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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.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Beary Fun!!

Merry Monday today and I was excited to see that my card for last week's inspiration photo challenge was chosen as the challenge winner - yay! Thanks again to Kathy for a fabulous challenge!!

For this week's Merry Monday challenge, Linda asks us to include a bear on a Christmas card. 

I knew I'd have to show some love to a NBUS (never-before-used-stuff) polar bear stamp from Hero Arts. I couldn't resist this woodblock stamp even though I tend to buy more clear stamps these days.

Polar bear
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, the Paper Studio glitter, Bo Bunny Merry & Bright
Stamps - Hero Arts H6112 Polar Bear and CL644 Bring on the Merry (sentiment - retired)
Dies - Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and Holiday Frames;
My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 13, 20
Other - Copics, Foam Tape, Michael's gems

I stamped the bear and shaded him with Copics. I stamped and colored a second scarf - fussy cut it and added to the bear with foam tape for dimension. Don't you love the snowflake paper? The gold snowflakes really pop so I decided to add a glittery gold snowflake element pulling it into the banner. Sad but true, I couldn't find the stitched rectangle in the Blueprints 13 set with the banner I used. So I quickly used the SSS rectangle, then found the MFT one right in the package - ugh! Sometimes I can't see what's in front of my face!!

That's it for today. Be sure to check out the fabulous creations by the Merry Monday Design Team. They have such diverse, yet amazing styles - I really enjoy the inspiration they provide each week!

I'm off to rehearse chorus music - we had a retreat Friday night and most of Saturday with a wonderful coach all the way from Arizona, Lori Lyford - Director of the Scottsdale Chorus (multiple Sweet Adelines International gold medal chorus ). With Father's Day yesterday, I didn't have time to review some of the enhancements Lori made to our music so I'd better get busy! Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Inspiration photo at Merry Monday

Hi everyone - hope you didn't get blown away by storms yesterday! We had some powerful ones come through and ended up canceling an outdoor chorus performance in a park. Oh well, next year....

Kathy offers a beautiful inspiration photo for this week's Merry Monday challenge!

The main image has so many layers and wonderful details that it might be a bit overwhelming to decide where to go. My eye was drawn immediately to the sweet little deer on the second tier and I knew I had to use the fabulous Hero Arts Color Layering Deer set. Here's my card:

Deer with jar display
Supplies: Distress Inks - Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Black Soot
Stamps - Hero Arts CL985 Color Layering Deer, CL896 Winter Scene (jar), CM101 Vintage Christmas Wishes (sentiment)
Dies - Hero Arts DI309 Color Layering Deer Frame Cuts, Impression Obsession Pine Branch, My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 13 (banner) and Leafy Greenery, Tim Holtz Alterations Mini Holiday Greens
Paper - Ms Sparkle & Co (JoAnn's) light blue A2 Card, Tim Holtz kraft metallics, various scraps of green, Heidi Swapp white glitter paper, My Mind's Eye On the Bright Side (patterned), Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Other - Michael's gems, foam tape, Copics

I had to laugh - I read the MM post shortly after 7a and launched into my card right after I started some laundry. Totally forgot to eat breakfast until I looked at the clock and saw it was already 10a! Quickly grabbed some eggs and finished my card & the laundry.

I started by stamping the sweet deer and free-hand cut a silver dish for my display. The jars in the inspiration photo appeared to be an old fashioned ivory so I stamped a jar on ivory dotted paper. Stamped and die cut a sentiment banner, the greens and the snowflake. Arranged it all to my liking and adhered to the card with glue and foam tape. Added some gems (the red ones were clear colored with a red Copic) - Done!

Be sure to check out the beautiful Design Team cards at Merry Monday this week! They all had some fantastic takes on the inspiration photo!! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Time for Blue

Merry Monday everyone! Yes, time for another challenge - this week Debbie wants a monochromatic blue Christmas card.

We have enjoyed some sunny and hot weather, including the bluest skies! I was delighted to make a blue card and decided to make a navy blue ornament on a watercolor blue background similar to the inspiration photo. Here's what I created:

Monochromatic blues
Supplies: Paper - Michael's blue A2 card, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White,
BoBunny Tis the Season 6x6 (light blue) My Favorite Things Watercolor Wash Brights 6x6
Stamps - Hero Arts CL798 Winter Sparkle (ornament) CL890 Holiday Greetings (sentiment)
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 18 and 21, Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes
Hero Arts DI104 Ornament Frame Cuts (retired)
Ink - Hero Arts Navy; Other - May Arts ribbon, Michael's gems, foam tape

I started by die cutting the two panels with diagonal edges and adhering them to a white panel (a neutral is allowed in a color challenge) leaving a window for the sentiment. I then cut the panel into a pierced rectangle and adhered it to a blue A2 card. I stamped the sentiment in the open white window and stamped & die cut the blue ornament from another piece of white card. I popped the ornament onto the lower corner with foam tape. Not being one for CAS, I added a couple of snowflakes to create a focal triangle with my ornament. A few gems and a bow - done!!

