Monday, July 13, 2020

Thanks a Bunch

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 quite a long time. 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.

Since the sets arrive toward the end of the month, I actually use them the following month, so today's card is made with the June 2020 Greenhouse Society stamp set - Calla Lily.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Set: Technique Tuesday Calla Lily stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White and SU Daffodil Delight CS and MFT Gingham DP

Die/Punch: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle Die and SU Oval Punch

Embellishments: Cloud 9 Rain Drops

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Let's Get Messy - Take 12

It's the 12th of July which means it's about to get messy on my blog. Okay, maybe not on my blog, but if you could see my fingers. 

Me oh my!

Barb, Kelly, Terry and I create cards for the Hot Mess Success challenge each month and share them on the 12th. 

As you can see from the title of this blog post, we've been doing this monthly challenge for a year now. WOW! 

Now, lest you think this is comfortable, let me assure you, it is not. LOL! I really am not a messy kind of gal. My mind doesn't even think that way... BUT that is exactly why I love the Hot Mess Success Challenge. It forces me out of my comfort zone.

I happened upon a technique-type video a month or two ago that I thought would be just messy enough to count as Hot Mess Success but not so messy that it would stress me out. That's a win/win, to my way of thinking.

Teresa Momber called the  technique Partial Scene Masking with Dies. You can see her video HERE.

I used a Spellbinders Rectangle Die for my "mask" - spraying the back of it with Pixie Spray. If you haven't tried that stuff with your stencils/blending, you really need to do so. It's amazing! But I digress.

As demonstrated in Teresa Momber's video, I blended three colors of ink into a portion of the rectangle. From there, the card was easy to complete.

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

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

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Set: Sweet 'N Sassy Poppies and Greetings stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White, Recollections Black and SU Cameo Coral CS

Ranger Distress Inks (for Blending): Abandoned Coral, Spun Sugar, and Worn Lipstick

Dies: Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch and Spellbinders Rectangle

Embellishments: Recollections Pearls and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Stay @ Home Update #14

Each Sunday (at 5:00 AM) I'm sharing how the week's 10-minute stay@home organizational challenge went. If you don't have an idea what that means and you're curious, you can learn more in my original Stay @ Home Update blog post
 - found HERE.

Now here's the disclaimer: Some of these daily stay@home challenges are taking more than 10 minutes, but who's counting, right? 

Here's what I've accomplished this week...

As I mentioned on my last Stay @ Home post, I took a 3-day break from these organizational tasks, so there's nothing to share from Day 1 and Day 2 of this week.

Day 3 - TUES, July 7
I don't use confetti very often - hardly at all, in fact - but I had two drawers overflowing with confetti. It was time to take control. I went in search of a solution and ended up ordering some little plastic containers with screw-on lids from Amazon (I didn't want the confetti escaping). They arrived this weekend. THESE are the ones I ordered.

I put the confetti in the containers and now they fit in one drawer with room to spare. These little containers hold quite a bit - not as much as the bigger jars I had in my original system, but I didn't need that much of any single confetti anyway. I put the leftover amount of confetti in my donate pile.

Day 4 - WED, July 8
Today I found a bin with this little stash of odds and ends in it - flowers, clips, mini clothespins, chains, and more. I sorted the items, tossing a few, but mostly putting them all away in their appropriate storage 

Day 5 - THUR, July 9
This area shows a lot of my ribbon storage - SU in the white piece, AMuse Studio in the clear standing piece and loose ribbons (sorted by color/theme) in the bins. Other brands of ribbon rolls are just around the corner in the closet. However, around the desk and across the room are two more drawers of ribbon - small rolls. That was so unhandy and truthfully, those rolls were mostly unused/ignored.

I did some checking and discovered that the rolls would fit in one of the drawers in the unit the ribbon bins sit on top of. Perfect! I moved them to that top drawer. I did take the ribbon off of a few of the smaller rolls and add them to the bins of loose ribbons because not all of the rolls would fit in that one drawer.

