Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Let's Get Messy - Take 22

It's the 12th of May, 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 tried something I've tried before with minimal success... but I tweaked it a bit. I love the look some people get from inking the embossing folder before using it, but when I tried it, it didn't work very well. Then I heard that Ranger Distress Inks work great with that technique, so I gave it a try. Much better.

I used a brayer to add Ranger Distress Kitsch Flamingo Ink to my Altenew Beautiful Bergenia embossing folder before embossing a plain piece of white CS. The flowers on my embossed piece remained white, but I thought they needed some color, so I used blending brushes to add Ranger Distress Inks - Mustard Seed for the flowers and Twisted Citron for the leaves.

I used a sentiment from the Technique Tuesday Lots of Sentiments stamp/die set for a simple addition to my card.


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


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp/Die Set
: Technique Tuesday Lots of Sentiments stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Cougar 110# White and SU Pineapple Punch and Pink Passion CS

Embossing Folder: Altenew Beautiful Bergenia 

Inks: Ranger Distress Kitsch Flamingo, Mustard Seed, and Twisted Citron

Punch: EK Success Corner Rounder

Embellishments: Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

2021 Travel the World - Week 19

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...

Uruguay

South America's second-smallest country, Uruguay is bordered by Brazil and Argentina and lies along the Atlantic Ocean.

It is comparable in size to the state of Oklahoma.

The country's official language is Spanish. 

The country is mainly flat with rolling hills. The south has fertile coastlands and the north is dominated by some low mountains in the Sierra de las Ánimas.

Uruguay’s coast is one of the main attractions of the country. Some of Uruguay’s beaches are considered among the most beautiful in South America

It has 410 miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and its estuary, the Río de la Plata.

There are nine National Parks in Uruguay.

The climate in Uruguay is mild and humid with warm summers and rainfall throughout the year.

Grassland covers almost three-quarters of Uruguay.

More than half of its population lives in its capital city, Montevideo.

Its capital city has a fountain covered in love padlocks. The padlocks are not directly on the fountain but are attached to the metal railing that surrounds it. The locks typically have the initials of two people inscribed on them and are used by couples as a symbol of unbreakable love, an interesting fact about Uruguay.

The Rambla is a 14-mile long waterfront promenade in the capital city.  There are also 18 beaches nearby with life guards that also host activities such as fútbol (soccer) or volleyball matches.

Advertising is done by means of large speakers installed on the tops of vans running across the city. Van drivers use microphones to deliver advertisements.

Uruguay is the only country in Latin America which is entirely outside of the tropics.

Yerba tea, known as mate in Uruguay, is a caffeine-rich tea traditionally drunk from a hollowed-out gourd through a metal straw. It’s Uruguay’s national drink and holds an important place in the lives of the locals. When sharing mate, Uruguayans sit in a circle with their friends and pass the gourd of mate around so that each person gets a sip. The gourd will be repeatedly filled with water and continually passed around until the tea loses its flavor.

Tortas fritas is a simple fried dough snack made of flour, lard, water, and sugar. Uruguayans often enjoy this treat during the rainy days alongside their national drink, mate. The practice comes from the old days when farmers were believed to have collected rainwater to make tortas fritas. They made this snack because it was easy to cook quickly out in the open. The custom eventually became part of the Uruguayan culture.

Los Dedos Sculpture: The sculpture named 'Los Dedos' which mean 'The Fingers' in English, is one of the main landmarks and attraction in Punta del Este. The port city is also known for the mix of colonial and modern buildings.

It is one of the few countries in South America to have access to clean water for its entire population.

There are more sheep in Uruguay than humans.

Major exports in Uruguay include rice, meat, leather products, dairy products, fish, and wool.

Uruguay has a National Milk Festival. On the last weekend of every October, locals and milk enthusiasts gather in the town of Cardal for live music, dancing, and lots of food. The small town of Cardal is the milk capital of the country. It accounts for a third of all dairy production in this country.

Lunarejo Valley in northern Uruguay is known for its narrow valleys, beautiful waterfalls and gorges. The national park is near Rivera at the border to Brazil. 

Uruguay’s national anthem, which lasts more than five minutes, is the world’s longest in terms of performance duration (and is quite catchy too)!

