Saturday, October 21, 2017

From Trash to Treasure

If you've been doing the Falliday Fest challenges on SCS, you know that they are all live now. There will be no additional challenges posted. However, we still have time to create. The deadline for participating (in order to have a chance of winning a prize) is noon on October 31. So don't give up yet! You can do it.

Not that all of the challenges aren't a lot of fun - they are! - but I have two more cards to show here on my blog that were for my Falliday Fest Challenge theme...

From Trash to Treasure

For my first card the "trash" item was literally in the trash. I found this little packet in the laundry room trash can and pulled it out to see what my husband had thrown away that might be of use to me. LOL!

Well certainly I could find something to do with that nice oval patch. It's a bit fuzzy, kind of like velour, on one side and slick on the other. AND... it kind of reminded me of a body of water. So I went looking for any fishing, duck, water types of stamps that I might own.

Look who I found...

High Hopes Fishing Santa seemed appropriate. 

The Inside:

Then... there was that package of M & M's just staring at me. It had been on my desk for days. I'd actually bought a package of them for little Halloween goodies that I prepared and sent to my daughter's students in the bush of Alaska... and this little guy didn't get in the package.

Surely - SURELY - there was some way to use it on a card. Right?

I have an M & M stamp - 
so I just inked it in various colors and punched them out:

The Inside:

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used - Santa Card

Stamps: High Hopes Fishing Santa and Coordinating Sentiment stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers 

Paper: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Bordering Blue CS and American Crafts DP

Trash Item: Velour-like Patch

Embellishments: Stickles Glitter Glue and Fish Brad from an unknown vendor

Supplies Used - M & M Card

Stamps: Stampabilities Isn't Life Sweet and Too Much Fun M & M and Sentiment on Front of the Card 

Inks: Brilliance Sunflower Yellow and Memento Cottage Ivy, Lady Bug, Potter's Clay, and Rich Cocoa

Papers: Recollections White and Stampin' UP! Rich Cocoa CS

Trash Item: Small M & M Package

Joy Report & 50 Truths

I am a day late with my weekly Joy Report and my 50 Truths Challenge... and that's for a very good reason. Yesterday (the normal day for this post) was the day that I hosted a Falliday Fest challenge and I wanted it to be the main thing on my blog. That being said, you'll actually see a wee bit of it on my blog today too. That's okay... because crafters have until noon (CST on October 31 to participate. And there are prizes to be won... so you might want to get busy finding some trash to turn into a treasure. Check out all the information about Falliday Fest on SCS... HERE.

So, I've had a great week. It has involved hosting a meeting for the churches of our association - with a great attendance and a good time. There was packing to do - getting my husband ready for his travels (and taking him to the airport, too). Chatting. Crafting. Studying.

Life is good.

I made 17 cards between the 13th and the 19th, too. Which was fun. The little book 50 Truths Worth Knowing was the inspiration for this card... but it also includes some trash on it (recycled items) because it did double duty as a Falliday Fest inspiration card for my From Trash to Treasure Challenge.

Chapter 42
Even the Wounded Have the Capacity to Heal Others

This chapter literally brought me to tears. It was such a sweet story. Eric spoke of his daughter Kate. Shortly after Kate's 14th birthday she had been hit by a car and nearly died. It was through the careful medical attention of some fabulous professionals that she was able to recover and go home.

Some time later Kate needed to return to the hospital where she had been treated for some follow up surgery. The day after the surgery - while she was still woozy from the sedative - staff member after staff member stopped by to see how she was doing. Each one would walk to her bedside and say, "Kate, you wouldn't remember me..." and then they would share how they had worked with her when she was there after the accident and they would tell her it was good to see her.

After a dozen or so such visitors, Eric pulled one aside and tole her that it was wonderful that staff was taking the time to stop by and see Kate. He said how much he appreciated it. But then he said, "I get the sense there's something more going on here than meets the eye. I get the sense  you folks need to do this."

The nurse assured him that he was right. Kate was one who beat the odds. So many others that they had cared for hadn't. It was the joy they felt with success stories like Kate's that carried them through when they faced the sadness of others who were not so fortunate.  Then the nurse said something profound. "It's what keeps us coming back and doing our job."

Yes, Eric and the rest of Kate's family - and Kate too - had much to thank the medical personnel for, but they, too, had much to thank Kate for.

Eric's final words in his story were these: "Here was Kate, healing them, giving them reason to hope, and showing them that in final analysis we are not alone; we all have the capacity to sustain one another through our shadowed valleys."

Here's a closeup view of the flower I made:

I used two recycled items to make the flower - a Chipotle paper (they put them in the basket of food and I pulled it out before it got a chance to get dirty) and a little bag that came with my Unity Stamps order (they always include a few freebie items with each order).

Here's the inside of my card:

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp: Thank You from an unknown vendor and stamped with Gina K Black Onyx Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and White CS and all other papers from my scrap file

Punch (to make flower): SU Scalloped Circle

Embellishments: Brad and Washi Tape from unknown vendors

Friday, October 20, 2017

From Trash to Treasure

I have waited and waited and waited for this day - and it is finally here! YAY! I am hosting - for the very first time ever - a Falliday Fest challenge on SCS and today is the day it is being introduced. It is the 27th challenge so if you've been keeping up, this is the 27th card you'll make, plus some of the tutorials along the way, too. You're getting quite a stash of cards, aren't you? And that means you'll be able to bring joy to someone through your card making. How awesome.

Oh, but if you've not been participating, it's not too late. Jump right in. Have some fun. You know you want to.

Falliday Challenge #27
From Trash to Treasure

I am challenging participants find some kind of item to recycle and use on your card. No, you don't have to go dumpster diving... just get your creativity going and you'll come up with something. It can be anything. A bread tie. A piece of cardboard from a cardboard box. The waxy paper that the crackers arrive in. A tea bag hang tag. Anything.

You can find my Trash to Treasure Falliday Fest thread HERE.

I have two cards to show you, just to get your thinking juices flowing. Plus, if you go to the Falliday thread on SCS, you can find even more ideas.

My first card:

Have you figured out what the recycled item is on this card?
It's the Coffee Bag from some coffee I brought back from the Dominican Republic this summer...

I die cut a circle (label) for the emblem on my cup and I also die cut some flowers to add to my card.

My Second Card:

Can you tell what the recycled item is on this card?
It's a promotional/advertising business card that came in the mail not too long ago...

To make this card extra fun/playful, I put the image on one of those wobble things so he can wiggle and jiggle and bring lots of smiles...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Please find something to recycle and make a card for my Falliday Fest "Trash to Treasure" Challenge... and show me your stuff. It will make me so happy!

Supplies Used on My First Card for Falliday Challenge #27

Image: Stamps of Life Coffe4two stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers 
Dies: CC Designs Five Point Flower and Nestabilities Circle  

Punch: Leaf from an unknown vendor
Papers: Recollections Green and White and SU Metallic Gold CS and Paper Studio Paper Doily 
Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor 
Trash: Coffee Package from the Dominican Republic

Supplies Used on My Second Card for Falliday Challenge #27

Stamp: Sugar Pea Designs Merry Makers stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers
Papers: Recollections Green, Red, and White CS and DP from the Recollections Jingle Jolly Paper Pad 
Dies: Nestabilities
Embellishments: Michael's Washi Tape and Stickles Glitter Glue 
Trash: Business Card I received in the mail

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Four For Falliday

I may be a bit behind, but I will catch up. Falliday is challenging... but oh so fun! I hope you're playing along. If you have no idea what I'm talking about - and you love making cards - then you really should check it out on SCS. I'm jus' sayin'!

AND... tomorrow is my day to host one of the challenges. YAY!!! I've been looking forward to this day for so long... so come back tomorrow, see the theme I chose and the cards I made for it. And of course, play along!

Speaking of which, since I'm a Falliday host tomorrow my Joy Report and 50 Truths Challenge will be on my blog on Saturday this week instead of Friday.

Now, for today's four.

Falliday Challenge #18
All the Feels

Rebecca loves felt/wool so she challenged us to add felt to our cards/projects. This particular challenge also coordinates with the third Falliday Card Drive - which is for Forgotten 4 Paws so we were encouraged to use dogs, cats, or other animals on our cards.

