Wednesday, December 2, 2020

2020 Travel the World - Week 48

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...


Belgium

France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherland border Belgium. 

Its official name is Kingdom of Belgium.

Belgium is a densely populated country. It has an area of 30,528 square kilometers and a population in excess of 11 million. Belgium occupies the same area as the state of Maryland.

Belgium is a low-lying country which is mostly flat. The highest point in the country is lower than the tallest building in the world.

Brussels, its capital city, was founded in the 13th century.

Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French, and German. Contrary to what many people think, Flemish is not a language. It's a dialect cluster.

The largest urbanized population in the world is in Belgium. Almost 98% of the country’s population lives in cities and urban areas. 

Durbuy dubs itself the smallest city in the world. Although it now has less than 500 inhabitants, it was granted the rank of city in medieval times, which it hasn't lost since then.

Education in the country is compulsory until the age of 18. 

The very first international football game was played in Brussels in 1904. Football is still very popular in Belgium.

The country is the world’s leading exporter of billiard balls.

Belgians are known to make carpets from flowers and hold an annual flower carpet festival in Brussels.

Fast food is not much liked by the Belgians. No doubt, they have the least number of fast food restaurants in Belgium as compared to other European countries.

Brussels sprouts have been grown in Belgium for over 400 years.

Chocolate production in the country dates back to 1635. Today, the country has more than 2,000 chocolate shops, and it produces over 173,000 tons of chocolate every year.

Belgium produces over 220,000 tonnes of chocolate each year.

Brussels International Airport is the world's largest chocolate selling point.

Pralines were invented by Jean Neuhaus in Brussels in 1912. 

New York City was founded by a Belgian.

There are wild wolves roaming the Belgian forests along with Wild boars, deer, beavers and lots of birds.

There are more castles per kilometer here than any other country in the world, and the Belgian castles are very impressive too!

The Belgian coastal tram is the longest tram line in the world, being 68 km long. It opened in 1885.

Belgium has the highest density of art collectors of any country.

Belgium hosts the world's largest sand sculpture festival in the world.

Belgium was the first country in the world to issue electronic passports complying with the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and, along with Italy, was the first to issue electronic ID cards in March 2003.

The world’s first printed newspaper was produced in Belgium in 1605 in Antwerp. The newspaper was called Relation.

Belgium is one of the few countries in the world with compulsory voting.

Belgium's road network is the only road network visible from the moon because of the number of lights, with 99.9% of all Belgium roads and highways being lit at night.

Belgium is home to some of the world’s best music festivals
Tomorrowland is by far the biggest one. In fact, it’s the largest in the world. Nowadays, it takes place not only in Belgium but also in other countries like the U.S., Australia, Brazil, and France… More than 200,000 people attend the event every year. Getting hold of tickets is next to impossible as they sell out in minutes. 

Belgian households have the highest percentage of cable TV in the world, at 97%.

After the Dutchmen, men from Belgium are the second tallest in the world.

The word “spa” originated from the town of spa in Belgium.

Belgians love cycling and they make use of cycles for most short-distance trips.

Belgians love pets, which is why the majority of the families in Belgium have pets. Half of the homes in Belgium have a household pet. It is estimated that there are about 2 million dogs and cats in a country, with a population of 10 million.

Sugar beets, chicory, flax, cereal grains, and potatoes are the major crops of Belgium.

I decided to let this Belgium fact be the inspiration for this week's card... 
Belgians invented fries; why they are called french fries is baffling. French fries are called Belgian fries in the country.



Here's the inside:



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Stamp Sets
: Taylored Expressions Perfect Pairs Burgers and Fries and Technique Tuesday Lots of Sentiments (with coordinating die) stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White, Recollections Black, and SU Pear Pizzazz CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: Gina Marie Wonky Stitch Rectangle, Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch and Spellbinders Circle

Embellishments: Paper Studio Tiny Brads

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Bible Promises - Day 58

I am going through the 100 Days of Bible Promises with a small group of online Bible Journalers. I will post my completed entries here on my blog at 6:00 pm each day of the journey.

Day 58


Stamp Used:
Stampavie - Under My Umbrella



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Christmas Eve

It's December - how are you coming on your Christmas cards? Do you still need to make some? (I know I do and I don't even send out very many.) It's a good thing I have the Limited Edition Holiday Glow Pack from SumMore Fun... it's giving me the jump start I need on getting enough cards made.

