Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Brought to You By the Letter "S"

One of my favorite challenge groups is the Challenge Your Stash group on SCS, under the capable and organized leadership of my friend Barb. The idea is we can't shop for anything when making our monthly challenge card (which we post on the 28th of each month). 

We take turns choosing the theme. This month it was my turn. Since it's September, I challenged the ladies to include something on their cards/projects that begins with the letter "S".

My "S" is Snowflakes

The snowflakes paper is actually a piece I've been hoarding for a long time. If I remember correctly I received it in a Dueling Darling kit. It was all white, but the snowflakes were shiny and the background wasn't. I kept wondering... yep, surely it would work. I decided to give my idea a try on one little corner of the paper. I blended ink onto it and it transformed the paper beautifully!


After blending blue onto it, I took a cloth and buffed it to make the snowflakes shiny again. Then I added just a bit of lavender ink into areas of the paper but not all over it (to mimic the look of the other designer paper I was using).




I hope Barb and the other Challenge Your Stash gals like my card.

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Stamp Set: SU Beautiful Blizzard stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Neenah 110# Solar White and SU Orchid Opulence CS and DP from my scrap file

Ink (for blending): Lawn Fawn Fresh Lavender and Moonstone

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: Celebrate It Gingham Ribbon and Michael's Rhinestones

Monday, September 27, 2021

A Christmas Wreath

I did a HUGE purge in my Play Room last year and have several boxes/bins of stamp sets and supplies that need to find new homes where they will be appropriately loved and used. The task is overwhelming, at best. 

What's a girl to do???

I looked into some of the buy/sell FB groups thinking that might be my answer. (I've sold on eBay in the past, but the fees often eat up any money made.) These groups all have rules - obviously - and that can be overwhelming, too. 

What's a girl to do???

I noticed someone selling Mystery Boxes in one of the groups and thought... hmmmmm. Could that be my solution? So, I bought one, mostly to see what a Mystery Box is really like. It was AMAZING, filled with many items that I love and either have used or will use. One stamp/die set in the Mystery Box I received was the Stampin' UP! Wondrous Wreath set that I used to make today's card.




Oh, and about those boxes/bins of purged stamps/supplies... I'm still trying to figure out the best way to find new homes for them.

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Stamp/Die Set: SU Wondrous Wreath stamped with Lawn Fawn Inks (Freshly Cut Grass, Jalapeno, and Lobster

Papers: Neenah 110# Solar White and SU Real Red and DP from my scrap file

Dies: MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle

Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestone

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Poinsettia Cornered


I discovered the Dirty Dozen Christmas (Sketch) Challenges on SCS this year and have enjoyed making a card each month. 

I really liked this month's sketch, especially how the image is placed in the corner with parts of it missing.



I thought about adding some bling (rhinestones or such) to my card but decided against it since there was no indication of that in the sketch.


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Stamp Sets: Flourishes Poinsettia and Pine and Technique Tuesday Perfect Poinsettia stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Neenah 110# Solar White and SU Rose Red CS

Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangles

Friday, September 24, 2021

Blue Knight - Chickadee on a Fence Post

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 Chickadee on a Fence Post stamp set to make this week's cards. This stamp set features a beautiful fence-line scene with beautiful wildflowers as well as the chickadee on the fence post.

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


I am a Copics gal. I love to color and I almost always use Copic markers for coloring. Sometimes I just want to branch out and try something different, so for my first card with this beautiful stamp set, I stamped the image on cold-press Watercolor Paper and used Karin Probrush markers and water for a watercolor look.

After the watercolors had dried thoroughly, I diecut the image using a Gina Marie Distress Rectangle die. I added a sentiment from the Blue Knight Rubber Stamps Mini Greetings 1 stamp set.


I returned to my normal self and colored the image with Copics for my second card.


I used Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Indented Rectangle dies to cut out the image and also the Scripture that I'd stamped from the same stamp set. 


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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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Thanks for Everything

I've been a member of the Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society for a long time now... receiving the club flower stamp set each month. I hoarded them for a while, then started a series on my blog, committing to using them. 

I thoroughly enjoy this series because flowers are my favorite thing to color. 

This month's Greenhouse Society stamp set is Gerbera Daisy.



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Stamp Set
: Technique Tuesday Gerbera Daisy stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Neenah 110# White, Recollections Black and SU Green Galore CS and DP from my scrap file

Dies/Punch: MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangles Die, MFT Stitched Rectangles Die, and SU Dog Tag Punch

Embellishments: Brad and Ribbon from unknown vendors

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Double Duty - Picket Fence

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! A few months ago Barb invited another friend - Carol - to join us in this adventure.

