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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.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Card Class with Scraps of Love

Hi everyone - I hadn't been to a store card class in quite a while but I wanted to do something with my sister Tami who's been getting more into card-making.  We went to a class at Scraps of Love, a fun stamping and scrapbooking store in Peoria AZ.  Tami lives in AZ full-time but I enjoy visiting when the weather gets too cold in MN!  I was there from 3/1 - 3/13 so we got a lot of card-making done!  Plus I basked in the warm, sunny climate!!

The class involved water coloring and all the images were pre-stamped by the instructor.  I don't know who manufactured all the images but I know the little girl image was from Penny Black, called Kisses.  Of course the store was out of them by the time I got out of class!  Here are the cards:

Scraps of Love class

Sorry - don't know who manufactured the papers either.  Just loved them though, plus the fun trims and ribbons she brought.  We brought our own pencils so I had just a limited set of Prismacolors I keep in AZ at Tami's house.

After class I couldn't resist one of Penny Black's critter clear sets, Critter Time.  I end up with one of these every few years because I can't resist - her hedgehogs, mice and cats are adorable!!  I had to make a card right away with this set - loved this little mouse.  Here's the card:

Mousy Thank You

The "grass" was repurposed from a sushi tray from my local market; I added this when I got home since something seemed missing without it.  I always rinse off this fun plastic "grass" and save it, just for cards like this - thought it looked so cute.  I sent the card to my brother and sister-in-law who took me to the airport and picked me up when I returned. Thanks D&D! 

Something I don't mention enough, my Sweet Adelines singing.  My chorus City of Lakes had a retreat last weekend which is why I cut my AZ trip short.  We worked with the amazing Joe Connelly, a four-time quartet Barbershop Harmony Society champion, most recently with Old School Quartet.  We are getting ready for a show on April 5th, featuring Love Notes, the current Sweet Adelines International champion quartet.  Can't wait for some gorgeous ringing chords - if you're in the area, come to the show - details on the chorus website.

Hope you're having a crafty weekend!  Thanks for stopping!!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Virginia's new Challenge Blog!

Hi all - Virginia has a new Challenge Blog & I'm happy to have some crafting time to play along for Challenge #1 Watercoloring!  I pulled out my Tim Holtz watercolor paper to make the background for this card:

Happy Birthday butterfly

I took Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Iced Spruce, and Frayed Burlap and applied to a craft sheet.  Misted them with water containing Perfect Pearls and swiped the watercolor paper through the mixture.  The mist gives a lovely sheen - I'm surprised the photo picked it up pretty well.  Once dry, I stamped 3 Hero Arts woodblock stamps using the same colors: K5376 Hydrangea, K5503 Bird Collage, and K5354 French Post.  The butterfly is one of a set:  LP215 Three Artistic Butterflies; the sentiment is from a clear set CL759 Enjoy Today.

My mom asked me to make a birthday card for her sister Carol.  So here it is!  Hope Tia isn't looking at my blog before her birthday!!  Thanks for stopping and I hope you're having a wonderful crafty day!