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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 23, 2013

Another Die Cut Diva Challenge Entry

Die Cut Divas are using GREEN in their challenge this month.  I created this Easter card today and lo and behold, I have green fringed grass on it!  Yay - I have another entry for this month.

The main image is a fun new "rabbit with carrot" die-cut from Hero Arts for Silhouette.  I cut Mr. Bunny on Hero Arts blush designer paper, gave him a googly eye, a bit of cotton for is tail and a pink gem for his nose.

Happy Easter Bunny
Since I was die-cutting on the Silhouette, I made a whole sheet of items with the blush designer paper, including the butterfly on this next card.  The butterfly is a design by Totally Jamie that comes with several others in a set.  This card was made for a fun Scramble with Barb to use a tic-tac-toe grid for the elements you needed to include.  I used the row with twine, patterned paper and washi tape, although some of the other grid items landed on my project (colors pink & green, pearls, die cuts).  The bold flower die is Hero Art's Chrysanthemum fancy die; I popped it onto some fun patterned paper and cut a mat around it.  Both cards use the Easter sentiment from a great Hero Arts clear set:  CL498 Celebrate Everyday.

Butterfly Easter
Well, I'm feeling better having started my Easter cards but I still have more to make.  Off I go to keep working.  Thanks for stopping - hope you're having a great weekend and thanks to Barb for a fun Scramble today!!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Happy Mail from Jacqueline in France!

Came home from another long day at work to find happy mail in my box!!  A few weeks ago I sent sweet Jacqueline some Prima Botanical papers she needed - I found them at Hobby Lobby while I was in Arizona.  She reciprocated with a lovely package of fab items shown below:
From Jacqueline
At the left, a set of gorgeous coasters - the colors are perfect for my living room!  But I probably won't want to use them, they are so stunning; I love the vintage garden look of them.  On the right, two of Jacqueline's amazing tags - just love the pink dogwoods and the peachy dragonflies!  At the back, a beautiful grid card - love the soft blues, greens and pinks! 

If you haven't visited Jacqueline's blog, you're missing something special.  Her work always draws you into a better appreciation of nature and her collage style inspires me.  Thanks Jacqueline for all the goodies and for being such an inspiration, both on your blog and on the Hero Arts Flickr group!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

It's Scramble Time!!

Hi all - I'm hosting today's Scramble over at the Hero Arts Flickr group.  If you're checking this out around 1 p.m. USA PST, it just started so come on over.  It only lasts 90 minutes so if you're stopping by later than 2:30 PDT, you won't be able to play but you can check out the cards people created.  For Scramble details, go here.  If you're new to Scrambling, you get a theme and have 90 minutes to create, photograph, upload and post your card.  Here are the sample cards I created for the Scramble using the theme Embossing Technique.  I used two kinds of embossing - powder and folder, and yes - I did my cards within the established time limit :)

Card 1 uses Hero Arts Tall Flowers - a cling stamp I just love!  I white powder embossed the flowers then colored them with various Distress Markers and shaded with Copics (C1 & C3).

Scramble sample 1 for quickcard55

On card 2 I used an embossing folder; this one is from Hero Arts/Sizzix and is patterned after the Hero Arts Magical Background cling stamp.  I also embossed the sentiment using clear ep over some yummy Distress Ink.  I just love the large script for the sentiments in Hero Arts clear set Fancy Basics!

Scramble sample 2 for quickcard55

What's your favorite embossing technique?  Have you ever done the embossing with the little gold templates and the light box?  I have a bunch of them but don't use them much - may have to pull them out again!  Thanks for stopping!!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Die Cut Diva's March Challenge

Ooops - it's been a while since my last post.  Oh well, I've been busy acclimating back to winter - we just got a heap more snow this week!  Hope it all clears up before the big St. Patrick's Day Parade in St. Paul next weekend!!

And speaking of St Paddy's Day, I made this card for the Die Cut Diva's March Challenge to use green.  March + green = St Paddy's Day to me so I went ahead and made a card with that day in mind.

Happy St Pats Day clover
Besides the big green 4-leaf clover and green ribbon, I used green metallic accents from Hero Arts and their Neon green ink for my chevron background (a Hero Arts Cling stamp called Edgy Background).  After stamping it, I embossed it with a fun chevron folder by Hero Arts (with Sizzix).  I just love this look!  The clover was done on my Silhouette SD using a design from Sophie Gallo (available on Silhouette's online store) called Lucky Charms.  It has a pot of gold, a horseshoe, and some other fun charms too.

Be sure to check out the Die Cut Diva's challenge and, if you need something to do this weekend, please join me on Saturday on the Hero Arts Flickr group for our next Scramble - 90 minutes of crafting chaos!  Time is 1pm PST - details here.  Thanks for stopping!