Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sipping Coffee




Want to join me for a cup of coffee? We can chat while we sip the delicious brew.







It's time for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop so that's a good reason to make a coffee-loving card.






Day 6 of my personal challenge
Stamps (Previously Uninked) Stampin' UP! Sip by Sip and 
Queen Kat Stamps Coffee Stain




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Supplies Used

Stamps: Stampin' UP! Sip by Sip and Queen Kat Stamps Coffee Stain
Ink: Gina K Onyx Black, Memento Desert Sand, and Tim Holtz Antique Linen
Papers: Recollections Black, Kraft, and White CS and DP from my scrap file
Embellishments: Simple Stories Say Cheese II Enamel Dots

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mid-Week Joy Report & a Three-Fer


Today's card is a Three-Fer. What is a three-fer? It's a card that fits three purposes.

First, today's card is the 5th card in my 7-Day Personal Challenge. I'm using previously uninked stamps from my collection for this challenge.

Second, it's the card for the Challenge Your Stash Group. Suzy is the hostess this month and she has challenged us to make a card showing off our favorite beverage. Iced tea is my favorite beverage. I drink it year round. And I drink a lot of it each and every day. That being said, I do not like hot tea... not at all. AND I don't have many tea stamps, so this was definitely a challenge. But being a somewhat resourceful person, I didn't let that stop me. I used TEA - yes real tea - to create my designer paper.




Third, this card is the card for my 50 Truths Challenge. Each week I read a chapter in the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing and I create a card based on that story. Before you read further, let me warn you... I really stretched my interpretation this week.


Take Time to Stop and
Taste the Chocolate
Chapter 26

Hugh was a young boy in 1961 and that was the year that his dad taught him a valuable lesson.

His dad was reading the newspaper one Saturday morning when Hugh and his brother ran into the kitchen - he used the word "raced". They were on a mission. One gathered the spoons from the drawer and the glasses from the cupboard while the other one got the milk and syrup out of the refrigerator. They quickly prepared their glasses of chocolate milk and downed them in "mere seconds."

Unbeknownst to the boys, their dad was watching all of this.

Then dad - quietly, calmly said, "Cn I ask you guys something?" When they nodded their heads yes, he asked, "Did you guys even taste the milk?"

What followed was the valuable lesson. "Always remember to taste the chocolate milk." What dad was really telling them was to savor life. To experience the present and not just rush through it. To learn to enjoy what they have. Savor the sweetness of the world. Taste the chocolate milk.

Now, I know my card doesn't feature chocolate milk. Truthfully, I don't have any stamps that depict that. But it does show my favorite beverage - iced tea. And too often I'm guzzling my tea and not even taking time to taste it. So, I too, can learn from Hugh's dad. To paraphrase his words, I should remind myself to taste the iced tea.


Day 5 of my personal challenge
Stamps (Previously Uninked) Unity Cup of Tea and Elzy Bell Cool Beans





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Oh, and if you're one of those who like to help me track how many cards I'm making, this week I made 18.


Supplies Used

Image: Unity Cup of Tea
Sentiment: Elzy Bell Cool Beans
Ink: Gina K Onyx Black
Papers: Recollections Black and Ivory and Stampin' UP! Rose Red CS, Stampin' UP! DP from my scrap file, and Watercolor Paper from an unknown vendor
Embellishments: Michael's Pearls, Nuvo Crystal Drops (for the staple), and Stampin' UP! Ribbon

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Try Something New with Splatters


This is the fourth day of my personal "Previously Uninked" Challenge so I've used a stamp set I've had a while, but have never used before. It is also Tuesday, which means I tried something new on this card. Every Tuesday I try to do that. Sometimes I think it was a success story; other times, not so much. LOL!

For the most part I like how this one turned out...


Day 4 of my personal challenge
Stamps (Previously Uninked) Tonic Bunched Bouquet
& My Favorite Things Spring Tulips


You may be wondering what is "new". See the splatters. I saw a video where someone had taken the lid off of their colored misters and splattered them the card she was creating. I decided to give it a try. I actually used three different colors of misters - AMuse Studio Gold Dust and Marshmallow and Tulip Glitter Spray.

The mistake I made was I didn't realize I had so little control over those splatters went... so I didn't think to cover/mask the sentiment. And unfortunately a couple of splatters ended up on it. I blotted them immediately, so you can still read the sentiment, but here is a bit of discoloration/sharpness on it.

Live and learn.




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Images: Tonic Bunched Bouquet stamped with Altenew Inks (Blush, Crimson, Evergreen, Forest Glades, and Velvet)

Sentiment: MFT Spring Tulips stamped with Gina K Black Onyx

Sprays: AMuse Studio (Gold Dust & Marshmallow) and Tulip Glitter Spray

Card Stock: Stampin' UP! Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi and Staples #110 Ivory

Embellishment: Recollections Rhinestones

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ducks in a Row


I mentioned on my blog this morning that I would be back this afternoon with my 7-Day Personal Challenge card. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I have challenged myself to create with one of my previously uninked stamps every day for a week.



Day 3 of my personal challenge
Stamp (Previously Uninked) Taylored Expressions Ducks in a Row






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Image/Sentiments: Taylored Expressions Ducks in a Row stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Pumpkin Pie CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Michael's Washi Tape and one other Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Carnival Fun


Spoiler Alert - My Personal Challenge card will be on my blog this afternoon, in order to give morning coverage to my Frantic Stamper cards. Please stop back by later. ;)



I'm not one who likes thriller types of rides, but I sure do like creating cards with them. This month I've had a few to show you - all from the June "Summer Fun Times" release at Frantic Stamper. Today I'll show you the last two I made for the release.

Card #1








Card #2








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Frantic Stamper Die: Loop Roller Coaster 
Frantic Stamper Stamp Set: Circus stamped with Dew Drops Rocket Red Ink
Papers: Recollections CS and DP from my scrap file (and corrugated cardboard distressed with Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Ink)
Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor





Frantic Stamper Die: Carnival Skyline
Frantic Stamper Stamp Set: Circus stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Papers: Stampin UP! Marina Mist CS dan DP from my scrap file
Embellishments: Star Brads from an unknown vendor
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Flowers for the Picking


Were you here yesterday? If so, you know I started a 7-day Personal Challenge where I'm committed to using previously uninked stamped to create with.



Day 2 of my personal challenge
Stamp (Previously Uninked) Deep Red Stitched Flowers






This card also features the requirements for the International Art & Soul Challenge that starts today...


June 25 - July 8
Theme: Flowers

I hope you'll participate!


Thank you for stopping by my blog today!




Image: Deep Red Stitched Flowers stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Calypso Coral CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Brads


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer Sunshine


If you come to my blog often, you might have noticed that in March I took the 30-Day Coloring Challenge, which kind of got me started. Each month since then I've developed a "personal" challenge on one sort or another.

March 1-30... 30 Day Coloring Challenge
April 3-23... Bible Journaling Challenge
May 1-7... A Week of SCS Challenges

Now, it's June and today I'm starting a 7-day Previously Uninked Challenge. Each day during this week, I will create a card/etc using a stamp from my collection that up until this point has not been inked. Sadly, I have a lot of stamps to choose from.



Day 1 of my personal challenge
Stamp Set (Previously Uninked) CC Designs "Sunshine"




This card also features the requirements for the new Sweet Stampin' Challenge...


June 24 - 30 
Theme: Lots of Layers

I hope you'll participate!


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!



Image/Sentiment: CC Designs Sunshine stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Daffodil Delight CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Michael's Ribbon and Buttons from an unknown vendor