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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.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day

Hi all - I'm here with a Father's Day card I made my sweet dad. We'll be celebrating later today, probably by cooking something on the grill and playing Phase 10, a card game we love. Here's my card to Dad:

Supplies: Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle Shimmer Blue A2 card;
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Poptone Black; Hero Arts blue; 
Basic Grey Bowties plaid; yellow scrap from an Authentique pad
Stamps - Hero Arts Dad's Day (retired)
Silhouette Design 61555 Happy Father's Day Phrase by Kolette Hall
Die - MFT Blueprints rectangle (retired)

I used a 2009 stamp set for the tools; it's long retired but I still love it! I stamped the tools and colored with Copics, adding glossy accents to the metal parts. I cut the sentiment on the Silhouette twice with black and with blue so I could mix & match and add shadows. The sentiment background came with the file and I cut it in white, then popped it with foam tape.

That's it for today. Hope you're having a wonderful if celebrating!!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Twofer Challenge = Bees!

Hey there - hope you're enjoying your week! I finally had a chance to play along at this month's Twofer Challenge #17. Here's my Twofer:





I have very few stamps with bees but I picked the bee image from a bug set by Hero Arts. I had an idea to cut a beehive on the Silhouette for one card and I found a flower cluster to cut for another. I always need birthday cards so I gave the flower card a birthday sentiment. Hmmmm - what occasion could I use on the beehive card?? I finally settled upon Hello because I wanted to use a little sentiment oval. There wasn't much room for anything else!

As usual, I cut a bunch of random shapes using white cardstock so I could color them as needed. I included a Bee Mine message to get a three-fer with a Valentine card! Here's each card separately with a supply list.

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid - Spring;
DCWV Ms Sparkle A2 card; Poptone Black Licorice; scrap of poppy
Stamps - Hero Arts CL953 Mason Jar Bugs (and coordinating dies) - retired and
CM336 Hero Arts Hero Greetings Occasions 
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 (retired); Hero Arts DC150 Happy Stamp & Cut
Silhouette Design ID 295641 Flower Corner by Wild Pilot
Other - Copic Markers, Stickles, foam tape

Supplies: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid - Spring 6x6 pad;
Paper Studio A2 card; Poptone Black Licorice
Stamps - Hero Arts CL953 Mason Jar Bugs (and coordinating dies) - retired and
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 (retired); Hero Arts Nesting Oval Infinity Dies
Silhouette Design ID 274645 Beehive by Miss Kate Cuttables
Other - Copic Markers, Stickles, foam tape

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Authentique Beloved Valentine 6x6 pad;
Memory Box Red Pepper A2 card; Poptone Black Licorice; scraps of red
Stamps - Hero Arts CL953 Mason Jar Bugs (and coordinating dies) - retired
Silhouette Design ID 113377 Bee Mine Card by Suzanne Cannon
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 21 (retired)
Other - Copic Markers, Stickles, foam tape

Whew - glad to get three more cards completed for the stash. Thanks to Darnell & crew at the Twofer Challenge for another fun theme. Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Grad cards

I'm back to share the grad card I made for my niece Annika who graduated high school last night. Her grad party is coming up soon and I'm looking forward to celebrating with her! My mom and I actually made cards together a couple weeks ago and I photographed both cards together (background is my parents' couch - LOL). I look for things to do with my mom when I visit - we put together a lot of puzzles and occasionally make cards.

Supplies: Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle A2 card; Tim Holtz Kraft Metallic;
Doodlebug Hat's Off; Poptone Black; Shimmery Silver (brand unknown)
Dies - MFT Blueprints rectangles (retired); Hero Arts stars (retired);
Spellbinders Lacy Squares (retired); Poppystamps All Star Collage;
Momenta alphabet
Silhouette Design 82725 Graduation by Studio Ilustrado
Stamps with dies - Stampendous Everyday Chicks
Other - Paper Studio Graduation stickers; Copic Markers

I have a little envelope full of different elements for grad cards, plus a pile of 3D stickers with a grad theme. I grabbed those, some card bases and grad papers. Then I crammed tools like a diecutting machine, paper trimmer, stamping tool, ink, stamps, etc into some Thirty-One bags and hit the road. Ready for a fun crafty day with mom. She chose her elements and papers and I helped her a bit with some of it. Her card is on the right.

After mom picked her elements, I chose from the remainders. Really loved the little chickie grad I had stamped, colored, and cut a while ago. Thought she'd be cute perched on a grad scroll sticker. Decided to echo my mom's choice of a star by cutting the star collage into my grad paper. It cut a bunch of stars too which I saved for a future project. The sentiments on both cards are strips from the Doodlebug paper pad - really made finishing these cards easy!

Thanks for stopping and have a great weekend!!


Friday, June 7, 2019

Gifts at CAS Christmas

Hi all - it's been ages since my last post and I missed the May CAS Christmas Challenge - boo hoo!! My Christmas card production lags behind last year so I need to step it up! This month the ladies at CAS Christmas are featuring gifts for the June Challenge.


