Thursday, May 23, 2019

Pretty Lady Birthday Greetings


After a week off for vacation, The Project Bin's design team is creating once again. And what better way to do so than with the Birthday Girl stamp set.

I love the pretty font of the stamp I used from the set for today's card - and just look at all of those fun flourishes.

Denise has many great sets in The Project Bin online store so be sure to check it out.



The Birthday Girl stamp set:


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Stamp Set: The Project Bin Birthday Girl stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Dies: Spellbinders Circles

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Pretty in Pink CS and Paper Studio Lime Green Gingham and Pink Flower with Black/White Stripe DP

Embellishments: Cloud 9 Rain Drops

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Long Horn Birthday


For the past two years (plus a few months) I've been part of the Creative Card Chicks group on SCS. Each month one of the members hosts by sending a little packet of goodies to each member and we create cards with those goodies.

This is a bittersweet post because while it's been a great experience, I've decided not to continue into the next round that starts next month. Therefore this is my last card made for the group. 

Joyce is this month's host. She sent us such fun in a little orange envelope. This is what she said about it...

In the envelope Y'all will find things to help you channel your inner Texan! Long horns are a thing here, so I thought the Boho Bull from Picket Fence Studio was a perfect image to share. The paper is from my stash and doesn't have a name on it, but I thought the straw was a perfect match to go with the longhorn. The green is just one I loved to add contrast. The twine is from Paper Source and the botanical washi tape is from Hobby Lobby. 

While Joyce's kit included some sentiments/sayings (live wild and free, express your wild side, be true to you, truth & freedom), I decided to switch and make mine a birthday card instead. I hope that's okay - a birthday card is more usable in my world.




I hope Joyce and the other Creative Card Chicks like my card.


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In addition to the kit that Joyce sent, I used the following items of my own...

Stamp Set: Technique Tuesday Lots of Sentiments stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Lemon Lime Twist CS

Embellishments: CC Designs Enamel Dots

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Travel the World - Week 20

This is the 20th week in my Travel the World personal challenge. Each week I am randomly choosing one country (there are 195 countries in the world) and doing a little research on that country. I then select one tidbit of information about the country as inspiration for the card I make.

This week's country is...



Senegal


Senegal is located on the Cap-Vert Peninsula on the Atlantic coast and is the westernmost city in the Old World and on the African mainland.

In the late 16th century when the Portuguese visited the country's coast, the fisherman said sunu gaal, which translates into these are our boats. The Portuguese, who understood nothing, simply named their land Senegal.

To Senegalese people, greetings are crucial, and their importance should never be underestimated. Exchanging greetings each time you meet someone, even if it is again later in the same day, is pivotal in maintaining good relationships. You are expected to inquire about the health and well-being of the other person and his or her family before asking any other question or beginning a discussion. 

There's a network of protected areas in Senegal that covers about 25% of the country's territory. It's made up of six national parks and other types of protected areas.


Senegal's natural attractions include a vivid pink lake. The pinkish hue of Lac Rose is, mercifully, not the result of an unfortunate chemical spill, but rather a natural phenomenon that occurs due to the lake's unusually high salt content. The saline in the water attracts a non-harmful bacteria, which produces a red pigment to absorb the sun.

Senegal has a tropical climate and is generally hot and humid. The rainy season is from May to November with strong southeast winds and the dry season is from December to April and dominated by hot, dry winds.

Senegal is rich with Savannah grassland vegetation intermingled with Sahel sand hills. Within this grassland rests the giant baobab trees and the ferocious red-haired lions of Teranga.


The African Renaissance Monument is a 161 feet tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills outside Dakara. It is the tallest statue in Africa.

A Senegalese wedding is an elaborate affair. First, the groom goes to the bride's place with Kola nuts and not rings. If the bride accepts the nuts, the proposal part is over. Next, the bride goes to the groom's family to get married with money, rice, sweets, fruits, and the humble sheep... never forget the sheep in Senegal.


In Senegal, taxis have tails. Yes, an artificial tail made of goat or sheep hair. It supposedly brings good luck.

Sheep are commonly given names and kept in homes as companions in Senegal. Therefore it should not be surprising that the most popular television show in the country is Khar Bii (This Sheep). The contest is an American Idol-style nationwide search for the country's most perfect specimen.


