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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.

Saturday, March 2, 2024

February 2024 Card Chain Reveal

I'm back, as usual, on the 2nd to reveal cards going 'round the world - this time for the February 2024 Card Chain Challenge!  Thirty-four people participated and you can see the entire reveal HERE. My card went to Kath (Handmade by Kath) in the UK. 

Supplies: Paper - Neenah white; Bazzill A2 card;
Sunny Studio Flirty Flowers
Stamps - Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages & Be Happy (both retired)
Stamps with dies - Simon Says Stamp Darling Friends (retired)
Dies - My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Basic Edges
Stencils - Taylored Expressions Set the Scene - Clouds
Other - Copic Markers; white gel pen; 
Park Lane gems; Memento Tuxedo Black & Sky Blue inks

As I often do, I used the color palette & followed the sketch. This time I included one of the theme options Balloon which I translated to a hot air balloon! Kath has used kitty images on her cards in the past so I put a kitty in the balloon basket.

Colour Palette Option

Sketch Option

Theme Options: Balloons / Flowers / Friendship

Product / Technique Options: Twine / Stencil

I took the time to do some stenciling on the envelope's flap - inspired by Hilary (Fiddling About) who also plays in the CCC & typically fancies up her envelopes. 

Sweet Imke (My Crafty Place) sent me this card:

I love her take on the sketch & she used my favorite color - yay!! Thanks, Imke!! That's it for today, friends. Interested in joining in? Come on - it's fun! Sign up for March HERE by March 6th.

Thanks for stopping and have a crafty day!!

Friday, March 1, 2024

Pomegranate Thanks

Hi everyone - welcome! I'm back with a final thank you card for birthday gifts received last month. I didn't worry about being slow on this one since it'll go to my brother and his wife who are notoriously slow - lol. Wasn't sure what to do until I saw the current Just Us Girls Challenge #716 where you're to CASE one of the designers. 

I like to tell my friends Lin (Sending Hugs) and Jean (Right as Rain) that I'd never get to my Spellbinders boxes if it weren't for their inspiration. Now I have to add Bobby (Bits and Pieces) to that list! She made a gorgeous card using Spellbinders August 2023 Large Die of the Month. Here's my card inspired by Bobby:

Supplies: Paper - Park Lane A2 card;
My Favorite Things Colorful Canvas & many scraps
Dies - Spellbinders Blooming Pomegranate (DOML-AUG23);
Embossing folder - Spellbinders Arches & Dots (EOM-AUG23)
Other - Park Lane gold gems; foam tape

I thought I knew where the die set was - nope, not where I looked first...Instead I found the December 2023 box unopened (I blame the holidays). Second place I looked - success!! Box was opened but "unprocessed"; I like to put a magnet sheet on the brand info sheet for each set. Quickly did that, then worked to decide on papers for the pomegranate card. Since I had MFT's canvas pad out from other projects, I decided to emboss a greyish brown piece using a folder from the August 2023 box. First I cut the panel with a stitched rectangle, then embossed. Added it to an A2 card.

I loved the colors Bobby used on her flowers so went through the scraps drawers to find similar ones. My green branch is more olive than hers but I liked it against the background I chose. Die cut all the elements and assembled them while watching television yesterday - I felt so productive!! The set includes the thanks sentiment - handy! Note: after posting this, I went back and noticed that Bobby included five of the little white flowers on her card (mine are more cream colored). The die set cuts 4 in one pass but I decided I liked the fifth one so cut an extra and added it!! Just didn't take a new photo -lol. Luckily I had planned to write out and mail the card tomorrow so I had time for the addition!!

Thanks for the inspiration, Bobby!! I hope you enjoy my take on your card! Since my die set got first play here, I'll also link up to Darnell's March NBUS Challenge

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty day! I'll be back tomorrow with the usual 2nd of the month Card Chain Challenge Reveal. Note: can still sign up for the March Chain if you link up by the 6th.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Last Day for Non-traditional Valentines at Die Cut Divas!

