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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.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

CAS Christmas Challenge - Ornament

Popping in with a quick entry to Bonnie's challenge over at the CAS Christmas Card Challenge. I'm supposed to be getting ready for our Regional Sweet Adelines contest this weekend. Instead, I worked on my ornament card - oh well.... Here's my card:

Supplies - Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Paper Studio glitter;
Poptone Black Licorice; scrap of red; Tim Holtz kraft metallic
Elizabeth Craft Designs Ornament Set 2 (retired);
My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 26 - bow
Stamps - Hero Arts CL727 Lisa's Mix & Match Messages - hanger (retired)
Other - Xmas Red Stickles; Joy! Crafts 1.5mm foam

 I met Bonnie (Stamping with Klass) online when she was a Designer over at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge - just love her style!! Also love Christmas ornaments and have quite a collection (stamps, dies, and real ones!). Just had to play along with Bonnie's challenge even though CAS is not my usual style. Today I used yet a neglected ornament die along with a new Poppystamps frame die set. I bought the frame set on Tuesday and used it right away (can you believe it?). I cut the largest frame in both white and black - the black one called to me when I was planning my ornament card.

Ever have one of those days where things go wonky time after time? Well, I was having one of those days yesterday! I already adhered my frame to a white card and then decided to stamp the hanger for the ornament - bad idea! Should've masked the white above the frame - some ink, even though I had wiped it off, got on it!! So, I carefully peeled off the frame and put it aside while I masked a new card where I didn't want the hanger, then stamped the hanger and sentiment, and THEN added the frame. Worked much better that way! I had to wait til this morning to finish my card because I wanted to inlay some glitter paper into the ornament outline. The paper was a bit shabby so I added Stickles which needed to dry. Better to get a photo of my card in the morning light anyway. I read on Bonnie's blog here that Poppystamps has a frame challenge so I'm entering my card there too!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Merry Monday #286 - Favorite Christmas Verse

Hi all - over at Merry Monday this week, Sue hosts Challenge #286
She'd like to see your favorite Christmas verse on a card.

Wow - this was indeed a challenge for me! Do I even have a favorite Christmas verse?! Definitely couldn't find a good one among my crafty supplies. Luckily I found a clear stamp set at Michael's with a couple of sweet little poems I liked - on sale too - bonus! I decided to use the "From Home to Home" verse since I had a die with a house on it. From there, my design came together quickly.

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; BoBunny Altitude 6x6
Stamp on It cover weight shimmer vellum
Verse Stamp - Recollections Snow Inspiration
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 (retired) & 13
Memory Box Countryside Circle; Lawn Fawn Mini Snowflakes
Other - Icy Stickles; Foam tape; Stormy Sky Distress Ink

So - funny story about the verse stamp. The quality isn't as good as the US made stamps I usually buy. When I got it out and stamped a test image, some of the lines didn't look even with the rest of them. The word Christmas especially looked wonky. This lead me to do surgery on the stamp, carefully trimming lines away and stamping them separately. Isn't perfect but better than it was as one image!! From a diecut panel I didn't like, I ended up cutting off a house to pop up with foam tape. The sentiment says "from home to home" after all, so I needed two houses :) Decided there was too much open blue space in the half circle so I added two sizes of the mini snowflakes. A sparkly roof on each house - done!!

Thanks for stopping and I hope you'll have a chance to play along with us this week. See all the fabulous creations of the Design Team, plus challenge details HERE. Enjoy!!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Merry Monday #285 - Add Ribbon!

Merry Monday everyone! Nina hosts Challenge #285 and would like to see ribbon on our Christmas cards.

What a pretty wrapped package in the inspiration photo! I always envy people who create such lovely gift wrap!! At least I can tie a halfway decent bow - if I do say so myself.....

