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

Monday, April 12, 2021

Let's Get Messy - Take 21

It's the 12th of April, 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. 

This month I decided to play with my Color Burst Powders again but to take it a step further. After letting the burst effect completely dry on white cardstock, I used the Cuttlebug Ann Griffin Matalasse embossing folder to give it some dimension. I highlighted the raised areas by lightly passing a Lawn Fawn Blue Jay ink pad over to top of it.



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/Die Set: Stampin' UP! Beautiful World stamped with Lawn Fawn Blue Jay Ink

Papers: Cougar 110# White, Recollections Black, and SU Cucumber Crush and Pacific Point CS

Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Matalasse 

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: Rhinestones from an unknown vendor

Sunday, April 11, 2021

You Are Simply Fabulous

This week's Clean and Simple "Flower Power" Challenge (#CAS632) was just too perfect to ignore. I love Love LOVE coloring flowers and I have a ton of floral stamps, may of which have never seen ink. I chose one of those previously uninked ones for my card.


Rubbernecker Brushed Flower #13


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Stamp/Die: Rubbernecker Brushed Flower #13 and Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle and Simon Says Chunky Scalloped Rectangles

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Stamp What? The Gift of Love

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... The Gift of Love, circa 2002. I am really drawn to shepherds, so of course I love this set.


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.

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Stamp Set: SU The Gift of Love stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle and SU Circles

Embellishments: SU Ribbon and a Star-Shaped Brad from an unknown vendor

Friday, April 9, 2021

A Three Musketeer Bouquet

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 the Sketchbook Bouquet stamp set from Taylored Expressions. I fell in love with the flowers in this set the moment I saw them and knew I wanted to purchase them and use them for this month's Three Musketeers. I am really excited to see what Barb and Kelly did with them.



 

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





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Stamp Set
: Taylored Expressions Sketchbook Bouquet stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: SU Ribbon and Dragonfly Brad from an unknown vendor

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Where's the Inspiration?

What is the starting point for making a card? For me, often times it is a challenge theme. Other times it is a particular stamp that I'm wanting to use. Then, on days like this, it's the designer paper that catches my eye and screams USE ME! 

What's a girl to do? Search her Evernote inventory and find a stamp that works with the paper, of course.

I thought the Deep Red Wild Sunflowers were a nice combination with the beautiful floral paper.


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Stamp: Deep Red Wild Sunflowers stamped with Gina K Amalgam Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Dies: Jaded Blossom Scallop Rectangle, MFT Stitched Rectangle, MFT Starburst Sentiment Strips, and SU Stitched Shapes (Squares)

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots