Jude and his Shenanigan Crew

It’s the 12th and final challenge in the 12 Days of Christmas at Simply Betty Stamps and this one is all about Christmas Eve. The prize, like a beautifully wrapped present, is both divine and tantalizing and includes being a guest designer for January! So just like my kids, I’m huddled around the Christmas tree eagerly waiting for tomorrow. 😀

I made another fancy folded card but I don’t know what this was is called – it’s sort of like a step card on one side and a vertical card on the other half. Anyway it was fun to make and allowed for more images to surround the tree… including Mickey in the back hauling off the largest present before anyone else can!

This is my second attempt with Prismacolor Pencils and this time I used Linseed Oil to blend with. Linseed has a strong smell of something very old like a bookstore… nothing headache-inducing but noticeable. It blended easier than a paper stump but it was messy and the oil took overnight to dry out. However, I did notice that it smeared the image in some areas. I printed the digital stamps with a laser printer and usually don’t have problems but once I applied the Linseed Oil it would grab some of the toner and smear it around so some areas look dirty.

Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps – 12 Days of Christmas
Challenge: Paper Sundaes – Challenge #49 (Cut it out)
Challenge: Anything Goes – Challenge #30 (C is for Christmas)
Main Stamp:
Jude and his Shenanigan Crew Elf Nelly, Chloe’s Cookies & Mickey’s Prezzie (SBS) and Christmas Tree (WoJ)
Patterned Paper: Signature Christmas (MME)
Prismacolor Pencils:
1018, 927, 944, 1019, 945, 926, 923, 1003, 977, 1033, 911, 988, 968, 941, 1025

Did you know? The Lost Boys of Sudan are more than 27,000 boys of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups who were displaced and/or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War. In 2001, about 3800 Lost Boys arrived in the United States, where they are now scattered in about 38 cities. Most of the boys were orphaned or separated from their families when government troops systematically attacked villages in southern Sudan killing many of the inhabitants, most of whom were civilians. The younger boys survived in large numbers because they were away tending herds or were able to escape into the nearby jungles. Orphaned and with no support, they would make epic journeys lasting years across the borders to international relief camps in Ethiopia and Kenya evading thirst, starvation, wild animals, insects, disease, and one of the most bloody wars of the 20th century.
[Lost Boys of Sudan, Wikipedia.org]
On the 12th Day of Christmas my Ghoul Love gave to me… presents galore!

Tom’s Plea

Jump down to see Cassandra’s Thank You and Lydia’s Thank You cards.

Sometimes sharing my supplies is difficult but I’m always thankful that my daughters want to stamp and color with me. I cringe each time they “discover” something new (solely because of the pocket book) but at the same time I’m thrilled they were able to watch me and learn something new! In the split second it takes me to decide, I usually buckle in and let them create freely… because in the end, I really am thankful! So check out their cards below and they’ll be reading any comments left personally for them.

I made my card using Tom’s Plea from High Hopes. The sign originally read “Go Vegan” but I removed it from the stamp so I could write anything. Each of our cards was entered into the 7 Kids College Fund Give Thanks challenge.

Cassandra used Harvest Mice from High Hopes and created this thank you card for her Nana and Poppy. She’s been spending all week with me recovering from tonsillectomy and even though she’s in a little pain it’s been fun having her stay home from school. She did all the coloring and assembly herself and only wanted help cutting out the image. She even used foam dots to “make it more beautiful!”

Lydia got to use Belles ‘n Whistles Rockin’ Around by Elisabeth Bell to make her thank you card. We’ve been spending more time at Grandma’s house helping out and the added bonus to playing in her craft room! She selected all the elements and put together the card all by herself (with help cutting out the image) and left the girl uncolored because “it makes her pretty.”

Challenge: 7 Kids College Fund – Challenge #8
Main Stamp: Tom’s Plea (High Hopes), Harvest Mice (High Hopes) and Rockin’ Around (BnW)
Patterned Paper: scraps
Copic Colors:
0, E08, E18, E18, E41, E42, E43, E44, E55, E57, E59, C1, C3, YR12, YR15, YR18, R22, R24, R29

Did you know? A tonsillectomy is a 3,000 year-old surgical procedure in which the tonsils are removed from either side of the throat. Sometimes the adenoids are removed at the same time, a procedure called adenoidectomy. Although tonsillectomy is being performed less frequently than in the 1950s, it remains one of the most common surgical procedures in children in the United States.
[Tonsillectomy, Wikipedia.org]

Shy Willow

I made this card using Shy Willow and Fall Grass, both from Whiff of Joy, as a reminder for the Lollipop Crafts Girlie Girl Challenge. This week’s theme is piratically anything girl which includes cards with a girl, for a girl or look girlie girl. The other challenge entered was for three of somethings – the three flowers.

DT Challenge: Lollipop Crafts – Challenge #16
Challenge: Daring Cardmakers Wee Three Challenge
Main Stamp:
Shy Willow and Fall Grass (WoJ)
Patterned Paper: Chicken Coop (October Afternoon)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen
Copic Colors:
W0, W2, W4, W6, W8, G0000, R0000

Did you know? United States Department of Defense directive 5230.16, Nuclear Accident and Incident Public Affairs Guidance as set out in Air Force Instruction 10-206 detail a number of terms for internally and externally reporting nuclear incidents. Some of these terms include Bent Spear, Broken Arrow, Empty Quiver, Faded Giant and Dull Sword.
[US Military Nuclear Incident Terms, Wikipedia.org]

A Gift for You

The challenge this week over at Lollipop Crafts is a 1-2-3 Recipe and to make something using 1 decorative paper, 2 stamps and 3 embellishments. But today is also a special post because we are celebrating a surprise birthday…

Happy Birthday Kim Yu!

We all hope you have a wonderful birthday today and with lots of R&R. 😀

I made this card using A Gift for You from Sugar Nellie Stamps plus a bear from P. Hillman. I saw a wonderful card created by Kim (PaperBabe) and had to try one out, so that is how this layout came about. I also colored the dress following the Color Copic Me coloring clothes tutorial and used fall colors for the Teddy challenge.

Sketch: PaperBabe CASEd
Challenge: Lollipop Crafts – Challenge #11
Challenge: Color Me Copic – Challenge #6
Challenge: Teddy Stampers – Challenge #21
Main Stamp:
A Gift for You (SN) and the bear by P. Hillman
Patterned Paper: Best of K&Company (K&C)
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R21
-hair: W1, W5, W7, W9
-clothes: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47
-other: YG93, G85, YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24, BG72, BG75

Did you know? Roll-on/roll-off ferries (RORO) are large, conventional ferries named for the ease by which vehicles can board and leave by driving stright in and straight out.
[Ferry, Wikipedia.org]

Christmas Blessings

As you might have noticed, I often make more than one post in a day! But now is the time you’ve been waiting for and using random.org, the WINNER of the BLOG CANDY is…


Contact me with your mailing address and I’ll get it right out to you. Thank you everyone for becoming a Follower and leaving such wonderful comments for me to read!!

I made this card using Christmas Blessings from Whiff of Joy. I made this card for the Whiff of Joy Challenge blog which theme this week is Thank You. The other challenge is to color an animal with a technique that was demonstrated on the challenge blog.

Although the card doesn’t explicitly say “thank you” it is my way of saying Thank You for the wonderful time I had being a Guest! My Guest DT term has ended with Whiff of Joy and this is my last official post as a design team member… however, it’s certainly not going to be the last Whiff of Joy creation I make!

Thank you Katharina and all the wonderful gals on the Whiff of Joy Design Team – I had so much fun!

Theme: Whiff of Joy – Challenge #88
Challenge: Color Me Copic – Challenge #5
Main Stamp: Christmas Blessings (WoJ)
Patterned Paper: Winter Pretties (WoJ)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Peony
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11
-hair: E55, E57, E59
-clothes: E41, E42, E43, E44, YG93, YG95, R46
-donkey: N1, N3, N5
-other: E57, E59, Y23, Y26

Did you know? The Granny Ramsey Smith green apple is a tip-bearing apple cultivar. It originated in Australia in 1868 from a chance seedling propagated by Maria Ann Smith. It is thought to be a hybrid of Malus sylvestris, the European Wild Apple, with the domestic apple M. domestica as the polleniser. Granny Smith apples were not introduced to the United Kingdom until 1935 and then to the United States in 1972.
[Granny Smith, Wikipedia.org]

Update: I was the showcased at Color Me Copic for this challenge!

Melinda Helping Angel

I made this card using Melinda Helping Angel from Whiff of Joy. The challenge is to create a card or project with a sympathy theme. Even though it’s a sympathy card, I wanted to create a cheery theme and the helping angel was says it all. The other challenge was to color curly hair.

