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Thanks for visiting my blog. As the title suggests, I love to scrapbook, stamp, and sing! I will share cards and scrapbook pages I create, as well as information about my music - Barbershop harmony.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Peace, Joy &/or Love

Hi all - I'm delighted to be the Guest Designer at Merry Monday this week after a win for this card in the kid's card challenge. For this week's challenge, Bonnie invites us to use the words Peace, Joy, and/or Love on your Christmas card.

I had the perfect Hero Arts set contain all three words along with some beautiful crystal ornaments. I hadn't had the chance to use it yet and thought it past time! I started out by stamping and silver embossing the ornaments, then watercoloring them. They were all on one piece of watercolor paper I had die cut with a stitched rectangle, intending it to be one panel. Then as I was stamping another element, I blobbed the paper - arrgh, I hate when that happens!! So I fussy cut the ornaments and stamped the rest of the elements on a pale green card base, popping the ornaments with foam tape. They looked a bit plain hanging from the branch so I added so little bows with metallic ribbon. Here's my card:

Supplies: Hero Arts Celadon card; watercolor paper; May Arts ribbon; Lucy's Little Things sequins
Stamps: Hero Arts CL802 Christmas Crystals
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, Dusty Concord, 
Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, Shaded Lilac

Thanks for stopping and be sure to check out the beautiful cards by Merry Monday's Design Team! Thanks for the fun guest spot!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Stacked teacups

Hi all - this week's Merry Monday challenge from Lesley has a great inspiration photo - just love the stacked teacups!! I couldn't wait to play along and here's my card using some Silhouette cuts and die cuts:

Holiday Wishes cups
Supplies: Hero Arts Punch card; Basic Grey papers - Nordic Holiday & Sugared; Bazzill cardstock
Silhouette files: #9702 "4 Teacup Silhouettes" (cups and saucer); #79076 "Stacked Teacups Card" (tea bag)
Dies: Impression Obsession "Pine Branch Die"; Penny Black "Red & Green"
Stamps: Hero Arts CL803 Family & Friends (citron flower on top cup) CL887 Color Layering Christmas Tree (sentiment); Hero Arts w/Studio Calico 331232 Spread Joy (circle border on top cup)
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Fired Brick, Lucky Clover, Twisted Citron; Black Soot
Tim Holtz washi; May Arts string twine; Copics - for shadow and definition

I had fun mixing patterns on two cups and stamping on the third one. The Tim Holtz washi was the perfect anchor to my stacked cups. Hope you're having a crafty day and thanks for stopping! Be sure to check out Merry Monday for loads of inspiration.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Little Kiddles

Hi all - it's Merry Monday time again! This week Sue challenges us to create a kid's card. The Design Team did a  fabulous job on this one so be sure to check out their cards! I wanted to play and luckily have the perfect stamp set for it. Just love the little girls in this set!! Here's my card:

Christmastime girls

Stamps - Hero Arts CL644 Bring on the Merry; Paper - Neenah Solar White, My Mind's Eye "Merry Little Christmas"
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 & Double Stitched Rectangles
Other - Copic Markers; Hero Arts pink gemstones; Liquid Applique

We had a chorus retreat over the past weekend and I have lots of rehearsing to do. So I'm cutting this post short but thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a crafty week!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Baggin' It!

Hi all - this week's Merry Monday challenge from Nina is to include a bag on your card. I chose to make the card base a bag since I had a fun Silhouette design I thought might work. This is a bottom fold card which is intended as a gift card holder (I just skipped cutting that part). Here's my card:

Santa bag with elf

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts DC160 Santa's Elves Stamp & Cut; CL644 Bring on the Merry (present);
CL803 Family and Friends (sentiment tag "To You"); CG685 Hand Drawn Snowflakes (texture on bag)
Paper: Hero Arts Punch Layering paper; Anchor Paper kraft; Neenah Solar White; Basic Grey
Other: Silhouette Design ID#111031 Port Gift Card Bag; Copic Markers; May Arts String Twine
Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Candied Apple; Liquid Applique; foam tape
Michael's brand metal accents (black dots on berries)

While dusting today (imagine that?!) I found a little wreath I had die cut last year for Merry Monday. Never finished that card so thought I make one today. I used some fun cling border stamps I got for my birthday from my friend Heather Maria.

Wreath with bow
Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts CL787 Holiday Petals and Leaves (bow); CL619 Greetings for the Holidays (sentiment); Urban Stamps 907946 Tall Urban Stamp Craft Christmas (borders); Distress Inks - Pine Needles and Candied Apple; Silhouette Design # unknown for wreath; Hero Arts Punch layering paper

Be sure to stop in at Merry Monday for loads of inspiration to get your Christmas cards done early. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Birthday florals

Hi everyone - I expect a busy summer so I'm trying to make cards ahead of time for upcoming birthdays. I was really inspired by the very talented Yana Smakula's post about her go-to card formula. I decided to try it with a twist. She uses gold metallic frames - I chose a glittery one and a plain card stock one for the two cards I'm sharing today.

