Monday, June 29, 2015

Red Wolf

Materials needed:
In Wilderness stamp set SU (#120537)
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set SU
Gray card stock 4 1/4 x 5/1/2"
White card stock 4 x 5 1/4", 2"square, small scrap
Red card stock 2 1/4" square
Versa Mark ink pad
Heat tool
Cherry Cobbler embossing powder SU (122949)
Cadmium Red Deep acrylic paint
Cadmium Yellow medium acrylic paint
Cherry Cobbler ink pad SU
Regals Candy Dots SU (#130932)
Word Window punch SU
Stampin' Dimensionals SU

1. Paint the white card stock like was done here.
2. Emboss the small white square of card stock with the wolf head using Cherry Cobbler embossing powder. Versa Mark ink and a heat tool.
3. Mount the embossed square onto the red card stock square. Use Stampin' Dimensionals or other dimensionals (SU are my favorite) on the dried painted card stock.
4. Stamp  your greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set with Cherry Cobbler ink on white card stock. Punch it out with the Word Window punch.
5. Place two dark red Candy Dots on each side of the greeting and adhere it to the bottom right side of the painted card stock. You can use red brads, if you prefer.
6. Mount the painted card stock on to the gray card stock. Mount this onto a card base and add your own greeting on the inside.
This is a great card for a man.  

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Victorian Birthday Card

Well, bringing the flu B back from my trip to Tanzania has really thrown me for a loop! I hadn't gotten the flu in probably 30 years, since I started taking the flu shot. They said that this year the flu mutated and the shot wasn't as effective. I really felt bad for a couple of weeks. I'm doing a lot better now but I still have that lingering cough!

Here's a card I made for some of my July birthdays.

Materials needed:
White card stock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Lost Lagoon card stock SU! 4 x 5 1/4"
Pink stripe patterned paper 3 3/4 x 5"
Dazzles stickers by Hot Off the Press
Birthday stamp, Vintage Rose Garden stamp set by Jennifer Ellory
Whisper White 5/8" Ribbon Organza SU (#114319)
Lost Lagoon stamp  pad SU
Ticket corner punch
Glue Dots
Stampin' Dimensionals SU

This card is simple to assemble after you cut your papers to size. 
1.Punch all four corners of the Lost Lagoon card stock and the patterned paper with the ticket corner punch. 
2. Stick the lacy stickers across the patterned paper about 1" from the bottom and wrap around to the back.
3. Adhere about 6" of the ribbon just below the stickers on the patterned paper and wrap around the back also. 
4. Use about 6" of the ribbon to tie a bow and place on top of the other ribbon with glue dots. I used 3 to get it to hold in place good.
5. Stamp the greeting with Lost Lagoon ink across the top of the patterned paper.
6. Place Stampin' Dimensionals or other dimensionals on the back of the patterned paper. Adhere it to the Lost Lagoon card stock.
7. Adhere this to the white, folded card stock.
Add a greeting or note to the inside and you are ready for a birthday.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

More Pictures of Tanzania

The past couple of weeks, since I've been home, have been wild! I went to the doctor on Monday morning, June 8 with what I thought was a respiratory infection, like I used to get all the time when I was still in the classroom. I was waiting on lab work when I almost passed out. Everyone seemed to go crazy. They said they had a place I could lie down until my turn for my labs. That sounded good to me. Well, they called for a doctor who called 911 for an ambulance. I would have thought that I was at a place where they could take care of a 911 call. They took me to the ER, where I spent most of the day before they decided to admit me to the hospital for observation. They kept me 24 hours & released me. The next day they called to tell me that I had influenza B and gave me a prescription for tamiflu. What I figured out was that when I said that yes, I had been to Africa in the past 21 days, they went crazy. I know, it's better to be safe than sorry but if they had just treated me for what I went to see a doctor about in the first place, it all would have been Ok. Well, the flu can make you feel pretty rotten for a while but I'm doing much better now. I'm reasonably sure that I picked it up on the 20 hour plane ride and I could have even gotten it at Wal-Mart!

OK, here are some more pictures of the trip.

Every place we went the children sang for us. These boys really put on a good show! 

After the shoeboxes had been handed out and the programs were over, there was lots of music playing, either from local musicians or from a cd player. Calvin had the microphone and was singing and dancing with the music. He asked me to dance with him and he sang to me. It was in Swalli so I don't know what the words were but it was fun and happy. I danced with him even though I have no rhythm and on my part didn't really look like any dance but we were all having fun in the Lord.

I asked this young lady what her favorite thing in her shoebox was.She is holding up a cross necklace that she was very proud of.
All of the children were so cute!

I took these pictures from the second floor of one of the churches. This is considered a middle class neighborhood. Very different than a middle class neighborhood you would find here in the US.

This is looking at one of The Greatest Journey books in the class that we watched. The children were here learning on a Saturday. They were all very well behaved.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Shoebox Distribution trip to Tanzania

I got home Wednesday evening after flying for a total of 20 hours! This was an amazing trip. We went to 6 different churches with 5 distributions of shoeboxes and one The Greatest Journey lesson. The children were beautiful! I fell in love with Tanzania. Here are a few pictures of the trip. You will see that the girls all have shaved heads. I asked about that and was told the the schools required it. It did make it a little hard to tell the girls from the boys when we handed out the boxes.

Perhaps later, I'll be able to most more pictures!

I've had people ask me about things like stocking caps and gloves before. They are concerned that they will go to a hot country and not be used. Well, Tanzania is on the equator and the kids loved the caps that they got! It's all relative. Some of the children were cold and wearing sweaters. They had recently had a "cold" spell where the temps got down in the lower 80's. They were cold because they were not used to that.
One of this boy's gifts was a remote control car. The giver even added plenty of extra batteries. I was very difficult to get it out of the box. I tried the best that I could but the box had the car attached with screws on the bottom. No one had a screw driver. I just hope that he was able to find one after he left because we were not able to get it out that day. Please, watch how your gifts are packaged. If the gift is in original packaging, please check to see if it can be taken out. The items in the shoebox do not have to be in original packaging. Please be sure the children can get the toy out to play with. Boxes and plastic packages are not necessary.

They were all amazed at the gifts in their boxes. This boy is showing off the flashlight that he found in his box.

They wear uniforms to school. Some of them were a bit ragged. The schools let the children have some time out to come get a shoebox.