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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.

Friday, December 2, 2022

November 2022 Card Chain Challenge Reveal

Happy December 2nd everyone! Hope you're doing well preparing for the holidays! Chorus has been busy with our show coming up tomorrow!! If you're anywhere near the Twin Cities in Minnesota, check it out HERE.

Today we're revealing cards mailed around the world for the Card Chain Challenge. Twenty-nine people participated & my card went to dear Gail (Crafty Nomad) in Norway. She does so much for the CCC, along with Jo (Jo Blogs)!! You can see the full reveal HERE.

Supplies: Paper - Spellbinders A2 card; My Favorite Things Holly Jolly;
Paper Studio vellum; Hero Arts Glitter Paper Basics; Neenah white
Stamps with Dies - Hero Arts North Pole Express Bundle
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set
Hero Arts Nesting Circle Infinity DiesArt Impressions Lg Snowflake Dies
Other - Michael's gems; Hero Arts inks

I used the sketch this month but rotated it 90 degrees. Decided to make Gail's CCC a Christmas card & beat the International mail deadline! Since one of the patterned papers had text, I left off any additional sentiment.

Sketch Option

I received this beautiful stenciled card from Jeanne H. who also lives in the Twin Cities MN. We'll sometimes meet and head to Anchor Paper, a favorite paper warehouse/stamping store. Our November meeting had to be postponed because it snowed heavily. Oh well, maybe after the holidays... Thanks for mailing my card, Jeanne - love it!!

You still have until December 6th to sign up for the December chain - go HERE for full details.

Thanks for stopping!

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

A String Art Christmas!

Hey there - The Divas have an end of the month post today and I used a string art die by our fabulous sponsor Birch Press Designs. Here's the card I'm sharing:

Supplies: Paper - Park Lane A2 card; Tim Holtz kraft metallics
Dies - Birch Press Design String Art Circle
Other - PinkFresh Studio Holiday Foiled Sentiments;
gems; foam tape

Here's another time my card went in a different direction from where it started. At first I pulled out a yellow card thinking to make a birthday card. I planned all along to have three string art circles. My third was an orange one but I pivoted to a gold one with a dark green card. I still need Christmas cards and had spotted a PFS Christmas circle sentiment on my table. Love how this turned out, even though the photo doesn't capture all the gorgeous metallic shine. I'm adding my card to Darnell's November NBUS Challenge since the string art is getting first play here.

And here's a bonus card featuring a BPD sentiment diecut along with that orange string art circle! It's hard to see but there's a thin blue shadow and a vellum outline layer to the sentiment.

Supplies: Paper - A Cut Above A2 card; My Mind's Eye patterned; 
TH kraft metallic; scrap of blue; Paper Studio Vellum
Dies - Birch Press Design String Art Circle &

Our November Diva Challenge - Anything Goes runs through 9pm Pacific Time so be sure to get your entries linked up before today's deadline. And please remember to include a die cut or embossing folder in your design! The lucky random winner, selected from eligible November entries, will receive a $20 code to the BPD online store (to be announced December 3rd). 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you in the Diva Gallery!


Monday, November 28, 2022

Twinkle ornament in Marisol Frame

Hi everyone - I'm doing an extra post at Die Cut Divas today! It's the least I could do since I'm taking off the month of December. My card uses a gatefold frame with layers - I hope it inspires you to enter our November Challenge - Anything Goes

Supplies: Paper - Paper Studio Brights & glitter cardstock;
Dies - Birch Press Design Marisol Frames Layer Set
Poppystamps Oval Burst
Other - May Arts ribbon

This month we're sponsored by the amazing Birch Press Design
Note: They have 25% off in their online store through today!

The lucky random winner, selected from eligible November entries, 
will receive a $20 code to the BPD online store (to be announced December 3rd). 

When I posted last Monday, I mentioned I was expecting a package from BPD any day. Well, it arrived later that same day - what amazing service!! Busy week so I had to wait to get busy with new goodies but managed something for today. I ordered the Marisol frame set, over the others styles available, because it seemed to fit more of the ornaments I already own. Of course I couldn't resist adding another one to the collection and chose the Twinkle set. 

