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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.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Floral thanks

Hi all - I made two thank you cards using Marianne's coloring cards received in the March 2016 My Monthly Hero Kit (sold out). I colored them on Saturday using various Copic Markers for Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

thanks with snail Floral thanks

I formed top folding A2 card bases using Hero Arts Layering Papers (mocha and foliage dotted). The sentiment from card 1 came from Hero Arts CL780 Antique Gratitude Bouquet and the thanks die cut on card 2 came from Hero Arts DC152 Thanks Stamp & Cut. I popped them in the mail to friends who treated me last week. I plan to color another one of these fun panels - don't know why they've been sitting around here for a year!

Today, though, I'm coloring an Outlander card that came with the Season 2 DVD (love the show and the books!!). I'm using a set of 50 Crayola colored pencils purchased at Walmart - loads of fun colors at a reasonable price. Probably won't finish this panel today but I'll keep working at it tomorrow.

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

More Bells

Hi everyone! I had a bit of time yesterday afternoon so I made another quick card for this week's Merry Monday challenge to use bells. The Tim Holtz die I used on my first card had two kinds of bells so I had two sets of each from my cuts. I decided to make a card using the two jingle bells I had cut since some of the Design Team members had gone with jingle bells. Here's my card:

Jolly Bells
Supplies: Paper - Anchor Paper silver (for card base), BoBunny Tis the Season 6x6 (snowflake patterned), 
Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Stockthe Paper Studio glitter , scrap of black
Dies - Tim Holtz Christmas Bells 658765 (retired), MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 20 (stitched & scalloped rectangles)
Ribbon - Tim Holtz Tinsel twine
Stamps - Hero Arts CL620 JollyCL354 Let the Angels Sing (retired)
Ink - Black Soot Distress ink, Ranger Archival Garden Patina by Wendy Vecchi
Other - foam tape, Peacock Feathers Distress Marker, Copic Markers C1 & C3 for shading

I had some turquoise stuff out from last week's Merry Monday so decided to use them. The Garden Patina ink I used to stamp the JOLLY looked a bit light so I outlined it with a Distress Marker and shaded around it with the Copics. That ended up being all my "coloring" for Day 20 of Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge! I went to chorus rehearsal after finishing this card and by the time I got home, I wasn't in the mood to do any more coloring. I did a little better today, coloring a quartet of Christmas stockings for a future Christmas card.

That's it for today - thanks for stopping! Beautiful sunny day here so I'm out to enjoy it!!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ring that Bell!

Hello - hope you're having a wonderful Monday! I'm playing along on Merry Monday this week - Colleen challenges us to use a bell on your Christmas card. I just love her inspiration photo and the Design Team created some gorgeous inspiration cards!

I have a bell stamp I've used in past challenges so I decided to try a bell die instead. Here's my card:

Merry Christmas Silver Bell
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Foliage Layering Paper (pine), BoBunny Tis the Season 6x6, 
Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Stock, the Paper Studio glitter 
Dies - Tim Holtz Christmas Bells 658765 (retired), My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 21 (pierced rectangle), Hero Arts DC195 Christmas Trimmings Stamp&Cut, Impression Obsession Pine Branch DIE021-N
Ribbon - Hero Arts red (retired), Michael's Celebrate It! Christmas, scrap of silver wired
Other - foam tape, staple, Black Soot Distress ink

My bell went through several steps before I liked it. After cutting a couple bells from silver paper, I decided to trim off a bit of one and layer it to the other. Seemed plain so I embossed it. In my layering I had used foam tape - embossing after applying the foam tape was a dreadful idea! So I cut a new top layer and this time embossed at a bit of an angle so it looked different from the bottom. I sanded the dies and inked a bit for texture. In real life it stands out better from the background than the photo shows - very hard to photograph metallic paper!! I found this fabulous woodgrain paper with little snowflakes on it - thought it evoked the inspiration photo.

Yikes - Day 20 of Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge already! I've been keeping up with my coloring and will have some more bits to show later in the week. I've been coloring some floral panels included in an old Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit - very fun!! So I'm off to color another one - thanks for stopping and have a wonderful day!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St Patrick's Day and a new car!

Happy St Patrick's Day everyone! Hope you're all enjoying the day!! I'm sharing a card I sent to my friend Heather and her family in Ireland.