Supplies: Paper - DCWV A2 dark brown card; BoBunny Merry & Bright 6x6 pad
Stamp - Hero Arts DI037 Christmas Ornaments Stamp & Cut (retired)
Dies - Lifestyle Crafts gingerbread people (retired); My Favorite Things Blueprints 13
Hero Arts DI199 Nesting Circle Infinity Dies
Other - Silhouette ID 245242 Love You Card; Hero Arts Red Royal ink
May Arts ribbon & twine; foam tape

I started out playing around with ribbon weaving but that idea didn't pan out. I had the gingham ribbon in the pile of ribbons I was trying to weave and decided to tie a bow on my card. I also had a pile of gingerbread people from some past cards. They ended up being dangled from twine along with a heart left over from Valentine's Day and an ornament attached with a regular staple. Sorta crazy but I like how it turned out. I had a grey ornament laying on the counter but it didn't look right so I went though my stash and found this ornament from 2012. The sentiment appears right in the ornament oval - perfect stamped in red to match the heart. Decided to put the entire ribbon dangle atop a banner over a stitched rectangle (both from MFT's Blueprints 13). I used the teeny circle die from the fabulous Hero Arts set to die cut the hole in my dangles.

Thanks for stopping and be sure to check out all the Design Team cards and challenge details HERE. Can't wait to see your Christmas card featuring ribbon!!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Merry Monday #284 - Colors Red & White

Merry Monday everyone! Marcia has a red and white color scheme for Challenge #284 this week.

Such a pretty color combo and I love her inspiration photo with all the red ornaments! I decided to go with white snowflakes though, using a fun frame die set for the first time.

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Paper Studio red
Dies - Spellbinders Snowflake Snippets
Sentiment Stamp - Hero Arts CL454 Sending Holiday Cheer (retired)
Snowflake Embossing Folder by Darice
Other - Foam Tape, Darice sequins, 
DCWV clear gemstones, Hero Arts Red Royal ink

The sentiment looks washed out in the photo but it's really as deep a red as the backing to the snowflakes. The lower right snowflake panel is about the truest for the real life red - a rich cherry. The die cuts are a bit of a pain to glue - probably should've used Stick-it! And, of course, I got some glue on the red where I didn't want it - covered that boo-boo up with a sequin :) I arranged the pieces on a white panel embossed with snowflakes & adhered it to a top fold white A2 card. The die set contains 2 other squares - 1" & 2" with different snowflake designs. I'll have to try them next time!

Please click HERE to see all the wonderful inspiration from the Merry Monday Design Team & the challenge details, including the link-up for your creation. Can't wait to see your red and white card!

Thanks for stopping and have a crafty week!!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Wishes!

Happy Easter everyone! Thought I'd pop in for a quick post after spending a few days with my parents. I made my dad's favorite meatloaf for Easter dinner and everyone got a little Easter basket with yummy candies. My favorites were the caramel filled bunnies - yum!! Anyway - besides the Twofer Challenge cards here and here that included Easter cards, I made 5 other cards. First, a card for my friend Heather and her family - she assured me it arrived safely - yay!

Supplies: Paper - DCWV green A2 card; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Lawn Fawn plaid & watercolor
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 13, 20 (retired) & clouds (retired)
Stamps - Your Next Stamp Hey Chickie; Sunny Studio A Good Egg
Other - foam tape; 3M washi tape; Copic Markers; Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink

I love the LF plaid papers and have them in many colors! Really like how they look with the crisp white scalloped mat. The little ceramic bunny and egg in the photo were made for me years ago by a friend; I bring them out every Easter along with a ceramic basket and more eggs - so sweet!

Now for the rest of my Easter cards - I squeezed them into one photo to save time. One of them was similar to the card I sent Heather but simpler without the scalloped layer.

