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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, January 15, 2017

January My Monthly Hero Kit

Hi all - can you believe it, a non-Merry Monday post? I was excited to come home from car shopping (more on that later) to find the Hero Arts January 2017 My Monthly Hero kit in my mailbox! It was just announced on Monday and was to start shipping on Friday so I was thrilled to get it so quickly!! The kit includes:
  • Color Layering Flower Heart clear set (large 6x8″ size)
  • A set of 18 coordinating metal Frame Cuts dies
  • Tide Pool ink cube
  • Mint Julep ink cube
  • Soft Pink ink cube
  • Bubble Gum ink cube
  • Strawberry ink cube
  • 4 woodgrain envelopes (2 A1 and 2 A2 sized)
  • 4 woodgrain cardstock (half sheets)
  • Red wax cord (8 yards)
  • Pool envelopes (2 each of 3 different shades)
What a great value at only $34.99 and, of course, I couldn't resist some of the add-ons. As of this moment, the kit is still available but once it sells out, it's gone. Loving Valentine's Day as I do, I couldn't resist adding this kit to my stash and I just love everything in it!! Here are the first cards I made with it:

Thanks bouquet 
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Solar White, woodgrain cardstock from kit, American Crafts (Target bin)
Stamps/Dies - January 2017 My Monthly Hero (flower heart bouquet and matching dies); 
thanks banner from an old Hero Arts set # unknown
Other - Copic Markers, foam tape, Reflections gems

Happy Valentine's Day
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Solar White, American Crafts (Target bin) glitter paper, Basic Grey True Love (2012) pink
Stamps - January 2017 My Monthly Hero kit (sentiment); CG690 Confetti Bold Prints
Dies - DI348 Heart Confetti Fancy Die; Sizzix Heart Die
 Other - puffy stickers from American Crafts (Target bin); recycled fairy from a card Hero Arts put in with previous kits

The thanks card is for my friend Connie and her husband. They had me over for brunch yesterday and then took me car shopping. We had spinach quiche and blueberry muffins - yum! Then we visited a few car dealerships to look at vehicles. Connie and Doug served as riders to test the comforts for passengers in front and back; they both got new cars last year so are more familiar with the process. I was glad of their assistance and for the delicious brunch! And no, I didn't buy anything yet - I'm just starting to look.

The valentine is the first of cards I'm making for the Cards for Hospitalized Kids project. I hadn't heard of it until recently but it's been around for 5 years. A woman mentioned it on the Hero Arts Flickr Group and mentioned they need Valentine cards for this year. Here are four more cards I made for the project; I'm planning to send a package of 10 and already have 7 made (I made duplicates of some of these).

Valentines for hospitalized kids
Supplies include Target bin and Doodlebug papers, Hero Arts rocket set (#unk);
Xcut doily die (thanks Heather!), Sizzix Lori Whitlock gatefold lace kit.

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

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Scandinavian Noel

Hi all - typical - I'm seeming only to post for Merry Monday these days! Marcia offers a fun challenge this week to use the word Noel with an optional Scandinavian element. Really made me regret not ordering this darling Lia Griffiith set from Hero Arts when it was released!! I'll probably end up ordering it next time! I decided to google Scandinavian Christmas decor to see what might inspire me. I found these cute Scandinavian Gnome Tomte and immediately went with the grey/red/white combo. I wanted to use a large NOEL stamp so went searching through the stash to find one. Ta da - found one in a fun Tim Holtz set. While the font isn't what I'd consider Scandinavian, I went with it anyway. Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Solar White, American Crafts Target Hot Spot Christmas 2016 pad (red foil)
Die - My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 (stitched rectangle)
Stamps - Stampers Anonymous - Winter Wonder CMS 033; DoCrafts Tall Urban Stamps - Craft Christmas
Inks - Ranger Archival Watering Can by Wendy Vecchi, Fired Brick Distress Ink, Candied Apple Distress Marker
Other - Copics C1, C3 & R22, Marvy white pen

I absolutely love the border stamps I used at the bottom - thanks again to my friend Heather who sent me this set! This was the third card I made of this design. On card one I used foam tape and got the panel on wonky. Tried to fix it and the panel got wrinkled. Tried to iron it - no luck so I trashed it. Second one - the row of x's went a teeny bit crooked; I think it will be usable but I still decided to try another one. Third one looked the best so I didn't press my luck - LOL.