I got up early to make treats for tonight's chorus rehearsal. We always celebrate birthdays the first rehearsal of the month by serving yummy treats. I volunteered to bake for June and since it's been quite warm (high 80s F) I wanted to fire up the oven early in the day. I made two flavors of bars with an oatmeal crumble - strawberry and cherry so I'd have nearly 8 dozen - not enough for the entire chorus if everyone came but there will be a few missing, I'm sure. Summer vacations have begun so we usually don't have over 90 present. I also bought fresh strawberries for those needing a healthy option. Here's a photo of one pan cooling on the counter:


The recipe comes from the Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook ("the Bible" of cooking and baking according to my friend Heidi). I have never gone wrong with any of the recipes I've tried. I squeezed in making my Merry Monday card while the bars baked. Now I'm off to get things ready for the rest of the day.

Thanks for stopping by & be sure to check out all the wonderful cards by the Merry Monday Design Team!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Birthday Fun

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, my Mom had a birthday on Tuesday (the "real" Memorial Day, she always says). We celebrated with a pizza from Papa Murphy's (the Cowboy, in case you're wondering, with some modifications) and a sweet little birthday cake from the bakery. LOL - I had a jumbo 8 from her 80th bday cake but the store didn't have that style anymore so I ended up with a smaller 2 - thought it looked cute though!

Mammy bday 2017

I made two birthday cards using a lovely Graphic 45 8x8 paper pad - one went to Mammy and the other to her sister-in-law, my Aunt Marie. Mammy loves both birds and flowers but she got the bird card since Aunt Marie prefers flowers. Don't laugh - the stamp set I used has a happy die but I couldn't find it! Had to use one from MFT to go with the birthday I stamped...

Botanical Tea bday cards
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Foliage Layering Paper (lightest shade); Michael's green paper; 
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Collection (patterned papers)
Stamps - Hero Arts DC150 Happy Stamp & Cut (birthday)
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20 (stitched rectangle) & Blueprints 26 (happy)
Other - Hero Arts sequins, Michael's gems

My nephew Michael celebrated his 15th birthday last week and I struggled to decide what to make for a teen-aged guy! He loves playing basketball so I found a fun Silhouette design to try. I just loved how it turned out with all the layers!

Hoop it Up
Supplies: Paper - Pop tone Black, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, the Paper Studio glitter, 
Michael's green & orange, My Favorite Things Watercolor Wash
Stamps - Hero Arts DC150 Happy Stamp & Cut (birthday); DC149 Congrats Stamp & Cut (on your)
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20 (stitched rectangle) & Blueprints 18 (star);
Silhouette Design ID 150551 Hoop it Up Title from Miss Kate Cuttables
Other - Michael's star gems, foam tape

That's it for today. I'm off to clean up my crafty supplies so I'll have a fresh slate to make Father's Day cards. Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Rustic Christmas

Hi all - Happy Wednesday! After a rainy holiday weekend, we're enjoying some nice sunny weather today!! I'm getting a chance to play in this week's Merry Monday challenge from Deanne to do something rustic on a Christmas card.

When I think of rustic, birch trees always come to mind and I love the birch bark candles in the inspiration photo! I knew I had a birch cutting plate around here somewhere (but not in the drawer where it was supposed to be). After about an hour of searching, I found it - yay! But I couldn't find the matching deer set. Then I spotted a deer I had cut on my Silhouette - it would work! I also knew I wanted to use some buffalo plaid paper because that screams rustic to me, plus some twine. Here's what I came up with:

deer in birches
Supplies: Paper - Stampin' Up kraft; American Crafts Christmas (Target bin); 
My Mind's Eye On the Bright Side 6x6 pad (woodgrains); Pop-tone Black
Stamp - Hero Arts CL722 Merry Christmas Messages
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 21Silhouette Design ID14718 Deer
Taylored Expressions Birch Tree Cutting PlateHero Arts DC201 Number It Stamp & Cut
Other - May Arts string twine

I visited my parents for the holiday weekend and yesterday was my mom's birthday. She wanted pizza for her b-day lunch so we bought a Papa Murphy's pizza to bake at home. Then we celebrated with a little cake I got at the grocery - yummy chocolate!! If I get a chance tomorrow, I'll try to blog the party and the card I made her.

That's it for today. I'm off to lunch with a friend who I don't see as often as I'd like. Thanks for stopping and have a crafty day!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Merry Monday Mistletoe

Yes, I know it's Tuesday - I'm a bit behind on Merry Monday where Colleen asks us to make a Christmas card with mistletoe.

Yay! I have more than one stamp set with mistletoe on it and, hard to believe?!, I've never made a card with mistletoe. I found two sets with varying lengths of mistletoe and my thoughts went to a dangling sprig. I had already cut a bow intended for a Merry Monday wreath back in April (never finished). I decided to repurpose it for the mistletoe sprig.

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-tone Black, 
Michael's Green, American Crafts plaid (from Target's hot spot at Christmastime)
Stamps: Hero Arts CL998 Happy Holly Days and CL797 Under the Mistletoe
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20; Hero Arts DI316 Happy Holly Days Frame Cuts
Tim Holtz Christmas Bells die (retired Sizzix # 658765)
Other - Copic Markers, Stickles, foam tape, Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Our chorus show was fabulous on Sunday!! Many said it was the best show ever - quite a feat in over 60 years of chorus shows! Next we'll perform on the Great Northern Union Chorus "On to Fame" show, June 3rd. GNU chorus is like our male counterpart and they'll be off to their International contest in July. Yesterday we had a potluck dinner instead of rehearsal and revealed our "Sweet Adeline of the Year", a years of service award. Preparing for that put me behind on Merry Monday but I managed to get a card done this afternoon after doing some chores I couldn't do on Sunday.