Simple card - I just die cut and assembled. I decided to use only one layer of the ornament for a different look but I filled the center with cut from a new Poppystamps die. I ordered it when they sponsored the Divas back in August. The oval burst is bigger than my ornament's opening but I simply glued along the center's back edge and trimmed the excess. I'm adding this card to Darnell's November NBUS Challenge since the frame set got first play here.

Now for a bonus card using a new BDP holiday die: Piped Icing Star. Love, love, love it!!

I simply die cut the two "cookie" pieces and layered them, stacking more diecuts of the star piece behind for dimension. Added the star to a piece of old (2012!!) My Mind's Eye "All is Bright" paper & layered to an A2 card - done!

Remember - our November Diva Challenge - Anything Goes runs through 9pm Pacific Time on November 30th and you must use a die cut &/or embossing folder in your design. We hope to see you in the gallery!! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Thanksgiving Wishes

It's Thanksgiving Day in the USA - hope you enjoy it if you're celebrating today! I'm so grateful for all my family and friends; special thanks to my blogging buddies whose kind comments make my day!

Supplies: Paper - Paper Studio brown and ivory; 
scrap of patterned by unk
Stamps - Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit 0922 (background print);
Whimsy Stamps Autumn Blessings (retired - sentiment on left)
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set 
Rub ons - Hero Arts Autumn Arrangement
Other - Creative Expressions sentiment strip (bday);
Versamark, Taylored Expressions and Hero Arts inks 

I previously shared cards using the bouquet stamp set (see them here & here if desired). Today's cards use rub-ons and oh, how I love them! A sheet of them came with the Sept 22 My Monthly Hero kit but they were so popular that HA offers them for separate purchase. Of course my last 3 orders I have forgotten to add them to the cart - oops. They make such gorgeous fall cards that I'd like to have some on hand. 

I sent the bday card to my friend Dixie - her bday sometimes falls on Thanksgiving but not this year. She'll celebrate on Sunday. I'm taking the card on the left to Thanksgiving dinner with friends Connie & Doug. Here's the thanks card I have ready to mail to them after the event:

Supplies: Paper - A Cut Above A2 card; BoBunny Farmer's Market 6x6
Paper Studio Brights, Brown & Glitter
Dies - Birch Press Design Big Thanks Sugar Script;
Embossing Folder - Darice Fall Leaves Swirl

I'm adding the thanks card to Darnell's November NBUS Challenge since my embossing folder is newly used. LOL - It's a 2013 copyright and, if I remember correctly, I bought it in 2016. Just opened the package to make the card on Tuesday - so yay for getting it off Mount NBUS!!

Maybe you'll have crafty time once all the football games and food/clean up have ended. If so, check out our November Die Cut Divas Challenge where Birch Press Design is our sponsor. I have my favorite BPD thanks die out in their honor today. No need to use their products to play along - any die or embossing folder will do!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 21, 2022

Ornament on branch

Hey there - It's my turn to post at Die Cut Divas today - yay! Our November Challenge - Anything Goes runs through 9pm Pacific Time on November 30th and we're sponsored by the amazing Birch Press Design. The lucky random winner, selected from eligible November entries, will receive a $20 code to the BPD online store (to be announced December 3rd). Here's the card I'm sharing:

Supplies: Paper - Park Lane A2 card; glitter cardstock;
green and brown scraps
Dies - Birch Press Design Christmas Ornament Pop Up Easel;
Other - Taylored Expressions Simple Strips in Reverse Christmas;
May Arts ribbon

I just used some of the ornament pieces from the pop-up set, for a different look. Teamie Arlene (A Bit of This and That) sent me some cuts to try; she enabled me to order this set & I expect it to arrive soon. I also pulled out the MB branch I've had for quite a while & finally used! I'll add this to Darnell's November NBUS Challenge since the branch is getting first play here.

