Sunday, September 30, 2018

SumMore Fun Mood Board Challenge #38

You might have noticed a theme on my blog lately. Weddings, weddings, and more weddings. LOL! Do you suppose it has something to do with the fact that our oldest son just got married?

That might have something to do with it. But today's card is actually inspired by the SumMore Fun Mood Board.

Be inspired! Play along!

I used the Victorine Originals Wedding Wishes rubber stamp for the focal part of my card.

I added some flowers, because every wedding needs flowers. I also put some Stickles Glitter Glue on the edges of some of the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp: Victorine Originals Wedding Wishes stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Archivers Gray and Recollections Black CS, Paper Studio Diagonal Stripes DP, and DP from the Walmart Neutral Mixed Media Paper Pad

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones and Brads and Flowers from unknown vendors

Saturday, September 29, 2018

National Coffee Day Blog Hop 2018

Today is National Coffee Day and we are so happy to be teaming up with the Coffee Loving Card Makers group and all the other wonderful companies that are sponsoring today's hop. After you are done hopping along with our talented design team, head back to the SumMore Fun Blog to hop along to the next sponsoring company.

For my card (actually two cards), I started with a digital image of a travel cup from the SumMore Fun Simple Coffee Bundle. Once it was printed on cardstock I added stamped images from the Victorine Originals Baseball rubber stamp set. I sponged Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink onto the "sleeves" to give them some color. Then it was just a matter of putting it all together. Other products used on my cards include Recollections and Stampin' UP! cardstock, designer paper from the Craft Smith Happy Fall Paper Pad, Foof-a-La Buttons, Stampin' UP! Ribbon, Recollections Mini Brads, and Stampin' UP! Linen Thread. 

SumMore Fun is going to be giving away some amazing prizes. There are goodies for commenting on the SumMore Fun blog as well as goodies for commenting on each of our design team members blogs. More info on the prizes and how to win them can be found here.

  Our Design Team Line Up:

Thanks for hopping along with SumMore Fun

and our amazing design team.

Happy Fall Y'All Eyelet Outlet

I am so glad Fall has arrived. The temperatures are cooling off. Soon the leaves will begin to change colors. And of course, we'll all want to take some pictures of the beauty around us. That's the inspiration for today's card... an autumn photo shoot.

It's a bit difficult to capture the "photographs" in my picture... and the scenes in those photos are created using an assortment Eyelet Outlet brads.

Eyelet Outlet:

Rake Brads (coming to the store soon)
Camera Washi Tape

In addition to the Eyelet Outlet products, I used the following items to make my card:

Stamps: Joy Clair God's Focus stamped with Memento Desert Sand Ink and Sugar Pea Designs Bountiful Blessings stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers Recollections Black and White CS

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Boo! It's a Witch's Brew

Today is the 28th... which is a special day. The 28th of each month, the Challenge Your Stash group on SCS posts the project we make with the month's theme. This month Barb challenged us to make a Fall Fancy Fold card. 

Let me tell you, I stressed over this a bit immensely. It's not that I never do fancy fold cards, it's just that I rarely do them. Mostly because I'm not that creative... but also because they don't photograph well.

BUT...... Barb presented the challenge and I'm almost always up for a good challenge, so here we go (with lots of not-so-good photos).

I made an easel card because for me, they are the easiest form of fancy fold. (See I told you I'm not very creative.)

So there you go... I hope Barb isn't too disappointed. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamps: Whipper Snapper Witches Brew and Rubber Stampede Boo! stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Pumpkin Pie CS and DP from my scrap file

Special Feature: Nuvo Crystal Glaze

Embellishments: (2) Michael's Ribbons, Oriental Trading Brad and Enamel Dots from an unknown vendor

Thursday, September 27, 2018

What Do You Want On Your Tombstone?

Today's card features the Cool Ghoul stamp/die set from The Project Bin. It really is a fun stamp set!!!

Now, lest you wonder what I was trying to do with my card design, let me explain. The reason being... I'm not sure I pulled it off. LOL!

I was trying to make it look like there was a tombstone with ghosts/ghouls swarming round it. Sometimes things look better in my head. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp/Die Set: The Project Bin Cool Ghoul stamped with Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Crushed Curry CS and DP and Vellum from my scrap file

Embellishments: Brads from unknown vendors

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Gallery Gazers CASE #3

This is my monthly Gallery Gazers CASE post. The Gallery Gazers is a blog group with members who peruse the SCS Gallery often, admiring the cards found there. Once a month each member is supposed to CASE a card she finds.