Thanks for stopping and be sure to check out the inspiration from the MM Design Team!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mermaid thanks and Birthday cat

Hi all - hope you're enjoying the weekend! It's a soggy one here - I kidded a friend that I'll soon need to borrow her husband's fishing waders to walk through my back yard! At least it isn't hailing today and thankfully when it hailed on Tuesday, my new car was in the garage!!

I finally had time to make a card using this month's sold-out My Monthly Hero kit. I don't have much in the way of ocean stuff so enjoyed coloring the mermaids and ocean critters from the kit. I went shopping yesterday & happened to find a Memory Box seaweed die set to complement the kit's seaweed.

Mermaid thanks
Supplies: Paper - BoBunny Enchanted Garden 6x6 (rock pattern); May 2017 My Monthly Hero kit (Ice blue); 
Pop-tone Blu-Raspberry (for card); Anchor Paper colored vellum; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Stamps - May 2017 MMH kit
Other - 3M foam tape, ink & sequins from the MMH kit, Copic Markers
Dies - May 2017 MMH kit, Memory Box Seaweed Stalks 

I doodled the texture on the mermaid tails - had better success with the one on the left, oh well.... Anyway, this card went to sister Tami who sent me a valance she made. She sewed me a Bali Wedding Star quilt last year, plus some pillow shams. I decided I needed a matching valance and she quickly whipped one up - it looks great!

Next, a birthday card for my friend Sue who likes cats as much as I do. I spotted this Laurel Burch set by Stampendous and couldn't resist it. I enjoyed coloring this large cat (the set has two others, plus some butterflies), then decided to pair it with a balloon.

Cat birthday
Supplies: Paper - Pop-tone Blu-Raspberry (for card); Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; 
Lawn Fawn Beachside 6x6 pad; Michael's red
Stamps - Stampendous Laurel Burch Cling Indigo Cats; Hero Arts CL674 Circles (sentiment -retired)
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20 and 26
Other - Michael's star gems, Crayola colored pencils

I adore Laurel Burch designs and have a couple of tote bags with various cat images on them. One of them has traveled around with me & is getting rather shabby looking! I got the other tote from my friend Connie and it's the perfect size for my chorus music folder - love it! Speaking of chorus, I'm looking forward to tomorrow's show at Concordia University!! We had our tech rehearsal last night and I helped with the stage decorations - fun!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the weekend!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

All about the Turquoise, Green and Purple

Hi all - time for Merry Monday. This week Marcia challenges us with a fun color combo of turquoise blue, green and purple. Easy one for me as I love these colors, especially PURPLE!!

I had several ideas floating around but ended up playing with a window die I bought a while back and hadn't used yet. The sequin packet from the latest Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit contained the challenge colors - perfect!

Merry Christmas turquoise green purple
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Hero Arts Grass  Layering Paper, Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, 
the Paper Studio glitter paper, Michael's turquoise, scrap of patterned green
Stamp - Hero Arts CG685 Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Prints
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Broken China, Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio; Distress Twisted Citron & Embossing Ink
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20 and LJD Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window
Hero Arts DC195 Christmas Trimmings Stamp & Cut; Spellbinders S4-433 Holiday Greetings (retired)
Other - Stampendous white embossing powder; Hero Arts sequins

I started by cutting the stitched rectangle from turquoise paper, then cut the window into it. I white embossed the snowflakes onto watercolor paper and smooshed it into a mix of Distress Oxide inks, dried it and added a bit more color in spots. I layered the sparkly sentiment with another cut of a patterned green so it stood out a bit more from the background. Added a layered snowflake & sequins - done!

Busy week ahead preparing for our City of Lakes Chorus Spring Show "True Colors" on Sunday. It'll be so fun! We invited a guest group from the Twin Cities - Prairie Fire Lady Choir, plus three of our chorus quartets will perform. If you're in St Paul on Sunday afternoon, find us at Concordia University.

That's it for today; thanks for stopping!! Be sure to check out all the inspiration from the Merry Monday Design Team - gorgeous cards this week!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Wishing everyone celebrating in the USA a Happy Mother's Day! I'm sharing four cards to honor my mother, her sister who's like a second mom to me, and the two Queen Mum friends from my Sweet Adelines world.

Mom and Tia cards
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Parchment folded A2 card and Classic Crest Solar White; BoBunny dotted, 
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Collection, Pop tone Black, Michael's green
Stamps - Hero Arts CL980 Happy Mother's Day and January 2017 My Monthly Hero kit, plus matching dies
Dies - Dee's Distinctively Wreath Builder
Other - Michael's gems, Copic Markers, white gel pen, and foam tape

I hadn't done much with the Hero Arts Mother's Day stamp set I bought last year so I pulled it out for this year. Mom got the card at left with the large flower from the set; on the inside I used one of the set's sentiments: "I'm so lucky to have you as my mom". Both my mom and my aunt have supported me all my life and I'm grateful for their love!