Day 6 - FRI, July 10
I have a variety of items intended for altered projects, journaling, Scripture prompts, etc. They were spread out in numerous places around my Play Room. Today I gathered them up and put them in this three-drawer unit that was in my storage closet (holding bubble wrap, which I relocated).

Day 7 - SAT, July 11
This DVD tower is where I store my new style SU stamp sets (I do have some of the older ones in clamshells on a different shelf). It was getting full - and I've been admiring some sets in the new catalog that will surely need to take up shelf space at some point in the next few months. Time for a purge. The stamp sets on the bottom shelf have been pulled from my Evernote inventory and will be sold.

Okay, that's it for this week. Stay tuned to see what I accomplish in the coming week.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Crocus Cravings and a Sneak Peek

I have a birthday card to share with you today and also a SURPRISE! No, it's not a surprise birthday party. It's a SNEAK PEEK of what's to come.

But first, let me show you my card.

I used the SumMore Fun Crocus Craving stamp set to make this card. I stamped directly onto designer paper and then colored the image with Faber-Castell Polychromo Colored Pencils.

Now, about that Sneak Peek I mentioned. There's going to be a super cute NEW RELEASE at SumMore Fun next week and the design team has been having a lot of fun getting ready for it.

Take a look...

How fun is that!?!?!?!? I can hardly wait to show you the bundle (*gasp! Did I say Bundle???) that will be released next week.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Set: SumMore Fun Crocus Craving stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Faber-Castell Polychromo Colored Pencils

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White and SU Blush Blossom and Call Me Clover CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangle and Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch

Embellishments: AMuse Studio Ribbon and Gina Marie Clear Enamel Dots

Friday, July 10, 2020

Stamp What? Noble Deer

Kelly (of the Three Musketeers, Ready Set Go, and Hot Mess Success) came up with a great idea for a series this year and asked Barb (of the same groups) and I to join her. 

You know that stack of stamps you have that you have never used or haven't used in a LONG time and are sitting on a shelf, collecting dust?  It's time for us to take one down off the shelf and use it!  But which one?  The name *Stamp What?* comes from using only STAMPin' Up stamps for this challenge and never knowing WHAT it will be! Even we won't know which one it will be ~ it's chosen at random either by someone for us or by number generator.  (I used a number generator to determine which one to use). Since it's chosen at random, it will be a surprise, even to us!  

Stamp What?!!

I have 24 of the older (wood-mounted) SU stamp sets left after last year's purge. I numbered them and then let a random number generator choose this month's stamp set - Noble Deer, circa 2004. I actually purchased this stamp set second-hand well over a decade ago and have only used it a time or two since then. I've decided this is its last hoorah. I've moved it into my "To Be Sold" stack. It really is a GREAT stamp set and someone should be enjoying it. 

I didn't use my Copic Markers (or even my Karin Markers) to color this image. Instead I opted for my Faber-Castell Polychromo Colored Pencils for a softer look.

Here's the inside of my card:

Be sure to head over to Kelly's blog and Barb's blog to see what stamp sets they used and to admire their creativity.

As always...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Set: Stampin' UP! Noble Deer stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink and colored with  Faber Castell Polychromo Colored Pencils

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

Dies: Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch and Sizzix Square

Embellishments: Foof-a-La Buttons and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Biking on a Beautiful Day

Kelly, Barb, and I have been embracing the Three Musketeers challenges since November 2014 and don't anticipate stopping any time soon. As Three Musketeers we create and share one card each month - on the 9th of the month - using the same image. It's fun. It's creative. It's an adventure. I am always in awe of my two comrades - Kelly and Barb. They inspire me with their talent and I treasure their friendship.

The three of us take turns choosing the image we'll use. This month it was Kelly's turn. She chose a darling image and coordinating sentiment from the Newton's Nook Loads of Blooms stamp set.

I attempted to create a cloudy sky, using the MFT Clouds stencil... total fail. UGH! Someday I am going to figure out how to use that thing. Today is obviously not the day though.

