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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, June 22, 2024

Birthday Boy Frog

Happy Saturday everyone! Once again I spent part of Friday night watching Craft Roulette #220 live (replay HERE). This time the Twins baseball game (we lost - darn it) didn't start until after the show so I had plenty of time to create along! Finished my card shortly after the LIVE but waited until today to take a decent photo:

Supplies: Paper - Paper Studio A2 card;
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Poptone Black;
Tim Holtz chart paper (collection unk);
Paper Studio Vintage Christmas (striped)
Stamps - Hero Arts Basket of Flowers & 
Sending Happy Thoughts (both retired)
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set
Other - Copic Markers; foam tape; Darice googly eyes;
preprinted sentiment - brand ??; Park Lane star gem

For this show Mary Gunn FUNN had Christine Bertram as a guest. Christine is a Stampin' Up demonstrator and does online classes (Cards by Christine). The old wheel spun some fun for us this week:

Project: A Dude's Card - I made a card for a boy's birthday.
Colors: Dragons - I googled & found Chinese dragon colors; red, green, black, white, gold.
Element: Basket(s) - I used a basket stamp. Thanks again to Jean (Right as Rain) who sent me the set!
Random: Chart - I used a chunk of a maritime chart from a Tim Holtz paper pack - I had cut up a few sheets and brought them to the satellite studio. No clue what the collection is but I think it had a travel theme...

I stamped and fussy cut the basket, mushrooms, frog & crown. Colored with Copics. Freehand cut around the bottom & right of the maritime chart and glued it to the striped paper. Die cut it with a stitched rectangle. Added a black strip & glued the panel to an A2 card. Added the other elements with foam tape. Gave Mr. Frog some googly eyes & added a star to the chart's center - done!

That's it for today, friends! Thanks for visiting & I hope you enjoy your weekend!!

Friday, June 21, 2024

Favorite Die Cut Shapes

Welcome friends! Summer arrived yesterday in the Northern Hemisphere - woo hoo!! We've already been enjoying some warm weather here in Minnesota and I'm looking forward to all the summer fun! 

I posted the card below for inspiration at Die Cut Divas today. We're using favorite die cuts for our June Challenge. I hope you can join us!

Supplies: Paper - Bazzill A2 Card; Tim Holtz watercolor paper;
scraps of black & green; Penny Black Painted Blooms
Dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs Ornate Butterfly &
Other - TH Distress Oxide Inks;
Creative Expressions Wordies Friendship Sentiments

Elizabeth Craft Designs sponsored this month's challenge.

They've offered a $25 gift card for our random June winner - thanks!!

If I'm being honest, my absolute favorite die cut shapes (or any shapes for that matter) are hearts. Comes from having a Valentine birthday, I guess. I didn't have an ECD heart die to showcase but I have many favorites from other categories - butterflies being my favorite insects. I die cut the three layers from Ornate Butterfly and assembled. Die cut another favorite shape  - an open weave type mat. Added them to an acetate smooshed watercolor background I did a couple weeks ago, then to an A2 card. Used a preprinted sentiment & done - quick and easy! I just love the PB patterned paper for the detail butterfly wing layer! Since this die set is newly used I'm adding my card to Darnell's
 June NBUS Challenge #63.

Here's a photo of the backgrounds I made and the inks I used. The one on the right focused more on the oranges and reds. I also used some common packing materials as stamps - on left: a sheet of soft lined wrapping & on right: some bubble wrap. 

Ready for a bonus card? I used the background at right to make it:

Supplies: Paper - Card Warehouse Paper A2 Card; 
Tim Holtz watercolor paper;
scraps of black & copper glitter
Dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs Get in to Gear;
A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set
Other - TH Distress Oxide Inks;
Creative Expressions Wordies Friendship Sentiments

I don't know what it is about cogs and gears dies but I just love them! These were another new purchase from ECD during their Memorial Day sale. Luckily they arrived in time for me to use them in June!!

That's it for today. Please check out our June Challenge and share your project with favorite die cuts by June 30th at 9pm Pacific Time. Thanks for visiting!!

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Flamingo Friend

Hi everyone - I'm here with a card using May Spellbinders for the June We Love Stamping Challenge where they're celebrating 15 years - congrats!! The theme is Fabulous Florals or Anything Goes.

Supplies: Paper - Paper Studio A2 card; DCWV striped;
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; scrap of navy striped
Stamps with Dies - Spellbinders Let's Get Together (dies HERE)
Other - Copic Markers;
Creative Expression Wordies - Friendship

My crafty friend Hilary (Fiddling About) inspired me to enter this challenge with her fabulous set using a turnabout stamp. I didn't have any turnabouts with me but I did have my May Spellbinders box that included the gorgeous flamingo stamp set. The die just cuts the right outline so I decided to give the front a shaped edge. The narrow striped paper is on the inside of the card as is the sentiment. 

To make the card, I simply trimmed the front of a prefab A2 card down to 1.25". The white A2 panel on which I stamped the flamingo had a 1.25" strip of white left which I covered with a scrap of navy/white striped paper from the snippets bin. Colored the flamingo scene with Copic markers - quick and easy. Isn't the little parrot among the leaves the sweetest? I googled parrot images and found a cutie to replicate.

My card has a couple of flowers on it but the eye goes to the flamingo so I guess I'll claim the WLS theme of Anything Goes... I'll also add my flamingo to Darnell's June NBUS Challenge #63 since that stamp with the die got first play today.

That's it for today friends. I'll have my normal post for Die Cut Divas tomorrow so I hope you'll stop back! Thanks for visiting!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

A Shell Shaker!