Every Sunday on the beaches of Dakar, shepherds bring their flocks of sheep to the shore to engage in a time-honored cleansing ritual. They are washed, given a manicure, and encouraged to have a swim before returning to the daily grind of grazing.

Wrestling is the traditional and national sport of Senegal.

Senegal had Griots, which are traditional storytellers, singers, poets, musicians, and oral historians. They are known for their oratory and lyrical skills.


I decided to let this Senegal fact be the inspiration for this week's card... Senegal has a wide range of exotic wildlife such as lions, elephants, leopards, baboon, hippo, chimpanzee, gazelles, and more.





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Stamp Set: Technique Tuesday Leonardo the Lion stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections 110# White and SU Chocolate Chip and Real Red CS and Paper Studio Big Stripe Red/Whtie and Dirt DP

Embellishments: Paper Studio Mini Brads and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Monday, May 20, 2019

Yee Haw! Mystery Man


I can hardly believe this is the 52nd round of the Mystery Image swap group - we are a bi-monthly group so that's over 8 years of swapping together.

Vickie is the hostess this round and she chose this awesome cowboy from the SU Wild Wild West stamp set for us to use. 

Thank you for being such a great hostess, Vickie!

Of course, I thought the cowboy needed a badge so I gave him one by adding a small star brad to his vest.



Here's the inside of my card:



I hope Vickie and the other Mystery Swappers like my card.

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Image (provided by Vickie): Stampin' UP! Wild Wild West stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Crafters Companion UltraSmooth CS (I colored it with Copic Markers

Die: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle

Papers: Recollections Navy, 110# Red, and White CS and DP from the Paper Studio Yee Haw! Paper Pad

Embellishments: Star Brads from an unknown vendor

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Happy Holidays

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I've been making Christmas cards for the Troops (I'm trying to get a box of them ready to donate) so I was excited to pull out the Raisin Boat Holiday Hang Ups stamp set this week. It's such a pretty set with an assortment of ornaments and that gorgeous branch. There are sentiments and other goodies in the set, too. And because there's no need for coloring, it makes it really fast and easy to put together a card with this set.




While I love the ornaments, I'm not overly crazy about the ink I used on the long ornament. I had heard great things about this ink so ordered some but with this first use, I'm not so sure I like it. It's Spectrum Noir Platinum Ink.

I think next time I might heat emboss the ornaments instead. Wouldn't that look gorgeous?

I even stamped the branch and an ornament on the inside of my card...



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Stamp Set: Raisin Boat Holiday Hang Ups stamped with  Memento Cottage Ivy, Lady Bug, and Tuxedo Black and Spectrum Noir Platinum Inks

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Real Red CS

Embellishments: Gina Marie Enamel Dots


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Proud to Be An American


Hello - it's summer! Right? At least it's warm enough now that it's making me think of summer. And with summer comes picnics, parades, and patriotism - the three P's. 


I absolutely love the Eagle brads!


Eyelet Outlet Products used:

Wide Skyline Washi Tape

Here's the inside of my card:



If you haven't been to the Eyelet Outlet online store in a while, check it out. The newly released Brads and custom Washi Tape (the Eagle brads are one of the new items) can be found HERE.

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Eyelet Outlet ProductsEagle BradsPatriotic Enamel StarsRed Star Washi Tape, and Wide Skyline Washi Tape

Stamp Set: SU Liberty for All stamped with Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Ballet Blue CS

Friday, May 17, 2019

Old School Stamping


In one way I have gone back to my stamping beginnings with this card. Instead of coloring, this card features a variety of colors of ink. That's the way I first got started with rubber stamping - way back when. 

The stamp set I used is from Fun Stampers Journey. It's called Just because. I love these flowers.



Here's the inside of my card:




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Stamp/Die Set: Fun Stampers Journey Just Because stamped with Brilliance Sunflower Yellow, Colorbok Rouge and Tangerine, and Memento Bamboo Leaves Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Groovy Guava CS and Paper Studio Black/White Diagonal Stripe DP

Embellishments: Jot Puff Stickers

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Embossed Birthday Greetings


This week is a little off. LOL! Like I mentioned earlier in the week, The Project Bin is taking a vacation this week, but come back next Thursday and I'll have a card featuring one of their stamp sets. 

I usually post Victorine Originals (SumMore Fun) cards on Sundays, but this week - and this week only - that got switched to today.