Supplies: Paper - DCWV green  & lilac A2 cards; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Lawn Fawn plaid & watercolor; Stamp on It pre cut window card;
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 13, 20 (retired) & clouds (retired)
Stamps - Your Next Stamp Hey Chickie; Sunny Studio A Good Egg
Other - foam tape; 3M washi tape; Copic Markers; Hero Arts green ink
Mermaid Lagoon & Wilted Violet Distress Inks; Hobby Lobby bunny sticker

I made the butterfly on the Spring card using more bits of the tulip die from my Twofer cards. Used a MFT butterfly body and put an orange backing on it. Just love the bunny sticker from Hobby Lobby - came in a set of 4 and I bought several. Didn't get anything made for Cards for Hospitalized Kids this year but I'll use some bunnies on CFHK cards next year. The Happy Easter and label on the bunny card are both ancient Hero Arts items, long retired.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll check back tomorrow when I share a card for the new Merry Monday Christmas Challenge! Meantime, don't eat too much Easter candy!!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Merry Monday #283 - Puppy Time!

Whoo hoo - time for Leanne's Challenge #283 at Merry Monday. She would like to see a puppy on our Christmas cards this week. Isn't the little white pup in the inspiration photo the sweetest?!

I've put a dog image on various cards but never a puppy on a Christmas card. I found the perfect pup on a Stamp & Cut set by Hero Arts.

Supplies: Paper - BoBunny Merry & Bright 6x6, scrap of Authentique yellow
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Poptone Red Pepper & Green Apple
DCWV Ms Sparkle green card
Stamps - Hero Arts DC220 Fluffy Stockings Stamp & Cut
CL907 Color Layering Wreath (sentiment)
Dies - Hero Arts DI337 Nesting Infinity Oval Dies
My Favorite Thing Blueprints 13, 26 & 23 (retired)
Other - Copic Markers, foam tape, Hero Arts Red Royal ink; red nail head

I love Hero Arts Stamp & Cut sets - they're in the 200s of releases now. I don't have them all but I managed to pick up a few new Christmas sets from last year's catalog. The Fluffy Stockings set has both a puppy and a kitten in stockings - so adorable!! The puppy reminded me of the one in the inspiration photo. I colored him with Copics and decided to feature him on an oval,.rather than try to do a fireplace with mantle. The sentiment came from a Hero Arts set I used a couple weeks ago on this card which included my pup's daddy - LOL. What do you think of the yellow scalloped border? It matches the yellow snowflakes in the paper perfectly so I couldn't resist it.

Hope you have a chance to play along with us this week - can't wait to see your puppy creations! Check out all the sweet Design Team cards, along with challenge details HERE. Thanks for stopping!!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Take Two for the Blossom Twofer Challenge

Post #2 for today - crazy huh? Anyway - earlier I played along with the Twofer Card Challenge that ends today and used a tulip die. It screamed the need to be inlaid for a stained glass look. After I finished my first blossom twofer and blogged it, I got to work on the stained glass piece. I had some outline pieces left over and suddenly had an idea for another card. Thus another twofer was born and I finished before the deadline - woo hoo!!

Hopefully the photo isn't too nasty - it's full dark here now and I did the best I could without a light box....

Supplies: Paper - Poptone Snowcone card; DCWV shimmer green A2 card;
Lawn Fawn Spring Perfectly Plaid; Michaels orange/yellow/green
Stamp on It! shimmer blue vellum; Paper Studio glitter
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 13
Die-Namite Tulip Trio (retired?)
Spellbinders Back to Basics Tags (retired)
Hero Arts January 2018 My Monthly Hero (corner flourishes)
Stamps - Lawn Fawn Eggstra Special Easter
Other - foam tape; May Arts ribbon; Hero Arts sequins

I cut the tulips four times - used the black outline with yellow, orange and green pieces inlaid. Snipping off parts of the orange and green outlines, I had what became wings for the fairy. Poppystamps sent me the fairy on the right as a sample - thanks much!! She arrived with a detached set of white wings which I saved for a future project. Still need a few more Easter cards but was delighted to get two done today, along with two birthday cards.

Thanks for stopping and I'd better head off to comment on some more of the Twofer gallery. Nite!