Hey there - leap year so an extra day to play in our February Die Cut Divas Challenge! I'm part of the end of month post providing some inspiration & we hope you'll enter by 9pm PST today. Our wonderful sponsor this month is Hero Arts who generously donated a $25 giftcard for our random winner. Here's the non-traditional Valentine card I'm sharing:

Supplies: Paper - Bazzill A2 card; Neenah white;
My Favorite Things Colorful Canvas & Floor to Ceiling
Stamps - Hero Arts So Sweet (retired)
Stamps with Dies - Hero Arts Berry Basket Bundle
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set
Other - Copic Markers; Hero Arts Sparkle Lacquer

I had to include some red for realistic strawberries and cherries, otherwise I stayed away from red/pink. And no hearts anywhere. The "Happy Valentine's Day" sentiment was stamped inside. This one went to our Queen Mum, Mother Mary who met me on my Valentine birthday along with daughter Heidi (my former quartet lead) and dear friend/sister by choice, Connie. We had a delicious lunch at Patrick's Bakery, located right inside a Bachman's Garden Center - so fun to be among the birds and flowers.

Ready for a bonus? Here's a sweet bear with cub for another non-traditional Valentine:

Supplies: Paper - Bazzill A2 card; Neenah white;
Basic Grey Juniper Berry; Michael's green; scraps by unk
Stamps with Dies - Hero Arts Bear Hugs Stamp and Cut 
Dies - Hero Arts Bear Family;
A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set
Other - Copic Markers

There were bits of red in the patterned paper but I think it's pretty non-traditional to use Christmas paper on a Valentine! I'll add the bear pair to Darnell's February NBUS Challenge since the bears and trees were newly used on this card.

Thanks for stopping and hope to see you in the February Diva gallery!

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Spring Reflections Thank You

Happy Wednesday all - I'm here today with another thank you card. I still owe a couple people thanks for birthday gifts so got busy using an amazing Spellbinders set.

Supplies: Paper - Park Lane A2 cards (beige & gold);
Paper Studio & Momenta watercolor prints; 
BoBunny Boulevard 6x6"; Michael's brand royal blue
Dies - Spellbinders Spring Reflection (DOML-Feb23)
Other - Park Lane gems; foam tape

Several blogging friends have been linking up to the current Double D Challenge using patterned paper and I decided to play along - it's been a while! 

Part of the Spellbinders set was used on a non-traditional Valentine I shared on Feb 21st. Today I used the same patterned paper for the background but the lattice and oval are cut from different papers. And this time I used the floral swags and one of the sentiment dies from the set. Lots of little pieces but fun to sit in front of the television and assemble (watching Let's Make a Deal this afternoon - lol). The set comes with bitty dots for the centers of the bitty flowers but I just popped some gems on there - saves time!!

Today's photo is a lot brighter than on the 21st's post since I used my Shot Box. Sometimes I like the photos I get with it and other times I do better with natural light - depends on the day and the materials used, I guess...

Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll stop back tomorrow for a couple last non-traditional Valentines for our February Die Cut Divas Challenge!

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Two More Holly Holiday Stenciled Cards

Hi everyone - I'm back with one last entry for Just Us Girls' Anything Goes with Stencils - Challenge #715. Since I still need Christmas cards for the stash, I finished the other two stenciled images from yesterday's post.

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White;
My Favorite Things Very Merry 6x6"
Stencils - Taylored Expressions Triple Slim Layering Stencil - Holly Holiday
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Mini Slimline Backdrop Set
Betterpress Plate with Die - Merry & Bright Sentiment Strips
Other - various Hero Arts inks; Betterpress Black ink; Hero Arts flower gem

The Taylored Expressions stencil set yields 3 mini slim images; you can see the 4-stencil process photos HERE, if you're interested. For this card, I decided to use the 3x5.5" die cut panel on an A2 card. A fun Christmas pattern from MFT in matching colors filled the balance of the card front. I used a Betterpress sentiment from the stash I created a couple weeks ago & added a flower gem as the "star" to this leafy "tree".

For the third of the images, I die cut using the next smaller of the AJVD mini slimline layers and added a green mat. Adhered to a mini slim card formed from 6x7" Paper Studio pastel heavyweight cardstock. I added Hero Arts honey lacquer to the flower centers & another Betterpress sentiment.

