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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, February 18, 2017

Rainy background for a Scramble

Hi all - there's a Scramble happening at the Hero Arts Flickr group - 90 minutes to create and upload a card based on the presented theme. Sometimes the host allows us to pick any 90 minutes during a 24 hr period and that's what LaVon did. So if you're interested, hop on over to her post for the details - just need to be done by 11am CST on 2/19/17. In fact, I may go back in for a second 90 minutes before the end time!

LaVon's theme - create a background - perfect! She offered three inspiration examples - an emboss/resist, stamping over a blended ink, and a background created of stamped mini images. I decided to go with a stenciled background, having just received the February 2017 My Monthly Hero kit on Wednesday (see my previous post with it here). The kit included some cloud masks with the stencil, a stamp set with a sweet little girl holding an umbrella and a perfect sentiment, and much more! I started with two of the cloud masks, inking around them on a die cut rectangle using the kit's blue ink and sponge. Then I used the stencil and some Stormy Sky Distress ink to add the falling rain and some shadows on just the edge of the clouds. Finally, I lightly inked some Stormy Sky clouds and a ground with Black Soot and Stormy Sky using the stencil. I die cut the girl with umbrella using the matching die, then stamped using the MISTI - perfect alignment that way! Colored her with some yellow and orange Copics. Here's the card:

Dance in Rain
Supplies - February 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit; Neenah Solar White card stock; Copics; foam tape
My Favorite Things Blueprints 21 (pierced rectangle); Distress Inks; Memento Tuxedo Black ink

I considered adding some Glossy Accents to the rain drops but, knowing me, I would've mess them up so left it simple. Thanks for stopping and hope you're having a great day!!

St Paddy's Day Cards for Hospitalized Kids

Hi all - back with St Patrick's Day cards I made for Cards for Hospitalized Kids. I first learned of this charity in January and was told they needed more cards for non-Christmas holidays. I mailed them 40 Valentines back in January and thought I'd try to put together a package for St Paddy's Day. My goal was 10 cards but I managed to put 20 cards in the mail today. They like to receive cards at least 2 weeks before the holiday so I'm in plenty of time. Here's a group photo:

St Patricks Day cards
Supplies: Authentique papers - Charmed and Emerald 6x6 pads; Hero Arts layering paper (for card bases)
Silhouette ID 74993 Open Shamrock with Hearts by Jamie Cripps (I just used the solid layer)
Stamp - Hero Arts CL498 Celebrate Every Day (sentiment); JoAnn foam stickers; Marvy gel pen; Lucky Clover Distress Ink

After die cutting the shamrocks I stamped the sentiment & added either dots or faux stitches with a white gel pen. The inside of the cards said "unique & amazing - You're the best" along with a leprechaun top hat and a shamrock from 3 different Hero Arts sets. I set up the inside on my MISTI and quickly did the 20 insides.

I enjoy spending some of my retirement days creating cards that will bring joy to kids and I love seeing photos on the website of their smiles when receiving the cards. Now I'm thinking - what can I do for Easter?!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you're enjoying your weekend!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cat in Window with My Monthly Hero

Hi all - I was excited to find the February My Monthly Hero kit (already sold out), plus some add-ons, in my mailbox tonight! But where to start, there is so much goodness in this kit!!

► 1 4×6″ clear stamp set
► 20 coordinating dies
► 1 coordinating stencil, with several cutouts included
► 1 Soft Sky ink cube
► 1 sponge for daubing
► 2 thin rolls of glitter washi tape in blue and silver
► 1 skein silver embroidery thread
► Vellum in blue and patterned white

The stamp set has darling cloud, umbrella and rain images, along with matching dies plus more. I fell in love with the window die and thought it would be perfect paired with the cat & moon dies. I needed a thank you card for my brother and sister-in-law for treating me to dinner on my birthday. Here's my card:

thanks cat
Supplies: February 2017 My Monthly Hero kit (window, cat, & moon dies)
Hero Arts Cerulean and Latte layering paper; Neenah Solar White and scrap of black and patterned
Stamp - Hero Arts CL663 Thanks a Bunch; Other - foam tape (behind cat)

I can't resist including a photo I took of their cat who just spent over a week with me during their vacation. Misty loves to lay on this bench my dad made me - don't ask me why. She went home with them last night after my birthday dinner - I miss her already!

Misty

Misty was a great "helper" while I made cards during her visit. She especially loved chewing on the edge of a Neenah envelope box - I finally had to empty it and give it to her as a toy!

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Valentines

I had a wonderful birthday, starting with a Singing Valentine to a Middle School teacher. Many Sweet Adelines and Barbershop Harmony Society choruses do Singing Valentines as a fund-raiser and City of Lakes Chorus is no exception. It's a lot of fun to see the different reactions of the recipients. Today I was singing with Karla, Shirley and Bonnie. The cupcake in the photo was from Karla. I made the card using an Xcut embossing folder I got from my friend Heather (love it - thanks again, Heather!). Here we are doing a Valentine for Karla's daughter Kenzie, sent from her boyfriend serving in Kuwait.

Singing Valentine
L to R - me, Bonnie, Kenzie, Shirley, Karla

Kenzie was in the middle of a class at St Catherine's University but the professor knew we were visiting, as did a bunch in administration. We usually gathered a crowd of bystanders wherever we went. Fun story about the costume - Karla and I decided to wear the red chorus jackets half the chorus, including Karla and Bonnie wore. Shirley and I wore blue jackets for chorus so we borrowed red. Well, I forgot to put Bonnie's name on the email, then we neglected to talk about costumes at Monday night's chorus rehearsal. Long story short, Bonnie wore whatever red she had - we decided she looked perfect in her vest! I also did two Valentines on Saturday with Cindy, Ellen, and Mary. We surprised Dan, the husband of a chorus friend, at a church retreat. Then we sang for a young couple at a St Paul restaurant - so adorable! And we all managed to wear the red jacket but each of us embellished to our own style (mine, the minimalist - LOL).

