Monday, January 20, 2020

Tenacious!



"Tenacity is the ability to hang on when letting go appears most attractive."  unknown


Yes, sometimes you've gotta' just grab the big cup and finish the task at hand!  That's one thing about being tenacious, I usually finish the job no matter how problematic, daunting, or laborious!  If you missed my first post about this character trait, you can see it HERE!  

In addition to my being tenacious, I'm a committed coffee drinker and always...and I do mean always...have a mug in my hand!  So, adding this page to my journal is perfect for me!  I love this blank coffee cup from Scribbles!  You can find it HERE.  Since it has no verbiage on it, I could add exactly what I wanted to say!

Here's a YouTube video on the page!  Grab your 'Big Cup' and join me!



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This page is another in my journal reflecting art, contemplation, study, etc.  I'm exploring our first optional theme of the year over over at Path of Positivity which is Character Traits (However, you may share any sort of artistic medium over at PoP:  writing, cards, journals, scrapbooking, painting, sewing, etc as long as it is Positive!  The theme is optional.)  

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Scribbles Digi:  #917 Coffee
Copic Markers
Retired CTMH Stamps:  Cup of Cheer and Year>>>Noted
Retired CTMH Inks:  Cashmere, Champagne, Chocolate, Cocoa
Stencils: Latina Crafter Coffee
Bo Bunny Glitter Paste Copper
Canon Mixed Media Paper
Adhesives 
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Access for fonts, verbiage
Cricut Maker

 Sharing with these challenges:  
Brown Sugar:  AG
We Love2create:  AG Mixed Media
All sorts:  More than a single word sentiment
Sweet Stampin':  Journals/Albums/Frames/Keepsakes and use stamps
Simply Create Too:  Monochromatic
Tinker Dream bastel-traum:  Monochrome/Glitter
Modsquad:  Recipe~ Stencil (Retired Latina stencils for coffee beans, coffee title, and coffee rings on background, Stamping (Retired CTMH stamps for date, coffee beans, lines, and goals), Interactive (journaling) 
Simon Says Stamp:  Use a Stencil
Coffee Loving Papercrafters on FaceBook

Be sure to come on 
over to 
and see 
what the team 
thinks about Peace!  
You can also find 
more information 
about entering 
the challenge!  

Thanks to our 
wonderful sponsors this month:

and

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

First Embellishment??



It's time for a new challenge over at 
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and our optional twist is to show us the first embellishment you ever used on a card!  Wow, that's a tough one for those of us with poor memories!  hahaha

I have used a digital stamp from our sponsor called Cobblestone Cottage from LeithSBDesigns Art Studio.  I had such fun coloring this whimsical image!  I pulled out all the stops and followed no coloring rules!  I did a lot of mixing and glazing (if you follow Sandy Allnock, you'll know about this glazing stuff!) with my Copic markers.  Glazing is how I got the effect on the roof.  

The grass is a 'messy' technique I learned from Alyce over at Kit & Clowder.  She calls is something else, but I can't remember .....

Speaking of remembering, I need to tell you what my first embellishment to use on a card was!  I had to go back and look on my blog and it was.....a mocha gem from CTMH!  I love those gems in my favorite brown/beige colors!  Obviously, they are retired now (unless they've come back!), but I still have a few laying about!  

Now, as for the sky, I chose to sort of block that in with ink and cheesecloth.  I thought it would be fun for the playful scene! 

Material List:
ImageCobblestone Cottage
Copic Markers
CTMH Mocha Gem Retired
Adhesives 
CTMH Sky Ink Retired
Cheesecloth
Cricut Standard Mat

This cottage is off to the following challenges:  
Colour Crazy:  AG colored
Crafty Cardmakers:  AG
Dragonfly Dreams:  AG
Fairy and the Unicorn:  AG Fantasy
LeighSBDesigns FaceBook:  Progressive Challenge

Be sure to visit
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3 of a Kind!




Today I am joining the talented Design Team over at Do-Al(l) Kreatives!  I'm very excited to be their guest for this fun 3 of a Kind Challenge!  



My 3 of a Kind are the balloons adding to this little lady's day!

This card is made from a card blank using cloud paper folded in half with the sentiment printed on it as well as the 3 balloons.  This sweet little Copic colored digital stamp is Perfectly Balanced from Polkadoodles.   I cut her in Cricut Design Space and adhered her to the front of the card.  I also cut my 3rd balloon on my Cricut cutting an oval in the middle for the window.  