I have two cards to share with you today, featuring two of the three stamp sets included in the Holiday Glow Pack.


O Holy Night Stamp Set


The "Holy Night" sentiment is two separate stamps (there's also an "O" for "O Holy Night") which makes it so versatile. I love that!




I created the moon by blending yellow ink inside a circle stencil. It's the perfect background for Santa and his Reindeer.

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Stamp Set: SumMore Fun O Holy Night stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Textured CS from the card base in the Holiday Glow Pack, Accent Opaque 120# White and SU Daffodil Delight CS

Dies: Gina Marie Pleated Lace Rectangle and Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones


Stamp Set: SumMore Fun Believe in Christmas stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White, Recollections Black and Kraft, and SU Misty Moonlight CS

Ink for Moon: Lawn Fawn Lemonade and Sunflower

Embellishment: Eyelet Outlet Enamel Heart

Monday, November 30, 2020

Bible Promises - Day 57

I am going through the 100 Days of Bible Promises with a small group of online Bible Journalers. I will post my completed entries here on my blog at 6:00 pm each day of the journey.

Day 57


Stamps Used:
Neat & Tangled - Sailmates



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I Need Some Toilet Paper

This is a dual purpose post with two cards. I had one more of the VSN Mini challenges to do - and it was a technique I'd never done before. Seriously, I'd never even heard of it before. So it's going to double as my Could Ya? Should Ya? Would Ya? Yea! series card.

In this monthly series, I strive to try something out of the norm... i.e. a size of card I rarely use, a technique I've wanted to try (or try again), an unusual fold, a card for a bizarre holiday, etc. I also plan to try a new recipe on these days - not a card recipe, a kitchen recipe.

Misti's Got TP? Challenge was perfect! Check out the details for using TP and embossing folders - HERE.

Confession time... I didn't use TP. Instead I used Kleenex (because it seemed to have a little more strength to it. Then, to be safe, I did another embossed piece with paper towels. I used both of them for cards.

The Kleenex Card:



The Paper Towel Card:


I lightly added some Distress Ink to the embossed piece to highlight the snowflakes.


I had fun with this new technique. I'm glad Misti challenged me/us to try it.

And don't forget... there's the added feature of my Could Ya? Should Ya? Would Ya? Yea! series - try a new recipe. What's for supper? One Pot French Onion Smothered Pork Chops. I hope we like it.

Last month I made Crock Pot Cube Steak, which we liked so much we've actually fixed it again already.

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Stamp Set
: Stampin' UP! Joyful Christmas stamped with Versafine Ink and colored with Karin Markers

Papers: Canson Watercolor Paper, Recollections Black and White CS, and SU Pear Pizzazz CS

Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Matalasse

Die: Spellbinders A2 Basic

Embellishment: Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Stamp
: Whipper Snapper Snowmen Fall stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Recollections White and SU Balmy Blue CS

Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Snow (and Ranger Balmy Blue Distress Ink)

Dies: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle and Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch

Embellishment: Snowflake Brad from an unknown vendor

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Bible Promises - Day 56

I am going through the 100 Days of Bible Promises with a small group of online Bible Journalers. I will post my completed entries here on my blog at 6:00 pm each day of the journey.

Day 56


Stamps Used:
Claudia & Company - Party Time Piper



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A Social Distancing Mask

I'm finally back with another card from the VSN Mini that took place over a week ago now. As you might have noticed, my blog has been busy with other things.

This card is a special one. For one thing, it's a gift card holder, but it's also shaped like a mask, which is so appropriate for these pandemic days.

Lee is the host of this challenge and the video she shared made it very easy to make this mask card. You can see it - HERE.

The back side of the mask/card has little pockets to hold the gift card, but it's the front of the mask that is decorated.


I didn't like the "seam" where the two pieces were joined together so I camouflaged them with the pretty flower/leaf.

The "Social Distancing" is a stamp from a freebie stamp set - Technique Tuesday Covid-19. When I received it many MANY weeks ago, I seriously wondered what I would ever do with it. Now I know.


This card was so easy to make - and fast, too. It only took me about 20 minutes from start to finish, once I'd watched the video.

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Technique Tuesday Covid-19 stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Die: MFT Hibiscus

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Michael's Rhinestone and SU Ribbon

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Bible Promises - Day 55

I am going through the 100 Days of Bible Promises with a small group of online Bible Journalers. I will post my completed entries here on my blog at 6:00 pm each day of the journey.

