Thursday, September 19, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 75


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



Day 75


Art Impressions - Bear Hug



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October Is Coming


I need to warn you - October will be here before you know it... and with the arrival of October, our thoughts will turn to colorful autumn leaves, of course (and everything Pumpkin Spice, too).

Do you agree with the quote from Anne of Green Gables? I know I do.

I'm so glad
 I live in a world where 
there are Octobers.

This stamp is part of the Eat Pie stamp set from The Project Bin.






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Stamp Set: The Project Bin Eat Pie stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: SU Early Espresso and Pumpkin Pie and Staples 110# Ivory CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: Spellbinders Ovals

Embellishments: Autumn Leaves Brads from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 74


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



Day 74



High Hopes - Sleepy Bear



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RSG First Love


It's the third Wednesday of September, which means it's the day that Kelly, Barb, and I share our Ready, Set, Go creations. Not sure what that 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 over two years ago and she invited Barb and I to join her on the adventure. We take turns choosing the theme, but the idea is for it to be a bit more challenging than just the average theme. Ready? Set? Go!

This month it was Barb's turn to choose the theme. Here's what she told us...

I looked at the wacky holidays for September and thought a few sounded fun.  Then, I checked another site and saw that September 18th, our posting date, is National First Love Day!  Who Knew there was such a day?!   This is what the website says:  Ah, young romance! The springtime of life, when our fullest fancies first turn to thoughts of love (to paraphrase Alfred, Lord Tennyson). September 18 is National First Love Day, and we welcome the holiday with open arms — much like we welcomed our first boyfriend or girlfriend.
Do you remember your first love? Most people do, even if — or perhaps especially if — that love was unrequited, and the memory carries with it a sort of sweet melancholy. National First Love Day is a time to celebrate the youthful vigor and boundless energy that carried us through our early romances, setting the stage for all that followed. Who was your first love? Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?
So-here is the challenge.  Pick a first love-it might be the person you have married, or your first child, a movie you just love to watch, or your first trip abroad, the book you love to read, or your first kiss, etc.  Pick something that you remember as a “first love”.  Design a card or another project that showcases your first love.  

Ready?  Set.  Go!

I went with a different idea for my first love - his name was Rascal. Well, that was what I called him. His full name was Jamie Rascal. I met him when I was just a 5th grader. He was so tiny and adorable and sweet. He was a five-week old toy poodle and I got to take him home. 

At the time my parents had decided they wanted to raise/sell registered toy poodles... I'm not really sure why. I guess they thought it would bring in some added income. Anyway, when Rascal entered our family (as my official dog) we already had two other poodles - Tina and Corky... so Rascal became Three's Company, not to be confused with a television show. 

Rascal was such a fun addition - he just seemed to ooze personality, unlike the two girls that were already in the family. 

I sure loved that dog! He was indeed my first love.


I'm pretty sure you've noticed the dog on my card is not a poodle... and no, it doesn't look a bit like Rascal. Truth be told, I've never seen a poodle stamp that I like. So this adorable dog will have to do. 


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: Dare 2B Artzy Puppy Talk stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Embellishments: Heart-shaped Brads from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 73


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



Day 73


Joy Clair - Living Water



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Travel the World - Week 37


This is the 37th 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...



South Korea


South Korea has only existed since 1945, after it became independent from Japan.

South Korea is roughly the size of England or Portugal and about ⅓ of the size of Germany. South Korea is seven times smaller than Texas.

There are approximately 3,000 islands in South Korea.


Seoul is the country's capital and largest city. A quarter of South Korea's population live in Seoul and the surrounding area. 

The people of Seoul are some of the most sleep-deprived in the world, clocking under 6 hours per night.

Online shopping and banking in South Korea must be done through Internet Explorer. This is a law.

Being a teacher is one of the most prestigious and well-paying jobs in South Korea.

South Korea hosts a Mud Festival every summer. The festival started as a commercial stunt to sell cosmetic products containing mud from the area.

There is a public holiday every fourteenth of the month.

South Korea is famous for its cherry blossom.

At least 20% of the population is named Kim. Lee and Park are another two common names.
60% of South Korean families use professionals to find a name for their babies.
South Koreans believe that a person is one year old at birth, since they spent almost one year in their mother’s womb.
In South Korea they write a name with red ink if the person is deceased or dying.
While makeup is becoming more popular among men worldwide, I think it’s safe to say that South Korean men are way ahead when it comes to makeup. At least 20% say that they use makeup on a daily basis.
Incheon International Airport was named the world’s best for the 12th year running at last year’s Airport Service Quality Awards. Why? The gardens, free showers and sauna probably helped. 
Cheomseongdae Observatory, the world’s first astronomical lab, is located in South Korea. It was constructed in the mid-600s.
It is common to force criminals to recreate their crime for the press, who are allowed to take photos and make a video.
Forty-six percent of South Koreans say they are not religious.

It is not uncommon for a South Korean to ask, “Have you eaten well?” instead of “How are you?”

Approximately 90% of the world’s seaweed used for consumption (think sushi) comes from South Korea.

South Korea is known as the world’s capital of plastic surgery.

I decided to let this South Korea fact be the inspiration for this week's card... When taking a photo, South Koreans say “kimchi” instead of “cheese".