I adhered acetate over the opening of the window and added 3-D tape to the back.  This left room for the little shaker bits!  All that was left was adding the string for the balloons and now she's floating on air!

Material List: 
Polkadoodles Digital Stamp Perfectly Balanced
Cloud Paper:  Polkadoodles Winnie Fruit Punch
Sentiment:  Polkadoodles Winnie Fruit Punch Bundle
Balloons:  Polkadoodles Winnie Special Moments Embellishments or Polkadoodles Winnie Fruit Punch Bundle
Copic Markers
Waxed Black Twine from Stash
Green Cardstock from Stash
Clear and Green Seed Beads from Bead Basics
Adhesives:  Fabric Tac, 3-D Foam Tape 
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Access
Cricut Maker

My card is off to the following challenges:
Digi Choosday:  AG
Try it on Tuesday:  What a Cutie/Make someone smile
AAA Birthday:  Shaker Birthday Card
Use Your Stuff:  AG
Polkadoodles:  AG 
TTCRD:  AG
Just Us Girls:  Create Dimension
Double D Challenges:  Fun with Balloons

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Law Enforcement Appreciation


January 9th was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and CCEE Stampers had a challenge to create a card for these dedicated professionals.  

I am so impressed with our county's K-9 Division!  We have several officers on the County and City Departments who have K-9 partners.  They go out on exhibitions for the public and I'm always amazed at what these officers can accomplish with their partners!  

So, thanks to these men and women and their dedication to their dogs and the community!  ...and of course, thanks to the dogs who work hard and put their lives on the line every time they go out, also!

Material List:  
Paper from stash
Kraft Cardstock
Copic Markers
Adhesives 
Deco Foil Gold Shattered Glass
Deco Foil Transfer Gel
CTMH Inks Retired
Cricut Access for fonts, verbiage, star, shield


My card is off to the following Challenges:  
CCEE Stampers:  Law Enforcement Day
Stamping Sensations:  Favorite Stamps
The Library Challenge:  I was inspired by the dogs, stars, and colors from the book cover.
Sweet Stampin':  Attitude of Gratitude
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with a Critter

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Snow Much Fun!



Happy New Year!
  Snow...hmmm.  Love it or hate it, when you live in the Midwest US you're going to have it at some point! Snow Much Fun is our Theme over at Cut It Up!  Show us some snow, a snowman, snow angels, etc and don't forget your die cut!



This layout is full of snowy fun from The Cutting Cafe.  The snowflakes, round sentiment, and 'Let it Snow' sentiment are all from Fun with Snowflakes.  The snowman was added from Snowman Family Shaped Card Set.  


The digital snow flake paper is from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.  Snowflakes are cut from Cricut Holographic Sparkle Vinyl.  Let it Snow is cut from White Vinyl.  

Come over to Cut It Up and share your ideas!  

When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to share your project with us ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsors. 

This snowy layout is off to the following challenges:  

Dare 2B Artzy:  Winter
Lasting Memories:  New Technique, Tool, or Product (I used Holographic Vinyl for the first time!  I also tried stenciling snowflakes onto the actual picture using a homemade stencil and paint.)
Alphabet Challenge:  T is for Try Something New (I used Holographic Vinyl and added the image from one set to the round circle sentiment of another.)
If You Gave a Crafter a Cookie:  Photo 
Crafter's Cafe:  Something beginning with 'C' ~ Cutting Cafe Cuts, Cricut Holographic Vinyl, Cute Child (hee hee)
Daisy Chain:  Wintertime

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Tenacity or ?



Happy New Year!
This year I have decided to make a journal reflecting art, contemplation, study, etc.  It will have a bit of many life aspects; so hang on, this could become a somewhat 'twisty~turny' journey in journaling!  If you want to join me in this journey, we will be having lots of fun ideas/prompts over at the  Path of Positivity!  (However, you may share any sort of artistic medium over at PoP:  writing, cards, journals, scrapbooking, painting, sewing, etc as long as it is Positive!  The theme is optional.)  

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Speaking of PoP......

Our first optional theme of the year over there is Character Traits I'm going down a path of self reflection into one of my best....or is it my worst?

When it comes to character traits, it seems what one person perceives as positive, another might see as a negative characteristic!  I always thought the trait of tenacity was a positive one, however....