Thanks to Marcia for a fun challenge and be sure to check out the inspiration at Merry Monday! I have had plenty of Christmas cards for the past couple years due to playing along all year.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Angels Sing

Hi all - Happy New Year and hope you had wonderful holidays! I'm back from 3 weeks in Arizona to subzero temps in Minnesota - ugh! It's supposed to warm up this weekend and I can't wait!! Anyway, Merry Monday is back after their holiday break and we have Sue's challenge to use an angel on a Christmas card. It's fun to be blogging again after my holidays!

I just love angels and made a card before the holidays using a Silhouette angel file by Hero Arts. For this week's angel card I decided to use an old favorite Hero Arts stamp set.

Angels sing
Supplies: Neenah Solar White paper; Hero Arts pool card; DCWV Linen Closet Matstack; scraps of patterned paper
Stamps - Hero Arts CL354 Let the Angels Sing
Dies - Spellbinders Classic Ovals & Elegant Ovals
Ink - Ranger Archival Watering Can by Wendy Vecchi
Other - Copic Markers, Stickles (gold and icy), washi tape; Marvy white pen; foam tape

I started by stamping the angel on thick white paper and trimming it. Then I paper-pieced her. The head to the collar, hands with white robe trim, and feet were stamped on white and colored with Copics; I stamped the robe on a scrap of patterned paper. I trimmed the pieces and glued to the solid white angel, then stickled the wings and halo. The sentiment comes as one horizontal line but I had cut it into four pieces long ago so I could stack the words. This time I decided to stamp the words in a curve - so easy using the MISTI. The piano keyboard washi tape came from my friend Heather (with a bunch of other goodies) - thanks again, Heather!! In a "make it work" moment, I dotted the card with white pen to cover up a tiny ink spot and decided to keep dotting!

Be sure to stop by Merry Monday for inspiration and impetus to get your Christmas cards done before the holidays. This is my third year of playing in their challenges and just love them! Thanks for stopping and have a crafty week!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Winter fun

Well, we have plenty of snow after a winter storm this weekend. So it's fitting that Lori's challenge on Merry Monday is to showcase winter fun on your Christmas card.

Photo credit

I couldn't wait to use a darling ice skating penguin for my card. I've mentioned in the past that my dad used to flood the backyard when we were small so we could ice skate. Of course we outgrew that rink after a few years and ended up at the city park's rink. It had an old wooden shack for a warming house and we always had the best time. Here's my card:

Cool Yule
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Solar White, BoBunny Altitude, DCWV foil
Stamps - Whimsy Stamps Penguin Fun
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Salty Ocean, Black Soot, Festive Berries)
Embossing folder - Darice Snowflakes and Flourishes
Dies - Whimsy Stamps Penguin Fun, My Favorite Things Blueprints 13, 20 & 21 and Oval Shadows

Well, all my Christmas cards are mailed except one to Aunt Dorothy who moved. I still haven't managed to track down her address so will wait until I get something from her with a return address. How's everyone else doing on their cards?

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Candy canes!

I love a good candy cane around the holidays but even better - Lindt peppermint flavored chocolate truffles - yum!! I went to the Mall of America on Sunday and bought a big bag of their Lindor balls. This week Merry Monday brings a challenge from Linda to include a candy cane on your Christmas card - I started right away Monday morning on my card but got a bit sidetracked and didn't finish until today - more on that later...

Photo Credit

Last year Kristie, a former Merry Monday Design Team member, enabled me to buy some Whimsy Stamps. One of the cling images I ordered was this darling penguin quartet - yay, the sign they're holding is lettered with candy canes - perfect! Here's my card:

Candy Cane Joy
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Solar White, American Crafts Christmas from Target Hot Spot
Stamp - Whimsy Stamp's Penguin Joy; Die - My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 (stitched rectangle)
Other - Copic Markers, Hickory Smoke Distress Marker, foam tape; Ink - Ranger Archival "Watering Can"

Below is a card I made while being sidetracked from Merry Monday. I was looking through my overwhelming stash of stuff for something for my sister. Instead I found a little decorated Christmas box containing a bunch of dies and an old Sizzix metal emboss & cut folder. I didn't remember owning this item and don't think I had ever used until now! No surprise... I included the folder in the photo - it's black metal on the outside and silver on the inside - such a fun item and I'm sure they don't make them anymore! Do any of you have one? I couldn't resist making a card with it. After embossing, I ran an ink cube over the raised paper - black on the deer and silver on the frame. A bunch of us from chorus were heading to sing at a couple senior living centers; one is where a long-time member Jean lives. So I took this card to give to her. She arranged a holiday song we sing "Straw Carol". We had a great time singing and Jean loved hearing her arrangement!