Queen Mum cards
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Parchment folded A2 card and Classic Crest Solar White; Pop tone Black; 
Bo Bunny Love & Lace Collection 6x6 pad, scrap of music paper from unknown
Stamps - Hero Arts CL980 Happy Mother's DayDC182 Butterfly Pair Stamp & Cut, and 
April 2017 My Monthly Hero kit, plus matching dies
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20 and Blueprints 26
Other - Michael's gems, foam tape, ink from various MMH kits & Memento Tuxedo Black; colored pencils

I had so much fun playing with the April 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit to create the elegant Queen Mum on the left for Mother Mary, voice teacher and friend extraordinaire. My other Queen Mum and friend Lou got the card at right. I just love the soft pink rose paper from the BoBunny pad - wish I had more!!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you're having a wonderful day!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Silver Silhouette

Hi all - back with another Merry Monday card for Sue's challenge to use a non-black silhouette. Originally I had considered a CAS card but got sidetracked by another idea. So, I went ahead and created the CAS card after I finished some chores yesterday.

Silver Nativity
Supplies: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Tim Holtz kraft metallic
Dies - Penny Black 51-254 Manger
Stamps - Hero Arts CL998 Happy Holly Days
Other - Versamark Ink & Ranger Silver Embossing Powder

As with Monday's card, I layered several die cuts for some dimension. Stamped and embossed the sentiment - done! This card took less than 10 minutes to create - definitely one for those who like to mass produce. Plus, it's a much shorter supply list to blog - LOL!

Thanks for stopping by and remember to check out this week's Merry Monday offerings!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Merry Monday and a couple of thank yous

Hi all - another busy week/weekend. I was in Arizona visiting my sisters and helping my parents return home for the summer. My goodness, was it ever hot there - it got up to 106F one day! I was glad to come home to 60s and it was perfect weather for singing at Como Park last night.

Time for another Merry Monday - this week Sue challenges us to use a non-black silhouette on a Christmas card. A lot of the Design Team went with white as in the inspiration photo; be sure to check out their wonderful cards!

I chose a lovely Penny Black Nativity die and cut it from gold foil. I thought it would look good with some shades of blue card stock. Here's my card:

Gold nativity
Supplies: Pop tone and Michael's card stock; the Paper Studio glitter; Tim Holtz kraft metallic
Dies - Hero Arts DC187 Peace Stamp & Cut; My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20; Penny Black 51-254 Manger
Stamps - Hero Arts w/Basic Grey CG327 Notebook Paper (retired)
Ink - Tumbled Glass Distress Ink; Other - Michael's star gem (hard to see in photo)

I layered several die cuts of the Nativity for dimension. I cut two of the sentiment, using the light blue one as a shadow for the glittery one. At first I had a solid stitched rectangle but decided to stamp it with an old favorite notebook background. I almost made a CAS with just the die and a stamped word sentiment but next thing you know, I was layering - oh well, maybe next time....

I needed a couple of thank you cards for recent visits so I whipped up a couple of cards last night. In the photo below, the card on the left went to my sister Tami who shared her hospitality while I was in AZ. The card on the right went to my aunt and uncle I visited the week before - I'm a little slow getting that one in the mail!

many thanks cards
Supplies: BoBunny dotted paper, Michael's green card, Hero Arts Mandarin Layering Paper, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Collection
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20, Many Thanks, Flutter of Butterflies Solid & Flutter of Butterflies Lace; Hero Arts DC182 Butterfly Pair Stamp & Cut
Stamps - Hero Arts DC182 Butterfly Pair Stamp & Cut and CL663 Thanks a Bunch (retired)

That's it for today. I plan to share some Mother's Day cards on Sunday if I get a chance. Thanks for stopping and have a crafty week!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Night Before Christmas and Chorus news

Hey everyone - I'm back from an exciting Sweet Adelines Regional contest weekend but more on that later... First up, this week's Merry Monday challenge from Nina who wants us to use the theme of the Night Before Christmas.

I know I have some Night Before Christmas paper around here somewhere but haven't found it yet!! In my search, I happened upon a pad of My Mind's Eye paper, though. I found a piece with the final phrase of the famous poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore. Here's my card:

Night before Christmas Santa
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Pool folded card, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, My Mind's Eye Christmas
Stamps - Hero Arts H5267 Santa with Gift (retired from 2009) & CG690 Confetti Bold Prints (on card)
Other - Copics, foam tape, Michael's gems, Hero Arts Soft Pool ink, snowflakes from ??

I can't help but brag a bit about my chorus City of Lakes who scored our highest ever (a bit higher than 2 yrs ago) at our Regional contest this past weekend! This will take us to the 2018 International Contest in St Louis. Here I am at center with my two roomies Connie and Pat (both of whom are International Quartet Champions with 4-Star Collection. My old Chord Company quartet lead and bass, Heidi & Jan, competed with their new quartet Spice and won. This qualifies them for the 2017 International contest in Las Vegas this October. Choruses go next year because it takes a lot of planning for that many people; it's easier to arrange for a quartet so they go the same year they win.

