Tuesday, August 11, 2020

2020 Travel the World - Week 32

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...


Liberia is found in Western Africa, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast.


This country was founded by freed American slaves, hoping for a better life. Liberia is the only country in Africa with native Africans that was founded by the people of the United States.


Liberia has a mostly hilly terrain, from rolling plains along the coast to a rolling plateau and low mountains in the northeast.

The country is home to a lush rainforest containing a rich diversity of flora and fauna.


Liberia has 360 miles of coastline.


The beaches of Liberia are spectacular but difficult to reach. Generally, only the strongest swimmers venture into the sea because the surf is high and the currents strong. 

The soil of much of Nimba County is the red, iron-rich weathered product of millions of years of high temperatures and high rainfall experienced in tropical areas.

Liberians love spicy food. Hot peppers are a common ingredient in Liberian food. The citizens love the taste that the spice adds to dishes and many of them even have their own family recipe for hot pepper sauce.


Liberian cuisine heavily incorporates rice, the country’s staple food. Other ingredients include cassava, fishbananas, citrus fruit, plantains, coconut, okra and sweet potatoes.


The official language of Liberia is English, but 29 different African languages are also spoken there.


Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world.


Liberia’s main exports are timber and rubber.


Liberia’s Firestone Rubber Plantation is the world’s largest rubber plantation, which is leased from the government on a controversial 99-year plan. 


Liberia serves as one of the largest exporters of iron ore in Africa.


More than half of the people of Liberia cannot read.


The average resident is under 18 years of age.


The life expectancy in Liberia is 45 years.

This country of 4.5 million people has less than 300 doctors.


One-third of married Liberian women between the ages of 15–49 are in polygamous marriages. Customary law allows men to have up to four wives.


Liberia’s textiles and quilting have a long history and the country is noted for its hospitality, cultural skills, arts, and academic institutions. The former U.S. slaves arrived with quilting skills.

Houses in Liberia are usually built from sun-dried local clay bricks coated with plaster, with a galvanized corrugated iron roof.


Liberia has 700 bird species which include a bird that is slightly larger than a honey bee. It’s called a Bee Warbler.

Sapo National Park is the country’s largest protected reserve and home to 125 types of mammal and 590 types of bird. Among them are a number of threatened species, such as the pygmy hippopotamus and the African golden cat. You’ll also find African forest elephants, crocodiles, leopards, seven species of monkey and three species of pangolin, one of the weirdest looking animals you’re likely to see. 


Oprah Winfrey had traced her ancestors back to Liberia. 


Liberia is among the 20 countries on Earth that smoke the fewest cigarettes per capita – just 104 per adult per year. 

Most countries have special forms of greeting through physical touch. Cheek kissing, hugs, and high-fives are some common ones, but Liberia has an interesting kind of handshake unique to its citizens known as the Liberian finger snap. To do a Liberian finger snap, two people touch hands as if doing a regular handshake, then mutually snap their fingers when they release to make a snapping sound. 


Liberia is renowned for its detailed decorative and ornate masks, large and miniature wood carvings of realistic human faces, famous people, scenes of everyday life and accessories, particularly combs, spoons and forks, which are often enlarged sculptures.


The network of protected areas in Liberia covers about 4% of the national territory. It’s made up of 10 national parks, and 2 nature reserves and other types of protected areas.


Pygmy hippos are among the species illegally hunted for food in Liberia. It's estimated that there are fewer than 3,000 pygmy hippos remaining in the wild.


The world’s biggest cruise ships are all registered in Liberia, mostly because the employment laws are less stringent there.


All airlines from Liberia are banned from Europe due to not meeting safety or regulatory standards.


While Liberian music is part of the wider West African music heritage, it is also distinct from its neighbors.


There are several different types of drums used in traditional music.

Liberian president, George Weah, was originally famous for being a professional striker who helped the Chelsea Football Club win the Football Association Challenge Cup in the year 2000. He has also played as a striker for other famous teams such as Manchester City and AC Milan. He won the title of FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995 and is the first and only African to have achieved this title so far.

