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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.

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!!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Final day of Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hi all - it's Day 30, the final day of Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge! Kathy has been such an inspiration to me since 2009 when I joined the Hero Arts Flickr Group (we were both Hero Hostesses; she was a few years early than I). Her coloring skills rock and I've learned so much from her - even though I have a long ways to go to perfect my coloring!! Here are my final bits of coloring from Days 24 - 30 (I quickly did today's panel this morning but it needs more work....):

30 Day Coloring Days 24 to 30
Supplies: Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kits March 2016 (floral coloring cards by Marianne) 
and December 2016 (party images I stamped)
Copic Markers and Crayola pencils

On the bottom left panel I used B04 Copic for the background and tried Kathy's rag technique with the colorless toner - my rag, though, was a paper towel. Doesn't really do the job right but, hey, I was in a hurry. I needed a sympathy card for a chorus friend who lost her dad unexpectedly; he lived way over in Finland so it was especially hard for her. I used some of the Altenew bits I colored earlier this month and put together this card:

Sympathy with floral sprigs Sympathy card inside
Supplies: Neenah card stock (green & Solar White); Graphic 45 patterned paper
Dies - Spellbinders S4-425 Nestabilities Elegant Ovals; MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 20
Stamps - Altenew Floral Sprig and Floral Frame (with matching dies); 
Hero Arts CM124 Color Layering Fuschia (front sentiment) and CL577 Remember (inside sentiment)

This afternoon I went to a dance studio in a southwestern suburb to made a video of chorus choreography with my team mate, JoAnn. The studio has mirrors so JoAnn set up the camera such that the chorus members can see the two of us (I'm stage left and she's stage right) from the back and also the front, via the mirrors. We made videos of two songs we'll perform on our show May 21st. We had fun at the studio, then went out for a late lunch.

Hope you're having a great day and thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

More cards with coloring

Hi all - I made a few more cards for Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Card 1 uses some bits I colored earlier this month; card 2 combines stamping, doodling and watercoloring.

fireplace scene
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Mocha layering paper, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 
My Mind's Eye Wood Designer and Basic Grey 6x6 patterned paper
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxide Inks - Broken China, Fired Brick, Cracked Pistachio
Stamps - Hero Arts CM153 Welcome Home
Dies - Hero Arts DI198 Rectangle Infinity Dies, DI372 Welcome Home Frame Cuts
Other - Copic Markers, foam tape

Do you like my "art" above the fireplace? I had made a tag with smooshed Distress Oxide inks, then die cut a rectangle out of the bottom part. I framed my art by die cutting a frame using some more of the rectangle dies. I even signed it - LOL.

bear birthday
Supplies: Paper - Tim Holtz watercolor paper; Hero Arts Pool (lightest) and Foliage (Pine) layering papers
Inks - various Distress Inks and  markers, watercolors
Stamps - Hero Arts CL753 What a Guy & CL661 It's Your Day (sentiment)
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 13, 20

I was inspired by this post of Sandy Allnock on the A Blog Named Hero 5th Anniversary Blog Hop. She used clear stamps for do-it-yourself color layering. I had done it with cling stamps but hadn't tried it with clear ones until now. I needed a masculine birthday card so decided to try this technique for the bear, tree and fish images. My friend Chris likes to fish so I think he'll appreciate this card.

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping and I hope you're having a crafty week!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Merry Monday Color challenge - red, green, and white

Hi everyone - it's another Merry Monday and time for Deanne's color challenge #241 to use red, green & white on your Christmas card. Hard to believe Deanne is using these traditional colors but it's true! The actual post on Merry Monday hasn't gone live for some reason, but I got the inspiration photo and the challenge info from the Design Team members' blogs - pretty clever of me, eh? (Updated Monday night since the post is online & the link is now available!)

I decided to go with a poinsettia because I just bought this Spellbinders set on sale at Hobby Lobby and couldn't wait to try it! The woodgrain vellum is totally white but the green shows through for a cool effect.