I used the Victorine Originals Floral and Sayings stamp set. I've used it several times before (I love this set!!!) but I've tried something different with it. The touch turned out really subtle, but hopefully it shows up enough in the pictures for you to see it.

I used the WOW! Pop Embossing Powder to create the flowers element on the card. This embossing powder has both orange and pops of gray and white in it. It really is luscious!

I also used some glittery decorative tape on the card for a bit of glitz.


The Happy Birthday is not heat embossed to give it a different texture.

Be sure to check out the SumMore Fun store... and remember, if you're new to SumMore Fun you can get a 10% discount in the SumMore Fun online store by using the code JEANETTE10 at checkout.


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Stamp Set: Victorine Originals Floral and Sayings stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with WOW! Pop Embossing Powder

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Pumpkin Pie CS and Fancy Pants Designs Energy DP

Embellishments: Brads and Decorative Tape from unknown vendors

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Ride On!


NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day. If you're here to see my Ready, Set, Go post either keep scrolling (it's the next blog post) or go HERE.

It's time for a DUEL - and it's going to be a fun one.

Shelly (Dazzlers) and Carol (Divas) are the hosts. The theme is...



Masculine/Motorcycles

Shelly sent the Dazzlers a fun kit with the following items in it...

Images: Artistic Outpost
Sentiments:
Fathers Day-SU, Perks MFT, the others- unknown/unsure
Ribbon- tan & white and black satin- SU, silver twine-Europa, others-stash
Embellishments:
Brads-SU, sequins and dew drops- stash
DP- 2 textured papers- Kaiserkraft, woodgrain-Moxie and gray with blue specks-Reminisce


Thanks Shelly!




Be sure to check out the other Diva and Dazzler blogs to see what they made, too. The links are in my left side bar.

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The only thing of my own that I used to make this card was some cardstock for the base and matting.

Going Back to the 70's


It's the third Wednesday of May which means it's time to share my Ready, Set, Go card. YAY! I'm not sure about Kelly and Barb, but I look forward to these posts every month. We have a bit of an extreme challenge and it always proves to be fun!



This month it was Kelly's turn to choose the theme. She gave us a good one...


Time Capsule!


This month, we are taking a step back into the glorious 1970s! 

In a time where hair was defined by icons like Farrah Fawcett and bell bottoms were all the rage, and bicycles had banana seats and candies like mary janes and bottle caps were favored, and the average of a new house cost $23,400!

The 1970s was an era of eclectic style and music. It was considered to be a golden age for vinyl records and Sony Walkman permanently changed the music game!

So turn back the radio dial and hear ONE SONG on the radio. Who's voice do you hear?

Create a card with that song AND artist in mind ~ using the song title/song lyrics to create a card for the May 2019 RSG.

For the extra challenge, use one element on your card described in the song (i.e., dice, pink flower, blue sky, etc - you get the idea!)

I loved her theme, but then I tried to overthink it. I was struggling with my own inability to come up with anything. So I did what I like to do... I turned to Google. LOL! I googled the top music of the 70's and I discovered that the #1 song of the decade was Debby Boone's You Light Up My Life, which peached in popularity on October 15, 1977.

After coming up with a song/singer, the rest was easy - of course, the reason it was is because my card is very CAS.

As you can see, the element from the song that is seen on my card is the light.




Be sure to go to Kelly's blog and Barb's blog to see their cards inspired by the music of the 70's, too.

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Stamp Set: Unity See the Light stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored minimally with a Copic Marker

Paper: Recollections Black and White and SU So Saffron CS and DP from my scrap file

Punch: SU Large Circle

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Travel the World - Week 19

This is the 19th week in my Travel the World personal challenge. Each week I am randomly choosing one country (there are 195 countries in the world) and doing a little research on that country. I then select one tidbit of information about the country as inspiration for the card I make.

This week's country is...


Jamaica

The climate of Jamaica is tropical with humid weather and very high temperatures all year round.

There are 50 public beaches located in Jamaica that are open to tourists, making this a very popular tourist destination. In fact, Jamaica has been consistently ranked as one of the top five tourist destinations in the world for many years.

Jamaica is the largest English-speaking and the third largest island in the Caribbean.

Jamaica is just one of two countries that does not have red, white, or blue in its flag.The colors of the Jamaican flag represent the following: Black stands for hardships, green stands for hope and agriculture, and yellow represents the wealth and beauty of the sun.

In Jamaica, they drive on the left side of the road.