I decided to let this Liberia fact be the inspiration for this week's card... Monrovia in Liberia is one of the world's rainiest capital cities. For comparison, the city of London receives 23 inches of rain per year while the city of Monrovia experiences 182 inches of rain per year.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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

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

Embellishments: Brads from unknown vendors

Monday, August 10, 2020

Stamp What? Blossoms Abound

Kelly, Barb, and I have been doing a monthly challenge this year. It's an idea that Kelly came up with (with some help from her son) and invited Barb and I to join her in. 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 had 24 of the older (wood-mounted) SU stamp sets at the beginning of the year (I've since purged some more of them) so I numbered them and then let a random number generator choose this month's stamp set - Blossoms Abound, circa 2006. I actually purchased this stamp set second-hand a few years ago and I'm not even sure I've used it until now. That being said, I've decided to move it into my "To Be Sold" stack. I just don't see that it's one I'll use again so it might as well go to a new home.

I do love the detail of the 2-step images:
Be sure to head over to Kelly's blog and Barb's blog to see what stamp they've used this month - and of course to admire their creativity.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Set: Stampin' UP! Blossoms Abound stamped with Lawn Fawn Inks (Celery Stick, Fresh Lavender, Freshly Cut Grass, and Sugarplum

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White and SU Cucumber Crush CS and Art Impressions Purple Wash DP

Dies: MFT Wonky Stitch Rectangle and Simon Says Bold Hello

Embellishments: Gina Marie Glitter Enamel Dots

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Can't Imagine Life Without You


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 was Barb's turn and she sent us the beautiful image and a choice of sentiments from the Gina K Santana Rose stamp set.
Be sure to check out Kelly's and Barb's cards on their blogs, too.Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
(provided by Barb): Gina K Santana Rose - I colored it with Copic Markers
Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Grapefruit Grove CS and DP from my scrap fileDies: MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle and Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle StitchEmbellishments: Eyelet Outlet Glitter Enamel Dots and SU Ribbon

Stay @ Home Update #18

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...

Day 1 - SUN, August 2
This week's project is going to be on-going over a few days. I'm not sure, it might take most of the week. The picture to my left shows part of my paper pads (I shared the paper tower that holds the rest of them in last week's update - HERE.

I'm re-doing my storage (and possibly doing some purging as I go along).

I've been just slipping any scraps from the pads within its pages, but I've purchased (in bulk for Amazon) ticket holders and will be storing the scraps from each pad in one of these. The ticket holder will go on the shelf right beside its paper pad so when I want a paper from the pad it will be easy to check to see if there is a scrap that will work rather than cutting another full sheet.

Today I prepared the pads in three categories - Christmas, Christmas/Autumn, and Halloween/Fall. I'm going to add dividers to make it easier to find each category, but haven't started that yet.

They fit neatly on the shelf and look better than the bulky crates I had them in previously.

Day 2 - MON, August 3
This is what it looks like after 2 days of work. I also decided I needed to "hold the spots" for categories or it would be a huge chore finding them later, hence the little green slips of papers. So far the categories are: 


I am not loving this new system yet. The ticket holders contain the scraps great, but it is difficult to get them in/out of the shelf. I might just move the scraps to my existing scrap system instead and leave the paper pads on the shelf unit. That would work, since when I'm making a card I almost always check my scrap file first to see if there is a paper to use in it before I choose to cut a new piece of paper.

Day 3 - TUES, August 4
I added one more category to this shelf of paper pads - Flowers/Spring. The shelf is 45" long. That is a lot of paper! Lest you think that is all of it - nope, it isn't. It IS all the paper that I'll be putting on that shelf though. Tomorrow I'll start adding paper pads to the shelf above it. They are all in the Miscellaneous category.

Day 4 - WED, August 5
The upper shelf in this photo shows today's progress on organizing my Miscellaneous paper pads in my new storage system. I have about 8-10 more to go. I hope to finish them tomorrow - wish me luck.

Day 5 - THUR, August 6

I completed going through my 12 x 12 paper pads today and putting the last of the Miscellaneous ones on the shelf. I am still not sure I'm loving this system, so I'll not be surprised if I change it at some point in the future.

Day 6 - FRI, August 7

I sorted through the small amount of smaller paper pads that I have (8 1/2 X 11 and 8 X 8, plus a few smaller ones) and organized them in these holders that set to the left of one of the shelves of 12 X 12 pads. 

I plan to make the dividers for the 12 X 12 papers tomorrow. It's hard to believe that this entire week's stay@home challenge will be invested in paper pads. #ihavetoomuchpaper

Day 7 - SAT, August 8

I did it - I made the dividers for my paper pads. Labeling them will make it so much easier to look through them to find the designer paper that I want for a card/project.

I think my paper pad organization is much better now - except I'm still not liking the ticket holders for scraps. I think they are unnecessary, due to the way I choose/use scraps, so I suspect they will be going away soon.

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

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Homespun Sunflower


I love the Victorine Originals Large Sunflower stamp and have used it on several occasions. It is on the larger size, nearly filling an entire A2 card front. I decided to die cut it for today's card, using only a portion of the stamp. 

I like the look, especially with the gingham designer paper.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp: Victorine Originals Large Sunflower stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Dies: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle and Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch

Embellishment: SU Ribbon

Friday, August 7, 2020

A Brighter World

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 Liz's turn to choose the theme. Here are her instructions...

Scripture- Isaiah 60:19 - The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.

Challenge on this sunny, summery month, use a radial pattern on your card, whether sun rays, radial stenciled lines, or scraps cut and arranged in a radial design. Have fun and be creative!

I fear my card isn't very creative - I'm sorry, Liz - but it is theme appropriate.

I hope Liz and the other ladies like my card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Set
: MFT Watt's Up stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Die: MFT Sunray

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White and Recollections 110# Black CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Glitter Enamel Dots

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Rainy Day Smiles

I've fallen in love with gnomes and have quite a collection of Gnome stamps, so I'm doing a series featuring gnomes this year. Each month I create a card featuring at least one gnome. The date varies, but the theme remains.

There's No Series Like a Gnome Series

This month's gnome is Polkadoodles Gnome More Rain Please.

The sentiment on the inside of the card reads...

Let a SMILE be your
on a Rainy Day.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Set: Polkadoodles Gnome More Rain Please stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White and SU Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Jot Puffy Dots

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Valued Friendship

I value the friends that I have - all the time! In these days with so many things in our world out of whack, I treasure them even more. 

I truly get by with a little - a LOT of - help from my friends!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamps/Dies: MFT Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frame, Sizzix Dog Talk, and Great Impressions Beatles Quote stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White, Recollections Black and SU Marina Mist CS

Ink (for Blending): SU Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi

Embellishment: Cloud 9 Heart

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

2020 Travel the World - Week 31

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...


India is the seventh largest country in the world and has the second largest population of any country.

There are more people in India than in the entire Western Hemisphere of earth.

India is the only country to have an entire ocean named after it.

There is only one time zone all across the country of India.

India is the second largest English speaking country in the world.

There are 22 recognized languages, with Hindi and English being the official languages. However, other commonly-spoken languages include Bengali (the second most spoken language), Telugu, Tamil, Urdu and Punjabi. There are as many as 19,500 known languages and dialects across the country.

Mango is India's national fruit and the peacock is its national bird.

At over 5000 years old, Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited places on earth.

The national symbol of India is the endangered Bengal Tiger.

India is the world's largest producer of milk.

The Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is in India.

Superstar Feddie Mercury is of Indian origin.

The first rocket in India was transported on a bicycle! It was so light and small that it was transported to the Thumba Launching Station in Kerala by bicycle.

Chess was invented in India. So was the game Snakes and Ladders.

A village in India is the wettest place in the world. It averages 467 inches of rain each year.

The world’s largest family lives together in India: a man with 39 wives and 94 children. The family lives in a 100-room, four-story house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram.

The concept of shampoo was first invented in India when herbs were used for strengthening hair.

A huge lake in India was formed when a meteor plummeted into it, some 52,000 years ago.

There is a spa just for elephants in India.

Fauja Singh is the oldest marathon runner in the world. He was born on April 1, 1908 in India and was not able to walk until he was five years old. He took up running at the age of 89 and when he first showed up for the marathon running training, he was in three-piece suit.

The first ever university in the world started around 700 BC in India.

The Bailey Bridge, located in the Ladakh Valley, is the highest bridge in the world.

India has the largest postal system in the world with more than 150,000 post offices, which is three times the size of that of China. 

India is home to the world’s first floating post office, which was inaugurated in 2011.

The world's shortest living woman is from India. She is 2' 6" tall.

I decided to let this India fact be the inspiration for this week's card... India planted nearly 50 million trees in 24 hours on Monday 11th July, 2016, setting a new Guinness World Record!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Set: Stamp Anniething Here's the Dirt stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Punch: SU Small Oval

Embellishments: Paper Studio Mini Brads