I saved/favorited many MANY cards. After much consideration, I decided to CASE a card created by user stampinmomnh. You can see her card HERE. I obviously CASE'd her card, but did not copy it. Her overall design is what attracted me most to her card, so I did a similar design.

I tried to cute the image with my Scan N Cut, 
but I couldn't get it to cooperate so I finally gave up and just fussy cut it. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamps: Penny Black Sweet Wishes and The Ink Road Bella Floral stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black, Pink, and White CS and DP from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Paper Pad

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Personal Challenge 2018 - Week 39

This is the 39th week of my personal 50-week States of the Union Challenge. Each week I research one of the 50 United States (in the order they attained statehood). I share tidbits of information about the state here on my blog and I create a card that is inspired by something about that state.

This week's state (the 39th one to attain statehood) is...

North Dakota
Date of Statehood: November 2, 1889

North Dakota became the 39th state in 1889. It was admitted the same day as South Dakota. Because both states wanted to be the first state admitted, President Benjamin Harrison shuffled both statehood papers and signed them without knowing which one was first. However, because North Dakota is alphabetically before South Dakota, its proclamation was published first.

In 2012, North Dakota was the fastest-growing state in the United States. The growth was largely due to an oil boom in the Bakken fields in the western part of the state. The state became the 2nd-highest oil-producing state behind Texas. Despite its oil boom, agriculture or farming is still North Dakota’s top industry.

North Dakota is the least-visited state in America.

Rhode Island, the smallest state in the US, could fit inside North Dakota 46 times.

One of the quirkiest sports in North Dakota is lawn mower racing. By the time mowers are customized, they can reach speeds of 60 mph, compared to the 5 mph they might do in the backyard.

A North Dakotan highway sculpture named “Geese in Flight” holds the Guinness World Record as the largest metal sculpture in the world. Erected in 2001, it is 156 feet long, 100 feet tall, and weighs 75 tons. Retired schoolteacher Gary Greff, who wanted to break up the tedium on the highway, constructed it.

North Dakota produces more honey than any other state.

Less than 1% of North Dakota is forest, the smallest amount of any state.

There are approximately three times more cattle than people in North Dakota and Angus is the most popular variety of cow.

North Dakota produces enough soybeans to make 483 billion crayons each year.

North Dakota is the leading producer of sunflowers in the United States.

North Dakota has the highest percentage of church-going population in the country. It also has more churches per capita than any other state.

At 3.2%, North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the United States.

The smallest city in North Dakota is Maza, with a population of 5 people. North Dakota does not have towns or villages. Each place is officially a city, no matter how small it is.

The world's largest buffalo monument is located at Frontier Village in Jamestown. It's 26ft tall, 46ft long, and weighs a whopping 60 tons!

The world’s largest hamburger was eaten in Rutland, North Dakota. It weighed 3,591 pounds and more than 8,000 people were invited to the meal.

North Dakota ranchers produce enough beef to make 113 million hamburgers each year. 

In 2008, Fargo, North Dakota, hosted the largest pancake feed in the world.

Milk is North Dakota's official state beverage.

North Dakota holds the Guinness World Record for the most snow angels made simultaneously in one place. On February 17, 2007, 8,962 people made snow angels at the state capitol grounds. They beat the earlier record of 3,784 set at Michigan Technological University the previous year.

In 1987, North Dakota passed a bill making English the official state language.

It’s illegal to go dancing in Fargo with a hat on. It is even illegal to wear a hat at a party where other people are dancing. It is also illegal in North Dakota to take a nap with your shoes on. 

In North Dakota, it's illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.

Beer and pretzels can't be served together in any North Dakota bar or restaurant.

It's illegal to shoot an Indian on horseback in North Dakota, provided you're in a covered wagon.

In North Dakota, it's illegal to keep an elk in a sandbox in your backyard.

In Waverly North Dakota, horses are forbidden from sleeping in bathtubs.

Operators of underground coal mines in North Dakota must provide an "adequate supply" of toilet paper for each toilet.

I decided to go with this bit of North Dakota information for my card's inspiration... In 1887, North Dakotan David Henderson Houston invented a camera. He named it by scrambling the first four letters of Dakota and adding a “K” to make Kodak. 