Regl roomies 2017

That's it for now. Chorus has a show coming up on May 21st so I'd better get practicing! Also, for any of you Twin Cities residents, we're doing a free concert at Como Park's Pavilion on May 7th. Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty week!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kraft for Christmas

Hi all - just a quick post for Merry Monday
Lori challenges us to use kraft cardstock on your Christmas card. 

I have plenty of this color and decided to pair it with white, plus a touch of green.

Kraft with snowflakes
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts kraft, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Embossing folder - Darice Snowflakes and Flourishes
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 21, Hero Arts DC168 Winter Cheer Tag Set by Lia
Stamps - Hero Arts DC166 Merry & Bright Tag Set by Lia 
Other - Foam tape, ribbon by unknown, green ink from a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit

I die cut the kraft cardstock then embossed it and adhered it to a top fold vertical A2 card. I played around with a few die cut snowflakes but decided to add my favorite Hero Arts ornament/tag. A scrap of ribbon and I was done! Be sure to check out the fabulous cards by the Merry Monday Design Team.

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

More Good Luck Cards

Another gloomy, rainy day yesterday so I had plenty of time to stay indoors and make cards! I'm sharing two more good luck cards for friends in quartets heading off to competition next week.

Good Luck Kites
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Midnight Layering Paper; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Michael's blue
Stamps - Lawn Fawn Sunny Skies and matching dies (retired)
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 21Impression Obsession Good Luck
Stencils - Hero Arts February 2017 My Monthly Hero kit (sold out) for the clouds
Other - Foam tape, Copic Markers and colored pencils for shading, gold gel pen, Michael's gems

I've had this Lawn Fawn set for ages but hadn't given it any love until now. I really had fun with the sweet kites and used one of the sentiments "reach for the sky" on the inside.

Balloon Good Luck
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Designer Floral Layering Paper (retired); Heidi Swapp glitter paper,
Michael's purple card, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 26 & Clouds (retired); Impression Obsession Good Luck
Other - Foam tape, Michael's gems, Wink of Stella (on bow), Copic marker and white gel pen for shading 

I love the Blueprints set containing this balloon. I've used it several times for birthdays but thought it would be fun for a good luck card too. I made three versions of this card since it needed fewer steps than the kite card. That did it for my friends in quartets, then I realized I needed a card for our Director who'll be taking our chorus into the chorus contest. So I whipped up this card today:

Star Good Luck
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Midnight Layering Paper, American Crafts Christmas 6x6 (musical)
Other - foam tape, Michael's gems
Dies - Hero Arts Stars (retired); My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 21Impression Obsession Good Luck  

Next week I'll have to start making congrats cards so I'm ready to deliver them after the contest!
Thanks for stopping!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Good Luck & another wreath card

Hi all - hope you're enjoying the week! We've had some April showers - yesterday we even had a bit of thunder & lightening that kept me from having to do some yard work - LOL! Still gloomy today so maybe I'll get another break.

Today I'm sharing two cards. First up, a good luck card for two of my former Chord Company quartet-mates. After almost seven years since CC retired, Heidi & Jan are singing together in a new quartet called Spice with two of our other friends. Spice sang for the chorus last week and did a wonderful job! They will compete next Saturday in our Regional quartet contest and I'm sure they'll excel.

Quartet Good Luck
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Midnight Layering Paper; piece of bakery doily, Tim Holtz kraft metallic, 
American Crafts Christmas (music pattern), stripe unknown, cream from a Co'redinations card
Dies - Impression Obsession Good Luck; My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20
Hero Arts April 2017 My Monthly Hero kit (sold out)

I had my first play with the April My Monthly Hero kit - hard to believe I got it two weeks ago! All I'd done until now was separate all the dies - I hadn't even made any negatives to use in the MISTI. So instead of stamping & die cutting, I used a die that doesn't have a matching stamp - it's just a darling stand alone dress form die. Can you see the little rhinestone necklace I added to each one? We do love our bling!! I have more good luck cards to make but hope this one suits my dear ex-Chords!

Next, another version of the wreath I used on this card for the current Merry Monday challenge:

Wreath version two
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, American Crafts 6x6 Christmas pad from Target's Hot Spot, 
Pop-tone Cherry and Green card stock, scrap of Tim Holtz kraft metallic gold
Stamps - Hero Arts CL907 Color Layering Wreath
Inks - Hero Arts reds & greens from various My Monthly Hero kits, plus Emerald Green from AF394 Color Layering Peacock Ink Cubes, and Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Dies - Hero Arts Color Layering Wreath Frame Cuts; My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 13;
Tim Holtz Sizzix Holiday Greens Mini Thinlits Dies
Other - foam tape, Michael's gems, Hero Arts red metallic accents

I made a second card of my first version and while I was stamping another wreath, I made a third one. This time I added some holly leaves to the berries. I just received the Tim Holtz Holiday Greens die set from Simon Says Stamp on Saturday and thought the leaves and branches would be perfect additions to his Holiday Wreath (still working on that one). So I die cut a pile of the holly leaves for that project and suddenly some of them migrated to the other wreath! Funny how that happens.... What do you think - better with the leaves or without?

