Sunday, August 18, 2019

I Believe In You


School started in our area this past Friday. That means we now hear the school buses go past our house morning and afternoon (we live two blocks from an elementary school). 

It also means it's time for some football!


Raisin Boat Stamp Sets Used:
Images - First Down
Sentiment - Flourishing Thoughts



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Stamp Sets: Raisin Boat First Down and Flourishing Thoughts stamped with Memento Cottage Ivy and Rich Cocoa and colored with a Copic Marker

Papers: PTI White and SU Early Espresso and Garden Green CS and DP from the Paper Studio Boys Will Be Boys Paper Pad

Embellishments: Echo Park Enamel Dots

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 42


I'm here again with today's entry in my Less Hustle, More Jesus devotional journal. 



Day 42


Illustrated Faith - Names of God
Our Daily Bread - Ask, Seek, Knock
Stampin' UP! - Places You'll Go




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Cats and Dogs


Whether you're a dog person or a cat person, Eyelet Outlet has you covered. Maybe you like both cats and dogs. If so, that's okay, too. Just remember, it's cats that have a bit of attitude. 


Eyelet Outlet Products Used:

Greenery Washi Tape




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Eyelet Outlet ProductsKitty BradsPaw BradsPuppy Brads, Greenery Washi Tape, and Skinny Washi Tape

Stamp: Whipper Snapper stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Archiver's Orange and Recollections Black and 110# White CS

Friday, August 16, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 41


I'm here again with today's entry in my Less Hustle, More Jesus devotional journal. 



Day 41



Cat's Pajamas - Show Me the Magic
MFT - Lightbulb Die
MFT Sun Rays Stencil




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Christmas Sprig


I did again. I messed up. UGH! 

I am making Christmas Cards for the Troops - I hope to donate a box full of them. I know - KNOW - they can't have glitter on them so I choose my papers and items carefully. Then - UGH!!! - then I went and put Stickles Glitter Glue on them. 

So... this card cannot go in my box of Christmas Cards for the troops, but hopefully someone (I'm not sure who I'll send it to) will receive it and like it.





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Stamp Set: Fun Stampers Journey Christmas Sprig stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Embellishments: Paper Studio Mini Brads and Stickles Glitter Glue

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 40


I'm here again with today's entry in my Less Hustle, More Jesus devotional journal. 



Day 40



CC Designs - Little Cloudy
Illustrated Faith - the words 




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Don't Let Me Melt


Thursdays are the day that I post as a member of The Project Bin design team and I'm excited to do that! If you came her to see my Dueling Darling card, I hope you'll first check out this card featuring the newest stamp set from The Project Bin - Merriest Christmas. The Dueling Darling post is the post right after this one.

Merriest Christmas includes this cute snowman and an evergreen tree, too. They each have a coordinating die included with the set. There are also several sentiments in the set. Be sure to check it out - as well as all of the other fun stamp sets at The Project Bin.



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Stamp Set: The Project Bin Merriest Christmas stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Real Red CS and Reminisce Prom Night DP

Die: My Favorite Things Snow Drifts

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones and Stickles Glitter Glue

DDD Humor


It's Duel Day.... and this month Kelly and I are the hostesses, which means we got our heads together and came up with a theme. Then we each put together theme-appropriate kits for our respective team-mates (Kelly for the Divas and me for the Dazzlers).

Our theme is...

Humorous


My kit for the Dazzlers included the following items...

Images/Sentiments: Taylored Expressions Adventure Land stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Recollections 110# White CS (I colored with Copic Markers)

Die Piece: Taylored Expressions Wish

Punched Pieces: Stmpin' UP! Photo Corners Punch

Designer Papers: DCWV Birthday, Paper Studio Pink Lemonade (Banners), Simple Stories Say Cheese (Cameras), and others from unknown vendors

Ribbons: AMuse Studio Bubble Gum and two others from Celebrate It

Embellishments: Tim Holtz Giggles Ticket and other items from unknown vendors




Here is the inside of my card:



Be sure to head over to the Dazzlers and Divas blogs to see their cards as well. You can find links to them in my left side-bar.


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The only thing I used to make my card other than what was in the kit was the cardstock for layering and the cardstock for the card base.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 39


I'm here again with today's entry in my Less Hustle, More Jesus devotional journal. 


Day 39


Unity - Whatever It Takes



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Sunshine and Fun


I recently participated in a card swap in the Stamp Anniething's Stampers group on Facebook. We were each given the name of someone to send a card to as well as the darling digital image that I used on the card. Swappers were not required to use the freebie, but were required to use a Stamp Anniething image.

This adorable image was so fun to color - and I'm loving our new printer since the ink doesn't bleed like it did on our old printer when I colored digital images with my Copic markers.

I hope my Stamp Anniething recipient liked the card - she should have it by now, since it was mailed a week ago.




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Stamp: Stamp Anniething Free Cardswap Digital Image colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Daffodil Delight CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Bucket and Shovel Brads

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 38


I'm here again with today's entry in my Less Hustle, More Jesus devotional journal. 



Day 38



Our Daily Bread - Each Minute
Taylored Expressions - Tick Tock
MFT - Wonky Stitch Rectangle Die



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Travel the World - Week 32


This is the 32nd 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...



Russia



Russia is the largest country in the world – and is approximately 1.8 times the size of the US.

Russia lies in both Europe and Asia: one quarter of its territory is in Europe and three quarters in Asia. Notably, only 22% of the population resides in the Asian section.