Instead of numbers, Uruguayans use names to identify their address. This is most common in the rural areas; you can expect to see a signboard that says Mi Casa or Caviahue in place of a regular lot number. To find a house, locals will often rely on descriptions instead of an address. Homeowners may also choose to have their packages delivered to a pick-up center if their house is too difficult to find.

In Uruguay there many different animal species. You will find armadillos and capybara, flamingos and greater rheas. Coatis can be found mainly in northern Uruguay.

Coatis are mammals that grow up to 27 inches tall, they have strong limbs and can walk on their feet as human do but have raccoon-like paws. The long snout is very flexible and so can rotate when they need to push objects or look for food. Coatis are omnivores.

In 2009, Uruguay became the first country in the world to provide every schoolchild with a free laptop and Wi-Fi access.

Uruguay has a literacy rate of 98.1% for adults, one of the highest in the world. This is thanks to the country’s provision of free, compulsory education.

Uruguay is the most non-religious country in the Americas. So much so that they have renamed many of their traditional holidays. Now, Christmas is called Family Day and Holy Week is called Tourism Week.

At one time Uruguay had the world’s poorest politician. He was President of Uruguay between 2010 – 2015. His only declared asset was a 1987 Volkswagen Beetle worth about $1,900. He lived in simplicity, donating 90% of his $12,000 monthly salary to charities to benefit the poor and small entrepreneurs. He owned a one-bedroom house and a three-legged dog.

My inspiration for this week's card is based on this fact about Uruguay... Uruguay is the only country in the world to keep track of 100% of their cattle. There are three cows for every person in the country.



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Stamp Set: Picket Fence No Need to Tip stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Paper: Cougar 110# White and SU Creamy Caramel CS

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: Fun Stampers Journey Ribbon

Monday, May 10, 2021

Stamp What? Snowy Play

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... Snowy Play, circa 2003. This winter/snowman set is just way too cute.


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 Snowy Play stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle and SU Stitched Shapes (Circle)

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Glitter Enamel Dots and Paper Studio Snowflake Brad

Sunday, May 9, 2021

A Bouquet of Daisies

Kelly, Barb, and I gather together - okay, not really, but we do post to our blogs together - on the 9th of each month for our Three Musketeers adventure. We've been doing this since November 2014 and I, at least, find it to be great fun. I hope they do, too.

As Three Musketeers, we all three create a card using the same image, with us taking turns choosing what stamp will be used. This month it was Kelly's turn and she sent us a real surprise - the stamp, not a stamped image. In Kelly's words, she did this "as a token of my friendship to both of you!" Thank you so much Kelly! I love the stamp and will think of you each time I use it!

What stamp is it? Rubbernecker's Daisy Bouquet #2.


I added a sentiment to my card. It's from the Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background stamp set.



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




Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp/Dies: Rubbernecker Daisy Bouquet #2 and Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Dies: Gina Marie Big and Little Pierced Chain Rounded Rectangle and MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: Paper Studio Mini Brads and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Praise God for Motherhood

The Crafters of Faith group on SCS has a monthly theme/challenge. Each month one of the members chooses a Scripture verse and a theme related to it and we all create cards/projects based on that theme. The posting date is the 7th of the month, but I'm a day late since I'm a guest designer for Blue Knight Rubber Stamps this month and yesterday was my scheduled posting date for that.

Sue is this month's hostess. Here is her Scripture and theme...

Scripture: Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. the Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Challenge: Make a card or project to show rejoicing in God. It could be your own praises for something that happened or didn't happen in your life.

At first I wasn't sure what direction to go with Sue's theme, then I had an Aha moment. As far back in my childhood as I can remember, I wanted to be a mother. I can remember people asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up and my quick response was always "A mother!" I rejoice that God granted the desire of my heart by giving me three wonderful children. I love each one of them dearly and am thankful to be their mother.




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

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Stamp Set: Colorado Craft Company Tired as a Mother stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle and SU Stitched Shapes (Circle)

Embellishments: SU Ribbon and Taylored Expressions Enamel Dots and Heart

Friday, May 7, 2021

Blue Knight Guest Designer 5.7.2021

I have been anxiously awaiting this day for nearly a month. That is a long time to wait to tell you the exciting news. I was contacted by Lynn, the owner of Blue Knight Rubber Stamps with an invite to serve as a Guest Designer for the month of May. Of course, I eagerly JUMPED at the opportunity, in part because I have long admired the beautiful cards featuring Blue Knight Rubber Stamps that Shirley Qu posts on Facebook.

