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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.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Sunshine and watercoloring

Mornin' crafty friends! I've been working on an idea for the current Let's Squash It!! challenge and it all came together this morning. I included sunshine so made a second card to play along at the current Twofer Challenge too - gotta love getting two cards done this early!! Here's the Twofer:

My element in common is the sunray stamp; it's from a My Monthly Hero kit which I hadn't used yet. On the retirement card I used it once, on the thanks card I flipped it to stamp a full circle  - made into a flower. 

The Squash It challenge is to emboss a nature item and watercolor. My starting point was the Tall Pines embossing folder embossed into watercolor paper. I sectioned off the two banks and then watercolored a lake, sunrise and sky, then carefully watercolored the trees - got a bit messy in spots, oh well... Next I stamped the sun and rays, then the duck and cattails, finally the sentiment. The card will go to a guy friend so I kept it manly. What do you think of my cloudy sky? I was quite happy with how it turned out just swiping & splotching some blue around. Here's a closer look:

Supplies: Paper - Ms Sparkle & Co A2 card;
Strathmore 140lb cold press
Watercolors - Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers
Paper Smooches All Year Cheer (NIB)
Ink - Taylored Expressions Oreo
Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz Tall Pines (retired)

For the thank you card, I started by stamping the rays twice on watercolor paper and then filled in the center with some Mustard Seed reinker. Then added a bit of Worn Lipstick. Then I hand drew a stem and leaves with Twisted Citron and Rustic Wilderness. Once dry I stamped the sentiment, die cut with a dot stitched rectangle, matted with black & added to the card. Popped a gem on the flower for some interest - done!

Additional supplies - Momenta and Doodlebug paper,
Honey bee gem; Hero Arts Say it All sentiment;
A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop

Since my sunray got first play today, I'm also entering the retirement card in the current NBUS challenge. Also in Watercooler Wednesdays All Occasion challenge. Thanks to all for the fun challenges and thanks to you for visiting!!



Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Hello Friend Mini Slimline

Happy Wednesday - another day over 90F so a hot one for us! But I had a chance to meet a card-making friend in person for the first time and do a little shopping & lunching - what a great time!! I met Jeanne (Reba Li Creates), a regular participant in The Card Chain Challenge, at Anchor Paper in Plymouth MN. I took her this card, whipped up at 6:30am:

Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Sunshine Layering Paper (retired);
Momenta Watercolor; Paper Studio blue & orange;
Doodlebug patterned
Dies - Momenta Nested Rectangles
Sunny Studio Chloe Alphabet
freebie from Simply Cards & Papercrafts (Butterfly)
Stamps - Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages
Other - Honey Bee gem; Hero Arts ink

Anchor Paper has a fabulous clearance room and I picked up some goodies you'll see in upcoming Die Cut Diva challenges. Won't say what I got yet... 

As to today's card, I bought the rectangles with the cut out corners at Hobby Lobby last week - thought they were so fun, although the sizes included don't layer with a perfect border like other dies might. I ordered a bunch of Sunny Studio products in April and am still working my way through them. Their Chloe Alphabet is so cute and getting it's first play today so I'm adding my card to Darnell's NBUS Challenge 27. I cut them from a patterned paper that looks like a collage of washi tapes and added a blue offset layer.

Thanks for stopping and happy crafting!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Stockings were Hung

Hey there - I'm playing at Christmas Kickstart Challenge 51 to use stockings (fireplace optional). Because I have many fireplace items - stamps, dies etc. I included a fireplace and even a cozy side chair in my scene. Also playing at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to Create a Scene.

Supplies: Paper - Neenah White; Paper Studio Red;
Basic Grey Aspen Frost; Tim Holtz Kraft Metallic
Stamps w/matching dies: Hero Arts Winter Hearth
(also available HERE at Simon Says Stamp)
and Welcome Home (retired)
Spellbinders Truckin Through the Seasons (pines);
My Favorite Things Fireplace (retired)
Other - Michael's gems; Copic Markers:
Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips Extra Large Christmas

Did anyone else have that olive green carpeting growing up? Ours was shag! Had to laugh when adding it as the  "floor" to my scene. Didn't have striped wallpaper though - LOL. I used the grate and flames from the MFT Fireplace set but the log, stockings and fireplace came from the Hero Arts Winter Hearth set. I thought the two sets worked well together for the fireplace.

