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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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

More Christmas Critters

Hi all - I'm back with a couple more cards for Heather's challenge to have an animal on your Christmas card. I'm supposed to be making non-holiday cards today but I couldn't resist making a few more critter cards. On card 1, I used a darling kitty from a Sunny Studios set; on card 2, I used a sweet fox from Art Impressions I got for free at a stamp expo last year. Here are the cards:

Merry Christmas cat

Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts pool card; Neenah Solar White; Lawn Fawn "Let's Bokeh in the Snow" 6x6 pad
Dies - Simon Says Stamp Holiday Frames; Spellbinders Holiday Greetings (2 medium snowflakes, layered)
Stamps - Sunny Studio "Santa's Helpers"; My Daily Bread Snowflake Background
Other - Copic Markers; Glossy Accents; Lemon Stickles; Michael's Reflections gem; Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink; foam tape

Merry Christmas fox
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts grenadine card; Neenah Solar White; Michaels Yellow & Black; Paper Studio Old World Winter
Stamps - Hero Arts CL465 Tree-mendous; CL343 Holiday Sayings; Art Impressions Unmounted Freebie Fox CHA2015
Dies - Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes (star); My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 (stitched rectangle) & Double Stitched Rectangles
Ink - Distress Inks Twisted Citron and Pine Needles; Other - Copic Markers; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Liquid Applique; foam tape

Hope you're having a crafty day! See this week's challenge to Heather here. I'm off to make the card I need to mail today. Thanks for stopping!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Furry Christmas

Hi all - my friend Heather has challenged me to make an animal Christmas card this week! How fun is that?! I'm an animal lover and have had many pets over the years, mainly cats. So, I knew my card had to have a cat on it! I picked this darling furry trio image that Heather sent me - thanks, Heather! Here's my card:

Warm Wishes Furry Christmas gate closed
Supplies: Stamps - Simon Says Stamp "Furry Christmas"; Hero Arts with Studio Calico 331232 "Spread Joy"
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20 (stitched rectangle) & 28 (banner); Penny Black gothic gate 51-146; 
Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes (largest stitched rectangle)
Paper - Authentique "Cozy"; kraft and blue cardstock from stash by unknown
Distress Stains - Tarnished Brass; Distress inks Frayed Burlap & Black Soot

Here's a view with the gate folded open:
Warm Wishes gate open

I die cut the blue stitched rectangle and then die cut the gate into it. I masked off all but the gate and painted the gate with the brass stain. Once dry, I popped this piece with foam tape over the white stamped panel I had colored with Copics. The speech bubble was stamped separately (Heather sent me a few on a sheet) so I fussy cut it and popped it with foam tape by the pets. I adhered this all to the woodgrain panel I had die cut with the larger stitched rectangle and put it on a A2 top fold kraft card. Die cut and stamped the sentiment banner - done!

I'm adding this to Lori's Summer Link-up over on Merry Monday, the place to go for inspiration to get your Christmas card stash ready. Merry Monday will be back to challenge us in September, meanwhile I hope you're finding inspiration from Heather's and my challenges!

If you didn't see my challenge to Heather yesterday, find it here - it's emboss/resist and I had fun with it! I look forward to seeing what Heather creates! Thanks for stopping and I hope you're having a crafty week!!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Another Christmas in July Challenge - Emboss/Resist Technique

Time for another Christmas in July Challenge to my friend Heather (and anyone else playing along).

