Thursday, September 16, 2021

RSG Changes

Normally, on the third Wednesday of each month Kelly, Barb, and I reveal our Ready, Set, Go cards, but because Wednesday was the 15th (Classy Card Ladies posts) we are posting our Ready Set Go cards today instead. 

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.

Here's my challenge for this month...

It’s hard to believe that the 9/11 attack happened 20 years ago this month. It has changed us as a nation and it has most likely changed us as individuals, too. I remember in those first days after the attack, amongst the tears and frustrations, the heartache and anxiety, we gathered close to those we loved and reached out to others who were impacted by the attack, as well. Church attendance increased (briefly, at least), and people reflected more on their mortality. Neighbors checked in on neighbors. People helped one another. Life took on new meaning.


So. Many. Changes.


This month’s challenge will be about “Change”. I want you to look back at your cards from the past year or so and choose one of them as your starting point. (FYI – it will be best if you choose a card you didn’t absolutely love.) Now… I want you to make changes to that card and make it even better.


Obviously, you won’t have the same papers and such that the original card had. Sheesh! You might not even have the same stamps, though you might. Using that card as your starting point could simply mean you’ll use the same overall design (sketch).


Oh, and one more thing – please show us the “starting point” card, too (or link us to the blog post featuring it) when you post your card.


Because the third Wednesday is the 15th (CCL duel day), we’ll move our RSG posting to the following day… so I’ll look forward to seeing your cards on September 16th.


Ready, Set, Go!

I chose a card that I actually made less than a month ago for my "starting point". Here it is...

I was not happy with this card for a number of reasons. I didn't like the sentiment stamped in white on black cardstock. I would have preferred brighter colors for the flowers. There seemed to be too much space behind the flower. That's just a few things... so I decided to give it another try.

I corrected those three things on my remake, plus I added some sparkle. The ribbon has sparkle in it, so I added sparkly rhinestones to the design. I also used a glitter marker from on the flowers, though I'm not sure I'm happy that I did that. It's very subtle on the two left flowers but the one on the right experienced a pen malfunction and has a bit too much glitter. Oh well. It is what it is.

I do like this card better than the original one. 

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

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp/Die Set: Technique Tuesday Cornflowers stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers and a Glitter Pen from

Papers: Neenah 110# White and SU Lovely Lipstick CS and DP from my scrap file 

Dies: MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle and MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Classy Pumpkins

Today is a special day - it's the 15th of the month so it's DUEL day. The Classy Card Ladies teams are revealing their cards made with kits they received. The hostesses this month are Barb (of the Diamonds) and Tracie (of the Pearls). They put their heads together and came up with a great theme, then went their separate ways and sent out kits to their respective team members. It's all Hush HUSH until duel day - TODAY!

The theme this month is...


I'm a Pearl, so I received a fabulous kit from Tracie. 

Kit Contents: 

Images - Newton's Nook Pumpkin Latte stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Prima Pumpkin & Spice Designer Paper

Prima Pumpkin & Spice Crystals

Memory Box Stitched Farm Pumpkin Dies

Stampin' UP! Tango Ribbon


Buttons from her stash

THANKS Tracie!

I really REALLY loved the pumpkin paper, so had to make sure it could be seen. 

Here's the inside of my card:

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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The only thing I used other than what was in Tracie's kit was CS for the card base (SU  Calypso Coral) and dies (MFT Stitched Rectangle and Paper Rose Stitched Circles).

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

2021 Travel the World - Week 36

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...


Timor-Leste, formerly known as East Timor, is a beautiful country in southeast Asia. It forms part of the island of Timor and is bordered only by Indonesia to the west. It also has a coastline along the Timor Sea to the south and the Wetar Strait to the north.

It occupies the eastern half of the island of Timor.

Timor-Leste has gained independence twice – firstly from Portugal in 1975 and then from Indonesia.

The country gained its independence on May 20, 2002 when it became the first new sovereign state of the twenty-first century.

As such, Timor-Leste is also Asia’s newest country.

The total land area of Timor-Leste is 5,640 square miles.

Residents of Timor-Leste are known as Timorese.