For my first card I cut the Stacked Gifts by Sophie Gallo on the Silhouette. Take a look:

Supplies: Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle pastel A2 card; Penny Black Holiday Trimmings;
Paper Studio glitter paper; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; scrap of neon green
Silhouette Design ID 70463 Stacked Gifts
Die - Our Daily Bread Mini Tags (retired)
Stamps - Mini Tag Sentiments (retired)

I cut two Stacked Gifts from glitter papers and decided to work with a green one first. I backed the different gifts with papers from Penny Black and used a white offset mat. Because there were some pastels in the papers, I went with a pink card for a non-traditional color combo. The mini tags and sentiments made adding a gift tag a breeze!

When I cut the white offset mat for the gifts, I cut a bunch of other white shapes - I often do this to use up my paper. I figure the shapes can always be colored to fit the project. I cut a bunch of snowflakes this time, including the word JOY with a snowflake in the O. The Penny Black paper happened to have a page with a bunch of icons in circles (stocking, ornament, etc). One was a pile of gifts so I decided to use the JOY word and cover the O with a layered circle topped with the gift circle. Here's that card:

Supplies: Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle pastel A2 card; Penny Black Holiday Trimmings;
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Silhouette Design 110035 Joy Phrase by Sarah Bailey and
Design 67447 Three Snowflakes by Sophie Gallo
Stamp - Hero Arts Holiday Florals Bold Prints

I colored the J and Y with a wine colored copic, then stamped over it for texture. Layered my circles for the O, plus a snowflake from a different file (saved the O snowflake for another project). Since the pink cards were out, I used another one!

I started working with a red Stacked Gifts, playing with solid scraps of paper to form the "wrapping paper". As primary colors came out, I decided to make it a birthday card! Shame on me when I'm supposed to be adding to the Christmas stash - oh well.... The only change besides the gift papers were a background mat cut using BoBunny Believe papers and a Memory Box red pepper A2 card.



That's it for today! I'm off to enjoy the nice weather we're having and get a coffee. My niece graduates from high school tonight so later this weekend I hope to blog the card I made her. I won't go to the ceremony as they barely get enough tickets for the immediate family. Darn!

Thanks for stopping and I hope you have a crafty week!!


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

More elves for CAS Christmas!

Since the stamps were out, I couldn't resist doing one more naughty elf card for this month's CAS Christmas Card Challenge to use an elf.

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Stamps - Hero Arts CM206 Naughty Elves & CL343 Holiday Sayings (retired)
Dies - Memory Box Family Cabin Frame; My Favorite Things retired stitched frame;
Other - Copic Markers; Distress Oxide Inks - Tumbled Glass & Stormy Sky

I had a chance to shop my local LSS last week and found the MB frame 40% off! Thought it would be the perfect backdrop for a pair of naughty elves. I popped the sky pieces out and blended Distress Oxide inks, then spritzed with a bit of water. Inlaid them back in. The small pieces I left in and added a bit of color to the chimney smoke & windows. I stamped the little sentiment "Naughty is the New Nice" & turned it into a billboard. It's hard to see in the photo but the red elf has candy canes in his mouth, plus his tongue sticking out! My little elf duo seems to be shirking toy duty - more power to them!

Hope you have a crafty day and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 22, 2019

A Naughty Elf for CAS Christmas

Hey everyone! Seems like I'm always zipping in at the last minute to enter the CAS Christmas Challenge but this time I have a few days to spare!! This month we're to use an elf on our card. I decided to use a stamp set I had to have in 2017 and hadn't touched yet. I actually got both the nice elf and the naughty elf sets - LOL. Couldn't resist starting with the naughty elf girl decorating a long-suffering reindeer.

Supplies: Paper - A2 candy cane striped card by American Crafts; 
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; scrap of  BoBunny Merry & Bright for label
Stamps - Hero Arts CM206 Naughty Elves
Dies - label by My Favorite Things (retired Blueprint); matching dies to Hero Arts stamps
Other - Copic Markers

Ugh - I'm really behind on my Christmas card production so it really felt good to get another one done for the stash. I stamped a second reindeer & elf pair which I should've colored at the same time as the first - oh well. I'll get it done someday....

Thanks for stopping by and thanks to the CAS Christmas team for another fun challenge!! It's open until the 24th if you have a chance to join in.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter wishes to all celebrating! I'm back from spending the holiday with my parents so thought I'd share a pair of Easter cards. I don't send many Easter cards so I made several versions of both cards to send to my family.

Supplies: Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle A2 cards; BoBunny Cottontail 6x6 pad;
Momenta Watercolor; scrap of Tim Holtz (hill)
Stamp - Taylored Expressions Many Minis - Holidays
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints (retired); Hero Arts Rectangles & Ovals;
Spellbinders Crosses Two

Hope you had a lovely Easter celebration. My dad is not a fan of ham so I made his requested pot roast, complete with potatoes, carrots, onions & gravy - yummy! I may have mentioned that Dad sometimes says "well, you don't have to make that again" to some of my dishes. Today's meal got a thumbs up, thankfully!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back tomorrow with a post for this month's CAS Christmas Challenge!