Singing Valentine for Dan
L to R - me, Ellen, Dan, Mary, Cindy

Tonight I had dinner at Applebee's with my brother and his wife. They'd been on a cruise and I took care of their cat Misty. She went home with them which makes me sad - I'll miss her! Anyway, hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day and thanks for stopping!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Snowman for Merry Monday

Photo Source - Pinterest 
Hi everyone - back with another Merry Monday card! Why so late? LOL - it's almost 5pm here and usually I have a card posted long before now. Friends wonder how I'm so fast to post usually. Well, I get up on Mondays and read the new challenge with my breakfast, then I start to create. Today, my retired quartet Chord Company got together for brunch at my former tenor's house. We enjoyed sitting around recalling our adventures as a quartet, eating yummy food and even celebrating my birthday a day early. I got home about 2pm and thought I'd try to create a card for MM before I rehearse my chorus music. This week Linda challenges us to USE a SNOWMAN (or woman/family etc). Two weeks ago I made a card with 5 stamped snowmen but no worries, I have plenty of snowman stuff in the stash. Decided to go with an embossed one. Here's the card:

Snowman
Supplies: Hero Arts Celadon folded card and Powder Layering Paper & Neenah Solar White
Stamp - Hero Arts Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Prints CG685 and Frosty Wishes CL800
Embossing folder - Tim Holtz Snow Flurries and Snowman Texture Fades 656944
Other - Copic Markers, Distress Inks, Target $ bin snowflakes, Michael's gems

Funny story about this embossing folder - back when Archiver's had brick and mortar stores and put on ScrapFest each year, Tim Holtz would come to teach a fabulous class. One year he gave us all the Sizzix Texture Fade set that included the snowman - it wasn't even out for sale yet. We were so excited to get it but typical me - it came home to find its way into a drawer for years. I was glad to let it see the light of day today!! When I embossed, I didn't get much contrast even after inking the snowman. So I shaded around him with some Copics and really liked the result. I also sprayed some Distress Stain and still found it lacking so I stamped a bit with the same background I used on the card base. Finally satisfied.

Well, I'd better head off to practice. Thanks for stopping and have a wonderful evening!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Happy Mail and one more CAS for Merry Monday

Hi all - I was out doing a few Singing Valentines yesterday - had great fun with City of Lakes Chorus mates Cindy, Ellen, and Mary. We sang at two different places - a church retreat and a restaurant - for two dear gentlemen. Then I went to see La La Land with my friend Linda (we were always known collectively as "the Lindas"). Interesting movie - I liked it but it ended differently than I expected.

I arrived home to find a package from my friend Heather for my upcoming birthday. Thanks, Heather!! She couldn't resist sending me a die I admired - she used hers on this card she made for Merry Monday, receiving Honorable Mention. She also sent a lovely birthday card and some fairy, heart and Celtic diecuts she had cut - can't wait to use those!

I put the die into use right away and made a quick card for this week's Merry Monday challenge to make a CAS card. Besides the die cut, I added just a bit of paper at the bottom to ground it and a couple of star embellishments. To give the words on the die some pop, I simply colored every other row with some Copic markers. I see I should've colored the die before I glued it to the card as there are a few light spots - oh well... Also - got a new neutral grey Copic that decided to put a blob on one of my HOs. It didn't blend out very well - oh well to that too! Here's the card:

Text Christmas Tree

Supplies: Paper - Anchor Paper red cardstock, Authentique Emerald, Basic Grey Juniper Berry (strip at bottom)
Die - Xcuts 504065 Christmas Tree
Other - Copic Markers, Star embellishments by Jolee

That's it for today. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping!

Friday, February 10, 2017

More Color Layering - Fuchsia

Back today with another of my new color layering stamp sets from Hero Arts - yay! See yesterday's post to read all about my fun shopping trip. Quite often, I buy new stuff only to have it sit around, sometimes for years. Well, I'm trying to change that behavior and was successful launching my new color layering sets. They are so wonderful and I have a few more on my wish list that Anchor Paper didn't have yesterday.

Fuchsia sympathy
Supplies: Paper - folded card by unknown (it's a slightly shimmery blue in real life)
Hero Arts Stamps - S5449 Fabulous Flourish, CM124 Color Layering Fuchsia
Dies - DI349 Color Layering Fuchsia Frame Cuts
Inks - AF392 Fuchsia Layering (Passion Flower, Ultra Pink, Grape Juice, Moss) 
plus a light green from a My Monthly Hero kit; Other - Michael's Reflections gems

I thought it would be fun to have the fuchsia coming down through the same flourish I used yesterday. This time I stamped only the lower part of the flourish just off center. Then I stamped the vines for the fuchsia using the MISTI. I stamped a second partial vine in the upper right (masking off the card where I didn't want vines) so I'd have two buds. Buds went directly onto the card but I wanted to do the flowers on the matching die cuts so I could play around with where I wanted them. I used the packaged layering inks but the pink didn't come out as bright as I would've liked - should've stamped twice! That probably works better since I ended up making this a sympathy card. The sentiment, plus three others, came with this set; I need a sympathy card to send to my cousin Diana who lost her dad this week. Hope this card brings comfort.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a crafty weekend! I'll be doing some early Singing Valentines (City of Lakes Chorus fundraiser) tomorrow and then more on Tuesday. It's always a fun time!