Saturday, November 28, 2015

Norwegian Fjord Cruise --Part 5 ( LAST)

Hello, dear Yes, Virginia... friends and followers. It's Dr. John here.
Today's post is about Stavanger, our final port-of-call for this cruise. Before I continue, I would like to thank all those who left comments on my posts. A special shout-out to Conil and Harriet for leaving detailed and encouraging comments - you pointed out details in my photos that I didn't even notice! 
Now, on with the tour.
Stavanger is considered the oil capital of Norway. The first oil-drilling platform in the North Sea came to Stavanger in 1969. The petroleum industry would become one of Norway's main industries and Norway would become one of the world's leading oil-producing countries.
While our kids went on an excursion to Pulpit rock (see HERE), Virginia and I explored Gamle Stavanger (the "old town"), which consists of 173 small, white, wooden houses crunched together. Some of these 300 year old houses are still in use today.

Bottom right: Virginia single-handedly pulls our ship into dock.

Norway's "Bridge of Sighs".

The "old town", featuring narrow, winding, cobblestone back lanes, with tidy wooden houses, oasis gardens, and flowers everywhere.

The central harbor.

Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Exhibits describe how oil is formed, how it's found and produced, and what it's used for.

This concludes our cruise. After a day at sea, we return to Southampton and fly back to Toronto. Hope you enjoyed this virtual tour.
 Thanks for stopping by!

A big round of applause to Dr. John for sharing his travel photos and descriptions of the places.  Please leave him a comment if you have enjoyed any of his travel posts. Thank you!

 Black Friday sale!


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Gifts of Love Stamp Set
Hello friends! This is my 2nd post for the day. For my post about using an unlikely stamp to create a wreath, please click here.
(edited)....because it is almost Black Friday!
Everything over Simon Says Stamp is 15% off-- >click here.

I have more cards created with the Simon Say Stamp December Card Kit....
"Houston, we have a problem... Virginia can't stop stamping."
Here is an easy one to duplicate. The paper in this kit is so enchanting. There is not a lot that I needed to add. As much as I love to stamp, I merely added the sentiment "Joyeux Noel".
joyeux noel-001
The best thing about playing with a card kit like this is that the color scheme of the paper and embellishments are matching and easy to create with.
 The December Card Kit  truly is lovely! If you are not getting the kit, this is THE time to get this stamp set "Gifts of Love".
I adore that cat and had to play with it one more time.
Merry Christmas

Again, I worked with the pattern paper and merely added the paper-pieced kitty in the wintry scene. One Versamark Ink Cube and one Simon Says Stamp Rainbow Fine Embossing Glitter are included in the kit! See the shiny speckles around all the edges? Yeah, that's from embossing.

And since it's almost Black Friday, I want to pass on the deals over Craftsy.
Check this out---->  here and here 
Simon Says Stamp has more sales going on here
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Create a Wreath with an Unlikely Stamp

Hello friends!
Can you create a wreath with a cling stamp like "Full Bloom" ?
Previously I had done my Monthly Stamp Studies with this stamp, but I came up with another idea!
Well, the answer is... absolutely yes!  
As you may know, I have been making a lot of wreaths with stamping...
(click on the photo--->Flickr--->blog post)
most wonderful time of the year
 Happy Thankgiving

 Giving Thanks


Here is the latest version:
deck the halls
As you can see, there are layers of colors <---that's where the magic is.
There are no actual layers and the card is pretty much flat as I like my cards to be mail-friendly. I started out with stamping the medium shade of green (Fern) with the help of a circle die (as a mask). Once I could see the circle that I stamped, I added lighter green. I then stamped the red leaves until the wreath was getting to be a full circle. 
For the final step, I stamped gold, dotted here and there. This cling stamp was not damaged or cut in any way. I merely bent it a bit while I stamped the small details. I encourage you to take a look at your stash and try using the leafy kind of stamps. I know you will be pleasantly surprised (like I was)!

Lastly, in case you need some enabling with SSS brand products,
simply use code: SIMONBRAND--one day only!
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #344


Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the Christmas Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)

This week the challenge is...

Anything Goes

 We are using Altenew this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some, we love to see them used :- 

 For my design, I stamped the largest image first (the yellow flower on the right) with MISTI. I then proceeded to stamp some more flowers. Each flower has a different color scheme. 

just for you (SSS Wed. Challenge-Nov. 25) Anything Goes
How I colored the petals is kind of interesting...I used Yellow ink dauber (from Hero Arts), Pencil Crayons, Zig Markers ...I purposely left some blank space with each flower. After that, I realized that this card needed a little "drama"! I then stamped the butterfly in black and added a few black splatters. For the sentiment, I popped it up with black strings and pop dots.  I love this loosey goosey kind of look!

As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
So now it's YOUR turn ! Happy Crafting !!
There are fabulous Giveaways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog . If you haven't subscribed by email, you may want to do so you don't miss out.
You have until Wed. 8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by!