Thursday, April 22, 2021

Double Duty - Avery Elle

Barb, Kelly and I have a few different challenge/series going on each month. You're probably familiar with at least some of them - Three Musketeers, Ready Set Go!, Stamp What, Hot Mess Success... and on the 22nd of each month, the Double Duty series. This one was Barb's idea - and it is a lot of fun!

Each month we each choose one stamp set from a pre-determined stamp company and make two cards using it. At least one thing has to be seen on both cards (color, embellishment, stamp, etc.). We post on a double-digit day each month, too - the 22nd. Today is the day!

This month's company is Avery Elle. I only had two stamp sets to choose from - or I could have shopped for a new one. I decided to use one of the two I already own - Dog-Gone It.

I have owned this set (dies, too) for a while, but hadn't used it yet, so this was the perfect excuse to ink it up and make two cards.



Card #1




Card #2




Be sure to check out Barb's blog and Kelly's blog to see their Double Duty posts, too.

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Stamp/Die Set: Avery Elle Dog-Gone It stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Cougar 110# White and SU Real Red and Summer Sun CS and DP from my scrap file

Ink (for blending): Lawn Fawn Lemonade

Dies: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle, MFT Stitched Rectangle, MFT Stitched Snow Drifts, and SU Circles

Embellishments: Bone and Heart Brads from unknown vendors

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

You're In My Thoughts and Prayers

This is the third Wednesday of April, which means it is the day that Kelly, Barb, and I reveal our Ready, Set, Go cards. 

Not sure what Ready, Set, Go is? Well, it's a lot of fun! And a bit of creativity. And an extreme challenge theme.

Ready, Set, Go is an idea that Kelly came up with and she invited Barb and I to join her on the adventure. We take turns choosing the theme (this month it's Kelly's turn), but the idea is for it to be a bit more challenging than just the average theme.

This is Kelly's challenge theme... Body Parts!

Last year, I had news that I needed  medical hip surgery.  Although I was bummed, I turned that frown upside down by thinking - let's make the best of it and have some fun with body parts!  Sometimes they bend and break or need to be repaired.   Good thing we have an entire rest of our bodies to lean on!  

Your challenge this month is to create a card using a (as in one, SINGLE) body part. You may chose any stamp company/image you like but it can only show one body part. And because we're creative and often use the rule of 3's, let's take it up a notch!  Your body part can only be on 1/3 of the card!  The other 2/3 of the space you can use however you like, or not at all, and use whatever papers, EF, techniques, etc you like. You may also include one sentiment. Think outside the box, get as creative as you like and most of all, have fun - now let's get Ready, Set, GO!

I chose Hands as my body part, but then I got to wondering - since they are a pair, I counted them as one body part, but are they really two body parts. EEK! I may be in trouble.



Be sure to check out Barb's blog and Kelly's blog to see what they did with this Ready Set Go theme!

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Stamps: Greenbrier Praying Hands and Stampabilities You're in My Prayers stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Cougar 110# White and SU Blueberry Bushel CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: Art Impressions Rectangle Double Stitched and MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishment: Seam Binding from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

2021 Travel the World - Week 16

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...

Bangladesh

Bangladesh, located in the north-eastern part of South Asia, is a tiny country surrounded by India and Bay of Bengal. The country has the great Himalayan Mountain Range around it in the north and the south lays in the Bay of Bengal.

Bangladesh’s neighbors are India to the West, North and East, Myanmar (Burma) to the south-east and the Bay of Bengal to the south.

Bangladesh as a country did not exist before 1971. In the past, the region of Bengal was ruled by a list of Indian, Turkic, and Mughal dynasties as well as the British.

Bangladesh is the 8th most populous country in the world. It is also the 5th most populous country in Asia.

There are approximately 3,000 people per square mile, making this country one of the most densely populated on earth.

In terms of size, Bangladesh is only about one-tenth the size of Alaska.

Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

Bangladesh has its own language called Bangla – Bangla (Bengali) and English are the official languages of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has the third largest Muslim population in the world.

As with most Muslim populations, you must always pass things or shake hands with your right hand as using your left is considered rude.

Bangladesh has a total of 17 airports.

Bangladesh's Bay of Bengal is the largest bay in the entire world.

Bazar Beach is 75 miles long and is one of the longest beaches in the world.

There are approximately 700 rivers flowing throughout the country.

Rice is a staple food in Bangladesh and is often served with an assortment of curries.

Three percent of the world’s tea comes from Bangladesh. The industry also employs about four million people.

Bangladesh produces rice, tea, jute, wheat and beef and has an industry consisting of cotton textile, jute, garments and tea processing.

Bangladesh exports jute and jute goods, garments, leather, frozen fish and seafood.

The endangered Bengal tiger is the national animal. The roar of this tiger can be heard as far away as 2 miles.