Irish heart
Supplies: Paper - Authentique Charmed 12x12 pack and 6x6 pad, Pop-tone Black, Core'dinations Ivory card
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20
Other - Hero Arts Foliage Mixed Accents (retired), corner rounder

I loved the sticker I used from the Authentique 12x12 x set. To me it perfectly described my Irish "family" who opened their home to me when I visited Ireland in 2014. It was fun to add a Celtic Flourish die cut that Heather had sent me earlier this year, along with the gems and pearls. Inside I stamped Happy St Patrick's Day. You can see Heather's beautiful card she sent me (with more Celtic Flourishes) in this post. Thanks again, Heather!! And thanks for taking this photo since I neglected to take one before I popped the card in the mail - sorry for the dent in the upper left - in transit damage, truly!

No green beer for me today, nor did I go to the parade in St Paul. For the past 20 years I've watched the parade from my workplace in downtown St Paul. Now that I'm retired, I didn't have that option. Instead, my friends Connie & Doug and I went to Minneapolis to donate my old car. Yes, after driving a 2000 Buick Century since I bought it new in 2000, I finally bought a new car!!! I started looking about 3 years ago but couldn't let go of my Buick. Finally decided yesterday to "go for it". I went to the dealership Connie & Doug visited with me in January and told the salesman I was ready to buy - he tried to conceal his shock - LOL!

My  new Nissan Rogue
With my new Nissan Rogue

Yikes, so many bells and whistles that a 2000 model didn't have!! Right away I used the Nav system to find my way from the dealership to my friend Linda's RN pinning ceremony. Linda loved the congrats card I made her! The ceremony was lovely and a bunch of us went out for dinner afterwards - I used the Nav system again since I was in an unfamiliar suburb. I have leftover spaghetti & chicken parm for tonight so I won't be eating corned beef and cabbage with my Irish friends - sorry!

Hope you're having a wonderful St Patrick's Day and a have great weekend!! Thanks for stopping!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Flip Card, Coloring, and another Merry Monday

Hi all - photo heavy post ahead, just so you know. I finally made a card with some of the little items I colored during days 1 - 9 of Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge. My friend Linda (we were known collectively as "the Lindas") will be pinned as an RN tomorrow so I made her this congrats card.

congrats RN
Supplies:  Paper - Pop Tone Blu Raspberry, Doodlebug and BoBunny patterned, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White,
 and a scrap of green, the Paper Studio Glitter; Stamps - Lawn Fawn Get Well Soon
Dies - Hero Arts DC149 Congrats Stamp & Cut and DI199 Circle Infinity Dies , Sizzix 659171 Circle Flip-Its
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Archival Garden Patina by Wendy Vecchi
Other - Copic Markers, Hero Arts CH300 Ocean Ombre Sequins

These flip cards are fun to make but a bit hard to photograph so I laid it flat for you to see the two sides:

Congrats RN flat to backside Congrats RN flat to inside

I will write on the white panel on the back because there really isn't much room to write on the "inside" when the card is folded. Today is day 15 of Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge so I photographed my latest bits of coloring.

30 day coloring days 10 to 15

Day 10, 11, and 13 were bits from Altenew's Floral Sprig and Floral Frame sets, Day 12's watering can was from the March 2017 My Monthly Hero kit. Yesterday I had fun coloring a fireplace and chair from one of the Hero Arts March add-on sets, CM153 Welcome Home which had just arrived in my mailbox. Today I colored a darling printed image by Lili of the Valley that my friend Heather sent me - maybe last year? I have a stash of lovely bits she's sent me over the years and I've lost track of when they arrived. Plus, I've sort of hoarded them but I'm really trying to use stuff from my stash.

Yesterday I received some glittery gold die cuts Heather sent with a lovely St Patrick's Day card. I couldn't resist adding one to a second version of the Merry Monday card I made on Monday.

Merry Trees version 2
Supplies: Paper - Pop Tone Blu Raspberry, American Crafts Christmas 6x6 pad (snowflake) and copper (Target fall pad),
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, the Paper Studio Glitter
Stamps - Altenew Pine Tree and Hero Arts DC195 Christmas Trimmings Stamp & Cut 
Dies - DI198 Infinity Rectangles, My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20 and Blueprints 13
Inks - Ranger Archival Garden Patina by Wendy Vecchi, Versamark
Other - Picket Fence Distress Spray, Hero Arts Copper Embossing Powder, celtic die cut from Heather

This time I stamped the trees using a new ink I bought at Hobby Lobby yesterday. Long story short, I wanted to use Delicata gold ink on my trees on Monday but I couldn't find it in my stash. Ran to HL and bought another pad plus found this yummy Ranger Archival ink in the perfect turquoise color. Much as I love mixing inks to make a new color, it was fun to just stamp with one. I stamped the three main trees and then did second and third generation for the rest of the forest. The gold layer was clear embossed before I stamped the turquoise layer. This time I stamped the "merry" and embossed it with copper powder - so gorgeous in real life. I also took the opportunity to use some copper paper I bought last fall in the Target Hot Spot bins - just love this paper!!