Seasons Greetings poinsettia
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Textured Green & Classic Crest Solar White, 
Recollections (Michael's brand) red and two shades of green, Hero Arts PS766 Decorative Woodgrain Vellum
Dies - Spellbinders S5-055 Layered Poinsettia & Elegant Ovals, MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 20 (stitched rectangle
Sentiment stamp - Hero Arts CM100 Christmas Messages
Ink - Hero Arts Red and Green Inks, Tim Holtz Distress Ink -Pine Needles
Other - red metal nailhead stickers

That's it for today. I'm off to practice chorus music as usual. We had a fabulous 4 hr coaching session yesterday with Sandy M. who always brings us something new - the latest, bubbling into a bottle of water with a straw (much like we did as kids to be a pain). Seems this technique has been used for voice therapy and helps your singing voice too! She also stressed proper body alignment - something I have to correct! Does anyone else find themselves slouching over their crafts like I do? Straighten up - that's the word from the coach - and keep those ears lined up with your shoulders!

It's Day 27 of Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge and I've managed to color something everyday - I'm so proud! Will share more of that later in the week. Thanks for stopping and I hope you're having a wonderful day!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

More coloring and a sympathy card

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm back today with more coloring for Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge. It's been so rewarding and I've been able to make some cards along the way with my colored items. Here's what I colored Day 16 - 23 (except Day 20, see the card with some coloring here - posted on 3/21):

30 day coloring 16 to 23
Supplies: Copics (mums, animals, flower sprig), Distress Markers (stockings), Crayola pencils (bottom panels)
Marianne (from March 2016 My Monthly Hero kit) & Outlander coloring cards, Hero Arts & Altenew stamps

Last night I created a sympathy card with the mum panel. My friend Heidi called to say that her childhood friend Amy lost her significant other. I don't know Amy that well but we've met enough over the last 20+ years that I wanted to express my sympathy. I die cut the panel with a pierced rectangle from MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 21 and stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts DC194 Ribbon Messages Stamp & Cut. This set includes die cuts that match the printed banners on some of Marianne's panels - love them! The butterfly dies are from Memory Box - Vivienne and Darla. The solid one is really a pale green vellum but it darkened up in the photo.

sympathy mums

I got up early and already colored another Marianne panel for day 24 that I'll share on the 30th with more coloring. That's it for today - thanks for stopping and I hope you have a crafty weekend!!

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!!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Beautiful Day

Happy Saturday - hope you're enjoying the weekend! This week I had fun hopping from blog to blog on several different Blog Hop's - Hero Arts on Monday, Altenew's on Thursday and Simon Says Stamp yesterday. So much inspiration in one week!! My friend Barb participated in two of them and her post on the SSS hop inspired me to get out some neglected embossing folders. I loved her designs with the simple images atop the embossed backgrounds.

Apple Tree
Supplies: Stamps - Altenew Apple Tree and Floral Frame (sentiment and dots for the "apples")
Paper - Core'dinations kraft card, Tim Holtz Kraft Stack, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; Distress Inks - Lucky Clover, Twisted Citron, Festive Berries, Gathered Twigs; Distress Oxide - Crushed Pistachio; Distress Markers - Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn & Gathered Twigs
Other - 3M foam tape; May Arts string twine; Darice Woodgrain embossing folder

I just received my first Altenew order yesterday, thanks to a $15 gift card win on Virginia's blog. When I ordered, Altenew offered a free Apple Tree layered stamp set - cute as can be, isn't it? I couldn't resist giving it a play after I cut and colored a Floral Sprig (you'll see that in an upcoming post).

After I did the stamp layering, I did some shading and detailing with markers and then blended a bit with a water pen. I thought it was a great idea to use the little bubble stamps from the Floral Frame set as "apples" on my tree. I stamped in Festive Berries and then colored them in with a Candied Apple marker. So fun! The Tim Holtz kraft stack has Distress ink colors with a kraft core, revealed when sanded after embossing - love this paper!! It's Day 11 of Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge and I'll be coloring some more Altenew flowers and sprigs later today.

Have a crafty day and thanks for stopping by!!