Thanks for stopping!! Thanks to Jo & elf Cindy for a fun Kickstart challenge and to the SSS team for a fun Wednesday Challenge!!


Sunday, June 6, 2021

May Card Chain Reveal

Hey there - Oops, past time for another reveal of cards going 'round the world in the Card Chain Challenge - we had 30 people play in May. You can see the entire chain HERE. My card went all the way to New Zealand to my Die Cut Diva teamie and all around great friend, Dawn (Dawn's World). Sadly, she's still waiting for it to arrive....**Update - she finally received it June 14th - yay!!

Supplies: Paper - Neenah White; Paper Studio blue
Stamps - Taylored Expressions Little Critters &
A Few Phrases (heart)
Hero Arts Color Layering Water Lilies (sentiment) - retired
Stencil - CAS-ual Fridays Tin Roof
Other - Copic Markers; foam tape;
Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink;
Versamark Ink; Seafoam White ep

I used the colors, sketch, and theme of friendship:

The cute little penguin stamp came to me as part of a curated set for Taylored Expressions' online crafty session Stamp Joy 2021. I attended both the Friday and Saturday events and had a great time! We can't share the class content but we used the penguin on a window card (he comes from a set of critters linked in the supply list). Decided he would be darling in my trio of circles and why not color him in blues??

I created a mini slimline card from cornflower blue card stock. Next I die cut three circles lined up perfectly on a white panel. I used the negative to aid in placing my sentiment & the circles onto the card. Stamped and embossed the sentiment, then stenciled the pattern along the left edge. Stamped and colored a penguin on each circle, then popped onto the card through the negative guide. Decided to add a little heart so stamped that last, carefully covering the rest of the card. I'm prone to getting stray marks and in fact had gotten one on my first card base while stenciling!! Had to start over there....oh well. Otherwise the card came together quickly - good thing since I made it on the day it needed to go into the mail.

This beauty from Dee in Kenya will find its way to me; mail service has been slow but I'll be delighted when it arrives! **Update - I received this gorgeous card (the photo doesn't do it justice; the background it amazing) on June 12 - thanks so much Dee!!

I totally forgot to publish this post for the typical reveal date of the 2nd, oh well. And sign-up for the June challenge already ended today. Check back at The Card Chain Challenge if you wish to sign up to a future exchange; the July sign-up should open tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting and have a crafty day!!

Monday, May 31, 2021

Diva Tic-Tac-Toe final day!!

Hey crafty friends - I'm part of the end of month team at Die Cut Divas where we're playing tic-tac-toe with products from our May sponsor, CAS-ual Fridays. Especially note Arlene's beautiful birthday card - I was the lucky recipient!! Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - BoBunny; Paper Studio
Dies - CAS-ual Fridays Merry Christmas;
A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle
Other - Crystal Stickles; wooden shape from Target;
clear enamel dots; Black Soot Distress Ink

Here's the grid we're using:

I used the top row because I wanted to emboss using a CF die. Since it was a Christmas die, picking the  row with red made total sense! To make it stand out even more, I carefully traced the embossing with Stickles. For my uneven edge, I simply tore the designer paper and sponged some Distress Ink on it. Added embellishments - done. I've been hording my package of the little wooden reindeer, bought years ago in the Target Hot Spot - only $3!! They don't seem to have as many fun crafty items they used to, darn it!

Hope to see your card in the gallery - you have until 9p Pacific Time on May 31st to upload at our linky HERE. Thanks to CAS-ual Fridays for a fun month and for the $20 prize; we'll award it on June 3rd by random draw from May entries.

Happy crafting & thanks for stopping!! Check back at Die Cut Divas tomorrow for another challenge with a new sponsor.

