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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, August 22, 2015

A Scramble and more Merry Monday cards!!

Happy Saturday, everyone! Janet hosted a Scramble on the Hero Arts Flickr group - her theme: Use a solid and an outline stamp. How fun!! I have plenty of those, in fact - just got a new Hero Arts Stamp and Cut set called Merry. This set will be out on Hero Arts shopping site starting 9/1 (I bought mine at Simon Says Stamp). Here's my card:

Outline Solid Merry - Scramble 116 card 2

The red dotted and bitty green stars were in the same set; the green Merry is stamped, the red one is the matching die. The outline star comes from a Hero Arts clear set called Year Round Sentiments. This was actually card #2 - I started out with this one:

Outline Solid Holly Scramble card 1

I used Hero Arts CL787 Holiday Petals and Leaves. I was inspired by Janet's card featuring a strip of stamping on plain white - it looked very cool, see it here. I first clear embossed the sentiment, then swiped it with Twisted Citron Distress Stain. Dried that and stamped the rest using my MISTI for positioning. The funny part - the light green holly leaves are stamped in Twisted Citron ink - it looks very different from the stain!

Here's a card I made on Thursday with another new Hero Arts set Color Layering Wreath; I also got the matching die set. I do not have the hang of this set yet but here's what I did with it on the first go:

tis the season

I'm just finishing up on my sister's birthday card which I need to get in the mail today. I'd better head out to the PO. Thanks for stopping and happy crafting!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Snowy Trees

Happy, or should I say Merry, Monday! Ahhhh, it's great to have a Monday off and the first thing I did was check out Merry Monday. Debbie's challenge for the next two weeks is to use Light Green, Dark Green, and Red on your card.

I just love the inspiration photo with the colorful M&Ms. Yummy! Well, I had several different ideas running through my mind but ended up white embossing a trio of snowy evergreens and watercoloring them the two shades of green, using Mowed Lawn and Pine Needles Distress Markers. The stamp, Three Tree Christmas, by Hero Arts was from their 2009 release. I just love the sentiment from this set: "May your holidays be filled with happiness and good cheer." I use it on a lot of card interiors. Then I decided to add a Polaroid frame (Simon Says Stamp's Holiday Frames) cut in red for the red element of my card. Behind the "Christmas" is some dotted lime green BoBunny paper. The other patterned papers are also BoBunny from their Christmas Collage 6x6 pad. I cut a stitched circle (by Sizzix) as a base for a snowflake gem. 

Here's my card:
Snowy trees

Now that I look at it, I wish I had placed the polaroid up a bit further up on the card - oh well... I was happy with the watercoloring, though - I thought the Hickory Smoke Distress ink made a lovely shadow and I used Tumbled Glass for the sky.

Be sure to check out all the merry inspiration using Light Green, Dark Green, and Red over on Merry Monday - the DT over there rocks it every time!! By finding Merry Monday, I'm now at 54 Christmas cards! Really feels good to be ahead of the game!!

Thanks for stopping and have a crafty week!

Monday, August 3, 2015

A Pastel Christmas

Happy Monday everyone! It's time for pastel colors over on Merry Monday for the next two weeks. Deanne likes her non-traditional colors and there are plenty of pastel Christmas papers out there. One of them is from Lawn Fawn - Peace Joy Love. I had the stamp set and just found the paper at this fun stamping store in my hometown. I also bought a couple other 6x6 Lawn Fawn paper pads (Let's Polka & Beachside) so I used all three for my card. The guest DT this week is Vicki  who had another post recently sharing a card using a sketch at La-La Land Crafts. It's for a square card but I modified it a bit for an A2 card. Here's my card:

Happy holidays pastel

The card base is stamped with Falling Snow by Simon Says Stamp. I stamped it from the top and then reversed the card and stamped again to fill the bottom using Hero Arts Soft Pool Shadow Ink. On the sentiment (from a Hero Arts clear set called Family and Friends) I tried to create a bit of a shadow with the same soft pool ink. It's a little further off than I would've liked - oh well.... The poinsettias are by Hero Arts but I've had them a while and don't see them in their current line. I added an enamel dot to the center from Doodlebug; the pool gem and pearl are from Hero Arts. 

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

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Personal Scramble Challenge

Happy Saturday everyone! We might've had a Scramble at the Hero Arts Flickr group today except Dasa had to do hers early. See my offering from that event here. Since it'll be a while until the next Scramble (90 minute events) in a couple weeks, I decided to throw out a challenge for a "personal" Scramble. Go here for the details; you have until 7/28/15 at 11:59 PDT to play along if you're a member there.

I really love to have personal Scrambles and do it fairly often. I usually set the timer on my stove for 60 minutes and try to get my card done within that time. If the timer goes off and I'm not done, I set another 10 minutes, then another 10 and a final 10, but I'd better be done soon after setting it that last time!! My goodness, 10 minutes goes fast while crafting!!

For a personal Scramble, you set your own theme; the host sets the theme for the scheduled group Scrambles. Today I decided my theme would be to use a background stamp and a sketch. I received an online order recently containing Hero Arts Drippy Lines Bold Prints cling stamp - love it but hadn't used it yet. Earlier in July I spotted this Hero Arts Blog post by Kelly with a fun sketch I wanted to try. Here's my card:

Birthday friend

I started my Scramble at 12:43pm. I stamped and white embossed the background stamp on a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper, then applied Distress Stains (Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry and Wild Honey) and some Hero Arts Pale Tomato Dauber ink. Edged the panel with some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink - love this color!! Then I cut the zig-zag circle window and laid the panel in place on my card base to line up the Happy Birthday using my MISTI. Stamped and white embossed the Happy Birthday, then used foam to adhere the watercolored panel to the card base. Then I stamped the rest of the sentiment (it's a single line - from a clear set by Hero Arts called All Occasion Messages - but I've cut it in two pieces) onto a banner. Then I stamped and die cut the flower using the Flowers Stamp & Cut set by Hero Arts. I stamped and hand cut the leaves. Both were stamped on BoBunny patterned paper from the Garden Journal 6x6 paper pad. I added some Abandoned Coral to the flower and Twisted Citron to the Leaves so they matched my color scheme better. Added some pearls/gem - done! 1:38pm - woo hoo - less than 60 minutes. I had enough time in my 90 minutes to photograph and upload my card (which is normally required during a group Scramble). Then I came here to blog about it.

