Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Ready, Set, Go! Celebration

This is the third Wednesday of May, 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 my turn), but the idea is for it to be a bit more challenging than just the average theme.

In looking back at our previous themes I discovered that this month will be our 50th Ready Set Go challenge. In celebration of that momentous occasion I challenged us to celebrate each other and this fun challenge group. How? (I’m glad you asked.) 

Because there are three of us, my challenge called for using three of something on our cards – three colors, three layers, three designer papers, three whatever. The cards were also to include something on  that starts with the first letter of each of our names – so something that starts with a K, something that starts with a B, and something that starts with a J (I’ll admit my name may be the most challenging).

Oh, and one more thing… because this is our Golden Anniversary, I wanted to see some GOLD on our cards.

Wow! That's a lot! Let's recap...

- Three of something

- Something that begins with a B, K, and J

- Some Gold

I have confidence that Kelly and Barb had no problem coming up with fabulous cards with my challenge.

I started with a fun image - Whipper Snapper Party Koala. It is a Koala (check off the "K" requirement) and there are two balloons, too (check off the "B" requirement).

I used these three pieces of DP (check off the "3 of something" requirement)...

They don't show up well in the photo, but the dots on the koala's party hat are Jewels (check off the "J" requirement).

One thing left - some gold. I added a gold heart brad...

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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Stamp: Whipper Snapper Party Koala stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Cougar 110# White and SU Real Red and Tempting Turquoise CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: Paper Studio Rhinestones/Jewels and a Heart-Shaped Brad from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Salt Life!

Today is a special day - it's the day for the Classy Card Ladies DUEL. If you've been around my blog much, you know we usually post on the 15th, but this month we've made a date change - just for this month - due to some postal issues regarding the kits. We'll be back on track posting on the 15th again next month.

For the past five months,  the pairs of hostesses have determined a theme and then sent kits to their respective team members based on that theme. This month, things are a wee bit different. Kelly, the main leader of our group and the one who is my hostessing partner, sent kits to ALL of the members. She so sweetly wanted to do that so I'd have a surprise, too.  THANK YOU for thinking of me, Kelly, and making this month special for ALL of us!

The surprise kind of had a kink.... but that's okay. We're a flexible group. My kit had an unexpected challenge, so I took Kelly's theme and used my supplies to make a card. I hope Kelly likes what I came up with.

Kelly's theme is...

Salt Life!

Kelly said: I live in Miami and we are all about the beach and tropics and a popular saying here, as well as stickers on nearly every car, is #SaltLife! 

I know Kelly's kits included a gnome image, so I used my sea-worthy gnome from the Kat Scrappiness Summer Gnome stamp set.

Be sure to check out the other Classy Card Ladies cards, too...






Suzy - in the SCS Gallery



Deb - in the SCS Gallery


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Stamp Sets: Kat Scrappiness Summer Gnome and Gnome Add On stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Dies: Gina Marie Stitched Sky, MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle, and MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots

Monday, June 14, 2021

2021 Travel the World - Week 24

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...

Sao Tome & Principe

Sao Tome and Principe is a twin-island nation found on the equatorial west coast of Africa. 

Sao Tome and Principe is the second-smallest African country.

The total area of both islands is 386 square miles, with São Tomé about 6 times larger than Príncipe

Both the islands are part of Cameroon volcanic mountain line. They were created as a result of volcanic activity that is extinct.

The country'a main language spoken is Portuguese, owing to the fact the islands were discovered by Portuguese navigators in the 15th century and only gained independence in 1975.

More than two-fifths of the population is less than 15 years of age, and another one-fourth is younger than 30.

The islands are great for people who love nature. Almost 30% of Sao Tome and Principe’s territory is covered by rain forests. And unlike mainland Africa, there is no threat of large dangerous animals or poisonous snakes. 

Mosquitos are plentiful in the country; as a result, the risk of contracting malaria is common.

The islands of Sao Tome and Principe are home to a large number of birds, including the world’s smallest ibis and the largest sunbird. 

Among the 114 bird species found on the islands, there are 26 native species.

Marine life abounds, too, with deep, whale-friendly waters close to shore allowing humpback whales safe harbor.

The idyllic beach of Praia Jale in Principe is famous as it is a nesting site for green hawksbill and leatherback turtles. Between November and March, large populations of female turtles make their way to the beach to lay eggs.

A very interesting natural formation in The Obô is Pico Cão Grande. It is a volcanic plug peak shaped like a needle. It reaches 370 meters above the terrain that surrounds it and the summit is 668 meters above sea level. This plug was formed when magma solidified in the vent of an active volcano. However, the mountain range where it belonged does not exist anymore.

Cocoa is the main crop of the island nation and it represents 95% of the country’s export. It was once the world’s largest producer of cocoa.

