Friday, October 15, 2021

Snarky Humor

Today is a special day - it's the 15th of the month so it's DUEL day. The Classy Card Ladies teams are revealing their cards made with kits they received. The hostesses this month are LJ (of the Diamonds) and Darlene (of the Pearls). They put their heads together and came up with a great theme, then went their separate ways and sent out kits to their respective team members. It's all Hush HUSH until duel day - TODAY!

The theme this month is...

Snarky/Humorous

I'm a Pearl, so I received a fabulous kit from Darlene. The only thing of my own that I used to make my card was some cardstock (Recollections Black and SU Pineapple Punch).

Darlene's Kit Contents: 

Sentiments - Neat & Tangled "Happier Than" stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

DP - Lawn Fawn "Really Rainbow 

Embellishments - Paper Studio Flowers and Gems, Recollections Flowers, and Ribbon from her stash

THANKS Darlene!

I thought these sentiments were perfect for a fun fold... but sheesh! The photographs sure don't do it justice. 





Be sure to check out the other Classy Card Ladies cards, too...

Diamonds

Barb

Carol

Kelly

LJ

Suzy - in the SCS Gallery

Pearls

Darlene

Deb - in the SCS Gallery

Shelly 


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Blue Knight - Bridge and Stream

Fridays are special days - who doesn't love TGIF, right? But here on my blog Fridays are also special because they are the day I get to post as a design team member for Blue Knight Rubber Stamps.

I used the new Bridge and Stream stamp set today.

You can check out the stamp set in the Blue Knight Rubber Stamps store - HERE.

I have to admit, when I first saw this stamp set online, I wondered what that clump up above the trees was supposed to be. Was it birds? I felt so foolish when the stamp set arrived. DUH! That is a second stamp - there are two stamps in this set. The "clump" is actually leaves, so you can add leaves too your trees, in green tones or in gorgeous autumn colors. Isn't that clever?

Card #1


For this card, I colored the image in spring/summer colors and added lots of green leaves to my trees. That is so easy to do and looks fabulous!



Card #2


I colored this card in winter tones - the grass has died and the trees are bare. I used the Heidi Pettie Cloud Stencil to add clouds to the sky, using Lawn Fawn Forget-Me-Not Ink. You can find this wonderful stencil in the Blue Knight Rubber Stamps store - HERE.


I think it's amazing to see how one stamp looks so different depending on how it's used. 

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You can find each of today's featured stamps HERE, at the Blue Knight Rubber Stamps web store.

And... don't forget to join us at the Fan Group and YouTube Channel:
Fans of Blue Knight Rubber Stamps (Facebook group) is HERE
and the Blue Knight Rubber Stamps YouTube Channel is HERE

Jeanette Cloyd, Design Team Member

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Hot Mess Success - Take 27

It's the 12th of October, time to get messy. (insert deer-in-the-headlight look) As you likely recall from previous 12ths, I am not one who likes messes. Not one bit. BUT a challenge is only a challenge if it stretches you, and I'm up for the Hot Mess Success Challenge. 

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

It's Anything Goes - as long as there is something messy involved.

I tried to go for a shiny grunge look this month - I'm not sure I succeeded. I used Picket Fence Daffodil Yellow Paper Glaze with the My Favorite Things Sun Rays stencil for some shine. Once it had dried I ruffed it up a bit and then sprayed it with Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer Spray.

I added a sentiment from Unity Stamps and one embellishment to finish up my card.




Be sure to check out the other Hot Mess gals blogs, too, to see their cards (you'll be WOW'd!)... 


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Stamp
: Unity Wishing You Sunshine stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Neenah 110# Solar White and SU Pineapple Punch CS and DP from my scrap file

Messy Mediums: Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer Spray and Picket Fence Daffodil Yellow Paper Glaze

Stencil: MFT Sun Rays

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangles

Embellishments: Heart-shaped Brad from an unknown vendor

Monday, October 11, 2021

2021 Travel the World - Week 40

I started a 50-week series in 2019 that I called Travel the World. Each week of the series I visited a randomly-selected country, sharing bits of information about that country. I then chose one tidbit of information about that week's country as inspiration for a card. As I explored those 50 countries in 2019, I knew I would continue on until I've visited every one of the 195 countries in the world, so I continued the series in 2020 and here I am in 2021, the third year of traveling the world. 

This week's country is...

Tajikistan

Tajikistan is a mountainous landlocked country in Central Asia. It is bordered by Uzbekistan to the north and west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, China to the east and Afghanistan to the south. 

Tajikistan is separated from Pakistan by only a small strip of land known as the Wakhan Corridor. It is a narrow strip of land present in Afghanistan between the mountains of Karakoram Range and the Pamir Range. It has a length of 220 miles but a width of around 8 miles to 40 miles at different points.

 former member of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan gained independence in 1991.

It is the 94th largest country in the world by area with 55,250 square miles.

Geographically, the country is slightly larger than England. Its entire population is the same as the city of London.