Thanks for stopping and have a crafty day!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Holiday Cheer Wreath

Hey everyone - I'm back after a fun Easter weekend to share a Christmas card with a wreath on it. That's Linda's challenge over at Merry Monday this week.

I just love wreaths - always have a seasonal one on my front door! I decided to use a fun Hero Arts color layering set that I hadn't used fully until today. With the MISTI, stamping the wreath and decorations was a breeze. Here's my card:

Holiday Cheer wreath
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, the Paper Studio Christmas Glitter
Stamps - Hero Arts CL907 Color Layering Wreath
Inks - Hero Arts reds & greens from various My Monthly Hero kits, plus Emerald Green from AF394 Color Layering Peacock Ink Cubes, and Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Dies - Hero Arts Color Layering Wreath Frame Cuts; My Favorite Things Die-Namics Pierced Rectangle Frames
Embossing folder - Richard Garay Knitted Pattern
Other - foam tape, Michael's gems, Hero Arts red metallic accents

I had tried the layered wreath previously and I didn't line it up very well. Today, it went much better but I still ended up rotating one layer and restamping so I had four layers instead of three. My decor items had too wide a white border for my taste, given the small wreath, so I trimmed them down before adhering. I popped the outside frame up with foam tape but the inside frame was flush on the embossed background. I also popped up the wreath and then another layer for the bow.

Be sure to check out all the inspiration from the Merry Monday Design Team - fabulous creations this week!! I have a bunch more wreath supplies so I might try another design later in the week. Meanwhile, I still plan to make a duplicate of this card for charity - just haven't finished die cutting all the elements yet.

Thanks for stopping and have a crafty day!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Wishing anyone celebrating today a Happy Easter! Here's a table decoration I made using a cute Hero Arts paper layering die:

Bunny plant stake
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Solar White; scraps of Authentique 
Dies - Hero Arts DI371 Paper Layering Rabbit with Frame; My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 18
little green branch die from unknown
Stamps - Personal Impressions (UK) Happy Easter (retired)
Ink - Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide; Other - Copic Markers, Darice flower gem

I die cut the bunny using the paper layering die along with the frame, then I cut just the frame to put on the back. I sandwiched the two with a flat wooden stick (like you'd see from a paper fan) in the center so I had something to pop into my flower pot. The garden center had already added some sheer material into a decorative tin bucket before setting the flower pot inside. I put some dotted washi tape around the top of the bucket since the handles had a bit of a rough edge.

Hope you have a wonderful Easter and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Couple of cards

Happy Saturday everyone! I need a couple of cards for next week so thought I'd get them made while I had a chance this morning. First up, a thank you card:

flowers in a pocket
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Grass and Carnation Layering Paper, Neenah Solar White, Michael's green
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 13; Frantic Stamper Jeans Pocket
Lawn Fawn Eggstra Special Easter Lawn Cuts and Grassy Border
Stamps - Lawn Fawn Eggstra Special Easter (tulips), Hero Arts CL663 Thanks a Bunch (retired sentiment)
Other - Copic Markers, foam tape

I received a darling Easter card from my friend Heather yesterday (she hasn't uploaded it at this point). She enclosed some die cuts, including this sweet jeans pocket (paper source unknown but it's a pretty salmon pink color). Thanks, Heather!! Thought I'd make the pocket into a pot for a trio of tulips - hopefully it's a nice springy thank you. I linked (uncompensated) to 123Stitch as the source for it as that's where she got it. I found this crafty shopping site a few years ago and we both love ordering from them..

Next, a sympathy card I need for a memorial service coming up next week:

Treble clef with sympathy
Supplies: Paper - Pop-tone black, American Crafts Christmas (sheet music) and copper from a fall 6x6 pad from Target's Hot Spot, Basic Grey Lucille, scrap of Neenah Solar White
Dies - Cheery Lynn Designs Whistle a Happy Tune, Our Daily Bread Mini Tags, My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 21, Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Borders
Other - Memento Tuxedo Black ink, foam tape, Michael's gems; Stamp - Hero Arts CM124 Color Layering Fuchsia

A retired chorus member passed away on Tuesday after a brief illness. Jean was the lovely lady who arranged one of our favorite Christmas songs "Straw Carol". We had the chance to sing it for her back in December when we performed at her senior living complex; she simply glowed at hearing it! I've known Jean since 1992 and she has been such an asset to the City of Lakes Chorus; we'll miss her!!

I glued the treble clef to a piece of black cardstock and fussy cut a border; it didn't stand out from the patterned paper without the mat. I tried a few different things, including a vellum oval and ended up with the mat. I think the family will appreciate the musical theme.

Thanks for stopping! I'm off to make a dessert for tomorrow's Easter dinner - Fresh Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars. I spotted this Kraft recipe in a magazine ad for Philadelphia Cheese (love!). Can't wait to try it!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring cacti

Hey everyone - just sharing a card I made and sent to my sister who moved to AZ last fall. I forgot to photograph it but Kari took a photo and texted it to me. She loved the card since it reminded her of the blooming cacti in her yard.

