Tuesday, April 7, 2020

I'll Always Be There For You


The Crafters of Faith members take turns choosing the theme (and Scripture) for our monthly post, which takes place on the 7th of each month. I'm a day late this month since I had a design team post on my blog yesterday.

This month it was Tracie's turn. This is what she chose...


Scripture: Proverbs 27:9 A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.

Challenge: Make a card about friendship.


I really like the sentiment - 

I may not always be there with you
but I will always be there for you.



I hope Tracie and the other Crafters of Faith like my card.

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Stamps: Altenew Dearest Friend and a little "unnamed" girl from Whipper Snapper Designs stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Pale Plum CS and MFT Black/White Stripe and Paper Studio Heathered  Light Blue DP

Embellishments: Paper Studio Brads

Monday, April 6, 2020

Dream Your Heart Out - Day 92


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



Stamp Set Used:
Our Daily Bread - Keep Climbing



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2020 Travel the World - Week 14


No, this is not Tuesday; it is Monday. Yes, I know my Travel the World card series usually takes place on Tuesday; however - I have another commitment on my blog tomorrow, so we're Traveling the World a day early this week.

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...



Italy


Many people simply refer to the country as Italy but technically it is called the Italian Republic.

If you take a look at a map, Italy is known for looking like a high-heeled boot.

The colors of the Italian flag represent hope (green), faith (white) and charity (red).

Italy is one of the most popular places to visit in the entire world; in fact, it is the fifth most visited country in the world. Tourism accounts for over sixty percent of Italy’s national income.


Roughly €3,000 of change is thrown in the Trevi Fountain every day – that's a million pounds a year (which is approximately 1,225,000 US dollars). It is then collected and donated to charity.

Italy is home to the world’s oldest university, the University of Bologna founded in 1088.

There are over 1,500 lakes in Italy.

The national flower of Italy is the lily, but many people still consider the traditional symbolic flower of Italy to be the rose.


Rising 15,774 ft above sea level, Mont Blanc is Italy's highest mountain. It stands on the border between France and Italy and is also the highest mountain in the Alps.

One-fifth of the entire country is either hilly or mountainous.

Fourteen billion espressos are consumed in Italy each year.

Many Italians consider placing a loaf upside down to be bad luck, but the origins of this superstition have been lost. Some historians say that in the Middle Ages bread destined for the town executioner was placed this way, and it might be that the superstition started there.

According to Italians, placing a hat on a bed is bad luck. Traditionally, when priests visited the dying to give them their last rights, they would remove their hat and put it on the bed.


The fork was popularized in Italy. In Europe, the fork was not a popular eating utensil until the Italians started widely using it.

Many of the finest pasta dishes have been created and perfected in Italy. What you may not know is that the use of pasta in Italy dates back to ancient history. Historians have been able to place people using pasta dishes in Italy as far back as the 4th century.

Most people eat pasta at least once a day in Italy.

While in many countries a plate of salad acts as an appetiser, in Italy it's commonly eaten after the main course. This is because the roughage in salad is thought to aid digestion. Olive oil is the only acceptable “condiment” in Italy; they do not serve salad dressing on salad.

The first ever pizza pie was made in Naples at some point back in 1860.

On average, Italians eat half a pound of bread a day. Bread is not meant to be an appetizer. Rather, Italians use it to wipe the remaining sauce off their plate.

The first thermometer was designed by an Italian inventor. Batteries were also invented in Italy.

According to Italian culture, you must respect your elders. One should always stand when an elder person enters the room.

Italy has one of the lowest birth rates in the entire western world. People are waiting longer to have children than they used to in the past and many couples who do have children are having fewer.

Italians are known for communicating with hand gestures and facial expressions. They’re also known for being late!

All three of Europe's active volcanoes are in Italy. Italy also has more earthquakes than other European countries.

Around eighty-five percent of all Italians identify as belonging to the Roman Catholic church. This means that the country is very much skewed towards Catholicism. There are people who practice other religions in the country but they are a minority.

Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo (famous explorers) were Italian.

Pinocchio was first published in an Italian newspaper!

In the city of Turin, dog owners must walk their pooch at least three times a day or risk being fined.