Be sure to head over to Kelly's blog and Barb's blog to see their cards, too.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image/Sentiment (provided by Kelly): Newton's Nook Loads of Blooms which I colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White, Recollections Black, and SU Old Olive CS

Inks: Ranger Distress (Broken China and Peeled Paint)

Dies/Punch: MFT Open Road Die, MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle Die, and SU Wide Oval Punch

Embellishments: Enamel Dots from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

2020 Travel the World - Week 27

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...


The entire landmass of the Philippines is made up islands, making it the second-largest archipelago in the world. In fact, the Philippines has approximately 7,500 islands with only 2,000 of them inhabited and nearly 5,000 still unnamed on global maps.

The Philippines is the second largest archipelago in the world and is made up of 7,107 islands located in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, and the Luzon Strait.

Typhoons wreak havoc in the Philippines nearly every year.

There are about 175 languages in the Philippines.

The Philippines is the only country in the world whose flag is hoisted upside down when the country is at war.

The Conus Gloriamus, the rarest and most expensive seashell in the world, is one of the 12,000 species of seashells found in the Philippines. Some of these shells sold at auction for about US $5,000.

Of the eight known species of giant clams in the world, seven are found in the Philippines.

Jellyfish Lake in the Philippines contains more than 13 million jellyfish.

Filipinos are very social, spending as much time as possible with family and friends. But they also stay in touch these days by exchanging a whole lot of text messages. In fact, it’s estimated that Filipinos send about 400 million text messages every day, adding up to about 142 billion texts per year, earning them the designation “the texting capital of the world.” That’s more than the total number of daily text messages sent in the U.S. and Europe combined.

Some Filipinos are wary of the number 13 and will avoid having 13 people at a table. Also, steps to the main entrance of a house should not fall on a number divisible by three.

The Philippines produces and exports more coconuts than any country in the world, shipping off about 19.5 million tons of the fruit (called buko) every year.

They are also the world’s largest exporter of other tropical fruits, such as papaya and mangosteen.

Filipinos are crazy about basketball! You’ll see makeshift hoops erected on every street corner, young men commonly wearing NBA jerseys, and local teams playing in every community hall. Their professional league, The Philippines Basketball Association (PBS) is the second oldest in the world after only the NBA.

They also love boxing with a passion.

Manila, the capital of the Philippines, ranks as the city with the highest population density in the world (and some of the worst traffic congestion!). 

Jeepneys are a unique form of transportation that many people in Manila and other places in the Philippines use every day. In fact, Jeepneys were born from the thousands of army jeeps that the U.S. military left after World War II. Resourceful Filipinos extended the cabs to accommodate about 18 passengers for hot, bumpy and dusty rides through the streets. As time went on, drivers adorned the Jeepneys in colorful and creative designs to help them stand out, with flashing neon lights, paintings of favorite superheroes, basketball stars, cartoon characters, religious sayings, and just about every other gaudy decoration you can imagine. They don't have set routes, so passengers just jump on a Jeepney going in their direction, pass a coin forward to the driver, and ring a bell when they want to get off.

The Philippines is home to three of the ten largest shopping malls in the world. Filipinos LOVE their shopping malls! In fact, they serve as community hubs since they’re clean, safe, and, most importantly, air-conditioned. Aside from the usual stores they also have countless food venues, gyms, grocery stores, banks, health clinics, nightclubs, parks, concert amphitheaters, and even churches inside their malls.

The national symbol of the Philippines is the Philippine, or monkey-eating, eagle. It is the largest of all eagles and was declared the national bird of the Philippines in 1995. It stands up to 3.3 feet in height and has a wingspan of almost 7 feet. It is critically endangered; there may only be around 180–500 eagles remaining. Killing one is punishable by Philippine law by 12 years in jail and a heavy fine.

The Philippines is home to the world’s smallest hoofed animal, the Philippine mouse-deer. Locally known as the Pilandok, this creature stands about 15.8 inches tall at the shoulder level.

