Monday, September 21, 2020

Mane Event

This is my card for September's Monthly Challenge for the Creative Card Chicks.  This group is a kind of mystery image swap, where we each get an image and additional items to complete the challenge each month. This is the 4th month of our new round--join me through the rest of 2020 and into 2021.

Terry is the hostess this month and sent everyone this sweet image from Taylored Expressions called Mane Event. Terry also included some fun sentiments and some cute patterned paper.  And--she included a Wobble, which I used on my card!

I colored the image with my Copic Sketch Markers.  I used two of the patterned papers for the background.   I added one of the sentiments that I punched with a Stampin' Up circle punch and the wobble is behind the lion!  A few bright yellow enamel dots complete this fun card.

Here is the inside of my card:

The Creative Card Chicks are to post our cards between the 21st and 23rd of each month--so if you check the blogs on my sidebars, you may see more of these wonderful creations!  Many of our members also post their card in our SCS thread--so you might find more there.  Be sure to come back and join us again in October with an image that Sue sends out.

Image/Sentiment:  Taylored Expressions Mane Event

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest White; Stampin' Up Melon Mambo, Mango Melody; Pebbles Happy Hooray and Candy Shoppe Patterned Paper

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Stampin' Up Circle Punches; Wobble; Yellow Enamel Dots

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Harvest Market

Today I am posting a fall card with some great autumn colors.  This is one of my favorite fall images from Whipper Snapper Designs called Harvest Market.  I love the pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn, along with the sweet owl!

I colored the image with my Copic Sketch Markers. The background paper is from by Gooseberry Patch called Orange Gingham.  I think this patterned paper is cute and fits with the pumpkin theme!  I added some linen thread at the bottom and a few green enamel dots.

Here is the inside of my card:

I hope you like the colors of my autumn card!

Image/Sentiment:  Whipper Snapper Designs Harvest Market

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Stampin' Up Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Old Olive; Gooseberry Patch Orange Gingham Patterned Paper

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Stampin' Up Linen Thread; Green Enamel Dots

Friday, September 18, 2020

Autumn Blessings

Today is the 18th and the due date for a Mystery Swap on SCS. This is my card for that swap.  It is a group of us who do a bi-monthly swap where we all use the same mystery image, sent to us by the hostess. This swap was created by Forest Ranger—Jeanette--back in 2010 and we are now in our 60th round!  Kathi is our hostess this month and sent everyone this pretty image from W Plus 9 Designs called Autumn Blessings. She will swap out the cards and send everyone the next image, which Sharon picked out! We then get to do it all again, for round #61, in November!   

I think the image is so pretty and I colored it with my Copic Sketch Markers.  Since the image is so large, I wanted to be able to fit it on an A2 card, so I trimmed it very close.  The background paper is from the Bella Blvd Thankful line and I went with some simple dots. I added some copper twine at the bottom.

Here is the inside of my card:

I hope Kathi and all of the mystery swappers like my card.  If you check my sidebar on the left, you might see some other swappers who have posted their cards today or in the next few days.

Image/Sentiment:  W Plus 9 Designs Autumn Blessings

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  White; Stampin' Up Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry; Bella Blvd Thankful Patterned Paper

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Copper Twine

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Thank You Dairy Much

Today is the third Wednesday of the month and this is my Ready, Set, Go Challenge Card! The 3 Musketeers--Kelly, Jeanette and me--are back with another challenge for September, our 41st month!  That means we are well into our 4th year--YAY!

I provided the challenge for September: Working Parents Day!

This is the information I sent for our Challenge:  Today, September 16th is working parents day.   We have honored our parents in the past in a few different challenges and I want to do it again.  Think of your parents and the work that they did in their lives.  You can honor your mom or dad or both--your choice.  It can be an actual “job” that they had or showcase them working in another fashion.  Please make a card that highlights your working parents!  Ready?  Set. Go!

