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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, August 24, 2016

Sympathy cards for a chorus member's death

I got some sad news - one of our chorus members, Carol, passed away today after a long illness. While arrangements pend, I went ahead and made some sympathy cards with a musical theme. Carol also directed another chorus for over 40 years so I made a card for that chorus as well as her family. Here are my cards:

Pair of Treble clef sympathy cards
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Solar White, Hero Arts folded cards, Tim Holtz watercolor paper
Stamps - Hero Arts CL342 Everyday Sayings, CL476 With Sympathy (lilies), CG279 Musical Clef
Other - Tim Holtz Texture Paste, Distress Inks and Ribbon, Rays Stencil
May Arts ribbon, Penny Black Dancing Leaves die, gems

One of the songs we sing Internationally is "How We Sang Today" written & arranged by Vicki Uhr, another Sweet Adeline. Some of the lyrics include "I'm glad we laughed, I'm glad we loved, I'm glad we sang - Today". I'm glad I knew and had a chance to sing with Carol! Rest in Peace....

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Needles and more needles!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I'm back with a card I made for Heather's challenge to me this week. She's having computer issues so sent me an email with the challenge details; here's what she wrote:

"Your challenge for this week - "Needles". - You can interpret this any way you want e.g. pine needles, using needles to do sewing, piercing etc."

What a great theme and I have a lot of pine branches from which to choose!! Here's my card:

Peace Love Joy Wreath
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Solar White, the Paper Studio Old World Winter (plaid) and Christmas glitter, Lawn Fawn Peace Joy Love (green plaid), Basic Grey Juniper Berry (red base for the bow's glittery filigree)
Stamps - Hero Arts CL889 Holiday Pine Branches (two styles of branches), CL343 Holiday Sayings (sentiment), 
CL474 Special Wishes (stamped background wreath)
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Candied Apple, Cracked Pistachio, Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles)
Dies - Hero Arts DI147 Pine Branch Frame Cuts, Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes (large stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 (smaller stitched rectangle) & 21 (banner), 
Creative Expressions craft dies CED1408 Classic  and CED 1211 Filigree 3D Itty Bitty Bows

I started out stamping a base wreath with Cracked Pistachio; this wreath is more leafy than piney but I added stamped pines all the way around using one of the small branches from the Holiday Pine Branches clear set. I used Iced Spruce ink for this step. I then die cut the panel into a stitched rectangle. A blob of misplaced ink toward the bottom made me die cut a partial stitched rectangle in the red/green plaid to cover it! Then I stamped and die cut fifteen of the four-pronged branch using Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough and Iced Spruce ink (5 of each). I curled them a bit before popping them onto the base wreath using glue dots. I die cut a classic bow with red paper and a filigree bow with red glitter paper. The filigree by itself looks beautiful but I didn't want to see through any gaps here. Assembled the bow and popped it with a glue dot onto the wreath. Layered the panel onto a larger stitched rectangle and adhered to a top fold A2 card. I die cut a pierced (is that bonus points, Heather?) banner and stamped with the sentiment. Added it to the card with foam tape. Done - another challenge met! Thanks to Heather for throwing it down this week, despite all her computer issues. 

Since this one has peace/joy/love on it (a past Merry Monday challenge), I'm adding it to Lori's Summer Link-up. Won't be long before Merry Monday will be back with new challenges - until then, I hope you've drawn inspiration from ones Heather and I have posted.

Thanks for stopping!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Christmas Word Challenge

I'm back with another challenge to my friend Heather - only one left after this!

Challenge #8 - make a Christmas word the focal point

I really had fun with this one because it was so simple. I die cut the word on the Silhouette. The word was all one cut with the O containing a snowflake but I wanted a more elaborate one. I decided to put a die cut circle and snowflake over the existing O in the design for more contrast. Popped it onto a stitched rectangle and a card - done! Here's the card:

Joy snowflake

Supplies: Paper - the Paper Studio Old World Christmas; Neenah Solar White, the Paper Studio Christmas glitter, card from stash by unknown - I bought them individually at a stamping store in my hometown (I have lots of yummy colors!)
Dies - Silhouette Design ID #110035 Joy Phrase, circle and snowflake dies by unknown,
My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 20 (stitched rectangle)
Other - foam tape

I really liked the green patterned paper - the brocade look of it appealed to me. The snowflake was another one Heather sent me - thanks again, Heather!! It may take me a while but I make use of everything my friends send me.

