight CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle, Poppy Stamps Joy Banner, and Taylored Expressions City Skyline

Embellishment: Eyelet Outlet Enamel Heart

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

2021 Travel the World - Week 14

I started a 50-week series in 2019 that I called Travel the World. Each week of the series I visited a randomly-selected country, sharing bits of information about that country. I then chose one tidbit of information about that week's country as inspiration for a card. As I explored those 50 countries in 2019, I knew I would continue on until I've visited every one of the 195 countries in the world, so I continued the series in 2020 and here I am in 2021, the third year of traveling the world. 

This week's country is...

Azerbaijan

Occupying an area that fringes the southern flanks of the Caucasus Mountains, it is bounded on the north by Russia, on the east by the Caspian Sea, on the south by Iran, on the west by Armenia, and on the northwest by Georgia.

Azerbaijan is roughly the same size as neighboring Armenia and Georgia, but is dwarfed by Turkey, Iran and Russia, who it also shares borders with. It is roughly four times the size of Wales.

Australia is 89 times larger than Azerbaijan.

Mountains cover 60% area of the country and the remaining is covered by plains and lowlands.

You can float through the country's capital city. Baku is home to Little Venice, a man-made waterway that flows between shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. It has a number of islands, connected by bridges and walkways – but the best way to get around is by gondola. 

Azerbaijan also has an abundance of small and large rivers accounting to more than 8400 in total. However, only 24 of these rivers are more than 62 miles long.

Azerbaijan once produced half of the world's oil.

Although it makes most money from oil and gas, Azerbaijan also exploits grains, grapes, cotton and livestock.

Azerbaijan is the home of two of the world class chess players.

The horse is the national animal of Azerbaijan, and the Karabakh horse (rare and beautiful) is especially known for its agility, endurance, and intelligence.

Being a guest in Azerbaijan: Hospitality in Azerbaijan is not just important but a valuable characteristic of the national culture. Food and shelter will be offered to the guest even at the expense of the host’s needs.

Tea takes a special place in Azerbaijan’s customs and traditions. It is a part of almost all social occasions and is served in countless trimmings. Jam, mint, rosewater, lemon are often used to give that extra rich flavor to the tea.

Kutabi – filled pancakes – are practically Azerbaijan’s national dish. They’re stuffed with pumpkin, veggies, meat or just a sprinkling of herbs, then flipped and toasted on a griddle. 

They bake their bread in vertical ovens. Known as a tandoor (but spelled tendir in Azeri), these cylindrical ovens feature a blazing hot fire on the inside, and the bread is placed along the inner walls, where it’s exposed directly to the heat of the coals within the same chamber. The dough is sticky enough that they can just slap it on, and they fish it out with a metal hook when it’s ready.

When bread goes stale, Azerbaijani cooks don’t just chuck it in the bin: they hang it up in bags, separate from the rest of the rubbish, to signify their respect. If you drop bread on the floor, it’s custom to kiss it, as an apology.

When families are matchmaking, the tea tray gives a good indication of how arrangements are progressing. If it’s served without sugar, more negotiating needs to be done; if it’s sweet, a wedding is definitely on the cards.

They bathe their babies in salt water. It’s thought that washing newborns in salt water will make them strong, truthful and bold. 

Children’s fingernails and hair are only cut after their first birthday. 

Cotton and silk from Azerbaijan are known all over the world.


Azerbaijan is famous for its age old carpets that are in great demand throughout the world. Mostly women are involved in weaving these carpets that represent the country’s artistic sensibilities and ability to bring together various symbols and shapes with natural colors.

The country also has a carpet museum in Baku. The museum which opened in 2014 has an appearance like that of a giant rolled-up rug.

Azerbaijan is home to the largest concentration of mud volcanoes. They have in fact four hundred of these of a thousand mud volcanoes that are known to exist in the world. It is also home to the two largest mud volcanos in the world.

In 2001, Azerbaijan experienced eruption of a mud volcano which was almost 1,000 feet tall (height of explosion) and spewed lots of mud surrounded by dense, black smoke; which was visible from 9 1/2 miles away.

The country boasts the world’s only miniature book museum. The museum also has a miniature copy of the Holy Quran from the 17th century. 

A gold, shimmering smile is a common sight, especially among Azerbaijan’s older generations. For some, it’s a snazzy way to replace rotten teeth. For others, it’s akin to a savings account.

My inspiration for this week's card is based on this fact about Azerbaijan... Baku, Azerbaijan is home to the world’s largest Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).



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Stamp Set: Sparkle N Sprinkle Spring Chickens stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Paper: Cougar 110# White and SU Real Red CS and Paper Studio Buffalo Plaid DP

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: Gina Marie Enamel Dots and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Monday, April 5, 2021

Birthday Daisies

It's no surprise... I love Spring and I love to color flowers. I know I mention that often here on my blog.

Today's card makes me happy because it has a beautiful Spring flower image on it, that I colored with my Karin Markers.



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Image: Flourishes Gerbera Daisies stamped on Canson Watercolor Paper with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and colored with Karin Markers

Sentiment Stamp/Die: Taylored Expressions Simple Strip Birthday

Papers: Recollections 110# White and SU Cucumber Crush CS

Die: Gina Marie Big & Little Pierced Chain Rounded Rectangle

Embellishments: Gina Marie Enamel Dots