As a guest designer, I'll feature a different Blue Knight Rubber Stamps stamp set on a minimum of two cards each Friday this month. Today's stamp set is a beauty - it's called Peaceful Retreat.


Photo Collage provided by Blue Knight Rubber Stamps

For these two cards I did what I love most to do with card making - I colored the gorgeous scene with Copic Markers, but I chose different color schemes for the two cards.

Sunset/Sunrise Card


I would love to be sitting in that chair and watching the colors in the distance across the lake.

These are the colors I used to color the scene:



Clear Skies Card


Since the skies are clear, I went with brighter colors for this scene.

The sentiment on this card is from the Blue Knight Rubber Stamps Mini Greetings 1 stamp set.

These are the colors I used on this card:



I think it is amazing how different a stamp/image can look, simply based on the colors 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, Guest Designer

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Lenten Roses for Your Birthday

One of my favorite stamp companies went out of business a few years ago,  but I'm not parting with those stamps anytime soon. In fact, when I find some in the re-sale sites, if the price is reasonable, I purchase them. The stamp set I used on today's card is one of those "re-sale" purchases. I absolutely love this Flourishes stamp set - Lenten Rose. 


Instead of using one of the sentiments in the set, I used a sentiment from the Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background stamp set.




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Stamp/Die Sets: Flourishes Lenten Rose and Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Cougar 110# White and SU Calypso Coral CS

Dies: Gina Marie Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

24 Blueprint Series - May 2021

There's a new challenge series beginning today - I've lost count of how many of them Kelly, Barb and I are doing, but it's a lot. They are both so creative and come up with fabulous ideas - and I get invited to play along. I am so thankful for both of them.

This new challenge was Kelly's idea. I'm not absolutely certain where she got the idea, but I think she tweaked something she saw to come up with this idea. Hopefully she will share with us the details on her blog post. 

She is calling this one the...

24 Hour Blueprint


The idea is that the host (we'll take turns) will send information on how many cards we need to make and the specifications for those cards and then we have 24 hours to make them, posting the next morning.

1. You have 24 hours to make your card(s) - to post at 7 a.m. the following morning of the hostess's mysterious challenge.

2. Hostesses will announce the number of card(s) 24 hours before the challenge - not 2 days before or 20 minutes before... you get 24 hours and that's it!

3. Hostesses can choose up to 4 mysterious blueprints but they must be made in under an hour - so nothing FANCY SCHMANCY!

4. Hostesses give us ONLY the specs for the card requirements (blueprints) and what EACH layer should be. For example, the stamps/colors/papers used vary per player.

5. Each card must have its own blueprint so please give a description of each!

I'll admit I was a wee bit confused (but willing to go for it) until Kelly sent this document to Barb and I yesterday...


Now it makes perfect sense!



Sketch #1




Sketch #2





Sketch #3

The inside reads:

You make me a happy camper




Be sure to head to Kelly's and Barb's blogs to see their cards, too.

Kelly

Barb


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Stamp Set
: Altenew Dearest Friend stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle, Simon Says Sentiment Labels, and SU Circle

Embellishment: Recollections Rhinestones


Stamp/Punch Set: SU Sweet Ice Cream stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and SU Pink Pirouette Ink

Papers: Cougar 110# White, Recollections Black, and SU Lemon Lime Twist CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: Firefly Heart, MFT Stitched Rectangle, and Simon Says Sentiment Label

Embellishments: Gina Marie Enamel Dots


Stamp Set: Unity Camper Bliss stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Cougar 110# White and SU Magenta Madness CS and Paper Studio Grass DP

Dies: Sizzix Square and Taylored Expressions Stitched Mini Slim

Embellishments: Enamel Dots from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

2021 Travel the World - Week 18

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...

Austria

Austria is a landlocked country in Central Europe. 

Austria shares borders with eight countries: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland.

Its longest border is shared with Germany.