An interesting fact about Tajikistan is the name of its capital, Dushanbe. It is a word of Tajik language meaning Monday in English. This name was given to the capital of the country because in history, it used to be a village that hosted a very popular market every Monday. This weekly market played an essential role in the development of the city. As of today, Dushanbe is the largest city in the country.

More than 90% of the country is covered with mountainous ranges and about 50% of the country has an elevation of more than 9,800 feet above sea level. 

Tajikistan's mountains provide opportunities for outdoor sports, such as mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, and mountain climbing.

Being a mountainous country, it has one of the longest glaciers in the world. The Fedchenko Glacier, located in the Yazgulem Range of the Pamir Mountains, is the longest glacier in the country. This glacier has the honor of being the longest glacier in the world outside the Polar regions. It has a total length of around 48 miles.

Much of Tajikistan is unsuitable for human habitation, mainly due to its altitude, however, there are some desert and semidesert areas of land that are suitable for irrigated farming, gardens and plantations.

About 50% of theTajikistan labor force works in agriculture.

There are about 1450 lakes in the country.

The most popular and beautiful lake of Tajikistan is Iskanderkul. This triangular shaped lake is located at an elevation of 7,200 feet. Moreover, according to a legend, Alexander the Great stopped by this lake, and so the lake was named in his honor (his Persian name was Iskander).

Tajikistan is home to the world’s second tallest dam. The Nurek Dam (984 feet) is located on the Vakhsh River in Tajikistan and was built to generate hydroelectricity.

Tajikistan grows grains, cotton, fruits and vegetables and rears cattle, sheep and goats.

Its industry consists of aluminum, lead, zinc, chemicals and fertilizers.

Tajikistan also exports aluminum, cotton, electricity, fruits, vegetable oil and textiles.

Tajikistan is home to the world’s second-highest road, the Pamir Highway. Also known as the M41, the Pamir Highway is renowned for its spectacular scenery and remote route.

The Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes passes through Tajikistan.

Unibrows are considered highly attractive in the country and the girls who have separate eyebrows often paint them to create an illusion.

They have more than 5,000 kinds of flowers, and its animal life is both abundant and diverse, there are gray lizards, wildcats, golden eagles and brown bears, and they are all very unique to this area.

The country lies in a sensitive seismic zone, and every year the country faces 5000 deep and shallow earthquakes.

Tajikistan has the world’s second-tallest flagpole. The Dushanbe Flagpole is over 540 feet tall.

Villagers in the mountains of Tajikistan used to dupe visitors into looking for Yetis (or “Abominable Snowmen”). Villages would have a designated ‘Yeti witness’ whose job was to guide visitors to remote valleys where sightings were supposedly taking place and charge them a fee for the service.

Tajikistan’s national sport is gushtingiri, a form of traditional wrestling. Traditionally, towns were divided into mahallas (districts) and each district had its own alufta (tough) who was the best wrestler. 

The winter sport of Buzkashi is also played in Tajikistan. Played on horseback, the game originates in Persia and is similar to polo. The aim is to scoop up a dead carcass (usually a goat) and land it in a goal.

People from Tajikistan are very hospitable, and guests will not be able to say goodbye to them without receiving gifts from them. From handcrafted souvenirs made with ceramics, wood and even glass, to patterned fabrics, Tajik people are very proud of what they are able to create with their hands. This is why they will make sure guests never forget them nor their country, and they will giving their work as a present.

Hospitality, humility, and respect are considered essential for successful interaction in the culture. The elderly are always given the place of honor. A man must never enter a home where there are only women, and a girl must never be left alone with a boy. At large social gatherings, men and women often are separated. Everyone stands when another guest enters. When shaking hands in greeting, it is a demonstration of good manners and respect to place the left hand over the heart and bow slightly.

Women founded a classical national dance that has become a feature of family celebrations and festivities. The dances begin slowly, becoming faster and more intense as they progress. The movements are harmonious and subtle, and the costumes colorful and bright. The performers dance according to the emotions of the moment.

Bargaining is accepted in the marketplace. 

Personal space is not respected in either private or public places. 

When cultural rules are violated, gossip or ostracism may result.

The national drink of Tajikistan is green tea.

Plov (pilaf), also called osh, is the national dish in Tajikistan. It is a rice dish made with shredded yellow turnip or carrot, and pieces of meat, all fried together in vegetable oil or mutton fat in a special qazan (a wok-shaped cauldron) over an open flame.

Mealtime in Tajikistan usually begins with a small serving of dried fruits or nuts. The second course is often a serving of soup or meat and the final course in a traditional meal is the previously mentioned plov.

Restaurants usually offer Western and Russian food, and choihonas (teahouses) serve traditional foods. Guests often sit on a platform with a low table surrounded by thin mats.

Because he takes responsibility for his parents in their old age, the youngest son is traditionally the heir to family property. 

The personal belongings of the mother-in-law go to the wife of the youngest son.