As I consult the thesaurus and find synonyms for tenacity, I find tenacity is only positive in the eye of the beholder.  Hmm.... I see words like grit, bullheaded, nerve, willfulness, rigid, obstinance, *obduracy (now that's a fun word!), etc.  *Oh, don't bother looking up obduracy if you're not familiar with it; it means STUBBORNNESS!  I had to check that one out, so I'll save you the trouble!  

Ok, that's who I am!  I'll admit it!  I have said it before on my blog, and I'll say it again.... I never know when to give up.  I love the quote from Hannibal, "Aut viam inveniam aut faciam."  

Translated to English, "I shall either find a way or make one."  

I'll research a topic until my eyes blur.  I'll argue a point I believe in until I'm hoarse.  I'll say the same thing to a student a million different ways until I get the point across.  The more I fail, the more I yearn to succeed!  Oh, and if someone tells me it's impossible........  

Now, do I suffer pain from this trait?  Yes, sometimes!  Do I come across as a pain?  Probably!  Do I accomplish what I set out to achieve?  I definitely try!  Will I change?  Probably not! 

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About my journal
I'm just beginning this journal and the pages will be put together with a Cinch machine later as I see how it progresses.  The journal pages are 6 X 6 inches and will consist of different kinds of paper to meet the needs of the projects.  (That's the fun of making my own!)  

About this layout
The right hand page of this layout is the picture to writing on the left hand page.  I have some "reflective thoughts" I will add under the quote as well as some other quotes.  I used fonts from the Cricut Design Space for the background.  I added the books from the Cricut Access.  I actually added the verbiage/background, books, and digi using the flatten feature in Design Space.  
Then I cut a 2nd digi to Copic color and add to the top of the layout.  I added a bit of washi tape and some paper under the layout.  A few little gems and the definition of tenacity finished it off! 

This digi, Kidz - Sitter Girl Book
Copic Markers
Adhesives 
Gems from Stash
Washi Tape from Stash
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Access for fonts, verbiage, books
Cricut Maker

 Sharing with these challenges:  
Brown Sugar:  AG
Creative Knockouts:  AG
Bugaboo:  AG
Dragonfly Dreams:  AG

Be sure to come on 
over to 
and see 
what the team 
thinks about Peace!  
You can also find 
more information 
about entering 
the challenge!  

Thanks to our 
wonderful sponsors this month:

and

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Follow the Recipe




Happy New Year!
It's time for a new challenge over at 
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and our optional twist is Recipe; and the recipe is:  use 1ribbon, 2 word sentiment, 3 layers

I have used a digital stamp from our sponsor called Windflower Cottage from LeighSBDesigns Art Studio.  


Material List:
Image: Windflower Cottage
Copic Markers
Adhesives 
Cricut Standard Mat

This cottage is off to the following challenges:  
little red wagon:  Use your NBUS (this is a new digi for me!)
Papercraft:  AG

Be sure to visit
 The Outlawz Twisted Thursday for all the details about the challenge and to check out all fun inspiration from the DT and participants!

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Friday, December 27, 2019

White on White with a Pop of Color!


Our last theme of 2019 is White on White with a Pop of Color!  This was a real challenge for me since I really like pattern papers and such, but I accomplished it with this great card/envelope cut from Dreaming Tree!  Come over to Cut It Up and share your ideas!  

This is a FREE cut from Dreaming Tree and has a Pop Up in the middle!  Thank You Pop Up Card is perfect for a thank you or you can leave it blank in the middle and use it as a note card, birthday, anniversary or other!  This is such a versatile design!  I chose to leave the pop up out and use it as a notecard.

To get some variation for my white on white, I embossed my background with a floral M-Bossabilities folder.  I then cut the flower (included with the set) in red as well as the envelope insert.  I added a white ribbon to get one more layer of white on white!  ;)  


When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to share your project with us ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsors. 

This notecard is off to the following challenges:  

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas from ScrappyHorses!

Merry Christmas!

Ok, now what would you expect to see on my blog on Christmas Eve?

Homemade gifts are always so much fun to give and receive!  This one is such an easy make.  A horseshoe, some flowers from stash, a ribbon off a horse purchase in my stash, and cardboard!  That's it!  Well and the horse head from stash, also.  You could always substitute a button or another flower.

Now, possibly you don't have any horseshoes laying about.....  Hmmmm...do you know a good farrier?  Only kidding, you can usually pick them up at your local farm store.  I believe I got a size 0.  It really doesn't matter, you'll just cut your photo to fit the shoe!

