Friday, March 23, 2018

No Prob-Llama!

Llamas make me smile. I don't really know why, because I'm pretty sure they spit. And can be a bit aggressive, too. But still, they have those funny little heads and those fluffy bodies. Maybe that's why I like them. They are round/fluffy, like me.

And then, if the llama isn't enough fun on his/her own... the sentiments. Oh what sentiments. No Prob-llama!

My card is full of llamas... but it also has several Eyelet Outlet products on it...

My card is full of llamas, 
but it also has several Eyelet Outlet products on it...

Did you spot the llama brads on my card? They really don't look like brads at first glance. It's the two smaller llamas to the right of the larger stamped image. The pair on the Kraft paper. Don't they look amazing???

Here's the inside of my card:

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Supplies Used

Eyelet Outlet: Champagne Jewel Bling Strips, Chevron Washi Tape, and Llama Brads

Stamp Set: My Favorite Things Llama Love stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Paper: Archivers Kraft and Recollections Black CS and Paper Studio Fun Llamas DP plus scraps from my scrap file

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Pick Up the Fork

I've used the Yogi Berra quote stamp from The Project Bin's "Wise Men" stamp set a few times... I love that sentiment! That being said, I guess I should explain that sometimes I have a quirky sense of humor. Today's card reflects that.

I was going through my stash this past week or so. I've been doing some re-organizing in my Working Studio, which is a good thing. In the process I discovered some things I didn't remember having. One thing I found in my stash was a set of brads - knives, FORKS, and spoons. As soon as I saw it I thought of the Yogi Berra sentiment.

If you come to a FORK in the road, take it. Hmmmm... you know where I'm going with this, don't you? Yes, I used a fork brad on my card.

Not only that, I also have some really fun - and colorful - Silverware Washi Tape from Eyelet Outlet. It has knives, FORKS, and spoons on it. So I used it, too.

Alas, the fork brad doesn't really photograph well. 
It's pretty tiny, plus shiny.

Here's the inside of my card:

Wise Men is just one of the awesome stamp sets 
available at The Project Bin

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: The Project Bin Wise Men stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU So Saffron CS, AMuse Studio DP and scraps from my scrap file

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Silverware Washi Tape and a Fork-shaped Brad from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Celebrate Your Day

There's a new challenge today at Craftaholics R Us. The theme is going to be super easy... so easy, in fact, that you'll have absolutely no reason not to participate. Its....

Anything Goes

Yep, anything!

Since I could make literally anything I wanted to for the challenge, I made a birthday card. Why? Because I've been giving Birthday cards to a church in our association for their card ministry so I now need a lot of Birthday cards.

This one was extremely easy; I stamped a sentiment and used some gorgeous designer paper to go with it. It actually looks quite bold.

Another sentiment inside and we're finished.

I hope you'll participate in the Craftaholics "Anything Goes" Challenge!

March 21 - 27

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Supplies Used

Stamps: PTI Signature Greetings and SU Sky Is the Limit stamped with Catherine Pooler Rockin' Red Ink

Papers: Recollections Black Red, and White CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Oriental Trading Enamel Dots

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Personal Challenge 2018 - Week 12

These States  of the Union cards/posts are some of my favorites. I love traveling - virtually - to one of our United States and learning some things in the journey. Then, I think of a way to be inspired to make a card in some way based on one of the things I discovered.

I've been doing these in the order the states attained statehood. This is the twelfth week of the year and the twelfth state to attain statehood was...

North Carolina
Date of Statehood: November 21, 1789

Here are some of the things I unearthed about North Carolina...

North Carolina’s most common nickname is the “Tar Heel State.” Historians don’t quite know how it got the moniker, but they think it might stem from the state’s legacy as a leading producer of tar, pitch, rosin, and turpentine.

The Wright Brothers tested various prototypes for a flying machine in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, because the remote location provided them with privacy, soft grounds, and steady winds. In 1903, the siblings finally achieved their dream of building a heavier-than-air flying machine with their Wright Flyer. Today, North Carolina license plates boast that their state was “First In Flight”—a claim that rankles Ohio residents, who argue that the Wright Brothers mostly lived and worked in their state.

Asheville is home to America's largest mansion, the Biltmore Estate, which ws built by wealthy railroad scion George Washington Vanderbilt II in the late 19th century. It attracts tourists from around the world to see enjoy its winery, lush grades, and French chateau-inspired architecture.

In 1954, a Fayetteville, North Carolina resident named Don Clayton created Putt-Putt golf as a no-frills alternative to windmill-filled, obstacle-ridden mini-golf courses.

In 1983, one of the worlds most famous soft drinks was born in New Bern, North Carolina. A drugstore clerk named Caleb Bradham invented Pepsi, which he originally called “Brad’s Drink.” The former doctor-in-training believed his syrupy concoction aided digestion, and re-named the drink “Pepsi-Cola ” in 1898 after the word “dyspepsia.”