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 Picket Fence. I have several Picket Fence stamp sets, so i had a bit of a challenge choosing one. I finally went with the Sponsored by Coffee stamp/die set.

Card #1




Card #2



As you can see, I used the same papers on both cards (and the same ribbon), but I chose to give one of the cards a darker/richer color scheme and the other one is a lighter version.

The sentiment inside both cards:

Coffee is always better with a friend

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

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp/Die Set: Picker Fence Sponsored by Coffee stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers 

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

Dies/Punch: MFT Stitched Rectangle Die, Paper Roses Stitched Circle Die, and SU Circle Punch

Embellishment: American Crafts Ribbon

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

2021 Travel the World - Week 37

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...

Libya

Located in northern Africa, Libya borders the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Algeria and Tunisia to the west, Egypt and Sudan to the East, and Chad and Niger to the south.

Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa (after Algeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sudan). As such, it is two and a half times as big as the U. S. state of Texas

Libya’s national language is Arabic but the people also speak Italian and English.

In Libya’s entire history, it only had one King. King Idris reigned from 1951 until he was overthrown by Colonel Gaddafi (also spelled Qadhafi) in 1969.

Libya’s 1099 miles of Mediterranean Sea coast is the longest of any North African country.

Tripoli is the capital and largest city of Libya, as well as the Port of Tripoli.

Tripoli is known as the Mermaid of the Mediterranean for its turquoise waters and whitewashed buildings.

The majority of the Libyan population lives in its coastal area cities. 

Libyan people traditionally lived in extended families. Today many young couples get their own place instead of living with the husband’s family. The couples even choose their own mates, particularly those who live in the cities. In rural areas, traditional arranged marriages still occur.

The discovery of oil in Libya in the 1950s was a great turnaround for the country which had previously been ranked among the poorest in the world. Today, oil and petroleum products for the largest portion of the country’s exports and government revenue, making Libya among the 15 most thriving economies in Africa. 

The Libyan Desert is known for being the harshest, driest, and most remote region of the Sahara. Daytime temperatures reach up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.  The  region is also known for going decades without rain.

All the desert tribes collectively are known as the Bedouins. They lead nomadic lives, moving with their livestock or settling in farming villages in oases. The Tuaregs were the original desert traders who transported goods by camels across the desert. With robes dyed with indigo, they are sometimes called the Blue People.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the world was in Al Azizia in Libya with a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit.

Libya's Red Castle was built in the 16th century on the site of a Roman military encampment. It was the seat of power for Ottoman conquerors. The fortress is now one of Libya’s finest museums.

Libya’s poor soils and climatic conditions severely limit how much food can be grown within the country, so it imports about 75 percent of its population’s food. 

Libyan tea is as thick as black syrup. Mostly prepared by women, the Libyan tea is very thick as a result of mixing a lot of tea leaves and a high sugar concentration. Once the two ingredients are mixed and an appropriate amount of water is added, the tea boils for 20 to 30 minutes. When the tea is ready, it is served in small pyrex glasses accompanied by sumak and khobza which are Libyan favorite bites.

The people drink green tea after they eat to aid digestion. Tea and coffee are favorite beverages.

Almost one third of the Libyan population does not have access to any safe drinking water.

Libyans are warm and welcoming people. When greeting another, they shake hands and maintain the handshake as long as the verbal greeting is on-going. Men shake with men, but wait for women to initiate a handshake from woman to man.

Saving face is important to Libyans, who are non-confrontational. They avoid disagreeing or saying no.

The biggest meal of the day for Libyan families is lunch and it is of great symbolic importance. Businesses, shops, and schools close for several hours so families may gather together to eat.

Good manners dictate you leave a little food on your plate in Libya to indicate that your host is a gracious and generous provider.

The Acacus Mountains are a group of mountains in the southwestern region of Libya. They are famous for the ancient rock carvings and paintings that are found all over these mountains. The paintings and carvings date back as early as 12,000BC up to 100 AD. They depict daily life situations like people dancing and making music. Other paintings include giraffes, ostriches, elephants, camels and horses.

Libya provides all its citizens with free education.

Alcohol consumption is prohibited by law in Libya.

Libyan citizens are given loans at a zero percent interest rate.

The government provides free houses or apartments to all newly-married couples.

