Friday, July 23, 2021

Blue Knight - Ellie the Elephant

Fridays are special days - who doesn't love TGIF, right? But here on my blog Fridays are also special because they are the day I get to post as a design team member for Blue Knight Rubber Stamps.

The Blue Knight rubber stamp set that I'm featuring today is Ellie the Elephant, which can be see in the Blue Knight Rubber Stamps online store - HERE. This is a two-stamp set, there is the super adorable image of Ellie the Elephant and the Happy Birthday Sentiment.

It should be noted that the Happy Birthday sentiment is one stamp (as you can see in the photo of the stamp set, shown here). However, you'll see the two words used individually on both of my cards. In fact, on one of my cards I only use one of the words. 

No, I didn't cut my stamp apart, though you could do that. Instead, I chose to cut the stamped sentiments.

Card #1

Didn't I mention that Ellie the Elephant is adorable!?!?!?

Card #2

For this card, I only used the word "Happy" from the stamp set, thinking it would be mover versatile, since it could be sent for any number of reasons, not just for a birthday.

I think it's amazing to see how one stamp looks so different depending on how it's used. 

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You can find each of today's featured stamps HERE, at the Blue Knight Rubber Stamps web store.

And... don't forget to join us at the Fan Group and YouTube Channel:
Fans of Blue Knight Rubber Stamps (Facebook group) is HERE
and the Blue Knight Rubber Stamps YouTube Channel is HERE

Jeanette Cloyd, Design Team Member

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Double Duty - Hero Arts

Barb, Kelly and I have a few different challenge/series going on each month. You're probably familiar with at least some of them - Three Musketeers, Ready Set Go!, Stamp What, Hot Mess Success... and on the 22nd of each month, the Double Duty series. This one was Barb's idea - and it is a lot of fun!

Each month we each choose one stamp set from a pre-determined stamp company and make two cards using it. At least one thing has to be seen on both cards (color, embellishment, stamp, etc.). We post on a double-digit day each month, too - the 22nd. Today is the day!

This month's company is Hero Arts. I have quite a few Hero Arts stamp sets, but since I can only use ONE - the challenge is two cards from the same stamp set - I almost had to go eenie meenie minie mo.  I finally chose the Florals Poppy stamp set.

In keeping with the challenge requirement of at least one thing being the same on both cards, I used the same flower from the stamp/die set, the same color of card base (SU Poppy Parade), and one of the same die sets (SU Scalloped Contour).

Card #1

Card #2

Be sure to check out Barb's blogKelly's blog, and Carol's blog to see their Double Duty posts, too.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp/Die Set: Hero Arts Florals Poppy stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Cougar 110# White, Recollections Black, and SU Poppy Parade CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies/Punch: MFT Stitched Rectangle Die, SU Scalloped Contour Dies, SU Circle Punches, and SU Oval Punch

Embellishments: Gina Marie Glitter Enamel Dots and Taylored Expressions Enamel Heart

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Cut It Out!

This is the third Wednesday of July, which means it is the day that Kelly, Barb, and I reveal our Ready, Set, Go cards. 

Not sure what Ready, Set, Go is? Well, it's a lot of fun! And a bit of creativity. And an extreme challenge theme.

Ready, Set, Go is an idea that Kelly came up with and she invited Barb and I to join her on the adventure. We take turns choosing the theme (this month it's Kelly's turn), but the idea is for it to be a bit more challenging than just the average theme.

Kelly's Challenge theme is...

Cut It Out!

Kelly told us that in her house growing up, her mom was "constantly telling my brother and I to knock it off or cut it out!" In keeping with that, she challenged the three of us to create a card or project with 'cutting it out!' as the main focus. 

Oh, and because there are 3 of us and "we 3 like being 3", Kelly also instructed us to use at least 3 cuts on our cards.

Sooooo... I decided to just use dies (no stamps) to create my card. Probably not my best decision ever, but that's what I did. I used these three dies - 

My Favorite Things Sending Big Hugs 

Spellbinders Color Block Slices 

My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles

I used a white Gelly Roll Gel Pen to add some highlights (faux stitching) to the word BIG.

Be sure to check out Barb's blog and Kelly's blog to see what they did with this Ready Set Go theme!

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Papers: Real Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle, MFT Sending Big Hugs, and Spellbinders Color Block Slices

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Enamel Hearts

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

2021 Travel the World - Week 29

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...


Mozambique is one of the most exciting countries in Africa due to its coastal location, easy access, and interesting history. It is bordered by Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the north, Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest, Zimbabwe to the west with its coastline running with Indian Ocean to the east.

Mozambique is a poor country and one of the world’s least developed. In 2020, it was ranked ninth-lowest in the Human Development Index (HDI).

Mozambique is also among the world’s hungriest countries. In 2020, Mozambique was ranked as the fifth hungriest nation and classified as suffering from “serious” levels of hunger.

Portuguese is the official language of Mozambique, but there are more than 40 languages spoken in the country and the majority of Mozambicans speak more than one language.

The flag of Mozambique stands out. It shows an AK-47 rifle. The rifle symbolizes defence and vigilance. It is one of only two national flags that features a firearm, the other being Guatemala.

Maputo (the capital city) is also known as the City of Acacias in reference to acacia trees commonly found along its avenues.

The country’s population is incredibly young. An estimated 45 percent of the population is under 15 years of age. 