Merry Monday has used this as a challenge in the past so I'm adding my card to Lori's summer link-up. The Merry-makers will be back in September with more Christmas card challenges. I appreciate them even more for all their hard work each week, after doing these challenges to Heather!! I appreciate Heather thinking up challenges for me this summer too. I can't wait to see what she dreams up for me this week and what she creates with my challenge - whenever she can get to it, no rush!!

Thanks for stopping and enjoy your day!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

More cards with the August 2016 My Monthly Hero kit

Hi all - I had some more time this week to play with the August My Monthly Hero kit (sold out) by Hero Arts. Just love this kit and have been having so much fun with it, plus the add-ons! First up, a simple thank you card:
Fairy merci

Supplies: Stamps - August 2016 My Monthly Hero kit (fairy); CL663 Thanks a Bunch (sentiment)
Paper - Pink pattern from Authentique Promise Collection, Tim Holtz watercolor, and Hero Arts Celadon card
Ink - Ranger Archival (Wendy Vecchi Watering Can); Die - DI320 Floral Border with Frame Fancy Die
Other - Hero Arts and Michael's gems/pearls; Stickles; Distress Markers; foam tape

I stamped and die cut one of the kit's fairy stamps (there are three), then colored her with Distress Markers and a water pen; I added the Star Dust Stickles from the kit to the wings. I die cut the add-on frame from patterned paper and rounded the corners. I adhered the frame to an A2 card and rounded the corners. Stamped the sentiment, added gems/pearls and popped the fairy on with foam tape - done!

Next, a bit more elaborate card for an upcoming birthday:
Happy birthday fairy
Supplies: Stamps - August 2016 My Monthly Hero kit (fairy), DC184 Ribbon Messages 
Paper - Neenah Solar White, black card stock, woodgrain vellum & Tim Holtz watercolor, 
and Hero Arts Designer Floral & Aubergine card
Ink - Tim Holtz Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Dies - DI320 Floral Border with Frame Fancy Die, border & fairy from kit, DC150 Happy Stamp & Cut
Other - Hero Arts and Michael's gems/pearls; Stickles; Distress Markers; foam tape

On this one, I glued the kit's vellum (I called it parchment in a previous post but I see Hero Arts labeled it as vellum) to a piece of black card. Just love the look of this which reminds me of birch bark. I die cut the kit's frame from this panel and backed it with a piece of glittery vellum from a previous kit (January, I think). I glued this to an A2 card and added the happy die cut. Then I die cut a panel of the designer paper in the kit using the add-on frame; I popped it on the card with foam tape. I have a stack of stamped and die cut fairies - this is the third of the three, all so darling! I watered colored this one with Distress Markers too and added the kit's Star Dust Stickles to the wings; popped onto the card with foam tape. I finished the sentiment with a banner stamped with birthday and tucked behind the top die cut. Added some gems - done!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're having a crafty weekend!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cards with the Hero Arts August My Monthly Hero kit

I was excited to find the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit for August (sold out) in my mailbox when I got home from a weekend trip! I was online the second it posted on 8/1, loving the fairy images and birch tree frame die cut. I couldn't resist the wonderful adds-on either, another frame die cut, a stencil and some wonderful Shakespearean and starry night sentiments. I found some time yesterday to make a few cards with some of the supplies. Here's card 1:

Fairy card 1
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Solar White card stock (card base), Tim Holtz watercolor paper, Anchor Paper black card stock, the Paper Studio Christmas glitter paper, woodgrain parchment from the August 2016 My Monthly Hero kit
Inks - Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood,  Faded Jeans, Twisted Citron, & Picket Fence; 
Ranger Archival - Wendy Vecchi's Watering Can
Distress Markers - Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Frayed Burlap, Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose
Stamps - August 2016 My Monthly Hero (fairy), CM106 Shakespearean Poetry (sentiment)
Dies - August 2016 My Monthly Hero (fairy and birch tree border), Hero Arts DI320 Floral Border with Frame Fancy Die
Stencil - Hero Arts SA082 Dreamy Nights
Other - Ranger clear embossing powder; May Arts ribbon, Stickles; Hero Arts gems; foam tape

I stenciled the Dreamy Nights with Picket Fence Distress Ink onto watercolor paper and clear embossed it. I sponged various Distress Inks on the panel and misted with water to blend. Once dry, I stamped the sentiment from one of the add-on clear sets. I adhered the panel to the card base and added the black layer with foam tape (die cut with the border die from the kit). Then I die cut the floral border with frame with the glitter paper and adhered it over the black border. I didn't like the black card left around this frame so I added the woodgrain parchment cut with just the frame.I stamped and watercolored the fairy, then die cut it with the matching die once dry. I popped it onto the card with foam tape and then added the Stickles that came in the kit. A few gems and the ribbon - done! 