I knew I wanted to honor both of my parents as they were dairy farmers.  My parents moved from a suburb in Chicago in 1949 to central Wisconsin and bought a farm.  I was born a few years later and I have always said they needed a farm hand.  You see, my brother was 18 and my sister 20 when I was born........ My parents both worked very hard and we had a very successful farm.  We usually milked between 25-30 cows, farmed 248 acres and had pigs, ducks, chickens too.  They sold the cows the fall I went to college and raised beef cattle and still farmed the land until my dad died at the age of 82!  My mom continued to live on the farm for another 4 years until she also passed away at the age of 82 too.  Yes, a farmer all of their lives! 

For my card, I picked a Techniques Tuesday stamp set called Clementine the Cow-and I don't think it has ever seen ink!  I picked a dairy sentiment to match along with a metal pail.  I colored the images with my Copic Sketch Markers and layered over some bandanna patterned paper from Imaginisce. I die cut the straw patterned paper with a MFT die called Stitched Basic Edges and in real life, you can actually see the stitching! I used some black baker's twine under the sentiment.

Here is the inside of my card:

Please be sure to check out the other Ready, Set, Go cards.  Here is a link to Jeanette's and Kelly's blog.  I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of great cards! I hope Kelly and Jeanette like my card. Jeanette is up for the next theme, so be sure to check back to see what we are up to on the 3rd Wednesday in October! 

Image/Sentiment:  Technique Tuesday Clementine the Cow

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest 110# Solar White; Stampin' Up Basic Black; Imaginisce Heartland Farm-Picnic Patterned Paper

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Stampin' Up Black Baker's Twine; Copic Sketch Markers; MFT Stitched Basic Edges

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

A Roarin' Good Time!

It is the 15th of the month and that means I am showing you a new Dueling Darlings card. We are in our 10th year of these duels as we started in August of 2010-so awesome!  For our September Challenge, Heather and Beth are the hostesses. Beth is a Dazzler and Heather is a Diva--same as me!   And we are all Dueling Darlings!  

The theme for September is A Roarin' Good Time!  Heather sent us this fun image from the CC Designs stamp set called Rockabilly Gals.  The sentiment I think is from the same set. I colored this flapper with my Copic Sketch Markers and cut the corners of the image and layers with a corner rounder punch.  I layered it over two kits of the of pretty Couture Creations Le Petit Jardon patterned papers. I picked one of the fun sentiments Heather sent for my card.  I added a strip of the Coastal Cabana Ribbon and the glitter enamel dots for embellishments.  This was fun card kit to make up and I hope the other Darlings think so too!  

Here is the inside of my card:

I hope all of the Darlings enjoy my card this month. Please be sure to stop in to see what all of the Divas as well the Dazzlers have created this month.  Terry and Laura Jean are the hostesses for October.  Please be sure to check back next month.

There are a few members who do not have blogs: Suzy and LJ who are on the Diva team and Debby and 
Terry S who are Dazzlers. You will be able to check out their creations in their SCS gallery, if you click on the link for their name.  All of the others should be found on my left sidebar.  I am sure you will enjoy all of the wonderful sreations this month!

Image/Sentiment:  CC Designs Rockabilly Gals

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest 110# White; Stampin' Up Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight; Couture Creations Le Petit Jardon by Stephanie Ryan Patterned Paper

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Creative Memories Corner Rounder; Coastal Cabana Ribbon; Glitter Enamel Dots

Monday, September 14, 2020

Be A Light!

This is the third card of a new challenge in 2020 with the three collaborators you have seen many times in the past--Kelly, Jeanette and me!  This is our 6th challenge amongst us!  Jeanette came up with this new challenge called Mission Possible!  Jeanette sent us a mystery item and asked if we would accept the challenge to make a project with the items even before opening the package!  Of course, Kelly and I said yes, so the challenge is on.  We plan to do this quarterly and the item will change each round!  This Will be Mission Possible!

This is what Jeanette sent to use this round: Good Day, Ms. Card-Maker. You did an outstanding job with your last mission and are to be commended!
As I prepared for this mission, I had an item picked out, purchased and waiting for the time to mail it to you.  Then--THEN--I saw the amazing work of Dina Roedel Kowal and immediately knew I wanted to go in a different direction.  She used the cloud edger stencil that is getting so much attention right now, but she paired it with another item that caught my eye too. It is that "other item" that is your next mission, should you choose to accept it.  You'll discover what that item is by opening the enclosed package. 
 This message will not self-destruct in five seconds, since I have no ability to do that and besides, you might need to refer to it again at some point.