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Stamp Set: Unity Moments Between Moments stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Embellishments: SU Brads

Monday, September 16, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 72


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



Day 72


Illustrated Faith - {words}
Pink & Main - To Pieces
The Project Bin - Spencer's Set
The Project Bin - Die from In My Heart



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Let's Get Messy - Take 2


You might remember that last month Barb, Kelly, Terry and I began a new challenging series all about getting messy. We wanted to stretch ourselves a bit in our crafting and trust me, this stretches me since I'm not one who normally gets very messy. Sheesh! I don't even let my stamping desk get messy. Yep, I'm one of those people - you know, the ones who clean up between each card/project. 

But I'm trying to change. Really, I am, though it isn't apparent by this very poor attempt at getting messy making a card. I'm sorry. I'll try to do better next month.


The "mess" on this card was made by using a stencil (Fun Stampers Journey Vintage Screen) and some embossing paste (Dreamweaver) that I added using a palette knife. 

I wish you could feel my card - it has a great texture, thanks to the embossing paste. Now as far as looks - blah! However, the card makes me smile because it reminds me of my daughter who lives in Alaska. She loves her dogs.



Now be sure to head over to the other Hot Messes blogs to see their messiness, too...




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Stamp: Penny Black Igloo stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Messy Element: FSJ Vintage Screen Stencil and Dreamweaver Embossing Paste

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

Embellishments: Craft Essentials Ribbon and Paper Studio Brads

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 71


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



Day 71


My Favorite Things - Kangaroo Crew



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Love Is the Key to Happiness


Please Note: This is my second blog post of the day. My Dueling Darling card is in the post right after this one.

SumMore Fun has a September special. Shoppers who purchase a minimum of $50 of products from the store will receive the Butterfly stamp set for free. How fun!

Be sure to check out the details - HERE.

It's a versatile set with some great sayings, quotes, and images. I used the Oliver Wendell Homes quote and the butterfly image to make today's card.




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Stamp Set: Victorine Originals Butterfly stamped with Catherine Pooler Midnight, Colorbox Lavendar, and Ranger Shabby Shutters Inks

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Certainly Celery CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Rhinestones from unknown vendors

Baby Safety Month


It's the 15th! That means we all survived Friday the 13th! It also means it's the middle of the month; does that make it hump month? IDK.

But more exciting than any of those things, it means it's time for a duel - Dueling Darling style. 

The hostess of this friendly duel this month are Judy for the Divas and Donna for the Dazzlers. I'm a Dazzler so I received a kit from Donna.

This is what she had to say...

Judy and I have chosen to celebrate Baby Safety Month; so this month's kit is all about babies. (She sent stuff for boys, girls, or unisex. I chose to make my card non-gender specific.)

This is what was in Donna's kit...

Image is from Gina K Designs. It's from a retired stamp set called Wee Tees. All stamping is on Neenah Solar White with Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink.

Sentiments are from several different companies: "For a Little Cutie" is from Paper Makeup Stamps (no longer in business). "Congratulations" is from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings stamp set. 

Designer Paper: all from the Paper Studio: Blue Tiny Toes Baby Feet, Pink Tiny Toes Baby Feet, Bright Watercolor Plaid, and Balloon Animals.

Embellishments: the Paper Studio la petites Baby Girl Glitter Foam and Baby Boy Glitter Foam (bottles and pacifiers), Doodle Twine pink and white, Recollections Multicolored dhesive rhinestones, and these items from her stash - 2 blue and 2 yellow brads, yellow and blue ribbons, and wooden clothes pin.

Thanks Donna!







Here's the inside of my card:



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The only thing of my own that I used to make this card was some cardstock - Recollections Black for layering, Recollections White for the inside, and Stampin' UP! So Saffron for the card base.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 70


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



Day 70


La La Land - Coffee Break Marci



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Coffee and Then the World


Have you ever wondered how Santa Claus has the energy to travel the world in a single night? 

Coffee!



Eyelet Outlet Products:





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Eyelet Outlet ProductsHoliday Coffee Cup BradsHo Ho Ho Washi Tape, and White Glitter Enamel Dots

Stamps: Red Lead Paperworks Dash Away All and Technique Tuesday Sassy Coffee stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

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

Friday, September 13, 2019

Less Hustle, More Jesus - Day 69


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



Day 69


Flourishes - Apple of My Eye
Inky Antics - Holy Spirit's Fruit



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Card Kit Cuties 2019 - Linda


I am in a card kit swap group (led by Barb). Each month one of the members receives card kits from each of the other members, for a total of 11 card kits. Then we have a couple of months in which to make cards with the kits we receive. This is not my first year, so if you're a regular visitor on my blog you're most likely familiar with this group. 

I received kits in June so now it's time to create. I normally make one card per kit, but this year I'm hoping I can make two with each kit. My limitations are my own time, not the kits themselves because these ladies put together some fabulous kits.

Today's cards were made with Linda's kit. She included so many lovely unique elements in her kit. It was a lot of fun to use. 

Thank you Linda! I hope you (and the other ladies) like my cards.




Card #1




Card #2




Here's the inside:



I've had such fun with this year's kits. I have only one more to use, so stay tuned. It will be on my blog later this month.

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The only thing of my own that I used in making these cards was some cardstock (Recollections Black and White and SU Blush Blossom).