Tractor Supply 1 pair for about $6

Back the shoe and pic with some cardstock (I used black) then back that with some heavy cardstock.  To make it stand, I used a 2 inch corner brace.  I bent it in slightly and glued it on with E6000.  Upon reflection, I think I would use a wider corner brace to make it a bit sturdier.  This one worked, but I just like things really sturdy!  You could probably find this at your local farm store, also!  

Hey, you can pick up your cat/dog/horse/chicken/cattle/goat/etc supplies while you're there craft shopping!  Oh, and don't forget, they have lots of candy there, also!  One shop stop!  

This gift idea is off to the following challenges: 

Moving Along with the Times:  Anything but a Card
Creative Artiste:  AG mixed media
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with a critter
TTCRD:  AG

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Dashing through the snow...


What's more romantic than dashing through the snow in your horse drawn sleigh?  I've not actually done that, but I have gone riding in the snow and that is great fun!

Just some last minute card sharing and wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!

Riding off to these challenges:

Brown Sugar:  AG
Allsorts Challenge:  AG
The Outlawz Sunday Songs:  Sleigh Bells
A Vintage Journey:  Holly Jolly Christmas

Material List:

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 Christmas Paper ~ Polkadoodles Winnie Winterland
Horse & sleigh cut with background:  Cricut Access Christmas Cards
Sentiment:  Retired CTMH Stamp
CTMH Inks
Adhesives 
Clear Gems from Stash

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Quick as Ol' St Nick!



Quick as Old St Nick!  These are great last minute go to cards!  Simply put them together in your word document, notes, or other on your computer and print off the card front.  Adhere to your card and you're done!  Easy to get out at the last minute and no mess to clean up before guests arrive!  ;)

Need help with digital cards like these; I have a couple of older videos that might help!  






Material List:
Images:  Polkadoodles Winnie Winterland
Adhesives 

This card is off to the following challenges:  
52 Christmas Card Throwdown:  Pick any 2019 Challenge ~June Vintage
Allsorts:  AG
My Time to Craft: Christmas Flowers
Outlawz Festive Fridays:  Christmas
Winter Wonderland:  AG Christmas

Be sure to visit
 The Outlawz Twisted Thursday for all the details about the challenge and to check out all fun inspiration from the DT and participants!

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Last minute wrapping!


Less than a week 'til Christmas and I'm wrapping stag, the paper was flying and I couldn't find a bag!  Ugh!  The gifts are done, but no way to wrap!  Gotta get this all done in a snap!

So, I run to design space and look for a sack, and remember that great Kraft paper I won not too far back!  I put it all together with a simple Scribbles tree,  and then decided to do a larger one....who knows I might make three!



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This gift bag cut is from SVG Cuts and is my "go to" for a larger size bag!  You can cut a bag that measures approximately 11.5 inches wide, by 8.75 inches tall, by 4 inches deep. That is large enough for a large sweatshirt!  ....ask me how I know!  ;)
 This festive digital tree paper is from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles and won from the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  You can find the tree paper in the Welcome to the North Pole Kit.

With a little lace, burlap, a few gems and some green bias tape the bags are complete!  I popped a tag with a free image from Scribbles Designs and my gift is ready!  

Material List:
ImageScribbles Designs
A Krafty Christmas Paper ~ Decosse's Dynamite Doodles
Bag Cut SVG Happy Holidays Kit
Copic Markers
Adhesives 
Green Bias Tape from Stash
Ribbon, Lace, Burlap from Stash

My Bags are off to:
Scribbles:  Christmas Inspiration
TTCRD:  AG
Make My Monday:  Anything Christmas
A Place to Start:  Happy Holidays
The Male Room:  Box or Bag

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Time for Snow!


It's time for a new challenge over at 
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and our optional twist is Time; simply use a clock or time piece of some sort!

I have used a digital stamp from our sponsor called Winter.  Time is such a fun theme for this time of year as we are crafting through Christmas and into the New Year!  I've chosen to make my snowflakes into clocks in the background!

Material List:
ImageWinter
Copic Markers
Adhesives 
Silver Gel Pen 
Cricut Blade
Cricut Access for snowflakes and sentiment
Cricut Maker
Glitter Gel
Sparkle Cardstock

Be sure to visit
 The Outlawz Twisted Thursday for all the details about the challenge and to check out all fun inspiration from the DT and participants!

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