Parents will try to provide a house for each of their sons to improve their prospects of marrying women from a higher economic class. 

Because a baby is thought to be subject to infection, it cannot be shown until forty days after it is born, when a cradle ceremony with a feast may be celebrated. This may include a coming of age ceremony for the mother, who is not considered a woman until she gives birth to a child.

The literacy rate in Tajikistan is high even though they people live in poverty. Almost 99.5 percent of the people can read and write.

My inspiration for this week's card is based on this fact about Tajikistan... a country where rural people depend almost entirely on what they produce themselves. Seventy-five percent of households grow food for their own use, with people in the cities planting gardens in vacant lots.



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Stamp Set: Polkadoodles Gnome Grown stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Paper: Fun Stampers Journey Lemon Drop and Neenah 110# Solar White CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangles

Embellishments: SU Ribbon


Sunday, October 10, 2021

Stamp What? Harvest Gathering

My friend Kelly (and her son) came up with a great idea for a card series last year and she invited Barb and me to join her in the adventure - called Stamp What?

The name *Stamp What?* comes from using only STAMPin' Up stamps for this challenge and never knowing WHAT it will be!

Recognizing that we all have stamp sets that are just collecting dust, this series nudges us into using some of them. Twelve of them, to be exact - one each month. We are to either have someone choose one for us or we are to randomly select one of our older Stampin' UP! stamp sets and create a card using it, that we then share on our blogs on the 10th of each month.

We had so much fun with this series last year (and still have lots of dusty stamp sets) so we're doing it again this year.

I numbered my wood-mounted (aka older) SU stamp sets and used a random number generator to choose the stamp set to use this month... Harvest Gathering, circa 1998. 



Be sure to head over to Kelly's blog and Barb's blog to see what stamp set they've used this month - and of course to admire their creativity.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Set: SU Harvest Gathering stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Neenah 110# White and SU Pumpkin Pie CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: Karen Burniston Rectangles Crosshatch

Embellishments: Gina Marie Enamel Dots

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Halloween Kitty

Kelly, Barb, and I have been creating together as the Three Musketeers every month since November 2014. We all three create a card using the same image. I always enjoy seeing how different our cards are, even though we use the same image. This is one of my favorite posts of the month. 

We take turns choosing what stamp will be used. This month it was my turn and I chose Boo Kitty from The Rabbit Hole Designs. 



I used a sentiment from a different stamp set for the inside of my card - Get Candy from Jane's Doodles...



Be sure to check out Kelly's and Barb's cards on their blogs, too.


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Sets
: The Rabbit Hole Boo Kitty and Jane's Doodles Get Candy stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Neenah 110# Solar White and SU Cinnamon Cider CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangles

Embellishment: Eyelet Outlet Matte Finish Enamel Dots

Friday, October 8, 2021

Blue Knight - Baseball/Softball

Fridays are special days - who doesn't love TGIF, right? But here on my blog Fridays are also special because they are the day I get to post as a design team member for Blue Knight Rubber Stamps.

I used the new Baseball/Softball stamp set today.

You can check out the stamp set in the Blue Knight Rubber Stamps store - HERE.


Card #1


For this first card, I used the Newton's Nook Retro Sun & Palms stencil to blend some blue ink onto a piece of white cardstock first. Once that was finished I stamped the baseball image onto the piece and then used a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle die to cut the layers. The finishing touch was a baseball brad from Eyelet Outlet.



Card #2


This card was made by cutting rectangles of designer paper (again using the My Favorite Things Stitched rectangles die set) and stamping the girl baseball player onto a rectangle of white cardstock. The sentiment is from the Mini Greetings 1 stamp set - seen HERE. It was punched out with Stampin' UP! circle punches.


I think it's amazing to see how one stamp looks so different depending on how it's used. 

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You can find each of today's featured stamps HERE, at the Blue Knight Rubber Stamps web store.

And... don't forget to join us at the Fan Group and YouTube Channel:
Fans of Blue Knight Rubber Stamps (Facebook group) is HERE
and the Blue Knight Rubber Stamps YouTube Channel is HERE

Jeanette Cloyd, Design Team Member

Thanks for stopping by my blog today

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Vibrant Autumn Colors

On the 7th of each month, the SCS Crafters of Faith group shares cards made with a common theme, chosen by one of the members. These challenges are inspired by Scripture, though the cards themselves do not have to have a religious theme.

This month Rebekah challenged us to show the vibrant glory of God’s handiwork in the earth when it’s autumn. The colors of the leaves on the trees as they die and let go and show us how beautiful it is to let go!

Her Scripture inspiration was Isaiah 44:23 which reads: Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.



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

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Stamp: Inkadinkado Fall Turns to Gold stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Neenah 110# Solar White and SU Bumble Bee and Cherry Cobbler CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle, Paper Roses Stitched Circle, and Pink & Main Concave Rectangles

Embellishment: Leaf Brad from an unknown vendor