The national flower of Bangladesh is the white-flowered water lily, called Shapla.

The Magpie Robin is the national bird.

Bangladesh is sometimes called “the playground of seasons” because it has six fully distinct seasons. The country’s seasons are summer, monsoon, autumn, late autumn, winter, and spring. Every season comes with different crops, fruits, lifestyles, and festivals. Each season is celebrated with a different festival.

Bangladesh typically sees over 60 inches of rainfall each year, with rainfalls heaviest during monsoon season.

Bangladesh is mostly made up of incredibly flat, low-lying land which is subject to annual flooding from melting snow from the Himalayas.

Many of the country’s historical sites and landmarks have been destroyed by flooding.

Bangladesh has numerous gorgeous natural attractions. Forests, rivers, mountains, animals, beaches, and many others.

The Sixty Dome Mosque, is a well-known Bangladesh attraction.  It’s the biggest mosque from the Sultanate period in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has a shortage of rocks for construction. They make bricks and break them to be used as rocks during construction.

Over half of the residents of Bangladesh are in the farming industry.

The garment industry of Bangladesh is flourishing, and it is responsible for the majority of the country’s exports.

There are 17 universities in Bangladesh.

The people of Bangladesh do not smile, but this doesn’t mean they aren’t friendly. Smiling is considered a sign of immaturity in this culture.

One of the largest mangrove forests in the world is located in Bangladesh.

My inspiration for this week's card is based on this fact about Bangladesh... The country has over 2,000 daily newspapers and periodicals.



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Stamp Set: Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Nancy Reads the Newspaper stamped with Gina K Amalgam Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Paper: Cougar 110# White and Fun Stampers Journey Rock Candy CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle and SU Circles

Embellishments: Enamel Dots from an unknown vendor

Monday, April 19, 2021

Hey... Just Chicken In

Today's card fits this past Friday's Free For All Mellow Yellow Challenge (#F4A582) - just a wee bit of yellow but that's enough, right?

I had a  lot of fun making it with some newer stamps that had never seen ink.



Here's the inside:



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Stamps/Dies: Rubbernecker Chicken Coop and Henry and Gerda Steiner Designs Chicken Scratch stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Cougar 110# White and SU Real Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle and MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Matte Finish Enamel Dots

Sunday, April 18, 2021

An Inspiration Challenge Floral Card

I've enjoyed participating in a lot of SCS Challenges this year, but one I've kind of shied away from is the Inspiration Challenge. I'm not sure why, but it seems to cause me some nervousness. Maybe it's because there are so many pictures to look at for inspiration. 

I decided it was time to try - but in baby steps. Last week's Inspiration Challenge (#IC801) had so many lovely photos, but the ones I tended to gravitate toward were the flowers (wedding flowers mostly). The colors were soft peach/corals in a lot of those floral pictures, so I tried to mimic that color, too.



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Stamp: Mark's Finest Coneflowers stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Cougar 110# White and SU Cinnamon Cider and Pear Pizzazz CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: Art Impressions Rounded Rectangle Double Stitched and MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: Paper Studio Mini Brads and SU Ribbon

Saturday, April 17, 2021

A Floral Silhouette

This week's CAS Challenge (#CAS633) theme was Silhouettes. I do have some silhouette stamps, but instead of using one of them, I decided to ink up the Rubbernecker  Brushed Flower #7 stamp and use it, coloring the three blooms with a black Copic Marker. I thought it gave the card a bit of a dramatic flair.



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Stamp: Rubbernecker Brushed Flower #7 stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with a Copic Marker

Papers: Cougar 110# White CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: Gina Marie Pleated Lace Rectangle, MFT Stitched Rectangle, and Simon Says Bold Hello

Embellishments: Black Pears from an unknown vendor

Friday, April 16, 2021

Walking the Dogs on a Sunny Day

I actually made this card last week for the Walking on Sunshine Free for All Challenge (#F4A581) on SCS but am just now getting it loaded on my blog. I used a previously uninked stamp set that I've had for some time. It makes me think of my daughter - she'd gladly walk this many dogs (and more!) any day.


I used the masking technique and a stencil/ink to create the sunrays on the image.
 

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Stamp Set: Paper Nest Dolls Dog Walker Emma stamped with Memento Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Cougar 110# White and SU So Saffron CS and DP from my scrap file

Stencil/Ink: MFT Sun Ray blended with Lawn Fawn Butter Ink

Dies: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle, MFT Stitched Rectangle, and SU Stitched Shapes (Circles)

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Day 1 of My Diet

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 put together by the hosts. LJ (of the Diamonds) and Darlene (of the Pearls) are this month's hostesses and they decided to shake things up a bit. Their theme is a SKETCH theme. They obtained permission from Tuesday Morning Sketches to use one of their previous sketches for our duel. The sketch is from August 2020; you can check out their blog post - HERE

I'm a Pearl, so I received a fun kit from Darlene. It included the following items:

Images from Taylored Expressions "Exercise Grumplings" stamped on Recollections White CS with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (I colored with Copic Markers)

Papers from the "Floral Doodle" collection by Love Nicole

Ribbons and Other Embellishments from Darlene's stash

THANK YOU, Darlene!