Sketch: Mercy’s Tuesday Sketch – Challenge #36
Challenge: Lollipop Crafts – Challenge #5
Challenge: Color Me Copic – Challenge #3
Main Stamp: Melinda Helping Angel (WoJ)
Patterned Paper: Nana’s Kitchen (DCWV)
Copic Colors:
-skin/wings: E000, E00, E11, R20, W1
-hair: E15, E17, E18
-clothes: YR61, YR65, YR68, B0000, B12, B41, YR20, YR21, YR24
-other: G20, G21, G24, W1

Did you know? Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) stadium categories are categories for football stadiums laid out in the UEFA Stadium Infrastructure Regulations. Stadiums are rated as category one, two, three, or four. In category four, stadiums must have a minimum capacity of 8,000 with no standing spectators allowed.
[Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.org]

Little Witch

Here’s a sneak peek of the new Whiff of Joy stamps that will be released next week, September 1st! This card uses Little Witch designed by Elisabeth Bell and exclusively sold by Whiff of Joy. The challenge is anything goes.

This is also the week I discovered two of my Copic markers have dried out! I guess I use E000 and E00 much more than I remember but I still thought they dried out too fast. Now I need to find a great place that sells refills. Any suggestions?

Main Stamp: Little Witch (WoJ)
Patterned Paper: Halloween (K&C)
Copic Colors:
-skin: E00, E11, E13, R20
-hair: YG11, YG13, YG17
-clothes: W1, W3, W5, W7, W9, YR12, YR16, YR18, Y13
-other: E55, E57

Did you know? Cinnabar, the common ore of mercury, is generally found in a massive, granular or earthy form and is bright scarlet to brick-red in color. It generally occurs as a vein-filling mineral associated with recent volcanic activity and alkaline hot springs.
[Cinnabar, Wikipedia.org]

Willow with Umbrella

I made this card using Willow with Umbrella from Whiff of Joy. The challenge is to create a card or project based on the sketch provided.

Mercy’s Tuesday Sketch #86
Main Stamp: Willow with Umbrella (WoJ)
Patterned Paper: Kioshi (BG)
Dry Embossing: Tim Holtz Embossing Folders Notebook
Copic Colors:
-skin: E11, E13, E15, R20, R22
-hair: E25, E27, E29
-other: B0000, B000, B02, 0, W1, W4, W6, V93, V95, G20, G21, G24

Did you know? In 1910 the U.S. Supreme Court settled a long dispute between the states of Maryland and West Virginia over the states’ true borders. The court’s decision was based on a stone set in a river from 1746 and a new survey team was directed to place granite slabs every half-mile to mark the new boundaries.
[Maryland v. West Virginia, Wikipedia.org]

Willow with Toddler

Welcome back for my last grand announcement! I’m very delighted to reveal that I will be a Guest Designer for Whiff of Joy through August and September! I look forward to using these adorable stamps and getting to know the Whiff of Joy Design Team in the process! It will be such a pleasure and I hope I can spark some creative juices.

This card was created using the stamp Willow with Toddler by Whiff of Joy and is part of the Willow & Oakley line by E. Bell. I think this is such an endearing image and says it all.

Blog Candy Alert! If you love my creations then you’ll love this… I have two small packages of my cards to mail out to two lucky followers! You have from now until Saturday 11pm EST to officially “Follow” my blog and the winners will be announced next Sunday. I’ve put together a variety of cards include some that aren’t on this blog! Once you get them, the hardest part will be whether or to keep them or use them.

Main Stamp: Willow with Toddler (WoJ)
Patterned Paper: unknown scraps
Cricut Cartridge: Lacy Labels
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
-hair: E50, E51, E53, E55, 0
-clothes: R81, R83, R85, G12, G21, G85, Y35, 0

Did you know? The piano is one of the most popular instruments in the world. Its beginnings are from in the Middle Ages with stringed keyboard instruments such as the Hurdy Gurdy.

Beary Big Hug

The challenge is to create a card or project based on the sketch provided.

Challenge: Mojo Monday #144
Main Stamp:
Beary Big Hugs (BnW)
Patterned Paper:
Nook & Pantry (BG)
Copic Colors:

-skin: E00, E11, E13, R20, R22
-hair: W2, W4, W6, W8, W10
-other: BG72, BG75, BG78, R20, R22, E25, E29, E40, E41, E42, W1, W2, 0