Hello & welcome! I'm part of a reminder post today as Guest Designer for Day of the Month Card Club Challenge #64 this month!! We have the theme of seashells and I had fun making a shell shaker card!

Supplies: Paper - Paper Studio A2 card; acetate;
Poptone kraft; scraps of green & white
Stamps - Hero Arts Cuckoo (c2010 retired)
Dies - Hero Arts Beach Frame
Other - Copic Markers; foam tape; Tea Dye Distress Oxide ink;

I die cut the beach frame into an A2 kraft piece & backed with acetate. Inked the edges with Tea Dye DOI. Added 4 layers of 3M foam tape around the back's perimeter. Added some seashell mix (found at Hobby Lobby), selecting ones that were thin enough to shake in foam depth. Added a watercolor printed A2 card to form the shaker.  Die cut the top of the frame from green, trimmed off the palm leaves and glued atop the kraft ones. Die cut the lower part of the frame from white and trimmed off the shells and grass; colored with Copics and glued atop the kraft ones. Stamped a rectangle with a sentiment; adhered to card with foam tape. Done!

I hope you'll visit DotMCC for loads of inspiration with shells, then play along with us!! Thanks again to Gundi, Rosi, Izzy & Elfi for having me as Guest Designer this month!!

I'll add my card to Darnell's June NBUS Challenge #63 since the beach frame is newly used - only 6 years since released - ha, ha. That's too long on Mt NBUS!!

Thanks for visiting & happy crafting!!

So Sorry Nordic Majestic Bloom

Hi everyone - I'm back with a card for Darnell's IDEAS program (see here fabulous inspiration HERE). This week E is for Embossing & I've pulled out a recent Spellbinders 3D folder of the month that I hadn't used yet.

Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Dove A2 card; Poptone Black;
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Recollections Shades of Red;
Spellbinders Betterpress Porcelain; scraps of orange and green
Betterpress with Dies - Spellbinders You Are Everything Sentiments
& Double Stitch Scalloped Rectangle Frames (retired);
A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set
Embossing Folder - Spellbinders Classic Backdrop (3DEOM-Mar24)

I covered an A2 card with a panel cut using Poppystamp's Cortina Pinpoint Plate, a December 2023 release that I hadn't used yet. Next I die cut a stitched rectangle and embossed with the 3D Classic Backdrop folder from Spellbinders' March subscription. I had some leftover pieces of a Nordic bloom (from this card) & a sprig from the bits box (brand unknown). Assembled and added to a black frame cut from a retired scalloped rectangle set. A Betterpressed sentiment finished the card.

This one is going to my sister-in-law who just lost her uncle. When her aunt passed, the family brought her uncle to Minnesota & have been helping as he declined in health. The funeral is coming up this weekend.

I'll add my card to Darnell's June NBUS Challenge #63 since both the embossing folder and coverplate die are newly used.

Thanks for visiting & I hope you're having a wonderful day!

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Nordic Majestic Bloom for CR219

Happy Saturday everyone - hope you're enjoying the weekend! I multi-tasked yet again last night watching Craft Roulette #219 on my laptop & the Twins baseball game on television (we won!). I managed to finish my card just after the LIVE ended but waited til today to photograph it; a gloomy day but I made the best of it...

Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Dove A2 card;
BoBunny Double Dotted; DCWV pastels; scraps
Stamps with Dies - Unity Stamps I Did. I Do. I Will. (die HERE)
Dies - Poppystamps Nordic Majestic Bloom;
Elizabeth Craft Designs Torn;

Host Mary Gunn FUNN had Carrie Giletto (her YouTube channel) as her guest. You may have seen her videos for Whimsy Stamps. The wheel spun the following parameters (screen shot during LIVE) for us to use on our cards:

  • Project - Anniversary: I chose to make a wedding anniversary card. The group agreed that celebrating anything that recurs could count, even Christmas!
  • Colors - Salad: I chose lettuce salad colors of green, reds (tomatoes, peppers), oranges (cheese, carrots),  white (onions). The group thought of many other types, including Jello!
  • Element - New: I chose a new die set that I'm using for the first time. Other thoughts by the group - New Year, newborn baby, a new technique.
  • Random - Folded Corner: I folded over the corner of one of my layers. Pretty self-explanatory.

I die cut 2 mat layers & all elements of the Nordic Majestic Bloom set and assembled onto an A2 card. The Unity sentiment came from the bits box - I'd stamped and die cut several of these when I made a previous card. The scalloped border was another new item recently purchased from ECD, our fabulous sponsor at Die Cut Divas June Challenge.

I'm adding my card to Darnell's June NBUS Challenge #63 since my bloom set got first play here.

That's it for today, friends! Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend!

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Pink and Aqua Dynamic Blossoms

Happy Wednesday everyone! Over at Just Us Girls, they have extended their challenge deadline to Wednesday at 6p EST - great news for me! I'm popping in with a card I couldn't finish yesterday since I was taking my dad to a medical appointment. For Challenge #730 JUGS has a beautiful color challenge to use pink and aqua; here's my take:

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Solar white; Poptone black; Bazzill A2 card
Stamps - Altenew Dynamic Blossoms
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set
Other - Copic Markers; Park Lane gems; foam tape;
Creative Expressions Friendship Wordies

I stamped Altenew's Dynamic Blossoms and colored with Copics (RV09, RV06, RV13, G02, G00, G000, C02). Die cut with a stitched rectangle, matted in black, & added to an aqua Bazzill A2 card. Some pink gems and a preprinted sentiment finished the card. Very quick & easy!

Shout out to Lisa (My Paper Tales) who inspired me with her beautiful primrose card! And if you want to see another card I made with the bellflowers image, go HERE.

That's it for today, friends! Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a crafty day!!