Filipinos are warm, happy, and have a great sense of humor! In fact, the Philippines is one of the happiest countries in the world.

Filipinos observe the world's longest Christmas season with begins with the playing of carols in September and officially ends in January with the Feast of the Three Kings. As part of the festivities, they celebrate Simbang Gabi, or Night Mass, where Catholics attend nine services in a row leading up to Christmas Eve. If a person attends all nine masses, it is said their wish will be granted. Filipinos’ Christmas feasts are called Noche Buena and compare to America’s Thanksgiving.

The yo-yo had its beginnings as an ancient Filipino studded hunting weapon attached to a 20-foot rope. The modern yo-yo was invented by a Filipino American, and its name yóyo comes from the Filipino language Ilocano and means “come back".

A Filipino named Roberto del Rosario patented the first working karaoke machine in 1975, calling it the “Sing Along System.” The Japanese later translated its name to “karaoke,” which means “singing without accompaniment.”

The world’s biggest pair of shoes was made in Marikina City, Philippines, in 2002. The wingtips measured about 17.4 feet in length, 7.9 feet in width, and almost 6.6 feet in height. Their cost was 2 million Philippine pesos.

The Philippines is the only majority Christian nation in Asia. Eighty percent of its population identifies as Roman Catholic.

Politeness is an art form in the Philippines. Most foreigners will be referred to as “sir” and “mam” no matter their age.

Filipinos respect and cherish their elders, and that shows in many ways in everyday life. For instance, the younger person often takes the elder person's hand and touches it to their own forehead in a charming display of reverence.

Elderly, disabled, and pregnant women even have their own line at banks, restaurants and taxi queues, allowing them to bypass the crowd.

You’ll rarely hear a Filipino come out with a direct “no” answer when you ask them a question, a trait that can create many challenging and hilarious situations for the foreigner.

According to Filipino custom, it is considered rude to open gifts immediately after they are given.

The only place in the world where skunks are found other than America is Indonesia and the Philippines, where they are called stink badgers.

I decided to let this Philippines fact be the inspiration for this week's card... About 11% of the population of the Philippines – more than 11 million people – work overseas. In fact, the Philippines is the top supplier of nurses in the world, with about 25% of all overseas nurses coming from the country. 

Here's the inside:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamps: Penny Black Wishing You Well and Technique Tuesday Lots of Sentiments stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White and SU Just Jade CS

Die: MFT Wonky Stitch Rectangle

Embellishment: Enamel Dot from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Waving the Flag for Freedom

Tuesdays are usually Travel the World posts here on my blog but today is the 7th so it's time for this month's Crafters of Faith reveal. If you want to see this week's Travel the World card, please check back tomorrow as that is when it will be posted. 

The Crafters of Faith have a monthly challenge (we take turns choosing the Scripture/Theme) and we share our creations on the 7th of each month. Today is the 7th so it's time to share this month's card.

This month it was Kelly's turn to choose the theme. Here are her instructions...

Scripture: Psalm 33:12 (KJV) Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Challenge: July is often remembered for the 4th of July, backyard BBQ's, picnics and school being out for the summer! Let's take a moment to reflect that it also means a great freedom for all of us and celebrate spiritually as well. Create a card/project with a flag somewhere on it - either a stamp, die cuts, the colors red/white/and blue!

I was actually surprised to see how few "flags" I had in my vast collection of stamps, but not to worry. I love this little Whipper Snapper Patriotic Bear - I've owned him for many years and it had been a while since he'd been inked up so this was the perfect stamp to use this month.

I hope Kelly and the other ladies like my card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp: Whipper Snapper Patriotic Bear stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White, Recollections Navy, and SU Real Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Recollections Star-Shaped Rhinestones

Monday, July 6, 2020

Pile It On with Cuteness

Sometime it's fun to try to pile on scraps and more scraps of designer papers. That's what I did with this card - and somehow it seems to work okay. Of course, the fact that it has that cute little dog on it helps a lot. 

Surely this card will bring joy to the recipient.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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

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

Punch: SU Oval

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots