Sunday, September 27, 2020

Workers for the Harvest

The Bible Art Journaling group on SCS has a monthly theme, chosen by Julie, the leader of the group. She encourages us to journal an entry based on the month's theme. 

This month's theme is Fruit/Harvest - or anything from the Gospel of Luke. 

I love Jesus' instructions regarding the harvest and chose to journal Luke 10:2...

These were his instructions to them: "The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields."


Image: CC Designs Farmer Fred



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Saturday, September 26, 2020

I Can't Thank You Enough

I don't have many Asian-themed stamp sets in my collection, but I am delighted that I have the Raisin Boat Asian Serenity Bold stamp set. It has some great images - flowers, leaves, and even a Bonsai tree. It also has the words Love, Joy, and Peace. It's such a soothing stamp set.


I needed a Thank You card, so I also used a sentiment from the Raisin Boat Flourish Sentiments stamp set.



I stamped the leaves/stem in the bottom right corner of the inside of my card, too.



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Stamp Sets: Raisin Boat Asian Serenity Bold and Flourish Sentiment stamped with Lawn Fawn Inks (Cilantro, Guava, and Peachy Keen)

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White and SU Blush Blossom and Cameo Coral CS

Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Matelasse 

Embellishments: CC Designs Enamel Dots and SU Ribbon

Friday, September 25, 2020

Happy Bird-Day

 

I love seeing birds on the high lines. I also like the pictures of similar scenes. I decided to try to recreate that look on a card - with some help from Eyelet Outlet.

With the fun sentiment I was able to create a birthday card with just a few simple steps.


I started with a piece of 120# White Cardstock and used the Heffy Doodle Cloudy Skies stencil to create the clouds. Then I used a Fine Line Copic Marker to add the high lines. From there it was just a matter of deciding which Eyelet Outlet bird brads to use and where to place them.

The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Toucan Can Do It stamp set.


Eyelet Outlet Products:

Cardinal Brad

Cardinal Profile Brad

Eagle Brad

Robin Brad

Bling Strip


I wonder if it is possible to add black embossing powder to the birds to transform them into silhouette birds. I might have to experiment with that at some point.

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Stamp Set: MFT Toucan Do It stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Paper: Accent Opaque 120# White, Recollections Black, and SU Ballet Blue CS

Stencil/Ink: Heffy Doodle Cloudy Skies and Lawn Fawn Moonstone Ink

Die: Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Bling Strip and Brads


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Squeeze the Day!

 You may have noticed today's card on my blog a couple of weeks ago. It's actually one that I made for SCS's Dare to Get Dirty so I shared it in one of my posts with several other DTGD cards. 

Today I'm back to share it with you again, at the request of Denise, the owner of The Project Bin. I am so blessed to be on her design team - she's not only a great owner/designer of a unique line of stamps, she's also just about the sweetest woman you could know.

I used on of The Project Bin stamp/die sets to make the card. It's called Yello! but of course a yellow lemon can easily become a lime when colored green. 





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Stamp Set: The Project Bin Yello! stamped with Memento and Lawn Fawn Inks and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White, Recollections Black, and SU Cucumber Crush CS

Inks (for Blending the Background): Lawn Fawn Celery Stick, Freshly Cut Grass, and Jalapeno)

Embellishments: Enamel Dots from an unknown vendor


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Altenew Paint-a-Flower #3

I love flower stamps. One of the reasons I like them is because I love to color them... and if you've been around my blog much, you know how much I love to color. 

i. love. to. color.

I signed up for the monthly Altenew Paint-a-Flower subscription because I think Altenew has some of the most gorgeous flower stamps. Today's card features the third set I've received as a subscriber and like the other two sets, it is gorgeous - and was a lot of fun to color!



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Stamp Set: Altenew Paint-a-Flower Paeonia Japonica stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White and SU Blush Blossom CS

Die: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A Stamp for All Seasons - Autumn

It is the first day of Autumn... and today I'm sharing my third card in my A Stamp for All Seasons series. I chose one stamp - the Stamping Bella Two Gnomes on a Log - and am featuring it on a seasonal card at the beginning of each season. If you missed the other cards in my series, you can see them - HERE.

For today's card I did some fussy cutting and used a variety of dies to complete my card.



There's one more season to go. I wonder what these two gnomes will get into this winter???

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Stamp: Stamping Bella Two Gnomes on a Log stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White, Recollections Ivory, and SU Cajun Craze CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: Altenew Bold Thanks, Catherine Pooler Circle Stripe, Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch, and Spellbinders Circle

Embellishments: Simple Story Enamel Dots and SU Ribbon

Monday, September 21, 2020

2020 Travel the World - Week 38

FYI - my Travel the World card is a day early tomorrow as I have another commitment on my blog tomorrow. 

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...


Burundi


Burundi is one of the 45 landlocked countries in the world. It is in the center of Africa and is located just below the equator. It is bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania tot he east and south, and Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.

Its residents are known as Burundians.

The landscape in Burundi is distinguished by its hills and valleys covered with banana plantations, eucalyptus trees, and fertile pastures; however, the country's east with its savannah grasslands stands in direct contrast to its fertile areas.

The country is eleven times smaller than Poland. In US comparison, it is slightly smaller than the state of Maryland.

Burundi is the third most densely populated country in Africa, after Mauritius and Rwanda. There are concerns for its population due to overgrazing, deforestation and soil erosion.

Burundians traditionally built their houses of grass and mud in a shape reminiscent of a beehive and wove leaves together for the roof. The traditional Tutsi hut was surrounded by cattle corrals. Today the most common materials are mud and sticks, although wood and cement blocks are also used. The roofs are usually tin, since leaves are a short supply as a result of deforestation.

A majority of the population of Burundi lives in villages that are scattered throughout the highlands.

Over 80% of Burundians live in rural areas. Burundi is largely poor and underdeveloped. Having one of the lowest literate rates in Africa and the world, this means that youths lack modern knowledge and skills required to diversify their livelihoods away from dependence on rural agriculture.

Burundi gained its independence from Belgium on July 1, 1962. At that time it became one of the first black republics in the world.


Gustave is an enormous crocodile in Burundi. He is believed to be the biggest crocodile in the world at over 18 feet long and 2,000 pounds. Gustave reigns terror along the banks of the Ruzizi River and the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika where he is believed to have killed more than 300 people. Although he is yet to be captured, he has been seen by several locals. The crocodile is 64 years old, which is about the median age, considering that Nile crocodiles can live to be 200 years old.

Only 3% of the people in Burundi have access to the internet, making it one of the world's worst countries for internet access.

Burundi has three national parks: Kibira National Park to the northwest (a small region of the rainforest), Rurubu National Park to the northeast (along the Rurubu River), and Rusizi National Park which is the most popular tourist attraction in Burundi.

The Kagera Falls are a spectacular series of waterfalls in southeastern Burundi.

Cows are a symbol of happiness, health and prosperity in Burundi. A common Kirundi greeting is amashyo, which translates as may you have many herds of cattle.

Cows occupy a near-sacred place in the Burundian society. Its horns are considered especially sacred. While in most other traditional African societies horns are used as musical instruments and sometimes as part of magicians' paraphernalia, in Burundi, they are planted near the owner's home instead. To the Burundians, this is akin to planting blessings. In some ways, it acts as thanksgiving for the delicious meat provided  by the departed cow, but more so as blessings for more cows to come.

Burundi came in as the least happiest country in the world in the 2018 World Happiness Report and traditionally is one of the least happiest countries every year. (On the opposite end of the spectrum, Finland was the happiest country in the world in 2018.)

Drumming is an important part of the Burundian cultural heritage.

Crafts are an important art form in Burundi and are especially attractive to tourists looking for gifts to take home. Basket weaving is a popular craft for Burundian artisians.

Lake Tanganyika is the second oldest freshwater lake in the world, second largest by volume, and the second deepest. It is divided among four countries - Burundi, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zambia.

The country does not have a coastline but that doesn't stop it from having a beach. The beach, which is part of the shore of Lake Tanganyika is a great place to take a dip and enjoy the warm water.

Burundi participated for the first time in the 1996 Olympic Games and won a gold medal. In doing so, Burundi became the poorest country ever to win an Olympic gold medal.

Ninety percent of the population of Burundi is employed in agriculture. Its exports coffee, tea, sugar, cotton, and hides.

Burundi's Livingstone-Stanley Monument overlooks Lake Tanganyika and marks a location where explorer and missionary David Livingstone and journalist and explorer Henry Morton Stanley visited and spent two nights in November of 1871.

Group jogging is banned in Burundi. In 2014, the country's president banned the activity, citing the reason that such walks can help people plan anti-government activities.

Burundi boasts hippopotamuses, monkeys, elephants, lemurs, squirrels, bats, cheetahs, leopards, mongooses, zebras, and buffalo, plus several endemic species of plants and animals.

Locals believe that a woman can lose her virginity simply by riding a bicycle, so cycling is mostly only a male activity in the country.

Burundi has varying amounts of the following natural resources: uranium, rare earth oxides, nickel, copper, vanadium, limestone, tungsten, gold, tin, niobium, and tatalum.
 
I decided to let this Burundi fact be the inspiration for this week's card... The nation's largest source of revenue is coffee, which makes up 93% of Burundi's exports.




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Stamp Sets
: Altenew Coffee with a Splash and CC Designs Latte Lucy stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Embellishments: Paper Studio Mini Brads and a Heart-shaped Brad from an unknown vendor

Sunday, September 20, 2020

It's Time to Stretch

Sometimes I just need something to nudge me out of the norm. It seems lately I've needed that even more than usual. Perhaps it's because I'm not traveling - at all! - and I'm used to being on the go a lot. My trips are usually to meetings and such (I love meetings!) but I often find time for shopping, too. 

i. miss. shopping.

Am I the only one?

Well, I decided to try a blind box kind of thing - thinking it would be fun to stretch myself with that experience. I've heard GREAT things about the Marker Universe Blind Boxes so I ordered it.


I'm not sure what the story is behind the space ship, but this is the box the goodies arrived in and here are the goodies...


Obviously, it is markers. After all, it's from Marker Universe. I was expecting that. Here is what was in the box (I looked on their site for the regular prices of the items, they don't tell you that in the box)...

Graph-it Alcohol Markers (3) - $5.29

Kirarina 2win Oil Based Marker (2) - $1.25

Perma-paque Opaque Permanent Marker - not available in their store

Pigma Micron Pen (1) - $2.52

Zig Lettering Set Basics (5 markers) - not available in their store

Zig Posterman Marker - not available in their store

Truthfully, I think the Blind Box is a little pricey for what you get, but maybe that's just me. (I did search for prices of the items not in their store - other places - and when I added all the prices up, I ended up paying almost full price for the items in the box. I guess I think if it's a Blind Box kind of thing, it will be at a greater discount than that.)

Onward. 

The idea with the Blind Box is to create with just the items in the box. I figured that wasn't literal - that I could also use papers and stamps, and even a few embellishments. I hope that's right.

Here's the card I created:


I created my background by drawing a line with one of the markers in the kit and then blending it out with an Aqua Pen. Once that color had dried, I added another color and repeated. I continued with this technique until I'd completed the look I wanted.

I colored the dog in the image with one of the Alcohol Markers that was in the Blind Box. There wasn't a color that I liked for the cat, so I left it uncolored. I then colored a line completely around the image, using the yellow marker included and again blended it with my Aqua Pen.

After that it was just a matter of assembling my silly card. It was fun to make and I'm glad I gave the Marker Universe Blind Box a try, but for me it is a One and Done

It will be interesting to see what I discover for my next stretching exercise in creativity.

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Special Item
: Marker Universe Blind Box

Stamp Set: Your Next Stamp Photo Booth stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White, Recollections Black and SU Pineapple Punch CS

Embellishments: Brads from unknown vendors

Saturday, September 19, 2020

North Pole Bound

 

I had so much fun making today's card - and it's nothing at all like what I normally make. Is it my best card ever? NO WAY! But it was fun and that makes me happy.

I used two Raisin Boat stamp sets and a variety of dies from different companies to make the card.

The Raisin Boat sets are Signs of Santa and Winter Heart and Sole.


Here's the inside of my card:


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Stamp Sets: Raisin Boat Signs of Santa and Winter Heart and Sole stamped with Lawn Fawn Moonstone and Memento Tuxedo Black Inks

Papers: Accent Opaque 120# White, Recollections Brown and Green, and SU Ballet Blue CS

Dies: MFT Hit the Road, Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch, and Sizzix Woodlands

Embellishment: Snowflake Brad from an unknown vendor


Friday, September 18, 2020

Live Life in Color

This is my eighth in my Could Ya? Should Ya? Would Ya? Yea! series. 

In this monthly series, I plan 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.

For this month's card, I tried a product I'd never used before - Stampin' UP!'s Pigment Sprinkles. I actually purchased them off of the Stampin' UP! Clearance Rack and it just arrived a couple of days ago.

I didn't know what I was doing - so I just experimented. I sprinkled three colors of the pigment onto white cardstock (maybe I should have used watercolor paper instead) and spritzed some water on it. It didn't dry fast enough to suit me (perhaps I put on too much water) so I heat-set it using my heat gun.

After the color was set, I stamped the sentiment and went to work putting together my very simple card.



And don't forget... there's the added feature of this series - try a new recipe. What's for supper? Roasted Tomato Soup. I hope we like it.

Last month I made Chicken Breast with Tomatoes and Garlic, which was pretty tasty. It did make way too much food for us to consume in one meal, so I made an Italian Vegetable soup out of the leftovers, adding some vegetables and broth to it.

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Stamp Set
: Reverse Confetti Dream in Color stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections 110# White and SU Poppy  Parade CS

Die: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle

Special Effect: SU Pigment Sprinkles

Embellishments: Simple Stories Enamel Dots

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Little Gnome and His Bird Friend

 

I've fallen in love with gnomes and have quite a collections of gnome stamps so I'm doing a series featuring gnomes this year. Each month I create a gnome card. The date I share/post these cards changes from month to month, but the theme doesn't. 

There's No Series Like a Gnome Series



This gnome is from the Simon Says Spring Gnomes stamp set.


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Stamp Set: Simon Says Spring Gnomes stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections 110# White and SU Balmy Blue and Chocolate Chip CS and DP from  my scrap file

Dies: MFT Wonky Stitch Rectangle and Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch

Embellishments: SU Chocolate Chip Ribbon and Flowers, Leaves and a Brad from unknown vendors