Eat or drinking while sitting on church steps or within a church courtyard is against the law in Italy

In 2012, the town of Falciano del Massico in Campania made it illegal for residents to die because the town’s cemetery is full.

On the beaches of Eraclea on the Venetian Lido, it’s illegal to make sandcastles or any other kind of sand structure..


I decided to let this Italy fact be the inspiration for this week's card... Although the exact date is not certain, it's thought the first pair of glasses with corrective lenses were made in the late 13th century.






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Stamp Set: Stamping Bella Nice to See You Petunia stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections 110# White and SU Ballet Blue CS and SU DP

Die: MFT Wonky Stitch Rectangle

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots and SU Ribbon

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Dream Your Heart Out - Day 91


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




Stamp Set Used:
Sparkle 'N Sprinkle - My Anchor


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Birthday Flowers


Today I have two more cards for two of the SCS Virtual Stamp Night Challenges.

VSN - Florapalooza

Challenge Title: This Bud's For You
 - the idea is to use a single bud -
Hostess: Stacy


Stamp Sets (Memento Bamboo Leaves Ink): 
Mark's Finest Coneflowers
My Sentiments Exactly Birthday Innies and Outies

Papers
Recollections and SU CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments
Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots

This card took me 25 minutes to make.




Challenge Title: Tulips from Amsterdam
 - make a card with tulips on it -
Hostess: Anita


Stamp Sets (Memento Tuxedo Black Ink): 
Technique Tuesday Booted Tulips
My Sentiments Exactly Birthday Innies and Outies

Papers
Recollections and SU CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment
Dragonfly Brad from unknown vendor

This card took me 47 minutes to make.



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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Dream Your Heart Out - Day 90


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




Stamp Set Used:
The Ink Road - Michelle


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A Big Bloom


I'm still making a few cards for last week's Virtual Stamp Night on SCS - yes, I am late and no, I won't be able to do them all. BUT... I am enjoying the ones I am doing.

This beautiful sunflower stamp from SumMore Fun - it's appropriately called Large Sunflower - was perfect for one of the challenges.


VSN - Florapalooza

Challenge Title: Big Blooms
 - feature a big flower bloom on your project -
Hostess: Misti


There is a one-hour time limit per card.
This card took me 35 minutes to make.



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Stamp: SumMore Fun Large Sunflower stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Recollections 110# White and SU Early Espresso CS and DP from my scrap file

Die: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle

Embellishment: Eyelet Outlet Mini Ladybug Brad

Friday, April 3, 2020

Dream Your Heart Out - Day 89


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



Stamp Set Used:
CC Designs - Thankful Lucy





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One Plus Twelve 2020 - Miss April


It's the 3rd.... the day that Kelly, Barb, and I share our One Plus Twelve cards. One Plus Twelve is an idea that Kelly came up with last year - use one stamp (only one!) to make a card every month. Sentiments are optional. We had so much fun doing this last year that we decided to do it again this year. This year I chose Aleah Girl from Unity for my one stamp. 

This month I chose to color the image totally with Warm Gray colors of Copic Markers. I did this with a certain amount of hesitation, wondering if she would look a bit ill, without the skin colors we normally see. But I don't think she looks bad with W0 colored skin, since the rest of her is entirely in that color family, too.




Now let's head over to Kelly's blog and Barb's blog (I don't think hers will be there until tomorrow though) to see their April One Plus Twelve cards.

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Stamp Sets: Unity Aleah Girl and MFT Spring Tulips (sentiment0 stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Sahara Sand CS and AMuse Studio Polka Dot DP

Embellishments: Paper Studio Mini Brads

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Dream Your Heart Out - Day 88


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




Stamp Set Used:
My Favorite Things - Spring Tulips
Whipper Snapper - Hang in There
Whipper Snapper - Swing Monkey



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Take My Picture Please


Dogs definitely have personality. This cute pup from the Sizzix Dog Talk stamp set is no exception. It's almost as if he's saying, "Hey! Look at me!"

And he's posing perfectly for a picture, too, don't you think?