Day 55


Stamps Used:
Cat's Pajamas - Believe
Impression Obsession - Cross Sunrise



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It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas

NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day. If you're here to see my Challenge Your Stash card, please keep scrolling.... it's the next blog post. You can also click HERE to go there directly. 

Around town people have started lighting their homes for the holidays. Decorated trees can be seen in the windows. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Here on my blog, too. With yesterday's release of SumMore Fun's limited edition Holiday Glow Pack I think I'm well on my way to creating Christmas-themed cards.

I stamped the images directly onto the designer paper that was in the Holiday Glow Pack.


SumMore Fun also has some specials going on this weekend... and a Tangled Tinsel Mini Pack, which includes the Tangled Tinsel stamp set and card bases and envelopes, too, including some in Metallic Silver. 

I used the Tangled Tinsel stamp set to make this card...




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Stamp Set and Designer Papers
: SumMore Fun Holiday Glow Pack

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White and Cherry Cobbler CS

Die: MFT Wonky Stitch Rectangle

Embellishments: Brads and Ribbon from unknown vendors


Stamp Set
: SumMore Fun Tangled Tinsel

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White and SU Marina Mist CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle and Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch

Embellishments: Michael's Red Rhinestones

Peaceful Leaves

I am in a group on SCS that is all about using what we have. My friend Barb named the group Challenge Your Stash. Each month we have a theme (we take turns choosing the theme) and we post our cards on the 28th of the month.

This month Pansy gave us a theme of Leaves. 

I paired an image from one Unity stamp set with a sentiment from another Unity stamp set for my card.


Unity Moments In Bloom and Winter Blessings


I hope Pansy and Barb - and the other CYS gals - like my card.

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Stamp Sets: Unity Moments in Bloom and Winter Blessings stamped with Lawn Fawn Inks (Minty Fresh and Storm Cloud)

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White and SU Tranquil Tide CS and Paper Studio Eucalyptus DP plus one other DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle, Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch, and Spellbinders Circles

Embellishments: Gina Marie Enamel Dots


Friday, November 27, 2020

Bible Promises - Day 54

I am going through the 100 Days of Bible Promises with a small group of online Bible Journalers. I will post my completed entries here on my blog at 6:00 pm each day of the journey.

Day 54


Stamps Used:
CC Designs - Spring Pinkie



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An Old-Fashioned Snowman

I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving and that you are now ready for some Black Friday shopping. Yes, I know that might look a bit different this year, but it is so very VERY easy to shop, shop, shop online. I will admit I've taken advantage of the sales going on in the SumMore Fun store. WOW! You might just want to rush over there, too, but first, please check out the rest of this blog post so I can tell you some of the things to look for.

Oh, and did I mention? The SumMore Fun store has FREE shipping for all orders over $10. That's just unbelievable, isn't it?

Pearl Pens are $1.

Ranger Distress Oxide 3 x 3" Ink Pads are $4.50.

There is Unicorn Spit (I'm not making this up), scissors, and more on sale this weekend only.

AND....


 ... the Limited Edition Holiday Glow Pack is available at a great price.

The Holiday Glow pack includes:

1 -Holiday Glow photopolymer stamp set
1 -Believe in Christmas photopolymer stamp set
1 -O Holy Night photopolymer stamp set
3 -coordinating card bases
3 -white card bases
6 -coordinating envelopes
? -6” x 6” designer card stock
? -3.5” x 8.5” designer card stock

Regular Retail Price Separately: $49.99.
Pack Price: $39.99

I used the snowman from the Believe in Christmas stamp set and three of the designer papers included in the pack for my card.



I have some more cards from the Holiday Glow Pack that I'll be sharing in the next few days, so be sure to check back often.

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Stamp Set (from the Holiday Glow Pack): Believe In Christmas stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White and SU Pretty Peacock CS and DP from the SumMore Fun Glow Pack

Dies: Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch

Embellishments: Ribbon and a Snowflake Brad from unknown vendors

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Bible Promises - Day 53

I am going through the 100 Days of Bible Promises with a small group of online Bible Journalers. I will post my completed entries here on my blog at 6:00 pm each day of the journey.

Day 53


Dies Used:
Spellbinders - Hello



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