Hope you're having a crafty day! Stop by and play at the Hero Arts Flickr Group if you get the chance.

Thanks for stopping!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Merry Monday - Hearts!!

Hey everyone - Merry Monday announced a new challenge this morning - yay! This'll be another two week challenge and this time Bonnie asks us to use a heart or hearts on our Christmas card. As a Valentine baby, I love anything with hearts on it so this challenge is right up my alley!! I decided to treat my card making today like I would a Scramble on the Hero Arts Flickr Group - 90 minutes to design, create, photograph and upload your card. It really stimulates creativity, plus you don't get to agonize on what goes where.

I was amazed that I actually finished this within my time limit, including finding the supplies! The only thing my time frame didn't include was blogging about it. LOL! Here's my card:

Supplies: Hero Arts layering paper, Neenah cardstock, Lawn Fawn stamps, Copics, Stickles,
Liquid Applique,Foam Tape,  patterned paper, Inks: Pine Needles & Barn Door Distress & Memento Tuxedo Black

I used my MISTI to plan this card. Beginning with a piece of patterned paper (sorry - can't remember whose), I stamped the Be Merry border from Lawn Fawn's PEACE JOY LOVE along the left edge, then I arranged the peace, joy and love and stamped them after blotting off the bitty heart that is above the joy on the stamp. I did this because I wanted to use the big heart from the set which I stamped in red. Then I stamped the branch from WINTER SPARROWS (which I always call Season's Tweetings - because of the sentiment, I guess) under the peace and added a heart to it and another heart to the love. My branch looked a bit thin so I embellished it with some Copics - looks a bit funny in the photo but just fine IRL. Then I stamped and die cut (gotta love matching dies) the three little sparrows and colored them with Copics. Added some liquid applique to the joy bird's hat. Popped the birds up with foam tape - done! Whew - 90 minutes flew by this time - usually I'm done with my card in about 45 minutes for a Scramble and I spend the rest of the time blogging my card and commenting on the other participants' cards. If I were really doing a Scramble, I wouldn't attempt something this complex, that's for sure!

Well, my blogging time is done - I'm off to practice chorus music. Talk about Christmas in July - we're working on music for a Christmas show coming up in December! It'll be great fun but it's rather odd to be singing "Mary Had a Baby" when it's 80 degrees!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Scramble time - so soon?

Second post of the day - can you believe it? Anyway, we normally have Scrambles at the Hero Arts Flickr Group about every two weeks, but today we have an early one. Our hostess, Dasa, couldn't do it next weekend so challenged us today instead. Her theme - Wedding Cards - and what a fun one it was, even though I just finished a wedding card yesterday and posted it earlier today!! Here's my card:

happily ever after
Supplies: Hero Arts stamp set Best Wishes, Little Yellow Bicycle paper, Copics, Spellbinders dies,
heart charm, Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, clear embossing powder, May Arts ribbon, gems

I wasted some of my precious 90 minutes of Scramble time looking for a different wedding stamp set but ended up reaching for one I used yesterday - Hero Arts CL360 Best Wishes. I had a scrap of the great Little Yellow Bicycle "Wedding March" paper left over too. It's two-sided paper so I used the other side called "Elopement" for the larger scalloped oval. What took the longest? Opening the packaging to get at that heart charm!! I bought them in Walmart's jewelry-making department the other day, thinking they'd be cute on a card. What do you think?

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! It is a gorgeous day here in Minnesota - blue skies, a soft breeze, not too hot (78F)  - I love it! And I still have time to enjoy it!! Thanks for stopping by!!

Wedding Couple

Happy Sunday! I've been making so many penguin Christmas cards, it almost felt funny making something else!! Well, I need a wedding card for my cousin Ryan and his bride Katie. They married in June at a destination wedding in Florida with a small group. The rest of us will celebrate at a family and friends event later this summer. So here's my card:

Wedding couple

Supplies: DCWV shimmer cardstock, Bazzill Bling cardstock, Little Yellow Bicycle paper, 
Tattered Lace "Couple" die, Hero Arts - Best Wishes stamp set, May Arts ribbon

I went shopping at Anchor Paper Express in Roseville MN (a fave place to visit) yesterday and found this fabulous Wedding March 12x12 paper from LYB; it's a heavy weight, high quality paper - perfect for my wedding card. Also bought the May Arts metallic mesh ribbon there too - Anchor carries a huge supply of May Arts and I rarely leave without a few yards of something! The Couple die was a find at that stamping expo a few weeks ago - I cut it using Bazzill Bling cardstock. The sentiment is from a fun Hero Arts clear set called Best Wishes. And here's the inside:

Wedding Congrats inside

I used the left 4" of the Wedding March paper and stamped the sentiment from the same Hero Arts set. The champagne glasses and hearts are from the set too. You can see a bit of my MISTI along the border - love, love, love this tool and I find myself using it as a work surface too - I bought a couple pads of Simon Says Stamp grid paper to protect the MISTI foam lining and it really helps with lining things up (even though this photo's a bit crooked).

Anyway, I'm all set for the festivities! Thanks for stopping by!!