Spring cactus
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Sunshine Layering Paper (lightest shade - daffodil); Authentique; Neenah Solar White
Stamps - Hero Arts CL838 Stamp Your Own Cactus; Your Next Stamp Hey Chickie
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide, Ranger Archival Watering Can & Garden Patina
Other - Copic Markers, foam tape, Michael's gems

And who can resist that sweet little chick?! I just love the entire Hey Chickie set from Your Next Stamp - so many darling little chick images! That wraps up my Easter/Spring cards for this year, however, on Easter I'll share a little decoration for a potted plant. Hope you're having a wonderful holiday weekend!

Thanks for stopping!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Winter Scene

Welcome to another Merry Monday post! Kathy's challenge - create a scene on a Christmas card.

I enjoy creating scenes and have a bunch of stamp sets designed for scenes. Instead, I wanted to give some love to a favorite Paper Smooches set. Here's my card:

Snowman with cardinal and trees scene
Supplies: Stamps - Paper Smooches Warm Hearts
Hero Arts CG697 Blizzard Bold Prints and CM119 Holiday Cheer (sentiment)
Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Pop-tone Black; scraps of BoBunny, Authentique, & the Paper Studio
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 18 & 21; Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Borders

I stamped the quartet of trees image twice on a piece of white card. Then I stamped two more tree images on Post-it notes and cut them out for masks. I masked the trees, plus the bottom of the card with more Post-its. I stamped the blizzard and removed the masks. Next I stamped the tree image on various patterned paper scraps and cut out the tree tops. Adhered them to the trees stamped on the white card and colored the trunks, plus shaded a bit with Copics. Using a second piece of white card, I cut a scalloped border and adhered below the trees. Then I die cut the entire panel with a pierced rectangle, matted it in black, and adhered to a white top fold A2 card. Cut and stamped the sentiment banner and adhered to the "snowbank". Then I stamped the snowman and cardinal on a scrap of white card, fussy cut and colored them. Adhered them to the panel with foam tape. Finally, I added Stickles to the heart. When I bought this stamp set in Arizona over a year ago, the store didn't have the matching dies. Finally went to Simon Says Stamp and ordered them today with some other "must-haves" - LOL.

Oh no - crafty catastrophe - as I cleaned up, somehow (truly I don't know how) I smeared the Stickles. Tried to get them back onto the heart but some stayed stuck to the snowman - boo, hoo. I usually try to "make it work" but today I just stamped and colored another snowman. I also stamped extras of the snowman and cardinal for another card later in the week.

Thanks for stopping and be sure to check out all the fabulous cards by the Merry Monday Design Team! Have a wonderful week!!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Easter Cross

Hi all - I'm back today with an Easter card I started back in September! Here's the card:

Easter cross
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Authentique patterned; Hero Arts PS622 Foliage Layering Paper
the Paper Studio glitter paper; scrap of brown
Stamps - Hero Arts CL476 With Sympathy (retired) Personal Impressions (UK) Happy Easter (sentiment - retired)
Dies - Hero Arts DI327 Branch Wreath Fancy Die; My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 20
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Other - gold gel pen, Michael's gems

I bought several add-ons to the September 2016 My Monthly Hero kit (sold out), including the Branch Wreath Fancy Die. When I die cut it with some brown card stock, it reminded me a bit of a crown of thorns. Crazy? You tell me! I decided to try it with a Spellbinders cross and liked the combo so put both items aside for Easter. Fast forward to yesterday when I finished off the card using a lily from a Hero Arts sympathy set. Lilies always bring Easter to mind for me. Haven't decided who will get this card and I still need to find an inside sentiment to match the religious exterior. Hobby Lobby sells wood block stamps with Bible verses on them so I might end up going there. That will wrap up my Easter cards for this year - yay!

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

Monday, April 3, 2017

Branching Out!

LOL - by the post title, you'd think I was doing something other than Merry Monday. Nope - it's time for Debbie's challenge to use twigs &/or branches on your Christmas card. Fun theme & be sure to check out all the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team!

The first thing I thought was to use the cute Lawn Fawn birdies I used on a card a couple weeks ago, putting them on their branch this time. As I was flipping through my stamps, though, I spotted a Pink & Main set I bought in Arizona back in 2015 - I couldn't resist the sweet cardinal.

Cardinal on branch
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Grass Layering Paper; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-tone Red, Green and Aqua; American Crafts Christmas from Target's Hot Spot bin (patterned)
Dies -  MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 20 (stitched rectangle); Impression Obsession Pine Branch
Pink & Main Hollydays Dies; Spellbinders Classic Ovals Sm 
Stamps - Hero Arts CM100 Christmas Messages (sentiment); Pink & Main Hollydays
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Distress Ink -Pine Needles
Other - Copic Markers, googly eye, Michael's gems

After doing Kathy's latest 30 Day Coloring Challenge, I've been trying to do better shading and texturing. I hope I succeeded with my cardinal on branch! Since I still had a set of ovals out from the weekend, I decided to pop a horizontal oval behind the cardinal to showcase him; the patterned paper would've been a bit overwhelming otherwise.

While I was still thinking of this week's Merry Monday, I realized I didn't make two versions of last week's card (which, by the way, got an Honorable Mention!!). I'm really trying to do that each week so I have enough for charity donations. So, I whipped up a card with a smaller poinsettia and a twist to the frame.