Jeanette sent us this awesome embossing folder by Taylored Expressions called Walking on Sunshine.  I love this folder and have many from TE--but not this one-such a surprise!  I embossed a piece of Daffodil Delight and then picked three colors of Tim Holtz Oxide inks. I added color with my brushes to accent the rays.  I did peak at Jeanette's card as mine is a day late and love her card.  She did use the cloud stencil edger on her card and I HAD to order it last night!  I cannot wait to get it and practice and practice some more!  I did watch Dina's video on the stencil and she used a sentiment that said Be The Light.  I do not have one like that, but did use a Dare 2B Artzy stamp from the My Path set--I think it works!  On a side note--I love the song Be A Light by Thomas Rhett and other country singers.  I persuaded Rebecca to learn the song as she is singing an outdoor concert at our church the first weekend in October for a benefit for an orphanage in Cambodia that we support. She has it down and I love listening to her signing it while she practices for the event.  I added some gold glitter enamel dots to the rays on my card.  I think met the challenge--mission accomplished! And, I am excited to do this again! AND- I will do better and post my card on the correct day!

And, if you are not familiar with the song Be A Light, here is a link.

Please be sure to check out the other Mission Possible projects with this fun embossing folder.  Here is a link to Jeanette's and Kelly's blog. They might have posted yesterday or are late like me and post today!  I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of great cards! I hope Kelly and Jeanette like my card. Be sure to check back to see what we create in December--and see what item Jeanette sends us to create with!

Image/Sentiment: Dare 2B Artzy My Path

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest 110# Solar White; Stampin' Up Basic Black, Daffodil Delight

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Oxide Inks

Accessories:  Taylored Expressions Walking on Sunshine Embossing Folder; Gold Glimmer Dots

Saturday, September 12, 2020


Today is time for another Hot Mess card and this is card number 14. We are now into year #2. The idea of Hot Mess ~ Success started with Kelly and the general theme is to Get Messy and you will have Success!  Messiness can be almost anything that we come up with--glitter, alcohol inks, glimmer glitz, sponged backgrounds, etc., anything that is a bit messy.  We are a group of 6 and we will post a card each month on the 12th.  The links to the other 5 members are on my left side bar and I will also link them at the bottom at this post.

For this month's messiness,  I used some of my Tim Holtz alcohol inks--Sailboat Blue, Stream and Botanical.  I added a few drops of each color to my rectangle foam blending tool and swiped the colors across a piece of Tim Holtz Silver Sparkle Alcohol Ink Cardstock. I love the sparkle of the background, though it is not very visible in the photo.  The die is also a Tim Holtz Sizzix Shadow Script #3.  I die cut the shadow from the same silver cardstock and the word Explore was cut three times from Night of Navy and layered. A few green enamel dots are the final touch!

Here is the inside of my card, with a strip trimmed from the front:

Here are the links to the other members of Hot Mess ~ Success.  Please be sure to check out Jeanette's, Terry'sKelly's , Carol's and Darlene's blogs.  I am sure you will enjoy seeing how everyone got messy and was successful in making some great cards!   We will all be back each month, so be sure to check back to see what we are up to on October 12th.  

Image/Sentiment: Sizzix Tim Holtz Shadow Script #3 Die

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Tim Holtz Silver Sparkle Alcohol Ink Cardstock; Stampin' Up Night of Navy, Pool Party

Ink:  Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks--Stream, Botanical and Sailboat Blue

Accessories:  Green Enamel Dots

Friday, September 11, 2020

Friday's With The Project Bin

It is Friday, so  that means that I am back with another card for The Project Bin Stamps--A Way With Words!  I am posting on alternate Fridays, using one of the great photopolymer stamp sets from this sweet company.  So, please plan to come back to see what I have created--I think you too will love these great sentiment stamp sets.  And, remember, some of the sets come with matching steel dies! Denise is the owner, founder and creator of these wonderful stamp sets.  The sentiments she has for us to ink up are just perfect for any holiday or time of year.  Please be sure to go and check them out!  

