Sunday, January 19, 2020

God Cares for Us


I went to get my new official ID/driver's license at the DMV earlier this month. After waiting nearly two weeks, it arrived in the mail Friday. I took one look at it and had to giggle. Now you might not know this, but my hair appears to be gray. In reality it is salt and pepper... but a lot more white than dark brown. So what caused the giggles. My new form of identification states that I have brown hair. *gasp! In fairness, they asked me if my information had changed, but I hadn't even really looked at my driver's license to see what it said. I thought they were likely referring to my weight - and I fibbed (I have gained some weight) and said, "No, it's pretty accurate." 

shame. on. me.

Let's move on.

I am doing Sunday Summit posts  on my blog on Sundays unless I have some "required" thing to post like last week's Hot Mess card. In simple words, Sunday Summit means I'll have a Bible Journaling sort of project to share.

This week it just seemed like I needed to do a post about gray hair. {insert giggling}



I will be your God throughout your lifetime --
until your hair is white with age.
I made you, and I will care for you.
I will carry you along and save you.
Isaiah 46:7





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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Unity Demand a Re-Count stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Punches: SU Circles

Embellishment: Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Dream Your Heart Out - Day 13


This is today's entry in my 100 Days to Dream Your Heart Out devotional journal.



Stamp Set Used:
CC Designs - Nancy Gardens



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Enjoy the Pier


I really stepped out of my comfort zone for today's card - and had fun doing it, too. I'm usually a cutesy type of card maker AND I absolutely love to color. I very rarely make a scene, well, at least not on my cards {insert giggles} but the Raisin Boat Pier Happiness stamp set just calls for a scene - a very tranquil scene.



I stamped the Tree, Geese and Pier with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added some Tufts of Grass with Memento Cottage Ivy Ink and some Dirt/Sand with Memento Desert Sand Ink. I colored the Pier with a Copic Marker and then I used my blending brushes to add color to the entire scene. 

I love the "sand" stamp that is in the stamp set; it adds a great textured look!

The "Enjoy" is from the Raisin Boat No Loss for Words stamp set.




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Stamp Sets: Raisin Boat No Loss for Words and Pier Happiness

Inks: Memento Cottage Ivy, Desert Sand, Paris Dusk, and Tuxedo Black and SU Marina Mist

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Marina Mist CS and Paper Studio White Linen DP

Die: Spellbinders Rectangle

Punch: SU Large Oval

Embellishments: Paper Studio Mini Brads

Friday, January 17, 2020

Dream Your Heart Out - Day 12


This is today's entry in my 100 Days to Dream Your Heart Out devotional journal.





Stamp Set Used:
Unity Aleah Girl




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Greenhouse Society - Bowl Bouquet


I must admit, I've been somewhat of a hoarder. Yep, it's true. Confession is good for the soul, or so they say, so I just wanted to own my hoarding tendency. BUT - this is the year! I'm going to try to do better.

See, I've been a member of the Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society for well over a year now. I love flower stamps so it seemed like a perfect fit! Truthfully, I have used some of these stamps, but others I've been guilty of leaving un-inked. for. way. too. long. I've committed to using them this year in my Greenhouse Society series.

I've not yet received the January 2020 stamp set (they ship around the 15th of the month), so I decided I'll do these a month in delay (i.e. use December's set in January). 

Here's my card using the Bowl Bouquet stamp set...




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Stamp Set: Technique Tuesday Bowl Bouquet stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections 110# White and SU Cameo Coral CS and DP from my scrap file

Die: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle

Punch: SU Word Windo

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones and Stickles Glitter Glue

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Dream Your Heart Out - Day 11


This is today's entry in my 100 Days to Dream Your Heart Out devotional journal.




Stamp Sets Used:
CTMH - A Journey
Verve - Proverbs 16:9




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Choose Three!


Kelly, Barb, and I usually share our Ready, Set, Go creations on the third Wednesday of each month, but this month we postponed it until today, since yesterday was a Dueling Darling day. 

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 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. 

This month it was my turn to choose the theme. I reached out to Barb and Kelly via text message and without explaining why, I asked them each to take three little slips of paper and write a name a color on each one. Then they were to randomly select one of their three colors and tell me what it was. We did the same thing with embellishments. After all three of us had one color and one embellishment, I told them the challenge was to include ALL THREE colors and ALL THREE embellishments on their Ready, Set, Go! card this month.

Sooooo, it's...

Bright Blue, Plum, and Red
and
Enamel Dots, Ribbon, and Twine

Now that's what I call a challenge!



Ready? Set? Go!