Poinsettia version 2
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Foliage Designer Layering Paper & PS766 Decorative Woodgrain Vellum; Authentique Green; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Recollections (Michael's brand) red and green; Tim Holtz Kraft Metallic
Dies - Spellbinders S5-055 Layered Poinsettia & Elegant Ovals & Classic Ovals Sm; Hero Arts DI199 Circle Infinity Dies
Sentiment stamp - Hero Arts CM100 Christmas Messages
Ink - Hero Arts Red and Green Inks, Tim Holtz Distress Ink -Pine Needles

Smaller poinsettia because I had mangled the largest flower layer when I was inking! Instead, I cut it in green and used part of it for leaves. The centers were die cut with the teeny circle in the Hero Arts Infinity Circle set. When I made last Monday's card, I die cut a second elegant oval but part of it got mangled when removing it from the die. So I die cut an oval out of it thinking I'd pitch the exterior. Turns out it was just mangled on the edge where I'd put the poinsettia so I decided to use it. I die cut a vellum oval to replace the part I cut out and then put the smaller elegant oval on top. Interesting thing about the smaller oval - along the edge it has some triangles - most of the time a bunch pop out so I poke out the rest. This time none popped out so I have a dry embossed look around the edge - very cool. Anyway, I'd be interested to hear which version of the poinsettia card you liked better.

So that's it for today. I have another Easter card I'll share tomorrow but for now, as usual, I'm off to practice chorus music. Thanks for stopping and have a Merry Monday!!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Happy April Fool's Day!!

No fooling - I actually made another Easter card today! I had such fun yesterday with Easter cards that I wanted to keep the momentum going. I recently received a sweet bunny die from Hero Arts that I thought would be perfect for an Easter card.

Paper Layering Rabbit
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Pool Layering Paper; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; 
Authentique green; scrap of brown textured
Dies -  Hero Arts March 2017 My Monthly Hero kit (sold out) "planting soil"; DI371 Paper Layering Rabbit with Frame
Stamps - Hero Arts CL498 Celebrate Every Day (sentiment); Lawn Fawn Eggstra Special Easter (jelly beans, egg with jelly beans, and tulips); Other - Copic Markers, Wink of Stella, Felt carrot from Target's Hot Spot bin
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, various Distress Inks

Yesterday I stamped a bunch of images from Lawn Fawn's Eggstra Special Easter stamp set, including the jelly beans. Suddenly I had an image of them in the "planting soil" growing like a crop - crazy, I know. I thought they would be perfect with the large bunny & his carrot.

Thanks for stopping by.... and I hope you're enjoying the weekend! It's a gorgeous day but I'm heading to Anchor Paper who offers a make 'n take today. They didn't say what it is but I'm sure it'll be fun! Hope it's not an April Fool's joke!!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Couple of Easter cards

Hi everyone - I thought I'd get a start to my Easter cards since I finally found the matching die to a Lawn Fawn set I bought in 2015 and have never used! I separated all the dies and set up my template to use for the MISTI the other day so today I stamped the die cut items and colored them with Copics.

Easter bunny with basket
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Michael's punch, Penny Black Painted Blooms
Stamps - Lawn Fawn Eggstra Special Easter; Personal Impressions (UK) Happy Easter (retired sentiment)
Dies - Lawn Fawn Eggstra Special Easter Lawn Cuts; My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 20; Spellbinders Nestabilities Elegant Ovals & Classic Ovals SM
Other - Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copic Markers, foam tape, gold gel pen, Crayola pencils

I colored the bunny like the Lindt chocolate bunnies I love so much. They have gold bows on the wrapping so I used a gold gel pen to accent it. I still had the oval die set out that I used on my Merry Monday card and a sympathy card this week. This time I die cut a plain oval to layer with the fancier one. The sentiment set came from my friend Sally a few years ago and I use it every Easter; thanks again, Sally! One card done - yay!!

I had just finished this card when I remembered Cindy is running a Scramble over on the Hero Arts Flickr Group. Her theme is to use an oval which was funny since I had just finished a card with an oval. This Scramble will last until 2 pm PDT tomorrow so you can pick any 90 minutes during that window if you want to play along. I played right at the start and took about 70 minutes to create this card:

Bunny with oval sky
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Authentique; scrap of brown textured
Dies - Hero Arts DI337 Nesting Oval Infinity Dies & bunny die to match stamp and fence die from March 2017 My Monthly Hero kit (sold out); 
My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 20Lawn Fawn Eggstra Special Easter Lawn Cuts and Grassy Border
Stamps - Hero Arts March 2017 My Monthly Hero kit (bunny with carrot) & CL498 Celebrate Every Day (sentiment); 
Lawn Fawn Eggstra Special Easter; Other - Copic Markers, Wink of Stella, Hero Arts Ocean Ombre sequins

I had considered using the Spellbinders ovals again but suddenly went a different route - typical... I decided to use my oval as the sky to my little scene - it's kinda like a big Easter egg too! I had an extra stamped egg with jelly beans from my previous card so I quickly colored it to add to my scene. Two Easter cards done; I'm so impressed with myself! Anyway, check out Cindy's Scramble for more inspiration - I had fun with it!

Thanks for stopping and TGIF - enjoy your weekend!!