Mozambique grows cashew nuts, cotton, tea, sugarcane, corn, coconuts, fruits and potatoes; they also rear cattle and poultry and catch fish.

Mozambique is home to over 200 species of mammal, nearly 600 bird species and almost 6,000 plant species, of which 250 are believed to be endemic.

Mozambique is home to a wide range of wildlife, including elephants, manatees, lions, aardvarks, rhinoceros, hippopotamuses, giraffes, snakes, buffalos, crocodiles, leopards, bushbabies, monkeys, cheetahs, panthers and hyenas!

In 2013, the last rhinos in Mozambique were killed by poachers making them extinct in the country. Wildlife in Mozambique has long suffered from poachers with low-paid rangers open to corruption. Additionally, Mozambican poachers regularly cross into Kruger National Park in South Africa to kill rhinos.

Twenty-five percent of Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa, lies within Mozambique. Lake Malawi is the fourth-largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, the ninth-largest lake in the world by area and the third-largest and second-deepest lake in Africa.

Lake Malawi is sometimes referred to as “the calendar lake” dues to its dimensions: 365 miles long and 52 miles wide.

The lake is home to hundreds of fish species, nearly all endemic. Its importance for the study of evolution has been compared to that of the Galapagos Islands.

The Bazaruto Archipelago is home to the five islands of the Bazaruto National Park where dolphins along with over 2000 types of fish are protected. There are also loggerhead, leatherback and green turtles and even dugongs.

The 31 islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago are home to coral reefs and white sand beaches and are a popular honeymoon destination. In 2017, Lonely Planet named them among their “top 10 honeymoon islands”.

The country is home to some of the world’s best coral reefs. There are over 1,200 species of fish that have been identified in the coastal waters of Mozambique.

Mozambique has 1,535 miles of coastline.

Mozambique’s coastline is home to five of seven endangered species of sea turtles.

The main exports include aluminium, prawns, cotton, sugar, timber, citrus fruits and electricity.

Mozambique has 147 airports/airstrips.  However…only 22 of them have tarred runways!

The CFM railway station in Mozambique is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

If Scrabble allowed place names (proper nouns are not permitted), Mozambique would be worth 34 points – the highest score of any other one-word country. Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan share second place on 30.

Mozambique is also the only one-word country that includes all five vowels in its name.

Greetings in Mozambique are lengthy and involve inquiring into the health of each other’s family.

My inspiration for this week's card is based on this fact about Mozambique... Mozambique's coast is particularly notable for its large marine animals such as whaleswhale sharks, and dolphins.

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Stamp Set: Avery Elle Sea-Prize stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Paper: Cougar 110# White, Fun Stampers Journey Summer Days, and Recollections Black CS

Dies: Frantic Stamper Stitched Waves and Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones

Monday, July 19, 2021

Good Ideas Start with Coffee

I love coffee stamps... so when I saw that the SCS Free For All "Beverage" Challenge (#F4A595) I knew I was going to have to ink up one of my many coffee-themed stamps and make a card. 

I went with Unity's Spring Coffee stamp - because I love the sentiment as well as the gorgeous floral coffee cup.

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

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

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangles and SU Stitched Shapes (Circle)

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Sunday, July 18, 2021

From a Kit Series - Take 1

I have a confession to make. I am a kit hoarder. Over the years I've purchased quite a few card-making kits... and they sit. They gather dust. They remain untouched. Now, before you think too poorly of me, let me say - I had good intentions when I purchased them. Really, I did. BUT intentions aren't worth much, are they?

What's a girl to do? 

To encourage force myself to use these kits (at least some of them) I am starting a new monthly series here on my blog. I will use a kit (any previously unused kit) to make a card. My plan is to use one kit each month, at least through the rest of this year.

My first kit is one I purchased - cheap/clearance - from Tonic. It's Kit #24. Here's a picture of what was in the kit...

I am not kidding - it took me literally an hour just to figure out what to attempt with this kit. Then there was a total fail that I tossed when it wasn't even half finished. Back to the thinking process.

Perseverance. A challenge is a challenge is a challenge.

You. can. do. this.

And so I did:

Let's just say there is very VERY little - maybe nothing - that I like about this card. 

So when all was said and done - and the photos taken... I put most of what was in the kit as well as this card in a ziplock bag and put them in the donate box that will soon be going to our local thrift store. I am not going to be using them again. I did keep the circle dies (they were pretty fun even though I didn't use them on my card) and the Happy Birthday dies. I also kept the glitter marker, the glitter glue, and the ink pad. 

I sure hope the kit I use for this challenge next month brings me less frustration and more enjoyment... as well as a decent card. Time will tell.

Thank you for stopping by my blog - even on days like today that are a total fail!

Kit: Tonic Kit #24

Papers: Cougar 110# White and SU So Saffron CS

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle and Paper Roses Stitched Circles

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Water Those Flowers

It's been a while since I've had the time to participate in any of the daily challenges on SCS. I decided it was past time and I just needed to do one... so I checked to see what challenges looked fun. I immediately knew I wanted to do the Free for All Water Those Flowers Challenge (#F4A594)... because I love making floral cards.

I looked in my stash of stamps for a stamp with flowers in a vase of water. I found exactly what I envisioned in the Technique Tuesday Sunny Flowers stamp set. 

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Stamp/Die Set: Technique Tuesday Sunny Flowers stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Dies: MFT Mini Scallop Rectangle and MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: Gina Marie Clear Enamel Dots