Friday, May 21, 2021


Hey there crafty friends - I'm the featured designer today at Die Cut Divas!! We're doing Tic-Tac-Toe with our fabulous sponsor CAS-ual Fridays. Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - Ms Sparkle & Co A2 card;
Momenta Watercolor & Gemstone prints;
Paper Studio glitter; Neenah white
Stamps/Dies - CAS-ual Fridays Sassy Smiles Duo 
A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop
Stencil - CAS-ual Fridays Tin Roof
Other - Wilted Violet Distress Ink;
Taylored Expressions Oreo Ink; Michael's gem

Here's the grid we're using:

I went with the middle horizontal row: Yellow/Friendship/Glitter because I definitely wanted glitter and my new Sassy Smiles set had the perfect friendship sentiment. If you know me, you know I love stamp & cut sets. CAS-uals Fridays came out with some fabulous new ones and I bought 3!! You'll see more in upcoming posts...

I've seen many tin roof style crafty items but this CF stencil really caught my eye. I applied Distress ink unevenly over a piece of gemstone paper (from Hobby Lobby - love it!!). Cut it into a stitched rectangle and stamped the text. Next I cut the SMILE in pink glitter and then cut the outline over the negative. I cut & inlaid a white one (saving the glittery one for later) and backed it with a black one. I cut a second thicker white one and popped atop the first. Next I stamped & cut a flower and leaves from the Hobby Lobby watercolor printed paper - love this too (don't ask how many pads I'm hoarding). Tucked them behind the smile label and glued above the stamped sentiment. Adhered to A2 card. Done!!

And here's a second card using the spare glittery SMILE (with no tic-tac-toe in mind):

Supplies: Paper - Momenta watercolor print;
Paper Studio blue & glitter; Neenah white
Dies - CAS-ual Fridays Sassy Smiles Duo;
My Favorite Things Blueprints 26 (retired)
Stamps - Hero Arts CM136 Birthday Messages
Other - Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink

I used the white negative from card one's SMILE as a stencil to ink it onto a green watercolor print. Next I cut it with the outline die and then popped the glittery SMILE offset on top. The set comes with a bitty heart, star & flower die - so cute - and I used a heart for the I's dot. I die cut an MFT balloon from the pink page of the watercolor print paper and added the SMILE label. Die cut the bow and string from pink glitter paper & stamped It's Your Birthday on a white strip and hand cut flag ends. The Hero Arts stamped sentiment actually says It's Your Birthday on one line and Treat Yourself on the second line. I did some surgery to snip them apart since I liked the size and font on line one & didn't want line two in the way :) This is a mini-slimline 3.5x6" which seemed the perfect size for my elements. Very CAS for me but I like it!

I hope card one gives you some inspiration to play along with the Divas! We'd love to see your cards in the gallery!! Deadline 5/31 at 9 pm Pacific Time. No need to use sponsor products but you must include a die cut or embossing folder in your design, along with a tic-tac-toe column.

Thanks for stopping & have a crafty day!!

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Squashed with Space and Bling!

Happy almost the weekend - yay!! I'm here with a card for the current Let's Squash It!! challenge to use an embossing folder but include space and bling too. Fun, eh?!

Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts, BoBunny, & Paper Studio
Cut and Emboss Folder - DoCrafts Xcut Rose Border
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle
Stamps - CAS-ual Fridays Flower Duo;
Taylored Expressions Linen Background
Shaker elements - Sunny Studio and Darice
Other - Copic Markers; SSS sentiment strips

I first cut the stitched rectangle and then embossed it. Rubbed ink on the raised parts to get more texture, then stamped the linen in the corner with a lighter ink. Decided to make a shaker so backed it with acetate, added foam tape and shaker elements (the bling is in there), then the patterned background panel. Added to an A2 card. The bitty hearts were open and my foam tape showed on some so I cut a gold panel and inlaid the hearts. Why is the acetate cloudy, you ask... Well, there was static despite my use of a powder pouch. Tossed in some baby powder and it coated the acetate; barely helped with the static too, oh well...

Since I had the gold panel, I added it to an ivory card with an anniversary sentiment for a second card:

Sorry for the bad photo - I tried hard not to get glare off the metallic cardstock. Love how it embossed though!! Sentiment die is from Creative Expressions.

That's it for today, friends! I hope you'll stop back tomorrow when I'll be sharing at Die Cut Divas with more items from CAS-ual Fridays.