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp: Technique Junkies Like a Camera stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored (minimally to focus on the camera) with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and Red and Staples Ivory CS and DP from the Simple Stories Say Cheese II Paper Pad

Embellishments: Enamel Dots from unknown vendors

Monday, September 24, 2018

Fall Friends

The Mystery Image Card Swap group has been going and going and going... this is the 48th round, which just amazes me. We are hosted this month by Tracie and she chose the adorable "Fall Friends" stamp from Whipper Snapper Designs.

Thank you, Tracie!

I hope Tracie and the other Mystery swappers like my card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image (provided by Tracie): Whipper Snapper Designs Fall Friends - I colored it with my Copic Markers

Papers: Fun Stampers Journey Hazelnut Blend, Recollections White, and SU Pumpkin Pie CS and DP from the Authentique Micro Basics Paper pad and Reminisce Autumn Forest Stripe

Embellishments: Oriental Trading Pumpkin Brad, Paper Studio Brads, and SU Ribbon

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Oh then root, root, root, for the home team
If they don't win, it's a shame
For it's one, two, three strikes you're out
At the old ball game.

Are we ready for some BASEBALL now? I sure hope so!

Play Ball!

I used the Victorine Originals Baseball stamp set to make today's card. I love this set with its assortment of vintage baseball images!

I stamped the image on ivory card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Then I sponged around Ranger Barn Door Distress Ink onto it, starting on the edges but going clear to the center, too. This made the red color darker around the edges. Lastly, I sponged Ranger Salty Ocean Distress Ink around the very edges of the image to darken it up a bit.

In this picture, you can see a little bit of the inside 
where I again sponged ink onto the edges:

You'll also notice I added a baseball brad and three white enamel dots to the card.  Did I hit a home run?

Don't forget, there's still time to participate in the SumMore Fun Mood Board Challenge #37. Someone will win a gift certificate to the SumMore Fun store and it could be YOU!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Victorine Originals Baseball stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and sponged with Ranger Barn Door and Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Papers: Recollections Blue and Red, and Staples Ivory CS and DP from the DCWV Boyhood Paper Stack

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Baseball Brad and Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas

Saturdays are my day to post for the Eyelet Outlet design team. I love these days since I really like Eyelet Outlet. The embellishments found there are amazing - such a wide variety! And the prices are awesome! Eyelet Outlet also has a dozen stamp sets that coordinate nicely with other Eyelet Outlet products.

I'd highly recommend that you check out the Eyelet Outlet store!

Today's card is a Christmas card - because I wanted to use the newly released Santa and Mrs. Claus brads.

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!

Eyelet Outlet Products Used on Today's Card:

It doesn't show up well in the photo, 
in the centers of the starbursts on the designer paper.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Friday, September 21, 2018

Birthday Blooms

The Creative Card Chicks (one of the SCS Groups I participate in) was hosted this month by Sue. She sent us a nice little package of things to create with. THANK YOU, Sue!

This is what Sue said:

The image and sentiments are from SU Birthday Blooms stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Recollections white card stock. The DP is from SU Pop of Pink consisting of Melon Mambo and Basic Black. I've included Melon Mambo baker's twine, the black & white twine was from my stash. The silver sequins are also from my stash. I included one piece of Melon Mambo card stock.

The only additional item I used for my card was some CS (Recollections Black and White and SU Melon Mambo) 

I love coloring flowers - I'm pretty sure I've mentioned that before - so of course I loved this image!

I hope Sue and the other Chickies like my card!

I put the birthday greeting on the inside of my card:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

You Can See Right Through Me

Who loves Halloween? It will be here before we know it!

So... it's time to make some fun (spooky cute!) cards. I think the Cool Ghoul stamp/die set from The Project Bin is perfect for such cards!

I wanted the ghouls/ghosts on my card to be "see through" so I used parchment paper to create them. Since it can be challenging to adhere parchment paper to a card without the adhesive showing, I chose to use brads where the eyes are on the images. That secured the images to my card without adhesive.

For a little extra fun - as well as an additional way of adhering the larger image - I added a bat brad that I had to my card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp/Die Set: The Project Bin Cool Ghoul stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Fiskars Parchment, Recollections Black, Purple and White CS,  SU Lemon Lime Twist CS, and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Oriental Trading Bat Brad and other Brads from unknown vendors