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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.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Scramble Time

Hi everyone - It seems like the only times I post lately are Scrambles and Merry Mondays! Well, I do make other cards but they often don't get posted. I'm putting them in the mail, rather than photographing them - LOL!

Today on the Hero Arts Flickr group, Cat had the Scramble theme of using a favorite technique of hers combined with one or more of our own. While a Scramble allows 90 minutes, I'm usually much quicker - doing a card within 30 minutes, typically. Well, today it was closer to an hour - I used one of Cat's favorite techniques of embossing, combined with one of mine to sand and distress the paper. Cat also likes to watercolor so I misted some Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink and Field Greens Ink Dauber before stamping on linen for my main image. The vines are from a Hero Arts cling set called So Sorry. The embossing folder is one that pairs with a large cling background by Hero Arts called Floral Wreath. Here's my card:

Vines on Linen

I love the look of embossed Core'dinations cardstock with the linen (matted with Bazzill cardstock). I had fun Scrambling today - hope you're having a crafty weekend too!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Vintage Time

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Hi everyone - I'm off work today so I was able to check out Merry Monday first thing. This week it's Nina's challenge: make a vintage style card! Now, vintage is not my typical go-to style but I had a yummy Graphic45 paper pad, Twas the Night Before Christmas, that I knew would be perfect. 

I found a piece of paper with this darling Santa in a circle surrounded by a bunch of vintage clocks. I cut out the Santa image & added a black scalloped circle mat with a bit of doily behind. It's hard to see in the photo but I brushed some Wink of Stella to the brown parts of Santa's furry hat and cuffs.

Here's the card:

Vintage Santa

After making the Santa card, I was still in the mood to craft in the vintage style. I surfed my Silhouette files and found this darling reindeer - Circle Flourish Reindeer by Kolette Hall. I used more Graphic45 paper, including the tag which I cut from one of the pages. The ticket is a Tim Holtz stamp.

Vintage reindeer

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by Merry Monday to check out all the inspiration from their Design Team. I'm now up to 32 Christmas cards in my stash, 20 of them due to my participation at Merry Monday. So exciting!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Angels on Merry Monday

Hi everyone - hope you're having a great weekend!!

This week on Merry Monday, Lori challenges us to include an angel or cherub on our card. I found this great heralding angel die on the Silhouette, Split Angel Damask by StudioIlustrado. Using an A2 card, I masked off the area for the sentiment. I stamped a background stamp, the Envelope Liner Background by Hero Arts, on the balance of the card. My layering paper for the die was punch colored so after cutting, I colored it with a Festive Berries Distress marker to darken it, then I sponged a bit of Black Soot Distress ink on a few spots to age it.

I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment (from a Hero Arts Clear set called Miracle of the Holidays) then added a bit of white with a Picket Fence Distress marker. Added a couple of gems - done.

Here's my card:
Angel tidings

The split die cuts are very fun - I've purchased a few but this was the first one I tried. I felt like it had a bit of a Swedish feel to it which is why I used the red. It might be really pretty in silver or gold glitter paper; I'll have to try it next time.

Thanks for stopping and, if you get a chance, check out Merry Monday. It's really helping me get a handle on my Christmas cards!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter to anyone celebrating today! I worked really hard last weekend getting my Easter cards done and mailed. Each of my siblings got a version of this card:

Easter chicks

Hero Arts: carnation and blush designer layering paper
Doodlebug: baker's string
Jillibean Soup: chick stamps (I masked the middle one)
Personal Impressions: sentiment (from a set of three called Springtime 'tinchies - thanks Sally!!)
Lawn Fawn: grassy border die; Scotch: dotted washi tape
Copic Markers; Clear Wink of Stella; Bazzill: cs for mat and border

I masked the front chick to stamp the other two - I just love these little cuties. The inside sentiment was fun too "you crack me up". I also cut a few Easter egg cards on the Silhouette but didn't manage to take a photo of any of them.

Can't wait to eat a delicious ham dinner at my friends' house. Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Scramble time!

Hi all - Chark over on the Hero Arts Flickr group hosted a Scramble today with a beautiful inspiration photo:

starry nite photo

She called it "Starry Nite" and I just loved the colors! I was inspired to use Distress Inks to create a watercolored background. Wish I would've used Chipped Sapphire to darken the edge but I used Stormy Sky. Other colors used: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry. The stars and sentiment came from 2 Hero Arts stamps - Written in the Stars and Thanks Stamp & Cut. Here's my card:

Star bright

I'd better get going on my Easter preparations. Thanks for stopping & thanks to Chark for a fun Scramble!

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Color Combo for Merry Monday

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Merry Monday everyone! I so love my Monday off when I can play with a card challenge first thing in the morning!! It really gets the creative juices flowing. Today over on the Merry Monday blog, Kristie challenges us to use the color combo Lime, Turquoise, & White. I thought this might be a difficult combo but I LOVE it!! My card came together fairly quickly.

White card base made with DCWV shimmery white cardstock (not that you can tell from the photo); Turquoise mat: David Tutera cardstock embossed with a Tim Holtz Diamond plate folder; Lime green mat: Neenah cs (they sell multicolored packs at Target!) with the sentiment stamped in Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and clear embossed; Stamps: Hero Arts K5808 Color a Wreath (colored with Peacock Feathers and Hero Arts Neon Green Inks) and CL541 Snowman Christmas (sentiment). I added a turquoise gem to the bow and some clear gems to the wreath - yay, another Christmas card done!

Here's the card:

Turquoise Lime White wreath

I really love this color combo and will definitely use it again - thanks for the fun challenge, Kristie! Wishing you all a Merry Monday and a crafty week ahead!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Time for Trees!

Hey everyone - hope you're having a great week!  I finally had a chance to play with Kathy's challenge over on Merry Monday.  All we have to do is use a tree on a Christmas card - yay!

I have loads of tree stamps, dies, stencils - you name it.  But I thought right away about using this older Hero Arts trio of trees when it came time to make my card.

Supplies from Hero Arts:  Light pool folded card, Notebook Paper cling stamp (stamped in Cracked Pistachio) on the card, Labels and Messages (for the banner), and Three Tree Christmas (white embossed) for my trees.  Other:  I embossed the trees on Tim Holtz watercolor paper (sponged with Pine Needles and Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink and misted) and cut it out with Spellbinders Label Thirty-Six (I love this one).  I created a little belly band for the card using some Paper Studio and Basic Grey paper.

Here's the card:

Merry Christmas Trees