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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, February 19, 2019

Star Twofer

Hi all - another quick post in my crazy busy life. I wanted to play along with the Twofer Challenge again & realized that a card I just made yesterday would work for it! But I had to create a second card and then try to combine the two photos. My first collage attempt in PicMonkey and it's not good - sorry about that!! Pretty obviously, my item in common is the die cut star.

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White;
Bazzill color pack; Poptone Black Licorice;
Authentique (retired 4th of July themed pad)
Stamps - Hero Arts CL661 It's Your Day;
Our Daily Bread - Mini Tag Sentiments
Dies - My Favorite Things various retired Blueprints and
and retired Stylish Stars (I used the smallest one);
Spellbinders Sentiments One
Other - stars from Michael's

I created the bottom card for a chorus friend who became a US citizen on my birthday!! I couldn't attend the ceremony as I was out celebrating with my family but heard all about it at chorus. Maria was one of only two from Germany to become citizens out of around 950 in her group; she didn't know a soul but made a few new friends. A bunch from the chorus was able to join her and found it very inspiring. The other card will go to my brother with a birthday coming up.

Thanks to the Darnell and crew at the Twofer Card Challenge - be sure to check out all the inspiration over there!! Thanks for stopping!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

CAS Christmas February Reminder

Hey there - I'm back with a reminder for the February CAS Christmas Card Challenge. I'm guest designer this month - such an honor!! And with this challenge, you get a reminder so the guest gets to design a second card - fantastic!!

Peace theme - can't get enough! This time I went with a colored card. Because we need plenty of "white space" on a clean and simple card, I tend to shy away from a card that isn't white. Well, I was drawn to a red card for my green bauble. Plenty of red (aka white) space around it - LOL!

Supplies: Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle A2 card; Paper Studio holiday cardstock
Die/Stamp - Hero Arts DC166 Merry & Bright Tag Set by Lia (retired) 
Other - Hero Arts gold ink & embossing powder; Stickles; 
recycled red ribbon of a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit

You can see all the challenge details & inspiration from the initial challenge announcement here. Be sure to link your creation by the deadline on the 24th and look for the winner announcement on the 28th. Thanks again to the lovely ladies at CAS Christmas for inviting me to guest design this month & thanks to you for stopping by!!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Hey everyone - hope you're having a wonderful Valentine's Day! My mom's favorite day of the year since I was born that day - LOL. She'll always remember my birthday because her Valentine celebration was interrupted when her water broke! As first babies often do, I arrived a few weeks early - surprise, surprise.

Mom & Dad are getting the birdie Valentine I made for the January Twofer Card Challenge. Here are the other Valentines I made this year:

I used a new Memory Box die for many of the cards - Butterfly Heart Frame, minus the butterfly. What a gorgeous die and it cuts beautifully! The yummy stained glass heart is a new cling stamp from Taylored Expressions - Big Heart. I can't resist adding heart stuff to my stash and this year was no exception!! Other supplies were Hero Arts Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies and a retired Valentine clear set, Copic Markers and various stickers and papers. I sent my friend Heather a Valentine too - I'm afraid it's still in transit somewhere over the Atlantic....

I die cut the heart frame from three different colors, then mixed and matched them. I just love the different looks you can achieve just by switching the papers! I saved the narrow hearts that cut when I cut the frame and the pierced heart at the same time - using them for a card of their own.

Finally, here's a Valentine birthday card I made for my birthday twin, Lynn:

Supplies: Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle A2 card; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White;
Patterned papers by unknown
Stamps - Penny Black Sweetheart & Hero Arts sentiment stamps (retired)
Other - Copic Markers; puffy heart sticker 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day! PS - How are you doing on your CAS Christmas card using the PEACE theme? We'll be doing a reminder post (I'm a guest designer this month) on the 17th and you have until the 24th to enter. I'm already behind on my 2019 Christmas card production but playing at CAS Christmas will certainly help me! Hope to see you there!!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Guest Designing at CAS Christmas Challenge!!

Hey everyone - I'm delighted to be guest designing this month at CAS Christmas - woo hoo!!!! Just love that challenge and was gratified to have my December card chosen as a winner (see that CAS Christmas post here).

Don't we all need a little more peace in the world?! Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; 
Paper Studio glitter; Tim Holtz kraft metallic; Poptone Black
Stamps & Dies - Hero Arts Peace; Penny Black Peaceful Wishes
Other - Hero Arts Tide Pool Dauber

When crafting a peace theme I frequent start with the Hero Arts Peace Stamp & Cut set. I'm very fond of all my HA S&C sets but especially the ones with a large word (both in stamp and die form) plus a bunch of little words to go with it. I often neglect the stamps in favor of the dies but this time I utilized some of the little words for my sentiment, along with a diecut.

