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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.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Make it Mini - Archiver's class

I attended a new class at Archiver's today - Make it Mini.  Darling little 3x3 cards that come in handy for many occasions.  Actually quilled for the first time!!  Wasn't too bad but it's not something I'll be taking up as a craft.  As usual, we used lots of different stamps from various companies but I was glad to see a few from Hero Arts.  Here are my versions of the 9 cards we made - three at a time:

On the left - the tree stamp has a circle stamp on the end so you can get a perfect circle for your "leaves".  Center one has the quilling, otherwise it came together quickly.  Love the pinwheel on the right and what a yummy big pearl in the center!

Center one is colored with Copics and on the inside there's one of those honeycomb details - cute.   The Yippee on the Micky Mouse card was supposed to be stamped in VersaMark and embossed in yellow - oops I didn't read directions!!

Left and center have some (not all) Hero Arts stamps; one on the right has Tim Holtz.  Love the little bee with Stickles on the left.  The Hero Arts bicycle is stamped on a 1" circle with some Tim Holtz writing for texture, then set into a bottle cap - very fun!  Love the gears on the right - stamped on acetate and then colored on the back using gold and silver Ranger daubers.  All these in a 2 1/2 hr class, cleaning up as we went along.  Thanks to Megan for a fun class!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Christmas in July

Hi all - Last Sunday I played in a Hero Arts Flickr group Scramble hosted by Natalie with the theme of Christmas in July and non-traditional colors.  Couldn't resist using some purple and some fun colored trees.  Here's my card:
The trees came from a clear Hero Arts set "Tree-Mendous" and the "Big Holiday Words" is a Hero Arts design block.  I made the snowy hills with some Basic Grey Out of Print paper.  Added some gems and enamel accents and some May Arts ribbon - done!  This was a fun challenge and maybe I'll make a few more of these for the holidays.

Hero Arts recently released its 2011 Holiday catalog and I couldn't resist ordering some new stamps!  Ordered a darling mouse in a mitten, a car with a tree on top, and a holiday version of the music background.  They all came in the mail today so I immediately went to work with the Mitten Mouse and made this 3 X 3 mini:
The dotted paper is from Basic Grey's Oxford 6 x 6 paper pad; card stock from Bazzill.  I colored the  image with Copics and embellished with some layers, gems and metallic decor.  Well, July's almost over but maybe I'll get one more Christmas card done....

I'm taking the new Archiver's mini card class tomorrow which looks like a lot of fun.  That's probably why I had minis on the mind today.  Thanks for stopping!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Summer Card Camp wk 4

Sad to say, Summer Card Camp ended on Friday!  But we still have today to upload our final week's card.  Here are the colors:
Named pear, teal, turquiose, sky blue and white - these colors are soooo pretty!  I had need of a thank you card for my sweet neighbor who, knowing how the heat bothered me, mowed my lawn for me!  That's in addition to doing her own - what an angel!  Thanks Brenda P!!  So here's my card:

I used the technique of rubbing ink (ColorBox teal) on my embossing folder (Cuttlebug) as Jennifer showed.  While I tried to ink it fairly solid, when rolling it through my Epic Six I got a more textured effect.  Just love the teal ink on the pear Bazzill card stock.  Sentiment is from a Hero Arts Thanksgiving Set CL466 So Thankful.  Punches:  Fiskars circle, Marvy scalloped circle.  The turquoise butterfly came from my friend Heather and the embossed border came from Angela who sent it with her July CCC card.  Thanks to you both too!  And thanks to you for visiting! 

And a HUGE thanks to Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner for a wonderful four weeks of camp!  I learned a lot and had a great time, even if I only managed to upload one card a week.  Hope we do it again next year!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Card Camp wk 3

How I love having every other Monday off!  So fun to wake up to a Summer Card Camp announcement, rather than work!  So I got my thinking cap on right away when I saw these yummy colors:
When I saw the red with the browns, I was inspired to pull out my Hero Arts poppies - got them last fall and haven't even inked them up yet!  So bad.... but hey, they're inked now and watercolored in red.  Left the stems with the browns to go with the combo.  Here's my card:

The deep red card stock for the scallop border is from Bazzill, as is the taupe mat.  The card base is Mocha from Hero Arts, as is the bright white watercolor paper - so yummy!  The teensy tag was cut with Basic Grey white pp on my Silhouette SD and it's one of the "simple labels" from Hero Arts digi collection - just resized it to fit my sentiment.  Used Faber-Castell watercolor pencils and after blended, sprayed the panel with Perfect Pearl mist in pearl.  So many others in the Hero Arts Flickr group have done the poppies better than I but I gave it a go and had a great time!  Thanks for stopping!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Summer Card Camp wk 2

Back again with a hurried post for the online summer card camp I'm doing for four weeks.  Loved the colors for week two:
Finally took some time tonight to make this card:
The light was bad for my photo - sorry about that - so the colors don't look quite right.  They really do match the class colors pretty well in real life - honest!

Had fun making the large thank you on my Silhouette SD and making a shadow mat.  Stamps are from Hero Arts - Large Canvas Stripes, Diagonal Thank You and the ever present Envelope Pattern.  The strip of red paper is from a Cosmo Cricket paper pad.  Thanks for stopping!

Lily Pad Cards July Card Chain Challenge (CCC)

Had quite a productive weekend here!  Friday night I spent 6 hours at Mall of America's Archiver's with 7 other scrappin' maniacs - worked on a scrapbook for a retired coworker.  Yesterday I participated in a Scramble over at the Hero Arts Flickr group - 90 minutes to create, photograph and upload a card.  It was quite a fun one, hosted by the delightful Martha,  with 5 different criteria to use on the same card.

  1. Favorite color combo - purple and orange
  2. Favorite Hero Arts stamp(s) - Envelope Pattern & a butterfly from Antique Engravings (they didn't have to be the only stamps used - at least that's the way I interpreted it)
  3. Favorite technique(s) - embossing and inking
  4. Favorite embellishment(s) - gems and ribbon
  5. At least one edge couldn't be straight - I scalloped the bottom with an EK Success punch
I created the card in 30 minutes but had quite a time uploading it.  Ended up surfing the help website and finally got it done 35 minutes later!  I just love stamping that butterfly on patterned paper - this time a piece from Basic Grey's Lime Rickey paper pad.

Then it was time to finish my July CCC over at Lily Pad Cards.  I used the sketch, the color scheme - buttercup, kiwi, watermelon, teal and tangerine (o.k. to add a neutral with it so I used the kraft card base) and the theme of friendship.  Here's what I created:
When I saw the sketch I decided to use my new Hero Arts digi die cut dress form (for the Silhouette).  Created a shadow for it and used a label from designer Sophie Gallo.  The bitty friend tag was cut on the Cricut from the George & Basic Shapes cartridge.  I was so proud of myself for being able to stamp the Hero Arts Canvas Stripes DesignBlock twice on this 5x7 card and get it lined up!  The digi cuts looked too big for an A2 card.  Thanks for stopping by!