There are over 200 orchids that grow wild in Jamaica. Of these, 73 of them are native to the country.

The family is of the utmost importance and includes a close-knit web of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.

Most of the families in Jamaica are headed by women. The Mothers are responsible for raising the children and supporting their families.

Blue Mountain Peak is the highest mountain in Jamaica and one of the highest peaks in the Caribbean. The Blue Mountains are named for the mists that often cover them, which look blue from a distance.

Since it is warm all year round, Jamaica is the perfect place for farming. Jamaica’s biggest exports are: corn, yams, sugar, bananas, and coffee. The country produces Blue Mountain Coffee, which is one of the most sought-after and expensive coffees in the world.

Jamaica was the first commercial producer of bananas in the Western Hemisphere.

Jamaicans eat very large breakfasts, tiny lunches and huge dinners. They eat foods that are indigenous to their country, which includes bananas, seafood, coffee, goat and jerk.

Table manners in Jamaica are “Continental”. This means that the fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right. Meals are generally served buffet style, with guests serving themselves from a bountiful spread. It is considered polite to have a taste of everything offered, and finishing every item on one’s own plate is a mark of good manners.

The Giant Swallowtail, the world's 2nd largest butterfly, is found in this country.

Jamaica is the third happiest nation on earth, behind Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Jamaica has great health care, a long life expectancy, and a great quality of living.

A proper greeting in Jamaica is a firm handshake while looking the person in the eye. People also consider it to be polite to call a new acquaintance “Mr.” or “Ms.” with their surname; it’s polite to wait to be invited to use people’s first names.

Jamaica’s Kingston Harbor is the seventh-largest natural harbor in the world.

Jamaica was the first tropical country to take part in the Winter Olympics. This event has always been dominated by countries that are farther away from the equator, and it was a big joke in Jamaica when the government announced that they were sending a bobsled team to the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Apart from the United States, Jamaica has won the most world and olympic medals.

When most people think of Jamaica they think of Reggae, or “Ragged Music.” The music was born in the 1950s and ’60s from the musical styles of mento, ska, and rocksteady. The most famous reggae star was Bob Marley.

Cane River Falls is a gorgeous area that sits next to a beach where Bob Marley used to exercise with his friends. They would get up early and jog alongside the waterfalls before they got to work recording music. Cane River Falls is still a popular location for tourists to visit and hike.

Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s most famous natural attractions. The waterfalls are terraced like giant natural stairs though some incorporate man-made improvements. Several small lagoons are interspersed among the vertical sections of the falls.

The “healing waters of Jamaica” are made up of several natural mineral baths and hot springs that are thought to have therapeutic properties.

There are only 8 species of snake indigenous to Jamaica and none of them are venomous.

Cranberry is very popular in Jamaica. Since cranberry does not grow in Jamaica, it has to be imported and is perceived as a luxury item.

Chocolate milk was invented by Jamaicans, then popularized in Europe by an Irish botanist who sold it as medicine.

Ian Fleming, the man who wrote the James Bond novels, bought a house in Jamaica and nicknamed it “Golden Eye.” Fleming wrote 14 of his novels while living in the house. Now tourists can rent a night at The Fleming Villa: the home has its own little private beach, a pool, and sleeps up to 10 people.

In 1845, Jamaica became the first Western country outside of Europe and North America to construct a railroad system.

Jamaica is a very Christian country, and it has more churches per square mile compared to any other place in the world. Every morning, students attending public schools are required to recite The Lord’s Prayer.

Whenever anyone dies, funerals and wakes typically last for nine days. During this time, family members visit, celebrate the life of the deceased, and eat large meals together.

At weddings, it’s tradition to make rum fruit cake. Slices are saved for friends and family who couldn’t make it and mailed out as presents.

Jamaica has more multiple live births (wherein the mother delivers two or more offspring) than any other country in the world.

Over the last few years, Jamaica has consistently been ranked among the top five of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Jamaicans are big on hospitality, which is why two of the country’s airports have VIP lounges to welcome tourists with that authentic Jamaican vibe.

Whenever they leave the country, tourists are required to pay a $22 departure tax.

I decided to let this Jamaica fact be the inspiration for this week's card... Jamaica's main agricultural exports include bananas, sugar, and coffee.




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Stamp Set: Penny Black Saying a Latte stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Marina Mist CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Prima Flowers and Glitter Brads from an unknown vendor