Here's the view of the stenciled panel I shared yesterday along with a group shot of the three finished cards:

You can see the 4-stencil process photos HERE, if you're interested. 

I'll also link up to the current Christmas Craft Creations Challenge to use Stencils or Embossing Folders. I haven't played there in quite a while but was inspired by my friend Jo (Jo Blogs) to join in.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, February 26, 2024

Anything Goes with Stencils

Happy Monday everyone! Darnell (djkardcreations) is doing Anything Goes for her IDEAS program this week. And Just Us Girls is doing Anything Goes with Stencils - Challenge #715. Talk about a match made in heaven, eh? Since I need Christmas cards for the stash, I've pulled out a never-before-used Taylored Expressions stencil set.

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White;
Tim Holtz Kraft Classic
Stencils - Taylored Expressions Triple Slim Layering Stencil - Holly Holiday
Dies - Kat Scrappiness Mini Slimline Postage Stamp Edge
Stamps - Hero Arts Color Layering Poinsettia - sentiment
(retired at HA but found HERE at Frantic Stamper)
Other - black and white gel pens; Memento Tuxedo Black Ink;
TH Lost Shadow Distress Oxide ink; various Hero Arts inks

I bought the stencil set quite a while ago. As usual, it's taken ages for me to use it! Stenciling a 5.75 x 9.75" page yields three panels for mini-slimline cards. I went ahead and finished the birdie branch panel and have two more to finish later in the week. Here are some process photos, if you're interested:

Super easy to stencil, then I just die cut the finished panel three times using various mini-slim layer dies. Die cut the birdie panel with a postage edge die, then masked off the edges. Brushed some Lost Shadow DOI around the masked edges (there was some sky blue left on the brush from a previous project). Added a few details with gel pens. The finished card is 3.5 x 6". Taylored Expressions sells this size in white, toffee & black - side fold HERE & top fold HERE but I scored at 7 x 6" piece of Tim Holtz kraft cardstock. It comes in a bunch of luscious colors and has a kraft core so you can sand off the texture when embossed.

I'll also add this card to Darnell's February NBUS Challenge since my stencils are getting first play today. And, as luck would have it, the stenciled panel I used has a bird on a branch so it fits in the February Christmas Kickstart Challenge (Out on a Limb). That's my third and final entry there...

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty week!

Sunday, February 25, 2024

B is for Bunny

A peeking bunny, that is! Happy Sunday, everyone - I'm back with another card for the current I Spy with My Little Eye Challenge, using things starting with B. I loved Ellie's inspiration card with the gorgeous stamped bunny but I went with a die cut one using a new Hero Arts set. Just got it in the mail last week and had managed to do a test cut in white which I used for my card:

Supplies: Paper - Neenah White & Desert Storm; 
Bazzill A2 card; My Favorite Things Colorful Canvas; 
BoBunny Dotted; scraps of greens
Stamps - Hero Arts Celebrate Every Day (retired)
Dies - Hero Arts Peeking Bunny, Wood Fence,
Stencil - Taylored Expressions Set the Scene - Clouds
Other - Copic Markers; Park Lane gem; 
Memento Sky Blue & Hero Art Ultra Pink inks

I shaded the white bunny with some Copics. I left the flower from the set white but die cut colors (solids or patterns) to put over top of the other elements (carrot, hat, scarf). I also got the fence die in my order & did a test cut using a Neenah kraft color called Desert Storm - my local store often gives a pack as a gift with purchase. Shaded the details with an E Copic. 

I stenciled a piece of white Neenah using TE clouds for my sky & added some MFT lime green print for the ground. A couple die cut grasses, a gem for the flower, & a stamped sentiment finished the card. Note - I did snip off some of the foreground foliage that seemed too long beyond the fence. Was really happy with how this turned out!

I'll also add my card to Darnell's February NBUS Challenge since my bunny and fence dies are newly used. I'm also linking up to the current Just Us Girls Challenge #715 where Anything Goes with Stencils.

That's it for today; hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Note - the funeral I attended yesterday was a wonderful celebration of our friend Bob. I saw loads of people I hadn't seen in a while &, of course, there was glorious music!