I am so excited to see what great stamp sets Denise has in mind for the future.  I am sure she will have some wonderful sentiments for us to ink up and for you to consider purchasing!  I just know you too will love creating cards with these stamp sets!!!  
If you want to check out more creations from the design team, be sure to check out The Project Bin Blog as often as you can.  Every day there is a different card posted by one of the design team members.  

For my first card for September, I made another Christmas Card.  This card uses the sweet set called Maybe Christmas.  I love the sentiment and it fits perfectly in a MFT Stax Stitched Arch die. I inked up the stamp with Cherry Cobbler. The background paper is from a great package by Stampin' Up called Festive Farmhouse.  I love this patterned paper and it is a perfect compliment to this great saying!   Three blue brads and a strip of Gray Granite Ribbon are the added embellishments.    I really like this card and I hope you do too.  

Here is the Maybe Christmas stamp set:

Here is the inside of my card:

I hope you have enjoyed my card for The Project Bin. Check back on every week, any day on The Project Bin Blog for inspiration for the team but especially on alternate Friday's to check out my cards. I am so excited to be on this wonderful design team!  

Image/Sentiment:  The Project Bin Maybe Christmas Stamp Set

Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest 110# Solar White; Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler, Gray Granite, Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper

Ink:  Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler

Accessories:  Stampin' Up Gray Granite Textured Weave Ribbon; Cherry Cobbler Brads; MFT Stitched Arched Dies

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Stamp What?

Today is September 10th and is the 9th month of the Stamp What? challenge with the three collaborators you have seen many times in the past--Kelly, Jeanette and me!  Kelly came up with the challenge to randomly pick a Stampin' Up set and make a card with that set.  Get the dust off of those forgotten Stampin' Up sets! 

I decided when this group challenge started to only use the wooden Stampin' Up stamps that are on my bottom shelves.  So this month, I randomly picked a set called Stella Stamper.  She is an oldie as the year 1999 is on the box.  I remember that she was a hot item on eBay and I think I found her at a stamping rummage sale--Score!

I inked Stella up and colored her with my Copic Sketch Markers.  I die cut the image with Whimsy Stamps Stitched Rectangles.  There are quite a funny sentiments in the set and I inked up one of them.  The background paper is a fun pattern also from Stampin' Up called Follow Your Art!  I added a some pink ribbon as the only embellishment!

Here is the inside of my card:

I like the colorful look of my card this month and I hope you do too.  Be sure to check out Jeanette and Kelly's cards--I am sure they have some fun cards with those "oldies but goodies" stamp sets by Stampin' Up!

Image/Sentiment: Stampin' Up Stella Stamper

Cardstock/Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, Blushing Bride, Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette 1/2" Seam Binding, Circle Punches; Whimsy Stamps Stitched Rectangles; Copic Sketch Markers

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

I'm Here For You!

It is time for another The Three Musketeers post. We are ready to showcase the card we all created with the sweet image that Jeanette sent for September--for Card #73!  That means we are at the start of year #6--can you believe that?  All three of us sure have enjoyed the challenges every month and we hope that it continues for a long time!  Kelly is up next for the October challenge.  Be sure to come back to see what we create!  

For our card this month, Jeanette sent out this sweet image from CC Designs called Umbrella Sussie!  She also included two coordinating sentiments.

I colored the cute image with my Copic Sketch Markers. I fussy cut the image and layered it over some rainy background paper from Echo Park Paper called Celebrate Spring.  I added one of the sentiments at the bottom.  Then, some Nuvo Water Droplets that I recently bought are the final touch!  I hope Jeanette and Kelly along with you enjoy my card!

Here is the inside of my card:

Please check out the other Musketeer's cards.  Here is the link to Jeanette's blog along with Kelly's blog.  I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of great cards!  They may post today or tomorrow, so be sure to check out their blogs for their card!   As I mentioned,  Kelly is up for our October challenge.  Please be sure to join us again.  

Image/Sentiment:  CC Designs Umbrella Sussie

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  White; Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana; Echo Park Paper Celebrate Spring

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Nuvo Water Droplets