Falliday Challenge #19
I'll Drink to That

Kathy challenged us to make a card that features a beverage of fall. Of course the beverage on my card HAS to be pumpkin spice.

Falliday Challenge #20
Fall Splendor

Holly challenged us to make a card using the beautiful colors of autumn, but WITHOUT using white or vanilla on our cards. I'm sure glad she didn't say we couldn't use Kraft paper.

Falliday Challenge #21
Home for the Holidays

Joanna challenged us to decorate a house, window, or door for the holidays on our card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used on the Card for Falliday Challenge #18

Image: Sizzix Dog Talk stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers 
Dies: My Favorite Things Tall Grassy Edge and Sizzix Oval 

Embossing Folder: Darice Cloud
Papers: Recollections White and SU Blue Bayou and Garden Green CS 
Embellishments: Pebbles Felt Cloud and Stampin' UP! Ribbon

Supplies Used on the Card for Falliday Challenge #19

Stamp: La La Land Coffee Break Marci stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers
Papers: Recollections White, Stampin' UP! Soft Suede and Rust (from an unknown vendor) CS and Colorbok Burgundy Crackle DP
Embellishments: Oriental Trading Brad and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Supplies Used on the Card for Falliday Challenge #20

Stamp: Unity Thank You  Thank You Thank You stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Sentiment: Sugar Pea Designs Bountiful Blessings stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Papers: Recollections Kraft and Stampin' UP! Pumpkin Pie CS and DP from my scrap file
Embellishment: Washi Tape from unknown vendors

Supplies Used on the Card for Falliday Challenge #21

Dies: Poppy Stamps Grand Madison Window and Grand Flower Box
Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz Bricked Off

Papers: Recollections Black and White CS, AMuse Studio Clouds DP and other paper from my scrap file
EmbellishmentHobby Lobby Holly and Michael's Rhinestones

Teacups and Flowers

One of the things I really like about the Unidentified Image swap group is the idea that I get to create cards with images I might never have purchased on my own and in the process I discover how very adorable they are. That is the case this time. Paola, our current hostess, selected this Whipper Snapper stamp for us to use. I own a lot - A LOT - of Whipper Snapper stamps... but this is not one I own. But isn't she just so cute?!?! Her name is Heather.

Thank you, Paola! I enjoyed making this card. I hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Image (provided by Paola): Whipper Snapper Heather - I colored it with my Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Powder Pink and Wild Wasabi CS and Pebbles Happy Day and Recollections Garden Florals DP

Embellishments: Stickles and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ready Set Go - But Don't Color Between the Lines

NOTE: This is my second blog post this morning. If you're here to see the Craftaholics R Us post, please keep scrolling. It is the one after this one.

I am the one who got to choose the theme for this month's Ready, Set, Go challenge. Kelly and Barb were such good sports. They had a few questions about what exactly I meant, but then they embraced my challenge and I'm sure they have FABULOUS cards for us to see. So please be sure to go to their blogs, too - Kelly's blog can be found HERE and Barb's blog can be found HERE.

This is the challenge I gave us...

No Coloring Between the Lines Challenge

We were to choose an image we normally WOULD color. (In other words, not a sentiment or multi-layer stamp that lays down the color for us.)

... BUT we couldn't color between the lines!

Instead, we were to think of a creative way to use that image on our cards WITHOUT COLORING BETWEEN THE LINES.

Ready? Set! Go!!! 
(Oh... and we were to be sure to have fun!!!)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamps: Stampin' UP! Gorgeous Grunge and Unity No Words Bloom

Ink: Brilliance Sunflower Yellow, Gina K Onyx Black, and Memento Lady Bug and Potters Clay

Papers: Recollections Black and White CS and AMuse Studio DP

Embellishment: Heart-Shaped Brad from an unknown vendor

Love You to the Moon...

                ... and bat!

I had so much fun making this card and it was easy-peasy. I had the scrap of DP with the fun moon and two little bats and I thought to myself - that would look really fabulous on a card.

And with that thought, a card was born.

so check this out...

October 18 - 24
Theme: Anything Goes

I hope you'll participate!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Sugar Pea Designs Fangtastic stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections White and Stampin' UP! Indigo Island and Tranquil Tide CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Ribbon from an unknown vendor