Challenge #4 - use the Emboss/Resist Technique on your Christmas card

A couple weeks ago, Heather made a delightful blue snowflake card with dry embossing. I was inspired to create a similar card using a stamp & the emboss/resist technique. I made a couple emboss/resist panels and put them on two different colors of card base. Here are the cards:

    Snowflake Happy Holidays  Happy Holidays snowflakes 2
Supplies: Stamps - Urban Stamps "Snowflake Lace"; Hero Arts CL803 Family & Friends (sentiment)
Dies - Spellbinders Holiday Greetings (smallest snowflake); MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 20 (stitched rectangle & banner)
Paper - Anchor Paper purple card; Hero Arts Azure layering paper; Neenah Solar White card stock
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, & Wilted Violet; Perfect Medium
Embossing Powder - Detail White by Stampendous; Icy Stickles, Hero Arts Floral mixed accents (gem)

I found this gorgeous snowflake background on a recent visit to CF Stamps while traveling to visit my parents. After stamping the snowflakes with Perfect Medium and heat embossing it with the Detail White powder, I sponged it with the three Distress Inks. Then I die cut the panel with the stitched rectangle, adhered it to a blue mat and onto the card base. I love how changing the position of the die changed the look between the two cards! I die cut the banner, then stamped the sentiment on it using my mini-MISTI. I applied Stickles to one snowflake, plus a gem; to the other I added a sticker snowflake (Hobby Lobby) that already had a gem on it. Although purple is my favorite color, I rather like the aqua version better.

I'm eager to see Heather's beautiful creation and I can't wait to see what she's cooked up for me this week!!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

One more one-layer Christmas card and a sympathy card

Back with another version of my challenge card to Heather earlier this week. She did any amazing job with the challenge - see her card and tag here!!

Yesterday I went to an all day workshop with our Region of Sweet Adelines International - so inspiring with an amazing guest clinician, Tori Postma! I came home and relaxed a bit with another Hallmark movie but still had some energy from the exciting day. I spotted the stamp set I used on Monday's challenge and I couldn't resist trying another one-layer. This time it was a true one-layer as all the inking was with inks that don't bleed through the paper. Here's my card:

Seasons Greetings one layer

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts CL796 Peace Poinsettias; CG222 Music Background
Paper - Neenah Solar White; Other - Bronze Distress Stain; Mustard Seed Stickles
Inks - Distress Inks - Candied Apple, Spun Sugar, Fired Brick, Twisted Citron, Black Soot; Memento Tuxedo Black

I decided to use the solid poinsettia image with Distress Inks and then stamped the outline over top - so easy with MISTI! Then I sponged Distress Inks around the flower, masked it, and stamped the background. I used bronze Distress Stain mixed with a bit of water for some splatters - quite a nice shimmer, even if some of the splatters got a bit splotchy. Some Stickles for the flower center and some shading around the card edge - done! The colors really are this vibrant and I ended up loving how it turned out.

So - another Christmas card added to the stash! Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the next challenge to Heather - I made a couple of versions of the inspiration card. I can't wait to see what she has in store for me!

I learned some sad news - a former coworker passed away on Friday. I retired from work almost four months ago but Colleen was still working for another year. I was shocked and saddened to learn that she won't be enjoying the fruits of all her years of hard work with a blissful retirement. I made this card for her family:

With sympathy butterfly

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black Pastoral; Hero Arts CL574 Say it All; Dies - Xcuts 3D Butterfly; MFT Blueprints 20
Inks - Distress Inks - Seedless Preserves, Frayed Burlap
Paper: Hero Arts Aubergine; Neenah Solar White; DCWV glitter paper

I hope the card brings some comfort. Thanks to Heather for sending the yummy butterfly die I used and thanks for stopping!!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Merry Elephant

Happy Friday - I'm back with another card for Heather's challenge to me this week. Challenge is to use a non-Christmas stamp for your Christmas card. As I was flipping through my stamps sets on Monday, I considered using the elephant in the sweet Avery Elle "Ellie" set but moved on to make a chair card (see it here). Every time I passed my crafty space this week, I was drawn to that elephant image. Here's what I created with it today:

Merry elephant
Supplies: Stamps: Hero Arts G5805 Shari's Tree No. 3; CL802 Christmas Crystals (sentiment);
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection CMS237 Crazy Things (present & Santa hat); Avery Elle ST-15-09 Ellie
Paper - Neenah Solar White; Hero Arts Azure; Authentique Cozy 6x6
Copic Markers; Fired Brick Distress Ink
Dies: My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20 & Double-Stitched Rectangles; 
Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes (star & large rectangle)