I didn't change much about the sketch when making my card:


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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The only thing I used in addition to what was in my kit when making my card was some CS (Recollections White and SU Rose Red) and my MFT Stitched Rectangle Dies.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

A Gift Just for You

The Ways to Use It Challenge this week is Life is a Gift (#WT839) so I decided to make a card with a gift on it. This was very simple since the Stampin' UP! Bring on the Presents has everything needed to make the perfect gift. Well, everything except some paper.



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Stamp Set: Stampin' UP! Bring on the Presents stamped with Black and minimally colored with a Copic Marker

Papers: Cougar 110# White and SU Real Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Stampin' UP! Gold Cord

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

2021 Travel the World - Week 15

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...

Chile

Chile is a South American country that is located between the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes tot he east. 

It share borders with Argentina, Bolivia and Peru.

The Chilean coastline is one of the world’s longest. And it is also one of the worlds narrowest – with a width of just over 125 miles.

At 2,653 miles long, Chile is the second longest country in the world, only Brazil is longer.

The world's largest swimming pool is in Chile. It is 1,000 yards long with an area of 20 acres and has a maximum depth of 115 feet. It holds over 66 million gallons of crystal clear seawater. It opened in December 2006 and cost nearly one billion dollars to build. The annual maintenance of the pool costs about two million dollars.

Chile's Atacama Desert is the driest place on earth. This place has not seen even a single drop of rain since record-keeping began.

Scientists have used the harsh conditions of the Atacama to test Mars rovers, as the desert terrain and volatile conditions are believed to mimic those found on Mars.

The oldest mummies in the world were found in Chile.

The biggest earthquake ever recorded on earth, measuring 9.5 on the Richter scale, hit Chile in 1900. The catastrophe killed more than 1500 people and left 2000 homeless.

Chile is home to the tallest building in South America, the Costanera Gran Torre. Located in Santiago, the country's capital city, the Torre has 64 floors and has two observation decks on the top two floors that offer jaw-dropping views of the city and the surrounding Andes Cordillera.

A popular event on the Chilean island of ChiloƩ is the minga, which brings the entire community together to move a house. The ChiloƩns mount the house on tree trunks, and then the house is pulled by oxen to the new site.

Chile holds the largest library in South America and features 1.8 million books.

Chile’s Easter Island is known for its 867 Moais. These sculptures of volcanic rock, believed to represent deceased chiefs or gods, stand as tall as 20 feet.

It is believed that 90% of the world’s potatoes originate from the islands of Chiloe off the coast of the Lakes District! Even today, the islands are home to 286 unique varieties of Chilote potatoes.

The alerce tree of southern Chile can live to be up to 4,000 years old!

More than half of the country’s plants and animals are found nowhere on earth.

The Chilean flamingo is a tall, large bodied bird with a long neck and small head. All flamingos feed with their bills upside-down. Their beautiful pink plumage comes from the carotenoid pigments they consume as a part of their diet. Their upper bill is shorter than their lower bill.

The Pudu, which is the world’s smallest deer, is found in Chile.

The national bird is called the Andean Condor and is the largest flying bird in the world.

Husbands and wives in Chile do not share a same, common last name. Wives use their maiden names.

One of the world’s lowest divorce rates is in Chile. Divorce was only legalized in 2005.

Chile is the only country in the world where abortion is illegal and completely banned.

When greeting or leaving, cheek kisses are exchanged between men and women and between women. Both the individuals gently touch cheek to cheek and send kiss in the air. Men exchange handshakes.

Chileans often reserve strong opinion out of politeness. Quickly asserting an opinion is frowned upon.

Penguins can be found in several areas of southern Chile where they usually lounge on the beach and commute to nearby nests.

After Norway, Chile is the world’s second largest producer of salmon.

Chile is one of the world's largest producers of copper.

In 2003, an extraordinary discovery of a hidden whale nursery in Chile was made by scientists. There was a particular place where whales go in large numbers to rear their young and to feed.

In 2008, Chile declared permanent ban on whaling in its waters.

My inspiration for this week's card is based on this fact about Chile... A variety of endangered candelabra cactus which can reach heights up to 16 feet is found in Chile. The country is home to more than 20 different types of cacti and succulents. Interestingly, these plants survive on moisture absorbed from the ocean fog.



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Stamp/Die Set: Hampton Arts Jillibean Soup Stick with Me Cactus stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Paper: Cougar 110# White and SU Creamy Caramel CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle and MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangle

Embellishments: Paper Studio Brads