Tanglewood Park's annual Festival of Lights alone is enough to make a North Carolina trip worthwhile. Their truly elaborate Christmas  lights are nothing short of magical.

Thanks to its rich land and mild climate, North Carolina produces more sweet potatoes than any other state. There has even been a petition to make the sweet potato the official state vegetable. 

In 1937, a man named Vernon Rudolph established the Small, Winston-Salem based business that  would eventually balloon into one of the world's biggest pastry behemoths: Krispy Kreme doughnuts. 

Babe Ruth hit his first home run in Fayetteville on March 7th 1914.

Cape Hatteras is the largest lighthouse to ever be moved due to erosion.

Cabarrus County, North Carolina, is the site of America’s original gold rush.

The University of North Carolina was the first US public university to graduate a class.

If you're not eating a biscuit with every meal, you're not doing it right, at least by North Carolina standards. No one does biscuits better than they do. It's the perfect breakfast with jam, the perfect lunch with ham and cheese, and the perfect side for dinner.

And what about these strange North Carolina laws...

... It's against the law to sing off-key. (I'm in BIG trouble!)

... It is a felony to steal more than $1000 of grease.

... Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields.

... All couples staying overnight in a hotel must have a room with double beds that are at least two feet apart.

... Organizations may not hold their meetings while the members present are in costume and/or wearing masks.

... In Charlotte, women must have their bodies covered with at least 16 yards of fabric at all times.

... It's against the law to borrow your neighbor's dog.

... Riding a bicycle while not holding onto both handlebars is against the law.

Now, for this week's card. 

I've decided to go with this bit of North Carolina information for my card's inspiration...The state produces between 15 - 20% of the nation's real Christmas trees, including the popular North Carolina Fraser Fir.

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Supplies Used

Stamps: Unity Old Traditions (truck) and Unity Love Bug Christmas (sentiment) stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections White and SU Cucumber Crush and Real Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Gina Marie Enamel Dots and Ribbon Boutique Ribbon

Monday, March 19, 2018

You Take the Cake

I can hardly believe that we are currently in the 45th round of the Mystery Image swap. WOW! That's a long time with every-other-month creating. Barb is the hostess of this round. She lives close to what I refer to as the "Whipper Snapper Store" which is really Creative Pals... so she has access to all of those amazing stamps! Let me tell you... I've been to Creative Pals and if you're ever in the Milwaukee area (Brookfield), you should go. It is an amazing store!!! But I digress.

Barb chose the Whipper Snapper stamp Take the Cake Turtle for this round's image.

On the inside of my card I used a wood-mounted stamp I got at Hobby Lobby during their huge purge this past month. There is no company name on it... I sure wish I could give appropriate credit. (Stamp companies really should include their name on the wooden blocks!)

I love this sentiment stamp!

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Supplies Used

Image (provided by Barb): Whipper Snapper Take the Cake stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on 110# White CS (I colored it with my Copics)

Sentiment: from an unknown vendor

Papers: SU Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi CS and DO from the Recollections Home Basics Paper Pad

Embellishments: American Crafts Ribbon, Martha Stewart Seam Binding, and Stickles Glitter Glue

Sunday, March 18, 2018

You Old Bird

There are so many humorous stamps available. Every time I scroll through Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or the SCS Gallery I discover one or more cards that just crack me up.

And now... for the next two weeks... I'm going to see humorous cards at International Art & Soul!

March 18 - 31
Theme: Humor/Humorous

I hope you'll participate!

I thought this was  a good excuse to use my 
"Squawk" stamp set from Your Next Stamp:

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Your Next Stamp Squawk stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Paper: Recollections White and SU Gray and Yo Yo Yellow CS and DP from my scrap file

Stencil/Ink: My Favorite Things Sun Ray Stencil and SU Daffodil Delight Ink

Embellishments: Gina Marie Designs Enamel Dots

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Scrap It!

If you come to my blog very often - and read my supply list - you'll find that often times I use "DP from my scrap file". I own lots and lots and LOTS of DP (paper pads and loose pages) but I tend to go to my scrap file first to see if there is something that will work in there. It just seems to be the way I create.

Anyway, that works well for this week's Sweet Stampin' Challenge! The theme is...

Use Your Paper Scraps

So I did.

There isn't anything on this card that wasn't a partial piece of paper when I started, even the card base was left over from a previous card.

I hope you'll participate in the "Use Your Paper Scraps" Challenge!

March 17 - 23

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Supplies Used

Stamps: Whipper Snapper Birthday Gopher and SU Happy Birthday stamped with Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Crushed Curry CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Offray Ribbon and Brads from an unknown vendor