I started by stamping the Santa hat, masked it and then stamped the elephant, masked him and then stamped the present. Colored the final image with Copic markers and fussy cut it. Popped it with foam tape on the layered rectangles. I stamped the tree on the pale blue rectangle and colored with Copics. Unfortunately the Authentique paper wasn't Copic friendly so there was a bit of bleeding but I was fine with it.

While I was at it, I made a few more chair cards. I used Authentique Cozy papers on these and the sentiment is from Hero Arts/Studio Calico clear set 331232 Spread Joy. Otherwise the supplies were as shown on my other chair card.

Warm wishes chairs

I like these versions but still like the original the best. I challenged Heather to make a one-layer card. See my sample card here. Can't wait to see what she creates!

Thanks for stopping!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Heather's Challenge 3 - Use a non-Christmas image

Hello everyone! My friend Heather threw a curve ball today in our little summer of Christmas challenges! She challenged me to use a non-Christmas image as the focal point to a Christmas card. Hmmmm - what to do?....

We often do Scrambles (timed challenges) on the Hero Arts Flickr Group. I've learned to grab what's near and go with it. Today I had a stack of non-Christmas stuff still sitting around from Kathy's 30-day Coloring Challenge and I found a fun retired Hero Arts set I thought would be perfect. The set features chairs and other living room furniture and the biggest chair reminded me of a Santa chair! Can you tell I've been watching too many Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel this month?! Here's my card:

Christmas chair
Supplies: All Stamps by Hero Arts - CL480 Wish You Were Here (chair); CL368 Create Your Own Snowman (Santa hat); CL906 Color Layering Dimensional Bird (sentiment)
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Black Soot, Fired Brick)
Paper - Hero Arts Punch Layering Paper; Authentique Festive 6x6 paper pad
Other: Copic Markers
Dies: My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints20 & Double Stitched Rectangles

Thanks for the super fun challenge, Heather! See my challenge to her from earlier today (sorry for two posts in one day!!). Have a crafty week!!

Christmas in July Challenge 3 - One layer card

Wow - it's time for Christmas Challenge #3 to my friend Heather already! We are adding to our Christmas card stash this summer by challenging each other to make various themed Christmas cards.

Challenge 3 - Create a one layer Christmas card

Here's my card:

Winter Wishes poinsettia
Supplies: Stamps (all Hero Arts) - CG222 Music Background; CL796 Peace Poinsettias; DC113 Let it Snow Stamp&Cut. Retired from Hero Arts' shop but all available at Simon Says Stamp and probably other sites. 
Other - Copics; Stickles; Distress Inks; Distress Paints; Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Cut a 4.25x5.5 white panel.
Stamp the poinsettia with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
Mask the flower and stamp the leaves (same ink). Using the MISTI made it so easy!!
Mask the flower and leaves, then stamp the musical background with Twisted Citron Distress Ink.
Once dry, sponge the background with Old Paper Distress Ink.
Add splatters of Picket Fence Distress Paint (I blotted any large splatters into blotches).
Remove mask & dry panel thoroughly (I left mine overnight).
Stamp the sentiment with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Color the flower and leaves with Copic markers of choice.
Ink the panel edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Add Stickles to flower berries.
Adhere panel to an A2 top folding card base; I didn't stamp directly onto a card base since I knew I'd need to cover up the Copic bleed through - is that cheating for a one-layer? So be it!

Merry Monday had a one-layer challenge earlier this year and I hated my card! I'm hoping I redeemed myself with this one and am adding it to Lori's summer link up. The Merry Makers will be back with new challenges in September.

Hope Heather (and anyone else who wants to play) enjoys this challenge. Happy crafting and thanks for visiting!