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Stamp/Die Set: Sizzix Dog Talk stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections White and SU Ballet Blue and Early Espresso CS and DP from my scrap file

Die: MFT Insta Frame

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Paw Brads

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dream Your Heart Out - Day 87


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



Stamp Set Used:
Kraftin Kimmie - Happy Camper



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Squeeze the Day


If you were on my blog on Sunday, you saw a card that I made for one of the Virtual Stamp Night challenges on SCS. I wasn't able to participate in real time, but any time is better than no time, right?

This is another card I made for the challenge. I did add a flower (after all, it's Florapalooza), but as I understood this particular challenge, it didn't require a flower.


VSN - Florapalooza

This is the card I made for Challenge #18 (I'm not doing these in any particular order). 


Challenge Title: Lemon Tree
 - make a card with lemons on it -
Hostess: Janet



Here's a close up - 
see, those ARE lemons in her bowl


There is a one-hour time limit per card.
This card took me 55 minutes to make
(yes, I cut it close).




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Stamp Sets: La La Land Marci with Lemons and La La Land Squeeze the Day stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Tempting Turquoise CS and DP from my scrap file

Punches: SU Circles

Embellishments: SU Tempting Turquoise Brads and a Flower Brad from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Dream Your Heart Out - Day 86


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



Stamp Set Used:
Unity - Soul Within
Unity - Grab Bag Stamp (Be Happy)



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2020 Travel the World - Week 13


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...



Uganda


Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. In terms of population, it is the second largest landlocked country in the world, second only to Ethiopia.

It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania.

In terms of land area, Uganda is roughly the size of the state of Oregon. However, Uganda has a population that is roughly ten times larger than Oregon’s!

About half of Uganda’s population is under the age of fourteen.

The country is mostly plateau with some rolling hills and low mountains. Grassland and tropical forest dominate the central region, with volcanic foothills in the east.

With eight major rivers and five huge lakes, water covers nearly one-fifth of Uganda


Lake Victoria forms the south-eastern corner of the country. It is Africa’s largest freshwater lake.

Uganda is best known for its gorillas, it also has other interesting wildlife.
Uganda is home to 11% of the world's bird population.
Uganda has 6.8% of the world's butterfly species.

Approximately half of Ugandans live on less than one dollar per day.


Uganda has one of the smallest churches in the world. Established in 1996. Bethel Church is approximately 7 1/2 feet wide and 8 feet tall. 

It is impolite to simply say, “Hi.” When greeting a Ugandan, it is customary to ask, “How are you?”

It is not uncommon for Ugandans to be late – punctuality is not very important. A person may arrive 30 minutes late, or sometimes even up to two hours after they were supposed to be there.

Pointing at a Ugandan with an index finger is an insult. When pointing, the whole arm should be used. 

Ugandan women are expected to dress modestly and should cover their legs. Ugandan men always wear pants, even in the hotter temperatures. Only boys wear shorts.


An English man might say he is going to spend a penny, drain the lizard, have a piddle to name a few while an American man might say he is going to take a leak. For Ugandans, their toilet euphemism is quite different. A polite Ugandan will say that he is going to make a short call. 
In the Western world, a rolex is a watch but in Uganda, a rolex is a very delicious omelette that locals make with pepper, tomatoes, cabbage and onion. It comes wrapped in a chapatti.

Peanuts are called g-nuts in Uganda.

If a Ugandan offers you a dish of fried grasshoppers when you visit, this signals that you are a special guest. Grasshoppers to Ugandans are like hotdogs to Americans. This treat is especially popular on the streets during the rainy time when grasshoppers are abundant.

The women of Uganda traditionally build the homes. They are responsible for constructing the walls of mud houses, while men build the roofs of these homes.

Uganda is suffering from an increase in deforestation. To reverse the effects of deforestation, policy makers have come up with a way to stop deforestation. In Uganda, for every tree cut down, you are expected to plant three more.

I decided to let this Uganda fact be the inspiration for this week's card... Bicycles, not cars, are the main mode of transportation in Uganda. With the poor road conditions that exist, these are a much cheaper and easier way to travel as they can access just about anywhere.



Here's the inside:



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Stamp Sets: Flourishes Enjoy the Ride and Unity Spring and Things stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink

Papers: Recollections 110# Ivory and Tan and SU Early Espresso CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots and SU Ribbon