Austria can be compared in size with the state of South Carolina in the USA. 

Vienna is Austria's capital and largest city.

Slightly over 62% of the country is covered by the Austrian Alps, thus over two- thirds of the country is over 1,640 feet above sea level.

At 12,460 feet, the highest mountain in Austria is the Grossglockner. 

The Grossglockner high alpine road criss-crossing the Austrian Alps is famous for all hairpin-curves and panoramic views of Austria's highest mountains.

Tourism in Austria brings in around one billion dollars each year.

Most of the around 17 million tourists visiting Austria every year come from other European countries.

The country is also famous for its high quality arts and crafts, jewelry, ceramics and glassware.

Austria is one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

Austria is known for its mountain trains and railways.

Located in Vienna, the Austrian National Library is one of the world’s major libraries. It has works dating back to the 14th century and is currently home to more than 2 million books.

Vienna (Austria's capital) has the oldest zoo in the world which was founded in 1752.

The first postcards used was in Austria.

The sewing machine was invented by Austrian Josef Madersperger.

The energy drink “Red Bull” was created in Austria.

Ferdinand Porsche, the founder of the sports car company Porsche, was born in Austria.

The founding father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud was born in Vienna.

Austrians are very proud of being the home of Mozart. One way that fact is celebrated is the introduction of “Mozartkugel”, a very high-quality type of chocolate.

One of the must-see museums in Vienna is the famous Mozarthaus. This is actually one of the many apartments the legendary composer lived in during his time in Vienna. It is the largest of his apartments and also the only one still standing. You can not only learn a great deal about Mozart himself, but you will also get an idea of 18th-century life in Vienna’s society.

The waltz was born in Austria. Specifically in the 17th-century suburbs of Vienna.

Austria is home to the largest ice cave in the world. It extends for over 26 miles.

Wild animals that can be found in the mountainous regions of the country include red deer, mountain goats (alpine ibexes), wild pigs, lynxes and marmots.

All Austrian men are required to complete compulsory military training. It lasts less than one year, but there are required periods of retraining later.

Coffee has been an important staple of Austrians since the Turks were forced to retreat in the 17th century and left behind an enormous amount of coffee beans. Coffee houses have become iconic as gathering places for shoppers, businessmen, students, and workers alike. The daily coffee break, known as “jause” usually takes place around 3 in the afternoon when cakes and pastries are also enjoyed.

If you share a toast with an Austrian, be sure to make and maintain eye contact. Not doing so is considered bad luck and the price is seven years of bad sex.

Going to school is compulsory in Austria with all children between the ages of 6 and 10 years attending an elementary school. Following that, most students go into general secondary schools, while a small percent attend more prestigious upper-level secondary schools. Technical schools are very popular and there are 12 universities and six art colleges in Austria.

Workers in Austria are well taken care of with 5 weeks of paid vacation per year in addition to 13 legal holidays. Men in Austria can retire at the age of 65 and women at 60, when they may begin to collect old-age pensions.

The main waterway in Austria, the Danube River, is the second longest river in Europe. It is unique in that it is the only river in the world which flows through ten different countries.

Austria is the first country to establish national regulations regarding organic farming. 

Favorite outdoor sports among Austrians include skiing, soccer, hiking, water-skiing, and sailing.

Alpine, or downhill, skiing has been the most popular sport in Austria for over 100 years.

One of the oldest amusement parks in the world, the Vienna Prater, is located in Austria.

Half of the Austrian men are overweight whereas only 20% of Austrian women are overweight – the lowest rate of all European countries.

Every October 26th, Austrians celebrate National Day. This commemorates the passing of the constitutional law regarding permanent neutrality. It was passed in 1955.

The annual Salzburger Festspiele is the largest and most important opera and theater festival in Europe.

My inspiration for this week's card is based on this fact about Austria... Boasting one of the largest unspoiled landscapes in western Europe, Austrians love walking and hiking. This may account for the popularity of its roughly 35,000 miles of mountain paths.



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Stamp Set: Kraftin Kimmie Happy Campers stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Paper: Cougar 110# White and SU Tempting Turquoise CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: SU Tempting Turquoise Brads and a Butterfly Brad from an unknown vendor