Card 1 is for my great niece, Abby, who turns 18 - yikes!! Thought she'd like a little glitter this year.

Abby birthday flower
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts pool and Neenah solar white; Anchor Paper vellum (pale green); Heidi Swapp glitter paper
Stamps: Hero Arts CL661 It's Your Day (sentiment) and April 2016 My Monthly Hero (flowers/leaves)
Dies: Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite Things stitched rectangles; Hero Arts Spring Branch; 
MFT doily with the center cut out with a circle die.
Other: Copic Markers; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Wink of Stella

Card 2 was made for a 24-hr Scramble going on over at the Hero Arts Flickr group, hosted by Lisa. She offered a lovely floral inspiration photo with lots of teals and purples. The Scramble started at 1p EDT today so you still have plenty of time to play. This card was completed, photographed and uploaded within 90 minutes as the Scramble rules require. I decided to use the same formula since all the stuff was still out on my craft space.

Happy birthday teal flower
Supplies: Hero Arts Mixed Floral layering paper (purples); teal paper from stash; Neenah Solar White
Dies: Spellbinders Elegant Ovals (S4-425) and nested oval (to cut the hole); 
Hero Arts April 2016 My Monthly Hero kit (flower stamp and die); Spring Branch
Tim Holtz mini-stencil; Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet Distress inks; gem from Michael's

Now I'd better get busy on Father's Day cards, then I'm good for June at least! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're having a great day!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

More Nativity cards

Hi all - back again with more Nativity cards for this week's Merry Monday challenge. Supposed to be making a birthday card but I can always to that later today :)

Card 1 was made with another one of the Silhouette images I cut yesterday. This one had a little torn bit on the star so I snipped it off altogether and used a different star that I had cut. Oh, it also was a three-panel card and I snipped out the nativity portion. I just love to modify things! This card also uses a My Favorite Things Blueprint set I first saw on Deanne's blog. Finally got one of my own last week - thanks for the enabling Deanne!

Hero Arts black folded card; Reflections black cardstock; Heidi Swapp glitter paper
Dies: My Favorite Things Blueprint 20 (stitched rectangle); Silhouette Design ID #109795 Nativity Triptych Card
Design ID #70556 Full Nativity (star I replaced from the other design)
Stamp: Hero Arts CL343 Holiday Sayings (sentiment); embossing ink and Ranger Seafoam white embossing powder
Tools - Silhouette, Vagabond, Darice embossing tool

Card 2 was one I considered for last week's snow globe challenge using a Lori Whitlock snow globe card. This is another three panel card but I left it intact. I also used the one I cut yesterday that cut off the page. I just snipped off the nativity part, embossing it with gold ultra think embossing powder. I glued it over top of the card base one. Here's a shot of the card partially open:

Snow Globe nativity tri-fold

Here's the card while closed:

Snow Globe Nativity
Paper - Reflections (Michael's) white card stock; Basic Grey Aspen Frost (birch bark); 
The Paper Studio Old World Winter (music background); BoBunny Christmas Collage (gold chevron on inside)
Dies - Silhouette Design ID #106816 Snow Globe Nativity Card
Other - 3M washi tape; Suze Weinberg's Gold Ultra-thick embossing enamel
Tools - Silhouette; Darice heat tool

The gold embossing got an interesting mottled black texture in spots (user error, I'm sure) so I enhanced it with some Black Soot Distress Ink. Inside behind the nativity panel I stamped the sentiment "Jesus is the reason for the season".

Thanks for stopping by! Crazy as it may seem, I may have a few more Nativity cards in me. Who knew?! There's still time to play at Merry Monday this week - be sure to check it out!

Monday, May 23, 2016


Merry Monday everyone! I'm playing along with Lori's challenge to feature a Nativity on your Christmas card. Here's my card:

Believe Nativity
Supplies: Silhouette images - Design ID #111625 Nativity Ornament & Design ID #52457 Believe Nativity
Paper: Hero Arts black; American Crafts glitter paper (star); the Paper Studio Old World Winter (behind Nativity); 
My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas (background); BoBunny Christmas Collage (banner)
Other: foam tape; black pearl. Tools: Silhouette, paper rounder

Last week when we were doing snow globes on Merry Monday, I spotted a Silhouette image of a Nativity in a snow globe. I had considered trying to make it as my second card but didn't even start it. So I considered it again and got as far as cutting it. When I cut it, though, part of the image ran off the paper - oops... I'm still considering how to salvage that bit!

Not to worry, I had cut another page filled with various nativities, including one I was planning for a long card. Carrying the pieces to my work counter from the Silhouette, I lost my shepherd - oh no! So I picked a different Nativity for this card. I had to modify this one too because it was to cut as an ornament and, again (what's my problem?!), the image cut off the paper. So, I snipped off the bow and hanger from the top to make it a simple circle. The word Believe came with a different Silhouette Nativity design - I cut that one too - they are addictive!!

Thanks for stopping and be sure to check out all the gorgeous nativities by the Design Team over at Merry Monday!