Embossed deer

I'm doing well on my goal of writing out 5 Christmas cards per day for mailing. Will be done soon - yay - but like Bonnie points out, there's nothing wrong with getting some cards made for next year! Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty week!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Some Christmas trees & my helper

OK - I've had some requests to post some holiday decoration photos so here they are. I don't decorate the outdoors at all but I usually put a tree in front of the living room window and a trio of lighted candles in the family room window. These can be seen from the street by passersby.

I bought this slim pre-lit artificial tree a couple years ago - a perfect fit in the corner by the family room staircase. This year I decided to give it the spot in front of the living room window - looks great in the center panel of a three panel window.

One of Mom's friends made the tree skirt. My brother gave me the topper - a crystal angel that he didn't need anymore. Most of the ornaments are by Hallmark but I also have a few on there from other companies. One - Newbridge Silver in Ireland - Heather sent me a couple (thanks again!!) and I bought one when I visited her in 2014. Another - Chico's (the clothing store) who has offered several beautiful metal and bead ornaments over the years. I love to open all the boxes and appreciate all the details of each ornament. Quite a few play music including "Feliz Navidad", "Santa Baby", "I've Been Everywhere", and my favorite - "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas". Every day I go around the tree pressing the buttons and singing along as the ornaments play. My brother's cat Misty was visiting me and "helping" with the decorating (she didn't bother the tree or play with the ornaments, thankfully). Here she is supervising from one of my packing crates:

One last "tree" - this one sits on the kitchen table. It has a cookie cutter for a topper, reminiscent of the antique star cutter I use for my almond shortbread cookies. The tree and the ornaments are all by Hallmark.

I have other decorations put around but didn't photograph them. There's plenty more I haven't put out but I wanted to get some decorating done because my brother and sister-in-law came to get Misty (boo-hoo) last night and I fixed them dinner. Donna makes lefse so she brought a large bundle of them. Brother wanted lutefisk so I picked some up at the grocery - very easy in Minnesota this time of year - LOL. Despite being of Norwegian descent, Donna doesn't touch lutefisk - that's why she wanted me to make it for my brother. She ended up with some rotisserie chicken; that way I didn't have to make Swedish meatballs (what we usual serve the non-lutefisk eaters). They will be with her family for the holidays this year so I enjoyed fixing a holiday dinner for them now.

No cards to share today - I've been working on getting my Christmas cards ready to mail. When I made my Merry Monday cards throughout the year, I didn't do the insides. I'm mass producing the insides with the help of the MISTI. I already have the cards in piles of horizontal vs vertical orientation and by theme. Hope this is a good plan - it worked great for the first batch! Wish me luck and thanks for stopping!!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Masculine Christmas Card

Yes - it's Monday and I'm managing another blog post. Seems that's all I can do at this time of year is get a Merry Monday post done - oh well.... This week, Kathy has challenged us to make a masculine Christmas card. Check out all the great cards by the Design Team here.

Well, masculine cards are not my strength but I recently got the Spellbinders die set with the stag head, inspired by some of the stag cards I've spotted, including this one by the amazing Rosemary. Quite a few of the DT included a deer or stag so I think I'm good to go! Here's my card:

Masculine holidays
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Grass Layering paper, Neenah,
American Crafts (Target dollar bin - plaid, woodgrain, foil), Authentique
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 20Spellbinders S2-221 Aristocrat Etched Die
Hero Arts DI198 Rectangle Infinity Dies and DC117 Fancy Holidays Stamp & Cut
Stamp - SSS/Hero Arts Stamptember "Happy Thanksgiving" (Happy)
Ink - Pine Needles Distress Ink; Other - foam tape, Copic, enamel dot

I really liked the effect of the embossing on the stag head and the label (hard to see on the white) - gave some nice dimension. The enamel dot was too light so I darkened it up with a Copic marker - worked great! Anyway, that's my attempt at masculine and it's going to a friend I like to call my neffie-poo. He's the son of a guy who's like a brother-in-law to me. Now it's back to decorating my Christmas tree - well, the first one (I have several). This one is a slender pre-lit artificial one that usually goes in the corner of the family room. I decided it deserved a turn in the living room :) Just needs some smaller ornaments towards the top and I'll be done!! It's really starting to look like the holidays indoors - outside it's raining and unseasonably warm, ugh.

Hope you're having a crafty week! Thanks for stopping!!