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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Stamps: Technique Tuesday Lots of Sentiments (with coordinating die) and Unity Good Tidings stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections 110# White and SU Pale Plum and Real Red CS

Die: Gina Marie Designs Pleated Lace Rectangle

Embellishments: American Crafts Ribbon, Echo Park Enamel Dots, and Target Baker's Twine

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Dream Your Heart Out - Day 10


This is today's entry in my 100 Days to Dream Your Heart Out devotional journal.



Stamp Set Used:
Stampabilities All Things Are Possible
Unity Cecelia Girl




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Penguin On Ice


It's the 15th of January so it's time for a little Duel - Dueling Darling style. This month Terry S. and LJ are the hosts, which means they put their heads together and came up with a theme, then parted ways and created theme-appropriate kits to send to their respective team members, Terry S. to the Dazzlers (me!) and LJ to the Divas.

The kit contents are kept secret (even between the two hosts) until Reveal Duel Day... so today is an exciting day. 

Terry S. and LJ chose Penguins for their theme, saying they both love penguins.

Terry S sent the Dazzlers a fabulous kit:

Images - Inky Antics Petey Penguin #2 stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White CS

DP - Reminisce Chilling with Penguins, MME Polka Dot Orange, American Crafts Snowflake, The Paper Studio Black Chevron, Yellow Dots

Dies - Memory Box Swirl Stitch Clouds, Lil' Inker Suns

Ribbon - SU Orange Trimmed, Yellow Grosgrain, Offray Ginghams

Embellishments - Paper Studio

Thanks for a FUN kit, Terry!





Be sure to stop by all the Dueling Darling Blogs - you'll find links to both the Dazzlers and the Divas 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 (Recollections Black and White and SU So Saffron)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Dream Your Heart Out - Day 9


This is today's entry in my 100 Days to Dream Your Heart Out devotional journal.



Stamp Set Used:
Unity Key to Today




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2020 Travel the World - Week 2


I started a Travel the World Series last year. (It should be noted that I did a similar thing in 2018, only it was the 50 states.) For 50 weeks in 2019, I visited a different country (virtually) and shared facts about that country. I then selected one tidbit of information about that week's country as inspiration for a card. Fifty weeks; fifty countries... BUT there are 195 countries in the world so that was just a little over 25% of them. Of course I couldn't stop, so this year I'm continuing with fifty more countries, one per week.


This week's country is...



Serbia

Serbia is a landlocked country, situated in the Central and Southeastern Europe. It is enclosed by Hungary in the north; Romania and Bulgaria in the east and south; and Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro in the west.

Serbia is smaller than Portugal and around two-thirds the size of the US state of New York.

A country of wild landscapes and wilder nights, Serbia is renowned for its diversity and hospitality. It's a land of rich history with an abundance of monuments dating back to prehistory, ancient times, and the Middle Ages. Some of the country's most famous attractions are the medieval monasteries, many of which are still active and open to visitors. 


Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of the largest cities in Southeast Europe. It is also one of the oldest cities in Europe.

Serbia is largely mountainous. Forests cover approximately 30% of its total land area.

There are 70 mammal species in Serbia, including deer, foxes, wolves, wild pigs, and bears.


Most villages in the world are made of houses and other structures built on different types of material. But in Serbia, there is a village located in Mt. Stara Planina that is made entirely out of stone. This village, known as Gostuša has all of its houses and other structures made out of mud, stone and natural materials and no other material. You would think that because these materials are weak compared to other modern building materials that the houses would have collapsed due to age but you are wrong. These houses are still very strong and structurally sound that people still live in them today.

Serbia has its own Grand Canyon. The Temštice river canyon is a canyon in Serbia that strikingly resembles the Grand Canyon of the Colorado because of its red cliffs.

In Serbia, trees are bought to celebrate New Year rather than Christmas (where a Yule log is the centerpiece).

Vampire is the only Serbian word which was accepted worldwide.

Earthquakes are quite common in Serbia, and the country gets devastated with these natural disasters multiple times a year. 

The Serbian clock making industry is older than the Swiss. Serbs had their own clock 600 years earlier.


One of the most beautiful sights in this part of the world, where Danube changes its width from a couple of kilometers to couple hundred meters, bends and rushes, making the Europe’s largest gorge, Djerdap gorge.

Serbia is the largest raspberry exporter, accounting for one third of all the raspberries in the world. Close to 95 percent of the world’s top quality raspberries come from Serbia.

The Church of Saint Sava is the not only the largest Serbian Orthodox church, it is the largest Orthodox place of worship in the Balkans and one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world.

Serbia is the place of the highest number of Roman emperors born in one country. Eighteen Roman rulers were born in this country and it accounts for a fifth of all Roman emperors.