My inspiration for this week's card is based on this fact about Libya... Camel racing is one of the most popular sports in Libya.



Here's the inside:


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Stamp Set: Inky Antics Bazooples #4 stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

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

Dies: Altenew Rounded Rectangles and MFT Stitched Rectangles

Embellishments: Fun Stampers Journey Ribbon

Friday, September 17, 2021

Blue Knight - Sunflower Sunshine

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 Sunflower Sunshine stamp set to make this week's cards. This stamp set is STUNNING. Okay, maybe I'm a wee bit biased. I do love sunflowers! But really, isn't this stamp set gorgeous?

It has those beautiful sunflowers as well as some bees and two great sentiments.

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

For my first card, I colored the stamped image with Copic Markers and added a stamped Scripture from the stamp set, too.

Oh, the joys of those who trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:4


For my second card, I began by using a circle stencil and blending brushes to add a circle to a piece of white cardstock. 


I then stamped the image onto the piece, being careful to insure that the large sunflower "face" was positioned the way I wanted it in the spotlight area.


I used Copic Markers to color the single sunflower on this card. I liked the way the others being uncolored made the spotlighted one the focal point of the card.


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, September 16, 2021

RSG Changes

Normally, on the third Wednesday of each month Kelly, Barb, and I reveal our Ready, Set, Go cards, but because Wednesday was the 15th (Classy Card Ladies posts) we are posting our Ready Set Go cards today instead. 

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 my turn), but the idea is for it to be a bit more challenging than just the average theme.

Here's my challenge for this month...

It’s hard to believe that the 9/11 attack happened 20 years ago this month. It has changed us as a nation and it has most likely changed us as individuals, too. I remember in those first days after the attack, amongst the tears and frustrations, the heartache and anxiety, we gathered close to those we loved and reached out to others who were impacted by the attack, as well. Church attendance increased (briefly, at least), and people reflected more on their mortality. Neighbors checked in on neighbors. People helped one another. Life took on new meaning.

 

So. Many. Changes.

 

This month’s challenge will be about “Change”. I want you to look back at your cards from the past year or so and choose one of them as your starting point. (FYI – it will be best if you choose a card you didn’t absolutely love.) Now… I want you to make changes to that card and make it even better.

 

Obviously, you won’t have the same papers and such that the original card had. Sheesh! You might not even have the same stamps, though you might. Using that card as your starting point could simply mean you’ll use the same overall design (sketch).

 

Oh, and one more thing – please show us the “starting point” card, too (or link us to the blog post featuring it) when you post your card.

 

Because the third Wednesday is the 15th (CCL duel day), we’ll move our RSG posting to the following day… so I’ll look forward to seeing your cards on September 16th.

 

Ready, Set, Go!

I chose a card that I actually made less than a month ago for my "starting point". Here it is...

I was not happy with this card for a number of reasons. I didn't like the sentiment stamped in white on black cardstock. I would have preferred brighter colors for the flowers. There seemed to be too much space behind the flower. That's just a few things... so I decided to give it another try.


I corrected those three things on my remake, plus I added some sparkle. The ribbon has sparkle in it, so I added sparkly rhinestones to the design. I also used a glitter marker from scrapbook.com on the flowers, though I'm not sure I'm happy that I did that. It's very subtle on the two left flowers but the one on the right experienced a pen malfunction and has a bit too much glitter. Oh well. It is what it is.

I do like this card better than the original one. 


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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Stamp/Die Set: Technique Tuesday Cornflowers stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers and a Glitter Pen from scrapbook.com

Papers: Neenah 110# White and SU Lovely Lipstick CS and DP from my scrap file 

Dies: MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle and MFT Stitched Rectangle

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Classy Pumpkins

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 Barb (of the Diamonds) and Tracie (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...

Pumpkins

I'm a Pearl, so I received a fabulous kit from Tracie. 

Kit Contents: 

Images - Newton's Nook Pumpkin Latte stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Prima Pumpkin & Spice Designer Paper

Prima Pumpkin & Spice Crystals

Memory Box Stitched Farm Pumpkin Dies

Stampin' UP! Tango Ribbon

Twine

Buttons from her stash

THANKS Tracie!


I really REALLY loved the pumpkin paper, so had to make sure it could be seen. 



Here's the inside of 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 other than what was in Tracie's kit was CS for the card base (SU  Calypso Coral) and dies (MFT Stitched Rectangle and Paper Rose Stitched Circles).