Fun fact, the Penny Black dove was diecut back in December when I was making my winning star card. I tried it several ways and in several colors but it didn't make the final design (good thing!). When I diecut the dove from glittery silver card, it didn't cut all the way through. Decided I liked it, so trimmed the outline carefully, leaving the parts within. Too pale alone for this card, so I diecut a gold dove getting the whole outline cut and glued it over the silver glitter. The silver Peace diecut needed something too so I gave it a black shadow with a second diecut, swiping some dauber on the card before I glued it down. I added the little words as an afterthought (yay for the MISTI) and really liked the look. I'm always amazed how I start with one idea and end up with some totally different!!

Thanks again to the CAS Christmas crew for inviting me to guest design and I hope you get a chance to play along!! Be sure to check out all the challenge details and wonderful inspiration from the team - deadline for entry is the 24th.

Many thanks for stopping by and I hope to visit your blogs soon!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Twofer Birds

Hey all - I'm skating in with a quick pair for this month's Twofer Challenge. I caught an obnoxious cold and my head feels like it's going to explode. Didn't prevent me from pulling out my crazy birds set - LOL. Just had to stop often to blot the tears streaming from my eyes...

Like I said, I pulled out the crazy birds thinking I'd make a crowd for a thinking of you card and a pair of birds for a Valentine card. First stamped and masked two of the birds, then stamped three more behind. Then I stamped two more birds and die cut with the matching dies. Colored up with Copics, arranged on cards - DONE! Could've done more detailing but I'm in a hurry these days. I'm so excited to have been able to squeeze in a twofer this month!!

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar, White; DCWV A2 cards;
Michael's Vintage Valentine 6x6 pad
Stamps - Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Bird Crazy;
Paper Smooches All Year Cheer; Hero Arts retired for musical notes and sentiment
Dies - My Favorite Things various retired Blueprints; Bird Crazy matching dies
Other - Paper Studio heart stickers

Looking forward to visiting your blogs more often when life is a little less hectic. I appreciate your visit - many thanks and happy crafting!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Blue and Silver for CAS Christmas

Hey there - it's been ages since I've posted! Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year!! Speaking of Christmas, I'm playing along at this month's CAS Christmas Card Challenge.

I love a blue and silver combo!! I whipped up a couple very quick cards for the challenge. First, I feature a horded navy blue felt snowflake from Hero Arts. HA doesn't carry them anymore but I have a fair few in the stash.

Supplies: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Tim Holtz kraft metallic
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 32 & Stitched Alphabet
Other - Hero Arts snowflake; Michael's gem, Joy ultra thin foam

Next, a silver diecut stag head - spotted sitting on my table. Decided to add some blue and use it for this challenge.

Supplies: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; DCWV jewel card
Dies - Hero Arts Infinity Oval; Spellbinders Ribbon Banners
Stamp - Hero Arts CL343 Holiday Sayings (retired)
Other - B00 Copic Marker; Hero Arts Navy Ink; Michael's stag head

So sorry if I haven't commented on your blog lately. I do a lot of my commenting from my phone and it's been having a hard time linking to my blog profile. Some people don't accept anonymous comments so I don't even try. Anyway - I'll get there when I can - thanks for understanding!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

CAS Christmas Star

Hi all - just a quick post in this busy season! Technically I'm supposed to be finishing the insides of all the Christmas cards I made throughout the year. Reminder - do the insides when you do the card fronts next year!

Today I'm sharing an entry for this month's CAS Christmas Challenge to include a star:

Supplies: Paper - Recollections (Michaels) Pearlized Gold A2 card;
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Paper Studio glitter paper
Stamps - Hero Arts K5958 Music Star (retired)
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-manics Blueprints 20 (retired);
Other - Hero Arts gold embossing powder; Gathered Twigs Distress Ink;
 Darice sequins; Recollections gems

My favorite star is a 2014 wood block star from Hero Arts. My trick on this one is I used a shade of brown distress ink for my embossing (my embossing ink pad was a bit dry). You'd never know it once the gold powder is heated!! I played around with a bunch of ways to add the sentiment but ended up with a simple word die, embellished with a silver sequin star & gem.

That's it for today - thanks for stopping, friends! Back to my Christmas card finishing and mailing!!