Before cocoa, they produced sugar. When coffee and cocoa were introduced in the 19th century, they stopped producing sugar.

Sao Tome economy is largely an agriculture-based economy. Its primary crops are cocoa, copra, palm kernels, and coffee.

The Sao Tome and Principe cuisine is based on tropical root crops, plantains, and bananas, with fish as the most common source of protein.

The only national park in Sao Tome and Principe is the Obo National Park. Established in 2006, it covers around 30% of the land on both islands combined. 

Greeting others is important in Sao Tome and Principe.This includes showing interest and inquiring about the welfare of the person and that of his/her family.  This is essential in everyday social encounters.

Visitors to Sao Tome and Principe are not expected to know and observe their customs and etiquette.  If you greet them and walk away without inquiring about their welfare and that of their family, they will not take offense.  They’d just know you are not a native.

It is highly important to know and pay due deference to the status of a person.  This is all round: financial, educational, family.  For example, older men and women are treated with great respect.  This is especially so when they have many children and grand children.

Being allowed to enter into a person’s home is a great privilege that is extended to someone as a mark of honor.  This is also true of being allowed into someone’s garden.  

Acquaintances converse or carry on conversation on the road as they walk or stand.  They also converse across garden hedges.  This is more common than being invited into someone’s home or into someone’s garden.

When it comes to their general communication system, the people of Sao Tome and Principe are very direct and straight to the point! 

In the country, at least one third of the households are headed by women.  Also, marrying a woman who has inherited land, or who has either money of her own or inherited money does not automatically give the husband access to such land of money.

My inspiration for this week's card is based on this fact about Sao Tome & Principe... One of the sweet places to visit in the country is the Chocolate Museum, where one can observe the chocolate-making process and sample some of the world's best chocolates.

Here's the inside:

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Stamp Set: Kat Scrappiness I Love Chocolate stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink

Paper: Recollections Ivory and SU Cinnamon Cider CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: Rubbernecker Rectangle with Pierce

Embellishments: Heart-Shaped Brad from an unknown vendor

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Hot Mess Success - Take 23

It's the 12th of June, time to get messy. (insert deer-in-the-headlight look) As you likely recall from previous 12ths, I am not one who likes messes. Not one bit. BUT a challenge is only a challenge if it stretches you, and I'm up for the Hot Mess Success Challenge. 

Barb, Carol, Darlene, Kelly, Terry and I create cards for the Hot Mess Success challenge each month and share them on the 12th. 

It's Anything Goes - as long as there is something messy involved. 

This month I revisited a technique I tried some time ago... adding simple school glue to cardstock, using a plastic card. Once it dried, I blended Antique Linen Distress Ink onto the piece. This time I added another step - I  ran it through an Embossing Folder to give it an aged look. I then blended some more of the ink onto it. The glue gives the piece a waxy smooth finish, which is kind of fun.

Be sure to check out the other Hot Mess gals blogs, too, to see their cards (you'll be WOW'd!)... 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp/Die Set: Hero Arts Florals Poppy and Technique Tuesday Lots of Sentiments stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Embossing Folder: SU Old World Paper 

Ink (for blending): Ranger Distress Antique Linen

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle and Spellbinders Basic A2 Rectangle

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Friday, June 11, 2021

Cards for Campers on Mission

As I mentioned last weekend, I was leading two breakouts for the Campers on Mission National Rally. The second one was all about making cards, something I love to do. 

I made four cards for the breakout.

This one featured lots of coloring for people like me, who love to color...

Jillian Vance - Happy Trails

This one had a fair amount of coloring...

Technique Tuesday - Fresh Peonies

Your Next Stamp - Whatnot Sentiments

This one had just a little bit of coloring...

Technique Tuesday - Crocus

Technique Tuesday - Lots of Sentiments

This one had NO coloring (it's all paper piecing)...

SumMore Fun - Large Sunflower

Picket Fence - Face the Sun

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Stamp What? Holiday LIneup

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... Holiday Lineup, circa 2008. 

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.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Sets: SU Holiday Lineup and Joys of Life Wintery Puns stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers and a Wink of Stella Marker

Ink (for blending): Ranger Salvaged Patina Distress Ink

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

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangles

Embellishments: Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Walking in the Rain

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 Barb's turn and she chose the Lovely Legs Sympathy stamp from Colorado Craft Company. Barb said she chose not to include a sentiment, to make our cards more versatile (the sentiments are sympathy ones), but I ended up choosing to not use any sentiment at all. 

Barb, thank you for choosing such a fun image for us this month!

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

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

(provided by Barb): Colorado Craft Company Lovely Legs Sympathy - I colored it with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections White and SU Pineapple Punch CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: SU Ribbon and Brads from an unknown vendor