And here's a bonus card featuring a BPD sentiment die:

Supplies: Paper - Park Lane A2 card; 
Paper Studio Vellum; Hero Arts Glitter Paper Basics
Dies - Birch Press Design Birthday Wishes Sugar Script
Other - SSS sentiment strip (happy)

The beautiful embossed panel came from my friend Betty (created by bjk) - not sure of the brand. I've been hoarding the batch she sent. I added some watercolors to the raised bits & a bit of glitter lacquer to the flower centers. I die cut the BPD sentiment from glitter cardstock and the outline from vellum. I actually have the old die set which just has the birthday word & shadow but linked to the newer set that also has the wishes word & shadow. I absolutely love their sugar script dies! I added a happy sentiment strip to finish it off. This card went to my cousin Debi who had a birthday last week.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll pop over & link up at Die Cut Divas - just remember to include an embossing folder or die cut in your design!


Saturday, November 19, 2022

Holiday Candles

Happy weekend! Yesterday I was reminded by Hilary (fiddling about) about the November We Love Stamping Challenge. I've not played there before but that challenge clearly revolves around stamping and I love to stamp! This month they're doing Christmas cards so I dove in with a new Hero Arts stamp set. Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - DoCrafts; Neenah white;
Paper Studio A2 card
Stamps - Hero Arts Holiday Candle Arrangement
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set
Other - Copic Markers; Hero Arts Sparkle Lacquer; 
PinkFresh Studio Holiday Foiled Sentiments; white gel pen;
Antique Linen Distress Ink

I broke out the candle stamp set the moment it arrived home. Stamped on Neenah paper and colored with Copics, then die cut with a stitched rectangle. Sponged some Antique Linen DI around the top edges. Some spots went a bit yellowish since I think I had some residual ink on the brush - ok, fine! Next I went on the hunt for some patterned paper to put behind my candle panel. I found the perfect plaid in a pack of DoCraft papers I bought - get this - in Ireland! When I went for the second time in 2019, my Irish friend Heather and I went shopping at this darling little gift store that carried some crafty stuff. I've basically hoarded that paper ever since - I'm glad some escaped the package!

Since my candle stamp is new and used for the first time, I'm also sharing at Darnell's November NBUS Challenge.

That's it - no time for bonus card today. I'm helping my aunt move from one apt to another. Luckily young moving guys did the heavy stuff already - LOL. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 18, 2022

Watercolored Tree and some foiling!

TGIF, my friends - woo hoo! Today I'm getting in my third and final entry for the November Let's Squash It! Challenge. You just make any Christmas card using an embossing folder. I've been having fun dusting off some old stuff from the stash!

Supplies: Paper - Park Lane A2 card; TH Jewel Kraft; 
Poptone Black Licorice; Hero Arts Handmade Watercolor Paper
Embossing folder - TH Alterations by Sizzix name unk
Stamps with Dies - Hero Arts Wishing You Tree Bundle
Other - Ranger Princess Gold ep; various inks;
PinkFresh Studio Holiday Foiled Sentiments

This time I dusted off an old Tim Holtz Alterations ef (no packaging so I don't know its specific name) and embossed a piece of his Jewel Kraft Metallic paper. I sanded the embossing and inked with some Black Soot Distress Ink before matting it in black. The tree was stamped and gold embossed onto watercolor paper. I watercolored it with various water reactive inks - some Distress and some Hero Arts. Added the matted embossed background to an A2 card and popped my die cut tree on with foam tape. Since I had the PinkFresh Studio foiled sentiments out, I used one here - done!

Next, a pair of bonus card, again with nothing to do with Let's Squash It. I've been doing more foiling since the Hero Arts Holiday Stamp Along. I tried a new plate from Hero Arts as well as using the ornament one from the event. I adhered the foiled panels to prefab A2 cards and added a PFS sentiment with foam tape - very quick & easy! The cute little bow on the right came from my friend Arlene (A Bit of This and That) - it's from Birch Press Design's Christmas Ornament Pop Up Easel set. BPD is our Die Cut Diva sponsor this month - check it out! You will see me using something more from that set in my Monday Diva post. I'll add my snowflake wreath card to Darnell's November NBUS Challenge since it's getting its first play today.

Supplies: Foiling plates - Hero Arts Snowflake Wreath and Ornament Border
Foil - Spellbinders silver & gold

That's it for today - our snow has remained and temperatures dipped to 19F. So glad I'm not my friend Diane out in Buffalo New York, though - they're expecting 4 feet!! 

Thanks for stopping by!!