Devil’s town Djavolja varoš is one of the most attractive natural phenomena in the world. It is a place of strange forms with a strange name, a complex of stone-capped, spindle-shaped pillars in science referred to as soil pyramids. It consists of 220 soil figures created by soil erosion.

According to statistics, Serbians are known to be the most hospitable people in the world. They believe that they won’t gain any favor from the gods if they are not hospitable to their guests.

In Serbian, the word molim is a magic word.  It literally means please.  But it means more than that, or is used to mean more than please.  Molim could mean you’re welcome and I beg your pardon.

Serbians frequently visit one another, and it is an important part of the culture to keep close ties with family.

Serbians are known for having a good sense of humor.

Eye contact is important when shaking hands and greeting one another or when clinking glasses in Serbia.

When honoring an invitation to a Serbian home, one should make sure to take along a gift as a token of appreciation.  The gift could be anything from flowers to chocolates, but it would be more appreciated if it is something representative of your country.

When entering the home of a Serbian, make sure you take off your shoes.  You are expected to do this, unless the host expressly insists you should enter with your shoes on.  To make sure he/she is the one who insists, decline at first when asked to enter with your shoes on.

I decided to let this Serbia fact be the inspiration for this week's card... Coffee in Serbia is not just a drink – it's the whole ritual. Many people starting their day with a big cup of strong black coffee. Black coffee in Serbia is not the same as in Europe, and it's totally different than American black coffee. 




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Stamp: Stamp Anniething Gracie How You Bean? stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Cucumber Crush CS and Authentique Micro Basic Gingham DP and other DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Monday, January 13, 2020

Dream Your Heart Out - Day 8


This is today's entry in my 100 Days to Dream Your Heart Out devotional journal.




Stamp Set Used:
Unity Happiness Is Homemade




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Hello Friend


It's not very often that I say I really like one of my cards. (I can tend to be my own worst critic, I fear.) However... I really like this card. 
I love the color scheme - the coral and black really go together well and of course the contrast of white makes it more eye-catching.

I love flowers - well, I love coloring them. We don't grow any flowers since I'm gone too much to keep them watered and tended, plus I don't like playing in dirt. These flowers are from the Spellbinders Peonies Blessings stamp set. I cut them out with my Scan n' Cut.

And then there's that amazing background made with the My Favorite Things Bold Stripe Cover Up Die. Two more dies - the Brush Script Hello from Frantic Stamper (one of my treasures from the year I served on their design team) and the Friend die from My Favorite Things.

I hope I'm not the only one who likes this card. I especially hope the friend I've already mailed it to likes it.



Here's a wee peek of the inside, 
with another flower from the stamp set 
stamped in the corner:




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Stamp Set: Spellbinders Peonies Blessings stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Black and 110# White and SU Cameo Coral CS

Die: MFT Bold Stripe Cover Up and Friend and Frantic Stamper Brush Script Hello

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Dream Your Heart Out - Day 7


This is today's entry in my 100 Days to Dream Your Heart Out devotional journal.




Stamp Set Used:
Peachy Keen - Howling Puppy




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Let's Get Messy - Take 6


Today is the 12th, which means it's the day for Hot Mess Success. What is that? Each month Kelly, Barb, Terry and I get messy while making a card. This is a little challenge/series that Barb developed and invited the others of us to join her. It's our sixth month... and I can truthfully say this is a challenge for me. Have I mentioned before that I do not like messes. Nope. Not a bit. LOL!

So, let's do this.

For today's Hot Mess Success we also had a sub-theme of Sparkle. That was my idea, as if being messy wasn't enough of a challenge, right? I did add some sparkle to my card. It just doesn't look like I did because I am a pathetic photographer.



As you can see I succeeded in making a mess:


I used an air puffer thing that i got for Christmas to make this mess. I dropped ink onto Canon Photo Paper, then lightly misted water onto it before puffing air onto it to move the ink around.

After it had dried I sprayed it with Imagine Sparkle Shimmer Spray - for the sparkle aspect of the Challenge.


It wasn't messy (maybe that's why I like Stickles so much) but I also added some Stickles Glitter Glue to the centers of the flowers.



I couldn't bear to toss the piece of "leftovers" after I'd diecut the oval out of my messy paper so I decided to use it inside my card...



I hope Barb, Kelly, and Terry like my card.

Now let's head over to their blogs to see their messiness, too...



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Stamp Set: Technique Tuesday Crocus stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Inkn and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Blueberry Bushel CS, Canon Photo Paper, and DP from my scrap file

Messy Elements: Imagine Crafts Sparkle Shimmer Spray and Ken Oliver Color Burst (Ultramarine Blue and Pthalo Green)

Die: Spellbinders Oval

Embellishments: Paper Studio Mini Brads