I will link this one up to the challenge too in case people are interested in this different version. 
Phew - that's it for today. Thanks for stopping and hope you have a crafty week!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Copper/Bronze, Gold, & Turquoise

Merry Monday everyone! Time for another challenge - this week from Marcia.

Use Copper/Bronze, Gold and Turquoise on your Christmas Card!

What a beautiful color combo!! The Design Team has some gorgeous inspiration cards this week so be sure to check them out. I wanted to use a new stamp my friend Cat sent me after her recent Scramble on the Hero Arts Flickr Group. She sent me my first ever Altenew stamp - Pine Tree (I since received other stamps from Altenew, already used in a post).

Merry trees
Supplies: Paper - Pop Tone Blu Raspberry, American Crafts Christmas 6x6 pad (music), 
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, the Paper Studio Glitter
Stamps - Altenew Pine Tree
Dies - Hero Arts DC195 Christmas Trimmings Stamp & Cut and DI198 Infinity Rectangles, 
My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20
Inks - Distress Oxide Broken China & Cracked Pistachio; Picket Fence Distress Spray

I didn't have any turquoise inks but I wondered about combining Broken China and Cracked Pistachio to get that color - oooo, it worked! Decided to try gold embossing the detail layer of this color layering set. Then I double stamped the solid layer over top, using the two inks - easy to do with the MISTI. The plain colored trees between were second generation, no gold. I blended a bit with a water brush to make it more arty and sprayed with Distress Spray.

The sentiment die is gold glitter paper and the mat behind the trees is copper glitter paper (very different in real life, even though they look the same in the photo...). I found a card base to match my trees and some music paper for another layer. Then I spotted this recycled copper mesh ribbon a friend gave me. Decided it would be perfect over the music paper. Big problem, though, my tree rectangle was warping - oh no! I put some craft foam behind it - that stuff doesn't want to stick! I really struggled!! You can probably see in the photo how it's wanting to curl up on the sides... After the photo I found some super glue dots that seemed to do the trick!

After making my card I had some computer problems so started a reboot and went outside to shovel. I shoveled about 3 inches of snow last night but more fell overnight so I had to clear that, plus snowplow leavings. Typical March in Minnesota - one minute it's pushing 60F, the next day you're in the teens with snow! Finally got my computer back up so I could post this - now off to rehearse chorus music. Thanks for stopping!!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Growing Garden

Happy Sunday everyone! It's a gloomy day here in the Twin Cities but I made it bright playing with new Hero Arts goodies!! The March My Monthly Hero kit arrived in yesterday's mail and I dove right into "processing" it. I cut apart all the dies, made negative sheets for the MISTI and die cut & stamped 3 sets of images. This process took about three hours; there were so many wonderful dies and stamps. Once done, though, it was a breeze to color a bunch of images and put a card together this morning.

Growing Garden
Supplies: Paper - Anchor Paper textured baby blue, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Tim Holtz kraft stack (Weathered Wood & Walnut Stain), Recollections (Michael's) Feathered Greens, scrap of yellow
Dies - Hero Arts March 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit; Lawn Fawn Grassy Border
Other - foam tape, Copic Markers, sander, Hero Arts white ink dauber, Darice Woodgrain embossing folder

This kit contains so much goodness and, as of this posting, is still available for purchase!
► 2- 4"x6" clear stamp sets
► 21 coordinating Frame Cut dies
► 2 Fancy Dies (fence and notched earth)
► 2- 5.5"x8.5" sheets of Chocolate & Herbeus cardstock (brown & green textured cardstock)
► 1- 6"x6" sheet of marbled paper (color varies)
► 1- 5.5"x8.5" sheet of burlap
► 1- Intense Black ink cube (ideal for use with alcohol markers)

I'm adding this to Kathy's 30-Day Coloring Challenge gallery - Day 12 today, plus I have a few more stamped items ready to color while I watch the Hallmark channel tonight (now that Victoria ended on Masterpiece). Well, I'm off to play in a Scramble on the Hero Arts Flickr Group so I'd better get going.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty day!!