Then I got a chorus email that we would honor a member battling cancer that evening. I didn't have much time but managed to make another quick card with the kit. So here's card 2:

Fairy card 2

I die cut the Floral border from a piece of ivory glitter paper and laid it over the card base. It looked fine, in fact I made another card this way (can't share yet since it's in route to the recipient). But I remembered the oval parchment left from the previous card and decided to try it behind the die. It softened the teal of the card base and I really liked the look. Fairy was stamped and die cut with the matching die, then watercolored (only different markers were Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon on her dress). The banner is from Lawn Fawn and the sentiment is from an old Hero Arts clear set. The gem came with the kit.

Thanks for stopping to peek at my first cards with this fabulous kit and add-ons. If you didn't get one, I'm sorry since it sold out quickly. I made another couple cards, one with a fairy and another without; I can see myself making many more cards with these supplies.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Inked Embossing Folder

Hi everyone - I'm back with a card made for Heather's challenge to me this week. She asked for a card using an inked embossing folder. I like this technique and how she spritzed it for her sample card. Here's what I created:

Joy Love Hope Peace tree
Supplies: Paper - Tim Holtz watercolor paper, Neenah Solar White, Anchor Paper black
Distress Inks - Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Black Soot; Distress Marker - Frayed Burlap
Other - Lucky Clover Distress Stain; tinsel twine, Michael's Reflections gems, foam tape
Dies - Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched shapes (stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 20 (scalloped rectangle); Sizzix embossing folder - name unknown

I copied Heather's technique of inking and spritzing my embossing folder. Since I was using the heavily textured side of the watercolor paper, it didn't soak in completely. So I moved the ink around with a water brush, adding where necessary. Then I masked off the tree to spray some Distress Stain which I also spritzed and dried with a heat tool. Yes, I finally got a heat tool - no more hair dryer for my Chemistry 103 homework - LOL. To emphasized the text, I outlined it with a Frayed Burlap marker; I also added some around parts of the tree with a water brush. I die cut the dried panel with a stitched rectangle and adhered it to a scalloped mat, then added the tinsel twine. I popped the panel onto a top fold A2 card with foam tape. If I remember correctly, the tinsel twine was wrapping on a Christmas gift from Heather...thanks again, Heather!

Fun challenge and I like how my card turned out. Thanks for stopping and have a crafty day!!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Frame it for Christmas!

It's time for another challenge to my friend, Heather. We're both adding to our Christmas card stash - no need to rush to fulfill the challenge in the same week it's made! :)

Challenge #7 - Frame It! - use a frame on a Christmas card.

I made a card using this Silhouette design a few years ago and loved it. While I was searching my stash for something else, I found an extra die cut frame - yay! Thought it would be perfect for a challenge to Heather - I know she has many frames from which to choose. Here's my inspiration card:

Snowflake Frame

Supplies: Paper - Michael's Reflections Textured Brights card base (A7); Tim Holtz watercolor paper; pattern paper used to cut the frame - unknown (it has a faint horizontal blue stripe); Authentique Cozy (for sentiment banner)
Dies - Silhouette Design ID #15303 Snowflake Stamp (Hero Arts)
Stamps - Hero Arts CG376 Collage Music Background, CL241 Three Tree Christmas (sentiment)
Ink - Versamark; Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean
Other - 3M washi glitter tape; Stickles; Michael's Reflections clear gems; Ranger White Embossing Powder, foam tape

I stamped the music background in Versamark and white embossed it on watercolor paper. I sponged the various blue inks on it, blending them with water. The Silhouette frame is very detailed and I remember having to size it large enough so I could separate the snowflakes without tearing them. As sized, it needed a 5x7 or larger card base; I used an A7 card and added the washi tape to fill in the left side. After I anchored the frame over the dried music background using foam tape, I thought that this would've made a fun shaker card. LOL - I made this card before Heather's challenge to me last week to do a shaker. Funny huh, I must have been sending her a telepathic message!

Can't wait to see Heather's creation and her next challenge to me! Thanks for stopping!!