Russia shares a border with 14 countries including Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, China, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and North Korea. No other country in the world has as many borders.

At their closest point, Russia and the US are a mere 4km (2.5mi) apart. Big Diomede Island is a part of Russia while Little Diomede Island is a part of the American state of Alaska.

The land border of Russia is over 12,000 miles long, the second longest of any country.

There are nine time zones across Russia. Russia is permanently on daylight savings time.

The lowest point in Russia is the Caspian Sea – at 92 feet below sea level. The highest point is Mt. Elbrus at 3 ½ miles above sea level. It’s the highest mountain in Europe. A chairlift takes you to the 3000 meter mark (a little less than two miles) so the climbing really starts there.

Russian is one of the five most spoken languages in the world. 

Lake Baikal contains about 20% of the world’s fresh water and is the deepest lake in the world. About 1,700 species of plants and animals live in the lake, two thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world.

Russia has 12 active volcanoes. The Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano in Kamchatka Territory has had 50 major eruptions in the last 270 years.

Russia has a very high literacy rate – with 99.7% of the population able to read and write by age 15.

Russians are taught not to smile in school.

Moscow's underground is perhaps the world's most beautiful.

Russians drink six times more tea per year than Americans.
  
Don't expect to get very far into a restaurant/bar/museum/gallery in Russia without being asked to put your coat and/or bag in a cloakroom. The best are efficiently run by a team of baboushkas.

There's a chain of Russian cafes where everything is free and you pay depending on how long you stay there.

There is a restaurant in Moscow staffed entirely by twins. The Twin Stars diner employs identically-dressed siblings.

The Trans- Siberian Railroad connects Moscow to the Russia Far East. It’s the longest railway line in the world.

Eighteen hundred skiers and snowboarders once hit the slopes of Sheregesh wearing bikinis in a bid to break a Guinness World Record.

Russia has over 40 national parks and 100 wildlife reserves.

Russia is home to the oldest plant ever to be regenerated. It has been grown from 32,000-year-old seeds!

St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow was created by Postnik Yakovlev. Legend has it that Ivan the Terrible blinded him afterwards, so he couldn’t build anything to rival it.

The world’s first satellite, named Sputnik, was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957.

In 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first cosmonaut in space. He made a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft.

Russia has one of the world's most terrifying walkways: the 439-metre SkyBridge.

Russia’s Volga River is the longest in Europe, with a length of around 2293 miles.

Russian person drinks on average around 18 liters of alcohol per year. That’s more than double the amount that doctors deem as safe drinking. 
Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.

Folk Dancing is a big tradition in Russia.

Chicken's foot soup is a traditional delicacy in Russia.

With a little more than 12 million people living in the Russian capital, almost 3/4 of the city’s population use the metro daily. That’s about 9 million passengers a day.

The Russian town of Oymyakon is considered to be the coldest inhabited place on our entire planet. The coldest temperature measured was -77.8°C (-108°F) back in 1938. 
There are more Russian women than men, and estimates says that there are about 11 million women in the country. This is partly because many soldiers who were men died in battle during World War II. In 1950, there were just 76.6 men per 100 women. Another reason for the gap is because of lower life expectancy for males. Russian women live more than 10 years longer on average than their male counterpart.
A Russian woman holds the world record of giving birth, to 69 children.
Moscow is home to more billionaires than almost any other city. It has 73 billionaires and ranks behind only New York (82) and Hong Kong (75).

Traffic in Moscow is so bad that wealthy Russians hire fake ambulances to beat the jams.

In St Petersburg, next to the bridge to reach the Peter and Paul Fortress, is a statue of a hare which commemorates the large number of hares that used to live on the island, and the battle against the floods that plagued the city during the 18th and 19th centuries. It's considered good luck to hit it with a coin.

Russians have a lot of superstitions. From rubbing a dog’s paw (but only with your left hand!) for money to making a wish if you could successfully toss a coin into Peter the Great’s boot. Another superstition affected how Russians selected where to build their homes in ancient times. It was a superstition that the first to enter a new house would die, so naturally they’d send a cat in first. They have nine lives after all! If the cat refused to enter, they’d tear down the structure and re-build somewhere else.

Subbotnik is the day when residents of Russian cities volunteer to sweep up and tidy the streets. It started after the revolution but still happens today.

The icicles hanging from the gutters in Moscow in winter are so enormous that the pavements below are cordoned off - as they'd kill you if they fell on your head.

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A Russian Holiday, known as Day of Conception or Procreation Day. It takes place each year the 12th of September and was made popular by the region Ulyanovsk (the birthplace of Lenin). The day is meant for Russian workers to take a day off in order to make babies, and it’s working quite well because every June, the birthrate is higher than in other months. 
I decided to let this Russia fact be the inspiration for this week's card... Giving flowers to residents can be a delicate point of etiquette. You should always make sure you give them in odd numbers, unless going to a funeral, when even numbers are the rule.


There was an even number of flowers on this image so naturally it needed to be a Sympathy card, in keeping with the bit of Russian information.



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Stamp Sets: Gina K You Make Me Smile and Your Next Stamp Whatnot Sentiments stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers and a Zig Wink of Stella Marker

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Wild Wasabi CS 

Dies: Gina Marie Wonky Stitched Rectangles and Nestabilities Ovals

Embellishment: Recollections Rhinestones and Ribbon from an unknown vendor
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