Timor-Leste’s people come from Australia. Because of the country’s proximity to Indonesia, many suspect that the people of Timor-Leste come from this territory. However, they are descended from the aboriginal people of Australia.

The official languages of Timor-Leste are Portuguese and Tetum, although Indonesian and English are also spoken.

Archaeological remains found in East Timor suggest the area has been inhabited for at least 42,000 years, making the site one of the region’s oldest sites of modern human activity.

The country's terrain is mostly mountainous and surrounded by stunning sandy beaches and crystal clear water.

It has 439 miles of coastline.

There is a large cave on the island of Timor-Leste called Lena Hara. There, scientists found beads and fishhooks that were dated to 30,000 years ago using radiocarbon tests. In addition, there are carved faces on the walls that are dated back 10,000 years and paintings that are believed to be up to 6,000 years old.

Timor-Leste is located within the Coral Triangle, a marine area in the western Pacific Ocean home to an incredibly high number of corals (nearly 600 different species of reef-building corals alone). The region also sustains six of the world’s seven marine turtle species and more than 2,000 species of reef fish.

Saltwater crocodiles are found in the wetlands of Timor-Leste.

At least 22 species of cetaceans (aquatic mammals such as whales, dolphins and porpoises) have been found in Timor-Leste’s waters. These have included spinner dolphins and blue whales.

Dugongs can also be found in Timor-Leste’s waters. Dugongs are considered sacred animals to some locals, and are not hunted. However, they are still considered a “Vulnerable” species due to a number of other threats.

The Timorese enjoy a tropical climate with hot and humid weather and distinct dry and rainy seasons from May to November and December to April, respectively.

The culture of the entire country is patriarchal.  Dress codes for women are to be strictly observed.  No bare-arms, low-cut tops, short skirts, or bikinis. 

Timorese women do not usually go out alone.  Also, single Timorese women are not even allowed to go out alone with a man unless the man is related to her.  

Shouting and/or arguing in public is considered rude in Timor-Leste.

The people view the head a sacred.  Touching anyone’s head is therefore strictly not allowed.  This includes playfully roughening little boys’ hair. 

Timor-Leste is one of only two predominantly Christian countries in Southeast Asia, the other one is the Philippines.

Timor-Leste boasts a wide range of wildlife including water buffalo, monkeys, deer, pigs, horses, crocodiles, cattle, goats, chickens, ducks, rats and bats.

Timor-Leste grows coffee, corn, sweet potatoes, rice, soybeans, bananas, mangoes, vanilla, maize and cassava.

The country's industry consists of printing, handicrafts, soap manufacturing and woven cloth.

The main exports include coffee, sandalwood, marble and oil.

Timor-Leste is one of the least visited countries in the world. It only received around 74,000 tourists in 2017. For comparison, Indonesia received nearly 13 million.

A popular tourist attraction in Timor-Leste is the 89 foot high Cristo Rei statue of Jesus. 

The statue, which was a gift from the Indonesian government in 1996, has 570 steps leading up to it.

One of the poorest countries in the world, Timor-Lest is the world’s second hungriest country and suffers from “alarming” levels of hunger.

As such, Timor-Leste is also one of the world’s least obese nations. The country is ranked 186th out of 191 countries when measured by the prevalence of obesity among adults over 18 years old.

The cuisine of Timor-Leste consists of regional popular foods such as pork, fish, basil, tamarind, legumes, cornrice, root vegetables, and tropical fruit. East Timorese cuisine has influences from Southeast Asian foods and from Portuguese dishes from its colonization by Portugal.

Unlike most Southeast Asian countries, the primary staple food in East Timor is corn, not rice.

Many people in the country do not have clean water to drink, nor electricity.

There are not enough doctors in the country to treat the sick.

Only 48% of the adults in Timor-Leste can read.

People who send snail mail to East Timor should be careful to include “via Darwin, Australia” at the end of the address. Otherwise, it is likely that the mail will never reach its destination.

My inspiration for this week's card is based on this fact about Timor-Leste... The country is known world-wide for its coffee which is 100% shade grown. Most of the coffee is grown for exporting, but the Timorese are also great coffee drinkers, with a preference for it black and very strong.

The inside of the card reads: But please don't make me prove it.

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Stamp/Die Sets: Honey Bee Coffee and Jaded Blossom Gnome Brewed stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers and Queen Kat Coffee Stain stamped with Lawn Fawn Doe Ink

Paper: Cougar 110# White and Recollections 110# Black and Kraft CS

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: Gina Marie Enamel Dots and SU Resin Heart

Monday, September 13, 2021

Kind Words Are Like Honey

Sometimes it's fun to make a card just because. No reason. No challenge. Not even anyone in mind to send it to. Just because.

This is one of those cards. 

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Stamp Set: Scrapping for Less Sweet Fall stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle and Rubbernecker Rectangle with Pierce

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Hot Mess Success - Take 26

It's the 12th of September, 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. 

I've used Ken Oliver Color Burst for these challenges in the past but I recently learned you can do a watercolor wash with them, so decided to give that a try this month.

I started by mixing a little bit of water with the Color Burst to crete a paste, then using a paintbrush, I painted the color burst paste onto the rubber stamp. Once each color was applied, I misted with water and then stamped onto a piece of watercolor paper.

I noticed the stamp still had a lot of color on it, so I misted it again and stamped onto a piece of 110# white cardstock that I had nearby.

The image on the left was stamped first

The outline/black stamping was done once the Color Burst was completely dried.

I actually liked both pieces so decided to make two cards.

Card #1


Lest you think this technique wasn't messy, let me assure you it was. My fingers were quite colorful, as was the baby wipe I used to clean up the mess.

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 Set: Rubbernecker Watercolor Poppies

Papers: Canson Watercolor Paper, Fun Stampers Journey Summer Days, Neenah 110# White and Recollections Black CS and DP from my scrap file

Ken Oliver Color Burst Powder: Lemon Yellow, Peony, and Pthalo Green

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black

Dies: MFT Mod Stitched Rectangle, MFT Stitched Rectangle, and Paper Roses Hello Chunky Double Layered

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Saturday, September 11, 2021

We Remember


Just saying that out loud (or reading it here on my blog post) causes a bit of sadness to take over. This day is one we wish hadn't happened, at least not on that fateful day twenty years ago.

We could all likely tell stories of where we were when we heard the news that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center, to be followed by additional devastating news. We sat glued to our televisions, watching in horror. Our eyes saw things they cannot forget. We should not forget. 

We prayed. We cried. We were traumatized. 

Today we remember. 

We remember the lives lost. We remember the grieving left behind. We remember the devastation. We remember those who suffered PTSD as well as physically after searching through the ash. We remember.

We also remember 9/12. On that day, in the midst of our heartache we also heard stories of heroes. The heroes who overtook the hijackers, bringing the plane down in a field instead of its intended destination. The heroes who ran into the Trade Center and the Pentagon as others were fleeing... to do a job that would cost them their lives. The heroes who offered a listening ear, a bottle of water, a nourishing meal, a prayer. The heroes who volunteered to help in the cleanup. The heroes who sat with those grieving and waiting for news.  

On 9/12 we learned that #togetherwedomore.

Let us never forget.

Stamp Set: Unity Together We Do More stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Neenah 110#Solar White and SU Bermuda Bay CS and Paper Studio Red/White Stripe DP

Dies: MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle

Embellishment: SU Resin Heart

Friday, September 10, 2021

Blue Knight - Meadow and Mountain

This is my second blog post of today. If you're here to see my Stamp What? card either keep scrolling (it's the next blog post) or go - HERE.

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.

I used the Meadow and Mountain stamp set to make this week's cards. My eyes are immediately drawn to the flowers in the foreground of this single stamp, but then there is that gorgeous lake, trees, and mountain in the background. It really is a pretty stamp.

You can check out the stamp set in the Blue Knight Rubber Stamps store - HERE.

I made two cards, using Copic markers to color both of them, but one is in softer colors with brighter yellow flowers and the other one has a brighter color for the sky, lake and surrounding area, but the flowers are a soft lavender color.

I used dies to cut out the colored images, but left my cards pretty. 

Dies use:

Yellow Flower Card - My Favorite Things Mod Stitched Rectangle

Lavender Flowers Card - Jaded Blossom Scallop Rectangle and My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle

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.

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Jeanette Cloyd, Design Team Member

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